Detention conditions worsen in Negev jail due to unusual hot weather

Prisoners in Negev jail

Palestinian Prisoners center for Studies revealed that the detainees in the Israeli Negev jail have been complaining of worsening detention conditions due to the extreme hot weather hitting the region for days.

The center quoted the captives in Negev prison as saying that they have not been able to get out of their rooms and tents over the past few days because of the very high temperatures that hit 40 degrees in the Negev desert on Sunday and Monday.

The spokesman of the center, Riyad al-Ashqar, warned of the repercussions of the unusual hot weather that could happen such as probable sunstroke and fainting among prisoners in light of the poor health services and the medical neglect policy pursued in Israeli jails.

Ashqar also warned of the spread of deadly snakes as well as rodents and insects which can easily reach detainees’ sections and tents and could not be combated simply because of not allowing prisoners to use pesticides and drugs to eliminate them.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

Army Injures One Palestinian Near Ramallah, Causes Fire To Farmlands And A Car

03 JUL
3:49 AM

Israeli soldiers shot and injured, on Sunday evening, a Palestinian man after the army invaded al-Mogheer village, northeast of Ramallah, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing fires in a car and three dunams of farmlands.

Medical sources said one Palestinian was shot with a live Israeli bullet, before he was rushed to a hospital in Ramallah, while many residents suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

Furthermore, at least three dunams of farmland, and a car owned by a Palestinian identified as Osama Abu Alia, were burnt due to the dozens of gas bombs and concussion grenades that were fired by the invading soldiers.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

Residency Revocation: Israel’s Forcible Transfer of Palestinians from Jerusalem

Introducing the Second Visual: “Residency Revocation: Israel’s Forcible Transfer of Palestinians from Jerusalem”

Under international law, East Jerusalem is considered an occupied territory and the de facto annexation of the city by the Israeli government is considered illegal. Throughout its occupation, Israel has enacted discriminatory laws and policies to diminish the presence of the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem. By granting Palestinians a “permanent” residency status to live in Jerusalem, entry into and residency in Jerusalem becomes a revocable privilege, instead of an inherent right.

The second infographic focuses on the unlawful Israeli policy of residency revocation targeting Palestinians from Jerusalem.  The revocation of permanent residency status is the most direct tool used to forcibly transfer Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem, so that a Jewish-Israeli majority can be maintained in the city. 1 Since 1967, Israel created and consistently expanded the criteria for revoking the residency status of Palestinians, leading to the revocation of the residency rights of more than 14,500 Palestinians from Jerusalem to date.

The policy was developed in three main phases:

1967-1995A Palestinian can lose his or her residency status by “living outside Israel” (and East Jerusalem) for a period of seven years, or by receiving the status of resident or citizen in another country.

1995-ongoing: The aforementioned criteria were broadened so that Palestinians may lose their residency status by moving their “center of life” outside of Israel or East Jerusalem, even if they were residing abroad for less than seven years and did not obtain residency status or citizenship from a foreign country. If individuals reside in the West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, Israel considers it as though they are “residing abroad” and can revoke their Jerusalem residency status. Since the implementation of this policy in 1995, Israel has revoked more than 11,500 residency statuses.

2006-ongoing: In addition to the center of life policy, the Israeli Minister of Interior also began punitively revoking the residency status of Palestinians on the basis of a “breach of allegiance.” Consequently, Palestinians who have never left Jerusalem become vulnerable to residency revocation.

Residency revocations, including punitive revocations, flagrantly violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law. Revocation of residency leads to forcible transfer, a war crime 2 under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention. 3 As the revocation forms part of a widespread and systematic policy to transfer the protected Palestinian population, it may also amount to a crime against humanity. 4

About the Initiative: Seven Palestinian organizations (CAC-Al-Quds University, JLAC, the Society of St. Yves, Al-Haq, BADIL, the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem and al-Shabaka) collaborated with Visualizing Palestine to create a series of visuals on the situation in occupied East Jerusalem. The graphics aim at raising awareness of Israel’s apartheid policies in the city, its effects on the Palestinian population, and the gross violations of international humanitarian and human rights law that arise as a result of such policies.

