Israel demolishes 2 Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem

Home demolished al-Quds

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces reportedly demolished two Palestinian homes on Wednesday in occupied East Jerusalem, according to local sources

Locals todl Ma’an that staff from Israel’s Jerusalem Municipality, under the protection of police forces, raided the neighborhoods of al-Issawiya and Shufat and demolished two homes, under the pretext that they were built without difficult-to-obtain Israeli building permits.
Israeli forces first demolished the home of Sharif Muhsein in al-Issawiya, which according to local activist Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, was still under construction. The demolition reportedly caused damages to the house next door.

Muhsein had attempted to get a licenses for his house after he began construction, and was ordered by the municipality to stop construction until the license application was considered. However, the court denied the license and  issued a demolition order against the house.

Abu al-Hummus added that the municipality has been refusing to approve blueprints to allow residents to built in the village for 20 years.

In Shufat, locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces demolished the home of Jamal Abd al-Hamid Abu Khdeir. The home was two stories, and 240 square meters.

The family told Ma’an said that Jamal had began construction of the building about a month ago and was surprised by the demolition, as it came without any prior notices.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territory (OCHA) confirmed the two demolitions on their twitter account early Monday morning.
Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in East Jerusalem, though the Jerusalem municipality has claimed that compared to the Jewish population, they receive a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities, which also see high approval ratings.
For Jewish Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem’s illegal settlements, the planning, marketing, development, and infrastructure are funded and executed by the Israeli government. By contrast, in Palestinian neighborhoods, all the burden falls on individual families to contend with a lengthy permit application that can last several years and cost tens of thousands of dollars.
According to Daniel Seidemann of the NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem, “Since 1967, the Government of Israel has directly engaged in the construction of 55,000 units for Israelis in East Jerusalem; in contrast, fewer than 600 units have been built for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the last of which were built 40 years ago. So much for (Jerusalem Mayor Nir) Barkat’s claim ‘we build for everyone.’”
According to UN documentation, 211 Palestinians were displaced and 119 buildings have been demolished in East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year as of Nov. 6. Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem reached a record high in 2016.
(Source / 22.11.2017)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct 16 Palestinians In The West Bank”

22 NOV
12:03 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, sixteen Palestinians, including one woman, from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

The Hebron office of the PPS, in southern West Bank, said the soldiers abducted Maisoon Anis al-Halees, from Yatta town, south of Hebron, after invading and searching her home, and released her later.

Also in Yatta, the soldiers abducted Ashraf Nassar, Rasmi Jabr al-Adra, Abdul-Sabour Mohammad Abu Samra, Mousa Younis Abu ‘Arram, Talab Mousa Abu Samra and Mohammad Mousa Abu Samra.

In Jenin governorate, in northern West Bank, the soldiers also invaded and searched many homes, and abducted five Palestinians, identified as Tha’er Jamil Abu Khamis, his brother Yasser, in addition to Ahmad Mahmoud Kabaha, Sa’ad-Eddin Mohammad Jaradat and Ala Abdul-Karim Athamla.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Anan Khader Suleiman, Ahmad Mohammad Suleiman, and Thieb Saleh Thieb.

In Bethlehem, the soldiers abducted Ward Adnan Saifi, from Deheishe refugee camp, south of the city.

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Israel Delays Court Session Of Senior Nonviolent Activist Abdullah Abu Rahma

(Source / 22.11.2017)

Israel Delays Court Session Of Senior Nonviolent Activist Abdullah Abu Rahma

22 NOV
10:32 AM

The Ofer Israeli military court, near Ramallah in central West Bank, has delayed the deliberations of the case against senior nonviolent activist, the head of the “Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission,” Abdullah Abu Rahma.

Abu Rahma was abducted last Sunday at dawn, along with Ahmad Abu Rahma, 16, after the soldiers invaded Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and stormed their homes.

The Commission strongly denounced the abduction and imprisonment of Abu Rahma, said that this was part of Israel’s illegal targeting of nonviolent activists, and demanded his immediate and unconditional release.

It is worth mentioning that six Israeli army jeeps invaded Bil’in, approximately a 12:30 after midnight, November 22, 2017, fired many gas bombs at random, and withdrew an hour later.

In related news, nonviolent activist Ashraf Abu Rahma, who was abducted by the soldiers a month ago, was sentenced by Ofer military court for two additional months, and 5000 Shekels fines.

Photojournalist Haitham Khatib said that Ashraf has been threatened with five additional five years of imprisonment, if he attends the peaceful processions in the village.

Khatib said the army is alleging that Ashraf also “hurled stones at the soldiers,” but confirmed that he and Ashraf marched together. He affirmed Ashraf did not throw stones or resort to any form of violence.

“He is a peaceful activist like me! Israel are trying to destroy my village’s peaceful demonstrations!” Haitham added.

