Lieberman Vows to Improve Checkpoints, Enforces Apartheid System


The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Monday, said that Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s visit to Hizma checkpoint and vows to ease the travel process is an enforcement of the apartheid system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Lieberman, on Sunday, visited Hizma checkpoint into Jerusalem and promised to “streamline passage at West Bank crossings into Jerusalem, thereby easing the process for Palestinians who travel daily into the capital,” said The Times of Israel, according to WAFA.

The new Israeli defense minister said he visited the checkpoint to see for himself the difficulties facing those who use it, but the foreign ministry said the visit is simply an attempt to reinforce the existence of checkpoints, which disconnect the West Bank, facilitate Israeli settlers’ movement at the expense of Palestinians and connect illegal settlements with Israel.

Lieberman only visited Hizma checkpoint, but also addressed the situation at the biggest checkpoint in the West Bank Qalandia, through which tens of thousands of Palestinians cross daily on foot and by car.

The problems at the Hizme and Qalandiya checkpoints, which plague residents of Jerusalem, the Binyamin Council, and Palestinians in the region, have clear solutions, both administrative and infrastructural,” Lieberman said.

However, the ministry said Lieberman tries to deceive the world by discussing “facilities for Israeli settlers and Palestinians” and neglects his repetitive Apartheid statements, which aim to create separate roads for illegal Israeli settlers and Palestinians on roads in the West Bank.

Since officially being appointed Israel’s minister of defense, Lieberman enforced several lengthy closures on towns and villages around Hebron and other Palestinians cities.

Over the years, hundreds of dunams of land belonging to Palestinians have been permanently confiscated from Palestinian owners to open new roads for the sole use of Israeli settlers in addition to hundreds of checkpoints, which obstruct movement.

The ministry condemned the Israeli policy, which aims to expand and take over Palestinians’ property and called on the international community to intervene and force Israel to cease its measures, which would eventually destroy the two-state solution and enforce occupation, settlements and the Apartheid system in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Born in Moldova, Avigdor Lieberman is one of the only foreign ministers in the world who does not live in territory officially recognized as his own country. Originally under suspicion over charges of money-laundering and bribery, Lieberman was formally indicted in December of 2012, on lesser charges of fraud and breach of trust.

His party was recently the focus of a corruption probe within the Israeli political spectrum, and, more recently, Lieberman’s life was threatened with an assassination attempt.

(Source / 18.07.2016)


A Palestinian teenager was killed and two other young men suffered bullet injuries as Israeli troops opened fire at unarmed citizens after they stormed al- Deheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian health ministry affirmed that 18-year-old Baraa al-Hamameda died of a bullet injury in the chest he sustained during the skirmishes that broke out between local young men and Israeli soldiers in Deheisheh camp.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that two other young men suffered bullet injuries and two others were arrested by soldiers in the same events.

(Source / 14.07.2017)


women holding sisi poster

Suddenly, without warning, Israeli Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Ayoob Kara tweeted that Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi offered Israel parts of Sinai to annex to Gaza in order to create a Palestinian state, and that the US and Israeli governments are looking into the offer. His words travelled at the speed of light and spread via various international and Arab media outlets and news agencies.

This coincided with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to America and his meeting with US President Donald Trump, as well as the White House’s statement that Trump may abandon the idea establishing two states in the occupied territories. This two-state solution was the idea, or drug, used by successive American presidencies after the signing of the ill-fated Oslo Accords to pacify the Arabs in general, and the Palestinians in particular, with false promises of establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. They gave the Palestinians a fake authority with a president who follows their instructions and cannot move around or take actions without permission from Israel.

What Kara said about Al-Sisi’s offer is not new, as the phony president Mahmoud Abbas said this about a year ago. He said that Al-Sisi offered him parts of Sinai to annex to Gaza on which he could establish a Palestinian state, but he refused this. However, Abbas’s statement did not gain much momentum in the media. Perhaps Kara’s statement gained media attention because the situation on the ground is conducive to such statements, which wasn’t the case a year ago.

The land has been prepared for this, as the tunnels were destroyed, a buffer zone was established, and the people of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid were expelled, making the city completely empty of people. Moreover, the general atmosphere in Egypt has been prepared by means of the shameless pro-coup media outlets and their daily claims that terrorism is coming to Egypt from the Sinai and Gaza. Many of these media outlets have demanded that the Sinai, Egyptian territory, be attacked, and a retired general was hosted on these pro-coup programmes and referred to as a strategic expert, and then said that Egypt’s old map during the Ottoman rule did not include Sinai.

Watch: Minister claims Netanyahu and Trump to discuss Palestinian state in Sinai and Gaza

We must link all of these events to each other and take into consideration the failed attempted sale of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia, which is actually a concession to Israel, while Saudi Arabia acts as an accessory to the concession. It will allow the Strait of Tiran to be regional waters rather than Egyptian waters falling under Egyptian sovereignty, giving Egypt the right to monitor and search ships passing through. Linking all of these events leads us to the truth, that Al-Sisi is giving life to the Zionist project of establishing an alternative homeland in Sinai, which was first proposed in the early 1950s, during Gamal Abdel Nasser’s rule. Palestinians in Gaza and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories revolted in the form of massive demonstrations in protest of this project. The Deir Yassin massacre occurred in the aftermath of this.

Thus, the project is nothing new. What is actually new is the fact that the current Egyptian ruler is willing to implement the project to please the Zionists and in order to pull Egypt out of the current economic crisis suffocating the country. The people are incredibly angry due to the senseless increase in prices and inflation, and everyone, even Al-Sisi’s supporters, are in a state of anger at him that grows by the day. There has been news that he will receive $100 billion in exchange for selling land in the Sinai.

