Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding

News, September 2017


Al-Jazeerah History


Mission & Name  

Conflict Terminology  


Gaza Holocaust  

Gulf War  




News Photos  

Opinion Editorials

US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)




Editorial Note: The following news reports are summaries from original sources. They may also include corrections of Arabic names and political terminology. Comments are in parentheses.

Share the link of this article with your facebook friends


Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct More Palestinians, Attack Farmers and Students, Raid Commercial Centers

September 10, 2017 

Editor's Note:

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 surround a Palestinian young man, ready to shoot him, during a raiding spree in the West Bank, September 10, 2017 Israeli occupation soldiers illegally raid the Palestinian city of Al-Khalil, Hebron, September 10, 2017


Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Sixteen Palestinians In The West Bank

September 11, 2017 12:48 PM IMEMC News

Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, overnight and earlier Monday, at least fourteen Palestinians from their homes, in various parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

In Ramallah governorate, in central West Bank, the soldiers invaded and searched many homes, and abducted five Palestinians, identified as ’Akef Hussein Abu Alia from al-Mogheer town, Shadi Mousa Jom’a from Ein Yabroud, in addition to Waseem Asfour, Tha’er Qaher Kabaha and Suleiman Asfour, from Sinjel town.

In occupied East Jerusalem, the soldiers stormed and searched homes in Silwan town, and abducted Wael ‘Oleyyan, 18, Mohammad Abu Sbeih, 19, and Mohammad Abu Khalaf, 18.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted Nader Hamed Natsha, 31, Mos’ab Abdul-Hadi Ja’bari, 34, and Khaled Hatem Abu Sneina, 19, from their homes in different parts of the governorate.

In addition, the Jenin office of the PPS, in northern West Bank, has reported that the soldiers abducted a blind man identified as Sheikh Ezzeddin Amarna, and Ghaleb Mohammad Atatra, from Ya’bad town.

The soldiers also invaded and searched homes in Nablus, in northern West Bank, and abducted Mohammad Ghassan Hann, 19, Bashar Samer Dweikat, 19.

In Tulkarem, also in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as ‘Ala Adeeb Shreiteh.

Israeli Occupation Soldiers Open Fire At Farmers, Abduct A Patient, in The Gaza Strip

September 11, 2017 3:16 AM IMEMC News

Israeli occupation soldiers  fired many rounds of live ammunition at Palestinian farmers in their lands, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip, and abducted a patient at Beit Hanoun (Erez) border terminal.

The soldiers, stationed on military towers across the border fence in southern Gaza, fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers, forcing them out of their lands.

Media sources in Khan Younis said the farmers fled their lands in fear of further Israeli escalation.

In related news, the soldiers abducted a patient, identified as Fadel Abu Hasseera, 27, as he was trying to cross Erez terminal, in northern Gaza, for medical treatment.

The Palestinian received a permit from the Israeli authorities, but the soldiers abducted him after her arrived at Erez on his way to a hospital.

Israeli Occupation Soldiers Raid Hebron Commercial Center

September 11, 2017 2:19 AM IMEMC News & Agencies

09/10/17 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil team

On Friday, 8th of September, large amounts  of Israeli occupation soldiers went into the H1 area of occupied Hebron, supposedly under full Palestinian control. The army  used teargas and stun grenades  at one of the main junctions in downtown Hebron, effecting the accessibility of the Manara sqaure area for Palestinian citizens.

After Friday noon-prayer, the normal small scale protests took place by young Palestinians where ten soldiers came out of the H2 area monitoring the protesters in the street. Following this, the protesters backed away and discontinued their protesting. About fifteen minutes later, 40 soldiers invaded the area throwing sound grenades within the Old City and moving up into the main central hub of Hebron, in an area supposedly under full Palestinian control, in two military vehicles. Some rocks were thrown at the soldiers by a few Palestinian youth, which was immediately met with unreasonable force by soldiers throwing stun grenades and several tear gas canisters in an area with uninvolved civilians.

