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In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

(Compiled by Leslie Bravery, Palestine Human Rights Campaign, Auckland, New Zealand www.palestine.org.nz) [If you have difficulty with the display of this report, it may be better viewed on our website]

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IOP Report {Number 1 for August 2017}

Israeli soldier shoots

Palestinian child

in arm and both legs

Israeli colonisers commandeer

Palestinian home in Hebron

Israeli colonisers instal

mobile homes in Nablus

Muslims and Christians

in Al Aqsa Mosque

pray together for just peace

Norwegian NGO obtains

court ruling halting

home demolitions

Elor Azarya gets away with

less prison time than a

Palestinian gets for stoning

Fury at Young Vic revival

of Gaza play about

death of Rachel Corrie

Israel plans to destroy

23 Palestinian family homes

Palestinian Prisoners’

Affairs Committee accuses

Israel of intentional neglect

Israel prevents Palestinian

football players from leaving Gaza

US Senator pulls support for

Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Recent news updates:

Israeli soldier shoots Palestinian child in arm and both legs. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported the shooting that took place on 31 July. Thirteen-year-old Mohammed Qaddumi had been collecting firewood near Israel's West Bank annexation Wall when Israeli forces opened fire on him. The boy was admitted to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba and underwent a long operation. His condition remains severe but he is recovering. Mohammed’s father said his son was one of four children walking past the Wall, which lies next to their home in the village of Jayus. The Israeli Army afterwards tried to claim that the boy had tried to cross the border but his father contested the assertion: “He was by the fence, the children were there, four children, and there were soldiers under the olive trees. They went up there by the fence, they could have grabbed him by the arm but they shot him three times.” The parent also made clear that the children had not thrown stones, as the Israeli Army claimed, and that the soldiers were actually out of sight. The Israeli Occupation initially prevented the Qaddumi family from accompanying their son to hospital in Israel but finally allowed them to after NGOs Mahsom Watch and Physicians for Human Rights intervened. The Israeli Army is still charging the child with stone-throwing. Israel's shoot-to-cripple policy is becoming clear. A report released by the Badil Resource Centre found that in the first six months of 2016, at least 30 of the 86 Palestinians that were shot, in Bethlehem alone, received wounds in the legs or knees. Israeli generals have been known to encourage such tactics against Palestinian youngsters. Reports surfaced last year of Shin Bet officials, known only as “Captain Nidal” and “Captain Imad” among others, threatening to disable young men if they failed to comply with orders from Israeli soldiers. https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170731-israel-shoots-palestinian-minor-in-both-legs-and-arm/

Israeli colonisers commandeer Palestinian home in Hebron; instal mobile homes in Nablus. 1 August 2017 | While Zionist fanatics were invading the al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday, Israeli settler colonisers also moved into Palestinian areas in several parts of the West Bank. In Hebron, members of an Israeli settler terrorist group, Homesh First, occupied a Palestinian home in the centre of the city and, in Nablus, a dozen mobile homes were introduced onto stolen Palestinian land. The home in Hebron had been taken over by the settler militia last week, and on Monday the head of the gang, Yossi Dagan, announced that he will be ejecting the Palestinian family (who have owned and lived in the home for generations) and moving his own family into the home to take their place. The Abu Rajab family home in Hebron has been a constant target of the Israeli settlers for over five years. In 2012, settlers took over the top two floors of the home, confining the Abu Rajab family to just the ground floor of their home. The settlers claimed, without credible evidence, to have purchased the house and the Abu Rajab family has been continually threatened, suffered beatings and had the entrance to their home blocked. Their home as been occupied by Israeli soldiers in support of the settlers and one son of the Abu Rajab family has been abducted and imprisoned without charge for years. Throughout 2015, Occupation settlers camped outside the home for months, harassing the Abu Rajab family and preventing them from leaving the house. The family filed six different complaints with the Israeli court system, which eventually ruled in their favour and ordered the settlers to evacuate. Now, in 2017, the family find themselves once again filing a complaint with the Israeli police, as the settlers have returned to again force them from their home in violation of international and Israeli law. When settlement expansion in the area was approved by the Israeli Government a month ago, Amona, the group Americans for Peace Now, condemned it. The settler takeover prevents Palestinians from gaining access to their land. These settlements are located deep in the West Bank and east of route 60, the main highway in the Occupied territories. By such actions, the Government of Israel makes it plain that it seeks to heighten its control over the West Bank and has no intention of ever evacuating Occupied Palestine. The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics has reported a 70% increase in the rate of Israeli settlement expansion this year in comparison to the previous year. All Israeli Occupation settlements directly violate the Fourth Geneva Convention and are ruled illegal under international law. The use of military force to impose residency of a foreign Occupying power's civilian population on militarily Occupied land is a war crime. See also:

http://imemc.org/article/israeli-colonizers-take-over-palestinian-home-in-hebron-install-trailers-in-nablus/  and    https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=778457

