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Palestine Media Roundup (July 30)

[Graffiti paintings on the wall by British graffiti artist Banksy. Image uploaded via Creative Commons] [Graffiti paintings on the wall by British graffiti artist Banksy. Image uploaded via Creative Commons]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page co-editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.]

The Occupation Forces

Israeli Forces Have Carried Out Violent Raids On Hospitals As Tensions Escalate In East Jerusalem The raids on al-Makassed Hospital took place after recent violence in Jerusalem stemming from new “security measures” implemented at al-Aqsa mosque. Israeli forces harassed the hospital staff and even prevented doctors from providing medical care to certain patients.

Israeli Authorities Will Replace Metal Detectors At Al-Aqsa With "Smart Surveillance" These new security measures would likely include “smart cameras” that would implement facial recognition and heat-sensing technologies to find weapons and explosives.

At Least 1090 Palestinians Have Been Injured By Israeli Forces In Last 10 Days The Palestinian Red Crescent Society recently released a statement claiming that almost one thousand one hundred Palestinians have been wounded since Israel installed new security measures at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

A Senior Minister In Israeli Government Has Warned Palestinians About Possible "Third Nakba" Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi issued a cryptic warning to the Palestinian people when he said “remember 1948” and “remember 1967” in a recent Facebook statement. The close ally of Prime Minister Netanyahu continued by adding that “this is how a ‘Nakba’ begins.”

Israel Has Begun Fresh Attacks Against Gaza It is claimed that the recent bombardment of Gaza is simply an attempt by the occupation forces to divert the public’s attention away from the recent violence stemming from Israel’s imposition of new security measures at al-Aqsa mosque.

Israeli Forces Raided A Health Clinic In Hometown Of Palestinian Omar Al-Abed Who Killed Three Israeli Settlers In Halamish The Palestinian Ministry of Health called the move an “unjustified Israeli military attack” and demanded that international bodies intervene to “hold Israel responsible for its repeated assaults on Palestinian health facilities.”

Israeli Authorities Raid And Seize Palestinian Home, Then Turn It Into A Military Post The home of Yousif Ayid Shahatit was seized during an overnight raid in southern Hebron city, after which Israeli forces brought military equipment into the home and used the site as a military post, a rather common practice used by the occupying power.

Domestic Politics

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Has Cancelled Security Cooperation With Israelis The move came after the recent protests over increased security measures at al-Aqsa mosque stemming from an attack that left multiple dead. Abbas called the metal detectors and cameras “falsely presented as a security measure to take control over al-Aqsa mosque.”

Israeli Authorities Have Been Cracking Down On Hamas Officials Since Deadly Attack In Jerusalem At least twenty-five Hamas officials have been detained by Israeli forces as “part of the preventative efforts of the Shin Bet security services and the IDF against the terrorist organizations” according to the Shin Bet.

Foreign Policy 

The French President Has Called Israeli PM Netanyahu Out For Advancing Illegal Settlement Activity Emmanuel Macron has chided the Israeli PM and stressed that the expansion of settlements in the Palestinian territories is illegal according to international law, and that those laws should be “respected by all.”

The Turkish Parliament Has Held Discussions Concerning Israeli Violations Against Al-Aqsa Mosque Numerous government officials, including the Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman, voiced their disapproval of Israel’s recent actions and called for the international community to hold the Israelis accountable for their incriminations on freedom of belief.

The United Nations Has Reiterated Warnings Regarding Gaza And The Humanitarian Crisis Within The UN envoy for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, has once again repeated for the leaders of Hamas and Fatah to reach a reconciliation in order to solve the escalating crisis in the coastal strip of Gaza.

Settlers and Illegal Settlements

Israeli Bulldozers Have Leveled More Land Near Gaza's Northern Border The land in question was on the outskirts of Beit Hanoun, within the “buffer zone” between Israel and Gaza. No gunfire was reported during the excavations.

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions

In Landmark Move, Jews Barred From Entering Israel For Complicity With BDS Movement Five members of an interfaith coalition from Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) that even included a rabbi, were prevented from boarding a flight to Tel Aviv because of their activism. JVP claims that this is the first occurrence of Israel denying entry to Jews for their support of the BDS movement.

Law

Thousands Marched In Gaza To Protest Violence And New Security Measures Implemented By Israel At Al-Aqsa After at least four people were killed and around one thousand were wounded, the Palestinian Youth Movement organized the march from central Gaza City to the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (IRC). A representative for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) called for continued resistance in solidarity with al-Aqsa and “to hold on to the battle against the Israeli project of controlling all that is Palestinian.”

Numerous Innocent Civilians, Including Medics, Journalists and Children Were Victims Of Israeli Violence As Protests Against Israeli Security Measures Increased Israeli forces attacked Palestinian worshippers as they performed the “Isha” prayer both inside and outside the walls of the Old City in East Jerusalem and continued to chase them with stun grenades and tear gas as they ran.

Economy and Development

 

Christians And Muslims Are Uniting In Their Opposition To Israeli Attacks On Religious Freedom The spokesman for the Arab Orthodox Youth Caucus stated “we affirm that we are one people, and our history is one–Muslim and Christian, our people will not accept [this]. We will continue to fight for the freedom and dignity of our Islamic and Christian sanctities.” 

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