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Why Israel Wants to Destroy This Palestinian Village (VIDEO - Please Watch)


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Evelyn
- 181 days ago - facebook.com
Israel wants to connect two illegal settlements on Palestinian land with hundreds of new buildings. The problem - there's a Palestinian village in the way. (The witness of an international peace worker)



   

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Sue H (7)
Sunday October 21, 2018, 12:32 pm
Heartbreaking.
 

Peggy B (43)
Sunday October 21, 2018, 5:36 pm
Shared
 

Colleen L (3)
Sunday October 21, 2018, 6:11 pm
Heartbreaking indeed.
Thanks Evelyn
 

Lona G (66)
Sunday October 21, 2018, 9:02 pm
It's a little strange to thank you for posting a video that is so depressing to watch, Evelyn, but thanks for spreading this information and making people aware of the plight of the Palestinians, trying to go on with living their lives as normally as possible while waiting for their village to be destroyed by Israeli occupational forces, who have no right to do so under international law, but continue to do so unpunished.
 

Shirley S (187)
Sunday October 21, 2018, 9:32 pm
Awful !
 

Evelyn B (63)
Monday October 22, 2018, 3:58 am
I know it is very hard to watch - but people need to be made aware.
Things are getting worse and worse for the Palestinians under Occupation.

And the US policies now are effectively giving the Israeli government a free pass to intensify their abuses.
 

Chrissie R (10)
Monday October 22, 2018, 4:47 am
Ask hamas/palestinian authority/iran.
 

fly bird (26)
Monday October 22, 2018, 5:18 am
The occupation of Palestine, and all U.S. aid to Israel, must end.

It is enabling the exploitations of American taxpayers, and a crime against Palestinian human rights.

The siege of Gaza must end. The 'settlements'/colonizing is land theft/annexations of Palestinian territory.
Palestinians have a right to their freedom, their lands and to exist, free from occupation, on their own lands, in their own homes, without being evicted by newcomers, and terrorists, aimed at ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Thank you for sharing, Evelyn.

Free Palestine!
 

Sheila D (194)
Monday October 22, 2018, 9:16 am
What is sad is that many Jewish in America see nothing wrong with this. We are called names if we say no more money to Israel. Videos like this and articles about how the Palestinian people are treated said to be propaganda. How can those of us who care combat this kind of prejudice and that particular propaganda? We can post articles and videos until H freezes over and they will not believe. Yes, it's frustrating to me. Thanx Evelyn.
 

Farah Hage Ali (155)
Monday October 22, 2018, 11:12 am
shared, thank you
 

fahad A (140)
Monday October 22, 2018, 4:02 pm
Zionist state at this time the peak of its racist actions and the killing of innocent Palestinians almost daily! The reason is called Trump !!! and some treachery of Arab presidents and some Western countries! They are carrying out what -called Century Deal! Evacuating Jerusalem from the indigenous Palestinian population and settling the Palestinian refugees abroad! The goal is to blur the Palestinian issue and not just evacuate the khan Al Ahmar !!
 

fly bird (26)
Monday October 22, 2018, 9:25 pm
it is a form of bullying... intimidation.. somewhat reminiscent, I might say, to those, who may have spoken up against the Nazi party, or wanted to..

This is America - there is 'freedom of speech'... for all. Some may not like what you say.. they don't have to listen, or be persuaded to.

Thanks Evelyn

Thanks Evelyn
 

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday October 23, 2018, 12:58 pm
Sheila - yes, it is very frustrating, because many can't or won't look beyond the powerful pro-Zionist propaganda, to see how Israeli strategies and policies prevent any peace building to progress.

A classic example above - reference to Hamas, Iran ...

As if Hamas were carrying out daily attacks with sophisticated weapons across the border equivalent to the attacks from IDF across the border!

