Everyday is fry-day in Gaza

A potatoes factory in Gaza run entirely by women

Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

A specialist factory has been setup in the besieged Gaza Strip to peel, cut and back potatoes and provide chips to local and international restaurants, and it’s run entirely by women.

Rosetta factory manager, Riham Al-Madhoun, said the idea for the factory was thought up from the need to provide jobs to locals and protect Palestinian farmers.

She said only women work in the factory because they are more detail-oriented and it provides them with a source of income for their families. Most, she says, are university graduates unable to work because of Gaza’s struggling economy as a result of the 12-year-old Israeli siege.

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The biggest obstacles these women face in the factory are the frequent power outages, as work then comes to a complete stop.

Al-Madhoun says the potatoes used didn’t originate in Gaza. “The plants are imported from the Netherlands. There are eight kinds of potatoes used for mass production and we chose to plant three kinds.”

The potatoes are sent to restaurants either in fresh or frozen form after being peeled, cut, washed and packaged.

Uncut potatoes are currently being exported to Kuwait, as there are weekly arrangements for shipment.

Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Potatoes factories in Gaza, entirely run by women [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

(Source / 19.02.2019)

IOF closed Al-Aqsa Mosque, assaulted the worshippers

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli forces resealed the Al-Rahma Gate of the Al-Aqsa Mosque with a lock and chain, after a group of Palestinian youth were able to break the lock and open the gate for worshipers, on Monday.

A Ma’an reporter present at the scene said that confrontations erupted after Israeli forces resealed the gate.

Soldiers assaulted Palestinian worshipers and students of Sharia school, detaining and assaulting five Palestinians, including a woman.

They then sealed off all gates of the mosque compound and prevented worshipers from entering.

Meanwhile, dozens of Israeli settlers raided the compound via the Moroccan Gate, under armed security of Israeli forces.

Israeli police forces had sealed off the gate with locks and iron chains, on Sunday.

 (Source / 19.02.2019)

Hayek: Gaza economy will come to a halt

Head of the Palestinian Businessmen Association Ali al-Hayek has warned that  the Gaza Strip’s economic growth will grind to a complete halt and its economy will suffer considerable damage.

In press remarks on Tuesday, al-Hayek said that the worsening humanitarian and social crises in Gaza, the inter-Palestinian division and Israel’s blockade would contribute to the collapse of Gaza’s economy.

He affirmed that the daily losses of the economic sector would unveil in the coming days an unprecedented escalation in all crises.

The official added that the high rates of unemployment, poverty and food insecurity would also exacerbate as a result of the paralysis that would hit the activities of factories, economic institutions and the market.

(Source / 19.02.2019)

22 Palestinians kidnapped in IOF campaigns in W. Bank and J’lem

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Tuesday kidnapped 22 Palestinians during campaigns in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

According to local sources, seven citizens were taken prisoners during IOF campaigns in Teqoa town, east of Bethlehem, and Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin.

Two others were kidnapped from their homes in Silwad town, northeast of Ramallah, and al-Janiya village, west of Ramallah.

Meanwhile, the IOF stormed and ransacked the house of martyr Mahmoud Salah in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, without making arrests.

The IOF also confiscated a Palestinian car in Balata al-Balad area in eastern Nablus and raided a house in the new Askar refugee camp, with no reported arrests. 

IOF campaigns also took place in other areas of the West Bank, including Azzun town in Qalqilya where soldiers photographed some homes.

In Jerusalem, the IOF stormed Abu Dis town while police forces spread around al-Rahma Gate of the Aqsa Mosque as Palestinian citizens were flocking to the holy site for dawn prayers. 

The Israeli police also kidnapped two Palestinians from al-Issawiya town in east Jerusalem.

(Source / 19.02.2019)


Israeli occupation forced ten members of the Abu Assab family to leave their home in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Saturday February 17th and helped illegal Israeli settlers to take it over. Under international law intentional demographic change by an occupier is a war crime.

The family, which includes three children, had been able to get a court order to post-pone this until February 28th, but Israeli occupation ignored it. Israeli occupation troops used force against several members of the family, including a minor.

An illegal Israeli settler organization claims the land on which the house was built would have belonged to Jews before 1948 and appealed to Israeli occupation court based on 1970 law, which allows only Jews to claim for return of property lost in the Nakba. The Abu Assab family had been paying rent to Israeli ‘property guard’ based on this Israeli law for years.

All property of ethnically cleansed Palestinians according to Israeli law became the property of the state of Israel after five years under the ‘absentee owner’ law; this means that by 1953 Palestinians ethnically cleansed in 1948 had lost all their property taken from them according to Israel, while Jews can claim back their property – or transfer rights to their lost property to others, in basically all cases so far to illegal Israeli settler organizations and their cover companies.

