BDS founder unable to attend UK Labour event due to visa delay

Palestinian researcher, commentator, and human rights activist Omar Barghouti speaks during a conferenceat the ULB university in Brussels, on April 30, 2013

Co-founder of Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) will be unable to speak at an event at the UK Labour Party’s upcoming annual conference due to his visa request being delayed, according to Palestine Post 24

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), a pro-BDS group hosting the event on the sidelines of the Labour conference in Brighton, said on Friday that Omar Barghouti would instead address the gathering by video due to the UK government’s “unexplained, abnormal delay” in issuing him a visa.

“The unprecedented delay in processing Barghouti’s travel visa application by the British government is part and parcel of the growing efforts by Israel and its allies to suppress Palestinian voices and the movements for Palestinian rights,” PSC said in a statement.

Barghouti had been set to speak at the “Palestine in the age of Trump” event alongside Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott and Unite union chief Len McCluskey, both allies of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

“They fear our shining a light of truth that reveals their lies. They dread our tireless quest for freedom, justice and equality,” Barghouti said, according to the PSC statement.

READ: The Palestinian voice will be heard at the Labour conference

There was no immediate comment from the UK Home Office, which handles visa requests.

Earlier this year, Barghouti was denied entry to the US for a multi-city speaking tour.

The Arab American Institute said at the time that Barghouti, a resident of Acre who is married to an Arab Israeli and holds Israeli permanent resident status, was not provided an explanation for his denial of entry beyond being told it was an “immigration matter.”

James Zogby, the head of the Arab American Institute, called Barghouti’s ban an “arbitrary political decision,” and accused the Trump administration of working to “silence Palestinian voices.”

Israel has barred Barghouti from leaving the county a number of times in recent years by refusing to renew travel documents granted to Palestinian residents of Israel who do not have full citizenship.

The BDS campaign, a non-violent movement, advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

(Source / 22.09.2019) 

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians In Hebron, Nablus, And Jerusalem

22 SEP 11:34 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Sunday, eight Palestinians from the West Bank governorates of Hebron, Nablus, and Jerusalem.

In Hebron governorate, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted six Palestinians from Beit Kahil and Beit Ula towns, west of Hebron city, after the soldiers invaded and searched their homes, in addition to searching many other homes in the governorate.

The soldiers abducted Mahmoud Salem Zhour, Zahran Mahmoud Zhour, Mohammad Taiseer Asafra, Moath Mahmoud Asafra, and Yousef Ahmad Asafra, from Beit Kahil town, in addition to Raed Abdul-Afo al-‘Emla from Beit Ula.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also installed roadblocks on roads leading to many towns in Hebron governorate, before stopping and searching many cars and interrogated the residents while inspecting their ID cards.

In addition, the army abducted Emad Nihad Qayyim, from Ras al-‘Ein area, after stopping him at Beit Forik military roadblock, east of Nablus, in northern West Bank, after the soldiers claimed he had a knife in his possession.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Yasser Khatib, from his home in Hizma town, east of the city.

(Source / 22.09.2019) 

Soldiers Interrogate A Child In Her Home In Jerusalem

22 SEP 3:15 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday evening, a Palestinian home in the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and interrogated a child in the property, after alleging that she was filming them when some youngsters reportedly hurled stones at their jeep. The child and her family were on the rooftop of their home barbecuing with relatives.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) interviewed the child after the soldiers left her home, and she told them that the soldiers started interrogating her and asking her if she saw who threw stones at them and if she filmed it on her phone.

The child, Sondos Omar Atiya, 12, denied the allegations of the soldiers, and that she was on the rooftop with her family and relatives barbecuing and socializing.

“One of the soldiers was asking me if I was wearing a black shirt and filming them – he asked if I had a phone, or if I was using my brother’s phone – I said no,” she told Silwanic, “They kept questioning and interrogating me, asking whether I filmed anything or if I saw who threw stones at them… and my father told them that the family is just having some barbeque.”

The soldiers then examined several phones, and questioned her father, before leaving the property.

(Source / 22.09.2019) 

Soldiers Invade Deir Ghassana Village, North Of Ramallah

22 SEP 11:57 AM

Several Israeli army jeeps invaded, Sunday, Deir Ghassana Palestinian village, northwest of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the village and started stopping the Palestinians and their cars on its main road.

