Report: Israel committed 479 violations against Palestine journalists in 2022

Protest demanding justice for Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Gaza on 13 July 2022

The Israeli occupation committed 479 violations against Palestinian journalists during the first half of 2022, the Palestine Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) revealed in a report released on Friday.

“The Israeli army and security forces were responsible for at least 479 violations of media and journalists’ rights in Palestine during the first half of 2022, including the assassination of Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh,” the report stated.

Freedom of the press according to Israel - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

Freedom of the press according to Israel – Cartoon

Among the violations documented by the PJS were the detention of journalists and prevention of coverage, amounting to 175 cases.

The PJS also documented 80 cases of physical assault by the Israeli occupation forces and 65 cases of attacks perpetrated by Israeli settlers.

It also noted: “The increase in the attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinian journalists under the protection of the army was remarkable and growing.”

In the statement, the PJS urged: “Journalistic work in Palestine is under attack. We renew our call on relevant international and human rights organisations to take decisive actions to stop the targeting of journalists by the occupation forces.”

Commenting on the PJS’s report, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) responded that it: “Has repeatedly condemned the deliberate targeting of journalists and media facilities by Israel and submitted a formal complaint to the ICC in early April 2022.”

READ: Israel has issued 1,056 administrative detention orders this year alone

(Source / 21.08.2022)

In Pictures| Remembering the arson attack on Al Aqsa mosque: 53 years after the arson attack

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- On 21 August, 1969, an extremist Australian Christian, called Dennis Michael Rohan, attempted to set fire to Al-Aqsa Mosque. His action had the apparent blessing of the Israeli occupation forces. 53 years later, the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa remains under as great a threat as ever.

Michael Dennis Rohan, a tourist from Australia and a member of the “Church of God”, set fire to the mosque to “hasten the coming of the Messiah”.

On 21 August, 1969, Palestinian guards in the Aqsa compound saw smoke rising from the south-east wing of the mosque and, upon closer inspection, saw a blaze inside the prayer hall.

Muslims and Christians alike rushed to the mosque to quell the flames, but Israeli occupation forces prevented their entry. After confrontations, they made their way into the Noble Sanctuary and started to tackle the fire.

When the fire extinguishers failed to work, they looked for sources of water but found the pumps broken and the hoses cut. They banded together quickly to form a human chain and used buckets and other small containers to bring water to the building.

Israeli occupation forces also prevented fire trucks, which were arriving from the surrounding West Bank cities of Nablus, Ramallah, Al-Bireh, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin and Tulkarem.

The fire had swept through some of the oldest parts of the mosque, most notably destroying the 900-year-old wood and ivory pulpit gifted by Salahuddin Al-Ayubi, as well as mosaic panels on the walls and ceilings; many areas within the mosque were left blackened and burnt.

The people of occupied Jerusalem went on strike immediately upon the fire. The strike spread all over the occupied Palestinian territories. The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 271 on 15 September, 1969, in which it expressed its sorrow for the damage caused by the arson, in light of the military occupation of Jerusalem. The council stressed that taking land by military conquest is illegal and demanded that Israel should cancel all measures it had taken to change the status of the city.

Rohan, who was a subscriber of The Plain Truth magazine published by the Worldwide Church of God’s (WCG) founder Herbert W. Armstrong, was claimed to be mentally unstable. A claim, which has been used by Israel to protect its terrorists.

The Australian terrorist was unafraid of revealing his motives for the crime; as “the Lord’s emissary”, he wanted to hasten the second coming of Jesus Christ which, in his view, could only be achieved by allowing the Jews to build a temple in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque, where it is claimed that the Temple of Solomon originally stood.

Israelis criticized Rohan’s ignorance, as he “didn’t know that the Dome of the Rock is the one, which was built on the site of the temple, not the Qibali prayer room”!

53 years later, Israel has been trying to divide the holy mosque between Muslims and Jews. Mass settlers raids into the Al aqsa mosque are being allowed and protected by ‘Israel’. Meanwhile, Muslim worshipers are being evicted and prayer rooms and gates are being closed to worshipers on daily basis. Israeli forces also arrest worshipers every now and then for praying at the holy mosque.

Today as we remember the horrible arson attack on Al Aqsa mosque, it is clear that the Noble Sanctuary faces the same threats as it did 53 years ago, perhaps even more so.

(Source / 21.08.2022)

General Director of Al-Haq receives threatening phone call from Israeli Intelligence

Al-Haq director Shawan Jabarin

Ramallah (QNN)- The General Director of Al-Haq, which is one of several Palestinian Civil Society Organizations raided and shut down last week by ‘Israel’ in the occupied West Bank, received today a threatening phone call from Israeli Security Service, the Shabak.

At 9:31 am local time on Sunday, Shawan Jabarin received a phone call from a person introducing himself as captain Fahed of the Israeli Security Service, the Shabak, who demanded that Shawan arrives for interrogation at the Ofer military base of the Israeli occupation forces, located near Ramallah, according to the Al-Haq.

