Israeli Navy, Army, Attack Palestinian Fishermen, Farmers And Shepherds In Gaza

Israeli navy ships attacked, Sunday, several Palestinian fishing boats, while the soldiers opened fire at farmers and shepherds, near Khan Younis and Gaza city, in the besieged and impoverished coastal region.

Media sources said Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds, and used water cannons targeting Palestinian fishing boats less than three nautical miles from the shore, in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza city.

The attack led to property damage and forced the fishermen back to the shore without being able to fish and provide for their families.

Furthermore, soldiers stationed on military towers and in armored vehicles across the perimeter fence, fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers and shepherds, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The farmers and the shepherds had to leave their lands in fear of further Israeli military violations.

The attacks are part of the numerous and ongoing Israeli violations targeting the Palestinian farmersshepherds, and fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

These attacks have led to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to the abduction of many farmers, shepherds, and fishermen.

(Source / 08.03.2021)

Updated: “Three Palestinian Fishermen Killed In Khan Younis – Investigation Initiated”

Update: The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, said it launched an investigation into the incident and vowed to reveal the outcome to the public soon.

In a brief statement, the brigades said the Palestinian security forces of the Interior Ministry are part of this investigation.

“We express our sincere condolences to the families of Mohammad Hijazi Saleh Lahham, Zakariya Hijazi Saleh Lahham, and Yahia Mustafa Saleh Lahham,” the brigades said, “We will investigate this painful incident and will reveal the whole truth as soon as possible.”

Updated From:
Three Palestinian Fishermen Killed In Khan Younis
Mar 7, 2021, at 12:54

The Palestinian Fishermen Syndicate has reported that three fishermen were killed, and one was seriously injured, near Khan Younis in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip, due to an explosion in their boat. The Israeli army said it has nothing to do with the incident.

The Syndicate’s Secretary Nizar Ayyash said the fishermen were apparently killed due to a shell that struck their boat, and added that one fisherman was seriously injured, the Watar Broadcast Network has reported.

Medical sources said the three fishermen have been identified as Yahia Mustafa Lahham, Hamdi Hijazi Lahham, and Zakariya Hijazi Lahham. One other fisherman from the same family was seriously injured in the incident.

The Al-Aqsa Radio in Gaza said a shell struck the boat, killing the three fishermen and wounding another.

On its part, the government-run Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) responded to an inquiry by the IMEMC and stated that the fishermen’s death was a result of an explosion caused by a homemade shell that accidentally struck their boat.

The explosion occurred not long after the Israeli navy attacked fishing boats with live fire and water cannons.

The Interior Ministry in Gaza said it initiated an investigation into the incident.

In a statement issued by the Israeli army on its official Twitter account, the spokesperson denied any relation to the incident, and added: “our indications show that their deaths were caused by an explosion inside Gaza.”

Also Sunday, the soldiers stationed on military towers and in armored vehicles across the perimeter fence, fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers and shepherds, east of Khan Younis.

The farmers and the shepherds had to leave their lands in fear of further Israeli military violations.

The attack is part of the numerous and ongoing Israeli violations targeting the Palestinian farmersshepherds, and fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

These attacks have led to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to the abduction of many farmers, shepherds, and fishermen.

(Source / 08.03.2021)

‘Israel’ renews administrative detention of journalist Bushra Taweel for the second time

Ramallah (QNN)- The Israeli military court on Sunday renewed the administrative detention of journalist Bushra Taweel from Bireh for four months for the second time in a row.

Israeli forces arrested Taweel at a temporary checkpoint in Nablus in November 2020. She had been released in July after spending eight months in Israeli jails.

Taweel is a former prisoner; she was arrested in 2011 and released in the same year before she got arrested several times since 2014.

Most female prisoners are held in the Damon jail in violation of the Geneva convention, which prohibits transferring occupied people.

