Israeli soldiers carry a Palestinian protester as they detain him during clashes at a demonstration against the closure of Shuhada street to Palestinians, in the West Bank city of Hebron on February 21, 2014. Hundreds of protesters, including foreign activists, gathered on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of the closure of the street, which was closed by the Israeli army in 1994. The closure was after the Hebron mosque massacre by Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli settler, who went on a rampage inside Al Ibrahimi Mosque, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers. (Source)
At about 6:30 A.M. this morning, Israeli military forces and Civil Administration personnel arrived at the Palestinian community of Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah in the northern Jordan Valley. They then proceeded to demolish all of the community’s buildings, thereby rendering homeless the entire population – three families comprised of 10 adults and 15 minors. The residents have been left with no shelter for themselves or their livestock in the harsh winter weather conditions. The Israeli military also demolished the only water-pipe available to the residents.
The photographs were taken by B’Tselem field researcher Atef Abu A-Rub. The first photograph [above] was taken some two weeks before the demolition, on 23.12.13, and shows the residents of Karzaliyah, ‘Atiya Fathi Kassem Bani Minieh, against the backdrop of the community. The rest of the photographs were taken on the morning of the demolition, 8.1.14. After photographing, A-Rub was detained by soldiers at the Hamra checkpoint for over an hour. He reported hearing the soldiers tell each other that he was detained because he was filming.
Interesting section of an interview with scholar Ilan Pappe:
The Palestinians in Israel are discriminated on 3 levels. The first is legal. By law, the fact that you are Palestinian means that you have fewer rights than a Jew. The most important law in this regard is the law on land ownership. According to the Israeli law, the land in Israel belongs to the Jewish people and them only. As a non-Jew, you are not allowed to trade or to purchase land and we are talking about 93% of the land. That’s why the Palestinians can’t grow and expand within Israel. Other laws do not specifically talk about the Palestinians, this is an old Israeli trick. The law says that if you have not served in the army you cannot have full rights as a student for example. You won’t get student’s subsidies, health services allowances, social security et al. All those things that the Western countries try to give to their citizens come with the precondition of military service in Israel. It is a trick because the Israelis do not want the Palestinians to serve in the army, in fact they are not allowed even if they would want to. There is an exception when it comes to Orthodox Jews, they do not serve in the army but they are not discriminated because they have a special annex to the Israeli budget. The Orthodox Jews get the money that the state would have used if they would have served in the army. So, Israeli law speaks for itself because it says that if you are Palestinian, you are a second-class citizen. Continue reading ‘Ilan Pappé: “The Zionist goal from the very beginning was to have as much of Palestine as possible with as few Palestinians in it as possible”’
Hacking group Anonymous announced that they have launched an operation with intent of “erasing Israel from cyberspace”. Their modus operandi is to target Israeli websites and online services by either defacement or DDOS (denial of service) attacks in order to disrupt them. The following is their official statement regarding their #OperationIsrael declaration. Continue reading ‘Hackers target Israeli government websites’