Israeli army closes off southern Nablus, blocks Palestinians’ movement

Closes off Nablus

The Israeli occupation forces closed on Sunday the iron gate set up at the entrance to al-Laban al-Sharkiya village, south of Nablus.

Head of the al-Laban al-Sharkiya village council, Samer Aweis, said the Israeli military sealed off the main entrance to the area, denying Palestinians free access into and outside of the village.

Heavily-armed Israeli patrols have been deployed at the main thoroughfare and near the local secondary school.

Palestinians passing through the area have been subjected to crackdowns and provocative inspection by the occupation soldiers.

(Source / 07.10.2018)

After long years in Israeli jails, Mahmoud Jabbarin obtains freedom

Mahmoud Jabbarin 55

Palestinian prisoner Mahmoud Jabbarin, 55, was released on Sunday morning after spending 30 years in Israeli jails.

According to the Palestinian news website Arab 48, some of Jabbarin’s relatives and friends rallied on Saturday outside the Negev prison where he was being held and spent their night there, but the jailers transferred him suddenly to an unknown place.

Jabbarin, who was considered one of the most prominent doyens of the Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, had been arrested on October 8, 1988 and then sentenced to 30 years in jail on charges of his ties with resistance groups and carrying out military operations against Israeli targets.

The prisoner was barred from bidding farewell to his mother who passed away last November 2017 or even phoning her during her illness.

(Source / 07.10.2018)

IOF raids W. Bank homes, kidnaps citizens in overnight campaigns

Raids Homes WB again

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last night and at dawn Sunday raided several homes and kidnapped 13 Palestinians during campaigns in different West Bank areas.

The Israeli army affirmed its forces arrested 13 citizens in the West Bank, claiming there were wanted by the Shin Bet for their involvement in activities against Israelis.

It pointed out that most of the detainees were from al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, accusing them of throwing explosive devices and opening fire at Beit El settlement near the camp.

(Source / 07.10.2018)

Israel to consider deportation of US student over boycott support

Lara Alqasem

Israel’s Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday is expected to schedule a hearing for an appeal against the deportation of a US student of Palestinian descent, who was denied entry into the Israeli-occupied territories last week over her alleged support of the movement to boycott Israel.

Lara Alqasem launched the appeal against her deportation after an earlier Tel Aviv Court of Appeals decision found that authorities had not strayed from guidelines in demanding that she be sent home, Haaretz reported.

Alqasem, 22, who has Palestinian grandparents, was prevented from entering Israel after arriving at Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday, despite having received a student visa from the Israeli consulate in Miami to study in a masters program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been held in an airport detention facility ever since.

The Population Immigration and Border Authority said the decision was due to Alqasem’s “boycott activity,” while Strategic Affairs Ministry officials said she was a member of the National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a campus group that calls for boycotting Israel over its policies toward the Palestinians.

The deportation order was blocked Wednesday by the Entry to Israel Law Review Tribunal, but the following day the Tel Aviv Appeals Court found that the decision to deport her had not “deviated from the margin of reasonableness in a manner that justifies intervention,” according to Haartez.

Alqasem was reportedly the president of SJP during 2016-2017, when the group urged boycotts of Israeli companies and cultural ties.

In court on Thursday, Alqasem argued that there were only five members in the branch and therefore she cannot be considered a senior figure in a national organization, a status that would make her eligible for deportation according to ministry guidelines, the report said.

Alqasem’s detention came less than a week after Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber said the Shin Bet security service would no longer ask detainees at border crossings about their political views and that regulations to that effect would be reiterated to officials at the borders.

The statement from Zilber followed a month-long inquiry after American Jewish journalist and prominent critic of the Israeli government Peter Beinart said he was questioned on his political views upon arriving in Israel.

(Source / 07.10.2018)

IOF arrests Palestinian youth near al-Khalil

Youths arrested Al-Khalil

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday afternoon arrested a Palestinian youth south of al-Khalil.

The PIC reporter said that the IOF stopped the Palestinian ex-prisoner Hasan al-Shawabka, 32, at the entrance to al-Fawwar refugee camp and scrutinized his ID.

Al-Shawabka, an hour later, was handcuffed, blindfolded, and transferred to an undeclared destination, he added.

(Source / 07.10.2018)

IOF detained 35 Palestinian children in September

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM — The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Committee said that Israel detained 35 Palestinian children during September, and imposed on them fines exceeding $12,600.

The committee confirmed, on Thursday, that minors, who are younger than 18 years, were held at Ofer military camp, near Ramallah, of whom four were detained during night raids from their homes, 20 taken from the streets, seven detained at military checkpoints, three detained after being summoned and one for being in Israel without an entry permit.

Fourteen Palestinian minors were brutally beaten during their detention.

Twenty minors who were sentenced to prison terms ranging between 31 days and nine months and two were held in administrative detention without charge or trial.

The committee stressed, according to Ma’an, that the detention of minors is a violation of international law and the convention on children.

