Detainees: Nafha stabbing attack is only initial response to IPS assaults against female detainees

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The National Detainees Movement said that female detainees are a red line and any assaults against them would explode the situation inside and outside Israeli prisons.

The movement added in a statement issued today that the operation was an initial retaliation and it will not be the last unless the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) meets the demands of the detainees and return them to their sections.

The movement also called on the Palestinian people to march in solidarity with female detainees under the slogan “female detainees are a red line” as of next Friday. It added that resistance factions should respond to the Israeli assaults against female detainees.

The statement called on international human rights organizations to seek answers on the fate of detainees in section 12 in Nafha desert prison as well as the date of the detainee Yousef Al Mabhouh, who carried out the retaliation operation.

Yesterday, Al Mabhouh stabbed an Israeli jailer after the Palestinian Detainees Association said that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) assaulted and severely beat female prisoners and isolated three of them.

It added that according to certain information, the IPS cut the power off, removed Hijabs of hijabi detainees, and used tear gas against the detainees. It also denied them visitations and prevented them from using the prison canteen. The detainees, in returned their meals and knocked on the cells’ doors in protest against the Israeli repression.

Resistance factions said that what was committed against female detainees in Israeli prisons is a heinous crime and a blatant violation, stressing that “those violations will not go unpunished.”

(Source / 21.12.2021)

PPS warns of Israeli crackdown on Palestinian prisoners in Nafha prison

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) on Monday warned of Israeli Prison Service (IPS) crackdown on Palestinian prisoners in Nafha desert prison.

The PPS said in a statement on Monday that over 80 Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Nafha prison, particularly Section 12, are exposed to an expansive crackdown by the IPS.

This came after a Palestinian prisoner stabbed an Israeli jailer in the Nafha prison, lightly wounding him. The attack comes only one day after prisoners warned of retaliation to an Israeli crackdown on female prisoners.

The IPS assaulted and severely beat female prisoners and isolated three of them.

They also cut the power off, removed Hijabs of hijabi prisoners, and used tear gas against the prisoners. It also denied them visitations and prevented them from using the prison canteen. The prisoners returned their meals and knocked on the cells’ doors in protest against the Israeli repression.

The prisoners were taken out last night in the open, despite the freezing conditions and the heavy rain, in an act of revenge by the Israeli prison guards, according to prisoner advocacy groups.

The Palestinian Prisoners Information Office said today that the communication with the Palestinian prisoners at Section 12 has been interrupted. Thus, the fate of the prisoners is still unknown.

It also noted that the fate of the Palestinian prisoner who carried out the stabbing attack is unknown since yesterday and warned, therefore, of a real risk on his life.

The Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups held the Israeli occupation authorities the responsibility for any deterioration in the situation, especially that Israeli repression units were reportedly preparing to storm Nafha prison last night following the attack.

(Source / 21.12.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot A Palestinian Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers shot, on Monday evening, a young Palestinian man near the Annexation Wall, west of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the young man was walking on Palestinian lands near the Annexation Wall in Aneen village, west of Jenin when the soldiers opened fire at him for “approaching the wall.”

They added that, after shooting the young man, from Silat al-Harithiya village, northwest of Jenin, the soldiers also assaulted him despite his wounds, before leaving the area.

Palestinian medics were called to the scene and transferred the wounded young man to Khalil Suleiman governmental hospital, in Jenin city.

In related news, Israeli colonizers attacked a Palestinian home, owned by Rabah Hantouli, in Silat ath-Thaher town, south of Jenin, causing damage and anxiety attacks among family members.

(Source / 21.12.2021)

WAFA: Israel Issues Eviction Order Against A Palestinian Family In Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah, Seizes Land”

JERUSALEM, Monday, December 20, 2021 (WAFA) – The Israeli occupation authorities notified today a Palestinian family to evict their homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, and to seize a piece of land owned by the family.

WAFA correspondent in Jerusalem reported that the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem handed – for the second time within four months – Mahmoud Salhia a decision to evict a piece of land on which the family’s two homes were built in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood under the pretext of “public interest” to establish a school there.

The municipality gave the family until January 25 to implement the decision.

Salhia told WAFA that his father bought the 6-dunum piece of land in 1967, adding that two years ago a decision was issued to seize the land under the pretext of public use.

The two houses are inhabited by two families consisting of 12 members, including nine children.

“We came here after we were expelled by Israel in 1948 from the town of Ein Karem,” said Salhia.

Salhia pointed out that the occupation municipality offered him an extension for eight months to convince him to sign a paper according to which he would become a tenant of the house, but he refused.

He noted that his steadfastness in his home has cost him about 600,000 (around $190,000) shekels between fines imposed on him by the occupation municipality, filing cases, and appointing lawyers.

“I was displaced once and will not be displaced again, and I will not sign any paper presented by the occupation…I will not leave my house, where I have lived since 1988,” he stressed.

More than 500 Palestinians living in 28 houses in the neighborhood are facing threats of forced expulsion at the hands of settlement associations backed by the Israeli government and its judiciary system, which recently issued a decision to displace seven families.

(Source / 21.12.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians, Including A Woman, In Ramallah And Jericho

Israeli soldiers abducted, Tuesday, two Palestinians, including a woman, in Ramallah and Jericho, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources in Ramallah, in central West Bank, said several army jeeps invaded the al-Biereh city, east of Ramallah in central West Bank, before storming and searching a residential building.

They added that the soldiers smashed the doors of many apartments in the building before searching and ransacking them and detained the families in the lower level during the invasion, before abducting Abdul-Rahman Mahmoud Tawil, 20.

