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Israeli Colonizers Invade Home, Injure Woman And Her Son

22 JAN
4:32 PM

Palestinian medical sources have reported, Monday, that a woman and her son were injured after a group of fanatic Israeli colonists invaded their home in the al-Mo’arrajat area, near Jericho, in the occupied West Bank.

The sources added that dozens of colonizers invaded Bedouin dwellings, before many broke into the Palestinian home, and repeatedly assaulted the mother and her son, causing various cuts and bruises.

The Israeli assailants also caused excessive damage to furniture and belongings, before fleeing the area.

In related news, a Palestinian child, identified as Najma Arafat Odah, 13, was injured after an Israeli colonizer rammed her with his car in Huwwara town, south of Nablus, and fled the scene.

(Source / 22.01.2018)

Report: Sisi regime killed 571 Egyptians in 2017

Egyptians security forces fire tear gas at Egyptians [file photo]

Egyptian Coordination of Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) revealed that the Egyptian regime killed 571 Egyptians from the opposition in 2017, including 511 killed at the hands of the Egyptians security forces, Rassd.com said on Sunday.

In its annual report, the ECRF said that the Al-Sisi regime executed 15 Egyptians in December and 51 others died due to medical negligence, including four in April alone.

The report noted that 88 Egyptian police and army officers were killed, as well as 15 Christians and 532 Muslim worshipers, who were killed in Al-Rawda Mosque in Sinai.

Meanwhile, the report noted 602 cases of enforced disappearance, including 160 cases in which the ECRF could not find any information about them.

Among those disappeared were 17 secondary school students, one prep school student and three university professors.

Read: ‘Egypt’s January 25 rebels were united by the great revolution but later divided by conspiracies’

The report also added that 25 university professors were sacked and five others were arrested. In addition, it reported that 27 journalists were arrested and 28 others blacklisted, and 465 websites were blocked.

The report also said that 52 women were arrested, 16 of whom were sentenced and 36 of whom are in remand detention. In addition, it reported 125 women were disappeared, noting that the number of women who had been forcefully disappeared since 2013 rose to 148.

It also recorded 65 violations against children, including forced disappearance.

(Source / 22.01.2018)

US, EU remain at odds over Jerusalem

“I want to reassure President Abbas of the firm commitment of the European Union to the two-state solution with Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two states,” Mogherini said

In a fresh display of Western discord over Middle East peace efforts, the United States said on Monday its Israel embassy would move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, while its European Union allies voiced support for EastJerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.

Vice-President Mike Pence, visiting Jerusalem, announced the timing of the move in a speech to Israel’s parliament, earning applause from Israeli legislators but also stirring a brief protest by Israeli Arab lawmakers, who held signs reading “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine”.

In Brussels, the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini assured Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting that the EU supported his ambition to have East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.

US President Donald Trump suddenly reversed decades of US policy in December when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, generating fury from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington’s western allies.

Trump’s move delighted Israel, Washington’s closest Middle East ally, but stirred disquiet from world powers including Russia and China who worry it would stoke regional tensions and further drive a wedge between Israel and the Palestinians.

Many countries believe Jerusalem should ultimately be shared between Israel and a future Palestinian state and so are unwilling to make decisions about recognition of its status before a comprehensive peace settlement is agreed. “In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem – and that United States Embassy will open before the end of next year,” Pence, part-way through a Middle East tour, said.

Faultlines

“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital – and, as such, President Trump has directed the State Department to immediately begin preparations to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

Reaction to Pence locally split along Israeli-Palestinian faultlines.

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Twitter that Pence’s speech showed the US administration was part of the problem rather than the solution.

“The messianic discourse of Pence is a gift to extremists”, he wrote. “His message to the rest of the world is clear: violate international law and resolutions and the US will reward you.”

Israeli analyst Amotz Asa-El told Reuters that Pence’s speech was important in a practical sense because it set a deadline for the move.

