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Israeli gov’t to force 7,000 Arabs out of their homes

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All the 7,000 villagers to be forced to liver in a 5,000 dunam area

Israeli occupation government is planning to force 7,000 Arabs (Palestinians) out of their homes in Al-Naqab, south of occupied Palestine.

Regarding how the project to be carried out, the sources said that the Israeli occupation forces would use force to oblige the villagers to leave their homes

Days of Palestine, Al-Naqab -Israeli occupation government is planning to force 7,000 Arabs (Palestinians) out of their homes in Al-Naqab, south of occupied Palestine, sources revealed on Wednesday.

Arab members in the Israeli Knesset said that the Israeli occupation government had recently approved a “dangerous racist” projects stipulates expelling 7,000 Arabs from their homes located in three Arab villages in Al-Naqab.

The area of the three targeted villages, Al-Araqib, Umm al-Hiran and Wadi al-Na’im, is estimated by 70,000 dunams (7,000 hectars).

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation government plans to put all the villages from the three villages in one place with an area of 5,000 dunams (500 hectars).

Regarding how the project to be carried out, the sources said that the Israeli occupation forces would use force to oblige the villagers to leave their homes.

All the three aforementioned villages had been demolished for tens of times. Al-Araqib, for example, it was demolished for the 101st time today.

(Source / 27.07.2016)

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July 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm

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Israeli forces kidnap 34 Palestinians in Jerusalem

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Most of the kidnapped are minors with ages ranging between 14 and 17 years

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped on Wednesday night 34 Palestinians, most of them minors in different areas across occupied Jerusalem.

The Israeli occupation aims to evacuate Jerusalem neighbourhoods from anyone rejects the daily Israeli oppression practiced against the Palestinians

Days of Palestine, Jerusalem -Israeli occupation forces kidnapped on Wednesday night 34 Palestinians, most of them minors in different areas across occupied Jerusalem.

“Israeli occupation forces stormed Silwan, Ral al-Amoud and Shu’fat neighbourhoods and kidnapped 34 Palestinians,” head of Prisoners Committee in Jerusalem Amjad abu-Asab said.

He noted that most of the kidnapped Palestinians were minors and their ages ranged between 14 and 18 years.

Abu-Asab said that the Israeli occupation used a helicopter in addition to the armoured military vehicles during the kidnapping campaign.

Regarding the whereabouts of the kidnapped Palestinians, Abu-Asab said that the Israeli occupation forces turned 11 of them to Al-Masqopian Interrogation Centre in West Jerusalem and the others were taken to Saladdin Police Station.

Meanwhile, he said that the Israeli occupation aims to evacuate Jerusalem neighbourhoods from anyone rejects the daily Israeli oppression practiced against the Palestinians.

(Source / 27.07.2016)

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July 27, 2016 at 6:54 pm

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Israeli forces murder Palestinian in Al-Khalil

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The Israeli occupation murdered the Palestinian because he did not want to go with them to the prison

Israeli occupation forces murdered on Wednesday morning Palestinian citizen in the village of Surif in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil.

According to our sources, the Israeli occupation opened fire and launched missiles at the house while Mohamed was there. He replied with live fire and the confrontation continued seven hours

Days of Palestine, West Bank -Israeli occupation forces murdered on Wednesday morning Palestinian citizen in the village of Surif in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil.

Our sources said that 45 Israeli military vehicles, including bulldozers stormed the village late on Tuesday night and encircled a house owned by Al-Heeh family.

The Israeli occupation forces used a loudspeaker and called for Mohamed al-Faqih, the martyr who was murdered later on, and asked him to hand himself over the them, but he refused.

According to our sources, the Israeli occupation opened fire and launched rockets at the house while Mohamed was there. He replied with live fire and the confrontation continued seven hours.

In the early Wednesday morning, the house was completely demolished and Mohamed was announced dead by the Israeli occupation forces.

Eyewitnesses said they saw the Israeli occupation forces pulling Mohamed’s body from beneath the debris of the destroyed house.

Palestinian medical sources reported five other Palestinians wounded in the same incident and all were moved to hospital.

Spokesman of the Israeli occupation army Avichay Adraee said in a statement in Arabic that the Israeli troops exchanged fire with Mohamed al-Faqih after surrounding the house, fired anti-tank missiles at him and the bulldozers demolished the house.

