NGO: Israel policy in Hebron designed to ‘transfer’ Palestinians

Israeli soldiers stand guard in Hebron, West Bank on 16 September 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

Israeli soldiers stand guard in Hebron, West Bank on 16 September 2017 

A damning new report by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has charged Israeli occupation authorities with policies designed to “forcibly transfer” Palestinians in Hebron.

The report, “Playing the Security Card, details what it describes as “a policy of segregation” designed to “allow a handful of Jewish residents to live as though they had not settled in the middle of a bustling Palestinian city, in the heart of an occupied territory”.

“This policy completely ignores the needs of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and sentences them to an unbearable reality, with the hope that they will leave their homes ostensibly of their own free will,” B’Tselem stated.

Since the late 1990s, Hebron was been divided in two. In so-called Area H1, the Palestinian Authority (PA) exercises the same autonomy as it does in other West Bank cities.

READ: Israel PM allows settlers to take over a Palestinian house in Hebron

In Area H2, some 700 Israeli settlers live in an area home to around 7,000 Palestinians. In recent years, according to B’Tselem, “both official and unofficial plans have been advanced to expand the settlement and develop tourism in the historic centre of Hebron”.

The human rights group has warned that “if these plans come to fruition, the settler population in Hebron stands to double over the next few years.”

B’Tselem describes a reality in Hebron whereby Israel maintains “a cruel system of travel restrictions which creates a contiguous strip of land isolated from the rest of the city that is partially or fully off limits to Palestinians, whether traveling on foot or by car.”

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This “separation regime” imposed by occupation authorities “goes hand in hand with routine acts of violence” by Israeli forces and settlers by security forces and settlers against Palestinian residents.

Overall, B’Tselem concludes,

these living conditions have produced the outcome Israel desired: Thousands of Palestinians have left the city centre, and it has become a ghost town where only Palestinians who do not have the option to leave remain.

“The forcible transfer of thousands of Palestinian residents and the closure of hundreds of businesses in this manner violate the prohibition on forcible transfer enshrined in international law, which constitutes a war crime,” the human rights group affirmed.

B’Tselem added that while “the settlement in Hebron is exceptional in that it was injected into the heart of a major Palestinian city”, Israel’s policy there “is essentially identical to that employed in the rest of the West Bank: treating the area as primarily intended to serve Israeli needs and regularly ignoring the interests of Palestinians while giving settlers preferential treatment.”

“This regime instated by Israel is reminiscent of the systemic aspects of South Africa’s Apartheid regime,” B’Tselem said, “which included restricting access to land, limiting movement and denying political rights.”

READ: Israeli authorities advance planned settler expansion in heart of Hebron

(Source / 25.09.2019) 

Israel forces injure Palestinian brothers during home demolition

2 Palestinian brothers were injured by Israeli forces during the demolition of their family’s apartment which was under-construction in occupied East Jerusalem

Two Palestinian brothers were injured by Israeli forces yesterday during the demolition of their family’s apartment which was under-construction in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to Haaretz, Israeli occupation forces yesterday arrived to carry out the demolition of the Khalil family’s apartment, which had been built without an almost impossible to obtain permit from the Jerusalem municipality.

A video of the demolition raid shows Israeli border policemen assaulting two brothers, Issa and Kusai Khalil, who both needed medical treatment.

READ: Israel arrested 450 Palestinians, including 69 children, in August

According to the paper, “police detained the brothers and later released them on condition they do not enter Jerusalem during the next two days”.

Mohammed Khalil, the owner of the house, told Haaretz “he had built the apartment as a second story above his home for his son Issa, who had married recently. Khalil said there was no way to get a permit to build the home legally.”

“They gave me a demolition order for the house and told me to demolish only the roof, which I did yesterday on my own,” he said. “Today they came and said that wasn’t enough; we had to demolish the entire house.”

They brought all these soldiers and started to push us; you can’t even look up, whoever looks at them gets yelled at.

“I barely managed to build this house from everything I worked for all my life. Now everything is gone,” Mohammed added.

