PA to sue Israel over ‘crimes’ of hacking Palestinians’ phones

This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features 'Pegasus' spyware, on display in Paris on July 21, 2021. [JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images]
This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel’s NSO Group which features ‘Pegasus’ spyware, on display in Paris on July 21, 2021

The Palestinian Authority (PA) said yesterday it is planning to prosecute the Israeli occupation over its “crime” of hacking phones of Palestinian employees.

In a statement, the PA’s Foreign Ministry said that some of its employees’ phones were hacked by Israeli spyware Pegasus.

This came following an investigation conducted by the rights groups Front Line Defenders, Citizen Lab and Amnesty International found that six Palestinians had their phones hacked by the Israeli software.

According to the findings, three of the Palestinians worked at an NGO and three worked at the Foreign Ministry.

The Foreign Ministry considered the hacking as “part of the continuous Israeli aggression” against the Palestinian people, organisations and leaders.

“We always expected that our telephones were infiltrated by the occupation authorities and that all we said and sent was heard and monitored,” the Foreign Ministry said.

“But now,” it added, “we have evidence and legal documents that acknowledge the existence of this Israeli intrusion.”

The ministry stressed it would “use all options to disclose the Israeli practices against Palestinians and prosecute them over the violation of rights and privacy of Palestinians.”

Last week, the US sanctioned the NSO Group, the Israeli spyware company that owns the Pegasus software, by putting it on a trade blacklist. The company was accused of supplying technology to foreign governments to maliciously target government officials, journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics and embassy workers.

US: legal case against Israeli spyware given go-ahead by appeals court

(Source / 11.11.2021)

Al-Qudwa accuses Abbas of destroying Arafat Foundation

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks in front of a picture of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a ceremony marking the 55th foundation anniversary of the Fatah movement, in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on 31 December 2019. [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks in front of a picture of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a ceremony marking the 55th foundation anniversary of the Fatah movement, in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on 31 December 2019

Head of the National Democratic Forum, Nasser Al-Qudwa, accused Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas of destroying the Arafat Foundation, Resalah newspaper reported yesterday.

In a statement, Al-Qudwa, the nephew of the late PA and Fatah President Yasser Arafat, said: “The anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death comes this year with much sadness and grief generally due to the bad situation in Palestine and especially due to the destruction of Arafat Foundation by Abbas.”

Al-Qudwa was dismissed from Fatah and its Central Committee in March following his refusal to give up heading an electoral list for parliamentary elections representing Fatah which was not approved by Abbas.

“On this occasion, we recall the persistence of the PA leadership on destroying the Arafat Foundation through dismissing its board of trustees, cancelling its independence, cancelling its charter and ridding it of most of the Arab and Palestinian honorary members,” Al Qudwa said.

Nasser Al-Qudwa: Abbas is tearing up Arafat’s legacy

He accused Abbas of using the PA security services to take over the foundation and its branches inside and outside Palestine.

“The Arafat Foundation was built by the hands of the members of its committees, councils and employees from scratch,” he said, “and what remains today is only a stupid placard placed in Ramallah.”

Al-Qudwa is the second senior Fatah official to be sacked after Mohammed Dahlan over differences with Abbas.

On 11 November 2004, Yasser Arafat, founder and leader of Fatah, was declared dead in a French hospital following reports that he had been poisoned.

Independent investigations found he was poisoned, but the PA and Fatah leadership under Abbas has yet to announce the findings of their own investigations.

(Source / 11.11.2021)

Settler organisation starts building metal structure overlooking Al-Aqsa Mosque

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Tens of fanatic settlers accompanied by Israeli police are seen at the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem on August 25, 2021 

Israeli Jewish settler organisation Elad began building a metal structure overlooking Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday, Al-Resalah newspaper reported.

Local sources said that the new structure is very close to the southern wall of the Old City in an area seized by Elad 15 years ago and which has been referred to by the settler organisations as the City of David.

The structure, the sources said, is adjacent to land owned by the Palestinian Somreen family, located in the Silwan neighbourhood of Wadi Al-Hilwa.

Elad, Al-Resalah said, was founded in 1986 and has been used as the non-government face of the Israeli occupation’s settlement projects.

