IOF kidnaps 16 Palestinians in West Bank campaigns

16 Pal's kidnapped

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday arrested 16 Palestinian citizens during West Bank campaigns.

Local sources reported that the IOF raided many Palestinian houses in different West Bank provinces, wreaked havoc on them and interrogated their owners.

Local residents said that the IOF soldiers at daybreak stormed Jalazone refugee camp north of Ramallah and arrested Mohammed al-Hattab, Mu’az al-Ramahi, and Ayham Nakhla. All of them are at the age of 17.

The IOF arrested four Palestinian youths during a raid into Harmala village east of Bethlehem and handed others summonses to appear before the Israeli intelligence for interrogation.

The IOF soldiers wreaked havoc on the detainees’ houses before taking them to an unknown destination.

Other arrests were reported in Qarawat Bani Hassan village in Salfit.

(Source / 29.04.2018)

Israeli army launches incursion into Gaza Strip

In Gaza again

Israeli military bulldozers on Sunday morning carried out a limited incursion into Khuza’a town east of Khan Younis province in the southern Gaza Strip.

The PIC reporter said that four Israeli bulldozers stationed at Abu Reida military site moved 50 meters into Khuza’a town and leveled Palestinian lands near the border fence.

Israeli army vehicles and patrols showed up on the borderland to escort the bulldozers.

The Israeli occupation forces positioned at the border fence east of Khan Younis and Gaza in the morning hours heavily opened fire at Palestinian farmers working in their agricultural lands close to the fence with no injuries reported.

In another context, the Israeli occupation forces on Sunday morning arrested a Palestinian citizen who allegedly tried to cross the border fence east of Gaza city. Other three Palestinians were arrested on Saturday evening east of Khan Younis under the same pretext.

(Source / 29.04.2018)

Palestinians call for large-scale participation in Friday protests

Friday protests

Palestinian national factions in Ramallah and al-Bireh urged the Palestinian masses to take part in the large-scale protests slated to be held on Friday near all flashpoints with the Israeli occupation forces.

In a Sunday statement, the factions called on the Palestinians to combine forces and escalate protests in response to Israel’s fait accompli policy.

The statement urged all the parties to the Geneva Convention and the international community to work on providing the Palestinians with the needed protection and defending them against Israel’s simmering terrorism.

It further called for forming fact-finding committees to investigate and expose the Israeli crimes against civilians, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The factions also drew attention to the need to form vigilance committees so as to thwart the increasing violations committed by the Israeli settlers and terror gangs.

The statement urged a mass-participation in the weekly sit-in set to be staged outside the Red Cross office at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, hunger strikers, and administrative detainees held in Israeli jails.

(Source / 29.04.2018)

Israeli court extends remand of Palestinian girl

Ibtihal Abryoush

Israel’s Ofer military court on Sunday extended the detention of a Palestinian university student from al-Khalil province for another five days pending exhaustive investigation.

A PIC news correspondent said the Ofer court extended the remand of Ibtihal Abryoush, aged 20, for five more days on account of underway investigation procedures.

Abryoush was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces after an extremist Israeli settler called Ofer attacked her outside the Technical University of Palestine in al-Arroub last Wednesday.

(Source / 29.04.2018)

15-year-old Palestinian boy succumbs to wounds in Gaza

Azzam Uweida

15-year-old Azzam Uweida

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 15-year-old Palestinian boy in Gaza succumbed on Saturday morning to critical wounds he sustained by Israeli live fire during the fifth week of Gaza’s “Great March of Return” protests on Friday.Medical sources at the European Hospital in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis confirmed that Azzam Hilal Uweida, 15, succumbed to his wounds on Saturday morning.Sources added that Uweida was shot in the head by Israeli forces.

The Gaza Ministry of Health said that Uweida is the 44th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip since March 30th, when the massive nonviolent demonstrations began.
(Source / 29.04.2018)

Egypt’s Morsi on trial for ‘communicating with Hamas’

ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Ousted Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, in prison

Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was in court on charges of “communication with Hamas” yesterday.

In a session at the Cairo Criminal Court, headed by Counsellor Mohammed Shirin Fahmi, the prosecution had charged Morsi and a number of others with crimes including communicating with foreign organisations outside the country in order to commit terrorist acts in the country, disclosing defence secrets to a foreign state and those working for its interests, financing terrorism, military training to achieve the purposes of the Muslim Brotherhood, and committing acts that undermine the country’s independence, unity and territorial integrity.

Morsi has been on trial in a number of cases since his ouster in a military coup in 2013. Human rights groups have repeatedly lambasted the Egyptian government for its treatment of the former president and other political prisoners who they say are being held on trumped up charges.

Read: Morsi’s health ‘has deteriorated severely’

(Source / 29.04.2018)

Organisers of Great March reply to US claims

Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations

The international spokesperson for the Great March of Return, Dr Asad Abu Sharkh, on Saturday rejected claims by US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, that the Islamic Resistance Movement – Hamas – has been using children as human shields.

In a press statement released yesterday, the official accused Haley of unashamedly peddling the propaganda of the Israeli occupation army; “Haley keeps using such cheap propaganda to encourage the Israeli occupation to commit more crimes against the Palestinian people, including children.”

