The occupation forces arrest two young men and boys, and raids houses in Ya`bad

The Israeli occupation forces arrested three citizens from the town of Ya’abad, after storming the town and raiding several houses.

And a few months ago, the occupation forces arrested the two boys, Abd Abd al-Rahim Abu Bakr, 17, Islam Nidal Hamrasheh, 17, and the young Muhammad Qais Amarneh, 23, after raiding the homes of their relatives.

Our correspondent reported that the occupying forces raided the house of the prisoner Nasser Bassam Abu Bakr, broke furniture there, wreaked havoc on it, and stormed the house of the two prisoners, Yazan and Anas Abu Shamla, and seized cellular devices.

The town of Ya`bad witnessed confrontations between the youths and the occupation forces that stormed the town with more than 15 military vehicles. During the youths, the Israeli army threw stones and empty bottles.

It is noteworthy that within a week, the occupation forces arrested more than 40 citizens during a massive raid on dozens of homes in the town.

(Source / 20.05.2020) 

UK charity demands probe after Gaza-bound aid money seized

Muslim Aid workers in Gaza 7 May 2020 [Twitter]
Muslim Aid workers in Gaza 7 May 2020

British based charity Human Aid, has written to the UK’s police watchdog demanding an investigation into allegations of police harassment of Gaza-bound aid workers and the seizure of cash donations last year, Middle East Eye (MEE) reported.

The aid charity filed a complaint with the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) on Monday, ten months after the stop at Heathrow Airport on 9 July 2019.

The stop, under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows police to detain and question travellers at border crossings, including airports, to determine whether they are involved in terrorism, resulted in the confiscation of approximately £15,000 ($18,300) in cash.

The money has since been returned in full, sparking the charity to write a letter to Cressida Dick, the head of the Metropolitan Police, to demand an apology for the erroneous seizure, MEE reported.

READ: 100-year-old Londoner walks 100 laps to help refugees this Ramadan

The organisation reported the seizure as a serious incident and reportedly engaged lawyers to try and get the money back. A statement from charity last year termed the stop “heavy-handed” and claimed the use of force was “was symptomatic of the disproportionate harassment Muslim charities face”.

MEE quoted Choudhury as saying:

Aid workers were treated like criminals and were left traumatised from the experience. They were searched, questioned, fingerprints and DNA taken and detained for several hours.

“Those doing public service and benefitting the less fortunate here and abroad, often at great personal risk, should be commended and supported – not to be afforded less respect than what criminals receive in Britain,” Choudhury added.

However, according to a report by Civil Society, the charity was warned against transporting large quantities of cash the day before Gaza-bound aid workers were stopped. The Charity Commission reportedly visited Human Aid’s officers on 8 July and discussed procedures for carrying cash.

In a statement, Choudhury cited operations in war zones as the reason large cash sums were necessary but stated, “there are perfectly lawful provisions for the management of such processes. To assist charities in doing so, the Commission has robust procedures which we follow closely”.

READ: OIC calls for backing Palestinians’ right of return

Human Aid has further accused the government of a “pattern of harassment”, the East London Advertiser reported last year. The move comes after the Charity Commission launched a second statutory inquiry into the organisation’s affairs in five years.

The first inquiry, launched in 2014 and not concluded until 2017, found “there was no evidence of misapplication of charity funds”, but called for better documentation of how funds were used.

According to the MEE report, despite calls for the Charity Commission to drop the investigation after the funds were returned to Human Aid, the inquiry remains “open and ongoing”.

(Source / 20.05.2020) 

PA: 86 coronavirus deaths among Palestinians in diaspora

People wearing face masks as a measure against coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ramallah, West Bank on 23 March 2020 [İssam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
People wearing face masks as a measure against coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ramallah, West Bank on 23 March 2020

Some 86 Palestinians living in the diaspora have lost their lives as a result of the novel coronavirus, the Palestinian Authority revealed yesterday.

The statement, which was issued by the PA Foreign Ministry, stated that a Palestinian man was pronounced dead after contracting the coronavirus in Iraq yesterday.

According to the statement, this death brought the total number of deaths to 86.

It stated that the number of Palestinians who have contracted the virus reached 1,573, including 744 who have recovered.

There are currently more than 4.9 million cases of the novel coronavirus globally, including 323,000 deaths. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the disease a pandemic in mid-March.

READ: Palestine declares 7 governorates free of COVID- 19

(Source / 20.05.2020) 

Hamas: The only way to release Israel captives is ‘real prisoner swap’ deal

A group of Palestinians shout slogans and hold placards as they gather for a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoner Samer al-‘Arbid, who was arrested by the Israeli army during a raid in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah last week, in front of the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem on 1 October, 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]
A group of Palestinians shout slogans and hold placards as they gather for a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners on 1 October, 2019

Hamas said yesterday that the only way to release Israeli captives in Gaza is a “real prisoner swap”.

