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Israeli Occupation Forces Beat, Kidnap, Attack Palestinian Civilians, Increase Apartheid Measures

September 24-26, 2013
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Five Palestinians Kidnapped by Israeli Occupation Soldiers In Hebron

Thursday September 26, 2013 10:49 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli occupation soldiers kidnapped on Thursday at dawn [September 26 2013] five Palestinians in different parts of the southern West Bank district of Hebron, after the soldiers broke into and searched dozens of homes.

Media sources in Hebron said that dozens of soldiers invaded Deir Samet town, southwest of Hebron, and kidnapped one Palestinian identified as Omar Ahmad Sharha, 34.

His brother, Hazem, said that a large number of soldiers broke into the family home, approximately at 2:30 A.M, after using explosives to detonate its main door. He added that the soldiers then violently searched the property causing excessive damage.

Soldiers also forced the family into one room, and took away their phones and ID cards for several hours.

Dozens of soldiers also invaded Wad Al-Harya area, in Hebron, and kidnapped Jalal Khader Al-Karaky, 35, and his brother Ammar, 30.

Furthermore, soldiers kidnapped Mo’taz Mohammad Al-Karaky, 20, in the center of homes, and kidnapped Mohammad Abu Rayyan at a roadblock near the Halhoul Bridge area, north of Hebron.

On Wednesday evening, soldiers detained four Palestinian children in the Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and violently beat them before handing them back to the Palestinians.

Israeli Occupation Soldiers Detain, Beat, Four Children Near Bethlehem

Thursday September 26, 2013 09:15 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli occupation soldiers detained, for several hours, four Palestinian children in the Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and violently beat them before handing them back to the Palestinians.

Ahmad Salah, Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Al-Khader, told the Radio Bethlehem 2000 that the soldiers detained the four children for several hours in the Nashash area, at the southern entrance of Al-Khader.

The four children have been identified as Hussein Shady Salah, 8, Ahmad Wa’el Salah, 9, in addition to Mo’tasem Mustafa Al-Masry and his brother Hamza.

He added that the children were violently beaten and kicked before the soldiers moved them to the District Coordination Office (DCO), west of Beit Jala city, and handed them to the Palestinian DCO.

In related news, two Palestinians have been injured by rounds of live ammunition fired by the army at Palestinians at the entrance of the Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

The two have been identified as Mohammad Yousef Zomra, 24, and Mohammad Adnan, 21.

Medical sources said that dozens of residents have also been treated for the effects of teargas inhalation.

Palestinians Attacked By Israeli Occupation Soldiers In Jerusalem’s Old City

Thursday September 26, 2013 08:52 by IMEMC & Agencies

Wednesday at night [September 25, 2013] a group of extremist Israeli occupation soldiers attacked several Palestinian youths in the Al-Qarmy neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, as they verbally confronted settlers who marched there.

Resident Ashraf Abu Da’aas, stated that approximately 400 settlers organized provocative marches in the Arab neighborhoods of Saraya, Al-Hakary, and Al-Qarmy, and were dancing and chanting provocative chants against the Arabs and Palestinians, in addition to chanting “Jerusalem is ours”.

Da’aas added that dozens of residents stopped the settlers and prevented them from conducting their provocative procession in their neighborhood, before dozens of Israeli soldiers and police officers arrived at the scene, and attacked the Palestinians.

Furthermore, Da’aas said that the Police eventually stopped the settlers’ procession of before some of them headed to settlement outposts in the city, while others went to the Al-Boraq Wall.

The Police also prevented the Palestinians from leaving their neighborhoods, allegedly to prevent further confrontations, but did not restrict the movement of the settlers.

Barghouthi: “Israel Used Peace Talks To Implement Apartheid”

Wednesday September 25, 2013 19:57 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC

Palestinian Legislator, Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, stated that the Oslo peace agreement is a big failure, and that Israel is the only party the benefits from this treaty.

Marking the twentieth anniversary of signing the first Oslo peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Barghouthi said that agreement was transitional and partial, and did not carry any characteristics of the main goal of peace talks.

“This allowed Israel implement a system of apartheid, by significantly escalating its settlement activities, and the theft of Palestinian lands, Israel is using the peace deal as a cover-up for its violations”, the Palestinian official added.

He also said that some of the failure aspects of this agreement is that it failed to include the release of all Palestinians held by Israel, and issue that kept all detainees, who were held before Oslo, behind bars for additional twenty years.

“The agreement was signed without any commitments from Israel to stop its settlement activities”, Dr. Barghouthi stated, “This is why former chief negotiator, Dr. Haider Abdul-Shafi, and many others, quits talks; the number of Israeli settlers increased from 160.000 by the time Oslo was signed, to 650.000”.

