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Palestinian man who was killed by Israeli forces in the Qalandia refugee camp. (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP/Getty Images / August 26, 2013)

Palestinian man who was killed by Israeli forces in the Qalandia refugee camp. (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP/Getty Images / August 26, 2013)

Killings in Qalandia cause Palestinians to cancel talks set for today

(photo: Ma’an News)

Undercover Israeli forces  raided Qalandia refugee camp around 5 a.m. this morning killing three Palestinians. According to Ma’an News, Israel’s occupation forces were wearing civilian clothes and opened fire on a crowd of Palestinians in the camp during an incursion to arrest a recently-released prisoner, Yousef al-Khatib.

al-Khatib had previously spent 10 years incarcerated in an Israeli prison. The dead were identified as Robin al-Abed, 32, Younis Jihad Abu al-Sheikh Jahjouh, 22, and Jihad Asslan, 20.

Ma’an News, Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinians in Qalandia camp:

At least 15 Palestinians were injured by live fire, with six said to be in a critical condition. Most of the injured were shot in the head, chest and upper body, medics said.

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Dozens of camp residents quickly surrounded Israeli forces, who opened fire.

Another Israeli military patrol then entered the camp.

Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah strongly condemned the incident, calling it a crime against the Palestinian people. The killings show Israel’s true intentions towards the peace process, he added, calling upon the US to intervene and prevent peace efforts from failing…

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.

BBC and AFP say the killings caused the breaking off of peace talks.

Scheduled peace talks will not go ahead with Israel after IDF officers shot dead 3 Palestinians in a border clash, Palestinian officials have said. Negotiations have come under threat recently in light of Israeli plans to expand their settlements.

“The meeting that was to take place in Jericho…today was cancelled because of the Israeli crime committed in Kalandiya today,” an official from the Palestinian Authority told AFP, adding that there would be “repercussions” for the incident.

This action echoes the pre-dawn raid by Israeli forces at Jenin Refugee Camp last Tuesday, when Israeli forces killed Anis Lahlouh, 22, with a bullet to the heart, under similar circumstances– according to Al Jazeera apparently seeking to arrest a local resident.

Palestinian youths threw stones at the soldiers, who responded with live gunfire.

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  1. Citizen
    Citizen
    August 26, 2013, 11:20 am

    Oh hum, Israel arrested a Palestinian they had just released to show good faith in the peace talks, and when they came to arrest him again now that Brand Israel had a PR boost, some young Palestinians were outraged by this typical Israeli duplicity, so they threw stones, or I imagine whatever they could get their hands on, maybe they dropped down an old flat iron on the Israeli jeep, and the IDF, protecting the Israeli cops, opened fire with live bullets, killing 3 and wounding 15 more Palestinians.
    Is that about it?

    • annie
      annie
      August 26, 2013, 11:31 am

      refugee camps are densely populated. perhaps they think they can condition palestinians to run away and hide when they enter their camps to abduct whoever they want whenever they want. instead crowds gather, which is completely natural, and they shoot into the crowds. it’s highly provocative, entering the camps at this hour to make arrests and then killing people.

      the occupation has got to stop, if this was palestinians entering jewish areas on nightly raids kidnapping and murdering people there would be hell to pay, but israel just says ‘clashes broke out and we had to defend out troops’ and everyone is supposed to shut up.

      anyway, allison is on the ground, and just got back from qalandia. her report is coming in very shortly, so i am waiting to read it. really looking forward to her report.

  2. seafoid
    seafoid
    August 26, 2013, 11:36 am

    So predictable.

    Elicit a violent response and call off the talks
    Build more settler homes
    Repeat ad binational state.

  3. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    August 26, 2013, 11:58 am

    Non-uniformed gunmen attempt to kidnap a man and open fire on a crowd of civilians. Time to call it what it was: a terrorist attack.

    • annie
      annie
      August 26, 2013, 12:13 pm

      as i mentioned earlier woody, i am looking forward to allison’s report.

      they have no right to enter people’s homes/neighborhoods in the middle of the night. it drives me crazy.

    • eljay
      eljay
      August 26, 2013, 12:43 pm

      >> Non-uniformed gunmen attempt to kidnap a man and open fire on a crowd of civilians.

