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Israeli military court postpones Elor Azarya’s prison sentence

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court on Thursday granted the request of Israeli soldier Elor Azarya — who was convicted last month of manslaughter for the filmed, execution-style shooting of 21-year-old Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif –to postpone the beginning of his 18-month sentence until a ruling is made on his appeal, according to Israeli news website Ynet.According to Ynet, Azarya was set to start his prison sentence on Sunday March 5, but with Thursday’s decision, he will remain under “open detention” at his unit’s base, similar to the months he has already spent on open detention.Ynet quoted the judge as saying during the hearing that Azarya “has proven he poses no danger to the public and that there’s no fear he would try to escape justice.”Though the prosecution initially objected to Azarya’s request, saying “the defendant was convicted of manslaughter, carried out an intentional killing, was motivated by the desire for revenge, broke army orders, violated the army’s values,” it eventually dropped its objection.Azarya’s lawyer Yoram Sheftel claimed that “nine out of ten soldiers” want Azarya to be released, and went on to note the “massive gap” between the guilty verdict and what “millions of Jews in the state of Israel think.”Ynet added that the court ordered Azarya’s lawyer to file the full appeal on Sunday, and that a date for the appeal hearing “will be set as soon as possible.”Azarya is the only member of Israeli forces to be charged with killing a Palestinian in 2016 —when at least 109 Palestinians were shot and killed by Israeli forces and settlers — according to Human Rights Watch.

According to rights group Yesh Din, of the 186 criminal investigations opened by the Israeli army into suspected offenses against Palestinians in 2015, just four yielded indictments.Judges called for leniency due to the fact that it was Azarya’s first time in a “terror situation,” and also noted the alleged mismanagement of the scene by Israeli commanders at the scene, who later went on to give harsh testimonies against the 20-year-old soldier.After al-Sharif and Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi, also 21, allegedly carried out a stabbing attack on another soldier in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron last March, al-Qasrawi was fatally shot, while al-Sharif was shot and left severely wounded on the ground for several minutes before Azarya stepped forward and shot him in the head, with a number of witnesses quoting him as saying “This dog is still alive” and “This terrorist deserves to die” before pulling the trigger.
Members of al-Sharif’s family and Palestinian leadership have called the case a “show trial” for handing down a lenient manslaughter conviction for the soldier, while focusing on the case to distract from a wider culture of impunity for Israeli forces.
Following the announcement of the 18-month sentence, the family said they were “not surprised.”
Israeli daily Haaretz quoted them as saying: “from the onset we knew this was a show trial that will not do us justice. Even though the soldier was caught on video and it is clear that this is a cold blooded execution, he was convicted only of manslaughter, not murder, and the prosecution asked for only a light sentence of three years. The sentence he received is less than a Palestinian child gets for throwing stones.”
Meanwhile, a report released by Human Rights Watch days before Azarya was convicted documented “numerous statements” made by senior Israeli politicians and religious figures “calling on police and soldiers to shoot to kill suspected attackers, irrespective of whether lethal force is actually strictly necessary to protect life.”
HRW noted that Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy has received widespread support among Israeli citizens, citing a 2016 poll by the Israel Democracy Institute which found that 47 percent of Jewish Israelis supported the sentiment that “any Palestinian who carries out a terror attack against Jews should be killed on the spot, even if he has been captured and clearly does not pose a threat.”
(Source / 03.03.2017)

Reports: Right-wing Israeli MK’s settlement home likely built on private Palestinian land

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Reports emerged from Israeli media on Thursday alleging that the settlement home of an ultra right-wing Israeli lawmaker, who had a significant role in pushing the recently passed “Regularization” law, was likely built on privately-owned Palestinian land in the northern occupied West Bank settlement of Qedumim, in the Qalqiliya district.The house, belonging to deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament Bezalel Smotrich of the right-wing Jewish Home party, stands just on the edge of Israeli designate “state lands” in the settlement, and falls on what is likely privately-owned Palestinian land, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.However, as a result of the the contested outpost “Regularization bill” — which according to Haaretz was being pushed by a number of Israeli MK’s, including Smotrich — Smotrich’s house will likely be retroactively legalized.The bill granted official Israeli governmental recognition to more than a dozen illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank established on private Palestinian lands, so long as they were built in “good faith” — without knowledge that the land upon which it was built was privately owned by Palestinians.If “good faith” can be proved, the settlement outposts and homes could be officially recognized by Israel pending minimal proof of governmental support in its establishment and some form of compensation to the Palestinian landowners.

