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Israel soldiers force Palestinian mother and baby onto the street

A Palestinian mother and her young children were forced out of their house by Israeli occupation forces and made to wait in the street for an hour in Shuafat refugee camp, occupied East Jerusalem, on 4 July 2017 [Facebook]

A Palestinian mother and her young children were forced out of their house by Israeli occupation forces and made to wait in the street for an hour in Shuafat refugee camp, occupied East Jerusalem, on 4 July 2017

Israeli forces raided the Shuafat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem yesterday and forced a Palestinian woman and her toddler out of their house, leaving them waiting on the street for an hour and a half under the scorching sun.

A spokesperson for the Fatah movement in the camp, Thaer Fasfous, told Ma’an that Israeli forces had raided the house of Daoud Houshiyeh in Shuafat and forced a woman and her toddler out of their house.

Read: Israeli forces assault, detain 2 children on their way home from school

Israeli occupation forces then conducted a search on the house.

Occupation forces regularly raid Palestinian homes, often in the middle of the night, with an average of 95 searches taking place each week, according to UN documentation.

 (Source / 05.07.2017)

What happened when I needed minor surgery in Gaza?

By Motasem A Dalloul
Patients in Gaza have no access to anaethetic because of a severe shortage of medicines [Motasem A Dalloul/Middle East Monitor]
Patients in Gaza have no access to anaethetic because of a severe shortage of medicines

On Tuesday 30 May I had a sudden severe pain in my left ear. It could not sleep as I felt the pain spread all over my body. I contacted the doctor at around 11pm and told him, he told me to take painkillers and told me to come in for a medical examination the next morning at Al-Shifa Hospital.

In the morning, after confirming the appointment, I headed to the ENT clinic at Gaza’s largest hospital.

The doctor found that I had a sever inflammation in my eardrum because of a build up of pus. After getting a second opinion, the doctor decided urgent treatment was needed to clear the pus before it causes more damage.

No medical kits

Patients in Gaza have no access to anaethetic because of a severe shortage of medicines [Motasem A Dalloul/Middle East Monitor]

The doctors went to collect medical kits; I could tell that one of the doctors, a friend of mine, was shy to bring out used kits. Disposable medical kits are regularly reused in Gaza due to a shortage in supplies. The doctors left the room for a while and returned with a small number of instruments which they placed in a steriliser before declaring themselves ready to start.

As the doctors approached me to begin the treatment, I turned to ask if they planned to carry out the surgery without anaesthetic, to which both doctors said yes. The limited amount of nitrous oxide gas in Gaza means doctors can only use it for major surgeries, they explained. They assured me that my treatment would not hurt too much. I agreed to go ahead.

Read: 2,500 patients ‘in danger’ with no access to medical care in Gaza

As one doctor tried to hold my head still, the other worked to clear my inflammed eardrum. The pain was unbearable, I kept trying to get away and eventually I had to stand up and stop the treatment. I didn’t want to go ahead any more.

One doctor told me to have some painkillers and antibiotics to ease the pain, adding that it would continue for a few more days. The treatment would need to be completed, however, as the pus could damage my hearing.

To date I have been unable to go back to the hospital for treatment as the pain was too great to bear and stocks of anaesthetics are not being replenished.

Cut off from the PA

For more than five months, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has been suffering from a severe shortage of equipment and medicines. Officials say that the ministry in Ramallah does not send funds, running costs or medicines to Gaza. Claims the PA in Ramallah denies.

#EndGazaSiege

Moneer Al-Bursh, the head of the pharmaceutical department in Gaza, said that the ministry in the West Bank does not send all the necessary equipment to hospitals in Gaza. He stressed that Ramallah’s claims that the administrative committee in the Gaza Strip misuses medicines and treatment referrals are “baseless”.

He called on the PA to release the administrative fees of Gaza’s hospitals and clinics, deliver medicines and medical equipment and salaries as soon as possible. He also called on the international community to step up to resolve is humanitarian crisis.

