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In Christmas 2017, Israeli Occupation Soldiers Kill 3 Palestinians, Injure and Abduct Scores of Civilians, Including 'Ahd Al-Tamimi,

December 25, 2017 

Editor's Note:

The following news stories are just examples of the Israeli occupation government violations of Palestinian human rights, on daily basis.

More detailed news stories can be found at the following sources:,,

Palestinian Christians celebrate Christmas at the Manger Square, Bethlehem, Palestine, December 24, 2017 Israeli Occupation soldiers quelled a Christmas rally in Bethlehem on Saturday, December 23, 2017
1Funeral of 17-year-old Mohamed al-Dahdouh, who succumbed to Israeli-inflicted wounds, December 24, 2017 Palestinian Muslim worshippers in front of the Dome of the Rock, at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds, Jerusalem, December 24, 2017
Crying mother of Nabil Muhaisen, who was killed in Gaza by Israeli occupation soldiers, on December 23, 2017 Grieving family of Zakariya Kafarna, who was killed in Gaza by Israeli occupation soldiers, on December 23, 2017
Palestinian teenage journalist, 'Ahd Al-Tamimi, was abducted from her home by Israeli occupation soldiers on December 19, 2017 Palestinian girl, 'Ahd Al-Tamimi, in defiance to an Israeli occupation soldier, a checkpoint in the West Bank


Bethlehem: Christmas Eve Broadcasted Live from Manger Square

December 24, 2017 10:04 PM IMEMC News & Agencies

The Palestine News Network (PNN) has an open wave covering the marking of Christmas Eve in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, where thousands of locals and internationals are gathered.

Today’s events will include Christmas Carols organized by the Bethlehem Municipality.

Mayor of Bethlehem, Anton Salman, said that this year’s theme is “hope”, as it represents the hope and persistence of the Palestinian people, and the hope of having a better next year.

“The Palestinian people have succeeded because of the hope they have. We insist on continuing the struggle against the occupation and till we have Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.”

Speaking about Trump’s decision to make Israel the capital of Palestine, Salman said that the municipality held a press conference the day before, with church clerics, to assure rejection of the decision.

“We Christians, are part of the Palestinian people. Our message, of yesterday’s conference, was to say that we will never be divided, and we are one land, one people, Christians and Muslims.”

The wave, today, will also cover the reception of the Latin Apostolic Administration, Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who is the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Zoughbi Zoughbi from Wiam Center for studies said, in an interview, that today’s celebrations mean that Palestinians celebrate life and hope for peace. 

Israeli Soldiers Abduct At Least 26 Palestinians In The West Bank

December 25, 2017 12:43 PM IMEMC News

Israeli soldiers carried out, on Monday at dawn, extensive invasions and violent searches of homes and property, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and abducted at least 26 Palestinians, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

Most of the abducted Palestinians are from the northern West Bank governorate of Nablus, especially in Qusra village, and several surrounding communities.

The soldiers also abducted at least three Palestinians from the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem, during extensive and violent searches of home.

Media reports indicate that the number of abducted Palestinians is higher than 26, but the following names have been confirmed.

Increasing Number of Settler Raids on Al Aqsa Mosque

December 24, 2017 10:48 PM IMEMC News & Agencies

Dozens of extremist Israeli settlers stormed, on Sunday morning, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, under heavy guarded of Israeli police.

Jerusalemite sources reported, according to Al Ray, that about 45 settlers stormed the holy courtyards, under guard of the police, and organized provocative tours accompanied by rabbis who provided explanations about the alleged historical temple.

Jerusalemite prayers and students defended the raids, trying to pan them from touring the holy site.

It is worth noting that the number of Israeli settlers storming the holy site has raised since  US president Donald Trump’s declaration of occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 

Israeli Court Refuses To Release 'Ahd Al-Tamimi

December 25, 2017 1:46 AM IMEMC News

An Israeli occupation government court denied, Sunday, an appeal for the release of detained world-renowned teen journalist, ‘Ahd Al-Tamimi, 16, who stands accused of “assaulting soldiers,” who raided her family home in Nabi Saleh town, near Ramallah, before abducting her along with her mother, last Tuesday.

A video published on social media outlets showed Tamimi in court, cuffed and surrounded by Israeli officers, when a woman’s voice could be heard in the background saying, “’Hello 'Ahd, are you OK?” before the teenage girl nodded, while the soldiers were trying to prevent any communication her.

It is worth mentioning that, one day after the soldiers abducted ‘Ahd and her mother, the army invaded Nabi Saleh again and abducted her cousin Noor Tamimi.

The Israeli army is claiming that ‘Ahed attacked a soldier, when many officers attempted to invade her home.

