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Israeli Occupation Troops Attack Palestinian Teen At Border Crossing

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Palestinian workers cross a checkpoint in the West Bank city of<br />
Qalqiliya in this file photo. (MaanImages/Khaleel Reash)

JENIN (Ma’an) – A teenage Palestinian boy from the northern West Bank says he was violently assaulted by Israeli soldiers at al-Jalama crossing north of Jenin while he was trying to cross into Israel.

Muhammad Asri Fayyad, 17, told Ma’an Saturday that on Thursday morning he arrived at the crossing along with a busload of young men and teenagers who had organized a trip to Israel and obtained the needed permits from Israeli authorities.

He says he entered the crossing and complied with the instructions Israeli officers were giving through loudspeakers. The instructions included “that we shove our mobile phones in one place and we cross from a different place which we did.”

“Everybody received back their mobile phones except me. The soldiers asked me to pass through a path under a bridge on top of which stood a number of soldiers pointing their guns at me.

“They then asked me to enter a room which has several doors and I obeyed the orders. All the doors were immediately locked before the officers started to shout through loudspeakers demanding that I take off my clothes and my shoes.”

He added that he took off his shoes first but the soldiers continued to shout “violently” repeating that he must take off all his clothes.

“When I took off my clothes, they turned on a huge ceiling fan which caused frigid coldness. I told them to turn off the fan because I was freezing, but they didn’t, and so I knocked on the fan in an attempt to cause it to stop. At that point the soldiers broke into the room and started to beat be with rifle butts until I fell to the ground.

“They then tied my hand to a steel bar behind my back and tied my foot to another bar. I remained in that position from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. After that a number of soldiers arrived and a female soldier untied me after she took a silver necklace I was wearing. She ordered me to put on my clothes, then she handcuffed and blindfolded my eyes and escorted me outside the crossing and told me that I was denied entry to Israel. She gave me a small sack in which I found the remnants of my mobile phone which had been smashed.”

Muhammad says he has been suffering severe shoulder and foot pain ever since.

(Source / 28.02.2015)

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February 28, 2015 at 9:37 pm

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Israel to demolish homes of dozens of Bedouins in Abu Dis

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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinian Bedouins from the al-Jahalin community in eastern Abu Dis have received orders from Israeli forces to demolish their homes themselves.

The steel structures in which the community lives were put up nearby the Khillet al-Raheb area on which the Gateway to Jerusalem protest camp has been continually re-erected by activists in recent weeks.

The Gateway to Jerusalem was set up in protest to Israeli plans to displace Bedouin families from their dwellings in the corridor known as E1, between Jerusalem and Jericho.

Daoud al-Jahalin, the secretary-general of the Fatah movement for Bedouins of the al-Jahalin community, said that their homes are expected be demolished soon, as Israeli bulldozers have been razing lands in the nearby Gateway to Jerusalem camp for several days.

Al-Jahalin added that the Israeli civil administration department informed nine families who live in 14 steel structures that the demolition order would be carried out by Israeli forces if they do not demolish their own homes by themselves.

Between 50-70 Bedouins in the Khillet al-Raheb area have been living in these steel structures since 1997.

Shadi and Ayman Muhammad al-Jahalin are among those who received notices from the civil administration to demolish their homes, built more than 10 years ago and housing nine family members, according to al-Jahalin.

He said that the notices claim that the steel structures were built on confiscated lands and state property. The notices also indicate a court session to be held next Sunday.

The secretary-general emphasized that the Israeli side aims to empty the Palestinian desert of all its inhabitants in order to use the land for military purposes and to build settlements. This includes 22 Bedouin communities living on 62 percent of the West Bank’s areas of Jerusalem, Jericho, Anata, al-Eizariya, and Abu Dis al-Sawahreh, extending to the Dead Sea.

Al-Jahalin said that despite the fact the Israeli bulldozers razed these lands, residents will resume their strike that started 25 days ago.

Israel has demolished 562 Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank since the start of the year, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

Last summer, Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank released a series of plans that would include relocation of around 12,5000 Bedoin from the Jahalin, Kaabneh and Rashaida tribes to Talet Nueima. If the plan comes to fruition, the evacuation of the Bedouin tribes would free up additional lands for settlement construction, especially in E1, according to Israeli news source Haaretz.

Rights groups slammed the plans, adding that the forcible transfer amounts to a massive land grab and an attempt by authorities to annex the crucial E1 area and effectively cut the West Bank in two.

Palestinian Bedouins in the West Bank are largely composed of refugees of Israel’s 1948 ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians.

(Source / 28.02.2015)

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February 28, 2015 at 8:25 pm

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IOA razes Palestinian village east of Negev

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RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) on Thursday knocked down Palestinian homes in Tel Arad village, south of the occupied Negev.

Local sources said the Palestinian natives of Tel Arab became homeless after Israeli bulldozers escorted by police forces destroyed their homes and cultivated lands.

The demolished homes belong to al-Zabarqa family, the same sources said, adding that the IOA seized the families’ belongings and forced them out of their homes.

