Tag Archives: West Bank

Continued Detention of Ahed Tamimi Denounced as Symptomatic of Israel’s Flouting of Int’l Law

“It is clear that detaining and prosecuting Palestinian children in Israeli military courts has little to do with justice,” says Brad Parker of Defense for Children International Palestine

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer for CommonDreams. Published 1-17-2017

Demonstrators, including members of the Tamimi family, rallied on Dec. 22, 2017 in Manhattan’s Union Square to demand the release of Ahed Tamimi. (Photo: Joe Catron/flickr/cc)

Human rights experts sounded alarm on Wednesday after an Israeli military judge ruled that 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi—a child who has not been convicted of a crime—must remain in custody during her trial.

While the court ruled there was no “alternative to custody,” Magdalena Mughrabi, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said, “There is nothing that can justify Ahed Tamimi’s continued detention.” Continue reading

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Kushner Under Fire for Receiving $30M From Israeli Firm While Shaping Middle East Policy

“Are you comfortable with having Jared Kushner be the beneficiary of huge amounts of Israeli financing at the same time he’s overseeing U.S. foreign policy on Israel?”

By Jake Johnson, staff writer for CommonDreams. published 1-8-2018

Screenshot: CNN

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is once more under intense scrutiny after new reporting revealed that his lucrative financial relationship with Israel has deepened even as his influence over U.S. Middle East policy—from his leading role in Trump’s effort to “derail” a U.N. vote against Israel to his sway over the president’s Jerusalem move—has continued to grow.

According to a report published Sunday by the New York Times, Kushner’s real estate firm received a $30 million investment from Menora Mivtachim—one of Israel’s largest financial institutions—just before he accompanied Trump on his first diplomatic trip to Israel last year. Continue reading

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Amid Ongoing Israeli Crackdown, Three Palestinians Killed in Al-Aqsa Mosque Protests

Thousands of Palestinians and Israeli forces clashed Friday during protests against security devices recently installed at one of the world’s holiest sites

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 7-21-2017

Photo: @firstqiblah/Twitter

At least three Palestinians reportedly have been killed by gunfire, and more than a hundred injured, in clashes with Israeli forces on Friday, during large-scale protests against enhanced security measures at the Al-Aqsa mosque, according to reports from the Ma’an News Agency and Al-Jazeera.

“An Israeli settler killed an 18-year-old Palestinian man in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood,” Al-Jazeera reports. Hospital officials confirmed a second Palestinian was killed by live fire during the demonstrations after Friday prayer, and a third man died during clashes in the West Bank. Continue reading

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Despite Pressure From Trump, UN Votes to Demand End to Israeli Settlements

Historic US abstention allows resolution to pass

By Deirdre Fulton, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 12-23-2016

Telem, an Israeli settlement on the West Bank. Photo: חיים (received from author via OTRS) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Despite unusual diplomatic maneuvering involving President-elect Donald Trump, Israel, and Egypt on Thursday, the United Nations Security Council passed a historic resolution on Friday demanding an end to Israeli settlements. The United States abstained, effectively allowing the measure to be approved.

Egypt withdrew the original resolution on Thursday afternoon, reportedly “under pressure” from Trump—who tweeted on the matter Thursday morning—and Israel. Had this move worked, it could have punted the measure to the incoming Trump administration, which is seen as more friendly to Israel than that of President Barack Obama—especially after Trump’s nomination last week of conservative hardliner David Friedman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Israel. Continue reading

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Israel Calls on Citizens to Track and Report Activists in ‘Ruthless’ War Against BDS

“This latest weapon in the intensifying Israeli legal, espionage, and propaganda war against the BDS movement for Palestinian rights is a strong indicator of how desperate and irrational Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid has become,” said campaign spokesperson

By Lauren McCauley, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 8-8-2016

A campaigner in the West Bank puts up a poster in support of a BDS campaign. The Israeli government wants you to report this man. (Photo: Palestinian BDS Movement)

A campaigner in the West Bank puts up a poster in support of a BDS campaign. The Israeli government wants you to report this man. (Photo: Palestinian BDS Movement)

Amplifying the growing crackdown on dissent and specifically the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, the Israeli government this weekend unveiled a new initiative to track and deport activists suspected of supporting the campaign.

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan and Interior Minister Arye Dery on Sunday announced the creation of a new government task force charged with gathering intelligence on pro-Palestininian activists and organizations with the intent, as Haaretz put it, of collecting enough evidence to legally deport them from Israel or the occupied West Bank. Continue reading

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With Latest Denial of Rights, Israel May be Guilty of ‘Collective Punishment’: UN

After deadly Tel Aviv attack, Israel cracks down, boosting troops in West Bank and barring Palestinian entry for Ramadan

By Deirdre Fulton, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 6-10-2016

Route 443 near Giv'at Ze'ev Junction, with pyramid-shaped stacks of razor wire forming a section of the Israeli West Bank barrier. Photo: Etan J. Tal (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Route 443 near Giv’at Ze’ev Junction, with pyramid-shaped stacks of razor wire forming a section of the Israeli West Bank barrier. Photo: Etan J. Tal (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Israel’s blanket ban on Palestinian entry—put in place after Wednesday’s deadly attack in Tel Aviv—”may amount to prohibited collective punishment and will only increase the sense of injustice and frustration felt by Palestinians in this very tense time,” the United Nations’ top human rights official said Friday.

