- 5 sept 2010
W-Bank Settler spokesman David Ha'ivry tells CNN's Paula Hancocks he does not believe in the peace process video
(1:46) West Bank settlers wary of peace process
Jewish interfaith leaders urge Shabbat sermon about Islam
SAN FRANCISCO-A group of Jewish interfaith educators is asking rabbis to talk about Islam next Shabbat.
A letter signed by six prominent rabbis and scholars points out that Shabbat Shuvah, the Sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, falls on Sept. 11, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
In light of the controversy over the Islamic center planned near the New York site, the letter asks rabbis and rabbinical students to speak out against the bigotry that has erupted, and promote the ideals of religious freedoms for Muslims as well as Jews.
Rabbis in leading positions at the Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative seminaries, as well as the rabbinical school at Hebrew College, signed the appeal.
It reads, in part: In addition to memorializing the innocent victims of September 11th , we ask that time be dedicated to conversation about our own fears and prejudices, on the need to educate ourselves about Islam.. and on the role Jews might play in helping to create a more inclusive and just society."
22 mar 2011, 10:49 , Respect
Maria 6 sept 2010
Haredi rioters indicted for threats, trespassing
Eleven haredim who rioted and disrupted emergency room construction at Barzilai Hospital charged with threatening security guards; one defendant accused of threatening: 'We will exterminate you, Nazi.
"We will find you. We will come to your home. We will burn you. We will hurt you. We will exterminate you. Nazi, rebel, murderer, despicable person. We will take care of you and will kill you."
These are just some of the threats hurled at a Barzilai Hospital security officer by haredim protesting the relocation of graves on the site, according to an indictment issued Monday against 11 of the rioters.
The indictment was issued in Ashkelon Magistrates' Court against 11 haredi residents of Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem. They were charged with trespassing, making threats, and disrupting a public servant.
The indictment says that the haredim arrived at the hospital on August 22 at 3 pm in an effort to halt construction at the site. Some of them lay down in front of two tractors. One of them climbed on a tractor while its engine was still running and thus succeeded in halting the construction at the site. The defendants did not abide by the security guards orders that they leave the site.
The indictment states that the defendants cursed at the security guards, saying things like, "Die, Nazi. Get brain cancer."
When the police came to evacuate the haredim, they refused to cooperate. Later, the hospital's security officer, Yaniv Yehezkel, also arrived at the site. One of the haredim allegedly identified him by his nametag and said he would later hunt him down and kill him.
One of the defendants, Menachem Mendel Taup, had already been arrested at the hospital on another occasion. That time, he had been indicted for disobeying a legal order. He had been banned by Judge Noga Shmueli-Meyer from entering Ashkelon until legal proceedings against him conclude, but he did not obey.
6 sept 2010
Jewish woman suspected of molesting Arab minor, ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation
Disturbing story: A 35-year-old woman from Eilat was arrested Monday on suspicion she molested a minor.
During questioning the woman admitted to engaging in a sexual relationship with the 11-year-old boy.
On Sunday, police received called about a boy assaulting a woman. When arriving at the scene, police officers assumed the two were mother and son. However, they quickly discovered they were not at all related and were engaged in a different kind of relationship altogether.
The Jewish woman and Arab boy are both residents of the southern city of Eilat.
Police say that the boy's parents were aware of his relationship with the woman but voiced no objections to it.
The boy was not questioned due to his young age but the woman was arrested.
The Eilat Magistrate's Court extended her remand until Wednesday. She is scheduled to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Israeli law does not allow sexual relations between an adult and a minor, regardless of their gender. Hence, the woman is suspected of molesting a minor.
American Jews 'export terrorism abroad'
Jewish American extremists have increased support for violent measures against Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied territories.
A Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) memo released by WikiLeaks last month has revealed Washington's long tradition of exporting terrorism abroad, supported by radical American Jews.
The memo, penned by a CIA group known as the "Red Cell" on February 5, warns that the US has long ignored "homegrown terrorism" exported overseas by Jewish extremist groups, a report published by alertnet.org said.
Unlike what the US media draw out, the "American export of terrorism or terrorists" is not associated with "Islamic radicals or people of Middle Eastern, African or South Asian ethnic origin," the memo said.
This deep-rooted phenomenon has long been backed and even carried out by Jewish extremists in the United States against the so-called 'enemies of Israel,' the report added.
In one of the incidents highlighted in the memo, Baruch Goldstein, an American Jewish doctor from New York, who immigrated to Israel in 1994, joined the extremist group Kach, and killed 29 Palestinians during their prayers in the mosque at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
Kach was founded by Meier Kahane, an American Israeli rabbi best described as a 'radical cleric.'
Kahane is also the founder of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), which has been listed as 'a violent extremist Jewish organization' by the FBI.
Since 1968, JDL operations in the United States have left seven people dead and injured over 22 others.
Among the acts of terrorism attributed to the JDL is the 1985 assassination of a regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in California.
According to the FBI, only months after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, two JDL members were arrested by the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force for conspiring to blow up a mosque in California.
Nowadays, American Jews have further increased support for violent measures in occupied Palestinian territories.
In 2008, a report by the Jewish Journal quoted Israeli officials as saying that a wave of terrorism by extremist Jewish settlers now threatens 'prominent left-wingers or even national leaders.'
Meanwhile, in a July report the New York Times said that many groups in the United States use tax-exempt donations to help Israelis establish permanence in occupied Palestinian territories.
The report has identified at least 40 American groups that have collected over $200 million in tax-deductible gifts for Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) over the last decade alone.
Despite claims that the money goes to Jewish religious and educational facilities, it is believed that the sums are mainly used to enforce paramilitary activities against Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied regions.
The American funds also support projects that focus on the Judiazation of al-Quds, and back Jewish campaigns which resist a freeze on illegal settlement construction in the West Bank.
Analysts warn that the United States' role in exporting terror could force many foreign partners to stop cooperating with Washington on extrajudicial activities, including detention, transfer, and interrogation of suspects in third party countries.
The Day the Zionist Settlers Paid Us a Visit
It was another ordinary summer day in Dheisheh refugee camp, as far as ordinary goes in occupied Palestine. As with every school holiday, my parents had sent my sister and me to my grandparent's house. We loved going there and cherished every minute of our stay. And although, in my opinion, nothing compares to Jerusalem and although Sawahreh is forever my little Palestinian paradise, Dheisheh was my fortress, it taught me so much about the occupation, about oppression and about resistance and the thirst for freedom. That tiny, over-crowded refugee camp taught me so much about the Right of Return and about the Palestine the Zionist entity tries so hard to erase.
It was an ordinary day, or maybe it wasn; t. I don't remember any particular events that day, maybe because it was just another summer day or maybe because the events that followed erased any memory I had of everything else that happened that day. That evening my sister and I had a fight over something, most probably trivial as usual, and me being stubborn as usual, declared I won't talk to my sister anymore, refused to have any dinner and went to bed too early even for chicken despite all the pleading and all efforts from my grandmother, uncles and aunts to resolve the conflict peacefully.
After sometime of fuming and secretly cursing, I eventually fell asleep. I was awakened sometime later by loud sounds of banging. I jumped off the mattress (we all slept on the floor, there were no beds) and ran to the sitting room. There I saw everyone awake and wearing their day attire. I looked at the window and to my astonishment saw that it was still dark outside. What is wrong? Where are you all going? I asked as I moved from one person to the other and very much aware of the continuous sounds of gunshots, hand grenades and screams outside. The settlers have attacked! someone answered me.
And it wasn't any kind of settlers, but the fanatic terrorists of Kiryat Arba. Where are you all going? I asked. To defend the refugee camp, to defend our homes, they were saying. They were all ready to leave and were distributing themselves as to which street or to which neighborhood everyone was to go. It was obvious this wasn't the first time they had to go through this and it wasn't the first settler attack nor was it to be last, and most probably what happened in my grandparents house happened in every other house in the refugee camp.
They were so used to such attacks that all the organization was done in a few minutes. And to any Zionist reading this, I will have to disappoint you and say that they strictly refused to let any of us children out of the house, despite begging and pleading to go out with everyone else and participate in defending the refugee camp. We were told to stay in the house, to hide and be careful as to who we allow inside the house. So, next time you Zionists go cry: Palestinian send their children to get killed, keep reading and you'll see how much Zionist colonists love their children.
So, with the exception of us children, everyone else went out to the streets and alleys to defend our homes, even my elderly grandmother, who without a word snatched a tree stem hidden behind the couch and declared: I am going to the west entrance to defend my daughter's house. My aunt lived there with her little children and the idea that her house was located exactly at the west entrance of the refugee camp, exposed to the attackers and one of the first houses they would encounter when attempting to storm the refugee camp, brought fear to everyone who had witnessed settler violence, especially that of the Kiryat Arba terrorists. We sat in the empty house with the lights off so the settlers don't shoot in our direction.
We could hear the loud shouting and singing of the settlers accompanied by shooting and loud banging. It was as if everything around us was shaking; the walls, the windows, the chairs, the whole house and the neighbouring ones. We could also hear the sound of people running along the small alley behind our house. They were all heading towards the main Jerusalem-Hebron road that passes in front of the refugee camp. At some point, we sneaked to the windows and keeping our heads low we watched as the settles went on with their macabre celebration: There were settlers, many of them, armed, laughing, shouting and shooting at the houses, vandalizing and destroying the cars parked in front of the refugee camp.
