Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Israeli dies from earlier wounds

The Israeli settler Genadi Kaufman, stabbed in an attack at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron earlier this month, died of his wounds Wednesday morning at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Genadi Kaufman, stabbed in Hebron about a month ago, succumbed to his wounds
Kaufman, a resident of the settlement Kiryat Arba near Hebron, came from the Ukraine 21 ago. He leaves behind two children: a son from his first marriage who is in the navy and a seven-year-old daughter from his second marriage. He worked as a maintenance man at the Tomb of the Patriarchs.
Kaufman was critically wounded in a stabbing at the Bakery Checkpoint near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron on December 7.His attacker, Ihab Miswada, 21, from Hebron, was shot dead.
Clashes broke out late Tuesday in Abu Dis following a funeral held for a Palestinian killed earlier this month, whose body was held by Israeli authorities for 26 days.Locals told Ma’an that 24 Palestinians were shot and injured by rubber-coated steel bullets while 19 others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation when clashes erupted between locals and Israeli military forces.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Peace Now: Israeli ministry of Housing has plans for 55.548 new houses in occupied territory

A new report by Peace Now  reveals that the Israeli ministry of Housing is planning to build 55.548 new houses, to  construct two new settemenets, to legalize at least six so called ''illegal''settlements and to start building in the so called E1 area which will split the West Bank in two. 
 E1 as it is now: only the police headquarters is standing,

Summary and Main Findings:
In November 2013, following international pressure, Prime Minister Netanyahu cancelled three tenders issued by the Ministry of Housing (MOH) calling for architects to bid for contracts to plan tens of thousands of housing units in settlements, including in E1. One year later, far from the public eye (without any public tender), the MOH hired architects to plan many of those plans. This planning, which contradicts any possible commitment to a two-state solution, continues through the present day.
In July 2013 Peace Now contacted the MOH, asking that it disclose its list of projects in the settlements since 2012, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Only after Peace Now petitioned to the court, requesting that it compel the MOH to disclose the information, did the MOH revealed partial information: 200 pages with tables containing over 1,000 lines of data. This data, together with other sources, reveal that the MOH is working on projects in settlement valued at over 330 million NIS.
Download the full report here

Monday: Man in Gaza dies of wounds inflicted on Friday

The dead Youssef Abu Sbeikha. (Photo PIC) 

A Palestinian civilian from the Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip, died at dawn Monday of wounds inflicted by Israeli bullet fire on Friday. A journalist of the Palestine Information Centre  (PIC) said 48-year-old Youssef Abu Sbeikha succumbed to the wounds he sustained a few days ago in clashes with the Israeli occupation army in eastern al-Bureij refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip.He was hit by the Israeli occupation troops with three shots in his chest, shoulder, and thigh, and underwent a surgery at the Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Abu Sbeikha was later transferred to the Shifa Medical Complex, where he died at dawn.
Abu Sbeikha was injured after the Israeli occupation army showered Gaza’s eastern outskirts with randomly-unleashed waves of bullet fire, killing 22-year-old Hani Rafiq Wahdan on the spot and wounding 28 more protesters.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sunday: Israeli army kills two Palestinians after attack in Huwwara

(Photo: Ma'an News)

Updated. Two Palestinians were shot dead after stabbing an Israeli soldier in the village of Huwwara south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, locals and Israel’s army said. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians stabbed and wounded a soldier before Israeli forces on site opened fire, resulting in the death of both attackers.
The spokesperson said that initial reports suggested that an additional soldier was injured as a result of fire directed towards the attackers.
One Israeli soldier received stab wounds to the face, while the other was injured by a gunshot wound to the leg, according to Israeli media. Both soldiers were evacuated to a hospital for medical treatment.
Locals identified the Palestinians as Muhammad Rafiq Hussien Sabana,17, and Noor al-Deen Muhammad Abdul-Qadir Sabana, 23.
Earlier Sunday morning Israeli police detained a Palestinian suspected of stabbing and injuring an Israeli soldier near the central bus station in Jerusalem, Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a Palestinian man in his 30’s stabbed an Israeli soldier, 21, on Yirmiyahu Street behind the central bus station.The man -- identified as Saed Muhammad Qumbuz from al-Eizariya -- was held by a security guard on site until he was detained by police who arrived to the scene shortly after.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Hocine Ait Ahmed, 1927-2015, le dernier des pères de l'indépendence algérienne

