Israel arrests Islamic Jihad’s leader in West Bank

Israeli security forces can be seen in the West Bank

Israeli forces yesterday arrested senior Islamic Jihad leader Tariq Qa’adan after they stormed his house in the West Bank’s northern occupied city of Jenin.

Qa’adan’s family told Quds Press that the occupation forces stormed the leader’s house at 01:30 and arrested him, despite his poor health.

“We’re aware of your health conditions, but we will take you anyway,” one of the raiding Israeli officers was quoted by the Palestinian family as saying. He was due to undergo two surgeries as a result of a health condition, the family noted.

Qa’adan, 47, had spent 19 years held in Israeli jails, during which he was arrested 15 times by the occupation authorities. In 2013, he was held under administrative detention – without charge or trial – but was ultimately set free after carrying out a three-month long hunger strike.

Islamic Jihad: The PA’s actions aim to please the occupation

Israel has been targeting the Islamic Jihad movement following the Israeli-led attack on the Gaza Strip’s cross-border tunnel, fearing revenge by the movement.

On Saturday, the head of the Israeli military authority in the occupied Palestinian territories, Major General Yoav Mordechai, said: “We are aware of the plot that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group plans against Israel… they are playing with fire at the expense of all of Gaza’s residents.”

Israel bombed a Palestinian tunnel on the eastern borders of Khan Yunis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, killing 12 Palestinians.

(Source / 14.11.2017)

Saudi: Palestinian Abbas must endorse US’ plan or leave

Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (1L)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he has to back Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace deal or resign.

According to Israeli sources Abbas was offered an ultimatum after he was summoned to Riyadh last week for a meeting with Bin Salman days after Us Presidential advisor Jared Kushner made an unannounced visit to the Saudi capital to meet the young crown prince. The two are reported to have thrashed out a plan in which Abbas seems to have had no say.

Riyadh had offered to normalise relations with Israel in 2002 on the condition that it agreed to the two-state formula, which more and more Israeli’s, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have rejected.

It’s still not clear what peace deal has been offered to Abbas, but Palestinians will be concerned by Bin Salman’s readiness to rally behind the US President who is described by close associates as the most pro-Israeli president in years. Trump is said to be drafting a deal put together by his son-in-law, Kushner, who is a strong advocate of Israel and his support for the country, say critics,  is odd even by American standards. Kushner has given money to Israeli settlements and his family are close friends of Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli sources also mentioned that Abbas was instructed to stop any further rapprochement with Hamas; an ultimatum that could jeopardise the reconciliation process between the two main Palestinian rivals. If Israeli sources are to be believed than the ultimatum given by Bin Salman seems to be identical to the one made by Netanyahu who is also strongly opposed to the Palestinian unity government.

Though Abbas has rejected the claims made by the Israeli Channel 10, details of the meeting seems to be in line with the Saudi, UAE, Israeli and US vision for the region agreed prior to Trump’s inauguration.

It was widely reported that the US gave its backing for the unpredictable young prince while endorsing a regional plan that included unreserved support for Gulf monarchies; revision of the Iran nuclear deal; and a new Israel-Palestine peace plan.

The Saudis appear to be fully behind this deal whose blueprint has been drawn up by senior members of Trump’s exceptionally pro-Israeli administration.

Since his election, Trump has gone on to describe Saudi Arabia as a “magnificent country” while taking the unprecedented step of visiting the Gulf state in his first official visit, having condemned the rulers during his election campaign. Trump also struck a multibillion dollar dealwith the Saudi royals in May.

Read: Saudi FM refuses to comment on Saudi-Israel cooperation

Trump’s new fondness for the Saudi’s saw him backing the Saudi-UAE media onslaught on Qatar and, last month, he announced he was decertifying the Iran nuclear accord. Last week, when Saudi Arabia arrested scores of princes and businessmen in an “anti-corruption” purge, the president also tweeted his support.

Palestinians no doubt had hoped that a Saudi crown Prince would be a trusted ally who could at the least present their cause with sympathy. They will be concerned over Bin Salman’s ultimatum, which appears to have been coordinated by people that support Netanyahu’s vision for the region which is nothing more than a “state-minus” for the Palestinians.

