Israeli occupation authorities renewed the administrative detention of Palestinian prisoner Mu’taz Abedo, who is in urgent need of medical care, one day before he was due to be released, Arab48 reported yesterday.
In a statement, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) said: “Abedo has been suffering critical health conditions since he was shot with a live bullet by Israeli occupation force when he was arrested in 2011. The bullet caused severe injuries to his intestines, paralysed his left leg and weakened his right one.”
The 38-year-old was sentenced to three years in jail and was held in Al-Ramleh Prison. He was rearrested in February last year and has been held under administrative detention ever since.
According to the PPC statement, Abdeo has lost the ability to use both legs and his fellow detainees are taking care of him in Al-Naqab Prison.
Palestinians retrieve money at a post office in Gaza City, Gaza on 26 January 2019
The Committee for Families of Martyrs in the Gaza Strip said yesterday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has cut the salaries of 1,700 families of martyrs and the wounded, the Shehab News Agency reported.
According to the committee, the families whose salaries were delayed last month are those whose payments were cut this month.
The group’s spokesman Maher Badawi said that he sent a message to Chairwoman of the PLO’s Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution Intisar Al-Wazir.
On Tuesday, the PA paid the salaries of its employees in the besieged Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank. The PA paid 75 per cent of the salaries for its employees in Gaza after two years of paying only 50 per cent as part of punitive measures it has imposed on Palestinians in Gaza.
About 8515 cancer patients in the Gaza Strip are facing a fate worse than death, as they do not have adequate resources for medical treatment, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights reported, according to Al Ray.
On Monday, World Cancer Day, the center published a report about the conditions of cancer patients in Gaza Strip.
The report explained that 607 cases of cancer were recorded among children, which constitutes 7% of the total number.
While the number of female cancer patients reached 4705, constituting 55.3% of the total number.
The center warned of the psychological and physical suffering of patients in Gaza, as a result of the weakness of the possibilities and the permanent shortage of equipment and diagnostic equipment, drugs and the inputs of operating equipment and therapeutic devices.
The center stressed that the big challenge facing cancer patients is the severe shortage in basic medications.
The average rate of deficit in the drugs needed to treat cancer and blood diseases was 58%, during 2018.
Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip and the restriction of movement of patients constitute a violation that threatens the lives of patients since it deprives them of access to treatment.
38% of cancer patients in Gaza Strip could not leave Gaza to receive treatment abroad, while 5% of patients were detained.
PCHR documented the deaths of 45 cancer patients, between 2016 and 2018, due to Israeli restrictions, especially at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip.
Abbas with his Austrian counterpart after their meeting in Ramallah on Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said no one can represent the Palestinians in negotiating their country’s cause and peace-making.
He stressed that the only way to move forward in a political process is through holding an international conference for peace in the Middle East.
In a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Van der Bellen in Ramallah, Abbas said it is necessary to hold an international conference and establish a multilateral mechanism to move forward in the peace route.
He also affirmed that Palestinians will not agree to participate in an international conference that is not based on international legitimacy.
Abbas’s remarks refer to the upcoming US-Polish conference in Warsaw, which is scheduled to convene later this month to discuss issues related to Syria, Yemen, Iran, terrorism, cybersecurity and missiles’ development.
Palestinian officials have called on Arab countries to boycott the conference because they say it is being held under the pretext of promoting normalization with Israel.
Abbas said that Palestinians have not authorized anyone to negotiate on their behalf.
“We have the first and last word on the Palestinian cause,” he stressed. “No one can represent us or speak on our behalf.”
At the press conference, Abbas said he was working to form a new PA government and prepare for long-overdue parliamentary elections. However, he did not say when the elections would take place.
“We hope everyone cooperates with us to hold the elections in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem,” he said.
The US is no longer qualified alone to act as a mediator because of its bias in favor of Israel and because of its decisions regarding Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees and settlements, PA President noted.
“The European Union can play an important role [in the peace process], alongside members of the United Nations Security Council,” he added.
The Austrian President, for his part, said his country and the EU continue to support the two-state solution.
“The EU has given much for building institutions in Palestine,” he noted. “We will continue to do so.”
Austria and the rest of the EU countries are unhappy with the US administration’s decision to cut American funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), Van der Bellen noted.
General view shows houses in Shvut Rachel, a West Bank Jewish settlement near Ramallah October 6, 2016
Dozens of senior Israeli ministers and Knesset members from various right-wing parties signed a declaration pledging to settle 2 million Israelis in the occupied West Bank.
The declaration was formed by “Nahal” settling movement, which held over the past two weeks several protests in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s home, demanding that the government establish basic guidelines for settlements in the West Bank and annul any declarations of a two-state solution.
The commitment was signed Tuesday, the eve of the Likud party primaries to elect the party’s candidates for the Knesset.
