500 New Israeli Colonists Arrive in Palestine

Following several weeks of Israeli immigrants leaving their adopted country of Israel to return home due to the increase in violence from May 10 – 20th, Israeli government officials issued a press release Tuesday that they are pleased that 500 new Zionist colonizers arrived in Palestine last week from over 20 countries around the globe.

The Israeli government offers free citizenship and plots of stolen Palestinian land to anyone who claims Jewish heritage, from anywhere in the world. The immigrants are immediately given full rights and citizenship in the state of Israel — something that has been denied to the indigenous Palestinian population since Israel’s creation on Palestinian land in 1948.

In what Israeli media and authorities described as a “super week”, 500 Zionist colonizers from over 20 countries arrived in occupied Palestine last week, according to the Quds News Network.

Colonizers from South and Central America, Europe, Scandinavian countries, the UK, the US, Australia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Ethiopia, and other countries worldwide will be settled onto occupied Palestinian land, forcing out the indigenous Palestinian people who have lived on the land for centuries.

Israeli organizations announced the news proudly, taking it as proof that the Zionist colonization of Palestine will continue despite the resistance attacks.

“Given the intense conflict we have witnessed here over recent weeks, it is quite remarkable to see these hundreds of Jewish immigrants coming home [sic] to Israel from all directions,” President of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) Jürgen Bühler said.

“This is truly inspiring to see these Jewish families cast their lots with Israel just days after the country was under such intense rocket barrages, and it bodes well for the future of the Jewish state,” he added.

ICEJ said they will additionally subsidize flights for 99 Zionist colonizers from India.

The ICEJ is known for denying the existence of Palestinian Christians, who have lived in the Bethlehem area continuously for the past 2000 years. The organization sponsors and supports Jewish people from around the world to immigrate to Palestine and displace the native Palestinian population. The ICEJ does this as part of ‘Christian Zionism’, which is a subset of Christianity that believes the ‘Rapture’ will come once enough Jews move to Israel. According to that belief system, when the ‘Rapture’ occurs, the Jews who refuse to convert to Christianity will be exterminated.

(Source / 02.06.2021)

Israeli Soldier Shoots 73-Year Old Palestinian Woman

A battalion of Israeli soldiers invaded the Palestinian village of Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin, in the northern West Bank on Tuesday evening. They opened fire at any Palestinians who were not inside. They gave no warning, just began to open fire at the Palestinian residents of the town, according to local sources.

A 73-year old woman, identified as Ne`ma Mustafa Abu Bakr, was standing on her front stoop in the Hawuz neighborhood in Ya’bad when Israeli soldiers came running down the street in pursuit of some children who had thrown stones at them.

A soldier aimed his weapon at the elderly woman, pulled the trigger and shot her in the leg.

She was taken to the main hospital in Jenin, where she was treated for a severe gunshot injury.

During the invasion of the village, the soldiers ransacked a number of Palestinian homes and fired live and rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas.

Palestinian youth responded to the invasion by throwing stones and telling the soldiers to leave their town.

(Source / 02.06.2021)

“Enough is enough,” 1,000 Canadian artists demand economic sanctions on Israel

June 1, 2021 (QNN) – Over 1,000 Canadian artists and cultural workers have signed a statement calling on the Canadian government to impose military and economic sanctions on the occupation state of ‘Israel’ and “to end its complicity in the oppression of Palestinians”.

“We, the undersigned Canadian artists and cultural workers, support the Palestinian people in their seven decades of struggle for freedom, liberation, and the Palestinian refugees’ right of return,” read the statement.

It added, “We call upon the Canadian government to impose military and economic sanctions on Israel and to end its complicity in the oppression of Palestinians.”

Regarding Israel’s 11-day aggression on the Gaza Strip, the artists said that they’re “deeply shocked by the recent developments on the ground in Palestine/Israel-the fourth bombardment since 2009 in Gaza,” saying Israel’s killing of at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children, and the destruction of residential buildings, hospitals, schools and infrastructure constitute “war crimes.”

The artists said, “Enough is enough.”

“The two million Palestinians in Gaza, over 70% of whom are refugees, forcibly expelled from their homes during the establishment of the state of Israel, have also suffered a brutal land, air and sea blockade imposed by Israel since 2007. In 2018, the people of Gaza held weekly marches in the Israeli military buffer zone insisting and demanding to fulfill their right to return to their villages, across the dividing border,” they said.

In the occupied West Bank, the artists denounced Israel’s illegal military occupation; the dispossession, displacement and forceful expulsion of Palestinians, the demolition of thousands of homes, restrictions on freedom of movement with military checkpoints and the separation wall, land seizures, illegal settlements, and Israeli-only roads.

