The Committee to Support Journalists urgently urges an end to the torture policy against journalists in the occupation prisons

The Committee to Support Journalists sent an urgent appeal to all international human rights institutions and the International Committee of the Red Cross, calling on them to intervene seriously and effectively, to stop the crimes of the occupation it violates against journalists and prisoners of information in the prisons of the occupation, especially increasing torture and medical neglect. Against the sick of them, which led to a serious deterioration in their health.

This came as a result of what the prisoner, media student Mays Abu Ghosh, a resident of Qalandia camp, revealed in a message that reached her family about the deliberate neglect of the difficult health situation and her need to follow up in the hospital as a result of the torture she was subjected to during the investigation.

In the message, Abu Ghosh confirmed that she went to the hospital about 4 months ago and needed urgent treatment after the pain of sweeping her bones, spine, feet, hands and head, in addition to her feeling of electricity hitting the left half of her head, while the Prison Administration provides ointments and painkillers only.

Abu Ghosh added in the letter, that she explained the health status of the Red Cross without knowing the response or how to follow up by the cross, stressing her need to follow up in the hospital, especially after she was informed of bone problems.

The Committee to Support Journalists indicated that these diseases and aches raided the health of the journalist Abu Ghosh after a military investigation that included systematic psychological and physical torture, and included a ghost in various ways and beatings on the face and body that lasted for 32 days, after her arrest in August of 2019 to be sentenced to 16 months imprisonment.

The committee also demanded the release of the journalist, Mohammed Amin Abu Daqqa, a resident of the town of Abasan, east of Khan Yunis, who was arrested by the occupation forces last week, upon his return from Jordan to Palestine, where he traveled to receive cancer treatment. He was transferred to the investigation at the Ashkelon detention center without knowing the reasons, despite his difficult health condition, as he suffers from addition to cancer from nerve problems and suffers from constant tremors, and he had a liver resection several years ago.

She said, “The policy of medical negligence of prisoners is one of many violations practiced by the occupation authorities against prisoners and prisoners, who suffer from chronic and serious diseases and in need of urgent medical intervention to save their lives in light of the poor conditions inside prisons and fear of infection with the Corona virus.”

The Committee condemned the occupation authorities ’violations of the rights of prisoners in general and of detained journalists in particular, which are guaranteed under international agreements and covenants regarding the right of detainees to receive the necessary treatment and medical care, as the Fourth Geneva Convention guaranteed articles (76), (85), (91) and (92) The prisoners’ right to receive periodic medical care, and to provide them with the necessary treatment from the diseases they suffer from, and stipulates the necessity of providing health clinics and specialized doctors to inspect the prisoners, as the occupation authorities disclaim their obligations according to international covenants, which leads to exacerbating the health conditions of prisoners and prisoners.

(Source / 31.05.2020)

Occupation forces two Holy Brothers to self-demolish their homes

The Israeli occupation forces forced the two brothers, Imad and Ahmad Mahamahra, today, Saturday, from self-demolishing their homes in Jabal Al-Mukaber, occupied Jerusalem.

The two brothers said that the two adjacent houses were inhabited by 11 people, including children, and the demolition process was carried out to avoid the heavy fines imposed by the occupation municipality on us in the event of its attendance to demolish the house.

The two brothers explained that they and their children are out in the open and there is no house to shelter them, and there is no other solution but to demolish the house, which is a brick and brick, to avoid the fines and the ongoing occupation attacks on them.

(Source / 31.05.2020)

Armed Israeli Settlers Invade Local Markets in Hebron

Armed Israeli settlers in the Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron, reportedly invaded, on Saturday afternoon, some local markets in the city, causing panic among local Palestinians.

Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported that a large group of armed colonists invaded the Allaban, Alqasaba and Ein Alaskar local markets and began provoking local shopkeepers and customers, as Israeli soldiers in the area were watching, without intervening.

WAFA, quoting witnesses, said that the provocative actions included staring at local Palestinians in a strange and frightening way.

Earlier this month, Israeli defense minister, Naftali Bennet, endorsed a new colonial settlement project in Hebron, involving confiscation of large areas of Palestinian-owned lands, adjacent to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-recognized ancient Palestinian mosque of Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi.

Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Ahmad Al-Tamimi of Hebron, was quoted as saying that such provocative actions by armed colonial settlers are believed to be part of the Israeli occupation’s attempts to undermine the ‘Semoud’ or steadfastness of our people, in light of Israel’s planned annexation of the Palestinian West Bank, expected by July of this summer.

Al-Tamimi issued a statement, in which he called on the international community to curb Israel’s colonial illegal plans, expressing the belief that the Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi mosque of Hebron will remain an Arab-Palestinian heritage, as labeled by UNESCO.

(Source / 31.05.2020)

Mother of Slain Palestinian: “My Son Was A Child In A Man’s Body”

The mother of the Palestinian who was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in occupied Jerusalem, said that the Israeli allegations and justifications for his brutal murder are mere lies, as the slain man was autistic, and was a child in a man’s body.

The Palestinian, Eyad al-Hallaq, 32, was killed when the soldiers shot him with eight live rounds at the stairs of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, while he was walking to the al-Bakriyyah School for persons with special needs.

Eyewitnesses said Eyad was just walking when the soldiers started shouting at him, and he got scared by their loud voices and tried to run away.

They added that the soldiers could have easily arrested him, without resorting to the lethal and excessive use of live fire.

The mother was walking aimlessly around her home in Wadi al-Jouz in Jerusalem, looking lost, and unable to grasp the news about the death of her only son.

Minutes after the news about his death started spreading, she was informed that he was alive and was only shot in his leg near Bas al-Asbat in Jerusalem, but shortly afterwards it became clear that he was killed by the soldiers.

His father, Khairi al-Hallaq, shocked and in disbelief, was sitting in his home, surrounded by several young men who knew the slain Palestinian and rushed to his home, could not utter many words, except prayers and mumblings that only echoed “he was killed in cold blood, he was murdered…”

His slain autistic son, he said, may have looked like a grown man, but his brain was that of a child, who didn’t interact with anybody, and who only left home to go to the special needs school.

“Why would they kill him in cold blood like this,” he said, “They claim that they thought he carried a weapon! Why didn’t they search him, why did they have to kill him without even making sure he was carrying the claimed weapon”.

He added that his slain son started going to the special needs school around six years ago, and that he goes there every day from the morning until evening, and when he returns home, he just sits alone in his room.

His weeping mother, distraught and unable to catch a normal breath, said, “Why didn’t they just capture him… why not search him… why did they have to rush to fatal shots, to killing him in a cold-blooded manner like this.”

“He was murdered in cold-blood, he carried nothing but his mobile phone and his wallet”, she added, “He carried no weapons, he wanted to go to school because he felt bored at home, but at school he could be more active, and interact with others….”.

“Right now, after they killed him like this, my only wish is that we can have the burial ceremonies at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, before he is buried in the soil of Jerusalem,” she added, “He was an innocent person, he hated nobody, and what they did to him is a crime not only against him, but also against every person with special needs. They killed my only son, who was a child in a man’s body. They killed my only son, they killed my only son…”

Attorney Eyad al-Qadamani, who is representing the family, said that the Israeli police is investigating the fatal shooting, and so far, the police is not admitting he was killed by mistake, and are unwilling to transfer his corpse back to his family for burial.

The lawyer added that the Israeli police imposed a gag order, forbidding the release of the names of the officers involved in his death, or even any information about the units they belong to.

The imposed gag order will remain in effect until June 3rd and could possibly be extended for a longer period.

Israeli media outlets said the slain young man did not carry any weapon, and that he was shot just because “he failed to stop when was ordered to.”

The police claimed that they noticed he carried a “suspicious object”, and that they though it was a gun, and added that he was ordered to stop, but he started running and a chase ensued.

Israeli daily Haaretz said the Palestinian was unarmed, and that the officer who shot him said “he suspected al-Hallaq was a terrorist because he was wearing gloves.”

Haaretz quoted a statement by the Israeli police claiming that “two officers noticed the Palestinian carrying a suspicious object that they thought was a gun and ordered him to stop. After the man refused and started fleeing the scene, the officers started chasing him on foot and opened fire, ultimately killing him while he was trying to hide behind a dumpster.”

It added that the police then closed on the Old City, and that the Police Internal Investigations Department will be investigating the incident.

