Palestinian factions call for intervention to protect Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem Intervention

Palestinian national and Islamic factions held on Tuesday the Israeli government responsible for the serious Israeli escalation waged against Occupied Jerusalem.

During a meeting in Ramallah, the factions denounced the ongoing settlement expansion supported by the Israeli government in the city in addition to the new excavations conducted under al-Buraq Wall and the settlers’ repeated incursions into al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards under the Israeli police escort.

The factions pointed to an escalation policy aimed at Judaizing Jerusalem and altering its geographical and demographic character.

They called for urgent intervention at the Arab, Islamic and international levels to protect Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites, especially al-Aqsa Mosque, which is subjected to daily violations.

The factions demanded in a statement activating all international resolutions on Jerusalem, particularly those issued by the UN Security Council, UN General Assembly and UNESCO, and holding Israel responsible for its crimes at the International Criminal Court.

The statement also condemned the daily raids and arrests conducted by the Israeli army in Palestinian towns, villages and refugee camps in the occupied West Bank.

It appealed to the world parliaments and human rights organizations to pressure Israel to end this frenzied arrest campaign which recently targeted the member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s politburo MP Khaleda Jarrar.

The Palestinian factions expressed their rejection of all forms of incitement against the Palestinian resistance and accusing it of “terrorism”.

They concluded by praising the decision of a Spanish municipality in Madrid to join the anti-occupation BDS movement.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Israeli police arrests 6 Palestinian youths in Jerusalem

6 Palestinian youth arrested Jerusalem

The Israeli police arrested on Tuesday 6 Palestinian youths at a military checkpoint south of Occupied Jerusalem for allegedly attempting to carry out an attack.

The Israeli police said in a statement that border police officers seized a Palestinian vehicle at Mizmoria checkpoint, claiming that a bag containing knives, Molotov cocktails and stun grenades was found in the car, according to Quds Press.

The initial investigations revealed that the 6 detainees, who are from Nablus city, were on their way to carry out an attack in Jerusalem, the statement added.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Bahar: Abbas insists to kill the sick people in Gaza

Bahar about martyrdom of 14 sick Gazans

First Deputy Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Ahmed Bahar, held Israeli occupation authorities and the Palestinian Authority responsible in full for the martyrdom of 14 sick people last week in Gaza Strip due to the tightened siege on the coastal enclave.

In a sit-in on Tuesday, Bahar charged the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with insisting to kill the sick people in Gaza through ceaseless offensive practices. The money of the inter-hospital transfers is allocated for the Palestinian people, Bahar underlined.

MP Bahar slammed the international organizations and the Islamic regimes for taking no action in order to lift the Israeli siege and to stop the murder of the ill people in Gaza especially the children and patients with cancer.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Israel to expel 5 Palestinian families to build settlement units

Racial Israel law works only in favour of Israeli Jews

Israeli occupation authorities are to discuss approval of 1,800 settlement units in Sheikh Jarrah Neighbourhood in the heart of occupied 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

Israeli occupation authorities are to discuss approval of 1,800 settlement units in Sheikh Jarrah Neighbourhood in the heart of occupied Jerusalem.

According to the Israeli watchdog Peace Now, the Israeli Jerusalem Regional Committee would discuss the approval of the project on July 16.

The project needs expelling five Palestinian families from the occupied Palestinian neighbourhood in the heart of the holy city.

Peace Now said that two buildings, five and seven stores, are planned to replace the houses of the five Palestinian families.

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.

The Israeli organisation Peace Now said that this is the first time in recent years that new settlement units are being planned for settlers within a Palestinian neighbourhood 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.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Army Abducts Six Palestinians Near Bethlehem

04 JUL
4:54 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, Tuesday, six Palestinians from Nablus, after stopping them at a military roadblock, east of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, after reportedly locating Molotov cocktails, concussion grenades and knives in their car.

The army said the soldiers stopped and searched the car, and arrested six Palestinians, who did not carry identification documents, and located a bag containing knives, concussion grenades and Molotov cocktails.

Explosives’ experts were called to the scene, and safely removed the bag, while the six Palestinians were moved to an interrogation facility, where, according to the army, they “admitted planning an attack in Jerusalem.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the army abducted two young Palestinian men from their homes, in Zabbouba village, west of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers conducted massive invasions and violent searches of homes in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted twenty-four Palestinians, including a woman, former political prisoners in addition to a father and his four sons.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Israeli Soldiers Hand Demolition Orders Targeting Four Homes In Ramallah

04 JUL
2:04 PM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, the towns of Deir Abu Mashal and Silwad, north and east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and handed demolition ordered targeting the homes of three Palestinians, who were killed in June after killing an Israeli officer, and a similar order against the home of a detainee from Silwad, who was taken prisoner after the army claimed he deliberately rammed soldiers with his car, killing one.

The soldiers invaded Deir Abu Mashal town, after surrounding it, and broke into the family homes of Bara’ Ibrahim Saleh, 18, Adel Hasan Ankoush, 18, and Osama Ahmad Ata, 19, who were killed in June, after killing an Israeli soldier and wounding several others.

The soldiers then handed the three families demolition orders targeting their homes.

The soldiers also invaded the family home of Malek Ahmad Hamed, who was taken prisoner in April after killing an Israeli soldier, in what the army claimed “a deliberate car ramming attack,” and handed the family a demolition order against their home. Hamed is from Silwad town, east of Ramallah.

The four families were granted 48 hours to appeal against the demolition orders with the Civil Administration Office, run by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Army Demolishes A Home And A Stable, Uproots A Farmland, In Jerusalem

04 JUL
1:07 PM

Israeli soldiers demolished, Tuesday, a Palestinian home in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, a stable for horses in Silwan town, and bulldozed a farmland in Za’im town, east of Jerusalem.