Sometime earlier, the IOA tore down six Palestinian family homes in Sa’wa village, in the same area, as part of a systematic ethnic cleansing policy pursued by the Israeli occupation government against the Negev people.

(Source / 28.02.2015)

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February 28, 2015 at 7:47 pm

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3 injured during clashes near Ramallah

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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets while dozens of others suffered from tear-gas inhalation during clashing near the Attara checkpoint north of Ramallah on Saturday.

Clashes erupted with Israeli soldiers as dozens of Palestinian youths headed toward the checkpoint.

Israeli forces opened live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear-gas grenades and stun grenades to disperse youths while they responded with rocks.

(Source / 28.02.2015)

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February 28, 2015 at 7:39 pm

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15-YEAR-OLD KHALED SHEIKH SENTENCED TO 4 MONTHS JAIL

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The youngest Palestinian prisoner sentenced to 4 months

The Ofer military court on Wednesday sentenced the youngest Palestinian boy in Israeli jails to four months imprisonment, in addition to a fine estimated at 2000 shekels.

The 15-year-old Khaled Sheikh has been detained for 63 days on charges of throwing stones and setting fire to tires.

Khaled Sheikh family warned of his difficult health condition as he suffers from anemia and did not receive any medication since his arrest on December 25, 2014.

His family could not meet him despite requesting visit permission more than once.

The family expressed deep concern over Khaled detention conditions as he is still deprived from receiving his appropriate medication and family visits.

The secondary school student, who was nabbed in his village near the separation wall, is currently held in Ofer prison and attended four court hearings.

For his part, head of the Ahrar Center Fuad al-Khuffash condemned the court’s verdict, saying that children’s arrest is a systematic Israeli policy.

There are currently 300 Palestinian children detained behind Israeli bars, he underlined.

Al-Khuffash stressed the urgent need to work on the release of all Palestinian children held illegally in Israeli prisons.

(Source / 27.02.2015)

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February 27, 2015 at 11:10 pm

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In photos: Israel destroys protest camp, Palestinians vow to rebuild

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Israeli Border Police surround the gateway to a protest camp in Abu Dis in preparation for the eviction of activists. The camp was established at the beginning of February.

Israeli Border Police have repeatedly demolished the Gateway to Jerusalem protest camp. But Palestinian activists say they are undeterred.

Bringing together activists, Palestinian Authority officials, residents of the Jerusalem suburb Abu Dis and the local Bedouincommunities, the camp was built to protest Israel’s de facto annexation plan for what it calls the East 1 (E1) corridor connectingJerusalem and the Maale Adumim settlement block in the occupied West Bank.

“We built this camp at the beginning of February,” Adel Salah, mayor of Abu Dis, explained. “We saw Israeli bulldozers preparing this land for construction and we knew we had to do something. They act like it is Israeli land but it has never been.”

Successive Israeli governments have prioritized the securing of the E1 corridor to consolidate its control of the area around Jerusalem, but budgetary constraints and international pressure have prevented the land grab’s completion.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government retaliated against the United Nations General Assembly’s 2012 decision to grant the Palestinian Authority observer state status by announcing that it would push ahead with the construction of up to 4,000 housing units and ten hotels in the corridor.

The construction would split the West Bank in two, making it even more difficult for Palestinians, whose freedom of movement is already severely restricted, to travel from the north to the south.

Forcible transfer

Clearing the E1 corridor of Palestinians is a prerequisite for the implementation of the Israeli government’s plan.

Abu Dis used to be a suburb within easy reach of Jerusalem but following the construction of Israel’s wall about ten years ago it was cut off from the city. Israel has declared a tract of Abu Dis’ land as the relocation site for some of the eighteen Bedouin communities in the E1 corridor which the government plans to forcibly transfer.

The Abu Dis land in question was recently declared a military zone to deter the protest camp activists from returning.

“But this is not a military area,” the mayor stressed. “This land belongs to many people in Abu Dis; it is private Palestinian land.”

The unilateral Israeli plan to forcibly transfer the Bedouin Jahalin community to this land is rejected by both the mayor and Bedouins alike.

“This land belongs to someone else,” a man named Daoud from the Jahalin community said at the protest camp. “We don’t want to create problems.”

“If we must move, then let us return to Bir al-Saba, that is where we are from,” he said referring to the historic Palestinian city in theNaqab (Negev) desert which was ethnically cleansed during the establishment of Israel in 1948 and the government renamed Beer Sheva.

Unity

The E1 scheme is only the latest chapter in Israel’s repeated history of forcing Palestinian Bedouins off of their land.

“When will it end?” asked Daoud.

As Border Police surrounded the camp last Monday, activists built new structures and emphasized unity in the face of Israeli land theft and attempts to pit Palestinian communities against each other.

Border Police suddenly stormed the gathering to disperse the camp. As tear gas and stun grenades fell on the site, protesters ran towards the valley or into Abu Dis, chased by more tear gas.