Jabarin refused to comply and told the person he has no guarantees that he is a real person from the Shabak. The person then said he could send Shawan a message to whatsapp.

Al-Haq said that Shawan responded that as an individual whose work is done in accordance with international law, he will not take the call seriously and that an official letter through a lawyer needs to be sent, or that the Israeli forces could visit him in Ramallah, but that he will not go to Ofer.

The caller then told Shawan that ‘Israel’ and the Israeli forces have declared Al-Haq to be an “illegal entity and a terrorist organization that was shut down and that Israel will not allow the organization to remain open and functioning.”

The caller then falsely claimed that Al-Haq has ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist-Leninist Palestinian resistance group, which was listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in 1997 by the US State Department, and that Shawan is also a member of the PFLP.

Shawan responded that all these accusations are “utter nonsense and complete lies and that Israel continues to fabricate allegations against Palestinian civil society organizations and human rights defenders.”

The caller then threatened Shawan that a “price, including a personal price from Shawan, will be paid through imprisonment, interrogations and other measures, if Al-Haq continues to work.”

During the phone call, which lasted around five minutes as Al-Haq stated, Shawan asked the caller if he is being threatened, and the caller confirmed and reiterated that a personal price will be paid and that ‘Israel’ will not allow Al-Haq to continue its work.

The human rights group urgently demanded in a statement that the “international community immediately take targeted and effective action to protect Al-Haq, its General Director Shawan Jabarin and other Palestinian civil society organizations and human rights defenders, who are now facing existential threats.”

In the early morning of 18 August 2022, Israeli occupation forces forcibly entered, raided, ransacked and damaged properties of six designated Palestinian civil society organizations: Al-Haq, Addameer, the Bisan Center for Research & Development, Defence for Children International-Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC).

According to the groups, the armed military forces bashed through the front doors of the offices, welded iron slabs over their entrances, and affixed to each a military order for the immediate closure of the organization and their offices.

Private property and information from three of the offices were seized, adjoining properties damaged and military debris, including sponge-grenades, teargas canisters, and rubber coated and live bullets, were left around the properties. The violent enforcement of these designations impose financial and safety risks upon these organizations, as their finances and assets may be confiscated and their staff members directly targeted, arbitrarily arrested and imprisoned.

The office of Health Work Committees (HWC) was also broken into and raided.

According to the military orders, having been previously designated by Israeli occupation as “terrorist” organisations on 19 October 2021 under Israel’s domestic Counter Terrorism Law, 2016, and later under military order on 3 November 2021 as “unlawful associations” per Article 319 of the Defense (Emergency) Regulations of 1945, the offices of the six organisations have been ordered shut as illegal.

In addition, the military order also considers the work activities conducted inside the organizations as illegal.

Following the raids and closures, the groups said in a joint statement that Israel’s “unlawful and aggressive incursion poses an existential threat to Palestinian civil society.”

The groups said the Israeli actions “seeks to dismantle crucial mechanisms that work to uphold human rights and end Israel’s settler colonial and apartheid regime, which systematically denies the Palestinian people their right to self-determination and the right of refugees to return.”

“The closure of the organizations follows a failure of the international community to take meaningful concrete actions to hold Israel accountable for designating the organizations as grave violations of international law, including persecution and apartheid,” the huamn rights groups added.

(Source / 21.08.2022)

EU expresses concerns about Israel’s raids, closures of Palestinian CSOs

Offices of 7 Palestinian civil and human rights organizations were stormed and sabotaged by Israeli forces in Ramallah on August 18. The forces also confiscated office items and machinery from the headquarters

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The European Union has expressed “concerns” about recent raids and measures taken by Israeli occupation against several Palestinian Civil Society Organizations in the occupied West Bank.

In the early morning of 18 August 2022, Israeli occupation forces forcibly entered, raided, ransacked and damaged properties of six designated Palestinian civil society organizations: Al-Haq, Addameer, the Bisan Center for Research & Development, Defence for Children International-Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC).

According to the groups, the armed military forces bashed through the front doors of the offices, welded iron slabs over their entrances, and affixed to each a military order for the immediate closure of the organization and their offices.

Private property and information from three of the offices were seized, adjoining properties damaged and military debris, including sponge-grenades, teargas canisters, and rubber coated and live bullets, were left around the properties. The violent enforcement of these designations impose financial and safety risks upon these organizations, as their finances and assets may be confiscated and their staff members directly targeted, arbitrarily arrested and imprisoned.

The office of Health Work Committees (HWC) was also broken into and raided.

According to the military orders, having been previously designated by Israeli occupation as “terrorist” organisations on 19 October 2021 under Israel’s domestic Counter Terrorism Law, 2016, and later under military order on 3 November 2021 as “unlawful associations” per Article 319 of the Defense (Emergency) Regulations of 1945, the offices of the six organisations have been ordered shut as illegal.

In addition, the military order also considers the work activities conducted inside the organizations as illegal.

