21 Palestinians detained in overnight raids

Military Hebron

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 21 Palestinians from across the occupied West Bank in overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS said in a statement that Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians from the Ramallah and al-Bireh district in the central West Bank.
 They were identified as Ahmad Ahed Awwad, Rafat Anwar Awwad, Walid Zuheir Taha, Nazih Hamed, Muhammad Fares Hamed, Usayd Hamdan and Ahmad Fares al-Khatib.
Six Palestinians were detained from Jerusalem, and identified by PPS as Ahmad Dahbour, 15, Alaa Ajluni, 14, Muhammad Basem Hijazi, 14, Muhammad Tuffaha, 19, Hamzeh Hisham Abu Abseh and Muhammad Hasan Hilweh.
Israeli forces also detained two Palestinians from the Hebron district in the southern West Bank. They were identified as Abdullah Ubeido and Muhammad Ibrahim al-Fakhouri.
Also in the southern West Bank, Israeli forces detained Mohammad Khader Moussa Salameh and his brother Bilal from the al-Saff Street in Bethlehem City.
Meanwhile in the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained Ahmad Qunbu and Salah Jaradat from Jenin, Ahmad Jamal Qawwas, 26, from Qalqiliya and Ahmad Rayeq Zakarneh from Jericho.
Israeli raids into Palestinian towns and villages are near daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
According to UN documentation, between December 19th and January 1st, Israeli forces carried out 170 search and arrest operations in the West Bank.
(Source / 18.01.2018)

Anas Hamarsheh, 17, losing ability to walk in Israeli prisons

Palestinian child prisoner Anas Hamarsheh, 17, has reportedly lost the ability to walk; his family have repeatedly warned of the severe dangers to his health in Israeli prison as he suffers from a rare condition that requires treatment.

Asra Voice reported that Anas, 17, from the town of Yabad near Jenin has lost the ability to walk for several days and that his health condition is dangerous. His family has urged his release; he is held in Megiddo prison awaiting a sentence from the military courts.

Leila Hamarsheh, Anas’ sister, said that she had received the troubling news about his health situation and a sudden decline that has made him unable to stand. His family notes that he has not been provided with treatment and that when he was taken to the Ramle prison clinic, his foot was scanned but no treatment was provided. After three days in the Ramle prison clinic he was returned to Megiddo with no prescription or treatment plan.

He suffers from osteonecrosis of the hip and requires treatment; he is in danger of losing his ability to walk. One leg is shorter than the other and he has difficulty running or playing sports; his leg is also at risk of infection.

Anas’ father, Adnan Hamarsheh, uses a wheelchair after he suffered a series of strokes in 2014 while under Israeli interrogation. After two days of hospitalization, he was returned to prison; he was not charged and instead ordered imprisoned for six months under administrative detention. Since his release, he has been denied permission to travel to receive further treatment.

Anas is one of over 350 Palestinian children imprisoned in Israeli jails; each year, approximately 700 children are brought before Israeli military courts. The vast majority of imprisoned Palestinian children have reported physical and psychological abuse under interrogation, denial of access to family members or lawyers and other forms of cruel and inhumane treatment in violation of the Rights of the Child.

There are a number of other seriously ill Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, including cases like that of Israa Jaabis, seriously wounded and provided with insufficent treatment that daily increase her suffering; there are also cases like that of Mohammed Ahmed Khatib, 47, who is reportedly unable to walk after receiving a botched injection for pain in his side.  Hussein Hosni Atallah, 57, from the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, was denied early release despite a severe deterioration in his health. He has metastatic cancer in his lungs, spine, pancreas, liver and head and is held in the Ramle prison clinic.

(Source / 18.01.2018)

Israeli settlers spray paint ‘racist slogans’ on Palestinian cars

A car vandalised with racist slogans by Jewish settlers is seen in Beit Iksa village in Jerusalem on 17 January 2018

Israeli settlers damaged and vandalised Palestinian vehicles in a Jerusalem-area village in the central occupied West Bank, in what locals are calling a “price tag attack.”

Locals in the village of Beit Iksa said that Israeli settlers from the illegal Ramot settlement, which is built on lands of Beit Iksa, punctured the tires of several vehicles and spray painted “racist slogans” on them.

The attack, according to locals, took place before dawn on Wednesday in the Aqbat Zayid and al-Burj areas near the village.

