Israeli Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers injured, on Thursday at night, dozens of Palestinians during protests that erupted after several army jeeps invaded the al-‘Isawiya town, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem. The Palestinians were protesting the death of a teenage boy who was killed by the soldiers a day earlier.

Medical sources in Jerusalem said the local medics provided treatment to 17 Palestinians who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets to various parts of their bodies.

It added that the medics also provided treatment to eleven Palestinians who suffered burns from Israeli gas bombs and concussion grenades, in addition to thirteen who fell while the soldiers were chasing them; two of the wounded suffered fractures to their extremities.

It also said that the medics provided treatment to 95 Palestinians, including women and children, who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Local sources said the soldiers fired many live rounds, gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets not only at the protesters but directly at Palestinian homes, leading to this substantial number of injuries.

In addition, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers also invaded Silwan town, in Jerusalem, closed roads, before stopping and searching dozens of residents in Be’er Ayyoub neighborhood (Video by Silwanic), and interrogated many while inspecting their ID cards, leading to protests (Video by Silwanic).

On Thursday, a Palestinian child from the al-‘Isawiya town, identified as Omar Abu Assab, 16, after he allegedly stabbed two officers in the al-Wad Street, in Old City of occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 19.11.2021)

Army Abducts A Palestinian Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, a Palestinian man from his shop in Beit Kahil town, northwest of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said the soldiers invaded a neighborhood, in the northern part of the town, and abducted Ali Abdul-Ghafar Dofash from his meat shop.

They added that the soldiers violently searched the shop, causing damage, before abducting Dofash and taking him to a military base In Hebron.

In addition, several Israeli army jeeps invaded Beit Kahil town, northwest of Hebron, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked the home of Nimir Asafra.

On Thursday at night, the soldiers injured dozens of Palestinians during protests that erupted after several army jeeps invaded the al-‘Isawiya town, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.

The Palestinians were protesting the death of a teenage boy, Omar Abu Assab, 16, who was killed by the soldiers a day earlier after he allegedly stabbed two officers in the al-Wad Street, in Old City of Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers also invaded Silwan town, in Jerusalem, closed roads, before stopping and searching dozens of residents in Be’er Ayyoub neighborhood (Video), and interrogated many while inspecting their ID cards, leading to protests.

On Thursday at dawn, the soldiers abducted twelve Palestinians from several parts of the West Bank during invasions and violent searches of homes and property.

(Source / 19.11.2021)

Analysis: Israel’s Terrorism Against Palestinian Human Rights Organisations

By Sayid Marcos Tenório 

Since its founding in 1948, the “State of Israel” has promoted an intense campaign to erase Palestinian history, culture and resistance on all its fronts. Human rights organisations such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) and activists around the world are the constant targets of this onslaught.

Recently, “Israel” attacked the Palestinian human rights movement head-on, designating six non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as “terrorist groups” with the aim of silencing, restricting and interrupting the work carried out by them. If human rights NGOs are “terrorists”, how should we designate the “State of Israel” that practices humanitarian law violations, war crimes, crimes against humanity and apartheid?

The designation of “terrorists” announced by Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz, based on a draconian 1996 law, is aimed at punishing Palestinians for throwing stones, fighting the police, carrying the flag and chanting slogans in Palestinian defence, or even for publishing and sharing posts on Facebook and Instagram – two platforms inimical to the cause of liberation of the Palestinian people.

The “anti-terror” legislation authorises Zionists to close offices, confiscate assets and imprison directors and employees of the entities. Minister Gantz claims that such organisations would form part of a support network for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which supposedly calls for the “destruction of Israel through terrorist acts.” However, the Israeli minister has not provided any evidence to confirm his claims.

The minister who designated organisations of international reputation as “terrorists” is the one who commands the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), which carry out arrests, assassinations, genocide and ethnic cleansing in the occupied territories. The organisations attacked by Gantz are precisely those denouncing that thousands of Palestinian children are detained every year and that torture techniques and methods are used during interrogations carried out by “Israel”, in an evident fundamental violation of the Palestinians’ human rights.

