Archive | December 23rd, 2011

Weekly Report On Zio-Nazi Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

(01- 07 December 2011)

T

Israeli soldiers arrest a journalists during the weekly protest in Nabi Saleh village near Ramallah

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

 

A Palestinian resistance activist was killed and 3 others were wounded by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

 

IOF have continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

3 Palestinian civilians and an Israeli human rights defender were wounded.

IOF arrested 6 civilians, including two journalists and 3 international human rights defenders.

 

The Israeli Navy has continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

 

IOF conducted 61 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.   

IOF arrested 43 Palestinians, including 3 children.

IOF waged a campaign of arrests against members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Hamas, and raided the office of Members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Tulkarm.

 

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

Israeli soldiers arrested 9 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, at various checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Israeli has continued efforts to create a Jewish majority in East Jerusalem.

IOF deported PLC Member Ahmed Attoun from Jerusalem to Ramallah.

IOF demolished 3 houses and forced two Palestinian civilians to demolish their houses by themselves. 

 

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

IOF demolished two houses and a factory in Qalqilya.

Israeli settlers attacked an old Palestinian man and fired at a shepherd to the east of Nablus.

Israeli settlers set fire at the entrance of a mosque in Brouqin village near Salfit.

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (01 – 07 December 2011):

Shooting:

During the reporting period, IOF killed a member of the Palestinian resistance and wounded 3 others seriously on the Gaza Strip.  They also wounded 3 Palestinian civilians and an Israeli human rights defender in peaceful protests in the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, on 07 December 2011, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a number of activists of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad) in the east of Gaza City.  As a result, an activist was killed and two others were seriously wounded.  On the same day, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a 4thactivist in the southeast of Gaza City.  He was seriously wounded.

During the reporting period, IOF positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired at Palestinian workers who were collecting scraps of construction materials, at farmers who were working on their lands and at shepherds in the north and south of the Gaza Strip.  No casualties were reported.  Israeli gunboats also fired at Palestinian fishing boats, but no casualties were reported.

In the West Bank, during the reporting period, IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall in the West Bank.  As a result, 3 Palestinian civilians and an Israeli human rights defender were wounded and dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation.  IOF also arrested 6 civilians, including two journalists and 3 international human rights defenders.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 61 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 43 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children.

During the reporting period, IOF waged an arrest campaign that targeted leaders, activists and supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian on the eve of the 44th anniversary of its establishment.

IOF also stormed the offices of PLC Members from the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas in Tulkarm, and confiscated some of its contents.

Restrictions on Movement:

Israel had continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

Gaza Strip

Israel has continuously closed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for over three years. The illegal Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.

IOF have tightened the closure of the Gaza Strip and practically made Karm Abu Salem crossing as the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip although it is not proper for commercial purposes in terms of its distance and operational capacity.

IOF have continued to apply their policy aimed at tightening the strangulation of the commercial movement in the Gaza Strip, including imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

The total closure of al-Mentar “Karni” crossing on 02 March 2011 has created a bitter situation that has seriously affected the Gaza Strip.  Following this closure, all the economic and commercial establishments in Gaza Commercial Zone were shut off.  It should be noted that al-Mentar crossing is the biggest crossing in the Gaza Strip in terms of its operational capacity to absorb the flow of imports and exports.  The decision of al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of decisions to totally close Sofa crossing, east of the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2009, and Nahal Oz crossing, east of Gaza City, which was dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas to the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2010.

These statistics which were made available to PCHR by the Border and Crossings Department indicate a continued drop in the number of truckloads of Gaza imports and exports.

IOF have continued to impose total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Stri, except for very limited items and quantities.  The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip.

The cooking gas crisis which has erupted last November has continued to affect the Gaza Strip.  This crisis was created when the Israeli occupation authorities totally closed, on 04 January 2010, Nahal Oz crossing, which used to be dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas supplies to Gaza, and shifted fuel and cooking gas supplies to Karm Abu Salem crossing which is not technically equipped to receive Gaza’s needs of fuel.  Karm Abu Salem crossing, with its maximum absorptive capacity, can receive only 200 tons of cooking gas per day.

Approximately 80% of Gaza civilians have continued to depend on alimentary aid provided by UNRWA and other relief agencies, rates of families who are living below poverty line have continued to be on the rise and approximately 40% of Gaza’s manpower has continued to suffer from permanent unemployment as a result of shutting down the majority of Gaza’s economic establishments.

IOF have continued to impose a total ban on the exportation of Gaza’s products, especially industrial products, leading to undermining any real chances to rerun economic establishments.  The situation has been aggravated especially after making Karm Abu Salem crossing as Gaza sole commercial crossing and the repeated closure of this crossing which negatively affected the quantity of Gazan products which were allowed to be exported during last April.

IOF have continued to prolong the implementation of their decision to allow 60 cars into Gaza weekly although more than 11 months have passed since they announced this decision after three years of ban imposed on the delivery of cars to Gaza.  As a result, the prices of cars in Gaza have been on the rise and local markets experience serious shortage in spare parts.

For approximately four consecutive years, IOF have continued to ban the delivery of construction materials to Gaza. During the reporting period, IOF approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a number of international organizations.

Israel has continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for Palestinian civilians from the Gaza Strip.  IOF only allow the movement of limited groups amidst severe restrictions, including long hours of waiting in the majority of cases.  IOF have also continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and Jerusalem.  IOF denied new categories of Gazan patient permission to have access to hospitals via the crossing.

Israel has imposed additional access restrictions on international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers seeking to enter the Gaza Strip.

For approximately 53 months, IOF have continued to deny approximately 700 Palestinian prisoners from Gaza detained in Israeli jails their visitation rights without providing any justification to this measure, which violates the rules of the international humanitarian law.

West Bank

IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.

IOF have established checkpoints in and around Jerusalem, severely restricting Palestinian access to the city. Civilians are frequently prevented from praying in the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

There are approximately 585 permanent roadblocks, and manned and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank.

When complete, the illegal annexation wall will stretch for 724 kilometers around the West Bank, further isolating the entire population. 350 kilometers of the wall have already been constructed. Approximately 99% of the wall has been constructed inside the West Bank itself, confiscating more Palestinian land.

At least 65% of the main roads that lead to 18 Palestinian communities in the West Bank are closed or fully controlled by IOF.

There are approximately 500 kilometers of restricted roads across the West Bank. In addition, approximately one third of the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, is inaccessible to Palestinians without permits issued by IOF. Such permits are extremely difficult to obtain.

IOF continue to harass and assault demonstrators who hold peaceful protests against the construction of the annexation wall.

Palestinian civilians continue to be harassed by IOF in Jerusalem, and across the West Bank, including being regularly stopped and searched in the streets by IOF.

Efforts to Create a Jewish Majority in East Jerusalem

During the reporting period, IOF demolished 3 Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem, claiming that they were built without licenses.  They also forced two Palestinians to demolish their houses by themselves.

On 06 December 2011, IOF deported PLC Member Ahmed Mohammed Attoun, 43, from Jerusalem to Ramallah.  PCHR considers that IOF’s decision to deport Attoun amounts to forcible displacement. The deportation of protected persons is prohibited under Article 49 of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. PCHR notes that this measure is part of the continued deportation of PLC members who were elected by the Palestinian people in the elections of 2006.

Settlement Activities:

Israel has continued its settlement activities in the OPT in violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

On 03 December 2011, Israeli settlers violently beat an old Palestinian civilian near Nablus.  He sustained bruises.  They also fired at a Palestinian shepherd, but he was not hurt.

On 05 December 2011, IOF demolished two houses al-Ramadin village, south of Qalqilya, and a factory in ‘Azzoun village, east of the town.

On 07 December 2011, Israeli settlers set fire to the gate of a mosque in Brouqin village.  They also burnt a car and a digger in the village.

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (01 – 07 December 2011)

 

  1. 1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Thursday, 01 December 2011

At approximately 00:45, IOF moved into Marah As’ad neighborhood in the southeast of Jenin.  They surrounded a house belonging to ‘Abdul Nasser ‘Abdul ‘Afu ‘Abdul ‘Aziz (Nasser ‘Aziz), 55, Member of the Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Acting Chairman of the General Union of Palestinian Studnets.  They knocked the door and ordered residents of the house to get out.  When ‘Abdul ‘Aziz opened the door, Israeli soldiers questioned him shortly, and then arrested him.

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Marah neighborhood.  They raided a 3-storey apartment building belonging to the al-Zughaibi family.  They then ordered Silah Khalil al-Zughabi, 51, to get down from his flat on the last floor.  When he did, they arrested him.  IOF raided also a nearby house belonging to ‘Abdullah ‘Afif Zakarna, 48, and arrested him.

At the same time, IOF raised a house belonging to Ahmed Yousef Abu al-Haija, 37, in al-Jabriyat neighborhood.  His wife opened the door for them and told them that her husband suffers from a 70% physical handicap.  They entered his room and ordered his wife to change his clothes.  They then arrested him.  It should be noted that Abu al-Haija was wounded by an explosive bullet fired by an Israeli tank in 2002, which caused a partial physical handicap to him.

At the same time, IOF raided a two-storey apartment building belonging to the Abu Sakha family in Nazareth Street in the north of Jenin, after blowing up its gate.  They arrested Zaher Nafez Abu Sakha, 45.

Also at the same time, IOF moved into al-Sikka neighborhood in the south of Jenin.  They raided a house belonging to Mazen Mohammed al-Zuraiqi, 46, Director of Handicapped Rehabilitation Society in Qabatya village, and arrested him.  It should be noted that al-Zuraiqi’s mother had passed away two days earlier.

At the same time, IOF moved into al-Bassatin neighborhood in the north of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to Zuhair ‘Abdul Ra’ouf Zughaibi, 61, and arrested him.

At the same time, IOF moved into the old town of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to Fadaa’ ‘Abdul Ra’ouf Zughaibi, 44, and arrested him.

At the same time, IOF moved into Kharrouba neighborhood in the north of Jenin.  They raided a house belonging to Samah ‘Abdulllah al-Zughaibi, 44, and arrested him.

Also at the same time, IOF moved into al-‘Arma neighborhood in the north of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Alam Sami Masad. 42, and arrested him.

Also at approximately 00:45, IOF moved into ‘Arbouna village, north of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Saleh Abu Hassan, 70, and arrested him.

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Beit Fourik village, east of Nablus.  They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians:

1. Sajed ‘Abdul Latif Mlaitat, 40;

2. Ayman ‘Aaref Hajj Mohammed, 44; and

3. Mohammed Yousef Abu Ghilmi, 38.

Also at approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Tubas.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ashraf Mohye al-Din Hamama, 35, and arrested him.

Also at approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Bitounia town, west of Ramallah.  They raided and searched a house belonging to Mustafa Kamel Badarna, 47, who was released from Israeli jails in the context of the latest swap deal of prisoners, and summoned him for interrogation.

Approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Doha village, south of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Aatef Abu ‘Aker, and arrested his child, 15-year-old Mohammed.

Also at approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Zaid Mohammed al-Harimi, 17, and arrested him.

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Housan village, west of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched house belonging to ‘Abdul Hai ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Shousa, 40, and his brothers, Ibrahim and Mahmoud, 40 and 30 respectively, and arrested the three brothers.

At approximately 08:30, IOF moved into Jericho and the neighboring ‘Ein al-Sultan refugee camp.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 08:40, IOF moved into Deir Estia village, north of Salfit.  They established a checkpoint at the entrance of the village.  They withdrew later, and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into Deir Ghassana village, northwest of Ramallah.   They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Beit Siera village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Bidya village, northwest of Salfit.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 15:00, an IOF undercover unit moved into al-Duhaisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, traveling in a civilian vehicle.  The vehicles stopped near a coffee shop belonging to Shihab Hussein Mizher, 35.  Israeli soldiers stepped down and arrested Mizher.  Soon after, IOF military vehicles moved into the camp to secure the withdrawal of the undercover unit.

