Israel cuts water supply to 2,600 Palestinians in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces can be seen confiscating water pipes in the Jordan Valley [Ma'an News Agency]

Israeli forces can be seen confiscating water pipes in the Jordan Valley

Israeli forces and the Israeli Civil Administration cut the water supply to 2,600 of Palestinians living in communities in Bardala village in the Jordan Valley, northern occupied West Bank, yesterday.

Mutaz Bisharat, an official who monitors settlement activity in Tubas/Jordan Valley, told Ma’an that Israeli forces cut off water supply for 60 per cent of residents of the Bardala village; amounting to 2,600 people.

Israeli forces also cut off water supplies for 1,800-2,000 dunams (445-494 acres) of Palestinian agricultural lands that must be continuously irrigated.

Bisharat added that Israel claims that water sources in the area are illegal, adding that this cannot be true because the water comes from wells in the village and inside Palestinian lands.

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He pointed out that as Israeli forces cut off water supplies for Palestinians, they construct wells for Israeli settlers.

Bisharat called upon international and humanitarian institutions to immediately intervene to stop Israeli violations of human rights.

The Jordan Valley forms a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 per cent of its land classified as “Area C” which falls under full Israeli military control.

Jordan Valley residents mostly live in enclaves closed off by Israeli military zones, checkpoints, and more than 30 illegal Israeli settlements.

(Source / 07.03.2019)

Sheikh Raed Salah challenges Israel’s indictments

Leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah (C) appears in court in Haifa, Israel on 5 July 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah (C) appears in court in Haifa, Israel on 5 July 2018

The Palestinian resistant icon, Sheikh Raed Salah, yesterday opposed the recent indictments directed to him by the Israeli prosecution.

“The Israeli occupation is the one responsible for all accusations,” Salah was quoted by local media as saying during his hearing held at a Magistrate court in the occupied city of Haifa. The court session was reported to have been attended by dozens of Palestinian activists, in solidarity to the prominent Islamist.

Salah also condemned the recent Israeli escalation at Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Al-Rahma Gate in the occupied Jerusalem. He described the gate as an “integral part of the holy mosque.”

After the hearing, Salah’s lawyer, Omar Khamaisi, that the accusations received by his client were “intended against the Islamic principles.”

Sheikh Salah was arrested from his home in the northern city of Umm Al-Fahm on 25 August 2017 and was indicted nine days later by the Israeli Public Prosecution. He was charged with 12 counts of incitement to violence and terrorism, as well as supporting a banned organisation in reference to the Islamic Movement.

READ: Israel court bans Sheikh Salah’s wife from staying with him while under house arrest

(Source / 07.03.2019)

‘Headaches, fainting’, Palestinian prisoners suffer effects of Israel jamming devices

Art work used by Palestinians during a protest after Israeli forces stormed into Ofer prison beat prisoners in Ramallah on 23 January 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Art work used by Palestinians during a protest after Israeli forces stormed into Ofer prison and beat prisoners in Ramallah on 23 January 2019

Palestinian prisoners are suffering from “depression, headaches and fainting” as a result of the jamming devices installed at a number of Israeli jails in which they are being detained, they said in a statement.

“The dangerous radiation” omitted by the devices are causing these symptoms, the statement continued, adding they fear this is just “the tip of the iceberg”.

Experts have said the devices can lead to “genetic deformities of human cells and cancer”. Forty prisoners who are battling cancer in Ras Al-Eid prison may have contracted the disease as a result of the devices, they added.

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Concluding their statement, the prisoners placed responsibility for their life on the Israeli occupation and stressed that they would not tone down their protests until the devices are removed.

Last week, Palestinian prisoners said Israel’s prison administration had installed jamming devices at a ward in the Ktz’iot Prison causing Palestinian prisoners to suffer from severe headaches.

The devices produce powerful radiation and stop radio and television signals from penetrating in to the area.

News reports have revealed that the devices were sent to Israel from a Chinese firm Decipro Technology Limited. With 40 such units received by Netline Communications Technologies in Tel Aviv on 29 November 2018.

