Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Ramallah And Qalqilia

17 JUL
9:07 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, Beit Rima town, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and abducted one Palestinian. The soldiers also abducted a teenager in Qalqilia city, and detained many young men at a military roadblock near Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, in addition to detaining another Palestinian near Hebron.

In Ramallah, seven armored military jeeps and trucks invaded Beit Rima town, before the soldiers invaded and ransacked a few homes, and abducted a young man, identified as Sami Sobhi al-Hajj.

The soldiers also invaded Qalqilia city, before searching homes and abducted a teenage boy, identified as Ala’ Nihad Abu ‘Assab, 17.

Furthermore, the soldiers installed a sudden military roadblock at the main entrance of Qabatia town, south of Jenin, in the northern part of the West Bank, searched many cars while inspecting the ID cards of the passengers, and detained many young men for several hours, while interrogating them.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers detained Hamdi Mohammad al-Froukh, and released him after holding him for several hours.

The army also initiated extensive searches in Beit ‘Anoun and Wad Khamis areas, north of Hebron, after the soldiers said a Molotov cocktail was hurled at their jeep.

In related news, Israeli navy ships fired live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats, close to the shore in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip, wounding two fishermen.

(Source / 17.07.2017)

Unidentified assailants target mosques in hometown of slain Israeli officer

Mosque Ramallah

A mosque in Ramallah, in the central occupied West Bank

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Unidentified assailants targeted two mosques on Monday in the hometown of an Israeli police officer who was killed last week in occupied East Jerusalem, marking the second incident of its kind targeting mosques in the village since the deadly shooting attack.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a stun grenade was hurled inside a mosque in the village of Maghar in northern Israel in the middle of the night, causing no injuries.
Later in the the night, at around 3:30 a.m., gunshots were fired at another mosque in the eastern part of Maghar, breaking a window but causing no injuries.
Al-Samri added that Israeli police were investigating the attacks, and that security forces were deployed in the area to “protect public property and prevent negative developments.”
Unknown assailants had thrown another stun grenade into an Maghar mosque on Saturday, a day after three Palestinian citizens of Israel from Umm al-Fahm were shot dead while carrying out a shooting attack in East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in which two Israeli border police officers were killed.
The three slain Palestinian assailants — Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29; Muhammad Hamid Abd al-Latif Jabarin, 19; and Muhammad Ahmad Mufdal Jabarin, 19 — all lived within two blocks of each other in Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel.
The officers — Hail Stawi, 30, and Kamil Shakib Shinan, 22 — were both Druze citizens of Israel from the villages of Maghar and Horfish respectively.
While residents of Maghar told Israeli news outlet Ynet on Saturday that Muslim and Druze coexisted peacefully in the Palestinian-majority village, some appeared concerned that the deadly Al-Aqsa shooting could spark tensions.
Unlike Muslim and Christian Palestinian citizens of Israel, Druze and Circassians with Israeli citizenship are subject to mandatory military service in the Israeli forces, one of a number of distinctions made by the Israeli government between indigenous residents of Israel that have been denounced as “divide and conquer” tactics.

(Source / 17.07.2017)

Israel’s targeting of youth in Al-Aqsa

Al-Aqsa Youth Organisation

Over the course of several months, the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested 13 Palestinian youths in occupied Jerusalem on charges of belonging to a political organisation that is prohibited under Israeli law called “Al-Aqsa Youth Organisation”. Earlier this month, Israeli police filed indictments against five of them.

According to defence lawyers, the arrests took place over three months, and the detainees are being interrogated on charges related to their presence, activity and interest in news relating to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

While charges were filed against Mahmoud Abdellatif, Thaer Abu Sbeih, Ayoub Zalloum, Muhammad Al-Bakri and Imad Abu Sneineh, the others are still under investigation and are waiting for clear and precise indictments against them.

In the indictments filed to date, the main charge is the one related to being a member of a prohibited political organisation, Al-Aqsa Youth. In August 2011, former Minister of Defence Ehud Barak issued a decision declaring this organisation a terrorist group which is illegal.

