UPDATE: Israeli Army raid at night in At-Tuwani village

dicembre 28, 2016 at 5:41 pm
Israeli soldiers in At Tuwani village, South Hebron Hills

Israeli soldiers in At Tuwani village, South Hebron Hills

(Italian follows)

On December 27 a group of ten Israeli soldiers entered in At-Tuwani Palestinian village during the night. They walked inside the village, entered in a private courtyard and pointed their weapons at the door of the house. When International volunteers asked them the reason of the raid the soldiers answered that they were doing a military training.

Israeli Army use this trainings to intimidate Palestinian population in Massafer Yatta area and to deny them dignity and rights.

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UPDATE: Raid notturno dell’esercito israeliano nel villaggio di At-Tuwani

La sera del 27 dicembre una decina di soldati israeliani sono entrati nel villaggio palestinese di At-Tuwani. I militari hanno camminato nel villaggio, sono entrati in un cortile e hanno puntato le loro armi alla porta di una casa. Alla richiesta di spiegazioni da parte dei volontari internazionali, i soldati hanno affermato che si trattava di un’esercitazione militare.

L’esercito israeliano usa queste esercitazioni per intimidire gli abitanti palestinesi della Massafer Yatta e per negare loro dignità e diritti.

UPDATE: Israeli forces threaten to leave more than 100 Palestinians of Massafer Yatta without home

dicembre 26, 2016 at 5:05 pm
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Palestinian inhabitants of Tabban village, in front of their house under stop working order

Tabban Palestinian village, Massafer Yatta

Tabban Palestinian village, Massafer Yatta

(Italian follows)

On December 25, DCO (Israeli Civil Administration) delivered 20 stop working orders and one demolition order in the Palestinian villages of Tabban and Al Majaz, in the Massafer Yatta area (the so called “Firing Zone 918”). These stop working orders concern mostly houses, sheep shelters and other structures like kitchens and bathrooms.

In Al Majaz the DCO delivered 11 stop working orders and 1 demolition order for the mosque of the community. In Tabban they delivered other 9 stop working orders.

These orders leave under demolition’s threat the two Palestinian communities: if they become effective, 133 people, including 65 children, will lose their houses.

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Palestinian man in Al Majaz village

Palestinian children under threat of, Al Majaz village

Palestinian children in front of their house under stop working order, Al Majaz village

UPDATE: Forze israeliane minacciano di lasciare senza casa più di un centinaio di palestinesi nelle colline a sud di Hebron

Il 25 dicembre i funzionari dell’Amministrazione Civile Israeliana (DCO) hanno consegnato 20 ordini di stop dei lavori e un ordine di demolizione nei villaggi palestinesi di Tabban e Al Majaz,  nel Massafer Yatta, all’interno della cosiddetta “Firing Zone 918”. Questi ordini riguardano principalmente abitazioni, strutture in mattoni adibite come cucine o bagni e baracche di riparo per animali.

In Al Majaz le forze israeliane hanno consegnato 11 ordini di stop dei lavori e un ordine di demolizione alla moschea del villaggio. Nel villaggio di Tabban sono stati consegnati 9 ordini di fermo dei lavori.

In questo modo le forze israeliane minacciano di lasciare senza casa 133 palestinesi, 65 dei quali sono bambini.

UPDATE: Israeli soldiers raid At-Tuwani Palestinian village

settembre 19, 2016 at 5:27 pm

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(Italian follows)

In the night of September 18, at 9:30 pm, Israeli Army entered inside At-Tuwani Palestinian village. The soldiers, face covered, searched six Palestinian houses, checking ID card of men and scaring women and children who were sleeping inside.

Israeli military prevented Operation Dove volunteers to follow them inside the houses during the raid, keeping them away and threatening them. The soldiers didn’t give the Palestinian inhabitants any explication about the action.

At 10 pm the soldiers left the village walking toward Havat Ma’on outpost direction.

Just a day before (September 17) Israeli settlers from Havat Ma’on illegal outpost burst into At Tuwani village threatening Palestinians. The Israeli Army (which is supposed to defend the residents from the settlers) didn’t stop them but stopped and searched Palestinian cars at the entrance of the village.

It seems the collaboration between settlers and soldiers is going on undisturbed.

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UPDATE: Soldati israeliani fanno incursione nel villaggio palestinese di At-Tuwani.

Nella notte del 18 settembre, alle 21:30, l’esercito israeliano è entrato all’interno del villaggio palestinese di At-Tuwani. I soldati, a volto coperto, hanno perquisito sei case palestinesi e controllato le carta d’identità degli uomini, spaventando donne e bambini che dormivano all’interno.