More people should know that Elad, the Israel settler organisation cleansing Sheikh Jarrah & Silwan, has a UK branch by the name of UK Friends of the City of David. The board features co-founders of Elad: David Beeri, Yehuda Maly and IDF Spokesman Doron Spielman (VP of Elad).

According to news sites, an Israeli rabbi posted an advert a couple of days ago showing a picture of the Dome of the Rock and calling for the recruitment of an engineer who specialises in destroying buildings.

On Friday, Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Ekrima Sabri warned of increasing dangers targeting Al Aqsa Mosque and its facilities.

During the last month, Israeli Jewish settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque 22 times.

Meanwhile, a local report recorded 2,124 Israeli violations against Palestinians in October, including the destruction of 14 homes and 74 commercial and agricultural buildings, in addition to the confiscation of 28 other facilities.

READ: 130 Israeli Jews storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

(Source / 11.11.2021)

Israel is destroying two-state solution systematically, Shtayyeh tells US lawmakers

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh holds a press conference after cabinet meeting in Ramallah, West Bank on 6 September 2021. [Palestinian Prime Ministry - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh holds a press conference after cabinet meeting in Ramallah, West Bank on 6 September 2021

The Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, told US lawmakers on Wednesday that “Israel is destroying the two-state solution systematically.” Shtayyeh made his comment during a meeting with a US congressional delegation in Ramallah.

He told delegation members that the occupation state’s “settlement campaign” is plunging the region into a perilous situation, as are its “ongoing human rights violations.” All of Israel’s settlements are illegal under international law.

Shtayyeh briefed the delegation, led by Senator Chris Coons, the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, on the prospects of the moribund peace process and bilateral relations with the US.

According to Wafa news agency, he stressed the need for the US administration to fulfil its electoral pledges. First and foremost among these is the reopening the US Consulate in Jerusalem, which served as a mainstay of bilateral Palestinian-US relations.

READ: PA received under 10% of annual aid usually provided

The prime minister also slammed the Israeli designation of six prominent Palestinian civil society and human rights groups as “terrorist organisations”. These organisations, he explained, advocate locally and internationally for Palestinian human rights, and provide services and support to women, children, farmers and prisoners. Thousands of Palestinians across the occupied territories benefit from their work.

Shtayyeh called upon the US Congress to put pressure on Israel to respect all signed agreements, which serve as a key to any future political track. Importantly, the occupation authorities should enable the Palestinian leadership to hold elections in all of the occupied territories, including Jerusalem.

Describing the US administration’s condemnation of Israel’s colonial settlement construction as “a step in the right direction”, he urged it to translate such criticism into concrete and deterrent actions to preserve the two-state solution.

Congress, added the Palestinian official, should push for the amendment of laws and regulations that target the PA and the Palestine Liberation Organisation and link them to terrorism. The development of bilateral relations that are not centred on Israel is also important, he concluded.

(Source / 11.11.2021)

World must change the way it deals with Israel, says Palestinian president

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 12 May 2021 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 12 May 202

It is time for the international community to change the way it deals with the Israeli occupation, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday, adding that governments must “move from condemning and denouncing the Israeli violations against the Palestinian people and lands, to taking tangible steps.”

“It is not reasonable or acceptable for the occupation to remain choking us forever, and it is not reasonable for us to remain committed to agreements that Israel does not abide by,” Abbas said during an event to mark the 17th anniversary of the assassination of former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.

Abbas pointed out that the Palestinian cause was going through a “very delicate stage, perhaps the most difficult in our history of struggle.”

READ: Al-Qudwa accuses Abbas of destroying Arafat Foundation

“On this painful anniversary, we renew our adherence to the unity of our people and the call to form a government of national unity, in which all participating factions are committed to international legitimacy,” Abbas was quoted by Wafa as saying.

The Palestinian leader called for an “international conference to end the occupation, force recognition of the Palestinian state for countries who did not, and to prevent the financing of Israeli weapons that kill children and innocents.”

“The occupation will end, and we will achieve freedom and independence in our sovereign Palestinian state on our national soil,” Abbas stressed.

