Ferwana: (40) Palestinian women prisoners are held in the prisons of the occupation

Abdel Nasser Farwana, a specialist in prisoners’ affairs, said today, Wednesday, that with the continuation of the Corona crisis and the entry of the blessed month of Ramadan, there are (40) Palestinian women prisoners who are dying of pain and deprivation in the prisons of the Israeli occupation, among them (17) From mothers.

In a press statement to him, Farwana explained that among the female prisoners (13) are women from Jerusalem, (6) are women from inside, two from the Gaza Strip, and the rest (19) are from the West Bank.

And that (26) female prisoners serve different rulings, and (11) women are arrested, in addition to (3) female prisoners who are in administrative detention, and they are: Bushra Al-Tawil and Shada Hassan from Ramallah, Shurooq Al-Baden from Bethlehem.

He pointed out that among the female prisoners, there are (8) women prisoners who have been subjected to rulings in excess of 10 years, and (9) other women prisoners who have been subjected to sentences ranging between 5 years and less than 10 years, and the two ruling families, Shurooq Duyat, from Jerusalem, and Shatila Abu Ayyad from Territories occupied in 1948, sentenced to 16 years imprisonment, and the two prisoners, Aisha Al-Afghani, and Maysoon Musa al-Jabali, sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

Farwana pointed out that the prisoner, “Amal Jihad Taqqaqa”, is considered one of the oldest female prisoners, and she is from Beit Fajjar in the Bethlehem governorate, and she has been detained since December 2014 and is serving an effective prison sentence of 7 years.

Farwana pointed out that there are sick and wounded female prisoners suffering from difficult health conditions without receiving adequate care and appropriate treatment, the most prominent of which is the prisoner “Israa Al-Jaabees” from Jerusalem, who is 34 years old, and arrested a wounded person on October 11, 2015, and was sentenced to effective imprisonment for a period 11 years on a charge she was accused of, when a gas cylinder in her car exploded near a military checkpoint as a result of the occupation forces firing at her car, and with the explosion, her car caught fire and burns her body, and she was wounded first, second and third degrees in 50% of her body, explaining She needs health care and more surgeries, and her suffering is exacerbated by the persistence of a policy of deliberate medical neglect.

He pointed out that the Palestinian woman was subjected to an Israeli campaign of arrests in different forms and methods, as well as severe physical and psychological torture and torture, and imposed prison sentences, heavy fines, administrative detention, and house arrest, noting that the Prison Authority Administration does not take into account the needs of female prisoners in light of the corona and the entry of the month Decent, what increases their suffering.

He stated that since the Coruna virus crisis, the occupation authorities announced the introduction of the emergency system, and that this included canceling visits to families and lawyers, and since the beginning of this month, the prisoners have been allowed to make phone calls to the family, intermittently and not continuously.

And Ferwana pointed out that the administration of the Damon Prison usually intentionally restricted the female prisoners during the month of Ramadan, and did not allow them to pray in groups or conduct educational and religious seminars in the square of the oath (Al-Furah), and it also deprived them of reciting the Holy Qur’an collectively and in a public voice, while they did not allow them – Until now – by entering dates, sweets and summer clothes from abroad.

Farwana called on all human and human rights institutions to put pressure on the occupation authorities to provide adequate medical care and necessary treatment for the sick and wounded, and to take all protection and prevention measures to protect them from the risk of infection with “Corona” virus, and to provide the rest of hygiene and sterilization requirements, and to enter spring and summer clothes, in addition to the necessity End preventing some female prisoners from making phone calls with the family, and increasing the number of calls assigned to each female prisoner and the duration of the call, partly compensating for the stopping of visits and relieving the growing anxiety of both parties due to “Corona”, and reducing the effects of heat Man and suffering in the blessed month of Ramadan.

(Source / 01.05.2020) 

Israel admits to contact with Hamas in preparation for prisoner exchange deal

Prime Minster of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu hugs his wife, Sara during his after vote speech on April 10, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz each declared that they won Tuesday’s election after inconclusive exit polls were broadcast on the three Israeli networks

The Israel Broadcasting Corporation reported on Thursday that the caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held the first phone session of the ministerial committee for prisoners and missing persons affairs last week, regarding the ongoing contact with Hamas to carry out the exchange and return of the missing Israelis held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Broadcasting Corporation described this as: “An acknowledgment of making indirect contact with Hamas about the deal.”

