“. . . [UN Human Rights Council] condemns summary and extrajudicial executions. . . death penalty without regard for the ICCPR’s safeguards.. . .” (Ilia Maria Siatitsa)

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Slain Palestinian youth Jihad Hussein Harb, 19, from Qalqiliya, Dec. 8, 2016 (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❶ . Palestinian youth killed by Israeli forces after alleged attempted stabbing near Nablus
❷ . Israel blocks Gaza women from breast cancer treatment

  • Background: “Human Rights In Armed Conflict: Ten Years Of Affirmative State Practice Within United Nations Resolutions.” Journal Of International Humanitarian Legal Studies

❸ . West Bank village turned into a ‘prison’ in the wake of arson accusations
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❶ . PALESTINIAN  YOUTH  KILLED  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  AFTER  ALLEGED  ATTEMPTED  STABBING  NEAR  NABLUS 
Ma’an News Agency
Dec. 8, 2016
A Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli border police forces on Thursday morning in the northern occupied West Bank after he allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.
___Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that an 18-year-old Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli border police officer at the Zaatara junction south of the city of Nablus, prompting Israeli forces to shoot at him, killing him instantly.     ___Al-Samri made no mention of any Israelis being injured.        More . . .  

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Gaza women with breast cancer, conference, ” Call For Help” for treatment, Oct. 10, 2016. (Photo: Press House Palestine) http://www.palbas.org/en/news/2016/10/11/782.html

❷ . ISRAEL  BLOCKS  GAZA  WOMEN  FROM  BREAST  CANCER  TREATMENT     
The Electronic Intifada   
Sarah Algherbawi
Dec. 5, 2016
Khuloud Abu Qamar spoke quietly but her words still shocked. “Israel is killing me slowly,” she said. “And it is killing my children, too.”
___After undergoing surgery for breast cancer last year, Abu Qamar requires further treatment which she has not been able to receive in Gaza. She has asked Israel for permission to travel. Her applications have so far been rejected. Aged 40, she has six children, the youngest of whom is still a baby.
___Her plight is shared by many others in Gaza. Estimates from the local health ministry indicate that several hundred women with breast cancer have been obstructed from traveling by Israel so far this year.      More . . .

  • Siatitsa, Ilia Maria, and Maia Titberidze. “Human Rights In Armed Conflict: Ten Years Of Affirmative State Practice Within United Nations Resolutions.” Journal Of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 3.2 (2013): 233-262.   SOURCE. 

[. . . .] p. 238   There are a number of country-specific and thematic resolutions adopted Human Rights Council (HRC), and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), which, as presented below, point to a general understanding that HRL (Human Rights Law) does apply in armed conflict . . . the title of resolution 12/5 of the HRC (Human Rights Council) speaks for itself: ‘Protection of the human rights of civilians in armed conflict’. (HRC Res. 12/5, 1 October 2009.)
[. . . .] p. 253 The prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is found in both IHL (International Humanitarian Law) and HRL. The prohibition is absolute in all circumstances . . . Thematic resolutions on the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment are adopted annually within the framework of the General Assembly, HRC, and CHR. Despite being thematic, these resolutions contain specific references affirming that the rights referred to are equally applicable in times of armed conflict . . . Most of these directives are taken from human rights instruments.
[. . . .] p. 254    The importance of the right to life is constantly repeated and reaffirmed in a number of resolutions. The right to life is mentioned in the context of indiscriminate attacks affecting civilians by emphasizing the fundamental value of the right to life and calling on relevant parties to abide by their obligations in this respect. The HRC has stressed that the right to life is the most fundamental of all rights. It repeatedly condemns attacks against the civilian population . . . The HRC also condemns summary and extrajudicial executions. The HRC has, moreover, condemned the use of the death penalty without regard for the ICCPR’s safeguards.
___In this context, targeted attacks against civilians have repeatedly been condemned by the SC as violating both branches of law. The relevant bodies tend to employ HRL terms regarding the question of targeted killings and extrajudicial executions that have been condemned by all UN bodies on several occasions. Furthermore, the CHR has invoked the obligation to take measures to prevent loss of life in all circumstances. In sum, the right to life represents an important component of the majority of the conflict-related resolutions.
___The right to a fair trial contains the right of every person to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent, and impartial tribunal established by law. Various bodies, among others the GA, have affirmed this right.  [. . . .]

