Israel arrested 651 Palestinian children since start of 2018

Israeli forces can be seen arresting a Palestinian child [Taimoor Ul Haq/Facebook]

Israeli forces can be seen arresting a Palestinian child

Israeli occupation forces have arrested 3,533 Palestinians from the occupied territories since the beginning of 2018, official statics by several Palestinian human rights organisations have showed.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Addameer – Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, the Israeli arrests included 651 children, 63 women and four journalists.

During the past month, the rights organisations pointed out, occupation forces arrested 449 Palestinians, including 117 Jerusalemites.

According to rights groups, there are about 6,500 Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails, including 54 females, 350 children, 430 under administrative detention and 1,800 patients.

Read: Israel killed 25 Palestinian children this year

(Source / 13.07.2018)

Israel planned Khan Al-Ahmar demolition 40 years ago

Palestinians protest to prevent their homes from being demolished by Israeli forces in Khan Al-Ahmar, West Bank on 4 July 2018

Israel planned the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar to make room for illegal settlements 40 years ago, newly-emerged documents have revealed.

The revelations show that Uri Ariel, now Israel’s agriculture minister, approved plans for a “Jewish corridor” of illegal settlements that would require the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar, a Palestinian Bedouin village situated east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, Haaretz has revealed.

The plan, believed to have been written in the late 1970s, intended to establish the settlements on some 100,000 to 120,000 dunams (25,000 to 30,000 acres) of Palestinian land. This land included the villages of Hizme, Anata, Al-Azariya and Abu Dis, all outlying villages of Jerusalem, as well as other Palestinian lands in Wadi Qelt, the Kidron Valley and Horkania Valley between Jerusalem and Jericho.

The document in question states “in the area there are many Bedouin involved in the cultivation of land,” which Haaretz sees as undermining claims made by modern-day illegal Israeli settlers that Bedouin only recently “took over the land”. The document also states that “since the area is used by the military and a large part of the industry there serves the defence establishment, the area must be closed to Bedouin settlement and evacuated.”

READ: Israel demolishes Al-Araqeeb for 129th time

The plan intended for the land to be cleared of its Bedouin residents to make way for Ma’ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim, two illegal Jewish-only settlements situated on the Jerusalem-Jericho road. Save for the final eviction of Bedouin living in these areas, most of Ariel’s plan has already been accomplished. Israel has long sought to officially annex Ma’ale Adumim and has pushed a “facts on the ground” policy in the E1 area, which remains largely inhabited by Palestinians. If settled, Israel believes this would create a contiguous area of Jewish settlement and thus facilitate Ma’ale Adumim’s annexation.

Khan Al-Ahmar has been the focus of attention in recent weeks after it was slated for demolition by Israeli occupation forces. Soldiers visited the site on 2 July, taking measurements, inspecting the village’s school made of tyres and counting livestock in preparation for the demolition. Residents of Khan Al-Ahmar were told to leave after the area was declared a closed military zone, and mobile homes were installed in nearby Al-Azariya to relocate the them. On 5 July, following international outcry, Israel’s Supreme Court delayed the planned demolition.

READ: Israel to demolish 50 Arab houses

Khan Al-Ahmar is home to Al-Jahhalin Bedouins, who are refugees from the Negev desert that have lived in the area since their displacement by the Israeli army in 1967. Israel has refused to recognise Al-Jahhalin Bedouin communities or grant them building permits, a strategy often used by Israel to term any Bedouin home illegal.

(Source / 13.07.2018)

Official: 137 Palestinians killed in Gaza’s Great Marches of Return

Palestinians carry the dead body of Mahmoud Majed Al-Gharableh,16, who was injured by Israeli soldiers during Great March of Return protest in Gaza City, Gaza on 5 July 2018 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians carry the dead body of Mahmoud Majed Al-Gharableh,16, who was injured by Israeli soldiers during Great March of Return protest in Gaza City, Gaza on 5 July 2018

As many as 137 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces since 30 March 2018, in assaults on the Great Marches of Return on Gaza border; a Palestinian official has said.

A spokesman for the Health Ministry in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qudra said in a statement, Thursday, that Israeli forces injured 16,100 Palestinians; noting that 7,700 of them were treated in the field while 8,400 people were taken to hospitals in the Gaza Strip.

According to al-Qudra as many as 18 children under the age of 18 and two women were killed in the clashes and as many as 2,600 children and 1,200 women were injured.

Palestinian teen succumbs to wounds sustained in Great March of Return

He added that 380 of the cases were serious injuries, 3,920 were moderate injuries and 4,100 were minor injuries.

According to al- Qudra, the Israeli forces direct targeting of medical personnel resulted in the death of two paramedics and wounding 320 more while 45 ambulances were partially damaged.

On 30 March, the Palestinians launched a protest movement dubbed “The Great March of Return” to demand the Palestinian refugees right of return and lift the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 13.07.2018)