He had said in one of his speeches, “If I could sell myself, I would,” and we mocked him at the time. Jokes about him filled social networking sites and he was ridiculed, but now we can understand exactly what he meant by it. He didn’t say so spontaneously or jokingly. We are the foolish ones and he knew exactly what he was saying. His words were a prelude to the sale of the land, reinforced by his recent words to the Egyptians, mocking their poverty: “No one told you guys that you were really, really, really poor?”

All of this shows us his desire to sell parts of the Sinai, but wanting something and actually doing it are two different things. Not everyone who wants something can actually do it, and just like we stood in the way of him selling Tiran and Sanafir, the masses will revolt against him and he will not be able to achieve his desires, which are actually the desires of his Zionist masters. The Sinai will not be an alternate homeland to the Palestinians; Palestine is from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, and it is their homeland to which they will return to, one day, but only God knows when that day will come.

(Source / 17.02.2017)


“Death to Arabs” painted in Hebrew (Israeli police spokesperson)

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Suspected extremist Israelis vandalized a number of Palestinian-owned vehicles in occupied East Jerusalem overnight night Sunday, an Israeli police spokesperson reported, with at least one car being painted with the message “Death to Arabs” in Hebrew.

Luba al-Samri said in a written statement in Arabic that Israeli police were notified early Monday morning about cars being punctured and spray-painted with anti-Arab slogans. She said that the cars were parked in the “French Hill neighborhood,” an illegal Israeli settlement, as well as the nearby “Hotels area” on Bar Lev street in northeastern Jerusalem.
According to reports in Hebrew-language media, the Palestinian owners of the vehicles had reported the incident to police.
Last month, racist and Islamophobic graffiti was sprayed on 17 vehicles in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shufat, with some of the messages saying “(Prophet) Muhammad is a pig” in Hebrew.
More recently, suspected Israeli extremists set fire to two vehicles and sprayed “price tag” graffiti on a building in the Palestinian town of Ara in northern Israel.
Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.
In March, Israeli NGO Yesh Din revealed that Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 percent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years.
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2016. OCHA has recorded 56 such attacks since the beginning of the year.
(Source / 05.06.2017)

‘Fuck it, wipe out Gaza’, says spokesperson for EU campaign

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Image of Avishai Ivr

The EU has hired an Israeli who advocates Gaza be “wiped out” to improve EU-Israel relations, Electronic Intifada reported.

Avishai Ivri appears in a promotional campaign in which he outlines the European Union’s benefits for Israel, declaring it “the best neighbours we have”.

However, in tweets published during Israel’s November 2012 attack on the Gaza Strip, Ivri wrote: “Here’s a strategy that hasn’t been tried out yet: 1,000 Arabs killed for each one of our people killed. I think they owe us 5,000 from last week.”

A previous tweet during the same attack he urged: “Fuck it, wipe out Gaza.

He has also advocated for Israel to annex the occupied West Bank and if Palestinians resist, “they’ll be tossed away, on a truck. Force is always an option, but we prefer an agreed-upon solution (but if not, force).”

“Are Palestinians a nation?” he asked in 2012, before answering his own question: “They’re shit.”

Read: ‘Can Gaza be thrown in the sea?’ asks Israeli politician

(Source / 05.08.2017)



Newborn babies at the intensive care unit are seen at the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on 27 June, 2017

Israel must immediately lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip and refrain from politicising the lives of civilians, a statement released by the organisations working for Palestine in Europe urged yesterday.

This comes after news that a number of children have died as a result of the siege on Gaza and due to the lack of access to medical care outside of the beleaguered Strip. Israel is said to be ignoring or hindering requests made by patients to leave the Strip in order to obtain the medical care they need.

Read: Ministry of Health in Gaza warns of increase in mortality rate

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, 11 patients in the Gaza Strip have recently passed away after being prevented by central authorities from travelling abroad for treatment.

A copy of the joint letter can be found below:

We, the Undersigned, representatives of organisations that work for Palestine in Europe, condemn in absolute terms the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel, and the deprivation of Gazan children who are in desperate need of medical attention to receive the medical care they need whether within Gaza or abroad, and hold Israel entirely responsible for the lives and welfare of all patients.

The prevention of children and civilians from receiving much needed health care is an obscene crime against humanity which exposes to the entire world the repugnant reality of the Occupation which constantly, consistently and repeatedly violates international treaties and laws, and violates basic human rights protected by international law.

Meanwhile, we denounce the deafening and inexplicable silence displayed by the Arab and international communities in respect to these crimes being committed against more than 2 million Palestinians living under siege since 2006 in the aftermath of the first and only free, fair and democratic elections ever held in Palestine.

Therefore, we call on the international community and all international, legal, humanitarian, medical and relief organisations to move to see this horrific siege against Gaza lifted immediately. The Gaza Strip is presently enduring one of its most difficult times since Israel imposed the siege 11 years ago, due to consistent and complex unprecedented crisis striking at all levels of daily life.

This includes acute shortage of medical equipment and medication, along with shortages in fuel and power which, coupled with the restriction on travel and movement, have led to the deaths of several patients including children, who were prevented from traveling outside Gaza to receive desperately needed medical treatment and care.

As such, we call on the leadership of the PLO, as the only legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and stemming from the unity of the Palestinian issue and the Palestinian people, to work effortlessly towards lifting the siege imposed on Gaza, and away from any politicking or political point-scoring.

