When Israeli police forces attempted to break up clashes between Palestinian farmers and Israeli settlers,the settlers started throwing rocks at them too.
In this picture, which was posted on social media websites last week, two Palestinians can be seen protecting a female Israeli police officer from a group of stone-throwing Israeli settlers.
Press TV/Al Ray reports that Shaul Golan, an Israeli photographer, took the picture during clashes between settlers and Palestinian farmers in the illegal Israeli settlement of Esh Kodesh in the West Bank on Saturday.
When Israeli police forces arrived on the scene to break up the clashes, the settlers started throwing rocks at them too.
Israeli settlers frequently attack local Palestinian villages and prevent farmers from reaching their lands.
The Israeli regime maintains a defiant stand on the issue of its illegal settlements on Palestinian land as it refuses to freeze settlement expansion.
In May of 2014, 972 Mag quoted Israeli Prime Minister joking with Likud supporters:
“Peace talks? What peace talks?
“I was threatened in Washington: ‘not one brick’ [of settlement construction] … after five years, we built a little more than one brick…”
Asked “about peace talks with the Palestinians,” Netanyahu reportedly replied, “about the – what?” to which the audience responded by breaking out into laughter.
Tel Aviv has come under repeated and widespread international condemnation over the issue.
(Source / 04.08.2015)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces delivered demolition warrants to Palestinian Bedouin families in the Jabal al-Baba neighborhood of al-Eizariya, east of Jerusalem, on Monday.
Hardly a day goes by without a Palestinian being killed by Israelis. Sometimes, they are killed by the occupation army and on other occasions they are killed by extremist Jewish settlers. Palestinians are being killed outside the context of confrontations, throwing stones and shooting bullets.
It is fairly obvious from the behaviour of Israeli soldiers that they are entertaining themselves by killing Palestinians. This is evidenced by the fact that some Palestinians are killed in their own homes or on their rooftops even when they have no intention of throwing stones at the soldiers. Every time a Palestinian is killed, the Israelis find a justification for the soldiers’ criminal behaviour. They always come up with some idea that allows the criminals to escape accountability.
Last Friday, Jewish settlers committed another crime. They launched an arson attack on the Dawabsheh family in the village of Duma, near Nablus. They burnt 18 month old Ali Dawabsheh alive while his parents suffered very serious injuries. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is paying for their treatment out of his own pocket rather than from the PA treasury, as he pledged to do.
The Palestinians, especially officials, attacked the Israelis over the burning of the child and criticised, condemned and cursed their occupation. They all held the occupation responsible for the crime on the grounds that it is the occupation authorities who arm and protect the settlers and give them the freedom to do as they please in the West Bank.
Reading the statements issued by the various factions, it is easy to imagine that the Israeli occupation authorities are respectful and disciplined, and would not allow such criminal acts to be committed against the Palestinians. All of the statements and comments made by the Palestinian factions and political statements overlook the nature of occupation when it calls on the Israeli government to rein-in the settlers and control their soldiers’ bullets.
Occupation by definition is a criminal and degenerate status that contradicts the principles of human rights, the UN Charter, international law and international morals and ethics. The Israeli occupation is hateful and despicable by nature and it works against the people. It subjects the lives, interests and property of the Palestinians to constant danger. The occupation is oppressive and brutal and innovative in finding new ways to control people and keep them fearful. It always works to spread terror in the hearts of those living under it. In the circumstances, holding the occupation responsible for killing people and confiscating their property is considered to be an attempt to avoid the problem.
However, holding the Israeli occupation responsible for its crimes is not only a confirmation of its behaviour and definition, but is also useless. Those who are responsible for the occupation’s continued brutality include those who live under occupation without resisting it. To such people I would ask, if the Israelis rein-in the settlers, will it be acceptable?
