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A day after UN vote on Jerusalem, Israeli aggression intensifies in the West Bank

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There appears to be more Israeli soldiers in force today in Beit El, north of Ramallah, scattered along the hilltops close to the illegal settlement. The air is tense as the soldiers hold back from firing the amount of rubber bullets and tear-gas they are known to be capable of. Palestinian protestors know if it is silent and appears calm on the Israeli soldiers end of a clash, a plan is most likely about to erupt.

Without fail, Israeli soldiers start running in from both sides, this time in full uniform, unlike last week when ‘mustarabeen’ infiltrated the protestors. There is chaos as they try to catch as many youth as they can. For a minute, a few look defeated and swear out loud as some Palestinians escape their hands. Shots are fired and one Palestinian is debilitated. Two soldiers pick up the man and hold him down against the roundabout in the center of the road.

Sound bombs are rapidly fired and explode into the air, sending fear and chaos to all at the scene. This gives enough time for close to 20 soldiers to gather around the one man they managed to arrest. The soldiers, full of aggression, fire their guns as continuously as possible into the air and at the surrounding crowd. They’re guarding their new prisoner, kicking and pushing back journalists, pointing guns in their faces as well as the Red Crescent workers trying to get to the man who is bleeding. It’s mayhem. One of the first aid workers fall back after having a gun shoved into his eye.

Red Crescent workers are threatened with guns while trying to deliver first aid in Ramallah. (Photo: Rhiannon F)

“We are a service for the people, they shouldn’t hurt us,” a young Red Crescent worker told Mondoweiss. “One of our team, got shot in the eye and was taken to hospital,” he continued to explain. This doesn’t scare the remaining team though. “Although we suffer from the IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces) we will keep doing our job because it’s a service for the people.” Another round of tear gas is fired, a stronger kind than the last days, dispersing the crowd enough for the soldiers to drive the arrested man away.

A 23-year-old protester from Ramallah said Palestinian people are accustomed to this type of attack from Israel. “The soldiers came from all around, shot that guy, attacked him and arrested him,” he said, wearing an Anonymous mask. “We are familiar with such events from the Israeli soldiers; arresting people, attacking Red Crescent [workers], even journalists.” The 23-year-old has been at Beit El every day since Trump’s announcement. “We are going to do everything in order to keep this revolution against Israel and Trump,” he said, not fazed by what had just happened.

IDF soldiers want no one interfering with their work. (Photo: Rhiannon F)

All the Palestinian protesters are clearly prepared when the soldiers are initially so quiet. “We always feel something will happen, and the Israeli soldiers have planned to attack us suddenly,” a 33-year-old protester stated. “So we always try to be careful and go to spots we feel are safe,” he continued. “We feel bad about this though, because we cannot protect ourselves if the Israeli soldiers come to arrest us, beat or shoot us.”

It’s the third Friday of Rage since Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, and the day after the UN Assembly draft resolution vote, where 128 countries called for the US to overturn it’s decision to move the US embassy. “Of course I’m so happy for this vote, I feel finally people are with Palestine and besides Palestinians against the decision of Trump,” the 33-year-old expressed. He feels the Palestinian issue has finally come in front of the world’s eyes. “They are looking at us again, [thinking] ‘ok there are Palestinian people and they should have their rights,’” he explained. The Anonymous masked protestor agrees. “For sure I care about the UN resolution. It means that 128 countries know that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine, not Israel,” he said.

A Red Crescent worker was allegedly shot by IDF soldiers while assisting protesters knocked down and gassed near Beit El checkpoint. (Photo: Rhiannon F)

A member for Committee of Elections in Palestine was present at the clashes today in Ramallah, quite out of the ordinary for an official. Independent member Fareed Tamanlah said all Palestinians should come to the streets, to refuse the American and Israeli position on Jerusalem. “There is no practical step that can be taken after the UN Assembly resolution, so we Palestinians need to do something on the ground, to continue to refuse the embassy move,” Tamanlah said. “I’m not expecting many things from the international community, so Palestinians should do what should be done, we don’t have to wait for the international community to help.”

The 34-year-old protestor sees a difference in the way the Palestinian Authority (PA) is standing up for the Palestinian cause after Trump’s announcement. “Before Trump’s declaration the PA were silent, doing nothing about Palestinian issues,” he said, as ambulance sirens blared. “But after the decision, it gives me comfort the PA are coming back to do things for Palestine. I’m afraid the Israeli occupation will do more than what they already do, such as killing Palestinians and taking our land. I hope the PA has success.”

