Hamas calls for resistance against Israeli tax move

Palestinians hold banners during a demonstration demanding boycott against Israeli products in response to cutting of Palestinian tax revenues in Ramallah, West Bank on 6 August 2019. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians hold banners during a demonstration demanding boycott against Israeli products in response to cutting of Palestinian tax revenues in Ramallah, West Bank on 6 August 2019

The Hamas resistance group called on the Palestinian administration Wednesday to work together with it and other groups against Israel’s decision to withhold millions of dollars in tax funds from Palestinians, Anadolu reports.

In a statement, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said the decision once again proves the “piracy of Israel.”

Israel’s security cabinet voted Sunday to deduct $43 million from the tax funds the Israeli administration transfers each month to the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinians say the funds are needed to help families affected by violence and the Israeli occupation.

READ: PA to refer the file of sick prisoners held by Israel to the UN, ICC 

The cabinet also approved the withholding of $144 million of tax funds from Palestinians in February last year.

Qassem also called on Palestinian groups to collaborate to resist the implementation of policies and decisions by the Israeli administration and its Defense Minister Naftali Bennett towards Palestine and Palestinian captives.

Israel’s 13-year-old blockade of the Gaza Strip has shattered the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its 2 million inhabitants of free movement in and out from Gaza, preventing the entry of many basic amenities.

(Source / 02.01.2020) 

PA rejects Israel decision to use alternative to UNRWA schools in Jerusalem

Palestinians gather at the UNRWA building during a demonstration on September 17, 2019 in Gaza City, Gaza. ( Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency )

Palestinians gather at the UNRWA building on 17 September 2019 in Gaza City, Gaza

The Palestinian Authority (PA) yesterday slammed an Israeli decision to use alternatives to UNRWA-run Palestinian schools in Jerusalem.

In a statement, the PA’s Ministry of Expatriates and Foreign Affairs said that the approval of the council of the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem to set-up education facilities to replace UNRWA schools is part of Israel’s war on the right of return.

The PA ministry also said that the Israeli measure is a “new step towards imposing the Israeli syllabus on Palestinians”, pointing out “this is part of the Israeli plans to Judaise the Palestinian city.”

On Tuesday night, the Israeli municipal council approved a plan to establish an educational campus run by the Israeli Education Ministry near the Arab neighbourhoods of Shu’afat and Anata in Jerusalem.

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According to the plan, the new facilities are meant to replace the schools established and being run by UNRWA.

The project, according to the London-based Al-Awda Centre, will cost 7.1 million shekels ($2 million), and will be located in an area outside the Green Line but run by the Israeli governed Jerusalem Municipality.

Member of Jerusalem Municipal Council Aryeh King thanked Mayor Moshe Lion for advancing the project, which seeks to diminish UNRWA’s presence in the city.

“We are not talking, we are acting,” King wrote on Facebook.

“While the previous mayor, Nir Barkat, published press releases for years about his plans to reduce UNWRA’s influence and involvement in eastern Jerusalem, the current Mayor, Moshe Lion, passed last night a decision of unprecedented importance. I salute you, Mayor.”

READ: UNRWA deficit drops from $167m to $77m

(Source / 02.01.2020) 

On 55th Anniversary of Fateh Movement, Israel Detains Two of its Members, Summons One

Israeli forces detained, Wednesday afternoon, Fateh secretary general, Shadi Mtour, hours after invading his home and handing his family a summons for him, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported.

Mtour was detained in Wadi al-Joz neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, in an effort to prevent any activities by the Fateh movement, marking 55 years since its launch.

Another Fateh activist, Yaser Darwish, from al-‘Isawiya neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, was also detained in an early morning incursion into his home, while a third activist was summoned for interrogation at a Jerusalem police station.

The campaign against Fateh activists in the city came as a warning by Israel against holding any activity in the occupied city to mark 55 years since the launch of Fateh movement.

Police removed several Fateh banners from poles in different neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem, mainly in Silwan, al-Tur and al-‘Isawiya.

Israel does not allow any Palestinian political activity in the occupied section of the city, despite signed agreements allowing such activities.

(Source / 02.01.2020) 

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (26 December 2019 – 01 January 2020)

Summary

This week, PCHR documented 198 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. This week witnessed an increase of Israeli violation regarding demolition and settlement activities in addition to settlers’ attacks and incursions. They were as follows:

As part of the Israeli shooting and excessive use of force:

In terms of excessive use of force, IOF wounded 44 Palestinian civilians, including 13 children and 2 women, on the 86th Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege protest (GMR) in eastern Gaza Strip. IOF shot and injured 5 civilians with live bullets and shrapnel; and 1 was deemed in serious health conditions, in addition to targeting protestors’ upper body with rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. Among those injured, a young man and a child were both shot with rubber bullets in their right eyes. IOF maintained their policy of repression despite the general calmness and weak participation due to the weather conditions. Meanwhile in the West Bank, 5 Palestinian civilians were shot, including a child, in separate incidents. IOF opened fire at agricultural lands in 2 incidents and 1 at fishing boats in the Gaza Strip; no casualties were reported.

