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    Israel to demolish European-funded homes in occupied Jerusalem

    July 18, 2017



    The Israeli occupation authorities have ordered the demolition of six Palestinian residential buildings funded by European parties in Jabal Al-Baba bedouin community in the east of the occupied Jerusalem.

    The spokesman of the Bedouin community, Atallah Muzar’a, told Quds Press today that the Israeli civil administration crews, accompanied by military troops, stormed the area yesterday and handed six administrative demolition orders to a number of Palestinian families in the neighbourhood.

    The orders, he added, are part of an Israeli ethnic cleansing scheme – E1 project – that has been carried out in favour of the Ma’aleh Adumim illegal settlement outpost.

    The E1 project targets some 12,000 dunums of Palestinian land in the West Bank and Jerusalem. It is one of the Jewish settlement projects that aim to separate the Palestinian communities from the occupied West Bank.

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20...ied-jerusalem/

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    Female Palestinian prisoner strip searched and photographed by male Israel soldiers

    7.13.17

    A Palestinian woman was strip searched by male Israeli soldiers who took pictures of her undressed on their mobile phones, Amnesty International has said.

    Khitam Sa’afeen said: “The Israeli army raided my house at 2:30am on 2nd July then took me to my room and searched me.

    “On our way to Ofer prison, they took photos of me with their own cameras and mobile phones.

    “One of the soldiers said that he will post my photos on Facebook.”

    Sa’afeen added that when she arrived at Ofer prison, she was put in a cage and searched while handcuffed and naked.

    Amnesty International condemned the treatment and has demanded an investigation into the violations.

    The rights group said that they were following up on the latest developments in the cases of senior figures in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Sa’afeen and Khalida Jarrar.

    The two women were arrested and detained last week after they were taken from their family homes in occupied Ramallah before being placed in Israeli detention centres.

    http://5pillarsuk.com/2017/07/13/fem...rael-soldiers/

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    this is a common thing. They force Palestinian Christian and Muslim women and girls to strip down at check points. These terrorists also arrest Palestinian women and strip them down to take their pictures and then use those as blackmail to force them to spy on their families.

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    What’s Happening at Al Aqsa Mosque?

    Worldwide protests have taken place following Israel’s decision to install metal detectors and security cameras at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound. Here’s a summary of what has happened in the last week:

    Friday 14th July 2017
    • An incident leaves 3 Palestinians and 2 Israeli policemen dead.
    • Israel closes Al Aqsa Mosque.
    • Friday prayers are cancelled for the first time in 48 years.

    Saturday 15th July 2017
    • Al Aqsa Mosque remains closed.

    Sunday 16th July 2017
    • The mosque is re-opened. However, Israeli forces install metal detectors and security cameras around the mosque’s compound despite having no authority over the site under international law.
    • Palestinians refuse to enter the Al Aqsa compound protesting against the new restrictions. They believe that if they comply, it will be accepting Israel’s authority.




    Monday 17th July 2017
    • The security barriers remain and Palestinians continue to protest by praying outside the Al Aqsa compound

    Tuesday 18th July 2017
    • An Imam of Al Aqsa, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri is shot by Israeli forces as they attempt to forcefully disperse worshippers.

    Wednesday 19th July 2017
    • The security barriers remain and Palestinians continue to protest by praying outside the Al Aqsa compound.




    Thursday 20th July 2017
    • Talks between the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis collapse. The PA’s chief negotiator Hatem Abdel-Kader tells Middle East Eye: “The metal detectors serve no security purpose whatsoever. Rather, their erection is a political play to pressure Palestinians into relinquishing control of Al-Aqsa.”

    Friday 21st July 2017
    • Worldwide protests take place against the measures imposed by Israel. 18-year-old Mohammad Sharaf is killed by a settler during protests in East Jerusalem.


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    Masjid Al Aqsa: Palestinians will never surrender to Israeli occupation

    19th July 2017

    Veteran Arab journalist Abdel Bari Awtan says the Palestinian people will keep reaffirming that they will never submit to the Israeli occupation whatever the odds.

    The three young men from the Jabareen family of Umm al-Fahem who carried out last Friday’s attack in Jerusalem sent a wake-up call to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its president Mahmoud Abbas. He hastened to telephone Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to express his condemnation and his condolences for the two Israeli policemen who were killed.

    It also served as a reminder to a billion and a half Muslims worldwide that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, their original qibla, is still under occupation, and that the steadfast people who live around it are giving their lives to resist and to defend it.

    We doubt that President Abbas will also call the Jabareen family which gave birth to the three young men and raised them to love Palestine and defend its holy places against the systematic campaign to Judaise them. Nor will he offer them condolences as he does whenever a member of the Israeli army is killed. The job of the PA and its security forces is to protect Israeli settlers, not Palestinian lives.

    The attack at the Al-Aqsa courtyard will doubtless trouble the Israeli occupation and the PA alike, due to its scale, the daring shown by the attackers, and their use of firearms to carry it out and kill the two Israeli policemen. It shows that young Palestinians intent on resisting the occupation are developing their methods and no longer relying on individual knife attacks – not least because Israeli troops now routinely shoot and kill them in cold blood regardless of whether there is a stabbing attempt, but merely on suspicion of intent.

    Countless young men and women have been killed because they were suspected of possibly carrying a knife, including one who was shown being shot in the head by an Israeli soldier while he lay bleeding as an Israeli ambulance crew looked on.

    No surrender

    The Israeli authorities assumed the Palestinian people had surrendered to the occupation because the PA had surrendered, and because Hamas did a deal with the Dahlan wing of Fatah in a desperate bid to get the blockade of the Gaza Strip eased and enable its two million inhabitants to survive. It believed they had submitted to “moderation” and abandoned any further thought of resistance because Arab and Islamic support had collapsed as a result of the wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen in particular, and because some Arab regimes now see Israel as a friend and ally who can be relied on to defend them against the “Iranian ogre.”

    But the Palestinian people will not surrender to Israeli occupation nor submit to its injustice and racism. They will exercise their right to resist by all means available. The fact that the attackers came from Umm al-Fahem, which was occupied in1948 and is better off economically than the West Bank, is a clear indication in this regard. It reaffirms the unity of the Palestinian people and their commitment to their legitimate rights to liberation, independence, justice and equality, wherever they are located within their homeland or in exile.

    The Israeli authorities chose war, and have been blinded by the arrogance of power to their injustice, aggression and oppression against a people who held out an olive branch, and whose leaders gave up 80% of historic Palestine in the hope of achieving peace and co-existence. This choice will surely prove to be Israel’s eventual undoing.

    Injustice and the unjust are short-lived by nature, and the surrounding Arab world’s current state of collapse is exceptional and will not last long. Oppressive rulers will fail to suppress their citizens’ genuine patriotic feelings of support for the Palestinian people against the occupation. Israel will never be transformed from enemy to friend, however much they muzzle and intimidate their people, and however hard their media empires and “electronic army” trolls try.

    Last Friday’s attack in Jerusalem serves notice that the Palestinian people will not submit to the occupation, nor to its facilitators or those seeking to woo its friendship. The Israelis will one day have to recognise their rights and subscribe to international laws, resolutions and initiatives that can bring peace.

    http://5pillarsuk.com/2017/07/19/mas...li-occupation/




    Israeli police shoot imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque after prayer

    July 19, 2017

    The spiritual leader of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, was injured Tuesday by a plastic bullet after praying outside the gates of the site, according to Palestinian medical personnel.

