Shoes being thrown at a banner of Salam Fayyad during protest in Hebron.
(h/t Yousef Munayyer)
Palestinian ‘price protests’ / PA economic crisis
Fayyad defends economic policies
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Saturday that paying public employees was the government’s top priority as it would give a push to the whole economy … The premier and former finance minister assured Palestinian radio Ayjal that he was serious about meaningful solutions to the crisis, and called for calm evaluation of the actual problems at stake. “For years I insisted we gradually decrease our reliance on foreign aid,” he said, calling the current economic crisis proof that this policy was correct.
80 injured in clashes between residents, security forces in Hebron
IMEMC 11 Sept — Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, reported Monday that eighty residents and members of the Palestinian security forces were reported when a number of residents attacked the City Council building in Doura, near Hebron, a Palestinian Police Stations and an ambulance that belongs to the Red Crescent. Nasser Qabaja of the Red Crescent in Hebron said that nine ambulances transferred the wounded to a number of hospitals in Hebron, while dozens of residents received treatments by field medics. Most of the wounded suffocated after inhaling gas fired by Israeli soldiers against the protesters.
Palestinian protests turn violent in West Bank (AP)
HEBRON, West Bank (AP) 10 Sept — Palestinian demonstrators fed up with high prices and unpaid salaries shuttered shops, halted traffic with burning tires and clashed with riot police in demonstrations across the West Bank on Monday- the largest show of popular discontent with the Palestinian Authority in its 18-year existence. The violence showed that the unrest, initially supported by Palestinian leaders in hopes of drawing international attention to the struggling economy, risks backfiring and morphing into a broader movement against the government. “Nobody is able to live, except the big officials,” said Sami Saleh, a 57-year-old taxi driver who supports his family of eight on a $700 monthly salary. “We have to pressure this government to change,” he said.
Fatah official: Protest violence caused by ‘infiltrators’
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 10 Sept — Protesters resorting to violence are “infiltrators” seeking to cause chaos in the West Bank, a Fatah official said Monday. Azzam Ahmad told Ma‘an that the main Palestinian factions reject tire burning and harming public property as a form of protest, adding that those committing such acts are outlaws and vandals.
Public transport strike brings West Bank to a halt
WEST BANK (Ma‘an) 10 Sept — A public transport strike paralyzed Palestinian cities, towns and refugee camps across the West Bank on Monday, as popular action against rising living costs continued. Many schools reported that students and teachers were unable to reach class, and main roads were quiet as buses, taxis and trucks held protest actions in West Bank cities. According to Nasser Younis, head of the West Bank union of public transport, more than 24,000 drivers are on strike. Younis told Ma‘an that the union would meet later Monday to discuss future moves, and warned of more protests that if the Palestinian government does not comply with the drivers’ demands. Demonstrations erupted across the West Bank over the past week, protesting the rising prices of basic commodities including fuel. An onlooker in Bethlehem, Muhammad Riziq, said that seeing streets empty except for rocks and burning tires brought back memories of the first Palestinian intifada in the late 1980s.
Governor of Tubas says injured by protester
TUBAS (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — A northern West Bank governor was injured on Saturday night after a protester threw rocks at him during a protest against rising living costs. Governor of Tubas Marwan al-Tubasi suffered a moderate head wound when he was hit by a rock in Fara village, he told Ma‘an. The governor said he went to the village to appeal to people not to shut down roads and damage property. Locals said protesters had shut down two main roads from Tubas to Jenin, and to Tamoun, for several hours by burning tires. The governor said they burnt advertising boards and pictures of Palestinians killed in conflict withsrael, causing 100,000 shekels ($25,150) worth of damage.
Ramallah protesters call on Abbas to resign
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — Demonstrators in Ramallah called on President Abbas to resign on Sunday, a Ma‘an correspondent said, as protests over the rising cost of living continue in the West Bank. Truck drivers blocked traffic in Ramallah’s Manara Square as people marched in the city center against the economic policies of the Palestinian Authority. A leader in the popular protests, Mahir Amir, told Ma‘an that protesters wanted to send a message to President Abbas to urge him to annul the Paris Protocol with Israel. The protests also demand that the PLO plays an appropriate role in controlling the Palestinian Authority, Amir added.
PA asks Israel to review Paris Protocol
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday asked his civil affairs minister to officially request from Israel a review of the economic accords between their governments. Hussain al-Sheikh said he has written to Israel requesting a clarification of the Paris Protocol in light of the Palestinian Authority’s financial situation upon Abbas’ request. He said they were waiting for a response, and if Israel agrees, the minister will form a committee of negotiators and experts to review the accords. In an interview with Israel’s Reshet Bet radio, Israeli defense ministry policy director Amos Gilad said the state should carefully study the request to assess how realistic it is.
Ayalon: Israel will reject Palestinian economic accord review
JPost 10 Sept — Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon on Monday said that Israel will reject Palestinian requests to update the 1994 Paris Protocol, the framework that established economic relations between Israel and the PA, Israel Radio reported. Palestinians have huge debts to Israel, and yet they are operating against it in international organizations, Ayalon said.
