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Dagelijks archief 18 mei 2017

Abu Zuhri: The resistance is our option to liberate the land

Abu Zuhri

Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri has affirmed that his Movement would remain adherent to the path of resistance to liberate the land and the strategy of capturing Israeli soldiers to extract the freedom of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

This came during his visit on Wednesday to the tent, pitched in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, in El-Buss refugee camp, north of Tyre in southern Lebanon.

In a speech, Abu Zuhri described the issue of the prisoners in Israeli jails as an important segment of the Palestinian cause and called for supporting them at home and abroad.

He also called on the Palestinians in the camp to actively participate in events and activities in support of their national cause.

He reiterated his Movement’s adherence to the Palestinian national constants, especially the right of return and the resistance option as a means to liberate the land and holy sites.

(Source / 18.05.2017)

Israeli forces injure Palestinian with live fire during Ramallah-area clashes

Life fire Ramallah

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces injured a Palestinian with live fire and wounded several others with rubber-coated steel bullets after clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank districts of Ramallah and Qalqiliya on Thursday.

In the Ramallah-area village of Silwad, located in the central occupied West Bank, Israeli forces injured one Palestinian with live ammunition and detained two others, after Israeli forces raided the village, causing clashes to erupt between locals and armed Israeli forces.
Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village and began firing tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, and live ammunition at Palestinians who threw rocks and empty bottles at Israeli forces.
The condition of the injured Palestinian remained unknown, while locals reported that one of the two detained was a “youth” while the other was a minor.
Meanwhile, in the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya, a Palestinian was injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet and two others suffered from tear gas inhalation after a march, launched in solidarity with a mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons, erupted into clashes with Israeli forces at the eastern entrance of Qalqiliya city.
The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed the injuries and said that the three injured Palestinians were transferred to Darwish Nazzal hospital.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that the Israeli army was not present during the clashes in Qalqiliya and that only Israeli border police were there. However, an Israeli border police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
Shortly before clashes broke out in Ramallah and Qalqiliya, a Palestinian was killed by an Israeli settler near the village of Huwwara in Nablus, after a demonstration organized by Palestinians in support of the hunger strikers broke out into clashes.
Witnesses told Ma’an that the Israeli settler exited his car and opened live ammunition on the protesters, killing 23-year-old Mutaz Hussien Hilal Bani Shamsa and injuring Palestinian journalist Majdi Eshtayya.
Shamsa was the 23rd Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces and settlers since the start of 2017. Seven Israelis were killed by Palestinians during the same time frame.
According to an Israeli army spokesperson, the army was not involved in the shooting of Shamsa and Eshtayya. However, she added, “(the shooting) may possibly be from the Israeli (settler), but the incident is under review.”
Rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their excessive use of force against Palestinians, including minors, during clashes and incidents which could have been handled without the use of potentially lethal violence.
According to UN documentation, Israeli forces have injured 525 Palestinians so far in 2017. In 2016, 3,393 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces.
(Source / 18.05.2017)

Committee: IPS moves all hunger strikers to prisons with field hospitals

Day 31 Hungerstrike

Some of Palestine’s most high-profile prisoners. From left to right: Fouad Shubaki, Nael Barghouthi, Karim Yunis, Ahmad Saadat, Marwan Barghouthi

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Head of Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe released a statement Wednesday evening, saying that all hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, whose numbers are estimated to be around 1,300, have been transferred to three Israeli prisons “due to their proximity to Israeli hospitals.”

