Saturday, 31 October 2015

Video: the murderous execution of Mahdi Muhammad Ramadan al-Muhtasib

Warning: This article contains graphic video and images of violence. Israeli occupation forces executed an injured Palestinian in Hebron on Thursday, an eyewitness has told The Electronic Intifada.

Video corroborates this clear case of extrajudicial execution, a war crime and part of a pattern of such killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces.

Five Palestinians have been killed since Thursday, bringing the total this month to 71, according to the Palestinian Authority health ministry.

This number includes five Palestinians who died as a possible result of tear gas inhalation, delayed medical treatment due to checkpoints and medical neglect by prison authorities.

Fifteen of the dead are children.

Nine Israelis were slain in the same period. more

Palestinian killed after alleged attack attempt north of Jenin

JENIN (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian was shot dead Saturday after an alleged attack attempt on an Israeli security guard at the al-Jalama military checkpoint north of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army and media said.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that "the Palestinian attempted to stab security personnel at the crossing” when “forces responded to the imminent danger and shot the perpetrator.”

Hebrew language news sites and the army confirmed there were no Israeli injuries.

Local sources identified the Palestinian as Mahmoud Talal Mahmoud Nazzal, 18, from the town of Qabatiya south of Jenin.

His body was delivered to the Palestinian Red Crescent before being transferred to Talal Suleiman Public Hospital.

Nearly 70 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this month during demonstrations and after attempted, alleged, and actual attacks on Israeli military or civilians.

At least nine Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians during the same time period. more

Friday, 30 October 2015

8-month-old baby dies from tear gas inhalation near Bethlehem

An eight-month-old Palestinian baby died Friday from tear gas inhalation in Beit Fajjar village south of Bethlehem during clashes in the area, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

The ministry said in a statement that Ramadan Mohammad Faisal Thawabta died after inhaling tear gas when clashes erupted nearby between Palestinians and Israeli military forces.

Thawabta's body is being transported to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital.

Three Palestinians were injured with 0.22 caliber bullets during clashes in the village, the ministry added.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have any immediate information but told Ma'an they were looking into the incident. more

46 injured by Israeli forces in Gaza demonstrations, 17 by live fire

Israeli forces injured 46 Palestinians during demonstrations in the Gaza Strip on Friday, including 17 by live fire, hours after Israeli naval forces opened fire at fishing boats off the coast.

Spokesperson of the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said that 17 Palestinians were injured by live fire including a youth hit in the foot during clashes near the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.

A medic was also injured in the hand when Israeli forces targeted a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance with live fire in the al-Farrahin area in eastern Khan Younis.

Al-Qidra added that 19 were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets and burns sustained from being hit by tear gas canisters. Ten more demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation. more

Palestinian shot, killed after alleged attack at Nablus checkpoint

Two Palestinians were shot in the Nablus district on Friday after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli border policeman at a military checkpoint, Israel's army said.

An Israeli army spokesperson said two Palestinians tried to stab an Israeli border policeman at the Tappuah, or Zatara, checkpoint south of Nablus, with both attackers shot.

Israeli police confirmed that one Palestinian was killed and the other man shot and "captured," with his condition thought to be critical.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the man killed as Qassem Mahmoud Sabaneh from Jenin.

Director of the ambulance and emergency unit of the Red Crescent, Abed al-Halim Jafreh, told Ma'an that medics treated the critically injured man at the scene.

Sabaneh died from multiple gunshot wounds, he added, with medics prohibited from reaching his body. The area, including the checkpoint, was closed following the incident. more

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Clashes erupt in Hebron after Palestinian killed on Shuhada Street

Clashes erupted in the Bab al-Zawiya area in central Hebron on Thursday following the earlier killing of 19-year-old Farouk Abdel Sidr on nearby Shuhada Street, locals said.

Locals said several Palestinians were injured during the clashes, which are ongoing, including three protesters who were shot and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets and dozens of others who suffered from severe tear gas inhalation.

In addition, the car windows of local journalist Hazem Badr were shattered when three rubber-coated steel bullets hit the vehicle during clashes.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers attacked homes of Palestinians living off Shuhada Street and the Tel Rumeida area, locals said. Hours before the clashes broke out, Israeli soldiers shot dead 19-year-old Sidr near the illegal Beit Hadassah settlement off Shuhada Street in central Hebron, following the second alleged stabbing attack in the city on Thursday. more

Man dies in Jerusalem after Israeli soldiers delay ambulance

Palestinian medical sources have reported that a man died, on Thursday morning, after the ambulance was unable to reach him in time, due to the extensive military blockade, and roadblocks isolating Palestinian communities in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

The sources said resident Nadim Eshqeirat, 52 years of age, suffered a heart attack approximately at 6:30 in the norming, before his family, in Jabal al-Mokabber, called the Nuran Charitable Association Emergency Services.

The dispatched ambulance was held due to traffic jams resulting from the numerous Israeli military roadblocks.

Nuran’s spokesperson Mohammad Bashir said, in normal conditions, an ambulance should reach the home of any patient in Jabal al-Mokabber within 5 to 7 minutes, but in this case it was delayed at least 7 minutes.

"Our medics tried to provide the patient with the needed urgent care, including electric shocks" he said, "The difference between life and death is just a few minutes, the first minutes after a heart attack are very essential, but we got delayed due to Israel’s roadblocks." more

Two Palestinians killed in Hebron after alleged stabbing attempts

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian near the illegal Beit Hadassah settlement in Hebron in the second alleged stabbing attack in the city on Thursday.

Witnesses told Ma’an the incident took place in Shuhada Street nearby the settlement.

