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News, August 2017
Israeli Brutal Occupation of Palestine Continues with More Attacks, Abductions, Demolition of Homes, and Theft of Lands
August 13, 2017
The following news stories are just examples of the Israeli occupation government violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis. This cannot continue without the full financial and media support from Zionists as well as financial and military support from the US-EU governments, which have been active participant in the persecution and subjugation of the Palestinian people.
The Israeli occupation government has received more than $3.8 billion annually from the US successive administrations, Democrat and Republican alike, to enable it to continue the subjugation and persecution of the Palestinian people. The Obama administration made sure that the US support for the Israeli occupation government will continue by obligating its successors to give the racist, apartheid, Zionist state $38 billion in the next ten years.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers' Attacks on Palestinians
Undercover Israeli Occupation Soldiers Injure Seven Palestinians Near Ramallah
Undercover Israeli occupation soldiers infiltrated, on Thursday evening, into Beit Rima town, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and shot seven young men with live fire, after the soldiers attempted to abduct a Palestinian.
The WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported that the undercover soldiers infiltrated into the town using a fruits and vegetables truck, carrying Palestinian license plates, and attempted to abduct a young man, but he managed to escape.
After their undercover assault was exposed, the soldiers started firing live rounds at many Palestinians who gathered in the area, and shot seven young men with live rounds in their limbs.
Regular army units then invaded the town and secured the released of its undercover officers, who barricaded themselves in a building in the town, leading to more clashes.
Medical sources said the wounded Palestinians have been transferred to Salfit governmental hospital, while one of them suffered various fractures in his injured leg, and will require additional surgeries, likely at a different medical center in the West Bank.
Following the assault, many Palestinian youngsters hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at the military vehicles, while the soldiers fired many live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians, Including A Teen In Serious Condition, In Gaza
Israeli occupation soldiers shot and injured, Friday, many young Palestinian men, including a teenager who suffered life-threatening wounds, during clashes that took place in several parts of the besieged Gaza Strip.
Medical sources said a teenage boy, 16 years of age, suffered a serious injury after the soldiers, stationed across the border fence, shot him with a gas bomb in the head, during clashes that took place in Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
The sources added that the soldiers also targeted several ambulances and medics, during their attempts to provide aid to wounded Palestinians.
Furthermore, two young men suffered moderate wounds during clashes that took place east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, after the soldiers opened fire on Palestinian protesters.
More clashes took place between the soldiers, also across the border fence, near Nahal Oz military base, when the army fired many live rounds at the protesters, wounding two young men in their legs, before medics rushed them to the Shifa medical center, suffering moderate wounds.
Abduction of Palestinians by Israeli Occupation Soldiers
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Mother And Brother Of Detained Palestinian Near Ramallah
August 13, 2017 8:32 AM IMEMC News
For the second time in just a few weeks, Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, Ibtisam al-‘Abed, the mother of Omar, who was taken prisoner on June 21st, after stabbing three Israeli settlers to death in Halamish colony. The soldiers also abducted her other son Khalid.
Following the fatal stabbing, the soldiers imposed a tight siege on Koabar village, the hometown of Omar, in an act of collective punishment against its inhabitants, and frequently invaded al-‘Abed family home.
Ibtisam was abducted, at dawn Sunday, after dozens of soldiers invaded and ransacked her home, and interrogated her along with her family, before taking her prisoner along with her son, Khalid.
Her husband was taken prisoner several days ago, after the soldiers invaded the family’s home.
Ibtisam’s abduction came just a few weeks after her release on a 10.000 Israeli Shekels bail.
Kobar village, northwest of Ramallah, remains under tight Israeli siege since the stabbing attack took place on June 21st, 2017, leading to the death of Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya, 46, and his son Elad, 36.
Israeli Navy Abducts Two Fishermen In Northern Gaza
Israeli occupation navy ships attacked, on Friday at dawn, several Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters, abducted two fishermen, and confiscated their boat.
