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  • » Palestinian Teen Shot Dead by Israeli Forces in Hebron
    February 5, 2020 9:26 PM – IMEMC News

    A Palestinian boy identified as Mohammad Salman al-Haddad , 17, was shot and killed, on Wednesday, during confrontations between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

    Witnesses said clashes broke out in Bab al-Zawiyeh, where the heavily-barricaded Israeli-controlled H2 area of Hebron meets the Palestinian-administered H1 section, where Israeli soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas canisters at the youths WAFA sources said.

    The Ministry of Health said al-Haddad was brought to Hebron hospital in critical condition, and pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The Ministry said the youth was hit by a live bullet in the chest, which penetrated the heart killing him almost instantly.

    Image: Shehab News Agency


  • Palestinian Child Dies From Serious Wounds He Suffered In October 2019
    January 31, 2020 2:54 PM – IMEMC News

    Palestinian medical sources have reported that a child died, Friday, from serious wounds he suffered in mid-October of 2019, after Israeli soldiers shot in southern Gaza.

    The sources said the child, Ala’ Hani al-Abbassi , 15, was shot by the soldiers with a high-velocity gas bomb in his head, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

    After his injury, the child received the needed first aid before he was rushed to a hospital in Khan Younis.

    The child underwent surgeries and remained in a coma in the Intensive Care Unit, until he was pronounced dead, Friday.

    On Friday at dawn, the Israeli army carried out a series of airstrikes targeting several areas in Rafah, in southern Gaza.

    Media sources said the army carried out ten strikes that led to extensive property damage and caused a power blackout over most of the Rafah.


  • Palestinian Fighter Killed In A Tunnel Accident In Gaza
    January 30, 2020 4:05 PM – IMEMC News

    The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has reported that one of its fighters was killed, Thursday, in an accident in a siege busting tunnel, near Gaza city.

    The Brigades said the fighter, identified as Ibrahim Khalil ash-Shantaf, 21, was from Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza city.

    It added that he was killed in an accident while working in one of its tunnels near the perimeter fence on the besieged and impoverished coastal region.

    It is worth mentioning that hundreds of Palestinians have been killed or injured, in similar accidents. Many of them were not members of the Brigades or any armed resistance group and were working in the tunnels to provide for their families.

    Most of the tunnels in Gaza are used for smuggling food, fuel, and medicine into the besieged Gaza Strip.


  • Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds He suffered When The Army Killed Eight Members Of His Family
    November 22, 2019 10:58 PM – IMEMC News

    The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed that a Palestinian man died, Friday, from serious wounds he suffered when Israeli soldiers fired a missile at the family home, on November 14th, 2019, killing eight family members, including five children.

    The Health Ministry identified the slain Palestinian man as Mohammad Salama Sawarka, 40; he was seriously injured at dawn on Thursday, November 14th, when the army fired a missile at the family home, in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza.

    Mohammad’s two children, Moath, 7, and Waseem, 23, were instantly killed. The missiles led to the death of eight members of his family, including five children and one woman. The Israeli army later alleged it “fired the missile at the home by mistake.”


  • » PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians, Including Jerusalem Governor, One Woman, In West Bank”
    November 21, 2019 – IMEMC News

    Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Thursday, at least eight Palestinians, including a young woman and the Governor of occupied Jerusalem, from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed. (...)

  • UAE Issues Stamp Depicting Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital
    November 20, 2019 7:35 PM – IMEMC News

    Emirates Post issued a commemorative stamp in support of Palestine featuring the Dome of the Rock, and stresses that Jerusalem al-Quds is the capital of Palestine.

    The stamp features the Dome of the Rock, located at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam, along with the flag of Palestine. A white dove symbolizing peace also appears.

    According to Emirates Post, the “Al Quds – capital of Palestine” stamp aims to uphold the cultural importance the city holds in the eyes of Arabs.

    “Such initiatives are proof that all Arab countries continue to stand by Palestine and support Al Quds’ cause, as well as a confirmation of the existing national ties and the special status Al Quds holds as an Arabic city and an important religious landmark,” said Obaid al-Qatami, acting chief commercial officer of Emirates Post Group.

    #Jerusalem #AlQods

  • Palestinian Killed by Israeli Police in Jerusalem
    November 17, 2019 5:36 PM – IMEMC News

    A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces early Sunday, east of Jerusalem, after being chased down by Israeli police.

    Walla Israeli website claimed, according to the PNN, that Israeli police forces killed a Palestinian man from East Jerusalem while chasing him, at dawn, alleging that he participated in the theft of a car, in the city of Jerusalem.

    A statement by the Israeli police spokesman said: “During the chase, police officers opened fire towards the car, wounding the driver critically, and was declared dead after attempts to revive him in the hospital failed.”


    • Palestinian Killed on Sunday Identified; Family Demands Answers
      November 19, 2019 11:55 AM

      The Palestinian killed by Israeli police on Sunday has been identified as Fares Bassam Abu Naab . His father said that the circumstances and the position of the car completely contradict the narrative of the police, who claimed that they fired on the car during the chase. The car was not hit with any bullets, however.

      In addition, a cellphone video taken from an apartment above the street clearly shows the young man parking and exiting the vehicle. It then shows a heavily armed Israeli police officer running toward him, shooting him, then running back.

      Abu Naab’s father said that his son was forced out of the car, and then he was shot. He said that what happened is clearly an execution, and that the police claim they want to do an autopsy. The family has refused the autopsy, and the Israeli police will be taking the family to court. (...)

    • Family of Slain Palestinian Say Israeli Officials Are Lying About How He Was Killed
      December 28, 2019

      Although a month and a half has passed since the killing of the Jerusalemite, Faris Bassam Abu Nab , questions remain about the circumstances of his death, and his family members say Israeli officials have had contradictory and deceptive statements. Abu Nab was shot by Israeli forces near the Tunnel checkpoint, south of Jerusalem.

      According to the Jerusalem-based Silwan Information Center, Bassam Abu Nab, the father of the killed Palestinian, said that he assigned a lawyer to follow up on the case of shooting his son and investigate, stressing that he continues to search for the truth of what happened to his son, and to hold the perpetrators accountable and punish them.

