Israel arrests 3 residents of Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb

Alraqeeb village head Sheikh Sayah Al-Turi and his son Aziz

Israeli forces yesterday arrested three residents from the Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb yesterday, a day after razing the area for the 157th time.

The prisoners were identified as Aziz Sayah Al-Turi, son of Al-Araqeeb Chief Sheikh Sayah Al-Turi, Salim Mohammed and Layla Al-Sanei.

No details have emerged about the reasons for their detention. It is believed that they were detained for being present in the village at the time the forces arrived to demolish it.

Israeli occupation authorities have increased their demolition of Al-Araqeeb in recent months and the arrest of the village’s residents, in an attempt to force locals to leave the city.

OPINION: Al-Araqeeb village head, Israel trying to impose military rule in Negev

Located in the Negev (Naqab) desert, the village is one of 51 “unrecognised” Arab villages in the area and is continuously targeted for demolition ahead of plans to Judaise the Naqab by building homes for new Jewish communities. Israeli bulldozers, which Bedouins are charged for, have demolished everything, from the trees to the water tanks, but Bedouin residents have tried to rebuild it every time.

Bedouins in the Naqab must abide by the same laws as Jewish Israeli citizens. They pay taxes but do not enjoy the equal rights and services as Jews in Israel, and the state has repeatedly refused to connect the towns to the national grid, water supplies and other vital amenities.

Head of the Popular Committee for Defending Al-Araqee,b Ahmed Abu-Mdeghim, told Arab48that the Israeli attack on the village “is still continuous on a daily basis,” including detentions, demolitions and scaring residents.

“Despite all of the systematic harassment, the Israeli occupation will not succeed in expelling us from Al-Araqeeb,” he said.

READ: Israel charges Bedouins $0.5m to cover cost of demolition of their village

(Source / 04.09.2019) 

Netanyahu has turned Hebron into a ‘Zionist occupation military outpost’

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu [Yoav Lemmer/Getty Images]

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Palestinian residents and social media users have taken their disapproval of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s planned visit to the occupied West Bank city of Hebron to Twitter.

An increased Israeli occupation force presence has been felt in the area today with a number of Palestinian stores forced to close.

In the first event of its kind, the Israeli leader will deliver a public address in the occupied city for a ceremony commemorating Jews killed in 1929.

This comes as Netanyahu has repeatedly promised not to give up any land occupied by Israel in the West Bank, saying on Sunday: “With God’s help we will extend Jewish sovereignty to all the settlements as part of the (biblical) land of Israel, as part of the state of Israel.”

According to the Times of Israel, roughly 850 settlers live in heavily guarded illegal settlement in Hebron. The city is also home to some 200,000 Palestinians who are forced to endure severe restrictions on movement and curfews. The city’s historic Ibrahimi Mosque was also partitioned in 1994 after an extremist Jew massacred 29 Muslim worshippers as they prayed.

Twitter user Dr Halina Kruk said residents had been told a curfew would be imposed during Netanyahu’s visit, ““a visit” condemned by the Palestinian Foreign Ministry (PFM) as “racist and colonial””.

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The 0cupattion army informed residents the city of Hebron ;its intention 2 impose a curfew tomorrow, in conjunction with the forthcoming “visit” by B. Netanyahu 2 Hebron, to participate in an event for the squaters a “visit” condemned by the PFM as “racist and colonial”

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Palestinian rights activist from Hebron and the founder of Youth Against Settlements, Issa Amro, tweeted that residents will “raise the Palestinian flag high from the community centre” in defiance of Netanyahu’s visit.

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For Netanyahu’s visit to Hebron tomorrow we will raise the Palestinian flag high from our community centre.

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The Palestine Liberation Origination’s Department of Palestinian Public Diplomacy & Policy described the prime minister’s visit as a “provocative visit to the illegal settlements in the heart of the City.”

