20/08/14: Attempting to silence music in Burin – the Israeli Army attack

On Tuesday night/ early Wednesday morning over a dozen Israeli Army jeeps invaded the village of Burin. The Army overran the village vandalising the homes of 15 residents, including the well known Palestinian singer, Qasim Najjar. The Army threatened the youth and their families, stating that if they did not stop defending the village against attacks by Jewish terrorists they would be arrested.

The Army destroyed property and terrorised villagers for 4 hours before retreating. They also interrogated an elderly grandmother for over 3 hours with relentless questioning.

Qasim had been planning a follow on song to his recent hit for hunger striking prisoners, “Water and Salt”. His latest song is to pay tribute to Gaza and those murdered and under Israeli bombardment in the besieged Strip. Qasim became famous for his track with Shadi Najjar, entitled “Hit Tel Aviv”, an ode to the freedom fighters of Gaza. By providing an anthem for the Palestinian struggle Qasim has been targeted several times by the Occupation, being imprisoned in an attempt to silence his music in 2009.

Burin is surrounded by the illegal colonies of Bracha and Yitzhar, home to some of the most extreme and violent Jewish terrorists. The settlers regularly attack Burin, supported by the Army, shooting at villagers and burning and cutting the villages’ olive trees. As is the case across occupied Palestine, these colonies continue to grow, stealing more Palestinian land, while Palestinians are confined to ever smaller areas (known as “Bantustans” under Apartheid South Africa).

SFP stand firmly with the resilient villagers of Burin and is determined to support them not only as they defend against these violent terrorist attacks but also in taking back their land. SFP with Burin’s Bilal Najjar Cultural Centre, will be working towards taking back Burin land for Burin farmers in the coming months. If you would like to support and/ or join us please click here.

اقتحمت قوات الاحتلال الاسرائيلي في تمام الساعة الواحدة بعد منتصف الليل باكثر من 20 جيب عسكري قرية بورين جنوب مدينة نابلس وباشرت في عمليات تفتيش واسعة طالت اكثر 15 منزل و عرف من بين المنازل منزل الفنان قاسم النجار صاحب اغنية اضرب اضرب تل ابيب و عاثت في منزله فسادا وخرابا و قامت ايضا بالتحقيق معه و قامت ايضا بتفتيش عدد كبير من البيوت في القرية و التحقيق مع الشبان و امياتهم و تهديدهم بالاعتقال في حال قاموا بالدفاع عن القرية اثناء هجوم المستوطنين و لم يبلغ عن اعتقال أي شاب اثناء هذه الحملة حيث تتعرض قرية بورين لاعتداءات شبه يومية من قبل جيش الاحتلال و مستوطنيه و ان هذه ليست المرة الاولي التي يتم فيها اقتحام المنازل و التحقيق مع ساكنيها حيث ان قبل اكثر من شهر اقتحمت قوات الاحتلال منازل المواطنين في القرية وشنت حملة تفتيش و اعتقال بحق ابنائها والجدير بالذكر ان هناك ما يقارب 10 اسرى في شجون الاحتلال الاسرائيلي من قرية بورين

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The destruction caused by the Israeli Army in the home of a Burin villager

17/08/14: The shackles removed but not broken …. the scars are visible

Today activists from SFP visited Muath Dureidi in the Arab Specialist Hospital in Nablus, where he is being treated for a mental breakdown after 30 days in interrogation by the Israeli forces. Muath was released from Israeli Apartheid prison on Thursday 14 August. SFP activists were present at his release at Salem Military Court and witnessed his severe mental and physical state. SFP activists had to help carry him and his belongings to his fathers car, before his father rushed him to hospital.

Muath was arrested after attempting to cross the Allenby Bridge on his way back from Jordan. He was returning home after receiving word that he had been accepted for a job in his native country. Muath is an IT professional and expert in his field.

He was held for 30 days in Israel’s notorious interrogation facility, Al Jalame. He was held and interrogated relentlessly and had no access to a lawyer or family member. He was refused released when finally brought before Israel’s military courts in Ofer. However, his brave Palestinian lawyer persevered and took the case to Salem Military Court, where his release was granted after a hefty payment was made by his family. It is also unclear if Muath received any medical treatment or when his physical and mental condition commenced. The Israeli Apartheid prison authorities are refusing to provide Muath’s family with any details, which would aid his recovery.