(Source / 07.03.2019)

Egyptian army destroys 9 tunnels linking Gaza to Sinai

Underground tunnel in Gaza.

Underground tunnel in Gaza

The Egyptian army on Thursday said it had destroyed nine cross-border tunnels linking Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to the blockaded Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports.

In a statement, army spokesman Tamer al-Refai said the tunnels were being “used by terrorist elements for infiltration [into Egyptian territory] and weapons smuggling”.

He did not, however, say when exactly the tunnels were destroyed.

Due to a years-long Israeli/Egyptian blockade, the Gaza Strip’s roughly two million inhabitants have come to rely on a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels to import basic commodities, including food, fuel and medicine.

Following Egypt’s 2013 military coup, the authorities began cracking down on the tunnels, claiming they were being used by Gaza-based “terrorist groups”.

In 2014, Egypt established a “buffer zone” along its border with Gaza following a spate of attacks on security forces deployed in Sinai.

One year later, the Egyptian army began flooding the tunnels with seawater in a bid to eradicate all cross-border traffic.

READ: Israel ‘displeased’ with Hezbollah in Lebanon government

(Source / 07.03.2019)

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Child In Gaza

07 Mar 6:26 AM

A Palestinian child died, on Thursday at dawn, from serious wounds he suffered late on Wednesday evening, after Israeli soldiers shot him with a live round, and injured several others, during protests on Palestinian lands, close to the perimeter fence, east of Gaza city.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said the child has been identified as Saifeddin Emad Abu Zeid, 15, from the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza city.

He added that the child was seriously injured after being shot by the soldiers with a live round in the head, east of Gaza city.

Medics rushed the child to the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza city, before was moved to surgery, but succumbed to his serious wounds a few hours later.

Dr. al-Qedra also stated that the soldiers shot at least five other Palestinians and caused many to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

(Source / 07.03.2019)

Israeli Soldiers Injure An Infant, Abduct Two Palestinians, In Bethlehem

07 Mar 9:48 AM

Israeli soldiers injured, on Thursday morning, a Palestinian infant, who suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, and abducted two Palestinians, in the Deheishe refugee camp and Doha town, south and west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Dozens of soldiers invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, and fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at many protesters, and several surrounding homes.

Media sources one infant, identified as Najeh Tha’er al- Me’awi, only 40 days of age, suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, and was rushed to a hospital in Bethlehem city.

They added that the soldiers also abducted a Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Raed Shamrookh, 19, who was shot and injured in a previous invasion, after storming his family’s home and searching it.

The soldiers also abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Omar Mousa Qawwar, 19, after storming his home, in Doha town, and violently searching it.

(Source / 07.03.2019)

Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home Near Ramallah

07 Mar 8:49 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, Kobar village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and demolished a home owned an imprisoned father, who was abducted with his son in December of last year, and is also the father a young man, who was killed by the army on December 12th, 2018.

Media sources in Ramallah said many army jeeps surrounded the village before invading it accompanied by armored military bulldozers.

They added that the soldiers demolished the home of Omar Barghouthi, who is imprisoned by Israel, after forcing the family out, and opened fire at many Palestinian protesters.

On January 20th, the soldiers invaded  Kobar after surrounding it, and stormed the home of the imprisoned Omar Barghouthi, 66, the father of Saleh Barghouthi, who was assassinated by the army on December 12, 2018, and Assef Barghouthi, who was abducted by the soldiers on December 8th, 2018, along with his father.

Israel also holds Omar’s imprisoned son, Assem Barghouthi, responsible got two shooting incidents, killing three soldiers, the Maan News Agency has reported.

It is worth mentioning that Omar received a six-month Administrative Detention order, without charges or trial.

Omar is a former political prisoner, who previously spent 26 years in Israeli prisons, including being held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial. He has several health conditions, and was recently admitted to surgery, prior to his abduction.

His brother, Na’el Barghouthi, is also a political prisoner who has been held by Israel since his abduction 39 years ago.

(Source / 07.03.2019)