Israeli Tanks, Bulldozers, Invade And Uproot Farmlands In Central Gaza

14 AUG
11:28 AM

At least three Israeli army tanks, and three armored military bulldozers, invaded on Monday morning, Palestinian agricultural lands, fired live rounds and bulldozed large sections close to the border fence, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that the bulldozers uprooted farmlands and created sand hills near the border fence.

It added that the army also fired several live rounds during the invasion, to keep the Palestinians out of their lands.

The invasion is part of ongoing Israeli violations targeting the Palestinians, their lands and property, in addition to attacking fishing boats in Palestinian waters, in the besieged Gaza Strip.

(Source / 14.08.2017)

IOF demolishes Palestinian facilities in Yatta

Yatta demolished facilities

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demolished Monday afternoon a number of Palestinian facilities south of Yatta town in the southern West Bank province of al-Khalil.

According to the PIC reporter, several Israeli military vehicles stormed Zawadin area in the town and carried out bulldozing operations before starting to demolish residential and agricultural facilities belonging to Hadhalin family.

During the raid, Israeli settlers of the nearby illegal settlement of Karmiel carried out provocative acts and attacked Hadhalin family members under the protection of Israeli forces.

On the other hand, Israeli bulldozers razed Palestinian-owned lands with the aim of expanding the Maon illegal settlement at the expense of local vineyards.

(Source / 14.08.2017)

Palestinian worker injured by Israeli forces east of Bethlehem

Pal worker shot Dar Salah

A Palestinian worker was shot and injured by the Israeli occupation forces near Dar Salah town, east of Bethlehem.

A PIC news correspondent quoted Red Crescent paramedics as stating that the occupation forces chased down Palestinian workers near the border fence east of Bethlehem.

A Palestinian young man in his 20s was hit with live ammunition in his leg.

According to the same source, the worker was rushed to Beit Jala Hospital for urgent treatment after it turned out that the bullet penetrated his bones.

Palestinian workers have often passed through Wad al-Hums area, east of Bethlehem, trying to reach their workplaces in Occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 14.08.2017)

73 Settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque plazas

73 settlers in al-Aqsa

Over 73 Jewish settlers stormed the plazas of al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem on Monday morning from al-Magharebah gate under the protection of Israeli police, according to Quds Press.

Quds Press said that Israeli Jewish settlers received explanations on the alleged Temple of Solomon during the incursion.

In a similar context, member of the Israeli Knesset Yehuda Glick was present at al-Asbat gate in protest at banning Israeli MKs from entering the Muslims’ holy site.

(Source / 14.08.2017)

Netanyahu to declare war without govt. approval

War without govern.approval

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is promoting a legal amendment that would give him more power to declare war without consulting the full cabinet, the Israeli TV Channel Two reported Sunday.

The report said that Netanyahu intends to introduce legislation to the Knesset after the summer recess that would allow him to declare war – or a military operation that could trigger a war – without the prior authorization of the entire cabinet, but rather just the security cabinet.

Netanyahu reportedly covets the change, which would require amending one of Israel’s Basic Laws, in order to prevent leaks from the full cabinet, according to the sources.

Two months ago, the Israeli mini or security Cabinet approved an amendment that would allow the government to authorize the Cabinet at the beginning of each term to launch a major military operation or war.

“The amendment was passed in order to prevent leaks of sensitive information from (full) Cabinet meetings.”

According to the reports, the reason Netanyahu is promoting the newest amendment is an incident that took place seven years ago when Netanyahu and his Army Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Chief of Staff at the time, Gabi Ashkenazi, and the head of the Mossad at the time, Meir Dagan, to carry out a certain covert operation.

Dagan and Ashkenazi refused to obey the order and said that the operation in question was illegal, since it could lead to war with Iran.

(Source / 14.08.2017)

16 Palestinians kidnapped in abduction sweep by Israeli forces

Sweeps WB

At least 16 Palestinians were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in abduction sweeps rocking West Bank provinces at daybreak Monday.

The Israeli army claimed that weapons and ammunition were spotted in al-Khalil’s southern town of Yatta and in Beit Sahour, east of Bethlehem.

The Palestinian young man Khaled Sabah was kidnapped by the Israeli soldiers from his family home in Deir Abu Mishaal village, west of Ramallah, before he was dragged to an unknown destination.

The IOF also stormed al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, and ravaged Palestinian homes and shops.

Clashes flared up in the area, where the occupation soldiers attacked Palestinian protesters with live rounds and sound bombs.

Heavily-armed Israeli patrols rolled into Dura town, in al-Khalil, and kidnapped three Palestinian ex-prisoners.

Another Palestinian—Mohamed Abu Abdou—was kidnapped by the IOF from Tulkarem refugee camp, in the northern West Bank.

The Israeli forces further kidnapped a young man from his family home in Attil town, north of Tulkarem.

24-year-old ex-prisoner Ahmed Qawar was kidnapped by the IOF from his home in Wadi Maali, in Bethlehem.

