Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 120th time

Israeli forces demolish the Bedouin village of the Negev desert on 3 October 2017

Israel today demolished the Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev desert for the 120th time, according to official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

The site reported that staff from the Israel Land Authority (ILA) accompanied Israel Police and bulldozers who raided the village and demolished the makeshift homes made out of tin that the residents build every time the village is demolished.

An Israeli court ruled last month that six residents of Al-Araqeeb must pay 262,000 shekels ($72,000) for previous demolition costs, in addition to 100,000 shekels ($27,693) to cover the costs of the state’s lawyer. This is in addition to previous costs which Israel has demanded villagers pay for demolitions.

According to Al-Araqeb residents, before the latest court ruling, the village was ordered to pay more than two million shekels ($541,000) for the cumulative cost of Israeli-enforced demolitions carried out against the village since 2010.

Al-Araqeeb was last demolished on 3 October.

Al-Araqeb is one of 35 “unrecognised” Bedouin villages. According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), more than half of the approximately 160,000 Bedouins in the Negev reside in unrecognised villages.

Read: Planned Negev train line infringes on rights of Bedouin citizens

The unrecognised Bedouin villages were established in the Negev soon after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war following the creation of the State of Israel.

Right groups say that the demolition of unrecognised Bedouin villages is a central Israeli policyaimed at removing the indigenous Palestinian population from the Negev and transferring them to government-zoned townships to make room for the expansion of Jewish Israeli communities.

(Source / 25.10.2017)

Israeli Soldiers Install Barbed Wires, Hand Demolition Order Against Home In Bethlehem

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Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the al-Walaja village, northwest of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, installed barbed wires along the Annexation Wall, built on the villagers’ lands, and handed a demolition order targeting one home.

Ibrahim Awad, a local activist in al-Walaja, said the soldiers installed barbed wires along the Annexation Wall, extending from the village’s northern entrance near the Cremisan Monastery all the way to al-Hadafa Spring area.

Awad added that the soldiers also invaded Ein Jweiza area, in the northern part of al-Walaja, and handed a demolition order against a two-story home, owned by Mahmoud Mohammad Radwan, under the allegation of being built without a permit.

It is worth mentioning that the army previously issued many similar orders targeting homes in the same area; some were demolition orders, and others were orders to halt construction, which is usually the step that precedes demolition.

The wall and the illegal Israeli colonies have isolated al-Walaja from several directions, except for its road leading to Beit Jala city, and are isolating the Palestinians from approximately 3000 dunams of their lands, where the Jerusalem City Council is planning a metropolitan park for Israelis.

(Source / 25.10.2017)

Israeli army chases down Palestinian farmers in Ras al-Ahmar

Al-Ras al-Ahmar stormed

The Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday morning stormed al-Ras al-Ahmar, in the northern Jordan Valley, and cracked down on Palestinian farmers.

According to local sources, Israeli army patrols chased down Palestinian farmers while they were cultivating their land lots in Ras al-Ahmar.

The occupation forces stopped agricultural tractors and vehicles working in Palestinian farmlands in the area.

Palestinian farmers in Ras al-Ahmar have been permanently targeted by the Israeli army. At least three Israeli settlements and two military camps surround Palestinian ranches in the area.

(Source / 25.10.2017)

Israeli settlers ransack cemetery of Iraqi soldiers in Jenin

Settlers cemetry Iraqi soldiers

Israeli settlers on Wednesday morning scoured the Cemetery of slain Iraqi soldiers south of Jenin province, under heavy military escort.

Reporting from the northern occupied West Bank province of Jenin, a PIC news correspondent said Israeli soldiers cordoned off al-Shuhadaa Square and Berkin at daybreak and sealed off the area with a military checkpoint before they took live pictures of Palestinian homes and buildings.

Israeli settlers also showed up in the area and stormed the cemetery of the Iraqi Army’s martyrs who fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

(Source / 25.10.2017)

Israeli army conducts artillery drills east of Gaza

Drills east of Gaza

The Israeli occupation army started on Wednesday morning large-scale artillery drills to the east of the Gaza Strip, particularly in the vicinity of Eshkol regional council (rural settlements).

The Israeli army already warned Jewish settlers living in Eshkol settlements to stay away from the areas where the drills would take place from 08:30 am to 03:00 pm.

A Hebrew news website said that heavy artillery projectiles would be fired during the drills and that loud explosions would be heard along the eastern border of Gaza.

(Source / 25.10.2017)

Syrian Coalition: Russia’s Tuesday Veto is ‘Tacit Admission’ of Assad’s Full Responsibility for Chemical Attacks

The Syrian Coalition said that the Russian veto aimed at obstructing JIM’s efforts is a tacit admission of Assad’s total and direct responsibility for the crime of using chemical weapons in Syria.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Coalition strongly condemned Russia’s use of its veto power on the UN Security Council on Tuesday preventing the renewal of the mandate for the United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM).