There were women and children present. They had brought their families with them to joint in the attack on sleeping Palestinian families. There were also Israeli occupation soldiers present who instead of stopping the settlers from shooting were actually assisting them and directing their gun towards the refugee camp. Instead of stopping the Zionist who had come at midnight to attack sleeping Palestinian families, the IOF were shooting at the Palestinians who started throwing stones at the fully-armed settlers.
And so it was: stones against a rain of bullets and tear gas canisters. And while they were shooting, the Zionist settlers were singing and chanting. If this isn't lust for blood, if this isn't celebrating murder, I don't know what it. And the Zionists who keep claiming Palestinians send their children to be killed in demos, had brought their children with them to join in the attack, they had brought them with them to teach them how to love thy neighbour and how to make peace with thy neighbor. They wanted to show their children what being a Zionist is all about and how to deal with Palestinian civilians a la Zionist way.
I remember asking some friends from Dheisheh about this years later and being told that often when the settlers of Kiryat Arba attack the refugee camp they bring their wives and children with them. When I asked about their thoughts as to why the settlers did such a thing, they answered: so when Palestinians go out to defend their homes and throw stones at the armed attackers, the settlers would use their wives and children as human shields and so that the Palestinians would stop throwing stones considering there were children. I was told that they saw more than once how the children were standing in the first row in front of the adult settlers. So, the settlers would use their children to stop Palestinians from throwing stones at them, but these same settlers wouldn't hesitate a minute to shoot a Palestinian child.
Judging from the sound of bullets and tear gas canisters flying all around us and the banging and the rejoicing and judging from the holes in the houses and cars and the shattered windows we found everywhere the next day, it was obvious that the settlers didn't give a damn how many they kill or who they kill, i.e. whether a child, woman or adult. They were just aiming to kill. Fortunately, and maybe should I say miraculously, no one was killed, but not because the settlers didn't mean any real harm. It was because the Palestinians had been used to such terror attacks and knew how best to keep themselves and their children safe: upon an attack all house lights immediately go off, movement inside houses is only when there is a necessity and while bowing down so one doesnt get hit by a bullet flying through the windows, and those who leave to fend off the settlers know the streets and the alleys as the back of their hands and thus have the upper hand.
Every time the Israeli occupation army commits a massacre in the middle of the night, or raids a Palestinian village or town in the middle of the night, or bombards Gaza in the middle of the night, I remember the midnight settler attacks on Dheisheh. These cowards chose the time when Palestinians are asleep in their homes, the time they believe when most Palestinians are not in a state to defend themselves and their homes. But they are mistaken; a Palestinian is always ready to defend his/her family, his home and his land.
Seeing that the residents who were defending their homes were actually in a better position and had the control over the refugee camp (not one single settler was able to enter the refugee camp that night), and seeing that their machine guns, live bullets and poisonous gas canisters were useless in the face of Palestinian steadfastness, the soldiers and the settlers finally retreated. The next morning, I went with the others to my aunt's house. On the way, I remember passing the houses and seeing the bullet holes practically everywhere. Every single house we passed on the way to my aunt's had bullet holes from the previous night. The main street was more like something from a war movie. The Israeli occupation army had tried it best to remove the evidence of the attack, but alas!
The time of miracles had long gone. The whole area was filled with journalists. They were all taking photos of the bullet holes visible everywhere, of the destroyed cars, of the shattered windows. They were interviewing everyone on what had happened the night before. In front of my aunt's house, which was affected greatly by the bullets, one foreign looking female journalist was talking to my aunt. The journalist looked at me as I came and stood near my aunt and said: I have a daughter who looks just like you. I don't want to think of her going through what you went through last night. Then some other journalist came and talked to her in Hebrew and I realized that she was an Israeli.
The only Israelis I had known at that time were mostly the armed soldiers and the fanatic settlers. Being there to report on what the Zionist settlers had done to us, and telling me, indirectly, she didn't like what had happened was one thing I never forgot. I stood among that sea of reporters and residents, drowned in the sound of questions, comments and watching the Israeli army jeeps patrolling the main street as if telling us: don't tell much or else, when the reporters eventually go we will be here.
Among this sea of reporters, residents and soldiers I looked up and saw my aunt and the Israeli reporter: there they were, two mothers, talking about what had happened the night before, and I remember, a naive child at the time, thinking: if the Israelis themselves feared the settlers so much, why don't they say NO to the settlers? It was on that or on a following day that we heard from the Israeli reporters, and they had access to Israeli settler media, that among the attackers was one newly converted Jew who had just moved to Kiyat Arba. The attack on Dheisheh was some sort of initiation ritual for this new member of Kiryat Arba.
Many more attacks of armed Zionist colonists on civilian Palestinians followed, and not only in Dheisheh but all over occupied Palestine. Zionist terrorism happen almost on a daily basis and can be witnessed everywhere in occupied Palestine. Just take a drive from Bethlehem to Hebron and you will see all those armed settlers walking the streets as if they owned the land. Take a drive from Bethlehem to Ramallah or from Ramallah to Nablus and watch all those illegal settlements popping up on Palestinian hilltops and spreading like cancer.
Take a walk in one of the neighbourhoods of occupied Jerusalem, Silwan, Rasi Il-Amoud, Wadi Il-Jouz, Il-Sheikh Jarrah, Shu'fat, and you will see the Palestinian houses occupied by Zionist colonists while the real owners of the houses live in a tent not far away from their homes and refusing to leave Jerusalem. Talk a walk in the old city of Hebron and see all the empty streets and closed shops and homes whose residents were forced out to make place for colonists from Brooklyn and Siberia.
Take a walk in the old city of Jerusalem and see the heart of Palestine that was once thriving and pumping life into all of Palestine from the River to the Sea being slowly squeezed to death. Take a walk in Sawahreh, Beita, Burin, Beit Ummar, Yasuf and other Palestinian villages and see the Zionist colonies spreading like cancer, killing Palestine slowly and painfully. Take a walk in occupied Palestine and see Palestinian fields burnt alive, Palestinian water strangled with chemical poisons, Palestinians homes raped and Palestinian pathways of childhood desecrated by strangers. And when you have walked and seen all these armed settlers and what they have done to Palestine, then remember this:
The Zionist colonists of Kiryat Arba attacked the sleeping residents of Dheisheh refugee camp in the middle of the night. The Zionist colonists were armed with machine guns while the residents of Dheisheh used stones and sticks to defend themselves and their homes. Who is here the civilian and who is the armed terrorist?
The Zionists of Elon Moreh attacked Beita while hiding behind their own children. And while on a killing spree they killed one of their own children who wanted to prevent the murder of Palestinians, they blamed it on the Palestinians. And while the murdered settler child was given a state funeral, Palestinians families of Beita didn't even have a chance to say goodbye to their murdered children because their homes were being demolished and their men and other children were being deported. Maybe, according to some, these Zionist colonists were justified in killing Mousa Bani Shamsi (20 yrs old) and Hatim Jabir (22 yrs old) since the Zionist murderers were non-combatants and only went fully armed to Beita for tea and cake!
The Zionist colonists murdered 11 year old Ahmad Sha'lan in cold blood and threw his body in a deserted water well. Maybe, according to some, these non-combatant murderers were justified in killing Sha'lan since they were disturbed in their picnicking on Jabal Anton by the little boy.
The Zionist colonists of Itimar executed Yahya Bani Munya (18 yrs old) with 20 bullets after chasing him with their car like an animal in a safari. Maybe, according to some, these non-combatant murderers were justified in killing Bani Munya since the boy was destroying nature by allowing his goats to graze the land that belongs to his family.
The Zionist colonists steal Palestinian land, occupy Palestinian homes, uproot Palestinian trees, destroy Palestinian natural resources and have a green light to kill Palestinians whenever they want for whatever reason they chose to invent. The Zionist colonists are allowed to possess machine guns, have security patrols, are protected by Israeli occupation forces and any Palestinian coming close to a Zionist colony, even little shepherd boys with their goats or farmers who want work their own land, would be shot dead without why or how. When they kill Palestinians for no reason whatsoever other than pure hate and blood-thirst, they are called victims and their terror acts are justified with defending themselves.
Palestinians are attacked, brutally beaten and murdered for no reason by foreigners come to steal their land and force them out of it and when the Palestinians defend themselves, their families, their homes and their land they are called terrorists.
Since that summer night in Dheisheh refugee camp, the fanatic Zionist colonists occupying Palestinian land have attacked one Palestinian town after another, one village after another and one refugee camp after another. Their attacks are carried out with the full support of the Zionist entity and its occupation army. The followers of the ideology of terrorism, ethnic cleansing and racism, aka Zionism, have murdered, butchered, maimed, stolen land and gotten away with every single terrorist act they did and still do. And today, and every day, they attack Jerusalem, Hebon, Nablus, Bethlehem, An-Naqab, Jaffa and spread their terror wherever they land. They continue to attack and we will continue to defend ourselves because resistance is the legitimate weapon of the oppressed and because at the end of the day it is justice that will prevail.
Finally I say: what divine or human law says that a fanatic Zionist from Brooklyn has a right to my land, my fields and my olive trees?
What divine or human law allows a Zionist colonist from Russia to take my home, burn my olive trees and kill my friend?
What divine or human law says I don't have the right to defend myself and free my land from Zionist terror?
For a list of some of the terror attacks of Zionist settlers: Zionist Settlers: A Long History of Terrorism
Price tag reprisals in Hebron
Yusri Jaber and his family have faced numerous attacks by Israeli settlers in Hebron.
The Palestinian families which live along Route 60 in the South Hebron Hills in the occupied West Bank have no recourse when settlers attack. The area is under full Israeli civil and military control, leaving the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority relatively helpless in dealing with problems caused by Israeli settlers. Israel practices its most profound acts of subjugation of Palestinian rights against these residents through a bureaucratic maze of laws making access to water, electricity and construction virtually impossible.
