Minor, woman among 15 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces

Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians, including a minor and prisoners, during predawn raids across the occupied West Bank, 11 April 2019 [Maan News]

Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians, including a minor and prisoners, during predawn raids across the occupied West Bank, 11 April 2019

Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians, including a minor and prisoners, during predawn raids across the occupied West Bank, on Thursday.

Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS) confirmed that Israeli forces detained one Palestinian in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. He was identified as Omar Yahya Basel.

In the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, three Palestinians were detained.

They were identified as Yousef Muhammad Taqatqa, and two formers prisoners, identified as Jamil al-Daraawi and Muhammad Mousa al-Asas.At the al-Zaayim checkpoint, in the central West Bank district of Jerusalem, a 19-year-old Palestinian woman was detained by Israeli forces and identified as Nahil Abbas Buwaqne.

READ: US to announce ‘deal of the century’ after Israel coalition formed

In the central West Bank district of Ramallah, four Palestinians were detained. PPS identified them as former prisoners, Muhammad Ahmad Ubeid, 23, Ahmad Yousef Kharoub, in addition to Omar Hussein, 22, and Ayman Jumaa Badran, 16.

In the northern West Bank district of Jenin, another two Palestinians were detained. They were identified as Islam Abed al-Ghani Abu al-Hija and Fadi Mahyub Khalifa.In the northern West Bank district of Nablus, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians.

PPS identified them as former prisoner, Bakr Jamal Mansour, Ahmad al-Sarkaji, and Abdullah al-Mashaati.In the northern West Bank district of Salfit, PPS said two were detained and identified as Maher Zahir Samara and Muhammad Mahmoud Radad.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,450 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, including 48 female prisoners, and 205 minors, 32 of whom under 16 years old.

(Source / 12.04.2019) 

Israel election: Right-wing seeks alliance with ultra-Orthodox to curtail Lieberman’s power

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]

The then Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman delivers a speech during an Economic Conference on 24 December, 2014 in the Israeli Mediterranean Coastal city of Tel Aviv 

The Union of Right Wing Parties (URWP) has approached ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) in a post-election manoeuvre to curtail the power of former Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Israel’s new ruling coalition.

Following Israel’s dramatic election on Tuesday, newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun to discuss with other parties their place in his ruling coalition. The coalition will not be officially confirmed until the parties present their recommendations for the premiership to Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin, on Wednesday.

The coalition is widely expected to include Netanyahu’s long-time allies Shas and UTJ, Kulanu and Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu, as well as the newly-formed Union of Right-Wing Parties (URWP), a religious-Zionist alliance comprised of the Jewish Home, National Union and Otzma Yehudit parties.

After almost losing, Benjamin Netanyahu comes 1st in 2019 Israeli election - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

However, this ruling coalition will hold only 65 Knesset seats in total, just four above the 61 needed for a majority government in the 120-seat parliament. Lieberman’s five seat victory on Tuesday has put him in a strong position to force his agenda – which includes attacking the besieged Gaza Strip and dismantling the ultra-Orthodox’ influence in Israel – and potentially bring down the government if he disagrees with its policies.

To counter Lieberman’s strength, URWP leader Rafi Peretz yesterday reached out to Shas and UTJ to form a technical bloc that would see the parties work together in the Knesset. Though a technical bloc stops short of merging the parties into an alliance – as was agreed by Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid when they formed the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) alliance – the manoeuvre would see the three parties work together to further their agendas.

According to the Times of Israel, Peretz proposed the bloc “in order to arrive at next week’s coalition negotiations with more influence, particularly on issues of religion and state on which the three parties largely agree,” but also envisaged that the bloc would work together in future Knesset votes.

Such a bloc could prove powerful; with Shas’ eight, UTJ’s seven and URWP’s five seats, the 20-seat bloc would be second only to Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party and would likely curtail Lieberman’s ability to play the coalition’s components off against one another to further his own agenda.

The ultra-Orthodox parties have not yet responded to Peretz’s overtures.