A Palestinian woman in the area at the time told Ma'an that she "heard gunshots and saw Israeli soldiers and settlers firing at a young Palestinian man while he was walking down a staircase," adding that she did not see anything in his hands.

The Israeli army said in an initial report that a “Palestinian assailant” attempted to stab an Israeli soldier “at a security post in Hebron” before being shot on site.

No Israeli injuries have been reported. more

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Palestinian shot dead in Kiryat Arba after alleged stabbing attempt

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man on Wednesday after allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.

Witnesses told Ma'an that “Israeli soldiers shot 11 live bullets at the youth, let him bleed there, and put a knife in his hand."

The Israeli army said that "a Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier at a military position in Hebron" and that the "attacker was shot on site."

No injuries were reported. Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld also said that a "Palestinian terrorist" was shot and killed, adding that "security measures" were continuing in the area.

A local activist, Imad Abu Shamsieh, told Ma'an that “Israeli soldiers opened fire at a youth in the Tel Rumeida area where Hammam Said was killed on Tuesday.” more

Anti-Israel Activism Criminalized in the Land of Charlie Hebdo and “Free Speech“

The post-Charlie Hebdo “free speech” march in Paris was a fraud for multiple reasons, as I wrote at the time. It was led by dozens of world leaders, many of whom imprison or even kill people for expressing prohibited views. It was cheered by many Westerners who feign upset only when free speech abridgments are perpetrated by Muslims, but not — as is far more common — by their own governments against Muslims.

Worst of all, the march took place in a country that is one of the most hostile to free speech rights in the West, as France quickly demonstrated in the days after the march by rounding up and prosecuting Muslims and other anti-Israel activists for the political views they expressed. A great, best-selling book by French philosopher Emmanuel Todd released this year argues that these “free speech” marches were a “sham,” driven by many political sentiments — nativism, nationalism, anti-Muslim bigotry — that had nothing to do with free speech.

The absurdity of France’s celebrating itself for free expression was vividly highlighted by this week’s decision from that nation’s highest court, one that is a direct assault on basic free speech rights. The French high court upheld the criminal conviction of 12 political activists for the “crime” of advocating sanctions and a boycott against Israel as a means of ending the decades-long military occupation of Palestine. What did these French criminals do? This:

The individuals arrived at the supermarket wearing shirts emblazoned with the words: “Long live Palestine, boycott Israel.” They also handed out fliers that said that “buying Israeli products means legitimizing crimes in Gaza.”

Disgust at Walmart’s Israeli soldier costume for kids

[UPDATE - Following protests Walmart has now withdrawn the items from sale] Walmart, one of the world’s largest retailers, has sparked outrage by selling an “Israeli Soldier Costume for Kids.”

The Halloween outfit is particularly distasteful at a time when human rights groups are strongly condemning Israel’s policy of extrajudicially executing Palestinians forced to live under its decades-long military occupation.

The costume, seen above, includes a dark green uniform and red beret. The jacket includes the Hebrew abbreviation for “Israel Defense Forces.” An Internet search shows that it is sold by other online retailers as well.

“When I first saw the Israeli soldier costume for kids I thought it was a joke,” Gaza writer and editor Refaat Alareer told The Electronic Intifada. “The model boy used to promote this costume is probably the age of my niece, whose father Israeli soldiers murdered in Gaza in 2014 when they destroyed our family home.”

In the summer of 2014 the Israeli army killed 551 Palestinian children during its assault on Gaza.

Many child survivors of Israel’s attack now have lifelong injuries.

An independent UN Human Rights Council inquiry found extensive evidence of war crimes during the assault that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, likely ordered at the highest level of the Israeli government. more

3rd Palestinian shot, killed after alleged attack in Hebron

A Palestinian was shot and killed near the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier, the third Palestinian to be killed on Tuesday.

A Palestinian man reportedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint in Tel Rumeida and was shot dead by Israeli forces, Israeli news site Ynet said.

A Ma'an reporter identified the victim as Hammam Said, 23.

A local activist group in the area, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), said that activists heard six shots being fired in Tel Rumeida.

The group claimed on social media that Israeli forces then placed a knife next to the man's body.

Israeli soldiers reportedly stripped the clothes from Said's body before placing him in a body bag, the group added.

Earlier, two Palestinians were shot and killed in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of Bethlehem on Tuesday after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier. more

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Israel to demolish East Jerusalem home of alleged attacker's brother

Israeli authorities on Tuesday delivered a home demolition order to Ibrahim Dwayyat from Sur Bahir in East Jerusalem, the brother of Shurouq Dwayyat, who Israel accuses of attempting to stab an Israeli settler earlier this month. Their mother told Ma'an that the Israeli municipality claimed the home had been built without the necessary permits. She said that her son began building the house four years ago and in a few months had planned to get marry and move into the home. She said that Israeli authorities recently stormed the building where they took photos and took down its measurements. It was not initially clear whether the demolition was intended as a punitive demolition following an alleged attack Ibrahim's 18-year-old sister, Shurouq. more

Israel launches Gaza airstrike after rocket fire

Israeli forces launched airstrikes in the Gaza Strip Monday evening, following rocket fire from the besieged territory, Israel's army said.

"Earlier this evening, sirens sounded in multiple communities in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council. A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel and landed in an open area," the Israeli army said in a statement.

"In response to the attack, [Israeli forces] targeted two terror sites of the Hamas terror organization in the southern Gaza Strip." No group has taken responsibility for the initial rocket fire and no injuries have been reported.

