Israeli bulldozers set to demolish Israeli Arab village to build Israeli Jewish town.

Emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, the Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu was reported to be sending his army’s bulldozers in at dawn today (Tuesday) to demolish this peaceful Bedouin village in Israel.
The Israeli government has long been planning to demolish the village of Umm Al Hiran and evict its inhabitants in order to build a Jewish village with the same name – Hiran – on exactly the same location.
For the last two years Netanyahu has been delaying the demolition because of international protests at this extreme case of ethnic cleansing, but now with Trump elected, he gave the go-ahead for the village to be razed.
The 500 Arab residents of the village have lived in the village for nearly 60 years and were ordered to move there by the Israeli military commander of the Negev who gave them a lease to build a village, farm the land and graze their sheep.
“We are not against them living here, but we want to stay here too and live together with them as neighbours…”
The village leaders say there is no need to evict them as the Jewish settlers can move onto a site next door. “We are not against them living here, but we want to stay here too and live together with them as neighbours,” says Atwa Abu Alkia’n.
They point out that there is plenty of space – 3¼ million acres – in the Negev and the settlers don’t need to move to the one small acre of land where they have been living since 1956.
The Israeli state has made it clear that the new village is for Jewish residents only and the Arabs must move out.
Written by Martin Linton – Palestine Briefing

‘Former Israeli soldiers speak out against the occupation’

In this article from AJ+, former Israeli soldiers are given a voice, an outlet, by Breaking the Silence to speak out against the unjust occupation of Palestine.

Carol Monaghan MP meets with Rohan Talbot from MAP & Yehuda Shaul from Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence
Carol Monaghan MP meets with Rohan Talbot from MAP & Yehuda Shaul from Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence
 
We were lucky enough to have co-founder of Breaking the Silence Yehuda Shaul with us at SNP National Conference in Aberdeen this time last year to speak to our members, MPs, MSPs & Cllrs from around the country.
Since then Yehuda has been on hand in occupied Palestine to give tours to a number of MPs who have travelled out to see for themselves the situation on the ground.
 
We praise the work that BtS are doing to expose the immoral occupation of Palestine against awful treatment by the Netanyahu coalition and its supporters.
 

ICC to assess whether Israel stands trial for Gaza war crimes.

In a completely unprecedented move, a delegation from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague is to visit Israel to assess whether the country is to be tried for

Red Crescent ambulance damaged in 2014 attack on Gaza.
Red Crescent ambulance damaged in 2014 attack on Gaza.

war crimes carried out during the 51-day military aggression carried out against Gaza in 2014.

More than 2,200 Palestinians, including 490 children, were killed in what the Israeli military called ‘Operation Protective Edge’. Over 11,100 others, including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people, were also wounded in the assault.

US urges citizens to leave Gaza ‘as soon as possible’!

The US State Department has urged citizens to leave Gaza ‘as soon as possible’.

US State Department spokesman.
US State Department spokesman.

This warning is being widely interpreted by Gazans that a further onslaught by the Israeli military is likely expected soon.

Similar warnings were issued by the US State Department shortly before the commencement of the devastating campaigns of aggression by the Israeli military in 2008, 2012 and again in 2014.

On Sunday the Israeli Air Force launched dozens of airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip after a single rocket had struck the southern Israeli City of Sderot earlier in the day, causing no damage or injuries.

Israeli attack on Gaza 21/8/16
Israeli attack on Gaza 21/8/16

 

Read more here at Al-Arabiya

Umm al-Hiran vs Hiran Settlement.

The Palestinian Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran is to be demolished to make way for a Jewish-only settlement called “Hiran”. The ‘nucleus’ of the settlement has been funded by the JNF-USA, “which funnels tax-exempt charitable donations from Americans to the Israeli-government-backed settlement organization the Jewish National Fund.”


There are currently questions being asked about the JNF-UK which appear to also be using tax-exempt donations AND tax-payers money in the form of ‘Gift Aid’ to financially assist illegal settlements in occupied Palestine.