Dr. Barghouthi said that the Oslo Agreement was not signed between two equal partners, forcing the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to recognize Israel as a state, while Tel Aviv only recognized the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian People without recognize the Palestinian right to a state in the 1967 border.

“Those serious mistakes led to disastrous consequences allowing Israel to divide the occupied territories into areas A, B and C, giving it the change to build and expand settlements, and the Apartheid Wall”, he said, “The wall was build 25 Kilometers deep into the West Bank, isolating and confiscating large areas of lands and orchards, and isolated Jerusalem from its surrounding Arab areas”.

Furthermore, the official said that Oslo divided the Palestinian people, and their national movements, in addition to causing dividing the refugees in exile, and weakening the role of the PLO by transforming it into a government instead of a liberation movement.

He also accused Israel of only implementing what is good for the state, and of obliging the Palestinians to remain committed to the agreements and all agreements that following, including the Paris Economic Agreement.

“All issues of this conflicts were supposed to be resolved by 1999 through a final status agreement”, Dr. Barghouthi said, “But what happened is that Israel transformed the temporary agreement into a permanent one, and enforced its social, political and economic apartheid policies on the Palestinians.

He said that the Palestinian leadership should adopt a new policy by increasing national resistance activities, by boycotting Israel, by working on the international level to boycott all Israeli products, and different institutions.

“The Palestinians must end all internal divisions, form a unified leadership that can place economic strategies that support the people, counter increasing living costs”, the official said, “we need a compressive unity between all Palestinians in Palestine and in exile”.

Soldiers, Police, Surround Worshipers In Al-Aqsa Mosque

Wednesday September 25, 2013 18:02 by IMEMC & Agencies

[Wednesday morning September 25, 2013] dozens of undercover soldiers of the Israeli army, followed by soldiers and police officers, invaded the yards of the Al-Aqsa mosque, and surrounded hundreds of worshipers.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that the worshipers rushed towards the Al-Qebly Mosque, and closed it gates after clashing with extremist Israelis who invaded it through the Al-Magharba Gate.

WAFA added that dozens of police officers evicted the invading extremists through the Chain Gate, and invaded the mosque yards leading to clashes with local worshipers.

The Police then imposed a strict siege on the Al-Qebly mosque, and fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at the residents; scores of worshipers suffocated after inhaling gas fired by the army, and received treatment by local medics.

Despite strict Israeli measures, and dozens of roadblocks, hundreds of Palestinians from Jerusalem, and historic Palestine, have been staying in the mosque for more than two days to counter the planned attacks of Israeli fundamentalists and extremists.

The army imposed tight restrictions on the Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, especially around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and prevented, for the second day, all residents below the age of 50 from entering the mosque.

Hundreds of worshipers then decided to hold prayers in the streets and alleys close to the mosque.
Furthermore, hundreds of police officer and soldiers have been deployed in different parts of the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

Clashes have also been reported in different parts of the occupied Palestinian city.

Israeli Occupation Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protest In Bethlehem

Wednesday September 25, 2013 17:37 by IMEMC & Agencies

Local sources have reported that Israeli occupation soldiers attacked on Wednesday [September 25, 2013] a nonviolent protest held by students in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, leading to several injuries.

The students marched against the ongoing Israeli violations, and the serious escalation carried out by Israeli extremists trying to attack the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the residents and their property in occupied East Jerusalem, the sources said.

The army used excessive force against the protesters, and fired dozens of gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated metal bullets. Medical sources said that several Palestinians received treatment for the effects of teargas inhalation.

Media sources in the camp stated that dozens of soldiers have been deployed in front of the camp, causing further tension and clashes.

In related news, soldiers installed several roadblocks in the Hebron district and on the northern and southern entrances of Hebron city, stopped and searched vehicles and interrogated the residents.

Coordinator of the National Committee against the Wall and settlements in Hebron, Rateb Jabour, stated that the roadblocks, especially on the southern entrance of Hebron, caused huge traffic jams.

Jabour added that the army recently installed dozens of roadblocks at the entrances of villages and towns in the district, and conducted provocative acts while harassing the residents and interrogating them.

At Least 25 Palestinians Injured In Hebron

Tuesday September 24, 2013 21:17 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Tuesday evening [September 24, 2013]

Palestinian medical sources have reported that at least 25 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli occupation soldiers during renewed clashes that took place in Bab Az-Zawiya and Shallala Street, in the center of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli occupation soldiers fired rounds of live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades leading to more than 25 injuries.

They added that Palestinian security officers in the city tried to prevent dozens of residents from reaching the clashes area, but the residents pushed through.

Furthermore, several soldiers occupied rooftops of high buildings in the city, used them as monitoring towers, and fired rounds of live ammunition at the protesters.

In addition, clashes took place near the main entrance of the Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, while the soldiers also installed several roadblocks in several areas in the city, and around it, closing the entrances of several villages and towns.

