Israel’s 300 Congolese asylum seekers have been living in the country for well over a decade. Now the Israeli government is trying to deport them back to their home country, considered one of the most dangerous in the world.
No surprise it’s Israel they have a history and knowledge of transportation (ODT)
The joint statement said this brings the number of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons to around 5,700 by January 31, 2019. They include 48 women and 230 children under 18 years of age.
About 95 Palestinians are held in administrative detention without charge or trial for various periods of time in January, 50 of them were newly detained, to bring the total number of administrative detainees to 500.
The three rights groups said Israel is holding 18 journalists, including three women, three held in administrative detention, two serving life sentences and two long prison terms.
The statement added that Israel has intensified its collective punishment policy against families of Palestinian alleged to have attacked Israelis, including the detention of several members of the immediate and distant relatives for various periods of time.
Bugger the just keep dying it’s conspiracy against us the IDF claim (ODT)
A 16-year-old Palestinian died on Tuesday from wounds sustained during protests along Gaza’s eastern boundary last week, the health ministry in the territory stated.
Hasan Nabil Ahmad Nofal, struck in the head by an Israeli-fired tear gas canister east of Bureij in central Gaza, is the third child to have died after being injured during Great March of Return protests on 8 February.
The other two children killed were Hamza Muhammad Rushdi Ishtaiwi, 17, and Hasan Iyad Abd al-Fattah Shalabi, 13.
Hamza Ishtwaiwi was sitting some 200 meters from the Gaza-Israel boundary fence when he was hit in the neck by a live bullet, according to Defense for Children International Palestine.
Muhammad Hussam Habali, a 22-year-old resident of Tulkarm refugee camp “born with a mental disability, causing him difficulties to recognize his surroundings and identify threats and risk consequences,” was shot in the head with a live bullet on 4 December.
Video footage of the incident shows that Habali posed no threat to soldiers and was walking away from them when he was shot from behind.
Ultranationalist Arab-hater Avigdor Lieberman represents the worst of Israel’s lunatic fringe.
He once advocated drowning Palestinians in the Dead Sea or executing Israeli Arab citizens who interacted with Hamas.
He earlier demanded Israeli Arabs declare loyalty to a “Jewish, Zionist, and democratic state,” its emblems and values, along with performing military or equivalent service as a condition for a national identity card signifying citizenship.
He’s one of the most ruthlessly dangerous figures in Israeli history, a criminal psychopath, earlier serving as defense minister and in other high-profile posts.
The Zionist State abandons the 2 state solution (ODT)
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.
Ahlam Abu Musa, 20, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2018. The treatment she needs is not available in the strip, but the Israeli army has denied her multiple requests to exit through the Erez Crossing. (Photo by Amjad Yaghi)
Ahlam Abu Musa, 20, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2018. The treatment she needs is not available in the strip, but the Israeli army has denied her multiple requests to exit through the Erez Crossing. (Photo by Amjad Yaghi)
A group of eminent medical and health professionals has drawn attention to the devastating situation in the hospitals across the Gaza Strip. In a letter to the British Medical Journal, Derek A Summerfield et al referred to the fact that last August they published a rapid response at bmj.com to publicise “the cumulatively devastating effects upon Gaza’s health system of 12 years of Israeli blockade and the strategy of de-development and impoverishment of Gazan society.” Israeli restrictions, they pointed out at the time, have produced chronic shortages of almost all essential medicines and hospital equipment, of fuel to run hospital
The Germans removed Jews from their homes and forced them into open air prisons called ghettoes. Then they removed them from ghettoes to labor camps or what were really death camps (ODT)
These “unrecognised” villages were established in the Negev soon after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war following the creation of the state of Israel, when an estimated 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes and made refugees.
Many of the Bedouins were forcibly transferred to the village sites during the 17-year period when Palestinians inside Israel were governed under Israeli military law, which ended shortly before Israel’s military takeover of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967.
Now more than 60 years later, the Bedouin villages have yet to be legally recognised by Israel and their residents live under constant threats of demolition and forcible removal.
a former Israeli Army medic who became a hero to that nation’s far-right by publicly executing a wounded Palestinian suspect in the occupied West Bank in 2016, is the star of a new political advertising campaign for a deputy minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.
The former soldier, who was convicted of manslaughter based on video evidence of the crime, served just nine months in jail before being released last summer. In a poster and video message published on Facebook this week by the deputy environment minister, Yaron Mazuz, Azaria is seen grinning and shaking the politician’s hand.
