50 Palestinians Injured By IOF In The Great March Of Return

the 57th Friday of the Great March of Return east of Gaza Strip

Days Of Palestine [ Gaza ] – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have once again opened fire on Palestinians taking part in the 57th Friday of the peaceful protests “Great March of Return” along the separation fence between the besieged Gaza Strip and occupied territories injuring at least 50 peaceful protesters.

The Ministry of Health reported that 60 citizens have been injured by the Israeli occupation forces on the 57th Friday of the Great March of Return east of Gaza Strip.

Two females, 10 children, and 3 paramedics were injured by the IOF according to the Ministry Of Health.

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 272 were killed and more than 16,800 were injured 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.

(Source / 03.05.2019) 

Report: Israel implemented 53 settlement projects in the West Bank during April

Jewish settlements near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 10 February 2015 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]

Jewish settlements near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 10 February 2015

The Jerusalem Center for the Study of Israeli Affairs has documented 53 settlement projects implemented by Israel in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem during the month of April.

The Center’s report issued on Thursday said the Israel settlement projects and activities included the confiscation of Palestinians land, sending out demolition notices to Palestinian structure and the actual demolition of tens of residential and commercial establishments, as well as the construction of thousands of settlement housing units in the West Bank settlements.

According to the report, the Israeli measures have also affected facilities owned by Arab-Israelis as part of a policy aimed at displacing them.

Read: Top EU diplomat vows $24.7m in aid to Palestinians

The Center’s director, Emad Abu Awad said the Israeli demolition and settlement process is growing on an almost monthly basis, which suggests that the Israeli occupation plan aims to use it as political aesthetic to counter any Palestinian movement.

According to the report, the occupied city of Jerusalem remains the first target of these measures but where almost 50% of the demolition orders were issued inside Jerusalem.

The report pointed out that the construction of settlements housing units has increased in 2018 by 9 percent compared to 2017.

Israel built nearly 1800 settlement units per year during the last 10 years before 2018, however, in 2018, the number has increased to 2000 housing units, the report said, adding that the figure is likely to increase in 2019 ahead of the US announcement of the so-called Deal of the Century, and the entry of right-wing parties into the Israeli government.

(Source / 03.05.2019) 

Settlers spray racist graffiti on Palestinian homes in West Bank

Settlers spray racist graffiti on Palestinian homes in West Bank on 3 May 2019 [Maan News Agency]

Settlers spray racist graffiti on Palestinian homes in West Bank on 3 May 2019

Jewish settlers today sprayed racist slogans on Palestinian homes and slashed the tyres of Palestinian care in the northern occupied West Bank

Ghassan Daghlas, head of the settlement file, told the Anadolu Agency that a group of settlers raided the town of Huwwara in the Nablus governorate and sprayed graffitied racist slogans in Hebrew on the walls of a number of houses.

According to Daghlas, three vehicles had their tyres damaged as a result of the attack.

Settlers spray racist graffiti on Palestinian homes in West Bank on 3 May 2019 [Maan News Agency]
Settlers spray racist graffiti on Palestinian homes in West Bank on 3 May 2019 [Maan News Agency]
Settlers spray racist graffiti on Palestinian homes in West Bank on 3 May 2019 [Maan News Agency]
Settlers spray racist graffiti on Palestinian homes in West Bank on 3 May 2019 [Maan News Agency]
Settlers spray racist graffiti on Palestinian homes in West Bank on 3 May 2019 [Maan News Agency]

Last month a UN report revealed that Israeli settlers carried out 12 attacks on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank over a two-week period.

The dozen attacks led to 23 Palestinian injuries and damage to Palestinian property.

In two separate incidents in the “H2” area of Hebron city, on 13 and 18 April, Israeli settlers attacked four Palestinians with pepper spray, including two women.

READ: Israel settlers spray racist anti-Arab slogans in East Jerusalem 

(Source / 03.05.2019) 

Palestinian protesters hurt in Israel-occupied West Bank

Israeli forces fire tear gas at Palestinians during the Great March of Return on 9 February 2019 [MAHMUD HAMS/AFP / Getty]

Israeli forces fire tear gas at Palestinians during the Great March of Return on 9 February 2019

At least four Palestinian demonstrators were injured Friday when Israeli troops violently dispersed an anti-settlement march in the northern West Bank, according to a local activist, Anadolu Agency reports.

Murad Ishteiwi, a popular resistance activist in the town of Kafr Qaddum west of the West Bank city of Nablus, told Anadolu Agency that Israeli troops had dispersed the march with teargas and rubber bullets.

According to Ishteiwi, four marchers sustained injuries — two of them in the head — while dozens of others suffered the effects of excessive teargas.

Every Friday, Palestinians in villages and towns across the West Bank stage demonstrations and marches to protest Israel’s policy of illegal settlement-building.

