Collective Punishment on Palestinians in
Jerusalem, in Response to an Attack on a Synagogue
Israeli Occupation Forces Isolate Palestinian
Neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Attack School Children with Gas Bombs,
Demolish Homes, in Response to Attack on Jerusalem Synagogue
November 19, 2014
Israeli Police officer succumbs to wounds from Jerusalem
November 19, 2014, TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) --
A police officer who was injured in Tuesday's attack on a Jerusalem
synagogue died, raising the death toll to five, Israeli media reported.
Haaretz newspaper named the Durzi police officer as Zidan Nahad
Seif, saying he was critically wounded while trying to stop the attack
at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue.
Seif succumbed to his wounds
after being hospitalized in critical condition, Haaretz said.
Two alleged Palestinian attackers were killed during the assault.
4 Israelis killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack
19/11/2014 13:11, JERUSALEM (Ma'an) --
Two Palestinians armed with a gun and axes attacked a Jerusalem
synagogue on Tuesday killing four Israelis, police said.
are four dead and six injured, among them two policemen," police
spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.
The attack struck
during morning prayers at a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood in the
southwest of the city.
The two assailants were shot dead, she
Israeli media identified the Palestinian suspects in the
attack as Ghassan Abu Jamal and his cousin Uday from Jabal al-Mukabbir
neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
Palestinian sources also
confirmed the identity of the two men.
Israeli TV station
Channel 1 reported that the two were affiliated to the Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said
in a statement that the attack was a response to the "ongoing Israeli
crimes against the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
"The operation in Jerusalem
came in response to the execution of the martyr (Yousuf Hasan) al-Ramouni,"
Abu Zuhri added, referring to the Monday hanging death of a Palestinian
Jerusalemite bus driver whose family says was murdered by right-wing
The Islamic Jihad movement also commented on Tuesday's
"The operation in Jerusalem was a natural reaction to
the crimes committed by the Israeli occupation and its settlers," a
The attacks come as tensions boiled in Jerusalem,
amid various Israeli limitations and threats on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in
addition to police killings of Palestinian suspects in deadly stabbing
and vehicle attacks in recent weeks.
AP reported that (the
Palestinian President) Abbas condemned the attack while calling for an
end to Israeli "provocations."
Israel Instates Harsher
Measures Isolating East Jerusalem
Wednesday November 19, 2014 04:32 by IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli occupation government Internal Security Minister, Yitzhak
Aharonovich, issued orders for more severe measures isolating entire
Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem, including the
constant search of Palestinians entering or leaving them.
Aharonovich made his decision following the Tuesday attack by two
Palestinians who stabbed Yeshiva students in occupied Jerusalem, killing
five and wounding several others, before being shot dead.
Israeli occupation government Radio said Aharonovich has instructed the
army and the security devices to conduct a series of measures against
the Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, including preventing the
families of the two Palestinians from burying them in the city.
The Israeli official held a meeting with army and police commanders, in
addition to senior Internal Security officials, instructed them to
install more roadblocks in Palestinian neighborhoods, villages and towns
in and around Jerusalem, and instructed the army to conduct detailed
searches of every Palestinian who crosses those roadblocks.
also ordered the deployment of four more brigades of Border Guard Units
in various neighborhoods in Jerusalem.
In addition, Aharonovich
instructed the deployment of police and army units in various areas in
the country, and is weighing the possibility of resuming Administrative
Detention policies against Jerusalemite Palestinians, to enable holding
them indefinitely without charges or trial.
He also instructed
easing the restrictions on weapons permits to allow more Jewish settlers
to carry arms.
In related news, the Prisoner Support and Human
Rights Association (ad-Dameer) has reported that the soldiers kidnapped,
Tuesday, ten members of the families of Odai and Ghassan Abu Jamal, who
carried out the attack against the Yeshiva earlier in the day.
The two are from Jabal al-Mokabber, southeast of Jerusalem.
lawyer, Mohammad Mahmoud, said the soldiers kidnapped the father, mother
and wife of Ghassan, the mother, uncle and brother of Odai. In addition
to Forat, Monther, Jamal and Mo’awiya Abu Jamal.
He stated ad-Dameer
would be following the cases of the kidnapped Palestinians, currently
held at the al-Maskobiyya interrogation center, and added that the
family refuses the autopsy the Israeli authorities intend to conduct,
and are demanding the release of the bodies of the two Palestinians for
Also on Tuesday, a group of Israelis stabbed a
Palestinian man in northern Jerusalem; the man Fadi Jalal Radwan, 22,
was stabbed three times in the legs, and once in the back, before the
assailants fled the scene, leaving him bleeding in the street.
