Two settler attacks on Palestinian teens, both are tragedies but one ended in death

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Palestinian teen hit by Israeli car at checkpoint
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager was struck and injured by an Israeli driver near an East Jerusalem checkpoint on Saturday morning, witnesses told Ma’an.  Suleiman Abu Mahamid, 18, was waiting to catch a bus near al-Zayyem checkpoint between the West Bank and Jerusalem when a private car hit him and fled the scene.  Onlookers said the assailant was an Israeli settler using a road into the West Bank that is off limits to Palestinians. Witnesses from nearby East Jerusalem neighborhood Isawiya took the car number and photos of the incident, they said.

 Demanding justice for Yousef, a quiet boy killed by Israeli settlers, Bekah Wolf
One year after a 17-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and killed by Israeli settlers as he farmed with his father in his West Bank village, his killers remain unpunished.

Attacks on Protests Against Land Theft / Land Theft & Destruction /  Restriction of Movement / Apartheid 

Israeli soldiers attack peaceful marches in W. Bank villages
Dozens of Palestinians were reportedly wounded on Friday afternoon during Israeli military attacks on peaceful marches organized weekly in different West Bank villages.
OCHA: Israel demolished 17 Palestinian homes in the past week
Israel razed 17 Palestinian homes in the West Bank over the past week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian land said on Saturday.

Israel planning to raze 30 Palestinian houses in the Negev
The Israeli army is planning to build barracks for its intelligence in the Negev on the land of the unrecognized Palestinian village Mukaimen, the Arab center for alternative planning said.

IOA to raze two Palestinian homes in Bethlehem village
The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has served demolition notices to two Palestinian homes in Ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem, local sources said.

Jewish settlers steal 30 Dunums in al-Khalil
Jewish settlers planted land belonging to the village of Sair to the north of al-Khalil, in the southern West Bank, in an attempt to take it over, claiming that it belongs to them.


IOA blocks travel of 40 Palestinians in one week
The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) blocked the travel of 40 Palestinians from the West Bank to Jordan over the past week, Palestinian sources said.

Israel proposes cantons, fenced border for Palestinians
Palestinian officials have rejected an Israeli border proposal that would reduce a Palestinian state to cantons within the West Bank, while Israel kept its illegal Jewish settlements, Palestinian sources said on Friday. A Palestinian delegation considered the verbal presentation by Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho to be a non-starter as it aims at creating a fenced-off territory that would preserve Jewish settlements.


Inhabitants of hamlet go on hunger strike to protest demolition of their homes
Inhabitants of Khirbat Al-Tawil hamlet south of Nablus city have gone on hunger strike for a single day on Saturday to protest Israeli occupation authority’s practices against them.

‘Ruling to raze Migron unjust, inhumane’
Some 130 rabbis send letter to chief justice, urging her to overturn decision to destroy West Bank outpost.

A new anger is apparent at UNRWA
Just completed filming of ‘Remember Palestine’ at Press TV studio in West London. My guests today were Sharif Nashashibi of Arab Media Watch, Nathan Stuckey of the International Solidarity Movement and a furious sounding, Chris Gunness, Press spokesman for UNWRA.

Violence by Israeli Forces and Settlers

Israeli Missile Targets Home in Ash-Shujaa’eya Neighborhood, Abu Mustafa shells Nahal Oz
Palestinian local sources reported that an Israeli missile targeted Saturday at dawn a home in the neighborhood of Ash-Shujaa’eya, east of Gaza. No injuries reported. 