Norwegian NGO obtains court ruling halting home demolitions. 2 August 2017 | The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has recently been able to obtain an Israeli court ruling halting a decision to demolish seven homes in the village of al-Walaja, bordering northern Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Hasan Burajiya, who monitors Occupation settlement activities in Bethlehem, said NRC attorney, Ghayath Nasser, after filing a petition with the Israeli Supreme Court against the demolition decision, was able to obtain a ruling halting demolition of seven homes out of 28 targeted for demolition in al-Walaja. Israel had recently notified owners of the 28 homes of its intention to demolish their homes because they were built without the Occupying power's permission. NRC, active in Palestine since 2009, “provides humanitarian assistance and promotes respect for international law in one of the longest-running displacement crises in modern history,” according to the website of the Norwegian non-governmental organisation.


Elor Azarya gets away with 18 months gaol, less time than a Palestinian gets for stoning. 30 July 2017 | An Israeli court upheld the manslaughter conviction and the 18-month sentence levied against former Israeli soldier Elor Azarya on Sunday for the execution-style shooting of 21-year-old Palestinian, Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, in 2016. Azarya was convicted only of manslaughter and sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison for shooting and killing al-Sharif as the disarmed Palestinian lay severely wounded on the ground after allegedly committing a stabbing attack in the Occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Azarya’s defence appealed against both the manslaughter conviction and the 18-month prison sentence for being too harsh. The Israeli military prosecution had submitted an appeal to increase the sentence. According to The Times of Israel, the appeal court judges ruled to maintain the manslaughter conviction, calling Azarya’s act “forbidden, severe, immoral” and claiming that “ethics are fundamental for an army’s resilience both externally and internally.” The court noted that Azarya had “never expressed remorse” for his crime. Azarya’s lawyers could still take the case to the Israeli Supreme Court to request either that the former soldier’s sentence be postponed for a second time, seek a sentence reduction from the Israeli Army Chief of Staff – a move which would be available only if Azarya publicly took responsibility for his actions – or request a pardon from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. The defence had argued that Azarya has been unfairly targeted and that his sentencing represents a “selective enforcement of the law.” Human Rights Watch (HRW) says it has “repeatedly documented the fact that the problem is not the conduct of a single soldier, but an atmosphere of immunity from punishment for illegally killing Palestinians.” Al-Sharif was shot and seriously wounded after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier. After being left bleeding on the ground for some ten minutes, Azarya shot him in the head, with a number of witnesses quoting him as saying: “This dog is still alive”, and “This terrorist deserves to die” before he pulled the trigger. Following the initial announcement of the 18-month sentence, the al-Sharif family had said that they were “not surprised” by the lenient sentence – noting that the soldier received less prison time than a Palestinian child would for throwing stones. https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=778432

Fury at Young Vic revival of play about death of Rachel Corrie. Drama about death of Palestinian-rights activist Rachel Corrie ‘promotes futile hatred’. https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/fury-at-young-vic-revival-of-notorious-gaza-play-1.442355

Israel plans to destroy 23 Palestinian family homes. 3 August 2017 (WAFA) – the Israeli Occupation has notified 23 Palestinian families of its intention to demolish their homes in Jerusalem's Bedouin neighbourhood of al-Fheidat. The families have lived there for 50 years. Israeli forces often target residents in that area in order to force them to leave before seizing the land for settlement. http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=QBfDTpa91572914895aQBfDTp

The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs accuses Israeli authorities of intentional neglect. Sami Abu Diak, a 34-year-old resident of the village of Silat al-Dhahr in the northern Occupied West Bank, was recently transferred by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) from Rimon Prison to the Soroka Hospital. The committee said that Abu Diak had previously undergone surgery to remove tumours in his digestive system more than a year ago, during which 80 centimetres of his large intestine were removed. Following the surgery, Abu Diak suffered from an infection, and his health has been worsening ever since, the committee said, accusing doctors at Soroka of intentionally neglecting his health. Abu Diak has been imprisoned by Israel for 13 years, and is serving three life sentences. The prisoner’s health has been a cause of concern for years, as he has been diagnosed with renal and pulmonary failure, as well as issues with his liver, gall bladder, and pancreas. In 2015, the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR) stated that poor conditions in Israeli prisons were suspected of having caused numerous health issues for a large number of Palestinian prisoners. The medical neglect of Palestinian prisoners was a central issue during a 40-day prisoner hunger-strike earlier this year, which also included demands for an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention – imprisonment without charge or trial – among other demands for basic rights. However, while the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs announced that 80% of the hunger strikers’ demands were met, IPS has repeatedly stated that it did not engage in negotiations with the prisoners. According to prisoners’ rights group, Addameer, 6,300 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of June, most of whom are being held inside the Israeli territory in contravention of international law. Addameer has reported that 40% of the male Palestinian population will have been detained by the Israeli authorities at some point in their lives. https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=778454