Hamas' extremist anti-Israel statements date from 20 years ago. Hamas has proposed a long term ceasefire under terms and conditions that for them are very serious - but Israel avoids even considering their proposals. It is far more convenient to keep Hamas as a flag to prove that Israel must be aggressive for its own security ...

Israeli action, continued oppression, tolerance of actions by settlers that should never be accorded impunity etc ensure that suffering & frustration continue in the Palestinian population. "To exist is to resist".

In any other context, the world (including Jewish communities) would recognise the right of an oppressed population to resist - and would admire the extent of non-violent resistance. But guilt about past abusive treatment of the Jews combined with clever manipulation of news ensures that most people accept Israel's excuse of "self protection" and look no further at what Israeli policies do to the indigenous population - especially in the Occupied Territories (which are NOT Israel, although Israeli settlements, illegal under international law, are spreading out over more and more of Palestine) and Gaza - where a stranglehold over land, air & sea is even worse than "Occupation".
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday October 23, 2018, 8:52 pm
Despite delay, Israel determined to destroy Khan al-Ahmar.
23 October 2018

A shepherd walks with his herd of sheep in the early hours of the morning in Khan al-Ahmar, 13 September. (Oren Ziv / ActiveStills)

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Israel postponed the demolition and forcible transfer of the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar on Sunday.

The delay was intended “to exhaust a proposal for voluntary evacuation,” according to Israeli daily Haaretz.

Villagers have consistently and vehemently opposed a forcible transfer from their land, which can in no way be “voluntary” when made under threat.

“Khan al-Ahmar will be evacuated, it’s a court ruling, that’s our policy and it will be done,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a press conference with US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday.

Netanyahu added that the delay will be brief, until residents grant Israel “consent” to vacate and destroy their village.

Right-wing Israeli ministers opposed Netanyahu’s decision, including education minister Naftali Bennett, justice minister Ayelet Shaked and lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich.

All three are members of the extreme right-wing nationalist party Habayit Hayehudi.

“Khan al-Ahmar has to be taken down. We have to stand against the world,” Smotrich said on Monday atop a hill overlooking the village, according to Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post.

“We need to remove this community after giving them an alternative,” deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely said at the hill earlier that day.

“The Israeli government invested millions in creating this alternative, and I think the international community would be much more helpful if they would not use the Bedouins as a political tool,” Hotovely said.

Yehuda Glick, a lawmaker from Netanyahu’s own Likud Party, and a leader in the Jewish extremist movement that aims to destroy Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque, joined Hotovely on her visit to Khan al-Ahmar.

The choice between garbage or sewage

The alternatives Israel has proposed are not suitable for the nomadic lifestyle of Bedouins living in Khan al-Ahmar.

“Either next to a garbage dump or a sewage dump, those are the alternatives Israel is proposing,” Tawfique Jabareen, an attorney representing Khan al-Ahmar residents, told Israel’s i24 News.



Israel wants to force Khan al-Ahmar’s residents to move to an area called “al-Jabal West,” located near the landfill of the Palestinian village of Abu Dis. Israel also proposed moving the villagers to an area adjacent to a sewage treatment facility near the settlement of Mitzpe near the occupied West Bank city of Jericho.

Jabareen added that the villagers proposed to the Israeli high court migrating a few hundred meters from their current location but still remaining within Khan al-Ahmar, an idea Israel rejected.

ICC warns of war crimes

The delay announced by Israel came after International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda expressed concern over the situation in Khan al-Ahmar.

“Extensive destruction of property without military necessity and population transfers in an occupied territory constitute war crimes,” Bensouda stated on 17 October.

“I therefore feel compelled to remind all parties that the situation remains under preliminary examination by my office.”

Israeli police and civil administration – the military bureaucracy that administers the occupation of the West Bank – have not been told to leave the land, according to Haaretz.

In recent weeks, Israeli authorities arrived in the village to prepare for the demolition, and at times arrested and injured protesters. Israeli settlers regularly harass residents as well:

Activists and journalists have been staying with residents overnight at the village to resist Israeli encroachment and the imminent demolition.

