• #Ground_Truth. Destruction and Return in al-’Araqīb

    Ground Truth is an ongoing project that aims to provide historical and juridical evidence on behalf of communities in the illegalised Palestinian Bedouin villages in the northern threshold of the Negev/Naqab desert, Israel. While forced physical displacement and illegalisation render these communities non-existent on maps and aerial imaging, state-led land works and afforestation transform and erase their land and material cultural remains. The project aims to document and collate disparate legal, historical, and material evidence for the continuity of the sedentary presence of the Bedouin population on this land, as well as traces of their repeated displacement and destruction by government forces.

    At the heart of the project are a community-led photographic dossier and a 3DGiS platform that utilises contemporary and historical images to map the presence and remnants of the Bedouin’s inhabitation. This first iteration of the project centres on the case of the al-’Araqīb village, which has been demolished over 116 times over the past 60 years. A second phase of the project would wish to expand the work into more unrecognised villages where establishing proof of continuity of presence would be helpful.

    Through a collaborative process of DIY aerial photography with Public Lab, Zochrot, and the local families of al-’Araqīb, a kind of ’civic satellite’ is formed. We use kites and balloons equipped with simple cameras to form a methodology through which aerial and ground views can be gathered across multiple expeditions. These are assembled through photogrammetry into stacked geo-referenced 3D point-cloud photo terrains. Photographs, taken by residents and activists, document not only expulsion and destruction but also their ongoing life and resistance. These photographs, along with other media, data, and testimony, attest to an inflicted violence by connecting the history of this local land struggle to larger-scale and longer-term environmental transformations and to the conflicts that such changes have provoked.

    Et le #film :

    –-> on montre dans le film qu’Israël détruit les habitations puis plante des #arbres (#forêt) pour effacer définitivement les traces qui restent de la vie palestinienne sur le territoire...
    A mettre en lien avec :

    #destruction #paysage #palestine #Israël #Néguev #cartographie_radicale #contre-cartographie #cartographie_critique #Forensics_Architecture #architecture_forensique #effacement #traces #désert_du_Néguev
    #al-Araqib #expropriation #bédouins
    ping @sinehebdo @reka @nepthys @albertocampiphoto

  • Maintaining a Jewish majority: Jerusalem Municipality to demolish entire Palestinian neighborhood, leaving 550 people without a roof over their heads | B’Tselem

    Ever since 1967, planning policy in Jerusalem has been geared toward establishing and maintaining a Jewish demographic majority in the city. Under this policy, it is nearly impossible to obtain a building permit in Palestinian neighborhoods. The outline plans the city has prepared for these neighborhoods are largely aimed at restricting and limiting building opportunities in Palestinian neighborhoods. One way the plans do so is by designating vast areas as open green spaces, thereby barring Palestinians from building there. The resulting housing shortage forces Palestinian residents to build without permits. At the turn of the millennium, the city estimated that about 20,000 housing units had been built without a permit in East Jerusalem. This estimate was made before the Separation Barrier cut off Kafr Aqab and Shu’fat Refugee Camp from the city. Since that time, many high-rises have been built in those areas.

    The justices who heard the appeals that residents filed against the demolition orders issued for their homes chose to follow in the footsteps of all previous Israeli courts. They chose to ignore this policy which has been applied openly for more than fifty years. Instead, they focused solely on the question of whether or not the residents had building permits. District Court Judge Chana Miriam Lomp held that, “the residents have no one to blame but themselves,” as they had chosen to build without a permit and did not wait for planning conditions to change. Supreme Court Justice Yosef Elron refused to consider the residents’ arguments regarding planning discrimination and the fact that the Jerusalem Municipality deliberately avoids promoting a plan that would regulate construction in the area, saying they were not pertinent “to a criminal proceeding hearing.”

  • Off-duty Israeli Soldier Caught on Video Torching Palestinian Farms– May 28, 2019 11:16 AM - IMEMC News

    Off-duty Israeli Soldier Caught on Video Torching Palestinian Farms
    May 28, 2019 11:16 AM IMEMC News Human rights, Israeli attacks, Israeli Settlement, Nablus, News Report, West Bank 0

    A video released by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem shows a group of Israeli settlers attacking Palestinian villagers and setting their farms on fire on May 17th – and today, the group managed to identify one of the arsonists in the video as an off-duty Israeli soldier.

    According to B’Tselem, on Friday, 17 May 2019, Israeli paramilitary settlers torched Palestinian farmers’ fields in Burin and ‘Asirah al-Qibliyah. In both villages, the settlers threw stones at the residents’ homes.

    In ‘Asirah al-Qibliyah, where the area is controlled by military watchtowers, a settler even fired shots in the air. Soldiers nearby did not arrest the attackers and prevented the Palestinians from approaching their burning land.

    The Israeli military followed the attack with a public statement containing the absurd and easily disproved claim that Palestinians had started the fires – a version of events that was then unquestioningly repeated by the Israeli and US media.

    The attack took place about a kilometer away from the Giv’at Ronen settlement point, and the Israeli paramilitary settlers involved in the attack apparently came from the settlement of Yitzhar.

    Israeli Army Blamed Palestinians for West Bank Arson, but Settler Soldier Is Behind It
    Yotam Berger - May 27, 2019 12:20 PM

    One of the two settlers filmed setting fire to a field is an Israeli soldier who was on leave at the time ■ IDF initially blamed Palestinians, then admitted soldiers were involved too

    One of the two Jewish settlers caught on video setting West Bank fields on fire last Friday is an Israel Defense Forces soldier, Haaretz has learned.

    The army knows the identity of the settler, who was filmed by Israeli human rights nonprofit organization B’Tselem, and two security sources confirmed the details, saying that the soldier was on leave when the arson took place.

    Selon l’armée, la police israélienne devrait gérer l’incident. La police a déclaré qu’elle n’avait pas encore arrêté le soldat.

  • In video - Israel demolishes home of Saleh al-Barghouthi in Kobar
    April 17, 2019 12:09 P.M. (Updated: April 17, 2019 2:51 P.M.)

    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished the family home of Saleh al-Barghouthi, a Palestinian accused by Israel of carrying out an attack, in the Kobar village, northwest of the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, early Wednesday morning.

    Saleh al-Barghouthi, 29, was shot by Israeli forces near Ramallah on December 12; initial reports said that al-Barghouthi was shot and killed after carrying out an attack against Israelis, however, his family says that Saleh was detained alive and might have died in custody.

    Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq had sent a joint urgent appeal to the United Nations (UN) Special Procedures regarding the enforced disappearance of al-Barghouthi.
    A recent investigation by B’Tselem found that, contrary to official Israeli statements, Saleh al-Barghouthi did not try to flee or run anyone over, nor could he have tried: two security vehicles were blocking the taxi he was driving at either end, and he was surrounded by some 10 security personnel who shot him point-blank – an operation resembling an extrajudicial killing. Official attempts to sanction the killing in retrospect ensure no one will be held accountable.
    An Israeli settler was killed in the alleged attack.


  • » One Palestinian Killed, Another Wounded, in Attack by Israeli Settler Near Nablus
    April 3, 2019 10:08 AM - IMEMC News

    Israeli soldiers have reported that a Palestinian was killed, and another injured, when an Israeli settler opened fire on them near Beita town, south of Nablus.

    The Palestinian who was killed was identified as Mohammad Abdul-Mon’em Abdel-Fattah from Khirbet Qeis village in the Salfit district, in the northern West Bank.

    The one who was injured has been identified as Khaled Salah Rawajba, a 26-year-old resident of the village of Rujeib, east of Nablus. He was shot in the abdomen and taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus, where he remains in serious condition.