Ait Ahmed

L'un des pères de l'indépendance de l'Algérie, devenu opposant intraitable au régime, va rejoindre pour l'éternité la terre qui a forgé son âme de révolté dans le village fondé par un illustre aïeul, poète et maître soufi.
Hocine Ait-Ahmed n'a pourtant que très peu vécu à Ait Ahmed, un petit hameau qui porte le nom de la famille, situé à 160 km au sud-est d'Alger, en haut d'une étroite vallée entouré de collines.
Au détour d'un virage, apparaît la coupole du mausolée qui abrite son fondateur cheikh Mohand Lhoucine, un personnage encore révéré plus d'un siècle après sa mort en 1901. Le mausolée où il est enterrée avec sa soeur est un lieu de pèlerinage qui ne désemplit jamais.
Partout en Kabylie, on jure encore par Cheikh Mohand l'amusnaw (philosophe, en berbère) qui éclairait par sa sagesse et son savoir toute la région durant la seconde moitié du 19e siècle. Il enseignait notamment que "la foi naïve triomphe toujours sur le calcul rusé".
De lui, "Hocine a hérité l'érudition et le sens intangible des principes", commente Boussad, un membre de la famille qui recevait vendredi les condoléances de centaines de personnes arrivant sur les lieux, une semaine avant l'enterrement.
"C'est toute l'Algérie qui perd Hocine et pas uniquement sa famille", répétait-il en souriant à tous les visiteurs, de tous âges et de tous milieux.

Saturday: again two Palestinians killed for no obvious reason

Moussab Ghazali dead and alive

Update. Israeli security forces said they shot dead two Palestinian assailants on Saturday in separate incidents in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, as 12 weeks of heightened violence showed no sign of abating. Near the Huwwara checkpoint in the north of the West bank the Israeli military said a Palestinian rammed his car into Israeli soldiers. He wa shot and killed.  Hours earlier police officers shot dead a Palestinian who, according to them,  tried to stab a policeman near Jerusalem's walled Old City. Both accounts are disputed by Palestinian witnesses. ,
In the latest fatal incident, the Israeli military said a Palestinian rammed his car into Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint. "Forces responded to the imminent danger and fired toward the perpetrator," the military said, adding that one soldier had been wounded and evacuated to hospital.
The 56-year-old Palestinian man died after being taken to hospital, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
The Palestinians disputed the Israeli military's account of the incident. Jamil Dawoud, 49, said he was traveling in the car behind the one of the man shot, at the checkpoint where soldiers were inspecting the vehicles and that the soldier who opened fire appeared to misunderstand what had happened.
"There were three soldiers. One soldier signaled for the man to come forward, a soldier was on the edge of the road and he tried to move backward when he slipped. The second soldier opened fire, firing four bullets at the man, after that they tried to give him first aid," Dawoud said.
In the other incident A Palestinian from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan was killed Saturday after reportedly attempting to stab an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem, Israeli police said. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday: two Palestinians killed, a female motorist and a man in Gaza

 Soldiers around the car in which the woman was kiled in Silwad. (AP).

A Palestinian woman was killed on Friday after she allegedly attempted to run over Israeli Border Police officers near the village of Silwad in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli police said in a statement that a woman in a vehicle approached border guards in an area where clashes were taking place. The forces opened fire when they saw the vehicle approaching, immediately killing the driver.
Israeli forces also shot dead a Palestinian and injured several others during demonstrations in the Gaza Strip for the third Friday in a row, the Ministry of Health said. Hani Rafiq Wahdan, 22, was shot in the head near the al-Shuj'ayyia neighborhood east of Gaza City, a spokesperson for Gaza’s Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, told Ma’an. Nine others were hit by live fire.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thursday: four Palestinians killed, three Israelis wounded

Updated. Violence continued Christmas Eve day when a Palestinian was shot dead during clashes with Israeli military forces in the Qalandiya refugee camp, the fourth to be killed in the occupied West Bank within hours. Three Palestinians were shot dead earlier Thursday after carrying out separate attacks that left three Israelis injured.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces had entered the Qalandiya refugee camp in order to arrest suspects involved in an attack earlier in the day.The forces opened fire when they were “assaulted by a violent mob” that included gunmen and Palestinians throwing explosive devices, Molotov cocktails, and stones, the spokesperson said.
Locals identified the Palestinian killed as 23-year-old Bilal Zayed. Hours before clashes erupted, another Qalandiya refugee camp resident was killed when he rammed his vehicle into Israeli soldiers posted near the illegal Geva Benyamin settlement, the Israeli army told Ma’an. Israeli forces opened fire and killed the driver, identified by locals as Wisam Abu Ghwaila, 22. One Israeli soldier was "very lightly wounded" in the attack, the spokesperson added.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Two Palestinians, and two Israelis killed in stabbing attack in Jerusalem