Fayyad: Protests prove PA committed to freedom of expression
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 0 Sept — The ongoing protests against rising living costs in the West Bank prove the Palestinian Authority is committed to the right to freedom of expression, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Sunday. Fayyad made the comments while meeting with Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Ramallah.
Fatah leader rebukes Fayyad on handling of protests
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 10 Sept — Fatah leader Tawfiq Tirawi on Sunday voiced his support for popular protests against rising living costs in the West Bank and criticized Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. The former head of the general intelligence service said Fayyad’s response to the protests had been inadequate. “People’s worries and troubles can’t be addressed through the media; neither can they be addressed individually,” he told a Ma‘an reporter.
Workers, student councils plan Fayyad office protest
HEBRON (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — The workers’ union and the council of Palestinian students will stage a protest on Wednesday in front of Salam Fayyad’s office in Ramallah.Both groups confirmed their support for popular protests against rising living costs in a Sunday meeting, stressing that their approach would be peaceful and would not damage public or private property, a statement said. Israel is responsible for the economic crisis and Palestinians are angry because of the Israeli military occupation, it added.
‘We are not sacred’: Mahmoud Abbas tries to quell a Palestinian Arab Spring
IBT 9 Sept — Economic problems have drastically lowered standards of living across the Palestinian territories, and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is facing heated criticism from the public. But, on Saturday, President Mahmoud Abbas stepped up to defend Fayyad, an experienced economist who is held in high regard by many in the West. “We are not sacred,” said Abbas, according to the Washington Post. “But Salam Fayyad is an integral part of the Palestinian Authority. … I’m the first person who should be held responsible.” As protests erupt across the West Bank — the area administrated by Fayyad, Abbas, and other members of the Palestinian Authority — Abbas has promised to refrain from sending in security personnel and to address the public’s concerns in any way possible. “Whatever the government is doing is upon my instructions and orders,” Abbas said.
Someone tell the Palestinians: It’s the occupation, stupid! / Amira Hass
Haaretz 10 Sept — Accords give Israel the resources and power, give PA the problems and responsibility to solve them — “Geniuses,” I said to myself when dozens of trucks and taxis blocked traffic in the heart of Hebron last Wednesday in protest against the price hikes. “Geniuses,” I continued to think when four hours later I passed by the same place, and heard that other demonstrators had set fire to an effigy of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad …I couldn’t help repeating: The Israelis, who designed the Oslo Accords almost 20 years ago, are geniuses. By doing so they guaranteed that the Palestinians would blame their leadership for the economic crisis and demonstrate against it by the thousands.
Erekat calls for US to release funds
JERICHO (Ma‘an) 8 Sept — PLO official Saeb Erekat called on Saturday for the US to release $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority amid the government’s financial crisis. Speaking with UN envoy Robert H. Serry and new US Consul General Michael Ratney, Erekat said the failure of donor funds to arrive was behind the economic difficulties facing Palestine, official news agency Wafa reported.
Monetary authority orders banks measures amid salary delay
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 10 Sept — The Palestinian Monetary Authority on Monday instructed banks to take measures to help government employees after the Palestinian Authority announced half salaries will be paid on Wednesday. Banks should not deduct fees for salary processing twice, after the PA said the public sector would receive their wages in two payments, the PMA said. Government employees with regular payments coming out of their accounts should be able to delay them without incurring fines, the authority added.
Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction on movement
Israel grants university status to settlement college
JERUSALEM, Sept 9 (WAFA) – The Israeli government Sunday granted the university status to Ariel college, which is located in the illegal settlement of Ariel in the West Bank, according to Israeli media reports. This decision came following a vote by the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria. 11 voted in favor of the decision; while 2 against. Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, praised this decision and said that Israel is in need of more universities in light of the increasing number of population, “Ariel Settlement will remain under Israel’s control forever,” he said.
Settlers sway cabinet to keep hostile lawman off their case / Barak Ravid
Haaretz 10 Sept — The settler community and its supporters racked up two major successes in yesterday’s cabinet meeting. The first was cabinet approval for recognizing the Ariel University Center as a full-fledged university. The second was a promise by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that new deputy attorney general Shai Nitzan would not deal with settlement issues … Several Likud ministers joined the attack against Nitzan, who has served in several positions in the state prosecution over more than 20 years … Both Netanyahu and Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman clarified during yesterday’s cabinet meeting that Nitzan would not deal with settlement issues, which will be the purview of the other deputy attorney general, Dina Zilber
Cemetery dispute opens rare rift in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 7 Sept by Maath Musleh — Palestinians fight fiercely to preserve the Arab identity of the occupied Jerusalem, their most sacred city. But they suffer from the occupation’s restrictions on Islamic cemeteries’ expansion in the city, targeting the dead as well as the alive. In the Islamic cemeteries of Bab al-Rahmeh, Mamanullah (known as Mamilla to Israelis) and others, a fierce battle between Palestinians and the occupation is taking place. This battle is to protect the dead in their graves and the history on the cemeteries’ tombstones. The Awqaf takes the lead in protecting the Islamic cemeteries through its Committee to Protect the Cemeteries.
