EU pays $17m to cover PA salaries, pensions for May

Palestinian Authority (PA) employees demonstrated in Gaza City against salary cuts on 8th April 2017. [Mohammad Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Palestinian Authority (PA) employees demonstrate against salary cuts on 8th April 2017

The European Union will transfer €15 million ($16.7 million) to the Palestinian Authority to pay the salaries and pensions of some 56,000 current and former public sector employees in the West Bank.

“We are aware of the financial crisis the Palestinians are going through and the humanitarian, social and security consequences that may ensue,” EU Deputy Representative, Tomas Niklasson, said in a statement yesterday.

“The EU has been in contact with both sides [Israel and the Palestinians] and we have expressed our clear expectations that the full implementation of the economic and financial agreements between the Israeli and Palestinian sides, including Israel’s obligations under the Paris Protocol, should continue,” he added.

He explained that this contribution is a clear message of the European Union’s strong commitment to the Palestinian people at this critical time.

READ: Abbas criticised for cutting salaries of Gaza employees

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Israel to sell confiscated Palestinian classrooms donated by EU

Palestinian children can be seen at school in the West Bank on 11 September 2018 

Israel is to auction two prefabricated classrooms which were donated to Palestinian schoolchildren by the EU, the Guardian reported today.

Occupation forces tore down and confiscated the classrooms in October last year. Some 49 students were expected to use the rooms in Ibziq, in the northern occupied West Bank.

“An advertisement published in the Israeli newspaper Maariv said the sale would take place at Civil Administration offices in the West Bank,” the newspaper reported.

The EU had condemned Israeli authorities’ destruction of the classrooms and called for them to be rebuilt in the same place “without delay”.

READ: Israel forces attack, injure school children in Hebron

“Every child has the right to access education and states have an obligation to protect, respect and fulfil this right, by ensuring that schools are inviolable safe spaces for children,” it said at the time.

“A list of auction items, seen by the Guardian, showed dates, item numbers, locations and descriptions that matched the confiscated classroom structures. The sale also appeared to include material confiscated from Palestinians,” the Guardian added, who had built their properties without the necessary planning licences.

The Civil Administration, the Israeli body which governs the occupied West Bank, did not comment on the upcoming sale.

Israel demolishing Palestinian schools - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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Army Injures Many Palestinians In Ni’lin

31 MAY3:06 PM

Israeli soldiers caused, Friday, dozens of Palestinians to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation, during the weekly nonviolent procession against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies, in Ni’lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

The procession started after Friday prayers, when the protesters marched while carrying Palestinian flags, and chanted against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine, its colonies and escalated violations.

Some protesters also carried fire extinguishers in order to extinguish fires that could burn their farmlands and orchards due to Israeli gas bombs and concussion grenades.

The soldiers fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to causing fires in unplanted lands.

In related news, the soldiers detained three young Palestinian men at a sudden military roadblock which was installed on the Arab American University road, in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and interrogated them for more than one hour, before releasing them. The three are from Zababda town, south of Jenin.

The soldiers also installed many roadblocks on roads leading to several villages and towns in Jenin Governorate, before stopping and searching dozens of cars.

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Israeli Soldiers Injure 25 Palestinians In Nablus

31 MAY1:36 AM

Israeli soldiers, accompanying buses loaded with illegal colonists, invaded late on Thursday at night, the northern West Bank city of Nablus, heading to Joseph’s Tomb, before the army injured 25 Palestinians, during ensuing protests.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot a young man with a live round in his leg, eight others with rubber-coated steel bullets to several parts of his body, and caused 16 others to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

The protests took place in Amman Street, east of Nablus city, after the army jeeps and several buses invaded it.

Palestinians believe that Joseph’s Tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousef Dweikat, a local religious figure. Others believe that the tomb belongs to the Biblical patriarch Joseph, revered by Jews, Samaritans, Christians and Muslims alike.

Although the site is in the city of Nablus, which is under the Oslo Accords is defined as Zone A and therefor under Palestinian administrative and security control, the Israeli army frequently invades the area and prevents the Palestinians from reaching it; the site of Joseph’s Tomb was under Israeli control until they left in October 2000.

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Israeli Police Kills A Palestinian After He Reportedly Stabbed Two Israelis

31 MAY2:07 PM

Israeli police officers killed, Friday, a Palestinian teen in occupied East Jerusalem, after he reportedly stabbed and injured two Israelis, and attempted to attack a police officer.

The Palestinian was later identified as Yousef Wajeeh, 18, from Abwein village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Israeli sources said the Palestinian came from the West Bank to attend Friday prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the last Friday of Ramadan.

Israeli online daily, The Jerusalem Post, said an Israeli man, in his fifties, suffered critical wounds, and added that a teen, 16 years of age, suffered moderate-to-severe wounds.

It quoted the Superintendent of the Israeli Police in Jerusalem Micky Rosenfeld telling its reporter that one Israeli was stabbed and critically injured at Damascus Gate, and that the second Israel was stabbed and moderately injured when the Palestinian managed to make his way to the Old City, before the officers shot him dead.

