Report: Washington, Tel Aviv about to agree on annexation maps amid world busy “Corona”

Washington and Tel Aviv are close to agreeing definitively on the map of the west bank areas to be annexed to Israel, amid the world’s concern for confronting the Corona epidemic, according to the weekly report of the Plo’s National Office for Land Defense and Settlement Resistance.
According to the report, the Israeli government is preparing through dialogue with the U.S. administration and the international community to annex and impose its “sovereignty” over the Jordan Valley and the Northern Dead Sea on July 10.
The report said that The Likud party led by Benjamin Netanyahu and the “Blue White” party led by Benny Gantz agreed to impose Israeli sovereignty over these territories next summer, which would remove obstacles to the formation of a new Israeli government.
He added: “The Israeli human rights association “Ayr Ameem” said that the Israeli government, with the support of U.S. President Donald Trump is taking advantage of the shadow of the Corona pandemic and is preparing for the annexation amid local and international indifference to this political issue because of the concern of the pandemic.
During a telephone conversation with The West Bank Settlements Council Chairman David al-Hayani, Netanyahu pledged to establish Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley in the West Bank and northern Dead Sea, and then annex the area within the next few months.
U.S.-U.S. Agreement Imminent
According to Israeli Prime Minister Ronin Peretz, Tel Aviv and Washington are to agree definitively on the map of the West Bank to be annexed to Israel, where the U.S.-Israeli team led by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israeli Tourism Minister Yrev Levin continue to work these days to complete the agreement.
In an interview with the right-wing newspaper Mecour Rishon, Peretz explained that the two groups are currently discussing some of the observations and amendments that Israel believes should be included in the original map of the U.S. plan known as the “Deal of the Century,”which includes areas that Israel may annex.

Peretz noted that there are minor adjustments to the fate of some of the streets used by settlers inside the West Bank, noting that Israel insists on annexing the “bypass street” used by settlers living in settlements south of Nablus, known as the “Hawara”, he said. He said that the Israeli team presents its observations on the U.S. map after consulting with the heads of Jewish settlement councils in the West Bank, stressing that Netanyahu’s cabinet works closely and permanently with the settlement councils even nowadays.
Israel continues to implement its plans in strategic areas
The report added that Israel continues to implement its plans to build in strategic areas within the West Bank, particularly the “E1” project, which links Jerusalem with the settlement of “Ma’ale Adumim”, and its completion will separate the south of the West Bank from the north, while Israel has caused a major expansion of the settlement project in the West Bank over the past two and a half years, during which time the construction of 15,000 housing units has been initiated, in addition to the decision to build another 10,000 units, many of which have been legitimized.
The report added: The Israeli government plans to seize large areas of Palestinian land north of Jerusalem, and is working to expand existing Israeli settlements in the area and impose new facts that are difficult to change in the future, as it put forward at the beginning of March a future construction plan aimed at expanding the settlement of “Kochaf Yaacoub” north of Jerusalem and outside The municipality of the so-called “Greater Jerusalem” borders on large tracts of land and the construction of some 3,541 new settlement units on the land surrounding the settlement, which belongs to the towns and villages of Kafr Aqab, Cyrenaica and Makhmas, in a move that would undermine the geographical connectivity of these Palestinian communities.
According to the report, according to Israeli maps, the area allocated for the new settlement construction exceeds 1,591 dunums in the 3and 5 basins of Kafr Ath, west of the settlement, and Basin No. 10 in the village of Cyrenaica, north of the settlement, and basins 17 and 14 of the land of the village of Makhmas, east of the settlement, with the aim of developing the settlement to accommodate its expansionary urban plans until 2040. The plan includes the establishment of a road and transport system within the settlement.
Escalating violations and attacks
The report, which covered the period of 4/4/2020-10/4/2020, noted that several areas in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, witnessed frequent confrontations with israeli forces and settlers as citizens confronted attempts to confiscate their land to expand the settlement project, while the occupying forces continued to storm Palestinian cities and attack citizens amid complete disregard for the dangers of spreading the corona virus.
International, Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations have warned of the escalation and escalation of attacks by settlers against Palestinians, their property and their land.
The Israeli human rights organization Bethelm documents the israeli occupation army’s attacks and settlers on Palestinian citizens and their property, and their frequency and seriousness in voice and image, through a platform launched earlier this year, and asserts that while the world is busy confronting the Corona epidemic, the Israeli army is finding time and resources to crack down on the population of the most needy Palestinian communities, which Israel has been seeking for decades to expel from its places of residence, in flagrant violation of the standards of humanitarian assistance.

