(Jerusalem) – Israel has been detaining Palestinian residents of Gaza under an obscure law that strips away meaningful judicial review and due process rights, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch said today.
Israel has detained 18 Palestinian residents of Gaza under the Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law since its 2005 disengagement with the Gaza Strip. A Beersheba district court on December 16, 2016, issued a second six-month renewal of the detention of Munir Hamada, the only person currently detained under the law. The court accepted the government’s determination that he was a threat based on a secret Israeli intelligence report that was not made available to Hamada’s counsel. Israel also continues to hold hundreds of Palestinians from the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Israel in a different form of administrative detention without charge.
A blindfolded Palestinian, detained during an Israeli military operation in Gaza, sits on the ground at a crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip on November 7, 2007.
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“The court’s continued application of the Unlawful Combatants Law against Hamada evidences the judiciary’s role in providing legal protection for Israel’s policies in the occupied Palestinian territory that violate international law,” said Issam Younis, director of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights. “This law provides the Israeli military with a legal framework to incarcerate civilians without the protections pertaining to fair trial and based on mere suspicion, not evidence. This law needs to be abolished.”
The Knesset enacted the Unlawful Combatants Law in 2002, in part to permit the prolonged detention without charge of two Lebanese nationals after the Supreme Court held in 2000 that the Israeli military could not hold Lebanese detainees solely as “bargaining chips” for the return of missing Israelis. But Israeli officials have since used the law to detain Palestinians from Gaza for renewable periods.
The law, amended on July 30, 2008, permits the chief of the general staff of the Israel Defense Forces to incarcerate a person based on “reasonable cause” that “he is an unlawful combatant and that his release will harm national security.” The law defines an unlawful combatant as a person “who has participated either directly or indirectly in hostile acts against the State of Israel or is a member of a force perpetrating hostile acts against the State of Israel.” The law provides that an Israeli civilian court must review the incarceration order within 14 days and subsequently every six months and entitles the detainee to appeal the district court’s decision to the Supreme Court.
The law’s presumptions, though, constrain the scope of the judicial review even more than under the restrictive administrative detention system that the Israeli military government in the West Bank and Israeli criminal law impose on Palestinians in the West Bank and Israel. The 2002 law states that the court presumptively accepts the Defense Ministry’s finding that the organization in question is a “hostile” force and that membership makes the detainee “a person whose release would harm State security.”
These presumptions impose the burden on the detainee to prove that they are not a threat, instead of placing the burden of proof on the state authorities, as international human rights law requires. The secrecy of the evidence makes it virtually impossible for the detainee to meaningfully challenge the allegations. In addition, the scope of the court’s review in a detention renewal hearing is limited to determining whether the authorities’ use of discretion was reasonable, which is even further limited by the law’s presumptions.
Israeli forces have held Hamada, a 50-year old merchant and father of eight from the al-Shatea refugee camp in Gaza, since detaining him at the Erez Crossing on November 8, 2015, as he sought to travel to the West Bank for medical treatment. The Beersheba court accepted the government’s claim that Hamada was a senior operative involved in the Islamic Jihad Movement’s (PIJ) military activities and was therefore a national security threat. The judge wrote that “[a]ll that can be said, given the confidentiality of the information presented to me… is that… decision makers were privy to material that can, reasonably and then some, substantiate a determination that national security justifies leaving the incarceration order intact.”
These standards prevent the court from reviewing the government’s determination that Hamada individually poses a threat, as required for lawful administrative detention under international humanitarian law. International law does not recognize the status of “unlawful combatant,” but sets out protections for civilians engaged in hostilities in the Fourth Geneva Convention that would apply to Palestinians from Gaza held under the Unlawful Combatants Law. Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, the occupying power may use administrative detention “for imperative reasons of security.” In practice, the Unlawful Combatants Law strips individuals of the rights and protections guaranteed in international humanitarian law for prisoners and detainees, including the status of internees, or civilian detainees, under the Fourth Geneva Convention.
The International Committee of the Red Cross, in its authoritative Commentary to articles 42, 43 and 78 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, stresses that detention must be based on an individual determination that the person is dangerous, highlights the “exceptional character” of this form of detention, and sets out the right of appeal. The Israeli Supreme Court held in 2008 that international humanitarian law requires “a personal threat to state security” to justify administrative detention and that, even when basing detention on group membership, courts must consider “the prisoner’s connection and the nature of his contribution to the cycle of hostilities of the organization in the broad sense of this concept.” In a 2009 letter to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, Israel’s Justice Ministry stated that it only uses administration detention when it determines that a person “poses an individual threat.”
