Three imprisoned Palestinian girls pass high school examinations behind Israeli bars

Three young Palestinian women and girls successfully passed the secondary school examinations from inside Israeli prisons. Lama Hafez al-Bakri (16), Malak Mohammed Salman (18) and Manar Majdi Shweiki (16) obtained scores of 80%, 91% and 90% respectively.

All three girls were sentenced to lengthy prison terms after they were arrested as minors. Lama is serving a 39-month sentence, accused of possession of a knife, while Manar was sentenced to six years in Israeli prison, accused of attempting to stab Israeli occupation forces. Malak was sentenced to 10 years in Israeli prisons for allegedly stabbing occupation forces at the Damascus gate in Jerusalem.

The lengthy sentences handed out to Malak and Manar parallel a number of other extremely long sentences against Palestinian children from Jerusalem. Nurhan Awad was sentenced to 13 years in Israeli prisons, Ahmed Manasrah to 12 years and Muawiya Alqam to 6 years. In all cases, the children were by far the most severely injured parties; in the cases of Nurhan and Ahmed, both witnessed the killing of their young cousins beside them before being seized by occupation forces.

The Palestinian minor girls, held in HaSharon prison, achieved this success despite being repeatedly denied access to teachers. Palestinian parliamentarian, leftist and feminist Khalida Jarrar ran classes for the girls. The prison administration attempted to ban the classes, sparking a protest among the women prisoners, who closed their section and refused meals until the administration relented and promised the return of an external teacher.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes Lama, Malak and Manar on their accomplishments and all of the Palestinian child and youth prisoners who continue to struggle to achieve their right to education denied to them by the Israeli occupation. We demand the release of all Palestinian child prisoners and Palestinian prisoners sentenced as children in Israeli jails, as part of the freedom of all Palestinians imprisoned by the occupation.

(Source / 28.07.2018)

Illegal settlers burnt Palestinian home near Nablus

NABLUS, PALESTINOW.COM — Jewish settlers on Friday torched a Palestinian home and a tract of farmland in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to a Palestinian official.

“Settlers from the [Jewish-only] Yesh Kodesh settlement attacked several homes in the Khallet al-Wusta area near the West Bank city of Nablus,” he said.

Ghassan Douglas, a Palestine Liberation Organization official, told Anadolu Agency that settlers had torched the home of an Arab-Israeli and destroyed another home owned by a Palestinian resident of the village.

Settlers, he added, had also destroyed “dozens” of trees in the area.

According to Douglas, settlers fired randomly at local residents who tried to prevent them from inflicting more damage.

No injuries, however, have been reported.

Roughly 39,000 Jewish settlers live near Nablus in 40 different settlements and outposts from which they occasionally carry out acts of vandalism and attack local Palestinians and their property.

(Source / 28.07.2018)

Israel kills 3 protesters, including two boys in Gaza

Israeli occupation snipers also wounded 246 Palestinian protesters, including 19 children, 10 women, four paramedics and a journalist.

Israeli occupation snipers stationed along eastern side of Gaza killed on Friday three peaceful Palestinian protesters, including two boys and wounded 246 others.

Palestinian ministry of health in Gaza announced the death of child Majdi al-Satari, 12 years old, from Rafah, south of Gaza Strip, after he was shot by an Israeli sniper in the head.

The ministry also announced the death of the 43-year-old disabled Ghazi abu-Mustafa from Khan Younis, south of Gaza Strip, after he was also shot in the head.

On Saturday morning, the ministry announced the death of the 15-year-old boy Mo’em al-Hams after failing to save his life, noting he was shot in the chest during the Friday protest in Rafah.

According to the ministry, the Israeli occupation sharpshooters also wounded 246 Palestinian protesters, including 19 children, 10 women, four paramedics and a journalist.

The ministry said that nine of the wounded are suffering critical conditions.

Since the start of the Great March of Return protests on March 30, the Israeli occupation forces have killed 155 protesters and wounded around 17,100 others.

(Source / 28.07.2018)

Israel storms Al-Aqsa compound during Friday prayers, shots fired

Israeli forces have chained the gates of Al-Aqsa mosque.

UPDATE 12:44 GMT

At least two Palestinian worshippers are thought to have been injured. Quds Network tweetedimages in which one man can be seen lying on a stretcher with blood on his neck and chest.

The Waqf, the endowment that holds custodianship of Al-Aqsa, confirmed reports of injuries, saying that “several people were lightly injured as a result of clashes,” Haaretz reported. The Waqf added that “the [Israeli] police blocked the exits from inside the mosque compound, causing further unrest.”

Reports as to the cause of the violence are mixed. Haaretz quoted Israeli police sources as saying “in an unclear and inexplicable step, stones and fireworks were thrown at the police forces.”