(Source / 08.03.2021)

“There’s no reason for ‘Israel’ not to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria”

Israeli Settlement Affairs Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said on Sunday that he believes that ‘Israel’ will extend sovereignty to parts of the occupied West Bank, without disclosing a timeline for the move.

In an exclusive interview with i24NEWS, Hanegbi said, “It doesn’t make sense that half a million people who live in Judea and Samaria cannot live under Israeli law, we did it in the Golan Heights and we will do it in Judea and Samaria,” he said.

Judea and Samaria are biblical words they used to describe the Occupied West Bank.

There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Regarding future normalization deals with Arab Gulf countries, Hanegbi declared that he “cannot foresee how far the relations with the Gulf States will develop but it is an alliance which should be able to be made according to the decisions of the populations too, the new agreements will change things.”

“We have common interests with Oman in an informal manner and the ties with Saudi Arabia will hopefully widen,” he added.

Last year, ‘Israel’ and Arab countries, including the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco normalized ties, known as the Abraham Accords.

(Source / 08.03.2021)

Israeli army demolishes house, water well in Hebron

Occupied Hebron (QNN)- The Israeli army demolished an under-construction house and a water well in Bani Naim town in occupied Hebron this morning.

Local sources said the Israeli army demolished a house that is still under construction in Bani Naim town in occupied Hebron. The house is 500 square meters.

The Israelis also demolished a 200-square meter water well that the villagers use to collect rainwater. The well is owned by Jawdat Rajabi.

(Source / 08.03.2021)

Anti-palestinian racism and incitement by Israelis on social media increased by 16% in 2020

The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement, 7amleh, said on Monday that anti-Palestinian racism and incitement by Israelis on social media has increased by 16 percent in 2020 compared to 2019.

In its annual report, Index of Racism and Incitement in Israeli Social Networks, 7amleh said that the results of racism and incitement in the Israeli social media index showed that about 574,000 posts on social media in 2020 included violent anti-Arab text, at a rate of one out of every 10 posts about Arabs containing violent speech, which is an increase by 79,000 posts compared to 2019 during which 495,000 violent posts were published.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the results showed that racist posts towards Palestinians and Arabs increased by 21 percent, while insults constituted 29 percent of the posts. Incitement speech constituted 7 percent.

The report said the Twitter platform topped the index where 61 percent of violent posts were published, which is more than doubled compared to 2019, while Facebook platform came second this year and had 19 percent of the post, a decrease of 20 percent compared to 2019.

7amleh is a non-profit organization that advocates for Palestinian digital rights.

7amleh’s mission is to create a safe, fair and free digital space for Palestinians. 7amleh studies and researches issues related to Palestinian digital rights, provides digital rights, digital activism and digital security capacity building opportunities to Palestinian activists and civil society, and manages local and international advocacy campaigns.

(Source / 08.03.2021)

Minister of Palestinian Foreign Affairs plans to visit the Hague

The International Criminal Court building is seen in The Hague, Netherlands, January 16, 2019

Speaking during a TV show hosted by Palestine TV, Minister of Palestinian Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Maliki said that he will be visiting The Hague soon.

Al-Maliki said talks will be held with the ICC chief prosecutor about the next steps in the way to investigate Israeli war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

He also said the two sides will discuss the date for starting practical steps on the ground, the measures required from the Palestinian side, and the timing for the arrival of the first delegations of the Court for the launch of the investigation.

The Foreign Minister said the Palestinian side was conducting an evaluation of the overall situation and setting up an action plan and a strategy to work with the Court.

He noted that an assessment of the mechanism of action and the required human, expert, local, Arab and international needs was being made ahead of the launch of the ICC investigation.

Al-Malki added that the Palestinian side will also need to adapt domestic laws with the Rome Statute regarding the opening of investigations at the level of local Palestinian courts and on other matters.

He said that if ‘Israel’ and the United States planned to go to the UN Security Council in order to take a step to suspend the investigation for a period of 12 months, the Palestinian side will most likely be able to thwart such a step through “friends” in the Security Council who have the right of veto.