The United Nations Human Rights Committee, which interprets the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Israel is party, has stated that, in the strictly limited circumstances in which administrative detention is permitted, “the burden of proof lies on States parties to show that the individual poses such a threat and that it cannot be addressed by alternative measures, and that burden increases with the length of the detention.” It also said that as a bare minimum of due process, the essence of the evidence used to justify detention should be disclosed to the detainee.
In 2016, the UN Committee Against Torture referenced Hamada’s case and urged Israel to “take the measures necessary to repeal the Incarceration of Unlawful Combatants Law.” The committee expressed concern that administrative detention and the Unlawful Combatants legislation may deprive “detainees of basic legal safeguards as, inter alia, they can be held in detention without charge indefinitely on the basis of secret evidence that is not made available to the detainee or to his/her lawyer.”
The duration of the occupation of the Palestinian territories, which turns 50 this year, raises further questions about Israel’s broad use of these supposedly temporary and exceptional humanitarian law measures that violate the right to due process under international human rights law.
As of mid-January 2017, Israel held about 536 Palestinians from the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Israel in administrative detention, according to the Palestinian human rights organization Addameer. A number of Palestinians have gone on hunger strike to protest their administrative detention without charge or trial, including Muhammad al-Qeeq, who was re-arrested on January 15, and began a hunger strike on February 6. His lawyer, Khalid Zabarqa, said that al-Qeeq’s health is deteriorating and he has been transferred to Ramla Hospital. He had been previously released from administrative detention in May 2016, after 94 days on a hunger strike, when his detention order expired.
“The Unlawful Combatants Law is administrative detention with even less protection for detainees than the restrictive regime in the West Bank, leaving almost no basis for judges to void intelligence agency decisions,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Although only a single Palestinian from Gaza is currently held under the Unlawful Combatants Law, it provides the Israeli authorities with expansive detention power to use whenever they choose.”
Hamas threatens: 'We won't let Israeli aggression continue'; Defense Minister Lieberman says Israel cannot ignore rocket fire, suggests 'Hamas take responsibility and calm down.'
The Israel Air Force struck five military targets in Gaza on Monday afternoon in retaliation for rocket fire.
The IDF said the strikes targeted Hamas infrastructure.
Four people were reported wounded in the Israeli strike. According to Palestinian reports, the first strikes focused on Hamas positions west of the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip's center and east of Rafah, in the Strip's south. Soon after, Palestinians reported an attack on a concrete factory north or Rafah.
Early on Monday, a rocket fired from Gaza exploded in southern Israel. No one was hurt and no damage was caused as the rocket fell in an open area.
Hamas said in response to the strikes that it "won't stand by in the face of continued Israeli aggression against the forces of the resistance and the intentional escalation on Israel's part."
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that while Israel has no intention of launching a military operation in Gaza, it will not ignore rocket fire. "I suggest Hamas take responsibility and calm down," he said.
Israel's Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories, Major-General Yoav Mordechai, said in a Facebook post that "Israel isn't interested in escalation, but cannot stand by as rockets are fired toward its sovereign territory. This is why the IDF retaliated."
"Hamas' terrorist activity is ceaseless, whether it's rocket fire, support for terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria or cynical use of humanitarian aid," Mordechai continued. "Any use of tunnels will lead to the user's death."
Smoke rises after reported Israeli strikes in Gaza, February 27, 2017.
At the beginining of the month, a barrage of rockets were fired at the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, but Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system managed to intercept three of them. No Israelis were hurt in the incident, but a number suffered anxiety.
Tensions flared up at the time along Israel's border with Gaza after a rocket was fired at southern Israel. Israel’s responded with a series of strikes on Hamas-linked targets. Two members of the security cabinet who spoke with Haaretz hinted last week at the possibility of a more serious escalation within a few months.
Israel's state comptroller is set to release his report on the 2014 Gaza war on Tuesday. The report will level harsh criticism at a host of senior officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, former IDF chief Benny Gantz, former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, former Shin Bet security service chief Yoram Cohen and Yossi Cohen, who was national security adviser during the war and now heads the Mossad.
Kamal Abdeen one of the people that became disabled. He is confined to a wheel chair since he got injured in the Ibrahimi mosque massacre 23 years ago. Today he joined the action to raise the Palestine flag in front of the Shuhada street millitary checkpoint .
The Security Council votes on resolution reiterating its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. The vote was 14 in favour, with one abstention (United States). UN Photo/Manuel Elias
23 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the adoption of a Security Council resolution which states that the establishment of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, have “no legal validity,” constitute a “flagrant violation” under international law and are a “major obstacle” to a two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.
“The resolution is a significant step, demonstrating the Council’s much needed leadership and the international community’s collective efforts to reconfirm that the vision of two States is still achievable,” the UN chief’s spokesperson said in a statement.
“The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to encourage Israeli and Palestinian leaders to work with the international community to create a conducive environment for a return to meaningful negotiations,” the spokesperson added. “The United Nations stands ready to support all concerned parties in achieving this goal.”
