UK Labour hires former Israeli spy from Unit 8200

Operatives from Unit 8200 used sexual preferences to blackmail Palestinians into becoming collaborators with the Israeli occupation authorities

Britain’s Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer hired a former Israel spy to work in his social media team, The Electronic Intifada has revealed.

Assaf Kaplan was hired as a “social media listener”, and worked formerly for the infamous 8200 cyber unit of the Israeli intelligence services. In a profile of Kaplan on an ex-employer’s website, he is described as a “Unit 8200 veteran”.

Unit 8200 specialises in cyber intelligence, and is known for its role in blackmailing and assassinating Palestinians, as revealed in a shocking Guardian report in 2014.

Another former Unit 8200 officer revealed anonymously the extent of the activities undertaken by the unit, some of which resulted in the killing of an innocent child in the Gaza Strip.

Operatives also used sexual preferences to blackmail Palestinians into becoming collaborators with the Israeli occupation authorities.

“Once when I was the unit representative, there was someone suspicious next to a weapons warehouse in Gaza and we thought he was our target,” explained the anonymous source.

“It had taken us a long time to find him. Judging by his location, the time and similar data, we concluded it was him. After we assassinated him it turned out that he was a kid… I remember an image on the screen of him in an orchard, and the explosion on the screen, the smoke clearing and his mother running to him, at which point we could see he was a child. The body was small. We realised we had screwed up.”

Another pointed out that “any Palestinian” may be targeted and may suffer from sanctions such as the denial of permits, harassment, extortion or even direct physical injury. “Such instances might occur if the individual is of any interest to the system for any reason.

Be it indirect relations with hostile individuals, physical proximity to intelligence targets, or connections to topics that interest 8200 as a technological unit.”

Any information that might enable “extortion” of an individual is considered relevant information by the 8200 team. “Whether said individual is of a certain sexual orientation, cheating on his wife or in need of treatment in Israel or the West Bank, he is a target for blackmail.”

Kaplan was also involved in the latest General Election in Israel, working for Israeli Labor as deputy head of campaigns. The party suffered a catastrophic collapse in its share of the vote, and there are now rumours that it will be wiped out completely in the upcoming election in March.

Although some Twitter users have pointed out that Israeli citizens are subject to mandatory conscription into the Israeli army, the duration of national service is only two and a half years. Kaplan apparently served in Israeli intelligence for nearly five years, twice the normal conscription period.

Other Twitter users have said that Kaplan is being singled out simply because he is an Israeli citizen, and that if it was any other intelligence service there wouldn’t be any problem.

(Source / 20.01.2021)

Palestinians injured during Israeli bombing of Gaza

This came 24 hours after a series of airstrikes carried by Israeli warplanes across the Gaza Strip

Tens of Palestinian people were injured on Wednesday night from Israeli occupation artillery shelling of different sites across blockaded Gaza Strip, medical and security sources said.

Medical sources said that an artillery shell fired by an Israeli tank hit a house in al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip injuring one resident who was transferred to hospital in Deir Al-Balah.

The man, according the medical sources, was injured in his leg and he is in stable condition.

According to the medical sources, more than 35 women and children were traumatised during the Israeli tank shelling and needed post-trauma treatment.

Israeli tanks also targeted locations east of Gaza City, the security sources said, as well as east of Bureij and Maghazi refugee camps in the central Gaza Strip, and a site east of the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Israeli artillery also fired at least one shell towards a site northwest of the town of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, destroying it and setting it on fire.

The strike caused damage to some homes near the targeted sites.

Israeli warplanes carried out several airstrikes in Rafah and Khan Younis governorates in the south of the Gaza Strip without causing any casualties.

(Source / 20.01.2021)

The occupation arrests three Palestinians from Tulkarm

Days of Palestine – Tulkarm – Today, Wednesday, the Israeli occupation forces arrested three civilians from Tulkarm.

The prisoner club in Tulkarm said that the occupation forces arrested: Yahya Odeh (24 years old) from Tulkarm camp, Muhammad Yusef Mazyad (20 years), and Tayseer Abdel Dayem Al Zaq (52 years) from the town of Anabta, east of the governorate, after they raided their homes .

Read More: The occupation forces arrest four Palestinians from Tulkarm

The occupation launches arrest campaigns on a daily basis against the Palestinians in various cities and villages of the West Bank .

(Source / 20.01.2021)

Israeli authorities demolish the village of Al-Araqib 182 times

Days of Palestine – Negev  – The Israeli authorities demolished on Wednesday the homes of the residents of the village of Al-Araqib, which is under threat of uprooting and displacement in the Negev region, for the 182nd time in a row.

The Israeli forces stormed the village of Al-Araqib and displaced its people, despite the rainy weather and the cold weather prevailing in the country.

Read More: The Israeli occupation authorities force a Palestinian to demolish his own house in Beit Hanina

The demolition of the village’s tents came today, after the last time they were demolished, on December 17, 2020.