Israeli occupation courts make no difference between land and buildings built later on it; in this case the Abu Assab family had lived in the stone-build house since 1952. The Abu Assab family was ethnically cleansed from Baqaa in Western Jerusalem by Israel in 1948, but according to Israel, they don’t have a right of return to West Jerusalem nor right of having their property taken in 1948 to be returned to them. Instead they have now been ethnically cleansed for a second time.

According to some reports, the land on which the house stands was not owned by Jews prior to the Nakba, but leased from a Palestinian Nuseibeh family for 99 years and that the lease period would have since expired.

  (Source / 19.02.2019)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Homes, Order Palestinian Out Of His Land, In Hebron

19 Feb 11:30 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday morning, several Palestinian homes and violently searched them after forcing the families out, in Masafer Yatta village, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and ordered a Palestinian out of his orchard for “military considerations.”

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National and Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in southern West Bank, said dozens of soldiers invaded Khallet ad-Dabe’ area, in Masafer Yatta, before storming many homes and violently searching them.

He stated that the soldiers forced the families, including the children, out of their homes in the cold for several hours, while searching their properties.

In addition, the soldiers handed Mohammad Ali Dababsa a military order to leave his olive orchard, without providing him with any further information, and installed a roadblock near the area, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

The army only told the Palestinian that he is not allowed to enter his orchard for what the soldiers claimed “military considerations,” an excuse which largely precedes the illegal annexation of the lands.

(Source / 19.02.2019)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct An Imam Of A Mosque In Jerusalem

19 Feb 1:43 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday evening, the Imam of Beit Hanina Mosque, as he was in Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate) area, in occupied Jerusalem, and took him to an interrogation facility.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Sheikh Ra’ed Da’na, for leading the prayers in Bab ar-Rahma area, near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, after the soldiers closed it and prevented the worshipers from entering the holy site.

His abduction came after dozens of soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against Palestinian Muslim worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, and abducted at least five Palestinians, including one woman.

The soldiers later released the abducted Palestinians, including Sheikh Da’na, and the Palestinian woman, Nathima Ebkeirat, who works in the restoration of scripts, after issuing orders preventing them from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for fifteen days.

It is worth mentioning that, on Sunday at night, the soldiers closed the main gate in Bab ar-Rahma with chains to prevented workers of the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department from entering it, in addition to denying the worshipers access to the holy site.

|Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians, Including One Woman, In Al-Aqsa|

(Source / 19.02.2019)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Women While Leaving Al-Aqsa Mosque

19 Feb 3:47 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday afternoon, three Palestinian women while leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque, through the Gate of the Tribes, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Samah Mahameed, Islam Manasra and a woman from Da’our family.

They added that the soldiers took the three abducted women to a nearby police base.

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) warned that the escalating Israeli violations against the holy sites, including the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates a day earlier, in addition to the frequent invasions into Al-Aqsa, and the latest assaults and abductions of many worshipers, including women, would only lead to further tension.

Dr. Ashrawi added that the Israeli escalations against the Palestinians, and the holy sites in occupied Jerusalem, are the direct outcome of America’s complicity, “especially the illegal and immoral recognition of Jerusalem as the unified capital of Israel, and the opening of the U.S. Embassy to the city.

“All of this is dragging the area into serious escalation,” she stated, “Israel and the ongoing U.S. support to its violations are dragging the region into a religious war.”

Dr. Ashrawi also denounced the illegal takeover of a Palestinian home, owned by members of Abu Assab family, who were forcibly removed from their property, in addition to being repeatedly assaulted.

“Israel is ongoing with its illegal polices of ethnic cleansing and displacement of the indigenous Palestinian people from their occupied city,” she stated, “It is also isolating them and destroying their homes, to replace them with illegal colonialist settlers.”

(Source / 19.02.2019)

Arab League Slams Israeli ‘Piracy’ of Palestinian Tax Funds

Arab foreign ministers meet during a regular session to discuss latest developments in Middle Eastern affairs, in Cairo, Egypt September 12, 2017

The Arab League has decried as “piracy” an Israeli decision to freeze millions of dollars in tax fees it collected on behalf of Palestine.

“This decision is a continuation of the Israeli piracy and theft of the Palestinian people’s funds and resources,” the Cairo-based league said in a statement released on Monday.

The body of Arab nations has called on United Nations agencies to “face this new Israeli aggression,” describing the freeze as “a clear violation and flagrant breach of international commitments.”

The Israeli government on Sunday announced it was deducting NIS 502 million ($138 million) from the funds that would normally be channeled to the Palestinian Authority.

Israel says it is imposing the ban in protest at the authority paying money to families of Palestinians that have carried out attacks on Israelis.

The Palestinians argue it is not Israel’s money, it collects the taxes on Palestinian imports and exports on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, headed by Mahmoud Abbas.

Israel collects around $175 million every month in taxes on Palestinian imports and exports on behalf the PA.

Tax revenue represents the PA’s main source of income.

The PA says the payments are a form of welfare to the families who have lost their main breadwinner.

(Source / 19.02.2019)