Sources: Settlers spray pepper at teenager face in Hebron

Palestinian teenager was sprayed by settlers
Palestinian teenager was sprayed by settlers

Hebron Gaza post – Israeli settler extremists attacked Palestinian people in the Jaber area of Hebron’s old city, south of the occupied West Bank on Saturday, and pepper-sprayed a youngster, causing facial burns.

According to Aref Jaber, a local anti-settlement activist, the settlers beat local Palestinian residents and yelled profanities at them. After being pepper-sprayed by the attacking settlers, a teenager received burns to his face, according to him.

Around 160,000 Palestinians live in Hebron, with about 800 notoriously hostile Israeli settlers living in colonial compounds in the city’s centre, strongly guarded by Israeli troops.

Israel ejected the only international monitors defending Palestinians in Hebron from the 800 heavily guarded Israelis, one of whom was involved in the 1994 massacre that prompted their deployment.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is common in the West Bank, but the Israeli occupation authorities rarely pursue it.

(Source / 30.10.2021)

Israel reinstates Palestinian hunger striker’s administrative detention

People gather in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross building to stage a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on October 25, 2021. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
People gather in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross building to stage a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on October 25, 2021

Israeli authorities have reinstated the administrative detention of a Palestinian detainee who has been on hunger strike for 107 days, two weeks after an Israeli court froze his detention order, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Khaled, the brother of hunger striker, Kayed Al-Fasfous, told Anadolu Agency on Friday that the Israeli order to restore administrative imprisonment was given to Al-Fasfous on Thursday.

On 14 October, the Israeli Supreme Court issued an order freezing Al-Fasfous’ administrative detention.

Al-Fasfous, 31, of Dura, a town west of the West Bank city of Hebron, is the oldest of six Palestinian hunger strikers protesting their imprisonment without charges or trial.

Administrative detention allows Israeli authorities to detain anyone for six months without charge or trial, which can be extended indefinitely.

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“Officers from the Israeli intelligence, police and Israel Prison Service came to his room at the Barzilai Medical Centre in Ashkelon, southern Israel, on Thursday evening and handed him the order reactivating his administrative detention,” Khaled said.

According to the new decision, Al-Fasfous will remain in administrative detention until 14 December.

His brother added that Israeli authorities have barred Al-Fasfous’ family and lawyer from visiting him.

Meanwhile, Hasan Abed Rabbo, spokesman for the official Palestine Liberation Organization’s Commission of Detainees Affairs, said Al-Fasfous has been held in an Israeli hospital in a serious health condition.

He told Anadolu Agency that reactivating the administrative detention means “an execution attempt of a slow death sentence.”

There are around 4,850 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, including 520 administrative detainees, according to institutions concerned with prisoners’ affairs.

(Source / 30.10.2021)

Palestinians mark 65th anniversary of Kafr Qasim massacre

KAFR QASIM, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 29: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY – MANDATORY CREDIT - "ISRAELI PRESIDENCY / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Israeli President Isaac Herzog makes a speech as he apologizes on behalf of himself and the State of Israel for the 1956 Kafr Qasim Massacre of Palestinians, at a ceremony commemorating the victims, in Kafr Qasim, Israel on October 29, 2021. In total 49 people killed, of which 23 were children in the massacre. ( Israeli Presidency / Handout - Anadolu Agency )
Israeli President Isaac Herzog makes a speech as he apologizes on behalf of himself and the State of Israel for the 1956 Kafr Qasim Massacre of Palestinians, at a ceremony commemorating the victims, in Kafr Qasim, Israel on October 29, 2021

Thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel marched on Friday to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Kafr Qasim massacre, Anadolu News Agency reports.

The marchers gathered at the Martyrs’ Memorial in Kafr Qasim’s centre, where a minute of silence was observed to remember the victims.

On 29 October, 1956, Israeli forces killed 49 unarmed Palestinians, including women and children, in Kafr Qasim, an Arab village in northern Israel.

During the rally, marchers carried Palestinian flags, black banners and pictures of those killed in the massacre.

The march was attended by Arab leaders and representatives in Israel’s unicameral parliament, Knesset, as well as heads of Arab local councils.

Fatah: Sabra and Shatila massacre a ‘war crime’

Some of the banners read: “The 65th Anniversary of the Kafr Qasim massacre,” “We will not reconcile,” and “We will not forgive.”