(Source / 05.07.2017)

Israeli settlers assault Palestinian in Hebron’s Old City as Israeli forces watch

Beating-up Palestinian al-Shuhada Street

HEBRON (Ma’an) — A group of Israeli settlers “violently beat” a Palestinian on al-Shuhada street in the Old City of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank Tuesday night, according to a local activist.

Palestinian activist Badi Dweik, a member of Human Rights Defenders, said that a group of Israeli settlers violently attacked and beat 22-year-old Hisham Raghib Abu Isha on al-Shuhada street, while Israeli forces stood by watching.
Dweik added that after awhile of watching the assault take place, Israeli forces tied Abu Isha up, placed him a military jeep, and transferred him to an unknown location.
A spokesperson for the Israeli border police was not immediately available for comment.
Some 800 notoriously aggressive Israeli settlers live under the protection of the Israeli military in the Old City, surrounded by more than 30,000 Palestinians.
Palestinian residents of the Old City face a large Israeli military presence on a daily basis, with at least 20 checkpoints set up at the entrances of many streets.
Additionally, Palestinians are not allowed to drive on al-Shuhada street, have had their homes and shops on the street welded shut, and in some areas of the Old City, are not permitted to walk on certain roads.
Meanwhile, Israeli settlers move freely on the street, drive cars, and carry machine guns.
Palestinian activists and rights groups have long accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2016.
(Source / 05.07.2017)

3 Palestinian teenagers, disabled man among 30 detained in West Bank raids

30 Palestinians razzia WB

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 30 Palestinians, including three teenagers and a disabled man, during army raids between Tuesday night and Wednesday, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.

In the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained Tawfiq Rifaat Rabayaa and Hamza Ghawadra in the Jenin district, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
In the village of Aqqaba in the district of Tubas, Israeli forces detained Mustafa Said Abu Arrah, according to PPS. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an that a detention was carried out in Aqqaba, adding that the individual was detained for allegedly being the head of the Hamas movement in the village.
In the Nablus district, Israeli forces detained eight Palestinians, identified by PPS as Muhammad Ata Uweis, 26, Adham Nasser al-Shalabi, 29, Shaher Mashour Mansour, Ayman Khalid Thiyab, 21, Rami Shalash, 20, Muhammad Naim Sukarji, 19, Abd al-Rahman Abu Ghazalah, 19, and Ishaq Darwish al-Qinna, 25.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained in Balata refugee camp, one in Nablus city, and another in the village of Tell.
Hebrew media also reported that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians at the Zaatara military checkpoint near Nablus city after their vehicle was searched and Israeli soldiers allegedly found a hunting rifle hidden near the vehicle’s engine.
In the Qalqiliya district, PPS said that Israeli forces detained Yasser Muhammad Nawfal and Raed Muhammad Salim. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed one detention in Qalqiliya city, alleging that the individual was a Hamas operative.
PPS said that six Palestinians were detained from the Qalandiya refugee camp in the Ramallah district in the central West Bank, and identified the detainees as Muhammad Nayif Abd al-Rahman, Muhammad Mahmoud Mteir, Shafiq Wajih Awwad, Ibrahim Khalid Shihada, Laith Muhammad Elayyan, and Shadi Daraghmeh, who PPS said was disabled.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that three Palestinians were detained in Qalandiya for allegedly being Hamas operatives, but did not specify whether the detentions were carried in the town of Qalandiya or in the refugee camp of the same name.
PPS added that three Palestinian teenagers were also detained from the Ramallah district, identifying them as Majd Hazim Nafi, 17, Ahmad Yassin al-Khawaja, 16, and Akram Hammad, 17.
The Israeli spokesperson reported two detentions in Nilin and Silwad.
Meanwhile, according to witnesses, a special unit of the Israeli army detained former prisoner and head of Shabiba, the youth section of the Fatah movement, 28-year-old Tamer Shawamra near his house in Ramallah city.
Israeli forces ambushed and detained Shawamra in front of his vegetable shop near his home and led him to an unknown location, witnesses said.
Shawamra was released from Israeli prison two months ago after serving 12 years in Israeli prison.
PPS said that in the Bethlehem district in the southern West Bank Muhannad Abu Tarboush, 19 and Ibrahim Muhammad al-Khmour, 22, were detained. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed one detention in the village of Umm Salamuna in Bethlehem.
In the Hebron district, PPS said that Israeli forces detained Jihad Ahmad Abu Maria, 29, and Imad Ribhi Nimr Abu Maria, 19.
Local activist in the Hebron-area village of Beit Ummar Muhammad Ayyad Awwad reported that the two Palestinians were detained from their homes in Beit Ummar after Israeli forces raided the village and areas around Israel’s illegal Karmi Zur settlement.
Awad added that since June 6, Israeli forces have detained 24 Palestinians from Beit Ummar.
An Israeli army spokesperson only confirmed one overnight detention in Beit Ummar.
However, she added that three additional detentions were carried out in the Hebron-area villages of Yatta, al-Samu, and Beit Awwa.
Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a weekly average of 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course 2016, according to UN documentation.
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, there were 6,200 Palestinians in Israeli prisons as of May, including 300 minors.
(Source / 05.07.2017)

