A Palestinian young man was shot and injured at the hands of Israeli police forces who arrested as well four Palestinian youths after clashes broke out Tuesday in Shufat refugee camp in Occupied Jerusalem. Three policemen were also injured as a result.
Local sources said that the clashes broke out when Israeli police forces stormed the camp in the afternoon amid heavy firing of rubber bullets and stun and teargas bombs.
According to the sources, three policemen were injured by throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails during the clashes. The Palestinian wounded man, however, was shot by a rubber bullet in the head and immediately taken to the hospital.
The Hamas Movement has strongly denounced the gross violations that are being committed by the Myanmarese regime against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
“We strongly condemn the ongoing crimes against the Rohingya Muslims as we are following with great pain and dismay the displacement and genocide which they are being exposed to, amid international silence and Arab and Islamic impotence,” senior Hamas official Izzat al-Resheq stated on his Twitter page on Monday.
“The terrorism, mass killing and displacement which the Muslim minority in Myanmar is being exposed to have gone beyond any description and cannot be tolerated,” Resheq added.
The Hamas official also expressed his Movement’s support for the diplomatic efforts being made by Turkish president Recep Erdogan to highlight the suffering of the Rohingya Muslims and advocate their cause.
A horde of extremist Jewish settlers at dawn Tuesday attacked the homes of Palestinian citizens in Umm al-Khair hamlet, east of Yatta city in the West Bank province of al-Khalil.
Local residents said that settlers from the illegal settlement of Karmel started attacking the hamlet after midnight Monday with stones and made several attempts to break into homes, adding the settlers continued to do so until Tuesday dawn hours.
They added that the residents confronted the settlers and engaged in clashes with them.
A local activist said that two citizens from the hamlet and one Jewish assailant suffered injuries during the clashes between the two sides, adding that an Israeli military force intervened to protect the settlers.
Umm al-Khair hamlet has been exposed to similar settlers’ attacks since last Wednesday.
Israeli Channel Two reported that Israeli army began on Tuesday a massive exercise simulating conflict with Hezbollah along the Lebanon border in what would be the largest drill in nearly two decades.
The drill will last for 10 days and simulate “scenarios we’ll be facing in the next confrontation with Hezbollah”, an army source said on Monday.
Military sources said that tens of thousands of soldiers, including reserves, would take part. Aircraft, boats and submarines would be deployed, and the army’s canine unit would also participate in the drill, they said.
Israel has voiced growing concerns about Iran’s buildup in neighboring Syria and Hezbollah’s stockpiling of weapons in southern Lebanon.
Preparations for the drill, however, have been ongoing for more than a year and a half, the sources pointed out.
Israeli armored bulldozers on Tuesday morning infiltrated into a limited area to the east of Gaza City and started to level tracts of land, under military protection.
According to eyewitnesses, four bulldozers advanced into an agricultural area east of al-Shuja’iyya neighborhood and embarked on razing plots of land, while other military vehicles and tanks were seen providing them with protection from a distance.
Gazan farmers incur heavy losses as a result of Israel’s repeated military incursions into their agricultural lands, which are located along the besieged enclave’s borderline with the 1948 occupied territories.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Tuesday carried out arrest campaigns in different West Bank areas, where they kidnapped several citizens from their homes, clashed with others and wounded a young man in his leg.
In Nablus, the IOF broke into and ransacked several homes in Salem town in the east. Some of these homes belong to prisoners and ex-detainees, local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC)
No arrests were made during the IOF campaign in the town.
The IOF also stormed Askar refugee camp, east of Nablus, and kidnapped two young men from their homes.
Local sources told the PIC that soldiers rounded up Mousa al-Mad’fa and Qusai Hashash after storming the camp.
Four other young men were taken prisoners and one suffered a bullet injury during an IOF campaign in Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas province.
Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli soldiers clashed with local young men during their raids on homes in Far’a camp, adding that a young man called Mohamed Sawalmeh suffered a live bullet injury during the events.
In Ramallah, violent skirmishes broke out at dawn between Palestinian young men and Israeli troops in the central district of Ramallah city.