    The imam had just finished leading the night prayer when Israeli police attempted to disperse worshippers by force, leaving many injured, some seriously, Palestinian Red Crescent said.

    Sabri was taken to the Al Maqassid Hospital in eastern Jerusalem and his condition has not been disclosed.

    The shooting occurred just hours after Rafaat al-Herbawi, 30, was killed during protests at the mosque as tensions rise across the illegally occupied West Bank after Israel installed metal detectors at the entrance to Al-Aqsa following a shootout on Friday left five people dead.

    More than 300 Palestinians have been killed in alleged attacks on Israelis or in clashes with Israeli forces since October 2015, according to Palestinian figures.

    Israeli authorities say nearly 50 Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians during the same period.

    Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

    https://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2...e-after-prayer




    Israeli police ban Muslim men aged under 50 from Friday prayers in Jerusalem

    Islamic leaders call for mass protests in response to the new security measures

    7.21.17

    Israeli police have banned Muslim men under the age of 50 from al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

    The ban comes ahead of feared mass protests over the installation of metal detectors aimed at increasing security at the site.

    Muslim leaders have called for mass protests at Friday’s noon prayers.

    The shrine is revered by both Muslims and Jews.

    Muslim leaders say Israel is trying to expand its control there by installing the security devices.

    Gates were fitted with metal detectors after Palestinian gunmen launched an attack from there last week, killing two Israeli policemen.

    Muslim leaders have called on worshippers to pray in the streets near the shrine rather than walk through metal detectors.

    Over the course of the week, growing numbers of Palestinian worshippers have participated in street prayers, particularly in the evenings.

    Following the prayers, small numbers of Palestinian protesters have clashed with police.

    On Thursday evening, police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters who, according to police, threw rocks and bottles.

    Paramedics from the Red Crescent said 37 people were injured by rubber bullets, three of them seriously.

    Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Friday that reinforcements were being deployed in and around Jerusalem's Old City, where the walled shrine is located.

    "Police and border police units mobilised in all areas and neighbourhoods,” he said.

    Friday is the highlight of the Muslim religious week, and tens of thousands of worshippers typically perform prayers at the shrine, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a7852156.html




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    Netanyahu’s Message to the World: Accept Israel as It Is, Occupier and Settler

    On his Europe trip, the prime minister criticized the Trump administration amid its weakness in Congress. Now he hopes Israel's corruption investigators will be deterred by his tough talk

    Aluf Benn Jul 22, 2017

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s "Budapest speech," in which he urged Europe to stop supporting the Palestinians, was the clearest expression yet of his worldview. He arrived as an international rock star and crony of U.S. President Donald Trump; the leaders of Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic flew in to meet him alongside his Hungarian host.


    In a semi-closed forum, Netanyahu dispensed with the restraints and niceties that characterize his official speeches, abandoned political correctness and let loose. At least in the section broadcast to journalists (apparently by mistake), he didn’t speak about “peace” or the “two-state solution,” but about Israel’s growing power to help form alliances with other countries, a message repeated in all his speeches of the last year.


    In Paris en route to Budapest, Netanyahu surprisingly harshly criticized the Trump administration. He accused his friend in the White House of endangering Israel’s security interests via the Russian-American cease-fire deal in southern Syria. Netanyahu often spoke that way about Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, and his nuclear deal with Iran, but is that any way to speak about his friend Trump?


    After eight years of spats with Obama, one would have expected Netanyahu and Trump to resolve their differences quietly and not reveal the cracks in their relationship. But Netanyahu had no qualms: On top of criticizing Trump’s Syria deal, he also publicly scorned the president’s peace initiative.

    What happened? Netanyahu apparently feels Trump is weak and isolated, is having trouble functioning and, most importantly, has no control over Congress, Netanyahu’s bastion of support.

    Netanyahu assumes the Republican majority in both houses of Congress will thwart any attempt by Trump to impose “the ultimate deal” with the Palestinians on Israel. A few more empty talks with U.S. envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, a few more videos of Palestinian incitement, and Trump’s initiative will join those of his predecessors on the scrap heap.

    The basis for Netanyahu’s diplomatic activism is his assessment that America is growing weaker and gradually withdrawing from the Middle East. The visit to Haifa Port by the aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush, the first such visit since the beginning of the second intifada, doesn’t change the overall trend.

    Oil is cheaper, and America no longer depends on the Middle East for its supply. Public opinion is isolationist, opposed to wars far from home. America’s internal rifts are deep and getting wider, and Netanyahu has taken the conservative side without even a pretense of bipartisanism. Perhaps bipartisan support is no longer even possible when Americans are so divided over everything. It’s better to have the Republicans’ support, since their control of Congress seems unassailable.

    Netanyahu sees the Christian community as Israel’s most important bastion of support in America, alongside Orthodox Jews. His recent decisions against the Reform and Conservative movements – canceling the Western Wall deal and advancing the conversion bill – reflect a strategic disengagement from liberal American Jews.

    This wasn’t a caprice caused by momentary pressure from Israel’s ultra-Orthodox parties, but a calculated decision that won almost wall-to-wall support in the cabinet. Netanyahu’s circle sees liberal Jewry as a transient phenomenon that will disappear on its own in another generation due to intermarriage and lack of interest in Jewish tradition or Israel.

    Beat them to the punch

    For years, liberal Jews have threatened to break with Israel if it continues discriminating against their denominations, and some have also vocally opposed the unending occupation of the territories. They didn’t expect a right-wing Israeli government to break with them first.

    This is Netanyahu’s message: Anyone who wants to support Israel must accept it as it is, with the occupation and the settlements. Anyone who accepts Israel only in the pre-1967 lines, like the European Union, is “crazy” and not wanted here. Reform Jews can keep praying at Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue and see the Western Wall in pictures.

    Liberal Europe, devoted to human rights and moral preaching, is sinking under the weight of waves of Middle Eastern refugees. Netanyahu doesn’t need it; he believes he has found alternatives in Russia, China and Narendra Modi’s India, and less openly, in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Those countries admire only power, not justice.

    The main thing is for Germany to keep giving Israel the submarines that lend force to Netanyahu’s intensifying threats against Iran. And Germany’s support can always be bolstered with more Holocaust memorial ceremonies, as Netanyahu did this week in France and Hungary.


    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1...D0DB956E7AC629

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    Has Gaza Become The New Nazi Concentration Camp Of Our Time?









    1.4 million people living on a strip of land called the Gaza Strip surrounded from all sides by an overwhelming and punitive occupying force.


    video: Jewish Voices for Peace



    Israel's stranglehold on the territory and the resources increases every single day. Gaza is effectively the world’s largest prison, A Middle Eastern Bantustan controlled by a new Apartheid State, Israel.



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    Till July 2015, the number of homes destroyed had reached more than 12,000 with 100,000 damaged. Tens of thousands of people were left homeless and more than 500 children were among the 2,100 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians killed.



    Reuters


    The Western media presents the Israeli narrative. There only a few dissenting voices in the international media.
    Channel 4 Jon Snow Report




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    Speaking of media, even reporters and journalists do not escape the wrath of the Israeli forces:



    Reuters


    Haunting images of bombed out civilian buildings; burnt bodies of babies too gruesome to post on this forum appear via twitter and FB every single day.



    Reuters



    Reuters


    The Israeli Defense Forces fury is not only limited to the imprisoned Gazans but also to outside media representatives that attempt to cover the crisis:



    Credit: endtheoccupation.org


    On a different front an ever belligerent Israeli Government appears unmoved and vast swaths of the population appear to endorse their stance.


