Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Bethlehem And Jerusalem

29 JAN
9:17 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday afternoon, two Palestinians, including a child, in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and in Shu’fat neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Media sources in Bethlehem said the soldiers invaded the al-Khader town, south of the city, and abducted Hasan Khaled Salah, 18.

They added that the soldiers also fired live rounds at many young men, who hurled stones at the army jeeps, after invading their town.

The soldiers also invaded and searched several shops and viewed surveillance videos overlooking the streets near them.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a child, only 15 tears of age, after alleging that he hurled stones at the Light Rail, in Shu’fat neighborhood, in the center of Jerusalem.

In related news, an Israeli colonialist settler rammed a Palestinian child with his car, near the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Medical sources said the child, identified as Ala Abu Mayyala, 5, suffered moderate wounds, and was rushed to a hospital in Hebron.

(Source / 29.01.2018)

Services halted in Gaza’s Beit Hanoun hospital due to fuel shortage

Hemaya warns

Spokesman for Gaza’s Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qedra, on Monday morning announced that services were suspended in Beit Hanoun hospital after the health facility had run out of fuel.

Al-Qedra said in a brief statement that patients of Beit Hanoun will be transferred to other hospitals in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza’s Ministry of Health on Sunday warned that Beit Hanoun hospital as well as al-Durra children’s hospital might be shut down within hours due to the acute fuel shortage plaguing the besieged area.

Al-Qedra announced on 23rd January that the Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Health, Jawad Awwad, had decided to allocate one million shekels to supply Gaza’s health facilities with fuel. However, al-Qedra added, the funds would cover the fuel consumed by these facilities in ten days only.

For his part, Hamas’s spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that the PA government is deliberately pushing Gaza toward collapse. Barhoum, in a statement on his Facebook page, held the PA government responsible for the consequences of this crisis.

Ministry of Health said in earlier statements that it is facing a stifling power crisis that would adversely affect the provision of health services in the Gaza Strip.

It added that it had decided to operate smaller generators in its facilities and take a series of austerity measures to optimize the use of the available amount of fuel.

The Ministry explained that Gaza’s health facilities need 450,000 liters of diesel per month when power outages last 8-12 hours a day. In the case of 20-hour outages, 950,000 liters are needed.

The cost of the fuel needed to cover a single hour of power outage is nearly $2,000, the Ministry noted.

(Source / 29.01.2018)

Israeli soldiers terrorize Palestinian children at al-Khalil school

Primary School al-Khalil

Israeli forces on Sunday raided a primary school near the Ibraimi Mosque, in al-Khalil’s Old City, and searched it in the hunt for alleged stone-throwers.

Sources told a PIC reporter that Israeli soldiers raided al-Ibrahimiya primary school in the Old City, and searched the classrooms under the pretext of searching for ‘wanted’ stone-throwers.

Israeli army regularly carries out assaults on Palestinian schools and educational facilities across the occupied West Bank in a serious violation of international law and students’ right to pursue education in a safe environment.

(Source / 29.01.2018)

Severely wounded Israa Jaabis’ appeal denied by Israeli high court

Israa Jaabis

The Israeli occupation high court denied the appeal of severely wounded Palestinian prisoner Israa Jaabis on Thursday, 25 January; she had appealed for a reduction of her 11-year sentence due to her inability to perform essential functions behind bars and the lack of adequate medical treatment provided to her, causing her to live with constant pain and suffering.

Jaabis’ case has been highlighted by many activists recently as her intense suffering has come to light. She has burns over 60 percent of her body and eight of her fingers were amputated, in addition to long-lasting scarring and pain in her face and throughout her body.

The Palestinian NGO Network condemned the ruling of the Israeli high court, calling for international organizations to “intervene to provide protection for prisoners in the Israeli prisons in the face of Israeli disregard for human life and the escalation of daily repression…The performance of the play in the court confirms the extent of the distribution of roles between the various security arms of the occupation, whether political or judicial. All of these systems are tools to inflict damage and destruction on the Palestinian people and land, and the false image of the judiciary and the law is nothing but paper to cover the reality of the state that launches daily killings and is an attempt to beautify its image in front of the world. This requires the boycott of the courts, especially in cases that can be exploited by the occupation authority to cover up its crimes against the prisoners.”

The story of Israa Jaabis is a human tragedy brought about due to occupation, racism, oppression and injustice. Jaabis, the mother of a 9-year-old child, was seized in October 2015 near the al-Zaim checkpoint at the entrance to Jerusalem. Jaabis holds a Jerusalemite identity card, but lived in the West Bank with her family and her son, who has a West Bank identity card. Reportedly, she was informed that she would lose her Jerusalem identity unless she moved back to Jerusalem – part of the ongoing and systematic Israeli attempt to erase Palestinian existence in Jerusalem – and was being forced to live apart from her child.