Many lands have been colonised and their people placed under occupation throughout history and the only way that they obtained their freedom was by confronting the occupation, making it hell for the occupiers to stay. Some Palestinians and most Arabs talk about the Israeli occupation’s responsibility for its crimes, but they do not talk about the absence of a Palestinian-Arab plan to deter the Zionists and remove the occupation.
An occupying force does not stop its crimes through moral or legal arguments; it stops when it is confronted by a deterrent which makes the occupation too costly to maintain. The Palestinians and Arabs have not developed a long-term plan to confront the Israeli occupation, although many have exhausted themselves trying to please Israel.
The only genuine resistance in the occupied West Bank is on an individual level. There is no deterrent so Israel does not hesitate to commit its many crimes; it knows that there will be no Palestinian reaction, but if there is, it will be tame. Israel knows that the Palestinian arena is angry over the burning to death of the child, but it is also aware that the Palestinians do not have a driving force that will generate momentum for a large scale movement that will push the occupation into a corner. This is due to the deterioration of the national culture in favour of the consumer culture.
In addition, resistance is actually – and perversely – prohibited by the Palestinian Authority. Rebels or those intending to resist are persecuted by the Palestinian security services in accordance with the coordination with Israel. Countless rebels have been arrested and tortured by these security agencies. This security aspect is the primary reason for Israel to be happy to sign agreements with the Palestinians, Egyptians and Jordanians.
Every Arab who wants to be linked with Israel by means of agreements must become a loyal protector of Israel’s security. Those who are coordinating in terms of security with Israel and cooperating against Palestinian rebels were the first to condemn the arson attack which killed young Ali Dawabsheh. However, these same individuals will wake up tomorrow morning and continue their security coordination with the occupation. They are not ashamed of lying to the people; many actually enjoy lying to them. The PA hates telling the truth, and there are those who hate hearing the truth and prefer to remain blissfully ignorant.
The issue is not limited to security coordination, but also includes the defence of settlers and providing them with protection. If a Palestinian throws a stone at a settler, the Palestinian security forces will immediately go after the boy who threw the stone and detain him. They won’t tackle the rampant settlers.
In the past, the streets of the occupied West Bank were under the control of the Palestinian people, who could walk around the territories and feel safe. The settlers only moved around in vehicles with armed guards. Now, they are spread across the streets in the West Bank because of the PA’s obligations to the security of Jewish settlers and Israelis in general.
Those who leave the doors to their homes open are inviting thieves, criminals and thugs to attack them; this is exactly what is happening in the West Bank. The doors have been left wide open and the thugs are infiltrating the area with nothing to stop them. As such, although it was Jewish settlers who burned Ali Dawabsheh to death, we are all responsible for the negligence of Palestinian security and we have given the Israelis the opportunity to disregard us and our capabilities and go on attacking us.
Countries around the world generally resist oppressors and dictators. This is not a fad or a phase, it is a historical fact, but we are departing from it during this black phase in our history. We want to free ourselves through appeasing our enemies and arming ourselves with weakness, weeping and wailing. Our actions will not be our salvation; instead, it will give the Israelis more ammunition with which to attack us.
International law and international decision-making created Israel. It displaced the Palestinian people and continues to do so, expelling them to refugee camps and various corners of the world.
Palestinian officials always say that Israel is violating international law and that it does not adhere to international legitimacy. This is true, and the occupation in itself violates all international, religious, moral and historical laws, conventions and norms. However, there is one sort of legitimacy that Israel holds on to, and it is the most important type of legitimacy in this world which lacks justice; the legitimacy bestowed by force.
The strong trump all and the world’s laws, values and moral principles all collapse in the face of brute strength. There are countless examples of this around the world. The ICC ruled that the wall built by Israel is illegal, but what happened? Israel continued to construct the wall and no one stopped it. Now we are turning to the ICC for help; what if the court decides to convict Israel? Which international measures do we expect to be taken against it? I do not expect anything to be done. The decision to convict Israel will be like all the other decisions that were made on the international level; words on paper but little or no concrete action.
