The Israeli Security Agency, Shin Bet, will formally charge the leader of the Islamic Jihad movement in the occupied West Bank, Bassam Al-Saadi, the Israeli army said.
According to the army, the investigation into Al-Saadi has been completed and the Prosecutor has decided to charge him with membership in a “terror group”, in reference to the Islamic Jihad movement, conducting operations for the group, incitement and “supporting terrorism”.
Earlier on Sunday, a military court extended Al-Saadi’s detention for another five days until 25 August.
Al-Saadi and his defence team deny the “charges against him”.
Remarking on the “incitement charge”, a defence lawyer said the statements made by Al- Saadi and designated as “incitement” were political comments and not incitement against the Israeli authorities, adding that Al-Saadi was doing his job as a commentator on events and was not instigating against anyone.
Al-Saadi was arrested on 1 August by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. His arrest led Israel to launch a “preemptive” strike on the Gaza Strip killing 49 Palestinians including 17 children. On 16 August, the military court in Ofer Prison extended his detention for six additional days.
During a joint press conference in Berlin for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz last week, a German journalist asked Abbas whether he was ready to apologise to Israel over the 1972 attack on Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich.
“If we want to dig further into the past, yes, please, I have 50 massacres that were committed by Israel,” replied Abbas. “Fifty massacres, 50 holocausts, and to this day, every day, we have dead people killed by the Israeli army.” His comments created a storm of protest.
The PA president did not intend to disrespect the Holocaust and what happened to Jews at the hands of the Nazis during World War Two. He did not mean to downplay their suffering, which everyone in the world regards as appalling. Muslims in particular regard such treatment of fellow human beings to be reprehensible.
In Islam, inflicting suffering on people and even animals is a major sin. At the same time, knowing or seeing people being beaten, oppressed or killed without offering any help to them is also a sin. Islam is the predominant religion among Palestinians, and it pays special attention to the other “People of the Book” — Jews and Christians — and their sanctities and closeness to Muslims.
“The president’s statement was not intended to deny the singularity of the Holocaust,” explained Abbas’s office. It reaffirmed his belief that it remains “the most heinous crime in modern human history.”
The official statement continued: “What he meant by the crimes that he spoke about are the crimes and massacres committed against the Palestinian people since the 1948 Nakba at the hands of Israeli forces. These crimes have not stopped to this day.”
We Palestinians, and Muslims in general, do not take lightly having to see anyone in pain or leave someone suffering without offering whatever help we can give. We condemn what happened to the Jews in Europe in the strongest possible terms, while also reminding those who support the Zionist state of Israel that being victims of oppression in one continent does not entitle you to oppress people in another.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that history will not forgive Abbas for his abuse of Jews and alleged disrespect to their painful history. To Lapid I say this: history will never forgive you for the killing of innocent Palestinians as recently as less than two weeks ago when 17 children and four women were among the 49 Palestinians killed in a military offensive ordered by you against those of us who live in the besieged Gaza Strip.
The same goes for other Israeli officials who were angered by Abbas’s remarks. History will never forgive them for killing thousands of Palestinians and displacing hundreds of thousands over the years. History will never forgive them for Israel’s continuous and ongoing oppression of the Palestinians since 1948, not least the blockade imposed on 2.3 million civilians in the occupied Gaza Strip for sixteen years and counting.
Nor will the Israeli officials and politicians who were honoured as “men of peace” even after killing Palestinians before, during and ever since the Israeli occupation of Palestine, be forgotten by history for their crimes. They may have been whitewashed by Western leaders and media, but the Palestinians haven’t forgotten what they have done.
At the same time, I am sending the same message to world leaders who protect the occupation state of Israel and allow it to act with impunity. They are on the wrong side of history. Not only are they not achieving justice for the Jews who were persecuted by the Nazis, but they are also complicit in the oppression of a nation which has been suffering under the self-declared “Jewish state” and its supporters since before it was established in Palestine in 1948.
I am asking world leaders to end their wicked and unacceptable bias towards the Israeli apartheid regime and start to seek a just solution to the conflict that they were instrumental in starting. Germany’s Chancellor Scholz is an example for the world leaders who cannot be trusted in this respect. He denied the description of the Israeli treatment of Palestinians as “apartheid”, despite it being used by major international human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, as well as the UN and Israel’s own B’Tselem.
