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26 avril 2017 3 26 /04 /avril /2017 06:22

Analysis: Palestinian, Jewish voices

must jointly challenge Israel’s past

April 24, 2017 12:57 P.M. (Updated: April 24, 2017 11:24 P.M.)
 
 
Archive photo of survivors of the Deir Yassin massacre of 1948, when at least 100 Palestinians were killed by Zionist militias.
 
By: Ramzy Baroud

 

Ramzy Baroud is an internationally syndicated columnist, author, and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story.

 

 

Israel has resorted to three main strategies to suppress Palestinian calls for justice and human rights, including the Right of Return for refugees.

 

One is dedicated to rewriting history; another attempts to distract from present realities altogether; and a third aims at reclaiming the Palestinian narrative as essentially an Israeli one.

The rewriting of history happened much earlier than some historians would assume. The Israeli hasbara machine went into motion almost simultaneously with Plan Dalet (Plan D), which saw the military conquest of Palestine and the ethnic cleansing of its inhabitants.

But the actual discourse regarding the "Nakba" -- or the "Catastrophe" -- that has befallen Palestinian people in 1947 and 1948 was constituted in the 1950s and 60s.

In an article entitled: “Catastrophic Thinking: Did Ben Gurion Try to Rewrite History?” Shay Hazkani revealed the fascinating process of how Israel's first prime minister, Ben Gurion, worked closely with a group of Israeli Jewish scholars to develop a version of events to describe what had taken place in 1947-48: the founding of Israel and the destruction of Palestine.

Ben Gurion wanted to propagate a version of history that was consistent with Israel’s political position. He needed "evidence" to support that position.

The "evidence" eventually became "history," and no other narrative was allowed to challenge Israel’s take on the Nakba.

“Ben Gurion probably never heard the word ‘Nakba,’ but early on, at the end of the 1950s, Israel’s first prime minister grasped the importance of the historical narrative,” Hazkani wrote.

The Israeli leader assigned scholars in the Civil Service to the task of fashioning an alternative history that continues to permeate Israeli thinking to this day.

Distracting from history -- or the current reality of the horrific occupation of Palestine -- has been in motion for nearly 70 years.

From the early myths of Palestine being a "land with no people for a people with no land" to today’s claim that Israel is an icon of civilization, technology, and democracy surrounded by Arab and Muslim savages, Israel’s official distortions are relentless.

So while Palestinians are gearing up to commemorate the war of June 5, 1967, which led to the, thus-far, 50-year military occupation, Israel is throwing a big party, a major "celebration" of its military occupation of Palestinians.

The absurdity is not escaping all Israelis, of course.

“A state that celebrates 50 years of occupation is a state whose sense of direction has been lost, its ability to distinguish good from evil, impaired,” wrote Israeli commentator Gideon Levy in Haaretz.

“What exactly is there to celebrate, Israelis? Fifty years of bloodshed, abuse, disinheritance and sadism? Only societies that have no conscience celebrate such anniversaries.”

Levy argues that Israel has won the war of 1967 but has “lost nearly everything else.”

Since then, Israel’s arrogance, detestation of international law, “ongoing contempt for the world, the bragging and bullying,” have all reached unprecedented heights.

Levy’s article is entitled: "Our Nakba."

Levy is not attempting to reclaim the Palestinian narrative, but is succinctly registering that Israel’s military triumphs was an affliction, especially as it was not followed by any sense of national reflection or attempt at correcting the injustices of the past and the present.

However, the process of claiming the term "Nakba" has been pursued cunningly by Israeli writers for many years.

For those scholars, "the Jewish Nakba" refers to the Arab Jews who arrived in the newly independent Israel, largely based on the urging of Zionist leaders for Jews worldwide to 'return' to the biblical homeland.

An editorial in The Jerusalem Post complained that the "Palestinian propaganda juggernaut has persuaded world public opinion that the term 'refugee' is synonymous with the term 'Palestinian.'"

By doing so, Israelis attempting to hijack the Palestinian narrative hope to create an equilibrium in the discourse, one that is, of course, inconsistent with reality.

The editorial puts the number of "Jewish refugees" of the "Jewish Nakba" at 850,000, slightly above the number of Palestinian refugees who were expelled by Zionist militias upon the founding of Israel.