❸ .  WEST  BANK  VILLAGE  TURNED  INTO  A  ‘PRISON’  IN  THE  WAKE  OF  ARSON  ACCUSATIONS 
Ma’an News Agency
Dec. 7, 2016
Dozens of Palestinians have been detained — including a number of children — and clashes have erupted daily in the occupied West Bank village of Deir Nidham since it was blockaded by the Israeli army three weeks ago, “turning the lives of 1,600 into a prison,” locals told Ma’an on Wednesday.
___Deir Nidham, northwest of Ramallah city, was placed under a military closure after a fire erupted just a few kilometers away in the illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish, which is built on the lands of the village and on the lands of neighboring Nabi Saleh.
___Israeli authorities have said that investigations revealed the fire to be a case of arson, and launched a crippling blockade on Deir Nidham ever since.      More . . . 

Today’s information, with anniversary citations from the first post on this site

A Palestinian Bedouin near his dwelling that was demolished by Israeli bulldozers near the Jewish settlement of Karmel, near the West Bank city of Hebron (Photo: Reuters /Mussa Qawasma). From this blog’s first post, Feb. 10, 2015.
A Palestinian Bedouin near his dwelling that was demolished by Israeli bulldozers near the Jewish settlement of Karmel, near the West Bank city of Hebron (Photo: Reuters /Mussa Qawasma). From this blog’s first post, Feb. 10, 2015.

The first post on this blog. See explanation at the end of this posting.

❶ Israel to Demolish Houses of Three Slain Palestinians
❷ Israel Demolishes Home, Destroys Structures near Bethlehem
❸ Netanyahu calls criticisms of Israeli army ‘outrageous’ in wake of Hebron killing
❹ U.S. states, academies crackdown on BDS
. . . . . ❹―(ᴀ) UNHRC blacklists Israeli firms working in settlements
❺ [Israeli] Opinion/Analysis: UPDATED: FACT SHEET – SAMPLES OF RECENT INFLAMMATORY COMMENTS AND INCITEMENT BY ISRAELI OFFICIALS AND LEADERS
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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ISRAEL  TO  DEMOLISH  HOUSES  OF  THREE  SLAIN  PALESTINIANS
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
March 28, 2016
Israeli forces on Monday made preparations for the punitive demolition of the family houses of three Palestinians suspected of carrying out a fatal attack outside Damascus Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City in early February, families said.
___Israeli forces stormed and took measurements of the family houses of Ahmad Zakarneh, Muhammad Kamil and Najeh Abu al-Rub during a predawn raid into the Jenin town of Qabatiya as a prelude for punitive demolition.      MORE . . .

ISRAEL  DEMOLISHES  HOME,  DESTROYS  STRUCTURES  NEAR  BETHLEHEM
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
March 28, 2016
Israeli authorities Monday demolished and destroyed a home, a farm, electric wires, a water network, trees, and razed a tract of land at the northern entrance to Bethlehem, in southern West Bank, according to local sources.
___Khader Jarashi, owner of the demolished structures, told WAFA that some 50 Israeli military vehicles accompanied by bulldozers broke into the northern entrance of Bethlehem, before they demolished his own house, in addition to a poultry farm, a playground, electric wires and a water network.      MORE . . .

Last Thursday, two Palestinians were shot by Israeli soldiers. While one of the Palestinians died instantly, the other person was injured and 'neutralized', only to be later shot in the head. (Still from viral video, published by MEMO)
Last Thursday, two Palestinians were shot by Israeli soldiers. While one of the Palestinians died instantly, the other person was injured and ‘neutralized’, only to be later shot in the head. (Still from viral video, published by MEMO)

NETANYAHU  CALLS  CRITICISMS  OF  ISRAELI  ARMY  ‘OUTRAGEOUS’  IN  WAKE  OF  HEBRON  KILLING
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 27, 2016
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted on Sunday to the shooting of a wounded Palestinian at point-blank range in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron earlier this week, stating that any questioning of the Israeli army’s moral integrity was “outrageous and unacceptable.”
___. . .  Netanyahu commented in the wake of the killing of Abd al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif, 21, on Thursday, which sparked widespread outrage after footage by Israeli rights group B’Tselem showed an Israeli soldier shooting al-Sharif in the head while the young Palestinian was lying wounded on the ground. . . .
___“. . . .  The soldiers of the IDF, our children, maintain high ethical values while courageously fighting against bloodthirsty murderers under difficult operational conditions,” Netanyahu said.      MORE . . .
RELATED . . . ISRAELI  SETTLERS  THREATEN  PALESTINIAN  WHO  FILMED  HEBRON  ‘EXECUTION’

