• Israel’s Supreme Court, a place of deceit

    Court, a Place of Deceit
    East Jerusalem residents have learned that while justice may be meant to be seen, it’s not necessarily meant to be heard

    Ilana Hammerman
    Dec 05, 2018 2:39 AM

    “Go, and try to understand every word spoken in this chamber, which hover for a moment in its enormous space, before escaping to the sides and above through the many cracks in its walls,” I muttered to myself several weeks ago in Chamber C of Jerusalem’s Supreme Court.
    From those words I could decipher, I learned that in the case being heard there are people seeking to remain living in their homes and there are others who claim that the land under these homes belongs to them, and thus the homes as well. And some claim the destiny of the land is not the destiny of the homes. One belongs to so-and-so and his descendants, while the other belongs to another person and his issue. Plus, there are documents attesting one thing and others attesting to another. And there are documents related to this parcel of land but not to its neighbor.
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    I also understood that the petitioners representing the people seeking to stay in their homes – who are making legal arguments on their behalf, pleading persistently, shouting beneath the enormous domes – are wasting their time. For the destiny of the people who have sent them here has already been determined, and the Supreme Court, sitting on high, believes that it does not have the authority to discuss the evidence they bother to formulate in the Hebrew language that is not their own.
    It turns out that all the evidence was already discussed exhaustively in a lower court, which already ruled that the residents are themselves the trespassers. And because they delayed – the proceedings intended to get rid of them were unfortunately for them done without their knowledge – the statute of limitations applies to some of their lawsuits.
    This is not the first time that I have wondered whether the acoustic conditions in this chamber do not bear witness that while justice may be meant to be seen, it is not necessarily meant to be heard. Nor is it the first time that I have thought while sitting in it that perhaps it is better that way. For more than one of the details debated here lack content that should really interest human beings who have the brains to understand and the tools to take interest and learn the facts. And indeed, I know the facts well, and so this list will end with a decisive decision.

