"In Jabalia camp, Maysar Mohamed Reiman said that her husband, Abdul Rauf Reiman, 32, was murdered Tuesday, January 26, when the Israeli army forced him to lower the Palestinian flag off the electricity lines in Jabalia camp. Abdul Rauf Reiman died instantly when he was hit by a strong electric current.
"In Al Breij camp the Israeli army ordered camp residents
to leave their houses at 1:00 a.m. and kept them in detention
until 4:a.m. Israeli soldiers threatened to break their bones if
they continued demonstrating. The army sealed off the three
entrances to the camp." (76)
Although Zionist propaganda tried to present the actions of the occupation as necessary police work to restore order, the true intent soon leaked out. The Israeli newspaper Hadashot printed an interview with a 20 year-old Israeli soldier who admitted:
"We received our orders to knock at the doors, enter the houses, and evacuate all the men, and especially to beat up the young men. The matter was not a personal initiative that we undertook, but that of following orders we received from our commander and his assistant. The most violent scenes were happening in the detention centers where Israeli soldiers unleashed their clubs on kneeling Palestinian Arabs." (77)
The testimony of this soldier was confirmed in an admission by an Israeli officer published on January 28, 1988 in Maariv:
"I issued strict orders to soldiers to attack Arab demonstrators and beat them until they spilled their blood and their bones were broken. We had to find sadistic soldiers to do this dirty work." (78)
The military commentator for Haaretz, Zeev Schiff, commented:
"Israeli soldiers attack citizens in their homes, beat them
severely and even break the arms and legs of women and
elderly people. This is a criminal act which cannot be forgiven.
It is a brutal oppression from the side of Israeli society
which will increase hatred and animosity and nurture feelings
for revenge." (79)
Even the American mass media, which had once slavishly white-washed Israeli practices, could not ignore the mass brutality of the Israeli attempts to suppress the Intafada. When they tried to report the news objectively, they, too, became the victims of violence perpetrated by their erstwhile Zionist friends. "On January 28th Israeli soldiers beat up a CBS television crew in Gaza while they were taking pictures of Israeli soldiers beating a Palestinian youth. Soldiers of the Golani Brigade kicked the American television network newsmen and beat them with their fists. The soldiers also destroyed some CBS equipment." (80)
It is obvious that the Zionists did not want eyewitnesses to
the escalation of their arbitrary violence directed especially
at Palestinian refugee camps.
"BEAT AND DESTROY" METHODS ESCALATED
"Israeli forces escalated their 'beat and destroy' policy which had been sanctioned in the last few weeks by Yitzhak Rabin, Minister of Defence, and is directed against Palestinians in the occupied territories.
"The Israeli army imposed military siege on the refugee
camps and evacuated all residents between 15-45 years of
age. Their soldiers burst into the houses and conducted imaginary
search operations, messing up the contents of the
houses and breaking doors and windows. These inhuman
practices continued until 3:00 a.m.. These actions by Israeli
soldiers caused injuries to more than 60 residents who were
transferred to several hospitals." (81)
On January 29 "Israeli soldiers kidnapped four Palestinian youths in the Qalandia refugee camp and took them to an unknown destination. One of the four, Rayed Muteir, age 20, was found 15 kilometers from the camp unconscious and suffering from bruises and wounds all over his body. Khaed Abu Shalbak, 20, was found 35 kilometers from the camp, suffering from broken limbs and bruises all over his body." (82)
On February 1, "two more Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers in the town of Anabta in the West Bank. They were Moayed Al Shaar, age 2 1, and Morad Hamad Allah, age 17. At least 25 other Palestinians were wounded by live bullets fired by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank." (83)
Also on February 1, "in Jerusalem, violent clashes erupted between demonstrators and Israeli soldiers. Palestinian youths closed Salah Eddin Street with barricades, and in the old city youths stoned army vehicles, placed barricades, burned tires and displayed Palestinian flags.
"In Qalqilya a complete commercial strike continued for the 29th consecutive day and demonstrations erupted in the center of the city and Palestinian flags were hoisted. Violent clashes broke out with Israeli forces, which resulted in breaking the glass of 20 military and civilian Israeli cars and the wounding of four settlers. One Jewish settler intended to crush one youth with his car, resulting in the youth's sustaining wounds. He was taken by a military vehicle to an unknown destination. The youth is 16 year-old lyad Shoieb.