On Wednesday, the Knesset, the unicameral legislature of Israel, rejected a Bill that would have officially acknowledged Israel’s full responsibility for the massacre.

Addressing the rally, Kafr Qasim Mayor, Adel Badir, said the “horrific” massacre” should unite all Arabs in Israel.

“We still face challenges, but we will continue to hold out hope in our hearts for a tomorrow when we will enjoy security, freedom and peace,” he added.

Muhammad Baraka, head of the Higher Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, the highest representative body of the Arab public in Israel, said he spoke with Israeli President, Isaac Herzog, ahead of his visit to Kafr Qasim and urged him to acknowledge responsibility for the massacre.

“I hope he will stand here and announce that the State of Israel accepts responsibility for the massacre,” the mayor said.

“This massacre was not a defect in the Zionist project but, rather, was at its core. What was not completed in the Nakba of 1948 against the Palestinian people, they wanted to complete it in this region in 1956.”

The massacre was aimed at expelling the remaining Palestinians from their homeland, he said.

At the time of the massacre, Israel, along with Britain and France, was preparing to launch an attack on Egypt to regain western control of the Suez Canal.

Fearing a possible conflict with Jordan, the Israeli army decided to move up the start time of a curfew in the village without informing local residents, paving the way for the killings.

The border policemen involved in the shooting were tried, found guilty and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 8 to 17 years. However, all were released two years after the massacre, while the brigade commander was ordered to pay a fine of one piaster.

Remembering Israel’s massacre of Palestinians in Kafr Qasem

(Source / 30.10.2021)

Israeli police injure 3 Palestinians, detain 7 in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM - SEPTEMBER 10: Palestinians stage a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners facing repression at Israeli jails, at the Masjid Al Aqsa, Jerusalem on September 10, 2021. ( Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency )
Palestinians stage a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners facing repression at Israeli jails, at the Masjid Al Aqsa, Jerusalem on September 10, 2021

Israeli police on Friday injured at least three Palestinians and detained seven others in Al-Yusufiye cemetery in occupied East Jerusalem, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that the Israeli police beat Palestinians who tried to enter the cemetery, which Israel has been razing to build a national park.

Israeli police forces barred Palestinians from entering a part of the cemetery where Israeli authorities have been conducting excavations for several months.

On Thursday, the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem and the Parks Authority decided to close the part intended to be converted into a biblical garden.

READ: ‘UN resolutions have not resolved any conflict. The situation in Palestine is the best evidence for this’ 

According to eyewitnesses, the police beat a Palestinian and detained him in front of his daughter, who was crying, before he was released.

The occupation police fired stun grenades and tear gas at hundreds of Palestinians who were passing near the cemetery after Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said, in a statement, that its crews recorded “three injuries with sound bombs during the occupation forces’ attack on those in the Yusufiye cemetery in Jerusalem.”

The injured were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Street closure impedes Friday prayers

For its part, the Israeli police said in a statement that dozens of Palestinians “pelted the police with stones, and seven suspects were arrested for throwing stones.”

“Throwing stones caused damage to a police vehicle,” it added.

Since the morning hours, the Israeli police closed a number of streets surrounding the Old City and the road separating the east and west parts of Jerusalem, due to an Israeli marathon.

Palestinians expressed their displeasure at the closure of streets in East Jerusalem, which impeded the arrival of worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Friday prayers, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent.

Israeli authorities continue to bulldoze a part of Al-Yusufiye cemetery to establish a biblical garden, despite the protests of the Palestinians.

Al-Yusufiye cemetery dates back hundreds of years and contains the graves of Palestinian citizens.

READ: US lawmakers enter resolution condemning Israel’s NGO designations

(Source / 30.10.2021)

Israel locks up 2 Palestine neighbourhoods with iron gates

A general view shows ongoing construction work in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on October 28, 2021 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
A general view shows ongoing construction work in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on October 28, 2021

Israeli occupation forces on Friday locked up two Palestinian neighbourhoods with iron gates in the occupied West Bank, Anadolu Agency reported.

According to Anadolu Agency, the Israeli occupation closed the iron gate of the neighbourhood of Sanjal in the north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, preventing people from entering or leaving the area.

The reporter said that the iron gate had been placed at the neighbourhood’s main entrance for years, and the Israeli occupation has used it to impose “collective punishment” against its residents under different pretexts.

He reported that the Israeli occupation closed the gate this time over claimed reports that the residents of the neighbourhood threw stones at the vehicles of Israeli settlers.

