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The story behind Israel's shady military exports

Why doesn’t the Foreign Ministry care whether Israeli weapons end up in the hands of serial human rights violators such as South Sudan?

Israel’s greatest champions pride themselves on supporting a flourishing country based on start-up ingenuity that respects democracy and human rights. But do those who call Israel the “start-up nation” and the “only democracy in the Middle East” know just how embroiled the Jewish state is in selling arms to serial human rights violators?

Israel’s shadowy relationship with tyrannical regimes the world over reared its head Sunday morning when the Foreign Ministry announced its objection to a new amendment to a law that would restrict sales of Israeli arms to countries involved in human rights violations.

The Law For Oversight of Defense Exports, passed in 2007, forces the Defense Ministry to consult with the Foreign Ministry prior to selling arms to a foreign country. According to the amendment — sponsored by Meretz’s Zehava Galon and Tamar Zandberg — the Foreign Ministry would have near-total veto power over weapons sales — with only the security cabinet maintaining the sole authority to override the ministry’s objection.

According to the ministry’s legal opinion, the monitoring of human rights violations by foreign security forces is “important and deserves continual attention by the Foreign Ministry and all the bodies participating in the oversight,” but it is not important enough to set in law.

So why the opposition from the Foreign Ministry? The goal of the original law was to allow the ministry to act as a check on arms dealers who likely prefer to turn a blind eye to the implications of the very deals they strike. At a time when Israel’s name isn’t exactly synonymous with the great defenders of human rights, one would expect its government to do the bear minimum — even if for the sake of outside appearance — to make a painstaking effort and ensure that Israeli weapons do not end up in the wrong hands.

It’s not only Israel’s current standing in the world that should affect such a decision — the state has and continues to supply weapons to some of the worst human rights violators imaginable. In a recent interview with Haaretz’s Ayelett Shani, Chilean-born Lily Traubman described her efforts to demand the disclosure of Israel’s security and foreign relations with the brutal regime of Augusto Pinochet, responsible for the kidnapping, murder and...

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Israel preventing Gaza woman from attending her own wedding

According to the Israeli army, Palestinians from Gaza can attend a relative’s wedding — just not their own.

The Israeli army is denying a 23-year-old Palestinian woman from traveling through Israel to reach her own wedding ceremony in Jordan.

According to Israeli human rights group Gisha, the petitioner has been engaged to her fiancé — a Palestinian from Gaza with Spanish citizenship — for the past year and a half. Their wedding date has been delayed twice already due to fact that Israel will not let her leave the Gaza Strip, the second time after the couple had already sent out the invitations.

The woman, as well as her future in-laws, have attempted to coordinate leaving from Gaza through Rafah Crossing to Egypt, but the crossing has been mostly closed for the past year and a half and the line for a visa to pass through is some 17,000-people-long, according to Gisha.

The Israeli army rejected the woman’s previous exit permit applications on the grounds that she “does not meet the criteria.” According to the government’s own criteria, Palestinians may request exit permits only in exceptional humanitarian cases, including to attend the wedding or funeral of a first-degree relative — but not their own.

Gisha filed a petition to Israel’s High Court of Justice Thursday on behalf of the woman and her future in-laws. The petition demands that Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, the army’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), and the army’s Gaza Coordination and Liaison office justify the travel ban.

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In Israel's democracy, dissent has always been off limits to Arab citizens

The banning of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement may seem like a new low, but a closer look at history reveals how the state has been at war with Palestinian political organizations since its very inception.

Israel’s Palestinian citizens have never had an easy time organizing politically. The government’s decision to outlaw the northern branch of the Islamic Movement is only the latest — and perhaps most significant — example of the hurdles Arab citizens must face in their struggle for equality.

The state has been pushing for the ban for years, accusing the organization of maintaining links to groups such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. It was the recent violence surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque, however, that gave the Israeli government the green light it needed, after intimating that the group has been playing a role in inciting Palestinians in the current round of violence.

