Israeli Navy Opens Fire At Palestinian Fishing Boats In Gaza

06 SEP
11:19 AM

Israeli navy ships opened fire, on Thursday morning, at several Palestinian fishing boats in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said the navy fired any live rounds at the fishing boats in Palestinian territorial waters, near the shore of northern Gaza.

They added that the fishermen had to sail back in fear of further Israeli escalation, without being able to fish and provide for their families.

In related news, the soldiers fired live rounds at Palestinians on their lands, in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 06.09.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Injure One Palestinian, Abduct Three, In Bethlehem

06 SEP
8:44 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, shot one Palestinian and abducted two others, in addition to abducting another Palestinian in Marah Rabah village, also south of Bethlehem.

Media sources in Deheishe said the soldiers invaded and violently searched homes in the refugee camp, before abducting Bassel Ibrahim Mizhir, 18, and Ziad al-Masri, 24.

They added that several youngsters hurled stones and empty bottles at the invading armored military jeeps, while the soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

One Palestinian was shot with a live round in his leg, and many others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Marah Rabah village, searched homes and abducted Zeid Ahmad Sheikh, 22, in addition to summoning his father for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, south of Bethlehem.

(Source / 06.09.2018)

IOA closes Beit Hanoun crossing

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli occupation authorities on Wednesday decided to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing between the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian territories occupied since 1948.

The Israeli army said in a statement that the closure came due to “riots” of hundreds of Palestinian protesters who damaged the infrastructure of the crossing on the Palestinian side on Tuesday.

The army pointed out that the crossing will be closed until the damage is repaired, adding that the closure does not include humanitarian cases which will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

The statement did not mention when the crossing, which was re-opened on 27th August after a one-week closure, will be opened.

The Higher National Committee for the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege on Tuesday organized a mass demonstration toward Erez crossing, with the participation of hundreds of Palestinians, under the slogan “together to protect the rights of refugees”.

The Gaza Strip, which is inhabited by nearly two million Palestinians, has been living under a crippling blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.

(Source / 06.09.2018)

UN: Gaza patients at risk of death

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator to the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick, Wednesday urged immediate funding for emergency fuel to Gaza to avoid catastrophic breakdown in essential services.

The Humanitarian Coordinator has written to the donor community requesting immediate support for a program which provides life-saving emergency fuel to operate standby emergency power generators at critical health centers, and water and sanitation facilities in the Gaza Strip. Funds donated thus far in 2018 have been depleted, he said.

A statement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory said final stocks of emergency fuel will be delivered this week to critical facilities in the Gaza Strip, through the United Nations-Assisted Emergency Fuel Program.

Life-saving services in Gaza currently depend on the UN’s delivery of emergency fuel, due to an energy crisis that leaves the two million Palestinian residents of Gaza, over half of whom are children, with only 4-5 hours of electricity from the grid per day. Based on the current electricity deficit in Gaza, a minimum of $4.5 million is required to sustain these essential services until the end of the year.

“If new funds are not received immediately, we will be facing a potentially catastrophic breakdown in essential service delivery,” said McGoldrick. “Services provided at hospitals, clinics, as well as sewage treatment, water and sanitation facilities will cease. Some hospitals are already within a week of closing. The most vulnerable people of Gaza, who rely on public services and have no income sources, will be the most negatively affected.”

Hospitals in the Gaza Strip only have enough fuel to support service provision just over two weeks, in total, with some facilities at greater risk, putting the lives of hundreds of vulnerable patients at risk each day. These include patients being treated in intensive care, new-born babies in neonatal units, patients requiring emergency surgery, dialysis patients treated for kidney failure, and those needing emergency care, said the statement by OCHA.

More than 4,800 patients in Gaza daily require access to lifesaving or life-sustaining health care that requires a constant supply of electricity. Of these, at least 300 are connected to life-saving medical machines such as ventilators, dialysis machines, incubators and anesthetic machines, where disruption or electricity cut-out puts patients at immediate risk of brain damage or death.

Without fuel, some 300,000 people will potentially be affected by serious public health concerns as sewage could overflow onto streets.

“The situation in Gaza is desperate. Over a decade of blockade and unresolved internal political divisions have stripped people of their rights and left over two-thirds of the population dependent on humanitarian aid,” said McGoldrick. “We can prevent a further slide into catastrophe by ensuring that essential services continue, but we need the international community to step up immediately with support to do so.”