Defense for Children International reported that since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been detained and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system infamous for the systematic mistreatment and torture of Palestinian children.

The majority of Palestinian children are detained from their homes in the occupied West Bank during predawn raids by heavily armed Israeli soldiers.

Following their detention, children arrive at an interrogation center without an adult present, sleep deprived and often beaten. Israeli interrogations consist of physical and verbal abuse, forcing the children to confess to any crime Israel charges them with.

Most of the detained Palestinian children are charged with stone throwing.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 270 Palestinian child prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 50 are under the age of 16.

(Source / 07.10.2018)

Gazans bury 3 Palestinians killed by Israel, including 12 year-old Faris Al-Sirsawi

At least 198 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces near the Gaza-Israel border since March 2018

Hundreds of Palestinians on Saturday paid farewell to three people killed by Israeli army fire during the “Great March of Return” protests near border of the Gaza Strip on Friday.

Palestinians in eastern Gaza’s Shuja’iyya neighborhood took part in the funeral of 12-year-old Faris al-Sirsawi, who was killed by Israeli forces stationed near a security fence in eastern Gaza.

Mourners also laid to rest the bodies of Mahmoud Abu Samaan, 24, and Hussein al-Raqib, 28, in central and southern Gaza.

Friday’s deaths brought to 198 Palestinians martyred and thousands more injured by Israeli army fire near Gaza border in anti-occupation protests since March.

Four days ago, on October 3rd, 15-year-old Ahmad Samir Abu Habel was shot in the head by Israeli forces as he participated in protests near the Erez crossing in northern Gaza. Dozens others were injured at that same incident.

Demonstrators demand the “right of return” to their homes and villages in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

They also demand an end to Israel’s 11-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

(Source / 07.10.2018)

Palestinians protest high unemployment in Gaza

World Bank said unemployment is now over 50 percent in Gaza

Dozens of Palestinians demonstrated high unemployment rates in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, which has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007. 

Protesters called on local authorities and the Ramallah-based Ministry of Labor to intervene to create jobs for jobless Palestinians in the seaside enclave.

“Today, poor families in Gaza are coming out to raise their voices in the face of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the international community,” Talal Abu Zarifa, a member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), which organized the rally, told Anadolu Agency.

“We tell the PA that you have to correct your policy and put an end to the division that has turned the Gaza Strip into a disaster zone in conjunction with the [Israeli] blockade.”

Abu Zarifa went on to decry the “continued silence of the international community” towards the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Last month, the World Bank warned that the Gaza economy was in “free fall”, calling on Israel and the international community to take immediate actions to avoid “immediate collapse” in the Palestinian territory.

According to the bank, the unemployment is now over 50 percent – and over 70 percent among Gaza’s youth.

Israel has imposed a crippling siege on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian group Hamas seized control of the strip from rival Fatah group.

In October, Hamas and Fatah — Palestine’s two main political factions — signed a landmark reconciliation agreement in Cairo aimed at ending their bitter division. However, the reconciliation agreement has failed to bear fruit due to ongoing differences between the two factions.

(Source / 07.10.2018)

Three Israeli occupiers killed in occupied West Bank

Israeli media says the attacker was a former Palestinian worker

Three Israeli occupiers were killed in a shooting attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Israeli media reported on Saturday.  

Israeli media said the shooter was a former Palestinian worker from the West Bank city of Tulkarem.

The Israeli army has launched a manhunt for the attacker.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to bring the attacker to justice.

“Security forces are in pursuit of the despicable murderer, and I am sure that they will catch him and bring him to justice,” he said at his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Palestinian group Fatah said Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights was the cause of such attacks.

“There will be no security for anyone as long as the Palestinian people are denied their rights,” the group said in a statement.

“The only solution to peace is to recognise our people’s right to establish their own state on the lands occupied in 1967 with Jerusalem as its capital,” it added.

(Source / 07.10.2018)

Palestinian Detainee Facing Death by Cancer, Says Official

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9:33 PM

Chairman of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission, Qadri Abu Bakr, blamed the Israeli government, on Saturday, for failing to provide treatment to a Palestinian detainee being held in Israeli jails, Rajai Abdul-Qadir, aged 35, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

“Rajai is suffering from cancer in the liver and lungs, and his condition is very serious. He must get hospitalization immediately for chemotherapy, which must be given to him until the cancer cells are controlled,” Abu Bakr said.

“However,” he added, “the Naqab prison administration refused to do so for two months, and therefore he is very close to death.”

According to WAFA, Abu Bakr called on local and international human rights organizations to pressure the Israeli occupation to immediately release Rajai, so that he could receive the necessary treatment.

As a matter of fact, medical negligence is a common punitive measure used against Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails. It is one of the commonly cited motivations for hunger strikers protesting the cruel imprisonment conditions.

In 2016, the Palestinian Information Center said that an estimated 207 Palestinian prisoners had died in Israeli custody since 1967, 126 of whom as a result of medical negligence.

(Source / 07.10.2018)