"In Jabalia camp six residents were injured by Israeli
soldiers. Firyal Ramadan Al Kurd, age 25, had a miscarriage
after she had been beaten and tortured. A 3 year old child,
Mohamad Abu Zastari was also injured." (84)
"On February 2, an 8 year old child from Qalqilya, Bahaa Heij Hass.an was attacked by Israeli soldiers who unleashed their clubs on his frail body, beating him up. The 8 year old was charged with throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers." (85)
Acts of violence by Israeli soldiers against inhabitants of 'Bani Naiem village resulted in wounds caused by rubber bullets to five more residents, including a 19 year old girl, Fadwa Al Wahah.
"On February 2, demonstrations erupted in Saier, Samoa, Al Shuyoukh, Dora and Dahiriya in which demonstrators raised the Palestinian flag and closed the streets with barricades and burning tires.
"Two teenagers from Al Faraa camp near Nablus were
injured severely when they were beaten by Israeli soldiers.
"Israeli soldiers burst into the house of Ahmed Khaled from Al Ein camp and beat him and his wife severely. When one of their sons attempted to defend his elderly parents, Israeli soldiers fired live bullets at him, wounding him in the leg. They broke the head and arms of still another son of the couple.
An infant, one and a half years old, was in serious condition
because of Israeli tear gas which had entered his lungs.
"Israeli bulldozers demolished tens of Palestinian cars which were legally parked along the public highway in Al Ein camp, and Israeli soldiers attacked two doctors from the Palestine Red Crescent Society with clubs and sticks. "In Bethlehem Jewish settlers kidnapped three young Palestinians, Nasser Alqam, 14, Issa Alqam, 13, and Abdul Karim Mousa, 1 2," (86)
"Also on February 2, Israeli forces attempted to disrupt the commercial strike in Ramallah and Al Bireh by destroying the doors and windows of shops. Palestinian youths responded in Al Manara Square of Ramallah by throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.
"In Qalandia camp Dr. Munther Al Sharif, a doctor at the UNRWA clinic, was wounded by an Israeli bullet in his hand. Nurse Rashid Nasser received several wounds, and Latifa Hammad, age 70, was injured by a rubber bullet in her back. "In Jerusalem Israeli soldiers burst into a number of homes in the Al Thawri Quarter and beat up 14 Palestinian youths. "In the Gaza Strip demonstrations were continuing in most areas. Israeli soldiers used live ammunition and tear gas in attempts to quell the demonstrations." (87)
'Women and children were among those admitted to Al
Shifa Hospital in Gaza as a result of beatings by Israeli
soldiers. Five were from the same family." (88)
"On February 3, Israel announced the arrest of Sheikh
Hijazi Barbar, Al Azhar Mosque's preacher in Gaza. He was
ordered to be detained administratively for six months.
"A 45 year-old professor from Ramallah, Dr. Samir
Shihadeh, was arrested on February 2 by Israeli authorities.
Dr. Shihadeh is employed as a lecturer in Beir Zeit university.
He suffers from a heart ailment."89
"On February 3 a three months-old infant, Maisa Aouni, was admitted to Tulkarem Hospital suffering from the effects of tear gas canisters used by Israeli soldiers against demonstrators.
"In Qalqilya Weam Abdul Rahim Masoud had a miscarriage as a result of Israeli tear gas. She was five months pregnant.
"On February 3, 15 Palestinians were wounded in beatings
by soldiers in Qalqilya." (90)
"In Nablus Israeli soldiers committed attacks and acts of
vandalism in hospitals and mosques. Israeli soldiers stoned
the Women's Union Hospital for more than half an hour,
breaking its windows. Some of the windows in Al Nasr
Mosque were broken by stones thrown by Israeli soldiers." (91)
Meanwhile, at the same time that they were physically
terrorizing the Palestinian populace throughout the West
Bank and Gaza, the Zionists relentlessly continued the piecemeal
confiscation of Palestinian lands. "On February 2 Israeli
authorities confiscated 100 dunums of land in the village of
Irtass, near Bethlehem. This land belongs to Nasri Rabai'ah.
"Reuters correspondent in Gaza, Taher Shreiteh, and his brother, were released February 3 after being arrested and beaten under interrogation by Israeli soldiers." (92)
"During the night of February 3-4, Ibrahim Mansour, age 21, was shot and killed by Israeli bullets during demonstrations which paralyzed the entire city of Tulkarem.
"In Balata refugee camp 20 year old Yousef Hannoun and 13 year-old Nasser Arafat were wounded by Israeli bullets.
