Friday, 18 January 2019

Detention is an instrument of Israel’s oppression





In the dead of night, Israeli forces knocked on the door of Salah Hamouri’s apartment in Jerusalem, he told me. “When I opened the door they told me they were looking for me and began to search the house. They destroyed the furniture, turning it upside down, searching for something; I don’t know what. Of course, they found nothing, but they took me away anyway.”

That was on 22 August 2017. Over a year later – thirteen months to be exact – Hamouri was finally released from administrative detention, a status Israel uses to imprison Palestinians indefinitely with neither charge nor trial. Speaking to MEMO shortly after his release, he recounted being moved repeatedly between Israeli detention centres and deprived of contact with his family, as well as the challenges faced by the hundreds of other Palestinian political prisoners just like him.

“That night I was transferred between three military bases in Ramallah [in the occupied West Bank] until 4 o clock the next afternoon, at which time I arrived at the Russian Compound,” explained Hamouri. Sometimes known by its Arabic name Al-Moscobiyeh, the Russian Compound is a notorious interrogation centre located in the centre of Jerusalem, renowned for its brutal interrogation and torture methods. “I passed two or three levels of interrogations, and at the end of the first week [in detention], the judge ruled that I should be released.”

Of course, there were strict conditions attached to his release: he would not be able to leave the coastal city of Haifa for three months, for example, and would be forbidden from entering Jerusalem or the occupied West Bank. “I accepted the deal,” he said, but… “Just one hour before I was due to be released, the Shin Bet [Israel’s internal security agency] came and relayed a military order from the then Minister of Defence [Avigdor Lieberman] which blocked my release.”

FULL STORY HERE

A Zunt By Any Other Name IS Still A Zunt

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

NYT investigation into the Killing of Medic Razan Al Najar




On June 1, an IOF soldier shot into a crowd of protesters at the Great March of return. This shot, as with many others subsequently was responsible for the killing of an innoccent Palestinian. On this occasion it happened to be a volunteer medic named Razan al-Najjar. Israeli officials say soldiers only use live fire as a last resort. The investigation shows otherwise. Over 1,000 photos and videos 
were analyzed by NYT. They freeze the fatal moment in a 3-D model of the protest, and interview more than 30 witnesses and I.O.F. commanders to reveal how Razan as killed. To top it all of the IOF doctored video footage to try and blame the death of the innocent medic squarely on her shoulders. The NYT analysis appears to prove that this was far from true and the killing of Razan was highly likely to be a war crime.

Shin Bet Arrests Three Settlers for Murder of Palestinian Mother of 8

It was fairly slow at the start and the family of  mother of 8 Aisha Mohammed Aravi, a mother of eight from the village of Biddya were despairing
 that the police were doing anything. A usual case when it's Palestinian victims against Jewish settlers. It has taken the Shin Bet almost three months to make an arrest in the case. Israeli security sources say that they have arrested three settlers. They are Tzvi Neriya Lev from Kochav HaShachar, Moshe Nagar, and Avraham Peretz. All three study at the Pri Haaretz yeshiva located in the Rehilim settler colony. I am not confident that justice will be served.

BDSBelfast News Edition 2

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Antisemites and Zionists both promote the fictitious ideology that Jews are a separate national entity

BDS Belfast News Sheet


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Detention is an instrument of Israel’s oppression

In the dead of night, Israeli forces knocked on the door of Salah Hamouri’s apartment in Jerusalem, he told me. “When I opened the do...