The soldiers also confiscated surveillance recordings and equipment in the invaded apartment building.

In Jericho, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers invaded the Zbeidat area, north of the city, and abducted a woman, identified as Samaher Atiya Zbeidat, 40, after storming her home and searching it.

It is worth mentioning that Samaher is a mother of an infant, only one month of age, and two of her sons, identified as Ahmad and Fathi, were abducted by the army a week ago.

She also has high blood pressure, and a nervous breakdown she suffered when the army stormed her home and abducted her two sons.

(Source / 21.12.2021)

WAFA: Al-Tamimi calls on the international community to assume its responsibilities towards the crimes of the occupation and settlers

Ramallah December 21, 2021 (WAFA) – Member of the Executive Committee of the Liberation Organization, Head of the Department of Human Rights and Civil Society Ahmed Al-Tamimi called on the international community to stand up to its obligations, and to apply the law and international legitimacy to hold the Israeli occupation and settlers accountable for their crimes against our Palestinian people.

In a statement, Al-Tamimi held the occupation government fully responsible for the settlers’ crimes against the Palestinians, and the attacks on male and female prisoners in prisons.

He said, “The recent series of attacks against our people, and the assault on female prisoners in Ramon prison and the rest of the prisons, comes in accordance with a systematic plan implemented by the occupation government, which is a government of criminal settler gangs, and therefore it bears full responsibility for all violations and violations committed human rights in the occupied territories.

He continued, “Continuing inaction and the international community’s turning a blind eye to what is happening in Palestine means giving the green light to the occupation, but more than that, it means partnering with it in this crime.”

Al-Tamimi stressed, “This approach only pushes the Palestinians to adopt equivalent options to confront this crime and these armed gangs, which are protected by the cover of the occupation government, which threatens to deteriorate the situation on the ground.”

(Source / 21.12.2021)

Israeli Forces Demolish a Palestinian-owned Home Near Bethlehem

Israeli forces demolished, on Tuesday, a Palestinian-owned home in the central occupied West Bank town of Nahalin, west of Bethlehem city, according to a local official.

Deputy Mayor of the Nahalin municipality, Hani Fanoon, told the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) that Israeli military forces stormed the Abu Keir area of the town, and isolated the under-construction home consisting of 2 floors, 80 square meters each.

Fanoon added that once the area was secure, a bulldozer carried out the demolition operation, sparking protests from the local Palestinian residents.

Soldiers responded by firing tear gas canisters and concussion grenades at those who protested the destruction of the home, belonging to local resident, identified by Quds Press as Atef Jamil Youssef Al-Nais.

The 1995 Oslo Accords split the occupied West Bank into three parts, Area A (18%) was to be strictly governed by the Palestinian National Authority, (PA) while Area B (22%) was to be governed by both the occupation authorities and the PA.

Area C, which consists of 60% of the occupied West Bank is under the full administrative control of the Israeli occupation authorities.

Israeli authorities do not allow Palestinians to build in Area C, and frequently demolish homes under the pretext of being located in Area C.

(Source / 21.12.2021)

Israeli forces demolish house under construction west of Bethlehem

Days of Palestine – Bethlehem – The Israeli occupation forces Today, Tuesday, demolished a house under construction in the town of Nahalin, west of Bethlehem.

Deputy Mayor of Nahalin Hani Funun said that the Israeli occupation forces, with military reinforcements, stormed the “Abu Ker” area east of the town, closed it, and prevented citizens from reaching it, and proceeded to demolish the two-story house of Atef Jamil Youssef Al-Nais, the size of each one ( 80 square meters).

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Funun added, that clashes erupted at the site between the citizens and the Israeli occupation soldiers, who fired tear gas and sound bombs.

It is noteworthy that the Israeli occupation authorities escalated this month of their arbitrary measures against the residents of Nahalin.

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Sources reported that three agricultural rooms were demolished in the areas of “Al-Saleeb” and “Khilt Al-Adas”, east and north of the town, in addition to notifications of demolishing a farm for raising cows and livestock with an area of ​​about (500 square meters), as well as giving notices to stop construction in houses and other agricultural rooms.

(Source / 21.12.2021)

Palestinian was shot injured by Israeli forces, settlers storm house in Jenin

Days of Palestine – Jenin – A Palestinian young man was wounded, on Monday evening, when the Israeli occupation forces shot him near the annexation and racist expansion wall built on the lands of Anin village, west of Jenin.

Local sources reported that a young man from the town of Al-Saila Al-Harithiya was shot in the hand while he was in the village of Anin, and the occupation forces beat him before he was transferred to the Martyr Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital in the city of Jenin.

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Meanwhile, a number of settlers stormed a house in the town of “Silat Al Dhaher”, south of Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank.

According to local sources, a number of armed settlers stormed the house of Rabah Hantoli, located on the outskirts of the town, and climbed onto the roof of the house, causing panic among the residents.

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This year witnessed the highest levels of violence recorded in recent years and more serious incidents, in attacks by settlers against Palestinians, who often live in villages and towns adjacent to settlements in the West Bank, according to United Nations human rights experts.

The Israeli security assessments were issued expressing their fear that settlers would carry out bloody operations against the Palestinians, which could ignite the security situation in the Palestinian areas, according to what was published in the Hebrew media.

(Source / 21.12.2021)

Btselem: Israel’s whitewashed investigations of Great March of Return Protests

Summary of the joint report with 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.

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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 Israeli occupation 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. 

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When Gaza residents went ahead with the demonstrations regardless, Israel made good on its threats, and its open-fire regulations permitted the 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, forgiving Israeli forces’ 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 a 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 / 21.12.2021)