May’s hands were constantly bleeding due to the shackles. She refused to be subjected to another military interrogation session, so the intelligence officer grabbed Mays and slammed her against the wall.
Mays continued: “They didn’t provide me with any tampons or undergarments I needed in this delicate period for any woman in the world.”
33 days of torture
Gosh, 24, of the Qalandiya refugee camp, is a journalism and media student at Birzeit University who was arrested on Aug. 29, 2019, and then subjected to horrific torture in solitary confinement for 33 days at Al-Maskobya Interrogation Center.
During her confinement at the notorious facility, she lost 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds).
“The officers were constantly trying to convince me that I had gone insane and was trying to kill myself, so they brought social workers, but they were actually other officers,” Mays recounted.
When those officers were in the cell with Mays, she showed them the wounds and bruises she suffered as a result of the abuse she had been subjected to and asked them: “Who wants to kill another person? I’m a student, and you’re detaining me.”
Mays frequently asked for painkillers to alleviate the pains in her head and muscles, but she was usually denied.
During the interrogation sessions, the officers deliberately forced Mays to hear the screams of detainees subjected to physical torture in military interrogation, while also threatening her that what would happen with her would be even more horrible.
“They threatened me that I’d be out here either dead or paralyzed, and they threatened to rape me too,” she said.
Palestinian activist and political candidate Nizar Banat, 44, was killed in the early hours of Thursday morning.
But it was not Israeli soldiers that killed him.
Banat was a critic of the Palestinian Authority, or PA, condemning its corruption and its central policy of “security coordination” with Israel.
His popular Facebook page (as of this writing) has more than 122,000 followers. The late activist, who lived in the Hebron area, regularly posted videos online giving his analysis of the Palestinian political scene, the latest crimes of the Israeli occupation, and the PA’s collaboration with the enemy occupier.
Banat had recently called for the European Union to stop funding the PA.
From all reports of his death, it sounds like what happened yesterday was nothing short of political assassination by the PA.
And indeed, opposition Palestinian factions – including Hamas and the Marxist-Leninist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – in their statements have called it precisely that.
According to Banat’s family members, present at his home that fateful night, no less than 25 PA “security” thugs barged in, in the dead of night, at 3 am and beat him bloody. They then dragged him out, barely conscious.
“A security force unit arrested him at dawn, during which his health deteriorated and he was transferred to Hebron’s public hospital,” the governor, “General” Jibreen al-Bakri claimed. “Upon examination by the doctors, it appeared that he was dead,” the statement continued passively.
It’s very striking how much the gangsters of the PA have learned from Israeli occupation forces. Surprise “arrests” in the dead of night, such as that done to Banat, are a common tactic of the Israeli military in their quest to suppress Palestinian dissent.
In the same way, the PA was furious at Banat for his incisive criticisms and decided to stamp them out by simply killing him. This murder has already caused mass disgust among Palestinians in the West Bank, who have come out onto the streets to protest at the PA’s murderous policies.
Aside from the simple and planned issue of their financial corruption, the key criticism that Banat – like so many other Palestinians – had of the PA was “security coordination”. Unelected PA president Mahmoud Abbas once infamously called this policy “holy”.
“Security coordination” would more accurately be described as a collaboration – cooperation with Israel, the enemy occupier.
PA forces today in the West Bank have absolutely no power to arrest or even question the Israeli soldiers and Israeli settlers that regularly carry out killings, abuses, and other crimes against Palestinians. If they ever tried, they would be swiftly killed.
The only direction the PA is permitted to turn its guns is against the Palestinian population itself. The location of Banat’s home (in an area of Hebron directly controlled by the Israeli army, with no pretence of PA presence) makes it clear that the arrest had been directly coordinated with and given the green light by the Israeli occupation forces.
Contrary to many misconceptions in the West (even among many on the left and in the Palestine solidarity movement) the PA is not a “government” in charge of a state. Ironically, considering its name, it has little real authority and does not serve Palestinian interests.
In fact, its main and only real purpose is to quash Palestinian resistance to Israel – whether armed or peaceful.
And the PA’s policy of collaboration with the enemy is not a matter of weakness, degeneration or of corruption (although the PA is also very corrupt, with a well-known and well-deserved reputation for misappropriating funds) – it is a matter of design during the Oslo capitulation process.
The PA was always designed as a subcontractor for the Israeli occupation. Every occupation force and colonial entity in history has sought to recruit native informants and agents to its cause, and Israel is no different in that regard.
The United States recruited Native American trackers and warriors to its side in its wars of expansion, conquest, and extermination against the indigenous peoples of North America. The British Empire is a past master in the brutal colonial art of divide and rule. The Israeli occupation in South Lebanon – before the Lebanese resistance drove them out in 2000 – ran whole armies of Lebanese collaborators. The Americans in Iraq ran local sectarian militias.
