Israel Breaches Gaza Ceasefire Agreement
by Stephen Lendman
Israeli agreements aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. Straightaway Gaza ceasefire agreed on terms were violated.
Twelve Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) activists were arrested. Their whereabouts remains unknown.
Days earlier, Israeli soldiers targeted Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member Khalida Jarrar in Ramallah.
She’s ordered deported to Jericho for six months. She got 24 hours to leave.
Israel wrongfully accused her of “pos(ing) a threat to the security of the region, so she must be put under special monitoring.” More on Jarrar below.
On September 2, Israeli warships used live fire against Palestinian fishermen off Gaza’s coast. They did so in flagrant violation of Operation Protective Edge ceasefire terms.
It permits fishing within a six nautical mile limit. They were well inside it. They escaped injury.
An IDF spokeswoman lied claiming they “deviated from the designated fishing zone.”
Israel breached its pledge to ease Gaza’s blockade. Palestinians report business as usual.
According to OCHA’s Occupied Palestinian Territory deputy head of office Maria Jose Torres:
“(T)here hasn’t been any change in the regime of allowing passage for people or goods.”
“We were expecting that the agreement of the ceasefire would have some kind of timeline for easing and lifting the blockade but so far” there’s nothing.
Hamas spokesman Wael Abu Omar said Gazan authorities expected an immediate easing of restrictions following both sides agreeing to ceasefire terms.
Truck traffic entering Gaza hasn’t increased. “We are waiting for what (was) promised, but until now nothing has changed,” he said.
Fikr Shaltoot heads the UK-based Medical Aid for the Palestinians. She’s disappointed by no change.
“We were hoping to see immediate change on all the crossings. So far I don’t see any kind of improvement on this,” she said. The need for medical care alone in Gaza is acute, she stressed.
“Even before the aggression, there were severe shortages of drugs – 28 percent of essential goods were at zero stock,” she said. “Now the situation is critical.”
Egyptian restrictions remain stringent. Cairo and Tel Aviv conspire against Palestinians. This agreement like earlier ones may collapse.
According to Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson, ceasefire terms have virtually no enforcement mechanisms.
Expect promises Israel made to be broken. Expect business as usual to continue.
Big Lies accompany all Israeli crimes. Doing so justifies the unjustifiable.
On the same day ceasefire terms were agreed on, Israel demolished the Hebron Islamic Charitable Society’s (HICS) dairy factory, as well as five East Jerusalem Bedouin homes, four steel structures, and a barn belonging to the affected families.
According to HICS’s chairman Hatim al-Bakri, Israel was responsible for “about 2 million US dollars” in damages.
“Services (HICS) offers to orphans in the Nebron district will be badly affected.” During Ramadan, Israel confiscated HICS belongings.
On September 2, Israeli forces opened fire on a vehicle carrying Palestinian workers. They did so at a checkpoint near Qalqiliya.
The driver was critically injured. He lost control of the vehicle. It crashed into the side of the road. A passenger with him was shot.
These type incidents occur with disturbing regularity. They reflect police state lawlessness. They generate fear.
Many Palestinians aren’t sure each day at sunrise if they’ll see it set. They live in a virtual war zone.
On Tuesday, Israeli forces raided Anzah village near Jenin. They ransacked dozens of homes.
They arrested 17 men. They committed no crimes. They kidnapped a Husan village resident near Bethlehem.
They invade Beta village near Nablus. They prevented area residents and trucks from entering or leaving.
They set up a roadblock at Beta’s entrance. They searched cars. They interrogated residents. They closed Beta’s flea market. They did so because stones were thrown at a settler’s car.
State terror is official Israeli policy. These type incidents happen multiple times daily.
Amnesty International calls Israel “trigger happy.” Excess force is standard practice. Dozens of Palestinians are murdered annually.
Thousands are wounded. Thousands more lawlessly arrested and detained. Many get long prison terms. Children are treated like adults.
Persecution, deaths, injuries and imprisonment are part of daily Palestinian life. So is war without mercy whenever Israel chooses for any reason or none at all.
Jarrar is one of many Palestinian victims. She remains in Ramallah.
“It is my right, as an elected parliamentarian, to stay with my people and to serve them from here,” she said.