L’esercito ha impedito ai volontari di Operazione Colomba di seguirli all’interno delle case durante l’irruzione, tenendoli lontani e minacciandoli. I soldati non hanno dato gli abitanti palestinesi alcuna spiegazione circa la loro operazione.

Alle 22:00 i soldati hanno lasciato il villaggio camminando verso l’avamposto israeliano di Havat Ma’on.

Appena un giorno prima (17 settembre) coloni israeliani provenienti sempre da Havat Ma’on avevano fatto irruzione nel villaggio di At-Tuwani minacciando i Palestinesi. L’esercito israeliano, che avrebbe dovuto difendere i residenti dai coloni, non solo non li ha fermati ma ha iniziato a perquisire le automobili palestinesi all’ingresso del paese.

Sembra che la collaborazione tra i coloni e soldati stia andando avanti indisturbata.

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UPDATE: Israeli forces raid again Massafer Yatta villages

agosto 28, 2016 at 11:17 am

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(Italian follows)

In the afternoon of August 27, the Israeli military forces raided almost all the villages of Masafer Yatta area. They burst into the Palestinian village of Jinba, Mirkez, Al Fakheit, Isfey, Al Majaz, Al Tabban, Al Mufaqarah, Maghayir al Abeed and also in the villages of At Tuwani and Qawawis.

In the village of Jinba some houses were searched and cluttered up by the Israeli soldiers. They also prevented Palestinians to tape this illegal action. When the International and Israeli activists asked explanations the Israeli soldiers claimed that they were looking for stolen materials, changing their story continuously. Israeli forces continued to search all the villages of the Massafer Yatta area for more than two hours.

In the afternoon of August 26, the Israeli military forces burst into the Palestinian village of Mirkez and Jinba, raiding several houses. They gathered the inhabitants of Mirkez on a spot and they didn’t allowed them to move, film and drink water. Israeli soldiers confiscated the ID of 4 Palestinian and detained one man blindfolded and handcuffed for more than 5 hours.

Operation Dove condemns this arbitrary military actions carried out by Israeli army. These are systematic human rights violations aimed at pressuring the Palestinian communities to abandon their villages and leave the Massafer Yatta area.

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UPDATE: Forze israeliane irrompono ancora nei villaggi Palestinesi delle colline a sud di Hebron

Nel pomeriggio del 27 agosto, le forze militari israeliane hanno fatto irruzione nei villaggi palestinesi delle colline a sud di Hebron. I raid israeliani hanno colpito i villaggi di Jinba, Mirkez, Al Fakheit, Isfey, Al Majaz, Al Tabban, Al Mufaqarah, Maghayir al Abeed, At-Tuwani e Qawawis.

Nel villaggio di Jinba i soldati israeliani hanno perquisito alcune case, mettendo sotto sopra ciò che si trovava all’interno e impedendo agli abitanti palestinesi di filmare ciò che stava avvenendo. Agli attivisti internazionali e israeliani presenti nel luogo è stato comunicato che i militari stavano cercando dei materiali rubati, cambiando di volta in volta la versione ufficiale. Le forze israeliane hanno continuato a fare ricerche in tutti i villaggi della Massafer Yatta per più di due ore.

Nel pomeriggio del 26 agosto, le forze militari israeliane hanno fatto irruzione nel villaggio palestinese di Jinba e Mirkez, entrando in diverse case. Hanno riunito gli abitanti di Mirkez all’aperto e non hanno permesso loro di muoversi, filmare e bere acqua. I soldati israeliani hanno confiscato i documenti di 4 uomini mentre un altro è stato detenuto ammanettato e bendato per più di 5 ore.

Operazione Colomba condanna queste condotte arbitrarie messe in atto dall’esercito israeliano. Si tratta di sistematiche violazioni dei diritti umani volte a fare pressione sulle comunità palestinesi in modo che abbandonino i loro villaggi e lascino la zona del Massafer Yatta.

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VIDEO UPDATE: 2016-08-26 Israeli soldiers abuses on Palestinian community in Mirkez and Jinba

agosto 27, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Video: Israeli military demolishes one home and two animal shelters in Jinba and Al-Tabban

marzo 23, 2016 at 9:39 am

UPDATE: Israeli army confiscate building material and a car in the Palestinian village of Tabban

dicembre 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm

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On December 9, Israeli forces entered the Palestinian village of Tabban in Massafer Yatta (so called Firing Zone 918) and confiscated some building materials. Other building materials and tools were confiscated in the same village three days before, on December 6. While they were leaving the area, Israeli army and DCO confiscated also a car with four Palestinians that were directed to Nablus, leaving them on foot.