At approximately 16:30, IOF moved into ‘Arrana village, north of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Deir Ballout village, west of Salfit.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 18:30, IOF moved into al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya village, north of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Seilat al-Harthiya village, north of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Faqqou’a village, northeast of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Friday, 02 December 2011

At approximately 00:0, IOF moved into Kufol Hares village, north of Salfit.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus.  They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians:

1. Jameel Ibrahim Badrasawi, 64;

2. Haitham Jameel Badrasawi, 25; and

3. Yasser Ibrahim Badrasawi, 47.

Also at approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Qadhi area, south of Hebron.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Abdul ‘Aadel ‘Awni Abu Mayala, 22, and arrested him.

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Yousef Da’dou’, 21, and arrested him.

At approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats stationed opposite to Beit Lahia beach in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats.  Palestinian fishermen were forced to sail back to the beach and no casualties were reported.

At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Also at approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Budros village, west of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Khrabtha al-Misbah village, west of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 16:30, Israeli soldiers stationed on observation towers near Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a number of bird hunters nearly 300 meters away.  The hunters were forced to leave the area and no casualties were reported.

Saturday, 03 December 2011

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Tirah neighborhood in the southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Also at approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Shawawra village, east of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud ‘Eissa Rabai’a, 23, and summoned him for interrogation.

At approximately 12:30, IOF moved into Deir Abu Da’if village, east of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Also at approximately 12:30, IOF moved into Um al-Tout village, southeast of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Saffa village, west of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Beit ‘Aur al-Tahta, west of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Also at approximately 17:00, IOF positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Rafah opened fire at a number of Palestinian fishermen near Gaza International Airport in the southeast of Rafah.  No casualties were reported.

At approximately 18:30, Israeli gunboats stationed opposite to Beit Lahia beach in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats.  Palestinian fishermen were forced to sail back to the beach and no casualties were reported.

Also at approximately 18:30, Israeli gunboats stationed opposite to Rafah beach in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats.  Palestinian fishermen were forced to sail back to the beach and no casualties were reported.

At approximately 22:00, IOF moved into Kufor Dan village, north of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 23:50, IOF moved into Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Sunday, 04 December 2011

 

At approximately 00:35, IOF moved into Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Jafna village, north of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Also at approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Zabbouba village, northwest of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 10:15, IOF moved into Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 11:30, IOF moved into Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 12:30, IOF moved into Nazlat al-Sheikh Zayed village, southwest of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Bal’a village, northeast of Tulkarm.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Also at approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Deir al-Ghossoun village, north of Tulkarm.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Also at approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Kufor Malek village, northeast of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 22:30, IOF moved into Qiffin village, north of Tulkarm.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 23:30, IOF moved into Kufor al-Labad village, east of Tulkarm.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Monday, 05 December 2011

At approximately 00:45, IOF moved into Qalqilya.  They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ayman Zuhair Hardan, 26, and arrested him.  They released him two hours later.

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Nablus and the neighboring Balata refugee camp.  They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine:

1. Maher Maskawi, 37;

2. Hassan Shilbaya, 46; and

3. Hussam al-Ruzza, 54.

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Housan village, west of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Younis Shousha, and arrested his two sons: Fadi, 32; and ‘Alaa’ 24.

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm town and refugee camp.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Emarin village, northeast of Qalqilya.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into Zazlat al-Sheikh Zayed village, southwest of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 22:00, Israeli soldiers positioned on observation towards at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the north of Beit Hanoun town opened fire at space areas located to the south of the agricultural school.  The shooting continued for 20 minutes, but no casualties were reported.

Also at approximately 22:00, IOF moved into Beer al-Basha village, south of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 23:0, IOF moved into Deir Ghazala village, northeast of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 23:20, IOF moved into Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 06 December 2011

At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Tulkarm.  They patrolled in the streets.  They then raided an apartment building, in which the office of Members of the Palestinian Legislative Council from the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas, is based.  They broke the door of the office, searched it and damaged the furniture.  Before their withdrawal, they confiscated two hard disks, a laptop and some documents.

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya.  They patrolled in the streets and arrested 4 Palestinian civilians:

1. Anas Waleed Barham, 21;

2. Rif’at Mufeed Barham, 21;

3. ‘Abdullah Rajab Jom’a, 21; and

4. ‘Abdul Hafiz Anwar Jom’a, 23.

They also summoned Eihab Mo’ayad Eshtaiwi, 27, for interrogation.

At approximately 12:30, IOF moved into al-Zababda village, southeast of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 15:30, IOF moved nearly 300 meters into the east of al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  They leveled areas of Palestinian land.  During this incursion, IOF clashed with members of the Palestinian resistance, but no casualties were reported.  IOF moved back to the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel at approximately 02:30 on the following day.

At approximately 17:30, IOF moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Toura al-Gharbiya village, southwest of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 07 December 2011

At approximately 00:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a number of activists of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad) in al-Mansoura Street in the east of al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  As a result, an activist, Isma’il Salama Hussein al-‘Ar’eir, 22, was killed and two others were seriously wounded.

At the same time, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at an activist of the Palestinian resistance in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza City.  He was seriously wounded.

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Nablus.  They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 7 Palestinians, including two university professors:

1. Dr. “Mohammed ‘Azzam” Subhi Ghazal, 54, a leader of Hamas and a professor at an-Najah National University;

2. Dr. Yousef Ibrahim ‘Abdul Haq, 65, a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a professor at an Najah National University;

3. Sameeh Suleiman ‘Olaiwi, 46;

4. Bahaa’ al-Din Fat’hi Ya’ish, 53;

5. Sameer Mustafa al-Usta, 54, who was released from Israeli jails 4 months ago;

6. Usayd Hassiba, 17; and

7. Mo’ayad Hassiba, 19.

At approximately 07:30, Israeli soldiers stationed on observation towers at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were collecting scraps of construction materials from Erez industrial zone.  The worker fled from the area and no casualties were reported.

  1. 2. Use of Excessive Force against Peaceful Demonstrations Protesting Settlement Activities and the Construction of the Annexation Wall

During the reporting period, IOF used force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest to the construction of the Wall and settlement activities in the West Bank, and in protest to the establishment of a buffer zone in the Gaza Strip.  As a result, 3 Palestinian civilians and an Israeli human rights defender were wounded, and dozens of Palestinian civilians and human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation.  IOF also arrested a Palestinian demonstrator, two journalists and 3 international human rights defenders.

Following the Friday Prayer on 02 December 2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil’ein village, west of Ramallah, in protest to the construction of the annexation wall and support for efforts to achieve national reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah movements.  They raised the Palestinian flag and called for ending political division. They then moved towards areas of Palestinian land, which the Israeli High Court ordered to be returned to their Palestinian owners.  Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators.  They also targeted the press car of Associated Press.  As a result, 3 Palestinian demonstrators and an Israeli human rights defender were wounded:

1. Salah Hussein Khawaja, 43, hit by a tear gas canister to the right foot;

2. Ahmed ‘Abdul Karim al-Khatib, 35, hit by a tear gas canister to the right foot;

3. Mustafa Shawkat al-Khatib, 22, hit by a tear gas canister to the back; and

4. Shai Bulak, 40, an Israeli human rights defender, hit by a tear gas canister to the chest.

A number of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Also following the Friday Prayer on Friday, 02 December 2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya, in protest to continued closure of the eastern entrance of the village.  They moved towards the entrance, but IOF stopped them.  Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the demonstrators.  As a result, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Also following the Friday Prayer on 02 December 2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Ne’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest against the construction of the annexation wall.  They clashed with Israeli troops positioned near the annexation wall.  Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at demonstrators.  As a result, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Also following the Friday Prayer on 02 December 2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in protest against land confiscations and settlement activities.  They raised the Palestinian flag, chanted slogans calling for ending the occupation.   When the demonstrators attempted to reach areas of land seized by Israeli settlers near “Halmish” settlement, Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them.  As a result, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and other sustained bruises.  IOF also arrested two Palestinian journalists and 3 international human rights defenders.  The two journalists are:

1. Majdi Mohammed Eshtayeh, 29, a cameraman of Associated Press, who was released an hour later; and

2. Mohammed Suleiman Radhi, 27, a cameraman of Palestine Television, who was released at approximately 20:00.

On Saturday morning, 03 December 2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians and a number of International human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Khirbat Sousia area to the southeast of Yatta village, south of Hebron, in protest to Israeli attacks in the area.  IOF fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the demonstrators.  As a result, 5 demonstrators, including a Danish human rights defender, were injured:

1. Aida, 30, a Danish human rights defender;

2. Sarah al-Nawaj’a, 62;

3. Nasser al-Nawaj’a, 28;

4. Mohammed al-Nawaj’a; and

5. Hussein al-Shawahin.

IOF also arrested Khaled Mohammed al-Hroush, 18, claiming that he attempted to raise the Palestinian flag on an Israeli military jeep.

  1. 3. Continued Closure of the OPT

Israel has continued to impose a tightened closure of the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

Israel has continuously closed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for over three years. The illegal Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. The illegal closure has caused not only a humanitarian crisis but a crisis of human rights and human dignity for the population of the Gaza Strip. Measures declared recently to ease the blockade are vague, purely cosmetic and fail to deal with the root causes of the crisis, which can only be addressed by an immediate and complete lifting of the closure, including lifting the travel ban into and out of the Gaza Strip and the ban on exports. PCHR is concerned that the new Israeli policy is simply shifting Gaza to another form of illegal blockade, one that may become internationally accepted and institutionalized. Palestinians in Gaza may no longer suffer from the same shortage of goods, but they will remain economically dependent and unable to care for themselves, and socially, culturally and academically isolated from the rest of the world.

Movement at Border Crossings during the Reporting Period:

 

Movement at Rafah International Crossing Point

30 November – 06 December 2011

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

30 November 2011

473

381

28

Thursday

01 December 2011

634

514

26

Friday

02 December 2011

2

Saturday

03 December 2011

631

576

32

Sunday

04 December 2011

577

412

18

Monday

05 December 2011

568

444

25

Tuesday

06 December 2011

533

408

21

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

30 November – 06 December2011

Imports:

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

30 November 2011

Foodstuffs

719

Agricultural materials

1,915

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Water tanks

Glass boards

Refrigerators

Washing machine   

Electricity generators

1,418

2,973

86

644

98

96

26

Humanitarian aid

1,119

cooking gas

180.320

01 December 2011

Foodstuffs

922

Agricultural materials

1,696

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Water tanks

1,436

767

538

220

304

100

Humanitarian aid

1,995

Cooking gas

183.500

04 December 2011

Foodstuffs

1,039

Agricultural materials

1,755

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Packing machine   

Refrigerators

Car tires

1,770

827

304

1

133

1,080

Humanitarian aid

2,470

Cooking gas

160.160

05 December 2011

Foodstuffs

874

Agricultural materials

2,208

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Water tanks

Electricity generators

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Cars

1,173

658

118

38

114

733

21

Humanitarian aid

3,541

Cooking gas

178.430

06 December 2011

Foodstuffs

839

Agricultural materials

2,208

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Cows

Refrigerators

Glass boards

Washing machines

Chips machines  

1,459

1,064

308

388

115

520

192

3

Humanitarian aid

3,351

Cooking gas

178.200

 

Exports:

On Thursday, 01 December 2011, IOF allowed the exportation of 4 tons of strawberries.

On Sunday, 04 December 2011, IOF allowed the exportation of 5.4 tons of strawberries.

On Monday, 05 December 2011, IOF allowed the exportation of 3.1 tons of strawberries.

On Tuesday, 06 December 2011, IOF allowed the exportation of 8 tons of strawberries.

Notes:

On Wednesday, 30 November 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 40 tons of cement, 490 tons of construction aggregate and 144 tons of construction steel for UNDP.  They also allowed the entry of 1,755 tons of fodders.

On Thursday, 01 December 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 580 tons of cement and 150 tons of construction steel for UNRWA; and 120 tons of cement and 108 tons of construction steel for UNDP.  IOF also allowed the entry of 1,521 tons of wheat.

On Sunday, 04 December 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 40 tons of cement, 1,890 tons of construction aggregate and 143 tons of construction steel for UNRWA.  They also allowed the entry of 1,833 tons of fodders.

On Monday, 05 December 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 473 tons of cement, 14 tons of construction steel and 2,380tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; and 24 of construction steel and 144 tons of cement for ANERA.  They also allowed the entry of 2,067 tons of wheat.