Locals said that the clashes happened mainly in the area of al-Manara junction and al-Ersal street, where the soldiers delivered notices warning store owners of selling toy guns, and pillaged and closed a printing press institution.
The soldiers intensively fired tear gas and stun grenades at the young protesters in Ramallah, with no reported injuries.
In Jenin, similar clashes took place in Jab’a town following IOF raids on homes.
Two citizens identified as Ahmed Namer and Kamal al-Qaisi were kidnapped from their homes in Jab’a.
Four young men, including two brothers, were also rounded up at IOF makeshift checkpoints on roads near the Jenin towns of Rummanah and Sir.
In Qalqilya, Israeli soldiers reportedly assaulted citizens during violent dawn raids on homes in Azzun town, without making arrests.
The Israeli police forcibly evicted early Tuesday morning a Palestinian family from their house in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, claiming the property belongs to Israeli settlers.
The PIC reporter affirmed that Israeli police and border forces stormed in large numbers the neighborhood at dawn time and forcibly evacuated the Shamasna family members and they started to move their furniture and belongings into a truck.
Accompanied by police, a group of settlers entered the evacuated home and locked its doors.
Shamasna family are composed of ten members including an elderly man, his wife, and six children.
During the eviction, owner of the house Haj Ayoub Shamasna, 82, shouted, “This is the true face of occupation. This is the way of the racist (Israeli) government.”
“The soldiers violently stormed the house without any prior notice before throwing all our belongings in the street,” he told PIC reporter.
Following the eviction, the family remained outside the house along with a number of peace activists.
Shamasna family, who were living in the house since 1964, said the evacuation order is illegal and based on fake documents handed over by Israeli settlers to an Israeli court.
Dozens of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood are also threatened with eviction as Israeli occupation authorities plan to establish new settlement outposts in the area.
Residents of the West Bank village stage frequent protests to fight back against Israel’s occupation
By Jaclynn Ashly
Al Jazeera – The writer speaks to one of the heroines of the Palestinian popular resistance in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.
Ahed Tamimi was just 14 when she rose to international prominence through the release of a video and a series of photos capturing her desperate attempts to save her 11-year-old brother, Mohammad, from the grips of an Israeli soldier in 2015.
“Many Israelis threatened me on social media after the video was released, demanding that I be detained or even killed,” 16-year-old Ahed told Al Jazeera from her family’s home in the village of Nabi Saleh, where the distinct, red-tiled roofs of illegal Israeli settlement housing dot the adjacent hilltop. “The harassment handcuffed my life. I was scared to even go outside or visit my friends.”
In the video, filmed during one of the weekly protests that had been staged in Nabi Saleh for years, Ahed is seen hitting and biting the hand of the masked soldier as her mother and aunt hit and tug at his clothes, struggling to pull the soldier away from Mohammad.
Afterwards, scores of journalists rushed to the village to interview Ahed, with NBC News describing the blond-haired, blue-eyed teenager as the “poster child” for the Palestinian struggle.
“The media helped us, because my voice and our message were spread throughout the world,” Ahed said, still exuding the confidence that has made her a leader at Nabi Saleh’s protests, which she began attending at the age of nine.
However, while her newfound fame cast a spotlight on the village’s violent experiences with the Israeli occupation, it also made Ahed an easily recognisable figure among Israeli forces stationed in the West Bank.
Start of harassment
The harassment began immediately following the video’s release, as Israelis called her a “terrorist” on social media and threatened to kill her, the family says. Bassem, Ahed’s father and a long-standing leader in the village, said that her 19-year-old brother, Waed, was detained after the release of the video. At the start of his 10-month stay in Israeli jail, Ahed’s mother, Nariman, received permission to enter Israel to visit him, and Ahed tagged along.
“When we passed a checkpoint near Jerusalem, the Israeli soldiers got on the bus and immediately singled her out,” Nariman told Al Jazeera. “While everyone else was permitted to pass, Ahed was pulled off the bus and told she wouldn’t be allowed into Israel.”