On the face of it, the decision to ban the northern branch of the Islamic Movement — as well as 17 affiliated non-profits and charities in cities such as Nazareth and Jaffa — seems like an unprecedented new low in relations between the state and its Arab citizens. But a closer look reveals that the state has been at war with Arab political organizations long before the introduction of so-called “anti-democratic legislation” — even before millions of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip were placed under military rule in 1967.

In the wake of the 1948 War, tens of thousands of Arab citizens of the nascent Jewish state were placed under the rule of a military government. Until 1966, when military rule was finally lifted (only nine months before the beginning of the occupation), the Galilee, the Negev and the Triangle were subject to a harsh permit regime, strict curfews and coerced collaboration with the Shin Bet. With the Arab population under the boot of the military governors and the state’s security services, the government was able to swiftly expropriate Arab-owned land — a process that continued even after the end of military rule.

The name of the game was control: the Israeli establishment viewed the Arabs who remained in the state — the ones who neither fled nor were expelled during the war — as a “fifth column,” one that at any time could revolt against its new masters. Thus, restrictions on Palestinian life...

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Israel targets boycotters as EU moves against settlements

On the same day the EU adopts guidelines for labeling settlement goods, the Knesset passes a preliminary reading of a bill to prevent entry to individuals who support a boycott of Israel.

The European Union approved a plan Wednesday to begin labeling goods produced in West Bank settlements, raising the ire of the Israeli government, even prompting a response from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On the very same day, the Knesset approved a preliminary reading of a bill to ban individuals who call for a boycott of Israel.

“The Israeli economy is strong and will withstand this, those who will suffer will be the Palestinians who are employed in Israeli factories,” Netanyahu said in response to the EU decision, adding that the union “should be ashamed” and that Israel is “unwilling to accept the fact that the EU labels the side being attacked by terror.”

According to the guidelines, the EU does not recognize Israeli sovereignty beyond the Green Line, regardless of how those territories are regarded by Israeli law. EU member states will determine which punishments they will enforce on anyone who does not abide by the regulations (the regulations require states to levy sanctions against those who violate them). The European Commission will retain the option of opening proceedings for clarifying violations in the event that member states do not deal with the matter themselves.

According to Haaretz’s Barak Ravid, EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem to be reprimanded for the decision on Wednesday evening.

A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the EU for choosing “for political reasons, to take such an exceptional and discriminatory step, inspired by the boycott movement, at a time when Israel is confronting a wave of terrorism targeting any and all of its citizens,” adding that “it is puzzling and even irritating that the EU chooses to apply a double standard concerning Israel, while ignoring that there are over 200 other territorial disputes worldwide, including those occurring within the EU or on its doorstep.”

Over 550 Israelis, including former Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg and political scientist Zeev Sternhell, published a petition Wednesday in support of the EU’s decision, saying that Europe’s distinction between Israel and the settlements is a “step that could help promote a peace agreement, and it will also strengthen Israel’s overall status in the world and will undermine attempts to delegitimize...

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Why is JNF UK throwing a Bedouin-themed party?

The JNF has played a fundamental role in the displacement of the villagers of al-Araqib, an unrecognized Bedouin village that Israeli authorities demolished for the 90th time last week. Later this month the organization is holding a ‘Bedouin Night’ party in London.

The Jewish National Fund in the United Kingdom (JNF UK) will be hosting a Bedouin-themed party catering to young professionals in London later this month.

According to the invitation, the event — which is slated to take place on November 26th — will be held at a “secret Central London location” in a “unique Bedouin style venue,” and will include a “mystical night of cocktails and (non-tobacco) shisha.”

The JNF has played a central role in the displacement of Israel’s Bedouin in the Negev Desert.

The organization, which was formed in 1901 as a means to purchase land for Jewish settlement in Ottoman-controlled Palestine, is the largest private landowner in Israel today, controlling 13.1 percent of the country’s land. As a quasi-governmental non-profit that operates mostly in line with government policy – the JNF only markets its land to Jews.

The JNF prides itself for being an environmental friendly non-governmental organization that plants trees, although a closer look at its projects reveals that it uses sub-contractors for projects across the Green Line, including Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. In 2012 investigative journalist Raviv Drucker exposed a list of JNF-funded projects in West Bank settlements.