Amidst this battle against the occupation, the Awqaf has found itself dragged into a totally different battle. The battlefield here is the Bab al-Sahreh cemetery, also known as al-Mujahedin Islamic cemetery. Their opponents this time are their neighbors in the Garden Tomb of Jesus. The Awqaf, according to an official with the Garden Tomb of Jesus, is expanding the reinforcement of a wall between it and the al-Mujahedin cemetery, but the new construction is still being built on the graveyard’s property. The management of the Garden objects, but they say their only objection is based on the safety of the structure. The Awqaf claim this new construction is necessary for the expansion of new graves in the al-Mujahideen cemetery.
Arab villagers come together to rebuild razed home in northern Israel
Haarets 10 Sept — Last Tuesday Hassan Gdir stood on the rubble of his unfinished home in the northern Israeli village of Bir al-Maksur. He did not conceal his pain and anger: Five years of legal battles ended in two hours, when bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of police officers tore down the house he was building on his farmland, east of the village, because it was being built without a permit. This weekend Gdir was tense but smiling. In just five days, relatives, villagers and dozens of construction workers restored the building to its pre-demolition state … Some villagers say that incident, during which tear gas and other crowd dispersal methods were used, will seem like child’s play next to what a second demolition attempt would bring. ..
Israeli forces destroy 2 water tanks south of Hebron
NABLUS, Sept 10 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Monday destroyed two water tanks and stone walls belonging to Palestinians in Joreish, a village south of Nablus, according to a local activist. Ghassan Douglas, in charge of settlements file at the Palestinian Authority in the northern part of the West Bank, told WAFA that three Israeli bulldozers, protected by Israeli soldiers, destroyed two water tanks belonging to two residents in the village. Witnesses said the bulldozers also demolished stone walls in the eastern part of the village, which their owners spent two years building
Among the ruins of Bedouin Al-Araqib
AL-ARAQIB, Negev (Ma‘an)by Charlotte Alfred — Saba Ismail Araqib, heavily pregnant, strides purposefully around the ruins of her destroyed village in the Negev desert of southern Israel. “This tent was demolished a few weeks ago, and this one was my father’s house,” she says, gesturing to broken wooden beams and tarpaulin strewn around the dusty hill, until reaching her flattened marital home on the edge of the plateau. The traces of the formerly thriving Bedouin village of al-Araqib are now all but abandoned. With Israeli forces demolishing its buildings 41 times since 2010, Saba, 35, says just three families remain. They are now huddled near the village cemetery, where Bedouins from across the Negev region are buried. The family says it has court assurances that the cemetery will be safe from the Israeli forces that circuit the village every day. “Even if we have to live amongst our dead, we will never leave this village,” Saba says.
Experimental chemical plant polluting Palestinian village in the Negev
10 Sept — Silwanic has learnt that a private Israeli company is using lands belonging to the Palestinian village of Wadi al-Ne’am, north of Beer Sheba, for dangerous chemical experiments. An outdoor chemical plant approximately two kilometers from the village was visited by Silwanic journalists, who found a sign hanging on the barbed wire perimeter that reads “Danger of drowning, do not approach” in Arabic, and “Danger of drowning and poisoning, do not approach” in Hebrew. The whole region is polluted by chemical fumes that affect breathing, and cause skin irritation. The chemical plant and its industrial pools lie on hundreds of acres taken from villagers some 25 years ago, says tribal elder Sheikh Yussef al-Zaiadin. The plant was built without consultation with any local residents. Information and signposting in Arabic remains unclear around the site.
Permit restrictions cause Palestinians’ human hardship, says official
RAMALLAH, Sept 10 (WAFA) – Minister of the Palestinian Water Authority Shaddad Attili Monday said that permit restrictions imposed by the Israeli Civil Administration on the construction and rehabilitation of Palestinian water infrastructure in C-Area caused enormous human hardship and destroyed what little hope remained for building a viable Palestinian state … The press release said that Attili drew attention to Israel’s policy of conditioning the Joint Water Committee (JWC) approval for Palestinian water projects on prior Palestinian approval of water projects benefiting illegal Israeli settlements.
Israeli court rules in favor of Nablus farmers
NABLUS (Ma‘an) 10 Sept — Farmers in the Nablus village of Beit Furik tended their land last week for the first time in ten years, after Israel’s supreme court ruled in favor of an appeal made in 2011, Israeli rights group Yesh Din said. “Seeing farmers return to their lands after many years of a criminal denial of access is heartwarming,” Yesh Din lawyer Michael Sfard said … Fences and barriers placed illegally around the Nablus settlement of Itamar and its surrounding outposts have prevented the residents of the village of Beit Furik from accessing their agricultural land for a decade, Yesh Din said … In its statement to the court, the Israeli state admitted the area had been closed off “improperly without an order,” and ordered the military to regulate the closure of the area, which restored access to most of the village’s agricultural land. Villagers were also were awarded 7,500 shekels ($1,800) in damages.
