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Dagelijks archief 3 juli 2017

Israeli prison forces search Palestinians in Negev prison at gunpoint

Ktziot prison

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Forces from the Israel Prison Service’s takeover unit stormed section 13 of Ktziot prison in the southern Negev region and evacuated scores of Palestinian prisoners at gunpoint Monday morning, head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe said.

Qaraqe told Ma’an via telephone that large numbers of “Israeli oppression units” stormed the section and conducted a “provocative and barbaric search” before evacuating approximately 100 Palestinian prisoners from the prison block.

He said he received the information from sources inside the prison, and that “a state of unrest prevailed” as of Monday morning, without giving more details.

The raid came after unconfirmed reports Sunday evening in local Palestinian media claimed that 30 Hamas-affiliated prisoners in Ktziot declared an open-ended hunger strike in protest of the arbitrary transfer of jailed Hamas leader Muntasir Shadid from Ktziot to Megiddo prison, which is located more than 200 kilometers away in northern Israel.
However, in response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) denied that there were any prisoners on hunger strike in the prison, and said, “The raid you asked about was a routine search that IPS operates occasionally for management reasons. No prisoners were at gunpoint.”

Israeli authorities currently hold 6,200 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, including 490 without charge or trial. The group has reported that 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has at some point been detained by Israeli forces.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

Israeli military vehicles stage limited incursion inside northern Gaza Strip

Into Gaza again

GAZA (Ma’an) — Israeli military vehicles staged a limited incursion into Palestinian lands in Beit Lahiya in the northern besieged Gaza Strip on Monday morning.Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that four Israeli military bulldozers entered tens of meters into Gaza territory and proceeded to level lands as Israeli drones hovered in sky.Eyewitnesses noted that no gunfire was reported during the incident.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone,” which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

5 Palestinian families face expulsion as hundreds of new settlement units promoted

Har Homa in East Jerusalem

The Israeli settlement of Har Homa, built in East Jerusalem, is seen on September 1, 2014

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities are set to discuss the advancement of nearly 1,800 housing units for illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli NGO Peace Now reported on Monday.

The plans will include two new buildings — respectively three and five stories tall — in the heart of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah that will require the expulsion of five Palestinian families, up for discussion at Israel’s Jerusalem Regional Committee on July 16.
Additionally, a nine story yeshiva campus that includes student accommodation and a six-story office building are also planned to be built in Sheikh Jarrah.
According to Peace Now, it is the first time in recent years that new housing units are being planned for settlers within a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
Settlers have been engaged in an ongoing legal battle over the two plans that aim to be established on the property where the five Palestinian families reside, for a total of 13 settlement units.
The Palestinian families in question are legally regarded as protected tenants in the Israeli-owned properties, a status that was achieved according to an Israeli law that allows Jewish Israelis to claim ownership of property if they can prove it was under Jewish ownership before 1948.
However, the law only applies to Jewish Israelis, and not to Palestinians who were dispossessed of their lands and properties prior to and after the establishment of Israel in 1948, despite their right being upheld by UN General Assembly Resolution 194.
In the cases of the five Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, legal actions taken by settlers for their eviction have yet to be materialize, Peace Now Said. “Nevertheless, the law enables landowners to destroy and restructure a new building whilst protected tenants do not lose their legal rights, hence the advancement of these plans.”
The plan to evict the Palestinian families for the establishment of a new Israeli settlement “shows that nothing will get in the way of settler groups and a pro-settler government from preventing a future compromise in Jerusalem,” the settlement watchdog said.
Har Homa in East Jerusalem1
Aside from the Sheikh Jarrah settlement plans, Israel’s Jerusalem Regional Committee will also discuss plans for 1,788 housing units to expand existing illegal Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem.
On Tuesday July 4th, five plans totaling 944 housing units in the Pisgat Zeev settlement will be discussed for depositing on lands that were confiscated by the Israeli government in the 1980s.
On July 18th, four plans will be discussed for depositing totaling additional 800 settlement units: 116 more in Pisgat Zeev, 270 in Gilo, 200 in Ramot, and 214 in Neve Yaakov. The committee would have also discussed objections to another plan for Gilo that adds 44 units to an approved plan that currently enables 130 housing, on July 17.
Har Homa in East Jerusalem2

