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Dagelijks archief 21 maart 2017

Israel’s illegal settlement expansion in full swing in Erka

Erka

Israeli bulldozers on Monday leveled Palestinian lands in Jenin’s western town of Erka, in the northern occupied West Bank, in favor of illegal settlement expansion.

A PIC news correspondent said a number of Israeli bulldozers razed Palestinian lands in Erka town in an attempt to expand Shaked illegal settlement outpost.

A new road is expected to be built in the area so as to smooth settlers’ access to Shaked’s industrial zone.

Speaking to the PIC, Palestinian citizen Mohamed Yahya, a native of Erka town, said the Israeli industrial zone located northeast of Shaked outpost comprises nine factories manufacturing leather, iron, and plastic furniture, among other products.

In a statement issued on Monday, Erka’s village council warned of Israeli plans to expand illegal settlement units at the expense of Palestinians’ private lands in the area.

Shaked outpost was established in 1981 and has been home to fanatic settlers. An apartheid wall built around the outpost has severed the ties between surrounding Palestinian towns and villages.

(Source / 21.03.2017)

IOF arrests Palestinian youngster at military checkpoint

Nablus checkpoint

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Tuesday morning a Palestinian young man at a military checkpoint erected west of Nablus to the north of West Bank.

The PIC correspondent quoted eyewitnesses as saying that Israeli forces erected a make-shift checkpoint near Beit Wazan village, west of Nablus city, where several Palestinian vehicles were stopped and searched.

A Palestinian young man was arrested at the checkpoint after IOF stopped and searched his car, the eyewitnesses added.

The detainee was then taken to an unknown detention center.

(Source / 21.03.2017)

Palestinian officer dies in Egyptian prison, brother says

Image of Egyptian security forces guarding a prison in Egypt on 4th April 2015 [Mohammed Bendari/Apaimages]

Image of Egyptian security forces standing outside of a prison in Egypt on 4th April 2015

A Palestinian police officer died on Sunday while he was in detention in a prison in Egypt for unknown reasons, his brother told the Quds Press news agency.

Khalil Dughmosh said that his 30-year-old brother Waseem Mustafa Dughmosh died on Sunday in one of Egypt’s prisons, adding that he does not know any details about the circumstances of his brother’s arrest and death.

Read: Rights group says 107 Egyptian were killed by police forces in February

The Palestinian embassy in Cairo has informed his family about the news of Khalil’s death, without giving further details about the incident, Waseem Dughmosh pointed out.

He explained that his brother, a Palestinian police officer affiliated to the Palestinian Authority’s Ramallah-based government, has been living in Cairo for 10 years, and he was arrested three days ago for unknown reasons, according to Quds Press.

The family are currently awaiting the arrival of Khalil’s body in the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing for burial.

(Source / 21.03.2017)

UN: Size of Mosul crisis exceeds our current capacity

Iraqi Red Crescent delivers food aid to civilians during the operation to retake Mosul from Daesh terrorists in Mosul continues on March 12, 2017 [Hemn Baban/Anadolu]

Iraqi Red Crescent delivers food aid to civilians during the operation to retake Mosul from Daesh terrorists in Mosul continues on March 12, 2017

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, said relief organisations are preparing to receive up to 320,000 additional civilians likely to be displaced from Mosul in the coming weeks.

Image of UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande [YouTube]

Image of UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande [YouTube]

“We have been preparing for the Mosul operation for months, but the magnitude of the crisis has exceeded our expectations, but we will do our best to ensure that people are helped,” Grande said in a statement on Monday.

She noted that humanitarian operations on the western side of Mosul are more complex than on the eastern side and she expressed fear that the fighting could lead to the displacement of about one million Iraqis from Mosul.

Read: Civilians bear brunt of US, Iraq assault on Mosul

For its part, the Iraqi government announced that more than 180,000 people have fled from the western side of the city of Mosul since the start of military operations last month to remove Daesh.

The Iraqi forces began, on 19th February, a large operation to restore the western section of Mosul, which is more densely populated than the eastern section and remains under the militant group’s control.

(Source / 21.03.2017)

Israel jails Palestinian boy

Image of Israeli forces [file photo]

Image of Israeli forces

The Israeli Central Court in Jerusalem sentenced a Palestinian boy from Shuafat refugee camp yesterday to a year in prison, Safa news agency has reported.

The Committee of Jerusalem Prisoners named the boy as Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed Abu-Khalifa; he is just 15 years old and was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on 22 October 2015. He has already spent four months in prison and 11 months in another closed institution.

Image of Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed Abu-Khalifa [Safa.ps]

Image of Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed Abu-Khalifa

The committee said that the court did not deduct the time already spent in prison and the institution from the 12-month sentence.

Read: New campaign to support the rights of children in Israeli prisons

Abu-Khalifa’s brother Sobhi was arrested by the Israeli occupation authorities 18 months ago after allegations that he had carried out a knife attack.

(Source / 21.03.2017)

“Hero’s Mother” e-campaign to kick off on social media

Facebook Hero's Mother

An e-campaign is expected to kick off Tuesday evening on social media networks under the “Hero’s Mother” hashtag to pay homage to Palestinian women on the International Mother’s Day.