Earlier this afternoon, the 15-member Council adopted the resolution by a vote of 14 in favour and with one abstention – the United States abstained from the vote. The resolution had been put forward by Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela.
In the resolution, the Council reiterated its demand that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard.”
The Council also underlined that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations.
The resolution called for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation and destruction, and for accountability in that regard, as well as for both parties to act on the basis of international law, including international humanitarian law, and previous agreements and obligations, “to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric.”
It further called for compliance with obligations under international law for the strengthening of ongoing efforts to combat terrorism, including through existing security coordination, and to clearly condemn all acts of terrorism.
The Council also urged for intensification and acceleration of international and regional diplomatic efforts and support aimed at achieving, without delay a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions, the Madrid terms of reference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet Roadmap and an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shot and killed the Palestinian girl Raheeq Youssef though she posed no threat to them, a video footage showed Wednesday.
The IOF fatally shot Raheeq Youssef, 19, allegedly after she attempted to stab an occupation soldier at the Zaatara military checkpoint in southern Nablus.
Raheeq’s family could not bid her last farewell as the IOF withheld her body.
The video shows an Israeli soldier as attacking Raheeq with heavy spates of bullet fire in the presence of Israeli settlers though she posed no threat to the occupation soldiers.
The soldiers claimed they hit the girl in her leg but fired other shots on her for fear of being attacked.
The Israeli Walla news sites claimed that the Mahesh police will launch an investigation into the heavy bullet shots fired on the girl.
The video also shows the execution of the Palestinian youngster Abdul Fattah Sherif after he carried out an anti-occupation stabbing attack in al-Khalil city.
The Israeli soldier shot the youth directly and from a very close range while he was bleeding on the ground.
Ambulance crews refused to provide the casualty with urgent medical assistance, leaving him bleeding on the ground until he breathed his last.
The Nations have created rules that citizens must obey.
The United Nations has created rules that Nations must follow, Ergo Israel must be tried for the crimes they committed against the people.
If they are Palestinians, Israelis or British does not matter. The UN must apply the laws and find solutions.
We have to report to the UN all the crimes of which we are witnesses.
When we receive information, videos, photos, from social media of crimes committed by Israel we have the duty to investigate, verify the sources and report crimes to the appropriate authorities.
To have thousands of followers it is USELESS IF the followers does not really mind about what we are posting. Let us find the way to make them EAR our voices in our millions in alternative way.
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ISRAA ABED SURVIVED ISRAELI EXTRA JUDICIAL EXECUTION AT AN ISRAELI BUS STATION AND IS NOW BEING CLEARED OF ANY WRONG
UPDATE:Israeli source admit the Palestinian Lady she didn't hold a knife.
Today Nov. 5th/2015 She came out of Prison God Bless Her:
In a video shot through what looks like a glass window of a truck or a bus, and another taken from a different angle, apparently a woman in white clothes with a black bag is seen amid shouting armed men, allegedly Israeli police officers. While the person in white seems to be holding her hands up - "she posed no threat," Dabour said - gunfire follows and the person falls to the ground.
"Now she is reported dead," Dabour wrote on Twitter.
The video was allegedly shot in the city of Afula, in the north of Israel.While Twitter users were asking for the details, Dabour said, "There's no context there," adding that "even IF (a big IF) she was carrying a knife, 10 guards can easily disarm her if they choose to."
The woman was a "female terrorist" and the standoff unfolded at the bus station, the Jerusalem Post reported. According to the Israeli media, "minutes before" the disturbing events seen in the video "the woman attempted to stab a soldier."
The bus terminal was closed off by Israeli law enforcement following the incident, and the woman was taken to hospital as she was "moderately wounded," the Jerusalem Post reported.
A 13-year-old girl who was shot five times by Israeli soldiers has told RT she is still haunted by the incident, and hopes that soldiers will restrain themselves from shooting other “innocent children.” Her father says he wants Israel to compensate his family.
Speaking to RT, 13-year-old Bara'a Owaisi said she had traveled to a West Bank checkpoint after dreaming about her aunt, who had been killed there.
“She called to me saying, 'I want to see you.' So I went to the checkpoint to see where my aunt died, because I miss her,”Owaisi explained.
“The Israeli soldiers spoke to me, but I couldn't understand them, so some Arab workers explained. They asked me to take my bag off my back and put it down. I removed my bag. I said I wanted to see where my aunt died. They asked for my aunt's name and I answered...then they opened fire on me. The two soldiers said, 'This one is a terrorist,' and ordered the others to open fire,” she said.
Owaisi went on to say that she constantly replays the incident in her mind.