In the last nine months of 2018, according to the United Nations, Palestinians – many of them children – were killed at the rate of around one a day while taking part in protests along Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza about their right to return to ancestral homes. They included medics and journalists. Most of the dead were unarmed and posed no danger to anyone, with little more than rocks in their hands and slogans on their lips. Yet Israel continued with an immoral and unlawful policy that sees soldiers of its military, which is under democratic civilian control, shoot, gas, shell and kill protesters, including those who pose no credible threat.
Hospitals in Gaza, which already struggle under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, have been stretched to breaking point in dealing with the flood of patients ferried in from the protests. In its defence, Israel’s diplomats cast Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls Gaza, as terrorists who are organising demonstrations in “a war zone”. It would appear, sadly, that Israel wishes to conduct a war over the airwaves, as well as one on the ground, against the Palestinians. This blatant disregard for Gazan lives and the lack of accountability is underpinned by a politics of resentment and dissembling that has profound repercussions for Israel. If one can kill with impunity, then can one lie without consequence?
The novelist Amos Oz’s words that “even unavoidable occupation is a corrupting occupation” have been ignored for too long. Mr Netanyahu’s nearest rival brags that he sent parts of Gaza “back to the stone age” when in the military. Mr Netanyahu would dismiss Oz’s warnings; but perhaps he ought to take heed of the recent spat between the historian Benny Morris and the writer Gideon Levy. The former, who made his name by lifting the veil on the ethnic cleansings on which Israel was founded, but drifted rightwards to say that these heinous crimes did not go far enough, and the latter, a leftwing columnist, agree that the two-state solution is a fading prospect. Mr Netanyahu lulls the public with the notion that a two-state solution will wait until Israel deems the conditions to be ripe. He hints that new friends in Washington, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi will come up with a proposal the Palestinians will swallow. This is pure cynicism. There is no new plan – just a rebranding of the status quo, maintained by force by Israel, and with Palestinians within and without Israel’s borders subjugated and dependent. Israelis must turn away from the occupation, which is debasing their society and suffocating the Palestinians.
Out of the closet Israel admits it’s always been a defacto airforce supporting Syrian rebels and terrorists and supported by none other than the USA Australia and other coalition forces. Secrets well kept and more often denied by these governments. Israel has been a silent aggressor in the Middle East for years. (ODT)
Since the 80s and 90s Israel has had an active plan to prevent any formation of a Pan Arabic union which has meant the destruction of Iraq, Libya, Syria and any Arabic state capable of developing an army and uniting tribal forces against it. Israel however couldn’t be seen in the eys of the world to be an active aggressor in this. Instead it copted and supported those with the same mindset allies or superficial enemies it didn’t matter. Trump for personal domestic political reasons has forced Israel out of the closet. (ODT)
Unusual Israeli confirmation of military action comes as Syria says most missiles were shot down by its air defences.
At least 30 Palestinians have been wounded by live Israeli fire at the Great March of Return protest in Gaza, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reports, including two members of the media and three paramedics.
Benny Gantz is seen as the main contender to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel’s upcoming elections.
But the former Israeli army chief is currently being sued in the Netherlands for bombing the home of the Ziada family during Israel’s 2014 onslaught in Gaza.
An Israeli airstrike destroyed the house in the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza on 20 July 2014, killing six members of the Ziada family and a seventh person who was visiting at the time.
Palestinian-Dutch citizen Ismail Ziada lost his 70-year-old mother Muftia Ziada, three brothers, a sister-in-law and a 12-year-old nephew.
Ziada holds Gantz and Amir Eshel, then air force chief, responsible for the decision to drop the bomb.
Last year, Ziada’s lawyers summoned Gantz and Eshel to appear on 27 June in a Dutch court to answer the charges. The lawsuit demands more than $600,000 in damages plus court costs from the Israeli generals.
Shortly before that date, the commanders appointed a lawyer to represent them, thus avoiding a default judgment in Ziada’s favor.
Moreover, if it turns out workers are being exploited by “sham contracts”, where they are for all intents and purposes full employees but being treated otherwise, the federal Fair Work Act comes into play. Businesses can be fined up to $30,000 for violating provisions on this issue.
Sex worker advocates have campaigned long and hard to be recognised by employment legislation, including the right to unionise. The next step is a national award.
Sugar baby sites are as disruptive to this whole system as platforms like Uber have been to highly regulated taxi industries. They turn sex work back into a strictly private affair.
Uber’s official line is that it’s just enabling ordinary citizens to share a ride, instead of the regulated system of taxi drivers requiring a licence and police background checks. Sugar baby sites exploit the same loophole. Sugar babies are not officially workers, and thus fall completely outside any germane employment legislation.