On Tuesday, 06 December 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 2,100 tons of construction aggregate and 290 tons of cement for UNRWA; and 160 tons of cement, 490 tons of construction aggregate and 51 tons of construction steel for the Palestinian US Agency for International Development.  They also allowed the entry of 1,872 tons of fodders.

Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing: Israel has continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the movement of Palestinian civilians. IOF have allowed only diplomats, a number of international journalists, employees of international agencies and a limited number of patients who suffer from serious diseases to pass through the crossing. They have continued to prevent Palestinian civilians from visiting their relatives who are detained in Israeli jails. The small number of patients permitted to pass through the crossing is only able to do so under severe restrictions that include prolonged checking.

Movement at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

30 November – 06 December2011

 

Date

30 November

01 December

02 December

03 December

04 December

05 December

06 December

Patients

34

17

Nil

Nil

34

36

40

Companions

31

18

Nil

Nil

27

34

40

Arabs from Israel

7

22

2

Nil

21

1

Nil

Diplomats

9

9

3

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

International Journalists

1

4

1

Nil

1

1

6

International Workers

32

85

20

Nil

1

4

17

Travelers abroad

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

7

2

Business People

35

17

6

Nil

24

20

29

Economic Meetings

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

1

Security Interviews

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

4

1

Nil

VIP’s

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

1

Ambulances to Israel

2

4

1

Nil

3

3

3

Ambulances from Israel

1

2

Nil

Nil

1

1

1

 

The West Bank

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, IOF imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.

Jerusalem: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians to and from the city. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been denied access to the city. IOF have established many checkpoints around and inside the city.  Restrictions of the movement of Palestinian civilians often escalate on Fridays, preventing Muslim Palestinians from praying at al-Aqsa Mosque.

Ramallah: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 08:45 on Thursday, 01 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa intersection, west of Ramallah.  At approximately 10:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Liqya village, west of Ramallah.  At approximately 11:00 on the same day, IOF re-established their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah.  At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 02 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.  Also at approximately 08:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Turmos’iya village, northeast of Ramallah.  At approximately 09:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint under Kharabtha al-Misbah Bridge, southwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 03 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at Silwad intersection, northeast of Ramallah.  At approximately 08:00 on Sunday, 04 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa intersection, west of Ramallah.

Qalqilya:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  On Thursday, 01 December 2011, IOF established 4 checkpoints around the town.  At approximately 00:00 on Friday, 02 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Qalqilya.  On Saturday, 03 December 2011, IOF established 7 checkpoints around Qalqilya.  On Sunday, 04 December 2011, IOF established 4 checkpoints around Qalqilya.

Tulkarm: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 10:30 on Saturday, 03 December 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned at Ennab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 20:30 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint on Kufor Sour – Kour road, southeast of Tulkarm.  At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 04 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint on Tulkarm – Qalqilya road near Jibara Gate, south of Tulkarm.  At approximately 15:30 on the same day, Israeli soldiers positioned at Ennab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 22:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Qiffin village, north of Tulkarm.  At approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, 06 December 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned at Ennab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.

Jenin: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 06:00 on Saturday, 03 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint on Jenin-Tulkarm road near the entrance of Beer al-Basha village, south of Jenin.  At approximately 11:30, Israeli soldiers positioned at Mavo Dutan checkpoint southwest of Jenin, imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 06:00 on Sunday, 04 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Zabbouba village, northwest of Jenin.  At approximately 06:00 on Monday, 05 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Zabbouba village, northwest of Jenin.  At approximately 19:30 on Tuesday, 06 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Zabbouba village, northwest of Jenin.

 

Salfit:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 11:45 on Saturday, 03 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Brouqin village, west of Salfit.  At the same time, they established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Bidya village, northwest of Salfit.  At approximately 12:30 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance of Hares village, north of Salfit.  At approximately 15:35 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint on Hares – Kufol Hares road, north of Salfit.

 

Jericho: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 01 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Ein al-Dyouk village, north of Jericho. At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 03 December 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Fassayel village, north of Jericho.

Hebron:  IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  On Thursday morning, 01 December 2011, IOF prevented Palestinian farmers form working on their lands in Sousia area to the southeast of Yatta village, south of Hebron.  According to investigations conducted by PCHR, as Israeli settlers from “Sousia” settlement provoked Palestinian farmers who were working on their lands nearly 300 meters away from the settlement, IOF ordered Palestinian farmers to leave their lands.

Arrests at Military Checkpoints

At approximately 16:30 on Sunday, 04 December 2011, Israeli soldiers patrolled in the vicinity of “Elli” settlement, south of Nablus, arrested 3 Palestinian children who were cropping olives from their families’ agricultural lands, which are located near the settlement.  The children are: Ahmed Sameer ‘Awadh; Habib ‘Abdullah ‘Owais; and Anas Tarqi ‘Owais.

At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 04 December 2011, Israeli soldiers patrolling near al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, arrested ‘Ali Mustafa Salah, 29, and Ashraf Salah al-Din Salah, 31.

At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 05 December 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned at a checkpoint established at the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, arrested Wissam Eyad Tamimi, 16.

On Monday evening, 05 December 2011, IOF arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in al-Doha village, west of Bethlehem: Mo’taz Khalil ‘Ezziya, 16; Ahmed Mohammed Erdris; and Mos’ab Subhi al-‘Azza, 18.

  1. 4. Efforts to Create a Jewish Majority in East Jerusalem

Israeli occupation authorities have continued to make persistent efforts to create a Jewish majority in East Jerusalem and expel Palestinian civilians in the city.

On Sunday morning, 04 December 2011, IOF forced Ussama Hussein al-Shwaiki to demolish his 96-square-meter house in al-Thawri neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.  Al-Shwaiki built his house in 2005, and in 2009, officials from the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem and a number of Israeli police officers came to the house and photographed it.  Later, the municipal court imposed a fine of 96,000 ILS on him allegedly for building the house without a license.  According to al-Shwaiki, he appealed the court ruling, but in late November 2011, the court ordered him to demolish his house by himself, or the municipality would demolish it on his own expenses.  So, he was forced to demolish his house, in which 6 individuals, including two children, live.

Aon the same day, IOF forced Husni Bassam al-Kilani to demolish a 32-square-meter room added to his house in al-Sawana neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.  Al-Kilani built the room in 2008, and in 2009, officials from the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem and a number of Israeli police officers came to the house and photographed it.  Later, the municipal court ordered to demolish the added room, claiming it was built without a license.  Al-Kilani appealed the court ruling, but has eventually forced to demolish the room by himself, because of he did not do, he would be forced to pay a fine of 30,000 ILS.

On Monday morning, 05 December 2011, IOF, accompanied by officials from the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem, moved into Yassoul quarter in Silwan village to the south of the old town of Jerusalem.  They surrounded a house belonging to Burhan Zakria Burqan, 39.  They forced the family out without allowing them to vacate their belongings.  They then demolished the 150-square-meter house, in which 8 individuals lived.  IOF also demolished a barnyards belonging to Burqan.  The house was located nearly 800 meters to the south of the al-Aqsa Mosque and only 250 meters away from al-Bustan neighborhood, where IOF plan to establish a biblical garden.

On the same day, IOF, accompanied by officials from the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem, surrounded a 50-square-meter house belonging to Majdi Msuatafa al-Salaima, in which 6 individuals live, in al-Ashqariya quarter in Beit Hanina village, north of Jerusalem.  They forced the family out without allowing them to vacate their belongings.  They then demolished the house.

On Tuesday morning, IOF, accompanied by a bulldozer, moved into al-Jeeb village, northwest of Jerusalem.  They surrounded a 70-square-meter house belonging to Khamis al-Dadu, in which 9 individuals live.  They then demolished the house, claiming that it was built without a license.

On Tuesday, 06 December 201, IOF deportedf Ahmed Attoun, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), from Jerusalem to Ramallah.  PCHR considers that IOF’s decision to deport Attoun amounts to forcible displacement. The deportation of protected persons is prohibited under Article 49 of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. PCHR notes that this measure is part of the continued deportation of PLC members who were elected by the Palestinian people in the elections of 2006.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, the Israeli Court of Magistrates in Jerusalem decided on Tuesday, 06 December 2011, to deport Ahmed Attoun, 43, PLC Member from the Change and Reform Bloc affiliated to Hamas.  A few hours later, Attoun was transferred to an Israeli checkpoint near Ramallah and IOF ordered him to walk towards Ramallah.

Attoun and Mohammed Totah, another PLC Member from the Change and Reform Bloc, and former Palestinian Jerusalem  Minister, Khaled Abu Arafa, have made a sit-in in the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Jerusalem since June 2010, in protest against IOF’s decision to confiscate ID cards from PLC Members in Jerusalem and instead give them temporary monthly permits to access Jerusalem, on grounds that they are affiliates of a prohibited organization or participate in the Palestinian elections in the name of Hamas.  While Attoun, Totah and Abu Arafa were in their sit-in, IOF arrested PLC member Mohammed Abu Teir and deported him to Ramallah on 08 December 2010. On 06 September 2011, IOF arrested Abu Teir from his home in Kafr Aqab village near Ramallah.  On 26 September, an IOF undercover unit kidnapped Attoun from the sit-in tent in the ICRC headquarters in Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem.  Attoun had been in detention untill he was transferred to Ramallah.

This deportation is part of a continued Israeli campaign that has been implemented since June 2006, aimed at arresting members of the Change and Reform Bloc of the PLC, including Palestinian Ministers and members of local councils in the West Bank.  This campaign began following the victory of Hamas in the PLC elections of January 2006.  There are currently 22 PLC members, mostly from the Change and Reform Bloc of Hamas, detained in Israeli jails.

  1. 5. Settlement Activities and Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilians and Property

Israel has continued its settlement activities in the OPT in violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

On Saturday morning, 03 December 2011, after IOF had removed mobile homes placed by Israeli settlers near “Eitamar” settlement, southeast of Nablus, Israeli settlers from “Alon Moreh” settlement, which stands on the lands of Salem and ‘Azmout villages, east of Nablus, attacked Najeh ‘Abdul Qader Eshtayeh, 63.

In his testimony to PCHR, Eshtayeh stated:

“At approximately 06:00 on Saturday, 03 December 2011, I went to my land located in al-Qum’iya area in the east of Salem village.  When I crossed the bypass road in the east of the village, nearly 600 meters from my land, I saw a while jeep with an Israeli plate.  When its driver saw me, he drove the jeep towards me and intercepted me.  He stepped down carrying a rifle.  I stepped down off the donkey I was riding.  The settlers attempted to push me into the jeep.  When he could not, he beat me by hands, feet and gun butts.  He continued to beat me for 15 minutes.  Another settler then came and the two beat me.  They continued to beat me for one hour.  When they left me, I went back home, and my sons transported me to Rafidya Hospital as I sustained bruises.”

Also on Saturday morning, two Israeli settlers fired at a Palestinian shepherd, Rami Rasheed Eshtayeh, from Salem village east of Nablus, but he was not hurt.

In his testimony to PCHR, Eshtayeh stated:

“At approximately 06:30 on Saturday, 03 December 2011, I went out to raze my sheep.  When I arrived at the gate established on a bypass road in the village, I was surprised by two armed Israeli settlers.  One of them ordered me to stop, but I did not obey the order fearing for my life.  I fled to my village leaving the sheep in the area.  One of the settlers opened fire at me, but I was not hurt.  Residents of the village got up hearing the sounds of shooting.  They gathered and threw stones at the settlers and they were able to take the sheep back.  Four days earlier, an Israeli settler driving a truck ran down 4 of my sheep.”

At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 05 December 2011, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya.  They demolished a factory of bricks belonging to Hussein Mohammed Ghannam at the entrance of the village.  According to the owner’s son, Hussein, on Sunday evening, 04 December 2011, the Israeli “Civil Administration” verbally notified them that the factory must be demolished by the following day.  It should be noted that the factory was established in 2008.

At approximately 07:50 on the same day, IOF, accompanied by two bulldozers, moved into Arab al-Ramadin village, south of Hebron.  The demolished two 50-square-meter house belonging to Mohammed Suleiman Sh’our and Mohammed Salama Sh’our, claiming that the two houses are close to a road used by Israeli settlers.

