What I know is that I can’t take it anymore’: Palestinian woman killed by Israeli troops explains decision to carry knife to checkpoint in suicide note

Violence / Detentions

Israeli troops shoot and kill young Palestinian woman
IMEMC 9 Nov — A 24-year old woman was killed by Israeli troops Monday morning at a military checkpoint [near Qalqiliya] in the West Bank when she approached the checkpoint from afar, holding a knife in her hand and a suicide letter in her bag. She was shot by a soldier while she was still at least 30 feet away from the checkpoint. The woman was identified as Rasha Ahmad Hamed ‘Oweissi . . . Her suicide letter read as follows, “Thanks be to God, Best wishes and greetings. My dear mother, I don’t know what is happening. I just know that I’ve reached the end of the road. And this is the road that I chose with full consciousness. In defense of my homeland, the young men and women, I cannot bear what I see anymore. But what I know is that I can’t take it anymore. My family, my dad, my brothers, forgive me for everything. I just know that I really love you, especially my fiancé. Forgive me for everything, I have nothing else but this path. I am sorry for this departure.” Rasha did not attempt to attack anyone, and was apparently suffering from a mental health crisis. Eyewitnesses report that she did not pose a threat at anytime. She was simply standing, holding a knife, waiting for the soldiers to shoot her . . . She is the 80th person to be killed by Israeli forces since October 1st. 8 Israelis were killed by Palestinians between October 1st and October 18th.

Family in shock after son killed following alleged West Bank attack
JENIN (Ma‘an) 10 Nov — The family of a Palestinian teenager killed on Tuesday following an alleged attack said they were shocked after finding out their son was involved. Relatives of Sadeq Ziad Gharbiyeh, 16, told Ma‘an that they had no idea he was traveling to the Bethlehem area and thought he had gone to school in Jenin, where he lives. His cousin, Murad Abu Gharbieh, said the family saw images of Sadeq on social media, before receiving a phone call from the Palestinian liaison office to inform them that Israel had taken his body. The driver of a shared taxi that Sadeq was traveling in told Ma‘an that the teenager had dropped his phone at the checkpoint and had stepped out and gestured to Israeli soldiers what had happened. They then took him to the other side of the checkpoint, during which time he was shot, the driver added. Sadeq’s father, Ziyad, is a well-known Hamas leader in Jenin and was one of 416 Palestinians briefly exiled to southern Lebanon by Israel in 1992. The teenager allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli border guard at the Container checkpoint east of Jerusalem near Abu Dis. Israeli police said that Israeli forces opened fire on the Palestinian after he approached a border guard carrying a knife. No Israelis were reported injured during the incident.

Israel detains father, brothers of Palestinian killed in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 10 Nov — Israeli forces detained the father and two brothers of a Palestinian shot dead Tuesday after an attack near the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli forces raided the home of Muhammad Abed Nimr, 37, detaining his father Abed, 63, as well as his brothers Mahmoud and Ibrahim in the al-‘Issawiya neighborhood. The three were taken to the police department on Salah al-Din Street and then to the Russian Compound for interrogation in West Jerusalem. Nimr was killed after he allegedly attempted an attack on a border policeman. Video footage of the incident from security cameras shows a man running at two Israelis with a knife, with one security guard pulling out a gun and shooting the suspect. Witnesses told Ma‘an that Nimr, a father of three, was shot six times.

Health ministry: ’82 Palestinians killed, 8,500 injured, since October 1′
IMEMC 11 Nov — The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since October 1 is now 82, including two Palestinians who were shot and killedTuesday, November 10, 2015, and that more than 8500 Palestinians have been injured. The Ministry said that among the slain Palestinians are 18 children and four women, and that 64 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank, and seventeen in the Gaza Strip, in addition to one Palestinian killed in the Negev. It added that 26.8% of the slain Palestinians are children and women, and 17% of the wounded are also women and children. More than 1250 Palestinians were shot with live rounds in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and were moved to hospitals. 2015 Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets; 1000 of them received treatment by medics, and the rest were hospitalized. The Ministry also said that 253 Palestinians suffered fractures and bruises after being assaulted by Israeli soldiers and colonialist settlers, and 25 suffered burns due to Israeli gas bombs and concussion grenades.List of those killed since October 1st:

Israeli forces detain brothers of teenage Palestinian suspect
JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 10 Nov — A 12-year-old Palestinian who stabbed an Israeli security guard on a light rail train in Jerusalem is in a stable condition after surgery to remove a bullet from his stomach after being shot during the incident. Ali Ihab Hassab Ali‘s father told Ma‘an that his son was shot twice in the stomach and once in the pelvis following the attack and underwent surgery. Relatives have been prevented from visiting him, he added. Israeli forces raided the Beit Hanina home of a second teenager involved in the incident, 13-year-old Ahmad Ali, and detained his brothers Saddam and Muhammad. Video footage of the incident shows the two boys sitting in a light rail carriage before one pulls out a knife and stabs a security guard. The Israeli security guard was moderately wounded.

Israeli settler opens fire on Palestinian farmers
IMEMC/Agencies 9 Nov — An extremist Jewish Israeli settler opened fire, Monday morning, on Palestinian farmers in the West Bank city of Nablus. “The Palestinian farmers were working at their farm when an extremist Israeli Jewish settler from the illegal Jewish-only settlement of Ma’ale Levona stepped out of his car holding an automatic gun machine,” activist Ghassan Daghlas said, according to Days of Palestine. “He placed his gun at the back of his car, turned it towards the Palestinian farmers and opened fire,” Daghlas added. According to Daghlas, the farmers fled without being harmed. Palestinian medical sources confirmed that there were no casualties.

Israeli forces raid East Jerusalem hospital for 3rd time
JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 9 Nov — Israeli forces raided the al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem on Monday, the third incursion of its kind in two weeks, and demanded to see the medical records of a Palestinian teenager treated by doctors there. Israeli border police deployed in the hospital courtyard as intelligence officers searched through data on the hospital’s administrative computers for the medical records of a Palestinian teenager, hospital staff said. The officers produced a court order allowing the search. Dr. Rafiq al-Husseini, director of the hospital, condemned the raid and demanded an end to the violation of patients’ privacy. Israeli police had threatened to open an investigation against doctors who did not report the names of those treated after being injured in clashes, a threat condemned by al-Husseini as a violation of basic humanitarian principles. Police reportedly told doctors that it is mandated by law that the hospital notify Israeli authorities when Palestinians involved in clashes are treated at the hospital.
On Oct. 29, Israeli forces raided the al-Makassed Hospital, shooting tear gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets during a sit-in protest against recent Israeli actions at the hospital. Earlier on the same day the administration of al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem said it had refused to hand over medical files to Israeli forces belonging to Palestinians treated after recent clashes that had erupted in the city. Days earlier, undercover special units had stormed the hospital’s emergency department, demanding to see the file of a Palestinian they said was treated at the hospital several days before. At the beginning of last month, undercover forces, dressed as Palestinians, detained a Palestinian patient after storming al-Arabi Hospital in Nablus in the northern West Bank.

Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at girls’ schools in al-‘Arrub camp
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli military forces surrounded two girls’ schools in al-‘Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron on Tuesday and fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets at schoolchildren, medical sources said. The Palestinian Red Crescent said that medics gave first aid to several students who suffered tear gas inhalation. Israeli soldiers took up positions on nearby rooftops and ordered that the school be evacuated. After the staff refused, they fired tear gas onto the premises. Two students were also reportedly injured by rubber-coated steel bullets during the incident.

Israeli forces injure dozens of university students in Tulkarem
TULKAREM (Ma‘an) 9 Nov — Israeli forces shot and injured at least five students with live bullets on Monday at the northern occupied West Bank’s Palestine Technical University in the Tulkarem district, a spokesperson for the Red Crescent told Ma‘an. Thirteen other students were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets and 50 were treated for severe tear-gas inhalation, as Israeli forces raided the university’s campus library and the engineering department. During the raid, clashes broke out between students and fully armed Israeli forces. In total the Red Crescent documented at least 70 injuries to students. The administration of the university evacuated the campus, sending students home early, in fear for its students’ safety. An Israeli army spokesperson said “hundreds of Palestinians hurled rocks and rolled burning tires” toward Israeli forces adjacent to the university campus. The spokesperson said Israeli forces responded with “riot dispersal means” including rubber-coated steel bullets; however, the spokesperson denied that live fire was used.