The municipality spreads demolition alerts in Silwan
[with photos] Sett. Watch 10 Sept — The Municipality of Jerusalem distributed today demolition alerts to Palestinians in Wadi Hilweh, threatening to issue administrative demolition orders unless alleged illegal construction stops. A municipality inspector handed the alerts to several families accompanied by the police … I’m sure that the Municipality is also taking care of the massive construction done at settlers houses in Wadi Hilweh, not far from the spring (although past experience shows that settlers’ illegal construction is hardly touched), or they probably issued a special permit to do such works.
Occupation bans two Jerusalemites from entering Al-Aqsa
PNN 10 Sept — On Monday 10th September, Israeli army forces renewed decision to ban two Jerusalemites from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque. The official news agency WAFA reported that the decision was renewed for additional three months against Musbah Abu Sabeih and Hamza zghair, noting that their first banning period finishes in 5th December.
Jews and tourists party all night behind Aqsa Mosque’s mihrab
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PIC) 10 Sept — Al-Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said hundreds of Jewish settlers and foreigners from different nationalities attended on Sunday evening a noisy dancing and singing party held in the Umayyad Palaces area behind the Aqsa Mosque’s mihrab (niche [showing the direction of Mecca]). The party continued until midnight and the loud sound of music and singing disturbed the Palestinian worshipers as they were performing their Magharib and Isha prayers inside the Aqsa Mosque.
Hebron man walks down street for first time in years
ISM 10 Sept — On Sunday 9th September, Hashem Azzeh walked down the street outside his house for the first time in years. Hashem lives with his artist wife Nasreen and their four children (14, 9, 4 and 2 years old) on a hillside in the Tel Rumeida district of Hebron. The street outside Hashem’s house is barred to Palestinians and overseas visitors, with an army checkpoint at the end of the street to enforce the ban. To reach their house, the family have to go via a treacherous back route, clambering over walls and around other properties on the way. Despite all the harassment and violence, Hashem remains determined to stay in his house, and today said he wanted ‘an adventure’. Hashem and five ISM volunteers from the UK, Italy and the USA clambered up from the house to the street, then walked the 200 or so metres to the checkpoint at the end of the street. The Israeli soldier at the checkpoint appeared astonished to see Hashem and international volunteers come along the street from the ‘wrong’ direction and immediately started radioing for back-up. When the soldier asked Hashem why he was walking on the street, Hashem replied, ‘I am walking to my house’.
Nakba? Let them learn about Begin
Haaretz 9 Sept by Or Kashti — Education Ministry has been monitoring the Palestinian textbooks for incitement against Israel and Jews …. As an example, the report says sentences about Saladin and the Battle of Hattin that he led against the Crusaders in 1187 had been censored from a fourth-grade grammar book. Deleting a reference to a medieval Muslim leader has nothing to do with incitement. Checking the textbooks is merely another reflection of the state’s desire to deny East Jerusalem’s residents the right to educate their children on the basis of their cultural and national narrative. This right is widely granted to Jewish groups. .
Attacks / Raids / Provocations / Arrests
Injuries reported in new bombardment targeting Gaza
IMEMC 10 Sept — Israeli soldiers bombarded, late on Sunday at night, several areas in northern and southern Gaza, leading to extensive damage and several injuries. Children were among the wounded. The Israeli Air Force fired at least two missiles into a center that belongs to the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in at-Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza City. Damage was reported, no injuries. Later on, the Israeli Air Force fired missiles targeted a siege-busting tunnel in al-Jaradat area, east of the Rafah Border Terminal, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Also, several missiles were fired into a Qassam training center, west of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Spokesperson of the Palestinian Minister of Health, Dr. Ashraf al-Qudra, said that a 10-year-old child was moderately wounded when the army bombarded an area east of Rafah. The child was moved to Abu Yousef an-Najjar Hospital in the city.
Official: 15 hurt in Nablus after settler raid
NABLUS (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — After Israeli settlers raided the northern West Bank village of Qusra on Saturday night, clashes with Israeli forces injured 15 Palestinians from the village, a local official said. Around 30 settlers from the Esh Kodesh settler outpost descended on the village in the evening, PA official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma‘an. They uprooted several olive trees and destroyed water wells, before assaulting some villagers, he added. Israeli forces arrived and fired tear gas and rubber bullets, Daghlas continued. The clashes continued for several hours and left 15 people from the village injured, he said.
Three injured from army tear gas after settlers raid Qusra
ISM 10 Sept — Three people were treated for injuries related to tear gas after an attack by illegal settlers in the village of Qusra near Nablus on Saturday night. The attack comes roughly a year after Qusra resident Issam Kamel Odeh, 33, died from Israeli gunfire after settlers invaded the village in September of 2011. Shortly before six in the evening Saturday, five settlers came onto the land of Akram Taysir Daoud at the edge of Qusra village. Soon after, they began beating the man’s wife and yelling obscenities at his mother. Additional raiders arrived until there were a total of fourteen settlers on the land. In an attempt to get help, Akram Taysir called the mayor of the town. The mayor alerted the people of the village to come to the farm, and then called both the local District Coordination Offices to report the attack. The invading settlers sealed a well on the property with a large stone. Israeli soldiers arrived at the village thirty minutes later. According to Abdel Ahrim, a resident who observed the event, soldiers began firing tear gas shortly after their arrival.
