Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Last Update: 12:08 AM GMT

Hamas Condemn Israel Destruction of Al Aqsa TV Station (VIDEO)

Isreali warplanes attacked Al-Aqsa TV station with 5 missiles destroying the entire building in the Gaza Strip. (Photo: via Facebook)

The Islamic Resistance Movement – Hamas – has condemned Israel’s destruction of Al Aqsa TV station in the Gaza Strip.

A spokesman for the movement,  Fawzi Barhoum, described the targeting of the TV Channel and demolishing of its headquarters as a blatant act of aggression against journalism and all free voices dedicated to communicating the truth.

Barhoum called on international, legal and media organizations to denounce this latest act of Israeli aggression against journalism and freedom of expression.

Hamas said that Israel’s crimes would never stop Palestinian journalists from continuing their humanitarian and professional mission to expose the occupation’s crimes against the Palestinian people.

In airstrikes late Monday, Israeli fighter jets tried to wipe the Hamas-run TV station in Gaza off the map.

Firing 10 missiles at the Al-Aqsa TV station, Israeli jets destroyed its headquarters, witnesses said.

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Mortar Hits Israeli Bus, One Israeli Critically Injured (VIDEOS)

Israeli fighter jets struck dozens of sites across the Gaza Strip. (Photo: via Social Media)

A mortar fired from the besieged Gaza Strip hit an Israeli bus in an Israeli community surrounding Gaza, on Monday, critically injuring one Israeli.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, a mortar was fired from Gaza and directly hit an Israeli bus, critically injuring a 19-year-old Israeli.

No other injuries were reported yet.

The Israeli army activated the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepting several rockets. In addition, rocket sirens were sounded throughout Israeli communities surrounding Gaza, including Beer Sheva, Ashkelon, and Sderot.

A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes across the northern Gaza Strip, targeting a Hamas movement military site.

Israeli warplanes also targeted a group of Palestinian youths by the security border fence along the Gaza border.

Israeli media also reported that more than 80 mortar shells were fired towards Israeli areas surrounding Gaza.

On Sunday, Israeli warplanes carried out a campaign of airstrikes across the southern besieged Gaza Strip, killing seven people.

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Israeli Airstrikes in Gaza: Latest Updates (VIDEO)

Israeli air raid on Gaza. (Photo: via Twitter)

Monday, November 12

Gaza Under Attack

10:30 pm (GMT + 3)

Israeli fighter jets destroyed its headquarters of the Al-Aqsa TV station.

7:30 pm (GMT + 3)

A third Palestinian, Ahmad Mousa Al-Nahhal (27) is reportedly killed today in an Israeli bombing on Rafah city.

7:00 pm (GMT + 3)

Palestinian paramedics identified two Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrike in Gaza: Mohammad al-Tatari (27), and Mohammad Odeh (22).

6:00 pm (GMT + 3)

Israel’s military has said it was carrying out airstrikes “throughout the Gaza Strip” following a barrage of rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave towards its territory.

The announcement on Monday came shortly after rocket fire from the besieged Palestinian enclave hit an Israeli bus. At least one person was injured in the attack, AFP news agency said.

The announcement on Monday came shortly after rocket fire from the besieged Palestinian enclave hit an Israeli bus. At least one person was injured in the attack, AFP news agency said.

The incident came as thousands of Palestinians took part in protests following the killing of seven Palestinians by Israeli forces in Gaza on Sunday evening.

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Cambridge University Student Group to Host Far-Right Israeli Minister

Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett. (Photo: via Social Media)

A student society at the University of Cambridge has been slammed for its decision to invite notorious far-right Israeli minister Naftali Bennett for an event on campus next week.

According to the report in student paper Varsity, Cambridge’s Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENAF) will host the Jewish Home party leader on November 19, an event condemned by Cambridge University Palestine Society (PalSoc).

Bennett, a millionaire software entrepreneur and former army commander, has consistently supported the creation of Israeli settlements in the West Bank

Posted by Varsity on Sunday, November 11, 2018

A spokesperson for PalSoc, which has urged MENAF to cancel the event, said:

“There is no place for Naftali Bennett and his violent, colonial politics of hate in Cambridge.”

Bennett is a vocal opponent of Palestinian self-determination and statehood, and his party calls for Israel to unilaterally and illegally annex the majority of the occupied West Bank.

The minister, who has previously declared that “Israel belongs to the Jews. Period”, is also a vocal proponent of internationally-condemned policies of collective punishment, and in 2013, declared:

“I have killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there is no problem with that.”

