Israel arrests Palestine TV crews in Jerusalem

Israel released the Palestine TV crew hours later and issued them 15 day stop work orders threatening to fine them 2,000 shekels ($576) for every day they violate the order

Israeli soldiers arrested a Palestine TV crew in Jerusalem this morning after confiscating their cameras and broadcast equipment.

A producer with Palestine TV Nader Bibars reported that Israeli intelligence officers broke into the film set during the broadcast of “Good Morning Jerusalem” on the Mount of Olives in occupied East Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses confirmed to Ma’an News Agency that the presenter of the programme, Dana Abu Shamsiya, cameraman, Amir Abed Rabbo, and the guest on the show, Mohammed Abbasi, were all arrested and taken to a police station.

Meanwhile, a filming crew based in the Damascus Gate (Bab Al-Amoud) area, one of the entrances to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, was also harassed by Israeli occupation soldiers who detained Palestine TV reporter Christine Rinawi and cameraman Ali Yassin, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

READ: Israel tries to hide its crimes by shooting journalists

Palestine TV is a local broadcaster funded by the Palestinian Authority (PA). Israeli authorities routinely suppress any PA-supported, or linked, activity in occupied East Jerusalem.

Following the incidents, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the detention of the Palestine TV crew in Jerusalem, describing the arrests as a part of the Israeli government’s scheme to entrench Israeli control over the occupied city of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

This is not only an attack against freedom of speech but to Palestinian presence in Jerusalem; it’s part of a larger campaign against any voices showing the reality of Israel’s occupation. We demand the immediate release of the 3 members of Palestine TV crew detained today.

— Dr. Saeb Erakat الدكتور صائب عريقات (@ErakatSaeb) December 6, 2019

He called on the international community to take action and put pressure on the Israeli government to halt its attacks against the Palestinian people and its violations of press freedoms.

The Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) joined in condemning the detention, slamming it as a “crime added to the list of crimes committed against Palestinian media outlets and journalists.”

The incidents come after Israeli soldiers shut down Palestine TV’s office and several other Palestinian institutions last month in the occupied city of Jerusalem after raiding them and confiscating files and surveillance cameras.

A notice was issued by the Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to the PCB, which stated the office will be closed for six months, accusing it of organising activities under the auspices of the PA within Jerusalem.

Israel released the Palestine TV crew hours later and issued them 15 day stop work orders threatening to fine them 2,000 shekels ($576) for every day they violate the order.

READ: WhatsApp blocks hundreds of Palestinian journalists’ accounts

(Source / 06.12.2019)

US Congress advances resolution endorsing two-states for Israelis and Palestinians

US Congress on Capitol Hill, Washington DC Date, on 4 December 2008 [Wikipedia]

US Congress on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, on 4 December 2008

The United States Congress advanced a new resolution supporting a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, which can be brought to the floor for a vote.

According to a report in the Hill, lawmakers “adopted two amendments meant to satisfy Republican and Democratic demands to achieve bipartisan consensus”.

Ultimately, however, the report continued, “only about a dozen Republicans are likely to cross the aisle in a final vote”, amidst claims that the resolution is “redundant and partisan”.

House Resolution 326 – which would put Congress on record as backing a two-state solution – is seen as a counterweight to the Trump administration’s efforts – both practical and rhetorical – to move away from support for a Palestinian state.

The two amendments added yesterday, which set up a vote on the full text today, reaffirm US military support for Israel, and call for a resumption of humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.

According to the Hill, the former amendment was added at the request of Republicans, to “counter efforts by progressive Democrats calling for conditioning military aid to Israel to push them into negotiations with the Palestinians”.

READ: The implementation of the deal of the century continues but must be rejected

In response, “to satisfy Democrats upset over the inclusion of military aid”, the latter amendment was added, stressing the importance of US aid to the Palestinians, cut by the Trump administration.

The final resolution has created displeasure amongst proponents of Palestinian rights, including Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who told the Hill that she plans to speak out before it goes for a full vote.