“An injured Palestinian construction worker screams in pain after an Israeli army driver drove a trailer hooked to a tractor over his legs, as he tried to block him when Israeli forces stopped workers on January 25, 2012 from building a house in al-Dirat village, south of Yatta in the southern Bank town Hebron region. The Israeli forces were seizing the equipment and trailer from the construction workers as the site falls in the occupied zone C in which Israel prevents Palestinians from building on their land. AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER”. 
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces clashed with local youth in Yatta on Friday night, after conducting searches of homes in the southern West Bank town, locals told Ma’an. Young men pelted soldiers with stones, and forces fired back rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, as well as shooting in the air, eyewitnesses said. No injuries were reported.  Soldiers had raided the homes of Burhan Ishaq Shreitih and Ratib Salim Mughnim in the Hebron-district town, locals said. 
Groups defending against extremist settler attacks unarmed, but top IDF officer voices concern over possible clashes if units confront W. Bank Jews.  A number of Palestinian villages have established “civil guard” units to protect their homes and mosques from attacks by Jewish extremists, raising fears within the IDF over possible violence in the West Bank.  The civil guard units consist of men who rotate shifts throughout the night to protect mosques and homes inside the villages from so-called “price tag” attacks by settlers and right-wing extremists.
Political Detainees

Occupation forces arrest three minors
IOF troops arrested on Thursday three Palestinian minors from the village of Menyah to the east of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.


IOF soldiers disguised as Palestinians kidnap Palestinian youth
IOF troops, disguised as Palestinians, on Thursday evening kidnapped a number of Palestinian youth from Esaweyyah village east of Jerusalem.


Occupation decides to keep lawmaker Tafesh in administrative detention
The occupation court of Ofer on Thursday sentenced Palestinian lawmaker Khaled Tafesh for Bethlehem to four months administrative detention without charges or proper trial.

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Detained Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan faces a hearing on Monday at an Israeli military court, the prisoners society said Saturday.  Adnan, who was detained on Dec. 17, has been on hunger strike for 42 days to protest his treatment by Israeli prison authorities.  He will appear at Ofer military court near Ramallah on Monday. The prisoners’ rights group Addameer said he was issued a four-month administrative detention order on Jan. 8.  The Jihad leader vowed to continue refusing food, salts and medical checks, insisting “my dignity is more valuable than food and water.” 

The Irish FM visits Gaza, calls for end to blockade
The Irish Foreign Minister, Eamon Gilmore, on Friday visited the Gaza Strip entering the coastal enclave through the Beit Hanoun crossing to the north of the Strip..

Protest / Activism / BDS 

A New Stage for West Bank Popular Resistance
Photos by Lazar Simeonov.   In a hazy room, clouded with cigarette smoke and steam from hot syrup-sweat tea, residents of Kafr ad-Dik and its neighboring villages, along with Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists, excitedly gathered together waiting for the midday.


New film ‘We are Nabi Saleh’ offers a ‘portrait of a Palestinian village in resistance’, Adam Horowitz

We are Nabi Saleh’ is the portrait of a Palestinian village in resistance. Various aspects of the Israeli occupation are reflected in this village with only 500 inhabitants.
 This little village in the West Bank will never be the same when in 1977, forty Jewish families move into an abandoned British fortress, only a few miles from Nabi Saleh. With the coming of this colony (Halamish) begins the infamous scenario. A checkpoint is installed at the entrance of Nabih Saleh, olive trees are cut for security reasons and orders for the demolition of houses follow.
 In 2009 the source of the village has been taken over by the colony. From that moment, every Friday the residents of Nabih Saleh organise a protest march towards the source. Every Friday the protest is beaten down with injuries and arrests as a result. The creators of the documentary “We are Nabi Saleh” followed the protests for six months and stayed several weeks in the village to make a unique portrait of Nabi Saleh.


Video: 140 Israelis endorse Methodist church’s upcoming divestment resolution, Allison Deger

The United Methodist Church will consider a resolution to divest from the Israeli occupation at its general conference in April in Tampa, FL. The campaign inside the church is a response to Palestinian Christians who two years ago made a call to churches around the world, communicating the strife of living under Israeli occupation. The call functioned as a jumping off point for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

No One Is Buying Tickets for this Quartet Symphony of Speechifying
January 26, 2012.  One more date in a long string of blown deadlines for the pathetic Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” overseen by that bizarre hybrid of fading or faded superpowers and multilateral organizations known as the Quartet.  No wonder the Obama Administration has washed its hands of the effort and happily delegated this futile exercise to Jordanian auspices.  For the last several weeks in Amman, Palestinian and Israeli negotiators have held sporadic preliminary talks about holding talks to talk about “permanent status” issues. Heady and inspiring stuff.  