The affected organisations are the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addameer), whose website frequently updates the situation of Palestinian political prisoners; Al-Haq, which has defended Palestinian human rights since 1979; Defence for Children International (DCI), which has been working for the rights of children for 35 years; the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC); the Bisan Centre for Research and Development and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, linked to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).

These are internationally-respected humanitarian and human rights groups. They cooperate with the United Nations (UN) and important international courts of justice, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ), with whom they maintain a partnership to provide information, research and studies on the constant violations of rights by the Zionist occupation.

The arbitrary measure by the Ministry of Defence of “Israel”, adopted on 22 October, led the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to issue a statement declaring: “Defending rights before the UN and any other international entity is not an act of terrorism, defending women’s rights is not terrorism and providing legal assistance to detained Palestinians is not terrorism either.”

“Israel” is indeed a terrorist state that acts in violation of international law, threatens and violates the rights of Palestinians, as denounced in July this year by Human Rights Watch (HRW). By issuing a report, the organisation brings to public knowledge the apartheid, war crimes and the violation of international law and international humanitarian law promoted by the Israeli state – facts documented for decades by various international human rights institutions.

The HRW’s 213-page report denounces with abundant evidence that “Israel” acts like a “state” that enjoys impunity and, for that, counts on the absolute support of the US. The US, in turn, protects it from punishment and allows it to continue committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, such as repeated murders, arrests, displacement, violations of holy places for Christians and Muslims and theft of land and natural resources such as Palestinian water sources.

HRW and Amnesty International warned of the: “Alarming escalation that threatens to shut down the work of Palestine’s most prominent civil society organisations.” Another communiqué, signed by more than 250 human rights groups from around the world, denounces that the measure: “Comes in the context of the continuation of the occupation and the attacks by the apartheid state on the human rights of the Palestinian people, especially their right to fight, in every way, for freedom, return, self-determination and construction of their independent Palestinian state.”

Since 1967, “Israel” has banned more than 400 Palestinian and international organisations, including charity and media, for being considered “hostile” or “illegal”. That includes political parties such as Fatah, which governs the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the PLO, with which “Israel” signed the Oslo Accords in 1993. The most recurrent accusations are for alleged “terrorism” and “anti-Semitism”.

“Israel” has been adopting racist legislation since its foundation to relegate Palestinian Arabs living in the region to a regime of sham democracy, denying equal political rights and subjecting them to permanent and hateful discrimination in different spheres. This renders Palestinians second-class citizens in the face of the Jewish supremacy apartheid.

The international community needs to reassess its involvement with the Zionist regime and adopt approaches centred on defending the human rights of Palestinians. It must punish the “Jewish State” for its constant violations and establish a UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate the discrimination and systematic repression of “Israel” against Palestinians and their humanitarian organisations.

(Source / 19.11.2021)

Israel To Release Corpse Of Slain Palestinian Woman

The Palestinian Civil Affairs Authority has reported, Friday, that Israel intends to transfer the corpse of a Palestinian woman who was killed by Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem, on September 30th.

It said that the corpse of Isra’ Khaled Khzaimiah, 30, from Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, will be handed to the Palestinian side at a Salem military roadblock near Jenin, at 4:00 PM. Her funeral procession will take place at 5 PM in Qabatia.

Khzaimiah was killed near the Chain Gate, leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, and Israel kept refusing to transfer her corpse to her family for a proper burial ceremony.

The Israeli police claimed the woman carried a sharp object and attempted to stab officers before they delivered the fatal shots.

It also claimed that the woman exited the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound through the Chain Gate, and “pulled a knife out before attempting to stab officers, before they fired live rounds at her.”

Eyewitnesses said the woman was still alive, but seriously injured and unable to move, and added that the police prevented anybody from reaching her to render the urgently needed first aid before she succumbed to her wounds.

Isra’ was a married mother of four children, the youngest are four and two years of age and the oldest is only ten, from Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

(Source / 19.11.2021)

Soldiers Invade Village Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, the village of al-Hashimiyya, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and searched a home.