“I think with my direct ties of actually having not only a grandmother there, but a number of relatives, for us to truly get a peaceful resolution, I think we need to be honest brokers and tell the truth and the fact that the word occupation was taken out [of the resolution], it tells you that we’re not being honest,” Tlaib said.

Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, told the Hill that while she is “not happy” with the inclusion of an amendment on military aid, “it was the best we could negotiate and I think that it’s so important to restate our commitment to two-states”.

Jayapal added that the resolution will not stop calls to condition aid over policies such as settlement expansion or potential future annexation moves.

“I’m still going to look at any aid package from the perspective of, is this aid being used for human rights violations that the United States would not come to standby,” Jayapal said.

Long-time Israel advocates, meanwhile, criticised the resolution, with Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY) slamming what he predicted would be “one of the most partisan votes to ever take place regarding Israel ever in the history of the House of Representatives”.

(Source / 06.12.2019)

Report: Israel group spreading fake news about US Congresswomen Tlaib, Omar

Rashida Tlaib, Palestinian-American Congresswoman

US Democratic Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have been subjected to far-right, Islamophobic fake news that is being composed and spread on Facebook by an Israeli group, reported the Guardian. 

The investigation revealed how 21 far-right Facebook pages were used to disseminate the hate-fuelled disinformation to more than one million followers across the US, Australia, the UK, Canada, Austria, Israel and Nigeria.

The Israel-based scheme was organised by Israelis for the purpose of gaining a profit from digital advertising

Left-wing politicians were also targeted during critical points in national election campaigns, after false stories about the UK Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, were posted on the Facebook pages.

READ: New app allows Congresswomen Tlaib, Omar to tour the West Bank

The paper said that the social media posts “inflame Islamophobia for profit” and have directly mentioned Omar more than 1,400 times, and Tlaib nearly 1,200 times as attempts to smear the US politicians, since the campaign began two years ago.

In a statement, Omar said foreign interference is a grave threat to democracy and that “these are malicious actors operating in a foreign country, Israel, spreading misinformation and hate speech to influence elections in the United States.”

She told The Guardian: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Facebook’s complacency is a threat to our democracy.”

“It has become clear that they do not take seriously the degree to which they provide a platform for white nationalist hate and dangerous misinformation in this country and around the world.”

“And there is a clear reason for this,” Omar added, “they profit off it.”

Tech giant Facebook told the Guardian that it has taken down many of the identified posts and accounts for using misinformation to generate advertising revenue – but failed to address the hateful nature of the posts.

Both congresswomen Omar and Tlaib have been the target of bigoted rhetoric by US President Donald Trump and have received death threats from far-right white supremacists.

Earlier this year, they became the first members of the US Congress to be banned from entering Israel with US President Donald Trump said that the state would show “great weakness” if it let them in.

US’ Tlaib: As Americans we should all be disturbed that Israel banned our visit 

(Source / 06.12.2019)

Lawyers for Mavi Marmara Raid Victims to Appeal Recent ICC Decision

Families of those killed by Israeli forces, aboard an aid flotilla heading for the besieged Gaza Strip, in 2010, will appeal the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s recent decision not to press charges against Tel Aviv.

Their lawyers announced the news on Thursday, three days after the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said there was “no reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation.”

In a statement, lawyers said that the decision showed that the “intent is to safeguard Israel — so blatantly and flagrantly right under the international community’s nose — against any indictments of war crimes.”

Bensouda’s decision was made three months after the tribunal’s judges in The Hague ordered her, for a second time, to reconsider her earlier refusals and to launch an investigation into the case.

On May 31, 2010, Israeli naval commandos, from speedboats and helicopters, attacked the Gaza Freedom Flotilla comprising six civilian ships in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, killing nine Turkish citizens, including a teenager with dual Turkish-US citizenship, on board the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara.

A 10th Turkish national later succumbed to his injuries in a hospital, in 2014. The Israeli attack also wounded some 50 other people on board the ship.

The flotilla was trying to reach the Gaza Strip and deliver desperately-needed humanitarian aid to the inhabitants of the blockaded sliver.