It added that the chief of the file in the cabinet of the missing Israelis, Yaron Blum, informed the families of the two missing soldiers about these correspondences.

Hamas detains four Israelis: soldiers Shaul Aaron and Hadar Golden, who were captured by Hamas in the war that broke out in the summer of 2014 (Israel claims they were killed, while Hamas gives no information regarding their situation), in addition to Abraham Mengistu and Hashem Badawi Al-Sayed, who hold Israeli citizenship – Mengistu is Ethiopian and Al-Sayed is Arab. They entered Gaza voluntarily after the war in Gaza war, at different times.

READ: The Israeli military opposes its politicians’ annexation of the Jordan Valley

(Source / 01.05.2020) 

11 European envoys warn Israel against annexation

An Israeli security force member guards the area during the demolition of a Palestinian family's house at a farm in north of Jordan Valley in Tubas, West Bank on November 07, 2017. [Nedal Eshtayah - Anadolu Agency]
An Israeli security force member guards the area during the demolition of a Palestinian house in the West Bank on 7 November 2017

Eleven European ambassadors, led by the UK, have issued a formal protest to Israel over its planned annexation of Palestinian land.

The ambassadors of the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, along with the deputy ambassador to the EU, issued a warning to Anna Azari, Israeli Foreign Ministry’s European deputy, in a meeting via a Zoom conference call.

The group demanded the Israeli government freeze plans to allow construction in the Givat Hamatos neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem and warned that annexation would contravene international law.

The Times of Israel reported the ambassadors saying: “We are very concerned about the clause in the coalition agreement that paves the way for annexing parts of the West Bank. The annexation of any part of the West Bank constitutes a clear violation of international law.”

Adding, “such unilateral steps will harm efforts to renew the peace process and will have grave consequences for regional stability and for Israel’s standing in the international arena.”

READ: Gantz knew Israeli soldiers would suffer heavy losses in Gaza

In its meeting yesterday, the Arab League, however, said that the proposed annexation of land in the West Bank will end the two-state solution, terming the move a “new war crime… against the Palestinian people”.

The organisation also urged the US to withdraw support for annexation plans by Israel, in the virtual conference, chaired in Cairo.

The US’ Trump Administration, however, has indicated that it would approve annexations but added that acceptance is subject to Israeli recognition of the right of Palestinian statehood.

A spokesperson from the US’ State Department said, “the annexation would be in the context of an offer to the Palestinians to achieve statehood based on specific terms, conditions, territorial dimensions and generous economic support. This is an unprecedented and highly beneficial opportunity for the Palestinians.”

Yesterday, US officials told their Israeli counterparts that the self-declared Jewish state cannot act on sections of the deal while ignoring the rest.

READ: Campaign uses coronavirus to end anti-Arab racism in Israel

In January, US President Donald Trump unveiled a Middle East peace plan intended to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The plan greenlights continued annexation of West Bank lands by Israel, while purporting to allow the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state.

Under the plan, the new Palestinian state would be made up of between 70 and 80 per cent of the West Bank, with pockets of land in southern Israel, and most of the Gaza strip.

The plan was immediately rejected by Palestinians and much of the international community. Despite widespread condemnation, however, the US and Israel have signalled intent to implement the plan unilaterally.

While an Israeli coalition government agreement last week includes a framework for starting annexations in July.

(Source / 01.05.2020) 

Hamas leader condemns arrests by Palestinian Authority

Image of the Palestinian Authority police forces violently intervening a protest against the trial of Basel al-Araj, who was killed during a raid by Israeli soldiers at his home, and his five friends in front of the Ramallah Minor Court in Ramallah, West Bank, March 12, 2017 ( Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )
Palestinian Authority police forces can be seen violently arresting a Palestinian man on 12 March 2017 

Hamas has called on the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank to end political detention completely because “it harms the unity of the Palestinian people”.

Senior member Abdel Rahman Shadid asked in a statement: “In whose interest are these detentions and what is the goal behind them?”

He noted that political detentions are taking place at a time when the Palestinian people are facing the COVID-19 pandemic and after Israel announced its plan to annex the occupied West Bank.

Shadid condemned what he described as the Palestinian Authority’s campaign of arrests and summoning Palestinian citizens on the grounds that they were distributing aid and charity among the poor and those in need.

READ: Prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas could take place soon

This policy “deprives hundreds of Palestinian families, during this hardship, from obtaining aid, which intensifies the suffering of those families.”

