Army Demolishes A Water Reservoir In Tubas

Israeli soldiers demolished, earlier Tuesday, a water reservoir in the Tubas meadows, in northeastern West Bank.

Palestinian human rights activist Aref Daraghma said several army jeeps, and bulldozers invaded the area, and demolished the reservoir, owned by Adnan Sawafta.

Daraghma added that the destroyed water reservoir, located in Einoun area, had the capacity to store 1000 cubic meters of water, and was used for irrigating hundreds of Dunams of farmlands in Tubas Meadows.

This is the second time the army demolishes the reservoir in the last few months under various allegations, especially since Israel is trying to confiscate more lands for the construction and expansion of its illegal colonies, built on occupied lands in direct violation of International Law.

(Source / 03.12.2019)

Mufti: US hospital in Gaza is suspicious and hostile

A hospital in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

A hospital in Gaza

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, warned of the repercussions that could follow the establishment of the American field hospital in the north of the Gaza Strip.

Dubbed “The American Hospital”, the medical centre is located near the Israeli controlled Erez (Beit Hanoun) crossing and will be managed by an international medical team after being built by an American group called Friendship.

Hussein warned that the hospital comes at a time when “America is preventing political and financial assistance from our steadfast people, giving our land to the settlers, conspiring against our holy sites, imposing financial sanctions on our economy, our hospitals and institutions, and fighting UNRWA.”

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He continued: “We cannot believe that this project is innocent of suspicion and hostile politicisation.”

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has opposed the project, which is being described as “an American military base,” because it claims that it is part of the understandings which are currently forming between Israel and Hamas, and which are expected to deepen the split between the PA’s government in Ramallah and Hamas’ rule in Gaza.

PA Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein Al-Sheikh tweeted that the hospital’s construction is part of an “Israeli policy of fragmentation” designed to eliminate the idea of ​​the Palestinian state. He called the initiative the “Shame Plan”, which is meant to separate the Gaza Strip from the rest of the Palestinian territory.

At a time when America is besieging the #PA and stopping support in all sectors, including hospitals in #East #Jerusalem, it is setting up a field hospital inside the #Gaza Strip with the blessing of #Hamas !! No comment!!

— حسين الشيخ Hussein Al Sheikh (@HusseinSheikhpl) November 30, 2019

Hamas said that building this hospital is one of the terms of the understandings to break the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip which was sponsored by Egypt, Qatar and the UN.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Health Mai Al-Kaila also rejected the establishment of a military US field hospital in the northern Gaza Strip under the sponsorship of Hamas and the Israeli occupation.

She told the Voice of Palestine radio: “Every year, the Ministry [of Health] sends medications and medical supplies worth 60 million shekels [$17.2 million] to the Gaza Strip. Therefore, there is no need for this US military hospital, where US military and foreign medical volunteers will be working.”

She said that if America wants to support the health sector in the Gaza Strip, it must support hospitals there, resume funding it had cut to hospitals in Jerusalem, and end the Israeli war on the Strip.

“If America wants to help our people in the Gaza Strip, it should have supported UNRWA, rather than cutting aid to this international institution. There is a big question mark about this hospital, which is in line with the deal of the century,” in reference to the American plan to bring an end to the Palestine-Israel crisis.

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(Source / 03.12.2019)

Official data: Israel banned 50 Palestinians from travelling in November

Palestinians cross Qalandiya checkpoint to perform the first Friday Prayer of Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Ramallah, West Bank on 10 May, 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians cross Qalandiya checkpoint to perform the first Friday Prayer of Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Ramallah, West Bank on 10 May, 2019

The Israeli authorities prevented 50 Palestinian citizens from travelling outside the occupied territories during November, according to official security data.

“In November, Israel returned 50 citizens and prevented them from travelling through the Al-Karama crossing, under the pretext of security reasons,” Quds Press quoted local security sources as saying.

The Palestinian police said that some 147,000 passengers had moved through the Al-Karama crossing during the same period, while around 559 “wanted by Israel” people had been banned from travelling.

There were around 76,491 departures and 70,955 returns in November; the local police pointed out. Around 559 travelling Palestinians were arrested over criminal suspicion.

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In coordination with the Palestinian authorities, the security sources noted, Israel had 36 medical cases to travel in ambulances through the Al-Karama crossing.

Rights groups have said preventing Palestinians from travelling through this crossing is part of the political pressure put on them and not related to security or other issues.

Following the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Israel has established Al-Karama crossing, connecting the occupied Palestinian territories to Jordan.

(Source/ 03.12.2019)

PLO Official: Internal Division Hinders Independant Palestinian State

Azzam al-Ahmad, member of Fatah Central Committee and the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said that plans to establish an American field hospital in the Gaza Strip is part of the Zionist-American schemes to isolate Gaza and establish a micro-state there.

Al-Ahmad said that this plan is part of the [Israeli] occupation forces’ plans to provide all the factors of survival for the de-facto authority in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported.

In an interview with voice of Palestine radio, al-Ahmad said that the conspiracy against the Palestinian cause has long existed, but has intensified since the internal division 13 years ago, pointing out that this division is not merely Palestinian, but rather an Arab, regional, and international division.

Al-Ahmad said that Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear that it is important to keep the division to prevent the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, stressing that Hamas is well aware of the risks and is going along with it, noting that direct contacts with Hamas movement have been cut off since 2017.

