Israeli Colonists Hurl Stones At Palestinian Cars Near Nablus

18 MAY2:45 AM

Several illegal Israeli colonists hurled stones, on Friday evening, at Palestinian cars driving on the Nablus-Jenin road, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the assailants gathered at the main junction near the former Homesh colony, and hurled stones at the Palestinian cars.

Daghlas added that the attack caused damage to several Palestinian cars, but did not lead to physical injuries.

In related news, Israeli soldiers shot and mildly injured a Palestinian man near the entrance of Beit Awwa town, west of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said it detained one Palestinian “who crossed the perimeter fence.” The army said the Palestinians was not carrying any weapons, and was moved to an interrogation facilities.

(Source / 18.05.2019) 

Army Abducts Several Palestinians In Jerusalem

17 MAY1:29 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, Friday, several young Palestinian men in Qalandia area, north of occupied East Jerusalem, while trying to enter the city for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the second Friday of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Media sources said the soldiers chased and attacked several young Palestinian men, and prevented them from entering Jerusalem.

They added that the soldiers also abducted several young men, and took them to an unknown destination.

It is worth mentioning that, while Israel claims to allow the Muslim Palestinians to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers, men under the age of 40 are denied access.

On Friday at dawn, the soldiers invaded Arraba town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, searched homes, and abducted Mohammad Mazen Sha’er, 25.

In related news, a group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonists invaded Palestinian agricultural lands in ‘Aseera al-Qibliya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and burnt them.

(Source / 18.05.2019) 

Amnesty: Israel arms human rights violators UAE, Myanmar

Rohingyas are seen at a makeshift camp in Teknaff, Bangladesh on 23 September 2017 [Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency]

Rohingyas are seen at a makeshift camp in Teknaff, Bangladesh on 23 September 2017

A new report by Amnesty International has accused Israel of selling arms and intelligence equipment to serial human rights violators, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), South Sudan and Myanmar.

The report – which was published by Amnesty’s Israel office in Hebrew – found that “Israeli companies continue to export weapons to countries that systematically violate human rights” and that “often these weapons reach their destination after a series of transactions, thereby skirting international monitoring and the rules of Israel itself”.

The human rights organisation therefore called on Israel’s Knesset and Ministry of Defence (MoD) to “more tightly monitor arms exports and enforce transparency guidelines adopted by other Western countries that engage in large-scale weapons exports,” Haaretz reported.

The Israeli daily translated large portions of the report, which argues that since “there are functioning models of correct and moral-based monitoring of weapons exports […] established by large arms exporters such as members of the European Union and the United States, there is no justification for the fact that Israel continues to belong to a dishonorable club of exporters such as China and Russia.”

Amnesty continues: “The absence of monitoring and transparency [has] for decades let Israel supply equipment and defense-related knowledge to questionable states and dictatorial or unstable regimes that have been shunned by the international community.” Eight such “questionable” states were named in Amnesty’s report, including South Sudan, Myanmar, the Philippines, Cameroon, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, Mexico and UAE, some of which were under sanctions and weapons-sales embargos at the time Israel sold its arms.

READ: ‘Not a breach of security’: Israel concludes after paperwork on India weapons sales lost

A number of the countries named in Amnesty’s report have previously been exposed as recipients of Israeli arms and intelligence equipment. The UAE, for example, is known to have purchased Israeli spyware firm NSO Group’s Pegasus software, a tool which has been used to hack into the iPhones of prominent activistsjournalists and Amnesty International staff. Just this week, Amnesty announced that it was supporting legal action against Israel’s MoD to demand that it revoke NSO’s export license.

Meanwhile, Israel’s selling of surveillance technology and assault rifles to South Sudan, where the regime and army has committed ethnic cleansing and aggravated crimes against humanity, has drawn fierce criticism from activists. In 2017, a group of Israelis petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court to force the disclosure of the names of those Israeli companies involved in selling arms to the East African nation.