    The Israeli settler who shot and killed the young man tried to claim that “he had a knife” – but video footage taken by another Israeli settler on the scene, showing the brutal and callous treatment of Adel-Fattah’s body after he was killed, shows that there was no weapon.

    In the video, a soldier and a settler are seen kicking the young man’s corpse, flipping him over and going through his pockets, finding nothing.

    According to eyewitnesses, the claim of an attempted stabbing were completely false. They said that Mohammad was a truck driver who was waiting at the checkpoint when the Israeli settler closed the road with his car. Khaled then got out of his car and tried to tell the settler to move. But the Israeli settler began shooting.

    Khaled Rawajba, an employee at an auto repair shop on the side of the road, heard the altercation and stepped out of his workplace to see what was happening. He was then shot as well, and seriously wounded.

    In video - Palestinian shot dead by Israeli settler, another injured
    April 3, 2019 9:45 A.M. (Updated: April 3, 2019 9:45 A.M.)

    NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was shot and killed by an Israeli settler, while another was injured at the Huwwara checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, on Wednesday, for allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack.

    Medical sources reported that the shot Palestinian was taken in critical condition to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, east of Tel Aviv, in central Israel, where he was pronounced dead.

    Sources identified the killed Palestinian as Muhammad Abed al-Fattah , a resident from the northern West Bank district of Salfit.

    Local sources said that an Israeli settler, identified as Joshua Sherman, from the illegal settlement of Elon Moreh, northeast of the Nablus district, blocked the road with his vehicle, preventing al-Fattah from crossing the road, and opened fire at him.


  • Shoot and abandon: Israel barring wounded Gazan protesters’ access to medical care
    B’Tselem | 14 March 2019

    The Return Protests, which Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been holding near the fence with Israel to demand realization of the right of return and an end to the blockade on Gaza, began nearly a year ago and are still taking place. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by the end of January 2019, a total of 27,942 people had been injured in these demonstrations, 14,768 of whom were treated in hospitals in Gaza. More than 6,300 had been injured by live fire. According to B’Tselem’s figures, by the end of February 2019, 200 protesters had been killed, including 39 minors and two women. Most of the casualties – killed or injured – had posed no danger to Israeli security forces, who were deployed on the other side of the fence.

    Any healthcare system would be hard put to treat such an immense number of casualties. All the more so for the healthcare system in Gaza, which is on the verge of collapsing. Israel has kept Gaza under blockade for more than a decade, imposing restrictions on bringing in drugs, advanced medical equipment and spare parts for broken equipment, and barring doctors from travelling abroad for further training. The restriction on bringing drugs into Gaza has severely depleted local stores of vital drugs and equipment. Gaza also suffers from an intermittent supply of power, largely due to Israeli policy, and routine power cuts damage medical equipment. This has forced hospitals to cut services to a minimum, postponing non-urgent operations and releasing patients home earlier than medically advised.

    Given the failing healthcare system in Gaza, injured protesters cannot receive the medical attention they need and must seek vital treatment abroad.


  • « …travaille depuis des semaines… »

    Des députés veulent que l’antisionisme soit reconnu comme un délit au même titre que l’antisémitisme

    Des députés de tous bords proposeront, mardi 19 février, une résolution ou une proposition de loi pour que l’antisionisme soit reconnu comme un délit au même titre que l’antisémitisme, selon les informations recueillies par franceinfo lundi 18 février.

    « La haine d’Israël est une nouvelle façon de haïr les juifs »

    Ce « groupe d’études » travaille depuis des semaines sur le sujet. Son président, le député LREM de Paris Sylvain Maillard, estime que « la haine d’Israël est une nouvelle façon de haïr les juifs ». « On peut critiquer le gouvernement d’Israël, mais pas remettre en cause l’existence même de cet Etat. Personne ne remet en question l’existence de l’Etat français ou de l’Etat Allemand », explique-t-il.

    Et en conclusion de l’article, un comportement typiquement antisémite qui consiste à considérer les français juifs comme des ressortissants d’un pays étranger :

    Ils rendront leur décision mardi après-midi, avant le discours d’Emmanuel Macron au dîner du Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France (Crif) mercredi soir.

  • Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian attacker
    Dec. 13, 2018 10:49 A.M. (Updated : Dec. 13, 2018 12:23 P.M.)

    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A 29-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces, on late Wednesday, near Surda village, north of the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

    The Israeli army announced that Saleh Amer Saleh al-Barghouth i, 29, a resident from Kobar village, in Ramallah district, was shot and killed by Israeli special forces.

    Earlier this week, al-Barghouthi carried out a drive-by shooting attack near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ofra, injuring seven Israeli settlers, including a 21-year-old pregnant woman, who was in critical condition and delivered the baby prematurely in an emergency procedure.


    • Undercover Israeli Forces Kill A Palestinian Taxi Driver Near Ramallah
      December 13, 2018 2:33 AM

      Undercover Israeli soldiers assassinated, on Wednesday evening, a Palestinian Taxi driver, near Surda village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah; the army claimed the Palestinian was allegedly “involved” in the shooting targeting colonialist settlers, last Sunday.

      The slain Palestinian has been identified as Saleh Omar Saleh Barghouthi , 29; eyewitnesses said he was driving his taxi when the undercover Israeli soldiers, driving an old commercial Mercedes, ambushed him, and opened fire at him, before abducting him while he was still alive, but severely injured and bleeding.

      The army later said the Palestinian died from his wounds in a hospital in occupied Jerusalem.

      Eyewitnesses said that the taxi remained in the middle of the road, after the soldiers shot Saleh, and added that a young man, identified as Wa’ad Barghouthi, tried to remove it from the road, but the undercover forces attacked and abducted him too.

      Eyewitnesses said the undercover soldiers instantly opened fire at the car after ambushing it, in what appeared to be a clear assassination, not an attempt to abduct and imprison him.

      The soldiers also abducted Ala’ Tarifi, who owns the Taxi company, when he tried to ask about Saleh’s condition.

    • B’Tselem investigation: al-Barghouthi was shot point-blank
      Jan. 31, 2019 12:01 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 31, 2019 12:01 P.M.)

      JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An investigation by B’Tselem found that, contrary to official Israeli statements, Saleh al-Barghouthi did not try to flee or run anyone over, nor could he have tried: two security vehicles were blocking the taxi he was driving at either end, and he was surrounded by some 10 security personnel who shot him point-blank – an operation resembling an extrajudicial killing. Official attempts to sanction the killing in retrospect ensure no one will be held accountable.

      A statement on the investigation said that “On 12 December 2018, at around 6:30 P.M., two Israeli security vehicles blocked the path of a taxi driving along the main road of Surda, a Palestinian village in Ramallah District. Driving the taxi was Saleh al-Barghouthi, 28, husband and father of a 5-year-old boy from the village of Kobar, which lies north of Ramallah. About ten personnel, including Special Police Unit officers, got out of the vehicles, surrounded the taxi and shot al-Barghouthi point-blank. They then pulled the wounded al-Barghouthi out of the taxi, handcuffed him and drove away with him. The IDF notified the family that al-Barghouthi had been critically injured in the incident and died in hospital. According to the Shin Bet (ISA), al-Barghouthi, who was an operative with Hamas’ military wing, was suspected of involvement in the drive-by shooting that took place on 9 December 2018 at the hitch-hiking post near the settlement of Ofra, north of Ramallah. Seven Israelis were injured in the attack, including Shira Ish-Ran, who was seven months pregnant and delivered of her baby in hospital. The baby boy, Amiad Israel Ish-Ran, died three days later.” (...)

