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Dagelijks archief 20 maart 2017

Israeli court issues 4 life terms against Palestinian prisoner

Image of Palestinian prisoner, Mohamed Abdel-Basset Al-Harroub [file photo]

Image of Palestinian prisoner, Mohamed Abdel-Basset Al-Harroub [file photo]

Israeli military court in Ofer Prison issued on Sunday four life terms against a Palestinian prisoner from the West Bank city of Hebron, Quds Press reported.

The Israeli Channel 7 TV identified the Palestinian prisoner as Mohamed Abdel-Basset Al-Harroub, 24, from Deir Samt in the west of Hebron.

Israel accuses Al-Harroub of killing two Jewish settlers and wounding two others in a shoot-out in November 2015 that took place in street 337 connecting the illegal settlements of Gush Etzion and Alon Shvut.

Read: Israel issues 35 administrative detentions in two weeks

According to the indictment, Al-Harroub shot 75 bullets at the settlers and continued his attack after the bullets had run out.

The court also demanded that the prisoner pay $62,000 in compensation to the families of the deceased settlers within a three-year period.

It is worth mentioning that in an attempt to deter other “would-be terrorists”, the Israeli authorities have demolished the house of Al Harroub as part of a “collective punishment” imposed on the families of what Israel calls “terrorist” attackers.

(Source / 20.03.2017)

Palestinian kidnapped at IOF roadblock near Jerusalem

Anata checkpoint

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday evening kidnapped a Palestinian young man at a makeshift checkpoint near Anata town, northeast of Occupied Jerusalem, with no known reason.

An eyewitness reported that Israeli soldiers rounded up 19-year-old Sultan al-Naqib, from Askar refugee camp in Nablus, as he was traveling on a car near Anata.

He said he informed the family of Naqib about the detention of their son at the Israeli roadblock.

Naqib’s father told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that his son was en route to his workplace in Anata.

(Source / 20.03.2017)

Israeli notifications endorse confiscation of 169 dunums in Qalqilia

Jayyous en Falamiya

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) delivered on Monday new notifications endorsing the confiscation of dozens of dunums of Palestinian lands in Jayyous and Falamiya towns, east of Qalqilia.

The PIC reporter quoted the local resident Jihad Qaddoumi as saying that the issued notifications endorsed the confiscation of 169 dunums which were seized by the Israeli occupation authorities four years ago.

The 169 confiscated dunums, located behind the Apartheid Wall, were fenced four years ago by an Israeli military order and all trees on those dunums were uprooted, Qaddoumi added.

He pointed out that 6,000 dunums of the two towns’ lands are completely isolated behind Israel’s Apartheid Wall.

Jayyous municipality has warned Monday against Israeli land grab plans at the expense of Palestinian lands, adding that it will pursue all possible legal means to restore any usurped land lots in the town.

(Source / 20.03.2017)

FSA Shakes Ground under Regime Feet in Damascus

Fighters of the Free Syrian Army have made big gains against regime forces in eastern Damascus in a surprise, coordinated offensive they launched early on Sunday. The FSA groups managed to break the siege regime forces and their allies have imposed on the districts of Qaboun and Barzah since late 2012.

The two districts have been subjected to relentless aerial and artillery bombardment by regime forces who have been trying to advance on the besieged districts in order to force an evacuation deal on civilian trapped inside. Regime forces have employed the same tactic to empty many areas across Syria out of their indigenous population, including most recently in the Damascus suburbs and Alwaer district in Homs.

A total of 1,200 civilians have been killed in attacks by regime forces and their allies in the areas covered by the ceasefire agreement which entered its 80th day on Sunday.

According to figures compiled by the Syrian Coalition’s Media Department, regime forces and their allies have breached the truce in over 3,000 occasions since it went into force in December 29, 2016. Russian forces and the Hezbollah militias were responsible for 200 and 45 breaches respectively.

The majority of breaches took place in Damascus and its countryside, Aleppo, Homs, Hama, Idlib and Dara’a.