The Israeli human rights organization Bethelm documents the israeli occupation army’s attacks and settlers on Palestinian citizens and their property, and their frequency and seriousness in voice and image, through a platform launched earlier this year, and asserts that while the world is busy confronting the Corona epidemic, the Israeli army is finding time and resources to crack down on the population of the most needy Palestinian communities, which Israel has been seeking for decades to expel from its places of residence, in flagrant violation of the standards of humanitarian assistance.
In a report entitled “Settler violence in the service of state interests”, B’Tselem stated that shooting, physical attacks, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at cars and houses, storming villages, burning buildings and fields, destroying crops and property from daily forms of settler violence against Palestinians, and that settler and sometimes non-Israeli violence against Palestinians has long been an integral part of the occupation routine in the West Bank.
In terms of settlement activities and violations on the ground by the occupying forces and settlers, the West Bank governorates have witnessed a series of such activities and violations. In Hebron governorate, the occupying forces bulldozed large tracts of land from the town of Al-Dhaheriya, south of Hebron, near the Settlement of Shamaa, and settlers drowned several dunums of 20 dunums planted with grapes in the Wadi Shakheit area with wastewater in the town of Beit Amr, north of Hebron, in order to destroy the annual crop and harm farmers to keep them away from their land.
The israeli occupation forces imposed a curfew on citizens in some Palestinian villages and communities in the Al-Mutafar area near 60 settlement street, and a group of masked settlers attacked a youth center against settlements, taking advantage of the commitment of the assembly activists to quarantine, and clashes broke out in the areas of “People of Figa”, and “councils”, between citizens and settlers” on the land of the towns of Sa’ir and Al-Shayeia, protecting the israeli soldiers who fired sound bombs and gas, injuring a number of citizens.
In Bethlehem governorate, since the end of March, the occupation authorities have begun erecting cranes and heavy machinery in the Area of Bir Aouna in preparation for the construction of the excavators, which will begin to build tunnels parallel to those built in the first half of the 1990s, to be part of the main artery road crossing the West Bank, known as the 235-km-long Bypass Street 60.
According to the data, there is a plan to build at least two tunnels to be parallel to that currently existing, one 270 meters long and the other 900 meters long, connected by a long high bridge in the Area of Biraouna.
In Jerusalem, The Israeli Planning Authorities put forward a plan to build an underground railway tunnel in the occupied city of Jerusalem that would reach the edge of the Haram al-Sharif, a plan that began to be prepared during the israeli government’s emergency period, and the decision of the Israeli Infrastructure Committee to prepare the plans Tatal 108 (a) and Tatal 108, both of which have a preferred status called the “Country Infrastructure Scheme”, was announced.
The first project concerns the construction of an underground railway tunnel connecting West Jerusalem and the Bab al-Maghribi area to the borders of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque, with the second to build an above-ground railway in the various jerusalem neighbourhoods.

As evidenced by the deliberations of the District Committee for Regulation and Construction last week, the future line of the light train will enter the settlement of “Armon Huntsev” based on Mount Mukaber in East Jerusalem at the will of the settlers because of the great importance of choosing the train route in the policy of city development and increasing the proportion of construction around its route, in addition to the privileges and prosperity of the neighborhood and attracting young families to it.
Weekly violations
The weekly violations documented by the National Land Defence Office at the time of the report were as follows:
In Jerusalem, the occupation authorities continued their repressive practices of arresting and storming Jerusalem neighborhoods, despite measures to identify the movement and disrupt many commercial interests and educational institutions, to prevent the outbreak of the Coronavirus, where settlers stormed the land of citizens in the Wadi Al-Rubaa neighborhood of Silwan, and carried out provocative tours of the site.
In The City of Ramallah, armed settlers from the Settlement of Halmish, west of Ramallah, abducted two residents of The Town of Kober while working on agricultural land in the vicinity of the town, beating Samir Zebar and abducting his sons, Abdel Fattah and Mahmoud al-20, while they were ploughing their land.
In Bethlehem, Israeli occupying forces and settlers prevented farmers in the town of Taqwa, southeast of the city, from accessing their land, and the occupation forced activists of the Emergency Committee in the village of Al-Rashaida, east of Bethlehem, to remove a barrier set up to limit the movement of citizens, as part of a plan to deal with the “Corona” epidemic, on the grounds that it was located on a military road.
In the town of Salfit, israeli bulldozers closed five agricultural roads in the western and northern region of Derastia, west of the city, with dirt fences and concrete blocks, preventing farmers from accessing their land, while equipment belonging to the “Rafafa” settlement on the land of Derastia and Haris continued to bulldoze large areas of land belonging to the town of Deir Estia for several days.
In Nablus, the Israeli army and dozens of settlers from the “Yesh Kudesh” outpost attacked the homes of citizens in the southern area of Qasra, south of Nablus, and clashes broke out in the town following the intervention of the Occupying Army to protect the settlers, who fired live bullets and tear gas canisters, and settlers attacked the tombstones of citizens near the village of Cyrenaica north of Nablus.
In the Al-Ghawar area, the occupying forces handed Salem Abu al-Tayeb from Khirbet Yarza a notice to stop construction of agricultural and residential installations and tents, under the pretext of not authorizing them, and several citizens were notified to stop construction in agricultural and residential facilities, in addition to the notification of the uprooting of palm trees in the village of Al-Jaftlik.

