Israel arrested 1,000 Jerusalemites including 300 children

During the first half of 2018

1000 arrested Al Quds

The Center for Palestinian Prisoners’ Studies confirmed that it has recorded a clear escalation in the number of arrests carried out by the Israeli occupation against Jerusalemites since the beginning of the year, noting that more than 1,000 Jerusalemites were arrested during the first six months of the year.

Researcher Riad al-Ashqar, the spokesman of the Center, said that the arrests escalated in the city of Jerusalem in an attempt by the Israeli occupation to quell the popular movement that erupted in rejection of the American president’s decision of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6th, that was followed by his decision to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last May. The Israeli occupation authorities escalated the arrests of Jerusalemites, including the elderly and ex-prisoners, patients, MPs, notables, women and children.

He pointed out that the arrests covered all villages, towns and neighborhoods of the city of Jerusalem, while Issawiya came first in the number of arrests, reaching 315 prisoners, followed by Shu’fat, reaching 150 prisoners, then Silwan, reaching 130 prisoners, followed by the Old City of Jerusalem, reaching 120 prisoners, and finally followed by Al-Aqsa Mosque, reaching 65 prisoners.

Arrest of children
Al-Ashqar pointed out that the arrests in Jerusalem affected all segments of the society, as children had the lion’s share, with 300 of them arrested. This number constitutes about one-third of the arrests from Jerusalem since the beginning of the year, of which more than 22 children were below 12 years old.

The detention is not limited to arresting the children of Jerusalem; after their release, they are subject to house arrest, which stipulates that the child is confined to a specific place inside the house, is prevented from leaving the house even for treatment or study, providing that a penalty will be imposed in case children violate these orders, as well as expelling them from their homes to new homes where they will remain under house arrest again. Children are brought before the courts whether they are sentenced to actual imprisonment with a fine or a fine only, in exchange for their release.

Jerusalemite prisoner killed in prison
This year, Aziz Mousa Awaisat, 53 years old, from Jabal al-Mukaber, lost his life as a result of a barbaric attack at the hands of the prison’s special units at Eshel prison, which led to a brain hemorrhage. He was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Asaf Harofeh Hospital where he lost his life. The Israeli occupation forces continue to hold his body until this moment and refuse to hand it over to his family for burial.

The arrest of females
Al-Ashqar said that the occupation continues targeting women, especially women at Al-Aqsa Mosque; many of them were arrested this year. The number of arrests of women and girls reached 31, including minors such as Mai Bassam Asila, 14, from Shu’fat camp, who was arrested after being accused of holding a knife and a gas bottle, and Sarah Nazmi Shamasneh, 14 years old, who was arrested with her mother Rasilah Shamasneh at Qitna neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Among the arrested women was wounded prisoner Khawla Subeih, 43, who was arrested after being shot in the legs in Shu’fat neighborhood. They released her after several days of detention. The Israeli police arrested the wife of the member of Al-Thawri local council Adnan Ghaith after storming their house in Jerusalem, as well as elderly Farah Abd Da’na, 67.

The Israeli occupation forces arrested ex-prisoner and activist Wafa Abu Juma, 38, accusing her of incitement on Facebook. She was released a week after her arrest. Ibtisam Obaid, 35, was arrested and was accused of illegally staying in Jerusalem despite being married to a man from Jerusalem and has been living there for 16 years.

Al-Ashqar said that many of the women who were arrested are still behind bars, while some others were released after being investigated. The Israeli occupation ordered some of them to house arrest, while others were ordered to expulsion from their houses or denial of entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 29.07.2018)

2 Palestinians from al-Khalil on hunger strike in Israeli lock-ups

Hunger strike al-Khalil

Two Palestinian prisoners from al-Khalil province have been on open-ended hunger strike to protest Israel’s administrative detention policy (imprisonment with neither charge nor trial).

Prisoner Basem Abdiou, 45, started his ongoing hunger striker some nine days ago.

His bother said his health condition has exacerbated due to diseases infecting his vulnerable body.

Prisoner Dirar Abu Menshar, 52, has been on a hunger strike for the third consecutive day.

Both Abidou and Abu Menshar were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces a couple of months ago.