Notes:

  1. The Israeli Minister of Interior has discretionary powers to revoke the residency rights of Palestinians from Jerusalem (Section 11(a) of the Entry into Israel Law). 
  2. Article 8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court 
  3. Articles 49 and 147 Fourth Geneva Convention 
  4. Article 7 of Rome Statute 

(Source / 03.07.2017)

Army Injures Several Palestinians, Abduct One, In Nablus

03 JUL
12:08 PM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, Qaryout village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, abducted a Palestinian from his work, and fired gas bombs, causing many Palestinians, including children, to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Media sources in Nablus said the soldiers invaded Ras al-Ein area, in the city, and abducted Mahmoud Ali ‘Aseeda, from his work. The abducted Palestinian is from Tal nearby village.

Clashes took place between the invading soldiers, who fired gas bombs and concussion grenades, and local youngsters who hurled stones at the military vehicles.

Medical sources said many Palestinians, including children, suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted seventeen Palestinians, including children, from their homes in different parts of the occupied West Bank.

On Monday at dawn, the soldiers invaded Palestinian towns in the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, installed roadblocks and searched many cars while interrogated several Palestinians.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

Palestinian Family Forced to Demolish its Home in Jerusalem

02 JUL
8:35 PM

A Palestinian family, on Saturday, was forced to demolish its own house in the town of al-Eeesawiyya, an Arab neighbourhood in Jerusalem, after the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem threatened to demolish the house under the pretext it was built without an Israeli-issued permit.

Member of the follow up committee in al-Eeesawiyya, Ra’ed Abu Ryaleh, told WAFA that the family of Mohammad Ali Nasser ‘Aasi opted to demolish its own home to avoid paying heavy costs if the municipality demolishes it.

The family received a demolition order for the house, which was built in 2008 and consists of two rooms and a kitchen, last month.

Abu Riyala said that two more families were given similar notices by the Israeli municipality.

Palestinians, according to international and Israeli organizations, are forced to build on their property in occupied East Jerusalem without permits because the Israeli municipality does not provide them with building permits in an effort to keep the Palestinian population in the occupied city to a minimum, while increasing its Jewish population through building thousands of Israeli-only housing units, in dozens of illegal settlements in and around the holy city.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

PA-Jordan coordinating to resume peace talks with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 22 June 2017 [İper Topal/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 22 June 2017

The Palestinian Authority is coordinating with Jordan in an effort to resume peace talks with Israel, the Safa news agency reported Jordanian sources saying yesterday.

According to the sources, PA Ambassador to Amman, Attalla Khairy, said: “PA President Mahmoud Abbas is currently exerting intense political and diplomatic efforts with full coordination with Jordan and Arabs to prepare for resuming talks based on the Arab Peace Initiative and the two-state solution.”

This came as a direct result of the latest Arab League meeting which was held in Amman in March, he explained, and the Arab-Islamic-American summit held in Riyadh in May.

Read: Israel, PA discuss increasing economic ties

Abbas is carrying out a tour of Africa, the Middle East and Europe tour starting yesterday to discuss “the peace process in the Middle East and the practices of the Israeli government”.

PA-Israeli talks stopped in April 2014 after American efforts to achieve progress failed. Israel had rejected the conditions that it release a batch of Palestinian prisoners, freeze settlement construction and accept the 1967 borders as a basis for the talks.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

Dozens injured in clashes at the Gaza border

A Palestinian protester is taken to hospital after he was wounded by Israeli security forces in Gaza City, Gaza on July 2 2017

Clashes erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers along the border of the besieged Gaza Strip yesterday afternoon, leaving dozens injured.

A number of Palestinians, including two paramedics, suffered from tear gas inhalation and had to be treated in hospital. Witnesses told the Palestinian news agency Ma’an that tear gas canisters were also fired “directly” towards ambulances that had arrived to help the injured.

Read: Warnings from international organisations are failing Gaza

An Israeli army spokesman confirmed the incident, commenting that “violent riots” had erupted in northern and central Gaza and that the Israeli army had employed “crowd control means”, but that live ammunition had not been used.

Despite this, IMEMC reported that shots had been fired in Gaza City, injuring a Palestinian man who was subsequently rushed to Shifa hospital. The soldiers were also reported to have fired live rounds and gas bombs at many Palestinians near the fence in the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, in addition to Khan Yunis and Rafah in the southern part of the coastal region.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

327 Palestinians killed during Jerusalem Intifada

Father of 25-year-old Fadi Al-Najjar, who was killed by Israeli forces, kisses his son before his body is laid to rest in the Gaza Strip, on 6 June, 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Father of 25-year-old Fadi Al-Najjar, who was killed by Israeli forces, kisses his son before his body is laid to rest in the Gaza Strip on 6 June, 2017

Israeli occupation forces have killed 327 Palestinians since the start of the ongoing Jerusalem Intifada in October 2015, according to figures released by Al-Quds Centre for Palestinian and Israel Studies yesterday.