“I have nightmares. I was terrified of [the soldiers], and I see them in my dreams. They shoot at me all the time. I hope the soldiers don't shoot at any more innocent children,” she said.
Her father spoke of how incomprehensible it was to shoot his daughter so many times.
“They wanted to kill her. They shot her five times. One bullet is enough to take someone down, not five. They shot her in cold blood. She wasn't doing anything. The Israeli soldiers were shouting at her without any reason. My daughter can't do anything.”
He went on to state that his wife must now carry the young girl to the bathroom, and that he hopes his daughter will walk again. He said he wants Israel to pay compensation for the incident.
“I want Israel to pay compensation. It is not the first time this has happened. The Israelis try to kill many Palestinian children, and I want the world to know about this.”
RT reached out to the Israeli Defense Ministry, but received no response. A statement from the ministry following the shooting said the girl told interrogators that she went to the checkpoint “to die.”
The Wednesday shooting came amid a new wave of violence against Israeli soldiers by Palestinian assailants.
Just two weeks ago, Israeli forces shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian after he stabbed soldiers at a checkpoint at a village west of Hebron. Two other Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops near the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a holy site to both Muslims and Jews in Hebron.
While Israel claims most Palestinians are killed while carrying out attacks, the Palestinian authorities have accused Israel of often using excessive force, saying most of those killed posed no actual threat.
Palestinian leaders say the attackers are acting out of desperation over collapsed peace talks in 2014 and Israeli settlement expansion on territory which Palestinians are seeking for the creation of an independent state.
A 13-year-old female Palestinian was shot and lightly wounded at the Eliyahu checkpoint, near the West Bank settlement of Alfei Menashe, on Wednesday after refusing to stop when commanded by border guards.
According to the Defense Ministry, the young girl approached the checkpoint carrying a bag. Civilian checkpoint guards ordered her to stop and fired a warning shot in the air, at which point the suspect began to reach toward her shirt. The guard then shot the suspect in the leg to stop her.
Sappers who searched the girl's bag found no traces of explosives or weapons. According to the Defense Ministry, the girl said "I came to die" during her initial questioning. She is currently hospitalized at Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava.
Israeli security officials fear a surge of attacks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem ahead of the Jewish High Holy Days. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that the potential for violence could rise as the Jewish High Holy Days approach.
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"The security forces are on heightened alert and I will meet with them today in order to ensure that we will be ready to defend our people during this sensitive period," he said at the weekly cabinet meeting.
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Ban says Benjamin Netanyahu's claim about opposition to illegal Israeli settlements in West Bank is "outrageous".
Israel continues to increase the number of settlements in the West Bank despite international condemnation [Al Jazeera]
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that opposition to Israeli settlements in the West Bank - which is Palestinian territory - amounts to "ethnic cleansing".
Ban said on Thursday that Netanyahu's statement, which appeared in a video released last Friday, was "unacceptable and outrageous", and condemned Israel's settlements in the West Bank as violations of UN law.
"Let me be absolutely clear: settlements are illegal under international law. The occupation, stifling and oppressive, must end," he told the UN Security Council.
In the video posted on Facebook, Netanyahu said that Palestinians wanted to form a state devoid of a Jewish population and called it "ethnic cleansing", prompting heavy criticism.
US State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau called the Israeli leader's words "inappropriate and unhelpful.
"We obviously strongly disagree with the characterisation that those who oppose settlement activity or view it as an obstacle to peace are somehow calling for ethnic cleansing of Jews from the West Bank," she said.
"We believe that using that type of terminology is inappropriate and unhelpful."
International criticism of Israeli settlement building, including from the United States, has intensified in recent months.
Netanyahu's government has nonetheless continued with the policy.
The settlements are considered illegal under international law and major obstacles to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state.
Ban said Israel's decades-long policy that has settled more than 500,000 Israelis in Palestinian territory "is diametrically opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state".
Palestinian leader President Mahmoud Abbas has said a future Palestinian state would not permit a single Israeli settler to live within its borders.
The "Quartet" sponsoring the stalled Middle East peace process, which includes the US, Russia, the EU and the UN, are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN next Thursday, according to Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin.
The group recommended in July that Israel should stop building settlements, denying Palestinian development and designating land for exclusive Israeli use that Palestinians seek for a future state.
A new video from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Johannesburg, South Africa highlights the struggle of Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed and fellow Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons.
Kayed, 34, is today on his 59th day of a hunger strike against his administrative detention without charge or trial. He was ordered to administrative detention on June 13 after the completion of his 14.5-year sentence in Israeli prison.
Israel has refused to remove the handcuffs with which Kayed is shackled to his hospital bed in Barzilai Hospital. He has three prison guards in his ward and has been threatened with forcible treatment at any moment.