This is just one example of a much larger issue which sees many Palestinian Bedouin villages, deemed ‘unrecognized’ by the Israeli Government, despite as is the case with Umm al-Hiran being established by the State itself, being bulldozed to make way for Israeli settlements.

 

Read more at Electronic Intifada here

Scottish Tories send first ever delegation to Israel…

This week the Scottish Conservatives sent their first ever delegation to Israel to build closer ties with the far right Israeli administration. The delegation consisted of nine Conservative MSPs, including several shadow cabinet ministers, the chief whip and the party’s director.

Conservatives

 

Whilst there they ‘met with Israeli MKs, local businessmen and security officials and received briefings by the IDF at the Syrian border.’

However I think we can be pretty sure that they would have made no effort whatsoever to visit occupied Palestine… to go and see how ordinary Palestinians survive in overcrowded refugee camps under constant terror day and night from the Israeli occupation forces.

You can also bet that the delegation of Tory MSPs never made arrangements to interview any of the Palestinian children presently illegaly held under administrative detention (imprisonment without charge) in Israeli prisons to find out about the heinous treatment they endure… to investigate the allegations of torture against these young children.

Do we expect any Parliamentary questions from the Holyrood opposition on these subjects when they return and get back to work? No, not likely! No, from what I hear we’ll see praise upon praise heaped onto the Israeli authorities… we’ll hear talk of the necessity to build more bridges with this under siege democracy, bullied by all of its violent neighbours, and we will, ironically, hear MSPs commend Israel for letting Turkish aid convoys into the besieged open air prison that is Gaza

 

Google removes Palestine from its maps.

The Palestinian‬ Journalists’ Forum has denounced Google for deleting the name of ‪‎Palestine‬ from its maps and replacing it with ‪‎Israel‬.

Google
Credit: Middle East Monitor

In a statement released yesterday, the forum said Google’s decision to remove Palestine from its maps on 25 July “is part of the Israeli scheme to establish its name as a legitimate state for generations to come and abolish Palestine once and for all.”

 

Read more at Middle East Monitor:

New Israeli ‘Youth Bill’ permits imprisonment of Palestinian children.

Yesterday, 3rd August, the ‪‎Israeli‬ parliament passed a bill into law which would permit the imprisonment of Palestinian children aged 14 and younger.

The ‘Youth Bill’ allows Israeli authorities to imprison Palestinian children if convicted of “terrorism” against Israeli civilians or military personnel.

The intention of this new law is to punish primarily Palestinians from occupied ‪‎East Jerusalem‬. ‪‎Palestinian‬ minors from the occupied ‪‎WestBank‬ have long since been at the receiving end of the Israel occupation forces military court system.

Credit Ma'an News Agency
Credit Ma’an News Agency

 

Read the full story here:

Credit Ma’an News Agency

Palestine need more than words from the UK Government!

On Thursday 28th of July, Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood issued a statement from the UK government condemning the expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Whilst this condemnation of the unabated expansion of illegal settlements is welcome by SNPFoP, we need far more than statements from this UK Government, we need to see them take firm action with the international community to put pressure on Israel to put a halt to the continued colonisation of occupied Palestine.

Tobias Ellwood’s statement in full reads:

“The UK condemns the Israeli authorities’ decision to issue tenders for a further 323 settlement units in East Jerusalem. This follows recent development of plans for 770 new units in the Jerusalem suburbs.”

“As set out in the Quartet report, settlement activity is counterproductive and undermines progress towards a two-state solution. This announcement comes on the back of an alarming increase in demolitions of Palestinian houses throughout 2016, including in East Jerusalem.”

“These steps are the latest examples of what seems to be an acceleration of a systematic policy of illegal settlement expansion and demolition of Palestinian property. Along with our international partners, we call on Israel to halt all demolitions and settlement activities.”

You can read the statement in full here. UK Government