Her father, Bassam Tamimi, stated that the Israeli court denied appeals filed for her release, and decided to remand her for an additional period, while the Israeli prosecution is trying to ramp up illegal charges against her.

“The Israeli occupation claims that it has a legal system, but such a system does not exist as these courts are run by the military which illegally occupies our land, and serves this colonialist regime and illegal occupation of our land,” he said.

It is worth mentioning that, when the soldiers abducted ‘Ahd, she was trying to stop them from occupying her home’s rooftop, to use it as a firing post against and a monitoring tower, in her town, known for ongoing nonviolent resistance against the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall and colonies.

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Six Palestinians As Colonists Uproot Trees

December 24, 2017 8:13 AM IMEMC News

Israeli soldiers shot, on Saturday evening, six Palestinians with live fire, and rubber-coated steel bullets, after a group of Palestinians tried to stop fanatic Israeli colonists, who invaded their olive orchards, and cut at least thirty trees, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The incident took place after the colonists invaded Palestinian olive orchards in Madama village, south of Nablus, and cut at least thirty trees, before the locals rushed to the lands and stopped the invaders.

Israeli soldiers then rushed to the area, and started firing at the Palestinians, wounding three with live fire, and three others with rubber-coated steel bullets, instead of removing the colonists.

Medical sources said the wounded Palestinians were rushed to a hospital in Nablus, suffering mild-to-moderate injuries.

In addition, the soldiers closed many Palestinian roads, in the southern and western parts of Nablus, and stopped dozens of cars, before searching them, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

The soldiers installed a roadblock on the main Nablus-Tulkarem road, west of Deir Sharaf town, in addition to another roadblock near Jeet junction, and a third roadblock north of Huwwara town, south of Nablus.

The soldiers stopped dozens of cars, and searched them, while interrogating many Palestinians, while a large number of colonists gathered in areas, west and south of Nablus, but the soldiers did not attempt to remove them.

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Calls on US to Withdraw Jerusalem Move

December 24, 2017 10:30 PM IMEMC News & Agencies

Spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Issa Musleh, on Sunday, called upon US president Donald Trump to withdraw his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to WAFA.

Musleh, speaking to Palestine TV, condemned Trump’s decision and stressed that all Palestinians, both Muslims and Christians, are united in their defense of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine.

He also called on the Palestinian people to adopt non-violent resistance to pave the way for ending the Israeli occupation and achieving independence.

Musleh reached out to the world’s Christians to support the Palestinian people and help their steadfastness on the land.

Christian Leaders: No Peace Without Jerusalem

December 23, 2017 7:41 PM IMEMC News & Agencies

Christian leaders stressed, on Saturday, the centrality of Jerusalem to all three monotheistic religions, denouncing the United States for declaring it the capital of Israel.

Speaking at a press conference in Bethlehem as Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas at the site where Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to have been born, Christian leaders said that without peace in Jerusalem, there will not be peace anywhere in the world.

“Those who want peace in Jerusalem should know that power will not bring peace,” said former Latin Patriarch Michel Sabah. “Peace starts with Jerusalem. Power cannot impose unjust peace.”

Sabah said that Jerusalem is holy for three religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism, and capital of two states, Palestine and Israel.

“The holy places are governed by the status quo, which should be respected,” he added, according to WAFA.

Attallah Hanna, a Greek Orthodox archbishop, said that Christians are  rejecting the US declaration on Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“This declaration is considered an insult and offensive to our people and an affront to Christians and Muslims who look at Jerusalem as the sanctuary of their national and religious beliefs and traditions.”

He considered the US decision on Jerusalem as “one of the most dangerous and worst US decisions,” adding that “we, as Christians of this land, are not goods imported from the West. No power in the world can uproot us from this land. We are part of the Arab Orient.”

Hanna vowed to protect the Christian property in Palestine, “and this way we will defeat (US President Donald) Trump’s project that aims to abolish the Palestinian cause and not only the issue of Jerusalem.”

Bishop Munib Younan of the Lutheran Church said that the Christian leaders wrote Trump before he announced his decision on Jerusalem, on December 6, urging him not to take any action that would prejudice the status of Jerusalem, “because it would harm peace and justice not only in Jerusalem, but the entire Middle East.”

He said that “there cannot be peace in the Middle East without peace in Jerusalem. It is time that our people gain their legitimate right in a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Father Ibrahim Filtis, a Franciscan priest, said that the US declaration has actually brought the Palestinian cause back to the forefront of world news and interest. “This is victory to the Palestinian cause, which is a central conflict and the mother of all conflicts.”