Luckily, such disingenuous claims are increasingly challenged by Jewish voices, as well.

A few -- but significant -- voices among Israeli and Jewish intellectuals around the world are daring to re-examine Israel’s past.

They are rightly confronting a version of history that has been accepted in Israel and the West as the uncontested truth behind Israel’s birth in 1948, the military occupation of what remained of Palestine in 1967, and other historical junctures.

These intellectuals are leaving a mark on the Palestine-Israel discourse wherever they go. Their voices are particularly significant in challenging official Israeli truisms and historical myths.

Writing in the Forward, Donna Nevel refuses to accept that the discussion of the conflict in Palestine starts in the war and occupation of 1967.

Nevel is critical of the so-called progressive Zionists who insist on positioning the conversation only on the question of occupation, thus limiting any possibility of resolution to the "two-state solution."

Not only is such a "solution" defunct and practically not possible, but the very discussion precludes the Nakba, or the Catastrophe, of 1948.

The "Nakba doesn’t enter these conversations because it is the legacy and clearest manifestation of Zionism”, Nevel wrote.

"Those who ignore the ‘Nakba’ -- which Zionist and Israeli institutions have consistently done -- are refusing to acknowledge Zionism as illegitimate from the beginning of its implementation."

This is precisely why the Israeli police have recently blocked the "March of Return," conducted annually by Palestinians in Israel.

For years, Israel has been wary that a growing movement among Palestinians, Israelis, and others around the world have been pushing for a paradigm shift in order to understand the roots of the conflict in Palestine.

This new thinking has been a rational outcome of the end of the "peace process" and the demise of the two-state solution.

Incapable of sustaining its founding myths, yet unable to offer an alternative, the Israeli government is now using coercive measures to respond to the budding movement: punishing those who insist on commemorating the Nakba, fining organizations that participate in such events, and even perceiving as traitors any Jewish individuals and groups that deviate from its official thinking.

In these cases, coercion hardly works.

"The March (of Return) has rapidly grown in size over the past few years, in defiance of increasingly repressive measures from the Israeli authorities," wrote Jonathan Cook in Al-Jazeera.

It seems that 70 years after the founding of Israel, the past is still looming large.

Fortunately, the Palestinian voices that have fought against the official Israeli narrative are now joined by a growing number of Jewish voices.

It is through a new common narrative that a true understanding of the past can be attained, all with the hope that the peaceful vision for the future can replace the current one -- one which can only be sustained through military domination, inequality, and sheer propaganda.

 

The views expressed in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect Ma'an News Agency's editorial Policy.
 
 
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26 avril 2017 3 26 /04 /avril /2017 06:04

Israeli travel agencies will soon have to promise not to send tourists to the West Bank

April 24, 2017 3:33 P.M. (Updated: April 24, 2017 11:23 P.M.)
 
 
Tourists visit the Nativity Church in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem (File)
 
 
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities have notified Israeli travel agencies that they will be forced to sign a commitment pledging not to take groups of tourists to the occupied West Bank, according to a copy the notification obtained by Ma’an on Sunday.

In the Hebrew-language document dated April 23, the Border Control Department of the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority notifies travel agencies that as of May 15, the day when Palestinians commemorate the 1948 Nakba, they will have to "attach, with each request to bring a group of tourists into the country, a special form pledging that they will not send tourists to Judea and Samaria,” using the Israeli term for the occupied West Bank.

The document only addresses Israeli tourism agencies, and not individual would-be tourists.

The forms must be signed and sent to one of three Population and Immigration Authority email addresses listed in the document.

The document warns tourism agencies that their requests to bring groups of tourists would "not be processed" if the pledge was not signed and attached.

 
Document from the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority

 

A spokesperson for the Israeli Population and Migration Authority could not immediately be reached for comment.

If implemented, the new regulation described in the document would be an additional blow to a suffering tourism industry in the occupied West Bank, which already has to contend with numerous unequal laws and restrictions that have crippled the Palestinian market, while investing millions of dollars in the Israeli market.

 

A number of sites which attract thousands of visitors each year, such as the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, could be affected by this directive.

