“Storming Al-Aqsa Mosque is spark leads to inevitable explosion in region”, Diliani says

"storming Al-Aqsa Mosque is spark leads to inevitable explosion in region", Diliani says
Dmitriy Diliani

Gaza post – Spokesman for the Democratic Reformists Movement, Dmitriy Diliani,”l confirmed on Sunday in a press statement that  storming Al-Aqsa Mosque is a spark that could lead to an inevitable explosion in the region. 

Diliani said that the Palestinian people frustrated the calls to storm Al-Aqsa on the day of the so-called “destruction of the Temple” as a fictitious event, when these incursions carry malicious meanings, especially as they come in memory of this event.

Diliani called for facing these incursions by being in the surroundings of Al Aqsa Mosque and streets by thousands for those who can, which is the only way to thwart the occupation’s plans.

He praised the Jordanian role, especially His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, the holder of the Hashemite custodianship of Islamic and Christian holy sites, who supports and affirms Palestinian rights in the city of Jerusalem. 

Diliani called the United Nations to stop the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and the repeated violations of international laws and charters ,and it has to stop those Israeli crimes and violations against the Palestinian people, their holy sites and their lands.

(Source / 21.07.2021)

Dahlan: Why this national and international silence about the ongoing Israeli attacks in Jerusalem?

Dahlan: Why this national and international silence about the ongoing Israeli attacks in Jerusalem?
Mohammad Dahlan

Abo Dhabi – Gaza post – Leader of the Democratic Reformists within Fatah Movement Mohammad Dahlan, asked on Sunday in a press statement via Facebook “Where are the stances and policies? and where is the diplomatic effort about what happened in Jerusalem”? during the ongoing Israeli attacks against Palestinians at Al Aqsa mosque.

“Where is the call of the Islamic Conference, the Al-Quds Committee,’ the Council of the Arab League and the UN Security Council to condemn the behavior of the occupation and deter it with real and serious decisions and measures? Why this silence during Jerusalem is screaming, and its youth, women, elderly and children are facing the attacks of the occupation??”, he said.

Dahlan added that settlers’ attacks in Jerusalem and the daily incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque require more than  condemnation. 

He asserted that Al-Quds is the beating heart of Palestine, and the occupation must recognize our people’s fundamental right to their eternal capital, Jerusalem.

Dahlan  concluded  the statement, ” People all over  world must know Jerusalem represents the Palestinians identity, their heritage, history, hope and future, and  every Palestinian in this world is ready to sacrifice everything he owns, including his soul, for the sake of Jerusalem and its sanctities.

(Source / 21.07.2021)

IOF confiscated 84 Palestinian homes in last week in Ramallah

IOF confiscated 84 Palestinian homes in last week in Ramallah
A Palestinian carries a palestinian flag in front of the occupation

Gazapost – Israeli occupation troops took the homes of 84 Palestinians in Ramallah Governorate and a structure housing an eight-person family in the northern Jordan Valley this week according to UN humanitarians.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [OCHA], the Zionist military took at least 49 structures in the Ras al-Tin, Ramallah Governorate displacement on Wednesday.

The constructions, according to preliminary evaluations, comprise dwellings, animal shelters, solar power systems, water tanks, tractors with trailers, and animal fodder.

Every summer, the herding group migrates to Ras al-Tin for grazing, but they are now in danger of being forcibly removed from the land.

The occupying troops confiscated a recently erected building used by a family, including six children, who had lost their previous dwellings in another incident last week in Humsa Al-Bqaia in the northern Jordan Valley, according to OCHA’s ReliefWeb.

“The United Nations has repeatedly called on ‘Israel’ to stop demolishing and confiscating Palestinian property and to conform its actions to its obligations as an occupying authority under international humanitarian law,” according to OCHA.

“In the West Bank, the ‘Israeli’ authorities have demolished, seized, or coerced Palestinians to demolish at least 474 Palestinian-owned structures, including 150 donor-funded structures, displacing 656 people, including 359 children,” according to OCHA.

“When compared to the same period in 2020, this indicates a near 70% increase in the number of individuals displaced, with a near 75% increase in children.”

(Source / 21.07.2021)

Recent IOF demolitions in Ras al-Tin and Humsa al-Bqai’a displaced some 100 people, including 60 children

Recent IOF demolitions in Ras al-Tin and Humsa al-Bqai’a displaced some 100 people, including 60 children
Children from Ras al-Tin

Gaza post – On 14 July, Israeli forces demolished at least 49 structures in the herding community of Ras al-Tin, near Ramallah, displacing 84 Palestinians, including 53 children and 14 women, and an additional eight people, including six children, were displaced on 15 July when Israeli forces demolished at least 49 structures in the herding community of Ras al-Tin, near Ramallah.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli occupation troops destroyed and confiscated their home structure in Humsa al-Bqai’a in the northern Jordan Valley.