According to the indictments, the Israeli prosecution claims that this is an “organisation” whose members regularly visit Al-Aqsa Mosque, organise activities related to it, and that they planned to confront settlers who storm the mosque, and that these members were responsible for organising religious retreats inside the southern mosque during settlers’ incursions in the Jewish holidays.

The indictments include a description of normal activities that the occupation’s police accuse the prisoners of being responsible for organising and participating in inside the mosque.

The charges also refer to their participation in a group on WhatsApp, in which they exchange information about the settlers’ incursions into the mosque, as the Israeli occupation police claims.

In an effort to exaggerate these activities, the group has been linked martyr Mesbah Abu Sbeih claiming he was one of its founders. He was the one who carried out a shootout that killed two Israeli soldiers in October 2016.

Presence at Al-Aqsa
In an interview with lawyer Hamza Qutaina, one of the four lawyers responsible for following up the case of the young detainees, he said that this charge is not new in Israeli courts and that for the last six years the Israeli prosecution has charged a number of Palestinian youths in Jerusalem with the same charge. He believes it is an attempt by the occupation authorities to criminalise Muslim presence in Al-Aqsa.

He referred to harsh interrogation procedures the young men held in prison are subjected to in Jerusalem, including solitary confinement, prolonged sleep deprivation, long hours of interrogation, and the lack of adequate sanitary products for the prisoners.

Lawyer Khaled Zbarqa, who has previously defended a number of Palestinian who have received the same charges, said in his interview with Al Jazeera Net that the Israeli police are dealing a blow to the Islamic presence in the mosque.

Zabarqa warned that the Israeli occupation may expand the arrests and that it may use this political organisation to prosecute any young man who enters Al-Aqsa Mosque on a regular basis.

(Source / 17.07.2017)

Thousands in Morocco join march in solidarity with Hirak Rif

Protesters stage a demonstration in Rabat, Morocco on 16 July 2017 [Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency]

Protesters stage a demonstration in solidarity with Hirak Rif in Rabat, Morocco on 16 July 2017

Thousands of Moroccans yesterday protested in Rabat to demand “dignity and social justice” and to express their solidarity with the Hirak Rif movement in the north of the country which has been going on for more than eight months.

The Popular Front for Dignity and Social Justice called for the march which saw participants chanting slogans demanding the release of detainees.

Demonstrators also called for a “fair distribution of wealth” and “a fair and equitable transitional movement of teachers from one city to another in the education and training sector.”

Since last October, Al Hoceima and a number of towns and villages in the Rif region have witnessed constant protests demanding greater “development and fighting marginalisation as well as corruption”.

Read: Morocco jails 10 Rif activists

The protests began following the killing of fisherman Mohsen Fikri, who was crushed to death in a garbage truck while trying to retrieve goods the police had confiscated from him.


The number of activists detained as a result of the Hirak Rif has risen to 176, according to government spokesman Mustapha Khalfi ten days ago.

(Source / 17.07.2017)

Israel confiscates Palestinian land for ‘military purposes’

Israeli forces demolish a house due to it being in Beit Hanina, Jerusalem on 4 July 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces demolish a Palestinian house in Jerusalem on 4 July 2017

Israeli occupation forces seized 70 dunums (0.001 square kilometres) of Palestinian land in the village of Jab’a this morning, to the north of occupied Bethlehem, Wafa reported.

Hasan Birjiyeh, a local anti-settlement activist, said that the Masha’al family who own the land were told that their property was seized for “military purposes”.

Read: Israel approves 800 new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem

To the south of Bethlehem, Israeli settlers yesterday setup five caravans in Al-Khader village on land belonging to Palestinian families, according to reports by Ma’an.

Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee in the village, said this was an attempt to expand the nearby settler outpost of Sde Boaz.

Israel has been expanding its illegal construction projects around Bethlehem, including expanding the network of settler only roads to serve nearby illegal settlements.

(Source / 17.07.2017)

House arrest for Israeli soldier who killed wounded Palestinian in Hebron

Israeli forces evacuate the body of Abdel Fattah Al-Sharif. He was executed by an Israeli soldier as he lay on the ground, already wounded, in the West Bank city of Hebron on March 24, 2016

Moments before shooting the wounded Palestinian, the soldier said, “This terrorist deserves to die”

Elor Azarya, an Israeli soldier who was convicted of shooting and killing a Palestinian as he lay wounded on the ground in March 2016, has been released from prison and transferred to house arrest, Israeli media reported today.

