Israel army recruits ex-intelligence officers to spy on Arab Israelis

Israeli security forces in Nablus, West Bank on 25 September 2020 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli security forces in Nablus, West Bank on 25 September 2020

The Israeli army is recruiting former intelligence officers from the Shin Bet to spy on Palestinians living in Israel under the pretext of combating the coronavirus, Israel’s Walla news site revealed.

The site quoted senior sources in the Home Front Command as saying that the army has contacted former officers in the Shabak, who are known for their knowledge of Arabs living in Israel, and asked them to join a new “security body” tasked with tracking coronavirus infections.

A former army officer, who had been contacted by the army, told the news site that while the official aim of the new “security body” is to help obtain information about coronavirus infections within the Palestinian community in Israel, he fears the new body has greater plans for the future.

A member of the Israeli Knesset, MK Aida Touma-Solomon of the Arab Joint List said the report paves the way for more legal violations against Arab citizens.

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Israel views the Palestinians who remained in their homes in historic Palestine and who later became citizens of Israel as a demographic threat.

The former Director of Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin, publicly said that his apparatus would pursue every Israeli- Arab who refused to recognise Israel as a Jewish state while Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has repeatedly described them as “demographic time bomb”.

Today, Palestinian citizens of Israel represent 21 per cent of the country’s population.

(Source / 06.10.2020)

Israeli Army Targets Palestinian Security Post In Southern Gaza

Israeli military drones fired, on Monday at night, missiles at a Palestinian security post, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The army said it was retaliating to a shell that was reportedly fired from Gaza.

Media sources in Gaza said the drones fired at least two missiles at a Palestinian security post, causing damage.

The Israeli army claimed that a shell was fired from Gaza and landed in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no damage or casualties.

It added that its drones targeted “Hamas sites” in the Gaza Strip, in retaliation to the shell.

(Source / 06.10.2020)

Israeli Colonists Injure Two Palestinian Land Surveyors Near Nablus

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Several illegal Israeli colonialist settlers attacked, Monday, two Palestinian land surveyors, working for Huwwara Village Council, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and injured them.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists came from the Yitzhar colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands, south of Nablus.

Daghlas added that the colonists attacked two land surveyors, identified as Morad Najjar and Sabe’ Salim Odah, in the al-Lahaf area south of Huwwara, and fled the scene.

Palestinian medics were then called to the scene and moved the two men to a hospital in Nablus.

(Source / 06.10.2020)

Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians, Abduct One, Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers injured, on Monday evening, several Palestinians in Zabbouba village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and abducted a young man near a military roadblock, northwest of the city.

Several army jeeps invaded Zabbouba, leading to protests before the soldiers fired many gas bombs at them and surrounding homes.

Medical sources said many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation and received the needed treatment.

Zabbouba is subject to repeated Israeli invasions and violations, and most of its lands and orchards, are isolated behind the illegal annexation wall.

In related news, the soldiers abducted a young man, identified a Fadi Samer Zakarna, from Qabatia town, south of Jenin, while walking near the al-Jalama military roadblock, northeast of the city, and took him to an unknown destination.

(Source / 06.10.2020)

Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Soldiers near Tulkarem

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Three Palestinians were shot by Israeli forces, Monday, east of Tulkarem in the northern occupied West Bank, the Jerusalem Press reported.

According to the official Hebrew channel, the army alleged that three Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails at an army post, near the “Annab” military roadblock, and the soldiers shot at them.

Two Palestinians fled, and it was later confirmed that one of the men died shortly after being shot.

Samir Ahmad Hmeidi, 28, a university student, was shot by Israeli soldiers, eyewitnesses reported seeing a young man lying on the ground bleeding.

Hmeidi was a former political prisoner, from Beit Lid town, southwest of Tulkarem, who spent three years in Israeli prisons.

Haaretz news published the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesman statement, that said Israeli forces, stationed near the illegal Israeli settlement of Einav “identified three terrorists who threw firebombs at them. The forces responded with [live] fire, and one of the terrorists was hit.”

The army added that no Israeli soldiers were injured.

(Source / 06.10.2020)

Israeli night strikes on southern Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- Israeli warplanes bombarded a location in eastern Rafah in the South of the Gaza strip.

Local sources said an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft dropped at least two bombs at a resistance site. No casualties have been reported.

On the other hand, the Israeli occupation army claimed in a statement that the assault comes in response to a missile fired from the besieged strip at surrounding illegal settlements earlier on Monday.

the Palestinian resistance had fired a missile at an Israeli settlement earlier this day. Sounds of massive explosions have been heard in the settlement without any casualties.

(Source / 06.10.2020)

IOF murder former prisoner in Tulkarm

Local sources said that the Israeli army withheld the body of the martyr Sameer Hmaidi

Tulkarm (QNN)- The Israeli army on Monday night murdered the former prisoner Sameer Abdel Jaleel Hmaidi near Annab military checkpoint in Tulkarm.