Since then Muath has remained largely mute and refusing to eat. When SFP activists visited him today he remained in the bathroom, not wishing to see visitors. Activists just stayed briefly to express their solidarity with him and his family and wish for his speedy recovery.

On the same day Muath was released SFP learnt that Ismail Okal, held in administrative detention for 6 months, had his order renewed for a further 6 months. Ismail was the youngest hunger striking, when administrative detainees undertook a hunger strike in March this year. He now will have to endure another 6 months in prison neither knowing his charge or subject to any form of rule of law. Ismail is only 19 years old. SFP will continue to support his mother during this difficult time.

SFP activists, however, today welcomed home Thaer Najjar who was released from Meggido Prison after being kidnapped by the Israeli Army 2 weeks previously. While celebrating with his family SFP activists reaffirmed their commitment to work towards the freedom of all Palestinian political prisoners held in Apartheid Israeli prisons, an end to the Occupation, and the return of the refugees, so a new generation of children will live in freedom in their land.

This picture is courtesy of Palestinian media. SFP did not wish to take a photo of Muath while he was in such a delicate mental state

 

 

 

15/08/14: Demonstrating for freedom

On Friday 15 August, shortly after the noon prayers, activists from SFP  joined villagers from Kufr Qaddoum at their weekly demonstration against the closure of the villages main access road. Following the demonstration, which was met with tear gas and live ammunition fired directly at peaceful demonstrators, the SFP activists proceeded to Beit Furik checkpoint to join a demonstration with Beit Furik villagers. 5 activists were injured with live ammunition, with one from SFP was shot in the leg and taken to hospital.

On Friday demonstrations against the illegal Occupation are a regular occurrence across the West Bank. They are met with brutal force by the Israeli Army and recently the Army has been firing live rounds at demonstrators injuring dozens and killing several.

اليوم الجمعه 15-8-توجه نشطاء المقاومه الشعبيه من حركة تضامن sfpللمشاركة في المسيره الاسبوعيه في كفر قدوم حيث شارك المئات من اهالي البلده مسيرتهم الاسبوعيه تحت شعار( لا بقاء مع الاحتلال والاستيطان ) حيث يذكر ان المقاومه الشعبيه والمسيرات الاسبوعيه في كفر قدوم تدخل السنه الرابعه مطالبين بفتح الشارع الذي يفصلهم عن مدينه نابلس وقد حضر العشرات من الحيبات العسكريه والجنود الذين اطلقوا الغاز المسيل للدموع على المتظاهرين وقد اكد نشطاء حركة تضامن sfp وقوفهم ومساندتهم لاخوانهم من كفر قدوم الذين طالبوا واكدوا على اهميه العمل المشترك كما نوهوا الى ضروره وجود متضامنين دوليين للمشاركه في المسيره سيما ان الاحتلال بات يستخدم الرصاص الحي تجاه المشاركين في المسيرة السلميه.

بيت فوريك–نابلس -اليوم الجمعه 15-8 توجه نشطاء المقاومه الشعبيه من حركه تضامن sfp للمشاركه في المسيره عند حاجز بيت فوريك  شرق نابلس حيث انطلق المتظاهرين بعد صلاه الجمعه من مخيم بلاطه ومن مدينه نابلس  تجاه حاجز بيت فوريك وقد قام جنود الاحتلال باطلاق الاعيره الناريه والرصاص المغلف بالمطاط تجاه المشاركين الامر الذي ادى الى اصابه خمسه مواطنين  نقلوا  الى مشفى رفيديا  …يذكر ان حركة تضامن sfp والقوى والمؤسسات هم من اعلنوا عن بدء  المسيرات الى  بيت فوريك الاسبوع الماضي   وسيعمل نشطاء المقاومه الشعبيه من sfp  على ان تكون مسيرات اسبوعيه على حاجز بيت فوريك وكافه الحواجز للتعبير عن رفض كافه اشكال الفصل العنصري  وانهاء الاحتلال وعوده اللاجئين الى ديارهم التي هجروا منها

Kufr Qaddoum

Kufr Qaddoum

Kufr Qaddoum

Kufr Qaddoum

Kufr Qaddoum

Kufr Qaddoum

Injured from Beit Furik

Injured from Beit Furik

Kufr Qaddoum

Kufr Qaddoum

Injured from Beit Furik

Injured from Beit Furik

Beit Furik

Beit Furik

Injured from Beit Furik

Kufr Qaddoum

12/08/14: Burin attacked….. again

The village of Burin, south of Nablus city, was attacked for the second time in a week by settlers from the illegal colony of Bracha. Three young men were wounded as a result of rubber-coated steel bullets fired at them by the Israeli Army, who regularly support the attacks of the settlers.