Israeli military ransacks Hebron Islamic charity
HEBRON (WAFA) 9 Nov – Israeli army Monday raided the headquarters of an Islamic charity in the town of Shuyukh, northeast of Hebron, and ransacked its content, according to local sources. WAFA correspondent said an Israeli army force stormed the town and broke into the headquarters of the Islamic Association Charity (IAC) after detaining its guard for some time. Israeli soldiers vandalized some of the charity’s contents and doors, as well as ransacked electric appliances and files and other items belonging to Palestinian orphans who benefit from the charity. The Israeli military had vandalized IAC’s branch in Hebron city multiple times during the past few years. The charity provides educational services to more than 4,000 Palestinian male and female orphans. In the same time, army forces raided a medical clinic in Shuyukh and sabotaged its contents.

Punished for his work: medic Ahmad Nasser describes his recent arrest
RAMALLAH, Occupied Palestine 10 Nov by ISM, Huwarra Team — In the early morning of November 2nd 2015, Ahmad Nasser was kidnapped by Israeli forces from his home near Ramallah. He was accused of attempting to kill soldiers by throwing stones and molotov cocktails, and was released without charge 15 hours later. He was repeatedly assaulted during his arrest and suffered broken ribs and further injuries. It is Ahmad’s belief that the arrest was directly related to his work as a medic and humanitarian activist at demonstrations. Just 60 hours before his arrest he was acting as a medic in a private ambulance service, administering medical aid to demonstrators injured at a Friday clash in Beit El. Along with journalists and other medics, he was directly targeted in his work on the day and prevented from tending to a demonstrator run over by an army jeep. Israeli forces threw a sound grenade at the group, teargassed the ambulances and then proceeded to viciously pepperspray press and medics. The media surrounding this, coupled with his work in previous weeks tending to those shot with live ammunition in clashes near Ramallah, are likely reasons he was chosen for arrest as another victim of the recent increase in intimidation tactics being used against Palestinians, especially young men. As he states: “they try to accuse me of some charges but they cannot – if they had some real evidence that I threw stones they would never release me, but they didn’t – they just want to punish me for my work.” This is his account of his arrest and assault: just one story in the daily narrative of the occupation:

Hebron clashes break out after residents demand release of bodies
HEBRON (Ma‘an) 10 Nov — Clashes broke out Tuesday following a march held by Palestinian families demanding that Israel release the bodies of relatives killed in Hebron during recent attacks. A Ma‘an reporter said that clashes erupted following the protest in Bab al-Zawiya near the Israeli military checkpoint separating the neighborhood from al-Shuhada Street. Palestinian youths threw stones and Israeli forces responded with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas bombs, the reporter added . . . The Hebron district has been at the center of violence since a wave of unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory last month. More than 20 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces and settlers across the district during the period, the majority after alleged, attempted, and actual attacks on Israeli military. Earlier this month, Israel handed over five bodies in Hebron of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces — all under the age of 18 — after residents held protests demanding their release. The bodies of 22Palestinians killed during October are still being held by Israeli authorities.

Israeli forces detain 16-year-old near Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron
HEBRON (Ma‘an) 9 Nov — Israeli forces detained a 16-year-old Palestinian girl at a checkpoint outside the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City for allegedly carrying a knife, witnesses said. Witnesses told Ma‘an that Israeli forces “assaulted” the girl before detaining her. They added that Palestinians in the area prevented the soldiers from opening fire on her.
The day before, another young Palestinian was reportedly detained at the same checkpoint by Israeli forces who claimed he was carrying a knife in his bag. Israeli media reported that the 19-year-old Palestinian told interrogators he had no idea where the knife came from.

Israeli soldiers arrest two Palestinians; Settlers attack teen near Hebron
HEBRON (WAFA) 8 Nov – Israeli forces Sunday arrested two Palestinians from al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, while Israeli settlers assaulted a child south of the city, said security sources.  Security officials told WAFA that Israeli soldiers arrested 18-year-old Abdul Rahman Titi south of Hebron as well as another youth in the vicinity of al-Ibrahimi Mosque in the old city. He remains unidentified until the minute.
Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba, built east of Hebron, attacked 15-year-old Thaer Fadel Isma‘il Da‘na who was moved to Hebron’s hospital for medical treatment.

Israeli forces detain 8 Palestinians across West Bank
NABLUS (Ma‘an) 9 Nov — Israeli forces detained at least eight Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight Sunday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said. Palestinian security sources told Ma‘an that Israeli forces raided the al-Makhfiyeh area in western Nablus city and detained two young men identified as Muath Ahmad Moussa, 23, and Yasser Mane, 24. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that two Palestinians were detained in Nablus district, claiming they were “Hamas operatives.” Another “Hamas operative” was detained north of Hebron, she said, while Israeli forces also detained three Palestinians in Ramallah, one in Qalqiliya, and one in Bethlehem for “illegal activity.”

24 ‘Hamas operatives’ among 36 detained in West Bank raids
QALQILIYA (Ma‘an) 10 Nov — Israeli forces detained 36 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight Monday, including 24 alleged “Hamas operatives” in the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya, Israeli and Palestinian sources said. The Israeli army said in a statement that a joint military, police and intelligence operation had “uncovered” a “vast Hamas network” in Qalqiliya. “Overnight, 24 operatives were arrested, including senior Hamas operatives who have been previously arrested for participated and planning Hamas terror activity,” the statement said. It said that “the heads of the network” had been “operating to renew Hamas activity in the area and plotting terror activity.” It said the “network was directed, guided and funded by members of Hamas headquarters in Qatar and the Gaza Strip,” adding that 35,000 shekels ($9,000) of “terror funds” had been seized by Israeli forces . . . Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained at least 12 other Palestinians in detention raids across the occupied West Bank overnight. In the town of Dura south of Hebron, Palestinian sources said that Israeli forces detained Ala Rayyan, Karam Mahmoud Ahmad Amr, Ahmad Hafez Saed Amr, and Amr Ezzat Amr after storming their homes. Israeli forces also reportedly detained Mahmoud Abdul Fattah Jawabreh from al-‘Arrub refugee camp, and summoned his father to Israeli intelligence. In Hebron city, Israeli forces detained Mousa Muhammad al-Sayed, 20, from his house in Jabal al-Jawhar, locals said. A former Palestinian prisoner, 19-year-old Islam Hamed Jaghoub, was also detained from his family home in Beita village south of Nablus. Israeli forces reportedly ransacked the home and seized his car. Jaghoub was released from an Israeli prison four months ago after serving a year and a half in Israeli custody. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that in addition to the 24 detained in Qalqiliya, two Palestinians were detained in Nablus district, three in Bethlehem, five in Hebron, and one in Jericho.

West Bank settler arrested in attack on left-wing rabbi
Times of Israel/AP 8 Nov — A resident of the West Bank settlement of Itamar was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of attacking a left-wing rabbi at a Palestinian olive harvest last month. Rabbi Arik Ascherman, the head of the Rabbis for Human Rights advocacy group, was not seriously hurt in the October 23 attack, according to a spokesman for the group. A video of the incidentshowed an extremist Jewish activist armed with a knife chasing, beating and possibly attempting to stab Ascherman, who was part of a group of left-wing activists that accompanied Palestinian villagers to their fields to harvest olives near Nablus. According to activists such as Ascherman, Palestinians often face harassment and violence from Jewish extremists during their olive harvests. The suspect in the attack was arrested by the nationalist crimes division of the Judea and Samaria Police at 2 a.m. Sunday, police said. He confessed his actions to the arresting officers. Ascherman praised the police and said it showed that when there was willingness, authorities were able to pursue the perpetrators of crimes against Palestinians. Still, he cited figures showing a low conviction rate. [Judea and Samaria District Police said that during the arrest of the teenager they also found stun grenades, an assault rifle clip filled with bullets, a slingshot, and the ski mask and knife that they believe were used in the attack, according to the Jerusalem Post.]