Khan al-Ahmar lies between the Israeli settlements of Maaleh Adumim and Kfar Adumim.

This land east of Jerusalem, the so-called E1 zone, is where Israel plans to expand its mega-settlement of Maaleh Adumim, completing the isolation of the northern and southern parts of the West Bank from each other and encircling Jerusalem with settlements.

All of Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank are illegal under international law.

On Monday, France – one of a number of European states that have opposed Israel’s plan to destroy Khan al-Ahmar on the basis that doing so would jeopardize the two-state solution – said it “takes note” of the delay.

“We call on the Israeli authorities to permanently abandon their plans to demolish Khan al-Ahmar and remove the uncertainty surrounding the fate of this village.”

However, other than verbal opposition, EU states have failed to spell out clear consequences for Israel if it defies these calls.

Taking over Hebron

Meanwhile, Israel approved a plan to expand a Jewish-only settlement in the heart of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron earlier this month.

This will be the first settlement construction in the heart of Hebron in over a decade, according to Haaretz.

Construction of the $6-million project, which is set to include 31 residential units, could begin any day.

Part of the project is on a former Israeli military base which, according to Haaretz, “was built on land that had been owned by Jews.”

Bogus land ownership claims are often put forward when Israel builds settlements in the West Bank.

“Setting fire to the region”

Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman celebrated the new settlement.

“A new Jewish neighborhood in Hebron, for the first time in 20 years,” he tweeted.



Lieberman praised the government for approving his plans for the neighborhood, the so-called Hezekiah Quarter, which he called “another important milestone in the extensive activity we are leading to strengthen settlement in Judea and Samaria.”

Ayman Odeh, the head of the Joint Arab List in Israel’s parliament, condemned the move, accusing the government of continually “setting fire to the region and then shouting that there is no partner” to make peace, all for the benefit of a “handful of extremist settlers.”

More than 800 settlers live in a zone in the heart of Hebron under full Israeli military control.

Israeli settlers permanently took over most of the city’s Ibrahimi mosque following the 1994 massacre of 29 Palestinian worshippers at the site by Baruch Goldstein, an American settler.

Palestinians have long feared that the division of the Ibrahimi mosque could serve as a model for an Israeli takeover of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa compound in whole or in part.

Settlers roam freely in the area of Hebron which is under full Israeli military control, while Palestinians are subjected to severe movement restrictions, including segregated roads, and violence and harassment by soldiers and settlers alike.



Hebron demolitions

Israeli occupation forces have meanwhile been carrying out demolitions of Palestinian homes in areas around Hebron and other parts of the occupied West Bank.

Earlier this month, Israeli forces confiscated a tent from a family of six in the village of Khirbet al-Halawa, in the occupied West Bank’s South Hebron Hills.

The family included four children, all of whom were left homeless, B’Tselem reported.

Khirbet al-Halawa is in a cluster of villages called Masafer Yatta.

On 3 October, Israeli forces arrived at Khirbet al-Mufaqara, also in Masafer Yatta, and confiscated building materials for a prefabricated home.

Residents of villages in Masafer Yatta have been living with the threat of forcible expulsion for two decades.

“Since the 1990s, Israel has been systemically attempting to drive the Palestinian residents of Masafer Yatta from their home,” B’Tselem stated.

Both Masafer Yatta and Khan al-Ahmar lie in Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank.

Area C remains under complete Israeli military rule under the terms of the Oslo accords signed between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization in the 1990s.

Israel has refused to permit nearly all Palestinian construction in Area C, forcing Palestinians to build without permits and to live in constant fear that their homes or communities will be demolished.

Early Tuesday, Israeli occupation forces dismantled and seized caravans used as classrooms in Ibziq, a village in the northern Jordan Valley, in the occupied West Bank.

A video posted by activists shows Israeli forces carting the structures away on trucks.

