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Hundreds of torture lawsuits against Israeli jailers unheeded

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Despite hundreds of complaints of Shin Bet Torture, no single criminal investigation has been launched by the Israelis, Haaretz reported Wednesday.

A special unit was created seven years ago to investigate complaints against the Shin Bet, but employs just one investigator, said Haaretz.

Despite dozens of “inquiries” opened in recent years, none developed into an investigation.

Even in cases where detainees provide testimonies on torture, including severe beatings and extensive sleep deprivation, no probes have been launched into Shin Bet crimes.

Hearings on a petition to the High Court of Justice revealed that in 2001-2008 nearly 600 complaints had been submitted to the unit, and every single one of the cases had been closed.

A total of 148 complaints recorded in 2014 had also gone unheeded. Dozens more were filed in 2015 and 2016 without a single investigation being launched into the charges.

(Source / 08.12.2016)

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December 8, 2016 at 11:16 am

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IOF kills Palestinian teen over alleged stabbing

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Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have shot dead a Palestinian teenager at a military checkpoint south of Nablus, claiming he had attempted a stabbing attack.

The Israeli media said that troops shot dead the Palestinian who allegedly attempted to stab a soldier at Tafuh checkpoint, south of Nablus.

Spokeswoman for Israeli police Luba Simari claimed that an 18-year-old Palestinian refused to stop at the military checkpoint and ignored the soldiers’ orders.

In response, Israeli forces shot at the Palestinian, “resulting in his death,” she added.

The spokeswoman claimed that he was holding a knife in his possession when he was shot.

Eyewitnesses refuted the Israeli story, affirming that the young man has been stopped at the checkpoint and did not make any step towards the soldiers.

Israeli soldiers started mocking him before opening fire at him, the sources added.

The witnesses pointed out that the young man was left bleeding without receiving any medical assistance.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that an identified young man was shot and killed at Zaatara checkpoint, south of Nablus.

In recent months, Israeli forces have shot and killed a large number of Palestinians across the occupied territories, alleging that they sought to carry out attacks against Israelis.

International rights groups have long been criticizing the Israeli army for its policy of shoot-to-kill, which they say has led to numerous deaths. Many of those killed by Israeli troops at the scene of attacks did not pose serious threats, according to the rights groups.

(Source / 08.12.2016)

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December 8, 2016 at 11:07 am

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Settlers level Palestinian land as proposed law threatens mass land confiscation

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NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers leveled private Palestinian lands in the northern occupied West Bank village of Jalud in the Nablus district on Tuesday morning, a day after the Israeli Knesset moved forward with a bill seeking to retroactively legalize illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank, which would see thousands of dunams of Palestinian lands confiscated.A Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, told Ma’an that several bulldozers escorted by Israeli settlers and troops started to level lands on the eastern outskirts of Jalud “without prior notice.”More than 40 dunams (9.88 acres) of land belonging to the family of Ahmad Nasser al-Hajj were leveled, Daghlas added.The illegal Israeli settlement outpost Esh Kodesh is located only a few hundred meters away from the area leveled on Tuesday.Daghlas said that the al-Hajj family tried to access the land on Monday to plow it, but that Israeli forces denied them access, confiscating the keys of the tractors they had brought with them.The al-Hajjs emphatically said that they had not received any documents from the Israeli government regarding a decision to confiscate their land.

However, residents in Jalud were alerted on April 23 that 5,000 dunams (1,250 acres) of private land were slated for confiscation, in what appeared to be the retroactive legalization of illegal outposts in the area. It was not immediately clear if the land leveled on Tuesday was on the same lands threatened with confiscation in April. In May Israeli settler bulldozers leveled lands in Jalud as well.A spokesperson for the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case.The land leveling came as the Knesset passed a preliminary reading of the “formalization bill” on Monday, which would see thousands of dunams of privately-owned Palestinian land seized and dozens of illegal Israeli outposts in the occupied West Bank retroactively legalized.While the law initially gained traction among Israeli ministers and lawmakers seeking to avoid the imminent evacuation of residents of the Amona outpost, the revised version of the bill that passed Monday does not apply to Amona as it has already been ordered to be demolished by Dec. 25 by the Israeli Supreme Court.