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In this sense, these websites and apps represent a return to the past where prostitution was an informal affair and protections and standards were largely non-existent.
Given recent trends, there is a distinct danger that large swathes of the economy could soon be restructured in the same way.
Culturally repressed young Jews need to speak and remain anonomous. That’s their Democratic world. (ODT)
An editor’s note: Susannah asked to use only her first name; the other three interviewees asked to use aliases, citing fears that using their real names could threaten their status in their communities and future job prospects.
Whether Modern Orthodox, Reform, or Conservative, all of the four interviewees said that Israel was an integral part of their experience in the Jewish community from a young age. None of them could remember a time when it wasn’t a part of their Jewish communal experience.
“The findings demonstrate a persistent bias in coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian issue—one where Israeli narratives are privileged and where, despite the continued entrenchment of the occupation, the very topics germane to Palestinians’ day-to-day reality have disappeared,” Owais Zaheer, one of the study’s authors, told The Intercept. “It calls to attention the need to more critically evaluate the scope of coverage of the Israeli occupation and recognize that readers are getting, at best, a heavily filtered rendering of the issue.”
Davis said that the trip to Birmingham to receive the BCRI award was to be the “highlight of my year,” but despite its cancellation she would still travel there next month “for an alternative event organized by those who believe that the movement for civil rights in this moment must include a robust discussion of all of the injustices that surround us.”
The checkpoint is perhaps the image most closely associated with Israel’s military rule in the occupied territories, where tens of thousands of Palestinian laborers pass through to work in Israel on a daily basis. For most Israelis, the checkpoints are a tool Israel uses to protect its citizens from terrorism. For Palestinians, particularly Palestinian laborers, part of a system of control, one so many are forced to accede to in order to provide for their families.
On April 9, 2019, Israel will hold general elections. Israelis will head to the polls to choose their elected leaders and representatives. If they are unhappy with the way things are going, like citizens of democracies around the world, their votes will help shape the ideological and political direction of the government and the institutions it controls.
Iran could use its growing clout in Iraq to turn it into a springboard for attacks against Israel, the chief of Israeli military intelligence said on Monday, reports Reuters.
Israel sees the spread of Tehran’s influence in the region as a growing threat and has carried out scores of air strikes in civil war-torn Syria against suspected military deployments and arms deliveries by Iranian forces supporting Damascus.
Iraq, which does not share a border with Israel, is technically its enemy but was last an open threat in the 1991 Gulf War. Since a US-led invasion in 2003 toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, a Sunni Muslim, Israel has worried that Iraq’s Shi’ite majority could tilt towards Iran.
“Iraq is under the growing influence of the Qods Force (covert Iranian foreign operations unit) and Iran,” military intelligence chief Major-General Tamir Hayman told a conference in Tel Aviv.
B’Tselem is committed to to continuing its independent work documenting human rights violations committed by security forces in the occupied territories and the lack of accountability for these acts on the part of state authorities. The organization, however, will continue its work without the military law enforcement system, which perpetuates the violence on the ground. Collaborating with this deception is not simply ineffectual, it is harmful, as it lends credibility to a system that should be condemned, allowing it to carry on legitimizing human rights violations.
This is not merely theoretical. The complete lack of accountability for killing and violence means they are guaranteed to be repeated. This is why B’Tselem will continue investigating, publicizing, and uncovering the truth about the Israeli so-called law enforcement whitewashing — until the occupation ends.
Israeli occupation forces shot and killed three Palestinians, including a 16-year-old, during protests in the Gaza Strip on Friday.
The slain boy, identified as Muhammad Mouin al-Jahjouh, was shot in the neck.
Maher Atiyya Muhammad Yassin, a 40-year-old man with physical disabilities resulting from polio, was killed by a live bullet to the head.
Gaza’s health ministry said that 40 others were injured by live fire during protests along Gaza’s eastern perimeter on Friday, including two journalists and four paramedics.
Photojournalist Sami Misran was reported to have been hit by Israeli gunfire in the leg while covering Friday’s protests east of Bureij, central Gaza:
A camera belonging to The Electronic Intifada contributor Mohammed Asad was destroyed by an Israeli bullet during the protests.
This video shows smoke inside an ambulance after it was hit with a gas canister east of Gaza City:
More than 175 Palestinians, including 35 children, have been killed during Great March of Return protests along Gaza’s boundary with Israel since their launch on 30 March.
The youngest among those killed was 4-year-old Ahmad Abu Abid, who died on 11 December after having been struck by shrapnel while being carried in his father’s arms four days earlier.
