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After Qalandia killings, shops close in Jerusalem and Ramallah, and Al Aqsa brigade members brandish AK-47s

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Clashes in Qalandia refguee camp near Jerusalem continue hours after three Palestinians killed during early morning arrest. (Video: Maysa Ayaad)

Funerals for the three Palestinians killed earlier today in an Israeli incursion into Qalandia refugee camp were over by morning’ s end, but ten hours later the clashes continued. Robin Zayed, Younis Jahjouh and Jihad Aslan died from live-fire and another 19 were wounded.

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Road leading from Ramallah to Jerusalem, closed by Palestinians from Qalandia refugee camp. (Photo: Allison Deger)
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Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades marching in Qalandia.

Tensions remained high all day. By afternoon refugees strategically blocked driving access to the main road between Ramallah and Jerusalem, a road that runs through the center of the Qalandia refugee camp and is the only way to reach the main checkpoint out of the West Bank into Jerusalem.

Acting as traffic directors, youths from the neighborhood told drivers where to leave their cars, and sent those on their way to Jerusalem and Israel through a cramped back road. The street was cleared because an impromptu parade was forming behind two members of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades who fired rounds from AK47s diagonally into the sky. The masked gunmen were within eye- and earshot of another armed group of young men, the Israeli military.

After the gun salute the youths quickly escaped into the narrow paths leading to Qalandia refugee camp. Once the armed duo re-entered the limited protection of their community in Area C of the West Bank, where the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have full security control, another set of youngsters linked arms and forbade outsiders from breaching the eastern part of the refugee camp. 

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Palestinians youths duck behind mattress during clashes with the Israeli military.
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Palestinian youths clash with the Israeli military at Qalandia checkpoint.

Meanwhile, based at the checkpoint, the Israeli military fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinians who threw stones. In the background, more rounds from Al-Aqsa Brigades could be heard. It was not a typical confrontation; normally the main artery between the West Bank and Jerusalem is chaotic sea of travelers, who continue even as clashes progress. But on this occasion the checkpoint was a landscape of pedestrians, the metal gates of closed shops, and columns of black smoke from burning tires. Elsewhere in Jerusalem and in Ramallah, the economic centers were shut down– a throwback to national mourning days from the time of the second Intifada.

Witnesses from Qalandia told Al-Quds that the three Palestinians killed were not involved in the morning clashes. Roused by the militarized commotion, they’d gone out to see what was going on and were felled by indiscriminate fire from Israeli forces.

Often incursions into West Bank localities take place between 2 and 4 am. Soldiers can infiltrate and exit a camp, or even a city, undetected, making arrests before sunrise. According to the IDF Spokesman’s office an initial group of eight border police accessed Qalandia in order to arrest one man, a recently-released prisoner.

However, the Israeli human rights group B’tselem offered a different version of the incursion: that the army did not enter the camp with Jeeps until 6 am, staying for at least one hour.

Witnesses said the first group of Israeli police wore civilian clothes. It wasn’t a quiet operation. “An undercover Israeli special forces unit stormed Qalandia Refugee Camp and blew the door of the family home of Yousf al-Khatib,” the man the police were seeking to arrest, reported Al-Quds. The blast awoke many in the camp who then pelted Israeli officers with furniture, stones and firebombs. At that time an army unit was deployed to “aid other security forces.” It was these supporting soldiers who “used live fire,” said a representative from the IDF spokesman’s office, adding “this was not a raid.”

“Large violent crowds,” said IDF Col. Peter Lerner, “which significantly outnumbered security forces leave no other choice but to resort to live fire in self-defense.” The spokesman’s office added that an investigation into the deaths has been ordered. “At this early stage,” said B’tselem, which is also conducting its own investigation, “it appears that the stone-throwing was more massive today as the security forces remained in the camp until around 6:45 am, a busy hour on the street.”

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Shops closed in Ramallah for a day of mourning, after three Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.

Back in Ramallah, the heart of Palestinian political life, the stores are still closed as nightfall approaches. The de-facto capital is protesting, and so is the leadership. After the three from Qalandia were killed, the Palestinian Authority announced negotiations planned to take place today in Jericho with Israeli officials had been cancelled.

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  1. W.Jones on August 26, 2013, 4:15 pm

    It’s sad.