23 imprisoned Palestinian women report being assaulted by Israeli prison staff

23 Palestinian women assaulted

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs released a statement on Wednesday saying that twenty-three Palestinian women had reported being assaulted by Israeli prison officials in Israel’s Damon prison.

Issa Qaraqe said that Palestinian lawyer Hanan al-Khatib had visited the prisoners in Damon, where she learned that special units of the Israel Prison Service (IPS) assaulted female Palestinian prisoners and imposed punitive measures against them.
Shirin Issawi, a prominent Palestinian lawyer who was sentenced to four years in prison last year,and Dalal Abu al-Hawa, both from occupied East Jerusalem, were transferred to Israel’s al-Jalama prison and placed in solitary confinement, al-Khatib had said.
She also noted that Sabah Faroun and Amani al-Hashim were placed in solitary confinement at Damon prison, according to al-Khatib.
Al-Khatib had also said that Israeli prison officials locked the women in their cells for three consecutive days before they were allowed a two-hour break.
Among the punitive procedures, added al-Khatib, was the confiscation of the prisoners’ belongings, deprivation of family visits, restriction on accessing the prison’s canteen, and the imposition of fines up to 700 shekels ($199).
She added that as of July 3, the situation in the prison had begun to return to normal, and that all prisoners had been released from solitary confinement, excluding Shirin Issawi, who has remained in solitary detention.
The prisoners have however still been deprived family visits and from purchasing products from the prison’s canteen.
The statements came following a visit Qaraqe had made on Tuesday to the family of the youngest female Palestinian prisoner 14-year-old Malak Muhammad Yousif al-Ghalith from al-Jalazun refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, who was detained on May 20 at Israel’s Qalandiya military checkpoint.
She is still being held in Israel’s HaSharon prison.
Prisoners’ rights group Addameer has reported on the treatment of Palestinian women prisoners by Israeli prison authorities, stating that the majority of Palestinian women detainees are subjected to “psychological torture” and “ill-treatment” by Israeli authorities, including “various forms of sexual violence that occur such as beatings, insults, threats, body searches, and sexually explicit harassment.”
“These techniques of torture and ill-treatment are used not only as means to intimidate Palestinian women detainees but also as tools to humiliate Palestinian women and coerce them into giving confessions,” the group stated.
Most of the Palestinian women detained by Israeli forces are held in HaSharon or Damon prison, both located in Israel, in direct violation of international law that states that an occupying power must hold detainees within the occupied territory.
Palestinians underwent a mass 40-day hunger strike earlier this year, in which among the demands were that Israeli authorities gather all female Palestinian prisoners in HaSharon prison, that arrangements be made for visits from the husbands and children of imprisoned Palestinian women, that they be permitted to receive materials for handicrafts, and that a special system be introduced for their transportation from prison to courts.
There have been conflicting reports on the success of the mass hunger strike, with Palestinian officials claiming that 80 percent of Palestinian demands were met and Israeli prison officials denying such claims and instead maintaining that Israeli officials had not negotiated with the prisoners.
The reinstatement of the second monthly family visit, which had been suspended by the ICRC last year, was the only demand that was confirmed to have been met, under the agreement that the visit would be funded by the Palestinian Authority (PA).
According to Addameer, 6,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons as of May, 56 of whom were women.
(Source / 05.07.2017)

