Israel forces arrest community leader in Issawiya

Israeli soldiers stand guard in Issawiya, East Jerusalem on 19 December 2012 [Mahfouz Abu Turk/Apaimages]

Israeli soldiers stand guard in Issawiya, East Jerusalem on 19 December 2012

Israeli forces on Sunday arrested a prominent community organiser in Issawiya, occupied East Jerusalem, reported NGO Ir Amim.

Muhammad Abu Hummus remained in detention at the time of writing, ahead of a hearing today.

According to Ir Amim, Abu Hummus, a local leader and residents’ representative in Issawiya, “was pulled from his bed in the middle of the night and arrested by Israeli police forces based on unfounded claims of incitement and support of terrorism.”

In fact, as the NGO noted, Abu Hummus is “a well-known activist and community leader who plays a central role in the nonviolent civil resistance to Israeli policies in East Jerusalem.”

READ: Israel arrested more than 500 Jerusalemites in July

Because of his activism in Issawiya in particular, Israeli police have targeted Abu Hummus on a number of occasions. Only a few months ago, Abu Hummus sued the police for false arrest, which concluded when the police agreed to pay him 4,000 shekels ($1,137) to drop the lawsuit.

After Abu Hummus was arrested early Sunday, police requested a five-day extension of his arrest at Jerusalem Magistrate Court, on the grounds of preventing obstruction of the investigation.

The judge rejected the request, and ruled that Abu Hummus could be released on the condition he remains outside Issawiya until 1 September. However, the police appealed the decision, forcing Abu Hummus to remain in jail overnight.

Yesterday, the Jerusalem District Court heard the appeal and decided to hold an additional court session today to hand down a final ruling.

Israeli police have targeted Issawiya with violent raids and various forms of collective punishment for the past two and a half months.

READ: Schools to suspend in Jerusalem’s Issawiya

(Source / 27.08.2019) 

PFLP: Israel’s detention of our members will not undermine our resistance

Students who support Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's, gather to attend the debate held ahead of the student council elections, at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah, West Bank on May 09, 2017 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]

Supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) can be seen in Ramallah, West Bank on 9 May 2017

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) stressed yesterday that Israel’s detention of its members and supporters would not undermine its resistance, Quds Pressreported.

In a statement the PFLP said that Israel has always practiced its “harsh and systematic wars” against the its members and leaders, “but this did not end the resistance, lead to submission or a change of principles.”

The statement added: “The PFLP promised the people to stick to clear principles and resistance until the achievement of the Palestinians’ goals, including the return [of the refugees], freedom, independence and the creation of the state of Palestine on all the national soil with Jerusalem as its capital.”

At dawn yesterday, Israeli occupation forces launched a massive detention campaign in Ramallah and arrested 25 Palestinians, most of them members of the PFLP.

READ: Israel arrested more than 500 Jerusalemites in July

1 million Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli occupation forces since the Nakba in 1948


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10 Palestinians Abducted by Israeli Forces in Early Morning Raids Tuesday

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Israeli forces invaded several parts of the West Bank in the early morning hours on Tuesday and abducted Palestinians who were asleep in their beds.

In the central West Bank, Israeli forces abducted a Palestinian and seized the equipment of a blacksmith workshop in the town of Beit Liqya, south of Ramallah.

According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, Israeli forces arrested the citizen Najeh Anwar Mfarjeh (32 years), after they raided and ransacked his home in the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday.

They raided a metal workshop belonging to Hakam Mohammed Dar Mousa and seized equipment.

In Jerusalem, Israeli forces abducted on Tuesday two young men and summoned another from the town of al-Eesawiyya in occupied Jerusalem.

According to local sources, Israeli forces stormed the town at dawn, and abducted the two young men Majd Mohammed Musa Darwish, and Mohammed Hussein Maoz Obeid, after raiding their family homes and pulling them from their beds where they were sleeping.

Israeli forces also summoned a young man, Atta Derbas, for questioning.

The raids in al-Eesawiyya come after clashes erupted between youths and the Israeli occupation forces in the town the previous evening, during which sound and gas bombs were fired, and houses were raided and attacked.

Israeli forces abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, a Palestinian who had recently been released from Israeli prison, from his home in Jenin refugee camp .

According to the Wafa news agency, the occupation forces abducted the young Dawoud Mohammed Zubaidi, brother of the prisoner Zakaria Zubaidi member of the Revolutionary Council of the Fatah movement, after storming the camp with regular military and special units who invaded his family home and ransacked his property.

