Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday evening, three young Palestinian men after they reportedly breached the perimeter fence, in the southern part of the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip.
The Israeli army stated that the soldiers detained the three Palestinians and claimed that the youths were carrying knives.
It added that the three Palestinians were moved to an interrogation facility run by the Internal Security Service.
It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army frequently invades and uproots Palestinian lands near the perimeter fence across the eastern parts of the coastal region.
The attacks are part of ongoing Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermen, farmers, shepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and have led to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to serious property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.
A group of fanatic Israeli colonialist settlers, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, cut and destroyed a main power line, on Saturday night after midnight, in the western part of Jaloud village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Media sources said the colonists used hand saws in cutting the wooden pole of a main powerline, disrupting the grid lines and causing damage after chopping it.
They added that the colonists are trying to cut the powerlines providing electricity to the Palestinians in Khirbet Sarah village, isolated between the illegal Shilu and Shvut Rachel colonies, which were installed on stolen Palestinian lands.
It is worth mentioning that, a month ago, the colonists destroyed the electricity network in the eastern area of Jaloud.
These attacks are part of an extensive series of violations that target homes, and other property, in addition to burning farmlands, in an attempt to force the Palestinians to leave.
Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including in and around occupied Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, various United Nations and Security Council resolutions, in addition to the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory and a constant violator. They also constitute war crimes under International Humanitarian Law.
Nablus (QNN)- At least 51 Palestinian protesters were injured on Saturday by Israeli occupation forces in Beita and Qusra villages in Nablus in the occupied West Bank during night confusion activities.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said that 42 Palestinians suffocated with teargas fired at them by the occupation forces and 7 others fell town after being attacked by the forces during the night confusion activities.
Others also suffocated with teargas fired at them by the occupation forces in Qusra village.
Israeli settlers also attempted to break and destroy some power poles serving the village of Qusra.
Quds News Network@QudsNen·Colonial Israeli settlers last night attempted to break and destroy some power poles serving the village of Qusra in the occupied West Bank.
The occupation authorities evacuated dozens of Israeli settlers last Friday from the illegal settlement of Evyatar in the occupied West Bank, after a deal was reached between a settler leader and the occupation government of new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
Yossi Dagan, head of settler organisation the Shomron Regional Council, struck a deal with Israel’s defence minister, Benny Gantz, and interior minister Ayelet Shaked, that will turn Evyatar into a religious school and a military base for the Israeli forces.
‘Israel’ will keep about 50 caravan houses settlers installed in May on Palestinian lands belonging to the residents of the occupied West Bank village of Beita, while settlers would “return” to the land when Israeli occupation authorities designate it as “state-owned.”
In early May, a group of Israeli settlers set up caravans on Jabal Sabih, and with the help of Israeli occupation forces have since prevented any Palestinian access to the area.
Within days, settlers installed mobile houses, built roads and raised an Israeli flag over the settlement.
Since then, Beita has witnessed several protests against the new settler outpost on Jabal Sabih, which lies on the southern outskirts of the village and comprises an estimated 30 percent of Beita’s entire land area.
The livelihoods of at least 17 Palestinian families – more than 100 people – are threatened as they depend on harvesting their olives on land they have owned for generations.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Palestinians have launched a campaign that calls to free Palestinian prisoner Khalida Jarrar from Israeli jails, as she will be denied the right to bury her daughter, who was announced dead yesterday.
Suha Jarrar, Khalida’s daughter, was announced dead on Sunday evening, as her body was found near Palestine medical complex in Ramallah.
Khalida Jarrar, who is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was detained in March 2021 and was sentenced to two years in Israeli jails.
Khalida Jarrar has been imprisoned several times since 2015 by the Israeli occupation and spent numerous terms under administrative detention.
Jarrar was first arrested in 1989 and held for a month without trial.
For her second detention in 2014, she was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
She was arrested for a third time in 2017.
She was released from Israeli jails in February 2019 after spending 20 months in prison, but the Israeli occupation detained her again in October 2019 from her home in Ramallah city, and she was accused of taking a position in the PFLP.
Jarrar was elected as a member of the Legislative Council in the last Parliamentary elections held in 2006.
