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On eve of Gaza reconciliation, Hamas frees Fatah men

Palestinian policemen march during a graduation ceremony in Gaza City on January 21, 2017.

Palestinian policemen march during a graduation ceremony in Gaza City on January 21, 2017

Hamas freed five prisoners belonging to the rival Fatah party on Sunday and Egypt sent a delegation to the Gaza Strip to oversee the group’s planned handover of administrative control of the Palestinian enclave to a unity government.

The West Bank-based Palestinian prime minister, Rami al-Hamdallah, and other officials of the government formed in 2014 are due in Gaza on Monday to run ministries and hold a cabinet meeting the next day.

Hamas opted for reconciliation with Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah because it is short of funds and friends a decade after seizing the enclave in a brief civil war.

“We are determined to … bury the chapter of division so that the homeland can be reunited,” Hamdallah said in public remarks in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

One cabinet member, Culture Minister Ehab Bseisso, arrived in Gaza on Sunday and held a meeting with deputies and employees after taking up his post.

Hamas: Palestinian reconciliation essential to counter Judaisation of Jerusalem

Hamas made its dramatic turn towards reconciliation on September 17 after Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates imposed an economic boycott on the movement’s main donor, Qatar, over alleged support of terrorists.

Abbas, whose popularity ratings are low, has been facing public pressure to patch up differences with Hamas.

Hamas’s armed wing still remains the dominant power in the territory of 2 million people partially blockaded by Israel and Egypt, which cite security concerns for border restrictions.

On the eve of the handover, Hamas released five Fatah security men it jailed two years ago for what an Interior Ministry spokesman described as “actions harmful to internal security”. Their sentences ranged from seven to 15 years.

Speaking to reporters, one of the freed inmates, Taher Abu Armana, thanked Hamas Gaza chief Yehya Al-Sinwar and Mohammed Dahlan, a former Fatah security chief in the enclave, for his release.

Dahlan, based since 2011 in the United Arab Emirates, is behind an influx of cash to prop up Gaza and detente between Hamas and Arab states including Egypt, which hosted reconciliation talks.

Hamas has good intention on reconciliation, says senior Fatah official

“We urge President (Mahmoud Abbas) to order the release of all political prisoners in the West Bank,” Abu Armana said, a reference to members of Hamas, a group considered by Western countries that back Abbas to be a terrorist organisation.

An official of the Palestinian Authority, the self-rule body headed by Abbas in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, said an Egyptian delegation comprised of two generals and Cairo’s ambassador to Israel, arrived in Gaza to oversee reconciliation efforts.

It was the first official Egyptian delegation to travel to Gaza since 2012. Egypt suspended its diplomatic mission in Gaza in 2007 after the Hamas takeover.

(Source / 01.10.2017)

Muslim boy of 14 stabbed outside mosque in Birmingham

This image taken on September 30, 2017 shows outside the  Idaara Maarif-e-Islam mosque in Herbert Road, Small Heath, Birmingham.

This image taken on September 30, 2017 shows outside the Idaara Maarif-e-Islam mosque in Herbert Road, Small Heath, Birmingham

A teenage Muslim boy has been stabbed several times outside a mosque in Birmingham, UK, leaving the 14-year-old victim in critical condition.

Police cordoned off the crime scene in Herbert Road while specialist police teams carried out forensic investigations.

The incident occurred on Friday night when the boy was dropped off at the Idaara Maarif-e-Islam mosque, commonly known as Hussainia, by his father, who went to park the car.

“It happened on the pavement. By the time the dad parked his car his son was on the floor. There was a young man who was brutally beating the boy with a knife,” Azhar Kiana, the president of the mosque, told local media on Saturday.

“There was blood everywhere, he was hitting the boy’s neck and head. Then the attacker ran off and got into a car.”

The attack was one of several violent incidents in four cities that left two people dead and several others injured on Friday night and the early hours of Saturday.

West Midlands police said a 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on Saturday morning and is in custody.

Police said they were not treating the attack as a terrorist incident but the motivation remained unclear.

It is suspected, however, the incident could have been a racially or religiously motivated hate crime.

“Our investigation is progressing quickly but it is still in the early stages. We do not believe it to be terror-related. The motivation for the attack is not yet known. We are keeping an open mind as to whether it could be racially or religiously motivated,” said DI Jim Colclough from the complex crime investigation team at Bournville Lane police station said.

