Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Teen In Jerusalem

19 MAY3:04 PM

Israeli soldiers invaded, Sunday, Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted a Palestinian teen.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers abducted Yazan Mohammad Froukh, 16, from his home.

Silwanic added that the soldiers invaded the teen’s family home, and violently searched it, in addition to confiscating mobile homes, owned by members of his family.

In related news, the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man in Kafr ‘Aqab town, north of occupied East Jerusalem.

(Source / 19.05.2019) 

Army Abducts A Palestinian Near Jerusalem

19 MAY2:41 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday morning, a young Palestinian man in Kafr ‘Aqab town, north of occupied East Jerusalem.

The Qalandia Media Center said the soldiers invaded the town, searched homes and abducted a young man, identified as Mohammad Sobeh.

It added that the soldiers also installed a military roadblock, and prevented many Palestinians from leaving the town.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Biereh city, near Ramallah in central West Bank, and were heavily deployed in the area of the al-Biereh-Jerusalem road, especially around a building there.

In related news, many illegal Israeli colonists, accompanied by soldiers, invaded the area of the evacuated Homish colony, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

The colonists also obstructed traffic and attempted to attack several Palestinians on the nearby Jenin-Nablus road.

(Source / 19.05.2019) 

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian In Bethlehem

19 MAY1:43 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday, a young Palestinian man in Teqoua’ town, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Amer Ra’fat Zayyah, 25, after breaking into his home and violently searching it.

They added that dozens of soldiers invaded the town, and fired many life rounds, gas bombs and concussion grenades.

The army said it invaded the town after Palestinian youngsters hurled stones at a colony’s bus, and army jeeps.

(Source / 19.05.2019) 

Dutch Politician Arrested in Jerusalem

19 MAY5:30 PM

A Dutch politician was arrested, Friday, by Israeli security forces, while carrying a Palestinian flag, after Friday prayers in the occupied Old City East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Israeli soldiers arrested Tunahan Kuzu, the leader of Dutch political party DENK and a parliamentarian, as he was walking toward the al-Aqsa Mosque with a Palestinian flag in his hand.

The Israeli security forces also seized the Palestinian flag.

The DENK party said Kuzu, who is of Turkish descent, had been taken by a large group of heavily armed soldiers after Friday prayers, and during a working visit to Jerusalem al-Quds, according to Press TV/Al Ray.

Kuzu held some meetings, with civil society representatives, to discuss recent developments in the region, and took part in the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, on Wednesday, during his business trip to the occupied city, the statement added.

Palestinians commemorate May 15 as the day of Nakba or catastrophe. The event marks the forced expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland, following the creation of Israel, in 1948, and their scattering across refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring countries.

Tensions have been running high, near the fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories, since March, which marked the start of a series of protests called “The Great March of Return.” Palestinian protesters demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.

More than 300 Palestinians have been killed since then, and over 17,300 have been injured.

Germany designates BDS as anti-Semitic

Separately on Friday, the German parliament voted to condemn as “anti-Semitic” a Palestinian movement that calls for economic pressure on Israel to end the occupation of Palestine’s territories.

In a move welcomed by the Tel Aviv regime, the majority of German lawmakers in the Bundestag voted in favor of a motion that accuses the international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement of using anti-Semitic tactics to fulfill its political goals.

“The argumentation patterns and methods used by the BDS movement are anti-Semitic,” read the motion submitted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, their Social Democrat coalition partners as well as the Greens and Free Democrats.

The vote was denounced by BDS as anti-Palestinian.

“The German establishment is entrenching its complicity in Israel’s crimes of military occupation, ethnic cleansing, siege and apartheid, while desperately trying to shield it from accountability to international law,” BDS said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the motion in a statement on Twitter, saying, “I hope that this decision will bring about concrete steps and I call upon other countries to adopt similar legislation.”

The BDS movement was initiated in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian organizations and, later, turned international. It is meant to initiate “various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law,” and ends its occupation of Palestinian lands.

Israel and its allies in Washington have long railed against the BDS movement, which calls for people and groups across the world to cut economic, cultural and academic ties to Tel Aviv.

Last year, Israel published a list of 20 organizations whose activists would be barred from entering the occupied territories, due to their support for boycott campaigns.

Israel’s strategic affairs ministry has been allocated $36m to combat the BDS movement.

(Source / 19.05.2019) 

Evacuating illegal settlements was crime, speaker of Israeli Knesset says

Since 2005, tens of thousands of new settlement units have been built in the occupied West Bank, many of them were built in new settlements or outposts

A group of Likud members led by Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to rebuild Jewish settlements evacuated in 2005.

In a message to Netanyahu, they called for him to revoke the disengagement law from 2005, that enabled the settlers’ pullback from Gaza and disbanding four Jewish settlements in the Northern West Bank.

This came after members of the Likud along with others from the right-wing toured the site of Homesh, a settlement that was evicted in 2005 as part of the disengagement from Gaza.

Israeli Union of Right-Wing Parties put forth a law to re-settle the four settlements which were evicted as part of the plan. The group said they would support this law.

Yossi Dagan, from the Settlement Regional Council in the occupied West Bank, said 30 of the 35 Likud members in the newly elected Knesset, including all Likud ministers, support the legislation so the ball is in Netanyahu’s court adding he should lead the move to re-instate the settlements.

