Palestinian child seriously injured after being struck by Israeli settler vehicle

Wadi al-Hsien 10 years Palestinian child

HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 10-year-old Palestinian child was seriously injured on Wednesday after being hit by an Israeli settler vehicle in the area of Wadi al-Hsien in Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank.

Local sources told Ma’an that the girl, Wijdan Faris Nasser al-Jabari, was transferred to an Israeli hospital in Jerusalem for medical care after an Israeli ambulance arrived on the scene of the incident.
An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment or to provide additional information.
Incidents involving Israeli settlers hitting Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory are common, and are usually treated by Israeli security forces as accidents, even in cases when witnesses claim the car rammings were deliberate.
In May, a four-year-old Palestinian child was also injured in Hebron city, near the illegal Israeli Kiryat Arba settlement, after an Israeli settler vehicle hit him as the boy was playing in the al-Ras area of the city.
Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with announcements of settlement expansion earlier this year sparking condemnation from the international community.
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 / 19.07.2017)

Israeli forces raid home of Palestinian shot dead after alleged vehicular attack

Home Palistinian raided

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the family home of 29-year-old Rafat Hirbawi — who was shot dead by Israeli forces earlier on Tuesday after allegedly carrying out a vehicular attack — in Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank.

Hirbawi was killed after allegedly carrying out a vehicular attack at the entrance of Beit Einun north of Hebron. Two Israeli soldiers were lightly injured during the incident.
Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces surrounded and raided the home, and interrogated Hirbawi’s brother.
Following actual or alleged attacks on Israelis, Israeli authorities routinely target family members of the Palestinian assailants, often revoking their Israeli permits, detaining them, and punitively demolishing their homes.
Israeli soldiers and officers prevented journalists and locals from taking pictures or videos of the raid. Israeli forces also confiscated the mobile phone of Ma’an reporter Duaa al-Atrash as she was attempting to cover the incident, and removed all videos she had recorded before handing it back.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the raid, telling Ma’an that the “assailant’s home was raided following the attack,” but did not provide further details.
Israeli soldiers had also aggressively prevented journalists from covering the aftermath of Hirbawi’s killing at the scene of the alleged car ramming attack.
Hirbawi, a resident of Ramallah city, was married and a father of two children. He was working as a food supplies distributor before being killed in the alleged attack.
According to Ma’an documentation, 45 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year — eight of whom were killed in the past seven days alone.
Aws Muhammad Yousif Salameh, 17, and Saad Nasser Hassan Abd al-Fattah Salah, 20, were killed during clashes in Jenin refugee camp on July 12, while 18-year-old Baraa Hamamda died in similar circumstances in al-Duheisha refugee camp on July 14.
That same day, three Palestinian citizens of Israel, Muhammad Hamid Abd al-Latif Jabarin, 19, Muhammad Ahmad Mufdal Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29, were killed by Israeli forces while carrying out a shooting attack which killed two Israeli police officers, who were also Palestinian citizens of Israel, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.
Ammar Ahmad Khalil, meanwhile, was killed during an Israeli army raid in the village of Nabi Salih on Sunday, as Israeli forces accused him of being involved in past shooting incidents.
Ten Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in 2017.

Activists, and rights groups have denounced what they have termed a “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.

(Source / 19.07.2017)

Israeli forces detain 13 Palestinians, seize weapons in West Bank raids

11 Palestinians arrested weapons seized

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 11 Palestinians and seized weapons during multiple predawn raids across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, according to the Israeli army, with locals in Nabi Salih saying that a violent detention raid there sparked clashes in which at least two locals were physically assaulted by Israeli soldiers.