Hamas commented on remarks made by the new Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz that he is committed to bringing home Israeli soldiers captured by the Palestinian resistance in Gaza.

“These are emotional remarks aimed at affecting the families of the Israeli captives,” Hamas spokesman Hazim Qasim said.

“The only way to release the Israeli captives is a real prisoner swap,” Qasim stressed.

READ: Is a Hamas-Israel prisoner swap deal imminent? 

He stressed that “Israeli leaders only sell illusions and mislead the Israelis by giving such statements.”

Israel media reported that Gantz had spoken with the families of the Israeli prisoners of war held in Gaza.

Al-Quds Al-Araby reported earlier this week that Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh revealed that talks between Hamas and Israel about a potential prisoner swap had started through the Egyptian mediator. He gave no more details.

(Source / 20.05.2020) 

UPDATED: Israeli Troops Abduct Several Palestinians in West Bank and Israel

Updated: May 20 @ 0651

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) reported that Israeli forces detained 18 Palestinians from across the West Bank.

The following names are the Palestinian residents detained by Israeli forces;

1. Ahmed Abu Ghazaleh (Jerusalem)
2. Muhammad al-Jolani (Jerusalem)
3. Abdullah al-Jolani (Jerusalem)
4. Adham al-Zaatari (Jerusalem)
5. Raed al-Zughair (Jerusalem)
6. Nizar al-Zughair (Jerusalem)
7. Ali Jaber (Jerusalem)
8. Hamza Nimerin – guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Jerusalem) – counted below
9. one arrested from the Shu’fat refugee camp (Jerusalem)
10. Muhammad al-Daqqaq (Erez crossing/Gaza) – counted below

Israeli forces also reportedly summoned two other citizens: Nidal Zghair and Hisham Bashiti.

11. Qais Muhammad Al-Barghouthi (Ramallah)
12. Nassar Muharram Al-Barghouthi (Ramallah)
13. Waed Jamal Al Badawi (Hebron)
14. Musab Asfour (Hebron)
15. Naseem Tayseer Al Titi, 17 (Hebron)

Occupation forces delivered a summons to the family of the youth Adam Tafesh from Al-Aroub refugee camp, to surrender.

16. Abdul Rahim Abu Bakr (Jenin) – counted below
17. Muhammad Amarneh (Jenin) – counted below
18. Qais Amarneh (Jenin)

19. Musa Mahmoud Khalifa, was also arrested from Al-Ubeidiya town (Bethlehem) after soldiers stormed his house attempting to pressure his son, Qutaiba to surrender.

Original Post: May 19 @ 2257

Israeli troops reportedly abducted, on Tuesday, several Palestinians from various parts of the occupied West Bank as well as the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip.

In the occupied city of east Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of a prospective future Palestinian state, Israeli occupation authorities in the internationally-recognized occupied Arab-Palestinian city, abducted the guardsman of the Islamic holy shrine, the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Local media sources said that the troops, stationed in and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, abducted the guardsman and took him to a nearby Israeli police center.

In the meantime, Israeli troops in the northern West Bank city of Jenin abducted, earlier on Tuesday, two Palestinian teens and one young man, after breaking into their homes in the Ya’bad village, southwest of the city.

Also in Ya’bad village, where Israeli occupation forces have been imposing a military siege over the past week, Israeli troops abducted three more Palestinian youths, after having broken into their homes.

Witnesses said that among those abducted were Abdallah Abu Baker, 17, Islam Hamarsha, 17 and Mohammad Amarna, 23.

Meanwhile, well-informed sources in Ya’bad village, said that Israeli soldiers broke into and vandalized the homes of Palestinian prisoners, Nasser Abu Baker, Yazan and Anas Abu Shamla. The sources added that that the soldiers confiscated cellular phones of family members of the three prisoners.

Over the past week, Israeli troops have carried out a military offensive against the Ya’bad village, in which Israeli soldiers have clashed with local stone throwers, as a wide-spread Israeli army abduction campaign.

Media reports have so far suggested that more than 40 Palestinian youths have been abducted and that dozens of residential homes have been stormed violently by Israeli soldiers, all beginning when an Israeli soldier was killed during an early morning invasion into the village.

On the northern border of the Gaza Strip, Israeli military authorities, stationed on the Erez or Beit Hanoun crossing, intercepted and arrested a local Gaza journalist, who is also a cancer patient. He was arrested while he was returning to the besieged coastal enclave, from Jordan, where he had been receiving medical treatment.