(Source / 22.11.2017)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Residential Towers Slated For Demolition Near Qalandia Terminal

21 NOV
1:13 PM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers, and Army Corps of Engineers, invaded on Tuesday at dawn, the al-Matar neighborhood, adjoining Kafr ‘Aqab neighborhood, close to Qalandia terminal, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and broke into apartments in residential towers, slated for demolition for their “proximity to the Annexation Wall,” and for “being built without permits. “

The soldiers invaded many apartments in the residential buildings, and took personal information from the residents, including ID and phone numbers, and told that they would be contacted five days before the demolitions are carried out.

Israel is aiming at demolishing a local mosque, and six residential buildings of approximately 140 apartments, in al-Matar neighborhood; most of the apartments are already inhabited by dozens of families, who are still fighting legal battles in Israeli courts, but the army is now rushing to demolish them, before the appeals are ruled on by Israeli courts.

On Monday, dozens of soldiers, and border Police officers, in addition to engineers of the Jerusalem City Council, invaded the buildings, and took measurements of the six residential buildings in preparation for demolishing them.

(Source / 22.11.2017)

Abbas ready for ‘historic’ peace deal under Trump

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) meets with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (R) during his official visit in Madrid, Spain on 20 November 2017

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday that he is ready for an “historic” peace deal with Israel under US President Donald Trump’s patronage, the Anadolu Agency reported.

During a speech delivered in the Spanish parliament, Abbas renewed his calls for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, where the Palestinians can live peacefully side by side with the state of Israel.

Trump’s administration has said that it is seeking to revive the peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis after a stalemate of more than three years.

In April 2014, the peace talks stopped after the Israeli occupation government refused to release the third batch of veteran Palestinian prisoners and conceded the notion of the two-state solution.

Abbas called for the Spanish government to recognise Palestine. “It is not reasonable that a states which believes in the two-state solution only recognises one state – Israel.”

Previously, the Spanish parliament voted for a proposal calling for the Spanish government to recognise the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders.

Read: Spanish town Joins BDS

Hailing the Spanish position’s suppor for Palestinian rights, Abbas said: “We hold hopes on the individual Spanish role, as well as on its role as part of the EU to support the national Palestinian rights and a fair solution for the Palestinian issue based on the resolutions of the international community.”

Abbas is in Spain on an official visit which is due to come to a close today.

(Source / 22.11.2017)

British MPs sponsor motion on Israel’s military detention of Palestinian children

A Palestinian child can be being arrested by Israeli security forces

Half a dozen British parliamentarians have launched a parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) condemning the military detention of Palestinian children at the hands of Israeli authorities.

The primary sponsor of the EDM, officially tabled on Monday, is Labour MP Richard Burden, joined by five co-sponsors: Labour’s Lisa Nandy, Andy Slaughter, and Grahame Morris, along with the Liberal Democrats’ Alistair Carmichael, and SNP MP Tommy Sheppard.

The EDM begins by noting “with concern that hundreds of Palestinian children continue to be arrested, detained and tried in Israeli military courts, despite the practice involving widespread and systematic violations of international law and being widely condemned.”

The motion also notes “allegations of ill-treatment at the hands of Israeli authorities include blindfolding, physical violence and arrest at night”, and “the disparity between the treatment of Israeli and Palestinian children by Israeli authorities”.

Read: 300 Palestinian children held in Israel jails

The MPs urge Israeli authorities “to treat Palestinian children in a way that is not inferior to the way they would any Israeli child”, noting that “as the occupying power in the West Bank, Israel has a responsibility under international human rights conventions for the safety, welfare and human rights protection of Palestinian children living under occupation”.

The parliamentarians’ EDM also “notes with concern that the recommendations of UNICEF’s 2013 Children in Israeli Military Detention Report remain largely unmet”, and “urges the Government to urgently engage with the Government of Israel to end the widespread and systemic human rights violations suffered by Palestinian children in Israeli military custody.”

40 Palestinian children were arrested in October
8 of them were tortured

(Source / 22.11.2017)

Save the Children: Rights of Palestinian children eroded in West Bank

Palestinian students attend activities during a summer camp, organized by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) at Zaitoun School in Gaza City, Gaza on 18 July, 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian students attend activities during a summer camp, organised by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) at Zaitoun School in Gaza City, Gaza on 18 July 2017

The right to education of Palestinian children in the West Bank is at risk in the Israeli occupied territories, international NGO Save the Children announced on Monday.

In a statement released to mark Universal Children’s Day, Palestine Country Director Jennifer Moorhead called for authorities to support the greater protection of education centres saying that “children’s most fundamental right to education is being eroded” in the Palestinian territories.

Moorehead spoke of her visit to schools in the West Bank, where she spoke with local community leaders about the issues of access Palestinians were facing. She also cited the numerous demolitions of local schools by Israeli occupying authorities in recent months, including those funded by European charities and NGOs

“School demolitions, threats of violence and harassment, military presence in and around school premises and lack of adequate resources are all undermining children’s basic right to education,” the statement read.

These children are being denied a future in areas where unemployment has risen to among the highest in the world and restrictions on movement make it difficult to get to school or university or access vital healthcare.

Read: Israel attacks Palestinian school children with gas and sound bombs

Save the Children called upon the international community to ensure that Palestinian’s children’s “inalienable right” to education was protected, especially in the occupied territories.

