Palestine Update 174
Israel’s punitive measures attempt to still neutralize solidarity
It’s never easy being a Palestinian in these times. Israel is into an all-out assault on the very presence of Palestinians in their own lands. Even until the beginnings of 2000, the discourse tended to be about security for Israel and justice for Palestinians. Today, Palestinians could do with having both security and justice. Israel is setting itself up to banish Palestinians from all of the lands they live in. Max Igan, radio host and political commentator projects a scenario wherein Israel will “push the Palestinians out into the Sinai, into Jordan and just get them out of the country.” Now this may or not actually happen. If it does, there it will be rigorous measures and reactions from the international community. That, in the least, is the minimum expectation. But with Israel,the only thing that is predictable is its rash political temperament. Israel is now playing for time, and toying with eccentric political ideas that are far from prudent and distant from anything that is just.
Israel may just be underestimating the will of the Palestinians, the Arab street, and the potential anger that will prompt harsh reactions to its indiscretions. In Gaza resistance factions are staging important protests to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israeli jails. They want international rights organizations to assume their responsibilities and address ongoing rights violations against prisoners especially those that target women. Human Rights Watch through a Commission of Inquiry has been asked to identify Israeli officials who authorized unrestrained open-fire orders that allowed soldiers to fire on protesters on the other side of the fence posing no imminent mortal danger, which would be contrary to the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials.
Israel is relentless in its pursuit of illegalities. A 45-year-old Palestinian detainee was placed under administrative detention for six months. Ayman Nasser Karajeh is the legal unit coordinator at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and had previously been sentenced to one year of administrative detention.
Meanwhile, international activists continue to stand by the Bedouin community in Khan al-Ahmar. Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) have set up sukkah’s, which are temporary tents constructed for use during the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, in the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem. RHR said, in a statement, that they would sit during Sukkot in the Judean Desert during the seven days of the holiday and ‘live a life of confidence in our temporary quarters, together with members of the Jahalin tribe’. They also declared: “We will express solidarity with our Bedouin brothers and we will live as they do for a little bit.
Oppression and resistance are in a hot contest. Optimists know that moral ground will prevail.
Israel plans to occupy all Palestinian land, expel its people
The regime in Israel will occupy more Palestinian territories and expel all Palestinians from their homeland. Max Igan, radio host and political commentator, told Press TV that Israel wants to “push the Palestinians out into the Sinai, into Jordan and just get them out of the country.” The regime “never ever intended to recognize the Palestinians or give them any rights or dignities; so, there would never be any ceasefire. Israel would not allow it to happen until every Palestinian has been eliminated from the soil…Israel does not want peace” with the Palestinian people, Igan noted. He was reacting to an evacuation notices distributed by the so-called Israeli Civil Administration Higher Planning Council among the residents of Khan al-Ahmar village, which the regime plans to demolish in defiance of international warnings and criticisms.
Gaza resistance factions show solidarity with prisoners
Palestinian resistance factions staged a demonstration in Gaza City to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israeli jails. The demonstration — organized by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — saw participants waving banners reading, “We haven’t forgotten our imprisoned brothers and sisters”. Addressing protesters, Nahed al-Fakhouri, director of the Hamas-run Prisoners Information Center, said: “We’re here today to show support for our jailed brethren, who continue to suffer oppression at the hands of Israel’s occupation. Al-Fakhouri went on to assert that surveillance cameras had recently been installed in the female prisoners’ ward of Israel’s Hasharon Prison — a move he described as “a clear violation of their privacy”. He called on international rights organizations to “assume their responsibilities and address ongoing rights violations in Israeli prison facilities”. Palestinians in Israeli custody, especially women, remain subject to systematic violations, including Israel’s policy of administrative detention”.
Humanitarian situation in Gaza demands action: Human Rights Watch
The urgent situation in Gaza deteriorated in recent months. Israeli forces have continued to fire on Palestinians participating in weekly demonstrations against Israeli rights abuses near the fences between Gaza and Israel, killing 156, including 24 children, and wounding more than 5,000, since March 30. Demonstrators have thrown rocks and Molotov cocktails, used slingshots to hurl projectiles, and launched kites with incendiary materials, which caused significant property damage to nearby Israeli communities and, in at least one instance, fired in the direction of soldiers, but Human Rights Watch has not documented instances where protesters posed an imminent threat to life. The Commission of Inquiry established by this body should identify any Israeli officials who sanctioned expansive open-fire orders that allowed soldiers to fire on protesters on the other side of the fence posing no imminent mortal danger, which would be contrary to the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials. The Israeli army also conducted air and artillery strikes in Gaza, killing an additional 20 Palestinians so far this year, including civilians.
Addameer coordinator held under administrative detention
The Israeli military court of Ofer placed a 45-year-old Palestinian detainee under administrative detention, on Monday. According to the Palestinian Prisoners and Former Prisoners Affairs’ Committee, Ayman Nasser Karajeh, 45, from the Saffa village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, was placed under administrative detention for six months. The committee pointed out that Israel detained Karajeh on September 9th 2018 and he underwent several days of intense interrogation until he was sentenced to administrative detention. Karajeh, a husband and father of four children, is the legal unit coordinator at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and had previously been sentenced to one year of administrative detention. Administrative detention is imprisonment without trial or charge, it has no time limit and the evidence on which it is based is not disclosed. Israel utilizes this measure extensively and routinely and has used it to hold hundreds of Palestinians for lengthy periods of time. Over the last year, 29 Palestinians were taken into administrative detention every month, on average, and 37 were released.
Rabbis for Human Rights celebrate Sukkot at Khan al-Ahmar
Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) announced on that they have set up sukkah’s, which are temporary tents constructed for use during the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, in the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem. RHR decided to set up sukkah’s at the Bedouin village to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, to show solidarity with the residents and as a protest against Israel’s planned demolition of the village.
RHR said, in a statement, “We will express solidarity with our Bedouin brothers and we will live as they do for a little bit. We will remember that our forefathers lived as free human beings for 40 years in the Sinai Desert…We will sit during Sukkot in the Judean Desert during the seven days of the holiday. We will live a life of confidence in our temporary quarters, together with members of the Jahalin tribe, who have been living in this vulnerable situation for years.”
RHR joins local and international activists along with residents of Khan al-Ahmar, who have started an open sit-in at the village, protesting the Israeli High Court’s approval of the demolition at the beginning of the month.
Don’t befriend me for a day, and leave me a month. Don’t get close to me if you’re going to leave. Don’t say what you don’t do. Be close or get away.
لا تصاحبني يوماً .. لتهجرني شهراً ولا تقربني .. لتبعدني .. لا تقل ما لا تفعل كُن قريباً .. أو ابتعد.