Friday, April 11, 2014

Israel/Palestine News



 





On Friday 28 March 2014, Shadi Sidr -- a volunteer with B'Tselem's
camera project in Hebron -- was in the street outside his home with his
brother and a neighbor. Soldiers who had gone up to the roof of the
house filmed the three Palestinians and aimed their weapons at them.
Sidr entered the house to protest these actions. Sidr went back outside
after he received an apology from one of the soldiers. Yet the soldiers
did not stop filming, and Sidr went back into the building. This time he
argued at length with the soldiers and filmed the exchange: Sidr
demanded that the soldiers explain their presence in his home; the
soldiers said Sidr was in their way and therefore must leave the
premises. Not only did the soldiers not explain their presence, they
even tried to apprehend Sidr's brother and his neighbor, both of whom
were completely uninvolved bystanders. When Sidr resisted arrest the
soldiers knocked his camera down and pepper-sprayed his face. Sidr's
mother, who was inside the house at the time, sustained a reaction to
the pepper-spray and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

Throughout
the West Bank soldiers are allowed virtually unrestricted access to
Palestinian homes, entering without having to justify their actions to
the occupants. This state of affairs is particularly common and invasive
in Hebron's H2 area, with its constant Israeli military presence. In
this case, in addition to violating the sense of security of the home's
occupants, violating their privacy, property and normal routine, the
soldiers' response to Sidr's requests to explain their presence in his
home is extremely disturbing. The soldiers clearly felt that they are
not bound to provide any explanation whatsoever to the homeowner. Their
subsequent conduct seems to indicate that they detained the three men
for hours on end solely for punitive purposes, as punishment for Sidr's
persistence in trying to obtain an explanation for their presence on the
roof of his home.

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An IDF officer acknowledges a Palestinian's son was murdered & says 'Nothing personal.'
 





Settler attacks have become
commonplace in the village of Azmot in the East of Nablus, a small
Palestinian village which lies adjacent to the Allon Moreh Settlement.
On
Friday, a group of Palestinian farmers were subjected to a fierce
attack by the Israeli security guarding the settlement, leading to one
villager Mohammad Agmad Radi Ibrahim being seriously injured with
multiple fractures from the attack. The group of farmers who had
accompanied Mohammad explained that the attack was unprovoked and
unjustified. The farmers explained that due to the villages proximity to
Israel's illegal settlement, both the farmers tending to their land and
the children playing in the area are left vulnerable to attacks. This
incident is just one of 399 recorded incidents of settlers violence
against Palestinians since 2013 according to the UN Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
 



Israeli jets have again bombed Gaza.
 



Palestinians in Shuafat refugee camp have had no running water for a month.
 





Settler Mordechai Deutsch has a temper tasntrum.
 



Islamic Jihad has called for capturing Israeli soldiers to exchange for Palestinian prisoners.
 



A video has surfaced showing Israeli police beating two Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
 



Israel has stopped runner Nader Al-Masri from leaving Gaza to take part in the Bethlehem marathon.
International hacker group Anonymous
has attacked hundreds of websites of Israeli ministries and
organizations as part of its protest against Tel Aviv's
anti-Palestinians policies.

Anonymous has said in a statement
that the attacks will not stop until QUOTE a police state becomes a free
state and Palestine is free. The group launched its first cyber-attacks
against Israel during the assault on Gaza in November 2012. Around 700
Israeli websites including that of the Foreign Ministry were taken down.
Following the attack, Anonymous also posted the personal data of
5-thousand Israeli officials online. Similar attacks were carried out on
April 7 last year during which the websites of the Israeli parliament,
ministries and other government organizations stopped operating for some
time.