Read More: Israeli authorities approve the seizure of 1008 dunums of Palestinian lands

This is the first time that the tents of the people of Al-Araqib have been demolished from the beginning of this year 2021 until today, While the people re-erect it every time of wood and a nylon cover to protect them from the bitter cold in the rainy weather and despite the Corona pandemic in the country.

The Israeli occupation have continued to demolish Al-Araqib village since 2000, in their repeated attempts to force the villagers to frustration and despair and displace them from their lands.

(Source / 20.01.2021)

Israeli artillery targets several locations in the Gaza Strip

Days of Palestine – Gaza – The artillery of the Israeli occupation forces shelled several sites in separate areas of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night.

Our correspondent reported that the Israeli occupation tanks stationed behind the separation fence in the eastern Gaza Strip targeted sites east of Gaza City and east of the Bureij and Al-Maghazi camps in the central Gaza Strip, and sites east of the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

Read More: Israeli artillery targets a resistance monitoring post east of Khan Yunis

The shelling caused material damage to some citizens’ homes near the targeted places, but no injuries were reported.

Yesterday, the Israeli warplanes targeted several sites in the Rafah and Khan Yunis governorates, in the southern Gaza Strip, without causing any casualties.

Read More: Israeli warplanes strike targets in Gaza Strip

(Source / 20.01.2021)

IOF shot two Palestinians north of Qalqilya

QALQILIYA, PALESTINOW.COM — Two Palestinian youths were injured on Tuesday morning by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) near the Apartheid Wall, north of Qalqilya.

Local sources reported that IOF soldiers fired at and injured two Palestinians in their feet while they were near the Apartheid Wall.

The Palestinian medical teams took the two wounded men to Darwish Nazzal Governmental Hospital for treatment, according to the sources.

IOF has recently escalated targeting of workers who pass through the small holes in the Apartheid Wall.

The Apartheid Wall, which the Israeli occupation began constructing in 2004, destroyed large areas of agricultural land in the West Bank and confiscated 164,780 dunums of Palestinian lands.

The Wall violates the basic rights of nearly a million Palestinians, forcing thousands of them to obtain special permits from the occupation forces to allow them to move between their homes and their lands.

The Wall also negatively affected the educational process. Many students and teachers are systematically denied access to their schools.

(Source / 20.01.2021)

Army Issues Demolition Orders Targeting Eight Homes, And A Shed, Near Nablus

Several Israeli army jeeps invaded, on Monday at dawn, Douma village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, before handing orders for the demolition of eight homes, and one shed.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the soldiers surrounded the village, before invading it, and handed the destruction orders.

The Israeli army claims the buildings were constructed without a permit from the so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of the illegal occupation of the West Bank, although they are licensed by the Local Village Council.

Daghlas stated the following Palestinians received the orders for the demolition of their structures in several areas of the town:

  1. Mohammad Nidal Dawabsha, demolition order against his under-construction home.
  2. Amin Rashid Dawabsha, demolition order against his inhabited home.
  3. Mohammad Yousef Dawabsha, demolition order against his inhabited home.
  4. Sidqi Abdullah Dawabsha, demolition order against his inhabited home.
  5. Montaser Khalil Dawabsha, demolition order against his inhabited home.
  6. Mohammad Fathi Dawabsha, demolition order against his shed
  7. Jibril Dawabsha, demolition order against his inhabited home.
  8. Nimir Radwan Saidawi, demolition order against his inhabited home.
  9. Mousa Shehda, demolition order against his under-construction home.

(Source / 19.01.2021)

Army Abducts A Palestinian Child Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at night, the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and abducted a Palestinian child.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the refugee camp before the soldiers stormed and searched homes.

They added that the soldiers interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, before abducting Salahuddin Mahmoud Abu Warda, 16.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted four siblings in Jenin and Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank.

On Tuesday morning, Israeli navy ships fired live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats, in addition to attacking them with water cannons, near the shore of the Sudaniyya sea, northwest of Gaza city.

(Source / 19.01.2021)

Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishermen In Gaza

Israeli navy ships fired, on Tuesday morning, several live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats, in addition to attacking them with water cannons, near the shore of the Sudaniyya sea, northwest of Gaza city.

Eyewitnesses said the navy attacked the Palestinian fishing boats less than three nautical miles from the Gaza shore.

They added that the attack did not lead to casualties, but caused damage to the boats, and forced the fishermen back to the shore without being able to fish and provide for their families.

The attack is part of ongoing Israeli violations against Palestinian, farmers, workers, and fishermen in Gaza territorial waters and agricultural close to the perimeter fence, in the besieged and impoverished coast region.

(Source / 19.01.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Two Palestinians Near Qalqilia

Israeli soldiers shot, on Tuesday morning, two young Palestinian men near the illegal Annexation Wall, north of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

Eyewitnesses said the two young men were among of several workers who were trying to cross through a hole in the annexation wall, seeking work.

They added that the two were shot in the lower extremities before Palestinian medics rushed them to Darwish Nazzal governmental hospital in Qalqilia.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently open fire at Palestinian workers near the wall, and sometimes at the military roadblocks of the walls’ gates, in several parts of the West Bank.

(Source / 19.01.2021)