Gaza Under Attack: Israeli artillery and warplanes attack north of Gaza

Israeli fighter jets struck tonight on Sunday areas north of the besieged Gaza Strip, according to local sources.

The sources said that Israeli fighter jets and military tanks targeted an area east of Jabalia refugee camp, Northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli occupation forces spokesperson claimed that this attack came in response to the incendiary balloons fired from Gaza Strip earlier today.

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No casualities were reported so far.

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(Source / 10.08.2020)

Israeli occupation demolishes Palestinian home near Bethlehem

Israeli occupation soldiers invaded on Monday Khirbit Beit Iskariya village, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and demolished a Palestinian home.

Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Wall and Colonization Resistance Commission, stated that the house which was demolished earlier today is owned and built by Noaman Mohammed Sa’ad on his privately-owned property.

The occupation army alleged that it was constructed without a permit, Berijiyya added.

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(Source / 10.08.2020)

Palestine records a new coronavirus death in West Bank; total 104 in Palestine

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Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed the death of another Palestinian from the coronavirus pandemic in the West Bank, which raise death toll in Palestine since March to 104.

The Ministy said that the man, 77-years-old, is from the southern West Bank city of Hebron and was chronically ill.

Most of the coronavirus deaths were in Hebron, the current epicenter of the pandemic, and its area towns and villages.

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(Source / 10.08.2020)

BDS coordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa’s detention extended for 8 days

Ignoring Amnesty International’s call for his immediate and unconditional release, an Israeli military judge yesterday extended by eight days the detention of Palestinian human rights defender and BDS coordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa for continued interrogation, according to Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, which is interrogating Nawajaa at the Al-Jalameh interrogation center near Haifa, has presented no charges or evidence against him to date, even during yesterday’s hearing, held at a military court near Jenin.

Since his arrest on 30 July from his home near Ramallah, in the occupied Palestinian territory, Nawajaa has not been allowed to exercise his right to see his lawyer, appointed by Addameer.

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On 7 August, Amnesty International issued a statement that said:

“Israeli authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Palestinian human rights defender Mahmoud Nawajaa, 34, the General Coordinator of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)…. He has been detained solely for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association and is therefore a prisoner of conscience.”

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The Amnesty statement called for pressure on Israel to release Nawajaa, saying that Israel has interpreted the international community’s failure “to take concrete action” to pressure it “as a green light” to pursue its illegal policies, including the persecution of Palestinian human rights defenders.

An international campaign with the hashtag, #FreeMahmoud, has grown to include parliamentarians, trade unions, solidarity groups, and social movements in many countries.

Speaking for the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, Stephanie Adam said:

“This further extension of the illegal detention of Mahmoud by Israel’s military court system, which is notorious for its near 100% conviction rate of Palestinians, proves once more that only sustained international pressure, coupled with internal popular struggle, can help Palestinians achieve liberation from Israel’s apartheid and colonial system.

“Mahmoud’s detention is an attack on the entire non-violent global BDS movement. With the support of millions of people of conscience worldwide, we’ll continue growing our movement until all Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equality.”

The BDS movement has called on human rights activists worldwide to increase pressure in their respective countries to secure Israel’s immediate release of Mahmoud Nawajaa.

(Source / 10.08.2020)

Israeli occupation forces detain Palestinians in raids at their homes

Israeli occupation soldiers detaining Hajj Suleiman in Umm al-Khair village in Masafer Yatta.
Israeli occupation soldiers detaining Hajj Suleiman in Umm al-Khair village in Masafer Yatta

Israeli occupation forces today detained 12 Palestinians from various parts of occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank, said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

It said Israeli forces rounded up five Palestinians after ransacking their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya and in Shufat refugee camp.

Two other Palestinians, identified as brothers, were detained in an army raid of the Jerusalem-area village of Hizma,

Read More: Israeli forces detain seven Palestinians from West Bank

In the northern West Bank, PPS said that an Israeli special force detained two Palestinians after breaking into and thoroughly searching their family homes in Nablus district.

One of the two detainees was identified as a resident of Nablus city and the other as a resident of Asira al-Shamaliya town, north of the city.

