Israel settlers attack Palestinian homes near Nablus

An Israeli flag can be seen atop a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on 26 July 2017. Over 100 settlers stormed the house and evicted the Palestinian family which legally owns it. [Mamoun Wazwaz /Anadolu Agency]

An Israeli flag can be seen atop a Palestinian home in the West Bank on 26 July 2017

Israeli settlers yesterday attacked a number of Palestinian homes in Einabous village, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, Wafa news agency reported.

According to Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement construction in the northern West Bank, scores of settlers from the illegal Yitzhar settlement were provided heavy military protection as they attacked a Palestinian neighbourhood in Einabous.

The settlers attempted to burn agricultural vehicles and threw rocks at Palestinian homes in the village, smashing their windows.

Israeli forces opened fire on the villagers who attempted to fend off the settlers’ attack, injuring two with rubber-coated steel bullets and causing others to suffer suffocation from tear gas.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the occupied West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

READ: Israel PM allows settlers to take over a Palestinian house in Hebron

(Source / 17.09.2019) 

Army Injures Many Palestinians Near Jenin

17 SEP 3:48 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at night, the village of Taybeh, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and fired many gas bombs at protesters, causing several Palestinains to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Media sources said the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs at random, casing many Palestinians, including families in their homes, to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The village, especially the homes near the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall, witness frequent Israeli invasions and violations.

(Source / 17.09.2019) 

Press Release: Ziada Case against Israeli Generals for Gaza War Crimes Heard in The Hague

17 SEP 4:44 AM

The Hague, September 9th, 2019 

On Tuesday 17th September, the District Court of The Hague will hold a hearing on the admissibility of a case brought by Dutch citizen Ismail Ziada against the former Chief of General Staff of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF), Benny Gantz and former Commander of the IDF Air Force, Amir Eshel for the bombing of the Ziada family home in Gaza. The attack resulted in the death of six members of Mr Ziada’s immediate family.

Mr Ziada, who is of Palestinian origin, contends that he is unable to gain access to justice in Israel due to the discriminatory practices faced by Palestinians seeking accountability for war crimes. The case is being pursued in accordance with Dutch law which upholds the principle of universal jurisdiction in civil proceedings for citizens who are unable to gain access to justice elsewhere. It is a unique case and the first time a Palestinian has been able to make use of civil litigation on the basis of universal jurisdiction to gain access to justice for war crimes. Mr Ziada is represented by Liesbeth Zegveld, a prominent human rights lawyer from Amsterdam.

The bombing of the Ziada family home in the Bureij refugee camp, Gaza, took place on July 20th, 2014. It was a targeted IDF attack that resulted in the death of Ismail Ziada’s 75-year-old mother, three brothers, his sister-in-law, a 12-year-old nephew and a visiting friend.  Mr Ziada contends that the attack on the family home was a violation of international humanitarian law and constituted a gross violation of internationally recognised human rights principles.

During the Israeli attacks on Gaza in 2014, approximately 2000 Palestinians, including 500 children, were killed. The Israeli military operation, codenamed “Protective Edge”, was a widespread and systematic attack on civilian targets with the vast majority of casualties being non-combatants.

Mr Gantz and Mr Eshel claim immunity from the Dutch court and contend that Mr Ziada should have presented his claim in an Israeli courtNeither Mr Gantz nor Mr Eshel are expected to be present on the day of the hearing. They will be represented by the law firms Florent and Jahea Raymakers.  Since his retirement, Mr Gantz has formed a new political party “Hosen Le-Yisrael” (Israel Resilience Party). On the day of the hearing, Mr Gantz will be running for office against Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli national elections.

For further information please contact the Palestine Justice Campaign spokesperson by email at palestinejusticecampaign@gmail.com or by telephone at +31 619895090.

The Palestinian Justice Campaign is an international, single-issue group of concerned citizens, trade unionists and human rights workers who volunteer to assist the Ziada family in their pursuit for justice.

Via Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.

(Source / 17.09.2019) 

ISRAEL PREPARED TO DELAY ELECTION AND START WAR ON GAZA

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat met with the head of the Central Elections Committee last Wednesday to prepare him for the possibility of postponing the election due to a military attack on Gaza, reported Israeli Haaretz.

Haaretz quoted involved officials saying that the attorney general was the one who asked the senior adviser to update election board chief, Justice Hanan Melcer, about a possible attack on the besieged enclave.

Haaretz reported earlier Monday that Netanyahu aborted last week plans for an unusual military move in the Gaza Strip, which would likely have had far-reaching implications. Participants in a meeting between Netanyahu and officials were concerned that some of the prime minister’s motives were connected to the election.