Dozens of soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded Beit Hanina neighborhood, after surrounding and isolating it, and demolished a home, reportedly for being “built without a permit.”

The soldiers also invaded Wadi Yasoul neighborhood in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and demolished a stable for horses.

Furthermore, the soldiers bulldozed and uprooted a farmland, owned by Tareq Abu Sbeitan, in Za’im town, east of Jerusalem, without a warrant or even a explanation.

Earlier Tuesday, the soldiers abducted two young Palestinian men from their homes, in Zabbouba village, west of Jenin, in the northern part of the West Bank.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers carried out massive invasions and violent searches of homes in different parts of the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted twenty-four Palestinians, including a woman, former political prisoners, in addition to a father and his four sons.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Including A Woman, A Father And His Four Sons; Israeli Soldiers Abduct 24 Palestinians, Injure Two

04 JUL
11:08 AM

Israeli soldiers conducted, on Tuesday at dawn, massive invasions and violent searches of homes in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted twenty-four Palestinians, including a woman, former political prisoners in addition to a father and his four sons.

Dozens of soldiers invaded the Suwwana neighborhood, next to the Walls of the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, searched and ransacked homes and abducted seven Palestinians, in addition to one who was abducted in Bab Hatta neighborhood, next to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as Fadi al-Kilani, Mahmoud Msha’sha’, Mohammad Abu Lafi, As’ad al-Ashhab, Ahmad al-Ashhab, Majdi Abu Ghazala and Kamal al-Imam, in addition to Ahmad al-Julani, who was abducted from his home in Bab Hatta neighborhood.

In the Hebron governorate, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers also stormed and ransacked homes and abducted Jawad Issa al-Hroub, 37, from Deir Samet town, while resident Mojahed al-Hoor was abducted from his home in Surif town, north of Hebron.

In Hebron city, the soldiers abducted a father, identified as Khairi Abu Hadeed, along with his sons Fahed, Mohammad, Amir and Nimir.

The soldiers also invaded Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, and abducted Ahmad Hussein Sabarna, 21, after searching and ransacking his home, in addition to the home of Ahmad Hammad Abu Mariya.

Furthermore, the army invaded Sammoa’, Surif and Tarqoumia town, in the Hebron governorate, and installed many roadblocks before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded homes in Salem town, and abducted Waheed Ghassan Jabara, 22.

The soldiers also detained a woman, identified as Rima Mansour, 30, after invading her home in Kufur Qalil village, and released her several hours later at the Huwwara military roadblock, south of Nablus.

In Tulkarem, also in the northern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded Tulkarem city and Tulkarem refugee camp, violently searched homes and abducted five Palestinians, including two former political prisoners.

The Tulkarem office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers abducted two former political prisoners, identified as Adha Azem and Ahmad Abu Ni’ma, 32, in addition to Wahbi Jarmi, 25, and Wa’ad Ghassan Salem, 24, from Tulkarem refugee camp, and Yahya Jamal Swai, 21, from Tulkarem city.

In Tubas governorate, in the northeastern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded the al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas city, shot and injured two young Palestinian men with live fire, and abducted two others, identified as Qoteiba Abu al-Hasan, 17, and Mohammad Shaweesh, 19, after breaking into their homes, in addition to searching many homes in the refugee camp, causing excessive damage.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

47 arrested during clashes in Tunisia

Image of security forces during a protest in Tunis, Tunisia on 21 March 2017 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

Image of security forces during a protest in Tunis, Tunisia on 21 March 2017

Two policemen were wounded and 47 people arrested during clashes yesterday between street vendors and police authorities in the centre of Tunis, according to the Interior Ministry.

The incident occurred during a rally of around 300 people outside the headquarters of the Tunisian General Union of Labour (UGTT), the protest was being held against the local authorities’ decision to prohibit street stalls from operating.

According to the ministry, the police intervened causing the situation to escalate into clashes with protesters throwing stones at the officers resulting in damaged vehicles. The ministry has confirmed that an investigation will be opened into the clashes.

#TunisiaProtest

One protester complained about the “showdown” committed by the authorities against the working poor and denounced the failed promises of the governor of Tunis, Omar Mansour.

The clashes are believed to be a result of a campaign launched in June against anarchic stalls, which have proliferated since the 2011 revolution in a social context marked by poverty and unemployment.

Read: Tunisian police use tear gas to disperse protesters

The governorate of Tunis has given street vendors an ultimatum of five days to evacuate the areas. Other municipalities including La Marsa, in the suburbs of Tunis, or Sousse have launched similar campaigns.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Abbas ready to sign ‘historic peace deal with Israel’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L-2) and Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki (C) attend the 29th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 3 July, 2017 [Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L-2) and Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki (C) attend the 29th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 3 July, 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday that he is ready for “an historic peace deal with Israel based on the two-state solution”.

“We are waiting for Israel to respond to the initiative of the US President, Donald Trump, for an historic peace deal based on a two-state solution,” Abbas said during the 29th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Trump’s early interest in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict reflected that he was a “beacon of hope” for peace, Abbas explained.

Read: When Abbas lauds Trump, he is trying to deflect his own accountability

He stressed that a just solution to the Palestinian cause will be the key to peace, security and prosperity in the region and the world and to global security and peace.

Abbas called on African leaders to link any progress in the continent’s relationship with Israel to its commitment to ending the occupation of the future Palestinian state on 1967 borders with its capital in East Jerusalem.

Abbas urged African countries vote in favour of resolutions that support Palestine in international forums, adding that such support will protect the two-state solution and contribute to the preservation of Palestinian rights until peace is achieved.

(Source / 04.07.2017)