Updated. Two Palestinians from Qalandiya were shot and killed after carrying out a stabbing attack at the Jaffa Gate of East Jerusalem’s Old City, Israeli police said. The attack left one Israeli killed and another injured, while Israeli media reported that a third Israeli was accidentally shot at the scene and later succumbed to his wounds.
Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that the Israeli that was shot at the scene was likely hit by live fire when border guards opened fire on the attackers. The border guards stationed at the Jaffa Gate are female police officers. Following the attack, one Israeli reportedly died from stab wounds, while another is in moderate condition.
One Palestinian was killed on scene, and the Ein Kerem branch of Hadassah hospital confirmed that the second died shortly after arriving to the hospital.
The Palestinians were identified as Issa Assaf (19) and Anan Abu Habsa (20) from Qalandiya in the occupied West Bank. The area has recently been site to heightened tensions, with two Palestinians killed in the Qalandiya refugee camp last week after attempting to run over Israeli soldiers present in the camp during a predawn arrest raid. The gunfire victim was named as Ofer Ben-Ari, 46, a married resident of Jerusalem and father of two. The man who was fatally stabbed was Rabbi Reuven Biermacher, 45, a married father of seven.

UN Assembly adopts resolution against Israeli exploitation of Palestinian resources

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution demanding Palestinian sovereignty over natural resources under Israeli occupation. The draft solution, “Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources,” was adopted with 164 votes in favor and five against. Member states that voted against the measure included Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, and the United States. Ten other states abstained from the vote.
 The resolution is the latest to be adopted through ongoing efforts by Palestinian leadership to take measures against Israel in the international arena following decades of failed peace talks. The adopted resolution demands that Israel cease the exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment of Palestinian natural resources, and recognize the right of Palestinians under military occupation to claim restitution.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Price tag attack with smoke bombs on Palestinian family

Suspected Israeli settlers early Tuesday attacked a Palestinian home in a Ramallah-area village in the occupied West Bank in what appeared to be a revenge attack for the arrest of Jewish extremists who carried out a deadly attack last summer.
Hussein al-Najjar, 30, told Ma'an that settlers arrived to his home in the village of Beitillu around 1:30 a.m. and vandalized the exterior walls of the house before smashing in a window and throwing three smoke grenades inside.
Al-Najjar said that he and his wife as well as their 9-month-old son Karam suffered from severe smoke inhalation. 
"The family survived death thanks to the intervention of neighbors who broke open the main door and evacuated the family, who were found unconscious," al-Najjar told Ma'an.The phrases “revenge” and “hello from the detainees of Zion” were spray-painted in Hebrew on the side of the home according to photos released by Israeli media of the scene.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Israeli operation kills 6 including Hezbollah operative in Damascus

The Israeli Air Force assassinated, on Saturday at night, the former political prisoner and senior Hezbollah leader, Samir al-Quntar, in an air strike in the Jermana area of the Syrian capital Damascus.
 The Hezbollah party in Lebanon said the Israeli Air Force violated Syrian air space at around 10:30 at night, and fired five missiles into a residential building, killing six people, including al-Quntar, and wounding at least twelve others.
The Civil Defense Forces in Jermana said two Israeli war jets violated Syrian airspace and struck the building with four missiles.
Initial reports were first unconfirmed, but his brother later announced on his Twitter account the confirmed dead of al-Quntar.
Samir al-Quntar spent 29 years in Israeli prisons, and was released on July 16 2008, under a prisoner-swap agreement reached through negotiation between Hezbollah and the Israeli government through a third party.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Three Palestinians killed on Friday

Left Mahmoud al-Agha (Khan Younis), right Muhammad Ayyad (Silwad).