The document states that the government will immediately begin implementing the settlement plan initiated by former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in the early 1990s.
The declaration states: “I pledge to be loyal to the land of Israel, not to give up the land of our grandparents and parents.”
“I also commit myself to work towards the plan of settling 2 million Jews in the West Bank in accordance with the plan of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.”
It added: “I pledge to work to abolish the declarations of a two-state solution and replace it with an official statement: The Land of Israel – One State for One People!”
Likud party chair of Raanana, Rachel Ben Ari, said she was surprised by the rapid response of ministers to the commitment against the two-state solution and the implementation of Shamir’s plan.
Senior officials who signed the declaration include Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, ministers Israel Katz, Yariv Levin, Ze’ev Elkin, Gilad Erdan, Ayelet Shaked, Naftali Bennett, Miri Regev and Tzachi Hanegbi.
The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank today amounts to 450,000 and 300,000 in occupied East Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Monday, that the Israeli military court in Ofer prison, near Ramallah in the central part of the occupied West Bank, has denied an appeal for the release of Wafa’ Mahdawi, 54, the mother of slain Palestinian, Ashraf Na’alwa, and her other son, Amjad Na’alwa.
The Committee stated that Wafa’ and her son Amjad were taken prisoner in October of 2018, and that, in December of 2018, their lawyer demanded their release due to the lack of evidence and credible facts, but the court refused and claimed that “if its releases the two, or places them under house arrest in Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, they will have many chances to escape.”
The Israeli Prosecution is alleging that Wafa’ “had prior knowledge that he son, Ashraf, intended to carry out a shooting attack against Israeli targets, but did not attempt t stop him,” and that his brother Amjad “obstructed the conduct of the army, by trying to hide surveillance recordings captured by their cameras around their home.”
It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army carried out, on December 13, 2018, a large military offensive into Askar refugee camp, in Nablus, and killed Ashraf, after seeking his capture or death for two months.
Ashraf is believed to be behind the fatal shooting, which was carried out on October 7th, into Barkan illegal colony, near Ariel, which was built on Palestinian lands in Salfit, killing two Israel settlers, identified as Ziv Hagbi, 35, and Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 28, and wounding another one, before fleeing the area.
It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently abducted, detained and interrogated many members of Na’alwa family, and demolished the family home on December 17th, 2018, as an act of collective punishment.
The Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainee Committee has reported that Israeli military courts have imposed more than 60.000 Shekels in fines on Palestinian children who were abducted by the soldiers and held in Ofer Israeli prison.
In its report, the committee stated that 57 children were moved to Ofer in January; 39 of them were taken prisoner from their homes during dawn invasions by the soldiers, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.
It added that ten children were abducted while walking in their towns and neighborhoods, and three others were taken prisoner at several military roadblocks, in addition to five children who were summoned for interrogation at military bases and were taken prisoner.
One of the detained children was shot and injured by the soldiers before he was abducted, and at least seventeen of the abducted children were subject to assaults and torture during their arrest or while under interrogation.
Furthermore, Israeli courts imposed prison terms on 28 of the detained children, and ordered one of them, identified as Laith Abu Kharma, 17, under Administrative Detention, without charges or trial.
Israel is currently holding captive 128 Palestinian children in Ofer prison, facing very difficult living conditions, and deprived from their basic rights, guaranteed under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.
A group of illegal fanatic Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, earlier Wednesday, an archeological site, south of Jaloud village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and caused damage, in addition to uprooting ancient olive trees.
The invasion targeted an ancient archeological site, known as the Khirbat al-Qasser, south of Ein Jaloud village.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists also uprooted many ancient olive trees.
He added that recent pictures revealed the amount of damage caused by the illegal colonists in their repeated invasions into the archeological site, in Basin 18 of Jaloud lands.
Daghlas stated that the colonists have already uprooted dozens of olive trees, fig trees and almond trees in Khirbat al-Qasser, in addition to bulldozing and leveling lands to use them for their events, parties and ceremonies.
It is worth mentioning that Khirbat al-Qasser, along with its 50 Dunams of land, is surrounded by three illegal colonies; Kida, Ahiya and Esh Kodesh, and contains many ancient sites, caves and wells.
The family of Ahmad Mahmoud Abbas owns the agricultural lands that surround Khirbat al-Qasser.
Khirbat al-Qasser archeological site is about 800 meters above the sea level and contains structures that date back to the Canaanite era, in addition to the Ayyubid era, along with the Bezantian and Roman eras, and include the foundations of various structures, wells, basins and caves.
Daghlas stated that Israel has been completely preventing the Palestinians from entering the area since the year 2001, under the allegation that “it is close to the settlement outposts,” which were illegally built on Palestinian lands, in direct violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.