Israel’s military raid against the civilian flotilla was met with global condemnation. The United Nations Security Council at the time called for a prompt investigation into the incident and the UN Human Rights Council described the attack as “outrageous.”

A large number of human rights groups also slammed the raid, while dozens of protests were held in support of the victims’ cause, in several countries, including Turkey, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Sweden.

“We expect the High Court to accept our appeal and initiate the investigation by overturning the prosecutor’s decision,” the lawyers further said in their joint statement, on Thursday.

In 2014, Bensouda said that she would not prosecute Israel over the incident, claiming that the case was “not of sufficient gravity” to come before the ICC.

Lawyers of the families also said in the statement that the tragic incident was not an isolated problem and that the Bensouda “willfully refuses” to open investigations involving Palestinian causes.

Some four months after the incident, Ankara suspended its military ties with Tel Aviv and expelled the Israeli envoy from Turkey over Israel’s refusal to apologize for the killing.

Furthermore, a criminal court in Turkey, in 2014, issued arrest warrants for four Israeli military officers, deemed by the Turkish government as the main culprits in the case, and turned over the warrants to Interpol to arrest the suspects, but to no avail.

Turkey and Israel, however, normalized relations in June 2016 after a series of not very public negotiations. An agreement to normalize the ties entailed the payment of $20 million in compensation for the families of the victims

Gaza has been under Israeli siege since June of 2007, which has caused a severe decline in living standards, PNN further reports.

The occupying regime has also launched three major wars against the enclave since 2008, killing thousands of Gazans, each time, and shattering the impoverished territory’s already poor infrastructure.

(Source / 06.12.2019)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 Nov. – 04 Dec. 2019)


This week, PCHR documented 159 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory.

As part of the Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity:

In terms of excessive use of force, IOF killed 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 8 others in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  On 29 November 2019, IOF killed Fahd Mohammed al-Astal (16) and injured 7 other civilians, including 5 children, in use of excessive force against the protesters in eastern Khan Younis.  The next day in the West Bank, Badawi Khaled Badawi Masalmah (18) was killed and 2 children were arrested after IOF opened fire at them when they were throwing stones at Israeli vehicles passing on the road between “Negohot” and “Shegav” settlements adjacent to Beit ‘Awwa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron.

Under IOF incursions and house raids, 92 incursions into the West Bank were reported. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, arresting and/or injuring many others. During this week’s incursions, 74 Palestinians were arrested, including 12 children and a woman.  In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire twice at the eastern Gaza Strip while they opened fire twice at the fishing boats off the Gaza Strip shore.

Under the settlement expansion activities in the West Bank, PCHR documented 8 IOF violations that included construction works interrupted in an agricultural road in Hebron; 40 olive seedlings uprooted, west of Salfit; an under-construction house demolished in Nablus;  a construction vehicle demolished under the pretext of being built without license in Area (C) in disregard for the construction license the owner obtained from the Palestinian Authority; 2 water tanks destroyed in the Northern Jordan Valleys; a tin-plate dwelling dismantled in Hebron; and a cement mixer confiscated in Salfit.  Moreover, the Israeli Defence Minister, Naftali Bennett, approved the construction of 31 new settlement units in the vegetable market area in the centre of Hebron’s Old City, noting that the market was seized and completely closed in 1994 following the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre in Hebron as it was owned by the Hebron municipality and residents.  As such, settlement outpost no. 21 would takeover Hebron city center and parameters.

PCHR also documented 3 settler-attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, including burning a car and puncturing tires of 4 other cars in Ramallah in addition to attacking agricultural lands in Nablus and writing racist slogans on the walls.

In terms of the Israeli closure policy, the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. Furthermore, IOF uses Erez Crossing that is designated for movement of individuals as an ambush to arrest Palestinians who obtain permits to exit via Israel.  During the reporting period, IOF arrested a Palestinian businessman from Rafah while on his way to Israel.  Meanwhile, the West Bank is divided into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted and they are subject to arrest as 7 Palestinians were arrested this week only.

