The Parliament of Catalonia Recognizes that Israel is Guilty of Apartheid

BDS Movement: In a historical vote on Thursday, 16th of June, the Parliament of Catalonia recognized Israel as committing the crime of apartheid against the Palestinian people and demanded to not give any assistance or support to this situation.

Barcelona, 16 June 2021 – The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the broadest coalition of Palestinian civil society, warmly salutes the Parliament of Catalonia for its resolution recognizing and condemning Israel’s crime of apartheid against the Palestinian people.

With this historical resolution, the Parliament of Catalonia becomes the first parliament in Europe to publicly acknowledge that “the system applied by Israel to the Occupied [Palestinian] Territories is contrary to international law and is equivalent to the crime of apartheid as defined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Article 7.2 (h).”

The resolution was supported by the following political parties: the Candidatura d’Unitat Popular, En Comú Podem, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya and the Partit Socialista de Catalunya. We hope that their courageous vote will inspire other regional parliaments of the Spanish state, as well as its state parliament, to also stand on the right side of history.

The resolution was registered during Israeli Apartheid Week on March 21st, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On that day, the Catalan Coalition “Prou Complicitat amb Israel” (Stop complicity with Israel) organized a meeting between the above political parties and Bruno Stagno, director of advocacy for Human Rights Watch, and Esteban Beltran, director of Amnesty International-Spain. The latter presented the highlights of their respective reports on Israeli apartheid, calling on Catalonia to not render aid or assistance to the maintenance of apartheid and to act instead to bring it to an end.

The resolution calls on the Government of Catalonia and the Spanish Government to use all political and diplomatic tools at their disposal to compel Israeli authorities to implement the recommendations issued by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. It also calls for ensuring that human rights are at the heart of all bilateral and multilateral agreements with official Israeli institutions by applying heightened due diligence to avoid any support of the apartheid system.

Inspired by this Catalan Parliament resolution, Palestinian civil society represented by the BNC expects the government of Catalonia and the Spanish state’s government to adopt, as a matter of priority the following measures of accountability:

  • Banning trade with Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise, which amounts to a war crime under international law.
  • Suspending direct and indirect military and security trade with Israel, including training, joint military-security academic projects, and all military funding and subsidies to Israel. The recent scandal over the use of the Israeli NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware against prominent Catalans and the Spanish foreign affairs minister itself proves once again that Israel’s substantial role in global repression, mass surveillance techniques and spyware must be challenged by all States and autonomous regions.
  • Supporting #UNinvestigateApartheid and the re-establishment of the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid, a demand widely supported by Palestinian civil society as well as by leading international figures, particularly in the Global South.

The BNC salutes the Parliament of Catalonia for this principled resolution against Israeli apartheid. It is an important first step of public entities to uphold their responsibility to #DismantleApartheid. It’s high time to make apartheid history in Palestine as was done in South Africa almost three decades ago.

(Source / 17.06.2022)

Barghouthi Welcomes Catalonia’s Decision Recognizing Israel Guilty Of Apartheid

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, welcomed the Catalonian Parliament’s decision recognizing Israel as guilty of apartheid against the Palestinian people.

Dr. Barghouthi said the Catalonian decision makes it the first European parliament to admit that Israel is an apartheid state openly.

Dr. Barghouthi thanked all civil society institutions, groups, and individuals that made this decision possible and described the move as another victory for the Palestinian people who have been working for the last twenty-two years to convince the world that Israel is an apartheid state.

He added that this achievement is also a message to all governments involved in normalizing the colonialist state of Israel, informing them that they also become engaged in apartheid when they normalize the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.

BDS Movement: The Parliament of Catalonia Recognizes that Israel is Guilty of Apartheid

(Source / 17.06.2022)

Army Assaults And Abducts Two Palestinian In Jerusalem

On Thursday evening, Israeli soldiers assaulted and abducted two young Palestinian men in Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, and released them after hours of interrogation, in addition to imposing strict conditions, including house arrest.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said dozens of soldiers invaded the Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan before storming and violently searching the homes of Yazan Rajabi and Mo’taz Rajabi.

Mo’taz told Silwanic that the soldiers assaulted him after accusing him of throwing stones at the army.

However, the surveillance videos from his work proved that he was working at the time of the alleged stone-throwing incident.

Mo’taz, now under a house arrest order, added that the soldiers also assaulted his brother, causing various wounds just a day earlier.

Also, Yazan told Silwanic that both he and his cousin, Mo’taz, were accused of throwing stones at the soldiers; however, at the time of the alleged attack, he was detained and interrogated by the army at a facility in occupied Jerusalem.

