Israel officials co-ordinated with Jewish ultra-nationalists to crackdown on Palestinian protesters, HRW says

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian man during a protest in Ramallah, West Bank on 11 November 2021 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian man during a protest in Ramallah, West Bank on 11 November 2021

A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) into abusive and discriminatory policing found that Israeli officials co-ordinated with far-right Jewish ultra-nationalists during May’s civil unrest in the mixed Jewish and Palestinian city of Lod.

Released today, the report found that Israeli law enforcement agencies used excessive force to disperse peaceful protests by Palestinians in Lod and urged the UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate the discriminatory practices of the occupation state.

These practices include the contrasting treatment of Jewish and Palestinian protestors; apparent support and coordination of far-right Jewish ultra-nationalists; peddling of misinformation by government officials to stoke civil unrest and discriminatory treatment of Palestinian citizens of Israel in court following their arrest.

Lod and other cities in Israel and the occupied West Bank witnessed unrest in May against the backdrop of discriminatory efforts to force Palestinians from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem, the use of excessive force by Israeli security forces against protesters and worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the eruption on 10 May of Israeli aggression on Gaza.

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Over the course of about two weeks of unrest, security forces detained 2,142 people across Israel and East Jerusalem in a “deterrence” operation that authorities named “Law and Order.” According to Amnesty International, approximately 90 per cent of those detained were Palestinian citizens of Israel and residents of occupied East Jerusalem. A report into the crackdown by Amnesty in June found Israeli far-right supremacists sharing selfies posing with guns and messages such as “Tonight we are not Jews, we are Nazis.”

Among the many examples of discrimination cited by HRW in the report is the apparent cooperation between Israeli officials and Jewish ultra-nationalists. On 12 May, scores of Jewish ultra-nationalists who do not live in Lod entered the city, some of them armed, in violation of the government’s emergency declaration issued hours earlier barring non-residents from entering.

An Israeli journalist reporting from Lod is cited in the report saying that municipal authorities hosted the Jewish ultra-nationalist outsiders overnight in a building owned by the city near a Palestinian cemetery. Though Mayor the city denied having been informed of this move or approving it, these groups went onto target Palestinians. Overnight they threw stones at Palestinian houses and shops, and at the Al-Omari Mosque. Video clips of some incidents show police positioned close to Jewish rioters as they throw stones but doing nothing.

During the rioting, Palestinian properties and places of worship were attacked. Scores were injured, a Muslim cemetery was vandalised, and dozens of cars burned. HRW said that law enforcement deployed to secure Lod stood by or failed to act in a timely manner to protect Palestinian residents of Lod from violence by Jewish ultra-nationalists located near them or in their line of sight.

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Highlighting the discriminatory practice of the Israeli courts HRW highlighted the stark contrast in the different ways the murders of a Palestinian man and of a Jewish Israeli are handled. In the murder of Musa Hassuna, a Palestinian, Israeli authorities released all Jewish suspects on bail less than 48 hours after the killing, after they pleaded self-defence and closed the investigation less than six months later.

In the murder of Yigal Yehoshua, who is Jewish, eight Palestinian suspects have been detained for months, awaiting prosecution on a number of charges, including “murder as an act of terrorism.”

“In Lod, Israeli police and authorities appear to have treated citizens differently based on whether they are Jewish or Palestinian,” said Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch. “The UN Commission of Inquiry should seize the unprecedented opportunity to tackle the discrimination and other abuses Palestinians in Israel face solely on account of their identity.”

(Source / 14.12.2021)

Israelis are dressing up as Muslims to enter Al-Aqsa complex

Muslims prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on 7 May 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Muslims prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on 7 May 2021

Jewish Israelis are disguising themselves as Muslims to sneak into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem, Israel’s Channel 13 news reported.

The extreme Israeli organisation Returning to the Mount, that promotes Jewish entry to and prayer in the compound, is fuelling concerns among security officials, who warn that their actions could spark violence at the Muslim holy site.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the world’s third holiest site for Muslims. Jews call the area the “Temple Mount”, claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Raphael Morris, head of the Returning to the Mount group, told Channel 13, the group stresses on appearing like Arabs so as not to raise the suspicions of Al-Aqsa Mosque guards or the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, which oversees holy sites in Jerusalem.

Yisrael, an instructor, was shown in footage broadcast by Channel 13 teaching the extreme members of the group how to carry out Islamic positions of prayer while discreetly reciting Jewish liturgy.

“Our vision is to be able to go to the Temple Mount at all hours of the day, and eventually to also succeed in building the Temple and restore the sacrificial services,” said Morris. Insisting that he acts “openly” and that his actions are legal, Morris said: “The fact that the country doesn’t like it doesn’t mean that it is illegal.”

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Since 2003, Israel has allowed settlers into the compound almost on a daily basis. Scores of Jewish Israelis storm the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate every day, under the protection of the Israeli occupation police, and carry out provocative tours, as well as performing Talmudic prayers.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

It annexed the entire city in 1980, a move never recognised by the international community.