"In the village of Silwad, located northeast of Ramallah, four more residents were injured as a result of Israeli soldiers firing live bullets at the residents. Jewish settlers also burst into the village late at night. The Israeli army detained seven youths.
"In Dora, near Hebron, a 7 year old child, Salim Mohamad
Abu Haleel, was injured by Israeli bullets when a huge
demonstration broke out in town that was dispersed by the
'Many Jewish settlers and Israeli soldiers burst at midnight
into Yabad near Jenin. They began firing at residents
and caused injuries to many people.
"In Ramallah employees of the Government Hospital conducted a sit-in to protest the Israeli army's brutal attacks, February 3, on four employees of the hospital who refused the army's orders to clean the barricades and the debris from the streets. The four hospital employees are Dr. Shawqi Harb, head of the Heart Surgery Department in the hospital, Dr. Mohamad Khalil, a heart specialist, and two nurses, Naaman Mostafa and Mohamad Naji." (93)
But even such attempts to abase and humiliate Palestinian
health care professionals could not deter the participation of
all sectors of the Palestinian population in the continuation of
MASSIVE DEMONSTRATIONS UNDETERRED
On February 4, "Demonstrations continued in the cities of Bethlehem, Beit Jala and the neighboring villages and refugee camps which were witnessing a total commercial strike and where transportation came to a complete halt. Palestinian flags were hoisted, streets were closed with burning tires and Palestinian youths threw rocks and broken bottles at Israeli military vehicles.
"A molotov cocktail was discharged at an Israeli vehicle in Al Arroub village near Hebron, which broke the glass of the car.
"The general strike covered 17 towns and villages in the Hebron area, where more than 250,000 Palestinians live. Public transportation came to a halt and workers did not go to work inside Israel.
"A curfew continued to be imposed on Bani Naiem town for the fifth day in a row, and the Israeli army continued to burst into homes of residents, beating and oppressing the inhabitants.
"In Dora, which witnessed violent demonstrations in which 15 residents were injured by Israeli army bullets, the Israeli soldiers burst into a number of houses and detained scores of youth.
"In Al Samoo demonstrators totally burned an Israeli bus inside the town. The town witnessed violent clashes between residents and Israeli army and a curfew was imposed on the town.
"Demonstrations by students of Dar Al Tefl college broke
out in Jerusalem. The Israeli army dispersed demonstrators
by using tear gas, clubs and sticks and caused several injuries
and broken limbs." (94)
"On February 4th, several dozen residents of Gaza received letters written in English from the fanatical Kach movement asking them to leave the Strip. The letters said the land was only for the Jews and that God had given it to them. It threatened killing if they do not leave the Strip." (95)
"On February 5, a massive demonstration began from Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem after the traditional Muslim Friday prayers. Palestinians raised the Palestinian flag and chanted national slogans and clashed with Israeli forces. The Israeli army arrested scores of Palestinian youth who stoned the Israeli soldiers in the streets of the old city of Jerusalem.
"Israeli soldiers attacked Muslim worshippers who demonstrated after Friday prayers in Al Omari Mosque in Gaza. There were also demonstrations in Al Shati (Beach) camp, Khan Yunis, Nusseirat camp and Al Breij refugee camps.
"In Jabalia camp residents clashed with Israeli forces with
rocks. They set up barricades and burning tires in the streets.
Three residents received injuries and were transferred to Al
Ahli hospital. They were 30 year old Said Al Zeinati, 17 year
old Aatef Abou Laban, and 34 year old Suheir Mansour.
"The city of Nablus was under military curfew for the 6th day. Curfew orders also affected all villages and refugee camps neighboring the largest West Bank city. Over 120,000 Palestinian Muslims were unable to attend the traditional Friday Muslim prayers in the city and area mosques because of the strict military regulations which were in effect in the city since last Sunday.
"Meanwhile four Palestinians were admitted to Al Ittihad
hospital from Al Faraa refugee camp, after they had received
several beatings by Israeli soldiers. They were: 12 year old
Miriam a1 Sabei, 20 year old Khalil Ghandour, 22 year old
Jihad Sarban, and 23 year old Najeh Subuh."
"In Dora two children were wounded by Israeli bullets, Saied Abu Hileil, age 14, in the thigh, and Salim Abu Hileil, age 7, in the leg. Israeli soldiers burst into dozens of houses attacking their residents. They broke the furniture and spoiled all food supplies.
"In Hebron Eid Jararat, an 18 year old, received a bullet in his stomach. In Al Dhahiriya four residents received several wounds after being beaten by Israeli army. They were taken to Al Maqased hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.
