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In many countries around the world, schools have resumed in September. Millions of students are unable to access their schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Palestine, particularly in the Jordan Valley, thousands of students face other challenges than the pandemic that hamper their access to proper education: Israeli apartheid regime.

In the Jordan Valley, which is designated as Area ‘C’ under full Israeli control according to the Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, Palestinian Bedouin communities are denied their right to education. Israeli apartheid and de facto annexation practices and policies prohibit Over 38 communities in the area from construction, including the erection of schools and kindergartens. Any schools and kindergartens in the targeted communities are subject to demolition by the Israeli occupation authorities.

In this report we address the following:

  • A profile of threatened schools in the Jordan Valley
  • Israeli violence against Palestinian students
  • Law at the service of a viscous apartheid regime
  • Israeli infringement on International Law
  • Call to action
READ FULL REPORT HERE

To defy Israeli apartheid practices against Bedouin communities there, Stop the Wall together with civil society organizations and popular groups formed a coalition and launched the Right to Education Campaign. The Palestine New Federation of Trade Unions also endorses the campaign as part of its struggle against Israeli exploitation of Palestinian children who are deprived of access to proper education and end up as cheap wage labor for Israeli corporations.  

Through the Campaign:

  • We advocate for the right to education of the Palestinians in the Jordan Valley in order to defy Israel’s intensified de facto and planned de jure annexation of the Jordan Valley.
  • We believe that the education of the new generation is a crucial effort to bring hope, strengthen determination and develop a vision for the future exactly where Israel plans to vanish us from the land.
  • We believe that supporting Palestinian right to education there cannot be fulfilled without dismantling the entire regime of Israeli apartheid that ethnically cleanses Palestinians from their lands.
READ FULL REPORT HERE

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The first day of the high-level General Debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76) kicks off today. It comes amidst an intensified Israeli ethnic cleansing campaign of Palestinians in Jerusalem and other parts of Palestine.

To bring to light the urgency of taking concrete steps by the United Nations to hold Israel accountable for its crimes, mainly by investigating its apartheid regime, we have released a short film that highlights Israeli apartheid practices in Jerusalem to ethnically cleanse Palestinians.

WATCH THE FILM HERE

A major theme in the General Debate, which will continue to take place until September 27, 2021 is ‘building resilience through hope’ as well as revitalizing the United Nations. There will be no hope of a more resilient and just world as long as member states in the UN like Israel continue to be a threat to the entire framework of human rights by imposing a decades-long system of apartheid on millions of Palestinians.

To revitalize the UN and take hope from it, the UNGA 76 must be a space in which world governments act to investigate and dismantle Israeli apartheid regime.

To do justice to our long-standing struggle for self-determination, join in the BDS call on the UN General Assembly to investigate apartheid Israel:

  • Sign the BDS E-Action and send an email to the President of the UNGA and Secretary General of the UN demanding #UNInvestigateApartheid.
  • Share the E-Action on social media and flood the platform with the hashtags of #UNInvestigateApartheid, #UNGA76 and tag @UN.

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39 years passed after Israel, in cooperation with the Lebanese phalanges, committed the massacre of Sabra and Shatila. We remember the horrific crime with the same intensity of pain and sorrow as if it has just happened as justice has never been done to the thousands of women, men and children who were slaughtered with cold blood by holding the perpetrators accountable.

With eyes full of tears, we continue to mourn every life lost to Israel’s malicious violence as it, with total impunity never stops from committing more crimes against the Palestinian people inside Palestine and in the diaspora, by denying those in the diaspora the right to return to their homes, from which they were expelled when Israel was created in 1948.

In the following three graphics, we share with you some facts about the atrocities Israel and the phalanges did against Palestinians in the refugee camp of Sabra and Shatila:

Help us honor every Palestinian killed in the refugee camp of Sabra and Shatila on September, 16, 1982 by joining the BDS call on the UN General Assembly to investigate apartheid Israel:

  • Sign the BDS E-Action and send an email to the President of the UNGA and Secretary General of the UN demanding #UNInvestigateApartheid.
  • Share the E-Action on social media and flood the platform with the hashtags of #UNInvestigateApartheid, #UNGA76 and tag @UN.