Israeli media said the Israeli army opened fire at three Palestinians near the illegal settlement of ‘Enaf, claiming that they threw a Molotov cocktail at Israeli soldiers.

Israeli media added that one of the three young men has been shot in his chest before he died while two others ran away. “The Israeli army continues to chase the two young men”, it added.

In the same vein, local sources said that the Israeli army withheld the body of the martyr and deployed in the area.

(Source / 06.10.2020)

‘Israel’ announces another wall is almost completed

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israel’s 13 channel reported that the Israeli army will complete the construction of an underground wall on the border Gaza within the next few days.

The Israeli army has completed the construction of 59km of the 60km-long wall, which has been under construction for three years, reported the Israeli channel.

It added that the underground wall has been constructed in order to prevent the Palestinian resistance from digging tunnels.

As of 2010, the occupation state started to build six walls that have been creating a giant ghetto for Zionists only.

The largest wall is the well-know notorious apartheid wall, which has been swallowing large areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem’s lands, expelling native Palestinians from their homes and lands, and isolating over 5000 native Palestinians in isolated islands.

Other walls have been constructed between the occupation state and Jordan, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon.

(Source / 06.10.2020)

Israel founders were ‘thieves,’ Israeli historian says

Such state like Israel could not have been founded with people who were thieves and gangsters. First Israeli Prime Minister said: “Most of the Jews are thieves”

Early Jewish settlers in Palestine “looted Arab property,” a new book by an Israeli historian has said, adding “authorities turned a blind eye.”

In what has been described as the “first-ever comprehensive study” by Israeli historian Adam Raz described “the extent to which Jews looted Arab property” during the Jewish gangs’ attack in 1948 on Palestinians and their homes, and explains why Ben-Gurion said “most of the Jews are thieves.”

Writing in Haaretz, Ofer Aderet’s review of Raz’s book was entitled: “Jewish soldiers and civilians looted Arab neighbors’ property en masse in ’48. The authorities turned a blind eye.”

Another senior writer at Haaretz, Gideon Levy, commented that the words “most of the Jews are thieves”, “wasn’t uttered by an antisemitic leader, a Jew hater or a neo-Nazi, but by the founder of the State of Israel, two months after it was founded.”

Levy said that the Israeli authorities “turned a blind eye and thus encouraged the looting, despite all the denunciations, the pretense and a few ridiculous trials.”

“The looting served a national purpose: to quickly complete the ethnic cleansing of most of the country of its Arabs, and to see to it that 700,000 refugees would never even imagine returning to their homes,” he explained.

The Israeli writer added: “Even before Israel managed to destroy most of the houses, and wipe from the face of the earth more than 400 villages, came this mass looting to empty them out, so that the refugees would have no reason to return.”

Levy also said that the looters “were motivated not only by ugly greed to possess stolen property right after the war was over, property belonging in some cases to people who were their neighbors just the day before, and not only by the desire to get rich quick by looting household items and ornaments, some of them very costly…, but they served, consciously or unconsciously, the ethnic purification project that Israel has tried in vain to deny all through the years.”

“Almost everyone took part” in the looting, he added, which “was the small looting, the one that proved if only for a moment that ‘most of the Jews are thieves,’ as the founding father said. But that was mini-looting compared to the institutionalized looting of property, houses, villages and cities – the looting of the land.”

“Denial and repression” were part of the reasons why heads of Jewish community allowed the looting of Arab property in Palestine. He said: “Thirst for revenge and drunkenness with victory after the difficult war might perhaps explain, even partially, the participation of so many.”

Levy said that “the looting reflects not only momentary human weakness but is intended to serve a clear strategic goal – purifying the country of its inhabitants – words fail.”

Concluding his article, Levy said: “Anyone who believes that a solution will ever be found to the conflict without proper atonement and compensation for these acts, is living in an illusion.”

He asked Israel to “think about the feelings of the descendants, the Arabs of Israel and the Palestinian refugees, who are living with us and alongside us. They see the pictures and read these things – what crosses their minds?”

He answers: “They will never be able to see the villages of their ancestors: Israel demolished most of them, to leave not a shred,” noting that “one small stolen souvenir from the home that was lost might cause a tear to fall.”

Adding: “Just ask the Jews enraged over any stolen Jewish property.”

(Source / 06.10.2020)

Report: Israel arrested 18 Palestinian children in September

The report also reported the detention of four women during the same period

Israeli occupation forces abducted 339 Palestinian citizens in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem during September, a report by a studies centre found.

According to the report, the 18 Palestinian children, who were detained by the Israeli occupation, included four girls and 14 boys.

Most of the detained children were from the occupied city of Jerusalem, the report said, noting that 16 of them were detained from their homes.

Over the past month, meanwhile, the Israeli occupation forces arrested four Palestinian women, two from Al-Khalil, one from Jerusalem and one from the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 06.10.2020)