Gaza: Palestine’s Parliament calls for endorsement of steadfast Jerusalemites

Muslims arrive to perform the Friday Prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 20 December 2019. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

Muslims arrive to perform the Friday Prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 20 December 2019

Thursday, the Palestinian Legislative Council (Parliament) called on Thursday for the endorsement of the steadfast population of the occupied city of Jerusalem through implementing projects that aim at strengthening Palestinians’ roots in the face of the occupation and the rabid campaign of Judaisation targeting them.

The rapporteur of the Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Committee in the Palestinian Legislative Council, MP Ahmed Abu Halabiya, demanded on Thursday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) undertakes an active role in pursuing the occupation authorities for the crimes they are committing against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

He condemned the occupation’s endorsement of a plan to build 2,000 new settlement units in the Palestinian land in the West Bank and east of the occupied Jerusalem city.

Abu Halabiya insisted: “The occupation’s plan to Judaise the Palestinian lands through the expansion of illegal settlements, i.e. building 2,000 new settlement units, is a crime and it violates the international law. These moves necessitate an international step towards exerting pressure on the Israeli authorities to stop these flagrant breaches.”

He added that “the expansion of Zionist settlements and the demolition of Palestinian houses is a consecration of the ingrained Judaic violations, and comes within what the US President Trump supported, following his recognition of the annexation of the West Bank to the occupation entity.”

Abu Halabiya pointed out that the most dangerous aspect of the situation is the statements made by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about his decision to take over the Jordan Valley, while seeking US support to annex the rest of the West Bank settlements, in addition to establishing thousands of new housing units inside it.

Read: More war crimes are Israel’s plan for the immediate future

Netanyahu has vowed, on several occasions, that he will impose Israeli sovereignty on the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea region in case he is elected again; saying: “We must establish fixed borders for the state of Israel, to ensure that the West Bank would not become like the Gaza Strip.”

The Israeli settlement project, which is devouring large areas of West Bank lands, including Jerusalem, represents the main obstacle to the resumption of peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, which have been stalled since April 2014.

Israeli estimates indicate that about 640,000 settlers live in 196 settlement units, in addition to 200 outposts in the West Bank, including the city of Jerusalem, which include about 220,000 settlers.

The Israeli government has rejected repeated requests from Palestinians and the international community to stop settlement-building in the occupied territories, which constitutes a violation of the international law.

The international community considers the overwhelming majority of settlements as illegal, based on the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the occupation authorities from transferring Israelis to the occupied territories.

(Source / 10.01.2020) 

200 Palestinian children arrested by Israel forces in Jerusalem neighbourhood

Israeli police officers arrest a Palestinian youth Issawiya, Jerusalem, 4 January 2017 [Mahfouz Abu Turk/Apaimages]

Israeli police officers arrest a Palestinian youth in Issawiya, Jerusalem, 4 January 2017

Israeli forces have detained an estimated 200 Palestinian children in the Issawiya neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem over the last few months, in many cases violating their basic rights.

According to data from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), reported by Haaretz, more than 600 residents have been arrested since the launch of regular police raids in Issawiya, with residents and lawyers saying that “about a third of those who have been held are minors”.

The report added that these raids have been characterised by “the violation of the rights” of detained Palestinian children, including “the use of force, night-time arrests, questioning not in the presence of their parents, rides in patrol cars for intimidation and unnecessary handcuffing”.

ACRI has stated that the Israeli police “systematically violate the rights of minor suspects” in Issawiya, adding that while “the law may allow the police to not follow these rules in extreme cases”, it is “unfeasible that such exceptional circumstances existed in all these cases and in any case the police have never presented evidence of such a need”.

ACRI’s report cites a number of disturbing example, including the arrest three weeks ago of an 11-year-old boy (the age of criminal responsibility is 12).

READ: Israel arrests mother, 12-year-old son in Jerusalem

“The police officers put him in a police car, took him for a ride around the neighbourhood and then took him to the police station,” Haaretz reported, adding that in “a video clip of the arrest spread on social media, the child’s great fear and anxiety [were] on display.”

When Samar, the boy’s father, was summoned to the police station, he was told that his son had been throwing stones.