      Abu Nab said: “AbuKbeir Institute of Forensic Medicine refuses, to this day, to give me the results of the autopsy, and I did not receive the initial or final report, and he told me that it was transferred to the Police Investigation Unit (Mahash), and when I headed to the police and asked the official, he first denied and then refused to provide any information”.

      Abu Nab added that the condition of his son’s body revealed that he was killed “in cold blood”, because the bullets were in the upper part of the body, in the heart, chest, head, and neck, and the signs of assault were clear on his head from the back and lower back, as if he was dragged to the ground, in addition to dislocating his elbow, and all this refuted the occupation’s narration that only his feet were shot — but his feet did not contain any bullets.”

      Abu Nab continued, “From the moment I learned about the incident, the occupation police told me that they opened fire at the vehicle from the rear on the pretext that it was ‘illegal’. But I myself found the car by chance parked in the parking lot of Al-Maskobyeh in West Jerusalem, and it had no sign of any bullets, and after examination and investigation it was found that it was legal.”

  • Including A Father And Two Sons; Israeli Strikes Killed fifteen Palestinians, Wednesday
    November 13, 2019 4:44 PM – IMEMC News

    The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that the ongoing Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip has resulted in the death of at least fifteen Palestinians, including a father and two of his sons, and injured at more than ten others, in several parts of the coastal region, raising the number of slain Palestinians to twenty-three in two days, while more than 69 Palestinians have been injured.

    The Palestinians were killed and injured in 50 Israeli airstrikes and 21 incidents of artillery shells targeting various areas of the Gaza Strip.

    The Health Ministry in Gaza said the soldiers killed Mohammad Abdullah Sharab, 28, and Haitham Hafeth al-Bakri , 22, after firing a missile at them in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza. Both are members of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad.

    Two Palestinians were killed, on Wednesday afternoon, when the Israeli army fired missiles into an area east of Gaza city.

    A Palestinian father, identified as Rafat Mohammad Awwad , and two of his children, Islam and Amir , were killed, and several others were injured, by Israeli missiles in the Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza city, in an earlier attack, and a fourth was also killed after the army fired a missile at him while driving his motorcycle in the Zeitoun neighborhood, south of Gaza city.

    The Health Ministry said the soldiers killed Ala’ Eshteiwi , 32, in the Zeitoun neighborhood, and Khaled Awad Farraj, 38, was killed in the al-Mighraqa area, south of Gaza city, while many Palestinians were injured when the soldiers fired shells into farmlands, in addition to another Palestinian who was injured by Israeli shells in a playground in the Zeitoun neighborhood.

    The soldiers also fired many shells into farmlands, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip, causing damage to surrounding homes.

    Damage was also reported to a few homes, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, when the Israeli air force fired a missile into a nearby land.


    • IOF Attacks Continue on Gaza Strip for 2nd day, 18 Palestinians Killed including 6 Civilians; 3 brothers, a father and his 2 sons
      November 13, 2019

      For the second consecutive day, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continue their attacks on the Gaza Strip through its air, naval and artillery forces, killing 6 Palestinian civilians; 3 brothers, including 2 children, and a father and his 2 sons, including a child, as well as wounding 22 civilians, including 4 children and 2 women. Furthermore, IOF killed 12 members of the Palestinian armed groups.

      In reference to the press release issued by PCHR on Tuesday, 12 November 2019, and according to PCHR’s fieldworkers, IOF warplanes bombed 47 targets with 64 missiles apart from artillery and gunboat shelling.

      IOF airstrikes targeted 5 houses, a farm, a carpentry workshop, motorbikes, greenhouses, agricultural lands, public gatherings and Palestinian military sites, noting that some of those sites were previously targeted several times. Moreover, artillery shelling has been marked in different parts of the eastern Gaza Strip.

      The following are the airstrikes that inflicted civilian casualties:

      According to PCHR investigations, at approximately 09:10 on Wednesday, 13 November 2019, the IOF warplanes launched 2 missiles at a carpentry workshop belonging to Ayman Fathi ‘Abdel ‘Aal in eastern al-Tofah neighborhood in Gaza City. As a result, the workshop sustained severe damage, and 3 sons of the workshop’s owner were killed, including 2 children. They were identified as I brahim (17), Isma’il (16) and Ahmed (23 ). Moreover, 2 members of the Palestinian military groups were killed as they were spotted near the workshop.

      Approximately 20 minutes later, IOF warplanes launched a missile at a motorbike driven by Ra’fat Soliman Mohammed ‘Ayyad (54) and his 2 sons, Islam (24) and Amir (7), when they reached their house door behind ‘Ali Mosque in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City. As a result, Rafa’t and his 2 sons were all killed, noting that they were only civilians on their way back home.

      Accordingly, the death toll rises to 20, including the Islamic Jihad Senior Commander Bahaa’ Abu al-‘Ata and his wife ; as well as 6 civilians, 4 of them are children.

      PCHR fieldworkers documented that IOF destroyed 3 houses completely; 2 in Khan Younis and one in Rafah, after their owners and neighbors received calls from the IOF ordering them to leave right before the strikes. IOF claimed that some residents of targeted houses are members of Palestinian armed groups. Moreover, a farm was destroyed, and 850 turkeys and chicks died. (...)

  • Updated: Israeli Missiles Kill Two Palestinian, Injure Several Others, In Gaza
    November 13, 2019 10:00 AM– IMEMC News

    The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that Israeli war jets fired, on Wednesday at dawn, several missiles into different parts of the Gaza Strip, killing two Palestinian and wounding several others. Twelve Palestinians have been killed by Israeli missiles since Tuesday.

    Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said the soldiers fired missiles into central Gaza, killing one Palestinian, and wounding several others.

    The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, said the Palestinian was one of its members and identified him as Khaled Mo’awwad Farraj, 38.

    It stated that the Palestinian was assassinated in the al-Mighraqa area, in central Gaza.

    The second Palestinian has been identified as Ala’ Jabr Eshteiwi , 32, and was killed in the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza city.

    He was killed by a missile fired from an Israeli drone, directly targeting him.