Under IOF incursions and house raids in addition to arresting Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 81 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, arresting and/or injuring many others. During this week’s incursions, 64 Palestinians were arrested, including 7 children.  In the Gaza Strip, IOF carried out 1 incursions into eastern Rafah.

Under the settlement expansion activities in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, PCHR documented 6 demolitions, land razing and demolition notices by IOF, including demolishing 2 houses and seizing 5 others in Jerusalem. IOF also uprooted 3 residential tents in the northern valley and forced farmers to stop working in their agricultural lands in Nablus and the northern valley.

PCHR also documented 10 settler-attacks including a raid into al-Samou’ village and shooting, attacking and detaining a child in Jerusalem.

In terms of the Israeli closure policy, the Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the History of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. Furthermore, IOF uses Erez Crossing that is designated for movement of individuals as an ambush to arrest Palestinians who obtain permits to exit via Israel.  Meanwhile, the West Bank is divided into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted and they are subject to arrest. In this week, IOF established 50 temporary checkpoints and arrested 3 Palestinians.

  1. Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity
  1. Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the Gaza Strip

On Friday, 27 December 2019, the 86th weekly Great March of Return (GMR) protest took off in eastern Gaza Strip, under the slogan “Martyrs’ Blood Draws the Freedom Path” on the anniversary of the 2018 Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, which continued for 23 days. IOF continued to use excessive force against protestors, which resulted in the injury of 44 civilians, including 13 children and 2 women.

At approximately 14:00, Palestinian civilians head towards the five GMR encampments in the eastern Gaza Strip to join the protest, which lasted until 17:00. This week’s protest was the last for 2019; the National Authority announced the suspension of GMR until the next Earth Day, celebrated on 30 March of each year, which would mark the second anniversary of GMR and declared that protests would thereafter take place on a monthly basis and on national events.

The incidents were as follows:

  • Northern Gaza Strip: demonstrations took off in eastern Jabalia with little participation due to the weather. Some protestors attempted to throw stones at IOF stationed along the border fence. IOF shot and injured 2 civilians with rubber bullets.
  • Gaza City: hundreds of civilians took part in protests at Malaka area in eastern Gaza City. No casualties were reported.
  • Central Gaza Strip: dozens of young men headed to eastern al-Buraij refugee camp and gathered adjacent to the border fence at a range varying between 0 – 300 meters. The protestors threw stones and sound bombs at IOF, who responded with live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters and pumped wastewater at the protestors. As a result, 2 civilians sustained rubber bullet wounds, including Sa’ed Ahmed Tawfiq Mahani (29), from Gaza City who was shot with a rubber bullet in his right eye. Mahani was transferred to Eye Specialty Hospital in Gaza City. Moreover, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • Khan Younis: Hundreds of civilians joined today’s protests in Khuza’ah area in eastern Khan Younis. Dozens gathered near the border fence and attempted to throw stones and Molotov cocktails. IOF fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 20 civilians, including 10 children and a woman, sustained rubber bullets while dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • Rafah: hundreds of protestors gathered in eastern al-Shawka neighborhood while others remained at the protest encampment where speeches and theatrical performances were held. Dozens attempted to approach the fence and set tires on fire and threw stones. IOF fired live, rubber bullets, and tear gas canisters at protestors. As a result, 20 civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were injured: 5 were shot with live bullets; one of them was deemed in serious condition; 12 were shot with rubber bullets; and 3 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded woman was identified as Huda Nayef Edwan (42) and she was shot with a live bullet in the head. Ahmed Ahmed Mesbah al-Hams (19) was deemed in serious condition after being shot with a live bullet in the lower extremities.
  1. Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity
  • At approximately 06:30 on Sunday, 29 December 2019, IOF gunboats opened heavy fire and chased Palestinian fishermen while at sea west of Khan Younis despite the fact that they were within the allowed fishing area, which is up to 15 nautical miles. The shooting continued on intervals for 3 hours, which terrorized fishermen who had to flee to shore. No damage was reported.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, IOF fired live bullets at the bypass road near al-Shurfa area in Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem while Palestinian civilians were in the area. According to eyewitnesses, IOF hid behind trees and fired at passer-byers. No injuries were reported. The incident reoccurred the following evening at approximately 13:00.
  • At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, IOF stationed at the border with Gaza, east of Khan Younis, opened fire at agricultural lands east of al-Qarara village. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:30 on Sunday as well, IOF moved into Nabuls city from its northern, north eastern and south eastern entrances in protection of a fleet of busses carrying settlers en route to pray at Joseph’s Tomb east of the city. Palestinian children and boys gathered during the raid and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF who responded with live and rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received treatment in the field, while Nazem Moayad Nazem ‘Ashour (19) sustained a rubber bullet in the left thigh and another superficial bullet in the mouth. He was transferred to Rafidia Government Hospital for medical treatment.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 30 December 2019, IOF arbitrarily fired tear gas and sound bombs at Palestinian civilians at al-Fowar Refugee Camp, south of Hebron, under the pretext that stone throwers attacked IOF. As a result, a 20-year-old was hit with a sound bomb in the face and transferred to Hebron Hospital, while others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Monday, 30 December 2019, Israeli police opened fire at a vehicle after it had chased it from Beit Jala all the way to western Bethlehem. The driver was detained. According to an eyewitness statement to PCHR fieldworker, Mohammed Khlaed Abaid (25) was driving his vehicle while his mother, Karima Shaheen (53), was in the passenger seat in Beit Jala. Israeli police chased him and opene3d fire at his vehicle which startled him and caused him to run into a wall. His mother sustained bruises while Mr. Abaid was detained.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 31 December 2019, IOF stationed at the border with Gaza, east of Khan Younis, opened fire at agricultural lands east of al-Qarara and Khuza’a villages. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 01:55 on Wednesday, 01 January 2020, IOF moved into Tubas. During the raid, a group of Palestinians gathered and confronted IOF vehicles with stones and empty bottles. IOF responded with live and rubber bullets, tear gas and sound bombs. As a result, Qassam Suhaib Abu-Siaj (17) was shot with a live bullet in his left thigh and transferred to the hospital. Others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and were treated in the field.
  • At approximately 02:35, IOF raided Jenin. During the raid, a group of Palestinians gathered and confronted IOF vehicles with stones and empty bottles. IOF responded with live and rubber bullets, tear gas and sound bombs. As a result, Jamil Nabil Awwad (22) was shot with a rubber bullet in his left leg and was taken to hospital. Also during the attack, IOF raided and searched civilian houses and arrested 3 civilians: Ibrahim Nathem Turkman (21); Omar Amer Abu-Salama (20); and Baker Hilal al-Sabe’ (27).
  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • Early on Sunday, 29 December 2019, IOF gave Rami Najib Foqha a notice to halt work on his 10-dunum-land, located at Hamma area in the northern valleys east of Tubas, under pretext of being a heritage area.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Monday, 30 December 2019, IOF, along with a guard from “Shavei Shomron” settlement, raided agricultural lands in Kilet al-Bireh area, an 80-dunum land located on plot number 4, approximately 25 meters away from the settlement. IOF forced a group of farmers to leave the land. The farmers were there with the mayor, Mohammed Azem, to plant apricot trees and fence the land to protect it from hogs and the Israeli settlement expansion schemes. It should be mentioned that the farmers were working under a project funded by the Development Center of Palestine in partnership with Oxfam and it targets at least 30 farmers. IOF claimed that the farmers were expelled because they were in areas C and in an area classified as a nature reserve, despite that the Palestinian farmers have documents that prove their ownership.
  • On Wednesday, 01 January 2020, IOF seized five houses and a water pipeline in al-Montar area in Bdiyat al-Quds, east of occupied East Jerusalem, as a prelude to establish a settlement outpost in the area. Yunis Ja’far, Chairman of Al-Montar Land Defense Committee, said that IOF moved into al-Montar area and seized five houses of Mohamed Omar ‘Abed al-Qader, Zaki Khalil ‘Abed al-Qader Ja’far, Khalil ‘Abed al-Qader Ja’far, Mohamed Maher al-Sarkhi, and Hani Shaker al-Sarkhi. He added that IOF seized a water pipeline and threatened to withdraw another one from al-Sawarha area. It should be noted that Israeli settlers recently set up caravans and water tanks in the area. According to local sources, Israeli authorities intend to establish a wall surrounding occupied East Jerusalem to isolate it from other Palestinian governorates. According to the Oslo Accords signed by the Israeli government and the PA, Badiyat al-Quds is classified as Area C, which is under Israeli civil and security control while the PA is responsible for education and health. It should be noted that Israeli authorities established settlements and military training sites as well as natural reserves on 70% of Badiyat al-Quds while the remaining 30% was declared as a closed military zone.
  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli Jerusalem Municipality vehicles demolished 2 houses in Khalaila neighborhood in Silwan village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. According to Khaled Abu Tayieh, Chairman of Silwan Land Defense Committee, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers backed by IOF demolished Yazeed Khalilah and Mohanad ‘Abed Khalilah’s houses in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Abu Tayieh clarified that Yazeed’s 1-story house was built on an area of 100 sq.m 7 months ago and sheltered 8 persons, while Mohanad’s 100sq.m house sheltered his wife and 2 children. He added that the Israeli authorities did not give enough time for the families to get their contents out and left them outside in the cold.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into al-Hadaf area, east of Beit al-Dajan village, northeast of Nablus. IOF prevented Mizyed ‘Abed al-Qader al-‘Absi from plowing his 10-dunum land, under the pretext of being in Area C. IOF confiscated 2 agricultural tractors and took them to “Makhora “settlement in Northern Jordan Valleys.
  • At approximately 14:29, IOF accompanied with construction vehicles moved into Khelet Abu Salah in Tubas. They demolished and confiscated three residential tents of Ibrahim Sa’ied Zayid Abu Daher and Zainab Suliman Abu Daher. It should be noted that Ibrahim and Zainab received those tents from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society after IOF demolished their tents and barns on 23 December 2019.
  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • At approximately 22:00 on Sunday, 29 December 2019, a group of settler vehicles raided al-Samou’ village, south of Hebron, under heavy IOF protection. The settlers surrounded an old church in the city center and prayed there. In the meantime, IOF closed the city center and its main road and enforced a curfew on civilian movement. They stayed there for an hour and a half and then left the area. No attacks against civilians were reported.
  • At approximately 21:00 on Monday, 30 December 2019, settlers’ guards fired live bullets and sound bombs at a group of Palestinian young men in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. This happened after a verbal altercation and a quarrel erupted between the settlers and the neighborhood’s residents. Eyewitnesses said that settlers’ guards beat and randomly fired live bullets and sound bombs at Palestinians in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood. The guards also detained Adam Mahmoud Abu Rmoz (17), severely beat him and handed him to IOF while he was bleeding from his face and head. It should be noted that the IOF moved into the neighborhood, provided protection for the settlers, beat the neighborhood’s residents, and fired sound bombs at them. As a result, Zuhair Sami al-Rajbi (49) sustained sound bombs shrapnel wounds in his mouth and foot. He was then taken to a medical center for treatment. Following the attack, a large IOF fore moved into Batern al-Hawa neighborhood, where they raided and searched dozens of houses. Additionally, they arrested and investigated Mahdi Yunis Jaber (20), Waleed al-Sha’ir, and Yusof Bassam al-Rajbi (21).