(Source / 14.11.2017)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eighteen Palestinians In The West Bank”

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The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, eighteen Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The PPS office of Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, said the soldiers abducted six Palestinians, identified as Ala Mohammad Abu Shanab, 22, Khaldoun al-Qitta, Hisham Rabah Freij, Nidal Bilal Ajaj, 33, Eyad Lutfi al-Ashqar, and Ahmad Adel Ammar, 22.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Adel Abu Jheishe, 45, his wife Susan, 42, in addition to Tareq Mustafa Awad, 41, Fadi Sleimiyya, 30, Nasser Rateb Ed’eis, and Omar Raed Masalma.

In Qabatia, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, the soldiers abducted former political prisoner Ali Yousef Kamil, in addition to Abdul-Rahman Mohammad Abu ar-Rob, and Ibrahim Khaled Saba’na.

In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Jamal Sawafta, after stopping him at a sudden military roadblock, north of the city.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Nidal Ibrahim Ata and Rasheed al-Ghaleeth.

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians In The West Bank
Nov 14, 2017 @ 11:12

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, several Palestinian communities in various parts of the occupied West Bank, violently searched and ransacked homes, and abducted at least eight Palestinians, including one woman.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said dozens of soldiers invaded Tulkarem city, and Qaffin town, northeast of the city, before breaking into and searching many homes, and abducted two Palestinians, identified as former political prisoner Moath Samir Haroun, 30, from Tulkarem, and Ahmad Adel Ammar, from Qaffin.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Qabatia town, south of Jenin, also in northern West Bank, searched homes and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Ali Yousef Kamil, 32, in addition to Abdul-Rahman Mohammad Abu ar-Rob, 30, and Ibrahim Khaled Saba’na, 22.

The soldiers also invaded homes in Ethna town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and abducted Adel Mohammad Abu Jheishe, 45, his wife Susan, 42, and Tareq Mohammad Awad, 41.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded many neighborhoods in Hebron city, and nearby towns, especially Sammoa’, Yatta and Ethna, and installed roadblocks on main roads leading to the towns of Sa’ir and Halhoul, in addition to Hebron’s northern entrance, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their Id cards.

The army also invaded and searched many homes in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, especially al-Khalla and el-Ein areas, causing excessive property damage, and anxiety attacks among many residents, mainly the children, as the soldiers used dogs in searching the properties after violently storming them.

The soldiers removed and destroyed tiles from many of the invaded homes, and confiscated Palestinian flags, and pictures of slain Palestinians.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Jamal Sawafta, from Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, after stopping him at a sudden military roadblock, north of the city.

(Source / 14.11.2017)

Palestinians injured in attacks by settlers & soldiers south of Nablus

Attacks in Nablus

Six Palestinian citizens suffered injuries on Monday night when a horde of Jewish settlers and soldiers attacked them in Kafr Qallil town, south of Nablus city in the occupied West Bank.

According to local sources, settlers stormed the upper area of Kafr Qallil and embarked on throwing stones at local residents.

Consequently, violent clashes broke out between local young men and Israeli soldiers, who rushed to the area to back up the settlers.

Medical sources said that a Red Crescent ambulance crew provided medical assistance to four young men after they suffered injuries during the events.

Two Palestinian citizens also suffered injuries last night when settlers hurled stones at their cars on a road near Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus.

(Source / 14.11.2017)

Israel forces Jerusalemite family to raze their store in Silwan

Demolish forced of shop

Israeli municipality forced a Palestinian store owner to demolish his own shop in Silwan town south of Occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday.

The Jerusalemite family razed their shop after Israeli municipality of Jerusalem threatened to demolish it, under the pretext that it was built without a permit, and to force them to pay exorbitant demolition costs, according to Majdi al-Abbasi, member of the family.

He added that over the past two years, the family received several demolition notices by the municipality. Twenty days ago, Israeli crews, however, handed the family a demolition notice stipulating razing their shop at any moment.