Three Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers on Friday. One during clahes in te village of Sinjil, one in Gaza and one after an unsuccesful verhicular attack.
Nashaat Asfour, 33,  succumbed to his wounds on Friday hours after he was shot and critically injured during clashes with Israeli forces in the village of Sinjil north of Ramallah. Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest with an explosive bullet. Asfour underwent an operation at the Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah, where he succumbed to his wounds hours later. The use of explosive bullets, also called expanding bullets or "dum dum" bullets, is illegal under international law due to the brutal damage inflicted on the victim, as the bullets are made to splinter apart and become lodged, instead of making a clean exit through the body.Israel has repeatedly denied claims that its forces use such bullets, however Palestinian medical examiners have on occasion documented their use.
Nashaat Asfour

Friday, December 18, 2015

Israeli-Turkish reconciliation in the making

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel and Turkey have reached "understandings" to normalise ties, at a low since the Jewish state's deadly 2010 raid on a Turkish ship headed for the Gaza Strip, an Israeli official said Thursday.
The deal, drafted at a secret meeting in Switzerland, calls for Israel to compensate victims of the raid, a return of envoys, for which an amount of 20 million dollars will be reserved,  and the start of talks on gas exports to Turkey, the unnamed official said.
All Turkish lawsuits against Israel will be cancelled, and Turkey will prevent senior Hamas operative Salah Aruri from entering its territory and acting from there, the source added.
Israel has long accused Turkey of letting Aruri plan deadly attacks from its territory.
According to the official, incoming Mossad chief Yossi Cohen and Joseph Ciechanover, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's point-man for Turkish reconciliation, made up the Israeli team, with Turkish foreign ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu representing Ankara.
A separate official could not say when the pact might be signed, but Channel 10 television said it was expected "in coming days."

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Israeli military kill boy of 15, the 127th Palestinian shot dead since 1 October

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian near the Huwwara military checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Thursday, Israeli media reported.  Palestinian ambulance driver Kamal Badran identified the Palestinian as 15-year-old Abdullah Hussein Nasasra, from the Nablus-area village of Beit Furik. Badran told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers gathered around the teen preventing medical teams from treating him after he fell. No Israelis were injured during the incident.
Initial reports indicate that the Palestinian was shot dead after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier at the checkpoint. No Israelis were injured during the incident. The deaths mark at least 127 Palestinians to be killed since violence escalated in the occupied Palestinian territory in October. Much of the recent violence has been carried out through attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals that have left 19 Israelis killed in the same time period.
The circumstances of several deaths have been widely disputed by critics who say that Israel has implemented a "shoot-to-kill" policy against Palestinians.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Israel approves 891 new houses in Gilo, a neighborhood of Jerusalem on Arab lands

Gilo, seen form the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. 

The Jerusalem building and planning board on Wednesday approved a plan to construct 891 housing units in Gilo, a settlement (neighborhood of Greater Jerusalem) on Palestinian land. Three weeks ago, the plan was pulled at the last minute, fearing a sharp American reaction during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the United States. The plan for the southern slope of Gilo, in East Jerusalem, was given initial approval in late 2012. The plan involves private land.
Ir Amim, an organization advocating Jewish-Arab equality in the capital, condemned the step.
“The behavior of Netanyahu and his government concerning approval of the plan on the slopes of Gilo is another example of the cat and mouse games the Israeli government plays with the Americans regarding building in East Jerusalem," the group said. "Continued unilateral steps, such as this, will only deepen the crisis that Israel is descending toward in lieu of a diplomatic agreement and will destroy any chance of reaching a real and just solution in Jerusalem.”

Israelis kill 2 Palestinians in Qalandia, girl who was accidentally shot in October dies from wounds

Updated: Hundreds of Israeli military and tens of military vehicles have stormed the Qalandia camp near Jerusalem one hour after midnight on Wednesday morning in an action to look for people they wanted to arrest, the Israeli army said. During the operation two Palestinians were killed.  Also Wednesday an 18-year old girl died from wounds she sustained in October at the Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus, when Israeli soldiers opened fire at another Palestinian who alledgedly attempted to stab a soldier. The girl,  Samah Abd al-Mumen who was sitting in her car when she was hit, was the 126th Palestinian to be shot dead since 1 October.
One the two Palestinians killed in the Qalandia camp was the 21-year old Ahmad Jahajhe (picture on top), the other the 29-year old Hikmat Hamdan from El Bireh (picture below). Both had been trying to run over troops with their cars, according to the army. Also four Palestinians were severely wounded by gunshots during the operation. One Paletsinian was arrested. The number of wounded since 1 October amounts to more than 13.000.
The Israeli military reported Wednesday morning's news under te headline: ''three soldiers wounded''. It seems that the three were lightly wounded by friedly fire, the site YNet reports.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Poll among Palestinians: support for attacks, popularity Abbas at all time low

Barghouti for president?