READ: 550 Palestinians to be homeless after Israel demolishes entire Jerusalem neighbourhood

Researcher Aviv Tatarsky, from the Ir Amim non-profit, told Haaretz: “The Jerusalem municipality is not advancing proper master plans for the city’s Palestinian neighbourhoods.”

“Since the beginning of the year the municipality has progressed planning permissions for 12,000 housing units in the Israeli neighbourhoods, and 1,500 units in the Palestinian neighbourhoods.”

“Because of this discrimination residents of East Jerusalem are forced to build without permits.”

(Source / 25.09.2019) 

Police Close Silwan Shop for Hiring Palestinian Help

25 SEP 5:55 PM

Israeli police, today, ordered a Palestinian butchery located in East Jerusalem to shut down for 15 days, for hiring Palestinian help, according to the shop owner Fadi Zahdeh.

He told WAFA that police raided his shop in Silwan, took him to their station where he was questioned about hiring a Palestinian resident of the West Bank who did not have a permit to be in Jerusalem.

He said police told him that his shop will be closed for 15 days, as a punishment for hiring the Palestinian and that he will be arrested if he opens it during this period.

(Source / 25.09.2019) 

Update: 140 Palestinian Detainees on Hunger Strike for 14th Day

25 SEP 6:07 PM

Asra Media Office stated that 140 Palestinian detainees being held in Israeli jails continue in their open-ended hunger strike, today.

The office pointed out, on Monday morning, that the detainees are continuing their strike in opposition to the installation of the cancer-causing jamming devices in their cells for the 14th day in a row.

It said that the prisoners took escalating steps as the IPS keeps its position of rejection to meet with their demands, which include removing the devices, installing public phones inside prisons, as well as ending the punitive measures imposed against the hunger-striking detainees since last Tuesday.

The office added that Palestinian detainees, specifically those held in Raymond prison, launched a mass open-ended hunger strike on September 9, after Israeli Prison Service (IPS) had denied the agreement made with the detainees last April, which included these demands.

The office further noted, according to Al Ray,, that after denying the agreement, the detainees held several negotiating sessions with IPS, to meet their demands, but they were all of no avail.

(Source / 25.09.2019) 


Avi Dichter breaking into Al Aqsa

Avi Dichter, former Shabak director and current Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee breaking into Al Aqsa mosque

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli former Shabak director, Avi Dichter, stormed Wednesday the courtyards of Al Aqsa mosque.

Dichter (66 years old) is also former Minister of Internal Security and current Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee as well and former knesset member.

Dichter broke into the holy mosque accompanied by Israeli policemen and illegal settlers.

Raids into the holy mosque by Israeli officials have recently increased, which deemed as a serious escalation and provocation of Muslims’ feelings.

In 2000, Israeli PM at the time Ariel Sharon broke into the holy mosque, sparking the second Intifada, which had continued for over 4 years.

(Source / 25.09.2019) 


Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces arrested last night eight Palestinians in addition to the Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem’s Affairs, Fadi Hadmi, after breaking into his house in occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli forces carried out raid campaign throughout occupied West Bank, arresting several locals as well.

Large numbers of Israeli soldiers broke into Hadmi’s house in occupied Jerusalem and arrested him after searching and vandalizing his house.

Israeli forces also broke into the house of Jerusalem’s Governor, Adnan Gheith, in Silwan in occupied Jerusalem but he wasn’t at the house at the time.

In occupied West Bank, local sources reported that Israeli forces stormed Nablus and targeted locals’ houses with stun grenades.

(Source / 25.09.2019) 


Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli forces started this morning demolition of buildings owned by native Palestinians in occupied Hebron and Shafa Amr in addition to a solidarity tent in eastern occupied Jerusalem.

In occupied Hebron, Israeli bulldozers demolished two buildings near the Fawwar refugee camp in southern Hebron.

In Shafa Amr, large numbers of Israeli soldiers stormed a house and demolished it only one day after demolition of another house in the city.

In occupied Jerusalem, Israeli forces rushed to demolish a solidarity ten in Sawahreh in eastern Jerusalem. The tent was set to protest construction of new settlement outpost in eastern Jerusalem.

Local sources stated that four Israeli bulldozers and three excavator drills headed to Qararah in Khan Younes in southern Gaza strip and started razing agricultural lands.

