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Nazi Soldiers Attack Elderly Protestor, Journalists in Tulkarem

Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

Nazi forces, on Tuesday, attacked Palestinians protesting the Nazi plan to expropriate occupied Palestinian land near Tulkarem city, in the northern West Bank, Palestinian WAFA News Agency correspondent.

She stated that Nazi troops fired tear-gas at the demonstrators and physically assaulted an elderly man.

The demonstration was organized in order to express their collective rejection of the Nazi plans to build an illegal industrial settlement on Palestinian lands.

The Nazi soldiers attacked participants including journalists, whom were forbidden from filming, WAFA correspondent added.

The Governor of Tulkarem, Issam Abu Bakr, participated in the protest, stated that the people will continue holding demonstrations until the settlement project is stopped, adding that the project threatens to cut Tulkarem off from the nearby Qalqilia governorate,

Head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission, Walid Assaf, one of the organizers of the protest activities would continue in order to defeat this project and others in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Shehab News:

[The occupation forces brutally assaulting the elderly Khairy Hanoun and suppressing a protest protest rejecting the confiscation of lands from the village of Shofa near Tulkarm.]

Wall and Resistance Committee – Video: Journalist – Hazem Nasser
[Palestinian journalists play their humanitarian and moral role by saving the activist, Khairy Hanoun, from the clutches of the occupation soldiers, during his demonstrations against the establishment of a colonial industrial zone on the lands of the villages of Jabara, Shoufah, and Al-Kafriyat in Tulkarm today.]

Wall and Resistance Committee
[An anti-settlement activity against the establishment of a colonial industrial zone on Tulkarm lands.]


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Nazi Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) Weekly Report for August 27 – September 02, 2020

Summary

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, IOF wounded 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child in excessive use of force during raids into Palestinian cities and suppression of peaceful protests in the West Bank. IOF also continued its policy of demolishing and destroying Palestinian houses and facilities for its settlement expansion schemes.

End of this week, Dawoud Tal’at al-Khatib (48) died inside Ofer Prison due to a heart attack, only four months before his release date. Al-Khatib, from Bethlehem, had been imprisoned by Israel for the past 18 years, and had suffered extremely difficult health conditions during his years in prison, the latest of which was a heart attack in 2017. The determination to continue his detention aggravated his critical health condition, finally dying of a heart attack on 02 September 2020.

The curfew continues in the Gaza Strip for the second week in a row to limit the spread of coronavirus after cases were discovered outside quarantine centers. PCHR fears a catastrophic deterioration in living conditions if the curfew is maintained for a lengthy period without a protection mechanism for the poor, unemployed and limited-income families, as well as daily workers who have lost their sources of income due to the state of emergency and curfew. PCHR warns of the catastrophic implications of coronavirus spread in the Gaza Strip, especially with its already-exhausted health care system due to 14 years of illegal and inhumane blockade and collective punishment policies imposed by IOF on the Gaza Strip.

This week, PCHR documented 151 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt. It should be noted that the limitations due to the corona virus pandemic, has limited PCHR’s fieldworkers mobility and ability to conduct field documentation; therefore, the information contained in this report are only part of the continued IOF violations.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity: IOF wounded 6 civilians, including a child in IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank: 2 civilians, including a child, wounded in Jenin; 1 injury during clashes in Hebron; 2 in IOF suppression of Kufur Qaddoum protest in Qalqilia; and an injury in Bethlehem. IOF assaulted an elderly Palestinian in Tulkarem, dragged on the ground and severely beaten and humiliated in an incident that was documented by media and journalists.wIsraeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 5 times at agricultural lands eastern Khan Younis and Rafah, southern Gaza Strip.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 70 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 38 Palestinians were arrested, including 6 children and a journalist. In Gaza, IOF conducted a limited incursion into eastern Rafah, southern Gaza Strip.

Settlement expansion activities and settlers’ attacks: IOF continued its settlement expansion operations in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, PCHR documented 7 violations, including:

Settler-attacks: PCHR documented arson attack on a vehicle and anti-Arab vandalization in Nablus.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement: On Monday, 31 August 2020, Israeli authorities declared the re-opening of Karem Abu Salem Crossing, allowing the re-entry of fuel and construction material into the Gaza Strip.

Israeli authorities also decided to re-expand the fishing area as it was before the recent punitive measures imposed on the Gaza Strip. This came after an understanding had been reached to contain the Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip, which began on 10 August. During which, Israel imposed punitive measures on Gaza, in alleged response to the launch of incendiary balloons towards Israeli settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip.

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

For the second consecutive week, curfew is still imposed on the Gaza Strip to contain the outbreak of coronavirus, especially after coronavirus cases were confirmed outside the quarantine centers in the Gaza Strip. As a result, the suffering of Gaza Strip population has increased, PCHR fears a catastrophic deterioration in living conditions if the curfew is maintained for a lengthy period without a protection mechanism for the poor, unemployed and limited-income families, as well as daily workers who have lost their sources of income due to the state of emergency and curfew.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

