Zionist soldiers shot dead Palestinian teen in Ramallah protest

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM —Palestinian teenager was killed by Israeli forces on Friday in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the teen as 18-year-old Mahmoud Nakhleh, who was shot in the abdomen with live bullets during a protest against the Israeli army in the al-Jalazun refugee camp.

Several people were also injured in the clashes that erupted between the Palestinians and the Israeli forces during protests in Ramallah against the Israeli settlements construction and the seizure of their lands.

According to a local Palestinian news agency, Israeli soldiers shot Nakhleh from a distance of fewer than 10 metres.

The soldiers tried to detain Nakhleh afterwards, local news out let reported, but Palestinian paramedics were able to take him after a standoff that lasted more than 30 minutes. After Nakhleh was transferred to a hospital, he was pronounced dead.

Ramallah was under a complete lockdown by the Israeli army on Thursday, following a shooting attack by an unknown Palestinian who killed two Israeli soldiers near the illegal settlement of Ofra.

Most of the entry checkpoints were reopened on Friday, but Israeli forces remain heavily deployed on the outskirts of Ramallah and have carried out sporadic raids into the twin city of al-Bireh, resulting in Palestinians protesting against their presence.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, at least 100 Palestinians have been arrested over the past 24 hours.

Four Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in separate operations overnight on Wednesday and on Thursday afternoon.

Protests against the Israeli army continued across the occupied West Bank. In the village of al-Lubban al-Gharbiyeh near Nablus, a Palestinian youth was injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet to his eye.

(Source / 15.12.2018)

Australia formally recognizes Al-Quds as capital of ‘Israel’

CCUPIED JERUSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM — Australia formally recognizes occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Astralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday.

“Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel,” Morrison said.

“We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical,” he told reporters in Sydney.

Morrison said in October he was open to shifting Australia’s embassy from Tel Aviv.

(Source / 15.12.2018)

Erdogan: Israel tries to dim Islam’s traces in Jerusalem

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks at his gift given by Justice and Development (AK) Party's Istanbul Deputy Nureddin Nebati (not seen) during the 2nd Conference of Inter-parliamentary platform on Jerusalem in Istanbul, Turkey on December 14, 2018. ( Murat Kula - Anadolu Agency )

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks at his gift given by Justice and Development (AK) Party’s Istanbul Deputy Nureddin Nebati (not seen) during the 2nd Conference of Inter-parliamentary platform on Jerusalem in Istanbul, Turkey on December 14, 2018

Turkish president on Friday accused Israel of trying to deliberately wipe out traces of Islamic heritage in Jerusalem over the last 50 years, Anadolu Agency reports.

“You [Israel] will not be able to wipe out,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at an Inter-parliamentary platform on Jerusalem in Istanbul.

You are deceiving yourself if you think you can destroy Jerusalem’s spiritual identity by moving a few embassies and consulates there, Erdogan said.

Tension has been running high in the occupied Palestinian territories since last year when U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — now occupied by Israel — might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

READ: Why is Israel targeting Turkey’s presence in Jerusalem? 

Erdogan said criticizing the misconducts of Israel never means anti-Semitism, adding: “Some European countries side with the US and do not raise voice against Israeli occupation policies due to shameful scenes from World War II.”

Bombing children playing ball along the coast of Gaza is a crime against humanity as bad as the Holocaust, he said.

The Turkish president said Jerusalem is not merely a cause of a handful of Muslims in Palestine, but it is “our common cause.”

Erdogan thanked “heroes” who uphold the honor of Jerusalem and humanity and protect the dignity of the Muslim Ummah against occupiers.

Palestinians must put an end to discord among themselves in order to see the outcome of their friends’ efforts, the president added.

(Source / 15.12.2018)

Israel soldiers kill 60-year-old Palestinian businessman, smear him as ‘terrorist’

60-year-old Palestinian business-owner Hamdan Al-Arda shot my Israeli forces on 13 December, 2018

Israeli occupation forces shot and killed 60-year-old Palestinian business-owner Hamdan Al-Arda yesterday, during a raid of Al-Bireh, in the central West Bank.