    On that fall day, November13, the Supreme Court discussed the fate of dozens of people who have lived for 64 years in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Israeli law had made it possible for three Israeli associations – the Council of the Sephardi Community in Jerusalem, the Committee of Knesset Israel and Nahalat Shimon – to evict them from their homes and to replace them with other people.
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    The judges, after masquerading briefly while as people sincerely and innocently seeking to decide without bias between the attorneys wrangling at their feet, then began to play their true role. They obeyed the law, and with it the policy determining what the law is, and ruled against the petitioners, and in favor of the three associations; the appeal was denied.
    And what does Israeli law state, and in particular, what are its practical implications, what is the personal tragedy to which it condemns its victims? Because the law here serves to cover for usurpation and ideology, things are best explained simply without leaving this issue to legalists.
    A woman my age, sitting with me in her house, from which she is to be evicted, explained the story in simple terms, albeit it with agitation. Here is a summary: Her parents were born in Jaffa and raised there. She was born in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, to which her family was expelled/fled in 1948. As part of a family reunification program, she went from there to Sheikh Jarrah to live with her husband, who also comes from a family of refugees from Jaffa. That family had been lucky enough to find temporary shelter with relatives in Jerusalem, and the Jordanian regime, the sovereign at the time, allocated her and other refugee families land in Sheikh Jarrah in 1954, and the UNRWA funded the construction of their homes.
    Some 40 members of her family, including her, her children and her grandchildren, live there. Meanwhile, they became subjects of Israel, which tripled the size of Jerusalem in 1967 and extended civilian law over all of it. According to that system of laws and to the decisions of the courts of the new sovereign, the entire compound in Sheikh Jarrah, where hundreds of families live, now belongs to those who made themselves the inheritors of the small Jewish community that had bought it during the Ottoman period.
    Therefore, this family, like its partners in misery who were already evicted and the dozens of others destined to be condemned in future cases – can expect soon to receive notice of an eviction date from the bailiff’s office. If they don’t leave of their own free will, they will be evicted by force in the dead of night. The woman who told me the story kept looking in my eyes, asking: “Perhaps you will tell me where we should go to now? Where to?”
    A week later, on November 21, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal of hundreds of other Jerusalem Palestinians – residents of Batan al-Hawa in the Silwan neighborhood. These residents are being harassed by other Israeli groups: Ateret Cohanim and Elad. Regarding this appeal as well, exacting hearings had already been held in Chamber C, and then too I really tried to grasp the legal thinness in their tale before they drift off through the traditional openings in the lofty dome. And this story also deserves being told in the language of man.
    It goes like this: At the end of the 19th century, merciful Jews bought a modest site in the village of Silwan, which then was outside Jerusalem, to build under cover of Ottoman law, a poorhouse for Yemenite Jews who couldn’t find a roof to live under in the holy city. Not many years later, the land was full of violent altercations and the poorhouse residents were forced to evacuate their homes. Years passed. They and their successors spread across the country.
    The country’s rulers changed three times, and self-proclaimed heir also arose: Atret Cohanim. It was clever in various ways – the time was the beginning of this century and Silwan had become a Jerusalem neighborhood crowded with tens of thousands of Palestinians, and the ruler was now the State of Israel – and demanded and received the inheritance from the Administrator General, who had received it from the state, which authorized him to determine what would be done with properties in Jerusalem that had once belonged to Jews. Based on this procedure, the courts in Israel awarded Ateret Cohanim rights to the compound in the heart of Silwan. And now justice will be done without pity.
    You can read in full how everything unfolded, if you want, in the 2015 investigative report published by Nir Hasson in this paper . It’s a tale spiced with bribes paid behind closed doors, people who were tempted to condemn their souls in order to attain a more comfortable life and, above all, the story of M, the resident of a West Bank settlement, whose hand is in everything but whose name it is forbidden to publish, lest it be to his detriment. The story does not end well or fairly, or even with finality, as the rejection of the petition makes clear – it just gets worse.
    Thus, you may want to go the trouble of visiting the neighborhood for yourself, in order to see the explosive and forlorn reality that the splendor of Chamber C in the Supreme Court swallowed in its entirety, like it swallowed the more modest site in Sheikh Jarrah. The law that rules here is the law of naked power. The military regime that embitters the lives of thousands to protect a few dozen Jews, who settled among the thousands in homes whose residents were already evicted, and to protect the stylized national park established next to them for the thousands of visitors streaming here. The sovereign here is the Elad organization. Thanks to its iniquities, you can see how the lives of thousands of Palestinians here are imprisoned and destroyed, and feel the cracks that are gaping in their residences because of the tunnel dug under them for the greater glory of Israel’s ideological archaeology.
    And if you don’t want to venture into areas unfamiliar to you and to your worldview, remain at home, but turn on your honest brain and the integrity of your heart. It will not take much to persuade you that all the legal hairsplitting that has for decades filled the courts of the Jewish-democratic state with hearings on the fate of the homes and lands of people in the territories conquered in 1967 collapses and is crushed like so much straw, in spite of the opposition by lawyers who continue to insist on defending human rights and serving as extras in an absurd farce. For one and only one law whispers yet thunders here behind the scenes, and only that one triumphs over this theater of deceit – the law of the godly promise written in a book that is thousands of years old: “For I give all the land that you see to you and your offspring forever” (Genesis 13:15).
    Thus, this and nothing else is the lesson: Until the statute of limitations is applied to this ancient law, there will be no justice here. For whether the god who made the promise still lives on high and watches his creatures in great sorrow from there, or whether he has been redeemed and died – here, on Earth, in this unholy land, the lives of tens of thousands of people are being destroyed and will be destroyed many times over, because of those who appointed themselves as the arm of power of the sole rulers.