Germany was the first state to block commemoration of the 1948 Nakba, and yet it promotes the state which arose out of that catastrophe, Israel, and continues to prolong the tragedy of the Palestinians. There are many world leaders in the same boat as Scholz.
When will international institutions take up their responsibilities regarding the implementation of international laws and conventions which they claim to uphold? Take a look at yourselves behind the gloss and façade: your role is limited and ineffectual when it comes to powerful nations who are oppressive.
Far away from the world leaders and international institutions, I am sending another message to the international mass media. Mainstream journalists ignore the principles of their profession based on commitment to the truth and standing beside the oppressed against the oppressors. They take the lead in the whitewashing of Israeli crimes against the Palestinians.
The world rightly recognises the suffering of Jews, and recognises the suffering of Ukrainians and others. When will it recognise the suffering of the Palestinians and the tragedies inflicted upon them by the apartheid state of Israel? And when will the world work towards ending Israel’s brutal military occupation?
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons announced on Tuesday they are preparing for new protest actions against punitive measures taken by Israeli Prison Service (IPS).
In a statement issued on Saturday, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) confirmed that all Palestinian detainees in Israeli occupation prisons from across the political spectrum will start their steps by refusing to take part in the security check and return their meals on Mondays and Wednesdays. After two weeks, they plan to observe an open-ended mass hunger strike.
Earlier today, the detainees refused to take part in the security check as a first step of their campaign against the Israeli repressive measures.
The PPS noted that the Supreme National Emergency Committee for Palestinian detainees, an organizational body that regroups all political factions inside Israeli prisons, stated that the detainees, with such protest actions, seek to force IPS to halt their repressive measures and reverse all the unjust decisions they have taken in recent months against the detainees. The PPS added that Israeli punitive policies aim to impact the lives and spirits of the detainees; the goal is to target the daily life of the detainees.
The latest decision to launch protest steps came after IPS failed to respect the understandings reached last March and decided to resume the punitive measures against detainees, especially those serving life terms.
It is worth to mention that Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons have recently taken a series of actions against restrictions imposed on them by Israeli occupation.
About 650 Palestinian administrative detainees have been boycotting Israeli military court since the start of this year. The boycott includes initial hearings to uphold the administrative detention order, as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at the Supreme Court. Under the banner, “Our decision is freedom … no to administrative detention,” the detainees said their move comes as a continuation of longstanding Palestinian efforts “to put an end to the unjust administrative detention.”
In March, Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement, which represents Palestinian detainees from all the factions, announced a mass hunger strike to begin by the end of the month in protest of restriction measures by Israeli authorities implemented after the Gilboa prison break. However, the strike was called off after an agreement was reached the eve of the first day of the strike.
Such tensions came after the heroic act of six Palestinian detainees who managed to free themselves on September 6 2021, from Gilbou prison, a high-security Israeli prison, through a secret tunnel they had reportedly dug beneath the prison, and they were re-arrested later after over a week of large-scale sweep operations throughout occupied Palestine using high-tech systems.
The IPS took a set of punitive and repressive measures following Gilbou’s prison break.
That time, the detainees demanded the Israeli prisons’ administration to end its policy of repression, abuse, and arbitrary transfers, end the repressive measures imposed on the detainees, release isolated prisoners to regular sections, return detention conditions to what they were before September 6, and to end the policy of arbitrary administrative detention and stop the renewal policy for administrative detainees, among other demands.
There are now around 4550 Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons, including 31 women, 175 minors, and over 700 held in administrative detention without charge or trial.
New York City (QNN)- The United Nations has renewed its call for an international probe into the shooting death of Palestinian-American journalist of Al Jazeera Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by Israeli forces while on duty in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin in May.
“Our position on the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh is unchanged,” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said in a press conference in New York when asked about the UN chief’s stance on an international probe into the circumstances surrounding the killing of Abu Akleh.
Haq added, “We still want this matter to be thoroughly investigated and for those responsible for the killing to be held accountable.”
On whether Guterres supports the International Criminal Court’s probe into the journalist’s killing in the occupied West Bank, Haq said, “We have been clear that we support the investigations that have been underway, and we want to make sure that they come to a result that is acceptable to all [concerned] parties.”
