4 Palestinians Killed by Israeli Occupation
Soldiers, Including 50-Year Old Woman Near Al-Aqsa Mosque
March 9, 2016
50-year-old Palestinian woman, Fadwa Abu Tair, was murdered by
Israeli occupation soldiers near Al-Aqsa Mosque, March 8, 2016
A Palestinian man shot to death in Tel Aviv by Israeli soldiers
after allegedly attacking them, March 8, 2016 pic
Eyewitnesses: IOF executed Palestinian woman in cold blood
March 9, 2016, OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
Eyewitnesses affirmed to the PIC news reporter that the
Palestinian woman Fadwa Abu Tair was deliberately executed by Israeli
occupation soldiers near al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, stressing that she
was not holding a knife.
One of the eyewitnesses, who managed to
reach the scene after hearing gunshots, said that Fadwa was directly hit
in her eye and in the upper part of her body.
She was left lying
on the ground bleeding for more than half an hour before being
proclaimed dead, she added.
“I could see with my own eyes there
was no knife on the ground,” the eyewitnesses stressed, denying the
Israeli claims saying she was holding a knife.
For his part, Dr.
Amin Abu Ghazala said that Palestinian medical crews were prevented at
first from reaching the victim.
He added, “We have been then
allowed to check her critical situation, and we tried to resuscitate her
but it was too late. She received three bullets in her right eye and
Local sources said the Israeli occupation soldiers
fired multiple shots at 50-year-old Fadwa Abu Tair and prevented the
ambulance crew from reaching the scene to evacuate the casualty to
hospital. Fadwa was reportedly left bleeding on the ground until she
breathed her last.
Amnesty International has earlier released a
report that called into question a number of accounts in which
Palestinians were shot and killed after alleged stabbing incidents. The
group found that many of the cases were extrajudicial killings.
“There is mounting evidence that, as tensions have risen dramatically,
in some cases Israeli forces appear to have ripped up the rule book and
resorted to extreme and unlawful measures.” Philip Luther, Director of
the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty said. “They seem
increasingly prone to using lethal force against anyone they perceive as
posing a threat, without ensuring that the threat is real.”
3 Palestinians killed in 3 separate anti-occupation attacks
March 9, 2016, OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
Three Palestinians were shot and killed Tuesday afternoon after they
carried out separate anti-occupation attacks in occupied Jerusalem, Tel
Aviv, and Yafa.
The three attacks resulted in the killing of one
Israeli police officer and the wounding of 13 others.
anti-occupation attack was carried out near the port in the Arab city of
Yafa, when a Palestinian was shot dead after he stabbed to death one
Israeli officer and wounded ten others.
In Tel Aviv, a
Palestinian was shot and killed after he stabbed and wounded an Israeli
settler near Petah Tikva settlement east of Tel Aviv.
Ahranot Hebrew newspaper said that he stabbed a Jewish Israeli in his
mid-30s "in the upper part of his body," leaving him with light to
Israeli police forces arrived at the scene and
shot dead the Palestinian, the sources said, adding that Israeli forces
closed the area for investigation.
A video appeared in different
social networking sites showed a bleeding Palestinian young man,
believed to be the attacker, lying on the ground while Israeli
bystanders hurl verbal abuses at him.
The young man was left
bleeding on the ground for long hours till he breathed his last breath.
In occupied Jerusalem, two Israeli soldiers were seriously injured
when a Palestinian fired gunshots at a group of soldiers stationed near
Salah al-Din neighborhood.
The Israeli occupation soldiers opened
fire at the Palestinian shooter, seriously injuring him before he was
then pronounced dead.
Earlier Tuesday, a Palestinian woman was
fatally shot by the Israeli occupation soldiers near al-Aqsa Mosque
allegedly after she attempted to stab an occupation soldier.
Local sources said the Israeli soldiers fired multiple shots at
50-year-old Fadwa Ahmad Abu Teir and prevented the ambulance crew from
reaching the scene to evacuate the casualty to hospital. Fadwa was
reportedly left bleeding on the ground until she breathed her last.
Since the outbreak of Jerusalem Intifada at the beginning of October
last year, 194 Palestinians have been shot and killed by Israelis
including 44 children and nine women. 450 Palestinians were also injured
by Israeli forces and settlers during the same period.
Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Twenty Palestinians In The West Bank
Tuesday March 08, 2016 13:10 by IMEMC News
Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, earlier on Tuesday, at least, twenty
Palestinians, including two women, in different parts of the occupied
West Bank, including Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society
(PPS) has reported that the dozens of soldiers invaded the northern West
Bank district of Jenin, stormed and ransacked homes, and kidnapped five
Palestinians, including one woman.