13 Palestinian families have been displaced in Ras al-Tin, a Bedouin community that relies on herding. They have remained in the village, but are now at risk of being forcibly removed, according to OCHA.

The buildings included homes, animal shelters and solar power systems. Other items, including water tanks, tractors with trailers and animal fodder were also confiscated by the Israeli forces, with some being reportedly heavily damaged in the process. According to the community members, Israeli officials ordered the community, which is in Area C of the West Bank that falls under full Israeli military control, to move to Area B, which is administered by the Palestinian Authority but under Israeli security control.

The demolished structure had been erected outside the Israeli-declared ‘fire zone’ in Humsa al-Bqai’a, another herding village, to house a family of eight, including six children, who had lost their previous home in last week’s wholesale demolition inside the ‘firing zone.’

So far in 2021, Israeli forces have demolished, seized, or coerced people to demolish at least 474 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including 150 donor-funded structures, displacing 656 people, including 359 children.

This represents a 32 percent increase in number of structures demolished or seized, over 145 percent increase in donor-funded structures, and a near 70 percent increase in the number of people displaced, with a near 75 per cent increase in children, compared with the equivalent period in 2020.

The Palestinian community of Ras al-Tin, which is located in Area C of the Ramallah governorate, is reported to have existed for decades. While their winter location is in an Israeli-declared “fire zone,” where residency and civilian access are officially prohibited, their present summer location, where the confiscation took place, is in an Israeli-declared “firing zone.”

Two homes and two sheep shelters in Ras al-Tin were razed by Israeli forces in 2015, displacing two families of 11 individuals, including seven children, and impacting the livelihood of others. In September 2020, Israeli authorities removed twice a ceiling for the community’s lone school, which had been under construction for a month, and confiscated tables, chairs, and buildings.

(Source / 21.07.2021)

Palestinians in Gaza are still living through the trauma

Two months after Israel’s military offensive

By Motasem Dalloul

A family of four sons, two daughters, and both their parents has been homeless since 12 May when their apartment was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on their six-story residential tower block in Al Naser neighborhood north of Gaza City. Raed Subaih, 45, is the head of the family. “We feel as if we are beggars when we seek the rent for our temporary home,” he told me.

His family’s temporary isn’t far away, “but it is in very poor condition.” He received $2,000 from the government in Gaza immediately after his apartment was destroyed. “We could only afford some of the basics such as mattresses, blankets, and kitchen appliances,” he explained. “However, the destruction of our house was not only a material loss. Yes, we lost our home, our documents, and our furniture, but all of these can be replaced, even if slowly and after a great deal of suffering, but our memories and our happy times could not be replaced. The suffering and trauma cannot be erased.”

Like other residents of the building on 12 May, Subaih received a phone call from Israeli intelligence agents telling him to leave his home within 10 minutes because it was going to be bombed. They gave no reason but insisted that the building must be evacuated immediately before being destroyed.

Each of the six floors had two apartments; ten families lived in the building peacefully until they were ordered to leave and Israel made them homeless. They, like hundreds of other families who lost their homes to Israeli bombs, are struggling to afford the rent for their temporary accommodation. Those who cannot pay have been living in makeshift tents or with their relatives.

“Our home was destroyed on the eve of Eid Al-Fitr,” Subaih pointed out. “I wish that we could have rebuilt our home before Eidul Adha, but it seems that Eidul Adha will be in the same temporary home.” He adds that they have set up a tent near the rubble that was once their apartment block, where they receive guests.

The Israeli onslaught lasted for ten days and nights between 11 and 21 May. Almost 1,500 families had their homes destroyed completely or badly damaged. Another 13,000 families live in homes which require essential repairs to make them practically habitable, but they are unable to carry out the repairs due to the ongoing Israeli blockade of Gaza which leaves building materials in short supply. Meanwhile, Subaih tries to salvage what he can from the remains of his apartment as the rubble is removed.

The roads across Gaza are congested. Eidul Adha is approaching, and the busy streets and markets suggest prosperity and happiness. The reality, though, is that the Palestinians in Gaza are wandering the streets to fill the time; they are window shopping, not buying. Poverty is rising.