  • Now Israel has a race law - From now on by court decree, two types of blood exist in Israel: Jewish blood and non-Jewish blood
    Gideon Levy - Sep 21, 2018 1:55 AM

    Even if it had until the end of time, Israel and the Jewish nation will never be able to compensate the Palestinian nation for all the harm they have done to it. Not for the material harm nor the intellectual harm, the physical harm nor the spiritual harm. Not for the plunder of their land and property, nor for their trodden freedom and dignity. Not for the killing and bereavement, nor for the people who were injured and disabled, their lives irrevocably ruined. Not for the hundreds of thousands of innocents who were tortured and imprisoned, nor for the generations who were denied a fair opportunity for a normal life.

    There is nothing like Yom Kippur to express this. Israel has of course never even considered entering a process of compensation, reparation and taking responsibility. Nothing can be expected from an occupier that calls itself the victim, that blames everyone but itself for every injustice that it does. But even this isn’t enough for it.

    Occasionally, another record is broken: The state, organizations or individuals in Israel and the Jewish world sue the Palestinians for damages caused by terror activities. For example, Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center, a nonprofit organization that calls itself a “Jewish human rights organization,” moves heaven and earth in Israel and abroad to sue Palestinian individuals and organizations on behalf of Jewish victims.

    This despicable and contemptible act, according to which the victim is the criminal and only Jewish blood is red and thus deserving of redress, occasionally has its successes, mostly in public relations. While Israel avoids paying any compensation for its systematic destruction and killing in the Palestinian territories since 1948, there are those who still have the unbelievable audacity to demand compensation from the Palestinians. The Gaza Strip was destroyed by Israel time after time, horrifically, but Israel has never lent a hand to its rehabilitation. Israel killed tens of thousands of people, including innumerable innocent people, including children, women and elderly, over the years and the Palestinians are asked to pay compensation.

    As part of this madness, homes owned by Jews before 1948 are returned to their original owners through the Israeli legal system, dispossessing people who lived there for decades. At the same time, stolen or abandoned Palestinian property from 1948 has never been returned to its legal owners. In Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem and in other places, Israeli flags multiply, together with the hundreds of Palestinians left homeless after being kicked out of their homes in shame, on the order of the egalitarian and just courts of the State of Israel. If someone has it in their heart to understand how afflicted the Israeli legal system is with moral rot, and how far it is from the fundamental principles of equality and justice, here lies the proof.

    But all this is not enough. This week a new record was set. Jerusalem District Court Judge Moshe Drori ruled that a Jew who was injured in a terrorist attack is entitled to additional compensation, because he is a Jew, without proof of any damage, based on the nation-state law, which states that the government will strive to protect the well-being of Jews.

    The circle has been closed, completed and perfected. Now it is a real race law, according to the unavoidable interpretation of the court of the nation-state law. From now on, two types of blood exist in Israel: Jewish blood and non-Jewish blood, on the law books as well. The price of these two types of blood is also different. Jewish blood is priceless, it must be protected in every possible way. Non-Jewish blood is terrifyingly cheap, it can be shed like water. A situation that existed until now only de facto, with different standards and punishments for Jews and others, is from today by court decree.

    Seventy years of nationalism and racism toward the victims is now receiving its appropriate legal backing. The nation-state law, which they said was only declarative, in the correct interpretation of Drori, has earned its true meaning: The basic law for the superiority of Jewish blood. From now on, Israel has race law.

    • traduction en français
      Israël a désormais sa loi raciale par par Jacques Boutard
      Désormais, par décision de justice, il y a deux types sanguins en Israël : le sang juif et le sang non-juif.

      Même s’ils avaient l’éternité devant eux, Israël et la nation juive ne pourront jamais réparer tout le mal qu’ils ont fait à la nation palestinienne. Rien ne pourra compenser le préjudice matériel ni le préjudice intellectuel, ni le préjudice physique ni le préjudice spirituel. Ni le pillage de leurs terres et de leurs biens, Ni leur liberté, ni leur dignité foulées aux pieds. Ni les meurtres et les deuils, ni les personnes blessées et estropiées, et dont la vie a été irrémédiablement gâchée. Pas plus que les centaines de milliers d’innocents qui ont été torturés et emprisonnés, ou les générations qu’on a privées de leur droit légitime à une vie normale.