Did you know that 2012 is poised to be a landmark year for corporate accountability in the movement to end Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights and international law? After many years of hard work by activists in both denominations, the global United Methodist Church (UMC) and the Presbyterian Church (USA) are voting over the next six months on resolutions to divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett Packard due to their complicity in the Israeli occupation [documented here]. US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation member groups United Methodist Kairos Response and Israel-Palestine Mission Network are leading the way in building support for the UMC resolution and Presbyterian Committee on Mission Responsibility through Investment (MRTI)’s divestment recommendation, respectively.

We will not be intimidated: Video with Cindy Corrie backs Olympia Food Co-op fight against anti-boycott lawsuit, Ali Abunimah
Cindy Corrie is among several people appearing in a short video calling for solidarity with the Olympia Food Co-op in Olympia, Washington and condemning a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Co-op’s boycott of Israeli goods.

It has been ten years since the publication of the Combatants’ Letter.  In January 2002, in the midst of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, 50 combat soldiers and officers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reserve signed a public statement in which they pledged to refuse to serve in the occupied territories.  Their protest was made at great personal cost to themselves because of the almost religious devotion most Israelis feel toward the army.  The declaration boldly protested the IDF’s campaign to “dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire people.
Racism / Discrimination
An Israeli law forbidding Palestinians gaining citizenship upon marrying an Israeli leaves thousands of families in limbo.

Israel to become biggest jailer of refugees
Lia Tarachansky reports from Israel. Knesset approves plan to jail asylum seekers for longest period of western world in biggest prison.

Political Developments / Diplomacy

Hamas leader goes back to Jordan
The political leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, is due to visit Jordan, 13 years after it expelled Hamas leaders.


Canadian ministers object to participation of Hamas MPs in IPU meeting in Quebec
Two Canadian federal ministers have urged their country not to host a meeting for the international parliamentary union (IPU) in the event Hamas lawmakers attended the conference.


Election fever grips Israel as Netanyahu maneuver expected
His coalition is stable, but some think Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek early elections to capitalize on his popularity before the U.S. presidential vote. Israel’s current coalition government is one of its most stable in decades, and the next scheduled national poll is nearly two years off. Yet election fever has gripped the country and some believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is quietly preparing to call for an early vote, perhaps in the middle of this year.,0,3334250.story


Leap in number of Israelis studying in PA
Report published by Knesset Research and Information Center reveals some 1,300 non-Jewish Israelis enrolled in Palestinian higher education institutions. Main reasons: Difficulty getting accepted into Israeli colleges, language barrier.,7340,L-4181944,00.html

Other News

Snake dies from baby’s bite
Infant who bit head off reptile winds up unscathed; ‘I screamed until neighbors came,’ horrified mom says.

 Why the US won’t fund Palestinian ‘Sesame Street’
Following a Palestinian appeal for UN recognition, US congressional funding for aid projects including a local version of ‘Sesame Street’ have been frozen.
Other News
Suicide bomber kills 33 at Shiite funeral in Iraq (AP)
AP – A suicide car bomber struck a Shiite funeral procession Friday, killing 33 people as suspected al-Qaida militants stepped up apparent efforts to provoke a counterattack by Shiite militias on Sunnis that could pave the way toward open sectarian warfare now that U.S. troops have left Iraq.


Deaths in attacks on Iraq’s Sunni districts
At least 17 killed in attacks across the country, including 10 in a bombing attack in Hamia area.