Haaretz also said that the two officers who were involved in chasing him and then the fatal shots, were questioned by the police, before one of them was released “under restrictive conditions”, and the second officer was placed under “house arrest.”

The Israeli media agency also quoted source which was described to be “familiar with the investigation”, the junior officer, who was a recruit armed with M16 automatic rifle, is being suspected of “continuing to shoot despite being ordered by his commander to stop.”

Haaretz added that the officer “continued to shoot because he saw al-Hallaq was still moving”, and that a court in Jerusalem issued a gag order preventing the release of the names of the officers involved in the fatal incident.

(Source / 31.05.2020)

Soldiers Assault A Palestinian Man, Cause Fractures In His Leg

Israeli soldiers assaulted, Saturday, a Palestinian man near the illegal Annexation Wall as he was returning home in ‘Aneen village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, causing various fractures in one of his legs.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics were called to the area, and rushed the wounded man, identified as Mohammad Nayef Issa, to a Khalil Suleiman governmental hospital, in Jenin, suffering fractures in one of his legs, in addition to several cuts and bruises to various parts of his body.

The Palestinian was returning home from work in Umm al-Fahm town, in Haifa district and only about 20 kilometers northwest of Jenin.

He was chased and assaulted by many soldiers before he was left bleeding without any medical attention, and the Palestinians called the PRCS to send one of its ambulances.

(Source / 31.05.2020)

Israeli Forces Evict Palestinians from Ibrahimi Mosque, Permit Settlers

Israeli forces, on Friday, blocked Palestinian Muslim worshipers from performing the dawn prayer, evicted hundreds of worshipers and banned the call to prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron/Al-Khalil, Quds News Network reported.

Sheikh Hifzi Abu Sneineh, the head of the local Waqf Department, stated that military barriers were placed by Israeli troops, on the roads leading to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-recognized Ibrahimi Mosque as a World Heritage site.

He said that soldiers invaded the mosque, evicted him and held one of the worshipers for a number of hours.

Abu Sneineh added that the empty mosque was then opened for the illegal Israeli settlers, one of whom reportedly threatened Palestinian worshipers before being removed by police.

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On February 25, 1994, an extremist Israeli settler, Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 Palestinian muslims and wounded 150 more, when he opened fire inside the mosque during the dawn prayer.

In the aftermath, an additional 21 Palestinians that protested the murder, were killed by Israeli forces.

(Source / 31.05.2020)

PCHR: “In Under 15 Hours: IOF Kills Two Palestinians, Including a Person with Disability, in Ramallah and East Jerusalem”

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (CPHR): Within less than 15 hours, Israeli occupying forces killed two Palestinian civilians, including a person with disability, and injured another person with disability in new crimes of excessive use of lethal force in two separate incidents in Ramallah and East Jerusalem.

According to information obtained by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 06:15 on Saturday, 30 May 2020, Israeli police at al-Mujahideen Street, near Bab al-Asbat area, fired live bullets at disabled man, Iyad Khairy al-Hallaq (32), killing him immediately.

Al-Hallaq was en route to a special education school for persons over the age of 18, near the King Faisal Gate, one of al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israeli police claimed that they noticed “a Palestinian carrying a suspicious object that they thought was a gun and ordered him to stop. After the man refused and started fleeing the scene, the officers started chasing him on foot and opened fire, ultimately killing him.” In a subsequent statement, the Israeli Police announced that the victim was unarmed, and that he had been shot with 8 bullets.

According to al-Hallaq family, the victim was slim-built, suffered a mental disability; as well as hearing and sight deficiencies. Al-Hallaq resided in Wadi al-Jooz neighborhood, close to al-Asbat Gate, and had been attending “Bacrieh B Occupational School for Special Education” every morning for several years.

In a previous incident, at approximately 16:30 on Friday, 29 May 2020, IOF stationed at Raya valley area, between al-Nabi Saleh and Deir Nizam villages, in front of “Halamish” settlement, northwest of Ramallah, opened fire at a Palestinian vehicle driven by Fadi Adnan Samara Qa’d (37) from Abu Qash village, northwest of Ramallah.