Eyewitnesses said the navy fired dozens of live rounds the fishing boats, confiscated a small boat, and abducted two fishermen, identified as Saddam Abdul-Bari Sultan, 22, and his brother Odai, 25.
The navy cuffed the two fishers, and took them, along with the small boat, to an unknown destination.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Ten Palestinians In The West Bank
August 13, 2017 10:46 AM IMEMC News
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, at least ten Palestinians, including two children, during invasions and violent searches of homes, in different parts of the occupied West Bank.
Many army vehicles invaded Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, searched many homes, and abducted two children identified as Mousa Mohammad al-‘Amour, 15, and Riyad Talal al-‘Amour, 16.
Furthermore, for the second time in just a few weeks, the army invaded Kobar village, near Ramallah, and abducted Ibtisam al-‘Abed, the mother Omar, who was taken prisoner on June 21st, after stabbing three Israeli settlers to death in Halamish colony. The soldiers also abducted her other son Khaled.
The soldiers also abducted a Palestinian, identified as Ma’moun Qabaha, 28, after stopping his car at the Barta’a military roadblock, southwest of Jenn, in the northern part of the West Bank.
The army said its soldiers stopped and searched the car at the roadblock, and located an M-16 rifle.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers have abducted ten Palestinians in several parts of the West Bank, and moved them to several interrogation centers.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct A Young Man In Jerusalem
August 13, 2017 12:13 PM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers invaded, Sunday, the town of al-‘Eesawiyya, in occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted a young Palestinian man.
The invasion was carried out by a large military force; the soldiers invaded many neighborhoods in the town, installed roadblocks, before stopping and searching several Palestinians and cars.
The army then abducted a young man, whose identity remained unknown until the time of this report, and took him to an unknown destination.
On Sunday at dawn, the soldiers abducted at least ten Palestinians, including two children, during invasions and violent searches of homes, in different parts of the occupied West Bank.
Among the abducted Palestinians was Ibtisam al-‘Abed, the mother Omar, from Kobar village near Ramallah, who was taken prisoner on June 21st, after stabbing three Israeli settlers to death in Halamish colony. Ibtisam was taken prisoner along with her other son Khalid.
Palestinian Youth Activist Tareq Mattar Imprisoned Without Charge or Trial
August 13, 2017 6:19 AM IMEMC News & Agencies
Palestinian youth activist Tareq Mattar was ordered to six months imprisonment without charge or trial under administrative detention on 10 August 2017. The order was issued by the Israeli occupation military commander over the West Bank and a confirmation is expected from an Israeli military court within 72 hours.
Mattar, 28, is a Palestinian youth leader who is active in a variety of projects, initiatives and forums to organize Palestinian youth and promote study and discussion of the Palestinian cause.
Mattar was seized on 3 August after Israeli occupation forces invaded his family home twice in two days, ransacking and destroying his family’s belongings. While in the family home, occupation forces threatened his family members that they will return every day, tear apart the home and harass and even arrest if Tareq did not report for interrogation. When Mattar appeared at the occupation military base with his family, he was seized by occupation forces and his family sent back. Only days later, he has joined 500 other Palestinians in being ordered imprisoned without charge or trial under an indefinitely renewable administrative detention order and 6,200 total Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.
Administrative detention orders are frequently used to target and imprison community leaders and Palestinian organizers. The orders are indefinitely renewable, and Palestinians have spent years at a time held in indefinitely-renewable administrative detention.
36 Palestinian Homes Demolished as Punishment since October 2015
August 12, 2017 4:58 AM IMEMC News & Agencies
Israel’s demolition policy of Palestinian homes as a punitive measure has affected dozens of families, such as this one in Silwad demolished on Thursday to punish the family of a Palestinian alleged to have attacked Israeli soldiers. (WAFA photo/Baha Nasr)
With the demolition of three Palestinian homes in the West Bank, on Thursday, and the sealing of a fourth, the total number of homes Israel had demolished or sealed shut since October of 2015, in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as a punishment to families, has now reached 41, according to the Abdullah Hourani Center for Studies.