Since last week's fatal shooting of four settlers from the settlement of Beit Haggai just outside of Kiryat Arba, Palestinians in the area have been subjected to what the settlers call "price tag" reprisal attacks and repeated Israeli army incursions. Settlers have been burning fields, destroying property, stoning Palestinian houses and erecting new settlement outposts in response to the shooting. As usual, the stated position of the Israeli army that it acts as a force that will quell tension between Palestinians and settlers, has not taken place. In fact, the army is fully aware of settler attacks and yet they have taken over Palestinian houses in order to "calm the situation."
On 4 September, I interviewed three Palestinian families whose homes have been taken over by the Israeli army in response to the killings of the settlers. The discussions took place while the Israeli soldiers were occupying the homes and in some cases hours after settlers have attacked the property.
Yusri Jaber's house sits directly underneath the settlement of Har Zion next to Kiryat Arba. The Palestinians call the area the Baqu Valley while the Israeli settlers and army consider the area the "outskirts" of Kiryat Arba. The bars on Jaber's windows reflect how accustomed his family is to living with daily stone-throwing attacks by settlers. Over the past ten years, he has watched his land shrink as settlers steal his property with impunity.
Israeli soldiers march through the Salima family home.
On the night of the shooting attack, settlers attacked the Jaber house with a volley of stones. After hours of stone throwing, the Israeli army finally set up a checkpoint in front of the house. He was told that this checkpoint was being established for his "personal safety." The checkpoint is in addition to a temporary base established by the army on Jaber's home that has been used periodically over the past week. Instead of protecting his family, Jaber believes that the army is simply allowing the settlers to express rage without making international news. He feels as though he is a paying a heavy price for an attack which he did not support or have anything to do with. Despite the army presence, settlers uprooted parts of his agricultural fields a few hours before we arrived.
Across Route 60 in the Baqu valley, the Salima family has been living for more than eight generations in a large four-story home. On the evening of 2 September, two units of soldiers entered the house in the middle of the night and quickly took over the third floor and the roof. The family was moved into the first floor and were told that they would have access to the third floor once per day otherwise they were not allowed anywhere else in their own home. When we arrived, three army jeeps and roughly 15 soldiers were milling around the entrance and in the stairwell of the house. Mahmoud Salime was quiet and clearly tired when we spoke with him. His answers were short and pragmatic as if he felt as though he was being watched. In fact, soldiers were in all corners of his house. When I jumped up to snap a photo of a solider going down the stairwell, he quickly asked me to stop, saying, "I do not want to bother them. I do not want to give them a reason to harass me any longer. I just want them to leave my family alone." His sentiment reflected the general feeling of all the Palestinian families we spoke with: they just want the army to leave them alone and not take over their houses any longer.
Israeli soldiers took over the top floor of the Shabana family home.
Fifty meters from the site of the fatal attack lives the Shabana family. The day after the shooting, in the middle of the iftar dinner breaking the day's Ramadan fast, soldiers entered the house of Moaza Shabana and arrested him and his brother. Their phones were confiscated -- and have yet to be returned -- and they were taken to the Gush Etzion police station and interrogated by agents of the Israel Security Agency or "Shin Bet." Moaza and his brother were held for three days without communication with lawyers or family. Eventually they were released with no charge but with several bruises and marks, mostly from the handcuffs which were kept on them the entire time they were in custody. Meanwhile, the family's home was taken over by Israeli soldiers after Moaza and his brother were taken to the Gush Etzion police station. Soldiers took over the top floor and roof and created a makeshift military base. As we sat with the family, a commander came and demanded our identification cards and answers to why we were there. Ezra Nawi answered the soldier with a barrage of questions. "Imagine if a Palestinian soldier was in your living room in your house in Ramat Gan," he asked the soldier. "You are a soldier of the occupation. You have no place here. We were invited by the family. Now leave us alone!" The soldier did not really know what hit him and he slowly turned around, slightly dumbfounded and left the house. As we spoke to them Moaza's wife begin to shake with fear. Eventually, the soldiers left us alone but the depth of the family's fear was quite apparent.
The experience of these families after the attack against Israeli settlers reflects a part of the structure of Israel's occupation. Palestinians in Hebron are pawns in the occupation with no recourse from any government authority. The Palestinian Authority is unable to help them because their homes are under full Israeli civil and military control. The Israeli government has no desire to help or protect these families. The nature of the occupation and the Kafkaesque occupation legal system is designed to make life as difficult as possible for these families in the hopes that they will leave their land, allowing more space for settlements to grow. The week of "price tag" attacks by Israeli settlers protected by the Israeli army serves to demonstrate the absolute insecurity in which these families exist.
All images by Joseph Dana.
Joseph Dana, a writer and filmmaker living in Jerusalem, is active in direct action groups such as Taayush and Anarchists Against the Wall. His website is josephdana.com.
6 sept 2010
Israeli police accused of targeting Jerusalem's Arab residents
Civil rights campaigners say this image shows Palestinian Ahmad Qarae'en, nearest the camera, moments before he was shot by an off-duty soldier
A leading civil-rights group has accused Israeli police of systematic discrimination against the Arab residents of East Jerusalem as growing numbers of hardline religious Jews take up residence in Palestinian areas.
A report from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (Acri) found that violent confrontations between Jewish residents and their Palestinian neighbours had risen rapidly, but that Israeli police have largely ignored Palestinian complaints.
Israeli authorities "practise selective law enforcement and fail to provide even the most minimal protection to Palestinian locals," Acri claimed. "Law-enforcement authorities have become complicit in violating Palestinian rights; in many cases, they do not enforce the law or do so only in a discriminatory manner." Palestinians claim that they are often arrested as suspects when they make complaints against Israelis, that their children are arrested in circumstances that flout Israeli law on the treatment of minors, and that widespread surveillance cameras violate their privacy.
The Israeli police rejected the allegations. A spokesman claimed that many of the incidents contained in the report were blown "out of proportion." Most disturbances, he said, are initiated by Palestinians throwing stones at Jewish residents.
Large numbers of religious Jews, ideologically committed to an undivided Jerusalem, have moved into Arab-dominated East Jerusalem in recent months, provoking clashes with local residents. Palestinians fear that Israel is seeking to prevent East Jerusalem illegally annexed by Israel after the Six-Day War in 1967 from becoming the capital of a future Palestinian state. Stoking the tensions, according to Acri, are the armed private security contractors employed to protect the Jewish residents in East Jerusalem.
Ahmad Qarae'en, a Palestinian resident of Silwan, described how he was shot in the thigh during an argument with an off duty soldier visiting Jewish settlers. Mr Qarae'en was questioned as a suspect and the man who shot him was released after 24 hours without charge.
In a second case, Jamalat Mughrabi, who was evicted from her home by Jewish settlers, claims she was punched repeatedly by a Jewish man. When she arrived at the police station, she found that she was the suspect, and was taken into custody. At a hearing the following day, investigators allegedly refused to show video footage proving her innocence, and she was charged and fined.
Ronit Sela, a spokesman for Acri, said it had yet to receive an official police response. She said: "We're just calling on the police to do their job." Meanwhile, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday a new and creative approach was required to reach a peace deal.
"We will have to learn the lessons of 17 years of experience from negotiations and to think creatively," he said Mr Netanyahu. "We'll have to think of new solutions to old problems."
23 mar 2011, 19:29 , Respect
Maria 7 sept 2010
Witnesses: Settler aims gun at Palestinian drivers
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A roadside settler was threatening Palestinians driving on the Nablus - Qalqiliya road in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, witnesses said.
Taxi driver Ra'fat, 27, said a settler stopped his car in the road, got out of the vehicle, and pointed his gun at passing cars, instructing drivers to stop. Ra'fat said he refused to stop, but feared for other traffic.
Israeli police in the area said no shots had been fired on the road.
Ghassan Doughlas, who heads the Palestinian Authority file on northern settlement activity, condemned the incident and called on the international community to intervene in acts of violence committed by settlers in the West Bank.
The report comes as tension between West Bank settlers and the local population increases, following two shooting attacks claimed by Hamas militants that killed four near Hebron and injured two near Ramallah one week earlier.
Following the shootings, Palestinians living adjacent to illegal Israeli settlements reported several acts of assault and vandalism from the settlers.
7 sept 2010
Report: Settler fires on Palestinian cars in West Bank
Settlement of Kedumim
Palestinian driving near Kedumim settlement says Israeli man fired at his vehicle; no injuries reported. Police believe shooting a case of road rage
Palestinian sources reported Tuesday that a settler opened fire at Palestinian vehicles driving near the West Bank settlement of Kedumim, near Nablus. No injuries or damage were reported.
Security forces began canvassing the area, but the Judea and Samaria Police said that the incident is most likely one of road rage a quarrel between two drivers over the right of way, which got out of hand.
Raafat, the Palestinian driver claiming he was shot at, told Ynet that he was driving near the entrench to Kedumim, "When a Subaru driven by a settler skittered me. I don't know the driver but I think he's from Havat Gilad.
"He skirted me and tried to block me at gun point, but I drove passed him, because I was driving a patient who needed to get to the hospital."
Raafat, a resident of the West Bank village of Um a-Tin, said vehicles driving behind him were gridlocked by the settler's impromptu "roadblock": "I could see other cars stopping, but I just kept going. After about a 100 meters I saw an IDF jeep and told them what happened, and that I thought the settler was going to cause problems."