As Agence France-Presse reported, “the Israeli military on Thursday revoked permits for 83,000 Palestinians to visit Israel during Ramadan…and said it would send hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank after a Palestinian gun attack that killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv.” Continue reading

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Why Palestinians are Filing a Lawsuit Against American Tycoons for $34.5 Billion

By Michaela Whitton. Published 3-8-2016 by The Anti-Media

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Photo: Flickr via Diego.78

A number of Palestinians have filed a $34.5 billion lawsuit against a group of U.S. tycoons, charities and a megachurch pastor for their complicity in Israeli land theft and violations of Palestinian human rights.

Around 35 Palestinians have brought the case, including Bassem al-Tamimi, a well-known activist and central figure in the popular resistance movement, as well as Palestinian poet and author ofMornings in Jenin, Susan Abulwaha. Other complainants include victims of settler attacks, those whose loved ones were killed by Israeli forces, or others who have lost chunks of land to Israel’s settlement construction. Continue reading

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UK Plan to Outlaw Boycotts Compared to Support for Apartheid South Africa

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is among the voices speaking out against new proposal, which he calls an “attack on local democracy.”

By Lauren McCauley, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 2-15-2016

Photo: The Canary

Photo: The Canary

The British government’s move to outlaw boycotts, including those aimed at Israel, is being likened by critics to former Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher’s support for apartheid South Africa.

Under the new plan, publicly-funded institutions that refuse to purchase goods and services from “unethical” companies will face “severe penalties,” senior government sources told the Independent. The prohibition protects any company that is signatory to the World Trade Organization government procurement agreement, including those “involved in the arms trade, fossil fuels, tobacco products or Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.” Continue reading

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Netanyahu Wants Fence Around Israel to Keep Out ‘Wild Beasts’

‘In the environment in which we live we must defend ourselves from the wild beasts,’ Prime Minister says.

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 2-10-2016

A section of the wall in the West Bank. (Photo: hjl/flickr/cc)

A section of the wall in the West Bank. (Photo: hjl/flickr/cc)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed a plan to encircle his entire country with a fence as protection against “wild beasts,” referring to those in neighboring Arab states.

He made the comments Tuesday while visiting an 18-mile stretch of fence already under construction on the Israel-Jordan border.

“At the end of the day, in the State of Israel as I see it, there will be a fence like this one surrounding its entirety,” he said, according to a statement on the Prime Minister’s website.

“They tell me: Is this what you want to do, defend the villa? The answer is yes. What, are we going to surround the entire State of Israel with a fence, a barrier? The answer is yes, unequivocally. In the environment in which we live we must defend ourselves from the wild beasts.”

He added that it would be a multi-year project, multi-million dollar project.

“Perhaps the most notorious of Israel’s walls built for ‘security purposes’ runs within the occupied West Bank,” as Al Jazeera reports. It was deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004.

Haaretz columnist Asher Schechter argues that “Israel is already not even trying to function like a democracy,” and writes that Netanyahu’s statement is “a display of everything wrong with Israel under his leadership. Israel circa 2016 is fearful, hateful, and paranoid, self-involved to a degree even Donald Trump would find distasteful, and soon it might have big walls surrounding it from every which way, quarantining it, and a political system where only Jews need apply.

On Wednesday Netanyahu also spoke to the Israeli parliament and referred to the existing fence along the border with Egypt, saying that it prevented Israel from being “overrun” with migrants.

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Outrage Spreads After Palestinian Infant Killed in Arson Attack in Occupied West Bank

Killing of 18-month-old boy and injuries to his family called ‘consequence of a culture of hate funded and incentivized by the Israeli government’ and tolerated by international community

By Jon Queally, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published July 31, 2015

A relative of Ali Saad Dawabsha in the family home hours after the attack. Photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz

A relative of Ali Saad Dawabsha in the family home hours after the attack. Photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz

Outrage is rippling across the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip, and beyond on Friday as news spreads that an 18-month-old infant was killed and his family members severely injured after Israeli settlers allegedly firebombed their home overnight.

The infant, identified in various media outlets as Ali Saad Dawabsha, reportedly died at the scene of the fire while his family members—mother, Reham, father, Saad, and four-year-old brother, Ahmad—were airlifted to an Israeli hospital with serious injuries. The Palestinian family’s home was apparently one of two houses targeted in the village of Duma by still unknown assailants who scribbled the Hebrew word for ‘revenge’ beneath a Star of David on an outside wall. Continue reading

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