I. Shooting and Other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 02:00 on Thursday, 27 August 2020, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles stormed al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They patrolled the camp streets and stationed in the southern area while soldiers deployed between civilians’ houses in the center of the camp. A number of soldiers raided and searched a 3-storey house that includes 5 apartments for Abu Hashhash family. The soldiers Iyad Mahmoud Ahmed Abu Hashhash (40)’s apartment and attacked him by severely beating him and arrested him. The soldiers also attacked Iyad’s brother Yaqoub (35) and heavily beaten hit his nose, causing its fracture, after they raided his apartment. The soldiers handcuffed Yaqoub and took him to his brother’s apartment and began beating both brothers with their hands, feet and their rifles’ butts. As a result, Iyad and Yaqoub fainted. After IOF’s withdrawal of the house, taking Iyad with them, Yaqoub was transferred to al-Ahli Hospital where received medical treatments as doctors selected an appointment for his nose surgery. When Yaqoub returned home, he found out that Israeli soldiers stole NIS 5,800 that were in his bedroom. It should be noted that Israeli soldiers raided the house a month ago and attacked Yaqoub and broke his nose as he previously underwent a surgery for his nose.
  • At approximately 23:30 on Thursday, 27 August 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shoka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 28 August 2020, a number of Palestinian young men gathered at Bab al-Zawiyah area in the center of Hebron and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at a military checkpoint established at al-Shuhada’a closed street. A number of Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs at the stone-throwers. The young men dispersed in Beir al-Sabe’a and Wadi al-Tuffah areas and returned to the checkpoint and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind cement cubes and threw stones at them again. The soldiers fired live bullets at them. As a result, an 18-year-old young man was shot with a live bullet in his left knee. The soldiers chased him and arrested him, taking him to the checkpoint. At approximately19:30, a military ambulance arrived at the area and transferred the wounded civilian to the Governmental Hospital in Hebron. His injury was classified as moderate.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 29 August 2020, IOF stationed at the northern entrance established at lands of Kufur Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilia, suppressed a protest in which dozens of Palestinian civilians participated. IOF chased the young men who gathered in the area. Clashed with them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 2 civilians were shot with 2 live bullets in their lower extremities.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 03 August 2020, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles stormed al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron and stationed near the UNRWA distribution center. The soldiers patrolled between neighborhoods and threw many leaflets threatening the camp’s residents due to the so-called “violence and riots and continued throwing of stones.” In the meantime, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones at IOF’s infantry units while the latter indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at stone-throwers and between houses. As a result, a number of stone-throwers suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. Clashes between IOF and young men continued until 02:30 when IOF fired a barrage of live bullets in the air to withdraw from the camp. Neither arrests nor house raids were reported.
  • At approximately 02:15 on the same Sunday, IOF stormed Hebron and stationed on al-Malek Faisal street and deployed between houses. They raided and searched Carpentry and furniture factory owned by Taha Abu Suneinah family after opening the door with special tools. In the meantime, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF while the latter indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters. Asa result, a sound bomb fell in the Internal Medicine Department’s room in Aaliyah Governmental Hospital, which adjacent to the incidents area. Patients, as a result of that, patients, who are infected with Covid-19 About 25 patients also suffocated and they were taken to other departments in the hospital. At approximately 04:00 on the same day, IOF withdrew from the area. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 20:30 on Monday, 31 August 2020, IOF signed to guard the annexation wall in the northeast of Faqqua village, northeast of Jenin, opened fire at Mahmoud Taleb Mahmoud Shaheen (18), while he was returning home, which is 200 meters away from the above-mentioned wall. As a result, Shaheen was shot with a live bullet in his right leg and he was transferred to Dr. Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin for medical treatment.
  • At approximately 03:50 on Tuesday, 01 September 2020, IOF stormed al-Saf and al-Mahd streets in the center of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested Shadi Mohammed al-Harimi (31) and Touni Asa’ad Qatan (27). In the meantime, a number of Palestinian young men gathered near al-Mahd Square and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at IOF stationed in the area while the latter immediately fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a number of young men suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF stationed at lands of Shufah and Jbarah villages, southeast of Tulkarem, suppressed a protest in which dozens of civilians participated. IOF chased the young men who gathered in the area, clashed with them, and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. IOF attacked Khairi Hanoun (64), from Anabta village, east of Tulkarem, by beating him on his feet. They detained him and released him after an hour and half. IOF further attacked many journalists, who were covering the protests, including: Fadi Yaseen, photographer of Palestine TV. Many civilians, in addition, suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 00:20 on Wednesday, 02 September 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis, fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at agricultural lands, east of al-Qararah village, adjacent to the border fence.
  • At approximately 04:00, on the same Wednesday, IOF stationed at a military watchtower established in Rachel’s Tomb area, adjacent to Bilal Ben Rabah Mosque, north of Bethlehem, opened fire at a 32-year-old civilian while walking in the area. As a result, he was shot with a live bullet in his foot. He was transferred to Beit Jala Hospital for medical treatment.
  • At approximately 04:15, IOF stormed Ash-Shuhada village, southeast of Jenin, north of the West Bank. IOF surrounded a house owned by Ihab Hatem Husein Darwish Asous (27). In the meantime, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered and threw stones at IOF while the latter responded with live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a 16-year-old child was shot with 2 live bullets. He was transferred to Dr. Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital for medical treatment. IOF arrested civilian Asous before they withdrew from the village.
  • At approximately 08:30 on the same Wednesday, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis, fired live bullets at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’a village, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.

II. Incursions and Arrests:

Thursday, 27 August 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Biddu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ayyoub Mohammed al-Khadour’s (28) house and arrested him. It should be noted that al-Khadour was a former prisoner in the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Qutna village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mos’ab Saleem Shamasna’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Jabal Hindaza village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Na’eem Mousa Abu ‘Ahour’s (18) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Abu ‘Ahour was wounded with a live bullet to his leg while present around al-Quds power station near Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque, on the northern entrance of Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into al-‘Arqa village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched Nael Mohammed Yehya’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:10, IOF moved into Rujeib village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Khalil Abdul Khaleq Mohammed Dwaikat’s house, who stabbed an Israeli soldier in Bitah Tikva in Israel on 26 August 2020, to take the measures of the house before the demolition. It should be noted that the Israeli authorities uses the demolition as a collective punishment policy against the Palestinian families.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into al-‘Abayat village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Omar Khaled Ayyad’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Qarawat Bani Zeid village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched Amer Bassam Sneif’s (31) house and arrested him. Later, IOF released him.
  • At approximately 03:50, IOF moved into Beit Loqya village, southwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched Najeeb Ahmed Najeeb Mafarja’s (35) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 06:30, IOF moved into Jin Safout village, east of Qalqilia. They raided and searched Karam Khamees Shobaki’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles and bulldozers moved 100-meters in al-Shwaika village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They launched from al-Motabaq Gate adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. They combed and leveled lands and redeployed again at approximately 11:00.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Ghassan Alian (55), from Bitir, west of Bethlehem, after referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Beit Ammer, Hadab al-Fawwar, Sa’eer villages in Hebron; Faqoua’, southeast of Jenin; Tayaseer, east of Tubas; Karf Ein, northwest of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 28 August 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Bara’ Abdul Hai Jawabra’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:50, IOF moved into Azun village, east of Qalqilia. They raided and searched Karam Fares Shbaita’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested 3 civilians while present in al-Wad street in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, after severely beaten them. IOF took them to al-Qishla investigation center in the Old City. The arrestees are: Khaled al-Sokhn (23), Abdullah al-Julani (28), and Mohammed Zein (21).
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Hebron, al-Fawwar refugee camp, and Yatta in Hebron governorate; Yamoun, west of Jenin; Kufur Qaddoum and Hibla, east of Qalqilia. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 29 August 2020:

  • At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into al-Bostan street in Obaid neighborhood, west of al-‘Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mo’tasem Hamza Obaid’s (17) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Obaid was arrested 10 days prior and released on house arrest for two weeks.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in al-Samoua’, Hebron, Beit Ammer, and al-Mowreq villages in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 30 August 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Nahaleen village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mahmoud Maher Shakarna (17) and handed Hamdan Yousef Fannoun (32) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in Gush Etzion settlement, south of the city.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-Shwaika suburb, east of Tulkarem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Sameer Abdul Qader Mohammed Omar (47), and Sameh Adnan Mohammed Obaid (31), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF set an ambush near Haddad Resort, east of Jenin, north of the West Bank, arrested Yaser Waleed Khuzeima (30), from Qabatya, southeast of Jenin, after stopping and searching his car. IOF took him to an unknown destination and left his car. It should be noted that Khuzeima is a former prisoner in the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF stopped a bus and forced (4) children to get out of it in order to arrest them, in the central Jerusalem, and took them to “al-Bareed” police station in Salah al-Dein street. The arrestees are: Ahmed Dari (17), his sister Noumi (16), Yasmine Qaisiya (16), and Sajeda Abu Roumi (16).
  • Eyewitnesses said that IOF stopped and searched a bus in Nablus street, and checked their ID cards, and forced some of them to get out of the bus claiming that they were not wearing their masks properly. They added that IOF beaten an pushed some of them and arrested (4) students returning from their schools to their houses in al-‘Isawiya. As a result, Qaisiya and Abu Roumi were released on bail, Dari was released after several hours on condition that to be under the house arrest for two days, and banning her entry to Damascus Gate “Bab al-‘Amoud” for 10 days.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Sabastya, northwest of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 31 August 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli infantry unit moved into Hebron’s Old City. They raided and searched Saif al-Dein Mahmoud al-Ja’bari’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Mohammed Hilal al-Titi’s (22) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Anata village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Mahmoud al-Rifai’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Khalaf Hussain Obaidallah (26), while present at Kisan village’s entrance, southeast of Bethlehem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Bab Hatta village, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Ameer Farid al-Basti’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 19:45, a group of Mista‘arvim (Israeli Special Unit disguised as Palestinian civilians) arrested Nizar Issa Obaid (22), from Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, while working in al-Natour petrol station in Tulkarem. According to a surveillances camera that documented the incident, a vehicle with a Palestinian registration plate came to the police station, when Obaid came to refill their vehicle, two men got out of the car and arrested him.
  • At approximately 23:00. The Israeli Intelligence Services summonsed 3 members of Fatah Movement in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, for investigation in al-Bareed police station in Salah al-Dein street. Shadi al-Mtawr, Fatah Movement secretary in Jerusalem, said that the Israeli Intelligence Services summonsed Fawzi Sha’ban, Mohammed Abu Sowi, and Ahmed al-‘Abbasi, to investigate them about their presence in a meeting about the demolition of houses in Silwan. IOF released them after several hours on bail (3,000 NIS/each) and with a 3-month ban from attending al-Bostan neighborhood’s sit in in Silwan for 3 months.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Ethna, Surif, and Karma villages in Hebron governorate; and Tulkarem. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 01 September 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Hebron, and stationed at al-Salam street. They raided and searched Ma’moun Hussain al-Natsha’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Dura and al-Samoua’ in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 02 September 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Yatta, south of Hebron, and stationed in Roq’a area. They raided and searched Shadi Bader al-‘Amour’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into al-Fridis village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Jom’a Abu Moheimed’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into al-‘Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched the house of the Photojournalist, Mohammed Qarout Edkaik’s (27) house, arrested him, and confiscated his equipment, cameras, and many of his files and personal papers.Samer Edakaik, Mohammed’s brother, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that IOF stormed, searched, and confiscated several cameras, wireless device, personal papers, and a laptop belonging to Mohammed. He confirmed that IOF handcuffed his brother and took him to “al-Bareed” police station in Salah al-Dein street.It should be noted that Edkaik is a photojournalist in al-Jazeera channel and many other news agencies, and he is a social media activist, who has thousands of followers.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Hebron, Ethna, Beit Owa, and Deir Samit villages in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

III. Settlement Expansion and Settler Violence in the West Bank:

a. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 27 August 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into ‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin. The military construction vehicles demolished Rami Ahmed Abu Mashaikh’s under-construction bakery, which was built on an area of 170 square meters 3 months ago. It should be noted that 12 days ago, IOF notified to stop working in the bakery as a prelude to demolish it, under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C. Also, IOF notified Mostafa ‘Ali Hammad to demolish his carpenter shop for similar reason.
  • On Sunday, 30 August 2020, Khaled Mahmoud Mohammed Basheer implemented Israeli Municipality decision and self-demolished his house in Jabal al-Mokkaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Basheer said that 3 months ago, he built for his son a 50-square-meter house comprised of a room, a kitchen and a bathroom. Basheer clarified that the Israeli municipality staff along with the Ministry of Interior raided his house 2 weeks ago and handed him a demolition notice. Basheer added that he was forced to self-demolish his house to avoid paying demolition costs estimated at NIS 100,000 for the municipality staff. He also said that in 2014, the municipality staff demolished his son Mahmoud’s house in al-Sal’ah neighborhood in Jabal al-Mokkaber village and imposed a fine of NIS 80,000 of him under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • On Monday, 31 August 2020, ‘Odai and ‘Abed al-Salam al-Razem implemented Israeli Municipality decision and self-demolished their houses in al-Ashqariyia neighborhood in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Abed al-Salam al-Razem said that his family comprised of 6 persons and his brother’s family comprised of 3 persons are living in their 65-square-meter house from 8 years. He clarified that 5 years ago, the municipality staff raided their houses and notified his brother to demolish the houses, in addition to imposing a fine of NIS 40,000 on them. ‘Abed al-Salam added that during the past years, he and his brother attempted to license the houses, but in vain. He also said that the Israeli court issued the final demolition decision against their houses a month ago, and if they would not implement it, the municipality staff will do so and force them to pay the demolition costs estimated at NIS 125,000.
  • At approximately 06:30 on Tuesday, 01 September 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Tuqu village, southeast of Bethlehem, where they ordered Mohammed Fahed Shawareeh to stop construction work in his house and confiscated the construction material. Mayor of Tuqu village, Tayseer Abu Mefreh, said that IOF seized construction materials from Shawareeh’s under-construction house. He added that Shawareeh was handed a cease-construction notice a week ago, under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 02 September 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Masafer area in Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF were deployed between Palestinians’ houses while military construction vehicles demolished 2 tin-plate-houses, under the pretext of non-licensing.