As it stands, the law would affect the status of 16 outposts — including Qedumim — although Israeli media reports indicated that more could be included in the future. Critics have strongly decried the legislation, highlighting that it could be another step bringing Israel closer to the annexation of the West Bank.
According to Haaretz and the Times of Israel, historically, Palestinians in what is now the occupied West Bank purchased rights to land by cultivating it.
“Aerial photographs in the 1970s, the 1990s and the early 2000s show that as opposed to non-arable, rocky land that was declared state land, the land on which the buildings in question were built was cultivated. Aerial photos show trees in the area until 2002. In 2004, construction seems to have started there,” Haaretz said of the area where Smotrich’s home is located.
In 2012, Haaretz added, Israeli civil administration officials embarked on a mapping project across the Palestinian territory in order to “precisely pinpoint state lands as opposed to privately owned land, so the state could realize its rights on the lands it owns, while the private lands would remain in private hands.”
According to the civil administration’s finding, a number of homes, including Smotrich’s, were built outside the declared state lands and in breach of the settlement’s master plan.
A spokesperson from the civil administration was not immediately available for comment.
Haaretz quoted Smotrich’s office’s response to the reports as saying “Things were done as required. The only people who are in a conflict of interest are journalists who try to represent the Palestinians to evacuate Jews from their homes, but in this case of self-hatred, no regularization law will help. As I have done up to now, I will continue to do – I will do all I can to protect settlement and continue to develop it as a direct continuation of the Zionist vision.”
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israeli settlers reside in illegal settlements scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in contravention with international law.
While members of the international community have rested the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the discontinuation of illegal Israeli settlements and the establishment of a two-state solution, Israeli leaders have instead shifted further to the right, with more than 50 percent of the ministers in the current Israeli government publicly stating their opposition to a Palestinian state.
Since the beginning of 2017 and the election of US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fast-tracked settlement construction and approved thousands of more settler housing units, despite routine condemnation from the international community.
(Source / 03.03.2017)

Hamas Takes Dozens of Extremists to Military Courts

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Report: 420 Palestinians arrested, jailed by Israel in February

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A human rights group said that 420 Palestinians, including children and women, were either detained, arrested or jailed last February by the Israeli military and security authorities.

In its monthly report, the Palestinian Prisoner Center for Studies said it had documented 12 arrest incidents that happened in the Gaza Strip, including the detention of five fishermen after damaging their boats and two citizens at Beit Hanoun (Erez) border crossing.

In addition, five Gazan young men were also arrested for allegedly trying to cross the border into the 1984 occupied lands.

In the West Bank, a journalist called Hammam Hantash was arrested by Israeli soldiers. He is now being held in administrative detention.

22 Palestinian women and girls were also taken prisoners during the reporting month. One of them is a 28-year-old Jerusalemite woman, who was arrested after being shot by soldiers near Qalandiya checkpoint.

The month also saw the arrest and detention of 70 children in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The youngest of them was 12-year-old Shaker al-Ash’hab from Jerusalem.

The report also said that Israeli courts sentenced 17-year-old Hudaifa Taha, from Kafr Aqab village, to 12 years in jail and 16-year-old Amal Qabha, a girl from Jenin, to 18 months.

During February, 88 administrative detention orders were issued as well against Palestinians, according to the report.

23 of those orders were issued for the first time against administrative detainees and 65 were extensions to previous ones.

(Source / 03.03.2017)

Journalist injured in Israeli quelling of Kafr Qaddoum march

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A Palestinian journalist was injured in Israeli quelling of Kafr Qaddoum weekly march against separation wall and settlement. The march also demands opening the town’s gate which has been closed for 14 years.

The coordinator of popular resistance in Kafr Qaddoum, Murad Eshtaiwi, revealed that Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened gunfire at the correspondent of Palestine TV channel in Qalqilya, Ahmad Shawar. He was shot and injured by a rubber bullet in the front of his head. Medic crews treated him in the field, Eshtaiwi added.

Israeli troops unleashed tear gas bombs, in addition to rubber bullets, at participants in the peaceful march leading to many suffocation cases among Palestinians.

(Source / 03.03.2017)

Syrian Coalition Members: We Had Thorough Discussion on Political Transition with De Mistura

Syrian Coalition officials said that the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) discussed political transition and all related issues with the UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura in Geneva.

Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Hawass Khalil said that the talks with de Mistura included a lengthy discussion about the political transition and all related issues needed to accomplish it.

Khalil, who is also a member of the HNC’s delegation to Geneva, said there should be a firm commitment on the elimination of terrorism and that that should not be subject to negotiation. The opposition’s negotiating delegation is seeking to achieve political transition to restore security and stability to Syria, he added. Political transition is the only way to defeat terrorism and put an end to the war crimes being committed in Syria on a daily basis at the hands of the Iranian-backed foreign militias.

The HNC delegation also met with the Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov in Geneva on Wednesday. Osama Taljo, member of the Coalition’s political committee and the HNC said that both sides held constructive discussions about the importance of the political transition as being essential to ending the conflict; ridding Syria of terrorism and tyranny; and ousting foreign militias from all Syrian territory.

When Russia weigh in on the political process, it can push the process forward as it presents itself as a guarantor of the cease-fire agreement, Taljo said. He pointed out that the opposition stressed the importance of ensuring full respect for a cease-fire and raised the issue of ongoing truce violations by regime forces during the meeting with Gatilov.

The Russian veto of a draft resolution in the UN Security Council seeking to impose sanctions against the use of chemical weapons and on perpetrators of war crimes contradicts Russia’s role as a guarantor of the ceasefire agreement and a permanent member of the UN Security Council responsible for maintaining global peace and security.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 03.03.2017)

Israeli troops cordon off Jenin province

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Heavily-armed Israeli occupation troops have been deployed around Jenin province, in the northern West Bank, at daybreak Friday.

A PIC news correspondent said Israeli army patrols sealed off the Nazareth Street, between Jenin and al-Jalama crossroads, with a military checkpoint at the crack of dawn and subjected Palestinian workers to intensive questioning.

Other Israeli military squads showed up on the Jenin-Haifa thoroughfare, near the main entrance of Rumana and Zabouba towns. A military checkpoint was set up in the area, where Palestinian vehicles and passers-by have been subjected to exhaustive inspection.

The Israeli occupation forces further raked through Palestinian lands and olive groves located between al-Erka town and the access road to Shaked illegal settlement outpost.

(Source / 03.03.2017)

PCHR Weekly Report: Palestinian civilian killed, 6 civilians wounded by Israelis this wee

03 MAR
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In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 23 February – 01 March 2017, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. During the past week, a Palestinian civilian was killed by Israeli settlers, south of Hebron. 6 civilians, including 3 children and a young woman, were wounded in the West Bank while a child was wounded in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli settlement activities:

In the West Bank, On 01 March 2017, Sa’di Qaysiyah (25) from al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron were killed after an Israeli setter from “Havat Mor” settlement outpost, west of the aforementioned village, opened fire at him.

The Israeli media claimed that Sa’di attempted to stab a settler, who said that “he heard noise in the back of his house. When he went out to see where the noise is coming from, Sa’di who had a knife chased him. The settler then returned inside his house to bring his gun, but Sa’di chased him inside and stabbed him before the settler could shoot him.” There were no local eyewitnesses to confirm or deny the Israeli claim because the crime happened in the abovementioned settlement outpost. Moreover, the Israeli forces took Sa’di’s corpse to an unknown destination.

Shortly after the death of Qaisiyah, Israeli forces closed the southern and western side of al-Thaheriyah village and established checkpoints on all the roads leading and linking this village with other villages. They also carried out a wide-scale search campaign under the pretext of searching for a person, who was with Sa’di. An infantry unit surrounded Kherbet Zanouta and al-Khalil Valley area as they prevented the residents from leaving their residential tents. At approximately 19:00, an Israeli force accompanied with 14 military jeeps moved into al-Deir area. They raided and searched the house of Sa’di’s family, detained them and destroyed the house contents. In the meantime, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones at the soldiers, who immediately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and the houses in response. Half an hour later, the Israeli forces withdrew from the vicinity of Sa’di’s house after they arrested his cousin Amjad Qaisiyah (24). When the infantry unit arrived at the center of the village near the central market, the unit stopped and its soldiers deployed between streets amidst firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters between the shops. They also detained and kicked a number of workers in some restaurants. According to PCHR’s follow-up, a large number of the infantry units deployed in the center of the village after closing the main road with the military vehciles amidst firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the civilians and shops. Furthermore, they forced the shops’ owners to close under threat.