London’s Metropolitan police recorded more than 1,200 hate crime incidents against Muslim victims from April 2016 to March 2017, pointing to a surge of Islamophobia in the UK.

Last year, a Huffington Post UK poll showed more than half of Britons viewed Islam and Muslims as a threat to the liberal democratic values popular in the United Kingdom.

(Source / 01.10.2017)

Israeli soldiers, interrogators ‘torture’ Palestinian minor from Aida refugee camp

Torture of child

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have “tortured and humiliated” a Palestinian child during his arrest and detention in Israel’s Ofer prison, according to lawyer from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Luay Akka.

Akka reported in a statement Sunday that 14-year-old Suleiman Salem al-Dibs was detained from his home in Aida refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sep. 18.
Israeli forces stormed the boy’s home at 3 a.m., damaging the family’s property. Soldier took Suleiman outside of the house, slammed him against a wall and assaulted him, and put him in tight handcuffs, Akka said.
According to the report, Israeli interrogators continued to beat the boy, shouting at him and threatening to arrest his father and mother.
Suleiman told Akka that he suffered wounds in his face and mouth and was not provided treatment despite his severe pain.
The report came after the Lajee Center, a community organization in Aida refugee camp, said on Sep. 26 that Israeli forces detained three children from the camp: 15-year-old Omar Radi, Mustafa Hammad, and Mohammed Awis.
Meanwhile, the same day Suleiman was detained, an Israeli military court filed charges against three Palestinian minors from Aida a month after they were detained for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at Israeli forces stationed at Rachel’s Tomb, which is located next to an Israeli military base at the edge of Aida refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem.
There is a 99.74 percent conviction rate for Palestinians tried in Israeli military courts, according to Human Rights Watch.
Human rights groups have also widely documented the abuse of Palestinian children by Israeli forces and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions, which has long been the target of criticism by the international community.
Defense for Children International – Palestine has said their research showed that almost two-thirds of Palestinian children detained in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces had endured physical violence after their arrest.

(Source / 01.10.2017)

Analysis: Keeping Palestinian women in Israel on the economic margins

Palestinian women and rights

By: Al-Shabaka

Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. This is an edited version of a policy brief written by Suheir Abu Oksa Daoud. The full report can be read here.