Qa’d was shot directly with a live bullet and left to bleed for more than two hours and a half, without being given any first aid. Two hours and a half later, an Israeli vehicle arrived and took Qa’d to an unknown destination. Later, Israeli Authorities announced Qa’d’s death due to Israeli forces’ shooting alleging the victim attempted to ram Israeli soldiers with his car; no casualties among soldiers were reported.

In contrast with the Israeli claims, according to information obtained by PCHR, Qa’d was driving his private Ford-Fiesta car (white) en route to al-Saweya village in Salfit to pick up his wife and 5 children from his in-law’s house. back home from their Grandfather’s house.

Qa’d was met by an Israeli military vehicle parked in the street, six soldiers stepped out from the vehicle, and 3 of them ordered him to stop before he reached the military vehicle. Qa’d lost control of his car and steered his car north-bound, in the opposite direction from where the soldiers stood, and collided with a wooden bench under a tree.

IOF, from a 10-meter distance, immediately opened fire at Qa’d’s car, and wounded him while he was inside. The soldiers left him to bleed  for more than two hours and half, without providing any first aid, and prevented the Palestinian ambulances from approaching him.

He was later taken to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Qad’s car did not pose a threat or danger to the soldiers’ livers, and the fact it steered towards the opposite side from where soldiers stood proves the was no intent to ram them.

After the news of Qa’d’s murder, dozens of Palestinians from al-Nabi Saleh village gathered, threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed in the area and clashes erupted as the later responded with live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters.

As a result, Ahmed Eyad al-Tamimi (21), a disabled person with down syndrome, was shot with a live bullet in his left leg, and he was referred to the Istishari Arab Hospital in al-Rihan suburb, in Ramallah for treatment.

PCHR strongly condemns IOF’s crime of excessive use of lethal force that resulted in the killing of al-Hallaq and Qa’d and wounded al-Tamimi. PCHR believes this practice is further proof of IOF disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives, shooting to kill on the basis of mere suspicion without the existence of a real threat to the lives of soldiers.

PCHR also condemns the denial of first aid to Qa’d, and denying Palestinian medical personnel access to him, leaving him to bleed to death in a clear violation of  international humanitarian law.

Therefore, PCHR reiterates its call upon the international community to take immediate action to put an end to the Israeli crimes; and calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the oPt.

For more information please call PCHR office in Gaza, Gaza Strip, on +972 8 2824776 – 2825893

Gaza- Jamal ‘Abdel Nasser “al-Thalathini” Street – Al-Roya Building- Floor 12, El Remal, PO Box 1328 Gaza, Gaza Strip. E-mail: pchr@pchrgaza.org, Webpage http://www.pchrgaza.org

(Source / 31.05.2020)

In Videos| Israeli forces arrest worshipers, allow settlers’ raids into Al Aqsa mosque

Israeli police arrested worshipers, including a journalist and the head of a human rights watchdog, to make room for settlers’ raids

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces carried out an arrest campaign against worshipers at Al Aqsa mosque this morning while allowed dozens of settlers to break into the holy mosque and perform rituals.

QNN correspondence said Israeli forces allowed dozens of settlers to break into the courtyards of the holy mosque this morning.

She added that dozens of worshipers continued to stay in the holy mosque and its courtyards from pre-dawn hours. Israeli police kept trying to evict worshipers to make room for settlers’ raids.

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Israeli police detain three Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, today.

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The police arrested journalist Sondos Oweis although of carrying a press card. It also arrested Raeda Saeed, Ihab Abu Sneineh, Luwai Jaber.

Oweis and Saeed were released a few hours later but ordered to stay away from Al Aqsa mosque for one week.

Israeli forces also arrested Obada Najeeb from the old city and summoned the head of the Prisoners Association in Jerusalem, Naser Qous.

The Israeli arrests campaign continues until this moment, while settlers led by the extremist terrorist Yehudah Glick continue to break into the mosque.

Hundreds of worshipers had been waiting at the gates of Al Aqsa mosque from the very early dawn hours. The worshipers kept waiting until the gate of the holy mosque was opened for the first time in 69 days. All gates of Al Aqsa mosque were closed by the Islamic Waqf to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

(Source / 31.05.2020)

‘Israel’ demolishes four houses within Green Line

Tira (QNN)- Israeli bulldozers demolished four residential buildings in Tira, a city located within the Green Line zone, on Sunday.