This falls squarely within the responsibilities of the PLO, as the acute human crisis does not allow for any time wasting on political bickering.

We also call on the Palestinian Authority to retract the irresponsible decisions it took which led to the stop on salaries of hundreds of government employees as well as the interruption of the main Power Generator in Gaza.

We stress that we shall not spare any effort in working towards lifting the siege on Gaza through all legal means available, and we stress too that standing by and supporting besieged civilians is a basic human instinct within whomsoever has any inclination towards human rights anywhere around the world.

Indeed, the siege imposed against civilians, including children and the elderly, is a stain that will forever taint all those who actively imposed it, supported it or contributed towards it.

(Source / 30.06.2017)


‘Israeli piracy’ halts the all-female Freedom Flotilla attempting to break Gaza blockade

Palestinians sail boats bearing their national flag in the port of Gaza City in support of the Gaza-bound flotilla of international female activists attempting to break the Israeli blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on October 5, 2016. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)

Palestinians sail boats bearing their national flag in the port of Gaza City in support of the Gaza-bound flotilla of international female activists attempting to break the Israeli blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on October 5, 2016

The Israeli navy has seized the Zaytouna-Oliva, a Gaza-bound aid ship, according to the initiative’s organizers and reports in the Israeli media.

Sondos Ferwana, a media spokeswoman for the International Coalition for the Fourth Freedom Flotilla, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday evening that Israeli naval forces had “captured the ship”.

When asked for comment by Anadolu Agency, the Israeli military declined to comment.

But according to reports on Israel’s Channel Two television station, Israeli naval vessels had assumedcontrol of the aid ship and were preparing to tow it to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

The aid ship was intercepted — without resistance — some 80 kilometers off Gaza’s coast, the broadcaster reported.

Ferwana described the incident as “another act of Israeli piracy”, adding that all contact with the ship — which is carrying humanitarian aid and several female activists — had been lost.

“We don’t know the fate of the activists aboard,” she told Anadolu Agency.

Those aboard the Zaytouna-Oliva, which set sail from the Spanish city of Barcelona last month, include Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire, Swedish and Algerian lawmakers, a South African Olympic athlete and a Malaysian doctor.

The all-female initiative seeks to break Israel’s decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip and show solidarity with the women of Gaza.

In June of last year, Israeli forces intercepted the “Marianne” — which had been taking part in a similar initiative — and arrested all activists on board.

A similar Gaza-bound aid flotilla ended in tragedy in 2010 when the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish aid ship, was raided by Israeli commandos, killing 10 Turkish activists.

Since 2007, the Hamas-run Gaza Strip has groaned under a crippling Israeli/Egyptian blockade that has deprived its almost two million inhabitants of most basic commodities, including food, fuel, medicine and desperately-needed building materials.

In June, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the blockade of Gaza as “collective punishment”, which, he asserted, “suffocates its people, stifles its economy and impedes reconstruction efforts”.

(Source / 06.10.2016)

‘Kill Palestinians to get closer to God,’ Israeli rabbi says

This rabbi and other rabbis have several times called for killing the Palestinians and committing genocides against them

An Israeli Jewish rabbi described on Sunday the Palestinians as “monsters,” calling for slaughtering them to “get closer to God.”

In January this year, Eliyahu called for the Israeli army to stop arresting the Palestinians, but to execute them instead

Days of Palestine, Jerusalem -An Israeli Jewish rabbi described on Sunday the Palestinians as “monsters,” calling for slaughtering them to “get closer to God.”

Chief Rabbi of Safed and Member of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate Council Shmuel Eliyahu said: “The Palestinians are monsters and killing them is a religious duty.”

Speaking to the Israeli TV Channel 7, Eliyahu added: “Slaughtering the Palestinians getting us [Jews] closer to God.”

He said that slaughtering the Palestinians is a “biblical duty and implementing it is as important as respecting Saturdays.”

Eliyahu called on the “state of Israel to work on carrying out this duty.”

In January this year, Eliyahu called for the Israeli army to stop arresting the Palestinians, but to execute them instead.

Several other rabbis have issued similar orders calling for killing the Palestinians, naming this a religious duty.

(Source / 05.07.2016)

‘Mabrook’ to PA President Abbas’ son Tareq

Youngest son of the Palestinian president is a baller, and it appears he wants you to know it

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Merchant Square East, one of London’s new luxury property developments

The son of the Palestinian Authority president Tareq Abbas is already said to own villas in Amman, Jordan and a rooftop pad in Beirut, Lebanon.

Now, according to a review of official British Land Registry records from 2012, the world can know Tareq registered – under his legal name – the purchase of a US$1.5m luxury two-bedroom flat in Merchant Square East, one of London’s many high-end developments.

Realtors hawked Tareq’s newest address as a “prestigious waterside building” in a “chic, contemporary style with high specification amenities and furnishings” within walking distance of an area full of “traditional old English pubs and new bars and restaurants”.The building itself is part of “regeneration” taking place around Paddington Basin to increase investment and property value.

Tareq’s flat has stayed largely unoccupied since he bought it, which seems to indicate he does not need the rental income he could derive from its purchase. A quick calculation shows he could fetch about $4,300 per month in rent.

It was so left to apparent neglect that lawyers representing Merchant Square threatened to sue him in 2014 for “breach of obligations” for more than $6,700 in unpaid parking and storage fees, which he later paid.