According to estimates, some 650,000 Jewish settlers currently live on 164 settlements built illegally in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

READ: UN calls on Israel to halt demolitions in East Jerusalem

(Source / 03.05.2019) 

Israel colonel: Reducing humanitarian crisis in Gaza benefits Israel

Palestinians in Gaza protest to end the Israeli siege on the Strip on 5 February 2019 [Mohammed/Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Palestinians in Gaza protest to end the Israeli siege on the Strip on 5 February 2019

The head of the Israeli army’s Coordination and Liaison Administration for Gaza, Colonel Iyad Sarhan, said that reducing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza Strip will serve Israel’s interest, explaining that the Palestinians’ weekly protests reflect their frustration with the economic situation.

“The continued security tension in Gaza makes it impossible for me to remember when was the last time, I and the settlers of the Gaza envelope have slept a full night. This is the reality we are dealing with. In Gaza, the refugees still believe that behind the border wall with Israel in the city of Magdal there is a house for them, and they want to return to it,” Sarhan told the Israeli daily Makor Rishon.

Colonel Sahran noted that as many as 180 international organisations operate in the Gaza Strip to prevent a humanitarian disaster, the most important of which are UNRWA, UNDP and the World Food Program.

READ: PA salary cuts leave Gaza employees unable to cope

“More than 1.3 million Palestinians in the enclave receive food aid, health services and education. UNRWA runs 280 schools in Gaza which provide education to 300,000 students. The organisation’s annual budget in Gaza reaches nearly $450 million, but the budget has been reduced after the US decision to stop funding the organisation,” said Sarhan.

He pointed out that Israel spends no money in the Gaza Strip, adding that the unemployment rate reached 50.9 per cent, rising to 70 per cent among youth.

Sarhan stressed that Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip resulted in the deterioration of the economic situation. In 2005 130,000 Palestinians received assistance from UNRWA, but today the number has reached 1.3 million; a tenfold increase in under 15 years, which does not serve Israel’s interests.

Israel has tightened a 12-year siege on the enclave limiting money transfers, the work of NGOs and humanitarian organisations, and the availability of construction materials which has led to the shrinking of Gaza’s economy and a lack of jobs.

(Source / 03.05.2019) 

Israeli Soldiers Close Road Near Nablus

03 MAY12:56 AM

Israeli soldiers closed, on Thursday evening, a road near Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, by placing concrete blocks.

Media sources said the soldiers closed the dirt road linking between Huwwara and Burin village, near a local factory, by placing huge concrete blocks.

The Israeli army said it closed the road after a colonialist settler was injured by a stone, reportedly hurled by Palestinian protesters.

The army then imposed severe restrictions and instated collective punishment polices against the Palestinians in the area, especially in Huwwara and Burin.

(Source / 03.05.2019) 

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Teen In Jenin

03 MAY1:07 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, Kharrouba neighborhood in Jenin city, in northern West Bank, and abducted a Palestinian teenage boy.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Rabea’ Allam an-Nourasi, 16, after invading his family’s home and violently searching it.

They added that the soldiers also invaded and ransacked the home of another Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Abu Seriyya, and interrogated him along with his family.

The teenager’s school, Hitteen Secondary School, issued a statement denouncing the abduction of the teen, and said that Rabea’, a student in the eleventh grade, is one of many students who have been abducted and imprisoned by Israel.

It denounced the ongoing Israeli escalation, and serious human rights violations, and called on various legal and human rights organizations to intervene.

(Source / 03.05.2019) 

Illegal Israeli Colonists Attack Orif Palestinian Village

03 MAY1:21 AM

Dozens of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers attacked, on Thursday evening, the Palestinian village of Orif, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and caused serious damage to one car.

Media sources in the village said the colonists came from the nearby illegal Yitzhar colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands.

They added that the colonists caused damage to a car, owned by a local identified as Mo’taz Najeh Safadi, in the eastern part of the village where the invasion took place.

The Palestinians intercepted the invaders, and tried to force them out of the village, before Israeli soldiers invaded it and started firing gas bombs and concussion grenades at the residents.

The colonists claim that some of their sheep “were stolen,” by the Palestinians, an allegation that comes amidst repeated attacks and violations by the colonialist settlers, not only against the Palestinians, their homes and lands, but also against the livestock.

(Source / 03.05.2019) 

Soldiers Abduct Twenty Peace Activists, Two Journalists, Near Hebron

03 MAY11:19 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Friday morning, at least twenty peace activists, while trying to help Palestinian farmers to enter their own lands, which Israel intends to illegally confiscate.

Media sources said the soldiers attacked the nonviolent activists in Um al-‘Arayes and Bir al-‘Ad areas, and declared them closed military zones.

They added that the soldiers abducted a Palestinian photojournalist, identified as Abdul-Hafith al-Hashlamoun, in addition to twenty peace activists; most of them are Israeli.

The soldiers also abducted Nasser al-‘Adra, Tareq Hathalin and Mohammad al-Harni.

The Israeli military attack took place after dozens of locals and solidarity activists arrived in um al-‘Arayes area, to help the Palestinian enter their own lands which Israeli is planning to illegally annex for its colonialist activities.

(Source / 03.05.2019)