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IOP Report {No. 1 for September 2017} Print
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While Occupation and blockade are business as usual for Israel, there should be no business with Israel

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]

NB: We shall always do our utmost to verify the accuracy of all items in these IOP newsletters/reports wherever possible – but please forgive us for any errors or omissions (not of our own making) that may occur! L & M.

IOP Report {Number 1 for September 2017}

8-year-old Palestinian girl

dies after being struck

by Israeli settler car


2 Palestinians wounded

by Israeli Army gunfire

in Nablus


UN chief Guterres calls for

end to Israel's Gaza blockade


Belgium joins demands

for compensation from Israel

for destruction of

donated school equipment


Companies in Jordan

dump G4S


Israeli Army bulldozes

crops in southern Gaza


Demand the immediate

release of human rights

defender Salah Hamouri


Folk singer imprisoned

for his Palestinian

Resistance folk songs


Frankfurt becomes first

German city

to ban BDS movement


Israeli forces raid and

shut down Palestinian

radio station in Hebron


Recent news updates:

8-year-old Palestinian girl dies after being struck by Israeli settler car in Nablus. An eight-year-old Palestinian girl, Asil Tariq Abu Oun, was killed on Saturday, 26 August, after being struck by an Israeli vehicle in the Nablus district of the Occupied West Bank. Israeli police spokeswoman, Luba al-Samri, said the child was hit around noon on Route 90 in the Jordan Valley area of the West Bank. Palestinian medical sources said that the girl had been run over by an Israeli settler vehicle near the village of Furush Beit Dajan and pronounced dead on arrival in hospital. Incidents involving Israeli motorists driving into Palestinians in Israeli Occupied Palestinian territory are quite common. The Israeli Occupation automatically treats most casualty-causing traffic events as accidents, even when witnesses see that they were deliberate.

https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=778863

2 Palestinians wounded by Israeli Army gunfire in Nablus. Two Palestinians were shot and wounded by Israeli troops as they accompanied Occupation settlers into Nablus early on 29 August. The Israeli Army raided the Balata UN refugee camp and opened fire. According to the Ma’an news, the two men were moderately wounded. On an almost monthly basis, the Israeli Army escorts Jewish worshippers to the Joseph’s Tomb shrine. http://www.timesofisrael.com/two-palestinians-said-wounded-by-idf-gunfire-in-nablus/

UN chief Guterres calls for end to Israel's Gaza blockade. Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, is in Gaza on the final leg of his first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. During his visit he called for the blockade on Gaza to be lifted, describing the Palestinian situation as one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises he had seen in years. He also called on rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah to unite. http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/08/chief-guterres-calls-israels-gaza-blockade-170830175259770.html

Israel selectively depriving citizens of their statehood. Palestinian lawmakers and residents say an Israeli policy rendering thousands of Bedouin stateless is 'blatantly illegal'. Israel has been gradually stripping thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from various villages in the southern Negev region of their citizenship status, claiming that they had been granted nationality in error – a move residents and legislators say is part of a state plan to do away with the minority population. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/08/israeli-citizens-stateless-170831105301896.html

