250,000 people with disabilities in Palestine

Dozens of them held in Israeli custody

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225,228 persons suffered from at least one difficulty, which constitute 5.8% of the total population of Palestine; 127,266 in the West Bank constituting 5.1% of the total population of West Bank, and 127,962 in Gaza Strip constituting 6.8% of the total population of Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said.

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said in a report published on Monday that the number of people with disabilities in the Gaza Strip has sharply increased over the past 10 years from 3.7% of the total population to 6.8% in 2017.

The PCBS said, marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the percentage of people with disabilities increased in Gaza Strip in 2017 compared to a slight decrease in the West Bank.

On the other hand, said the PCBS, the percentage of persons with difficulties in Palestine in 2017 among males was 6.3% and 5.4% among females, while 2007 data indicated that the percentage reached 4.8% among males and 4.6% among females.

Statistics showed that 2.9% of the total persons in Palestine are with mobility difficulties in 2017. Seeing difficulty is the second most prevalent with 2.6%. Compared to 2007 seeing difficulty was the most prevalent with 2.5% in Palestine followed by mobility difficulty with 1.8% of total population.

Meanwhile, the Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies revealed that 33 Palestinians suffering physical or mental disabilities are currently held in Israeli jails amid very difficult detention conditions.

(Source / 03.12.2018)

47 Palestinians injured in IOF quelling of Gaza protests

47 Pal's injured

Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Monday when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked peaceful protesters on northern Gaza coast.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said that 47 Palestinians were injured in the protests.

The PIC reporter said that the IOF heavily fired live ammunition and teargas canisters at the Palestinian protesters who launched balloons attached to portraits of the Great March of Return martyrs.

Dozens of Palestinian fishing boats took part in the protests and marched near the sea border, north of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 03.12.2018)

Palestinian scholar attended in 212 event in Indonesia, urged to save Al-Aqsa

JAKARTA, PALESTINOW.COM — A Palestinian scholar Taisir Hamdan delivered a message to Reunion 212 participants. Through the translator, he delivered ready to liberate Al-Aqsa from Israel.

“Salam our brothers from Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Palestine, and our mission of all Palestinians will be all antitrust representatives, and we are ready to liberate Palestine and Al-Aqsa,” he said at Monas, Central Jakarta. , Sunday (12/2/2018).

Hamdan admitted having been jailed for some 20 years by Israel. While in the cell, he succeeded in obtaining his bachelor degree.

“During the 20 years we were jailed, we were released during a prison conversion agreement, and he was accompanied by 500 Palestinian prisoners in Israel and an Israeli soldier who was abducted, he obtained bachelor degree in prison,” Hamdan said.

Still through the translator, Hamdan waited for the contribution of Reunion 212 participants. Participants were waiting to contribute to the release of Al-Aqsa.

“Palestine and Al-Aqsa are waiting for you to free Al-Aqsa, indeed Palestine and Al-Aqsa await your involvement in liberating Al-Aqsa,” said Hamdan.

(Source / 03.12.2018)

Israel Releases Jerusalem Governor, 9 Fatah members

Gheith and members from Fatah movement warmly welcomed after their release

Jerusalem magistrate court released on Sunday Palestinian Authority’s Jerusalem Governor Adnan Gheith and nine activists of Fatah movement, but it banned them from entering the West Bank for two other weeks.

The prosecution confirmed that their arrest was due to their “involvement in military activities serving the interests of PA security services” and their role in pursuing Palestinians who sell real estate to Jews.

The prosecutor spoke about Gheith and his colleagues’ role in arresting one of the Palestinians, who was suspected of selling real estate to settlement associations, and torturing him in intelligence prisons in Ramallah.

He said that the Israeli government decided to fight this phenomenon and punish every Palestinian who contributes to it.

In addition to releasing Gheith, the court decided to release Hatem Mahlus, Alaa Abu al-Hawa, Amer Awwad, Khalil Bashir, Mohammad al-Qaq, Ahmad Mustafa, Iyad Hadra, Hadi Mahmoud and Hussam Abu Isnineh.