In October, Israel’s Higher Planning Committee (HPC) of the Civil Administration pre-approved a plan for 98 settler housing units to be built on Jalud’s lands, which Israeli rights group Peace Now said at the time would likely be used to relocate settlers residing in the Amona outpost. The move was met with widespread international condemnation and came among numerous legally dubious attempts by Israeli authorities to find a solution for Amona.
On Tuesday, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov warned the Knesset against passing the bill into law.“If adopted, it will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel, across the occupied West Bank and will greatly diminish the prospect of Arab-Israeli peace,” Mladenov said in a statement.“I reiterate that all settlement activities are illegal under international law and run counter to the Middle East Quartet position that settlements are one of the main obstacles to peace.”The latest report from Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said, referring to the bill, that the “dispossession of Palestinians was never a matter contingent on this legislation, it has been integral to the settlement enterprise from its very inception and is one of the most consistent trends in Israeli policy over the decades.”An estimated 500,000 to 600,000 Israeli settlers reside in 196 illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in contravention of international law, and a further 232 settler outposts considered illegal both by international law and Israeli domestic law — despite Israeli authorities commonly retroactively legalizing the outposts, according to the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ).Human rights groups and international leaders have strongly condemned Israel’s settlement construction, claiming it is a strategic maneuver to prevent the establishment of a contiguous, independent Palestinian state as envisioned in the two-state solution by changing the facts on the ground.
(Source / 07.12.2016)

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December 7, 2016 at 7:11 pm

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Palestinian youth activist Basil al-Araj’s home again raided by Israeli forces as 16 arrested overnight in West Bank

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As 16 Palestinians were seized by Israeli occupation forces throughout the West Bank in a series of pre-dawn raids, Palestinian youth activist Basil al-Araj once again evaded an arrest raid on his home. One of six Palestinian youth who were released from Palestinian Authority prisons after nearly six months of detention when they launched a hunger strike, Al-Araj and other youth were seized in April in what was touted as a victory for security coordination between the PA and Israel. After their hunger strike and widespread attention to their case secured their release, four of the youth – Mohammed al-Salameen, Seif al-Idrissi, Haitham Siyaj, and Mohammed Harb – have been seized by Israeli occupation forces. All four have been ordered to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.

Al-Araj’s family home in the village of Walaja near Bethlehem has been repeatedly stormed by occupation forces, most recently this morning, Wednesday, 7 December, at 1:00 am. His mother stated that they also invaded the homes of his uncles, ransacking their belongings and damaging their property, and ordering Al-Araj’s father and brother to interrogation with the Israeli occupation intelligence.

Also early this morning, five Palestinians were seized in Bethlehem, reported the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, including a child: Mohammed Sabah, 12 years old. The others arrested include Mohammed Ahmed Ali Sheikh, 21, Mohammed Maher Sheikh, 20, Mahmoud Ahmed Sheikh, 22, and Amir Khalil Afaneh, 19. In al-Khalil, occupation forces seized four Palestinians, including Said Sharawi, 43, and his son Ramadan Sharawi, 23; the former prisoner Rajeh Abu Ajamia, 45, and Basil El-Skafi. In Ramallah and El-Bireh, occupation forces seized Nidal al-Hindi and Ahmed Hussein Al-Khasib. In Qalqilya, occupation forces seized Mohammed Ali Radwan, 24, and Asem Omar Sweidan, 21. In Jerusalem, they arrested Odeh Ahmed Khatib, 20, and Amin Hamed, while in Salfit, occupation forces seized Ahmed Mohammed Bouzaya, 26.

(Source / 07.12.2016)

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December 7, 2016 at 7:03 pm

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IOF demolishes two car-washes in northern Jerusalem

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The Israeli bulldozers demolished on Wednesday two car-washes to the north of Jerusalem under the pretext of building without a permit.

Nawal Barakat, al-Nabi Samuel Organization member, said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) escorted the Israeli bulldozers that razed a car-wash to the north of Nabi Samuel village.

Quds Press quoted Barakat as saying that the car-wash belongs to her son Laith and constitutes his sole source of income along with four of his friends.

She pointed out that the car-wash place was established two years ago and demolished four times.

The Israeli occupation forces target Palestinians in Nabi Samwil village to pressure them to leave while the media outlets are ignoring the village suffering.

In the same context, Ismail Abu Rabah, a resident of Khalaila suburb, told the Quds Press that the Israeli bulldozers demolished another car-wash belonging to Mahmoud Alqam.