Three Palestinian youths were also summoned to questioning in Gush Etzion camp, south of Bethlehem.

At the same time, four Palestinian youngsters were arrested by the Israeli forces in Silwan town, south of holy al-Aqsa Mosque, in Occupied Jerusalem.

The campaign culminated in the abduction of the Palestinian young man Ashraf al-Yasini from the city.

Four Palestinian young men from Jerusalem’s town of Abu Dis also received interrogation writs.

(Source / 14.08.2017)

IOF confiscates Palestinian bus south of Nablus

Confiscate bus

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stopped and confiscated a Palestinian bus belonging to Tamimi transport company on Sunday at Za’tara military checkpoint to the south of Nablus.

Mohammed Hijazi, the bus driver, told the PIC reporter that the IOF soldiers stationed at Za’tara checkpoint forced him to stop, confiscated his ID card and searched the vehicle.

Hijazi said that a car belonging to the so-called Civil Administration arrived at the site and informed him about the confiscation order claiming that the bus had partaken in transporting youth protesters to military checkpoints to participate in clashes with the IOF.

The bus was then taken to Huwwara checkpoint, he added.

(Source / 14.08.2017)

Abbas, Israel pull power plug on war-torn Gaza

The writer describes exactly what is happening in the Gaza Strip and who actually standing behind this tragedy.

In 2014, Operation Protective Edge—a 51-day Israeli offensive— further devastated Gaza, killing over 2,200 Palestinians, more than 500 of them children

By Roqayah Chamseddine

The writer describes exactly what is happening in the Gaza Strip and who actually standing behind this tragedy.

Gaza Strip —one of the most densely populated areas in the world and often referred to as an open-air prison— rarely makes headlines nowadays, despite a situation there that is becoming increasingly dire for local Palestinians.

The Strip, which is about the size of Detroit, is home to nearly 2 million people, a majority of whom are under the age of 25.

Since the 2005 election of Hamas in Palestine, the Israeli government has controlled Gaza’s airspace, food access, acquisition of building materials, and electricity.

In the last 10 years, the local population has faced recurrent, if not perpetual, military action, including six full-fledged military operations launched by Israel, with the unwavering support of the United States.

In 2014, Operation Protective Edge —a 51-day Israeli offensive— further devastated Gaza, killing over 2,200 Palestinians, more than 500 of them children. It also left the small enclave still more vulnerable, as the homes of some 18,000 residents were destroyed by Israeli bombs.

Still reeling from war, the Palestinians of Gaza have continued to face electricity shortages that leave them without power in extreme weather conditions for up to 20 hours a day

According to the Israeli head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas requested that Israel stop supplying electricity to Gaza in April of this year, due to the Authority’s power struggle with Hamas for control over the Strip. Israel has happily obliged.

These outages have led to creative endeavours such as solar power initiatives. But, especially with Israel denying crucial building materials from entering the Strip, the solar power alternative falls short of allowing residents to have normal lives. Having electricity for two to four hours a day is the worst it has been, according to locals; but they’re not holding out hope that things will get better.

Not until Israel’s siege ends, and those funding the siege, and larger occupation, stop financing this devastation.

(Source / 14.08.2017)

WHO: Israel delays Gazans seeking treatment abroad

Patients who saw their permits delayed included 255 children under age 18 and 141 people over 60.

Israeli occupation delayed 50.7 per cent of 2,282 requests for treatment permits submitted to related Israeli department in May, Wold Health Organisation (WHO) revealed on Sunday.

The Gaza-based Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights reported that the lengthy waits for an exit permit have led to the death of four women, three children and two men during the first half of 2017

Israeli occupation delayed 50.7 per cent of 2,282 requests for treatment permits submitted to related Israeli department in May, Wold Health Organisation (WHO) revealed on Monday.

The treatment permits were submitted to the Coordination and Liaison Administration to the Gaza Strip –an Israeli department— and were held up with no explanation, WHO said.

WHO’s report noted that the delay caused the patients to miss their appointments for examinations or treatments.

Patients who saw their permits delayed included 255 children under age 18 and 141 people over 60, the report of the organisation said.

The UN health agency added that 2.1 per cent of the requests were refused while only 47.2 per cent of them were approved.

According to the report, the requests often belong to those who had previously received permissions to seek medical treatment outside Gaza.

Law Violation

The new revelation is mere a continuation of the Israeli policy of depriving besieged Palestinians from their right to be treated as the regime also delayed 39 per cent of the responses in April.

The Gaza-based Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights reported that the lengthy waits for an exit permit have led to the death of four women, three children and two men during the first half of 2017.

“There must be a drastic change in Israeli policy toward the exit of patients and toward Gaza in general. The fact that patients sometimes do not get answers for months is cruel and the weakest population pays the price,” Ran Goldstein, the director of Physicians for Human Rights-Israelو said.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.

Israel has also launched several wars on the Palestinian sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014. The Israeli military aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians. Over 11,100 others were also wounded in the war.

(Source / 14.08.2017)