The villages around Nablus are surrounded by dozens of illegal colonies, built on stolen Palestinian land. They are home to some of the most violent and fanatical Jewish terrorists. SFP is steadfast in its opposition to these colonies and will continue to work until they are all removed from Palestinian land and Palestinians from the river to the sea can live in safety and security on their land.

اصيب ثلاث شبان من قرية بورين جنوب نابلس برصاص المطاط اثناء تصديهم لقطعان المستوطنين التي هاجمت الجهة الشرقية من القرية حيث دارت اشتباكات عنيفه بين الشبان و قوات الاحتلال استمرت لمدت اربع ساعات متواصله و تعاني قرية بورين من اعتداءات مستمرة من قبل المستوطنين و جيش الاحتلال الاسرائيلي

Soldiers and settlers attacking the eastern area of the village of Burin

Soldiers and settlers attacking the eastern area of the village of Burin

Tear gas fired towards Palestinian homes

Tear gas fired towards Palestinian homes

Soldiers and settlers stood together as they both attack the village of Burin

Soldiers and settlers stood together as they both attack the village of Burin

Tear gas clouds over the village

Tear gas clouds over the village

Soldiers bringing orange boxes of tear gas to use against the civilian population of Burin

Soldiers bringing orange boxes of tear gas to use against the civilian population of Burin

10/08/14: Popular resistance targeted by Apartheid Israel

At approximately 01:20am on Sunday morning the Israeli Army invaded the village of Tell, west of Nablus city. The Army invaded the downtown area of the village and stormed the homes of the Hindi family. The Army vandalised the home of Jihad Hassan Hindi (22 years old) and demanded to know where he was, he was not home at the time.

The Army detained Jihad’s family for over two hours, demanding they call him and persuade him to surrender to them, under threat to his family members. Jihad, a member of the popular resistance in Nablus, refused to surrender and the youth of the village bravely defended against the attacking Army, who fired rubber-coated steel bullets at them and stun grenades.

Due to the threats made against his family, particularly the female members of his family (his mother and sister), a common tactic by the Israeli Army, Jihad was forced later to go to Huwwara Military camp. We are awaiting to hear whether the Israeli Army will detain Jihad.Apartheid Israel consistently targets activists from the non-violent popular resistance movement. Palestinians have been imprisoned across the West Bank area of Palestine for their involvement in non-violent resistance to the illegal occupation of their land.

اقتحام قوات الاحتلال الاسرائيلي فجر اليوم بلدة تل غرب نابلس ومداهمة منازل المواطنين ….

 في تمام الساعة 1:20 صباحاً قامت قوات الاحتلال بإقتحام قرية تل من مدخلها الشرقي منطقة الفوار بعدد من الجيبات الاسرائيليه , حيث تمركز الجنود وسط البلد ( ساحة العين) وقام جنود الاحتلال بإقتحام منازل المواطنين عرف منها منزل عائلة الهندي ,حيث قام الجنود بعمليات التفتيش والتخريب داخل البيت بحجة عن الشاب جهاد حسان الهندي 22 عام والذي لم يجدوه داخل المنزل ,

الجدير بالذكر ان جنود الاحتلال قاموا باحتجاز اهله داخل منزله لاكثر من ساعتين مطالبين جهاد بتسليم نفسة إلا انه رفض ذلك وقاموا بإجبار عائلته بالاتصال به ولكنه رفض مجدداً تسليم نفسه ,وعلى اثر ذلك اندلعت مواجهات بين شبان القرية وجنود الاحتلال اطلق خلالها الجيش الاسرائيلي الرصاص المعدني المغلف بالمطاط وقنابل الصوت .