During the village’s protests, Israeli forces would often scream Ahed’s name and shout curses at her. “Look! It’s Ahed Tamimi. Shoot her!” Bassem recalled one soldier as saying.
The family was often scared for their daughter, he added: “Whenever the soldiers recognise her, they do something to make her life difficult. Every time she left the house, we were scared something would happen to her.” Ahed was even forced to stay at her cousin’s home in Ramallah, where she attends school, to avoid the danger of passing through Israeli checkpoints on her way from Nabi Saleh.
Prisoner of conscience
The Tamimi family is no stranger to Israeli persecution. In 2012, Amnesty International labelled Bassem a prisoner of conscience during one of his numerous stays in Israeli prison. Nariman has been detained five times by Israeli forces, and Waed twice, for their involvement in protests.
In 2010, just a few months after the weekly protests began, Israeli authorities issued a demolition order on the family’s home, which Bassem believes was intended to pressure them to cease their involvement in the protest movement. Their home has since been raided more than 150 times by Israeli forces, he said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of dunams of Nabi Saleh’s lands have been confiscated for the purposes of building Israel’s illegal Halamish settlement, whose residents have burned hundreds of the village’s olive trees – attacks that escalated after the protests began. In 2009, the village’s water spring was also confiscated for the use of the settlers.
The 600 or so residents of the village receive only 12 hours of running water a week from Israel, while the settlers in Halamish have running water 24 hours a day. A large swimming pool can also be seen on the settlement grounds from the Tamimi family’s home.
The village is raided almost every day by Israeli forces, who douse residents’ homes with skunk spray, a putrid-smelling liquid. The Israeli army targets the water tanks installed on their roofs, Bassem said.
The vast majority of the lands in Nabi Saleh are in Area C, which is under full Israeli military control, and Palestinian construction is restricted. As a result, at least 13 homes in the village have pending Israeli demolition orders, which can be enforced at any moment.
“It’s a silent ethnic cleansing,” Bassem said, adding that the protest movement was targeting not just the Halamish settlement, but the Israeli occupation in a broader sense.
“Imagine someone controlling every decision in your life,” Nariman said. “It’s like being locked in a room with no oxygen. It’s not just about the checkpoints. As long as the occupation exists, we can’t be free.”
Weekly marches stopped
Since the start of the protests, Israeli forces have killed three Palestinians and injured hundreds, some of whom have become permanently disabled. Meanwhile, scores of Palestinians have been jailed, forcing residents to pay thousands of dollars in bail and Israeli fines.
As a result of these pressures, the village recently discontinued its weekly marches.
“It’s hard for any person to carry on like this. We can’t continue going to the demonstrations each week, waiting until someone gets injured, and then running back to our homes,” Bassem said.
In lieu of the weekly protests, Nabi Saleh residents are now employing a more sporadic strategy, holding protests at random times to surprise the soldiers and move away from the predictability of their weekly routine.
The village is also focusing on building up a “culture of resistance” among other communities.
“The occupation limits our dreams,” Ahed said, pushing her curly hair out of her eyes. “Our thoughts are caged by the occupation. The Israelis first control our dreams, and then they break them.”
The martyr was left one and half an hour bleeding when he was shot wounded during his arrest by Israeli occupation forces
Young Palestinian prisoner died on Sunday of injuries sustained during his arrest by Israeli occupation forces last month.
Raed al-Salhi, 21, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained when he was arrested last month in Bethlehem’s Dheisheh refugee camp, Issa Qaraqe, head of the Palestinian Authority for Prisoners and Detainees.
At the time of his death, Al-Salhi had been receiving treatment at the Israeli Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital in Jerusalem.
“Al-Salhi’s death constitutes a war crime for which we hold Israel responsible,” Qaraqe said.
“The young man died after being shot at close range,” he added. “They could have arrested him without shooting him.”
Qaraqe called for the formation of a fact-finding committee tasked with examining crimes “frequently perpetrated [by Israeli occupation forces] against Palestinian youths who are deliberately killed”.
According to Qaraqe, Israeli troops opened fire on Al-Salhi after storming his home in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp on August 9.