Sources: Extremist sttlers assulat, wound Palestinians in Nablus

Palestinian was attacked by settlers
Palestinian was attacked by settlers

Gaza Post – Israeli settlers assulated on Monday Palestinian farmers near the village of Burqa to the north of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank, wounded at least three people, according to a local sources

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the north of the West Bank, stated in a press statement that Israeli settlers attacked with stones Palestinian farmers while they were in their land in the village of Burqa, injuring at least three people.

One of the farmers was attacked in the face with a stone, and another was injured after being struck in the head, while the third farmer sustained bruises.

He added that settlers also pelted Palestinian vehicles driving on Jenin-Nablus road with stones, causing severe damages to at least four cars. No injuries were reported.

Israeli settlers’ violence in the occupied West Bank is routine and is done with full backing by the Israeli authorities, said the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.

“Settler violence and vandalism take place with full backing by the Israeli authorities. Sometimes soldiers take part in the assault; at other times, they stand idly by. The police makes no substantial effort to investigate the incidents, nor takes measures to prevent them or stop them in real time,” it asserted.

Israel gets many benefits from the repercussions, as settler violence has gradually dispossessed Palestinians of more and more areas in the West Bank, paving the way for a state takeover of land and resources, said B’Tselem.

(Source / 15.11.2021)

At least 50 olive trees burnt by Israeli settlers in Hebron

Settlers set fire at Palestinian trees
Settlers set fire at Palestinian trees

Gaza Post – Israeli settlers set fire on Monday over fifty olive trees belonging to Palestinians in the town of Ash-Shuyukh to the northeast of Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, according to local sources activist Ahmad al-Halayqa.

The activist reported in a press statement that settlers set fire to at least 50 fully-grown olive trees and set up two mobile homes in Palestinian-owned land adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlement of Asfar, in an apparent prelude to take over the land for the benefit of settlement expansion.

(Source / 15.11.2021)

Hamas: We must save the 5 hunger striking Palestinian prisoners

Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif Al-Qanou [AbedQanoo/Facebook]
Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif Al-Qanou 

Hamas yesterday demanded immediate intervention to save the lives of five Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who launched hunger strikes to protest against their continued administrative detention.

Hamas spokesman, Abdul Latif Al-Qanou, said in a statement that Kayed Al-Fasfous has been on a hunger strike for 123 days, noting that the detainees’ health has severely deteriorated and “immediate intervention” is required to save his lives.

“This requires forcing the [Israeli] occupation to respond to their demands, and to end their suffering, which is exacerbating day by day.” the statement read.

Hamas reiterated its solidarity and continuous support for the prisoners in the Israeli prisons until their demands are met.

Five Palestinian prisoners have been on extended hunger strike, they are protesting being held by occupation authorities without charge or trial.

The Palestinian detainees are Kayed Al-Fasfous, Alaa Al-Araj and Hisham Ismail Abu Hawash whose hunger strikes have continued for 99 days, Ayad Al-Harimi who has abstained from food and most liquid for 53 days, and Louay Al-Ashkar who joined the protest 35 days ago.

Last week, Palestinian prisoner Miqdad Al-Qawasmi agreed to end his hunger strike, which was ongoing for 113 days, after Israeli prison authorities agreed to release him in February.

Israel currently detains some 4,650 Palestinians, including 34 women, 160 children and about 500 administrative detainees.

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(Source / 15.11.2021)

Palestinian doctor revives case against Israel over daughters killed in Gaza

A Palestinian doctor performs a medical examination to detect Coronavirus Gaza on 10 March 2020 [Ashraf Amra/ApaImages]
A Palestinian doctor performs a medical examination in Gaza on 10 March 2020

A Palestinian doctor appealed to Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday for compensation over the killing of his three daughters and a niece in an Israeli strike in Gaza in 2009.

Israel has long acknowledged that one of its tanks killed the four during a three-week offensive against Palestinian militants.

