A Palestinian child was injured when a tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier hit him as he was rallying with others in a border area east of the besieged Gaza Strip.
According to Palestinian media reports, the Israeli occupation forces showered a group of protesters with tear gas grenades during their presence in Talat Umm Husseina east of al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.
The protesters torched tires in the area and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence.
Citizens in Gaza stage rallies on the border every Friday and sometimes during other days to protest the inhumane blockade imposed on the improvised coastal enclave.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces have kidnapped four citizens, including a Mosque Imam, in the West Bank and persisted in detaining others illegally.
In Tulkarem, forces from the PA intelligence apparatus kidnapped Hamza Hamdan, a Birzeit University student, from his home on Friday afternoon.
The PA preventive security forces, for their parts, kidnapped on the same day Mohamed Turkman, an ex-detainee in PA and Israeli jails, from his home in Nablus.
Two days ago, the PA security forces kidnapped a Mosque Imam called Tareq Shalaldeh in al-Khalil.
The PA security forces in al-Khalil also kidnapped a political ex-detainee called Mohamed Asfour.
Meanwhile, the PA intelligence forces in al-Khalil recently stormed and ransacked the home of Mohamed Asafera 10 times in an attempt to arrest him, threatening to harm him if he did not turn himself in.
Gazan children stay warm during the winter months in Gaza on 21 January 2018
The Palestinian government in Gaza announced yesterday that it would pay $100 to 94,000 poor families in the Gaza Strip, noting that this is part of the Qatari funds given to the besieged enclave.
It is still unclear how and when this issue was agreed, but the government in Gaza called for the poor families registered in its records to head to the government banks to receive the payments, starting from Saturday morning.
The government published directions on its website explaining to the families how to look for their names and find out whether they were enlisted for the payment or not before heading to the banks.
From the early morning today, thousands of Palestinians stood in queues at the doors of the government banks, which started paying them the money.
Commentators have been left confused by the move, with Israeli journalist Leor Levy asking: “Where did this development come?” He added: “There is something taking place behind closed doors, or someone asked the Qataris to change their minds.”
Safa news agency in Gaza confirmed that the government banks started paying the money and published pictures for the Qatari Committee’s staff monitoring the payments inside the government banks.
Palestinian factions in Gaza, including Hamas, which on Thursday refused to receive the Qatari funds under “humiliating” Israeli conditions, are keeping silent regarding the payment.
150 Palestinian prisoners were wounded when Israeli Prison Service officers stormed the Ofer military prison near Ramallah on January 21. A day later, thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza rallied in support of the prisoners who, in response to Israeli repression, staged a mass hunger strike.
The latest ordeal was instigated by the Israeli government when Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan declared on January 2 that the ‘party is over’, meaning that Israel will ‘worsen’ already horrific conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
According to the Palestinian prisoners’ rights group, Addameer, there are nearly 5,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including 230 children and 54 women. 481 prisoners are held without trial, governed by an unlawful Israeli practice known as ‘administrative detention.’
One certainly does take the Israeli minister’s comments seriously, despite the fact that the conditions under which thousands of Palestinians are held in Israeli jails – which itself is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention – are already at a stage that can only be described as inhumane – they fail the minimum standards of international and humanitarian laws.
Palestinian prisoners are amply able to describe Israeli prison conditions, having experienced every form of physical and psychological torture, and spent years, sometimes decades, fending for their humanity every hour of every day.
Three freed Palestinian prisoners shared their stories, with the hope that the world would understand the true context of Erdan’s latest ‘plan’ and the ongoing crackdowns on Palestinian prisoners in Ofer and elsewhere.
‘They detained my family’
Shadi Farah was merely 12 when he was arrested from his home in the Palestinian city of Jerusalem. He was accused of trying to kill Israeli soldiers with a knife they found at his house.
I was arrested on 30 December 2015, when I was only 12-years-old and was released on 29 November 2018. At the time, I was the youngest Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails.
My interrogation took place in the Maskoubiah prison in Jerusalem, specifically in Cell No. 4. After days of physical torture, sleep deprivation and severe beating, they imprisoned my whole family – my mom and dad and sisters and brothers. They told me that my family was held captive because of me and they would only be released if I confessed to my crimes. They swore at me with profanities I cannot repeat. They threatened to do unspeakable things to my mom and sisters.
After each torture session, I would return to my cell so desperate to sleep. But then soldiers would wake me up by slapping my face, kicking me with their boots and punching me in the stomach.
I love my family, and when they used to prevent them from visiting me, it broke my heart.