Settlers severely batter 2 Palestinians south of Nablus
NABLUS, Sept 10 (WAFA) – A group of Jewish settlers from the Israeli settlement of Yitzhar, built illegally on Burin village land south of Nablus, attacked and severely battered two Palestinians, according to local sources. They said settlers attacked the two Palestinians while they were passing near the road leading to the settlement. To be noted, settlers of Yitzhar settlement target Palestinian residents almost on daily basis by hurling stones in addition to attacking shepherds, trees, and plants.
Settlers attack several vehicles belonging to Palestinians in Silwan
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PIC) 10 Sept — A group of Israeli settlers punctured, on Sunday morning, tires of a number of Palestinians’ cars parked in front of their owners’ houses in Wadi Hilweh in Silwan, in occupied city of Jerusalem. Tawfiq Hassan Abu Hadwan, one of the residents of Wadi Hilweh, said that a group of five settlers arrived, on a white Citroën, to the region where three of them started puncturing tires of the parked cars belonging to Palestinian citizens under the protection of the other two who were carrying arms. Abu Hadwan added that one of the Israeli police patrol (border guards) had been watching from afar the aggressors, but did not intervene to prevent this attack.
Police to launch new anti-‘Price Tag’ unit
JPost 10 Sept — Following a string of “Price Tag” attacks in the West Bank over the past few weeks, Israel Police are set to launch a new unit that will help investigate such crimes, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich said Monday. “We must show zero tolerance of terror, attacks on religious institutions, state symbols, and incidents referred to as ‘Price tags.’ We will launch a new force that will reinforce the currently-existing units fighting this phenomenon, and that will bring those responsible to justice. We cannot tolerate this situation,” Aharonovich said.
Top official: ‘Price tag’ attacks are acts of terror meant to drag Israel into religious war
Haaretz 10 Sept — So-called “price tag” attacks represent criminal acts of terror meant to drag Israel into a religious Armageddon, a senior Israeli security official said on Monday, adding that Jerusalem must do everything it can to retain its peace treaty with Egypt. Speaking at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s 12th world summit, Amos Gilad, the Defense Ministry’s director for policy and political-military affairs, referred to recent acts of violence against Palestinians and Israeli Arabs, saying that the right-wing activists who perpetrate “price tag” attacks must be restrained. “Price tag is murder, it is criminal terror meant to drag Israel in a religious, national Armageddon,” Gilad said. Referring to a recent firebomb attack against a Palestinian taxi in the West Bank and the attempted lynch in Jerusalem last month, Gilad said Israel should treat the incidents as it treats terrorist attacks targeting Israelis.
Israeli forces detain at least 7 in West Bank raids
TULKAREM (Ma‘an) 10 Sept — Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians in the West Bank overnight Sunday, army officials said, while residents reported two others detained. Locals told Ma‘an that Israeli troops stormed the village of Seida north of Tulkarem before detaining Luay al-Ashqar and ransacking his home. They said al-Ashqar is a prominent activist in support of recent hunger strikes in Israeli jails, and his brother Muhammad died in Israel’s Negev prison in 2007. Another man, Arwa Abu Tamam, was also detained nearby, they said.
An Israeli army spokeswoman had no record of the Tulkarem detentions but said seven others were arrested overnight. Three people were detained in Nablus, two in Beit Ummar, and another in Hebron and Beita village in the northern West Bank.
Occupation arrests two Palestinians from Hebron
PNN 10 Sept — On Monday 10th September, Israeli occupation forces arrested at dawn, a Palestinian after being shot in Bab al-Zawiyah center of Hebron, south of the West Bank. Media sources reported that Israeli forces opened fire at Kamal al-Batsh and left him bleeding for a while without allowing to the Red Crescent’s medical crew to provide him with treatment. The sources said that Israeli forces arrested the injured Palestinian and transferred him to an unknown location.
The Israeli forces also arrested Ummar Abu Ajamiyeh after they raided his house in al-Fawwar refugee camp and took him to an unknown location.
The occupation also closed Wad al-Shajna Street, south of Durah and raided al-Berqa area in Yatta city, fired gas and tear bombs toward Palestinians.
Israeli army has increased its procedures through raids and military patrols in different residential areas in Hebron.
An army military patrol set a military checkpoint at the entrance of al-Tabaka village south of Durah, and harassed Palestinians.
Clashes break out between soldiers, villagers in Nabi Saleh
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 10 Sept — Clashes broke out on Monday between young men and Israeli soldiers in Nabi Saleh village, a local committee said. Israeli military vehicles blocked the main entrance to the village, a local popular committee head told Ma‘an, causing clashes to break out. Soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at villagers, he added.