(Source/ 11.04.2020) 

Al-Mezan Center Appeals Against Decisions to Close Investigation into Israeli Crimes in Gaza

Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights submitted, on the ninth of this month, an appeal before the Israeli government’s legal advisor Avichai Mandelblit, regarding the closure of the investigation into (5) cases in which the occupation forces killed 29 Palestinians, during the summer 2014 aggression on Gaza Gaza.

The Center said in a press statement today, that these crimes resulted in the killing of 10 children and two women, and the destruction of 4 residential homes in the Strip.

The Center stated that it had received response notes by the military prosecutor in the occupation state, stating that it was decided not to open an investigation or take other measures to prosecute those responsible for the military attack under investigation. He also claimed that some of the attacks in which the occupation forces targeted military activists, while others targeted places to lead military operations.

The military prosecutor’s response comes five years after the Al-Mezan Center submitted requests for an investigation into the crimes committed.

It is noteworthy that Al-Mizan Center had submitted requests to open an investigation of (125) requests, which varied between requests to open an investigation into crimes of murder, destruction of housing, public facilities, torture and thefts.

The Center also submitted (19) an appeal to the Israeli government legal advisor, regarding the decisions to close the Israeli military prosecutor, these files, and Al-Mezan Center’s lawyers continue to follow these requests.

The appeal requests submitted by PCHR’s lawyers stated that the occupation forces committed serious violations of international humanitarian law amounting to war crimes, and that “the decision to attack civilians and homes is a grave violation of the principle of distinction and the rules that derive from it, especially the prohibition against targeting civilians and civilian objects.”

As for the military prosecutor’s decision to close the investigation, the appeals stated that “even aside from entering into a debate about the allegations made by the Israeli army, it was worth not to allow these attacks. The military attorney general’s position that the IDF’s practices are not sufficient to raise suspicions It is reasonable to believe that criminal behavior is a misinterpretation of the rules of international humanitarian law, and an abuse of its provisions. Indeed, it is clear that there is no real intention to open an investigation and prosecute the perpetrators of killings against civilians.

Regarding the military prosecutor’s handling of cases, Al-Mezan Center’s lawyers stressed that they are not compatible with the requirements of international law and international standards for the independence of the judiciary, in particular the standards of independence, impartiality, effectiveness, speed and transparency.

Lawyers added, “The fact that the military agencies involved in the hostilities are the same that guarantees the review of events and decisions regarding whether or not to open an investigation can be ignored, as the military prosecutor plays a dual role, on the one hand, he provides legal advice to the Israeli army before and during military operations, On the other hand, it is his responsibility to decide to open investigations with regard to Israeli military operations. This duplication is a flagrant violation of the standards of independence and impartiality. “

Al-Mizan Center called on the judicial counselor of the government of the occupying state to cancel the military prosecutor’s decision to close the investigation of the issues subject to appeal, and called for the opening of a serious investigation and holding those who prove his involvement in murders and destroying private property, contrary to the provisions of international humanitarian law and the provisions of international criminal law.

The Center affirmed that the continuing dual duplication represented by the military prosecutor precludes the ability of Palestinians to access justice, implement the principle of accountability and the principle of accountability for perpetrators of Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian territories, and provide redress and reparation for Palestinian victims.

(Source / 11.04.2020) 

A popular committee: Gaza faces the blockade, judaization and settlement .. and the “Corona” epidemic

The Popular Committee to lift the siege on Gaza said today, Friday, that the Palestinian people are currently facing several epidemics at the same time, the siege, the Judaization and settlement, in addition to the new Corona virus.

