Israeli occupation sentences 41 Palestinians without trial in 2 weeks

41 without trial

The Israeli occupation authorities have issued administrative detention orders, with neither charge nor trial, against 41 Palestinians since the start of April, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Wednesday.

Mohammad Halaby, from PPS, said that from among the 41 orders nine were issued against Palestinians detained for the first time or re-detained after they were released from jail.

Administrative detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial at orders from a military commander and on the basis of secret evidence. The order normally goes for six-month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli occupation authorities.

The list included Tayseer Abu Esneineh, Lutfi Malaysha, Murad Fashafsha, and Aws Khader, all sentenced to a renewed six-month administrative term.

(Source / 19.04.2018)

Palestinian photojournalist arbitrarily held in PA custody for 2nd day

Hazem Naser

The Palestinian Authority (PA) Preventive Forces in Tulkarem refused on Thursday morning a Palestinian family’s appeals to release their detained son.

The family of the photojournalist Hazem Naser said their son has been held in custody by the PA Preventive Forces in Tulkarem for the second day running.

The family appealed to the Journalists’ Union and human rights organizations to work on releasing their son, arbitrarily held in the PA dungeons.

Violations and arrests by the PA forces against Palestinian journalists have been on the rise throughout the occupied Palestinian territories. The new Cyber Crimes Law has resulted in more crackdowns against journalists and anti-occupation activists.

(Source / 19.04.2018)

Gaza: March of Return tents relocated closer to border fence

March of Return

The National Authority for the March of Return said it moved its protest tent camps 50 meters closer to the eastern border fence with the Israeli occupied territory.

In a press release, the March of Return Authority stated that “as a continuation of the national program of ‘the marches of return and breaking of the siege’ and as a message of determination from our people to the world that they will continue to move forward towards their legitimate and inalienable goals, we declare that the camps of return have been relocated 50 meters ahead.”

It added that this move would be the first to be taken to confirm further the Palestinian people’s right to return to their homes and their rejection of the [US-backed] deal of the century and the conspiracy of the alternate homeland.

(Source / 19.04.2018)

IOF arrests Palestinian with special needs

Samur al-Rajabi arrested

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested on Thursday afternoon a young Palestinian with special needs in al-Khalil, to the south of West Bank.

The PIC field reporter said that Israeli forces, stationed near the Ibrahimi Mosque, arrested he young man Samur al-Rajabi, 21, while on his way home.

The detainee was taken handcuffed to the military checkpoint for unknown reasons.

(Source / 19.04.2018)

World Bank warns of ‘worrying’ outlook for Palestinian economy in West Bank, Gaza

Palestinians, in Gaza City, wait in a queue to withdraw money from cash points after the decision of cutting the salaries by 30% was taken by the government officials on 10 May, 2017 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians, in Gaza City, wait in a queue to withdraw money from cash points on 10 May 2017

The World Bank has warned of a “worrying” outlook for the Palestinian economy in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, in its latest update published this week.

In “Palestine’s Economic Outlook – April 2018”, the World Bank reports that GDP in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is expected to decrease by 2.5 per cent in 2018 from 2.7 per cent in 2017.

Assuming the “persistence of the Israeli restrictions” on freedom of movement, land usage and so on, as well as “the internal divide” between the West Bank and Gaza”, the World Bank says real GDP growth of the Palestinian economy is projected to decline to 2.3 per cent “over the next two years”.

According to the World Bank, unemployment in the oPt “continued to be high” at 27 per cent in 2017, reaching 44 per cent in the Gaza Strip, compared to 18 per cent in the West Bank.

Read: Palestinian children call for rescuing Gaza from humanitarian crisis

In 2017, only 41 per cent of those aged 15-29 “were active in the labour market”, which the World Bank said reflected “high pessimism regarding employment prospects”.

Despite a low participation rate, unemployment amongst this category reached a “staggering” 60 per cent in Gaza.

Meanwhile, the World Bank also noted “dramatic differences in labour force participation by gender”, with male participation rates reaching 71 per cent in 2017 while women have recent participation rates of 19 per cent.

(Source / 19.04.2018)

Israel settlers attack Palestinian students in Hebron

Palestinian students in Hebron, West Bank on 25 October 2016 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages

Palestinian students in Hebron, West Bank on 25 October 2016

Israeli settlers reportedly attacked Palestinian students as they were walking home from school in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron yesterday, according to the official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency.

Wafa reported that Israeli settlers physically attacked students and “used foul language against them” as they were leaving school in the Al-Salaymeh neighbourhood in the Old City of Hebron.

No injuries were reported.

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.

Read: Israel soldiers joined in as settlers assaulted Palestinians – then killed a local teen

Palestinian activists and rights groups have long accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 per cent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the West Bank in the past three years, according to Israeli NGO Yesh Din.

(Source / 19.04.2018)

2,700 Palestinians arrested since US decision on Jerusalem

Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian protester on 9 December 2017 in Jerusalem who stood in opposition of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital . [Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian protester on who stood in opposition of US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Israeli occupation forces have arrested some 2,700 Palestinians since US President Donald Trump announced his administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission revealed yesterday.

Of those detained, 600 are minors, while torture of prisoners has escalated, prisoners’ rights group warned.

The body said that there are no red lines for the Israeli government in its dealing with the detainees. Every detainee is beaten, tortured and humiliated from the moment of his arrest and during interrogation, it added.

Jerusalem has witnessed the highest number of arrests, the group said, with 570, including 70 minors and 22 females detained.

Read: ‘Every Palestinian is subject to arrest’

(Source / 19.04.2018)

Palestinian Students, Journalists Attacked by Israeli Soldiers and Settlers

18 APR
8:08 PM

Israeli forces, Wednesday, physically assaulted three Palestinian journalists during clashes that broke out in al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank district of Hebron, said security sources.