(Source / 29.07.2018)

Probe against Israeli cops who assaulted Palestinian lawmaker dropped

Case closed

Israel’s Justice Ministry unit that investigates police misconduct has recommended that the cases against the policemen involved in the 2017 assault on Joint List chairman MK Ayman Odeh in Umm al-Hiran be closed.

According to Haaretz daily, the decision came despite the fact that an Israeli policemen admitted spraying pepper on Odeh’s face. The investigation department said the act is devoid of a criminal background and, therefore, no investigation should be opened into the affair.

Commenting on the decision, Odeh said the investigation unit seeks to cover up police crimes when it comes to Arab victims.

The case goes back to the day when Israeli forces attempted to evacuate and tear down Umm al-Hiran village. Gunfire unleashed by the Israelis at the time led to the murder of Palestinian instructor Yaakoub Abu Ki’an.

(Source / 29.07.2018)

Italian cities demand military embargo against Israel

BDS not anti-Semitic

The City Councils of Naples, Turin, Bologna, Florence and Pisa have all demanded their respective state governments and the international community to impose military embargo against Israel and to hold it accountable for its repeated crimes against Palestinians.

The cities called for this action in compliance with the European Union Code of Conduct on arms exports as Italy is considered one of the main arms exporters to Israel.

The BDS group in Italy urged all Italian City Councils to join the military embargo campaign and to the take real actions to guarantee respect for Italian as well as international humanitarian laws.

For its part, the BDS National Committee in Gaza hailed the Italian cities for their decisions to military boycott Israel, which is one of the most important forms of solidarity with the Palestinian people and of supporting popular peaceful resistance against the Israeli occupation.

(Source / 29.07.2018)

Five Jerusalem Teens Remain In Prison, 19 Released

29 JUL
6:49 AM

Israeli soldiers released, on Saturday at night, 19 Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem, after issuing orders barring them from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the city, for one week, and kept five others under interrogation.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the 19 released Palestinians were each ordered to pay 5000 Israeli shekels fine, and received warrants barring them from entering the holy site for one week.

It added that the police and army are refusing to release five detained children, who are still held under interrogation in the al-Maskobiyya detention and interrogation facility, in Jerusalem.

The five have been identified as Bassam Shokri Qonbar, 17, Assem Yazid Halayla, 15, from Jabal al-Mokabber town, south of Jerusalem, Mo’men Maher al-Karaki, 16, from the at-Tour neighborhood, in addition to Omran Mustafa Mala’ba, from Anata town, northeast of Jerusalem, and Mohammad Emad Ma’touq, 16, from Shu’fat, north of the city.

They were all abducted by the army and the police, on Friday, after dozens of soldiers invaded the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and assaulted the Palestinian worshipers, wounding forty of them, in addition to abducting at least twenty others.

Medical sources said at least 40 Palestinians suffered various cuts and bruises, in addition to the severe effects of teargas inhalation, the soldiers, accompanied by groups of extremist colonialist settlers, stormed the courtyards of the holy site, and started their assault by attacking its guards.

(Source / 29.07.2018)

Husband And Wife Injured After Israeli Colonizers Attacked Them In Hebron

29 JUL
7:14 AM

A number of extremist illegal Israeli colonizers attacked, on Saturday at night several Palestinians, and injured a husband and his wife in Tal Romeida neighborhood, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the Israeli assailants came from Ramat Yishai and Beit Hadassah illegal colonialist outposts, and assaulted many Palestinians, in addition to using pepper-spray against them.

They added that a Palestinian man, identified as Samer Ghanem, and his wife, were injured before they were rushed to a local hospital.

Many children also suffered anxiety attacks after the colonizers assaulted them, and their families.

(Source / 29.07.2018)

Israeli Missiles Kill Two Palestinians In Gaza

29 JUL
8:54 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, on Sunday at dawn, two young Palestinian men, in northern Gaza.

It said the two Palestinians were killed by Israeli missiles fired from aircraft, east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza.

The two slain Palestinians have been identified as ِِAyman Nafeth Rabea’ Najjar, 24, and Mohannad Majed Jamal Hammouda, 24, from Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Media sources in Gaza said the two Palestinians were killed near the Eastern Graveyard, in Jabalia, and added that their severely mutilated corpses were moved to the Indonesian Hospital, in northern Gaza.

Israeli Ynet News said the two were reportedly near the parameter fence, when “Israeli jets struck targets,” in the area.