Tareq failed to respond to Al Jazeera’s questions about his finances or how he came to own the place. No doubt he is aware that most Palestinians, with an average yearly gross national income of $3,060, couldn’t afford to rent the London apartment of their president’s son for even a single month.

Nor is Tareq the only multi-millionaire in the Abbas family. The president’s eldest living son, Yasser, made his fortunes from, among other things, the monopoly sale of US-made cigarettes in the occupied territories, offering Lucky Strikes and other carcinogens to Palestine’s tobacco addicted.

Which must leave Palestinians wondering: are their financial blessings merely the result of being “Grade A businessmen,” as Yasser once famously remarked?

The brothers Abbas enjoy a personal wealth that eludes nearly all their compatriots. Average Palestinians could hardly be faulted for questioning whether Papa President played a part. (Attorneys for Yasser claim the reverse is true – that “politics often affects the business of Mr Abbas negatively”.)

Thankfully, the public now has more information from which to form a view. As recently reported in Ha’aretz,leaked records from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca show Tareq Abbas as having at least $982,000 in shares of the Arab Palestinian Investment Company (APIC), a British Virgin Island incorporated firm where he serves as a board member.

The same tranche of Panama Papers also revealed that the Palestinian Authority’s billion-dollar investment portfolio, the Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF), owns 18 percent of APIC.

Incidentally, President Abbas as head of the Palestinian Authority wields significant influence over the PIF’s activities. I presume his children would have us believe their dad leaves the room anytime APIC or his children’s business pursuits are mentioned in the course of his official duties.

Little wonder then a May 2016 poll reported on by the Associated Press showed that almost all Palestinians – 95.5 percent – believe there is corruption in Abbas’ government.

But you won’t hear much public airing about these complaints within the little Area A statelet President Abbas lords over like a mini Caesar. This is territory, of course, where dissidents are disappeared and tortured, websites are closed, and journalists are surveilled and harassed.

But that doesn’t stop people from thinking that corruption is rampant. Since his own kids do so little to correct that widely held impression, one can only conclude they don’t give a damn. Why should they?

The last time Abbas faced the voters was 10 years ago, and no future poll is in the offing.

As for managing negative publicity, Tareq should know a thing or two about how to minimise it. He has held a variety of profitable leadership functions with the Ramallah-based Sky Advertising Company over the years, and now serves as Sky’s Chairman of the Board.

During Tareq’s tenure, the firm has helped bring in an eclectic range of international heavyweight companies, including Qatar’s Ooredoo/Wataniya Mobile, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), even the BBC World Service.

Left off of Sky’s corporate website is Tareq’s earlier involvement in a controversial US government contracts, as previously revealed by Reuters news agency. His Sky Advertising Company took a sizeable piece of a $2m tender from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) back in 2006.

Sky’s specific mission was to “improve the image of the United States in the Occupied Territories”, which then, as now, is sorely in need of improving.

Former US president George W Bush’s 2002 “roadmap for peace”, endorsed by President Abbas, aimed for a Palestinian state by the end of 2005. The music stopped as 2005 came and went, and no doubt the embarrassed and double-crossed Palestinian Authority officials went scrambling for chairs.

The Americans may have sent them on a fool’s errand. But at least they were charitable enough to throw the president’s kid a contract to make some money.

Alas, nearly 10 years later, we learn that Tareq was kind enough to recycle his hard-earned occupation dollars back into the Western economy.

To the country, no less, that gave rise to Lord Balfour and his declaration promising another people a home on the land where his father once lived. The octogenarian long ago ceded his own right to return and live in Safed some day.

And the two-state prospect President Abbas held out for all these years is now more remote than ever.

As for his son, if there won’t be Palestine, there will always be London. And I suspect the child of privilege does not care if you know he can enjoy it at any time.

(Source / 21.06.2016)

‘Order to Kill’: Prominent Rabbi Calls for Poisoning Palestinian Water

Illegal Jewish settlers in the West Bank were urged to poison Palestinian water. (Photo: Palestine Solidarity Project)

Illegal Jewish settlers in the West Bank were urged to poison Palestinian water

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has denounced a religious decree made by a prominent Jewish rabbi allowing Israeli settlers in the West Bank to poison Palestinian water sources in Palestinian towns in occupied West Bank. The PLO described the decree as “an order to kill”.

This call is not the first of its kind. Price tag Jewish groups have waged dozens of attacks against Palestinians, uprooting their trees, burning their houses and destroying their places of worship.

Rabbi Shlomo Mlma, chairman of the Council of Rabbis in the West Bank settlements, has issued an ‘advisory opinion’ in which he allowed Jewish settlers to poison water in Palestinian villages and cities in the West Bank.


Israeli organisation “Breaking the Silence”, stated that the call for poisoning Palestinian water aims to push the Palestinians to leave and pave the way for Israeli Jewish settlers to take over their lands.

The PLO refused to engage in future talks with Israel until it stops building more housing units on what Palestinians consider the land for their future state.

“This is an incitement and a call for killing the Palestinians,” Wasil Abu Youssef, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday. He said such opinions by Jewish rabbis “prove that Israel is not a real peace partner”.


“Dozens of similar orders were made by rabbis that called for killing Palestinians, robbing their lands and farmlands and destroying their property,” he said.

Some 500,000 settlers live in the West Bank settlement. The international community regard the Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The Israeli government allocates hundreds of millions of dollars annually to expand settlements at the expenses of Palestinians and their resources.