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When Operation Dove volunteers tried to approach the Palestinians and ask for explanations, soldiers prevented them to get close and aggressively intimated them to leave the area. They also threatened to push them back forcefully.

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People from Massafer Yatta are suffering from the lack of basic services (such as water-supply, electricity connections, building permissions) and because of continuous training of the Israeli forces among the villages.

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UPDATE: L’esercito israeliano confisca materiale da costruzione e un’auto nel villaggio palestinese di Tabban

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Il 9 dicembre, l’esercito israeliano è entrato nel villaggio palestinese di Tabban nella Massafer Yatta (cosiddetta Firing Zone 918) e ha confiscato alcuni materiali da costruzione. Altro materiale e alcuni strumenti di lavoro erano stati confiscati nello stesso villaggio tre giorni prima, il 6 dicembre. Mentre stavano lasciando l’area, la DCO e i soldati israeliani hanno confiscato anche un’auto su cui viaggiavano quattro palestinesi diretti a Nablus, lasciandoli a piedi. Quando i volontari di Operazione Colomba hanno provato ad avvicinarsi ai palestinesi e a chiedere spiegazioni, i soldati glielo hanno impedito e con fare aggressivo gli hanno intimato di lasciare l’area, minacciandoli anche di usare la forza.

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Gli abitanti della Massafer Yatta risentono della mancanza dei servizi di base (fornitura idrica, corrente elettrica, permessi di costruzione) e di continue esercitazioni dell’esercito israeliano tra i villaggi.

Isareli army raids Jimba village in South Hebron Hills

novembre 18, 2015 at 8:23 am

This morning Isareli army raided the village of Jimba in Massafer Yatta area. Isreli soldiers forced the inhabitants to come out from their houses searching inside and breaking Palestinian property assets without any reason.
The soldiers also damaged a tent donated by Italian Cooperation through DIVSI Italian association.
The army left the village as Operation Dove volunteers arrived on the spot.

Details information about the area: http://www.btselem.org/south_hebron_hills/firing_zone_918

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L’esercito israeliano fa irruzione nel villaggio di Jimba, Colline a sud di Hebron

Questa mattina l’esercito israeliano ha fatto irruzione nel villaggio di Jimba situato nell’area del Massafer Yatta. I soldati hanno costretto gli abitanti ad uscire dalle loro case e le hanno perquisite, rompendo beni di proprietà palestinese.

I soldati hanno inoltre danneggiato una tenda donata dalla Cooperazione Italiana allo Sviluppo, tramite l’associazione DIVSI.

L’esercito ha lasciato il villaggio non appena i volontari di Operazione Colomba sono arrivati sul posto.

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Israel’s Defamation of Judaism: The Rape of the Palestinian People

ottobre 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

By Norman Pollack

October 19, 2015 

SJPIsrael has come a long way since 1967 in the construction of an apartheid state and society with respect to the Palestinians, in truth, the proto-Nazification of policy and conduct in which the gas chamber has been replaced by the more protracted denial of life to the victims of an ethnocentric/racial ideology achieved through the degradation of a whole people: a faucet of inhumanity left running, where genocide is administered in drips rather than in a torrent. But even the latter holds, as now, as the misery and hopelessness sinks into the consciousness of the oppressed, almost as a conscious strategy of still more acute humiliation in the hope that signs of resistance will give pretext and excuse for a show of force and further clamping down.

The bombardment of Gaza last summer, a replay of Guernica as a lengthier exercise in domination, artillery replacing the dive bomber, was merely an example of the stored-up hatred and contempt Israelis displayed toward the Palestinians, a twisted mindset crossing the line from punitiveness to outright psychosis as though squashing an ant hill. Israelis do not concede the humanity of their victims, and perhaps do not even see them as victims but mere objects to be pushed around and, as a useful object lesson to them, swept aside, their houses bulldozed, their land taken away, the science of humiliation raised to a fine art. I turn now to the New York Times article by Jodi Rudoren, “East Jerusalem, Bubbling Over With Despair,” Oct. 18, a more sympathetic account of the Palestinians’ plight than is the wont of The Times,

and therefore to be taken seriously given the usual partiality of the paper.