      The “two hats” of Zio-supremacist Israelis.

  4. frankier
    frankier
    August 26, 2013, 12:35 pm

    Not a mention (that I could find) of this incident in the US MSM… Think if the roles were reversed, the crying would be endless…

    For the nth time… Abbas needs to hand over everything to Israel so that they are de iure charge of the occupied territories and not just de facto with the PA acting as their proxy. Time for the world to see the charade.

    PS:
    just found this on the NYT website…
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/27/world/middleeast/israeli-raid-on-palestinian-camp-turns-deadly.html?ref=middleeast&gwh=27A587B073830C35E070F301E4D706A5

    needless to say… Israeli are the good guys here…

    • Hostage
      Hostage
      August 26, 2013, 4:45 pm

      For the nth time… Abbas needs to hand over everything to Israel so that they are de iure charge of the occupied territories and not just de facto with the PA acting as their proxy. Time for the world to see the charade.

      Okay, for the nth time, 1) an occupying power is always in charge, in a de jure sense, in accordance with Article 8 of the 4th Geneva Convention; and 2) deliberately throwing yourself upon the mercy of a Zionist is a formula for f*cking disaster.

      The world abandoned the people of Gaza to their fate years ago and 10-13 percent of the children in impoverished areas quickly developed the classic symptoms of malnutrition, i.e. stunted growth, permanent developmental disabilities, and reduced life expectancy. What price has Israel ever paid for using ethnic cleansing, deportation, deprivation, or starvation as weapons of war against a Palestinian?

      The ICJ has already rejected Israeli denials and advised the UN and the State of Israel that fundamental human rights apply universally, at all times, and in all places. Nonetheless, Israel still insists, that so long as it unilaterally chooses to engage in an armed conflict against the Palestinian people, they are not entitled to the fundamental rights enjoyed by human beings. So these murders are just the latest reminder of that longstanding inhuman Zionist policy. See CCPR/C/ISR/2001/2, para 8 or E/1990/6/Add.32, para 6-7

    • eljay
      eljay
      August 26, 2013, 5:22 pm

      >> For the nth time… Abbas needs to hand over everything to Israel …

      Hevven forbid the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of (Greater) Israel should:
      – halt its occupation;
      – withdraw to within its / Partition borders;
      – honour its obligations under international law;
      – agree to accountability for past and on-going (war) crimes; and
      – enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

      No, let the rapist figure out how to deal with his victim. Surely he’s the best person to resolve the matter. I mean, really, it’s not as though he’d ever just kill her and dump the body…

  5. talknic
    talknic
    August 26, 2013, 12:38 pm

    These under cover Israelis, they carried arms openly? Had a fixed distinctive emblem recognizable at a distance? http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hague04.asp#art1

  6. American
    American
    August 26, 2013, 1:19 pm

    We knew Isr would re arrest the released prisoners—–they always do.
    We knew they would find a pretext to kill more Palestines—-they always do.
    If there is a.n.y so.l.u.t.i.o.n—anywhere—by anyone…other than to crush the Isr sickness by economic or military means—–I’d like to know what it could possibly, possibly, possibly be.
    Cause in 6 decades we have seen n.o.t.h.i.n.g ever work wth Israel…..not EVER.

    • frankier
      frankier
      August 26, 2013, 3:23 pm

      As I stated above, Abbas needs to hand over everything to Israel so that they are de iure in charge of the occupied territories and not just de facto with the PA acting as their proxy. Further negotiation will have no positive impact on the lives of the Palestinian people. And we are not even talking about Gaza.

      Abbas should present the “keys” of the West Bank and East Jerusalem openly, at the UN during the annual assembly. Here are the keys… take it. You broke it now you own it. Could it be worse than it is now for the Palestinians? Let’s see the type of Apartheid apparatus Israel is able to set up under those circumstances.

      Time for the world to see the reality of the “facts on the ground.”

      • Hostage
        Hostage
        August 26, 2013, 8:30 pm

        hand over everything to Israel so that they are de iure in charge of the occupied territories and not just de facto with the PA acting as their proxy.