Al-Arda was driving in his car when soldiers opened fire, killing him.

The Israeli army stated that “a terrorist attempted to use his car to run over IDF soldiers who were conducting operations. An IDF soldier was lightly wounded. Security forces at the scene responded with gunfire and neutralised the terrorist.”

However, eyewitnesses, the man’s relatives, and even Israeli sources cast doubt on these claims.

READ: 11 Palestinian protesters injured by Israeli live bullets

As reported by Haaretz, “members of his family said he suffered from hearing loss that they thought he must have failed to hear soldiers’ warnings”, and “added that he likely veered off course when he was surprised by the soldiers’ presence.”

The paper noted that hundreds of Palestinians marched yesterday evening in Araba, the man’s hometown, to protest the killing and accusing Israel of killing Al-Arda “for no reason”.

Israeli media “citing defence sources” reported that “the incident was likely not terror-related”, adding that Al-Arda was killed “a short distance from his business’s headquarters”.

According to reports at the time, Palestinian Red Crescent medics were prevented by Israeli forces from reaching Al-Arda after he had been shot.

Eyewitnesses said, “the incident was merely a car accident, as the driver was surprised with Israeli soldiers in his way and attempted to turn away from them before the heavily opened fire at him.”

(Source / 15.12.2018)

Israeli Navy Abducts Two Fishermen In Gaza

15 Dec 11:59 AM

Israeli navy ships attacked, on Saturday morning, several Palestinian fishing boats with live fire, abducted two sibling fishermen, including a child, and confiscated their boat.

Zakariya Bakr, the head of the Gaza Fishermen Committee of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, has reported that the soldiers fired many live rounds at the fishing boats, and chased a small boat, owned by Saleh Abu Ryala.

Bakr added that the navy then abducted Mohammad Saleh Abu Ryala, and his brother, Atef, 15 years of age, and took them to an unknown destination.

The navy also fired many live rounds at fishing boats in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza.

In addition, the soldiers fired dozens of live rounds at Palestinian lands, and farmers, close to the fence near Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

(Source / 15.12.2018)

Palestinians Slam Australia’s ‘Irresponsible Policies’

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat speaks during an interview with Reuters, in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank September 10, 2018

The Palestinian leadership on Saturday slammed Australia’s “irresponsible policies” after its recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The country became one of just a few to follow US President Donald Trump’s lead and recognize the contested city as Israel’s capital.

Australia said it would open a defense and trade office in the west of the holy city and Prime Minister Scott Morrison also committed to recognizing a future state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital.

“The policies of this Australian administration have done nothing to advance the two-state solution,” senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said in a statement, stressing the Palestinian view that the holy city remains a final-status issue in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which have run aground.

There was no immediate comment from Israel’s government on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.

Morrison had earlier floated the idea that Australia may follow the contentious US move of relocating its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, but it was seen by many Australians as a political stunt. Critics called it a cynical attempt to win votes in a by-election in October for a Sydney seat with a high Jewish population.

(Source / 15.12.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Remove Family From Home to Prepare for Demolition

15 Dec 3:37 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday at dawn, the home of Abu Hmeid family, in the al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of al-Biereh city, in the Ramallah and al-Biereh Governorate, in the central West Bank, in preparation to demolish a four-story building, and engaged in the excessive use of force against the family, and many other Palestinians.

The Israeli military stationed sharpshooters on the tops of all the buildings around the home, and ordered all the families from the neighborhood to evacuate from their homes. An estimated 450 Palestinians were forced out of their homes.

As of the time of this report, camera operators from Palestine TV are streaming live from the site, and the feed shows dozens of soldiers inside the home – they can be seen in the windows of the home using sledge hammers to bash through the walls.

Palestine TV reported that the army is blocking an ambulance from passing, in which a woman is in labor and about to give birth.

The families that were ordered to leave their homes were not allowed to take any blankets or covering with them, or food, they were simply ordered from their homes into the cold winter night. Most of the hundreds of people forced out of their homes went to a nearby outdoor football field  at the al-Bireh School to wait for the army to allow them back to their homes.

The military broke the windows of the al-Bireh School and caused damage to the school building.

