French Activists Hold Event Urging Boycott of Israeli Apartheid

On Saturday, 20 February, a dozen activists and supporters of the Collectif Palestine Vaincra, a member organization of the Samidoun Network, organized a Palestine Stand outside the Capitole metro station in Toulouse, France. They promoted the #BoycottPuma campaign, highlighting the complicity of this sponsor of Israeli apartheid football teams.

Despite strong winds, participants distributed hundreds of flyers calling for a boycott of Puma and had dozens of discussions with passers-by. At the same time, the Collectif Palestine Vaincra booth provided documents with lists of Israeli products to boycott, the situation of Palestinian prisoners and the history of Zionist colonization of Palestine. Many people expressed their interest and volunteered to participate in upcoming initiatives.

In addition, several people purchased the new book, “The Georges Ibrahim Abdallah Affair” by Said Bouamama, published by Editions PMN. Please contact Collectif Palestine Vaincra if you are interested in buying a copy. A portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the campaign to free Georges Abdallah, the longest-held political prisoner in Europe.

Many passers-by posed for photos to show their support for the global campaign to boycott Israel, solidarity with the Palestinian people and resistance to Israeli apartheid and colonialism.

At the exit to the Capitole metro station, activists displayed a large banner, declaring, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will win.”

Several activists from Collectif Palestine Vaincra spoke over the sound system in both French and Arabic, describing the Puma boycott campaign and the importance of supporting Palestinian resistance. Many people in the area were interested in the speeches and appalled by the double-talk of Puma, which boasts of supporting human rights in its charter while collaborating with a colonialist and racist state.

The Palestine Stand ended with the reading of the poem, “The Martyr,” by Abdel-Rahim Mahmoud, and an improvised Dabkeh dance. Participants held up Algerian and Sahrawi flags alongside the Palestinian flag, emphasizing that the Palestinian cause is one of all peoples of the Arab world and, more broadly, of all people who stand for justice and equality.

This came one day after another Palestine Stand on Friday, February 19, organized at the exit of Bagatelle metro in Toulouse, during the La Faourette market. Once again, activists displayed a large banner declaring, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will win,” and Palestinian flags, while distributing leaflets on the history of Zionist colonization in Palestine and the importance of developing solidarity with the Palestinian resistance.

Many passers-by stopped to chat, donate a few Euro or gather material, like information with the list of Israeli products to boycott, or to take pictures in support of the global mobilization to boycott Israel.

(Source / 23.02.2021)

WAFA – “Foreign Minister: ‘Israel’s impunity fuelled by lack of accountability’ “

(WAFA) – Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister Riyad al-Malki stated Monday that Israel’s impunity has been fuelled by the lack of punishment and accountability.

Addressing the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva via the video-conference, al-Malki stressed that the Israeli occupation authorities’ crimes against the Palestinian people continue unabated due to the Israel’s impunity besides to the lack of accountability and clear international action to end such impunity.

He reiterated that the occupation authorities were exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to consolidate their expansionist settler-colonialism of Palestine, and refusing to assume their responsibilities in terms of providing Covid-19 vaccine doses to the Palestinian people, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip.

He cautioned against giving in to the attempts to stop dealing with Israel under Item 7 at the HRC meetings, which would effectively silence the Palestinian victims and grant war criminals immunity from prosecution and impunity.

The top Palestinian diplomat urged the international community to comply with the principles and rules of international law with regards to the realization of the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights, confront the Israeli settler-colonialist system by all legal means, refrain from funding this system and put an end to the construction of colonial settlements.

He also urged it to boycott and ban the entry of products coming from Israeli colonial settlements, prohibit trade with settlements, as he called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to update the database of companies dealing with Israeli settlements.

Reflecting on the International Criminal Court’s ruling that it has jurisdiction over war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories, he welcomed the court’s ruling and called for expeditious opening of a criminal investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated in the territories of the State of Palestine.