Plans in Pisgat Zeev and Neve Yaakov to be discussed at the regional committee

Further plans for illegal settlements within developed Palestinian communities are also set to be discussed on July 16, including the retroactive legalization of eight settler units in the Beit Orot settlement on the lands of the Palestinian al-Suwwana neighborhood, and a plan for synagogue at the Nof Zion settlement in Jabal al-Mukabbir.
Responding to the reports, the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department said on Twitter, “Israel confirms again its commitment to apartheid and ethnic cleansing with today’s settlement announcements in occupied Jerusalem, not peace.”
After reports emerged last month that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised the United States government to stop marketing new settlement units for the rest of 2017, Peace Now called the alleged promise “another spin of the Netanyahu government trying to fool the public.”
Pointing to information gathered from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (ICBS), Peace Now highlighted that this year, the Israeli government had already issued tenders for the construction of 2,858 settlement units in the West Bank.
The numbers marked an “unprecedented number of units” ever recorded — at least since 2002, which is the earliest data available.
Among the thousands of new settler units to be advanced in recent weeks were 102 units for the Amichai settlement, the first new Israeli settlement established in more than two decades. Israeli authorities broke ground on Amichai on June 20.
Peace Now also recently reported a stark increase of 70 percent in construction starts in the settlements between April 2016 and March 2017.
Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.
The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.
Meanwhile, although Israeli settler outposts — unapproved by the Israeli government — are even considered illegal under Israeli law, earlier this year, Israel passed the outpost Regularization law, which would pave the way for the retroactive legalization of dozens of Israeli settler outposts.
According to UN documentation, as of June 19, 74 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished by Israel in East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year, displacing at least 158 Palestinians. A total of 190 Palestinian buildings were demolished in East Jerusalem in 2016.
(Source / 03.07.2017)

UN coordinator, Japanese ambassador pop in blockaded Gaza

UN and Japan in Gaza

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, and the Japanese ambassador for Palestinian Affairs, Takeshi Okubo, arrived in Gaza via Beit Hanun (Erez) border crossing at noontime Monday.

A PIC news correspondent said Mladenov and Okuba reached Gaza in separate trips.

The Japanese envoy will keep tabs on his country’s projects in Gaza.

Mladenov, who popped in the strip with a number of delegates, is expected to receive a reply by Hamas over an imitative to work out the power crisis.

Last week, Mladenov met with Hamas political bureau chairman Ismail Haneyya over the power crisis and the reluctance of the Palestinian Authority, chaired by Mahmoud Abbas, to transfer Gazan patients to hospitals outside of Gaza.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

53 Israelis, intelligence officers desecrate Aqsa Mosque

53 zio's at al-Aqsa

Israeli policemen on Monday morning escorted 53 Israeli settlers as they defiled holy al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, in Occupied Jerusalem.

A guard at al-Aqsa told the PIC the Israeli forces unlocked the Maghareba Gate and cordoned off the plazas of the Mosque shortly before 53 Israeli settlers broke into the site. Israeli cops closed al-Maghareba Gate moments after the break-in.

According to the guard, 13 Israeli intelligence officers, along with members of Israel’s Antiquity Authority, also stormed al-Aqsa Mosque as part of the morning break-in shift.

At the same time, the Israeli municipality has been gearing up to hold a Jewish festival in the plaza of the Umayyad Palaces, adjacent to al-Aqsa’s southern wall.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

Minors among 17 Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli army at daybreak

17 Palestinians kidnapped WB

17 Palestinians were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at daybreak Monday in an abduction sweep rocking West Bank provinces.

According to Hebrew-speaking sources, 17 Palestinians were kidnapped by the Israeli army on account of their involvement in anti-occupation activities.

A Palestinian youngster was kidnapped by the Israeli soldiers from his family home in Nablus and another from his workplace in the city.

Anti-settlement activist Bashar al-Qaryouti said Israeli army patrols stormed Qaryout town, south of Nablus, and showered the area with barrages of teargas canisters. A number of women and children choked on teargas. Red Crescent paramedics rushed to the scene to treat the wounded civilians.

The IOF also broke into Qalqilya’s eastern town of Kafr Kadum and kidnapped five Palestinians, including the two brothers Subhi Mansour, aged 16, and Salah Mansour, 15.

At the same time, the IOF stormed Eastern Bertaa town, in Jenin, and kidnapped a Palestinian citizen.

The occupation troops raked through the town before they sealed off its main access road with a makeshift checkpoint, where Palestinian civilians have been subjected to intensive inspection.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

Tension prevails in Hamas prisoners sections in Negev jail

Negev jail

30 Prisoners of Hamas Movement in Negev, the Israeli desert jail, have started an open hunger strike in solidarity with the detained leader Muntaser Shadid who was transferred to Megiddo prison and announced waging a hunger strike.

The Prisoners Media Office revealed that tension has prevailed in Hamas prisoners’ sections after the unjust arbitrary and sudden transfer of captive Shadid, who is from Doura town in al-Khalil.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

Gaza newborns fight for life as PA suspends referrals

Patients in Gaza are dying because of the shortage of medicines and medical equipment due to the 11-year-old Israel and international-backed siege

PA has stopped medical treatment referrals for Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip as a punishing measure for unseating Hamas.

Paediatric doctor at Al-Nasser Hospital Reda Abu Assi said: “The delay in issuing medical referrals to patients in Gaza, especially children, seriously affects their health status and puts their lives at risk”

By Fadel Matar

PA has stopped medical treatment referrals for Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip as a punishing measure for unseating Hamas.