يذكر ان جهاد حسان الهندي ناشط في المقاومه الشعبيه

Jihad Hassan Ismael Hindi, 22 years old

Jihad Hassan Ismael Hindi, 22 years old

 

09/08/14: Shooting on Shabbat

As Jews around the world observed the Jewish day of rest (Saturday), known as Shabbat, settlers from the illegal colony of Bracha attacked the village of Burin, just south of Nablus. The youth of the village bravely defended against the attack before the Israeli Army arrived and fired volleys of tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets towards the defending Palestinian villagers.

Burin is regularly attacked by the Jewish terrorist settlers from the surrounding illegal colonies of Bracha and Yitzhar. These two colonies, and several others around Nablus, are home to some of the most extreme Jewish settlers, many of whom are part of and encourage the “Price Tag” policy. This is the name for terrorist attacks against Palestinians and their property by settlers whenever they perceive either the Israeli Government or Palestinians attempt to curb their illegal activities.

In 2008 Burin’s neighbouring village of Asira al Qibliya was attacked by a marauding group of settlers from the Yitzhar colony. They opened fire on residents of the village and rampaged through the Palestinian village. Several villagers were injured. The attack, caught on film, showed Israeli soldiers stood with the settlers as they attacked and when the settlers ran out of bullets soldiers passing their guns over to them.

Following a culmination of regular attacks, mainly on the Jewish holiday of Shabbat (Saturday’s) Palestinians enlisted the help of international groups to provide a permanent deterrent presence in the villages on Saturday’s.

This comes at the same time as Israel renewed its bloody attacks on the Palestinians besieged in the Gaza Strip. After a brief respite, where Palestinians were able to pull bodies from the rubble that was once their homes, 3 Palestinians were murdered by Israel in renewed strikes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health puts the total killed in the latest Israeli massacre of Palestinians at 1,914, with over 10,000 injured.

SFP is determined to continue its resistance to the illegal occupation of Palestine. We thank all those that have taken to the streets around the world in recent weeks, and particularly those that have taken the brave step of taking direct action against the enablers and profiteers of the Occupation. We ask that you all do not turn away should Palestine no longer be headline news. We stand firmly with our brothers and sisters in Gaza but also maintain that the massacres will not end until Palestine is free and all the refugees are able to return home. Therefore, we ask you to remain on the streets and taking action until we achieve that end. The Disasters Emergency Committee has also launched an appeal for funds to help those trapped in Gaza. SFP would be very grateful for anything you may be able to donate.

 هاجم عشرات المستوطنين من مستوطنة براخا اليوم قرية بورين جنوب مدينة نابلس و دارت اشتباكات عنيفة بين المواطنين و المستوطنين قبل ان يتدخل الجيش و يبدا باطلاق وابل من الغاز المسيل لدموع و الرصاص المطاط ولم يصب احد و تعاني قرية بورين من اعتداءات مستمرة من قبل المستوطنين و جيش الاحتلال الاسرائيلي

Tear gas clouds over the village of Burin

Tear gas over the Palestinian village of Burin, with Israeli Army soldiers visible on the mountain

Tear gas over the Palestinian village of Burin, with Israeli Army soldiers visible on the mountain

Tear gas over the Palestinian village of Burin

 

08/08/14: Nablus, Balata and the villages say “No more”

Shortly after the noon prayers on Friday 8 August SFP led the march of Palestinians from the Nablus area and its surrounding refugee camps and villages to the illegal colony road of Elon Moreh. At the Beit Furik military checkpoint the soldiers attacked the marchers firing live ammunition, rubber coated steel bullets, tear gas and what is known as “skunk” water. 15 people were injured from the live ammunition, with one young man, Imad Khatatbeh (20 years old) shot in the eye. He has lost the sight in that eye. In addition, the Army attacked a Palestinian journalist kicking him in the stomach so that he required medical treatment. As well as targeting the Press and unarmed demonstrators, the Army shot 3 times with rubber coated steel bullets, Ahmad Saleh, an SFP activist and volunteer with Medical Relief. He was clearly identifiable as a medical personnel and was targeted nonetheless.

Following the demonstration SFP activists visited the injured in Rafidia hospital. 15 were injured at the demonstration, in addition to Imad, activists visited Murad Mahmoud Ibrahimi, 20 years old, who had been shot in his leg and 26 year old Bassem Marshoud shot in his side. Activists also visited injured from Kufr Qaddoum village, who had been shot at their weekly demonstration. 3 villagers had been shot with one in a critical condition and the possibility he will not walk again.

