Bennett wrote via Twitter and Instagram Friday night that “I was excited to see this remarkable and historic part of the world with my own eyes. I was not aware until reading this article about the trip in the Times of Israel that my itinerary was being constructed by the Israeli government for the purposes of making me, in the words of a government official, an ‘influencer and opinion-former’ who would then be ‘an ambassador of good will.’ I will not be used in such a manner. When I do go to Israel — and I do plan to go — it will be to see not only Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza so I can see how the Palestinians, who have called this land home for thousands of years, live their lives.’’
Ihab Masoud, a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) was released on Sunday February 12th after spending 16 years in Israeli occupation prisons, where he had become one of the leaders of the PFLP’s ‘prison branch’.
He was received by a large group of well-wishers, including the wife of the imprisoned General Secretary of the PFLP, Ahmed Saadat, and Khalida Jarrar, member of Palestinian Legislative Council – herself a former political prisoner and a human rights advocate.
Ihab Masoud was accused by the Israeli occupation of planting a car bomb in occupied East Jerusalem during the early days of the second intifada. He had already imprisoned before several times by the Israeli occupation since the First Intifada.
This is one, small example of what he endured in the occupation prison, from a report by the human rights organization Addameer:
“Prisoner Ihab Masoud reported that the Massada Unit often raided prisoners cells in Nafha prison late at night. They treated the prisoners provocatively, such as ordering them to raise their arms while they conducted a thorough search that lasted over five hours each time.
Massada Unit members raided the prison on five occasions during the third week of October 2010. Masoud added that prison guards destroyed property and belongings, such as beds and lockers, every time they searched the rooms. It often took the prisoners up to one week to return their rooms to their normal state.”
In what has become an all too common an occurrence, a resistance fighter in besieged Gaza Strip has died in a tunnel accident.
Ahmad al-Braim(22), from Beni Suhaila, died in a tunnel collapse today, on Monday February 13th. He was a member of Hamas armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades.
In another incident, on Sunday a member of the National Resistance Brigades – the armed wing of left-wing DFLP – was wounded in eastern Gaza by a shell fired by Israel’s occupation forces. He was moderately wounded.
Israel’s navy also opened fire on fishermen off the coast of Gaza on both Sunday evening and Monday morning without causing injuries.
A Arab citizen of Israel was violently attacked on Thursday after screaming in Arabic at the scene of a shooting in Petah Tikva in central Israel that left six Israelis injured.
According to Israeli news outlet Ynet, Maed Amar, 35, from Kafr Qasim was attacked by a crowd of Israelis after screaming “Watch out! Take cover,” in Arabic following the sounds of gunshots. He told Ynet that people started attacking him, shouting “there’s another terrorist here!”
A video was released documenting the incident. It shows Amar lying on the pavement injured while Israeli security surrounds him. According to Ynet, the passersby are shouting “Kill him,” to Israeli forces.
Taken from the Palestine 1948 side of the Gaza Strip border Wall build by Israel, our picture of the day shows a rainbow – a sign of hope – arching over the crude wall of a prison of over two million people on Monday February 13th.
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The United States will not insist on a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict in the Middle East, a White House official has said.
Speaking a day before Donald Trump holds a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the official said a number of options were on the table.
“Whether that comes in the form of a two-state solution if that’s what the parties want, or something else,” the official said.”