On Thursday, 23 February 2017, at approximately 01:00 am, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in the vicinity of “Joseph Tomb” in the eastern side of the village, to secure the entry of dozens of buses carrying settlers to the abovementioned area in order to perform their religious rituals. The buses moved from Beit Furik checkpoint, east of the city, towards al Hesbah Street to Balata village. After that, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the settlers and buses. The soldiers immediately fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the young men and chased them in response. The Israeli soldiers then arrested Mustafa Bilal Abu Shanab (18) and Adam Hasan Abu Jamilah (19).

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

In the Gaza Strip, on 24 February 2017, a 16-year-old child from al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip was hit with a bullet to the left leg when Israeli forces opened fire at a protest organized in the north-eastern side of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. his condition was described as moderate.

As part of the aerial bombardment, on 27 February 2017, Israeli warplanes carried out 8 airstrikes. During those airstrikes, 23 missiles were launched at Hiteen military site belonging to al-Quds Brigades; Ajnadin training site for the Palestinian Mujahidin Movement, north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip; training site in al-Nussairat; observation point for the Interior Ministry officers in al-Shokah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip and agricultural and vacant lands. As a result, 3 officers were wounded while a civilian was moderately wounded. Moreover, those sites sustained damages while a mosque and six houses sustained minor damages.

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, on 26 February 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats and chased them On 27 February 2017,

Those gunboats heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off Khan Younis Sea in the southern Gaza Strip. On 01 March 2017, Israeli gunboats heavily opened fire at Paeltinian fishing boats, west of al-Soundiyah, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. Neither casualties nor damages to the boats were reported.

In the context of targeting the border areas, on 25 February 2017, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Kahn Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the agricultural lands, east of al-Farahin area, west of the abovementioned fence.

On 27 February 2017, Israeli forces fired 4 artillery shells at an observation point belonging to the Gaza Military Interior in al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip. On the same day, Israeli forces fired two artillery shells at a vacant land, east of al-Zaytoun neighbourhood, east of Gaza City.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

Israeli forces conducted 66 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank . 47 civilians, including 4 children and 3 young women, were arrested in the West Bank. 6 of them, including 3 young women, were arrested during a protest organized by the Birzeit university students in the vicinity of ‘Ofer Prison, west of Ramallah.

During the reporting period, Israeli settlers killed a Palestinian civilian, south of Hebron. Meanwhile, the Israeli forces wounded 11 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and a woman. Six of them and a woman were wounded in the West Bank while 5 others, including a child, were wounded in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli forces continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea and open fire at farmers in the border areas in addition to carrying out many airstrikes targeting training sites belonging to the Palestinian armed groups and civilian objects.

On 24 February 2017, an 11-year-old child was wounded with a rubber-coated bullet to the neck while a 26-year-old man was wounded with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the left leg when Israeli forces opened fire at the Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of Qalqilya.

On 24 February 2017, a child from Zowaydin village, southeast of Yata, south of Hebron, sustained severe burns after an object from the Israeli remnants exploded near the abovementioned village school. The child was grazing sheep.

On 27 February 2017, Israeli soldiers stationed at Qalendia checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied Jerusalem opened fire at Manar Mojahed (28) from Kafr ‘Aqab village, north of the city when she was near the aforementioned checkpoint. As a result, she was wounded and then arrested.

On the same day, ‘Abdullah ‘Anati (14) from Sho’afat refugee camp, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, was seriously wounded after being hit with a metal bullet when he was on his way back home from school along with his family.

On 28 February, Israeli forces stationed at Howarah checkpoint at the southern entrance to Nablus opened fire at a Palestinian civilian, who already suffers from a mental disorder. As a result, he was hit with two bullets to the thighs.

Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

A residential building in al-‘Issawiyah was demolished, rendering 14 individuals, including 4 children, homeless.

Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians. 7 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and girl, were arrested at military checkpoints.

Israeli attacks against non-violent demonstrations:

Israeli troops engaged in the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall, including shooting an 11-year old boy in the neck and a 16-year old boy in the foot.

At approximately 12:45 on Friday, 24 February 2017, Palestinian civilians and International activists organized a protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliya, and then made their way to the eastern entrance of the village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protesters approached the entrance, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, Mohammed Helmi Jameel Shtaiwi (11) sustained a metal bullet wound to the neck and a 26-year-old man was hit with a metal bullet to the left leg.

