Two Palestinian women still suffer at Israeli prisons

Monther Hamadeh, husband of Fadwa told QNN, “knowing about Fadwa’s detention was not easy for our five children, who have been deprived from their mother without any reasons”

The Palestinian prisoner Fadwa Hamada after a court hearing

Ramallah (QNN) – The Israeli occupation authorities continue to detain two Palestinian, Jerusalemite women, Fadwa Hamada and Jihan Hashim, despite their suffering from different diseases.

Fadwa Hamadeh, sentenced for 10 years, has been detained since 2017, while Jihan Hashima, sentenced for four years, has been detained since 2016. Both of the prisoners suffer from injuries sustained by Israeli bullets.

Jihan Hashima, who was shot at Qalandya checkpoint on December 30, 2016, was imprisoned without charges. She is supposed to be released at the end of this year.

“Jihan was shot in her left leg with three bullets. The pain still hits her until today,” Jihan’s husband told QNN.

The husband added that Jihan also has several chronic diseases that worsen the already bad detention conditions.

Fadwa Hamadeh, on the other hand, was detained on August 8, 2017 near the Damascus Gate in the occupied Jerusalem.

Monther Hamadeh, husband of Fadwa told QNN, “knowing about Fadwa’s detention was not easy for our five children, who have been deprived from their mother without any reasons.” “What did my wife do to be sentenced to ten years in jail?” he added.

Currently, there 43 Palestinian women in Israeli prisons, including 17 mothers.

(Source / 21.06.2020)

20 self-demolitions of citizens ’homes in Jerusalem since the beginning of this year

The director of the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights, Ziyad Al-Hamouri, said that this year witnessed twenty self-demolitions in occupied Jerusalem, where citizens are forced to implement them to avoid paying the heavy fines imposed by the Israeli occupation, if the demolition process is carried out.

Al-Hamouri said in an interview with Voice of Palestine radio today, Saturday, that there is an escalation in the self-demolitions of the homes of citizens in occupied Jerusalem since the beginning of the year.

(Source / 21.06.2020)

Al-Takfaji: Israel consolidates daily the annexation of the Jordan Valley and settlements

Khalil Tafakji, Director of the Maps Department at Bayt Al Sharq, confirmed that

The Israeli occupation authorities daily consolidate the process of annexing the Jordan Valley and settlements in a practical way, through a system of successive policies and procedures aimed at making these areas effectively part of the occupying state, and now they will only approve the political and legal cover for the actual annexation process, whether through decisions taken by the Israeli government or the Knesset .

Tafkaji made these statements during a meeting via “Zoom” technology organized by the Palestinian Center for Democratic Dialogue and Political Development in Gaza, in the presence of a crowd of politicians, faction leaders, writers, journalists and researchers, about the effects of the annexation policy and ways to confront it, and unifying Palestinian efforts in the face of Israeli policy and the Trump-Netanyahu deal .

Tafkaji explained that the Israeli occupation turned a large part of the Jordan Valley lands after its occupation in 1967 into closed military areas, military training areas, and natural reserves, pointing out that the Palestinian population present in this area does not exceed 65,000 people, including Jericho residents, compared to 25 settlements inhabited by 11 thousand Israeli settlers.

He pointed out that the process of annexing the Jordan Valley was carried out on the ground in practice, but Israel is trying to take a political and legal decision, and impose Israeli law on it, as “part of the Hebrew state, and not part of the Palestinian state.”

He explained that if Israel imposes legal measures on these lands, the Palestinians in that area will not obtain Israeli citizenship or Israeli identity as is the case for Palestinians in the year 48, and they will be considered as foreigners within the borders of the Israeli state, and that Israel seeks to control the territories “in a way Legal “with American protection, for political and security reasons, as well as control over the water and natural resources found in the Jordan Valley, which will provide about $ 100 million to Israel annually.