The kidnapped have been
identified as Amjad Taiseer Hamarsha, Fadel Mahmoud Turkman and Mohammad
Bassam Hamarsha, all are 18-19 years old, in addition to Tareq Bilalou
and a woman, identified as Roweida Abu Mweis, 42.
also kidnapped Hammoudi Obeid, 25, from the Jenin refugee camp, after
stopping him at a military roadblock near the northern West Bank city of
In the southern West Bank district of Hebron, the
soldiers kidnapped four Palestinians, identified as Omar Hazem Bader,
Jihad Raed Faisal, 18, Mohammad Ramadan Abu Ramouz and Faisal Mohammad
Also in Hebron, undercover Israeli soldiers, driving
a civilian car with Israeli license plates, infiltrated into Ras al-Joura
area, near the city’s northern entrance, stopped a Palestinian car and
forced all passengers out, before kidnapping one Palestinian and
confiscating the car.
The soldiers interrogated the Palestinians
while inspecting their ID cards, and drove away heading towards bypass
The soldiers also invaded and searched many homes in
Abu Dis town, near occupied Jerusalem, and kidnapped three Palestinians
identified as Amir Khaled Jaffal, Ahmad Radi Erekat and his brother
In addition, the soldiers kidnapped a young Palestinian
woman, trying to cross the Qalandia terminal, north of occupied
Jerusalem; the army claims she “carried a knife.”
In Qalqilia, in
the northern part of the West Bank, the soldiers kidnapped two brothers
identified as Ramzi, 31, and Yousef Sweidan, 31.
the soldiers invaded Beit Fajjar town, and kidnapped ‘Awni Ahmad Taqatqa,
13, and Mahmoud Abdullah Taqatqa, 18.
The soldiers also invaded
Iraq-Burin town, in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, and
kidnapped a Palestinian, identified as Jasser Faleh Qadous.
Ramallah, the soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian woman, identified as
Manal Tamimi, 40, from her home in Nabi Saleh town.
EU Observer: Palestinians Joining Exodus to EU, according to
Wednesday March 09, 2016 03:26 by IMEMC News & Agencies
Palestinians are joining the Middle East exodus to Europe in greater
numbers because of the Syrian war and ongoing Israeli occupation, a
senior Palestinian official has said.
Palestinians collect their
belongings from under the rubble of a residential tower, which witnesses
said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City August 24,
Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the Palestine
Liberation Organisation (PLO), told EU Observer, from Ramallah, that
“thousands” had already left for Europe.
“What other options have
they? We have people dying of starvation in al-Yarmouk refugee camp [in
Syria], and thousands of Palestinians leaving Syria and Lebanon trying
to reach Europe,” he said, according to the PNN.
“The UN has said
that Gaza will be unfit for human habitation by 2020, but Israel’s siege
of Gaza continues.”
The Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza are
home to some 4.5 million Palestinians.
Two million more live in
refugee camps in Jordan in a legacy of wars in 1948 and 1967. Another
500,000 live in camps in Lebanon and a further 500,000 in Syria.
Frontex, the EU border control agency in Warsaw, said that just six
Palestinians were intercepted trying to enter the EU via irregular
crossings to Greece in January of last year, but that figure rose to 488
in August. It peaked at 1,747 in October, and stayed high (1,142) in
January of this year, despite inclement weather.
The real number
is likely to be much bigger because most Palestinians travel without ID
papers, making them difficult to count.
Easo, the EU asylum
agency in Malta, said that up to 19,000 Palestinians applied for asylum
in the EU last year, compared with 15,680 in 2014 and 9,590 in 2013.
It said that most of them were “Palestinian ‘refugees’ or persons of
Palestinian origin who were previously long term residents of countries
now affected by the Syrian conflict.
It additionally stated that
these people have a 53 percent to 87 percent chance of success,
depending on which EU state handles their claim.
The number of Palestinians on the move is likely to go up
if the spate of knife and car-ramming attacks on Israelis that has been
going on since last year escalates into a full-scale uprising.
Erekat blames the instability on the Israeli occupation.
“[Israeli] prime minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and his extremist government have done everything possible
to kill hope in the minds and hearts of Palestinians. What they see on a
daily basis are more settlements, land grabbing, checkpoints, siege,
military raids, settler attacks and systematic denial of their rights,”
He said the Arab-Israeli conflict also contributes to
instability in Syria, the main source of the EU refugee crisis.