‘I Was Tortured in Cell #9’
Wafa’ Samir Ibrahim al-Bis was born in the Jablaiya refugee camp in Gaza. She was 16-years-old when she was detained on May 20, 2005. She was sentenced to 12-years in prison after being convicted of attempting to carry out a suicide mission targeting Israeli soldiers. She was released in 2011 in a prisoner swap between the Palestinian Resistance and Israel.
I was only 16 when I decided to wear an explosive belt and blow myself up among Israeli occupation soldiers. It was all I could do to avenge Mohammed al-Durrah. When I saw him huddling by his father’s side, as soldiers showered them both with bullets, I felt powerless. That poor child. But I was arrested, and those who helped me train for my mission were killed three months after my detention.
I was tortured for years inside the infamous Cell #9, a torture chamber they designated for people like me. I was hanged from the ceiling and beaten. They put a black bag on my head as they beat and interrogated me for many hours and days. They released dogs and mice in my cell. I couldn’t sleep for days at a time. They stripped me naked and left me like that for days on end. They didn’t allow me to meet with a lawyer or even receive visits from the Red Cross.
They had me sleep on an old, dirty mattress that was as hard as nails. I was in solitary confinement for two years. I felt like I was buried alive. Once they hanged me for three days nonstop. I screamed as loud as I could, but no one would untie me.
When I was in the Ramleh prison, I felt so lonely. Then one day, I saw a little cat walking among the cells, so I kept throwing her food so that she would be my friend. Eventually, she started coming inside my cell and would stay with me for hours. When the guards discovered that she was keeping me company, they slit her throat in front of me. I cried for her more than I cried for my own fate.
A few days later, I asked the guard for a cup of tea. She came back and said, “stick your hand out to grab the cup”. I did, but instead she poured boiling water on my hand. Third-degree burns have scarred my hand to this day. I need help treating my hand. I cry for Israa’ Ja’abis, whose whole body has been burned yet she remains in an Israeli jail.
I often think of all the women prisoners I left behind.
‘My mother died proud of me’
Fuad Qassim al-Razam was born in the Palestinian city of Jerusalem. He spent 31 years in prison.
I have experienced both psychological and physical torture in Israeli jails, which forced me to confess to things I did and didn’t do.
The first phase of detention is usually the most difficult because the torture is most intense and the methods are most brutal. I was denied food and sleep and I was left hanging from the ceiling for hours. At times I was left standing in the rain, naked, tied to a pole, with a bag on my head. I would be left in that condition the whole day, while occasionally getting punched, kicked and hit with sticks by soldiers.
I was forbidden from seeing my family for years, and when I was finally allowed to see my mother, she was dying. An ambulance brought her to Beir Al-Saba’ prison, and I was taken in shackles to see her. She was in terrible health and could no longer speak. I remember the tubes coming out of her hands and nose. Her arms were bruised and blue from where the needles entered her frail skin.
I knew it would be the last time I would ever see her, so I read some Quran to her before they took me back to my cell. She died 20 days later. I know she was proud of me. When I was released, I was not allowed to read verses from the Quran by her grave as I was deported to Gaza immediately after the prisoner exchange in 2011.
A group of armed illegal Israeli colonialist settlers injured, on Friday evening, a Palestinian man and his child, east of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
Media sources in Hebron said the illegal colonists came from Keryat Arba’ colony, which was built on Palestinian lands, east of Hebron.
They added that the colonists attacked many homes in Wad al-Hasseen area, and hurled stones at them, wounding Hisham Jamil Abu Es’eifan, 48, and hic child, Mohammad, 10.
Local medics rushed to the home of the wounded father and his child and provided them with the needed treatment without the need to move them to a hospital.
In related news, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Mohammad Ahmad Bani Odah, from Tammoun town south of Tubas, in northwestern West Bank, after stopping him at Za’tara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, while he was heading back home.
Israeli soldiers killed, Saturday, one Palestinian and injured at least 30 others, after a group of illegal colonialist settlers attempted to invade the northern part of the al-Mughayyir village, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and were intercepted by the villagers.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said the Palestinian, identified as Hamdi Taleb Sa’ada Na’san, 38, was shot with a live round in his back, and the bullet was logged in the upper abdomen.
The Palestinian was rushed to Palestine Medical Complex, in Ramallah, but died from his very serious wounds.
The soldiers also injured at least thirty other Palestinians, among them six who were shot with live fire, including one who suffered a very serious injury.
One of the wounded Palestinians was shot with a live round in his mouth, before he was rushed to the Istishari hospital, in Ramallah, in a moderate-but-stable condition.