  • Updated: Army Kills Five Palestinians, Injures 25, In Gaza
    November 12, 2019 5:41 PM – IMEMC News

    The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed, Tuesday, that a Palestinians died from serious wounds he suffered earlier after the Israeli army fired missiles targeting several Palestinians in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

    The Health Ministry said the Palestinian, identified as Ibrahim Ahmads ad-Dabous , 23, died from serious wounds he suffered in the Salateen area, northwest of Beit Lahia.

    His family said he just married just two months ago.

    He was seriously injured when the army killed Zaki Ghannam , 25, after it fired missiles targeting several resistance fighters in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the coastal region, also leading to the injury of three Palestinians.


    • Gaza updates- Death toll of Israel’s assaults reaches 10
      By َQudsN / November 12, 2019

      Gaza (QNN)- Ten Palestinians were murdered on Tuesday while 45 others were wounded in the Israeli escalation against the Gaza strip, said the Ministry of Health.

      The Ministry stated that the martyrs are Zaki Ghannameh (25 years old), Bahaa Abu ata ( 42 years old), Islamic Jihad leader, and his wife Asmaa Abu Ata (39 years old).

      Israeli airplanes also killed Muhammad Hammoudeh (20 years old), I brahim Dabous (23 years old), Abdullah Balbisi (26 years old), Abdussalam Ahmad (28 years old), Muhammad Abu Shekel (31 years old), Rani Abu Naser (35 years old), and Jihad Abu Khater (22 years old).

      45 Palestinians were also wounded, including 25 children, in the escalation which the Israelis claim to be targeting the resistance only.

      On the other hand, the Palestinian resistance continues to fire retaliation missiles at Israeli targets. Approximately 20 Israelis were reportedly injured, most of them had panic attacks, however the Israeli authorities continue to impose media blackout on the numbers of Israeli casualties.

    • Israël a tué 32 de mes amis
      Hamza Abu Eltarabesh – The Electronic Intifada – 13 décembre 2019 – Traduction : BP pour l’Agence Média Palestine

      J’ai rencontré al-Dahous pour la première fois quand il est venu faire la peinture de ma maison.

      C’était il y a environ un an. Je lui avais été présenté par mon cousin Muhammad Ashour, un décorateur d’intérieur.

      Ibrahim était très réservé. Ce n’est qu’après deux jours de travail chez moi que je l’ai entendu parler.

      Tout en étant un silencieux, Ibrahim pouvait aussi être très drôle. Quand il sortait une blague, tout le monde autour de lui se mettait à rire.

      Il a fallu à Ibrahim et à mon cousin environ une semaine pour peindre ma maison. Au cours de leur dernière journée de travail, nous avons eu une conversation à propos de l’importante offensive d’Israël contre Gaza, durant l’été 2014.

      J’ai été stupéfait quand Ibrahim m’a dit qu’Israël avait détruit sa maison qui venait d’être construite au cours de l’été.

      Et il a été stupéfait quand je lui ai dit que depuis la deuxième Intifada – éclatée en septembre 2000 -, Israël avait tué 31 de mes amis.

      « Je pourrais bien être le numéro 32 » a-t-il dit.

      Le propos n’aurait pas porté à rire, si ce n’avait été la façon dont Ibrahim l’a prononcé. Et je n’ai pas pu arrêter mon fou rire.

      Cela était typique d’Ibrahim. Son sens de l’humour était sombre.

      « Tant de rêves »

      Tragiquement, son propos s’est avéré prémonitoire. (...)

  • Israeli Missiles Kill A Third Palestinian In Gaza
    November 12, 2019 1:15 PM – IMEMC News

    The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Tuesday, a Palestinian teen, and seriously injured two others, in Jabalia, in the northern part of the coastal region.

    The Ministry said the slain Palestinian has been identified as Mohammad ‘Atiya Hammouda , 18, from Jabalia.

    It added that the Palestinian was killed, and two others were seriously injured, when an Israeli war jet fired a missile at their motorcycle. They were rushed to the Indonesian Hospital, in northern Gaza.

    The Israeli Air Force also fired missiles into a site in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, and an apartment , southwest of Gaza city, causing damage.


  • Israeli Army Assassinates Senior Islamic Jihad Leader, And His Wife, In Gaza
    November 12, 2019 9:44 AM – IMEMC News

    The Israeli army killed, on Tuesday at dawn, a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement, and his wife, after firing several missiles into a building in the Sheja’eyya area, east of Gaza city, also wounding many members of their family, in addition to a female neighbor.

    The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad in Palestine, said the army assassinated Baha’ Abu al-‘Ata, 42, and his wife Asma’ Abu al-Ata, in addition to wounding their siblings, Salim, Mohammad, Lian, and Fatima az-Zahra’, in addition to their neighbor Hanan Hallas.

    All wounded Palestinians were rushed to the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza.

    In an official statement, the al-Quds Brigades has confirmed the death of Abu al-‘Ata, and said he was one of its prominent leaders and personally supervised various attacks against the Israeli army, and added that he was also subject to numerous assassination attempts by Israel.

    The Brigades also stated that Israel is declaring war, and that Tel Aviv will witness the retaliation and the repercussions of this assassination.

    “Our response will be huge; the enemy is responsible for the outcome of its crimes, and will pay for them,” the brigades added.

    The brigades started firing shells into Israel almost an hour after the army assassinated its leader and his wife.

    In addition, the Hamas movement and its military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, also issued statements vowing “fierce and painful retaliation.”


    • Gaza : Israël tue un haut commandant palestinien, des tirs de roquettes en réponse

      VIOLENCES L’armée israélienne a tué mardi matin un haut commandant d’un groupe islamiste armé palestinien qui a promis de répondre par des tirs de roquettes

      20 Minutes avec AFP - Publié le 12/11/19 à 07h55 — Mis à jour le 12/11/19 à 08h42

      L’armée israélienne a tué mardi matin un haut commandant du Djihad islamique, un groupe islamiste armé palestinien, qui a promis de répliquer avec des salves de roquettes sur Israël où plusieurs villes étaient en état d’alerte.