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israelis committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Better known as “price tag” attacks, extremist Israeli settlers use violent acts of retribution on Palestinians and their property to demonstrate their opposition to Israeli restrictions on settlements and their outposts in the occupied West Bank.

Read: Israel settlers raid Nablus-area school

In March 2017, Israeli NGO Yesh Din revealed that Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 percent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2016. OCHA has recorded 56 such attacks since the beginning of the year.

First published on Albawaba, 17 January 20178

(Source / 18.01.2018)

Right-wing Israeli non-profit gets millions of shekels of public funds

Constructions of the Israeli settlement Ramot continues on Palestinian lands in Jerusalem, on 22 November 2017 [Mahmoud Ibrahim/Anadolu Agency]

Constructions of the Israeli settlement continues on Palestinian lands on 22 November 2017

One of the most prominent right-wing Israeli NGOs, Regavim, has received “millions of shekels of public funds”, an investigation by Israeli newspaper Haaretz has uncovered.

Regavim focuses on so-called ‘illegal’ construction by Palestinians both in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and inside the Green Line, focusing on “court petitions against the authorities”.

Palestinians under military rule, as well as Palestinian citizens, face systematic discrimination in planning and construction policy, so that permission to build ‘legally’ is difficult or impossible to obtain. Regavim is “leading the legal battle” to have Palestinian village Susiya demolished.

Funds received by Regavim have included cases where criteria where specifically “tailored” for the NGO, noting that “although the group declared it had received funds from one regional council, it actually got large budgets from at least two additional regional councils”.

“Over the years”, therefore, “the data shows that the state and its authorities have been substantially supporting one of the main players conducting legal action against it”.

Read: Israel ministers call for greater settlement construction after settler killed

The article notes that Regavim has received funding from the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council (“to preserve national lands”), as well as the Samaria and South Hebron Hills regional councils.

Haaretz notes that though “Regavim gets money from regional [settler] councils in the West Bank”, that “doesn’t mean only settlers are paying it”; these “regional councils get tens of millions of shekels in state funding, so Regavim is actually being funded by all taxpayers”.

In 2012, “the Galilee Development Authority also began channelling funds to Regavim for “strengthening inspection and enforcement in open areas, supporting the activities of the various enforcement authorities, compiling land information to create an updated land status picture at any given time as a systemic tool for developing the Galilee”. “The authority had allocated hundreds of thousands of shekels for mapping open areas and ‘communities in non-Jewish society’, but it isn’t clear if Regavim got all that money or just some of it”, Haaretz reports.

(Source / 18.01.2018)

Palestinian killed, two Israeli soldiers injured in Jenin shootout

Palestinian killed Jenin

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday night killed a Palestinian resistance fighter and wounded another during armed clashes in Jenin city, north of the West Bank.

The resistance fighters are accused of carrying out the recent shooting attack that led to the killing of a Jewish settler near a settlement in Nablus, according to the Hebrew media.

Local sources, for their part, affirmed that one Palestinian young man was killed and another was seriously wounded during the clashes in Jenin, adding that two Israeli soldiers were also injured, one critically, during the events.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the slain young man as 22-year-old Ahmed Jarrar.

Ahmed is the son of Naser Jarrar, a Palestinian martyr from al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas, who was assassinated by the IOF in his wheelchair in 2002 in Tubas city.

Ahmed was accused by the IOF of leading the group who killed the settler in Nablus last week.

Local residents in Jenin said that the IOF used aircrafts and bulldozers during the clashes in Jenin, adding that an exchange of fire took place for long hours in the place.

Later, Palestinian media sources said the IOF detonated the house of Ahmed Jarrar, while residents in the area of clashes said the house was demolished by bulldozers.

(Source / 18.01.2018)

Settlers file request to allow them to use all Aqsa Mosque gates

Illegals Aqsa

Israel’s high court of justice is expected on Thursday to look into a request asking to allow Jewish settlers to enter the Aqsa Mosque through all its gates and not only al-Maghariba Gate.

The request, which was filed by Israeli right-wing political parties and settler groups, also asked for allowing Jewish settlers to perform rituals inside the Mosque compound.

In this regard, director of the Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that the Aqsa Mosque belongs to Muslims alone and is not subject to Israeli laws.

Sheikh Kiswani underlined that the Aqsa Mosque with all its premises and walls is an Islamic holy site under the management and jurisdiction of the Islamic Awqaf Authority in Occupied Jerusalem, which is affiliated with Jordan’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.