  • Botched Israeli operation in Gaza endangers human rights groups - Palestinians

    If it turns out that the IDF invented a fictitious aid group for the operation, from now on it can be expected that every real new organization will find it difficult to be trusted by the authorities and residents in the Gaza Strip

    Amira Hass
    Nov 25, 2018

    If members of the Israeli special operations force that Hamas exposed in the Gaza Strip this month indeed impersonated aid workers, as Walla news and the Israel Television News Company reported, it will reinforce and even retroactively justify Hamas’ longtime suspicions.
    Hamas has in the past claimed that, consciously or not, international humanitarian organizations assist Israel’s Shin Bet security service and the Israeli military.
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    This is exactly what the employees of foreign aid organizations, as well as Palestinian ones with some foreign staff, fear. A senior employee in one of these organizations told Haaretz that if Israel has abused the network of international or local aid groups, it could undermine the critical activities of organizations large and small: The Hamas government that controls the Gaza Strip might take precautions that will interfere with their entry into the Strip and their work.
    “No one will listen to the protest of a small organization on the exploitation of humanitarian activity,” he said. “Large organizations need to make their voices heard.”

    The bodies of four of the six men killed during an Israeli raid on Khan Younis in a hospital morgue in Gaza, on Sunday, November 11, 2018AFP
    Foreigners who entered the Gaza Strip last week reported more exacting questioning than usual at Hamas’ border control position and strict identity checks of passengers at checkpoints within the Strip.

    A Westerner who visits the Strip frequently told Haaretz they sense some suspicion on the part of ordinary Gazans toward foreigners — and not for the first time.
    What is interesting is that Palestinian media outlets did not publish the suspicions about the Israel special force impersonating aid workers: In other words, Hamas did not raise this claim publicly.
    According to versions heard in the Gaza Strip, the members of the unit carried forged Palestinian ID cards, presumably of Gazans, and said they had food distribution coupons. It also seems they spent a number of days in the Strip before they were exposed.
    Working for an aid organization is a logical and convenient cover story. As part of the strict limits on movement by Israel, foreigners and Palestinians who are not residents of the Strip, who work for international aid organizations (and foreign journalists) are among the few who receive entry permits into the Gaza Strip.

    Palestinian militants of Hamas’ military wing attend the funeral of seven Palestinians, killed during an Israeli special forces operation in the Gaza, in Khan Younis, on November 12, 2018.AFP
    Hamas senior official Moussa Abu Marzouk was quoted as hinting that the entry of the unit was made possible through a checkpoint of the Palestinian Authority, at the Erez border crossing.
    His statement fed the constant suspicions against the PA’s security services of cooperation and help for the Israeli security forces. But knowing how the official entry process into the Gaza Strip from Israel works raises doubts about the feasibility of this scenario.
    In addition to navigating the bureaucracy of Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories to obtain an entry permit from Israel, foreigners seeking to enter the Gaza Strip must also coordinate their travel in advance with the Hamas authorities.
    To enter officially through the Erez crossing, you must submit full identification details, including details on the purpose of the visit and the organization and identity of contact persons inside the Gaza Strip.
    >> How Hamas sold out Gaza for cash from Qatar and collaboration with Israel | Opinion
    The military unit’s entry through Erez would have required Israel to use the name of a well-known aid organization, which would not raise any suspicions. Did the Israel Defense Forces use the name of an organization such as UNRWA or an Italian aid group funded by the European Union, for example?
    And if it turns out that to carry out the mission, the IDF invented a fictitious aid group a long time ago, and in doing so received the help of COGAT, from now on it can be expected that every real new organization will find it difficult to be trusted by the authorities and residents in the Gaza Strip.
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    On entry to the Gaza Strip, those who receive permits go through four checkpoints: On the Israel side of the crossing, at the first registration position of the PA on the other side of the crossing, at the checkpoint of the PA police, which was once the Hamas checkpoint and was handed over to the PA about a year ago when it was attempted to establish a reconciliation government, and at the new registration position of Hamas, which has restarted operations these last few months.
    Even those bearing Palestinian identity cards — which according to reports the members of the unit carried — must pass through the posts of the PA and Hamas and answer questions. At the Hamas position, suitcases are not always checked, but a person who often enters the Gaza Strip told Haaretz that the check — even if only to search for alcohol — is always a risk to be taken into account.
    It is hard to believe that the members of the Israeli military unit would have entered Gaza without weapons, on one hand, or would have risked exposure, on the other, he said. 
    One gets the impression from media reports that Hamas and the IDF are both busy competing over who was humiliated more by the exposure of the unit’s operations. What is certain is that making humanitarian aid into a tool in the service of Israeli military intelligence contributes to the feeling of vulnerability and isolation of the Strip.

  • Israel closes Erez crossing in response to protests
    Sept. 5, 2018 11:12 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 5, 2018 11:15 A.M.)

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Israeli authorities announced, on Wednesday, the closure of the Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun) between Israel and the northern besieged Gaza Strip, until a further notice.

    The Palestinian liaison said that the Israeli authorities notified the Palestinian side of the closure, pointing out that it would be starting on Wednesday until a further notice under the pretext of organized protests that had taken place near the crossing, on Tuesday, against the United States’ decision to cut all funds to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA).

    Sources pointed out that significant damages were caused on the Palestinian side of the Erez crossing, as a result of the protests.

    The Israeli authorities allowed passage into Israel to only two emergency cases, however, prevented some 400 other cases from leaving the Gaza Strip.

    Israel confirmed that the crossing would be open for passengers returning to the Gaza Strip.

    #GAZA #Blocus

    • Israeli naval forces open fire at Gazan fishermen
      Sept. 5, 2018 10:59 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 5, 2018 12:00 P.M.)

      GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli naval forces opened fire, on Wednesday morning, at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the southern besieged Gaza Strip.

      A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen as they were working off the coast of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.

      Sources added that no injuries were reported.

      Several human rights groups reported that since the beginning of 2018, the Israeli navy has carried out more than 230 attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, including shootings, detentions and confiscation of boats.

      Israeli human rights group B’Tselem confirmed that Israel’s Gaza closure and “harassment of fishermen” have been “destroying Gaza’s fishing sector,” with 95 percent of fishermen living below the poverty line.

  • Israel Violence from God -

    Amira Hass

    The IDF spokesman did not miss the target and proved what we have known for a long time. In other words, his employer, the army, is a willing captive of the settlement enterprise and the settlers.
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    In a response after the attack on six activists from Ta’ayush by about a dozen or more Israelis, (Jews), at the Mitzpeh Yair settlement outpost on the holy Sabbath of the 14th of the Jewish month of Elul, 5778, the IDF spokesman lied twice: “Friction” – that’s what he called the brutal attack, after which four of the victims required treatment in the hospital. He also claimed that the soldiers declared a closed military zone. If they did, the activists didn’t hear it.

    Soldiers evacuating an injured activist after the attack in South Hebron Hills, August 25, 2018.B’Tselem
    There is no group of Israeli Jewish activists that has been and is being exposed to physical attacks by the settlers more than Ta’ayush. For almost 20 years the activists of this left-wing group have been going out to the battlefields: the pastures, fields and orchards that the settlers have their eyes on.

  • Winner of prestigious Israeli award to donate prize money to human rights organizations

    Feminist and scientist Evelyn Fox Keller, a former professor at MIT, will give her Dan David Prize money to anti-occupation organization B’Tselem, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and Physicians for Human Rights | Amira Hass May 07, 2018 8:11 AM

    One of the winners of this year’s Dan David Prize plans to give the prize money to three Israeli human rights organizations.