READ: US to announce ‘deal of the century’ after Israel coalition formed

Other parties have also begun negotiations to bolster their position, including Netanyahu’s ruling Likud. Netanyahu has a difficult year ahead, particularly in light of his corruption trial which is slated for June. A number of parties made pre-election promises that they would not sit in government with Netanyahu if he is indicted which, if they remain true to their word, could destabilise the coalition.

To tackle this problem, Likud has reportedly reached out to Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party – which won four seats in Tuesday’s election – to suggest a merger. Unlike the URWP-Shas-UTJ technical bloc, the initiative would see Kulanu absorbed into the Likud party, adding its four seats to Likud’s 36 to create a 40-seat behemoth.

A source close to Netanyahu told the Jerusalem Post that the prime minister “wants to form mega-conservative party”, while the Israeli daily added that the move was motivated by the fact that “if Kahlon joins Likud, no party that is expected to be in the coalition would quit” if Netanyahu is indicted later this year.

In return, Kahlon is demanding that he retain the finance portfolio, a position he has occupied since the last election in 2015. Kahlon also wants Kulanu to be given another cabinet position, a demand which will likely go unfulfilled if he doesn’t agree to the merger given the small number of Knesset seats his party occupies.

WATCH: Israel’s Netanyahu secures election victory

(Source / 12.04.2019) 

Updated: “Army Kills A Child, Injures 66 Palestinians, In Gaza

12 APR8:12 PM

Israeli soldiers attacked, on Friday evening, the weekly Great March Processions in the besieged Gaza Strip, killing one child, and injuring at 55 others, including one who suffered serious wounds, and two medics.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that the soldiers shot a child, identified as Maisara Mousa Ali Abu Shallouf, 15, after shooting him with live fire in the abdomen, east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The soldiers also fired live rounds and gas bombs at medics trying to reach the child to provide him with the urgently needed medical help, before he succumbed to his wounds.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry In Gaza, said the soldiers shot 66 Palestinians, including 15 children and six women, in addition to two medics.

It added that one of the wounded Palestinians suffered life-threatening wounds.

The Health Ministry also stated that the soldiers shot two medics and caused others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The protests took place in five areas in the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, from Beit Lahia, Beit Hanoun and Jabalia, in the northern part, to Gaza city and central Gaza, in addition to Khan Younis and Rafah, in the southern part of the coastal region.

Media sources in Gaza said the army used high-velocity gas bombs, and live fire, targeting many areas far away from the perimeter fence.

They added that the soldiers also targeted several ambulances, medics and journalists, with sniper fire, in addition to the high-velocity gas bombs.

The protests this week were also in support and solidarity with the

hunger striking detainees in Israeli prisons, facing constant violations and denied basic rights.

(Source / 12.04.2019) 

Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Hebron

12 APR6:28 PM

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians in Bab az-Zawiya area, in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters by firing a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at them.

They added that the soldiers shot a young man with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Palestinian photojournalist, Mos’ab Shawar, said the soldiers attacked and clubbed him, in addition to shouting insults at his colleague Mousa al-Qawasmi.

In related news, the soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent procession against the illegal Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bil’in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing many protesters to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The soldiers also killed a Palestinian child, identified as Maisara Mousa Abu Shallouf, 15, and injured dozens, during the weekly Great Return March processions in the besieged Gaza Strip.

(Source / 12.04.2019) 

Fourteen Palestinians arrested by Zionist soldiers in West Bank

WEST BANK, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, at least fourteen Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, and continued the closure imposed on Azzoun town, near Qalqilia, for the fourteenth day, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) has reported.

The PPS said the soldiers invaded and searched many homes in Ramallah governorate, in central West Bank, and abducted two former prisoners, identified as Mohammad Ahmad ‘Obeid, 23, from the al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiyya village, Ahmad Yousef Kharroub, from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, in addition to Omar Hussein, 22, from Jifna town.

The soldiers also invaded and searched many homes in Beit Rima town, and interrogated the families.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied East Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Jamil Ibrahim Dar’awi, 39, from Shawawra village, in addition to Mohammad Mousa al-‘As’as, from Dar Salah, east of the city, and Yousef Mohammad Taqatqa, from Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Islam Suleiman Abu al-Haija, from the al-Yamoun town, west of the city, in addition to Fadi Mahyoub Khalifa, from Ejja town west of Jenin, after searching and ransacking their homes, and many surrounding properties.