The demolitions were as follows:

Mahmoud ‘Isaa Rab’i: House made of tin plates and bricks, with 16 inhabitants;

Mahmoud ‘Isaa Rab’i: Barracks made of tin plates and bricks, for livestock;

Fadel ‘Isaa Rab’i: House made of tin plates and bricks, with 15 unhabitants.

  • It should be noted that on 23 February 2012, Israeli authorities distributed 2 cease-construction notices to the two house and barrack.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Beren village in eastern Hebron. IOF were deployed between Palestinians’ houses while military construction vehicles demolished Faraj Mohammed Ghaith’s 40-square-meter room built of bricks, under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Deir Dibwan village, east of Ramallah. IOF brought special Israeli workers to dismantle and confiscate 3 residential tents, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C.

The residential tents belong to:

Suliman Mostafa Ka’abnah: dismantling and confiscating a residential tent sheltering his family comprised of 7 persons.

‘Oda ‘Awwad Ka’abnah: dismantling and confiscating a residential tent sheltering 8 persons.

Suliman Salem Ka’abnah: dismantling and confiscating a residential tent sheltering 8 persons.

  • It should be noted that IOF demolished properties belonging to the mentioned civilians for the 2nd time and without a prior warning, noting that these properties were previously demolished on 25 August 2020.

b. Israeli Settler Violence

  • At approximately 02:30 on Friday, 28 August 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Price Tag” group, attacked the southern side of Asira al-Qibliya village, southeast of Nablus. The settlers set Wael Mousa ‘Asayrah’s vehicle ablaze and vandalized his house walls with racist slogans.

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Nazi Soldiers Shoot Palestinian Man from Watchtower in Bethlehem

A Palestinian man suffered a bullet injury, on Wednesday, when Nazi soldier opened fire at him at the northern entrance to Bethlehem city, in south of the West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said that Ahmed Abu Akr, 32, from Aida refugee camp, was shot by Nazi soldier who was stationed in a military watchtower near the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque.

The details of the event were limited at the time of this report. The young man was rushed to hospital for medical treatment, no information was available on the condition of the victim at the time of reporting.

In related news, Nazi forces shot a young Palestinian man near Nablus, the injury being described as moderate.

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Pakistan: Defense Day reminds ‘Moral Force’ of the Armed Forces

By Sajjad Shaukat

The 6th of September is celebrated every year as the Defense Day by every Pakistani, as on this very day, Pakistan’s courageous Armed Forces and the entire nation stood united in 1965 for the defense of the homeland against India’s nefarious designs which had threatened the territorial integrity of the country through an all-out war.

This time, this very day has come at a time when Pakistan is facing multiple threats of grave nature externally and internally.

Since August 5, 2019 when Indian government revoked articles 35A and 370 of the Constitution, which gave a special status to the disputed territory of the Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir (IIOK), Indian fanatic government of the ruling party BJP led by the extremist Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued lockdown there, as New Delhi unilaterally annexed the region with the Indian Federation to turn Muslim majority into minority. Implementing the ideology of Hindutva ((Hindu Nationalism), Indian rulers also issued domicile certificates to more than 400000 non-Kashmiris and also martyred many people by accelerated firing at the stones-pelting Kashmiris who have been protesting against Indian illegitimate actions.

Besides, Pakistan’s Armed Forces, especially, Pak Army and Rangers have been boldly responding to India’s unprovoked shelling inside Pakistani side of Kashmir.

Tension escalated rapidly between the two countries on February 27, 2019 in the aftermath of the false flag terror attack of Pulwama, when in response to the Indian pre-emptive air strike near the town of Balakot-Pakistan’s sector of Kashmir, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets and launched aerial strikes at six targets in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). Pak Army also captured an Indian pilot.

The truth about India’s surgical strikes exposed, when Indian top civil and military leaders failed in providing any evidence. The then Indian India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also demitted that no Pakistani soldier or citizen died in the air strike in Balakot.

Military thinkers agree that although the physical force will determine the type and scale of war, yet it is the ‘will to fight’ or ‘moral force’ which determines the outcome of war. Clausewitz puts it this way, “One might say that the physical force seems little more than the wooden hilt, while moral factors are the precious metal, the real weapon.”

In his book, “Fighting Power: German and U.S. Army Performance, 1939-1945”, Creveld identifies the elements of ‘moral force’, whom he calls “fighting power, the willingness to fight and the readiness, if necessary, to die”. The greater these elements, the less vulnerable an armed force will be to demoralization. ‘Moral force’, then, is the crucial factor in determining the combat power of any belligerent.

During the 1965 war such elements like will to fight and ‘moral force’ have been more found in the personnel of Pakistan’s Armed Forces then those of India.
When, on September 6, 1965, India started the war and its forces crossed the international border in Lahore, Pakistan’s Armed Forces quickly responded. Indian Regiment had also crossed the BRB canal and captured the town of Batapore (Jallo Mur). The same day, a counter offensive by Pakistani soldiers forced the Indian 15th Division to withdraw to its starting point. In this context, the huge credit goes to the all men of Pak Army. Without bothering for their lives, they fought bravely. Among them, Major Raja Aziz Bhatti played a key role in the outcome of the Lahore battles and was martyred.

In case of Sialkot, several soldiers of the Pak Army sacrificed their lives to stop advancement of Indian tanks. The 1965 war witnessed some of the largest tank battles since World War II, and was fought at Chawinda in Sialkot sector—The Battle resulted into victory of Pakistan whose armoured forces destroyed 120 Indian tanks.

Regarding aerial warfare between PAF and IAF, the latter emerged as victorious in the I965 war because, at the cost of their personal safety, the personnel of PAF defeated India. PAF had destroyed 100 Indian aircraft on ground and in the air, while damaged more than 10. In this respect, Squadron Leader M. M. Alam set new records in history of air warfare on September 7 and shot down five Indian aircraft in less than sixty seconds at Sargodha.