      Le Djihad islamique a confirmé la mort du commandant Baha Abou Al-Ata, 42 ans, et de sa femme , après que l’armée israélienne a annoncé avoir « attaqué » dans une « frappe chirurgicale » un immeuble dans la bande de Gaza, où résidait ce haut dirigeant du groupe islamique. Des résidents ont rapporté qu’une explosion avait frappé le domicile d’Abou Ata dans le district de Chajaïya à l’est de la ville de Gaza . Et les mosquées locales ont annoncé sa mort.
      « Un nombre important de tirs vers Israël »

      Le Djihad islamique annonce être en « alerte maximale » après l’opération contre l’un de ses ténors, promettant un barrage de roquettes sur le sud d’Israël dans des villes entourant Gaza. L’enclave palestinienne de deux millions d’habitants est sous contrôle depuis plus de dix ans d’un autre mouvement islamiste, le Hamas, et sous blocus israélien.

      « Il y a eu un nombre important de tirs vers Israël », a déclaré lors d’une conférence téléphonique le porte-parole de l’armée israélienne, Jonathan Conricus, disant ne pas être en mesure de confirmer que ces roquettes avaient bien été lancées par le Djihad islamique.
      Des sirènes jusqu’à Tel-Aviv

      Les sirènes d’alarme ont été activées dans de nombreuses villes israéliennes à proximité de Gaza, où les écoles ont été fermées, et jusque dans la métropole économique Tel-Aviv.

      « Notre message au Hamas et au Djihad islamique palestinien est que nous ne cherchons pas une escalade (…) mais que nous sommes prêts à des scénarios défensifs et offensifs (…) Nous nous préparons à plusieurs jours d’affrontements », a déclaré Jonathan Conricus.
      Le commandant Abou Ata accusé

      Israël accuse Abou Ata d’avoir été derrière de nombreux tirs de roquettes depuis la bande de Gaza en territoire israélien. Et, selon l’armée, il se préparait aussi à orchestrer des opérations impliquant à la fois des roquettes, des snipers, des drones et des combattants.

    • Ongoing Bombarded On Gaza Leads To Property Damage
      November 12, 2019 11:34 AM IMEMC News

      Hours after assassinating a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad, who was killed along with his wife, the Israeli army continued firing missiles into several areas of the coastal region, causing excessive property damage.

      Media sources said the army fired a missile into an apartment in a residential building in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood, west of Gaza city, causing serious damage.

      They added that the army also fired missiles into a site in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, in addition to several missiles into farmlands in central Gaza Strip, and east of Gaza city. (...)

  • Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Near Hebron
    November 11, 2019 3:59 PM – IMEMC News

    Israeli soldiers shot and killed, Monday, a young Palestinian man in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

    Medical sources at the al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron said the soldiers shot Omar Haitham al-Badawi, 22, with a live round in the chest.

    They added that the soldiers surrounded the refugee camp, and refused to allow the medics through, as they were rushing into it to provide treatment to several Palestinians, including al-Badawi.

    Local then placed the seriously wounded Palestinian in a car and rushed him to the al-Mezan Hospital, in Hebron, where he died from his serious gunshot wound to the chest and the massive bleeding.

    The fatal shooting took place after the army resorted to the excessive use of force against dozens of Palestinians marking the fifteenth anniversary of the death of the late President Yasser Arafat, before several young men started throwing stones at the soldiers, stationed in the permanent military roadblock at the entrance of the refugee camp.

    In related news, the soldiers attacked protests near the northern entrance of al-Biereh city, in central West Bank, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.


    • Israeli forces kill Palestinian during West Bank march commemorating Yasser Arafat
      By Akram Al-Waara in al-Arroub refugee camp, Occupied West Bank - Published date: 11 November 2019 12:40 UTC

      Omar al-Badawi, 22, was reportedly shot in the abdomen in a refugee camp during a march in memory of the late Palestinian president

      “There were protests in commemoration of Yasser Arafat’s death, like every year,” Mohammad Badawi, a 28-year-old cousin of Omar Badawi, told Middle East Eye. “Then the Israeli army entered the camp.

      “Soldiers were firing live ammunition, tear gas and sound bombs into the crowd, and one of the tear gas cannisters exploded next to Omar’s house, causing a small fire,” Mohammad, 28, recounted. “So he stepped outside of his house to go see what was wrong. He was holding a bottle of water, and communicated to one of the soldiers that he was just going to put out the fire. The soldier immediately fired live ammunition at him in his abdomen and he fell to the ground.”

      Footage published by Palestinian news outlet J Media reportedly showed the moment Badawi was shot at close range, as Mohammad estimated his cousin was some 50 metres away from the soldiers.

      “Omar did not present any danger to them. You can see in the photos he was in his house clothes, still wearing his house slippers when he came outside,” Mohammad Badawi said.

      In the video, soldiers are seen firing bullets and throwing tear gas cannisters, even as Palestinian journalists and civilians attempt to carry Badawi to safety. (...)


    • Palestinian shot dead when Israeli troops mistake his towel for a firebomb
      Gideon Levy and Alex Levac Nov 28, 2019 - Haaretz.com

      Omar al-Badawi stepped outside to douse a small fire that started when a Molotov cocktail accidentally struck the wall of his house. At that very moment, Israeli soldiers shot him dead

      He was killed because he was holding a towel. The soldiers thought it was an incendiary device and shot him to death, on his doorstep.

      A video of the incident leaves no room for doubt: A young man steps out from his front door, with a towel, and shouts to a neighbor to bring water fast to help him put out the flames that are licking at the wall of his house – which was ignited by a Molotov cocktail that teenagers had thrown at soldiers, and that had missed its mark. A soldier standing down the lane immediately opens fire at the young man, who collapses and tries in vain to get up. He dies a short time later.

      Thus ended, so senselessly, the short life of Omar al-Badawi, 22, from the Al-Arroub refugee camp, located on the main road between Bethlehem and Hebron.

