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MoH: 2 Palestinians killed, 415 injured by Occupation forces in Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, two Palestinians, including a child, and injured 415 others, including 11 children, two women and three medics, in the “Great Return March” processions along the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip.

Dr. al-Qedra said the soldiers killed Mohammad Fawzi Mohammad al-Hamayda, 24, after shooting his with live rounds in the abdomen and his leg, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

He added that the soldiers killed a child, identified as Yasser Amjad Abu Naja, 14, east of Khan Younis, also in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The official also said that the soldiers injured more than 415 Palestinians, including 136 who were moved to hospitals for further treatment, and 279 who received treatment in field clinics.

Three of the wounded Palestinians suffered life-threatening injuries and are still in serious conditions.

The Israeli army started firing at the protesters after dozens of young men burnt tires near the border fence, along the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, and launched balloons carrying the colors of the Palestinian flags, and pictures of Palestinians who were killed by the army since the protests started on Land Day, on March 30th, 2018.

Friday’s protest, part of ongoing processions for the fourteenth consecutive week, was dubbed “From Gaza to the West Bank, one fate, one blood,” expressing rejection to any attempt to isolate the Gaza Strip, and consider it a separate entity from the rest of occupied Palestine.

The soldiers used sniper rifles to target the unarmed protesters, in addition to firing dozens of rubber-coated steel bullets, concussion grenades and high-velocity gas bombs.

Furthermore, the soldiers deliberately targeted a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance in Malka area, east of Gaza city, inflicting damage and causing its teem to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

The army attacked the protesters in border areas across the eastern side of the coastal region, from areas east of Rafah and Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, to Gaza city, Deir al-Balah in Central Gaza, in addition to Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia, in the northern part.

It is worth mentioning that a local folk-dance troupe (Dabka) danced to Palestinian and Arab music, expressing the steadfastness and determination to continue the struggle until achieve the internationally guaranteed legitimate rights of the Palestinian people of liberation, independence and sovereignty. (IMEMC)

Video By Roshdi Abu Athra – Published By Gaza Now Facebook Page:

(Source / 30.06.2018)

‘Freedom Flotilla’ Boats En Route to Gaza depart Spain

30 JUN
12:29 PM

Two of the boats participating in the 2018 ‘Freedom Flotilla’ to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza left Spain Friday on their way to Italy, then onward to the Gaza Strip.

The two vessels are called Freedom and Al-Awda (Arabic for ‘The Return’, in reference to the Palestinian refugees’ internationally-recognized right of return to their homes in what is now Israel).

The boats left the port of Qadish, in Spain, headed to Cagliari port on the island of Sardinia, Italy, then to Gaza to break the 11-year blockade by the Israeli occupation on the Gaza Strip.

When the boats left Qadish, they were seen off by a crowd of supporters who cheered, chanted and waved Palestinian flags and called for an end to Israel’s siege on Gaza.

They will join up with two other boats in Italy, all filled with humanitarian aid and support for the Palestinian people in Gaza.

The Flotilla had tried to stop in the port of Paris, but following a pressure campaign by Zionist groups in France, the city of Paris refused to allow them to land.

Zaher Birawi, head of the International Committee for Breaking Gaza Siege and founder member of Freedom Flotilla Coalition, hailed the solidarity efforts exerted in all cities and ports they have already visited. He expressed hope that these efforts will succeed in pressuring politicians in Europe to end Gaza siege.

The Gaza Strip has enduring an 11-year Israeli siege which has limited electricity supplies and the delivery of vital medicines, leaving residents struggling to survive. The UN has warned that Gaza could become “uninhabitable” by 2020.

(Source / 30.06.2018)

Calls for boycotting Israeli Jerusalem municipality elections

Elections Jerusalem

Palestinian factions as well as national and Islamic organizations in Occupied Jerusalem called for boycotting the Israeli municipality elections completely: running and election.

In a statement on Friday, the factions and organizations highlighted that Jerusalem is an occupied city according to international and humanitarian resolutions.

The statement also stressed the Palestinian nonrecognition of annexing the city, which was occupied in 1976, to 1948 Occupied Palestine which is called “Israel”.