Local sources said the soldiers stormed and ransacked the home of Khaled Hussin al-Fayed, causing damage.

They added that the soldiers interrogated the Palestinian and his family for a few hours, before leaving the property, and withdrew from the village.

In related news, the soldiers are ongoing with the extensive military deployment around various villages and towns in the Jenin governorate, in addition to installing roadblocks.

(Source / 19.11.2021)

From Pegasus to Blue Wolf, How Israel’s ‘Security’ Experiment in Palestine Became Global

By Ramzy Baroud

The revelation, a few years ago, that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been conducting mass surveillance on millions of Americans has reignited the conversation on governments’ misconduct and their violation of human rights and privacy laws.

Until recently, however, Israel has been spared due criticism, not only for its unlawful spying methods on the Palestinians but also for being the originator of many of the technologies which are now being heavily criticized by human rights groups worldwide.

Even at the height of various controversies involving government surveillance in 2013, Israel remained on the margins, despite the fact that Tel Aviv, more than any other government in the world, uses racial profiling, mass surveillance and numerous spying techniques to sustain its military occupation of Palestine.

In Gaza, two million Palestinians are living under an Israeli blockade. They are surrounded by walls, electric fences, underground barriers, navy ships and multitudes of snipers. From above, the tannaana, the Arabic slang word Palestinians have for unmanned drone, watches, and records everything.

At times, these armed drones are used to blow up anything deemed suspicious from an Israeli ‘security’ perspective. Moreover, every Palestinian wishing to leave or return to Gaza—with only a few who are allowed such privilege—is subjected to the most stringent ‘security’ measures, involving various government intelligences and endless military checks. This applies as much to a Palestinian toddler as it does to a terminally ill woman.

In the West Bank, Israel’s security ‘experiment’ takes on many other manifestations. While the Israeli objective is to entrap people in Gaza, its aim is to control the everyday life of Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Aside from the 1,660-kilometer-long Apartheid Wall in the West Bank, there are many other walls, fences, trenches, and several types of barriers that are aimed at fragmenting Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

These isolated communities are only connected through an elaborate system of Israeli military checkpoints, many of which are permanent and many more are erected or dismantled depending on the ‘security’ objectives on any given day.

Much of the surveillance occurs daily at these Israeli checkpoints. While Israel uses the convenient term ‘security’ to justify its practices against Palestinians, actual security has very little to do with what takes place at these checkpoints.

Many Palestinians have died, many mothers have given birth or lost their newborns while waiting for Israeli security clearance. It is a daily torment, and Palestinians are subjected to it because they are the unwitting participants of a very profitable Israeli experiment.

Luckily, the news of Israel’s undemocratic practices is becoming increasingly known. On November 8, The Washington Post revealed an Israeli mass surveillance operation, which uses ‘Blue Wolf’ technology to create a massive database of all Palestinians.

This additional measure gives soldiers the chance to, using their own cameras, take pictures of as many Palestinians as possible and match “them to a database of images so extensive that one former soldier described it as the army’s secret ‘Facebook for Palestinians.’”

We know very little about this new ‘Facebook for Palestinians’, aside from what has been revealed in the news. However, we know that Israeli soldiers compete to take as many photos of Palestinian faces as possible, as those with the highest number of photos could potentially receive certain rewards, the nature of which remains unclear.

While the ‘Blue Wolf’ story is receiving some attention in international media, it offers nothing new for Palestinians. To be a Palestinian living under occupation is to carry multiple permits and magnetic cards, to pass various clearances, to have your photo taken regularly, to have your movement monitored, to be ready to answer any question about your friends, your family, co-workers and acquaintances. When that is impractical, because, say, you live under siege in Gaza, then the work is entrusted to unmanned drones scanning sky, earth and sea.

The reason that ‘Blue Wolf’ is receiving some traction in the media is that Israel has been recently implicated in one of the world’s greatest espionage operations.

