Israel settlers attack Palestine shepherd in West Bank

A Palestinian shepherd in the West Bank

Israeli occupation settlers attacked and injured a Palestinian shepherd on Saturday while herding in the open pastures in the Masafer Yatta area, south of the West Bank.

Activist Fouad La-Mour said settlers assaulted shepherd Hamza Ahmad Najjar while tending to his sheep near Shaab Al-Batam and beat him up, causing injuries. Najjar was taken to a nearby clinic for treatment.

Settlers, protected by soldiers, regularly attack Palestinian shepherds in Masafer Yatta and force them to leave the pastures.

Meanwhile, settlers let their herd free to roam the pastures and even cultivate Palestinian farmlands in order to destroy them, as part of their plans to forcibly remove Palestinians from Masafer Yatta.

READ: Palestine needs immediate attention to stave off a major food crisis

(Source / 12.06.2022)

Israel occupation forces fire tear gas at Gaza farmers

Palestinian farmers in Gaza on 13 January 202

Several Gazan farmers on Saturday morning had tear gas fired at them by Israeli soldiers stationed at the eastern fence, Wafa reported.

The Israeli occupation soldiers at a watchtower east of Gaza City fired several gas canisters at the farmers working on their farms east of Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood.

The farmers had to stop their work and leave their farms to avoid more aggression, pointing out to the Wafa reporter that there had been no clashes or other activities in the area.

Israeli occupation forces regularly attack Palestinian farmers working on their farms to maintain a wide buffer zone.

Sometimes, occupation forces spray toxic materials to damage crops and force the farmers away from their lands.

Gaza’s farmers reap the fruits of the peach harvest

(Source / 12.06.2022)

Denying Palestine while protecting Israel from itself

 People take part in a demonstration with Palestinian flags in Ramallah, West Bank on 15 May 2022

Many acts regarding Palestine are an enigma. Everything is convoluted, and you do not know who is killing who and for what reason; a “mad house” where nothing makes much sense.

Others believe it is part of the nature of the Middle East, where everyone is used to killing everyone else for no clear reason, as if it is an inherent mark of the region: “As Arabs and Orientals are known to act violently and irrationally.”

There are some who believe that Islam is the root cause of what is happening: “As Islam is a violent ideology that encourages Muslims to terrorise others and kill them in the name of Allah, and unless Islam is defeated or at least radically reformed, this will never end.”

Then, there are those who think this is unnecessary tension: “Let them slaughter each other, and one should simply mind his own business and live his life because it is the nature of life and people on the surface of this planet that have been doing this since the beginning of creation.”

Of course, we also have those who think Israel is a case of success in an ocean of failure and an oasis of democracy in the Arabian desert of despotism and deserves support. This stems from the belief that it is playing a very important role in defending “Western” interests in one of the most important areas of the world. Therefore, Israel should be protected, not only from external dangers, but from internal ones as well. This includes leaders who want to divert Israel from the original scheme to become merely another Middle Eastern country infested with religious fundamentalism and tyranny. In other words, to protect Israel from itself.

As an intellectual, I was taught that true intellectuals are always ready to stand by the marginalised, the oppressed and the victimised. That it is not ethically right to equate victim with victimiser; that all human beings are equals, regardless of their gender, race, country, religion or political and ideological backgrounds. That human dignity and preserving it is the highest value known to the human race and depriving a person or a people of their freedom is the antithesis of maintaining human dignity. That occupying someone else’s land is a crime, and the worst among crimes is colonialism, as it practically enslaved more than half of humankind under empty slogans used to justify the biggest crime in human history.

As a Palestinian refugee, a son of a Palestinian refugee and a grandson of a Palestinian refugee, I have seen throughout my life how we Palestinians were always treated as criminals for demanding our lawful rights of returning to our country, cities, towns and villages. How we, the victims, were called terrorists, and how we were asked to condemn ourselves for demanding our rights. How we were accused of bringing it all on ourselves, either because incorrectly we have sold our land to “Jews” or because we were not clever enough to accept American and Israeli generosity and refused to share our homeland with foreign colonisers.

Half of my people were forced out of their homes in 1948 to other countries, while foreigners took over our homes, including bed sheets, curtains, bookshelves, the rugs on the floor, flowers on the table and in the garden, and even our memories. Yet, Israel claims that Palestinians left voluntarily; therefore, they are not eligible to return to their homeland and homes.

The only right Israel has on our land is that according to their holy book, their god gave them our homeland and their ancestors lived on our land two thousand years ago. That we, the Arabs, have a lot of land, so Palestinians could live anywhere on Arab land. That European countries ethnically-cleansed Jews, so we Palestinians have to pay for their mistake.

A few weeks ago, I was travelling in a group to an Arab country, while one group member was delayed at the airline’s counter. He was completely frustrated, so I asked him what was happening. He said they would not allow him to travel and he knew deep in his heart why, as all those who hold Palestinian passports are treated as a plague by the rest of the world. We made many calls to the hosting country, and his visa issue was finally resolved. Yet, he was not reassured until we got through the customs of the inviting country.

This simple incident explains how we Palestinians are treated by the rest of the world and how much we are taught to mistrust “the world” who failed us at every turn, while our tormenters and subjugators are treated with respect and dignity. To many of us, mistrust in the international community is the rule, and anything else is an exception. For those who choose to blame us, let them try being a refugee for seventy-four years. While Israel, the illegally occupying force, is protected even from itself, Palestinians are denied their land, state, history, holy places, identity, and even a coloured piece of cloth called a national flag.

