Second Palestinian prisoner dies in Israel jail in 3 days

Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian protesters during a demonstration in support of hunger striker Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails in Nablus, West Bank on May 25, 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian protesters during a demonstration in support of hunger striker Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails in Nablus, West Bank on May 25, 2017

The Israeli Prison Services yesterday announced the death of 36-year-old Palestinian prisoner Yasser Hamid Ishtea, making him the second Palestinian prisoner to die in Israeli jail in the past three days.

According to Israel’s Channel 7, Ishtea – who was serving a life sentence – was found dead in “ambiguous” circumstances inside his cell in Eshel Prison, just outside Be’er Sheba in the south of the country.

The Israeli Prison Services has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Ishtea hails from the Palestinian village of Tel, southwest of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, and was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 for allegedly killing an Israeli.

Read: Ashrawi calls for international inspection of Israel prisons

Ishtea is the second Palestinian prisoner to die in Israeli prison in the last three days. On Wednesday, the Israeli Prison Services announced the death of 51-year-old Faris Baroud from the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Prisoner Committee – which is affiliated with the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) – said that Baroud died due to healthcare negligence at the hands of Israel, adding that he was suffering several serious illnesses before his death.

Baroud’s nephew told Palestinian News Agency Safa that his uncle had called him three days before his death and told him that all the medicines he had were painkillers.

Read: OIC calls for ‘end to Israel’s assaults on Palestinian prisoners’

(Source / 09.02.2019)

Israel killed woman and child protesters at ‘significant distance’ from Gaza fence

Israeli forces attack protesters during the Great March of Return on 11 January 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Israeli forces attack protesters during the Great March of Return on 11 January 2019

Israeli forces killed a woman and child during protests in the occupied Gaza Strip on 11 January while they were at a “significant distance” from the perimeter fence.

The findings were published yesterday by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.

Amal A-Taramsi, a 44-year-old resident of Gaza City, was attending a mid-afternoon protest on the day in question, helping those “hurt by tear gas inhalation by spraying their faces with a saline solution”, B’Tselem stated.

At around 4pm, as she stood about 200 metres away from the perimeter fence, Amal was shot in the neck with a live bullet fired by an Israeli sniper. Sustaining a critical injury, Amal was pronounced dead by doctors at Al-Shifaa Hospital.

READ: MSF doctors struggle with ‘bones pulverised by Israel bullets’ in Gaza

On the same day, B’Tselem continued, 13-year-old child ‘Abd a-Ra’uf Salahah, from Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, “attended a different demonstration held east of the camp”.

At around 3pm, ‘Abd a-Ra’uf “and some other teens approached the fence, hung a flag on it, and retreated to a distance of about 150 meters”. At that moment, the boy was struck in the head by a tear gas canister fired directly at protesters by Israeli forces.

‘Abd a-Ra’uf was taken to al-Shifaa Hospital, “where he remained in the ICU until the early hours of 14 January 2019, when doctors pronounced him dead”, B’Tselem added.

READ: 254 Palestinians killed, 23,000 injured in Gaza protests

The human rights organisation noted how both slain protesters “were hit at a significant distance from the fence. Clearly, neither posed a threat to anyone”.

According to B’Tselem, “the high number of casualties” amongst Palestinians since the start of the “Great Return March” protests in March 2018 “is a direct outcome of the open-fire policy that Israel is employing along the Gaza perimeter fence, including during demonstrations held nearby”.

“Although the lethal outcomes of this criminal policy are well-known, the Israeli authorities refuse to change it, displaying indifference to the lives and deaths of Palestinians,” B’Tselem continued.

(Source / 09.02.2019)

Israel writer: Gaza is a concentration camp

Gazan children layer up with the warm clothes seen during the winter months in Gaza on 21 January 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Gazan children layer up with warm clothes seen during the winter months in Gaza on 21 January 2018

Israel has a plan to isolate the Gaza Strip and deprive it of its roots, it’s turned it in to a concentration camp, and it has nothing to do with Hamas, Israeli journalist Amira Hass wrote in Haaretz today.

Hass said that the Israeli authorities tighten their grip on the Gaza Strip and then they express their worries about it.

“The Gaza Strip today is a concentration camp,” she wrote.

“In the Gaza Strip, which is closed off like a confined and separated camp, live some two million people in one of the most densely populated places in the world. About 70 per cent of them are the descendants of refugees expelled from their homes. Absent freedom of movement condemned them to a life of unemployment, dreariness, poverty, disease, depression, contaminated water and soil, and dependence on ever-dwindling charity. And that is even without the military bombings and incursions.”

READ: Israel officials warn Gaza war would collapse health system

“The concentration camp that is Gaza has existed under ever harsher conditions for almost three decades… Before Hamas took charge.”