Despite the truce being in place, the Assad regime continues with policies aimed at changing the demographic landscape in key areas across Syria, forcing evacuation deals on the residents of the Wadi Barada valley northwest of Damascus, the town of Khan Alsheeh south of Damascus, and Alwaer district in Homs.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 20.03.2017)

UK doctors carry out kidney surgeries in Gaza

It is the first time that kidney surgeries are carried out in Gaza


The efforts of Hammad and his team contributed effectively in alleviating the suffering of the kidney failure patients, soothed their pain and lessened the burden of the ministry of health in Gaza

British medical team carried out on Sunday one more kidney transplantation surgery for elderly Palestinian in Gaza.

The British Team from Liverpool Hospital headed by Dr Abdel Qader Hammad, consultant transplant surgeon, arrived Gaza in Gaza at the end of February.

During his 13th visit to Al-Shifa Hospital, he is planned to carry out over 30 kidney surgeries, as well as to finalise the project of setting up the kidney transplantation department at the biggest Gaza hospital.

He also is expected to complete the training of the kidney transplantation staff during this visit.

Since he arrived in Gaza, Hammad has carried out 34 surgeries to patients of renal failure.

Patients of kidney failure in Gaza had been suffering heavily due to the lack of equipment and expertise to carry out kidney transplantation surgeries. At the same time, the strict 10-year-old Israeli siege aggravated their suffering.

The efforts of Hammad and his team contributed effectively in alleviating the suffering of the kidney failure patients, soothed their pain and lessened the burden of the ministry of health in Gaza.

(Source / 20.03.2017)

Israel sues 2 Palestinians over Facebook posts

Israeli made Facebook not a free platform for Palestinians

Facebook 3

Tens of Palestinians had been kidnapped, charged and sentenced by the Israeli occupation over expressing their opinions on social media during the last six months

Amid fierce Israeli crackdown on Palestinians’ freedom of expression, Israeli occupation authorities prosecuted two Palestinians over Facebook posts.

Israeli occupation authorities issued a list of charges, including “Facebook incitement” against the Palestinian journalist Mohamed Batroukh from Jerusalem.

Jerusalem-based human rights group Wadi al-Hilweh Information Centre said that this is a “clear and flagrant violation” of rights to impart information and free speech.

Batroukh was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces during a night raid on March 7, the Palestinian news agency Safa said.

Meanwhile, an Israeli judge sentenced Walid Rajabi to 10 months of actual imprisonment and a suspended probation sentence of seven months for three years on charges of incitement on Facebook.

Tens of Palestinians had been kidnapped, charged and sentenced by the Israeli occupation over expressing their opinions on social media during the last six months.

(Source / 20.03.2017)

Israel kidnaps 18 Palestinians over joining WhatsApp

Being Palestinian active on social media is considered full crime by Israel and you are subject to kidnapping and murder

Israeli occupation forces have kidnapped 18 Palestinians from West Bank, Jerusalem for being members of WhatsApp group.

Rights groups revealed that the Israeli soldiers had been ordered to use follow the Israeli policy “shoot-to-kill” when they deal with the Palestinian protesters

Israeli occupation forces have kidnapped 18 Palestinians from West Bank, Jerusalem for being members of WhatsApp group.

Israeli police Spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that the kidnapped Palestinians were all members of a group called “Road to heaven” on the messaging application.

She said that these Palestinians used this group to share religious messages, noting that the Palestinian martyr Ibrahim Mattar, who was murdered by the Israeli forces last Monday, was a member of the same group.

Al-Samri hinted, in her statement, that Mattar, whom Israel claimed he attempted to stab Israelis before murdering him, was influenced by this WhatsApp group.

Matar’s family has insisted that the 25-year-old blacksmith was “executed in cold blood” and did not attempt to carry out an attack at the time of his murder.

Since October 2015, which marks the start of the ongoing intifada, the Israeli occupation has murdered some 260 Palestinians.

Rights groups, including Palestinians and Israelis, have denounced the Israeli policy regarding dealing with the Palestinian protesters since then.

The rights groups revealed that the Israeli soldiers had been ordered to use follow the Israeli policy “shoot-to-kill” when they deal with the Palestinian protesters.