Sources told WAFA Israeli soldiers physically assaulted three journalists while they were covering confronatations that erupted near the Palestine technical college, near the camp.

The journalists were identified as Mohammad Halayqa, Mus’ab Shawar, and Sari Jaradat. Meanwhile, two Palestinian youth were reportedly detained during the clashes.

Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian students on their way home from school in al-Salaymeh neighborhood in the Old City district of Hebron, in the southern West Bank, local sources also reported, according to WAFA.

The settlers physically attacked students and used foul language against them, but no injuries were reported.

Israeli forces also attacked high school students from al-Sawiya al-Lubban high school, to the south of Nablus, with pepper spray, causing a number of them to suffocate, said a local official.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in northern West Bank district, said that Israeli soldiers sprayed students with pepper spray while they were heading back home from school.

Several students suffered from suffocation, including one case that necessitated transfer to hospital for medical treatment.

(Source / 19.04.2018)

Health Ministry: “Army Killed 33 Palestinians, Injured 4297, Since March 30th”

19 APR
7:55 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported, Wednesday, that the number of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli army fire since the Palestinian Land Day, and the beginning of the “Great March of Return” on March 30th, 2018, has reached 33, while 4297 Palestinians have been injured, including 134 who suffered serious wounds.

The Health Ministry stated that among the slain Palestinians are three children and added that the soldiers shot and injured 1539 with live fire, 388 with rubber-coated steel bullets, 1878 who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, including 459 who were hospitalized, and 478 who suffered various cuts, bruises and burns.

It added that 134 of the wounded Palestinians suffered life-threatening injuries, 1183 suffered moderate wounds, and 2962 were mildly injured.

196 of the wounded Palestinians were shot in the head or neck, 384 in the upper extremities, 96 in the chest and back, 116 in the abdomen and pelvis, 1496 in the lower extremities in addition to 113 who suffered various wounds in several parts of their bodies.

The Ministry also stated that the soldiers deliberately targeted Palestinian journalists and medics, wounding 44 medics, and causing damage to 19 ambulances.

The army killed one journalist, identified as Yasser Mortaja, 31, who was shot in the abdomen below his “Press” flack jacket, on April 6th, while he was out covering a border protest.

The soldiers also injured 66 Palestinians with live fire, and the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

The Health Ministry also stated that four wounded Palestinians suffered amputations of their arms, and 13 lost lower limbs, due to Israeli army fire.

The Great March of Return protests are planned to continue until May 15th, which marks the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) when the state of Israel was established in the historic land of Palestinians after various massacres against the Palestinians and the complete destruction and displacement of hundreds of villages and towns.

The Palestinians are demanding the implementation of all related United Nations and Security Council resolutions, especially the Right of Return.

(Source / 19.04.2018)

MoH: 33 Palestinians Killed since Beginning of Return March

18 APR
8:29 PM

The journalist Yasser Mortaja, killed by Israeli fires at eastern boarder of Gaza strip while covering Great March of Return.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health stated, Wednesday, that about 33 Palestinians were killed and 4,279 injured by Israeli occupation fire since the beginning of Great March Return on 30 March, along Gaza’s borders.

The ministry explained, in a statement, that three children were killed while 642 children and 243 women sustained injuries.

The statement additionally explained, according to Al Ray, that 1,539 Palestinians were shot with live bullets, 388 with rubber bullets, 478 sustained other injuries, 1,878 inhaled teargas, and 459 of were hospitalized.

134 of the total number of injures are critical, 1,183 moderate, and 2,962 were considered “light” injuries.

It added that 196 of the injuries were in the head and neck, 384 in the upper limbs, 96 in the back and chest, 116 in the abdominal area, 1,496 in the lower limbs, and 113 in different parts of body.

The statement pointed out that Israeli forces directly attacked medical and press crews; 44 of emergency and civil defense crews sustained injuries with live bullets and teargas. 19 ambulances and civil defense vehicles sustained damages as a result of being attacked directly.

Israeli occupation forces attacked journalists crews who were covering the events; the journalist Yaser Mortaja was killed by Israeli fire along Gaza border, along with 66 other reported injuries among journalists.

The statement reported that four injuries led to upper limb amputations, while 13 received lower limb amputations.

The Great March of Return was launched on 30 March, 2018, along the eastern border of Gaza Strip, and will last to next 15 May, by commemorating the 70 anniversary of Palestinian Nakbah.

Thousands of Palestinians will participate in the march, calling for their inalienable right of return.

The march was designated to be a peaceful event, however Israeli occupation forces resort to excessive use of force against the peaceful Palestinian protesters.

In related news, the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education asserted that Israeli sharpshooters have shot 84 school students during the  protests.

The ministry pointed out that, after more than three weeks of protests, it recorded the injury of 84 school students, with seven seriously injured, 57 moderately injured, and 20 slightly injured.

It added that it is clear that the Israeli occupation used all sorts of explosive live ammunition and toxic gas canisters, as was shown through the examination of the types of casualties.

Most of the injuries have been in the neck, chest, abdomen, and in the upper parts of the body, while others have been subjected to fractures in the limbs, the ministry noted.

The ministry emphasized that the extent of injuries proves that the Israeli sharpshooters stationed along the eastern border of Gaza deliberately target Palestinian children, in a grave violation of international law and human rights.

The ministry has launched a comprehensive plan to care for the wounded students in health, guidance and academic aspects. In addition, it is designing a computerized program which will be used continuously, by schools, to make the ministry aware of the new developments related to the conditions of students.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Gaza, Ziad Thabet, decried Israeli violations against Palestinian children and school students, calling upon the international community and human rights institutions to urgently intervene and save the children and students of Palestine from further attack.

(Source / 19.04.2018)