    On a recent Facebook post Israeli lawmaker, Ayelet Shaked, issued a call for a total genocide of the Palestinians. The post declares “the entire Palestinian people is the enemy” and justifies its destruction, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.” It further calls for the eradication of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”



    via Wikipedia


    Her post was shared more than one thousand times and received almost five thousand “Likes.”




    via Facebook



    via Facebook


    There are also disturbing images of people enjoying the bombing campaign from a hill side overlooking Gaza.



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    Via FB – Credit Carlos Latuff



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    Another example of life in a prison; Jewish Settlers walk in and take over a home in Palestine.


    There is mounting evidence to suggest that Israel and IDF intend to take their marketing campaign to the social media by paying students to right pro-Israeli stories.


    They continue to assert that the carnage in Gaza is a result of self-defense against Hamas rockets and incursions. For the large part Hamas rockets fall on empty fields and away from main centers of populations whereas Israel continues to bomb thickly populated city centers in Gaza with impunity.


    They are also getting armed and ready for a ground offensive that will follow the devastating air strikes. We have seen this cycle get repeated every few years.

    Meanwhile the largest prison in the world today presents an eerily similar picture to a Warsaw ghetto from World War II. Ironically the custodians of this barbaric prison seemed to have learnt little from the holocaust inflicted on their ancestors by Hitler decades ago.


    The sorrowful cry of “never again” referring to the holocaust rings hollow today as the powerful occupying force of Israel carries out Apartheid practices similar to the Nazi persecutors of yesteryears. By all accounts the victim has transformed into the wolf.


    http://www.carbonated.tv/news/has-ga...p-of-our-times

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    Israeli Shooting Range Offers Tourists Chance to Shoot Down Targets Designed to Look Like Palestinians

    7.17.17


    The two-hour sessions include a simulated suicide bomber and a live attack dog situation

    A shooting range in Israel has come under fire for offering tourists the chance to pretend they’re security services shutting down terror attacks – using targets mocked up to look like Palestinians.

    Caliber 3, which is based in the West Bank and run by a former member of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), calls itself “the premier academy for counter terror and security”. It offers six programs for tourists, including desert “Survival Training”, krav magna martial arts, and “Combat Rappelling” using paintball guns.

    Its “Ultimate Shooting Adventure” has raised eyebrows for its use of real guns and simulated terror attacks – with targets dressed up in Palestinian keffiyehs.

    Photos on the company’s Facebook page show photos of men wearing keffiyehs for target practice, and the “terrorists” in live combat situations also wearing the traditional Palestinian scarves.

    But a spokesperson told The Independent that this was only because the targets are made to look as real as possible, replicating generic street scenes.

    "This is not strange at all," said Yoav Fleishman, Foreign Relations Manager. "We have a very diverse set of target posters, and many times the population who train are used to that kind of population on the ground. We want to simulate a (regular) street which means the people who walk around the street are the people you see on the target posters.

    "We have many kinds of posters. Some of them are Arabs because that's the kind of population we have here. You can focus on that and say that is what we do but that would be an oversimplification, reading the situation inappropriately.

    "We try to keep it as (realistic) as possible."


    Tourists use real guns and ammunition for the two-hour session, Haaretz reported. Its “live counter-terror demonstration” includes a simulated suicide bombing, knife attack, “sniper tournament” using real assault and sniper rifles, and a demonstration of forces taking down a suspect with attack dogs.

    The sessions cost $115 (£88), with a $30 discount for children. Children are not allowed to use guns - since the minimum age to use weapons in Israel is 18.

    Caliber 3’s website describes the Ultimate Shooting Adventure as its “legendary introduction program” and says it’s suitable for “tourists of any age who would like to get a taste of Israeli methods of shooting and combat”.

    “Learn from the experts about weapons handling, counter terrorism tactics and the values that guide the Israel Defense Forces,” it adds.

    There are six similar facilities across Israel
    , according to Middle East Monitor.

    Caliber 3 opened in 2003, originally to run counter-terrorism courses for professionals. Founder Sharon Gat is a former IDF colonel. Between 22,000 and 25,000 foreigners visit each year, Fleishman told The Independent.

    Most are from the US, Gat told Haaretz, but numbers are increasing from China, Russia, Italy, France and South America. The company is running a week-long US-based program in Pennsylvania next month. They will also run another in San Diego.

    Although authorities initially banned him from offering the courses to foreign tourists, Gat told Haaretz that the Israeli government now “understands the importance of what we do… People who do our programs… become ambassadors for the State of Israel.”

    He said that the thought came to him after thinking about the horrors of the Holocaust. "I said to myself that I am going to open this place to the public to show what a long way the Jewish people have come in 75 years,” he said.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/...-a7844866.html




    Anti-Terrorism Fantasy Camps Become Tourist Attraction In Israel

    July 6, 2017

    These part-propaganda, part-morbid fantasy “terror camps” provide tourists a chance to play the role of IDF soldiers in dramatic situations.



    Holidays are all about having fun, exploring new places and relaxing in the sun. However, the latest tourist attraction in Israel seems to be the complete opposite of that.

    Apparently, half a dozen of fantasy terror camps have popped up throughout Israel and the West Bank, offering tourists from across the globe a chance to pretend-kill terrorists, who look suspiciously like Palestinian Arabs, only for $115 per person.

    These facilities allow visitors to train like IDF soldiers and act in a variety of stimulated situations — including an explosion at a Jerusalem marketplace, a stabbing attack, a sniper tournament and a live demonstration with attack dogs.

    The two-hour “training camp,” which is frankly part-propaganda and part-morbid amusement, provides travelers “a taste of the Israeli military experience,”
    according to Haaretz.

    Caliber 3 in the Israeli settlement bloc of Gush Etzion in the West Bank is reportedly the most popular of all these “anti-terror” camps. IDF Colonel Sharon Gat established the facility, which later inspired several others across the country, back in 2003. He said approximately 15,000 to 25,000 tourists visit Caliber 3 each year and the majority of the visitors are American Jews.

    However, in recent years, these military stimulation sites, which do nothing but promote the anti-Palestinian sentiment, have also gained massive popularity among travelers from Brazil, Argentina, France, Italy, Russia and China — even those who are on work-related trips and religious pilgrimages.

    It is also important to note the tourists use actual guns and have former soldiers and retired officials to guide them.

    Apart from entertaining tourists, sites like Caliber 3 also provide training to security personnel and sell hard-core military equipment — along with T-shirts and other merchandise.

    Moreover, Gat’s facility also runs a summer camp for teenage boys. The three-month camp includes training and lessons on Zionism and survival skills, according to RT.


    http://www.carbonated.tv/news/anti-t...raction-israel

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    Israeli Rabbi Asks West Bank Settlers to Poison Palestinian Water


    Inspired by such incitement, Jewish settlers killed several Palestinians in West Bank


    Days of Palestine, West Bank -Israeli Jewish Rabbi Shlomo Mlma asked on Sunday Israeli Jewish settlers to poison Palestinian water resources in order to kill them.

    Jun 20, 2016


    Mlma, the chairman of the Council of Rabbis in the West Bank settlements, asked the settlers to do so in order to cleanse the Palestinians from the West Bank cities and villages.


    According to Israeli anti-occupation organisation “Breaking the Silence,” the rabbi wanted the Israeli Jewish settlers to push the Palestinians to leave their villages and pave the way for settlers to take over their lands.


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


    International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and considers all Jewish settlement building on the land to be illegal.


    About 800,000 Jewish settlers currently live on more than 100 Jewish-only settlements built since Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.