Once the camp was emptied, the metal and wooden structures sheltering the activists were dismantled by Border Police and loaded onto a truck, and a bulldozer once again began to construct the housing units intended for the Jahalin community.

“No matter,” Jamal Abu Hillal said. “As soon as they leave, we will rebuild.”

Silvia Boarini is a photojournalist based in Bir al-Saba and is currently working on a documentary on Naqab Bedouins.

One of the many Bedouin encampments in the area, located just below the protest camp. Its inhabitants were attacked with tear gas for much of the morning.

Mahmud, 25, belongs to the Bedouin Jahalin community. “I joined the protest, we are all together, we don’t want to move onto someone else’s land.”

Nabeel Abdullah, 67, is from Abu Dis. “I came [to the protest camp] because Israel is taking our land. We all need to come down here and stand together to defend it.”

Activists erect more wooden structures as Israeli Border Police prepare to dismantle the camp for the sixth time.

Daoud is a Bedouin from the Arab Jahalin tribe. He lives in nearby Jabal al-Baba and the E1 plan would see his community forcibly displaced to Abu Dis. “We are from Bir al-Saba. If we must be moved, then we want to return there,” he said, referring to the ethnically cleansed Palestinian town in the Naqab (Negev) desert.

Thaer Anees is a coordinator for the Jerusalem branch of the Popular Resistance Committee. “The E1 plan will remove Palestinian communities from around Jerusalem and will destroy the Bedouin lifestyle. We must resist this,” he said.

Protesters warm up around one of the fires lit for warmth at the camp.

Afaf Farun, 31, is a teacher and political activist. “This is our home and we must defend it,” she said.

Hajj Atta, 70, is from Abu Dis and owns a portion of the land the Israeli government has slated for the forcible transfer of Bedouins from the E1 tract.

Israeli Border Police raid the camp using stun grenades and tear gas.

Israeli Border Police charge at Sultan Abu al-Eineen. Abu al-Eineen coordinates between the Palestinian Authority  and civil society organizations.

Sultan Abu al-Eineen suffers the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Israeli Border Police lead away one of the four protesters they arrested that day.

Palestinian legislator Dr. Mustafa Barghouti checks Hajj Atta’s pulse after he fell during a heated argument with Israeli soldiers.

After Border Police dispersed protesters towards the nearby hills, workers came in to dismantle the camp.

A crane lifts one of the tin shacks that made up the Gateway to Jerusalem camp. Activists vowed to rebuild.

(Source / 27.02.2015)

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February 27, 2015 at 10:55 pm

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Palestinians tear-gassed during West Bank protests

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Palestinians tear-gassed during West Bank protests

Palestinian, Israeli and foreign activists faced off against Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank village of Bilin where they marked 10 years of protest against Israel’s separation barrier.

Hundreds of Palestinian activists organised a protest demanding Israel to open several roads it prevents them from passing through south of West Bank.

In what has become a weekly ritual, the activists marched on after the Friday prayers towards the barrier which cuts villagers off from their fields.

Israeli forces secured the area and set up checkpoints ahead of the protests.

Palestinian youths with slingshots aimed stones at border police posted along the wire-topped concrete wall and the police fired tear gas to disperse them, AFP journalists at the scene said.

One protester wearing a gas mask was seen hurling a smoking gas canister back at the Israelis.

At least one demonstrator was arrested, another was seen being taken away by ambulance after a blow to the head and several suffered tear gas inhalation.

In January 2011, a woman protester, Jawaher Abu Rahmah, died after inhaling tear gas. Her brother Bassem Abu Rahmah died in April 2009 after being hit on the head by a tear gas canister.

One of the organisers told Al Jazeera that they have been preparing for several demonstrations one of which will also protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the area.

Bilin demonstrations

The weekly Bilin demonstrations, which began in February 2005, are billed as non-violent but frequently turn into clashes between rock-throwing youths and Israeli forces firing tear gas, rubber bullets or live rounds.

Israel says the barrier is designed to prevent attacks, but the Palestinians say it is an “apartheid wall” that carves off key parts of their promised state.

When the 709km barrier is complete, 85 percent of it will have been built inside the West Bank.

In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, meanwhile, there was a violent protest on a different anniversary, that of the massacre of Muslim worshippers by a Jewish settler.

Demonstrators threw stones and powerful firecrackers at Israeli soldiers and border police, who responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.

There was no report of Palestinian casualties but the Israeli military said two border policemen were slightly injured.

At least 29 Palestinians were shot and killed by Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein while praying the Fajr (dawn) prayers on Februry 25, 1994 while dozens, including women and children, were injured.

Hebron’s main street was partly closed to Palestinians afterwards and later declared a “closed military zone,” restricting Palestinian access to residents of the immediate area – and then on foot only.

Hundreds of Palestinians marched after Muslim prayers on Friday to demand the reopening of the street, whose closure has had a domino effect throughout the central commercial district.

Demonstrators threw stones and powerful firecrackers at Israeli soldiers and border police, who responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.

(Source / 27.02.2015)

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February 27, 2015 at 10:15 pm

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