“Arrests and summoning of our people on the grounds of aid [they were giving] to the poor contradict the calls for solidarity that were made by the government in the West Bank,” Shadid added.

(Source / 01.05.2020) 

Israeli Troops Detain Eleven Palestinians, Shoot One, Assault Three

Israeli forces, on Wednesday, attacked Palestinian young men in the old city of occupied East Jerusalem, Quds News Network reported.

According to local sources, Israeli soldiers assaulted 3 Palestinian youths from the Salaymeh family in the old city, arresting them afterward.

Soldiers shot a Palestinian young man, on Wednesday, identified as Adnan Maali, and detained him near the separation barrier in Tulkarem, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) reported. The condition of the youth was not known at the time of reporting.

Israeli forces reportedly invaded the homes of several Palestinian civilians across the West Bank, and detained 3 Palestinian youths, 18 to 21 years old, were abducted from Tulkarem, the 18 year old was later released.

The PPS added that Israeli forces abducted 4 more Palestinians, 1 from near Jenin, 1 from Bethlehem, 1 from Ramallah and 1 from Jericho.

According to Addameer, Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association states that Israel holds 183 Palestinian children under the age of 18 in prison, including 20 under the age of 16.

(Source / 01.02.2020) 

Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Carwash and Agricultural Nursery near Bethlehem

The Israeli army demolished, Thursday morning, a Palestinian car wash near Bethlehem, while it was under construction, a local official reported.

Iyad Abu Sarra, from al-Khader municipality, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that soldiers destroyed the car wash for construction without a permit.

The military also demolished an agricultural nursery in a West Bank village, for lack of an Israeli issued permit, according to a local official.

Director of the Wall and Settlements Resistance office in Bethlehem, Hasan Breijieh, told WAFA that soldiers invaded Jourat al-Shamaa village, south of Bethlehem, and demolished a nursery owned by Mahmoud Abu Hammad.

Breijieh added that the army notified several other Palestinians in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, of the military’s intent to demolish structures.

(Source / 01.05.2020) 

Army To Demolish The Home Of A Palestinian Suspected Of Carrying Out A Stabbing Attack

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, Tulkarem refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and stormed the home of a wounded Palestinian, who is suspected of carrying out a stabbing, Tuesday, and handed the family a demolition order for their home.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the refugee camp, before the soldiers stormed the family home of Mohammad Reesha, 19, and interrogated them for a few hours.

They added that the soldiers then handed the father a demolition order targeting his home.

Protests erupted during the invasion, and the soldiers fired gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets, and concussion grenades at Palestinian youngsters, causing several injuries.

It is worth mentioning that Mohammad was shot by an Israeli civilian after he reportedly stabbed a woman, 62 years of age, in Kfar Saba city, causing moderate wounds. Mohammad was detained and was moved to Tel HaShomer Medical Center.

Israeli sources said the woman was stabbed seven times in the back and chest but did not suffer injuries to her internal organs before she was rushed to Meir Medica Center.

Israel’s wildly practiced policies of home demolitions targeting entire families are acts of illegal collective punishment and come in direct violation of International Human Rights Law.

Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention affirms that “no protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise, all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.”

(Source / 01.05.2020) 

PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Summary of Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (23 – 29 April 2020)

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to violate Palestinians’ human rights and commit crimes against civilians and their properties, conducting raids into Palestinian cities without regard to the state of emergency declared across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since 06 March 2020, in the efforts put forward to combat the spread of coronavirus. IOF raids are conducted without proper attention to prevention and safety standards to mitigate the risk of transmitting coronavirus to Palestinian territory, as the virus is widespread throughout Israel.

PCHR’s concerns over Israeli raids still stand, as those raids undermine preventive measures adopted by the government. Meanwhile, settlers backed up by IOF continued to seize more civilian property and attack civilians and their property. Furthermore, PCHR expresses its concern over the Israeli occupation’s policy of banning any preventive measures by the Palestinian Authority in occupied East Jerusalem, especially that Israel has adopted lenient measures in the city despite its responsibility for it under international law as an occupying power.

