Israel to build new settlement homes in West Bank

Jewish settlements near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 10 February 2015 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]

Jewish settlements near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 10 February 2015

The Israeli government has advanced plans to build 251 settlement units in the occupied West Bank, according to a Palestinian official on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reports.

The plans were approved by the High Planning Committee of the Israeli Civil Administration, a body responsible for authorising settlement building.

“The committee approved the construction of 146 housing units in Gush Etzion settlement, south of Bethlehem city, while 105 settlement homes will be built in Kfar Al-dad east of the city,” Hassan Bureijia, head of the Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bethlehem, said in a statement.

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Roughly 650,000 Israeli Jews currently live on more than 100 settlements built since 1967, when Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Palestinians want these territories — along with the Gaza Strip — for the establishment of a future Palestinian state.

International law views both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there as illegal.

(Source / 13.10.2019) 

Israel closes Gaza, West Bank crossings

Trucks are seen at the commercial border crossing Karam Abu Salem after Israel re-opened Karam Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossings, in Gaza City, Gaza on 12 May 2019

The Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday morning shut down Karam Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun crossings, southeast and north of the Gaza Strip, for Jewish holidays, Palestine Information Center reported.

The administration of Beit Hanoun crossing announced that it would be closed on Sunday for Palestinians, except for emergencies and VIPs, until 2:00 pm.

A complete closure has been imposed on the West Bank since the early morning hours on Sunday and it is set to last until 21 October.

As for al-Karama crossing with Jordan, the crossing will be opened on Sunday at 7:30 am and closed at 10:30 am. On Monday, 14 October, it will be opened at 7:30 am and closed at 5:00 pm.

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Dozens hurt in Israel occupation forces teargas attack in Ramallah

Israeli forces intervene in Palestinians with tear gas during a protest against construction of Jewish settlement within 43rd anniversary of Palestinian Land Day in Ramallah, West Bank on March 29, 2019

Dozens of Palestinian young men suffered from their exposure to tear gas during violent clashes at dawn Sunday with the Israeli occupation forces in Ramallah city, Palestine Information Center reports.

The clashes took place in Attira neighborhood of Ramallah after the occupation forces broke into and ransacked the house of prisoner Samer al-Arbeed.

Similar clashes also happened at the main entrance to Surda town, northeast of Ramallah, during an occupation forces campaign, with no reported injuries.

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Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seventeen Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, seventeen Palestinians, including a father and his daughter, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers stormed and ransacked dozens of homes across the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, causing damage, before abducting at least seventeen Palestinians.

It added that ten of the abducted residents are from the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem.

They have been identified as Khaled Mustafa, Mohammad Ibrahim Darwish, Adam Shafiq Obeid, Mohammad Marwan Obeid, Khaled Walid Obeid, Dia’ Ayman Obeid, Mo’tasem Hamza Obeid, Hatem Hasan Zomorod, and Nadim Safadi, Firas Zghayyar.

Another Palestinian, identified as Wahid Shabana, was abducted from his home in the at-Tour neighborhood, in Jerusalem.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a Palestinian father, identified as Yahia Ali Manasra, 46, and his daughter, Mariam, 20, from their home in Bani Neim town, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Zaher Amer Barakat, 27, and Yazan Taiseer Abdul-Dayim, 21.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Hamza Monir, from his home in Sinjil town, northeast of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

In Ramallah city, the soldiers invaded the at-Tira neighborhood, west of the city, and fired a barrage of gas bombs at Palestinian protesters; dozens of residents suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

The soldiers also fired gas bombs at Palestinian protesters, near the main entrance of Surda village, north of Ramallah.

(Source / 13.10.2019) 

Israel Approves The Construction Of 251 Illegal Colonialist Units In Bethlehem

The so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank, has approved the construction of 251 additional units in illegal colonies in Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied Jerusalem.

Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission, said the Israeli “Planning and Construction Council,” and the Gush Etzion Regional Council of Settlements, have approved two plans to build 251 units.

He said that 146 units are planned to be built in Gush Etzion Bloc, south of Bethlehem, and 105 in Kfar Eldad, east of the city.

Furthermore, Israeli soldiers confiscated dozens of Dunams of Palestinian lands, in Basin #4, of Nahhalin town, west of Bethlehem, to expand the illegal Elon Shvut colony.

(Source / 13.10.2019) 

Israel Threatens PA with Serious Consequences in Response to Boycott on Israeli Livestock

The Israeli government has threatened the Palestinian Authority (PA) with serious consequences, in the case it continues boycotting the import of cattle and other livestock from Israel.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Camille Abu Roken, Saturday, stated that, if Palestinian authority does not stop the boycott, it will suffer serious consequences.

He said that Israel is to stop importing Palestinian agriculture products if it persists its boycotting policy. “Israel will not allow any boycott of any kind of Israeli products,” he said, commenting on the unilateral decision of the Palestinian Authority.

He added that, after considering several approaches to resolve the issue, they warned the Palestinians that not returning things to the former will result in not allowing the entry of a significant amount of Palestinian agricultural products to Israel.

The spokesperson for PA, Ibraheem Melhem, in a statement, rejected the Israeli threats, considering it a continuation of the policy of annexation, settlement and Judaization held by the Israeli leaders.

The government, according to the statement, “upholds the right to diversify the sources of import, as stipulated in the Paris Economic Agreement, and it will continue to seek to replace Israeli goods with Arab products.”

Melhem pointed out that the Palestinian move came within the framework of the strategic vision of the gradual disengagement from the occupation.