 

“Israel's occupation and colonization of Palestine is not limited only to its military elements, but is also manifested in its use of tourism as a political tool. It is a tool used to strengthen its position as occupying power, and to maintain its domination over Palestinian land and people, but also as an instrument for the dissemination of propaganda to millions of tourists, including politicians, community leaders and journalists who receive free-of-charge first class tours to Israel,” human rights lawyer and legal researcher Amjad Alqasis wrote in 2015.

As current regulations stand, when applying for visas, Israeli tourism agencies only need to submit names and passport numbers, while Palestinian agencies attempting the same are met with administrative obstacles, and cannot guarantee that their visa requests will be accepted.

Tourists who tell Israeli border control officials of their intention to visit the occupied West Bank also face the possibility of undergoing lengthy interrogations, or even deportation for alleged security reasons, or without being provided an explanation at all.

When tourists are able to reach the occupied West Bank, they are then forced to negotiate with hundreds of Israeli checkpoints and other military obstacles that restrict movement for Palestinians both within the West Bank and along its borders with Israel and Jordan.

“Another obstacle to operating a tour is the presence of 500,000 to 600,000 illegal Israeli Jewish settlers currently living in the occupied Palestinian territory,” who “constitute a growing and consistent threat to Palestinian livelihoods,” including Palestinian tour guides, Alqasis noted.

 
 
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26 avril 2017 3 26 /04 /avril /2017 06:01
Son état de santé s’est gravement détérioré

Marwan Barghouti, le Mandela palestinien, en danger

 

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Depuis le début de ce mouvement le 17 avril, responsables et observateurs palestiniens mettent en garde contre une «explosion» en cas de détérioration de l’état de santé de Marwan Barghouti. Certains brandissent «la menace d’une nouvelle intifadha», si l’un des grévistes venait à mourir.

L’état de santé de Marwan Barghouti s’est «dangereusement» détérioré, a annoncé hier une ONG palestinienne au huitième jour d’une grève de la faim suivie par plus d’un millier de détenus palestiniens dans les prisons de l’occupation israélienne. Malgré ce «développement dangereux», Marwan Barghouti, 57 ans, figure de la seconde Intifadha palestinienne et condamné par les autorités israéliennes à plusieurs peines de prison à perpétuité, «refuse tout traitement», a précisé Amani Sarahneh, porte-parole du Club des prisonniers, l’ONG qui fait autorité dans les Territoires occupés sur la question des 6500 Palestiniens en Israël.

Depuis le début de ce mouvement le 17 avril, responsables et observateurs palestiniens mettent en garde contre une «explosion» en cas de détérioration de l’état de santé d’un leader de la grève. Certains brandissent «la menace d’une nouvelle intifadha», si l’un des grévistes venait à mourir. «La direction de la prison de l’Etat occupant où M. Barghouti a été transféré et placé en isolement dès les premières heures de la grève, a pressé le leader palestinien d’accepter un traitement médical et a même chargé d’autres prisonniers de le convaincre, mais en vain», assure l’ONG palestinienne.

 
M. Barghouti a entamé un bras de fer avec les autorités israéliennes et des manifestations de soutien aux détenus palestiniens ont eu lieu à travers la Cisjordanie occupée et la bande de Ghaza. Un haut responsable du renseignement palestinien, cité par l’AFP, a indiqué que «la situation pourrait devenir incontrôlable si la grève se poursuit et si des grévistes sont transportés à l’hôpital». Il a ajouté que l’Autorité palestinienne a déjà mis en garde «Israéliens et capitales étrangères» contre le risque d’une «explosion». Marwan Barghouti affirme que la grève vise à obtenir «des conditions de détention plus humaines, plus justes et plus dignes».
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Publish Date: 2017/04/25
Israeli settlers set fire to 100 olive trees near Bethlehem
 
 
 

BETHLEHEM, April 25, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Tuesday set fire to around 100 olive trees belonging to Palestinians in Beit Ta’mar area to the east of Bethlehem city, in the southern West Bank, according to a local activist.

Hassan Brijiyeh, member of the local anti-settlements committee, told WAFA settlers residing in illegal settlements under international law set fire to around 100 olive trees located near another illegal Israeli settlement outpost.