The caravans were reportedly funded by the European Union and Finland, which have done nothing to hold Israel accountable for the destruction of tens of millions of dollars of projects for Palestinians paid for by European taxpayers.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/despite-delay-israel-determined-destroy-khan-al-ahmar
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday October 25, 2018, 8:34 pm
PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (18 – 24 October 2018)
October 25, 2018

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of (18 – 24 October, 2018.

Israeli soldiers continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian youngster was killed in eastern Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, while
342 civilians, including 60 children, 4 women, 6 journalists and 3 paramedics, were wounded; 14 of them sustained serious wounds.

Shooting:

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 30th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian, and wounded 342 civilians, including 60 children, 4 women, 6 journalists, and 3 paramedics. The injury of 14 of them was reported serious. Moreover, 2 civilians were wounded during an Israeli airstrike. In the West Bank, a Palestinian civilian was killed and 6 Palestinians were wounded by the Israeli forces in separate shooting incidents.

In the Gaza Strip, on 23 October 2018, the Israeli forces killed Montaser al-Baz (18), from al-Nussairat after being with a bullet to the head while participating in the Return and Breaking the Siege.

As part of the use of lethal force against the peaceful protestors along the border fence during the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 342 civilians, including 60 children, 4 women, 6 journalists and 3 paramedics. Fourteen of them sustained serious wounds.

As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, pointing out to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods. During the reporting period, the Israeli forces opened fire 5 times at the fishermen; 2 incidents in the north-western Beit Lahia; 1 off al-Sudaniyah shore in western Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip; 1 in al-Sheikh ‘Ejleen, south of Gaza City; Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip. As a result of those attacks, 6 fishermen were arrested while 2 boats were confiscated.

As part of the Israeli airstrikes, on 19 October 2018, the Israeli drones launched 2 missiles at a group of Palestinians in an olive field, west of the Return encampment in Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis. As a result, 2 civilians were wounded. On 20 October 2018, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a motorbike “Tok Tok” in eastern al-Fokhari, southeast of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the motorbike burned but no causalties were reported. In the 2 incidents, the Spokesperson of the Israeli Forces declared targeting a cell launching incendiary Balloons at the Israeli communities adjacent to the southern Gaza Strip.

On 24 October 2018, Israeli drones launched 2 missiles; only minutes between each, at a border control point belonging to the Palestinian armed Groups in eastern al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip. However, no casualties were reported.

As part of targeting the border areas, on 08 October 2018, the Israeli forces opened fire at the agricultural lands along eastern al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip. However, no casualties were reported.

In the West Bank, as part of use of lethal force against Palestinian civilians, on 24 October 2018, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 3 others in Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas. This happened when the Israeli forces moved into the above-mentioned village from all its entrances and patrolled their vehicles. Thus, dozens of Palestinian youngsters and young men gathered to throw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the Israeli soldiers who then heavily fired live and rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas canisters.

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 6 Palestinian civilians in spate shooting incidents.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 84 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 35 Palestinians, including 8 children, in the West Bank. Meanwhile, 12 other civilians, including 2 children, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Among those arrested in Jerusalem was the Governor of Jerusalem, ‘Adnan Gheith, and Director of the Palestinian Intelligence Service in Jerusalem, Colonel Jihad al-Faqih, who were both arrested on 20 October 2018 and released on 22 October 2018.

Israeli Forces continued to create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 21 October 2018, the Israeli forces handed 3 civilians from al-Waljah village, west of Bethlehem, notices to stop the construction works in their houses in Khelet al-Samak and al-Thaher areas under the pretext of building without a license. It should be noted that an Israeli force accompanied with Jerusalem Municipal staffs moved into “‘Ein Jweizah” area, northwest of the village on 18 October 2018 and handed Najlaa’ Abu al-Haiijaa’ a notice to demolish her inhabited house which is 120 square meters. Moreover, they handed ‘Alaa’ Salim Abu Rezeq a decision to destroy retaining walls.