“Ahmad sustained injuries to his head, chest and abdomen which caused his death,” according to Defense for Children International Palestine.
“An MRI revealed that shrapnel had entered Ahmad’s brain through his eye,” the group added.
Israeli occupation forces have killed more than one Palestinian child per week on average during 2018.
Soldiers shot and killed Qasim Muhammad Ali al-Abbasi, 17, at a checkpoint near Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, on Thursday night.
The military claimed that it opened fire on a car that ran through a roadblock.
Surviving passengers in the car said that the group was attempting to reach Nablus when they realized they had accidentally turned onto a road leading to an Israeli settlement.
Muhammad Hani al-Abbasi told the Ma’an News Agency that as the group tried to get back to the main road, “we were chased by either Israeli soldiers or settlers, we could barely see as there were not enough lights and it was very dark.”
Muhammad added: “We were surrounded, they randomly opened fire at us, we did not stop, we kept going fast, the vehicle’s glass broke and the tires were punctured.”
Israeli soldiers forced the group out of the car and made them carry Qasim out of the vehicle.
Muhammad said that Qasim was kept on the ground for an hour before being transferred to an ambulance.
Qasim’s family in Silwan, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, are demanding an investigation into the teen’s death, including an autopsy. Israel is withholding the boy’s body.
Israel is also withholding the body of Hamdan al-Arda, a 59-year-old businessman who was killed in the town of al-Bireh in the Ramallah area last week, not far from where Qasim al-Abbasi was shot.
Israel claimed that al-Arda was killed as he attempted to attack soldiers with his car but doubt was soon cast on that narrative.
An eyewitness told the Israeli daily Haaretz that al-Arda was taken by surprise by a large group of soldiers in the road as he was driving towards his aluminum import business, where the military was confiscating security cameras.
According to Haaretz, “When al-Arda approached in his car, the soldiers who were either outside the shop or suddenly exited the shop shouted at him, ‘Stop!,’ and aimed their rifles at him.
“Instead of braking, al-Arda pressed on the gas. The witness concluded that he was startled and therefore pressed down on the wrong pedal.”
Four soldiers opened fire simultaneously at al-Arda. The military did not allow Palestinian paramedics to approach al-Arda and his body was taken away in an armored vehicle.
Nakhla was shot in the back by a soldier, according to a Palestinian investigator with the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.
An eyewitness saw a soldier nudge Nakhla with his foot, “apparently to see if the teen was still alive,” Haaretz reported.
“They then pulled up his shirt and pulled down his pants, apparently to check whether the stone-throwing youth was a dangerous, booby-trapped terrorist.”
The soldiers carried away Nakhla by his hands and feet, ignoring pleas by Palestinian residents to provide access to the medics who had arrived to the scene.
Soldiers only allowed an ambulance to approach after 15 minutes, according to Haaretz.
“A video clip shows Nakhla raising one hand limply to the back of his neck, proof that he was still alive,” the paper reported. “Half-naked, he’s placed on a stretcher and put in the ambulance, which speeds off, its siren wailing, to the Government Hospital in Ramallah.”
The teen died on the way to the hospital. Nakhla died from “loss of blood after a bullet entered his lower back, struck his liver and hit a main artery, damaging other internal organs.”
Israel claimed that soldiers had fired at “a Palestinian holding a suspicious object.”
“Inconsistencies in the official Israeli narrative”
Both the businessman Hamdan al-Arda and the teen Mahmoud Nakhla were killed during a week of increased violence in the West Bank in which three additional Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers were killed.
A baby also died days after being born prematurely following the shooting of his mother at a bus stop near the Ofra settlement.
Days later, soldiers reportedly killed Salah Barghouti, a 29-year-old Palestinian suspected by Israel in the drive-by shooting in which the woman in her seventh month of pregnancy was critically wounded and six others were injured.
The Palestinian rights group Al-Haq stated this week that its documentation “indicates inconsistencies in the official Israeli narrative.”
“The family has the right to be informed of the circumstances of [Barghouti’s] arrest and detention and possible death,” Al-Haq stated.
“The lack of evidence to the effect that he has been killed amounts to ill-treatment, collective punishment and enforced disappearance.”
Israel has named Salah Barghouti’s brother Asim as the gunman who killed two soldiers at the Givat Assaf outpost near Ramallah last week. He is also suspected of involvement in the shooting attack at Ofra.