Local sources said Israeli police stormed the city this morning before surrounding under-construction houses owned by Ibrahim Khafash and demolished them.

Israeli police claimed that all the four buildings had no construction permissions. Khafash, however, stated that “there is a lawsuit concerning the building” and that the court hasn’t issued any ruling yet.

“We started building those houses in 2013”, he said. “I paid everything I had to build them and I was shocked that they demolished them.”

(Source / 31.05.2020)

Why the annexation of Palestinian lands should matter, globally and to every one

By Qassam Muaddi 

The annexation of over thirty percent of the West Bank by the occupation state, announced by the Netanyahu-Gantz government for next July, can best be described with the title of Garcia Marquez’s novel; “Chronicle of a death foretold”. Not the death of the two-state solution or the peace process, but rather the death of a lie that has been held on artificial breath system for twenty-nine years. At least since the first peace conference at Madrid in 1991.

It is the lie by which Palestinians could rely on international law and a supposed international community to obtain some kind of statehood, independence, freedom, a place under the sun. It was a death foretold by Yitzahac Shamir, then Prime Minister of the state of Israel, at the Madrid conference itself, when he said that Israel was going to negotiate for twenty years without any timeframe commitments. For some reason, the world back then including some Palestinian leaders decided to pretend it did not hear Shamir’s words, and proceeded. What happened next is history, now more than ever, useless to repeat.

Today, at the event of another Israeli mocking of International law that will be forgiven and rewarded by the international community the next morning, only one question is worth to be asked. At the sight of eviction orders being distributed to Palestinians across the Jordan valley, from North to South, of settlers running to grab as much hill-tops and water wells as they can, of Israeli bulldozers leveling any Four walls with a water tank on the top of them and Palestinians holding to whatever they have left with their teeth, only one question deserves to be thought of seriously: What should the world be doing to stop this crime? Not the governments of the world or the UN organization, No. The citizens of the world, each and everyone in their place and role, what should they be doing to stop this colonization machine that has been, for over a century now, smashing lives and dreams under its caterpillars?

Everybody is concerned

The question is worth asking because everybody is concerned. It touches you, me, personally, no matter where we live. To think otherwise is hiding behind one’s own finger. The reason is not that coronavirus proved how much of a “small town” the world has become, but because it has reaffirmed how much of a place it is where human life and dignity come at last. And unless genuine, global citizen solidarity is built, we would all be giving our consent.

The eviction of a Palestinian family from their land, after destroying their home and business, in order to install a settler who just arrived from Russia in their place is the result of that consent. Just like the murder of George Floyd by policemen in Minneapolis, in the middle of impunity because of his skin color, is also a result of that consent. Our collective, world-wide, repetitive consent.

Don’t give your consent

At the dawn of the end of World War II, a new international system was inaugurated, supposedly based on an international declaration of human rights, but at the same time tens of thousands of civilians were being burned alive at Hiroshima, and an entire generation gave its consent. Three years later, Cont Folk Bernadotte called out the injustice that was being committed against the Palestinian people and he was murdered for that, by those who a few months later proclaimed the state of Israel, and the world gave its consent.

But our generation has its part of responsibility too. Millions around the world watched on tv how Iraq was being bombed to the ground in 2003, based on a lie. Many did not give their consent. They protested and said No, but most of us did. And every time that any life from Hiroshima, from Iraq, from Chile or from Palestine did not matter, it was a black life, a white life, a human life anywhere, and at any time that did not matter.

More Palestinians than it was thought

The Palestinian people have today, more reasons than ever to feel that they have been let down by the international community. As they watch what remains of their land being annexed away, they have all reasons to believe that they are alone. However, when Afro-Americans protest against the murder of black people by policemen, when a Colombian student is beaten to death for protesting against cuts on education when Algerians demonstrate against dictatorship and French against the stealing of their retirements, one can only conclude that there are more Palestinians in the world than is has been thought.

It is not surprising, therefore, to see how the Palestine solidarity movement has been systematically criminalized in several European countries in the recent years. Any solidarity is a chance for a different kind of world. A more humane and just world. A world that is worth struggling for. And the forefront of that struggle, right now, is in the hills and valleys of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley.

(Source / 31.05.2020)