The choice of theme for the London event is staggering considering the JNF’s direct involvement in the wholesale expropriation of Bedouin land. In 2002, the state announced plans to forcibly relocate the residents of Atir to the township of Hura, in order to make room for the man-made, JNF forest of “Yatir.”

The concept of an event honoring Bedouin culture grows even more absurd in light of a reality in which villagers are slowly being forced to abandon the same traditional, pastoral lifestyles the JNF is trying to portray in its event.

“The JNF’s forestation projects have become a tool to kick Bedouin from unrecognized villages off their land, destroy their villages, and push the residents into townships,” says Michal Rotem, of the Negev Coexistence Forum.

JNF policy has also played a fundamental role in the displacement of the villagers of Al-Araqib, an unrecognized Bedouin village, which was demolished by Israeli authorities for the 90th time last week.

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Why the 'hijacking' of Israeli democracy is a myth

We often hear that that Israeli democracy is being ‘hijacked’ by a group of right-wing extremists. Too bad the alternatives aren’t any more appealing.

Labor MK Stav Shaffir, darling of the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” crowd, recently implored progressive American Jews to do what liberal Zionists have been attempting for the better half of the past decade: reclaim the “real” Zionism from the extreme right wing’s ideological bastardizations.

Speaking to a conference of the Union for Reform Judaism in Florida last week, Shaffir tasked liberal American Jewry with explaining the “complexity” of Israel’s political map, namely that Benjamin Netanyahu and his proxies do not represent the views of all Israelis. “We have to explain this complexity [to Americans], and I believe it will be an ideological weapon for Israel’s defenders here,” Shaffir posited.

Shaffir is correct, sort of. Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc is comprised of a mere 42 out of 120 seats in the country’s legislature. The alternative bloc, which nowadays takes great pains to call itself the “center” and not the “left,” actually grew in the latest elections.

So who are the politicians who represent the Other Israel? What are their ideologies and liberal credentials that progressives in America would find more palatable? Which could serve as an ideological weapon for Israel’s defenders?

Centrist Israeli political parties, to one of which Shaffir belongs, have been at the forefront of propagating some the more virulent forms of anti-Arab racism in recent years, often supporting — and in some cases even proposing — laws and policies one would commonly ascribe to the far right.

There is no better example than the man setting himself up to be Netanyahu’s primary challenger. Yair Lapid, whose Yesh Atid party ran on a centrist platform that emphasized improving the conditions of the middle class, has spent the better part of the last month running from one European news outlet to the next, assuming the role of Israel’s unofficial chief explainer, trying to convince the world that Palestinian violence is somehow intrinsic to Islam, having nothing to do with nearly five decades of foreign military occupation.

In his attempt to outflank Netanyahu from the right, Lapid has openly called for the extrajudicial killing of Palestinian attackers, proposed “removing the Palestinians from our lives,” and has even adopted the Right’s tried-and-true tactics of exploiting spilled blood for political gain — holding a press...

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Thousands demonstrate in Tel Aviv: 'No security without a solution'

Thousands of Israelis demonstrate in central Tel Aviv against the government’s unwillingness to reach an agreement with the Palestinians.

Photos by Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv /

Thousands of Israelis participated in a protest march in central Tel Aviv Saturday night against the Netanyahu government’s policies in the West Bank and the continuing violence.

The demonstrators, many of them from Peace Now — which organized the event — and the left-wing Meretz party, along with several members from the Arab-Jewish Hadash party and Da’am Workers Party, marched from Habima Square to the IDF headquarters on Kaplan Street, waving Israeli flags and holding signs that read “Intifada government, go home” and “There is no security without a solution.”

Among the speakers was Peace Now head Yariv Oppenheimer, who accused the government of “taking an entire country hostage in an unnecessary religious war, and we are all paying the price. You have turned the state into a violent, racist, and hopeless place. We have come here to call for an end to the hatred and the incitement, for a struggle against racism, and to demand a political solution — two states for two people.”