She had rented an apartment in Jabal al-Mukabber and was in the process of moving her basic belongings to the apartment, including a gas cylinder to power a stove. As she approached the checkpoint, the gas cylinder caught fire after an airbag popped open inside of her vehicle, burning Jaabis severely over 60 percent of her body while the situation was treated as a “terror attack” rather than a medical emergency by the occupation forces on the scene.

She is held in HaSharon prison with 33 other Palestinian women and girl prisoners, including the following:

Shatila Abu Ayad, from Kafr Qasim in occupied Paestine ’48, serving a 16 year sentence

Shorouq Dwayyat, from Sur Baher in Jerusalem, sentenced to 16 years in prison

Maysoun Mousa al-Jabali from Bethlehem, sentenced to 15 years

Nurhan Awad from Jerusalem, sentenced to 13 and a half years

Israa Jaabis from Jabal Mukabber in Jerusalem, sentenced to 11 years

Rawan Dar Abu Matar from Beit el-Lou in Ramallah, sentenced to 9 years imprisonment

Marah Bakir from Jerusalem, sentenced to 8 years imprisonment

Amal Taqatqa from Beit Fajjar in Bethlehem, sentenced to 7 years imprisonment

Yasmine Sha’aban from Jalameh in Jenin, sentenced to 5 years imprisonment

Ayat Mahfouz from al-Khalil, sentenced to 5 years in prison

Sabreen Zubeidat from Sakhnin, sentenced to 50 months imprisonment

Ibtisam Kaabneh from Aqabat Jaber refugee camp in Jericho, sentenced to one and a half years

Khalida Jarrar from el-Bireh, in administrative detention just renewed for another six months after serving six months’ imprisonment without charge or trial

Bushra al-Tawil from el-Bireh, held under a four-month administrative detention order

Ayah Shawamra from Shuafat refugee camp, still detained and not sentenced

Israa Jabir from al-Khalil, still detained and not sentenced

Ghadeer al-Atrash from al-Khalil, still detained and not sentenced

Aisha al-Afghani from Ras al-Amud in Jerusalem, still detained and not sentenced

Areej Amjad Houshieh from Qutna near Jerusalem, still detained and not sentenced

Amina Mahmoud of Jabal Mukabber in Jerusalem, still detained and not sentenced

Tahrir Abu Suriya of Nablus, still detained and not sentenced

Fadwa Hamadeh of Sur Baher in Jerusalem, still detained and not sentenced

Niveen Abu Sal from al-Arroub camp in al-Khalil, still detained and not sentenced

Amani Hashem, from Beit Safafa in Jerusalem, still detained and not sentenced

Nariman Tamimi from Nabi Saleh in Ramallah district, still detained and not sentenced

Sabah Abu Mayala from al-Khalil, still detained and not sentenced

They are joined by minor girls, including:

Malak Salman from Beit Safafa in Jerusalem, sentenced to 10 years

Manar Shweiki from Jerusalem, sentenced to 6 years

Lama al-Bakri from al-Khalil, sentenced to 3 years and 3 months

Hadiya Areinat from Auja in Jericho, sentenced to 3 years

Nour Zreikat from Madama in Nablus, sentenced to 20 months

Ahed Tamimi from Nabi Saleh in Ramallah district, still detained and not sentenced

Ruaa Abu Sal from al-Arroub camp in al-Khalil, still detained and not sentenced

Razan Abu Sal from al-Arroub camp in al-Khalil, still detained and not sentenced

(Source / 29.01.2018)

Israel to close Palestinian agricultural society

Shut down UAWC

Israel Hayom daily newspaper said that an Israeli court in Occupied Jerusalem on Monday decided to shut down the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) at the pretext of supporting the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

According to the court decision, the UAWC collected money for funding “terrorism”.

The newspaper on Monday quoted Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked as saying, in October 2016 about the case, “The Israeli Public Prosecution has to investigate the matter and find out if there are any criminal offenses and to bring UAWC’s officials to trial”.

(Source / 29.01.2018)

Israel arrests Palestinian youth in al-Khalil, minor in Jerusalem

Youth arrested Doura

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Monday rounded up a Palestinian youth from Doura town near al-Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil city. Meanwhile, Israeli police arrested a juvenile in Occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources stated that IOF soldiers who were stationed at the vicinity of al-Ibtahimi Mosque captured Hamza Khelaf, 23, while he was in the area with the company of his family. The detainee was taken to an unknown destination.