Read More: Israeli forces detain at least 14 Palestinians in West Bank

In Jenin district, Israeli military vehicles stormed Arraba town, south of Jenin city, where soldiers detained a Palestinian man.

Another Palestinian from the same district was detained for several hours before being released.

In the Jordan Valley, Israeli troops raided Ein al-Sultan refugee camp, west of Jericho city, resulting in the detention of two men.

In Masafer Yatta in the south of the West Bank, Israeli occupation forces detained in Umm al-Khair village an elderly Palestinian man identified as Hajj Suleiman, in his 70s. He was taken to the illegal settlement of Carmel, which is built on Umm al Khair land, beaten during the arrest and, eventually, released.

(Source / 10.08.2020)

Gaza farmers are looking for their livelihood from the fruit of patience

The fruit of “patience” is preferred by Palestinian farmers in the Gaza Strip due to the popular demand, despite the fact that its harvest involves great difficulties.

The patience fruit or prickly pear is known for its filling with thorns on the green panels that carry ripe fruits, with the possibility of the thorns flying over the bodies and injuring them, which makes it difficult to harvest them.

With the early hours of the dawn, Muhammad Abu Tir, a 50-year-old from Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, heads every day with his three sons to his border land to reap the ripe fruits of patience.

“We used to reap the fruits on these days and sell them in the markets to make some money,” Abu Teer said, while he was stretching out a long stick with a curved tip called (Tawala) to pick up the fruit.

“The people of Gaza are waiting for the season to buy aloe vera / prickly pear and enjoy its sweet taste, as it is one of the favorite fruits, despite the possibility that they have the thorns scattered around each fruit,” he added.

Abu Tair begins annually by picking the crop from the beginning of July until the end of August on a daily basis, and he transports it to the local market on mobile carts for sale, just like other farmers.

Abu Tir notes that he chooses the times of dawn to reap the fruits, in order to avoid working under the scorching rays of the sun during the day of the peak months of the summer season. Market before noon.

The prickly pear fruit is known in Palestine as the “cactus fruit”, as it belongs to the “cactus” family. Its trees grow in dry places due to its stems filled with water.

The fruit of aloes is popular annually in the summer season because it is characterized by its sweet taste and nutritional benefits, provided that it is not consumed excessively, as it causes problems with digestion.

Another advantage of prickly pears is that it is free of any pesticides or drugs other than other fruits, as it is a crop that depends only on rainwater and produces large quantities, according to Abu Tir, who says that with the end of the season he reaps about a thousand dollars from selling patience to help him spend on his family.

However, he complains that he sometimes spends many hours in the local markets selling the crop, but the turnout falls short of his expectations given the difficult economic conditions for the residents of the Gaza Strip, which has been besieged by Israel since 2007.

To overcome this problem, Muhammad Abu Tir, the eldest son of a farmer, worked to devise a new way to market their harvest, by peeling the fruits of prickly pears and selling them in special dishes ready to eat directly.

In an attempt to increase the pace of sales, the young man, Abu Tir, created a special page on “Facebook”, where he excels at photographing the fruits of prickly pears in a creative way that impressed his followers across the page.

Muhammad, a graduate of the College of Commerce, told (Xinhua), “There are many customers who avoid buying prickly pears for fear of having fruit thorns, so I found the process of peeling patience and selling it ready as a way to further promote the sale.”

“We are in the age of technology and progress, and we can take advantage of all the resources at our disposal to promote creative ideas that will benefit us more and in less time,” he added.

For her part, the 30-year-old woman, Ibtisam Al-Ghalayini, told Xinhua that she did not buy patience in the past despite her love for it, due to the difficulty of peeling it, indicating that she currently depends on buying it from Abu Tair after it was shown on his page in FB.

The prickly pear prices vary from one region to another in the Gaza Strip, but farmers usually sell it for a dollar and a half for a kilo.

And spread many popular proverbs related to prickly pears among the residents of Gaza, similar to the difficult climatic conditions in which this type of fruit lives in the difficult conditions they live in in the besieged Strip.

The prickly pear has been used by farmers in Gaza for many years to serve as walls that protect the land from harmful animals and tampering with crops, and the boundary that separates the lands from each other.