But it argued successfully, in a lower court in 2018, that the deaths of Izzeldin Abuelaish’s daughters Mayar, 15, Ayah, 13, and Bessan, 21, and his niece Nour, 14, stemmed from an “act of war”, thereby shielding the state from damages claims.Death toll in Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip keeps rising...- Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Death toll in Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip keeps rising…- Cartoon

“I hope the judges will side with the truth and justice and help me achieve justice for my daughters and niece,” Abuelaish told Reuters.

At the hearing in Jerusalem, a lawyer for the Israeli Defence Ministry again cited the “act of war” argument. An attorney for Abuelaish said the military should be seen as criminally negligent, leaving the state open to damage claims.

The court said it would announce its decision at a later date, which it did not specify, on Abuelaish’s appeal against the 2018 ruling.

“This is a tragedy that stood out. It should be noted that we share in your sorrow,” Justice Yitzhak Amit said, after Abuelaish addressed the court, appealing to the three judges to listen to his plea “with an open heart”.

An Israeli military investigation in 2009 said soldiers thought they had identified Hamas militants on the upper level of the doctor’s home.

It said that two tank shells were fired, but once “screams were heard”, an order was immediately given to curtail the strike.

Abuelaish, a Hebrew-speaking gynecologist who has worked in Israeli hospitals and now lives in Canada, was live on the phone with an Israeli television reporter providing an update on the Gaza fighting when the blasts occurred.

“My God, my girls,” he cried into the phone.

Now, Abuelaish said, he wants an apology from Israel and compensation, planning to use any funds he receives to expand the “Daughters for Life” foundation he established.

It offers educational opportunities for young women from the Middle East, including from Israel.

“I did my best, and I will continue to do my best till I meet them one day,” said Abuelaish, before heading to Gaza to visit his daughters’ graves.

OPINION: Israel must be brought to account for its crimes against Palestinian children

(Source / 15.11.2021)

B’Tselem – State Business: Israel’s misappropriation of land in the West Bank through settler violence

B’Tselem – The Isareli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (November 2021)

Israel has built more than 280 settlements in the West Bank, which are home to more than 440,000 settlers. Of these settlements, 138 were officially established and recognized by the state (not including the 12 neighborhoods Israel built in the areas it annexed to Jerusalem), and some 150 are outposts not officially recognized by the state. About a third of the outposts have been built over the past decade, most of them referred to as “farms”.

West Bank settlements dominate hundreds of thousands of dunams [1 dunam = 1,000 square meters] to which Palestinians have limited access or none at all. Israel has taken over some of these areas using official means: issuing military orders, declaring the area “state land,” a “firing zone” or a “nature reserve”, and expropriating land. Other areas have been effectively taken over by settlers through daily acts of violence, including attacks on Palestinians and their property.

The two tracks appear unrelated: The state takes over land openly, using official methods sanctioned by legal advisors and judges, while the settlers, who are also interested in taking over land to further their agenda, initiate violence against Palestinians for their own reasons. Yet in truth, there is only one track: Settler violence against Palestinians serves as a major informal tool at the hands of the state to take over more and more West Bank land. The state fully supports and assists these acts of violence, and its agents sometimes participate in them directly. As such, settler violence is a form of government policy, aided and abetted by official state authorities with their active participation.

The state legitimizes this reality in two complementary ways:

  1. A. Legalizing land takeover

Violently taken from Palestinians. Dozens of outposts and “farms” – settlements for all intents and purposes, which were built without formal authorization by the government and without plans that enable construction in them – receive support from the Israeli authorities and remain standing. Israel has ordered the military to defend the outposts or paid for their security, as well as paved roads and laid down water and electricity infrastructure for most of them. It has provided support through various government ministries, the Settlement Division of the World Zionist Organization and regional councils in the West Bank. It has also subsidized financial endeavors in the outposts, including agricultural facilities, provided support for new farmers and for shepherding, allocated water and legally defended outposts in petitions for their removal.

In the past, the state announced its intention to enforce the law on outposts in the future and evengave the international community assurances to that effect. In March 2011, the state announced it would, from now on, make an official distinction between outposts built on land recognized as privately owned by Palestinians and land Israel considers “state land” or “survey land” (land that can be declared “state land”, although the declaration has not yet been issued). The state claimed it had only intended to remove outposts built on privately owned Palestinian land. This distinction, which has no legal basis, was accepted by Israel’s Supreme Court. At the end of the day, nearly all the outposts remain in place.

