Palestine Update 541
An un-quenching thirst for more and more land
Israeli Settlers are possessed with an insatiable need to grab more and more land that is not theirs in the first place. Palestinians must be protected by the international community in the Israeli-sponsored support to Settlers who seek to expel Palestinian residents. Children in areas under target by Israeli settlers, and who grow up in uncertainty know that their very futures are at risk. That, they know, means that they can lose their education, homes, and be assaulted, imprisoned just about anytime.
In the time of Ramzan, when things should be peaceful for the Muslims who observe religious rituals, there is still no relief. There is an acceleration of violence by Israeli soldiers, settlers, and an implosion cannot be ruled under grave provocation. It may be just the formula Israel as a ruse to launch attacks and imprison many more, harass youth and children, and punish them cruelly outside the framework of human rights law. Palestinians have reacted with anger under grave provocation and their attacks within Israel have offered Israel the convenient pretext of preparing a ferocious onslaught on the Palestinians in an operation named ‘Break the Wave’. It is unimaginable what the outcome would be when that is done. One thing is certain; the retribution will be unforgiving and extreme.
That Arab States have condemned Israel’s Ramadan Escalation in Jerusalem makes no difference. A young Kuwaiti refused to spar with an Israeli opponent in protest. America’s normalization, imposed, as it was on several Arab States has not gripped the street. In the asymmetry between Israel and the Arab States, nobody cares to restraint and ultimate justice and ultimate justice is still a huge distance away. Night after night, Israeli soldiers use tear gas and sound bombs to disperse Palestinians who gather for Iftar- an essential element of Ramzan observations. Imagine this cruelty: An elderly man was roughly handled beaten up. We repeat what we earlier quoted of Israel’s PM, Naftali Bennet: “Whoever has a gun license; this is the time to carry it.” It is a call to murder anyone who has the capacity to hate and kill, unrecognizing of the core reasons for Palestinian anger. It does not justify killings by anyone or any side. But root causes matter, and that is out of Israel’s equation in these times.
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Sheikh Jarrah is like a “big prison” for Palestinian children
Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah have been embroiled in a decades-long struggle with Israeli settlers who claim ownership of the Palestinian homes and are trying to expel the Palestinian residents. “This has been the situation since I was born, and I am fully aware of it,” Khalil said. The unstable and unsafe situation in the neighborhood complicates Khalil’s daily life and creates difficulties. He fears that settlers could attack his family at any time. Last June, Israeli forces assaulted, detained, and placed Khalil under house arrest. “[During my house arrest], I tried my best to fill my day with different activities, and I would often sit in the yard so that I would not feel I was locked inside the house and forbidden to go out,” Khalil said. “I would get up in the morning and have breakfast. Then I would go to my room and practice boxing.”
Palestinian children living in Sheikh Jarrah and other areas where families face risk of forcible expulsion deserve futures where they can pursue their education, live comfortably with their families, and wake up each day without fear that an Israeli settler may try to take over their home. See the latest photo essay and support Palestinian children’s rights.
Palestinians, Arab States Condemn Israel’s Ramadan Escalation in Jerusalem
Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority say Israel bears responsibility for the escalation in Jerusalem and calls on them to stop any measures barring Muslim worshipers from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
The Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Egypt decried the recent escalation in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Monday, claiming that Israel bears responsibility for the deteriorating situation during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. “The absence of a political horizon and the ongoing Israeli escalation against the Palestinians, including provocations such as Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s visit to the Damascus Gate as well as the aggression of the police and military will lead to an explosion not only in the Palestinian territories, but in the entire region,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesperson for PA leader Mahmoud Abbas warned on Monday.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett puts Israel on a war footing against the Palestinians
Naftali Bennett, Israel’s right-wing prime minister, has utilized a string of terror attacks that have killed 11 people over 10 days as a pretext to launch a vicious crackdown on the Palestinians. He has placed Israel’s security forces on high alert in an operation named Break the Wave tantamount to declaring war on the Palestinians. Bennett’s actions have sparked widespread anger among the Palestinians in Israel and in the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, illegally occupied by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. On Wednesday evening, he issued a video statement saying, “Whoever has a gun licence, this is the time to carry it.” He added, “Israel is facing a wave of murderous Arab terrorism” as he convened a special review of the security situation.