According to the lawyer from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Mohammad Mahmoud, the court decided to release Geith and the rest of the detainees because their arrest turned into a major political scandal.

Notably, these arrests have raised a wave of public protests in Jerusalem and its environs.

Administrative and educational cadres and students of al-Umma Secondary School in Al-Ram, north of Jerusalem, organized Sunday morning a rally to express solidarity with Governor Gheith.

They raised banners calling releasing Gheith and all the other prisoners.

In addition, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education circulated an order in schools throughout the governorates to organize a silent sit-in for three minutes in support for Jerusalem’s governor and his fellow detainees.

It also asked these schools to use the school radio to talk about the detainees and the role of the students in defending Jerusalem and its Arabism.

(Source / 03.12.2018)

Israel continues to target Fatah activists in Jerusalem

Palestinians carrying Fatah flags stage a protest after a funeral ceremony held for 17 year old Palestinian Kusay el-Amur, who was shot dead by the Israeli soldiers, in the Takku neighborhood of Bethlehem, West Bank on January 17, 2017

Israeli occupation police yesterday summoned for questioning a group of Fatah activists who were released from prison on Thursday, Arab48 reported.

Palestinian Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith and nine Fatah activists were released yesterday morning on condition that they do not enter the occupied West Bank. They were also ordered to pay fines.

Senior Palestinian Authority (PA) commander, Colonel Anwar Awad, handed himself over to the Israeli occupation police in Jerusalem.

Last week, Awad’s car was ambushed by Israeli occupation forces but he was not in it. A summons was then issued for him to attend the police station.

Israeli occupation forces have been carrying out an arrest campaign against Fatah activists in Jerusalem to counter Palestinian Authority measures to arrest those found selling or transferring Palestinian properties to Israelis.

Fatah leader: PA interest in Jerusalem real estate declined after Arafat

(Source / 03.12.2018)

Israel undercover forces posed as medical workers, used ID cards of real Palestinians

Israeli soldiers infiltrated Gaza through PA crossings

Israeli soldiers infiltrated into Khan Yunis, Gaza through Palestinian Authority (PA) administrated crossings

Israeli forces posed as medical aid workers and used “detailed but fake” ID cards of real Palestinian residents during their thwarted undercover raid in the occupied Gaza Strip last month.

According a report in the Independent, citing a number of Hamas sources, the Palestinians civilians whose identities had been “stolen” came from across the enclave “but not the area where the Israeli uncover operation was taking place”, in case “they were discovered by local residents”.

Hazem Qassem, a Hamas spokesperson, said the ID cards were “very accurate”, and included the correct full names, ID numbers and details of the residents.

Qassam told the paper that the Israeli soldiers were posing as aid workers when their car was stopped. “[They] were posing as NGO workers, there were women in the car as well. They used this to justify why they were stealing into Gaza and had a story prepared should they be questioned”.

The Independent report noted that in light of the Israeli forces’ impersonation of NGO workers, “many now fear that foreign aid workers will be at risk”.

READ: Israel’s death squads endanger humanitarian aid workers

Qassem told the paper: “We are concerned that we want foreigners to keep coming in. They are helping with the humanitarian situation. We are dedicated to facilitating people coming in and out of Gaza. Any tightened security measures – which are applied to everyone – will be temporary.”

Another, unnamed, Hamas official, said that there was a “high possibility” the team legally entered Gaza through an official crossing point such as Erez.

“They told the fighters at the checkpoint that they were delivering patients back from clinics to their homes and had a wheelchair in the back of the van”, the official said.

“They presented their ID cars but the [fighters] manning the checkpoint were suspicious as their accents and voices did not match the areas where they said they were from.”

On 11 November, violence broke out between Palestinian resistance factions and the Israeli army following the death of seven members of the Al-Qassam Brigades after Israeli special forces infiltrated the east of Khan Yunis province days earlier. The conflict resulted in the death of an Israeli officer and injured another.

The Israeli forces were reported to have focused on attacking houses and civilian towers and facilities during their attack on the enclave.