Let us take the example of Flight Lieutenant Yunus Hussain who fought in air battles fearlessly. During one such engagement, he fought singly against 6 enemy aircraft and shot down 2 Hunters. On September 6, while attacking Halwara airfield, his small formation was intercepted by a large number of enemy. Although his aircraft was hit, but, he refused to break off the engagement by disregarding his personal safety and was martyred.

The role of Pakistan Navy in the Indo-Pak war of 1965 is also appreciable. Securing Pakistan’s coasts, it played a vital role in defeating India. The Operation Dawarka marked was launched by Pakistan on September 7. The Operation was successful—Indian warships harboured in Bombay, making the Indian Navy unable to sortie. In this regard, Ghazi, the only submarine successfully attacked heavy ships of the Indian Navy.

However, there were many other national heroes like Brigadier Ahsan Rashid, SQN LDR Sarfaraz Ahmed Rafiqui etc. who fought boldly with the Indian forces.

As regards internal challenges, by imbibing the same spirit of the 1965 war, Pakistan’s Armed Forces, during the successful military operations, Zarb-e-Azb, Radd-ul-Fasaad and Operation Khyber 4 have killed many terrorists through ground offensive. During street to street fighting, without bothering for their lives and by air-dropping commandos at the risky places, our forces made a great headway in disrupting the militant’s supply routes and links.

And country’s primarily intelligence agency ISI also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the possession of the terrorists. Thus, security agencies have successfully broken the backbone of the foreign-backed terrorists. Peace has been restored in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan Karachi, including other regions.

Nonetheless, it was due to the ‘moral force’ that despite Indian surprise invasion in 1965 and the qualitative and numerical superiority over Pakistan, by sacrificing their lives, Pakistan’s Armed Forces not only recaptured the Indian territories, but also took Khem Karan from Indian forces, including various regions of Rajastan, Sindh, and Chumb in Kashmir. Indian defeat was owing to its soldiers’ demoralization.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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Why Palestinians Need to Reclaim the PLO


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The Palestinian Authority has failed to deliver democracy or sovereignty to the Palestinian people. It’s time for a new generation of leaders to deliver accountable governance and freedom.

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A mural on Israel's controversial separation wall between Jerusalem and Ramallah depicts the former chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Yasser Arafat, in 2017.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the Israeli government’s plans to further annex occupied Palestinian territories have shown the Palestinian leadership—once again—what it means to run a government without sovereignty. The recently announced deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is further evidence of the leadership’s inability to influence events that shape the fate of the Palestinian people.

These recent developments underscore the failure of the Palestinian Authority (PA) statehood project, and with it the two-state solution paradigm. Israel’s annexation plans—which are still on the table, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—would leave fragmented West Bank enclaves under nominal PA control, with ultimate control exercised by Israel, as has been the case since the occupation began in 1967.Trending Articles

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Similarly, Hamas would rule the Gaza Strip within the narrow confines of the Israeli siege imposed in 2007 and supported by Egypt. These outcomes are neither what the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leadership envisaged when it signed the Oslo Accords with Israel beginning in 1993, nor what the international community intended to sponsor when it agreed to support peace efforts in the region.

The PA, initially established as an interim government, has from the start been unable to defend its territory and population against the expansionist Israeli colonial project, or to manage an economically viable entity that could ensure a dignified livelihood for the Palestinians, especially at times of acute crisis.


The Palestinian economy is still dependent on foreign aid as well as on the Israeli economy and the detrimental arrangements put in place under the Oslo Accords. These include the 1994 Protocol on Economic Relations, which formalized Palestinian-Israeli economic relations within a skewed customs union that favors Israel’s stronger economy and left Palestinians limited space to develop economic independence and self-reliance.

The PA, initially established as an interim government, has from the start been unable to defend its territory and population against the expansionist Israeli colonial project

The much-touted good-governance approach the PA adopted over the past few decades has resulted, ironically, in the growth of authoritarian trends and structures of repression rather than a process of democratization and accountability. The political schism between Fatah and Hamas that dates back to 2007 meant that the Fatah-led PA focused its power over the West Bank, while international donors invested heavily in strengthening the PA’s security establishment. Today, the Palestinians’ governance structures are weak and undemocratic at all levels.

The Palestinian resistance factions which took over the PLO in the late 1960s had succeeded in uniting the dispersed Palestinian communities in refugee camps and the diaspora with the collective aim of liberating Palestine. The PLO housed many Palestinian political factions, including Fatah (its largest member), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, among many others. It also included unions of workers, writers, students, and women, among others, though it excluded Islamist groups.

The creation of the PA gutted the PLO politically as decision-making power shifted to the PA. Meanwhile, the influx of foreign aid ensured the PA’s place as the de facto Palestinian representative in relations with Israel and in the so-called peace process.

Yet, despite its weakness, the PA has managed to dominate the PLO and to diminish the latter’s  role as the sole representative of the Palestinian people, as recognized by the United Nations and the Arab League in 1974, and as the spearhead of the Palestinian national liberation movement. That must change—and the first step is to shift the center of gravity back to the PLO.


The PA’s lack of sovereignty has meant total dependence on the financial and political will of the international community for survival, and consequently the loss of independent political decision-making. Indeed, the international community’s decision to suspend PA funding after Hamas won legislative elections in 2006 is a clear example of how the PA is unable to protect Palestinians’ democratic choices—even if they come through free and fair elections. What keeps the PA from disbanding is the international backing it receives: If the PA collapses, so would its security coordination with Israel, which is an outcome that the international community prefers to avoid.

But after nearly three decades of existence, the PA has not brought the Palestinian people any closer to realizing their inalienable right to self-determination. It is past time to declare the PA and its structures obsolete: It is simply unfit for present and future Palestinian generations that seek equality, justice, and freedom above all.

Palestinians are faced, once more, with the challenging task of reimagining their future and charting their trajectory toward justice and freedom.

Palestinians are faced, once more, with the challenging task of reimagining their future and charting their trajectory toward justice and freedom. The fundamental rethinking of the existing, dominant framework means questioning the institutional utility of the PA and its role in the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. Palestinians might be better served in reviving, reforming, and reclaiming a potentially more representative and inclusive institution: the PLO.