The statement considered the participation in Israeli municipality elections as a political recognition of annexing Jerusalem to Israel, which is refused by Palestinians, Arabs and other international countries, as well as an approval of the US decision of annexing East Jerusalem and moving the US embassy to the occupied city.

(Source / 30.06.2018)

The Guardian bans cartoon criticizing Israeli crimes

Cartoon Guardian

The British newspaper The Guardian banned a cartoon criticizing Israel’s killing of Palestinian paramedic, Razan al-Najjar, on the grounds of anti-Semitism.

The rejected cartoon shows British MP Theresa May sitting alongside her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in Downing Street, while Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar burns in the fireplace behind.

Al-Najjar, 21, was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier on June 4 during a protest in Gaza.

In emails sent to staff, Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell said that he had been “unfairly traduced and censored” and accused Guardian editor Kath Viner of not speaking to him because she “did not really have an argument” for spiking his work.

The debate was discussed at the House of Lords by member Tony Graves who said that banning the cartoon was not necessary and that it is time for Israel to be accountable for its actions.

(Source / 30.06.2018)

Gazans bid farewell to 13-year-old Yaser Abu al-Naja

Yaser Abu al-Naja 13

Thousands of Palestinians marched Saturday afternoon in the funeral of Yaser Abu al-Naja, 13, who was killed on Friday by Israeli gunfire while taking part in the Great March of Return east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

The funeral was attended by a number of Hamas officials including the member of Hamas’s Political Bureau Khalil al-Hayya who said in a speech that the killing of Abu al-Naja is a new crime added to Israel’s endless series of crimes against the Palestinian people.

Al-Hayya added that Abu al-Naja’s blood will push the Palestinian people to make more sacrifices and unite against the conspiracies plotted to liquidate their cause.

Abu al-Naja was one of two Palestinians killed on Friday by the Israeli occupation forces who attacked the civilians participating in the Great March of Return protests along Gaza’s eastern border.

Since the start of the Great March of Return on 30th March, over 130 Palestinian civilians have been killed and about 14,000 injured.

(Source / 30.06.2018)

Palestinians injured in clashes with IOF near al-Khalil

Clashes Beit Ummar

A number of Palestinian citizens were injured on Saturday during clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in Beit Ummar town, north of the West Bank city of al-Khalil.

Anti-settlement activist Mohammed Ayyad said that dozens of Palestinians suffered breathing difficulties while a young man suffered different fractures while being chased by the IOF soldiers who stormed the town amid heavy firing of teargas canisters.

Ayyad added that the IOF seized two Palestinian vehicles in Beit Ummar and burned a farmland using teargas canisters.

(Source / 30.06.2018)

Health Ministry: Acute Depletion in Leukemia Treatment

30 JUN
5:08 AM

The director of the blood and tumors pharmacy at Rantisi Hospital for Children, Talha Balousha, warned of a severe depletion of the drug Mercaptopurine, and the resulting threat to the lives of children with leukemia.

Balousha said, on Thursday, in a press statement, that the depletion of the drug threatens the lives of leukemia patients, as it will cause a gap in a therapeutic protocol which has lasted for two years, according to Al Ray.

He noted that the drug is a chemotherapy tablet which is given to dozens of children with leukemia, over an 18-month period.

He stressed on the importance of this stage, in the therapy, in preventing any deterioration of the patient’s health, noting that prolonged interruptions of treatment, during this period, will have a direct relationship with an increased risk of relapse.

He called on all concerned officials to work hard in resolving this crisis, in order to save the lives of these children, adding that the cost of the drugs in the private sector has upped to four times its actual price.

(Source / 30.06.2018)

Israel Bans Condoms from Entering Gaza Strip

30 JUN
5:43 AM

New Israeli regulations stipulate that condoms will not be allowed to enter the Gaza Strip, as they might be used in violent actions.

The Times of Israel published, last week, a report with the title “Condoms, kites and birthday balloons: ‘Silly’ Gaza weapons could lead to real war”.