While Israeli journalists like Gideon Levy have strongly condemned the occupation forces for its massacres, Abu Sharkh pointed out that the US ambassador has been justifying their crimes after they were “ordered to shoot to kill and maim.”

The noble goal of this Great March of Return, the statement explained “is to peacefully and nonviolently implement our right of return to the homes and property from which we were uprooted.”

The Palestinian people “have been waiting for justice for the last seventy years and can wait no longer”, said Abu Sharkh.

The statement ended with a pledge by the organisers to continue with their nonviolent March of Return for as long as it takes to regain Palestinian rights.

(Source / 29.04.2018)

Lebanon army says Israel ‘abducted’ citizen on border

Image of Israeli soldiers on 31 May 2015 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]

Israeli soldiers wrestle down a Palestinian on 31 May 2015

Lebanon’s army said late on Saturday that an Israel border patrol had seized a Lebanese woman in the Shebaa area and taken her across the frontier.

“On April 28 at 8.30pm an Israeli enemy patrol carried out the abduction of Nohad Dali from the town of Shebaa and took her into occupied Palestinian territory,” said a Lebanese army command statement carried on Lebanon’s state news agency NNA.

Israel’s army confirmed on Sunday that it had ‘briefly’ held a Lebanese woman who crossed the border and then repatriated her, a detention Beirut denounced as an abduction.

Shebaa is a small disputed area that Israel regards as part of the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in 1967, but which Beirut says is Lebanese territory. The Israeli military said two shepherds had crossed the UN-demarcated border with Lebanon and that one of them was taken into custody by its troops.

“She was returned today,” a military spokesman said.

There was no immediate Lebanese confirmation of Dali’s repatriation.

A UN peacekeeping force is based on the Lebanon-Israel border. The last outright conflict there was a short war in 2006 between Israel and Lebanon’s heavily armed, Iranian-backed Hezbollah group.

Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah have heightened over the group’s role in the Syrian civil war, where it has gained more experience and an increased arsenal fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad as part of an Iran-backed alliance.

Lebanon raised Dali’s case with the UN peacekeepers, the Lebanese army statement said.

(Source / 29.04.2018)

Rivals see ruse in Palestinian political forum to be convened by Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at his compound in the West Bank [Issam Rimawi/Apaimages]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at his compound in the West Bank

Political rivals accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday of pushing ahead with a rare and disputed national decision-making meeting to tighten his grip on power and sideline them.

Abbas has billed Monday’s convening of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), a 700-member assembly within the umbrella Palestinian Liberation Organisation, as a chance to forge a united front against Israel and the United States.

But the event in Ramallah, the Palestinian hub in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, has revived old feuds between Abbas’s Fatah party and rivals from other factions, many of whose members cannot attend due to Israeli restrictions.

Last week, 109 PNC members urged Abbas to postpone the meeting to allow greater participation. The call went unheeded, and on Sunday, censure of the president became more pointed.

Read: Experts says Abbas expelled Bishop Hanna from PNC to pass ‘deal of the century’

Mushir Al-Masri, a lawmaker with Hamas, told reporters at a meeting of PNC critics in Gaza:

The PNC meeting that will be held in Ramallah is not legitimate, is factional, and does not represent all of the Palestinians

The Gaza Strip, under de facto Hamas control since 2007, has been a focus of Palestinian infighting. Though Hamas formally resubmitted to Abbas’s authority last year, their reconciliation has been held up by disputes over power-sharing.

“We stress the need to regain Palestinian unity and end the policy of exclusion and unilateralism by the leadership of the Palestinian Authority and its hijacking of Palestinian institutions,” said Masri.

Khader Habib of Islamic Jihad, a Hamas political ally, accused Abbas of “holding the PNC meeting to stress his exclusion of all those who oppose him”. Habib told Reuters:

The president is keen for the conference to bring about only decisions that suit his own project

Hamas and Islamic Jihad oppose Abbas’ strategy of peace talks with Israel. However, diplomacy has been on hold since 2014 and many Palestinians’ views have hardened over US President Donald Trump’s recognition late last year of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The PNC last met in extraordinary session in 2009 to replace several members of the PLO’s Executive Committee. It last held a regular session in 1996.

Political analysts in Gaza said a PNC meeting without wide factional representation would weaken the legitimacy of any decisions it may take.

Read: Holding PNC meeting reinforces domination policy, claims ex-PLO official

(Source / 29.04.2018)

Army Invades Homes, Abducts Five Palestinians In West Bank

29 APR
12:12 PM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday at dawn, many communities in the West Bank governorates of Bethlehem, Hebron, Qalqilia And Ramallah, searched and ransacked homes and abducted five Palestinians.

Dozens of soldiers invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and abducted a child, identified as Mohammad al-Hattab.

A video of his abduction, published by Quds News Network, shows the soldiers taking the child to an unknown destination, while his mother could be heard telling her child not to be afraid, and asking him to take care of himself.

In relate news, the soldiers invaded homes in Harmala village, east of Bethlehem, and abducted Ahmad Sa’id Atallah and Salah Mousa Atallah and Hamza Awad Atallah.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers invaded many homes and abducted Jihad Hafeth Jaber, from the Old City.

The soldiers also installed many roadblocks on main roads, south and east of Hebron governorate, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, and deployed more soldiers around many villages and towns.

(Source / 29.04.2018)