  1. Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the Gaza Strip
  • At approximately 14:30 on Friday, 29 November 2019, at least 300 Palestinian civilians took part in the Great March of Return (GMR) camps in Khuza’a village, east of Khan Younis, despite that the GMR’s Supreme National Authority cancelled the protests that day. Dozens of civilians, including young men and children, approached the border fence, chanted national slogans and raised the Palestinian flags, while some protestors attempted to threw stones.  IOF stationed along the border fence fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, Fahed Walid Mohammed al-Astal (16), from Khan Younis, was deemed in critical health condition after IOF shot him with a live bullet in the abdomen. At approximately 15:08, al-Astal was transferred to Gaza European Hospital and he died shortly after his arrival at the hospital. Moreover, 7 civilians were shot and injured, including 5 children, after they were shot with live and rubber bullets and their injuries were classified as moderate.

PCHR documented 215 killings by Israel since the outbreak of the protests on 30 March 2018, including 47 children, 2 women, 9 persons with disabilities, 4 paramedics and 2 journalists. Additionally, 14,713 were wounded, including 3,696 children, 387 women, 253 paramedics and 218 journalists, noting that many of those injured had sustained multiple injuries on separate occasions.

  1. Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity
  • At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 28 November 2019, Israeli soldiers heavily fired tear gas canisters at houses in al-Thuhor neighbourhood, south of Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, adjacent to the “Karmi Tsur” settlement. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. IOF claimed that they were attacked with stones in the abovementioned area.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 29 November 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at a group of Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. They also fired a number of artillery shells near the boats. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 11:40 on the same Friday, Israeli soldiers stationed adjacent to Far’oun village’s entrance, south of Tulkarm, fired live and rubber bullets at a number of Palestinian workers, who attempted to sneak into Israel for work. As a result, Ahmed Samer Matar (24), from Tulkarm, was shot with a live bullet to the left foot.
  • At approximately 16:00 on the same Friday, IOF stationed along the border fence, northeast of Jabalia, northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at the area adjacent to the border; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 17:00 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian youngsters gathered at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, where IOF stationed at a military checkpoint, and threw stones at the Israeli military vehicles. The soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a number of youngsters suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. The clashes continued for 2 hours; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 20:00 on 30 November 2019, Israeli authorities declared the death of Badawi Khalid Badawi Masalmah (18) and arresting Mohammed Osamah Qasem al-Masalma (16) and Mohammed Ismail ‘Aqel Masalma (16) after shooting them while they were at road that links “Negohot” and “Sheqif” settlements, adjacent to Beit ‘Awa village, southwest of Hebron.

According to PCHR’s investigation, at approximately 18:20, 3 young men reached an agricultural land, linking between “Negohot” and “Sheqif” settlements established on confiscated lands, west of Durra. They attempted to threw stones at military vehicles passing by. When they approached the area, Israeli soldiers opened fire at them after they set a trap for them. As a result, Badawi Khalid Masalma (18) was shot with several live bullets while the 2 other children were detained in the area, while IOF back-ups arrived at the area and the soldiers banned the ambulances to reach the area. Half an hour later, the 3 young men were transferred from the area to a military camp at the entrance of “Sheqif” settlement, adjacent to the annexation wall, west of the city. IOF declared later that Masalma died and did not give any information about the other 2 children. After the news of Masalma’s death, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in the area, set tires on fire near the military watchtower, and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed in the area. The soldiers responded with a barrage of sound bombs and tear gas canisters; no casualties were reported. IOF phone called the families of the detained children and informed them that their sons are arrested without giving other information. The Palestinian Liaison was informed that Badawi’s dead body will not be delivered to them.

  • At approximately 09:50 on Sunday, 01 December 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed in northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire and chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 15:45 on Wednesday, 04 December 2019, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, fired tear gas canisters at agricultural lands, east of al-Qararah northeast of the city. As a result, farmers had to leave the area.

Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 28 November 2019, IOF and the Israeli Civil Administration backed by military construction vehicles moved into ‘Atous area in western Hebron. IOF were deployed in the area and Israeli Civil Administration officers informed the municipality employees to stop construction works in an agricultural road, which was planned by the Municipality to improve services provided for farmers in Area C.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into al-Mahajer area, west of Salfit, demolished retaining walls surrounding an 8-dunum agricultural land and uprooted 30 olive seedlings planted 3 years ago. The seedlings belong to the heirs of the deceased Mohamed Hasan Abu Yaseen.
  • At approximately 09:15 on Thursday, IOF accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration and military construction vehicles moved into ‘Asirah village, north of Nablus. They stationed in al-Sraiej area where they demolished Mo’amer Mohamed Rashid Hamadna’s 2-storey house. The house was built on an 320 area of square meters 2 years ago. Hamadna received a notice to stop construction works in his house on 10 July 2019, noting that IOF confiscated and detained a bulldozer from the construction site for 35 days and fined Hamadna of NIS 6,500 in detention fees. It should be noted that Hamadna obtained a construction license from ‘Asirah Municipality and has documents from the Palestinian Land Authority proving that the plot of land where the house was built is in Area B which falls under PA jurisdiction according to the Oslo Accords. Hamadna stated that the Israeli notice classified his land in Area C, which requires an Israeli license for construction and the PA license is not relevant. Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC) held 2 hearings in Beit Eill Court to stop this decision and license the house, however it ruled in favor of the demolition on 13 October 2019. Hamadna appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court to stop demolition, but he was shocked when IOF raided his house and demolished it before the hearing.
  • At approximately 06:30 on Tuesday, 03 December 2019, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Tubas in northern Jordan Valley and bulldozed 2 water wells used for agricultural purposes; the first well belongs to Tubas Association while the second belongs to ‘Adnan Mukhaibar Mujali Sawaftah. It should be noted that the first well fed 5 residential communities.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, IOF and the Israeli Civil Administration backed by military construction vehicles moved into Dir al-Shams area in Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers dismantled Emtiyaz Khalil Ahmed Za’areer (29)’s 70sqm tin-plate house, loaded it on a truck and confiscated it and handed Ms. Za’areer a list of confiscated items and a notice to stop construction works. They gave her 7 days to settle legal matters with competent authorities. It should be noted that the house was built a month ago.
  • At approximately 20:30 on Tuesday, IOF raided a cement factory belonging to ‘Izz al-Deen Meri’ in Salfit’s Qarawet Bani Hassan village. They confiscated a cement mixer under the pretext of being in Area C.
  • In the same context, the Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett issued a decision to start building 31 new settlement units in vegetable market area in the center of Hebron which was closed since 1994. In 2017-2018, the settlers’ attacks increased against Palestinians living in the closed area, which is surrounded by 20 military checkpoints. IOF also continue their attacks on shop owners to force them to close their shops or sell them to settlers.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Wednesday, 04 December 2019, Israeli bulldozers demolished residential and agricultural facilities in Abu Nowaar and Abu Hendy Bedouin Communities, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, to implement settlement plan “E1”. The representative of Abu Nowaar Bedouin Community, Abu ‘Emad al-Jahaleen, said that Jerusalem Municipality staff accompanied with bulldozers moved into the community under tight IOF protection. They demolished 2 houses and dismantled an agricultural barrack before confiscating it. After that, IOF moved into Abu Hendy Bedouin Community and demolished 2 houses under the pretext of non-licensing. The Israeli government seeks to displace the Palestinian Bedouin communities in order to establish a settlement project called Israel-1E, which aims at separating the southern West Bank from its center and maintaining control of Jerusalem.
  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • At approximately 02:30 on Friday, 28 November 2019, Israeli settlers, from “Rimonim“ settlement, which is established in the southern side of al-Tiba village, northeast of Ramallah. The settlers burned Roland Baseer’s (36) vehicle. They also vandalized houses and walls with racist slurs against Arabs and Muslims.
  • On Friday, Israeli settlers, from “Rahalim“ settlement, which is established on the northern lands of al-Sawiyia village in Nablus, cut 30 olive trees planted 30-40 years ago from Mohamed Yousef Suliman’s land. On Tuesday, 26 November 2019, the settlers cut 30 other olive trees from the same land.
  • At approximately 04:25 on Friday, Israeli settlers moved into Dir ‘Ammar village, west of Ramallah. They punctured the tires of 4 vehicles and vandalized them with racist slurs against Arabs and Muslims. Head of the Village Committee, Hasan Rushdi, said that the attack occurred in “al-Maghshi” area, which is located in the outskirts of the village. The affected vehicles belong to Ibrahim Mohamed Badha and Khamis Badha.