Hebron (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces earlier today confiscated a healthcare facility in Masafer Yatta in Hebron in the south of the occupied West Bank.
Coordinator of the anti-wall and anti-settlements popular committees, Rateb Jabour, said that a group of Israeli forces earlier today raided the Masafer Yatta area and confiscated a caravan used as a healthcare facility and serve more than 1200 people in the community, as a part of Israel’s routine harassment of Palestinian communities and in its bid to expel them from the area and from their homes.
Jabour said that the occupation forces prevented also assaulted an old Palestinian man in the area while he was trying to prevent the forces of confiscating the caravan.
Masafer Yatta, a collection of almost 19 hamlets that rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood. It is located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control.
Home demolitions, confiscation of the most basic infrastructure and military training exercises are part of everyday reality in the area, forcing many to live in natural caves, as they vow to stay in Masafer Yatta no matter what the obstacles.
In many Palestinian communities located in Area C of the West Bank under full Israeli military control, Israeli-designated “firing zones” or “closed military zones” are forbidden for Palestinians to live on without permission from the Israeli occupation authorities, which is rarely granted.
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.
After the killing of Nizar Banat, Palestinians are unleashing their fury on the PA. But Israel and its western backers, who created this whole mess, are the real culprits
It’s a scene that has become all too horribly familiar in the occupied West Bank since 1967: armed men crash into a Palestinian home in the early hours, pull a sleeping man from his bed, beat him brutally in front of his terrified family, drag him along the ground, and carry him off into custody without charge or due process. No, this is not another of Israel’s vicious raids; it is Palestinian forces abusing other Palestinians.
The death of activist Nizar Banat last week in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron while in Palestinian Authority (PA) custody has sparked widespread revulsion and outrage. Thousands have marched in protest in Ramallah and other West Bank cities, calling on the Palestinian president to resign.
An autopsy carried out by the PA’s Independent Commission for Human Rights found that Banat had sustained blows to the head, along with bruising and abrasions on much of his body, including fractured ribs and evidence of tight binding on his wrists.
He was a well-known political activist who openly accused the PA of corruption and demanded an end to its security coordination with Israel. Despite threats of a backlash from the PA’s security services, he persisted. In that, he joins another Hebron activist, Issa Amro, who was arrested by PA security forces in 2017 and allegedly tortured for criticising the PA.
A human rights defender, Amro established the Youth Against Settlements group in Hebron and has endured imprisonment by Israel. Fatah supporters have reportedly made death threats against him, while Palestinian authorities have called for a blacklisting of his organisation, which Amro believes led to increased army and settler assaults.
Such instances of Palestinian-on-Palestinian repression form part of a pattern of official intolerance to protests in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. The demonstrations that followed Banat’s death were met with brutal force by the PA’s security police and plain-clothes Fatah supporters.
Female protesters have been sexually assaulted and journalists prevented from reporting on the events. A 2020 Amnesty International report likewise described attacks on journalists, arbitrary arrests, violent clampdowns on peaceful demonstrations, and torture of political detainees in PA prisons.
Administrative detention without trial, on the model of Israel’s system, is commonplace. Between 2018 and 2019, according to Human Rights Watch, the PA arrested more than 1,600 people for peaceful demonstrations, criticism of the PA and social media “insults”. Hamas authorities arrested more than 1,000 people for similar reasons in March 2019 alone. Both are likely underestimates of the real toll.
So why has this double tyranny befallen Palestinians – Israel’s repression on the one hand, and oppression by their own side on the other? What has made a people so devastated by Israel’s creation in 1948, and its brutal occupation thereafter, turn on each other?
To answer, one must understand the origins of the PA in the context of colonialism. Born out of the Oslo Accords in the mid-1990s, the PA was afforded only partial civil and security control over portions of the West Bank and Gaza. In the West Bank, areas A and B were to be fully or partly controlled by the PA, leaving Area C – 60 percent of the West Bank – to Israel.
The PA was supposed to be an interim authority for five years, when the so-called final status of the territories would be established. That never happened, and the PA lives on.
Massive security apparatus
A Palestinian police force established and trained by the CIA soon morphed into a massive security apparatus, with general intelligence and preventive security branches. When Gaza came under Hamas rule in 2007, another set of security forces came into being, making a combined total of 83,000 – among the highest ratios of security employees to civilians in the world.