    • seafoid on August 26, 2013, 5:24 pm

      It’s systematic

      • W.Jones on August 26, 2013, 11:57 pm

        You know, I really value your posts. You have alot of insight in them.

        If you look at the history of the region over many centuries, it looks like the land will keep changing hands, although sometimes it may take many centuries to do so. After the Crusades ended it did not look like it would change hands in such a complete way for a long time, since the powerful Ottomans took over so much land, even southeast Europe. Yet that too changed.

      • seafoid on August 27, 2013, 3:59 am

        This is really dreadful because

        a) It’s all planned to the last detail by Israelis
        b) they have drawn their religion into it

        Empires fall over time. I was talking to an Italian yesterday. He said you
        can find redheads (Celts), blondes (Vikings/Normans) and people with Arab features , all speaking the local dialect in Apulia in Southern Italy. Various empires that fell by the wayside but left traces behind.

        Israel probably won’t even make it to 100. The other systems all integrated the locals somehow – you can’t run a decent empire otherwise- but Israel pretends they don’t exist and offers them nothing.

        When the history of US decline is analysed in detail by the scholars of the future the story of Israel will be prominent. How did the US lose its way so comprehensively ?

      • NickJOCW on August 27, 2013, 6:21 am

        It’s arguable that he US ‘lost it’s way’ when the USSR disintegrated and the US had no serious enemies left so might have employed its prosperity and influence in leading the world towards an era of international cooperation and respect for international law instead of…Well, you know where it has gone instead. The 17 trillion dollar question is perhaps less how it lost its way than if it will ever find it again having squandered both its prosperity and its respect.

  2. seafoid on August 26, 2013, 5:12 pm

    Look at the photos and see the poverty of Kalandia which is a few miles down the road from West Jerusalem where average incomes are 8 to 10 times higher. That’s colonialism.

  3. Citizen on August 26, 2013, 6:41 pm

    Kerry is busy telling the American people on ABC World News now that he and Obama have had enough and they are going to bomb Syria (and create a no fly zone over Syria) because Assad has used WMD against his own people–it’s all over network news USA right now. Bipartisan PNAC is astride America now, with Dick and Jane totally clueless. Bibi must be happy as a lark.

    • annie on August 26, 2013, 6:45 pm

      omg say it is not true!!!

    • just on August 26, 2013, 9:00 pm

      This would be a gigantic, stupid, stupid, stupid move and mistake. But, hey, we keep on being stupid! We have learned nothing from our own bloody and terrible actions in the region…and beyond.

      As for these murders in Qalandia, it’s abundantly clear that Israel wants NO peace, not yesterday, not now, not tomorrow. They will have to be reigned in by the world community– led by the US. I just hate circling the drain, hand in hand with Apartheid Israel. Israel, whose ministers urge the US to bomb Syria.

    • Byzantium on August 27, 2013, 3:33 am

      Hilariously, Kerry calls the use of chemical weapons a “moral obscenity”. Obviously not meant to apply when concerning allies dropping, say, white phosphorus onto urban areas.

      • seafoid on August 27, 2013, 9:28 am

        And cluster bombs deliver a far less agonizing death.
        And spare us the bullshit about humanitarianism, John.

        “I think it’s bullshit how these fucking civilians are dying!” rages Jeffrey Carazales, a lance corporal from Texas, after he shoots at a building that clearly has civilians in it:
        They’re worse off than the guys that are shooting at us. They don’t even have a chance. Do you think people at home are going to see this—all these women and children we’re killing? Fuck no. Back home they’re glorifying this motherfucker, I guarantee you. Saying our president is a fucking hero for getting us into this bitch. He ain’t even a real Texan. “

    • Kathleen on August 27, 2013, 8:44 am

      U.K. going to participate. Anyone hear Kerry or Cameron talk about how the U.K. and the U.S. have the blood of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people all over them. Talk about their countries dead and tens of thousands injured as a direct result of that horrific invasion. Did you hear Kerry talk about how he voted for that Iraq war resolution? Kerry is covered in the Iraqi people’s blood but he does not seem to notice how absurd it is for the U.S. and U.K. to be pointing out others who kill tens of thousands. Why would Assad use chemical weapons? He knows that is what Obama has said the “red line ” is. Sounds like a Mossad operation to me. Ever read the Project for a New American Century’s (PNAC) blueprint for the middle east Syria is on the neocon’s and Israel’s hit list. Just taking longer than they thought. Now with only 9% of the American public’s support for such a move has been getting in their way a bit. Hell Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Feith, Cambone were able to lie enough times about Iraq having WMD’s and Iraq being linked to 9/11 before the Iraq invasion that they had over 50% of the American people’s support to invade Iraq. They don’t even know who the Syrian rebels are that they have been supplying with weapons. Syria is… has been on their hit list for quite some time. If Hillary gets in next stop Iran