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Israeli occupation forces have closed #Palestinian stores in several #Hebron City neighborhoods ahead of Netanyahu’s provocative visit to the illegal settlements in the heart of the City. https://twitter.com/qudsn/status/1169131267851526144 …شبكة قدس الإخبارية @qudsn 

انتشار قوات الاحتلال بتل ارميدة وشارع الشهداء في #الخليل استعداداً لاقتحام نتنياهو للمنطقة.#تدنيس_الخليل

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Calling the settlers “extremists”, Twitter user Nemo Soliman shared pictures of them setting up tents ahead of Netanyahu’s arrival.

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Extremist Jewish settlers set up tents in preparation for Israeli PM Netanyahu’s expected provocative visit to the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron.

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While Younes Arar said the Old Town of Hebron has become a “Zionist occupation military outpost”.

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All the old town of Alkhalil City (Hebron) has turned into a Zionist occupation military outpost in preparation for the intended visit of Netanyahu today. Heavily armed soldiers are in every corner and on top of… https://www.facebook.com/531065759/posts/10158849283115760/ …13:05 – 4 Sep 2019Twitter Ads information and privacy(Source / 04.09.2019)  

UNRWA’s existence might be contested, but it is essential for Palestine refugees

Palestinian women shout slogans during a protest against US aid cuts, outside the UN office in Gaza Strip on 11 February 2018 [SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images]

Palestinian women shout slogans during a protest against US aid cuts to UNRWA outside the UN office in Gaza Strip on 11 February 2018

These are dire times for UNRWA, the UN agency established to care for refugees displaced from Palestine at the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. As the Agency approaches its seventieth anniversary, with its mandate up for renewal by the UN General Assembly in the autumn, recent allegations of misconduct and abuse of power by senior UNRWA staff have brought renewed criticisms and a volley of polemical attacks against it. This has made the task of caring for 5.5 million refugees even more difficult and hijacked the space for informed and level-headed debate on both the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Allegations of misconduct and abuse of power made worse

Pending the results of a UN headquarters investigation into allegations of wrongdoing, several European donors have suspended their contributions to UNRWA. Reports that New Zealand may soon do the same have heightened concern among refugees and others about UNRWA’s financial stability, after the US – hitherto UNRWA’s largest donor – withdrew its funding last year. Similar investigations of staff of other UN organisations have not provoked a comparable donor response. As others have rightly noted, it is the refugees who will ultimately pay the pricefor the current quagmire.

UNRWA's lifeline is decreasing due to the cuts made by the Trump administration [AlArabi21News/Twitter]

Vigilant against the misuse of public funds and accountable to their domestic constituencies, donors are at the same time reasonably expected to withhold judgement until the UN Secretariat has completed its investigation. Lost in the political invective is the fact that it was UNRWA’s internal oversight mechanismsthat identified and reported the allegations to the UN Secretary-General in the first place. UN regulations and rules do provide means to address the situation without the need to suspend funding.

Citing the recent allegations as more evidence that UNRWA is “irredeemably flawed”, longstanding criticshave redoubled their attacks against the Agency. Unsubstantiated claims of inefficiency and charges of incitement and terrorism have been recycled for more than a decade. Never is it mentioned that UNRWA staff who are found to be in violation of UN rules and regulations are dismissed immediately.

READ: Why Europe must fight to preserve the UNRWA model

These critics claim that UNRWA perpetuates the refugee “problem” and that getting rid of the Agency will somehow solve it. Dissolving the Agency, in this misguided view, is the easiest way to rid themselves of the refugee issue. Yet, the reality is rather that only when there is a just solution to the refugee question will UNRWA no longer be required.

The need for informed and level-headed debate

Relying almost entirely on voluntary donations, the Agency’s ability to meet the needs of the growing number of Palestine refugees is further strained by humanitarian emergencies in areas where it operates, downturns in the global economy and the seven-decade-long absence of durable solutions. In the spirit of international responsibility sharing, both the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants, adopted by all 193 members of the General Assembly in 2016, and the UN Secretary-General, have called upon states to ensure that UNRWA has “sufficient, predictable and sustainable” funding pending a just and durable solution to the refugee question. While the Agency has undertaken measures to broaden its donor base, explore additional funding streams and establish new partnerships at both corporate and private levels, primary responsibility for funding UNRWA remains with UN member states.