Over the past year, a dozen Palestinian policy analysts at Al-Shabaka have sought to tackle the thorny questions to which the Palestinian people, especially the youth, demand answers. These questions included: How can the PLO maintain accountability as both a national liberation movement and governing body? How might Hamas and the Islamic Jihad Movement be integrated in the PLO’s structures after decades of exclusion? And what models of Palestinian youth leadership can be further developed for the coming era? The key messages of the report “Reclaiming the PLO, Engaging the Youth”—available here—are that inclusiveness, accountability, and youth leadership matter.

Reconstituting the PLO would mean bringing Hamas and the Islamic Jihad Movement into the fold. A PLO without these two major factions undermines its claims to be representative of all Palestinians and erodes its legitimacy. Token representation is not enough: Their inclusion needs to be part and parcel of a national dialogue that rethinks the Palestinian political program and, importantly, revisits its leadership models and styles of governance.

Israel has often exploited the actions of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad Movement to evade its commitments under the Oslo peace agreements and to justify its violence against the Palestinian people. However, Israel has itself several times reached agreements with Hamas—which Hamas has upheld—and which it has ensured other factions within Gaza have upheld. Moreover, Israel’s military occupation and expansion of illegal settlements, despite Fatah’s control of the West Bank, dispel the myth that Hamas is the main obstacle to peace.

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Reconstituting the PLO will require meaningful consensus-building, which is crucial for a national liberation movement. As it is not a government, it needs to achieve accountability to the people it represents through consulting them and coming to a consensus rather than through elections.

Accountability also matters as a way out of the current morass. Not only have the Palestinians’ current political leaders in the PLO and the PA evolved into a self-serving elite largely disconnected from those they claim to represent, but so has, to a large extent, Hamas in Gaza since 2007.

The gap is stark: Few Palestinians—whether they live in the occupied Palestinian territories or in the diaspora—have had a say in any of the political decisions taken on their behalf.

Few Palestinians—whether they live in the occupied Palestinian territories or in the diaspora—have had a say in any of the political decisions taken on their behalf.

 While opinion polls show, year after year, that the majority of Palestinians in the occupied territories are frustrated with the Palestinian leadership, the PA, and the Palestinian political factions, Palestinians have no political mechanism to change their leaders, let alone rebuild their political system.

As such, there can be no serious discussion about reforming Palestinian leadership without Palestinian people everywhere having a say in the decision-making process, in correcting course, and in holding their political leaders to account. A reformed PLO must answer to the Palestinian people first and foremost.

Bringing in the new generation of Palestinian leaders is imperative. However, the Palestinian political playing field is currently dotted with structural obstacles to the emergence of young Palestinian leaders committed to the Palestinian struggle for justice and freedom. From international donors’ obsession with cultivating Palestinian technocrats, who are divorced from the lived realities of Palestinians under occupation and in the diaspora, to the protection of the ruling elites and the violent suppression of voices that could challenge the status quo, young Palestinian leaders are undermined at every turn.

Palestinians can draw lessons from their own history for models of leadership, including the beginnings of the PLO itself, where Palestinians formed collective leadership based on consensus and succeeded in the mass mobilization and participation of Palestinians at the grassroots level.

While the current PA leadership rightly rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s peace plan, they continue to cling to a political program that has failed the Palestinian people, continuing to place their hopes in actors, such as the United States and the European Union, who have demonstrated for decades that they do not have the political will to deliver on Palestinian rights. It is impossible amid this chaos to build a new, representative Palestinian body with an effective political program.

Regardless of the PLO’s current semidormant status, it is still the body closest to Palestinian communities at home and in the diaspora. The only way out of the current political dead end is for Palestinians to revive and build their grassroots networks at home, in refugee camps, and in the diaspora from the ground up.

A new generation of Palestinian leaders must reclaim the PLO as the one roof under which the Palestinian people can convene, organize, elect their representatives, recreate a unified national narrative, and debate and decide on a political program that will best realize the Palestinian people’s rights to self-determination, freedom, and justice.

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Nazi army abduct, injure, attack Palestinians in West Bank & Gaza

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Sept 1-4: Israelis abduct, injure, attack Palestinians in West Bank & Gaza

Israeli soldiers carry away a Palestinian protester in Kufr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, August 23, 2019. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

News reports September 1 – 4 from the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC):

Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) Weekly Report for August 27 – September 02, 2020

PCHR: ‘Israeli’ Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

SEP 4, 2020 PCHR

Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) Weekly Report for August 27 – September 02, 2020 Summary Israeli occupation forces (IOF)…

Daoud Talat al-Khatib

Palestinian Detainee Dies In ‘Israeli’ Prison

SEP 3, 2020 IMEMC NEWS

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, on Wednesday evening, that a detainee died in Ofer Israeli prison, and added…

מעצר אלים בשטחים. קרדיט: safa.ps

Israeli’ Soldiers Detain Palestinians from the West Bank

SEP 3, 2020 ALI SALAM

Israeli forces, on Wednesday, detained several Palestinians from various areas of the occupied West Bank, the Jerusalem Press reported. Occupation…

Israeli’ Soldiers Shoot Palestinian Man from Watchtower in Bethlehem

SEP 3, 2020 ALI SALAM

A Palestinian man suffered a bullet injury, on Wednesday, when an Israeli soldier opened fire at him at the northern…

Quds News Network Facebook Page

Israeli’ Forces Shoot Palestinian Man in Alleged Attack near Nablus

SEP 3, 2020 ALI SALAM

Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man, on Wednesday morning, at Zatara military roadblock, south of Nablus city, in…

Image from Palestine Post 24 Facebook Page

Israeli’ Soldiers Attack Elderly Protestor, Journalists in Tulkarem

SEP 2, 2020 ALI SALAM

Israeli forces, on Tuesday, attacked Palestinians protesting Israel’s plan to expropriate occupied Palestinian land near Tulkarem city, in the northern…

Image From Palestine Responds Tweet Sept. 2, 2020

Israeli’ Forces Detain Palestinian Teen from Refugee Camp in Jerusalem

SEP 2, 2020 ALI SALAM

The Israeli forces detained a Palestinian teenager, on Tuesday, from the Shufat Refugee Camp in occupied East Jerusalem, Shehab News…

UN OCHA_oPt File Photo

Two Palestinian-owned Homes Demolished by Owners in Jerusalem

SEP 1, 2020 ALI SALAM

Two Palestinian brothers in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, began demolishing their homes, in order to avoid having the…

