Israeli Police State Crimes
Lawless repression happens multiple times daily throughout the Territories.
by Stephen Lendman
Multiple times daily they occur in Occupied Palestine. In the week ending May 16, Palestinian West Bank communities experienced 41 lawless incursions.
Numerous arrests followed. Three journalists and three children were targeted. Dozens of peaceful Nakba Day demonstrators were injured. Others were arrested.
Security forces wounded 16 Palestinians and three journalists. They were peacefully protesting in solidarity with Palestinian prisoner hunger strikers.
Gaza fishermen are regularly accosted at sea. Their boats are confiscated. Their livelihoods are disrupted or lost.
On May 18, Israeli forces fired artillery rounds at Northern and Eastern Gaza. Seven Palestinians were injured.
Medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said two were seriously hurt. An Israeli army spokeswoman claimed soldiers fired on "several suspects approaching the security fence." In fact, farmers were working their land.
A later army spokesman comment said "tank shells were fired towards terrorists" near Karni crossing east of Gaza City. Witnesses said Israeli bulldozers entered Gaza belligerently east of Khan Younis in Southern Gaza.
On May 17, Arab 48 News said dozens of Jewish settlers invaded the Al Aqsa Mosque courtyards. An Israeli government minister accompanied them. Under tight police security, they performed "religious rituals." Imagine if Muslims tried in synagogues.
In addition, hundreds of settlers entered Joseph's Tomb late May 17 evening and early May 18 morning. Soldiers protected them. They also performed prayers. Doing so violated Palestinian controlled territory. Nonetheless, the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court granted rabbis custody to do so.
Deputy Nablus governor, Annan Alatyrh, denounced the judgment. He accused Israel of wanting to Judaize sovereign Palestine, its heritage and historic places.
On May 17, Israeli forces arrested Al-Asir satellite channel director Saher Qassem at home. His broadcasting equipment was confiscated. Doing so shut him down. In February, Ramallah-based Watan TV and Al-Quds Educational television offices were raided and closed. Their equipment was confiscated.
Earlier in May, Israeli bulldozers demolished three West Bank buildings west of Bethlehem. One was destroyed for the third time in the past year. Soldiers also seized land, uprooted trees, and prevented farmers from accessing their land.