After the colonists attempted to invade the village, dozens of Palestinians, from the nearby Abu Falah village, rushed to aid the residents of al-Mughayyir, and were also attacked by the soldiers and the colonialist settlers, who fired a barrage of live rounds at them, preventing them from entering the village.
It is worth mentioning that Abu Na’san is a former political prisoner who was imprisoned by Israel for eight years.
The slain Palestinian man is a married father of four children, the youngest of which was born less than a year ago.
On Saturday at dawn, Israeli police officers shot and killed a Palestinian man, after the officers opened fire at his car in Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate) area, in occupied Jerusalem.
In a statement, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the seriously escalating violations, carried out by Israeli soldiers and the illegal colonialist settlers, against the unarmed Palestinian civilians, their homes and lands.
On Friday evening, the soldiers killed a Palestinian teen, identified as Ayman Ahmad Othman Hamed, 17, from Silwad town, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and wounded another Palestinian, in addition to moderately injuring a young man in ar-Reesan Mountain area, west of Ramallah.
The body of 60 year old Palestinian, Hamdan Tawfiq Arda, who was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in al-Biereh city, in December, was released Friday. Israeli authorities withheld the body of the slain civilian for 40 days, without a reason, reported WAFA. After 40 days, the Israeli military released the body to the family, at Salem military checkpoint, northeast of Jenin in the northern West Bank.
Following a raid in the central West Bank, Ramallah and al-Biereh Governorate, al-Arda, in his vehicle, was stopped by Israeli military forces. The Palestinian elder attempted to turn his vehicle around, which the Israeli soldiers viewed as an attempt at “ramming” the soldiers. The Israeli military opened fire at the man, hitting him in the head, with live ammunition.
Eyewitnesses said it was an “accident, with the driver surprised with Israeli soldiers in his way and attempted to turn away from them before they heavily opened fire at him.” The eyewitness accounts conflicted with the soldiers’ claims of intent to harm, forcing the army to change their statement.
The raid on al- Biereh, was an apparent attempt to locate the Palestinians responsible for the shooting death of 2 Israeli colonialist settlers on December 12. The settlers were killed close to the illegal Israeli Ofra settlement, built on Palestinian land, in the Ramallah and al-Biereh Governorate.
Approximately 85% of the Palestinians of the West Bank are Muslim, so it is important to note, that Islamic religious law calls for burial of the body as soon as possible.
According to WAFA, there are dozens of slain Palestinians being “withheld in Israeli mortuaries despite calls by human rights groups on Israel to release them.”
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli police officers shot and killed, on Saturday at dawn, a young Palestinian man, after the officers opened fire at his car in Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate) area, in occupied Jerusalem.
The slain Palestinian has been identified as Riyad Mohammad Hammad Shamasneh, from Qotna town, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.
The Israeli Police said the Palestinian driver “endangered the lives of the officers, who opened fire at the car, and killed him during the ensued chase.”
It added that other Palestinians were also in the car, but did not provide further details about them, and only stated that the Palestinian “entered Jerusalem illegally, and was driving a car suspected to have been stolen.”
The Palestinians in the car were heading to their work in occupied Jerusalem, when the officers opened fire at their car.
Although Qotna is in the Jerusalem Governorate, Israeli surrounded and isolated the Palestinian town by the Annexation Wall, and its inhabitants have been denied access to occupied Jerusalem since 2004.
One teenager has been killed and another wounded after Israel’s occupation forces opened fire at them in the occupied West Bank. The fatal incident took place outside the village of Silwad, northeast of the city of Ramallah, on the afternoon of Friday January 25th.
The teenagers were shot by occupation soldiers positioned up in a concrete watchtower near a street used by illegal Israeli settlers from a nearby colony. The other, unnamed teen was hit in hand while Ayman Ahmad Osman Hamed was shot in chest and either died immediately in scene or was later announced dead in a hospital in Ramallah according to conflicting reports.
We assume the former claim to be the correct one – a video showing an ambulance allegedly bringing his body to hospital strongly supports this. An unconfirmed claim is that his body would have later been taken by the Israeli occupation forces from the hospital morgue.
Ayman Hamed’s age is given as 16, 17 and 18 in different sources, with most giving it as 16 but as the age 18 appears in the latest sources, we at this point assume it to be the most likely correct one.
Israel’s occupation forces have so far given no excuse or reason why the teenagers were shot at.
After the Israeli occupation killing of Saleh Barghouti, Ayman Hamed had written in social media the following comment on December 12th:
“We are at the top of the shame, Saleh Barghouthi, you deserve to live among the kindest and the prophets, we are the dead, Saleh .. You live alone among us, to be in peace and to reassure your heart, now you are alive, alive and alive… This is a great betrayal against Ramallah.”