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Category Archives: Occupation
Allison Deger visits St. Joseph Hospital in East Jerusalem where children from Gaza are being treated after sustaining injuries from Israeli air strikes. Eleven year old Alaa Abu Zeid, above, was injured in Rafah when an F-16 dropped explosives on her house killing her seven months pregnant mother, brother and eight other members of her family. During Alaa’s first week in the hospital, all of the staff and the other patients hid the fact of her family’s tragedy from her. They waited a week until she made it through surgery to tell her most of her family was dead. When Alaa is left alone she cries, so she is never left alone.
Hours before a ceasefire was set to expire between Israel and Hamas, negotiations in Cairo have collapsed and rockets and air strikes have resumed. A deal on the status of Gaza, or an extension of talks, was expected at midnight tonight. However the Israeli delegation in Egypt has been sent back to Tel Aviv. Above, a Palestinian woman sits on the remains of her destroyed house after returning to Beit Hanoun.
While the kidnapping of three Israeli settler youth in early June unleashed two military operations, Operation Brothers’ Keeper in the West Bank and Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, what emerged out of the destruction, killing and suffering was the stark realization that Israel has nowhere to go politically. Having deliberately and systematically eliminated the two-state solution, having rendered its occupation a permanent fact of life, unable to extend citizenship to the millions of Palestinians under its control yet equally unable to control them indefinitely, the Netanyahu government is merely lashing out in all directions, as if pure and overwhelming violence will finally “teach” the Palestinians that resistance is futile. The assault on Gaza was blind atavistic violence on a macro scale but the demolition of three Palestinian apartment blocks in Hebron in early hours of the morning August 18th, “punitive” retaliation against the suspected culprits in the kidnapping and dozens of innocent people, represented pointless violence and suffering on a micro scale.
The Jewish state now having leveled great portions of Gaza, many Jewish reporters are entering the strip to see what happened. They need to witness to the world, but also to the Jewish community, about the end of Jewish history. Marc Ellis at Mondo.
In separate raids in West Bank villages, Israeli soldiers kill a man in his home and then bulldoze part of his house and shoot two brothers amid clashes in the streets of their village
Israel killed a 19-year-old protester Friday outside a settlement in the West Bank, and after his funeral, a boy gave a bullet to a member of Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade. As Allison Deger reports, great political changes are afoot on the West Bank. Palestinian protesters were not able to get near settlements till recently, prevented from doing so by the Palestinian Authority. But in the wake of Israel’s onslaught on Gaza, and Hamas’s surprising military stamina, the P.A. has forged a modus-vivendi between moderate and more radical political currents, and has permitted pro-Hamas rallies in the West Bank.
During ceasefire hours, a semblance of normal life returns to Gaza as Palestinians use the lull in Israeli fire to visit destroyed homes, flee and even swim in a downtown park’s fountain. A boy sobs when he drops his cellphone and sees the screen is shattered. Signs of human destruction are all around. That ground soaked in human flesh? An ambulance struck with five inside in Beit Hanoun. Allison Deger reports on the lull in Gaza one week ago.
The Obama administration says Hamas broke the ceasefire yesterday with an attack on Israeli soldiers in Rafah, in Gaza. But according to Nabil Shaath of the PLO the attack took place before 7 AM, an hour before the ceasefire went into effect, and a tweet from the militant Qassam Brigades taking responsibility for the attack earlier that day was published at 7:34 AM, well in advance of the ceasefire. The Israeli claim that the attack took place at 9:30 is not borne out by evidence.
The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has surpassed the United Nations capabilities for emergency shelter and services and is now the responsibility of the Israel army, said the Commissioner General of the United Nations Refugee Works Association (UNRWA)
An Israeli checkpoint sustained significant damage in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar near Hebron on Friday after clashes broke out following the funeral of 3 Palestinians killed earlier in the day.
Video of an Israeli raid Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp early in the morning on July 21st, 2014. Soldiers arrested 3 young men and assaulted several others. They confiscated footage from that night’s clashes in Bethlehem from journalist Mohammed Al Azza, briefly detained him and assaulted him and his two younger brothers. A father in the camp attempts twice to visit his brother’s home being raided by soldiers in an effort to see his son, and is denied violently by IDF. Screams can be heard in the streets as gunfire and sound bombs from the Israel military go off while youth throw stones toward the soldiers.
In Photos: Activists clash with Israeli and Palestinian Authority forces during protest in Bethlehem
Kelly Lynn reports from Bethlehem where for the last four days, Palestinian Authority security forces have been deployed to quell protests that have raged on Jerusalem-Hebron Road since the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir on July 2nd.