The report states, according to Days of Palestine, that Palestinians in Gaza are relentlessly flying a variety of airborne devices attached to flammable materials to be launched, into Israel, near the Israeli-Gaza border, causing hundreds of fires and millions of shekels in damage.

Palestinians rely on the gentle Mediterranean coastal breeze to push their new weapons across the border.

The report ignored the fact that the Israeli occupation army had killed 138 Palestinians and injured 14,700, including women, children, medics and journalists in Gaza, since the beginning of the Great Return March, in March of 2018.

Given their limited resources, Palestinians rely on such an innovative way to retaliate.  No Israeli casualties were reported during the same time period.

Palestinians reportedly launched 600 kites from Gaza during the Great Return March, with Israel claiming it had intercepted 400. There was an unconfirmed report that these kites have brought down 10 Israeli drone aircraft.

(Source / 30.06.2018)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (21– 27 June 2018)

30 JUN
6:03 AM

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 21 – 27 June, 2018.

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian civilian was killed, and 84 others were wounded, including 11 children, 2 women and a paramedic, in the Gaza Strip. 19 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the West Bank.

Israeli warplanes launched 13 missiles against a number of targets in the Gaza Strip.

Shooting:

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 12th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 88 others, including 11 children, 2 women, a journalist and paramedic.  Ten of those wounded sustained serious wounds.  In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 19 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and a woman.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 22 June 2018, the Israeli forces killed Usamah Abu Khater (29) with a bullet to the chest during his participation in the protests organized in eastern Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  After his injury, he was taken to the European Gaza Hospital in the city and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where he stayed until his death was declared on 24 June 2019.

 

During the reporting period, while using the excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli forces wounded 84 Palestinians, including 11 children, 2 women, a paramedic, and a journalist.  Ten of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

Collective Punishment Measures:

 

As part of the collective punishment policy adopted by the Israeli forces against the Palestinian families of those accused of carrying out attacks against them and/or the settlers, on Thursday early morning, 21 June 2018, the Israeli forces demolished the external and internal walls of the apartment in Eastern Barta’ah village, southwest of Jenin, that is isolated behind the annexation wall.  The 140-square-meter apartment belongs to Ratib Qabha and is inhabited by his daughter (35) and her child.  It should be noted that the Israeli forces arrested the son of the abovementioned civilian, ‘Alaa’ (26), on 16 March 2018 after he was shot and wounded due to running over a number of soldiers stationed at the checkpoint near former “Mavo Dotan” camp, south of Jenin.

 

Israeli Forces Continued their Measures to Create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

 

As part of demolishing civilian facilities, on 25 June 2018, the Israeli municipality vehicles demolished 5 agricultural dunums belonging to 5 Palestinian civilians in Hizmah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They demolished 3 glasshouse nurseries and a store for selling sheds under the pretext of non-licensing. The losses were estimated at hundred thousands of shekels, which is the only source of income for the owners. It

 

In the same context, the Israeli Municipality forced al-Showaki Family to self-demolish their house in Was Yasoul neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City under the pretext of non-licensing.  Wael al-Showaiki said to PCHR’s fieldworker that his family and he were forced to demolished 2 under-construction houses to avoid paying NIS 90,000 as the municipality staff told them. Wael said that the 2 houses cost him around NIS 40.000.

 

In the same context, Ibrahim ‘Amirah self-demolished his house in Sur baher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. The house was built 2 years ago and comprised of 4 rooms, kitchen and bathroom sheltering 6 individuals, including 4 children. He said that when the demolition decision was issued, he immediately headed to the Israeli Courts, but unfortunately all courts decided to demolish the house. Thus, he was forced to self-demolish his house to avoid paying fines that may reach over NIS 90,000.