The PA are little different. The neutralisation of the PLO, the Palestinian liberation movement, was long a dream of Israel. Not only did they achieve this via the Oslo process in 1993, but they actually managed to recruit former PLO fighters to their side – a big win for the Israeli occupation.
Today, the PA is one of the main, if not the primary barrier to Palestinian liberation from Israeli occupation.
Israeli soldiers injured, on Saturday at night, several Palestinians and abducted three Palestinians, including two women, after illegal colonialist settlers attacked the residents and wounded three, in Sheikh Jarrah Palestinian neighborhood, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.
Media sources said protests erupted in Sheikh Jarrah after illegal Israeli colonialist settlers attacked Palestinians from the Abdul-Latif family, and injured three of them before the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Samir Khalil Abdul-Latif.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics also provided treatment to three Palestinians who were assaulted by the soldiers and moved one of them to a hospital.
Sheikh Jarrah Palestinian neighborhood continues to be subject to the constant Israeli violations, carried out by the soldiers and the illegal colonialist settlers, especially amidst the ongoing Israeli plans to remove all the Palestinians to replace them with illegal Israeli colonialist settlers.
It is worth mentioning that many Palestinian families are living in Sheikh Jarrah after they were forced out of their homes and lands during the Nakba of 1948, when Israel was established in the historic land of Palestine, after ethnically cleansing hundreds of towns and villages.
In the year 2020, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated that Israeli colonialist groups filed lawsuits with Israeli courts to displace more than 218 Palestinian families (970 persons, including at least 424 children), in occupied East Jerusalem, including 75 families in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
The Israeli Supreme Court recently postponed the deliberation of appeals filed by four families in Sheikh Jarrah, while three other families are awaiting a hearing which is said to be conducted in August of this year.
A group of right-wing fanatic Israeli paramilitary colonizers, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, stormed a Palestinian village outside of Hebron, terrorizing local Palestinian residents, severely beating a Palestinian man, firing guns toward Palestinian homes and setting two tents on fire, according to local sources.
The attack took place in al-Tuwanah village in the Masafer Yatta community, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.
The right-wing paramilitary Israeli settlers physically assaulted and beat up Fo’ad Omour, a Palestinian activist, during their raid of Masafer Yatta. According to local sources, Omour sustained bruises and cuts as a result of the assault, and was taken to a hospital for medical treatment.
Mohammad Rabaee, head of the Al-Tuwanah village council, told the Palestinian News Agency Wafa that the settlers drove into the village from the nearby illegal settlement of Havat Maon with their guns drawn.
They began opening fire on local residents, but luckily no one was hit with the live bullets they fired.
The paramilitary colonial settlers then set fire to two tents belonging to Hatem Makhamreh, a local resident. Those tents were homes to Hatem and his family. The fire has rendered the family homeless.
Thousands of protesters in several cities in the West Bank, including Ramallah and Hebron, held protests on Saturday condemning the Palestinian Authority’s recent assassination of video blogger and activist Nizar Banat earlier this week, and calling for the resignation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas was appointed President by the Israeli Occupation Forces, which have ruled the West Bank and Gaza under martial law since 1967. Though he had previously been elected, his appointment in 2006 followed an election in which the majority of Palestinians voted in favor of the Hamas party, which was resisting the Israeli occupation, rather than Abbas’ Fateh party, which was facilitating the Israeli occupation.
There has not been an election in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territories since 2006.
At Saturday’s protest, local sources report that Palestinian Authority (PA) police, many of whom were dressed as plainclothes, infiltrated the protests and began attacking journalists and protesters without warning or provocation.
Several were injured, including journalists Najlaa Zaitoun, Shatha Hammad, Saja Alami, Faiha’a Khanfar, who were hit in their faces by batons and stones used as weapons by the Palestinian Authority police.
Also injured was Fadia Al Barghouti, a candidate, who was hit by a tear gas grenade in her face. Fadia was running for the parliament in the elections that were supposed to be held in May before they were canceled by Mahmoud Abbas.
The Palestinian police arrested several protesters after assaulting them.
The protesters challenged the PA’s assassination of Nizar Banat earlier this week. They also chanted slogans calling for Mahmoud Abbas to leave office.
The PA’s Preventative Security Service broke into the house of Banat on Thursday and arrested him, beating him severely in the process. He died later that night while in custody, sparking angry protests – especially when an autopsy found that he did, indeed die from the beating he was subjected to by the PA Security Forces.
Ramallah (QNN)- Dozens of peaceful protesters and journalists got wounded on Saturday when Palestinian Authority’s cops dressed in civilian clothes repressed a peaceful protest against the assassination of Nizar Banat.