Earlier this month, a pregnant woman and her two-year-old daughter were killed when an Israeli air strike caused their home to collapse in southern Gaza City. more

Monday, 26 October 2015

Palestinian shot dead after alleged attack at Ibrahimi mosque, 2nd killing today

Israeli forces shot and killed a 19-year-old Palestinian man after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier outside the Ibrahimi Mosque on Monday, in the second reported death in Hebron.

The Palestinian was identified as Saad Muhammad Youssef al-Atrash, 19.

He died on the way to Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, an Israeli army spokesperson said.

She said that Israeli forces opened fire on him after he "attempted to stab a soldier." No Israelis were injured during the incident.

"They fired toward the attacker and the attack was thwarted," she said.

Al-Atrash's brother told Ma'an that he had been summoned by the Israeli authorities to the Israeli liaison office to identify the body. more

Palestinian shot, killed near Hebron after allegedly stabbing Israeli

A Palestinian suspect was shot and killed after stabbing an Israeli in Hebron on Monday, Israel's army and media reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson said a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli in the neck near Beit Einun junction north of Hebron and was shot and killed at the scene.

The Israeli, who is reportedly 19-years-old, was taken for medical treatment at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem with serious injuries.

Israel's army could not confirm whether the Israeli victim was a soldier or a settler, after conflicting reports in Hebrew-language media.

Locals identified the Palestinian man as Raed Saket Abdul-Rahim Jaradat, 22, from the town of Sair. He was reportedly a student at Al-Quds University.

A day earlier, Israeli border police shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian girl near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

The girl was identified as Dania Irsheid, 17, from central Hebron. more

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Witnesses: Israeli police shoot, kill Palestinian woman in Hebron

Israeli border police shot and killed a Palestinian women in Hebron city near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern occupied West Bank, witnesses said.

One witness, a Palestinian woman who was in the area, told Ma'an that "occupation soldiers covered a young Palestinian woman who was lying on the ground bleeding without giving her medical aid at all, before an ambulance arrived and took her."

An Israeli police spokesperson did not confirm that the Palestinian woman had been killed, but did confirm that an Israeli police officer shot the woman after the police officer "saw the woman had a knife."

The border policeman was not injured during the incident, the spokesperson said.

Another Palestinian witness told Ma'an that he saw a schoolgirl carrying her school bag on her back, trying to cross the Israeli checkpoint near the Ibrahimi mosque before she was killed.

"An Israeli soldier asked her to take the knife out of her bag, then he immediately fired gunshots into the air," He said. "Seconds later the schoolgirl was lying on the ground bleeding after she was shot." more

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Jenin: 16-year old boy gunned down for “running towards” guard

A 16-YEAR old Palestinian boy has been gunned down and killed by an Israeli security guard for allegedly “running towards” him.

The boy was killed at the Jalamah checkpoint to the north of Jenin today (Saturday). Nobody else was hurt. He has still to be named.

Palestinian rescue services said medics were prevented from reaching the boy. They estimated he had been shot at least five times.

The Israeli Defence Ministry, which controls the crossing, claimed the boy had run towards a guard waving a knife.

The checkpoint, a main point of transit, is currently closed to traffic.

The shooting is the latest in a wave of deadly shootings of Palestinians by Israeli forces, who have been condemned by human rights organisations and internationally for excessive and unnecessary use of force. more

Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained days earlier in Gaza demo

The number killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip continues to rise as a Palestinian succumbed Saturday to wounds sustained during a demonstration days before, Gaza’s ministry of health said.

Spokesperson of the ministry of health, Ashraf al-Qidra, told Ma’an that Khalil Hassan Abu Obeid, 25, died after being injured by Israeli forces in eastern Khan Younis.

Obeid is the 17th Palestinian to be killed in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the month. Fifteen have been shot with live ammunition during clashes, and a two-year-old and her pregnant mother were killed in an Israeli airstrike on their home.

Yesterday, Yahya Karira, 20, died after being shot in the head by Israeli forces during clashes last week in the Nahal Oz area. more

Friday, 23 October 2015

66 Palestinians shot with live, rubber bullets in West Bank, Gaza

Hundreds of Palestinians were injured on Friday during clashes across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, medics said, as Palestinian political factions called for a "Day of Rage."

A Palestinian Red Crescent official said over 290 Palestinians were injured, including 34 with live bullets and 32 with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Hundreds suffered tear gas inhalation.

At the northern entrance to Hebron, a rally organized by Hamas after Friday prayers was suppressed by Israeli forces, who fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at demonstrators.

Palestinian youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers and rolled burning tires at the forces, witnesses said.

Fifty-nine Palestinians were injured during the clashes, two seriously, the Red Crescent told Ma'an. Twelve of those injured were hit by live fire and five by rubber-coated steel bullets.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that a "violent riot broke out near a military post in Hebron where rioters threw Molotov cocktails and rolled burning tires."

Israeli forces responded with "riot dispersal means and rubber-coated steel bullets," she said, adding that the clashes had broken out early in the day and were ongoing.


Dozens of Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Friday during clashes across the occupied West Bank, medics said, as Palestinian political factions called for a "Day of Rage."

At the northern entrance to Hebron, a rally organized by Hamas after Friday prayers was suppressed by Israeli forces, who fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at demonstrators.

Palestinian youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers and rolled burning tires at the forces, witnesses said.

Three Palestinians were shot with live fire and two with rubber-coated bullets, while 15 were injured by tear gas.

In Qalqiliya, at least 13 were injured by tear gas, with two injuries also reported in Ramallah, the Red Crescent said.

Witnesses said that a 13-year-old boy was shot in the foot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem.


Thursday, 22 October 2015

1 Palestinian killed, 1 injured after alleged attack in Beit Shemesh

One Palestinian was killed and one critically injured by Israeli police in Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, on Thursday after an alleged stabbing attack, Israeli media and police said.

