90% of Arab social media posts oppose normalisation with Israel

Social medias applications logos, Facebook, Tik Tok Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter are displayed on the screen of a tablet on 7 November, 2018 in Paris [Chesnot/Getty Images]
Social medias applications logos, Facebook, Tik Tok Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter are displayed on the screen of a tablet on 7 November 2018

Ninety per cent of the Arabic-language social media posts about Israel’s normalisation with the UAE and Bahrain have been negative, according to a report by the occupation state’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs.

Haaretz said that study examined conversations on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube between 12 August and 8 September. It found that around 90 per cent of participants voiced opposition to normalisation, with just five per cent expressing clearly positive views of the process.Image of a Facebook "unlike" logo [File photo]

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The main argument against the agreements, the report said, was that they betrayed the Palestinians. This sentiment appeared in 45 per cent of comments. People also objected to signing agreements with Zionists in general (27 per cent); accused the UAE of hypocrisy (10 per cent) and of capitulating to the US (five per cent); and accused it of craving profits (four per cent).

READ: The demarcation of Lebanon’s border is a road map for normalisation with Israel 

The most popular hashtags were “normalisation is treason” and “Bahrainis against normalisation”. These hashtags, said the ministry, reached more than 100 million social media users during the period studied.

The Ministry of Strategic Affairs, often described as the propaganda arm of the Israeli state, leads on efforts to undermine the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and to criminalise criticism of Israel. It is said to have recognised the need to counter opposition to normalisation amongst ordinary Arabs across the region.

Last week a survey of 13 Arab states found that the populations were overwhelmingly opposed to normalisation with Israel until the Zionist state ends its brutal occupation of Palestine. More than 85 per cent of the 28,000 respondents also opposed diplomatic recognition of Israel.

(Source / 12.10.2020)

Sabra and Shatila survivors call on Zoom not to silence Palestinian voices

An image from the 1982 massacre at the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut
An image from the 1982 massacre at the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut

Survivors of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon came together to condemn online meeting platform Zoom for cancelling a session which was set to include Palestinian resistance fighter Leila Khaled last month.

In a statement released to mark Indigenous People’s Day today, the group wrote: “We, the undersigned, are astonished and appalled by the abrupt cancellation by Zoom, Facebook and YouTube of Open classroom webinar, “Whose Narrative? Gender, Justice and Resistance.”

“We are fully aware of the political pressures placed on the media giants and the university objecting to one of the invited speakers, Ms Leila Khaled, who was imprisoned for her role in the TWA Flight 840 hijacking in 1969, and one of the four simultaneous Dawson’s Field hijackings the following year.”

READ: Israel’s characteristic Beirut hypocrisy 

“Leila Khaled is an icon of feminism and liberation,” they continued. “She has never killed anyone – not even in the hijackings. Her request was that the pilot should fly the plane over Haifa, for her to see the place where she was born and to which she was never allowed to return since she and her family were displaced along, with almost 750,000 Palestinians. As a refugee, she wanted so much to see her ancestral home.”

Signed by Dr Swee Ang, who also experienced Israel brutal attack on the Freedom Flotilla which was attempting to break the illegal siege on Gaza and deliver much needed aid to the strip in 2018, the statement concluded: “Neither Zoom nor [San Francisco State University] SFSU must be allowed to block the voices of people suffering gross injustices from being heard. Shutting down free speech is a crime against justice.”

“We demand that Zoom reverse its censorship of the webinar as soon as possible so as not to rob people from all over the world from hearing from the voices of these icons of liberation and struggle for justice, freedom and equality.”

(Source / 12.10.2020)

Israeli Navy Ships Open Fire at Gaza Fishermen

Israeli navy ships, on Sunday, fired at Palestinian fishermen sailing in the Mediterranean, off the shore of Gaza City, forcing them to return to shore, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

WAFA correspondent said the Israeli navy ships opened automatic fire and aimed water canons at the fishermen, who were sailing three nautical miles from the shore of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The fishermen were forced to end their fishing mission, due to arbitrary and oppressive measures taken by the Israeli navy, preventing the men from making a living.

No injuries were reported.

Thousands of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip depend on fishing as a means to feed their families.

For 13 years, the Israeli occupation has imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the tiny coastal enclave, which is home to two million Palestinians.

(Source / 12.10.2020)

Israel Approves Hundreds Of Units In An Illegal Colony In Bethlehem

The Israeli government has approved the construction of hundreds of units in an illegal colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands in Wadi Fukin village, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Wall & Colonization Resistance Commission, has reported that the Israeli government approved 500 new units in the Tzur Hadassah colony.

He added that Israel has been pushing plans for the massive expansion of its colonies in Bethlehem governorate, through the further illegal annexation of privately-owned Palestinian lands.

Breijiyya also said that Israeli recently started remapping lands in Arab at-Ta’amra village, east of Bethlehem, and has been preventing the Palestinians from entering their lands near come of the illegal colonies in the southern and eastern areas of Bethlehem.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention and all related United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

(Source / 12.10.2020)

Israeli Colonists Attack, Injure, Palestinians While Picking Their Olive Trees Near Ramallah

Many fanatic illegal Israeli colonists attacked, Monday, Palestinians while picking their olive trees in their orchards in Burqa village, south of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, injured five of them and punctured the tires of two cars.

Adnan Jaber, the head of Burqa Village Council, said the colonists invaded Palestinian olive orchards north of the village, and tried to force them out of their lands.