The policeman showed me a video and said that’s my son, and I told him it’s not him. Only then did they look and it turns out there was nothing. They released him

Samar said.

In another case, a 13-year-old boy “said police officers broke into his house even though they were told that his parents were not at home”.

“The policeman pushed my head against the sofa and then hit me in the head with something hard. I think it was a tear gas grenade. I was really scared. They pushed my hands forward, and handcuffed them with plastic cuffs and took me outside while my little brothers were screaming and crying.”

The boy was questioned and released a few hours later “after his father was summoned to the police station”, the report added.

Israel Police told Haaretz that its forces’ actions in Issawiya over the past few months have been a response to “hundreds of violent incidents and riots against civilians and security forces”, adding that in 2019 police “identified clearly nationalist activities of violent and inflammatory nature”.

A recent development noted by the paper is the arrest of five Issawiya residents “after violating an administrative arrest warrant” barring them from “leaving their homes after dark” – an order “issued without presentation of any evidence”.

(Source / 10.01.2020) 

Israel distributes demolition notices to 3 Palestinian families

In order to avoid demolition fees by Israeli forces, a Palestinian man was forced to demolish his own home [Arab48]

In order to avoid demolition fees by Israeli forces, a Palestinian man was forced to demolish his own home 

Palestinian families accused of being responsible for the deaths of two Israelis have been notified of the occupation’s intention to demolish their homes. The notices allow the families to appeal to courts before the planned demolitions.

Among the homes slated to be demolished is that of the families of Mahmoud Atuna, Walid Hanatsheh and Yasan Majamas.

Mahmoud Atuna is a suspected member of Hamas and one of the five Palestinians who are accused of being involved in the attack that killed 19-year-old Israel soldier Dvir Sorek in the occupied West Bank in August last year.

Sorek was a resident of the illegal Ofra settlement, and studied in Migdal Oz settlement, north of occupied Hebron. He was reported missing overnight, and his body was discovered close to Migdal Oz.

Israel minister demands more demolitions of Palestinian structures: ‘I am not at the UN’

The Beit Kahil home of cousins Nasir Asafra, 24, and Qassem Asafra, 30, who are two of the five members charged with Sorek’s murder, was demolished last year, according to i24 News.

Walid Hanatsheh and Yzaen Majame are among five of those standing trial for carrying out an attack in which 17-year-old Rina Shnerb was murdered in the occupied West Bank in August.

Shnerb was killed and her father and brother were injured by an explosive device that was planted at a natural spring outside the central West Bank settlement of Dolev, reported the Times of Israel.

All five members – Samer Arbid, Walid Hanatsheh, Abed El-Razeq Faraj, Yzaen Majames and Kasem Shibli – were indicted in mid-December.

Military sources said demolitions of the homes of other members of that group were under consideration.

READ: Israel issues home demolition notices to Palestinian families in Jerusalem

In addition, the Israeli soldiers announced that they will demolish again the house of Ahmed Qunbeh, who was among those responsible for killing Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 35, in a drive-by shooting attack on Route 60 in January 2018.

The house was demolished the following April, but according to the Israeli army statement, since then it has been rebuilt.

Israel’s does not allow demolished homes to be rebuilt, and it has carried out repeated demolition work when such attempts are made.

Human rights groups have repeatedly warned that Israel’s policy of demolitions contravenes international law and is a form of collective punishment.

(Source / 10.01.2020) 

European Union Denounces Israel’s Settlement Expansion

The European Union, on Thursday, criticized Israeli plans to expand illegal settlements built in the occupied Palestinian territory and called on Israel to comply with international law, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

Israel approved earlier this week the construction of almost 2000 housing units in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, including the retroactive approval of already existing constructions, some of which were built on private Palestinian land.

“The European Union reiterates its clear position that all settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace, as reaffirmed by UN Security Council Resolution 2334,” said the EU spokesperson.

“We call on the government of Israel to fully comply with international law, end all settlement activity on occupied territories and related actions,” said the spokesperson, stressing that the European Union “will not recognise any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by both sides.”