The Palestinian who was shot and killed has been identified as Mahmoud Khalid Ghneimat, from Surief near Hebron, while the Palestinian who was critically injured has been identified as Miqdad al-Heeh, the Palestinians Prisoners' Society said on Thursday evening.

An Israeli police spokesperson told Ma'an that the two Palestinians attempted to board a children's bus in the city but were blocked from entering, before stabbing an Israeli man in his twenties. Israeli police arrived on scene and shot the suspected attackers.

The two men, along with the Israeli, were transferred to Hadassah hospital in Ein Karem.

Israeli media reported that one of the suspected attackers was dead upon arrival to the hospital, the other left in critical condition. The Israeli man sustained moderate injuries in his upper body.

The area of the attack was closed off following the incident and police are currently looking into the identity of the suspected attackers. Hebrew-language news sites gave contradicting narratives of Thursday's alleged stabbing as the incident unfolded.

Religious Zionist website, Arutz Sheva, mirrored the account of statements by Israeli police, while Israeli news site Ynet initially suggested that the two Palestinians had tried to enter a synagogue and stab Jewish worshipers, but were first shot by Israeli police after stabbing an Israeli in the street.

A third Israeli site, Hebrew language NRG, quoted an eyewitness saying that he had started to follow the two suspects when a young Israeli woman he was with called the police and notified them of two "terrorists."

According to the eyewitness, police officers arrived to the scene 20 minutes after the alleged attack, contradicting reports that the suspects were shot immediately after the stabbing. more

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Palestinian shot dead near Ramallah after alleged attack on settler

A Palestinian was shot dead near Ramallah after allegedly attacking an Israeli soldier and settler near the illegal Adam settlement in the Ramallah district.

The suspect reportedly stabbed a settler in the neck near the settlement and was shot dead by Israeli forces, Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said. A second suspect was detained at the scene and the area was closed off, he added.

The 19-year-old settler was reportedly critically injured and taken to hospital for treatment. The suspect also stabbed a female Israeli soldier before being shot dead, Israeli media reported. more

Netanyahu's hatred of Arabs makes him absolve Hitler of Holocaust

Benjamin Netanyahu has placed the blame for the extermination of millions of Jewish people during World War II on the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, in a controversial speech.

The Israeli Prime Minister told the 37th World Zionist Congress this week that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler only wanted to expel the Jews - but was convinced to exterminate them by the Muslim leader, who died in 1974.

He said that the pair met in November 1941, and claimed: "Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jew. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, 'If you expel them, they'll all come here (to Palestine).' According to Netanyahu, Hitler then asked: "What should I do with them?" and the Mufti replied: "Burn them."

Mr Netanyahu has made similar claims in the past, including during a Knesset speech in 2012, where he described Husseini as "one of the leading architects" of the final solution, Haaretz reported. Others have detailed Husseini's influence on Hitler, yet the theory that Husseini was the one to initiate the mass murder of European Jews has been widely rejected. more

Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian girl, 15, in 'attack attempt'

Israeli forces early Wednesday morning shot and injured a Palestinian teen near the illegal Yitzhar settlement in the occupied West Bank claiming she was carrying a knife, a Palestinian official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Istabraq Ahmad Noor, 15, was shot after Israeli forces claimed she was planning to sneak into the settlement to stab residents inside.

The teenage girl is from the village of Madama south of Nablus, Daghlas added.

Israeli sources claimed the girl was 10 meters away from a fence surrounding the settlement when Israeli soldiers chased her and fired at her hand. She was reportedly caught 300 meters from the fence and evacuated to a hospital. more

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

2 Palestinians killed in Hebron after alleged stab attack on soldier

Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians in Hebron on Tuesday evening after an alleged stabbing attack at a military checkpoint, Israel's army said. "Two suspects approached a military post in Hebron, one of the assailants stabbed a soldier, with forces shooting both suspects," an Israeli army spokesperson said. The suspects were both killed, and an Israeli soldier lightly injured. The incident took place at a checkpoint near the Rajabi house in the H2 area in the center of the city. Witnesses said dozens of settlers from the Kiryat Arba settlement attempted to march to the area following the shooting, but were blocked by Israeli forces. more

One dead, two hurt in alleged Gush Eztion car ramming attack

A PALESTINIAN man was shot dead this afternoon (Tuesday) after his car ran into a soldier and a civilian.

The incident happened at the Gush Eztion Junction toward Jerusalem in the West Bank. Israeli media has reported that the car smashed into the two pedestrians before hitting a concrete barrier.

It is alleged that he got out of the car with a knife in his hand, before a soldier from the Kfir Brigade opened fire, shooting him fatally in the head.

Magen David Adom paramedics that arrived at the scene treated a man aged about 20 and another aged about 30 who had been lightly wounded and took them to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem.

It is the latest event in a surge of protest and violence between Israel and Palestine, which started on 1st October.

Thousands have been injured, and the current death toll is at 48 Palestinians (including ten children) and seven Israelis. more

1 Palestinian killed, 14 injured in Gaza border clashes

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian, and injured nine others with live fire on Tuesday during clashes on the border of the northern and central Gaza Strip, a medical official said.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said Ahmad al-Sarhi, 27, was shot dead east of the al-Bureij refugee camp. Six others were injured with live fire.

In northern Gaza, eight Palestinians were injured near the Erez crossing. Three Palestinians were shot and injured with live fire and five others suffered injuries from tear gas, at least one of which was hit with a tear gas canister.

Israeli authorities closed the Erez crossing following the clashes.