(Source / 25.09.2019) 

Arab states target Hamas members and fund-raising networks

He admitted, though, that there has been no new development in the issue of the Palestinians and Hamas members detained in Saudi Arabia

Member of Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas’s Political Bureau, Musa abu-Marzouq, has accused Arab states of targeting the movement’s members, supporters and fund-raising networks.

“Doing so they are serving American and Israeli agendas,” explained Abu- Marzouq. He stressed that Hamas does not interfere in the internal affairs of any of these countries.

It is believed that he was referring specifically to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both of which appear to have turned against the Palestinian movement in their rush to normalise relations with Israel.

When asked about Hamas efforts to release its members detained in the Arab world, Abu- Marzouq pointed out that “diplomatic action and media silence” is the preferred option. “We are trying to reach a quiet solution for the crisis inflicted upon our members.”

He admitted, though, that there has been no new development in the issue of the Palestinians and Hamas members detained in Saudi Arabia.

Efforts to relocate Palestinian refugees who live in Lebanon are being made in order to “push” them out of the host country, added the senior Hamas official, and remove the refugee issue from the international agenda, as happened in Kuwait, Syria, and Iraq.

He noted that conditions in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are very bad.

There are so-called emigration offices in the refugee camps in Lebanon, he confirmed. It is still unknown which countries are ready to open their doors to Palestinian refugees.

Among the issues which made life difficult for the Palestinian refugees, he said, is the relatively weak position of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

The US has been UNRWA’s biggest single donor but cut all funding last year. Israel has been lobbying to close down the Agency, a move which would basically cancel the refugee status of millions of Palestinians.

According to Abu- Marzouq, getting rid of the Palestinian refugee issue is part of the US deal of the century.

He insisted, though, that the refugees and their plight — and their legitimate right to return to their land — are “part and parcel” of the principles of the Palestinian cause.

(Source / 25.09.2019) 

Zionist Israel launches limited incursion into Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli occupation army on Tuesday morning carried out limited incursions into the northern and central areas of the Gaza Strip.

Quds Press said that eight Israeli bulldozers rolled a few hundred meters into the eastern area of Deir al-Balah City, in the central Gaza Strip, and razed Palestinian lands.

Meanwhile in the northern Gaza Strip, two military bulldozers moved into Palestinian farmlands east of Beit Hanoun town and leveled them.

(Source / 25.09.2019) 

Erdogan Deplores Israel’s Expansion Over Palestinian Land

Turkish president Recep Erdogan on Tuesday lashed out at the Israeli occupation state for gobbling the Palestinian land and persisting in its expansion activity.

Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York, Erdogan held an image of the time-lapsed map of occupied Palestine, which clearly showed how the Israel had gobbled Palestinian territories over the decades.  

“Where was Israel in 1947 and where is it now?” he said as he displayed the map in which Palestinian land marked in green color could be seen taken over by Israel.

“Israel is still expanding and Palestine is still shrinking,” he said.

“Palestinian territories under Israeli occupation have become one of the places on earth where “injustice prevails the most,” Erdogan added.

“If the images of an innocent Palestinian woman who was murdered heinously by Israeli security forces on the street just a few days ago cannot awake the consciences, then we are at a point where the words fail,” he said.

Turkey has “a clear stance” on the issue, Erdogan said. “The immediate establishment of an independent and homogeneous Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital is the solution,” he stressed, as he urged the international community and UN to provide “concrete support for the Palestinian people instead of mere promises

He also questioned the role and mission of UN, saying it failed to implement its own resolutions against Israel.

The Turkish president slammed the international community for standing idly by as Israel decided to seize the Golan Heights and the West Bank and kill any chance to establish the Palestinian state..

“How can the Golan Heights and the West Bank settlements be seized, just like the other occupied Palestinian territories, before the eyes of the world if they are not within the borders of this state,” he asked rhetorically.

“Is the aim of the initiative presented as the ‘Deal of the Century,’ to eliminate the presence of the state and people of Palestine?,” he said in reference to US president Donald Trump’s plan to end the Palestine-Israel conflict.

(Source / 25.09.2019)