(Source / 09.08.2020)

‘Jerusalem is Not the Capital of Israel’, Italian Court Tells RAI TV

The Italian flag projected on the walls of the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City in show of support for those suffering from coronavirus in Italy, on 15 March 2020 [MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images]
The Italian flag projected on the walls of the ramparts of Jerusalem’s Old City in show of support for those suffering from coronavirus in Italy, on 15 March 2020

Flavio Insinna, host of the popular Italian TV show “L’Eredità” will have to deliver this statement next time he goes on the air: “International law does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”

This official order has been dictated by the Rome Court (Tribunale di Roma) which, on August 5, ruled in favor of two Italian pro-Palestine organizations against Italian national public broadcasting company RAI, according to The Palestine Chronicle.

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The story goes back to May 21, when a TV game show contestant was asked what is the capital of Israel. The answer “Tel Aviv” was deemed wrong. The right answer, the contestant was told, is “Jerusalem.”

The incident sparked a public debate in Italy. Italian foreign policy remains consistent with international law, which does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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On June 5, the host of the show, Insinna, tried to dampen the controversy, delivering a statement that read in part that “there are different views on the issue”.

However, Italian lawyers Fausto Gianelli and Dario Rossi, representing “Associazione Palestinesi in Italia” and “Associazione benefica di solidarietà con il popolo Palestinese” respectively, decided to take the case to court.

The #USA is sidelined in an international context. This, after vetoing the resolution that seeks not to recognize #Jerusalem as Israeli capital. @icsft repudiates the US veto to the United Nations Security Council resolution

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After deliberation, judge Cecilia Pratesi conveyed the much-anticipated ruling: “The Italian State does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”

“It is well known that on December 21, 2017, Italy voted in favor of a UN General Assembly Resolution rejecting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the judge said.

“It is also well known that the UN itself repeatedly issued its opinion, condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and East Jerusalem, and denying any legal validity to Israel’s decision to turn Jerusalem into its capital,” she added.

“UN Resolutions”, the verdict continued, “have to be considered as conventional law, directly applicable in our legal system.”

(Source / 09.08.2020)

Army Fires Artillery Shells Into Central Gaza

Israeli soldiers fired, Sunday, several artillery shells into Palestinian farmlands, and a site believed to be run by an armed resistance group, east of Deir al-Balah, in the central part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the Israeli shells were fired from the Kissufim military base, across the perimeter fence, southeast of Deir al-Balah.

They added that the shells landed and exploded in farmlands, and a site, believed to be run by an armed resistance group.

The shells caused excessive damage and fire but did not lead to casualties.

According to Israeli media outlets, shots were fired from Gaza at workers, constructing the wall along the perimeter fence.

The reported incident did not lead to casualties but forced the workers to stop the construction near Kissufim.

On Saturday, the Israeli army claimed that an explosive device that was reportedly attached to balloons was flown from Gaza, and landed near Kibbutz Nir Oz colony, near the Gaza Strip. The explosive apparently did not detonate.

(Source / 09.08.2020)

Israeli Soldiers abduct Five Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, five Palestinians, including four former political prisoners, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

The PPS stated that several army jeeps invaded Faqqu’a town, east of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, searched and ransacked homes before abducting three Palestinians.

It added that the abducted Palestinians, all former political prisoners, have been identified as Sayyaf Khalil Masad, Milad Fuad Masad, and Mohammad Jamal Arram.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Janiya village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Ashraf Mohammad Mathloum.

Another Palestinian, identified as Laith Malek Sbeih, was abducted from his home in Hizma town, north of occupied Jerusalem.

It is worth mentioning that, on Saturday, the soldiers abducted at least five Palestinians, including Nasr Mohammad Abu Ziyada, the head of Beitillu Village Council, northwest of Ramallah in central West Bank.

(Source / 09.08.2020)

Israeli Colonists Attack Cars, Injure One Palestinian, Near Nablus

Several extremist Israeli colonists attacked, Sunday, many Palestinian cars near Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, causing damage in addition to injuring one Palestinian.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists hurled stones at many Palestinian cars, driving on the bypass road near Burin.

He added that many cars sustained damage, mainly to the windshield, while one Palestinian suffered mild wounds.

The wounded resident, from Hijja town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, was moved to Darwish Nazzal governmental hospital.

(Source / 09.08.2020)