Alarm raised over inhuman inter-prison transfer of Palestinian inmates

Inhuman transfer

Head of the Palestine Prisoners Center for Studies Rafat Hamdouna has sounded alarm bells over the abject conditions Palestinian detainees have been enduring during inter-prison transfers by the Israeli prison authorities.

Hamdouna said the Palestinians have been subjected to harsh treatment during their transfer to other prisons or to court via the “bosta” vehicle.

Hamdouna’s calls came following appeals launched by the wife of prisoner Khader Adnan to speak up for the agony inflicted on Palestinian inmates during transfer joruneys via the “bosta”.

She said her husband, among other detainees, have been mistreated, oppressed, and tortured while being moved to and back from Israeli courts.

Hamdouna spoke out against the horrible smells stemming from the “bosta”, into which Israeli criminals and Palestinian political prisoners are crammed.

He added that Israel’s Nashon suppressive troops have been preventing Palestinian inmates from food, water, and toilets.

The “bosta” vehicle is very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter for it is made of thick tin and has metal chairs. It also has poor ventilation, is overcrowded, and contains an isolated cell that can barely accommodate a prisoner.

Hamdouna also said prisoner patients, particularly those diagnosed with diabetes, cannot take in their drugs on time due to the lack of needed water and are usually barred from going to the toilet, which severely affects their health status.

The “bosta” is the Israeli inter-prison transfer vehicle in which the Palestinian inmates are cuffed all the way to and back from court, clinic, or another jail while sitting on metal chairs.

(Source / 07.05.2018)

Israeli soldier who cold-bloodedly murdered Palestinian to be released

Cold bloodely murder

The Israeli soldier Elor Azria who killed the Palestinian anti-occupation protester Abdul Fatah al-Sharif is likely to be released from an Israeli military prison on Thursday.

According to the Hebrew-speaking Israel Hayom daily, the release decision has seen the day after Azaria served his sentence, which has been cut by a third by an Israeli military parole board.

Azaria is expected to be released ahead of his release date after he submitted an appeal to attend his brother’s wedding on Wednesday.

His family said hundreds are expected to attend a ceremony to be held in the next few days to celebrate Azaria’s release.

Azaria was convicted of manslaughter after he fatally shot the seriously wounded Palestinian youth Abdul Fattah al-Sharif as appears in live footages taken from the murder scene and circulated on social media networks.

(Source / 07.05.2018)

Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly Elects New Presidential Body

The Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly elected Abdurrahman Mustafa as president for a one-year term, while Badr Jamous, Dima Moussa, and Abdel Basset Hamou were elected as vice-presidents. Nazir al-Hakim was elected as Secretary-General.

Mustafa won 66 votes at the 39th General Assembly meeting which was held in Istanbul on Saturday and Sunday.

A new 19-member political committee was also elected. The members are: Anas al-Abdah, Hadi al-Bahra, Abdel-Ahad Steifo, Mohammed al-Abdallah, Bashar al-Zoabi, Amal Sheikho, Riad al-Hasan, Ahmad Ramadan, Jamal al-Ward, Mohammed Salim al-Khatib, Oqab Yahya Maktabi, Muahammed Yahya Maktabi, Haytham Rahma, Yasser Farhan, Hawwas Khalil, Abdul Majeed al-Barakat, Mohammed Sallou, Fadi Ibrahim, and Fouad Alliko.

Members of the General Assembly discussed the latest field and political developments, especially the continued war crimes and violations by the Assad regime, Russia and Iran against civilians in different parts of Syria.

Members of the General Assembly strongly condemned the string of mass forced displacements operations against the civilian population, the most recent of which took place in northern rural Homs and before it in eastern Ghouta.

The Assembly’s members also stressed that the use of chemical weapons is a blatant defiance to the United Nations and international resolutions, stressing the need to activate the international accountability mechanism and to bring Bashar al-Assad and all symbols of his regime before justice.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 07.05.2018)

Army Abducts Three Children In Jerusalem

07 MAY
1:16 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday evening, three Palestinian children from the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and took them to Salaheddin Police Station in the city.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers abducted Yousef Khalil Mustafa, 15, Tareq Firas Mustafa, 16, and Ahmad Abdul-Rauf Mahmoud, 16.

The Israeli army claimed that three children “were involved in hurling Molotov cocktails at a military roadblock near Maale Adumim colony.”

Silwanic added that the soldiers also invaded Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and tried to remove a large sign congratulating the residents of the approaching holy Muslim Month of Ramadan, but the locals prevented them from confiscating it.

On Saturday at night, the soldiers abducted two young Palestinian men from the African Neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, after a group of extremist Israeli colonialist settlers attacked them.

Media sources in Jerusalem said the colonialist settlers attacked the two Palestinians, identified as Nasri al-Farrawi and Ali al-Farrawi, while participating in decorating their neighborhood and al-Wad Street leading to the al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for Ramadan.