      The incident took place on November 11, the anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death, which each year is a day of unrest in the occupied territories in general and in Al-Arroub in particular. On November 11, 2014, Mohammed Jawabreh, 19, was killed there – shot in his home with live ammunition by Israel Defense Forces soldiers standing on the roof of a nearby house. The IDF claimed at the time that the troops thought Jawabra was holding a weapon and felt they were in danger, but an investigation by B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, ruled out that possibility. This time around, the soldiers thought their victim was holding a Molotov cocktail – which was actually a towel.

      Also on November 11, the year following Jawabreh’s killing, Ibrahim Dawad, a 16-year-old, from the village of Deir Ghasana, north of Ramallah, was shot dead by Border Police.

      It’s a narrow alley, just wide enough to walk through, in the upper part of the Al-Arroub camp, and not far from its entrance. Garbage bags are piled in front of the house; a huge memorial poster of the deceased covers the top floor, placed there by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. House abuts house here, window is next to window – this is the camp’s most densely populated area. From the door of this house Badawi emerged briefly, during what turned out to be the last moments of his life.

      The lane leading up to the house is steep. The soldier who shot Badawi – one bullet, to the upper body – stood lower down, with about 20 meters as the crow flies separating him and his victim. Badawi fell on his back onto the steps leading to his home, before rolling down into the street.

      It was a little after noon. The soldiers tried to drive the stone throwers – a few dozen high-school pupils – from Highway 60 back into the camp, chasing them and firing tear-gas grenades whose fumes wafted into the houses. Badawi was at home, renovating his parents’ bathroom. When tear gas began drifting in, he hurried outside together with his sister Maram, 23, his 16-year-old brother Basal, and two cousins, Hamza, 14, and Yazen, 12. He shouted to the neighbor across the way, a relative named Tareq Badawi, 25, to open the door, and the five young people rushed in, seeking shelter from the thick smoke.

      A few minutes later, Omar noticed that the outer, unplastered wall of his own house was on fire, along with a climbing plant outside Tareq’s house and curtains, inside. The young demonstrators were now tossing Molotov cocktails at the soldiers. Badawi rushed out, a towel in hand, to douse the flames, and shouted at the neighbors to bring water. At that moment he was shot.

      Now the wall of his house is blackened with soot, and Tareq’s curtains and climbing plant are scorched.

      Video clips recorded the sequence of events. One was taken by the Palestinian press photographer Muad Amarna, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest with the label “Press” on it; four days later he lost an eye after being shot by IDF troops in the village of Surif, near Hebron. Footage taken by another local journalist, Abdul Rahman Hassan, shows Badawi emerging from the house with the towel and walking down the steps. Two press photographers are seen standing across the way, another is behind him, all of them covering the protests and trying to evade the tear gas.

      The moment Badawi asks for water to help him put out the fire, he is shot. Anguished cries and curses are heard. Badawi is placed in a private car, which takes him to the local clinic of UNRWA, the United Nations refugee agency.

      In a second clip taken by Amarna, when he still had two eyes, three soldiers are seen firing three shots in the air, and walking back and forth – and then another shot is heard, but not fired by them. Badawi is then seen collapsing. This time the video is taken from the front, from the alleyway. Badawi was not shot by the soldiers standing nearby, rather by a soldier in ambush, who aimed and fired, from the bottom of the road.

      Wearing flip-flops, jeans and a purple T-shirt, Badawi is seen gripping his bleeding stomach and stumbling. Hysterical cries are soon heard as his friends carry him to the neighbor’s car.

      Haitham Badawi is the bereaved father now grieving over the death of his son. He’s 55, an employee of Al-Arroub’s local “popular committee,” and has three daughters and two surviving sons. The living room is small. Omar, his father says, served in the Palestinian police until he left the force after being transferred to a job in intelligence. Lately he had been working with his uncle doing renovations in the camp and had started to build his own apartment on the second floor of his parents’ home, where he hoped to raise his own family. As far as is known, there was no intended bride. The bereaved mother, Hajar, joins the conversation. The parents were not home when their son was killed, we are told: He was at work, she was at the clinic, where she was having her blood pressure checked.

      Omar awoke that morning exceptionally early, at about 6:15. It was cold in the house, and his mother urged him to go back to bed. Omar’s uncle Nur Badawi lives in the adjacent house. He is a janitor at a local college and came home earlier than usual. School ends early on the memorial day for Arafat. Nur was standing a meter and a half away from Omar when he was shot. He first drew back in a panic and then rushed to help evacuate his dying nephew. As they carried Omar to the car the soldiers threw stun grenades before leaving. The family was afraid the soldiers would kidnap the wounded Omar. He managed to say to Tareq, who rushed to him: “My back hurts.” Those were his last words.

      Some time after he was brought to the UNRWA clinic, a Palestinian ambulance arrived and took Badawi to the Al Ahli Hospital in Hebron. Highway 60 was closed because of the unrest and it took the ambulance 20 minutes to get there, via back roads. He was still breathing when he arrived at Al Ahli, but at 1:30 P.M., 40 minutes later, he was pronounced dead.

      During our visit, the phone in the family’s home rings. The headquarters of the District Coordination and Liaison Office requests that they come to give testimony to the Military Police investigators who are looking into the incident. Omar’s parents aren’t sure how they can get to the DCL building, in Hebron.

      The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit told Haaretz this week: “The incident in question is under investigation, following which the findings will be forwarded to the military advocate general. Naturally, details cannot be provided at present concerning an ongoing investigation.”

      An Israeli flag flies provocatively above the fortified IDF watchtower that looms over the entrance to Al-Arroub, on the main road. That flag is in the face of anyone who opens a window or a door in the camp.

      The bathroom Badawi was renovating on the last day of his life is totally bare. He’d managed to remove tiles from the old wall and the floor, but hadn’t yet replaced them. The bag of old tile shards lies mutely at the entrance to the house.

  • » Israeli Air Strikes Kill One Palestinian, Injure Three, In Gaza
    November 2, 2019 10:03 AM – IMEMC News

    The Health Ministry in the besieged Gaza Strip has confirmed that one Palestinian was killed, on Saturday at dawn, and three others were injured, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region. The army also fired many missiles into several areas in the Gaza Strip, after alleging that “projectiles were fired from Gaza.”

    Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said one Palestinian, identified as Ahmad Mohammad Shahri , 27, was killed by the Israeli missiles, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

    He added that three other Palestinians were injured, before they were rushed to Nasser Hospital, in Khan Younis.

    The Israeli army claimed it was retaliating to “projectiles” that were reportedly fired from the Gaza Strip, into the nearby Negev town of Sderot.

    Israeli sources did not report injuries, but stated that the Iron Dome intercepted seven shells, and added that one woman, in her sixties, was mildly wounded when she “fell while heading to a protected area.”

    Very minor damage was reported in a wall of one home, while the windshields of a few cars were shattered.

    Media sources in Gaza said the army fired many missiles into thirteen sites across the coastal region, causing serious property damage to several buildings and homes.

    Among the targeted areas are sites run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in Khan Younis and Rafah, in addition to two other sites in northern Gaza, and one in central Gaza, in addition to farmlands, east of Gaza city.

    Hamas spokesperson, Fawzi Barhoum, warned Israel of the consequences of escalation against the Gaza Strip and stated that the resistance is ready for any possible scenario.


  • Palestinian Killed at Israeli Military Roadblock near Tulkarem
    October 18, 2019 10:03 PM - IMEMC News

    A young Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces at Jabara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, on Friday evening.

    The slain Palestinian was later identified as Ra’ad Majed Mohammad al-Bahri, 25, from Kafr Zibad village, south of Tulkarem.

    A correspondent with the Palestinian WAFA News Agency confirmed that a young man died after being shot by the Israeli forces at the roadblock after the soldiers shot him.

    WAFA also reported that the young man was left to bleed to death when Israeli forces refused to allow the entry of ambulances of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society to the roadblock.

    The Israeli army claimed that the “man ran towards the military roadblock, intending to attack the soldiers.”


    • A young Palestinian’s walk of death
      The guards at a checkpost that’s off-limits to pedestrians claimed the young man approaching them had a knife. They kept shooting at him after he was wounded and prostrate. Now Israel won’t return his body to his family
      Gideon Levy, Alex Levac | Nov. 1, 2019 | 8:00 AM

      Why did he keep walking? What was going through his head and what were his intentions? Did he plan to assault the security guards, or did he simply want to die? His cousin shouted to him to stop. Two drivers, whose vehicles were parked on the roadside, warned him that if he kept going he would be shot. The armed guard standing behind the concrete cube also called to him to turn back. But he ignored them all. He strode purposefully forward, not running but also not pausing, toward the checkpoint, walking to his death. The guards say he was armed with a knife, but three eyewitnesses didn’t see a weapon. When he failed to halt, one of the guards fired two rounds in the air, then two more at the young man’s legs – by the book. Bleeding, he fell to the ground. He tried to get up, although it’s not clear whether that was a voluntary effort or not. Then the guards sprayed him with eight to 10 more bullets that tore his body apart.

      The dead man, Raad Bakhri, 25, came from a West Bank family that has been conducting business with Israelis for years. Since he had no security record and showed no inclination of wanting to hurt anyone, he too received a permit to work in Israel, not long ago.

      After the horrific incident two weeks ago, Majid Bakhri, Raad’s stunned father, was told to go to the Tul Karm Governmental Hospital (aka Martyr Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital) to collect his son’s body. While he was en route, however, the Israeli authorities had a change of heart: They have been holding onto the body since the incident and refusing to return it to the family.

      The bereaved father has only two requests now: to know the whole truth about what happened at the Jabara checkpoint – known as Te’enim (Figs) Crossing, in Israeli parlance – on the evening of October 18, and to get his son’s body back for a proper burial at home.

      Kafr Zibad is a small village in the rural area known as the Kufriyat, which lies between Tul Karm and Qalqilyah. The verandah of the Bakhris’ small stone house overlooks farmland; there are a few uncultivated fruit trees in the garden. In memory of Raad, Palestinian and Fatah flags have been hung on a truncated olive tree.

      The elder Bakhri, 66, greets us with a toothless smile. In his best Hebrew, he calls himself an “advertising man”: He explains that he owns a printing press which he uses to print ads, images and slogans on T-shirts, hats, cups, banners and other objects. He does a great deal of business with Israel. Raad was the third of five children. Born in 1994, he had enrolled in the industrial management department at the Palestine Technical College - Kadoorie in Tul Karm, but dropped out in order to join the family business. A month ago or so, however, he decided he wanted to work in Israel, with the goal of saving enough money to be able marry and establish his own home, even though his father wanted him to stay in the business. Raad received a work permit that allowed him to sleep in Israel and got a job at a construction site in Kfar Sava. During the last week of his life he didn’t work because Israel was closed off to West Bank Palestinians during the Sukkot festival. He spent the time helping to harvest olives on the family’s land, a few hundred meters from their house.

      On that Friday the 18th, he walked with his father and with his brother, Noor a-Din, to the olive grove. He was in a good mood, Bakhri recalls now. They returned home in the afternoon; Raad showered and changed his clothes, and they had supper together. Apparently the family was still pondering an incident that had occurred two days earlier.

      On Wednesday evening, Raad was driving the family car, a 1999 Seat. At an intersection not far from Kafr Zibad, next to a car wash, another car hit Raad’s lightly. The two drivers got out and seemed to be relatively relaxed, until three young men from Tul Karm who had been standing at the intersection came over, and a violent brawl ensued. They hit Raad on the head with a chair, whereupon he went to the Tul Karm hospital, where he needed stitches. Was it there that the seeds of his death were planted?

      According to local sources, Raad returned home distraught and asked his father and brother to go with him to Tul Karm to find his attackers and take revenge on them; they refused. Bakhri says now that his family contacted the families of the young men involved in the fight and planned to hold a sulha – a ceremony of reconciliation – that Saturday. For his part, the father rules out any connection between the brawl and his son’s death. Others in the town think Raad was upset because his family did not agree to avenge the attack on him. That, too, is not enough to dispel the fog surrounding the circumstances of his death.

      In any event, on Friday evening after supper, M.S., a cousin in her 60s from Tira, an Arab town in Israel, called; Bakhri says she loved Raad more than she loved her own children. M.S. asked Raad to bring her freshly harvested green olives. Since the Bakhris’ trees yield only black ones, Raad bought 10 kilos of green olives from a neighbor, and filled three soft-drink bottles with home-made olive oil, as gifts for the beloved cousin from Tira.