Ministers in the security cabinet said on Monday said they had been updated during the week about deliberations regarding a possible action in Gaza, but as far as is known the security cabinet was not convened. Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz told Kan’s Reshet Bet radio that “This report is totally baseless. A complete lie.”

Netanyahu did not respond to this report.

(Source / 17.09.2019) 

‘ISRAEL’ KILLED 38 PALESTINIANS ON HEBRON’S CHECKPOINTS LAST 4 YEARS

Occupied Hebron (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces and illegal settlers have executed 38 Palestinians and wounded and arrested several others on Hebron’s military checkpoints since 2015, reported Hebron’s Reconstruction Committee.

Researcher in the committee, Hasan Salameen, stated that the settlement policy of the occupation state in Hebron is based on two pillars; first isolating the old city to prevent access or exit, and second dismemberment of the old city and forming small separated cantons to force native Palestinians to leave. That is why the occupation state depends on creating more military checkpoint where executions and arrests are routinely carried out.

Salameen added that there are over 100 military checkpoints in the city, which is located on nearly 74 km2. This means that there are more than a military checkpoint for each square kilometer.

Israeli authorities closed 40 entrances to the city and created seven checkpoints, through which Palestinians can leave or access the city.

(Source / 17.09.2019) 

IOF injures Palestinians near Jenin

JENIN, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at night, the village of Taybeh, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and fired many gas bombs at protesters, causing several Palestinains to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Media sources said the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs at random, casing many Palestinians, including families in their homes, to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The village, especially the homes near the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall, witness frequent Israeli invasions and violations.

(Source / 17.09.2019) 

Palestinian hunger striker in critical condition inside Zionist prison

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Mohjat al-Quds Foundation on Sunday said that the health condition of the Palestinian prisoner Sultan Khalaf, who has been on hunger strike for 62 days in Israeli jails, has seriously deteriorated.

“We might lose him at any moment,” Mohjat al-Quds said during a press conference in front of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City.

Khalaf, a resident of Jenin in the West Bank, started an open-ended hunger strike 62 days ago protesting his administrative detention without charge or trial.

Israeli occupation authorities arrested Khalaf on 8 July 2019 and 10 days later he started a hunger strike after he was sentenced to extendable six months without indictment or trial.

(Source / 17.09.2019) 

Settlers Attack Palestinian Property In Southern Nablus

A horde of Jewish settlers on Monday evening attacked a number of Palestinian homes in the south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Local official Ghassan Daghlas said that dozens of settlers attacked the homes of citizens with stones in the northern area of Einabus village, south of Nablus, adding that local residents managed to fend off the assailants.

In another incident, another group of settlers stormed Duma village in southern Nablus, slashed tires of some cars and spray-painted death threats and racist slurs on a house’s wall.

(Source / 17.09.2019) 

IOA Kidnaps Gazan Businessman At Beit Hanoun Crossing Sep 17 2019

The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Monday evening kidnaped a Palestinian businessman at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the north of the Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian official from the crossings and border authority told Quds Press that Israeli intelligence officers arrested a businessman called Jawad Hassan after he went to the crossing for an interview.

He added that Hassan had submitted a request asking to allow him to travel through the crossing.

The arrest of a passenger at the crossing was not the first such incident since the beginning of the current year. The IOA had arrested four citizens after they applied for permission to travel through  the crossing for medical and commercial purposes.

(Source / 17.09.2019) 

Euro-Med, IRDG Address HRC Over Forced Disappearance Of Palestinians

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Right Monitor and the International Institute for Rights and Development – Geneva (IRDG) have expressed their deep concern over the Saudi authorities’ illegal detention of dozens of Palestinians and cases of forced disappearance.

This came in a joint statement by Euro-Med and IRDG read during the 42nd ordinary session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on Monday.

Their statement said that dozens of Palestinians are victims of enforced disappearance in Saudi Arabia, which is a crime under international law.

In early September, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Right Monitor documented the testimonies of 11 Palestinian families whose relatives had been detained or forcibly disappeared in recent months during their stay or visit to Saudi Arabia. They were isolated from the outside world without specific indictments or without being brought before the competent legal authorities. Also, they were not allowed to communicate with their families or contact their lawyers.

The two organizations underlined that the Saudi Authority has no legal basis for detaining these people without informing their families about their whereabouts.

The human rights groups called on HRC to strongly condemn the abduction and forced disappearance of innocent civilians and to make efforts to ensure their release.

They also called on all international parties to act immediately to save the Palestinians, including the elderly who have been subjected to enforced disappearance in the Kingdom, whose executive authorities have committed a long series of human rights violations.

The groups also urged the UN to open an urgent investigation into such incidents of enforced disappearance in Saudi Arabia and to work on prosecuting those responsible.

(Source / 17.09.2019)