It added that the army only issued a brief statement in which it just said, “it does not address foreign reports.”

It is worth mentioning that Israeli army drones can sill be heard and seen flying at a low altitude over several parts of the coastal region, especially in northern Gaza.

On Saturday morning, the Health Ministry said a teenage boy, identified the slain teen as Mo’men Fathi al-Hams, 17, died from serious wounds he suffered by Israeli army fire on Friday.

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.

(Source / 29.07.2018)

IOF abducts Palestinian woman in Al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli soldiers abducted, Saturday, a Palestinian woman, and illegally confiscated cash, from her home in Al-Khalil, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Al-Khalil office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers abducted a woman, identified as Reem al-Haimouni, and illegally confiscated the family’s savings of 30.000 Shekels.

It added that the soldiers invaded her home to abduct her husband, Luay Hassan, but could not find him and decided to take his wife prisoner instead.

In addition, the soldiers installed roadblocks in several areas in Hebron governorate, and closed its eastern entrance (Beit Einoun), and the eastern entrance of Sa’ir town, east of Hebron.

(Source / 29.07.2018)

Israeli Arab MP resigns to protest Jewish state law

Bahloul said the law brushed the Arab citizens aside, both officially and constitutionally

In protest of Israel’s controversial “Jewish nation-state” law, a Israeli Arab lawmaker from opposition Zionist Union lawmaker on Saturday quitted the parliament.

According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Zouheir Bahloul termed the parliament (the Knesset) “racist” for passing the law, which sparked international criticism of Israel.

Bahloul said the law brushed the Arab citizens aside, both officially and constitutionally.

The Arab lawmaker said his resignation will come into effect in September when the Knesset returns from its summer recess and vowed not to step back from his decision.

The law defines Israel as a Jewish state with a “united Jerusalem” as its capital. It has also promoted Hebrew as the only official language, stripping Arabic as an official language while recognizing its “special status”.

The new legislation risks further alienating the Arab minority who argue they already face discrimination from Israeli Jews and the government and already feel as though they are second-class citizens.

Palestinians, who have Israeli citizenship make up 21 per cent of the population, are known as Israeli Arabs and have members in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.

(Source / 29.07.2018)

‘Resistance continues’, says Palestinian teen released from Israel jail

17-year-old Palestinian Ahed Al-Tamimi appears in court after she was taken into custody by Israeli soldiers, at Ofer Military Court in Ramallah, West Bank on 1 January 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

17-year-old Palestinian Ahed Al-Tamimi appears in court after she was taken into custody by Israeli soldiers, at Ofer Military Court in Ramallah, West Bank on 1 January 2018

A Palestinian teenager released from prison by Israel on Sunday after completing a sentence for kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier called for Palestinians to continue their struggle against occupation of the West Bank.

Ahed Tamimi, 17, became a heroine to Palestinians after the incident last December outside her home in Nabi Saleh, a village which has campaigned for years against land seizures by Israel, leading to confrontations with Israel’s military and Jewish settlers.

Israelis saw the incident, which Tamimi’s mother relayed live on Facebook, as a staged provocation.

Tamimi, who was 16 at the time of her detention, faced 12 charges, including aggravated assault. In March, she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge sheet that included assault and was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, dating back to her arrest in December.

Read: Israel detains Italian artists for jailed Tamimi mural

Wearing her trademark black-and-white chequered Arab scarf, Tamimi greeted dozens of well-wishers in brief remarks outside the home of a Nabi Saleh villager killed by Israeli forces.

“From this martyr’s house, I say: resistance is continuing until the occupation is removed,” she told reporters, adding:

All the female prisoners in jail are strong, and I thank everyone who stood by me while I was in prison.

She scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. (1300 GMT).

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a statement published by the official news agency Wafa after he met Tamimi and her mother, described the teenager as:

a model of peaceful civil resistance…, proving to the world that our Palestinian people will stand firm and constant on their land, no matter what the sacrifice

Palestinians want the West Bank for a future state, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Most countries consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be illegal, something Israel disputes.

Tamimi’s case drew global attention and Amnesty International said after her conviction that her sentence was at odds with international law, saying imprisonment of a minor must be used only as a last resort for the shortest appropriate period of time.

(Source / 29.07.2018)