Israeli forces stormed the village of Nabi Salih in central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah and raided a number of houses, including the home of Mahmoud al-Tamimi who was assaulted by Israeli forces and hospitalized for his injuries, according to local sources.
Naji al-Tamimi also reported that Israeli soldiers assaulted members of his family after they broke into his house and detained his 21-year-old son Anan.
Israeli soldiers also raided the house of Salih Ayoub in the village and detained his 26-year-old son Omar.
The aggressive raid sparked clashes in the village, during which Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets at local youth and toward houses, locals said.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the two detentions in Nabi Salih and told Ma’an they were looking into reports of the clashes.
Elsewhere in the Ramallah district, the Israeli army said one Palestinian was detained in the village of Deir Abu Meshaal, one in the village of Shuqba, and one Palestinian was detained in the village of Dura al-Qara, who was allegedly “an activist for the Hamas movement.”
Meanwhile, Israeli border police raided the town of al-Eizariya in the central Jerusalem district, searched a house, and purportedly found weapons there — a Carl Gustav rifle and some ammunition, and Israeli police spokesperson said.
Israeli media said that Israeli forces also detained two Palestinians, from Yatta in the southern Hebron district, for alleged involvement with the weapons found in al-Eizariya.
The Israeli army also said it uncovered weapons during a military raid in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron. An army spokesperson told Ma’an that a pistol and weapons parts were found in two warehouses that were uncovered in the city.
She said that the overnight raid in Hebron came in response to an alleged vehicular attack on Tuesday, in which Israeli forces shot and killed the driver, 29-year-old Rafat Hirbawi. Immediately following the incident, Israeli forces raided his home in Hebron as well.
During the subsequent overnight right into the city, one Palestinian was detained, according to the Israeli army.
The army spokesperson also said that a Palestinian was detained in the town of Beit Ummar north of Hebron city, and in the village of Marah Rabah in the neighboring Bethlehem district, another unidentified Palestinian was detained.
In the northern occupied West Bank, two Palestinians were detained in the town of Salem east of Nablus city, and one Palestinian was detained in the village of Anza in the Jenin district.
Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
According to a joint report released by a number of Palestinian rights groups on Sunday, Israeli forces detained a total of 388 Palestinians, including 70 minors and 13 women, across the occupied Palestinian territory during the month of June.

(Source / 19.07.2017)

Israeli forces obstruct wounded Palestinians from reaching Jerusalem clinic

Obstruction wounded Palestinians

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Amid ongoing attacks by Israeli forces on Palestinian protesters in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, officials at a local clinic have reported that Israeli forces are deliberately obstructing the work of medics attempting to treat injured demonstrators.

Tareq Barakat, head of the Makassed Islamic Charitable Society Hospital east of the Old City that also runs a clinic near the Bani Ghanim Gate (Bab al-Ghawanima) entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, told Ma’an that Israeli forces have been preventing medics and patients from reaching the clinic.
At least 70 Palestinians were injured Tuesday night, three of them seriously, amid protests against unprecedented security measures imposed at Al-Aqsa by Israeli authorities. Clashes continued into Wednesday and have been ongoing since the metal detectors were installed Sunday.
One of the wounded was Sheikh Akrama Sabri, head of High Islamic Committee, who sustained severe bruises on his back after being shot by Israeli police with a rubber-coated steel bullet and beaten with batons, and later underwent surgery at Makassed Hospital.
Barakat called upon human rights organizations and the World Health Organization to intervene to protect patients who were being continuously searched at a checkpoint set up by Israeli police at the entrance to the clinic, obstructing them from receiving treatment.
He also called for protection for Palestinian health and humanitarian institutions attempting to fight the Israeli violations.
Barakat stressed that “only a few” patients have been able to reach the clinic, which provides free treatment.
He insisted on the importance of continuing the clinic’s work, as it has been operating since the 1990s to provide services and medical treatment to residents of the Old City and worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Amid the ongoing unrest, which was sparked by an armed confrontation on Friday between three Palestinian assailants and two Israeli border police officers that were all killed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Israeli forces have cracked down on in the wider Palestinian community in occupied East Jerusalem.
After Israeli forces shot and injured 19-year-old Alaa Abu Tayih on Monday evening in the Silwan neighborhood, Israeli forces then raided and surrounded Makassed hospital where the wounded Palestinian was undergoing surgery, in an attempt to detain him.
While relatives and hospital officials said Israeli forces were prevented from reaching Alaa in the ICU, the hospital said in a statement that police were conducting security checks on all hospital employees and visitors.
The hospital called the raid a violation of international law, and called on the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross to intervene to end the “state of chaos caused by the Israeli occupation forces” in the hospital.
Israeli forces are regularly condemned for seriously hindering medical care to Palestinians by blocking ambulances at checkpoints, harassing medics, and violating patient privacy.
The Palestinian Red Crescent routinely reports that their ambulances are blocked by Israeli soldiers or police from reaching the sites of clashes to the treat or evacuate wounded or killed Palestinians.