Belgium demands compensation from Israel for demolition of donated school equipment. 25 August 2017 | Belgium has demanded that the Israeli authorities provide “explanations as well as compensation” for the destruction of new school facilities for Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank that were donated by the EU. The six newly-installed steel terrapin cabins were erected in the village of Jubbet Al Dhib so that local children did not have to walk an hour to get to school. They were destroyed and equipment such as chairs and tables confiscated by the Israeli authorities on Tuesday – the day before the new school year started – on the grounds that the buildings did not have proper planning permission. The area was sealed off, declared a military zone, and security forces used stun grenades to keep residents away, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said in a statement. Israeli media said that locals had thrown stones at soldiers during the demolition. The village’s 80 children have had to attend classes in cramped tarpaulin tents or under the hot sun on the first day of school instead. In a statement on Thursday, Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister, Didier Reynders, and Minister of Development Co-operation, Alexander De Croo, jointly condemned the demolition of the partly-Belgian funded structures. “These new demolitions and seizures of essential infrastructure are unacceptable: Belgium’s projects aim to meet humanitarian needs and are carried out in strict respect of international humanitarian law,” they wrote. “By undermining such humanitarian projects, Israel contravenes its international obligations as an Occupying power.” The Belgian officials noted that the Jubbet Al Dhib demolition comes on top of the destruction of school facilities in three other West Bank villages in the last two weeks, all donated by international bodies and NGOs, and all destroyed on the same planning permission grounds. Critics of Israeli policy in the Occupied West Bank have long pointed out that building permits are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain. The latest spate of school demolitions and confiscations in the West Bank forms part of a wider attack on education in Palestine, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) says; a total of 55 schools are currently threatened with demolition and “stop-work” orders. “Just when they were due to return to the classroom, Palestinian children are discovering that their schools are being destroyed,” said NRC’S Palestine Director, Hanibal Abiy Worku. “What threat do these schools pose to the Israeli authorities? What are they planning to achieve by denying thousands of children their fundamental right to education?” The Co-ordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, the body which implements Israeli policy in Palestinian areas, did not immediately respond to The Independent’s request for comment. Last month, the Netherlands also lodged a complaint with the Israeli Government after dozens of Dutch solar panels donated to the same village were confiscated. More than 300 structures in the Occupied West Bank demolished by the Israeli authorities in 2016 were at least in part funded by the EU or international NGOs, an Israeli military official said earlier this year. Last year also saw the highest number of Israeli demolitions of Palestinian structures since rights groups began record-keeping. “Belgium is not the only international donor affected by this kind of destruction. It will continue to work together with its partners, as in the past, to ask the Israeli authorities to end these demolitions,” the Belgian officials said. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-destroys-west-bank-palestinian-schools-new-term-belgium-netherlands-compensation-a7912186.html

Companies in Jordan dump G4S. https://electronicintifada.net/blogs

Oscars: Palestine Selects 'Wajib' for Foreign-Language Category. The comedy-drama — teaming Mohammad Bakri and Saleh Bakri for the first time – is Annemarie Jacir's third time representing Palestine. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-palestine-selects-wajib-foreign-language-category-1033788

Israeli Army bulldozes crops in southern Gaza. 28 August 2017 | Witnesses told Ma'an that four Israeli military bulldozers staged a limited incursion near the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza as drones hovered overhead and Israeli soldiers intermittently opened fire. These Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip have long been a near-daily occurrence. The Israeli Army also regularly takes prisoner and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds and farmers along the border areas. The practice has destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave, which has been under an Israeli air, land and sea blockade for ten years. https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=778878

Demand the immediate release of human rights defender, Salah Hamouri. Palestinian-French former prisoner, Addameer's field researcher and advocate for Palestinian prisoners’ rights, Salah Hamouri, was taken prisoner by Israeli Occupation forces in a pre-dawn raid on his home in the neighbourhood of Kufr Aqab on Wednesday, 23 August. He has been taken to the Al-Moskobyeh (Russian Compound) for interrogation. Salah Hamouri (32) is a Palestinian-French dual citizen and formerly imprisoned by Israel. He was released in an exchange deal in 2011, after spending seven years in Israeli Occupation prison, and banned from entering the West Bank by an Israeli military order until September 2016. His wife Elsa Lefort is also presently banned from entering Palestine. As a lawyer and legal advocate working with Addameer, Hamouri continues to campaign daily for rights and freedom for Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian people. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association strongly urges you to take immediate action against the continuous targeting of Salah Hammouri, which is part of the continued attack on Palestinian human rights defenders and civil society organisations. https://www.change.org/p/emmanuel-macron-demand-the-immediate-release-of-human-rights-defender-salah-hamouri