Undercover Israeli security personnel arrest a Palestinian protester near Ramallah, December 13, 2017. Credit: Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Undercover ‘Israeli’ Agents Abduct Palestinian Former Prisoner near Nablus

SEP 1, 2020 ALI SALAM

Undercover Israeli agents, on Sunday evening, abducted senior Palestinian official, Husam al-Razza, who belongs to the Popular Front for the…

KEREM SHALOM CROSSING TO GAZA (PHOTO: IDF SPOKESPERSON)

Israeli Authorities to Allow Entry of Fuel into Gaza, Restores Fishing Zone

SEP 1, 2020 ALI SALAM

The Israeli authorities announced, Monday, the reopening of the “Kerem Shalom” crossing between Israel and the besieged Gaza Strip, in…

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Pompeo’s parallel universe

One thing that is certain is that both parties will continue their deference to Israel which in turn means hostility towards Iran and its few friends worldwide.

The U.S. media has not reported the almost daily bombings of Syria and Gaza by Israel and even largely failed to cover how two weeks ago the United States Navy seized four Greek flagged oil tankers transporting more than a million gallons of fuel to economic basket case Venezuela, a country which is in its sad condition due to sanctions and other “maximum pressure” at the hands of Washington.

The fuel was seized based on unilaterally imposed U.S. sanctions on Iranian sale or export of its own petroleum products, a move intended to strangle the Iranian economy and bring about an uprising of the Iranian people. Such a move used to be called piracy.

And, of course, the potential threat to Israel is front and center as the reason for the embargo, an apartheid state that has nuclear weapons developed in secret after stealing both the uranium and triggers from the United States.

One might also note that Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which Israel is not, and its nuclear related research facilities are fully open to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

  snip–   Pompeo’s obsessive drive to eliminate Hezbollah and especially the influence of Nasrallah in Lebanon has less to do with any perceived threat Israel claims to its existence and everything with Hezbollah and Iran’s embrace of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

After the rebuff, Trump subsequently moved on to phase two in its attack on Iran by invoking a so-called “snap-back” provision of the JCPOA that empowers any of the signatories to the agreement to unilaterally call for renewal of the international sanctions that isolated Iran prior to 2015, when the plan of action was signed by the U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, along with the European Union.

The U.S. claimed that Iran has been cheating on its enrichment program and also that the accord’s authority is rooted in an accompanying Security Council resolution, which means that Washington can at will address the issue before that body.

Bear in mind that the U.S., though an original signatory, withdrew from the agreement, and any attempt to restore U.N. sanctions through an admittedly sleazy maneuver would be resisted by nearly all the other members of the Security Council, which is precisely what did take place last Thursday, with the Europeans producing a joint letter emphasizing that Washington has no standing on the issue as it is no longer party to the arrangement.

Pompeo responded by saying that the Europeans “chose to side with the ayatollahs.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, presumably supported by the president, has been angered by the Security Council’s failure to support him on either extending the arms embargo or re-imposing general sanctions, though he is probably eternally grateful for the fortitude demonstrated by the plucky little Dominican Republic.

On both meetings with the Security Council Pompeo complained, using his standard line, saying that “We can’t allow the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism to buy and sell weapons. I mean, that’s just nuts.”

The next step by the White House was a unilateral proposal submitted in writing by the U.S. to reimpose a full range of economic sanctions on Iran in thirty days.

That can only be blocked by a Security Council resolution which Washington can veto, meaning that America will again be going it alone in its not-so-secret war against Iran, further isolating the U.S. in world fora and again demonstrating that the Trump Administration has few friends anywhere in this fight but Israel and its newfound Arab associates in the Gulf.

It also means that the re-imposed sanctions are unlikely to be actively enforced by anyone that matters, further suggesting that the U.S. might resort to secondary sanctions, as it has done in the past, on those who do not comply, a formula for chaos.

Well, it should seem obvious that we Americans can’t afford a foreign and national security policy that pits the United States against the rest of the world in situations where the U.S. is not actually directly threatened and does not even have a vital interest.

Over the next two months, perhaps we will see some serious discussion of America’s place in the world or perhaps not. If 2016 is anything to go by, we are more likely to see a number of bromides tossed out without any real meaning behind them.

We are still waiting for troops reductions and the ending of useless wars promised by Trump. We are still waiting for Hillary to concede that Russia didn’t defeat her. She did it all by herself.

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The Phoenix Program Comes Home to Roost

The system was tested in Vietnam thirty years ago, and perfected in Israel on the Palestinians, and is ready for application here and now.

The Usual Suspects

During the Vietnam War, under the CIA’s Phoenix Program –which is the model for the Homeland Security Office — a terrorist suspect was anyone accused by one anonymous source. Just one.

The suspect was then arrested, indefinitely detained in a CIA interrogation center, and tortured until he or she (or in some cases children as young as twelve) confessed, informed on others, died, or was brought before a military tribunal (such as Bush is proposing) for disposition.

In thousands of cases, innocent people were imprisoned and tortured based on the word of an anonymous informer who had a personal grudge, or was actually a Viet Cong double agent feeding the names of loyal citizens into the Phoenix blacklist.

At no point in the process did suspects have access to due process or lawyers, and thus, in 1971, four US Congresspersons stated their belief that the Phoenix Program violated that part of the Geneva Conventions guaranteeing protection to civilians in time of war. I repeat, in time of war.

Recommended reading for all Americans and those who do not believe that it will not happen again.

But those sorts of abuses can’t happen here, during Bush’s newly declared war on terrorism, right?

Yeah, right.

Symbolically, the terror attacks of 11 September wiped the psychological slate clean.

All the moral prohibitions on the reactionary right wing have been lifted.

The same thing happened in the Fatherland after the First World War — and that is the real threat of anti-terrorism we’re facing in America today.

In the name of anti-terrorism, all of the nation’s pent-up anger and frustration over Vietnam, and a host of other “cultural” issues, is poised to be unleashed on the Enemy Within.

And the Bush Administration and its propagandists have already defined the Enemy Within in very clear terms: “We’re all Israelis now,” they say, adding that, “You’re with us or you’re against us,” in the declared war against terrorism.

And being “against us” is a dangerous proposition. As noted, Bush is considerating the formation of Phoenix-style military tribunals that operate beyond due process of law.