Just hours after 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir left for Ben Gurion International Airport to return home to Tampa, Florida, Israeli police raided and ransacked the home of his family in the Shufat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The police arrested Abu Khdeir’s uncle and cousins without charges. The Israeli motive appears to have been revenge for the family’s role in publicizing CCTV footage of Abu Khdeir’s brutal beating at the hands of Israeli police, and their public campaign to secure his return to the US. Above, the Abu Khdeir home following vandalism by the Israeli police.
The Israeli military has destroyed el-Wafa orthopedic hospital in the Gaza Strip, after first targeting the facility with five missiles on July 11, 2014. The Israeli military began striking the building around 8:oo pm this evening and within two hours all hospital staff and patients had evacuated the only rehabilitation center in the Gaza Strip. As they departed what remained intact from the medical center burned to the ground. “It’s already destroyed,” said director of el-Wafa Basman Alashi, continuing, “I don’t know how much is left of it, but we have evacuated all of our patients.
Early this evening in Palestine, a senior official in the Palestinian Authority said Hamas has accepted a ceasefire with Israel, as brokered by Egypt.
Tensions haven’t been so high on the West Bank since the intifadahs. Fatah crowds celebrate Hamas rockets, and the Israeli army kills a 22-year-old man as it continues to search for those wanted in connection for killings of three Israeli teens.
On the tenth anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s Advisory Opinion on the Israeli Separation Wall, 86 leading international jurists and legal networks from all continents, among them UN special Rapporteurs, acting and former judges, leading law professors as well as national and continental professional associations, call on the United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and world leaders to take “concrete action” against Israel’s wall in the occupied West Bank.
Allison Deger reports on the fallout since the bodies of the three abducted Israeli youth were found. She talks to Israeli settlers hitchhiking from the spot Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrah were taken and the families of the kidnapping suspects whose home in Hebron was destroyed in a punitive Israeli demolition. Finally, she travels to the teens’ funeral where calls for revenge ring out. Above, the Abu Aisha family’s demolished house in Hebron.
Kelly Lynn reports from Hebron where the Israeli military raided the homes Amar Abu Aisha and Marwan Qawasmeh on Monday evening, June 30th into the morning of July 1st. At approximately 12:00 am, soldiers set up explosives in both homes, detonating them after the families were evacuated. Israeli intelligence has accused both men of allegedly kidnapping the settler teens. The whereabouts of both men are unknown.
As the largest West Bank military operation in a decade enters its second week, Israel raided H2, the area of Hebron under Israeli security control, for the first time since the second Intifada. Overnight 200 soldiers were deployed to arrest eight Palestinians, including five from one family. Palestinian activist Badia Dwaik attempted to film the assault until he was attacked by Israeli soldiers.
Corey Peruca writes about the recent Israeli incursions into Ramallah which at one point seemed immune to the ravages of the occupation: “Just a few days ago I reassured a colleague living in Jerusalem not to worry, because Ramallah is safe. “Is that what you tell yourselves?” she asked. I knew, of course, that anything could happen here, but had wrongly assumed that Ramallah was to some extent off-limits, even amidst all that’s been happening around us.”
Refugee camps across the occupied West Bank have regularly experienced Israeli military raids and arrests in the middle of the night over the past two weeks as part of the crackdown on the Palestinian population in the wake of the disappearance of three Israeli settlers. Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery report from Azza refugee camp where families’ lives are invaded and turned upside down, seemingly for no reason. Above, a girl’s room after a night raid. The laundry machine, which usually sits in the closet of the room was pulled out of the wall and thrown on the floor.
Belligerent occupations – especially ones where no hope or end is in sight – engender evermore creative and costly forms of resistance, as the hunger strike demonstrates. A physical act of resistance can be temporarily foiled. But the spirit behind it cannot be so easily subdued.
‘This is not looking for the missing settlers, it is just trying to punish us’: A report from ten days of lockdown in Hebron
As the search for the three missing teenage settlers intensifies, the city of Hebron continues to experience complete lockdown. Sheren Khalel reports from the city where protests against the siege have become frequent, and injuries and arrests are common. Normal life in Hebron has always been difficult due to military occupation and the placement of an illegal Israeli settlement within the city center, but this week it has become even more grim.
One killed in protests as Israeli army takes control of Ramallah city center for first time since 2007
The de facto capital of the West Bank was laid under siege in the early morning hours as both the Israeli army and Palestinian Authority police attacked Palestinians on the streets of Ramallah in a coordinated effort, with one killed by Israeli live-fire. Not since 2007 had the Israeli military taken control of the city’s downtown, typically a nexus of commerce in the occupied Palestinian Territory. Although there has been longtime security coordination since the establishment of the Palestinian civil administration in 1994, this was the first instance of both Israeli and Palestinian forces working in armed conjunction to suppress Palestinian protesters.