(Source / 19.07.2017)

Israeli forces injure scores of worshipers as clashes continue at Al-Aqsa

Clashes Al-Aqsa Mosque

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — As tensions remained high at occupied East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Israeli forces injured some 70 Muslim worshipers — three of them seriously including one who required surgery — as well as Palestinian medical crews and journalists during protests coinciding with the night-time Isha prayer overnight Tuesday.
Jerusalemite Palestinians have continued to protest against new metal detectors at the gates of the mosque — the third holiest site in Islam — that were installed Sunday after the holy site was placed under rare closure for more than two days, after a shoot-out left three assailants and two police officers — all Palestinian citizens of Israel — dead in and around the compound.
Clashes between Israeli forces have been ongoing since the new security measures were imposed, which have been widely denounced by Palestinians as a violation of freedom of worship.
Dozens of Palestinians were injured Monday night during the Isha prayers, and dozens more were injured on Tuesday night after Israeli forces attack thousands of worshipers, including women, elderly, and children in and around the Old City.

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The Palestinian Red Crescent said at least 70 people were injured at the Lions Gate entrance to the compound, including at least 14 protesting worshipers who were hospitalized, three of them for serious injuries.
At least 20 more were treated at the scene for minor injuries resulting from severe tear gas inhalation or being beaten and bruised by Israeli police.
The Red Crescent said Israeli forces fired a sound bomb directly at one of its ambulances and physically assaulted on medic who was attempting to provide treatment to protesting worshipers.
A number of reporters and journalists were also assaulted and injured by Israeli police.

One of the wounded was Sheikh Akrama Sabri, head of High Islamic Committee, who sustained severe bruises on his back after being shot by Israeli police with a rubber-coated steel bullet and beaten with batons.
The Red Crescent said later Wednesday morning he was undergoing surgery at Makassed hospital.
“We were standing next to Sheikh Akrama Sabri, and the moment we turned our backs, soldiers fired rubber bullets and sound bombs, causing him to fall on the ground,” Sheikh Raed Danaa, head of the guidance and preaching committee of the Waqf, the Islamic endowment that manages the compound, said.
Danaa deplored Israeli forces for their “savage and spiteful” attack on “the people, stones, and trees” in the Old City. “The behavior of police is guided by the Israeli government. It is clear that these metal detectors will only bring more problems, as Jerusalemites will never be silent towards such procedures. If Israel wanted to achieve calm, it should remove the metal detectors immediately,” he said.

Head of them Hamas movement’s politburo Ismail Haniyeh called Akrama Sabri to check on his condition, a Hamas spokesperson told Ma’an. During the phone call, Haniyeh expressed his pride and appreciation for the role Jerusalemites were playing in confronting the Israeli occupation and its attempts to impose its control over Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Omar al-Kiswani said that Israeli police carried out the attack on worshipers “without any reason.” He affirmed that worshipers will continue to reject the metal detectors and pray outside of the compound until they are removed.
Also present at the protest were Knesset members Ahmad Tibi, Jamal Zahalqa, Jumaa Zabaraka, and Osama Saadi, who represent Palestinian citizens of Israel at the Israeli parliament, expressing their rejection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to install the metal detectors.
Archbishop Atallah Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Church was also present at the protest, describing the aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque as “an aggression against all.”
He affirmed the unity of all Christians and Muslims in the holy city and stressed the importance of providing a united front in the face of Israel’s discriminatory policies in Jerusalem, which he affirmed would remain “a symbol of religious unity and brotherhood.”
“This isn’t a governmental institution or a mall, this is a mosque, we are here to pray. We just want to pray without going through these unfair metal detectors,” a Jerusalemite woman participating in the protests told Ma’an with tears in her eyes.