An Israeli army spokesperson said Israeli forces "identified terrorists preparing to attack forces carrying out defensive activities in southern Gaza Strip," on the border. The spokesperson said Israeli forces "foiled the attack, firing towards the snipers and hits were confirmed." more

Palestinian youth shot-dead in Hebron district, number of martyrs hits 47

A PALESTINIAN youth was shot-dead in the head by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in Beit Awwa village, south of Hebron district, under Israeli claims that he tried to stab a soldier.

Odai Masalmeh (24) was shot dead during clashes that erupted in the village since the morning, and was announced dead in the Hebron governmental hospital.

The ministry of health said that he died immediately after he was shot with gunfire from zero distance, that penetrated his head, in addition to multiple bullets in his legs. more

Israel destroys home of Palestinian convicted of killing Israeli

Israeli forces overnight Monday destroyed the home belonging to the family of a Palestinian prisoner convicted of stabbing to death an Israeli settler last year.

Locals told Ma'an that a large number of Israeli troops stormed the third-story apartment belonging to Mahir Hamdi Hashlamoun in the Zaytoun outskirts of Hebron in the southern West Bank shortly after midnight.

They then forcibly evicted the family before beginning controlled demolitions inside the apartment.

"I wanted to tell everybody that they shouldn't feel angry because we are happy with this, as we had endowed this house to God and we now believe that the endowment has been accepted," Hashlamoun's wife said in an interview with a local radio station.

She added: "The enemy won't find a way to ruin our happiness, and all we are concerned about is Mahir’s release, so pray for him."

Hashlamoun was detained in November after he ran over and then stabbed to death an Israeli woman near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of Bethlehem last November. Hashlamoun wounded two other people before an Israeli security guard shot and wounded him. more

Monday, 19 October 2015

Beaten to death by Israeli racists in Beer Sheba bus station

A Palestinian man, an Israeli settler and an Israeli soldier were killed and 11 others wounded in a shooting at the Central Bus Station in occupied Beer Sheba, southern Israel, on Sunday evening.

According to Israeli media, the police forces shot two people whom they thought were attackers. One of them turned out to be a 29-year old Eritrean national called Haftom Zarhum. The other has now been identified as 21-year old Muhanad Alukabi of the Bedouin town of Hura, just east of Beersheba.

One of Mr Zarhum’s assailants, identified only as Dudu, told a radio station this morning he felt “disgusting”.

He said: “I saw people coming and crowding around him, I understood from them that this was the terrorist.” more

Elderly woman dies after soldiers delay car transporting her to hospital

An elderly Palestinian woman from the al-’Eesawiyya town, in occupied Jerusalem, died late on Sunday at night, on a military roadblock, after Israeli soldiers, manning a roadblock on the eastern entrance of the town, delayed a car moving her to a hospital.

Member the Follow-up Committee in al-‘Eesawiyya, Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, said the elderly woman, Hoda Mohammad Darwish, 65 years of age, suffered a respiratory issue due to tear gas inhalation, before her family took her in their car, in an attempt to reach a hospital.

He added that the family reached the Israeli military roadblock, east of the town, where dozens of cars were lined up.

The driver tried to bypass the cars, but the soldiers fired several live rounds in the air, and forced him to stop.

Abu al-Hummus added that the family pleaded with the soldiers, who saw the elderly woman fading away due to severe effects of tear gas inhalation, but they kept delaying until the woman was near death. more

Settlers forcibly evict Palestinian families from Silwan homes

At least nine Palestinians were left homeless on Monday after settlers escorted by Israeli security personnel forcibly evicted them from their homes in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. The Silwan-based Wadi Hilweh Information Center said a large group of Israeli border police and officers escorted staff from the far-right Israeli Ateret Cohanim organization to the Batn al-Hawa area of the neighborhood.

Israeli forces then surrounded two Palestinian houses belonging to the Abu Nab family before ransacking the property and evicting the families.

Helicopters were seen in the area, together with Israeli police dogs, during the eviction.

Israeli forces assaulted Abdullah Abu Nab with pepper spray during the eviction, which left four members of his family homeless. Five members of Sabri Abu Nab's family were also displaced by the eviction. more

Foreign ministry denounces execution of Palestinians, demands international investigation

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, Sunday, strongly condemning the ongoing “Israeli violations and crimes, carried out by soldiers and paramilitary settlers", on a daily basis in different parts of occupied Palestine, and demanding an international investigation into the violations and escalation.

It said that the escalating Israeli crimes and violations were a direct outcome of the latest decision of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his government, approving the use of live fire, especially sniper fire, against Palestinian protesters.

"The racist Israeli policies have led to the death of dozens of Palestinians, and became clearly apparent with the execution of Fadel al-Qawasmi, 18 years of age," the Ministry said, “Video surveillance proved he was executed in cold blood, and how soldiers and paramilitary settlers cooperate in justifying their crimes, and try to portray the killings acts of self-defense."

"The crimes, the lies and the fabrications prove the dangerous level of immorality, extremism and racism among both soldiers and settlers", the Foreign Ministry added, "Such crimes are supported and encouraged by the official Israeli political leadership." more

Palestinian shot dead after Beersheba attack kills Israeli, wounds 9

A suspected Palestinian was shot dead in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba after he allegedly opened fire in the city's central bus station, killing one soldier and injuring at least nine other Israelis, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that nine Israelis had been hospitalized following the attack.

He said the attacker was shot dead, although he was unable to confirm that he was Palestinian.

He initially said that there had been two attackers, one of whom was apprehended.