  • Colonisation à Jérusalem-Est - expulsions à Cheikh Jarrah – visite de terrain (...) - Consulat Général de France à Jérusalem

    A l’invitation du Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement , le Consulat général a participé ce mercredi 2 août avec un certain nombre d’autres représentations diplomatiques à une visite d’information et de solidarité auprès de la famille Shamasneh dans le quartier de Cheikh Jarrah, à Jérusalem-Est.

    Cette famille est menacée d’expulsion le 9 août prochain. Il s’agirait dans ce cas de la première expulsion depuis 2009 dans ce quartier de la partie occupée de Jérusalem.

    Une pression accrue sur le quartier est à noter depuis le 16 juillet avec la validation par les autorités israéliennes de 4 plans de constructions de colonie. Par la voix du Président de la République, la France avait rappelé, peu après ces annonces, sa condamnation de la colonisation y compris à Jérusalem-Est, obstacle majeur à la paix fondée sur la solution des deux Etats.

  • Palestinian gunman shot dead after killing 2, injuring several in Jerusalem attack
    Oct. 9, 2016 10:34 A.M. (Updated : Oct. 9, 2016 8:42 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli police officer and an Israeli woman were shot dead and at least five others were injured in a drive-by shooting near the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah Sunday morning. The gunman, a native of occupied East Jerusalem, was shot and killed by Israeli police at the scene.

    The shooting attack came a day after the gunman told Ma’an that he intended to turn himself in to serve a prison sentence, after he was charged with assaulting an Israeli police officer in 2013.

    According to a statement by Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri, the gunman first opened fire across from the regional Israeli police headquarters while he sped towards the Ammunition Hill light rail station, critically injuring a 60-year-old woman, identified by Israeli media as Levanah Malichi, who later succumbed to her injuries after receiving treatment in a hospital. A man was also moderately injured at the same site.

    The gunman then continued toward a junction on the other side of the police station, where he opened fire at a woman driving in her car, moderately to seriously injuring her, al-Samri added.

    The assailant then fled toward Sheikh Jarrah as Israeli police special forces chased him, and he opened fire at them, critically injuring one policeman and lightly injuring another. The critically injured policeman, identified in Israeli media as First Sergeant Yosef Kirme, succumbed to his wounds in the hospital later in the day. Border police officers then arrived to the scene, shooting and killing the assailant.

    Gunman told Ma’an of plans to turn himself in, one day before deadly attack
    Oct. 9, 2016 2:02 P.M. (Updated : Oct. 9, 2016 8:38 P.M.)

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The slain gunman responsible for a shooting attack in occupied East Jerusalem Sunday morning that left two Israelis killed and several injured told Ma’an the day before the shooting that he was planning on turning himself in to Israeli authorities to serve a prison sentence for prior charges.

    Misbah Abu Sbeih , 39, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, who also lived in the village of al-Ram, told Ma’an via telephone Saturday that he had decided to turn himself into the Israeli Ramla prison at 10 a.m. on Sunday to serve a four-month prison sentence for allegedly assaulting an Israeli police officer.

    He said he was detained from the Bab Hutta area in the Old City outside of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in 2013 after being accused of the assault, but was released the same day.

    According to Abu Sbeih, the case was closed, and he later traveled to Saudi Arabia to perform the Umrah pilgrimage.

    However, the case against him was unexpectedly reopened in December 2015, shortly after he was released for spending about a year in prison on separate charges of “incitement” for Facebook posts.

    Among the posts he was imprisoned for were: “We sacrifice our souls and our blood for you Al-Aqsa,” and, “we sacrifice our children for Al-Aqsa.”


    Jérusalem : 2 morts dans une attaque avant des fêtes juives
    afp, le 09/10/2016 à 17h55

    Un policier israélien et une femme ont été tués dimanche à Jérusalem-Est par un Palestinien qui a été abattu, alors que les autorités sont sur le qui-vive à l’approche d’importantes fêtes juives.