(Source / 20.03.2017)

Israeli authorities renew order to confiscate Palestinian lands in Qalqiliya


Agricultural gate in Falamya

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have renewed a military order for the confiscation of Palestinian lands in the villages of Jayyus and Falamya in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya, official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

Jayyus Mayor Ghassan Harami told Wafa that local Palestinian farmers received the order Monday morning, noting that a similar order was issued four years ago for the same land, which he estimated to represent 169 dunams (41.76 acres).
Harami denounced the move, saying that under the guise of “false” security pretense, Israel has continued to seize Palestinian-owned lands located beyond the illegal separation wall.
He added that the village’s local council, along with municipality officials and local farmers from both towns, would continue to challenge the order until the seized land was returned to its Palestinian owners.
Israeli authorities have seized thousands of dunams of land from Palestinians in Jayyus and Falamyaover the years, for alleged and unspecified military purposes, as well as for the expressed purpose of building the illegal separation wall, according to the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ).
Palestinian farmers in the area have been cut off from their land by the separation wall as well as by a number of checkpoints and “agricultural gates” that open at specific times each day, accessible only to those holding special Israeli-issued permits. Israeli authorities have arbitrarily closed the gates for days at a time.

(Source / 20.03.2017)

Palestinian officer killed, 2 gunmen injured during armed clashes in Balata

Balata clashes

Palestinian security officers in Balata refugee camp (File)

NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian policeman was killed Sunday night during armed clashes that erupted in Balata refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, after Palestinian forces raided the camp to detain “wanted fugitives,” Palestinian security forces said.

The clashes left another policeman and at least two gunmen injured — one of whom was detained while the other managed to escape.
Local sources told Ma’an that Palestinian security forces ambushed the camp at the eastern cemetery dressed as civilians, sparking clashes with gunmen that lasted some 15 minutes.
Governor of Nablus Akram Rujoub said that Palestinian security forces officer Hasaan Ali Abu al-Hajj was killed after being shot in the head, and was declared dead sometime later after succumbing to the injury. Rujoub noted that Abu al-Hajj was newly married, just six months ago.
Abu al-Hajj was buried on Monday afternoon in his hometown of Kobar northwest of Ramallah.
Hassan al-Hajj
Palestinian security forces officer Hassan Ali Abu al-Hajj
Hassan al-Hajj1
The funeral of Hassan Ali Abu al-Hajj
A Palestinian security forces official said that “the most wanted man” in Balata refugee camp — identified as Ahmad Abu Hamada and known as “al-Zabour” — was seriously injured during the gun battle.
Official Palestinian news agency Wafa quoted Palestinian security forces spokesperson Adnan Dmeiri as saying that as forces surrounded Abu Hamada and asked him to surrender, he refused and opened fire at police, fatally wounding Abu al-Hajj.
Abu Hamada sustained two bullet wounds in his head and another in his stomach, and police were able to detain the wounded man as forces retreated from the camp.

According to Dmeiri, Abu Hamada was wanted for murder, weapons dealing, and shooting at security forces in multiple incidents.