However, as today’s Amnesty report notes, “with no documentation of sales, one cannot know when [these arms] were sold, by which company, how many, and so on”. Amnesty adds: “All we can say with certainty is that the South Sudanese army currently has Israeli Galil rifles, at a time when there is an international arms embargo on South Sudan, imposed by the UN Security Council, due to ethnic cleansing, as well as crimes against humanity [including] using rape as a method of war.”

Israel’s arms deals were thrust into the spotlight once again in 2017 by the crisis in Myanmar, which saw the Burmese military forcibly displace over half a million Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state, driving them into neighbouring Bangladesh. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights subsequently called for the Myanmar government to be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity including ethnic cleansing and genocide.

In September 2017, Israel issued a gag order against its Supreme Court, forcing it to keep secret details of its ruling on a petition against arms sales to Myanmar. As a result, few details pertaining to the sales are known, with Amnesty’s report adding only that Myanmar’s chief of staff carried out the arms deal and apparently posted about it on his Facebook page.

READ: Israel spyware firm linked to Khashoggi case used to hack WhatsApp

(Source /17.05.2019) 

Health Ministry: “Israeli Soldiers Injured 65 Palestinians, Including 22 Children In Gaza”

16 MAY1:20 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has reported that Israeli soldiers injured 65 Palestinians, including 22 children and five women, and added that one of the injured Palestinians suffered serious wounds during the protests marking the Palestinian Nakba, in several parts of the coastal region.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said one of the injured Palestinians is in a serious condition, in addition to 15 who suffered moderate wounds and 49 who were mildly injured.

He added that 22 of the wounded Palestinians are children, and five are women, and said that the soldiers also targeted medics, wounding three with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Dr. al-Qedra stated that 16 of the wounded Palestinians were shot with live rounds, 14 with rubber-coated steel bullets, 4 were injured by shrapnel from bullets, 15 suffered cuts and bruises, 4 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and 12 were injured by shrapnel from gas bombs.

In related news, Israeli navy ships fired live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters, wounding one fisherman, identified as Morad al-Hassi, 22, from the Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza.

Medical sources said the fisherman was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and suffered mild-to-moderate wounds.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also abducted one Palestinian, who crossed the perimeter fence.

Also Wednesday, the Health Ministry in Gaza has reported that Israeli soldiers have killed 305 Palestinians, including 59 children, ten women, three medics and two journalists, since the Great Return March procession started, in the coastal region, on Palestinian Land Day, March 30th, 2018.

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Protest In Ni’lin

17 MAY4:28 PM

Israeli soldiers resorted, Friday, to the excessive use of force against the weekly nonviolent procession against the illegal Annexation Wall and Colonies in Ni’lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, wounding several persons, and causing a few trees to burn.

Media sources said the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs at local and international peace activists, who marched from the center of the village, heading towards the villagers’ orchards, largely isolated behind the illegal wall.

They added that several nonviolent protesters suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.

The soldiers also fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades into the Palestinian olive orchards, causing many trees to burn, before the firefighters managed to control the fire.

The protest today marked the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, and many protesters carried Palestinian flags, in addition to black flags symbolizing the ongoing displacement of the Palestinian refugees.

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

Soldiers Injure Four Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

17 MAY4:45 PM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, wounding four Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, including a child who was injured in his chest.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the protesters, and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at them.

He added that the soldiers also broke into one home, and tried to ambush the protesters, in addition to using an under-construction home to fire at the protesters.

Medical sources said four Palestinians were injured by the rubber-coated steel bullets, including two who were moved to a hospital; one of them is a child, and several others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

The protest started from the center of the village, while many carried big keys made of cardboard, symbolizing the determination to achieve the refugees’ internationally guaranteed Right of Return, and the ongoing struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

Kufur Qaddoum witnesses frequent Israeli invasions, assaults and abductions as it continues to hold its weekly nonviolent processions against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies, and against the closure of the main road, which was blockaded by the military fifteen years ago, to enable easy access for colonialist settlers driving to and from the Kedumim colony, built on private Palestinian lands.