Many Palestinians were forced to rapidly drive away in their cars in order to escape the suffocating effects of teargas used by the israeli forces in a civilian neighborhood.  These included young children and families, and additionally many shop owners had to evacuate their shops due to the amount of tear gas clouds.

The direction of the wind blew the tear gas back towards the soldiers who were throwing it, indicating that this disruption was not thoroughly planned, and many of the soldiers were not experienced enough to handle tear gas in the first place. Consequently, the soldiers were forced back past Shuhada checkpoint and into the H2-area under full Israeli military control. Tear gas, a so-called ‘non-lethal weapon’, causes effects of suffocation and untreated can lead to death. Many of its long terms effects are still unknown.

Friday is a holy day in Islam, and many Palestinian citizens were enjoying their day off of work in the city-center. Most did not expect to have the city center disrupted by the Israeli forces, and others who work even on holidays, lost some of their daily income. The area which was invaded, is part of the H1-area, which according to the Hebron Protocol, is supposedly under full Palestinian control. This disruption was an extremely exaggerated response, in view of the fact that the small amount of protesters were not posing any kind of imminent threat.

Visit the official website of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

Israeli Occupation Soldiers Teargas Students in Abu Dis

September 11, 2017 2:13 AM IMEMC News & Agencies

Israeli occupation soldiers stormed the town of Abu Dis, in the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, on Sunday morning, and fired tear gas at university students and young schoolchildren at al-Quds University.

Hani Halabiya, a spokesman of the Popular Resistance Committees in the town, told Ma’an News Agency that several university students, as well as schoolchildren that were also at the campus, suffered from tear gas inhalation as soldiers “haphazardly” showered the area with tear gas.

An Israeli occupation army spokesperson said that they were “looking into reports” of the raid.

Al-Quds University, along with other Palestinian universities, has been subjected to numerous Israeli military raids in the past. Six al-Quds University students were shot and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes there, in April.

The university was raided several times last year, when Israeli forces destroyed school’s property, injured scores of students during clashes, confiscated the school’s equipment and documents, and even staged a raid during a book fair for students in need, proceeding to destroy and confiscate all of the contents of the fair meant for struggling, low-income students.

Moshe Ya’alon: Dawabsha Murders on Our Hands

September 11, 2017 1:58 AM IMEMC News & Agencies

Israeli former Chief of Israeli occupation forces, Moshe Ya’alon, called out the Israeli government and bore it the responsibility over the arson attack and subsequent murder of the Dawabsha family, near Douma town in the West Bank.

Ya’alon said, in a statement to Israeli  radio, that Dawabsha family’s death was “on our hands”.

Ya’alon also said, according to Al Ray Palestinian News Agency, “When we evacuated Beit El homes years ago, the settlers threw stones at our soldiers, the Ministry of Education attacked us and demanded to attack the Supreme Court officials; therefore, it is not surprising that we have  {those} who burn mosques and churches, cut down olive trees, and burn the whole family alive in Douma, don’t be shocked.”

The illegal extremist Israeli settlers burnt Dawabsha family’s home in July 2015, resulted in killing the parents and their infant.

Search IMEMC: “Dawabsha”

Woman Injured After Illegal Israeli Settlers Assaulted Hurled Stones At Her Home In Hebron

September 10, 2017 7:46 AM IMEMC News Hebron,

An Palestinian woman was injured, on Saturday evening, after a number of illegal extremist Israeli settlers hurled stones at her as she was sitting on her balcony, in the Old City of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.

Medical sources said the woman, Hala Abu Rajab, 55, suffered wounds to her face, and was rushed to the Hebron governmental hospital.

Her son, Monatser, said she was just sitting on her balcony, when the colonists started hurling stones at her, in addition to shouting insults and threats, causing anxiety attacks, especially the terrorized children, in the attacked homes.

The attacked home is located near Abu ar-Reesh Israeli military roadblock, leading to the Ibrahimi Mosque; the soldiers did not attempt to intervene.