    Inspired by such incitement, Israeli Jewish settlers several times killed Palestinians and destroyed their properties in the occupied West Bank.

    http://www.daysofpalestine.com/news/...stinian-water/

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    Torture in Israeli prisons: 200 methods used against Palestinian prisoners


    October 29, 2014

    Hundreds of torture methods used against Palestinian prisoners during interrogations conducted in Israeli prisoners have been observed by human rights organisations and prisoners’ rights associations.

    A report by the United Nations lists around 200 methods of torture. The Israeli rights group B’Tselem listed around 105 torture methods. Regardless of the number, all these reports indicate a grave level of violations perpetrated against Palestinians following their arrest.

    Fouad Khuffash, director of the Ahrar Centre for Prisoners’ Studies and Human Rights, suggests that torture can be divided into two categories; physical and psychological. Some believe that psychological torture is less harmful than physical torture, but the mental scars left by both can leave prisoners traumatised long after their release.

    Khuffash adds: “Torture in Israeli prisons is systematic and starts from the moment a prisoner is arrested, not from the moment they begin interrogation. This is a premeditated and staged scenario that changes according to the case of the detainee and the nature of their file. Investigators alternate and play various roles assigned in advance to each investigator.”

    Fahd Abu Al-Hajj, director of the Abu Jihad Centre for Prisoner Affairs at the University of Jerusalem, noted that there are 73 methods of interrogation considered to be the “most popular” in Israeli jails. These methods demonstrate the barbarism of the occupation and its lack of respect for basic standards of human rights, he stated.

    He added: “Nothing evidences this more than the repeated death of prisoners under interrogation, the most recent of which was the death of the prisoner Raed Al-Jabari.”

    Al-Hajj believes that the use of torture is systematic, adopted by the Israeli intelligence services and that no prisoner detained in any Israeli prison is spared.

    He also explained that these methods range between severe beatings, putting prisoners under cold water followed by hot water, cuffing or restraining them with their arms behind them and then tying them to a door or window for long periods of time, often lasting hours. Prisoners are also made to sit on chairs and beaten with sticks until they lose consciousness. These beatings may target sensitive areas of their bodies which have the potential to leave long-term negative effects, sometimes leading to chronic diseases.
    Forms of torture

    Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem acknowledged in its report that 105 torture methods are used against Palestinian detainees which are considered serious violations of human rights. A UN human rights committee described the torture in Israeli prisons as “crossing the line”, noting that Israel’s brutal methods of torture included breaking backs, pulling fingers apart and twisting testicles.

    Israeli intelligence bases their torture of detainees on the so-called secret guidelines that were approved in 1987, after the outbreak of the first Intifada. These guidelines allow them to apply “moderate” physical and psychological pressure on prisoners. This gives a legal cover to the torture practiced by Israeli intelligence agents.

    In the last 10 years, interrogators have decreased their use of torture, moving away from physical torture and instead used harsh psychological methods that can leave enduring scars, while continuing to use direct physical torture of varying degrees.

    Mohammed Kilani, who has experienced many interrogations, noted that his solitary confinement which exceeded two months during which he was forced to remain chained to a chair, was the harshest method of torture he has suffered.

    He also added that throughout the entire prison system across the globe, there exists no torture method that has not been thought of or used by the Israeli authorities at some point.

    According to statistics, around 72 prisoners were killed as a result of torture in Israeli prisons since 1967, out of a total number of over 200 prisoners who died behind bars.

    The first prisoner to die as a result of being tortured was Yousef Al-Jabali who died on January 4 1968 in a Nablus prison. Many prisoners have since followed him, such as Qassem Abu Akar, Ibrahim Al-Rai, Abdul Samad Harizat, Attia Za’anin, Mustafa Akkawi, and others, including the most recent, Raed Al-Jabari.

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20...ian-prisoners/


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    Palestinian children tortured, used as shields by Israel: U.N.

    GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights body accused Israeli forces on Thursday of mistreating Palestinian children, including by torturing those in custody and using others as human shields.

    Palestinian children in the Gaza and the West Bank, captured by Israel in the 1967 war, are routinely denied registration of their birth and access to health care, decent schools and clean water, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.

    “Palestinian children arrested by (Israeli) military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew, a language they did not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released,” it said in a report.

    The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it had responded to a report by the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF in March on ill-treatment of Palestinian minors and questioned whether the U.N. committee’s investigation covered new ground.

    “If someone simply wants to magnify their political bias and political bashing of Israel not based on a new report, on work on the ground, but simply recycling old stuff, there is no importance in that,” spokesman Yigal Palmor said.

    The report by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child acknowledged Israel’s national security concerns and noted that children on both sides of the conflict continue to be killed and wounded, but that more casualties are Palestinian.

    Most Palestinian children arrested are accused of having thrown stones, an offence which can carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, the committee said. Israeli soldiers had testified to the often arbitrary nature of the arrests, it said.

    The watchdog’s 18 independent experts examined Israel’s record of compliance with a 1990 treaty as part of its regular review of a pact signed by all nations except Somalia and the United States. An Israeli delegation attended the session.

    The U.N. committee regretted Israel’s “persistent refusal” to respond to requests for information on children in the Palestinian territories and occupied Syrian Golan Heights since the last review in 2002.

    “DISPROPORTIONATE”

    “Hundreds of Palestinian children have been killed and thousands injured over the reporting period as a result of the state party military operations, especially in Gaza where the state party proceeded to (conduct) air and naval strikes on densely populated areas with a significant presence of children, thus disregarding the principles of proportionality and distinction,” the report said.

    Israel battled a Palestinian uprising during part of the 10-year period examined by the committee.

    It withdrew its troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2006, but still blockades the Hamas-run enclave, from where Palestinian militants have sometimes fired rockets into Israel.

    During the 10-year period, an estimated 7,000 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17, but some as young as nine, had been arrested, interrogated and detained, the U.N. report said.

    Many are brought in leg chains and shackles before military courts, while youths are held in solitary confinement, sometimes for months, the report said.

    It voiced deep concern at the “continuous use of Palestinian children as human shields and informants”, saying 14 such cases had been reported between January 2010 and March 2013 alone.

    Israeli soldiers had used Palestinian children to enter potentially dangerous buildings before them and to stand in front of military vehicles to deter stone-throwing, it said.

    “Almost all those using children as human shields and informants have remained unpunished and the soldiers convicted for having forced at gunpoint a nine-year-old child to search bags suspected of containing explosives only received a suspended sentence of three months and were demoted,” it said.

    Israel’s “illegal long-standing occupation” of Palestinian territory and the Syrian Golan Heights, continued expansion of “unlawful” Jewish settlements, construction of the Wall into the West Bank, land confiscation and destruction of homes and livelihoods “constitute severe and continuous violations of the rights of Palestinian children and their families”, it said.

    Israel disputes the international position that its settlements in the West Bank are illegal. It says the wall it built there during the uprising stopped Palestinian suicide bombers from reaching its cities.

    In March, Palmor, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, had said that officials from the ministry and the military had cooperated with UNICEF in its work on the report, with the goal of improving the treatment of Palestinian minors in custody.

    “Israel will study the conclusions and will work to implement them through ongoing cooperation with UNICEF, whose work we value and respect,” he said, in response to the UNICEF report.

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    Israeli forces kidnapped 880 Palestinians in July




    Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 880 Palestinians occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and besieged Gaza Strip in July, a statement said on Wednesday.


    The statement was issued by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.


    Among the kidnapped were 144 children and 18 women, the report pointed out, adding that the majority of the kidnappings took place in East Jerusalem the occupied West Bank.