He said that as the community was considering whether to hold Christmas festivities or not due to the difficult political situation on the ground caused by the Trump declaration, “I believe we should rejoice this Christmas, celebrate it together and make it one of the most important holidays.”

He called for coming out on Christmas Eve, to receive the traditional Latin Patriarchate’s Christmas procession from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, which will be headed by Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, and walk with it to the Church of Nativity where the Midnight Mass will be held in the presence of President Mahmoud Abbas, “who everyone know that he is a man of peace.”

“What this will mean is that we are all united and that Jerusalem is for all. Without a solution to the issue of Jerusalem, there will not be peace in the world,” he said, adding, “We hope that the year 2018 will be the year for the end of the (Israeli) occupation and that the issue of Jerusalem will be resolved so that peace will prevail.”

Mitri Raheb, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, accused US President Trump of stealing the Christmas festivities from the Holy Land with his declaration on Jerusalem.

Israeli Occupation Army Kills Two Palestinians, Injures 123, In The Gaza Strip

December 23, 2017 1:37 AM IMEMC News

Israeli occupation soldiers killed, Friday, two Palestinians, and injured at least 123 others, including three who suffered life-threatening wounds, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, after the army, stationed across the border fence, resorted to the excessive use of force against Palestinian protesters, in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

Medical sources in the Shifa Hospital, in Gaza city, said the soldiers killed Mohammad Nabil Moheisin, 29, from Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of the city, after shooting him with a live round in the chest.

The Palestinian was shot by a soldier in a military tower, in Nahal Oz base, across the border fence, east of Gaza city.

Furthermore, the soldiers killed Zakariya al-Kafarna, 24, from Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, after shooting him with a live round in his chest, when the army attacked protesters, east of nearby Jabalia town, and also injured several other Palestinians with live fire.

Media sources in Gaza said the soldiers, stationed on military towers, and in tanks across the border fence, east of Jabalia, fired dozens of live rounds at the Palestinians, wounding many, including al-Kafarna, who was shot in the chest.

Al-Kafarna was rushed to the Indonesian Hospital, in Beit Lahia, but died from his serious wounds shortly after being moved there.

Medics also provided treatment to dozens of Palestinians, who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed that 123 Palestinians were shot with live Israeli army fire, and dozens suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, in the northern and eastern parts of the besieged coastal region.

It added that among the wounded were five medics, and four journalists.

In Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, the soldiers shot eight young Palestinian men, especially in the area close to Erez Terminal, before they were rushed to the Indonesian Hospital, suffering moderate wounds.

Furthermore, the soldiers shot 27 Palestinians in Jabalia, in northern Gaza; one of them suffered a serious injury, while most of the wounded residents suffered moderate wounds.

Ten Palestinians were also shot, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in Central Gaza; one of them suffered a serious injury, and was rushed to the Al-Aqsa Hospital, in nearby Deir al-Balah city.

In addition, the soldiers shot 22 Palestinians east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza strip, and six others in nearby Rafah, before they were all moved to Nasser Hospital and Abu Yousef an-Najjar Hospital, suffering moderate wounds.

The Palestinian Red Crescent in the Gaza Strip has reported that its medics also provided treatment to at least 100 Palestinians, including many women and children, who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers have injured at least 35 Palestinians, including more than five medics, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian Dies From Wounds Suffered A Week Earlier In Gaza

December 23, 2017 9:29 AM IMEMC News

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that a Palestinian man died, Saturday, from wounds he suffered a week earlier, east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Ministry said the young man, Sharif al-‘Abed Shalashel, 28, suffered a serious injury after the soldiers shot him with live fire, and remained in a critical condition until he succumbed to his wounds.

He was injured on the same day when the soldiers killed four Palestinians, and wounded at least 367 others, in the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank,

His death came less than a day after the soldiers killed, Friday, two Palestinians, identified as Mohammad Nabil Moheisin, 29, from Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of the city, and Zakariya al-Kafarna, 24, from Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza.

The Health Ministry said Sharif’s death, brings the number of Palestinians, who were killed by Israeli army fire since the U.S.

President made his illegal recognition of occupied Jerusalem as a unified capital of Israel, on October 6th, to fourteen Palestinians, in addition to at least 3000 Palestinians who were injured by army fire.

Army Injures Seven Palestinians, Abduct A Child, in Nablus

December 23, 2017 1:58 AM IMEMC News

Israeli soldiers invaded, Friday, the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and opened fire on dozens of Palestinian protesters, in addition to firing gas bombs at homes, wounding seven, and causing others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. The soldiers also abducted one child in Nablus city.

Media sources said several armored military jeeps invaded the village, and fired many gas bombs at local protesters, pushing many to hurl stone at the invading forces.