The mayor of the Bedouin city Rahat, Talal Al-Qarinawi, also spoke, saying that although he has a state, he does “not have a prime minister.”

“I do not believe in this prime minister,” he continued, “anyone who incites against Palestinians is an idiot. An idiot who does not understand history. A year ago the police killed two of our young men, innocent men. Did anyone among us incite and call for revenge?”

Zehava Galon, who heads the left-wing Meretz party, also spoke during the protest, telling the crowd that the only thing that has changed since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin is that “now you are the main inciter and you are the prime minister.”

Galon also mentioned the attack on Rabbi Arik Asherman of the human rights group Rabbis for Human Rights by a masked settler, during the olive harvest in a Palestinian village in the West Bank. “This attack is a result of incitement by right-wing ministers and members of Knesset, who are asking the public to carry weapons and “shoot a bullet in the head” of anyone who looks like a terrorist, while also inciting against the Left,” Galon said.

“This kind of messaging creates a bloody reality that is turning the territories...

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Diaspora Jews bring occupation to World Zionist Congress

While Netanyahu was busy blaming a Palestinian for the Holocaust, a group of Jewish activists asked the World Zionist Congress what it was planning to do to end the occupation.

Hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made headlines for telling the World Zionist Congress that a Palestinian inspired Hitler to exterminate the Jews, a group of Jews from around the world came to that very same congress to remind delegates of the conditions in which Palestinians live.

The group, comprised of members from both the Center for Jewish Nonviolence and the Israeli left-wing group, All That’s Left, arrived at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center, commonly known as Binyanei Hauma, at 7 a.m. on Tuesday — the first day of the congress — to hand out flyers to delegates making their way inside. One side of the flyers included a quote from historic Zionist leader and promoter of Jewish-Palestinian bi-nationalism, Martin Buber, from World Zionist Congress in Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia in 1921, where he implored the congress, and the Jewish people at large, to “reject with abhorrence the methods of nationalistic domination, under which they themselves have so long suffered.”

The other side of the flyer included a simple question for the delegates: “What are you doing to end the occupation?”

Established in 1897, the World Zionist Organization (WZO) is often called the “Parliament of the Jewish people,” and was convened by the father of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl, in Basel, Switzerland. Since its inception, the goal of the WZO has been to unite the Jewish people and bring about the establishment of the Jewish state. It is a global organization supported by the Jewish National Fund (JNF), the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Hayesod (United Jewish Appeal), and the Israeli government itself.

Every five years the WZO convenes a Congress whose representation is determined by elections amongst the international Zionist political parties. Between congresses the Zionist General Council convenes annually for discussions on pressing matters to the Jewish people such as Israel, intermarriage, and ways for diaspora Jews to connect with Israel.

For Ilana Sumka, the director of the Jewish Center for Nonviolence, which brings together Jews from around the world for a week of nonviolent activism, learning, and building with anti-occupation groups in Israel and the West Bank, the action was a natural response to the complete absence of the occupation from the World Zionist Organization’s agenda.

“The World Zionist Congress brings...

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Israeli memes mock Netanyahu's Hitler revisionism

Netanyahu is claiming that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was responsible for convincing Hitler to exterminate the Jews. Israelis and Palestinians are not letting him get off easy.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem Tuesday afternoon, where he claimed that until he was convinced by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hitler never actually planned on exterminating European Jewry.

According to Netanyahu’s curious reading of history, Hitler had only intended to expel the Jews, a plan that allegedly worried the Mufti, who was concerned that they would flee Europe for Palestine. Thus the Mufti hatched a new plan — one the Nazis had yet to come up with themselves: “Burn them.”

But Netanyahu didn’t get off so easy. Despite trying his best to backpedal on Wednesday, the prime minister’s words caused an uproar, prompting both the Israeli opposition as well as Holocaust historians to condemn his remarks. Average Israelis and Palestinians did not hold back, taking to social media to mock Netanyahu’s comments. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Not many people know this, but initially, Eve only wanted to sniff the apple. But then, during a meeting with he Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, he convinced her to take a bite out of it. #MuftiSays

Posted by Fady Yousef Khoury on Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Don’t blame it on the third Reich Don’t blame it on the rassentheorieDon’t blame it on the blutreinheitBlame it on the mufti

Posted by Tomer Lavie on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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Let's not forget that East Jerusalem Palestinians are stateless

Two of Haaretz’s biggest names claim the violence in Jerusalem reveals the failure of  ’bi-nationalism.’ Perhaps they have forgotten that over 300,000 residents there live under occupation, rather than in any type of sovereign state.