He added that, three days earlier, he suffered fractures to his arm and fingers when the police repeatedly assaulted him.

The young man will be undergoing surgery next Monday for platinum implants in his arm.

Yazan said he tried to file a complaint against the officers who assaulted him, but the police refused to take his statement and told him he needed to head to a department in Tel Aviv instead.

(Source / 17.06.2022)

Updated: Israeli Army Assassinates Three Palestinians In Jenin

Undercover Israeli soldiers assassinated, on Friday dawn, three young Palestinian men, and injured nine, after the army opened fire at a car in an ambush in Jenin city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers infiltrate the Eastern Neighborhood of Jenin city, ambushed a Palestinian car, and fired dozens of live rounds at it, killing the three young men in it.

Medical sources at the Jenin governmental hospital have confirmed that the soldiers killed Bara’ Kamal Lahlouh, 23, from Jenin refugee camp, Yousef Nasser Salah, 23, and Laith Salah Abu Srour, 24, from Jenin city.

The soldiers fired dozens of live rounds at the car and its surrounding area, wounding ten Palestinians, one seriously after he was shot in the neck and three who suffered moderate-to-severe wounds.

Thousands of Palestinians marched carrying the corpses of the three young men and chanted for ongoing resistance until liberation and independence.

Also, Israeli sources said the soldiers abducted four young Palestinian men near Aneen village, northwest of Jenin, allegedly after they opened fire at the army.

The Israeli army claimed the soldiers chased the Palestinians and arrested them, adding that the two Palestinians carried two pistols.

(Source / 17.06.2022)

Palestinian youth survived Israeli bullet in 2017, survives assassination attempt in 2022

By Kathryn Shihadah – Palestine HomeA young Palestinian man was the target of an apparent (failed) assassination attempt by Israeli soldiers last week.

His name is Mohammad Fadel Tamimi, and he is twenty years old. While the Israeli military shoots – and often kills – young Palestinian men every day, this particular young man has an especially harrowing history.

Mohammad has spent his whole life in Nabi Saleh, a village that has for years led in the Palestinians’ nonviolent resistance against Israeli occupation. The Tamimi family presides over the effort, calling for protests, speaking out internationally, modeling their efforts on the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

These efforts torment Israel no end – so Israel’s military has tormented Nabi Saleh and the Tamimi clan for years.

Mohammad Tamimi’s backstory with Israel is epic and excruciating. Last week’s incident was just the latest in a series of disturbing events.

Incident: June 9, 2022

Last Thursday evening, Mohammad was walking with his thirteen-year-old brother Laith, when Israeli soldiers began shooting at them (they had already shot at Mohammad earlier in the day, lightly injuring him in the arm and abdomen).

To be clear: he was not participating in a protest or threatening the soldiers in any way – just walking with his little brother.

Mohammad is a familiar face – all of the soldiers know him. So when he was hit in the forehead with a sponge-coated steel bullet, and his brother was hit in the arm, fracturing bones, it was not by accident.

Apparently thinking Mohammad was dead, the soldiers began kicking him, and were about to carry him away (a common practice in the Israeli military) when neighbors who had heard the shots intervened.

Mohammad was rushed to the hospital with a fractured skull and severe bleeding (sponge- and rubber-coated bullets are more dangerous than they sound).

The Nabi Saleh village council issued a statement declaring the incident an “assassination attempt.”

While he is now stable, and appears able to hear and understand, he has not spoken since the day of the injury.

I spoke with a relative of Mohammad’s on Wednesday, six days after the shooting. She reported that he was able to take a few steps and use his hands, but his speech has not yet returned – whether it is due to damage caused by the bullet, or psychological trauma, is not yet known.

When asked whether anyone from the Israeli military had reached out to the family to discuss the incident, she responded,

No. Even if they tried, the family and everybody in the village would refuse [to talk to them]. You can’t begin a dialogue with someone who will kill you the first chance he has, or someone who is stealing your lands, and of course, [if] he is denying your existence.

A small consolation

One piece of good news in this calamity is that the Palestinian Authority (PA) will be covering Mohammad’s medical bills.

Pro-Israel politicians often criticize the PA’s so-called Pay-To-Slay policy – which they allege offers money to young men who volunteer for suicide missions.

In reality, however, the policy is a social safety net – the kind needed by a population under brutal occupation. When Israel’s actions land a Palestinian in prison or the hospital – or the cemetery – the PA can step in to keep the family from financial ruin (read more about it here).

It remains to be seen how extensive Mohammad’s injuries are, and whether recovery is possible, but at least his medical bills will not bury his family in debt.

