A pause for journalists in Gaza in solidarity with their colleagues in Lebanon

Dozens of Palestinian journalists participated, Thursday evening, in a solidarity stand organized by the Committee to Support Journalists in Gaza in support of the press institutions that were destroyed in the Beirut port explosion.

Many trade union organizations and press frameworks, as well as civil society institutions and scholars, participated in the stand organized in the center of Gaza City.

The Chairman of the Committee to Support Journalists, Saleh Al-Masry, said, during a speech, that this solidarity stand, which was interspersed with candlelight, is the least duty towards the Lebanese people and the Lebanese media institutions that were seriously injured by the explosion that occurred in the port of Beirut.

The Egyptian journalist pointed out that dozens of Lebanese, Arab and even Palestinian institutions operating in Lebanon were subjected to extensive destruction, and several Lebanese, Arab and Palestinian colleagues were injured.

And he considered that the Arab and Islamic solidarity campaign, especially the Palestinian ones, with the Lebanese people and with the Lebanese media institutions, confirms the authenticity of the Palestinian people, who have always stood by the Arab peoples in all the difficult stations.

(Source / 08.08.2020)

Hamas member wounded in car bomb attack

Bilal Ghali, a Hamas member in Lebanon was wounded in car bomb attack, 7 August 2020 [RoolaRoola4/Twitter]
Bilal Ghali, a Hamas member in Lebanon was wounded in car bomb attack, 7 August 2020 

The Palestinian Islamic Movement Hamas announced on Friday that one of its members in Lebanon was wounded in an attack targeted his car, Arabi21 reported.

According to a statement issued by Hamas, Arabi 21 said that the wounded Hamas member is Bilal Ghali, noting that he sustained light injuries.

Reporting local Lebanese media, Arabi 21 said that Ghali was a bodyguard of one of senior Hamas leaders in exile.

Hamas’ statement said that the movement is following up the issue in order to know the background of the incident and get more details around it.

The Lebanese media reported that Ghali is the bodyguard of Hamas Chief of International Relations Osama Hamdan, who had been subject to a failed assassination attempt in the past and he could be the target for this attack.

READ: Palestinians in the face of occupation and a pandemic

(Source / 08.08.2020)

Security chaos claims lives of 4 Palestine citizens since March in West Bank

Palestinian Authority Security forces raid a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank [file photo]
Palestinian Authority Security forces in the West Bank [file photo]

Since March 2020, four Palestinians have been killed due to security chaos in the occupied West Bank, including a senior security officer.

Three of them were killed by the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces while they were imposing lockdown measures related to the coronavirus. The security officer was killed in clashes between two families.

Emad Dweekat, a Fatah secretary from the Balata Refugee Camp in Nablus, was killed by the security forces as they were trying to close a shop which opened its doors despite lockdown.

Khalil Shehadeh Al-Sheikh, 47, was a senior officer at the Protective Security Apparatus. He is the brother of the PA Civil Affairs Minister Hussein Al-Sheikh and was close to PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

He was killed during clashes between two families in Al-Bireh, near the city of Ramallah. Sources close to the incident believe he was killed in revenge of the killing of Dweekat.

In March, Salah Zakarneh from Jenin was killed when the security forces violently dispersed a group of people celebrating the release of a Palestinian from Israeli prison. The gathering was a violation of lockdown measures.

READ: Israel soldiers detain 4 Palestinians across the West Bank

The security forces killed Alaa Omriyeh from Al-Eizariya in occupied Jerusalem while they were forcing a family out from land owned by the municipality of the neighbourhood.

All of these cases were closed by an order from the PA, and no findings in any of the cases have been released.

The Independent Commission for Human Rights revealed, according to Safa News Agency, that these killings happened due to a: “Misuse of arms by the PA officers.”

The commission called for reviewing the use of arms in conflicts and dispersing gatherings, insisting that there should be restrictions on the use of arms.

It called for opening a criminal investigation and holding the people who opened fire accountable for the deaths.

(Source / 08.08.2020)

Israelis do not support Palestinian equality

Israeli settlers gather next to their flag on a rooftop of a house in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank on 12 June 2018 [Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images]
Israeli settlers gather next to their flag on a rooftop of a house in the West Bank on 12 June 2018 

By Asa Winstanley

It is a common platitude amongst some of the weaker parts of the Palestine solidarity movement that “Israelis want peace” and do not support their government’s policies of oppression against the Palestinians and other Arabs peoples.

But the facts simply don’t bear this out. Let’s take a cursory examination of some Israeli polling data.

poll of Israeli Jews taken at the end of last year shows that 55 per cent support “unilateral annexation” of all, or the majority, of the West Bank in one form or another.

It is unclear from the think tank’s data how many of the remaining 45 per cent still support another form of this blatant theft of Palestinian land and homes, so long as it is not “unilateral” – i.e. green-lighted by the imperialist power headquartered in Washington DC.

READ: The Beirut explosion has serious implications for Israel and Hezbollah

This indicates that the vast majority of Israeli society supports the military occupation and theft of Palestinian land, which annexation represents. Israel’s Jews-only settlements are illegal under international law – in fact, they are a war crime.