The system was tested in Vietnam thirty years ago, and perfected in Israel on the Palestinians, and is ready for application here and now.

The New Psywar As stated twelve years ago in the October 1989, Marine Corps Gazette (p 22-26a), Bush’s New War will be “widely dispersed and largely undefined; the distinction between war and peace will be blurred to the vanishing point.”

There will be no “definable battlefields or fronts,” and the distinction between “civilian” and “military” will disappear.

“Success will depend heavily on effectiveness in joint operations (such as Bush proposes between Ridge at Homeland Security and Downing at the Pentagon) as lines between responsibility and mission become very blurred.”

According to the Gazette article, success in the New War against undefined suspects will also depend on “psychological operations” manifest “in the form of media/information intervention.”

One must be “adept at manipulating the media to alter domestic and world opinion….”

On the psywar battlefield, “Television news may become a more powerful operational weapon than armored divisions.”

The TV “hawks” love to blame the anti-war movement for Americas defeat in Vietnam, and they assert in these do-or-die times that dissent promotes terrorism.

In terms of the psywar strategy outlined above, this is exactly how nationalists and even pacifists became equated with terrorists in Vietnam, and thus subject to indefinite detention and torture in an interrogation center, and — in the case of some 40,000 plus individuals — assassination under the CIA’s Phoenix Program.

The Bush Administration claims that a war against terrorism requires different justice.

The strategy is working in Israel, but in Vietnam it turned an entire population against its government and engendered a tragedy of epic proportions.

One can only wonder how Americans will react if due process is abandoned through the Office of Homeland Security, under the direction of the Pentagon. CP

Douglas Valentine writes frequently for CounterPunch. He is the author of The Phoenix Program, the only comprehensive account of the CIA’s torture and assassination operation in Vietnam, as well as TDY a chilling novel about the CIA and the drug trade.

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Syria: Bizarre US-Russia Mad Max Road Warrior Games

One official said the incident happened deep inside the eastern Syria deconfliction zone, where Russian troops generally should not be present. [As determined by Americans who are in Syria illegally to begin with.]

In the most violent skirmish in months between U.S. and Russian forces in Syriaa vehicle collision in the eastern part of the war-torn country left American troops with concussions, two U.S. officials said Wednesday.

One official said Russian vehicles sideswiped a light-armored U.S. military vehicle, injuring four Americans. The official said two Russian helicopters flew above the Americans, and one of the aircraft was within about 70 feet the vehicle.

While there have been several other recent incidents between the American and Russian troops who all patrol in eastern Syria, officials described this one as the most serious. U.S. troops are usually accompanied by members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details of the incident that were not yet made public. One official said the incident happened deep inside the eastern Syria deconfliction zone, where Russian troops generally should not be present. [As determined by Americans who are in Syria illegally to begin with.]

The officials said the incident is being discussed by senior officials from both countries who routinely work to prevent conflicts between troops in that area. U.S. and Russian commanders have frequent conversations to try and avoid contact between their troops there.

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Why Israel (but not America) Needs Andrew Cuomo as Gov. of NYC

Governor Cuomo Arrives In Israel, Meets With President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin
Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of $2.5 Million Competition Seeking Israeli Companies to Collaborate on New Clean Energy Technologies March 6, 2020 | 2:00 PM ESTGovernor Cuomo announced the launch of the New York Power Authority-Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to submit proposals to collaborate with New York’s public utility on new clean energy technologies.
Press ReleaseRush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Announces Sweeping Series of Economic Development Partnerships Between New York and IsraelJuly 1, 2019 | 2:45 PM EDTGovernor Cuomo announces a wide ranging series of economic development partnerships between New York State and Israel that are the result of the Governor’s recent trip to Israel.
Press ReleaseGovernor Cuomo Announces Sweeping Series of Economic Development Partnerships Between New York and IsraelJuly 1, 2019 | 1:30 PM EDTGovernor Cuomo announces a wide ranging series of economic development partnerships between New York State and Israel that are the result of the Governor’s recent trip to Israel.
Press Release, VideoICYMI: Governor Cuomo Travels to Israel on Solidarity and Trade MissionJune 28, 2019 | 2:30 PM EDTGovernor Cuomo travels to Israel on a solidarity and trade mission to strengthen economic ties with Israel and to reinforce that New York stands in solidarity with the Jewish community and with the people of Israel in the wake of the recent rise in anti-Semitic attacks.
Press ReleaseGovernor Cuomo Tours Jerusalem Facility of Leading Mobile Technology Company Mobileye to Explore Possible Software Applications for MTAJune 28, 2019Governor Cuomo meets with Mobileye Founder and CEO Amnon Shashua and toured the Jerusalem facility of Mobileye, a supplier of software that enables Advanced Driver Assist Systems and Autonomous Driving technology, to explore possible applic- ations of its products for New York’s mass transit system.
Press ReleaseGovernor Cuomo Vows to Fight Anti-Semitism in All Its FormsJune 28, 2019 | 11:00 AM EDTDuring his solidarity and trade mission to Israel, Governor Cuomo tours the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Old Jerusalem and the Western Wall, as well as Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to victims of the Holocaust.
GovernorGovernor Cuomo is in Jerusalem, IsraelJun 28 20198:00 am
Press ReleaseVideo, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: During Solidarity and Trade Mission, Governor Cuomo and Israel Innovation Authority Announce $2 Million Partnership Agreement to Foster New Economic Development Opportunities Between the Two States June 27, 2019 | 11:15 AM EDTGovernor Cuomo announces a $2 million partnership agreement with the Israel Innovation Authority for two new programs that will further strengthen economic development ties between New York State and Israel.
Press ReleaseDuring Solidarity and Trade Mission, Governor Cuomo and Israel Innovation Authority Announce $2 Million Partnership Agreement to Foster New Economic Development Opportunities Between the Two StatesJune 27, 2019 | 10:30 AM EDTGovernor Cuomo announces a $2 million partnership agreement with the Israel Innovation Authority for two new programs that will further strengthen economic development ties between New York State and Israel.SHARE
Press ReleaseGovernor Cuomo Arrives In Israel, Meets With President Reuven (Ruvi) RivlinJune 27, 2019 | 9:45 AM EDTUpon landing in Israel, Governor Cuomo meets with President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin while on a solidarity and economic development trip.

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