Al-Maliki pointed out that the new US administration was hesitant about redressing the Trump administration’s fault of imposing penalties on the ICC and suspending the relationship with the Palestinian side.

In this regard, Al-Maliki called on the new US administration to explain and justify this hesitation, saying, “We still believe that the new US administration has the desire to reassess the US-Palestinian relationship and return it to its correct path, and are awaiting practical steps on the ground.”

The United States has firmly opposed the ICC’s decision saying it’s “deeply disappointed by this decision” and that the “ICC has no jurisdiction over this matter.”

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda said on Wednesday that she launched a formal probe into war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories.

“The investigation will cover crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court that are alleged to have been committed in the Situation since 13 June 2014, the date to which reference is made in the Referral of the Situation to my Office,” she added.

Israel is not a member of the ICC and neither is the US. The Palestinians joined the court in 2015.

Last year, the Trump administration imposed sanctions against ICC officials, including revoking chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s entry visa, in response to the court’s attempts to prosecute American troops for actions in Afghanistan.

(Source / 08.03.2021)

About thirty Palestinian women in Israeli jails

Eleven mothers are among those detained in the occupation prisons while eight were wounded inside the occupation jail

The Palestinians Detainees Club said, on Sunday, that Israel is holding 35 female detainees, including 11 mothers, in its jails.

The club added in a statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day that 26 Palestinian women are sentenced for varying periods, the highest being 16 years, while three are held in administrative detention, without charge or trial. 

It said that eleven mothers are among those detained in the occupation prisons while eight were wounded inside the Israeli occupation jails.

The club underlined that the female detainees are subjected to all kinds of abuse and torture starting from the day of their arrest.

(Source / 08.02.2021)

Israeli forces prevent Palestinian women from holding an event marking International Women’s Day

Israeli forces prevented the women from holding the event in al-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem


Israeli occupation forces today prevented Palestinian women from holding an event in occupied East Jerusalem to celebrate International Women’s Day and detained some of the organizers, according to Sabreen Sayyad, one of the organizers of the event.

she added that Israeli forces prevented the women from holding the event in al-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem and detained the head of al-Tur Women Center Ikhlas Sayyad and cloths designer Manal Abu Sbeitan after raiding a hall on the Mount of Olives where an exhibition of Palestinian traditional cloths and other material produced by women was being held.

The Israeli forces also seized the clothes and material that were on display at the exhibition.

(Source / 08.03.2021)

Victory for BDS as judge SLAPPS down Zionist attempt to stifle free speech

By Yvonne Ridley

An Israeli soldier who launched a $6 million defamation action in America against a Palestinian Christian has seen her legal efforts backfire spectacularly. Although her lawyer urged the US judge to apply Israeli defamation law, which punishes criticism of the Zionist State by up to one year in prison, Rebecca Rumshiskaya lost her case.

Californian Judge Craig Griffin rejected and dismissed the lawsuit as well as the attempt to apply Israeli laws in his Orange County Superior Court. In his ruling, the judge also granted Palestinian Suhair Nafal’s anti-SLAPP motion and said that Rumshiskaya must pay the defendant’s legal costs.

The anti-SLAPP laws are designed to deter people from using the US courts, and potential threats of a lawsuit, to intimidate people who are exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech. A “strategic lawsuit against public participation” (SLAPP) is one intended to deter freedom of speech, and which the plaintiff usually doesn’t really expect to win.

The outcome of this particular lawsuit is a major blow to Israel’s ongoing efforts around the world to silence the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, especially on social networks. It is also a major victory for Nafal and her supporters. She insisted, however, that this was a victory for all pro-Palestinian activists, both on social media and on the ground. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are tireless and will not give up until we see justice served.”

