Official report: Israeli government encourages killing Palestinians

Beersheba main road closed

The Palestinian national office for the defense of land and resistance of settlement accused Israeli war minister Avigdor Lieberman with inciting settlers to kill Palestinians. The office also charged the Israeli government of confiscating Palestinian lands.

In a weekly report on Saturday, the office referred to Lieberman’s remarks in which he praised the Jewish settler who cold-bloodedly murdered martyr Mahmoud Odeh last Thursday near Qusra town to the south of Nablus.

The report also warned that an Israeli committee of the Interior Ministry has recently recommended the establishment of a settlement outpost including 4 settlement neighborhoods near Qalqilya.

It also highlighted that the Israeli government aims at lowering the percentage of Palestinians in Occupied Jerusalem through the implementation of “The Greater Jerusalem” project which allows the separation of Shufat refugee camp and Kafr Aqeb town from the city.

(Source / 03.12.2017)

Injuries reported in clashes following funeral of martyr Odeh

Martyr Odeh

A number of Palestinians on Saturday choked on tear gas when Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) dispersed the participants in the funeral of martyr Mahmoud Odeh in Qusra town to the south of Nablus, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent society in the city.

Emad Jamil, alderman of Qusra town, revealed that large numbers of IOF soldiers were deployed at the eastern entrance to the town. Violent clashes erupted in the area where the IOF fired stun grenades and teargas canisters in addition to live bullets at the participants in the funeral.

Israeli soldiers even targeted the citizens’ homes in the eastern neighborhoods. As a result, some of the residents including children suffered breathing problems and received treatment in the field.

The IOF threatened the protesters of closing the town’s eastern entrance with cement blocks in case the clashes went on.

Thousands of Palestinians in Nablus governorate on Saturday bade farewell to martyr Mahmoud Odeh who was killed by an Israeli settler while he was working in his land east of Qusra town last Thursday.

(Source / 03.12.2017)

Gaza, West Bank crossing points blocked due to Israeli strike

Strike crossings

Major crossings between Israel and the Palestinian territories are expected to be shut down on Sunday due to an Israeli labor dispute, halting the transfer of goods and banning the movement of over 70,000 Palestinian workers, Hebrew sources reported on Saturday.

Israel’s border crossing staff members, who administer many of the border terminals between Israel, the occupied West Bank, and the blockaded Gaza Strip, have been on a strike to protest their employment conditions.

The union representing crossings workers said that they had reached an impasse in talks with government officials.

Among the border crossings affected by the strike will be Gaza’s Erez crossing — the main passage point for civilians in and out of the Strip — as well as the Kerem Abu Salem crossing, the main point of entry for goods into Gaza.

The entry of essential equipment and much-needed humanitarian aid will also be at risk as a result of the strike.

(Source / 03.12.2017)

Arrests reported in West Bank sweep by Israeli army

Breaks in al-Khalil

A number of Palestinians were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at daybreak Sunday in abduction sweeps rocking the West Bank.

The Israeli army claimed responsibility for the abduction of five Palestinians at predawn time on allegations of involvement in anti-occupation activities.

The occupation soldiers also seized thousands of shekels in assaults on West Bank provinces.

Three Palestinian cars were also seized by Israel’s military troops in Qalqilya on claims that they have been used in resistance activities.

At the same time, the IOF stormed Qalqilya’s eastern town of Azzoun at the crack of dawn and took pictures of Palestinian homes and commercial facilities.

On Saturday evening, Palestinian university student Mo’men Mesek, the son of the slain Palestinian protester Raed Mesek, along with another Palestinian civilian, were kidnapped by the Israeli forces during assaults on the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 03.12.2017)

Israeli settlers defile Aqsa’s Dome of Rock under police shield

Dome of Rock

Israeli settlers on Sunday ascended the holy Dome of the Rock at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque—the third holiest site in Islam.

Israeli policemen escorted Israeli settlers as they defiled the Dome of the Rock.

The Islamic Endowment Department in Occupied Jerusalem strongly condemned the break-in, which it said makes part of a preplanned Israeli scheme to Judaize the site.

Muslim guards at al-Aqsa tried to prevent the settlers from defiling the sacred Dome of the Rock. However, the escorted Israelis paid no heed to their warnings.

(Source / 03.12.2017)

Trump warned not to recognize J’lem as Israel’s capital

Delay move US embassy

Pentagon and state department officials have warned US president Donald Trump of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying such step would have serious dimensions, Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper claimed.

According to the newspaper, those officials expressed their belief that such step would provoke great anger among the Palestinians and lead to security instability in Israel.

The step would also make US embassies under constant security threat and would lead to legal implications, the officials added.

Trump is likely to announce during the coming day that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a senior administration official said last Friday, a move that could inflame further tension in the Middle East.

Senior Palestinian officials also warned that such US move would have serious ramifications for the Palestinian question and the region.

Secretary-General of the PLO executive committee and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said, “Any American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will bring about the end of the Jerusalem cause. This cause is weighty and dealing with it is playing with fire.”

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, said US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would “torpedo the peace process” and “destabilize the region.”

Trump could make such incendiary declaration in a speech on Wednesday, though he is expected to again delay his campaign pledge to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

(Source / 03.12.2017)

Factions march in Gaza demands lifting PA punishments

PA punishments have to stop

Palestinian factions on Sunday demanded that the Palestinian Authority (PA) lift the punishments imposed by the government on the Gaza Strip and form a national committee to back up the reconciliation efforts.

During a march that was held on Sunday to support reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah Movements, Saleh Naser, a leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, stressed  the importance to activate the managerial and legal committee in accordance with the Hamas-Fatah agreement in October 2017.

Naser also highlighted the need to abide by the agreements signed in 2011 and 2017 as well as the Cairo Agreement on November 21.  He called on the PA government to bear all of its responsibilities and fulfill its duties in the ministries and other institutions in the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 03.12.2017)

Yitzhar settlement, “ongoing nightmare” for Palestinian towns


Since the foundation stone was laid in 1983 for the illegal settlement of Yitzhar on Mount Salman al-Farisi in south of Nablus, Israel has embarked on expanding it over lands annexed from nearby towns, including Asira al-Qibliya.

Its establishment marked an era of suffering for the local population, who has been exposed ever since to countless attacks by the extremist settlers of Yitzhar.

The inhabitants of Yitzhar have a reputation as being among the most extreme Israeli settlers in the West Bank, and regularly assault local Palestinian civilians in nearby towns and on roads.

Chief of the town Hafed Saleh told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that there are about 180 settlements and 175 outposts in the West Bank, but Yitzhar is considered the most violent towards the Palestinians.

(Source / 03.12.2017)

Sheikh Hussein warns of recognizing J’lem as Israel’s capital

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohamed Hussein

Sheikh Mohamed Hussein, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, has warned against the intended US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it will lead to more instability in the region.

In press remarks on Sunday, Sheikh Hussein said that the US administration’s intents to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as a capital of the Israeli occupation state would be a serious assault on the Arabs and Muslims around the world and not only on the Palestinians.

He affirmed that such steps would violate the international law and aggravate the unstable situation in the region and lead to more chaos.

The Mufti expressed his confidence that the Palestinians along with the Arabs and Muslims would never remain silent on these US moves and would sacrifice everything to confront them.

(Source / 03.12.2017)