Bahraini forces injure 12 protesters
A dozen protesters in Bahrain have been injured during clashes between regime forces and anti-government demonstrators across the country.

Bahrain confirms teen died in police custody
Government doesn’t say how 18-year-old died in hospital, but an opposition leader claims cause of death was torture.
Head of Arab League mission says violence is rising “in a significant way” ahead of UN Security Council meeting.


VIDEO: Syria activists: 150 killed in 3 days

Opponents of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime say around 150 people have been killed in the country in the last three days.

Saudi Arabia will recognize the Syrian National Council (SNC) as the “official representative” of the Syrian people amid a joint Western-Gulf Arab push to have President Bashar Assad removed, a senior member of the opposition group said on Friday.  ”Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told an SNC delegation he met in Cairo last week the kingdom will recognize the Council as the official representative of the Syrian people,” SNC executive council member Ahmad Ramadan told Kuwait’s Al-Rai newspaper.
The Cable has obtained a copy of the draft resolution on Syria currently being discussed inside the U.N. Security Council. It calls on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to his deputy and says additional measures would be taken if he doesn’t comply within 15 days. U.N. Security Council diplomats are meeting behind closed doors on Friday to discuss what’s being called the Arab-European draft resolution on Syria. The Moroccan ambassador is presenting the draft resolution, which is designed to implement the recommendations of the Arab League transition plan laid out on Jan. 22

UN considers resolution on Syria
Days of tough talks loom before any vote is held as Russia says the proposed resolution crosses its “red lines”.

Syrian activists propose an armed uprising 
A growing number of activists in Syria are taking up arms to protect themselves from the government’s violent crackdown that has claimed thousands of civilians lives since March. They have begun setting up military councils in provinces across the country to create an organised command structure. And the Syrian National Council, a leading opposition group, says it will logistically back the armed uprising to prevent more civilians from being killed. Zeina Khdor reports from Beirut.

Yemen’s president arrives in US
Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrives in the US to receive medical treatment for injuries he sustained in an assassination attempt last June.

Jordan jails teen activist for burning king’s picture
A Jordanian political activist was sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison for undermining King Abdullah II’s dignity, after he set alight a picture of the monarch this month. ”The [military] state security court sentenced Uday Abu Issa, 18, to two years in jail. He has been found guilty of undermining the king’s dignity,” a judicial official said. Abu Issa had confessed to setting alight the picture after tearing it off a municipal wall in Madaba, south of Amman, saying he was upset over the death of a municipal worker who set himself on fire after his contract was terminated. 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has slammed French police for using racial profiling to conduct unwarranted and abusive identity checks on black and Arab young men and boys.

Dutch to ban Muslim face veils next year
Minority government set to prohibit niqabs and burqas and other forms of clothing that cover the face.


US to send ‘floating base’ to Mideast

Washington Post says Navy converting ageing warship it had planned to decommission into makeshift staging base for commandos. Documents indicate it could be headed to Persian Gulf, where Iran has threatened to block Strait of Hormuz.


IAEA inspectors arrive in Tehran
International Atomic Energy Agency chief inspector Herman Nackaerts and his team have arrived in Tehran for a three-day visit to Iranian nuclear facilities.


Iran could ban EU oil exports next week
A law to be debated in Iran’s parliament on Sunday could halt exports of oil to the European Union as early as next week, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted a lawmaker as saying on Friday. ”On Sunday, parliament will have to approve a ‘double emergency’ bill calling for a halt in the export of Iranian oil to Europe starting next week,” Hossein Ibrahimi, vice-chairman of parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee, was quoted as saying.


‘Iranian threat nothing more than bluff’
New York Times suggests that Israel’s senior officials have cast doubt on widespread assumption that military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities would set off catastrophic set of events.