      Raad told M.S. to drive to the Jabara checkpoint, south of Tul Karm, to pass through it in her car, make a U-turn and park on the right side of the road, facing west. Raad also went to the checkpoint, parked on an internal road below the main road, took out the olives and the bottles of oil, and walked via a small olive grove toward his cousin, who was waiting in her car.

      He was wearing his best clothes, she related later, and was in good spirits. He only told her that he was in a hurry, people were waiting for him. He put the olives and the olive oil in the trunk of her car, declined to accept money, mumbling “Another time” – and left.

      Raad started to walk toward the checkpoint. There was a red plastic barrier, what’s called a “New Jersey roadblock,” along the roadside. The Palestinians know it’s forbidden to pass it on foot. A few dozen meters further along the road is a sign in three languages declaring that entry is prohibited to pedestrians. Raad ignored the sign and walked on.

      Parked in front of the checkpoint at the time were two cars belonging to Palestinian drivers waiting to transport home West Bank retruning from their jobs in Israel. It was about 7:40 on Friday evening. One of the drivers suddenly noticed the pedestrian who was heading westward, toward the checkpoint, and shouted: “Stop – they’ll shoot you!” Raad made a dismissive gesture with his hand and went on walking. Another driver, who was eating falafel in his car, also saw what was happening and says he remembers being furious at the young man who was ignoring the warnings.

      Abdulkarim Sadi, a field researcher for B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, went to the checkpoint on three successive evenings after the fatal incident that day, to find eyewitnesses. He is the one who found the two drivers, both from Tul Karm, one 45 years old, the other 21. The two refused to have their names published, for fear it would cause them trouble vis-a-vis Israel.

      Separately, the two men gave Sadi the exact same account about what had happened. Both emphasized that they did not see Raad holding anything. The cousin, M.S., who was still standing there, saw her beloved relative advancing toward the checkpoint and also shouted to him to stop, but to no avail.

      Jabara, like many other West Bank checkpoints, is manned by guards from a private security firm. One of them, positioned behind a concrete cube there, shouted to Raad, “Go back, go back” in Hebrew and Arabic. His shouts were loud, clearly heard by those at the checkpoint. But Raad ignored them.

      At this point the guard fired two warning shots in the air and then two more at Raad’s legs. An instant after he collapsed, laying in a pool of blood, he apparently tried to get up with his last remaining strength. More guards approached – it’s not clear how many – and opened fire. Eight or 10 bullets struck him.

      His father says now that he was told his son was hit with a “rain of bullets.” The images that were released afterward, apparently by Israel, show only a black body bag by the roadside with blood trickling from it; there is also a photo of an unknown hand holding a knife.

      A spokesman for the Defense Ministry, which bears responsibility for the checkpoint, provided the following statement to Haaretz this week: “There was a terrorist holding a knife who charged at the security detail at Te’enim Crossing with the aim of perpetrating an attack. The terrorist ran toward the guards, on Sabbath eve, under cover of darkness, and in the area prohibited to pedestrians. The security team at the crossing operated according to protocol: They called to him to halt a number of times, signaled him with a flashlight to stop and commenced deterrent firing. The shooting, with the aim of incapacitating the terrorist, was carried out from extremely close range, and only when it became clear that he was holding a knife in his hand and that his purpose was to attack the security detail. The attempted attack was documented and investigated. The facts of the incident are perfectly clear and refute your allegations,” regarding whether Raad had a knife, and whether the forces had no alternative to killing him.

      The two drivers and the cousin – who called one of Raad’s brothers to tell him what happened – apparently hurried to leave the site. The checkpoint was closed off to traffic. According to Majid Bakhri, another 45 minutes passed before his son’s body was evacuated.

      An autumnal breeze blows past the verandah of the house. “What was he thinking? Only Allah knows. I want to know exactly what happened, without falsifications,” Bakhri tells us. “I want to know what happened on our side and what happened on their side. I asked the cousin: By God, tell me if there was a knife, and she said no. If there had been a knife, her husband, who was also in the car with her, would have stopped Raad.”

      This past Sunday, at 1:30 in the morning, the Bakhri family awoke to the sound of loud knocking at the door. Six jeeps of the Israel Defense Forces accompanied an agent of the Shin Bet security service who goes by the name “Captain Abu al-Ez,” who had come to question the grieving father at the only time available to them. They wanted to find out whether anyone intended to avenge Raad’s killing. The captain told the father that Raad had pulled a knife before he was shot. Majid says he told him, “You say that. I believe it. I will not say that you are lying. But I also am not lying. I don’t know exactly what happened.”

      Majid says he wants to see the footage from the security cameras at the checkpoint, but hasn’t been allowed to so far. He asked his wife, Rima, to check if a knife was missing from the house. None was missing.

      Majid: “Raad had an entry permit to Israel. If there was anything going through his mind, what would have been easier than entering Israel and carrying out an attack there? So why didn’t he do that, if that was in his head? Only God knows what was there.”

      Then he suddenly chokes up and gasps, and for the first time since our conversation began, tears well up and Majid begins to weep, silently.

  • Des habitants d’implantations accusés d’avoir battu un rabbin âgé de 80 ans
    Par Jacob Magid 17 octobre 2019

    Mercredi, un militant israélien âgé de 80 ans a dit qu’il « avait eu peur pour sa vie » quand un groupe de jeunes habitants d’implantations armés de pieds-de-biche l’a attaqué lui et un groupe de volontaires étrangers aidant des fermiers palestiniens lors de la récolte annuelle d’olives dans le nord de la Cisjordanie.

    Le rabbin Moshe Yehudai a fait ses commentaires à la Radio de l’armée quelques heures après l’agression. Celle-ci a été filmée par des groupes de défense de droits de l’homme présents sur place.