READ: Israel installs CCTV at Palestinian cemetery it is razing

Meanwhile, the reporter disclosed that the neighbourhood was subjected to Israeli night raids, during which Israeli forces threw gas canisters at the residents for three consecutive nights before its gate was closed.

At the same time, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the Israeli occupation closed with an iron gate on the road of Beit Aynoun leading to the Sa’eer neighbourhood in Hebron.

Local sources told Wafa that there was no reason for the closure of this road, which renders the neighbourhood of Sa’eer under full closure.

In 2018, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs shared that more than 700 Israeli barricades, checkpoints and gates partition the West Bank into very small cantons used by Israel to restrict or block the movement of Palestinian pedestrians and commuters.

What does the future look like for Palestine? - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
What does the future look like for Palestine? – Cartoon

(Source / 30.10.2021)

Hamas: ‘US withdrawal from Afghanistan is prelude to withdrawal from region

Hamas Political Chief Ismail Haniyeh makes a speech as holds a press conference in Moscow, Russia on 4 March 2020. [Sefa Karacan - Anadolu Agency]
Hamas Political Chief Ismail Haniyeh in Moscow, Russia on 4 March 2020

Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh announced on Friday that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan is a prelude to its withdrawal from the region, Al Watan Voice reported.

Speaking at the First International Conference held by the Algerian National Construction Movement, Haniyeh stated: “The withdrawal from Afghanistan is a prelude to its withdrawal from the region.”

“The Jerusalem Battle (the Israeli offensive on Gaza that took place in May) proved that beating the Israeli occupation is possible and the attempts to impose its equations in the region will not succeed,” Haniyeh declared.

He stressed: “The wave of normalisation of ties between the Israeli occupation and the other states in the region have reached an end. There will be no more breakthroughs in this regard.”

The top Hamas leader stressed that:

The normalisation of ties with the Israeli occupation will not give legitimacy to the governments and will not be a bridge for them to the Americans.

Haniyeh said: “The Israeli army is unable to win the battles in the southern front with Gaza and the northern front with Lebanon. The Zionist entity is fragile despite its military superiority. It is living its weakest stages.”

The Hamas head recalled the Algerian support for the Palestinians and their cause. “Algeria was one of the very first supporters of the Palestinian revolution, which was ignited in the middle of the 1960s as the first office for Fatah was opened in Algiers,” he recounted.

He reiterated the Palestinian support for Algeria and the other African countries, which reject the normalisation of ties with the Israeli occupation and refuse the integration of the Zionists in the region and Africa.

READ: Hamas congratulates Taliban on Afghanistan’s liberation

(Source / 30.10.2021)

WAFA: Remembering the Kafr Qasem Massacre of 1956

RAMALLAH, Friday, October 29, 2021 (WAFA) – October 29 marks the 65th anniversary of one of the key events in the history of the Israeli occupation, the Kafr Qasem massacre of 1956, in which about 50 Palestinian civilians, including children, were shot dead by an Israeli army unit instructed to kill all breakers of a badly implemented curfew.

On 29 October 1956, the Israeli occupation imposed a curfew on the village of Kafr Qasem in 1948-occupied Palestine while the Palestinian residents of the village were out working in the fields.

The Israeli forces were then dispatched to Kafr Qasem with orders to shoot at and kill any person seen outside their home after 17:00, making no distinction between men, women, children and those returning from outside the village.

Upon returning back to Kafr Qasem, unaware of the curfew or the terror that awaited them, the villagers were met by the occupation forces, lined up and murdered in cold blood. Twenty three of the Palestinians who were martyred were children under the age of eighteen.

Hundreds more Palestinians were also massacred by Israeli troops in the towns and refugee camps of Khan Younis and Rafah in the Gaza Strip in the following days.

The Kafr Qasem massacre came just eight years after the Nakba in 1948, and just three years after the Qibya massacre in 1953. In every instance of pre-meditated genocide, the Israeli occupation not only denied responsibility, but sought to erase the events from history altogether.

Histories of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict often neglect the Palestinian population that remained in Israel after it was formally created, especially the highly restrictive military rule imposed on them between 1948 and 1966. During this period, Palestinians living within Israel were deemed a “security threat” and were required to obtain official permits for travel outside designated areas.

Israeli authorities later launched an investigation into the killings and the border policemen who were involved in the shooting were brought to trial and sentenced to prison terms ranging between 8-17 years.