The artists stated, “The military occupation system has also fragmented the Palestinian community with 700 kilometers of a 9-meter high concrete wall and hundreds of military checkpoints, controlling the Palestinians’ movements, social and cultural connectivity, and economic activities.”

They also condemned violence carried out by Israeli occupation forces and settlers against Palestinian living inside the Green Lines, “including lynching, shooting, attacking, arresting, and marking homes of Palestinians reveals decades of systemic discrimination against indigenous Palestinians”.

“Let us name it for what it is: apartheid and settler colonialism with the aim of ethnic cleansing,” the artists said, referring to recent reports from Human Rights Watch and Israel’s leading human rights group B’Tselem, both of which accused ‘Israel’ of committing war crimes against the Palestinian people.

“We are moved to speak out against the ongoing violence and destruction of the Palestinian people’s homes, their natural environment, farmlands and resources,” the artists wrote.

“We are furthermore determined to work towards the end of the dehumanization of the Palestinian people as a result of decades of support that has been given to the settler-colonial state of Israel.”

(Source / 02.06.2021)

Israeli Troops Abduct 17 Palestinians in Pre-Dawn Raids, Including 13-Year Old

Tulkarem night raid (archive image)

In the early morning hours on Wednesday, Israeli forces invaded a number of West Bank cities and towns and snatched 17 Palestinian men and boys from their homes as they lay sleeping.

These pre-dawn raids occur on a nightly basis throughout the West Bank, and those who are abducted are forced through Israeli military court where they are not told the charges against them or even allowed access to counsel, in most cases.

Children abducted in this manner are often interrogated in brutal and inhumane ways without any notification of their parents.

In Hebron, in the southern West Bank, Israeli troops abducted Sanad Muhammad Ibrahim Muqbel (13 years), from Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, and the two brothers, Baha Al-Din Muhammad Al-Nahnoush (22 years), Omar (15 years), and Muhammad Adel Al-Salaymeh from the southern region of Hebron.

From Bethlehem, the troops abducted: Youssef Jalal Taqatqa, Obaidah Muhammad Thawabita, Ahmed Ali Abu al-Asal, from the town of Beit Fajjar, Muhammad Issa Abayat, and Raed Abayat, from the Wadi Abu Fariha area of ​​the city of Beit Sahour, Ahmed Ayman Ali, and Fadi Daoud Asakreh, from Asakreh.

From Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorate, the Israeli forces snatched: Saleh Sayaghah from Silwad town, Rami Hamdan from Beit Sira town, and Jamal Al-Taweel from Umm Al Sharayet neighborhood of Al-Bireh.

From Nablus, the troops abducted: Hisham Faqha, and Ward Al-Antari from Deir Sharaf village, west of Nablus.

And from Tulkarem, the troops abducted the freed prisoner, Rabie Muhammad Nayfa (20 years), after they raided his house in the Shweika suburb.

(Source / 02.06.2021)

Israeli Troops Demolish Al-Arakib Village for 188th Time

The Israeli government on Tuesday demolished the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib, Tuesday, for the 188th consecutive time.

Israeli police forces and the “Yoav” unit of the so-called “Negev Development Authority” government, accompanied by military vehicles and armored bulldozers, stormed the village of “Al-Araqib” and proceeded to demolish the tents and homes of Palestinian citizens there.

This is the seventh time that the occupation authorities have demolished the modest tents of the people of Al-Araqib during the current year 2021, and the 188th time since the demolitions began, but the people re-construct them every time.

The Israeli authorities continue to prosecute Al-Araqib residents who refuse to compromise on the land. The government sends troops to demolish the homes of the impoverished Palestinian shepherds and farmers.

The troops demolish their homes and destroy their crops, and impose penalties and fines on them under the pretext of building without permits.

The Quds News Network describes the steadfastness of the residents of the village of “Al-Araqib” as “legendary”, as they rebuild tents and houses and confront plans to uproot and displace them from their land every time it happens.

Demolitions of Al-Araqib and other unrecognized Palestinian villages continue on a regular basis under the claims that these homes were built without a permit on land owned by the Israeli state. But Israel has never issued these indigenous residents the permits to live on their own land, despite the fact that the Bedouin community has been living there for far longer than the state of Israel has existed.

The Israeli authorities’ state objective is to displace the residents of Al-Araqib from their original lands, paving the way for the land to be settled by Israelis.

Al-Araqib is a Palestinian village located to the north of the city of Beersheba in the Negev desert (southern Palestine). It was established for the first time during the Ottoman rule. It is one of the 51 Arab villages in the Negev that the Israeli government does not recognize.

And the occupation authorities have worked since 1951 to expel its residents, with the aim of controlling their lands, through extensive house demolitions, in an effort to control the vast lands that are equivalent to two-thirds of historic Palestine.