A Palestinian man carries sacks of flour during a food aid distribution by UNRWA in Rafah, Gaza on 22 January 2017 [Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency]

The prospect for just and durable solutions for Palestinian refugees remains a chimera seventy years on. Israel’s adamant denial of their right of return has in turn rendered local integration in the Arab host countries and resettlement in third countries politically impracticable. The responsibility for a political solution of the refugee situation, as well as of the unresolved question of Palestinian self-determination, lies with states. There is little that UNRWA can do by itself to help the refugees out of the current impasse until political conditions allow refugees to make free and informed choices about their future. Meanwhile, UNRWA can neither be blamed for the lack of a political solution nor should be seen as a substitute for the lack of political will within the international community.

READ: UNRWA schools to open on time despite funding cuts 

Like Palestine refugees cared for by UNRWA, about 16 million refugees worldwide (seventy-eight per cent of the global refugee population) find themselves in a “protracted refugee situation”. The similar absence of a political solution makes UNHCR’s mandate for them no less compelling. Whether UNRWA could do more within its existing mandate or whether this should explicitly include the promotion of durable solutions raises difficult and politically sensitive questions, requiring careful and objective examination.

Moving beyond uncertainty

When it considers UNRWA’s mandate in November, the General Assembly has an opportunity to better serve Palestine refugees by helping remove the uncertainty and air of perpetual crisis that surrounds them and the Agency. Discussions about how to achieve a just resolution to the refugees’ plight can no longer be postponed.

Meanwhile, UNRWA must be enabled to continue to care for the refugees, armed with a new institutional vision and strategy, one that fully involves refugees in discussions concerning their future. After decades of broken promises, it is time for the international community, through the United Nations, to translate declarations of support for the refugees into concrete action.

READ: The latest US pretext to liquidate UNRWA

(Source / 04.09.2019) 

Palestinian Forced To Demolish Rooftop Of His Destroyed Commercial Structure

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The Israeli authorities in occupied Jerusalem forced, Tuesday, a Palestinian from Silwan town to demolish the rooftop of his commercial structure, which was destroyed by the City Council two days ago.

Media sources said the Palestinian, identified as Ma’moun Jalajel, had to demolish the rooftop at his own expense, to avoid the excessively high fines and penalties, in addition to the exaggerated costs of demolition if the city carries it out using its workers and machines.

On Sunday evening, the Palestinian demolished the foundation of his property after receiving an order for its destruction from the City Council, for installing it without a permit.

A month earlier, the Jalajel received an administrative demolition order, and was instructed to head to the City Council to pay fines, and he did so to avoid the destruction of his 30 square/meter property which he built two months ago.

Jalajel stated that he built the property with a concrete floor, poles, in addition to reinforced sheet metal and bricks, before he was ordered to demolish it.

(Source / 04.09.2019) 

Israel Confiscates Palestinian Lands To Expand Illegal Colonies In Bethlehem

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The Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank, issued three orders for the illegal annexation of Palestinian lands in Beit Jala city, Teqoua’ and Rashayda towns, in Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

Hasan Breijiyya, the coordinator of the Wall and Colonization Commission in Bethlehem, said the first Israeli order targets Palestinian lands in Basin 2 of the al-Makhrour area Beit Jala, west of Bethlehem, and are owned by residents from Beit Jala and al-Khader.

Breijiyya added that Israel wants to confiscate lands in that area to expand colonialist bypass road #60, linking between occupied Jerusalem and Gush Etzion colony, south of Bethlehem, which effectively means annexing hundreds of Dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands.

The second order targets lands in the Rashayda village, east of Bethlehem, and aims at expanding Maali Amos illegal colony.

The third order targets lands owned by the Palestinians in Teqoua’ village, east of Bethlehem, and aims at expanding Nokdim illegal colony.

Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

(Source / 04.09.2019) 

ISRAEL’S AUGUST ‘CATCH’ OF PALESTINIANS: 12 PALESTINIANS KILLED AND 620 WOUNDED

Ramallah (QNN)- A new statistic by Abdallah Al Hourani Centre for Studies and Documentation has documented Israel’s killing of 12 Palestinians, including a child, in the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip during last August.

