Palestinian Journalists Syndicate calls for boycotting Israel media

Palestinian journalist and Palestinian protesters gather during clashes with Israeli troops following a protest against the United States decision to stop funding and backing the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) at the Erez crossing with Israel in the northern Gaza Strip on 4 September, 2018 [Dawoud Abo Alkas/Apaimages]
A Palestinian journalist seen after Israeli forces fired tear gas at Palestinian protestors on 4 September 2018

Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) called for Palestinian journalists to boycott Israeli mass media following “distorted” reports about Palestinians broadcast by Israeli Channel 13.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the PJS called for Palestinians to take their role in preventing “such dangerous distortions”.

The PJS said that it had repeatedly called for boycotting Israeli media and Israeli reporters, who enter the Palestinian territories as “occupiers” and “under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces”.

According to the PJS statement: “Any treatment or meeting with the Israeli media, or offering logistic assistance for them during their entry to the Palestinian territories are considered a normalisation crime which is nationally and popularly rejected.”

Referring to the “distorted” report, which ignored the misery of Palestinian life caused by the Israeli occupation, the PJS indicated that the owners of Palestinian restaurants, coffees shops and hotels appeared in the report as “inferior”.

Read: Israel committed 414 violations against Palestinian journalists in 2020

The PJS reiterated that the Israeli reporters: “Reinforced the narrative of the Israeli occupation which does not reflect the reality on the ground and cut the shows which reflect the consequences of the Israeli crimes and the occupation’s restrictions on the Palestinian economy.”

Concluding the statement, the PJS expressed: “Palestinian journalists and mass media are subjected to Israeli suppression, sometimes in front of Israeli journalists or with their support. The PJS considers any assistance to Israeli media and journalists as an encouragement of these Israeli crimes.”

The PJS stressed that it: “Will not forgive or show mercy to the Palestinians who deal with the Israeli media.”

Read: Journalist arrested after exposing the plight of Palestinians in Israeli prisons

(Source / 05.12.2020)

Dahlan prepares to return to Palestine to compete for presidency

Former Palestinian security minister Mohammed Dahlan [THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images]
Former Palestinian security minister Mohammed Dahlan, 19 September 2020

Palestinian dismissed Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan is preparing to return from exile to compete for presidency of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Intelligence Online has revealed.

The website disclosed that there are several signs that Dahlan is returning home, including the potential holding of Palestinian elections.

Another sign is Dahlan’s attempt to gain popular support on the ground through his criticism of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to resume relations with Israel.

Intelligence Online reported that Dahlan mediates between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel to normalise relations, pointing out that he scored points against Abbas through his criticism of the resumption of security cooperation with Israel.

Meanwhile, the website revealed that Dahlan played a role in the withdrawal of Fatah official Jibril Rajoub from the reconciliation talks held in Cairo, revealing that Dahlan intensified his contacts with the Egyptians to thwart the reconciliation, which, if successful, would benefit the PA.

Read: Dahlan incites Cairo to oppose Fatah-Hamas reconciliation

For a long time, Dahlan has been considered a potential successor to Abbas, according to the website, noting that the death of PA and PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat last month clear one of his competitors.

The website divulged that Dahlan has support from some of the Palestinian forces, who share similar ideologies.

The New Khalij website disclosed that the Dahlan-Abbas conflict refers back to the time of late President Yasser Arafat, who trusted Dahlan when the PLO was based in Tunis.

When the PLO signed the Oslo Accords and the PA was formed, Arafat commissioned Dahlan to establish a security apparatus, which was Arafat’s harsh hand against Hamas in Gaza.

Following Arafat’s death, the conflict increased after Hamas won the 2006 elections.

Both Abbas and Dahlan continued exchanging accusations of corruption and misconduct until 2014, when a Palestinian court in the West Bank indicted Dahlan, sentencing him to two years in prison over “defaming” Abbas, and three years in prison over graft charges.

Opinion: The growing calls to replace the Palestinian leadership

(Source / 05.12.2020)

Israel’s $16 billion siege on Gaza

Gazans wait in line with their vehicles at the Rafah border crossing, on November 02, 2020 in Gaza City, Gaza [Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency]
Gazans wait in line with their vehicles at the Rafah border crossing, on November 02, 2020 in Gaza City, Gaza

By Asa Winstanley

A new report on the Gaza Strip by a United Nations (UN) agency makes for sobering reading.

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reports that the economic cost to Gaza of the Israeli siege since 2007, along with a series of major military assaults, amounts to no less than $16.7 billion.

The siege began as a way to punish the Palestinians for refusing to vote for Israel’s preferred candidates in the 2006 Palestinian Authority (PA) elections.