A member of delegation touring Homesh Thursday said the decision to evict the settlers was a terrible mistake.

Settlers had to leave their homes in expectation of some imaginary peace. There is no peace and they have lost their homes.

It is worth noting that the reality on the ground is different. Since 2005, tens of thousands of new settlement units have been built in the occupied West Bank, many of them were built in new settlements or outposts.

(Source / 19.05.2019) 

Israel army claims finding no evidence on killing Palestinian paraplegic in Gaza

Several international bodies condemned Israeli army after killing the double-amputee protester because he has never posed any kind of danger on Israeli soldiers

Israeli occupation army closed criminal probe on Friday into the death of paraplegic Palestinian protester shot in 2017 in Gaza, claiming probe found no evidence its soldiers fired fatal bullet.

The Israeli occupation army claimed that the 29-year-old Ibrahim abu-Thurayeh was killed in a “violent riot” to which its troops responded by opening fire toward the lower body parts of “main instigators.”

It said the investigation found Palestinians threw improvised explosives, Molotov cocktails and rocks at troops on that day.

As part of its investigation, the military claimed it tried to obtain the bullet that killed abu-Thurayeh, but authorities in the Gaza Strip denied its request.

Palestinians and human rights groups reiterated that he was shot by an Israeli sniper. However, the Israeli occupation army claimed witnesses said there was no gunfire when he was killed.

The double-amputee, hailed as a symbol of heroism by Palestinians for persistently raising a Palestinian flag from his wheelchair at demonstrations, died of bleeding in his brain after a bullet fired by an Israeli sniper struck his head.

After an international outrage caused by his murder, the Israeli occupation army said it had announced opened an investigation after his death.

The disabled man was shot during protests in Gaza, which were part of wide-scale protests were organised across the occupied Palestinian territories after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital and said he would move the US embassy there.

Abu-Thurayeh was a well-known figure in Gaza. He lost his legs in an Israeli airstrike while trying to rescue people.

(Source / 19.05.2019) 

Zionist demolished 5,000 Palestinian homes in Al-Quds since 1967

OCCUPIED AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — Israel has demolished 5,000 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem since the occupation of the city in 1967.

According to a report by the Land Research Center, the number of buildings destroyed between 2000 and 2017 rose to 1,700.Al-Quds International Foundation said that Israel demolishes Palestinian homes in Occupied Jerusalem under the pretext that they are unlicensed.

Al-Quds Foundation said in a research paper released on Saturday that the Israeli gangs in 1948 committed massacres against the Palestinians, stole their lands, and occupied Sinai and Golan Heights in violation of international law.

Israel, the paper noted, between 1967 and 2017 established about 14 settlements and hundreds of random outposts in East Jerusalem. Nearly 220,000 Israeli settlers are living in these settlements.

It added that Israel pursued a forced displacement policy against the Palestinians and seized over 26% of the total area of East Jerusalem to build new settlements or expand existing ones.

Not only the settlement construction but Israel has also adopted other policies with the aim of wiping out the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem, like the apartheid wall, unlawful killing of Palestinians, arbitrary arrests, and control of the education sector.

(Source / 19.05.2019) 

Afraid of #BoycottIsrael movement, Israel supports anti-BDS organisations with 5mn shekels

TEL AVIV, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli media on Thursday revealed that “Israel” for the first time will provide financial support for organizations working against The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).

Israeli Yediot Ahronot quoted the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs saying that on Friday it will submit a plan to provide financial support for organizations and figures outside “Israel”, who work against BDS.

The Newspaper also said that the ministry will provide 3 million Shekels to support pro-Israel field activities, which could strengthen the bonds between the occupation state and Westerns and publish a positive public opinion on “Israel”.

Meanwhile, Israel will provide further 2.7 million Shakels for organizations and figures, who work online to create an anti-BDS content on the internet and re-shape the public opinion

(Source / 19.05.2019) 

Disabled Man Killed And Denied His Rights

Gaza,

The Israeli occupation army has decided to close its probe into the killing of Ibraheem Abu Thurayya, a disabled Gazan demonstrator who was killed in December 2017 in protests near Gaza’s eastern border.

According to Haaretz, the Israeli army’s criminal investigation division claimed that it had questioned soldiers and examined video footage of the incident, but found no evidence that Abu Thurayya was killed by direct Israeli army fire.

The army said that the investigation found that on the day Abu Thurayya was killed the Israeli forces took “riot dispersal measures” against the Palestinian protesters with live fire being directed at the lower parts of the bodies of the protesters.

On 15 December 2017, Abu Thurayya took part in a protest along Gaza’s border with the 1948 occupied territories over the US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that he was killed by gunshots to his upper body, and eyewitnesses reported that he was shot directly in the head during the protests.

After the incident, a video was circulated through social media platforms showing the young man, shortly before he was shot, waving a Palestine flag while sitting on his wheelchair.

Abu Thurayya’s legs were amputated in 2008 after he was wounded in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza.

Many local and international human rights organizations have repeatedly criticized the Israeli occupation army’s lack of seriousness in investigating incidents of deliberate killing of Palestinians at the hands of Israeli soldiers or settlers.

(Source / 19.05.2019)