Last week’s shooting was just the latest in a string of shocking events for Mohammad over a six-month period in late 2017 and early 2018. Each of them has been life-changing; together, they are devastating.

First Incident: December 15, 2017

A group of Israeli soldiers lounged (illegally) in an empty villa in Nabi Saleh. Heavily-armed soldiers are a constant presence in the village – a reminder to the residents that they are under constant scrutiny.

Fifteen-year-old Mohammad Tamimi and some friends let curiosity get the best of them that day: Mohammad peeked over a wall to see what the soldiers were doing. When they saw his head just a few yards away, they shot at it.

The bullet entered near Mohammad’s nose and lodged in the back of his skull; he was bleeding heavily. A Red Crescent ambulance rushed in.

The soldiers at first blocked the ambulance from leaving (not at all uncommon in the Israeli military), but eventually Mohammad made it to the hospital.

Doctors removed part of his skull due to severe inflammation of his brain, and extracted the bullet fragments.

The wounded Palestinian boy underwent a six-hour procedure involving seven surgeons

“The slap that was heard around the world”

Moments after the shooting, his cousin Ahed heard the news. Furious, she screamed at an Israeli soldier (again, heavily armed) loitering on her property and delivered “the slap that was heard around the world” – a light smack (video) that turned into a PR nightmare for Israel.

Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi appears at a military court at the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank, December 28, 2017

Israeli politicians (who had no comment about the bullet in the face) declared Ahed’s slap “damaging to the honor of the military and the state of Israel”; suggested that she “spend the rest of [her] days in prison”; and declared that she “should have gotten a bullet, at least in the kneecap.”

Later, Ahed would be charged with five counts of assault and serve an eight-month sentence.

Apparently the Israeli soldier who had shot her cousin faced no consequences.

Second Incident: February 26, 2018

Two months later, in a midnight raid on the village of Nabi Saleh, Mohammad Tamimi and nine other Palestinian youths (five of them, including Mohammad, minors) were arrested for alleged stone-throwing.

His parents begged the police to delay the arrest a few weeks, till after the surgery to reconstruct his skull. His interrogators were unmoved. His parents asked the soldiers to let him take his medicine, or he might die, they replied that they wouldn’t care if he died.

After hours of high pressure questioning (Mohammad asserts that he was beaten), Mohammad “confessed” that his severe head injury had been self-inflicted – from a bicycle accident.

A top Israeli military leader rejoiced on Facebook the next day, “Wonder of wonders. Today, the boy himself confessed…that in December his skull was injured when he was riding his bicycle.”

Both Israeli and American media saw through the fraud immediately. On the same day as the Facebook post, the Washington Post published an article entitled “How a Palestinian teen’s rubber bullet injury to the brain turned to a biking accident overnight”; Ha’aretz produced a piece called “How the Israeli army got a teen who was shot in the head to say he fell off a bike.”

In short order, Mohammad’s doctor issued documents, including an X-ray of his skull with the bullet lodged inside. Thirty or so eyewitnesses also attested to the fact that he had been shot.

As another of Mohammad’s relatives told me, Mohammad’s very existence is an embarrassment to Israel – a constant reminder that their military shoots children.

Israeli leaders concocted the bicycle story to counter the truth, and even though (almost) no one believes it, Israel has managed to save face.

Well, not entirely.

Third Incident: May 20, 2018

Israeli soldiers abducted Mohammad again one morning in May – about five months post-shooting and three months post-bicycle “confession.”

No one in the village saw the abduction; when he turned up missing, the family feared he had fallen and was hurt. The whole village searched for him to no avail.

Around 11 pm – hours after he was supposed to break the Ramadan fast with his family and take his medication – Mohammad reappeared.

Israeli intelligence informed one of Mohammad’s doctors that Mohammad would be re-arrested once he recovered.

The “quiet” years

It has been just over four years since Mohammad’s crisis. His life is forever altered. As a relative explained, he has trouble concentrating, and sometimes loses the ability to talk. He can’t function without his medication.

Mohammad Tamimi, after reconstructive surgery in South Africa

A group in South Africa raised funds to enable Mohammad to have reconstructive surgery. This made a big difference in his appearance, but he still struggles on many levels.

Mohammad has tried his hand at various simple jobs, but his health issues have made every one of them impossible.

He has, however, been a regular participant in Nabi Saleh protests against the occupation.

He stands at the front of the crowd, daring the Israeli soldiers to look at him and remember what they did. He will not let them forget that they shoot children.