Following the Friday prayer on 24 February 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Nil’in villages, west of Ramallah and al-Nabi Saleh, northwest of the city; at the entrance to al-Jaalzone refugee camp, north of the city; and in Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and between houses. As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises due to being beaten up by the Israeli soldiers.

On the same Friday afternoon, the national factions and Defense Committee of Hebron organized a protest titled “Lift up the closure of Hebron…dismantle the Ghetto” on the 23rd anniversary of al-Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre perpetrated by Baruch Goldstein on 25 February 1994 against Muslim worshippers in the abovementioned mosque, killing 29 civilians and wounding 150 others. The soldiers fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors while they were praying. Moreover, a protest moved from Ali al-Bakkaa’ Mosque towards the settlement outpost known as “Beit Romano” established by the Israeli forces on the rubbles of Osama Bin Monqeth School. Dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and International peace activists, raising the Palestinian flags, participated in the protest. Before they approached the area, the soldiers directly fired sound bombs at them. As a result, many civilians sustained tear gas inhalation and were transferred to the hospitals in the city. The soldiers also attacked and beat the activists, so they sustained bruises throughout their bodies, but no arrests were reported. The Israeli forces then announced the area as a closed military zone.

Also on Friday, 24 February 2017, a number of young men gathered and made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, northeast of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza strip. They threw stones at the Israeli soldiers. The Israeli soldiers who were behind sand barriers immediately fired live bullets at the protestors. As a result, Mohammed Eyad Mohammed al-Taweel (16), from al-Maghazi, sustained a live bullet wound to the left foot. A PRCS ambulance the transferred him to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. His wounds were classified as moderate.

At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 28 February 2017, dozens of students from Birzeit University organized a protest in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike in ‘Ofer Prison, west of Ramallah. When the protestors approached the Prisons’ gates, the soldiers fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. They chased them and then arrested 6 civilians, including 3 young women. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohammed Eyad Zakarnah (23), Bayan Safi (22), Zainab al-Barguthi (22), Meran Daghrah (23), Ahmed Husam Khader (23), Hasan Abdul Karim Daraghmah (23).

Recommendations to the international community:

Due to the number and severity of Israeli human rights violations this week, the PCHR made several recommendation to the international community, Among these were a recommendation that the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions fulfil their obligations to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction in order to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of a crime, to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed.

In addition, PCHR calls upon States that apply the principle of universal jurisdiction not to surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war criminals.

For the full text of the report click here.

(Source / 03.03.2017)

Detainees’ Committee Denounces Israeli Abduction Of Wounded, Disabled, Child In Bethlehem

02 MAR
2:25 PM

The Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Committee issued a statement strongly denouncing the Israeli army’s abduction of a wounded Palestinian child, who previously lost one of his legs after the soldiers shot him to an expanding bullet.

The committee stated that the child, Issa Adnan Abdul-Mo’ty, 14, from Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, was abducted by the soldiers on Wednesday.

On September 19, 2015, the child was shot by the soldiers with an internationally-banned expanding bullet in his leg, prior to his abduction, and his wounded leg was later amputated at an Israeli hospital.

After his leg was amputated following several surgeries that were unable to save it, the child was released, on September 29, 2015, on a 7000 Israeli Shekels bail.

The Committee stated that the re-arrest of the wounded child “is another crime added to the Israeli occupation’s dark history of violence and abuse against the Palestinian children,” and called for an immediate an international intervention to end the escalating violations.

“This detained child is a victim of Israel’s racist policies and decisions to use live fire against Palestinian children,” the Committee added, “Israel is not only using live and sniper fire, including expanding bullets against the children, it also insists on continuing the crime by abducting and imprisoning them.”

(Source / 03.03.2017)

Young man kidnapped at IOF roadblock near al-Khalil

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The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday set up a makeshift checkpoint at the northern entrance to al-Khalil city and kidnapped a university student.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that border soldiers set up a roadblock on the Halhoul Bridge in rainy weather and embarked on intercepting cars and checking the IDs of citizens.

They added that the soldiers stayed on the bridge for about one and a half hour before they rounded up a university student and removed their barriers.

They identified the detainee as 22-year-old Mohamed Shalabi, a student at al-Quds Open University.

(Source / 03.03.2017)