As part of the ongoing suppression of cultural and political activities in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), the Occupation authorities have closed off the Orient House for the past 20 years in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
Israeli settler came from Hawaii to settle on stolen land
Why did you come here?
"Just because I like the place, it’s nice".
Who owns the land?
"God, I don’t know"
This is what Nadav, an illegal Israeli settler who came all the way from Hawaii to settle in an illegal outpost built on Palestinian land in Yasuf (Salfit), told a journalist as Palestinians were harvesting their land which is near the outpost. The farmers lost 100 olive trees this year in that area due to settler attacks on their land. Via @khaled.abuqare
Israeli Settlers helping themselves to what does not belong to them
B'Tselem volunteer Adham a-Johari, a resident of Qaryut, came to his land on Monday after coordinating his arrival with the military, which allows Palestinians to harvest olives on their land only several days a year, and discovered a settler stealing his olives. The soldiers and Border Police officers who were present at the scene did nothing to stop the theft and let the settler leave with the fruit and equipment he had stolen. In addition, 11 mature olive trees, some of which were more than 20 years old, were uprooted in their entirety and stolen.
The New Campaign to Smear Palestinian Human Rights Defenders as Terrorists In a move that has been condemned as an effort to discredit Palestinian rights organizations, the Israeli government has designated six as “terror organizations.”
By Mohammed El-Kurd
In an authoritarian and repressive move, the Israeli regime has issued a military order designating six leading Palestinian civil society and human rights groups as “terror organizations.” Citing expansive and characteristically anti-Palestinian terror legislation, the Israeli Defense Ministry accused these organizations of being affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and of plotting “the destruction of Israel.” News of the move, which took place on October 19, began spreading earlier today.
The six organizations are the Palestine branch of Defense for Children International (DCI-P), Al-Haq, Addameer for Prisoner Support and Human Rights, the Bisan Center, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, and Union of Agricultural Work Committees. (Notably, the Samidoun Prisoner Solidarity Network was also slammed with a “terrorist” designation in February.) The move effectively outlaws their activities and puts their staffers at risk of prosecution.
Both the Palestinian public and the International Community rely heavily on all of these organizations for data and analysis about human rights abuses faced by Palestinians throughout the region. Al Haq, for instance, is a human rights organization that, in its own words, “documents violations of the individual and collective rights of Palestinians” in occupied Palestine, “irrespective of the identity of the perpetrator.” It works closely with the United Nations and other international organizations and has received numerous awards, including the Carter-Menil Human Rights Foundation Prize.
While groups dedicated to protecting Palestinian lives and rights have long endured a pattern of attacks on their right to advocate and even exist—most recently, in the form of the draconian 2016 “Counter-Terrorism” Law, which replaces and expands British colonial anti-dissent legislation—the Israeli occupation authority’s criminalization of Palestinian civil society organizations has intensified in recent months. Specifically, it comes as an extension of the far-reaching crackdown on political organizing and speech following the May 2021 Uprising.
As Adalah, the legal justice organization, said in a statement: “These groups are among the most prominent human rights organizations in Palestine that daily challenge and expose severe violations of human rights before the international community. Their designation as terrorist organizations fits totalitarian and colonial regimes and constitutes political persecution under the pretext of anti-terrorism legislation as it puts thousands of Palestinians in direct and immediate danger.”
Indeed, months before this decision, these organizations and their employees faced repeated attacks meant to stifle all criticism of the Israeli regime, let alone resistance to it. In July, Israeli occupation forces raided the office of Defense for Children International–Palestine in Ramallah, seizing the organization’s computers and vandalizing its security cameras. DCI-P’s work is to provide child protection and accountability against human rights abuses, reporting mainly on the routine Israeli killing of Palestinian children in the Occupied West Bank. In a statement responding to the military order, DCI-P rejected the “terrorist” designation as “another unjust action by Israeli authorities to criminalize and eliminate our lawful human rights and child protection work.” It continued, “We defend Palestinian children in the Israeli military courts and expose grave violations against Palestinian children at the hands of Israeli forces.”
The Israeli occupation forces also raided the offices of the Union of Agricultural Work and ordered it closed for six months. The Palestinian Minister of Agriculture, Riad Al Atari, characterized this raid as “an integral part of the Occupation’s continuous attempt to weaken and ultimately destroy the agricultural sector in Palestine.”
In a joint statement, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International declared this decision, which comes from the Israeli regime’s new “change” government, “an attack by the Israeli government on the international human rights movement.” The statement emphasized the decades of “repressive” Israeli efforts to “systemically muzzle human rights monitoring.”
The absurdity of this decision to criminalize human rights defenders by smearing them as terrorists must not overshadow the real and immediate risk they face as a result. The military order gives Israeli authorities the power to arrest or jail staffers as well close their offices and seize their assets. It also “prohibits funding or even publicly expressing support for their activities,” according to Human Rights Watch.