On Monday afternoon, Israeli police rounded up a 15-year-old Jerusalemite boy at the pretext of throwing stones at the Israeli light rail in Shufat neighborhood central of Occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 29.01.2018)

IOF hands over home demolition orders to 3 Palestinians east of Nablus

Beit Dajan demolition orders

Israeli Occupation forces on Monday notified Palestinian owners of three houses in Beit Dajan town, east of the West Bank city of Nablus, of imminent demolition.

Mohammad Abu Thabet told the PIC reporter that the home-demolition orders were handed to the owners at the pretext of unpermitted construction in the Israeli controlled and classified area as Area C, based on Oslo Accords.

The homes to be razed belong to each of Emid Abu Thabet, Rafat Abu Thabet and Saed Abu Jaish.

(Source / 29.01.2018)

Palestinian kid injured in hit-and-run attack by settler in al-Khalil

5 y old kid hit and run

A Palestinian 5-year-old child on Monday evening suffered injuries when an Israeli car deliberately hit him at a military barrier near al-Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil city.

According to local sources, an Israeli soldier rammed his car into the only five-year-old Ali Abu Mayyala near the Ibrahimi Mosque and injured him in his face and limbs.

Earlier on Monday, Jewish settlers performed Talmudic rituals in the Old City of al-Khalil for the first time of its kind, provoking the Muslim inhabitants of the city.

(Source / 29.01.2018)

Prime Minister knows about spying on Palestinian citizens, reveals rights group

Prime Minister of Palestine Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah, West Bank on 29 August 2017

The Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director at Human Rights Watch (HRW) has revealed that Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah knows about the authority spying on Palestinian citizens, Al-Resalah newspaper has reported. Lama Faqih said that HRW has been following the issue of the PA spying on its own citizens “closely” and has investigated the issue.

It was revealed recently that the PA security services eavesdrop on mobile phones and other communication equipment owned by Palestinian citizens. Furthermore, warned HRW, the evidence shows that “unknown sides” are spying on the Palestinians. Several names, the group’s report noted, have been flagged up with the Public Prosecutor.

Speaking to the media, Faqih said that Palestinian rights groups filed a complaint to the PA Public Prosecutor about the espionage issue, pointing out that eavesdropping is a violation of human rights. She expressed her sadness that the PA judicial institution had ignored the complaints, and called for Public Prosecutor Ahmed Al-Barrack to take them seriously.

The HRW official also revealed that the PA threatened some of the citizens who have filed complaints. She condemned such a reaction against complainants.

Read: Security coordination kept confidential to protect interests, says PA official

(Source / 29.01.2018)

Israeli security warns of consequences of tightened siege on Gaza

Palestinians officials check packages at the Kerem Shalom border

In the wake of a sharp reduction in the number of commercial shipments being allowed to enter the Gaza Strip, Israeli security agencies have warned of the deteriorating security situation that might lead to a major offensive, reported on Sunday.

Official statistics show that just 350 truckloads of goods are allowed into Gaza daily, compared with 800 previously. The security agencies called on the politicians to refrain from reducing the amount of goods going into Gaza in order not to aggravate the economic and social crises which are hitting the besieged enclave.

Furthermore, according to Haaretz, an Israeli military source said that senior security officers have sent messages to the politicians warning them that undermining UNRWA would undermine the health situation and schools in the Gaza Strip. “The situation is deteriorating and it would push thousands to attempt to cross the border fence towards Israel and such a scenario could not be resolved except through an escalation [of violence].” said that the deterioration of the economic situation in Gaza has escalated since the Palestinian Authority introduced punitive measures against Gaza, in addition to the cutting of 30 per cent of PA employees in the territory. The measures were introduced even though the conditional dissolution of the Hamas administrative committee went ahead as agreed. The PA and Fatah, however, did not lift the collective punishment of the Palestinians in Gaza, while Israel and Egypt tightened the blockade.

Read: Israel to reopen Gaza goods crossing

Palestinian economic expert Maher Al-Tabbaa attributed the reduction in the number of commercial shipments going into Gaza to the weak purchasing power of its residents. He explained that the reduction started at the beginning of this year, and suggested that the number of truckloads could fall to as low as 250 a day.

Al-Tabbaa also pointed out that the deteriorating economic situation in Gaza is in part due to the fact that the PA has not paid the salaries for Gaza employees recruited by Hamas when it was the elected government. Such payments were agreed upon in the Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal reached in October last year.

(Source / 29.01.2018)