“The Israeli occupation is continuing its plans to Judaize Jerusalem, expand settlement, annexation, and seizure of lands in the West Bank, and besiege Gaza, despite the Corona pandemic,” the committee chairman, MP Jamal Al-Khudari, said in a press statement.

He stressed that the Israeli occupation continues to implement its new old policies, “by imposing facts on the ground by virtue of force and intransigence, and implementing them gradually to become facts that are difficult to overcome.”

He continued, “The occupation also announces settlement plans, and is taking accelerated steps within the vision and methodology aimed at destroying any opportunity to establish a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Al-Khudari pointed out that the American administration supports “the Israeli occupation with all its projects that transcend international legitimacy and United Nations resolutions.”

In this regard, he mentioned the suffocating siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for nearly 14 years, noting that this gives the Israeli occupation “a force that it uses to interfere in all the details of the life of the population, prevents them from moving freely, and imposes restrictions on the entry of goods.”

And the Israeli occupation imposed a tight siege on the Gaza Strip since 2006, when all border crossings and border crossings that link Gaza with the outside world through Egypt or the occupied Palestinian territories were closed in 1948, with the exception of partially opening them to enter some goods and travelers.

The United Nations and its various institutions have made many appeals in which they warn of the fate of what is happening in Gaza, and left the humanitarian situation to explode, and also called on the international community to accelerate the relief of the Palestinians and bridge the deficit that resulted from some countries’ breach of their official and humanitarian obligations towards the Palestinian people.

(Source / 11.04.2020) 

Hamas: ‘We are evaluating the occupation’s seriousness about prisoner swap, terms and names already set’

Mahmoud Al-Zahar, a member of the Hamas leadership in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Mahmoud Al-Zahar, a member of the Hamas leadership in Gaza on 15 November 2016

Hamas political bureau member Mahmoud Al-Zahar confirmed that the movement’s leadership is studying the seriousness of the Israeli occupation authorities’ proposal to conclude a new prisoner exchange deal, pointing out that Hamas has set the conditions and names, in addition to those who should be released first, specifically the sick and the elderly.

Al-Zahar revealed in an interview with local newspaper Falastin: “Basically, we are seeking to free the prisoners in any possible way, and this is a principle that we have adopted for a long time. The most famous instance of this demarche was demonstrated by the Wafa Al-Ahrar exchange deal that took place in 2011.”

He added that the Palestinian detainees in the occupation prisons are in a very dangerous situation, which urges Hamas to seize all available opportunities to release them.

Al-Zahar stressed the necessity to work to free the prisoners, noting that Hamas wants a balanced exchange deal that achieves its ultimate goal to release the captured and to prevent the occupation from achieving gains at the expense of the Palestinian prisoners.

Hamas: No mediator regarding prisoner swap proposal with Israel

He continued: “Now the occupation can find mediators more than before. However, we do not want this file to be used as a bargaining chip by any of the Israeli parties in the course of the formation of the new government at the expense of others, nor manipulated by the occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an attempt to rise in popularity at the expense of the prisoners.”

Al-Zahar asserted that Hamas is requiring a certain degree of urgency in handling the issue in order to achieve the principle goal of releasing the prisoners, adding: “We aspire for having our prisoners back home, and we are willing to pay the required cost for their return by releasing the Israeli detainees and the soldiers’ corpses, or other things at our disposition (at the disposition of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades).”

He continued: “We are waiting for the occupation to take positive steps, and once we make sure that good intentions are being established on the ground, we will announce it.”

Al-Zahar indicated: “It is logical to study the occupation’s proposal, and whether the Israeli side is serious enough to convince us to engage with this file. On the other hand, we need to examine the general circumstances and the degree of its suitability, and our terms if we decided to proceed with the deal, taking into account the detainees with the utmost priority, including the sick and the elderly, as well as the names and the means at our disposal to conclude the exchange deal.”

READ: Palestinian arrested in Gaza for ‘normalising relations with Israel’

He stressed the importance of achieving the goal of releasing the detainees and not the mechanisms to reach such a goal, which can change at any time, stating that Hamas wants to accomplish the exchange deal and save the prisoners from the dire conditions they are enduring. “If the occupation commits to concluding the agreement, then we will enter into serious negotiations on all the details of the deal.” Al-Zahar confirmed.

Regarding the Hamas’ “partial flexibility” vis-à-vis the swap deal, Al-Zahar explained that there are core principles that cannot be overlooked. However, there are other mechanisms according to which the movement can show flexibility, if the Israelis manage to show a reciprocal approach.

He continued: “We have no objection to flexibility in employing the tools and methods to achieve the deal. Nonetheless, principles and foundations are a red line.”

(Source / 11.04.2020) 

Turkey to provide Israel with medical supplies on condition of issuing medical aid to Palestinian Authority

Turkey's medical aid packages are being prepared for a military cargo plane, that will deliver them to United Kingdom to support the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Etimesgut Air Base in Ankara, Turkey on 10 April, 2020 [Hakan Nural/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey’s medical aid packages are being prepared for a military cargo plane, that will deliver them to United Kingdom to support the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Etimesgut Air Base in Ankara, Turkey on 10 April, 2020

The US Bloomberg TV channel revealed that the Turkish government agreed to provide Israel with medical supplies to help it counter the spread of the coronavirus.

The channel quoted well-informed sources stating that the Turkish government agreed to sell medical supplies, including face masks and sterile gloves for “humanitarian reasons”, and it is expected that Israel will allow a similar shipment of Turkish aid to reach the Palestinian Authority without imposing any obstacles, as stated by a senior Turkish official, according to Russia Today (RT).

The official, who asked not to be named, announced that it is expected that three aircraft coming from Israel will land at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to transport the cargo next Thursday.

READ: Israel’s COVID-19 cases top 10,000; deaths at 95

The official pointed out that Turkey will donate medical aid to the Palestinians within the next few days.

The Israeli newspaper Maariv revealed on Friday morning that in return, Turkey stipulated that Israel agree to transport and dispatch medical supplies to the Palestinian Authority’s areas.

According to the Israeli newspaper, these medical supplies include face masks, protective clothing and sterile gloves in order to contribute to countering the coronavirus.

(Source / 11.04.2020) 

Coronavirus tally soars in several Arab nations

Personnels make production of protective face masks against the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation's Mamak facility in Ankara, Turkey on April 2, 2020 [Raşit Aydoğan - Anadolu Agency]

Personnels make production of protective face masks against the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation’s Mamak facility in Ankara, Turkey on April 2, 2020

The Arab states of Morocco, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, and Palestine all reported new coronavirus cases on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reports.

In Morocco, authorities recorded three deaths, bringing the total death toll to 110 and total cases to 1,527. A total of 141 patients have so far recovered.

In Kuwait, the Health Ministry confirmed 116 new cases, raising the total to 1,154, including 113 recoveries.

Lebanon’s Health Ministry confirmed 10 new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 619. The death toll stands at 20.

READ: Virus cases top 2,500 in Qatar, near 1,000 in Kuwait

In Oman, the Health Ministry reported the third coronavirus death and 62 new cases, pushing the total to 546, including three deaths and 109 recoveries.

In Palestine, the Health Ministry reported another case of the fatal disease, raising the total to 109. The death toll in the occupied territories stands at two.

After emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the virus has spread to at least 185 countries and regions.

The pandemic has killed nearly 104,000 people, and infected an excess of 1.7 million, while almost 389,000 patients have recovered, according to figures compiled by the U.S.’ Johns Hopkins University.

(Source / 11.04.2020) 

Israeli Forces Suppress Weekly Protest, Many Palestinians Suffer Inhalation Injuries

Palestinian media reports said that Palestinian residents in the central West Bank town of Kufur Qaddoum suffocated on tear-gas, fired by Israeli troops on Friday.

Spokesperson for the Popular Committee for the Resistance of Israel’s Apartheid Wall in the Qalqilia city of the West Bank, Morad Eshteiwi, told media outlets that Israeli soldiers, backed by armored vehicles, stormed the town of Kufur Qaddoum and began shooting randomly on locals, using live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas canisters.

Eshteiwi said that such an Israeli incursion is unprecedented over the past several months, with local residents staging weekly protests against the segregation wall, erected by Israel around the town of Kufur Qaddoum.

He added that the Israeli shooting hit residential homes, local shops and other objects in the town.

“The Israeli shooting this time was intensified and led to the inhalation injury of at least ten Palestinians exposed to Israeli tear-gas, during the weekly protest”, Eshteiwi further explained.

The local Palestinian activist also noted that earlier on Thursday night, Israeli soldiers were reportedly patrolling the streets of Kufur Qaddoum and that tens of them hid inside some abandoned local homes.

Kufur Qaddoum town, a part of the West Bank district of Qalqilia, has seen weekly protests over the past several years, within Palestinians’ resistance to Israeli occupation measures, practices and the Apartheid Wall, which Israel erected many years ago, around several West Bank cities, towns and villages, including Kufur Qaddoum itself.

Several years ago, Palestinian protesters in the town of Bil’in, West of Ramallah, by means of peaceful and non-violent weekly protests, were able to pressure the Israeli government to knock down a considerable part of a similar segregation wall.

(Source / 11.04.2020) 

Israeli Colonists Desecrate Palestinian Cemetery near Nablus

Illegal Israeli settlers desecrated, on Wednesday night, several gravestones in a Palestinian cemetery in the village of Burqa, north of city of Nablus, Days of Palestine reported.

Local official in charge of documenting Israeli settlement crimes in the northern occupied West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas said that illegal Israeli settlers invaded the village from evacuated Homesh colony.

Taking full advantage of the precautionary lockdown imposed on several West Bank villages, the colonists entered the village cemetery and defiled Palestinian gravestones.

This type of hateful act is a common occurrence in many occupied West Bank cities and towns, with Israeli settlements built on Palestinian lands, throughout the occupied Palestinian territories.

(Source / 11.04.2020) 

Prisoners Committee Concerned Over Palestinian Prisoner’s Condition

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Committee for Prisoners and Ex-prisoners Affairs, on Saturday, expressed its deep concern over the condition of a Palestinian prisoner, inside Israel’s Ramon prison.

In a statement, released by the committee, the condition of prisoner, Mohammed Halabi, 42, from the Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia, is getting worse, as he has been reportedly suffering from severe headaches, after having been subjected to violent interrogation by the Israeli intelligence.

The statement, citing the prisoner’s attorneys, noted that Halabi’s hearing has been lost, due to medical negligence by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and that his sight could be lost any time.

“Before he was abducted in 2006, Halabi worked as general director for the Gaza-based office of the American World Vision organization. Since being abducted, Halabi has been exposed to Israeli courts 135 times, without ever having a trial”, the statement further explained.

The committee made clear that Israeli occupation authorities abducted Halabi at an Israeli-controlled crossing, accusing him of transferring some of the World Vision’s funds to a number of Palestinian factions. No evidence has ever been provided by the Israeli authorities.

“The Palestinian Committee for Prisoners and Ex-prisoners Affairs holds the IPS responsible for the well-being of Palestinian prisoner Halabi, especially the latter has been suffering from health complications, at a time when the internationally-spread Coronavirus pandemic has plagued Israel and is said to have reached Israeli prisons”, the committee’s statement warned.

The committee also called for the immediate release of Halabi, considering that Israel continues to hold him under administrative detention, without evidence, legal representation or a proper trial.

Currently, Israel holds around 5,000 Palestinian prisoners, including hundreds of those suffering various illnesses, the elderly, as well as women and children under the age of 18.

Israeli imprisonment of those Palestinians is one of the most contentious issues of the two-decade long peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), to which many prisoners are affiliated.

(Source / 11.04.2020) 

Former prisoner with coronavirus tells his story

The Israelis tested him three times before releasing him with a fine of 1000 NIS without telling him that he was positive for Covid-19..

Ramallah (QNN)- The former prisoner Nuriddin Sarsour told QNN about having coronavirus inside Israeli jails before discovering that after his release.

Sarsour said that he was arrested last March and interrogated during the period between March 18-24 in several interrogation centers until he was sent to Ofer military jail while others, who were arrested with him, were released.

“I was summoned by the Shin Bet before being interrogated for six days, during which they tested me three times on the 17th, 24th, and 28th of the month. They didn’t tell me about the tests’ results”, he said.

“On March 31st, I was released with a fine of 1000 NIS”, he added.

“I want out to the main square in Ramallah and I was greeted by my family and friends before finding out that I had the coronavirus, which shocked me, especially that I had already met quite a number of people.”

Sarsour believes he was probably infected while he was at one of the interrogation centers as they lack sanitation and health measures. He added that the jailers only were putting masks and gloves and that he met over 40 prisoners, nine of them were with him in the same cell.

He stressed that the condition inside Israeli jails is very harsh and that the PLO and the factions have to do something to save their lives.

Sarsour added that his condition is good and that he is quarantined at the Carmel Hotel in Ramallah.

“I didn’t expect that I was infected. It was a shock!”, he said.

Sarsour also stressed that it is 90 per cent more likely that he was infected with the virus from one of the interrogators as they did not take any precautionary measures to protect the prisoners.

(Source / 11.04.2020)