(Source / 06.09.2018)

EU supports Israel’s Jewish nationality law

Ignoring thousands of Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupation during the last decade, an EU spokesperson claimed that Israel respects human rights

Arab-Israeli MP Ayman Odeh left disappointed after meeting with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini to request the body condemn and call for the cancellation of Israel’s racist law.

The meeting came after a number of Israeli officials pressured Mogherini to cancel her meeting with the chairman of the Arab politician, Haaretz reported.

An EU spokesperson said that the law “is first and foremost a matter of how Israel chooses to define itself, and we fully respect the internal Israeli debate on this.”

He added: “The EU values Israel’s commitment to the shared values of democracy and human rights, which have characterised our long standing and fruitful relations, and would not want to see these values being put in question or even threatened

“Democracy and equality, including equal rights for minorities, are key tenets that define our societies.”

The EU spokesperson continued: “The respect for human rights and fundamental principles are and will remain a central part of the EU-Israel partnership. We will continue to monitor the implications of this law in practice.”

Several Arab members of the Israeli Knesset are in Brussels, Belgium, to meet with EU officials to discuss “the crawling apartheid” in Israel.

They were calling on officials in Europe to condemn the law which officially declares Israel a Jewish state and strips Arabic of its status as a national language.

(Source / 06.09.2018)

Arab MKs disappointed by EU response to ‘racist’ Israel law

Image of Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint Arab List [Muammar Awad/Apaimages]

Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List

Arab-Israeli Member of the Knesset Ayman Odeh left disappointed after meeting with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini to request the body condemn and call for the cancellation of Israel’s racist “Nation-State Law”, the Times of Israel reported.

The meeting came after a number of Israeli officials pressured Mogherini to cancel her meeting with the chairman of the Arab politician, Haaretz reported.

According to Ma’an, an EU spokesperson said that the law “is first and foremost a matter of how Israel chooses to define itself, and we fully respect the internal Israeli debate on this.”

“The EU values Israel’s commitment to the shared values of democracy and human rights, which have characterised our long standing and fruitful relations, and would not want to see these values being put in question or even threatened. Democracy and equality, including equal rights for minorities, are key tenets that define our societies.”

Read: Catholic priest calls on Arab MKs to resign to protest ‘racist’ nation state law

The EU spokesperson added: “The respect for human rights and fundamental principles are and will remain a central part of the EU-Israel partnership. We will continue to monitor the implications of this law in practice.”

Several Arab members of the Israeli Knesset are in Brussels, Belgium, to meet with EU officials to discuss “the crawling apartheid” in Israel. They were calling on officials in Europe to condemn the law which officially declares Israel a Jewish state and strips Arabic of its status as a national language.

(Source / 06.09.2018)

Open sit-in protest against demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar

Open sit-in Protest

File photo: Israeli police assaulted residents who were protesting the decision on July 4th, before it was delayed by court till yesterday, 5 September

PNN/ Jerusalem/

Tens of local and international activists and residents are continuing their open sit-in protest at Khan Al-Ahmar village east of Jerusalem, since yesterday, against the Israeli Supreme Court decision to evacuate and demolish the village.

The secretary of the Fatah movement in Jerusalem, Shadi al-Mutawar, told WAFA that dozens of youths, headed by Jerusalem Governor Adnan Ghaith, were protesting at the village school in order to counter any attempts to demolish the village,

Mutawar said that the Fatah movement and all the national action factions have been working for months to support the steadfastness of the bedouins in the village to confront the attempts of the occupation aimed at displacing them.

The head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee, Walid Assaf, yesterday announced the start of an open sit-in to address the decision to demolish the village and deport its residents.

He called on Palestinian people and factions and the Popular Resistance Committees and all institutions to be present in the village to protect the residents.

Assaf described the decision of the Israeli occupation court as a “declaration of ethnic cleansing against our people.” He pointed out that Israel ended the file and closed it to start a new war in the demolition of houses and the deportation of its residents. This is the first after the Nakba of 1948.

(Source / 06.09.2018)

Islamic Jihad: Reconciliation is failing because PA wants resistance to disarm

A member of the political bureau of Islamic Jihad, Nafeth Azzam

A member of the political bureau of Islamic Jihad, Nafeth Azzam

Talks regarding Palestinian reconciliation are failing because “Fatah does not want the Palestinians to resist” the occupation, member of the political bureau of Islamic Jihad Nafeth Azzam stressed yesterday.