The heavy handed response by Israeli forces seems to have escalated the situation. Al Jazeera Arabic tweeted a video showing intense firing inside the compound, as Palestinians sought shelter near buildings. Meanwhile, Lebanese newspaper the Daily Star reported that “Israeli police sealed the gates to Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.”

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Reports have emerged that Israeli occupation forces are shooting rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas at Palestinian worshippers in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Videos show Palestinians running from approaching Israeli soldiers, as shots can be heard being fired in the background. Smoke can also be seen engulfing the compound, believed to be coming from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces to disperse the crowds.

A number of Palestinians have seemingly been arrested and can be seen being escorted through the compound by armed Israeli forces in riot gear. Others shared images from inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque itself, where women and children can be seen sheltering from the violence.

Initial reports added that Israeli forces have chained the gates of the mosque.

The compound, which is situated in Jerusalem’s Old City, is the site of Friday prayers for thousands of Palestinians. Today’s violence comes just a week after over a thousand Israeli settlers stormedthe Al-Aqsa compound under the protection of Israeli occupation forces.

READ: Israeli police arrest three female relatives of Sheikh Raed Salah

(Source / 28.07.2018)

Kuwait donates $5m for residential programmes in Jerusalem

View of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 23 July 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

The Dome of the Rock Mosque can be seen in the centre of the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem on 23 July 2017

The Palestinian Housing Council and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) earlier this week signed a $5 million deal in support of residential projects in occupied Jerusalem, Felesteen.psreported.

The deal is an extension of a previous deal signed in 2015 with the IDB worth $25 million in support of residential programmes in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Chairman of the Palestinian Housing Council Hisham Al-Omari thanked Kuwait, which paid the funds from the Kuwaiti Fund for Economic Development through the IDB.

READ: Why is Israel targeting Turkey’s presence in Jerusalem?

Director of the Palestinian Housing Council in the northern governorates, Omar Al-Khuffash, stated that these projects would be specific to Jerusalem and would be implemented sing certain criteria and conditions set out by the council.

Al-Khuffash said the programme allows Palestinians to apply for loans in order to buy, repair or extend their homes.

(Source / 28.07.2018)

US backs Israeli decision to build 400 new illegal settlement units

Constructions of the Israeli settlement Ramot continues on Palestinian lands in Jerusalem, on 22 November 2017 [Mahmoud Ibrahim/Anadolu Agency]

Constructions of the Israeli settlement continues on Palestinian lands on 22 November 2017

The Trump administration has supported Israel’s decision to build 400 new settlement units in the illegal Geva Binyamin settlement, also known as Adam, in the occupied West Bank, Anadolureported on Friday.

An Israeli official was quoted by Maariv as saying that Washington had been informed of the decision to build the new settlement units and has “welcomed” the step. The announcement to build the new units was made by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

“The best answer to terrorism,” wrote the far-right extremist, “is the expansion of settlements.” The Moldova-born former night club bouncer was referring to the incident on Thursday when a Palestinian teenager is alleged to have stabbed three illegal Jewish settlers in Geva Binyamin.

Read: Israel closes Nabi Saleh village, home of Ahed Tamimi

(Source / 28.07.2018)

Palestinians Threatened with Settlement Expansion and Collective Punishment

28 JUL
1:12 AM

Radical right-wing Israeli ministers have reportedly launched a verbal attack on Palestinians, following the killing of a settler and the wounding of three others, in a stabbing attack at the illegal Adam settlement last night.

Palestinian sources said that far right government in Israel, having destroyed the peace process, is taking advantage of any event to take collective punishment measures against the Palestinian people, such as building more settlements, threatening to deport Palestinians and demolish their homes, while holding the Palestinian Authority accountable.

PNN sources said that those who follow the progress of Israeli statements are aware of the threat imposed by the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, adding that statements made by Israeli officials focused on collective punitive measures against Palestinians, and calling for the construction of even more settlements, forgetting that the cause of all that is happening is the continuation of  Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.

The statement comes after Israeli media announced that Avigdor Lieberman intends to approve the construction of 400 housing units, in the illegal settlement of Adam.

Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli minister of Defense announced  today Friday that he would promote the construction and approval of 400 housing units in a quick process within the planning authorities within a few weeks in response to last naight attack at Adam settlement.

Lieberman wrote this morning in his Twitter account following the attack in Adam settlment led to killing of one settler wounding 2 athores  that “the best answer to terror is the momentum of settlement in Judea and Samaria.”

“That’s why I left this morning to promote a plan to build 400 housing units in Adam and approve it in planning institutions in the coming weeks,” Lieberman wrote.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked responded to the stabbing attack in the settlement of Adam , where Yotam Ovadia was killed, and said that “the murderous attack yesterday in the settlement of Adam can not be left without a response.”

The minister added that the response to the damage  is to strengthen the settlement, and to approve 1,093 housing units that are ready for discussion.