    • American on August 27, 2013, 10:18 am

      ‘Textron wins $641 million deal to build Saudi cluster bombs’

      Textron Defense Systems, a unit of Textron Inc (TXT.N), has won a U.S. Air Force contract valued at $641 million to build 1,300 cluster bombs for Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Defense Department and Textron said on Tuesday.

      The contract, which runs through the end of 2015, formalizes the sale of Textron’s CBU-105 cluster bombers to Saudi Arabia, a deal that was first notified to Congress in December 2010.

      The Pentagon’s daily digest of major arms sales said $410 million in foreign military sales funds were being obligated for the Saudi work at this time.

      Textron said the CBU-105, also known as a Sensor Fuzed Weapon, meets the Pentagon’s policy on cluster munitions, which requires that they must not result in more than 1 percent unexploded ordnance, or duds.

      Obviously we need to drop some cluster bombs on Textron and the pentagon.
      Saudi keeps buying and buying weapons–purchased (or ordered–dont know if they have receved the full order yet) 39 Billion in planes and weapons at one whack last year.
      Sooner or later just like Isr they’re going to use them.

  4. Citizen on August 26, 2013, 6:51 pm

    I left a message early this morning that this incident resulted in the PA not going to the 4th scheduled peace talk today, in protest. But it vanished.

  5. valency on August 26, 2013, 8:46 pm

    Hey, Zionists. You know what this looks like to outsiders outside the US-Israel propaganda system. Qalandria looks like the Warsaw Ghetto, and you look like the Nazi stormtroopers. Because that’s exactly the hat you’re wearing now.

  6. Ludwig on August 26, 2013, 9:00 pm

    Recall that the IDF was on a life saving mission to arrest a wanted terrorist. They came under a heavy barrage of concrete chunks and stones. I look forward to the full investigation, however I very highly doubt they opened fire for no reason. It looks to me as if the IDF acted properly, with restraint, and in self defense.

    Imagine if that were American troops pinned down like that.

    • justicewillprevail on August 27, 2013, 5:56 am

      That is so laughable, I don’t think it warrants a serious reply (as is your chosen moniker). Your handlers surely expect better.

    • just on August 27, 2013, 6:04 am

      LOL– what planet do you live on? The cold- blooded murder of 3 humans and wounding of 19 is a demonstration of “restraint”???


    • seafoid on August 27, 2013, 8:31 am

      “It looks to me as if the IDF acted properly, with restraint, and in self defense.”

      Hey everyone. It’s Rip van Winkle.

    • Talkback on August 27, 2013, 8:32 am

      Ludwig says: “Recall that the IDF was on a life saving mission to arrest a wanted terrorist.”

      Recall which other occupier in history called the occupied “terrorists”, Ludwig.

    • Woody Tanaka on August 27, 2013, 11:48 am

      “that the IDF was on a life saving mission to arrest a wanted terrorist”

      No, they were on a terror mission to continue their theft of the Palestinians land, by inflicting wanton death and destruction on them. It is the only thing the isralis do. No zio can legitimately arrest a Palestinian, because the zio state is inherently racist.

      “I very highly doubt they opened fire for no reason”

      Nor do I. I am virtually certain that the reason they opened fire was because they wanted to murder some people in cold blood, and probably did so on orders of the israeli government.

      “Imagine if that were American troops pinned down like that.”

      If American troops act like idf terrorists, they should expect the same response.

    • Jan on August 27, 2013, 1:56 pm

      Ludwig, perhaps you did not read that the Palestinian who the terrorist IDF went to capture was a recently released prisoner from one of Israel’s gulags. I do not blame the Palestinians even one bit from taking on the IDF. This was not a “life saving mission” on the part of the IDF. The IDF has a disgusting and horrible habit of going into Palestinian villages knowing full well that they will be the legitimate target of Palestinian anger. Then they can show how brave they are against stones by shooting dead Palestinians. Not long ago a former IDF terrorist who dared to tell the truth stated that the IDF often went into the villages in order to make a provocation.