Center director Suleiman Waari said Israel demolished 36 homes of Palestinians who allegedly attacked and killed Israelis, sealed shut with cement four others and welded shut a fifth after it was impossible to demolish it.
He said that 16 homes were for families of Palestinians who are currently in Israeli custody while the rest for families whose sons or daughters were killed.
Waari said, according to WAFA, that while Israel is quick to demolish family homes of alleged Palestinian attackers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which is a collective punishment policy, it has not taken any similar action against Israeli Jews who killed Palestinians in terror attacks.
He mentioned the murderers of the child Muhammad Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem, who was burnt alive, or the Dawabsha family in Douma, who were also killed after settlers set their home on fire.
He said the Israeli courts rejected petitions by the families of the Palestinian victims to demolish the homes of the convicted Jewish terrorists because, they said, demolition of homes is a deterrent policy aimed at Palestinians only.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Two Children In Beit Ummar
Several Israeli occupation military jeeps invaded, on Friday evening, Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, before the soldiers abducted two children.
Media activist, Mohammad Awad, said the soldiers abducted Baha’ Raed Moqbel, 16, and Odai Bassam Za’aqeeq, 15, and took them to Karmie Tzur illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands south of Beit Ummar.
In related news, a number of extremist Israeli colonists chased a Palestinian child, and hurled stones at a home, in Wad al-Hasseen area, close to Keryat Arba’ illegal colony, in Hebron city.
Israeli Theft of Palestinian Lands: Illegal Israeli Settlement Activities
Illegal Israeli Settlers Erect Mobile Homes Near Nablus
Illegal Israeli Jewish settlers, on Saturday, set up mobile homes in the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar, near the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlements activities in the northern West Bank.
He told WAFA that the homes were set up on land overlooking the villages of Burin and Urif, south of Nablus.
Mobile homes were also set up on land near Qosin as well as in the illegal settlement of Innab, west of Nablus.
It is believed the mobile homes were set up as part of a larger land-grab scheme in order to expand the existing settlements on nearby Palestinian land.
Settlement Activity Tripled in First Half of 2017
August 12, 2017 5:13 AM IMEMC News & Agencies
Israeli occupation authorities have escalated the illegal plunder of Palestinian land to build illegal settlements in West Bank, defying international consensus.
Illegal settlement activities in occupied Palestine have skyrocketed in recent months, almost tripling in 2017, compared to the number in the same period last year, according to a newly published report.
The report, which was issued by the Palestinian National Office for the Defence of Land and Resistance of Settlement, revealed striking facts about the illegal Israeli settlements, according to Days of Palestine,.
Illegal Israeli Settlements are considered illegal under the international law and even the Israeli law.
However, the consecutive Israeli government, right or left wing, allowed the expansion of settlements built on private Palestinian lands, which are considered unconstitutional by the occupation authority’s courts.
In clear defiance of the international public opinion, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is giving the greenlight to the settlement enterprises.
He laid the corner stone for 1,000 new settlement units in the illegal settlement of Beitar Illit, in the south of Bethlehem, where 50,000 Zionist settlers live.
“No other government has done as much for settlement in the land of Israel [occupied Palestine] as the government which I lead,” Netanyahu has said. “Our generation has succeeded in achieving what past generations only dreamed of.”
Having US President Donald Trump as a settlement supporter, Israel approved the construction of 2,500 new illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank, in January.
This came after an earlier announcement approving the construction of another 566 illegal settlement units in East Jerusalem.
Israel receives more than US$3bn of annual support from the United States.
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Illegal Israeli Settlers Torch Palestinian Vehicles
August 12, 2017 4:30 AM IMEMC News & Agencies
Illegal Israeli settlers, yesterday, set fire to two Palestinian vehicles and painted racist-vengeance slogans on the walls of local homes, in Ramallah’s northern town of Umm Safa.
The head of the village’s council, Marwan Sabah, said that a group of settlers attacked the town in the early hours of yesterday morning and burned two vehicles belonging to local residents of the village.