This EU position comes in stark contrast to the US, which has recognized Israel’s annexation of occupied East Jerusalem, deemed the illegal settlements not inconsistent with international law and seems to be on the way of recognizing Israel’s planned annexation of two thirds of the occupied West Bank.

The EU spokesperson also denounced Israeli settlers’ violence against the Palestinian civilian population in the occupied territories.

“Violence by settlers towards Palestinian civilians and their property has to be stopped and prevented,” said the statement.

The European Union reiterated its support to the resumption “of a meaningful process towards the two-State solution, the only realistic and viable way to fulfil the legitimate aspirations of both peoples.”

In addition, on Thursday, German Foreign Office Spokesman said “We have noted with great concern the Israeli authorities’ decisions to further expand settlements in the West Bank.”

The spokesman continued, “The German Government calls on those involved, to refrain from taking any steps that would further hinder a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the Middle East.”

(Source / 10.01.2020) 

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 January 2020)

Summary

This week, PCHR documented 219 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. They were as follows:

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

In terms of excessive use of force, IOF wounded 5 Palestinian civilians in separate incidents in the West Bank: two were shot and injured in IOF’s suppression of a peaceful assembly in Ramallah, another 2 were shot and injured during IOF incursion into Jericho. In addition, a child was shot, injured and arrested by IOF, the latter alleged that the boy attempted to carry out a stab attack, south of Bethlehem, without eyewitnesses to refute or confirm the Israeli claim. It should be noted that the Supreme National Authority of the Great March of Return (GMR) announced halting protests until 30 Mach 2020.

Furthermore, 5 shootings were reported at agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip; no casualties were reported.

Under IOF incursions and house raids in addition to arresting Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 133 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, 109 Palestinians were arrested, including 17 children.

Under the settlement expansion activities in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, PCHR documented 10 demolitions, land razing and demolition notices by IOF, including confiscating 6 tractors and a bulldozer in Nablus and northern valleys. IOF also seized a 500-square-meter land in Bethlehem and forced 3 civilians to self-demolish their houses in Jerusalem. Furthermore, 2 residential barracks were demolished and 7 caravans were dismantled in Jericho. In Hebron, IOF gave 4 notifications to halt construction works in a house, 2 rooms and a livestock barn and demolished 2 agricultural rooms and a water well in Hebron.

PCHR also documented one settler-attack against civilians in a settler raid into Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit, claiming to visit the religious sites. Settlers also raided 3 residential houses and attempted to attack their residents.

In terms of collective punishment policy, IOF made holes in the house of prisoner Qassam al-Bargouthi in Ramallah and informed his family that the house will be demolished for the second time.

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 arrested 17 Palestinians.

