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Dagelijks archief 28 september 2017

Palestinian miscarries at 9 months after Israel beating

Palestinian Omar Hajajleh's house is now separated from the rest of the occupied West Bank. [Quds News]

Palestinian Omar Hajajleh’s house is now separated from the rest of the occupied West Bank

Omar Hajajleh cannot host visitors without the approval of the Israeli occupation army, which needs to open the electronic gate placed at the entrance of his house. It is difficult for Omar to have guests, as they may need to wait anywhere between three hours and a few days for Omar to get approval for them to enter through the electronic gate and access his home.

The Israeli authorities recently approved the construction of a large electronic gate in front of Omar Hajajleh’s home, located in the eastern part of Al-Walajah, Bethlehem. This will completely separate his home from its surroundings as part of the occupation’s policies to seize the village’s land.

Hajajleh told Quds Press that his battle for his home started in 2009 when the Israeli occupation began the construction of the Separation Wall in the village in order to separate it from Jerusalem.

He stated that the wall has completely isolated his house from Al-Walajah, adding: “They offered us Israeli ID cards, but we firmly refused it. They then built a tunnel that would connect us to Al-Walajah.” The family was warned at the time that the tunnel would be closed off within days.

If we had accepted the ID cards, the wall would’ve been sealed and we would have been annexed to Jerusalem. However, we have refused this since 2008 and want to remain in our village with our family and people.

Despite a long battle in Israeli courts to stop Hajaleh’s home from being separated from Al-Walajah, occupation forces have continued their plan and built a metal gate.

Read: UN warns companies about doing business in Israeli settlements

The electronic gate is not yet complete but it will have two keys, one to allow the family access to their property on foot and by car, and the other for the Israeli army.

However, the occupation authorities have prohibited the family from having overnight guests, as no one is allowed to remain in the home other than Omar, his wife, and his three children. Omar has also told Quds Press that he and his family have been attacked by the Israeli border guards and arrested 16 times. He noted that his children, as well as his wife who was nine months pregnant, were attacked, causing her to lose the baby.

Furthermore, Omar was in a coma for 90 days in an Israeli hospital due to “a foreign element entering his body,” but he says: “The hospital refused to let me see the doctor’s reports.”

We will stay in our home and will continue to control our land.

(Source / 28.09.2017)

6 Gaza cancer patients die after Israel denies them treatment

Palestinian patients undergo kidney dialysis in Gaza City on 26 January 2014 [Mohammed AsadApaimages]

Palestinian patients undergo kidney dialysis in Gaza City on 26 January 2014

Five female cancer patients in the Gaza Strip died in August after Israeli occupation forces refused them access to treatment outside the besieged Strip, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) reported.

The UK-based NGO said this makes August the deadliest month on record. One more cancer patient has died since.

According to MAP, 30 people have already died this year after being prevented from leaving the Gaza Strip to access medical treatment. Fourteen were cancer patients.

“Denying women access to potentially life-saving treatment is indefensible”, said Aimee Shalan, CEO of MAP, “and underlines both the severity of the humanitarian emergency in Gaza and the urgent need for man-made barriers to accessing healthcare to be lifted.”

According to the World Health Organisation, the five women who died in August were aged between 26 and 53 years old. Two suffered from colon cancer, one from ovarian cancer, one from breast cancer and one from a rare cancer known as a primitive neuroectodermal tumour.

Read: Waiting for Palestinian reconciliation is like waiting for Godot

Since August, a 53-year-old woman with breast cancer also died after she was prevented from accessing treatment outside Gaza. There are very likely additional deaths not recorded by the WHO or MAP.

 Israel as the occupying power and all other duty-bearers must remove barriers to accessing medical treatment. As these tragic deaths emphasise, this should begin with ending the decade-long blockade and closure of Gaza

Shalan said.

The six women cancer patients known to have died after being prevented from accessing treatment outside of Gaza are Faten Ahmed, Kaenat Jaa’rur, Nadia Hamad, Itimad Rabi’e, Muna Al-Aila and Ibtesam Nabhan.