Israeli forces abducted on Tuesday three young men from the town of Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya .

Eyewitnesses told Wafa that the Israeli occupation forces abducted Mu’tasim Tayseer Shteiwi (33 years), Halfat Mahmoud Akl Shteiwi (29 years) and Yousef Mustafa Shteiwi (26 years) after they raided and searched their homes.

Israeli forces abducted on Tuesday a Palestinian citizen from Jenin governorate.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society, the Israeli occupation forces abducted Thaer Rayashi.

(Source / 27.08.2019) 


Gaza (QNN)- A video footage of a brave Palestinian child called Izziddin Samsoum (12 years old) rushing to save the life of a wounded protester during Gaza’s weekly protests, has swept social media.

The video shows a wounded protester, shot by Israeli snipers near the separation barrier during the weekly protest in Gaza. No one appears able to help him, however, a young child rushes to help, not caring to the Israeli snipers, who were stationed nearby.

The moment the child “Izziddin Samsoum” arrives, he takes his T-shirt off to help dress the wound of the protester and tries to stop the bleeding before a group of Palestinian young men approach and help evacuate the wounded protester.

The 12-year-old child told QNN that ‘Israel’ has stolen his childhood and he has been trying to bring it back. He also said that “he rushed to help the wounded protester because he himself had been wounded before near the separation barrier and no one could reach him at the time to help”.

“No one of the protesters could reach the man, so I rushed to him and took my shirt off then put it on his hand then tried to pull him out with other three men”, he said.

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Gaza (QNN)- The occupation state has banned 661 Palestinian patients from Gaza from traveling for treatment and reduced the enclave’s exports by 42.2% last month, according to a new report by human rights NGO issued on Tuesday.

Thee Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said that Israeli authorities continued to impose strict restrictions through last July on the movement of goods and people. The occupation state refuses to allow most citizens of Gaza to get out or go back to it through Erez crossing, while it allows few patients with serious diseases to travel after going through very strict security measures, the report explained.

Israeli authorities banned 661 patients from getting treatment in Israeli hospitals or in the hospitals of the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

The report also said that Israeli authorities banned patients from traveling for different claims, including security reasons.

In the same context, Israeli authorities continued to prevent Gazans from exporting their goods with few exceptions.

The report also stated that the exports of July decreased by 42.2% comparing to the previous month.

(Source / 27.08.2019) 

Likud: Matter of time before ‘significant operation’ in Gaza

‘I have no doubt that we will go to a very significant operation in Gaza, period,’ the MK said

Israeli MK from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party warned on Monday that “very significant” assault on occupied besieged Gaza Strip was only a matter of time.

As reported by right-wing news outlet Arutz Sheva, MK Yoav Kisch made the remarks during an interview with Kan Reshet Bet while discussing the situation in the country’s south.

“The problem called Gaza must be resolved with determination and discretion,” Kisch said.

“I have no doubt that we will go to a very significant operation in Gaza, period,” he emphasised, adding: “The only question facing cabinet members is: Is this the right time?”

It has been widely reported that Netanyahu is reluctant to embark on a new offensive against the Gaza Strip before September’s elections, which has left him open to criticism from opposition politicians that he is showing “weakness” towards the territory’s Palestinian factions.

“The easiest thing to do is say, ‘Okay, let’s go in’,” said Kisch. “There’s no magic solution.”

“Prime Minister Netanyahu is handling it with careful consideration. We were very close to going into Gaza before the previous elections, but in the end Hamas took a step back.”

“Hamas is crossing a red line and leading to a process which will upset and endanger its rule,” the Likud lawmaker added.

(Source / 27.08.2019) 

Palestinian Minors ‘Face Physical, Verbal Abuse’ In Israeli Jails

Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons are subjected to physical and verbal abuse by Israeli forces, a Palestinian commission says.

The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs released a report on Sunday based on testimonies given by 45 children from Jerusalem al-Quds under 18 who are held in the Israeli prison of Damon, the Arabic-language Egyptian newspaper al-Youm al-Sabe’ reported.

The children said they were severely beaten by the so-called “Nahshon” forces who accompanied them during transfer to and from courts and during transfer from other prisons to Damon. They said the Israeli troops punched and kicked them in all parts of their bodies.