In Salfit, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Maher Zoheir Samara, from Bruqin town, west of the city, Mahmoud Mohammad Raddad, 24, from Zawiya town, and Mohammad Hani Daoud, from Haras town, north of the city.

The soldiers stormed many homes in the area and closed the iron gates which the army installed on the entrances of Kifl Hares and Hares.

In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, Bakr Jamal Mansour, in addition to Ahmad Sarkaji and Abdullah al-Mash’ati.

In occupied Jerusalem, groups of fanatic Israeli colonists continued their provocative tours into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as dozens invaded the site Thursday, this time headed by the Israeli Agriculture Minister, Uri Ariel, who was also accompanied by soldiers and undercover officers.

(Source / 12.04.2019) 

Two Hunger Striking Prisoners Moved To Ramla Prison Hospital

The Palestinian Prisoners Media Office on Wednesday said that the Israel Prison Service (IPS) transferred two hunger striking detainees to Ramla prison hospital.

The Media Office said in a brief statement that two prisoners taking part in the new mass hunger strike Karama (dignity) 2 were moved from Ramon jail to Ramla prison hospital after they refused to drink water.

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails started an open-ended hunger strike on Monday after the IPS refused to respond to their demands. Many others joined them on Tuesday.

The hunger strikers are protesting the harsh detention conditions, the cancer-causing cellphone jammers installed in the prison cells, the family visit ban imposed on hundreds of detainees, and other punitive measures waged against them by the IPS lately.

(Source / 12.04.2019) 

Israel Kills A Child, Injures 66 In The 54th Friday Of The March Of Return

Great March of Return will continue until achievement of its goals in full

The 54th  Friday of  the Great March Of Retrun - Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Return

Days Of Palestine [ Gaza ] – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have once more opened fire on Palestinians who took part in the 54th Friday of the peaceful protests “Great March of Return” along the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and occupied territories, killing a child and injuring at least 66 others.

The Ministry of Health reported that Israeli occupation snipers shot one child and injured 66 others including two paramedic volunteers in the 54 th Friday of the peaceful  Great March of Return, east of Gaza.

The child Mysara Musa Ali Abu Shalof, 15, was was shot in the abdomen, east of Jabalia, the Ministry Of Health affirmed.

According to medic sources that at least 15 children and 6 women were among the injured.

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Health added that the volunteer paramedic Kamal Al-Shahri severely suffocated during his humanitarian work, east of Khan Younis.

In another statement the Ministry of Health reported that the volunteer paramedic Bilal Abu Foul of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) was hit with a tear gas canister in his hand during his humanitarian work east of Jabaliya.

Meanwhile the Higher National Commission of the Great March of Return said that the march will continue until achievement of its goals in full.

Since the beginning of the Great March of Return and breaking the siege on 30 March, 2018, at least 271 were killed and more than 16,656 were injured with different injuries by the Israeli occupation forces. 

The Gaza Strip has been under an “Israeli” siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.  The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The  54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun - Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun  

The 54th  Friday of  the  Great March Of Retrun   -  Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – 

The 54th  Friday of  the Great   March Of Retrun - Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun  

The 54th  Friday of  the Great  March Of Retrun   -  Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th  Friday of  the Great March   Of Retrun - Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th  Friday of  the Great March Of Retrun   -  Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th  Friday of  the Great March Of Retrun -  Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th  Friday of the Great March Of Retrun -   Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th  Friday of the Great March Of Retrun  -   Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th  Friday of the Great March Of Retrun - Days   Of  Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th  Friday of the Great March Of Retrun - Days Of  Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th  Friday of the Great March Of Retrun - Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the  Great  March Of Retrun - Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the  Great March  Of Retrun - Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the  Great March Of Retrun - Days  Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the  Great March Of Retrun - Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March  Of  Retrun - Days Of Palestine   Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March  Of  Retrun - Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun – Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of  Retrun - Days Of  Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun  

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of  Retrun - Days Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun  

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun - Days  Of Palestine Photos

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun 

The 54th Friday of the Great March Of Retrun - Days Of Palestine Photos

  (Source / 12.04.2019)