Nuclear Iran
Turning round a story is one of the most difficult tasks in journalism – and rarely more so than in the case of Iran. Iran, the dark revolutionary Islamist menace. Shia Iran, protector and manipulator of World Terror, of Syria and Lebanon and Hamas and Hezbollah. Ahmadinejad, the Mad Caliph. And, of course, Nuclear Iran, preparing to destroy Israel in a mushroom cloud of anti-Semitic hatred, ready to close the Strait of Hormuz – the moment the West’s (or Israel’s) forces attack.

Washington Wages War of Sanctions against Iran, Ismail Salami – Tehran
Washington’s double-edged sword of policies towards the Islamic Republic is not only exhausting the patience of the Iranian nation but it is provoking the ire of international conscience as well. Goaded by Washington, EU foreign ministers decided on January 23 to impose a ban on oil imports from Iran under the fickle excuse that the country is pursuing a clandestine nuclear weapons program.


It is possible that there will another round of nuclear discussions between the P5+1 and Iran in the near future.  Given the extent to which Israel, the United States, and America’s European partners are ratcheting up tensions over the nuclear issue, one hopes that additional talks would help the parties find a peaceful and productive […]

This is not news that will sit for long. It is not being reported in the MSM here but, if accurate, it is stunning information.
Analysis/ Op-ed

Quoting Israelis, ‘NYT’ front pager says Iran will take a military strike lying down (won’t even raise oil prices!), Matthew Taylor

Nowhere in the story is there a mention of the anticipatable human and environmental consequences to the Iranian people. Additionally, all of those quoted are Israeli or affiliated with the Israeli government. Where is the balance? Where are the quotes from neutral, international conflict experts from organizations like theInternational Crisis Group or Transcend? This is one of the worst pieces of war journalism I’ve ever seen. We need peace journalism, now!
In a follow-up to yesterday’s blog post on hope springing eternal for the “peace process” managers as yet another negotiating deadline was blown, here is State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland’s spin on Israeli-Palestinian pre-talk talks breaking down at yesterday’s press briefing.

Gingrich’s Extremist Anti-Palestinian Stance Follows Millions from Casino Magnate Sheldon Adelson
Many analysts say Newt Gingrich’s recent rise in the Republican contest would have been impossible without the backing of one man: multi-billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Adelson and his wife have donated $10 million to the pro-Gingrich super PAC, Winning Our Future, which has run a series of ads attacking Gingrich’s opponent Mitt Romney. Gingrich has openly admitted Adelson’s support came down to a single issue: Israel. Gingrich has adopted the most extremist anti-Palestinian stance of the Republican presidential field, calling the Palestinians themselves an “invented” people. We speak with Gal Beckerman of the Jewish Daily Forward and Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York.


Adelson Casino Empire Investigated for Mob Ties, Prostitution, Richard Silverstein

The Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice have been investigating allegations of ties between Sheldon Adelson’s Macau casino and Chinese organized crime rings and prostitution for the past year.ABC News reports a former Sands Casino executive has charged that the Asian business operation relied on the Chinese triads which organized junkets for “high roller” gamblers and prostitution to service their “other” needs. It reports that on the same day Adelson arrived for a major business meeting at the Chinese enclave 100 prostitutes were arrested within the hotel. The charges are being investigated under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which governs crimes like corporate bribery.

Billionaire Gingrich backer Adelson regrets he served in US instead of Israeli military, Ali Abunimah
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife, has donated $10 million dollars in recent weeks to Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, has said that he wishes he had served in the Israeli army instead of the US military and that he wants his son to grow up to “be a sniper for the IDF.”

I live for nights like tonight.  Newt Gingrich earlier today in an appearance in Florida (home of the space industry) promised that if elected president he’d establish a lunar colony by 2020.  But not just any colony, it will, by God, be AMERICAN.  Did you hear that?  And once it gets 13,000 residents (“13,” as in colonies, get it?), it would be allowed to apply for statehood.  But Newt, I hear some of his Jewish fans say, don’t forget us.  Maybe we can even have a Jewish settlement or even a Jewish state up there.