He added: “I think that he (Trump) is making it plain to the Palestinians that their policy of protestation – which was visible in the plenum with the Arab lawmakers, but even more importantly in Abbas’s absence and his journey to Brussels – that none of this is going to make America budge.”

In Gaza, Essam Abu Ibrahim, 28, a store owner, said: “It will not change the fact that Jerusalem is an occupied city and it will continue to be an occupied city after this decision.”

In Brussels, Abbas repeated his call for East Jerusalem as capital as he urged the EU member nations to recognise a state of Palestine immediately, arguing that this would not disrupt negotiations with Israel on a peace settlement for the region.

While Abbas made no reference to Trump’s move on Jerusalem or Pence’s visit to the city, his presence at the EU headquarters in Brussels was seized on by European officials as a chance to restate opposition to Trump’s 6 December decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Shared capital

Palestinians seek East Jerusalem, including the walled Old City with its holy sites, as the capital of their own future state. Israel, which annexed East Jerusalem after capturing it in 1967 in a move not internationally recognised, regards all of the city as its “eternal and indivisible capital”.

Mogherini, in what appeared to be a veiled reference to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, called on those involved in the process to speak and act “wisely”, with a sense of responsibility.

“I want to reassure President Abbas of the firm commitment of the European Union to the two-state solution with Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two states,” Mogherini said.

Before Abbas’ arrival, she was more outspoken, saying: “Clearly there is a problem with Jerusalem. That is a very diplomatic euphemism,” in reference to Trump’s position.

But Mogherini said she still wanted to work with the United States on Middle East peace talks and had discussed ways to restart them late last year with Pence and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Pence, who visited Egypt and Jordan before traveling to Israel, said that with its policy shift on Jerusalem, “the United States has chosen fact over fiction – and fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace”.

Pence, an evangelical Christian, drew parallels between Jewish history dating back to biblical times and the European pilgrims who founded the United States.

Welcoming Pence to the parliament, Netanyahu said he was the first US vice president to have been accorded the honour.

Israel and the United States “are striving together to achieve a true peace, lasting peace, peace with all our neighbours, including the Palestinians,” Netanyahu said.

(Source / 22.01.2018)

Syrian Coalition: Operation ‘Olive Branch’ is Fundamental Part of Battle Against Dictatorship

The Syrian Coalition expressed its support for the operation being launched with the participation of the Syrian National Army, which incorporates armed groups of the Syrian revolution under the supervision of the Syrian Interim Government, with the aim of freeing a number of towns and villages of the Syrian north from the control of terrorist forces in coordination with Turkey and with support from Turkish air force.

In a press release issued on Sunday, the Coalition said that it “has repeatedly called upon terrorist organizations, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), to withdraw its militants from Syria and pull out of the towns and villages they occupied and from which they displaced their residents as well as to stop using the Syrian people as fuel for its terrorist, reckless wars.”

“Over the past few years, however, cross-border terrorism has expanded in Syria’s north and east, taking advantage of the emergence of the ISIS extremist group and of the Assad regime’s support and its provision of an enabling environment for these groups,” the Coalition added.

“The PKK terrorist group and the front organizations it uses, including the Democratic Unionist Party (PYD), the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the repressive security agencies, are terrorist organizations. They have been carrying out repressive practices against the Syrian people from all affiliations and ethnicities. They imprison many Kurdish activists in particular, while hundred others died under torture in their prisons or in direct attacks targeting them.”

The Coalition stressed “those organizations as hostile to the revolution of the Syrian people with all their components and their aspirations for freedom, justice and equality. It is imperative, therefore, that these organization be eradicated and their danger removed from Syria and the region.”

“The Syrian National Army’s fight against armed terrorist organizations is a fundamental part of its struggle against the tyrannical regime and its allied Iranian terrorist organizations. This fight has won the support and appreciation of all Syrians who want to see security, peace, freedom and dignity prevailing in their country.”