As part of the attacks on the holy sites, on Wednesday morning 24 October 2018, the Israeli forces suppressed a sit-in organized upon calls from Coptic Bishop Anba Antonius in front of Deir al-Sultan Monastery next to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City to protest the Israeli-led restoration works at the site which they say favour Ethiopian monks living in the monastery and arrested a monk.

Israeli Forces continued their settlement activities, and the settlers continued their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property

As part of demolition of houses and other civil objects, on 18 October 2018, the Israeli forces demolished a 4-storey building in the Tall Mount Area, east of al-Bireh under the pretext of un-licensed building. The building was established on area of 145 square meters and belonged to Khamis Jamil ‘Abed Matariyah.

On the same day, the Israeli forces demolished an agricultural shed in Kherebet al-Marajem, east of Doma village, southeast of Nablus. The shed was built of bricks and roofed with tin plates on an area of 60 square meters. It belonged to Musalam Ma’rouf Musalam and used for agricultural purposes.

On 22 October 2018, the Israeli forces demolished 3 water wells and levelled 15 dunums; part of which were planted with olive trees in Kherebet Jamrourah, west of Tarqoumia village, west of Hebron.

On 23 October 2018, the Israeli forces dismantled 2 mobile houses in Bazeeq area in the northern Jordan Valleys, east of Tubas and confiscated them. The houses are used as 2 rooms for the school principle and staff in al-Tahadi 10 School. The Principle was also handed a demolition notice for the school and another for confiscation of school contents in addition to a third notice to suspend classes in the Abovementioned School.

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians civilians and their property, on 18 October 2018, a group of settlers under the protection of the Israeli forces attacked al-Safafir area, east of ‘Orif village, south of Nablus. On 20 October 2018, another group under the protection of the forces attacked Khelet Abu al-‘Aqareb area, east of Burin village, south of the city. The settlers threw stones at a house belonging to Bashir al-Zeben and removed the iron fencing established around the house outside fence to protect them from the settlers’ attacks. Due to the attack, the windshield of the car belonging to the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall was broken.

On 22 October 2018, a group of settlers attacked Marda village, north of Salfit, and punctured tires of 7 cars parked in front of the houses.

Use of Force against Demonstrations in Protest against the U.S. President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

Israeli forces continued its excessive use of lethal force against peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and it was named as “The Great March of Return and Breaking Siege.” The demonstration was in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed large participation by Palestinian civilians as the Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators, though the demonstration were fully peaceful. The demonstration was as follows during the reporting period:

Gaza Strip:

•The Northern Gaza Strip: 66 civilians, including 25 children and an old lady, were wounded. Fifty three of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 13 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified injury of 4 civilians as serious.

•In Gaza City: 103 civilians, including 10 children, 2 paramedics and 4 journalists, were wounded. Forty nine of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 11 were hit with rubber bullets and 43 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded paramedics were identified as:
1.Mai Nasser Labad wallababdah (21), a volunteer paramedic at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, was hit with a rubber bullet to the left arm.
2.Hasan Nather Hasan Abu Sa’adah (31), a paramedic at the Civil Defense, was hit with a rubber bullet to the left eye.

The wounded journalists were identified as:
1.Husein Abdul Jawad Husein Jarbou’a (43), a journalist at “Global Media”, was hit with a rubber bullet to the neck.
2.Ahmed Walid Khalid al-Halabi (21), a reporter at ” Kan’aniyat News Agency”, was hit with a rubber bullet to the hand.
3.Yahiya Walid Khalid Heles (21), a reporter at Palestine Today Agency, was hit with a tear gas canister to the face.
4.Mohammed Nahrou Abdul Karim al-Thalathini (26), a freelance photojournalist at Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA), was hit with a shrapnel to the head.