We should not count on the courts or so-called international legitimacy; we must only count on our own hands and efforts. The decision to convict Israel may affect its status in the world and it may contribute to its isolation, but it will not liberate Palestine or allow the refugees to return. The question that we must ask when evaluating any step taken against Israel is how will it change the daily reality of the Palestinians on the ground? If a step or decision is not reflected on the ground, then it will not change the conditions of the Palestinians. This is similar to the governments formed by the Palestinian Authority, despite the fact that they already know these governments do not control or govern anything.
We have strong arguments to make in the international arena, and despite the strength of the truth and the Palestinian and Arab arguments, will still not be able to convince any countries to take measures against Israel. We also have been unable to influence the UN Security Council to make decisions similar to those it makes against the Arabs and Muslims. Why? We choose to bank on our vulnerability.
We have relied heavily on our weakness, thinking that it will generate sympathy and compassion for us, following which the colonial countries will put pressure on Israel by adopting harsh sanctions. Our reliance on our weakness may be a unique case in human history. Historically, we have seen that individuals and nations build up strength in order to face challenges in their various forms, but the Palestinians have preserved their weakness, especially during the years when the PA has been present to solve their problems.
The PA has been very cautious in the process of unifying the Palestinian people and building new strategies to take advantage of the moment and popular strength required to deter the enemy. The authority does not see any way to fulfil Palestinian ambitions other than through the occupation, so it works on maintaining the weakness now witnessed in the West Bank, and even tries to deepen it in order to please Israel and the Western countries supporting it. This is a very strange political theory and it should be documented by the students of political science.
There is a belief within the PA that preventing Palestinian rebels from resisting and confiscating their weapons actually serves the interests of the people. The justification for this is that Israel will be angry if the resistance spreads in the West Bank, and it will retaliate by making the lives of the Palestinians even more difficult by imposing new military checkpoints and curfews, demolishing more homes, preventing Palestinians from traveling, and so on.
But what is better for the Palestinians? Remaining quiet and not resisting or allowing their lives to become a living hell? The answer from the PA is that we must acquiesce in the face of the occupation. In this, the Palestinian Authority is keen on protecting the interests of the people even when it means that the Israeli occupation remains in place. It is clear that the national Palestinian interests have now become completely linked to the survival of the occupation. This is a new political theory that must also be taught at universities.
(Source / 04.08.2015)
Journalist Abu Arafeh works as a cameraman for Al-Aqsa Satellite Channel while the journalist Semrain works as a correspondent for a local radio station.
NABLUS, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Tuesday morning five students of al-Najeh University in Nablus to the north of occupied West Bank.
Local sources told PIC reporter that IOF broke into the city in the early morning hours and arrested five Palestinian youths after raiding and searching their parents’ homes.
In Duma town, IOF raided Dawabsheh family’s home that was subjected to a settlers’ arson attack last week and checked the crime scene before carrying out a ground investigations with the neighbors.
Surveillance cameras were also confiscated from several buildings in the town.
(Source / 04.08.2015)
6 Media Activists Killed, 8 kidnapped, and 10 Injured in July 2015
I- Executive Summary:
Violations against media activists in July 2015 are documented as follows:
A- Killing: SNHR documented the death of 6 media activists, detailed as follows:
i- Government Forces (army, security forces, local militias, foreign Shitte militias) killed 3 media activists, amongst one media activist died under torture.
ii- Extremist Groups:
-ISIL killed 2 media activists.
iii- Armed Opposition Groups killed one media activist.
B- Arresting and Kidnapping We recorded 8 kidnapping cases and 4 releases, detailed as follows: 2 media activists were released by government forces, 1 activist was released by An-Nusra front, and 1 activist was also released by armed opposition groups.
i- PYD Kurdish Forces kidnapped two media activists
ii- Extremist Islamic Groups:
a- An-Nusra Front: kidnapped one media activist
iii- Armed Opposition Groups: kidnapped one media activist
iv- Unidentified Groups: Kidnapped 4 media personnel, including 3 foreign journalists.