According to the statistic, Israeli occupation forces have killed 48 Palestinians since the start of this year.

The largest number of deaths were of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, where 81 Palestinians were killed, followed by Jerusalem with 65, Ramallah with 33, Jenin with 25, Nablus with 23, Bethlehem 20, Tulkarm 8, Salfit 5, Qalqilia 4 and Tubas 1.

Read: Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian in Gaza Strip, injure 8 others

Meanwhile, the statistic said that 52 Palestinians were killed in the besieged Gaza Strip, seven in Israel and three none Palestinians.

Of those killed 91 were children, the youngest just three-month-old.

#PalestinianLivesMatter

Thirty-two females were killed, including 16 minors. The youngest was the Rahaf Hassan, who was killed aged two when her house was attacked by Israeli jets in Gaza.

The bodies of nine Palestinians are being held by Israeli forces and have not been released for burial.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

Remembering Egypt’s bloody military coup

Egyptians gather to protest their support for Mohammed Morsi on 15 February 2016 [file photo]

Egyptians gather to protest their support for Mohammed Morsi on 15 February 2016

Four years ago today the Egyptian army overthrew the country’s first democratically elected leader, Mohammed Morsi. In the aftermath of the coup Egypt’s armed forces suspended the constitution and appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim head of state. Morsi and his presidential team were detained in an unknown location and later stood trial.

What: Military coup

When: 3 July 2013

Where: Egypt

What happened?

In January 2013, then army Chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi warned that the political crisis in the country might lead to a collapse of the state. Two months later the Tamarrod movement collected signatures for a petition calling for new presidential elections in light of Mohamed Morsi’s failure to restore security and fix the economy and organised mass protests to this effect.

On 30 June demonstrators took to the streets. Armed vehicles were deployed around Cairo and armed forces to areas they expected protests in support of Morsi, such as Cairo University.

Morsi warned the country that he was the elected leader and that attempts to overthrow him would lead to chaos but on 3 July he was arrested by the army and detained in an unknown location alongside other members of his presidential team.

Read: Torture in Egypt up by 16 per cent

That evening Al-Sisi set out his roadmap for Egypt in a televised statement.  President Morsi had ignored the calls of his people, he said, and therefore he was suspending the constitution, calling for early elections, putting the chief justice in charge, putting in place an interim government and setting up a committee to amend the constitution.

Opposition leader and then Vice President Mohamed El-Baradei and the Coptic Pope Tawadros II stood by his side.

What happened next?

In the weeks that followed, Morsi supporters joined mass protests and demanded his release. On 14 August 2013 1,000 people were massacred by the army in Rabaa Square where they had gathered to call for his immediate return to power.

Muslim Brotherhood leaders were prevented from leaving the country and Morsi and his presidential team were held at secret locations. In September 2013 state television announced that Morsi would stand trial for “incitement to murder and violence” during a protest between his supporters and the opposition and for ordering others to be tortured and unlawfully imprisoned.

#AntiCoup 

In November 2013 Morsi and other top Brotherhood figures were put on trial for the first time. In April 2015 they were sentenced to 20 years in prison. They still face trials in a number of cases.

In March 2014, Al-Sisi officially announced his presidential bid and assumed power on 8 June that year. In the four years that have followed the coup the military-led government has inflicted a wide-scale crackdown on all members of the opposition, not just the Brotherhood.

Unprecedented numbers of people have been forcibly disappeared, tried in mass trials or military courts, given the death sentence, tortured in detention and denied medical care once detained. Children are arrested, detained with adults and sexual violence used against them. Human rights organisations and workers have been targeted as well as journalists, activists and lawyers.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

IOF arrests Palestinian youth at Zatara checkpoint south of Nablus

Zatara military checkpoint

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Monday arrested a Palestinian young man, who has not been identified yet, at Zatara military checkpoint south of Nablus city, eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter.

Hebrew sources claimed that IOF soldiers arrested a Palestinian youth after attacking a group of soldiers at the barrier and attempting to stab one of them.

(Source / 03.07.2017)