Last September, the Palestinian government announced a complete and definitive halt to the import of a number of goods from Israel. It attributed the decision to its policy of economic disengagement from the “occupation economy.”

Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency further notes that the Israeli market is a major importer of agriculture products in the West Bank; the amount of agricultural products exported from the West Bank, to Israel, is about 280-300 tons per day, according to Palestinian data.

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Detainee On Hunger Strike For 82nd Day Suffers Serious Health Condition

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, on Sunday morning, that a hunger-striking detainee, identified as Ismael Ahmad Ali, 30, from Abu Dis town, east of occupied East Jerusalem, is suffering a very serious health condition after 82 days of the hunger strike.

In a statement, the Committee said that the detainee now suffers from a severe drop in his heartbeats, in addition to losing approximately %25 of his body weight.

It added that Ali also suffers from constant pain in various parts of his body and is unable to move his legs or arms.

It is worth mentioning that the detainee was previously moved to an Israeli medical center due to his bad health condition, however, he was transferred to Nitzan prison, in Ramla, where he is currently held in solitary confinement.

The soldiers are constantly invading and searching his cell, in addition to cuffing his hands and legs to his bed under the pretext of “posing danger to them,” despite his bad health condition and inability to move.

It is worth mentioning that the Commission filed an appeal against the ongoing arbitrary Administrative Detention or the detainee, holding him captive without charges or trial, and added that a court hearing was scheduled for October 24th.

It is worth mentioning that the detainee was taken prisoner on January 12th, 2019, just one day before his wedding. He was also frequently abducted and imprisoned by Israel prior to his current detention.

Five other detainees are also ongoing with the hunger strike, protesting being held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

The detainees are:

1.    Ahmad Ghannam, ongoing hunger strike for 92 days.
2.    Tareq Qa’dan, 75 days.
3.    Ahmad Zahran, 22 days.
4.    Hiba Lubbadi, 20 days.
5.    Mos’ab al-Hindi, 20 days.

(Source / 13.10.2019) 

ACTIVISTS CALL PA TO RESCUE PALESTINIAN CITIZEN ARRESTED IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR 80 DAYS SO FAR WITH NO CHARGES

Tulkarem (QNN)- Saudi Arabia has been detaining Palestinian citizen, Bakr Husari, for over 80 days so far without any charges.

Husari was detained while he was leaving Saudi for a vacation in Jordan with his wife. Husari’s mother told QNN that there are no details on her son’s condition, who is detained at the Ha’il jail. She could make few calls with the prison but they refused to allow her talk to her son.

The mother confirmed that the prison administration stated in phone calls that her son is in the jail. They also promised her to ask the management to allow her have a phone call with her son but nothing of that has happened. The mother confirmed that she and her family do not know any further details on him.

“The company, in which he works as head of marketing, stated that his record is clean and that there are no charges on him”, she added. “He has been detained for over 80 days so far without providing any real reasons”.

The mother also said that she called the Palestinian ambassador in Riyadh, who in his turn promised to revisit and get further details on Husari’s issue, however he is not is Saudi Arabia currently.

Husari’s mother confirmed that her son has no connection to any political activities and he has a legal contract with a company. His father, however, has been arrested by Israeli authorities for four months. She also stated that her family did not know about Palestinian prisoners in Saudi Arabia until they arrested her son.

Husari’s mother urged Saudi authorities to release her son since he did not commit any violation and he works there legally. She also called on the Palestinian Authority to intervene and rescue her son.

(Source / 13.10.2019) 

Israeli Forces Kidnap Palestinian Girl, 15 Others

Israeli occupation forces at Saturday night detained 13 Palestinians, including a girl from West Bank and the occupied city of Jerusalem during wide-scale raid operations, according to local sources.

Israeli forces stormed the neighborhood of al-Issawiya, raided several homes and terrorized their residents before detaining 11 Palestinians.

At least one Palestinian was also arrested by the forces during a raid of the neighborhood of Jabal al-Zaytoon in the city.

According to Quds Press, the IOF kidnaped a girl called Mariam Manasera and her father after raiding their home in Bani Na’im town in the east of Hebron, south of the West Bank.

The IOF also stormed Anabta town in Tulkarem and kidnaped two citizens identified as Zaher Barakat and Yazan Abdel-Da’yem. A car belonging to another citizen was confiscated by the IOF during the same campaign.

In Ramallah, the IOF ransacked the house of prisoner Walid Hanatsha, a senior official of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), in Attira neighborhood. He was brought in handcuffs during the raid on his home.

Another house belonging to the mother of prisoner Samer al-Arabeed, the PFLP official who was recently arrested and exposed to excruciating torture, was raided by the IOF in the same neighborhood of Ramallah.

In Hebron, the IOF raided several homes, including houses belonging to ex-detainees Bassam az-Zeer and his son Hamad.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police forces kidnaped 11 citizens, mostly teenagers, in Issawiya district and one in Attur neighborhood as part of a weeks-long persecution campaign targeting Jerusalemites, especially from Issawiya.

(Source / 13.10.2019) 

Israeli Settlers Assault Elderly Near Bethlehem

Israeli settlers today assaulted an elderly Palestinian man as he tried to prevent them from stealing olives in the village of Jaba’a, to the south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Hasan Breijieh, a local anti-settlement activist, said that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement Bat Ayin assaulted Fadel Hamdan, a man in the 70s of age, when he fought them as they were stealing olive harvest which belong to local Palestinian villages.

The elderly was moved to the Beit Jala hospital where his condition was reported to be moderate.

(Source / 13.10.2019)