Following the incident, the Israeli army and police significantly increased their deployment in the Old City, and all areas leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The soldiers started searching hundreds of worshipers, after ordering them out of several buses in Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood, and forced them to walk a large distance towards the mosque.

It is worth mentioning that today is the last Friday of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Earlier Friday, the soldiers killed a Palestinian child near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and injured a young man from Hebron, while trying to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Media sources said the soldiers shot and killed Abdullah Luay Gheith, 16, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after opening fire at him and several Palestinians, who were trying to enter Jerusalem from Wad Abu al-Hummus area, near the villages of al-Khass and an-No’man, east of Bethlehem.

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POLITICAL PRISONER HASAN AL-AWIWI IS ON 59TH DAY OF HUNGER-STRIKE IN ISRAELI OCCUPATION CAPTIVITY

35-year-old father of three Hasan al-Awiwi has been on hunger-strike for 59 days in Israeli occupation captivity by today Friday May 31st. He was arrested by Israel’s occupation forces on January 15th and has been kept imprisoned without charge or trial since. He has also been previously imprisoned by the occupation. Hasan al-Awiwi declared the hunger-strike on April 2nd after his administrative detention was continued by Israeli occupation military court. The goal of al-Awiwi’s hunger-strike, which has now taken him to either prison infirmary or civilian medical centre in Israel according to contradictory reports, is to gain his freedom. Hasan al-Awiwi has threatened to escalate his hunger-strike by stopping taking salt water, making it a dry hunger-strike. His health has already said to have experienced a “sharp decline”. Long hunger-strikes like al-Awiwi’s usually end in ‘a compromise’ in which Israeli regime agrees not to extend the political prisoner’s imprisonment beyond the end of the current term of administrative detention, which is at maximum six months. PHOTO via@ShehabAgency shows solidarity demonstration for al-Awiwi in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday May 28th.
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Israeli forces execute 17-year-old Palestinian boy in Jerusalem

This is the second boy to be executed by the Israeli occupation forces since the morning

Israeli occupation forces have shot dead another Palestinian boy in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem over claims of attempted stabbing attack.

Witnesses said that the Israeli occupation forces and police have been harassing Palestinians travelling to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque from the occupied West Bank and occupied Palestine.

Speaking to Palestine Post 24, an eyewitness said: “The boy refused the orders of the Israeli forces to stay sometime under the sun ray because it was very hot and continued walking. Therefore, the Israeli soldiers opened fore at him, leaving him dead.”

The Palestinian ministry of health identified the martyr as Yousef Wajeeh, 18, noting this is the second boy to be executed by the Israeli occupation forces since the morning.

Meanwhile, the ministry of health reported four other Palestinians wounded in Israeli aggression on Palestinians in different areas across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

(Source / 31.05.2019) 

Israeli forces execute Palestinian boy in Bethlehem

At the same time, the Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded another Palestinian youth, causing him serious injuries

Israeli occupation forces have executed 15-year-Palestinian boy in Bethlehem while he was travelling to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Friday prayer.

The Palestinian ministry of health identified the boy as Abdullah Geith and said that the Israeli occupation forces shot him with a liver bullet that penetrated his chest and damaged his heart.

Witnesses and relatives told Palestine Post 24 that the boy, from the West Bank city of Al-Khalil, as travelling to Jerusalem in order to perform the Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation forces opened fire at the Palestinians crossing Qalandia Checkpoint near Ramallah and wounded the 21-year-old Palestinian Momen Tbeesh.

According to the Palestinian ministry of health, Tbeesh sustained serious injuries.

It is worth noting that tens of thousands of Palestinians are travelling to Jerusalem in order to perform the prayer of the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Israeli occupation is imposing strict measures to undermine their arrival to the holy city, which is open to the extremist Jewish settlers along the year.

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ISRAEL KILLS CHILD WHILE ON HIS WAY TO FRIDAY PRAYER

Hebron (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces on Friday morning shot dead a Palestinian child in Hebron while on his way to the Al Aqsa mosque to perform Friday prayer.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that 16-year-old Abdallah Gheith was shot near Bethlehem with an Israeli bullet, which passed through his heart and lungs.

In the same vein, the Ministry of Health said that another Palestinian young man (21 years old) was shot in his abdomen at the same location while trying to reach the Al Aqsa mosque. He is currently undergoing a surgery.

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“ISRAEL” ISSUES 30 ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION ORDERS

Ramallah (QNN)- The Committee of detainees and former detainees affairs said on Thursday that “Israel” has issued administrative detention orders against 30 Palestinian detainees.

The committee said in a statement that some of the orders were issued against Palestinian prisoners for the first time, while the other detainees had their administrative detention renewed.

The periods of the administrative detention orders issued against the Palestinian prisoners ranged from 2-6 renewable months.

Administrative detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial at orders from a military commander, issued on the basis of secret evidence. Israel employs this measure extensively and routinely.

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