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Five days after searching for the six escaped Palestinian prisoners, the Israeli occupation arrested four of them on September 10th and 11th.

The re-arrested prisoners Mohammed Ardah (39), Mahmoud Ardah (46), Zakariya Zubaidi (46), and Yaqoub Qadri (49) have been subject to severe torture by Israeli interrogators, since the first moment of arrest.

Only today after midnight both Mohammed and Mahmoud Ardah were allowed to see their lawyers while Zakariya and Yaqoub are still denied access to their lawyers.

Khaled and Raslan Mahajnah, the lawyers of Mohammed and Mahmoud Ardah stated that the two inmates have been subject to horrific and painful torture.

Khaled Mahajnah stated that “Mohammed was stripped off his clothes while he was interrogated in the Nazareth Prison.” Mohammed, Mahajnah added, “has been interrogated by twenty Israeli interrogators in a small room for long hours while he was handcuffed. Israeli interrogators banged his head on the floor and still deny him treatment. Mohammed also suffers from wounds all over his body.”

According to Zakariya’s brother, during interrogation after he was re-arrested earlier this week, Zakariya was electrocuted, severely beaten, his leg broken and hung upright from his broken leg.  Due to this, Zakariya was transferred to hospital as his health condition deteriorated.

Images showing four of the self-liberated prisoners when they were re-arrested.

The four captured prisoners have been denied food, sleep, food and water for days. Only yesterday, Mohammed and Mahmoud were offered some food.  

Our hope of freedom terrifies Israel

For Israel, the prison break has rendered its surveillance and colonial apparatuses surmountable.

Over the course of a year, the six inmates, led by Mahmoud who planned for the escape, could widen a 25-meter-long tunnel in cell number ‘5’ in the prison of Gilboa. On September 6, they escaped through that hole leaving Israel in a state of perplexity, humiliation and shock over how they could find their way to freedom from its maximum-security prison.  

The miraculous escape of six prisoners, who are now in the eyes of Palestinians legendary heroes, has only instilled hope in every Palestinian that we have the power to turn the table on our colonizers and rid ourselves of a decades-long apartheid regime that humiliates and dehumanizes us.

It is the sense of hope that freedom is within our reach is what Israel relentlessly seeks to curb through its violence.

Israeli retaliation measures to regain its omnipotent image in the minds of every Palestinian extended to escalate the subjugation of the 4650 other prisoners who are languishing in its colonial dungeons, as well as the Palestinian people who are caught in its larger prison of the West Bank Bantustans at large.

Inside its colonial jails, the Israeli occupation increased its violent raids of the prisoners’ cells. Some of the inmates who used to be imprisoned in Gilboa have been harshly beaten when they were transferred from Gilboa prison to Israel’s other jails.  

Outside the walls of its jails, the  Israeli occupation has put the West Bank under a ruthless military closure through the hundreds of military checkpoints punctuating the underdeveloped Bantustans of the West Bank; which only reminds of the fact that everywhere under Israeli apartheid rule, all Palestinians are imprisoned; the only difference is that some prisons are less dreadful than others depending on the level of resistance, with Israeli colonial jails as the worst of the prisons it constructed to force the Palestinian people to live in.

In spite of the escalated violence, Palestinians are still glorifying in Israeli humiliation for a number of reasons:

First, Ayham Kamamji and Mundael Infiaat, who were among the escaped prisoners are still free although Israel has spread its surveillance and military apparatuses across the West Bank and Palestinian towns that are part of present-day Israel. Every moment that passes while the two fugitives are not in Israel’s clutches represent a hammer blow to these apparatuses.

Second, the four captured prisoners have shown incredible sumoud [Arabic: steadfastness] during interrogation. According to their lawyers, the four inmates rejected all the accusations they are being accused of, mainly that they were planning to commit a ‘terrorist attack’ against the Israeli occupation.

Despite his pain, Mohammed keeps responding to the interrogators that during the five days of freedom, “I only walked through the roads of my occupied country for five days. I was hoping to meet my mother. This trip was enough to make up for all the years (22 years) of my detention.”