    Cette attaque est l’une des plus meurtrières depuis le début, il y a un an, d’une vague de violences ayant fait plus de 270 morts dans les Territoires palestiniens, Israël et Jérusalem.

    Elle s’est produite deux jours avant la célébration sous haute sécurité du Yom Kippour, le jour du Grand Pardon juif, et à l’approche de la fête de Souccot la semaine prochaine. L’an dernier, cette période avait été ponctuée d’attentats, notamment à Jérusalem.

    Selon la police israélienne, un « terroriste » qui circulait en voiture a ouvert le feu dans la matinée en direction d’une station de tramway située en face du quartier général de la police à Jérusalem-Est, blessant grièvement une femme.(...)

    • Jérusalem-Est : des dizaines de Palestiniens arrêtés après un attentat
      10 octobre 2016, 9h11

      Les forces israéliennes ont arrêté des dizaines de Palestiniens de Jérusalem-Est annexée et occupée, depuis l’attaque de dimanche au cours de laquelle un Palestinien a tué deux Israéliens avant d’être abattu, ont annoncé lundi les autorités israéliennes.
      Trente-et-un Palestiniens qui voulaient participer dimanche après-midi à des célébrations en mémoire de l’auteur de l’attentat ainsi que des membres de sa famille ont été interpellés à Jérusalem-Est, a dit le ministre de la Sécurité intérieure Gilad Erdan à la radio militaire.
      Une quinzaine d’autres Palestiniens ont été arrêtés pour avoir lancé des pierres et des bouteilles incendiaires en direction des forces de l’ordre dans plusieurs quartiers de Jérusalem-Est, partie palestinienne de Jérusalem annexée et occupée par Israël, a indiqué la porte-parole de la police Luba Samri.
      Ces arrestations font suite à l’attentat au cours duquel Misbah Abou Sbeih, un Palestinien de Jérusalem-Est âgé de 39 ans, a ouvert le feu en trois endroits de Jérusalem, tuant Levana Melihi, une retraitée de 60 ans, Yossef Kirma, un policier de 29 ans, et faisant cinq autres blessés. Misbah Abou Sbeih, abattu par les policiers, était armé d’un M16 de l’armée israélienne, ont rapporté les médias israéliens.

    • Israël : polémique après l’attaque meurtrière de Jérusalem-Est avant Yom Kippour
      Par RFI Publié le 10-10-2016

      (...) La prison, un univers que l’assaillant connaissait déjà. Il y avait passé toute l’année 2015 pour avoir posté, sur le réseau social Facebook, des textes jugés comme incitant à la violence. Si l’homme était donc connu des services de sécurité, son attaque de dimanche n’a pas été repérée.

      Et en mai dernier, l’individu avait même obtenu un report de cinq mois de l’exécution de sa seconde peine, la magistrate en charge du dossier estimant qu’il « coopérait ».
      Autre élément aggravant pour les forces de l’ordre : l’homme était armé non d’un pistolet ou d’une arme improvisée comme c’est souvent le cas, mais d’un M16, un fusil d’assaut utilisé par l’armée israélienne.

      Pour le ministre de la Sécurité intérieure, pas question de reconnaître d’éventuelles erreurs pour autant. Et d’afficher sa fermeté : des dizaines de Palestiniens ont été arrêtés depuis cette attaque. Parmi ces personnes : la fille de l’assaillant, âgée de 14 ans. En représailles, la maison de l’assaillant devait par ailleurs être rasée rapidement.

    • Israeli forces raid ’mourning tent’ dedicated to slain Palestinian Misbah Abu Sbeih
      Oct. 14, 2016 12:53 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 14, 2016 5:00 P.M.)

      HEBRON (Ma’an) - Des soldats israéliens ont attaqué jeudi soir une « tente de deuil » dédié à Misbah Abu Sbeih, qui a été tué par les forces israéliennes dimanche après la réalisation d’une fusillade mortelle à Jérusalem-Est occupée, dans la ville de Cisjordanie occupée d’Hébron.