  1. Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity
  2. Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the West Bank
  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday afternoon, 03 January 2019, a peaceful protest took off in Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, and marched towards the village’s eastern entrance, which has been closed for 17 years allegedly for the security of “Kedumim” settlement. The protestors chanted national slogans, demanded an end of the occupation and the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinians. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand berms and the latter responded with sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a few people suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • The protest was repeated the following day, Saturday 04 January, and confrontations with IOF resulted in several civilians suffocating due to tear gas inhalation.
  • Also on Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians protested peacefully northwest of Ramallah against the Israeli attempts to confiscate their lands, in al-Mazra’a al-Gharbeya village and Ain Harasha area, for settlement expansion schemes. IOF stationed in the area fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors, causing many of them to suffocate due to tear gas inhalation.
  • Simultaneously, a group of Palestinian civilians gathered in al-Sahel area after settlers raided it under IOF protection. They threw stones at settlers and IOF stationed in the area, adjacent to the eastern entrance to al-Mughair village east of Ramallah. IOF chased civilians and fired bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them arbitrarily. As a result, 3 civilians were injured, and dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. The injured are: Qusai Najib al-Na’san (22), shot with a live bullet to the left leg; Na’san Fares al-Na’san (21), shot with a rubber bullet in the left leg; and Mohammed Tha’er Abu-Alia (24), shot with a rubber bullet in his right foot.
  1. Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity
  • At approximately 15:20 on Thursday, 02 January 2020, an Israeli soldier shot Hussain Mohammed Mousa Younis Abu-Daya (15) near “Gosh Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, alleging that he attempted a stab attack. Abu-Daya sustained two live bullets in his foot and was transferred to Shaare Zedek Medical Center. According to IOF press release, a soldier spotted the boy approaching him with a knife, and that “The terrorist was neutralized.” Younis’ family said that eyewitnesses told them that they heard shooting then saw the boy fall to the ground, and the soldier shot him again in the foot. Abu-Daya underwent two surgeries in his foot and had to have platinum plates inserted in his foot.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 02 January 2020, IOF infantry unit moved into al-Thaher area, south of Beit Ummer village north of Hebron, alleging that they were attacked with stones near “Karmi Tsur” Young Palestinian locals gathered and threw stones at IOF soldiers who responded with gas and sound bombs. Many Palestinians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. IOF later withdrew and no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00 on the same Thursday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence with Israel, east of khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire and fired flare bombs in the sky of eastern ‘Abasan, east of the city. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:00 on the same Thursday, IOF stationed near the border fence of Kafer Qaddoum village, east of the city, fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinians protesting against closing the village entrance, alleging that they were attacked with stones.
  • At approximately 15:20 on Friday, 4 January 2020, IOF stationed adjacent to Jaljoulia checkpoint, south of the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyah, fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at a group of Palestinian civilians claiming that they were attacked with stones. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 23:30 on the same Friday, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, fired flare bombs east of Khuza’a village, east of the city. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Saturday, 04 January 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Kahn Younis in southern Gaza strip, fired flare bombs in eastern al-Qararah village, northeast of the city. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 18:00 on Monday, 06 January 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Gaza Strip, fired flare bombs at the Abu Qatroun area, northeast of al-Buraij. No casualties or material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, 07 January 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, northeast of al-Buraij, opened fire at agricultural lands adjacent to the abovementioned border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 04:30 on Wednesday, 08 January 2020, IOF moved into ‘Aqabet Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho. A number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers chased the protestors and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canister at them. As a result, Ahmed Hamed Hajjaj (22) was shot with 2 live bullets in the left foot, and Ayoub ‘Aasi Damrah (19) was shot with a live bullet in the upper side of his eye. Moreover, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. They received medical treatment on the field.

 Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 14:20 on Thursday, 02 January 2020, IOF moved into al-Nasariyia village, northeast of Nablus. They confiscated Ayoub Ibrahim al-Tayib’s tractor and ordered him to stop working in his plot of land, which is classified as Area C.
  • At approximately 18:20 on Thursday, IOF raided an agricultural land near Beit Foreek village, northeast of Nablus. They confiscated Salam Helal Khatatbah’s bulldozer under the pretext of working in Area C.
  • At approximately 13:36 on Friday, 03 January 2020, IOF moved into Um al-Qabbah area in eastern Tubas. They confiscated 5 tractors while plowing agricultural lands and took them to Sa’orah military camp. The confiscated tractors belong to al-‘Aqaba Cooperative Society, Kamal Ghazi Daraghmah, Naseem ‘Ali Mahmoud Ghannam, Ibrahim Khader Mahmoud, and Ahmed Khader Mahmoud.
  • On Sunday, 05 January 2020, IOF issued a military decision to seize a plot of land in Wadi al-Hendi area, in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, under security pretexts. Hasan Barijiyah, Head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance in Bethlehem, said that IOF handed the owners of 500-sqaure-meter land located in Wadi al-Hendi area in southern Bethlehem a seizure notice. Barijiyah clarified that the decision aims at establishing a military checkpoints or settlement outposts.
  • At approximately 20:00 on Sunday, Tayseer Yallow demolished a concrete wall surrounding his plot of land near the eastern entrance to al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without license. Yallow said that the Israeli Municipality notified him a week ago to demolish the concrete wall. On Saturday morning, the Israeli police phoned him and ordered him to carry out the demolition or the municipality will do so and impose NIS 100,000 on him as demolition costs. Yallow clarified that the concrete wall cost him NIS 35,000.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Monday, 06 January 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Ras al-‘Ojah area in northern Jericho. The bulldozer demolished Suliman Salem Nassar al-Najadah (44)’s barrack while he was inside it to prevent the demolition. As a result, al-Najadah sustained wounds and bruises throughout his body and was then taken to Jericho Governmental Hospital for treatment.
  • Around the same time, IOF demolished a livestock barn of Salma Hussain Ka’abna and dismantled 7 residential caravans and confiscated them under the pretext of non-licensing and being in Area C. The barn and caravans belong to:
  1. Suliman Salem Nassar al-Najadah: a 60-sqaure-meter caravan sheltered 12 members, including 9 children and 2 women.
  2. Salma Hussain Ka’abnah: a 80-sqaure-meter barn.
  3. Rami Mohamed Hasan Hrizat: a 60-sqaure-meter caravan was dismantled and confiscated. The caravan sheltered 2 members, including a woman.
  4. Mohamed Hasan Murshed Hazirat: a 60-sqaure-meter caravan was dismantled and confiscated. The caravan sheltered 7 members, including 2 children and 4 women.
  5. Fadi Mohamed Salama Hazirat: a 60-sqaure-meter caravan was dismantled and confiscated. The caravan sheltered 5 members, including 3 children and a woman.
  6. Nayif Slama Mohamed Abu Kharbish: a 60-sqaure-meter caravan was dismantled and confiscated. The caravan sheltered 8 members, including 6 children and a woman.
  7. Jamal Hasan Murshed Hazirat: a 60-sqaure-meter caravan was dismantled and confiscated. The caravan sheltered 13 members, including 9 children and a woman.
  8. Fadi Salama Mohamed Abu Kharbish: a 60-sqaure-meter caravan was dismantled and confiscated. The caravan sheltered 3 members, including a child and a woman.
  9. ‘Ali Salama Mohamed Abu Kharbish: a 60-sqaure-meter caravan was dismantled and confiscated. The caravan sheltered 8 members, including 6 children and a woman.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Monday, 06 January 2020, two siblings Maher and Mohamed Nassar implemented the Israeli Municipality decision and self-demolished their houses in al-Mokaber Mount area, south of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Maher Nassar said that the municipality gave him and his brother 24 hours to self-demolish their houses or the municipality will impose a fine of NIS 80,000 on them. Maher clarified that he and his brother built their houses 8 years ago and the municipality imposed a fine of NIS 35,000 on them. He added that the municipality handed him a demolition decision2 weeks ago, so he appealed before the municipality court and freezed the decision until holding the hearing on Sunday. During the court hearing, the judge informed him about the final demolition decision and ordered him to implement it within 24 hours. It should be noted that the 2 houses sheltered 15 members, including 11 children.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 06 January 2020, IOF and Israeli Civil Administration officers backed by military construction vehicles moved into Ma’een area in southern Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers handed ‘Adel Mohamed Hamamdah (44) a notice to stop construction works in his 2-storey-house under the pretext of building in a heritage area. The notice ordered Hamamdah to submit legal documents for construction and inspections committee in “Beit Eill” settlement to complete the construction.
  • At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 07 January 2020, IOF and Israeli Civil Administration officers backed by military construction vehicles moved into al-Tawana village in southern Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officers handed 3 notices for facilities to stop construction works under the pretext of non-licensing. These notices included:
  1. A 100-sqaure-meter barn and a 50-sqaure-meter room of Fadel Ahmed Reb’i.
  2. A 50-sqaure-meter under-construction room of Khader Suliman al-‘Amour.
  3. A 25-sqaure-meter room of Mofdi Ahmed Reb’i.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 08 January 2020, IOF and Israeli Civil Administration officers backed by military construction vehicles moved into Um Balgha area, southwest of Hebron. The Israeli soldiers were deployed in the area and the bulldozers demolished 2 agricultural rooms built of bricks and stones and a water well under the pretext of non-licensing. Mofeed Isma’il ‘Odah Talahma (33) said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “Few months ago, I received a notice to stop construction works in 2 agricultural rooms, a water well and a barn built of shed. I built these facilities, which cost me around NIS 28,000, 4 years ago and I live there with my wife. Fifteen days earlier, I received another 7-day notice. I headed to Sant Eve institution and submitted documents to license the facilities, but the demolition was implemented before challenge.”
  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 06 January 2020, a group of Israeli settlers, under the IOF protection, moved into Kefel Hares village, north of Salfit, to visit religious shrines. When they arrived there, they attacked cursed Palestinians and attacked their houses. Additionally, the settlers raided the houses of two siblings ‘Alaa and ‘Ali Saleh Hammad and attempted to attack their residents.
  1. Collective Punishment Policy
  • At approximately 01:30 on Thursday, 02 January 2020, IOF backed by 10 military construction vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the engineering unit moved into Kobar village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched prisoner Qasem Nael al-Barghouthi (25)’s house, damaged its contents and detained the family members in one room after checking their IDs. The Explosives Engineering Department officers took the house measurements and made holes in the walls. The engineering unit staff took the house measurements and made holes in the walls to demolish it. IOF verbally informed the family that they will demolish the house and later withdrew. Al-Barghouthi was arrested on 26 August 2019, by IOF, who arrested him from his house and took him to “Ofer” prison where he was interrogated in al-Mascubiyah detention centre in Jerusalem. Al-Barghouthi was charged with participation in the attack at Ein Bubin near Deir Bzai’a village, west of Ramallah on 23 August 2019, which caused the killing of Israeli female settler and injuring her father and brother. This decision is part of the collective punishment policy adopted by IOF against families of Palestinian individuals accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli forces and/or settlers.