Activists announced the finalization of preparations for the campaign, slated to be launched at 8 p.m. (Palestine time) on Facebook and Twitter.

The campaign aims to shed light on the vital role played by Palestinian women and mothers in the national liberation struggle.

The hashtag was inspired by a quote from the mother of a Palestinian anti-occupation youth killed by the Israeli occupation forces.

(Source / 21.03.2017)

11 Palestinian MPs detained in Israeli jails

Mohamed al-Tal

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have notably escalated their attacks against Palestinian MPs since the start of 2017, most recently was the arrest of the MP Mohamed al-Tal at dawn Tuesday, a rights group revealed.

MP al-Tal’s arrest has brought the total number of Palestinian MPs held in Israeli custody to 11, the Palestine center for prisoners studies said.

Spokesman for the center Riyad al-Ashqar pointed out that al-Tal spent ten years in Israeli jails mostly in administrative detention.

Al-Tal suffers many health problems including diabetes, hypertension, and tachycardia, he continued.

Since the beginning of the year, Israeli forces arrested five Palestinian MPs bringing the overall number of MPs held in Israeli jails to 11.

Al-Ashqar stressed that the 11 freely-elected MPs are held in Israeli jails without any legal basis in total violation of international laws, calling on parliaments around the world to intervene for their immediate release.

(Source / 21.03.2017)

US boycotts UN session on Israeli crimes

Israel carries out crimes against Palestinians in the name of the UN citizens

US boycotted on Monday UN Human Rights Council session on Israeli crimes against Palestinians, claiming it was biased against Israel.

Last week, a report prepared by a UN body found that Israel has “imposed apartheid regime” in Palestine. US pushed UN to withdraw it

US boycotted on Monday UN Human Rights Council session on Israeli crimes against Palestinians, claiming it was biased against Israel.

“The United States will vote against every resolution put forth under this agenda item and is encouraging other countries to do the same,” US State Department Acting Spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.

Toner said it did not “suit the interests of the Council to single out one country in an unbalanced manner.”

The United Nations last Wednesday accused Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on the Palestinian people — the first time a UN agency had leveled such an allegation.

However, Toner’s statement accused the body of “long-standing bias against Israel.”

“No other nation has an entire agenda item dedicated to it at the Council. The continued existence of this agenda item is among the largest threats to the credibility of the Council,” Toner added.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967. It annexed the area in 1980, claiming it, along with West Jerusalem, as the “unified” capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state in a move never recognised by the international community.

International law views the West Bank as “occupied territory,” including East Jerusalem and considers all Jewish settlement-building on the land to be illegal.

(Source / 21.03.2017)

Israeli settler runs over elderly Palestinian woman

Israeli settlers always carry out such attacks because they go unpunished

An Israeli Jewish settler ran over an elderly Palestinian woman in the north of the occupied West Bank on Monday evening.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that they were aware of the incident, but of course they took no action against the illegal settler

An Israeli Jewish settler ran over an elderly Palestinian woman in the north of the occupied West Bank on Monday evening.

Eyewitnesses said that an Israeli vehicle led by an illegal Israeli Jewish settler near the Palestinian village of Zaatara approached the old lady and hit her “intentionally.”

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, identified the lady as Hilweh abu-Ras, 70.

He said that she was evacuated to Al-Najah hospital in Nablus, where doctors said she sustained moderate to serious wounds.

The settler fled the scene in the direction of an illegal Israeli military checkpoint near Zaatara.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that they were aware of the incident, but of course they took no action against the illegal settler.

Such incidents happen repeatedly because the perpetrators go unpunished.

(Source / 21.03.2017)

Electricity crisis looms in Gaza hospitals

Electricity and fuel crises are part of the strict Israeli siege imposed on the coastal enclave

Palestinian ministry of health announced state of emergency late on Sunday as main health facilities are about to halt providing critical medical services.

WHO acknowledged that “the 14 hospitals in Gaza need 430,000 liters of fuel per month with the approximate cost of $450,000”

Palestinian ministry of health announced state of emergency late on Sunday as main health facilities in Gaza are about to halt providing critical medical services.

Director General of international cooperation department at ministry Ashraf abu-Mahady called for an urgent meeting with Energy Authority and Gaza power plant to discuss possible actions to avoid power crisis.

Samir Mteer, director general of power plant, said that the health sector is the most affected sector by the instability of power supply.

He strongly urged the international humanitarian organisations to urgently afford the fuel needed to keep, at least, the most necessary departments able to offer their services.

World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently released a report describing the deficit of fuel. The report highlighted the negative impact if certain health services in Gaza hospitals stopped working.

The report reiterated that the neonatal departments, renal failure units, ICU, laboratory and blood banks as well as cardiac department must not be stopped for even one minute.

In the report, WHO acknowledged that “the 14 hospitals in Gaza need 430,000 liters of fuel per month with the approximate cost of $450,000.”

Meanwhile, the ongoing fuel shortage threatens lives of patients, worsens health situation and could lead to unprecedented unneeded results.

Reported by: Riham Shehada

(Source / 21.03.2017)