Overview

Palestinian women citizens of Israel have one of the world’s lowest participation rates in the labor market, while their Jewish counterparts have one of the highest rates. Though Israeli government officials have publicly stated that the country needs to boost the economy of Palestinians in Israel, particularly by promoting Palestinian women’s employment, their statements have not been followed with action.It’s not surprising that Palestinian development takes a back seat in Israeli policymaking. The minority population, which constitutes around 21 percent of Israel’s population of 8.7 million, has suffered poverty, marginalization, and discrimination at the hands of the Israeli government since the Nakba. Further, over the past decade Israeli actions have led to a more profound deterioration in the relationship between Palestinians and state institutions and the Jewish community. The war on Lebanon in 2006 and the wars on Gaza in 2008 and 2014, for example, further alienated Palestinian citizens of Israel.Palestinian women’s struggle for employment in Israel is emblematic of Israel’s systematic oppression of this minority population. Women’s low rates in the labor market are not, as is commonly assumed, simply due to “traditional” Palestinian or Muslim culture. While in the past social obstacles blocked Palestinian women from working outside the home, profound political and economic shifts in Palestinian society have contributed to further acceptance and promotion of such work. Rather, Israeli state policies toward Palestinian women workers have been central to their marginalization in production and employment.
Economic marginalization since the NakbaThe marginalization of Palestinian women in the Israeli labor market and the obstruction of Palestinian economic development in Israel more broadly have been core objectives of Israel since the Nakba.After 1948, Israel adopted a capitalist economic policy aimed at integrating itself into the world economy. One of its main objectives was to absorb and employ Jewish immigrants, and this goal was realized through Palestinian dispossession. Thousands lost their land and their homes.As a result, in the two decades of military rule following the establishment of Israel, Palestinian women mainly worked in jobs such as cleaners and tailors in Arab villages, especially in the north. Other contributing factors to their professional marginalization were a lack of employment opportunities in Arab villages and cities and a low literacy rate.The 1967 war brought about fundamental changes in the Israeli economy, with an inflow of capital, investments, and aid that created many jobs. This contributed to a rise in the standard of living, and compelled Palestinian women in Israel to enter the paid labor market to secure additional resources to support their families and attempt to partake in the improved conditions.Yet it remained difficult for Palestinian women to secure employment through the years. In the 1990s, nearly one million Jewish Russians immigrated to Israel after the Soviet Union collapsed. The majority of these immigrants held advanced degrees and obtained jobs such as physicians and nurses. Educated Arabs with similar skills were replaced. Meanwhile, unskilled Russians, especially women, were employed as cleaners and hotel and factory workers, leading to a widespread dismissal of the Palestinian women who had filled those positions for decades.The 1994 peace treaty between Israel and Jordan also contributed to Palestinian women’s economic marginalization. The agreement opened the door to Israeli investment in Jordan, prompting Israel to open many factories there, as well as in Egypt. Many Palestinian women lost their factory jobs in Israel, notably in garment and textiles outfits, and the sector’s employment opportunities diminished. In the mid-1990s, the number of Palestinian women working in Israeli textile factories decreased from 10,700 to 1,700. Further, Israel brought thousands of foreign workers to labor in its agricultural and construction sectors, leading to a decline in the percentage of Palestinian workers in them, especially women who performed seasonal agricultural work.Better educated, but still unemployedThe migration of thousands of Palestinian villagers to Israeli cities for work after the 1967 war had a significant impact on the structure of the Arab village and family. Israeli land expropriation and the transformation of Palestinians into a cheap labor force meant that extended families lost their livelihood in agriculture. Large Palestinian families urbanized and splintered, and nuclear families became more common.These changes affected Palestinians’ economic and social relations, including their attitudes regarding female education. Girls’ and women’s education became more common as the new generation became more open to concepts of freedom, social equality, and women’s rights. And because Palestinians in Israel realized that education was the most important strategy to succeed in society, the enrollment of Arab youth, including women, in Israeli universities increased after military rule ended.Educated Palestinian women then built careers, particularly in the fields of education and nursing, and contributed additional and often primary sources of income to their households. They often worked as teachers in Arab schools, and eventually dominated the profession. And over the past two decades, Palestinian women in Israel have engaged in many non-traditional fields of work, including law, the judiciary, medicine, arts, film production, and engineering. Working women’s economic independence increased others’ awareness of increased opportunity.Still, Palestinian working women have been the exception rather than the rule. Though employability increases for educated women, Palestinian women’s participation in the Israeli labor market has not been commensurate with their level of education. Their participation rate is one of the lowest in the world, at around 21 percent. This figure has remained almost constant for more than two decades, while Jewish women’s rate of participation has increased during the same period — from 47 percent in 1990 to 59 percent in 2016. The current rate for Jewish women is one of the highest in the world, even surpassing that of the United States at 56 percent. While UN figures show a steady rise in women’s participation in paid work globally over the last several decades, the modest working rates for Palestinian women in Israel also tell a different story.State obstacles to Palestinian women’s workThe rise in enrollment in all levels of education among Palestinian women in Israel demonstrates that it is not simply “Palestinian culture” or “Islam” that deters women from obtaining employment, but the Israeli state.Israel subjects its Palestinian minority to discriminatory policies that deny them, even as Israeli citizens, many high-ranking positions, in many cases on “security” grounds. For instance, government institutions such as the Central Bank of Israel, airports, and official media rarely employ Palestinians. Further, although Israel’s Equal Opportunities Law prevents employers from discriminating against applicants based on sex, race, or religion, Palestinian women applicants face bias. A woman’s headscarf or accented Hebrew are often invoked as justification to deny them employment.Israel also continues to deprive Palestinians of their traditional role in agriculture by expropriating their land and withholding government