"In Halhul two youths were injured. The Israeli army
arrested 11 more youths after it burst into several houses. In
Qalqilya Israelis imposed curfews on several quarters of the
city, and forced citizens between 15-35 years of age to gather
in the public square until late hours of the night, while soldiers
went into several houses and destroyed their contents." (96)
The persistence of the entire Palestinian population in its dedication to the Intafada despite the official Israeli violence being committed against them, so infuriated the fanatic Jewish settlers in the West Bank that they "went on a rampage, destroying tens of cars belonging to Arabs in Hebron and Halhul.
"Settlers burned a water pump which provided water to
Anabta and attacked schools in the town, throwing rocks at
students and destroying windows in the schools.
"Kiryat Arba settlers demanded that the Israeli government
expel the Palestinians of the village of Kufur Malke,
near Ramallah, as an act of revenge." (97)
Public opinion polls in Israel showed how undemocratic
and racist many Israelis actually are. "40% of the Israel public
approves of the extremist positions of Kahane. 57% of the
youth wanted Arabs in the occupied areas to be expelled. 38%
were in favor of private Jewish vigilante associations." (98)
ZIONISTS USE LIVE AND RUBBER BULLETS, STICKS AND CLUBS
On February 8, the "Israeli army killed two more Palestinians and wounded about 261 residents through several means ranging from live and rubber bullets to beatings by clubs and sticks when massive demonstrations broke out all across the occupied territories.
"The Israeli army killed 25 year old Abdul Basset Mahmoud Abdallah from Kufur Qaddoum, located to the west of Nablus. He was hit with a bullet in his head. Killed also was 16 year old Iyyad Mohamed Aqel, from Al Breij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, after he was beaten severely by Israeli soldiers. On Sunday February 7,15 year old Rami Al Aklouk from Deir Al Balah was killed by the same method.
"An 8 year old girl, Hebba Khalil Ahmad, from Al Amari
camp near Ramallah, sustained wounds after she was clubbed
by Israeli soldiers. Today and yesterday 36 residents were
admitted to hospitals from Beit Fajjar village, 52 residents
from Jabalia, 5 from Al Yamoun village, 9 from Al Seileh Al
Harithiya, 2 from Jenin, 20 from Qalqilya and 15 from Ramallah.
Most of these sustained injuries from Israeli army bullets,
while the rest received blow after blow from the baseballsized
clubs and sticks Israeli soldiers used against them. Gun
butts were also frequently used against the Palestinians during
the soldiers' raids on houses and residences after midnight." (99)
"On February 8 Israeli radio reported that Jewish settlers in Hebron went on a rampage during the night and caused a lot of destruction to scores of cars belonging to Palestinians. "On February 8 a Palestinian resident of Al Zaiton Quarter in Gaza was admitted to Al Ahali Hospital after he was injured by a bullet fired at him by an Israeli cab driver when he was sitting in front of his closed shop near Al Nasr cinema in Gaza." (100)
The Israeli army couldn't leave the death toll of Palestinian
victims of Zionist terrorism on February 8th to mere civilian
perpetrated crime. So "In Al Breij camp Israeli soldiers burst
into houses late at night, beating the inhabitants. As a result,
16 year old Iyyad Mohamed Age1 died." (101)
On February 8, "the Israeli Medical Union issued a statement "commenting on the situation in the occupied territories, and said that the Israeli practices against the Palestinians are contradictory to the simplest human laws, and prove the fakery of Israeli intentions towards peace.
"The statement added that Israeli soldiers fired at the
entrances of some hospitals and burst into them, clamped
sieges and arrested some of the patients, and also prevented
the ambulances from entering Palestinian villages where its
residents were under fire and were injured. The Israeli soldiers
also took the I.D. cards of doctors and prevented them
from arriving at these places to help the injured, and that the
Israeli army forced doctors to remove blocks, rocks and
barricades from the streets." (102)
By February 9, 1988 it became clear that a new, ominous element had been adopted by the Zionists in their attempts to suppress the Intifada. "The participation of Jewish settlers in attacking and killing Palestinians added a very dangerous element to the volatile situation. Attacks on many Palestinian communities under the Israeli occupation by these fanatic settlers was carried out under the watchful eyes of the regular Israeli army occupation forces.
"Scores of Palestinians sustained various injuries while Israeli soldiers and settlers vandalized Arab cars which were parked in the streets, and burst into many houses, among them the house of Zahriya Oweidat, 45 years old, who sustained broken arms and was joined by her three daughters who were also injured. They are 18 year-old Wafaa, 15 year-old Kifa, and 12 year-old Dunya.