Media sources said at least 500 Israeli soldiers surrounded the home, and the area around it, before invading the home. The soldiers used excessive force while removing the family, and hundreds of Palestinian neighbors and supporters who gathered there to protest the demolition.

The army claims that Islam Abu Hmeid, who was taken prisoner on June 6th, 2018, killed an Israeli soldier, identified as Ronen Lubarsky, after dropping a cement slab on his head, on May 24th, during a military invasion into the refugee camp; the soldier was seriously injured, and died from his wounds on May 26th.

Although Islam lives in one of the floors of the four-story building, the Israeli army wants to demolish the entire property to punish his family, in an illegal act of collective punishment.

Palestine TV correspondent Ali Dar Ali said that many army vehicles, including armored bulldozers invaded the refugee camp, and added that the soldiers stormed and searched many homes and buildings, and occupied their rooftops.

He added that the soldiers stormed the home and removed the Palestinians, including the owners.

The soldiers also attacked Palestinian journalists in the refugee camp, and targeted a Palestinian ambulance with teargas, in addition to firing at Palestinians who live in the area, or those who tried to enter the area.

Palestine TV also said that the soldiers detained dozens of nonviolent supporters in the property before forcing everybody out.

The soldiers attacked many journalists, including two who were beaten and struck with batons and rifle-buts, and hurled concussion grenades and gas bombs at medics who tried to provide the needed medical aid to them.

The Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah said dozens of Palestinians were injured, and are receiving treatment.

The military invaded nearby neighborhoods and villages, where they were met by protesters, some of whom threw stones at the invading soldiers.

Sixty-six Palestinians have been wounded by the Israeli soldiers, who fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets toward the protesters, as well as live ammunition.

Furthermore, the soldiers targeted Palestinian ambulances with gas bombs, causing damage and wounding the medical teams.

The soldiers also fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades, in addition to a few live rounds, at journalists reporting from the rooftops of a nearby building.

In addition, the soldiers are currently detaining more than 300 Palestinians in a nearby area after abducting them in the property and near it.

Israeli soldiers of the Corps of Engineers are currently placing the explosive charges in the build, in order to detonate it, which will also cause damage to several surrounding homes.

The soldiers started removing all families, who live in the area, from their homes after storming and ransacking them, especially since the army is preparation to detonate the Abu Hmeid family home, which will most likely cause damage to surrounding homes and buildings.

The invasion is still ongoing, and the army is still firing live rounds, gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.

It is worth mentioning that one member of Abu Hmeid family, identified as Abdul-Mon’em Abu Hmeid, was killed by the army in 2002 in nearby Qalandia refugee camp, and four others are imprisoned by Israel and serving life terms, in addition to Islam, the youngest son, who is believed to be behind the death of the soldier. Another sibling, identified as Ahmad Abu Hmeid, was killed by the army in 1987.

On Tuesday August 14 2018, dozens of soldiers invaded the refugee camp and took measurements of the home, in preparation for demolishing the property.

This current demolition of Abu Hmeid family building would be the third times Israeli destroys their home.

(Source / 15.12.2018)

On 38th Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Wound 120 Civilians, including 20 Children, 2 Women, 1 Journalist and 2 Paramedics

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15 Dec 2:10 AM

On Friday evening, 14 December 2018, Israeli forces wounded 120 Palestinian civilians, including 11 children, 1 woman and 2 paramedics in the peaceful demonstrations in the eastern Gaza Strip despite the decreasing intensity of the demonstrations there for the sixth week consecutively and absence of most means usually used during the demonstrations since the beginning of the Return and Breaking the Siege March 8 months ago.

According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers, for the seventh week since the beginning of the Return March on 30 March 2018, the demonstrators abstained from burning tires while the attempts to cross the border fence and throw stones and incendiary balloons were completely absent.

Though the demonstrators were around tens of meters away from the border fence, the Israeli forces who stationed in prone positions and military jeeps along the fence continued to use excessive force against the demonstrators by opening fire and firing teargas canisters at them, without the later posing any imminent threat or danger to the life of soldiers.

