Poll: Palestine President Abbas’ popularity rose after statements in Germany

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a joint press conference in Ankara, Turkiye on August 23, 2022

The popularity of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rose after his recent criticism of Israel and the West’s hypocrisy towards it, a new poll has found.

Carried out by the Ramallah-based International Academic Campaign to End Occupation and Annexation, the electronic poll found that 61.9 per cent of respondents believed that the president’s popularity has increased to a large degree, 26.9 per cent of them considered that this popularity has increased somewhat, and 11.2 per cent of the respondents expressed that the president’s popularity increased a little.

The poll also showed that 61.1 per cent of respondents believed that the internal Palestinian position was homogeneous and unified in response to the hostile campaigns against Abbas, while 27.8 per cent of the respondents expressed their reservations about the unity and homogeneity of the internal position.

The poll included an intentional sample of 198 academics in Palestinian universities, and was carried out from 22-24 August.

Abbas was criticised by Germany and Israel last week after he told a journalist that the occupation state  has committed “50 Holocausts” against Palestinians.

READ: Western hypocrisy on Palestine is at an unprecedented level

(Source / 26.08.2022)

Israeli Army Abducts A Palestinian In Nablus

On Friday morning, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian in the Rafidia area, west of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said several army vehicles invaded Rafidia before the soldiers surrounded a residential tower and broke into it.

The sources added that the soldiers abducted Ibrahim Abu Ghadeeb from his apartment after violently searching it, causing excessive damage.

The invasion led to protests before the soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

In addition, the soldiers injured a young Palestinian man in Saida town, north of Tulkarem, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 26.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure A Palestinian Near Tulkarem

On Friday dawn, Israeli soldiers injured a young Palestinian man in Saida town, north of Tulkarem, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot the young man, a former political prisoner, with a live round in the leg.

They added that the wounded young man was rushed to Thabet Thabet hospital in Tulkarem; his wounds have been described as moderate.

The Palestinian was shot during protests after several army jeeps invaded several neighborhoods in the town.

(Source / 26.08.2022)

US Judge Forces Ben & Jerry’s to Sell Ice Cream in Israeli Settlements

In an unprecedented ruling against free speech and the right to boycott, a judge in the United States ruled this week that the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream company can be forced to sell ice cream in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The original founders and owners of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream announced in July 2021 that they would stop allowing the sale of their ice cream products in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, since the Israeli takeover of Palestinian land in the West Bank is a clear violation of international law and has been condemned by hundreds of United Nations resolutions since the military occupation began in 1967.

The company said that selling their product in the illegal Israeli settlement colonies, constructed on stolen Palestinian land, would be “inconsistent with our values”, but that the company would continue to sell its ice cream products inside Israel. There are many companies around the world that have responded to the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, initiated in 2005 by hundreds of Palestinian organizations aiming to pressure Israel to end its brutal and illegal occupation of Palestine.

However, the Israeli license-holder, Avi Zinger, continued to produce the ice cream in his factory near Tel Aviv, and continued to sell it in the Israeli settlements, going against the company’s decision.

The original Ben & Jerry’s company is now owned by the multinational corporation Unilever, based in London, and despite an agreement to allow the Ben & Jerry’s brand to make decisions about preserving its social justice values, Unilever sold its license to operate the Ben & Jerry’s brand in Israel to an Israeli company without consulting the Ben & Jerry’s board.

That decision by Unilever, according to Ben & Jerry’s, was “made without the consent of Ben & Jerry’s Independent Board”, and went against the merger agreement that gave the board the ability to protect the founder’s values and reputation.

But US District Judge Andrew Carter, based in New York, ruled this week that Ben & Jerry’s company must allow its ice cream to be sold in the illegal Israeli colonies, saying that the company’s claim that such sales violate its core values is “too speculative”.

Unilever had previously stated that Ben & Jerry’s could keep their social justice values without “getting involved in international geo-politics”. Palestine supporters point out that selling products in the illegal Israeli colonies is, in fact, getting involved in geopolitics, since these colonies are illegally constructed on land stolen from the indigenous Palestinian population. Refusing to sell in the colonies would be a way of not getting involved in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Ben & Jerry’s company has said that they will appeal the decision. The company was founded in Vermont, in the United States in 1978, and is known for championing progressive causes, including making a flavor with former US football star Colin Kaepernick, when he took a stand against racism in the United States.

Hundreds of thousands of Jewish Israeli settlers live in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, in settlement colonies that are regarded as illegal under international law.

(Source / 26.08.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Jerusalem And Qalqilia

On Thursday evening, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinians, including the son of the Jerusalem governor, in Jerusalem and Qalqilia, in the occupied West Bank.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Qussai Adnan Gheith, the son of the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith, from his home in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

It is worth mentioning that the Gheith has been abducted, interrogated, and imprisoned by Israel 35 times since he because a governor in August of 2018, and on August 4th, he received an open-ended house arrest order.

Israel bars Gheith from holding meetings or communicating with Palestinian officials, including the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, and is also banned from traveling abroad or leaving Jerusalem.

In related news, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner after stopping him at a sudden military roadblock, at the main entrance of Azzoun town east of Qalqilia, in the northern West Bank.

The Palestinian, Mahmoud Ali Walweel, is from the al-Far’a refugee camp, south of the northeastern West Bank city of Tubas.

On Thursday dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted eighteen Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

Also, illegal Israeli colonizers assaulted three Palestinians, including a father and his son, in Jerusalem and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 26.08.2022)

Including Father And Son, Israeli Colonizers Assault Three Palestinians In Jerusalem And Hebron

On Thursday, illegal Israeli colonizers assaulted three Palestinians, including a father and his son, in Jerusalem and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the colonizers assaulted Nihad Sbeih and his son Aktham from Jabal al-Mokabber in occupied Jerusalem.

They said the colonizers attacked the father and his son inside the City Council building in West Jerusalem despite the presence of police and guards.

Also, illegal colonizers attacked a Palestinian, Ahmad Mousa Hawamda, in the as-Samu’ town, east of the southern Ahmad Mousa Hawamda, causing various cuts and bruises.

(Source / 26.08.2022)