The PA’s police attacked journalists, wounding several of them. The injuries included the journalists Najlaa Zaitoun, Shatha Hammad, Saja Alami, Faiha”a Khanfar, as well as activists. Most injuries were in the face.
Also, Fadia Al Barghouti, a candidate, who was running for the parliament in the canceled elections, sustained injuries when PA cops threw a tear gas bomb at her face.
PA cops intensively threw tear gas bombs at protesters. They also assaulted them using batons and stones.
Moreover, PA cops assaulted journalists, who were covering the protest. They confiscated their cell phones, trying to prevent them from covering the repression.
The Palestinian police arrested several protesters after assaulting them.
Thousands flocked to the streets of Ramallah, protesting against the PA’s assassination of Nizar Banat. Protesters chanted slogans calling the PA President Mahmoud Abbas for leaving power.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens Israeli settlers led by extremist politician Itamar Ben-Gvir broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, earlier today.
Under the occupation forces protection, Israeli settlers, led by Ben-Gvir, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in session.
Ben-Gvir along with the settlers entered through the Al-Mughrabi Gate and were provoking the Palestinian worshipers in the mosque courtyards by performing Talmudic prayers.
The Israeli forces prevented Palestinians from entering the mosque and were chasing Palestinians in the Mosque courtyards, keeping them away from the settlers.
Israeli forces always attack and assault Palestinian worhipers at the courtyards of the Mosque with sound grenades, rubber bullets and pepper gas.
The forces also station at the gates of the mosque and detain dozens of Palestinian young men and boys, after assaulting them.
Israeli occupation authorities allow settler incursions to the mosque since 2003, despite repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the visits provoke worshippers of the mosque.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam which located in occupied Jerusalem.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- 135 Palestinian families in al-Bustan neighbourhood in Silwan town are threatened with Israeli forced displacement from their houses, 13 of them will be displaced in the few coming minutes.
On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem unveiled a decision that rejected engineering plans for the Al-Bustan neighbourhood in Silwan.
On June 7, the Israeli-run Jerusalem Municipality issued demolition orders to 135 Palestinian families in al-Bustan neighbourhood.
Under this development, 119 homes, inhabited by 1,550 people, most of them children and women, in the Al Bustan neighbourhood are at risk of displacement, to make way for an Israeli archaeological park.
13 families out of 100 will be displaced in the few coming minutes today.
The demolition notice stated: “We wanted to inform you that we will carry out the demolition according to the court’s decision. To minimise damages, you must leave the home without people and items until 21 days after receiving this letter. The municipality is not responsible for property damage if the house is not evacuated as mentioned.”
This comes after the Israeli court postponed its decision on an appeal lodged on May by two of the seven Palestinian families in Silwan facing forced displacement from their homes.
The Jerusalem Municipality has already officially changed Al-Bustan’s name to Gan Hamelekh (The King’s Garden), claiming that it was a garden for Israelite kings thousands of years ago.
Only a few minutes left before the end of the countdown and the threat of the demolition.
The occupation authorities have told the residents of al-Bustan they have two choices: the self-demolition of their own houses, or the demolition by the occupation administration any minute.
The Israeli court had previously rejected many appeals filed by the residents of Silwan, and allowed “Ateret Cohanim” to continue its procedures relevant to the immediate expelling of the seven Palestinian families.
Ateret Cohanim, a settler organization, has been seeking, with the support of Israeli occupation authorities, to forcibly evict some Palestinian families in Silwan, claiming the land is rightfully owned by a Jewish trust active in the area more than 100 years ago.
Silwan, home to around 33,000 Palestinians, is located outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and its holy sites.
Israel has been moving its citizens into the neighbourhood since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced eviction and displacement of Palestinian residents.
Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with evictions and house demolitions from their homes by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.
There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces physically assaulted two Palestinian girls and arrested them yesterday in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the occupied Jerusalem.
The two Palestinian sisters, identified as Asala Abu Hasna and Yasar Abu Hasna, were physically and brutally assaulted, beaten and pushed on the ground and then getting arrested for no reason by the Israeli forces yesterday in the Sheikh Jarrah.
Asala was transferred to the hospital with moderate hand bruising as local sources said.
The forces at first were intercepting Asala’s road with her sister Yasar, then they were sexually harassing the sisters.
Asala said that she and her sister were heading to their own home when the forces asked them for their ID, which they gave them.
Asala said the forces started asking her and her sister needless questions, and then started verbally harassing them.
The sisters decided to complain to the officer in charge of them, but the forces in response attacked the girls without justification, pushed them on the ground, and physically assaulted them.
“My arms were bruised due to the beating and use of handcuffs. My arms were bruised and swallowed,” Asala said.