•The Central Gaza Strip: 39 civilians, including 5 children and 2 journalists, were wounded. Thirty three of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 6 were hit with tear gas canisters during their participation in the March of Return and Breaking Siege, east of al-Buraij. Doctors classified one civilian’s injury as serious. The wounded journalists were identified as
1.Fadi Wahid Hamad Thabet (28), a freelance journalist from Gaza Valley village, was hit with a live bullet to the left leg.
2.Mahmoud Zakaria Mohammed Musalam (23), a journalist at al-Hadath Newspaper from al-Maghazi, was hit with a live bullet to the right ankle.

•Khan Younis: 44 civilians, including 8 children, a woman and a volunteer paramedic, were wounded. Thirty six of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 8 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious. The wounded journalist was identified as Hasan Rateb Hasan al-‘Esawi (40), a volunteer paramedic at “Rozan” Medical Team, was hit with a live bullet to the right leg.

•Rafah City: 15 civilians, including 7 children and 2 women, were wounded. Fourteen of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and one female civilian was hit with a tear gas canister. Doctors classified one civilian’s injury as serious.

•At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 22 October 2018, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, and Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, opened fire and fired sound bombs at dozens of Palestinian civilians who were at the Return camp along the border coastal, adjacent to adjacent to “Zikim” military base , northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. It should be noted that this is the 13thtime for Palestinian boats to sail for Breaking the Siege. As a result, 60 civilians, including 15 children, were wounded. Forty six of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 14 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified 4 civilians’ injuries as serious.

•On Tuesday, 23 October 2018, Israeli forces killed Montaser Mohammed Ismail al-Baz (18), from al-Nuseirat, after he sustained a live bullet wound to the head during his participation in the March of Return and Breaking Siege, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. al-Baz was taken to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, but due to his serious health condition, he was transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. At approximately 20:20, medical sources at al-Shifa hospital announced his death. Moreover, 7 civilians were wounded and doctors classified a civilian’s injury as serious.

•On the same day, a 26-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the foot, adjacent to the Return encampment, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis.

•On Wednesday evening, 24 October 2018, 7civilians, including journalist Anas Rawhi Abdullah al-ghoul (21), were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel during their participation in the March of Return activities established in the east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

West Bank:

•At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 19 October 2018, Palestinian civilians organized a demonstration in the center of Qalqiliyah and headed to the western entrance to the city Israeli forces charged with guarding the annexation wall, adjacent to al-Naqqar neighborhood (the western entrance) fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 25-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet.
•House Demolitions and Notices:

•At approximately 09:30 on Sunday, 21 October 2018, Israeli forces moved into al-Waljah village, west of Bethlehem. They notified 3 civilians to stop construction works in their houses located in Khelet al-Samak and al-Dohur, under the pretext of non-licensing. Activist Ibrahim ‘Awadallah said that the Israeli forces moved into the village and then stationed in Khelet al-Mayiah area as tightening security restrictions were imposed on the area. The Israeli soldiers deployed in the village neighborhoods and its main streets and then took photos of houses. The Israeli forces also handed 3 notices to stop construction works for 3 civilians; one of them was identified as Hasan Mostafa Salah, who was notified to stop construction works in his 120-square-merter house, which is in al-Dohur area. It should be noted that on late Thursday, an Israeli force accompanied with a Jerusalem Municipal staff moved into ‘Ain Jowizah area, northwest of the village, and then handed Najlaa Abu al-Hijaa’ a notice to demolish his inhabited house built on an area of 120 square meters. They also handed ‘Alaa Saleem Abu Rezeq a notice to demolish his retaining walls.

