Yamina party proposes 0.5m more Israel settlers in northern West Bank

Israeli police officers and Jewish settlers close the main street, leading to the settlement of Yitzhar near the West Bank city of Nablus, on 8 Nov. 2015. [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]

Israeli police officers and Jewish settlers close the main street, leading to the settlement of Yitzhar near the West Bank city of Nablus, on 8 Nov. 2015

Party leaders from right-wing alliance Yamina yesterday announced a plan to construct 113,000 housing units in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, reported the Times of Israel.

According to Yamina, the plan – which would see the settler population rise by some half a million – is a solution to Israel’s housing crisis, which has seen rising house prices.

“The Tel Aviv metropolitan area is almost as crowded as Gaza and as expensive as New York,” Yamina chair and former justice minister Ayelet Shaked claimed at a press conference held to launch the plan in Etz Efraim settlement.

 “The different magic tricks we’ve seen in recent years haven’t worked. The solution is simple: to lower prices you must increase supply,” she added. 

Yamina is looking to construct 113,000 settler housing units over a period of five years, effectively linking Ariel – deep in the northern occupied West Bank – and Rosh Ha’ayin inside the Green Line.

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The right-wing alliance’s number three candidate, Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich, said that by combining “ideology with practicality” the plan would help “erase the Green Line”.

Yamina’s official position is that Israel should move to formally annex Area C of the West Bank.

As reported by the Jerusalem Post, the plan would bring the total number of settlers in the West Bank to one million. Yamina “estimates that the Israeli population will reach 10 million by the year 2024”, said the Post, “and it wants one million of those people to live in Samaria [the West Bank]”.

As part of the plan, Yamina seeks to add additional lanes to Route 5, which would “be extended eastward to reach the Jordan Valley” in the eastern flank of the West Bank.

(Source / 22.08.2019) 

Israel Police raids of Issawiya continue to disrupt daily life for Palestinians

Israeli forces take down Palestinian flag off mosque in Issawiya [Maannews]

Israeli forces take down Palestinian flag off mosque in Issawiya

Raids by Israeli occupation forces in Issawiya, a Palestinian neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, are continuing to “disrupt daily life” for residents, reported Israeli NGO Ir Amim.

“Sustained hostile police incursions” into Issawiya “have continued now for two and half months”, said Ir Amim, “severely disrupting daily life and creating intolerable conditions for area residents”.

The organisation noted that while Israeli police “expressed intent to halt the raids particularly over last week’s holiday of Eid Al-Adha”, the raids and harassment “on the ground only intensified, precluding the residents from celebrating their holiday in peace”.

Ir Amim warned that “the recurring hostilities [provoked by raids] are liable to claim more lives.”

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“Over the course of the past two and half months, the police have effectively imposed a perpetual state of collective punishment on the entire neighbourhood,” Ir Amim stated, “marked by nightly police raids, severe limitations on movement, and clashes with residents.”

“Hundreds of people have been arbitrarily detained, while an estimated 250 have been injured as a result of the police’s use of excessive force, which already claimed the life of one young man” – a reference to the killing by Israeli forces of 20-year-old Mohammed Obeid.

Ir Amim urged Israeli authorities to “immediately” end “the concerted punitive measures arbitrarily directed at the entire community” of Issawiya “and allow the residents to live free from the threat of constant harassment and inexplicable police targeting”.

(Source / 22.08.2019) 

Israel fined Palestinian children $100,000 since start of 2019

13-year-old Palestinian child, Adam Abu Ryalah can be seen in policy custody after Israeli forces detained him on 10 February 2019 [Resistance is our duty/Facebook]

13-year-old Palestinian child, Adam Abu Ryalah, can be seen in policy custody after Israeli forces detained him on 10 February 2019

The Israeli occupation’s court in Ofer Prison has ordered Palestinian children to pay fines worth $100,000 since the start of this year, Palestinian Prisoners’ Centre for Studies reported yesterday.

The centre said in a statement that most of the Palestinian children detained by Israel are fined in addition to spending time in prisons.

Head of the Centre Riyad Al-Ashqar added that “this is an arbitrary Israeli policy practiced against Palestinian children and their families.”

Al-Ashqar described the fines imposed by the Israeli courts on Palestinian children as a form of “theft” aimed at “blackmailing” them in order to prevent their participation in the anti-occupation activities.

He noted that the children are fined following minor offenses such as throwing stones or being held near military checkpoints of illegal Jewish only settlements in the occupied West Bank.

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(Source / 22.08.2019) 

Shin Bet allows Hamas prisoners from Gaza to make phone calls to their families

A group of people stage a demonstration in front of the Israel’s West Bank separation wall to show their support to the Palestinian prisoners in Bethlehem, West Bank on 22 March 2019 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency]

A group of people stage a demonstration in front of the Israel’s West Bank separation wall to show their support to the Palestinian prisoners in Bethlehem, West Bank on 22 March 2019 

In an unusual move, the Israeli General Security Service (Shin Bet) has allowed Hamas prisoners from the Gaza Strip to make phone calls to their families.