Local Palestinian media outlets identified the detained cancer patient as Mohammad Abu Daqqa, a cameraman and a resident of the Abbassan village, east of Khan Younis city, in the southern the Gaza Strip.

The arrest of Abu Daqqa is not the first of its type, as many rights groups in Gaza and outside of the coastal territory, have documented dozens of cases of Israeli arrests of Palestinians, using Israeli-controlled crossings, around the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 20.05.2020) 

Israeli Troops Erect Settler-only Bypass Road in Southern Nablus

Israeli troops reportedly embarked on erecting a bypass road, on Tuesday, in the Huwara village, south of Nablus city in the northern occupied West Bank.

Local Palestinian media sources said that the road is seven kilometers-long and that it will be located on about 100 acres of Palestinian farm lands.

Ghassan Daghlas, chief of the file of Israeli colonial settlements, across the West Bank, told media outlets that Israeli army bulldozers have been bulldozing and razing Palestinian farm lands, for the second day consecutively.

Daghlas noted that the bulldozing will cause the destruction of a total of 2800 olive trees owned by Palestinians in the villages of Burin, Huwara Beta, Ourta, Yatma, Sawiya and Yasouf, located in southern Nablus city.

Noteworthy, the Israeli occupation government released, in April of 2019, footage of a new Israeli scheme for creating a road in Nablus city. The scheme involved 44 plans, many of which have reportedly been executed.

Such a scheme is believed to serve only the nearby Israeli colonial settlements, constructed illegally on Palestinian-owned lands.

This comes as Israeli leaders have recently hinted at a plan to annex the entire West Bank area, to Israel by July.

Back in 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank and a decade later, it began erecting colonial settlements on Palestinian-owned lands.

(Source / 20.05.2020) 

Abbas: We are no longer bound by agreements with ‘Israel’, US

Ramallah (QNN)- PA President Mahmoud Abbas said the PA and Palestine are no longer bound by the agreements with the occupation state and United States, including security coordination.

“The Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Palestine are absolved, as of today, of all the agreements and understandings with the American and Israeli governments and of all the commitments based on these understandings and agreements, including the security ones,” he said in a speech in Ramallah.

“Second, the Israeli occupation authority, as of today, has to shoulder all responsibilities and obligations in front of the international community as an occupying power over the territory of the occupied state of Palestine, with all its consequences and repercussions based on international law and international humanitarian law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which holds the occupying power responsible for the protection of the civilian population under occupation and their property, criminalizes collective punishment, bans theft of resources, appropriation and annexation of land, bans forced transfer of the population of the occupied territory and bans transfer of the population of the occupying state (the colonialists) to the land it occupies, which all are grave violations and war crimes.”

He also called on world leaders to act towards Trump’s plan, which violates international law, and impose sanctions on the occupation state to prevent its plans.

(Source / 20.05.2020) 

‘Israel’ arrests cancer patient journalist while on his way back to Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- Israeli forces arrested the cancer patient journalist Muhammad Abu Daqqa while he was going back to Gaza from a treatment trip in Jordan.

Abu Daqqa, who had been receiving liver cancer treatment in Jordan for eight months, was arrested at Erez border crossing last night.

Palestine Prisoners Center for studies held the occupation state responsible for the life of Abu Daqqa.

The center added that the Israeli Shin Bet, which usually supervises Israeli arrests on the Erez border crossing, took Abu Daqqa for interrogation although of his critical condition.

The center said that the Israeli arrests on Erez border crossing have increased to seven cases since the start of this year.

Israeli forces had arrested a trader and a citizen while they were traveling to Jordan last January. In February, the Israelis arrested another trader, while in last March they arrested three traders.

The center stated that the occupation state is using the border crossing as a trap for Gazans to arrest and blackmail them, exploiting their humanitarian needs to force them to work as spies for the occupation state.

(Source / 20.05.2020) 

Three new Covid-19 cases in Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that three new Covid-19 cases were registered today.

“Three new Covid-19 cases were registered in the Gaza strip among quarantined passengers, who came through Rafah border crossing”, the Ministry said in a brief statement.

The statement added that the cases are for a lady in her 79s, a man in his 40s, and a 19-year-old young man.

(Source / 20.05.2020) 

Israeli Police Detains Two Palestinians In Jerusalem

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Israeli police Tuesday evening detained two Palestinians in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Witnesses confirmed that police brutally assaulted and detained a Palestinian young man, whose father is the Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, at Bab al-Wad Road.

Police also arrested one of the Islamic Endowments Authority-appointed guards while he was exercising his duties at the Dome of the Rock inside the mosque complex.

(Source / 20.05.2020)