He reiterated the leadership’s rejection of these liquidating projects, stressing that no one has the right to transfer anything to the Palestinian territory without the consent of the legitimate leadership of the Palestinian people, the PLO; the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.

(Source / 03.12.2019)

‘Israel’ to “economically” target intl pro-Palestine activists

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- New Israeli Minister of war, Naftali Bennet, ordered on Tuesday to “economically” target international pro-Palestine activists under the pretext of supporting the resistance, according to Israeli Channel 12.

According to a statement published on the Israeli channel, several international human rights activists, who are allegedly working for the resistance, will be targeted and prevented from using their properties in occupied Palestine and other countries.

Bennet said the decision is the first of a series of other future decisions that aim at sanctioning the activists. The occupation state will soon publish a list of the targeted activists.

Among the targeted activists, Muhammad Heresh, leader of the Arab Organisation for Human Rights (AOHR UK) in UK, who was expelled by the Israelis to Lebanon in 1992 then he moved to the United Kingdom. The Israelis claim that Heresh is Hamas member and that his NGO serves the interests of Hamas.

(Source / 03.12.2019)

2287 Israelis stormed Al Aqsa mosque in provocative tours last month

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that 2287 Israeli Jewish fanatics stormed the Al Aqsa mosque in provocative tours last November, while Israeli police arrested 137 Palestinians and demolished dozens of structures in the same period.

A report by the center also documented the field execution of Fares Abu Nab by Israeli soldiers near the Nafaq military checkpoint in southern occupied Jerusalem under the pretext of “having suspensions”.

The Israelis did not shoot at the vehicle, but directly at the young man. They delivered his body to his family two days after the execution.

The report stated that 2287 Jewish fanatics stormed Al Aqsa mosque in provocative tours last month. Israeli police secured their raids.

Israeli authorities also prevented Sheikh Najeh Bkeirat, the head of Jerusalem’s department of religious teachings, from entering al Aqsa mosque for three months.

In the same period, the Israelis arrested 137 Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, including 49 minors (two of them are under the age of 12), and three women.

Jerusalem governor Adnan Gheith, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Fadi Hadmi, and Director of Education Sameer Jebreel were among those, who were arrested. School students were also targeted in the Israeli arrest campaigns.

Dozens of structures were demolished in Jerusalem, including five structures, whose owners were forced to demolish themselves.

Israeli repression of protests and Palestinians activities continues last November as well. A solidarity sit-in for hunger-striker prisoners and another solidarity vigil for Gaza by University students were repressed by Israeli forces.

(Source / 03.12.2019)

Israeli soldiers steal money, jewellery as they raid Palestinian homes

For years, Palestinians report missing money and jewellery after raids of Israeli occupation forces

Israeli occupation soldiers stole money and Jewellery when they raided Palestinian homes in occupied West Bank city of Jenin on Tuesday night.

Palestinians from the town of Yabod, southwest of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, said that the Israeli soldiers stole their money and jewellery from their home after raiding and ransacking it.

Mohammed Rayhan said that the Israeli occupation forces raided his family home tonight a d searched it with dogs.

After the Israeli occupation troops, Rayhan said, had left the house, the family found that their money and jewellery were missing.

Rayhan submitted an official complaint against the Israeli occupation soldiers at the Palestinian military liaison.

Several Palestinians in the same town also reported missing money and Jewellery during the same Israeli raid.

(Source / 03.12.2019)

Prisoner completes 16 years in Israeli prisons

The Palestinian prisoner: Murad Abu Zaytoon

The Palestinian prisoner: Murad Abu Zaytoon

Palestinian prisoner in Israeli occupation jails Murad Abu Zaytoon completed today 16 years behind Israeli prison bars, according to his family.

They family said that Abu Zaytoon, who was sentenced to 22 years for resisting the Israeli occupation, is currently incarcerated at the Naqab prison (Ktzi’ot) in south of Israel.

He has been banned from family visits for years now under false security reasons.

(Source / 03.12.2019)

Israeli forces to seize land near Bethlehem for construction of parking lot

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Israeli occupation authorities notified on Tuesday two Palestinian families of their intentions to seize their 4-dunums of land in Jaba’ village to the southwest of Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank, said a local official.

Head of Jaba’ village council said that Israeli occupation forces left a notice in land belonging to Abu Loha and Hamdan families, notifying them of their intentions to seize their 4-dunums of land for the benefit of constructing a parking lot for the sole use of Israeli occupation vehicles near Halla Israeli military checkpoint.

Israeli occupation forces notified a month ago of their intentions to seize around 2000 dunums of land belonging to Palestinians in the same village for military purposes.

(Source / 03.12.2019)

Gaza: March of Return rallies to resume next Friday

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The High National Committee for the March of Return and Breaking the Siege in the Gaza Strip has announced that the border protests will resume next Friday.

In a meeting held on Monday, members of the National Committee discussed several important issues and affirmed in a statement released later that the March of Return rallies would continue “with its popular character and peaceful tools.”

Its statement described the March of Return as  “one of the Palestinian struggle stations that would continue until the departure of the occupation.”

The Committee invited the Palestinian masses to actively participate in the border rallies next Friday, which will be held under the slogan “The march will continue.”

(Source / 03.12.2019)