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Children of Arab-Israel citizen banned at Tel Aviv

Alaa, 13, and Ali, eight, are the sons of Arab-Israeli citizen Jamal Abu-Jame, who is married to a Romanian. They were denied entry at Tel Aviv

Israeli authorities prevented two Arab children with Romanian passports from entering the country and visiting their family in the Negev, Arab48 reported yesterday.

The two children Alaa, 13, and Ali, eight, are the sons of Arab-Israeli citizen Jamal Abu-Jame, who is married to a Romanian. The two boys hold Romanian passports.

Ahead of a family visit to the occupied Negev, Jamal prepared a written agreement from his wife to say she is happy for the boys to travel with their father, and a legal agreement from Romania from where he left legally. However, when he and his sons landed in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport authorities banned the boys from entry.

No reason was given.

He was told that he would need to deposit 60,000 shekels ($17,116) to release his sons, however when he did they were not released.

“The airport received a call saying the deposit is not enough so the boys will not be released and they will be deported to Romania on the first flight heading there,” he said, noting that he was told to buy a ticket if he wanted to accompany them.

Read: Rabbi denied entry to Israel over support for BDS

Relatives in the Negev filed a complaint in an Israeli court but the court took no measure to stop the deportation.

“If I was a Jew,” Jamal told Arab48, “they would have allowed my sons to enter the country.”

He stressed that there was no reason for the ban, noting that the worse side of this story was that the airport authorities told him that “they could not help as the decision was on order from a higher authority.”

(Source / 20.12.201)

Turkey to build field hospital for Rohingya in Bangladesh

Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim (C) gathers with Rohingya refugees during his visit to camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on 20 December 2017. [Mustafa Kamacı/Anadolu Agency]

Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim (C) gathers with Rohingya refugees during his visit to camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on 20 December 2017

Turkey will build a field hospital for Rohingya refugees near the city of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) will be responsible for the construction of the hospital.

Expected to become a shelter for Rohingya refugees, the field hospital will provide its services both to those who have arrived to the area with ailments or those who have got sick after their arrival.

The hospital covers an area of ​​about 1,000 square metres and consists of eight separate tents with a capacity of 50 beds. It will include an intensive care unit, a maternity ward, a general surgery section, paediatric and orthopaedic departments and a laboratory.

The construction process is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Read: #SolidarityWithKarim: The Syrian baby without an eye

Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, is expected to visit the site of the hospital today during his tour of the Rohingya refugee camps in the area.

Yildirim arrived in Bangladesh on Monday on a two-day visit.

Myanmar’s army and extremist Buddhist militias have committed crimes, attacks and brutal massacres against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

According to the UN data, thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been killed and some 826,000 have fled to Bangladesh.

(Source / 20.12.2017)

Hamas cell planned to kidnap MK Glick, Adraee nabbed by Israeli forces

Hamas cell

A Hamas cell arrested by the Shin Bet planned to kidnap Likud MK Yehuda Glick and Israeli occupation army’s Arabic-language spokesman Maj. Avichay Adraee, Israeli sources claimed.

According to Israel’s Ynet news website, the indictments against cell leader Muad Ashtiyah, 26, and Mahmoud Ramadan and Ahmed Ramadan, both 19, allegedly revealed the three later changed their plans. To make it easier to carry out the attack, they decided to try to kidnap an Israeli soldier or an Israeli settler instead.

Ashtiyah acquired weapons for the planned abduction and recruited the other two members. According to the indictment, to kidnap Glick or Adraee, “the defendant learned about them and gathered information on them using the internet.”

The Shin Bet said the members of the Hamas cell were in contact with Omar Assida, a Hamas militant who is also responsible for the flow of resistance funds from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.

The Hamas command in Gaza provided guidance and financing for the planned abduction, the objective of which was to use the hostage to bargain for the release of Palestinian prisoners.

In its investigation, the Shin Bet claimed the cell members conducted observations at major junctions, main roads and bus stops in the area to gather intelligence for the planned attack. The cell leader also made inquiries about possible safe houses in the Nablus area to hide their hostage.

The Shin Bet said they seized weapons the cell members planned to use to carry out the kidnapping, including a handgun, an electric shocker and pepper spray.