He was eventually moved to a hospital in the city suffering serious
Dozens School Children Injured In Jerusalem
Wednesday November 19, 2014 12:49 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Palestinian medical sources have reported that dozens of children
have been injured during clashes with Israeli occupation soldiers, near
the Shu’fat refugee camp, and ‘Anata town, northeast of occupied East
Local sources said dozens of soldiers and undercover units of the
Israeli military, tried to invade the Shu’fat refugee camp, but were met
by dozens of Palestinian protesters who hurled stones and empty bottles
at them, forcing them to retreat to the entrance of the camp.
soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at the
protesters, and into a local school; more than 35 children, between the
ages of 7-12, suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
addition, a Palestinian teen was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in
his leg, and another in his thigh, and received treatment by local
medics as their conditions did not require hospitalization.
school then phoned the families, asking them to come and pick up their
children to avoid further injuries.
Clashes also took place near
the Anata roadblock, while the soldiers also stopped and searched dozens
of cars, and fired rounds of live ammunition, gas bombs and concussion
grenades hitting an electricity pole causing power blackout in the area.
In addition, a number of youths hurled stones and a Molotov
cocktail at an Israeli settler’s car near the Hezma roadblock, north of
Jerusalem, causing no damage or injuries according to Israeli sources.
Child Seriously Injured During Interrogation In Jerusalem
Wednesday November 19, 2014 11:58 by IMEMC & Agencies
Several Children Kidnapped
Palestinian human rights groups have reported that a detained
Palestinian child from Jerusalem was seriously injured during
interrogation at an Israeli interrogation center in Salah Ed-Deen
Street, in the occupied city.
The WAFA News Agency said the
child, Khader al-‘Ajlouni, 16 years of age, was pushed down a flight of
stairs at the police station, and suffered serious injuries to his neck,
arms and back.
It added that the child was transferred to a
hospital in the city after becoming unable to move one of his arms and
one of his legs.
Also in Jerusalem, small groups of Israeli
extremists invaded the yards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the al-Magharba
Gate, under heavy Israeli military presence.
Late on Tuesday at
night, Israeli soldiers invaded a number of homes in the occupied city,
and kidnapped several children, before taking them to an interrogation
Young Palestinian Man Stabbed in Northern Jerusalem|
IOF soldiers fire at farmers, gunboats target fishermen
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired at Palestinian farmers east of
Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday morning while navy
gunboats targeted Palestinian fishermen off Rafah coast also to the
south of the Strip.
Local sources said that the IOF shooting
targeted farmers and their plantations in addition to what is remaining
of buildings in Khuza’a town to the east of Khan Younis district.
Meanwhile, Israeli gunboats opened machinegun fire at Palestinian
fishermen and their fishing boats off the Rafah coast with no casualties
The Israeli gunboats target Palestinian fishing boats
on semi daily basis at the pretext of fishing beyond the six nautical
miles limit set for them by the Israeli occupation authorities.
The incidents constituted fresh violations of the Egyptian-brokered
IOF raids two homes in al-Khalil, clashes break out
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed Wednesday homes of two
Palestinian young men suspected of kidnapping and killing three Israeli
soldiers in June.
Local sources said that IOF soldiers violently
raided and searched several homes in al-Khalil including those of the
families of martyrs Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan Qawasmeh.
the raid, the soldiers brutally assaulted inhabitants including women.
Along the same line, Israeli forces set up a number of makeshift
checkpoints at the entrance to Dura and Kharsa towns, in addition to
storming different neighborhoods in the city of al-Khalil.
PIC reporter quoted local sources as saying that combing operations were
carried out in the area, where Palestinian vehicles were stopped and
searched at the checkpoints.
Violent clashes broke out in Kharsa
town as Israeli forces stormed its neighborhoods and heavily fired tear
gas bombs towards the by-passers. Local youths responded by throwing
stones and empty bottles.
A number of Palestinian students
suffered effects of tear gas inhalation after IOF soldiers heavily fired
gas bombs towards them south of al-Khalil, which led to the outbreak of
Similar clashes broke out in Beit Ummar town,
north of al-Khalil, during which Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and
tear gas bombs at Palestinian homes and vehicles.
B'Tselem: Orders to demolish homes of Palestinians unlawful
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied
Territories 'B'Tselem' denounced in a press release issued Tuesday
Israeli orders to demolish or seal the homes of the families of
Palestinians who carried out recent attacks against Israelis.
"This action constitutes harming the innocent. It is collective
punishment that is both unlawful and immoral," B'Tselem said.
statement pointed out that “the Israeli security establishment has
announced its intention to demolish or seal six homes: three in East
Jerusalem, one in Nablus and one in Hebron.”