“It is the ninth time Russia has used its veto power at the UN Security Council to hinder international action on Syria in an attempt to shield perpetrators from answering for their actions. The Russian position risks opening the door to a world in which war criminals commit crimes without any fear of the consequences,” the Coalition stressed.

The Coalition pointed out that in every time Russia used its veto power its aims was to shield the Assad regime and give it more time to kill and displace more Syrian civilians.

“Russia’s full responsibility for the current situation makes it imperative that the rest members of the international community take action and shoulder their responsibilities to maintain international peace and security and free the Syrian people and the world from the terrorist Assad regime which has long ruled the Syrian people with the use of iron and fire.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 25.10.2017)

PA security kidnaps ex-detainee from his home in al-Khalil

Qassam Halayka

“Qassam Halayka with his father Mousa”

Officers from the Palestinian Authority (PA) preventive security apparatus on Tuesday night kidnapped 25-year-old Qassam Halayka, a Hamas-affiliated ex-detainee, from his home in Ash-Shuyukh town, northeast of al-Khalil.

Qassam’s mother told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that eight elements from the PA preventive security apparatus stormed her home in al-Zarraqah neighborhood in the town at around 11 o’clock in the evening and rounded up her son.

According to his mother, Qassam got married about two weeks ago and had spent five years at different intervals in Israeli and PA jails.

His father, Mousa Halayka, has been in Israeli jails for 13 years, serving a 22-year prison term on charges related to his affiliation with al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas.

(Source / 25.10.2017)

IOF raids W. Bank homes, kidnaps Palestinians in overnight campaigns

Pal's kidnapped WB

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped last night and at dawn Wednesday several Palestinian citizens from their homes in different West Bank areas and confiscated a Palestinian-owned car in al-Khalil.

According to a statement released by the Israeli army, 14 wanted Palestinians were taken prisoners during West Bank campaigns.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Israeli soldiers stormed Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, ransacked homes and kidnapped three young men.

They added that violent clashes broke out between local young men and soldiers during the IOF campaign in the camp.

In al-Khalil, three citizens were kidnapped from their homes at dawn in Beit Ummar town.

One of the detainees in Beit Ummar was identified as Wahid Abu Mariya, an Islamic Jihad official who spent about 20 years in Israeli jails.

(Source / 25.10.2017)

Duwaik: No democracy without a legislative body

Aziz Duwaik PLC

Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Aziz Duwaik has stressed the importance of the PLC as “a lawmaking and supervisory authority that should have been activated as a first step of the Palestinian reconciliation,” adding that “no democracy without a legislative body.”

Duwaik made his remarks in a recent interview conducted with him by the Palestinian Information Center (PIC).

“The importance of the legislature in any political system comes from that fact that it is seen as one of three important powers, which are the legislative, executive and judicial authorities, and the legislature dominates the legislative reality and the laws that govern the political system…It is, so to speak, the soft power that rules through the laws and legislation it has created,” Duwaik stated.

“In any system that allows the people to have the final word, especially with regard to issues of their society, the legislature is found the most important authority ever and any action overriding it will torpedo the democratic structure,” he added.

Answering a question about the difference between the National Council and the PLC, the speaker affirmed that the National Council was the production of the Palestinian revolution, which had ended a long time ago rendering the council powerless and incapacitated.

“In fact, the National Council has become out-of-date, having no meetings, elections, and control of membership, and after the Palestinian Authority and the Legislative Council were both established, this council became part of history.”

“They started to talk anew about the National Council and reactivating it after Hamas won the 2006 election and secured a majority, so they were pushing for bringing the council to life and managed to keep the Legislative Council away from the Palestinian political life,” Duwaik elaborated.

Asking him about his opinion on the reconciliation agreement signed recently between Hamas and Fatah in Cairo, he underlined that the agreement was a national entitlement and not an achievement, expressing hope that the reconciliation could lead to a real improvement in the people’s living conditions.

He also expressed his dismay at not allowing the PLC to convene and give its blessing to the national reconciliation as a first and immediate step following the signing of the Cairo agreement.

(Source / 25.10.2017)

MP Abu Baker calls on PA to halt arrests, accomplish reconciliation

Najat Abu Baker MP

MP Najat Abu Baker, deputy on Fatah Movement, called on Palestinian Authority (PA) to halt arrest campaigns, accomplish the reconciliation and expand the range of freedoms as a good will to achieve the latest Cairo reconciliation agreement.

Abu Baker expressed her concerns over the continuation of arrests, security campaigns and the closure of societies as well as repression of the media in the West Bank. She called on the PA and its security forces to bear their responsibilities towards the reconciliation.

MP Abu Baker also asked the Palestinian Legislative Council to hold an emergency session in order to monitor the implementation of the reconciliation agreement and ending the internal division which has badly affected the Palestinian people.

(Source / 25.10.2017)