The village was completely demolished by Israeli bulldozers on July 27, 2010; Israeli troops demolished all its homes and displaced hundreds of its residents, under the pretext of building without a permit.

The residents of the village built it again, to be demolished again and again, the most recent demolition being the 188th one that happened today. The tents that the villagers had set up were demolished, instead of the houses that were demolished in the past times.

The steadfastness of Al-Araqib became a symbol of the battle of wills waged by the Palestinians of the occupied interior, especially in the Negev, in order to survive and preserve land and identity from the policies of Judaization.

About 240,000 Palestinians live in the Negev desert, half of whom live in villages and Bedouin camps, some of which have been in place for hundreds of years.

The Israeli occupation authorities do not recognize their ownership of the lands of these villages and communities, refuse to provide them with basic services such as water and electricity, and try by all means and methods to push the Palestinian Arabs to despair and frustration in order to uproot and displace them.

Article 17 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states in section 1: Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others; and in section 2: No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

(Source / 02.06.2021)

Palestinian in Ramallah Dies of His Wounds

Another casualty was added to the death toll of the recent Israeli aggression in the West Bank and Gaza Strip from May 10 – 21, when the Palestinian Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced the death of the young man Fadi Sadiq Musa Washha (34 years).

Fadi had been shot in the head by Israeli soldiers two weeks ago while participating in a protest in solidarity with the people of Gaza, where bombs were raining down, killing whole families crushed under the rubble of their homes.

He was near the northern entrance to Al-Bireh, in the Ramallah district, when Israeli soldiers invading the village shot him twice in the head. He was rushed to the hospital and into surgery, and has been in the intensive care unit until his death on Wednesday June 2nd.

The number of Palestinians killed during the Israeli aggression rose to 255, including 66 children and 39 women; among the dead are seventeen elderly and five with special needs.

Last week, a Palestinian died of his wounds on Monday, another died of his wounds on Thursday, and another four Palestinians were found buried under the rubble left of their homes after the Israeli bombardment.

Over 50,000 people were driven from their homes during the Israeli bombardment.

Now that the bombing has temporarily ceased, the Palestinians of Gaza remain trapped within the open-air prison of the Gaza Strip, in which 2.4 million Palestinians live crowded together in harsh economic conditions due to an Israeli siege that has been in place for fourteen years.

(Source / 02.06.2021)

Instagram makes changes to algorithm after accusations of censoring pro-Palestine content

Facebook-owned Instagram has made changes to its algorithm after a group of its employees reportedly complained that pro-Palestinian content was not viewable for users during Israel’s 11-day aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Instagram typically surfaces original content in its stories before reposted content, but will now begin to give equal weighting to both, the company confirmed to The Verge on Sunday.

BuzzFeed News and the Financial Times reported that Instagram employee group had made numerous appeals about content that had been censored by Instagram’s automated moderation, such as posts about the al-Asqa mosque being removed.

The employees didn’t believe the censorship was deliberate, according to the Financial Times, but one said that “moderating at scale is biased against any marginalized groups.”

The change is not only in response to concerns over pro-Palestinian content, a Facebook spokesperson said in an email to The Verge, but the company realized the way the app functioned— bubbling up posts that it believes its users care about most— led people to believe it was suppressing certain points of view or topics.

“We want to be really clear— this isn’t the case,” the spokesperson said. “This applied to any post that’s re-shared in stories, no matter what it’s about.”

Lately, hundreds of social media users have been reporting the social media websites for deleting their posts, shutting down their personal accounts and censoring content about Israeli forces and settlers attacking Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque and Israel’s recent aggression on the Gaza Strip.

The social media users from Palestine and around the world have uploaded and shared videos and images about Israeli forces and settlers attacks and aggression, using the hashtags #SaveSheikhJarrah, #GazaUnderAttack, in both English and Arabic.

However, social media websites have censored, limited, and shut down their accounts, silencing their voices while they are fighting against the occupation.

Another hashtag, Al-Aqsa in Arabic, has also been hidden by Instagram, because, as it claims, the “content may not meet Instagram’s Community Guidelines.”

The hashtag was used to cover the settlers and forces’ violence and attacks against the Palestinian worhipers in al-Aqsa mosque courtyards.

Palestinians are no strangers to such restrictions on social media.

For years, American apps, including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp, have been deleting and deactivating the accounts of Palestinians in coordination with the Israeli government and security agencies, on the pretext of preventing Palestinian “incitement and hate speech” on its platform, stifling the Palestinian voices.

On May 2020, Facebook deleted the accounts of more than 50 Palestinian journalists and activists, saying their accounts had been deactivated for “not following our Community Standards,” according to Sada Social.