(Source / 19.06.2016)

‘Palestinians have no land,’ Israeli minister claims

Bennett calls for imposing full Israeli sovereignty over Area C, which constitutes 61 per cent of the area of the occupied West Bank

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett told Israeli TV Channel two on Sunday that Palestinians “have no piece of land.”

Bennett suggested that the Palestinians living in Area C, which includes most of the illegal Jewish Israeli settlements, are given the choice to have Israeli citizenship

Days of Palestine, Jerusalem -Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett told Israeli TV Channel two on Sunday that Palestinians “have no piece of land.”

Bennett, who is the head of the Israeli Jewish Home party, also warned that his party would leave the government if it recognised a Palestinian state.

He said he does not oppose holding talks with Palestinians, but insisted that recognising a Palestinian state was not one of the terms agreed upon when his party joined the government.

“There will never be a Palestinian state and any talks about the return to pre-1967 borders and dividing Jerusalem will dissolve the government,” he said, “we must not give the Palestinians any piece of land.”

The extremist settler believes in a “Palestinian autonomy,” which would be achieved by the ISralei occupation imposing full sovereignty over Area C, which constitutes 61 per cent of the occupied West Bank.

According to his “Stability Plan” plan, Palestinians can rule over Area A without any Israeli interference, but without real independence.

He suggested that those living in Area C, which includes most of the illegal Jewish Israeli settlements, are given the choice to have Israeli citizenship.

If the Jewish Home were to quit the government it would leave it short of the seats it needs to hold majority.

(Source / 06.06.2016)

‘We became subcontractors to the occupation’: B’Tselem ends work with Israeli army


Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian youth following clashes on Nov. 11, 2008

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After 25 years of accountability work in the occupied West Bank, Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem announced on Wednesday its decision to discontinue their strategy of holding Israeli forces accountable for their crimes against Palestinians through internal military mechanisms.

Representatives of the organization, which focuses on collecting information and documenting Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, called their complicity in Israel’s military mechanisms “morally unacceptable,” in a press briefing on Tuesday.According to a new report released by the organization, the inefficiency of Israeli military mechanisms to provide justice for Palestinian victims led the organization to label their accountability activities as a “whitewash machine” for the continuation of the nearly 50-year Israeli military occupation of the West Bank.“B’Tselem has gradually come to the realization that the way in which the military law enforcement system functions precludes it from the very outset from achieving justice for the victims. Nonetheless, the very fact that the system exists serves to convey a semblance of law enforcement and justice,” the report stated.The report argued that the veneer of legal legitimacy “makes it easier to reject criticism about the injustices of the occupation, thanks to the military’s outward pretense that even it considers some acts unacceptable, and backs up this claim by saying that it is already investigating these actions.”“In so doing, not only does the state manage to uphold the perception of a decent, moral law enforcement system, but also maintains the military’s image as an ethical military that takes action against these acts,” the report added.Since the start of the second intifada in late 2000, of the 739 complaints filed by B’Tselem of Palestinians being killed, injured, used as human shields, or having their property damaged by Israeli forces, roughly 70 percent resulted in an investigation where no action was taken, or in an investigation never being opened.Only three percent of cases resulted in charges being brought against the soldiers, according to the report.Field Researcher for B’Tselem Iyad Haddad told Ma’an on Tuesday that Israeli and Palestinian NGOs worked for many years to create a “culture” of accountability in Palestinian communities plagued with deeply-rooted mistrust for Israeli military bodies, convincing Palestinians to submit complaints to the Israeli military when faced with human rights violations.However, the organization became complicit in the violations by reinforcing the credibility of a system incapable of providing results or any semblance of justice for individuals or their families, Haddad said.Kareem Jubran, field research director of B’Tselem, said he was “ashamed” of B’Tselem’s engagement with the military occupation during the press briefing, adding that the process forced victims to become victims a second time, as Palestinians are commonly mistreated by military investigators while their cases rarely result in accountability or justice.“We became subcontractors to the occupation,” Yael Stein, a research director of B’Tselem, said in the conference, adding that the organization’s accountability work served to “legitimize the whole occupation.”The decision has led the group to redesign its strategy from direct accountability to working in the “public arena” through a launch of a public awareness campaign that can “rob the system of its credibility,” Executive Director Hagai Elad said.B’Tselem’s disengagement with internal mechanisms of the Israeli military occupation comes in the midst of an increasingly right-wing government and renewed attacks on Israeli human rights organizations.Newly appointed ultra-right Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused B’Tselem earlier this year of being funded by the same groups financing Hamas — the Palestinian movement leading the besieged Gaza Strip’s de facto government, which has been designated a “terrorist” organization by the Israeli government — while calling B’Tselem “traitors” to the Israeli public.In December, Ayelet Shaked, leader of the ultranationalist Israeli Home Party, pushed for a so-called “transparency” bill that would compel NGOs to reveal their sources of funding if more than 50 percent of their funding came from foreign entities, in a push to crack down on groups who receive foreign funding in order to criticize Israel.Critics have slammed the bill, which passed its first reading in the Knesset in February, with the chairwoman of the left-leaning Meretz party Zehara Galon calling it a “continuation of the witch hunt, political persecution, and censorship of human rights groups and left-wing organizations that criticize the government’s conduct.”Since organizations in Israel which rely on foreign funding also tend to oppose the government’s right-wing policies against Palestinians, the potential legislation is widely considered discriminatory and an attempt to weed out human rights groups working to end the large-scale human rights violations that occur in the occupied territory.B’Tselem’s recent decision to focus on public awareness in Israeli society marks a unique shift in Israeli human rights approaches to violations against Palestinians, in a political climate where far-right views are increasingly becoming mainstream, and concerted attacks on human rights groups could be considered government policy.
(Source / 25.05.2016)


taha jailed

Palestinian child prisoner Mohammed Taha, 16, sent the following letter to his family from Israeli prison, where he is serving an 11-year sentence. A Palestinian refugee from Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp, Mohammed is one of a number of Palestinian children – especially Palestinian Jerusalemites – serving lengthy sentences in Israeli jails.

