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Israeli forces inspect the site where Israelis were injured when their car came under fire, near the West Bank settlement of Shvut Rachel on June 30, 2015
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Attacks continued in the occupied West Bank overnight Tuesday when Israeli settlers attacked and moderately injured a 60-year-old man from the central West Bank village of Ras Karkar west of Ramallah, relatives say.Mahmoud Salih Nofal was surrounded by a “mob of settlers” who assaulted him with pepper spray before violently beating him with rods, causing bruises over his body, the man’s nephew Muhammad Nofal told Ma’an.The attack, he added, took place at 7 p.m. near the main entrance of the village.The settlers allegedly left Nofal bleeding in a field and fled the scene.When he regained consciousness, the man walked to the nearest main road where locals saw him and immediately evacuated him to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.The incident comes amid a rise in violent incidents over the past week in the area.Yesterday, Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man at the Qalandiya checkpoint in Ramallah after he allegedly charged an Israeli soldier at the crossing entrance.On Monday, four settlers were injured by a Palestinian gunman near the illegal settlement of Shilo in the Nablus district northwest of Ramallah, one of whom later died from his injuries.The incident invoked a statement from the president of the Shomron regional council representing illegal Israeli settlements in the northern West Bank, reading “we must not let terrorism spread.”“I call on the government to authorize the army to act without pity against these savages who take civilians for targets,” he said.
Palestinian medical sources in Ramallah have reported, late on Tuesday evening, that a 60-year-old man was injured, after a number of extremist Israeli settlers assaulted him near the main entrance of his village.
The sources said the man, Mahmoud Saleh Nofal, 60 years of age, was assaulted near Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, and was moved to the Palestine Medical Center surfing cuts and bruises to various parts of his body.
The assailants sprayed the man’s face with pepper spray, before proceeding to beat him using batons.
Journalist Mohammad Nofal, a nephew of Mahmoud, said the attack took place in an orchard, shortly after seven in the evening, and that the attackers left him bleeding.
He added that his uncle managed to walk to the main entrance of the village, before locals saw him, and instantly moved him to the hospital.
(Source / 01.07.2015)
Recent attacks which took place in the West Bank have confused the Israeli officials, amid fears of more escalation and admission that these operations are ‘organized’.
Despite Israeli estimations that such attacks can’t reach an extent of a third Intifada, officials are still concerned, especially at least six attacks took place in less than a month.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon blamed the Palestinian Authority for the attacks, saying Ramallah was inciting violence with special TV broadcasts for the Ramadan holy month.
“In the past days, days of Ramadan, there have been six attacks,” Ya’alon said on Tuesday.
“We have no doubt that the cause of this is incitement in general, and the incitement of the Palestinian Authority in particular. This is a religious holiday, and [the PA is] taking advantage of the days when people are sitting at home watching TV and movies, as a result of which people go out and then carry out attacks,” he added, in an apparent reference to the broadcasts on the PA media outlets.
Tel Aviv tightened security measures following the attacks, with military circles said that the attacks become organized more than being individual.
“Estimations indicate that there might be organized acts more than the individual ones,” Rony Daniel a military analyst told Israeli channel 2, noting that there is relation between these attacks.
For his part, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yoram Cohen said that the Palestinian attacks went up 50 percent since 2012, when there were 683, to 1,834. However, he claimed that the Shin Bet managed to reduce such attacks.
(Source / 01.07.2015)
The new Israeli military head of central command, Gen. Roni Numa today has ordered the seizure of 70 square meters of Palestinian land near which Migron settlement was constructed, for alleged security needs.
The Israeli supreme court has ordered the evacuation of the illegal settlement because it was constructed on private Palestinian property in Ramallah, central West Bank,
However, the military general claimed that the land has been seized for security needs, and has constructed antennas for Israeli cellular companies.
(Source / 01.07.2015)
At the height of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, nine activists occupied the roof of the Elbit factory that supplied engines to Israeli drones forcing it to shut down for two days, at a cost to the company in excess of £100,000
The Israeli war machine and the $23 billion a year that keeps it going dwarfs all other military spending in the world today, with the exception of America’s. It appears, though, that the Zionist state’s military and those who supply it are being outgunned by something far more forceful than bombs and bullets: nonviolent activism.
Several recent victories have been achieved by peaceful means which only serve to highlight the lack of effectiveness of state firepower when it is used to oppress and control those who desire basic freedoms and liberty.
Leading by example this week is Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, who only agreed to end his 55-day long hunger strike after the Israel authorities gave an undertaking not to arrest him again under so-called “administrative detention”. His courageous one-man protest turned him into an international symbol of Palestinian resistance. Now he will be released from prison on 12 July after a significant climb-down following global pressure on Israel. Peace vigils were held around the world as many feared that Adnan would make the ultimate sacrifice in his determination to take a stand against the oppression of Palestinians who are rounded-up routinely and imprisoned without charge or trial by Israel.
