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Mentality of Israeli Settlers
Mentality of Israeli Settlers

Gaza Post – Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, approximately 6.8 million Jewish Israelis and 6.8 million Palestinians live today, encompassing Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the latter consisting of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. 

Israel is the sole governing power in the majority of this area; in the remainder, it exercises primary authority alongside limited Palestinian self-rule. In all of these areas, and in most aspects of life, Israeli authorities routinely favor Jewish Israelis while discriminating against Palestinians. 

The goal of maintaining Jewish Israeli control over demographics, political power, and land has long guided government policy, as evidenced by laws, policies, and statements by leading Israeli officials.

 In pursuit of this goal, authorities have dispossessed, confined, forcibly separated, and subjugated Palestinians to varying degrees of severity based on their identity. These deprivations are so severe in some areas.

Several widely held assumptions have obscured the reality of Israel’s entrenched discriminatory rule over Palestinians, including that the occupation is temporary, that the “peace process” will soon bring an end to Israeli abuses, that Palestinians have meaningful control over their lives in the West Bank and Gaza, and that Israel is an egalitarian democracy within its borders. For all but six months of its 73-year history, Israel has maintained military rule over a portion of the Palestinian population.

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(Source / 04.12.2021)

91 violations on social media against Palestinian content in November by Meta

Palestinian content

Gaza Post Sada Social Center, a Ramallah-based social media monitoring organization, announced on Saturday that the Meta company, formerly Facebook, Inc. and the parent organization of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, is still dealing with Palestinian content in accordance with Israeli directives.It stated in a new report that it documented 91 violations against Palestinian content on social media platforms during the month of November, describing it as the worst for Palestinian content.

“The Meta company is still dealing with Palestinian content upon the Israeli dictates, besieging Palestinian terminology and narrative, and restricting media platforms for covering the events on the ground through their accounts, as Facebook targeted more than 65 accounts between complete bans and restrictions, in addition to 17 violations of the application Instagram,” reported Sada Social.

“Most of the accounts and pages which have been targeted during the month of November were media accounts and accounts belonging to journalists and activists who covered the latest developments in occupied Jerusalem, most notably the Maydan Al Quds page and the Al Qastal news page.”

The center also documented five violations on Twitter, three on Tik Tok, and one on YouTube.

Sada Social Center, which participated in the recent campaign #FBCensorsJerusalem organized by activists and journalists rejecting the racist policies of Facebook against Palestinian content, said that more than 600 violations since the beginning of this year have been detected on the Facebook and Instagram platforms.

The #FBCensorsJerusalem campaign got wide interaction and spread in Palestine and around the world, as the hashtag in English reached more than 10 million interactions within 24 hours.

It also called on users to lower the rating of Meta applications on Apple Store and Google, stressing the importance of this step in drawing Facebook’s attention to the anger of the Palestinian public due to Facebook’s policy that supports the occupation, and its double standard.

According to Meta, 141 Facebook accounts, 79 pages, and 13 groups, as well as 21 Instagram accounts, were removed from the Gaza Strip because they primarily targeted Palestinians and, to a lesser extent, Egyptians and Israelis. It claimed that the accounts were removed following an internal investigation into the suspected “coordinated and incorrect” behavior of these accounts in the region, which aim to manipulate and influence public debate on digital platforms.

(Source / 04.12.2021)

Sources: Israeli soldiers shoot dead Palestinian youth at Damascus Gate

Israeli forces shoot Palestinian man at Damascus Gate
Israeli forces shoot Palestinian man at Damascus Gate

Jerusalem-Gaza Post – The Israeli occupation this evening Saturday shot dead a Palestinian youth, in occupied Jerusalem, claiming that he stabbed an Israeli settler and seriously wounded him, sources reported.

Source said that members of the occupation forces shot a Palestinian young man in the Damascus Gate area and prevented people from reaching him.

In the other side, the Israeli occupation radio reported that the Palestinian “stabbed” an Israeli settler in Damascus Gate before being shot by the occupation.

Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that the settler’s injury was “moderate and serious.” Indicated that it is in the upper part of the body.

Local sources said that after this accident the occupation forces closed all the doors of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City of Jerusalem, coinciding with the outbreak of clashes in the place.