Mohammed was accused along with Munther Abu Mayala, 15, a fellow Palestinian refugee from Shuafat. Monther and Mohammed were accused of “attempted murder” for allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli settler youth at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on 30 January 2016. The 17-year-old in question was allegedly “lightly wounded.” They were also convicted of “possession of a knife.”

Mohammed’s and Munther’s lengthy sentences come alongside the 12-year sentence for Ahmad Manasrah, the 13-year sentence for Nurhan Awad, and the six-year sentences for Muawiya Alqam and Manar Shweiki, among other long prison terms for Palestinian children.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network calls for the immediate release of Mohammed and all imprisoned Palestinian children. We further call for international action to compel the Israeli state to respect the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and end international military aid and assistance that funds the imprisonment and torture of Palestinian children. The imprisonment, oppression, and killing of Palestinian children by the Israeli occupation is part and parcel of the Israeli colonial project in Palestine, and the only true freedom for Palestinian children will be achieved through the freedom of the Palestinian people and Palestinian land.

Mohammed’s letter to his family follows:

{Mother} {Sister}

From Mohammed to his dearest family, Greetings

Good greetings, how are you my dearest ones? I miss you very much. How is Amir’s mother? How are you doing? Please greet on my behalf all of my aunts and my uncles, and the children of my aunts and my uncles, and everybody. Mom, how are you? I miss you a lot and I miss teasing you a lot. How is Mahdi? I miss them. And how is Abu Jana and Um Jana? Say hello to everybody and insh’allah I will soon be amongst you. Say hello to Abu Adib and Abu Amir and my grandmother and grandfather and greet everyone who greets me back, the boys in the neighborhood, the neighbors, Um Adam, Adam, my uncle Bassam and his children. I hope you all are happy. God willing, I will be with you in the near days and our happiness will be complete. Mom, I want you to count on me and please don’t be sad, OK?

I have entered prison as a cub and I will leave it as a lion. Insh’allah I will go back and shine on the neighborhood and our house, and you will be happy and I will get married and we will all be happy. The real judgement is the judgement of God, so don’t be sad that they have given me a sentence of 11 years. It is nothing. Open your eyes, close your eyes, and I will be with you. I swear it will be soon.

{Mom} {Dad}

{I do not regret a thing I did, I do not regret the prison I enter}

(Source / 08.02.2017)

“Too dangerous” with 4682 Facebook friends: Palestinian astrophysicist charged with incitement in military court

imad barghouthi

Palestinian astrophysicist Imad Barghouthi faced a second hearing yesterday, 13 June in Israeli military court. Barghouthi, 54, is a professor of space plasma physics at Al-Quds University; he was arrested on 24 April as he traveled from Nabi Saleh to his home in Beit Rima.

Barghouthi, whose work is internationally renowned and who has received the support of scientists and academics around the world, was ordered to three months in administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial. Originally, his administrative detention order was decreased to two months, and then hisrelease ordered after a month of imprisonment, following his lawyer, Jawad Boulos, presenting the statements and petitions of hundreds of international scientists supporting Barghouthi’s case.

Most recently, the University and College Union, a UK union representing over 100,000 academic workers, researchers and others, passed a resolution at its Congress calling for Barghouthi’s release and pledging to write Israeli and British officials, and distribute a Samidoun alert on the case.

However, instead of releasing Barghouthi, the Israeli military prosecution charged the professor with “incitement” for his writings on Facebook. Over 150 Palestinians have been arrested and accused of“incitement” for posting on social media, most commonly for posts in support of Palestinian resistance or with praise or mourning for Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces.

At the military court hearing yesterday, the military judge rejected a plea to release Barghouthi to house arrest – where he would be kept from his own home and denied access to the internet; instead, he was ordered imprisoned until the end of the process, arguing that he was “too dangerous” to be released. The military indictment lists numerous counts – all of which are Facebook posts, and labels Barghouthi an “influential public figure,” because he has 4962 Facebook “friends” and 1684 Facebook “followers.” The military trial itself – where this indictment will be read and Barghouthi asked for a reply – will begin on 12 July.

Take action! It is critically important for people around the world to make their voices heard and demand the release of Imad Barghouthi and his fellow Palestinian prisoners.

1. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your area.  Bring posters and flyers about the imprisonment of Palestinians, including academics like Imad Barghouthi, and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include this issue in your next event about Palestine and social justice. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inform us of your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.

2. Contact political officials in your country – members of Parliament or Congress, or the Ministry/Department of Foreign Affairs or State – and demand that they cut aid and relations with Israel on the basis of its apartheid practices, its practice of colonialism, and its numerous violations of Palestinian rights including the systematic practice of administrative detention and the injustice of military trials. Demand they pressure Israel to free Palestinian prisoners and end administrative detention.   In the United States, call the Israel/Palestine Bureau at the State Department at 202-647-3930 and the White House – 202-456-1111. Demand action on Barghouthi’s case and an end to aid to Israel. In the UK, call UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Philip Hammond, MP, +44 20 7008 1500. In Canada, call Foreign Minister Stephane Dion: 613-996-5789.

3. Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. G4S, a global security corporation, is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott itPalestinian political prisoners have issued a specific call urging action on G4S. Learn more about BDS at bdsmovement.net.

(Source / 14.06.2016)

“We Believe in Palestine – Activist Toolkit”


EuroPal Forum Launched today a toolkit for activists under the title: We believe in Palestine. The toolkit includes six chapters, four of which concentrates on the tools and techniques of positive influence to promote the correct Palestinian narrative in resisting the Israeli occupation. The toolkit concentrates on practical examples for effective communication skills and political lobbying and networking with politicians, journalists and local governmental and non-governmental bodies that play an influential role in the public sphere.

The toolkit also acts as a guide to how to organise events, activities, campaigns and all other possible tools used in the political field in Europe.

The Fifth chapter of the toolkit gives a brief summary of some facts of the conflict that is important to be aware of when working for the cause of Palestine in Europe.  The Sixth chapter provides the activist with some vital resources to use for solidarity work in Europe. The resources include lists of Palestinian solidarity organisations and other lists for organisations supported by the Israeli Lobby or Pro-Israel.

Zaher Birawi, The chairman of EuroPal Forum stated that this toolkit is an essential tool for all activists working for the cause of Palestine who hold a firm belief that it is a duty to support the rights of Palestinians. It is a comprehensive tool especially for youth activists in universities and in Palestinian solidarity organisations and in all areas of the British society.

He added that this tool kit is a first of its kind and flows from the aims of the Forum in providing the youth with essential information and skills to enable them to defend Palestinian rights according to International laws and according to the effective tools that are recognised in democratic societies.

Birawi clarified that part of this toolkit has been presented as a training course today following the Launch at P21 Gallery in London. The audience has been mainly youth working for the Palestinian cause in the UK and in other cities in Europe.

EuroPal Forum is a non-profitable and independent organisation calling for the rights of Palestinians to freedom and justice. EuroPal Forum aims to build positive networks between Palestine and European countries.  It aims to promote the correct narrative of Palestine cause throughout Europe.

Click here to download the toolkit

(Source / 24.05.2016)

10 facts about Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip


1- The West Bank – including East Jerusalem – and the Gaza Strip together constitute what is nowadays called the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), which have been under Israeli military occupation since June 1967. Before the State of Israel was established in 1948, they were simply parts of Mandate Palestine; their ‘borders’ are the result of Israeli expansion and armistice lines.

2- In 1967, Israeli forces ethnically cleansed and destroyed a number of Palestinian villages during their invasion. 300,000 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip became refugees during Israel’s occupation in June 1967; the vast majority remain unable to return.

3- The State of Israel has subjected Palestinian citizens and Palestinian non-citizens to military rule for 68 years of occupation.

4- Currently there are more than 500 physical obstacles, including checkpoints and earth mounds that restrict Palestinian freedom of movement in the West Bank.

5- Soon after the occupation in June 1967 Israel sought to transfer its Jewish population into the occupied territories and change their demographic makeup.

6- All Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) are illegal under international law and violate the Fourth Geneva Convention.

7- There are now 125 Israeli government-sanctioned settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), plus another 100 or so unauthorised settler ‘outposts’.

8- There are around 400,000 Israelis living in illegal settlements the Occupied West Bank. Those illegal settlers can vote, are allowed to build and expand, and have their own network or roads and highways. Unlike settlers, Palestinians under occupation have none of these rights.

9- According to the UN, there have been 2,598 acts of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the last ten years.

10- Israel enforces a dual legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: civil courts for the 600,000 settlers in West Bank and Jerusalem, and military courts for 4.5 million Palestinians. The latter has a 99.74 percent conviction rate.

According to Human Rights Watch: “Palestinians face systematic discrimination merely because of their race, ethnicity, and national origin.” Amnesty International agrees.

(Source / 16.06.2016)

10 million shekels, the cost of Judaizing the New Gate of O. Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli media sources revealed that Israeli authorities have started a Judaization project of the New Gate area in the Old City of Occupied Jerusalem. Kol Ha’ir Israeli weekly newspaper stated that the so called Jerusalem Development Authority, Jerusalem Municipality, ministries of Jerusalem and Tourism along with the Water Authority will cooperate for what they call developing the New Gate in the Old City.  The project is expected to start within the coming weeks and to be finished by early 2017. The cost of the project is estimated at 10 million shekels, the newspaper pointed out.  The project aims at turning the area into an active touristic and commercial zone whereas water, sewage and electricity networks will be repaired.  The tiles of the New Gate’s Street, as well, are going to be renovated and special pathways for the disabled will be established along with other services within a plan which aims at enhancing facilities for the interest of Israeli usage in the Old City of Occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 16.07.2016)


wb en jeruzalem sweeps


At least 10 Palestinians were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and others were left injured at daybreak Sunday in assaults on the West Bank and Jerusalem.

The Israeli army claimed responsibility for the abduction of 10 Palestinians on allegations of involvement in anti-occupation activities.

The campaign targeted seven Palestinians from Bethlehem province, two from al-Khalil, including a Hamas affiliate, and another Palestinian from Jerusalem’s eastern town of al-Izriya.

Reporting from Marah Rabah, south of Bethlehem, a PIC reporter said 10 Israeli patrols stormed the town and kidnapped Hussam al-Sheikh, 26, Murad al-Sheikh, 19, Hamza al-Sheikh, 21, and Hussein al-Sheikh, 20.

The IOF further stormed Tekou’ town and carried out an arbitrary abduction sweep.