At approximately 01:30 on Wednesday, 07 December 2011, a number of Israeli settlers broke into Brouqin village, west of Salfit.  They set fire to the entrance of Ali Bin Abi Taleb Mosque, which was closed.  They also set fire to tires around the mosque, which was damaged.  Soon after, the settlers set fire to a car belonging to Mo’tassem Ibrahim Samara, 34, which was parked near the mosque, causing a loss estimated at 150,000 ILS.  The settlers also burnt a digger belonging to ‘Ali Na’el Sabra, 38, causing a loss estimated at 70,000 ILS.

………………………………………………………

 

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

 

1. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their legal and moral obligations under Article 1 of the Convention to ensure Israel’s respect for the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  PCHR believes that the conspiracy of silence practiced by the international community has encouraged Israel to act as if it is above the law and encourages Israel continue to violate international human rights and humanitarian law.

2. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to convene a conference to take effective steps to ensure Israel’s respect of the Convention in the OPT and to provide immediate protection for Palestinian civilians.

3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to comply with their legal obligations detailed in Article 146 of the Convention to search for and prosecute those responsible for grave breaches, namely war crimes.

4. PCHR calls for the immediate implementation of the Advisory Opinion issued by the International Court of Justice, which considers the construction of the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank illegal.

5. PCHR recommends that international civil society organizations, including human rights organizations, bar associations and NGOs, participate in the process of exposing those accused of grave breaches of international law and urge their governments to bring the perpetrators to justice.

6. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the Euro-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that Israel must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel.  PCHR further calls upon the EU states to prohibit import of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the OPT.

7. PCHR calls on the international community to recognize the Gaza disengagement plan, which was implemented in September 2005, for what it is – not an end to occupation but a compounding of the occupation and the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

8. In recognition of ICRC as the guardian of the Fourth Geneva

Convention, PCHR calls upon the ICRC to increase its staff and activities in the OPT, including the facilitation of family visitations to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

9. PCHR appreciates the efforts of international civil society, including human rights organizations, bar associations, unions and NGOs, and urges them to continue their role in pressuring their governments to secure Israel’s respect for human rights in the OPT and to demand Israel end its attacks on Palestinian civilians.

10. PCHR calls upon the international community to pressure Israel to lift the severe restrictions imposed by the Israeli government and its occupation forces on access for international organizations to the OPT.

11. PCHR reiterates that any political settlement not based on international human rights law and humanitarian law cannot lead to a peaceful and just solution of the Palestinian question.  Rather, such an arrangement can only lead to further suffering and instability in the region.  Any peace process or agreement must be based on respect for international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law.

…………………………………………………………

 

Public Document

For further information please visit our website (www.pchrgaza.org) or contact PCHR’s office in Gaza City, Gaza Strip by email ( pchr@pchrgaza.org ) or telephone (+972 (0)8 282 4776 – 282 5893).

Posted in Palestine AffairsComments Off on Weekly Report On Zio-Nazi Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Egyptian Popular Diplomacy

NOVANEWS

The Salafi Al-Nour Party in Egypt just announced that it is in favor of negotiations with Israel, while the Muslim Brotherhood has promised that it does not intend to revoke the peace treaty with Israel. That’s OK: no one is relying on the Muslim Brotherhood or Al-Nour to do so, and the more they echo the social policies of the Mubarak government and remain quiet or cooperative in the face of the SCAF’s collaboration with Israel in encaging and destroying the Palestinian people, the more obvious their nature will become and, perhaps, the easier it will be for a leftist party to articulate a social program that can do better than the privatized social welfare networks that propelled the Brotherhood to power in Egypt.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian people’s popular diplomacy continues: yesterday the gas pipeline through which Egypt used to export subsidized gas to Israel and Jordan was bombed for the 10th time. This time the bombing had no effect. The pipeline’s managers at Gasco have been unable to repair it since the last time it was attacked.

The attacks have had marked effects on the Israeli economy, which generates 40 percent of its electricity using natural gas, 43 percent of which Egypt provides. The attacks and the stoppage of flows of gas to Israel have sent Israeli electricity prices upwards – a tax on the Israeli working class. Such reductions in the standard of living of the Israeli poor help create the social conditions for another upsurge of unrest in Israel, once again directed against the state and the monopolies it serves. Popular direct action is much quicker than Western BDS. Elsewhere, in October, Egypt doubled the price of gas exports to the Hashemite kingdom, which has far less maneuvering room than the Arab petro-monarchies.

The core of Arab regional capitalism, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), is aware that price inflation may lead to social fracturing within the Arab states and is moving to address it. Yesterday the GCC announced a $5 billion development fund to aid projects in Morocco and Jordan, slated to be the GCC’s newest members, alongside a $10 billion fund for Oman and Bahrain. Of course, the more money they slosh around, the more they become structurally reliant on high oil prices. The higher the oil prices, the more pissed the Western working classes are likely to become.

It’s rough to run a petrostate.

Related posts:

  1. Notes on the Egyptian Uprising The ripples from the January 25 insur­rec­tion continue to rock…

  2. 3arabawy on “non-violence” in the Egyptian unrest I meant to write something about this months ago. But…

  3. Egyptian autocrats and Israeli racists collaborate on screwing the Sudanese Seham posted a kind of insane video at Mon­doweiss about…

  4. “[the Mossadeq syndrome] would have been quite possible in Saudi Arabia.” George McGhee, 1950, at the time the Assistant Secretary of…

  5. Egyptian Protests Grounded in Decades of Struggle My Truthout essay on the political economy of the protests….

Posted in EgyptComments Off on Egyptian Popular Diplomacy

VIDEO: ZIO-NAZI BRUTALIZATION OF PALESTINIAN CHILDREN

NOVANEWS

http://www.youtube.com

Nazi Fear, Death and Destruction for Palestinian Children in Gaza Nazi Death Camp’s

 


Hardly God’s work is it! God’s chosen would help and nurture life not destroy it! Years of deprivation, displacement, occupation, war and the violent loss of loved ones have left children and adults traumatised.

MAP’s working to provide workshops, training, activities and ongoing support, designed to help children and adults to manage stress and anxiety helping them feel more in control of their lives.

MAP works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees.

Established in the aftermath of the massacre at Sabra and Shatila, today MAP delivers health and medical care to those worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement. Working in partnership with local health providers and hospitals, MAP addresses a wide range of health issues and challenges faced by the Palestinian people. With offices located in Beirut, Ramallah and Gaza City, MAP responds rapidly in times of crisis, and works directly with communities in the longer term on health development.

Website-

http://www.map-uk.org/

Reuploaded from MedicalAidPalestine’s channel-
http://www.youtube.com/user/MedicalAidPalestine

Posted in GazaComments Off on VIDEO: ZIO-NAZI BRUTALIZATION OF PALESTINIAN CHILDREN

LEBANON: ISRAHELL ARRANGED ROCKET FIRE FROM LEBANON

NOVANEWS

 

jpost.com

Lebanese defense minister says Israel organized firing of rockets at Israel to undermine Lebanon’s security.   Lebanon believes that Israel organized the firing of rockets from southern Lebanese territory into the Jewish state in efforts to “undermine security and stability” in Lebanon, Lebanese English newspaper the Daily Star reported Tuesday.

Lebanese Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn told the Star that “The party that has launched mysterious rockets from the south is known,” allegedly insinuating Israel.

“Lebanon’s enemies, namely Israel, have no interest in the continuation of calm and stability in the south,” the Lebanese defense minister said.

On Monday, Lebanese Armed Forces found four ready-to-fire Katyusha rockets in southeast Lebanon.

The rockets were discovered by military intelligence on the outskirts of the village of Majidieh in Hasbaya.

Four Katyusha rockets were fired at Israel from Lebanon earlier this month in an incident that sparked tensions between Beirut and Jerusalem. The IDF retaliated shortly after the attacks by bombing sites in southern Lebanon, and area largely in control by Hezbollah.   An organization affiliated with al Qaida claimed responsibility for the four 122-millimeter rockets that were fired from southern Lebanon, landing in the Western Galilee and causing extensive damage to a chicken coop and propane gas tank. The IDF said Hezbollah did not appear to be behind the attack.

According to Lebanese reports, only one rocket was fired at Israel in that attack.   Lebanon has filed two complaints to the United Nations in December over Israel, one concerning the IDF retaliation and the second over Israeli spy devices the Lebanese army said it found in two villages in southern Lebanon.

Posted in LebanonComments Off on LEBANON: ISRAHELL ARRANGED ROCKET FIRE FROM LEBANON

ZIONIST BACHMANN: IRAN WOULD USE NUKE AGAINST UNITED STATES, ISRAHELL

NOVANEWS

Politico.com

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, took a hard line over the possibility of Iran building its own nuclear weapon, saying that all options should be open to the United States and other Western powers, including military action.

“I would have every alternative and option on the table, because Iran must never have a nuclear weapon,” Bachmann said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Because they have stated unequivocally, once they gain a nuclear weapon, they will use that weapon to wipe Israel off of the map and they will use it against the United States.”

Bachmann, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination, also said that if was important for American officials to heed the words of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad has threatened the United States, Israel and other nations opposed to Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

“If there is anything that history has taught us in the last 100 years, it is this – when a madman speaks, we should listen,” Bachmann said. “I take this threat very seriously.”

Bachmann lashed out at GOP Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), who said during the last Republican presidential debate that fears of Iran’s nuke program are overstated.

“The problem with Ron Paul is that his statements were very dangerous,” Bachmann said.

Posted in USAComments Off on ZIONIST BACHMANN: IRAN WOULD USE NUKE AGAINST UNITED STATES, ISRAHELL

SHAS PARTY SETS UP SHOP IN U.S.

NOVANEWS

http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com

Shas Rising Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, right, wants to raise the profile of Sephardic Jews worldwide.

Israeli Party Seeks To Tap Support of Sephardic Jews

ed note–We here at TUT would ask you to remember/consider 2 things as you read the following piece–

1) The Shas party’s spiritual adivisor (shown above) is Rabbi Ovadia Yusef, famous in recent memory for having said the following –

“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel…Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat…With gentiles, it will be like any person: They need to die, but God will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. This is his servant. That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for the Jews…”

Now, if a MUSLIM, from a MAJOR ISLAMIC PARTY advocating such positions were to announce the creation of a tax-exempt organization in America geared towards achieving the same ends that the Shas party has just announced, EVERY FREAKING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WITHIN THE US would be on top of them like white on rice. Jewish groups, including ADL, SPLC as well as shreaking, shrill, hissing vipers such as Pamela Geller, Daniel Pipers, Robert Spencer and the rest of the anti-Islamic mafia would be making such a stink that we’d all need to plug our nostrils with cotton balls.

BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE JEWS, they get a pass, because they are God’s chosen people and can do whatever the hell they want, ANYWHERE/ANYTIME.

2) The Shas party is made up of Sephardic Jews. In essense, they are ‘real semites’ as opposed to their Ashkenazi cousins who are European and not middle eastern. We bring this up for the simple reason that there is a contingent–and a rather large one–within the ‘truth movement’ who like to harp on the fact that most Jews are not ‘semitic’ but are Khazar (European) in their racial makeup. Our position here has been ‘Big Freaking Deal’, what does THAT matter? If the majority of today’s Jews WERE semitic, as Ovadia Yusef and his klan are, would that make what they do/say acceptable?

The real lesson here is that Judaism as a mental condition is an across-the-board pathogen that infects ALL peoples it touches, semites, non-semites et al. Until we get to the root of the problem (meaning Jewish thinking) and get beyond ‘race’ we will continue spinning our wheels in going nowhere fast while our enemies gain ground at the rate of 1,000 miles a day.

forward.com

Washington — In its 30 years of existence, Shas has evolved from a marginal ethnic political group to Israel’s fourth largest party in the Knesset and is today the unchallenged kingmaker of Israeli politics.

Now, Shas — or in its full name, the Sephardic Torah Guardians Movement — is attempting to establish a beachhead among American Sephardic Jews and, it hopes, replicate its success in Israel. On December 4, the group launched its United States affiliate, American Friends of Shas, based in Brooklyn. The new organization’s goals are still in flux and, while activists agree its main mission should be raising the profile of Shas in America, some are also calling for active fundraising to support the party’s operations in Israel.