They added that the soldiers searched many cars and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

Several Palestinian youngsters hurled stones at the invading army jeeps, while the soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs; no injuries were reported.

Earlier Sunday, the soldiers abducted eight Palestinians from the West Bank governorates of Hebron, Nablus, and Jerusalem.

Video By WAFA News Agency

(Source / 22.09.2019) 


Palestinian prisoners at an Israeli prison

Jenin (QNN) – A Palestinian prisoner serving a life sentence plus 15 years in Israeli jails for resisting its occupation has completed 23 years behind bars, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

Mahmoud Abdullah Arda, 41, from the West Bank town of Arraba, was arrested on September 21, 1996 and sentenced to life in prison plus 15 years, said Muntaser Sammour, director of Jenin’s PPS office.

Palestinians serving long prison terms in Israel have no chance of getting out without a prisoner exchange, which was the case several times in the past, the latest was in October 2011 when Israel freed more than 1000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for an Israeli soldier who was held captive in Gaza for five years.

There are currently more than 500 Palestinians serving one or more life terms in Israel out of over 5500 prisoners.

(Source / 22.09.2019) 


Palestinian Minister of Health, Mai Alkaila

Ramallah (QNN) – Palestinian Minister of Health, Mai Alkaila, warned late yesterday that a possible outage of power by the Israeli Electricity Company in the West Bank districts of Ramallah and Bethlehem, may put the lives of dozens of patients at risk, as such outage may cause damage to refrigerated medications.

Alkaila said in a statement quoted by WAFA, the official Palestinian news agency, that such blackout may also cause harm to a large segment of the population in these governorates, as it affects the validity of hundreds of products and food parcels that require refrigeration or freezing.

In addition, she added, the power outage “may affect medications and vaccines kept in the refrigerators of the health centers and health care clinics.”

“Any power outage on the refrigerators and vaccines of the health centers will damage them and affect their effectiveness, especially those medicines kept at low temperatures. Some of them require permanent freezing during the storing period,” Alkaila continued.

She said any power outage by IEC will certainly affect the validity of children’s vaccines, “as most vaccines are stored at temperatures between 2-8°C, and there are a number of vaccines that need freezing at temperatures as low as minus 20°C, such as the polio vaccine.”

“One of the most important factors in responding to the effectiveness of vaccines is the cold chain of storing them. This means that administering vaccines that have not been kept in proper temperature will result in them being useless,” the Health Minister emphasized.

She pointed out that JDECO has exerted great efforts to ensure the provision of electricity to the health centers in the cities, but that does not apply to all health centers, as JDECO will not be able to provide all health centers with electricity as a result of the Israeli blackout. “This threatens the lives of all patients who use the services of those centers, especially those of the serious cases.”

Alkaila stressed that the power outage will not only affect patients and medicines, but also goes beyond to refrigerators at homes, shops and shopping malls. “Such outage means that food items that need to be kept at low temperatures are at risk of deterioration.”

(Source / 22.09.2019) 

Two journalists wounded by Israeli soldiers in West Bank, Gaza Strip

Rights group: Israel’s intentional attack on journalists aims to suppress reality of its violations against Palestinians

Palestinian journalist Ahmed Shawer and Palestinian photojournalist Abdul-Rahman al-Kahlout were wounded by Israeli forces as they opened fire at peaceful protests in West Bank, Gaza Strip.

Anadolu News Agency reported that Shawer was shot and wounded while reporting violent Israeli dispersal of peaceful weekly protests in the village of Kafr Qaddoum, in the west of the West Bank city of Nablus.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society paramedics treated him in the field and described his condition as stable.

Meanwhile, Safa News Agency reported that Al-Kahlout was shot in the right leg while covering the peaceful weekly protests, east of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights stated in a report, a copy of which was sent to Palestine Post 24, that 109 Palestinians were woundedduring the peaceful protests in Gaza on Friday, including 39 children, one woman, two paramedics and a journalist.

Palestinians are protesting against the ever-increasing Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, and against the Israeli siege in the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 22.09.2019) 

Archbishop Atallah Hanna slams extrajudicial executions by Israeli soldiers

The Archbishop asked: ‘Where is the international conscience, values, morals and the sematic principles? What is the reason for this doubtful silence regarding the crimes being committed against the unarmed Palestinian nation?’

