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Dagelijks archief 10 november 2017

Israel attacks Palestinian school in Hebron with tear gas

Israeli soldiers aim their weapons and use tear gas at Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem [Anadolu]

Israeli soldiers fire their weapons and use tear gas at Palestinians in Jerusalem

Israeli forces yesterday attacked several Palestinian schools in the occupied West Bank’s southern city of Hebron.

Quds Press reported that the occupation forces stormed a Palestinian school in the south of Hebron and began firing tear gas and sound bombs. The army was targeting teachers and students, according to the agency.

The London-based agency quoted local sources as saying that 15 Palestinian students at the city’s primary school suffered suffocation as a result of the attack.

The sources added that the Israeli forces also fired tear gas at Hebron’s Ziad Jaber School after threatening to place it under siege and storm it.

Video: Israeli soldiers subject Palestinian school kids to intrusive searches

Teachers suspended classes at the Khadija School, sending students home for fear of possible attacks by occupation forces, locals said.

In preparation for the Jewish holiday season, Israel announced the closure of the Ibrahimi Mosque and the security barrier of the Old City of Hebron from this evening until Sunday morning.

(Source / 10.11.2017)

Anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s Death Commemorated in West Bank

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Thousands of Palestinians, yesterday, held rallies in the West Bank city of Ramallah to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the death of iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Thousands of Palestinians joined a rally, organized by Fateh and other Palestinian factions, to mark this anniversary, carrying portraits of Arafat, waiving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans celebrating Arafat’s life.

According to WAFA correspondence, the rally started from Ramallah Secondary Boys School, roaming the main street towards the presidential headquarters (Muqata’a), where senior officials laid wreaths at Yasser Arafat’s mausoleum.

Addressing the rally on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, Deputy Fatah Chairman Mahmoud al-Aloul said: “Not only was Yasser Arafat the leader who inspired the Palestinian revolution, but also the one who inspired liberation movements worldwide.”

He stressed: “We will remain committed to our independent decision. We could not accept ]any solution[ unless it commensurate with the Palestinian people’s ]national aspirations[.”

He expressed the Palestinian leadership’s rejection of any talk about achieving “the deal of the century in the Middle East” as well as any other ideas and proposals that are not based on the Palestinian people’s right to attain freedom and independence.

He reaffirmed the Palestinian leadership’s ongoing efforts to restore national unity and stressed the need that all ]Palestinian[ factions commit to the independent Palestinian decision.

Member of PLO Executive Committee Wassel Abu Yousef expressed the Palestinian leadership and people’s firm attachment to Arafat’s ideals and values and to the realization of their inalienable rights, including the right to establish an independent state on their national soil with East Jerusalem as its capital.

This came as Palestinian students held activities to mark this anniversary across West Bank schools.

In Hebron, Israeli forces disrupted the commemoration of the death of late iconic Palestinian leader.

Large number of troops surrounded a number of schools in Hebron, preventing students from exiting and firing tear gas canisters at students and civilian homes, causing several to suffocate.

However, the main anniversary commemoration activity will be held in Gaza on Saturday November 11, the same day Arafat died 13 years ago at a Paris hospital where he was rushed following deterioration on his health after being under Israeli military siege at his Ramallah headquarters for months.

The Gaza rally, made possible after the recent reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, is going to be held at the Saraya grounds.

A cultural activity is also planned for Friday evening by the Yasser Arafat Foundation at the Ramallah Cultural Palace, where winners of the Yasser Arafat Achievement Award will be announced.

(Source / 10.11.2017)

Syrian Coalition: Iran is Occupying Force Involved in Murder, Displacement, Ethnic & Sectarian Cleansing in Syria

The Syrian Coalition condemned the latest remarks made by Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the threats he issued against the Syrian people. The Coalition stressed that these remarks and explicit threats “blatantly contravene Iran’s so-called role in the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement and violate the agreement itself and are no less heinous than the litany of crimes being committed by the Iranian militias against civilians in Syria on a daily basis.”

In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition said that Velayati’s provocative remarks “have once again exposed the real role Iran is playing in Syria. Instead of carrying out is so-called role as a guarantor of the ‘de-escalation zones agreement,’ Iran is behaving just like an occupying force pursuing a policy of murder, displacement, ethnic and sectarian cleansing.”

“Iran is also seeking to spread extremism and terror with the sole aim of serving its plans for changing the demographic landscape in Syria,” the Coalition added.

“There is no denying the fact that Iran plays a pivotal role in disrupting all efforts to put an end to the bloodshed in Syria and cannot be a guarantor of any agreement.”

The Coalition also condemned the entry of the militias of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) into the town of Albu Kamal and any other part of the Syrian territory as a blatant violation of Syrian sovereignty, especially as the PMF militias are part of the military establishment of the Iraqi government and have previously committed war crimes in Syria.

The Coalition underscored that the Assad regime is primarily responsible for the current situation in Syria and for exposing the country to various forms of foreign hegemony, occupation, and violation of sovereignty. The Coalition renewed calls on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to stop the ongoing crimes against civilians in Syria.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 10.11.2017)

Five Palestinians detained as IOF breaks into Nablus

Arrested from Beit Furik

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested, Friday evening, five Palestinians from Beit Furik and Azmout towns, east of Nablus.

The PIC reporter quoted local sources as saying that several Israeli military jeeps stormed Beit Furik town amid heavy firing of sound bombs.