  1. B. Legitimizing physical violence against Palestinians

Violence committed by settlers against Palestinians has been documented since the very early days of the occupation in countless government documents and dossiers, thousands of testimonies from Palestinians and soldiers, books, reports by Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights organizations, and thousands of media stories. This broad, consistent documentation has had almost no effect on settler violence against Palestinians, which has long since become part and parcel of life under the occupation in the West Bank.

The violent acts include beating, throwing stones, issuing threats, torching fields, destroying trees and crops, stealing crops, using live fire, damaging homes and cars, and, in rare cases, homicide. In recent years, settlers in so-called farms have been violently chasing Palestinian farmers and shepherds away from their fields and from pastureland and water sources they used for generations. They initiate violent altercations on a daily basis and intimidate flocks belonging to Palestinians in order to scatter them.

The military avoids confronting violent settlers as a matter of policy, although soldiers have the authority and duty to detain and arrest them. As a rule, the military prefers to remove Palestinians from their own farmland or pastureland rather than confront settlers, using various tactics such as issuing closed military zone orders that apply to Palestinians only, or firing tear gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated metal bullets and even live rounds. Sometimes, soldiers actively participate in the settler attacks or look on from the sidelines.

Israel’s inaction continues after settler attacks on Palestinians have taken place, with enforcement authorities doing their utmost to avoid responding to these incidents. Complaints are difficult to file, and in the very few cases in which investigations are in fact opened, the system quickly whitewashes them. Indictments are hardly ever filed against settlers who harm Palestinians and when they do, usually cite minor offenses, with token penalties to match in the rare instance of a conviction.

The report presents five case studies that illustrate how continuous, systemic violence meted out by settlers is part of Israel’s official policy, driving massive takeover of Palestinian farmland and pastureland. In the testimonies collected as part of the research, Palestinians describe how this violence undermines the bedrock of Palestinian communities’ lives and diminishes their income. Residents describe how without protection, under the pressure of violence and fear and with no other choice, Palestinian communities abandon or scale back traditional vocations such as sheep and goat farming or various seasonal crops, which allowed them to make a dignified living and live comfortably for generations. Palestinian residents stay away from pastureland and water sources that once served their communities, and limit cultivation of farmland. At that point, the state can take over their land for its own purposes.

State violence – official and otherwise – is part and parcel of Israel’s apartheid regime, which aims to create a Jewish-only space between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The regime treats land as a resource designed to serve the Jewish public, and accordingly uses it almost exclusively to develop and expand existing Jewish residential communities and to build new ones. At the same time, the regime fragments Palestinian space, dispossesses Palestinians of their land and relegates them to living in small, over-populated enclaves.

The apartheid regime is based on organized, systemic violence against Palestinians, which is carried out by numerous agents: the government, the military, the Civil Administration, the Supreme Court, the Israel Police, the Israel Security Agency, the Israel Prison Service, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, and others. Settlers are another item on this list, and the state incorporates their violence into its own official acts of violence. Settler violence sometimes precedes instances of official violence by Israeli authorities, and at other times is incorporated into them. Like state violence, settler violence is organized, institutionalized, well-equipped and implemented in order to achieve a defined strategic goal.

The combination of state violence and nominally unofficial violence allows Israel to have it both ways: maintain plausible deniability and blame the violence on settlers rather than on the military, the courts or the Civil Administration while advancing Palestinian dispossession. The facts, however, blow plausible deniability out of the water: When the violence occurs with permission and assistance from the Israeli authorities and under its auspices, it is state violence. The settlers are not defying the state; they are doing its bidding.

See the full report here.

(Source / 15.11.2021)

Israeli Colonizers Injure Three Palestinians Near Nablus

Israeli colonizers attacked, Monday, many Palestinian farmers near Burqa village, north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, wounding three.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonizers assaulted Palestinian farmers on their lands near the main Jenin-Nablus road, and hurled stones at them.

Daghlas added that one Palestinian, identified as Nasser Hijja, suffered an injury to his face after a colonizer hurled a stone at him.