The stabbing of an Israeli soldier in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba and the killing of two Palestinian demonstrators in demonstrations held in Gaza and the West Bank were just the latest events in the downward spiral of violence across Israel/Palestine.

Earlier this week, Haaretz published two different op-eds claiming that that very violence is both the result and the harbinger of the “bi-national state” Prime Minister Netanyahu has repeatedly warned against, yet has done very little to avoid.

According to columnist Ari Shavit, the right wing’s inability to bring about a two-state solution has led us into a one-state “quagmire” the akin to Syria or Iraq:

Shavit claims that should Israelis fail to hear the “horrific wakeup call,” and start actively working toward two states, the country will sink into “hatred, paranoia and bloodshed.”

Meanwhile, Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid writes that four-and-a-half years after Netanyahu was quoted saying that a binational state would be a “disaster for Israel” in a closed meeting, Israeli citizens are now getting “a little taste of what is to come if, instead of breaking apart into two states, the Israelis and Palestinians continue to move toward a single state.”

The problem with Shavit and Barak’s arguments isn’t that they prefer a two-state solution over a bi-national state, but that they pretend as if the two-state solution were ever actually implemented in the first place.

There is no better time to hammer home the fact: Palestinians in East Jerusalem are a stateless people. This has been the case since June 7, 1967, when East Jerusalem was captured by the Israeli army. This reunification — or annexation — is considered illegal under international law, and Israel’s sovereignty over East Jerusalem is not recognized by a single member of the international community.

Here are some more facts about the city Israel considers its “undivided capital,” with statistics provided by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Ir Amim, and B’Tselem, respectively, about the city:

That means that although some of them hold blue IDs, very few of the 300,200 residents of East Jerusalem have been granted Israeli citizenship. This means that Palestinians hold “permanent...

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How are we going to look back on this moment in a hundred years?

It is often difficult to view the Palestinian struggle as an attempt to protect land, livelihood, and life. But the faster we do so, the faster we may be able to prevent more innocent blood from being spilled. History, after all, may not end up being so kind to us.

As an American, Israelis often tell me I have no right to criticize Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. “Look at what the U.S. did to the Indianim,” I hear more often than you might think. And justifiably so: the sheer scope of the U.S. government’s decimation of Native Americans feels, frankly, impossible to wrap my head around.

Yesterday was Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which means that instead of celebrating the exploits of Christopher Columbus, Native Americans celebrated their own cultures and histories. What started as a local initiative in Berkeley, California over 20 years ago has spread to other cities and morphed into a nationwide phenomenon, posing a direct challenge not only to Columbus Day itself, but to how we view and think about the very history of the United States.

I am not Native American, so I will not write about Native cultures or histories, least of all because I am no expert on the matter. I could talk about the massive campaign of ethnic cleansing of American Indians by the U.S. army, the intentional spread of disease by white settlers, the wholesale removal of entire tribes from their lands, the treaties — signed in good faith by countless tribal leaders — broken by the government, the massacres, or the theft, rape, and enslavement of Native women.

I could also talk about reservations, structural discrimination, poverty or the complete ignorance that plagues the vast majority of U.S. citizens regarding the current conditions of Native Americans. Instead, however, I want to talk about the violence of Native Americans.

Since the first settlers arrived in Jamestown, Virginia until the Battle of Kelley Creek (also known as the Last Massacre), the history of U.S.-Native relations has been rife with numerous cases of extreme violence by Native Americans against white, European settlers.

Take, for instance, the Big Bottom massacre of 1791, where Wyandot Indians massacred eleven men, one woman, and two children near present-day Morgan County, Ohio. Or the Killough massacre, in which Cherokee Indians murdered 18 European settlers in what was then called East Texas. Or the Enoch Brown school massacre, where four Lenape Indians entered a schoolhouse in...