Despite the report, and while some Palestinian sources said they heard echoes of gunfire, residents of the surrounding villages said they heard none.
Terror, it seems, has returned to the roads of the West Bank, just as the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were reignited in Washington.
A terror spree last week left four Israelis dead and two injured, and saw rocket fire hit the Western Negev. Recent event have prompted the IDF to expand its deployment in the area a move originally planned to take place just before Rosh Hashana and moved up.
The defense establishment believes that terror groups will adopt the use of light artillery and small-arms in their attack, which are most likely to focus on the West Bank's main highways.
The IDF is also gearing for in increase in "lone-terrorist" incidents, as the militant groups are likely to draw legitimacy from the bigger terror attacks; and believes future terror attempts may include knifing and the use of Molotov cocktails.
The military also anticipates an increase in riots, which it expects will turn more and more violent.
7 sept 2010
Report: Settlers concerned Barak will impede building
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Settler leaders met Monday night to discuss concerns that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak would impede their construction plans, Israeli press said.
The settlers pledged to resume full-scale construction when the 10-month partial freeze expires on 26 September, a report in the Hebrew-language daily Maariv said.
However, leaked documents from Barak's office suggested the minister would rely on "procedural defaults" to prevent building, the report said.
The leaders said there was no "procedural default" which could prevent them constructing housing units which had already been granted licenses as soon as the freeze expired, Maariv said.
The report noted that construction in settlements requires several licenses which must be approved by Israel's Defense Ministry. Further, the ministry could stop any building project, licensed or otherwise.
President Mahmoud Abbas has said he would walk out of peace talks with Israel, relaunched on 2 September, if settlement construction on Palestinian land resumes.
7 sept 2010
Stopping the Water
At 7:00 am in the morning, the Israelis arrived too late to help a poor farmer. The men with guns were already there, sitting on the farmer's well.
An argument broke out in Hebrew between the settlers and the Israeli human rights group Taayush. Every week, they enter the West Bank to work alongside Palestinians threatened by settlers and soldiers.
Both groups broke the rules of Shabat: settlers and activists used video cameras and cell phones as tempers rose with the temperature. One settler sat silently behind black sunglasses, a handgun tucked into his pants and a large machine gun hanging across his chest. Behind the escalating debate, the Palestinian farmer packed up his water house and readied his empty water tanker for the road home.
Armed settler sitting on well of a Palestinian farmer.
The army arrived soon after, slowly climbing the hill in the early dawn light, wearing olive-green uniforms, black boots and big rifles. The squad numbered fifteen when they finally confronted Taayush and told them to leave - the farmer had not scheduled the water pumping.
The Army has an obligation to maintain the Palestinians access to their land - it should not be a precondition to schedule access, said Dolev Rehat, a Taayush member. It is completely and utterly in violation of the law, and in this situation we decided not to go along with it.
Taayush group surrounded by army, just before mass roundup and detention.
The army surrounded the group as the settlers mounted the ridge. They stood and watched the soldiers and activists argue, comfortable in their immunity from the law.
Israeli settlers, unlike Palestinians in the West Bank, are not subject to Israeli military law and the army, though usually present near settlements, does not arrest settlers; rather, the soldiers have often made it clear that their task is to protect the settlers, not Palestinians... Palestinians may complain to the Israeli police, but their complaints are rarely followed up and many Palestinians do not report settler attacks for fear of retaliation, according to Troubled Waters, a report by Amnesty International.
Letter telling farmer and activists of the schedule limiting water usage.
A police officer came and escorted the activists to a van where they were then driven to a detention center. The activists were not charged, ordered to keep out of the entire West Bank for ten days, and released within hours.
The well at Beit Al-Aid reflects a greater policy not just In the south Hebron hills, but throughout the West Bank: a devastating program of thirst enacted by the occupation. By either direct actions or indirect bureaucratic controls, water is withheld, and impoverished Palestinians pay exorbitant water prices, migrate, sicken, or die.
Water's primacy makes it a pressure point in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Settlers have not just sat on wells - they have specifically targeted Palestinian water sources like wells, pumps and cisterns and destroyed them throughout the West Bank. During Operation Cast Lead, the 2009 invasion of Gaza, the army destroyed water sanitation plants, pumps and other water infrastructure. But the destitution of Palestine's water happens every day of the occupation.
In the past eight years the water tanks on the roofs of Palestinian houses have been frequently targeted by Israeli soldiers for no apparent reason other, than, it would seem, shooting practice, according to Amnesty International. Tens, possibly hundreds, of thousands of water tanks have been shot at and damaged many beyond repair. In some neighborhoods virtually every water tank has at least one bullet hole visible.
Ninety-five percent of Gaza doesn't have access to clean, reliable water, according to Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem. The population resorts to polluted sources, with horrendous consequences. The United Nations Environmental Program reported high levels of nitrate in the Gazan water supplies, and found the odorless, tasteless contaminant effects methemoglobinaemia - a blood disorder causing children's hands, lips and feet to turn blue. These blue babies have chocolate-brown blood, respiratory difficulties, and die frequently from high nitrate levels.
The water relationship between the Israelis and Palestinians is legally defined by the second Oslo Agreement Article 40: Israeli is required to support water development in the West Bank and Gaza. But, according to a 2009 Palestinian Water Authority statement, while keeping this recognition only on paper, the Israelis effected control on Palestine's water sources by keeping wells, treatment facilities and irrigation schemes shelved and by virtually blocking the Jordan River.
This is the big problem of the occupation, said Baha Ishaq, a researcher at the Palestinian Wildlife Society. There is a lot of water, but the Israelis control everything [with] the water.
Israeli police officer argues with activist.
Jordan, Syria and Israel divert most of the flow of the Jordan River. What does trickle down the historically verdant valley is mostly sludge so unclean the Friends of the Earth Middle East has warned pilgrims not to baptise in it. Downstream, all is drying up. The Dead Sea is in effect dying - shrinking a meter annually. The old Jericho Biological Garden is an arid ruin. The millions of birds who depend on the Jordan Valley for their international migration between Africa and Asia now perch on parched earth.
If the Israelis give us permission [to drill wells] then there is no problem, Baha said, who lives in Beit Sahoor near Bethlehem. We didn't have water for twenty days this summer.
Behind the office of the Palestinian Wildlife Society in Beit Sahoor, across a olive tree-speckled valley, looms a well-watered settlement. The hill was once covered in forest, full of animals like hyena whose populations now dwindle behind the separation wall in a land increasingly barren. In the southern Hebron hills, water thefts are increasingly common, cisterns and wells are consistently demolished by Israeli forces, and many go thirsty. Yet the settlers water flows freely.
In complete contrast in the area - the [settlements] are not only connected to running water and energy but enjoy subsidies, Rahat said.
Taayush will visit El-Aid's well again, to pump the farmer's water. But just a few settlers can simply sit and stop the water, above the law and bent on desiccating Judea and Samaria of Palestinians.
25 mar 2011, 09:51 , Respect
Maria 8 sept 2010
2 settlers arrested after praying in Jericho synagogue
Two settlers who entered the West Bank city of Jericho were arrested by IDF forces, after the prayed along with eight other worshippers at the ancient synagogue of Naaran.
The other worshippers managed to disperse before Israeli security forces arrived at the scene.
A 95-year-old settler indicted for sexually abusing two sisters
A 95-year-old settler on Tuesday was indicted in Kfar Saba Magistrate's Court for sexually abusing two sisters, ages nine and eleven.
The man, Yosef Fischel, allegedly paid the girls between NIS 50 and NIS 400 each time he sexually abused them to encourage the sisters to come back to his home.
Fischel has been released to house arrest in his Karnei Shomron home.
Fischel has also been charged with possessing unlicensed weapon in his house since 1982, after police found a pistol and ammunition in his home.
http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=187488 29 mar 2011, 16:00 , Respect
Maria 9 sept 2010
PLO warns against 'Israeli extremism'
Armed Israeli settlers
The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) warns against any instance of "Israeli extremism" during direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
PA resumed the negotiations on September 2, having left the process at the turn of 2009 in protest at Israeli offensives which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
We will work to seriously be engaged with these negotiations. We refuse any extremist Israeli government positions especially the continuation of settlement construction, and any disproportionate focus on security," the PLO's Executive Committee said in a statement on Thursday.
On Tuesday, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B'Tselem, said that illegal Jewish settlements control 42 percent of the occupied West Bank, AP reported.
The talks are threatened by the September 26 expiry of a self-proclaimed partial freeze that Tel Aviv imposed on its construction of the settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories in November 2009.
There have already been many reports of Israel's non-compliance with the moratorium. Jewish settlers announced plans to expand settlements only hours before the resumption of the negotiations, displaying further defiance of the Palestinian demand for the halt.
The PLO statement urged the Middle East Quartet which is composed of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia as well as the Arab world to "exert their utmost efforts to ensure a complete cessation of settlement construction."
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has, however, said that there would be no room for any conditions for the negotiations a point also favored by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Refusing to promise any Washington intervention into the settlement issue, US State Department spokesman Phillip Crowley also said on Tuesday that "we are mindful of statements, we're mindful of the calendar. That's why we felt it was important to meet next week at a high level."
http://www.presstv.com/detail/141861.html 30 mar 2011, 13:06 , Respect
Maria 10 sept 2010
Palestinian shopkeepers in Hebron are drowning in the rubbish of Israeli settlers
In Hebron, shopkeepers in the old town are obliged to cover their stalls with metal grills to protect them from rubbish thrown from the windows of Israeli settlers.