Abbasi stated that his family preferred to raze their store by themselves because they cannot afford the too high expenses of having it knocked down by the municipality.

He noted that the store’s area is estimated at 55 square meters and it was built with metal siding. It was constructed two years ago, he added.

This is the second self-demolition of structures in Silwan in the past 48 hours after another Palestinian resident demolished  a part of his house in Silwan for the same reason following Israeli municipality threats to demolish the house and force him to pay unreasonable costs for the demolition.

Jerusalemite people usually choose to demolish their own buildings in order to avoid the extremely high costs which could reach up to 80,000 shekels if being done by Israeli municipality.

(Source / 14.11.2017)

IOF, settlers break into al-Khalil Old City

Al-Khalil Old City

Groups of Jewish settlers escorted by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed the Old City of al-Khalil on Tuesday morning and attacked Palestinian citizens.

The PIC reporter said that IOF soldiers closed a number of shops, checked the IDs of the Palestinian youths at their entry to the Old City and arrested Khalil al-Tamimi, 18, and took him to an unknown destination.

Settlers, from the illegal settlement outposts in al-Khalil: Beit Hadassah, Beit Romano and Tel Rumeida, broke into the historic area in the city and attacked shops’ owners and the passingby Palestinians.

(Source / 14.11.2017)

Palestinian human rights bill on child imprisonment introduced in United States Congress

The following press release is reprinted from the No Way to Treat a Child campaign. U.S. lawmakers seek to prohibit taxpayer funds from supporting human rights violations against Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention system

Washington, D.C., November 14, 2017—Members of Congress on Tuesday introduced a bill prohibiting U.S. financial support of abuses against Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system, putting violations under the magnifying glass of U.S. taxpayers.

The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act requires the Secretary of State to certify annually that no funds obligated or expended in the previous year by the United States for assistance to Israel have been used to support the ill-treatment of Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces from the occupied West Bank.

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) brought the bill to the floor, with eight original co-sponsors, including Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

An estimated 10,000 Palestinians between the ages of 12 and 17 in the West Bank have been subject to arrest, detention, interrogation, and/or imprisonment under the jurisdiction of Israeli military courts since 2000. This bill was drafted in response to widely documented rights violations carried out by Israeli military and police against children within the military detention system, including torture or cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.

“Despite ongoing engagement with UN bodies and repeated calls to abide by international law, Israeli military and police continue night arrests, physical violence, coercion, and threats against Palestinian children,” said Khaled Quzmar, general director of Defense for Children International – Palestine. “These practices remain institutionalized and systemic rather than last resort measures, and we call on the U.S. to halt its support of these violations.”

The bill aims to establish, as a minimum safeguard, a U.S. demand for basic due process rights for and an absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children arrested and prosecuted within the Israeli military court system.

Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes an estimated 500 to 700 children each year in military courts that lack fundamental fair trial rights and protections.

In every annual report on Israel and the occupied territories released since 2007, U.S. authorities have openly acknowledged the prevalence of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children and the denial of fair trials rights in the Israeli military detention system.

In 2013, UNICEF released a report titled Children in Israeli Military Detention: Observations and Recommendations. The report concluded that “ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process.”

Despite sustained engagement by UNICEF and repeated calls to end night arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention, Israeli authorities have persistently failed to implement substantive reforms to end violence against child detainees.

(Source / 14.11.2017)

Israeli occupation forces seize former prisoner Tareq Qa’adan, raid Deir Abu Mashaal village

Israeli occupation forces seized at least 14 Palestinians throughout occupied Palestine in pre-dawn raids on Monday, 13 November, including former prisoner and long-term hunger striker Tareq Qa’adan, a prominent leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement.

Qa’adan, 45, was seized after a 1:30 am raid on his home in the town of Arrabeh, south of Jenin. Occupation forces ransacked his home and interrogated him on the spot before seizing him. He has spent over 10 years in Israeli prions in previous detentions – mostly imprisoned without charge or trial – and is related to many other current and former prisoners; his sister, Mona Qa’adan, is also a freed prisoner and prominent activist.