subsidies from farmers. And successive Israeli governments have rejected the development of Arab towns and villages and continue to pursue discriminatory policies in terms of budgeting, urban planning, construction projects, public transport, and industrial zones that would provide employment opportunities.As a result, small Arab cities and villages, whose leaders are also known for their mismanagement and corruption, suffer from poor development and planning and limited public transport networks, especially in new neighborhoods, which often lack paved streets and utilities. This lack of transport prevents Palestinian women from securing employment. A Kayan-Feminist Organization surveyshowed that while the number of Palestinian women in Israel who obtain drivers’ licenses is on the rise, 37 percent of respondents said they were unable to buy a car because they lack the financial means, and 23 percent said they did not own a vehicle because of traditions and social barriers. For example, Druze women are banned from driving for religious reasons, though some of them have challenged this ban and driven cars.The severe shortage of daycare facilities in Palestinian areas also prevents women from entering the labor market. Indeed, only 25 government-supported daycare centers operate in Arab areas in Israel, while 16,000 operate in Jewish areas.Even when Palestinian women work, they suffer a wage gap and double discrimination, as they live in a male-dominated society that also discriminates against Arabs in favor of Jews. Though Israeli law calls for equal pay at work, all women in Israel earn 15 percent less than men, and male Palestinian citizens of Israel earn half the wage of their Jewish counterparts for the same work.These various challenges compel many Palestinian women to stay at home and take care of their children rather than seek employment in the public sphere.The role of patriarchyLike other industrialized societies, Israel is patriarchal, grounded in ideas of male superiority. This can be seen in the separation between the private and the public and the wage gap between men and women.In both Jewish and Palestinian societies, patriarchal attitudes regarding women’s roles and work outside the home are shifting. Official change, however, has only been evident among Jewish Israeli women. Israel’s patriarchy has not prevented Jewish women from attaining one of the world’s highest labor participation rates, while Palestinian women’s participation remains low.The vast majority of Arab society supports women’s higher education and women’s basic right to work, though this support declines to some extent among those who identify as religious, regardless of sect. Yet even the Islamic Movement in Israel, traditionally accused of conservatism regarding women, has emphasized the importance of female education. The movement’s northern branch, outlawed by Israel, supports women’s education though it continues to segregate boys and girls and build separate schools for girls.Shifts in Palestinian patriarchal culture have been faster and more comprehensive among the people of Galilee, Christians, and self-identified secular women. Christian women participate in the labor market at a rate of 45 percent compared to 23.9 percent of Muslim women. This difference can be attributed to the fact that the majority of Christians live in cities, where women find more employment opportunities than those living in suburbs and villages. Members of the Christian community also enroll their children in higher education programs more than their Muslim and Jewish counterparts, tend to marry late, and have the state’s lowest birth rate. These factors, as well as the fact that Christian women are not subject to the same social restrictions as women of other religions or women living in certain areas, such as the Naqab, have helped increase their labor participation.Bedouin women in the southern Naqab have the lowest rate of participation among Palestinian women, with only 6 percent in the labor force. Israel’s repression of Naqab Bedouins, who number about 130,000, or 11 percent of the Palestinian population within the state, contributes to this low rate.The Bedouin community faces the constant threat of deportation and demolition of their homes. Several laws that would improve the status of Bedouin women, such as the 1977 Penal Code that stipulates a five-year prison sentence for polygamy, remain unenforced, and polygamy among Bedouin men has risen 20-30 percent. Nevertheless, women’s education is improving in the Naqab, and growing numbers of female Bedouin university students and activists are working to support women socially and challenge the state’s racist policies.Palestinian challenges to the Israeli systemPalestinian civil society in Israel plays an important role in supporting women’s empowerment, including by organizing outreach campaigns, workshops, and training courses to promote women’s leadership, as well as publishing reports and research papers on women. Most local women’s organizations, including the Kayan-Feminist Organization in Haifa and Women Against Violence in Nazareth, mainly focus on violence against women. Some Israeli organizations operate within the Palestinian community under Palestinian administration, such as Shatil, which supports Palestinian organizations that focus on women’s empowerment, and human rights organizations such as Mossawa Center and Adalah.Yet Palestinian politicians and organizations in Israel mainly focus their actions around seminars, meetings, and statements. Rarely is a pragmatic policy, specific action plan, or inclusive framework to coordinate among the parties offered. And even when a policy is presented, such initiatives usually lack follow-up. This has been the case with the 2006 “Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel,” which was drafted by NGOs and Palestinian academics in Israel. The document seeks to confirm the historic rights of the Palestinian minority and calls for an inclusive state in lieu of a “democratic Jewish state.”However, some Palestinian legislators in the Knesset are working more actively to improve the status of Palestinian women in the labor market and ensure the applicability of labor laws to them. Among them are MK Aida Toma-Suleiman of the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, which lobbies for the enforcement of laws that guarantee women’s inclusion. The Women’s Lobby in Israel is also working on a hotline to receive complaints from women subject to illegal labor practices and to assist them in the judicial process.Some Palestinian male MKs, including Massoud Ghanayem of the Islamic Movement’s southern branch, strongly condemn the exploitation of women in the workplace. They call for protection and support of female workers and stricter monitoring of workplaces. They also call for rights such as the minimum wage. Former MK Issam Makhoul has said that Toma-Suleiman’s heading of the Women’s Committee in the Knesset is a positive and important indicator of support for Palestinian women’s rights.The obstacles facing Palestinian women in Israel necessitate action, particularly by Palestinian intellectuals, parties, and religious leaders, to change preconceptions and enhance women’s role and participation. While they must focus on supporting women’s emancipation from patriarchal structures that define their participation within the family, they must principally fight against Israel’s repressive and discriminatory policies.
(Source / 01.10.2017)