On 14 December 2018, the incidents were as follows:

At approximately 14:30, thousands of civilians, including women, children and entire families, started swarming to the five encampments established by the Supreme National Authority of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege adjacent to the border fence with Israel in eastern Gaza Strip cities.

Hundreds, including children and women, approached the border fence with Israel in front of each encampment and gathered tens of meters away from the main border fence. Further, setting fire to tires and throwing stones, incendiary balloons and Molotov cocktails were almost absent.

The demonstrators gathered in areas open to the Israeli snipers stationed on the top of the sand berms and military watchtowers and inside and behind the military jeeps.

Despite the prevailing calmness, the Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets in addition to hundreds of teargas canisters, particularly in eastern Jabalia, Gaza and al-Bureij refugee camp.

The Israeli shooting, which continued at around 17:00, resulted in the injury of 120 Palestinian civilians, including 20 child, 2 women, 1 journalist and 2 paramedics. In addition, hundreds suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures due to tear gas canisters that were fired by the Israeli forces from the military jeeps and riffles in the eastern Gaza Strip.

The following table shows the number of civilian victims due to the Israeli forces’ suppression of the Great March of Return since its beginning on 30 March:

NotesMedical CrewsJournalistsWomenChildrenTotalCasualties
Among those Killed, there were 6 Persons with Disabilities and a girl.32134176Killed
Among those wounded, 511 are in serious condition and 82 had their lower or upper limbs amputated; 82 lower-limb amputations, 2 upper-limb amputations, 10 finger amputations and 17 children had their limbs amputated according to the Ministry of Health.   The number of those wounded only include those wounded with live bullets and directly hit with tear gas canisters as there have been thousand others who suffered tear gas inhalation and sustained bruises.15212928117739874Wounded

PCHR emphasizes that continuously targeting civilians, who exercise their right to peaceful assembly or while carrying out their humanitarian duty, is a serious violation of the rules of international law, international humanitarian law, the ICC Rome Statute and Fourth Geneva Convention.

Thus, PCHR calls upon the ICC Prosecutor to open an official investigation in these crimes and to prosecute and hold accountable all those applying or involved in issuing orders within the Israeli Forces at the security and political echelons.

PCHR hereby condemns the excessive use of force and commission of crimes by the Israeli forces despite the prevailed calmness, believing it is as a result of Israel’s enjoying impunity thanks to the U.S. and so encouraging the Israeli forces to commit further crimes upon an official decision by the highest military and political echelons.

PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

PCHR calls upon Switzerland, in its capacity as the Depository State for the Convention, to demand the High Contracting Parties to convene a meeting and ensure Israel’s respect for this Convention, noting that these grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied territories.

Weekly Bil’in March Suppressed by Israeli Forces

15 Dec 4:14 AM

Israeli forces suppressed the weekly Bil’in march, west of Ramallah city, in the central occupied West Bank, on Friday afternoon.

Locals, international and Israeli peace activists took part in the march, that was called for by the local popular resistance committee.

The march set off following Friday prayers at the village mosque,Ma’an reports.

Protesters waved Palestinian flags and chanted slogans calling for Palestinian unity, resisting the Israeli occupation, releasing all Palestinian prisoners, and for refugees to return to the homes from which they were displaced.

Bil’in is one of the most active Palestinian villages in peaceful organized opposition against Israeli policies, as residents have protested every Friday for 12 consecutive years, and have often been met with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and stun grenades, from Israeli forces.

(Source / 15.12.2018)

Mass Collective Punishment Targeting Entire Families, As Israeli Army Detonates Home In Ramallah

15 Dec 9:32 AM

In an all-night massive Israeli military offensive into Ramallah, centered on the al-Am’ari refugee camp, to demolish the family home of Islam Abu Hmeid, Israeli soldiers forcibly removed more than 500 Palestinians from their homes in the dead of night.

The families were forced out of their homes at gunpoint with no food or blankets, and held for hours, as hundreds of Israeli soldiers surrounded their property, and held them at a local school until dawn, when most of the women and children were, hours later, allowed to leave and be sheltered at a Red Crescent facility.