      Des témoins ont dit à Ma’an que les soldats israéliens ont déchiré vers le bas des photos de Abu Sbeih et des pancartes ornées de slogans politiques avant de quitter la zone.

      Un porte-parole de l’armée israélienne a déclaré à Ma’an qu’elle examinerait les rapports sur le raid.

  • Palestinian shot after Jerusalem stab attack dies from injuries
    Oct. 30, 2015 6:04 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 30, 2015 6:05 P.M.)

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man who was shot on Friday after stabbing an Israeli in East Jerusalem has died from his injuries, Israeli police said.

    The man, identified as 23-year-old Ahmad Hamada Qneib i from Kafr Aqab, was initially reported to be in a critical condition after being shot following a stabbing attack on an Israeli near the Ammunition Hill light rail station in Sheikh Jarrah.

    He was later pronounced dead by Israeli police.

    Israel’s army said two Israelis were stabbed and injured near the Palestinian Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, with Israeli media later reporting that the second Israeli was injured after being shot by Israeli police as they tried to fire at the attacker.

    The Israeli was moderately wounded in the stabbing and taken to hospital for treatment.

    Qneibi was the 66th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of October, after another man, Qassem Mahmoud Sabaneh from Jenin, was shot and killed earlier in the day after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli border policeman at the Zatara checkpoint south of Nablus.


  • Jérusalem : l’ultime provocation - [UJFP]
    mercredi 5 novembre 2014 par le Bureau National de l’UJFP

    Voici plusieurs mois que le régime israélien a amorcé une offensive très violente sur Jérusalem, qui vient couronner des années, de restructuration de la municipalité en dessinant ce qu’il appelle « le grand Jérusalem », d’épuration ethnique des quartiers palestiniens de la vieille ville (comme ceux de Silwan et Sheikh Jarrah) et de remplacement des habitants par des colons israéliens. Ce sont depuis juin dernier de véritables ratonnades qui se succèdent dans les rues de la ville, des ballons équipés de caméras de surveillance au dessus des quartiers arabes, du camp de réfugiés de Shouafat, des centaines de policiers ratissent la vieille ville, et 1060 nouveaux logements réservés aux colons israéliens dans les quartiers arabes viennent d’être annoncés.

    C’est à présent l’esplanade des mosquées et la mosquée d’Al Aqsa elle-même qui sont visées. Des colons armés protégés par la police sont entrés plusieurs fois ces dernières semaines avec l’aval du gouvernement sur l’esplanade « pour prier ». [1]

    Devant la révolte ainsi provoquée par ces incursions régulières, des centaines de policiers sont entrés régulièrement à l’intérieur de la mosquée et ont tiré sur des manifestants ou croyants palestiniens. L’accès de la mosquée totalement interdit pendant plusieurs jours aux Palestiniens qui priaient dans la rue sous les charges de la police, vient d’être rétabli, interdit aux moins de 50 ans. Des projets se discutent au parlement : diviser la mosquée pour permettre l’accès des juifs religieux sur une partie. L’objectif des partis colons n’est rien moins que la destruction de la mosquée pour pouvoir reconstruire « le » temple sur l’emplacement. [2]

  • Police: Infant killed in Jerusalem attack, Palestinian driver shot | Maan News Agency

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli infant died and at least eight others were injured when a Palestinian driver slammed his car into a light rail station in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli officials said.

    The Palestinian man was shot and severely injured by Israeli police after his car slammed into the station near the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Israeli police described the incident as a “terrorist attack.”

    Witnesses said Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, 20, was shot by Israeli guards at the light rail station after he lost control of his vehicle and hit commuters standing nearby.

    They told Ma’an that al-Shaludi exited his vehicle after striking the pedestrians, at which point he was shot in the back by the guards. They stressed that the incident appeared to be an accident.

    However Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said on Twitter that nine people were injured when the car struck the Ammunition Hill light rail station near Sheikh Jarrah.