A Palestinian with Israeli citizenship told Ma’an that it was “an honor” to be able to pray outside of the mosque’s gates in defiance of the Israeli measures. “We are protesting here and praying on behalf of the entire Islamic and Arabic nation,” he said.
Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri wrote in a statement that Israeli forces had dispersed the “disorderly” crowds and detained a number of “suspects” who threw rocks and empty bottles at Israeli police at the gates of the mosque.
“Israeli police used dispersal methods and restored calmness in the area,” she said, adding that two Israeli policemen were lightly injured by rocks thrown at them, and they were treated at the scene.
She said Israeli police were aware of reports that “one person responsible for causing the disorder” was hospitalized for injuries.
According to al-Samri, Palesitnians also threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan, Issawiya, and Ras al-Amud and that Israeli border police “used methods in return” against the assailants.

(Source / 19.07.2017)

Israeli parliament advances law to keep fight against BDS secret from public

Boycott bill

Palestinians walk past a sign painted on a wall in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem calling to boycott Israeli products coming from settlements, 2015

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli bill aimed at exempting Israel’s attempts at combating the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and efforts to “delegitimize Israel” from Israel’s Freedom of Information Law, which allows Israeli citizens to obtain information from the government, passed its first reading in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, on Monday.

According to a statement released by the Knesset, 25 Members of the Knesset (MKs) supported the bill, while 12 MKs voted against it and one abstained from the vote.
Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan from the right-wing Likud party, who is in charge of combating the boycott movement, said that the “boycott organizations are spread out geographically and act in different areas. The organizations built a network of activity and act in coordination with the Palestinian Authority,” he said.
“There is a campaign of falsehoods fueling hate,” he added.
He also said that the fight against the boycott movement was a “battlefront like any other” and insisted that the Israeli government formulate a strategy for “running the campaign against this phenomenon.”
Part of that strategy, according to the Knesset statement, is to make Erdan’s efforts against the so-called “delegitimization” of Israel completely secret, by exempting it from Israel’s Freedom of Information Law, which ensures that Israeli citizens and residents have the “the right to obtain information from a public authority.”
The bill aims to add the Strategic Affairs Ministry to a list of bodies that are exempt from the law.
“One of the principles for success is keeping our methods of action secret…Since most of the ministry’s actions are not of the ministry, but through bodies around the world who do not want to expose their connection with the state,” Erdan stated.
On top of formulating a state-wide campaign against pro-Palestinian activists criticizing Israeli policies, which would be undertaken in secret if the bill were to pass into law, the Israeli government has also introduced other anti-BDS policies, including passing a law in March banning foreigners who have openly expressed support for BDS from entering the country.
MK Nachaman Shai, from the Zionist Camp, considered to be left-wing in the Israeli political landscape, referred to the bill as ”censorship in a costume.”
Micky Rosenthal, also part of the Zionist Camp, said that he did “not believe it is necessary to harm the Freedom of Information Law,” insinuating that the proposed bill would be harmful to existing Israeli legislation.
The BDS movement has gained momentum over past years, with activists targeting companies that act in compliance with Israel’s illegal occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The Israeli government, meanwhile, has grown increasingly concerned about the growth of the BDS movement, as the movement’s support base has expanded to include companies, universities, and religious institutions around the world divesting from organizations complicit in Israel’s violation of Palestinian rights.
In January 2016, the Israeli Knesset held a conference to discuss ways to combat BDS, and dedicated 100 million shekels ($26 million) of the government’s 2016 budget to the issue.
Meanwhile, the Israeli government has also targeted Israeli human rights groups with legislation thats rights groups have said is aimed at weeding out criticisms against Israel’s policies in Palestinian communities.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last month that he would seek to push forward ever more stringent regulations of foreign funding of Israeli NGOs, a move that has been denounced as another attempt to stifle human rights organizations in Israel.
(Source / 19.07.2017)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians In Bethlehem, Nablus And Jenin”

19 JUL
10:48 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Wednesday, seven Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank governorates of Bethlehem, Nablus and Jenin, including two who were abducted on military roadblocks.