 

On Tuesday, 26 June 2018, the Israeli Municipality vehicles demolished a house belonging to ‘Izzat ‘Abed al-Qader in Tal’et Hizmah area in Beit Huninah neighbourhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The 90-square-meter house was built near his family house in 2000 and was sheltering his wife and 1-year-old child.   In the same context, the Israeli Municipality vehicles levelled an iron fence in al-Hardoub area in al-Tour neighbourhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and a parking in Silwan, south of the city, in addition to an agricultural road in al-Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

House Demolitions and Notices:

 

At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 25 June 2018, Israeli vehicles demolished 5 agriculural dunums belonging to 5 Palestinian civilians in Hizmah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. The Hizmah village’s mayor Samar Salah al-Deen said that the Israeli Municipality staff accompanied with many Israeli forces and vehicles moved into the village in the morning. These forces closed all streets leading to ‘Anatah village and declared it as a closed military zone. Following that, the Israeli vehicles demolished 3 glasshouse nurseries and a shop for selling sheds established on an area of 5 dumuns  under the pretext of non-licensing. Those facilities belonged to Ibrahim Salem, Ghaleb Salem, Mohamed al-Sewari, Mohamed Fayiz, and Mohamed ‘Askar. The mayor said that the Israeli vehicles not only demolished but also intentionally damaged the glasshouse nurseries to prevent civilians from reusing them again. The losses of those facilties’ owners were estimated at thousands shekels, noting they are the only source of income for the owners. It should be noted that the Israeli forces previously demolished those facilities several times.

 

In the same context, the Israeli Municipality forced al-Showaki Family to self-demolish their house in Was Yasoul neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City under the pretext of non-licensing or the municipality “will impose fines on them and force them to pay the municipality demolition costs. Wael al-Showaki said to PCHR’s fieldworker that his family and he were forced to demolish 2 under-construction houses to avoid paying NIS 90,000 as told by the municipality staff while raiding their house twice during the past days. The municipality staff also handed him an administrative notice that allows the municipality to demolish the houses in anytime. The family said that they built the houses at the beginning of last May and when they were preparing for casting the concrete, the municipality staff raided the house and handed them the notice. On Friday, 22 June 2018, the municipality staff raided their house again, handed them another notice, and gave them 4 days to demolish what they built or they will pay a fine. Wael said that the 2 houses cost around NIS 40,000.

 

In the same context, Ibrahim ‘Omairah self-demolished his house in Surbaher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. The house was built 2 years ago, and when Ibrahim’s family finished its construction and lived there, the Israeli Municipality issued a decision to demolish the house. During the past period, Ibrahim attempted to license the house, but in vain. He said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

I received a phone call from the police, informing me that the Israeli Municipality will demolish the house on Tuesday morning or I immediately self- demolish it. I then vacated my house contents and self-demolished it. The house was comprised of 4 rooms, a kitchen and bathroom, sheltering 6 members, including 4 children. When the demolition decision was issued, I immediately resorted to the Israeli Courts, including the Supreme Court, but unfortunately all courts decided to demolish the house. Additionally, the component authorities refused to license the house, rendering my family and me homeless. I self-demolished my house to avoid paying fines that may reach over NIS 90,000.”

 

On Tuesday, 26 June 2018, the Israeli Municipality vehicles demolished a house belonging to ‘Izzat ‘Abed al-Qader in Tal’et Hizmah area in Beit Huninah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Izzat said that the Israeli forces surrounded his house and then completely demolished it. He also said that the municipality staff raided his house in the previous day and handed him a decision to vacate the house contents. The 90-square-meter house was built near his family house in 2000 and sheltering his wife and their child.

 

In the same context, the Israeli Municipality vehicles demolished a 100-meter steel fence in al-Hardoub area in al-Tour neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. An eyewitness said that the plot of land belonging to Murad Abu Subitan and Hani al-Sayyad.

 

In Wadi Helwa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, the Israeli Municipality demolished a parking belonging to Eyad Ramadan. Eyad said that the Israeli Municipality forced him in last April to self-demolish the parking roof and parts of its walls. On the same day, Eyad was surprised with raiding the parking and completely demolishing it.

 

In al-Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, the Israeli Municipality demolished agricultural roads in the eastern area of the village, noting that those lands were threatened of confiscation in favor of “National Parks” projects.