OCHA bi-weekly highlights:


Israel prevents football players from leaving Gaza. Nine players slated to play in Palestinian Cup Final in West Bank, by Daniel Gallego | On Wednesday, Israel prevented nine Palestinian football club players from leaving the Gaza Strip to participate in the final match of the Palestinian Cup in the Israeli-Occupied West Bank. The Rafah Youngsters team is slated to play Hebron-based team, Ahly al-Khalil, on Friday. Palestinian Youth and Sports Supreme Council member, Abdussalam Haniyye, wrote on his Facebook page that the players were denied exit from the Gaza Strip. Haniyye asked FIFA, the international football governing body, to take action to end the controversial violations. Last year's Palestinian Cup Final was delayed after six players from a Gaza team were refused permission to travel. The decision was later reversed after a FIFA complaint to Israeli authorities.http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/israel-prevents-football-players-from-leaving-gaza/875175

US Senator pulls support for Israel Anti-Boycott Act. In an act unprecedented in recent history, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took a stand this week in support of the right of Americans to boycott Israel by formally withdrawing her sponsorship of S.720, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. electronicintifada.net

Muslims and Christians

in Al Aqsa Mosque

pray together for just peace

28 July 2017   https://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/muslim-and-christians-pray-together-for-just-peace-in-al-aqsa-mosque

Muslims and Christians were gathered together today (27 July) in Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Side-by-side for just peace in the Holy Land after almost two weeks of tension, violence and killings in Jerusalem. Meetings between church leaders and the Islamic leadership inside the mosque plaza were cheered by the community, even amid wafts of tear gas and the rumble of explosives from time to time. Catholic Patriarch Emeritus, Michel Sabbah, who was supposed to be heading the Christian delegation, was denied entry through Lions’ Gate and, instead, sent his message. In solidarity with the Palestinian Muslims, church leaders visited Al Aqsa Mosque, after the removal of all obstacles placed around the Haram al-Sharif after the 14 July killing of two Israeli policemen at one of the gates.

The visit from church leaders to the mosque was initiated by Christian organisations, including Kairos Palestine and Sabeel, under the umbrella of the National Coalition of Christian Organisations in Palestine. The initial plan was to hold prayers, along with the evening Muslim prayers taking place in the street below Lions’ (St Stephen’s) Gate for the past few days. Then religious and community leaders in Jerusalem collectively decided to hold prayers in Al Aqsa Mosque as a joint manifestation of free access to this Holy Site. On behalf of the visiting delegation, Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem thanked God “for his mercy and the Jerusalem community and religious leaders for their steadfastness,” congratulating them “for this victorious day of non-violent resilience.”

Mufti Mohammad Hussein, in response spoke to the masses, saying that “any attack on Al Aqsa or the Holy Sepulchre will be faced by the unity of the people in Jerusalem as one.” Patriarch Sabbah, who was denied entry, sent his message, which in part read: “Sacred places are places for prayer. They must not be transformed in places of war…People who pray in their own sacred places need no other people to take care for their security.” He also wrote: “They can by themselves care for their own security and public order inside their holy places.” Sabbah continued, “The incident in the mosque seems to be a single Muslim-Jewish event. In reality, it is part of the general Israeli-Palestinian endless conflict. It is part of the Israeli military occupation in East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. Therefore, this incident of the holy mosques means an urgent necessity to end this endless struggle between the two peoples.”

Sabbah concluded: “Israel needs friends who have the courage to save it, leading it to a permanent just peace in Jerusalem and in the region. Peace or war in Jerusalem is peace or war in the world.” Rev. Dr Mitri Raheb, President of the Diyar Consortium, said after the prayer: “Unforgettable night at al-Aqsa demonstrating faith in the space of empire and Christian-Muslim unity as tool of creative resistance.” World Council of Churches (WCC) comment on faith-based non-violent approach: WCC General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit strongly welcomed the focus on respect for religious rights, and a strengthened commitment to a faith-based non-violent approach, that emerged during the crisis in Jerusalem over the last days and weeks. “The problems in Jerusalem cannot be solved by using violence or more oppression and exclusion.

The WCC condemn all kind of violence and I really hope that the situation can now be calmed down by wise decisions to save peoples’ lives, and to secure their freedom of religion and access to holy places in the city of Jerusalem”, said Tveit. He added, “The events over the last days have shown how much frustration is accumulated over the months and years after living under Occupation for more than 50 years, and this should be a sign to all political leaders how urgent it is to make new efforts to end the Occupation and work for a settlement of just peace for Jerusalem and the Holy Land.” Tveit concluded: “Even under Occupation religious rights shall be preserved, and we have seen how dangerous the situation can be if the sensitive balances in the historical status quo in Jerusalem are disturbed or changed. As Christians, we pray for just peace for Jerusalem, for the just and peaceful living together of the three religions and the two peoples.”


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