Today, led by SFP and its activists, the marchers said loud and clear:

Stop the massacres…. Stop the killing of our children…. Stop the destruction of our homes.

No more settlements; no more siege; no more Occupation; and the refugees are coming home.

The activists were also joined by refugees from all the major refugee camps around Nablus and Tubas. The refugees were clear in their message:

Today we say it is time to go home. Today we say no more to the thief of our land. Today we say no more to the Occupation. We will remove all the Occupation from our lands and help our brothers and sisters in Gaza go home to their lands in Al-Majdal and Huj.

The Palestinian villages of Al-Majdal and Huj were destroyed and replaced with the Israeli towns of Ashkelon and Sderot, after the Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their land to Gaza in 1948. Under international law and UN resolution 194 refugees have the right to return to their homes:

…that refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbour should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date.

There are estimated around 6 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants. 80% of the population of Gaza are refugees, forcible expelled from their land in 1948. SFP is determined to carry on their efforts against the illegal Occupation of their land, and until all the refugees can go home.

 بعد وقت قصير من صلاة الظهر يوم الجمعة 8 أغسطس قاد نشطاء  المقاومه الشعبيه من حركة تضامن SFP مسيرة الفلسطينيين من منطقة نابلس ومخيمات اللاجئين المحيطة بها والقرى إلى الطريق  للمستعمرة الغير شرعيه  ألون موريه. على حاجز بيت فوريك العسكري والذي يفصل بيت فوريك والقرى الاخرى شرق نابلس  عن مدينه نابلس,  هاجم الجنود المتظاهرين بإطلاق الذخيرة الحية والرصاص الفولاذي المغلف بالمطاط والغاز المسيل للدموع وما يعرف باسم “المياه العادمه “. أصيب 15 شخصا من الذخيرة الحية، مع شاب واحد، عماد خطاطبة (20 عاما) أصيب بعيار ناري في العين مما ادى الى فقدان عينه اليمنى وبالإضافة إلى ذلك، هاجم جيش صحفي فلسطيني بركله في بطنه وانه بحاجة إلى معالجة طبية. فضلا عن استهداف الصحافيين والمتظاهرين العزل، الجيش أطلق النار 3 مرات مع الرصاص الفولاذي المغلف بالمطاط، أحمد صالح، الناشط في  SFP ومتطوع في الاغاثه الطبيه . مع العلم انه كان يرتدي ما  يشير انه  مسعف  وأنه من العاملين في المجال الطبي وعلى الرغم من ذلك كان مستهدفا.

في أعقاب مظاهرة نشطاء التضامن  SFP زار الجرحى في مستشفى رفيديا. أصيب 15 شخصا في المظاهرة، بالإضافة إلى عماد خطاطبه ، زار نشطاءsfp مراد محمود الإبراهيمي، 20 عاما، الذي كان قد أصيب في ساقه وقتل باسم مرشود 26 عاما في جانبه. نشطاء كما زار المصابين من قرية كفر قدوم، الذي كان قد أطلق النار على تظاهرتهم الأسبوعية. تم إطلاق النار وتم اصابه ثلاثه من المتظاهرين ,أحد في حالة حرجة واحتمال انه لن يمشي مرة أخرى.

اليوم، وقال المتظاهرون بصوت عال وواضح بقيادة SFP ونشطائها:

وقف المجازر …. وقف قتل أطفالنا …. وقف تدمير بيوتنا.

لا مزيد من المستوطنات؛ لا مزيد من الحصار. لا يوجد المزيد الاحتلال . وعلى واللاجئين العودة إلى وطنهم.

وانضم نشطاء أيضا لاجئون من جميع مخيمات اللاجئين الرئيسية في جميع أنحاء نابلس وطوباس. كان واضحا اللاجئين في رسالتهم:

اليوم نقول حان الوقت العودة إلى ديارهم. اليوم نقول لا أكثر لسارق أرضنا. اليوم نقول لا أكثر للاحتلال. سنقوم بإزالة كل الاحتلال من أرضنا ومساعدة إخواننا وأخواتنا في غزة إلى المنزل إلى أراضيهم في المجدل وهوج. ونقول كفى للعدوان الاسرائيلي  على غزه وعلى الاحتلال ان يتم تقديمه للماكمه على جرائمه بحق الاطفال والشعب الفلسطيني في غزه

تم تدمير القرى الفلسطينية من المجدل وهوج واستبدالها مع البلدات الإسرائيلية عسقلان وسديروت، بعد أن طرد الفلسطينيين قسرا من أراضيهم إلى غزة في 1948. بموجب القانون الدولي وقرار الأمم المتحدة رقم 194 لاجئ الحق في العودة إلى منازلهم:

… أن اللاجئين الراغبين في العودة إلى ديارهم والعيش بسلام مع جيرانهم يجب أن يسمح لهم بذلك في أقرب وقت ممكن.

