Sources: IOF destroys Palestinian-owned house in Lod (VIDEO)

Israeli forces destroy house in Lod
Israeli forces destroy house in Lod

Lod Gaza Post –  Israeli occupation authorities destroyed a Palestinian-owned house on Sunday in the Arab city of Lod, in the central district of 1948-occupied Palestine, on the grounds that it was built without a permit according to local witnesses.

Before beginning the demolition, Israeli occupation forces accompanied by bulldozers raided the city’s Al-Mahatta neighborhood and closed off all roads leading to the targeted house, which belongs to Palestinian citizen Ibrahim Touri.

Houses and structures in Arab cities and towns in Israel are frequently targeted for demolition, as Israeli authorities make obtaining building permits extremely difficult for Arab citizens.

 Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in the occupied territories stated that only 4.6% of new homes built in Israel are in Palestinian towns and villages, even though Palestinians make up over 20% of the population.

The difficulty for Palestinians to have building permits forces them to expand or build homes and structures without permits, which are at risk of being torn down later by the Israeli authorities.

Palestinians in the occupied territories  are those who remained on their land after the establishment of the occupying state in 1948, as well as their descendants. They account for roughly 20% of the country’s nine million inhabitants.

Their legal rights are equal to those of Jewish citizens. In practice, however, they face discrimination in employment, housing, policing, and other areas.

(Source / 31.10.2021)

Settlers assault shepherd, injure child in Northern Plains of Jordan Valley

Israeli settlers and soldiers attack Palestinians
Israeli settlers and soldiers attack Palestinians

Gaza Post – Israeli settlers assaulted on Sunday several Palestinian shepherds in the Khallet Makhoul area, in the Northern Plains of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, and injured a child.

Local human rights activist Aref Daraghma declared that the settlers chased and attacked several shepherds, and forced them out of a grazing area.

Daraghma said that one of the colonizers assaulted a child, identified as Hussein Yousef Bisharat, 14, causing several cuts and bruises.

He stated that, two weeks ago, several settlers chased the site and tried to attack him while he was returning from a grazing area before the Israeli occupation arrested his mother and interrogated her for several hours after the settlers claimed that she “harassed them.”

To sum up, the shepherds in Khallet Makhoul are subject to frequent violations and assaults by the illegal colonialist settlers and the soldiers.

(Source / 31.10.2021)

Israeli police assault, kidnap Palestinian kid in J’lem

Settlers assault Palestinians in al-Khalil City

police kidnap child

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation police on Saturday evening assaulted and detained a Palestinian child near Bab al-Amud area in the Old City of Jerusalem.

According to local sources, police officers kidnaped and brutalized a kid during his presence in a street near Bab al-Amud.

Meanwhile, the Israeli police intensified the presence of its forces in Bab al-Amud and its vicinity as part of a campaign they launched in recent days to prevent Palestinian young men from gathering and sitting in the area.

In a separate incident, a horde of extremist Jewish settlers on the same day attacked Palestinian citizens in Jaber neighborhood in the Old City of al-Khalil.

Local activist Aref Jaber said that settlers escorted by soldiers stormed Jaber neighborhood, assaulted a kid with pepper spray, threw trash at them and verbally attacked them.

(Source / 31.10.2021)

IOF injures Palestinian, teargases others in al-Khalil City


AL-KHALIL, (PIC) – A Palestinian teenager suffered from a rubber bullet injury and many others from their exposure to tear gas on Saturday evening during violent clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in Bab az-Zawiya area in al-Khalil City.

According to local sources, Israeli soldiers at the entrance to ash-Shuhada street showered Palestinian young men and commercial stores in the nearby street of Bab az-Zawiya with tear gas and fired rubber bullets at them.

One kid was injured by a rubber bullet and others suffered from inhaling tear gas during the events.

Meanwhile, the IOF closed the road leading to the central market in Bab az-Zawiya in central al-Khalil at the pretext of securing the entry of Jewish settlers to an ancient site in the area to mark a religious occasion.

(Source / 31.10.2021)

Israeli authorities raze Palestinian home in Lod

Another Palestinian forced to raze his own home in Qalansuwa

demolition policy

NAZARETH, (PIC) – The Israeli authorities on Sunday morning demolished a Palestinian house in Lod City in central Israel (1948 occupied Palestine) at the pretext of unlicensed construction.

According to Arab 48 website, the house, which was located in al-Muhatta neighborhood in the city, belonged to a local resident called Ibrahim at-Turi.

In a separate incident, the Israeli authorities on Friday forced a Palestinian citizen to demolish his own house in Qalansuwa City in central Israel.

According to local sources, the homeowner had to comply with the demolition order to avoid paying penalties and demolition expenses to the Israeli authorities if their crews came and carried out the measure.