"At 2:00 a.m. Jewish settlers invaded the town of Halhoul, and attacked residents. Violent clashes broke out between citizens and settlers. More than 50 residents received injuries and bruises, and 12 of them were sent to hospitals.
"At 10:30 p.m. on February 8, ambulances transferred the family of Jurea Mostafa from Balata camp to Al Ittihad hospital in Nablus. The family suffered from nausea and suffocation after a tear gas canister was thrown into their house while they were having dinner. The whole family of nine people was taken to the hospital, among them 9 year old child Dawlat Jumaa.
"In Al Jalazoun camp, settlers kidnapped Hakim Ghanam after the settlers fired tear gas canisters which cause numbness in the nervous system.
"Settlers burst into several homes and attacked the residents. They also fired live bullets at houses, destroyed water reservoirs, demolished furniture in houses and spoiled food supplies. They vandalized scores of cars.
"Jewish settlers, most of whom hold dual U.S. and Israeli
citizenship, had kidnapped a number of Palestinian youths
and led them to unknown places after they had beaten them
severely and knocked them unconscious." (103)
Meanwhile, on February 9, the regular Israeli army continued their storm-trooper methods of trying to end the Intifada. For example,
"Mohammad Shaier, age 15, from Rafah, received a bullet in his leg, and 16 year old Marwa Joudeh received five rubber bullets in her stomach.
"A pregnant Palestinian woman, Fatima Harb, had a miscarriage from tear gas. She was nine months pregnant.
'Neimeh Ghazal, 35 years-old, from Al Shati camp, received a rubber bullet in her back.
"In Qalandia, the Israeli army arrested an 11 year-old
child, Khalid Ahmed, and charged him with throwing rocks
at the army." (104)
On February 10th another ominous note was added: evidence that the Israeli army was copying the death squad tactics so infamous in some Latin American countries. "The body of Majdi Mohammad Hashashon, age 25, from Al Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, was found. The Israeli army arrested him on February 9 and drove him to an unknown destination. His body was found on the Gaza beach." (105)
"It was discovered that 10 year old child Shahir Jalal Al Dasouqi from Burqa had been killed while inside his home by a bullet in the head fired by a settler from the nearby Houah Jewish settlement.
"Ghalia Daaoura, a 38 year old mother of five children from Al Fawwar camp, received head wounds and bruises all over her body after she was beaten by Israeli soldiers with clubs and sticks.
"Israeli soldiers attacked scores of houses in the city of Qalqilya, breaking windows, destroying furniture, and vandalizing automobiles.
"The same happened in Jenin, where 1 1 residents received severe injuries. Khader Al Tarazi, age 17, from Al Rimal quarter in Gaza, died from beatings by Israeli soldiers following his arrest two days before." (106)
"In Nablus on February 12, the Israeli army killed two Palestinian youths and injured one seriously during massive demonstrations which erupted after Friday's prayers. The Israeli army killed 17 year old Bashar Al Masri, and 14 year old Geitan, and injured seriously 17 year old Mahmoud Attashan, who sustained a bullet in his back, which left half of his body paralyzed.
"The Israeli army opened fire to disperse demonstrations
which broke out in the city where hundreds of residents took
part, injuring scores of Palestinians with live bullets and tear
gas canisters containing high quality mace which causes
"The Israeli army attacked Al Ittihad hospital, beating up nurses, doctors and medical aides, and arresting three patients. Also Israeli soldiers attacked and beat up Palestinians who gathered in front of the hospital.
"On February 11 the Israeli army attacked and beat up
nurses at Al Ittihad Hospital when they went towards Balata
camp in order to treat patients. A nurse, 21 year old Iyyad
Eshteiwi, sustained broken bones in his face and head, and
was admitted to Al Ittihad Hospital. Khaled Mohamed
Suleiman, a 26 year old from Balata received a bullet wound
in his thigh and bruises all over his body. Among the injured
admitted to Nablus Hospital was Moein Al Qassas, age 16,
who received several bullets in his stomach."
"On February 12, Israeli soldiers fired many volleys of tear gas inside Al Abiad Mosque in Gaza city, causing many injuries to worshippers.