ويقدر وجود حوالي 6 ملايين لاجئ فلسطيني وأحفادهم. 80٪ من سكان غزة هم من اللاجئين، تم طردهم قسريا  من أراضيهم في 1948.حركة تضامن  SFP عازمة على الاستمرار في جهودهم ضد الاحتلال غير المشروع لأراضيهم، وحتى يمكن لجميع اللاجئين العودة إلى ديارهم.

 

The march began at Balata refugee camp where demonstrators had made an effigy to Benjamin Netanyhu, which they later burned

 

SFP leading the demonstration

 

Ducking as live fire is shot by the Army towards demonstrators

 

SFP leading the demonstration

Army attacking demonstrators

Army attempting to catch demonstrators
 
 
SFP women leading way
Army taking aim at unarmed demonstrators

Army throwing tear gas at demonstrators

20 year old Imad Khatatbeh shot in the eye

 

 

20 year old Murad Mahmoud Ibrahimi shot in the leg

 

26 year old Bassem Marshoud, shot in the side

07/08/14: SFP and Tanweer spread the message of boycott on the streets of Nablus again

Following on from SFP and Tanweer volunteers work earlier in the week, activists again took to the streets of Nablus and spread their message of boycott to the shopkeepers and residents of Nablus. The activists also distributed certificates to shopkeepers praising them for their bravery in removing Israeli products from their stores and supporting the call for boycott.

In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call. SFP and Tanweer fully support the boycott and encourage people around the world as well as within Palestine to join the campaign and spread the message wide and far. To read the call and find out how to boycott please click here.

اليوم وضمن استكمال لحملة قاطع احتلالك التي نظمها متطوعو المنتدى التنويري ونشطاء المقاومة الشعبية من حركة التضامن (SFP) في محافظة نابلس

قامت المجموعة بزيارة بعض المحلات التجارية التي اعلنت مقاطعتها للمنتجات الاسرائيلية وتوزيع  بعض شهادات التقدير لاصحاب المحلات

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07/08/14: The shackles of Apartheid

On Wednesday 6 August an SFP volunteer attended Salem Military Court in solidarity with an imprisoned SFP member. This was their observations.

If you’re Palestinian you are guilty.

This is the first thing you should know about the brutal and racist military law that governs Palestinians. Palestinians are guilty at birth, the debate in the Court is around to what degree on top of that baseline they are guilty.

Any idea of law, justice or rule of law should be removed from your mind when you observe the Israeli Apartheid legal system in practice. Palestinian lawyers hands are tied. They are brokers in the Apartheid system, attempting to barter that their client isn’t a “really guilty Palestinian, just a mildly guilty one”. Their duty is to act in their clients best interests and base their advice on probability. It’s not a probability in their favour. Guilt is already established. If you’re Palestinian you’re guilty.

As the lawyers wait around in the heat, and young female soldiers swagger back and forth, the lawyers debate other ‘guilty’ Palestinians. They discuss the case of a man kidnapped from his temporary home in Balata refugee camp (his land being inside ’48 territories he’s forbidden to return to) for the umpteenth time. The Shabak officer (Israeli internal intelligence) drew a handy little picture for his lawyer to explain his guilt. It constituted a red dot (the man) and inner circle (the Occupations red line) and an outer circle. Simple enough.

The Shabak man calmly explained that they believed the red dot may be thinking about crossing the line  denoted by the inner circle. An inner circle he explained that included the possibility he may influence others (there are lots of other dots within these circles apparently). And therefore his detention was to ensure those thoughts did not ever become conversations that may cause conversations with other dots.

The paper the lawyer had redrawn looked a lot like crack addict being left with a pen and paper while he waited for his dealer to come round with his next fix. Not at all like the impressive technology showcased in Tom Cruise’s Minority Report to confirm someones future thought crime.

