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Israeli settlers attack a Palestine Ambulance in Hebron old city

Posted in Beatings, Abuse and Killings, Medical Issues, Settler-Palestinian Clashes by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

The ambulance was moving a patient from the Hebron governmental hospital to her home in Ash-Shuhada Street when the attack occurred, Head of Ambulance and Emergency Services for the Red Crescent Abed Al-Haleem Al-Ja’afra said. The Israeli army was aware that the ambulance would be crossing the normally closed area, and had okayed the move.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37054

Witnesses said that as soon as the ambulance arrived, the settlers attacked it with stones, they added that Israeli troops who were in the area did not stop the settlers and even protected them.

The Red Crescent Society added that the patient was moved to alocal hospital but still waiting an army permission to go back home.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59890

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Nehemia Shtrasler: All he did was kill an Arab

Posted in Beatings, Abuse and Killings by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

What would have happened if it were the other way around, if an Arab had killed a Jewish taxi driver in cold blood? Would anyone dare consider declaring him unfit to stand trial and send him home? First they would raze his house, then interrogate his family on suspicions of assisting, and finally he would be thrown in prison.

But last month, the panel of judges led by Sara Dotan ruled Julian Soufir was not fit for trial and would therefore not be jailed. She read the ruling quickly and quietly, so much so that those who attended the reading could barely hear a word. This may have been a sign that she felt uncomfortable with the ruling. It took several minutes for the Karakis to understand that Soufir had been declared “crazy,” and when they did, they began to wail.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077636.html

Soldiers shot a Palestinian who allegedly tried to snatch a soldier’s weapon

Posted in Beatings, Abuse and Killings by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

The Palestinian man was injured in his stomach and was moved to a hospital in the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

The army reported no injuries among the soldiers, and said that the incident took place while soldiers were operating in the village.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59845

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Sharp rise in reports of military and police violence in the West Bank since Operation “Cast Lead”

Posted in Beatings, Abuse and Killings, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

Since the beginning of Operation “Cast Lead”, B’Tselem has documented 24 cases in which Palestinians reported being severely beaten by police officers and soldiers. As it is impossible for B’Tselem to document each and every case of violence by security forces in the West Bank, the above figures necessarily reflect only a portion of the violent incidents that actually occurred. B’Tselem referred all the documented cases to the law-enforcement authorities. Although some of the cases occurred more than two months ago, the authorities have yet to complete an investigation into a single case.

For full article, visit http://www.btselem.org/english/press_releases/20090325.asp

Excerpt from Nassim Shalaldeh’s Testimony
Age: 26 Years Old

My brother Muhammad, who sat on the ground, gave the policeman his ID card. He said, “Here it is, my identity card.” The policeman, out of nowhere, kicked him hard in the side. Muhammad cried out in pain. Sanad and I got up. I pushed the policeman, so he’d stop hitting my brother. I said, “Why are [typo in Hebrew] you beating him? He didn’t do anything. He gave you his identity card in a respectful manner.” The policeman replied, “Sit down or I’ll shoot you.” There weren’t any other policemen at the time. It was around 7:15 P.M.

For full testimony visit http://www.btselem.org/english/testimonies/20090314_BP_assault_workers_from_Sair_Witness_Nasim_Shalaldeh.asp

Excerpt from Ghassan ‘Odeh’s Testimony
Occupation: Contractor

In the meantime, some more Border Police jeeps and army jeeps arrived. Lots of people stopped and watched. People tried to get the policemen away from my sons. Muhammad managed to get away, I don’t know how. A Palestinian ambulance arrived. Mahmoud was on the ground. He was unconscious and his head was bleeding. I thought he was dead, and I started to shout, “My son is dead, my son is dead.” The officer grabbed me by the throat and choked me. I saw Mahmoud being put into the ambulance. Policemen cuffed me with plastic cuffs, blindfolded me, and took me to a jeep. I heard gunfire. I think the policemen fired in the air to move people back.

For full testimony visit http://www.btselem.org/english/testimonies/20090304_bp_assault_father_and_sons_in_huwara_witness_ghasan_odeh.asp

Israeli police kill Palestinian man and demolish home in east Jerusalem

Posted in Beatings, Abuse and Killings, House Demolitions, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

Demolition of the Dwiyat family’s house, East Jerusalem. Photo: Kareem Jubran, B'Tselem, 7 April 2009.

Demolition of the Dwiyat family’s house, East Jerusalem. Photo: Kareem Jubran, B'Tselem, 7 April 2009.

On 7 April, security forces demolished the apartment, in Zur Baher, East Jerusalem, of the family of Husam Dwiyat, who carried out a bulldozer attack in the center of Jerusalem in July of last year. The demolition took place after the High Court of Justice denied, on 18 March, the family’s petition opposing the action.

As in previous cases of this kind, the justices (Levy, Grunis, and Na’or) accepted the state’s argument that demolition of the family home will deter others from carrying out similar acts. The justices approved the demolition, even though the state never contended that Dwiyat’s family assisted him or knew of his plans.

For full article, visit http://www.btselem.org/English/Punitive_Demolitions/20090416_House_Demolition_in_East_Jerusalem.asp

Israeli police have shot dead a Palestinian motorist in East Jerusalem who tried to run over officers guarding the demolition of a home.

For full artilce, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7987317.stm

A man identified as 20-year-old Iyad Azmi Uweisat was killed while driving near the checkpoint. Israeli soldiers and police officers were deployed in the area where Israeli forces were demolishing the Dwayat family home in the East Jerusalem town of Sur Bahir Tuesday afternoon.

The Israeli police said they shot Uweisat when he intentionally ploughed his car into the officers, lightly injuring three of them in the legs.

Police later raided Uweisat’s home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukkabir. Uweisat was a cleaning worker at Hadassa Hospital.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36941

Earlier this month the Israeli Court gave the green light to the Israeli army to demolish the Doyat home. The Israeli government says destroying the homes of attackers will deter future attacks.

The Israeli group Peace Now issued a press statement on Monday demanding that the Israeli Goverment should be consistent and demolish the monument to Baruch Goldstein in Hebron. In 1994 Goldstein killed 29 Palestinians whilst they were praying in the Ibrahimi Mosque before he was himself killed. Settlers in Hebron built a monument to him in praise for the attack.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59815

‘The Israelis Attack us Every Day’

Posted in Beatings, Abuse and Killings by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

Saber Al-Hissie comes from a Gazan family of fishermen. His 20 metre vessel belongs to his father, who, after many years of fishing, has finally passed the family business over to Saber. There are more than 3,500 professional fishermen in the Gaza Strip, and the majority of them live in and around Gaza City, where the main harbour is located. The Al-Hissie family, like most of the other Gaza city fishermen, live in the sprawling refugee camp, known locally as the Beach Camp, near Gaza harbour.

For full article, visit http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/campaigns/english/gaza_closure/Narratives_23.html