Or Ismail Haniye?
According to Haaretz some two-thirds of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip support the use of knives in the current confrontations with Israelis, back the resignation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and advocate abandoning the Oslo accords with Israel, according to the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.
The pollsters noted several trends compared to the previous survey in September. They observed that "a growing majority supports return to an armed intifada; and a growing majority continues to reject the two-state solution." While 68 percent of the 1,270 adults surveyed said they supported abandoning the Oslo accords, 67 percent of those supporters believe Abbas is not serious about doing so. Researchers referred to the "Oslo generation" of youths between the ages of 18 and 22, who they say are the most supportive of an armed intifada and the least supportive of a two-state solution.
If presidential elections were held today between Isamil Haniyeh of Hamas and Abbas, Haniyeh would win 51-41 percent. That showing is an improvement for Haniyeh, who led Abbas 49-44 in the previous poll. The only Fatah figure who could beat Haniyeh is Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison for his role in the murder of Israelis during the second intifada.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Eleven Israelis wounded in car-ramming, driver shot dead

A car that plowed into pedestrians at the entrance to Jerusalem on December 14, 2015 (Israel Police)
Eleven people were wounded in a vehicular attack at the entrance to Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, by the Chords Bridge. The attacker was neutralized. Six people were taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, including a one and a half-year-old baby and a 65-year-old woman in moderate condition, and four people in light condition. Five were taken to Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem with light wounds.
The attack happened shortly before 3pm local time. The attacker, who is from East Jerusalem, arrived in a private vehicle to Herzl Boulevard and proceeded to drive into a bus stop, hitting several people. A security guard and a member of the security forces saw what was happening and shot the terrorist, neutralizing him before he could get out of his car.
The word neutralized of course is a euphemism for killed. The driver of the car was shot dead.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday: third Palestinian killed, this one in Gaza

 A wounded man is wheeled away inKhan Younis (Photo AFP).

Israeli military forces on Friday shot dead a Palestinian and injured 17 others in clashes east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, identified the victim as Sami Shawqi Madhi, 41. He was shot in the chest and died instantly, al-Qidra added. Ten other Palestinians were injured during the clashes and taken to hospital for treatment.
Israeli forces opened fire at demonstrators along the border east of al-Bureij refugee camp and at the Nahal Oz crossing, where protesters set fire to tires. Locals said Israeli snipers were deployed in the area.There were also reports of clashes near Khan Younis in southern Gaza, and the Erez crossing in the north, where seven were injured by live fire in their lower extremities, al-Qidra said.

Israelis kill two Palestinians in the Hebron district, one the brother of a girl they killed six weeks ago

A Palestinian man was shot and killed during clashes in the Ras al-Jura area of Hebron on Friday, witnessestold Ma'an. A Ma'an reporter said Uday Irsheid, 24, was shot in the chest and critically wounded during clashes with Israeli military forces at the northern entrance to Hebron. He later died from his injuries. Earlier the same day Israeli soldiers shot dead a 55-year old man in a car in  Halhul, in the Hebron dsitrict.
`Uday Irsheid
`Uday Irsheid's 17-year old sister, Dania, was shot and killed by Israeli forces in Hebron on 25 October. She was shot dead after police officers allegedly saw "a knife in her hand." No Israelis were injured during the incident.A witness told Ma'an at the time that he saw a schoolgirl with a schoolbag on her back trying to cross the Israeli checkpoint near the Ibrahimi mosque." An Israeli soldier asked her to take the knife out of her bag, then she was immediately fired upon. "Seconds later the schoolgirl was lying on the ground bleeding," the witness said.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Four Israeli soldiers wounded in car-ramming attack

Four Israeli soldiers were wounded in a car-ramming attack at the Beit Arye junction, near the settlemenet of Ofarim, in the West Bank on Thursday afternoon.One of them was critically wounded and another three were moderately and lightly wounded.They were evacuated to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. All four are in their 20s, according to Magen David Adom paramedics at the scene.
According to the police, a black Isuzu vehicle rammed into the four between the Palestinian village of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya and the Israeli settlement of Beit Aryeh-Ofarim.The car was later found abandoned in the village of Rantis.
On Wednesday, a Palestinian,  Abdel-Rahman Maswara, was shot dead after carrying out a stabbing in the southern West Bank's Hebron city, during which two Israelis were injured. 