The Bethlehem office of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said the soldiers invaded Marah Rabah village, south of the city, and Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem, searched homes and abducted Khalil Mohammad Sheikh, 20, and Nasser Mohammad Sabah.

The soldiers also abducted Taxi driver, identified as Mohammad Ibrahim Zawahra, 27, from Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, after stopping him at Za’tara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Salem village, east of Nablus, searched homes and abducted two young men, identified as Ahmad Antar Hamdan and Fadi Ghassan Jawabra.

Also in Nablus, the soldiers abducted Moath Mahmoud Abu Doqqa, 19, from Ramallah, after stopping him at a military roadblock near Yitzhar illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands, south of Nablus.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Osama Nasser Salah, 21, and a former political prisoner, identified as Mohammad Abdul-Ghani Souqi, 33, after stopping them at a sudden military roadblock on the Nablus-Ramallah road.

The soldiers were also heavily deployed on the Jenin governorate, in addition to installing sudden roadblocks, before stopping dozens of Palestinian cars and searching them while inspecting the ID cards of the passengers.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded several Palestinian communities in the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, searched homes and abducted three Palestinians in Hebron city and Beit Ummar town, in addition to installing roadblocks near various surrounding towns.

Also at dawn, the soldiers invaded the villages of Deir Ghassana and Nabi Saleh, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, attacked several Palestinians in their homes, before abducting three young men and wounding a family.

(Source / 19.07.2017)

Army Injures 34 Palestinians, Attack Ambulances And Medics, In Jerusalem

19 JUL
4:51 AM

Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) medics have provided medical treatment to 34 Palestinians, including the Khatib of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and moved at least fourteen others to hospitals, including one who suffered a serious injury, after Israeli soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians in the Tribes Gate area, and Jerusalem’s Old City.

The soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians who gathered in the streets to perform evening prayer, after preventing them from entering al-Aqsa Mosque.

The PRC said one of the wounded Palestinians was shot with a live round in the chest, and is currently in a serious condition.

It added that the Khatib of the Al-Aqsa Mosque was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the back, in addition to suffering various cuts and bruises.

The soldiers also fired a concussion grenade at a PRC ambulance, in addition to attacking medics in another ambulance.

(Source / 19.07.2017)

Seif: All Militias Must Leave Raqqa & Residents Must Be Allowed to Administer Area

President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif reiterated calls for allowing residents of Raqqa to administer their city after it has been liberated from the ISIS extremist group. He also reiterated rejection of other terrorist groups staying in the city once it is freed from ISIS.

Seif made these remarks during a teleconference with civil bodies of Raqqa province on Monday. Vice President Abdul Basset Hamo, head of the Coalition’s legal committee Haitham Maleh, and member of the political committee Salah Hamawi participated in the teleconference.

Representatives of the province of Raqqa gave an overview of the tragic situation of civilians as a result of the ongoing military operations in the province. They referred to inhumane treatment by militates of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the civilian population.

Hamo mentioned sustained efforts by the Coalition, the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) to provide relief aid to the people who have been displaced from their homes in Raqqa province.

Maleh called on representatives of the civil bodies to document all violations against the people of Raqqa, whether by the SDF militias or the international anti-ISIS coalition.

According to reports by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 1,953 people have so far been killed in airstrikes by the international coalition, including 1,008 in 2017 alone.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 19.07.2017)

10-year-old Palestinian girl injured in Israeli hit-and-run attack

Wijdan Fars injured by car attack

A Palestinian girl was left injured on Wednesday after she was hit by an Israeli settler driving in the southern occupied West Bank province of al-Khalil.

According to local sources, an Israeli settler rammed his car into 10-year-old Wijdan Faris al-Ju’bari as she was walking in Wad al-Hasin, in al-Khalil, near the illegal Israeli settlement outpost of Kiryat Arbaa.

The injured minor was rushed to Hadassah Hospital in Occupied Jerusalem so as to be urgently treated for the wounds inflicted in the hit-and-run attack.

(Source / 19.07.2017)