The calls will be made through public phones installed in prisons.

According to the Shin Bet decision, 69 Hamas prisoners will be allowed to make phone calls to their relatives, 17 of whom are residents of the Gaza Strip and the rest from the West Bank.

A report by Haaretz said that this move contradicts Israel’s position that prisoners should not be released from the Gaza Strip as long as Hamas holds Israeli prisoners.

The prisoners will be allowed to make call phones and talk with up to five members of their family. They will also be able to call three times a week, provided that one call is no more than 15 minutes. Shin Bet will intercept a part of the calls.

The newspaper suggested that Netanyahu made this agreement in an effort to find a truce between Hamas and Israel. Moreover, the move comes in the wake of the installation of public phones in Ktzi’ot detention facility, where Hamas movement prisoners are detained. 30 Hamas prisoners from the West Bank signed on a pledge not to smuggle cell phones to prison, in exchange for installing public phones and allowing prisoners to use them.

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The Shin Bet held the dialogue with the captive movement to end the strike in April. Both sides agreed that the prisoners would have the right to speak three times a week for 15 minutes per call with their first-degree relatives, in calls intercepted by the Shin Bet. In the event of a breach, communications will be cut off from the prison cells, and the family visits from the Gaza Strip will be prevented. In March, Hamas prisoners started a hunger strike in response to plans to install jamming devices in their prison cells that prevent them from making phone calls with smuggled mobile phones.

As part of the agreements reached to end the hunger strike, at the initiative of the Shin Bet and with the support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and contrary to the position of the Prison Authority, Israel agreed to install public phones in the prison cells where jamming devices were connected.

According to the agreements, prisoners must be allowed to call five family phone numbers. They can hold three conversations a week from public phones for 15 minutes each.

Public telephones in prison have been activated after about 30 prisoners signed a pledge not to smuggle any cell phones, and after confiscating the smuggled phones. The confiscation will result in indefinite sanctions.

(Source / 22.08.2019) 

Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians, Including Two Women, In Al-Aqsa

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Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, five Palestinians, including two women and a guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, after dozens of soldiers, police officers and colonialist settlers invaded the courtyards of the holy site.

Firas ad-Dibis, the head of the Public Relations Department in Al-Aqsa, said the soldiers abducted one of the holy site’s guards, identified as Bader Rajabi, while working in Bab ar-Rahma Mosque, in al-Aqsa.

He added that the soldiers also abducted two women, identified as Madeleine Issa and Shifa Abu Ghalia, in addition to a young man, Habib Abu Shousha, near Bab ar-Rahma Mosque.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli police abducted, Ashraf Abu Rmeila, the head of the evening shift of the mosque’s guards, after summoning him for interrogation on Thursday morning.

Video By WAFA News

(Source / 22.08.2019) 

Army Demolishes Two Homes In Beit Hanina

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Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, two Palestinians homes in Beit Hanina town, north of occupied East Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that dozens of soldiers, police officers and undercover troops invaded al-Aqaba neighborhood in Beit Hanina and surrounded two homes owned by members of Rajabi family, after closing all roads leading to them.

Silwanic added that the soldiers forced the families out of their homes, and demolished the properties, rendering twelve Palestinians, including three children, homeless.

Ibrahim Rajabi, said he lived in his demolished home along with his wife, child, brother and sisters, and added that his other brother, and his family, lived in the second demolished property.

Rajabi stated that his demolished home was 200 square/meters, and was built fifteen years ago, and added that he and his brother have been trying to obtain all needed permits and pay the fines, and even had a hearing at an Israeli court nearly three months ago.

Although no final ruling was made, the family was surprised by the soldiers who invaded their property, forced them out and started demolishing the buildings.

The Rajabi family said that it managed to delay the demolition for two hours, after the soldiers already destroyed parts of the property, and added that the District Court in occupied Jerusalem halted the destruction.

However, the City Council in occupied Jerusalem demanded the family to pay a fine of 50.000 Shekels to postpone the demolition, and to leave the property, but the family was unable to do so, and the demolitions proceeded.

(Source / 22.08.2019) 

IN PICTURES| REMEMBERING THE ARSON ATTACK ON AL AQSA MOSQUE: 50 YEARS AFTER THE ARSON ATTACK

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- On 21 August, 1969, an extremist Australian Christian, called Dennis Michael Rohan, attempted to set fire to Al-Aqsa Mosque. His action had the apparent blessing of the Israeli occupation forces. 50 years later, the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa remains under as great a threat as ever.

Michael Dennis Rohan, a tourist from Australia and a member of the “Church of God”, set fire to the mosque to “hasten the coming of the Messiah”.

On 21 August, 1969, Palestinian guards in the Aqsa compound saw smoke rising from the south-east wing of the mosque and, upon closer inspection, saw a blaze inside the prayer hall.