So I announce that I will not go to Jericho, and I will not implement the military order. I’m staying here serving my people and working from here.”
“Transferring me from my house to another city is illegal and is against the international humanitarian law.”
“There is now (a supportive) international campaign (on her behalf). I hope this will succeed, but I will not leave the Legislative Council.” She remains inside for her safety.
On August 25, 12 Palestinian human rights organizations and three other Palestinian groups addressed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on behalf of Jarrar.
In part they said:
“We, the undersigned Palestinian coalitions and associations, request your immediate intervention on behalf of Palestinian Legislative Council Member Khalida Jarrar who has recently been issued with an Israeli military order detailing her forcible transfer.”
“At approximately 1.30AM on 20 August 2014 Israeli forces surrounded Jarrar’s home in Ramallah and delivered to her the military order which she refused to sign.”
“The order states that Jarrar is ‘dangerous to the general security of the area’. Since then she has taken refuge at the PLC building in Ramallah where she remains.”
“The current order is clearly a continuation of the Israeli policy of targeting elected representatives of the Palestinian people. There are currently 36 PLC members being held in Israeli prisons, 28 of these are being held in administration, which is a form of detention without charge of trial.”
“For too long there has been an unwillingness by yourself as Secretary-General and the United Nations as a whole to pressure Israel to end its occupation policies, whether these be (waging) war on Gaza, the treatment of political prisoners or the targeting of Palestinian elected representatives.”
“It is this unwillingness that has led Israel to believe that it can continue to act free in the knowledge that it will not be held accountable.”
“It is clear that unless enough pressure is brought on Israel, particularly by the United Nations, Israel will not change its policies.”
“Jarrar was elected to the PLC in 2006…” She’s been “active within Palestinian society for many years.”
She notably advocates on behalf of thousands of Palestinian political prisoners.
She heads the PLC Prisoners Committee. She represents the PLC in the Council of Europe.
Israel’s military order violates Fourth Geneva articles 42 and 49. They prohibit assigned residency of protected persons as well as forced collective or individual transfers.
The undersigned called on Ban to intervene immediately. To “ensure that (Israel):
- Immediately revokes the military order related to Jarrar’s forcible transfer.
- Immediately release all imprisoned PLC members, including all those held under administrative detention, and cease its policy of targeting PLC members.”
Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Organization
Aldameer Association for Human Rights
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
Defense for Children International Palestine Section
Ensan Center for Human Rights and Democracy
Hurryyat – Centre for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights
Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights
Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights
Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling
Palestine Bar Association
Palestinian Journalist Syndicate
PNGO – Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network
On September 2, Haaretz editors headlined “Netanyahu’s government is not serious about peace,” saying:
His “conduct during most of his time in office makes a mockery of his various slogans and declarations concerning new diplomatic opportunities.”
Straightaway after to agreeing to Gaza ceasefire terms, declaring a “diplomatic vision” and “new opportunities in the Middle East,” business as usual continued.
He prioritizes violence and instability. He “continues to prove right the Palestinians’ claims that Israel has no interest in peace talks.”
His Civil Administration confiscated nearly 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land. He breached core international law doing so.
On the one hand, he promises peace. On the other, he goes out of his way to prevent it.
He “turn(ed) Israel into an internationally boycotted pariah state that sacrifices the possibility of peace on the altar of its imperialist and messianic aspirations…”
He “perpetuates…bloody conflict.” Operation Protective Edge was the latest example. It followed others. It assures more to come.
Rogue terror states operate this way. Israel and America are the world’s worst. They commit virtually every crime imaginable and then some.
They violate core international laws in the process. What can’t go on forever, won’t.
Nations that live by the sword, die by it. Humanity hopes it can’t happen a moment too soon.
A Final Comment
On September 2, Israeli media said Netanyahu told a closed cabinet session he won’t send a delegation to Cairo for further discussions.
Operation Protective Edge ceasefire terms require both sides to do so. Major issues remain unresolved. So does addressing Israeli violations.
According to Palestinian Cairo delegation member Qais Abd al-Karim, Israeli ceasefire term breaches render the agreement null and void.
Things appear heading this way now. Broken promises follow virtually all Israeli agreements.
It systematically breaches what it pledges. Expect nothing different this time.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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