On the West Bank, the town of Hebron is known for being the site of frequent incidents between the several hundred settlers, supported by the Israeli army, and the inhabitants of the town. It is the town's shopkeepers who bear the brunt of these confrontations. Indeed, the Israelis who have houses which overlook the street do not hesitate to throw their rubbish onto the stalls below.
Shrouq A.Morakten is an engineer from Hebron. She lives in Ramallah, but often goes to Hebron where she takes tourists or friends around the city.
The old town of Hebron resembles that of Jerusalem or Nablus, with only one difference: the Israeli settlers live right in the centre of town. And the houses where they live directly overlook the streets of the market. From their windows, they throw rubbish and all sorts of bulky objects onto the stalls, damaging the merchandise and scaring passers-by. In order to not be attacked, the shopkeepers have installed metal grills all along the streets which are overlooked by these houses.
But this hasn't dissuaded the settlers, who have the protection of the army, and you can still find rubbish on top of the grills that cover the streets.
The same thing happened in another part of the town, near to the Cave of Patriarchs. After being attacked, the shopkeepers ended up closing their shops and deserting this part of the old town. Because they are afraid of being subjected to the same sort of treatment, those in the centre of the town have taken advantage of Ramadan to launch a campaign to encourage people to come to the market and buy artisanal products typical of Hebron.
The situation has gone from bad to worse since the Second Intifada in 2000. The Palestinians are afraid that their town will become a ghost town."
http://bit.ly/cs0uTp 1 apr 2011, 11:34 , Respect
Maria 11 sept 2010
Settlers vow to keep on building at any cost
Israeli youths take part in building activity after Tuesday's shooting of four settlers.
As Israeli and Palestinian leaders prepare for key peace talks in Egypt, hardline Jewish settlers are vowing to sabotage a political process that they fear, if successful, could endanger the survival of the Jewish state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sit down for a second round of talks on Tuesday in a US-sponsored effort to end nearly two decades of deadlock, but opponents of the negotiations say they are quietly confident of their failure.
"I expect the whole thing to fail," said Elyakim Haetzni, an octogenarian from Kiryat Arba who was among the founders of the Jewish settlement movement. "A Palestinian state will mark the countdown of our destruction. If the talks were about your demise, you'd prefer no talks."
It's this gloomy thought that occupies the thoughts not only of Mr Haetzni, but also the hundreds of thousands of settlers living in the occupied West Bank who could be forced to leave their homes if an independent Palestinian state ever comes into existence.
Not that any of them believe it will happen. Peace talks have dragged on intermittently for 17 years and despite optimism in some quarters that Barack Obama can deliver a historic peace deal through sheer force of will, Israelis have seen the peace process collapse too many times in far more propitious circumstances than these.
Driving into Kiryat Arba, a heavily-guarded settlement ringed by razor wire, the settlers' weapon of choice against the talks is immediately visible: a row of half-built houses covered with scaffolding. Idle cranes stand nearby as Israelis break for the Jewish New Year holidays.
Settlers have vowed to recommence construction as soon as a 10-month building freeze in the settlements, aimed at coaxing the Palestinians into talks, expires on 26 September. One shopkeeper, a Moroccan Jew who prefered to remain anonymous, said: "I want to build. It's my country and I'm not stopping."
Mr Netanyahu heads a right-wing and pro-settler coalition that is fiercely opposed to any steps against the settlers, the 300,000 Jews who have built their homes in the conviction that it is their God-given right to live there. Fearful of losing his coalition partners and triggering new elections, he has already ruled out an extension of the freeze.
Nevertheless, Mr Abbas has threatened to walk out if construction continues, presenting a premature obstacle to the talks, where the settlement issue is expected to loom large. Settlers fear Mr Netanyahu, under pressure from Washington to make concessions, will sidestep the issue by snarling up any new construction permits in a lengthy bureaucratic process.
Alternatively, he could seek a compromise that would allow building to continue in the major settlement blocs expected to remain in Israeli hands under a land swap deal.
"If the aim behind any kind of compromise is to allow the continuation of talks, that's not going to work," said David Wilder, the spokesman for a hardcore of settlers in central Hebron, a West Bank town that is still shocked by the killing of 29 Palestinians at prayer by an Israeli gunman 16 years ago.
"People will build, and if the government is looking to get involved in extra violent clashes with law-abiding citizens, that's what they'll do," said Mr Wilder.
Meanwhile, settlers are increasingly concerned that Mr Netanyahu, who campaigned on a pro-settler platform, will yet betray them, noting with alarm his use of the term "West Bank" in a speech in Washington. Mr Netanyahu normally refers to the territory by its biblical name, Judea and Samaria.
Mr Haetzni is among those using his influence to lobby politicians in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, to take steps that would upset the peace process should a deal look imminent.
"We are very busy on the political scene. We talk to all the Knesset members, who [say they] are ready. We have a very pro-nationalistic Knesset," Mr Haetzni, a former politician, says. "That's all I can say for the moment."
For Mr Obama, much is riding on the outcome of these talks. Desperate to present a foreign policy success ahead of midterm elections, he has invested considerable political capital in bringing the two reluctant partners to the negotiating table.
Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that governs Gaza and which is deeply opposed to talks, has already tried to disrupt the negotiations with a deadly shooting near Hebron two weeks ago that killed four settlers.
That prompted a furious outpouring from settlers, many of whom refuse to distinguish between Hamas and Mr Abbas' more moderate Fatah movement, which dominates the West Bank.
Indeed, some observers say the shootings have bolstered support for Hamas, while Palestinians see Mr Abbas as having yielded on many of his key conditions for returning to direct talks.
"If agreement is signed and political institutions do not have legitimacy... instead of seeing a two-state solution, we may see the collapse of the Palestinian Authority," warns Gidi Grinstein, a former negotiator in Ehud Barak's government. "It's a very high-risk strategy that is being played right now."
http://bit.ly/chFetr 2 apr 2011, 10:48 , Respect
Maria 12 sept 2010
Report: Israeli pilgrim stabs local in Ukraine
Uman press reports several criminal incidents involving Jews visiting Rabbi Nachman's grave.
Ukrainian news agencies are reporting several violent incidents involving Israelis who visited the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in the city of Uman over Rosh Hashana weekend.
According to the reports, one of the Israelis visiting the gravesite on the 200th anniversary of the rabbi's death stabbed a local civilian, while others blocked rescue forces from attending to the victim, forcing police to use riot-dispersal means and injuring two officers.
Other reports say the worshippers were found to have various narcotics in their possession. The alleged stabber is believed to have been inebriated at the time of the incident.
Ukrainian authorities believe some 20,000 Jews made the pilgrimage to the rabbi's grave this year, most of them from Israel.
Nachman Tobol, an Israeli national who traveled to Ukraine this year, told Ynet about the stabbing.
"Two locals tried to steal from an apartment rented by Israelis, which happens a lot. Every year there are thefts, but this time they were caught red-handed," he said.
Tobol said the thieves were asked to return what they had stolen, but refused.
"One of the Israelis stabbed one of the thieves, who was lightly injured, and to the best of my knowledge the police sealed off the building to try to get him to turn himself in," he said.
This prompted a riot, Tobol said, with rioters throwing objects at police officers, who arrested everyone in the apartment until the stabber turned himself in.
Elad, another pilgrim who returned to Israel recently, said the incident sparked many rumors among the worshippers. "
A few Israelis were arrested, and some were released after paying bribes. There were all sorts of rumors, some saying the stabber died," he said.
Settlers threaten to topple Netanyahu
Settlers upset over PM remarks suggesting partial construction freeze in store, say such move would terminate his term in office; Netanyahu again betraying his voters, settler leader says.
Settler leaders are infuriated over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks Sunday suggesting that a partial settlement construction freeze will continue even after the end of the month.
The settlers are warning that such move would terminate the PM's tern in office.
Speaking Sunday, the prime minister referred to "midway options," for the first time hinting that the settlement freeze will not end in late September as promised initially.
Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan told Ynet that he expects the prime minister to deliver on the pledges he made in November 2009.
"The miserable cabinet decision, which brought the freeze upon us, also included a pledge to return to full construction after 10 months," he said. "Any deviation from this pledge would be akin to an ongoing freeze through other means."
Dayan warned that an ongoing construction freeze would constitute the crossing of a red line.
"This is proof that any position presented by the government is merely an opening for more concessions," he said. "While the Palestinian return to the path of terror and arrogantly reject the notion of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, we must not stutter, blink, or become anxious instead, we must go back to building."
Meanwhile, settlers held a protest outside the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, as Netanyahu shared his views on the freeze with Likud ministers. The settlers brought a display showing a government session on a truck, with a sign reading: "Bibi repeats the Sharon precedent." The settlers sat around the improvised government table donning Sharon, Netanyahu, Deri, and Olmert masks, saying the four figures switched their political agenda from Right to Left.
'Bibi wants to be Sharon'
Settler rally in Jerusalem
The prime minister's comments were also met by harsh responses in the joint headquarters of the Binyamin and Samaria Settlers' Committee.
Lt. Col. (res.) Itzik Shadmi, who serves as chairman of the Binyamin Settlers' Committee, said: "Netanyahu has again proven his lack of credibility and his disloyalty to his voters. After he agreed to another Arab country in the heart of our land and after he betrayed us regarding construction in Judea and Samaria, he is betraying us a third time with his declarations that he will extend the construction moratorium."
Shadmi said that building must resume in Judea and Samaria to its past levels.
"If this doesn't happen, we must do everything in order to remove Netanyahu from power and replace him with someone more dependable," he said.