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

Israel killed 304 Gazans, injured 17,000 since March 2018

MoH: 59 children and ten women were among the deaths

Since the start of Great March of Return protests on 30 March 2018, Israeli occupation forces have killed 304 Palestinians, wounded more than 17,000 others.

In a statement, the ministry of health in Gaza said that the 59 children and ten women were among those killed during the protests.

The statement also said that 3,544 children and 1,168 women were among the wounded.

More than 120 others lost one or more of their limbs so that they will spend their life as disabled.


(Source / 17.05.2019)  

Israeli Forces Kidnap Six Palestinians In West Bank

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped at dawn Thursday six Palestinian citizens after raiding their homes in different West Bank areas.

In a statement on Thursday, the Israeli army said its forces arrested six wanted Palestinians in the West Bank.

The IOF arrest campaigns took place in Kobar village (north of Ramallah), al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya village (northwest of Ramallah), Beit Fajjar town (south of Bethlehem), Qabatiya town (southwest of Jenin).

The IOF also raided homes in other areas of the West Bank, without making arrests.

In a separate incident, the Israeli police kidnapped a teenager from his home in Silwan district, south of the Aqsa Mosque.

According to Wadi Hilweh Information Center, police forces stormed and ransacked the house of 16-year-old Mohamed al-Abbasi, rounded him up and took him to one of its stations in the holy city.

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

Israel lost $16.8m due to halt of gas production during Gaza offensive

Smoke rises after Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes in Gaza City, Gaza on 5 May 2019. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]

Smoke rises after Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza City, Gaza on 5 May 2019

Israel lost 60 million shekels ($16.8 million) from gas exports as a result of the two-day assault launched against the Gaza Strip earlier this month, a member of  the Knesset revealed yesterday.

Al-Wattan Voice reported the Hebrew newspaper Maariv saying that the loses were a result of Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz’s decision to halt gas production at the from Tamar gas field during the attack on Gaza on 4-5 May.

Israeli Member of the Knesset Orit Farkash-Hacohen revealed that 60 million shekels ($16.8 million) had been lost as a result and this would be recouped from tax funds.

Twenty-seven Palestinians were killed during Israel’s attack on the besieged Gaza Strip, including two toddlers, two expectant mothers and one minor. Four Israelis were also killed.

Experts have said the attack was halted because Israel is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest and it did not want news of the attacks to overshadow the global music event, or to deter participants and concert goers from attending.

READ: Israel army urges forces at Gaza fence to show ‘restraint’ during Eurovision

(Source / 15.05.2019)

Almost 20,000 new settlement housing unit in 10 years under Netanyahu

Jewish settlements near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 10 February 2015 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]

Jewish settlements near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 10 February 2015

Israeli authorities have built almost 20,000 settlement housing units in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) during the past decade that Benjamin Netanyahu has been prime minister.

The figure is part of the newly-released annual report by settlement watchdog Peace Now.

In 2018 alone, 2,100 new housing units began construction in the occupied West Bank, nine per cent above the annual average since 2009 (1,935 units per year).

Ten per cent of that construction was in outposts that are technically illegal even under Israeli law, and the majority of new settlement construction in 2018 took place in more isolated colonies.

Peace Now’s new report also surveyed the impact of ten years of Netanyahu as premier, and found that 19,336 new settlement housing units began construction in the period 2009-2018.

READ: Israel approves 940 housing unit in East Jerusalem settlements

The majority of these have again been in more isolated settlements, with only a third of the units located west of the illegal Separation Wall.

According to Peace Now, at least 2,206 of the housing units were constructed illegally even under Israeli law, mostly in so-called unauthorised outposts.

Citing Central Bureau of Statistics figures, Peace Now stated that since the end of 2008 until the end of 2017, 120,518 settlers have been added to the settlements.

Peace Now also noted that “in the decade of Netanyahu’s rule, the various government ministries transferred more than NIS 10 billion ($2.8 billion) as surplus budgets to the settlements,” which does not include “the defence and security expenditures” or “some of the road construction expenses”.

READ: UN calls on Israel to halt demolitions in East Jerusalem

(Source / 15.05.2019)