Sources said that the occupation police fired teargas and sound bombs at the Palestinians and beat them at Bab Al-Sahira.

(Source / 04.12.2021)

Cold-blooded murder of Palestinian asserts the Israeli occupation fascism: Diliani

Dimitri Diliani
Dimitri Diliani

Gaza Post – Member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and head of the Christian National Assembly in the Holy Land, Dimitri Diliani, on Saturday reported that the crime of murdering a Palestinian youth in cold blood with his hands raised and lying on the ground is the greatest evidence of the occupation state’s fascism.

If the Israeli soldier had any concerns that he would be punished, he would not have committed the act,  Diliani said.

“The assassination did not end with the criminal that shot the unarmed young man; it continued with the disruption of the ambulance’s arrival to treat him”, Daliani said.

He asserted that the assassination was not carried out by a single murderous border guard, but rather was a collective crime for which Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett bears responsibility.

He said, “The racist aspect of Israeli philosophy, which is taught through the occupation force’s educational curricula and the religious schools that the occupying power supports through material, legal, political, and security assistance, is the source of racism in Israeli culture”.

As the world’s last colonial fascist country, Diliani called on the international community to intervene in order to deter the occupation power’s racist fascist approach.

(Source / 04.12.2021)

Israel settlers vandalise Al-Kurd family home for second time in less than a week

Palestinian activist Muna Al-Kurd makes press statements on behalf of Palestinian families, in East Jerusalem on 2 November 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian activist Muna Al-Kurd makes press statements on behalf of Palestinian families, in East Jerusalem on 2 November 2021

Jewish settlers have sprayed racist graffiti on the home of the Palestinian Al-Kurd family in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, as Palestinian families in the east of the city continue to be threatened with eviction from their homes.

According to the Palestine News Agency (WAFA) and photos it published on Twitter, settlers spray-painted Jewish stars and other markings on the Palestinian-themed artistic murals on the Al-Kurd family’s outer walls, in an attempt to cover them up. The incident makes it the second time in less than a week that their property has been vandalised.

Colonial Israeli settlers spray racist graffiti on al-Kurd family home in #SheikhJarrah neighborhood with for the second time in less than a week!

Afbeelding

Protests erupted and were brutally suppressed in Jerusalem in May this year when Israeli courts resumed orders to seize Palestinian homes in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah and then, in the following month, to demolish homes in Silwan.

The East Jerusalem neighbourhoods, particularly Silwan which is home to between 30,000 and 50,000 Palestinians, are now subsequently attempting to keep their homes through the Israeli legal system.

In October, the Israeli High Court then ruled that the four Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah can remain in their homes for 15 years as tenants of the Israeli company Nahalot Shimon, which officially “owns” the properties. Under that ruling, the families were obligated to pay rent and legal fees to the company.

Sheikh Jarrah’s Palestinian residents have refused to pay rent and fees, however, stating that they do not owe any money to the settler organisation for living in their own properties.

The untold story of Sheikh Jarrah

(Source / 04.12.2021)

Soldiers Injure Dozens of Palestinians in Beita, Beit Dajan Near Nablus

Israeli forces attacked, on Friday, two non-violent demonstrations in the northern occupied West Bank, injuring dozens of Palestinian protesters including a journalist, the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) reported.

Southeast of Nablus city, in Beita village, soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel rounds, and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators who gathered to show their rejection of the occupation state’s continued settlement expansion.

One young man was shot and injured with a live bullet, 28 people, including a journalist, identified as Shadi Jarar’ah, were shot with rubber-coated steel rounds, 11 were burned by tear gas canisters and 147 civilians suffered inhalation injuries.

Quds News Network reported that prior to the rally, bulldozers razed roads leading to Mount Sbeih, in an attempt to block protestors’ access to the gathering site, in addition to destroying a water and power line for the community.

In another weekly demonstration held in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus, Israeli forces opened fire with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters, shooting and injuring three young men with steel rounds, and causing 18 demonstrators to suffer the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation.

(Source / 04.12.2021)

Army Injures Dozens at Weekly March in Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli forces opened fire, on Friday, at the weekly non-violent demonstration in Kufur Qaddoum village east of Qalqilia, in the northern occupied West Bank, injuring dozens of Palestinian young men, local sources reported.

Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall & Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, Morad Eshteiwi, stated that Israeli troops, hid behind mounds of earth and opened fire with tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel rounds.

Four young men were shot with rubber-coated steel rounds and dozens more suffered the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation, all of whom were treated at the scene by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

Palestinian demonstrators burned tires to obstruct the soldiers’ view and used slingshots to throw tear gas canisters back towards the attacking army.

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

Israeli colonists from the nearby illegal Kedumin settlement, established on expropriated 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 / 04.12.2021)

B’Tselem & PCHR: “Unwilling and Unable: Israel’s Whitewashed Investigations of the Great March of Return Protests”

Summary of joint report between the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem) the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), December 2021

On 30 March 2018 – Land Day – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip began to hold regular protests along the perimeter fence, demanding an end to the blockade Israel has imposed on the Strip since 2007 and fulfillment of the right of return. The protests, held mostly on Fridays with tens of thousands participating, including children, women and seniors, continued until the end of 2019.

Israel was quick to frame the protests as illegitimate even before they began. It made various attempts to prevent the demonstrations and declared in advance it would violently disperse the protesters. The military deployed dozens of snipers along the fence, and various officials clarified that the open-fire regulations would permit lethal fire against anyone attempting to approach the fence or damage it. When Gaza residents went ahead with the demonstrations regardless, Israel made good on its threats and its open-fire regulations permitted use of live fire against unarmed protestors. As a result, 223 Palestinians, 46 of them under the age of 18, were killed and some 8,000 injured. The vast majority of the persons killed or injured were unarmed and posed no threat to the well-armored soldiers standing on the other side of the fence.

Israel responded to international criticism of the casualty toll by saying it would investigate the incidents. Yet today, more than forty months after the first demonstration, it is clear that the military’s investigations in relation to the Gaza protests were never intended to ensure justice for the victims or to deter troops from similar action. These investigations – much like the investigations conducted by the military law enforcement system in other cases in which soldiers have harmed Palestinians – are part of Israel’s whitewashing mechanism, and their main purpose remains to silence external criticism, so that Israel can continue to implement its policy unchanged.

The main flaw: Not investigating the open-fire policy

The responsibility for determining the open-fire policy, for giving soldiers illegal orders, and for the resulting lethal outcomes, lies with the policymakers. However, the persons primarily responsible for the events and for determining the policy – the government-level officials who shaped, backed and encouraged it, and the Attorney General who confirmed its legality – were never investigated. The investigations have not looked into the regulations and policies employed during the protests, but have focused entirely on isolated cases considered “exceptional.”

State officials have admitted that one of the reasons for Israel’s speedy announcement that investigations would be conducted lies in the proceedings that were – and still are – being conducted against it in the International Criminal Court in The Hague. One of the guiding principles for the ICC’s work is complementarity, meaning the ICC will assert jurisdiction only when the state in question is “unwilling or unable” to carry out its own investigation. Once a state has investigated the incidents, the ICC will not intervene.

However, declaring an investigation is underway is not enough to stave off intervention by the ICC. The investigation must be effective and must look into the responsibility of the higher-ranking officials who devised the policy, and possibly lead to action against them where necessary. Israel’s investigations in relation to the Gaza protests do not meet these requirements: They consist entirely of the military investigating its own conduct. They focus exclusively on lower-ranking soldiers, and investigators are given a narrow mandate limited to clarifying whether the regulations have been breached, while completely ignoring the question of their lawfulness and of the open-fire policy itself.

Nor can it be argued – as Israeli officials have – that the open-fire policy has been upheld by Israel’s Supreme Court, which heard petitions filed against them. The justices may have dismissed the petitions and allowed the military to continue employing the policy, but the court did not uphold the regulations implemented on the ground – as they were never presented to the justices. The court did approve the regulations that the state claimed the military was following, but did so while ignoring the glaring disparity between the information presented to the justices and reality on the ground – a gap that was apparent in real time, as the court was hearing the petition.

What does Israel say is being investigated?