A spokesperson for PalSoc told Varsity:

“Bennett’s response to the white supremacist massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh included a disgraceful defense of Donald Trump. Given their track record, we are not surprised MENAF invited Bennett, but we nonetheless urge them to cancel the event.”

They added,

“The far-right extremism and violent colonial racism Bennett represents are antithetical to the values of freedom, tolerance, and equality held to by most in Cambridge.”

MENAF defended the event on the grounds that Bennett “is a rising star in Israeli politics and represents the views of a sizable portion of the Israeli population and its government”.

MENAF also claimed that Bennett had reached out to them to host the event.

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Abbas Vows to Continue Payments to Palestinians in Israeli Prisons (VIDEOS)

Mahmoud Abbas speaking at a meeting in Ramallah. (Photo: Usama Falah, Wafa Images)

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas this weekend vowed to continue payments to the families of those Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons.

In a speech to mark the 14th anniversary of the death of former president Yasser Arafat, Abbas said that Palestinians were capable of facing “all liquidationist schemes and conspiracies that are being concocted against their national cause”.

He stressed that despite international attempts to prevent the policy, the PA will pay prisoners stipends “even if that’s the last thing we own,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

The PA has faced consistent international pressure to halt its payments – which amount to $3,500 a month – to prisoners’ families or the families of those Palestinians killed by Israel. In July, Australia stopped all direct aid to the PA in criticism of this policy, which it labeled as “martyr payments”.

In June, the US also froze its financial assistance to the PA in a bid to stop it paying the stipends. The US demanded that the PA cancel laws which guarantee these salaries, take “credible” measures to fight “terror” and condemn “Palestinian terror and violence” before assistance would be resumed. Despite the freeze, in August it was revealed that the US had continued to provide some financial assistance to the PA, but only for security coordination with Israel.

Also in June, the Israeli Knesset approved a bill to deduct tax revenue from the PA equal to the amount it paid in stipends. According to the bill, the PA transfers seven percent of its budget – estimated at 1.1 billion shekels ($300 million) – to pay the stipends and so the tax revenue deduction would equal that amount.

The conditions facing those Palestinians held in Israeli prisons are dire. In September it emerged that as many as 17 ill Palestinian prisoners face a slow death due to medical negligence in Israel’s Ramla Prison hospital, south of Tel Aviv. According to rights group The Commission of Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, these Palestinian patients suffer from what it alleges is “deliberate medical negligence”, including a lack of medical and health services, diagnostic tests and treatment.

Israel has also sought to transfer the financial burden of its prison system to the PA, in October discussing a bill which would force the Authority to pay the expenses of treating Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails. If passed, the bill would see the Israeli government deduct the cost of medical care from PA taxes – which are collected by Israeli customs under the terms of the Oslo Accords – if it refuses to foot the bill.

According to Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, as of the end of August 2018 “there were 5,493 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners being held in Israel Prison Service (IPS) facilities”. Of these prisoners, 239 are minors under the age of 18. Many of these prisoners are being held in administrative detention, under which Palestinians can be held indefinitely without charge or access to legal proceedings.

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Netanyahu Says Ready to Step Down as PM But No Successor (VIDEO)

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu with his wife Sara. (Photo: via Twitter)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he is ready to step down from his position but there is no one suitable to replace him.

Netanyahu allegedly made the statement to the former senior legal official a few months ago, saying that:

“I am ready to leave my position tomorrow as prime minister, but I have no one to leave the keys with.”

His comments were reported by Israel’s Channel 10 yesterday and confirmed by the legal official to whom he spoke. However, the Jerusalem Post reported that a source from the ruling Likud party – of which Netanyahu is the leader – disputed the comments, saying,

“These words were never said. I suggest that no one take this report seriously.”

Both of Netanyahu’s comments will be seen in the light of the ongoing corruption charges against him and members of his inner circle. Last week Israel’s police said that it had found sufficient evidence to indict Netanyahu’s lawyer and a number of his confidants in what has become known as Case 3000.

The case refers to allegations of a $2 billion purchase of submarines from German firm ThyssenKrupp, in which Netanyahu’s lawyer and cousin – David Shimron – is suspected of lobbying defense officials while standing to personally profit from the deal.

Although Netanyahu is not personally under investigation in Case 3000, he faces charges of corruption and bribery in three other cases known as Case 1000, 2000 and 4000 respectively.

