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WATCH: Three Palestinian NGO offices raided by IDF overnight

Raid comes two weeks after a researcher in one of the NGOs was indicted for organizing and participating in nonviolent demonstrations.

The offices of Addammeer – the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees and the Palestinian NGO Network were all raided by IDF last night. The offices, located in the heart of Ramallah, where Israeli forces are officially not allowed to enter, were searched, and at least in the case of Addameer equipment was confiscated, including four computer hard drives and filming equipment. Security tapes and a video made by neighbors show four IDF jeeps pulling in under their building and soldiers entering the building at around 3 a.m, and taking boxes full of equipment to the jeeps.

Just two weeks ago, a researcher for Addameer, Ayman Nasser, was indicted for alleged membership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, after having been detained and tortured for more than a month. The case against Nasser is based in part on his participation in a nonviolent rally in Ramallah on the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day (17.4), a national event organized by all factions of Palestinian politics which the military prosecution claims to be a PFLP event.

The IDF Spokesperson Unit commented on the raids today, stating that “overnight searches were made in offices serving the terrorist organization PFLP in Ramallah.” The IDF did not comment on the question on its invasion into Area A.

Hard drives were dismanteled (Sharif Solaiman/ Addameer)

Hard drives were dismantled (Sharif Solaiman/ Addameer)

“We have heard such claims made by Israel before and we see it as a way of delegitimizing civil society organizations,” says Gavan Kelly, advocacy coordinator for Addameer. “Of course we reject these claims time after time, and it’s enough to see that the NGO Network – representing more than one hundred Palestinian NGOs – was also raided. It’s simply absurd.”

This is not the first time Palestinian NGO offices in Ramallah have been raided, with a similar event taking place last May. In the case of Addameer, their offices were last been raided in 2002, yet they have since suffered from other sanctions by authorities such as a travel ban placed by Israel on their chairperson, 71-year-old Abdullatif Ghaith. “We see the raid as a continuation of Ayman’s arrest and the travel ban on our chairperson, but insist we will work doubly hard to support the prisoners,” says Kelly. A series of Palestinian and Israeli NGOs have also denounced the military’s attack on civil society.

Addameer office door broken by IDF soldiers (Sharif Solaiman/ Addameer)

Addameer office door broken by IDF soldiers (Sharif Solaiman/ Addameer)

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    1. The IDF comment predefines the targeted organization as “terrorist,” which here seems to mean “a group organized around an issue (prisoner support and rights) we have yet to quash.” There can be no rights without an independent judiciary, and without rights civil society will falter. If civil society is weak, violence becomes more likely. The Israeli State cannot understand that these NGOs are their true long term ally.

      Keeping a 71 year old from traveling is designed to hobble his political presence, not stop actual communication; it is obviously quite easy to send messages about. But if you prevent the rise of natural political operatives, the social space will in part go underground, and the subterranean may mutate to violence. Once again, the IDF is blind to the nature of civil society outside its own land.

      The point, here, is to quash all forms of protest and civil resitence, to define civil resitence as terrorist by association, to decapitate autonomy.

      The Oslo Areas designations are now merely for convience. The PA, having no recourse to redress a violation, has no autonomy. And without autonomy–and its risk–there can be no partner.

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      • The Trespasser

        > Once again, the IDF is blind to the nature of civil society outside its own land.

        On the contrary, IDF is pretty much well aware, especially after 64 years of non-stop warfare.

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        • Anyone supporting the vanguard settlers, as certainly yourself, wants the fight to continue. You are incapable of seeing that there are some on both “sides” who want to find a way out. The best ally of hatred is hatred on the other side; they make each other in righteousness.

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          • The Trespasser

            No, Greg.
            Every Jew who wishes to live in the Jewish state will keep to fight as every Arab who does not wish to see any Jewish states in some or other place.

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    2. aristeides

      It would be interesting to see an armed Palestinian force raiding one of the settlements.

