Posts Tagged ‘Terrorism’
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)
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)
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.
Palestinian youth activist Basil al-Araj’s home again raided by Israeli forces as 16 arrested overnight in West Bank
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)
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)
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.”
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)
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.
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.”