    July’s kidnappings brought the total number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails to 6,400, including 52 women, 10 teenage girls and 300 children, according to the report.


    Among the prisoners are 12 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), one of whom has been classified by Israel as an “illegal fighter.”


    Meanwhile, approximately 450 prisoners are being held without trial or charge under Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention.


    Israeli occupation authorities issued 97 administrative detention orders in July, 20 of which were first-time sentences, while the other Palestinians saw their existing administrative detentions renewed.


    Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a biweekly average of 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course of 2016, according to UN documentation.


    http://www.daysofpalestine.com/news/...stinians-july/

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    Egyptian authorities prevent Algerian aid convoy from reaching Gaza

    A Palestinian NGO has confirmed that Egyptian authorities stopped an Algerian aid convoy from entering Gaza at the Rafah Crossing last Friday.

    The NGO said: “The Egyptian decision to prevent the entry of the Algerian humanitarian convoy to Gaza is sad and unfortunate and does not reflect the positive spirit that recently dominated relations.”

    According to a number of Palestinian sources, the Algerian aid convoy was not allowed entry despite possessing all the necessary documents.

    The Palestinian NGO said that the humanitarian convoy was carrying electric generators, medical disposals, medicine and other vital equipment needed for Gaza’s hospitals.

    Sheikh Yahya Sari who is the head of the relief department of the Algerian Scholar’s Association (ASA) announced the launch of the convoy last Tuesday.

    He stated that it included 14 truckloads of aid and five members from the ASA’s relief department.

    Shaykh Sari added that they possessed all the necessary documents and an agreement from the Egyptian authorities to deliver the aid to the Gaza Strip.

    The Egyptian army opened the Rafah crossing from Monday to Thursday on both sides for patients and pilgrims seeking treatment abroad.

    The Rafah Crossing is the main Gaza opening to the world but has been completely closed since July 2013.

    On a few occasions, the crossing was opened for a few days to allow hundreds of stranded Gazans to travel in and out.

    Prior to last week’s opening, the crossing last opened in March.

    http://5pillarsuk.com/2017/08/22/egy...reaching-gaza/

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    Israeli rabbi asks settlers to poison Palestinian water

    Israeli Jewish Rabbi Shlomo Mlma asked Israeli Jewish settlers to poison Palestinian water resources in order to kill them.

    Mlma, the chairman of the Council of Rabbis in the West Bank settlements, asked the settlers to do so in order to cleans the Palestinians from the West Bank cities and villages.

    According to Israeli anti-occupation organisation “Breaking the Silence,” the rabbi wanted the Israeli Jewish settlers to push the Palestinians to leave their villages and pave the way for settlers to take over their lands.


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


    International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and considers all Jewish settlement building on the land to be illegal.


    About 800,000 Jewish settlers currently live on more than 100 Jewish-only settlements built since Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.

    Inspired by such incitement, Israeli Jewish settlers several times killed Palestinians and destroyed their properties in the occupied West Bank.

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

    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.

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    Settlers threaten to sexually assault Palestinian woman

    Settlers used a loudspeaker to hurl insults at Palestinians

    Israeli rights group B’Tselem released a video today showing a group of settlers from Israel’s illegal Kiryat Arba settlement in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron hurling abuse through a loudspeaker at Palestinians in the area.

    In the presence of Israeli soldiers and police, settlers used a loudspeaker to hurl insults at Palestinians in the Al-Hariqah neighbourhood on Thursday, insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), whom they called a dog.

    According to B’Tselem’s statement, once the settlers noticed a Palestinian woman – a local volunteer for the group – filming them, their scathing language was directed at her and they began to threaten her with sexual violence. B’Tselem noted that the incident continued for hours.

    Despite the disturbing threats, Israeli forces did not intervene. Occupation forces have been known to standby idly as Palestinians are abused by Israeli settlers.

    The unidentified volunteer provided testimony to B’Tselem, in which she said that the Israeli settlers were having a party on a hilltop nearby and turned their music up when the Muslim call to prayer was sounded from the mosque. This is when they began insulting Islam.

    When she started filming “the settlers began to use foul language and call out obscenities concerning me, Islam, and especially the Prophet Muhammad,” adding that it was not the first time that she has documented Israeli settlers insulting Islam in the presence of Israeli forces.

    She told B’Tselem that as a Muslim, she was “extremely offended by the insults” against the Prophet Muhammad. “As a woman, I felt terrible hearing the foul language directed personally at me for filming them,” she said.

    Over recent weeks, there have been routine reports of Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians and their homes in the Hebron district, particularly in the Old City.

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20...stinian-woman/

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    Hold '200 enemy hostage' for every kidnapped Israeli soldiers, says former negotiator

    A former Tel Aviv negotiator has called for "200 enemy" to be held ransom every time an Israeli soldier is captured by militant groups, according to alleged recordings broadcast on army radio.

    Lior Lotan resigned last week as a coordinator tasked with bringing Israeli soldiers held by Palestinian and Lebanese groups back to the country.

    In the recording, he bemoaned the country's alleged lack of toughness in negotiations and hinted that Israel should take illegal steps to increase their bargaining power with groups such as Hamas and Hizballah.

    "Israel should fill its wallet," Lotan is heard saying in the recording broadcast on Israeli army radio on Monday.

    "If it's two [Israeli soldiers], then it should be two to 400 [enemy], if three, then 600. That doesn't mean the problems will be solved, but the formula will be different."

    The comments echo widely held beliefs in the military that captive Palestinians should be used as bargaining chips to bring home the bodies of Israeli servicemen and women, Haaretz reported on Monday.

    Israel regularly negotiates with Hamas and Hizballah on exchanging prisoners and bodies.

    Hamas is also said to be holding two Israeli civilians captive after they crossed the border into Gaza in two seperate incidents.

    Tel Aviv is believed to have offered to exchange the men for a number of Palestinians are being held in Israel after crossing the border from Gaza, an offer Hamas rejected.

    The Palestinian movement is in possession of the bodies of at least two Israeli soldiers killed in battle in Gaza, which could potentially be used in future negotations.

    Israel holds bodies of Hamas militants and is believed to have buried the fighters on Israeli soil in deals.

    Officially, Israel denies "trading" dead bodies, but Lotan appears to have admitted to the practice in the recording.

    "After every conflict between fighting forces, the sides exchange prisoners and bodies. That is the norm. Israel and Hizballah did it too before the Second Lebanon War an afterwards too."

    In 2011, Israel traded over 1,027 Palestinian prisoners for the release of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held in Gaza for five years.

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    UNCTAD Report: 50 Year Occupation Destroyed Palestinian Economy

    A scathing report from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development describes how 50 years of Israeli occupation has prevented economic development in Palestine, and highlights the destructive impact of Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank

    SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, published a new report this week on the economic effects of 50 years of Israel occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The report explains how Israeli occupation prevented economic development in the occupied Palestinian territory, and specifically how illegal Israeli colonies in the West Bank affected the Palestinian economy. Alaa Tartir is the program director of Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. He joins us today from Ramallah. Thanks for joining us, Alaa.

    ALAA TARTIR: Thank you very much for having me.

    SHARMINI PERIES: Alaa, UNCTAD has a history of producing well-documented, reliable information and economic data on the Palestinian economy. This report is no different. What’s your take on it?