Ahmad Abu Hamada
Ahmad Abu Hamada
Another unidentified gunman who was injured “refused to surrender for medical care” and managed to escape, the official added.
Abu Hamada was taken to the operating room at Rafidiya Governmental Hospital in Nablus, and transferred Monday morning to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, according a statement from the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
The ministry said that Abu Hamada “received proper medical care in Rafidiya hospital,” but was transferred to Palestine Medical Complex to undergo surgery. The statement said that medical staff were “doing their best to provide proper medical care” for Abu Hamada, noting that his condition had stabilized.
PA spokesman Yousif al-Mahmoud released a statement later on Monday, mourning the death of Abu al-Hajj and expressing his general appreciation for security forces and their “dedication and bravery in protecting the people.”
Al-Mahmoud said the officer “died while performing his duty to maintain security and pursue those responsible for instilling chaos and threatening the lives of citizens and their properties.”
“The Palestinian government will continue to provide security and stability to our society. We will not hesitate to pursue fugitives and bring them to justice,” al-Mahmoud declared, adding that the PA was “renewing its demands to all criminals to turn themselves over to authorities so they may be held accountable.”
Balata refugee camp has been a site of violent clashes between Palestinian security forces and residents of the camp since a massive security crackdown was launched across the West Bank, which turned deadly last August, after two policemen were killed during a raid into the Old City in Nablus to uncover weapons and make arrests.
The ensuing manhunt for the gunmen responsible left three suspects killed by Palestinian security forces, sparking international outrage over what the UN deemed “extrajudicial executions,” particular after one detainee was beaten to death in police custody.
Last September, Palestinian forces also shot dead an alleged Palestinian gunman in Nablus, while three others were injured in contested circumstances.
After security forces conducted a failed ambush operation to detain a “fugitive” from Balata last month, Rujoub told Ma’an that police had begun implementing a “new method” of detaining wanted fugitives by conducting targeted ambush operations, which he said was a way to “avoid harming innocent citizens” in the densely populated refugee camp.
“These outlaws are trying to trick security forces into carrying out a major campaign in Balata to harm citizens,” Rajoub claimed at the time. “However, security services and political leadership refuse to do that. We insist that residents of the camp enjoy safety and security.”
Amid the ongoing security crackdown, the PA has faced widespread criticism over the unclear circumstances in which Palestinian fugitives have been arrested and killed.
The crackdown also comes as Palestinian political factions have repeatedly accused the Palestinian Authority of “escalating security collaboration” with Israeli authorities and “adopting a revolving door policy” of funneling Palestinians from PA jails into Israeli prisons.
Opposition to security coordination has gained momentum in recent weeks after Palestinian police assaulted anti-PA demonstrators who were protesting an ongoing case against five activists charged by the PA for planning an attack on Israel — despite the fact that four of them are held in Israeli prison and one, Basel al-Araj, was shot dead by Israeli forces. Charges against all-Araj were dropped after he was killed.
(Source / 20.03.2017)

Israel prosecutes 2 Palestinians, including journalist for alleged ‘Facebook incitement’

Muhammad Batroukh

Jerusalemite journalist Muhammad Batroukh

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities prosecuted two Palestinians for alleged “Facebook incitement,” on Sunday, amid an ongoing crackdown by Israel on Palestinian freedom of expression and social media activity.

Israeli authorities issued a list of charges against Jerusalemite journalist Muhammad Batroukh, which included alleged incitement on Facebook, and extended his detention until Tuesday, Jerusalem-based organization Wadi Hilweh Information Center quoted lawyer Muhammad Mahmoud as saying.
Batroukh was detained on March 7, according to local Palestinian news site Safa.
Meanwhile, an Israeli judge sentenced Walid Rajabi to 10 months of actual imprisonment and a suspended probation sentence of seven months for three years over charges of incitement of Facebook.
Scores of Palestinians have been detained in recent months for expressing their opinions on the Israeli occupation, particularly through social media, in a crackdown that rights groups have said is aimed to stifle Palestinian freedom of speech.
Israeli authorities have claimed that a wave of violence that first erupted in October 2015 was caused largely by “incitement” among Palestinians through social media.
Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel’s nearly 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon as reasons for the outbreak of violence. Many Palestinians have also pointed out that Israeli violence has continued to shape everyday life in the occupied territory, regardless of any recent “upticks” in clashes or attacks.
Israeli forces detained and interrogated Palestinian writer Khalida Ghusheh earlier this month over her unpublished novel that explores Palestinian collaborators with the Israeli occupation. Ghosheh was released on a bail 10,000 shekels ($2,722) when an unspecified future court was also set, according Palestinian prisoners solidarity network Samidoun.
Israeli forces detained Palestinian poet Darin Tartour, a citizen of Israel, in October 2015 and charged her with “incitement to violence” for posts she made on Facebook and a video clip of her poem “Qawim ya shaabi, qawimhum” (Resist my people, resist them). She was facing up to eight years in prison and had already spent months in detention and house arrest.
(Source / 20.03.2017)