Parents sue State for NIS 4.7 million over son’s death
Ynet 10 Sept — A Bedouin family is suing the State for NIS 4.7 million (roughly $1 million) over the death of their 15-year-old son in an IDF dud blast. They are claiming negligence by the Defense Ministry and IDF, who in spite of procedure failed to clear duds from the scene of the accident and consequently caused the death of their son. Two years ago, Jamal Maabada, from the southern town of Puraa, was killed after an IDF dud exploded near a Bedouin school in the Negev. The lawsuit noted that children in the area hike through the desert for lack of proper public transport, claiming that fire practice areas in the region were unmarked … The lawsuit states that the victim’s young brothers have yet to recover from his death and require psychological treatment the family can’t afford. “This is recklessness by the State of Israel,” the family’s lawyer said.
Palestinian Resistance / Retaliation
Israeli soldier kicks twelve-year-old Palestinian boy, after peaceful demonstration in Beit Ummar
ISM 9 Sept — Palestinian, Israeli and international activists gathered in Beit Ummar for the village’s regular Saturday demonstration against the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur, which has annexed village land. The demonstration focused on the August 27th destruction of a recently built Beit Ummar greenhouse by settlers, which occurred as the Israeli military stood by. The demonstration culminated in a young boy being kicked to the ground by an Israeli soldier …
Resistance to Occupation continues in Ni‘lin
ISM 10 Sept — …Since 2004, the villagers of Ni‘lin have been non violently protesting against the annexation of their lands. So far the village has lost over 50,000 dunum of land, in part to surrounding illegal settlements and in part annexed from the village in the construction of the apartheid wall … This week’s demonstration has been smaller than most weeks as strikes against the PA have been a distraction for many of the usual attendees. However the people of Ni‘lin remain positive that their non violent resistance to the occupation will succeed, that the wall will fall, piece by piece and that they will be able to access their land again.Saeed Amireh, of the Ni‘lin popular committee, has been working to raise international awareness of Ni‘lin’s struggle against the occupation. www.nilin-village.org
Gaza rocket hits home in south Israel, no injuries
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a home in southern Israel early Sunday, but did not cause any injuries, Israel’s military said. The projectile caused considerable damage to the house in Israeli town Netivot, near the Gaza border, an Israeli military spokeswoman said, noting that five people were treated for shock. One of the residents of the house escaped injury by running into the bathroom, he told Israeli news site Ynet. Another rocket hit in an open area near Beersheba overnight, without causing damage, the spokeswoman added. The army said 10 rockets had hit southern Israel in September.
Detainees / Hunger strikes / Court actions
Urgent call for action: Free Zakaria Zubeidi
Freedom Theatre 10 Sept On the 9th of September Zakaria Zubeidi announced that he will embark on a death fast, a complete food and fluid strike, in response to the continuous postponement of his release from Palestinian Authority prison. This effectively means that unless the Palestinian Authority releases Zakaria he will most probably not make it through the week. Zubeidi, co-founder of The Freedom Theatre and former leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, has been imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority for close to four months. No charges have been made against him, no evidence presented and throughout his imprisonment his rights have been severely violated
Addameer: Lawyer blocked from accessing Al-Barq and Safadi
Ramallah, 10 September 2012 — Immediately after receiving confirmation from the Israeli Prison Service that he would be able to meet with all three hunger strikers in Ramleh prison medical clinic yesterday afternoon, Addameer lawyer Fares Ziad entered to find prison authorities telling him he would only be able to meet with Ayman Sharawna, as Samer Al-Barq and Hassan Safadi had just been taken to Assaf Harofeh hospital for unknown reasons. This is not the first time that Mr. Ziad has been told he would be able to meet with them and subsequently told they were no longer present, contributing to the horrific prevention of access to information about these two hunger strikers in most urgent conditions.
Jailed PFLP leader refuses to recognize Israeli court
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — Jailed PFLP leader Ahmad Saadat said Sunday that he does not recognize the authority of Israeli courts, a lawyer told Ma‘an. Saadat made the comments during a hearing at a magistrates court in Jerusalem, Addameer lawyer Mahmoud Hassan said, adding that the PFLP leader refused to state his name for the court. The judge asked Saadat how he felt about the Shalit prisoner swap deal, and the fact he was not included. The PFLP leader replied that freedom for the Palestinian homeland was more important to him than his personal liberty.
Israel to compensate Palestinian family whose sons were killed in Gaza war
Haaretz 10 Sept by Amira Hass — The state will pay NIS 430,000 in compensation to the Shurrab family of Khan Yunis in Gaza, whose two sons were shot dead at close range during a humanitarian truce during Operation Cast Lead. The sum was set in a compromise agreement reached between family representatives and the prosecution. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights filed a civil suit in Haifa Magistrate’s Court in August 2010 on the family’s behalf, after it got no response to the complaint it had filed with the Defense Ministry demanding a Military Police investigation into the killings of Kassab Shurrab, 27 and his brother Ibrahim, 17. On January 16, 2009, the two brothers and their father, Mohammed, were returning home during one of the truces the Israel Defense Forces declared every few days to allow Gaza residents to stock up on food. Despite the truce, soldiers at a military position in a village east of Khan Yunis opened fire at the jeep in which the three were traveling.