Prisoners / Court actions

VIDEO: Israeli police interrogate 13-year-old accused of stabbing
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 9 Nov — In video footage obtained by Ma‘an, Israeli officials have been captured on film hurling abuse at a 13-year-old Palestinian child accused of stabbing two Israelis in East Jerusalem last month during the child’s interrogation. The footage shows segments of the interrogation of Ahmad Manasra, 13, as Israeli detectives yell curses and verbally abuse the child, while questioning him about the incident and his motives. It is not known when the footage was recorded. Israel’s Jerusalem District Court indicted 13-year-old Manasra on charges of attempted murder on Oct. 30 following an attack on two Israelis on Oct. 12. The stabbing attack took place near the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev in occupied East Jerusalem, and reportedly left two Israelis, aged 13 and 21, seriously injured. In the video, one interrogator repeatedly shouts at Manasra in Arabic to “shut up”, while Manasra continuously pleads for the officer to believe that he cannot remember anything about the incident . . . The interrogator is next recorded showing Manasra a video of the attack, shouting questions at him about details of the incident. Manasra starts to cry as he says that he “doesn’t know” and “cannot remember,” pleading with the officer to “take me to the doctor to check me,” all while hitting himself on the head. Manasra continues to say that “he cannot remember anything,” begging the detective to believe him, and adds that he “woke up the next day not knowing what had happened to me.” The detective continuously calls Manasra a “liar.” . . .
During the attack, Ahmad’s 15-year-old cousin, Hassan, was shot dead at the scene by Israeli forces, while Ahmad was knocked over by a car and seriously wounded. A video of Ahmad lying injured and bloody on the ground after being hit by the car was uploaded to social media and went viral. In the footage, an Israeli onlooker can clearly be heard saying: “Die, son of a wh***! Die!” while another tells the police officer to shoot him. Ahmad will reportedly be held in a closed facility until prosecution, with the court rejecting the family’s request that he be placed under house arrest.

PA demands action over video of 13-year-old’s interrogation
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 10 Nov — Senior Palestinian officials on Tuesday demanded action after video footage was leaked showing Israeli detectives hurling verbal abuse at a 13-year-old boy accused of stabbing two Israelis during his interrogation. The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Foreign Affairs directed its embassies and offices to distribute and share the “painful and barbaric” scenes that were captured of Ahmad Manasra’s interrogation. The footage shows Israeli detectives yelling and swearing at the child, who is accused of carrying out a stabbing attack on two Israelis, aged 13 and 21, on Oct. 12, together with his 17[?]-year-old cousin, who was subsequently shot dead . . . The PA foreign ministry said that it was important to show the video to rights organizations across the world to demonstrate the routine “horror, psychological and physical terrorizing” of Palestinians by Israel forces. The ministry added that it depicted “gross violations” of international humanitarian law.Qadura Fares, the head of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, said that practical steps would be taken to bring the Israeli detectives in the video to trial and to secure Manasra’s release . . . Meanwhile, Issa Qaraqe, the head of the PA Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, said the video demonstrated that Israel uses physical force and psychological pressure “to extract confessions from minor Palestinian prisoners,” according to official Palestinians news agency Wafa. Qaraqe added that it served as “indisputable evidence that can convict the Israeli government and its investigators for their practices that violate the Geneva Conventions, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and relevant international laws,” Wafa reported. He said the video should be referred to the International Criminal Court “for immediate investigation on crimes against minor prisoners.”

Nearly 3 years after Samir ‘Awad was killed: By end of 2015, indictments to be served on minor charge
B’Tselem 9 Nov — Yesterday, 8 November 2015, Israel’s High Court of Justice (HCJ) ruled that the State Attorney’s Office must file indictments against two soldiers involved in the killing of 16-year-old Palestinian Samir ‘Awad, by the end of December 2015 – almost three years after the incident took place. The HCJ also ruled that the petition filed jointly by Ahmad ‘Awad, Samir’s father, and by B’Tselem had been exhausted, unless the State Attorney’s Office updates the Court of a change in its decision. In which case, the petitioners will be able to renew their appeal to the Court. The ruling followed a notice from the State Attorney’s Office on 4 November that it had reached a final decision to prosecute the two soldiers for committing “a reckless and negligent act using a firearm.”. . .  Before the final decision was reached, hearings were held for both soldiers, following which new evidence was gathered as part of an additional investigation of the incident. According to the update by the State Attorney’s Office, the investigative material gathered did not meet the threshold required by criminal law for establishing that either soldier caused ‘Awad’s death. AsB’Tselem wrote some six months ago – after the State Attorney’s Office announced its intention to prosecute the two for this minor offense – killing a wounded, fleeing youth who posed no threat by shooting him in the back cannot be considered a “reckless and negligent act”. The disparity between the grave action and the minor offense is incomprehensible and outrageous, conveying a message of disregard for the lives of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories on the part of Israeli authorities. (continued)

Nine minors to be held without trial by Israel
IMEMC/Agencies 9 Nov — Israeli authorities recently issued administrative detention orders, without charge or trial, against nine Palestinian minor prisoners, according to the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs (CPA). Heba Masalha, a CPA attorney, identified the nine prisoners as Huthaifa Jabarin, Mahmoud Abu-Ali, Ashraf Zaid, Mahmoud Shweki, Jamal Dari, Nasim Hawarin, Abdul-Ghani Hammad, Majd Saadi, and Adnan al-Azayzeh.
Meanwhile, Masalha said prisoner 18-year-old Mahmoud Odeh from Tulkarm, who was recently detained by Israeli forces, was brutally tortured in Israeli jails. Odeh told Masalha that during several investigation sessions, investigators used cigarettes to burn holes through his skin and force him to confess.

Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlements

Israeli forces detain Palestinian family in their home for 26 hours, wreak havoc on YAS center
HEBRON, Occupied Palestine 9 Nov by ISM, Al-Khalil Team — On the 7th of November, soldiers entered the home of the Haddad family from 5am and did not leave until 7am the following day. At this time, there were 8 people inside the home who were forced into one of the rooms. 20 soldiers entered Haddad’s home and began taking pictures, while settlers were cheering and dancing outside the front. The family was denied any privacy as the door remained open and a guard was posted at the door for the duration of the occupation. There were significant delays for the bathroom. The youngest daughter, aged 8, had to wait for over an hour and each time the door had to be kept open. One of the daughters of the family, aged 25, was permitted to leave to purchase food, however she was unable to return as clashes broke out in the area. She was forced to stay with her sister, therefore the family had very little food. They were permitted only 5 minutes in the kitchen and were not able to have a square meal. Whilst the family was detained in room, soldiers used the bathroom and kitchen freely, and tracked mud through the carpets. During this same period of time, the YAS centre was raided and activists were detained inside. Not only did the military occupy the centre, they also destroyed the media facilities in the apartment, stealing and destroying cameras, computers, hard drives, and other important equipment.

Israeli forces demolish 3 artesian wells west of Jenin
JENIN (WAFA) 10 Nov – Israeli bulldozers Tuesday demolished three artesian wells belonging to Palestinians in the village ofTa‘nak (or Ti‘innik) to the west of Jenin, according to the wells’ owners. The wells belong to locals Imad Jaradat, Suliman Zyood, and No’man Jaradat. The owners informed WAFA that a large Israeli military force, accompanied by heavy machinery, stormed Marj Bin Amer area in the village, before proceeding to demolish the three artesian wells, in addition to a shed and a water tank. Forces further caused damage to greenhouses and olive trees in the area. To be noted, Palestinian farmers in the villages and towns of Ta‘nak, Romaneh (or Rummana), Zboba, Yamoun, and Silet al-Haithiyeh all depend on these wells to provide them with water.

Israel approves plan to ‘legalize’ colonial outposts and construct thousands more units
IMEMC 10 Nov by Saed Bannoura — In yet another decision that violates International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Higher Construction and Planning Committee of the Israeli ‘Civil Administration Office’ has approved a construction plan to ‘legalize’ two colonial outposts in Ramallah, in addition to building 2200 more units. The Israeli plan includes the approval of a structural map for the Ma’ale Mikhmas illegal colony, built on illegally seized Palestinian lands east of Ramallah. The plan also calls for the construction of 2200 new units, and the ‘legalizing’ two outposts (this would make them legal under Israeli law, but they remain a direct violation of international law). The plan, originally submitted in 2014 and approved by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon last month, would lead to the construction of an additional 800 units in Ma’ale Mikhmas by the year 2030 and 300 units in Kokhav HaShahar. In total, the plan includes the construction of at least 2200 units in Kokhav HaShahar, Ramonim, Ma’ale Mikhmas and Psagot, to be completed by 2030. The plan also includes the construction of new units in Tel Zion, and the area south of Ofra colony, in the northern part of the West Bank.


Egypt’s army destroys 31 Gaza smuggling tunnels in October
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 9 Nov — Egypt’s army destroyed 31 smuggling tunnels under the shared border with the Gaza Strip in October, an army spokesman said. Muhammad Samir said military forces discovered 31 tunnel openings in the Egyptian city of Rafah, all of which were demolished. Earlier in October, Egypt detained three Palestinians after blowing up a tunnel under the shared border. Smuggling tunnels that pass beneath the Egyptian border have served as a lifeline to the outside world for Gaza’s 1.8 million inhabitants since Israel imposed a crippling siege on the coastal enclave in 2007, which is supported by Egypt.

