Israel accelerates processing of East Jerusalem Palestinians’ citizenship applications, most rejected

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

Israeli authorities dramatically accelerated the processing of citizenship applications by Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem in 2019, reported Haaretz, with the majority rejected.

A total of 1,361 applications were rejected last year, up from 340 in 2018, while the number of Palestinian applicants who successfully received citizenship rose to 1,200, from 362 in 2018.

The latter figure represents the largest number since Israel’s military occupation began in 1967.

According to Haaretz, “both increases stemmed from the fact that the Interior Ministry’s Population and Immigration Authority has sped up its handling of such applications following criticism of its slow pace by the High Court of Justice [the Supreme Court]”.

When Israel illegally annexed the eastern portion of the city, authorities granted Palestinian inhabitants “permanent residency”, rather than citizenship, and 95 per cent of Palestinians in East Jerusalem still have this same status.

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As the report noted, “as permanent residents, they have no passports and no right to vote in Knesset elections, and they can lose their social security benefits or even their residency if the state suspects that the centre of their life is in the West Bank rather than Israel”.

Since 2009, around 800-1,000 Palestinians have filed citizenship applications annually, but on average, only about 400 Palestinians a year actually receive citizenship.

Reasons given by the Population Authority for refusing citizenship include “insufficient knowledge of Hebrew, suspicion that the applicant’s centre of life isn’t in Israel (for instance, if the applicant owns property in the West Bank) or a close relationship with someone involved in terrorism”.

Haaretz said that “lawyers who handle such applications say that as the application process sped up, the reasons for rejections multiplied.”

In one example, an applicant “was rejected because he lives in a shack with no running water or electricity”, while in another case, “a Palestinian woman born in East Jerusalem was rejected because her father-in-law once owned an apartment outside Jerusalem”. Another applicant was rejected “because she failed the Hebrew test”.

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(Source / 13.01.2020) 

PA arrests 3 Palestinians freed from Israel jails

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Palestinian Authority (PA) security services

Palestinian Authority (PA) security services have arrested three Palestinian who were released from Israeli jails, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

The news site described the detention as political and illegal. It also noted that there are several others who were arrested on the same grounds.

The news agency reported that the PA security services arrested Mohammed Raddad from Tulkarm, who had been previously arrested by the Israeli occupation several times on political grounds.

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It also reported that the PA intelligence services arrested Fawwaz Meri, from Salfit, noting that he had been arrested several times by the Israeli occupation also on political grounds.

At the same time, the intelligence services arrested Maher Al-Qadi, from Ramallah, noting that he had been held by the occupation on numerous occasions.

Last week, the families of the Palestinian prisoners inside Palestinian jails in the occupied West Bank accused the PA leadership of practicing these violations against their sons in order to deter the resistance and activities against the Israeli occupation.

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Israeli Forces Quash Land Rehabilitation Project In West Bank Village

Israeli occupation forces, on Monday, stopped work on a project to reclaim and rehabilitate lands and pave agricultural roads in the village of Al-Mughayyir, east of Ramallah, under the pretext that the area is classified as Area C, under full Israeli administrative and military control.

The project supervisor, Engineer Fajer ‘Atawneh, told WAFA news agency that an Israeli military crew stormed the area where the land is being reclaimed, forcing project workers to halt activities before seizing heavy machinery that was engaged in the opening of two kilometers of agricultural roads and the rehabilitation of 70 dunams of the village’s land.

He said that the roads were part of a project implemented by the Agricultural Development Society – Palestinian Agricultural Relief – for the rehabilitation of around 400 dunams of land and the construction of agricultural roads. The project aims at serving farmers and enhancing their resilience in areas most affected by the presence of the occupation, in villages to the northeast of Jerusalem and in the village of Al-Mughayyir.

Director of Land Development at the society, Muqbel Abu Jaish, called on all relevant governmental and human rights institutions to pressure the Israeli occupation to stop such violations against Palestinians residents’ land, and to halt all settlement activities and the seizure of land, in accordance with international resolutions.

(Source / 13.01.2020) 

Army Recognizes Murder of Aisha al-Rabi as Terror Attack

The Israeli occupation army, on Sunday, admitted that the killing of Palestinian mother of 8, Aisha al-Rabi, by an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank, last October, was a terror attack on nationalist grounds.

Last year, Israeli prosecutors issued an indictment against the Israeli settler suspected of killing of Rabi by hurling a massive rock at the windshield of her car as she was travelling with her husband and daughter, in the occupied West Bank.

Al Ray further notes that illegal Israeli settlers increasingly escalate their attacks against Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces.

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‘ISRAEL’ MADE 54,000 SHEKEL PROFIT OFF IMPRISONED PALESTINIAN CHILDREN LAST DECEMBER

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The occupation state has made 54,000 shekel profit off the Palestinian children, who were imprisoned in Ofer jail last December, according to the Committee of Prisoners and former prisoners.