C- Injuries: We recorded 10 injuries, detailed as follows:
i- Government Forces: injured 5 media activists
ii- Armed Opposition Groups: injured 5 media activists
D- Violations against Properties: We recorded 1 case, detailed as follows:
i- Government Forces: one case was recorded
KOBANE/CIZIRE REPORT 122: ISLAMIC STATE FINALLY DRIVEN OUT OF HASAKAH BY KURDISH YPG, WHILE TURKISH ATTACKS ON PKK ESCALAT
By Peter Clifford © (www.petercliffordonline.com/syria-iraq-news-5/)
SYRIA and IRAQ NEWS
After a month of fighting, the YPG have declared Hasakah free of the Islamic State (IS), the last remnants of the Jihadists being pushed out of the city on Saturday.
YPG Liberates Hasakah, While Assad Claims the Credit
Last Friday night the YPG pushed on through the Al-Zohour neighbourhood and fought their way up from the Panorama Roundabout to secure a perimeter to stop IS fighters from escaping.
Over the weekend mopping-up operations have continued and the nearest IS Jihadists are now more than 4 kilometres away from the suburbs of the city.
In another operation in the Hasakah area an IS vehicle was destroyed along with its 6 x IS occupants.
In a statement the YPG has said that 386 members of the Islamic State were killed in the fighting over Hasakah, including a number of field commanders, at a cost of 21 of their own fighters. 6 x IS tanks were captured plus many weapons and ammunition.
Syria state media, SANA, said on Saturday that, “The Syrian Arab Army, in cooperation with national supporting forces, established full control over the eastern city of Hasaka after eliminating the last gatherings of the Islamic State ….” and conducting “intensive operations against ISIS dens in the Faculties of Economy and Civil Engineering to the east of Al- Zohour neighbourhood”.
In fact, the Kurdish now hold almost all areas of the city and some clashes have been reported between Assad’s National Defence Force (NDF) and the Asayish (Kurdish security).
Not a great deal of news from Kobane Canton other than that there have been some clashes over the last few days with IS on the western front near Jarablous and to the south-west near Sarrin, though in general the area remains a firm YPG hold.
The Coalition is reporting 25 airstrikes in Syria over the last 3 days, 7 in Kobane Canton, 12 around Haskah and the rest near Aleppo, Raqqah and Deir Ez-Zour.
President Obama has also indicated that the Coalition would now be prepared to make airstrikes on Assad’s forces, as well as IS, if they threatened US trained and backed Opposition forces in the northern part of the country.EDITOR: Though as usual don’t hold your breath on this one.
Over in Iraq, Turkey continues its airstrikes on the PKK and seems to have forgotten to attack IS any further.
Aftermath of Turkish Airstrike on Zergele Village
A Turkish airstrike on the village of Zergele on Saturday is reported to have have hit 6 homes, killing 8 civilians and wounding 12.
Turkey is reported to have made hundreds of attacks on PKK in the mountains of Iraq since July 24th and claims to have killed 260 PKK fighters and wounded over 400.
The Turkish state run Anadolu Agency said as many as 28 F-16 jets raided 65 PKK targets in northern Iraq, including shelters and ammunition depots on Friday and 80 jets hit more than 100 targets on Thursday, with many more raids since.
At the same time the PKK has launched a series of attacks within Turkey against soldiers and policemen.
In a suicide blast on Saturday a tractor carrying explosives was driven at a military police station at Karabulak killing 2 Turkish soldiers and injuring 31. These attacks just play into President Erdogan’s, Turkey’s President, hands.
President Massoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), a party far to the right of the PPK, has asked the PKK to leave their territory, though this is unlikely to happen. The KRG generally has good relations with Turkey from whom it imports many goods and exports oil to via a pipeline that was recently bombed.