(Source / 20.12.2017)

Injuries in renewed clashes in Nablus and Bethlehem

Renewed clashes Nablus

Clashes continued for the second week on Wednesday between Palestinian citizens and the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) over the US recognition of Occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Confrontations flared up between dozens of Palestinian youths and the IOF soldiers near Huwara checkpoint to the south of Nablus city.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that the IOF soldiers heavily fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the youths.

In the same context, the IOF closed Huwara checkpoint and prevented movement in both directions.

A Palestinian young man was injured after being hit with a tear gas canister in the face during the violent clashes that broke out between Palestinian youths and the IOF soldiers at the northern entrance to Bethlehem following a demonstration protesting the US Jerusalem move.

A Palestinian woman choked on tear gas while a number of Palestinian youths suffered rubber bullet wounds during the same clashes.

(Source / 20.12.2017)

Two Palestinian children arrested over alleged Molotov cocktail attack

Jabal al-Mukabber area

The Israeli police on Wednesday arrested two Jerusalemite children for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at a house in Armon Hanatziv settlement illegally built on Palestinian lands in Jabal al-Mukabber area.

The police said in a press statement that they arrested two Palestinian boys aged 16 and 17 over a Molotov cocktail attack on a house in Armon Hanatziv with no injuries reported.

An Israeli court extended the two children’s detention for four days until the investigation procedures are completed.

Hebrew media sources said on Monday that two Palestinians hurled a Molotov cocktail at a house in the settlement mentioned earlier causing a fire that was later extinguished but no injuries were reported in the incident.

(Source / 20.12.2017)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians, Colonists Assault A Child, In Hebron

20 DEC
11:01 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday morning, two Palestinians in the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, while Israeli colonists assaulted and injured a child in Hebron city. The latest abductions bring the number of abduction Palestinians since dawn hours, in the West Bank, to 28.

The soldiers invaded Deir Samit town, west of Hebron, searched homes and a local bakery, and abducted Eyad Farid al-Awawda, 22. The invaded bakery is owned by Saif-Eddin al-Hroub.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a Palestinian at a military roadblock, in Hebron’s Old City, and took him to an unknown destination.

In related news, extremist Israeli colonists attacked a Palestinian child, identified as Amin Ibrahim Ramadan, only 9 years of age, in the Shallala neighborhood, in the center of Hebron city, causing various cuts and bruises.

The soldiers also invaded the home of Qotada al-Qawasmi, violently searched it, and illegally confiscated cash.

In addition, the soldiers invaded and searched homes in Yatta town, south of Hebron, and interrogated many Palestinians.

On Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers conducted massive invasions and violent searches of homes, in the West Bank governorates of Jenin, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, and abducted at least 26, including children.

(Source / 20.12.2017)

Settler Likely to be Acquitted of Murdering Palestinian Farmer

19 DEC
10:50 PM

Israeli military prosecution filed an indictment on Monday, against Mohammed Wadi, Palestinian from Nablus, accusing him of attempting to murder an extremist Jewish settler.

Meanwhile, Israeli police are reportedly accepting a settler’s claim that he killed a Palestinian farmer, in the same incident, in an act of self-defense.

The Israeli military prosecution, which requested extension of Wadi’s remand detention, claimed, in the indictment against Wadi, that he entered a cave where settlers were hiding and threw stones at them from a close distance.

In addition, a spokesperson for the Israeli army claimed that Wadi threw one of the stones at the head of a settler and injured him.

At the end of November, Israeli occupation forces abducted 19 Palestinians over claims of taking part in the incident. The occupation reportedly plans to detain more Palestinians in relation to the incident.

The incident took place when a group of Israeli settlers raided Palestinian farms in the village of Qusra in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus and one of them shot dead the Palestinian farmer Mahmoud Ahmed Odeh, 48.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman praised the settler, who opened fire at the Palestinian and killed him.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported, according to Days of Palestine, that Israeli police are likely to accept the settler’s claim that he opened fire at the Palestinian in self-defense.

Haaretz also reported that the settler claims he opened fire in the air once, and that he did not see any Palestinian causalities caused by his fire.

Arab48.com said that these claims contradict the police report that he opened fire in an act of self-defense.