(Source / 27.07.2016)

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July 27, 2016 at 6:48 pm

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72 bills bear witness to Israel’s racist character

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A study by the PIC press team kept record of 72 Israeli bills that reflect Israel’s inherently racist character. A bill approved last week legitimized the exclusion of Arab MKs in the Israeli Knesset on allegations of incitement to anti-occupation activism. Expert in the Israeli affairs Barhoum Jureisi said the “exclusion bill” was not the first and last of its kind as talks have been underway in the Knesset to pass 72 racist laws. Jureisi warned of the striking surge in Israeli bills approved by the Knesset over the past 10 years. He spoke out against Israeli attempts to legalize racism and find justifiable grounds for Islamophobia among the Israelis. He added that such bills aim at cracking down on Palestinians residing in 1948 Occupied Palestine and to Judaize the areas occupied since 1967 along with the legitimization of illegal settlement activity. The Israeli occupation government also approved other bills including a bill to force-feed Palestinian hunger-striking detainees and another criminalizing anti-occupation stone-attacks. Another law categorizing terror attacks by Israeli settler gangs as “hate crimes” was passed in its first reading.  50 other bills are put on the Knesset talk-table, including 16 laws aimed to hold sway over West Bank areas and two more bills targeting Muslims’ the holy al-Aqsa Mosque and other Islamic holy sites. “Such a huge amount of laws are proofs of Israel’s simmering racist polices and increasing tendency to legalize terrorism,” the expert further stated.

(Source / 26.07.2016)

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July 26, 2016 at 9:54 pm

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Netanyahu spurs growth of BDS

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By Ben White

To describe the BDS movement as ‘defeated’ – either in ‘many areas’ or entirely – is laughable

Israel has defeated the BDS movement, declared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday. According to Bibi – who “pulled out a world map, colour-coded to illustrate how Israel’s foreign relations have improved” – BDS is “on the defensive”, and “taking hits on many fronts.”

Netanyahu made his remarks during a meeting of the State Control Committee, the background for which, as Ha’aretz described, “were two state comptroller reports published on May 24 exposing a list of Israeli failures against the BDS movement and in the state Hasbara (public diplomacy) system.”

State Comptroller Yosef Shapira claimed that the Foreign Ministry was unable “to present any significant achievements in the battle against [BDS]”, with “projects intended to improve Israel’s image in target communities around the world…failing to achieve their designated goals.”

A press release on the Knesset website gives a fuller sense of Netanyahu’s defence of his government’s efforts. According to Bibi, “Israel is perceived more and more as an asset and an influencing element in the world because of our war on terror and our technological achievements.”

He went on: “We have achieved free trade with China, a 30 percent increase in trade with India, an agreement with Japan on protecting rigs, military coordination with Russia, initial ties with a host of African countries, heads of state visiting Israel for the first time, the normalisation of ties with Turkey, and every week I meet with four heads of state. Israel`s foreign policy is a great success.”

Netanyahu apparently acknowledged “some specific successes [of the delegitimisation campaign against Israel],” but added: “we have defeated the boycott movement in many arenas.”

Bibi is correct in one sense; the Israeli government has indeed escalated its efforts to undermine not just the BDS campaign, but Palestine solidarity more broadly. In doing so, it has found support from friends and opportunists among politicians in Europe and North America.

But to describe the BDS movement as “defeated” – either in “many areas” or entirely – is laughable: 2016 has seen a continuation of the victories that have characterised the progression of the campaign in recent years.

In March, for example, British security giant G4S announced its intention to sell its Israeli subsidiary, following a high-profile BDS campaign. Activists are keeping up the pressure to ensure the company truly ends its role in Israel’s prisons system and apparatus of occupation.

There have been further successes for BDS campaigners within faith communities – the United Methodist Church in the US announced divestment from Israeli banks financing the occupation – while on campuses in the UK and North America, a number of student bodies have voted for BDS.

Note that as Israel seeks to “diversify” its trade and diplomatic ties around the world, the BDS campaign is similarly expanding: more than 200 Brazilian academics have now pledged to support the academic boycott, while in January, students at the University of Chile voted to support BDS.

In spring, “Israeli Apartheid Week” activities were held in more than 225 cities and campuses around the world. In late March, the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva voted to establish a list of companies complicit in illegal Israeli settlements, despite significant pressure not to do so.

Not only does BDS continue to grow, but a number of efforts by Israel’s supporters to undermine or attack the campaign have either failed, or prompted expressions of support for the right to boycott.