"Two members of the Knesset, Haika Grossman and Ron
Cohen, reported that they had evidence of acts of brutality by
the Israeli army against Arabs in the Halhul and Al Aroub
areas. They reported that Israeli soldiers tied the hands of
Palestinians and hit them with gun butts, causing injuries all
over their bodies. Fifteen of these injured Palestinian youths
were thrown into a valley full of human waste and garbage
and left there." (107)
Day after day the sickening behavior of Israeli soldiers and settlers continued. Some examples of these crimes follow:
"Among the nine Palestinians hospitalized with fractured bones resulting from beatings by Israeli soldiers in Gaza was 12 year old lyyad Nasman, who received two broken elbows, and 13 year old Ziyad Al Hattab, who received a broken leg.
"Mohamad Deeb Hamdam, age 19, from Jabalia, was beaten with clubs by Israeli soldiers on February 16 and his severely injured body was tossed into a field.
"In Seira village near Ramallah, Jewish settlers and Israeli soldiers broke into thirty houses on February 16 and beat up their occupants. Jewish settlers at dawn attacked the Radidia Quarter in Nablus and set fire to many Arab automobiles and stores.
"In Jenin demonstrations broke out and Palestinian youths closed the main streets with burning tires and barricades and threw stones at Israeli military vehicles.
"In Nur Shams camp near Tulkarem Israeli soldiers burst into many houses and beat up their occupants.
"The Israeli army closed all West Bank and Gaza Strip schools, where over 300,000 Palestinian students attend their classes.
"On February 17, still another Palestinian youth, Ismail Hassan Al Halaiqah, from Al Shioukh town, near Hebron, was murdered by Israeli soldiers firing live ammunition. Among the injured at the same time was Mohamad Ramadan, with a bullet in the stomach, Amneh Oweidhat, with a bullet in the back, and a 6 year old child from Saier who had broken limbs as a result of a beating by Israeli soldiers using sticks.
"Israeli soldiers and settlers destroyed 15 dunums of olive trees in Al Janebia and Ras Karkar, near Ramallah, bulldozing the trees.
"Israeli soldiers continued breaking into houses in the
occupied territories on February 17, beating up their occupants.
These incidents took place at the Al Shati camp in
the Gaza Strip and Jenin in the West Bank." (109)
Israeli brutality was sickening to all neutral observers who
witnessed it. Hadashot newspaper on February 17 quoted
Torlo Anadi, Ambassador of Norway to Israel, as saying that
the Israeli army's behavior in the West Bank and Gaza
against the Palestinians resembles the Nazi army's behavior
in 1940 when it occupied Norway. (110)
"General Ihud Barak, deputy Israeli army chief of staff, admitted that 53 Palestinians had been killed since December 9, and that hundreds of Palestinians had been wounded, while the number of Israeli soldiers who had been wounded had reached 100." (111)
'Israeli General Dan Shomron said that Israeli troops will stay in the West Bank and Gaza until the conflict ends in Israel's favor." (112)
"Israeli Police Minister Haim Barlev called for intensification of Israeli military presence in the occupied territories." (113)
But such blustering by the Zionists could not dampen the enthusiasm for the Palestinian national cause among the Palestinians, nor suppress the Intifada.
On February 18, "a five year-old Palestinian child, Amjad Abu Haleimeh, from Al Amarj camp, was injured in the head after a tear gas canister exploded near him. The bomblet was discharged by Israeli soldiers. A ten year old child, Sahar Al Malhi from Al Amari camp, was injured when Israeli soldiers threw a tear gas canister in the child's house. Both children were taken to Ramallah Government hospital for treatment. Also on February 18, Jewish settlers attempted unsuccessfully to kidnap a Palestinian woman who teaches at the vocational center in Hebron. She is 23 year old Rifqa Al Jawabreh from Beit Ummar, near Hebron."
Demonstrations continued throughout the West Bank and
Gaza. "Israeli authorities cut off electricity in Balata refugee
camp. Israeli soldiers, assisted by hordes of Jewish settlers,
set up ambushes in the dark for the camp's residents, beating
up such residents as they could catch.
"On February 18, Israeli radio reported that Israeli police
had arrested a number of youths from 1948 Palestinian Arab-
Israeli citizens because they were wearing golden chains with
the map of Palestine around their necks. A police spokesman
said that these chains are considered a form of solidarity with
an organization hostile to Israel, and therefore should be
"Also on February 18 Israeli defense minister Yitshak Rabin said to a closed meeting of Israeli unit officers engaged in the occupied territories that Israeli soldiers should attack demonstrators, beating them up when there is a need to do so in order to disperse demonstrations.