In a statement issued on Friday, the EU said it “always treats accusations of terrorism or links to terrorist groups with the utmost seriousness, and has been in touch with the Israeli authorities seeking substantial information regarding the designations. On the basis of information provided thus far, allegations of misuse of EU funds by these organisations have not been substantiated.”

“A free and strong civil society is indispensable for promoting democratic values and for advancing towards the two-state solution,” the 27-nation bloc added.

The EU also said it is “committed to its continued support to civil society that contributes to this purpose and to confidence building between Israelis and Palestinians. It is essential that such organizations are allowed to pursue their legitimate and peaceful activities.”

“As stated before, it is crucial to ensure that anti-terrorism legislation does not lead to undermining civil society and its valuable work and contributions to building fairer and more peaceful societies.”

The EU noted it will continue to support civil society organizations “that seek to promote respect for international law, human rights, and democratic values.”

On Friday, the Foreign Ministries of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden also slammed Israel’s actions, expressing deep concerns and calling the actions as “not acceptable.”

On July 12, the nine countries also stated that “no substantial information was received from Israel that would justify reviewing our policy towards the 6 Palestinian NGOs on the basis of the Israeli decision to designate these NGOs as ‘terrorist organisations’. Should convincing evidence be made available to the contrary, we would act accordingly.”

(Source / 21.08.2022)

Israeli Soldier Killed by Fellow Israeli Soldier Near Tulkarem


An Israeli soldier who was shot last week during an Israeli military invasion of Tulkarem turns out to have been shot by a fellow Israeli soldier — not by Palestinian fighters, as Israel had originally claimed.

The deceased soldier was identified as Sergeant Natan Fitoussi. He was posthumously promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant. Fitoussi had immigrated to Israeli from France in 2014.

According to Israeli sources, Fitoussi was stationed at a guard post on the Israeli side of the Annexation Wall near Tulkarem on August 15th.

He left the guardpost for a short time, and when he returned, the other soldier stationed at the guardpost shot at him and killed him.

Initially, the Israeli army reported the incident as a shooting attack by Palestinians. Israeli troops then began searching the nearby Palestinian villages for the alleged gunman.

But after that initial report, and following an investigation, Israeli military officials clarified that the incident was not a shooting attack by Palestinians.

Such incidents of so-called ‘friendly fire’ are common among Israeli soldiers, especially during ground invasions when soldiers get excited and confused and begin firing at one another.

Earlier this year, two Israeli military officers from an elite commando unit were shot by ‘friendly fire’ at a military base in the Jordan Valley.

Fitoussi lived in Netanya, in central Israel, since 2014.

The military criticized the Israeli media for reporting on the incident before confirming the details, and before the military had a chance to notify the soldier’s family of his death.

(Source / 21.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Six Palestinians, Including Four Children, In Bethlehem And Ramallah

On Sunday dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted six Palestinians, including four children, in Bethlehem and Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, before storming and ransacking many homes.

The soldiers added that the soldiers abducted Hamada Jamal Hasan, 15, Ali Jihad Thawabta, 15, Yousef Mohammad Thawabta, 15, and Wadea’ Mahmoud Sheikh, 15.

In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, the army installed a roadblock at the main entrance of invaded Ein Yabrud village, northeast of the city, and abducted Qutaiba Jalal al-Beyari, 20, and Ahmad Abdul-Majid Salah, 20.

(Source / 21.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Husan Near Bethlehem

On Saturday evening, several Israeli army vehicles invaded Husan village, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, leading to protests.

Media sources said several armored jeeps invaded Husan, especially the village’s eastern entrance, leading to protests.

The sources added that the soldiers fired many live rounds, gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians; there have been no reports of injuries.

In related news, the soldiers abducted a Palestinian child in Khirbat Abu Falah village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and two Palestinians, near Nablus and Jenin, in the northern West Bank.

(Source / 21.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians, Including A Child, In Ramallah, Nablus, And Jenin

On Saturday, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian child in Khirbat Abu Falah village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and two Palestinians near Nablus and Jenin, in the northern West Bank.

Media sources several Israeli military vehicles carried the invasion out and drove through several neighborhoods.

They added that the soldiers abducted a child, Ala’ Ehab Sheikh Hamayel, 14, and took him to a nearby military base.

In related news, the army invaded Deir Nitham village, northwest of Ramallah, leading to protests, before the soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades; there have been no reports of injuries.

It is worth mentioning that Deir Nitham and its lands face frequent Israeli military invasions and assaults by illegal colonialist settlers.

On Saturday evening, the soldiers abducted Abdul-Rahman Eshteyya from the northern West Bank city of Nablus after stopping him at a military roadblock south of the city.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a young man, who remained unidentified at the time of this report, after stopping him at a permanent military roadblock southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Dozens of soldiers were also deployed around the villages and towns of Rommana, Zabbouba, Ta’nak, Taybeh, Ya’bad, and Arraba, near Jenin, and closed many roads and intersections.

(Source / 21.08.2022)