The five-dunum planted plot of land belongs to Mubarak and Mohammad Zawahreh.

All settlements across the West Bank are illegal under international law, particularly article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which establishes that the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

According to the Israeli rights group B’Tselem, “As the occupying force, Israel must protect the Palestinians in the West Bank. However, the Israeli authorities neglect to fulfill this responsibility and do not do enough to prevent Israeli civilians from attacking Palestinians, their property and their lands.”

“The undeclared policy of the Israeli authorities in response to these attacks is lenient and conciliatory,” stressed the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B’Tselem.

T.R./M.K.

 

 

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Israeli settlers set fire to 100 olive trees near Bethlehem
 
 
 

BETHLEHEM, April 25, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Tuesday set fire to around 100 olive trees belonging to Palestinians in Beit Ta’mar area to the east of Bethlehem city, in the southern West Bank, according to a local activist.

Hassan Brijiyeh, member of the local anti-settlements committee, told WAFA settlers residing in illegal settlements under international law set fire to around 100 olive trees located near another illegal Israeli settlement outpost.

The five-dunum planted plot of land belongs to Mubarak and Mohammad Zawahreh.

All settlements across the West Bank are illegal under international law, particularly article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which establishes that the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

According to the Israeli rights group B’Tselem, “As the occupying force, Israel must protect the Palestinians in the West Bank. However, the Israeli authorities neglect to fulfill this responsibility and do not do enough to prevent Israeli civilians from attacking Palestinians, their property and their lands.”

“The undeclared policy of the Israeli authorities in response to these attacks is lenient and conciliatory,” stressed the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B’Tselem.

T.R./M.K.

 

 

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575 étudiants juifs interpellent Birthright sur l’interdiction de voyager en Israël : va-t-on enquêter sur nos opinions politiques ?

 

 

Dans une lettre, les étudiants demandent si le plus important sponsor de voyages vers Israël allait examiner les candidatures sur la base de leurs opinions concernant le boycott, le BDS et d’autres questions politiques.

Plus de 500 étudiants américains juifs interpellent Birthright, le plus important sponsor de voyages vers Israël dans le monde, se positionnant contre une nouvelle loi qui interdit l’entrée en Israël aux étrangers qui soutiennent le boycott du pays, même si ce boycott se limite aux colonies de Cisjordanie.

Dans une lettre adressée aux cadres supérieurs du programme, les étudiants exigent des réponses à trois questions : Birthright a-t-il l’intention d’imposer un système de sélection pour accepter les candidats en fonction de ce qu’ils pensent du mouvement de boycott, désinvestissement et sanctions, des colonies de peuplement et d’autres questions politiques ? Si les participants sont refoulés à l’aéroport Ben-Gourion en raison de la nouvelle loi, Birthright leur assure-t-il son aide et son soutien ? Birthright a-t-il été en consulté par le programme israélien sur la façon dont la nouvelle loi influera sur la participation à ses voyages ?

« Compte tenu de ces complications » disent-ils, « allez-vous autoriser ceux d’entre nous qui ont fait le choix de ne pas acheter de produits des colonies, comme un choix personnel, à participer à Birthright ? »

La lettre, obtenue par Haaretz, est signée par 575 étudiants représentant 97 facultés et universités de tous les États-Unis, ainsi que trois lycées. Elle a été envoyée juste avant la Pâque juive à Izzy Tapoohi et Gidi Mark, hauts dirigeants de Birthright, ainsi qu’à plusieurs tour-opérateurs avec lesquels travaille l’organisation. Les signataires sont des étudiants qui, soit ont déjà participé à des voyages de Birthright, soit l’envisagent.

Derrière cette initiative, il y a J Street U, la branche étudiante de J Street, organisation pro-Israël mais anti-occupation. Environ 25 % des étudiants qui ont signé la lettre, cependant, n’ont pas la moindre affiliation avec l’organisation.

La lettre intervient quelques semaines avant que de nombreuses universités et facultés ne prennent leurs congés d’été, la forte saison pour les voyages de Birthright. Birthright fait venir généralement des dizaines de milliers de juifs du monde entier qui viennent, dans leur écrasante majorité, des États-Unis, avec ses voyages gratuits de dix jours en Israël, chaque année, la plupart pendant l’été. Birthright indique qu’il envisage de faire venir 30 000 participants en Israël cet été.