Full document at the official website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

(Source / 02.01.2020) 

4013 PALESTINIANS WERE KILLED IN SYRIA UNTIL THE END OF 2019

Syria (QNN)- The Action Group For Palestinians of Syria said that it has documented the murder of 4013 Palestinian refugees in Syria since the start of the war until the end of 2019.

The group added that “614 refugees were killed under torture in the regime’s jails while 205 were killed due to the lack of medical care and the tight blockade on Al Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.”

It also stated that “311 Palestinian refugees were killed by snipers, 142 in bombings, 92 were killed in field executions by the regime and affiliated militias, and 52 drowned while they were escaping to Europe”.

(Source / 02.01.2020) 

BENNETT FREEZES MONEY BELONGS TO FAMILIES OF JAILED PALESTINIANS IN ‘ISRAEL’

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Israeli minister of war, Naftali Bennett, approved on Wednesday a decision to freeze money, which belongs to the families of 32 Palestinians, who are jailed by the occupation state.

Bennett claimed that the families have received payments from the Palestinian Authority in previous years. He said that the decision will be applied within the next few hours.

Bennett’s decision came after one week of another decision to prevent money sent by the PA to the families of eight political prisoners.

(Source / 02.01.2020) 

Worst memories of 2019: Israeli troops kill Palestinian mother at checkpoint

The Palestinian Red Crescent said in a statement that Israeli forces prevented its medics from reaching the girl and providing her with first aid

Do you remember? Israeli occupation forces shot and killed Palestinian 50-year-old Palestinian mother of nine at Qalandia Checkpoint in occupied West Bank in the morning of 18 September 2019.

Witnesses said that the Israeli troops with rifles wearing private security uniforms confronted Nayfa Ka’abna, , a mother of nine children, standing several metres away.