Wednesday: Palestinian killed in Hebron after attack, former member Jewish underground wounded

A former member of the Jewish Underground and his wife were wounded Wednesday evening in a shooting attack in the West Bank, only hours after two others were wounded in a stabbing attack in Hebron.
The Palestinian who reportedly carried out the attack In Hebron was shot dead. He was identified as Abd al-Rahman Yusri Maswada.He was the cousin of Ihab Zakariya Maswada, 21, who was killed by Israeli forces on Monday after he stabbed an Israeli near Hebron's Ibrahimi Mosque. Abd al Rahman was the 119th Palestinian to be killed in this way since 1 October.
Shaul Nir, the former member of the Jewish underground, was found guilty of perpetrating a 1983 shooting and hand grenade attack on the Islamic College of Hebron, which killed three students and wounded 33. After being sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the attack and attempted assassinations of Palestinian officials, President Chaim Herzog commuted his sentence and ordered his release in 1990, after serving less than seven years.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Fourteen Gazans missing after Egypt floods tunnels near Rafah

(Anadolu via MEMO, file)
Gazan Civil Defense rescue teams on Tuesday morning were battling to save the lives of 14 Palestinians who went missing inside a smuggling tunnel when Egyptian military forces flooded it with seawater.
Muhammad al-Meidana, a Civil Defense official, told Ma'an that rescue teams had been able to save the lives of seven tunnel workers, but that contact was lost with 14 others, who were now missing.
Smuggling tunnels that pass beneath the Egyptian border have served as a lifeline to the outside world for Gaza's 1.8 million inhabitants since Israel imposed a crippling siege in 2007.  Egypt has sought to destroy the tunnels as part of an ongoing security campaign in the northern Sinai against anti-regime militants, which Egypt accuses Hamas of supporting, although Hamas strongly denies the accusations.
The Palestinian Chronicle reported that the Egyptian army started on Monday to pump large amounts of sea water into large pipes that have recently been extended across the border connecting Gaza and Egypt in an attempt to destroy tunnels used to smuggle goods into the besieged Strip.

Tuesday Palestinian teen killed in Duheishe camp

Wijlen Malik Shain
Israeli forces shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian during a predawn detention raid into Duheisha refugee camp to the south of Bethlehem on Tuesday.
Medics identified the Palestinian as Malik Akram Shahin and said he had been shot in the forehead, where the bullet remained lodged.Witnesses said he was "left bleeding for long before he was evacuated to the public hospital in Beit Jala, where medics pronounced him dead.
"He was killed when large numbers of Israeli forces stormed Duheisha camp in the early hours of Tuesday, detaining a number of local residents and delivering summons to others. As the soldiers broke into Palestinians' homes, they reportedly fired live rounds, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades "indiscriminately" through the camp's narrow alleys.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Monday: young Palestinian killed in Hebron after attack

A young Palestinian man was shot dead after he allegedly stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli man near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron's Old City on Monday afternoon, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.
Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said Israeli Border Police shot the Palestinian after he stabbed an Israeli man in his 40s.The Israeli was evacuated to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem for medical treatment in critical condition.
Locals identified the Palestinian as 21-year-old Ihab Fathi Miswadi. He was number 117 since 1 October to be killed. Israeli forces prevented Palestinian emergency services from reaching Ihab to medical care after he was shot.The soldiers did not provide any medical care themselves, locals said.

Fifteen months for Palestinian deputy Khalida Jarrar

Khalida Jarrar


Palestinian leftist and feminist parliamentarian and advocate for political prisoners Khalidda Jarrar  has been sentenced by an Israeli occupation military court in Ofer to 15 months imprisonment today, 6 December 2015. Arrested by occupation military forces who invaded her Ramallah home on 2 April, the imprisonment of Jarrar, former executive director and current vice-chair of the board of directors of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, has sparked widespread Palestinian, Arab and international outrage.
Jarrar is a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council for the Abu Ali Mustafa bloc, the parliamentary bloc affiliated with the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In 2014, she had been targeted for forced displacement to Jericho from Ramallah by an occupation military order, which she succeeded in defeating after a month-long sit-in at the PLC office and an international support campaign.