Participants in the video include former South African Minister of Intelligence Ronnie Kasrils, filmmaker Karima Effendi, migrant rights activist Roshan Dadoo, trade unionist Alan Horwitz, educator Fatima Rahiman, fashion designer Nandi Kubheka, journalist Amina Frense, and Afro-Middle East Media’s Mahlatse Mpya.
These participants came together on Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill, formerly the site of an infamous apartheid-era prison and today the home of South Africa’s Constitutional Court.
Israeli Court Rejects Hunger Striker's Appeal to Uncuff Him From Hospital Bed
It can be considered a crime to deceive the people with globally accepted means of information as a search engine? if so, how can we protect ourselves in the future if not clearing the search engines by our computers!
The internet broke this week over the disappearance of Palestine from Google Maps. Allegations arose of Google deliberately removing Palestine from Google Maps, with many claiming that Palestine was previously clearly labeled on the tech giant’s map.
However, Google said in a statement that a territory labeled “Palestine” had never been included on its map, only the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the latter two had only disappeared due to technical errors.
“There was never a ‘Palestine’ label on Google Maps,” a Google spokesperson said to Fortune as quoted by KompasTekno on Friday
“However, we found a bug that erased the ‘West Bank’ and ‘Gaza Strip’ labels. We are working to get the two labels back.”
Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara said Google adhered to UN membership in making its maps services. “In the UN, Palestine is still an observer, not yet a full member,” he said on Wednesday.
“The Indonesian government’s stance [on recognizing Palestine] is clear. But I have checked, [Google] adheres to the United Nations.” (asw)
Patrial Victory for Palestine
This is a real Story of a Palestinian girl, Sabah talking about her Mom, Brother and Sister that have been killed by one of the Israeli attacks on her residential House. The random attack shelling onto the residential areas killed more and more children woman, elders, all innocent civilians like us.
Zionist armed settlers shot dead two Palestinian girls, 14 and 15-year-old, when lying injured in Jaffa St, in Occupied Jerusalem 23 November 2015, Occupied Jerusalem, Palestine.
قوات الاحتلال تنشر فيديو عملية إطلاق النار على فتاتين فلسطينيتين " 14 و 15 عاما" في شارع يافا بالقدس المحتلة
Zionist settlers shot dead sister of a Palestinian young man who was killed by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in Qalandiya Refugee Camp is seen in this video.
Hadeel Awwad, 15-year-old, is seen in this video shot dead, is the sister of Mahmod Awwad who was killed by IOF in Qalandiya Refugee Camp in Occupied Jerusalem.
Palestine // In a pale-walled room two single beds are neatly draped in bright pink bedspreads covered with the image of Fulla — the Arab world’s Barbie doll. Teddy bears and a pink play pushchair sit in one corner.
In a neatly arranged cupboard sits a printout of a near straight-A school report card, alongside a diary filled with teenage entries.
The bedroom belongs to 14-year-old Palestinian, Hadeel Wajih Awwad — the same room where she would often sleep next to her cousin, 16-year-old Norhan Awwad. The girls were more like sisters.
The innocence of the room seems a long way from the surveillance video footage showing the cousins threatening passers-by with a pair of scissors in central Jerusalem.
What followed was a shocking depiction of the hopelessness and anger of young Palestinians born into an Israeli occupation and the brutality of a security force long accused of using excessive violence.
The girls run towards a man in the street near the busy Mehane Yehuda marketplace as he points a gun at them. A police officer rushes in as a bystander flattens Norhan with a chair leaving her still on the ground. The policeman then shoots Hadeel several times, killing her, before firing two shots into Norhan’s chest.
Moments earlier, one of the girls had lightly stabbed a Palestinian man, in his 70s, mistaking him for an Israeli. He was treated for a light arm injury and released from hospital on Monday night.
Norhan was treated at the scene and taken to hospital in Jerusalem where she remains. Her family have not been updated on her condition.
“What is killing me on the inside — confusing me — is how could a young girl commit a crime. She was murdered, she wasn’t doing anything. Why did they have to kill her,” said Hadeel’s mother Maliha Awwad from the family home at the Qalandiya refugee camp, in the occupied West Bank.
As the scene unfolded in Jerusalem, the girls’ families thought they were safely at school.
“She woke up around 6.45am as usual and made breakfast and left the house, it was a normal day,” said Maliha of her daughter.
Hadeel’s aunt, Menal 42, even blames the school for not notifying their family earlier about the girls’ absence.
“I don’t know how they got to Jerusalem, I was told Qalandiya was closed,” she said, referring to the main check point through which Palestinians in the West Bank must pass to reach the city.
Menal shows The National Hadeel’s diary, she flicks through the pages and pauses at a picture of a young man.
Hadeel had cut out the picture of her brother Mahmud Awwad, 22, from a martyr’s poster. He was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper nearQalandiya during clashes between protesters and security forces.