“We call upon those with responsibility for upholding children’s rights in the oPt [occupied Palestinian territories] and world leaders to address the growing child protection risks in the education sector … and to take concrete and immediate steps towards the demilitarisation of school spaces.”

Earlier this year, Israeli occupation authorities destroyed and damaged three internationally funded schools in the West Bank shortly before children were due to begin the new academic year.

According to the Norwegian Refugee Council, which funds schools in the area, more than 60 schools in the West Bank are currently at risk of demolition and children in schools across the West Bank face attacks on their right to education.

The first half of 2017 saw 93 “education-related incidents” affecting 13,906 Palestinian students, including Israeli soldiers firing tear gas canisters and sound bombs at students on their way to or from school, as well as the arrest of children from their classrooms and harassment at checkpoints.

Read: British MPs sponsor motion on Israel’s military detention of Palestinian children

284 students, teachers staff working in education institutes were injured by #Israel‘s #occupation forces

#Palestinian #education is under attack – https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170828-education-is-a-…/

MEMO infographic by The White Canvas

(Source / 22.11.2017)

Israeli court imposes two life sentences on Palestinian Malek Hamed

Malek Hamed

Ofer military court on Wednesday handed two life sentences to the Palestinian prisoner Malek Hamed who is a resident of Silwad town to the east of Ramallah.

MivzakLive website said that Hamed was convicted of carrying out a car-ramming attack in which an Israeli soldier was killed and three others were injured near Ofra settlement in April 2017.

The Hebrew website added that Hamed was also ordered to pay a financial compensation worth 280,000 shekels ($800,000) to the family of the dead soldier and to another soldier who sustained moderate injuries in the attack.

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested Hamed on 6th April 2017 after he carried out an anti-occupation car-ramming attack near Ofra settlement built by force on Palestinian lands to the northeast of Ramallah.

In August 2017, the IOF demolished Hamed’s family’s house in a collective punishment campaign launched against the families of the Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against the Israelis.

(Source / 22.11.2017)

Coalition Official: We Support Arab League’s Decisions to Deter Iran

An official of the Syrian Coalition called on the Arab countries to form an alliance to put an end to the “terrorism Iran is practicing” in the region, urging the League to take “all necessary measures” through the UN Security Council to “curb Iran’s interference.”

“We encourage the formation of an Arab alliance that would form the nucleus of an international coalition aimed at confronting Iran’s plans and terror,” Ahmad Ramadan, Head of the Syrian Coalition’s Media Department, told Anadolu news agency on Monday.

“We should prevent Iran from exploiting the intra-Arab differences,” Ramadan stressed.

In a statement after an extraordinary meeting requested by Saudi Arabia, the Arab foreign ministers said they would ask the Arab Group at the UN to address the UN Security Council over Iran’s interference. They also condemned the Lebanese Hezbollah militia and decided to ban Iranian-funded television channels from Arab satellites.

Ramadan added that “the Syrian Coalition welcomes the adoption of a unified Arab position of the Iranian interventions and Tehran’s attempts to spread chaos and terrorism in the region.”

“The issuance of a statement is not enough. There is a need to take action through the UN Security Council and make the necessary decisions. It should be unacceptable how Iran sponsors transnational terrorism while considering itself above the law without being faced by any deterrent measure at the international level.”

“Iran’s actions in Syria are a stark example of the terrorism being carried out by its militias in the region,” Ramadan added. “Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the Syrian Coalition has been calling on the Arab League to take action against Tehran’s interference and its plans to foment sectarian tensions in the region.”

Ramadan accused Iran of seeking to change the demographic landscape in Syria. “What is happening now is very dangerous. Iran is sponsoring through its arms the process of demographic change by displacing the Syrian people and replacing them with its mercenaries.”

“These plans must sound the alarm bells for all Arab countries. We believe that the latest action by the Arab League is just the beginning that should continue and develop into more serious and firm stances.”

Ramadan went on: “For the Syrian people, Iran is no less dangerous than the tyrannical Assad regime as the crimes Iran is committing in Syria will continue to live on for decades and will not be forgotten.”

Ramadan concluded his remarks by stressing that “the next stage will witness concrete moves to confront the Iranian incursions deep in the Arab world. The Syrian Coalition is seeking to establish a united Syrian front as part of a larger Arab and international alliance to confront the Iranian threat by all possible means.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 22.11.2017)

Youth left injured in Ramallah as Israeli army chases down activist

Chase down activist

The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday evening raked through Ramallah’s western village of Deir Abu Meshaal, in the central West Bank, as part of an abrupt sweep launched in the hunt for a Palestinian anti-occupation youth.

Israeli Special Forces broke into Deir Abu Meshaal in the hunt for 26-year-old Muneer Othman, affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The Israeli army patrols scoured residential neighborhoods, discharging heavy spates of rubber bullets and teargas canisters. A Palestinian youth was injured with rubber bullets in the attack.

According to local sources, the wanted activist managed to run away.

(Source / 22.11.2017)