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IOP Report {No. 5 for September 2017} Print
Saturday, 09 September 2017
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 5 for September 2017}

2 more patients die as

Israel delays permission

for them to leave Gaza

Palestinian dies

weeks after being

critically wounded

by Israeli forces

Palestinian family

evicted from their

Jerusalem home

of 50 years

Israel to OK tripling of

Jewish enclave inside

Palestinian neighbourhood

UK Jewish Voice for Labour

challenges Zionist

Jewish Labour Movement

Israel to destroy sole

water source for

West Bank village

Israeli lawmaker

launches plan to pay

Palestinians to emigrate

Recent news updates:

2 more patients die as Israel delays permission for them to leave Gaza for treatment. 29 August 2017 | The women’s deaths bring the total number of people that have died this year, due to Israel's blockade, to 15. Israel's closure and blockade of the Gaza Strip has crippled the healthcare system there, forcing Palestinian patients to seek essential care outside of Gaza. Al Mezan calls on the international community to act forcefully to ensure that Israel respects its legal obligations towards the population under its effective control and Occupation. The movement restrictions that form the basis of the closure also underpin Israel’s permit system for patients, which is itself lengthy, onerous and opaque. Some patients are pressured to collaborate with the Israeli oppressor in exchange for a medical travel permit. Others are taken prisoner, beaten and threatened during the many 'security' interviews they are forced to attend. On Sunday, 27 August 2017 at 10am, Ka’enat Mustafa Ja’arour (42) died of uterine cancer while awaiting permission to get treatment at a hospital in Jerusalem. Mrs Ja’arour’s first request was submitted to Israeli authorities at the end of April through the Palestinian Ministry of Civil Affairs and was rejected. She then submitted two additional requests: one on 15 June and the other on 24 August. Fatin Nader Ahmed (26) died in hospital on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 at 8pm, while awaiting a travel permit for treatment for brain cancer. Mrs Ahmed sent in her first request for permission on 24 November 2016; she died after a total of four requests had been ignored. By denying the entry of essential medical supplies while simultaneously denying and delaying access to care outside of Gaza, the Israeli Government violates its international legal obligations. http://www.mezan.org/en/post/22047

Palestinian dies weeks after being shot by Israeli forces in al-Duheisha. 3 September 2017 | A critically-wounded 22-year-old Palestinian man, Raed al-Salhi, died in hospital on Sunday, weeks after being shot by Israeli forces during a pre-dawn military raid on Aug. 9 on the al-Duheisha UN refugee camp, Bethlehem. He received several wounds to the chest at close range. Another resident of the camp, Aziz Arafeh, received leg wounds during the attack. The Palestinian prisoners' solidarity network, Samidoun, reported that during the weeks following his detention, al-Salhi was held in the Intensive Care Unit while in a coma and denied family visits. Israel conducts frequent armed raids on Palestinian communities, often using excessive force, particularly in refugee camps. In July, 18-year-old Baraa Hamamda, succumbed to wounds sustained in his upper body after he was shot by Israeli forces during a raid on the al-Duheisha UN refugee camp. According to Ma'an documentation, al-Salhi was the 55th Palestinian to be killed by Israel since the beginning of 2017. During the same time period, 13 Israelis – almost all of whom were uniformed Israeli officers or settlers residing in Palestinian territory in violation of international law – were killed by Palestinians. https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=778950

Palestinian family evicted from Jerusalem home of 50 years. 5 September 2017 | Israeli forces evicted a Palestinian family from their East Jerusalem home on Tuesday. The family have lived there for over half a century but were forced out to make way for Israelis. The eviction had been criticised by the European Union, the United Nations and various Western governments, although not the United States. Fahamiya Shamasneh (75) told AFP that Israeli forces arrived unannounced before dawn and forced her out of the house, along with her husband, Ayoub (84), their son and his family. The couple had lived in the house in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem near the historic Old City for 53 years. An AFP journalist saw young Jewish men moving into the building after the family were escorted out. “It is the hardest day”, Fahamiya Shamasneh said tearfully on the street after being evicted. She said she was heating milk for her grandchildren when “they knocked on the door and said 'open it's the police'. They took us out and threw us outside. What greater injustice is there than this? Maybe we will sleep in the street”. The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said it would seek to support the family financially to find another home. The Shamasnehs had for years been fighting a court battle against Jewish claimants who said the building was their family property, which they fled in 1948. Under Israeli law, if Jews can prove their families lived in East Jerusalem homes before the 1948 war they can demand that Israel's general custodian office release the property and return their “ownership rights”. During that war, thousands of Jews fled Jerusalem while hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled from land that was later to become Israel. No such law exists for Palestinians who lost their land and Israel refuses to acknowledge the UN-recognised right of Palestinian return. Israel Occupied East Jerusalem in the June War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community. Around 200,000 Israeli Jews now live in East Jerusalem in settlement units considered illegal under international law. Scott Anderson, head of UNRWA's West Bank operations, said such expulsions made peace between Israelis and Palestinians harder to achieve. http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/palestinian-family-evicted-jerusalem-home-50-years

