Army Abducts A Palestinian In Hebron

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian from Hebron city in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the Sheikh neighborhood in Hebron before storming and searching homes.

They added that the soldiers abducted Mohammad Mahfouth and took him to a nearby military and interrogation center.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Arroub refugee camp north of Hebron, searched several homes, and summoned for interrogation Ammar Mohammad Hamayed and Emad at-Teety.

(Source / 12.05.2022)

Israeli Army Attacks Farmers, Shepherds, And Fishermen, In Gaza

Israeli soldiers and naval forces attacked, Thursday, Palestinian farmers, shepherds, and fishermen in several parts of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The soldiers, stationed on military towers across the fence, east of the central Gaza Strip, fired many live rounds and gas bombs at Palestinian farmers and shepherds east of Deir al-Balah, the al-Maghazi, and al-Boreij refugee camp.

Also, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds and several shells at Palestinian fishing boats a few nautical miles from the shore of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

The attacks did not lead to casualties but forced the Palestinians to leave, fearing additional Israeli escalation.

The attacks are part of frequent Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermenfarmersshepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and resulted in dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to severe property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.

In March of last year, 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 12.05.2022)

The Execution of Shirin: Yet Another Journalist Gunned Down by Israeli Soldiers

After the Israeli occupation soldiers deliberately targeted journalist Shirin Abu Aqleh, we started hearing various condemnations around the world, which is, in fact, the very least that can and should be done. However, the calls for “investigating her death” are possibly the worst response to this injustice, for this crime, for this atrocity.

And of course, I know some might ask, “Why not? Let them investigate and reach a conclusion…” but let’s call things what they really are. The Israeli soldiers saw her, they saw her colleagues, and they chose to open fire, disregarding the press vests, international law, and humanity itself.

Those calling for an investigation are mainly those who want, once again, to acquit Israel and absolve it from its constant and escalating crimes.

The facts are there, the videos are clear, but the Israeli lies, and fabrications are everywhere. Simply put, the soldiers, especially the murderer — that criminal, that Israeli military sharpshooter, knows he made a clear choice to kill her although he could clearly see she is a journalist.

But, why not? Let’s kill her, and the world might get angry, but then they will forget, and others will start fabricating reports criminalizing the victim and praising the killer.

Shireen Abu Aqleh was a prominent, well-known journalist, news anchor, educator, and eloquent speaker who exposed Israel and its crimes throughout her career and exposed the true racist nature of this criminal occupation and its apartheid regime.

Israel can falsely claim that the bullet that killed Shirin might not have been fired by its army, but there is nothing new here. Israel’s standard procedure is to whitewash its crimes. Every time the Israeli occupation soldiers have killed a child, a woman, an elder, a journalist, a physically challenged Palestinian… etc., they always have a textbook response.

“It wasn’t us; it was them [the Palestinians]. We had to kill him, we had to kill her, we had to kill them because we were defending ourselves.”

Yet, they are the occupiers, the oppressors, and the murderers, and they are the offenders; the mere existence of any occupation army is an offensive in itself, and the people, the occupied, have the right to defend themselves and resist this occupation by all means possible.

But let us talk about the new/old Israeli lie this time around, this “claim”, this “possibility” that Shirin may have been killed by a Palestinian. The Israeli army started justifying their crime – as they always do, trying to sow the seeds of uncertainty by making preposterous, false claims that are then repeated by the media. In this case, their ‘damage control’ was a demonstrably false claim that a Palestinian was in the area and opened fire at their soldiers and that he might have been the one who killed her.

The problem with this lie is that the Israeli army claims a Palestinian “opened fire at the soldiers” – but the soldiers were invading an area that had no clear line of sight, no clear line of fire, between the Palestinian resistance fighter and the area where Shirin and her fellow reporters were standing.

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem), investigated the location and clearly documented how the Palestinian fighter, in the location he was as shown in the video released by the army itself, could not have possibly been the one that killed Shireen.

The other issue with this lie is that Shirin and another journalist were ducking behind a wall and were in clear line of sight of the Israeli soldiers who chose to ignore their press vests, and chose to ignore humanity (if they had any humanity to start with), and decided to take aim with the sniper scope and fire.

Every journalist who was there, every witness, knows and saw how the area was calm, no protests, no exchanges of fire, nothing, just calm, calm that preceded the storm which started after the soldiers decided to take aim and kill her.

Ali Sammoudi, who was the first to be shot and injured before the army decided to execute Shirin, described the Israeli allegations as total lies.