The young man and the deathly sea
GAZA CITY (MEE) 8 Nov by Mohammed Omer — His eyes are slightly open, his face pale and close to frozen. A teardrop falls on his forehead from his weeping uncle, Ziad Miqdad, who looks in disbelief at the faded smile of 16-year-old Feras Miqdad. The teenager’s body lay in the morgue at the Abu Yousef Al Najjar Hospital where he was taken after fishing from the sea to feed his family, who are all unwillingly unemployed while trapped for years inside Israel’s blockade. “He was only fighting with the waves to bring some food for his younger brothers,” his aunt told MEE. “We never imagined he would be murdered by our Egyptian neighbours.” On Thursday night, an Egyptian gunboat, patrolling the Gaza-Egyptian marine border started shooting at Gaza fishermen, Ziad Miqdad, who was also on board, told Middle East Eye. “I told Feras to stay down until the shooting stopped and it was quiet again, when Feras started to move his fishing nets, at which point a bullet went straight to his heart,” his uncle said. Ziad Meqdad, who could hardly speak, said no one else was shooting except for the gunboat, yet his family fishing boat was nowhere near Egyptian waters and the shooting took place in an area where they had gone fishing regularly. Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra confirmed that it was fire from the gun tower on the Egyptian boat that killed Feras and also injured another fisherman on Thursday. The Gaza interior ministry said in a statement that it condemned the shooting and demanded an investigation into the incidents. Egyptian authorities have yet to comment on the case. – Brothers and neighbors – At the final prayers for Feras, hundreds of mourners gathered,  with many expressing frustration with their “Egyptian brothers”. “Feras Mohammed Miqdad was not killed by Israeli fire,” the imam at the Belal Ben Rabah Mosque told the crowd, looking on at his body. “He was killed by gun fire from our Egyptian brothers.” A man in the crowd lost control and screamed out in the middle of the mosque: “But those are collaborators with Israel who kill our children and drown our farmlands.” Former Palestinian prime minister and top Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who attended the funeral, expressed his own rage over the incident. (continued)

Fatah accuses Hamas of scaling down Arafat commemorations
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 9 Nov — Fatah has accused Gaza’s de facto leaders Hamas of attempting to scale down an official ceremony in Gaza City to mark the 11th anniversary of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death. Hamas earlier welcomed the ceremony on Nov. 11, which is set to be the first official commemoration of Yasser Arafat’s death since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007. However, a member of Fatah’s central committee, Zakariyya al-Agha, has since said that Hamas is only allowing the ceremony to take place at an indoor venue after “citing security pretexts.” Al-Agha told the Fatah-affiliated Mawtini radio station that the ban on outdoor celebrations would vastly scale down the event and was “unacceptable.” He said that tens of thousands of Palestinians were expected to turn out for the event, and urged Hamas to use the opportunity to extend a hand toward Palestinian reconciliation. On Monday, two days before the official anniversary of Arafat’s death, Fatah-affiliated Palestinians were already beginning commemorations in Gaza, with “thousands” reportedly taking part in a demonstration in front of the Red Crescent’s Gaza City headquarters. Taysir al-Burdini, a Fatah representative in a local prisoners’ committee, told Ma‘an that the demonstration sought to emphasize Arafat’s principles of resistance and national unity. Protesters called slogans praising Arafat as well as the “current intifada” — referring to a wave of protests that has swept the occupied Palestinian territory, as well as a series of attacks on Israelis.

Hamas to hand over Arafat’s former home in Gaza to Fatah
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 9 Nov — Gaza’s de facto leaders Hamas are expected to hand over control of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s home to Fatah on Tuesday, ahead of the 11th anniversary of Arafat’s death, a Fatah spokesperson has said. Fayiz Abu Aita said Monday that an agreement had been reached between Hamas and the Yasser Arafat Foundation to hand the property over to the Fatah movement on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The home, which lies in western Gaza City, has been under Hamas control since June 2007. Abu Aita added that Zakariya al-Agha, a member of Fatah’s central committee, as well as local leaders and the leading council of the Yasser Arafat Foundation would be present during the transfer. It is set to take place a day before the 11th anniversary of Arafat’s death, on Nov. 11, and will be seen as an attempt to quell tensions between Hamas and Fatah following a dispute over the upcoming commemoration.

90 Palestinians evacuated as rain brings floods to southern Gaza
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 9 Nov — Gaza’s Civil Defense evacuated 90 Palestinians from their homes as rain brought flooding to parts of the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday. Muhammad al-Majdanah, chief spokesperson for the Civil Defense, told Ma‘an that seven houses were evacuated from Khan Younis in southern Gaza, totaling 90 people. Al-Majdanah said that no injuries were reported, but the families’ homes were damaged by the flood water. He added that Civil Defense services are on call to deal with emergencies. During the last week of October, Gaza’s Civil Defense had to evacuate 20 families from their homes due to flooding.
Gaza has been hit by severe flooding in the past. In December last year, a major storm left streets in Gaza City flooded with water and sewage, exacerbating the dire situation for more than 100,000 Palestinians left homeless by Israel’s devastating military offensive last summer. The year before, in December 2013, heavy rain caused the displacement of more than 40,000 across the Gaza Strip. The floods are exacerbated by a chronic lack of fuel that limits how much water can be pumped out of flood-stricken areas.

Officials say new Israeli rules slow aid to Palestinians
Al-Monitor 8 Nov by Barbara Slavin — As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington to try to repair tattered ties with President Barack Obama and defend Israeli policies, officials from US and international aid organizations say they are facing new Israeli restrictions undercutting their efforts to help Palestinians, especially Gazans trying to recover from a 50-day war in 2014. Officials from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) told Al-Monitor that a new regulation limiting the thickness of wood planks imported into Gaza is of particular concern. Rules put in place this summer allow lumber of only a centimeter (two-fifths of an inch) thick, said Matthew McGarry, the CRS country representative for Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, compared with four centimeters just a few month ago. The thinner wood, he said, is not suitable for constructing even temporary housing. Israeli officials say that the rule was prompted by evidence that Hamas, the militant Islamic group that governs Gaza, was using the wood to build tunnels for smuggling arms and potentially fighters into Israel.

UK decision to refuse Gaza medical experts from joining Kingston University conference condemned by campaigners
The Independent 9 Nov by Jonathan Owen — A decision by Britain to refuse a group of Palestinian medical experts from Gaza permission to participate in an international conference at Kingston University on trauma in war zones has been condemned by campaigners. Three doctors and a nurse who work for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, and were due to give presentations at the conference taking place this weekend, have had their visa requests refused by British authorities. In addition to the four mental health specialists refused entry, Dr Nahida Al-Arja, a psychologist from Bethlehem University, has had her visa application rejected. A letter by the UK Palestine Mental Health Network, co-organisers of the conference, published in theIndependent, says: “It is beyond our comprehension how such an interference with intellectual and clinical discussion on such an important topic could be justified. This is a measure that further isolates clinicians from Gaza, already struggling under the impact of military assaults and siege.” . . . And Dr Mohamed Altawil, director, Palestine Trauma Centre (PTC), and one of the conference’s co-organisers, said: “This refusal is completely unjustified and a direct abuse of basic human rights. Neither will it help peace and conflict resolution in the area.” He added: “The people from Gaza were being sponsored by the World Health Organization to come to the UK. The British consulate in Amman refused them because they thought if they arrived in London, they might not go back to Gaza. Another reason, they said that they do not have sufficient finances. They mentioned in the refusal that they do not have right to appeal.”

After failing to find work, many Gazan medical professionals ‘lease’ their degrees
GAZA CITY (Al-Monitor) 8 Nov by Rasha Abou Jalal — Escalating unemployment rates, poverty and the lack of job opportunities in the Gaza Strip are pushing college graduates with medical-related degrees to “lease” them to would-be business owners or investors. Leasing the degrees, in fields such as optometry, laboratory medicine and pharmacology, provides income for graduates crippled by unemployment and those who don’t have enough money to open their own medical facilities. There is a strong demand for these degrees among people seeking to invest in the medical field who don’t have the necessary qualifications and certifications. According to a statement issued by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics in July, around 30,000 Palestinians graduate each year from Palestinian institutions of higher learning. The unemployment rate among university graduates who obtained a bachelor’s degree in Gaza reached 69.5% in 2014. Reham Ayman said her 2014 optometry degree from the Islamic University of Gaza proved worthless, except that she was able to lease it for 800 shekels ($210) a month. “The lack of job opportunities in the public and private sectors, and not being able to open my own optical clinic for lack of sufficient capital, made my educational degree useless until my father told me I could lease it to an entrepreneur wishing to open an optical clinic. I refused at first, but I quickly changed my mind when the harsh reality hit me,” she told Al-Monitor. Ayman said a number of her fellow graduates followed suit.