Jawad Boulos, legal counsel for the Ramallah-based Prisoners’ Club, confirmed the Israeli pledge not to detain Adnan again under “administrative detention”. His client had been held for 11 months under this colonial legal mechanism, which is used by Israel to imprison Palestinians without charge or trial and can be renewed indefinitely. It was Adnan’s ninth consecutive detention order.
Israel’s security service, Shin Bet, was warned that Adnan’s death would shatter the relative calm in Gaza. The UN’s top Middle East envoy, Nikolay Mladenov, expressed his concern about the fate of Adnan as his health deteriorated.
While Palestinians celebrate that victory, a bigger battle looms for Israel and the arms dealers in Britain who continue to support it. Next Monday morning, 6 July, hundreds of peace activists from around Britain are expected to descend on a secretive weapons factory in the Midlands as part of a campaign called ‘block the factory‘. The factory is owned by Israeli arms company Elbit Systems; it helps to manufacture drones which are used against the Palestinians in Gaza.
The 6 July protest marks the first anniversary of the start of the Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip last summer; campaigners and peace activists are heading to Staffordshire to demand that Britain stops arming Israel.
Appealing for others to join in the nonviolent action, the organisers declared that they will be transforming the space around the arms factory, converting it from a site of destruction into a fun, creative and child-friendly environment. “Let’s create a space that meets our needs and not the needs of Israeli and multinational corporations that export death for profit.”
Making a direct call to those who’ve never taken part in a protest before, they added: “Whether you have never been on a protest before or are a seasoned activist, whether you are disabled, an older person, a younger person, whether you have five children or none, we need you to come and make this the biggest, most beautiful action yet at an arms factory in the UK!”
The 2014 Israeli war against the people of Gaza, in which more than 2,200 Palestinians were killed, including over 500 children, saw Elbit Systems’ drones in use. In response, peace activists occupied the Elbit factory near the Staffordshire village of Shenstone, stopping production over two days at a cost to the company in excess of £100,000. At the height of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, nine activists occupied the roof of the Elbit factorythat supplied engines to Israeli drones forcing it to shut down for two days. The activists pleaded not guilty to charges of “preventing lawful activity” on the grounds that the factory was aiding and abetting war crimes and is therefore illegal.
Lawyers speculated that the trial collapsed because Elbit Systems was unwilling to testify in court about its activities and possibly because the British government was unwilling to comply with the court’s order to disclose information it holds about licences for arms exports to Israel. The British government and Elbit Systems now stand accused of running scared from a trial that would have put their collusion in Israeli war crimes into the public domain.
“The information would have shed light on the links between UK arms companies and Israel’s assault on Gaza,” Mike Schwarz, a partner with law firm Bindmans, said at the time that the trial collapsed. “With no court date, there’s no public scrutiny. Indeed, that seems to be what the affected business desperately wants and the government is more than content to let happen.”
It was an embarrassing legal defeat for Israel and its allies within the British government who can now also no longer argue that they have God on their side after the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Pope Francis, criticised the double standards of those dealing in the arms trade. He went as far as to say that those profiting from weapons deals could no longer call themselves Christians.
Issuing a damning condemnation of the arms industry in front of thousands of young people at a rally in Turin, the Pope said: “If you trust only men you have lost, it makes me think of… people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?” His comments prompted loud applause.
The Pope also criticised those who invest in weapons industries, adding “duplicity is the currency of today… they say one thing and do another.” Pope Francis said the motivation appeared to be “money”, before criticising those who advocate peace while manufacturing or selling arms.
The Church of Scotland, a mainstream Protestant Christian church, famously restated its support for Palestinian human rights in 2013, including the right of Palestinian refugees to return home or be compensated. It has called for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, an end to the siege of Gaza and safe access to the sacred sites for the main religions in the region. In addition it has also called on the British government and the European Union to put pressure on Israel to stop further expansion of its settlements and remove the existing illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank.
However, the Church of England, of which Queen Elizabeth is the Supreme Governor, is ambiguous about its own position, which is causing division within the movement. While St Paul’s Cathedral in London has adopted a policy of refusing to host events sponsored by arms companies, Church House, the administrative headquarters of the Church of England, hosted a conference this week sponsored by arms companies, and thus profited from their vile trade.
The event, in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, was called the Land Warfare Conferenceand was sponsored by Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s biggest arms companies. Lockheed’s clients are among some of the most oppressive regimes ever to have turned weapons on their own citizens, including Egypt. Lockheed also supplies the Israeli government with F-16 aircraft and Hellfire missiles, which have been used on Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Church House is due to host another event on 14-15 July, which has prompted theCampaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) to issue a strong statement on its website: “UK-made arms have been used in conflicts and to support repression all over the world. The arms companies know they need public support to continue with this deadly trade – and one way they seek to normalise their work is to be associated with prestigious or ‘respectable’ locations.
“We have already persuaded numerous venues not to host arms dealers, including the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum and two Cathedrals – and by doing so we are denying the arms industry the legitimacy it seeks. As well as legitimising those who profit from death and destruction, profiting from the arms trade is also in conflict with the Church’s own position which says, ‘Our policy is not to invest in companies that supply or manufacture armaments’.”