He expressed regret over the issuance of politicized statements by some states against the ICC ruling and slammed such statements as a flagrant interference in the court’s work with the ultimate goal of granting Israeli war criminals immunity against punishment and impunity.

Highlighting the importance of holding general elections, he considered this step as an integral part of the efforts aimed at the revitalization of the democratic life and achieving national reconciliation and unity as he urged the international community to help remove any Israeli obstacles to the elections, particularly in East Jerusalem.

(Source / 23.02.2021)

Army Demolishes Under-Construction Home Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers demolished, Monday, an under-construction home in Teqoua’ town, southeast of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

Taiseer Abu Mfarreh, the head of Teqoua’ Local Council, said the soldiers invaded the Khirbat Ad-Deir area, in the northern part of the town, and isolated it from its surrounding areas.

He added that the soldiers then demolished a 160 square/meter under-construction home, owned by Mojahed Mahmoud Salman, under the pretext of being built without a permit from the “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank.

It is worth mentioning that Teqoua’ has been subject to constant invasions, including violent searches of homes and property, and the abduction of many of its youngsters, in addition to the repeated closure of its entrances by iron gates installed by the army.

(Source / 23.02.2021)

Soldiers Demolish Two Stores Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers demolished, Monday, two stores in Sur Baher village, southeast of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.

Mohammad Tarshan, the owner of the demolished stores were in the same sixty square/meter building and added that the destruction was carried out without prior notice.

Tarshan stated that the stores were built by the family more than 50 years ago on their own land.

On October 28, 2020, the soldiers demolished the second floor of the building under the pretext of being constructed without a permit from the City Council in occupied Jerusalem.

In related news, the Israeli soldiers demolished an under-construction home in Teqoua’ town, southeast of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

(Source / 23.02.2021)

Army Injures Several Palestinians In Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, on Monday at night, several Palestinians in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, during protests that erupted after the army invaded and searched homes.

Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers invaded the Wad al-Karm area in Hebron city, before storming and ransacking homes.

They added that several Palestinians protested the invasion, and hurled stones at the army jeeps.

The soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at the protesters and surrounding homes, causing many residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

(Source / 23.02.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seventeen Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, seventeen Palestinians, including siblings, from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

The PPS office in Hebron, in southern West Bank, said the soldiers abducted Ala’ Shaker al-Hadoush, 30, Mohammad Mahmoud Ghneimat, and Emad Bader Ekhlayyel, 40, after stopping them at the al-Jab’a military roadblock, west of Surif town, northwest of Hebron.

It added that the soldiers invaded and ransacked several homes in the southern area of Hebron city, before abducting Ahed Awni Jaber and his brother Anan.

The soldiers also invaded Doura town, south of Hebron, and searched the homes of Nayef Rajoub and Ziad Rajoub, causing damage.

In Beit Ummar town, northwest of Hebron, the soldiers invaded the home of Mohammad Ibrahim Bahar, and violently searched it, before summoning him for interrogation.

In the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Ma’moun Farhan from Shu’fat refugee camp, and Mohammad Sa’ada Sa’id, from Hizma town, after breaking into their homes and violently searching them, causing excessive damage.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Sanad Sufian Khamaisa and Mohmmad Farad Sammoudi, from their homes in the al-Yamoun town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Eyewitnesses in al-Yamoun said protests took place in many neighborhoods after the army invaded them, especially when the soldiers started breaking into homes and ransacking them.

The army also interrogated and detained many Palestinians in the town, especially former political prisoners, and released them later.

In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Faze’ Sawafta, and Abada Shafiq al-Kharraz, from their homes in the city, in addition to Hasan Amer, from Taiseer village, east of Tubas.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Moath Suman, 31, from the Saff Street in the center of the city, in addition to Ahmad Sa’id Sabah, 23, and Salah Mousa Sabah, 23, from Harmala village, east of the city.

(Source / 23.02.2021)

Army Abducts A Journalist In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday afternoon, a Palestinian photojournalist from Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources said the journalist, identified as Ahmad Jalajel, was driving in the at-Tour town in Jerusalem, when the soldiers stopped his car and searched it, while questioning him and inspecting his ID card.