The center said,
"Since the occupation began in 1967, Israeli security forces have
demolished hundreds of homes to punish relatives of Palestinians who
harmed or allegedly harmed Israelis. This policy rendered homeless
thousands of people who were not themselves accused of any wrongdoing."
About ten years ago, a military committee headed by Major General
Udi Shani found punitive home demolitions to be a measure of
questionable effectiveness in deterring attacks against Israelis. It
found that there are even indications that demolitions sometimes achieve
the opposite effect and stated that the measure is just on the “verge of
B'Tselem said that the habitual call for punitive
demolition in response to attacks against Israelis ignores the
committee’s findings and is apparently made primarily to achieve media
interest and political gain.
A policy of punitive home demolition
is fundamentally wrong, irrespective of its effectiveness. It
contravenes basic moral standards by punishing people for the misdeeds
of others, the human rights organization concluded, calling upon the
Israeli authorities not to demolish these homes.
Settlers attack Palestinian homes, vehicles in Nablus
Jewish extremist settlers attacked overnight Palestinian homes and
vehicles at the entrance to Burin town and at the outskirts of Hawara
town to the south of Nablus.
Local sources confirmed that a group
of settlers brutally attacked three Palestinian homes in Burin town and
completely destroyed their furniture.
A fourth home was also
attacked near Hawara checkpoint, while Israeli occupation forces
violently shut down all shops in the town.
The responsible for
the settlement file in the West Bank Ghassan Daghlas pointed out that a
number of Palestinian vehicles were subjected to stone-throwing attack
while passing near Yitzhar settlement, built on Palestinian land to the
south of Nablus.
IOF soldiers closed Hawara checkpoint in both
sides and the main road leading to the settlement, he added.
Meanwhile, an Israeli settler suffered slight injuries late Tuesday
after being attacked with an iron rod while driving a motorcycle in the
Old City east of occupied Jerusalem.
According to Israel’s TV
Channel 7, a number of Palestinian youths attacked the settler with an
iron rod before fleeing the scene.
Israeli forces were deployed
in large numbers in the area looking for the attackers, the TV added.
Earlier Tuesday, two Palestinian young men carried out a deadly
attack on a Jewish synagogue located in the ethnically-cleansed
Palestinian village of Deir Yassin in response to Israel’s mounting
terrorism against Palestinian civilians and Muslims’ holy shrines in
Occupied Jerusalem, most recently was hanging to death an Arab driver in
occupied Jerusalem on Sunday.
IOF attacks the mourning tent of synagogue attackers
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
The Israeli Magistrate court on Tuesday ruled against handing over
the bodies of the two Palestinian young men, who carried out a deadly
attack on a west Jerusalem synagogue.
Local sources said that IOF
soldiers heavily fired tear gas bombs at the mourning tent of the two
martyrs in Jabal Mukaber in occupied Jerusalem. Many suffered the
effects of tear gas inhalation during the attack.
On the other
hand, two Israeli policemen were injured during clashes in the Old City
in occupied Jerusalem after being stoned by angry protesters. The two
injured were transferred to Hadassah hospital for treatment.
Similar confrontations erupted in Tur, Jabal Mukber, and Ras al-Amoud
neighborhoods, Shufat refugee camp, the Old City and Ram town in protest
against an Arab driver’s murder by Jewish settlers late Sunday.
Meanwhile, Israeli police have released Tuesday evening nine members of
the synagogue attackers’ family and extended the arrest of three others
Al-Dameer Foundation for Human Rights confirmed
that the detention of three brothers of Ghassen and Uday Abu Jamal, the
two young men who carried out the synagogue attack, was extended for
Nine members of Abu Jabal family,
including three women, were released on Tuesday night.
same line, violent clashes erupted in Jabal Mukaber town following
Israeli decision not to hand over the synagogue attackers’ bodies to
Israeli forces stormed the town and sprayed waste
water to suppress the protesters.
Different neighborhoods and
towns witnessed similar clashes in occupied Jerusalem. At least five
people were nabbed.
An Israeli settler had opened fire randomly
at Palestinians in Tur town under the pretext that his car was allegedly
In the same context, a young man was detained for three
hours in Qushla police station after being taken from his home.
Tensions have been running high in occupied Jerusalem, as settlers’
attacks and violations have noticeably escalated against Jerusalemites
and their holy sites, most recently was hanging to death an Arab driver
in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday.
IOF blows up Abdul Rahman Shaludi's home in Jerusalem
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed and demolished at dawn
Wednesday the home of Abdul Rahman Shaludi, the man suspected of running
over a group of settlers at a train station.
On 23 October, Abdul
Rahman Shaludi rammed his vehicle into a group of settlers at a light
rail station in occupied Jerusalem. Two settlers were killed while five
others were injured during the incident.