The Coalition went on: “The Syrian people are united in their struggle against tyranny and terrorism. They appreciate the high level of coordination and support being provided by Turkish leadership and the Turkish armed forces for the battle to free Afrin and Manbij as well as the rest of towns and villages which are occupied by terrorist groups. All measures are being taken to provide maximum protection for civilians and to prevent terrorist organizations from using them as human shields.”

The Coalition stressed “the importance of taking the necessary measures to protect the civilian population and infrastructure as well as to enable around 250,000 Syrian civilians who were forced out of their homes by the PKK terrorist organization to return to their towns and villages in rural Aleppo after their towns and villages have been liberated. It also stresses the importance of the quick provision of essential services for those areas.”

The Coalition pointed out that elected local councils will take on the administration of the freed towns and villages away from the authority of terrorist groups and the status quo they sought to establish. The Syrian Interim Government and the Syrian National Army will play a primary role in the administration of these areas and the provision of protection for the civilian population.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 22.01.2018)

Masked Israeli forces arrest Palestinian students east of Ramallah

Masked Special Forces

A group of masked men of Israeli Special Forces on Monday detained three of Kafr Malik School east of Ramallah. They tried to transfer the minors to a bypass road near the town before a group of Palestinian women intervened and forced them to set the children free.

Local sources said that the undercover forces abducted the students who were 7-10 years old only while they were waiting for a bus to take them home.

Israeli occupation forces claimed that the children were throwing stones at cars of Jewish settlers.

(Source / 22.01.2018)

Israeli army rolls into Arroub refugee camp at nightfall

Arroub refugee camp attackted

Heavily-armed Israeli forces stormed on Sunday evening the Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank province of al-Khalil, and chased down Palestinian protesters.

According to local sources, an Israeli patrol broke into the Arroub camp and sealed off its main entrance with a flying checkpoint allegedly after Palestinian anti-occupation youth stoned Israeli settlers’ cars.

Three military checkpoints were also pitched by the occupation forces on the access roads to Sa’ir and Beit Einoun towns, where Palestinian civilians have been made to endure intensive inspection.

(Source / 22.01.2018)

Female settler runs over Palestinian girl in Nablus

Settler runs over girl

A Palestinian 14-year-old girl, Najma Arafat, on Monday was slightly injured and suffered fractions in her leg after a Jewish female settler, ran over her while exiting school in Huwara town to the south of Nablus.

The mayor of Huwara town, Naser Huwari, told the PIC reporter that the Israeli attack took place at the maid road of the town and that the Israeli woman tried to escape the site but the inhabitants banned her from doing so.

Israeli Occupation Forces rushed to the scene and released the female settler, claiming that the incident happened accidentally.

The wounded child was transferred to Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus fir treatment.

(Source / 22.01.2018)

Shortage of medicines in Gaza harms psychiatric patients

Empty shelves are seen as doctors in Gaza run short on medicine

The severe medicine shortage in the Gaza Strip’s hospitals is negatively affecting patients with chronic illnesses, mainly psychiatric patients, an official in the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza told Quds Press on Sunday.

According to Yahya Khader, head of General Administration of Psychiatric Health in Gaza, “the medicine crisis affects all sides in the ministry of health in Gaza,” stressing that this is leading to a deterioration in mental health for the patients with psychological problems.

For example, Khader said, “when the patients with depression do not take their medications regularly” they can “start thinking of committing suicide.”

Therefore, Khader said, “they must be admitted to hospital and be placed under intensive monitoring because the deterioration of their health affects other members of their families.”

The statement by the Ministry of Health warned of a deficit of 50 per cent in the 39 medicines needed by psychiatric patients. The statement noted that there are at least 5,500 psychiatric patients in Gaza.