Full document available at the official website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

(Source / 06.12.2019)

In Video| ‘Israel’ arrests four journalists and a former prisoner in Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces increased their attacks against journalists in Palestine, arresting four journalists from Palestine TV and a former prisoner, who was a guest in a program and at the channel’s office in Jerusalem.

Israeli forces arrested journalist Dana Abu Shamsiyyeh and photojournalist Amir Abed Rabbo, while they were filming “Good Morning Jerusalem” show. The forces also arrested the guest of the program, former prisoner Muhammad Abbasi.

In the same context, Israeli forces arrested on Thursday journalist Kristine Rinawi and photojournalist Ali Yaseen from the Bab Al Amoud area in occupied Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Public Authority for Radio and Television held the occupation state responsible for the safety of the journalists and stressed that it will pursue the issue by all the means available to it.

It also urged the United Nations and European Union to immediately intervene in order to stop Israel’s crimes against journalists and the freedom of expression in Palestine.

(Source / 06.12.2019)

‘Israel’ demolished 165 houses in Jerusalem this year

Ramallah (QNN)- An Israeli NGO said that Israeli authorities demolished 165 houses in occupied Jerusalem this year under the pretext of being build without permission.

Spokesperson for B’Tselem organization, Kareem Jobran, said the Israeli municipality has scaled up its house demolition policy and refused to reveal its charts, which organize Palestinians’ house construction in occupied Jerusalem.

Jobran stated that in addition to 165 houses that were demolished, the Israelis imposed large fines on Palestinians in the city, which pushed many of them to demolish their houses.

He also said that the Israelis canceled all the old construction charts, which were adopted by Jordan before the Israeli occupation of the city, and declared most Palestinian areas natural reserves and archaeological sites to demolish Palestinians’ houses and prevent them from construction.

(Source / 06.12.2019)

Israeli forces open fire at peaceful protesters in Gaza, wounds 37

MoH: Four of the wounded suffered moderate to serious injuries

Israeli occupation forces opened fire at peaceful Palestinian protesters in Gaza, wounding 37, including women and children, Palestinian Ministry of Health reported.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement that 10 children were among the wounded and one paramedic from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

According to the statement, four of the wounded suffered moderate to serious injuries.

Palestinians resumed their weekly protests along the eastern fence of Gaza in protest against the 13-year-old Israeli siege and to reinforce the right of return for the Palestinians who were displaced from their homes by the Zionist Jewish gangs in 1948.

Since the start of the demonstrations, the Israeli occupation forces have killed more than 315 protesters and wounded about 30,000 others.

(Source / 06.12.2019)

Great Return March: 37 Palestinians injured by Israeli forces

At least 37 Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli forces attacked thousands of protesters taking part in the weekly Great March of Return at Gaza border.

The Ministry of Health reported that The Israeli forces injured 37 Palestinian non-violent protesters,(4) were wounded with live ammunition,east of Gaza Strip in the 83nd Friday of the GMR.

The Ministry added that A Palestinian Red Crescent volunteer paramedic was wounded with a rubber-coated metal bullet by Israeli occupation forces in the east of Khan Yunis southern Gaza Strip.

Dozens of protesters sustained inhalation from teargas fired by the Israeli forces.

Some of the wounded were moved to hospital and many others were treated in the field hospitals.

Over 300 Palestinians have been killed and more than 30,000 injured by Israeli forces since the outbreak of the Great March of Return protests at Gaza border on March 30, 2018.

The weekly protests call for lifting the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and for the return of the Palestinian refugees to their ancestral homes in pre-1948 Palestine.