    Prof. Evelyn Fox Keller, one of nine people who received the award at Tel Aviv University Sunday night, will give the money to B’Tselem, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and Physicians for Human Rights.

    The scientist and feminist thinker told Haaretz that the moment she found out she had won the prize, she decided she could accept it only if she gave the money to organizations combating Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

    In a written statement to Haaretz on Sunday, the 82-year-old, who last taught at MIT wrote, “I am deeply grateful to the Dan David Foundation both for the honor conferred by the prize, and for the opportunity it provides me to support those elements of Israeli society committed to peaceful coexistence and to the protection of human rights for all.”

    Asked why she didn’t just refuse the prize, since it is granted by an Israeli university which is part of the system and doesn’t criticize it, she replied, “I didn’t see it that way. I am accepting the prize in support of people who resist the system. I didn’t see what would be served by turning it down. As a political statement, it is stronger if I take the prize and give it away.”

    The interview with Fox Keller took place last Thursday, less than 24 hours after she landed in Israel. She said she decided to announce her plans for the prize money through this interview rather than during the ceremony because “I didn’t want it to be a ‘fuck you’ statement. I don’t want to be the focus of the night.”

    On Saturday, she revealed her plans to her two co-winners in the “Past – History of Science” category, Prof. Lorraine Daston of Berlin’s Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and Prof. Simon Schaffer of Cambridge University. The other six winners were in the categories of “Present – Bioethics” and “Future – Personalized Medicine.” The $3 million purse will be evenly divided among the nine of them.

    The prize, named for the international entrepreneur and philanthropist who established it, is granted annually “for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on our world,” according to its website. Fox Keller won for “pioneering work on language, gender, and science” which “has been hugely influential on shaping our views of the history of science.” Her research specialties are theoretical physics, mathematical biology, feminist thought and history of science.

    The website’s reference to her “pioneering work” refers to her discovery of the degree to which modern scientific thought and its depiction of natural phenomena were shaped by patriarchal ideology and language. For instance, biologists searched for a “master” molecule – a dominant molecule that would operate an entire system – rather than recognizing the cooperation and self-organization of the various component parts.

    Christina Agapakis, a biologist and founding editor of “Method Quarterly,” wrote in her introduction to an interview with Fox Keller in 2014, “Throughout her career she has pushed the boundaries of science, confidently crossing the borders that separate disciplines and breaking down the barriers keeping women out of the highest reaches of scientific achievement.”

    Asked whether she thought Israeli universities should speak out against infringements on Palestinians’ academic freedom — such as Israel’s refusal to let students from the Gaza Strip study in the West Bank and obstacles it places before foreign academics and students who wish to teach or study in the occupied territories — Fox Keller responded, “Of course I think they should, but they don’t. And they don’t want to and don’t have a voice.”

    It’s not just Tel Aviv University that “doesn’t have a will,” she added. “None of the universities in Israel have a will.”

    Her last visit here was 10 years ago, when she was hosted by the Weizmann Institute of Science. She said she was shocked by the changes in her friends, who used to consider themselves liberals and socialists, yet had no idea what was happening in the Palestinian territories under Israeli rule.

    “The biggest change is probably the children, the effect the army had,” she said.

    “I said [then that] Israel makes me ashamed of being a Jew,” she added. “Yes, I feel the same today.”

    Asked why she should feel that way, since she’s an American Jew rather than an Israeli, she replied, “It was just a gut response. I cannot defend it ... [except to say that] my political commitments are whatever remains of my Jewish leftist heritage.”

  • #B'Tselem urges soldiers to refuse to shoot protestors in #Gaza: Shooting unarmed protestors is illegal, and a command to do so is a grossly illegal command | B’Tselem

    Tomorrow (Thursday) B’Tselem will launch a campaign entitled “Sorry Commander, I cannot shoot”. The campaign will include newspaper advertisements clarifying to soldiers that they must refuse to open fire on unarmed demonstrators. The organization is taking this unusual step following last Friday’s events, when soldiers used live fire against unarmed demonstrators. Of at least 17 Palestinians killed that day, 12 were killed at the protests. Hundreds more were injured by live gunfire.

  • On eve of Netanyahu visit, EU to mark Human Rights Day with anti-occupation group B’Tselem
    Noa Landau Dec 04, 2017 3:53 PM

    In slap to Netanyahu, incoming EU ambassador chooses to hold official event with human rights group ■ Foreign Ministry says move is like ’spitting in the face of Israelis,’ while minister blasts EU as increasingly irrelevant

    Representatives of the European Union in Israel will mark International Human Rights Day on Thursday together with the human rights organization B’Tselem. The event, led by incoming EU Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret, will feature an exhibition of photographs marking 50 years of Israeli occupation and has sparked a fierce condemnation from Israel.

    The exhibition, entitled “50 Years,” is currently on display at the Jaffa Port in Tel Aviv. It features portraits of 50 Palestinians born in 1967, the year that Israel took over the West Bank and Gaza after the Six-Day War. The event is expected to be attended by other foreign diplomats in Israel as well.

    Early next week, Netanyahu will fly to Brussels for a rare meeting with the 28 foreign ministers of the EU member nations.

    In a departure from protocol, Netanyahu was invited not through the usual official channels, but through Lithuania’s representatives to the EU, a relatively friendly nation from Netanyahu’s perspective. The bypass of protocol has peeved the foreign minister of the EU, Federica Mogherini.

    The spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Emmanuel Nahshon, stated, “For reasons unknown, the EU people believe that the way to Israelis’ hearts is by spitting in their faces. We are again seeing the same patronizing approach of preaching hypocritical, condescending morality, that just pushes away rather than bringing closer. It is sad and superfluous.”

    Israeli officials and politicians fumed at the news. “The European Union loses no opportunity to needle the State of Israel and persists in its unilateral ways,” stated Naftali Bennett, the leader of Habayit Heyehudi party. “This attitude makes the EU a less relevant player by the day.”

    Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely commented that Israel has “been threatend by Palestinian terror for over 100 years” and that “unfortunately, the EU has not investigated the Palestinian Authority’s education system, which raises children to be ready to kill innocent civilians.” She further added that “whoever wants to look into human rights should begin with the Palestinian education system.”

    B’Tselem responded, saying they have invited Bennet, Hotovely, and Nahshon to the exhibition, “so that they can have a firsthand look at the children of 1967— who have been deprived of their human rights by Israel.”

    In late April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a scheduled meeting with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel for refusing Netanyahu’s demand that he not meet with two human rights nongovernmental organizations, Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem.

    Netanyahu’s bureau stated at the time that the prime minister’s policy is to not meet with diplomats who visit Israel and meet organizations “that slander [Israel Defense Forces] soldiers and seek to prosecute them as war criminals.”

    In February, Netanyahu ordered the Foreign Ministry to reprimand Belgium’s ambassador to Israel after Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel met with representatives from B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence. Netanyahu’s bureau stated at the time that “Israel sees gravely the meeting of the Belgian prime minister today with the heads of Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem during his visit to Israel.”

    The same month Netanyahu visited London and asked Prime Minister Theresa May to stop funding left-wing Israeli organizations, including Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and others.

    In the past Netanyahu has also ordered to abolish the posts at B’Tselem reserved for young Israelis who do voluntary national service as an alternative to enlisting in the army.

    This is not the first time the EU has lent public support to the organization, despite the disapproval of the Israeli government. In October 2016, the EU delegation to Israel openly supported an appearance by B’Tselem executive director Hagai El-Ad before a special session of the UN Security Council on the settlements, tweeting “We support B’Tselem to maintain human rights of vulnerable Palestinian communities in Area C.”