Punitive demolitions

Israel’s cruelest punishments reserved for Palestinians
EI 9 Nov by Charlotte Silver — The Abu Jamal family lives in an apartment complex near the bottom of the valley in Jabal al-Mukabir, a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. On the building’s top floor, a thin trail of ash leads to what was once Ghassan Abu Jamal’s apartment. It is now a chaotic mess of mangled iron, piles of jagged cement and destroyed furniture – the remains of a home that was blown up from the inside. Ghassan Abu Jamal, along with his cousin Udai Abu Jamal, entered a synagogue in West Jerusalem one year ago and shot dead four people before being killed by an Israeli soldier. On the morning of 6 October, the Israeli army placed enough explosives in Ghassan’s small apartment to destroy it, as well as that of his brother Mouria, who lived next door. This was the first home to be demolished as part of an onslaught of reprisals Israel has implemented in Jerusalem since a sharp rise in violence began at the start of October . . . Since then, four more homes have been punitively demolished or sealed by Israel, while seven more demolition orders have been issued and at least 16 homes surveyed for possible destruction. The policy is holdover from the emergency lawsintroduced by Palestine’s British colonial rulers in 1945. Notably, Israel only implements the practice for suspected Palestinian attackers, never for Jewish perpetrators or suspects or their families . . .
Israel has targeted the residents of Jabal al-Mukabir, especially the Abu Jamal family, with myriad forms of collective punishment: homes have been demolished, residency rights stripped, movement impeded. When the soldiers arrived at Ghassan’s home the morning of 6 October, it was already empty. Nadia, Ghassan’s wife from a village east of the separation wall in the occupied West Bank, had already had her Jerusalem residency stripped by Israel when her husband died, a move human rights group B’Tselem called “unlawful punishment.” She was forced to leave Jerusalem in July, along with her three children, aged 3, 4 and 6. During the pre-dawn demolition of Ghassan’s home, soldiers had beaten Ghassan’s cousin Alaa with their rifles, seriously wounding him. Medical records from the clinic that treated him following the attack state that his right elbow was swollen from “trauma by a heavy object.” A week later, Alaa drove his car into the Jerusalem light rail andreportedly stabbed several Israelis, killing one and seriously injuring another, before he was shot to death. Yet Israel maintains that the practice of demolishing the family homes of Palestinian “terror” suspects deters future attacks. (continued)

IOF threatens to demolish a home in al-Khalil
AL-KHALIL (PIC) 9 Nov — The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed Monday evening the home of the Palestinian martyrHamza al-Omla in Beit Ula west of al-Khalil. Family sources affirmed the IOF thoroughly searched in the house that measures about 800 square meters before threatening to demolish it. Hamza al-Omla was killed by Israeli gunfire on October 20 north of al-Khalil for running over an Israeli soldier.

Other news / Opinion / Analysis

Poll: Palestinians see poor prospects for peace, security
WASHINGTON, DC (Gallup) 9 Nov by Jihad Fakhreddine & Travis Owen — Palestinians see relationship with Israelis as bad, getting worse; 17% of Palestinians hold out hope for peace; More Palestinians lack trust in Obama to negotiate a deal — Ahead of the recent flare-up in violence that has prompted fears of a third Palestinian intifada, a majority of Palestinians continue to say they believe mostly in nonviolent forms of resistance and negotiation in achieving self-determination and security for their people. However, Palestinians are more supportive of violent means than they have been in the past several years, with 32% believing mostly in armed struggle and military solutions. . . While most of the new wave of violence has taken place in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, at the time of the survey, residents in these areas were less likely (27%) than those living in the Gaza Strip (39%) to believe in violent solutions to the conflict. West Bank and East Jerusalem residents (43%) were also less likely than Gaza residents (65%) to describe relations between Israelis and Palestinians as “very bad.” And they were less likely than Gaza residents to say relations are getting worse, although majorities in the West Bank/East Jerusalem as well as Gaza share this pessimism. (continued)

Palestinians remain among most marginalized refugees, due to Israel’s occupation, lack of predictable funding, Fourth Committee told
UN General Assembly 9 Nov — “Palestine refugees today feel further than ever ‘left behind’,” Pierre Krähenbühl, UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, said as he addressed the Committee. The vulnerability and isolation of the refugees had intensified, and broader gains in social and economic development across the region were very much at risk. In addition, the Sustainable Development Goals recently adopted by the international community were an aspiration “beyond the foreseeable horizon” of the Palestine refugees as long as they remained casualties of the unresolved conflict that had violated their fundamental human rights for more than six decades. He went on to describe a financial crisis which, in 2014, had affected the Agency’s varied projects, including its flagship education programme. Providing education for some 500,000 Palestinian refugee children and vocational training for 7,000 youth, the programme had been under threat of indefinite suspension due to the lack of funding. Faced with that crippling funding shortfall, UNRWA’s management had had no choice but to “grasp the nettle” and take urgent measures to close the gap by curtailing planned expenditure, he said. Describing those events as a “very close call”, he said they were a “warning to all of us that we must now take serious steps […] to ensure that UNRWA is put on a more sustainable future financial basis”

Israel to install cameras along West Bank highways
Times of Israel 10 Nov — The state is reportedly planning to install surveillance cameras on roads throughout the West Bank in an effort to curb stone-throwing and firebombing attacks. As part of a plan approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and funded by the Defense Ministry, over 100 cameras will be affixed along highways in the West Bank in two stages, and monitored 24 hours a day, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported on Tuesday. In the first stage, dozens of cameras will be installed at junctions over the next three to six months. The second stage, which has not yet been budgeted, will include over 100 more cameras at various points, the report said. The footage will be transmitted to army intelligence units, which will be able to report suspicious activity, stabbings, riots, stone and firebomb attacks to security services on the ground without delay. The cost of the project was assessed at some NIS 250 million ($63 million) overall.

Star-studded US gala raises $31m for IDF, in one night
LOS ANGELES (AP) 6 Nov — A fundraiser in aid of the Israeli army brought in $31 million in one night on Thursday, as some 1,200 people turned out for an annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) gala in California. The sold-out Western Region Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills was attended by guests from the United States and Israel. Guests included actors Jason Alexander, Antonio Banderas, Liev Schreiber, Jason Segel and Mark Wahlberg, as well as the KISS frontman, Israeli-born Gene Simmons.

Jerusalem and Hebron: A tale of two cities
Al-Monitor 10 Nov by Daoud Kuttab — The story of thePalestinian uprising that began Sept. 13 with protests against Israeli intrusions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the Jewish New Year is actually the story of two cities — Jerusalem and Hebron. Of the 84 Palestinians listed by Shfa News as having been killed by Israelis as of Nov. 9, the majority, 57%, are from Jerusalem and Hebron. The 30 Palestinians killed in the Hebron arearepresent 36% of the current death toll, while the 18 killed in Jerusalem constitute 21% of those whose lives have been cut short by the Israelis. The protests that spread throughout the West Bank and Gaza may have begun in Jerusalem, but the bulk of the Palestinians resisting the Israeli occupation and paying the ultimate price come from Hebron. What is it about Jerusalem and Hebron that unites them at the forefront of the struggle against Israeli military forces and the Jewish settler population? From the start of the Israeli occupation in June 1967, these two cities have been the most affected by the illegal drive to settle Jews at their heart. After the Israelis captured Jerusalem’s Old City on June 7, they razed the Mughrabi Quarter, adjacent to the Western Wall and where many Palestinians originally of Moroccan origin lived. The Israelis also reclaimed the Jewish Quarter and have since forbidden non-Jews to live there . . .A similar usurpation was witnessed in Hebron, where the first Jewish settlers, Rabbi Moshe Levinger and his wife, arrived disguised as tourists staying at the Park Hotel in 1968. They soon revealed themselves and began a process of settlement that has since seen more than 500 Jewish settlers take over numerous homes and locations in the center of the city. A much larger, 5,000-strong settlement was built nearby in Kiryat Arba. The settlement drive is not the only aspect of the occupation that ties Hebron and Jerusalem. Ani al-Qaq, a Jerusalem resident and former Palestinian ambassador to Switzerland, told Al-Monitor that the struggle for freedom has forced Palestinians in both places to stand at the forefront against the occupying soldiers and settlers. “Hebronites and Jerusalemites both share the same repressive situation. Their holy places are constantly being challenged. Their homes are taken, there are checkpoints and settlers everywhere, and Palestinians on both sides experience humiliation on a daily basis,” Qaq said.(continued)