(Source / 11.11.2021)

Sada Social documents 50 violations during October

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Sada Social Center, which specialized in protecting Palestinian narratives on social media platforms, Thursday documented 50 digital violations in October.

Sada Social said in a press statement that most of the violations were about suppressing Palestinian content and removing some pages completely, during October on Social Media Platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tiktok.

Read More: Social media watch group welcomes Facebook’s decision to examine policies of Arabic and Hebrew content

The restriction included media and news pages such as  Erm News page. The center was able to cancel the restrictions on its Facebook account but the deletion remained on Instagram. Mitras page was also restricted from publishing and threatened with closure, in addition to the Ultra Palestine page which was prevented from funded advertising. Many other pages of Media agencies were banned from being present or participating on various social media platforms.

The center monitored information showing that Facebook committed other violations including imposing unauthorized restrictions on the Palestinian activist accounts, including activist Mohamed Al-Kurd, whose content were restricted on Facebook and Instagram, in addition to other restrictions that affected Palestinian content during Israel’s offensive on Gaza last May.

Read More: Watchdogs: ‘Israel’ arrested 467 Palestinians, including 135 children in October

Besides, the administrations of social media platforms continued the aggressive policy of Palestinian content related to the prisoners as the administration of Tik Tok banned videos. The videos contained the name and pictures of Palestinian prisoners, including pictures of the prisoner Zakaria Al-Zubaidi, one of the six re-arrested freedom fighters who escaped from Israel’s high-security Gilboa prison on 6 September, classifying it as “dangerous and terrorist” materials.

The Center along with many institutions interested in digital rights and those that reject the aggressive uses of digital technologies called to support the call made by 400 employees of Amazon and Google, protesting against the two companies selling digital technologies and services to the Israeli occupation army that contribute in oppressing the Palestinian People.

Sada Social also launched during October, which is Cybersecurity Month, a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of digital protection methods and raising awareness of cyber security threats around the world, explaining the need to communicate with the center and the relevant authorities in case of any information breach.

This month witnessed Facebook’s apology for banning the “Al-Aqsa” Hashtag during the Battle of ” Safi Al-Quds”. That was after Facebook justified its violation of Palestinian digital content on the grounds that its algorithms miscalculated between the third holiest site in Islam and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the Fatah movement’s military wing.

(Source / 11.11.2021)

Four Palestinians injured in settler attack south of Hebron

Days of Palestine – Hebron – Israeli settlers Wednesday evening attacked Palestinians with live fire in Khallet al-Dabe‘h village, south of Hebron, injuring four, according to local and human rights sources.

Coordinator of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Popular Committees, Rateb Jabour, said that Israeli settlers attacked with live fire and rocks Palestinians who gathered in response to the construction of an Israeli colonial settlement outpost in Khallet al-Dabe‘h, one of Masafer Yatta hamlets, injuring four.

Read More: Four Palestinians injured in an attack by Israeli settlers in Salfit

He added that among the casualties were two who were injured with live rounds in their hands and another who sustained bruises due to severe beating.

Meanwhile, the Alliance for Human Rights, a group of activists allied to document human rights abuses in Palestine, said that five Palestinians were injured by live rounds in the attack, while pointing that the settlers burned the Palestinians’ tent.

Read More: Three Palestinians injured in settler attack in eastern Yatta

“It appears that US Congress peoples’ promises to “watch” and make sure that no violence occurred this weekend was taken as a challenge by local Israeli settlers. Settlers continue to act with impunity, protected by the IDF, as they use violence against Palestinians to make increasingly aggressive land grabs. They are funded by “charities” in the US, the Good Shepherds Collective, an organization dedicated to nonviolent resistance, said.

Masafer Yatta is a collection of almost 19 hamlets which rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood.

Located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, the area has been subjected to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and soldiers targeting their main source of living – livestock.

It has been designated as a closed Israeli military zone for training since 1980s and accordingly referred to as Firing Zone 918.

Israeli violations against the area include demolition of animal barns, homes and residential structures. Issuance of construction permits by Israel to local Palestinians in the area is non-existent.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Settler violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law.