Read: 38 trucks carrying medical supplies head to Gaza

It noted that patients with conditions like schizophrenia and depression face social problems, and also may lose their jobs.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, has announced that the crisis committee is meeting continuously to deal with the repercussions of the severe shortage of electricity and fuel in the different facilities of the ministry.

He said, according to Quds Press, that the national unity government based in Ramallah did not pay any administrational or running fees for the ministry in Gaza, including salaries of the doctors, nurses and other medical staff.

(Source / 22.01.2018)

‘For first time ever’, all bills discussed by Israeli ministers included application to West Bank

Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s Justice Minister of the far-right Jewish Home party

“For the first time ever”, all of the Israeli government bills discussed Sunday by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation “explained how and whether they apply to the West Bank”, reported The Jerusalem Post.

As also reported by Haaretz, the cabinet ministers’ deliberations on 12 government-sponsored bills “came after Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit instituted a new procedure several weeks ago”, ruling “that bills proposed by ministries must now include a legal opinion on how the laws might apply beyond the Green Line, to settlements in the occupied territories”.

According to Haaretz, the committee “approved a bill presented by the Agriculture Ministry on Sunday to regulate egg quotas in Israel”.

Whereas, until now, “such quotas could not be transferred to poultry farmers in the territories”, ministers “decided that the wording of the law should state that Israel proper and West Bank settlements will now be viewed as one market”.

Referring to West Bank settlers, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who is also the committee chair, said: “The 450,000 residents of Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] deserve the same rights and have the same obligations just like other Israeli citizens”.

Read: Israel approves $230m for settler only roads in West Bank

“The Attorney-General’s recent instruction requires every government bill to include its ramifications on Judea and Samaria”, she added.

“As chairwoman of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, I will insist that government bills be brought to a discussion only if it mentions what is needed”.

Opposition MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Camp) accused Shaked of “continuing creeping annexation on the way to an apartheid state”, adding:

“The difference isn’t that Israeli laws apply to Israeli citizens in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank]. They also applied to them before – but now it’s in the law. Legal annexation will hurt all of Israel’s claims in international bodies and courts and will lead to either annexation with equal rights and an Arab majority in Israel, or to an apartheid state. Either situation is anti-Zionist”.

(Source / 22.01.2018)

New data: 435,708 Israeli settlers live in occupied West Bank

Illegal Israeli settlements, under construction are seen, in Palestinian lands in Jerusalem, on December 29, 2016. Settlement constructions by Israel continue in Ramat Shlomo, [Daniel Bar On/Anadolu Agency]

Illegal Israeli settlements, under construction are seen in Jerusalem, on 29 December 2016

New Israeli statistics have shown that the number of Jewish settlers living in the occupied West Bank reached 435,708 living in 150 illegal settlements at the start of 2018, Israeli media reported on Sunday.

This number did not include the settlers living in occupied East Jerusalem, the Israeli Interior Ministry’s Population Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) said.

The annual population growth among settlers was 3.4 per cent, with their number increasing by 14,299. It pointed out that the growth rate decreased compared to that in 2016 when the number of settlers increased by 15,765 or 3.9 per cent.

According to the data, the annual growth of settlers during the last decade, between 2007 and 2017, was 4.6 per cent –15,000 settlers a year.

Despite last year’s decrease, The Times of Israel said, the growth of the population number in the settlement remained higher than that in Israel, which was 2 per cent annually.

The Times of Israel noted that the data showed an increasing number of settlers in the settlement inhabited by religious settlers, where the population growth was 12 per cent in 2017.

Read: Israeli MPs to submit new bill to annex West Bank settlements

Yesha Council, the settlement leadership body in the occupied West Bank, attributed the decline in the growth of the settlers’ population to the slowdown of building in settlements.

“The media reports constantly talk about the approved housing units, but the reality is completely different,” Yesha said in a statement reported by The Times of Israel.

Yesha called for “serious government action to remove the barriers to construction and increase the supply of settlement units.”

(Source / 22.01.2018)