The children added that they were subjected to insults in the deportation vehicles or in the courts’ waiting rooms.

One of the elder prisoners who was responsible for the children detained in Damon said instances of verbal and physical abuse were growing and that signs of beating were visible on the minors’ bodies and faces when they came back to their prison cells.

The source added that immediate complaints were submitted to the prison authorities but no response was received.

The commission said the unit known as “Nahshon” was tasked with transferring detainees from one prison to another and from prison to the courts. The agents of the unit were also in charge of the prisons.

The unit regularly forces the detainees to strip naked on the pretext of inspection, breaks into their rooms, and disarranges their belongings.

More than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails. Dozens of them are serving multiple life sentences.

It is estimated that between 500 and 700 Palestinian minors, some as young as 12 years old, have been arrested and brought to trial in Israeli courts. The most common charge against them is stone-throwing.

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Hamas Slams Fuel Shipment Reduction By Israel As ‘Collective Punishment’

Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif al-Qanua slams Israel’s decision to limit fuel shipments into Gaza.

The decision amounts to an Israeli policy of “collective punishment,” he charges.

The reduction also “contradicts the understandings that were reached with Egyptian and Qatari mediation,” he says, referring to an informal ceasefire agreement with the Israel occupation.

(Source / 27.08.2019) 

Palestinian Woman Loses Home As Israel Flattens Bethlehem Building

Israel demolishes two-storey house and restaurant in the occupied West Bank city

 An Israeli soldier stands guard as the restaurant is flattened. EPA

An Israeli soldier stands guard as the restaurant is flattened

A building that serves as a home and restaurant in a village near Bethlehem has been bulldozed by Israeli forces, on a site where houses have been razed twice before.

Israeli authorities gave the building’s owner, Ramzi Qaisiyya, a notice saying the building was constructed without the correct permits.

The two earlier buildings on the same site were demolished under the same pretext, the Palestine News Network reported on Monday.

Israel called in reinforcements to Al Makhour, north-west of Beit Jala, after a woman confronted soldiers, said Hassan Brejiya, head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee in Bethlehem.

The woman clung to the balustrade of the building’s top-floor balcony as Israeli soldiers try to force her away from the building.

Then the bulldozers moved in to level the two-storey home.

Mr Brejiya condemned the demolition, accusing Israel of clearing the area to expand its settlement projects.

 (Source / 27.08.2019) 

Samidoun stands with the people of Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq against Israeli aggression

Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network stands with the people of Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, who face the front lines of aggression by the Israeli state, its Zionist supporters, imperialist backers and reactionary allies, and urges broad solidarity with their resistance.

Israel’s renewed bombardment and tightened siege of the Gaza Strip and campaign of arrests and settlement construction in the West Bank, as well as its lethal strikes on Iraq, where it killed Kazem Mohsen, a member of the Popular Mobilization Forces fighting the “Islamic State” group, and Lebanon, where it targeted both the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, killing two of its members, Hassan Youssef Zbeeb and Yasser Ahmad Daher, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, and its latest bombing of Syria indicate the ongoing determination of this reactionary axis to foment social turmoil and national disintegration across the region.

In particular, they show its eagerness to weaken the resistance forces confronting its spearheads: Israel and the militant fundamentalist groups, including Al-Qaeda affiliates, with whom it has found common cause. They also reflect the ongoing threat that Zionism and the Israeli state pose to all peoples in the region. After all, this is nothing new. Israel currently occupies the Syrian Golan Heights and the Lebanese Shebaa Farms. Its occupying forces were driven from southern Lebanon in 2000 due to the people’s resistance. Since that time, the Israeli state has repeatedly attempted to incite war with Lebanon and engaged in a brutal assault on the people of the country in 2006, rebuffed when the Lebanese resistance was victorious over the Zionist war machine once more. 

And along with his decision to ban a visit by United States Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, they also demonstrate the willingness of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces a surprisingly close battle for re-election on 17 September, to win at any cost, even the embroilment of his state in a regional war.

Samidoun urges all supporters of Palestine to strengthen their solidarity with the forces of resistance confronting Israel, Zionism, imperialism and reaction both there and in surrounding countries through escalated Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, particularly against targets, like Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, HSBC and Sabra, complicit in servicing the Israeli military, demands that imperialist and reactionary government end their support for Israel, and mass mobilization against Israel’s dangerous escalation.

(Source / 27.08.2019)