PA: Escalation of settlers’ violence is a result of Pompeo’s announcement

Image of Israeli settlers [file photo]

Israeli settlers [File photo]

On Friday, the Palestinian Authority (PA) condemned the escalation of Israeli settlers’ violence against Palestinian citizens and blamed the US for this escalation, Al-Watan Voice reported.

In a statement, the PA’s Foreign Ministry announced that the escalation against Palestinians “is part of an expansionist colonial project which is being carried out by the Israeli settlers and backed by the Israeli occupation.”

According to the statement, the latest escalation was the aggression carried out by the settlers in the villages of Fadel, Qublan, Barqa, Kafr Al-Deek and others across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The ministry attributed “full responsibility” for the aggression of the Israeli settlers to the Israeli government, which has not taken any punitive measures to deter the settlers, nor has it protected the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, the ministry blamed the US for the escalation of the Israeli settlers’ attacks, which increased after the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, announced that illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are no longer inconsistent with international law.

The statement called for the UN secretary general, António Guterres, to accelerate the activation of the international protection system, before it is too late.

READ: 50 Palestinian cars vandalised by Israel settlers

(Source / 23.11.2019) 

Gaza cancels protests for second week in a row

Palestinians gather at the separation fence in Gaza for the Great March of Return on 1 November 2019

The weekly March of Return protests along the Gaza-Israel fence have been cancelled for the second week in a row, Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar newspaper reported this morning.

According to the paper, a number of reasons promoted the Higher National Commission of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege to cancel the weekly protests including not granting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the opportunity to start a new military confrontation with Gaza to save himself at a time when he has been indicted on charges of corruption.

The Palestinian body fears Netanyahu, who became the first sitting prime minister in Israel’s history to be indicted on a number of charges including bribery, fraud and breach of trust, would use the confrontation to improve his public image.

READ: Israel tries to hide its crimes by shooting journalists 

The paper said it is widely believed that “Israel will violate the terms of the ceasefire concluded in the last round” and shoot demonstrators at the border, which will prompt Islamic Jihad to respond and lead to a new confrontation that would only benefit Netanyahu in these stressful times.

The Palestinians’ desire to examine the area around the fence for any residue after the recent Israeli shelling, has also been given as a reason why the protests have been suspended today.

The paper said the commission is discussing whether to reduce the frequency of the protests to once a month as a result of the change of the situation in Gaza.

(Source / 23.11.2019) 

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians, Injure Many, In Jerusalem’s Al-‘Isawiya, Abduct Another From Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday evening, the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, abducted two young Palestinian men, and injured several others. The soldiers also abducted one Palestinian from Hebron after summing him for interrogation.

Several army jeeps invaded al-‘Isawiya, and fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at youngsters, protesting the invasion into ‘Obeid neighborhood in the town.

Medical sources said dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.

The soldiers also abducted two young men, identified as Ala Esmat Obeid and Mahmoud Sa’adi Rajabi, and took him to an interrogation facility in occupied Jerusalem.

In related news, the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Ayyoub Shehada al-Hawamda, from the as-Sammoa’ town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after summoning him for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, north of Hebron.

The Palestinian was summoned for interrogation when the soldiers stormed and ransacked his home, on Wednesday.

(Source / 23.11.2019) 

U.S. Congress Members Urge Pompeo to Reverse Decision on Settlements

More than 120 U.S. Congressmen and Congresswomen have sent an urgent letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to reverse his decision to considering Israeli settlements in the West Bank legal, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

“This announcement, following the administration’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem outside of a negotiated agreement… severely damaged prospects for peace, and endangered the security of America, Israel, and the Palestinian people,” the letter read, adding: “As annexation [of the West Bank] and the United States’ approval thereof would destroy prospects for a two-state solution and lead to a more entrenched and possibly deadlier conflict, this decision erodes the security of both Israel and the United States.”

The signatory Congressmen and Congresswomen said the move, which came in the aftermath of the U.S.’ closure of the Palestinian mission in Washington, its Consulate in Jerusalem, and the halting of aid to the West Bank and Gaza, has discredited the United States as an honest broker between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The letter continued, “We write to express our strong disagreement with the State Department’s decision to reverse decades of bipartisan U.S. policy on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, by repudiating the 1978 State Department legal opinion that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.”

