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Dagelijks archief 4 juli 2017

Israel continues to stop family visits to Palestinian prisoners

Palestinians hold a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, outside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza on 3 July, 2017 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians hold a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, outside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza on 3 July, 2017

Israeli occupation authorities prevented families of Palestinian prisoners held inside its jails from visiting them for the second day, Quds Press reported yesterday.

Fayhaa Shalash, wife of imprisoned journalist Mohamed Al-Qeq, said that the Israeli occupation forces prevented her and about 30 other people from crossing Al-Zahiriyah checkpoint in Jerusalem, telling them that their imprisoned relatives are punished.


Speaking to Quds Press, she said: “When we asked the Red Cross employee, who accompanied us, why the Israelis returned us back, he said: ‘Our relatives are being punished due to their involvement in the latest mass hunger strike inside the Israeli jails’.”

On Sunday, the Israeli occupation forces prevented a number of families from visiting prisoners inside due to their involvement in the hunger strike.

Palestinian prisoners went on hunger strike between 17 April and 27 May in protest against their detention conditions.

Read: Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails begin hunger strike

Israeli forces have also raided section 13 at Al-Naqab Prison and carried out wide inspections. Rights groups said that 30 detainees in the prison have been on hunger strike, protesting against the punishment of their colleague Muntasir Shadid.

According to rights group, more than 6,500 Palestinians prisoners are being held in 22 Israeli prisons, including 56 women, 350 minors, 13 MPs and 500 held under administrative detention.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Netanyahu’s military secretary to command army’s Gaza division

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Military Secretary, Brigadier General Eliezer Toledano, has been chosen to command Israeli forces in the Gaza division, Israeli media reported yesterday.

Toledano is to replace Yehuda Fox, the current commander of the Gaza division.

Read: Revealing Israel’s arms exports to perpetrators of genocide is a moral obligation

Netanyahu’s aid has served in several positions in the Israeli army, including as commander of paratroopers during the Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2014 when he lost 11 officers and scores of his troops were wounded in ambushes orchestrated by Palestinian fighters, who attempted to stop the Israeli offensive.

He also led several military operations for the Israeli occupation army during the second Israeli war in Lebanon in 2006.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Al-Hamdallah’s gov’t forces 6,145 Gazan workers into early retirement

6145 workers Gaza early retirement

The Ramallah-based Palestinian government on Tuesday decided that 6,145 workers from Gaza be handed over early-retirement orders against their will.

The government spokesperson Youssef al-Mahmoud said the move is temporary and depends on Hamas efforts to heal the national rift.

Al-Mahmoud added that the only means to end the division episode is to implement Mahmoud Abbas’s vision, dissolve the so-called administrative committee, enable the incumbent government to rule in Gaza, and prepare for national elections.

Al-Mahmoud claimed the government will backtrack on the decision only if Hamas eats humble pie and works on boosting national reconciliation.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Seif Promises Lasting Solution to Assaults on Syrian Refugee Camps in Lebanon in Meeting with Refugees Representatives

President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif held a teleconference meeting with representatives of Syrian refugees in refugee camps in the Arsal area in Lebanon to discuss attacks by the Lebanese army on the camps in the area.

Saif stressed that the Coalition will discuss the issue with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and will work with the Lebanese side to find a lasting solution to the issue.

The meeting was attended by vice-presidents, the secretary-general, and members of the political committee.

Member of the Syrian educational committee in Lebanon, Khaled Raad, said that refugees are living in a state of terror in the wake of violent attacks on the camps by the Lebanese army which used heavy machine guns and hand grenades to storm the camps. Raad said that the attacks left many refugees killed. Over 400 others were detained.

Abdel Rahman Akkari, official in charge of following up on the affairs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, said that the June 30 assault on Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon was not the first. He said that Syrian refugees in Arsal area “had already been subjected to a number of violations,” noting that the area where the refugee camps are built is under the control of the Hezbollah militias that seek to force all Syrian refugees out of the area.

The Syrian Coalition strongly condemned the attacks on Syrian refugees in camps in the Arsal area in Lebanon on Friday. In a press release issued on Saturday, the Coalition held the Lebanese authorities responsible for the safety of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. It also called for the provision of the necessary protection for Syrian refugees in accordance with international humanitarian law until such time as they can return to their homeland.

The Coalition also called on the Lebanese authorities to stop using terrorism as an excuse to attack and harm unarmed civilians and to stop humiliating refugees and detention operations carried out without any humanitarian or legal considerations.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 04.07.2017)

Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces from Jerusalem’s Sawana

Pal youths kidnapped Jerusalem

Several Palestinian youths were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) from Occupied Jerusalem at daybreak on Tuesday.

A PIC news correspondent said the IOF soldiers broke into Palestinian homes in al-Sawana neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, before they kidnapped seven Palestinian young men.