Beyond these goals, the affiliate’s founders also hope to unite Sephardic American Jews under the leadership of Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, Shas’s founder and spiritual leader, who is revered as the most important rabbinic authority in the Sephardic world. American Friends of Shas activists believe that such a consolidation of leadership could help elevate the standing of Orthodox Sephardic Jews, who often feel left out of the Ashkenazi-dominated American Jewish organizational world.

“Associating with a very powerful leader and a very powerful organization can give us a sense of pride,” said Rabbi David Algaze, who chaired the founding meeting of American Friends of Shas. Rabbi Algaze added that while he did not believe there is prejudice against Sephardic Jews in the U.S., there is a “subconscious bias” that has made members of the community almost entirely absent from the Jewish communal leadership.

Calls to join the new organization were posted in recent weeks on billboards in Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn and New Jersey. The official launch took place, as first reported by the Jewish Star, a Long Island-based newspaper, with Rabbi Ovadia Yossef’s personal aide, Zvi Hakak, greeting participants on behalf of the 91-year-old sage. “The dream,” Hakak said in the meeting, “is to raise the image of Sephardic Jews.”

The group plans to incorporate as a tax-exempt charitable organization.

The driving force behind the initiative, Israeli Knesset member Nissim Zeev, was among the original founders of the Shas party in Israel.

“Our main goal was to have a channel in which Shas’s political views could be expressed in America,” Zeev told the Forward in a December 13 phone interview. “It is also very important for us to unite Sephardic communities in the U.S. around the party and around our rabbi, Ovadia Yossef.”

Shas started off in Israel as a social-issue party, focused on the needs of its key constituency — Sephardic Orthodox Israelis, many of whom were from the struggling classes in Israeli society. Shas established its own government-funded school network, which gained marked popularity in poor Sephardic towns. This, in turn, increased the party’s popular support.

The party initially held centrist views on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and supported the Oslo Accords. But Shas has since moved to the right. As a member of the ruling government coalition led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, the party has opposed any freeze in Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank.

Rav Ovadia, as he is commonly called, the party’s founder and spiritual leader, is one of the most prolific interpreters of Halacha, or Jewish religious law. While he is considered lenient and even progressive in some of his rabbinic rulings (favoring the right of women to serve on municipal religious councils and affirming that members of the Ethiopian Beta Israel community are Jewish), he is also known for blunt and sometimes offensive attacks on political rivals and minority groups. Last year he referred to the Palestinian people as “evil” and “snakes,” and said they should “disappear from the face of the earth.” He declared that the 2005 hurricane that flooded and destroyed much of New Orleans, was “God’s punishment on George Bush” and on the city’s African American residents “because they have no God.” He also said wished for the death of civil rights activists from the Israeli left.

Shas’s U.S. affiliate is now poised to appeal to American Jews who lean politically toward Netanyahu but seek a party with a stronger religious orientation.

Still in its formative phase, American Friends of Shas has yet to establish committees or leadership. But at its founding meeting, the rabbis in attendance said they had indications of interest from Jews of Syrian, Lebanese, Egyptian and Iraqi origin, as well as those from North African countries and the Caucasus. Representatives of the Iranian Jewish community seemed to be absent. One of the first to endorse the new group was Saul (Shaul) Kassin, chief rabbi of the Syrian Jewish community in New York. Kassin, 89, recently pleaded guilty to money laundering as part of a network that involved several other rabbis from athe Syrian community.

Setting up a U.S. affiliate is a common practice for Israeli political parties seeking to raise support, and donations, in America. Israeli election laws prohibit direct overseas funding for election activity, but allow other indirect types of financial support for political parties. In the U.S., tax-exempt charities are prohibited from funding any partisan political activity, domestically or abroad.

At least for now, American Friends of Shas is ambiguous about its fundraising intentions. Zeev, who is coordinating ties between the U.S. group and the Israeli party, said the U.S. group’s mission is not to raise money for Shas in Israel. Zeev said American Friends of Shas’s fundraising would be restricted to financing its own activity in the U.S.

American activists weren’t as certain.

Rabbi Algaze said the issue has yet to be discussed, but that even if funds are raised for Israel, they would be directed at Shas’s education system, not at the political apparatus.

Rabbi Hanania Elbaz, of the Avenue X Ahi-Ezer Congregation in Brooklyn and a founding member of American Friends of Shas, contradicted him. “The most important thing is to raise money,” he said. “Without money there are no elections.” Rabbi Elbaz explained that money raised in the U.S. could help Shas fare better in the next elections and “if Shas is stronger, it will be able to extract more money from the government for yeshivot.”

According to estimates, there are approximately 150,000 Sephardic Jews in the United States, including 80,000 in New York and New Jersey. For many of them, affiliation with Israel’s Shas Party via a U.S. affiliate could offer a means of direct connection to Rav Ovadia and an increased public and communal profile, thanks to the high regard in which the Shas leader is held by all Sephardic Jews.

Some of the new group’s founding activists believe that a strong U.S. Shas affiliate could eventually serve as the Sephardic Jewry’s main umbrella organization in America. Existing umbrella-type Sephardic groups, such as the American Sephardic Federation, have done little to unite Jews of Sephardic origin, said Rabbi Elbaz. “They did gurnisht mit gurnisht” he said, resorting to Yiddish to describe how existing Sephardic organizations did “nothing with nothing.”

“Every Jewish organization in America has its detractors,” responded Stanley Urman, ASF’s executive director. Urman said it would be difficult to unite Sephardic Jews because of the inherent nature of their communities to build around countries of origin. 

Can the stature of Shas and Rav Ovadia overcome this nature?

“Absolutely not,” said Shelomo Alfassa, a community member and longtime advocate for Sephardic Jews. “Everyone respects and even loves Rabbi Ovadia, but not everyone likes his religious positions on many issues.”

Posted in CampaignsComments Off on SHAS PARTY SETS UP SHOP IN U.S.

NAZI HATE SLOGANS SPRAYED ON MOSQUE NEAR HEBRON

NOVANEWS

 

‘Price tag’ act? Palestinian sources on Monday afternoon told Ynet that unidentified perpetrators sprayed hate slogans in Hebrew on the walls of a mosque in the West Bank village of Bnei Naim, east of Hebron.

According to the sources, the perpetrators wrote “price tag” on one of the walls surrounding the mosque, as well as “Yitzhar” and other defamatory slogans against Profit Muhammad. 

On Thursday, a mosque in the Palestinian village of Burqa was set on fire, hours after IDF forces and Civil Administration personnel razed illegal structures at the outpost of Mitzpe Yitzhar.

The mosque’s carpets and chairs sustained light damage in the fire, and the perpetrators also sprayed slogans reading “Mitzpe Yair” and “war” on the walls.

Also on Thursday, a settler sprayed slogans reading “Police = Nazis” and “price tag” on an IDF post at Tapuach Junction. The suspect was later arrested and and indicted.   On Wednesday, perpetrators tried to set fire to an abandoned mosque in Jerusalem’s Strauss Street and sprayed the walls of the mosque with hate slogans against Arabs and “price tag – Ramat Gilad.”

Also that day, four Palestinian vehicles were set on fire at the village of Yasuf south of Nablus and the village of Haars near Qalqilya. Palestinians also claimed two additional vehicles were torched in the village of Duma.

Posted in ZIO-NAZIComments Off on NAZI HATE SLOGANS SPRAYED ON MOSQUE NEAR HEBRON

Racist America: 2 MUSLIM MEN KICKED OFF FLIGHT SUE AIRLINES

NOVANEWS

High Five

Associated Press

Two Muslim men who were kicked off an airplane in May are suing Delta Air Lines Inc. and a regional carrier that operated the flight from Memphis to Charlotte, N.C.

The suit was filed Monday in federal court against Delta and Atlantic Southeast Airlines Inc.

It said Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul went through several security checks. It claims the pilot wanted them off the plane because he thought their presence would make other passengers uncomfortable. The men are described in the suit as having beards and “traditional Arabic clothing.” It seeks compensation for losses and injuries as well as punitive damages.

Atlantic Southeast and Delta issued a statement condemning discrimination but declining to comment further.

The two were traveling to a conference on anti-Muslim discrimination.

Posted in Human RightsComments Off on Racist America: 2 MUSLIM MEN KICKED OFF FLIGHT SUE AIRLINES

Mondoweiss Online Newsletter

NOVANEWS

Settlers have carried out over 100 attacks on Palestinians in 2011

Dec 20, 2011

Seham

Jewish colonists carry out over 100 racist attacks on Palestinians in 2011
Jewish colonists have attacked 96 Holy Muslim and Christian sacred sites in the West Bank and 46 sacred sites in Occupied East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Islamic Affairs, the colonists have left behind racist and threatening messages after vandalising Palestinian property
link to gulfnews.com

Land, Property Theft & Destruction / Ethnic Cleansing / Apartheid / Refugees

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday bulldozed a main road serving several villages in southern Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, the PA official for monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that over 30 military vehicles entered the Nablus village of Beita before bulldozers demolished a road in-between the villages of Beita, Osarin and Aqraba.

link to www.maannews.net

 

IOA bulldozers destroy Palestinian land in occupied Jerusalem
Bulldozers of the Israeli controlled municipality of Jerusalem started leveling Palestinian land near the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday.
link to www.palestine-info.co.uk

Occupation plan to demolish a hamlet in the Jordan valley
IOF troops accompanied by planning official Monday afternoon raided the Hamma hamlet in the northern Jordan valley and gave notice to the residents that the hamlet will be demolished.

Friday Protests: “We are all Musatafa Tamimi“
“Despite killings, arrests and repression, we will continue” In the series of repression practiced by the occupation forces on the popular weekly demonstrations against the apartheid wall and settlements, occupation forces arrested and wounded dozens during the weekly demonstrations in the West Bank. In Bilin, the occupation forces faced the protesters with sound and tear gas bombs and shot metal bullets covered with rubber, which caused dozens of suffocation cases and injured 20-year-old photojournalist Iyas Abo Rahme.

Destruction of Waqf: The Grave Offences of the Israeli State

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the recent rash of desecration and vandalism of mosques and Muslim cemeteries. But the destruction of Muslim religious properties in Israel is in fact institutionalized and has a long history.

Silwan residents fear crackdown over Christmas
Residents of Silwan have spoken out against what they call “conspiracies” against the village in the lead up to the Christian holiday of Christmas and New Year celebrations. Many fear that the religious holiday will provide another pretext for Israeli authorities to implement measures limiting the freedom of movement of Silwan’s Palestinians.   A charged atmosphere has pervaded the area, with Israeli police and military enforcing a draconian network of checkpoints, allowing them to monitor residents’ movements and issue vast numbers of traffic fines.

Lebanese law allows all foreigners to own property and assets in Lebanon. But if you are a Palestinian refugee, you need to look for clever ways to keep the property of your parents.
Memories of the First Intifada, Linah Alsaafin

I interviewed my strong wonderful mother in response to #Intifada1.  “We lived in a state of normalization. We had settlers coming to buy from Palestinian grocery stores. It was like we accepted the occupation. The occupation would always take and take and take, but there wasn’t a strong enough reaction from the Palestinians. That is, until the intifada happened.”
Israeli Violence

UNICEF: Israel killed 19 Palestinian children in 2011
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed 19 children and wounded 403 others in the year 2011 so far in a big escalation in targeting children, a report by UNICEF said.

Jewish colonists have attacked 96 Holy Muslim and Christian sacred sites in the West Bank and 46 sacred sites in Occupied East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year. Ramallah: Jewish colonists have attacked 96 Holy Muslim and Christian sacred sites in the West Bank and 46 sacred sites in Occupied East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Islamic Affairs, the colonists have left behind racist and threatening messages after vandalising Palestinian property

Detainees & Other Prisoner News

IOF soldiers detain 8 Palestinians including a young man and his sister
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up eight Palestinian civilians on Tuesday including a young man and his sister in Duma village, south of Nablus, Tadamun foundation for human rights said.