Qaraqe said that all prisoners participating in the mass “Freedom and Dignity” hunger strike, which entered its 31st day on Wednesday, were transferred from across dozens of Israel’s prisons and concentrated into southern Israel’s Beersheba prison, northern Israel’s Shatta prison, and central Israel’s Ramla — all of which have in-prison field hospitals that were set up at the beginning of the strike.
“This step indicates the seriousness of the health conditions of the hunger strikers,” Qaraqe said.
A spokesperson for the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), however, told Ma’an that only the hunger-striking prisoners from the Negev desert-area Ketziot and Nafha prisons had been transferred to Beersheba prison, “in order to be closer to central Israel, in the case that they need to be treated at a hospital.”
When asked if Prisoner’s were being treated in civilian hospitals, the spokesperson said that the prisoners were currently being treated at the prisons’ field hospitals, but upon recommendation from doctors, would be transferred to a civilian hospital if necessary.
Since the hunger strike began, Israeli authorities have established field hospitals for Palestinian prisoners, Israel’s public security minister confirmed.
The move has raised alarm that hunger strikers, who have faced severe health deteriorations in recent days, will be force fed en masse — violating international standards of medical ethics and international law that regard the practice as inhumane or even a form of torture.
A statement released Tuesday by the media committee established to support the strike warned that striking detainees have “entered a critical health condition,” marked by chronic vomiting, vision impairment, fainting, and an average weight loss of 20 kilograms.
Hunger-striking prisoners have also been prohibited from receiving family visits outright, and face continuous arbitrary prison transfers in an IPS attempt to break up the strike.
On Monday, IPS moved 36 hunger-striking prisoners from Ofer prison to a so-called field hospital at Hadarim prison, according to the media committee.
The committee reiterated concerns on Monday about the field clinics, saying that “in these clinics, the role of doctors resembles the role of jailers who offer all kinds of food to the sick detainees and offer to provide medical treatment in return for ending the strike,” the statement declared, denouncing the field hospitals as unfit and ill-equipped to provide medical care, and merely just another section for holding and pressuring the detainees to break their strikes.
Participants in the strike have been refusing food and vitamins since the strike began on April 17, drinking only a mixture of salt and water as sustenance.
Hunger-striking prisoners are calling for an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention — imprisonment without charge or trial — among other demands for basic rights.
(Source / 18.05.2017)

VIDEO: Israeli settler passes out candy to celebrate killing of Palestinian in Nablus

Zionist near Nablus

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Following a deadly shooting carried out by an Israeli settler near the Huwwara village in the occupied West Bank district of Nablus, an Israeli settler distributed candy to passing Israeli vehicles south of Nablus on Thursday in celebration of the settler killing a 23-year-old Palestinian earlier in the day.

An Israeli settler killed Muataz Hussein Hilal Bani Shamsa and injured Palestinian journalist Majdi Eshtayya after exiting his car and indiscriminately shooting live ammunition on a crowd of Palestinians during clashes that erupted with Israeli forces following a march held in solidarity with a mass Palestinian hunger strike currently on its 32nd day in Israeli prisons.
In the video, the Israeli settler, who also appears to be protected by Israeli army forces, was distributing candy to Israeli settlers in celebration of the killing. He can also be seen sarcastically offering the candy to Palestinians standing near the road, while verbally provoking them.
“You wanted to support Marwan Barghouthi,” the settler said, referring to the imprisoned Fatah leader who is leading some 1,300 Palestinians on the hunger strike. “And we killed a Palestinian vandal today. I am distributing candy to celebrate the killing. I want to congratulate the Israeli people for the vandal’s death.”
An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports of the incident.
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.
Located adjacent to the village of Huwwara, where the shooting and incident shown in the video took place, is the illegal Yitzhar settlement, which is known to house a group of notoriously violent extremist settlers, who regularly attack Palestinian civilians in the area.
Over the past month, several attacks have been carried out in villages near to the Yitzhar settlement. Palestinians living in villages around Yitzhar have long been vulnerable to Israeli settlers stealing crops, damaging and burning trees and other plants, and attacking places of worship in the area, in an attempt to intimidate Palestinian villagers and farmers from using their land.
Meanwhile, many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers who committ such attacks against Palestinians, often under the protection of armed Israeli soldiers.
(Source / 18.05.2017)

IOF threatens to punish Azzun town residents

Bedreiging Azzun

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Thursday distributed leaflets threatening the Palestinian inhabitants of Azzun town, east of Qalqilya city, north of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Israeli soldiers scattered around in the town’s streets papers describing the town as an area for the launch of attacks that threaten Israel’s security.

The army’s statement also warned the residents of Azzun that it would continue to take measures against them as long as such attacks continued.