The IDF’s Hebron dilemma / Shlomi Eldar
Al-Monitor 9 Nov — . . . Unlike the second intifada (2000-2005), the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) this time do not have clear targets that can be labeled as centers for planning and executing attacks. Consequently, all the combative terms — strike, destroy, deter, thwart — become useless. Because there are no wanted terrorists and there is no terrorist infrastructure that can be specifically designated, the IDF has no choice but to resort to a defensive strategy. This started by deploying large forces and setting upbarriers and roadblocks in East Jerusalem’s neighborhoods, where most of the assailants came from during the initial stages of this wave of terror. Now it seems that the center of the popular uprising has shifted to Hebron . . .  And this is precisely the dilemma with which the IDF is grappling now: If it applies a heavy-handed approach to Hebron’s residents, their motivation to rise up and clash with the Israeli military in mass violent demonstrations, which have so far rarely taken place, will only increase. On the other hand, the IDF’s policy of restraint in recent weeks has failed to deliver . . . Hence, the way to combat the “Hebron phenomenon” at this time is not by deploying more military troops in the city. Any deterrent or heavy-handed approach that Israel will use against the civilian Palestinian population could backfire and become another motivator for attacks, thus leading to a vicious circle. Presently, the close security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) continues. However, since this time around the perpetrators of the uprising are not the Palestinian organizations, tracking down the assailants prior to the act is nearly impossible. For this reason, the only way for the IDF to cope with the problem of Hebron is to engage in full cooperation with the Palestinian security agencies — not just exchange information and intelligence. It also needs to see to it that PA policing forces deploy in the city. And in order for the forces of President Mahmoud Abbas not be declared by the local residents as collaborators, their deployment — in coordination with Israel — has to be defined by the PA as its own interest in defending the city’s residents and preventing the entry of Israeli troops, which could result in many casualties and broad civilian chaos. If calm is achieved for several days or weeks, the city could perhaps go back to normal. A quiet Hebron will affect the entire West Bank. Put differently, only Hebron could probably stop the wave of terror.

FULL Documentary BANNED by the McCanns (Overturned) Truth of the Lie – Gonçalo Amaral – YouTube

FULL Documentary BANNED by the McCanns (Overturned) Truth of the Lie – Gonçalo Amaral – YouTube.

From Kikorattan
A very interesting twist to this story …
“So far: the Naylor child was entered into the Ocean Club creche SIX times in Gerry ‪#‎McCann‬‘s writing. Naylor didn’t deny it when I spoke to him. Maddie goes missing, only cadaver odour left behind. Should we connect these events? I say we should. I conclude that McCann took Elizabeth Naylor to creche to enable him to take at the same time her then-and-now friend Madalene. I deduce that, for respectability and practical purposes, they would have been accompanied by a female – probably Madalene’s mother. Before we consider Madalene, a little background about Robert Naylor. His most recent CV, since at least 2005, is as an investment banker. First with the corrupt and ultimately disgraced Landsbanki, with whom he worked In Edinburgh and later in London. As the bank collapsed, he and about a dozen others jumped ship to form the Matrix Investment Bank, also in London. But is there any evidence that he ever knew Gerry? No. Did he ever live or work near Rothley? Here, it becomes interesting. I have seen and put in a safe place a copy of Companies House Form 288a dated 2002, on which *a* Robert Naylor declares himself director or secretary of a small Leicestershire firm. This Robert Naylor gives his business address as Bradgate Hill, Groby. That’s about 4 miles from Gerry’s Golf Club (Rothley Park), another mile from Rothley, and about a further three miles from Queniborough, where the McCanns previously lived. Is this “our” Robert Naylor? Only if we had his signature on a statement from PdL, or from his current occupation, would we know. And we haven’t. But what we have got, is Gerry’s feeble attempt to replicate Naylor’s initialised signature on the attendance records of the Ocean Club creche.”

So what were the McCann relationships with the other members of the Tapas group ? The first two to we hear about are Fiona and David Payne. Kate tells us on P33 of her book she first became friends with Fiona in December 2000 at Leicester General ICU, so I suppose that David came as part of the package in that friendship. If I read her book correctly Russell O’Brien, Jane Tanner, and Matthew and Rachael Oldfield were closer friends of the Paynes, but known acquaintances of her and Gerry (P59). It was the first time the McCanns would holiday with the ‘acquaintances’. With no deep foundation to their relationship it was going to be unlikely this lot could stick together under the circumstances of 3rd May on any meaningful level.
So if not friendship, what else might bind then together? A blog to read is Textusas, who believes the group were swingers. This suggestion may have its roots in the fact that Mark Warner holidays cater for ‘adults only’ holidays; there is a link from steel magnolia here:
Also from the Jane Tanner rogatory appears this bolt from the blue:
“078 “Okay. Is there anything else that you need to speak about”?
Reply “Erm no I don’t think so, don’t think anything else is”.
4078 “What about your personal opinions Jane”?
Reply “Yeah erm, well obviously I, I mean I was almost gonna say this at the very, very end of anything but I just, I’d just really like to say to the Portuguese Police you know, I think there’s been a lot said but from a, you know we’re not a bunch of swingers that went out there for a swinging holiday, I can’t think of anything to be worse to be honest but yeah, we didn’t go out there on a swingers holiday to dump our kids in the kids club while we got pissed and shagged each other you know, that’s not what we did.”
Kate says in her book P59, they had been away with Dave and Fiona several times and always enjoyed themselves; Dave was an avid organiser of holidays it seems. It was he who instigated the infamous timeline lists handed to the PJ, and he was at the Rothley meeting that Clarence Mitchell tells us was for ‘operational reasons’ on 17th November 2007, that caused such indignation within the PJ, just 10 days after the Telegraph reported that two of the Tapas wanted to change their story and had consulted their solicitors..
Maybe it’s something altogether more sinister. David’s odd, almost casual conversations with Gerry in front of the Gaspars can only add to the consternation.. I have no doubt just that there was than just swinging going on. . Payne is at the centre of the holiday soirées, surrounding himself with friends, and someone, with his prepared timelines, who needs to try and control what the PJ think when in reality he should just be a bystander letting them get on with their job. The other’s eagerness to comply with his actions on 3rd May is complete,. So what does he have over them that they feel powerless to confront?
Maybe it’s a secret that can’t be revealed; a bond they have above friendship born out of mutual embarrassment in the event of exposure. While swinging, or some other nefarious activity, might suggest a stronger kind of cement than just friendship to hold the group .
Whatever happened David Payne was in the thick of it.
Frances Gallagher's photo.
  • A really weird looking bunch  The first two people on the top line are both evil and ugly inside and out!
     Looking at them all, I would say they all look quite normal, apart from G&K and DP
     It has been questioned about Kate & David Payne as apparently on May 3rd (?) she answered the door to him in a towel after showering – already odd, but then showered or bathed again when he left 30 minutes later?? Although she says he only stayed for 30 seconds….
     Another indictment of KM’s lack of mothering instincts if she’d put being outed as a swinger above the safety of her child. Personally I wouldn’t give a flying one if people knew I was a swinger. I’d only be concerned about getting my child back!
     Something worse than a swinger I am afraid.

6 Links Jeremy Corbyn Doesn’t Want You to Know About

6 Links Jeremy Corbyn Doesn’t Want You to Know About.



Footballer Adam Johnson was today charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.

tomie jones- where have i heard this story before ,12 years age difference that,s childplay, try 45, that,s showbiz for you though.what do they get up to in the uk?

Footballer Adam Johnson was today charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.

The 27-year-old Sunderland star, who was initially suspended and then reinstated by the club following the allegations, attended Peterlee police station in County Durham earlier today

The Premier League winger was arrested at his mansion on March 2. Durham Police had previously extended his bail for five weeks.

A force spokesman said: ‘Adam Johnson, a professional footballer aged 27 from County Durham, has this afternoon been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 years old, plus one offence of grooming.

‘Johnson was initially arrested on March 2 and was charged after he answered his police bail today at Peterlee police station. He will appear the magistrates’ court in Peterlee on the morning of May 20.’

The offences alleged to have been committed by Johnson – whose long-time girlfriend Stacey Flounders gave birth to a daughter in January – date from last December to this February.

Gerry Wareham, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North East, said: ‘Following an investigation by Durham Police, I have today authorised police to charge Adam Johnson, aged 27, with four offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The offences are alleged to have been committed on one girl aged 15 at the time.’

How Israel deliberately killed 364 children under the age of 12 in Gaza

Rania Khalek 18 April 2015. Posted in News

Children were crushed to death in their homes, dismembered as they slept in their beds, torn to pieces as they played in their yards.