      I think that if Israel thought it could get away with it they would make the West Bank into a duplicate of the Warsaw Ghetto. Sadly, their servants in the US would probably come up with excuses for that action and with more weapons.

  7. just on August 26, 2013, 10:13 pm

    I’m listening to Mr. Obama speaking about the trials and tribulations of those that fought for civil rights and invoking the oppression that eventually ended– (somewhat). It’s from the PBS special on now– “A Celebration of Music From the Civil Rights Movement”. The first song is:

    “A Change Is Gonna Come”

    “I was born by the river in a little tent
    And just like that river I’ve been running ever since
    It’s been a long time coming
    But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will

    It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die
    Cos I don’t know what’s out there beyond the sky
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will

    I go to the movie
    And I go down town
    somebody keep telling me don’t hang around
    Its been along time coming
    But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will

    Then I go to my brother
    And I say brother help me please
    But he winds up knockin’ me
    Back down on my knees

    There were times when I thought I couldn’t last for long
    But now I think I’m able to carry on
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change gone come, oh yes it will ”

    I wish that he would speak the same words to Israel wrt to the oppression and brutality and APARTHEID that we are party to with Israel……..It’s beyond disingenuous & hypocritical.

    • seafoid on August 27, 2013, 4:07 am

      Civil rights were appropriated by the Empire and are now no longer available to the people of Palestine. They have no rights under Zionism.

      It took an awful lot of dedicated and diligent work to turn Zionism into the monster it is today.

  8. ziusudra on August 27, 2013, 3:47 am

    I’d like to thank Mondoweiss, Annie, Seafoid, Citizen, Just & many others again & again.
    This remind me of Alexander, The British Empire & anybody inbetween who tried to conquer Afganistan. Pssst wha happens when the soldiers move on?
    The people come back.
    The new world order doctrine of US,UK,FR & puny Zionistan, is to topple 5
    Countries in the ME & No. Africa & rule forever.
    We remember the adjudant who told his wicked King, oppress the people even more,
    they are so stupid, yes, quipped the King, but they are so many!
    Zionistan, what are you going to do with this burden of occupation?
    You are too puny & you are sitting right in the middle of it!
    To stay in the ME, you will have to sue for peace unilaterally, now before it is too late.
    Get rid of all the zio nazi government loyalists since 48!

  9. BillM on August 27, 2013, 10:26 am


    “The street was cleared because an impromptu parade was forming behind two members of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades who fired rounds from AK47s diagonally into the sky. The masked gunmen were within eye- and earshot of another armed group of young men, the Israeli military. ”

    You perfectly captured the PA’s role in maintaining the occupation and controlling Palestinian resistance to it.

    • just on August 27, 2013, 6:12 pm

      At least the AAMB weren’t murdering people……..while they “fired rounds from AK47s diagonally into the sky.” The IOF shot people and murdered them after terrorizing the refugee camp. The reaction they got was a warning with restraint– extreme restraint, imho.

      The Israelis were a model of duplicity (wearing the ‘mask’ of civilian clothes) followed by a murderous rampage.

      “Ugg” indeed.

  10. Obsidian on August 27, 2013, 12:07 pm


    Wasn’t one of the three men killed a terrorist released as part of the Shalit release deal? Do you really think that he was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’?

    According to the Oslo II Interim Agreement, Qalandiya village was divided into areas ‘B’ and ‘C’, with 2% of the total village area assigned as area ‘B’, where the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has complete control over civil matters but Israel continues to have overriding responsibility for security.

    So Israel has every right, and in fact, responsibility, under Oslo to be in Qalandya, to maintain security.

    The ferocity of the attack on the Israeli police makes one wonder if the Arabs of Qalandya really want a peace deal.

  11. mcohen on August 28, 2013, 4:16 am


    interesting-I wonder where this is going…………

    1.In Photos: Crossing Qalandia on the second Friday of Ramadan
    2.Waiting for water in Qalandia refugee camp
    3.Killings in Qalandia cause Palestinians to cancel talks set for today
    4.After Qalandia killings, shops close in Jerusalem and Ramallah, and Al Aqsa brigade members brandish AK-47s

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