The same poll shows that 66 per cent of Israeli Jews agree with the openly racist statement that the Arab countries surrounding Israel are a “jungle” in which Israeli civilisation has been established.

With such a wide degree acceptance of racism and violence against the Indigenous people of Palestine within Israeli society, it is very clear that such disturbing views are not confined merely to the political right within Zionism.

The author of an essay published this week on the issue of Israeli settlements, in the leading Israeli liberal Zionist publication Haaretz, explained how it was, in reality, the so-called “left-wing” of Zionism which historically founded the first illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank – not the right-wing Likud governments which began in 1977.

The first Israeli colonies in the West Bank were established immediately after the conclusion of Israel’s 1967 war of aggression against the Palestinian people – which resulted in the illegal occupation of the remainder of historic Palestine (the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem) along with large parts of Syria and a massive swathe of Egypt.

It was not Likud, or the hardcore religious-Zionist settler colonists who did any of this – it was the Israeli government of the Alignment – the forerunner of the Israeli Labor Party.

READ: The countdown to the demise of Netanyahu’s political reign

Gershom Gorenberg (a US-born Zionist who emigrated to Palestine in 1977 and subsequently became a settler) is a journalist who has written a book on the history of the West Bank settler movement, Accidental Empire.

“Settlement in itself was a core value of Labor Zionism,” Gorenberg explained to Haaretz.

The paper expressed that: “Gorenberg has attempted to dispel the common conception that the settlement enterprise was forced on Israel by a small but highly committed coterie of messianic religious nationalists.”

The religious settlers were a sort of vanguard of course, but they could never act without the planning and go-ahead of the Israeli government.

According to the Haaretz essaypolls taken immediately after Israel’s illegal 1967 invasion and occupation showed that more than 60 per cent of Israelis felt that: “We should go ahead, we should annex everything.”

The essay continues: “Gorenberg mentions a poll from July 1967 showing that 71 per cent of the public was in favour of keeping the West Bank, and 85 per cent the Golan.”

READ: The Likud Conspiracy: Israel in the throes of a major political crisis

These trends have only magnified over the years.

Polling during Israel’s last massive war of destruction against the Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip showed that almost all Israeli Jews supported the massacre.

Around 2,200 Palestinians were killed, an overwhelming proportion were civilians. This included 500 children (only 71 Israelis were killed by Palestinian resistance fighters – almost all of them were soldiers).

As many as 97 per cent of Israeli Jews supported this atrocity, according to successive polls during the war (a minimum of 92 per cent).

None of this means that Israelis are uniquely war-like or some kind of ultimate metaphysical evil in the world. Far from it.

In actuality, Israel is only one part of the long ignoble, violent history of European and Euro-American settler-colonialism. It has been the norm for hundreds of years, for settler societies to support wars of aggression, massacre and expansion against indigenous populations.

READ: Israel demolished 313 Palestine homes in West Bank, East Jerusalem in 2020

This has been seen all over the world: in North American, southern Africa, Algeria, Australia and New Zealand.

Right up until the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa, for example, almost all white South Africans supported the maintenance of the white supremacist regime, just as almost all Israeli Jews support the Jewish supremacist regime in historic Palestine.

Of course, there are some marginalised (and often brave) Israeli dissidents who have broken ranks and rejected Zionism, those few genuinely support equality, return and liberation, and that is a good thing.

But please, let’s stop deluding ourselves that “Israelis want peace” – it simply isn’t true.

(Source / 08.08.2020)

Army Injures Many Palestinians Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians near the al-Jalama military roadblock, northeast of Jenin, in northern West Bank, after the army attacked protesters marching to condemn the fatal shooting of a Palestinian woman, who was killed by army fire while in her home.

The Palestinians were marching near the military roadblock, carrying Palestinian flags and posters, and chanting against the ongoing Israeli occupation, violations, and escalation against the civilians.

The soldiers instantly started firing a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades, in addition to many rubber-coated steel bullets.

Medical sources said many Palestinians were injured, mainly due to the severe effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to suffering cuts and bruises.

On Friday at dawn, the soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and fired many live rounds, gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinians protesting the invasion, and killed one woman with a live round in the chest, while she was in her home.

The slain woman has been identified as Dalia Ahmad Suleiman Sammoudi, 34, a mother of two children, including a newborn, and the wife of the Imam of the Abdullah Azzam Mosque in Jenin refugee camp.

(Source / 08.08.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians, including a medic, who was shot with a gas bomb in his face, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, during a nonviolent procession in Turmus Ayya town, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot several Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to one who was shot with a gas bomb in the face.

They added that the soldiers also fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, among them some who required further treatment.

The Palestinian who was shot with the gas bomb in his face, was rushed to Palestine Medical Complex, and his condition was described as moderate-but-stable.

Sa’id Taleb, the Mayor of Turmus Ayya, stated that the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the Palestinians, who were nonviolently marching towards their lands which Israel is trying to illegally confiscate.

The Palestinians are also demanding the removal of a colonialist outpost which was installed by fanatic Israeli colonists on their lands.

