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Lieberman Warns of Continued Violence in Gaza

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Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman has warned that Israeli aggression in Gaza while continue so long as ‘the score remains unsettled,’ according to a Sunday interview with Ynet.

Lieberman’s warning was issued in response to an explosion along the Israel-Gaza border that wounded 4 IOF soldiers, two of which were considered serious and rushed to the ICU at the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

‘It will take two days, a week, or two weeks. We’ll eliminate anyone behind the attack’s execution,’ Lieberman warned.

In retaliation, PNN further reports, Israel launched a series of 6 airstrikes against Hamas targets late Saturday evening, including an outpost close to the sight of the original explosion and a tunnel in the Zaytun neighbourhood.

The situation continued to escalate when 2 retaliatory rockets were fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip, prompting Israeli forces to conduct a second air raid.

The second series of attacks raised the total number that evening to 18, according to Liebermann, as well as Palestinian news sources.

Lieberman lauded the attack as ‘perhaps the most significant and widespread strike we carried out since Operation Protective Edge.’

Any incident emanating from the Gaza Strip would be the responsibility of Hamas, that has ruled Gaza since disputed elections in 2007, said Lieberman, even if they were not conducted by Hamas or its military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

‘Hamas is the ruler, and we consider Hamas to be responsible for everything that is done in the Gaza Strip and from the Gaza Strip,’ said Liberman.

Previous airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza have been in response to rocket launches conducted by the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad organization in Palestine, as well as other members of the Popular Resistance Committee.

In January, Israeli forces struck multiple Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after the al-Quds Brigade launched a series of mortars into Israeli territory.

(Source / 18.02.2018)

Israeli Army Bombs Location near Khan Younis

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Israeli artillery bombed, with missiles, a location to the east of Khan Younes, in the southern Gaza Strip, according to local sources.

WAFA correspondence said Israeli armored tanks and artillery stationed at the borderline to the east of Abasan town, east of Khan Younes, bombed a location with missiles and destroyed it in full.

There were no reports of human casualties, however.

The Israeli military claimed the bombing came after an explosive device detonated in an Israeli military jeep near the border.

No further details have been given, as of yet.

(Source / 18.02.2018)

Two Gaza Youth Killed by Israeli Airstrikes

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Two Palestinian youth, both aged 17, were killed by Israeli airstrikes in the city of Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, the two Palestinians, identified as Salem Mohammed Soliman Sabbah, 17, and ‘Abdullah Ayman Salim Irmeilat, 15,.

Both of the young teens received life-saving treatment, but neither of them survived, the ministry said in a statement.

The two civilians, local sources said, were part of a group of six teens affected by an Israeli airstrike in an empty area in the city of Rafah.

In the statement, the ministry said that the other four were lightly wounded.

|PCHR: “Without Posing Any Threat to Soldiers’ Life, Israeli Forces Kill Two Palestinian Children and Wound 2 Others in Southern Gaza Strip”|

On Saturday, an explosive device detonated in an Israeli military jeep after crossing the Gaza borders in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, where four Israeli soldiers were wounded, including two who sustained serious injuries.

Several Israeli officials, including PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed to take revenge for them.

Therefore, the Israeli occupation army launched about 20 airstrikes in different areas, including police and border guard stations across the Gaza Strip, claiming they attacked “terror posts.”

(Source / 18.02.2018)

Settlers violently beat Palestinian bus driver in al-Khalil

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A group of Israeli settlers on Sunday morning assaulted a Palestinian young man who works as a bus driver in al-Khalil.

According to available information, the bus driver, who works for Egged company, was attacked by a group of settlers near Kiryat Arba settlement.

The bus driver Salah Abu Jamal, a resident of Occupied Jerusalem, was transferred to the hospital for treatment after he suffered multiple injuries and bruises.

Settlers’ attacks against Palestinians have been stepped up recently including storming Palestinian towns and performing Talmudic rituals in Islamic shrines, spray painting racist slogans on houses’ walls, uprooting olive trees and others.

(Source / 18.02.2018)

Israel extends solitary confinement of Sheikh Raed Salah

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Israel extends solitary confinement of Sheikh Raed Salah

Leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Shaikh Raed Salah

Israel’s Central Court in Beersheba yesterday extended the solitary confinement of the head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, for six months, his lawyer Khaled Zabarqa said.

Israel’s prison service filed an application demanding the extension of Sheikh Salah’s solitary confinement for another six months on Monday.

The ruling means Salah will spend one year in solitary confinement, subject to him being released at the end of the new term.

Zabarqa stressed that “there is no real justification to extend Sheikh Salah isolation” and described the decision as “arbitrary and political revenge” because of his positions with regards to Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

He said his team will see if they can appeal the decision at the Supreme Court.