« Bien que nous représentions les étudiants pro-Israël de tout l’éventail politique » écrivent les étudiants, « nous reconnaissons qu’il n’y a rien d’anti-Israël à s’opposer à l’expansion des colonies. En effet, 78 % des Américains juifs aimeraient voir Israël limiter, ou cesser, l’expansion des colonies. La plupart d’entre nous s’opposent à l’expansion des colonies dans le cadre de notre soutien à une solution à deux États – la seule façon de garantir l’avenir d’Israël en tant que patrie démocratique du peuple juif ».

Une interdiction de voyage controversée

Les étudiants notent que Birthright reconnaît également la distinction entre Israël et les colonies et comme une question politique, depuis qu’il évite de faire ses voyages vers la Cisjordanie.

Ils ajoutent qu’ils ne soutiennent pas le mouvement mondial de BDS, qui cible l’ensemble d’Israël et pas seulement les colonies. « Certains d’entre nous d’achètent pas les produits des colonies, comme un choix personnel », écrivent-ils. « D’autres n’ont aucune problème pour le faire. Tous, nous sommes préoccupés par l’impact de cette nouvelle législation sur notre propre capacité et celle de nos camarades à venir en Israël ».

L’interdiction de voyager en Israël, votée à la Knesset le mois dernier, a soulevé une condamnation généralisée, notamment de la part des principales organisations juives, comme le Comité des juifs américains, la Ligne anti-diffamation et le mouvement de la Réforme. Birthright n’a pas encore commenté la loi.

Les étudiants n’ont pas encore reçu de réponse de Birthright mais, interrogée par Haaretz, l’organisation cite la section FAQ sur son site, où la question est posée pour savoir si les opinions politiques des candidats seront prises en compte pour décider de leur acceptation. D’après la réponse, laquelle n’a pas été révisée depuis que la nouvelle loi israélienne a été votée, « Birthright Israël n’enquête pas sur les opinions politiques de ses candidats et il accueille tous les jeunes adultes juifs du monde entier à visiter Israël ».

Birthright ne dit pas s’il soutiendrait et aiderait les participants à ses voyages qui seraient refoulés à l’aéroport, ou s’il a eu un contact avec le gouvernement israélien au sujet des ramifications de la nouvelle loi sur les participations.

La grande variété des participants de Birthright

Parmi les étudiants qui ont aidé à rédiger la lettre, il y a Rachel Stryer, codirigeante de J Street U à l’université de Stanford. « Quand j’ai appris que la loi avait été votée, je me suis sentie confuse, frustrée et très triste, parce qu’elle viole tout ce que je sais qui fait qu’Israël est une démocratie, et est attaché à la liberté d’expression », dit Stryer, qui projette de faire le voyage avec Birthright cet été après son diplôme.

« Au-delà de cela, le regroupement de ceux qui soutiennent le BDS avec ceux qui soutiennent un boycott des colonies me gêne. À J Street, nous ne soutenons pas un boycott, mais beaucoup d’entre nous ont fait le choix de ne pas acheter ce qui vient des colonies. Nous voyons les colonies de peuplement comme quelque chose qui menace l’avenir et la sécurité d’Israël ».

Birthright, note-t-elle, s’est longtemps enorgueilli de la grande variété des participants qu’il attire. « Je vois la nouvelle loi comme remettant directement en cause l’attachement de Birthright à cette diversité » dit-elle.

Chase Harrison, membre du gouvernement étudiant de l’université de Chicago, manifeste son opposition aux initiatives de son école en faveur du boycott d’Israël. Dans le même temps, dit-il, il s’est senti contraint de signer la lettre à Birthright.

« Je n’aurais probablement pas de problème pour venir en Israël avec mes opinions, mais en interdisant ceux qui soutiennent un boycott, vous vous privez de voix importantes dans le dialogue – des voix qui existent déjà en Israël » dit Harrison, qui a déjà voyagé avec Birthright et est stagiaire au chapitre Hillel de son campus.

Aaron Wildavsky, autre étudiant à avoir signé la lettre, a déjà participé à Birthright il y a deux ans, et il prévoit cet été de venir en Israël et de rejoindre l’armée, après son diplôme de l’université Washington de Saint-Louis.