(Source / 28.09.2017)

For The Third Day, Sixteen Villages Remain Isolated, Fifty Schools Shut, Near Jerusalem

28 SEP
8:38 AM

The Israeli army continued, for the third consecutive day, the complete isolation of sixteen Palestinian villages, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, in addition to closing various roads and continuing the state of curfew, imprisoning the villages in their homes, and causing the closure of fifty schools.

The soldiers shut all roads leading to the villages, especially the “Tunnel Road” leading to Biddu village, Beit Anan – Beit Liqya road, in addition to all roads linking the villages with each other.

The army also imposed curfew in the sixteen villages, imprisoning the Palestinians in their homes, and resulting in closing fifty schools, providing education for more than 4000 students.

The soldiers also invaded, violently searched and occupied several homes, after forcing the families out from many homes in Biddu and Beit Surik, and informed some families of their intention to remain in their properties indefinitely.

In addition, the army issued many demolition orders targeting homes, in addition to halting the construction of many other homes.

The army also prevented ambulances and journalists from entering the isolated villages, and fully surrounded Beit Iksa.

Furthermore, the soldiers continued the violent and extensive searches of homes in Beit Surik town, which is also under curfew, and distributed leaflets, threatening to kill the Palestinians who leave their homes, or “violate the army’s commands and directives.”

The latest Israeli violations are acts of collective punishment against thousands of Palestinians in the aftermath of the fatal shooting, which was carried out by Nimir Mahmoud Jamal, 37, who opened fire, on Tuesday morning, on a group of Israeli Border Police officers, and armed security guards, killing three and wounding a fourth at the main entrance of Har Hadar illegal Israeli colony.

Nimir was then shot and killed by the remaining Israeli border guards at the entrance of the settlement colony.

(Source / 28.09.2017)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Father And His Son, Near Hebron

28 SEP
7:57 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, a Palestinian father and his son, from Janba area, east of Yatta town, south of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers invaded the area and searched homes, before abducting Maher Mousa Abu Rabea’a, and his son, Mousa, and took them to an unknown destination.

In related news, dozens of Israeli colonists invaded the al-Carmel Park in Yatta, under heavy Israeli military deployment, after the soldiers forced the Palestinian away.

Also on Wednesday, the soldiers attacked a nonviolent procession against the escalating Israeli violations against the Palestinians and their lands in al-Baq’a Meadow, south of Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, wounding at least fifteen, and abducted two Palestinians, including a journalist.

On Wednesday at dawn, the army invaded several Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, searched many homes and abducted thirteen Palestinians, in addition to confiscating two cars and photographing homes.

(Source / 28.09.2017)

Palestinian students choke on teargas as IOF attacks Quds Uni

Choke teargas

A number of Palestinian students sustained breathing disorders on Thursday morning during clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) near al-Quds University, in Jerusalem’s town of Abu Dis.

According to eyewitnesses, clashes rocked the vicinity of al-Quds University, in Jerusalem’s town of Abu Dis, before they stretched to the campus.

Tension has been running high at the campus. Students expressed concern over a projected escalation by the Israeli soldiers.

Several students were treated for breathing disorders as a result of the heavy spates of teargas grenades discharged by the Israeli forces during the clashes.

Classes have also been suspended at the university as a result of the assault.

(Source / 28.09.2017)

Russia & Assad Regime’s “War Crimes” Against Syrian People Continue Unabated

The Assad regime and Russian air forces continue to bomb towns and villages in the liberated areas, deliberately targeting residential areas, health facilities and services centers. The Syrian Coalition described these attacks as “war crimes” that the United Nations must act urgently to stop.

Local activists said that Russian jets bombed several towns and villages in rural Idlib in the early morning hours of Thursday, killing and injuring over 20 civilians, many of them women and children. The victims included seven civilians who were killed in an airstrikes on the village of Alhamo in the Rouj plain in rural Idlib.