For his part, Israeli Minister Zeev Elkin called the stabbing attack, in Adam settlement, a chance to deal with what he called Palestinian incitement.

He claimed that the Palestinian education system and sermons in the mosques are the the  reason behind the stabbing attack.

Minister of Intelligence, Yisrael Katz said, today:”I call on the prime minister; this is the time to allow the bill I initiated to expel the families of terrorists, as the most significant deterrent against individual terror.”

Katz added, “The law must be implemented to stop the Palestinian Authority funds, every shekel paid by Abu Mazen as an incentive to the families of the terrorists,”.

The sources said that all of these Israeli statements reflect the reality of the Israeli government, which does not believe in peace.

(Source / 28.07.2018)

Health Ministry: “Israeli Soldiers Kill Two, Including A Child, Injure 246, In Gaza”

27 JUL
10:23 PM

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, two Palestinians, including one child, and injured 246 others, among them eleven who suffered serious wounds, 10 women, 4 medics, one journalist and 19 children.

The Health Ministry said an Israeli army sharpshooter shot Majdi Ramzi Kamal Satri, 12, with a live round

in the head, east of Rafah city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, during the Great Return March procession. The slain child is from the Shaboura refugee camp, in Rafah.

It added that the soldiers also shot Ghazi Mohammad Abu Mustafa, 45, with a live round in the head, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Ghazi is the husband of Lamia Abu Mustafa, a nurse who never left the medical tents hundreds of meters away from the parameter fence, providing medical aid to wounded Palestinians.

He was injured a month ago by Israeli army fire, while helping wounding Palestinians, and received treatment by his wife and other medics, and today was fatally wounded by the army.

The Health Ministry in Gaza said the soldiers injured, Friday, at least 246 Palestinians, including eleven who suffered life-threatening wounds, in addition to four medics, one journalist and nineteen children.

It added that the that soldiers have killed 154 Palestinians, since March 30th, among them  are 18 children, two medics and two journalists, in addition to wounding 335 medics, and causing damage to 58 ambulances.

 

 

 

 

 

(Source / 28.07.2018)

Palestinian Teen Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered Friday

28 JUL
9:22 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has reported that a teenage boy died, on Saturday morning, from serious wounds he suffered by Israeli army fire on Friday.

The Health Ministry identified the slain teen as Mo’men Fathi al-Hams, 17, and said that he suffered very serious wounds a day earlier, during the Great Return March processions in the coastal region.

The teen, from Rafah, in the southern part of the coastal region, was shot with a live Israeli army round in the upper chest, east of Rafah, and remained in a critical condition until he succumbed to his wounds.

On the same day of his critical injury, the soldiers killed two Palestinians, including one child, and wounded 246 others, among them eleven who suffered serious wounds, 10 women, 4 medics, one journalist and 19 children.

The Health Ministry said an Israeli army sharpshooter shot Majdi Ramzi Kamal Satri, 12, with a live round in the head, east of Rafah city, and added that the second Palestinian, Ghazi Mohammad Abu Mustafa, 45, was also shot with a live round in the head, east of Khan Younis, also in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Their deaths bring the number of Palestinians, killed by Israeli army fire since March 30th, 2018, the Palestinian Land Day, to 155, including 19 children, two medics and two journalists.

The soldiers also injured 355 medics, and caused damage to 58 ambulances, during the same time-frame.

The Health Ministry demanded holding Israel accountable for its serious violations against the medical teams, and the civilian population, and to act on providing them with the urgently-needed protection.

(Source / 28.07.2018)

Ahed Tamimi to be Released on Sunday

28 JUL
1:24 AM

Artists painting a picture for civil protest icon Ahed Tamimi on Israel’s apartheid wall surrounding Bethlehem. (WAFA Images / Ahmad Mizher) 

17-year-old Palestinian civil protest icon Ahed Tamimi is expected to be released from Israeli prison on Sunday, after serving eight months in detention for slapping an armed Israeli soldier who invaded her home in Nabi Saleh village, near Ramallah, late last year.

Tamimi was snatched from her bed and home in the middle of a cold winter night, in December, when she was only 16 years old, after a video showed her facing and slapping a fully armed Israeli soldier, at her home.

Her mother, Nariman, was arrested the next day, when she went to visit her at her a detention center, where she was charged with incitement for posting the video on social media.

Both daughter and mother were sentenced, by an Israeli court, to eight months in prison, almost the same time that an Israeli soldier received for shooting and killing an incapacitated and wounded Palestinian in Hebron, and whose sentence was later reduced. The soldier received a hero’s welcome after his early release, by fellow extremist Jewish settlers in Hebron, where he committed his crime in front of cameras and soldiers.

Plans are underway to give a hero’s welcome to the Tamimis upon their release, on Sunday.

They are expected to be freed at a checkpoint in the north of the occupied West Bank.

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(Source / 28.07.2018)