The soldiers stopped and searched hundreds of vehicles, and interrogated the residents, especially near Ath-Thaheriyya town, the main road leading to the Shajna Valley, Karma area, and the As-Sammoa’ village.

According to eyewitness accounts in the Al-Fawwar refugee camp, soldiers fired dozens of rubber-coated metal bullets, and gas bombs, at dozens of protesters in the area, while dozens of soldiers were deployed in Palestinian farmlands and streets in the area.

Israeli military sources said that the army is operating in the occupied city in an attempt to locate the Palestinian sharpshooter who shot and killed an Israeli soldier in the city on Sunday.

Following the fatal shooting of the soldiers, the army carried out a large search campaign, kidnapped dozens of residents, and interrogated them, before releasing some of them later on.

According to Israeli reports, the Israeli Security Agency (Shabak) believes that the sharpshooter is still somewhere in Hebron, while Givati and Nahal units of the army are searching hundreds of homes in an attempt to locate him.

Dozens Injured In Jerusalem, Two Kidnapped by Israeli Occupation Soldiers

Tuesday September 24, 2013 20:34 by IMEMC & Agencies
Tuesday evening [September 24, 2013]

Palestinian medical sources in Jerusalem have reported dozens of residents suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and at least two have been kidnapped following clashes with the Israeli occupation army and police in occupied East Jerusalem.

The clashes took place as hundreds of Palestinians marched to protest a procession by extremist Israeli settlers who have been trying to break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Maan News Agency has reported.

Maan said that hundreds of Israeli police officers, and soldiers, surrounded Bab Al-‘Amoud area, and declared it a closed military zone, while hundreds of police officers and soldiers formed human chains preventing Palestinian protesters from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque area.

Palestinian medical sources said that the soldiers and police attacked the Palestinian protesters as they marched chanting against the occupation, and the attack carried out by Israeli extremists who tried to break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The sources added that the soldiers used excessive force against the residents, fired gas bombs and concussion grenades leading to dozens of injuries among the residents.

Furthermore, Israeli sources said that a settler woman from the Kidmat Tzion illegal settlement, in occupied East Jerusalem, was mildly injured after being hit by a stone thrown by a Palestinian protester.

The sources added stones hurled by Palestinian protesters caused damages to at least ten Israeli vehicles in the area.

The Israeli police also decided to close the Al-Aqsa Mosque to Muslim worshipers on Tuesday, an issued that led to further tension.

Earlier on Tuesday, Israeli soldiers kidnapped four students of the Abu Dis University, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Palestinian Fighters Clash With Israeli Occupation Soldiers Invading Central Gaza

Tuesday September 24, 2013 16:26 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
[Tuesday Morning, September 24, 2013]

A number of armored Israeli occupation military vehicles, and a military bulldozer, invaded an area east of the Al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, and clashed with Palestinian fighters.

Eyewitnesses said that the fighters managed to detonate an explosive charge under the military bulldozer, and that fire and smoke was seen coming out of the targeted vehicle.

Soldiers fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition and used smokescreens in an attempt to conceal the movement of their vehicles, and advanced to uproot farmlands in the area.

Also on Tuesday, several Israeli military vehicles carried out a limited invasion into an area, east of Deir Al-Balah, in central Gaza, and uprooted Palestinian lands.

Media sources said that six Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers advanced nearly 150 meters and uprooted lands in the area.

Israeli soldiers conduct frequent military invasions into different areas in the besieged coastal region, and uproot farmlands, in addition to opening fire at farmers working in their lands close to the border area.

The invasions, that also led to dozens of casualties, are accompanied by repeated assaults targeting Palestinian fishermen in Palestinian territorial waters, leading to several arrests and dozens of casualties.

The invasions come in direct violation of the ceasefire agreement that was mediated by Egypt in November of last year.

During the 8-day war in November of last year, Israeli missiles and shells killed 191 Palestinians, mainly children, women and elderly, while at least 1492 Palestinians have been injured, dozens seriously.

Israeli shells killed 12 women, 20 elderly, and 48 children, including 16 under the age of five during the war.

Israeli fire and shells have also injured 1492 Palestinians, including 533 children (195 under the age of 5), 254 women and 103 elderly.

Following the ceasefire agreement, the army continued its violations against farmers and workers in areas close to the border, and against fishermen in Palestinian territorial water; dozens of casualties and arrests have been reported.

On December 27 2008, Israel launched the Operation Cast Lead war on Gaza, a war that was described by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) as the “single most brutal even in the history of the Israeli occupation”.

“In total, 1,419 Palestinians were killed. 83% of the dead – the overwhelming majority – were civilians, the so-called ‘protected persons’ of international humanitarian law”, PCHR said in its reported, “A further 5,300 were injured, and public and private property throughout the Gaza Strip was extensively targeted and destroyed.”

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