Israeli police officers invaded, on Monday at dawn, the home of Mohammad As’ad Kana’na, a senior political leader of Abnaa’ el-Balad secular movement in Arraba town, in the Lower Galilee, and abducted him.
Abnaa’ el-Balad (Sons and Daughters of the Country) Movement said the police stormed the home of Mohammad As’ad Kana’na, and detained him, before moving him to an interrogation facility.
The movement denounced the abduction and said the move comes to silence all voices expressing solidarity with the hunger-striking Palestinian detainee, Maher al-Akhras, who is ongoing with the strike which started 100 days ago, despite his deteriorating health condition.
On its part, the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel said, “the abduction of comrade Kana’na from his home is part of a series of arrests and interrogations he was subjected to over the past several years.”
The head of the Follow-Up Committee Mohammad Baraka said that the current detention and interrogation of Kana’na is directly related to his solidarity activities, along with As’ad Manasra, in support of al-Akhras, especially since the Committee is planning a protest in front of Kaplan Medical Center where al-Akhras is hospitalized as he continuous his strike and refuses medications despite his seriously deteriorating health condition.
Baraka stated that the Committee and other political factions stand in support of Kana’na, despite the Israeli violations and arrests.
A Palestinian man was injured, on Sunday at night, after several illegal Israeli colonists attacked him in the as-Sawiya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists suffered fractures in his arms, cuts, and bruises to the face and other parts of his body, when the colonists assaulted him on his own land, in the eastern part of the village.
Daghlas added that the colonists hurled stones at the Palestinian, identified as Jihad Fuad Hijazi, 48, and assaulted him, while he and his wife were in their own olive orchard near the illegal Aliya colony.
Palestinian medics were called to the scene and rushed the wounded man to a hospital in Nablus city.
In related news, a group of illegal Israeli colonists broke into an agricultural hothouse in the village and stole dozens of seedlings.
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, ten Palestinians, including three former political prisoners and two women, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
The PPS said the soldiers invaded Betunia town, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and abducted a Palestinian woman, identified as Khitam Sa’afin, the head of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, after breaking into her home and violently searching it.
The soldiers also invaded the al-Biereh city, near Ramallah, and abducted a female university student, identified as Shatha Tawil, from her home.
Another Palestinian, identified as Ahmad Abu Ra’ey, was abducted from his home in Ramallah city.
In Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, the soldiers searched many homes and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Shaher Ali ar-Ra’ey, 50, in addition to Ahmad Mohammad ar-Ra’ey.
In Tulkarem, also in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted two former political prisoners, identified as Mohammad Qassem Jawabra, 55, from Izbat al-Jarad village, southeast of Tulkarem, in addition to Jamal Jamil Barham, 60, from Ramin town, east of the city.
In addition, the soldiers abducted Akram Abdul-Karim al-As’ad, from his home in Kifl Hares town, west of Salfit, in central West Bank.
Another Palestinian, identified as Nasri Abu Kreisha Nawawra, was abducted from his home in Fasayel village, northwest of Jericho in northeastern West Bank.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Today, Palestinians and human rights advocates around the world are marking 103 years since the Balfour Declaration was issued on November 2, 1917.
Using the hashtag #Balfour103, Palestinian and pro-Palestine activists have called to participate in a campaign they launched to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, rejecting the ominous promise.
The Balfour Declaration was issued by Britain when Arthur James Balfour, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, sent a letter to Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild, one of the leaders of the World Zionist movement, indicating the British government’s support for the establishment of a “national homeland for Jews” in Palestine.
It is simply the promise of “he who does not own, to he who does not deserve”, according to activists. The Balfour Declaration promised the Zionist movement to grant it Palestine where the natives made up more than 90 percent of the population while Jewish immigrants constituted less than 10 percent of the population at that time.
Upon the start of the British mandate, Britain began to facilitate the immigration of European Jews to Palestine. Between 1922 and 1935, the Jewish population rose from 9 percent to nearly 27 percent of the total population.
Hace 103 años, 2 de noviembre de 1917, el gobierno inglés prometió a los sionistas una tierra que no era suya, era de los palestinos que la habían ocupado durante siglos. La Declaración Balfour dio inicio a la colonización de #Palestina. De aquellos polvos, estos lodos
On Nov 2, 1917 the British granted the right to the Jews to establish a national home for them on the land of Palestine, paving the way for the expulsion of about 750 thousand Palestinians in 1948 & the establishment of Israel on the ruins of the destroyed villages. #Balfour103
Ramallah (QNN)- The occupation state continued its policy against Palestinian children in 2020, torturing and killing Palestinian children with impunity and amid international silence, Defense for Children International (DCI)- Palestine stated.
In a press statement published on Monday, the international watchdog said Israeli forces murdered seven children this year in the West Bank and Gaza strip, the latest of them is Amer Snowbar (16 years old) from Yitma in southern Nablus, who was beaten to death by Israeli Yasam forces.
The statement added that an investigation by the NGO revealed that the child was trying to help his 17-year-old friend, whose car broke down near Turmus Ayya in Ramallah.
It stressed that lethal force could never be justified under international law unless there is a direct threat to life or a serious injury. Nevertheless, all information state that Israeli forces use lethal source against Palestinian children in unjustifiable circumstances, which amounts to murder and extrajudicial killing.
The statement also mentioned the murder of Muhammad Matar (16 years old) from the village of Deir Abu Mash’al in Ramallah, who was shot on August 19, 2020, when he and two friends of him approached a settlers-only road near their village, killing him and wounding his friends. Matar’s body is still held by the Israelis so far.
Nablus (QNN)- Israeli bulldozers on Monday demolished the house of the political prisoner Khalil Dweikat in the village of Rujeib in eastern Nablus.
An Israeli force demolished the two-story house after surrounding it and climbing onto its roof, local sources said. Israeli authorities had issued a demolition order to demolish Dweikat’s house last August.
Locals clashed with Israeli soldiers during the raid. One young man has been reportedly wounded with an Israeli rubber-coated metal bullet
Khalil Dweikat (46 years old), a father of six girls, was arrested last August under the pretext of killing an Israeli settler in Netanya.
The family of Deikat repeatedly said that it has been denied its right to visit him and that even his lawyer is banned from visiting him.
The Israeli Supreme court has ruled to demolish the house even before it announced a final judgment in his case. All appeals to prevent the demolition have been rejected by the court.
Wife and daughters of the Palestinian prisoner Khalil Dweikat sitting on the rubbles of their house, realising they have become homeless as their house has been completely demolished by the Israeli forces predawn today in #Nablus city.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Israeli army on Monday announced that it found a drone that infiltrated the Israeli airspace from the Gaza strip.
Israeli media reported that Israeli warplanes have been called in after a drone was suspected to infiltrate the airspace of the occupied territories from Gaza.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Israeli army said it found the drone during search operations.
“During additional searches of the ground in the area, a drone was located a short time ago. It is being checked if this is the drone that is suspected of having crossed into Israeli territory,” the Israeli occupation army said, adding that it did not appear to have an explosive payload.
The Palestinian resistance has developed locally manufactured drones that were sent to the airspace of the occupied land on several occasions.
Hamas said it has developed two types of drones – one for intelligence gathering, and one for delivering munitions.
Last July, Al Qassam brigades revealed that it had succeeded to send a locally manufactured reconnaissance drone in a flight over the building of the Israeli ministry of war before it returned to Gaza safely.
The theft of Palestinian land is a legacy of British colonialism. The UK must stand in the way of further Israeli annexations
Palestine Post 24 – If ever there was a time to re-examine colonial legacies and responsibilities, this is it. The theft of Palestine from the Palestinians is one such legacy.
On 2 November 1917, the foreign secretary, Arthur James Balfour, issued his famous declaration in support of “a national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. In 1917, Jews constituted 10% of the population, the rest were Arabs. Yet Britain recognised the national rights of a tiny minority and denied it to the majority.
In his 2014 biography of Winston Churchill, Boris Johnson described the Balfour declaration as “bizarre”, “tragically incoherent” and “an exquisite piece of Foreign Office fudgerama” — a rare example of sound judgment and historical accuracy from the pen of Johnson.
The Balfour declaration enabled the Zionist movement to embark on the systematic takeover of Palestine, a process the Zionists themselves initially described as settler colonialism, a process which is still continuing.
In 1917, only 2 per cent of Palestine was owned by Jews. In 1947 the UN proposed partitioning Palestine into two states, one Arab and one Jewish. Under this plan, the Jews were allocated 55 per cent of the land although they still owned only 7 per cent after an intensive Zionist migration to Palestine. In the course of the 1948 massacres and displacement of Palestinians by Zionist Jews, backed by Britain and Arab allies, occupied 78 per cent of Palestine.
In the June 1967 war, Israel completed the occupation of Palestine by occupying the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. By signing the Oslo Accord with Israel in 1993, the Palestine Liberation Organisation gave up its claim to 78 per cent of Palestine. In return they hoped to achieve an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with a capital city in East Jerusalem. It was not to be.
There were many reasons for the breakdown of the Oslo peace process but the most fundamental was the relentless expansion of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in flagrant violation of international law.
Settlements consolidate the colonial project beyond the green line, the pre-1967 border. By expanding these settlements, all Israeli governments since Oslo – Labour as well as Likud – have demonstrated that they are more interested in land than in peace.
Having formed a new coalition government following a third inconclusive election in one year, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Likud leader, has announced his plan to formally annex about 30 per cent of the West Bank, including the settlement blocs and the Jordan Valley. There is a majority in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, for annexation.
If annexation takes place, it would leave the Palestinians with roughly 15 per cent of historic Palestine. It would also hammer the last nail in the coffin of the two-state solution to which the international community still clings.
Support for annexation comes from Donald Trump, Netanyahu’s friend and close political ally. In January, Trump unveiled his much-vaunted “deal of the century.” This is not a peace plan but a US endorsement of every item on Netanyahu’s wish list.
Unsurprisingly, it was hailed by Netanyahu and his rightwing cronies as a second Balfour declaration. It gives Israel a free pass to annex roughly a third of the West Bank without having to negotiate with the Palestinians, let alone make any concessions.
To the Palestinians, Trump’s plan offers a paltry reward of $50bn over five years if they acquiesce in a “state” consisting of a collection of enclaves surrounded by Israeli settlements and military bases, with no territorial contiguity, no capital in East Jerusalem, no army, no borders with the outside world, and no control over their airspace or natural resources.
Palestinians will only be allowed to call this a state if they meet a list of conditions determined by Israel. By any standard, this is a grotesquely unfair and insulting proposal.
Netanyahu is inundated with protests against annexation from leftwing Israeli political parties, from a network of diaspora Jewish organisations, and from a group of 220 former Israeli generals and heads of security services who call themselves Commanders for Israel’s Security.
The British government joined 10 European Union countries to warn Israel against annexation, while 130 MPs signed an open letter urging Johnson to impose economic sanctions on Israel if it went ahead with the move.
The MPs are right that action is needed; tepid expressions of disapproval have never deterred the Israeli government. Recognising Palestine as a state within the 1967 borders is another way for Britain to right the wrongs of Balfour and end up on the right side of history.
More than a dozen European parliaments have recognised Palestine but only one government – Sweden.
In 2017, Johnson, then foreign secretary, rejected Labour’s call for the UK to mark the Balfour declaration’s centenary by officially recognising the state of Palestine, declaring that “the moment is not yet right to play that card.” Surely today the moment has come.
The Israeli occupation plans to alter Jerusalem’s demographic composition by ethnically cleansing its indigenous Palestinian population in various ways, foremost among them is home demolition policy.
In its weekly report, the Palestinian National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements pointed out the Israeli occupation army knocked down a record number of Palestinian houses in occupied Jerusalem this year.
Since the start of this year, the Israeli occupation authorities have demolished 129 Palestinian housing units in occupied Jerusalem, breaking the previous record of 123 set in 2016, according to the report.
“Most Palestinian families in Jerusalem have no chance of getting building licenses the natural rate of population growth,” the report continued.
The second reason for this spike is putting Amendment 116 to the Planning and Building Law into effect late in 2018, under which Palestinian Jerusalemites were forced to self-demolish their homes under the pretext of being built with hard-to-obtain permits.
On the contrary, the Israeli occupation authorities have continued to build further settlement units and increase the number of Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, particularly in Hebron, the reported pointed out.
The Israeli occupation government has approved plans to build more than 12,150 new settlement units on occupied Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank since the beginning of this year, according to an anti-settlement advocacy group, the highest annual number since it began keeping records in 2012.
Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land are illegal under international law.
On December 2016, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2334 calling for ending the illegal settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and stressing that it “constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and has no legal validity.”
A network of Palestinian solidarity campaigners came together as Palestine Action this summer, and began a campaign of direct action against Israeli arms company Elbit Systems which has factories and offices across the UK.
The weapons manufacturer advertises its wares as battle-tested because they’re used on the besieged population of Gaza.
November 2nd holds a very special significance for Palestinian people and we begin our coverage today with interviews (above) with two young Palestinians studying in the UK who give some background around the 1917 Balfour Declaration and the way it paved the way to the Nakba or ‘Great Catastrophe’ of 1948 when around 750,000 Palestinians were forced from their homeland.
Nakba is not just a historical point in time, because Palestinians remain stateless to this day, and the interview reminds us of the parallels we can draw in multiple struggles for freedom and justice. Israel’s overtly apartheid regime today is propped up by the same ongoing colonialism which also allows companies like Elbit to operate with apparent impunity.
BREAKING NEWS – FIRST FOOTAGE FROM ACTIVISTS – TWO ELBIT FACTORIES TARGETED OVERNIGHT
Palestine Action activists targeted two Elbit System subsidiary factories overnight as part of the day of action against the Israeli arms company. Footage from the group show them spraying red paint and smashing windows at the Oldham Elbit-Ferranti site, and then in Tamworth at Elbit subsidiary Elite KL.