Samaria Regional Council Head Gershon Mesika also came out against the prime minister.
"There is a limit to the lack of credibility, even for a politician like Bibi. A limited renewal of building in a small minority of Judea and Samaria on less than 6% of the territory alone is a declaration of the beginning of the expulsion of most residents from 94% of the land," he said.
Mesika also said that the rightist national camp will take action to switch Israel's prime minister.
"A declaration on the continuation of the freeze, even under one guise or another, will be a declaration of the end of the Netanyahu administration, which was elected on the votes of the national camp but is trying to carry out the policies of Balad," he said.
Mesika compared Netanyahu to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
"Netanyahu apparently wants to be like Sharon. The national camp will spit him out him and will topple his government," he said
http://bit.ly/drbtTI 4 apr 2011, 13:35 , Respect
Maria 13 sept 2010
Settlers Break Into The Yards Of The Al Aqsa Mosque
Local sources reported that nearly 130 settlers broke into the yards of the Al Aqsa mosque on Monday morning while the Israeli police kept the Palestinians away.
The settlers broke into the yards of the mosque through the Al Mughrabi Gate. Local sources said that five groups of settlers broke into the mosque yards accompanied with Israeli policemen.
The settlers toured in the yards and Muslim prayer quarters of the mosque while the local Palestinian guards of the mosque did not intervene as the Israeli Authorities usually attack them and prevent them from entering the mosque for one month; such orders are usually renewed without any legal background.
On Sunday at night, Israeli policemen broke into the Al Aqsa mosque and removed a Palestinian flags and some posters that were placed on top of the Al Qibly Mosque to congratulate the residents for the Al Fitir Muslim feast.
13 sept 2010
Settlers Occupy Palestinian Farmlands Near Nablus
Palestinian Woman hugging olive tree to save it from being uprooted by the army
A group of armed fundamentalist Israeli settlers occupied on Monday morning Palestinian farmlands close to Doma village in the Nablus District and started bulldozing the lands and uprooting the trees.
Ghassan Douglas, in charge of Settlements File in the northern part of the West Bank, stated that the settlers started uprooting the farmlands since early morning hours, and added that the attack comes a few days after they annexed dozens of Dunams of farmlands that belong to residents of Qaryout village.
Abdul-Nasser Al Qaryouti, head of the Qaryout village Council, said that the lands that were grabbed by the settlers belong to the residents of Qaryout, and that they are located near the Shavut Rachel illegal settlement as the settlers are trying to expand it.
Eyewitnesses reported that the settlers used bulldozers to uproot the orchards, and that more settlers are arriving in the area while the Israeli army did not attempt to intervene.
In related news, a group of armed settlers invaded Oreef village near Nablus, and set a Palestinian vehicle ablaze before leaving the village.
Douglas said that this is not the first attack on its kind as the settlers repeatedly attacked villages in the Nablus district and in several parts of the occupied West Bank.
13 sept 2010
New report focuses on Settler harassment of Palestinians in Jerusalem
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel released a new report discussing the rampant abuses heaped upon Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem by the scores of illegal, colonial settlers there.
The Israeli Authorities Failure to Protect Human Rights amid Settlements in East Jerusalem alarmingly recounts how Palestinians live in a heightened state of insecurity cause by settler harassment that includes spitting, shouting verbal abuses even video taping Palestinians in their own homes.
Despite Israel's claim to be a democratic country where all its citizens are treated equally, facts on the ground prove otherwise. Fully 50 percent of Palestinian Jerusalemite children do not go to school because there is a shortage of about 1,000 classrooms. Home demolitions continue. In 2009, 80 houses were destroyed, rendering homeless their 300 occupants.
In an attempt to claim all of Jerusalem for itself, Israeli authorities and certain NGOs have been working to establish Jewish-only settlements smack dab in the middle of Palestinian neighborhoods. In this way, contiguous Palestinian areas are disrupted, carved up into isolated Bantustans.
1- By the end of 2007, 50,197 housing units for the Jewish population had been built on the expropriated land;
2- no housing units had been built for the Palestinian population on the expropriated land.
Human Rights in East Jerusalem, Facts and Figures
The situation is appalling. Despite living in the same city, Palestinians are not afforded the same municipal services as Jewish Israelis. Consider these statistics:
East Jerusalem in Numbers
1- Number of residents: Approximately 303,429 (36% of the Jerusalem population) [December 2009 data]
2- Families under the poverty line: 65.1% (as opposed to 30.8% of Jerusalem's Jewish families) [2008 data]
3- Children under the poverty line: 74.4% of the Arab children in the city (as opposed to 45.1% of the city's Jewish children) [2008 data]
4- Expropriated land: Since annexing East Jerusalem, the Israeli government has expropriated 24,500 dunams (over a third of the area), which were privately owned by Arabs.
5- Construction: By the end of 2007, 50,197 housing units for the Jewish population had been built on the expropriated land; no housing units had been built for the Palestinian population on the expropriated land.
6- Home demolitions: In the year 2009, 80 homes in East Jerusalem have been demolished, leaving 300 people without homes.
7- Lack of water connections: Approximately 160,000 Palestinian residents have no suitable and legal connection to the water network.
8- Sewage line shortage: 50 kilometers of main sewage lines are lacking.
9- Shortage of school classrooms: There is a shortage of approximately 1,000 classrooms. School dropout rate: Currently stands at approximately 50%.
10- Postal Services: 8 post offices in comparison to 42 in West Jerusalem.
It is time for us to start speaking up and to bring these facts to our neighbors, friends and families. Israel is not a truly democratic state and it openly and shamelessly practices segregation and discrimination based upon religion, race and national origin.
The United States which gives Israel more than $5 billion per year in unconditional military aid, loan guarantees and other grants holds other countries accountable for their human rights practices. We must start demanding that our own senators and representatives hold Israel accountable by withholding U.S. foreign aid until Israel complies with international law and ends its illegal occupation of the Palestinian people, ceases all settlement construction and lifts the siege on Gaza.
13 sept 2010
Settlers suspected of torching Palestinian car
Police probing another suspected 'price tag' incident, as residents of West Bank village of Urif report settlers set cars aflame, spray 'revenge' graffiti on village home's wall
With only a day to the Sharm el-Sheik peace talks tensions in the West Bank are growing: Settlers allegedly torched a Palestinian vehicle in the West Bank village of Urif Monday, as part of the "price tag" policy.
The perpetrators allegedly tried to set another car on fire, and sprayed the word "Revenge" on the wall of one of the village's homes.
According to the Civil Administration, two other cars were doused with a flammable agent, but they were not torched.
An Urif resident told Ynet that he saw the perpetrators leaving the village in the early hours of the morning. He further claimed that they hurled rocks at his car, smashing the windshield.
Other residents reported waking up to a commotion and spotting the perpetrators fleeing.
Fawzi Shehada, head of the Urif Village Council, added that several residents spotted four settlers fleeing the village. "We are checking to see the exact extent of the damage," he said.
The IDF confirmed receiving a report of the incident and that it was being investigated.
PA official: Settlers set fire to car in 'revenge'
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Extremist Israeli settlers set fire to a Palestinian-owned car in the Urif village in the northern West Bank district of Nablus on Monday, spraying the word "revenge" on it, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Ghassan Doughlas, charged with the northern settlement activity file, said settlers from the Yizhar settlement in the district torched Daoud Hassan As-Safadi's car, which was parked near his house at the village's entrance.
He added that settlers also tried to set fire to a number of other cars without success.
Doughlas called in the international community and the US to pressure Israel into bringing an end to settler violence and vandalism against Palestinians in the West Bank.
Settlers steal Palestinian farmland
Doughlas further said that at least 15 dunums of Palestinian farmland was confiscated by Israeli settlers near the Duma village in the Nablus district.
Settlers, he said, began bulldozing the land early Monday morning in the Bir Mehsen area of the village near the illegal West Bank settlement of Shilo. The settlers set up makeshift borders around the land, he added.
The PA official said the settlers had raided the area on Sunday and took pictures of the land, which is owned by residents of the nearby Qaryout village.
7 apr 2011, 10:11 , Respect
Maria 14 sept 2010
Yishai: Ease weapons laws for settlers
In aftermath of West Bank attacks, interior minister says MKs must work to afford settlers firearms.
Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch may reexamine criteria for firearms licenses granted to settlers, Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Tuesday. The latter said he had appealed to Aharonovitch because he could do nothing about the law himself.
Yitzhak and Talia Imes
"The murder of the four from Beit Hagai was traumatic, a serious incident, but my hands are tied," he told the Knesset's Internal Affairs Committee during a debate on the issue.
"I don't have the ability to change the law the interior minister doesn't have the authority to grant permits. I appeal to you, members of Knesset, to change the law, or alternatively regulations, because only in this way will it be possible to allow residents of Judea and Samaria to possess weapons to defend themselves."
Meanwhile, Committee Chairman MK David Azoulay (Shas) demanded that settlers be allowed to request a hearing before their weapons licenses are revoked.
"It is entirely possible that Yitzhak Imes could have defended himself and the others who were killed. What happened should set off an alarm it necessitates self-examination and action," he said.
MK Arieh Eldad (National Union) sparked outrage when he told the committee that "there are officers here with blood on their hands".
Azoulay demanded Eldad withdraw his statement, but was answered, "The statement may be harsh but the blood is harsher. The blood of victims is crying out from the earth."
Eldad was inveighing against a law enforcement task force in Judea and Samaria, headed by Shai Nitzan. Rightists and settlers claim the force confiscates weapons from settlers and does not return them even if they are proven innocent of all charges.
MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union) supported this claim, flinging accusations at the IDF and the State Prosecutor's Office for the oversight.
"Weapons are not a luxury in Judea and Samaria. If Yitzhak Imes, God avenge his death, had fired a shot into the air from the weapon they were supposed to return to him maybe things would be different," he said.
14 sept 2010
Settlers remove furniture from East Jerusalem home
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers have removed furniture from a Palestinian family's home in Jerusalem, witnesses said Tuesday.
Mazen Al-Qirsh, a member of the family whose house was taken over by settlers a month earlier in East Jerusalem's Old City, said the settlers removed furniture in preparation of moving in.
An Israeli court was expected to review the case later in the day, Al-Qirsh said.
Aqsa preacher slams break-in at holy Mosque by settlers
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- Preacher of the Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Yousuf Salama strongly denounced the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) for letting a group of extremist settlers enter the Aqsa Mosque through Al-Maghariba gate and desecrate its courtyards.
In a statement on Tuesday, Sheikh Salama noted that the Israeli settlers always use Al-Maghariba gate, the keys of which were siezed by the Israeli occupation in 1967, to break into the main courtyards of the holy Mosque.
He also warned that the IOA approved a new plan to build Al-Maghariba bridge in an attempt to change the landmarks of Al-Buraq square and make a comprehensive change in the vicinity of the Mosque.
The Aqsa Mosque preacher underlined that Al-Buraq wall as well as its square is an integral part of the Aqsa Mosque and it is not at all the wailing wall as the Jews falsely claim.
The preacher recalled that this area was the major cause that ignited the revolution of 1929, when the UN sent an investigation committee known as the Shaw commission that confirmed then that Al-Buraq wall is part of the Aqsa Mosque and belongs to Muslims alone.
In another context, Palestinian minister of public works and housing in Gaza Yousuf Al-Mansi lashed out on Tuesday in a press release at the IOA intention to build 13,000 housing units in West Bank settlements.
Mansi stressed that this new plan further vindicated the Israeli intentions to expand its settlements and annex more Palestinian lands, adding the plan is a fruit of the Palestinian Authority's direct talks with Israelis.
(3:02) Israeli Settlers Pressure Leadership on West Bank Settlements
Settlers shift pressure from Netanyahu to Obama
ZOA director endorses settlers' decision to pressure Obama through English-language media campaign.
The Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip changed its tactics on Monday when it decided to shift pressure to end the 10-month construction moratorium in Judea and Samaria from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to US President Barack Obama.
The decision came after Obama revealed over the weekend that he had asked Netanyahu to continue the moratorium and then the prime minister hinted that the freeze could partially continue. The settlers said they realized that Obama holds the key to the decisions that will be made before the freeze is set to end at midnight between September 25 and 26.
Obama is the most hostile American president toward Israel in recent history, council director-general Naftali Bennett said. He's trying to twist Netanyahu's arm into tearing apart the Land of Israel and risking Israel's very existence. But we're not a puppet state that Obama can control. The overwhelming majority of Americans understand that Israel is a tower of democracy in an ocean of radical Islam.
We're asking the American Congress to tell Obama to respect Israel and respect its independence and not make us commit national suicide, Bennett said.
Activists will begin their effort with ads in English-language newspapers, including The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday and key American media outlets on Wednesday.
A Message to the American President and Members of the United States Congress, the ads read. The Ministers of the Government of Israel and the Members of the Knesset below have all publicly declared their support for a complete and unconditional end to the building freeze.
The ad includes past quotes from ministers and MKs about ending the freeze, including Netanyahu, who said in December, I want to make this clear this freeze is a temporary, one-time affair. We'll resume building as we did before.
Jeff Daube, director of the Zionist Organization of America's Israel office, endorsed the council's decision to shift its pressure to Obama.
He said ZOA was working hard to ensure that members of Congress were made fully aware of the need to end the freeze on time and that Netanyahu should know that if he kept his promise to end the freeze, his decision would be supported by US leadership in the legislative branch and a significant majority of Americans.
Pressure from President Obama to impose a continued freeze is a good idea, Daube said. I just disagree with his target Netanyahu. The Obama administration should pressure [Mahmoud] Abbas, instead, to permanently freeze the PA's outrageous, anti-peace behavior, starting with incitement in its media and schools, racist pronouncements calling for a Judenrein Palestinian state, denied recognition of Israel as the Jewish state, and rocket fire and other acts of terror directed at Israeli civilians.
http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=187994 12 apr 2011, 07:35 , Respect
Maria 15 sept 2010
Knesset committee recommends law set to arm more settlers
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- An Israeli Knesset interior committee recommended that Interior Minister Eli Yishai and Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich amend regulations for granting arms to Israeli settlers in the West Bank.
This came days after Yishai called for a boost in arming settlers in the West Bank and loosening arms restrictions laws for "self-defense" purposes.
Yishai charged Department of Housing director Amnon Ben-Ami with the task of easing the issuance of arms permits to Jewish settlers living or working in the West Bank.
In the new system, reports issued by arms licensing personnel would be certified without additional police permits.
15 sept 2010
Settlers announce rally at Nablus tomb
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Settler community leaders announced Wednesday that a rally would be held Thursday evening demanding "open access" to the Nablus area, and in particular Joseph's Tomb.
Following violence precipitated by settler visits to the site - which saw Palestinian areas closed down or put under curfew - the area was closed off to settlers in early 2000.
A statement from the Shomeron Regional Council Office, representing settler groups in the West Bank, said the ban was "Contrary to the Oslo agreement that provides access to all holy places."
The settler rally will reportedly take place on Mount Gerizim, home to the Samaritan community, most of whom attend school and work inside the Palestinian city of Nablus. They hold both Israeli and Palestinian passports.
The rally will celebrate the construction of a new fence around the tomb, as well as repair work to the roof, damaged during fighting in the first months of the Second Intifada.
According to the statement, however, settler were concerned "that the repairs would be done by Arab work teams and that would be seen as reward to those who were responsibility for the original vandalism."
15 sept 2010
Settlers build near Palestinian villages on eve of peace talks
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- A human rights foundation said Israeli settlers kicked off a series of new settlement activities the night of the outset of peace talks between de facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Israeli B'Tselem organization said in a report released Tuesday that settlers seized property in the Qaryut, Al-Maghayyir, and Sinjil villages and placed signs and borders around a large area between Al-Maghayyir and Qaryut along the street to the Alon Moreh settlement.
Settlers used bulldozers and other digging equipment to level the land as a prelude to annexing it to a settlement outpost called Ad Ya'ad to the east of the Turmosayya village.
B'Tselem quoted one of the land's owners, Mahmoud Hamed Mousa, as saying: These settlement works are not the first to take place on our 450 dunum area of land. Settlers previously took control the beginning of this year of 10 other dunum of the land and built plastic houses on it.
When we proceeded to challenge the step with the liaison office and police, they claimed that the lands belong to the state and that the settlers rented it from the government, even though we have documents registered since the time of the British Mandate, and we used to and still do cultivate this land, he said.
15 sept 2010
'Big brands profit by Israeli oppression'
Armed Israeli settlers
Mainstream enterprises are blasted for relying on products made by Israelis living in illegal Tel Aviv-built settlements on occupied Palestinian lands.
On Tuesday, representatives at the United Kingdom's Trades Union Congress (TUC), which was held in Manchester, reaffirmed the gathering's agreement last year to impose a ban on the merchandise, AFP reported.
"Household names are making money out of illegal settlements, making profits on the back of oppression," said Paul Kenny, general secretary of Britain's General Union (GMB).
"We must put teeth into the policy we passed last year," said Kenny. He noted that pro-Palestinian intentions had to be put into action.
Acting on the approved strategy, the TUC plans to contact supermarkets and other retailers and urge them to stop selling goods from settlements, the agency added.
Israel has been erecting settler units in the Palestinian territories, it occupied in 1967, defying the Palestinian Authority (PA), which has called for a complete freeze in the settlement activities.
The PA itself imposed a boycott on trade of goods, produced in settlements in late April. The move was meant to rid the Palestinian markets of the commodities and to encourage the 27-member European Union to prohibit trade with the enterprises based in the settlements.
http://www.presstv.com/detail/142559.html 14 apr 2011, 08:32 , Respect
Maria 16 sept 2010
Settlers make renewed attempt on Jlem home
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Jerusalem's Qeresh family said friends and neighbors helped them resist what witnesses described as an attempted home take over on Wednesday.
The event reportedly began in the early morning in the As-Sa'diyah neighborhood in the old city of Jerusalem, as Israeli settlers entered a wing of the family home and allegedly began removing furniture.
Family members said young men from the neighborhood came to the scene, and forcibly prevented the settlers from taking the furniture out of the home.
"The settlers tried to throw the furniture," one man told Ma'an, and added that police were not called, as the family feared its sons would be detained for preventing the settler action.
The attempted take over came as Israeli and Palestinian leaders met less than four kilometers away at the Israeli Prime Minister's Residence, for the latest round of direct peace talks.
President Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly said that if settlement projects continue in Palestinian areas, including East Jerusalem, he will walk away from talks.
Latest in 14-year settler battle for home
The Qeresh family continues a court battle following the 29 July forcible entry of two settler families into the home.
At the time, Israeli National Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said two Jewish families entered the building "based on documents claiming that they owned the property."
Police said they were examining the documents presented by two Jewish families who evicted the Qeresh families from their home. A police spokesman said the day after the forcible eviction, that he had "no idea whatsoever" as to how long it would take police to verify the papers.