Mohammed and Mahmoud asserted to the lawyers that the torture they have been enduring for days has failed to deprive them of the sense of joy they feel since they have self-liberated themselves.

Third, the has jailbreak reinforced the sense of unity between Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, the West Bank and 1948 Palestine (present-day Israel). We have all been rallying and chanting slogans that glorify our prisoners and call for ending Israeli oppression.

A protest by Palestinian citizens of Israel in Nazareth a day after capturing four of the fugitives

Israel has tried to disrupt this sense of unity among Palestinians by spreading rumors through its media, another of its colonial institutions, that Zakariya, Mohammed, Mahmoud and Yaqoub were captured through the help of Palestinian citizens of Israel; which the prisoners asserted as yet another Israeli lie.

It is this unity that fuels the four inmates’ with the sense of sumoud during interrogation.  Mahmoud told his lawyer that when he and his fellow prisoners saw Palestinian citizens of Israel rallying in front of an Israeli court in in which they appeared on Sunday in the city of Nazareth, they were moved. He added, “they lifted our spirits up.”

#UNInvestigateApartheid now!

The ill-treatment of Palestinian political prisoners is in grave violation of the Third Geneva Convention as they are war prisoners. Article 13 of the convention states,

“Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated. Any unlawful act or omission by the Detaining Power causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited, and will be regarded as a serious breach of the present Convention […] prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity. Measures of reprisal against prisoners of war are prohibited.”

It is the responsibility of the international community to ensure that International Law is respected as regards to Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.

Moreover, Israeli subjugation of the entire Palestinian population, including prisoners is an integral part of its apartheid structure that has been in place since decades.

The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which started yesterday coincides with Israel’s intensified efforts to solidify its apartheid regime to fulfill its settler colonial objectives on our land by subduing our resistance to its oppression and by punishing us collectively.

This only asserts the urgency for the UN to investigate Israeli apartheid and reactivate the apartheid mechanisms against Israel to hold it accountable for its long-standing crimes against us.

  

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“What shall I do if I give birth while I am away from you? How will I ago through this experience while I am in prison and alone.” This message was voiced by pregnant Palestinian prisoner Anhar Deek, 25; in a letter she sent to her family as she is approaching her due date to give birth to her second child.   

In the letter, Anhar addresses the international community appealing them to release her from jail saying, “ I implore everyone with a conscience to speak up and demand my freedom.”

Speaking about the terrible conditions of Israeli jails that will be detrimental to her and her baby’s health, Anhar adds,

“The prison is not ready for birth or rearing a child because the conditions here are incredibly poor… How would it be for a child to be born and reared here if we adults are afraid? I’m suffering from pregnancy sadness and weariness, and my bed isn’t even fit for sleeping.

Anhar is from the village of Kufr Ni’ma, Ramallah district. The Israeli occupation forces arrested her on March 8th, 2021 near Mount Al-Raysan, where there were peaceful protests against Israeli seizure of Palestinian lands in the area.

Although she was pregnant at the moment of detention, the Israeli occupation forces brutally abused Anhar leaving bruises on her face.

Since then, Anhar has been held in custody without a trial and denied to see her family, whom she misses, especially her twenty-month-old daughter Julia, which was expressed in her latest letter:

“I miss Julia a lot. My heart hurts me for her; I wish I can embrace her and hold her close to my heart. The pain I feel cannot be translated into words.”  

After giving birth to her second child, Anhar stated in the letter that Israeli jailors will hold them both in solitary confinement.

Anhar’s family has sent an appeal to rights groups to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities to release Anhar before her due date to get the medical care she needs when she gives birth to her child.

Anhar will not be the first and as Israel is not yet held accountable for its crimes against Palestinians, she will not be the last to give birth in poor medical conditions while she is handcuffed.

Along with Anhar, there are 42 female prisoners enduring ill-treatment on a daily basis in Israeli jails; some are mothers longing to be with their children, while others are sick suffering different health problems. In addition to the female prisoners, there are about 4700 male prisoners, including 200 children and 550 administrative detainees, held without a trial.

Currently, there are around five Palestinian prisoners who have been carrying out a hunger strike since weeks to protest their administrative detention and call for their immediate release.