Press are pushed, kicked and threatened by IDF in Ramallah in Palestine’s third Friday of Rage against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. (Photo: Rhiannon F)

According to the Red Crescent Society as of 4:00 pm, a total of five people had been taken to hospital in Ramallah, two with live fire injuries. The clashes continued until dark. Across the whole of the West Bank, 103 Palestinians had been injured in total, seven from live bullets. The Palestinian Ministry of Health stated two people had been killed in the Gaza Strip in the same day and 70 more injured, as reported by Aljazeera.

The number of Palestinians killed, injured and arrested in the two and a half weeks since Trump’s announcement isn’t going to make them stop protesting any time soon, even if the UN has stood with their cause. “We insist to continue telling the world that Jerusalem is Palestine’s capital, not Israel’s,” the 34-year-old protestor explained. Along with this, they hope the media will correctly show the force used by Israeli soldiers against them. “We hope the press and journalists will tell people about these demonstrations, and even though we don’t use violence, the IOF soldiers shoot us, beat us and arrest us.”

Palestinian’s continue to send their message of resistance to Israeli occupation after UN vote.
(Photo: Rhiannon F)

Rhiannon F.

Rhiannon F. is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Ramallah.

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  1. eljay on December 22, 2017, 9:41 pm

    Another day, another round of “necessary evil” committed in not-Israel by Israeli Occupation and Oppression Forces.

    Thank gawd jon s can tolerate this. Just don’t insult his hummus.

    • JLewisDickerson on December 24, 2017, 4:02 am

      An occupier’s gotta do, what an occupier’s gotta do.
      It’s all the fault of the people occupied for not submitting.

      “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” ~ Rev. Dr. MLK Jr

  2. JosephA on December 23, 2017, 2:22 am

    It’s a sad, terrible state of affairs.

  3. Marnie on December 23, 2017, 4:38 am

    Trying to help mom and dad and all the freakin’ mishpacha yisraelit get over their 19th nervous breakdown caused by the uppity, daring to believe she’s an equal’, emasculating whore, Ahed Tamimi. Yep IOF, that’ll show her!

  4. Misterioso on December 23, 2017, 8:57 pm

    MR Online

    Naming Capitals

    Posted Dec 13, 2017 by Faiz Ahmed

    Originally published: (December 11, 2017)


    “The natural response to imperialism is resistance. Socialists should understand this and seek to shape that response as organized non-violent resistance that targets the economic and social structures that sustain imperialism. We must act to expose imperialism for what it is: not an attack on enemies because of their religion and ethnicity, but an attack on rights of free people to seek independence and solidarity.

    “The name used to describe the uniting of people in an organized socialist-formed, non-violent program of economic and social resistance in the Arab region is intifada.
    The American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel deprives the existence of a contiguous Palestinian state because it shatters any illusion that the ever-expanding Israeli settlements (suburbs), linked to Jerusalem by an apartheid styled road and wall system, can be dismantled. However, the decision has also created an opening for the remaining anti-imperialist forces in the region to find common political cause and win over the hearts and minds of the populations of both republican and monarchist Arab states. Arab leaders should soon be calling for a renewed Palestinian intifada, and this should be supported by all freedom loving peoples.”

  5. lonely rico on December 24, 2017, 11:38 am

    December 22nd, 2017: Mohammad Nabil Moheisin, 29, was killed, Friday by Israeli soldiers when the soldiers, stationed across the border fence, resorted to the excessive use of force against Palestinian protesters, in several parts of the Gaza Strip.
    … another young Palestinian, Zakariya al-Kayarna, 24, was also killed, in a separate protest in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza. The Israeli troops injured at least 123 others
    Mohammad was shot by a soldier in a military tower, in Nahal Oz base, across the border fence

    Cushy posting in the concrete tower for the intrepid IDF sniper; up there, you’re at much less risk of getting attacked and humiliated by some teenage Palestinian girl!

    • catalan on December 24, 2017, 1:50 pm

      “up there, you’re at much less risk of getting attacked and humiliated by some teenage Palestinian girl!”
      It’s a tragedy that she will spend the next decade or so in an Israeli jail. I can’t begin to think what this means for her education, health and mental state. The biggest victims of this conflict are individual Palestinians. Their enablers from abroad, demanding absurd terms (the partition plan borders, return of descendants of refugees) are the most responsible for this situation.

      • annie on December 24, 2017, 2:17 pm

        Their enablers from abroad, demanding absurd terms

        a racist orientalist’s logic. as if Ahed and her family resist because of foreigners demands. as if they are not palestinian leaders who resist by their own terms.

        the orientalist’s tragic violin concerto is completely unconvincing:

        It’s a tragedy that she will spend the next decade or so in an Israeli jail. I can’t begin to think what this means for her education, health and mental state. The biggest victims of this conflict are individual Palestinians.

        and about that alleged decade in jail. the occupier will have to mull over whether it’s worth the exposure and global pushback of imprisoning her for any length of time.