Zaher Tayeh, who owned the house, had made several attempts to have his house licensed, but his efforts were to no avail.

Last Thursday, the Israeli authorities demolished all the tents and structures in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Araqib in the Negev desert for the 194th consecutive time, displacing its residents.

(Source / 31.10.2021)

IOF raids homes, summons Palestinian in W. Bank

IOF in the West Bank

WEST BANK, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday stormed different areas of the West Bank, raided several homes and summoned a Palestinian citizen for interrogation.

According to local sources, the IOF stormed Asira al-Qibliya town in the southwest of Nablus and stayed there for about half an hour before going to the nearby town of Madama and later leaving.

The IOF also stormed different areas of Bethlehem province, with no reported arrests.

An ex-detainee identified as Salah Sabah, 23, received a summons for interrogation from the Shin Bet after the IOF raided his home in Harmala village, east of Bethlehem.

In Jenin, the IOF closed the Dotan checkpoint near Ya’bad town and raided nearby areas around the illegal settlement of Mevo Dotan after Palestinian resistance fighters opened fire at the settlement.

(Source / 31.10.2021)

The Palestinians are fishing for European justice

Israeli occupation forces extended the fishing area off the Gaza Strip from 6 nautical miles to 9 for a period of six weeks allowing Gaza's fisherman to travel further for their catch [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israeli occupation forces extended the fishing area off the Gaza Strip from 6 nautical miles to 9 for a period of six weeks allowing Gaza’s fisherman to travel further for their catch

By Yvonne Ridley

Had there been any genuine determination in the Arab world to deliver justice to the Palestinian people it would have been done years ago. However, many of the states and their rulers have proven themselves to be both incompetent and impotent when it comes to occupied Palestine.

I’ve often said the injustices endured by Palestinians, especially those living in the Gaza Strip, should be treated more like a European problem than one that can be solved in the Middle East alone. To prove my point, we just have to look at the eleven European Union members that have expressed outrage and rallied behind France against Britain over the way the UK is handling the distribution of post-Brexit fishing licences. Germany, Spain and Italy, along with Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, have all joined France in condemning Britain’s behaviour.

The world’s fishing industries have always invoked patriotic symbolism, perhaps nowhere more so than the Mediterranean which is also fished by four of the “outraged” countries: France, Greece, Italy and Spain. Sadly, their solidarity and support for French fishermen does not extend to their Palestinian counterparts in the Mediterranean.

Although the 1993 Oslo Accords granted the Palestinian fishermen of Gaza the right to fish up to 20 nautical miles offshore, the Israeli military does its utmost to prevent them from doing so and thus effectively destroys their livelihood. Palestinian boats are bombed, shelled and burned, and their owners and crews are targeted by Israeli snipers and arrested. Their vessels are also seized by the Israeli navy. MEMO reported one such incident just a few days ago.

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All of this unprecedented violence happens in the same Mediterranean Sea fished by the French, Greek, Italian and Spanish fishermen whose elected representatives, never mind their governments, maintain a strict silence for the simple reason that Israel is the guilty party. There’s little or no outrage from any members of the European Union towards Israel on almost any issue. The apartheid state relies heavily on the international community’s silence on its treatment of the Palestinians, including the almost daily seaborne assaults on fishermen. More than 4,500 Palestinians and around 50,000 of their family members depend on fishing for their livelihood. They live and work under extreme pressure and stress due to the Israeli blockade. Earlier this year, the arbitrary closure of the Palestinian fishing zone off the coast of Gaza was condemned by human rights groups amid accusations of “collective punishment”, which is illegal under international law.

Those in the fishing industry working out of the Mediterranean rim countries —the four noted above plus Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey — all worry about weather conditions, poor catches and fluctuating markets. Imagine the outcry if they also had to run the gauntlet of Israeli troops firing live rounds, or had their boats bombed and confiscated. That is the daily reality for the Palestinians.

Moreover, Israel unilaterally reduced the fishing limits from 20 nautical miles to just six nautical miles when Hamas was elected democratically in 2006 to run the Palestinian Authority. Yet more collective punishment. After the 2008/9 Israeli military offensive against civilians in Gaza the fishing zone was reduced even further to just three nautical miles. The Israeli navy targets Palestinian fishing boats even when they are well within that incredibly narrow zone. This has been documente in reports by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

Palestinian fishermen were once among the wealthiest people in their community, but today 95 per cent rely on food aid to survive. The Zionist state has blocked their access to 85 per cent of the available fishing grounds, including the best waters for sardines and mackerel.

All of this is happening in the Mediterranean Sea and should be creating waves throughout the European Union and European fishing industry. If the EU agriculture and fisheries ministers can rally behind France over British posturing and gesturing in the North Sea, why can’t they muster some support for Gaza’s struggling fishing industry?