"It was reported that still another Palestinian was shot and killed the previous day, February 17, in the village of Shuyukh. The new martyr was Ismael Hussein Halayqa, age 26. Eight others were injured when soldiers of the Israeli army opened fire on demonstrators." (114)
On February 19, the 74th consecutive day of the Intifada, oppressive Israeli occupation measures directed at the inhabitants of the occupied territories continued.
"In Balata refugee camp, near Nablus, 42 year old Hind
Hijazi received a rubber bullet in her face and another bullet
in her hand, and 60 year old Sabiha Mustafareceived arubber
bullet in her chest and another one in her hand."
"Al Jalazoun refugee camp, near Ramallah, is undergoing severe hardship after Israeli authorities disconnected electric power from the camp as punishment for the Palestinian resistance to occupation.
"In Dheisheh refugee camp, near Bethlehem, Jewish settlers
from Kiryat Arba settlement fired their pistols toward
the camp claiming that their cars were subjected to stone
Also "on February 19, Israeli soldiers attempted to quell massive demonstrations in Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Israeli army chief of staff General Dan Shomron was present in the camp to observe their performance.
"On the same day in Nablus in the West Bank Israeli forces burst into the Old City through a heavy cover of smoke emanating from tear gas canisters which had been discharged at demonstrators. The Israeli army utilized helicopters to drop the tear gas. Israeli Defense Minister Yitshak Rabin was present to observe their performance.
"On February 19, Knesset member Rafael Eitan called for
the expulsion of all Palestinians who could be labeled instigators,
with their families and children with them."
"Al Hamishar Hebrew daily reported on February 19th
that the Israeli military police are still investigating the case
of four Salem village youths who had been buried alive by
Israeli soldiers. The four youths were laid down on the ground
and covered with sand by bulldozers up to their necks." (115)
SHIN BET AGENT INDICTED FOR MURDER
"On February 19, "Radio Israel reported that Yousef
Havish, the Israeli District Attorney, ordered an indictment
to be prepared against a Shin Bet agent suspected of the
murder of Palestinian prisoner Awad Hamdan, age 23, during interrogation in July, 1987. Three Shin Bet officers were later detained for giving false information concerning his death during inquiries by a government committee formed to investigate Shin Bet methods." (116)
ISRAELI BULLETS CONTINUE TO KILL PALESTINIANS
The daily tempo of Zionist barbarity, beatings and brutal slaying of Palestinians continued throughout February, 1988.
"On February 20, Israeli army bullets killed Abdallah
Attal, age 18, from Kufur Neimeh in the Ramallah district,
and a 12 year old child, Nasrallah Abdul Kader, from
Tulkarem camp. On February 21, Israeli bullets killed three
more Palestinians, Ragheb Abu Amara, age 24, from Nablus,
Ahmad Sadug Abu Salhieh, age 60, from Nablus, and Kamal
Mohamad Faris, age 24, from Deir Ammar camp near Ramallah.
"On February 22 it was revealed that directors of Government
hospitals in the West Bank had met in the past week and
sent a protest cable to Israeli defense minister Yitzhak Rabin,
expressing their condemnation of the inhuman practices by
the Israeli forces, which are in contradiction of human rights
conventions, especially the frequent Israeli method and practice
of forcefully entering the hospitals, and the method of
firing live bullets and tear gas, something which caused an
increase in the number of injuries and caused death to some
of the patients."
STARVATION TACTICS EMPLOYED BY ZIONISTS
On February 22 it was revealed that the Israeli occupying
forces had adopted a new tactic to try and destroy the Intifada:
forced starvation of refugee camp inhabitants. "Citizens of Al
Amari camp, near Ramallah, were reported suffering from a
shortage of food, especially infants' milk, as a result of the
Israeli army's preventing the entry into the camp of any food
or medical supplies. Similar reports emanated from
ORIENTAL JEWS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST OCCUPATION
Interestingly, the long repressed Oriental Jewish population
under Ashkenazim domination sent 150 Oriental Jews to
demonstrate in front of Mejido security prison, asking an end
to the Israeli occupation and demanding the release of Me'ir
Amor, an Israeli officer detained for refusing to serve in the
occupied territories. Oriental Jewish artist Yosi Sheeloh said
the detention of Amor and his refusal to serve is an indication
of the indignation of Eastern Jews at what is going on. He
denied that Oriental Jews, who are Arab in language and
culture, hate the Arabs as some in Israel claim. (118)
"On February 23, three more Palestinians were killed by
the Israeli occupiers, among them a 13 year old child. Mahmoud
Naama Houshieh from Al Yamoun village near Jenin.
