Tuesday, 17. July 2018

Palestinian Peoples PartyThe Palestinian People's Party strongly condemned the leader of the German parliamentary faction DIE LINKE (The Left party), Dietmar Bartsch, for planting trees in an Israeli settlement near the Gaza Strip during his visit to Israel. A statement issued by the Palestinian People's Party on Tuesday morning said:

The Palestinian People's Party (PPP) strongly condemns the visit made by the leader of the German parliamentary faction DIE LINKE (The Left party), Dietmar Bartsch, to one of the settlements near the Gaza Strip, where he planted trees and expressed his solidarity during his visit to Israel. The visit was within the cooperation with the Zionist organization "Kern Kiemet", known for its great responsibility for the policy of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians, and their force acts on expelling the Palestinians from their lands, homes, villages and cities.

Seven thousand protesters marched through central Tel Aviv on Saturday night, July 14, to protest the controversial, government-sponsored “nation-state bill,” calling it racist and discriminatory. Under the banner “This is home for all of us,” public figures, MKs from Hadash and Meretz, and peace and social activists addressed the demonstration, in which participants marched from Rabin Square to Dizengoff Center. The bill is expected to be brought before the Knesset tonight (Monday) for a final vote.

A young Palestinian identified as Mohammad Nasser Shurrab, 20, from Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip, died on Saturday, July 14, of wounds sustained from Israeli army gunfire during protests the day before along the Gaza border with Israel, according to medical sources. The European Hospital in Khan Younis announced that Shurrab succumbed to critical wounds he sustained hours earlier during the protests east of Khan Younis.

Far-right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s faced a challenge to his authoritarian power Tuesday, July 10, when President Reuven Rivlin, the attorney general’s office, and the Knesset’s legal adviser joined forces in opposing the PM’s flagship legislation, the racist Jewish Nation-State bill.

Rivlin wrote a letter to MKs criticizing a section of the bill that declares “The state may allow a community, including members of one religion or of one nationality, to maintain a separate communal settlement.” According to Hadash MK Dov Khenin (Joint List), “this bill would enshrine apartheid.”

Israeli’s Supreme Court issued a second temporary injunction on Monday evening, July 10, forbidding the state from carrying out plans to evacuate and demolish an occupied West Bank Arab-Bedouin village, days after initially postponing the plan. Monday’s ruling came in the wake of an urgent petition by a group of lawyers representing the community of Khan al-Ahmar near the large West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim and followed a similar one issued by the court last Thursday, July 6.

In their initial plea to the court, the attorneys representing the residents of Khan al-Ahmar claimed that the Civil Administration refused to review a plan submitted by the villagers to legalize the village prior to ordering its demolition.

The Israeli military released from prison on Tuesday, July 3, occupation objector Ayelet Brachfeld after incarcerating her for four prison terms totaling 100 days. Brachfeld refused to be conscripted into compulsory military service due to her opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

With her release the army’s conscientious objection committee granted Brachfeld an exemption from military service based on her claim of refusing conscription for reasons of conscience. This is in contrast to most other objectors to the occupation who have been imprisoned and who are ultimately excused from service for “serious misconduct,” “unsuitability,” or who are given psychological exemptions.

One Palestinian was killed and at least 396 others were injured as Israeli shelling and snipers targeted protesters who gathered along Gaza-Israel border for the 15th consecutive weekly “Great March of Return” nonviolent demonstration on Friday, July 6, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Mohammad Jamal Abu Halima, 22, died of a chest wound from the shelling which targeted a crowd of protesters along the Gaza border east of Gaza City. Eight others were wounded in the blast that killed Abu Halima, who became the 136 Gazan to be killed by Israeli forces since the weekly protests began on March 30.

Israel’s High Court of Justice issued an injunction on Thursday night, July 5, temporarily holding up the planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank that has become the focus of Palestinian protests and international concern.

The court injunction, issued a day after security forces sparked scuffles at the site by deploying bulldozers, gave the state until next Wednesday, July 11, to respond to the villagers’ contention that they had been unfairly denied building permits, said Ala’a Mahajna, the lawyer representing them.

Palestinians protested in and around Khan al-Ahmar on Wednesday, July 4, as Israeli forces began preparations to destroy the Arab-Bedouin village in the Palestinian occupied West Bank, despite international calls not to go ahead with the plan. Residents and activists climbed onto bulldozers and waved Palestinian flags in a bid to stop the demolition. 

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 35 people were injured, four of whom were taken to  hospital. The Israeli rights group B’Tselem said nine people were arrested – five from the village and four others, including the organization’s head of field research.

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