The centre said that 12 Palestinians were killed, including a child. Ten of them were killed in Gaza while two others in the occupied West Bank in field executions for approaching checkpoints. Bodies of five martyrs were held, increasing the total of held bodies of martyrs to 51 since 2015.

Israeli authorities also arrested last month nearly 450 Palestinians throughout the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza. It also practices harsh punitive policies against Prisoners, whose number has reached 5500, including 220 children and 43 ladies.

Meanwhile, 630 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli soldiers, 500 of whom in Gaza during peaceful protests and 130 others in occupied Jerusalem and West Bank while peacefully protesting Israel’s settlement and occupation practices.

Israeli authorities also demolished and stole 25 houses and structures owned by Palestinians in the occupied Jerusalem and West Bank. 8 houses were demolished, including two which were demolished by their owners, while 17 structures were demolished as well.

In the same vein, owners of 57 additional houses were given demolition orders, including a school. Most demolitions and demolition orders took place in Occupied Jerusalem, Bethlehem, occupied Hebron, Tulkarem, the Jordan Valley, and Ramallah.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities ordered Muhammad Abu Teir, whose building was demolished in Wadi Hummu last month, to pay 2 million Shekels as costs of demolition.

On the other hand, Israeli authorities approved to build thousands of settlement units in the occupied Jerusalem and West Bank. 838 settlement units were approved while other 1466 units had initial approve and four settlement outposts were legalized.

‘Israel’ also confiscated 63 donums of Bourin village in southern Nablus and other 11 donums in Beit Hanina in occupied Jerusalem. Israeli bulldozers also cleared farmland in Makhrour to construct a tunnel, which connects occupied Jerusalem to Gush Etzion illegal settlements.

(Source / 04.09.2019) 

BRITISH RACIST BEHIND ‘PUNISH A MUSLIM DAY’ JAILED FOR 12 YEARS

London (QNN)- The British racist behind a “Punish a Muslim Day”, which incited attacks on Muslims, who also sent a letter to a US mass murderer, praising his ‘ethnic cleansing’, a court heard on Monday.

David Parnham, 36, sent hate filled letters to Muslims across the country, which resulted in ‘fear and paranoia spreading across Muslim communities’.

He also sent hundreds of hate filled letters to the Queen of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, and Theresa May between June 2016 and his arrest on 12 June last year.

Parnham also praised white supremacist Dylann Roof, who murdered nine black parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina, in December 2016, the Old Bailey heard.

He admitted offences including soliciting murder, encouraging crime, bomb and noxious substance hoaxes and sending letters with intent to cause distress.

In early 2018, a series of typed “Punish A Muslim Day” letters were sent out to encourage violence on the date of an American white supremacist’s birthday.

The letters claimed Europe and North America was being “overrun” by Muslims and contained a makeshift scorecard for attacks ranging from pulling off women’s headscarves to acid attacks, torture, bombing a mosque and “butchering” Muslims with guns, knives and vehicles.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC said Parnham had been suffering from an autistic spectrum disorder but rejected the suggestion he was psychotic at the time of the offences.

(Source / 04.09.2019) 

Netanyahu says Jews will remain in Al-Khalil ‘forever’

Israeli President and several ministers also desecrated the Palestinian city, too

During his desecration of Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in West Bank city of Al-Khalil on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Jews will remain in the city “forever.”

“We have come here to unite in memory, to express victory over the bloodthirsty rioters who committed the horrific massacre 90 years ago today,” Netanyahu said, referring to casualties among Jews during anti-Zionist immigration in 1920s.

Palestinians protested against the Zionist immigration to Palestine facilitated by the British Occupation or what was called British Mandate.

The protests spread across many Palestinian cities, including Nablus and Jerusalem.

Reports said that 67 Jews in Al-Khalil (Hebron) were killed and more than 100 Palestinians were also killed mainly by the British forces.

Up to 800 Israeli Jewish settlers are currently living in more than 20 per cent of Al-Khalil’s area which is a home for more than 200,000 Palestinians.