French fishermen accuse Britain of asking for too much documentation, making it impossible for them to obtain licences, but at least they don’t have to contend with the Royal Navy firing at them and destroying their boats. The French government, meanwhile, has introduced a ban on British fishing boats landing their catches at French ports from Tuesday unless Britain issues more than 240 French boats with licences. The French have detained a British trawler in Le Havre and another was fined for not cooperating with the authorities a few days ago.

READ: What if the Palestinians agreed to live under occupation?

A furious government spokesman in Westminster described the French actions as “unjustified” and apparently incompatible with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) or wider international law. France’s Europe Minister, Clément Beaune, justified the need “to speak the language of force” because “it’s the only [language] the British government understands.” Neither the French nor the British seek to apply international law in occupied Palestine, where Israel treats it with open contempt.

It’s worth pointing out that the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is a foreign relations instrument of the EU which links neighbouring countries to the east and south to the bloc. Palestine, including the Gaza Strip, is associated with the ENP, so Virginijus Sinkevičius, has no excuse. The EU commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries should turn his attention to events unfolding in the Mediterranean off the coast of occupied Palestine.

Twenty-three year old Muhammad Majid Bakr made a life or death decision when he cast his net to earn his living, and he was killed by Israel for doing so. Not even in the hypocritical diplomacy that governs Europe’s relations with Israel can that ever be acceptable.

(Source / 31.10.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians, Close Ibrahimi Mosque, In Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, on Saturday evening, many Palestinians in Bab az-Zawiya area, in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank; the soldiers also closed the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city to all Palestinians.

Media sources said the soldiers closed the main the Be’er as-Sabe’ road leading to the central market in Bab az-Zawiya and prevented the Palestinians from entering the area to allow groups of fanatic colonizers to march there.

They added that many Palestinians protested the closure before the soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Medical sources in Hebron said a teenage boy was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation in addition to cuts and bruises.

In related news, the soldiers closed the Ibrahimi Mosque to all Muslims and visitors, and prevented the Muslims from praying in the holy site to allow groups of Israeli colonizers to pray and visit the mosque marking the “Feast of Sarah.”

Furthermore, the colonizers also assaulted many Palestinians in the Jaber neighborhood in Hebron, and maced them with pepper spray, causing some burns to the face of one child.

In addition, the colonizers hurled trash at members of the local Jaber family and yelled insults at them while Israeli soldiers stood and watched without intervening.

(Source / 31.10.2021)

Opinion: Palestinian Resistance Poetry By Mahmoud Darwish

By Sayid Marcos Tenório 

Mahmoud Darwish is the most internationally-renowned Palestinian poet and writer, although still little-known in Brazil. He is the author of 30 poetry books and eight prose books, translated into more than 40 languages, and winner of the Cultural Freedom Prize, the Lannan Foundation (US), the Lenin Peace Prize (former the Soviet Union) and was appointed a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by France. His works in the 1960s and 1970s reflect his opposition to the occupation of his homeland.

“He was the prince of words, and his name was Mahmoud Darwish,” said Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury. Darwish was a poet of enormous sensitivity with a fighting spirit who used poetic phrases such as: “How can a handwrite if it’s not creative when making coffee.”

In addition to writing the resounding Declaration of Independence for Palestine, proclaimed by the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Yasser Arafat, on 15 November 1988, in Algiers, Algeria, he has always taken a firm stance in defending the liberation of Palestine. Therefore, he withdrew from the organisation after the Oslo Accords, signed in 1993, which he called “a give-and-take” between the PLO and Israel. Darwish considered the Oslo Accords to be “the greatest recklessness ever committed by a leader [Arafat] to their people.”

Darwish was born in the Palestinian village of Al-Birwa, Galilee, in 1941, to a Sunni family of small farmers. He was the second of eight siblings. The village where he was born was occupied and razed to the ground by the Zionist occupation forces in the Nakba process in 1948. This led the Darwishes to take refuge in Lebanon for a year, where they began to live as “foreigners”. Upon returning, the poet found that his Al-Birwa home had been replaced by a Jewish colony with the new name of “Ahihud”.

He was arrested several times between 1961 and 1967 for reciting poetry and travelling between villages in occupied Palestine “without authorisation” by the forces of the “Jewish state”. His poem “Identity Card”, which was turned into a protest song, resulted in his house arrest order. After these persecutions and arrests, Darwish was forced into exile, which took him to places like Cairo, Tunis, Moscow, Beirut, and Paris, returning only in 1996, when he was authorised by the occupation to attend a funeral.