(Source / 20.12.2017)

Second young woman from Tamimi family abducted by Israeli soldiers in Nabi Saleh

20 DEC
1:25 PM

Following the highly-publicized abduction of 16-year old Ahed Tamimi on Tuesday, along with her mother, Israeli soldiers entered the town of Nabi Saleh again early Wednesday morning and abducted Noor Tamimi, one of Ahed’s relatives, from her bed.

Noor and Ahed are apparently being targeted for a video that went viral last week showing the two girls and Ahed’s mother pushing two soldiers, then standing hand-in-hand and telling the soldiers to leave their home. The soldiers, armed with assault rifles, had invaded the town of Nabi Saleh and the Tamimi family home.

The Israeli military was insulted that teen girls would push their heavily armed soldiers, and the army spokesperson said the girls should have been handcuffed on the spot and taken to an Israeli military camp immediately.

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza live under martial law, with the Israeli military having full jurisdiction over every aspect of their lives – despite the fact that this kind of governance violates Israel’s duties as an occupying military force since 1967.

As the Israeli +972 Magazine points out, “When Ahed was 12, her mother’s cousin, Mustafa Tamimi, was killed before her eyes during a protest, shot in the head by gas canister. One year later, she witnessed the army shoot and kill her uncle Rashadi. Last week, her cousin Mohammed, nearly her age, was shot in the face by a rubber-coated bullet that penetrated his skull. He remains unconscious.”

Noor has had a similar experience and background in the nonviolent movement in Nabi Saleh, where the town has engaged in weekly non-violent protests for over a decade against the Israeli military occupation and the Annexation Wall. She has witnessed relatives attacked and killed by the Israeli military on numerous occasions.

In response to the video of the girls pushing the soldier, the Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett and member of the Yisrael Beitenu party said they should be put in prison for life. In addition, Yinon Magal, a former Knesset member, said that he hoped Elor Azaria would come to Nabi Saleh. The implication of Magal’s statement is chilling – that a convicted murderer, Elor Azaria (who was convicted of shooting a wounded Palestinian in the head execution-style), should shoot and kill two unarmed teenage girls for standing up to an invading military with their bare hands and their voices.

The Israeli +972 Magazine asked about the incident with Ahed and Noor Tamimi, “What leads a girl, who in any other place in the world would be busy with schoolwork, hobbies, and dreams of the future (a year ago Ahed said that if it were not for the occupation, she would be a soccer player) to endanger herself by standing up to armed soldiers?”

No charges have been filed against the two girls and Ahed’s mother, but local sources say they will appear in a military court on Friday.

(Source / 20.12.2017)

Abu Zuhri: US threats to UN political terrorism

Political terrorism

Hamas Movement on Wednesday said that the US threats sent to the UN member states that will vote in favor of a draft resolution against the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital are political terrorism and aggression on international institutions.

Hamas’s spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri called on Twitter on all states to challenge the decision of the US president Donald Trump.

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has sent a letter to the ambassadors of a number of UN member states saying that president Trump will be watching the vote carefully and that he asked her to report back on the countries that will vote against the US.

Haley followed that letter by tweeting that the US will be taking the names of the states that will vote against the US decision.

The UN General Assembly has called for a vote on Thursday on a draft resolution rejecting the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The 193-member UN General Assembly will hold an emergency session on Thursday at the request of Yemen and Turkey on behalf of the bloc of Arab countries at the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to vote on a draft resolution similar to the Security Council resolution vetoed by the US.

(Source / 20.12.2017)

Gov’t employees to take part in midday pro-Jerusalem protests

Gov't employees

The Palestinian government decided to allow all civil servants at its departments and institutions in the Gaza Strip and the occupied territories to leave their workplaces earlier on Wednesday to participate in protests in solidarity with Occupied Jerusalem.

A spokesperson for the government stated on Tuesday that work at all government facilities would be suspended at 11:30 am to allow civil servants to take part in midday protests to be staged to denounce the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Violent confrontations have been flaring up between Palestinian young men and Israeli military and security forces for days in protest at the US decision over Jerusalem.

Several Palestinians were killed and hundreds were injured by Israeli gunfire during the events.

Millions of people around the world have also taken to the streets over recent days, condemning the US decision.

(Source / 20.12.2017)