DFLP leader: Popular protests could spread to Gaza
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 10 Sept — Popular protests across the West Bank could spread to the Gaza Strip if no measures are taken to contain the crisis, a leader from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Sunday. Nayif Hawatmeh told Ma‘an that the demands of the people are fair and the Palestinian Authority should cancel the “unjust” Paris Protocol. Palestinian factions should meet in Cairo or Amman to reach a consensus over the best course of action to end the economic crisis, the DFLP leader said, adding that without a solution the situation in Palestine could escalate quickly.
Gaza economy tailored to fail / Eva Bartlet
[with photos] JABALIYA, Gaza, Sep 8 2012 (IPS) -By Eva Bartlett **(blog version longer than original published) “Gaza’s economy is expected to grow modestly and people will likely still be worse off in 2015 compared to the mid-1990s,” reads a press release announcing the United Nations’ August 2012 report, ‘Gaza in 2020 – A Liveable Place?’
In the no-frills office of his stalled Jabaliya clothing factory, Rizik Al-Madhoun, 41, explains how his clothing factory began shutting down six years ago. “We started in 1993 with seven sewing machines. By 2005 we had 250 machines and as many tailors,” he says. “In 2006, after Hamas was elected and Israel sealed the borders, we had to close down half of the factory. We stopped all production in 2007, when Israel tightened the siege.” Madhoun’s is one of the 97 percent of industrial establishments in the Gaza Strip which by 2008 had stopped production as a result of the Israeli-led, internationally-complicit closure of Gaza’s borders that limited imports and virtually halted all exports.
‘Forgotten neighborhood’ underscores the growing poverty of an isolated enclave
GAZA CITY (NYTimes) 9 Sept by Jodi Rudoren — In the Forgotten Neighborhood, houses have walls but no floors: people sit, eat and sleep on the sand. One resident, Maliha Hjila, is not sending her 14-year-old twin daughters to school this year because she has no money for books or backpacks. Sameer Malaka’s 7-year-old son, Saqer, started first grade last week, but without a new shirt, pants or shoes. “There is no word to describe how difficult it is when your kid asks for something and you can’t,” said Mr. Malaka, who has not worked for years. During Ramadan last month, several neighborhood families slaughtered a lame horse and used its meat for kebabs because they could not afford beef or lamb; some mornings, Reem al-Ghora did not wake her daughters for the predawn, prefast meal, she said, “because there was no food.”
Israeli Racism / Discrimination
Eilat parents protest integration of migrant kids
Ynet 9 Sept — Some 300 children, half of the students at Eilat’s Hayovel School, did not show up for school on Sunday after the city implemented the High Court of Justice’s ruling and allowed migrants’ children to attend local schools. Studies at Eilat’s other schools went ahead as usual.
Israel’s state broadcaster opens new synagogue — without women’s section
Haaretz 10 Sept — The Israel Broadcasting Authority reopened its newly renovated synagogue last week, though participants at the ceremony realized that the synagogue, meant to serve all IBA employees, had no women’s section. The synagogue is Orthodox, so men and women cannot occupy the same space during services. Invitations to the inauguration in Jerusalem were posted throughout the IBA building. More than 150 people attended, according to the IBA spokesman’s office. But women employees were surprised to discover that the synagogue had no place for them to pray.
Rights groups threaten boycott of Israeli cultural center over planned all-male series
Haaretz 10 Sept — Jewish pluralism and women’s rights groups are up in arms over a series of presentations featuring only men to be held at Petah Tikva’s municipal cultural center. In a letter to Petah Tikva’s Mayor Yitzhak Ohayon, the groups said they would boycott the center unless he ensured that women appear in the series.
The center’s schedule of events shows the series of all-male lecturers and performers under the name “the Jewish Experience,” and states that it includes four shows with appearances by 27 men, and no women.
Said K. Aburish, Palestinian journalist, is dead at 77
NYTimes 7 Sept — Said K. Aburish, an American-educated Palestinian journalist who drew on his experience as an arms dealer in the Middle East to write 11 books on the region, including a portrait of three generations of his sprawling family and indictments of Arab rulers, died on Aug. 29 in Bethany, a West Bank village controlled by the Palestinian Authority.
Government troops storm Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus
MEMO 10 Sept — Beirut – Oliver Holmes (Reuters) Opposition activists have reported that Syrian government forces stormed into Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp and raided a hospital after a four-day artillery assault on the southern suburbs of Damascus. Rebels are alleged to have dug into the area and there are fears for the safety of civilians in the latest rare offensive by infantry loyal to President Assad. According to Abu Yasser Al-Shami, his friends living in the refugee camp fled from the area on Saturday morning after government troops swept in. “Assad’s forces stormed Al-Basel Hospital in the Yarmouk camp and arrested many of the patients,” he told contacts via Skype.