Although it remained clear who the second individual was, Israeli media suggested the second man may have been an Eritrean asylum seeker. Israeli news site Haaretz reported that the asylum seeker was shot by Israeli police after they "misidentified him as a terrorist." more

Sunday, 18 October 2015

The valiant efforts to heal trauma among Gaza’s children

From Mondoweiss - As the devastation in Gaza continues unabated, teams of medical professionals work to combat the psychological impact on children raised in that densely populated and blockaded human laboratory. Many of those children have already lived through 3 major military offenses. I saw a photo today of some of those beautiful kids — visiting the graves of their fathers and brothers killed in Gaza during the summer slaughter of 2014 — and wondered how those kids were holding up.

Reminded of some people I met who cycle around the globe raising funds for children’s mental health in Gaza, I visited Cycling4Gaza’s (C4G) Facebook page and coincidentally intercepted some drawings they’d posted from the Gaza Mental Healthcare Project, launched in partnership with the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF). The eyes in this drawing bore into me: more

Video: Did Israeli soldier plant knife on teen killed by settler?

A video published on Facebook by Youth Against Settlements shows the moments after an Israeli settler shot dead a Palestinian teenager in Hebron, Saturday.
At 12 seconds into the video, one soldier hands off an object to another soldier, who appears to drop it by the body.

The video has raised suspicions that the soldiers planted a knife.

This came on a day when five Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupation forces, raising the death toll since the start of the month to more than 40. more

Two more Palestinians killed following alleged stabbings

Two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces on Saturday evening, after allegedly carrying out separate stabbing attacks in Hebron and Qalandia, in the occupied West Bank.

Their deaths bring the total number of Palestinians killed on Saturday to five, in each case after they allegedly attempted to carry out stabbing attacks, although Palestinian sources have contested that at least one of those attacks actually took place.

In central Hebron, a Palestinian was shot and critically wounded after he allegedly stabbed and moderately injured an Israeli soldier on Shuhada Street in the Old City.

The Palestinian was taken to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem where he succumbed to his wounds, a hospital spokesperson said.

He was identified as Tareq Ziad an-Natsha, aged 22.

Israeli media reported that the Israel soldier was stabbed in the shoulder, and an Israeli army spokesperson said he had been evacuated for medical treatment.

Meanwhile, at Qalandia checkpoint to the south of Ramallah, a Palestinian man was shot dead after he allegedly stabbed and injured an Israeli border police officer.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld alleged that the Palestinian was shot with the "knife in his hand." more

Thousands march in London in support of Palestine

Thousands of people marched during the Palestine Solidarity Campaign's demonstration in London in support of the Palestinian people in front of the Israeli embassy on Saturday, the campaign said.

The campaign said that more than 3000 protesters from all sectors of society, including many Jewish supporters, chanted "free free Palestine" and marched in front of the Israeli embassy.

The Participants condemned Israel's daily violations against Palestinians and Israel's "policy if extrajudicial killings of Palestinians" who could have otherwise been arrested and brought in front of a court, the campaign said.

Speakers at the march proclaimed their support for the Palestinian people and said they would continue their support until Palestinians were granted their rights, including Palestinian refugees' "right of return," which is supported by international law. more

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Audio: Palestinian and international civilians to resist revenge home Demolitions

Palestinian civilians joined by international solidarity activists will gather tonight, Friday 16, October 2015, at the Nablus city homes of Yahya Hamad, Karam Al-masri and Sameer Al-kosa after Israeli forces threatened revenge demolitions within 24 hours.

Yesterday night, hundreds of Palestinians gathered outside the house to protest the illegal practice of house demolitions and managed to prevent Israeli forces from demolishing the house. Tonight, they will be joined by internationals from the United States, Australia, France, Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Holland.

A Call has been launched to maintain vigil outside of the targeted buildings and prevent the occupation forces from carrying out the demolition process.

The house of Sameer Kosa family in Al Dahiyya, the house of Yaha Hamad family in at Rojeeb st, and the house of Karam Al-masri family in North mountain are all under threat of demolition tonight on allegations of their involvement in the killing of a settler couple from the illegal settlement of Ithamar against earlier this month. All are Palestinian prisoners whose families will endure the collective punishment measures which have been Israel’s long established practice.

Marie, an international activist from the US staying in the house: ‘Punishing a family for something that one of their members has allegedly done, is just not acceptable, this is illegal and should not happen in any country which respects human rights and considers itself democratic’. more

Take action: International wave of solidarity with Palestine

Starting this weekend October 16-18


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A new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities across historic Palestine and in refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries.

Starting this weekend, join an international wave of action in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. People of conscience who want to stand with the Palestinian struggle are urged to take action and develop Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions efforts. This would strongly convey to Palestinians that they are not alone.

The ongoing, youth-led Palestinian uprising is a response to Israel’s intensifying ethnic cleansing and oppression of Palestinians, especially in occupied Jerusalem. In recent months, Israel has sped up its theft of Palestinian land and demolition of Palestinians homes, stepped up its racist attacks on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, tightened the siege on Gaza and implemented new racist measures against Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Israel and its fundamentalist settler terror groups are savagely attacking Palestinian protests, executing Palestinian children and youth in the street and have left more than 1,000 with life-changing injuries.

An effective international response is urgently needed to pressure governments, institutions and corporations to end their role in Israel’s crimes. more

5 Palestinians dead, 150 injured by Israeli forces

Five Palestinians died and at least 150 were injured by Israeli live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets in the occupied Palestinian territory on Friday, the Palestinian ministry of health said.

Ihab Jihad Hanani, 19, was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in Nablus, Yahiya Abd al-Qader Farhat, 24, and Mahmoud Hatim Hmeid, 22, were killed during demonstrations in the Gaza Strip, and Shawiq Jamal Jabr, 37, died from wounds sustained during a demonstration in the Gaza Strip last week.