This week, PCHR documented 111 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt. The restrictions imposed under the state of emergency have hindered our fieldwork team’s ability to cover all incidents in the oPt and were forced to collect information via phone from trusted local sources. As such, this report is an incomprehensive record of Israeli violations of human rights against Palestinians in the oPt, as IOF continues its attacks against civilians despite the exceptional circumstances that have overcome the whole world in the face of a life-threatening viral pandemic.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity: 3 Palestinian civilians were shot and wounded in IOF suppression of a protest in Kufur Qaddoum, Qalqilia, West Bank. Dozens of civilians suffocated due to inhalation of tear gas fired by IOF during its raids into Palestinian cities. IOF opened fire 9 times during raids into the West Bank; 12 shootings against the agricultural lands eastern Gaza Strip that resulted in killing a number of sheep in Deir al-Balah, and one shooting was reported against Palestinian fishing boats off the northern Gaza Strip shore.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 57 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 39 Palestinians were arrested, including 5 children.

Settlement expansion activities and settlers’ attacks: IOF continued its settlement expansion operations in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, PCHR documented 3 violations, including: dismantling and confiscation of a livestock barracks, demolition of a residential tent in Jericho, and 22 notices to cease construction were distributed at houses and facilities in Salfit, and 2-barracks in Bethlehem received a demolition notice. PCHR also documented 3 settler attacks: 33 olive trees sabotaged in Nablus, lands razed in Iskaka village, eastern Salfit, and a settler tent established in western Bethlehem.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement: Israeli authorities declared that Commercial crossings in the West Bank will operate on Tuesday, 28 April 2020 until 13:00, and will resume its work as usual starting on Thursday, 30 April 2020. Israeli authorities declared the closure of Karem Abu Salem Crossing on Tuesday and Wednesday, 28-29 April 2020, and it will re-open on Thursday.

This comes in a time when 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, IOF continued to divide the West Bank 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.

1. Violation of the Right to Life and to Bodily Integrity; Shooting

  • At approximately 00:40 on Thursday, 23 April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00 on the same Thursday, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah village, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 19:30 on the same Thursday, IOF moved into al-Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Obeid neighborhood, west of the village when the residents were eating at iftar time. Israeli soldiers indiscriminately fired tear gas canisters at houses though no clashes occurred in the area and streets were fully empty of people. As a result, dozens of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 21:00 on the same Thursday, IOF moved into Abu Tayeh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of commercial shops and wrote fines to their owners, claiming that they violated the orders issued by the Israeli government in light of combating the spread of coronavirus. When Israeli soldiers confiscated the goods of a roving street vendor, a verbal altercation occurred between them and the vendor, in which the soldiers heavily fired tear gas canisters in the air. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Friday, 24 April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah, sporadically opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at agricultural lands for 15 minutes. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 13:00 on the same Friday, IOF stationed at the northern entrance established at lands of Kufur Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilia, suppressed a protest in which dozens of Palestinian civilians participated. IOF chased the young men who gathered in the area when clashes erupted, during which, IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the young men. As a result, a 21-year-old young man was shot with a rubber bullet in his abdomen.
  • At approximately 16:30 on the same Friday, 24 April 2020, IOF searched al-Mahajer area in Azoun village, east of Qalqilya, and indiscriminately opened fire at the above-mentioned area. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 16:40 on Saturday, 25 April 2020, IOF stationed at the northern entrance established at lands of Kuffur Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilia, suppressed a protest in which dozens of Palestinian civilians participated. IOF chased young men, who were in the area, clashed with them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 40-year-old man was shot with a rubber bullet in his neck and a 30-year-old man was shot with a rubber bullet in his face. IOF also fired live bullets at water tanks that were at houses roofs. As a result, 5 water tanks belonging to: Morad Mahmoud Eshtaiwi, Jihad Mahmoud Eshtaiwi, Mazen Basim Eshtaiwi, Abdullah Mousa Ali, and Riyad Mohammed Eshtaiwi.
  • At approximately 18:00 on the same Saturday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, northeast of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire and fires tear gas canisters at agricultural lands for 15 minutes. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 18:40, IOF stationed adjacent to the border fence in Zeta village, north of Tulkarem, fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians, claiming they were stoned. As a result, a number of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF moved into Azzoun village, east of Qalqilia, fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians, claiming they were stoned when they patrolled the area. As a result, several civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 13:50 on Sunday, 26 April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canister at agricultural lands. The shooting continued sporadically until 17:00 on the same day. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:40 on Monday, 27 April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian shepherds. The shooting continued sporadically in the area for 3 hours. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00 on the same Monday, Israeli soldiers stationed along hr border fence, northeast of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at agricultural lands. The shooting continued sporadically until 16:40 on the same day. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 20:00 on the same Monday, IOF moved into Obeid neighborhood in al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They surrounded a stadium that exists in the neighborhoods to prevent the people from performing prayers in it on alleged violation of orders issued by the Israeli governments. When the worshippers gathered in front of the stadium, IOF only allowed 20 of them to enter the stadium and banned the rest of the worshipers. In the meantime, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones, fireworks, and Molotov at Israeli soldiers and the latter responded with rubber bullets and sound bombs. As a result, dozens of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into al-Rihiyah village, south of Hebron, and patrolled the village streets. A number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers chased the young men and indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. IOF withdrew later from the village; no raids were reported.
  • At approximately 07:40 on Tuesday, April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, northeast of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at agricultural lands. The shooting sporadically continued for 15 minutes; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:50 on the same Tuesday, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (3 nautical miles). As a result, fishermen were panicked and sailed back to the shore fearing for their lives. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:45 on the same Tuesday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, northeast of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands. The shooting sporadically continued for 30 minutes; neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 09:30 on the same Tuesday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Maghazi in central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian shepherds. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:30 on the same Tuesday, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canister at Palestinian shepherds. The shooting continued for 30 minutes. As a result, a number of sheep and a donkey, owned by Ali Fraih Abu al-‘Ajin (25), Khalil Suleiman al-Tarabin (30), and Fares Hamed Abu Nasser (25) died. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:30 on Wednesday, 22 April 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza strip, opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at agricultural lands. The shooting continued sporadically until 16:30 on the same day. Neither casualties nor material damage was reported.