Muslims and Christians alike rushed to the mosque to quell the flames, but Israeli occupation forces prevented their entry. After confrontations, they made their way into the Noble Sanctuary and started to tackle the fire.

When the fire extinguishers failed to work, they looked for sources of water but found the pumps broken and the hoses cut. They banded together quickly to form a human chain and used buckets and other small containers to bring water to the building.

Israeli occupation forces also prevented fire trucks, which were arriving from the surrounding West Bank cities of Nablus, Ramallah, Al-Bireh, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin and Tulkarem.

The fire had swept through some of the oldest parts of the mosque, most notably destroying the 900-year-old wood and ivory pulpit gifted by Salahuddin Al-Ayubi, as well as mosaic panels on the walls and ceilings; many areas within the mosque were left blackened and burnt.

The people of occupied Jerusalem went on strike immediately upon the fire. The strike spread all over the occupied Palestinian territories. The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 271 on 15 September, 1969, in which it expressed its sorrow for the damage caused by the arson, in light of the military occupation of Jerusalem. The council stressed that taking land by military conquest is illegal and demanded that Israel should cancel all measures it had taken to change the status of the city.

Rohan, who was a subscriber of The Plain Truth magazine published by the Worldwide Church of God’s (WCG) founder Herbert W. Armstrong, was claimed to be mentally unstable. A claim, which has been used by Israel to protect its terrorists.

The Australian terrorist was unafraid of revealing his motives for the crime; as “the Lord’s emissary”, he wanted to hasten the second coming of Jesus Christ which, in his view, could only be achieved by allowing the Jews to build a temple in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque, where it is claimed that the Temple of Solomon originally stood.

Israelis criticized Rohan’s ignorance, as he “didn’t know that the Dome of the Rock is the one, which was built on the site of the temple, not the Qibali prayeer room”!

50 years later, Israel has been trying to divide the holy mosque between Muslims and Jews. Mass settlers raids into the Al aqsa mosque are being allowed and protected by ‘Israel’. Meanwhile, Muslim worshipers are being evicted and prayer rooms and gates are being closed to worshipers on daily basis. Israeli forces also arrest worshipers every now and then for praying at the holy mosque.

Today as we remember the horrible arson attack on Al Aqsa mosque, it is clear that the Noble Sanctuary faces the same threats as it did 50 years ago, perhaps even more so.

(Source / 22.08.2019) 

NGO: ‘ISRAEL’ SYSTEMATICALLY EXECUTES 700 PALESTINIAN SICK PRISONERS

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Committee of Palestinian Prisoners and Former Prisoners said Tuesday that the administrations of Israeli jails deliberately assault wounded and sick Palestinian prisoners through medical negligence and deprivation of treatment to make them die.

The committee stated in a statement issued on Tuesday that through prisoners’ witnesses and close monitor of the health condition along several years, it turned out that the medical care provided for sick prisoners is the worst. It is formal and nearly never provided.

The committee also said that the Israelis blackmail sick and wounded prisoners trying to get confessions in return of medical care “which is a blatant violation of the articles 29, 30, and 31 of the Geneva convention and articles 91 and 92 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The committee stressed that prisoners are detained in very bad conditions. Their cells are damp and badly ventilated. It is also overcrowded and unsanitary, and infested with insects and rodent.

The number of Palestinian martyrs, who died in Israeli jails due to medical negligence, has reached 64 prisoners since 1967. The latest of them are Fares Baroud and Nassar Taqatqa, whose bodies are still held by the Israeli authorities.

Israel detains over 700 Palestinian sick prisoners, 170 of whom have serious diseases, 25 have cancer, and others are disabled or suffer from hepatitis C, kidney failure, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.

(Source / 22.08.2019)

IOF summon Palestinian child for interrogation

AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israel Intelligence Service on Wednesday summoned a Palestinian child from the Old City of Jerusalem for interrogation.

Yaser Najib, the father of 10-year-old Mohammed Najib, said that this is the fourth time his son has been called in for questioning by the Israeli authorities.

He added that the Israel Intelligence Service ordered him on Wednesday through a phone call to bring his child at al-Qashla detention center in Jerusalem for interrogation.

(Source / 22.08.2019) 

General Strike In Abu Dis In Solidarity With Hunger Strikers

The national and Islamic political forces  in Abu Dis town, east of Occupied Jerusalem, has announced a day of anger and a general strike in support of the hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails on Thursday, August 22.

In a statement last night, the political forces called for engaging in clashes with the Israeli occupation forces in all flashpoint areas in solidarity with prisoners Hudaifa Bader and Ismail Khalaf, and all their hunger-striking fellow prisoners.

According to their statement, the general strike will coincide with a hearing to be held on the same day at the court of appeal in Ofer in Ramallah for prisoner Hudaifa Bader, who has been on hunger strike for about 53 days.

(Source / 22.08.2019)