    The driver was shot as he fled the area, he added.

    Earlier reports said that the Palestinian was shot dead and that he was the the driver of a car that hit the station.

    Al-Shaludi was previously a prisoner in Israeli jails and was held for 16 months before being released on Dec. 22, 2013. He was re-arrested in February for a month.

    • Questions plague mother of Jerusalem car attack suspect
      Published today (updated) 24/10/2014

      JERUSALEM (AFP) — The mother of a young Palestinian suspected of a car attack in Jerusalem which killed a baby was on Thursday struggling to answer questions raised by her son’s actions.

      Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, 21, drove his car at high speed into a group of pedestrians on Wednesday evening, killing a three-month-old baby and wounding six other people in what police described as a “hit-and-run terror attack.”

      After the car stopped, al-Shaludi tried to flee but was shot by police, later dying in hospital from his injuries.

      Al-Shaludi came from Silwan in annexed East Jerusalem, where many locals wondered whether the tragedy was just an accident.

      At the family home, al-Shaludi’s mother Inas Sharif, 42, struggled to come to terms with the events of the past 24 hours.

      “I cannot say if it was on purpose or just a simple car accident,” she told reporters at her home, where she lives with her husband and remaining four children.

      “If it was really an attack, why didn’t he have explosives in his car — or even just Molotov cocktails?” she said as she served coffee and dates to women who came to pay their condolences as men gathered outside in a traditional mourning tent.

      Only hours before the incident, she had taken her son to the doctor who had advised him to see a therapist after days of exhibiting signs of mental exhaustion.

      ’I feel her pain’

      As a mother, Sharif said she could identify with the loss felt by the woman whose baby girl was killed.

      “I feel her pain, I am a mother after all,” she said. “I don’t wish any mother in the world to lose her child.”

      Outside, chunks of rock and the blackened remains of burnt tires littered the streets of Silwan, the remains of hours of clashes after the incident.

      Al-Shaludi was already known to Israeli police.

      He had spent 14 months in prison for stone-throwing and was released in December 2013. He was arrested again in February and held for 20 days as Israeli investigators tried to establish whether he was involved with Hamas. But they found nothing and released him.

      Israel has claimed that Shaludi was a Hamas activist.

      Although his mother’s late brother, Muhi al-Din Sharif, was a senior Hamas bomb-maker who was killed in the West Bank in 1998, there has been no independent confirmation Shaludi belonged to the movement.

      Since his arrest in February, Israeli investigators had not left him alone, his mother said. Relatives have said that he was tortured and faced severe trauma during his time in Israeli prisons.

      "They kept on harassing him and summoning him for questioning over and over again and they tried to enlist him into working for them, but he repeatedly refused.

      “They threatened him, saying he would never find work or be able to continue his education or have a normal life,” she said.

      Israel has retained al-Shaludi’s body for a post mortem, with the family expecting it will be handed over on Sunday for burial.

      Ma’an staff contributed to this report

  • Israeli forces declare Nablus village ’closed military zone’ | Maan News Agency

    NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday declared the Nablus village of Madama a closed military zone, citing security reasons, witnesses said.

    Israeli troops set up checkpoints at all exits to the village and prohibited residents from leaving or entering, locals told Ma’an.

    An ambulance was allowed to enter the village only after a lengthy inspection by Israeli soldiers.

    The village is located adjacent to Burin, which was raided by Israeli soldiers on Wednesday.

    Israeli troops fired tear gas and sound grenades in an elementary school in Burin after a youth in the area allegedly threw rocks at a settler vehicle.

    • Israël approuve la construction d’une yeshiva juive au cœur de Jérusalem Est
      Ma’an News Agency du 28 août 2014

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — La municipalité de Jérusalem en Israël a approuvé des plans pour construire une école religieuse juive au cœur de Jérusalem Est occupé, disent des militants palestiniens et des médias israéliens.

      La yeshiva Ohr Somayach occupera un bâtiment de neuf étages au milieu du quartier de Sheikh Jarrah, rapporte Haaretz.