(Source/ 06.12.2019)

International support growing for BDS Movement, supporting Palestine

PALESTINOW.COM — European Union (EU) countries’ are taking steps towards boycotting the Israeli apartheid system, using its legal, legislative and parliamentary institutions to oppose the occupation, Palestine News Network reported.

The EU condemned the Trump administration’s positions and policies carried out in the Palestinian Territories, occupied by Israel since 1967, especially in Jerusalem regarding the Israeli settlements, and the two-state solution.

Within this context, the EU’s Supreme Court has approved labeling Israeli goods produced in settlements built in the Palestinian territories, and exported to the EU. It should also be noted that the EU always asserts that settlements are “illegal, and are an obstacle for achieving peace.”

At the international level, events and activities highlighted the growing international determination to end the Israeli occupation, condemning its ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people, as well as its denial of their legitimate rights recognized by many UN resolutions.

Within the framework, Harvard Law School students left a conference hall in New York soon after the Israeli Consul, Danny Dayan, started his speech about the legality of the Israeli settlements.

A video was aired showing the students leaving the hall, but the students went on their stand of solidarity outside the hall, holding up banners that read “Israeli settlements are illegal”, and “settlements are war crimes.”

In Canada, scores of students and demonstrators, in solidarity with Palestinian, protested at the York University Campus in Toronto, as it hosted Israeli Occupation Army’s reservist soldiers, who came to talk about their experiences while serving in the Army. They also organized campaign anti-hosting such soldiers, and chanted slogans such as “no for hosting killers,” and “Free Palestine.”

In Switzerland, the Algerian National Deaf Team withdrew from the International Futsal Championship, held in Switzerland vis-a-vis the Israeli Occupation National Team, stressing that Algerians reject normalization of relations with Israel.

In Turkey, former UN rapporteur in Palestine, Richard Falk announced the formation of an international coalition to encounter and dismantle the Israeli apartheid system in the Palestinian Territories, using all possible legal means, including boycott activities.

In the Netherlands, the Dutch government announced in Parliament that it would continue to carry out the European policy of labeling the Israeli settlements’ goods, in line with the Luxemburg Court of Justice’s resolution.

In Sweden, the new Foreign Minister, Anne Linda, said that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a legitimate movement, and that her country’s government “doesn’t see a similarity between its activities and any other activities of anti-Semitism.” Stating that BDS is a non-violent movement concerned with human rights, democracy, freedom of expression, and ending occupation.

In the US, 107 lawmakers of the democratic members at the US House of Representatives signed a petition calling on Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo to reverse the decision to legalize Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The petition came days after Pompeo’s announcement that his country no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to violate the International Law.
Lawmakers expressed their strong rejection of the State Department’s decision.

Within the same context, 5 EU countries rejected the new American position on Israeli settlements; France, Germany, Britain, Belgium and Poland in a joint statement, made it clear that “every settlement activity is illegal under international law, undermining the possibility of a two-state solution, and the prospect of lasting peace. Thus, we call on Israel to ban all settlement activities.”

Moreover, a recent poll on the BDS movement showed that, most democrats view it as a legitimate movement, with aims to pressure Israel to comply with international resolutions and laws, to stop settlements and end the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Israeli Authorities deported director of Human Rights Watch, Omar Shaker from Israel and the Palestinian territories, claiming that he is pro-BDS and participates in its anti-Israel activities.

In Palestine, the Luxembourg Court of Justice’s resolution to label Israeli settlements’ goods, was considered to be a victory to be added to a series of moral attitudes that support the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people, and dismiss the Israeli claims.

In its weekly report, the National Bureau for Defending the Land and Resisting Settlements welcomed the Luxembourg Court of Justice’s resolution on the legality of the labeling Israeli settlements’ goods, which were established in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in 1967.

The Bureau described the resolutions as a long-awaited moral victory, as a result of hard-work and formidable efforts, led by BDS in the EU countries to isolate the Israeli apartheid system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Likewise, the Palestinian National Boycott Committee and BDS’ leadership worldwide welcomed the decision approved by the newly elected Oslo City’s Council led by the Socialist Left Party -SV- and the Labor and Green parties, to ban Israeli settlement goods and services.

(Source / 06.12.2019)