“U.S. administrations from both parties have followed the 1978 guidance because settlement expansion into the occupied West Bank makes a contiguous Palestinian state inviable, jeopardizing Israel’s future as a secure, democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” added the letter.

The Congressmen and Congresswomen further stated that the State Department’s unilateral reversal on the status of settlements, without any clear legal justification, “has offered an implied endorsement of settlements, their expansion, and associated demolitions of Palestinian homes. In addition, one day after the Department’s decision, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to advance a bill to annex the Jordan Valley.”

“This State Department decision blatantly disregards Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which affirms that any occupying power shall not “deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

In ignoring international law, this administration has undermined America’s moral standing and sent a dangerous message to those who do not share our values: human rights and international law, which have governed the international order and protected U.S. troops and civilians since 1949, no longer apply.”

The letter concluded, “If the U.S. unilaterally abandons international and human rights law, we can only expect a more chaotic and brutal twenty-first century for Americans and our allies, including the Israeli people.”

(Source / 23.11.2019) 

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14– 20 November 2019)

Summary

After Israel’s military aggression on the Gaza Strip last week, that caused dozens of civilian casualties, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continued their violations of human rights and international law in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) this week as PCHR documented 157 violations by IOF and Israeli settlers.

In terms of Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity, IOF continued their habitual excessive use of force, as Israeli police killed a Palestinian civilian in occupied East Jerusalem after chasing his vehicle, stopping him and having him step out of it, which proves he posed no danger to police officers. IOF also shot and injured 10 Palestinian civilians in separate incidents in the West Bank.

Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, IOF shot and injured 3 Palestinians while protesting east of Khan Younis. It should be noted that the Supreme National Authority of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege decided to cancel all scheduled activities for Friday 15 November 2019 due to last week’s Israeli military aggression on Gaza. Also during the aggression, IOF carried out 5 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, 4 near houses and agricultural lands causing damage; fortunately, no injuries were reported.

1. Violation of the Right to Life and to Bodily Integrity

1. Excessive Use of Force Against Protests in the Gaza Strip

  • At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 15 November 2019, a group of Palestinians approached the border fence adjacent to GMR camps in Khuza’ah’a village, east of Khan Younis. IOF fired live, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 3 civilians were wounded after being shot with tear-gas canisters, and were transferred to Gaza European Hospital. Moreover, a number of civilians sustained tear-gas inhalation. It should be noted that the young men that gathered in the area, despite the fact that the GMR’s Supreme National Authority cancelled the protests on the above mentioned day.

2. Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the West Bank

  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 14 November 2019, IOF suppressed a protest organized by students against the IOF’s offensive on the Gaza Strip. The participants launched their protest at the northern entrance to Bethlehem. When they approached Bilal Ben Rabah Mosque, Israeli soldiers fired rubber coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at them while chasing them. They arrested Yazan Mohammed Nawawrah, 18. Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS)’s branch in Bethlehem said that 30 civilians suffocated due to tear-gas inhalation receiving medical treatment in the field.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Friday, 15 November 2019, dozens of Palestinians from Surif village, northwest of Hebron, organized a peaceful protest against the confiscation of hundreds of agricultural dunams in favor of settlement expansion, west of the city. After Friday prayers, an Israeli police force (border’s guard) arrived at the area and fired sound bombs and tear-gas canisters at civilians. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear-gas inhalation. Meanwhile, a number of young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who responded with live and rubber bullets. As a result, a 23-year-old Palestinian was shot with a live bullet in the right foot. Journalist Mo’ath Ibrahim ‘Atiyah al-‘Amarnah, 30, from al-Duheishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, sustained serious wounds after being shot with a rubber bullet in his left eye. He was taken to Surif village where he was transferred via a PRCS ambulance to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron. Al-‘Amarnah was then taken to Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation Hospital where he underwent medical examinations and later was referred to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Al-‘Amarnah underwent a surgery to remove the metal shrapnel that settled in his eye cavity, but doctors could not remove it fearing it would cause a haemorrhage near the brain. Al-‘Amaranah completely lost sight in his left eye due to his injury.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 15 November 2019, IOF suppressed a protest organized by Students Council at Birzeit University against the IOF’s offensive on the Gaza Strip. When the protestors arrived at the northern entrance to al-Birah city, IOF used force to disperse them by firing live ammunition, rubber bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters at protestors. As a result, a 21-year-old was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head. Soldiers attempted to arrest him and denied him first aid. The PRCS ambulance crews were able to take him to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for treatment and his injury was classified as moderate.
  • At approximately 11:30 on Sunday, 17 November 2019, dozens of students from Palestine Technical University – Kadoorie, west of Tulkarm organized a peaceful protest in commemoration of the announcement of the Palestinian Declaration of Independence. When some students approached the Annexation Wall adjacent to university buildings, IOF fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a female Palestinian, 19, was shot with a rubber bullet ind the face; she suffered burns and fractured jaw, in addition to internal bleeding, and was transferred to Thabet Thabet Hospital in the city, and then to Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus; from there she was referred to Istishari Hospital, north of Ramallah where she underwent emergency surgery. Moreover, two 20-year-old Palestinians young men were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets: the first was shot in the left leg and the other was shot in the right knee.

