Israeli Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, at least seven Palestinians with live fire, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in Beita and Beit Dajan towns, south, and east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Local sources said dozens of Palestinians held the weekly nonviolent processions on their lands protesting their illegal takeover and the constant attempt to confiscate more lands for the benefit of the illegal colonialist activities.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said one Palestinian was shot with live Israeli army fire, and two with rubber-coated steel bullets in addition to many who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, in Sbeih Mountain in Beita.

The PRCS added that four Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation after the soldiers attacked the protesters on their lands in Beit Dajan.

On Friday, June 11th, the soldiers killed a child, identified as Mohammad Sa’id Hamayel, 15, after shooting him with a live round in the heart, and injured more than 110 Palestinians, including 11 who were shot with live rounds, after the army attacked nonviolent protesters in Jabal Sbeih mountain.

(Source / 17.07.2021)

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians in Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media spokesperson of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Qalqilia, said dozens of soldiers invaded the village, while the locals were holding Friday noon prayers in Omar Bin al-Khattab mosque.

He added that the soldiers invaded several homes and occupied their rooftops before the locals began the weekly procession.

Many Palestinians then hurled stones at the invading army jeeps, before the soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers also abducted a young man, identified as Ma’an Amer, and took him to an unknown destination.

The protests in Kufur Qaddoum started eighteen years ago after the soldiers closed the main town’s road and barricaded it, to allow easy access for the colonists driving to and from the illegal Kedumim colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

(Source / 17.07.2021)

Palestinians Demand Release of Body of Slain Woman near Jerusalem

Palestinians held a peaceful protest in Abu Dis town, on Friday, demanding the Israeli occupation authorities hand over the body of Palestinian Dr. Mai Afaneh, 29, who was slain by the army on June 16, 2021, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

The body of Afaneh, from Abu Dis town, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, has been withheld by the army since she was shot and killed near Hizma town on June 16, 2021.

Israeli soldiers opened fire at Afaneh, a mother of an eight year old daughter, when she accidentally drove her vehicle down the wrong road, at the entrance to Hizma town, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.

The army claimed that the slain woman “attempted to ram her car into a number of Israeli soldiers before exiting the vehicle with a knife” the Anadolu Agency reported.

(Source / 17.07.2021)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Protection of Civilians Report for June 29 – July 12, 2021

Highlights from the reporting period
Mohammad Farid Ali Hasan, killed by Israeli gunfire on July 3, 2021

On 3 July, Israeli settlers, accompanied by soldiers, entered Qusra village, Nablus, and clashed with Palestinian residents, and killed a Palestinian man, Mohammad Farid Ali Hasan, aged 21. According to the military, the man threw an explosive device and Israeli forces shot him. Israeli settlers and Palestinian residents threw stones at each other and, according to local sources, after the Palestinian was shot, settlers beat him. In demonstrations where Palestinians called upon the Israeli authorities to return the body of the Palestinian killed, Israeli forces dispersed the crowd firing live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas, injuring several Palestinians.Overall, Israeli forces injured at least 981 Palestinians, including 133 children, in clashes across the West Bank. Of those injured, 892 were in Nablus governorate, including in protests against settlement expansion in the villages of Beita and Osarin and in the above-mentioned Qusra events; 19 were injured in Ras al ‘Amud and Silwan neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem; 13 in Halhul village (Hebron); and the rest in other locations. Overall, 36 Palestinians were shot by live ammunition, 214 by rubber bullets, and the rest were mainly treated for tear gas inhalation or were physically assaulted. Beyond the 981 who were injured directly by Israeli forces, 58 were injured either while running away from Israeli forces or in circumstances that could not be verified in Beita and Osarin.Israeli forces carried out 163 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 134 Palestinians, including six children, across the West Bank. Most of the operations were in Nablus, followed by Hebron and East Jerusalem, while the rest were across other governorates.On 4 July, the Israeli authorities summoned a nine-year-old Palestinian boy for interrogation for unknown reasons in the Old City of Jerusalem. Since mid-April, at least 65 Palestinian children have been arrested by the Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem. Over half of these children were arrested in June alone.In Gaza, Palestinians released incendiary balloons towards Israel, and Israeli forces carried out four airstrikes, reportedly targeting military sites, injuring two people, and damaging houses as well as a factory. On at least nine occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence and off the coast, reportedly to enforce access restrictions. They also conducted land-levelling operations inside Gaza, near the perimeter fence, at least four times.On 12 July, the Israeli authorities expanded the permissible fishing zone off the southern Gaza coast from nine to 12 nautical miles (NM) offshore, while keeping it to six NM in the north. On the same day, the Israeli authorities announced the expansion of the range of goods allowed in and out of the Gaza Strip, which had been restricted since the 10-21 May escalation.A total of 59 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized across the West Bank for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 81 people and otherwise affecting approximately 1,300 others. These included 30 structures demolished in Humsa – Al Bqai’a (Jordan Valley), a mobile clinic confiscated in Umm Qussa community (Hebron), and an under-construction school demolished in Shu’fat (East Jerusalem). On 8 July, Israeli forces in Turmus’ayya village (Ramallah) demolished, on punitive grounds, a house belonging to the family of a Palestinian, US citizen, who was arrested after killing a settler and injuring two others on 2 May.On 2 July 2021, Israeli settlers, under Israeli police escort, moved into an empty building in the Wadi Hilweh area of Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem. This is the second settlement compound established inside Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem, both in Silwan, since the beginning of the year.Israeli settlers injured nine Palestinians, including four children and two women, by physically assaulting them, throwing stones at them, or spraying pepper towards them. Six of those injured were in the H2 area of Hebron, two in Maghayir al Abeed, one in Tuba (all in Hebron), and one in Kisan (Bethlehem). Across the West Bank, perpetrators known or believed to be Israeli settlers damaged at least 1,120 trees or saplings, at least five vehicles, as well as electric poles, fences and other Palestinian property.Palestinian stone throwers injured at least three Israeli settlers travelling on West Bank roads. At least 21 Israeli-plated cars were damaged, according to Israeli sources.

(Source / 17.07.2021)

Analysis: I returned to Gaza after 15 years. This is what I saw

By Emad Moussa

Arduous, complex, and unjustifiably degrading. This was my two-day journey through the Sinai desert on my way to the Gaza Strip after 15 years of absence.

After long periods of closure over the past years, Egypt finally opened the Rafah Crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip in February this year, apparently “permanently” but in a limited capacity.

Egypt only allows Palestinians originally from Gaza and their direct family members to enter the Strip. Foreign passport holders must show a Gaza ID to be allowed in. Anyone else, including non-Gazan Palestinians, requires a special permit.

As we entered the Palestinian side of the border, it didn’t take long to stamp our passports and be on our way into Gaza.

It was a relief to see that after 15 years of blockade and four wars, Gaza has kept its intimate soul, although not without deep wounds”

Gaza seemed to have better infrastructure, cleaner streets, and certainly more organised traffic than I remember. But the trail of destruction left by Israeli jets and artillery in the 11-day war, only two weeks earlier could not be ignored.

Entering the outskirts of Gaza city from the East, through Shujaiya neighbourhood, the signs of poverty were alarmingly present, significantly more than anything I experienced last time I was there. It was visible in the young men who hung out on the sides of the roads, clearly jobless; in the number of grocery stores selling the same products; and in the large number of roaming sellers, many of them children.

Despite it all, there was still a familiar atmosphere, the same hospitable and friendly mannerisms. It was a relief to see that after 15 years of blockade and four wars, Gaza has kept its intimate soul, although not without deep wounds that I’d come to see days later.

Israel physically left Gaza in 2005, but the occupation realistically and effectively transformed from boots on the ground into a remote-control blockade.

After Hamas won the Palestinian legislative council elections in 2006, the blockade intensified and became more sophisticated, touching almost every aspect of life and affecting all residents in the Strip. Since then, Gaza has become an example of extreme restrictions on movement; conditional entry of products and an outright ban on others; severe shortages in electricity and medical equipment; and unprecedented levels of unemployment and poverty.

But this is a blockade like no other, an unorthodox case of deep oppression situated within the larger oppression that Israel’s occupation represents. Throughout history, colonial powers used extreme violence and collective punishment against their colonised subjects, but never before has an occupying power gone to war against the very people it controlled, as Israel has against Gaza.

The aftermath of the last war wasn’t only obvious in the destroyed infrastructure, but also in the collective emotional fatigue and apathy. It’s immediately obvious that the once obsessively held Covid-19 precautions no longer exist. As someone noted: “Corona is the least of our concerns.” With a health system so fragile, to ignore Covid-19 says a lot about the post-war priorities.

Gaza hasn’t changed much socially. Granted, a tightly knit social network and a deep-rooted patriarchal system play a significant role in sustaining a rigid social reality. In the Gazan scenario, however, it’s the artificial socio-political situation that is also to blame for creating a somewhat social stagnation.

Gaza is generally conservative, but there has always been room for liberal thought and unconventional worldviews. These seem to have retreated over the past 15 years in order to allow for an old-style conservatism to act as society’s primary line of defence against what many view as existential threats.

When it comes to resisting the occupation, the Gaza I know from 2006 now has a somewhat changed narrative. Back then, the walls were often covered with posters of the victims martyred by Israel’s aggression and anti-Israel graffiti.

Today, after 15 years of siege and four destructive wars, the martyrs and graffiti are still there, but in light of what Palestinians consider an exceptional resistance performance during the last wars and the incremental growth in military capabilities, large billboards mostly glorifying military achievements against Israel seem to dominate the major roundabouts and squares.

There appears to be a transition from the overwhelmingly victim-focused narratives to a victim-fighter narrative, with an emphasis on “fighter”. At some point, the PLO embraced such a dichotomy, but in Gaza, Hamas seems especially invested in the narratives of heroism and the lofty goals of liberation, more so than lamenting the destruction and casualties.

Gazans almost unanimously hold the resistance in high regard but are also openly unhappy about the performance of their leadership”

The religious side to this conviction sees sacrifices for the homeland as divine, but there’s also a psychological need, through the narratives of resistance, to keep the morale high. Against the enormous odds, Gazans certainly need, or rather, have to invent high morale in order to function, much less survive.

Gazans almost unanimously hold the resistance in high regard but are also openly unhappy about the performance of their leadership. Resentment of both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority is widespread, the suspicion of Egypt’s al-Sisi’s role in the ceasefire is present, although spoken about in a hush-hush manner while publicly praising Egypt’s help and historical role in supporting Palestine. There’s also some mumbling about Hamas’ monopoly over the war-and-peace decisions.

Above all, anger about Palestinian disunity continues to simmer, but ironically, people are also divided over whom to blame: Israel and the Arabs, Hamas and Fatah, or all. The Gazan situation is highly complex, so the blame game isn’t an easy or accurate exercise. Oftentimes, it’s only a venting technique; allowing people to feel a sense of control over an abnormal and uncontrollable situation.

No one knows how long this situation will endure, but most agree that Gaza’s political complexities, much like its misery, are manifold. They go well beyond the mere Israel-Palestine situation and the internal Palestinian disagreements, well into the regional and international power balances and alliances.

Meanwhile, the people of Gaza are left with no choice but to resist and cynically hope for a better future, a future that may be dull, but is at least predictable and manageable.

(Source / 17.07.2021)

Israeli spyware firm used to target Palestinian, BLM activists

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- An Israeli company that sells spyware to governments targeted Black Lives Matter and Amnesty International websites as well as Palestinian activists, according to a new report by Citizen Lab.

At least 100 activists, journalists and government dissidents across 10 countries were targeted with spyware produced by an Israeli company called Candiru, according to cybersecurity researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which tracks illegal hacking and surveillance.

Citizen Lab researchers issued a report on Thursday about the Tel Aviv-based firm marketing “untraceable” spyware that can infect and monitor computers and phones.

Using a pair of vulnerabilities in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows, cyber operatives operating in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Hungary, Indonesia and elsewhere purchased and installed remote spying software made by Candiru, according to the researchers.

Candiru infects targets is through web domains. It was associated with URLs masquerading as NGOs, women’s rights advocates, activist groups, health organizations and news media. Citizen Lab’s research uncovered websites tied to Candiru with domain names such as “Amnesty Reports”, “Refugee International”, “Woman Studies”, “Euro News” and “CNN 24-7”.

The Citizen Lab researchers said the Candiru spyware is part of a thriving private industry selling technology to governments and authoritarian leaders so they can gain access to the communications of private citizens and political opposition. Another Israeli company, NSO Group Ltd., has been accused of providing spyware to repressive governments that have used it to snoop on journalists and activists.

(Source / 17.07.2021)

Israeli settlers storm archaeological area in Tubas

Tubas (QNN)- Dozens Israeli settlers earlier on Friday stormed for the first time an archaeological site in Wadi al-Far’a village in Tubas in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said that under the protection of the Israeli forces, five buses carrying dozens of settlers stormed the area with the archaeological nature for the first time in the Wadi al-Far’a village and performed Talmudic rituals.

The sources said that the settlers’ storm of the area is the first time since 1993.

Wadi al-Far’a village has a land area of 12,000 dunams, of which 337 is built-up and 10,500 are for agricultural purposes.

Video | Early today, buses packed with colonial Israeli settlers accompanied by a military escort broke into Al-Faraa refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. pic.twitter.com/PJI56m1N0O

— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) July 16, 2021

(Source / 17.07.2021)

Hamas warns Israeli government of violations in Jerusalem

“We warn the wretched and mindless government of testing the patience of our resistance”, Hamas said

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Hamas stated on Friday that it has been observing the Israeli measures and violations in Jerusalem.

“We warn the wretched and mindless government of testing the patience of our resistance and its heroes, who promised not to ever get tired of defending the most precious thing that they have; Al Aqsa mosque”, a statement by Hamas read.

“We stress that we, and all young people of Palestine, will continue to fight settlers and those who back them point-blank.”

Hamas also called on Palestinians to flock to the streets of the old city and all streets of Jerusalem on Saturday in order to confront Israeli settlers.

It also called Palestinians in the West Bank and the 1948-occupied cities to flock to Al Aqsa mosque on Arafa Day.

Meanwhile, Hamas called on the resistance factions in Gaza to remain prepared for any Israeli violations.

(Source / 17.07.2021)

Israeli forces level biggest Canaanite graveyard

Israeli bulldozers leveled Palestine’s largest Canaanite graveyard in order to expand a settlers-only road

Bethlehem (QNN)- Israeli forces leveled the biggest Canaanite graveyard in Al Kader in southern Bethlehem on Thursday.

The head of the Committee against the wall and settlement in Bethlehem, Hasan Ibreijiyyeh, said Israeli bulldozers leveled the graveyard in order to expand the settlers-only road number 60, which connects occupied Jerusalem to occupied Hebron.

The graveyard extends on four dunums. It is one of the oldest Canaanite sites in Palestine and proves that Arab Canaanites have been living in the region since the Bronze Age (nearly 2500 years BC).

Ibreijiyyeh said that the Israeli act is a blatant violation of international law and it is one of the Israeli crimes against the culture and history of the Palestinian people.

The Israeli authorities have been expanding the settlers-only road number 60, confiscating thousands of dunums in Bethlehem and Hebron.

(Source / 17.07.2021)

Intl. Union of Muslim Scholars calls for preventing Dhul Hijjah settlers’ raid into Al Aqsa

Dhul Hijjah

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The International Union of Muslim Scholars called on the Muslim Ummah and the whole world to prevent “extremist zionists” from storming Al Aqsa mosque on the 8th of Dhul Hijjah, one of Islam’s pilgrimage holidays.

Settlers’ groups had called for massive raids into the holy mosque on Sunday to celebrate the destruction of the temple, as zionists believe.

The union reiterated its support for the Palestinian people and called on worshipers to flock into the holy mosque to protect it.

Resistance factions had also called on Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and 1948-occupied cities to protect Al Aqsa mosque.

(Source / 17.07.2021)