(Source / 11.11.2021)

Israel razes car parts store south of Hebron

Days of Palestine – Hebron – The Israeli occupation authorities today razed a Palestinian car parts store in al-Harayeq area, south of Hebron, according to local sources.

Ahmad Salahab, a resident of the area, said that Israeli forces escorted a bulldozer into the area, where the heavy machinery tore down his 600-square-meter car parts store, purportedly for being close to the nearby encroaching colonial settlement of Beit Hagai.

Read More: Israel razes livestock barn south of Bethlehem

The city of Hebron, which houses the Ibrahimi Mosque, is home to roughly 160,000 Palestinian Muslims and about 800 Israeli settlers who live in compounds heavily guarded by Israeli troops.

Israel has expelled the only international monitors protecting Hebron’s Palestinians from 800 heavily guarded settlers, one of whom committed the 1994 massacre that triggered their deployment.

Read More: Israeli forces notify to stop building in seven houses south of Hebron

Israel demolishes Palestinian houses and structures almost on a daily basis as a means to achieve “demographic control” of the occupied territories.

Israel denies planning permits for Palestinians to build on their own land or to extend existing houses to accommodate natural growth, particularly in Jerusalem and Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and falls under full Israeli military rule, forcing residents to build without obtaining rarely-granted permits to provide shelters for their families.

In contrast, Israel argues that building within existing colonial settlements is necessary to accommodate the “natural growth” of settlers. Therefore, it much more easily gives the over 700,000 Jewish Israeli settlers there building permits and provides them with roads, electricity, water and sewage systems that remain inaccessible to many neighboring Palestinians.

(Source / 11.11.2021)

Army Begins Demolition of Prisoner’s Home in Jerusalem

Israeli forces stormed, on Wednesday, the home of Palestinian prisoner Mahmoud Jaber, demolished the inside and handed the family a demolition order for the remainder of the home, according to local sources.

The sources told the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA) that soldiers and officers of the Israeli municipality invaded the family home in the Wad al-Joz area of occupied East Jerusalem.

The troops and officials proceeded to demolish the contents of the home, and demanded the family complete the demolition process or face a fine of 100,000 shekels ($32,100 US).

The demolition order is based on the commonly used pretext of being built without a license, which is nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain.

Additionally in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa, soldiers destroyed a 40 square meter balcony of another Palestinian-owned home, under the same pretext.

In related context, occupation forces destroyed, on Tuesday, a livestock barn belonging to Palestinian civilian Mohammad Sbeih in al-Khader town, located south of Bethlehem in central West Bank.

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(Source / 11.11.2021)

Soldiers Detain Thirteen Palestinians, Injure one in the West Bank

Israeli forces detained, on Tuesday night, shot one teenager and detained another, and on Wednesday at dawn, they detained thirteen more Palestinian civilians, according to the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA).

In the central occupied West Bank village of Husan, west of Bethlehem, during confrontations, Israeli soldiers detained Muhammad Jamal Hamamreh, 16, and opened fire towards those protesting the invasion, striking a teenager in the thigh.

The identity of the injured child was not available at the time of this report, he was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment.

Also in the same village, soldiers stormed and ransacked the home of former prisoner, Jamal Jabr Hamamreh, and detained him.

In the Al-Fawagha neighborhood in Bethlehem city, Israeli troops detained a young man, identified as Mahdi Nabil Al-Assis from his home.

In the southern part of the West Bank, the army invaded Doura town, south of Hebron city, searched several homes and detained two former prisoners.

Southwest of the city, soldiers stormed the al-Fawwar refugee camp, and detained another former prisoner.

In Beit Ur al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah in central West Bank, soldiers detained two more Palestinian civilians identified as Ahmad Muhammad Khamis, 23, and Muhammad Suleiman, 29.

In nearby Al-Beireh city, soldiers detained Salama Fathi Mataria, Kamal Samir Mataria, Ibrahim Jamil Mataria, and Raed Muhammad Mataria from their homes in Jabal al-Tawil neighborhood.

Lastly, according to Muntaser Samour, the Director of the Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS) office, soldiers detained another former prisoner after storming and ransacking his home in Meithalun town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

(Source / 11.11.2021)