The funeral of Abdullah Faisal Omar Tawalba took place on Tuesday February 5th, less than a day after he was killed by Israel’s occupation forces at a checkpoint on the entrance to his home village of al-Jalama.
Israeli occupation forces’ soldiers opened fire on Tawalba while he was riding a motorbike with a younger friend.
Tawalba, aged 19 or 21, was shot in head and multiple times in his feet while 15-year-old Omar Ahmad Hanana was moderately wounded with a bullet passing through his torso from the wais to shoulder.
Abdullah Tawalba was possibly left to bleed without medical aid by the Israeli occupation, which eventually allowed Palestinian medics to evacuate him and Omar Hanana.
According to contradictory information Tawalba was dead by the time he arrived to a hospital in nearby city of Jenin or died there; photographs would seem to indicate that he had died in the ambulance, where efforts to treat his head wound had been done based on bandages.
Israeli occupation claimed at first that the youths would have ‘opened fire’ at the occupation soldiers, but this evolved into them ‘throwing an explosive’ before the occupation settled on the claim that the boys had ‘thrown a suspicious object’. No evidence for any ‘suspicious object’ has been given.
One year ago, January 24 2018, a few us started the initiative Free Ahed Tamimi Gothenburg (Frihet åt Ahed Tamimi Göteborg). We created a Facebook page and called to protest to bring attention to the detention by the Israeli occupation of the then 16-year-old Palestinian girl Ahed tamimi. By then, the case had already received substantial attention around the world, but Swedish initiatives were glaringly absent. To us, it was an unmistakable opportunity to highlight that Ahed’s crime, like that of so many other Palestinians, was to defy Israel, an apartheid regime maintained by military occupation. A regime whose settler colonial violence is tied up in other imperialist projects such as Fortress Europe and numerous Western military adventures in the Middle East and North Africa in what are labeled wars on “terrorism” and “extremism”. A regime, whose ethnic cleansing, oppression and exploitation are motivated by false ethnonationalist claims of being the homeland of all Jewish people. A regime, whose allies are not to be found among those who combat racism, xenophobia and antisemitism, but among the antisemitic government of Hungary, the Nazi-dominated Ukraine and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, who is prepared to sacrifice the jungles of the Amazon rainforest for private economic interests. With her “slap that was heard around the world”, Ahed Tamimi demonstrated that it is possible to resist, and with her words inside and outside the prison walls Ahed has recalled the necessity for all of us who struggle for liberation and a just future to connect our struggles in every way we can.
Since our first protest early last year, we have organized a number of other activities: More protests of different kinds, alone and together with others; letter writing evenings for Ahed Tamimi and other Palestinian prisoners; movie screenings and talks to advance our knowledge on Palestine and widen our understanding of how the struggle for a free Palestine is connected to so many other struggles for justice and liberation. We have established many connections locally and internationally through our work. Among others with the international network Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. After discovering many common standpoints, we decided with the release of Ahed and her mother Nariman Tamimi at the end of July 2018 to regroup as an autonomous local group of the network, Samidoun Gothenburg (Samidoun Göteborg).
Today, a year later, January 24 2019, we in Samidoun Gothenburg have just finished marking the international week of action for the freedom of the Palestinian prisoner and General Secretary of the PFLP, Ahmad Sa’adat. Together with many international groups and in many different ways, we have highlighted the question and always pointed to the connection between individual important Palestinian prisoners such as Ahed Tamimi and Ahmad Sa’adat on the one hand and all Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian liberation struggle and all international struggles for peace, freedom and justice on the other. We hope, and believe, that our work has contributed to generating interest, attention, engagement and hopes for the solidarity work for all Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian liberation struggle. In the near future, we support the work for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel as part of the international BDS campaign för an end to the occupation of Palestine, for an end to the apartheid regime and for the right of return for all Palestinian refugees. During February, we will also highlight the prominent Palestinian feminist and leftist parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar, who by the end February will have been held for 16 months of administrative detention as part of the Israeli attempts to suppress resistance by attacking resistance leaders. In both of these issues, we work with others and encourage others to contribute with even the smallest of means to the solidarity work with the Palestinian liberation struggle.
Finally, we continue to push important issues of imperialism and international solidarity with Palestine and Palestinian prisoners as the focus of our work. Our solidarity with Palestinian prisoners is simultaneously solidarity with the repeatedly punished, but persistently struggling, leadership of the Palestinian struggle for liberation as well as with the Palestinian masses who after 70 years of Israeli oppression and more than 100 years of international occupation and colonisation steadfastly persist in their defiant existence and creative resistance. We struggle with a radical conviction that the struggle for the liberation of Palestine is an indispensible struggle for all those around the world who struggle against oppression and exploitation and for peace, freedom and justice.