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Dagelijks archief 4 september 2017

Israeli forces storm hometown of Halamish anti-occupation attacker

Kober stormed

The Israeli occupation forces at daybreak Sunday stormed Ramallah’s northern town of Kober and showered the area with randomly-shot spates of bullet fire.

A PIC news correspondent said dozens of Israeli soldiers broke into civilian homes in Kober, the hometown of the Palestinian prisoner Omar al-Abed, who carried out the Halamish anti-occupation attack.

The assault triggered a state of panic among women and children. Civilian foodstuff was heavily damaged in the process.

(Source / 04.09.2017)

8,000 Palestinian passengers pass through al-Karama crossing

Within 24 hours

al-Karama 8000

Nearly 8,000 Palestinian passengers managed to pass through al-Karama crossing in both directions during the second day of Eid, official sources revealed Sunday.

Spokesman for the Palestinian police affirmed in a statement issued Sunday evening that 8,000 were able to travel via the crossing between the West Bank and Jordan including 6,400 departures and 1,600 arrivals.

Last month, 275,000 Palestinian citizens and visitors to Palestine were able to travel through the crossing.

Al-Karama crossing, also known as Allenby, is a bridge that spans the Jordan River and connects the West Bank with Jordan.

The crossing is the sole designated exit and entry point for West Bank Palestinians traveling in and out of the Israeli occupied territories.

(Source / 04.09.2017)

PA forces detain head of al-Khalil radio station

Ayman Qawasmeh

PA Preventive Service (PPS) forces detained on Sunday the director of a local radio station in al-Khalil only three days after Israeli occupation authorities ordered its closure for the next six months.

Family sources affirmed that Ayman Qawasmeh, head of the radio station, was summoned Sunday afternoon for investigation before being detained by PA forces.

Qawasmeh declared an open hunger strike shortly after his unjustified arrest, the sources added.

Last Thursday, Israeli soldiers stormed al-Hurriya (Freedom) Media Company, which runs the Manbar al-Hurriya radio station, and confiscated its equipment before ordering it to be shut down for six months.

Israeli occupation authorities have led a crackdown campaign on Palestinian media and freedom of expression in recent months, imprisoning journalists, activists, poets, and novelists, as well as hundreds of average citizens over social media activity.

(Source / 04.09.2017)

Qatar condemns Israeli decision to build new settlement


Qatar on Monday strongly denounced the Israeli government’s decision to establish a new settlement in Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Qatari Foreign Ministry in a statement on Monday described the move as a flagrant violation of the international legitimacy resolutions.

The statement stressed that the continuation of Israeli violations would undermine the international efforts exerted to achieve the two-state solution, calling on the international community to compel Israel to stop its settlement policies in the occupied Palestinian territories.

On Sunday, Israeli government approved a budget of 60 million shekels ($16.7 million) for the construction of Amichai settlement as an alternative for Amona outpost which was evacuated months ago.

According to the Hebrew TV channel Seven, the funds allocated for the new settlement will be funneled to Binyamin Regional Council in order to resume construction.

(Source / 04.09.2017)

5 Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces on 4th day of Holy Eid

5 Pal's kidnapped

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at daybreak Monday kidnapped five Palestinians from the West Bank.

Israeli patrols rolled into Jenin’s town of Qabatiya and kidnapped the Palestinian citizen Mohamed Jawabreh after they wreaked havoc on his family home.

Palestinian girl Ayatullah Shahada and ex-prisoner Mahmoud Diriya were also kidnapped by the IOF from Bethlehem province.

The IOF soldiers further arrested a Palestinian Authority (PA) officer—Walid al-Rimawi—from Beit Rima town, in Ramallah.

The campaign culminated in the abduction of a Palestinian young man from Beit Anan town, in Occupied Jerusalem.

Overnight, an Israeli police patrol sealed off the main access road to Beit Furik town, east of Nablus, with a makeshift roadblock, where Palestinian drivers had been subjected to arbitrary fines.

(Source / 04.09.2017)

Hamas: Death of prisoner Salhi compound crime

Death Raed al-Salhi

Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, on Monday held Israel responsible for the death of the Palestinian injured detainee Raed al-Salhi.

Hamas’s spokesman, Hazem Kasem, said in a statement that the death of Salhi was caused by a “compound crime” that counts as yet more evidence of Israel’s violation of all human norms.

Kasem added that such crimes will not break the will of Palestinian prisoners, affirming that the prisoners’ issue will remain at the top of Hamas’s priorities until they obtain freedom.

Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission said that the injured detainee, Raed al-Salhi, 21, who died on Sunday, was critically injured when Israeli soldiers tried to arrest him during a raid at his house in August.

About 1,200 Palestinian prisoners out of 7,000 in Israeli jails suffer from serious health conditions due to medical negligence. Nearly 21 of the prisoners have been diagnosed with different kinds of cancer while 17 of them have heart-related problems.

Lawyers from Prisoners Affairs Commission on Monday afternoon filed a preliminary appeal to the Israeli prosecution demanding the immediate handover of Salhi’s body which is being held by the Israeli occupation authorities.

(Source / 04.09.2017)

IOF arrests Palestinian activist in al-Khalil

During anti-settlement demonstration

Raed Abu Armila

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Sunday a Palestinian activist during an anti-settlement demonstration in al-Khalil to the south of West Bank.

Local sources identified the detainee as Raed Abu Armila, reporting that he was rounded up when clashes broke out between Israeli settlers and Palestinian protesters.

The demonstration was organized in protest against granting Israeli settlers administrative power to manage their own affairs in al-Khalil.

During the event, protesters called for removing all Israeli military restrictions in the city.

Some 800 settlers alongside 250,000 Palestinians reside in al-Khalil. Israeli occupation authorities granted the settlers the right to manage their municipal affairs.

The Israeli army explained in a statement that the settlers were managing their daily affairs through a local council that did not have legal status.

Through the latest decree, the settlers will be able to form a council that represents the Jewish settler quarter in al-Khalil.

The Israeli anti-settlement Peace Now organization said that the decision strengthens the apartheid regime in the city.

(Source / 04.09.2017)