Palestine’s Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas won those elections decisively. But they sought compromise: a unity government with other factions. But Fatah – which had dominated the PA up until that point – rejected this overture.

Instead, factions of Fatah led by brutal Gaza warlord Mohammed Dahlan launched a coup attempt, which was backed to the hilt by the CIA with the approval of the Israelis. George W. Bush even called Dahlan “our guy”.

But Hamas – the freely-elected government of the PA – saw the coup coming and nipped it in the bud in Gaza. Dahlan and his troops were expelled from the strip, where almost all of Hamas’s military strength was based.

But the Fatah-US-Israeli coup did succeed in the West Bank. The PA has held no elections since, and the elected term of its leader Mahmoud Abbas as president expired many years ago. Polling indicates he is deeply unpopular among Palestinians, who want him to step down.

Today, having bitterly fallen out with Abbas over corruption charges, Dahlan lives in exile in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He is bankrolled by both Egypt’s military coup regime and by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed – to whom he acts as key advisor.

These US-allied regional dictators would love to see Dahlan swoop in and take over the PA from Abbas when he dies (the ageing leader is 85-years-old and has no obvious successor). His record of torture against Hamas and other Palestinian resistance factions means that he could be a useful ally to them.

And of course, the Israelis would also love him, for much the same reasons. Dahlan has reportedly been a major influence on the UAE’s recent decision to fully normalise ties with Israel. He has also been involved in covert assassination operations in Yemen, reportedly having hired Israeli mercenaries to carry out this plot.

While the politics interminably rage on, Gaza’s people continue to suffer.

After Hamas won the elections in 2006, Israeli planners made a cold, calculated decision to keep Palestinian civilians perpetually on the brink of starvation – “to put the Palestinians on a diet,” in the notorious words of one advisor to Israel’s prime minister at the time.

This was how it started. It is Israel’s “calorie counting” siege on the Gaza Strip. This is the real cost of Zionism: maintaining a Jewish state in a country where the majority of the people are not Jewish means sheer force and brutality.

Human rights groups have revealed that Israeli health officials had decided to begin counting the minimum number of calories needed by Gaza’s inhabitants to avoid malnutrition. This was then translated in order to determine the number of truckloads of food Israel was supposed to allow in each day.

In the words of that Israeli advisor Dov Weissglas: “The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.” Presumably, he had no objection to Palestinians dying of hunger, except that it might not exactly appeal to liberal sensibilities in the Western countries that Israel relies on for political and military support.

The siege on Gaza has continued in the same bloody fashion ever since. In addition to putting Palestinians “on a diet”, Israeli planners have another deadly euphemism they like to use – “mowing the lawn”. This is a rather disgusting, dehumanising way to describe their periodic wars against the population of the Gaza Strip.

Gaza’s population is steadily growing. When the siege began, it was about 1.5 million. Today, it is two million. This “grass” (people) has to be periodically “mown” down by the Israeli military. The human cost has been immense. But for the Jewish supremacist state, Palestinian lives don’t matter.

In Israel’s war of 2014 alone, 2,200 Palestinians  – mostly civilians – were killed by Israel, and 551 of these deaths were children. By way of contrast, when Palestinian resistance factions fought back to defend themselves, almost all of the casualties they caused – 73 Israelis – were soldiers.

Who is the real terrorist here?

The $16 billion economic cost to Gaza over the decade between 2007 and 2018 has been immense, but it is nothing compared to the lost and ruined lives caused by the sheer brutality of Israel and its war crimes.

The UNCTAD report says of the combined effects of the siege and the successive Israeli attacks on Gaza: “The result has been the near-collapse of Gaza’s regional economy and its isolation from the Palestinian economy and rest of the world.”

It confirms: “Without the closure and military operations, Gaza’s poverty rate in 2017 could have been 15 per cent, more than a quarter of the current 56 per cent. The poverty gap could have been 4.2 per cent, one-fifth of the current 20 per cent.”

Most factions of Zionism have always propagandised their project – in typical colonialist fashion – as being good for the natives, the indigenous Palestinian Arabs.

But the reality is quite the opposite. That is why all Palestinians (aside from a few collaborators) are anti-Zionists. They are not anti-Zionist because Zionism posits itself as a Jewish project – they are anti-Zionist simply because Zionism is anti-them.

Zionism is indeed racism. For peace to exist in Palestine, this racist regime must be brought to an end.

(Source / 05.12.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Child Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers shot and killed, Friday, a Palestinian child in the al-Mughayyir village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Amin Abu Alia, the head of al- Mughayyir Village Council said several army jeeps invaded the eastern area of the village, and attacked unarmed protesters with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.

He added that the soldiers shot Ali Ayman Abu Alia, 13, with a live round in the abdomen, before Palestinian medics rushed him to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where he was immediately sent to surgery, but succumbed to his serious wounds despite all attempts to save his life.

Abu Alia also stated that the soldiers shot four young Palestinian men with rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Nickolai Mladenov, the United Nations’ Special Coordinator to the Middle East, called for a credible and independent investigation into the death of the child.

In a tweet, the UN official said, “Israel must swiftly and independently investigate the shocking incident,” and added that “Children enjoy special protection under International Law, and must be protected from violence.”

The Office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the slaying of the child, and said that this incident is part of Israel’s continued brutal and criminal violations against the Palestinian people, especially the children.

It also called on the international community to provide protection to the Palestinian people, and to ensure the establishment of an independent, contiguous, and sovereign Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

(Source / 05.12.2020)

Several Palestinians Suffer from Tear Gas at Weekly Kufur Qaddoum March

Israeli soldiers, on Friday, fired rubber-coated steel rounds, tear-gas, and concussion grenades at Palestinians participating in the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum village, northern occupied West Bank, east of Qalqilia city.

The Coordinator of the Popular Resistance in Kufur Qaddoum, Morad Eshteiwi stated that a large army force charged the village, invading Palestinian civilian’s rooftops to fire tear-gas canisters at the civilians below, causing a number of suffocation cases.

All inhalation injuries were treated at the scene.

Palestinians from the village and surrounding areas have been protesting the closure of the main road, by the Israeli occupation authorities, in 2003. The road, no longer accessible to Palestinians, is now exclusively used by illegal Israeli settlers from nearby colonies.

Furthermore, demonstrators gather every Friday to reject the occupation’s continued settlement expansion in the occupied territories, illegal under international law.

In related news, Palestinian child, on Friday, was shot by Israeli forces with a live round in the abdomen, he later died of his wounds. The boy, 13, was participating at a peaceful demonstration in the al-Mughayyir village, central West Bank.

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Updated: “Israeli Colonist Sets Fire to Catholic Church In Occupied Jerusalem”

An illegal Israeli settler, on Friday, set fire to the Church of All Nations, also known as Gethsemane Church, in occupied Jerusalem, before being arrested by Israeli police, Anadolu Agency reported.

According to a police statement, a 49-year-old suspect poured flammable liquid and started a fire in the holy site, causing mild damage to the Roman Catholic church.

It added that the arsonist was apprehended by security guards, and subsequently arrested by police.

Eyewitnesses said that after first noticing the attack the church guard Fadi Nicodeme, with the help of two guards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Hamza Ajaj, and Mahmoud Ajaj, who rushed to help, managed to repel the fire fast and ensure the Israeli assailant didn’t escape until the police arrived.

Hamza Ajaj said he lives near the church, and stated that once he noticed the colonist acting suspiciously, he and his cousin Mahmoud Ajaj rushed to the church, and saw the assailant trying to burn it, before apprehending him with the help of Fadi al-Moghrabi, the church guard, and Khalil Bassa, who works at the church.

The Palestine Chronicle has reported that the suspect, an illegal Israeli settler, was seen dousing the pews with liquid and attempting to burn them but was obstructed.

Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas denounced the attack by the colonist, labeling it a “hateful terrorist attack”, the Palestine News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

President Abbas accused the occupation government for this attack, as well as prior attacks, noting the particularly brutal and savage conduct of illegal Israeli colonists, who act with impunity, in plain sight of soldiers.

(Source / 05.12.2020)

UN calls for Investigation Into Israel’s Attacks on Children

Soldier abducts child (archive image)

A statement released this week by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called on Israel to investigate every incident in which its soldiers used force against children.

Just a day after the statement was released, Israeli forces shot and killed an unarmed child while he was marching in a peaceful protest in his village.

According to the statement from OHCHR, the “use of lethal force is only allowed as a measure of last resort, in response to a threat to life or serious injury”. The Office noted that children who throw stones at Israeli soldiers do not constitute such a threat.

The statement continued, “Children enjoy special protection under international law and must be protected from violence at all times. They should not be put at risk of nor or encouraged to participate in violence.”

The statement warned that shooting in the head or upper body does not conform with this requirement. The statement came after Israeli forces critically injured at least four children with live ammunition and rubber bullets in separate incidents across the West Bank over the past two weeks.

The statement mentioned the four cases, including an incident on November 29 when a 16-year-old boy was shot in the chest and critically injured in al-Bireh.