Last week, Israel announced an “easing” of the siege and allowed clothes and some other goods into Gaza, which had been held for months at Israeli ports. According to Ahmed Selmi, a salesman in a clothes shop in the center of Gaza City, this Eid is very different. “Many of our local residents are still affected by the Israeli offensive. Their purchasing power is very weak, so even though some goods have been allowed into the territory, business is slow.”

Palestinian MP Jamal Al-Khodari has said that the closures of the border crossings have inflicted massive losses on the Gaza economy. Ninety per cent of factories have closed and unemployment has risen sharply to 60 per cent.

With a chronic shortage of disposable income, noted Ahmed Habboush who owns a shop in Al Zawiyeh Market, the most popular in Gaza, people are unable to buy anything. Some shop owners in other markets have erected tents to display their goods but to no effect. The serious economic situation is affecting everyone.

The medical and psychological impact of the Israeli offensive is ongoing for many people, as is the physical impact of losing homes and infrastructure necessary for a normal life. Two months after Israel’s ten-day assault, though, all of these factors are responsible for the trauma that far too many Palestinians are feeling on every level. The sad fact is that they are unable to see any light at the end of the very dark tunnel into which Israel has plunged them.

(Source / 21.07.2021)

Jordan’s King calls for preventing Israel from taking unilateral steps

King Abdullah of Jordan

During his meeting with US national security advisor

NEW YORK, (PIC) – Jordan’s King Abdullah II has emphasized the importance of preventing any unilateral Israeli measures that would destabilize the region.

This came during a meeting held on Monday in Washington between King Abdullah and US national security advisor Jake Sullivan, according to Jordan News Agency (Petra).

The two sides discussed a number of regional issues, especially the Palestinian question, where the Jordanian King stressed the pivotal role of the US administration in advancing peace efforts on the basis of the two-state solution.

They also talked about the need to find political solutions to the region’s crises, in addition to the regional and international efforts to combat terrorism within a holistic approach.

US president Joe Biden on Monday held White House talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah, who started a visit to the country recently.

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Jordan’s economy were among other issues tabled by the Jordanian King during his recent meetings in Washington with the US president and other top officials.

(Source / 21.07.2021)

11 administrative detainees continue hunger strike in Israeli jails

Israeli jail

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – 11 Palestinian prisoners have been on open-ended hunger strike for several days in protest at their detention administratively, with no indictments or trials.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) on Tuesday, the longest hunger-striking prisoners are Mohamed az-Zagheer and Salem Zaidat, both from al-Khalil, and they have entered day nine of their hunger strike.

Other prisoners are Mohamed A’amar and Mujahed Hamed, both on hunger strike for seven days.

Five others have been on hunger strike for six days. They are Kayed and Mahmoud al-Fasfous (brothers), Ra’fat al-Darawish, Jivara an-Nammoura and Muayyad al-Khatib

PPS also said that prisoners Nidhal Khalaf and al-Muntaser Billah Abu Azum started their hunger strike a few days ago.

Administrative detention is incarceration without trial or charge and is widely used by Israel against the Palestinians solely at the pretext that a person plans to commit a future offense. It has no time limit, and it is based on alleged secret files.

(Source / 21.07.2021)

Israel PM warns Unilever of ‘severe consequences’ from Ben & Jerry’s decision

Ben&Jerry's ice cream in Jerusalem on July 20, 2021 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
Ben&Jerry’s ice cream in Jerusalem on July 20, 2021 

Israel warned consumer goods giant Unilever Plc on Tuesday of “severe consequences” from a decision by subsidiary Ben & Jerry’s to stop selling ice cream in Israeli-occupied territories and urged US states to invoke anti-boycott laws, reports Reuters.

Monday’s announcement followed pro-Palestinian pressure on the Vermont-based company over its business in Israel and Jewish settlements in the West Bank handled since 1987 through a licensee partner, Ben & Jerry’s Israel.

Ben & Jerry’s said it would not renew the licence when it expires at the end of next year. It said it would stay in Israel under a different arrangement, without sales in the West Bank, among areas where Palestinians seek statehood.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office said in a statement that he had complained to Unilever Chief Executive Alan Jope about the “glaring anti-Israel measure”.

“From Israel’s standpoint, this action has severe consequences, legal and otherwise, and it will move aggressively against any boycott measure targeting civilians,” Bennett told Jope in a phone conversation, according to the premier’s office.

Unilever did not immediately respond.

Most world powers deem Israel’s settlements illegal. It disputes this, citing historical and security links to the land, and has moved to penalise anti-settlement measures under law.