43 Israeli Violations against Palestinian Journalists for September 2017

01 OCT
8:59 PM

The Palestinian Ministry of Information (MOI) has documented a number of Israeli violations in an ongoing systematic escalation against Palestinian journalists, perpetrated in an attempt to whitewash Israeli crimes against the Palestinians.

In a report issued by the Mentoring and Follow-up Unit in the ministry, it mentioned that 43 violations committed by Israeli occupation forces during September of 2017, including direct target, detention, interrogation, shooting and preventing them from covering events.

Israeli forces abducted four journalists while they were working. According to Al Ray, they are identified as follows: Ragheed Tabeesah, Abdulrahman Awad, Alaa’ Badarnah, and Mohammed Awad. Another four journalists were detained, including Kayd Hussein, Hazem Badr, Essam Rimawi, and Talal Abu Rahma. Israeli forces also interrogated three others, known as Dawod Afana, Mohammed Batari, and Ahmed Jalajel.

The report also recorded one case of extended detention for Ragheed Tabeesah, three others of actual judgments, and three of postponed trial for several times.

Eight correspondents were beaten and suffocated with toxic gas as they were banned from covering newsworthy events.

Israeli soldiers broke into the homes of five journalists and ransacked their belongings. They also confiscated two homes and imposed fines

Forces prevented two press crews from covering events and protests, while threatening and abusing three other journalists; moreover, Al-Jazeera’s Jerusalem office was closed, their permits withdrawn.

(Source / 01.10.2017)

PLO Officials Criticize US Attempts to Validate Occupation

01 OCT
8:41 PM

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi and the Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee Dr. Saeb Erekat both issued press releases criticizing US ambassador David Friedman, who said that Israel is occupying only 2% of the West Bank, among other statements that show his “blatant bias to Israel,” as Dr. Ashrawi called it, whereas Dr. Erekat said that it is an attempt to normalize Israel’s colonial policies.

According to the PNN, Dr. Ashrawi said that “The US Ambassador to Israel has proved once again that he is completely removed from reality. In addition to his long-standing support for Israeli settlements, and after referring to the “alleged occupation” of Palestinian land, he has the audacity to maintain that Israel occupies only 2% of the West Bank and that illegal settlements that carve, annex and steal Palestinian land are part of Israel. This Ambassador has continued to visit illegal settlements and even joined the Israeli celebrations in June marking the occupation of Palestinian land in 1967.

“Not only does the Ambassador break from long-standing US policy, he is also at odds with the international legal, political and moral consensus. His positions are a mirror reflection of the settlers’ ideology in Israel’s right-wing coalition government rather than that of successive administrations that have claimed to be invested in peace.

“The US Ambassador to Israel cannot impose his alternative facts or realities on an entire people that has been held captive under a brutal occupation for half a century. The occupation exists. Settlements are illegal under international law and constitute a war crime. These facts and realities are not in question.

“If the US Administration is truly committed to peace, it will hold its Ambassador accountable for his consistently outrageous and morally repugnant attitude, actions and statements.”