« Je ne soutiens pas le BDS ni un boycott des colonies, de sorte que rien de tout cela ne m’implique personnellement, même si j’ai des réserves sur les colonies » dit Wilsavsky, qui est aussi membre actif à Hillel et Chabad.

« La raison qui m’a fait signer cette lettre est que je pense qu’il est scandaleux que le gouvernement israélien ne puisse pas affronter les touristes qui ne sont pas d’accord avec la façon dont il gère la Cisjordanie. Si vous avez une attitude agressive à l’égard de ceux qui n’approuvent pas votre politique, pour moi c’est comme un gamin qui pique sa colère ».

Max Buchdahl, président du chapitre Hillel à l’université Temple, est un autre signataire qui n’a aucun lien avec J Street U. « Je suis très troublé par la nouvelle loi et je pense qu’il est important que Birthright réponde en exprimant son soutien à ceux qui ont d’autres opinions » dit-il. « Vous pouvez ne pas aimer certaines opinions, mais vous entrez dans des eaux dangereuses si vous commencez par interdire les gens à cause de leurs opinions ».

Depuis sa création en 1999, Birthright a fait venir plus de 500 000 jeunes adultes juifs en Israël. La plupart des participants à son programme sont des étudiants d’âge universitaire. Le plus grand bienfaiteur du programme est le magnat milliardaire des casinos, et l’immense donateur républicain, Sheldon Adelson.

 

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Hunger striker Marwan al-Barghoti’s health severally deteriorates after 8 days of strike
 
 
 

RAMALLAH, April 24, 2017 (WAFA) – On his eighth day of hunger strike, the health condition of Palestinian prisoner, Marwan al-Barghouti, has severally deteriorated, said the strikers Media Committee of Freedom and Dignity.

Prisoners from all Palestinian political factions are participating in a mass open-ended hunger strike spearheaded by Marwan Barghouti, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and Fatah Central Committee, as well as Karim Younis and Maher Younis, the oldest and longest serving detainees held since 1983, and Diaa al-Agha, held since before the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords.

The media committee said that al-Barghouti refuses medical treatment.

The number of Palestinian prisoners who have joined the hunger strike, which was launched on Monday April 17, to demand better prison conditions and treatment, has reached 1580. Issa Qaraqe, chairman of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission, said the number of prisoners joining the hunger strike is expected to increase.

The media committee said the strikers aim at restoring many of their rights that were taken away by the occupation prisons administration, which they had achieved through many past strikes.

The prisoners are demanding to be moved to prisons in the occupied territories as per the Fourth Geneva Convention, which would make it easier for their families to visit them, as well as lifting restrictions on family visits and better treatment at military checkpoints.

Other demands include: An improvement of access to medical care; increasing visit duration from 45 to 90 minutes; families of women prisoners meet without glass barriers to allow mothers to hold their children; an improvement in detention conditions including easing restrictions on the entry of books, clothing, food and other gifts from family members; restoring some educational facilities; and installing phones to enable prisoners to communicate with their families.

T.R.

 

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4 Palestinians injured in clashes following Israeli settler attack near Nablus

April 22, 2017 4:39 P.M. (Updated: April 22, 2017 4:54 P.M.)
 
 
(File)
 
 
 
 
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured four Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, after residents in a Palestinian village south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank gathered to defend their homes from a mob of Israeli settlers that stormed the community.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that some 100 “extremist settlers” from the illegal Yitzhar settlement entered the village of Urif from its east side and proceeded to smash windows of houses, included one belonging to resident Munir al-Nouri.

He added that the settlers were about to break into the house before Palestinian villagers gathered and forced them away.

According to a Facebook group for Urif, loudspeakers from the village’s mosque were used to inform residents of the incident and to urge them to help defend the homes from the “herds of settlers" attacking the village.

Minutes later, Daghlas said, a number of Israeli military vehicles stormed the village to protect the Israelis.

Clashes erupted between Palestinians youth and Israeli forces who “haphazardly” fired tear gas canisters, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians, according to Daghlas.

