Palestinians protest UNRWA cuts in Bethlehem

Protest against UNRWA

Dozens of Palestinians marched on Monday in Bethlehem city in protest at UNRWA’s decision to reduce its services to Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank.

The protesters raised banners condemning UNRWA cuts and asking the UN agency to backtrack on its decision.

Head of the Popular Committee of al-Fawwar refugee camp, Afif Ghatasha, in a speech called on UNRWA to abide by all international resolutions related to the Palestinian refugees’ issue until they return to their villages from which they were expelled in 1948.

Ghatasha stressed that there is a US-Israel conspiracy aimed at liquidating the Palestinian refugees’ issue and dropping the right of return.

He added that protests will continue and even escalate in case UNRWA does not reverse its decision.

(Source / 13.08.2018)

Palestinian girl banned from Aqsa Mosque for two weeks

Bara'a Ghazzawi banned

Israeli police on Monday decided to ban a Palestinian girl from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for two weeks.

Bara’a Ghazzawi said that the Israeli police detained her for hours on Sunday and released her later on condition of a 15-day ban from al-Aqsa Mosque.

Ghazzawi told Quds Press that she was interrogated at al-Qashla detention center, west of Jerusalem, Sunday.

Israeli police have recently banned dozens of Palestinian citizens from entering al-Aqsa Mosque over their regular presence in the Islamic holy site.

(Source / 13.08.2018)

MoH: 8,260 patients at risk after cancer treatment runs out in Gaza

There are 460 children who are cancer patients in the Gaza Strip

Some 8,260 in the besieged Gaza Strip are unable to access chemotherapy treatment after zdrugs needed ran out as a result of the siege, Palestinian health ministry revealed yesterday.

In a statement, ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said 80 per cent of cancer medicines are not available in the enclave which makes treatment impossible and puts patients’ lives at risk.

The ministry said that there are 6,100 cancer patients, including 460 children, who receive treatment at Al-Rantisi Hospital in Gaza City.

In addition, the ministry said, there are 1,700 cancer patients in the European Hospital in southern city of Khan Yunis.

Human rights groups have called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to end the punitive measures he has imposed on the Strip in particular those which have paralysed its health sector.

Gaza has endured an 11-year Israeli siege which has seen all its land and sea ports closed. The PA has exacerbated the situation by cutting salaries of civil servantsrefusing to pay Gaza’s electricity costs and providing insufficient medication for hospitals.

This comes a time when UNRWA is experiencing major cuts and has been reducing its workforce causing Palestinians in Gaza to become unemployed.

(Source / 13.08.2018)

Two Detainees Declare Hunger Strike

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The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that two detainees in Israeli prisons have declared a hunger strike, protesting their continued detention under Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.

The PPS said that the two detainees have been identified as Saddam Ayyad Awad, 28, from Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and Abbas Abu Alia, 21, from the al-Mughayyir village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

It added that the two are protesting their continued imprisonment under Administrative Detention orders, demanding to be released or sent to court.

The PPS stated that Awad was repeatedly abducted and imprisoned by Israel since the year 2009, and spent a total of seven years in prison.

He was one of the detainees who were releases under the 2011 prisoner swap deal, but was abducted again, and was held captive for four years.

In April of this year, Awad was abducted by the soldiers and was slapped with an Administrative Detention order.

In addition, detainee Abu Alia has been held under Administrative Detention orders for the past fourteen months, and recently received another order for four additional months.

(Source / 13.08.2018)

MoH: Emergency cancer medicine will be sent today to the Gaza Strip

Cancer medicine

The Palestinian Ministry of Health  on Monday said that it had sent three months’ supply of cancer medicines to its warehouses in the Gaza Strip.

Officials indicated that they had received a letter from Gaza warehouses cautioning that there was a shortage of this drug only yesterday.

The Ministry of Health sends shipments of various medicines to its warehouses in the area periodically, and a shipment of drugs for cancer patients was dispatched last month,

The ministry said that it was not aware of the shortage of these drugs because of the lack of full control over the ministry in Gaza. It added that immediately after receiving a letter stating that there was a shortage in this category, they worked to provide the medication directly, on the instructions of President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah.

The ministry said the dispatch of cancer treatment to patients in the Gaza Strip had not been late, but stressed they had to be made aware of any depletion or near depletion of vital medicine, so that the lives of cancer patients were not endangered.

The ministry emphasized that the health and well-being of Palestinians was their primary concern, and that it is working to provide all services possible to people in the Gaza Strip.

Health officials pointed out that the ministry works to meet all the needs of hospitals and provides medicines and medical supplies, so that it can maintain the health system and keep it from collapsing.

(Source / 13.08.2018)

IOF hand out threat to demolish martyr’s house


Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continued their attacks on Palestinian civilians with a series of raids and arrests across the West Bank early today.

The Israeli army command ordered the demolition of the house of Mohammed Dar Yusuf from the village of Kobar, north of Ramallah, who they accused of the killing a settler and wounding at least two others, according to Israeli media. Dar Yusuf was subsequently killed by Israeli security forces.

Since the settler’s death, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have raided Dar Yusuf’s family’s home in the village of Kobar several times, threatening them with demolition.

According to local Palestinian sources, the IOF moved into the village at dawn this morning, and issued a warning to demolish the house of the martyr Mohammed Tariq Dar Yusuf.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces carried out arrests and searches across the West Bank. Eleven Palestinians,arrests in Jenin areas, including Jabaa and Zababdeh.