The Russian and Assad regime air forces conducted over 15 airstrikes on several towns and villages in the Rouj plain and near the town of Jisr al-Shughour as well as on the tows of Khan al-Sibil, Maerdabsa and the outskirts of Tal Mardikh in rural Idlib.

Activists on Thursday published photos and videos showing massive destruction caused by the ongoing Assad regime and Russian aerial campaign on many areas across Syria. They also published images showing children and women who were killed and injured in the aerial campaign which has been ongoing for nine days.

Activists in rural Hama also published photos and videos showing Russian jets and Assad regime helicopters targeting several towns and villages in the area. The bombings left several civilians killed and wounded and caused massive destruction in residential areas.

The Syrian Coalition stressed that “these terrorist attacks fit an all-too-familiar pattern in which the deliberate targeting, killing and displacement of civilians and the destruction of vital facilities and hospitals is the preferred option for the Assad regime and its backers.”

The Coalition called on the United Nations to assume its responsibility to protect Syrian civilians and work on putting an end to the deliberate targeting of civilians, vital civilian facilities, and health centers.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 28.09.2017)

Israel unsure about ‘day after’ Abbas, and even ‘day before’

In recent years, the working assumption of the Israeli security establishment has been that there is not enough negative energy among Palestinians in the territories that could lead to an eruption of grass-roots violence along the lines of the first and second intifadas. The moderating agents that operate against this kind of violence have been stable: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ rule, which from the start opposed the use of violence; the growing strength of the Palestinian security apparatuses, which enforce law and order throughout the West Bank; and primarily the Tanzim, the largest armed Palestinian organization, remaining outside the circle of violence and under the control and restraint of Abbas. Recent months, however, have seen a fundamental shift in this assumption.

The intelligence branch of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and its head, Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevy, presented a strategic warning to the Cabinet a few months ago about the possibility of all-out violence erupting on the Palestinian front. The warning reappeared Sept. 25 in the yearly intelligence assessment report distributed to military correspondents.

After years in which the heads of the Israeli security and intelligence branches repeatedly said that the stabilizing and moderating agents on the Palestinian front are much stronger than the inciting agents, the impression now is that a reversal is taking place in front of our eyes. True, it is happening slowly, and it is still reversible, but it cannot be denied that the prediction of a third intifada or another round of violence between Israel and Gaza is gaining traction in Israel’s higher echelons.

It seems that the main reason for a violent eruption is rooted in Gaza. The deteriorating humanitarian situation there, plus the imminent completion of the enormous underground wall that Israel is constructing — which will almost completely neutralize Hamas’ cross-border tunnel threat — light up all the warning lights on the Israeli side. The person primarily responsible for raising the alarm regarding the situation in Gaza has been, and remains, Gen. Yoav Mordechai, coordinator of government activities in the territories.

In 2017, as opposed to previous years, it is not only Gaza on the warning list, but the West Bank, or Judea and Samaria to the Israelis, is also considered in danger of an eruption. Ironically, now that the so-called individual intifada has been halted, worry on the Israeli side is only intensifying. It is not the terror attack in Har Adar on Sept. 26 that is worrying to Israeli security. That shooting, carried out by a Palestinian who worked for years in the Israeli settlement where he carried out the attack, is viewed as anomalous. The real problem is the forces bubbling under the surface.

The warning signs all concern Abbas, the eternal Palestinian leader. Abbas is the current elephant in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian living room. He is 82 years old, in poor health and rather depressed in spirit. His diplomatic horizon is narrow, and his options are decreasing, one by one. Israel — despite all its intelligence agencies, experts and capabilities — does not know what the “day after” will look like. As far as is known, the few discussions on the issue have thus far been paltry and inadequate, without a point. No one in Israel has any idea who will step into Abbas’ shoes when the day comes, whether the Palestinian Authority will fall apart and descend into chaos or who or what will take control of the territory in filling the inevitable vacuum.

