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Thousands of Israeli Arab homes threatened with demolition

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A man walks amidst the rubble of a house belonging to an Arab-Israeli family that was demolished by municipality workers in Lod's Arab Dahamshe neighborhood, 15 kms east of Tel Aviv, on April 15, 2015

“Where will we go,” asks eight-year-old Tiba Qeren, saying goodbye to the family home that, like those of many other Israeli Arabs, is condemned to demolition for failing to meet planning rules.

“I’m afraid,” she tells AFP. “I know that they are going to destroy our home as they have others in Ramle,” the mixed Arab and Jewish town where they live, about 18 kilometres (11 miles) from Tel Aviv.

“I’m annoyed because I tell myself: who gives them the right to destroy our house,” she says, her young voice shaking with anger.

“The land is not theirs, it belongs to my family and the house is not theirs because it is my family who built it! ”

The Israeli Arab community has its roots in the 160,000 Palestinians who stayed on their land after the creation of Israel in 1948.

Today they and their descendants number around 1.3 million.

While Israeli law guarantees them full equality with other citizens, in practice there are claims of discrimination in government funding and a raft of other issues.

Israeli Arab rights group Adalah says only 4.6 percent of new homes built in Israel are in Arab towns and villages although Arabs make up 20 percent of the population.

Jewish settlers in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, who number around 580,000, receive four times as many housing units as Arabs in Israel, the group’s website says.

On Wednesday, five apartments in the Arab village of Dahmash, between Ramle and Lod, were demolished for having been built without construction permits, a villager told AFP.

On Monday, a home in the Galilee village of Kfar Kana — biblical Cana — was razed for the same reason.

In Ramle, 11 families last week received demolition notices.

Arab community leaders Wednesday called for a general strike in protest

Across the country the potential threat is huge, Arab former MP Hana Sweid said.

“About 25,000 Arab homes fall under the scope of demolition orders,” he told AFP.

“Police came a week ago and told us that he must leave the house quietly, without resistance,” said Tiba’s father, Yusef Qeren, 49.

“I told them, there are 12 people living here.”

He said that four times he submitted applications for building permits and four time he was rejected.

His son Abdelrahman, 14, does not believe his home could soon be rubble.

“If they destroy it, we shall rebuild it!” he vows.

Yusef Qeren is convinced that the local authorities are anti-Arab in their policy on planning permission.

“In Ramle the law only applied to Arabs,” he said.

A local committee opposing the planned demolitions has set up a protest tent, with a large banner in Arabic and Hebrew.

“They are destroying Arab homes and building houses for settlers,” it reads.

(Source / 17.04.2015)

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April 17, 2015 at 10:20 pm

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Palestinian child released after four months in Israeli jail

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The Israeli prison authority on Thursday afternoon released 15-year-old Khaled al-Sheikh from Ofer prison.

The child’s father, Hosam al-Sheikh said that the Israeli authorities told him of their intention to release his son.

“His mother, brothers, and myself are currently at the Ofer jail to make the necessary arrangements for Khaled’s release and we informed the authorities on the matter,” the father said.

Khaled, kidnapped on December 25 from Anan village in Ramallah, was sentenced to a four-month prison term and fined 2,000 shekels.

Prisoner Khaled had been detained on charges of setting fire to tires and hurling stones on Israeli soldiers near the Apartheid wall in Ramallah’s town of Anan.

(Source / 17.04.2015)

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April 17, 2015 at 10:00 pm

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Operation Protective Edge: A war waged on Gaza’s children

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Ramallah, April 16, 2015—Defense for Children International Palestine today released a report, Operation Protective Edge: A War Waged on Children, detailing the high price paid by children during Israel’s assault on Gaza last summer.

Operation Protective Edge, which lasted 50 days between July 8 and August 26, claimed the lives of 2,220 Palestinians, including at least 1,492 civilians, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). DCIP independently verified the deaths of 547 Palestinian children among the killed in Gaza, 535 of them as a direct result of Israeli attacks. Nearly 68 percent of the children killed by Israeli forces were 12 years old or younger.

Five Israeli civilians, including a child, and 67 Israeli soldiers also lost their lives.

“Repeated Israeli military offensives and Israel’s complete disregard for international law have thwarted any meaningful efforts toward implementing comprehensive protections for Palestinian children,” said Khaled Quzmar, general director of DCIP. “The international community must demand an end to Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza and challenge systemic impunity by investigating allegations of war crimes and holding the perpetrators accountable.”