He explained that one of Israel’s goals to control this area lies in completely isolating the Palestinians, and placing them between two isolates, namely the Jordan Valley from the eastern region, and the Apartheid Wall in the western region.

Tafkaji stressed that Israel is seeking to annex about 60% of the West Bank (Area C) by way of total or partial annexation, and he said: “Although there is an Israeli consensus on the issue of annexing Jerusalem, there is a dispute over the issue of annexing the Jordan Valley region, there is Part of the Israeli political parties rejects Israel’s takeover of that area, arguing that it does not need a current increase in the area of ​​the Israeli state, and another part agrees to the annexation.

He added: “The Israeli settlements, which are based on about 8%, want to control 22% of the Ghor area, bringing the total to 30%, and this is considered illegal control, and Israel is trying to turn it into a legal order under American pressure.”

Tafkaji stressed that the approval that Israel needs to start acquiring these areas is legal and political approval, through the unanimity of political parties and the Knesset, noting that the annexation makes Israel control over a larger area of ​​the Palestinian state’s territory, cuts its ties, and denies it access to its Arab surroundings. In addition to the consequent fears of a voluntary emigration to Jordan (and not by violence as a migrant 48), through the restrictions that will get Palestinian citizens there.

For his part, Dr. Jamal Al Baba, a researcher at the Palestinian Planning Center, said that Israel is focused on obtaining the “legality” of annexing four main pillars, namely: that the lands from the sea to the river are the lands of the State of Israel, and that the areas of the valley, the outposts, Jerusalem, and the sea The dead are vital areas, and Israel cannot relinquish them, and the region between the sea and the river must remain under full Israeli control, and the right to self-determination is exclusive to the Jews, and that no Palestinian entity, whatever its size, will communicate with the outside, and the areas will remain subject to control Israeli security.

The Pope pointed out that the annexation plan includes transferring 30% of the Palestinian territories to Israeli control, and 70% of these areas will remain under the name of Palestinian control, and this is what was proposed in the deal of the century, explaining that the settlement blocs that currently control 8-10% of the area The West Bank, in addition to the valley that Israel seeks to control (constitutes about 22% of the area of ​​the West Bank), knowing that the area of ​​the expanded valley constitutes 30% of the area of ​​the West Bank, in addition to the issue of Jerusalem, which is considered settled for Israel, as part of the Israeli state, (It now constitutes 70 square kilometers, and it is annexed to Israel.)

Khaled Al-Batsh, coordinator of the Follow-up Committee of the National and Islamic Forces, said that facing the challenges experienced by the national issue needs to activate joint work, develop the capabilities of our people in facing the occupation and its policies, through more national unity and ending the division, and formulating a national strategy that maximizes the capabilities of the confrontation, and ensures Real partnership in political decision, expanding confrontation with occupation and settlement.

In turn, Walid Al-Awad, a member of the political bureau of the People’s Party, said that the decisions of the Palestinian leadership to disengage from the signed agreements are an important step in the right direction, and it is required that they be accompanied by the consolidation of popular resistance and the development of tools of national struggle in the face of settlement and annexation and the preservation of the geographical, legal and political unity of the occupied territories. In the year 1967 AD, he cut the road to the occupation policy that aims to separate the Gaza Strip and the uniqueness of each region separately.

The writer, Muhammad Hijazi, demanded to take advantage of the Palestinian capabilities, adhere to international law and international legitimacy to confront the annexation decisions, and go to the international courts to pursue the Israeli war criminals, while Dr. Khaled Shaaban, director of the Palestinian Planning Center, considered that inclusive dialogue and joint action and the start of a battle to confront the policies of the occupation is the basis of movement For all Palestinians and address the current crisis of the deal and division.

Dr. Talal Abu Rukbah called on the forces and institutions to move quickly in the face of the policies of annexation, while Tawfiq Abu Shomer, an expert in Israeli affairs, called for the speedy decision-making to stop settlement and Israeli expansion, pointing out that this will not happen as long as the internal division between the Palestinian people continues.