As you surely know, the Center for American Progress, a thinktank with links to the Democratic Party, has been the target of a two-month-long smear campaign by neoconservatives because the Center employs writers who have at times criticized  Israel. The unfortunate success of this campaign has been an ongoing demonstration of the power of the rightwing Israel lobby inside the Democratic Party.

Robert Fisk: The present stands no chance against the past, Robert Fisk
The Palestinians are not only, it seems, an “invented people” – courtesy of Newt Gingrich – but the only Arabs on the Mediterranean not to enjoy a Spring or an Awakening or even a Winter.


Walking Through Shatila
Far from the opulent Golden Tulip hotel where I was staying in Beirut and a world away from the glittering shopping district of Hamra is Shatila, the Palestinian refugee camp where in 1982, Christian Phalangalists, with the tacit approval of Israeli forces who were then occupying Lebanon, murdered over a 1,000 men, women and children.  It was more than a day after the killings, when the stench of rotting corpses brought journalists to the area, that the details of the events started getting reported.  Little media attention is paid to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, home to over 300,000 people.  These people are, to use Frantz Fanon’s phrase, “the wretched of the earth.”  Wretched not because of the squalid conditions in which they live, but wretched because they have repeatedly been attacked, blockaded, and denied human rights.  Yet they continue to resist, hope, and live with courage and optimism.

Unrepentant: Justice for Palestine, Johnny Barber
I had spent the prior month in Gaza and actually left Gaza to join the flotilla sailing from Greece. I was hoping to use my modest skills as an EMT in the event that Israeli naval forces began shooting people on board as they did in May 2010, when they killed nine people on board the Mavi Mamara. Many of these victims, including 19-year-old US citizen Furkan Doðan, were shot point-blank in the head. Doðan was shot five times from less than 45 cm (1.5 ft), in the face, in the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back. He was filming the attack when he was murdered. He was unarmed.


Why the Question of Palestine is a Feminist Concern
I was recently part of a fact-finding delegation to Palestine organized by the US Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. The delegation was composed of concerned academics and scholars based in the U.S., including myself.[i] During our weeklong investigative trip, we were witness to multiple and varied testimonies to and clear evidence of the daily acts of violence, harassment and humiliation that Palestinians are subjected to, both massive and intimate. Individuals from several families living in Eastern Jerusalem told us their personal stories of being physically thrown out of their homes in the middle of the night, their houses pillaged and taken over by settlers (many of whom were only recently residents of the U.S.), their belongings strewn onto the streets only to be looted by morning, their children targeted to bear recurring nightmares of the punishing character of their eviction (being made to see, for example, the displayed burning of their dolls alongside that of their beds). For Palestinians who were already refugees from the 1948 territorial establishment of the Israeli state, they have been forced to become refugees several times over in their own cities and neighborhoods, repeatedly made homeless beside their own homes (their makeshift tents burned numerous times), as ever-expanding settlements cause their displacement and military-protected settlers relentlessly and with impunity inflict upon them small and traumatic forms of abuse and cruelty intended to make Palestinian life in the areas claimed and colonized by the Israeli state exceedingly painful and difficult, if not impossible. 


2 Responses

  1. patm
    January 30, 2012, 8:00 am

    The BDS news is very encouraging; the ongoing ethnic cleansing news is appalling; there is a great deal on Iran; and there are more items of interest.

    Is it possible that Mondoweiss could syndicate this news feed and earn some income?

  2. johnshoemaker
    January 30, 2012, 10:54 pm

    In refugee camp Shatilah women were chief victims along with animals. The story of King Saul’s god telling him to kill women, children, animals if they don’t turn over men is not supported by literature of time–Egyptian, Mesopotamian. Charon put the show on for first time. Israel also massacred all villagers in villages in Guat. at same time. Mayans hadn’t supported dictator planted by CIA. This made them “communists.” Again, Saul’s, Charon’s “god” pointed out the women if they didn’t turn the men out.

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