Taleb added that, a few months ago, the army confiscated the eastern meadow of Turmus Ayya, and allowed the installation of the colonialist outpost, a move which usually precedes the construction of a new colony.

The area has about 3500 Dunams (864.8 Acres) of privately-owned agricultural lands, the only source of livelihood to dozens of families, and the Palestinians have since been protesting the illegal annexation of their lands, and have been met with the use of excessive force by the Israeli military.

(Source / 08.08.2020)

Soldiers Injure A Palestinian In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession against the Annexation Wall and colonies in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and shot one Palestinian, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The procession started from the center of Kufur Qaddoum, where many Palestinians gathered and started marching towards their lands, while carrying Palestinian flags, and chanting for liberation and independence.

Israeli soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against them and fired a barrage of rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Medical sources said one Palestinian was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the leg, and scores suffered the effects of teargas inhalation; they all received the needed treatment by local medics.

The soldiers also tried to ambush and abduct many protesters but were noticed by the locals before retreating.

Several protesters hurled stones at the invading soldiers, and burnt tires, especially when they tried to ambush and abduct them.

Palestinians have been holding weekly demonstrations in Kufur Qaddoum village, since 2003, to demand the military to reopen the village’s main road, which was closed in 2002, for the benefit of illegal settlers in nearby illegal Israeli colonies.

(Source / 08.08.2020)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Six Palestinians In West Bank”

Israeli soldiers abducted, Friday, five Palestinians, including a child, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the army invaded many communities and searched homes, in addition to one child who was taken prisoner, on Thursday evening, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

The PPS office in Jenin, in northern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded Faqqu’a village, east of Jenin city, searched homes, and abducted Amir Monther Masad.

In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted a child, identified as Sami Fuad Sawalma, while walking near Huwwara military roadblock, south of the city.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Mohammad ‘Atiya Sbeih, 23, from the Hindaza Mountain area, east of Bethlehem city, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, in addition to Hamza Bilal Dibis, 20, from Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem.

During the invasion into the Deheishe refugee camp, the soldiers attacked protesters and fired many live rounds, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

The soldiers also invaded Nur Shams refugee camp, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, searched a few homes, and abducted a young man, identified as Omar Abu al-Rob.

On Thursday evening, the soldiers abducted a child, identified as Abdul-Hadmi Raed Tirawi, from Balata refugee camp, while walking near Huwwara military roadblock.

On Friday at dawn, dozens of soldiers invaded Jenin, and fired many live rounds, gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinians protesting the invasion, and killed a Palestinian mother, identified as  Dalia Ahmad Suleiman Sammoudi, 34, after shooting her with a live round while she was in her home preparing milk for her child.

(Source / 08.08.2020)

Pictures| Israeli forces kill mother while preparing baby bottle inside her house

Dalya’s family stated that she woke up to prepare a bottle for her crying baby when an Israeli bullet hit her chest and killed her

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Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that Dalya Ahmad Smoudi succumbed to wounds that she had sustained earlier on Friday morning while she was inside her house.

The Ministry explained that the 23-year-old lady was shot in her chest. Israeli soldiers shot her with a bullet that penetrated her liver, pancreas, and aorta.

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Palestinians mourned today 23-year-old Dalia al-Samoudi who was shot dead by the Israeli occupation forces during a night raid in #Jenin.

Dalia was preparing a milk bottle for her baby boy in her home when an Israeli bullet hit her in the chest predawn today.

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She had undergone several operations and put in the intensive care unit a few hours before she succumbed to her wounds.

Local sources had reported earlier that Israeli soldiers stormed the Jabiriyyat neighborhood and opened fire at an ambulance that tried to provide medical care for Smoudi.

Head of the Red Crescent in Jenin, Mahmoud Sa’di, said that Dalya was shot in her chest while she was inside her house.

He added that the soldiers directly opened fire at an ambulance that was trying to provide medical care, causing two bullets to penetrate it.

Dalya’s family stated that she woke up to prepare a bottle for her crying baby. At the same time, Israeli soldiers were storming the neighborhood and randomly targeting locals with bullets and tear gas canisters.

(Source / 08.08.2020)

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian mother of 3 kids in West Bank

Director of Palestinian Red Crescent said that Israeli occupation forces opened fire at an ambulance that evacuated the young mother from her house

Israeli occupation forces shot dead on Friday 23-year-old Palestinian mother of three children in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that Dalia Samoudi was shot by the Israeli forces in the chest at dawn and suffered critical wounds.

In the afternoon, the ministry pronounced the young mother dead.

The mother was shot while she was in the kitchen of her house preparing breakfast for her three little children.

According to the ministry statement, she was shot with a bullet that penetrated her liver, pancreas and aortic artery.

In the early morning hours of today, Israeli forces raided al-Jaberiyyat neighborhood, where they interrogated and threatened to re-arrest a former prisoner after breaking into his house.

During the raid, the Israeli occupation forces opened fire towards local teens who attempted to block their passage.

Mahmoud al-Sa‘di, the director of the Palestinian Red Crescent, said that the Israeli occupation forces directly opened fire at an ambulance trying to reach and evacuate the the mother from her house, with two bullets that penetrated it.

(Source / 08.08.2020)