The committee said in a report issued on Sunday that 38 Palestinian children were sent to Ofer jail last month, increasing the total number of children jailed in Ofer to 82.

It also stated that 20 children were sentenced to jail periods that range between one week to 23 months. One child was also sentenced to 4 months in administrative detention.

The report revealed that last year, the Israeli authorities jailed 379 children (under the age of 18) in Ofer jail and imposed 513,100 Shekel fines on them.

The committee considered the Israeli violations against Palestinian children, like the heavy fines and lengthy jail periods, as punitive measures and arbitrary punishment against the Palestinian people.

(Source / 13.01.2020) 

Israeli occupation fined Palestinian minors $15,500 in December

Israeli occupation courts ordered Palestinian minors held in Ofer Prison to pay a total of 54,000 shekels ($15,500) in fines during December, a report revealed on Sunday.

The report, which was issued by the PLO’s Commission of Prisoners and Freed Prisoners, said that the Israeli occupation moved 38 Palestinian minors to Ofer in December, bringing the total number of minors held in the prison to 82.

The report revealed that 20 minors were sentenced during December and their terms ranged between one week to 23 months.

It also revealed that one of the minor prisoners received an administrative detention order for four months.

During 2019, the report said, Israel moved 379 minors to Ofer and imposed fines on them worth 513,100 shekels ($148,000).

The commission described the Israeli violations against Palestinian prisoners, mainly children, as a “vengeful” act and “arbitrary punishment”.

(Source / 13.01.2020) 

Israeli Forces Stop Work On Land Rehabilitation Project In Ramallah-Area Village

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Israeli occupation forces on Monday stopped work on a project to reclaim and rehabilitate lands and pave agricultural roads in the village of al-Mughayyir, east of Ramallah, under the pretext that the area is classified as Area C, under full Israeli administrative and military control.

The project supervisor, Engineer Fajer ‘Atawneh, told WAFA news agency correspondent an Israeli military force stormed the area where the land is being reclaimed and forced project workers to stop working before seizing a heavy machinery that was working on the opening of two-kilometers of agricultural roads and the rehabilitation of 70 dunums of the village’s land.

He said that the roads were part of a project implemented by the Agricultural Development Society – Palestinian Agricultural Relief – for the rehabilitation of around 400 dunums of land and the construction of two km agricultural roads. The project aims at serving farmers and enhancing their resilience in areas most affected by the presence of the occupation in villages to the northeast of Jerusalem and in the village of al-Mughayyir.

Director of Land Development at the society, Muqbel Abu Jaish, called on all relevant governmental and human rights institutions to pressure the Israeli occupation to stop such violations against Palestinians residents’’ land, and halt all settlement activities and the seizure of land in accordance with international resolutions.

(Source / 13.01.2020) 

Israel Kidnaps Four Palestinians From Gaza

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On Sunday, the Israeli occupation forces kidnaped four Palestinian citizens during their presence in border areas in the Gaza Strip.

According to the Hebrew media, the Israeli forces arrested three young men after their attempt to infiltrate into Israel through the border fence in the north of Gaza.

Another young man was also arrested separately in a similar incident.

No weapons were found in their possessions. All the four detainees were taken in for interrogation.

(Source / 13.01.2020) 

Hamas Warns Israel Of Medical Negligence Policy In Prisons

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum warned of a severe deterioration of the health situation of a number of sick prisoners inside Israeli jails, noting that it requires a serious official and popular stand to protect them from the oppression of occupation.

Barhoum, in a press statement stressed that the occupation is deliberately restricting the conditions of the prisoners and depriving them of their most basic human rights of living as guaranteed by all international norms and laws.

He added:”We are shocked and we deplore the suspicious silence of human rights and international institutions regarding these heinous crimes of the Israeli occupation against Palestinian prisoners, which have claimed the lives of more than sixty prisoners, and about 700 prisoners are still suffering from chronic and serious diseases which resulted in a deterioration in their health condition.”

Barhoum called upon the Palestinian people to solidify the movement of solidarity with the prisoners in order to highlight their cause.

He urged the Palestinian official institution to play a practical role in the defense of prisoners in international forums, and called on human rights organizations to continue their work to expose the ongoing Israeli crimes against prisoners.

(Source / 13.01.2020) 

Occupation naval forces shot Palestinian fishermen, farmers in Gaza

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday opened fire at Palestinian farmers and fishermen in the Gaza Strip with no reported casualties.

Local sources said that Israeli tanks in the morning opened fire at Palestinian farmers working in their lands east of Beit Lahia town, north of the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Israeli gunboats attacked fishermen sailing off the shore of northern Gaza.

No injuries were reported in the attacks.

(Source / 13.01.2020)