Gaza Poverty Rate Reaches 80%, as a Result of the Israeli Blockade and the Israeli-Egyptian Siege Since 2007

Al-Jazeerah, Editor's Note, September 10, 2017

The Palestinian territory of Gaza Strip is the most densely populated area in the world, as about two million people are forced to live in an area of about 30 miles long and about 3-7 miles wide.

These are the descendants of Palestinian refugees, who were forced by the Israeli terrorist organization to leave their cities and villages during the 1948 war, and were never allowed to return after the war.

In addition, to evicting them from their lands and homes in 1948, the Israeli occupation government launched successive wars on them in 1956, 1967, 2009, 2012, and 2014, in addition to permanent persecution and oppression since 1967.

Since 2007, Gaza strip has been subjected to continuous Israeli blockade and siege, in which Egypt also participated by closing its border crossing with Gaza most of the time.

Thus, this high rate of poverty is the result of the Israeli continuous brutality and devastation against Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

Gaza Poverty Rate Reaches 80%

September 9, 2017 10:24 PM IMEMC News & Agencies

Chairman of the Popular Committee Against the Siege on Gaza said, on Friday, that poverty rate among Palestinians in the territory of Gaza Strip has reached 80 per cent.

“This has had disastrous effects on all aspects of life,” explained Jamal Al-Khodari in a press statement. “Moreover, at a time of unprecedented crises, punishing measures taken by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank have complicated the situation.”

He pointed out, according to Days of Palestine, that unemployment in Gaza stands at 60 per cent, among the highest rates in the world.

The independent MP said that the only solution for saving the Gaza Strip is achieving internal reconciliation, ending the division and lifting the Israeli-led siege. The latter, stressed Al-Khodari, and the opening of the Gaza border crossings unconditionally, is very important.

Furthermore, he suggested that an emergency fund should be established to tackle the crises by funding employment projects for labourers as well as graduates, and allocating more money to rebuild Gaza.

Thousands of young Palestinian graduates have no employment opportunities in the besieged territory.

Al-Khodari noted that the electricity crisis has a major impact on the provision of healthcare and education, as well as the commercial, industrial and social sectors.

The economic situation, he said, is “very difficult” due to the full or partial closure of hundreds of factories in the Gaza Strip. The MP estimated the losses at tens of millions of US dollars.

Al-Khodari also referred to the severe shortage of medicines and medical disposables, and the reduction of medical referrals abroad, which have exacerbated the troubled healthcare sector in the Gaza Strip.

06/16/17 PA Cuts Gaza Medical Supplies by 90%

Palestinians raise money to send to Houston Hurricane Relief

September 10, 2017 10:37 AM IMEMC News

After a Category 4 Hurricane, Hurricane Harvey, devastated the city of Houston with severe flooding, people around the world have offered support. And Palestinians are no exception. On September 2nd, a Palestinian non-profit coalition based in Ramallah launched a campaign to raise aid money for the people of Houston, and hundreds of Palestinians have already signed on to support.

This humanitarian campaign comes in the midst of a severe economic crisis for the Palestinian people, who, despite the shortages and hardships they themselves are facing, have managed to raise a substantial amount to send to the victims of the hurricane in the US.

The fundraising campaign was organized by the American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine (AFRP) as a symbol of compassion and support from the Palestinian and Arab-American communities.

Dr. Hanna Hanania, the head of the Federation, stated that, “the campaign does not differentiate between the members of the American community in Houston, but rather seeks to help everyone based on the values and culture of the Palestinians who were raised on helping others in their homelands and in the diaspora.”

Wafa Baba, a member of the federation and coordinator in Houston, said that, “The Palestinians in Houston appreciate the initiative of the Federation and its efforts to provide support and communication”. 


Share the link of this article with your facebook friends

Fair Use Notice

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.




Opinions expressed in various sections are the sole responsibility of their authors and they may not represent Al-Jazeerah & &