Occupation armies shot 18 Palestinians in Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Palestinian medical sources have reported that Israeli soldiers injured, on Saturday evening, eighteen young men in the northern, central and southern parts of the Gaza Strip.

The sources stated that the soldiers fired many live rounds at protesters, near the perimeter fence, east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza, wounding fifteen, after several Palestinians managed to cut sections of the fence.

Furthermore, an Israeli drone fired a missile at several Palestinians near Abu Safiyya area, in northern Gaza, without causing injuries.

In Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region, Palestinian protesters burnt tires and launched fireworks, in addition to using laser pointers directed at Israeli military sniper posts, across the fence.

The soldiers also shot two Palestinians, including a photojournalist, with live fire east of Khuza’a town, near Khan Younis.

Earlier Saturday, the soldiers fired live rounds at Palestinian protesters near the Return March camp, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, wounding one of them.

(Source / 23.09.2018)

IOF kidnapped Palestinian student after assault him

AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli occupation forces on Saturday afternoon kidnapped a Palestinian student outside of the Quds Campus, east of occupied Jerusalem.

Eye-witnesses told a PIC news correspondent that an Israeli military patrol set up a checkpoint at the entrance gate to the Quds University moments before the end of the afternoon shift.

Law student Aws Mara’ba, aged 20, was chased down and subjected to heavy beating by the Israeli soldiers, before he was kidnapped and dragged, handcuffed, to an unknown destination.

(Source / 23.09.2018)

Israel kills Palestinian protester, wounds 312 others in Gaza

Since the start of the Great March of Return in March 30, Israel has killed 184 and wounded more than 20,000 others

Israeli occupation snipers killed on Friday young Palestinian protester and wounded 312 others, including 11 suffered critical wounds, Palestinian medical sources said.

The Palestinian health ministry, in a statement, identified the protester who was killed as Karim Mohammed Kollab, 25 years old.

Meanwhile, the statement said that 312 protesters of the Great March of Return were wounded, including 97 with live bullets and 11 sustained serious injuries.

Among the wounded, the ministry said, there are 20 children and two women.

Since the start of the protests of the great March of Return in March 30, the ministry said, the Israeli occupation forces have killed 184 peaceful protesters and wounded more than 20,000 others.

UN and other reports issued by international rights groups reiterated that the Israeli occupation forces have been using lethal force against unarmed and peaceful protesters in Gaza.

(Source / 23.09.2018)

Israel sets October deadline to evacuate Bedouin village in West Bank

Israeli forces can be seen violently attacking Palestinians as they evict them from their homes in Khan Al-Ahmar village of Jerusalem on 4 July 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces can be seen violently attacking Palestinians as they evict them from their homes in Khan Al-Ahmar village of Jerusalem on 4 July 2018

Israel on Sunday told residents of Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank slated for demolition, to clear their houses by October 1.

Khan al-Ahmar consists of tin and wood shacks built on a desert hillside beside an Israeli highway that runs from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea.

Israel plans to demolish the village and relocate its 180 residents – Bedouins who scrape a living by raising sheep and goats – to a site 12 kilometres (7 miles) away, near the Palestinian village of Abu Dis and adjacent to a landfill site.

The move has drawn criticism from Palestinians and some European states, who cite the impact on the community and prospects for peace.

A spokeswoman for Israel’s military liaison agency with the Palestinians said no date had been set for demolition should the houses remain after the deadline.

Why Israel Demolishes: Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide

Israeli security forces on Sunday morning handed out letters telling residents to voluntarily take down the buildings by October 1 or Israeli authorities would enforce the demolition orders.

“We will not voluntarily evacuate the place,” said village resident Faisal Abu Dahuk. “The occupation forces that have an army and weapons can evacuate us by force, but there is no other place to go and we refuse to be moved anywhere else.”

Israel’s Supreme Court has rejected petitions to prevent the move, siding with the authorities which say the village was built without the required permits. Palestinians say such documents are impossible to obtain.

Palestinians say the demolition is part of an Israeli push to create an arc of settlements that would effectively cut off East Jerusalem from the West Bank, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war and which the Palestinians seek for an independent state.