Archbishop Atallah Hanna, of Sebastian Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem, slammed on Friday extrajudicial executions of Palestinians by Israeli occupation soldiers.

His remarks came following the execution of a Palestinian womanat the Qalandia Checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem, early this week.

The archbishop described the shooting of the Palestinian woman by the Israeli soldiers, as “leaving her bleeding to death” and as an “intentional and clear violation of all international and humanitarian laws and conventions.”

He added “the series of executions is continuous and escalating, and this savage behaviour reflects the criminal mentality and hatred culture which feed the Israeli extrajudicial killing.”

“Such behaviour reinforces organised terrorism, which is escalating as the Israeli authorities do not respect the international community, at the same time as depending on the absolute American support which gives them immunity to carry on with their crimes.”

“These horrific scenes which we saw at Qalandia Checkpoint, where armed soldiers used their lethal arms to execute a lady just because of passing through the wrong lane, is a result of Israel’s immunity policy.”

The archbishop stressed that this is an “absolute international and American collusion with Israel,” asking “who will bring these criminal soldiers, who believe they have done a heroic act when they executed the Palestinian lady in cold blood, to justice?”

He also posed the questions, “where is the international conscience, values, morals and the sematic principles? What is the reason for this doubtful silence regarding the crimes being committed against the unarmed Palestinian nation?”

Concluding his statements, the archbishop proclaimed “the image of this innocent lady, who was executed in cold blood, will remain in our minds and we will never forget this horrific scene, which we hope will reach all corners of the world, to disclose Israeli oppression practiced against the Palestinians.”

(Source / 22.09.2019) 

16 Palestinians Injured By IOF In Jerusalem

At least 16 Palestinian citizens suffered injuries on Saturday evening when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) assaulted local residents in al-Eizariya town, east of Jerusalem.

The Red Crescent said its ambulance crew provided medical assistance to 16 citizens in Eizariya after they suffered different injuries.

According to local sources, Israeli police forces stormed Eizariya town and directly fired volleys of tear gas canisters at Palestinian homes, which provoked clashed with local youths.

Earlier on the same day, hundreds of Palestinian citizens marched in the funeral procession of 14-year-old Naseem Abu Rumi after the Israeli occupation authority decided to release his body.

A general strike was declared in the town in mourning for Abu Rumi.

Abu Rumi was shot dead on August 15 at al-Silsila Gate of the Aqsa Mosque after he carried out a stabbing attack and injured a police officer. Another child who was walking with him was also injured on the scene.

(Source / 22.09.2019) 

Israeli Forces Injure Many Palestinians On Azzun Town

Scores of Palestinian citizens on Saturday night suffered injuries after the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Azzun town in Qalqilya and attacked local residents.

Local sources said that a large number of Israeli soldiers raided the town, imposed a curfew in the central district, forced storeowners to close their businesses and fired a barrage of tear gas canisters at citizens to make them go home.

According to the sources, angry local youths clashed with Israeli soldiers, who fired rubber and live bullets and more tear gas.

Consequently, three young men suffered from moderate bullet injuries.

The IOF also blocked the main entrance to the town completely, barred anyone from going in or out of the town and searched several passersby.

The Red Crescent said that its ambulance crews provided medical assistance to six citizens during the events, including three with bullet injuries and three others with tear gas injuries.

Meanwhile, a number of women and children was moderately injured when a bus carrying them overturned in the town.

Local sources added that the intensity of tear gas affected the driver and made him lose control of the vehicle.

Luckily, no one of the passengers were seriously injured and all of them received on-site medical assistance.

In a separate incident, the IOF prevented on the same day farmer Abdul-Latif Hasan from working his land in al-Mintar area in the east of Kafr Thulth, south of Qalqilya, and confiscated a tractor belonging to another farmer from the same land, according to town chief Husni Odeh.

Odeh also said that the IOF blocked with mounds of rocks and dirt the agricultural road connecting the towns of Azzun and Kafr Thulth with each other and leading to Eyoun area in Wadi Qanna.

(Source / 22.09.2019)