The soldiers also fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, wounding seven, including four who were suffered moderate injuries, and were rushed to Salfit governmental hospital.

One Palestinian suffered cuts and bruises, after falling when many soldiers chased him, but were unable to abduct him.

In addition, the head of al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya Village Council, Samer ‘Oweiss, said the army also closed the main entrance of the village with concrete blocks, and sand hills.

In related news, the soldiers abducted a Palestinian child, identified as Mohammad Abu Kamla, from Nablus city, while riding his bicycle in the al-Quds Street, near the southern entrance of the city.

The child was taken prisoner when the soldiers assaulted Palestinian protesters, and fired many gas bombs at them.

Palestinian medics tried to secure the release of the child, who was just passing through the area, but the soldiers attacked them, and took him to Huwwara military base.

Also on Friday, the soldiers killed two Palestinians, and injured at least 123 others, including three who suffered life-threatening wounds, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, after the army, stationed across the border fence, resorted to the excessive use of force against Palestinian protesters, in several parts of the Gaza Strip.


On 20 Military Jeeps, Israeli Occupation Soldiers Arrested the Palestinian "Blond Girl," Ahd Al-Tamimi

December 25, 2017, RAMALLAH, (PIC) + -

Fear never got to her heart. She got rid of her own fear. She was also injured by three Israeli rubber-coated bullets in her thin body. The Israeli occupation wanted to kill her more than once, but it did not succeed in shutting down these beautiful eyes filled with freedom and willingness.

Whenever you write down her name, Ahed Tamimi, on the search engines on the internet, dozens of pictures of a blonde girl full of pride and honor, jump up. The world has known her as the girl who does not accept oppression, and her eternal words while facing the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) telling them to ‘get out of Palestine’ are still resonating in people’s minds.

Ahed, got much of her name’s meaning in her character as she dedicated herself and her people not to calm down or give up as long as her country is occupied and violated, thus the Israeli army sent dozens of soldiers to arrest her.

More than twenty Israeli patrols, as her father Basem al-Tamimi told the PIC reporter, arrested his daughter on Monday night (18/12/2017) in the village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The IOF claims that Ahed, 17 years old, confronted the occupation soldiers when they tried to storm her family's house during a protest over the American decision on Jerusalem.

Al-Tamimi told the PIC reporter that the IOF soldiers stormed their house late in the night, during which they confiscated a number of computers and mobile phones, before arresting his daughter, Ahed.

The IOF soldiers later arrested Nariman al-Tamimi, the mother of Ahed in front of the Benjamin military camp, north of Ramallah, when she went there to check on her daughter.

A courageous childhood
Since her childhood, she has been known as the most courageous in confronting the Israeli army’s aggression against her family and neighbors. Her mother managed to rescue her brother Mohammed from the occupation forces as they tried to arrest him before.

As her father Bassim asserts that Ahed does not miss participating in the weekly protest every Friday in the Nabi Saleh village, screaming in the face of the occupation, ‘Get out of our land. This land is not yours.’ He revealed that she always wished to study law to become a lawyer to defend her homeland, her family and her people.

The protest of Nabi Salih began in December 2009 as a weekly protest of the villagers and some international solidarity activists against the Apartheid Wall and the expropriation of the village’s lands in favor of the Jewish Halamish settlement, as part of the popular resistance against the Apartheid Wall.

As social media was filled with images of Ahed, who was famous for her courage, she received unprecedented recognition by winning the Handala Award for Courage, in December 2012, presented by the municipality of Başakşehir in Istanbul, Turkey, and meeting the then Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who praised her courage.

Struggling family
Ahed belongs to a well-known Palestinian family, known for their struggle against the occupation, living in a state of almost daily harassment by the occupation due to their residence in an area under Israeli control. Her father was arrested more than nine times, her mother was arrested five times, as well as her brother, in addition to the martyrdom of her maternal and paternal uncles by the IOF.

Since she was four, she has been participating in the anti-occupation protests, “She does not fear the occupation, she believes in what she is doing, and believes that going out in the anti-Israeli occupation rallies is an incentive for the Palestinian people to continue,” says her father.

The Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth published an article on its front page, which referred to what is called the phenomenon of Palestinian girls, minors, and women attacking Israeli soldiers during demonstrations and confrontations against Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, in protest of the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The newspaper noted that after the arrest of Tamimi, the Israeli army will launch a special campaign targeting Palestinian girls who are taped attacking the occupation soldiers and participating in the confrontations taking place in the occupied Palestinian territories for the third week in a row.

