Soldiers Arrest A Palestinian, Injure Activist And His Family, And Threaten To Kill Him For Documenting Their Violations

09 JUN
3:46 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday at dawn, a Palestinian man in Beit Kahil town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, in addition to invading the home of Human Rights activist, cameraman Aref Jaber, in Hebron city, assaulted and injured him and his family, and threatened to kill him if he continues his activities, documenting violations carried out by both soldiers and illegal colonialist settlers.

Several army jeeps invaded Beit Kahil, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes, and abducted at least one Palestinian.

The Palestinian, identified as Sayyaf al-Asafra, was cuffed and blindfolded, before the soldiers took him to a nearby military center.

The soldiers also invaded the home Aref Jaber, a cameraman and local nonviolent activist against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, before confiscating his mobile phone and his camera, in addition to erasing all videos and pictures he took of the army during previous invasions and violations.

During the invasion into his home, the soldiers assaulted him, his wife and children, and threatened to kill him if he continues to document their invasions, and violations committed by the army and illegal Israeli colonialist settlers.

Aref and his wounded wife and children, were rushed by Palestinian medics to Hebron governmental hospital, suffering cuts and bruises.

It is worth mentioning that Jaber documented countless violations carried out by both Israeli soldiers and colonialist settlers, especially in Jaber neighborhood, the adjacent Ibrahimi mosque and its surrounding areas.

He was one of the Palestinians who documented the killing of Rami Wahid Sabarna, 36, who was shot dead by the soldiers, while working in Jaber neighborhood, last week, on Saturday, June 2nd.

After the fatal shooting of Sabarna, who and other workers were conducting work for the Hebron City Council to rehabilitate and expand a road near the Ibrahimi Mosque, Jaber said slain Palestinian was driving a small and loud bulldozer, and added that the worker passed by some soldiers who then started shouting at him an ordering him to stop.

“He did not pose any threat to them, he passed by them and could not hear their shouts and orders,” Aref said, “Then, they just opened fire at him and his bulldozer, seriously wounded him, before removing him from his vehicle and leaving him to bleed on the ground. When Red Crescent medics arrived, the soldiers prevented them from providing Sabarna with the urgently needed treatment, and he bled to death, before the soldiers placed his corpse in a black plastic bag and took him away.”

(Source / 09.06.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Detain A Man And His Wife On Their Land Near Hebron

09 JUN
1:58 PM

Israeli soldiers detained, Saturday, a Palestinian man and his wife for several hours on their agricultural land in Khallet al-Katla area, in Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

The soldiers invaded the agricultural land, close to Karmie Tzur illegal colony, and detained Ali Ayyad Awad, 54, and his wife Amina Hamed Awad, 47.

The soldiers demanded the two to leave their land and told them they are not allowed to enter their land, or do any work “without a permit” from the Israeli side.

The couple refused to leave their land, and the soldiers threatened to abduct and imprison them if they stay.

They insisted on their right to stay and to continue their work, before the soldiers detained them, but later release them, and they resumed their work.

Farmers in areas close to illegal Israeli colonies in the occupied West Bank face constant harassment, assaults and violations by both soldiers and colonialist settlers, amidst dangerously increasing attempt to steal more land for the constriction and expansion of the colonies, built on occupied lands in direct violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

(Source / 09.06.2018)

Reports: Israeli drones burn tyres, protest camps in southern Gaza

A drone photo shows smoke rising as Palestinian protestors burn tyres during confrontations with Israeli forces during a demonstration, organised within the "Great March of Return" despite Israel's threats, with tear gas near the Gaza/Israel border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on April 06, 2018 [Stringer / Anadolu Agency]

A drone photo shows smoke rising as Palestinian protestors burn tyres during confrontations with Israeli forces during a demonstration, organised within the “Great March of Return” despite Israel’s threats, with tear gas near the Gaza/Israel border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on April 06, 2018

Israeli drones reportedly dropped what locals said were firebombs along the borderlines in the south-eastern Gaza Strip on Friday morning.

Locals told the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency that Israeli drones dropped the firebombs on hundreds of tyres that protesters had brought to the area to burn during protests later in the day.

The firebombs also reportedly burned down several tent encampments that had been set up for weeks by protesters participating in the ongoing “Great March of Return” in Gaza.

Though protests have slightly calmed since Ramadan began three weeks ago, thousands of Gazans took to the Israeli border fence on Friday on the occasion of al-Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, and the 51st anniversary of the “Naksa.”

Read: Israel orders PA to pay $1.4m in damages for Gaza kites

Palestinian Civil Defence teams arrived to the area and extinguished the fire set by the drones before it could spread further.