    ALAA TARTIR: Indeed, the UNCTAD has produced so many reports over the last years, and this is a particularly important and interesting report because it's coming at the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In this report, then, UNCTAD is not shying away from expressing things as they are, a military occupation that caused economic losses that caused destructive impact on the Palestinian economy. Therefore, the UNCTAD reports spell out these consequences and impact very, very clearly, and in a very evidence-based way that shows exact consequences of 50 years of occupation, what it's meant to the Palestinian economy, to the ability of the Palestinians to run their economy, and to the everyday life conditions, economic conditions, of the Palestinian people.

    The importance of this new UNCTAD report is that it really tells the truth as-is, the economic conditions as they are after 50 years of Israeli occupation.

    SHARMINI PERIES: Now, according to this report, between 600,000 and 750,000 people occupy these illegal Israeli colonies, nearly half of them live in illegally annexed East Jerusalem. Why are the colonies highlighted in the UNCTAD report? What makes them specially damaging to the Palestinian growth?

    ALAA TARTIR: They are especially damaging for the Palestinian growth because they are cutting any availability for the Palestinians to develop a viable economy, to have connected pieces of land to produce, to have sovereignty on, to be able to run their economy freely. Because of these illegal colonies and settlements, then the Palestinians are not able to connect. The Palestinians are not able to produce. The Palestinians are not able to farm the lands. With that high level of fragmentation, and with that explicit and vivid illustration of occupation, then the Palestinian economy is not able to be functioning well in favor of the Palestinian people. If you look at the economic conditions, they worsen with time as the settlements and the Israeli illegal colonies expanded. Nowadays the per capita GDP is like as it used to be in the mid-1990s, and after all these international aids which totaled more than $30 billion, we're still not able to see the Palestinians in better conditions, economically speaking here.

    The importance of the Israeli illegal colonies is very clear why it is coming to the economic ... Why it's affecting the economic conditions, and as the UNCTAD is part of the international system and the international structures, and there's an agreement out there that the two-state solution is the viable, and the only solution. Then this UNCTAD report shows clearly that there are so many question marks to be raised, and so many failures that have been realized over the last two decades, and the settlement is in the core of these issues.

    SHARMINI PERIES: All right. What's very interesting about this report is that it sort of aggregates data that has already been out there, that UNCTAD itself has used in the past and collected. However, this report also highlights some new trends. Could you give us what those are?

    ALAA TARTIR: The unique thing about this recent UNCTAD report is that it really uses the right language. It talks clearly about the occupation, about the consequences of the occupation that's been going on for the last 50 years, about the correlative costs, about the destructive impact of this occupation on the Palestinian economy, and why the Palestinian economy is not viable, why the Palestinian people are not in a better condition. It is clearly coming from a clear political assumption that what we're witnessing today, and all these losses that's been going on for the last 50 years is becoming precisely because of the continuation of the Israeli occupation. Having said that in a very clear language makes the case very clear that this occupation needs to be over and to finish this occupation in order to have an economy that is viable, that is able to take the Palestinian to the next level, and that they can enjoy the right in development and for development.

    This is precisely important and unique about this report, especially if we compare it with other reports, coming, for example, from the World Bank and IMF. World Bank and IMF are still stuck in the 20-years-old paradigm, neo-liberal one, that thinks about the occupation as mere restrictions. They think that the private sector will lead the economy. They don't tackle the political construct of the development problems of the destruction and the Palestinian economy. Here, where politics is brought back in to the equation, is what is really important about this UNCTAD report, and other previous UNCTAD reports as well.

    SHARMINI PERIES: All right. Alaa, Professor Sara Roy coined the term de-development, and used it to describe the results of Israeli policies towards the Gaza Strip. The report uses the term more broadly and applied to the West Bank as well. Explain this term, what it means in relevance to Palestine and the Gaza Strip, actually to the Gaza Strip in particular.

    ALAA TARTIR: The concept of de-development has been developed by Professor Sara Roy of Harvard, and de-development is a process, first of all. It's a process that's been going on for last decades, and basically it means the denial of the basic right to development. Palestinians don't have the right to enjoy development, and cannot practice that as a right that is granted to all human beings around the world. But also, it means that the basic pillars for meaningful development process are not there. Therefore it means that the transformative capacity of the Palestinian economy is not out there. It goes beyond underdevelopment. It's a process that goes so deep that the Palestinian economy cannot really be reversed in its condition to become a productive economy, to become a viable economy without tackling the political issues that create this process of de-development.

    SHARMINI PERIES: I remember in an interview we did with you back in June, you spoke about the high dependency of Palestinian economy on international aid, and you said that this aid doesn't really contribute to development and doesn't serve the interest of the Palestinians themselves. The UNCTAD report lists the falling levels of aid as one of the main reasons for the lack of growth. What’s your take on it now?

    ALAA TARTIR: Indeed, because the Palestinian economy being dependent on international aid, and therefore the whole GDP was witnessing growth because of that. You have more cashflows and money coming to the Palestinian economy and market, and being spent. That was an important element to keep the economy growing and running. But over the last one or two years, we're witnessing decreasing levels of aid, and this is why the Palestinian authority is in crisis, why the Palestinian civil society is also in crisis, and why the Palestinian economy is affected by the absence of this resource that's been present previously. It's an economy that was not able to compensate the lack, or the decreasing levels of aid by other avenues and other means of that coming from different streams from the economy. That financing gap was there, and it created further complications. This is why the economic hardships of Palestinians continue. This is why the Palestinian Authority is struggling at the fiscal level. This is something that's been easy to predict because of the high level of the economy ... Of the dependency on aid, and then when that resource is absent, then there is a problem.

    SHARMINI PERIES: Alaa, the UNCTAD officials won't be able to respond to this question because of the levels of power and authority within the United Nations system, however you could. The question is, whenever any agency within the United Nations come up with something really significant, provocative, that really challenges the dominant discourse of the Israeli state, they tend to squash it, put it aside, restate it, eliminate, black out parts of it and so forth. What do you think will happen in terms of this report? Is there a chance that the Israeli government will come down hard on the UN in relation to this report, and will they be successful?

    ALAA TARTIR
    : Most likely they will use it as another example how the UN is not being in favor of Israel, and not being supportive, or not being at least neutral according to the Israeli narrative. I think the Israelis will push back, but also the Israelis are used to the UNCTAD reports over the years, and they ... I guess they are predicting it. Most likely they will use it. They will push back, but it's in a report that's being sent to the liaison committee, as other reports by the IMF, by the World Bank, and other actives. This is something important to keep in mind, because Israel cared more about what the reality about what the World Bank and the IMF would have to say in this regards. But they will not let it go. They will push back. But the report is out there, and it's very important to look at that report if we want to understand what were the consequences of the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian economy, and the economic conditions of the Palestinians over the last half century.

    SHARMINI PERIES: All right. Alaa, I guess I cannot leave you without asking you also, in terms of the conditions in Palestine, how responsible is the Palestinian Authority to the lack of de-development in the territory?

    ALAA TARTIR: Well, the Palestinian Authority is part of the problem, because they contributed directly and indirectly to the process of de-development that we're going through. By accepting the conditions and paradigm and neo-liberal thinking that the World Bank and IMF and the main donor community imposed on the Palestinian authority, they didn't push back. By that, they became part of the problem and part of the de-development process. They didn't' take care of productive capacities of the Palestinian economy, of agriculture. They didn't challenge the destructive economic policies by Israel or by the major international institutions, like the World Bank and IMF.