Daghlas said that four Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, one of whom was hit in the head. Medical sources said that Adel al-Safadi, Jihad Saad, Mustafa Fawzi, and Sharif Abd al-Hafith were taken to Rafidia hospital to be treated for the gunshot injuries.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a "violent dispute erupted between Israelis and Palestinians" who she said were "mutually throwing rocks at each other in an area around the village." When Israeli forces arrived to "disperse the dispute, several Palestinians shot flares at (Israeli) forces."

In response, Israeli forces used "riot dispersal means," she said.

According to the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ), since the state of Israel confiscated land from Urif and other Palestinian villages to establish the illegal Yithzar settlement in the 1980s, "attacks and violence perpetrated by settlers has had a profoundly negative impact on Palestinian residents and their property," stressing that Yitzhar "poses a daily threat to residents of the neighboring Palestinian villages."

Settlers have also been known to steel crops, damage and burn trees and other plants, and attack places of worship in the area, in an attempt to intimidate Palestinian villagers and farmers from using their land.

On Friday, a video was released showing 15 masked Israeli settlers attacking Israeli activists in the central West Bank, throwing rocks and hitting the activists with clubs.

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have meanwhile accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

In March, Israeli NGO Yesh Din revealed that Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 percent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 221 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2015, and 107 in 2016.

 
 
 
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4 Palestinians injured in clashes following Israeli settler attack near Nablus

April 22, 2017 4:39 P.M. (Updated: April 22, 2017 4:54 P.M.)
 
 
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured four Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, after residents in a Palestinian village south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank gathered to defend their homes from a mob of Israeli settlers that stormed the community.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that some 100 “extremist settlers” from the illegal Yitzhar settlement entered the village of Urif from its east side and proceeded to smash windows of houses, included one belonging to resident Munir al-Nouri.

He added that the settlers were about to break into the house before Palestinian villagers gathered and forced them away.

According to a Facebook group for Urif, loudspeakers from the village’s mosque were used to inform residents of the incident and to urge them to help defend the homes from the “herds of settlers" attacking the village.

Minutes later, Daghlas said, a number of Israeli military vehicles stormed the village to protect the Israelis.

Clashes erupted between Palestinians youth and Israeli forces who “haphazardly” fired tear gas canisters, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians, according to Daghlas.

Daghlas said that four Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, one of whom was hit in the head. Medical sources said that Adel al-Safadi, Jihad Saad, Mustafa Fawzi, and Sharif Abd al-Hafith were taken to Rafidia hospital to be treated for the gunshot injuries.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a "violent dispute erupted between Israelis and Palestinians" who she said were "mutually throwing rocks at each other in an area around the village." When Israeli forces arrived to "disperse the dispute, several Palestinians shot flares at (Israeli) forces."

In response, Israeli forces used "riot dispersal means," she said.

According to the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ), since the state of Israel confiscated land from Urif and other Palestinian villages to establish the illegal Yithzar settlement in the 1980s, "attacks and violence perpetrated by settlers has had a profoundly negative impact on Palestinian residents and their property," stressing that Yitzhar "poses a daily threat to residents of the neighboring Palestinian villages."

Settlers have also been known to steel crops, damage and burn trees and other plants, and attack places of worship in the area, in an attempt to intimidate Palestinian villagers and farmers from using their land.

On Friday, a video was released showing 15 masked Israeli settlers attacking Israeli activists in the central West Bank, throwing rocks and hitting the activists with clubs.

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have meanwhile accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

In March, Israeli NGO Yesh Din revealed that Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 percent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 221 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2015, and 107 in 2016.

 
 
 
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Israeli settlers raze agricultural land south of Bethlehem
 
 
 

BETHLEHEM, April 24, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Monday razed agricultural land belonging to a Palestinian in the town of al-Khader, south of the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, according to a local activist.

 

Hassan Brijiyeh, a member of the local anti-settlement committee in Bethlehem, told WAFA settlers razed a 10-dunum of land planted with almond trees and grapevines in an area to the west of al-Khader town. The land belongs to a local resident who was identified as Ibrahim Sbaih.

 

The land owner, Sbaih, said he was surprised to find settlers razing his land, stressing that he has the legal documents proving his ownership of the land.

 

Sbaih was physically assaulted by the settlers.

 

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