Local residents responded by throwing stones at the soldiers.

At least one young man, later identified by locals as Mohammed Malitat, was arrested from his house before IOF withdrew from the town.

Meanwhile, three youths were rounded up while others were detained at the outskirts of Azmout town for unknown reasons.

The three detainees were taken to unrevealed location.

Another youngster was arrested from Balata refugee camp, east of the city, while three others were detained at Za’tara checkpoint which links between Nablus and Ramallah.

(Source / 10.11.2017)

Israeli army to grab fertile Palestinian lands in Jordan Valley

Grab fertile land

The Israeli occupation forces on Friday morning ordered Palestinian families to evacuate their facilities in the northern Jordan Valley, putting into effect a recently-issued land grab order.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center that Israeli soldiers ordered Palestinian communities setting up roots in Ein al-Hilweh and Umm al-Jamal, in the Jordan Valley, to leave the area in no more than eight days following an order to seize a set of land tracts.

Israel’s military chief of staff gave instructions for the confiscation of Palestinian land lots in Ein al-Hilweh and Umm al-Jamal and for the evacuation of all residential communities by next week.

In case the inhabitants object the order, they will have all of their properties in the area seized by the announced deadline.

Ein al-Hilweh community is home to 10 Palestinian families and 25 civilian facilities. Umm Jamal community is home to 15 Palestinian families and 40 facilities.

Located some 18 kilometers away from eastern Tubas, Ein al-Hilweh, in al-Malih Valley, is rich with natural resources, most notably water springs and fertile soil. However, as time has passed by, the springs have gone dried out as a result of Israel’s unabated settlement activity in the area.

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(Source / 10.11.2017)

IOF confiscates agricultural equipment from Qaryut villagers


The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday confiscated agricultural equipment belonging to some farmers in Qaryut village, south of Nablus in the West Bank.

Local activist Bashar al-Qaryuti told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Israeli troops stormed the village and detained a group of farmers during their presence on an agricultural road in al-Shu’ab area before confiscating their equipment, with no reason.

Consequently, a brief brawl broke out between the farmers and soldiers, with no reported arrests.

(Source / 10.11.2017)

Suffocation cases reported in IOF quelling of Bilin march


Dozens of Palestinians and foreign activists on Friday choked on teargas after Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) suppressed the peaceful weekly march in Bilin town, near Ramallah, against settlement and the Separation Wall.

The march kicked off after Friday prayer in commemoration of the 13th anniversary of the assassination of the late president Yasser Arafat.

The coordinator of the Popular Committees against Settlement and the Separation Wall in Bilin, Abdulla Abu Rahma, pointed out that Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades and tear gas canisters towards the participants leading to breathing problems among many of them.

The Palestinians along with the activists managed to remove the metal gate of the wall which has been used by IOF soldiers to target the participants of the weekly march in the town. They also destroyed some tents used by the IOF to monitor the inhabitants and arrest the youth activists in the town.

(Source / 10.11.2017)

Politicians call for activating Palestinian political system

Palestinian political system

Politicians and academics in a symposium held in Istanbul on Friday called for reforming the Palestinian political system and completing the reconciliation process.

Vision Center for Political Development on Friday organized a symposium that is scheduled to last for two days to discuss many topics on the development of the Palestinian political system with the participation of Palestinian political figures as well as a group of journalists and activists interested in the Palestinian political affairs.

Director of Vision Center, Ahmad Atawneh, said that the conflicts plaguing the region will increase the challenges facing the Palestinian cause, but he added that the practical steps being made to bring the reconciliation deal into effect will give the cause more popular support.

For his part, Rafiq Abdulsalam, the director of the Tunisia-based Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, said that the Israeli occupation has employed the Palestinian internal division to harm the Palestinian cause, stressing that unity is the only way for the Palestinian people to counter the threats facing them.

The Palestinian ambassador to Turkey, Fayed Mustafa, noted, “We’ve entered a new phase in the history of the Palestinian cause and we must not let down the people who are waiting for us to take actual steps on the ground.”

Hani al-Masri, a political analyst, affirmed that the Palestinian political institutions, including the Palestine Liberation Organization, are in a deplorable state, stressing the need to break Mahmoud Abbas’s monopoly on power and decision-making and establish a national program based on political pluralism.

(Source / 10.11.2017)

After long years in jail, IOA releases prisoner Mohamed Abu Rizq

Release Mohamed Abu Rizq

After 13 years in Israeli jails, the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Thursday evening released Palestinian prisoner Mohamed Abu Rizq, a resident of Balata refugee camp in Nablus city.

Abu Rizq was arrested on November 11, 2004 on charges related to his involvement in armed activities against Israel before he was released from the Negev jail yesterday.

Scores of citizens rallied last night at the entrance of Balata camp and celebrated the release of Abu Rizq.

(Source / 10.11.2017)

IOA razes vast tracts of land west of Salfit

Stealing land Salfit

Large tracts of Palestinian land were seized and bulldozed by the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Thursday in al-Duhour al-Ra’awiya area in Salfit between the towns of Burqin and Kafr ad-Dik.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that the bulldozers also razed pastoral lands belonging to Palestinian farmers from the towns, without prior notice.

They also said that excavators with hydraulic hammers embarked on breaking rocks in the area in order to use them to pave roads in Brukhin settlement.

(Source / 10.11.2017)