Full document available at PCHR official.

(Source / 10.01.2020) 

DESPITE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS… THOUSANDS PERFORM DAWN PRAYER AT AL AQSA AND IBRAHIMI MOSQUES

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Thousands of Palestinian worshipers performed Dawn prayer at Al Aqsa mosque in the Palestinian capital and at the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron on Friday.

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Both mosques saw large numbers of worshipers, who participated in the prayers despite the bad weather conditions, in response to calls by activists to confront the Israeli judaization plans in both holy mosques.

After the prayers, the worshipers gathered and chanted for martyrs.

This campaign comes following several campaigns by Israeli right-wingers, who called for mass raids into holy Islamic and Christian shrines throughout Palestine. Daily raids by Israeli settlers take place into the Al Aqsa mosque, aiming at imposing a de facto situation, where settlers have full access to the holy mosque.

(Source / 10.01.2020) 

ISRAEL SPECIAL FORCES ASSAULT PALESTINIAN PRISONERS AT MEGIDDO PRISON

Israeli prison forces on Tuesday evening stormed Section 4 of the Megiddo Prison and assaulted the Palestinian prisoners there, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society reported.

The group pointed out that the Israeli prison forces raided the section before transferring 20 prisoners to temporary cells.

A few days ago, the prison administration at Megiddo transferred 92 prisoners from section 7 to section 4, after heavy rain flooded the area.

Since section 4 can accommodate only 70 prisoners, many detainees have been forced to sleep on the cold floor.

Palestinian prisoners have repeatedly called for Israel to improve the conditions of their detention. However, little has been done to take steps towards this. Medical treatment is often denied and the health condition of detainees deteriorates while they are incarcerated.

Some 222 Palestinians have died in detention since 1967.

(Source / 10.01.2020) 

Israel Raids Qalqilya, Clashes With Palestinian Residents

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Violent confrontations broke out on Thursday evening when Israeli occupation forces stormed Qalqilya City, north of the West Bank.

Local sources said that the Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian youths near the southern entrance of the city.

The Israeli occupation forces heavily fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters at the youths who responded by throwing stones and burning car tires. No injuries were reported.

(Source / 10.01.2020) 

Report: Israel Killed 27 Children In Gaza In 2019

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Israeli occupation forces killed 27 Palestinian children, and wounded more than 2,000 others, in the occupied Gaza Strip in 2019, a rights group announced yesterday.

In an official report, Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights condemned what it described as “the Israeli occupation forces’ continuous violations against Gaza and its residents,” noting that the violations included arbitrary arrests, either by penetrating into the Strip or by chasing fishermen, labourers and children who approach the fence separating the enclave from Israel.