Arab Member of the Knesset Talab Abu Arar, of the Joint List, condemned the Israeli court’s ruling and said: “The decision to extend the solitary confinement of Sheikh Salah and his arrest in the first place is political persecution of the leaders of our Arab society.”

Read: Israel refuses Sheikh Raed Salah’s appeal

Sheikh Salah was arrested from his house on 25 August 2017 and was indicted nine days later by the Israeli Public Prosecution. He was accused of violating the law and inciting terror.

An Israeli court in Haifa decided that he remain in prison until the end of the judicial measures against him. His defence team appealed against the ruling, but the appeal was turned down by the court.

He had previously been released after spending nine months in Israeli jails on 17 January 2016. His release was subject to restrictions on his movement, including travel bans and a ban on entering Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Israeli government banned the Islamic Movement in November 2015 under the pretext that it engaged in provocative activities against Israel.

(Source / 16.02.2018)

Omar al-Abed, Palestinian teen who killed 3 settlers in July, sentenced to life in prison

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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court on Thursday sentenced Palestinian prisoner Omar al-Abed, 19, to four life sentences for stabbing and killing three Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank in July.

As part of the sentence, the court also ordered that al-Abed would be excluded from any future prisoner exchange or release deals between Israel and Palestinian political factions.
Al-Abed, from the Ramallah-area village of Kobar was convicted on three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in December.Al-Abed carried out the attack in July in the illegal Halamish settlement, nearby his village in the Ramallah district.
The victims as were Yosef Salomon, 70, and his adult children, Chaya, 46, and Elad, 36. Tova Salomon, 68, Yosef Salomon’s wife, was seriously wounded in the attack.
The settler family were were reportedly having shabbat dinner with about 10 members of their family when the al-Abed broke into their house. A neighbor, a soldier in the Israeli army, reportedly heard the disturbance, and arrived to the scene and shot and moderately wounded al-Abed.
The deadly attack took place after three Palestinians were killed — two of them by Israeli police and one reportedly by an Israeli settler — when large-scale civil disobedience demonstrations in Jerusalem erupted into violent clashes.
Al-Abed reportedly wrote on Facebook before carrying out the attack: “I have many dreams and I believe they will come true, I love life and I love to make others happy, but what is my life is when they (Israel) murder women and children and defile our Al-Aqsa?”
“All I have is this sharpened knife to comply with the call of our Aqsa… If you don’t open its gates, I am confident that others will follow me to strike with an iron hand. I am warning you,” he continued, referring to Israeli security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the summer, when Israeli forces installed metal detectors at the holy site.
In the wake of the Halamish stabbing, Israeli forces imposed a series of punitive measures on the family of the al-Abed, and the residents of Kobar, temporarily sealing the village, detaining the al-Abed’s brother and motherraiding the local health clinic, and destroying al-Abed’s home.
The Israeli government has long faced criticism for its response to attacks, with rights groups saying severe security measures amount to collective punishment and a violation of international law.
 
(Source / 16.02.2018)

Israeli forces seal Nablus-area village, revoke permits of several local workers

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NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday closed all side roads surrounding the Beita village, south of Nablus city in the northern occupied West bank. .Beita’s mayor, Fouad Maali, told Ma’an that all roads leading to Beita from the eastern and northeastern sides — the Huwwara, Ula, and Awarta roads — were sealed with dirt mounds.

Maali said that Israeli forces were imposing “collective punishment” on the village, allegedly in response to Israeli claims that youths from the village throw rocks at Israeli settler vehicles that pass by on main roads. 
Maali added that Israeli ofrces have been revoking the permits of workers from Beita who work inside Israel as part of the collecive punishment against the village.
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Israel often enforces punitive measures, including closures, raids, and permit revocations, on entire Palestinian towns and villages for things such as stone throwing and alleged attacks on Israeli forces.

Rights groups have condemned such practices as “collective punishment.”

(Source / 16.02.2018)

IOF teargases school kids in Old City of al-Khalil

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The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday attacked Palestinian school children at Abul-Rish checkpoint in the Old City of al-Khali city, with no reason.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Israeli soldiers attacked the students as they were going home from schools.

Dozens of students suffered from their exposure to tear gas fumes.

The IOF harasses and assaults Palestinian kids almost on a daily basis, and obstructs their movement as they go to or return from their schools.

(Source / 16.02.2018)

Journalist, activist Bushra al-Tawil ordered to another four months in prison without charge or trial

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An Israeli occupation military court issued a renewed four-month administrative detention order against Palestinian journalist and prisoners’ rights advocate Bushra al-Tawil on 12 February 2017. Al-Tawil, 26, from el-Bireh, has been jailed by the Israeli occupation without charge or trial since 1 November 2017. Originally ordered to six months in administrative detention, her detention was reduced on appeal to four months; now, an addiitonal four-month order has been imposed upon her.