Local activists told Ma’an News Agency the Israeli action was “proof of Israel’s flounder and fear of Palestinian crowds that would be protesting on Friday.”

They added that despite their tents being burned, marches would continue until “their goals were achieved.”

Read:  Tear-gas canister puts Gazan on life support

23-year-old Haitham Abu Sabla runs as he holds a teargas canister stuck on his face during a demonstration commemorating the Naksa, along the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on June 8, 2018 [Ashraf Amra / Anadolu Agency]

(Source / 09.06.2018)

Syrian Coalition Says Russia Deliberately Committed a Massacre in Rural Idlib on Thursday

Russian air force committed a horrible massacre in rural Idlib on Thursday, in an area that is covered by the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement as the Syrian Coalition described the attack as a “deliberate crime.”

The Syrian Civil Defense said that the attack killed at least 44 civilians and wounded more than 100 others in the town of Zardana in rural Idlib. It pointed out that the Russian jets carried out a double-tap attack, killing a rescue worker while he was trying to help the victims.

In a press release issued on Friday, the Syrian Coalition accused Russia of deliberately bombing an area that is covered by the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement It underscored that “the perpetrator of this act is a vengeful, seasoned criminal.”

“Despite the shock that such massacres and crimes cause to the world, they have continued unabated since 2011, which makes one wonder as to why the international community is still showing this complete inaction and total indifference,” the Coalition said.

“The international community continues to watch idly by as the most heinous massacres, crimes, mass forced displacement, destruction and detention are taking place without shouldering its duties to maintain international peace and security.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 09.06.2018)

UN to hold emergency meeting on protecting Palestinians

UN General Assembly holds the 37th plenary meeting of the tenth emergency special session on 21 December 2017 [Atılgan Özdil/Anadolu Agency]

UN General Assembly holds the 37th plenary meeting of the tenth emergency special session on 21 December 2017

The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency meeting next Wednesday to vote on a resolution on Gaza, the body’s president Miroslav Lajcak announced on Friday.

The resolution will condemn Israel, and will be similar to one vetoed by the United States in the Security Council last week, which called for protecting Palestinians from Israeli aggression, according to diplomats.

The session was requested by Turkey as the term president of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Algeria in the name of Arab Union, a joint statement said Friday.

“We are mobilising all of our efforts with as many as we can reach from groups and member states to receive the largest number of votes possible to support us,” Mansour said.

The General Assembly meeting has been called for 3 pm EDT (1900 GMT) on Wednesday.

Read: US isolated at UN, vetoes popular resolution and finds no backers for anti-Hamas bill

The resolution, Ambassador Riyad Mansour said, would be similar to a Kuwaiti-drafted resolution that last week received enough support to pass a vote in the Security Council but was vetoed by the United States.

Mansour said the US veto triggered the request and that Friday’s violence “adds to our argument and to the urgency of providing international protection” to Palestinian civilians.

Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly have no binding value, unlike those passed by the Security Council.

(Source / 09.06.2018)

Tear-gas canister puts Gazan on life support

23-year-old Haitham Abu Sabla was hit in the face with a tear gas canister that became embedded in his cheek

A Palestinian was on life support in a Gaza hospital on Friday after being struck in the face by a tear-gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier. At least 525 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces during yesterday’s protest.

Israel says it uses tear gas as a non-lethal measure against Gaza border protests.

But the projectile, launched by a soldier on the Israeli side of the frontier, hit Haitham Abu Sabla in the face as he watched Palestinian stone-throwers taking part in demonstrations east of Khan Younis town, witnesses said.

As seen in these pictures by Anadolu Agency and others by Reuters photographer Ibraheem Abu Mustafa, the 23-year-old staggered back with the gas-spewing canister embedded in his cheek, his shirt bloodied, before collapsing.

A Gaza hospital official said Abu Sabla was placed on life support after the canister was surgically removed.

Abu Mustafa said: “An Israeli soldier came out of a military jeep and fired tear gas bombs … and demonstrators began to run. They began to run further back and there was one of them who had gas coming out of his face. He ran before me directly,”

“I started taking photos of him as he ran, before he fell to the ground and medics rushed to help him”, adding:

It looked scary, a man with smoke and gas coming from inside his face

An Israeli army spokesman had no immediate comment on Abu Sabla’s injury. He referred the media to an earlier statement that said troops were using what force was required to prevent around 10,000 Palestinians from posing an armed infiltration threat.

Abu Sabla’s older brother, Mahmoud, said they were both regulars at the protests against Israel launched on March 30 and in which the army has killed at least 123 Palestinians, according to Gaza medics.

“It was a must-go for us. We’ve never missed a Friday,” he said.

(Source / 09.06.2018)