The list of captives includes: Ahmed Shehab, Fadi Kilani, and Mohamed Abu Lafi, among others.

Violent clashes burst out in al-Sawana neighborhood on Sunday evening during the funeral procession of the Palestinian youth Ali Abu Gharbiya, who drowned at sea.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Palestinian resistance seizes Israeli drone in Gaza

Drone above Gaza

The Palestinian resistances at dawn Tuesday managed to control and seize an Israeli reconnaissance plane in the central area of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that resistance fighters took hold of an Israeli drone after it fell down in Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, and took it to an unknown place.

There is still no comment on the incident from any resistance faction in Gaza.

The Israeli army, for its part, confirmed it had lost contact with one of its drones while on a reconnaissance mission over Gaza at an early morning hour today.

The circumstances of the incident are being investigated, but Israeli military sources noted that there is no fear that any sensitive information was leaked.

Consequently, the Israeli army intensified its drone overflights in Gaza, especially in its border areas, following the incident.

In a similar incident last week, a similar drone crashed in the West Bank area of Bethlehem.

Over the past years, the Palestinian resistance in Gaza controlled and seized several Israeli drones.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Eight Palestinians kidnapped in W. Bank IOF campaigns

8 Palestinians kidnapped Nablus and Jenin

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last night and at dawn Tuesday kidnapped six Palestinian citizens, including a woman, in West Bank areas of Nablus and Jenin.

In the northeast of Nablus, the IOF kidnapped a young man called Qutaiba Abu Hasan after storming Fari’ah refugee camp, amid intensive gunfire.

In south Nablus, the IOF detained a 30-year-old woman identified as Rima Mansour for several hours in Kafr Qallil town before releasing her.

The IOF also stormed Salem town east of Nablus and kidnapped three citizens from their homes.

The three detainees were identified as Oqab Hamdan, Amr Jabara and Wahid Jabara.

The Hebrew media claimed that one of those detainees was affiliated with Hamas and found in possession of a homemade rifle.

Meanwhile, Israeli border police kidnapped a young man from Jenin during his presence in Haifa area.

In al-Khalil, IOF soldiers rounded up two youths from Deir Samet village, southwest of the city.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that border policemen raided a home in Haifa overnight and rounded up a young man called Saleh Abed, a resident of Kafr Dan town in Jenin.

They added that the same police force raided several buildings under construction in Haifa in search for West Bank workmen, who entered Israeli areas with no entry or work permits.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Israeli forces threaten demolition of 3 Palestinian homes in Ramallah

Treat demolition of 3 Pal homes

The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday threatened the demolition of three Palestinian homes in Ramallah.

The Israeli forces stormed Deir Abu Meshaal village, northwest of Ramallah, and broke into the homes of the slain Palestinians Baraa Saleh and Osama Ata, before they handed over the demolition notifications to their families.

The threats were issued on claims that Baraa and Salah carried out an anti-occupation attack near Jerusalem’s al-Amoud Gate on June 16. An Israeli soldier was pronounced dead in the alleged attack.

The occupation soldiers also stormed the home of the Palestinian prisoner Malik Hamed, in Silwad, east of Ramallah, and threatened to knock down the family’s home sometime soon on allegations that Malik carried out an anti-occupation car-ramming attack in April near Ofra illegal settlement outpost.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

1,391 Israeli settlers broke into al-Aqsa Mosque in June

1391 settlers stormed al-Aqsa June

1,391 Israeli settlers stormed holy al-Aqsa Mosque, in Occupied Jerusalem, in June, according to a report by the Jerusalem Center for Israeli/Palestinian Studies.

The Jerusalem Center said 1,391 Israeli settlers broke into al-Aqsa Mosque in June, among whom 50 soldiers, two intelligence officers, 50 policemen, and 272 students.

In June 2016, 1,282 Israeli settlers stormed the site.

Israeli break-ins at al-Aqsa have seen an upsurge since the start of holy Ramadan. The Israeli forces closed the site before Muslim worshipers and cracked down on the peaceful sit-inners. Dozens of Muslim worshipers have also been banned from Occupied Jerusalem and al-Aqsa.

During the first week of Ramadan, 205,000 Muslim worshipers managed to perform Friday prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 04.07.2017)

Cancer patient dies in Gaza after being denied treatment abroad

The Gaza Ministry of Health announced on Monday the death of a citizen suffering from cancer due to Israel’s procrastination in allowing him to receive treatment outside the Gaza Strip.

Spokesman of the Ministry Ashraf al-Qedra said that the Israeli authorities have been procrastinating for 20 days in transferring Jameel Tafesh, 60, who was suffering from liver cancer, to a hospital in the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories.

Including Tafesh, 14 Gazan patients have died since the beginning of 2017 as a result of a joint collective punishment policy pursued by Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah against the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 04.07.2017)