UN: Israel’s demolition of Khan al-Ahmar violation of international law

(Source / 23.09.2018)

Spain ‘ready to recognise Palestinian state’, urges EU to join

Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister, Josep Borrell seen at a meeting with the EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier (not seen) at Palace of Moncloa in Madrid, Spain on September 17, 2018 [Burak Akbulut / Anadolu Agency]

Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister, Josep Borrell seen at a meeting with the EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier (not seen) at Palace of Moncloa in Madrid, Spain on September 17, 2018

Spain is to spearhead a move within the European Union to recognise Palestine as an independent state, the country’s foreign minister said on Thursday, adding that if the initiative fails the government is ready to recognise Palestine individually.

If the EU “is not able to reach unanimous decision – each to their own,” Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said at a conference of European Union leaders in Austria Tuesday, according to Haaretz. Newly appointed Borrell added that an alternative option of Spanish recognition of the Palestinian state is “on the table.”

Borrell told reporters that he plans to launch an “intensive” consultation process with his fellow European leaders to set in motion the process to reach a unified position on the issue.

In 2014, Spain, along with Britain and Ireland, passed a symbolic motion to recognise Palestine as a state, however the resolution is unbinding.

Read: How the Spanish courts became a battleground for Israel’s anti-BDS efforts

Recent reports suggest that left-wing organisations in Spain are encouraging the newly elected socialist government to recognise the state of Palestine, which critics argue will prompt Israel to recognise an independent Catalonia in retaliation.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas asked the EU to officially recognise the state of Palestine in Brussels, when he met with foreign ministers from the bloc in January.

Abbas told the EU it should take the step “as a way to respond” to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Sweden is the only state to officially recognise Palestine while being a member of the EU, which it did in 2014. Following a severe backlash from Israel, other EU countries did not follow suit.

This report has been syndicated from The New Arab.

(Source / 23.09.2018)

Farmers Protest Israeli Restrictions on Olive Harvest

Dozens of Palestinian farmers and landowners demonstrated, on Saturday, near the Israeli segregation barrier, to the west of Jenin, northern West Bank, in protest against the strict restrictions applied by Israeli military government against them, for the upcoming olive harvest season.

Landowners and farmers from the villages of Araqa, Nazlat Zaid, Toura and Tarem, who are badly affected from Israel’s barrier, demonstrated near the fence that separates them from their lands, to call on Israeli occupation authorities to lift the restrictions on their entry to lands on the other side of the fence Israel had built to separate the area settlements from the Palestinian villages, and to also keep the villages away from their agricultural land, especially as the olive harvest season approaches.

For over one year, WAFA reports, Israel has restricted the entry of Palestinian farmers to their lands on the other side of the fence. In addition, strict conditions were applied to the entry of agricultural equipment and tractors to that land.

(Source / 23.09.2018)

Two months of detention for Belgian Mustapha Awad: committee calls for action

The Free Mustapha Committee issued the following press release on 19 September, the two-month anniversary of the detention of Belgian-Palestinian artist and metalworker Mustapha Awad. Samidoun joins the Committee in reiterating its demand for the immediate, unconditional release of Mustapha Awad and for action on the part of the Belgian government to defend its citizen subjected to arbitrary detention, torture and political imprisonment. To sign on to the call to action, visit the campaign form. We urge all to attend the protest next Wednesday in Brussels to demand Mustapha’s freedom! 

Press release, Wednesday, 19 September

Today marks two months since our dear friend Mustapha Awad, a Belgian citizen of Palestinian origin, was arbitrarily detained by the Israeli authorities.

Mustapha is an artist and co-founder of the Raj’een Dabkeh Group, a human rights defender, a metalworker and a resident of Aalst. This summer, he decided to visit Palestine, the land of his grandparents.

His arbitrary arrest and detention is very disturbing. Mustapha has been subjected to inhuman treatment, amounting to torture, while under interrogation. During these two months of detention, Mustapha has been denied even the opportunity to call his family. On October 2, he will appear for the third time before an Israeli court.

Friends of Mustapha, fellow members of his dance troupe and representatives of organizations defending Palestinian rights have come together to form the Free Mustapha Committee.

This committee has collected 2,668 signatures in one month for a petition calling for Mustapha’s release. 177 organizations have signed this petition, including 84 Belgian organizations (see list below).

More than 300 people participated in a photo campaign, including prominent figures such as:: Alain Platel, founder of Ballets C de la B; Anya Topolski, founder of EAJS, Een Andere Joodse Stem (Another Jewish Voice); Robert Vertenueil, President of the FGTB-ABVV; Fatiha Dahmani, union secretary of LBC-NVK; Anne Morelli, retired professor at the Free University of Brussels and Belgian historian; Eyal Sivan, Israeli filmmaker and writer; Josy Dubié, former journalist and senator; Dominique Surleau, General Secretary of Présence et Action Culturelles (PAC) …

The signatories of the petition call on Belgium to assume its responsibilities and protect its citizens.

The Free Mustafa Committee praises the work of the administration and the consul, who met Mustapha several times. The Committee expects that Minister Reynders must address Prime Minister Netanyahu rapidly and that Mustapha, who has been detained for 62 days, must be released as soon as possible.

In the meantime, the Free Mustapha Committee is calling for a demonstration in front of the Israeli Embassy, ​​Avenue de l’Observatoire 40, 1180 Uccle, on Wednesday, 26 September, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

The Free Mustapha Committee

(Source / 23.09.2018)

Israeli Colonizers Invade Hebron’s Old City; Soldiers Abduct One Palestinian

22 SEP
11:20 PM

On Saturday, a group of illegal Israeli colonizers, accompanied by soldiers, invaded the markets’ area in Hebron’s Old City, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, while the soldiers installed roadblocks and abducted an employee of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department.

Media sources in Hebron said the colonizers invaded and marched through the markets’ area of the Old City, blocking Palestinian traffic and pedestrians, and verbally harassed many merchants and children.

They added that the soldiers abducted an employee of the Palestinian Waqf Department in Hebron, identified as Islam Rateb Zahda, 28, after stopping him near a gate leading to the Ibrahimi Mosque.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Tarqoumia town, west of Hebron, and searched the home of Mohammad Ali Fatafta, causing property damage.

(Source / 23.09.2018)

PHOTOJOURNALIST AMONG UP TO 20 PEOPLE WOUNDED ON SATURDAY IN BESIEGED GAZA BY ISRAEL

Photojournalist Akram Shbeir was among up to 20 people wounded in besieged Gaza Strip late on Saturday when he was working to capture night-time protests by the local youths ‘Night Confusion Units’.
Shbeir was wounded in a leg by a bullet according to an article – although photographs imply that he would have been shot in both legs – during his coverage of the youths’ confrontation with Israel’s occupying forces east of Khan Younis in southern part of the coastal enclave.
Most of the wounded, 15 people, were injured east of Jabalia refugee camp.
Beyond live ammunition Israeli occupation made likely one and possibly two missile strikes with a drone against youths. Shrapnel from one missile attack is claimed to have wounded two people ‘moderately’ near Jabalia refugee camp according to one news report; two other sources report an air-strike vaguely in the same area which would not have wounded anyone – we assume it’s the same incident in all reports.

(Source / 23.09.2018)

ISRAEL ORDERS KHAN AL-AHMAR VILLAGERS TO LEAVE BY OCTOBER 1ST

Israel’s occupation forces entered the threatened Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar today Sunday September 23rd and handed out printed notices in which the residents were ordered to dismantle their buildings and leave by October 1st or face fines.
Khan al-Ahmar, east of occupied East Jerusalem along the highway to Jericho in the Jordan Valley, is one of the Jahalin Bedouin villages with a total population of 1200-1300 people that are targeted for ethnic cleansing by Israeli occupation.
The Jahalin Bedouins were already once ethnically cleansed by Israel from the Negev, with the date given in different sources as 1951 or 1952. They say they are willing to leave their current villages if Israel allows them back to their old homes in the Negev, which Israel refuses.
Instead Israel says that the Jahalin Bedouin have two options: Either to go live beside a garbage dump in occupied East Jerusalem or next to a sewage procession plant where human habitation is said to be officially forbidden.
(Source / 23.09.2018)