The Israeli occupation uses mass arbitrary detention of Palestinians as a tool to repress and control the Palestinian people at large. Through this Israel suppresses Palestinians’ will to bring an end to long-standing Israeli oppression, apartheid, colonization of their lands and dehumanization.

In recent months, particularly during and in the aftermath of the Unity Uprising of May, Israel has intensified its arrest campaign of Palestinians across all the territories under its control, including Palestinian citizens of Israel. In one of its latest arrest raids on Tuesday, August 24th, the Israeli occupation killed Imad Hashash, 16, while they were violently storming Balata Refugee Camp, Nablus to arrest other Palestinians there.

The murder of Imad shows that Israeli arrest of Palestinians costs them not only their freedom and dignity but also the loss of lives.

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On Sunday, August 15, the deadline for 49 homes in Al Bustan neighbourhood, in Silwan, Jerusalem, expires. The Palestinian families had been ordered to demolish their homes before then.  

Amany Odeh, a dentist and a mother of two, is one of the people that may lose their home any time after August 15: 

They want to force us to demolish the house with our hands; something we refuse to do. My parents’ home faces a similar destiny as mine. They want to empty the neighborhood from its Palestinian inhabitants. This amounts to mass forcible expulsion.”

Please help us to mobilize public opinion and your governments to avoid the destruction of more lives. Take Action Now See below what you can do.

Al Bustan neighborhood lies at the heart of Silwan. On its 70 dunams (appr. 17 acres) of land, live about 1550 people. 97 of their homes are threatened with demolition.

On the ruins of Palestinian homes in Al Bustan, the Israeli occupation authorities will create a ‘biblical garden’. Officially, the Jerusalem Municipality has changed the name of the neighborhood from Al Bustan to the ‘Garden of King David.’ 

Read more about Silwan and Al Bustan.

Israel’s policies in Jerusalem are an integral part of its settler colonial project, which it promotes by implementing a vicious apartheid regime against the entire Palestinian people.

Palestinians in Jerusalem are subjected to repression and denial of social, political, cultural and human rights in order to guarantee the supremacy of Jewish-Israeli citizens anywhere in Jerusalem over the indigenous population. 

Read more about Israel’s policies of ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem. #RaiseYourVoice for Al Bustan:
  • Send a letter to your consulates to the Palestinian Authority and Israel urging them to urgently visit Al Bustan and demand Israel cancels all the demolition orders as part of their obligation to uphold International Law and Human Rights. Please see a sample letter below.
  • Tag and contact your representatives in the parliament/congress and call on them to immediately denounce the ethnic cleansing of the families in Al Bustan and Jerusalem and exert pressure on their governments to take urgent, concrete and effective action. Please see sample tweets below.
  • Before and on August, flood the social media platforms with the #SaveSilwan  #RaiseYourVoice and #MakeNoiseForSilwan hashtags and share messages from Al Bustan that we will share on our twitter, instagram and Facebook.
Sample letter

Dear [INSERT NAME OF CONSULATE],

On August 15, deadline for self-demolition of 49 homes in Al Bustan neighbourhood in Silwan, occupied East Jerusalem, expires. Families are then every day awaiting the destruction of their homes and lives and their forcible expulsion from Al Bustan. 

The imminent destruction of the homes, which are over half of the 97 homes currently under demolition procedures in Al Bustan, is in violation of the IV Geneva Convention, which prohibits the destruction of private property, the forcible transfer of a population, or the evictions of residents under occupation, among others. 

Israel’s policies in Jerusalem are an integral part of its settler colonial project, which has installed a vicious apartheid regime against the entire Palestinian people. The expropriation of people and communities and the denial of residency rights on racial basis is a core element of the crime of apartheid and yet another move of trampling on International Law.

Israeli apartheid policies have been green-lit thanks to the long-standing silence and complicity of the international community. In violation of international law, institutions, corporations and states continue to economically, politically and militarily aid and assist Israel in the abuse of Palestinian human rights.

This also includes organizations run by illegal settlers and/or founded in order to enable and promote Israel’s illegal settlement policies. Some of them may hold charitable status in our country as they operate mainly with foreign funding and collect money abroad.