•Attacks on religious sites and shrines:

•At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 24 October 2018, Israeli forces suppressed a sit-in protest organized by Coptic Bishop Anba Antonius in front of al-Sultan monastery, next to the Sepulcher Church in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The sit-in protest was organized to oppose the Israeli-led restoration works at the monastery in favor of the Ethiopian monks. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces beat and pushed the monks of the Coptic Church and forcibly disperse them from the entrance to the al-Sultan monastery in so that the Israeli Municipality staff could enter and conduct restoration works. The eyewitnesses also said that the Israeli forces detained and handcuffed a monk identified as, Macarius Orshalemy, for few hours after beating him. The Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem organized the sit-in after the Israeli authorities refused to allow the Coptic Church to carry out the restoration works in al-Sultan monastery. The Israeli Municipality conducts restoration works inside al-Sultan monastery in favor of Ethiopian monks without getting any approval from the church. The Patriarchate pointed out in a statement that the restoration works violate Status Que Agreement and seek to erase the identity of the Coptic Monastery. The Coptic Bishop in Jerusalem along with Orshalemy issued a statement stating that the sit-in was peaceful and organized to protest the Israeli forces’ entering construction materials for carrying out the restoration works without getting the approval from the church. The Israeli forces violently beat the monks participating in the protest. The Coptic Bishop in Jerusalem and Orshalemy said that they continuously contacted the Egyptian Embassy, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, to see the latest developments. He pointed out that the sit-in protest was fully peaceful to demand the Coptics’ rights as owners of the monastery and legal solutions will be sought, in addition to contacting the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to solve the matter in a diplomatic way. He also pointed out that the Coptic Orthodox Church will never leave the monastery because it is the original property of Egypt and the Egyptians. He added that the Israeli forces attacked the monks and did not respect the peaceful protest or the fact that they are clerics.

The Monastery of the Sultan is an ancient monastery of the Orthodox Copts located inside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem in the Christian neighborhood next to the Church of St. Helena, the Church of the Angel and the passage from the Church of Helena to the Wall of Sepulcher Church and built on an area of 1800 square meters.

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

Israeli forces’ attack:

•At approximately 03:30 on Thursday, 18 October 2018, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration, 3 diggers and 2 bulldozers moved into al-Bireh and then stationed in the vicinity of Majed As’ad Stadium in al-Taweel Mount area. The Israeli forces surrounded a 4-storey building and imposed a security cordon on the area. They also prevented anyone from approaching even the house owner. The Israeli vehicles and bulldozers completely demolished the building under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that the 145-sqaure-meter house belongs to Khamis Jameel ‘Abed Matriyia.
•At approximately 05:00 on Thursday, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into Kherbit al-Marajem, east of Duma village, southeast of Nablus. The Israeli bulldozer demolished a 60-square-meter agricultural barrack built of bricks and roofed with tin plates. The barrack belonged to Musallam Ma’rouf Saleem Musallam. It should be noted that it was the second time that this barrack was demolished, as it was previously demolished on 15 July 2018. The abovementioned barrack was used for storing agricultural tools.

•At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 22 October 2018, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into Kherbet Jamrourah, west of Tarqumiyia village, west of Jenin. The Israeli forces stationed on Palestinian civilians’ lands, which are around 1 kilometers away from the annexation wall, and then demolished 3 water wells and leveled 15 dunums planted with olive trees 6 years ago. The Israeli authorities claimed that this area is considered state lands within areas under the Israeli security control. It should be noted that the plot of land is surrounded from the eastern side by the annexation wall and Tarqumiyia commercial crossing. The material damage was as follows:

Name Age Demolition Land and plants levelled Previous notices The body Funding the reparation
‘Ali ‘Awwad Fataftah 55 77- cubic-meter well 9 dunums, stone chains, and barbed wires – The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture
Mohamed Kamel al-Ja’afrah 52 70- cubic-meter well 2 dunms, stone chains and uprooting olive and almond trees – Self-funding
Hussain Jaber al-‘Asafrah 50 70- cubic-meter well 4 dunums and stone chains – Self-funding