(Source / 18.01.2018)

Israeli court indefinitely extends detention of Ahed Tamimi and her mother

Ahed al-Tamimi detention

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court on Wednesday ordered 16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed al-Tamimi to remain in custody indefinitely, until she faces trial for a number of charges relating to a video of her slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier.

The teenager was arrested on December 19, days after the video of her confrontation with the soldiers — who were raiding her hometown of Nabi Saleh in the central occupied West Bank, and had shot her 14-year-old cousin in the face moments before the video was filmed — went viral on social media.
Now, nearly a month later, al-Tamimi has had her detention extended several times until on Wednesday, Israel’s Ofer military court refused her lawyers’ request for bail.
During the hearing, the judge reportedly said that they could not grant the teenager bail because she was “too dangerous.”
The court also ruled to indefinitely extend the detention of Ahed’s mother, Nariman, who was detained a day after her daughter. Nariman is being charged with “incitement” for livestreaming the video.
Ahed is being charged on 12 counts, including assaulting an Israeli soldier, interfering with a soldier’s duties, and two past instances of stone throwing — which can carry up to 10 years in Israeli prison.
Since Ahed and Nariman’s arrest, Ahed’s cousin Nour was arrested — she was recently released — her aunt was detained, and recently one of her cousins was detained in an overnight raid.
Earlier this month, Ahed’s distant cousin Musaab al-Tamimi, from Nabi Saleh’s sister village of Deir Nitham, was shot and killed by Israeli forces.
The Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh is well known internationally for their activism against the Israeli occupation, which maintains a heavy, near-constant presence in their village.
Ahed Tamimi is famous across Palestine and the Arab world for videos of her, since her childhood, defiantly resisting Israeli soldiers who clash with Palestinians in her village nearly every week.
Two years ago, her family made headlines when an Israeli soldier violently attempted to arrest her younger brother, who had one arm in a cast at the time. Ahed and her mother manager to pull the soldier of her brother and free him.
Since her arrest, Ahed has become the subject of dozens of solidarity campaigns across the world demanding her release from Israeli prison, and an end to Israeli detention of Palestinian children.
According to Palestinian prisoners rights group Addameer, 6,171 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prison as of December, 350 of whom are children.
(Source / 18.01.2018)

Hariri Meets French President Macron & Stresses Need for Progress in Geneva Negotiations

Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission Nasr al-Hariri and an accompanying delegation met French President Emmanuel Macron in the Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday.

The visit came as part of a tour the Commission is making of a number of European countries in preparation for the upcoming round of UN-led talks due to be held in the Austrian capital Vienna next week.

During the meeting with the French president, Hariri stressed that the Commission insists on the implementation of international resolutions to bring about real political transition in Syria in line with the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254.

Hariri noted that Russia has sought to block all international proposals to find a solution in Syria, including the Sochi conference. He stressed that the setting of preconditions as well as the bombing of cities and towns are undermining the political process and preventing any progress in the peace efforts.

Hariri pointed out that by proposing to hold the Sochi conference, Russia is seeking to achieve what it failed to achieve in the talks held earlier in the Kazakh capital Astana.

The delegation of the Commission is scheduled to meet with Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano in Rome on Thursday and will travel to Berlin on Friday.

For his part, French president reaffirmed his country’s continued support for the Geneva political process, stressing that the European Union will not contribute to reconstruction efforts in Syria before the start of a transitional phase without Assad.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 18.01.2018)

Israel Working on Plan to ‘Legalize’ 70 Jewish West Bank Outposts

17 JAN
10:46 PM

The Israeli Ministry of Defense is “working on a plan to legalize 70 unauthorized outposts in occupied Palestinian West Bank,” the Jerusalem Post has revealed, according to Days of Palestine.

Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan reportedly discussed the plan in a Jewish Home faction meeting at the Knesset, earlier this week, “a video of which was leaked to Channel 2 News.”

“During his briefing to party colleagues, Ben-Dahan said that a ministerial team of four or five people had been established six months ago to identify outposts that could be legalized and to rank them by how difficult such legalization would be.”

The paper additionally reported that “the deputy minister said that approximately 70 such outposts had been identified, noting that some of them could be legalized relatively easily.”

‘Outposts’ refer to Israeli settlements established in the occupied Palestinian territory without official authorisation, albeit often with the aid of various state agencies.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

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(Source / 18.01.2018)