He died after five months in hospital on November 28, 2013 — nearly two years ago to the day. This date is circled and repeated in Hadeel’s diary.
The family have pursued legal recourse for his death in Israeli courts but to no avail.
The shooting of the Awwad girls comes after nearly eight weeks of violencebetween Israelis and Palestinians in which more than 90 Palestinians have been killed along with 15 Israelis. More than half of the Palestinian fatalities were accused of carrying out attacks, mostly acting alone and at random, armed with knives. Many others were killed by live fire during protests.
“The video of the Awwad cousins shows an execution of girls carrying scissors that could have been easily neutralised by Israel’s security apparatus, which is armed to the teeth,” said Husam Zomlot, Ambassador at large for Palestine.
“The cold-blooded murder of mostly children and teens can’t be explained from a security perspective or basic rules of engagement.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas alongside a raft of human right organisations has accused Israel of carrying out “extrajudicial killings” of Palestinians.
He said the current wave of attacks was the “inevitable result of diminishing hopes, the continued strangulation” and lack of sense of security felt by our people.
At the end of October Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein clarified the rules of engagement of Israeli forces, which are prohibited from firing at a suspected assailant unless an immediate danger to human life cannot be prevented and that any use of fire is proportional to the threat.
A UN report this month called for “independent, thorough, prompt and impartial investigations into all suspected cases of extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions and to prove compensation to the victims and their families”.
“Cases of excessive use of force by Israeli forces against Palestinians, including some which appear to amount to summary executions, continue to be reported and some have been captured on video,” said Christof Heyns, the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial killing.
The family of the Awwad cousins refute allegations they carried out an attack with scissors.
PARIS - Arnaud Mimran, the main suspect in the great theft dubbed “the sting operation of the century,” testified on Thursday at a Paris court that he funded expenses of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in France, as well as directly funding election campaign expenses amounting to one million Euros. Netnahyahu vehemently denied the report.
According to the law governing campaign contributions and instructions issued by the state comptroller, a Knesset candidate is entitled to accept donations from any individual totaling no more than 11,480 shekels ($2,970). In elections for leadership of a party or in internal party primaries, in which there are more than 50,000 voters, a candidate can accept individual donations of up to 45,880 shekels ($11,870).
Mimran is suspected of stealing at least 282 million euros from the French Finance Ministry through a deception involving the rolling over value-added tax in deals relating to carbon dioxide capping. The focus of the court discussion on Thursday was to determine whether senior figures have succeeded until now in protecting Mimran from being indicted. In this context, Mimran’s close relations with Benjamin Netanyahu came up.
A joint investigation by Haaretz and the French website Mediapart, published last month, showed that Mimran financed vacations for Netanyahu and his family in the Alps and on the French Riviera. Mimran also lent Netanyahu his apartment in the 16th arrondissement in Paris, taking him to a prestigious nightclub during Netanyahu’s visit to Paris. Arnaud’s name features prominently in the list of foreign donors that was compiled by Netanyahu on the eve of his return to power, as published by journalist Raviv Drucker on Channel 10 News.
In addition to these expenses, Mimran has now testified that he signed a cheque for financing an earlier Netanyahu election campaign, in 2001, as far as he remembers. “I financed him to the tune of about one million euros,” he said.
Mimran’s declaration came while he was being questioned on the witness stand about the extent of his expenses. His testimony revealed that most of his assets are not registered in his name. He explained to the judge: “The Rolls Royce is in my wife’s name, the McLaren is in my sister’s name. Only the Ferrari and Maserati are registered in my name.” This playing innocent caused quite a furor in the courtroom.
Mimran’s testimony also brought up for the first time the fate of the French-Israeli criminal Sami Sweid, who was suspected of money laundering at a Bank Hapoalim branch on Hayarkon Street in Tel Aviv. Sweid was murdered before a scheduled nighttime meeting with Mimran, and the prosecutor hinted that police suspect that Mimran was somehow involved in that assassination.
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The stench of death surrounds us Palestinians in Gaza. Israel has relentlessly bombed this open air prison and the 1.7 million inmates for nearly a month now. Our children play among the rubble of destroyed homes, numb to the sound of drones and warplanes that circle our occupied skies.
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I have sat and watched Israel tell the world they are defending themselves, as they bomb our homes and slaughter our children. But today is not the time to discuss politics, I leave that to the experts, I just want to tell my story.
My story is about my family. When you read it I want you to remember we Palestinians are human beings like you. I plead to your heart and ask you to consider if we should have to live like we do: under siege, collectively punished, unable to freely pursue a life of dignity.
Early on 20 July my aunt and her family fled their home in Shejaiya, a suburb to the north of Gaza City, after SalemIsrael launched a series of devastating attacks that killed scores and injured hundreds of people. She came to my small home in Gaza City with her husband and three of her daughters, along with their children.