3. Shooting and Other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • On Thursday, 14 November 2019, Israeli warplanes launched a missile that fell on the yard of Hamdan Abdul Rahman Fayad’s 300-square-meter house in al-Qararah village, northeast of Kahn Younis. As a result, the house windows and doors were damaged. The house is comprised of 3 floors; each floor has 2 apartments, and inhabited with 3 families of 18 individuals, including 2 persons with disabilities. Fayad said to PCHR’s fieldworker that they had to leave the house after the missiles fell on their house yard. He added that the house sustained material damage; no casualties were reported. Fayad emphasized that he found difficulties in evacuating his 2 sons with disabilities.
  • At approximately 00:15 on the same Thursday, Israeli drones fired a missile at agricultural lands in Abu Hadaf area in al-Qarara village, east of Khan Younis. The bombardment caused minor material damage to nearby houses; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 00:30 on the same Thursday, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at agricultural lands near Gaza International Airport, east of al-Shoka village, east of Rafah; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:00 on the same Thursday, IOF stationed adjacent to the annexation wall, established in the north of Tulkarem, fired live and rubber bullets at Ahmed Abdullah Kahlil ‘Ammar, 25.s As a result, ‘Ammar was shot with a live bullet that penetrated his leg while attempting to sneak into Israel for work. He was referred to Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarem for treatment.
  • At approximately 06:45 on Saturday, 16 November 2019, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at the area adjacent to the border fence. As a result, farmers, who were present in their agricultural lands panicked; neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 14:00 on the same Saturday, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of civilians, who approached the border fence. The shooting continued for 10 minutes; neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • In a new crime of excessive use of lethal force, on Sunday, 17 November 2019, Israeli police killed a Palestinian civilian after they chased him on West Jerusalem streets. According to PCHR’s investigation, early on Sunday, Israeli police force chased a vehicle with an Israeli registration plate in West Jerusalem. When the vehicle arrived at a checkpoint on al-Nafaq Street, southwest of the city, the driver stopped and stepped out from his vehicle. A police officer shot him, causing severe wounds. The wounded civilian was transferred to Shaare Zedek Medical Center where he died a short time later. The deceased was identified as Fares Bassam Abu Nab, 23, from Ras al-‘Amoud neighbourhood, in Silwan village.

Following this crime, the Israeli police spokesperson claimed that: “During the chase, police officers opened fire towards the car, wounding the driver critically, and was declared dead after attempts to revive him in the hospital failed.” Police retracted their statement later, announcing that preliminary investigations indicated that the victim did not pose danger to police officers and he was killed after he stepped out of the vehicle, unlike their claims earlier in the morning. Investigations showed that the police officer targeted Abu Nab after both emerged out of their respective vehicles.

Abu Nab’s father stated that he went to Salah Eden police station, and then to al-Mascubiyah police detention centre, asking about his son, but inspectors refused to confirm his death/injury/medical condition orwhether or not he was arrested. Later, an Arabic-speaking police inspector said that the police officers suspected and opened fire at his son’s vehicle. Abu Nab’s father added that while being present in Rooms (4), he received a phone call from the investigation unite and the “Mahash” police informing him that his son was killed and asked him to attend and file a complaint, in addition to approve on referring his son’s body to the Forensic Medicine to investigate the incident circumstances, however, Abu Nab’s father refused. In the vehicle parking of Rooms (4), Abu Nab’s father was surprised that his son’s vehicle, which was being held by the Israeli police, did not have any bullet marks and the glass was not smashed, which contradicted the Israeli claims. The police could have used less force against him and arrested him, since he did not pose any threat on the lives of the police officers.