“You can’t defeat Daesh
(ISIL) without ending the Israeli occupation,” he said, using an
Arabic name for Islamic State, a jihadist group which controls parts of
Syria and Iraq.
“Lack of hope could lead people to commit
desperate acts like joining Daesh. Though the numbers of Palestinians
joining them are minimal, this is not a situation that can be taken for
The 60-year old Palestinian
diplomat has served as the PLO’s chief negotiator in Arab-Israeli peace
talks for most of the past 20 years.
He welcomed a French project
to set a deadline for new peace talks after which France would recognise
Palestine in its 1967 borders.
“Recognising Palestine is not
going to end the occupation, but it’s a strong message to the
Palestinian people in terms of support for their rights. European
countries will be investing in peace,” he said.
He also welcomed
an EU retail label code on settler food, wine, and cosmetics exports
that was published last year. But he advocated tougher action.
“Effective actions against Israeli settlements are
banning of settlement products, divestment and sanctions on
companies profiting from the occupation,” he said.
The UN and the EU advocate a two-state solution to the conflict.
Erekat said: “I sincerely don’t see any other solution but a
two-state solution for the welfare of both Israelis and Palestinians.”
But, he added: “I personally think that Israel doesn’t want a
two-state solution. The Israeli government believes in … one state with
two systems, which means apartheid.”
He said Israel’s impunity in
the EU and US is part of the problem.
“Radicals that could not
even get close to the
Knesset [the Israeli parliament] 20 years ago are now part of the
government coalition. But I also believe that this [Israeli policy] has
a lot to do with pragmatism: Israel has the feeling that no matter what,
they’ll never be held accountable,” he said.
He said the only
“morally acceptable” alternative to two states is “one single,
democratic state in all of historic Palestine”.
“If they don’t like the idea of two sovereign states
living side by side, I call upon them to talk to us and let’s set the
terms for a one-state solution. But they should not even dream that our
people will accept anything short of … the right to self-determination,
freedom,” Erekat said.
The one-state model would imperil Israel’s
objective to be a “homeland of the Jews” in demographic terms.
Based on Erekat’s comments, EUobserver asked the Israeli mission to the
EU if any models other than the two-state solution would be acceptable
The mission asked for its statement to be published in
“Israel’s declared and unequivocal position is two states
for two people,” the statement said.
“In order to achieve this,
Mr. Erekat and his colleagues should engage in direct negotiations and
stop making excuses as to why they can’t come to the table. Prime
minster Netanyahu has repeatedly stated his willingness to restart
direct talks – be it in Jerusalem or Ramallah. All other personal
beliefs should be challenged in the negotiation room.”
Israeli and U.S. Groups sued for $34.5 Billion for funding
construction of Israeli settlements
Tuesday March 08, 2016 12:24 by Celine Hagbard - IMEMC News
A group of Palestinians and Palestinian-Americans who have been
victims of Israeli settlement construction filed a lawsuit this week to
demand financial compensation from some of the companies, individuals
and organizations responsible for funding the construction.
Israeli settlement construction (image by adelaidenow.com.au)
Israeli settlement construction takes place on illegally seized
Palestinian land, and is considered a flagrant violation of
international law and Israel's responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva
Convention as an occupying power.
The U.S. Government has also
condemned Israeli settlement construction – although a bill being
considered by the U.S. Congress right now would make it illegal to
boycott Israeli products that come from these illegal settlements.
In fact, U.S. Law currently allows U.S. Citizens to donate to the
Israeli military directly – the only military on earth that U.S.
Citizens are allowed to directly donate to. In addition, U.S. Citizens
and groups are permitted to give tax-deductible donations to Israeli
settlement construction project – despite the fact that doing so
directly violates U.S. Stated policy.
The lawsuit launched this
week names Washington lobbyist and multi-millionaire Sheldon Adelson,
investor Irving Moskowitz, right-wing mega-church pastor John Hagee and
other individuals who have funneled millions of dollars into Israeli
colonial settlement construction.
In addition, a number of
organizations are named in the lawsuit, including 'Christian Friends of
Israeli Communities', Israel Chemicals Limited, the controversial Dead
Sea cosmetics company Ahava, and security firm G4S.
McMahon, one of the lawyers representing the complainants in the
lawsuit, told reporters from Al Jazeera, "It's about time that the world
woke up to the fact that Palestinians are being murdered every day with
US taxpayer dollars."
In addition to charging the defendants with
funding illegal settlement construction, the lawsuit also charges five
counts of conspiracy, war crimes, aggravated trespass, pillage and
The lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. District
Court in Washington DC.
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