At around 10 am , the military began to withdraw from the area, apparently satisfied that they had sufficiently destabilized the structure of the four-story building to prevent any of the Palestinian families who lived there from being able to continue living there.

The collective punishment of the residents of the building was part of an Israeli policy, which is in direct violation of international law, of punishing the families of prisoners held by Israel by destroying their homes.

In this case, the soldiers wired the family home of Abu Hmeid for demolition, after members of the engineering corps spent hours demolishing interior walls, and planting explosives, which were later detonated, but did not lead to the leveling of the building.

Palestine TV reported that the soldiers then spent several hours to rewire the home, and tried detonating it again, destroying it and causing structural damage to several surrounding homes and buildings.

The invasion which started late at night, was carried out by hundreds of soldiers, in dozens of armored vehicles and bulldozers, in addition to members of the Corps of Engineers. The soldiers surrounded the four-story building belonging to Abu Hmeid family, and all neighboring areas.

The soldiers then invaded dozens of homes and rounded hundreds of Palestinians, including seniors, women and children, and forced them into a local school, which the army illegally occupied and turned into a military base.

Hours later, the soldiers allowed medics of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to move the women and children to its headquarters to provide them with the needed care, food, and medical checkups.

The Palestinian TV said that about 320 males, from various ages, are still held in the school, and the army is refusing to allow them to leave.

The PRCS said its medics were eventually successful in removing nearly 100 women and children from the school, and took them to its headquarters.

The Red Crescent brought some food and water to the children in the school, and sheets to keep them warm as much as possible.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported that the soldiers detained the mother of detainee Islam Abu Hmeid, who was taken prisoner on June 6th, 2018, after the army claimed he killed an Israeli soldier, identified as Ronen Lubarsky, on May 24th, during a military invasion into the refugee camp; the soldier was seriously injured, and died from his wounds on May 26th.

The soldiers also attacked the family with clubs and batons, used pepper-spray and tasers to force them out of their home, in addition to abducting and detaining dozens of residents.

In addition, the army fired dozens of gas bombs at Palestinians and their homes throughout the area, causing tens of residents, including children, women and elderly, to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. At least ten of the wounded Palestinians were moved to hospitals.

Israeli army sharpshooters also invaded homes and occupied their rooftops in the refugee camp, while hundreds of soldiers were deployed in the alleys while firing a barrage of live fire at the Palestinians, homes and property.

The soldiers also stopped a Palestinian ambulance while transporting a pregnant woman who was in labor, which forced the medics to take her to the local school, and hours later, managed to take her to the hospital.

Furthermore, the soldiers assaulted and injured many journalists and medics near Abu Hmeid’s home, and opened fire at them, wounding one journalist after shooting him with a gas bomb in the head, before he was rushed to a hospital, while many reporters and medics suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

The wounded journalist, identified as Majdi Bannoura, is a cameraman with al-Jazeera TV, and is in a stable condition.

It is worth mentioning that on December 2nd, the Israeli High Court denied two appeals against the demolition of the four-story home, and gave the family until December 16th to leave the property, but the army decided to demolish it today.

The family of Abu Hmeid was first rendered homeless after the soldiers demolished their home in 1994, then again, demolished the rebuilt property in 2003, especially after the army killed one of its sons, identified as Abdul-Mon’em Abu Hmeid.

Six siblings are held in Israeli prisoners; four of them are serving life-terms, and one, identified as Jihad, is currently held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial. The four, who are serving life terms, are Nasser Nasr, Sharif and Mohammad.

Islam Abu Hmeid, who was abducted in June of this year, and accused of killing the soldier, is also a former political prisoner, who previously spent years in Israeli prisons.

The al-Am’ari refugee camp, and all surrounding areas, remain besieged and isolated by the soldiers, who also injured dozens of Palestinians, protesting the invasions and demolition.

Among the wounded are many journalists and medics, who were performing their duties in the areas of protesters, and near the Abu Hmeid home.

At the time of this report, the soldiers were still firing dozens of live rounds, gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The soldiers caused at least three Palestinian cars to crash, in separate incidents, after firing live rounds towards them, causing the drivers to panic.

(Source / 15.12.2018)