Israel is not only worried about the day after, as even the “day before” — the last leg of the elderly Palestinian leader’s journey, in other words, these very days — raises numerous questions and presents unsolvable conundrums. The more time that passes, according to Israeli assessments, the less Abbas has to fear and the less he has to lose. Thus, he can allow himself to be more daring. All the calculations and considerations of the past are disintegrating. Anything that happens now will be designed to create an “Abbas legacy” for future generations. What might possibly happen, according to Israeli sources? Abbas might lose his discretion, sense of judgment or his cool. He might gather his strength or just lose interest. Any guess is as good as the next.

Israeli leaders’ main concern is the Tanzim being coopted to join in a round of violence against Israel. Recent years have seen relative peace and quiet in the West Bank (with the exception of the individual terror wave that erupted in September 2015). This quiet is attributed to the work of the Palestinian security apparatuses and the Tanzim being removed from the equation. One order from the leadership in Ramallah, however, could rouse it. This is the most disturbing scenario and cause for concern for Israel in the coming period. The higher-ups in military intelligence and in the Palestinian General Security Services admit that this is not a “reasonable” scenario, but one that is called in Israel an “extreme” scenario. “Extreme” scenarios in the Middle East, however, have a propensity to materialize at the worst possible time.

To all this, one must add the fact that members of President Donald Trump’s peace team continue to drag their feet in the region and are not supplying the goods that the Palestinians expected to receive. Despite renewed promises by Trump that he is determined to present a program in the near future, it seems that no one in Ramallah is convinced of this. After a short period of euphoria, the Ramallah leadership now understands that Trump will not offer them what former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were also unable to provide.

Meanwhile, Israel faces a dilemma. On the one hand, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not really interested in a renewal of the peace process or any other presidential peace initiative. On the other hand, such an initiative could calm the Palestinian street as well as the Palestinian leadership, at least temporarily. Since Netanyahu is the best wizard at playing the “time game,” it could be that, ultimately, an initiative will become his preferred option.

(Source / 28.09.2017)

Israeli army cracks down on Palestinians in Qalqilya

Qalqilya clashes

The Israeli occupation forces at daybreak Thursday stormed Qalqilya province, in the northern West Bank, and subjected Palestinian civilians to intensive questioning.

Reporting from the city, a PIC news correspondent said Palestinian civilians and drivers have been interrogated and inspected by heavily-armed soldiers stationed on Jaljouliya Road, in Qalqilya.

The occupation patrols further set up a series of ambushes and a military checkpoint in the area.

The Israeli army has stepped up crackdowns and arbitrary abductions in the northern occupied West Bank province of Qalqilya in an attempt to quell anti-occupation activism and protests.

(Source / 28.09.2017)

Palestinian facilities in J. Valley destroyed by Israeli bulldozers

Facilities destroyed

sraeli bulldozers overnight Wednesday destroyed Palestinian agricultural facilities, including water lines, in the northern Jordan Valley.

According to activist Mootaz Besharat, in charge of the settlement file in the Jordan Valley, members of the Israeli Planning and Construction Committee, escorted by heavily-equipped bulldozers and army patrols, stormed Atouf area and razed 1,300-meter agricultural roads, without prior notifications.

A set of European-funded water lines used by the locals for agricultural and daily consumption have also been knocked down by the Israeli bulldozers.

Over the past 10 days, the occupation authorities have stepped up assaults on Palestinian farmers and their much-needed facilities in the area. Last week several agricultural vehicles were seized from the area.

According to human rights NGOs, such Israeli assaults make part of a preplanned scheme of ethnic cleansing aimed at forcing Palestinian farmers out of the area by rubbing down their own and only livelihoods.

(Source / 28.09.2017)

IOF to impose collective punishment measures in Salfit town

Collective punishment

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) threatened to impose additional collective punishment measures against Palestinian civilians living in Kafer Hares town, north of Salfit.

IOF notified local residents that they are banned from entering and exiting the town, threatening to tighten military restrictions at its entry roads.

IOF justified its measures by claiming that anti-occupation attacks have recently intensified in the surrounding areas.

These measures fall within the collective punishment policy which is prohibited in the international human rights law.

(Source / 28.09.2017)