  • B’Tselem: Israeli forces abuse Palestinian, force him to say ’Muhammad is a pig’
    June 13, 2017 6:16 P.M. (Updated: June 13, 2017 6:16 P.M.)

    (...) Kanan added that soldiers finally stopped, at which point one said to Kanan “You’re a big-time terrorist. I’m going to shoot you.” Kanan said that he heard the soldier load his gun and felt the gun be placed on his head. “I was sure he was going to kill me,” he said.

    Kanan said that the soldiers then beat him again, and “covered his legs with earth and then removed it.”

    According to B’Tselem, he was also transferred to a tent and made to sit on the floor. The soldiers’ removed his blindfold and “forced him to say ‘Muhammad is pig’ and ‘Muhammad is a dog’, and snipped off bits of his hair with scissors.”

    After the soldiers finally returned his identity card and removed his plastic cuffs, they left Kanan in an area unknown to the youth, after Kanan had told the soldiers he did not know how to get back to Nabi Saleh.

    “Go on, go home. But there are Jews out there,” the soldier reportedly told Kanan. “If you run into them on your way back, they’ll beat you up even more. But you go to Nabi Saleh and tell them what happened to you.”

    Kanan was then forced to hitchhike back to Nabi Saleh.

    Kanan’s father, meanwhile, was only allowed a few seconds to speak with his son during Kanan’s detention, and was not informed by the soldiers where he was being held.

    When Kanan’s father took him to the hospital in Salfit, he was “diagnosed with injuries to his upper torso, head, back, left knee and upper limbs,” and was kept in the hospital for a day and a half to treat the injuries.

    “This abuse did not take place in a vacuum. It is part of a broader context,” B’Tselem concluded in their report. “Over the years, B’Tselem has documented many similar incidents of violence and abuse, which could not have taken place had the abusive soldiers not been aware that they would have the full support of senior military and government officials, and would not be held accountable for their actions.”

  • Israeli forces shoot, kill woman in East Jerusalem after alleged stabbing attempt
    May 7, 2017 7:17 P.M. (Updated: May 7, 2017 8:55 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police forces shot and killed a teenaged Palestinian girl in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem early on Sunday evening after she allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack, Israeli police said.

    Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that the teenager was shot after she approached Israeli police officers stationed at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City while holding a knife.

    Al-Samri later confirmed that she had been killed, identifying her as a 16-year-old Palestinian from the Ramallah district of the occupied West Bank.

    The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the girl as Fatima Afif Abd al-Rahman Hjeiji , 16, from the Ramallah-area village of Qarawat Bani Zeid.

    Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement that no police officers had been injured in the alleged attack, adding that Israeli police had cordoned off the area and were investigating the incident.

    According to Ma’an documentation, Hjeiji is the 20th Palestinian to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of the year, seven of whom were minors. Seven Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same time period.

    Though Israeli forces often claimed that Palestinians were allegedly attempting to carry out stabbing attacks when they were shot and killed, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel’s version of events in a number of cases.


    • Israeli Soldiers Execute Palestinian Girl in Occupied Jerusalem
      May 8, 2017

      (...) According to PCHR’s investigations and testimonies by eyewitnesses to PCHR’s fieldworker in occupied Jerusalem, at approximately 19:00 on the abovementioned day, Fatmah ‘Afif ‘Abdel Rahman Hjeiji (16), from Qarawet Bani Zaid village, northwest of Ramallah, was walking 10 meters away from a police checkpoint, which is permanently established at the southern entrance to the Damascus Gate. One of the soldiers suddenly screamed out, “knife”. Immediately, the Israeli soldiers stationed there opened fire at the girl. As a result, 30 live bullets hit her body; some of them penetrated her chest and waist from the right side. Therefore, Fatmah was killed on the spot. Eyewitnesses emphasized that after the girl fell on the ground, the Israeli soldiers continued shooting at her and not only attempting to wound or arrest her.

      Following this, the Israeli police deployed in the area closed the scene and prevented anyone from approaching the girl, whose body had been on the ground for an hour. The police officers attacked and pushed dozens of civilians away. They chased Mahmoud Abu Sbeih (9) until he fell from height in the Damascus Gate area and was then taken to the hospital to receive medical treatment. (...)

    • B’Tselem denounces Israel for unjustified killing of Palestinian teen in Jerusalem
      May 10, 2017 6:15 P.M. (Updated: May 10, 2017 11:06 P.M.)

      B’Tselem noted that Israel’s Jerusalem District Police Commander Major General Yoram Halevy defended the shooting as lawful and appropriate. Israeli police spokespersons at the time said the officers had acted “determinedly and professionally” when they killed the teenager.

      “The District Commander’s statement completely ignores the facts of the case: Hjeiji’s youth, the fact that she stood motionless, the short distance between her and the officers, the metal barrier separating her from the officers, and the obvious conclusion — that the officers shot and killed her when she posed no threat to them,” B’Tselem wrote.

      “This statement, like similar sentiments expressed by other senior ranking officials and a mood of general hostility ever since October 2015, encourages security personnel to shoot to kill even in cases such as this, where lethal measures are unwarranted,” the human rights organization argued.

      “This is no isolated incident,” B’Tselem affirmed, echoing numerous the numerous cases in which Israeli forces have been condemned for carrying out a “shoot-to-kill” policy of Palestinians who could have easily been disarmed and detained without being shot to death by Israeli forces.

      An Israeli settler was shot and killed earlier this month at a military checkpoint, who Israeli police initially mistook for a Palestinian. About a month ago, almost at the very spot where Hjeiji was killed, and under similar circumstances, Israeli forces shot and killed 49-year-old Siham Nimr, who allegedly brandished a pair of scissors at them from the other side of the police barricade.

      “The continued policy of fatally shooting Palestinians who do not pose a mortal danger illustrates the manifest discrepancy between the recognized and accepted principle that prohibits such use of gunfire, and a reality in which shoot-to-kill incidents are a frequent occurrence and are encouraged by senior officials and wide public support,” B’Tselem concluded in their report.

  • Netanyahu to German Foreign Minister: Cancel meeting with Israeli leftists or we won’t meet
    Germans say meetings with B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence still scheduled after prime minister issues ultimatum to Sigmar Gabriel, who is visiting Israel.
    Barak Ravid Apr 24, 2017 11:54 PM

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is demanding that German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who arrived on Monday for a visit to Israel, cancel his planned meeting on Tuesday with representatives of B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence.

    Senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office said that Netanyahu issued an ultimatum to Gabriel, saying that if the latter does not cancel his meetings with the left-wing groups, the prime minister won’t meet with him. The ultimatum was first reported by Israel Channel 2 News.

    As of Monday night, the meeting with the two groups’ representatives had not been canceled, and German diplomats said it would take place. Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Gabriel, but the meeting was not listed on his schedule for Tuesday given to the media. The meeting between Gabriel and the leftist groups is planned for Tuesday evening.

    The German foreign minister is expected to meet with President Reuven Rivlin and opposition chairman Isaac Herzog. Herzog issued a statement Monday condemning Netanyahu for the ultimatum and accused him of harming Israel’s foreign relations.

    “Netanyahu is fleeing from the field,” Herzog said. “Netanyahu’s ultimatum to the German foreign minister is a serious blow to Israel’s foreign relations with the biggest economy in Europe and a true friend of Israel. Instead of running away from the campaign, I call on Netanyahu to meet with the German foreign minister and present his positions and Israel’s positions, without fear of any organizations.”