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      • Settlements? Imagine if this goes even further and Jews in Palestine/Israel do not have an inch of land that is safe from Palestinian control, invasion and subjugation. Most if not all Jews who support the occupation can not even contemplate a situation where roles are reversed, where Palestinians have a free and unquestionable power to do to the Jews in P/I the same thing as they have been doing to us for 65 years. Oh the humanity, that would just be too much to bear, it would be immoral, illogical, and insensitive to say the least, but not if those on the receiving end are those pesky sub-human Palestinians. It can take a second where world powers shift, and we can be in such situation. I wonder what the pro occupation will say when the Palestinians treat them not worse but EXACTLY the same way and for the same length of time. I personally can not wait, maybe then we’ll show them we are MUCH BETTER humans then they can ever dream to be.

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        • The Trespasser

          >maybe then we’ll show them we are MUCH BETTER humans then they can ever dream to be.

          No, my racist friend, you won’t show such a thing. Ever. No historical prerequisites, you see.

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          • aristeides

            Put Tresspasser in a keffiyeh and see how he likes the receiving end.

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          • Hussein

            When you fail the equality and human rights argument you throw in a convenient hasbara propaganda talking point or reference a rare self-explained event (by looking at today’s reality) while neglecting to include the wider picture & historical facts. Your link which tries to prove that Jews can not live under Arab/Muslim rule is just too crazy to take seriously. History of Arab/Muslim relations in the past 1500 years prove otherwise. There is a myriad of Jewish and non-Jewish scholars who can attest to the fact that prior to the Zionist theft of Palestine by the foreign European invaders (who by the fact provoked the above mentioned link of the Palestinians trying to SAVE their land. Keep in mind that no one advocates massacres or even abuse of civilians), The treatment of Jews in Arab/Muslim lands was a model of human respect and accommodation even if some rare altercations took place as is seen/expected in any multi-ethnic society world-wide. But it certainly was not the norm nor was it frequent (over 1400 years of living with the Arabs/Muslims)…

            You can point to certain incidents as you like but that does not come close to negating a LONG history of Arab/Muslim accommodation of native and foreign persecuted Jews who were always welcomed in our lands as they should. As a matter of fact, has it not been for the Zionist atrocious debacle against the Palestinians, I venture to say that Arabs and Jews would have had the best of mutually respectable relations to this day.

            Feel free to point to another random incident while neglecting the hundreds of years before and after it that shows respect and accommodation by the Arabs. I do however understand WHY you insist on justifying your the Zionist atrocities in Palestine, If I was a Zionist and I have done to the Palestinians what you have done, I too might not sleep without finding random, crazy, made-up, and unfounded, accusations against my victim to justify my inhumanity and monstrosity in treating him. specially when said victim was innocent and treated me better than the rest of humanity for such a long time that I was under his rule, but today I RULE, yet everyday I prove that I am not fit to rule, nor am I capable to admit it so that maybe I can allow my victim to live in peace instead of prolonging his agony and entrenching in myself the monstrosity that I vehemently defend as if it is a normal human behavior.

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          • The Trespasser

            >When you fail the equality and human rights argument

            There is no such thing as “equality” or “human rights” in Muslims societies, yet you seem pretty comfortable with it.

            >you throw in a convenient hasbara propaganda talking point or reference a rare

            Rare?
            Anything but rare.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism_in_the_Arab_world

            >self-explained event (by looking at today’s reality)

            Yeah. Right. Arabs massacred Jews because they provided that Jews will massacre Arabs.

            >while neglecting to include the wider picture & historical facts.

            Yes. Historical facts.
            Of course. By your standards it’s only natural when non-Muslims have a status of dhimmi.
            Well, by my standards is perfectly well if Muslims are class 2 citizens. What’s wrong with that?

            >Your link which tries to prove that Jews can not live under Arab/Muslim rule is just too crazy to take seriously.

            Never claimed that, you dirty little liar.

            Of course Jews can live under Muslim rule. As official second-minus class citizens. Somewhere between women and dogs.

            >History of Arab/Muslim relations in the past 1500 years prove otherwise.

            Lie.

            >There is a myriad of Jewish and non-Jewish scholars who can attest to the fact that prior to the Zionist theft of Palestine by the foreign European invaders (who by the fact provoked the above mentioned link of the Palestinians trying to SAVE their land.

            Lie.

            >Keep in mind that no one advocates massacres or even abuse of civilians

            Lie.