He added that the Palestinians intercepted the assailing colonists and attempted to stop them, and that the colonists started hurling stones at the residents mildly wounding five of them.

The colonists also punctured the tires of two Palestinian cars, before the soldiers arrived at the scene.

The colonists always escalate their violations against the Palestinians and their orchard during the olive harvest season, including when they cut and uproot hundreds of trees, burn orchards or harvest them to steal the produce, in addition to preventing the residents from entering their lands.

Such attacks have recently taken place in various areas of the West Bank, including Salfit, Nablus and Ramallah.

In related news, the Israeli government has approved the construction of hundreds of units in an illegal colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands in Wadi Fukin village, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

(Source / 12.10.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Close Palestinian Agricultural Roads Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, a few areas, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and closed several Palestinian agricultural roads, preventing the locals from entering their olive orchards.

Nidal al-Ahmad, the head of Rommana Village Council, said the soldiers brought military bulldozers and started blocking many agricultural roads in Zabbouba village and Ta’nak Mountain, west of Jenin.

Al-Ahmad added that the soldiers placed sandhills and concrete blocks on the roads to seal them off, and prevented the Palestinians from reaching their olive orchards to harvest them.

In related news, many fanatic illegal Israeli colonists attacked Palestinians while picking their olive trees in their orchards in Burqa village, south of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, injured five of them and punctured the tires of two cars.

In addition, the Israeli government has approved the construction of hundreds of units in an illegal colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands in Wadi Fukin village, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

(Source / 12.10.2020)

Pictures| 53 Injuries during Israeli raid into Am’ari refugee camp

Ramallah (QNN)- Large numbers of Israeli forces raided the Am’ari refugee camp in Ramallah on Sunday, leaving 53 injuries, including 10 with live bullets and 13 with rubber-coated metal bullets, and several arrests.

QNN correspondent reported that confrontations erupted in the refugee camp in retaliation for the raid.

He added that over 30 military vehicles and dozens of Israeli soldiers raided the camp and broke into the house of Abu Arab family, leading to confrontations and injuries.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said its crews have dealt with 53 injuries, several of them were sent to hospitals.

Israeli forces also arrested the wife and two brothers of the peace activist Ayman Abu Arab in order to push him to turn himself in to the Israeli authorities.

The Israeli army also closed all roads to the camp and prevented vehicles of Palestinians from moving in the area after more forces were deployed.

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Israeli occupation forces raid Al-Bireh City in the occupied West Bank and mount the rooftop of some homes, today.

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(Source / 12.10.2020)

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers in Burqa

Ramallah (QNN)- Groups of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in the village of Burqa in eastern Ramallah today, local sources said.

The sources explained that settlers attacked Palestinian farmers while they were harvesting olives in their lands.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces prevented locals from reaching their lands in the village.

Palestinian farmers have been targeted recently in similar attacks by zionist settlers and soldiers.

Israeli settlers and soldiers attack native Palestinians in daily attacks, causing injuries and damaging properties. The attacks have increased during the olive harvesting season although of calls by human rights organizations to protect Palestinian farmers.

(Source / 12.10.2020)

‘Israel’ to construct new 500 settlement units in Wadi Fokin

Bethlehem (QNN)- Director General of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee in Bethlehem, Hassan Bureijeh said that the Israeli Higher Council for Settlements approved to construct 500 new settlement units in the illegal settlement of Tzur Hadassah in the village of Wadi Fokin.

Bureijeh told QNN that the illegals settlement had been built on stolen land and that it continues to expand, swallowing more Palestinian land.

He added that the village is surrounded by illegal settlements that continue to plunder Palestinian natural resources.

Bureijeh also said that the occupation state is trying to “fatten” its settlements by increasing the numbers of settlers and units in order to separate Palestinian cities and villages.

(Source / 12.10.2020)

Israel refuses to release Palestinian hunger-striker Maher Al-Akhras

Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras is being hospitalized at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot
Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras is being hospitalized at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovo

The Israeli Supreme Court issued on Monday its final decision in the case of the Palestinian administrative detainee Maher Al-Akhras, refusing to release the Palestinian hunger-striker before 26 November.

Read More: Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras on hunger strike for 77 days

According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), al-Akhras’s lawyer has filed a request to the Court demanding his client’s immediate release. All the requests were rejected by the court over the past few weeks.

After the court’s decision, Al-Akhras announced that his hunger strike is to be continued until he is immediately released.

Read More: The New Battle of the Empty Intestines: Palestinian Hunger Striker al-Akhras

Al-Akhras has waged an open-ended hunger strike against the Israeli policy of “administrative detention”. He has been on a hunger strike for 76 days in a row.

Since the very beginning of Al-Akhras hunger strike, he has been moved to several places, in a desperate attempt to exhaust him.

First he was held in the Hawara Detention Center, south of Nablus. Then, he was moved to the Ofer prison in Ramallah. After 30 days of his hunger strike beginning, he was moved to Ramla Clinic. Finally, he was moved to the Israeli Kaplan Hospital after a serious deterioration in his health.

The Islamic Jihad Movement in the besieged Gaza Strip has organized a sit-in on Saturday in solidarity with al-Akhras.

During the sit-in, Palestinians called on international human rights groups to urgently put pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities to save Al-Akhras’ life.

(Source / 12.10.2020)