Smoke rises after Israel carried out air strikes over Gaza City, Gaza on 12 November 2019
Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Avi Dichter believes that a military offensive is the only way to end Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza, Quds Press reported yesterday.
Dichter, who is the chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, former minister of internal security and former head of Shin Bet, said that Israel should carry out a military operation in Gaza similar to the one carried out in the occupied West Bank in 2002.
On 29 March 2002, late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced the start of the “Defensive Shield Operation” which ended on 3 May. It was aimed at ending the Second Intifada (2000-2005).
The Israeli army mobilised 30,000 troops for the operation, in which it used tanks, helicopters and attack fighters. Up to 240 Palestinians were killed, according to B’Tselem, and over 1,500 others were wounded as the Israeli army invaded most of the West Bank cities.
In November, Dichter told reporters that “Israel’s political and military leadership need to decide at a certain point to launch a campaign that will destroy the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza.”
Mourners carry the body of Omar al-Badawi during his funeral in al-Arroub refugee camp in the West Bank, 11 November, 2019
An Israeli soldier killed a Palestinian outside his home “for no reason whatsoever”, according to an investigation by human rights group B’Tselem.
Despite the fact that the shooting of Omar Al-Badawi in Al-’Arrub refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank was captured on film, B’Tselem does not expect any accountability.
The incident occurred on 11 November, when Israeli occupation forces were responding to protests by youth from the camp marking the 15th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death.
Soldiers entered the camp, firing rubber-coated metal bullets and using tear gas and stun grenades. In response, some camp residents threw stones and some Molotov cocktails at the soldiers.
At one point, a Molotov cocktail hit the front of a home belonging to the Al-Badawi family, setting fire to a vine and a power line.
Seeking to put out the fire, and as shown in video footage of the incident, 22-year-old Omar Al-Badawi slowly made his way down a passageway “holding a towel”, while “waving to the soldiers to signal he was coming”.
However, when Omar “reached the end of the passageway, a soldier standing further down the road opened fire and hit him in the chest”. Omar was pronounced dead about an hour later.
“A soldier shot and killed a man from some distance away, while he was trying to put out a fire at the entrance to his house,” stated B’Tselem, describing “the preposterous, outrageous, immoral and illegal circumstances” under which the Israeli army killed Omar “for no reason whatsoever”.
Israeli media initially reported that a soldier “felt danger due to the proximity of stone-throwers”, but a different report from the same day claimed a soldier opened fire because he saw Omar “in the area where Molotov cocktails were thrown, standing near a fire with a towel in his hand”.
Meanwhile, the “initial probe” supposedly revealed that the soldier thought the towel “was a Molotov cocktail”. Israeli military sources acknowledged Omar “did not pose a threat to the soldiers when he was shot, and that they should not have used live ammunition”.
While Israeli authorities have said the killing is being investigated by the Military Police Investigation Unit, B’Tselem said that “experience gained over the years shows that these investigations…are not designed to uncover the truth”, but are “merely part of the whitewashing mechanism”.
As such, B’Tselem added, such investigations “do nothing to affect the military’s open fire policy and certainly nothing to deter members of the security forces from unjustifiably using lethal fire against Palestinians, as they did in this case.”
“This places the responsibility for al-Badawi’s death not only on the soldier who shot and killed him, but on all those who allow such shootings to recur, time and time again, with no repercussions.”
Dozens of Palestinian laborers suffered from tear gas inhalation, on Sunday, as near al-Ziraeia gate, along the Apartheid Wall, west of the town of Qaffin, northeast of the city of Tulkarem, northern occupied West Bank.
Alray reported that Israeli forces pursued a group of laborers on their way to their jobs, inside the pre-1948 occupied territory and fired tear gas canisters towards them, causing several suffocation injuries among them.
It is worth mentioning that a Palestinian laborer was shot and injured by the Israeli soliders at the same gate almost one week ago, and two brothers were shot and injured, on Saturday, at al-Ziraeia gate, built along the Apartheid Wall, west of Nazlat ‘Isa, north of the city of Tulkarem.
Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli forces carried out a large-scale arrest campaign that targeted Palestinian children in occupied West Bank last night.
QNN correspondents said Israeli soldiers raided several villages and searched houses for “Palestinians wanted by the Shin Bet”, as they claimed.
Confrontations erupted between locals and Israeli soldiers following the Israeli raids. Israeli forces used live ammunition and tear gas against the locals but no injuries were reported.
The Israelis stormed Arroub refugee camp in Hebron and arrested three children, who were identified as Hussam Ahmad Badawi, Munjed Ahmad Badawi, and Maen Nayef Badawi. Other four young Palestinians were arrested in Beit Kahel and Ithna in occupied Hebron.
In Northern Tulkarem, Israeli forces stormed and vandalized houses before arresting six Palestinians, most of whom are former prisoners.
Five Palestinians were also arrested in Bireh, Tulkarem, and Nablus. Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers stormed the house of a relative of the martyr Ashraf Na’alweh and interrogated residents.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- A report issued by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Centre for Studies (PCBS) revealed that the occupation state had arrested 3750 Palestinians from occupied Jerusalem since Trump’s administration announced that Jerusalem is the capital of ‘Israel’ nearly two years ago.
According to the report, 1070 children have been arrested. 171 women and girls, including minors, wounded women, mothers, and women who have been staging a sit-in in Al-Aqsa Mosque, have been also arrested.
Riyad Al-Ashqar, spokesman and researcher for the PCBs, said that the Occupation authorities had increased their aggression against the Jerusalemites since Trump’s announcement, to force them to accept the decision, and not to allow them to catch their breath and prepare for more confrontation.
The arrests were carried out in all the villages, towns, and districts of Jerusalem. Yet, Issawiya was primarily targeted by this campaign, as 1400 locals were arrested, followed by Shuafat, 498 arrests, then Silwan, 504, Old City, 429, and Al-Aqsa Mosque, 344 while the rest of the arrestees were from different Palestinian villages and towns.
According to the report, the Israelis arrested 1070 children and put them under house arrest. 74 children under the age of 12 were also arrested.
A Palestinian young man was shot and wounded on Sunday morning when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) were chasing a number of Palestinian workmen near the separation wall north of Tulkarem City in the northern West Bank.
Local sources said that the IOF heavily fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters at a group of Palestinian workers who were heading to their workplaces in the 1948 occupied territories though a gate in the separation wall.
They added that one of the workers suffered a live bullet injury and was evacuated by Palestinian Red Crescent crews for treatment.
According to eyewitnesses, a large number of IOF soldiers stormed Qaffin town, north of Tulkarem, and chased a group of Palestinian workmen near the separation wall in an attempt to arrest them, but no arrests were reported.
Recently dozens of Palestinian workmen have been injured or arrested by the IOF in the West Bank during their attempts to enter the 1948 occupied territories through separation wall gates for work.
A delegation from Hamas, led by the head of the movement’s political bureau Ismail Haneyya, on Saturday met with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul.
The meeting addressed in depth many important Palestinian issues especially Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as Turkey’s role in supporting the Palestinian people.
The two sides also discussed the latest developments related to the Palestinian elections to be held and the efforts being made to achieve reconciliation and end the internal division.
They also touched on the tragic humanitarian situation in the besieged Gaza Strip and Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
For his part, Haneyya hailed Turkey and President Erdoğan for their incessant support for the Palestinian people and their just cause.
The meeting was attended by senior Hamas officials, including Maher Salah, Hamas’s chief abroad, Khalil al-Hayya, head of the Media office, Izzat al-Resheq, head of the Arab and Islamic Relations Office, and Jehad Yaghmour, the movement’s representative in Turkey.