As you represent our country, I ask you to move beyond words of condemnation, demand Israel to immediately cancel the demolition orders and urgently visit the locations. Your presence is an important witness and represents a message of respect for Palestinian human rights and International Law.

Sincerely yours,

Sample tweets

(1) to consulates:

  • On August 15, Israel’s Supreme Court is expected to expel 4 Palestinian families from their homes in #SheikhJarrah. I want to see you [@tag your consulate to Palestine/Israel] in court to stop Israeli prosecution of Palestinian families. #SaveSilwan #RaiseYourVoice.
  • Our country has been complicit in entrenching Israeli apartheid regime. [@tag your consulate to Palestine/Israel], end this complicity and be with the Palestinian families from #Silwan that may lose their homes starting August 15. #SaveSilwan #RaiseYourVoice.
  • .[@tag consulate to Palestine/Israel], say NO to Israeli apartheid policies and take effective action to stop the demolition of 49 Palestinian homes in #Silwan, Jerusalem. #SaveSilwan #RaiseYourVoice.

(2) to representatives in congress/parliaments:

  • Silence towards Israeli crimes against Palestinians emboldens Israel to violate the rights of Palestinian families to their homes in #Silwan, Jerusalem. [@tag your rep.] Pressure Israel to stop the destruction of another 49 homes. #SaveSilwan #RaiseYourVoice
  • On August 15, 49 Palestinian homes in #Silwan are up for demolition, the families to be thrown out into the streets. Do your duty towards human rights and demand our country ends its complicity. #SaveSilwan #RaiseYourVoice

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Israel’s Supreme Court is set to decide on the imminent forcible ethnic displacement of Al-Askafi, Al-Ja’ouni, Al-Qasem and Al-Kurd families from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on August 2nd.

As we are well aware that Israeli courts are nothing more than institutions to enforce and consolidate apartheid and settler colonial policies against our people, we count on international solidarity to support the steadfastness of the families by mobilizing your governments to take action.

The families, comprising six households, have appealed to the Supreme Court after they lost the appeal of their forcible expulsion in the Jerusalem District Court in favor of Nahalat Shimon International, the settler organization that falsely claims ownership of the families’ homes.

The four families are among the 28 families, numbering about 550 people threatened with forcible expulsion in Sheikh Jarrah amid a decades-long campaign waged against them by settler groups. 

The looming expulsion of the four families is part of a larger plan to Judaize occupied East Jerusalem as taking over Palestinian property in Sheikh Jarrah allows the Israeli occupation to tighten its control over the Old City of Jerusalem and its surrounding areas.  

The families expect that the Supreme Court, an institution of apartheid, will rule in favor of the settler group; especially after the Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit refused to submit a legal opinion to the Supreme Court on the forcible expulsion case of the four families arguing that “the Palestinian families’ case is too weak and that his legal (the AG) opinion would not be able to prevent their pending eviction from the East Jerusalem neighborhood.”

The families’ case is not weak because they lack the documents proving Palestinian ownership of the land on which their homes are built; rather, the families’ cases are weakened by Israel’s apartheid  regime that backs settler groups like Nahalat Shimon. and has instituted a discriminatory legal system as part of its settler colonial and apartheid apparatus. , The sole purpose of the entire structure is to ethnically cleanse Palestinians and take over their property and land.

For Palestinians of Sheikh Jarrah, the month of August conjures bitter memories of the forcible expulsion of the Hannoun and Al-Ghawi families twelve years ago when Israeli colonial forces threw them out into the streets on August 4th, 2009 and replaced them with illegal Jewish settlers.

We call on you to support the long-standing steadfastness of the families and stop their predictable forcible ethnic displacement on August 2nd, which, in previous months, have proved effective to at least suspend the ethnic cleansing of the families.