Speaking to Al-Watan Voice, Azzam noted that Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA) recognise the legitimacy of the Israeli existence on the land of Palestine.

“However,” he said, “the Islamic Jihad is not party to the Palestinian division so our support for one side does not mean losing the other. Therefore, we are pushing for an agreement between the two sides.”

When told that Fatah does not recognise Israel, but the PA does, he said: “This is not true. Fatah and the PA are two sides of the same coin and they recognise Israel. Fatah controls the PLO and its vision is dominating it.”

Hamas: Fatah set ‘impossible’ conditions for reconciliation

Azzam revealed the reason for which the reconciliation has not been reached yet: “the resistance’s arms”.

“Fatah does not want the Palestinians to resist the Israeli occupation,” he said, “Fatah wants to control everything, including the resistance’s arms in Gaza and this what it means when it asks Hamas to allow it to govern Gaza.”

He stressed this is the difference between Fatah and all the other Palestinian factions. “This is unreasonable,” he said.

Islamic Jihad view the reconciliation in five files: rearranging the Palestinian authorities, carrying out comprehensive elections, rearranging the PLO, forming a national unity government and achieving the social reconciliation. “We are pushing to implement these filed as one package,” he said.

(Source / 06.09.2018)

Abbas to take ‘shocking’ decision if Trump does not change his policies

Palestinians stage a protest against the 'Deal of the Century', planned by US President Donald Trump to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, in Ramallah, West Bank on 2 July 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians stage a protest against the ‘Deal of the Century’, planned by US President Donald Trump to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, in Ramallah, West Bank on 2 July 2018

Member of PLO’s Central Council Omar Al-Ghoul said yesterday that the PLO will make “shocking” decisions if US President Donald Trump did not change his policies regarding Palestine, stressing that the Palestinian leadership would not accept the deal of the century, Quds Net News reported.

“If they [Americans] wanted to open the door again,” he said, “they are welcome, but on the basis of withdrawing the deal of the century, changing the Middle East team and letting the peace process run by at least the permanent UN Security Council members”.

He added: “The leadership reply was clear – President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet with Trump if he does not withdraw all positions he announced, mainly the deal of the century, in addition to changing his team.”

Read: Trump pressured Arab leaders to meet Abbas

Mass media reported that Trump requested to meet with Abbas after the UN General Assembly meeting on 20 September.

Al-Ghoul wondered what will be left for the Palestinians if Jerusalem and refugees were taken off the table and the PLO representative office in Washington was blacklisted.

He noted that Abbas’ speech at the UN General Assembly would be comprehensive and would not include any “surprises,” but would be “important”.

The PLO official said: “After the meeting of the UN General Assembly, there will be shocking decisions regarding the whole international community, America and the occupation state of Israel.”

(Source / 06.09.2018)

Electricity crisis in Gaza ushers in water, sewage crises

Children in Gaza use candles for light due to the electricity crisis in Gaza [file photo]

Children in Gaza use candles for light due to the electricity crisis in Gaza

General Director of the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU) Munther Shublaq warned yesterday of a near water and sewage crises in Gaza due to the continuous electricity crisis, Safa news agency reported.

In a press release, Shublaq said that the situation in Gaza deteriorated as the fuel offered by OCHA, which is needed to run the water and sewage plants, is running out.

He warned this would lead to a severe lack of running water, as well as sewage flooding the residential areas across Gaza, which has been under a 12-year Israeli siege.

Shubaq warned that the situation had already moved from the state of crisis to the “edge of a disaster,” citing deterioration of the water and sewage facilities in different areas across Gaza.

Read: Gaza Fisherman battles poverty with boat made of plastic bottles

The Palestinian official also noted that water and sewage plants in Gaza need at least 400,000 litres of industrial fuel in order to keep running.

He added that the “amount of untreated sewage pouring into the sea has increased due to irregular operation of the sewage plants,” noting this causes high levels of pollution and negatively affects the public health of Gazans who have no other place to swim rather than the sea.

Concluding his conference, Shublaq appealed to all international humanitarian and relief organisations and UN institutions to urgently intervene and provide adequate quantities of fuel to ease the crisis of power cuts in the Gaza Strip and enable the CMWU to continue their work.

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(Source / 06.09.2018)