2. Incursions and Arrests

Thursday, 23 April 2020:

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF infantry unit moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron’s Old City. They raided and searched two houses and arrested Hamza Raja Ghaith (18), and Rajab Raji Ghaith (19).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Taqoua’, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Anan Mousa al-Badan (21), and Hamza Ameen Sabbah (28). IOF took them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Azoun village, east of Qalqilia. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Abdulah Mostafa Ridwan (25), and Sa’eed Farouk Abu Haneya (26), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Wadi Ma’ali, in the Central Bethlehem. They raided and searched Ibrahim Atta al-Heremi’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Saf Street, in the Central Bethlehem. They raided and searched Murad Abdullah Abu ‘Ahour’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Kafr Ne’ma village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians: Ali Mahmoud Khwaira (30), Samer Abdul Jaber Eshtayyeh (24), and Isma’el Salah al-Deek.
  • At approximately 04:50, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched Amro Shami al-Shami’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:55, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into ‘Arraba, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched Wissam Khaled Abu Salah’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into al-Thawri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Essam Sidr’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Shwaika suburb in Tulkarem. They raided and searched Mohammed Ahmed Abdul Kareem al-Najjar’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 14:30, IOF arrested Jihad Ahmed Na’alwa (35), from al-Shwaika suburb, north of Tulkarem, while the Israeli Security Services were investigating with him in the Israeli military liaison office. IOF took him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Jihad is a former prisoner in the Israeli prison.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF, stationed near Ofer detention in Betunya, west of Ramallah, arrested Ahmed Nour Nakhla, Mohammed Salha, and Ateya Dwaik. Three hours later, they were released.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Silat al-Thahr, south of Jenin; Deir Sharaf and Tal villages in Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 24 April 2020:

  • At approximately 03:20, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Jenin. They raided and searched Omar Hatem As’ad’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Adam Yousef Rwaidi (11), while present in front of his house in Ein al-Lawza neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF claimed that Adam threw stones at them and he was taken to one of the investigation centers in the village.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Ma’dama village. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 25 April 2020:

  • IOF carried out (8) incursions in Beta, Aqraba, al-Saweya, Majdal Bani Fadel, Duma, Odla, and Ousrien villages in Nablus Governorate; and Betunya, west of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 26 April 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Towr neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Omar Mohammed Abu Ghannam’s (23) house and arrested them. It should be noted that Omar is Ali Abu Ghannam’s (16) brother who was killed by Israeli Border Police as they alleged the late child attempted to stab an Israeli soldier in April 2015, at al-Za’eem checkpoint, east of Jerusalem.
  • Around the same time, IOF infantry units moved into Tarqoumeya, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses and arrested Tareq Ali Fatafta (38) and Kayed Mohammed Fatafta (35).
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into al-Issaweya, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians: Ahmed Kayed Mahmoud (26), Mohammed Esmat Obaid (19), and Mohammed Awad al-Bitouni (24).
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Mohammed al-Shalabi’s (45) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Ma’dama village, southeast of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 27 April 2020:

  • At approximately 15:00, IOF stationed at Beit Eil temporary military checkpoint in the western entry to Ramallah, arrested the lawyer Amro Zeyad al-Sal’ousn (36), from Nablus, and took him to an unknown destination.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into al-Sawana neighborhood, east of the occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched ‘Akrama Sa’eed Sabri’s (81) house, and threatened him with arrest for his latest statements about al-Aqsa Mosque. It should be noted that ‘Akrama is the Head of the High Islamic Supreme Council and Sheikh of al-Aqsa Mosque.Sabri’s family said that an IOF force with more than 10 intelligence officers and 50 police officers surrounded their house before storming it. They threatened Shaikh Akrama with arrest and told him he would be held responsible if prayers are held at al-Aqsa mosque in the current period, inferring that he would be banned for life from access to al-Aqsa Mosque. They added that IOF took photos from the inside and outside of their house. Sheikh Sabri had previously stated that he would call for reopening al-Aqsa Mosque if the holy site were to be opened by Israeli police for settlers, as the Temple groups have been mobilizing thousands of its supporters to raid the al-Aqsa Mosque in thousands on the first day the holy site is opened.It should be noted that Shaikh Sabri is under a 4-month ban from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for earlier statements and calls for Muslims to perform prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • At approximately 16:30, IOF moved into Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Hanadi Mohammed al-Halawani’s (41) house and warned her against publishing any material calling for the opening of the al-Aqsa Mosque on Facebook.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Obaid neighborhood in al-Issaweya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Hussain Shadi Obaid’s (15) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out two incursions in Azmout, northwest of Nablus, and Azoun, east of Qalqilia. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-‘Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians including two children: Mahmoud Abd Dawoud Mahmoud (24), Majd Mahmoud Mahmoud (15), Adel Naser Mahmoud, Mohamed al-Tutanji, and Mousa Haitham Mustafa (14).
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles, moved into Qarawat Bani Hassan, west of Salfit. They raided two houses belonging to Mostafa Maher Assi (25) and Taqi Munir Rayyan (26), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF infantry units moved into Ethna, west of Hebron. They deployed between the houses and stormed Mohamed Omar Sulaimeya’s (20) house and arrested him. An explosive device was detonated in the house before the storming which caused the injury of his father, Omar Issa Sulaimeya (42).
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Deir al-Hatab and Azoun in Qalqilia Governorate; Beit Lid, Baqa al-Sharqeya and al-Nazla al-Sharqeya villages in Tulkarem. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Sour Baher village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Ahmed Atoun’s (26) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Mohammed’s father is Ahmed Mohammed Atoun, member of the dissolved Legislative Council, who was banned from entering Jerusalem many years ago by a decision from the Israeli Interior Minister.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Abdul Rahman Marwan al-Hashlamoun’s (17) house and arrested him.

3. Settlement Expansion and Settler Violence in the West Bank

a) Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities

  • At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 23 April 2020, IOF accompanied with a mounted-crane truck and a vehicle carrying workers from private companies moved into Satieh area in ‘Ain al-Dayouk village, northwest of Jericho. The workers dismantled a 50-square-meter caravan used for breeding livestock and put it the mounted-crane truck for confiscation. IOF also removed Yousef ‘Eliyn Mohamed Ka’abnah’s residential tent sheltering 8 persons, including 5 children, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C.
  • At approximately 11:30 on Sunday, 26 April 2020, IOF moved into Qarawet Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit, and distributed notices to stop working in 22 houses and facilities, under the pretext of non-licensing and being in Area C. The notices included 12 under-construction houses, 3 inhabited houses, 3 agricultural rooms, 3 sheds, 3 water wells, and a wall surrounding a house in al-Ras, Qattan al-Taweel, Khelet al-Qaren and al-Habaier areas. PCHR keeps the names of the notified facilities and houses’ owners.
  • On Tuesday, 28 April 2020, Israeli authorities notified to demolish 2 barracks in Bethlehem and gave their owners 96 hours to challenge. Hasan Breijieh, Head of the Bethlehem office of Settlement and Wall Resistance Commission, said that IOF notified to demolish 2 barracks; the first one belongs to Mohamed Mousa Zarinah in Bir ‘Ona area and the second belongs to ‘Aref Hussain ‘Eid in Jouret al-Sham’ah, under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that IOF demolished 2 houses and 3 barracks belonging to Zarinah during the past 5 years in the same area to deport him from his land and seize it for settlement purposes.