He pointed out that Alqam had appointed a lawyer to follow up a notification for the demolition of his car-wash but the Israeli bulldozers destroyed the place that provides the only sustenance for his family.

(Source / 07.12.2016)

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December 7, 2016 at 6:52 pm

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Israeli court extends interrogation of re-arrested Palestinian youth leader Daoud Ghoul

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Palestinian youth organizer Daoud Ghoul was ordered to four additional days of interrogation at an Israeli court hearing on Tuesday, 6 December. He had originally been ordered released after his arrest at 4:00 am on 5 December, only one week after his release from 18 months in Israeli prison. Upon an appeal by the prosecution claiming “new developments in interrogation,” Ghoul not only remained imprisoned but was subjected to four more days of interrogation. The director of the Health Work Committees’ youth program in Jerusalem, Ghoul has been subject to a series of escalating repressive Israeli attacks since he returned to Palestine from Brussels, Belgium in November 2014 after speaking before the European Parliament about Israeli attacks on Palestinian life in Jerusalem.

He was first ordered exiled from his home city of Jerusalem, then barred from the West Bank and international travel. The HWC office in Jerusalem was shut down by military order, and Ghoul was arrested, accused of affiliation with a banned political party, the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and sentenced to 18 months in Israeli prison. One week after his release on 27 November, occupation forces invaded his home on Monday, seizing him once more.

Ghoul is not the only recently freed Palestinian subject to re-arrest. Earlier in November, Bahaa al-Najjar was re-arrested a week after his release from imprisonment without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention, only to once again be ordered to administrative detention on the basis of so-called “secret evidence.”

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Also on Tuesday, 6 December, former prisoner Sheikh Rezeq Rajoub, 60, was again seized by Israeli occupation forces from al-Khalil, one week after his release from Israeli prison on 28 November. One of the oldest administrative detainees, he had been imprisoned without charge or trial for 29 months. The Israeli occupation forces stormed his home on Tuesday morning in a pre-dawn raid. His family told Asra Media that he plans to announce an open hunger strike in protest of his re-arrest, and that they had been still receiving congratulatory visitors upon his release.

(Source / 07.12.2016)

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December 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm

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Israeli army says they arrested ‘terror cell’ responsible for West Bank shootings

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Israeli security forces tend to an injured soldier, next to the body of a Palestinian man, outside Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, Oct. 16, 2015

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army said in a statement on Tuesday that they had arrested a “terror cell” based in the Ramallah-area village of Silwad that was “responsible for shooting attacks in Ofra” — an illegal Israeli settlement located just south of Silwad.

The statement was released on social media after an Israeli authorities-issued gag order on the case was lifted.Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post reported that the “terrorist cell,” which they said was comprised of three Palestinian minors, carried out four shooting attacks near Ofra in October and November 2016.The report added that the three had carried out the attacks using weapons they had manufactured themselves.The details of the shooting attacks allegedly committed by the three unidentified Palestinians remained unclear, and an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were looking into details of the case.

Ma’an reported on two incidents near the Ofra settlement in October and November: one alleged attempted car ramming and stabbing when the suspect was shot, injured, and detained, and one alleged attempted stabbing which the suspect was shot dead on the scene.

A Palestinian policeman was also killed by Israeli forces in October after he committed a shooting attack at a checkpoint near the Ramallah-area illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El, just west of Ofra.

Israeli security forces meanwhile claimed to have uncovered a “terrorist cell,” in the Jerusalem area in November, on suspicion of being responsible for “numerous bombing attacks targeting Israeli security forces,” as well as “preparing for future attacks.”

Since a wave of violence spread across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October 2015, Israeli forces have carried out mass detentions campaigns targeting suspected attackers as well as their family members.
The violence has been largely characterized by alleged, attempted, and actual small-scale attacks committed by Palestinians against uniformed Israeli soldiers or police, mainly using knives or similar weapons, and in some cases shootings.Israel’s response to attacks and alleged attacks — both large and small — such as punitive home demolitions, the sealing of entire villages, mass detention campaigns, and withholding the bodies of Palestinians slain while committing attacks, has been condemned by rights groups, who have said the measures amount to “collective punishment” and represent a clear violation of international law.
(Source / 07.12.2016)

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December 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm

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