According to reports, the Israeli forces used live ammunition against protesters, including children, who were throwing stones at them.

On November 28, Israeli forces shot live ammunition at the chest of another 16-year-old boy in Silwad, near Ramallah, as he was trying to cross the road.

A day earlier, Israeli soldiers shot a 16-year-old boy in the head with a rubber bullet during the protests in Kufur Qaddum, north of the West Bank. The boy was hospitalized with a fractured skull.

Also in November, a 15-year-old boy lost his right eye as he was returning home from school in Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem.

Although there were clashes between Israeli soldiers and residents of the camp, there’s no evidence that the boy would have posed a threat to anyone at the time he was shot.

And following this report, a 13-year old child was shot and killed by Israeli forces at a protest near Ramallah.

(Source / 05.12.2020)

Israeli Armored Vehicle Runs Over Palestinian Near Salfit; Protesters Injured in Beit Dajjan

On Friday afternoon, protests took place in a number of West Bank villages to challenge the Israeli expansion of territory on stolen Palestinian land. One of these protests took place in al-Ras village, near Salfit, where an Israeli armored vehicle ran over a Palestinian, seriously injuring him. Another non-violent march was held by Palestinian villagers in Beit Dajjan, east of Nablus in the northern West Bank, and it, too, was attacked by Israeli soldiers.

In al-Ras, a protester was run over and moderately injured by an Israeli military vehicle which was laying an ambush for the protesters. Other protesters were wounded by the Israeli military’s use of tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and impact munitions. All of the wounded were treated at the scene by local medics.

In Beit Dajjan, the protest march consisted of a non-violent action by Palestinian villagers and international supporters to to plant seeds on lands threatened with closure by Israeli occupation authorities.

After Friday prayers, the Palestinian villagers marched down to the site of an illegal Israeli colony constructed with the aim of stealing Palestinian land for the expansion of the state of Israel.

In response to the march, Israeli forces invaded the village and began shooting rubber-coated metal bullets, gas and sound bombs. As a result, dozens of Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation, and other injuries resulting from the use of these less-than-lethal weapons.

Palestinians in Beit Dajjan have been organizing a weekly march for about two months, to voice their adamant objection to the Israeli takeover of large tracts of village land to construct a new Israeli settlement

(Source / 05.12.2020)

EU Delegation condemns Israeli occupation killing of Palestinian child

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Jerusalem (QNN)- Eurpoean Union Delegation to the Palestinians has condemned today the killing of the Palestinian child, Ali Abu-Alayya, by Israeli occupation forces.

“Children enjoy special protection under international law. How many more Palestinian children will be subject to the excessive use of lethal force by the Israeli security forces?” EU Delegation tweeted.

EU and Palestinians@EUpalestinians

14 years old child Ali Abu Alia was killed yesterday in Al Mughair village near Ramallah. Children enjoy special protection under international law. How many more Palestinian children will be subject to the excessive use of lethal force by the Israeli security forces?


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Ali Abu-Alayya, 13 years old, was shot dead and critically injured by Israeli occupation forces during clashes in the village of al-Mughayir, near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Friday night.

The EU Delegation also extended “heartfelt condolences to Ali’s parents and family,” and called for investigating “this shocking incident” in order to bring “the perpetrators to justice.”

EU and Palestinians@EUpalestinians

Extending our heartfelt condolences to Ali’s parents and family. This shocking incident must be swiftly and fully investigated by the Israeli authorities in order to bring the perpetrators to justice. 2/2

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Bahrain says it will not allow imports from Israeli settlements

Bahrain clarified on Saturday that it will not allow the import of Israeli goods produced in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

In a statement released by BNA, Bahrain News Agency, on Friday, Bahrain stated that a previous comment made by Bahraini Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, according to which no distinction would be given to products from Israel and the West Bank, “was misunderstood.”

“The minister’s statement was misinterpreted and that the ministry is committed to the Bahraini government’s unwavering stance regarding adherence to the resolutions of the United Nations,” BNA reported late on Friday.

On Thursday, Al Zayani said that Bahrain will label products made in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank as Israeli.

“We will treat Israeli products as Israeli products. So we have no issue with labelling or origin,” Al Zayani told Reuters during a visit to Israel.

Al Zayani made the remarks while heading the first-ever trade delegation from Bahrain to Israel.

In Friday, after a phone call with Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Malki, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani denied that Bahrain decided to label illegal settlements products made in the occupied West Bank as “Made in Israel”.

Bahrain is the fourth Arab country to normalize ties with ‘Israel’, after Egypt in 1979, Jordan in 1994, and the UAE in August.

(Source / 05.12.2020)