    By being unable and uninterested in changing these dynamics, then they became part of the problem and an actor to blame. They are not the strongest actor in the equation, but if they are truly representative of Palestinian people and their aspirations, they would become very ... They would push back, they would present a clear economic agenda that put the Palestinian rights first, rather than the interest of other actors, including Israel. They failed with that test, and they've been failing for quite a long time, because we're not witnessing any shifts in the economic paradigm that the Palestinian authority is adopting, but rather an entrenchment of the old same things that just keep producing and reproducing the same problems, and therefore not able to go beyond the vicious circle and the economic conditions that keep worsening with the time.

    SHARMINI PERIES: Alaa, that was excellent analysis of the situation on the ground. I thank you so much for joining us today.

    ALAA TARTIR: Thank you very much for having me.

    SHARMINI PERIES: Thank you for joining us here on The Real News Network.


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    Egyptian authorities prevent Algerian aid convoy from reaching Gaza

    A Palestinian NGO has confirmed that Egyptian authorities stopped an Algerian aid convoy from entering Gaza at the Rafah Crossing last Friday.

    The NGO said: “The Egyptian decision to prevent the entry of the Algerian humanitarian convoy to Gaza is sad and unfortunate and does not reflect the positive spirit that recently dominated relations.”

    According to a number of Palestinian sources, the Algerian aid convoy was not allowed entry despite possessing all the necessary documents.

    The Palestinian NGO said that the humanitarian convoy was carrying electric generators, medical disposals, medicine and other vital equipment needed for Gaza’s hospitals.

    Sheikh Yahya Sari who is the head of the relief department of the Algerian Scholar’s Association (ASA) announced the launch of the convoy last Tuesday.

    He stated that it included 14 truckloads of aid and five members from the ASA’s relief department.

    Shaykh Sari added that they possessed all the necessary documents and an agreement from the Egyptian authorities to deliver the aid to the Gaza Strip.

    The Egyptian army opened the Rafah crossing from Monday to Thursday on both sides for patients and pilgrims seeking treatment abroad.

    The Rafah Crossing is the main Gaza opening to the world but has been completely closed since July 2013.

    On a few occasions, the crossing was opened for a few days to allow hundreds of stranded Gazans to travel in and out.

    Prior to last week’s opening, the crossing last opened in March.

    http://5pillarsuk.com/2017/08/22/egy...reaching-gaza/

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    New IDF Chief Rabbi Says Soldiers Can Rape Women To Boost Morale

    “Col. Karim’s ruling on permitting raping non-Jewish women is similar to the injunction of a murderous organization that’s not so far from Israel’s borders.”

    Karim, who was announced on Monday as the intended new IDF chief rabbi, has provoked controversy with previous misogynistic statements, such as opposing female conscription and implying that rape was permissible in times of war.

    According to Ynet News, Karim has been serving as the head of the Rabbinate Department in the Military Rabbinate. He is an alumnus of the Bnei Akiva Nachalim and the Ateret Cohanim yeshivas, and he served previously as a combat paratrooper, eventually commanding their elite reconnaissance unit, before taking a break from the military and eventually returning to its rabbinate.

    In 2012, Karim’s controversy started when the Hebrew religious website KIPA, asked him, in the light of certain biblical passages, if IDF soldiers were permitted to commit rape during wartime despite the general understanding that such an act is widely considered repugnant.

    His answer enraged many Israelis.

    “Although intercourse with a female gentile is very grave, it was permitted during wartime (under the conditions it stipulated) out of consideration for the soldiers’ difficulties,” he wrote. “And since our concern is the success of the collective in the war, the Torah permitted [soldiers] to satisfy the evil urge under the conditions it stipulated for the sake of the collective’s success.”

    In other words, soldiers can rape innocent women during times of war in order to keep their morale up.

    The head of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint Arab List), said, “Col. Karim’s ruling on permitting raping non-Jewish women is similar to the fatwa of a murderous organization that’s not so far from Israel’s borders. I will contact the attorney general and oppose the appointment, and I call on female and male members of Knesset to join my request.”

    The chairperson of Na’amat —Movement of Working Women & Volunteers, Galia Wolloch, said, “Anyone who thinks that rape is okay as a morale-booster for soldiers, so long as it’s of gentile women, cannot lead the army to good moral and spiritual places.”

    When he is not advocating for the rape of women, Karim is outspoken about refusing to allow women in the IDF.

    Karim wrote in 2002 that it was explicitly forbidden. “In a situation such as the one during the War of Independence, in which there was a real pikuah nefesh [matter of life or death] of the Jewish people, women also participated in the defense of the nation and country, even though the situation was not so modest,” he wrote. “But in our era, we do not live with a real threat to our survival.

    “And because of the liable damage to the modesty of the girl and the nation, the great rabbis and the Chief Rabbinate have ruled that the enlistment of girls to the IDF is entirely forbidden.”

    Karim is also outspoken about women singing at military events. If a woman sings at an event, he claims, men should not have to attend as it is repugnant.

    According to the Times of Israel, the IDF on Monday responded to allegations against Karim, saying the colonel “wishes to clarify that his words were only uttered in response to a theoretical hermeneutical question, certainly not to a practical halachic question.

    “Rabbi Karim never wrote, said, or even thought that an IDF soldier is permitted to sexually harm a woman during wartime,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit added in a statement.

    Except that he did — as evidenced by the above quote.

    Meretz party leader Zehava Galon said that Karim is not “suitable to be the rabbinic authority of the army, in which tens of thousands of women serve, and is not suitable to represent Jewish morality in any form.” She also condemned “his frightening, racist, and inflammatory statement” regarding wartime rape.

    Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid urged Karim to disavow his remarks about women’s enlistment, saying, according to the Times of Israel, that without a public statement to that effect “he cannot be the military chief rabbi.”

    “Regarding the reports that he said that beautiful gentile women can be raped during wartime, it appears this is not his opinion,” Lapid continued. “But if he thinks this, not only may he not be the chief military rabbi, he can’t even be a rabbi.”

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    120 Palestinian children monthly arrested by Israel

    23 september 2017

    The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have recently intensified their arrest campaigns against Palestinian children, a rights group revealed on Saturday.

    Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies said that approximately 120 Palestinian children are monthly arrested by the IOF.

    75 children were rounded up during June, 150 children were detained in July. 135 others were confirmed arrested in August, according to the center.

    The center said that 300 children are currently detained in Israeli jails, subjected to numerous human rights violations and denied their basic and fundamental rights.

    Torture methods include strip search, slapping the head, forcing a handcuffed individual to squat against a wall for long periods of time, and placing the child bent backwards over a chair with his arms and legs cuffed.

    http://khamakarpress.com/2017/09/23/...ted-by-israel/

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    Extremist Jewish settlers attack Christians in Jerusalem

    September 24, 2016

    A group of extremist Jewish settlers attacked a gathering of Palestinian Christians in the occupied city of Jerusalem, Israeli radio reported on Friday.

    The Israeli settlers, led by the extremist Jewish activist Penzi Gopstein, attacked the gathering which was organised inside a hall on Thursday night whilst chanting anti-Christian slogans and insults.

    A lawyer representing the Bishops' Council in Jerusalem, Wadei Abu Nassar, condemned the attack and denounced it as a "provocation."

    He called for the Israeli occupation authorities to bring criminal charges against Gopstein and his followers over their continuous "violence" and "incitement."

    On Thursday, the Israeli news website Ynet News published a story about Gopstein and his group and how they spread hatred against Palestinians in Jerusalem.

    According to Days of Palestine, a Palestinian news monitoring site, a group of Israeli Jewish settlers from the anti-assimilation Lehava organisation headed by Gopstein march every Thursday in Zion Square in Jerusalem and verbally and physically assault Palestinians.