In Qalqilya, the Israeli occupation forces raided and searched a house before arresting boy from it.

In the the village of Beit Fajjar in the Bethleham governornate, the occupation army arrested two citizens.

Further south, in the Hebron governorate, local sources said that Israeli occupation forces launched a raid and search of houses in the town of Beit Kahel, where they arrested a  teacher and a  local editor.

Northwest of occupied Jerusalem, Israeli occupation forces arrested a man from Qubeiba village.

According to a spokesman for the IOF, weapons, money and ammunition were seized during the West Bank raids.

(Source / 13.08.2018)

Army Hands Family An Order For Demolishing Their Home

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Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, Kobar village, northwest of Ramallah in central West Bank, and handed a demolition order against the family home of a Palestinian, who was killed in July on this year, after killing an Israeli colonialist settler.

Media sources in Ramallah said the soldiers surrounded the village, before invading it, and handed the order to the family of Mohammad Tareq Dar Yousef, 17.

It is worth mentioning that Mohammad was killed June 26th, 2018, after he managed to climb over the fence into the illegal Israeli settlement of Geva Binyamin, which had been built on Palestinian lands taken from Kobar, and stabbed three people, killing one, identified as Yotam Ovadia, 31, before he was shot and killed.

The policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians who carried out, or suspected of carrying out attacks against Israelis, including soldiers and settlers, is an act of collective punishment, illegal under International Law.

(Source / 13.08.2018)

Palestinian resistance will respond to any attack by Israel

Israeli forces fire at Palestinian protesters during the Great March of Return in Gaza on 9 August 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Israeli forces fire at Palestinian protesters during the Great March of Return in Gaza on 9 August 2018

The Palestinian resistance will not give up “bombs for bombs” and “blood for blood” in its dealing with Israel, Al-Quds Brigades said yesterday.

Speaking to Saraya website, Abu-Mohammed, one of Al-Quds Brigades’ leaders, said that the Palestinian resistance movements adopted this equation through a joint operation room, stressing that the Palestinian resistance has the right to respond to any Israeli attacks on Palestinian people.

“The Palestinian resistance will not let it [the occupation] dare to attack and kill unarmed Palestinians without accountability.”

He stated that the attacks of the Palestinian resistance, which retaliated to the Israeli attacks and killings of the Palestinians, proved that the Israeli occupation institutions are “fragile in spite of the technological development.”

Abu-Mohammed warned the Israeli occupation of carrying out any attacks against Palestinians and not to test the resistance’s patience “because Palestinian blood is a red line and the Palestinian resistance will not remain silent.”

Read: Israel air strikes kill 3 including pregnant mother, toddler in Gaza

(Source / 13.08.2018)

Israel killed 37 Palestinian children this year

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

Defence for Children International (DCI) said that Israeli occupation forces had killed 37 Palestinian children and maimed 13 others since the start of 2018, reported yesterday.

In a statement, the DCI said that the Israeli occupation forces intentionally target Palestinian children and cause them permanent disabilities.

Eyewitnesses stressed that the children who were killed or wounded did not pose any danger to occupation forces when they were gunned down, citing the killing of 18-month-old toddler Bayan Abu-Khamash and her pregnant mother, who were killed in an Israeli air strike at the end of last week in Gaza.

Abdullah Qasim, a Palestinian child from Gaza, was shot by an Israeli sniper, Ali Farwaneh was shot and his lower limbs paralysed and Saleh Ashour was shot in the head and lost his sight, DCI said, noting all of them were targeted during their participation in the “Great March of Return” protests.

DCI called for carrying out investigations into the intentional Israeli targeting of peaceful Palestinian children with the aim of killing or maiming them.

Read: 291 Palestinian children being held in Israeli prisons

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(Source / 13.08.2018)

Israel prepares to undermine PA’s proposal to suspend its UN membership

Image of The United Nations General Assembly in session [File photo]

The United Nations General Assembly in session

Israel’s foreign ministry and its diplomatic mission at the UN have been preparing to fight against a Palestinian Authority (PA) plan to suspend Tel Aviv’s UN membership, Arab48 reported yesterday.

The PA proposal came in the wake of the approval of the “nation-state bill” by the Knesset, which considers Israel a nation state for Jews only.

According to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, the PA would submit a question to the UN legal department to see whether the law complies with the charter of the international organisation, stressing that it reinforces “racial discrimination and apartheid”.

During a visit to the Palestinian village of Khan Al-Ahmar, which Israel has threatened with demolition, PLO Executive Committee Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said: “Israel is a country that is in total violation of the charter of the UN. Does it deserve to be a member of the UN and any of its agencies or not?”

Read: Israel planned Khan Al-Ahmar demolition 40 years ago

Yedioth Ahronoth revealed that Israel expects the PA to take measures similar to those taken against South Africa when its membership was suspended over its apartheid regime.

In order to suspend or rescind Israel’s membership, the PA needs two-thirds of votes of the UN General Assembly members, including the five permanent UN Security Council’s members; China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Such a move is unlikely to get the US’ backing.

“This is an empty and silly attempt by the Palestinians to spread lies and silence the truth through the UN,” Yedioth Ahronoth reported Israeli envoy to the UN Danny Danon saying.

(Source / 13.08.2018)