Palestinian Jews, who lived in Al-Khalil peacefully along with Muslims, have issued a statement condemning the immigration of the Zionist Jews.

“They [the Palestinian protesters] were sure that they kicked us for good, but they made a serious mistake,” Netanyahu said.

He continued: “We have accomplished historical justice, and returned to the city of the patriarchs. Hebron will never be empty of Jews.

“We are not strangers in Hebron, we will remain here forever. We have not come to dispossess anyone, but nobody will dispossess us either.”

(Source / 04.09.2019) 

Zionist Israel arrested 450 Palestinians in August

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM — Palestine’s Prisoners Centre for Studies said Monday that Israeli authorities continued arbitrary arrests against Palestinians last month, arresting 450 Palestinians, including 69 children and 13 ladies.

Spokesperson of the centre, Riyadh Ashqar, said that centre has registered 10 arrests from Gaza, including a fisherman while working near Gaza’s seashore. Israeli forces also arrested 8 children from Gaza near the separation barrier.

The occupation state also arrested two photojournalists; Hasan Dabbous (30 years old) and Abdel Muhsen Shalaldeh after savagely breaking into their houses and intimidating children. A Palestinian man with special needs, identified as Jarrah Naser, was also arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

Ashqar said that Israel continued to arrest more children. 69 children were arrested including Muhammad Najeeb (10 years old), Mahmoud Hajajreh (12 years old), Ali Taweel (13 years old), and Yousef Abu Nab (13 years old).

Israeli arrests of females also continued. Jordanian citizen Hiba Libdi was arrested at the Karameh border crossing, and 13-year-old Rayyan Smeik from Qalqilya was arrested under the pretext of seizing a knife. Journalism student Mais Abu Ghoush has been also arrested after breaking into her house in occupied Jerusalem while Inas Asafreh was arrested with her husband. Mariam Abu Obeid was also arrested when she was going back home from a treatment visit in thee United Emirates. Areej Housheh, Madeline Issa, and Shifaa Abu Ghalyeh were also rearrested.

Israel also arrested elderly Palestinians. 59-year-old Siham Battat was arrested during a visit to her son Haitham Battat in Hadarim Israeli jail.

(Source / 04.09.2019) 

12 Palestinians killed, 620 injured by IOF last August

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM — A new statistic by Abdallah Al Hourani Centre for Studies and Documentation has documented Israel’s killing of 12 Palestinians, including a child, in the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip during last August.

The centre said that 12 Palestinians were killed, including a child. Ten of them were killed in Gaza while two others in the occupied West Bank in field executions for approaching checkpoints. Bodies of five martyrs were held, increasing the total of held bodies of martyrs to 51 since 2015.

Israeli authorities also arrested last month nearly 450 Palestinians throughout the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza. It also practices harsh punitive policies against Prisoners, whose number has reached 5500, including 220 children and 43 ladies.

Meanwhile, 630 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli soldiers, 500 of whom in Gaza during peaceful protests and 130 others in occupied Jerusalem and West Bank while peacefully protesting Israel’s settlement and occupation practices.

Israeli authorities also demolished and stole 25 houses and structures owned by Palestinians in the occupied Jerusalem and West Bank. 8 houses were demolished, including two which were demolished by their owners, while 17 structures were demolished as well.

In the same vein, owners of 57 additional houses were given demolition orders, including a school. Most demolitions and demolition orders took place in Occupied Jerusalem, Bethlehem, occupied Hebron, Tulkarem, the Jordan Valley, and Ramallah.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities ordered Muhammad Abu Teir, whose building was demolished in Wadi Hummu last month, to pay 2 million Shekels as costs of demolition.

On the other hand, Israeli authorities approved to build thousands of settlement units in the occupied Jerusalem and West Bank. 838 settlement units were approved while other 1466 units had initial approve and four settlement outposts were legalized.

‘Israel’ also confiscated 63 donums of Bourin village in southern Nablus and other 11 donums in Beit Hanina in occupied Jerusalem. Israeli bulldozers also cleared farmland in Makhrour to construct a tunnel, which connects occupied Jerusalem to Gush Etzion illegal settlements.

(Source / 04.09.2019)