The sources added that the soldiers took the abducted journalist to the al-Maskobiyya detention and interrogation facility. Jalajel is from the ath-Thoury neighborhood in Silwan town.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted seventeen Palestinians, including siblings, from several parts of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 23.02.2021)

Despite severe winter conditions, ‘Israel’ removes Palestinian tents placed as shelters

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces yesterday morning raided Hamsa al-Bqaia in the northern Jordan Valley, removed 12 residential tents which were placed to shelter dozens of residents displaced in the Israeli demolition of their homes, along with tents for livestock and water tanks.

Mutaz Bisharat, an official with the Tubas Governorate, said the occupation forces raided the community yesterday morning and removed donor-funded livelihood tents, as the tents were being assembled to provide shelter to the community and their livestock.

He said the forces seized as well four water tankers and four water tanks.

The Israeli occupation forces demolished Hamsa al-Bqaia community four times this month under the pretext that the area is designated for training and displaced its community with a plan to relocate them to another area.

On 3 November 2020, in the largest forced displacement incident recorded in recent years, 73 people, including 41 children were displaced. The structures demolished were residential, WASH and livestock related, of which 29 structures had been provided as humanitarian assistance.

On 1 February, Israeli occupation forces confiscated 25 structures in Hamsa al-Bqaia on the alleged basis that they lacked an Israeli building permit for construction in Area C.

On 3 February, Israeli occupation forces returned to seize a further 21 structures. Sixty Palestinians have been uprooted from their homes, including 35 children. Structures demolished included 21 homes, 17 livestock shelters, and 8 water and hygiene facilities.

On 8 February, the Israeli Civil Administration, accompanied by the military, returned to the Palestinian Bedouin community and confiscated or demolished another 16 residential and animal structures. Thirteen were donor-funded and had been provided as a humanitarian response to two incidents on 1 and 3 February.

On 16 February, the occupation forces confiscated five donor-funded livelihood tents, which were being assembled to provide shelter to the community and their livestock.

Also, the community’s vulnerability was compounded by the bad winter conditions this week, and ‘Israel’ continues to confiscate Palestinian tents despite of the severe winter conditions and the outbreak of the pandemic.

Palestinians, however, say the forces training is only an excuse to remove the Palestinians in that area in order to develop it for Israel’s illegal settlement activity.

Conor O’Neill, a researcher with Christian Aid, which works with local partners in the occupied territories, told The Irish Times that the events underscored that Irish policy needed to evolve beyond providing aid and issuing statements of condemnation.

“This kind of thing happens in a context of near total impunity, in which really, really serious breaches of international law are met with strongly worded statements but nothing beyond that,” O’Neill said.

“The question is what is the long-term strategy? Are we going to keep funding houses and schools, see as they are destroyed, and then fund them to be rebuilt?”

Since the start of 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities have demolished, seized or forced people to demolish at least 199 Palestinian-owned structures, including 77 donor-funded, displacing 285 people, including some 150 children. This represents an over 200 per cent increase in structures targeted, and an over 500 per cent increase in donor-funded structures targeted, compared to the equivalent period in 2020, according to The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

(Source / 23.02.2021)

Pro-Palestine activists occupy roof of UK-based Israeli arms factory, splatter it in blood-red paint

England (QNN)- Several activists from Palestine Action have occupied the roof of an Israeli-owned arms factory based in the UK, and blocked the entrances from the ground, forcing the site to halt its production of deadly weapons.

On Tuesday morning, the activists climbed on to the roof of Elbit’s UAV Engines factory in Staffordshire, smashed the windows and prevented the site from opening.

They have chained the factory gates shut to block off all access and splattered the building in blood-red paint.


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The activists have also displayed banners reading ‘Shut Elbit Down’ and ‘Elbit Arms: Israel Kills’.

Police have arrived at the scene but as of yet, no arrests have been made. Activists continue to keep the factory closed, preventing the workforce from accessing the building.