      Le plan a été approuvé il y a six mois par le planning municipal et le comité de construction de Jérusalem (Jerusalem’s Municipal Planning and Building Committee ) et le feu vert a été donné mercredi.

      Un reporter de Ma’an a dit que le bâtiment occupera 1 900 mètres carrés et aura trois étages souterrains.

      L’école religieuse sera située entre le centre médical al-Hayat et la station-service Nasif.

      Le militant et résident de Sheikh Jarrah Salih Diab a dit à Ma’an que la construction d’une école religieuse juive et l’implémentation d’ordres d’évacuation à l’encontre de résidents palestiniens fera de Sheikh Jarrah un « quartier juif ».

      Le terrain avait été confisqué dans les années 1980 grâce à la loi israélienne de 1950 relative aux biens des absents (Absentee Property Law), qui a été utilisée comme outil pour annexer les terres palestiniennes.

  • Kuwait offers plan to buy foreign citizenship for Bedoon - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

    On May 15, Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, the assistant undersecretary for citizenship and passports affairs in Kuwait’s Interior Ministry, announced in a TV interview that his country is negotiating with a fellow “Arab country” to naturalize Kuwait’s stateless community in exchange for economic benefits. Jarrah added that the Central Agency for Illegal Residents, headed by former parliament member Salih al-Fidala, is managing the negotiations after having studied the UAE-Comoros deal to naturalize stateless Emiratis. Although Jarrah did not disclose details of the negotiations, it was clear for the Bedoon that the Arab country in negotiation is the Comoros, as it was previously approached with a similar proposal in 2008. Following Jarrah’s interview, Kuwaiti and Bedoon activists expressed their outrage over social media, denouncing the authorities’ continuous attempts to deny naturalization rights to the stateless.

  • #Israel makes public plan to build high rise in East Jerusalem: NGO

    An Israeli planning committee moved forwards on Wednesday with plans to build a nine-story Jewish seminary in the heart of a densely-populated Palestinian neighborhood of east Jerusalem. Plans for the new tower block, to be built in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of annexed east Jerusalem, were deposited for consultation, giving the public 60 days to submit any objections, settlement watchdog Peace Now said. “It’s a plan for a nine-story, ultra-Orthodox yeshiva in Sheikh Jarrah which was deposited today for objections,” spokesman Lior Amihai told AFP. read more

    #Palestine #Top_News

  • Zionism’s Been Stolen - The Daily Beast

    Via Charles Enderlin

    “Look at him,” said the tall skinny settler to his six years old brother, as my friends and I were standing in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on the last Jerusalem Day celebrations, serving as a human barrier to prevent him and his friends from attacking a group of Palestinian kids.

    #israël #sionisme

  • When Israel’s protective net of tyranny tears - Amira Hass - Haaretz

    Sooner or later, the protective nets the Israeli tyranny has excelled at creating will tear. Will the masses flood the streets then, will they break through the barriers and roadblocks, march to Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan and Psagot, as my colleagues Akiva Eldar and Aluf Benn have predicted?

    Let us not delude ourselves. There will be no confusion here. Precise instructions, clear and immediate, will be given to the Israeli soldiers. The IDF of Operation Cast Lead will not give up its heritage. Even if it is a march of 200,000 unarmed civilians - the order will be to shoot. There will not be 10 dead, because the army of Cast Lead will want to outdo itself. We have not yet reached the stage in which the machinery of Israeli repression breaks up into its component parts - the people - who instead of obeying, begin to think.

    #Israël #Palestine #répression

  • Israeli forces demolish East Jerusalem home

    Israeli authorities on Monday demolished part of a Palestinian home in occupied East Jerusalem.

    Forces bulldozed nearly 90 square meters of Nasser Yousif Seyam’s home in Lafta village north of Sheikh Jarrah, leaving around 35 square meters standing, witnesses said.

    The family of nine must now live in one bedroom, one lounge and a corridor.

    #Israël #Jérusalem #occupation