#RaiseYourVoice for Sheikh Jarrah:
  • Send a letter to your consulates to the Palestinian Authority and Israel urging them to show up at the court on August 2nd as part of their obligation to uphold International Law and Human Rights. Please see a sample letter below.
  • Tag and contact your representatives in the parliament/congress and call on them to immediately denounce the ethnic cleansing of the families in Sheikh Jarrah and exert pressure on their governments to take urgent, concrete and effective action. Please see sample tweets below.
  • Before and on the date of the court hearing on August 2nd, flood the social media platforms with the #SaveSheikhJarrah  #RaiseYourVoice and #MakeNoise for Sheikh Jarrah hashtags and share messages from Sheikh Jarrah that we will share on our twitter, instagram and Facebook.
Sample letter:

Dear [INSERT NAME OF CONSULATE],

On August 2nd, the four Palestinian families of Al-Askafi, Al-Ja’ouni, Al-Qasem and Al-Kurd from the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, occupied East Jerusalem are awaiting the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court on their forcible expulsion. Families are rightly concerned that Israeli courts will once more rule in favor of illegal Jewish settlers.

The imminent forcible dispossession of the four families, who are among the 28 families threatened with expulsion from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah is in violation of the IV Geneva Convention, which prohibits the seizure or destruction of private property, the forcible transfer of a population, or the evictions of residents under occupation, among others. 

Israel’s policies in Jerusalem are an integral part of its settler colonial project, which has installed a vicious apartheid regime against the entire Palestinian people. The expropriation of people and communities and the denial of residency rights on racial basis is a core element of the crime of apartheid and yet another move of trampling on International Law.

Israeli apartheid policies have been green-lit thanks to the long-standing silence and complicity of the international community. In violation of international law, institutions, corporations and states continue to economically, politically and militarily aid and assist Israel in the abuse of Palestinian human rights.

This also includes organizations run by illegal settlers and/or founded in order to enable and promote Israel’s illegal settlement policies. Some of them may hold charitable status in our country as they operate mainly with foreign funding and collect money abroad.

As you represent our country , I ask you to move beyond words of condemnation and attend the court hearing of the four families on Monday, August 2nd. Your presence is an important witness and represents a message of respect for Palestinian human rights and International Law.

Sincerely yours,

Sample tweets to consulates:
  • On August 2nd, Israel’s Supreme Court is expected to expel 4 Palestinian families from their homes in #SheikhJarrah. I want to see you [@tag your consulate to Palestine/Israel] in court to stop Israeli prosecution of Palestinian families. #SaveSheikhJarrah #RaiseYourVoice.
  • Our country has been complicit in entrenching Israeli apartheid regime. [@tag your consulate to Palestine/Israel], end this complicity and be with the 4 Palestinian families from #SheikhJarrah threatened with expulsion in court on August 2nd. #SaveSheikhJarrah #RaiseYourVoice.
  • [@tag consulate to Palestine/Israel], say NO to Israeli apartheid practices and be with the 4 Palestinian families from the Jerusalem neighborhood of #SheikhJarrah in court on August 2nd to stop the ruling of their expulsion. #SaveSheikhJarrah #RaiseYourVoice.
Sample tweets to representatives in congress/parliaments:
  • Silence towards Israeli crimes against Palestinians emboldens Israel to violate the right of 4 Palestinian families to their homes in #SheikhJarrah. [@tag your rep.] Pressure Israel to stop the expulsion of the families on August 2nd. #SaveSheikhJarrah #RaiseYourVoice
  • On August 2nd, 4 Palestinian families from #SheikhJarrah expect to be thrown out into the streets. Do your duty towards human rights and end our country’s complicity with Israeli apartheid. #SaveSheikhJarrah #RaiseYourVoice

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Palestinian communities living in Silwan, Sheikh Jarrah and the Old City face increasingly brutal Israeli practices of ethnic cleansing and its discriminatory legal system.

Stop the Wall has released a new web-page highlighting how the Israeli ethnic cleansing scheme in Jerusalem impacts the families living in these areas and how people’s power to resist Israeli apparatuses of apartheid, settler colonialism and violence is growing;

This report in this new web-page, which has been done through the support of grassroots organizers in Jerusalem, as well as previous efforts by human rights groups, sheds some light on the role the international community as a civil society and governments can play to #SaveJerusalem, #SaveSilwan and #SaveShiekhJarrah.

click here to access the web-page

To stop Israeli onslaught of ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem, access the ‘take action’ web-section and take action now!