Diala Shamas, a human rights lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, provided perhaps the most effective “translation of these orders” in a tweet earlier today. “After years of unsuccessful efforts to persuade, or bully European and US donors and allies to defund and discredit Palestinian human rights defenders,” she wrote, “the Israeli govt gives up and just criminalized them under Israeli law.”
While you are living your life, having breakfast in the morning, and taking a walk whenever you want to, maybe going to the beach if you feel like it, Miqdad and other prisoners in Israeli prisons are QUITE LITERALLY dying for their basic human rights. Their rights to be free and to be treated with dignity. Administrative detention is not legal. The occupation is not legal. None of what's happening to us is legal.
Kayed Fasfous, Miqdad Qawasmeh, Alaa Al Araj, Hisham Abu Hawash, Shadi Abu Aker and Ayyad Hraimi are on hunger strike in protest of their administrative detention without charge or trial in the occupation jails.
The Palestinian prisoner Miqdad Qawasmeh continues his open hunger strike for the 93 days in protest of his administrative detention without charge or trial. He looks like 150 years old " Meqdad's mother said.
Today, Israeli occupation forces demolished and confiscated the solidarity tent in Al Mufagarah. The tent were built in the village to receive the solidarity groups especially after the brutal barbarian attack on the people a month ago. Then they moved down and destroyed a road and a water pipe irrigate more than 17 villages in Massfer Yatta.
The Israeli Occupation Forces are using the fortified watchtowers they built in Bab Al-Amoud Square in al-Quds (Jerusalem) to carry out their brutality and aggression against Palestinians, particularly the youth. Inside these towers, members of the Occupation police deliberately beat and search young Palestinians while humiliating and degrading them.
In early 2018, the Israeli Occupation built three fortified military towers around Bab Al-Amoud, a neighborhood where the majority of Palestinians have to pass through in order to get to the Old Town.
The construction of the towers was part of the Israeli Minister of Internal Security plan to “increase the safety” of Bab Al-Amoud soldiers. Its construction was accompanied by the installation of dozens of cameras around the area.
Since its construction, the Israeli Occupation Forces took advantage of these rooms, where there are no surveillance cameras, in order to forcibly attack young Palestinians. This includes beating them with the stocks of their rifles, blasting them with pepper spray, and assaulting them directly.
Israel escalates surveillance of Palestinians with facial recognition program in West Bank
New reporting by the Washington Post reveals an alarming escalation in Israel’s surveillance of Palestinians: The Israeli military has created a database of the general Palestinian population using facial recognition technology in order to track, detain, and further violate the rights of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. Here's what you need to know.
By Elizabeth Dwoskin
Yesterday at 2:00 a.m. EST
HEBRON, West Bank — The Israeli military has been conducting a broad surveillance effort in the occupied West Bank to monitor Palestinians by integrating facial recognition with a growing network of cameras and smartphones, according to descriptions of the program by recent Israeli soldiers.
The surveillance initiative, rolled out over the past two years, involves in part a smartphone technology called Blue Wolf that captures photos of Palestinians’ faces and matches them to a database of images so extensive that one former soldier described it as the army’s secret “Facebook for Palestinians.” The phone app flashes in different colors to alert soldiers if a person is to be detained, arrested or left alone.
To build the database used by Blue Wolf, soldiers competed last year in photographing Palestinians, including children and the elderly, with prizes for the most pictures collected by each unit. The total number of people photographed is unclear but, at a minimum, ran well into the thousands.
The surveillance program was described in interviews conducted by The Post with two former Israeli soldiers and in separate accounts that they and four other recently discharged soldiers gave to the Israeli advocacy group Breaking the Silence and were later shared with The Post. Much of the program has not been previously reported. While the Israeli military has acknowledged the existence of the initiative in an online brochure, the interviews with former soldiers offer the first public description of the program’s scope and operations.
In addition to Blue Wolf, the Israeli military has installed face-scanning cameras in the divided city of Hebron to help soldiers at checkpoints identify Palestinians even before they present their ID cards. A wider network of closed-circuit television cameras, dubbed “Hebron Smart City,” provides real-time monitoring of the city’s population and, one former soldier said, can sometimes see into private homes.
The former soldiers who were interviewed for this article and who spoke with Breaking the Silence, an advocacy group composed of Israeli army veterans that opposes the occupation, discussed the surveillance program on the condition of anonymity for fear of social and professional repercussions. The group says it plans to publish its research.
They said they were told by the military that the efforts were a powerful augmentation of its capabilities to defend Israel against terrorists. But the program also demonstrates how surveillance technologies that are hotly debated in Western democracies are already being used behind the scenes in places where people have fewer freedoms.
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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