DCIP’s investigation into all Palestinian child fatalities during Operation Protective Edge found overwhelming and repeated evidence that Israeli forces committed grave violations against children amounting to war crimes. This included direct targeting of children by Israeli drone-fired missiles and attacks carried out against schools. Israel, the world’s largest exporter of aerial drones, killed 164 children in drone strikes during the conflict.

No day more clearly demonstrated the indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks that characterized the Israeli offensive than July 20, when Israeli air and ground forces killed at least 27 children in Gaza City’s Shuja’iyya neighborhood. An Israeli fighter jet also destroyed the Abu Jami family home in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis on the same day, killing 18 children. In total, 59 children across the Gaza Strip lost their lives in one of the deadliest days of Operation Protective Edge.

Evidence and testimonies collected by DCIP showed that there was no safe place for children in Gaza during the Israeli assault. Children were killed in their homes by Israeli missiles, while sheltering in schools by high-explosive Israeli artillery shells, and in the streets by Israeli drone-fired missiles and artillery shells as they attempted to escape the onslaught with their families.

Those who survived these attacks will continue to pay the price for many years. More than 1,000 children suffered injuries that rendered them permanently disabled, according to OCHA. Amputees like Mohammad Baroud, 12, who lost both his feet in an explosion that killed 11 of his neighbors, will require lifelong medical care and support.

For the children who managed to escape physical injury, the psychological effects of this latest operation have been severe and resounding. Many have lost one or both parents, or other family members. Some have lost their entire extended families. All have experienced violence, fear and instability at close quarters.

The international community has persistently failed to hold Israeli forces or officials accountable for grave human rights violations against Palestinian children. In order to end impunity and increase protections for children, DCIP strongly urges the international community to immediately call on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to include Israel’s armed forces in the annex of his annual report on children and armed conflict, which lists armed forces and groups for committing grave violations against children.

DCIP and other Palestinian human rights organizations previously called on UN Secretary-General to “list” Israel’s armed forces as part of the UN Security Council’s children and armed conflict agenda.

(Source / 17.04.2015)

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April 17, 2015 at 9:56 pm

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Youngest Palestinian prisoner describes devastating detention experience

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A 15-year-old Palestinian boy who spent four months in an Israeli jail was released on Tuesday

The Israeli authorities released their youngest Palestinian prisoner on Tuesday. Khalid Sheikh, aged just 15, had been detained for nearly four months, Anadolu Agency has reported.

Describing the experience of his detention, the youngster accused Israel of not respecting children. “The [Israelis] attacked me with rifle butts on the head and insulted me during the investigation,” he said. “Although I suffer from anaemia, they did not give me any medical help, apart from some painkillers.” He added that it was a “tough” investigation. “I was insulted and beaten and held in shackles for hours in a small cell.” This did not scare him. “This is the [Israeli] occupation. It will not scare us.”

Khalid’s father Hussam said that his son’s release from prison was “the most beautiful moment of my life”, but expressed his sadness that the 15 year-old had to go through what was clearly a terrible ordeal. “This will have left negative effects on him and our family,” he pointed out. “This is the real face of Israel, it violates rights and freedoms.” He called for greater solidarity with the prisoners until they are released.

The Israeli army arrested Khalid on 24 December, and sentenced him to four months in prison with a fine equivalent to $500. He was found guilty of throwing stones at military vehicles enforcing Israel’s brutal occupation near his home.

(Source / 17.04.2015)

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April 17, 2015 at 9:36 pm

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Israeli forces open fire east of Khan Younis, injure 3 Palestinians

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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured three Palestinians east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday.

Witnesses said that Israeli forces deployed along the Gazan border opened fire on the Palestinians in the al-Sanati area in Khan Younis.

The three injured have been taken to the European Hospital in Khan Younis for treatment.

Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinian civilians near the border since the ceasefire agreement signed Aug. 26, 2014 that ended a devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.

In March alone, there were a total of 38 incidents of shootings, incursions into the Strip, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR).

That was up from 26 incidents through February, and left seven Palestinians injured and one dead.

The attacks come despite Israeli promises at the end of the ceasefire to ease restrictions on Palestinian access to the border region near the “security buffer zone.”

According to PCHR, the “buffer zone,” which Palestinians are prohibited from entering, “is illegal under both Israeli and international law.”

The group said: “The precise area designated by Israel as a ‘buffer zone’ is not clear and this Israeli policy is typically enforced with live fire.”