However, all were released two years after the massacre, while the brigade commander was ordered to pay a fine of one piaster.

According to Palestinian historians, the massacre at Kafr Qasem mirrored the typical Israeli blueprint of terrorising Palestinians into fleeing. In his book Atlas of Palestine, 1917-1966, Dr. Salman Abu Sitta lists at least 232 places where atrocities, massacres, destruction, plunder and looting were carried out by the Zionists between 1947 and 1956. Almost every one of thirty military operations were accompanied by one or two massacres of civilians. There were at least seventy-seven reported massacres, half of which took place before any Arab regular soldier set foot in Palestine during the 1948 Israeli-Arab war.

The pattern of expulsion was consistent, regardless of the region, date or the particular battalion involved in attacking a town or village. The imposition of a curfew was common practice prior to a massacre. Villagers would be gathered in the main square or nearby field in separate groups, while the village itself was surrounded on three sides, leaving the fourth open for escape or expulsion. The gap left open for Palestinians to flee in the Galilee region pointed towards Lebanon and Syria; towards the West Bank and Jordan in central Palestine; and towards Gaza and Egypt in the south.

Historian Adam Raz is the author of Kafr Qasem Massacre: A Political Biography. He believes that behind the horrific 1956 event was a secret plan to expel (“transfer”) Israel’s Palestinian citizens from the much-coveted territory known as the Triangle in central Palestine.

(Source / 30.10.2021)

QNN: “Save Our Sons,” families of 6-hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners urge US Congress, human rights groups

October 29, 2021 (Quds News Network) – Families of six-hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have sent a letter on Friday to US Congress members and human rights organizations, urging them to intervene and save their sons’ lives amid fears of losing them.

In their letter, the families of the six Palestinian prisoners, who have been in an open-ended hunger strike in protest against their administrative detention without a charge or trial, have called on the US Congress members and human rights organizations to save their sons’ lives who might die any moment amid severe health deterioration.

The families of the six prisoners said they have turned their appeal to the US Congress and concerned human rights groups as the Biden’s administration and the international community have placed their concern and focus on Israel’s latest settlement expansion and decision to label six Palestinian human rights NGOs as “terror groups.”

The families said the Israeli occupation government is taking advantage of the above-mentioned situation “to impose a blackout of information” on their sons.

“Our boys are in very serious conditions, putting their lives in danger. Our boys are dying slowly while we feel hopeless and powerless and the international community continues to watch,” the families said in the letter.

They continued, “The voices of our sons might not be heard internationally, thus we urge you to convey their voices. Feeling powerless to save the lives of our boys is the hardest thing to go through. So, we urge you to save their lives and pressure the Israeli authorities to face their responsibilities as an occupying power.”

@AsmaaQuz(1) Dear Congress members and Human Rights organizations, As Palestinians suffer from the Israeli daily violations of their basic rights, and as the Biden administration, and the international community, are focusing on settlements and the illegal expansion of occupation

Starving for Freedom

Six Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have been in an open-ended hunger strike in protest against Israel’s detention without a charge or trial.

The six-hunger-striking prisoners are: Kayed Fasfous (107 days), Alaa Al-A’raj (83 days), Miqdad Qawasmi (100 days), Hisham abu Hawash (74 days), Ayyad Harimi (37 days), and Shadi abu Akaer (66 days).

The six hunger-striking prisoners’ health condition has been deteriorating severely, as they have been suffering from powerful fatigue, exhaustion, headache, severe weight loss, and deficiency of fluids in the body.

One of them has partial loss of memory and Bacteremia, another has loss of sight and problems in his nervous system, and the other might die any moment.

Over 40 Palestinian detainees started hunger strike since the start of 2021, in protest against Israel’s detention without a charge or trial.

Israel’s Administrative Detention VS. Palestinians’ Hunger Strike

Administrative detention is illegal under international law, however, the occupation state uses it to repress the Palestinian people.

‘Israel’ routinely uses administrative detention and has, over the years, placed thousands of Palestinians behind bars for periods ranging from several months to several years, without charging them, without telling them what they are accused of, and without disclosing the alleged evidence to them or to their lawyers.

Thus, the hunger strike is a method of a non-violent resistance which the prisoners use to protect their lives and their fundamental rights and a response to the occupation racist policies which they face in the prisons.

There are 4,650 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails, among the prisoners are 520 administrative detainees held without charge or trial, 200 child prisoners and 39 female prisoners.

(Source / 30.10.2021)