No need for more proof of ‘Arafat poison’
RAMALLAH (ArabNews) 10 Sept — The Yasser Arafat Foundation said yesterday there was “no need” for more proof the Palestinian leader was poisoned in what appeared to be a stance against French plans to exhume his body.
“Since the formation of this Foundation, it has forcefully held on to the fact that Yasser Arafat died abnormally after being killed by a poison which was unidentified at the time,” it said in a statement. “The Foundation does not see a need here for more proof.”
91 children hospitalized after drinking contaminated water
JENIN (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — …Director of the Jenin district’s ministry of health, Salih Zakarna, told Ma‘an that samples from the school’s water tanks tested positive for contamination. Around 91 schoolboys from the village of Sanur were taken to Jenin’s public hospital and emergency clinics in the village after reporting symptoms of severe fatigue, nausea and fever. All were later released after treatment, Zarkana said. A letter was sent by the PA Ministry of Health to the school, and officials in Qabatiya, to demand that they replace all water tanks and fix the water system in the area, he added. Food samples from the school canteen were also sent to a laboratory for testing. The incident comes after 24 children were admitted to hospital in Jenin on Saturday after drinking contaminated water in their elementary school.
No Palestinians dead in Turkey’s immigrants sinking boat, says embassy
ANKARA, September 8, 2012 (WAFA) – Embassy of Palestine team, appointed to determine the conditions of the Palestinian survivors of the immigrants’ sinking boat in waters off western Turkey, Friday affirmed there were no known Palestinian victims. he Embassy’s team in Izmir stated, in a press release, that 10 survivors are Palestinian; two of them came from Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, while the remaining eight are from refugee camps in Syria
Rooftop gardens project aims to reduce refugees’ dependence on aid
Dheisheh Refugee Camp, occupied West Bank (IPS) 10 Sept by Jillian Kestler-D’Amours — Asmahan Ramadan and her family have taken thousands of photos on the rooftop of their home. Not of themselves, or of the overcrowded Dheisheh refugee camp they see every day, but of the vegetables that they grow. “It’s like raising a child,” said Ramadan, smiling widely under the netting of the small greenhouse on the rooftop of her apartment building. Tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, green beans and other vegetables hang from dozens of plants set in four rows of tubing. Thin, black pipes with adjustable spouts dotted along their length are used to water their garden twice daily. Ramadan, her husband and their five children look after the plants. They take pictures so as not to miss one millimeter of growth. “I feel more empowered,” said Ramadan. “I grow something and I eat from my work. I’m contributing to my family and that’s a good feeling.”
Japan supports Red Crescent Society in East Jerusalem
PNN 10 Sept — Sunday September 9th, Representative Office of Japan said in a press release that the signing ceremony of the grant contract of the project for “Equipping the New Emergency Treatment Room of the Red Crescent Society Hospital in Jerusalem” was held in the RCH in Jerusalem … The amount of the project funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) is $ 91,810. This project is the second for RCSH in Jerusalem to be funded by the Japanese Government under its GGP scheme.
Tourism ministry, Italian delegation lay cornerstone for Beit Sahour building
JERUSALEM, Sept 10 (WAFA) – Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Italian delegation Sunday lay the cornerstone to mark the start of the rehabilitation work at ‘Dar el-Shomali’ Building in Beit Sahour, according to a press release by Italian Consulate-General in Jerusalem on Monday … Dar al-Shomali project aims to preserve and raise the awareness of the Palestinian cultural heritage associated with the historic city of Beit Sahour, and sustain the use of the building to be used as a guest house, therefore maintaining the development of alternative tourism and creation of jobs, the release said.
Palestinian president to arrive on three-day state visit to India
New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive on a three-day state visit to India on Monday evening during which he will hold delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
NYPD opens up new bureau — in Israel
UrukNet 9 Sept — Mayor Bloomberg’s “personal army” heads to the Middle East. What could go wrong? — According to the Middle East English-language newspaper Al Monitor, the NYPD has opened up a new bureau–in Israel. The NYPD Israeli office is operating not out of the U.S. embassy, but out of its own station. It even has an NYPD sign over the door and another inside reading, “New York Police Department, the best police department in the world.” According to Al Monitor, the decision to open an office in Israel was so that the NYPD and the Israeli police could learn from each other. It is unclear what type of jurisdiction the NYPD would have in Israel, or whether New York City taxpayers are funding the NYPD’s foray into Middle Eastern “peace keeping.” But the idea of the NYPD and the Israeli police simply swapping tricks is scary enough.
UN hits at Israel and Palestinian authorities
GENEVA (Reuters) 10 Sept — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Israel on Monday that keeping its long-standing blockade of Gaza would only condemn the area’s people to lasting poverty and play into the hands of extremists in the Middle East. In a speech to the world body’s Human Rights Council, Ban also blamed what he called “indiscriminate rocket fire” into Israel from Hamas-controlled Gaza and serious rights violations there for “the immense human suffering” of its population. “I urge Israel to lift its harsh restrictions in order to ease the plight of civilians and bring an end to the closure,” the U.N. chief declared in a reference to the blockade which the Israel government argues is a security measure.