Azarya was sentenced in February to 18 months in prison for the filmed, execution-style shooting of 21-year-old Palestinian Abdul-Fattah Al-Sharif in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron last year.

His defence team appealed both the manslaughter conviction and the 18-month jail sentence as being too harsh. However, the Israeli military prosecution submitted an appeal to increase the sentence.

Read: Israeli army prosecution files appeal for harsher sentence for Elor Azarya

A mediation process between the prosecution and the defence failed to yield a plea bargain in June.

According to the Times of Israel, Azarya’s military service term is set to end on Thursday, meaning that the soldier would not be able to remain confined to a military base.

He will now be held under house arrest until the end of the appeal process.


However, the defense has argued that Azarya has been unfairly targeted and that his sentencing represents a “selective enforcement of the law”, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

“Indeed, Human Rights Watch has repeatedly documented the fact that the problem is not the conduct of a single soldier, but an atmosphere of immunity from punishment for illegally killing Palestinians,” the rights group said in June.

(Source / 17.07.2017)

Israeli Navy Injures Two Fishermen In Khan Younis

17 JUL
8:44 AM

Israeli navy ships opened fire, on Monday at dawn, at Palestinian fishing boats, close to the shore in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip, wounding two.

Eyewitnesses said the navy fired dozens of live rounds at many fishing boats in the area, wounding the two fishermen in their legs, and causing damage to at least one boat.

The fishermen had to sail back to the shore in fear of further Israeli escalation and violence, while medics rushed the moderately wounded man to Nasser Hospital, in Khan Younis.

(Source / 17.07.2017)

Israeli minister calls for punitive demolition of Jerusalem attackers’ homes

Minister calls for punitive demolition

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — As an Israeli minister called for the demolition of the homes of three Palestinian citizens of Israel who were killed on Friday while carrying out a deadly attack in occupied East Jerusalem, rights group Adalah called for an investigation into the police’s killing of the alleged assailants.

According to Israeli news outlet Ynet, Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan called on Sunday for the Israeli government to consider demolishing the homes of Muhammad Hamid Abd al-Latif Jabarin, 19, Muhammad Ahmad Mufdal Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29, the three men who shot and killed two Israeli police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City, before being shot and killed by Israeli forces in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The Jabarins are all residents of the Palestinian-majority town of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel. The two slain police officers, Hail Stawi and Kamil Shinan, were also Palestinian citizens of Israel from the Druze minority community, which is subjected to mandatory military services, unlike Muslim citizens of Israel.
“The decision on whether to demolish has to do with the question of whether this phenomenon plays a central part in that sector,” Erdan told Ynet — using the Israeli term “sector” to refer to the Palestinian community inside Israel, which represents at least 20 percent of the population.
“If we see more support for these (Palestinian citizen of Israel) terrorists, and the chances others follow their example increase, we’ll have to consider the demolition of their homes too,” he added.
Erdan quoted an Israeli Supreme Court ruling against punitive home demolitions for “Jewish terrorists,” claiming that acts of violence committed by Jewish Israelis against Palestinians did not incite further violence against Palestinians.
Earlier this month, the Israeli Supreme Court decided not to demolish the homes of three Israelis convicted of brutally killing 16-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir in 2014.
Israel has come under harsh condemnation over the past several years for its response to attacks committed by Palestinians on Israelis — including punitive home demolitions affecting the relatives of slain Palestinians — which rights groups have said amounted to “collective punishment” and represents a clear violation of international law.
Israeli authorities have claimed that punitive home demolitions act as a deterrent against future attacks, despite an Israeli military committee stating said the practice is not only ineffective at preventing attacks, but increases hostility towards Israel.
Meanwhile, Adalah called on Sunday for an investigation into the Jabarins’ deaths, after footage was released showing Israeli forces firing heavily on Muhammad Ahmad Mufdal Jabarin inside the Al-Aqsa compound.
According to Adalah, the video “appears to indicate that, when Israeli police officers opened fire on (Jabarin), he posed no serious immediate danger that would have justified the use of intensive and fatal gunfire.”
“The incident raises serious questions regarding police personnel’s compliance with very detailed open-fire regulations,” Adalah lawyer Muhammad Bassam wrote to the Israeli Ministry of Justice. “In all situations, use of firearms is permitted only when there is a real and immediate danger to human life and as a final option when all other options to prevent this harm have been exhausted.”
Activists, and rights groups have regularly denounced what they have termed Israeli forces’ “shoot-to-kill” policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death, or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner — amid a backdrop of impunity for Israelis who committed the killings.
According to rights group Yesh Din, of 186 criminal investigations into suspected offenses against Palestinians opened by the Israeli army in 2015, just four resulted in indictments.
(Source / 17.07.2017)

Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian-owned building in East Jerusalem

Demolition in al-Zaayyem

Site of Monday’s demolition in a photo shared on Facebook

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities demolished a Palestinian-owned building on Monday morning in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Zaayyem, according to witnesses.

Bulldozers escorted by Israeli police forces and employees of Israel’s Jerusalem municipality razed the home to the ground for lack of a building permit.
A spokesperson for the municipality told Ma’an that the demolition was not within its jurisdiction. However, a spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for enforcing demolitions in the occupied West Bank, later told Ma’an to contact the municipality.
Last week, Israeli forces targeted Palestinian-owned buildings in occupied East Jerusalem for two consecutive days.
Construction licenses are very expensive and difficult to obtain for Palestinians, notably in the Jerusalem area, in a bid by Israeli authorities to force Palestinians out and change the demographic balance of the city.
While Palestinians frequently take their cases to Israeli courts after Israeli land confiscation and home demolition notices are ordered, they seldom win their cases in court.
Thirty-three percent of all Palestinian homes in the occupied city lack Israeli-issued building permits, potentially placing at least 93,100 residents at risk of displacement, the United Nations reported in 2012.
Only 14 percent of East Jerusalem land is zoned for Palestinian residential construction, while one-third of Palestinian land has been confiscated since 1967 to build illegal Jewish-only settlements, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).
According to UNOCHA, Israel demolished a record 1,093 structures in the occupied Palestinian territory in 2016, including 190 in East Jerusalem, displacing 1,601 Palestinians. They were the highest West Bank demolition and displacement figures ever recorded, at least since OCHA started recording them in 2009.

(Source / 17.07.2017)

Committee: 19 Palestinians suffering of medical neglect in 2 Israeli prisons

Neglecting sick Palestinian prisoners

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs accused the Israel Prison Service (IPS) on Sunday of “deliberately neglecting sick Palestinian prisoners” held in the Ashkelon and Ramla detention centers.

Committee lawyer Karim Ajweh said that the healths of 19 Palestinians currently being treated in the Ramla and Ashkelon prison hospitals were “getting worse due to negligence by the Israel Prison Service.”
Ajweh notably mentioned the case of Muhammad Abrash, who underwent a partial foot amputation, and whom a doctor had notified would need further amputation. Meanwhile, fellow prisoner Mansour Mawqada, who Ajweh said was physically disabled, was also suffering from nervous system, intestinal, and dental problems.
In Ashkelon prison, Ajweh said Moussa Sawfan had been diagnosed with a lung tumor while participating in a mass prisoner hunger strike earlier this year, prompting doctors to remove one third of his lung.
Ramzi Abrash, who is also detained in Ashkelon, has been suffering from heart and eyesight problems for years “without receiving any medical treatment,” Ajweh said, causing his health to worsen day by day.
The medical neglect of Palestinian prisoners was a central issue during the recent hunger strike, which also included demands for an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention — imprisonment without charge or trial — among other demands for basic rights.
However, while the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs announced that 80 percent of the hunger strikers’ demands were met, IPS has repeatedly stated that it did not engage in negotiations with the prisoners.
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,300 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of June, most of whom are being held inside the Israeli territory in contravention of international law.
Addameer has reported that 40 percent of the male Palestinian population has been detained by Israeli authorities at some point in their lives.
(Source / 17.07.2017)