Child in rubble of home

Since reducing much of the Gaza Strip to rubble, Israel has refused to allow the entry of desperately needed reconstruction material into Gaza, leaving 108,000 people, the majority of them children, homeless.

ISRAEL DELIBERATELY targeted children in Gaza last summer, according to a new report by Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCI-Palestine).

Of the 2,220 Palestinians killed during Israel’s 51-day bombing campaign, at least 1,492 were civilians, including at least 547 children.

A total of 535 of those children were killed as a direct result of Israeli attacks. Moreover, 68 percent of children Israel killed in Gaza were under the age of twelve, according to the report.

An additional 3,374 children were injured, including over 1,000 who have been left with lifelong disabilities, many of which require medical care that is inaccessible in Gaza due to a crushing Israeli siege that has yet to be lifted. Another 373,000 children are suffering from deep trauma and require desperately needed psychosocial support that is severely lacking in the Gaza Strip.

Nowhere was safe for children

As a matter of policy, Israel deliberately and indiscriminately targeted the very spaces where children are supposed to feel most secure. Such acts violate international law and amount to war crimes, according to the report.

Children were crushed to death while they sheltered in their homes, dismembered as they slept in their beds and torn to pieces as they played in their yards. At least eighteen children were killed by Israeli attacks targeting schools. For the children of Gaza, nowhere was safe from Israeli violence.

Equally as haunting as where children were killed is the assortment of weapons Israel deployed against them.

At least 225 children were killed in airstrikes “while they were in their own homes or seeking shelter, often as they sat down to eat with their families, played, or slept,” the report states.

An investigation by the Associated Press yielded similar data, finding that 844 Palestinians, over half of the total of civilians killed in Gaza last summer, were killed by Israeli airstrikes on civilian homes, “including nineteen babies and 108 preschoolers between the ages of one and five.”

Israel tried to justify the targeting of Gaza’s civilian population by arguing, without evidence, that Palestinian resistance fighters were using civilians as human shields, giving Israel no choice but to fire at children. DCI-Palestine strongly disputes this claim, arguing:

The rhetoric voiced by Israeli officials regarding “human shields” during the military offensive amounted to nothing more than generalizations that fall short of the precise calculation required by international humanitarian law when determining whether something is actually a military object. Even if evidence existed that Hamas or other Palestinian armed groups did use civilians as human shields, this does not relieve Israel from its obligations under international law nor does it justify an attack on civilians or civilian structures.

In fact, it is Israel which has a long and documented history of using Palestinian children as human shields, and last summer’s attack was no exception, as detailed by DCI-Palestine report.

DCI-Palestine attributes Israel’s indiscriminate and deliberate attacks on civilian homes and schools in Gaza to the Dahiya doctrine. Named after the Dahiya neighborhood in Beirut that Israel purposely devastated in its 2006 assault on Lebanon, the Dahiya doctrine refers to the Israeli army’s stated policy of deploying overwhelming force against civilian infrastructure.

Israel’s baseless “human shields” accusation against Palestinians is an attempt to mask a military policy that systematically violates international law.

“Directly targeted” by drones

Another 164 children were “directly targeted and unlawfully killed” in Israeli drone strikes on their homes and in the street as they attempted to flee to safety, according to DCI-Palestine.

DCI-Palestine was particularly alarmed by the high number of children targeted in drone attacks because Israeli drones deliver well-defined images of the people below in real time. Furthermore, Israeli officials often boast that drone strikes are superior to other methods of warfare due to their surgical precision, says DCI-Palestine, suggesting that Israel deliberately targeted children in drone attacks.

One of the many cases highlighted in the DCI-Palestine report is the death of nine-year-old Rabi Qasem Rabi Abu Ras, who was dismembered by an Israeli drone missile that targeted him as he ran to an ambulance after an Israeli shell landed near him and his mother.

“His arms and legs were cut off. The upper part of his body was separated from his lower body, which was turned into small pieces. I screamed,” recounted his mother, Aisha Abu Ras, in an interview with DCI-Palestine. “I shouted to the ambulance. I rushed to the paramedics and told them about it, but they said they could not approach the location without prior coordination with the Israeli army.”

Aisha and Rabi were traveling back to a UN shelter after collecting extra belongings from the home they fled in Um Nasr, a town in northern Gaza near the boundary with Israel.

An Israeli drone fired the missile that tore through the home of Issam Jouda on 24 August, killing his wife, Rawiya, and four of their five children as they played together in the family’s yard in Gaza’s Tal al-Zaatar neighborhood.

The Joudas were one of an estimated 140 families partially or completely annihilated by Israel last summer.

Another was the El-Farra family, which lost nine members on 1 August, including five children between the ages of four and fifteen, in a drone strike that targeted them as they ran into the street fleeing two prior drone attacks that struck their home in the middle of the night without warning, according to DCI-Palestine.

Over the last decade, Israel’s use of robotic warfare against Palestinians has escalated dramatically, with each new military assault on Gaza relying more heavily on drones than the last. Thirty-seven percent, or 840 people, were killed in drone attacks alone during last summer’s attack.

As the world’s largest exporter of drones, Israel is profiting immensely from the technology used to kill children.

“A man-made humanitarian crisis”

The bombs have stopped falling for now but children continue to suffer due Israel’s eight-year-long siege, imposed in partnership with Egypt.

The circumstances in Gaza are so desperate that 46 international international aid agencies have called for sanctions on Israel over its blockade, which DCI-Palestine has labeled “a man-made humanitarian crisis.”

Since reducing much of the Gaza Strip to rubble, Israel has refused to allow the entry of desperately needed reconstruction material into Gaza, leaving 108,000 people, the majority of them children, homeless.

Consequently, four infants whose homes were destroyed by Israel last year have died of hypothermia due to lack of proper shelter. The youngest was just one-month-old, according to the UN.

Other children have died as a result of unexploded Israeli ordnance littered across the Gaza Strip. In October last, four-year-old Muhammad Sami Abu Jarad was killed by an unexploded Israeli hand grenade left behind by Israeli soldiers who occupied his house in Beit Hanoun during the ground invasion, according to DCI-Palestine.

Waging war on a ghetto

The ferocity of Israel’s violence against Palestinian children may have reached new heights in 2014, but DCI-Palestine notes that the brutality is part of an ongoing systematic campaign.

“Since 2000, a generation of children living in the [occupied West Bank and Gaza] have been shot at, shelled and bombed,” says the report. “During this time, Israeli forces and settlers have killed more than 1,950 Palestinian children, the vast majority of whom were living in the Gaza Strip,” it continues.

Indeed, since 2006, Gaza has been subjected to six devastating Israeli military assaults that have killed scores of children.

Gaza is home to 1.8 million Palestinians, eighty percent of whom are refugees. Their families were forcibly expelled from present-day Israel and barred from returning because they are not Jewish.

Meanwhile, 43 percent of Gaza’s inhabitants are under the age of fourteen. Israel’s ongoing war against Gaza is essentially a war on a refugee ghetto.

Killing children with impunity

“While Israeli authorities have selectively opened their own investigations into several incidents occurring during the latest military offensive, previous experience has shown that Israeli authorities persistently fail to investigate alleged violations of its armed forces in accordance with international standards,” warns DCI-Palestine.

Indeed, the Israeli army recently absolved itself of wrongdoing for its behavior in the southern Gaza town of Rafah on 1 August, a day referred to by Palestinians as Black Friday.

On that day Israeli forces executed the Hannibal Directive, an Israeli military protocol that calls for massive firepower to prevent a captured Israeli soldier from being taken alive, even if it means killing the soldier and hundreds of civilians in the process.

To prevent the capture alive of a soldier wrongly believed taken by Palestinian fighters, Israeli forces carpet-bombed Rafah, killing 190 Palestinians in under 48 hours, including at least 49 children on 1 August alone, according to DCI-Palestine.

With the morgues full to capacity, medical workers were forced to store corpses in vegetable refrigerators and ice cream coolers to accommodate the high volume of dead bodies.

The Israeli army’s internal investigation ruled this carnage to be “proportionate.”

The DCI-Palestine report ends by calling for international action to lift the siege on Gaza and hold Israel accountable for its crimes.

“The continued failure of the international community to demand justice and accountability has provided tacit approval of the persistent denial of Palestinian rights,” says DCI-Palestine. “Without an end to the current regime of collective punishment, targeted assassinations, and regular military offensives, the situation for Gaza’s children is all but guaranteed to further deteriorate.”

Source: Electronic Intifada

Spain’s leading parties feel voter anger seen across Europe

MADRID (AP) — Europe’s political upheavals are knocking on Spain’s door. Two  parties that hardly registered a year ago are mounting an unprecedented challenge to the governing Popular Party and the main opposition Socialist Party that have dominated Spanish politics for four decades.