Selahattin Demirtas, the co-Chairman of the pro-Kurdish HDP party in Turkey, which recently won nearly 12% of the vote in elections denying Erdogan majority government, called for the violence to end.
“I am not saying the state should lay down arms, there would not be a state without arms, the state has to protect itself,” said Demirtas, “But removing its finger from the trigger is another thing … The PKK needs to halt its attacks and the government needs to halt operations”.
Erdogan clearly hopes that by inciting conflict and deaths on both sides he will wreck the support the Kurdish HDP currently has and new elections will return him once again to controlling majority power.
Al Jazeera has a good video analysis of the situation.
Today is also the 1 year anniversary of the Islamic State attack on the Yezidi of the Sinjar region in northern Iraq.
Thousands of Yezidi men were killed and thousands more Yezidi women and girls enslaved. 3,000 are still missing. Let’s not forget but keep them in our prayers and thoughts.
Thousands of Yezidi Women Still Enslaved by Islamic State
ASSAD JET CRASHES INTO MARKET IN IDLIB PROVINCE KILLING AND INJURING DOZENS; US FIRST TRAINED GROUP NOT A GREAT SUCCESS:
Heavy clashes have continued in Idlib province around Jisr Al-Shughour and the Ghab Plain where Opposition advances have been countered by massive bombing raids from the Syrian Air Force.
Syrian and Hezbollah forces are reported to have re-entered parts of Frikka and after heavy bombing the Zeyzoun Thermal Power Plant complex captured by the Opposition a few days ago (scroll down -see below) is said to have been damaged. Serious casualties are reported on both sides.
Ariha Following Assad Jet Crash
Also in Idlib province a Assad jet, believed to be a MIG-23, crashed into the vegetable market at Ariha after experiencing technical problems. The pilot is believed to have bailed out but his whereabouts were unknown.
27 people are reported killed with 70 injured in the disaster, many of them critical, though it is not clear whether they were all injured by the crashing plane or by an earlier bombing raid.
In Aleppo province on Saturday, the Al-Nusra Front (ANF) paraded on video 20 members of Division 30, including the commander and the deputy commander. Division 30 is supposed to consist of the first 60 men trained in the US “train and equip” programme.
So far they aren’t doing very well. Apart from the 20 captured, 5 have been killed and 18 wounded in a second raid and latest reports indicate that the last remaining 17 have now fled their base in the province near Azaz for the Kurdish Canton of Afrin.
This move was followed by Coalition airstrikes on ANF bases near Azaz, killing 25 of their fighters. You can read more, HERE:
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says that the Assad regime dropped 266 barrel-bombs and made 487 other airstrikes in Aleppo province alone during July, killing 310 civilians including 53 women and 76 children. However, since the appearance of Turkish jets over Aleppo province, the barrel-bomb attacks, for the moment at least, appear to have stopped.
In Latakia province 2 Opposition factions have scaled up their artillery and rocket attacks on Qardaha, the ancestral home of the Assad family, causing the Syrian Army to close down shops and the entrances to the town. Surrounding Alawite villages were also hit.
The attacks provoked massive retaliation over the weekend from the Assad regime on Opposition positions in Latakia and below the mountains on the Ghab Plain with reports of 75 Opposition fighters killed and 45 on the Government side.
Lastly, IS continues its brutal ways, but a former member who is on trial after returning to Germany say he will tell all during his trial. The 26 year old Tunisian German known as Ebrahim B, says we was imprisoned by IS after being accused of being a spy but managed to escape.
He describes how he had to listen to another prisoner being decapitated and the mutilated body was then placed in his cell with the severed head on top of the torso.
Charged in Germany with being a member of a terrorist organisation, Ebrahim B says,“I prefer jail in Germany to ‘freedom’ in Syria”. You can read more, HERE: