Israel forces arrest 4 worshippers in Al-Aqsa

Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshippers in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque on 11 August 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian man in Jerusalem on 11 August 2019 

Yesterday Israeli forces arrested four worshippers, including a girl, as they stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Al-Rahma gate, in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Local sources informed the Palestinian Information Centre (PIC) that the Israeli officers had raided the mosque’s Bab Al-Rahma building “without removing their shoes.”

The sources pointed out that the captives included a girl named Aya Abu Nab, along with her brother Hamza and another young man named Mohammad Sharifa, from the Bab Al-Hitta area in Jerusalem’s occupied Old City. They added that the occupation officers had also assaulted other Palestinian citizens in the vicinity of the holy mosque.

READ: Israel excludes youth from Al-Aqsa for 3 months

In a similar context, the PIC reported that the Israeli forces had stormed Silwan, a predominantly Palestinian neighbourhood on the outskirts of the Old City, and kidnapped a young Palestinian named Mohamed Al-Daqqaq.

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(Source / 22.01.2020) 

Soldiers Assault A Palestinian Child Hours After His Release From Prison

Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Wednesday morning, a Palestinian child just a few hours after his release from a detention facility.

The Head of the Palestinian Association for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, Mohammad Hamida, said the soldiers, stationed at the Container military roadblock, northeast of Bethlehem, repeatedly assaulted the child, identified as Ma’rouf Ahmad al-Atrash, 15, causing cuts and bruises.

Hamida added that the soldiers briefly detained the child at the roadblock, before releasing him.

It is worth mentioning that Ma’rouf was heading back home following his release from an Israeli detention facility, after serving an eight-month prison sentence.

(Source / 22.01.2020) 

Army Abducts Two Palestinians, Including A Journalist, In Nablus

Israeli soldiers abducted, late on Tuesday at night and on Wednesday at dawn, two Palestinians, including a journalist, in Nablus governorate, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers, stationed at Za’tara military roadblock, south of Nablus, abducted a journalist from Arraba town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

They added that the journalist, identified as Yazan Ja’far Abu Salah, was taken prisoner while he was heading back home.

In addition, several army jeeps invaded Sebastia town, north of Nablus, and abducted Mohammad Mkheimar, from his home.

The soldiers ransacked the property of the abducted Palestinian, and also searched several homes in the town.

(Source / 22.01.2020) 

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE DESTROYS GAZA CROPS SPRAYED WITH PESTICIDES BY ‘ISRAEL’

Gaza (QNN)- The Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday destroyed crops affected by pesticides that were sprayed on the eastern border of the strip by the Israeli army.

The Ministry ordered its teams throughout Gaza to record the damages inflicted in the Israeli new crime. It stressed that it will destroy all the affected crops properly.

The occupation state has resumed spraying pesticides along the Gaza border, damaging crops and agricultural land.

In the period between 2014-2018, the occupation state damaged 14,000 dunums of agricultural land and crops in Gaza. However, it stopped spraying pesticides throughout 2019 to resume it this year.

Israeli Haaretz stated that the Israeli army sent planes to spray Gaza agricultural land with chemicals under false security pretenses.

A source in the Israeli Ministry of war told Haaretz that such operations aim at preventing “terrorists” from hiding among crops in the agricultural land along Gaza’s borders.

The source claimed that the pesticides do not harm Palestinian farmers. Meanwhile, the Israeli ministry of war stipulates that the firms that spray chemicals must take the wind direction into consideration to prevent the chemicals from reaching Israeli land.

Last week, the Israeli army in three incidents opened dams, causing vast areas of agricultural lands to sink and large amounts of crops to get damaged by rainwater. The Ministry of Agriculture estimated the losses in the agricultural sector at over $500,000.

(Source / 22.01.2020) 

THEY REMOVED HIS CLOTHES AND LEFT HIM IN FREEZING WEATHER… CHILD PRISONER NARRATES HORRIBLE DETAILS ABOUT HIS ARREST

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The former prisoner Ishaq Abu Hitteh (17 years old) from Hebron told the Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners about his arrest, which took place near the Ibrahimi mosque on January 18th.

The boy was arrested while he was heading to the mosque to pray. He had been assaulted and attacked by settlers, who surrounded and threatened him before a large number of Israeli soldiers arrived and brutally beat him, claiming that he tried to stab the settlers.

The soldiers forced Abu Hitteh to sit on his knees and left him for three hours in the freezing weather.

The soldiers did not stop insulting and humiliating him the whole time. They also removed his clothes, leaving him shivering under the rains with only a flannel shirt on him.

The child was sent after that to a police station for interrogation in the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba. After interrogation, he was doused with cold water then sent to Etzion detention center, where he has been held to this day.

(Source / 22.01.2020) 

UN calls for lifting 14-year-old Israel siege on Gaza

More than two million Palestinians in Gaza Strip have been under a strict Israeli siege, which has been in place since 2006

United Nations on Monday called on Israel to lift its crippling siege imposed on Gaza Strip, adding support for Palestinians must continue until political solution is reached for the crisis.

In a press conference held in the UN headquarters, spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said that the call for lifting the siege was made by Ursula Mueller, the UN assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs.

Mueller made her call after completing a six-day visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel.

Dujarric reported Mueller saying that the international community “must” continue offering “regular” and “sustainable” assistance to the Palestinians until an “applicable” political solution is reached.

He also said that Mueller had renewed the UN commitment to deal with the humanitarian needs in all the occupied Palestinian territories and called for long-term solutions, including lifting the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza.

More than two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been under a strict Israeli siege, which has been in place since 2006.

The UN has previously warned that the Gaza Strip would become “uninhabitable” by 2020 as a result of Israel’s stifling measures.

(Source / 22.01.2020) 

Palestinian children face disastrous conditions in Israeli jails

Children as young as 12 years can be prosecuted in Israeli military courts

More than 33 Palestinian children are facing “disastrous” conditions inside Israeli prison of Damoun, PLO’s Commission for Prisoners and Freed Prisoners revealed on Tuesday.

In a report, the commission said that the Israeli prison services had “arbitrarily” relocated 33 children from Ofer prison to Damoun without adult representatives present.

The commission said that the children were placed in five cells, including three without windows and two with very small windows.

This section does not have outdoor space and had previously been deserted for two years leaving full of bugs, crickets and mosquitoes.

“In short, it is unsuitable for human life,” the report said.

The children did not have enough blankets and clothes when they were relocated or hot water to shower in.

When the children protested against their relocation and harsh prison conditions, jail guards sent in special forces to deter them by cutting electricity and water supplies, teargassed them and confiscating their personal kits.

Some of them were placed in solitary confinement in Al Jalama Prison and some were issued with fines.

Approximately 50 per cent of Palestinian child detainees are held in prisons in Israel in breach of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Click here for a fact sheet about Israeli violations against Palestinian children.

(Source / 22.01.2020) 

Israel To Ban Presence Of Minors With Their Representatives In Jails

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The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) has warned that the Israeli prison service (IPS) intends to extract an official decision to jail Palestinian minors separately from the adult prisoners who represent and take care of them.

“This is what has actually happened with the detained children who were transferred to Damon jail as a first step to implement such decision,” PPS stated on Tuesday.

PPS pointed out that this decision could be implemented only in the jails located in Israel (the 1948 occupied lands) such as Damon and Megiddo jails and not in the West Bank (the 1967 occupied lands), where the Ofer jail is located.

There are about 200 Palestinian children in the jails of Ofer, Megiddo and Damon, and IPS recently transferred many of them from the West Bank jail of Ofer to Damon jail to isolate them from their representatives.

(Source / 22.01.2020) 

Israel Arrests Palestinian Young Man Near Ibrahimi Mosque

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The Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday detained a Palestinian citizen near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, south of the West Bank.

Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces stopped Mohammed Abu Turki, 28, at a checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque and searched him.

Abu Turki was later arrested and taken to an undeclared destination for allegedly plotting a stabbing attack.

Dozens of Palestinian youths have been arbitrarily arrested or killed over the years at Israeli occupation forces checkpoints installed in Hebron, especially the Ibrahimi Mosque area, over several allegations.

The Israeli forces’ aim is to pressure the Palestinian residents of the Old City of Hebron to leave the area and make way for more settlement construction.

(Source / 22.01.2020) 

Hamas Slams Participation Of World Leaders In Holocaust Memorial

Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, issued a press release, on Wednesday, slamming the world leaders participation in the Israeli Holocaust memorial.

Hamas said that dozens of world leaders are gathering these days in the occupied Palestinian territories to attend the Holocaust memorial ceremony, while the Israeli occupation has been inflicting all forms of racism and committing heinous crimes against the Palestinian people and their constant right to liberation and independence for more than seven decades.

It added that, The Palestinian people are practising their natural right to reject the Israeli occupation and to resist it with all internationally-guaranteed means possible. They are waiting for these world leaders to support them in their fight for freedom, deplore the unabated occupation of their lands, and abandon the double standard policy when dealing with international law, as well as turning their words into actions to put an end to the longest colonial occupation in the modern era.

Hamas sent a message to those leaders asking them to remember that millions of Palestinians are living into Israeli apartheid ghettos hundreds of meters away from the place there are gathering in.

It concluded that the Palestinian people adhere to peace, but they hate injustice and racism. They are looking forward to gain freedom and independence, expecting the free people of the world to back them in their struggle to establish an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

(Source / 22.01.2020)