For his part, Dr. Erekat said that it is not the first time that Mr. David Friedman has exploited his position as US ambassador to advocate and validate the Israeli government’s policies of occupation and annexation. He was the first US ambassador to participate in the Israeli celebrations of the colonial occupation and annexation of East Jerusalem this June, has continuously announced his intention to continue visiting illegal settlements in Occupied Palestine, as well as he has referred to the Israeli occupation of Palestine as “alleged”.

His latest statement about Israel, “occupying only 2% of the West Bank” declaring that “Israeli settlements are part of Israel” is not only false and misleading but contradicts international law, United Nations resolutions and also the historical US position.

Israel is internationally recognized as the occupying power over 100% of Palestine, including in and around Occupied East Jerusalem. Such positions undermine ongoing efforts towards achieving a just and lasting peace between Israel and Palestine on the 1967 border.

(Source / 01.10.2017)

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians, Cause Fire In Two Homes, And Abduct A Woman Near Bethlehem

01 OCT
9:40 AM

Several Israeli army jeeps invaded, earlier on Sunday morning, the town of Doha, west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, searched many homes and injured many Palestinians before abducting one woman, and caused fires in two homes.

The invasion was carried out by a large military force before the soldiers initiated violent searches of many homes after breaking into them, especially near a mosque, in the center of the town.

Medical sources said many Palestinians were injured by live Israeli army fire following clashes that took place in the center of the town.

The soldiers also abducted several Palestinians during the home invasions and violent searches; one of them is a woman, identified as Amal Abdullah Sa’adi, 52.

Also, a fire, resulting from the Israeli concussion grenades, burnt various sections of a home, owned by Mohammad Khalil Soubani, before Palestinian firefighters rushed to extinguish it.

Furthermore, the soldiers surrounded another home, inhabited by members of Sa’ad family, and invaded it before collecting medication and their containers, and detonated them in the property, causing fires and extensive damage. Palestinian firefighters managed to contain the fire, but after it caused serious damage.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers have abducted at least six Palestinians from their homes, in different parts of the West Bank.

The army also claimed it managed to locate four pistols in Bani Neim town, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

(Source / 01.10.2017)

IOF prevents Palestinians from picking olive harvest in Qalqilya

Harvesting Olives forbidden

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Saturday attacked and prevented Palestinian farmers from picking olive harvests in al-Nabi Elyas village east of Qalqilya, in the northern West Bank.

IOF soldiers forced the farmers out of the area and warned them of accessing their lands.

A local source told the PIC that the IOF’s attack came in response to incitement by settlers of the adjacent settlement of Maale Shamron where about 1,000 of Jewish settlers reside illegally over 600 dunums of Palestinian land, which Palestinians are prohibited to access.

(Source / 01.10.2017)

IOA confiscates Palestinian land in Ramallah province

Stealing land Deir Nitham

Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) handed over on Saturday confiscation orders stipulating seizing 4 dunums and 700 meters of agricultural land in Deir Nitham village to the northwest Ramallah.

IOA claimed that the confiscation was aimed at building a fence around Halmish settlement which has been under construction for three weeks.

Head of the village’s council Ahmad al-Tamimi told Quds Press that the confiscated land is located at the main road and connects Halmish roundabout to the village’s junction.

Tamimi opined that the confiscation decision declared the seized lands as a state property, saying that it is aimed at expanding the boundaries of Halmish settlement for security reasons.

The village has been suffering from Israeli violations including seizing and leveling of lands and uprooting of trees for 20 years, he pointed out.

(Source / 01.10.2017)

10 Palestinian families unable to bid last farewell to slain sons

Unable last farewell

The bodies of 10 Palestinians killed by the Israeli occupation forces over the past couple of years are still withheld by the Israeli authorities.

The ten Palestinians were killed by the occupation forces during the Jerusalem anti-occupation intifada (uprising), which started in early October 2015.

The list of casualties whose bodies have not been released by the occupation authorities includes 16-year-old Mohamed al-Tarayra, shot dead on June 30, 2016; 18-year-old Adel Ankoush, killed on June 16, 2017; and Nimer al-Jamal, killed on September 26, 2017.

The Israeli prosecution said it had buried four Palestinians killed during the same period in the Cemetery of Numbers.

In early January, the Israeli cabinet ruled that the bodies of slain Hamas affiliates be not handed over to their families and be buried in the Cemetery of Numbers.

(Source / 01.10.2017)