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Is this what the end of Oslo looks like?

Abbas tells UN General Assembly that the PA cannot continue to be bound by previous agreements with Israel; calls for a multilateral approach to peacekeeping.

The Palestinian Authority cannot continue to be bound by previous agreements with Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Assembly during his speech Wednesday, throwing the PA’s obligation to the Oslo Accords into question.

Accusing Israel of violating the Oslo Accords, Abbas declared that Israel, which Abbas called an “apartheid state,” would have to assume “all of its responsibilities as an occupying power,” after destroying the foundations of both political and security arrangements.

Abbas further called to leave behind Oslo’s legacy of bilateral peacemaking between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority in favor of an international multilateral approach, asking the United Nations to “provide international protection for the Palestinian people in accordance with international humanitarian law.”

“It is no longer useful to waste time in negotiations for the sake of negotiations; what is required is to mobilize international efforts to oversee an end to the occupation in line with the resolutions of international legitimacy,” the Palestinian president said.

A cursory glance at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech is enough to notice one glaring near-absence: Gaza.

While full of passionate declarations about “settlement colonization” and the “racist annexation wall,” Abbas mentioned the word Gaza only four times throughout his entire speech, a far cry from his speech at the 2014 General Assembly, when he accused Israel of carrying out a “war of genocide” against the Strip during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to Wednesday’s speech, calling it “deceitful” and encouraging of “incitement and lawlessness in the Middle East.” Meanwhile, Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog, who takes nearly every chance he has to outflank Netanyahu from the right, decried Abbas’ apartheid comparison, saying it only “serves the extremists among both peoples.”

While it is yet unclear whether Abbas will make good on his threats to drive a stake through security coordination arrangements or go forth with multilateralism, one must wonder: are we witnessing the end of the Oslo period?

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What's happening in Jerusalem?: A roundup

Dozens of Palestinians and several Border Police officers wounded in third day of clashes over restrictions to Jerusalem’s holiest site.

Tensions erupted in East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Friday, as dozens of Palestinians and three Border Police officers were wounded in the third day of clashes over restrictions on Muslim worship in one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites.

According to Ma’an News Agency, dozens Palestinians were wounded during clashes with Israeli security forces throughout the West Bank. Eighteen of them were lightly wounded near the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, while protesting in support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound amid ongoing entry restrictions.

Fifteen Palestinians were also wounded — including six with live bullets — in clashes near Ofer military prison, west of Ramallah. Clashes were also reported in Hebron, Nablus, Tulkarem, Qalqiliya and near the 300 checkpoint in Bethlehem, where witnesses said Palestinian Authority security forces assaulted demonstrators and detained at least 13 youths.

According to Haaretz, three Israeli Border Police officers were wounded Friday in light-to-moderate condition and a Palestinian was moderately to seriously wounded during an operation in East Jerusalem’s Jabal Mukaber neighborhood. The IDF also reported that one Palestinian was lightly wounded after being shot in the leg with a Ruger rifle in the West Bank village of Aboud, adjacent to the settlement of Beit Aryeh.

On Thursday the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee convened a special, emergency meeting to call up Border Police reservists in response to the tensions. Approximately 800 Border Policemen have already been sent to reinforce the regular forces stationed in the capital.

Clashes erupted earlier this week after Israeli security forces received information indicating that young Palestinians intended to hole themselves up on the Temple Mount prior to the arrival of Jews who planned to go there on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.

According to Haaretz’s Nir Hasson, dozens of Israeli police broke through onto the Temple Mount on Sunday morning, which is under the daily administration of the Muslim religious trust, the Waqf. That spurred confrontations between Israeli security forces and young Palestinians at the entrances to the Al-Aqsa Mosque at the site.

The United Nations Security Council is expressing “grave concern” in response to the violence calling for restraint and calm. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly met with Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog in London on Friday, where he expressed concern over the escalating violence in Jerusalem and on Temple Mount.


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