(Source / 12.06.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians In Qalqilia, Hebron, And Jerusalem

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers abducted seven Palestinians and injured one in Jerusalem, Qalqilia, and Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Ahmad Raed Barham, 20, from Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, after stopping him at a military roadblock near the town.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted Issa Amro after stopping him near the Ibrahimi Mosque.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded the Shu’fat refugee camp and abducted Mahmoud Abu Khdeir, 60, and his brother Suleiman, 45. The siblings are the brothers of a political prisoner, Amro Abu Khdeir.

The soldiers also abducted Ahmad Mousa Elian from the al-‘Isawiya town, northeast of Jerusalem, and Mustafa Abu Ghazala from Jerusalem’s Old City.

In Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the soldiers stormed and ransacked the home of Shadi Abu Sneina and his brother Ehab, and summoned them for interrogation.

The soldiers also assaulted a young man, Maher Gharabily, from Beit Hanina north of Jerusalem, causing various serious lacerations before he was rushed to a hospital in Jerusalem.

Furthermore, dozens of soldiers invaded Sur Baher town, south of Jerusalem, and closed several roads.

(Source / 12.06.2022)

Soldiers Demolish Structures Near Hebron

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers demolished agricultural structures in the Khilal al-Adra area east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National and Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall & Colonies, said the soldiers demolished an agricultural room and four tents owned by the Shawahin family.

Jabour added that the rooms are on privately-owned Palestinian lands, near the lands that were lately illegally annexed by the colonizers in the Ein al-Baida area.

The demolitions are part of the ongoing attempts to annex the area to benefit the illegal colonialist outposts on the stolen Palestinian lands.

(Source / 12.06.2022)

WAFA: “Palestinian family in Silwan celebrate daughter’s wedding on rubble of their home”

RAMALLAH, Saturday, June 11, 2022 (WAFA) – A Palestinian family from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan celebrated today their daughter’s wedding on the rubble of their home, which was razed to the ground by the Israeli occupation forces on May 10.

Fares Al-Rajabi said his sister had dreamed of celebrating her wedding at her family’s home, and that the family insisted on achieving the dream of their daughter by celebrating her wedding on top of the rubble of their home.

Al-Rajabi’s home was an apartment in a five-story building that was demolished by the Israeli occupation forces on May 10, under the pretext it was built without an Israeli permit.

Using the pretext of illegal building, Israel demolishes houses on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the Israeli municipality and government build tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in East Jerusalem for Jewish settlers with the goal to offset the demographic balance in favor of the settler population.

Although Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian Territory that has been subject to Israeli military occupation since 1967, they are denied their citizenship rights and are instead classified only as “residents” whose permits can be revoked if they move away from the city for more than a few years.

(Source / 12.06.2022)

Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishing Boats In Southern Gaza

On Saturday evening, Israeli navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said the navy chased and attacked several fishing boats near the Rafah shore and fired many live rounds at them.

They added that the navy chased the boats to the shore while firing live rounds and water cannons, causing damage.

On Saturday morning, the navy chased and opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boat in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

In related news, Israeli soldiers injured Palestinian farmers on their lands near the perimeter fence east of Gaza city.

The attacks are part of constant 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 / 12.06.2022)

Updated: “Soldiers Injure Two Palestinians, Including A Journalist, Abduct Three, Near Hebron”

On Saturday evening, Israeli soldiers shot two Palestinians, including a journalist, abducted three others, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in Tarqoumia town, northwest of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Dozens of Palestinians gathered in the at-Taybeh area, also known as al-Harsh, protesting the ongoing Israeli attempts to annex their lands illegally.

The soldiers attacked the nonviolent protesters with live fire, gas bombs, and concussion grenades, shooting a young man with live fire and a photojournalist, Abdul-Hafith Hashlamoun, with a concussion grenade in the head, and causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers also abducted three young men and took them to an unknown destination before declaring the entire area a closed military zone.

The Palestinians marched to their land, threatened with illegal annexation, and were rehabilitating and tending them, building retaining walls, and removing weeds when the soldiers attacked them, leading to a scuffle.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army recently handed orders to ten Palestinians forcing them out of their lands, planted with olives and grapevines.

The Israeli army claims that lands, more than six hundred Dunams, are “state lands,” although the Palestinians privately own them.

Israel is trying to expand Adora and Telem illegal colonies by confiscating the Palestinian lands in the area to allow for the new constructions.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.

Updated From:
Soldiers And Colonizers Attack Nonviolent Protesters In Hebron

Published on: Jun 11, 2022 at 14:38 

On Saturday afternoon, Israeli soldiers and illegal colonizers attacked a nonviolent procession in Tarqoumia town, northwest of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Suleiman Ja’afra, a member of the Land Defense Committee in Tarqoumia, said the Palestinians held the procession to protest the ongoing Israeli attempts to occupy their lands in the at-Taybeh area, also known as al-Harsh.

He added that the soldiers and many colonizers attacked the violent protesters after a verbal confrontation that took place when the colonizer tried to prevent the Palestinians from removing the weeds and building retaining walls on their lands.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army recently handed orders to ten Palestinians forcing them out of their lands, planted with olives and grapevines.

The Israeli army claims that lands, more than six hundred Dunams, are “state lands,” although the Palestinians privately own them.

Israel is trying to expand Adora and Telem illegal colonies by confiscating the Palestinian lands in the area to allow for the new constructions.

(Source / 12.06.2022)