    Two months ago, the Belgian ambassador to Israel was summoned to a clarification meeting at the Foreign Ministry after Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel met with representatives of Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem during his visit to Israel. The previous day Netanyahu had met with Michel and asked that the Belgian government stop funding left-wing organizations in Israel.

    The week before that, during his meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London, Netanyahu asked that Britain stop funding Israeli left-wing groups, first and foremost Breaking the Silence

    • Netanyahu menace d’annuler un entretien avec un ministre allemand
      AFP / 25 avril 2017

      Le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu menaçait mardi d’annuler un entretien prévu avec le chef de la diplomatie allemande Sigmar Gabriel si celui-ci rencontrait des représentants d’organisations critiques du gouvernement, a indiqué un responsable israélien.

      Ce responsable a confirmé auprès de l’AFP, sous couvert de l’anonymat, des informations d’abord rapportées par la chaîne israélienne Channel 2.

      L’annulation de l’entretien entre MM. Netanyahu et Gabriel représenterait un accroc rare dans les relations diplomatiques entre Israël et l’Allemagne, l’un des plus fermes soutiens européens de l’Etat israélien.

      Elle surviendrait cependant dans un contexte de rafraîchissement des relations entre les deux pays.

      M. Gabriel a dit mardi matin qu’une telle annulation serait « impensable ».

      « Nous apprenons par les médias israéliens que le Premier ministre Netanyahu, que j’ai de surcroît rencontré très souvent, veut annuler cette visite parce que nous voulons rencontrer des représentants critiques de la société civile », a-t-il déclaré à la télévision publique allemande ZDF.

      « Je peux à peine imaginer cela, car cela serait extrêmement regrettable », a-t-il ajouté, « il est tout à fait normal que, lors d’une visite à l’étranger, on parle à des représentants de la société civile ».

      M. Gabriel prévoit de rencontrer mardi des représentants de B’Tselem, une ONG israélienne qui documente les violations des droits de l’Homme dans les Territoires palestiniens occupés depuis 50 ans par l’Etat hébreu, et de Breaking the Silence, autre ONG israélienne qui offre sous le couvert de l’anonymat une plateforme aux soldats israéliens pour raconter leur vécu et dénoncer les agissements selon eux condamnables de l’armée.

      Les deux ONG comptent parmi les bêtes noires du gouvernement israélien.

    • Netanyahu annule une rencontre avec un ministre allemand
      AFP / 25 avril 2017

      Le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu a annulé mardi une rencontre avec le chef de la diplomatie allemande Sigmar Gabriel après une dispute très inhabituelle sur le programme du ministre.

      M. Netanyahu avait prévenu qu’il ne recevrait pas M. Gabriel si ce dernier rencontrait en soirée des représentants de deux ONG israéliennes très critiques de son gouvernement.

      Cette annulation est un rare accroc public dans les relations d’Israël avec l’Allemagne, qui est un de ses plus fermes soutiens européens.

      Elle survient dans un contexte de rafraîchissement des relations bilatérales, notamment au sujet de la colonisation, c’est-à-dire la construction par Israël d’habitations civiles dans les Territoires palestiniens occupés, critiquée par Berlin.

      « Je peux confirmer que la rencontre est annulée », a affirmé à l’AFP un haut responsable israélien qui a requis l’anonymat. Il a précisé que l’annulation avait été décidée à l’initiative de Benjamin Netanyahu.

      M. Gabriel avait indiqué plus tôt qu’une telle annulation serait « impensable ».

    • B’Tselem to Netanyahu: We will not take orders or succumb to pressure
      April 26, 2017 4:30 P.M. (Updated: April 26, 2017 4:30 P.M.)

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel met with Israeli human rights groups Tuesday night, in defiance of an ultimatum by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who asked the diplomat to cancel the meetings, B’Tselem — one of the organizations Gabriel met with — affirmed that it would not succumbed to pressure from Netanyahu and reiterated its opposition to the Israeli occupation.

      In a continuation of rising the Israeli government’s intolerance for criticism targeting the state, Netanyahu canceled a scheduled meeting with Gabriel, after the foreign minister committed to meeting with B’tselem, Breaking the Silence — a group dedicated to publicizing the testimonies of former Israeli soldiers who had committed or witnessed human rights violations while deployed in the occupied Palestinian territory — and other “left-wing” groups.

      The Israeli prime minister’s office said in a statement that Netanyahu’s policy was “not to meet foreign visitors who on trips to Israel meet with groups that slander (Israeli) soldiers as war criminals.” However, both Netanyahu and Gabriel have since assured that relations between Israel and Germany would not be harmed by the incident.

      Gabriel said that "you can’t get a proper and comprehensive picture in any country on Earth if you only meet in government offices,” and reportedly refused to take a phone call from Netanyahu on Tuesday afternoon explaining his position.


  • Palestinian woman shot, killed after alleged attempted stabbing in East Jerusalem
    March 29, 2017 4:20 P.M. (Updated: March 29, 2017 7:51 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian woman in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon after she allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack, Israeli police said.

    Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri initially said in a statement that the woman attempted to stab police officers at the Old City’s Damascus Gate, only to be “neutralized” by the Israeli forces — a term commonly used by Israeli officials to indicate that an alleged attacker has either been wounded or killed.

    Moments later, the spokeswoman confirmed that the Palestinian woman had been killed. Al-Samri added that no Israeli officers had been injured in the altercation.

    The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the slain Palestinian woman as 49-year-old Siham Ratib Nimr , from East Jerusalem. Al-Samri specified that Nimr was from the northern East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras Khamis, which is cut off from the rest of the city by Israel’s illegal separation wall.

    Witness told Ma’an that the Nimr was walking with her daughter in the entrance to Damascus Gate, and that an altercation occurred once they came close to Israeli police officers.

    The witnesses said that an Israeli border police officer shot Nimr at point-blank range in the chest and lower extremities, and that Israeli police forcibly prevented an Israeli paramedic from approaching the woman, “leaving her to bleed to death.”

    The eyewitnesses added that Israeli forces then completely sealed off the area, preventing Palestinians from using the entrance to the Old City.

    Israeli forces reportedly also assaulted young Palestinian men who were in the area.


    • Jérusalem : une Palestinienne auteur d’une tentative d’attaque aux ciseaux tuée (police)
      AFP / 29 mars 2017 17h48

      Le corps d’une assaillante palestinienne est évacué, le 29 mars 2017 devant la porte de Damas, à l’entrée de la vieille ville de Jérusalem-Est / © AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA
      Jérusalem - Une Palestinienne, qui avait tenté d’attaquer mercredi des policiers israéliens avec une paire de ciseaux, a été tuée par balles à une entrée de la vieille ville de Jérusalem-Est, selon une nouvelle version de la police.

      Dans un premier temps, une porte-parole de la police avait affirmé que cette Palestinienne avait brandi un couteau.

      Selon la police, cette femme, qui sortait de la vieille ville de Jérusalem par la porte de Damas, s’est approchée de policiers et a sorti une paire de ciseaux. Les policiers ont alors ouvert le feu dans sa direction, a ajouté la porte-parole.

      Aucun policier n’a été blessé, selon elle.

      Selon le ministère palestinien de la Santé, la Palestinienne tuée s’appelait Siham Nimr . Agée de 49 ans, elle était résidente du camp de réfugiés de Shouafat à Jérusalem-Est, occupée et annexée.

      Des médias palestiniens ont précisé qu’elle était la mère de Mustafa Nimr, un Palestinien de 27 ans tué par la police israélienne en septembre dernier à Shouafat.

      Dans un premier temps, la police l’avait présenté comme l’auteur d’une agression avant de reconnaître qu’il s’agissait d’une erreur.

    • Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 – 29 March 2017)
      March 30, 2017

      (...) In a new crime of wilful killings, on 29 March 2017, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian identified as Siham Rateb Nemer (49) after opening fire at her when she was entering the Damascus Gate (Bab al-‘Amoud) in occupied Jerusalem. Israeli forces claimed as usual that the abovementioned woman attempted to stab an Israeli soldier. However, PCHR’s investigations refuted those claims. It should be mentioned that Siham is the mother of Mustafa Nemer, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on 05 September 2016 when he was driving a car along with his relative on ‘Anata Street in Sho’afat refugee camp, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. As a result, he was killed and his relative was wounded.(...)

    • B’Tselem: Killing of Palestinian woman in Jerusalem ’unjustified’
      April 4, 2017 6:43 P.M. (Updated: April 4, 2017 6:53 P.M.)

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem released a report on Tuesday, condemning Israeli forces for the “unjustified” killing of a Palestinian woman in Jerusalem last week.

      Israeli police said at the time that 49-year-old Siham Nimr attempted to stab police officers with a pair of scissors at the Damascus Gate entrance to occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, only to be “neutralized” by the Israeli border police — a term commonly used by Israeli officials to indicate that an alleged attacker has either been wounded or killed. No Israeli officers were injured in the altercation.

      It was later revealed that the slain woman was the mother of 27-year-old Mustafa Nimr, who was killed by Israeli forces in September during a night raid in occupied East Jerusalem’s Shufat refugee camp.

      According to B’Tselem, after Siham approached a metal police barrier near Damascus Gate, brandishing a pair of scissors, border police officers standing on the other side of the barrier shot and killed her. Included in their report was a picture from a security camera in the area, released by Israeli police, purporting to show Siham holding up the scissors while standing behind the police barrier.(...)

    • Palestinian woman killed by Israeli forces in March is laid to rest in Anata
      April 27, 2017 2:02 P.M. (Updated: April 27, 2017 2:36 P.M.)

      JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians took part on Wednesday night in the funeral of Siham Ratib Nimr, a Palestinian woman who was killed by Israeli forces last month after attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

      Nimr, a 49-year-old resident of the northern East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras Khamis, was killed by Israeli police on March 29 after she attempted to stab police officers with a pair of scissors at the Old City’s Damascus Gate. No Israelis were injured in the case.

      Nimr was the mother of Mustafa Nimr, a 27-year-old Palestinian who was killed by Israeli forces “by mistake” in September during a night raid in the Jerusalem-area Shufaat refugee camp.

      Palestinian Red Crescent staff said that they received Nimr’s body at a military base near the village of Anata in the Jerusalem district of the occupied West Bank, before taking her remains to Shufaat refugee camp, her hometown.

  • Ynetnews News - IDF troops detain 8-year-old Palestinian,7340,L-4940064,00.html

    The boy’s mother, Amani, told B’Tselem that she asked a soldier to return her son, but he refused. “I was really scared and worried about Sufian,” she said. “I started crying and ran after the soldiers as they moved from house to house, to try and get them to let him go.”
    While the IDF claimed that the boy was being brought to his parents, and that the whole incident ended within ten minutes, the boy’s mothers claimed that IDF soldiers refused to let him go before he identified the other boys who threw rocks and Molotov cocktails.

    #Israel #enfants #Palestine

  • Benjamin Netanyahu dénonce la rencontre entre Charles Michel et deux ONG
    RTBF avec Belga | Publié le mercredi 08 février 2017 - Mis à jour à 06h40

    Le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu a dénoncé mercredi dans un communiqué une rencontre entre le Premier ministre Charles Michel et des représentants de deux ONG israéliennes opposées à la colonisation des territoires palestiniens.

    M. Michel, accompagné de six parlementaires de la majorité et de l’opposition, a rencontré mercredi matin, Yehuda Shaul et Hagai El-Ad, représentants des associations de défense des droits de l’Homme « Breaking the silence » et « B’Tselem » à Jerusalem, à l’occasion de sa visite en Israël et dans les Territoires palestiniens. L’entretien avait lieu au surlendemain du vote d’une loi légalisant la colonisation sur des terres privées en Cisjordanie occupée (territoires palestiniens occupés militairement par Israël), condamnée par la Belgique et de nombreux autres pays.

    En réaction à cette rencontre, « le Premier ministre (Netanyahu) a donné comme instruction au ministère des Affaires étrangères d’exprimer sa réprobation auprès de l’ambassade de Belgique en Israël », a affirmé un communiqué du bureau de Benjamin Netanyahu.

    « En Israël, nous considérons avec gravité la rencontre du Premier ministre belge avec les dirigeants de Breaking the Silence et de B’Tselem lors de son séjour en Israël », a ajouté le communiqué.

    « Le gouvernement belge doit choisir : ou changer de voie ou poursuivre une ligne anti-israélienne », a également souligné le bureau de M. Netanyahu.

  • Red Crescent: Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian teen during clashes in Tuqu
    Jan. 16, 2017 5:27 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 16, 2017 5:33 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during clashes in the Bethlehem-area village of Tuqu in the southern occupied West Bank on Monday evening, the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) ambulance service said.

    A PRC spokesperson told Ma’an that 17-year-old Qusay Hasna al-Umour was shot with live ammunition in the chest at least three times, and that Israeli forces had detained him for an unspecified period of time before handing over his body to the health organization.

    It remained unclear whether al-Umour was already dead when Israeli forces got a hold of him, or if he succumbed to his injuries while in custody.

    An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the reports.

    Four other Palestinians, including a woman, were also shot and injured during the clashes.

    Locals told Ma’an that clashes broke out near the western entrance of the village on Monday afternoon, with Israeli forces firing live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas at Palestinian youth.


    • Jan. 16, 2017 5:27 P.M. (Updated : Jan. 17, 2017 10:43 A.M.)

      Doctors who examined the teenager’s body at al-Hussein Hospital in Beit Jala told Ma’an they counted six bullet holes in al-Umour’s chest and lower extremities.

      An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that “violent riots” erupted in Tuqu with “hundreds” of Palestinian youth throwing stones at Israeli border police.

      “Israeli border police fired 0.22-caliber rounds towards the main instigator, resulting in his death,” the spokesperson said, adding that no Israelis were wounded during the clashes.

      However, a video of the events taken by Palestinian journalist Hisham Abu Sharqah immediately after al-Umour was shot seemingly contradicted the Israeli army’s allegation that al-Umour was the “main instigator” in the clashes.

    • ’They have destroyed me’: Mother grieves as slain Palestinian teen laid to rest
      Jan. 17, 2017 8:18 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 17, 2017 9:07 P.M.)

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The early morning traffic began to ease as the funeral procession departed from Bethlehem’s city limits, and cars sped up on their way to the nearby village of Tuqu, in the southern occupied West Bank.

      “Look, look,” said one of the drivers in the funeral procession, pointing upwards to a group of Israeli soldiers stationed on the hill just above the shared Palestinian-Israeli settler road. “They’re trying to provoke us.”

      As traffic slowed for a moment, young men — residents of Tuqu where 17-year-old Qusay al-Umour
      was shot dead less than 24 hours earlier — hopped out of their vehicles to grab stones from the side of the road and hurl them as far as they could at the soldiers, not knowing if one of them had shot the four fatal bullets that killed their friend.

      Women and children gathered on rooftops, passersby honked their horns, and young men hung out of the windows of speeding cars waving Palestinian and Fatah flags, with pictures of al-Umour, the latest “martyr,” taped to the backs of their cars. (...)