He explained that if police decided the documents were authentic, the matter would be transferred to court.
According to Qeresh family members, the matter was transferred to courts, which put a freeze on settler action on the home, including the removal of furniture, until the matter was decided.
Fatah official for Jerusalem Affairs Hatem Abdel Qader said publicly that the documents presented by settlers to police were fake, noting the settlers who entered the homes were part of a Jewish group that lost a lawsuit in 1996, wherein they sought to take over the same home but failed to sufficiently prove ownership.
Palestinian defendants proved to an Israeli court that the home was owned by Kamal Handal and rented by the Qeresh family, Abdel Qader said following the July attempt.
"This armed burglary is considered an attack on a Palestinian home and will not pass silently," he added at the time.
16 sept 2010
(3:02) Palestinian Residents Say Peace Only Possible Without Jewish Settlers
Among the biggest challenges to the U.S.-brokered peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians is the conflict surrounding the more than 100 Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinians say the settlements make it impossible for them to have a contiguous Palestinian state and have threatened to quit the negotiations unless Israel extends a partial construction freeze that is set to expire September 26. Palestinian residents in the area around Hebron - the scene of frequent clashes between the two groups - want more than a construction freeze. They are calling for a total withdrawal of settlements.
16 sept 2010
Settlers take more Palestinian land in Nablus
RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Israeli settlers continue to seize and build on land owned by Palestinians in the West Bank in light of the cover-up provided by Palestine's de facto president Mahmoud Abbas for Israeli settlement activity through direct peace talks with Israel launched early this month.
A group of settlers seized on Thursday more land in the north West Bank district of Nablus and began works near the south Nablus village of Jalud in preparation to farm on the land.
Approximately 30 dunums of land north of Jalud was seized near the Ahya and Kida settlement outposts.
In a separate incident, settlers attacked Thursday morning the south Nablus village of Asira Qabaliya and set fire to straw used as food for livestock.
Villagers said they saw a car of settlers heading for a nearby settlement leave the scene after the fire ignited.
http://bit.ly/dbW5Zc 21 apr 2011, 09:02 , Respect
Maria 17 sept 2010
Settlers' bid to takeover home foiled
An attempt by Jewish settlers to forcibly take over a Palestinian home in an al-Quds (Jerusalem) neighborhood has been foiled by a group of Palestinian neighbors.
The incident occurred on Wednesday in the As-Sadiyah neighborhood, as the illegal settlers entered a Palestinian home and began throwing their furniture out of the home.
Family members said young men from adjoining homes rushed to the scene, and struggled to prevent the settlers from ransacking and taking over the house.
"The settlers tried to throw the furniture," said one local resident, adding that police were not called since the homeowners feared their sons might bee detained by Israeli police for resisting the settlers' action, Maan news agency reported Thursday.
The attempted takeover came as officials of the Tel Aviv regime and the Palestinian Authority (PA) met less than four kilometers away at the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence, for the third round of talks.
Palestinian negotiators have threatened to walk out of the talks if illegal settlement construction in Palestinian areas of the West Bank, including East al-Quds, continues.
However, the PA has continued talks despite repeated vows by the Israeli regime not to renew a ten-month moratorium on settlement construction.
http://www.presstv.com/detail/142787.html 24 apr 2011, 08:39 , Respect
Maria 19 sept 2010
MESS Report / For Palestinians, settler abuse is only the beginning of the ordeal
A Palestinian from the northern West Bank looking to file a complaint against settlers must appear in person at the Ariel police station - but Palestinians are prohibited from entering Israeli territory.
Almost every few weeks (or days, depending on the season), the following ceremony repeats itself in Palestinian villages around Nablus: A group of Israeli settlers from one of the outposts in the West Bank hills attacks Palestinian farmers while they are grazing sheep or working the fields, hoping to throw them off Palestinian land.
The village of Burin, south of Nablus, sits nestled in a dry river bed between the settlements of Yitzhar (and its outposts) and Bracha (and its outposts). More than a few farmers from Burin have had stones thrown at them or been beaten or had their property and animals harmed. Two years ago, settlers shot at six sheep belonging to a Burin resident; a year ago, a field was torched.
Very few complaints about settler violence against Palestinians that reach the Israeli district police office in the West Bank, however, lead to indictments. Personnel limitations, along with the relatively sophisticated manner in which the settlers operate, often make it difficult to lodge such complaints. Based on both a Haaretz investigation and the many reports that have reached the newspaper, it is clear that even when the police are in a position to help, they raise no small amount of obstacles for Palestinian complainants.
For example, a Palestinian from the northern West Bank looking to file a complaint against settlers must appear in person at the Ariel police station - but Palestinians are prohibited from entering Israeli territory. In such cases, the accepted police practice is for the Palestinians to call the station and inform them that they have arrived at the entrance to Ariel; the duty officer then sends a police car to bring them to the station in the center of the city.
In light of reports of police foot-dragging in dealing with Palestinians seeking to lodge complaints, Haaretz accompanied 35-year-old Burin resident Munir Kadus as he filed a complaint with the Israeli police in Ariel. Kadus had sought the aid of the human rights group Yesh Din.
'Where should I go?'
At 6 A.M. on September 5, a Sunday, one of the last days of the month of Ramadan, Kadus and his neighbor Abu Mursey went out to the fields near their homes to graze their sheep. They usually lead the few dozen animals to the open land on the eastern outskirts of Burin.
After a few hours, Kadus claims, they were approached by six settlers, at least two of whom were adults and the rest children. Abu Mursey says he at first saw only three of them. According to Kadus, the settlers came down from the outpost known as Bracha B, armed with a slingshot.
"'Go home,' they shouted in Hebrew," Kadus told Haaretz. "I asked them, 'Where should I go? This is my home.' 'Go away, you dog,' they shouted. We don't go there alone. It is a kilometer from their homes, but they often come down and attack us. They started throwing stones at us - they were standing about 10 meters away.
"'If you don't leave now we'll call friends,' they threatened and then one of them called someone [on a telephone]. Within 10 minutes another six people joined them; they were from the Bracha settlement itself. They came down in the direction of the village, near the houses.
"I called the citizens defense group we have in Burin, and they called the Palestinian coordination and communications office which then contacted [its] Israeli [counterpart]. Meanwhile, I also called my friends and family and seven people from the village arrived. [The Israelis] threw stones at us. Abu Mursey took the sheep back to the pen and then returned on a donkey. He is 58 years old and it isn't easy for him to climb. One of the stones hit him in the back.
"The incident lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes. Then the army patrol arrived and immediately threw shock grenades at us to put an end to the clash. The settlers covered their faces so they couldn't be identified and sat in the shade. We asked that they be arrested, but of course this didn't happen. An officer in the IDF district coordination office named Ataf spoke with me from Bracha and waved to me with his hand. He said the incident was over and we should go home."
Before leaving, Kadus photographed his attackers.
One day's events
September 14, 11:35 A.M. - Kadus calls the Ariel police station. The recorded message in Hebrew tells him to press the number 8 to reach the duty officer. Kadus informs the officer that he is a Palestinian from Burin who wants to lodge a complaint about an attack by settlers. "No problem," the officer says. "Come to the Ariel gate and call from there."
12:02 P.M. - Kadus calls from the entrance to Ariel. "Hello, I called about filing a complaint. I am at the Abu Ali restaurant [at the entrance to Ariel]. I'd like to come to lodge a complaint." The duty officer: "You cannot enter alone. Don't you understand what I'm saying to you? Wait until I come to get you."
12:20 P.M. - The first police car passes without stopping for Kadus.
12:30 P.M. - A traffic police car stops on the other side of the road. Kadus approaches it, but the officers are there to confiscate drivers licenses from roadside peddlers.
12:50 P.M. - An unmarked traffic police patrol car stops nearby. Kadus explains to the two policemen in the car that he needs to go to the station to file a complaint. They explain that they are traffic police and cannot help. "The duty officer will help you," they tell him.
Meanwhile, Yesh Din researchers Azmi Badir and Judith Avidor take evidence from Abu Mursey. Edna Kaldor of Yesh Din told Haaretz that last year she arrived at the entrance to Ariel with two older Palestinians and waited four hours. Only after the group's lawyers threatened to file a complaint with the police district office, did a car arrive to pick up the complainants. They then had to wait another four hours at the station itself.
1:10 P.M. - Kadus calls the duty officer again and identifies himself. "Wait. Signal a passing patrol car. Signal it. Bye," the officer tells him.
1:19 P.M. - Another phone conversation. "Police, hello, Munir Kadus speaking. I have been waiting for an hour and a half. I want to make a complaint." The duty officer: "Wait until you are picked up." Kadus: "When are you coming?" The duty officer hangs up.
1:55 P.M. - Another patrol car passes us by on the way to Ariel. It does not stop.
2:00 P.M. - Kadus calls again. "Wait there. A car will come soon to pick you up."
2:05 P.M. - Edna Kaldor calls the duty officer and identifies herself. She tells him that Munir Kadus has been waiting for two hours and no patrol car has arrived. "You have to signal the patrol to stop," the duty officer explains. After she tells him she has done so, he answers, "We have other things going on. We'll come when we have time."
At that time, no unusual security incidents occured in the area.
2:30 P.M. - Judith Avidor calls the duty officer after he neglected to answer a call from Kaldor's mobile phone. The officer, Zeev, refuses to give her his last name. "I don't have to give you my whole name. He can wait there."
Finally we left. No complaint about the September 5 incident has been filed with the Ariel police. Let it be known to the West Bank district police: here are the photographs of the attackers, courtesy of Munir Kadus.