Israel to OK tripling of Jewish enclave inside Palestinian neighbourhood on Sunday. 7 September 2017 | The Israeli Occupation Planning committee will approve the construction of 176 new housing units in the Nof Zion, East Jerusalem, neighbourhood of Jabel Mukaber. Responding to a Channel 1 report, the Peace Now settlement watchdog said that, “the government has opened all the floodgates when it comes to settlement developments within Palestinian neighborhoods”, referring to Israel’s policy of allowing unfettered Jewish construction in East Jerusalem, that Israel annexed in a move not recognised by most of the international community. https://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-to-reportedly-okay-tripling-jewish-enclave-inside-arab-neighbourhood/

UK – New Jewish group launched in Labour Party. 25 August 2017 | A new group, Jewish Voice for Labour, intends to uphold the right to boycott Israel and oppose attempts “to widen the definition of anti-semitism” in the Labour Party. The group intends to counter moves by the pro-Zionist Jewish Labour Movement (JLM). Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) is due to launch officially during the party conference in Brighton next month. Jenny Manson, a long-standing member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians and a former Labour councillor, has been elected as Chair of the JVL. She described the group as “an alternative voice for Jewish members of Labour” who do not support what she called the JLM’s “profoundly Zionist orientation”. JVL, she said, would also work for those “unhappy with JLM’s claim, inherent in its name, to be the Jewish Labour Movement speaking for us all, when it does not reflect the diversity of Jewish views on the left and does not require its members to be Jewish or in the Labour Party”. The new group’s “statement of principles” includes aiming to “uphold the right of supporters of justice for Palestinians to engage in solidarity activities” including boycotts of Israel, and “opposing attempts to widen the definition of anti-semitism beyond its meaning of hostility towards, or discrimination against, Jews as Jews”. https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/new-jewish-group-launched-in-labour-1.443348?highlight=labour

Israel to destroy sole water source of Nablus area village. 6 September 2017 | Israeli forces, on Tuesday, declared their intention to destroy the water pipeline (the sole source of water) servicing the village of Duma, south of Nablus. Rights groups have long reported that Israel’s control of water resources in the Occupied West Bank has led to routine water shortages in Palestinian communities. Israel’s restrictions in the Occupied Palestinian territory force Palestinians to buy water directly from Israel, while preventing them from constructing their own wells or other projects to enhance water access. Most of the Palestinian territory’s land reserves are located in Area C – the more than 60% of the West Bank under full Israeli military control – where any Palestinian development is mostly prohibited by Israel. In addition, other restrictions, such as barring Palestinians from drilling wells deeper than 140 metres, prevents Palestinians from adequately accessing natural water sources. Israel forces many Palestinian villages in Areas C and B to buy water from Israel’s national Mekorot water company. Israelis, including settlers, have access to 300 litres of water per day, according to water rights NGO coalition EWASH, while the West Bank average is around 70 litres, well below the World Health Organisation’s recommended minimum of 100 litres per day for basic sanitation, hygiene and drinking. According to Amnesty International, nearly 200,000 Palestinians in the West Bank do not have access to running water. http://imemc.org/article/israel-to-destroy-sole-water-source-of-nablus-area-village/


Israeli lawmaker launches plan to pay Palestinians to emigrate. 6 September 2017 | An Israeli parliamentarian (MK) is urging the government to annex the entire West Bank and pay Palestinians – on both sides of the Green Line – to emigrate. Knesset member, Bezalel Smotrich, of the coalition Jewish Home Party, is launching the plan this week ahead of his National Union faction’s conference, where he hopes it will be adopted. The MK is urging the Israeli Government to formally annex the entire West Bank, end the Palestinian Authority, and boost settlement construction. As for those Palestinians in the West Bank who decline emigration, Smotrich says they will “enjoy a much better life” than the citizens of “Arab countries”, but they will not be allowed to vote in the Knesset elections. Only after a “period of 30 years” will they be eligible for the right to vote – but after their “attitudes” have been examined, and on condition of first serving in the Israeli military. Jewish Home is headed by Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, and is an amalgamation of various hard right-wing nationalist factions and parties. Israeli forces displaced 1,347 Palestinians in the Occupied #WestBank last year... all from home demolitions! #HomeDemolitions #Palestine #ZionistState #OccupiedPalest



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