So his guilt was not just his birth but also his potential mind. The thoughts he may have in the future, his future Palestinian self.

Finally, after being made to wait around for the majority of the day, the Palestinian lawyers then enter into negotiations with the ‘Prosecutor’. Often there is no evidence presented. No pictures, no finger prints, no witness statements. Just that ever present Green I.D. card symbolising they are a Palestinian.

The Shabak’s file is empty bar the hastily typed up ‘evidence’ paper, usually a side of A4. They rely solely on forcing a confession from the kidnapped Palestinian during the hours and days they are held with no access to a lawyer, family, or human contact (other than the sleep-depriving interrogation sessions).

The Prosecutor hands the piece of paper, the evidence, to the guilty parties lawyer. The first time he’s seen the ‘evidence’. It is at this point the bargaining begins, like a leather handbag in a souk market. The ‘evidence’ usually constitutes a few lines on the A4 sheet with vague claims by the Shabak (stone throwing, molotov cocktails being thrown, etc.) perhaps some, again, vague, claims by another Palestinian they witnessed the client do something against the illegal Occupation, but the majority relies on the ‘confession’ – obtained un-recorded and with no representation for the guilty.

Despite nothing that would constituent anything like ‘evidence’ the Palestinian lawyer knows that it is a case of degrees of guilt – there is still the evidence of their birth certificate. The Prosecutor offers an immediate release with the payment of thousands of dollars into an Israeli bank account. The Palestinian lawyer haggles and gets it down to $750 and release in 7 days. The handbag is secured to the satisfaction of the seller and the consumer. A total of 15 days in prison for the crime of being Palestinian this time.

Then comes the Court process. Everything is computerised and a tailor-made Apartheid computer programme logs all the documents and transcription of the events. The prisoners are brought in handcuffed and legs shackled, with the handcuffs being removed in Court. If they are lucky, as the Prosecutor shuffles papers, they can call across to their family, seated about 10 metres away. Two family members who have traveled to the Court and waited in the heat for the long hours for a few minutes glimpse of their kidnapped son. A son they have been unable to see since his kidnapping.

As the Prosecutor reads out the indictment and deal to the Judge in Hebrew, a disinterested young soldier halfheartedly translates into Arabic to the prisoner. All the while his back is turned to him and he’s seated 5 metres away.

As the Prosecutor continues reading out the agreement for the benefit of the transcriber and the computer system, the Palestinian lawyer takes the opportunity to finally talk to his client. The first opportunity to do so. In whispered tones, there is no private room for a client-lawyer meeting, the lawyer explains the deal, gives his advice and presses the prisoner for an answer. All in the space of the few minutes it takes for the Prosecutor to read out their three-paragraphs of ‘evidence’ and state the deal to the Judge.

The prisoner gives his lawyer the nod and the deal is struck for is partial freedom, a return to the slightly larger open-air prison of the West Bank area of Palestine. $750 and 15 days of a young mans life the cost of this barter. We leave with the satisfaction you feel when you have only paid 60% of the original asking price from the trader in the souk, leather handbag secured.

Next is a young man to which the Palestinian lawyer is allowed no access to the file detailing his additional guilt. The Shabak are asking for administrative detention (AD). The bargaining begins again.

The lawyer is able to secure an agreement that the young man serve 15 months and an assurance that this will not be amended to become an AD order. The young man is informed, again, in the few minutes his lawyer is able to whisper to him the deal and his advice while the Prosecutor reads out the deal to the Judge. The young man does not appear to have the same happy disposition about this trade, is he going to gamble…. I few more whispers and he announces his hand, he’s going to ‘stick’. Deal done. The House is happy. That’s one less AD statistic for Apartheid Israel, neatly slotted into the category of sentenced prisoners, and the implication of justice that column implies. He wasn’t a gambler.

We are all left wondering how the Shabak can be so sure that this young man will be ‘rehabilitated’ from his unknown crimes in 15 months time. Or whether for this young man the crime of being Palestinian was 15 months taken from his life.

Next in a young Palestinian man that is doubly guilty – he’s accused of being Hamas. As his mother weeps in the corner of the Court and he tries to give her a reassuring smile, the Prosecutor needs more time. Doesn’t look like this guilty one was prepared to confess to his crimes. A little more time and persuasion is needed and the Judge duly agrees.