In October Netanyahu was questioned for the 12th time in relation to cases 1000 and 2000, the first time since his former confidant Nir Hefetz turned state’s witness and agreed to assist the Israeli police with their investigations.

Members of Israel’s political establishments have called for Netanyahu to step down if the cases result in an indictment. Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said in October that Netanyahu could not remain in office in this event, threatening to pull his Kulanu party out of the governing coalition was the prime minister to be indicted.

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Jewish Settlers Prevent Entry of Truckloads into Gaza (VIDEO)

Karam Abu Salem border crossing. (Photo: File)

Israeli settlers prevented the entry of dozens of truckloads of basic supplies and fuel, on Sunday, into the besieged Gaza Strip through the Karam Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing.

According to local sources, dozens of Israeli settlers blocked the main road leading to Karam Abu Salem crossing, Gaza’s main commercial crossing, preventing truckloads of merchandise, food, fuel, gas, and construction materials to enter Gaza.

Due to the roadblock by Jewish settlers, hundreds of trucks still wait on the Palestinian side of the crossing, awaiting discharge of the truckloads coming from the Israeli side.

This is not the first time that Jewish settlers attempted to prevent goods from entering Gaza, during which they blocked a road leading to the Karam Abu Salem crossing and demanded that the Israeli government should cancel the entry of goods into Gaza, as long as the launching of incendiary kites and balloons continues.

However, Palestinians in Gaza view the incendiary kites as a form of protest against Israel’s nearly 12-year blockade of Gaza and for Palestinian refugees right of return to their homes and lands which are now known as Israel.

There are three crossings into the Gaza Strip; two are controlled by Israel and one by Egypt. The Gaza-Israel crossings are the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, that is specifically for pedestrians, and Karam Abu Salem in the southern Gaza Strip for the entry of goods and fuel. The Gaza-Egypt crossing is the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, but is often closed and lacks infrastructure for it to be a main commercial crossing.

(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)

Turkey Slams Israeli Violation in East Jerusalem

Private security guards stand atop a home taken over by Jewish settlers in the East Jerusalem. (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

Turkey slammed Israel over the approval of building nearly 800 new housing units in the illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem early Sunday.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on its website:

“Israeli authorities disregarded international law once again by approving the construction of 792 new housing units in the illegal settlements of Ramat Shlomo and Ramot in East Jerusalem.”

The ministry added that Turkey is rejecting these illegal steps of Israel, which irreversibly damage the vision of a two-state solution.

This week the Israeli authorities approved construction of hundreds of new Jewish-only housing units in occupied East Jerusalem, according to Israeli media reports.

Roughly 650,000 Israeli Jews currently live on more than 100 settlements built since 1967, when Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Palestinians want these territories — along with the Gaza Strip — for the establishment of a future Palestinian state.

International law views both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there as illegal.

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Israeli Army Raids West Bank School on Arafat Anniversary

Israeli soldiers regularly raid schools in Hebron (Al-Khalil). (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

Israeli military forces raided a Palestinian school in the West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil) on Sunday during a rally marking the 14th anniversary of iconic leader Yasser Arafat’s demise.

School principal Tarek bin Ziyad told Anadolu Agency:

“Dozens of students and teachers suffered temporary asphyxiation from teargas canisters fired by Israeli forces during the raid.”

It remains unclear why the Israeli forces raided the school.

Sadeq al-Khadour, a spokesman for the Palestinian Education Ministry, said:

“Assaults on schools and students by Israeli forces and settlers are on the rise.”

He said several Palestinian schools across the West Bank have been attacked by Israeli forces in recent weeks.

There was no comment from the Israeli army on the report.

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Israeli Forces Detain 8-Year-Old Palestinian Child near Hebron

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian youth. (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

Israeli forces detained an eight-year-old Palestinian child, on Friday afternoon, near the entrance of the town of Beit Ummar, north of the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron (Al-Khalil).

Local sources said that Israeli forces targeted eight-year-old Omar Rabie Abu Ayyash and detained him near the entrance to the town of Beit Ummar.

The reason for Ayyash’s detention remained unknown.

Defense for Children International reported that since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been detained and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system infamous for the systematic mistreatment and torture of Palestinian children.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) Prisoners and Former Prisoners’ Affairs Committee reported, earlier in October, that Israel had detained 35 Palestinian minors during September 2018.

The committee’s August report documented testimonies from a number of Palestinian children during their detention by Israeli forces and revealed that the children were subjected to systematic beatings and torture during and after their detention.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are over 270 Palestinian children in Israeli prisons, of whom 50 are under the age of 16.

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