(Source / 14.12.2021)

Updated: “Israeli Army Abducts Several Palestinians From West Bank”

Israeli forces abducted, on Monday, dozens of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, including a former prisoner and his wife, the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) reported.

In Qalqilia, in the northern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted Anas Mamdouh Miskawi, 24, in addition to one from Nablus city, and two from Jamain town, southwest of Nablus.

Additionally in the northern West Bank, the army detained one Palestinian from Qarawat Bani Hassan town northwest of Salfit, and another from Biddya town, southwest of Salfit.

In the occupied city of East Jerusalem, Israeli forces stormed civilian homes and detained five Palestinians, including two former prisoners and a woman.

Also, the soldiers detained several Palestinian civilians, including an activist identified as Nasser Hidmi and a former prisoner, identified as Jihad Qous from the Old City.

In the Bab Hutta area of the Old City, soldiers stormed and searched the home of Rami Al-Fakhouri (Video), along with his wife, Iman Abu Sbeih after assaulting them, leaving their two small children at home alone. The couple were later released on condition.

Furthermore, in the Jerusalem Governorate, soldiers detained Mohammad Sharifa, Sufian al-Ajouli, and Rashid Resheq .

From the southern part of the occupied West Bank, Hebron Governorate the army detained seven more civilians, identified as Moayyad Sami Al-Sharbi, 26, Ezzeddin Muhammad Al-Hour, 25, Rabah Bilal Fdeilat, 26, the two brothers Ghassan Jawabra, 32, and Anas Amjad Jawabra, 25, Salah Al-Zughair, 27, and Mohsen Younis Masalma, 24.

On Monday evening, a young Palestinian man after Israeli colonizers chased him and tried to force him into their vehicle, in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank.

Mo’taz Bisharat, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in Tubas, said the Palestinian has been identified as Ahmad Abdul-Latif Masa’eed.

List of Abducted Palestinians: 

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as:

  1. Hussein Yousef (former political prisoner), Ramallah.
  2. Samik Mutawalli (former political prisoner), Ramallah.
  3. Nour al-Qadi, Ramallah.
  4. Bara’ Mafarja, 23, Ramallah.
  5. Moath Jabr ‘Aasi, 23, Ramallah.
  6. Wahid Dar Mousa, 36, Ramallah.
  7. Abdul-Dayem Karakra, al-Biereh – Ramallah.
  8. Nasser al-Hadi – Jerusalem.
  9. Rami al-Fakhouri (former political prisoner), Jerusalem.
  10. Eman Abu Sbeih (Nasser’s wife – both were also assaulted).
  11. Mohammad Sharida, Jerusalem.
  12. Rashid Resheq – Jerusalem.
  13. Jihad Qous (former political prisoner), Jerusalem.
  14. Sufian al-Ajouli, Jerusalem.
  15. Moayyad Sami Sharbi, 26, Hebron.
  16. Ezzeddin Mohammad al-Hoor, 25, Hebron.
  17. Rabah Bilal Fdeilat, 26, Hebron.
  18. Ghassan Amjad Jawabra, 32, Hebron.
  19. Anas Amjad Jawabra, 25, Hebron.
  20. Salah Zghayyar, 27, Hebron.
  21. Mohsin Younis Masalma, 24, Hebron.
  22. Anas Mamdouh Miskawi, 24, Qalqilia.
  23. Ahmad Abdul-Latif Masa’eed, Northern Plains.
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Rami Fakhouri and his wife Iman Abu Sbei

(Source / 14.12.2021)

London: Shocking Pictures And Film Footage Of JCB Bulldozers Demolishing A Palestinian Property

The Israel Committee Against House Demolitions – UK: Shocking pictures and film footage of JCB bulldozers demolishing a Palestinian property were projected in English and Arabic on to a wall at a central London building on 25th November.

ICAHD UK commissioned a specialist film unit to reveal the appalling images of destruction to draw attention to JCB’s complicity in war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory where homes, farms, water infrastructure, animal shelters and orchards are routinely destroyed.

Israeli company Comasco imports JCB machinery which is used to further Israel’s policy of destroying Palestinians lives and livelihoods, plunging them into poverty and homelessness. The equipment is used not only to destroy Palestinian homes and livelihoods but also to build Jewish settlements in the West Bank – another grave breach of International Humanitarian Law.

ICAHD UK Executive Committee Member Sharen Green said, “For nearly two years, we have campaigned on JCB, and we have worked with a coalition of other human rights organizations to pressure JCB to stop sales to Israel. Not once has the Bamford family, owners of JCB, responded to us. Therefore, with the ongoing demolitions which threaten the ability for Palestinians to remain on their land, we thought it time to go another step in raising awareness by publicly shaming JCB.”

This action comes hard on the heels of a victory of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights which took JCB to the National Contact Point (NCP), part of the Department of Trade. The NCP administers ethical business practices in the UK and it found JCB to be committing grave human rights abuses in Israel-Palestine.