Pegasus is a type of malware that spies on iPhones and Android devices, to extract photos, messages, emails and record calls. Tens of thousands of people around the world, many of whom are prominent activists, journalists, officials, business leaders and alike, have fallen victim to this operation. Unsurprisingly, the Israeli technology firm produces Pegasus, the NSO Group, whose products are heavily involved in the monitoring of and spying on Palestinians, as confirmed by the Dublin-based Front-Line Defenders, and as reported in the New York Times on November 8.

Sadly, the Israeli unlawful and undemocratic practices became a subject of international condemnation when the victims were high-ranking personalities, the likes of French President Emmanuel Macron and others. When Palestinians were on the other end of Israeli spying, surveillance and racial profiling, the story seemed unworthy of reporting.

Worse, for many years, Israel has promoted its sinister ‘security technology’ to the rest of the world as ‘field-proven’, meaning that they have been used against occupied Palestinians. Not only did such a declaration raise a few eyebrows, the tried and tested brand allowed Israel to become the world’s eighth-largest arms exporter. Israeli security exports are now utilized in many parts of the world. They can be found at North American and European airports, at the Mexico-US border, in the hands of various world’s intelligences, at European Union territorial waters— largely to intercept war refugees and asylum seekers.

Covering up Israel’s unlawful and inhuman practices against the Palestinians has proven a liability on the very people who justified Israeli actions in the name of security, including Washington. On November 3, the Joe Biden Administration decided to blacklist the Israeli NSO Group for acting “contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.” This is a proper measure, of course, but it fails to address the ongoing Israeli violations against the Palestinian people.

The truth is, for as long as Israel maintains its military occupation of Palestine, and as long as the Israeli military continues to see Palestinians as subjects in a mass ‘security experiment’, the Middle East—in fact, the entire world—will continue to pay the price.

(Source / 19.11.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians in Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, during the weekly procession.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall & Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the Palestinians marched from the center of the town while carrying Palestinian flags and chanting for ending the illegal Israeli occupation.

He added that the soldiers attacked the protesters with rubber-coated steel bullets and dozens of gas bombs, causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Several youngsters hurled stones at the soldiers who attacked the procession, and burnt tired, before the army tried to ambush many Palestinians, and chased them, causing injuries to several young men who tripped and fell while the army was chasing them.

In 2003, occupation authorities closed the main road of Kufur Qaddoum town, and Palestinian citizens have rallied every week since then, demanding the authorities reopen the road.

Israeli colonists from the nearby illegal Kedumim settlement, established on stolen Palestinian lands, have full access to the street, while Palestinians are forced to take longer routes to Nablus city, the nearest major commercial center, prolonging travel time, causing undue hardship.

(Source / 19.11.2021)

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, dozens of Palestinians during a protest in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. The soldiers also abducted a young man near Tulkarem.

Media sources said the Palestinians marched, after performing noon prayers, towards the Bab az-Zawiya area in Hebron city, while chanting against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation, its colonialist activities, and constant violations.

They added that the soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs and concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters, in addition to surrounding homes and stores, while local youngsters hurled stones at them.

At least two Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation in addition to cuts and bruises.

In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Allar town, north of the city, and abducted Mohammad Hosni Asrawi, 23, after storming his home and ransacking it.

(Source / 19.11.2021)

Israeli Colonizers Puncture Tires Of 13 Palestinian Cars In Sheikh Jarrah

Israeli colonizers punctured, on Friday at dawn, the tires of at least thirteen Palestinian cars in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Saleh Thiab, a nonviolent activist against the Israeli colonialist activities in Sheikh Jarrah, said the colonizers infiltrated the neighborhood at dawn and punctured the tires of thirteen cars, including one with diplomatic license plates.

Thiab added that the cars belong to Palestinians from the local families of Shreiteh and al-Bashiti, and al-Ghazzawi, in addition to one car owned by a Palestinian who lives near the neighborhood.

He stated that the colonizers have stepped-up their violations against the Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah amidst the ongoing Israeli attempts to remove the families from their homes in the neighborhood and replace them with the illegal colonizers.

On Friday afternoon, several colonizers hurled stones at many Palestinian cars, near Azzoun town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, causing damage.