  • At approximately 14:30 on the same Sunday, Israeli soldiers stationed near “Beit Eil” settlement established on lands of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, fired rubber bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters at students of al-Jalazoun Elementary School for Boys while they were leaving. As a result, Amir Ihab Zubeidi, 13, and Rami Raji al-Tayeh, 14, were both shot in the hand with rubber bullet. The wounded children were transferred to Istishari Hospital, north of the city. Tayeh underwent a surgery in his left hand and his injury was classified as settled.
  • At approximately 06:40 on Monday, 18 November 2019, IOF stationed north of Tulkarem, fired live and rubber bullets at Mo’ath Kathem Shukri, 22. As a result, he was shot with a rubber bullet in the foot, while attempting to sneak into Israel .Shukri was referred to Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarem for treatment.
  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli gunboats stationed in western Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire and chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing from 3 to 6 nautical miles. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; no casualties were reported. The shooting recurred at approximately 22:40; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:00 on the same Monday, IOF assigned to guarding the annexation wall, opened fire at Mohammed Tahseen Mobdee ‘Ardah, 22, from ‘Araba village, southwest of Jenin. As a result, ‘Ardah was shot with a live bullet in the thigh, while attempting to sneak into Israel through lands of Thaher al-‘Abed village. ‘Ardah was transferred to Khalil Suleiman hospital in Jenin for treatment.
  • At approximately 09:30 on the same Monday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, adjacent to Sofa military site, east of al-Shoka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at agricultural lands; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Wednesday, 20 November 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shoka village, east of Rafah, fired tear-gas canisters at a number of Palestinian farmers. As a result, they sustained tear-gas inhalation and were forced to leave their lands.

1. Settlement Expansion and Settler Violence in the West Bank

1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities

  • At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 17 November 2019, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Ghzawi area in southern Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers handed Mohamed Mousa Zain a notice to stop construction work on his 60-square-meter house, under the pretext of building without a licence.
  • On Sunday, 17 November 2019, IOF issued several military orders to seize 2975 dunams of Palestinian lands in Qalqilia and Salfit, under the pretext of security reasons and for constructing the annexation wall. The validity of extending these military orders continues until 31 December 2022. These orders included 7 houses belonging to ‘Abdullah Hasan ‘Assaf, Hussni Hasan ‘Assaf, ‘Aref Hasan ‘Assaf, Yousef Hasan ‘Assaf, Mohamed ‘Abed al-Qader Hussain Jaber, Jaber ‘Abed al-Qader Hussain Jaber, and Mostafa ‘Abed al-Qader Jaber in Kafur Laqef village in eastern Qalqilia. These orders mentioned that the home-owners have the right to challenge for 7 days, clearly not enough time to prove ownership.
  • On Monday, 18 November 2019, the representative of al-Baba Mount Bedouin Community, ‘Atallah Mazar’ah, said that IOF accompanied by a bulldozer moved into al-Baba Mount Bedouin Community in al-‘Izariyia village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and demolished a dirt road leading to the community. He added that one of the village’s main water lines was damaged. It should be noted that Israel seeks to displace the community residents in order to establish a settlement project, connect “Ma’aleh Adumim” settlement with Jerusalem and carry out the (E1) Settlement Plan.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 19 November 2019, IOF accompanied Israeli Municipality staff and military construction vehicles which moved into al-Mokaber Mount area, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem. IOF surrounded a house belonging to Fatema al-‘Abasi to demolish it. Her neighbors phoned her and told her that her house was surrounded by the IOF. She quickly returned home and IOF allowed her to enter and take some contents. Then, the 150-square meter house was demolished. The house sheltered 5 members and was built 10 years ago, during that time, the family attempted to license the house with no success. It should be noted that the Israeli Court imposed a construction fine on the family of NIS 130,000, to be paid in full by 2021.
  • Following that, IOF headed to the house of Mousa ‘Awwad Khalilah in al-Moukaber Mount area to demolish it. Wadi al-Helwa Information Center in Silwan village stated that Khalilah was forced to rent a bulldozer to demolish his own home to avoid paying a construction fine of NIS 100,000. Khalilah also said that the Israeli Municipality forced him to demolish his 130-year-old house, noting that he recently restored his house after getting a license from IOF. IOF gave him a few minutes to demolish his house, or the Israeli bulldozer would do it. Khalilah added that the municipality staff accompanied with IOF stationed near the house until it was completely demolished. Then, they handed me an order to transport the rubble, or pay a fine. Khalilah family clarified that they recently got a restoration license from the Israeli Municipality, but they were shocked when the Israeli Ministry of Interior ordered the demolition under the pretext of non-licensing. The family added that they began to fight in the Israeli Courts in order to cancel the demolition decision and managed to bring a map from Survey and Mapping Office in Tel Aviv, which proves the presence of the house. The Ministry of Interior claimed that they exceeded the restoration license.
  • In the morning, IOF accompanied Israeli Municipality staff and military construction vehicles which moved into Beit Haninah village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and stationed in al-Ashqarieh neighborhood. IOF surrounded Majdi Mostafa ‘Elwan’s 120 square meter house and demolished it. The house was built 7 years ago and sheltered a family of 6. The family stated that the Israeli Municipality imposed a monthly construction fine of NIS 40,000 on them.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration, 2 excavators and a bulldozer moved into al-Bas area in northern Hebron. IOF were deployed in the area while the military vehicles demolished 2 under-construction houses, under the pretext of non-licensing. These houses belong to Khaled Mohamed Khannah (120 Sq.m) and Nabil Mohamed Khannah (180 Sq.m). It should be noted that on 18 November 2019, the Israeli authorities accompanied by the Israeli Civil Administration staff moved into the area and handed several civilians notices to stop construction work on their houses and shops, under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied by an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, and 2 bulldozers, moved into Shaqbah village, northwest of Ramallah. The bulldozers demolished a 250 square meter house of Mahmoud ‘Abed al-Jaber al-Masri, 33, which sheltered 14 members. IOF also demolished a 100 square meter livestock barn belonging to al-Masri. It should be noted that in October 2015, Israeli authorities handed al-Masri a demolition notice and in the morning he was shocked when IOF demolished his house without a prior warning.