On the previous day the dead also included a 13 year old child,
Rawda Lutfi Najeeb, from Baqa Al Sharqiah, near Tulkarem.
"Disease was reported breaking out among children at Al
Amari and Al Jalazoun refugee camps near Ramallah where
the Israeli army prevented the supply of foodstuff. There was
an accumulation of garbage and trash as well because of the
Israeli army's preventing sanitation workers from entering
either camp. In the village of Bani Naiom, near Hebron,
Israeli soldiers broke into six houses, beating up their inhabitants."
"On February 23, Israeli Attorney General Yousef Harish admitted in a letter to the Israeli cabinet and Israeli defense minister Yitzhak Rabin, that the increase in complaints related to inhuman practices and punishment by the Israeli army against Palestinians in the occupied territories proves that these practices are not outside the realm of customary behavior, but they are a pattern which is being implemented by Israeli soldiers in the occupied territories."' (119)
Every day that the Intifada went on, the toll rose higher and higher. No drama could match that of a people who had finally decided that enough was enough, that being enslaved and deprived of their national identity could not go on, that liberty was more precious than life itself.
Palestinians were prepared to pay the price for liberty with
their lives, and they did. Yet, some deaths were as if pointing
out to the world that the Intifada was not just a political
struggle, but much more, a struggle between primeval evil
and justice. "On February 24, Mohamad Qasem, a mere four
year old child from the town of Qabatia in the Jenin area was
murdered in cold blood by Israeli army bullets when they
callously opened fire on the townspeople, claiming that they
were quelling disturbances. Among the wounded was another
child, 1 1 year old Maysoun Zakarneh." (120)
GENERAL COMMERCIAL STRIKE EFFECTIVE
"On February 24 a general commercial strike which covered all business, commerce and transportation facilities in the occupied territories took place. Almost all Palestinian citizens stayed inside their houses as an expression of condemnation of the Israeli occupation and oppressive practices.
On leaving his house, Jamal Al Samouni, age 20, of Nablus,
was shot by Israeli soldiers with a bullet in the face. In the
village of Kufur Al Labad near Tulkarem the Israeli soldiers
conducted a search campaign, arresting a number of youths
inside their homes." (121)
On February 25, "Demonstrations, protest marches, and violent clashes with Israeli occupation forces in the occupied territories marked the 86th day of the Intifada. Among the numerous victims on that day were 3 year old child Mahmoud Hashash of Nablus, wounded by an Israeli rubber bullet in his leg. Also wounded in the leg was a girl, Naiela Amin Mansour, age 14.
"In Yatta village near Hebron, a 13 year old boy, Amhad Khaled Abu Samra, was shot in the stomach with an Israeli bullet.
"In Jabalia camp 10 year old Rania Rizek was shot in her
ear and 11 year old Mohamad Al Kahlout was shot in the
"In Bani Naiem village near Hebron, 70 year old Omar Rashed Al Manasra had his limbs broken by Israeli soldiers, who also shot Fathia Methqal Abbad, 25, in her back with a rubber bullet.
*In Balata camp near Nablus, Latifa Al Najmi, age 30,
received an Israeli bullet in her head." (122)
Meanwhile, "General Dan Shomron, Israeli army chief of
staff, issued orders to all officers of the Israeli army in the
West Bank and Gaza to use more force and to get more
tough." (123) It seems that shooting women and children, and
breaking the bones of old men, are not "tough" enough acts
for Israeli soldiers.
Yet despite their suffering, the humanity and goodness of the Palestinian people was shown. "A number of Palestinian farmers in the Ghor Al Faraa region east of Nablus saved the life of an Israeli soldier when his jeep turned upside down in heavy water currents." (124)
Yes, in their humanity Palestinian farmers could save the life of an Israeli soldier in an automobile accident. But what humanity is there in Israeli soldiers' using durn dum bullets which "paralyzed the hand of an 18 year old girl in Gaza, Manal Hada, on the same day?" (125)
What humanity was shown by Israeli soldiers when "They fired volley after volley on citizens demonstrating in the West Bank? Two new martyrs were added, Sami Al Dayeh, age 14, from Nablus, and Issam Abu Khalifah, age 15, from Jenin." (126) Are not Palestinian Arab children also children in the eyes of the Israelis? Apparently not.
"On the night of February 25-26 Israeli soldiers, some 200 strong, broke into Al Ittihad Women's Hospital in Nablus, and beat up doctors, nurses and patients and destroyed much medical equipment."