Another, Palestinian, identified as Mohsin Sari, was injured in the head by a stone hurled by one of the colonizers, while Shadi Abu Omar suffered cuts and bruises.

The colonizers also hurled stones at many Palestinian cars, causing damage to four without leading to further injuries.

It is worth mentioning that the colonizers have recently escalated their violations against the Palestinians, driving on the man Jenin-Nablus roads, in addition to numerous assaults targeting farmers and shepherds in Burqa, Sielet ath-Thaher, and al-Fandaqumiya, especially on lands close to the Homesh former colony which was evacuated in the year 2005.

(Source / 15.11.2021)

Soldiers Dismantle A Barn, Abduct One Palestinian, Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, two communities near Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, dismantled and confiscated a barn, and abducted one Palestinian.

Fuad al-Amour, the coordinator of the Protection And Steadfastness Committee in Masafer Yatta and Southern Hebron Hills, said several Israeli military vehicles invaded Erfa’eyya village, dismantled a barn, before confiscating it.

He added that the barn, approximately 80 square/meters, was installed by Palestinians on their land, close to bypass road #60 used by the illegal colonialist Israeli settlers.  The barn is owned by Hammouda Sabri al-Amour.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Khirbat al-Karmel village, in Yatta, and abducted a young man, identified as Aahed Taiseer Dababsa.

(Source / 15.11.2021)

Israeli Colonizers Burn Fifty Olive Trees, Installed Two Mobile Homes, Near Hebron

A group of Israeli colonizers, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, burnt more than 50 Palestinian olive trees, Monday, and installed two mobile homes, on lands in the Sarrara area near the illegal Asfar colony, in the Shiokh town, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Local media activist, Ahmad al-Halayqa, stated that the colonizers invaded an orchard, owned by Mohammad Badawi al-Halayqa, along with his brothers Na’im and Nasser.

He added that the colonizers also installed two mobile homes on the Palestinian lands to install an outpost.

It is worth mentioning that the colonizers have escalated their violations against the Palestinians and their lands in the area, including attacking their homes, burning and uprooting their lands and trees, in an attempt to force them to leave to expand their illegal colony.

Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and various United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

In related news, the colonizers attacked many Palestinian farmers near Burqa village, north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, wounding three.

(Source / 15.11.2021)

B’Tselem: Israel misappropriation of West Bank land through settler violence

The Israeli occupation government has been using settler violence as “a major informal tool” to take over Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, B’Tselem, a leading Israeli human rights group, has found.

In a report released on Sunday, B’Tselem said that Israel uses two complementary ways to confiscate Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank: official annexation via its judicial system and unofficial acts of intimidation and violence carried out by its settler population.

In its report, B’Tselem said Israel has built more than 280 settlements in the West Bank, which are home to more than 440,000 settlers. Of these settlements, 138 were officially established and recognized by the state (not including the 12 neighborhoods Israel built in the areas it annexed to Jerusalem), and some 150 are outposts not officially recognized by the state. About a third of the outposts have been built over the past decade, most of them referred to as “farms”.

West Bank settlements dominate hundreds of thousands of dunams [1 dunam = 1,000 square meters] to which Palestinians have limited access or none at all.

Israel has taken over some of these areas using official means: issuing military orders, declaring the area “state land,” a “firing zone” or a “nature reserve”, and expropriating land.

Other areas have been effectively taken over by settlers through daily acts of violence, including attacks on Palestinians and their property.

The two tracks appear unrelated, the rights group said: The state takes over land openly, using official methods sanctioned by legal advisors and judges, while the settlers, who are also interested in taking over land to further their agenda, initiate violence against Palestinians for their own reasons.

“Yet in truth, there is only one track: Settler violence against Palestinians serves as a major informal tool at the hands of the state to take over more and more West Bank land,” it said.

“The state fully supports and assists these acts of violence, and its agents sometimes participate in them directly. As such, settler violence is a form of government policy, aided and abetted by official state authorities with their active participation.”

The report presents five case studies that illustrate how continuous, systemic violence meted out by settlers is part of Israel’s official policy, driving massive takeover of Palestinian farmland and pastureland.

