Category Archives: On the ground reports

Watch: Young Israeli Jew at Western Wall calls for ‘another war and another war and another war and another war’

Dan Cohen reports from a recent pro-war prayer vigil held at Jerusalem’s Western Wall where young Israeli Jews spouted racist, hyper-violent rhetoric directed at Palestinians. “Kahane was right,” one young woman chanted, while another man said, “We have God. God help us to beat the Arabs.” The footage is a window into the besieged mentality and anti-Arab racism that is entrenched in Israeli society.

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The West Bank insurrection

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.

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A brief respite in Gaza

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.

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Who broke the ceasefire? Obama blames Hamas against the evidence

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.

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Video: Protesters set Israeli checkpoint aflame following funeral in Beit Ummar

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.

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‘We know that Israel has no red line when it attacks us’: Civilians bear the brunt as Israel’s offensive on Gaza continues

Yousef Alhelou reports from Gaza where news of another massacre is unfolding. Based on early reports, Khoza village, situated in the eastern part of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, is facing a similar fate to Shijaeyah which was almost flattened by Israeli tank shelling and air strikes over the weekend. Scores of people have been killed and injured as the village is now besieged by Israeli snipers, and people are being fired upon as they flee the bombardment. Above, Palestinian flee their homes following heavy Israeli shelling east of Khan Younis earlier today.

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Video: Night raid in Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp

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.

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The fascists wanted to murder us: An eyewitness account of Haifa’s anti-war protest

Israeli peace activist Rann Bar-On provides an account of the weekend’s violence and demonstrations in Haifa. Palestinians and Israeli Jews gathered to demonstrate against Israel’s attack on Gaza, and were greeted by right-wing protesters who chanted, ” Death to Arabs”, “Death to traitors” and “Death to leftists.” The right-wing demonstrators also threw stones at the peace activists.

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Israeli military destroyed el-Wafa hospital even though it knew there were no weapons inside

The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Gaza strip’s only rehabilitation hospital even though Israeli authorities said they did not believe weapons were inside of the facility. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital, which treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities, was heavily shelled Thursday evening causing an emergency evacuation of all staff and patients. The IDF confirmed to Mondoweiss’s Allison Deger that the military understood there were no weapons inside of el-Wafa hospital, but when asked how far a humanitarian site needs to be to ensure there is not direct fire, a spokesperson said, “It’s not a matter of science, the IDF is very precise and they usually target whet they intend to target.” Above, patients in el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital in Gaza City.

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‘Are you a fucking leftist?’ –Israeli fascists target anti-occupation activists in Tel Aviv

Jewish-Israeli pro-Palestinian activists are being attacked on the streets and in the cafes of downtown Tel Aviv. Bekah Wolf interviews one who was assaulted and hospitalized and who says the level of violence directed at left-wingers is unprecedented.

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Israel destroys el-Wafa hospital as staff evacuates all patients

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.

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I have never been more conscious of my womanhood than right now in Jerusalem

Leanne Gale writes on how she has never been more conscious of her womanhood than when right-wing Israelis call her a “bitch” who “fucks Arabs.” The insults hurled at left-wing women in Israel are always much more sexualized than the insults hurled at men. While men are generally called “traitors,” women are more often called “sluts” who like to “fuck Arabs.”

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Hamas has agreed to a ceasefire, says senior Palestinian official (Updated)

Early this evening in Palestine, a senior official in the Palestinian Authority said Hamas has accepted a ceasefire with Israel, as brokered by Egypt.

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Tensions rise on West Bank, and 22-year-old dies after Israelis stop ambulance

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.

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Video: While the world watches Gaza, protests rage across the West Bank

Kelly Lynn reports from Bethlehem where protests have raged since July 3rd in response to the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir and have continued with the Israeli government’s current operation in Gaza. Hundreds have been injured by Israeli forces in this latest bout of clashes across the West Bank. In the last week the use of live ammunition has been reported in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, Tulkarem, Kufr Qaddoum, Ramallah, Al Ram, Yatta, Al Arroub Refugee Camp and multiple villages in the districts of Ramallah and Hebron.

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After brutal police beating, Palestinian-American Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, sentenced to home arrest without charge

Just before noon today Tarek Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old American-Palestinian who was brutally beaten by Israeli police earlier in the week, walked into court wearing the same clothes he had on when arrested. After a brief closed deliberation, with media corralling in the narrow hallway of the Jerusalem District Court, he was released under the condition of nine days of home arrest and a $880 (3,000 NIS) fine, despite not being charged of any crime. During arraignment prosecutors for the police originally requested Abu Khdeir remain in Israel for 15 days, an additional six days past his scheduled flight, during which time an investigation against him will continue. Police have sealed the details of the on-going inquiry. Above, Abu Khdeir speaks moments after his release about his beating and arrest.

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In Photos: Anger over Abu Khdeir death pours into the streets in Bethlehem

Kelly Lynn reports from Bethlehem where Just before 10:00 pm last night, approximately 500 Palestinians gathered for a demonstration in response to the lynching of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Israeli soldiers responded by shooting tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition. Medics reported 3 wounded from live ammunition and 2 from rubber bullets that penetrated the skin.

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Murdered teen laid to rest, as tensions flare in Shufat

Tensions in the Palestinian neighborhood of Shufat in East Jerusalem ignited today as mourners laid Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the 17-year-old kidnap victim to rest. Grief and anger collided, creating a volatile atmosphere that lead to intense clashes with Israeli forces who surrounded the neighborhood. “He was the nicest person, friendly, quiet and liked by everyone, I can’t believe this happened to him” a friend of Abu Khdeir tells Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery. “I am in shock, Shufat is in shock.” Above, the body of Mohammed Abu Khdeir is carried aloft towards the mosque.

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In Shuafat, Palestinian family delays funeral of murdered teen to search for answers

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Allison Deger reports from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat where an investigation is ongoing to find the culprits responsible for abducting, killing and burning Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 17, two days ago. Police are not stating if the crime was “nationalistic” or “criminal” — code for whether the perpetrator is Israeli or Palestinian — but the Abu Khdeir family says the police are focusing on relatives. Yet all of Shuafat is sure Israeli settlers conducted a retaliation murder for the deaths of the three kidnapped Israeli youths Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrah. Above, Palestinian youth move a sign to construct barricade inside of Shuafat.

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The Aftermath: Home demolitions and dead Palestinian teen follow Netanyahu call for revenge

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.

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Photo Essay: Israeli soliders destroy Qawasmeh and Aisha family homes in retribution attack

Israeli soldiers used knives from the kitchen to destroy furniture throughout the Qawasmeh home. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)

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.

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Hundreds of Israeli soldiers raid Hebron as West Bank crackdown enters second week

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.

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The Ramallah bubble just popped: Reflections on a city under siege

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.”

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‘This is not looking for the missing settlers, it is just trying to punish us’: A report from ten days of lockdown in Hebron

A young boy pushes a makeshift scrap metal barrier for protection from the IDF in Hebron, June 22, 2014. (Photo: Sheren Khalel)

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.

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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.

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