    • NGO: Israeli shooting of Palestinian teen in Tuqu ’extrajudicial killing’
      Jan. 18, 2017 10:50 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 18, 2017 11:15 P.M.)

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian rights group slammed on Wednesday the killing of a Palestinian teen by Israeli forces earlier this week, calling the case an “extrajudicial killing” and demanding that Israeli authorities open an investigation into the case.

      Qusay al-Umour, 17, was killed during clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth in the Bethlehem-area village of Tuqu in the occupied West Bank on Monday.

      Video of the moments immediately following al-Umour being shot by Israeli forces has elicited a strong emotional response, as it showed Israeli soldiers roughly carrying the teenager’s limp body by his dangling arms and legs.

      Legal NGO BADIL said in a statement on Wednesday that the footage provided “evidence contradicting Israeli accounts and raises concerns about the adherence of the Israeli forces to the central tenets of international law.”(...)

    • B’Tselem: January killing of Palestinian teen in Tuqu ’unjustified and unlawful’
      March 8, 2017 1:53 P.M. (Updated: March 8, 2017 8:51 P.M.)

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem released a report on Tuesday slamming Israeli border police’s “profound disregard” for the life of 17-year-old Qusay al-Umour , who was shot dead in January during clashes in the southern occupied West Bank village of Tuqu, calling his killing “unjustified and unlawful.”

  • Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces during East Jerusalem clashes
    Dec. 22, 2016 10:43 A.M. (Updated : Dec. 22, 2016 11:02 A.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian overnight Wednesday, after he allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at Israeli soldiers during clashes that erupted in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab when Israeli troops raided the area to carry out a punitive home demolition.

    The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the slain Palestinian as 19-year-old Ahmad Kharoubi .

    There were no injuries among Israeli forces, according to the Israeli army.

    Kharoubi was critically injured after being shot with live ammunition in the neck, and died shortly after his arrival to the hospital.

    An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that after suspects threw improvised explosive devices at Israeli soldiers, Israeli forces opened fire on one of the suspects, which “resulted in his death.”

    The clashes erupted in the wake of an Israeli army raid to partially demolish the house of Misbah Abu Sbeih who was shot dead by Israeli forces in October after carrying out a shooting attack in occupied East Jerusalem, killing one Israeli civilian and one Israeli police officer.

    The Israeli Supreme Court ordered on Monday that the interior walls of the home be destroyed and its exterior entrances and windows be sealed, despite the fact that Abu Sbeih’s widow and five children — the youngest of them 10 and the oldest 18 — were still residing in the house.

    Un Palestinien tué dans des heurts avec des soldats israéliens à Jérusalem-Est
    AFP / 22 décembre 2016 07h51

    Jérusalem - Un Palestinien a été tué dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi dans un quartier de Jérusalem-Est annexée lors de heurts avec des soldats israéliens venus détruire le domicile de l’auteur d’une attaque meurtrière contre des Israéliens, a indiqué l’armée.

    Une porte-parole de l’armée a indiqué que des suspects avaient lancé des engins explosifs contre les soldats, qui avaient répondu par des tirs, provoquant la mort de l’un d’eux. Le ministère palestinien de la Santé l’a identifié comme Ahmad al-Kharoubi, 19 ans.

    La porte-parole militaire a précisé que les soldats étaient venus détruire le domicile de Misbah Abou Sabaih, à Koufar Akab, un quartier de Jérusalem-Est, partie majoritairement palestinienne de Jérusalem annexée et occupée par Israël.

    Musabah Abou Sabaih avait ouvert le feu le 9 octobre sur des Israéliens à Jérusalem-Est, tuant une retraitée de 60 ans et un policier de 29 ans. Il avait été abattu.

    • B’Tselem: Palestinian ’did not pose any danger’ when killed by sniper during clashes
      Feb. 6, 2017 2:40 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 6, 2017 4:16 P.M.)

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian youth killed by Israeli forces in December did not represent a threat when he was shot dead by an Israeli army sniper, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said in a report published on Sunday.

      Ahmad al-Kharroubi, 19, was shot by Israeli with live ammunition during clashes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab on Dec. 22, as Israeli forces were carrying out a raid to partially demolish the house of Palestinian Misbah Abu Sbeih, who was shot dead by Israeli forces in October after carrying out a deadly shooting attack.

      Al-Kharroubi was shot by a sniper in the neck, succumbing to his injuries shortly before arriving to the hospital.

  • Israeli forces shoot, kill 19-year-old Palestinian during clashes in Ramallah area
    Dec. 18, 2016 10:02 A.M. (Updated : Dec. 18, 2016 10:27 A.M.)

    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday around dawn shot and killed a 19-year-old Palestinian young man in the Ramallah-area village of Beit Rima in the central occupied West Bank, locals and Palestinian medical sources told Ma’an.

    The Palestinian ministry of health identified the victim as Ahmad Hazim Ata al-Rimawi .

    Locals said al-Rimawi was shot with live fire in the chest during clashes with Israeli forces, and was evacuated to Yasser Arafat Hospital in the northern Salfit district, where doctors announced his death upon arrival.

    The sources highlighted that al-Rimawi’s father, Hazim Ata al-Rimawi, had been released from Israeli prison only three months ago, after completing a 15-year sentence.

    An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that early Sunday morning during a “violent riot, large crowds of rioters began throwing rocks at Israeli forces, injuring a border police officer.”

    “Forces then engaged in riot dispersal means, and the riot was dispersed,” the spokesperson said.

    “We are aware of reports that a rioter was killed and another was injured, and we are looking into that,” the spokesperson added.

    Un Palestinien tué par des militaires israéliens lors d’affrontements
    AFP / 18 décembre 2016 07h31

    Ramallah (Territoires palestiniens) - Des soldats israéliens ont tué par balles tôt dimanche un adolescent lors d’affrontements en Cisjordanie occupée, ont rapporté des responsables palestiniens.

    Des responsables de sécurité ont dit que l’armée israélienne était entrée dans la nuit dans le village de Beit Rima, près de Ramallah, et qu’elle avait fait face à des lanceurs de pierres.

    Le ministère palestinien de la Santé a identifié la victime fauchée selon lui par un tir de l’armée comme Ahmed Hazem Atta, 19 ans.

    Une porte-parole de l’armée a elle fait état d’une violente émeute à Beit Rima sans toutefois pouvoir confirmer la mort du jeune homme.

    Ils ont lancé des pierres sur les forces de sécurité, blessant un soldat, a-t-elle ajouté.

    Pour éviter une escalade de la violence les forces de sécurité (...) ont tiré en direction des principaux meneurs, a-t-elle poursuivi.

    Nous avons des informations faisant état de la mort d’un émeutier et d’un autre blessé, qui sont en train d’être examinées, a-t-elle dit à l’AFP.

    • B’Tselem: Palestinian teenager shot dead last month was fleeing scene
      Jan. 24, 2017 9:46 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 24, 2017 9:46 P.M.)
      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli rights group B’Tselem released a report and video on Tuesday revealing that 17-year-old Ahmad Hazem Ata Zidani (al-Rimawi) was shot dead in December while fleeing from the scene of clashes with Israeli forces in Ramallah-area village of Beit Rima in the central occupied West Bank.

      Zidani was shot dead when clashes erupted with Israeli forces in the village during an overnight raid. A 25-year-old resident of the village was also injured with an Israeli live bullet during the same incident.

      Camera footage caught by a CCTV camera installed on a nearby shop shows Zidani and several other Palestinian youths “throwing stones at military jeeps outside the frame, and then running for cover around the corner of a building. Zidani is the last to arrive, and is shot just as he reaches cover.”