    Ynet News reported the head of the Israeli Reform Centre for Religion and State, Rabbi Noa Sattath, as blaming Gopstein for incitement and assaults against Palestinians.

    "When Gopstein did not come to Zion Square, when he was under house arrest and when he was recovering from an operation, we saw a decline in violence," she told Ynet News.

    The rabbi accused Gopstein of blackmailing Jewish teens: "He works with teenagers that just wander the city aimlessly, giving them a feeling of belonging, and then using them to promote his own racist ideology."

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    This is how they treat the Christians, the real Christians (the descendants of the disciples), and the Christians in the USA gives them $38 billion.

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    'We need to kill Arabs': Israelis Overflow with Genocidal Extremism in New Video From Jerusalem

    In a new Empire Files documentary, Israelis call for ending the conflict by carpet bombing, ethnic cleansing, mass extermination.




    When Empire Files host Abby Martin visited Jerusalem's Zion Square, she met one Israeli after another who responded to her question about how best to end the conflict with the Palestinians with calls for extermination and ethnic cleansing.


    Ironically, the Jerusalem Municipality has dubbed Zion Square -- the site of numerous brutal mob assaults on Palestinian workers and youth -- a "square of tolerance."


    "We need to kill Arabs," declared one woman with a big laugh. She added that Israel must "kick out the Arabs."'


    "Israelis have to take over, and they have to kick them away," an Israeli man said of Palestinians. He added, "Islam is a very bad disease. Not just for Israel, for all around the world."


    Some Israelis suggested the genocidal extermination of Palestinians.


    "I dont think there's any answer to it. There's only one way: I would carpet bomb them. It's the only way you can deal with it," a young Israeli man insisted. "I don't trust them; you can't trust them," he said of Palestinians. "The only way is just to stop it completely."


    "The Jews should have rights to hate them," he said of Arabs. "I think we have the right to hate them. I don't see any reason why not. I wouldn't trust any of them."


    Many of the Israelis interviewed by Martin were Americans who were born in the U.S. and only moved to the Middle East later in life.
    "We know who the threat is, and it's not coming from anyone random," one young American woman said. "We know who our enemy is," she added, condemning people for being "politically correct."


    A young Israeli with an American accent angrily declared, "You can't deal with these people; there's no need to try; there's no need to talk to them."


    Many Israelis also maintained in their interviews that the land of Palestine has belonged to the Jewish people for 3,000 years.
    One young man was from the group Lehava, a fascist settler paramilitary group that harasses Palestinians and promotes ethno-religious purity among Jewish Israeli youth. "Jews shouldn't marry Arabs," he maintained. "Jews is a special nation that God gave it to the Jews, and we don't want Jews to get mixed up together with a different nation."


    "I think that the Jews came here; they took this land and this is our land now. And I don't they should be here, no Arabs." Later, in Hebrew, he added, "The Arabs, may their name and memory be obliterated."


    Another young Israeli insisted the military must go into the illegally occupied Palestinian territories and "kill every terrorist." He added, "We have to kill the terrorists and then they'd be afraid to cause us any more trouble... We don't have to live together."


    One Israeli man even suggested that the families of Palestinian "terrorists" should be executed. This policy, which was also proposed by far-right U.S. President Donald Trump, is a war crime that explicitly violates the Geneva Conventions.


    In one of the most shocking moments, an elderly Israeli man even went so far as to echo anti-Semitic Christian fundamentalists, blaming Jews for their extermination at the hands of the Nazis and claiming that the Holocaust was God's punishment: "God punished [our] sins... He sent the Nazis and now he sends the Palestinians."


    Interviewing an Israeli anti-Zionist on "brainwashing"


    For the film, which was co-produced by journalists MIke Prysner and Dan Cohen, Abby Martin also sat down for an extended interview with Israeli human rights activist and anti-Zionist Ronnie Barkan, who spoke of how racist miliarized indoctrination and "brainwashing" in Israel begins at a very young age.


    The settler-colonialist project of Israel "is all about creating a place which is for one select group and only that," Barkan said. "It's not only the fact that they wanted to take over, to usurp the land and the resources and all that; it's also about this exclusive nature of the place, that this is ours and only ours."


    Barkan continued: "Any Palestinian, being born in Israel, even if they're Israeli citizens, is already regarded as some sort of a threat to the state. The need to segregate, the need to separate and not interact with Palestinians is part of Israeli identity. So we have to understand that Israeli identity depends on denying Palestinian identity."


    The full Empire Files episode can be watched below:



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    Israeli Airlines Allegedly Strip-Searched Palestinian Women

    The women were preparing to fly back to Tel Aviv when they were required to strip naked for security, otherwise they wouldn't be allowed on the flight.


    In addition to the Israeli government's ongoing mistreatment of Palestinians, Israeli airlines are also subjecting them to greater scrutiny, a new lawsuit claims.

    Three female Palestinian Arab-Israeli students from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem traveled to Belgrade for a short break in October 2016 when security agents told them they were not going to be allowed on the plane going back to Tel Aviv unless they agreed to be strip-searched.

    No other passengers were singled out, the lawsuit against Arkia Airlines and El Al, the national carrier, claims.

    “I overheard the chief security officer tell [a woman officer] that if I did not take off my bra I will not get on the plane,” one of the students told reporters. “I couldn't speak. It was a shock. I completely undressed the upper part of my body. It was painful.”

    The incident was so traumatizing that one of the women reportedly fainted during the process.

    According to the students’ attorney, Awni Bana, the airlines and security agents were acting in a discriminatory manner by singling out the Arab-Israeli girls.

    “The search was unwarranted,” Bana said. “The women were not acting in a suspicious manner and there was no intelligence suggesting that the women posed a security threat.”

    The suit argues that the only reason they were targeted was because they were Arab.

    According to The Independent, this isn’t the first time that Arabs were the victims of racial profiling while traveling through Tel Aviv. In the past, many civil rights groups have tried to take action in order to address the several allegations of racism and discrimination involving Arabs traveling through the country. However, few individuals filed lawsuits.

    This latest action against Arkia Airlines and El Al is the second discrimination accusation El Al has been slapped with. The company was successfully sued for gender discrimination earlier this year after a woman was forced to move seats to accommodate requests made by ultra-Orthodox Jewish male passengers.

    It’s upsetting to think that Arab-Israeli students, like these three young women, are often forced to endure similar situations because the Israeli government has, for the past several decades, kept the Palestinians under their military rule.

    As these cases surface, it’s important to speak out against this virtual state of apartheid, pressuring governments to stand against Israel’s age-old policy of racism and divisiveness.

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    Israel steals important Jerusalem property deeds from Al-Aqsa

    August 7, 2017

    During the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque last month, Israeli occupation authorities stole important documents from Al-Aqsa Mosque relating to Jerusalem’s properties and endowments, Felesteen.ps revealed yesterday.

    Chairman of the Jerusalem International Centre Hassan Khater said that the Israeli occupation stole the documents from the “rooms, libraries, documentary archives” of Al-Aqsa Mosque when its forces were alone during the closure.

    “Through these documents, the Israeli occupation is putting its hand on the endowments, properties and real estate of Jerusalem’s endowment department,” Khater said, noting that the theft of these documents is a “real disaster”.

    He noted that these documents include “details, secrets and signatures”, adding that more than 90 per cent of Jerusalem’s Old City is part of these endowments.

    Khater stressed that the “Israeli occupation’s ability to forge documents will harm the endowments of the city.”

    He also expressed his fears that the Israeli occupation would use these documents to help carry out its Judaisation plans in the holy city, noting that Judaisation is “the main battle” between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

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