But perhaps the most damaging show of people power comes from the growth of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) after it emerged last week that Israel lost half of its foreign direct investment in 2014. A report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) revealed that $6.4 billion was invested last year compared to $11.6 billion in 2013, a decrease of around 46 per cent.
Dr Ronny Manos, one of the report’s authors and a researcher in the department of management and economics at the Open University of Israel, told local media that international boycotts against the country for alleged violations of international law were one of the major causes of the decline. The fallout from Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in the summer of 2014 was also cited.
Israel might have one of the most powerful armies in the world but for all that it spends on weapons, fighter jets, tanks and guns it cannot stop international boycotts led by unarmed, ordinary people. Israeli firepower has been, and will continue to be, shot down by peace activists.
(Source / 01.07.2015)
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A number of Palestinian prisoners, held in Nejev and Nafha prisons, suffer health deterioration due to the Israeli deliberate medical negligence, Palestinian official sources said Sunday.
The Palestinian authority for prisoners and ex-prisoners said that the detainee Majed Saadi, 26, who is held administratively in Nafha jail since 2013, suffers from neurological problems and frequent fainting in addition to severe headache.
The 23-year-old prisoner Mohamed Haroub, who is still held in Negev prison for over a year, suffers from epileptic seizures. However, he did not receive any medical care.
The prisoner Rami Khanfar, who was arrested in 2005 and sentenced to 15 years, suffers from severe foot wounds as he was shot and injured during his arrest. He also suffers from serious back pains and peptic ulcer without receiving any medical treatment.
The prisoner Ziad Silawi, who was detained in 2003 and sentenced to 17 years, suffers from difficult psychological problems and hysterical symptoms. He was not given any medication.
The prisoner Mohamed Sami Abd Rabo, arrested in 2004 and sentenced to 16 years, suffers frequent syncope as he was subjected two weeks ago to a brutal attack by Israeli jailers in Nafha prison.
(Source / 29.06.2015)
“It’s an act of kidnapping to take international citizens from international waters to a country not of their choice against their will.”
The Marianne, shown here laden with humanitarian aid preparing for it’s trip to Gaza, has been seized by the Israeli Navy.
A freedom flotilla sailing to break the blockade of Gaza was captured early Monday morning by the Israeli navy and the 18 journalists, campaigners, and crew aboard are currently in the occupying army’s custody, in an attack global supporters are calling piracy and kidnapping at high sea.
David Heap, spokesperson for the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition, told Common Dreams that supporters lost contact with the ship—the Marianne of Gothenburg—at approximately 5:00 AM Gaza time when it was roughly 100 nautical miles from the strip. The coalition still has not spoken with any of the people detained and does not have any information about their well-being.
Israeli authorities said they intercepted the vessel without incident, but the global coalition says there is reason to be skeptical of this claim.
“We have no reason to believe that Marianne’s capture was ‘uneventful,’ because the last time the IDF said something like that, in 2012, the people on board the ‘Estelle’ were badly tasered and beaten with clubs,” said the coalition in a statement released Monday. “Back in 2010, ten passengers of Mavi Marmara were murdered by the IDF during a similar operation in international waters.”
Whatever the details of the seizure, Heap emphasized that “it’s an act of kidnapping to take international citizens from international waters to a country not of their choice against their will.” The Israeli military’s action, moreover, raises concerns that “the occupation and blockade policy extends to the entire eastern Mediterranean,” the coalition said.
The Marianne originated in Sweden but carried people from around the world, including Tunisia, Spain, Morocco, and New Zealand. It was part of a global effort, under the banner of Freedom Flotilla III, that embarked from Greek ports Saturday in an effort to break the Israeli siege of Gaza—which is politically and financially backed by the United States and enabled by the active participation of Egypt.
In addition to the Marianne, the initiative included the supporting vessels Rachel, Vittorio, and Juliano II, and altogether the vessels carried 47 people from 17 countries.
“While the Flotilla bears much-needed aid, our main cargo is, as always, human solidarity and non-violent direct action for the respect of human rights,” said Freedom Flotilla III in a statement.
The effort was supported by people around the world and followed numerous other attempts to sail against the siege of Gaza, in solidarity with the 1.8 million people living there—roughly half of whom are children. One of the most densely populated places on earth, Gaza faces an escalating humanitarian crisis due to the blockade, which has made it nearly impossible to rebuild destroyed infrastructure—from hospitals to refugee shelters to schools—after Israel’s 50-day military assault last summer.
“While our attention is on our friends and colleagues on the boats, our goal is to stand with our civil society partners in Gaza,” said Heap. “Our purpose is to bring the attention of the world to the inhumane blockade. Our thoughts are with the people waiting for us on the shore and waiting for the world to demand the end to this blockade.”
The three boats accompanying the Marianne have turned around and are now en route to Greek ports. But Heap emphasized that this development is just temporary: “We will sail again.”
(Source / 29.06.2015)