Avi Zinger, CEO of Ben & Jerry’s Israel, said he was unwilling to refuse to sell the ice cream to Israeli citizens in settlements and was legally prevented from doing so.

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“So when they (Ben & Jerry’s) realised that there is no way that I will stop it, they decided not to renew my contract,” he told Reuters.

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, said he had raised the Ben & Jerry’s decision in a letter to 35 US governors whose states legislated against boycotting Israel.

“Rapid and determined action must be taken to counter such discriminatory and antisemitic actions,” read the letter, tweeted by the envoy, which likened the case to Airbnb’s 2018 announcement that it would delist settlement rental properties.

Airbnb reversed that decision in 2019 following legal challenges in the United States but said it would donate profits from bookings in the settlements to humanitarian causes.

Palestinians welcomed Ben & Jerry’s announcement. They want the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip for a future state. Israel deems all of Jerusalem its capital, a status not recognised internationally. Gaza is controlled by Hamas Islamists who refuse coexistence with Israel.

Orna Barbivai, Israel’s economy minister, posted a video of herself throwing a tub of Ben & Jerry’s into the trash. Ayman Odeh, an opposition lawmaker from Israel’s Arab minority, tweeted an image of him smiling as he dug into his own tub.

(Source / 21.07.2021)

‘Neutrality’ and humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees

Workers of United Nations Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA) prepare aids distribute to Palestinian refugees in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza City, Gaza on 14 January 2020. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
Workers of United Nations Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA) prepare aids distribute to Palestinian refugees in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza City, Gaza on 14 January 2020

By Ramona Wadi

US President Joe Biden has transferred $135.8 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), following the signing of the 2021-2022 Framework for Cooperation and with additional conditions for the agency’s commitment to “neutrality”.

“The signing of the US-UNRWA Framework and additional support demonstrates we once again have an ongoing partner in the United States that understands the need to provide critical assistance to some of the region’s most vulnerable refugees,” UNRWA’s Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini stated.

US aid to UNRWA was given against a commitment by the agency to abide by conditions such as “communicating any serious neutrality violations” to the US. “Like all UN agencies, UNRWA and its staff cannot take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature,” the agreement partly reads.US decision to cut UNRWA funding - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

US decision to cut UNRWA funding – Cartoon

UNRWA has been called out by Israel on several occasions, accused of enabling terror incitement through the Palestinian Authority’s curriculum textbooks. Resuming funding to UNRWA was criticised by Israel earlier in April, notably by Israeli Ambassador to the US and the UN Gilad Erdan, who described UNRWA as using “a twisted definition of who is a ‘refugee.”

In between US impositions and Israeli oppositions, Palestinian refugees are caught in the crosshairs of humanitarian aid. While UNRWA’s work is undoubtedly necessary, the condition of neutrality does more to align the agency with the international community’s politicisation of humanitarian aid rather than create opportunities for Palestinians to pursue their independence and eventual liberation.

Is the US really a partner that understands the need to provide for Palestinian refugees, as Lazzarini declared, or is the US once again playing a part in keeping UNRWA afloat while ensuring that Palestinians never move towards repatriation and decolonisation?

If neutrality is meant to stifle decolonisation, it stands to reason that UNRWA’s commitment to neutrality supports Israel’s colonisation of Palestine. Humanitarian aid needs to be reconsidered in terms of describing the process for what it is – a framework that takes political rights away from Palestinians in return for helping them to survive the indignities of forced displacement.

No matter how much aid is pledged to UNRWA, Palestinians will not be compensated for the loss Israel inflicted through its colonial appropriation of land. Furthermore, if UNRWA acquiesces to the US-Israeli definition of neutrality, it would also need to question its own role in providing for Palestinian refugees.

READ: US restores assistance to UNRWA

The tragedy of Palestinian refugees did not happen without a context. The Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinian territory – an action which is completely void of neutrality and which the UN agreed to – needs to become part of the narrative when speaking about UNRWA’s funding and conditions; the latter also imposed upon Palestinian refugees.

Why are the UN and its affiliated agencies getting away with altering the meaning of neutrality to support a colonial enterprise that creates new Palestinian refugees on a daily basis? Conditioning aid for Palestinian refugees based upon the agency’s willingness to indirectly promote the narrative which Israel wants – that is, oblivion as to the crimes of settler-colonialism – ensures a political monopoly over humanitarian aid. One that ensnares Palestinians, rather than UNRWA, into the complexities of neutrality as dictated by Israel’s allies.

(Source / 21.07.2021)