A shot was heard and she collapsed, dropping an item to the ground, which one of the Israeli occupation troops then kicked it out of reach.

The witnesses said the mother was shot four times after missing a pedestrian lane at Qalandia, the most significant Israeli checkpoint separating occupied Jerusalem from the central West Bank.

Mohammed Hammad Jaradat, a bystander from Jerusalem, said that the mother had seemingly entered the wrong section of the checkpoint on foot and was trying to reach the bus section.

Israeli security forces then started shouting at her and chasing after her, at which point, Jaradat said, she lifted up a small knife

“They could have controlled her,” Jaradat said. “They were five soldiers and she was some seven metres away. They deliberately killed her, not only to kill her, but to scare us Palestinians who cross the checkpoint every day travelling between Ramallah and Jerusalem.”

“Video footage of the incident shows the woman standing some distance away from the Israeli guards when they shot her dead,” said Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Saleh Higazi.

He added: “She did not appear to be carrying a firearm and did not pose any immediate threat to the guards or to the lives of people in the vicinity when they opened fire. This strongly suggests that her killing may have been unlawful.”

(Source / 02.01.2020) 

Over 9,000 Palestinians displaced in a decade of Israeli demolitions in West Bank

Over 115,000 people’s livelihoods were affected by the demolitions

Israeli occupation has demolished 6,116 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem between 2010 and 2019, according to UN report, displacing 9,249 Palestinians including around 4,500 children.

The vast majority of the destruction, 79 per cent, has taken place in Area C of the occupied West Bank, over which the Israeli army has full control.

Roughly two per cent of demolitions took place in Area A, which is under full control of the Palestinian Authority (PA), and Area B, which is under partial PA control.

According to the UN report, the demolitions took place between 1 January, 2010 and 24 December, 2019.

Over 115,000 people’s livelihoods were affected by the demolitions.

Around 28 per cent (1,734) of the destroyed structures were inhabited residential buildings.

In a minority of cases, demolitions were carried out by the owners of the structures, who had received a demolition order and wanted to avoid the high fees incurred when the Israeli occupation carry out the destruction themselves.

(Source / 02.01.2020) 

Israel killed 149 Palestinians, including 33 children in 2019

Some 69 of them were killed in Gaza, including eight members of the same family

Israeli occupation forces killed 149 Palestinians during 2019, including 33 children, the National Gathering for Palestinian Martyrs’ Families said yesterday.

The gathering said in a statement that the number of the martyrs was similar to the number of Palestinians killed each year over the past five years.

While the number of children among those killed was 33, the statement said that 112 of Palestinian martyrs (74 per cent) were killed in the Gaza Strip and 37 (33 per cent) were killed in the occupied West Bank.

The statement noted that 69 of the martyrs killed in Gaza perished under Israeli air strikes, including eight from the same family whose house was attacked and completely destroyed.

The bodies of 15 martyrs were detained by Israeli occupation forces in 2019, raising the number of bodies held by Israel to 306.

(Source / 02.01.2020) 

Ashrawi: Israeli Plans To Substitute UNRWA Schools In Jerusalem Are Part Of War On Palestinian Rights

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), condemned on Thursday the announced plan of the Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem to replace UNRWA-run schools.

“The announced plan of the so-called Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem to replace UNRWA-run schools is an extension of the Israeli establishment’s campaign of aggression against Palestinian rights and roots in the City,” Ashrawi said in a statement. “It is also an assault on multilateral institutions and international law.”

She continued, “This reprehensible plan also embodies the Israeli establishment’s disdain for the United Nations, rejection of Palestinian rights, and illegal actions aimed at altering the historic, cultural, and demographic composition of occupied Jerusalem.”

Ashrawi stressed the fact that “the UNRWA is a UN organization mandated by the United Nations member states to serve Palestine refugees, who were ethnically cleansed and uprooted from their homes by Israel in 1948, until a just and agreed on solution is reached in line with international law.”

“Despite Israel’s fervent efforts to smear and incite against this important organization, UNRWA’s mandate was recently renewed by the vast majority of UN member states. Obstructing the work of this UN agency is unacceptable and illegitimate.”

She continued, “As an illegal occupying power, Israel has no sovereignty or jurisdiction over any inch of occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and its powers and responsibilities are defined by international humanitarian law, not by force and coercion. It must cease all its illegal and provocative measures in occupied Jerusalem, including its campaign against international agencies serving Palestinians, in addition to previous closures of educational and cultural offices there.”

“The Palestinian leadership will endeavor to prevent these hostile plans from materializing and we call on all states to defend the mandate they approved for UNRWA’s continued and unobstructed operations in all its fields of operation.”

(Source / 02.01.2020)