U.S. STATES,  ACADEMIES  CRACKDOWN  ON  BDS
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER
March 28, 2016
On March 18th the Illinois Investment Policy Board blacklisted 11 companies from doing business with the state for allegedly boycotting Israel.
___. . . .  Now, Illinois is the first state to actually form a list of companies barred from working with the state’s government due to their alleged boycott of Israel. . . .
___Palestine Legal has identified 21 states in the United States with legislation to punish or suppress the BDS movement.    MORE . . .
. . . . . ❹ ―(ᴀ) UNHRC  BLACKLISTS  ISRAELI  FIRMS  WORKING  IN  SETTLEMENTS
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
March 26, 2016
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has voted on Thursday to establish a database of Israeli companies working in settlements in order to blacklist them.
___According to news reports, this measure was one of four Palestinian Authority (PA) proposals approved by the council.
___Efforts to establish the database was fiercely opposed by Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom.     MORE . . .

[Israeli] Opinion/Analysis:  UPDATED:  FACT  SHEET –  SAMPLES  OF  RECENT  INFLAMMATORY  COMMENTS  AND  INCITEMENT  BY  ISRAELI  OFFICIALS  AND  LEADERS
DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE & INFORMATION. PLO
MARCH 28, 2016
. . . .  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (December 2015) : “There is a difference between Arab terror and Jewish terror.”     MORE . . . 

(Note: this was the poem in the first post in this blog.)

    “I BELONG THERE,” BY MAHMOUD DARWISH

I didn’t apologize to the well when I passed the well,
I borrowed from the ancient pine tree a cloud
and squeezed it like an orange, then waited for a gazelle
white and legendary. And I ordered my heart to be patient:
Be neutral as if you were not of me! Right here
the kind shepherds stood on air and evolved
their flutes, then persuaded the mountain quail toward
the snare. And right here I saddled a horse for flying toward
my planets, then flew. And right here the priestess
told me: Beware of the asphalt road and the cars
and walk upon your exhalation. Right here
I slackened my shadow and waited, I picked the tiniest
rock and stayed up late. I broke the myth and I broke.
And I circled the well until I flew from myself
to what isn’t of it. A deep voice shouted at me:
This grave isn’t your grave. So I apologized.
I read verses from the wise holy book, and said
to the unknown one in the well: Salaam upon you the day
you were killed in the land of peace, and the day you rise
from the darkness of the well alive!

From UNFORTUNATELY,  IT  WAS  PARADISE by Mahmoud Darwish. Trans. by Munir Akash and Carolyn Forché. Berkeley, CA: UC Press, 2003. Available from Amazon. 
One of the best biographical sketches of MAHMOUD DARWISH available.   
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I missed the ANNIVERSARY of the first post on this blog. I DID NOT REALIZE IT HAD BEEN A YEAR―13 MONTHS NOW. I was startled to see that post included a report on RABBIS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS and its open letter to Benyamin Netanyahu asking for cessation of Palestinian home demolitions, startled because nothing―nothing―seems to have changed in that year. My link was to the article in the RUSSIAN TIMES, which I no longer use, giving in to negative feedback I received. It was, however, a reprint of the INDEPENDENT article here:

HUNDREDS OF RABBIS FROM AROUND THE WORLD CALL ON ISRAEL TO HALT DEMOLITION OF PALESTINIAN HOMES; RABBIS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS HAS SUBMITTED AN OPEN LETTER TO BENJAMIN NETANYAHU
INDEPENDENT.CO.UK.
Lizzie Dearden
Feb. 7, 2015
More than 400 rabbis from Israel, Britain and around the world have called on Benjamin Netanyahu to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes.
___Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) has submitted an open letter to the Israeli Prime Minister claiming his stance is not in line with “international law and Jewish tradition”.
MORE . . .