Folk singer imprisoned for his Palestinian Resistance folk songs. 31 August 2017 | Perhaps the Palestinian folk singer Mohammad Barghouti (23) did not know that he was going to end up in an Israeli prison because of his popular folk songs. But he did, along with two others from his band. Israeli soldiers raided Barghouti’s home, early on Wednesday, in the village of Kufr Ein and abducted him. They also raided the home of his organ player, Naji Rimawi, and the owner of a local music studio and artist, Nazzal Barghouti, and took them prisoner also. All this comes after Mohammad Barghouti wrote and sang a folk song glorifying Palestinians for resisting the Israeli Occupation of their homeland and its oppression of millions of Palestinians, according to WAFA. The latest song that got him in trouble was dedicated to Omar al-Abed, from the neighbouring village of Kobar, who recently stabbed and killed three Israeli settlers in the illegal settlement of Halamish, built on expropriated Palestinian land that belonged to his ancestors. Al-Abed was shot and injured and is now facing charges for the killings. Israel has decided to wage a war against any Palestinian who glorifies, in any way, those whom Palestinians refer to as “martyrs” if they were killed by Israelis, or freedom fighters if they got captured. For Palestinians, these are national heroes and are honoured with songs and other means, regardless of what Israel or the rest of the world might think about their act. Israeli soldiers, who have been terrorising the village of Kobar and its 3,000 residents since the incident, in a revenge act, were satisfied not only with detaining the three musicians but also seizing hard discs and CDs of Barghouti’s songs that he normally sings at weddings or other local events. They also beat up his father, who had to be transferred to hospital for treatment. http://imemc.org/article/palestinian-folk-singer-jailed-for-songs/

Frankfurt becomes first German city to ban BDS movement. 25 August | The city of Frankfurt passed a bill on 29 August outlawing municipal funding for, and the use of public spaces for, activities that aim to boycott Israel, according to the Jerusalem Post. The newspaper reported that the anti-Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement bill was initiated and pushed by Uwe Becker, the Deputy Mayor and City Treasurer of Frankfurt, who has argued that the BDS movement is anti-semitic and “strongly resembles the 'Don't buy from Jews' argumentation of former times of the National Socialists.” The BDS movement, founded by Palestinian civil society, is a peaceful movement to restore Palestinian rights in accordance with international law, through strategies of boycotting Israeli products and cultural institutions, divesting from companies complicit in violations against Palestinians and implementing state sanctions against the Israeli Government. The movement falls within the traditions of the non-violent boycott movement against the apartheid regime in South Africa. Becker reportedly told the Jerusalem Post that the BDS movement “strongly attacks the fundamental basis of the legitimation of the Jewish State” and used anti-Zionism as a detour “to spread anti-Semitism.” He also said, “That's why we decided to ban any municipal funding or the renting of rooms for any activities of groups, or individuals, who support the anti-semitic BDS movement” Becker add: “We also instructed our city-owned companies and called upon private landlords to act in the same way.” According to the Jerusalem Post, the anti-BDS bill will now be sent to the city parliament, which is expected to vote in the coming weeks. The website added that the city of Munich is expected to pass a similar anti-BDS measure soon. As support for the BDS movement has grown, Israel has attempted to tighten the noose on the movement in recent months, most notably by passing the anti-BDS law, which bans foreign individuals who have openly called for a boycott of Israel from entering the country. Israel’s crackdown on the BDS movement has also seen several Jewish activists being denied entry into Israel, which has caused critics to question the ideological motives of the so-called “Jewish State.” Furthermore, Israel has routinely condemned the UN for what it sees as their anti-Israel stance, as numerous resolutions have been passed in recent months condemning Israel’s half-century Occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and its relentless settlement enterprise that has dismembered the Palestinian territory. However, Palestinians and activists have long pointed out that non-violent movements, expressed both in BDS activities and raising awareness on the international stage, are some of the last spaces to challenge Israel’s Occupation, as Israeli forces have clamped down on popular movements in the Palestinian territory, leaving many Palestinians with diminished hope for the future. https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=778852

OCHA bi-weekly reports: http://mailchi.mp/un/protection-of-civilians-weekly-report-4-18-april-543217?e=47f1bb36d5

Israeli forces raid and shut down Palestinian radio station in Hebron. 31 August | The Israeli Occupation raided the Palestinian radio station during the night and ordered a six-month closure for allegedly “inciting terrorist attacks”. Israeli soldiers variously damaged, destroyed and plundered equipment belonging to the studio. Ayman al-Qawasmi, the head of the radio station, told Ma’an: “We were not surprised at the Occupation’s barbaric policy and they will not be able to silence the voice of al-Hurriya,” adding that it was not the first time the radio had been shut down by Israeli forces. Israel has long restricted Palestinian freedom of expression through the censoring of social media activity and the imprisonment of journalists, activists, poets and novelists. Palestinian journalists often describe their work as a form of “resistance,” as they believe their stories show the world the devastating effects of Israel’s policies on Palestinians, providing an outlet for their voices to counter mainstream pro-Israel narratives. https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=778929

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