2. Israeli Settler Violence

  • At approximately 04:50 on Thursday, 14 October 2019, Israeli settlers moved into Qarawet Bani Hasan village, northwest of Salfit, and punctured the tires of 21 vehicles. They vandalized houses and vehicles with racist slurs. These houses belong to Bahaa’ ‘Abed al-Kareem Samara, ‘Ali Hatem Rayan and Mostafa Ameen Mer’i.
  • On Thursday, at least 200 settlers, under tight IOF protection, raided al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City from al-Maghareba Gate. The Islamic Endowment (Awqaf) Department stated that 99 settlers, 97 students from Israeli universities, 40 Israeli public servants, and 8 intelligence officers raided al-Aqsa Mosque yards in the morning. The Endowment department added that settlers provocatively wandered in the mosques yards and performed prayers.

Read the full document here.

(Source / 23.11.2019) 

INTERNATIONAL PRESS FREEDOM WATCHDOG SLAMS CLOSURE OF PALESTINE TV

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) issued a statement on Thursday slamming closure of Palestine TV offices in occupied Jerusalem by the Israeli authorities.

The international watchdog urged the occupation state to “allow Palestine TV and the Al-Arz Media Services Company to reopen their offices and resume their work”, also demanding that Israeli occupation forces “cease conducting raids of media organisations”.

Last Wednesday, “Israeli police and intelligence officers raided the Jerusalem offices of Palestine TV and the Al-Arz Media Services Company, seized broadcasting equipment, and ordered the companies to remain closed for six months”.

The raid and closure decisions were made by Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

Palestine TV reporter Christine Rinawi and Al-Arz manager Nizar Younes and director Ayman Abu Rmouz were also summoned for interrogation as well.

Palestine TV is a local broadcaster funded by the Palestinian Authority (PA), while Al-Arz Media Services Company provides production and broadcast support for Palestine TV. Israeli authorities routinely suppress any PA-supported, or linked, activity in occupied East Jerusalem.

“Israeli authorities must stop using the police and intelligence services to bludgeon local news organizations,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Representative Ignacio Miguel Delgado.

(Source / 23.11.2019) 

IN VIDEO| 8 INJURIES AMONG LOCALS DURING SETTLERS MAJOR ATTACK IN HEBRON

Occupied Hebron (QNN)- Hundreds of Israeli illegal settlers on Friday attacked native Palestinians’ houses in the old city in Hebron.