Separately, Eyad Khalil Awawdeh, 26, was shot dead after stabbing an Israeli soldier in the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron.

Friday marked another deadly day in the occupied Palestinian territory, where clashes between Palestinians and Israeli military forces have erupted on a near-daily basis since the beginning of the month.

In Bethlehem, at least 12 were injured during clashes with Israeli forces at the northern entrance to the town.

Head of the ambulance and emergency department in Bethlehem, Muhammad Awad, told Ma'an that three youths were injured by live fire in the legs, five with rubber-coated steel bullets, and four suffered from severe tear gas inhalation.

During the clashes, Israeli forces fired tear gas into a nearby home where two women and three children were helped outside by locals and aided by medics.

In Bethlehem area town of Tuqu, Israeli forces reportedly raided the area while firing stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber coated steel bullets. In the southern Bethlehem town of al-Khadr, on Palestinian was shot in the foot with a live bullet while others suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Meanwhile in the al-Balou neighborhood of the al-Bireh area of the Ramallah district, 15 Palestinians were injured Friday during clashes with Israeli forces, including nine with live fire in the legs, four with rubber-coated steel bullets, including one in the head, and two from severe tear gas inhalation. more

Friday, 16 October 2015

2 Palestinians shot, killed by Israeli forces during Gaza demos

Two Palestinians were killed and at least 100 others injured as Israeli forces opened fire at demonstrators in the Gaza Strip on Friday, medical sources said.

Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza's Ministry of Health spokesperson, said that Yahiya Abd al-Qader Farhat, 24, was killed after being shot in the head by Israeli soldiers in northern Gaza.

He was taken to the al-Awda hospital in Jabalia, where he was pronounced dead. Farhat was from the Gaza neighborhood of al-Shujaiyeh.

Mahmoud Hatim Hmeid, 22, was identified as the second victim. He was killed east of the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood in northern Gaza.

At least 11 Palestinians were shot with live fire while dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets during the demonstrations, al-Qidra added.

Clashes also broke out east of the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, with Israeli forces firing tear gas at demonstrators, who set fire to tires. more

Israeli forces kill Palestinian after Hebron stab attack on soldier

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man near the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron on Friday after stabbing a soldier in the area. A Palestinian news crew from Al-Quds TV captured the incident while reporting live in the area, with footage showing Israeli forces surrounding a Palestinian man lying injured on the ground and appearing to open fire.

Israel's army said a soldier was stabbed and moderately wounded by an assailant disguised as a "news photographer."

A journalist who witnessed the incident told Ma'an that he saw a man wearing a yellow vest marked 'PRESS' stabbing an Israeli soldier.

Israeli forces then opened fire multiple times, with another soldier reportedly injured by friendly fire during the incident.

Israeli forces assaulted Palestinian journalists in the area attempting to cover the incident, threatening that they would open fire unless they left.

Locals said Israeli soldiers prevented the Red Crescent from reaching the area to treat the man. more

Palestinian dies after beating by Israeli troops

A Palestinian man died on Thursday, after he was beaten by Israeli occupation troops in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

According to Days of Palestine, the man fainted when the Israeli troops beat him while he was returning home from his farm as he was picking up olives.

He sustained critical injuries and was then taken to hospital by a relative. Just minutes later, he was pronounced dead.

The man was identified as Riyad dar-Youssef from Al-Janiya village in western Ramallah. He was 46 years old. more

Palestinian injured at Gaza demonstration dies from injuries

A Palestinian injured by Israeli gunfire last week during clashes along the Gaza border died from his wounds on Friday, the Gaza Ministry of Health said.

The man was identified as Shawqi Jabr Obeid, 37, from Jabalia.

Seven Palestinians were shot dead last Friday during border demonstrations to show solidarity with protesters in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Over 145 Palestinians were injured by live fire or rubber-coated steel bullets during the demonstrations, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Since the beginning of October, at least 170 Gazans have been shot by Israeli live fire at demonstrations along the border, the ministry added. more

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Palestinian Authority is Israeli occupations biggest asset as Intifada calls grow

Tonight, Hamas official Ismail Radwan called for a third intifada on Al-Aqsa TV and other media outlets: “Our people in the West Bank, Gaza and inside [Israel], tomorrow is the day of rage, the day of confrontation, and the day of renewing the intifada.”

Hamas is attempting to ride popular sentiment and ignite a fire which the Palestinian Authority, Israel’s biggest asset in sustaining the occupation, cannot control.

A whole generation of Palestinian youth have grown under Israeli occupation in the post-second intifada era, along with the PA’s “security coordination” with Israel, and sentiment against the US-funded PA is widespread. While the PA typically collaborates to repress Palestinian demonstrations, as it did with brute force in the beginning of the latest protests, officials have opted to let them continue for fear the demonstrators may turn on it, finally eroding and collapsing the PA.

Meanwhile, support for Hamas has steadily increased as its strategy of military confrontation resonates with a majority of Palestinians. The election of Hamas in Bir Zeit University – the West Bank’s most liberal university – served as a bellwether for a political shift occurring among the young and educated Palestinian generation. The vote also indicated a major reaffirmation of Palestinian support for armed resistance.

However, as strong as Hamas present itself on the ground, it has never been more weak and isolated abroad. Hamas’ relationship with Iran has severed, leaving only Qatar and Turkey as regional allies.

On the military side Hamas is projecting weakness to Israel as well. Despite calls for resumed operations on Israeli targets after airstrikes killed a pregnant woman and her baby girl early Sunday morning, none of the armed factions made statements that operations would resume in any capacity. As Hamas’ Basem Naim, Head of Council on International Relations explained to me in an interview, “Hamas is not interested in escalation.”