On 18th November, Amnesty International issued its report ‘JCB Off Track: Evading responsibility for human rights violations committed with JCB machines in the Occupied Palestinian Territories’. Human Rights Watch, Save the Children, and Israeli NGO B’Tselem have all highlighted the use of JCB equipment in Palestine.

In February 2020, the UN identified JCB as one of only three British companies profiting from Israel’s occupation because of JCB’s bulldozer use in the construction and maintenance of Israel’s illegal settlements.

Despite all the evidence, JCB insists that they are not responsible for crimes committed by a third party.

That same evening ICAHD UK did another wall projection next to the office of the UK’s largest children’s charity the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). It insists on accepting money from JCB, with over £5 million having been donated to date. The NSPCC states that every child matters yet it ignores what is happening to Palestinian children.

(Source / 14.12.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct a Palestinian In Northern Plains

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday evening, a young Palestinian man after Israeli colonizers chased him and tried to force him into their vehicle, in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank.

Mo’taz Bisharat, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in Tubas, said the Palestinian has been identified as Ahmad Abdul-Latif Masa’eed.

He added that Masa’eed was riding his motorcycle when the colonizers chased him with their vehicle and tried to force them into it, however, Palestinians in the area managed to stop them.

Bisharat also said that the locals called the Israeli police to file a complaint, however, the officers and soldiers abducted the young man once they arrived at the scene.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Ein al-Sultan refugee camp in Jericho city, in northeastern West Bank, and summoned for interrogation Amer Qatouni, after breaking into his home, and searching it.

The soldiers also fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinians who protested the invasion and hurled stones at the army jeeps.

Earlier Monday, Israeli soldiers abducted twenty-two Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 14.12.2021)

WAFA: “Israel begins work on seized Palestinian-owned plot of land in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood”

JERUSALEM, Monday, December 13, 2021 (WAFA) – the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem today began work on a plot of Palestinian-owned land at the entrance to Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the occupied city of Jerusalem, which was seized under the pretext of “public interest.”

WAFA correspondent reported that the municipality crews and bulldozers began the bulldozing work on the land, which has an area of about 4,700 square meters owned by four Palestinian families and was used as a parking lot and carwash.

The Israeli Supreme Court allowed at the end of October the takeover of the land by the Israeli municipality with the aim of establishing a garden serving settlers, claiming its close proximity to the so-called Shimon HaTzedik shrine.

The municipality issued a decision to seize the land in 2016 after several failed attempts in light of the opposition of the takeover by the four families, who fought the takeover in Israeli courts.

Shadi Nassar, one of the tenants of a facility, told WAFA that the municipality handed them yesterday an immediate eviction order, otherwise, they will be heavily fined.

“We began to dismantle the car wash and a parking lot used by more than 40 buses and three containers that served as offices, and today, since the early morning hours, the municipality began to raze the land,” he said.

(Source / 14.12.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, Monday, several Palestinians at the main entrance of the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said the soldiers attacked several Palestinians leading to protests before the army fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

They added that many Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation and received the needed treatment by local medics.

The soldiers also installed roadblocks in various areas in the Hebron governorate, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 14.12.2021)

Israeli Army Bulldozes Lands In Northern Gaza

Several Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Monday evening, Palestinian farmlands in the northern part of the Gaza Strip and bulldozed them.

Media sources said the vehicles invaded the lands near the perimeter fence in Beit Hanoun, before bulldozing them, and installed sandhills.

During the invasion, military drones flew overhead, and the Palestinians were unable to enter their lands.

The army frequently attacks farmersshepherds, workers, and fishermen across the eastern parts of the coastal region and in Palestinian territorial waters, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to preventing the Palestinians from tending to their lands and from fishing to provide for their families.

In March of this year, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 14.12.2021)

Resistance to conduct large-scale military manoeuvres

Gaza (QNN)- Hamas leader, Muhammad Abu Askar, said resistance factions will conduct large-scale joint military manoeuvres in the next few days. All factions will take part in the event.

Abu Askar said the event will “send a message to the enemy that the resistance is ready in case they think of doing something foolish in the Gaza strip.”

“The major manoeuvres will be very strong… Two of them, one in northern Gaza and the other in the south, will be conducted by Al Qassam brigades”, he added.

Abu Askar said the event comes to mark Hamas’ foundation anniversary.

(Source / 14.12.2021)

Israel bulldozes 3 dunums, uprooted 120 fruitful trees, and demolished water well south of Hebron

Days of Palestine – Hebron – Israeli occupation bulldozers today, Tuesday, swept three dunums of acres, uprooted 120 fruitful trees, and demolished a water well south of Hebron.

The coordinator of the Protection and Resilience Committees in Masafer Yatta and the mountains of south Hebron, Fuad Al-Amour, said that the Israeli occupation bulldozers swept 3 dunums of Khallet Al-Furn in the village of Birin, southeast of Hebron, and uprooted 120 olive and almond trees.

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Al-Amour added that the Israeli occupation forces demolished a rainwater harvesting well in that area, adjacent to bypass road No. 60, and close to the “Bani Hefer” settlement, perched on citizens’ lands in Bani Naim, east of Hebron.

(Source / 14.12.2021)