    Des cinq volontaires qui ont été blessés, quatre venaient des Etats-Unis, du Royaume-Uni et d’autres pays européens, a déclaré un militant de terrain de l’ONG Yesh Din. Yehudai, un activiste israélien de Rabbis for Human Rights, a été la cinquième personne ciblée. Il a reçu de violents coups au bras et à la tête. Il a été transporté au centre médical Meir à Kfar Saba avec un bras cassé.

    • 80-Year Old Israeli Rabbi Beaten by Right-Wing Israeli Settlers for Protecting Palestinian Farmers
      October 21, 2019

      A group of around 30 masked Israeli settlers attacked Israeli and international human rights activists on Wednesday, beating them with crowbars while they were protecting Palestinian farmers trying to harvest olives in the village of Burin, in the West Bank.
      Eighty year old Rabbi Moshe Yehudai told reporters that he “feared for his life” as he was beaten mercilessly on the head, arm and shoulders. He was one of five Israeli human rights activists who was beaten in the attack.
      Yehudai was rushed to hospital with severe head injuries and a broken arm.
      Yehudai is a member of Rabbis for Human Rights, a group made up of Israeli and international Rabbis and supporters that engage in human rights accompaniment in the West Bank, especially in areas known for Israeli settler violence.
      According to local sources, more than 30 masked Israeli settlers came running into the olive grove where the harvest was going on, and began beating the Palestinian farmers, Israeli rabbis and international human rights activists.
      While being treated for his injuries, Yehudai told reporters from the Times of Israel, “Suddenly, the settlers came with their faces [covered]. They started running at us, they surrounded me, threw rocks at me, hit me with crowbars, giving me a head injury. I told them I’m 80 years old. Leave me alone.”
      But the settlers kept coming and beating him and the other activists and observers.

  • » Israel Issues Administrative Detention Order Against A Female Detainee From Jordan
    September 26, 2019 12:52 PM – IMEMC News

    The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported, Thursday, that the Israeli Authorities issued a five-month Administrative Detention order, without charges or trial, against the female detainee from Jordan.

    The Committee stated that the detainee, identified as Hiba Ahmad al-Lubbadi , 24, is currently held at the al-Maskobiyya detention and interrogation center, in occupied Jerusalem.

    It is worth mentioning that the young woman was abducted by the soldiers, on August 20, 2019, while she was crossing into the West Bank, and has been denied any legal representation since then.

    Hiba, a Jordanian citizen who also holds a Palestinian ID, was accompanying her mother to Jenin, in northern West Bank, to attend a wedding celebration for one of their relatives.

    The young woman was interrogated for 35 consecutive days in Petah Tikva prison, and no charges were ever filed against her before a court decided to slap her with an Administrative Detention. She was also held at the Damon Israeli prison.

    Her brother, Hatem, voiced an appeal to local and international legal and human rights groups to intervene and secure her release and added that the family was never allowed to visit with her since her abduction and imprisonment.

    #Hiba_Ahmad_al-Lubbadi #IsraelJordanie

  • Shin Bet Bans Gaza Football Team from Travel
    September 27, 2019 2:31 AM IMEMC News & Agencies

    Israel’s security agency, Shin Bet, has recommended a ban on travel, holding back a competition over the Palestine Football Cup, between Rafah Services Club and Balata Youth Center, Hebrew channel 12 reported.

    According to the channel, the final match between the two teams was to be held today, in Nablus, but was canceled, as the court approved the recommendation of Shin Bet and the army coordinator, to prevent the travel of some players.

    Israeli occupation authorities refused to give travel permission to the players of Rafah Services Club, but allowed it for five administrators and seven players.

    Al Ray further reports that the Israeli Central Court in Jerusalem approved the decision on Monday, putting the second leg of the Palestine Cup to a halt, under the pretext of security risk.


  • » Names of Palestinian Detainees in Saudi Prisons Revealed by Witness
    September 24, 2019 4:39 PM – IMEMC News

    Palestinian and Jordanian detainees being held in Saudi Arabian prisons suffer difficult humanitarian conditions, and are subjected to various types of physical and psychological torture, the Palestinian Association for Human Rights reported.

    A witness said that Saudi Arabian security services have waged a wide arrest campaign against dozens of Palestinians and Jordanians who have been residing in the country for decades, on charges of providing financial aid to the families of slain Palestinians and detainees in Gaza, the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.

    According to Al Ray, the Association called on Saudi Arabian authorities to immediately release all detainees who were taken into custody without clear charges, and to compensate them for the injustice. It additionally called on international organizations to exert pressure, on Saudi Arabian authorities, in stopping the practice of what are considered to be the most heinous forms of psychological and physical torture.

    The Association also called on the president of Palestinian Authority and the King of Jordan to urgently intervene with Saudi authorities in putting an end to this human suffering, and release the detainees.

    It explained, in the report, that it lingered over announcing the results of the search, due to lack of information and the reluctance of some detainees’ families to give their testimonies, for fear of punishment measures which might be implemented by the Saudi government. (...)

    #prisonniers #arabiesaoudite

  • » UK Labour: Motion Passed in Support of Palestinian Rights
    September 24, 2019 4:11 PM IMEMC News & Agencies

    Delegates at the 2019 Labour Party Conference have, almost unanimously, passed a motion reaffirming Labour’s support for Palestinian human rights, including their “collective rights to self-determination and to return to their homes.”

    The motion also commits the Party to apply international law to all trade with Israel, including the cessation of all arms trade with Israel, which is used in the violation of Palestinian rights.

    Last year, for the first time in history,the Labour Conference debated a motion on Palestine which was passed resoundingly amidst a sea of Palestinian flags, in a mass demonstration of public solidarity with the Palestinian people.

    The 2018 motion reaffirmed that, at the core of the Palestinian conflict and at the heart of the Palestinian cause, is the dispossession suffered by Palestinians in 1948, during the Nakba, when 750,000 were expelled or forced to flee from their homes.

    The passing of the motion, today, comes the day after a packed out fringe meeting hosted by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, featuring speeches from Diane Abbott MP, Lisa Nandy MP, speakers from Unite and UNISON unions, as well as a live video link with BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti, who was prevented from attending in person due to an unexplained, abnormal delay, by the British government, in processing his visa.

    #Travaillistes #Royaume_Uni