Though supposedly accountable for their actions, these forces often function autonomously in the occupied West Bank and are widely seen more as agents of Israel than as fellow citizens. In the same way, the so-called security cooperation between Israel and the PA seems only to serve the occupation by setting Palestinian forces against their fellow citizens in order to protect Israel.
This sorry state of affairs was entirely predictable – the consequence of a colonial set-up where the natives are controlled by their own kind. Colonial rule has historically nurtured a client leadership that owes its positions and privileges to the coloniser, and Israel is no exception.
The client leadership’s main function is to repress popular resistance by any means. Creating a police force for that purpose was necessary, and repression was the inevitable result. In that sense, the PA, which has more or less followed this colonial model, is as much Israel’s victim as is the population it governs. It should be seen in that light, rather than as a bunch of villains.
The idea of creating Palestinian governance within a situation of colonial occupation was always nonsense, unless that colonisation was intended to end.
The PA’s territory was truncated from the start, shorn of East Jerusalem and physically separated from Gaza by Israeli-held land. Without Israel’s withdrawal from Palestinian territory, there was no hope of independence – and so long as that continues, there never will be.
Beguiling Palestinians with fantasies of statehood in this situation is a cynical deception that has enabled western states to evade their responsibility towards them, and to maintain the chimera of a two-state solution.
The tragedy is that the fantasy of statehood has also worked on Palestinians themselves. They have endured the oppression of their own leaders in hopes of having a state of their own. This has never happened, and in the wake of Banat’s killing, their anger and frustration have boiled over.
Targeting the PA leadership as useless and corrupt is understandable; an imperative exists for getting rid of an authority that attacks its own people and shields their occupier. But it is the real culprits, Israel and its western backers, who created this whole mess, and who should be the proper targets of Palestinian fury.
On this day, Israel launched one of its deadliest military offensives against the Gaza Strip in recent history
On this day seven years ago, Israel launched one of its deadliest military offensives against the Gaza Strip in recent history. The offensive left 2,251 people dead, with more than 11,000 wounded, according to Palestinian and UN sources.
Seven years on, Gaza is still subject to intense attacks by Israel as well as the ongoing blockade which has been enforced for more than 11 years. One of the deadliest attacks was the one launched between 11 and 12 May 2021 when 266 people killed including 67 children, 41 women, 16 elderly.
What: 2014 Israelis offensive against Gaza
When: 8 July – 26 August 2014
Where: The occupied Gaza Strip
Israel’s military offensive on the Gaza Strip took place against the backdrop of a second Palestinian unity government being formed in early June by the Islamic Resistance Movement — Hamas — in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Threatened by the reconciliation between the two main Palestinian factions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the PA had to choose between peace with Hamas and peace with Israel.
Ten days later, on 12 June, three Israeli settlers went missing in the West Bank, an incident for which Israel blamed Hamas, despite providing no evidence to back the allegation. Netanyahu also stated that the kidnapping proved that the unity pact between the Palestinian factions could not be endorsed.
High ranking Hamas officials denied involvement and the PA attributed the abductions to the Qawasameh clan, a group within Hamas that has frequently acted against the party’s policies. Israeli historian Ilan Pappé has said that the motivation for the kidnapping was the murder of two Palestinian teenagers by Israeli forces in May 2014; the autopsy report which showed that the teens were killed by Israeli soldiers’ live fire had been made public the day before the kidnapping.
In the aftermath of the abduction, Israel launched a crackdown on alleged Hamas associates in the West Bank. Some 11 Palestinians were killed and dozens were wounded in the run up to 2 July, with hundreds arrested, many of whom had been freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal. The murder of a Palestinian teen by Israeli settlers then sparked widespread protests in the occupied territories. Israel also bombarded the Gaza Strip, prompting some minor rocket fire from various factions in the besieged enclave.
After attempts to agree to a ceasefire failed, with Tel Aviv refusing to meet Hamas conditions that the siege be ended and prisoners released, on 7 July the Israeli military announced the start of Operative Protective Edge to “hit Hamas hard“.