Examples of the former include here in the UK, where Jewish Human Rights Watch lost a case at the High Court against local authorities who passed pro-Palestine and pro-boycott motions. Examples of the latter include public defences of the right to boycott by Swedish, Irish and Dutch government officials, as well as by the likes of Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Like the pro-Israel advocacy groups looking for donations, Netanyahu politically benefits from both playing up the BDS danger, and demonstrating that he is ably tackling the problem. But those who either dismiss BDS as an irrelevant sideshow, or who portray it as a sinister threat almost always miss the point.

Over the last decade, the BDS movement has done exactly what one would expect a dynamic grassroots campaign to do; attract support from numerous kinds of trade unions, church groups, political advocacy groups, human rights bodies, student associations, and so on.

A campaign that began on the margins now has an impact on public debate and discussion; it is influential in ways that only a decentralised, grassroots campaign – in contrast to government propaganda initiatives – can be.

The BDS movement is not defeated, and nor can it be – at least not in the way that Netanyahu, Israeli officials and pro-Israel groups imagine. Its growth, and the nature of its successes, do indeed depend on various factors – but ironically, it’s Netanyahu’s government of right-wing nationalists that has proved to be a particularly potent accelerant.

(Source / 26.07.2016)

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July 26, 2016 at 9:51 pm

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IOF arrests Palestinian man at military checkpoint in Jenin

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JENIN, (PIC)– Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested on Tuesday a Palestinian young man, Husam Abu al-Rub, from Qabatya town in southern Jenin. Local sources told the PIC reporter that Israeli troops stopped and searched Abu al-Rub’s car near a military checkpoint close to al-Zababdeh town in Jenin before arresting him. Local sources pointed out that the IOF soldiers blocked traffic and retreated from the area after arresting the young man.

(Source / 26.07.2016)

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July 26, 2016 at 9:17 pm

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Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour imprisoned again

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The following report on the 25 July court hearing for and jailing of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour is written by Yoav and reprinted from Free Haifa. Tatour, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was imprisoned for three months followed by over six months of house arrest over “incitement” allegations based on her poetry, posted online in a YouTube video and shared on Facebook.  She was forced into house arrest near Tel Aviv far from her village of Reineh; her brother and sister in law needed to drop work and school in order to serve as “guards” 24/7, and she is forbidden from access to the internet. Tatour must wear an electronic ankle bracelet at all times. Her case has received increasing attention and solidarity, and the support of hundreds ofprominent international literary figures such as Alice Walker, Eve Ensler, Marilyn Hacker, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Dave Eggers, Susan Abulhawa, and many others. Her case, one of hundreds of Palestinians facing arrest and imprisonment for writing on Facebook, has sparked outrage and highlighted the long history of Israeli colonial erasure of Palestinian cultural production, from the assassination of Ghassan Kanafani to the imprisonment of Mahmoud Darwish, Tawfiq Ziyyad, and Samih al-Qasim.

After lengthy struggle regarding returning Tatour to Reineh, the prosecution conceded that she could be held in house arrest in her home village. However, on 25 July, rather than returning to her hometown, Tatour was instead imprisoned after a for-profit ankle-bracelet company failed to produce an official report that her transfer would not cause a problem. A new hearing will be held this morning, Tuesday, 26 July. The Free Dareen Tatour facebook page will carry the latest updates. The Free Haifa article follows:

How “security considerations” become means for torture…

We invited everybody to celebrate the return of poet Dareen Tatour to Reineh today, after more than three months in prison and more than six months in house arrest in exile in Kiryat Ono near Tel Aviv (more than 100 km from her home). Yes, we knew that she will still be in house arrest under harsh restrictions: confined with volunteer guards to the house, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with an electronic device attached to her ankle monitoring all her movement and prevented from any access to the internet. But at least she will be at home, surrounded by family and friends.

But after a prolonged drama in the Nazareth court the result was that Dareen was arrested and returned to prison. She will probably spend the night in the filthy cells of the Jelemeh detention center, where she spent the first month of her detention. Tomorrow we will have another hearing in court, but as things go we can’t be optimistic until we will see Dareen fully free.

But what happened today in the Nazareth court?This cruel attempt to break Dareen’s spirit just as she expected her situation to improve reminds me of the case of Bilal Kayed. Bilal, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was sentenced to 14 and half years in prison for resisting the occupation. On the day that he had to be released, June 13, 2016, he was transferred instead to administrative detention for another six months, a period that can be extended arbitrarily and indefinitely. Today Bilal is on the 40th day of hunger strike against his administrative detention, and there are many demonstrations in solidarity with him against the breaking of the few rules that were still respected in the relations between the occupation and political prisoners.