•At approximately 05:00 on Tuesday, 23 October 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a bulldozer and a mounted-crane truck moved into northern Jordan valleys, east of Tubas. The Israeli forces dismantled 2 mobile houses used as rooms for the School principle and teachers and then handed the principle 3 notices; the first one for demolition, the second one for confiscating the school supplies and the third one for suspending classes. Director of Education in Tubas village, Saied Qabbha, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “ on 20 August 2018, ACF established 3 rooms built of bricks and belonging to al-Mujali Family in Buzaiq area in order to use them as a school for the village students. Moreover, the ACF established in the vicinity a playground, bathrooms and water tanks. The school opening was at the beginning of the 2019-2019school semester. The Ministry of Education in Tubas provided a car to transport students because of difficulties that teachers and students face while heading to school. A month earlier, the Israeli forces moved into the area 3 times, surveyed it and then took photos of it without handing anything. On 20 August 2018, the school added 2 mobile houses used as room for the principle and teachers. The school includes 5 teachers and 24 students. At approximately 05:00, the Israeli forces accompanied with a mounted-crane truck raided the school and declared it as closed military zone. At approximately 06:10, Principle Feras al-Daraghmah, along with 4 students arrived at the school; meanwhile, the Israeli forces detained them and confiscated their cell phones. After that, a number of journalists and the Director of Education arrived at the school and were prevented from entering it. At approximately 08:30, the Israeli forces dismantled the mobile houses and before their withdrawal, they handed 3 notices to the headmaster regarding the demolition of the school, confiscation of its supplies and suspending classes at the school.”

Israeli settlers’ attack:

•At approximately 10:40 on Thursday, 18 October 2018, a group of Israeli settlers, protected by the Israeli forces, from “Yatizhar” settlement, moved into al-Safafeer area in the eastern side of ‘Oreef village, south of Nablus. The Israeli settlers threw stones at ‘Oreef secondary school; meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at the Israeli forces and settlers. After that, the Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 26-year-old male was hit with a live bullet to the right thigh and was then taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where his injuries were classified as moderate.

•At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 20 October 2018, a group of Israeli settlers, protected by the Israeli forces, from “Kafat Ronim“ settlement extended from “Bracha “ settlement, moved into Khelet Abu al-‘Aqareb area in the eastern side of Bureen village, south of Nablus. The Israeli settlers threw stones at a house belonging to Bashir Hamza al-Zebin and then removed iron fencing placed on the house wall that was donated by the Popular Committee against the Wall and placed on the wall on the same day morning. The Israeli settlers attacked the representatives of the Popular Committee against the Wall and threw stones at the windshield of a car belonging to Jamal Yousef Jum’a, the Committee’s coordinator. It should be noted that the car was with an Israeli registration plate.

•At approximately 03:00 on Monday, 22 October 2018, a group of Israeli settlers attacked Merda village, north of Salfit, and then punctured the tiers of 7 vehicles parked in front of houses. The vehicles belong to Omar Sedqi Khafash, Nash’at Khafash, Hussain Hasan Sa’ied, Ahmed Saleh Ibdah, Sameeh Indah, Mohamed Ibdah, and Sa’ied Taha Ibdah. The Israeli settlers also wrote racist slogans against Arabs on the vehicles.

Recommendations to the International Community.

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967. 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 victims.
1.PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
2.PCHR calls upon the ICC this year to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
3.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.
4.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.
5.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.
6.PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
7.PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
8.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.
9.PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
10.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.
11.PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
12.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.
13.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.
14.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.

Fully detailed document available at the official website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

http://imemc.org/article/pchr-weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-18-24-october-2018/
 

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Tuesday October 30, 2018, 1:50 am
Have to admit that I didn't watch the video.......it was always the intent.......to take as much as possible for the greater good of Israel.....learnt this from an IDF soldier soon after he returned from the 6 day war.......couldn't fight for Australia during the Vietnam war.......but he could fight for Israel......so no surprises for me....and it will go on.....and on....and on.......unfortunately......the World was just to slow to stop the momentum.
 
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