Israel justice ministry contradicts police on killing of Palestinian

Fares Abu Nab, from Ras Al-Amud in occupied East Jerusalem was shot dead by Israeli police

Fares Abu Nab, from occupied East Jerusalem was shot dead by Israeli police

Israel’s Justice Ministry has contradicted the police’s account of the killing of a Palestinian, stating that officers shot the man after he had emerged from his vehicle, reported Haaretz.

The ministry’s department responsible for investigating police misconduct announced yesterday that the police officer who shot Fares Abu Nab, from Ras Al-Amud in occupied East Jerusalem, did not in fact shoot the suspect during a car chase, as previously claimed by police.

A gag order has been placed on releasing the name of the police officer involved.

According to police, officers were chasing suspected car thieves when one of the drives “endangered the lives of policemen and other users of the road”, without specifying how.

“He was shot in order to neutralise the threat he posed,” the original police statement added.

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According to Haaretz, yesterday three other Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem were arrested “on suspicion of belonging to the gang of alleged car thieves that included Abu Nab”.

The three men arrived in court “with signs of violence on their bodies”, and their lawyers “said they had been beaten by policemen”.

The paper noted that “six people have died so far this year in incidents that involved the use of force by the police”, but that “none of the policemen involved has yet been indicted”.

Furthermore, “only in two of the six cases did the Justice Ministry department that investigates police misconduct question the policemen as suspects.”

One of these cases was closed, while the other, “the shooting of Ethiopian-Israeli Solomon Teka by an off-duty policeman in Kiryat Haim in June”, is awaiting a decision by the State Prosecutor.

(Source / 18.11.2019) 

UAE gives Palestinian Jerusalem its stamp of approval

A commemorative stamp entitled “Al Quds – the Capital of Palestine” has been issued by the UAE in support of the occupied state

A commemorative stamp entitled “Al Quds – the Capital of Palestine” has been issued by the UAE in support of the occupied state.

In collaboration with Arab Postal Authorities, Emirates Post is presenting 25,000 stamps as a message of support to Palestine.

The stamps feature an image of the Dome of the Rock Mosque which sits in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and the flag of Palestine, along with a white dove symbolising peace.

According to Emirates Post, the exclusive “Al Quds – capital of Palestine” stamp aims to uphold the cultural importance the city holds in the eyes of Arabs, and it comes amid increasing violent attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers.

READ: Israeli threat to Al-Aqsa Mosque is getting worse

Countless times, Jewish settlers have forced their way into the Muslim holy site while Palestinian worshippers have been banned from entry.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site, after Mecca and Medina. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount”, claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

And in 2017, US President Donald Trump officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the US embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to the holy city, which prompted global protests and condemnation.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, in which the Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as its capital – a move never recognised by the international community.

The move to provide the stamps comes after a decision was made in a meeting that was held in March 2018 in Muscat, Oman, during which the Arab Permanent Postal Committee agreed to provide the distinguished stamps in every Arab country, in response to Palestine’s request.

Commenting on this move, Obaid Al Qatami, acting chief commercial officer of Emirates Post Group, said: “Such initiatives are proof that all Arab countries continue to stand by Palestine and support Al Quds’ cause, as well as a confirmation of the existing national ties and the special status Al Quds holds as an Arabic city and an important religious landmark.”

“It embodies the pivotal role of Emirates Post in issuing a diverse and enriched portfolio of stamps and in collaborating with other postal authorities in the region to highlight shared milestones and important causes.”

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This show of support comes as Israeli-Emirati relations reached new heights in 2018, against the backdrop of Israel’s efforts to normalise ties with Arab countries.

In August the same year, Israeli journalist Edy Cohen claimed that an Emirati pilot participated in the bombing of Palestinian targets in the besieged Gaza Strip during his training on Israeli Air Force F-35 fighters in July.

Cohen also accused Dubai’s Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security, General Dhahi Khalfan, of being complicit in the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Mabhouh in Dubai in 2010.

In addition, Palestinian officials say many Palestinians have been forced to leave UAE in recent months.

Hussam Ahmed, head of the Refugee Affairs Department in the Gaza Strip, told Reuters: “This is an operation of mass displacement of Palestinians in the UAE, especially those of Gaza origins, without known reasons other than security pretexts.”

He said many did not have passports and Arab states would not accept them with the travel documents they have.

(Source / 18.11.2019) 

Seriously Ailing Detainee Moved From Hospital To Ramla Prison Clinic

Despite his serious medical condition, the Israeli authorities moved Palestinian political prisoner, Sami Abu Diak, 36, from Assaf Harofeh Medical Center to the clinic in Ramla prison, which lacks specialists and adequate medical supplies.

The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported that the detainee was rushed to the hospital two days ago, due to a serious deterioration of his health, but was then sent to the Ramla prison clinic, although his condition remains unstable and could suffer further a life-threatening decline.

The Committee held Israel fully responsible for the life of the ailing detainees and demanded his immediate and unconditional release so that he can receive treatment in the West Bank, close to his family.

It said that Abu Diak, from Jenin in northern West Bank, was diagnosed with cancer more than three years ago, and is also suffering from pulmonary and renal failures.

The detainee was taken prisoner in the year 2002 and was sentenced by an Israeli court to three life-terms and an additional thirty years in prison.

Abu Diak lost nearly 40 Kilograms (88.18 Pounds) of his bodyweight, and could die at any given moment, especially due to a serious decline in his blood sugar and hemoglobin levels.