Mohamed al-Hadidi is fighting a battle to keep his only child, Rashid, alive at Al-Nasser hospital. Health officials were unable to diagnose Rashid because at the time the Palestinian Authority (PA) stopped issuing referrals for patients to be treated outside Gaza.

The family’s suffering began a month after their son was born. He showed abnormal symptoms and so his parents started taking him to Al-Nasser Hospital’s nursery.

Since then Rashid’s health – and that of two other children at the hospital – has gotten worse as his particular illness cannot be diagnosed or treated in Gaza and the PA refuses to issue them referrals for treatment at West Bank hospitals.

Tension and frustration

Tension and frustration surround the family in fear of losing their only child. His health is going from bad to worse since he cannot receive the necessary treatment.

“Why can’t my son travel for treatment? My son has been in hospital for 21 days and doctors cannot diagnose or treat him,” said his father, 25-year-old Mohammed al-Hadidi. “Are officials waiting for him to die?”

Al-Hadidi said in an interview with the Palestinian news agency Safa that he contacted the treatment abroad department in Ramallah and they assured him that his child’s name was on the treatment referral list but that issuing referrals to Gaza patients has stopped.

During the past two days three children have died in the nursery ward at Al-Shifa Hospital. The number of those who died as a result of the suspension of treatment referrals has reached 11 cases since the beginning of the year, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Dangerous situation

Paediatric doctor at Al-Nasser Hospital Reda Abu Assi said: “The delay in issuing medical referrals to patients in Gaza, especially children, seriously affects their health status and puts their lives at risk.”

Abu Assi added in her interview with Safa newspaper that Al-Nusser Hospital is having great difficulty treating patients. It takes 15 days to refer a child yet given their medical conditions a few days can make a difference.

Dozens of sick children come daily to Al-Nusser hospital in Gaza, but the most serious cases are the children with heart disease. They need urgent referrals for surgery in the West Bank to save their lives.

At Al-Nusser Hospital there are currently three children who are in serious need of treatment abroad referrals, however they have been waiting for 20-30 days, which is affecting their lives.

As for the condition of Rashid, Abu Assi said that he is still waiting for the referral to be issued 20 days after the hospital ordered it. The treatment abroad department in Ramallah has not responded.

Treatment of Rashid is not available in Gaza, she added, despite the fact that he is in a critical condition and needs to be transferred to Jerusalem for treatment due to increased levels of ammonia in his blood, which could kill him.

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Also in the hospital is a child from the Al-Kassas family, who also needs an urgent referral for treatment due to the deterioration of his health due to a defect in his liver.

According to the Ministry of Health patients must travel for treatment a few days after ordering their treatment referrals but since the blockade was imposed on the Strip leaving for treatment can take up to 15 days.

Doctor Abu Assi says “we sympathise with the children and their families, we order the referrals but we don’t know why the referrals do not get issued quickly to save the lives of the children. Why do children have to suffer?”

She adds “sick children cannot afford delay, and their conditions will worsen if they do not receive treatment as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we are jeopardising the lives of children because of poor coordination.”

The Ministry of Health in Gaza warned that the number of children dying from untreated medical conditions since the PA suspended treatment referrals is rising.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

IOF erects barrier, questions Palestinians south of Jenin

Military barrier al-Bara

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Sunday afternoon erected a military barrier near al-Bara petrol station at the entrance to Arraba town south of Jenin city.

IOF soldiers stopped and searched Palestinian cars and checked the IDs of commuters. Some of them were questioned.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that IOF troops were deployed in the checkpoint area and blocked traffic on Nablus-Jenin road.

(Source / 03.07.2017)

35 Palestinians injured as Israeli forces attack Jerusalem funeral

35 Palestinians injred at funeral

At least 35 Palestinian citizens were left wounded on Sunday after the Israeli forces aggressively attacked a funeral procession in Occupied Jerusalem.

Reporting from Occupied Jerusalem, a PIC news correspondent said the Israeli forces came down heavily on Palestinians marching in the funeral procession of the Palestinian youth Ali Abu Gharbiya, who drowned in Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) three days after he had gone missing.

Fierce clashes burst out between the heavily-armed Israeli forces and the Palestinian citizens in al-Tour, al-Sawana, and Bab al-Asbat, in Occupied Jerusalem.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 35 citizens sustained wounds during the clashes, including one in a serious condition after he was hit with a rubber bullet in his eye and sustained an internal head hemorrhage. He was rushed to Hadassah Hospital.

10 wounded people were transferred to the hospital so as to be urgently treated for the wounds inflicted by the attack.

The Israeli soldiers further prevented the mourners from reaching al-Aqsa Mosque to pray for the deceased and sealed off al-Asbat Gate so as to prevent Palestinian youths from joining the funeral.

The Israeli forces attacked the mourners with randomly-discharged waves of teargas canisters, resulting in several suffocation cases.

Sometime later, the occupation soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian young man from the main entrance to the cemetery and tightened military grip in and around the area.

(Source / 03.07.2017)