“Israel continues to arrest and detain children in violation of international human rights standards and laws,” the rights centre added, pointing out that Israeli occupation forces arrested 35 children in Gaza in 2019.

Al-Mezan added that the Israeli violations in Gaza had included “military aggressions on educational and health institutions,” explaining that 32 schools were partially damaged following an Israeli attack.

The rights group called on the international community to interfere “to halt the Israeli violations in the Palestinian territories.”

For 13 years, Israel has imposed a tight blockade on the Gaza Strip, resulting in a dramatic increase in poverty and unemployment in the densely populated enclave.

(Source / 10.01.2020) 

Israel And The PA Are Seeking To Prevent Hamas From Running In The Elections

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By Adnan Abu Amer

Israeli intelligence in the West Bank has started calling a number of potential candidates in the upcoming Palestinian legislative elections, who may run on the Hamas lists, asking them not to run. They have threatened them with spending the four-year term of their appointment inside Israeli prisons.

Israel and the PA have arrested dozens of Hamas members in different areas of the West Bank, and the arrests included former ministers in the resigned Hamas government, legislators, university academics, journalists and unionists. Hamas considered this a coordinated campaign to prevent their participation in the upcoming elections, expected in the coming months.

It is noteworthy that the joint security campaign against Hamas in the West Bank is occurring while the occupied territory is experiencing security calm and no armed operations. This raises legitimate questions about how the security coordination between Ramallah and Tel Aviv continues, despite their political estrangement.

The campaign of arrests has been on-going in the cities of Nablus, Tulkarm, Ramallah, Al-Bireh, Hebron and Jericho and the number of those arrested has not been disclosed.

While this security crackdown affected PLC member Mohammad Al-Natsheh, former Minister of Local Government Issa Al-Jabari, a leader in Hamas Abdel-Khaleq Al-Natsheh, and a number of freed prisoners, Hamas revealed that more than 40 of its cadres were arrested, 50 more were summoned for questioning, while 30 had their homes raided and searched.

It is no secret that the PA and Israel’s arrest of Hamas leaders and cadres in the West Bank aims to weaken the movement and remove its leaders from the political arena. The majority of those arrested do not pose a real threat to the PA and Israel’s security, but they form a nucleus of political ideas that influence Palestinian society.

The Palestinian security services are trying to justify their repressive campaigns against Hamas by claiming they are the usual measures they take in the West Bank related to controlling the security situation and to prevent any disturbances in the field. The PA claims that the security coordination with Israel continues, based on the instructions of the Palestinian leadership, because it achieves a Palestinian interest.

Perhaps the link between the Palestinian and Israeli arrests is confirmed first by the issuance of Israeli military rulings to transfer a number of the detained Hamas leaders to administrative detention for periods ranging from four to six months. This means they will be absent from the West Bank during the elections, which may threaten Hamas’ chances of winning.

Hamas circles in the West Bank have said these arrests will not stop it from participating in the upcoming elections, adding it will participate with the hope of being victorious due to the internal fragmentation experienced by the Fatah movement.

It is worth noting that the campaign of arrests of Hamas cadres is expanding despite the prevailing security calm in the West Bank, which witnessed the last armed Palestinian attack in August with the killing of an Israeli soldier in the Gush Etzion settlement.

At the same time, looking at the identities of the detainees indicates that they were arrested purely for political purposes related to the elections, and depriving Hamas of leaders during its electoral campaign.

At the same time, Israel and the PA have recently increased their focus on the activities of the Islamic bloc in the West Bank universities, considering it the student branch of Hamas. They claim that they are making great efforts to increase their influence in universities in preparation for recruiting students into their ranks. This will give them more influence on the Palestinian streets and worries the Israeli and Palestinian security.

The PA and Israel’s joins efforts to quell Hamas’ chances in the upcoming Palestinian elections have meant the Palestinians allow security coordination with the occupation to continue in spite of declarations that dealings with the occupation would cease as a result of its withholding of Palestinian taxes. The benefits they both hope to gain through arresting Hamas members far outweighs the injustice the PA feels towards the occupation’s continued oppression.

(Source / 10.01.2020)