The neighborhoods of Sahleh, Abu Rish, Ja’bari, in addition to the southern area of the occupied city were attacked by the settlers.

Eight Palestinians were reportedly wounded in the attacks including children, according to the Ministry of Health. The injuries were caused by beating or being attacked with pepper gas.

Under protection of Israeli forces, hundreds of Israeli settlers on Friday attacked different areas throughout the city in addition to the Ibrahimi mosque under the pretext of performing rituals.

(Source / 23.11.2019) 

Man succumbs to wounds sustained in Israeli airstrike in Gaza

His little daughter, who lost her mother, brothers and sisters in the attack and is still in hospital, has not been informed about his death

On Friday morning, ninth member of Sawarka family succumbed to his wounds, which he sustained in Israeli airstrike in Gaza last week, ministry of health announced.

Mohammad Salem Sawarka, 40, was pronounced dead of the wounds he sustained in an Israeli aerial bombing of his home on 14 November, which massacred eight members of the same family at the time.

Over 36 Palestinians, most of them children and women, were killed in the Israeli airstrikes across the Gaza Strip during the aggression last week which lasted for three days.

Spokesman of the Israeli occupation army bragged about killing a resistance leader when the Israeli jets bombed the house.

Later on, when the bombing appeared to have targeted a 21-member family lived in a tin shack, the Israeli army said it was a mistake.

In such cases, no Israeli soldeirs or officials are sent to courts or punished.

Daughter of Mohammed Sawarka. She lost her mother, brothers and sisters in the attack and she is still being treated in the hospital.


(Source / 23.11.2019) 

Israel soldiers detain 13-year-old Palestinian, lead him around Hebron blindfolded

Israeli rights group B’Tselem: ‘This case is no aberration’ but rather ‘part of the routine violence imposed on Palestinians in Hebron’ by Israeli forces and settlers

Israeli occupation forces detained a 13-year-old Palestinian child, then led him around Hebron blindfolded, reported human rights NGO B’Tselem.

The incident occurred on the morning of 3 November, when soldiers seized ‘Abd a-Razeq Idris, 13, from the Abu Jales neighbourhood of the occupied West Bank city.

As related by B’Tselem, the soldiers put the boy in a jeep, “blindfolded him and drove him around”, then took him to another neighbourhood roughly 1km from his home, “where they took him out of the jeep and walked him, blindfolded, through the streets”.

“I was really scared and didn’t understand what was going on. I sat in the jeep and didn’t say a word. One of the soldiers slapped and kicked me. He spoke to me in Hebrew so I couldn’t understand what he was saying”, ‘Abd a-Razeq Idris told a B’Tselem researcher.

When the boy’s father arrived, soldiers refused to release him and instead drove him to a military post based in Kiryat Arba settlement – despite telling the father they were taking him to a police station. ‘Abd a-Razeq was “asked about stone-throwers and sent home alone” at around 2pm.

“My mom was really worried, and when I got home, she and my grandma hugged me and cried. I didn’t do anything, and I didn’t throw any stones. I have no idea what the soldiers wanted from me”, said ‘Abd a-Razeq Idris.

According to B’Tselem, “this case is no aberration” but rather “part of the routine violence imposed on Palestinians in Hebron” by Israeli forces and settlers, “including physical attacks, threats, verbal abuse, soldiers’ incursions into homes (usually at night) – and the false arrest of minors and adults”.

While “Israel cites security to justify this conduct and the segregation it imposes on the city”, B’Tselem described such claims as “baseless” and “serve merely to bolster a policy of driving Palestinians to leave Hebron by making daily life unbearable”.

(Source / 23.11.2019) 

Israeli Forces Injure Palestinian, Detain Five In West Bank

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The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at daybreak Friday arrested five Palestinian citizens and injured a sixth during raid campaigns in different West Bank areas.

Local sources said that four Palestinian citizens were arrested in a large-scale campaign in Dura town south of Hebron City.

A fifth Palestinian was kidnapped from his home in al-Am’ari refugee camp in Ramallah.

In the same area, a Palestinian youth was injured after an IOF military jeep deliberately hit him.

Meanwhile, violent clashes broke out between the IOF soldiers and Palestinian youths when the former stormed Qabatiya town, south of Jenin, and attacked a Palestinian house.

No arrests were reported there.

(Source / 23.11.2019)