(Source / 17.04.2015)

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April 17, 2015 at 9:05 pm

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On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel demolished the homes of Palestinian citizens of Israel 15 minutes from Tel Aviv

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Tamer Nafar, from the rap group DAM, shows solidarity with his son standing on the ruins of one of the houses of the unrecognized Palestinian village of Dahmash, located between the cities of Lod and Ramle in Israel

I’m simply sick and tired of the self-righteous internal Jewish-Israeli discourse with the racist slurs this one makes against that one, and that one against this one, while in the end it seems a Jew only argues with a Jew so that they can make up later that evening and go demolish an Arab home together.


Yesterday, Israel demolished demolish 3 houses in the unrecognized Palestinian village of Dahmash. They didn’t destroy the whole village but this is their intention.

It doesn’t really make any difference if we use an “identity discourse” or a “universal discourse,” a “Mizrahi discourse” or a “class discourse” to describe the injustices in our provinces, because at the end of the day every discourse has to be subjugated to the song of the Jewish hegemony. In fact, it is through the splits within Israeli society that the society preserves itself as a whole subject that imposes terror on the Palestinian object. The split is always true and false at the same time. There’s always some total war going on in the Israeli society — religious/secular, Judah/Israel, Settlers/Peace Now, kibbutzim/development towns, periphery/center, homosexuals/homophobes and Mizrahis/Ashkenazis. It’s clear that each split is true and important in itself, but what we don’t see is that at the same time the oblique line that divides the whole also unites its two parts under the name “Jew”. And this is the inclusive name with which it separates itself from the Arab. This is how the transparent ideological mechanism of the State of the Jews operates, subordinating emancipatory systems of thought and action to its own needs each time anew. One could say that through their internal struggles, the Israeli always unites under the common name Jew, while casting the Palestinian out of history.

Internal Jewish quarrels no longer interest me as long as Palestinian refugees are being murdered in Yarmouk, and as long as Palestinians who are Israeli citizens for many years now can’t reach out to their own people in the Diaspora who are being massacred in Sabra, Shatila, and Gaza, and so long as Palestinian homes are being demolished 15 minutes from Tel Aviv.

I will no longer join any internal Jewish struggle that does not in advance declare itself as loyal to the general Palestinian struggle for justice and equality, because in the Israeli identity discourse the name “Palestine” is the name that functions as The Struggle that contains all struggles.

It itself is not enough, but without it every internal Jewish-Israeli struggle (Mizrahi, feminist, class, LGBT, etc.), however just it may be, will turn into a corrupt and corrupting force. As long as it doesn’t declare its solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for justice and equality, at the end of the day, it will be exploited by the Jewish regime to oppress the Palestinian.

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(Source / 16.04.2015)

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April 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm

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Palestinian Shot In The Eye In Jerusalem

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A young Palestinian man was shot in the eye by an Israeli rubber-coated metal bullet, on Wednesday evening, and three others shot in the legs, in the el-‘Eesawiyya town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem.

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The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that Suleiman Mahmoud at-Tarbi, 20, was walking in the town when the soldiers invaded it, and clashed with local youths.

Member of the Follow-up Committee in Silwan, Mohammad Abu Al-Hummus, said at-Tarbi left his home heading to a local shop, and had no idea the soldiers were invaded the town.

He added that at-Tarbi came face to face with the soldiers before one of them pointed his rifle at him and fired; the rubber-coated metal bullet struck the Palestinian in the eye, before the soldiers assaulted him.

The young man was later moved the Hadassah Ein Karem Israeli hospital in Jerusalem for treatment, while Israeli army is still claiming he was participating in the clashes.

Three young men were injured in their legs after the soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets at them. The soldiers also fired at Palestinian cars shattering the front shields of three vehicles.

Earlier on Wednesday, soldiers invaded the Shu’fat refugee camp in Jerusalem, and clashed with dozens of local youths.

The soldiers invaded the camp just as schoolchildren were leaving school, and fired gas bombs, causing dozens of suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers also invaded an under construction residential building, and searched it; the building is close to the military roadblock installed by the soldiers on the entrance of the camp.

On March 31, a Palestinian child identified as Zakariyya al-Joulani, 13 years of age, lost his left eye after being shot by an Israeli rubber-coated metal bullet while walking back home from school in Silwan.

His father said that Israeli soldiers occupied the rooftop of a multi-story under construction residential building and opened fire at schoolchildren walking back home.

Eyewitnesses confirmed to Silwanic that the shooting was not as a result of clashes as the situation was calm when it took place.

Zakariyya al-Joulani, 13 - Silwanic

Zakariyya al-Joulani, 13 – Silwanic

Image By Wadi Hilweh Information Center - Silwan

(Source / 16.04.2015)

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April 16, 2015 at 9:26 pm

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