Sabah added, according to the PNN, that the Jewish settlers also painted slogans vowing revenge from the town’s residents, following the killing of three in the illegal Helmish settlement, which borders the Palestinian town in the north of Ramallah.
In days past, Israeli settlers of the Helmish and Ateret settlements carried out several attacks against Palestinian properties in the village, he noted.
Violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces also broke out today, in Ramallah’s northern village of Kubber, after forces brutally stormed the town amid heavy fire of rubber-coated bullets and tear gas bombs.
According to locals, a young Palestinian was hit by a rubber bullet during the clashes, while two relatives of a Palestinian prisoner were detained. The town’s entrance was also closed.
Illegal Israeli Settlers Chase A Child, Hurl Stones At A Home, In Hebron
A number of extremist illegal Israeli settlers chased, on Friday at night, a Palestinian child, and hurled stones at a home, in Wad al-Hasseen area, close to Keryat Arba’ illegal colony, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
Kayed Da’na said the colonists attacked his nephew, then chased him, before throwing stones at his home, when the child ran into the building to seek shelter.
Da’na added that the colonists have recently escalated their assaults against the Palestinians, their homes and property in the area.
“For more than a month now, every Friday and Saturday seem to witness most of the attacks, against us, our children and our homes,” he stated, “This night, they chased my nephew, and hurled stones at my home… if they managed to capture my nephew, only God knows what they would have done to him…”
Furthermore, resident Aref Jaber from the Salayma nearby neighborhood, said dozens of soldiers invaded the area, stopped and searched many Palestinians, and interrogated several residents while inspecting their ID cards.
PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
(03 – 09 August 2017)
August 13, 2017 6:11 AM IMEMC News & Agencies
Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied
Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 03 – 09 August 2017.
During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 10 Palestinian
civilians, including 9 civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Five
of them were in the West Bank while the 5 others were wounded in the
Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip continued to
chase the Palestinian fishermen in the sea. Israeli warplanes
carried out airstrikes against military training sites belonging to the
Palestinian armed groups.
“While I was near my house, an Israeli patrol stopped me and then
detained me. I was then taken to an investigation centre in “Kiryat Arba“ settlement,
where they took me to an investigation room. After that, they informed
me that there was a video showing I pushed an Israeli soldier in order
to seize his firearm. I denied all their claims and asked them to show
me the video. At approximately 18:00, I was released on one condition
that I should return back for interrogation if they summon me.”
One of the children namely Mahmoud Nihad Jaber (7), shouted at the settlers. In the meantime, one of Israeli soldiers came and pushed Mahmoud to the wall and held his hand. I then opened my house door to see what was going on, during which a number of Palestinian young men gathered and attempted to rescue Mahmoud. Meanwhile, the Israeli settlers attacked Ahmed Abed al-Kareem Jaber (15) and hit him with their hands. Ahmed attempted to defend himself, but 3 Israeli soldiers attacked him and pushed him to the wall. Ahmed fell into the ground, during which 2 Israeli soldiers sat over him and started punishing his head and back and then took him away. The Israeli settlers threw stones towards the Palestinian young men and their houses; one of the settlers had an automatic firearm and then pointed it at the Palestinian young men.
After that, an Israeli soldier intervened and took the settler away.
In the meantime, my neighbor, ‘Aref Jaber (45), arrived at my house
filmed what was happening via his phone. Three Israeli settlers then
attacked us, so a number of Israeli soldiers approached and took the
Israeli settlers away from us, while another Israeli soldier came
towards us and sarcastically asked us what is going on? The Israeli
settlers continued to throw stones and curse us. The stones heavily fell
over my house, so ‘Aref was hit with a stone to his head and started
bleeding. I then took him inside the house.”
PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the
settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR
further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East
Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s
unilateral disengagement plan of 2005. PCHR emphasizes that there
is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect
international human rights instruments and international humanitarian
law. Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and
the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a
way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the
PCHR calls upon the ICC in 2017 to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli
authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement
of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented
economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective
punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.
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