Click here to take action!

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Yesterday, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Hebron, Ramallah and Bethlehem calling for the overthrow of the Palestinian Authority and the cancelation of the Oslo Accords signed with Israel in 1993, including the security coordination with the Israeli military.

These protests erupted after the brutal murder of political activist Nizar Banat by some two dozen PA security forces on Thursday, June 24th, 2021.

Assassinated political activist Nizar Banat

Like the previous protests, yesterday’s demonstrations were met with excessive use of violence to suppress and disperse the peaceful protesters who are calling for dismantling the authoritarian system of the PA as part of holding the murderers of Banat accountable.

In Ramallah, once hundreds of people gathered at Al-Sa’ah Square at 6.00 PM, hundreds of the PA security forces dressing in civilian clothes raided the place and started dispersing the protesters through using violence.

Many protesters, males and females were severely and savagely beaten by the undercover security forces. Those who tried to rescue them were met with more violence.

Women were particularly targeted by the security forces. According to witnesses of Stop the Wall team who was in the area, many women were seen screaming in the streets of Ramallah. Some were being violently assaulted while others were being sexually abused.

Members of monitoring teams of human rights violations like Al-Haq’s were assaulted by the security forces in an attempt to stop them from documenting the human rights violations committed by them.

The security forces also attacked journalists, damaged and confiscated their equipment to hide the horrific suppression of the peaceful protesters.

Ahmad Tal’aat, a Palestinian journalist assaulted by PA forces yesterday while he was trying to document the abuse of a woman in Ramallah by PA forces.

The undercover security forces used batons, pepper spray and sharp metal wires to assault the protesters and intimidate them.

All of the violent assaults were committed under the protection of armed police officers.

Due to the brutality of the security forces and the collusion of the police with them, Stop the Wall team could not take pictures of or film the huge human rights abuses that took place yesterday in Ramallah.

In both Hebron and Bethlehem, the demonstrators were also met with violence. Through batons, tear gas and stun grenades, the armed security forces of the PA suppressed the protesters.

Palestinians see in their continuous protests against the PA authoritarianism and securitization an urgency not only to hold the murderers of Banat accountable, but to protect themselves from more violence and suppression of free speech and assembly.

43-year-old Nizar Banat, a father of five children, was an outspoken and harsh critic of the very authoritarian and securitized system of the PA that the protesters are calling for it to be dismantled. This oppressive system, Palestinians believe only serves in entrenching Israel’s three-tiered system of oppression: Settler colonialism, apartheid and military occupation.

The PA authoritarianism is a regime that allows for more space of collaboration with the Israeli occupation through security coordination with the Israeli military.   

The consolidation of the PA oppressive structures to which Banat and others before him were lost has been enabled through Western support, mainly the US and the European Union to its security forces.

European and American aid to the post-2007 security reform processes as part of the so-called state building project has resulted in the absence of democracy and accountability. The support that has been given to the PA autocracy rather than to the people under Israeli occupation has also undermined Palestinian decolonization project through solidifying the oppressive Israeli colonial regime.

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On Thursday, 24 June, 2021, some two dozen officers of the Palestinian Authority [PA] broke into the home of Nizar Banat, a candidate of the cancelled parliamentary elections, an advocate of free speech, and an outspoken critic of the PA’s corruption and security coordination with the Israeli occupation.

According to members of Banat’s family, the PA security officers stripped Banat off his clothes, dragged him away while they were screaming at him and beat him on the head with batons and pieces of metal. Few hours later, he was announced dead in custody.

In response to the assassination of Banat thousands of Palestinians have been rallying in the streets since Thursday.

These protests have been yet another expression of the new phase of our struggle that has seen its awakening during the recent protests that spread across all of historic Palestine and were sparked by the attacks of our people in Jerusalem. These new protests are based on popular unity and the rejection of all forms of oppression. Together we stand on the streets, determined to shape our future, gain self-determination, demand democracy and rights, and achieve freedom, justice and equality.   

The peaceful protesters are calling for holding the murderers of Banat accountable, the overthrow of the PA, and the cancellation of the Oslo Accords, including the security coordination with the Israeli occupation.