(Source / 07.05.2018)

Lieberman: Relocation of US Embassy Will Come at a Price

06 MAY
10:39 PM

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, on Saturday, that relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem will “will come at a price,” but added that it was a price “worth paying.”

Speaking to Israel Television News Company, Lieberman called the opening the embassy in Jerusalem a “historic, important and dramatic” decision, Al Ray reports.

 “Nothing comes for free,” Lieberman said, “and the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will come at a price and it is worth paying it. We should be prepared to pay a price.”

He expected that attempts will take place, to disturb the relocation of the embassy, noting that there are no reasons to assume that the ceremony will took place successfully without causalities.

Regarding Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, Lieberman said that there is no character which will precede  Mahmoud Abbas, that he does not intend to resign, pointing out that the return to negotiations after the era of Abbas, “is a Palestinian interest; Israel cannot do more than it did for them.”

Born in Moldova, Avigdor Lieberman is one of the only foreign ministers in the world who does not live in territory officially recognized as his own country. Originally under suspicion over charges of money-laundering and bribery, Lieberman was formally indicted in December of 2012, on lesser charges of fraud and breach of trust.

His party was recently the focus of a corruption probe within the Israeli political spectrum, and, more recently, Lieberman’s life was threatened with an assassination attempt.

(Source / 07.05.2018)

Updated: Six Palestinians Killed in Gaza Explosion

06 MAY
10:50 PM

On Saturday evening in az-Zawayda neighborhood in Dir al-Balah, in central Gaza, an explosion killed five Palestinians, according to local medical sources. The Hamas party blamed Israel for the explosion, but the Israeli military spokesperson denied that the Israeli military was involved.

The six men were brought to the al-Aqsa Hospital in Dir al-Balah, where they were pronounced dead.

Three other men were wounded and were brought to the al-Aqsa Hospital.

The six men killed in the explosion were identified as:


1. Mahmoud Waleed al-Ostath, 34, from Deir al-Balah – Central Gaza.

2. Wisam Ahmad Abu Mahrouq, 27, from Deir al-Balah – Central Gaza.

3. Taher Issam Shahin, 29, from Deir al-Balah – Central Gaza.

4. Mousa Ibrahim Salman, 30, from Deir al-Balah – Central Gaza.

5. Mahmoud Mohammad at-Towashi, from Deir al-Balah – Central Gaza.

6. Mahmoud Sa’id al-Qeeshawi, 29, from Gaza City.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, issued a preliminary statement saying that the six Palestinians were senior members of the group, and accused Israel of standing behind the explosion.

It added that the six Palestinians “managed to track and uncover one of the largest spy and surveillance systems planted by Israel is the coastal region, and that the located spying device was designed to automatically explode once it is uncovered.

The Brigades described the explosion a “serious, massive crime,” adding that the fighters sacrificed their lives in dismantling and uncovering this surveillance system.

It held Israel directly responsible for the death of its fighters, and added that “payback will be coming, and will be very painful to the enemy, for this crimes and many previous crimes.”

Gaza’s air, sea and borders are all controlled by the Israeli military occupation, which has implemented a deadly siege on the tiny coastal Strip since 2007 – preventing the entry of building materials, medical supplies, food and basic necessities, while preventing the exit of Palestinians from Gaza.

Since March 30th, Palestinian protesters have engaged in weekly demonstrations at the Gaza-Israel border. These demonstrations have been attacked by Israeli sharpshooters stationed at the border, who have killed 45 Palestinians and wounded more than 7,000 – many of whom were wounded with live ammunition fired by Israeli forces at the unarmed demonstrators.

(Source / 07.05.2018)

Every day Jewish settlers attack us

Human Rights Defenders sent us the video below and the account that follows. Badia Dwaik says that the video depicts a settler attacking a resident of Hebron and the soldiers taking the settler’s side, and arresting two teenagers. Dwaik reports that no one was injured by the soldiers’ shots.  

“We live in this house near the Ibrahimi Mosque for 20 years,” said Malika Qafisha, 38, a mother of six. “We face daily harassment after the closure of most of the streets in Hebron after the martyrs from the massacre of the Ibrahimi Mosque [in 1994].

“We live in this part known as ‘easy’ life; although it is very complex. We continue to challenge the conditions of our oppression as a result of settlers’ colonization and the prevention of the entry of Palestinian people into our region on the grounds that they are not residents of the area; at a time when pro-Zionist come to support the settlers from different regions, especially in America.”

“Many individual Palestinian families have fled because they could not live in these circumstances. Our lives have become unbearable after the settlers violently moved into our area with the protection of the Israeli army. We are subjected to repeated attacks on us at home and the settlers through rocks to break the glass of our houses.”

“However, this day, 4/28/2018, was the most violent and most terrifying; since the Jewish settlers violently harassed us and instead of the army to protect us from them, they fired their weapon causing fear in our children.”