Before our court hearing started, we were given a devastating evidence to the ground truth of the reality of occupation that is the real background to Dareen’s saga. Two young workers from the West Bank were brought before the judge on the accusation of crossing the walls illegally in search of work. He casually remanded their detention and sent them back to prison in less than 2 minutes, like somebody that eats a nut and throws the shell behind his back.

Delivering Injustice Slowly

The current request to alleviate Dareen’s detention conditions is almost three months old. It took a month to set a date and few more weeks to make the initial hearing, where the prosecution objected to the very hearing of the request. As an alternative they insisted that a special parole officer will examine the suitability of the proposed new guards to be with Dareen, which brought us up to last Monday, July 18.

In the meantime the international pressure to release Dareen mounted, with hundreds of poets and writers from all over the world signing a petition in her defense. The prosecution softened its position a bit, now agreeing to Dareen’s return to Reineh. But still another week was allocated for the adjustment of the electronic device to work in Dareen’s house in Reineh – and the hearing was postponed to today, Monday, July 25.

In the meantime Dareen’s lawyer prepared seven proposed volunteer guards – much more that the number usually required, as he had a long experience of the prosecution failing any proposal to alleviate the detention conditions. Judge Hana Sabagh, the vice president of Nazareth low court, agreed to hear only four custodians. They all passed the interrogation perfectly. But then the judge noticed that three of the four guards, Dareen’s father and two brothers, work, and only her mother will stay with her at daytime. And what will happen if her mother will have to get out? The next in line were Dareen’s sisters in law – but they also work outside the family house. In the end the judge agreed to accept as a fifth guard one sister in law that works part-time. I wonder about what “dangers to the public” the judge was thinking when he invested all this time to create a perfect shield around Dareen that is never applied to really dangerous criminals.

Crisis and Arrest

Then it came out that the approval from the operators of the electronic surveillance device was missing. First everybody thought that it was only a problem of communication. The court’s clerks are still on strike and they put off the fax machine where such documents are regularly sent. The judge even tried to show leadership and said that “we will find a way to get the approval without breaking the strike”.

But when the lawyer called the operator again it became clear that the approval is not ready. It is a private for-profit company that received the responsibility for operating electronic handcuffs from the government through a special contract. They were supposed to do their job within five work days – and that’s why the Judge postponed the hearing for a whole week. But they visited Dareen’s house only yesterday. And though the professional team that checked the place said that everything is OK, today on the phone they insisted that, according to their contract, they have another five days now to write their conclusions.

Abed, Dareen’s lawyer, suggested that Dareen will be allowed to go to Reineh anyway, until the final approval will come. After all, she was allowed to be with her family on Eid Al-Fitr (albeit only for one day), and once again when there were court hearings day after day. They Judge objected, saying that he couldn’t allow Dareen to go to Reineh for a few days least there will be a negative reply from the operators of the device and he will be forced to send her to prison…

Dareen told the court that there is no way that she will go back to Kiryat Ono. The Judge didn’t wait to hear why and ordered the guards to take her. But then everybody stood up and shouted, and the judge said he will set the next hearing for tomorrow, maybe the operator will make up his mind in the meantime.

Dareen’s lawyer tried to convince the judge that if there is only one night until the next hearing, he doesn’t have to be any braver than the previous judge that let Dareen spend one night at home before. But then the lawyer for the prosecution began to shout, saying there is no reason to allow this. She mentioned the fact that Dareen didn’t infringe in any way the conditions of her detention over the last half year as a proof that there is no problem with her staying more in Kiryat Ono. Judge Sabagh apparently decided that he’s more afraid from the prosecution’s fury and ended the hearing without any decision except for setting the next hearing for tomorrow at 13:00.

Dareen went out and inspected her options. After some time she went back to the judge with her family and lawyer and repeated her position that she simply can’t go back to Kiryat Ono. The judge ordered the court guards to arrest her and give her to the police. Now Dareen is in prison again for very good reasons: As the judge said, he wouldn’t want to arrest her if there will be a negative response from the operators… and as the prosecutor said, she never infringed the conditions that were imposed upon her… The State of Israel was spared another great threat to its sacred security!

(Source / 26.07.2016)

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July 26, 2016 at 8:43 pm

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