In the testimonies collected as part of the research, Palestinians describe how this violence undermines the bedrock of Palestinian communities’ lives and diminishes their income.

Residents describe how without protection, under the pressure of violence and fear and with no other choice, Palestinian communities abandon or scale back traditional vocations such as sheep and goat farming or various seasonal crops, which allowed them to make a dignified living and live comfortably for generations.

Palestinian residents stay away from pastureland and water sources that once served their communities, and limit cultivation of farmland. At that point, the state can take over their land for its own purposes.

State violence – official and otherwise – is part and parcel of Israel’s apartheid regime, which aims to create a Jewish-only space between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, B’Tselem said.

The regime treats land as a resource designed to serve the Jewish public, and accordingly uses it almost exclusively to develop and expand existing Jewish residential communities and to build new ones. At the same time, the regime fragments Palestinian space, dispossesses Palestinians of their land and relegates them to living in small, over-populated enclaves.

The apartheid regime is based on organized, systemic violence against Palestinians, which is carried out by numerous agents: the government, the military, the Civil Administration, the Supreme Court, the Israel Police, the Israel Security Agency, the Israel Prison Service, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, and others.

Settlers are another item on this list, and the state incorporates their violence into its own official acts of violence. Settler violence sometimes precedes instances of official violence by Israeli authorities, and at other times is incorporated into them. Like state violence, settler violence is organized, institutionalized, well-equipped and implemented in order to achieve a defined strategic goal.

The combination of state violence and nominally unofficial violence allows Israel to have it both ways: maintain plausible deniability and blame the violence on settlers rather than on the military, the courts or the Civil Administration while advancing Palestinian dispossession.

The facts, however, blow plausible deniability out of the water: When the violence occurs with permission and assistance from the Israeli authorities and under its auspices, it is state violence. The settlers are not defying the state; they are doing its bidding.

(Source / 15.11.2021)

B’Tselem: ‘Israel’ uses settler terror as tool to steal Palestinian land

An Israeli soldier accompanying Israeli settlers while steeling a Palestinian playground in Susiya village in the West Bank, on Saturday, November 6, 2021

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Israeli authorities have been using settler terrorist attacks as “a major informal tool” to take over Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, Israeli B’Tselem stated.

In a report released on Sunday, the major Israeli human rights group said that the occupation state uses two main methods to steal Palestinian land in the West Bank: official annexation via its judicial system and unofficial acts of intimidation and violence carried out by its settler population to push native Palestinians out of their homes.

“The state fully supports and assists these acts of violence, and its agents sometimes participate in them directly,” the report stated.

“As such, settler violence is a form of government policy, aided and abetted by official state authorities with their active participation.”

According to the report, Israeli settlers have taken over 11 square miles of farm and pasture land in the occupied West Bank during the past five years.

As an example, the group cited the Ma’on settlement, erected illegally in the southern West Bank but together with a sub-outpost now controls some 2.64 square kilometers, including roads and pasture used by native Palestinian residents.

Jummah Ribii, 48, of the Palestinian community Al-Tuwani, told B’Tselem that assaults by settlers were pushing him away from farming that had sustained his family. He said settlers attacked him severely in 2018.

“They broke my leg, and I had to spend two weeks in hospital and continue treatment at home,” B’Tselem quoted him as saying. “I had to sell most of our sheep to cover the cost of treatment.”

B’Tselem added that the Israeli occupation army “does not prevent the attacks, and in some cases, soldiers even participate in them.” It said that law enforcement does little to take action against settlers who commit violent acts against Palestinians “and whitewashes the few cases it is called upon to address.”

“State violence – official and otherwise – is part and parcel of Israel’s apartheid regime, which aims to create a Jewish-only space between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea,” it said.

“When the violence occurs with permission and assistance from the Israeli authorities and under its auspices, it is state violence. The settlers are not defying the state; they are doing its bidding,” the organization said in its report.

According to the report, 451 settler attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank have been documented since early last year, and in 170 of them, Israeli forces did not intervene to protect Palestinians.

As a result, B’Tselem said, five Palestinians were killed and 22 arrested.

(Source / 15.11.2021)