This, remember, is only now, and not a summary of the decades of oppression which provide context for the events of today. She writes: “East Jerusalem, long the emotional heart of Palestinian life, is now the fiery soul of its discontent.” The recent stabbing attacks—which in my heart I cannot condemn so much as recognize as the desperation of youth otherwise powerless, without dignity or opportunity, they and their parents denied an honorable identity, and hence striking out in any way they can—originated “from within the city’s borders,” an area which also finds, for example, “Fuad Hamed, a successful businessman who condemns the wave of violence but shares the frustration and alienation underlying this new uprising.” Well stated, and I guess what I meant above is that Israelis share in the crimes with equal blood on their hands. Youths do not take knife in hand unless under severest provocation, knowing they will be killed instantly and retaliation taken on their parents. To Israelis, however, they are animals, nothing more, as a way of shielding from the Israeli mind, as a gigantic defense mechanism, the barbarism practiced.

(The scene, not in Rudoren’s account: a knife-wielding teenager, shot multiple times, lying dead on the pavement; a crowd gathers, chanting, “Son of a whore,” “Son of a whore.”)

We see the situation through the eyes of Abu Hamed, hardly an extremist. At 44, he lectures at Hebrew University, “runs two clinics in Israel’s health system, and lives on a comfortable home among Sur Baher’s [a neighborhood of 18,000] tangle of crowded hills.” From his balcony he sees “sprawling Jewish enclaves that he said were ‘built on our lands,’ and the ugly barrier Israel erected that splits Sur Baher from the occupied West Bank.” (Rudoren has the grace to use the word “occupied.”) Hamed takes in more: “These days, he can also see the Israeli soldiers who have blocked two of the neighborhood’s exits and set up a checkpoint to search cars [and people, a photo showing a man raising his shirt before a soldier, rifle in hand] at the third, making the city’s psychic division all the more concrete.” This, a well-to-do section of Jerusalem, not like the poverty found in the Old City and elsewhere. Hamed: “’You have a lot of evidence that you are not a human being.’”

He continues: “’The problem is the policy, because all the time as a Palestinian here you feel that they want to take you out of the city, you have a lot of problems that do not allow you to feel that you are part of the city. IT’S KILLING FROM INSIDE ALL THE TIME.’” (emphasis added) This is a form of genocide practiced internally, and reminds me—“they do not allow you to feel that you are part of the city”—of the system of segregation I witnessed and was repulsed by, growing up in the American South. Rudoren, in highlighting the feelings on both sides, raises the point that Jerusalem’s Palestinians feel “like the neglected stepchildren of both City Hall and the Palestinian Authority, which is headquartered in the West Bank and is barred from operating in Jerusalem. They do not feel wanted here, or part of what is happening there.” An enforced separation, yet frustration, one also surmises, because of Ramallah’s lackluster militancy and lack of leadership.

Rudoren explains further: “Civic and cultural institutions decamped years ago for the West Bank city of Ramallah. In Arab East Jerusalem, there are too few classrooms, and too many dropouts. It is difficult to get a permit to expand a home; 98 illegal structures were demolished last year. Three-quarters of the population lives below Israel’s poverty line.” This last is the clincher, and can be multiplied throughout the territories, from the squalor of living conditions to the blockade preventing medicines from reaching Gaza. City residency permits local travel for Palestinians, yet that only reveals to them the heightened contrast in lifestyle between themselves and Israelis. In the words of Sari Nusseibeh, a past president of Al Quds University: “’On the one hand, yes, you have open access to Israeli society—on the other hand you also have more knowledge about the discrimination that’s being practiced against you. Major issues that you identify with as a Palestinian and a Muslim, your dignity and self-respect, your position, your role, these are in total and constant conflict.’”

The upshot? Rudoren readily admits that the recent stabbings “that have killed seven Israeli Jews, five of them in Jerusalem, since Oct. 1,” as well as “at least 16 suspected assailants … shot dead by Israelis … along with more than 20 other Palestinians in clashes with security forces,” have a longer-term causation. At the very least, “East Jerusalem has been a hotbed since July 2014, when Jewish extremists kidnapped and murdered [i.e., burned him alive] Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old from the Shufat neighborhood.” Following that, there were approximately 1,600 stone-throwing incidents over the next three months and 700 arrested. This year, Sept. 13-Oct 15, 380 were detained, “171 of them minors.” The account does not relate the armed response, including the use of live ammunition.

Some background: “Arab East Jerusalem is not a single place but a series of some two dozen disparate satellites.” Hamed’s neighborhood is better off; many are overcrowded, poverty-ridden, somewhat isolated. How did it get this way? Rudoren’s discussion is forthright: “Israel captured it all from Jordan in the 1967 war, and expanded Jerusalem’s boundaries to 27 square miles from 2.3. Israel’s annexation was rejected by the United Nations, and most of the world considers the territory occupied.” She adds, “Today, 200,000 Jews live beyond Israel’s original border, most in new developments—widely considered illegal settlements—like those Mr. Abu Hamed can see from his balcony, 2,000 scattered among the Palestinian enclaves.”