b) Israeli Settler Violence

  • On Friday, 24 April 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Rahaleem” settlement, which is established on al-Sawiyia village lands, southeast of Nablus, cut Hamad Saleh Jazy’s 33 olive trees planted 30-40 years ago with saw and broke their twigs.
  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli settlers, from “Neve Nehemiah” settlement outpost, leveled Askaka village’s lands, east of Salfit. These lands belong to the heirs of Harb Daher Lami, Mohamed ‘Abed al-Qader Harb and ‘Abed al-Raheem Harb; and to Nazmi Hamed Harb, Mohsen ‘Abed al-Qader Abi Daher and Sameer Harees Lami.
  • On Saturday, 25 April 2020, Israeli settlers set up a tent in Palestinians’ lands in al-Jab’a village, southwest of Bethlehem. Hasan Breijieh, Head of the Bethlehem office of Settlement and Wall Resistance Commission, said that Israeli settlers set up a tent in Wadi al-Khanzeer area and escalated their attacks during Coronavirus crisis. The latest of these attacks was establishing a mobile house in Khelet Nahla area, south of Bethlehem and planting hundreds of seedlings in Zainab Abu Isninah’s lands in Khelet al-Qutton area, south of Beth It should be noted that IOF seized the lands of Khelet al-Qutton village in 2004, under the pretext of being State-owned lands.

Full report can be seen here

(Source/ 01.05.2020) 

Labour Day 2020: Most prisoners in Israeli jails are Palestinian workers

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Human rights resources stated that while the world celebrates Labour Day, most prisoners in Israeli jails are Palestinian workers, who strive for a living.

The head of the Committee for Prisoners and Former Prisoners, Qadri Abu Baker, said on Thursday that most Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are workers.

He added that most Israeli arrests since 1967 targeted hardworking workers, who hardly get their and their children’s basic needs.

Abu Baker explained in a statement on the evening of Labour Day that the occupation stat did not only target workers, who were involved in the resistance, but it also arrested thousands of workers, who were heading to their workplaces.

In the same context, the head of Prisoners’ Studies Center, the former prisoner prof. Ra’fat Hamdouneh, said that marking Labour Day reminds us of hundreds of Palestinian workers, who are arrested in Israeli jails. That also recalls us of the bonded labour system, imposed by the occupation state on Palestinian prisoners. ‘Israel’ forced Palestinian prisoners to work in favour of the occupation state under poor conditions.

International Labour Day is a celebration in the honour of labourers and the working classes, who were killed after calling for limiting working hours to eight hours on a daily basis.

(Source / 01.05.2020) 

IOF arrest three citizens in Ramallah

Ramallah (QNN)- The Israeli army arrested three citizens from their houses in the village of Beit Sira in western Ramallah at the dawn of Friday.

Kifayah Anqawi, the mother of the martyr Yousef Anqawi, told QNN that nearly ten Israeli soldiers broke into her house at dawn and vandalized it.

She added that the soldiers damaged the contents and even food at her house. They also damaged clothes that belong to her son Yousef, whom the Israelis killed last year.

A canine dog was accompanying the soldiers, according to her.

The soldiers arrested Muhammad Anqawi (22 years old) and took him for an unknown place.

They also arrested Muhammad’s cousins Ibrahim (20 years old) and Muhammad Anqawi (20 years old) after breaking into their houses.

She added that volunteers from the Arab Emergency Committee rushed to her house to sterilize it after the soldiers left.

Kifaya called on human rights institutions to find out the place where the Israelis took her son.

The Israeli army killed Kifaya’s son, Yousef, last year and the Israelis continue to withhold his body in a cemetery of numbers.

In the same context, several citizens in the Tulkarm refugee camp were wounded at dawn when Israeli forces broke into the camp and vandalized the house of the wounded prisoner Muhammad Risheh.

Local sources stated that confrontations erupted between locals and Israeli occupiers after the later stormed Risheh’s house and interrogated his mother. Israeli soldiers threw poisonous tear gas at the locals, causing several suffocation cases.

(Source / 01.05.2020)