For this, apparently, his name (like Shireen Abu Akleh) found its way onto Israel’s hit list.

A couple of years ago, a soldier informed Mohammad that Israel would be coming after him to kill him. They tried again last week.

Fourth Incident: June 9, 2022

Israeli soldiers shot Mohammad Tamimi in the forehead.

But Mohammad Tamimi refuses to die.

(Source / 17.06.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injured Twenty-Three, Including Children, Near Jenin

On Friday, Israeli soldiers invaded Burin town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and wounded at least twenty-one Palestinians, including children, in addition to two international peace activities.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus, said the soldiers shot five Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Jibril added that the army also fired dozens of gas bombs at random, some striking homes, causing fifteen Palestinians, including children, to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Jibril also said that one Palestinian and two international solidarity activists were injured after falling when the soldiers invaded the town and started firing gas bombs and concussion grenades.

He added that the soldiers assaulted Palestinian medics while providing first aid to a wounded Palestinian.

The attacks occurred when the soldiers invaded the eastern area of the town and attacked dozens of Palestinians, and international peace activists, participating in a peaceful activity to rehabilitate and plant Palestinian lands.

In related news, Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the northern West Bank, said many illegal Israeli colonizers attacked, on Thursday night, Palestinian cars and assaulted many Palestinians with pepper spray near the main street leading to Douma town, south of Nablus.

Many Palestinians, including an infant, were injured in the attack, while several cars sustained damage.

(Source / 17.06.2022)

Israeli Colonizers Assault A Palestinian Man In Hebron

On Friday, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked a Palestinian man while working on his land east of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, inflicting moderate wounds.

Eyewitnesses said the colonizers came from the illegal Kiryat Arba colony, built on Palestinian lands east of Hebron.

They added that the man, Abdul-Karim Ibrahim Ja’bari, 64, was attacked by several colonizers while working on his land near the main entrance of the colony when he was attacked.

The wounded man was rushed to Alia governmental hospital in Hebron, suffering various lacerations, especially to the face and head; his wounds have been described as moderate.

(Source / 17.06.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians Near Nablus

On Friday, Israeli soldiers injured many Palestinians during protests against the illegal colonialist activities in Beita and Beit Dajan, near Nablus, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The soldiers attacked the nonviolent protesters who marched on their lands, protesting the illegal takeover and ongoing colonialist activities.

They stated that the army fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs at the protesters.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department at the Nablus office of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), said the soldiers shot four Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets in Beita.

He added that another Palestinian was injured when he fell while the soldiers chased him during the procession.

Jibril also said that seven Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation during the nonviolent process in Beit Dajan.

The Palestinians have been holding ongoing processions on their lands in Sbeih Mountain since May of last year after a group of illegal Israeli colonizers installed an outpost atop the mountain. During these protests, the soldiers injured thousands of Palestinians and killed several others, including children.

The Mountain, owned by the Palestinians, has significant strategic importance, especially since if it is occupied by the colonizers the colony would lead to the annexation of 20 Dunams of Palestinian lands, and would also lead to the isolation of a large area of Palestinian lands.

(Source / 17.06.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians In Hebron

On Friday, Israeli soldiers injured dozens of Palestinians during a nonviolent procession against the ongoing Israeli violations and the illegal takeover of Palestinian lands in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Fuad al-Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees, said the Palestinians marched in the al-Ein al-Baida and al-Jawaya areas in Masafer Yatta, where the Israeli army is preparing a new segregated road for the colonizers.

Al-Amour said the procession was dubbed “Not another new Nakba in Masafer Yatta,” adding that the Palestinians carried Palestinian flags and chanted for national unity and independence.

The soldiers attacked the protesters with gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The Palestinians, accompanied by international peace activists, hold weekly processions in the area to protest the escalating Israeli violations, especially the ongoing attempts to demolish and displace many communities due to Israel’s ongoing illegal colonialist activities on Palestinian lands.

(Source / 17.06.2022)

Army Injure Many Palestinians In Qaryout

On Friday, Israeli soldiers injured many Palestinians in Qaryout village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, after the army and illegal colonizers invaded the water spring area of the village.

Local sources said dozens of colonizers, accompanied by many soldiers, invaded the spring area after the army surrounded it and prevented the Palestinians from reaching it.

They added that the Palestinians protested the violation before the soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at them, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Also, the soldiers injured many Palestinians during protests against the illegal colonialist activities in Beita and Beit Dajan, east of Nablus.

In addition, the army injured dozens of Palestinians during a nonviolent procession against the ongoing Israeli violations and the illegal takeover of Palestinian lands in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 17.06.2022)