“Israel has a political goal in mind in turning Gaza into a giant concentration camp: Cutting it and its inhabitants off from the rest of the Palestinians so that it will become a separate entity, deprived of history, roots and belonging.”

(Source / 09.02.2019)

Undercover Israeli Soldiers Kidnap A Palestinian from A Mosque In Al-Biereh

08 Feb 11:06 PM

Undercover Israeli soldiers infiltrated, on Friday evening, into Jamal Abdul-Nasser Mosque, in the of al-Biereh city, in Ramallah and al-Biereh Governorate in central West Bank, and kidnapped a Palestinian man, before regular army units invaded the city, and injured at least five Palestinians.

Media sources said the undercover soldiers assaulted and kidnapped Hamza Ghanem, 30, who conducts maintenance work in the mosque, before placing him in a car and speeding away.

They added that Israeli soldiers secured the retreat of the undercover officers by firing live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, at Palestinian protesters.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot one Palestinian with live fire, two with rubber-coated steel bullets and at least two who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

Sheikh Yousef Ed’eis, the head of the Waqf and Religious Affairs Department, strongly denounced the invasion into the mosque, and added that the undercover soldiers also had dogs with them in the holy site.

“This is a cowardice and a criminal assault against a holy site,” he stated, “It is just a small part of ongoing Israeli violations against Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Palestine – these violations are encouraged and incited by Israel’s fanatic right-wing political leaders.”

Ed’eis added that the soldiers smashed doors in the mosque while searching it, and demanded the International Community to intervene and end these serious Israeli violations.

(Source / 09.02.2019)

Israeli Forces Raid Mosque in Ramallah

09 Feb 7:09 AM

An undercover Israeli force, on Friday evening, raided a mosque in the center of Ramallah city, in the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped one of its employees.

WAFA correspondence said that an undercover Israeli force of about 10 combatants, accompanied by sniffer dogs, raided Jamal Abdul-Nasser Mosque, in the center of the city, and kidnapped Hamza Ghanem, an employee of the Ministry of Awkaf – in charge of places of worship – while at his job.

The attacking force seized the surveillance cameras of the mosque. An Israeli army force arrived at the scene, later, to secure the pullout of the undercover force, provoking confrontations with locals.

Israeli soldiers fired teargas canisters and stun grenades to disperse the protesters, lightly injuring three Palestinians.

Minister of Awkaf, Yousi Id’ais, condemned the Israeli attack on the mosque and reiterated calls on the international community to protect Muslim and Christian holy places in Palestine from Israeli attacks.

(Source / 09.02.2019)

Israeli Forces Fire on Gaza Fishermen & Farmers

09 Feb 7:25 AM

Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Rafah City, in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, on Friday.

Witnesses told a Ma’an reporter that Israeli war boats opened fire targeting Palestinian fishermen off the coast of western Rafah City, forcing the fishermen to head back to shore, in fear for their lives.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers deployed in military watchtowers in the al-Fukhari area of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, and opened fire towards Palestinian farmers in nearby agricultural lands.

No injuries were reported.

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas, if they approach the buffer zone, as authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave, which has been under an Israeli air, land, and sea blockade for 10 years.

(Source / 09.02.2019)

Hebron on my mind

By Jafar Ramini

It’s been exactly a week since the colonisers of our land, Mr. Netanyahu and his gang of war criminals, decided not to renew the mandate of TIPH, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron whose role has been to observe and report. These observers were volunteers and they come from Turkey, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and Italy and their job was to observe any violations of the human rights of the Hebronites and report. Not to the United Nations, you understand or to any international body but to the Israeli Government, the Palestinian Authority and their own governments of course.

The decision was unilateral. But when did Israel take any notice of the Palestinian Authority, the UN or the International Community for that matter.

In answer to a question why he is not renewing the mandate, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that he would force the TIPH out of the city, “We will not allow an international force to act against us,” he stated.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who had been urging Netanyahu to scrap the mission, said that TIPH members had “cooperated with extremist organisations and promoted de-legitimisation of Israel.” But Israel, as per usual, does not tolerate anybody that will bring its atrocities and infringements of Palestinian human rights to the world. As such the TIPH had to go.

The Palestinian Authority is warning that Israel is planning to perpetrate a second massacre against Palestinians in the occupied city and take control of the Ibrahimi Mosque. One member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, Osama Al-Qawasmi, said in a statement that the only explanation for the Israeli decision is that it plans to seize the Old City and the Ibrahimi Mosque and complete its colonial plan in Hebron.