Still, Al-Qassam, Hamas’ armed wing, and other resistance factions have continued to prepare for another inevitable Israeli assault, expanding the vast networks of tunnels throughout the Gaza Strip.

In the meantime, Israeli snipers continue to fire live ammunition and explosive dum dum rounds at protesters in Gaza. Hundreds of demonstrators have been injured in the last week and at least eleven killed including three boys from ages 13-15. Similar to the PA, Hamas security forces have, for the most part, not impeded the demonstrations, which it often does.

Tonight, after Hamas called for an intifada, additional Israeli forces deployed to Gaza’s borders.


Video: Alarm grows over summary executions of Palestinians

From the Electronic Intifada - Warning: This article contains graphic videos and images of violence.

Two more Palestinians were shot dead Wednesday following alleged knife attacks, while the Israeli army and government began implementing a rash of new measures approved by the so-called security cabinet late Tuesday night.

Among the decisions made, Israeli police and Border Police will enforce closures on Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem.....

....Later that evening, Ahmad Shaaban, 23, from the Ras al-Amud neighborhood in East Jerusalem allegedly attacked a woman at the central bus station in West Jerusalem.

Shaaban was killed on the spot, while the woman is reported to have sustained light to moderate wounds.

However, the Israeli account has been disputed.

Qpress, an online Palestinian outlet for news about Jerusalem, published a recording it said was an Israeli eyewitness telling media that Shaaban was unarmed and doing nothing when shot. It provided no other details about the purported eyewitness.

Speaking excitedly in Hebrew, the person states: “Central bus station in Jerusalem, just now a terrorist was eliminated in front of my eyes. In front of my eyes. Ten rounds they fired at him. What chaos! He didn’t touch anyone. He didn’t have a knife. Everyone shouted ‘terrorist’ and the security guard fired. In front of my eyes. Ten rounds! My head hurts.” more

Why does Sweden want to expel Gaza refugees?

Seventy Palestinian refugees have been evicted from a camp formed in protest at how the Swedish authorities have denied them the right to asylum.

The camp had been deemed illegal by the local council in Malmö, a city in southern Sweden. After two weeks of threats, the camp was dismantled on Thursday morning last week.

Nine people were arrested and three shipping containers of personal possessions were confiscated by police.

The Palestinian refugees had traveled to Sweden from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Saudi Arabia.

Their protest has been taking place outside the applications unit of the immigration authority in Malmö.

Despite attempts by the police to make their protest impossible, the refugees are determined to keep fighting for asylum.

The protest is continuing, albeit without tents or shelter. Temperatures are dropping daily in Malmö as the Nordic winter approaches.

“I will take down my tent, we will take down our camp,” said Aaed al-Shalabi, a Palestinian from Iraq and a founder of the camp. “But we will not leave until we have a resolution. Even if we have to stand here in the snow, we will not give up until we are given papers”

The protest camp started in early August.

More than 130 Palestinian refugees have taken part in it. more

Israel deploys extra border troops as Hamas calls for 'day of rage'

Israeli forces have announced heavier deployments at the border area with Gaza following the announcement of a Hamas-prompted "day of rage" planned to take place on Friday, an Israeli army spokesperson said.

An Israeli army spokesperson said Israeli authorities undertook a "situational assessment" following increased clashes and upheaval along the Gaza border area and have decided to deploy two more battalions along the Strip for Friday's so-called "day of rage."

Clashes have been frequent along the border fence recently, as Gazans have planned protests in solidarity with demonstrations in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Since the start of October, Israeli authorities have reported multiple breaches at the border fence during clashes and Israeli forces have shot dead at least nine Gazans at the protests.

Additionally, the spokesperson said that Israel authorities announced that two battalions and two companies of Israeli troops would be deployed in the occupied West Bank.

Hamas deputy head Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday visited Palestinians at al-Shifa hospital who had been shot and injured by Israeli forces during recent clashes near Gaza's border with Israel. more

Egypt army shoots, injures 3 Palestinians in Gaza tunnel

?Egyptian army forces shot and injured three Palestinians in a smuggling tunnel under the city of Rafah in southern Gaza on Thursday.

Egyptian soldiers entered the tunnel under the border city and opened fire at Palestinian workers, injuring three, locals said.

The victims were taken to hospital for treatment.

Earlier this week, Egypt detained three Palestinians after blowing up a tunnel under the shared border. The Palestinians were initially reported missing after the explosion.

Smuggling tunnels that pass beneath the Egyptian border have served as a lifeline to the outside world for Gaza's 1.8 million inhabitants since Israel imposed a crippling siege on the coastal enclave in 2007, which is supported by Egypt. more

Families given 72 hours to evacuate homes before punitive demolitions

Israeli authorities overnight Wednesday and during the day Thursday executed punitive measures against the families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israel, giving four families 72 hours to evacuate their homes before demolition, and raiding the homes of three others.

In the Ramallah area of Silwad, Israeli forces on Thursday delivered demolition orders to two houses after alleging their sons belonged to a military cell responsible for carrying out an attack near Nablus.

The family of prisoner Abdullah Munir Hammad was given 72 hours to either evacuate their home or file an objection to the military order.

The family told Ma'an that they don't actually own the home, and have started legal procedures to reject the order issued on the rental.

Israeli forces also delivered an order to the family of Muath Hamed, who is being held in jail by the Palestinian Authority, also giving them 72 hours to evacuate or object to the order.

The Israeli authorities accused both Muath and Abdullah, along with three others, of carrying out a shooting near Nablus on June 29 that killed an Israeli soldier and injured 3 others. more