The action comes after a three-day rooftop occupation last September that cost the company an estimated £145,000 in damages.

There have been other similar ‘shutdowns’ by Palestine Action in November 2020 and January 2021.

Today’s factory closure is the group’s second large-scale action this month, as on 1st February, Palestine Action joined forces with Extinction Rebellion North to occupy Elbit-Ferranti in Oldham for 16 hours, in what was described as the “first of many” collaborations.

A member of Palestine Action said about today’s occupation, “We’re back, and this is once again, a clear and unwavering message to the immoral profiteers of war and the perpetrators of crimes against humanity that we’re not going away until Elbit’s lethal chain of weapons factories are hounded out of the UK. Petitioning and protests don’t work, so it’s our moral obligation to take matters into our own hands and use direct action to shut these death factories down for good.”

Over the last 16 years, Elbit has established a large presence in the UK, opening 10 production sites across England and Wales, including four factories.

Elbit provides the Israeli occupation with around 85% of its killer drones. These drones murdered 164 Palestinian children in Gaza in 2014 and Israeli occupation uses them in daily surveillance and regular attacks.

The company’s profits skyrocketed after its equipment was used in the brutal 2014 assault on Gaza, helping ‘Israel’ to seal contracts with militaries all over the world.

In 2018, Elbit purchased IMI Systems, known for producing cluster munitions, the IOF’s sole supplier of small calibre ammunition.

So not only are the drones in the skies made by Elbit, the bullets being shot by Israeli occupation snipers are also made by Elbit.

Israeli F-16 fighter jets and Apache and Cobra attack helicopters are all made with Elbit equipment.

They have repeatedly been used to attack civilian areas, homes and refugee camps, resulting in thousands of casualties in Gaza, the West Bank, and Lebanon.

Also, Elbit’s Hermes 450 is one of the most used drones in the world. The company markets the drone as “combat proven”, having battle-tested it on Palestinian people.

Elbit’s biggest single customer is the “Israeli Ministry of Defence,” the war criminals.

Since 2018, the UK government has bought £45m worth of military equipment from the company despite its role in aiding and escalating Israel’s war crimes in order to maintain its illegal occupation of Palestine and sustain its brutal system of apartheid.

In January, Britain’s Ministry of Defence gifted the company with a £102 million contract to develop new surveillance technology to enable “frontline” soldiers to detect and accurately fire on alleged “enemy” targets in a matter of seconds.

Palestine Action, which launched in August 2020, is working to shut Elbit’s UK-based war industry down and has collectively hit the firm’s sites around 50 times in just 6 months, also targeting its London landlord, LaSalle Investment Management.

Actions have caused Elbit’s factories to close on five separate occasions, while a series of occupations and well-attended public protests at its London HQ has disrupted the company’s business-as-usual complacency and raised considerable public awareness.

(Source / 23.02.2021)

Palestinian prisoner completes 19 years in Israeli jails

Ramallah (QNN)- A Palestine prisoner serving a lifetime sentence in Israeli jails completed today 19 years behind bars, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

The PPS said that the prisoner Naji Bsharat, 44 years old, completed today 19 years in Israeli jails and is currently imprisoned in Nafha desert prison.

Prisoner Naji, from Tamoun town to the south of Tubas, is a father of one girl who was three years old when he was arrested.

Palestinian prisoners’ advocacy groups said that Israeli occupation detained 456 Palestinians during this January, including 93 minors and 8 women.

There are also 26 Palestinian prisoners before Oslo.

The number of Palestinian prisoners serving a sentence above 20 years is 497, while the number of prisoners serving life a sentence is 543.

There are 33 Palestinian prisoners serving more than 25 years of sentence, and 57 serving more than 20 years of sentence.

By the end of January, 4500 Palestinians have been imprisoned in Israeli jails, among them 40 women, 170 children and 45 held in administrative detention.

It also said that there are 11 Palestinian priosners suffering from cancer, and 300 priosners have chronic diseases.

(Source / 23.02.2021)