 

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli forces’ attacks

 

At approximately 10:30 on Monday, 25 June 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Kherbit al-Dirat, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. A Civil Administration officer took photos of many houses and handed their owners notices to stop construction works under the pretext of non-licensing. The notices were as follows:

  • A 200-square-meter inhabited house built of concrete and 70-square-meter barrack. Both of them belong to ‘Isaa Mahmoud al-‘Adrah.
  • An 80-square-meter inhabited house built of concrete and belongs to Mohamed Ahmed al-‘Adrah.
  • An 80-square-meter inhabited house built of concrete and belongs to Jabreen Mahmoud al-‘Adrah.
  • A 100-square-meter inhabited house built of concrete and belongs to Ibrahim Mohamed Ibrahim al-‘Adrah.
  • A 443-meter road leading to al-Safa School.

 

On Tuesday, 26 June 2018, Israeli forces established a military watchtower in al-Bowairah area, east of Hebron, which is near Beit ‘Aynoun area on Palestinian lands belonging to al-‘Eidah Family. It should be noted that Israeli settlers established a settlement outpost on an area of 40 dunums on the Palestinian confiscated lands. On 05 March 2018, the Israeli settlers under the Israeli forces’ protection leveled the plot of land and placed the Israeli flags on it. They also brought a water tank and installed banners on them. In the afternoon, trucks brought 4 mobile homes from “Kriyat ‘Arba’” settlement and put them in the land. The Israeli forces denied Palestinian civilians and the lands’ owners’ access. The new settlement outpost is opposite to “Kiryat Arba” and “Kharsina” settlements.

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
  2. PCHR calls upon the ICC this year to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
  4. PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
  5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
  6. PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
  7. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  8. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
  9. PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
  10. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
  11. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
  12. PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
  13. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
  14. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

Fully detailed document available at the official website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

(Source / 30.06.2018)

Palestinian Grassroots Activist Wael al-Faqeeh Seized by Israeli Occupation Forces (VIDEO)

30 JUN
6:17 AM
 

Palestinian grassroots activist Wael al-Faqeeh, a coordinator at the Tanweer Forum in Nablus who frequently works with international solidarity activists, was seized in the early morning hours of Thursday, 28 June 2018 by Israeli occupation forces. Al-Faqeeh is the latest in a series of popular resistance organizers to be targeted by the Israeli occupation for arrest and imprisonment.

He is a long time civil society leader in Nablus who has been arrested on multiple occasions for his work in land defense and supporting popular struggle against settlements and Israeli occupation and colonization. Recently, he has been working with Tanweer to support local women’s cooperatives growing za’atar in the villages around Nablus, helping to support land cultivation by Palestinians and supporting women’s economic independence.

This video from 2010 by Anna Baltzer describes Wael’s work, for which he continues to be attacked:

He was reportedly taken to Megiddo prison after being seized from his home in a night raid. This is the fourth time he has been arrested; he has spent several years in Israeli prison over multiple arrests and was released for the last time in February 2017 after serving a sentence of over one year. Many of his friends and comrades around the world have shared their outrage on social media about his arrest and are demanding his immediate release. Several of his friends have also expressed that Wael has been by the bedside of his best friend, who is receiving treatment for cancer, and that this arrest is also an attack on his family and friends who rely on his support and involvement.

PSC Union members protest for Wael  

In Britain, members of the Public and Commercial Services Union went out on Whitehall to demand the freedom of Wael al-Faqeeh, and others are organizing internationally to build solidarity for his release.

Via the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network:

“Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network demands the immediate release of Wael al-Faqeeh. His arrest comes amid the ongoing targeting of grassroots Palestinian organizers defending the land and confronting colonization, from the repeatedly renewed administrative detention of Abdel-Razzaq Farraj of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees to the imprisonment of Ahed Tamimi, Nariman Tamimi and almost 20 of their family members for organizing to defend the land and people of Nabi Saleh from Israeli occupation.

We urge supporters of Palestine around the world to protest and organize for Wael’s release and that of his fellow prisoners. This includes escalating the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel at the economic, cultural, academic, sports and other levels. Freedom for Wael al-Faqeeh and all Palestinian prisoners!”

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(Source / 30.06.2018)