A poll published Sunday in El Pais placed the radical-left Podemos (“We Can”) and the grass-roots movement Ciudadanos (“Citizens”) neck-and-neck with their established rivals ahead of next month’s local and regional elections. The four were separated by less than three percentage points.

It’s the latest in a political sea change seen across Europe — from Greece to Britain — as voters express frustration with traditional parties struggling to reverse economic hard times brought on by the continent’s financial crisis.

“The political effects of the crisis are going to be long-lasting,” said Antonio Roldan of think-tank Eurasia Group. “There is definitely a deep transformation.”

Greece’s Syriza government — a new coalition of the radical left and nationalist right — was elected in January on promises to scrap the austerity measures imposed in return for Greece’s two international bailouts, worth a total of 240 billion euros ($253 billion). Hard bargaining with Greece’s creditors has made Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government popular, with many Greeks saying they have regained a sense of national pride.

In France’s local elections last month, voters turned their back on the governing Socialists, who recorded their fourth electoral defeat since President Francois Hollande took power in 2012. The government’s failure to revive the ailing economy and lower the 10 percent unemployment rate sent voters to the right, with the far-right National Front winning 22 percent of the vote.

Britain’s political future is hard to predict ahead of a May 7 general election. British elections have for decades delivered majority governments for either the center-right Conservatives or the left-leaning Labour Party, but polls indicate that voters are defecting in droves to alternatives, including the separatist Scottish National Party and the anti-immigration UK Independence Party. After several years of economic turbulence and government spending cuts, many people are disaffected with the way traditional parties have handled the economy, the public health system, immigration and relations with the rest of Europe.

In Spain, the European Union’s fifth-largest economy, where national elections are due by the end of the year, an unemployment rate of almost 24 percent and a series of political corruption scandals have fueled discontent and opened a door for new groups promising change.

The two newcomers are young and brash, with leaders in their mid-30s. By contrast, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is 60.

Podemos, which has links to Greece’s Syriza, is not only offering something different — it looks different. The party’s rise is greatly due to the charisma of its pony-tailed leader, Pablo Iglesias, a 36-year-old political science professor. From the working class Madrid neighborhood of Vallecas, Iglesias prefers jeans and rolled-up shirt sleeves to the usual suit and tie of political leaders.

And Iglesias doesn’t pull his punches. He says Spain is “run by the butlers of the rich” and that the economy must serve the people. That kind of talk is commonly heard on Spanish streets.

Fellow newcomer Ciudadanos, a centrist party whose name means “Citizens,” grew out of a gathering of Catalan intellectuals. It, too, has benefited from a popular and eloquent leader — 35-year-old Albert Rivera. The party offers a “third way” between the traditional parties, but pledges to be just as tough on corruption.

The El Pais poll said Podemos would garner 22.1 percent of the vote if elections were held today, with the Socialists taking 21.9 percent, the Popular Party, 20.8 percent and Ciudadanos, 19.4 percent.

“Podemos and Ciudadanos are … putting pressure on the traditional parties to rejuvenate and end the string of corruption cases,” said Juan Hidalgo, a 32-year-old salesman in Madrid. “It’s a good thing that new parties with new ideas can be decisive when it comes to forming a government.”

With the new parties potentially playing the role of kingmaker in this year’s elections, investors are watching Spain closely for signs that political turmoil — particularly from a surging Podemos — may send new financial shockwaves through the 19-nation eurozone, said Antonio Barroso, a London-based analyst with Teneo Intelligence, a political and business risk consulting firm.

“Investors just don’t want to see another Greece, to put it bluntly,” he said.

The El Pais survey, conducted by the Metroscopia polling firm, was based on telephone interviews with 1,000 people between April 7 and 9. It had a margin of error of 3.2 percent.

The White Poppy for Peace Campaign A new “Freedom Flotilla” is scheduled to embark for Gaza

A new “Freedom Flotilla” is scheduled to embark for Gaza in two months’ time, organisers said on Tuesday.

The voyage is scheduled to begin in the first half of the year, which means the flotilla could set sail within weeks, Mazen Kahel, an organiser with the European Campaign to end the Siege on Gaza, told MEE.

Like its 2010 predecessor, this year’s flotilla aims to challenge Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip which has been in place since 2007.

Former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki has given his “full support” to the mission. He is expected to take part and will be on one of the boats, several organisers have confirmed.“Marzouki has always been engaged with the cause and has openly supported the Palestinians in his time of power,” Kahel told MEE.

Negotiations are currently underway with other political, religious and business figures, but their names have yet to be confirmed and will be announced at a later date, Kahel added.

Activists from across Europe, the US and the Middle East will participate in the flotilla, organised by a string of civil society groups and NGOs working under the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.”

Former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki is expected to take part, organisers said.


Kidon“tip of the spear”) is the name of a department within ISRAEL’s Mossad that is allegedly responsible for the execution of opponents (it is not acknowledged  to exist by the Israeli government or mossad their intelligence agency.  Kidon is suspected of being behind a number of successful assassination campaigns, such as the JFK assassination;operation wrath of God  campaign(which carried on for twenty years) and many ,many, more. Given the secret nature of the unit, there is  little  information available.

The reasons for the kidon alleged responsibility for the JFK assassination is as follows(this is a theory not fact )

 JFK was adamantly determined to stop Israel from building the nuclear bomb. LBJ simply looked the other way. JFK’s death did indeed prove beneficial to Israel’s nuclear ambitions and the evidence proves it.

The murder of American president John F. Kennedy brought to an abrupt end the massive pressure being applied by the U.S. administration on the government of Israel to discontinue their nuclear program.Kennedy made it quite clear to the Israeli Prime Minister that he would not under any circumstances agree to Israel becoming a nuclear state.Had Kennedy remained alive, it is doubtful whether Israel would today have a nuclear option and that,Ben-Gurion’s decision to resign in 1963 was taken to a large extent against the background of the tremendous pressure that Kennedy was applying on him concerning the nuclear issue.”
In Kennedy’s last fiscal budget year of 1964, Israeli aid was $40 million. In LBJ’s first budget of 1965, it soared to $71 million, and in 1966 more than tripled from two years earlier to $130 million!  During Kennedy’s administration, almost none of the aid to Israel was military in nature. Instead, it was split equally between development loans and food assistance under the PL480 Program. Yet in 1965 under the Johnson administration, 20% of the aid to Israel was for the military, while in 1966, 71% was used for war-related materials.

In 1963 the Kennedy administration sold 5 Hawk missiles to Israel as part of an air-defense system. In 1965-66,  LBJ laid 250 tanks on Israel, 48 Skyhawk attack aircrafts, plus guns and artillery which were all offensive in nature.
The $92 million in military assistance provided in fiscal year 1966 was greater than the total of all official military aid provided to Israel cumulatively in all the years going back to the foundation of that nation in 1948.
70% of all U.S. official assistance to Israel has been military. America has given Israel over $17 billion in military aid since 1946, virtually all of which – over 99% – has been provided since 1965.”
Within two years of JFK’s assassination, Israel went from being a weak, outmatched member of the volatile Middle Eastern community that was not allowed to develop nuclear weapons to one that was well on its way to becoming a undeniable military force on the world stage.

John Kennedy  refused to allow Israel to develop a nuclear program, while LBJ DID. By 1968, the president had no intention of doing anything to stop the Israeli bomb.The result of this shift in focus from the Kennedy to Johnson administration is, in many opinions, the  reason behind the current troubles in the Middle East which culminated in the 9-11 attacks and the  war with Iraq .  Here are the results of John F. Kennedy’s assassination:

1)  Foreign and military aid to Israel increased dramatically once LBJ became president.

2) Israel suddenly emerged as the dominant force.

3) Since the LBJ administration, Israel has always had weaponry that was superior to any of its direct neighbors.

4) Due to this undeniable and obvious increase in Israel’s War Machine, a constant struggle has been perpetuated in the Middle East.

5) LBJ also allowed Israel to proceed with its nuclear development, resulting in them becoming the 6th largest nuclear force in the world.

6) Finally, the huge outlays of foreign aid to Israel (approximately $10 billion/year ) has created a situation of never-ending attacks and retaliation in the Middle East, plus outright scorn and enmity against the U.S. for playing the role of Israel’s military enabler.
In Israel’s, and especially David Ben-Gurion’s eyes then, what were their alternatives – to remain weakened  in relation to their neighbors and handcuffed by JFK’s refusal to bow to their will, or KILL the one man standing in their way to becoming dominant in the Middle East, the recipient of huge amounts of military aid, and one of the premier nuclear forces in the world?