28-year-old Palestinian poet Mahmoud Ayad, nicknamed al-Mourabit, was kidnapped by the Israeli forces from his home in al-Duheisha camp, south of Bethlehem.

At the same time, injuries were reported among the Palestinian protesters following the IOF assaults.

(Source / 05.03.2017)


NEGEV (Ma’an) — In the latest instance of Israel’s demolition campaign in the Negev region of southern Israel, homes were demolished in two unrecognized Bedouin villages on Wednesday, while Israeli police surrounded the village of Umm al-Hiran.
Israeli bulldozers, escorted by Israeli police, demolished a house in the village of Wadi al-Naam in the western part of the Negev in southern Israel.
Locals told Ma’an that the demolished house was owned by an elderly woman and her daughter. A member of the local committee, Yousif Ziyadin, said that an emergency session would be held to discuss the Israeli demolition.
A relative of the elderly homeowner, Ahmad Zanoun, told Ma’an that 100-year-old Ghaytha Zanoun and her 60-year-old daughter Hilala were living in the house, both of whom suffer from various health issues.
Zanoun said that both Ghaytha and Hilala were unable to walk, and noted that the family had renovated the home in accordance with their doctor’s suggestions due to their health conditions.
He added that Ghaytha and her daughter now were homeless following the demolition.
The Wadi al-Naam village was established in the 1950s soon after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that established the state of Israel. Military officials forcibly transferred the Negev Bedouins to the site during the 17-year period when Palestinians inside Israel were governed under Israeli military law, which ended shortly before Israel’s military takeover of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967.
In July, the Israeli government approved plans to build townships for Israel’s Bedouin community. The planned township is expected to be built just south of Shaqib al-Salam, another Bedouin township, and would transfer at least 7,000 Bedouins from the unrecognized village of Wadi al-Naam, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported last year.
The approved village would comprise of an area of approximately 9,000 dunams (2,224 acres), while providing housing to some 9,000 residents, The Times of Israel also reported.
The proposal to expand the area of Shaqib al-Salam was challenged in Israel’s Supreme Court in 2015, as the Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), who assisted in the court proceedings, argued that any expansion of the town would be followed by the forcible removal of Bedouins from unrecognized villages, particularly from Wadi al-Naam.
Yaron Kelner, spokesperson for ACRI, confirmed to Ma’an on Wednesday that residents of Wadi al-Naam have continued to refuse the relocation deal.
Meanwhile, Israeli bulldozers also demolished a mobile home in the unrecognized village of al-Zarnouq in the Negev. However, no other details were provided about the demolition.
The Israeli government has plans to evacuate thousands of residents from al-Zarnouq to the recognized village of Rahat in order to build over the land for new housing for non-Bedouin Israeli citizens.
According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Israeli government approved in 2011 plans to transfer tens of thousands of Bedouins in unrecognized villages, including al-Zarnouq, into officially recognized settlements.
The ongoing attempts at transferring the Bedouins originated from the Prawer Report, a document outlining expulsion plans for the unrecognized Bedouin community. It was officially adopted by the Israeli government in 2013.
According to Israeli human rights group Adalah, the plan would “result in the destruction of 35 ‘unrecognized’ Arab Bedouin villages, the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, and the dispossession of their historical lands in the Negev.”
In another incident in the Negev on Wednesday, the Yoav unit of the Israeli police surrounded the village of Umm al-Hiran. According to locals, residents have expressed fear that their presence could signal another demolition, the last of which erupted into deadly violence when Israeli police raided the village prior to demolishing homes. A local Bedouin teacher and an Israeli police officer were killed at the time.
Meanwhile, the Bedouin village of al-Araqib was demolished for the 109th time on Wednesday.
Bedouin communities in the Negev have been the target of a heightened demolition campaign in recent weeks, following Israeli leaders publicly expressing their commitment to demolish Palestinian structures lacking difficult to obtain Israeli-issued building permits across Israel and occupied East Jerusalem in response to the Israeli-court sanctioned evacuation of the illegal Amona settler outpost.
In December, Netanyahu released a video to address settlers of the Amona outpost, assuring them that he would commit to “enforcing laws” on “illegal construction” in Israel, referring primarily to Palestinian communities that are often forced to build without Israeli-issued building permits, due to what rights groups have attributed to discriminatory zoning policies in Israel which have excluded many Palestinian-Israeli communities from being included in the regional and municipal development plans.
According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), more than half of the approximately 160,000 Negev Bedouins reside in unrecognized villages.
Rights groups have claimed that the demolitions in Bedouin villages is a central Israeli policy aimed at removing the indigenous Palestinian population from the Negev and transferring them to government-zoned townships to make room for the expansion of Jewish Israeli communities.
(Source / 08.02.2017)

11 Palestinian lawmakers still in Israeli jails

11 palestinian lawmaker in israeli jail

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs said there were still 11 Palestinian lawmakers in Israeli jails after the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) released on Friday MP Mohamed al-Tal.

In a statement on Saturday, the commission said the IOA released MP Tal after he spent seven months in Ofer jail, pointing out that Tal underwent surgery a few weeks ago after he suffered a health problem.

Among the detained lawmakers in Israeli jails, according to the commission, are Marwan al-Barghouthi, member of Fatah’s central committee, Ahmed Saadat, secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Mohamed Mutair, a senior Hamas official.

Israel arrested about 70 Palestinian lawmakers and administratively jailed most of them with no indictment or trial since 2002.

(Source / 14.10.2017)