The IOF soldiers
violently stormed the four-story home and forced Shaludi family members
out before blowing it up, a PIC reporter said.
claimed that demolishing Shaludi’s home came as part of the so-called
Israeli "fight against terrorism".
Earlier Tuesday, Israeli
premier Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the demolition of the homes of two
Palestinians who launched the latest attack on a Jewish synagogue
carried out in response to Israel’s mounting terrorism against
Palestinian civilians and Muslims’ holy shrines in Occupied Jerusalem.
Israeli critics have slammed Netanyahu's orders to tighten grip
around Palestinians’ necks in Occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank,
warning that it would be counter-productive.
Netanyahu tightens “noose” around Occupied Jerusalem
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu gave orders to tighten grip around
Palestinians’ necks in Occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank, further
giving green light to police and settler violence across the occupied
Netanyahu ordered the demolition of the
homes of suspects of the latest attack on a Jewish synagogue carried out
in response to Israel’s mounting terrorism against Palestinian civilians
and Muslims’ sanctuaries in Occupied Jerusalem.
were taken during an emergency security meeting that convened in
Netanyahu’s office hours after Tuesday’s retribution-attack.
Israel’s premier also instructed the demolition of the homes of all
those involved in attacks on Israelis and the prosecution of
anti-Israeli occupation activists.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian
government condemned Tuesday’s attack, warning of dragging the region
into a religious war.
The government voiced support for the PA
presidency’s statement that condemned “all acts of violence from
The government also condemned the latest
cold-blooded murder of the Palestinian youth Yusuf Al-Ramouni, an
autopsy on whose body found out that he was strangled to death by a gang
of Jewish terrorists in a bus depot in Occupied Jerusalem.
called on the international community to immediately step in so as to
stop Israel’s mounting terrorism against the Palestinian people and halt
the incitement to violence launched by Israeli leaders.
Israeli police raid homes of synagogue attackers
Israeli security forces at the synagogue OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
The Israeli occupation police forces on Tuesday afternoon
violently stormed the houses of the two Palestinian young men who
carried out a deadly attack on the same day on a west Jerusalem
synagogue located in the ethnically-cleansed Palestinian village of Deir
Local sources told the Palestinian information center
(PIC) that special police forces raided, amid intensive firing of stun
grenades and rubber bullets, the houses of the Palestinian attackers in
Jabal Mukkaber neighborhood in east Jerusalem and physically assaulted
their relatives before detaining some of them.
said that many residents of those homes suffered injuries during the
police raid, including women.
The police troops also suppressed
journalists and opened fire at them to prevent them from covering what
was happening to the families of the attackers.
During the raid,
the Israeli police blocked the entrances to Jabal Mukkaber with their
vehicles, while its schools and some businesses closed their doors.
As some Palestinian resistance factions, including Hamas and Islamic
Jihad, lauded what they described as a courageous commando operation in
occupied Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority condemned in a statement
the attack on the synagogue and expressed its sympathy with the families
of the victims.
The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, claimed
responsibility for the synagogue attack.
Four Israelis were
killed and 13 others suffered different injuries as two Palestinian
young men armed with a pistol and meat cleavers attacked on Tuesday
morning a synagogue in the western Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof,
according to Israeli news reports.
The attackers, who were killed
in a shootout with policemen, were identified as Ghassan and Oday Abu
Jamel, cousins from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukkaber,
according to Palestinian sources.
The targeted synagogue is
actually located in Deir Yassin village, where extremist Jewish groups
on April 9, 1948 massacred and mutilated its Palestinian residents,
about 250 civilians including children, women and elderly people.
In a related development, Addameer association for prisoner support
and human rights said that the Israeli police detained 10 relatives of
Ghassan and Oday Abu Jamel, including their parents and brothers, during
the raid on their homes in Jabal Mukkaber.
Lawyer of the
association Mohamed Mahmoud said the detainees were taken to Maskobiyeh
detention center for interrogation, adding that he would follow up their
files until their release. 18
70 Israeli settlers attack school in Nablus
November 18, 2014
NABLUS, (PIC)-- Dozens of masked Israeli settlers on Tuesday stormed
and attacked a Palestinian school in Urif town to the south of Nablus,
which led to the outbreak of clashes in the school.
activist Hossam al-Sharif told a PIC reporter that 70 masked settlers
broke into the high school and brutally assaulted the Palestinian
students and their teachers.
He added that large Israeli forces
arrived at the scene and heavily fired tear gas canisters at the
students and prevented ambulances' access to the school to provide
medical aid for the injured.
The Israeli forces provided security
protection for the invading settlers.
Residents of Urif town have
repeatedly called for the formation of a popular committee to provide
protection in face of the ceaseless settlers' attacks.
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