Despite wearing a protective helmet and blue bulletproof vest clearly marked as “PRESS,” the 51-year-old journalist was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the head while she was covering an Israeli military raid into the Jenin refugee camp on May 11, sparking international outrage and calls for accountability for attacks on journalists. The slain journalist covered events and Israeli aggressions in the occupied Palestinian territory for 25 years.
Multiple witnesses said that Israeli forces killed the veteran journalist. Reports by the investigative group Bellingcat, The Associated Press, CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times have also come to the same conclusion.
On June 24, the UN’s OHCHR also announced that information it had gathered showed that the bullets that killed Abu Akleh were fired by Israeli forces.
Spokesperson for the UN’s OHCHR, Ravina Shamdasani, told reporters in Geneva, “All information we have gathered is consistent with the finding that the shots that killed Abu Akleh and injured her colleague Ali Sammoudi came from Israeli security forces and not from indiscriminate firing by armed Palestinians.”
The CNN investigation in May said evidence suggests that the veteran journalist was killed in a “targeted attack by Israeli forces”.
A probe by the Palestinian Authority found that Abu Akleh was deliberately shot by Israeli forces.
On July 4, the Department of State acknowledged that the fatal bullet that struck Abu Akleh likely came from an Israeli forces position, but it framed the killing of the journalist as the unintentional “result of tragic circumstances”.
The US administration also said a “detailed forensic analysis” of the bullet concluded that it was too damaged to determine its source.
Ramallah (QNN)- Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights organization, sent an appeal on Sunday to UN Special Procedures urgently demanding that the international community immediately take “targeted and effective action” to protect human rights directors threatened with arrest by ‘Israel’.
On 18 August 2022, at approximately 3:00 am, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) entered Ramallah, targeting, forcibly entering, raiding the offices of the six designated Palestinian civil society organisations Al-Haq, Addameer, the Bisan Center for Research & Development, Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P), Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC), and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC). Private property and information was seized from three of these organizations by the IOF, and the office of the Health Workers Committees was also raided. The organisations had been designated by ‘Israel’ under its Counter Terrorism Law, 2016, and under military order of 3 November 2021, as “terrorist” and “unlawful associations”.
Last Thursday, 18 August, following a decision by Benny Gantz, the military order has taken full effect in the occupied Palestinian territories, whereupon Yehuda Fox, the Israeli military commander, led an armed incursion into Ramallah to forcibly close the six organisations, “in an attempt to quash the work of human rights defenders, in serious violation of the right to freedom of expression and association,” as the groups said.
Yesterday, 21 August, at 9:31 am, the Israeli occupation forces summoned the General Director of Al-Haq, Mr. Shawan Jabarin for interrogation at the Ofer Military Base, located near Ramallah. The caller, who introduced himself as Captain Fahed, informed Mr. Jabarin that ‘Israel’ and the Israeli army have declared Al-Haq to be an illegal entity and a terrorist organization that was shut down, stating 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) and that Mr. Jabarin is one of its members.
The same day, at 14:25, lawyer and General Director of Defence for Children International, Palestine (DCI-P), Mr. Khaled Quzmar was summoned for interrogation at the Ofer military base by a Shin Beta agent. At 15:20 an eyewitness reported seeing Mr. Quzmar escorted into Shin Bet premises. Mr. Quzmar was not allowed to have legal counsel accompany him. At the time of writing the urgent appeal, he has been released.
Notably, in November-December 2021, Al-Haq sent two urgent appeals to the United Nations Special Procedures calling on the UN Special Rapporteurs to protect Palestinian human rights organizations and individuals.
The first urgent appeal, submitted on 16 November 2021, urged intervention on Israel’s campaign of mass surveillance against Palestinian Human Rights Defenders. The second urgent appeal submitted on 21 November 2021, brought by the SOAS Centre for Human Rights Law on behalf of the six designated organizations, provides a legal analysis of Israeli’s Counter-Terrorism Law of 2016 and concluded its blatant illegality concerning international human rights and humanitarian law.
“The situation has significantly deteriorated and the staff of the six designated organisations and the Health Work Committee are under grave and immediate risk of arbitrary arrest, prosecution on secret evidence, administrative detention, and appropriation of their financial and banking assets,” Al-Haq said in a Sunday statement, adding that the “human rights and humanitarian work of the organisations, is gravely threatened by these closures.”