That same day we tried to call my cousin Salem, who is 23-years-old, tall, with striking green eyes. We kept calling but he didn’t answer his phone. The next day I went with Salem’s father to the Shifa hospital, Gaza’s largest medical facility, to look for him.icc
Hospital staff told us that Salem was not there.
For the next two days we searched for him. We called everyone we knew, all our family, all our friends, but to no avail. No one knew where Salem was or what had happened to him.
The atmosphere at home was tense. Salem’s father was becoming more desperate by the second, frightened that something terrible had happened to him.
On 22 July at 5am the electricity snapped on for a three hour period. We all rushed to recharge our mobile phones, our laptops and connect to the internet.
My sister quickly checked Facebook to catch up with the latest news. Her newsfeed was dominated by people sharing a video called: “Young Palestinian killed by Israeli sniper”.
She pressed play. I, along with my wife and Salem’s sister, were nearby, and after a few seconds heard Salem's sister shout: “This is Salem’s voice!”.
Everyone in the house huddled around the laptop to see the video. The room was immediately filled with hope, with happiness, with relief that we had found news of Salem and that he was definitely alive.
The internet connection in Gaza is very slow so we decided to wait and allow the whole video to load up before watching it.
After a couple of minutes it was ready and we pressed play again.
Suddenly, as we watched the video, Salem was shot. The room fell into a stony silence. We all prayed that he was just injured and that by watching the rest of the video we would see the International Solidarity Activists in the video take him to the hospital for treatment.
This hope was crushed just moments later when we watched with horror as Salem was shot three more times as he lay helplessly amid the rubble in Shejaiya. sniper
Screams filled our home. Pain filled the air. We all broke down in tears.
Salem’s parents were in a state of shock. They refused to believe he was dead and pleaded with me to help. I knew one of the activists who was in the video, the American activist Joe Catron.
I called Joe but he told me: “Yes, we were with the boy wearing a green t-shirt when he was looking for his trapped relatives but unfortunately we couldn’t help him. We didn’t even know his name when this happened.”
Then the electricity cut off. We sat in the darkness. We waited for sunlight to come and then left our home to go back to the Shifa hospital.
The roads were empty on the way to the hospital. No one walked along the usually busy streets of Gaza. Silence reigned except for the intimidating buzz of the drones that circled overhead.
At Shifa we met some of the activists who were near Salem when he was shot. They told us that he had been searching for his family members, who were trapped in Shejaiya after the Israeli bombardment on 20 July.
The activists said that Salem had asked for help in searching for his family, so they had gone with him to search through the rubble especially there are a temporary humanitarian truce was declare at that time. They told me that when Salem was shot and killed it was too dangerous for them to help him or to take his body to the hospital.al-shifa-hospital-gaza
After hearing this we knew that Salem’s body must still be at the place where he was killed. We called the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Palestinian Red
Crescent Society (PRCS) but they both said it was still too dangerous to enter the area where Salem was lying dead.
“We do not have a green light to enter that area and we are waiting for permission from the Israelis,” a staff member of the ICRC told us.
They had entered the neighbourhood during a brief humanitarian truce a couple of days previously, but Israeli tanks had fired at them and launched mortars that landed near their cars. This stopped them collecting the bodies of those killed in Israel’s attacks.
On 26 July a 12 hour truce was declared in Gaza beginning at 8am. We called the PRCS and an ambulance came to pick us up. Together we went to Shejaiya and searched for the spot where Salem had been killed.
We didn’t recognise anywhere. There was utter devastation. Shejaiya was a ghost town.
Eventually we reached a spot that we recognised from the video on Facebook. There, among the rubble, we found a decomposed body that was our Salem.
We took him to the morgue and asked the medics to collect evidence of what had happened to him so we could help our people prosecute Israel for their war crimes in Gaza.
It took us six days to recover Salem’s body.
His mother, his nine sisters, his four brothers, were all deprived of saying goodbye to him.
Salem’s father buried him in a makeshift cemetery that same day. Even then we couldn’t have peace. As we dug his grave we could hear the sound of Israel’s drones and their warplanes, Salem’s killers, circling above.
We sit in Gaza, abandoned by a world that says it cares about justice, human rights and protecting civilians. We have no protection, nowhere is safe here, and no one cares about us.
We need your help. Please
Rockets launched by #Hamas were such a threat...
ISRAELIS GATHER ON HILLSIDES TO WATCH AND CHEER AS MILITARY DROPS BOMBS ON GAZA AND KILL PALESTINIAN CHILDREN, WOMAN ELDERS. People drink, snack and pose for selfies against a background of explosion as #Palestinians death tools mounts in ongoing offensive.