Troops Kidnap Three Palestinians In Jenin
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, three Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp, in Jenin city, in the northern part of the West Bank, and took them to an unknown destination. Soldiers also invaded a number of nearby towns.
Youth arrested in dawn raid
Israeli forces arrested Mahmoud al-Ragabi, 21, from Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan in the early hours of Thursday, 15 December.  The arrest is the latest in a Silwan-wide campaign of youth arrests and fearmongering. An Israeli military jeep was also seen terrorizing young children in Bir Ayyub district of Silwan  as they played football at a playground. A Molotov cocktail was then thrown at Beit Yonatan settlement later that night.

Ad-Dameer Denounces Daily Arrests In Shu’fat Refugee Camp
The Ad-Dameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association denounced the Israeli Army for the daily kidnappings of children and youth at the Shu’fat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem, adding that the army kidnapped more than 21 youths, including 11 children in the last 15 days.

Our last Villages Group post reported the demolition of structures, including homes and a mosque, in the Palestinian village of Al-Mufaqara (also known as Umm-Faqra) in southern West Bank. The destruction was perpetrated on November 24 by Israeli civilian contractors (see here for a brief report in Ha’aretz). They were hired by the deceptively named “Civil Administration” – an arm of Israel’s military Occupation apparatus which poses as a legitimate governing body. The name “Civil Administration” was invented deliberately in the 1980′s by then-defense minister Ariel Sharon, in order to confuse and confound people about this body’s true nature. Its main business these days seems to be to harass, refuse permits, and eventually destroy property belonging to Palestinians, in order to “clear” them out of West Bank areas that Israel wants to eventually annex. The civilian contractors and deceptively-named “Civil Administration” thugs were accompanied by ordinary IDF soldiers. As can be seen in the video below, throughout the demolition neither contractors, nor CA thugs, nor IDF soldiers, acted or looked like people under any form of threat or duress. That did not stop them from arresting and carting off two female Palestinian youth: 21-year-old Sausan Hamamdeh and her 17-year-old cousin Amal. Some of the events around and immediately after their arrest are in the video, around minutes 1:30-3:00. The video was filmed by Guy Batavia, activist with Ta’ayush and Rabbis for Human Rights.

Abu Obaida: “Resistance Liberated 20% Of The Detainees”
Abu Obaida, spokesperson of the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, stated that the Palestinian resistance managed to liberate 20% of the detainees imprisoned by Israel, and will remain committed to securing the release of all detainees.

Palestinians originally hoped that Marwan Barghouti, compared by some to former South African prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela, would be included in a prisoner swap finalized today.

Gaza

Khudari: No more justifications for Gaza siege
Head of the popular committee against Gaza siege MP Jamal Al-Khudari has called on Israel to lift its siege on Gaza Strip imposed over the past six years.
link to www.palestine-info.co.uk

Al-Haq’s Rejoinder to Gisha’s ‘Scale of Control’ Report: Israel’s Continued Responsibility as the Occupying Power in the Gaza Strip
In November 2011, the Israeli human rights organisation Gisha published the position paper ‘Scale of Control: Israel’s Continued Responsibility in the Gaza Strip.’ Readjusting its own previous assessment of the situation in the Gaza Strip after the 2005 unilateral ‘disengagement’,  Gisha maintains that the international law of occupation currently applies in the Gaza Strip only insofar as Israel persists in directly exercising governmental powers over the territory and population of the Gaza Strip. Gisha’s report asserts that where governmental powers are exercised by the Palestinian authorities, Israel’s obligations would instead stem from a different legal framework identified as “post-occupation obligations”, which provides protection to the civilian population during transition from occupation to the “fulfilment of lawful sovereignty.”

Nader el Masri feels the loneliness of a long distance runner.
The 32-year-old 5,000 metre specialist is the fastest man in Gaza but he has few places to train and few people to train with. “I have a coach but there’s nobody at my level in Gaza,” says Nader. “I have to do most of my training sessions on my own.” And the facilities in Gaza are far from great. There is not a single tartan track in the Palestinian territory and Nader does much of his training on the pot-holed cinder track that loops around the football stadium in Gaza City.
The other alternative is the beach which stretches along the length of Gaza’s Mediterranean coastline.
On Monday 19 December 2011, the Permanent Military Court in Gaza held the ninth session in Gaza City to consider the case relating to the death of the Italian solidarity activist, Vittorio Arrigoni. Lawyers from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) attended the session in their capacity as legal representatives of the Arrigoni family.
Solidarity, Activism & BDS

Egyptian TV presenter fired after refusing interview with Israeli Embassy
Cairo – Yasmine Geoushi, an Egyptian TV presenter and journalist for Al-Tahrir newspaper, was shocked when she was informed by the owner of the Egyptian January 25 TV, Mohammad Jawhar, that she had lost her job. Geoushi believes her “position on the subject of establishing natural relations with the Zionist state” is the main reason behind her firing. Last August, Geoushi refused to host the Israeli foreign affairs spokesperson during the channel’s coverage of the events at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.

In blow to Israel, French BDS activists acquitted of crime in calling for boycott, Ali Abunimah
Twelve French activists from a group called Boycott 68 have been acquitted on charges of “inciting discrimination and racial hatred” for calling on French shoppers to boycott Israeli goods.

Third Annual BDS Conference Highlights Progress, Challenges
PNN – Michael Dean was the most optimistic, arguing that BDS is a huge success in Europe and that “by keeping up the momentum, we are close to closing the European market to Israel.” Adam Horowitz gave a bleaker picture from the United States, stating that the US BDS campaign has little financial support compared to the pro-Israel organizations and that anyway the United States, unlike Europe, does not have many consumer products from Israel.
link to english.pnn.ps

Large numbers of international activists plan to Tel Aviv as part of the Welcome to Palestine 2012 initiative to assert the right of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank to receive visitors.
We Will Not Be Silent, the artists/activists who designed the U.S. Boat to Gaza T-Shirts, is now selling 35 new designs to the We Will Not Be Silent t-shirt/language project.  Designs include a shirt which says PALESTINEon the front and a list of human rights on the back, and shirts with the worlds SOLIDARITY, LOVE, and FREEDOM in Arabic.

TEHRAN — The second edition of the International Arts Festival of Resistance was brought to an end on Monday paying tribute to the martyr Rumah al-Hassani from Gaza. The young Palestinian artist was martyred in an Israeli air raid that targeted central Gaza strip in September, only a short time after he had submitted his painting to the festival organizers in Iran. The closing ceremony was held at the Iranian Academy of Arts (IAA) and attended by Basij Commander Mohammadreza Naqdi, IAA Director Ali Mo’allem Damghani, and several other artists and officials.
Discrimination

French clothing firm Lacoste censors, expels Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour from prestigious contest, Ali Abunimah
The high-end French clothing chain Lacoste has demanded the removal of work by Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour from the shortlist for the €25,000 Lacoste Elysee Prize that is awarded by the Swiss Musee de l’Elysee with sponsorship from the firm.

Cnaan Advertising has refused to place ads featuring women on buses for several years, claiming they are not worth its while because ultra-Orthodox extremists vandalize the buses.
Political Developments / Diplomacy / Other News

Hamas calls for forming Arab army to liberate O. Jerusalem
The Hamas department of refugee affairs urged Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya to work on forming an Arab army to liberate the occupied Islamic city of Jerusalem.

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Eight Palestinian political factions have walked out of a reconciliation meeting meant to represent all parties after being told they could not participate because they were not part of the PLO.
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian factions are scheduled to meet Tuesday mid-morning in Cairo to discuss the reconciliation deal signed in May, a Hamas official said.  Ismail Radwan told Ma’an that among other issues, the parties will discuss the formation of an elections committee, the reactivation of the Palestinian Legislative Council, forming a unity government, the reconciliation committee and trust building procedures for a temporary leadership meeting.
NEW YORK (Ma’an) — The UN General Assembly adopted on Monday a draft resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, according to Palestinian ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour. The resolution, says Mansour, was adopted by a vote of 182 in favor to seven against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the US), with three abstentions (Cameroon, South Sudan, and Tonga).

Ramallah: The Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) is currently reviewing whether to halt security coordination with Israel and downgrade the PLO’s ties with Israel taking into account stalled peace negotiations and the undermining of the political atmosphere, said a top PLO official. Speaking to Gulf News, Wasel Abu Yousuf, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said that walking away from the security agreement with Israel remained an option that was being seriously discussed. “This is the current Palestinian move as the Israeli government stalled the peace process and completely locked the political horizon,” he said.

The former Director General of Israel’s secret service, Mossad, has evaded arrest during a visit to the Republic of Guinea. Shabtai Shavit was in the country to meet President Alpha Condé and hold talks with government officials. According to the Hebrew newspaper Maariv, an arrest warrant was issued for Shavit on charges of cooperating with opposition groups. There was a coup attempt against Condé in July this year. Shavit’s contacts in the country warned him about the warrant and he was able to evade arrest and disappear just before his scheduled meeting with the president. The Maariv report claimed that the ex-Mossad head was in Guinea to provide advice “of an unknown nature” to the country’s government.

UN envoy demands ‘Palestinian steak’
Israeli Ambassador Prosor, Palestinian Observer Mansour put on one-time stand-up show during UN gala dinner.

Moncef Marzouk tells chief Tunisian rabbi that Jews are full citizens; Tunisia ousted longtime dictator Ben Ali in first of Arab Spring revolution.
Egypt
Global arms suppliers must halt the transfer of small arms, ammunition and other repressive equipment to the Egyptian military and security forces, Amnesty International said today after the army again violently dispersed protests in Cairo.  The organization condemned the excessive use of force against protesters and called for a cessation of all transfers of small arms, light weapons and related munitions and equipment to Egypt, as well as a halt to all internal security equipment that could be used to violently suppress human rights, such as tear gas, rubber and plastic bullets and armoured vehicles.  “It can no longer be considered acceptable to supply the Egyptian army with the types of weaponry, munitions and other equipment that are being used to help carry out the brutal acts we have seen used against protesters,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.
https://www.amnesty.org/en/news/arms-suppliers-urged-halt-transfers-egyptian-army-2011-12-20
An Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan was bombed on Sunday, the 10th such attack this year, but no fire erupted because the line that runs through North Sinai was already disabled, a security source said. The blast took place in an area five km (three miles) south of the Mediterranean coastal town of al-Arish. “The attack was carried out using remote-controlled explosives by unidentified assailants who arrived at the scene using four-wheel-drive vehicles,” the source said. No group has claimed responsibility for the series of pipeline attacks since a popular uprising toppled Mubarak in February. One attack took place just before he was ousted.

Egyptian Islamists: We’ll negotiate with Israel
Spokesman for Salafi movement’s Al-Nour party says nothing preventing talks with Israel, but senior party members claim no final decision reached: ‘Peace treaty must be respected after reexamination’.

Dawn raid in Tahrir Square amid clashes
Witnesses report sound of heavy gunfire as police and soldiers charge hundreds of people gathered in Cairo protest hub.

Egyptians protest against beatings of women
Thousands rally in Cairo to denounce military’s attacks, as Hillary Clinton denounces “systematic degradation of women”.

Egyptian Military Kills 14 Protesters, Attacks Journalists in Brutal Crackdown in Tahrir Square
A new wave of violence in Cairo’s Tahrir Square began Friday when one of several hundred peaceful protesters staging a sit-in outside the parliament building was reportedly detained and beaten by troops. Up to 14 people have now been killed and hundreds injured over the last three days of clashes. A video uploaded Sunday on YouTube has circulated widely and provoked outrage at the extent of police brutality. It shows a young woman being dragged and beaten by military police. The top half of her body is bare, her blue bra exposed. Her abaya, or robe, has been ripped off and surrounds her upper body, showing that she was wearing a hijab. “When this [woman was beaten and disrobed] happened, there was probably much more video evidence of people being brutally beaten down, but they’re not available, because the army, right after that raid, entered the offices of most media outlets surrounding the square and confiscated equipment,” says Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous, reporting from Cairo. Kouddous says the military confiscated two of his cameras, and he also saw them take cameras from Al Jazeera reporters. “This was a clampdown on information, on trying to prevent these kinds of pictures from emerging.” The police attacks have overshadowed the first parliamentary elections since former president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February. [includes rush transcript]
link to www.democracynow.org

Following latest round of violence and state repression of protesters, nineteen political groups issue calls for million-man Tahrir Square demo on Friday to protest ongoing SCAF rule. Nineteen different political and cultural movements released a statement on Monday calling for a million-man march in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, 23 December, to protest military rule. The various groups are urging all factions to set aside their political differences and rally under the single slogan, “Down with military rule.”  The statement stressed that the aim of the proposed Friday demonstration was to “regain the nation’s honour,” which had been tarnished by the military following the February departure of longstanding president Hosni Mubarak.
The Lede Blog: Protesters ‘Deserve to Be Thrown Into Hitler’s Ovens,’ Egyptian Military Adviser Says, ROBERT MACKEY
A retired general who now serves as an adviser to Egypt’s military government said that protesters who came under attack by soldiers in recent days were delinquents “who deserve to be thrown into Hitler’s ovens.”