Within the first 48 hours of the operation, Israel dropped 400 tonnes of bombs on Gaza. Over the next two months, some 6,000 air strikes were launched on the besieged 365 km2 of the coastal territory.
The subsequent bombardment displaced some 500,000 people; 300,000 civilians were forced to shelter in UNRWA schools. Electricity to hospitals was cut off, rendering thousands without basic medical care.
Hamas fired rockets towards Israel in response, but did little damage. Lacking in precision guidance systems, the attacks were indiscriminate by default, but Hamas has said on many occasions that its rockets are always intended to hit military targets. Conversely, Israel used its high-powered US-financed precision-guided arsenal to target civilian areas deliberately, claiming that militants were hiding in homes, schools and hospitals.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) also began a limited ground invasion, focusing on destroying tunnels used to transfer much-needed humanitarian supplies to the besieged population. The tunnels have been described as “Gaza’s lifeline”.
The offensive prompted outrage from the international community, with protests organised around the world in support of the Palestinians.
What happened next?
On 3 August, the IDF pulled most of its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip after completing the destruction of 32 tunnels. A week later, a three-day truce negotiated by Egypt came into effect, which led to a series of brief ceasefires, before Israel and Hamas agreed to an end to hostilities on 26 August.
The “Gaza War” has had enduring consequences for the Strip’s two million inhabitants. Over 2,250 Palestinians were killed, 500 of whom were children, and 11,000 were wounded, placing a huge strain on the already severely stretched medical sector.
Moreover, at least 20,000 buildings were destroyed in the Israeli bombardment, either reduced to rubble or rendered uninhabitable, including mosques, churches, hospitals and schools. Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, appealed for £178 million ($295 million) in international aid towards its recovery operations, but little of the planned reconstruction has been completed.
The Israeli death toll was 67 soldiers and six civilians by the time of the ceasefire.
The UN affirmed in 2015 that Israel committed war crimes during the offensive due to its targeting of civilians areas. Israel had refused to co-operate with the UN investigation, which it claimed had drawn its conclusions in advance.
The report supported the Palestinians in the filing of a petition to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has yet to open a full investigation into the allegations, despite dossiers of evidence reportedly having been provided by the PA.
A two-year investigation by Israel’s official watchdog into the operation also revealed last year that the government failed to explore diplomatic solutions to prevent the seven-week conflict. The 200-page report also criticised the Netanyahu government for ignoring several warnings by security services that the ongoing blockade in Gaza was escalating tensions and could lead to violence if not relaxed.
Four years down the line, the Palestinians in Gaza continue to be subject to Israeli brutality, as demonstrated most recently during the Great March of Return protests since the end of March. At least 133 people have been killed by Israeli forces, including children, medical personnel and journalists. A senior IDF official tweeted that, “Nothing was uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured and we know where every bullet [fired by Israeli snipers] landed.” Campaigners believe that this alone is enough to see IDF personnel charged and convicted of war crimes.
Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Israeli occupation army has detonated the West Bank house of prisoner Muntaser ash-Shalabi who was accused of carrying out a drive-by shooting attack last May at a checkpoint in southern Nablus, killing one Jewish settler and injuring two others.
According to local sources, Israeli forces stormed Turmus Ayya village in the northwest of Ramallah overnight and embarked on planting explosives inside Shalabi’s two-story house before blowing it up on Thursday morning.
Israel systematically carries out such home demolitions in the West Bank and Jerusalem as a mass punitive measure against Palestinian families when it accuses one of their relatives of carrying out attacks against Jewish settlers. Such punitive action is often taken before there are court trials or convictions.
In this regard, the Hamas Movement condemned the demolition of prisoner Shalabi’s house as “a barbaric and terrorist act practiced by criminal gangs.”
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasem said that such an ongoing demolition policy confirms Israel’s stupidity and its failure to stop the Palestinian people from continuing their uprising and struggle against the occupation.
Days of Palestine – Nablus – A Palestinian young man was injured on Wednesday evening in Beita town, south of Nablus when the Israeli occupation forces chased local youths, who rallied for their nighttime protest near Mount Sobeih.
According to local sources, the young man was transferred to a hospital for medical assistance.