He is one of fourteen Palestinian detainees who are constantly housed in the infamous Ramla prison clinic, without access to specialized, or even adequate, medical care.

(Source / 18.11.2019) 

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians, Including One Woman, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday evening, three Palestinians, including one woman, in front of the Hebrew University in occupied Jerusalem, after many students held a nonviolent activity in solidarity with the slain Palestinians in Gaza, and Israel’s arbitrary excessive use of force against civilians.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)  said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the nonviolent protesters, before abducting three, including a young woman.

WAFA added that the students were just practicing their legitimate right to protest the Israeli crimes against the civilians and the escalating violations against the Palestinian people.

In the recent Israeli offensive on Gaza, the soldiers fired dozens of missiles and shells, mostly targeting homes and civilian structures, leading to the deaths of 34 Palestinians, including eight children and three women, in addition to wounding 111 others, including 46 children and three women.

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(Source / 18.11.2019) 

Family Members of Palestinian Detainee Arrested

According to the Prisoners Commission, the wife and the brother of a Palestinian prisoner in Israel were arrested, Monday, while attempting to a visit the detainee, The Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

The Commission stated that Israeli forces detained the wife of Ramadan Eid Mashahreh, along with his brother, at Hadarim prison, for no apparent reason.

Mashahreh, 43, from Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, and was detained on July 6, 2002. His brother, Fahmi, was also arrested two months later, and both were sentenced to 20 life terms.

His wife states that Mashahreh was subjected to harsh interrogation by Israeli forces after his arrest, in addition, Israel demolished their family home, years after Mashahreh was sentenced.

(Source / 18.11.2019) 

SADA SOCIAL: PRESSURE LED TO RECOVERING MAJOR PALESTINIAN FACEBOOK PAGES

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Sada Social Center said in a statement issued on Monday it has made pressure on Facebook and succeeded to recover major Palestinians pages and accounts.

“Sada Social Center has closely followed Facebook’s deletion of dozens of “policy violation” reports against Palestinian pages in the past two days. These pages confirmed that Facebook removed these reports, and that publishing on these pages, which had been endangered to be completely or partially blocked, has come back to its normal patterns.”

The center assured that the achievement was possible only through social media lobbying campaigns led by Palestinian media and community organizations. It also stated that “it will continue making efforts towards a free Palestinian content.”

Iyad al-Rifai, director of Sada Social Center, says that the battle to obtain the freedom of a Palestinian digital/virtual content is not over, and called on all the relevant parties to take responsibility and support the Palestinian content’s freedom.

Facebook has waged a war on the Palestinian content when it made a new algorithm on Facebook that includes a list of Palestinian-cause-linked terms. Dozens of Palestinian pages and accounts, including News pages, were removed for mentioning terms like “Hamas, Hizbullah, and Jihad”. Meanwhile, watchdog groups assure that hundreds of Israeli posts and pages, which incite violence against Arabs and the Palestinian people were allowed on the website.

(Source / 18.11.2019) 

IN VIDEO| ARRESTS AMONG PROTESTERS IN JERUSALEM WHO SHOWED SOLIDARITY WITH GAZA

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces on Sunday repressed a vigil in front of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which protested against the Israeli aggression on Gaza. Several arrests were carried out and confrontations erupted following the repression.

Eyewitnesses stated that the Israeli soldiers arrested two young men and one lady following the protest, which was held in solidarity with Gaza, which lost 34 citizens during the recent Israeli strikes.

In the same vein, confrontations have erupted on Sunday between native Palestinians and Israeli occupation soldiers in the neighborhood of Silwan in occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources stated that the Israelis used rubber-coated metal bullets and stun grenades against the unarmed Palestinian locals.

(Source / 18.11.2019) 

Prisoner Nael Barghouthi Enters Today 40 Years In Israeli Jails

Prisoner Nael Barghouthi enters today 40 years in Israeli jails

Prisoner Nael Barghouthi enters today 40 years in Israeli jails

Nael Barghouthi, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in the Israeli jails, 62, entered today his 40th year in Israeli jails, said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

Barghouthi, from Ramallah’s Kobar town, had spent 33 years in Israeli jails before being released in the Egypt-brokered prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel in October 2011.

The Israeli authorities arrested Barghouthi again in June 2014, along with 60 other Palestinian prisoners who were released in the prisoner exchange deal, sentencing him to 30 months in prison. He ended his sentence on December 17, 2016. However, on 22 February 2017, the Israeli Military Court of Ofer re-sentenced Barghouthi as per its initial verdict prior to the exchange deal, which was a life imprisonment and 18 years.

Re-arresting ex-prisoners released in a prisoner exchange deal is a political matter for which the Israeli government is responsible. The court does not have any legal grounds for Barghouthi’s continued detention, rather its decision to restore the previous verdict is arbitrary and legally baseless.

(Source / 18.11.2019) 

IOF attacks journalist at Bethlehem sit-in protest

BETHLEHEM, PALESTINOW.COM — Dozens of journalists, Sunday, suffered from suffocation after inhaling tear gas fired at them by Israeli forces during a solidarity sit-in, held in support of injured photojournalist Moath Amarneh, to the north of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Local witnesses told WAFA that Israeli soldiers fired a barrage of tear gas bombs towards journalists who had organized a sit-in at the northern entrance of Bethlehem city, in solidarity with Amarneh, who lost his left eye after being seriously injured by a metallic bullet fired by an Israeli soldier, in the Surif region of the Hebron governorate, where he was covering a protest against land confiscation.

Two journalists were detained during the sit-in.

(Source / 18.11.2019)