Saturday: one Palestinian killed in Jerusalem

Scene of stabbing in Jerusalem's Yirmiyahu Street. December 6, 2015.A Palestinian man was shot dead after he allegedly injured two Israelis in a stabbing attack in central Jerusalem on Saturday night, Israeli police said. He was the 116th Palestinian to be killed since 1 Ocrtober.
Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said the Palestinian, identified as a 21-year-old from Beit Hanina in occupied East Jerusalem, was shot and killed after he allegedly hit one Israeli with his car, before stabbing another with a knife.
However, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that one of these Israelis was injured when he was apparently "hit by a vehicle that passed by the scene as he was attempting to flee."Rosenfeld initially reported that a third Israeli had been injured during the incident, but later confirmed that this person was treated for shock. A spokesperson for Shaare Zedek hospital confirmed that two Israelis were brought there with "very light" wounds. She said that one of them was an Israeli soldier, who appeared to have been stabbed, while the other had been hit by a car.The scene of the incident, in West Jerusalem's Romema neighborhood, was closed off by Israeli police.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday: Israeli army kills 2 cousins, a ''car rammer'' & an American who came to the West Bank to marry

One of the dead cousins in Hebron, (Photo Ma'an)

Updated Two Palestinians were shot dead near Ramallah on Friday after separate alleged attacks targeting Israeli military forces in the occupied West Bank, Israel's army and Palestinian officials said. That happened after early in the morning two cousins had been killed in Hebron,.
One Palestinian was shot and killed near the illegal Ofra settlement north of Ramallah after ramming his car into a group of Israeli soldiers, according to the Israeli army. Two soldiers were injured, they suffered  minor injuries.The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the killed Palestinian as Anas Bassam Hammad.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Thursday: two Palestinians killed, finally arrests in case of arson attack that killed Dawabshe family

The scene of the shooting (Photo: Hilel Meyer, TPS)
Scene of the attack at the Hizma checkpoint earlier today.

Updated. A Palestinian was shot and killed near Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday evening after stabbing an Israeli police officer. He was the second Palestinian to be killed that day and the 110th since 1 October.
An Israeli police spokesperson said the officer was stabbed in Jerusalem,with the attacker "shot and killed" at the scene. The policeman,in his mid-thirties, suffered moderate injuries and was transferred to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Israel's Channel 2 news later said he was hit by friendly fire as Israeli forces shot at the attacker. Israel's Magen David Adom ambulance service said the victim suffered stab and shooting wounds and was in a moderate condition. The attacker was identified by the Israeli police as a 21-year-old Palestinian from the northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem. The incident took place on a section of Hanevim Street near Damascus Gate in the Old City.
Earlier in the day a Palestinian was shot and killed after opening fire on Israeli soldiers stationed at the Hizma military checkpoint north of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.

Israel demolishes two houses on Wednesday and Thursday, lots of people wounded

''Security measures'' surrounding Wednesday's demolition in the Shu'afat camp near Jerusalem. (Photo Ma'an)

Israeli forces early Thursday demolished the Nablus home of a Palestinian man suspected for organizing an attack in October that left two Israeli settlers dead, Palestinian security sources said.The demolition took place a day after Israeli forces carried out another demolition in the Shu'afat refugee camp near Jerusalem, after which heavy riots broke out.
Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the al-Dahya neighborhood in the southern area of Nablus before demolishing the home of Ragheb Ahmad Muhammed Alawi. Israeli soldiers forced Alawi’s family to evacuate the home hours before the demolition, a relative, Ahmad Alawi, told Ma’an. The home was inside of a four-story building that held eight total apartments, and the demolition likely caused damage to neighboring units, Alawi added. In the six or seven cases that Israel destroyed houses of suspects earlier these months, at least more than double that number of neighbouring houses was destroyed as well in the process, the human rights organisation B'tselem reported recently.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

16-year old Palestinian boy and 19-tear old girl killed, Israel confiscates tents donated by Red Cross

The killed girl Maram Hassouna (Photo from Twitter)

Updated. - An Israeli military officer shot and killed a 19-year-old Palestinian girl at a checkpoint Tuesday east of Tulkarem on Tuesday, saying that she had attempted to stab him, Israel's army said. Earlier, on Tuesday morning,  a Palestinian teenage boy was shot dead by Israeli forces in the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion after he allegedly attempted to attack a settler with a knife, Israel's army said.
An Israeli army spokesperson said that the officer killed the young woman at a checkpoint near the illegal settlement of Enav east of Tulkarem because she posed an "immediate danger" to him.The Israeli officer was not injured and Palestinian witmesses said that they had not seen that the girl had a knife.