Israeli forces raided the village of Kobar, where the Barghouti family lives, and took measurements in preparation for the demolition of the family’s home:
2018 was in many ways a turning point for the position of Israel in the system of Western, liberal, capitalist democracies. It had long sat uneasily among France, Britain, and the United States, inasmuch as it was founded on a formal racial supremacist principle that Jews must rule the state. Racism is important in the other democracies, as well, but it is not typically enshrined in the constitution. The French Rights of Man mentioned nothing about race.
2018 was the year Israel finally went completely rogue and ensured that it can no longer be considered to be in the club of liberal capitalist democracies. It is now formally an Apartheid state even inside the Green Line. It is also the year when the Israeli elite consciously decided to shoot down with live ammunition unarmed, peaceful demonstrators in the thousands. These authoritarian policing methods most resemble those of fascist states of the interwar period.
“The Golan is occupied land that belongs to Syria. Israel has no claim of right over the region. Israel’s aggression then subsequent occupation and unilateral annexation constitute obvious violations of international law. Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and the US Senate have categorically condemned identical violations elsewhere. This resolution is the US’s latest move to recognize Israel’s control over the Golan as legitimate. It builds on the US’s vote last month, for the first time, against a UN resolution condemning Israel’s occupation of the Golan.”
The move was also criticised by Israeli officials who warned that it would help Russia and arch-enemy Iran expand their influence in Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters that Tel Aviv would escalate its fight against Iranian-allied forces in the country: “We will continue to act very aggressively against Iran’s efforts to entrench in Syria. We do not intend to reduce our efforts. We will intensify them, and I know that we do so with the full support and backing of the United States.”
Today the US Congress is weighing draft legislation based on problematic logic that conflates a call for businesses to stop operating in West Bank settlements, which are unlawful under the 1949 Geneva Conventions that prohibit transferring civilians into occupied territory, with a boycott of Israel.
Companies should fulfill their human rights responsibilities by ending operations in the settlements – yet the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720) would impose criminal penalties on businesses and nonprofits who stop doing business with Israel or Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, erasing the distinction between Israel and the West Bank that the US has long recognized.
Israeli police estimate that there are hundreds of thousands of illegal guns among Palestinian citizens of Israel, a community suffering from under-policing and high levels of violence. Are the guns the problem? And what can be done about it?
The saga began on Thursday after Yair Netanyahu wrote on Facebook that: “There will not be peace here [in Israel-Palestine] until: 1. All the Jews leave the land of Israel. 2. All the Muslims leave the land of Israel. I prefer the second option.”
The post quickly gained traction in Israel, with the Times of Israel reporting that it had “garnered over 750 reactions as of Friday evening, […] most of them in agreement”. Yair then continued his anti-Muslim tirade, writing in a separate post: “Do you know where there are no terror attacks? In Iceland and Japan. Coincidentally there’s also no Muslim population there.”
According to Haaretz, Yair also wrote a third post in which he called for “avenging the deaths” of two Israeli soldiers killed last week and the expulsion of Palestinians. Although Facebook had removed these posts on the grounds that they were in violation of its community rules, Yair shared a screenshot of the post, prompting the social media giant to yesterday block his account for 24 hours.
Taking to Twitter, Yair claimed he had been blocked for calling out Facebook on its removal of the posts, saying: “Unbelievable. Facebook blocks me for 24 hours for simply criticising it! Thought police.”
When Israeli military commanders call bereaved families from the field to confirm they’ve gunned down their child’s accused killer, security considerations are not at play — that’s just an army exacting revenge
There is something almost spellbinding about the speed with which the Israeli government is tearing off the masks that once afforded its policies a veneer of decency. From the Jewish Nation-State Law to the cultural loyalty law to the law to legalize settlement outposts, from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s anti-Semitic friends to the blatant racism of his son who publicly yearns for a country cleansed of Palestinians — official Israel is not even pretending anymore. Everything is out in the open now.
Israel disagrees with Morrison’s narrow view that Israel doesn’t control the WHOLE CITY (ODT)
The country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu remained silent on Canberra’s move at the weekly Israeli cabinet meeting, which he often uses to hold forth in public on diplomatic developments, but a minister close to him said it was a mistake to contradict the notion of Israeli control over the whole city.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened a series of violations of international law after 24 hours of deadly attacks and raids across the West Bank that left four Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers dead.
Those pledges include collective punishment measures such as the punitive demolition of homes belonging to the families of suspected Palestinian assailants as well as accelerated settlement building.
Such moves will entrench Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank, now in its 51st year, and its settler colony project which it enforces with routine and frequently deadly violence against Palestinians.
Netanyahu also said “Our guiding principle is that whoever attacks us and whoever tries to attack us will pay with his life,” adding that “Our enemies know this and we will find them.”