Khader Adnan, prominent former prisoner and long-term hunger striker, said that evidence indicates that the Israeli occupation intends to transfer Qa’adan to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial. He said that he is confident that imprisonment will not break Qa’adan’s will, and that “he adheres firmly to the defense of the Palestinian cause and homeland, even when the price is his freedom.”

The Islamic Jihad movement issued a statement on the detention of Qa’adan, saying that “this unjust detention…comes amid a wave of targeting and escalation by the occupation against the movement and our steadfast people…Our people have known him as a solid national leader who defends the rights of his people and the fundamentals of his cause. He is known for his positive and strong relationships with all political and national forces and their leaders, who has spent long years in detention in the occupation prisons and a hero of the battles of the open hunger strike.”

This was followed on Tuesday morning, 14 November, by raids across the occupied Palestinian West Bank in which Israeli occupation forces seized 18 Palestinians. In Deir Abu Mashaal village west of Ramallah, occupation fores once again engaged in collective punishment of Palestinian families. They stormed the home of the family of Baraa Saleh Atta, killed by occupation forces after he participated in an armed action in which several Israeli police were killed. They confiscated tens of thousands of shekels from the village and arrested Baraa’s brother Nidal. The stolen funds are those that were raised to help support the families of the three young men, whose homes were sealed off and demolished by occupation forces; the Israeli occupation accused that these funds were “supporting terrorism.”

They also raided the towns of Qabatiya, Zababdeh and Maysaloon near Jenin, while in Tulkarem, they seized former prisoner Muath Jaroun, ransacking his home. They also stationed themselves once again at Kadoorie University, where the presence of armed Israeli occupation forces has become a regular threat and barrier to education for Palestinian students.

(Source / 14.11.2017)

Syrian Coalition: Russia Continues to Sabotage Political Process as it Continues Bombing Campaign

Atarib media center said that at least 160 people were killed and injured in the Russian airstrikes that hit the town on Monday. It said that the wounded were taken to field hospitals in Aleppo and Idlib provinces, noting that those with serious injuries were transferred to Turkey for treatment.

The Syrian Coalition strongly condemned the “brutal crime which was committed by aircraft of the Russian occupation forces in the town of Atareb.” It noted that Russia continues to wriggle out of its commitments and obligations towards the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement.

“Instead of changing its positions and exerting pressure on the Assad regime to force it to seriously participate in the Geneva process and abide by UN Security Council resolutions and engage in direct and serious negotiations, this crime one again demonstrated that Russia is unwilling to change its stance. The crime has also proved that Russia is determined to side with the Assad regime,” said the Coalition in a press release issued on Monday.

The Coalition held Russia “directly and fully responsible for the war crimes it has committed in Syria since the beginning of its direct military intervention in Syria as well as for the crimes of genocide and the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons and other internationally prohibited weapons.”

The Coalition called on the UN Security Council to condemn this massacre and its perpetrators as well as to prosecute them by all possible means as war criminals and to take serious action to protect Syrian civilians from these continued massacres.

The civil defense center in Atareb said it had collected the bodies of 53 victims and rescued dozens of those who were wounded. It added that rescue workers were still searching for missing persons under the rubble of bombed buildings. Videos and photos were published showing search and rescue operations which lasted until late at night.

The Directorate of Education in the town of Atareb announced it was suspending schools in the town “for fear of renewed airstrikes, while the town saw an exodus of civilians to nearby towns and villages.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 14.11.2017)

14-year-old child sentenced to six months in Israeli jail

Funds to Gaza

Israel’s Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday sentenced a Palestinian child to six months in jail and a bail on charges of assaulting an Israeli policeman.

The 14-year-old child was sent to jail on allegations that he attempted to attack an Israeli cop in Jerusalem’s town of al-Issawiya and was involved in Molotov cocktail-throwing against Israeli forces, according to Israel’s Channel 2.

The Israeli court also ruled that the child pay a fine of 20,000 shekels.

(Source / 14.11.2017)