            >The treatment of Jews in Arab/Muslim lands was a model of human respect and accommodation

            Lie.

            >even if some rare altercations took place as is seen/expected in any multi-ethnic society world-wide.

            Not some and far from rare.

            >But it certainly was not the norm nor was it frequent (over 1400 years of living with the Arabs/Muslims)…

            Dhimmi status was permanent. Now you are basically trying to whitewash Muslim racism.

            >You can point to certain incidents as you like but that does not come close to negating a LONG history of Arab/Muslim accommodation of native and foreign persecuted Jews who were always welcomed in our lands as they should.

            Lie. Jews were never welcome by Muslims anywhere in the Middle East.

            >As a matter of fact, has it not been for the Zionist atrocious debacle against the Palestinians, I venture to say that Arabs and Jews would have had the best of mutually respectable relations to this day.

            Lie. Jews never hurt Palestinians until 1947 or so.

            >Feel free to point to another random incident while neglecting the hundreds of years before and after it that shows respect and accommodation by the Arabs.

            I’m not aware of even one occurrence where Jews have had same rights as their Arab lords.

            >I do however understand WHY you insist on justifying your the Zionist atrocities in Palestine.

            No, you don’t. You see, in my opinion Palestinian Arabs have exactly as much (or as little) right to Palestine as Palestinian Jews.

            >If I was a Zionist and I have done to the Palestinians what you have done

            If you was a Zionist that you’d had no Palestinian problem at all. We both know too well what is the way of Arabs dealing with their enemies.

            >specially when said victim was innocent

            Lie.

            >and treated me better than the rest of humanity for such a long time

            Lie.

            >but today I RULE

            Lie.

            >yet everyday I prove that I am not fit to rule

            Lie.

            >nor am I capable to admit it so that maybe I can allow my victim to live in peace instead of prolonging his agony and entrenching in myself the monstrosity that I vehemently defend as if it is a normal human behavior.

            Heap of nonsense for endings.

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          • ressapert

            >There is no such thing as “equality” or “human rights” in Muslims societies, yet you seem pretty comfortable with it.

            Nonsense

            >Yeah. Right. Arabs massacred Jews because they provided that Jews will massacre Arabs.

            Nonsense

            > Of course. By your standards it’s only natural when non-Muslims have a status of dhimmi.
            > Well, by my standards is perfectly well if Muslims are class 2 citizens. What’s wrong with that?

            Racist Nonsense

            >Of course Jews can live under Muslim rule. As official second-minus class citizens. Somewhere between women and dogs.

            Nonsense

            >Lie.

            Nonsense

            >Lie.
            Nonsense

            >Lie.
            Nonsense

            >Lie.
            Nonsense

            >Dhimmi status was permanent. Now you are basically trying to whitewash Muslim racism.
            Nonsense

            >Lie. Jews were never welcome by Muslims anywhere in the Middle East.
            Worse Nonsense

            >Lie. Jews never hurt Palestinians until 1947 or so.
            Mother of all Nonsense

            >I’m not aware of even one occurrence where Jews have had same rights as their Arab lords.
            Nonsense

            >No, you don’t. You see, in my opinion Palestinian Arabs have exactly as much (or as little) right to Palestine as
            Palestinian Jews.
            Nonsense

            >If you was a Zionist that you’d had no Palestinian problem at all. We both know too well what is the way of Arabs
            dealing with their enemies.
            Nonsense

            >Heap of nonsense for endings.
            Bullshit tbc.

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          • The Trespasser

            haha
            nice attempt

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          • Piotr Berman

            In fact, Arabs were denying Jews most basic freedoms. For example, there was a discussion about the fact that old photographs show Jewish men and women praying together at the Western Wall. This was explained by the fact that Arab authorities did not allow Jews to make a separation.

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    3. Nothing and nobody is safe. It illustrates what Johan Galtung called sociocide. The complete disruption of civil society in order to prevent the creation of national feelings. Israel is in desparate need of violent counter actions, there is no other way to sell its crimes to the public.
      You can achieve that by creating isolated islands of angry men and women. Israel has since long become an insult to democracy and humanistic values.

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