Three injuries
Before she was arrested, Ahed was not a normal girl. She was hit three times by rubber-coated bullets and her hand was broken. Despite this, she did not abandon her courage and continued to defend herself and her family and shout at the soldiers.

Despite the detention of Ahed, the Tamimi family is still at the danger of ‘forced displacement’ because of the continuous threats by the IOF to demolish its house at the pretext of not obtaining a construction license.


'Ahd Al-Tamimi: The Symbol of the New Defiant Palestinian Generation

By Hossam Shaker

A girl has defied the occupation with unrivalled courage. Over the past years, the media has broadcasted videos of her daringly confronting the heavily armed occupation soldiers, face to face, and demanding that they leave the territories they are forcibly occupying, indifferent to their threats and attacks. This blond Palestinian girl is 16-year-old 'Ahd Tamimi who grew up in the village of Nabi Salih in the West Bank. This village is experienced in the art of popular resistance and mass confrontations with armed occupation soldiers and settlers.

Early on in her childhood, 'Ahd has mastered the use of school principle language with the aggressive armed soldiers. She addresses them like rebellious children and expertly reprimands them and degrades their army. While doing so, she uses her own weapon: a smart phone that records her moments of defiance for her people and the whole world to see.

The entire Tamimi family is involved in this tradition, after realising the impact the use of a phone camera has in cornering the occupation soldiers and curbing their usual aggressive behaviour. The soldiers cannot confront a camera that exposes their harassment of the Palestinians across the world and openly reveals their faces.

The occupation did not take into account the fact that the smart phone would be invented and would be added to the Palestinian trenches during clashes and confrontations in Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps. Today, after the Palestinian people are winning the battle of image by exposing their reality exactly the way it is, the Israeli propaganda is busy trying to distract the world from this reality and whitewash the military occupation and illegal settlements. The Israeli propaganda machine also tries to justify the construction of walls and imposing a new system of isolation on the Palestinians. While, the Palestinians know that their struggle on the ground will not be decided or won by the camera, they are aware of its impact, at least in depriving the occupation’s propaganda from winning the hearts and minds of the world.

'Ahd Al-Tamimi was arrested on 19 December 2017. Her mother was then arrested after visiting her at the Israeli army’s detention centre a few hours later. The arrest occurred after Ahed gave the occupation soldiers a dose of admonishment after they gathered around her family’s home in order to attack the young Palestinians in the village. The courageous young girl demanded that they leave immediately, and once they tried to beat her, she, along with her sister, delivered blows and kicks, forcing them to flee. Millions on social networking sites witnessed this, thanks to the smart phone camera.

'Ahd is one of the symbols of a Palestinian generation full of boldness which refuses to keep their anger bottled up. It is a generation that announces its defiance and does not care about the resulting beatings, arrests and even field executions that the occupation forces have increasingly committed against Palestinian minors since October 2015. It has become easy for the soldiers to open fire on these minors in cold blood.

'Ahd Al-Tamimi is an example of the development of a new generation of the successive Palestinian intifada generations. This generation that declares its rebellion against the reality of apartheid and systematic intimidation practiced against them by the occupation forces, this includes the arrest campaigns occurring at dawn every morning, accompanied by military attacks on villages and raiding of homes at bedtime. Thousands of Palestinian children have several experiences etched into their memories of being awoken by heavily armed soldiers in their bedrooms, some of whom are masked, and 'Ahd is one of these children. She had witnessed the arrest of her family members, including her father, Bassem Al-Tamimi, who has been arrested nine times so far, and still seems more determined than ever to challenge the occupation.

This Palestinian generation, which is full of anger and rage caused by the reality of the military occupation, does not know the meaning of fear. A reckless American president giving Jerusalem to the Israeli military occupation was enough to ignite the mass popular Palestinian anger that lurks beneath the surface. This seems to be a new wave of anger that has begun to take on the characteristics of an intifada, with the use of stones and smart phones.

The Israeli leadership may believe that it has finally conquered Jerusalem, has cut the path to the establishment of a Palestinian state, and ensured its control over the land. However, this arrogant logic leads it to a serious predicament, it itself created. The army forces, with their weapons and ammunition, have to chase children in their villages everyday and engage in daily clashes with angry youths at various crossroads and checkpoints. These disturbing incidents are seen by the world, such as the incident when 15 armed soldiers beat a young helpless unarmed Palestinian boy as old as their children. This boy is Fawzi Al-Junaidi, who was subjected to their big fists while he continued to unflinchingly hold his head up high. He is also another symbol of a Palestinian generation the Israeli occupation will not be able to claim domination over.

- Hossam Shaker is an expert on Arab-European affairs and a journalist and an author. His article was published in MEMO.


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