And as we left the Court, and the prisoners were transported back, via international private companies, to prisons inside the ’48 territories in violation of international law, we wondered how many bullets today’s fines paid for and what the ever-changing sentences would be for tomorrows guilty Palestinians.

Notes:

  1. The volunteer has a legal background in their home country.
  2. Administrative detainees are arrested by the Israeli Occupying Forces on the basis of Military Order 1226 – the order which empowers military commanders to detain an individual for up to six months if they have “reasonable grounds to presume that the security of the area or public security require the detention.”
  3. On or just before the expiry date, the detention order is frequently renewed. This process can be continued indefinitely. There is no explicit limit for a maximum amount of time an individual may be detained, leaving room for indefinite detention.
  4. Detainees are not informed of the reasons of their detention; neither are their lawyers.
  5. It is unknown how many detainees agreed to deals to a fixed term imprisonment instead of being held under administrative detention, but were still unable to see the file or charges against them.
  6. 750,000 – 800,000 Palestinian men, women and children have been prosecuted in Israeli military courts since 1967.
  7. Over 99% of cases in the military courts end in conviction.
  8. Dual Israeli legal systems operate in the West Bank. Palestinians (in Gaza and the West Bank areas of Palestine) are prosecuted in military courts, whereas Israelis settlers are prosecuted in civilian courts, with far greater rights and protections.
Palestinian cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali's Handala.

Palestinian cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali’s Handala.

 

 

07/08/14: Zwata village attacked by the Israeli Army

Late on Wednesday evening, through to the early hours of Thursday morning 7 jeeps invaded the village of Zwata. Firing sound bombs and volleys of tear gas at the sleeping village 6 villagers were injured from the tear gas and 4 from the sound bombs as they bravely tried to defend the village against the attack.

The Army attempted to attack homes and kidnap villagers, but with the youth’s brave defense they were unsuccessful.

Villages and cities across the West Bank area of Palestine are regularly invaded and Palestinians kidnapped and held in Israeli Apartheid prisons. SFP implores those that have taken to the streets in the last few weeks in support of Palestine, and specifically the Gaza area, to stay on the streets until all of Palestine is free and the refugees are able to return home.

N.B. SFP activists present during the invasion supplied this report.

لا لم يتم القبض على اي شخص

على ساعه 12 ونص لل 1 ونص

7 جبات اسرائيليه تداهم قرية زواتا و 6 اصابات بالمسيل الدموع و ضرب 4 صوتيات

وقام جيش الاحتلال الاسرائيلي بتفتيش بعض منازل القرية التي تقع بالقرب من منطقه الواد بجانب الشارع الالتفافي وقامو بتفتيش الكاميرات التي تقع في منطقة الواد ل يعرفو من كان يضع عبوات ناسفة ع شارع الالتفافي

وتم ابلاغ عائلة ابو نمر بأن يكونو في بيتهم الذي في منطقة الواد و قامو عائله ابو نمر بالذهاب الي منزلهم الذي لم يعمر بعد وقامو بسألهم اكم سؤال وروحوهم وقام قائد المنطقه يحكي انه لا يريد مشاكل مع اهالي القرية و الرجاء من الشبان الانسحاب فورا لكن الشبان تصدو لهم وقام جيش الاحتلال بالانسحاب

Brave youth defending the village against the attacking Israeli Army

Brave youth defending the village against the attacking Israeli Army

Israeli soldiers inside the village

Israeli soldiers inside the village

Brave youth preparing to defend the village against the attacking Israeli Army

Brave youth preparing to defend the village against the attacking Israeli Army

Aftermath of the invasion with rocks strewn across the street as the youth bravely defended the village

Aftermath of the invasion with rocks strewn across the street as the youth bravely defended the village

Ambulance crews trying to reach the injured

Ambulance crews trying to reach the injured

Ambulance crews trying to reach the injured

Ambulance crews trying to reach the injured

Brave youth preparing to defend the village against the attacking Israeli Army

Brave youth preparing to defend the village against the attacking Israeli Army

Two of the volleys of tear gas fired at villagers and homes

Two of the volleys of tear gas fired at villagers and homes

Ambulance crews trying to reach the injured

Ambulance crews trying to reach the injured

Invading Israeli Army in Zwarta 07/08/14

Invading Israeli Army in Zwarta 07/08/14