Israeli Soldiers Abduct Ten Palestinians In Jerusalem And Nablus

Israeli soldiers abducted, Friday, ten Palestinians from Jerusalem and Nablus, in the occupied West Bank; three of the abducted Palestinians were assaulted and injured by the army.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded Jabal al-Mukabber town, before storming and ransacked a home owned by Raed Siyam.

The Palestinian said many soldiers stormed his property, before forcing the family in one room while ransacking it, and abducted his father, his son, and three cousins.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, before invading and searching homes, and abducted two Palestinians, identified as No’man Nasser and Na’im Ayed.

In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers stopped and assaulted three young men at the Za’tara military roadblock, south of the city.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus, said the medics rushed to the scene and provided the needed treatment to the wounded.

He added that the soldiers refused to allow the medics to transfer the three Palestinians to a hospital for further treatment, and abducted the young men, before moving them to a nearby military base.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Anin village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, before taking pictures of several homes, and also took measurements of a local mosque, apparently ahead of issuing future demolition orders.

The soldiers also invaded several villages and towns near Jenin, especially Romana, Taybeh, and Ta’nak, in addition to significantly increasing military deployments in the meadow of the al-Jalama village, west of Jenin.

(Source / 23.10.2021)

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians Near Jerusalem And Jenin

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians near Jenin and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the many army jeeps invaded Biddu town, northwest of Jerusalem, and attacked dozens of Palestinians during a nonviolent procession.

The sources added that the soldiers shot two Palestinians with the “Toto” expanding bullets causing moderate wounds.

The Palestinians held the procession to demand the army to release the corpses of three young men, who were killed by Israeli military fired on September 26th, 2021, in Beit Anan, near Jerusalem.

The slain Palestinians are Ahmad Zahran, 37, Zakariya Badwan 36, and Mahmoud Hmeidan, 27. On the same day, the soldiers also killed Yousef Fathi Soboh, 16, and Osama Yasser Soboh, 22, from Burqin town, west of Jenin.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Ya’bad town, leading to protests, before firing gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers also shot a young man close to the annexation wall near the al-Jalama town, northeast of Jenin.

(Source / 23.10.2021)

Altercation between Israeli and Palestinian legislators offers a snapshot of the larger issue

By Kathryn Shihadah 

An ultra-nationalist Israeli lawmaker’s behavior on Tuesday is a microcosm of the conduct and attitude of Israel as a whole: bullying, self-absorbed, faux-victimized, evasive.

On Tuesday, an Israeli hospital corridor was the scene of a confrontation between two members of the Israeli Knesset – a snapshot of Israel and its relationship with the Palestinians under its power.

The legislators were Itamar Ben Gvir, head of the far right Jewish Power party, and Ayman Odeh, a Palestinian and leader of the progressive Joint List party, an alliance of four Arab-majority political parties in Israel.

Odeh had been spending time with the family of Miqdad al-Qawasmi, age 24, who was on his 91st day of a hunger strike (and was moved to intensive care later that day), when Ben Gvir arrived in what the family called a “provocative” visit.

Ben Gvir and Odeh quarreled; when Ben Gvir tried to walk toward the patient’s hospital room, Odeh shoved him back. Others intervened, and the confrontation ended.

Itamar Ben Gvir’s hospital stunt managed to eclipse the core issue: Miqdad al-Qawasmi is on his deathbed as he protests Israel’s conduct toward him (Ben Gvir’s many other provocative stunts have included this and this and this).

For the last 9 months, al-Qawasmi has been held under administrative detention. This is a practice of imprisoning people without charge or trial, and often citing “secret evidence” that is never revealed to the detainee or his attorney, and may not even exist. Moreover, administrative detention can be extended indefinitely; Palestinians have been detained as long as eleven years.

Al-Qawasmi’s demand is that he be either charged with a crime or set free, and his protest is nonviolent.

Dozens of other Palestinian prisoners are in the midst of hunger strikes at this moment, protesting the use of administrative detention, the deplorable conditions and lack of medical care in Israeli prisons, and restrictions against family visits, to name a few grievances.

In 2017, over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners participated in a mass hunger strike, protesting for basic human rights.

Under international law, administrative detention should be used rarely if ever; Israel uses it frequently. In 2020, an average of 3 Palestinians were detained per day. At this moment, Israel is holding over 500 Palestinians under administrative detention and almost 5,000 political prisoners.

Ben Gvir would have known he’d be unwelcome in the hospital room: he is frequently in the news for provocative activities and speeches,  and is leader of the extremist, racist Israeli party (nicknamed “Israel’s KKK”) that has called for the expulsion of Palestinians from Israel and the occupied territories.