        I’m still trying to figure out the point you’re trying to make. Handing over the keys to the West Bank would be a political act, but it would not alter the legal situation one iota.

        The ICJ already noted that Israel does not accept the fact that the 4th Geneva convention applies to the occupied Palestinian territories on a de jure basis. See paragraph 90 http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/131/1671.pdf

        The Court also performed a brief legal analysis of the status of the territory, including the Oslo Accords. It indicated that the two conditions required for the application of the Hague and Geneva Convention rules regarding a belligerent occupation regime had been satisfied in 1967, and that subsequent events had not altered that situation.

  7. eGuard
    eGuard
    August 26, 2013, 1:57 pm

    I bet Kerry will say he is surprised.

  8. DaveS
    DaveS
    August 26, 2013, 1:57 pm

    Isabel kershner’s reporting in the NYTimes – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/27/world/middleeast/israeli-raid-on-palestinian-camp-turns-deadly.html – reads like a press release from the Israeli Defense Ministry. There are the usual obvious things like quoting exclusively from Israeli sources, but her partiality is plain from more subtle things as well, such as “The continuing arrests of Palestinians suspected of planning terrorist acts.” The only neutral way to report this is “the continuing arrests of Palestinians whom Israel claims to suspect of planning terrorist acts.” Kershner assumes the truth that Israel suspects the arrestees of plotting something, and the characterization of those plans as “terrorist acts.” She thinks that use of the word “suspected” avoids condemning them of necessarily being terrorists, but she’s already gone a long way to accepting the Israeli narrative with no corroboration of their claims. Besides, it is perfectly proper for law enforcement officers to arrest someone who is reasonably suspected of criminal activity. What Kershner does not say, of course, is that unlike the U.S. or other countries, these suspects would have their fate determined by a foreign military power with a track record of 99% findings of guilt, without any semblance of what we think of as due process.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      August 26, 2013, 3:43 pm

      And out of the other side of her mouth she’ll write about the success of the wall in foiling terror attacks. 2012 was the first year in ages where there was no Israeli Jew killed in political violence linked to the occupation.

      Israel shoots to kill the talks.

  9. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    August 26, 2013, 2:29 pm

    RE: “According to Ma’an News, Israel’s occupation forces were wearing civilian clothes and opened fire on a crowd of Palestinians in the camp during an incursion to arrest a recently-released prisoner, Yousef al-Khatib.” ~ Annie Robbins

    YOUSEF AL-KHATIB’S EXPERIENCE IS A BIT LIKE THAT OF JOSEF K IN ORSON WELL’S FILM ADAPTATION OF FRANZ KAFKA’S “THE TRIAL”:
    After months of trial postponement, Josef K goes to court painter Titorelli to ask for advice. He is told to hope for little. He might get definite acquittal, ostensible acquittal, or indefinite postponement. No one is ever really acquitted, but sometimes cases can be extended indefinitely.

    Titorelli: “You see, in definite acquittal, all the documents are annulled. But with ostensible acquittal, your whole dossier continues to circulate. Up to the higher courts, down to the lower ones, up again, down. These oscillations and peregrinations, you just can’t figure ‘em.”
    Josef K: “No use in trying either, I suppose.”
    Titorelli: “Not a hope. Why, I’ve known cases of an acquitted man coming home from the court and finding the cops waiting there to arrest him all over again. But then, of course, theoretically it’s always possible to get another ostensible acquittal.”
    Josef K: “The second acquittal wouldn’t be final either.”
    Titorelli: “It’s automatically followed by the third arrest. The third acquittal, by the fourth arrest. The fourth…”

    SOURCE – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057427/quotes?qt=qt0135410

    The Trial (1962) Trailer [VIDEO, 03:53] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_7weUR0oMY

    Kafka: The Trial (M Studio Movement Theatre) [VIDEO, 03:29] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7YtlQCoI5E

  10. Byzantium
    Byzantium
    August 27, 2013, 3:20 am

    Now Israel’s enablers in the Western media can report how, once again, Israel was ready to enter into negotiations in good faith while, once again, those intransigent Palestinians scuttled talks because they’re not really interested in peace.

    Mission accomplished.

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