To all intents and purposes, Jerusalem personifies apartheid, Hamed’s own neighborhood each day having a “line of cars at the lone remaining exit … stretched for hundreds of yards,” and, as an example, “Moussa Dabash, 44, who runs a tour-bus company, said he was searched under his shirt and between his legs.” This is a microcosm of the imposed dependence and humiliation: “’If I say a word, they’ll accuse me of trying to stab them,’ he said. The soldier who searched me, I told him, ‘Why are you doing this?’ He said, ‘Because you are terrorists.’” Hamed, also delayed, related that “a couple and their two children died in a fire last year …. because engines are dispatched to Sur Baher from another Palestinian neighborhood rather than from the closer Jewish ones.”

That is not the Judaism I grew up with and was raised in, inceptively small “d” democratic in every respect, particularly on issues of race and poverty. As Jews, we knew discrimination and could more readily empathize with those also discriminated against, blacks, those in poverty, other minorities, labor in general, all the while rising above the grubbiness and intolerance of an America, already in the 1940s from the standpoint of my personal experience, saturated in conspicuous consumption, xenophobia, antiradical, rising above—even if an escape—to beauty and excellence in everything from human intelligence to sports to aesthetics, participation in the universality of creativity in whatever form it took. This did not have to be an exclusively Jewish trait, and indeed it was the very spirit of cosmopolitanism that gave it energy and a certain sublimity, and freed it from chauvinistic dogmatism. Jews, whether observant or secular, identified with the common man, using the term unself-consciously, just as in the 1940s, and before my adolescence, in the 1930s, antifascist. That is the Judaism Israel has defamed, I might even say, desecrated, so that rape of the Palestinians, as in the title, refers not just to their bodies, but their identity of personhood, their being, that has been violated.

My New York Times Comment on the Rudoren article, same date, follows:

As a Jew, I am deeply ashamed of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. Israel is a horrible corruption of Judaism, a world religion identified before the 1960s with a deeply penetrating HUMANISM that was reflected in knowledge, observance, music, the arts in general, scientific learning and mathematics, and liberal politics. Now, so much of that rich heritage is gone, insulted by the actions, condescension, ethos of contemporary Israel, and infecting all of world Jewry.

Israelis have shown themselves beyond cruelty, an internalization of the very darkness that resulted in the Holocaust, only now it is the Palestinians of today who are the Jews of yesterday and the Israelis of today who show the arrogance of those who formerly persecuted the Jews. Israelis gleefully show their muscle at every turn, delighting in the humiliation of the Palestinians and not realizing how this not only violates the teachings of Torah but reveals the inner evil and psychological rot of those who dominate.

How sticks and stones, even knives, can be taken as other than marks of desperation, as meanwhile Israeli security forces have the latest, most lethal weapons, and are prepared to use them as a reflex action, shows the gross imbalance of force. How did it come to this? As a youth growing up in the 1940s-50s I saw Israel as the paragon of democratic socialism (even then I was unaware of the the start of ethnic cleansing and contempt for the Palestinians). Far worse today.

Norman Pollack has written on Populism. His interests are social theory and the structural analysis of capitalism and fascism.

Israeli military trainings damage Palestinian structures in South Hebron Hills

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Israeli military trainings damage Palestinian structures in South Hebron Hills

(Italian follows)

In the last weeks one well in the Palestinian village of Mufaqarah and one cave in the village of Jinba have been seriously damaged in consequence of the Israeli military exercises that have taken place in the area.

During the military trainings the Israeli soldiers usually destroy the Palestinian crops and restrict the freedom of movement of the Palestinian inhabitants. Furthermore, the intensive use of military tanks, armored vehicles, bombs and heavy weapons damage the caves and wells that are essential for the surviving of the Palestinian inhabitants, especially in these rural area without public services.

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Esercitazioni militari israeliane danneggiano strutture palestinesi nelle colline a sud di Hebron

Nelle ultime settimane un pozzo nel villaggio palestinese di Mufaqarah e una grotta nel villaggio di Jinba sono stati gravemente danneggiate in seguito alle esercitazioni militari israeliane che si sono svolte nell’area.

Solitamente, durante gli addestramenti militari, i soldati israeliani distruggono i raccolti e limitano la libertà di movimento degli abitanti palestinesi. Inoltre, l’uso intensivo di carri armati, veicoli blindati, bombe e armi pesanti causa danni alle grotte e pozzi che sono fondamentali per la sopravvivenza dei palestinesi, soprattutto in queste zone rurali in cui non arrivano i servizi essenziali.

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