Defence Minister Benny Gantz announced he would send 1,000 soldiers to reinforce police and security forces within Israel and deploy 14 battalions to the West Bank and Israel’s border with Gaza. Police have reportedly switched their attention to surveillance and counterterrorism in the expectation of further attacks. Gantz warned that “all means are legitimate to end this wave, and we will utilize any means that we think are proper to use,” including calling up thousands of reservist soldiers.
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi said the IDF must be prepared for “Guardian of the Walls 2,” a reference to last May when Israel launched a murderous 11-day assault on Gaza. This was Israel’s response to Palestinian protests in East Jerusalem over an expected decision of the Supreme Court, still to be announced, on the eviction of six Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah and the harassment of worshippers and storming of the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, during Ramadan.The Wall Street Journal reported, “Israeli Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel said Israel may soon need to launch a wide-scale military operation similar to Operation Defensive Shield of 20 years ago, in which Israeli soldiers entered Palestinian towns to arrest or kill militants and seize their weapons,” This was a reference to the murderous assault on Jenin area in April 2002 that killed at least 52 Palestinians, including many civilians.
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Israeli forces beat, arrest Palestinians in occupied al-Quds for third night
The Israeli occupation forces have for the third consecutive night attacked Palestinians who gathered at Bab al-Amoud, also known as Damascus Gate, one of the main gates of the Old City of al-Quds, to celebrate the onset of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.The Palestinian Ma’an news agency said Israeli soldiers used tear gas and sound bombs to disperse the Palestinians who had gathered for Iftar, a meal served at the end of the fasting day during Ramadan, near Bab al-Amoud on Monday night.
Citing witnesses, the news agency said at least six Palestinian youths were arrested during the clashes, three of whom were taken into custody by undercover special Israeli forces and severely beaten.The occupying regime has since the start of Ramadan turned the Bab al-Amoud into a military barracks by deploying a large number of its forces in the area, according to Palestinian media. The latest violence came after Israeli police detained 10 Palestinians and injured some 20 others in the same area on Sunday. The confrontations started after Israeli police had intensified their presence at Bab al-Amoud and placed barriers on both sides of it since the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
“Police beat up and detained some 10 Palestinians as they attacked the youths to force them to leave the area, including an elderly man who sustained a head injury after being beaten up by the police,” the agency said. The Palestine Red Crescent Society said at least 19 Palestinians were injured, four of the injuries were rushed to hospitals and the others were treated at the scene.
‘A Slap in the Face of Normalization’: A Kuwaiti Fencer Refuses to Spar with Israeli Opponent
A Kuwaiti athlete, Mohamed al-Fadli, refused to participate in the World Fencing Championships, which is currently taking place in Dubai, to avoid sparring with an Israeli athlete, Al Jazeera Arabic and other Middle Eastern media reported.The Kuwaiti government and Kuwaiti civil society are among the strongest opponents of Arab normalization with Israel. This is not the first time that Kuwaiti athletes pull out from Arab and international sports events that host Israeli athletes. Al-Fadli himself has pulled out from a similar championship in the Netherlands in 2019, also because of Israeli participation. The young athlete’s stances in solidarity with the Palestinian people have been celebrated by Kuwaiti societies and thousands of Palestinian and other activists on social media.
The boycott platform ‘Muqata’ – which also means boycott – tweeted: “Mohammed Al-Fadli (..) a new Arab Kuwaiti champion that slaps the face of sports normalization and pulls out from the Dubai World Championships refusing to play against an Israeli occupation athlete.”
Yasser Arafat International Airport
“Airport opening day was a historic day, it was more like a wedding or a festival. People were applauding, dancing Dabke, and singing with joy while Yasser Arafat was welcoming the delegations,” Abeer Al Jarf tells me. Al Jarf was once an Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) officer in Gaza’s airport watchtower. “Tens of planes were landing on the airport’s runway that day, the building of the airport and the beauty of nature were indescribable. We were very happy to work in this place, but one day the Israeli airplanes destroyed the radar building, our happiness turned to tragedy.”
On December 23, 2021 a group of artists from Tamer Institution for Community Education went to visit what is left of the damaged Yasser Arafat International Airport which is located on the south of the Gaza Strip, close to the Egyptian border. The majority of the team had no clue the airport had even existed. Once we got there they started painting and photographing their ideas and feelings about the airport to later present them in an exhibition on March 28, 2022 at Institut Français de Gaza.