(Source / 03.12.2018)

No connection between Judaism and Al-Aqsa, suggests UN resolution

Muslims arrive at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound to perform the Friday prayer in Jerusalem on 26 October 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Muslims arrive at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound to perform the Friday prayer in Jerusalem on 26 October 2018

The UN General Assembly has apparently rejected any connection between Judaism and the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa. In a vote held on Friday, the General Assembly passed six resolutions condemning Israeli violations against Palestinians. Among them was Resolution A/73/L.29 entitled “Jerusalem” which called for “respect for the historic status quo at the holy places of Jerusalem, including the Haram Al-Sharif.”

The use of the Arabic name for the sanctuary has been interpreted as a not-so-subtle rejection of the site’s alleged connection with Judaism. The Jewish name for the Noble Sanctuary, the Temple Mount, is not mentioned anywhere in the UN document.

The resolution received 148 votes in favour and just 11 against. It also stressed that the UN General Assembly,

“Reiterates its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures.”

READ: Hamas hails Fatah’s criticism to US’ draft resolution condemning resistance at UN

The Assembly passed several other resolutions on the question of Israel-Palestine this weekend. One — A/73/L.29 The Syrian Golan — rejected Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights, “demand[ing] once more that Israel withdraw from all the occupied Syrian Golan to the line of 4 June 1967 in implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.”

The resolution also declared that “the Israeli decision of 14 December 1981 to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan is null and void,” adding: “The continued [Israeli] occupation of the Syrian Golan and its de facto annexation constitute a stumbling block in the way of achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region.”

The General Assembly resolutions were condemned vehemently in the Israeli media, with Breaking Israel News slamming them as evidence of the UN “[continuing] its streak of frequently condemning the Jewish state”. Other media cited NGO UN Watch — which is known for calling the UN anti-Israel or anti-Semitic – as saying that the “Jerusalem” resolution “implies that Israeli administration of Jerusalem hinders freedom of religion when in fact the opposite is true.” UN Watch also labelled the “Syrian Golan” resolution as being “oblivious to [the] genocidal massacres taking place now in Syria, and its security implications for Israel and the civilians of the Golan Heights.”

The resolutions, however, were hailed as a success by the Palestinian Authority, Wafa reported. “By voting in favour of the five resolutions,” said Palestine’s Permanent Observer to the UN, Riyad Mansour, “the international community affirms its support of our national cause, despite the efforts made by the US administration in international forums to resist this.”

READ: CNN commentator fired for pro-Palestine UN speech

In a rare move, following the General Assembly vote, the European Union publicly warned the Palestinians that they must drop their UN bid to use only Al-Haram Al-Sharif to refer to Jerusalem’s holiest site. In a statement, the EU “[stressed] the need for language on the holy sites of Jerusalem to reflect the importance and historical significance of the holy sites for the three monotheistic religions, and to respect religious and cultural sensitivities.” It added that the future choice of language “may affect the EU’s collective support for the resolutions.”

Commenting on the EU statement, the Jerusalem Post observed, “Until now, the EU has not taken a united stand on a drive by both the Arab states and the Palestinians to subtly change UN language with regard to the Temple Mount [Al-Haram Al-Sharif].” Its opposition or decision to abstain on any future resolutions of this nature “would mark a dramatic shift in its policy.”

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Report: Israel committed 811 violations against Palestinian journalists in 2018

Palestinian journalists hold posters of Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qiq who was imprisoned in an Israeli jail during a protest in support of his hunger strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza strip on 7 February 2016

The Palestinian Ministry of Information said Israel has committed 811 violations against Palestinian journalists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since the beginning of 2018.

The ministry said in a report yesterday that its monitoring unit has documented 282 violations in the Gaza Strip and 529 violations in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

In its report, the ministry documented the killing of two journalists, Yaser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussein, by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip.

The ministry also documented 345 incidents of physical assaults on journalists and 162 incidents in which journalists appeared in court.

The report explained that the Israeli army has wounded 80 journalists while covering the “Great March of Return” since March.

READ: Palestinian MP calls to expel Israel from the International Federation of Journalists

Israeli authorities have prevented 100 journalists from performing their duties while the Israeli army closed and threatened to close 54 media institutions, the report said, adding that the army has raided 58 media institutions and their equipment was destroyed.