Al-Haq urgently demanded the UN experts that the international community immediately “take targeted and effective action” to protect Jabarin and Quzmar.
Al-Haq also called on the international community to urge ‘Israel’ to immediately rescind the designations labelling the six organizations as ‘terrorist’, “which violates Palestinian freedoms of opinion and expression, and freedom of association, and amount to acts of apartheid prosecutable under Article 7(2)(h) of the Rome Statute.”
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said the Israeli soldiers stormed and violently searched dozens of homes across the occupied West Bank, and abducted twenty Palestinians, including fathers and sons, and a young woman.
The invasions targeted cities, towns, villages, and refugee camps, across the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital, Jerusalem.
Among the abducted Palestinians are the secretary of the Fateh movement in occupied Jerusalem, former political prisoner Shadi Mitwer, and one woman from Nablus.
The abducted Palestinians are:
Ashraf Mustafa Salah, 43, Bethlehem.
Mustafa Asraf Salah, 17, Bethlehem.
Ibrahim Mahmoud Salah, 40, Bethlehem.
Mahdi Ibrahim Salah, 17, Bethlehem.
Jafar Yacoub Da’dou’, 47, Bethlehem.
Ibrahim Jafar Da’dou’, 16, Bethlehem.
Ata Sbeih, Bethlehem.
Abdullah Ata Sbeih, 17, Bethlehem.
Shadi Ali Asakra, 25, Bethlehem.
Mahmoud Salem Sabah, 23, Bethlehem.
Issa Mustafa al-‘Arouj, 30, Bethlehem.
Falasteen Abdul-Latif Najm, Nablus.
Zaher Mousa, Nablus.
Abdul-Aziz Saleh Nayfa, 28, Tulkarem.
Haitham Ahmad Barakat, 22, Ramallah.
Mohammad Zaki Barakat, 25, Ramallah.
Islam Abdul-Karim Ma’tan, 24, Ramallah.
Abdul-Rahman Mohammad Nawabeet, 25, Ramallah.
Fadi Hassan Abu Aisha, 29, Hebron.
Shadi Mitwer, Jerusalem.
Updated From: Israeli soldiers Abduct Fourteen Palestinians, Including Fathers And Sons, In West Bank Aug 22, 2022, at 08:24
On Monday dawn, Israeli soldiers stormed and violently searched dozens of homes across the occupied West Bank, and abducted at least fourteen Palestinians, including fathers and sons, and a young woman.
In Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in the governorate and abducted eleven Palestinians, including fathers and their sons.
Media sources said the soldiers abducted Ashraf Mustafa Salah, 43, and his son Mustafa, 17, Ibrahim Mahmoud Salah, 40, and his son Mahdi, 17, Ja’far Yacoub Da’doua’, 47, and his son Ibrahim (former political prisoner), 16, in addition to Ata Sbeih and his son Abdullah, 17.
The soldiers also abducted Shadi Ali Askra, 25, Mahmoud Salem Sabah, 23, and Issa Mustafa al-Arouj, 30, from the al-Asakra area in Bethlehem.
In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted a woman, former political prisoner Falasteen Farid Najm, from her home on Tal Street.
The soldiers also invaded Zawata village west of Nablus, searched homes, and abducted a former political prisoner, Zaher Mousa.
The invasion of the village led to protests before the soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades.
In addition, several army jeeps invaded many alleys and streets in the Tulkarem refugee camp in the northern West Bank governorate of Tulkarem and abducted a young man, Bilal Nayfa, after storming and ransacking his home.
The Israeli army handed, Sunday, an order halting the construction of a Palestinian school in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
In a statement, the Um Qissa School said on its official Facebook page that the Israeli occupation authorities denied an appeal for permitting the small school, which serves children from the Bedouin community.
Fuad al-Amour, the coordinator of the Protections and Steadfastness Committees, said the orders are the prefix for a demolition order within the coming few days, adding that the order is part of the escalating violations against the Palestinians, their homes, lands, educational facilities, and holy sites.
He denounced Israel’s ongoing destruction of Palestinian infrastructure, schools, educational and health facilities as part of its constant attempts to build and expand its colonies, built in direct violation of International Law.
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”.