The investigations were entrusted to the Military Advocate General’s Corps (the MAG Corps), with the assistance of a special General Staff mechanism introduced after Operation Protective Edge (the FFA Mechanism). This mechanism was charged with a limited mission: investigating isolated incidents in which soldiers were suspected of breaching their orders. The investigations focused on low-ranking soldiers on the ground. In these circumstances, even if the system had excelled in its investigative work and performed its mission successfully – the contribution to law enforcement would have been limited. Yet a review of the system’s operations shows that it does not strive to meet even this limited goal.

The military has only investigated cases in which Palestinians were killed by security forces, despite the large number of injuries, including ones that left victims paralyzed or forced to undergo amputations. A total of more than 13,000 Palestinians were injured in the protests: some 8,000 by live fire, about 2,400 by rubber-coated metal bullets, and almost 3,000 by tear gas canisters that hit them directly. Of the persons wounded, 156 lost limbs. None of these cases were investigated.

The investigations that have taken place were not independent, as they were conducted entirely by the military, without civilian involvement. Moreover, both the Mag and the FFA Mechanism work extremely slowly. According to figures supplied by the IDF Spokesperson to B’Tselem, as of 25 April 2021, the FFA Mechanism had received 234 cases in which Palestinians were killed. This figure includes Palestinians who were killed during the period in which the protests were held, but with no connection to them. The Mechanism completed its review in 143 of these cases and transferred them to the MAG Corps. The MAG ordered the Military Police Investigation Unit (MPIU) to investigate 33 of the cases, as well as three other cases not handled by the FFA Mechanism. In four cases the investigation was closed with no action taken. In one more MPIU investigation – into the killing of 14-year-old ‘Othman Hiles – that was completed, a soldier was charged with abuse of authority to the point of endangering life or health and sentenced to one month’s military community service. The MAG opted not to criminally investigate 95 cases in which the FFA Mechanism had completed its review, and closed the files with no further action. All other cases transferred to the MAG are under review.

Israel’s conduct regarding the investigation of the Gaza protests is neither new nor surprising. It is endemic to Israel’s law enforcement system, as seen, for instance, after the fighting in Operation Cast Lead in January 2009 and in Operation Protective Edge in August 2014. Then, too, Israel flouted international law, refused to reform its policy despite the lethal outcomes, and deflected criticism by promising to investigate its conduct. Then, too – nothing came of this promise. Barring a handful of non-representative cases, no one was held accountable for the horrifying results of an unlawful and immoral open-fire policy.

True policy change will come about only when Israel is forced to pay a price for its conduct, actions and policies. When the smokescreen of domestic investigations is lifted and Israel is forced to reckon with its human rights abuses and breaches of international law, it will have to decide: openly admit that it does not recognize Palestinians as having political rights and as deserving of protection, and therefore has no interest in accountability for violating Palestinians’ human rights – or change its policy.

(Source / 04.12.2021)

Update| Israeli forces prevent medical crews from reaching shot young man in Bab al Amoud

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Local sources said that Israeli border policemen have prevented medical crews from reaching or providing medical care for a young man, who has been shot at point-blank range in Bab Al Amoud area in occupied Jerusalem.

The Red Crescent confirmed the reports, stressing that Israeli forces prevented its crews from providing medical care for the young man.

Israeli forces have executed the wounded young man although he was already on the ground and unable to move.

Israeli media claimed the young man intended to carry out a stabbing attack against armed Israeli forces.

Following the field execution, Israeli forces deployed in the Old City in occupied Jerusalem and launched an arrest campaign targeting Palestinians.

Local sources stated that Israeli forces attacked a group of women, who were heading towards Al Aqsa mosque, and prevented them from entry. Israeli forces closed All gates of the holy mosque for worshipers, who were heading to the holy mosque to perform the Maghreb prayer.

Al Qastal cited Al Amal Association for Medical Services as stating that its teams have dealt with 40 cases, resulted from the Israeli ongoing campaign against Palestinians in the Old City.

(Source / 04.12.2021)

Video| Israeli police execute wounded man in Bab Al Amoud now

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli border police have executed a wounded young man in Bab al Amoud yard.

A video footage, taken by a driver in the area, shows a wounded young man laying on the ground. Israeli border police shot the young man from point-blank range, executing him in cold blood.

No further details are available on the identity of the young man.

(Source / 04.12.2021)