In November, the Israeli army destroyed the headquarters of Al-Aqsa TV channel in the Gaza Strip.

According to the report, 48 Palestinian journalists were tortured in prisons, and 42 others were banned from travelling.

According to the report, the month of May witnessed the highest number of violations against journalists in the West Bank and Gaza.

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Saudi Arabia allocates $20m to rebuilding Gaza

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) at the Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 21, 2016

Palestinian Construction and Housing Minister Mofeed Al-Hasayneh yesterday thanked Saudi Arabia for allocating $20 million for reconstruction projects in the besieged Gaza Strip, Al-Wattan Voice reported.

The official also thanked Saudi for pledging $50 million to the UN Agency for Palestine Refugee (UNRWA) which is working to overcome the worst budget deficit since it was established in 1949.

“In the name of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the Arab Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the King Salman Bin Abdelaziz for the generous support.”

Established in 1949, UNRWA provides critical aid to Palestinian refugees in the blockaded Gaza Strip, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

READ: Saudi Arabia grants $50m to UNRWA 

Earlier this year, the US State Department said Washington would “no longer commit funding” to the UNRWA.

The US had been UNRWA’s largest contributor by far, providing it with $350 million annually — roughly a quarter of the agency’s overall budget.

This came a month reports emerged of a secret American report stated that there are only 40,000 Palestinian refugees, noting they are the Palestinians who left their home land in 1948 and remain alive today and not their descendants.

US President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is reported to have tried to pressure Jordan to strip more than two million Palestinians of refugee status in a move that aims to end the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

(Source / 03.12.2018)

Report: Israel Abducts Dozens of Palestinians in Crackdown on Palestinian Authority

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A Palestinian being detained by Israeli forces 

Israeli police accused the men of being active in PA security forces. Palestinians say the arrests are part of Israeli efforts to sediment the occupation.


In overnight raids, Israeli military police arrested 32 Palestinians in Jerusalem on Sunday, November 25, 2018. On Twitter, the Israeli police accused the men of being active in PA security forces. The Palestinian News and Info Agency reported that at least 20 of the men are activists with the ruling party in the Palestinian Authority (PA), Fateh.

Just before Sunday’s mass arrests, Israeli police detained the PA Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith for a second time, this month. The police did not provide a reason for his arrest, though in October, Israeli security forces explained that he is suspected of “illegal activity by [the Palestinian Authority] in Jerusalem,” the Times of Israel reported. That night, Palestinians protested for his freedom in downtown Jerusalem. Israeli police arrested three demonstrators there.

On Thursday, November 29, an Israeli court ruled to release 21 of the 32 Palestinians arrested. The conditions of their release include bail, five days of house arrest and a ban from the West Bank for two weeks, according to the Palestinian Information Center. The remaining detainees await trial. Ghaith’s remand was extended until Sunday.

The same day, Israeli police summoned PA Jerusalem Affairs Minister Adnan al-Husayni and PA Deputy Governor of Jerusalem Abdullah Siam for interrogation. The week prior, Israeli authorities banned al-Husayni from traveling abroad for three months.

Palestinians view the arrests of Palestinians under the pretext of PA involvement as part of Israeli efforts to sediment the occupation of Jerusalem.

Head of the Palestinian National Christian Coalition Dimitri Diliani told local media: “The arrest campaign against Governor [Ghatih] and dozens of activists is for political reasons.”

Ziad Hammouri, director of Jerusalem’s center for social and economic rights, told Middle East Eye:

Israel is escalating against the PA’s presence after the US moved its embassy to the city. The PA presence in Jerusalem isn’t new, and residents of the city working in the PA’s security forces are well-known and no one tried to hide it. The PA’s presence in Jerusalem manifests itself in helping the residents in cases against the Israeli authorities, whether demolished houses, paying for lawyers, solving disputes between Palestinians in the city.

Israeli authorities criminalize and ban a wide range of Palestinian events and organizations in the holy city under the pretext of PAPalestinian political party and “terrorist” involvement.

(Source / 03.12.2018)