Al-Tawil has been detained on several occasions in the past; she is an active defender of Palestinian rights and works with Aneen al-Qaid, an organization that defends Palestinian prisoners. The new order was issued as a “final” order, which ostensibly means it will not be renewed. Administrative detention orders are usually indefinitely renewable, and Palestinians can spend years at a time in jail with no charge or trial under repeatedly renewed orders.

Al-Tawil’s mother said on Tuesday, 13 February, that local and international silence on the prisoners must end, urging unity in action to free the prisoners. Al-Tawil is one of approximately 450 Palestinians currently jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention, among a total of approximately 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners. Administrative detainees have announced that they will boycott Israeli military courts and administrative detention hearings beginning on 15 February.

(Source / 14.02.2018)

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian shop in East Jerusalem neighborhood

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(File)An Israeli soldier stands as a bulldozer pulls down the house of a Palestinian family near the West Bank town of Hebron on January 20, 2015

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished a Palestinian shop in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, according to official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency.Wafa reported that bulldozers of the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality, along with municipality staff and armed Israeli forces, raided the neighborhood and demolished the shop under the pretext that it was built without an Israeli-issued permit.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory also reported a demolition in Issawiya on their Twitter account.According to Wafa, Israeli forces have imposed a series of restrictions on the neighborhood over the past two weeks, including closing off its main entrances in response to alleged stone throwing incidents from youth in the neighborhood against Israeli forces.Wafa added that Israeli forces raided the town on Monday night and shot at homes and vehicles causing material damage. No injuries were reported.Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in East Jerusalem, though the Jerusalem municipality has claimed that compared to the Jewish population, they receive a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities, which also see high approval ratings.For Jewish Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem’s illegal settlements, the planning, marketing, development, and infrastructure are funded and executed by the Israeli government. By contrast, in Palestinian neighborhoods, all the burden falls on individual families to contend with a lengthy permit application that can last several years and cost tens of thousands of dollars.According to Daniel Seidemann of the NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem, “Since 1967, the Government of Israel has directly engaged in the construction of 55,000 units for Israelis in East Jerusalem; in contrast, fewer than 600 units have been built for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the last of which were built 40 years ago. So much for (Jerusalem Mayor Nir) Barkat’s claim ‘we build for everyone.’”According to UN documentation, three Palestinians were displaced and five buildings have been demolished in East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year as of Jan. 29. In 2017, a total of 142 buildings were destroyed in East Jerusalem, displacing 233 Palestinians.

(Source / 14.02.2018)

Israel demands Palestinian family pay $28,000 for jeep which killed their son

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Palestinian child looks at Israeli jeep during scuffles in the West Bank city of Hebron on August 2, 2010

Israel has sent the family of Abdullah Ghneimat, a Palestinian in his early twenties who was crushed to death by an Israeli army jeep, a bill for $28,000 for damage caused to the vehicle which killed him.

The incident occurred at around 4am on 14 June 2015 as Ghneimat was walking home from work in the West Bank town of Kufr Malek, northeast of Ramallah. The Israeli vehicle reportedly flipped over while conducting military activities in the area, trapping Ghneimat underneath.

(Source / 14.02.2018)

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This is a beautiful church so once again thank you to the pastor for allowing us to use this is really beautiful and thank you all for being here tonight and and for caring enough to take the time and listen and participate and be active I always begin my remarks with a disclaimer and that disclaimer is this if anybody here came hoping to hear a balanced presentation then they're going to be sorely disappointed I say this because a lot of things that you're about to hear tonight are difficult to hear and also because I don't believe that a balanced presentation on this topic is possible anybody that cares enough to speak about this probably has a very strong opinion one way or the other almost everybody has feelings and strong emotions on this issue one way or the other for me it's deeply personal and the issue itself is not a balanced issue there is no balance in this issue so therefore I say this because there cannot be a balanced presentation on this and I think if anybody claims that their presentation is balanced they're either misleading themselves or the misleading of their audience this whole issue of Israel and Palestine is covered in so much myth and there's so much there's so much double standard when people talk about this issue and I'll give you two examples

Don't know if you heard Bibi Netanyahu speech at the United Nations I heard it not live but after he actually delivered it and he began and he began it with probably the two most striking examples of myth and double standard and he began by talking about the right of return of the Jews to their ancient homeland and of course the Jews that returned so-called returned to their homeland were not exactly the the same Jews who were expelled from their homeland right because these were expelled a couple of thousand years before that these were not their descendants either because they this is business has been a very long time so these are people the people that actually came back so to speak are people that claim some kind of a heritage some kind of a connection a relationship to the ancient Hebrews and they claimed that they had the right to return to their homeland and this was this is what Zionism was about and this is expected this was you know accepted by the world as the right they had the right to return now if we talk about the right of return of one nation you'd expect that there would be if we accept it as a principle than

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