Sada Social said it documented 38 violations against Palestinian content in April 2021 only.

Sada Social, along with two news agencies and a translator, last week, said it filed a 14-page legal complaint with Facebook, saying the social media giant censored their posts and, in some cases, shut down their accounts in violation of the company’s own policies.

7amleh, a nonprofit that focuses on Palestinians’ digital rights, highlighted more than 500 incidents in a report in which Palestinian political speech had been censored during Israeli violence against Palestinians.

According to the report, content and accounts were removed, reduced and restricted, hashtags were hidden, and archived content deleted. 50% of these reports were about Instagram, 35% Facebook, 11% Twitter and 1% Tik Tok. 3% of the reports did not include sufficient information to be reported to companies.

(Source / 02.06.2021)

Two Gazans killed in explosion of Israeli unexploded bomb

Gaza (QNN)- The Ministry of Interior and National Security in Gaza on Wednesday said that two resistance fighters have been killed while they were trying to neutralize an Israeli unexploded bomb.

The spokesman for the ministry, Iyyad Al Bizem, said in a brief press statement that an Israeli bomb exploded in a resistance site, killing two fighters. The bomb was thrown on Gaza during the recent Israeli aggression.

The military wing of the Hamas movement, Al Qassam Brigades, said that the fighters Usama Jineinah and Ahmad Zaki Abu Haseera were killed while they were neutralizing an Israeli unexploded bomb, thrown during the Israeli aggression.

In the same vein, local sources said several injuries were reported among other fighters during the incident.

The Ministry of Interior had said that Engineering teams in the police continue to search and neutralize Israeli unexploded bombs in the areas targeted by the recent Israeli attack on Gaza.

(Source / 02.06.2021)

Israeli forces arrest 32 Palestinians in West Bank

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Last night and at dawn today, the Israeli occupation forces launched a campaign of raids, searches, and arrests in separate areas in the occupied West Bank.

In Ramallah, the Israeli occupation forces arrested, today, Wednesday, three citizens, including Hamas leader Jamal Al-Taweel.

Read More: Israeli massive arrest campaign in the West Bank and Jerusalem

Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces stormed the Umm Al-Shariat neighborhood in Al-Bireh late last night, and arrested the leader of “Hamas” Jamal Al-Taweel.

The Israeli occupation forces also arrested the young man, Saleh Siyaga, from the town of Silwad, and raided the home of the martyr Anas Hammad and tampered with its contents.

Read More: Israeli forces arrest Palestinian girl and youth from Hebron

The sources added that the Israeli occupation forces arrested the young Rami Hamdan, after raiding his house in the town of Beit Sira.

In Bethlehem, the Israeli occupation forces arrested seven citizens.

Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces arrested Youssef Jalal Taqatqa, Obeida Muhammad Thawabta, and Ahmed Ali Abu al-Asal, from the town of Beit Fajjar.

They also arrested Muhammad Issa Abayat and Raed Abayat, from the Wadi Abu Fariha area of ​​the city of Beit Sahour, and Ahmed Ayman Ali, and Fadi Daoud Asakreh, from Al-Asakrah, after they raided and searched the homes of their relatives.

In Hebron, the Israeli occupation forces arrested four civilians from the city and Al-Aroub camp, including two boys.

Local sources reported that the occupation forces arrested the boy, Sanad Muhammad Ibrahim Muqbel (13 years), from the Al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, after they raided his family’s house.

They added that the Israeli occupation forces arrested the two brothers, Bahaa El-Din Mohammed Al-Nahnoush (22 years), the boy Omar (15 years), and Mohammed Adel Al-Salaymeh from the southern area of ​​Hebron after they raided the homes of their relatives, searched them, and tampered with their contents.

In the same context, the Israeli occupation forces set up military checkpoints at the entrances to the city of Hebron and its towns and camps, and stopped citizens’ vehicles, and checked their identities.

In Nablus, the Israeli occupation forces arrested two citizens, from Deir Sharaf village, west of the city.

According to local sources, the occupation forces stormed Deir Sharaf at dawn and arrested the citizens, Hisham Faqha, and Ward Al-Antari.

(Source / 02.06.2021)

Israel demolishes commercial facilities in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The Israeli occupation authorities today, Wednesday, demolished a number of commercial facilities in the town of Hizma, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources said that the Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished commercial facilities near the Hizma military checkpoint, owned by Osama Al-Khatib, on the pretext of not having a license.

Read More: Abu Marzouk: Israel will pay dearly for its aggression in Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation forces use the policy of demolishing Palestinian facilities to force Palestinians to abandon their homes and land, in preparation for the settlers and settlement associations seizing them to expand their settlement projects.

(Source / 02.06.2021)