Egypt Politicians and New MP’s to Begin Sit-In Against State Repression

Prominent political personalities and newly elected members of parliament plan sit-in to demand immediate halt of violence against protesters – and speedy transition to civilian rule. A host of prominent Egyptian political forces and figures announced plans on Monday to stage an open-ended sit-in before Cairo’s Supreme Judiciary Court to demand an immediate cessation of violence against anti-government protesters.
In this video, Ghada recounts details about being tortured by the Egyptian army as well as specifics regarding their behavior and tactics. The account includes disturbing details, including descriptions of what she witnessed while in captivity.
Security forces accused of targeting journalists trying to expose state violence in Egypt, SCAF statements deliberately stir mistrust and misinformation. As violence has grown in Egypt, the media has faced increasing risks and dangers. Journalists, photographers and filmmakers have been beaten, arrested, and had equipment confiscated. Many expected the January 25 Revolution to grant journalists more freedom to do their jobs, however, in fact their jobs have become more difficult and more dangerous than ever before.
Military council member lauds ‘self-restraint’ of security personnel outside Cabinet, warns of foreign plots to derail democratic transition. Deputy Defence Minister and Supreme Council of the Armed Forces member Adel Emara described soldiers who attacked protesters in downtown Cairo in recent days as “heroes” at a Monday press conference. At the conference, convened in the aftermath of a violent security crackdown on a three-week-long anti-government sit-in in front of the Cabinet building in downtown Cairo, Emara also spoke of a “systematic plan to ruin Egypt” and “prevent the peaceful transition to a democratic system.” He also described anti-government protesters as “saboteurs.”

Image of unknown woman beaten by Egypt’s military echoes around world, Ahdaf Soueif
The arrest and brutal treatment of this young woman reminds us that the revolution is far from over. The woman is young, and slim, and fair. She lies on her back surrounded by four soldiers, two of whom are dragging her by the arms raised above her head. She’s unresisting – maybe she’s fainted; we can’t tell because we can’t see her face. She’s wearing blue jeans and trainers. But her top half is bare: we can see her torso, her tummy, her blue bra, her bare delicate arms. Surrounding this top half, forming a kind of black halo around it, is the abaya, the robe she was wearing that has been ripped off and that tells us that she was wearing a hijab.

Other Mideast and World News
The Bahrain authorities must release a prominent activist dragged away along the ground in handcuffs from a peaceful protest, Amnesty International said today. Blogger and activist Zainab al-Khawaja, whose father and husband are both in prison in the aftermath of popular protests this year, has been charged with taking part in an illegal public gathering, showing contempt of the regime and assaulting a police officer.

Bahrain police fire tear gas after funeral
AP – Police in Bahrain on Sunday fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-government slogans after the funeral of an elderly man who witnesses say died from tear gas inhalation.

Syria signs Arab League peace deal
Damascus agrees to an initiative to end crackdown on protests, as activists report the deaths of more than 100 people.

Sharmine Narwani, “Stratfor Challenges Narratives on Syria”
According to the Texas-based geopolitical risk analysis group Stratfor which released an eyebrow-raising piece on Syrian opposition propaganda efforts last week, “most of the opposition’s more serious claims have turned out to be grossly exaggerated or simply untrue, thereby revealing more about the opposition’s weaknesses than the level of instability inside the Syrian regime.”

Saudi King Abdullah urges GCC ‘to move from phase of cooperation to phase of union’
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz called for the formation of a Gulf union in response to growing threats, as rulers of the wealthy Arab GCC met on Monday against a backdrop of regional turmoil and fears over Iran.

Saudi prince invests $300m in Twitter

Alwaleed bin Talal and his investment firm seal the deal with the micro-blogging site after months of negotiations.

Hezbollah denies US money laundering charges (AP)
AP – Hezbollah’s deputy leader has rejected as “unjust” U.S. accusations of the militant group’s involvement in a money laundering scheme and drugs trafficking.

Arrest warrant issued for Iraqi deputy 
An arrest warrant has been issued for Iraq’s Sunni vice president. Tareq Al-Hashimi is suspected of being part of a bomb plot to kill the country’s Shia PM. The US has expressed concern about the situation, as Omar al-Saleh reports.

Maliki acting “like Saddam”: Sunni bloc leader (Reuters)
Reuters – Iraq’s Nuri al-Maliki is acting like Saddam Hussein in trying to silence opposition and he risks provoking a new fightback against dictatorship, one of Maliki’s predecessors as prime minister said on Tuesday.

Iraq’s Sunni VP denies charges he ran hit squad (AP)
AP – Iraq’s Sunni vice president denied charges he ran a hit squad that killed government officials during the nation’s wave of sectarian bloodletting, accusing the Shiite-led government Tuesday of waging a campaign of persecution.

As a British solider explained the intricate nature of an air defense system, couples in the background walked together, pausing to try out the Lockheed Martin Javelin fire-and-forget shoulder missiles. An old woman cautiously rode a T3 police scooter, with a uniformed Kuwaiti officer in tow making sure she didn’t fall.
One year after Tunisian vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight, Tunisia’s uprising is billed as the most successful of the Arab revolts. Weekend festivities celebrating the first anniversary of Bouazizi’s act were mixed with high hopes of change despite fears of a return of dictatorship in different forms.
One year after the outbreak of the Tunisian Uprising, Mohamed Bouazizi is celebrated in Sidi Bouzid. A hero, a martyr, and the face of the Arab Spring, his resting place is frequented by visitors paying their respect. As such, Sidi Bouzid celebrated the annual passing of one of it’s own sons while the country at large celebrated the memory of the man that brought on a new dawn.
Iran alleges that detained American-Iranian man received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Panetta: Iran can assemble bomb in year or less
Defense secretary tells ’60 Minutes’ US will take ‘whatever steps necessary’ to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear arms.

Bradley Manning Faces Life Sentence, While Criminals WikiLeaks Exposed Have Suffered No Consequences – Glenn Greenwald
We speak with constitutional lawyer and Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald about the military pretrial hearing now underway for alleged U.S. Army whistleblower Bradley Manning, who has been accused of releasing classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks. Greenwald comments on the possible strategy being put forth by Manning’s defense. “All the Manning [tribunal] hearings have been shrouded in secrecy,” Greenwald says, noting there may be more transparency in Guantánamo detainee hearings than there has been for the Manning tribunal. “Presumably, his lawyer believes that one of the best ways that they have to keep him out of prison for the next six decades is to argue that he had diminished capacity by virtue of emotional distress over the gender struggles that he had over his sexual orientation being in a military that had a policy of banning those who were openly gay. And so, part of this emotional distress that they’re raising is designed to say that he should be excused from his actions because they were not the byproduct of full choice,” says Greenwald, who is openly gay and has been writing extensively about this aspect of Manning’s case. “He is—and I don’t blame him at all—trying to do whatever he can to avoid having his life destroyed, either being killed by the state or locked up in a cage for the rest of his life.”

Obama Prepares to Authorize Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens for First Time Since McCarthy Era – Glenn Greenwald on NDAA
The $662 billion National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress last week includes controversial provisions that could usher in a radical expansion of indefinite detention under the U.S. government by authorizing the military to jail anyone it considers a terrorism suspect anywhere in the world without charge or trial. “Congress, with the Democrats in control of the Senate and a Democratic president, is about to enact into law the first bill that will say that the military and the United States government do have this power,” says Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com blogger and constitutional law attorney. “It’s muddled whether it applies to U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, but it’s clearly indefinite detention, and there’s a very strong case to make that it includes U.S. citizens, as well, which, as we know, the Obama administration already claims anyway, and that’s what makes it so dangerous.” [includes rush transcript]

Renowned torture enthusiast and perennial Israel apologist Alan Dershowitz is in Tel Aviv this week attending an annual business conference sponsored by Globes and, as usual, has been busy equivocating for Israeli espionage,defending war criminals, and warmongering about Iran.   During a speech he delivered on Sunday December 11, Dershowitz opined, “Israel has the right morally and legally to strike Iran just as it did on[the Osirak nuclear facility] in Iraq in 1981.”  This is not a new line for the famous attorney who has worked tirelessly to acquit both aspiring and successful murderers and war criminals and defendbillionaires who commit – and millionaires who cover-up – child rape. In April 2010, Dershowitz wrote, “I am asserting, in unqualified terms, that Israel has an absolute right — legally, morally, politically — to take such an action if it deems it necessary to protect its citizens from a threatened nuclear attack.” Even as far back as 2005, he told The Jerusalem Post, “Legally and morally both Israel and the United States would have the right to launch preemptive strikes against Iran’s nuclear program. Recall that leading Iranian mullahs have indicated that Iran would use its nuclear capacity to kill three million Jews. I also believe that targeted assassinations of criminals who are illegally building weapons of mass destruction, can, under certain circumstances, be justified morally. I think the legal case would be much harder to make.”
link to www.wideasleepinamerica.com
Joe Klein is great. Full stop. He hated the Vietnam war and then he hated the Iraq war and had more courage than any other journalist in the mainstream, to nail it back in ’03 as a war for Israel’s security. He says it again here. And Klein is a liberal Zionist! He understands the importance of Ron Paul, who NPR says is at the top of the latest Iowa polls. Why? Because he’s antiwar!

One thing you have to say about Israeli torturers, you can’t keep a good one down. I reported here some time ago about one Doron Zahavi aka Captain George, an infamous commander of the IDF intelligence unit 504. Until my report, his real name was secret and no publication has reported it. I was delighted to bring his brutal acts into the public light and attach a real name to the torturer. Zahavi and his boys specialized in “interrogating” (i.e. torturing) foreign security suspects captured by the IDF abroad.

Israeli vs Palestinian Right to Protest
Lia Tarachansky reports for The Real News from Tel Aviv on the Israeli right to protest–which according to Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the reasons Israel is an example for “the entire democratic world”–versus the Palestinian lack thereof. RIP Mustafa Tamimi.

This is an important article by Ibrahim al-Amin, who has been quietly and coolly articulating a pragmatic program for political reform and historic reconciliation in Syria. For those who are listening, al-Amin argues against support for the regime’s repression. It has been killing. It has also seen its security forces killed, one of the many tactics chosen by the opposition that has contributed to the violence of the crackdown. Al-Amin says what should have been clear for months: the prostituted Syrian National Council is not a serious force for progressive change in Syria and has been linked tightly to the capitalist counterrevolution from the outset: France, America, Turkey, and the Gulf Countries. Internal forces calling for dialogue alongside serious reform have seen their voices drowned out by those calling hoarsely for outside intervention and, heaped on top of those calls, the Assad regime’s unproductively blinkered reaction to requests for reform – as though the combination of authoritarianism and creeping neoliberalism in Syria hasn’t produced social disquiet over the past decade.