“There was calm in the area where we stopped, our press vests and equipment and our presence clearly identified us as journalists. There were no Palestinian fighters, not even protesters throwing stones, and then Shirin collapsed and began bleeding heavily when the Israeli army sniper shot her in the head.” Sammoudi added.

It is as simple and as horrific as it sounds, and what might be even worse is that Israel, its politicians, and soldiers, know too well that the worst that will happen will be condemnations, nothing else, no sanctions, no accountability, and above all the ever-present American Veto to protect and shield it from prosecution, and a constant flow of billions of dollars in American aid to Israel and its racist, criminal occupation.

Shirin is not the first journalist to be murdered by Israel, not the first to be injured, and unfortunately, and as much it saddens me to say, she won’t be the last.

Shirin lived for the truth, justice, and the freedom of the press.

One of her most recent words in a spontaneous interview on the steps of Bab al-Amoud in occupied Jerusalem sums up her humanity: “I am the daughter of Jerusalem, and I love seeing it happy.”

(Source / 12.05.2022)

Israeli Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home Near Bethlehem

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers demolished a Palestinian home in the al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

Local nonviolent activist Ibrahim Awadallah said several army jeeps and bulldozers invaded the Ein Jweiza area in the northern part of the village and demolished one home, allegedly for being built without a permit from the Israeli occupation authorities.

Awadallah added that the home, 90 square/meters, was recently built by Ahmad Nidal Barghouth, who was preparing to move into his new property with his family.

Ein Jweiza has been subject to escalating Israeli violations that included demolishing homes and structures, including farms, sheds, and retaining walls.

The Israeli army also repeatedly invades and bulldozes Palestinian farmlands in the area to benefit the illegal colonialist activities.

Related: “Half Of Al-Walaja Homes Face Threat Of Demolition

The Israeli violations against al-Walaja started in the 1980s when Israel implemented its plans to annex the Palestinian lands to build its illegal colonies, by denying all construction permits filed by the Palestinians, in addition to dividing the lands, zoning, and designating large areas as “green zones,” to prevent the Palestinians from using them, not to mention surrounding them with the illegal Annexation Wall.

Al-Walaja is already surrounded by the illegal colonies on Gilo, Har Gilo, Givat HaMatos, and Har Homa, which were all built on stolen Palestinian lands, in addition to the large areas of lands that were annexed when Israel paved roads leading to these colonies, installing railways, and designating lands as natural reserves, off-limits to the Palestinians.

(Source / 12.05.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Beit Hanina

Israeli soldiers abducted Wednesday evening, three Palestinians during a vigil for the slain Palestinian journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, in Beit Hanina, north of occupied Jerusalem.

The soldiers and many police officers attacked the Palestinians who carried Palestinian flags and posters of the slain reporter.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers attacked the Palestinians with batons, gas bombs, and concussion grenades, causing several injuries.

They added that the soldiers assaulted and abducted three Palestinians participating in the vigil and took them to an unknown destination.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Shireen was shot with a live round in the head while wearing his press vest and helmet when an Israeli army sharpshooter fired one round at her and added that the soldiers first shot journalist Ali Sammoudi with a live round in the back

Journalists from various media agencies gathered in an open area in a clear line of sight from Israeli soldiers when the army committed a heinous crime.

(Source / 12.05.2022)

Soldiers Shoot A Palestinian Near Al-Aqsa In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers shot, Wednesday evening, a young Palestinian man near Bab al-Qattanin, one of the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers shot the young man before taking him away, adding that the extent of his injuries remains unknown.

They added that the soldiers were extensively deployed in the Old City and closed all its gates, in addition to surrounding and isolating the Al-Aqsa Mosque, preventing the Palestinians from entering or leaving the holy site.

In a very brief statement, the Israeli army claimed the soldiers shot the Palestinian after he “attempted to stab them.”

The soldiers also assaulted and abducted a young man in the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 12.05.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure A Palestinian Worker Near Jenin

On Wednesday evening, Israeli soldiers assaulted and injured a Palestinian worker near the Barta’a military roadblock, southwest of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers fired many live rounds at dozens of workers near the military roadblock and several areas near the Annexation Wall in Barta’a, Aneen, and Taybeh.

The soldiers also stopped and constantly assaulted a Palestinian worker near Barta’a military roadblock, causing various wounds, before abducting him.

Also Wednesday, the soldiers shot a Palestinian worker before abducting him and forty others in Faqqu’a village, east of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 12.05.2022)