The expulsion of Palestinians is a recurrent theme in Darwish’s work. He portrays the trajectory of anguish, pain, and suffering due to deaths and expulsions since the creation of the “State of Israel” and calls Palestine the “lost paradise” and the “land of divine messages revealed to humanity”, as described in Palestine’s Declaration of Independence. His work reveals the unbroken and unaltered organic relationship between the Palestinian people, their land, and their history.

The Brazilian audience will be able to become acquainted with this poet of the Palestinian soul with the launching of the book Memória para o esquecimento (Memory for Forgetfulness) (Editora Tabla, 216 pages), published on 22 October 2021. The presentation was made by Safa Jubran, who translated the book into Portuguese, and by Professor Geraldo Campos, a dear friend, coordinator of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Federal University of Sergipe. This is one of three works by Darwish available to Brazilian readers, published in Brazil by Editora Tabla.

The book recounts personal memories of 6 August 1982, coincidently, the anniversary of the US terrorist attack on Hiroshima. This was one of 88 days of the siege in which Zionist state jets dropped bombs on Beirut, killing people – a reality Darwish experienced closely during his exile in Lebanon. The book reminisces on the meaning of exile – and not the diaspora – and on the role of a writer in times of crisis and war. His work expresses his love for Palestine and its people, who “have existed and resisted” for over 73 years.

The published books make up for an absence of works by Darwish in Portuguese, such as those published last year: Da Presença da Ausência (In the Presence of Absence), translated directly from Arabic by Marco Calil; and Onze Astros (Eleven Stars), translated by Michel Sleiman. Another book by Darwish published in Brazil is A Terra nos é estreita e outros poemas (The Earth is close to us and other poems) (تضيق بنا الارض), translated from Arabic by Paulo Daniel Farah (Bibliaspa, 2012).

Darwish’s work is permeated with the testimony of life and struggle, marked by the suffering in exile and the attempt to uproot the Palestinian people from their land. The author’s poems and stories bring an intimate feeling that is the same as that of the Palestinian people, in which resistance, by all means, is the only way to survive and the only way to free Palestine from the Zionist colonial occupation.

Darwish has never renounced his status as a resistant Palestinian national poet, making it clear in every line of his work that the suffering of the Palestinians is not just of those who live under occupation or in exile. Such torment belongs to everyone, since the crimes perpetrated daily by the Jewish state are crimes against humanity.

The question present in Darwish’s work is one that everyone asks: Why would Palestinians have to recognise the State of Israel in the territory of historical Palestine without defined borders and in permanent expansion, and accept small islands of land as if Palestine were a ministate? The author himself answers this in his poem “Identity Card”: “Is the government going to take away the rocks from me, as they told me?” Then he writes at the top of the first page: “I hate no one, no one I steal. But if I am hungry, I will devour the usurper’s flesh. Beware! Beware of my hunger, Beware of my anger!”

(Source / 31.10.2021)

WAFA: 288 American Organizations Demand Biden Condemn Israel’s Suppression of Palestinian Human Rights Groups

WASHINGTON, Friday, October 29, 2021 (WAFA) – A total of 288 US-based social justice, civil rights, and human rights leaders and organizations have demanded the Biden administration to immediately and unequivocally condemn the Israeli government’s recent decision to criminalize six Palestinian human rights organizations.

In a joint letter sent to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the 288 signatories said, “Smearing the promotion and defense of human rights as “terrorist” activity is a dangerous, well-worn tactic of authoritarian regimes and a shameful political maneuver to undermine the vital work of these organizations.”

“These actions by the Israeli government are a clear attack on human rights. As such, we urge you to issue a swift rejection of this unprecedented attack on Palestinian human rights organizations and the attempt by the Israeli government to shut down, delegitimize, isolate, and chill a growing human rights movement,” the letter added.

The letter continued,

As groups committed to social justice, civil rights, and universal human rights, we have seen firsthand the ways that the charge of “terrorist” and the so-called “war on terror” threatens not only international human rights defenders, but also social movements and marginalized communities here in the US: Indigenous, Black, brown, Muslim, and Arab activists and communities have similarly faced silencing, intimidation, criminalization and surveillance under such baseless charges.”

The signatories warned that the threat against the Palestinian human rights movement “is a threat against movements for social justice everywhere, and in order to protect human rights and human rights defenders, all states must be held accountable for taking such manifestly unjust actions.”

“We agree with 17 UN Special Rapporteurs that the freedoms of association and expression must be fully respected in order to enable civil society to perform its indispensable work, and cannot be undermined by the manifestly egregious misuse of counterterrorism and security legislation.”

The signatories urged the US Secretary of State to affirm that the US administration’s commitment to human rights has universal applicability, issue a public statement that rejects the Israeli government’s false accusations against Palestinian civil society organizations, publicly rebuke Israel for this authoritarian action, and call on Israel to immediately end all efforts to criminalize Palestinian human rights defenders.

(Source / 31.10.2021)