Moroccan king orders security forces to withdraw from Al Hoceima

AL HOCEIMA, MOROCCO – JUNE 2 : Protesters from Rif movement clash with security forces during a demonstration against government in Imzouren town near Al Hoceima city of Morocco on June 2, 2017

Moroccan King Mohammed VI has instructed security forces to withdraw from the northern cities of Al Hoceima and Imzouren after violent clashes erupted between police and protesters in the region.

“Following royal directives, the law enforcement officers have withdrawn,” Al Hoceima’s new governor, Farid Chourak, said at a press conference on Monday.

Read: Protests resume in Morocco after heavy handed response by government

He added that if the protesters reacted positively to this initiative, the authorities “will offer other initiatives”.

“Confidence and security are linked … we reach a normal atmosphere, where everyone can exercise his public freedoms and fulfill his demands in a civilised and institutional way,” he added.

#Rif

“In a normal environment, the state will also be able to exercise its powers to establish security,” he said.

(Source / 05.07.2017)

Israel targets Waqf land in Jerusalem

Al Aqsa compound [File photo]

Al Aqsa compound

The Israeli-run municipality in Jerusalem has targeted a plot of Islamic Waqf (religious endowment) land just metres from Al-Aqsa Mosque and started to level the ground, Quds Presshas reported. The land is next to Al-Yousefiyeh Cemetery and has apparently been used by the Israelis as a landfill site.

According to the head of the committee charged with looking after Muslim cemeteries in Jerusalem, Israel’s moves have been made against the will of the local Palestinians. Mustafa Abu Zahra pointed out that the committee has been working to change the use of the land as the landfill has a negative effect on residents and visitors to the historic site.

Read: 100 Israeli attacks on Palestinian places of worship in May

“This land is owned by the Islamic Awqaf department and this means that it is owned by all Muslims,” he said. “No one is allowed to use it without prior notice and the agreement of its owners.”

#OccupiedPalestine

Meanwhile, the Jerusalem municipality has forced a Palestinian resident to demolish his own home, claiming that it was built without a licence. If the owner refused to demolish the house himself, the authorities said that they would do it and fine him 80,000 shekels ($22,700).

(Source / 05.07.2017)

Libyan minister met with Israeli officials in ‘secret’ meeting

Libyan Minister of Media, Culture and Antiquities for the General National Congress in the eastern Beida authority, Omar Al-Gawairi, (left) with Israeli Minister of Communications, Ayoub Kara, (centre) and Chairman of the Union of Libyan Jews, Raphael Luzon, (right) in Rhodes, Greece, posted online on 30 June 2017 [Ayoub Kara/Facebook]

Libyan Minister of Media, Culture and Antiquities for the General National Congress in the eastern Beida authority, Omar Al-Gawairi, (left) with Israeli Minister of Communications, Ayoub Kara, (centre) and Chairman of the Union of Libyan Jews, Raphael Luzon, (right) in Rhodes, Greece, posted online on 30 June 2017

An east Libyan minister has been pictured meeting with two prominent Israelis over the weekend.

The Minister of Media, Culture and Antiquities for the General National Congress in the eastern Beida authority, Omar Al-Gawairi, who is linked with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, “secretly” attended a conference on the right of return for Libyan Jews in Rhodes, Greece, according to the New Arab.

Held at the Rhodos Palace Hotel between 29 June and 2 July, the conference focused on the 50th anniversary of the “last exodus of Jews from Libya” after the 1967 war with Israel.