Local sources said that the Israeli army takes mass punitive measures and threatens Palestinians in West Bank towns and villages at the pretext that soldiers and settlers are exposed to stone-throwing attacks.

(Source / 18.05.2017)

Barghouthi’s wife says PA and Fatah try to abort hunger strike

Fadwa al-Barghouti advocaat

Lawyer Fadwa al-Barghouthi, the wife of prisoner Marwan al-Barghouthi, has accused officials from the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah movement of making efforts to abort the open-ended hunger strike in Israeli jails, which has been ongoing for 32 days.

In press remarks to al-Khaleej Online, Barghouthi affirmed she obtained confirmed information about political moves to frustrate the hunger strike, warning that the situation in Israeli jails had reached a boiling point.

She also said that officials from the PA and Fatah had conducted contacts with Israel to find a way to break the hunger strike.

She expressed her belief that all attempts being made under and above the table to undermine the hunger strike would fail due to the prisoners’ steadfastness and strong will.

(Source / 18.05.2017)

Israeli settler murders Palestinian protester in West Bank

The extremist Jewish settler opened fire at the peaceful Palestinian protesters

An extremist Israeli Jewish settler opened fire on Thursday at noon at Palestinian protesters in West Bank, murdering one, injuring two others.

“An Israeli settler took off his car, while the Israeli occupation soldiers are looking at him, pulled his automatic gun and opened fire towards us,” an eyewitness said

An extremist Israeli Jewish settler opened fire on Thursday at noon at Palestinian protesters in West Bank, murdering one, injuring two others.

Protesters said that they gathered in Huwwara Neighbourhood in the city of Nablus and moved slowly towards the Israeli checkpoint of Huwwara to protest in solidarity with the hunger strikers in Israeli jails.

“An Israeli settler took off his car, while the Israeli occupation soldiers are looking at him, pulled his automatic gun and opened fire towards us,” the protester, who preferred to remain unknown, told Days of Palestine.

“The settler wounded three of us, including a journalist,” the protester, who spoke to Days of Palestine, said.

Later on, the Palestinian ministry of health announced the death of the Palestinian youth Mutaz Bani Shamsah, 23, after he was shot by an Israeli settler.

The ministry of health also announced that the AP photographer Majdi Ishtea was wounded in his hand, noting that he is in stable condition now.

Following the settler’s attack, the Palestinian protesters started throwing stones at the Israeli checkpoint of Huwwara.

Israeli media reported spokespersons of the Israeli army claiming that the Palestinian protesters threw stones at the Israeli settlers, who returned with his live fire at them.

(Source / 18.05.2017)

Israeli forces kidnap Palestinian after he was shot by settlers

Israeli occupation did not reveal the name of the hospital where the Palestinian youth is being treated

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped Palestinian citizen in West Bank after he had been shot by extremist Israeli Jewish settlers on Wednesday morning.

“Later on, the Israeli occupation forces arrived in the area and prevented the Palestinians to help him,” the eyewitness said, “and then, they kidnapped him”

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped Palestinian citizen in West Bank after he had been shot by extremist Israeli Jewish settlers on Wednesday morning.

Eyewitnesses said that a group of the extremist Israeli Jewish settlers attacked a Palestinian citizen on Route 60 in the central occupied West Bank.

“A group of at least 15 extremist Jewish settlers beat the Palestinian teen, shot him and then fled away,” one of the eyewitnesses said.

“Later on, the Israeli occupation forces arrived in the area and prevented the Palestinians to help him,” the eyewitness said, “and then, they kidnapped him.”

The eyewitnesses identified the Palestinian teen as Ibrahim Hamid, who is 19 years old.

Later on, the Israeli news website Ynet News said that the Palestinian teen was treated in an Israeli hospital, noting that he sustained moderate injuries.

Following to the incident, a group of the Palestinian activists closed off the section of the highway, where the Palestinian teen was beaten, shot and kidnapped.

The Israeli occupation did not reveal the name of the hospital where the Palestinian teen is being treated.

(Source / 18.05.2017)