Israel has been accused of breaching its own ceasefire a matter of minutes after it was called following widespread international condemnation for the bombing of another UN-run school in Gaza.
A spokesperson for the health ministry in Gaza said an air strike on a house in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City was carried out after the start of the “humanitarian window”, scheduled for 10am (8am BST) this morning.
The attack killed an eight-year-old girl and left 29 other people wounded, Palestinian officials said. An Israeli military spokesperson said she was investigating the report.
Israel had said it would stop fighting for seven hours in all parts of Gaza except for Rafah, the southern city where an air strike killed 10 yesterday.
It was the seventh time a UN shelter had been struck since the conflict began on 8 July, and was described as a “moral outrage and a criminal act” by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The Obama administration was also quick to issue an unusually strong response to the Rafah school attack, saying the US was “appalled” by the “disgraceful shelling”. The US Department of State called upon Israel, a long-term ally, to do more to prevent harm to civilians.
Israel has withdrawn most of its soldiers from northern and central Gaza, and officials said that it was close to the completion of its efforts to destroy Hamas’s network of cross-border tunnels throughout the Strip.
A military spokesperson said that, as with other truces, the military “will return fire” if rockets continue to be used by militants.
Hamas currently has envoys deployed to Egypt for negotiations on a longer-term peace deal, which Israel has now shunned in a show of anger at the suicide bomb ambush that killed three soldiers in Rafah on Friday.
The militant group confirmed that it did not recognise the latest ceasefire called by Israel, accusing the military of trying “to divert attention away from the Israeli massacres”. Its spokesperson, Sami Abu Zuhri, said: “We do not trust such a calm and we urge our people to exercise caution.”
Meanwhile, a militant leader has been killed by an Israeli airstrike launched just before dawn in northern Gaza. Daniel Mansour, the northern commander of key Hamas allies the Islamic Jihad, died when a missile hit his home.
Gazan officials said almost 1,800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed and more than a quarter of its 1.8 million residents displaced. Israel has lost 64 soldiers in combat and three civilians to Palestinian cross-border shelling.
Many of those evacuated from their homes in Gaza have taken shelter in UN-run facilities, the latest strike on which Mr Ban called a “gross violation of international humanitarian law”.
Israel said it was investigating the incident, but added that it may have been related to attempts to kill militants from Islamic Jihad driving nearby.
The military has accused Hamas of using UN facilities as shields for intense rocket-firing activity, and on Monday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office issued a statement saying: “Hamas has an interest in Gaza residents suffering, thinking that the world will blame Israel for their suffering.”
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Hashem’s father is cited by Haaretz as saying that the teen was treated for dog bites at a hospital before being transferred to a prison.
“We, his mother and I, watched the video, and we couldn’t believe what we were seeing,” he said. “My wife almost fainted. I don’t know if there’s a mother or father in the world who can be indifferent to such pictures.
It pained us very much, especially the fact that the boy was helpless and the soldiers rejoiced over him.”
Israeli human rights group B’Tselem however says the footage doesn’t show anything out of the ordinary, noting that it is “standard” army practice. The group documented several similar
incidents over last year.
Dogs are being used as weapons – activist
A projects coordinator for Breaking the Silence, a former IDF soldier leftwing organization, has condemned the attacks but confirmed that such incidents are not unusual.
“While you are a part of the army, those kind of events happen. It’s not unusual. When you use an army to control a population, when you create an occupation, that’s the kind of reality that comes out,”Achiya Schatz told RT.
He also said that he had little hope that the investigation would lead to any changes to army procedure.
“The investigations don’t lead anywhere. If we don’t end the occupation incidents like that are just going to rise again and again. As a soldier you’re being told to make your presence felt to frighten the population,” he said. “It’s very easy to cross the line and many times you don’t know where the lines are.”
Schatz said in this case the dog was not merely used to restrain a criminal but rather as a weapon to breed fear.
“This specific dog is an attack d
og. It’s trained to attack. Here we see a dog used against a 16 year old kid. What you see here isn’t the dog being used to restrain but the dog being used to terrify,” he said.
Source: RT News
We are witnessing the systematic genocide of Palestinians in Gaza. History will judge and will show all shamefull actual leaders We have no option but to speak up and never remain silent. Have we lost all our humanity?
We Calls for #Jews from all around the world to declare Not in our name Our pledge to be informed, spread the TRUTH and unveil the zionist LIES.
The way Journalist put down in words the #Gaza Narrative will make them complicit in this actual #Palestinian Genocide.
The Gaza health ministry has confirmed the deaths of at least 2,137 Palestinians in the besieged strip since Israel began its relentless assault on July 8. Among those killed, at least 577 were aged 18 or younger.
More than 90 families have been "massacred" in Gaza in the past 33 days.