He claimed the purpose of the visit was to “see up close this miracle that a person remains alive despite not eating for several months,” but it was reported that he actually came to complain that the Palestinian patient was being treated in an Israeli hospital.

Within hours after the incident, Itamar Ben Gvir filed a police report accusing Odeh of assault, stating, “he should be put on trial by the police and the attorney general of Israel.”

Ben Gvir’s charge implies that it was Odeh’s shove that started the conflict. In reality, Ben Gvir’s attempted intrusion into al-Qawasmi was provocative; the unlawful detention of al-Qawasmi was provocative; the original provocation goes back to Israel’s takeover in 1948 and occupation in 1967.

Israel and its supporters similarly fall back on falsified memory all the time. The greatest example may be references to the “rockets raining down” from Gaza as a provocation for punishing airstrikes and lopsided “wars” – when in reality, Israel’s 14-year blockade of the Gaza Strip and its even longer absolute control have kindled Gazan resistance.

Contrast Ben Gvir’s overreaction to a shove, with the efforts of al-Qawasmi to protest a much greater injustice.

 Miqdad al-Qawasma

Al-Qawasmi has been wrongly detained for 9 months, and has already spent 4 of his 24 years in Israeli prisons for resisting the occupation that has confined him for his entire life. His protest consists of a nonviolent hunger strike; his demand is simply to know what he is charged with. He may die before Israel grants this basic right.

Many Palestinians are intimately acquainted with outsized penalties for small or nonexistent misdeeds, as well as the feeling of powerlessness against such injustice. For example, it is possible for a Palestinian child who throws a stone at an Israeli tank to find himself behind bars for up to ten years; 15-year-old Ahed Tamimi was imprisoned for 8 months for slapping an Israeli soldier (some Israeli lawmakers called for a life sentence).

On the other hand, Israelis are used to impunity for even the worst crimes. Elor Azaria famously shot an immobilized Palestinian at point-blank range, killing him – for which he spent just 9 months in jail and received a hero’s welcome upon his release. The Israeli government as a whole enjoys impunity as it violates human rights laws on a daily basis, kills Palestinians (go here for a complete list of deaths of both Israelis and Palestinians), and rejects global criticism.

In fact, if al-Qawasmi dies, Israel will technically not be liable: his administrative detention was “frozen” when he entered the hospital, effectively making him the hospital’s responsibility, not the state’s.

Itamar Ben Gvir considers Jewish mass murderers of Palestinians to be heroes, has defended extremists in hate crime cases, has himself been charged – mostly for hate crimes and incitement – more than 50 times; and was convicted of supporting a terrorist organization in 2007. As recently as July, he was forcibly removed from the Knesset during a speech in which he insulted a Palestinian legislator; in May he instigated a spike in violence against Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Ayman Odeh has no criminal record; in 2017, Israeli soldiers shot him in the head with a sponge-tipped bullet as he protested the illegal demolition of a Palestinian Bedouin village.

When Ayman Odeh merely stopped Ben Gvir from entering a hospital room where he was not welcome, Ben Gvir called him a terrorist, then filed charges, and declared that Odeh and his party “act like they own the place” (a particularly ironic statement, considering all of Israel is built on land originally stolen from the Palestinian people).

Ben Gvir is backed by powerful allies, including the Speaker of the Knesset, Micky Levy, who declared that Odeh had “crossed a red line” by “raising his hand” against Ben Gvir.

Conversely, when advocates for Palestinian justice point out actual violence from Israel – as documented by human rights organizations for decades – Israel pundits deny the charges and cry “antisemitism.” That is to say, a shove crosses a red line, but the killing of a sleeping, civilian family, destruction of an entire village, or detention of a young children does not.

The most recent chapter in al-Qawasmi’s odyssey is perhaps the most unjust – and the most typically Israeli.

On Wednesday night, Israeli doctors attempted to force-feed the hunger striker. Force-feeding is considered a violation of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights and the Convention Against Torture. It is also a denial of self-determination, is cruel and degrading, tramples on al-Qawasmi’s bodily rights, and ignores his grievance.

That is actually a laundry list of Palestinians’ 73-year-long complaint: since its inception in 1948, Israel has been in breach of multiple international laws and agreements, has prevented Palestinians from exercising self-determination, imposed cruel and degrading control over the entire population, invaded every aspect of their lives, and dismissed their objections or answered them with violence.

In spite of the interminable pressure of a brutal occupation, the vast majority of Palestinians long to live a normal life. They go about their business, resist nonviolently through protestshunger strikesmarches, and flagsThese are ignored by the media and mercilessly repressed by Israel.

Isn’t it time to address the grievances of the nonviolent, instead of siding with the bully?

(Source / 23.10.2021)

Samidoun: Israel’s “terrorist” designations aim to suppress Palestinian organizing: Confront them with action and resistance!

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network: Since the beginning of the year, Israeli war criminal and “Minister of Defense” Benny Gantz has repeatedly designated Palestinian and international organizations working to defend Palestinian rights and organize for Palestinian liberation as “terrorist.” Today, 22 October, Gantz designated six Palestinian organizations, all known for their defense of Palestinian human rights: Al-Haq, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Defence for Children International Palestine, Bisan Center for Research and Development, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees.

This follows Gantz and the Israeli regime’s designation of Samidoun as a “terrorist” organization on 21 February 2021. In late August 2021, without issuing a press release, Gantz also designated EuroPal Forum, the International Legal Coalition for Palestine and the Popular Conference of Palestinians Abroad. It is clear that the Israeli regime has fully adopted as standard practice and policy the “terrorist” designation of organizations that effectively challenge its control and expose its crimes on the local, regional and international levels.

All of these designations are meant primarily as an attack on Palestinian organizing, research, agriculture, and the Palestinian prisoners’ movement. We express our full solidarity with all of the organizations designated in this manner and once again affirm that we will not be silenced or deterred by Israeli smear campaigns or attempted collective terror against Palestinians, Arabs and internationals struggling for justice. This repression must inspire us to organize more and build greater mutual defense and solidarity against all attempts to use the “terrorist” label to criminalize Palestinian resistance, action and organizing.

Once again, the Israeli designations appear to essentially be copied-and-pasted from right-wing propaganda organizations like NGO Monitor that aim to shield Israel from international accountability by smearing and attacking Palestinian human rights defenders. Their shoddy reporting, baseless claims and factual inaccuracies are part and parcel of their attempt to defend Israeli colonialism, military occupation, apartheid, siege and mass arbitrary detention of Palestine and the Palestinian people. These types of propaganda organizations have done so by attempting to prevent Palestinian non-governmental organizations from receiving grants; for example, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees has faced such attacks from these organizations in Australia, the Netherlands, and elsewhere.

Such “terrorist” designations can be used as a justification for arresting members, closing down organizations and centers or labeling the organizations “illegal” inside the occupied West Bank. In our experience with this designation since February of this year, these designations are used as ammunition by Zionist “lawfare” groups in various countries in an attempt to create a climate of fear to undermine collective solidarity, cut off funding or access to banking, and silence advocates for justice, rights and liberation in Palestine at international venues.

Through these designations, Israel has made clear that its definition of “terrorism” is any action that resists its colonialism throughout occupied Palestine. In many cases, such as with today’s designations of Addameer and DCI Palestine, as well as the existing designation of Samidoun, it is clear that this is an attempt to cut off Palestinian political prisoners — including imprisoned children — from growing legal, political and moral support and to attack the Palestinian prisoners’ movement. In the case of organizations like Al-Haq, it is clear that Israel wants to use the “terror” designation to provide itself with impunity from international prosecution, while the designations of organizations like Bisan, UPWC and UAWC aim to undermine and target Palestinian self-organization, research, and food sovereignty.

When Ben & Jerry’s ice cream brand announced that it would simply no longer sell ice cream in the future to illegal colonial settlements following an extensive campaign by social justice and Palestinian rights organizations, Israeli president Isaac Herzog labeled even this attempt of a company to come in line with international law — and all boycotts of Israel — as “terrorist.”

While this example is rhetorical, it indicates just how meaningless the term “terrorist” is in the hands of the Israeli regime. It means precisely any organization, activist, or freedom fighter that challenges Zionist colonialism through any method or means of resistance at all. The flurry of “terrorist” designations for organizations working to expose Israel’s crimes and organize Palestinians underlines this reality.

It further highlights exactly why all such designations should be considered propaganda stunts and tossed out by courts, governments, financial institutions and any other party called upon to repress Palestinian organizing on the basis of these bogus labels.  Such designations have no international effect and do not require anyone to stop supporting these organizations. Instead, these designations must mobilize us to build greater popular support for Palestinian rights organizations designated by the Israeli occupation.

Further, such designations should also inspire international advocates for Palestine and organizations concerned with justice and human rights to adopt the boycott and international isolation of Israel, which has once again — as it has for over 73 years — shown itself to be dedicated to the expulsion and suppression of the Palestinian people with complete disregard for any principles of law or justice.

As we noted in February, these designations are also an attempt to divert attention from the serious problem facing hundreds of Zionist officials – including Gantz himself – who are afraid from the next steps of the investigations by the International Criminal Court (ICC) after its last announcement on 5 February 2021 affirming that it has the authority to investigate war crimes in the Palestinian occupied territories.

These designations are not attacks on individual organizations but against Palestinian human rights defenders and those around the world who stand up for Palestinian liberation — and, fundamentally, the Palestinian people as a whole, especially the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons. They attempt to repress growing support for the legitimate resistance of the Palestinian people and confrontation of imperialism and Zionism.

We express our firm commitment to mutual defense and collective solidarity with all similarly targeted organizations working for a liberated Palestine. The primary way that we can confront these designations is by intensifying our organizing, action, mobilization and resistance to bring down the structures of colonialism, implement the right to return for Palestinian refugees, and support the liberation of all Palestinian prisoners and of Palestine, from the river to the sea.

We invite all who want to get involved in building this collective solidarity to get involved with our work at Samidoun. Click here to donate to support our work. To find out about becoming a member or building a chapter in your area, email us today at samidoun@samidoun.net

(Source / 23.10.2021)

Al-Haq: “Palestinian Human Rights NGOs will not be Silenced, and Call on the International Community to take Concrete Actions to Rescind Barbarous Israeli Designations”

Statement By Al-Haqindependent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organisation): Al-Haq strongly rejects the designation made by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, on 19 October 2021, of Al-Haq and five fellow Palestinian civil society organisations as “terror organisations,” under Israel’s domestic Anti-Terrorism Law, 2016 and calls for international solidarity and concrete measures to ensure its immediate rescission.

The baseless allegations represent an alarming and unjust escalation of attacks against the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice and  the right to self-determination. Israel’s widespread and systematic smearing of Palestinian human rights NGOs and human rights defenders aims to delegitimize, oppress, silence and drain their work and resources.

Further, the unlawful application of Israel’s domestic law to the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) serves to entrench the maintenance of its settler-colonial and apartheid regime of institutionalised racial discrimination and domination over the Palestinian people as a whole.

For decades, Al-Haq has struggled to end Israel’s illegal settler-colonial policies and practices which, since 1948, have denied the Palestinian people from exercising their inalienable right to self-determination. Al-Haq is one of the leading Palestinian organizations calling for accountability and an end to Israel’s impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

It is no coincidence that Israel’s recent escalation of punitive measures against Al-Haq and fellow civil society organisations, has come in the immediate aftermath of the opening of an International Criminal Court investigation into Israel’s crimes in the Situation in Palestine. To that end, Al-Haq will tirelessly maintain its efforts to ensure that Israeli perpetrators of mass atrocity crimes are held accountable.

The history of human rights advocacy and defense, from Africa to Latin America and other corners of the globe, have shown that the means and methods of the oppressor have no limits. In striving towards the liberation of Palestine from Israel’s apartheid and settler colonial regime, our work as human rights defenders will not be deterred or silenced.  We are confident in the solidarity of our friends and partners around the world in confronting these obstacles placed before us.

The Palestinian struggle is a universal struggle against oppression and the denial of self-determination in the pursuit of justice and the ability to live in dignity.  We remain steadfast in advocating for a dignified future for the Palestinian people and the liberation of Palestine from the shackles of Israel’s unlawful colonial rule.

Justice will prevail.

(Source / 23.10.2021)

Hundreds Of Israeli Colonizers Invade Palestinian Lands, Install Mobile Homes, Near Bethlehem

Updated: On Saturday, at least 400 illegal Israeli colonizers, accompanied by many soldiers, invaded Palestinian lands near Wad Rahhal village, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, and installed mobile homes.

Ammar Hijazi, a member of Wad Rahhal Village Council, said the colonizers and the soldiers invaded privately-owned Palestinian lands in the Khallet an-Nahla area while carrying Israeli flags.

Hijazi added that the colonizers came from the illegal Efrat colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands, and were walking around large areas of the lands.

The colonizers also installed six mobile homes on the Palestinian lands, as a prelude for illegally annexing them.

It is worth mentioning that, last Wednesday, the colonizers and the soldiers uprooted 10 Palestinian Dunams that were planted with olive saplings in the same area, in addition to demolishing retaining walls and the foundations of an under-construction home.

The area witnesses frequent Israeli violations, as the colonizers frequently invade the lands, bulldoze them, and install outposts to occupy the lands and prevent the Palestinians from reaching them.

(Source / 23.10.2021)

Soldiers Force A Palestinian Family To Demolish Its Home In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers forced, on Saturday morning, a Palestinian family to demolish its own home in Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood, in occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of being built, 40 years ago, without a permit.

Local sources said the soldiers forced the Jaber family to demolish its home, after threatening to impose high fines and fees if the City Council carries the demolition out using its workers and equipment.

The Palestinian family filed various appeals with the city and Israeli courts but were unable to save their home.

While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, in direct violation of International Law, Palestinian communities, and towns, in occupied Jerusalem, and various areas in the occupied West Bank, continue to be denied the right to build homes and property.

This is happening in addition to the complicated procedures the Palestinians have to go through, the very high costs of filing for these construction permits, and the extended periods the residents have to wait, and in most cases, they are denied”

The acts of home demolitions and destruction are illegal collective punishment policies that violate Internation Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various international resolutions.

(Source / 23.10.2021)

Israeli forces crack down on prisoners in Gilboa prison

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli Metzada, Dror, and Yammaz repression units cracked down on section one in Gilboa prison and attacked prisoners on Friday.

The Prisoners’ Association said in a statement issued on Friday that Israeli repression units attacked the prisoners, who are estimated at nearly 90. The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has cut off water and power in the section throughout the operation and carried out wide searches.

The statement added that detainees in Gilboa prison undergo severe assaults and attacks, which aim at imposing further control.

Gilboa prison was the scene of a legendary prison break by six detainees last September.

After the successful prison break, the IPS imposed punitive measures on all Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

(Source / 23.10.2021)

Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights group, says it will not be silenced by Israel, calls for international action

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Ramallah-based human rights group, Al-Haq, today strongly rejected the designation made by the Israeli Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, on 19 October of Al-Haq and five fellow Palestinian civil society organizations as “terror organizations,” under Israel’s domestic Anti-Terrorism Law, 2016, and called for international solidarity and concrete measures to ensure its immediate rescission.

“The baseless allegations represent an alarming and unjust escalation of attacks against the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice, and the right to self-determination,” said Al-Haq in a press release. “Israel’s widespread and systematic smearing of Palestinian human rights NGOs and human rights defenders aims to delegitimize, oppress, silence, and drain their work and resources. Further, the unlawful application of Israel’s domestic law to the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) serves to entrench the maintenance of its settler-colonial and apartheid regime of institutionalized racial discrimination and domination over the Palestinian people as a whole”

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Al-Haq added: “For decades, Al-Haq has struggled to end Israel’s illegal settler-colonial policies and practices which, since 1948, have denied the Palestinian people from exercising their inalienable right to self-determination. Al-Haq is one of the leading Palestinian organizations calling for accountability and an end to Israel’s impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is no coincidence that Israel’s recent escalation of punitive measures against Al-Haq and fellow civil society organizations has come in the immediate aftermath of the opening of an International Criminal Court investigation into Israel’s crimes in the Situation in Palestine. To that end, Al-Haq will tirelessly maintain its efforts to ensure that Israeli perpetrators of mass atrocity crimes are held accountable.”

The human rights group went on to say, “The history of human rights advocacy and defense, from Africa to Latin America and other corners of the globe, have shown that the means and methods of the oppressor have no limits. In striving towards the liberation of Palestine from Israel’s apartheid and settler-colonial regime, our work as human rights defenders will not be deterred or silenced. We are confident in the solidarity of our friends and partners around the world in confronting these obstacles placed before us.

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“The Palestinian struggle is a universal struggle against oppression and the denial of self-determination in the pursuit of justice and the ability to live in dignity. We remain steadfast in advocating for a dignified future for the Palestinian people and the liberation of Palestine from the shackles of Israel’s unlawful colonial rule. Justice will prevail.”

(Source / 23.10.2021)

ICRC: Two Palestinian detainees are in situation of grave concern

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) expressed on Saturday serious concern about the deteriorating health of Kayed Fasfous and Miqdad Qawasmeh, two Palestinians administratively detained and hospitalized in Israel.

“The ICRC doctor has been visiting both detainees, Kayed Nammoura (Fasfous) who has been on hunger strike for 82 days, and Miqdad Qawasmeh who has been on hunger strike for 75 days and closely monitoring their situation. We are concerned about potentially irreversible consequences of such prolonged hunger strike to their health and life,” said Robert Paterson, ICRC health delegate.

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ICRC staff monitor the situation of detainees who carry out hunger strikes to ensure that they are treated with respect, have access to adequate medical care, and are allowed to maintain contact with their families, he continued.

The ICRC also said that its staff is following up with the situation of five more detainees currently on hunger strike.

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(Source / 23.10.2021)