Californian Rumshiskaya, 26, went to live in Israel in 2012 and enlisted in the Israel Defence Forces as an instructor in the Education and Youth Corps. She sought advice from “lawfare” specialists Shurat HaDin two years after a photograph of her fully armed and in uniform was posted by BDS activist Nafal on her Facebook page in 2018. The Palestinian had downloaded the image of the IDF poster girl from the military’s own official Facebook page.

Nafal’s post was about heroic 21-year-old Palestinian paramedic Razan Al-Najjar, who was killed by an Israeli sniper while she was on duty as a volunteer helping the wounded during the peaceful Great March of Return demonstrations that took place near the nominal Gaza Strip border in 2018.

To draw a comparison between the two women, Nafal uploaded Rumshiskaya’s promotional photograph next to that of the young paramedic. There was absolutely no suggestion that this particular Israeli soldier was involved in the killing of Al-Najjar. She had left the IDF three years earlier. However, some pro-Israel supporters tried to twist the narrative and say that Nafal’s post claimed that Rumshiskaya was responsible for the medic’s death.

Nafal contacted the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) for assistance in the case and she was represented by Attorney Haytham Faraj, an ADC national board member. According to Faraj, the primary work of the firm representing the Israeli soldier in the lawsuit was to focus on silencing and threatening BDS activists, critics of Israeli human rights violations, and violations of international humanitarian law.

In the statement of the claim presented by Shurat HaDin to the California court last year, Rumshiskaya’s lawyers said that the “accusation” was clearly false since she’d never served in the Gaza Strip during her military service. They added that their client worked for human rights and took part in joint delegations of Israelis and Arabs in Jordan and the occupied West Bank.

In a dramatic statement that bordered on hysteria, Israeli lawyer Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said in the statement: “It seems like we’re going back to [infamous forgery] The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and to the anti-Semitic blood libels that belong to the past. Rebecca and her family have received death threats, only because she decided to join the IDF.”

Darshan-Leitner, the founder of Shurat HaDin Israeli Law Centre, added: “The war on anti-Semitism has expanded to the legal sphere as well, and Rebecca’s lawsuit is the spearhead of our struggle against the global boycott movement against Israel. This is a message to all BDS activists, who should know that they too may be held responsible for their anti-Zionist activity and may even need to pay a heavy price.”

In some ways the Shurat HaDin lawyer was right. This legal case has certainly sent out a strong message to BDS supporters, which is that they should carry on with their vital and entirely peaceful efforts to bring Israel to account for its human rights abuses.

US lawyer Faraj said that the ruling by Judge Griffin preserved the First Amendment rights of Arab American and Palestinian communities to free speech, including political speech. Pointing out that, “America is not Israel,” he added: “The former Israeli soldier who sued Ms Nafal sought to have the court apply Israeli law, which punishes criticism of Israel by up to one year in prison. The judge rejected the lawsuit and the attempt to apply Israeli law.”

The attorney said that by granting Nafal the Anti-SLAPP motion, the judge sent a clear message that the US tolerates and values the diversity of opinions and political views, and those who seek to improperly silence political criticism will have a price to pay.

One can only hope the case in California will have an impact here in Britain, where Zionists are leading a witch hunt to try to conflate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. The pro-Israel lobby uses the discredited “definition” of anti-Semitism drafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) to try to block any and all discussion of the state of Israel and its contempt for international laws and conventions. Some of the examples of “anti-Semitism” cited in the IHRA document — which even the person who drafted it has said is a “working definition” — relate to criticism of Israel. Academics have criticised the definition, which has been described as “not fit for purpose“.

BDS is facing a lot of challenges from Israel’s allies who allow it to act with impunity. Ironically, some of those allies are real anti-Semites who are left free to do their racist worst in this world every time that the pro-Israel lobby weaponises anti-Semitism against the people of Palestine and their supporters in the struggle for peace and justice. Some people just never learn.

Suhair Nafal said: “This victory was not just a victory for me, it was a victory for all pro-Palestinian activists, both on social media and on the ground,” she added. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are tireless and will not give up until we see justice served.”

(Source / 08.03.2021)