(Source / 19.11.2021)

Updated: “Soldiers Injure 38 Palestinians In Beita And Beit Dajan”

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, 38 Palestinians during the weekly processions in Beita and Beit Dajan, south and east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department at the Nablus office of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the soldiers shot three Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused twenty-four others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to four who sustained cuts and bruises, during protests in Sbeih Mountain, threatened by illegal colonialist annexation.

Jibril added that seven Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation during the protests in Beit Dajan village.

It is worth mentioning that Beita witnesses constant protests, in addition to repeated invasions since the illegal Israeli colonizers installed an outpost they dubbed “Givat Avitar” on stolen Palestinian lands on the top of Sbeih Mountain.

Beit Dajan has also been witnessing protests due to Israel’s attempts to annex large areas of Palestinian lands.

Updated From: 
WAFA: “Army Injures 20 Palestinians Near Nablus”
Nov 19, 2021, at 13:21

RAMALLAH, Friday, November 19, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Friday afternoon suppressed an anti-land-pillage rally in Beita town and Beit Dajan village, south and east of the West Bank city of Nablus, injuring some 20 people, according to medical sources.

Israeli forces used fatal violence to disperse a rally called for to protest the construction of the new colonial settlement of Givat Eviatar atop Jabal Sabih (Sabih Mountain), near Beita, as well as the seizure of lands belonging to the villagers of Beita, Huwarra, and Za‘tara to inaugurate a new settler-only bypass road.

Director of the Palestinian Red Crescent’s (PRC) Emergency Department in Nablus, Ahmad Jibril, said that one protestor was injured by a rubber-coated steel bullet and 14 others suffocated from tear gas inhalation atop the mount.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers violently dispersed the participants of the rally called for to defend Palestinian-owned land threatened with confiscation, east of Beit Dajan, to make room for Israeli colonial settlement construction.

Jibril added that PRC medics provided treatment to seven protestors who suffocated from tear gas.

Palestinians across Historic Palestine have been rising up against decades of Israeli settler- colonialism and apartheid. The villagers of Beita have not only been protesting decades of Israeli oppression, but also intensified Israeli land pillage of their land.

In almost a month, some eight Palestinians from the town were killed and over 620 others were injured while trying to oust the colonial settler outpost built atop Mount Sabih or Sbeih.

In addition to Mount Sabih, Israeli forces have erected another colonial settlement outpost atop Mount Al-Arma, north of Beita, a few months ago, as both mounts enjoy a strategic location as they overlook the Jordan Valley, a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River which makes up approximately 30% of the West Bank.

Seizing the two hilltops represents a panoptical defensive tool as they would grant the Israeli occupation with a panoramic view over the Jordan Valley and the whole district of Nablus. Therefore, the Israeli occupation authorities have assigned them a place in its settlement expansion project.

The construction of the two colonial outposts atop Mount Sabih, south of Beita, and Mount Al-Arma, north of the town, besides to a bypass road to the west is an Israeli measure to push Palestinian villages and towns into crowded enclaves, ghettos, surrounded by walls, settlements, and military installations, and disrupt their geographic contiguity with other parts of the West Bank.

Just like Beita, Beit Dajan has become a scene for weekly protests the Israeli authorities move to construct new colonial settlements and expand existing ones at the expense of Palestinian territory.

Located 12 kilometers to the east of Nablus city, Beit Dajan has a population of some 4,700 and occupies a total area of 44,100 dunams, including 360 donums of built-up area for the villagers.

A large part of the village’s lands was seized for the construction of Al-Hamra and Mekhora (Mehola) colonial settlements, east and southeast of the village, in 1971 and 1973.

The village depends on grains plantation and fruitful trees, such as olive, figs, and almonds.

The number of settlers living in Jewish-only colonial settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law has jumped to over 700,000 and colonial settlement expansion has tripled since the signing of Oslo Accords in 1993.

Israel’s nation-state law, passed in July 2018, enshrines Jewish supremacy, and states that building and strengthening the colonial settlements is a “national interest.”

(Source / 19.11.2021)