Pioneer Bloggers in the Gulf Arab States, Sultan Al-Qassemi

Long before Facebook updates and 140-character tweets, a number of cyber activists defined the landscape of non-government led opinion in the Gulf Arab states. In less than a decade, a group of bloggers—many of whom have never met—has paved the way for the emergence of the “other opinion” that was and continues to be largely missing from the government controlled Gulf Arab media. The shake-up to traditional media that these blogging pioneers caused was no less significant than what Al Jazeera’s arrival did to the moribund government-controlled television channels of the Arab world.
Not only has Ibish’s strategy of presenting himself as a defender of Arabs and Muslims by taking on the lunatic fringe failed, it has also contributed to legitimizing the mainstream racists and extremists. It’s Ibish’s friends, collaborators, co-authors, partners in “peace”, and ATFP gala keynote speakers that are most troubling for the Arab and Muslim communities, not Manji and the other assorted nuts.
www.TheHeadlines.Org

UK, France, Germany and Portugal condemn Israeli plan to build 1,000 new settlements homes

Dec 20, 2011

Paul Mutter

The UK, France, Germany and Portugal – the EU members of the 15-seat UN Security Council (Germany and Portugal are rotating members, the UK and France are permanent members) issued a joint statement today requesting that Israel cease all settlement construction in both East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The statement reiterates the EU position that the settlements are illegal under international law and calls upon the Israeli government to halt “all settlement activity.” Israel has, since this summer, been ramping up settlement construction throughout the West Bank and especially, in East Jerusalem. Recent housing disputes over Palestinian-owned East Jerusalem have prompted much debate within Israel and the U.S.

The report coincides with a statement by Catherine Ashton, a British MP who serves as the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, calling on Israel to “suspend publication” of a tender seeking construction bids for 1,000 new Israeli housing units in East Jerusalem, Beitar Ilit and Givat Ze’ev.

The English-language version of the statement is reproduced below. It was posted on the website of the UK’s UN Mission:

“We have just heard a briefing from Mr Fernandez-Taranco about the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories. One of the themes that emerged was the severely damaging effect that increased settlement construction and settler violence is having on the ground and on the prospects of a return to negotiations. The UK, France, Germany and Portugal are dismayed by these wholly negative developments.

Israel’s continuing announcements to accelerate the construction of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, send a devastating message. We call on the Israeli government to reverse these steps. The viability of the Palestinian state that we want to see and the two-state solution that is essential for Israel’s long-term security are threatened by the systematic and deliberate expansion of settlements. Settlements are illegal under international law and represent a serious blow to the Quartet’s efforts to restart peace negotiations. All settlement activity, including in East Jerusalem, must cease immediately.

We condemn the disturbing escalation of violence by settlers including the burning of the Nebi Akasha mosque in West Jerusalem and the Burqa mosque in the West Bank. It is clear that these deliberately provocative attacks on places of worship were designed to aggravate tensions. We welcome the condemnation of these attacks by Israeli leaders, and call on the Israeli government to fulfil its commitment to bring the perpetrators to justice and to put an end to impunity. The package of measures announced by Prime Minister Netanyahu in response to settler violence goes in the right direction. We look forward to seeing the results of these measures, and to seeing those behind the violence punished to the full extent of the law.

A bold demonstration of political will and leadership is needed from both sides to break the current impasse. We call the parties to present as soon as possible to the Quartet comprehensive proposals on territory and security, following its statement of September 23rd. We look to both parties to return to negotiations as soon as possible. We remain ready to contribute to achieving the goal of successful negotiations.

We continue to be seriously concerned about the current stalemate in the Middle East Peace Process. Our primary goal remains a just and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We are committed to working to turn this ambition into reality: the creation of a sovereign, independent, democratic, contiguous and viable Palestinian State living in peace and security side by side with Israel.

For those negotiations to be successful, they will need to achieve four things:

An agreement on the borders of the two states, based on June 4 1967 lines with equivalent land swaps agreed between the parties.

Second, security arrangements that respect Palestinian sovereignty and show that the occupation is over, and that protect Israeli security, preventing the resurgence of terrorism and dealing effectively with new and emerging threats.

Third, a just, fair and agreed solution to the refugee question.
And fourth, fulfilment of the aspirations of both parties for Jerusalem. Through negotiations, the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states must be resolved.

We believe that Israel’s security and the realisation of the Palestinians’ right to statehood are not opposing goals. On the contrary they are mutually reinforcing objectives. But they will not be achieved while settlement building and settler violence continues.”

Posted in Nova NewsletterComments Off on Mondoweiss Online Newsletter

A. Loewenstein Online Newsletter

How Palestinians are heroes for living alongside Zionist backed thugs

Posted: 21 Dec 2011

Amira Hass on a people who one day will be seen as having suffered under the rule of a Zionist ruled dictatorship (funded and indulged by a global, Jewish Diaspora, including countless liberal Zionists, who remain silent or conflicted):

The Palestinians are heroes, and that’s the only fact that’s relevant after the slight shock of the hilltop thugs. The hands are the hands of thugs, and the head? The head is the head of the hostile regime under which the Palestinians live and which harasses them every moment of every day, week after week for decades. To live this way and remain sane – that’s heroism. “And who says we’re sane?” Palestinians answer me. Well, here’s the proof: self-irony.

The thugs of the hills are only the icing on the cake. Most of the work is being done by thugs wearing kid gloves. Unlike the people who threw the stone at the deputy brigade commander, these are fan favorites in Israel. The flesh of our flesh. Officers and soldiers, military jurists, architects and contractors in the service of the army, Interior Ministry and National Insurance Institute clerks. The hands are their hands. The head is the head of the demos, the Israeli-Jewish people, who by the democratic process send governments to be the dictator over the Palestinians.

What is the Israeli dictatorship over the Palestinians? Not only control of their space and the creation of isolated enclaves; not only the 19-year-olds who are sent – masked and armed to the teeth – on military raids (560 last month, according to the monitoring group in the PLO’s negotiations department ); not only daily arrests (257 arrests in November, including 15 Gazans ) and the 758 temporary roadblocks that were placed on West Bank roads that month.

The dictatorship is not even just a ban on Palestinian construction in more than 60 percent of the West Bank, permission to invent a new law every day to disenfranchise and expel, and the demolition, during 2011, of 500 Palestinian dwellings, wells, cisterns, animal pens, toilets and other essential structures. The dictatorship is all that together, and much more.

The Left must not ignore Sri Lanka

Posted: 21 Dec 2011

It is an issue that receives far too little attention, despite the government in Colombo committing egregious human rights abuses for years. Mass murderers run the country. Emanuel Stoakes, a colleague, writes the following for New Statesman:

Earlier this week, a piece was published by the Daily Telegraph that contained the latest in a powerful body of evidence that indicates the Sri Lankan army committed atrocities during the final phase of the country’s civil war.

It referenced damning allegations of war crimes committed by government forces during the conflict’s conclusion. These were sourced from an affidavit containing the testimony of a former member of the military who held a very senior position during the war, and had access to the flow of orders from the highest levels of the military command. The source asserted that government-sanctioned “hit squads” operated during the war to kill civilians; that the army killed surrendering enemy combatants and civilians in contravention of international law; and, most crucially, included the assertion that these were ordered by the Defence Minister, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

But yet, as the Sri Lankan government publishes its anaemic in-house “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee” report (politely described by Amnesty International on Monday as “ignoring serious evidence of war crimes”) and Tamil asylum seekers get deported from this country to face the risk of intimidation — even death — at home, the left appears not to be paying the sort of attention the issue deserves.

Why? Not only do human rights organisations suspect that tens of thousands of civilians were intentionally shelled into annihilation by the Sri Lankan army’s unilaterally declared “no fire zone” in the North East of the Island nation in 2009, it appears that the survivors are being kept in camps not dissimilar to internment centres for prisoners of war. Civilians kept in these places are experiencing rape, brutalisation and malnourishment if reports by rights groupsand journalists are to be taken seriously.

The more people willing to raise their voice and call for accountability for the Rajapaksa regime, the more people standing up for the rights of asylum seekers not to be deported home to risk of torture, the greater the possibility that, at the very least, the issue of Sri Lankan Tamil suffering will become more widely known.

It would be a source of disappointment for those who naively assume that it is the province of the left to lead the charge for such causes to discover that this was merely wishful thinking.

Perhaps the scariest article you’ll read all year (robots will soon control us all)

Posted: 21 Dec 2011

If this is the future of warfare and intelligence gathering, rest assured it won’t only be Washington doing it.

Last month philosopher Patrick Lin delivered this briefing about the ethics of drones at an event hosted by In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture-capital arm (via the Atlantic):

Let’s look at some current and future scenarios. These go beyond obvious intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), strike, and sentry applications, as most robots are being used for today. I’ll limit these scenarios to a time horizon of about 10-15 years from now.

Military surveillance applications are well known, but there are also important civilian applications, such as robots that patrol playgrounds for pedophiles (for instance, in South Korea) and major sporting events for suspicious activity (such as the 2006 World Cup in Seoul and 2008 Beijing Olympics). Current and future biometric capabilities may enable robots to detect faces, drugs, and weapons at a distance and underneath clothing. In the future, robot swarms and “smart dust” (sometimes called nanosensors) may be used in this role.

Robots can be used for alerting purposes, such as a humanoid police robot in China that gives out information, and a Russian police robot that recites laws and issues warnings. So there’s potential for educational or communication roles and on-the-spot community reporting, as related to intelligence gathering.

In delivery applications, SWAT police teams already use robots to interact with hostage-takers and in other dangerous situations. So robots could be used to deliver other items or plant surveillance devices in inaccessible places. Likewise, they can be used for extractions too. As mentioned earlier, the BEAR robot can retrieve wounded soldiers from the battlefield, as well as handle hazardous or heavy materials. In the future, an autonomous car or helicopter might be deployed to extract or transport suspects and assets, to limit US personnel inside hostile or foreign borders.

In detention applications, robots could also be used to not just guard buildings but also people. Some advantages here would be the elimination of prison abuses like we saw at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. This speaks to the dispassionate way robots can operate. Relatedly–and I’m not advocating any of these scenarios, just speculating on possible uses–robots can solve the dilemma of using physicians in interrogations and torture. These activities conflict with their duty to care and the Hippocratic oath to do no harm. Robots can monitor vital signs of interrogated suspects, as well as a human doctor can. They could also administer injections and even inflict pain in a more controlled way, free from malice and prejudices that might take things too far (or much further than already).

Drones won’t be bringing freedom to anybody anytime soon

Posted: 20 Dec 2011

Many in the corporate press love to luxuriate over drones, those seemingly silent and deadly killers against America’s “enemies”.

The reality is rather different, explains Nick Turse in TomDispatch:

According to statistics provided to TomDispatch by the Air Force, Predators have flown the lion’s share of hours in America’s drone wars.  As of October 1st, MQ-1’s had spent more than 1 million hours in the air, 965,000 of those in “combat,” since being introduced into military service.  The newer, more heavily armed MQ-9 Reaper, by comparison, has flown 215,000 hours, 180,000 of them in combat.  (The Air Force refuses to release information about the workload of the RQ-170 Sentinel.)  And these numbers continue to rise.  This year alone, Predators have logged 228,000 flight hours compared to 190,000 in 2010.

An analysis of official Air Force data conducted by TomDispatch indicates that its drones crashed in spectacular fashion no less than 13 times in 2011, including that May 5th crash in Kandahar.

The failure to achieve victory in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined with a perceived success in the Libyan war – significantly fought with airpower including drones – has convinced many in the military not to abandon foreign wars, but to change their approach.  Long-term occupations involving tens of thousands of troops and the use of counterinsurgency tactics are to be traded in for drone and special forces operations.

Remotely piloted aircraft have regularly been touted, in the press and the military, as wonder weapons, the way, not so long ago, counterinsurgency tactics were being promoted as an elixir for military failure.  Like the airplane, the tank, and nuclear weapons before it, the drone has been touted as a game-changer, destined to alter the very essence of warfare.

Instead, like the others, it has increasingly proven to be a non-game-changer of a weapon with ordinary vulnerabilities.  Its technology is fallible and its efforts have often been counterproductive in these last years.  For example, the inability of pilots watching computer monitors on the other side of the planet to discriminate between armed combatants and innocent civilians has proven a continuing problem for the military’s drone operations, while the CIA’s judge-jury-executioner assassination program is widely considered to have run afoulof international law – and, in the case of Pakistan, to be alienating an entire population.  The drone increasingly looks less like a winning weapon than a machine for generating opposition and enemies.

Posted in Nova NewsletterComments Off on A. Loewenstein Online Newsletter

Shoah’s pages

www.shoah.org.uk

KEEP SHOAH UP AND RUNNING

December 2011
M T W T F S S
« Nov   Jan »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031