The peaceful protests have been met with batons and tear gas fired by dozens of the PA security forces dressed in riot gear. Tens of others have been beaten and arrested by the PA undercover security forces wearing civilian clothing. Journalists and teams of human rights organizations that monitor human rights violations have been assaulted and their phones confiscated by PA officers.

Worse than this, after yesterday’s protest in Ramallah, armed PA officers stormed the Palestine Medical Complex and arrested some of the injured protesters who were getting treatment there.

The brutal murder of Banat, who was arrested by the PA eight times and survived a number of assassinations attempts before, is part of ongoing authoritarian policies of the PA and result of its ‘security doctrine’. Over the years, Palestinian and international human rights organizations have documented and denounced repression of protests and dissent, including repression of freedom of speech online, as well as excessive use of force, torture and ill-treatment.

In addition to the oppression inflicted upon us by Israel’s three-tiered system of oppression: Settler colonialism, apartheid and military occupation, which is entrenched through the PA security coordination with the Israeli military, the PA authoritarianism and policing practiced against the Palestinian people represent additional layers of subjugation, oppression and apparatuses of violence.

Following the murder of Banat, international actors released statements of condemnation. Yet, we assert that the international community is complicit in solidifying the undemocratic and suppressive system of the PA.

The PA structural authoritarianism and policing of Palestinians are an outcome of the post-2007 state building project, that hinged to a large extent on the so-called “security reform”. The Office of the US Security Coordinator Lt-General Keith Dayton oversaw a large amount of the building of the post-2007 security forces, including training, arms transfer and other funding.  Another key supporter of this effort is the European Union’s Europol COPPS.

By 2013, donors had succeeded in shaping the PA’s budget so that $1 billion (26% of the budget) were allocated to the ‘security sector’, more than what was spent for the education, health and agriculture sectors together.

Western powers have been entrenching the PA authoritarianism and the so-called security reform within a colonial occupation context as they see in the PA a key player in the phony peace process with Israel. In fact, the consolidation of the PA authoritarian and security regime has only resulted in better collaboration with the Israeli occupation while Palestinian national aspirations, on top of which the right to self-determination continue to be denied and violated.

Stop the Wall Campaign strongly condemns the brutal killing of Banat and the violent suppression of peaceful protesters by the PA security forces; we also join the multitude of protesters and call for:

  • The immediate release of people arrested in the recent protests and other political prisoners in the PA prisons.
  • The end of the oppressive authoritarian system of the PA headed by Mahmoud Abbas.
  • The end of the infamous Oslo Accords signed in 1993 between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel.
  • Forming a united Palestinian leadership to be responsible for:
  1. The reactivation of the Palestine Liberation Organization as a representative of the Palestinian people.
  2. Conducting free and fair elections.
  3. Redefining the role that should be played by the government institutions, including the security institutions that have been in place since the establishment of the PA.

On the international community we call:

  • Governments around the world, especially those that have been complicit in supporting the PA authoritarianism to pressure the PA to respect Palestinian and International Law by stopping the suppression of the freedom of speech and assembly; including the release of political prisoners.
  • International human rights organizations and the UN Human Rights Council to pressure governments to act and stop the PA human rights violations of the Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank.
  • Western powers, mainly the EU and the US, to immediately stop their cooperation, training, weapons transfer and funding for the PA security forces and instead redirect support to Palestinian farmers and workers most affected by Israeli policies of dispossession.

On international human rights and solidarity groups:

  • To continue to stand with and listen to the people resisting oppression. 
  • To never forget the root cause – Israel’s decades old regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid and international complicity with it.
  • To keep demanding an end to all forms of complicity with oppression of the Palestinian people, foremost through the strengthening of the global movement for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

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Per sviluppare un lavoro di classe nel sostegno alla lotta di liberazione della Palestina e degli altri popoli oppressi e aggrediti dall'imperialismo, oltre alle sterili e dannose concezioni del pacifismo e dell'equidistanza tra aggressori e aggrediti che hanno in gran parte contribuito ad affossare il movimento contro la guerra nel nostro paese negli ultimi anni, si è deciso di fondare l'organismo nazionale Fronte Palestina.

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