      • Maghlawatan on December 24, 2017, 2:25 pm

        The biggest losers are Israelis. Pariah status upcoming.
        Whatever it is Israel is not Jewish.
        And the system is hopelessly unsustainable .

      • Mooser on December 25, 2017, 2:26 pm

        “Their enablers from abroad, demanding absurd terms”

        That’s bad stuff, those foreign enablers from abroad. Thank God Zionism has nothing like that, and is entirely a home-grown, organic effort. No “enablers from abroad” for Zionism.

  6. catalan on December 24, 2017, 2:34 pm

    “will have to mull over whether it’s worth the exposure and global pushback of imprisoning her for any length of time.”
    Unfortunately, she will be made into an example. Precisely because of this global pushback and the resolution, the Israelis will have to impose a particularly horrible punishment. Weakness will be viewed as an opening. I suspect that she won’t see the outside of prison until she is thirty but I can be wrong. Uncompromising attitudes have costs. Global involvement in local judicial procedures have a terrible record for the accused. The opposite effect is achieved as the locals feel challenged. Indeed your doubt that she will be severely punishment is a good indicator that she will be.

    • Mooser on December 24, 2017, 3:22 pm

      ” Weakness will be viewed as an opening.”

      And Israel has no weaknesses.

      “Indeed your doubt that she will be severely punishment is a good indicator that she will be.”

      “In fact” adds “catalan”, “it’s the reason she must be punished severely! If you had held your tongue, that little girl would be free today!”

      Can we start calling him “Colonial Catalan”?

      • echinococcus on December 25, 2017, 2:29 am

        Can we start calling him “Colonial Catalan”?

        That overinflates his value. He’s just Typical Zionist Catalan, much more typical of the workaday Sadinazism of these ordinary-looking philistines (with my apologies to the Philistines) than the fire-and-brimstone Mayhems and other buffoon prophets.

      • Mooser on December 25, 2017, 2:09 pm

        “That overinflates his value.”

        True, true. ‘Drek auf dem teller’ about sums it up.

    • Maghlawatan on December 24, 2017, 3:22 pm

      Did you ever watch the film Sophie Scholl?

      Freisler was the judge.
      Straight out of Jewish Disneyland central casting.

      When did Judaism become vindictive and cruel?

      • catalan on December 24, 2017, 4:09 pm

        “Did you ever watch the film Sophie Scholl?”
        Rest assured, no heads will be cut. It’s not Iran, the center of resistance after all. Have you seen the one where the guy is to be hanged and asks to see his mother as a last wish and they don’t grant him that. Look for it – very educational – and importantly, not a movie, but the real deal. From the last couple of years. Shot with a cell phone. The merciful gentleness of Palestinian supporters is well documented.

      • catalan on December 24, 2017, 10:28 pm

        Regarding the White Rose and the Scholl siblings, it’s a strange parallel. The Scholls went against nationalism, war and took a very unpopular position within German society. Indeed, they were poorly regarded in Germany for many years after the war. They were controversial until recently. Tamimi on the other hand takes the nationalistic position which is wildly popular among her people. Either way, if I was on the jury of course I would not support any punishment for such a minor offense by essentially a child.

    • John O on December 24, 2017, 3:49 pm


      “Precisely because of this global pushback and the resolution, the Israelis will have to impose a particularly horrible punishment. ”

      Have to? There is no “have to” about it. The authorities in Israel have a choice.

      We in the UK are currently well aware of the situation facing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an Iranian born British citizen currently in jail in Iran on trumped-up charges, a situation made worse by the ineptitude of our Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. If Israel wants to lower itself to the level of Iran, fine – let them go right ahead and create yet another martyr. The choice is theirs; saying they “have to” do it is a blatant attempt to shift the blame onto the victim.

  7. Kaisa of Finland on December 24, 2017, 3:04 pm

    Christmas greetings from Betlehem (in Finnish tv-news at 7 pm today)

    Please watch, the main message is in English (4.20-6.09)!/ohjelma/33001017/uutislahetykset

    (Double click the “play” at “Sunnuntai 24.12. klo 19” – sorry for the trouble, it should work outside Finland too!!)

  8. echinococcus on December 25, 2017, 3:00 am

    News: Guatemala announces embassy relocation to Jerusalem, outside the even Imperialist-recognized Zionist entity

    Makes sense, for a once German-Nazi-dominated banana republic, home of the worst native American genocide. Way to go.

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