Malika Qafisha said that some of the neighbors intervened to help stop the settlers’ attack. They told the Israeli army what was happening, but the Israeli army attacked them and arrested two young men, Shawqi Maswadeh and Mosaeb Jaber.

Then the Israeli army opened fire in a frightening way.

The families can’t sleep sometimes because of their fear and their traumatic dreams as a result of what they have seen in their daily lives. “Every day I worry about the lives of my children,” Malika Qafisha said. “We do not think of leaving this house, despite all the dangers we face. The Jewish settlers often chant, ‘We will force you out of the house.’ We have the right to live in our home, one of the most basic human rights in any part of the world.

Jaber was later released. Maswadeh is still being held. Next door to the Jaber house, settlers have taken over another house.

(Source / 07.05.2018)

Report: 128 Israel violations on Palestinian holy sites in April

Street Art in Palestine - Al-Aqsa is crying [Facebook]

Street Art in Palestine – Al-Aqsa is crying

An official Palestinian report issued on Sunday showed that the Israeli occupation forces and settlers carried out 128 violations and aggressions on Palestinian holy sites in the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem, during April.

The report, which was issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Endowment, recorded 33 Israeli violations and aggressions on Al-Aqsa Mosque, including deportations of worshippers or guards, desecration by settlers and aggression on the property.

Israeli forces are seen at Bab al-Rahmeh cemetery in East Jerusalem on 10 December, 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

In addition, the report highlighted the Israeli assaults on Al-Youssefiyeh Cemetery and on Bab al-Rahmah Cemetery, noting that the purpose was to expand nearby Jewish buildings.

Meanwhile, the report revealed that the Israeli occupation banned the adhan [call to prayer] 58 times in Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron during the same month, noting that it was the first time that the Friday call for prayer had ever been banned.

Israel also closed the Islamic holy site in the Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron for two days during the Jewish holidays and raised Israeli flags on its walls, in addition to desecrating the site and launching of fireworks.

READ: Settlers place Israel flag over Ibrahimi Mosque

In Bethlehem, the illegal Israeli Jewish settlers raided the area of the three Solomonic Pools while under heavy military police protection and performed Talmudic rituals.

In Nablus, the report revealed a series of “bloody” attacks on mosques, noting that the Jewish settlers set one mosque on fire and spray-painted racist slogans at several other mosques, calling for the killing or expulsion of Palestinians.

The report also stated that the Israeli authorities issued a stop-work order for one of the mosques in Hebron. It added that the Jewish settlers attempted to set fire to the Al-Latwani Mosque in the city.

(Source / 07.05.2018)

Haniyeh: We thwarted hundreds of Israeli intelligence schemes in Gaza

Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech during a press conference in Gaza City, Gaza on 23 January 2017

Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh revealed on Sunday that the military wing of his movement had thwarted hundreds of security and intelligence schemes in Gaza, Al-Resalahnewspaper reported.

During the funeral processions for six members of Al-Qassam Brigades, who were killed as they were dismantling an Israel landmine planted in a box for a private telecommunication network in Gaza, Haniyeh said: “Today’s martyrs had maintained the security depth along with protecting hundreds of resistance fighters.”

He stressed: “The Palestinian resistance – led by Hamas and its military wing Al-Qassam Brigades – have been involved in battles on multiple fronts, including armed battles, security, popular, political and information battles.”

The Palestinian resistance is involved in an open battle with the enemy and it will continue this battle until it raises the victory and liberation flags throughout Palestine.

The top Hamas leader said that these martyrs “are dear to us,” and they sacrificed their souls “in a complex intelligence operation” for the sake of the Palestinian people.

Haniyeh reiterated that the Israeli occupation does not stop tracking and targeting the Palestinian resistance at all levels, stressing that Hamas is honoured to be defending Palestinians and their resistance groups.

READ: One killed as Israel hits Hamas-linked site in Gaza

He hailed the Palestinian security services in the Gaza Strip, which he said, do not engage in security cooperation with the Israeli occupation.

Concluding his speech, Haniyeh said that “deterrence is achieved through persistence, resilience and sacrifice for the sake of the homeland.”

(Source / 07.05.2018)

Arafat’s nephew resigns from Fatah’s Central Committee in protest against PNC meeting

Nasser al-Qudwa in Ramallah, West Bank on 9 November 2016

Nasser al-Qudwa, the nephew of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, has resigned from the Fatah Central Committee in protest against “some of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) meeting results”.

A source in al-Qudwa’s office told Turkey’s Anadolu news agency that he had resigned from the movement’s Central Committee but would remain a member of Fatah.

Palestinian Fatah movement is led by Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas.

It is not yet confirmed whether Fatah has accepted or rejected al-Qudwa’s resignation.

OPINION: The PNC meeting was ‘much ado about nothing’

The PNC concluded its meeting on Friday with the re-election of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as Chairman of its Executive Committee.

Major Palestinian parties including Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) all boycotted the meetings, saying it “will strengthen the state of division”.

(Source / 07.05.2018)