In the picture, Gawairi is seen standing next to Yehiel Bar, the deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset, as well as Israel’s Minister of Communications, Ayoub Kara.

Read: Lower figures of casualties recorded in Libya in June compared to May

In a post on Facebook, Kara wrote: “I met last night in Rhodes with Libya’s Minister of Communications and Culture and presidential candidat,e Omar Al-Gawairi, with the participation of Major-General (retired) Yom-Tov Samia and Mediator, Chairman of the Union of Libyan Jews, Raphael Luzon.”“Today, the Union of Libyan Jews in Rhodes is meeting with leaders from all Arab countries to mark 50 years since the expulsion of Libyan Jews and others.”

Libyan Minister of Media, Culture and Antiquities for the General National Congress in the eastern Beida authority, Omar Al-Gawairi, (far left) with Israeli Minister of Communications, Ayoub Kara, (second left) and Chairman of the Union of Libyan Jews, Raphael Luzon, (right) in Rhodes, Greece, posted online on 30 June 2017 [Ayoub Kara/Facebook]

Al-Gawairi spoke at the conference on Libya’s Jewish community’s right to return to the country and to be compensated for the losses they suffered.

The picture surfacing is likely to cause controversy as Libya does not recognise the state of Israel while Haftar fought against Israel in the 1973 war.

Haftar has been linked with Israelis before; he previously paid $6 million to use the services of the Canadian lobbying firm, Dickens and Madson, headed by Ari Ben-Menashe who is an ex-junior officer in the Israeli intelligence.

The Beida authority is a rival government that does not recognise the legitimacy of the UN-back Presidential Council based in Tripoli headed by Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj. Each government has been attempting to exert power in both ends of the county since the revolution in 2011 with militia and tribal groups fighting based on their alliances to either of the two.

(Source / 05.07.2017)

Gaza: 2,500 patients ‘in danger’ with no access to medical care

Image of an injured Palestinian receiving medical care at the Al-Najar hospital in Gaza on 20 October 2013 [Khaled Khaled/Apaimages]

Image of an injured Palestinian receiving medical care at the Al-Najar hospital in Gaza on 20 October, 2013

The lives of some 2,500 Palestinian patients are currently “in danger” after the Palestinian Authority (PA) government in Ramallah stopped the transfer of patients from Gaza for treatment abroad, the Gaza Strip’s Ministry of Health warned yesterday.

“Treatment requests of 2,500 patients are still suspended at the Referral Abroad Department (RAD) in Gaza awaiting approvals,” the ministry’s spokesman, Ashraf Al-Qidra, said in a statement.

Patients who have been suffering from “arbitrary measures” adopted by the PA, he added, had called for an international intervention.

Read: PA forces 6,145 civil servants in Gaza into retirement

In addition to halting the transfer of Gaza patients abroad last Friday, the ministry announced that the measures included “stopping the supply of medicine and medical equipment to the hospitals in Gaza, the continuation of the electricity crisis, and the exacerbation of the social problems caused by both the siege and the recent decisions of the Ramallah-based government.”

#GazaSiege

In response, the PA’s Ministry of Health in the occupied West Bank denied the accusations stressing that “the system and mechanism of medical referrals for patients in the Gaza Strip have not been modified or changed”.

(Source / 05.07.2017)

Israeli forces kick mother and toddler out of home during raid in Shufat refugee camp

Shufat mother and kids out of home

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday and pushed a Palestinian woman and her child out of a house, forcing them to wait for more than an hour and a half under the scorching sun.
A spokesperson for the Fatah movement in the camp Thaer Fasfous told Ma’an that Israeli forces had raided the house of Dawood Houshiyeh in Shufat and forced a woman and her toddler child outside of the house.
The woman and child were forced to wait for more than an hour and a half outside under the sun while Israeli forces conducted a search on the house. Temperatures reached at least 35 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an he would look into reports on the incident.
Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a weekly average of 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course 2016, according to UN documentation.
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, there were 6,200 Palestinians in Israeli prisons as of May, including 300 minors.
(Source / 05.07.2017)