Those words, ‘second massacre’ fill me with foreboding.The TIPH was formed and stationed in Hebron in the aftermath of the first massacre at Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron in 1994 when an American Jewish Extremist settler, Baruch Goldstein mowed down 29 Palestinian worshippers at the Mosque and injured over 130 others.

Their lust for our blood it would seem is unquenchable. Since that first massacre, Hebron, an ancient city with 40,000 inhabitants, has been plagued by a group of extremist and heavily armed Jewish settlers, not dissimilar to Goldstein. They have made the lives of every man, woman and child of Hebron an utter misery. The depths of their depravity in their treatment of the Hebronites are such that no normal human being would ever contemplate, let alone undertake. The aim of these extremist zealots is, of course, to empty Hebron, steal the land, occupy the Al-Ibrahimi Mosque and turn it into a Jewish shrine.

Believe me when I say that during the last week I sat down to write about Hebron on more than four occasions. Each time I was prevented by a torrent of emotion and foreboding. Hebron and I have a long and enduring history.

My late mother was a Hebronite. Her family, the Al Qaisi Clan are still in Hebron and have been there for millennia. My connection to the city and its people did not stop with the death of my late mother. Three of my sisters are married to Hebronites. One in Halhoul, within walking distance from Hebron and the other two in Beit Ummer, a stones throw away. Another sister was the Head Mistress of the girls’ school in another Hebron village, Al Khadir, know to Christians as St George.

Hebron knows my footprint. I have walked all over the city and visited those surrounding villages. I have stopped at my sisters’ homes and spent time in the fields and orchards in the fifties and early sixties before I left Palestine. The last time I visited Hebron with my wife was 9 years ago. Hebron looked and felt like a ghost town. But despite the cruelty and barbarity of the settlers and the Israeli Occupation Forces, the Hebronites are still and will continue to be unbowed. Israel will never prevail. We Palestinians don’t do defeat and that terrifies them.

(Source / 09.02.2019)

Schoolmates Bid Farewell To Their Friend In Gaza

Schoolmates Bid Farewell To Their Friend In Gaza   - Khan Younis

Schoolmates Bid Farewell To Their Friend In Gaza – Khan Younis

The students of “Hamad School” gathered on Saturday for the funeral of their friend killed by Israeli forces live ammunition at the Great March of Return protest near the perimeter fence on Friday.

Hasan Iyad Shalabi, 14, was shot and killed by the Israeli forces snipers in the southern of the Gaza Strip in Khan Younis, the Ministry of Health reported.

Thousands of Palestinians marched along the border fence separating Gaza and the Palestinian territories occupied since 1948 on the 45th Friday of the Great March of Return.

Another martyr and dozens of Palestinians were shot and wounded by the Israeli occupation forces “IOF”, using live bullets, while taking part in the Great March of Return along the Gaza separation fence on Friday.

The Ministry of Health spokesman said that Hamza Mohammad Shteiwi, 18 was shot and killed and other Seventeen Palestinians were injured with live ammunition and dozens of others suffocated by tear gas.

Since the demonstrations have begun, Israel used deadly force against the peaceful protesters, killed more than 260, and injured more than 27,000 others, 500 of whom are in critical condition.

 (Source / 09.02.2019)


On Friday January 8th Israel’s occupation forces killed two teenage boys, at least one of them underage, in the besieged Gaza Strip during the Great Return March demonstration. The dead victims are Hamza Mohammad Rushdi Shteiwi, aged 17 or 18, and Hasan Iyad Shalabi, aged 14. Both were shot by Israel’s occupation forces’ snipers: Shteiwi was shot in neck east of Gaza City and Shalabi was shot in chest east of Khan Younis. Hamza Shteiwi was from Gaza City and Hasan Shalabi from the Nusseirat refugee camp. At least 18 other people were wounded, including 4 medics and 2 journalists. Three persons are said to have been moved to hospitals in critical condition, including one hit in head by Israeli occupation forces’ tear gas canister. One ambulance was hit by a tear gas crenade. VIDEO: Relatives of the younger boy, Hasan Iyad Shalabi with his body. #GazaReturnMarch #GreatReturnMarch #NoWayToTreatAChild

 (Source / 09.02.2019)


Prisoner Yasser Hamed Eshteyya(36) died in Israeli prison on Friday February 8th. He was found unresponsive in his cell in a prison in the ethnically cleansed city of Beersheba in Palestine 1948. Eshteyya, from the village of Tal near the city of Nablus on the occupied West Bank, was sentenced to life imprisonment in Israeli occupation court in 2009. He was accused of taking part in the killing of an illegal Israeli settler. There seems to be disagreement whether the incident would have been of criminal or political in nature. Yasser Eshteyya’s death took place just two days after the death of another political prisoner Fares Baroud(51), who died in a hospital in Beersheba.
(Source / 09.02.2019)