(Source / 21.06.2020)

24 new cases of Corona: 22 in Hebron, two in Nablus, and the number of cases increased to 108 on Saturday

Minister of Health Mai Kaileh reported 24 new infections, including 22 in the Hebron District, and two in Nablus, bringing the number of infections, on Saturday, to 108.

Kaileh said in a press statement that the total number in Palestine since the start of monitoring the virus reached 979 cases, the total recovery cases were 594 cases, 5 deaths, and 380 active cases.

She indicated that the active cases were distributed as follows: Jerusalem Governorate 38 cases, Ramallah Governorate and Al-Bireh Governorate 6 cases, Bethlehem Governorate 5 cases, Hebron Governorate 280 cases, Qalqilya Governorate 3 cases, Nablus Governorate 26 cases, Tulkarem Governorate one case, and Jenin Governorate 4 cases , Jericho and Al-Aghwar Governorate two cases, and the southern governorates (Gaza Strip) 15 cases.

Update the epidemiological situation of Corona virus in Palestine

Total casualties: 979 injuries.

• Total recovery cases: 594 cases.

• Total deaths: 5 cases.

Total active injuries: 380.

The active cases are divided as follows:

Jerusalem Governorate: 38 cases.

Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate: 6 cases.

Bethlehem Governorate: 5 cases.

Hebron Governorate: 280 cases.

Qalqilya Governorate: 3 cases.

Nablus Governorate: 26 cases.

Tulkarm Governorate: One case.

Jenin Governorate: 4 cases.

Jericho and Al Aghwar Governorate: Two cases.

Southern governorates (Gaza Strip): 15 cases.

(Source / 21.06.2020)

On International Refugee Day … the Palestinians are adhering to the right of return

In conjunction with the world celebration of the International Day of Refugees, the Palestinians will have entered their 72nd year in the Diaspora and take refuge in all parts of the land, far from their homeland from which they were displaced, as a result of the Israeli occupation.

The Palestinians share their stories, stories, and sufferings with the world, on this occasion, which falls on the 20th of June every year, in order to confirm their right to their homeland and to prepare for return.

“On World Refugee Day, we remember our tragedy as Palestinians after the occupier forced us to leave our cities and villages,” said Palestinian writer and researcher Ahmed Al-Hajj.

We also remember “how complicit the international community was in contributing to the establishment of the occupying power, headed by Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and later France, all of whom were supportive of the establishment of a functional entity state, to divide this east and the Arab world and to separate a dear part of this world from its inhabitants.”

Commenting on the world’s celebration of International Refugee Day, Hajj says, during his conversation with Quds Press: “The United Nations and the international community, which initiated the announcement of the International Day of Refugees, must bear the responsibility, return their accounts to what is in the service of justice, and move in contradiction to what We are accustomed to it, by following up on the decisions they issued, especially Resolution 194 and the subsequent decisions that affirm the refugees ’right to return, and perhaps not that Israel is listed under the seventh item and exerting international pressures that are too weak to bear.

Al-Hajj condemned, “the international silence on the practices of the occupation authorities, especially as we are witnessing today a project to annex parts of the West Bank, which would not have happened if the international community had been solid since the beginning when the Zionist gangs abandoned the Palestinians from their villages.”

Regarding the attention that the Palestinian issue received, politically and popularly, Al-Hajj assured that “the Arab society, despite the calamities and societal rifts that occur in it, but as a society still to this day, is sympathetic to us and considers the Palestinian issue its issue, and they adopt the refugee issue as well.”

The Palestinian writer described the refugee situation as “a continuous tragedy resulting from several considerations: firstly, as a result of displacement and alienation, and secondly, as a result of the denial of civil and social rights, such as Lebanon, Egypt, and Iraq.”

And he added, “The world must support the Palestinian cause, because it is a cause of right and justice, and it is a compass for the international community. Does it support justice and walk in the logic of justice or the logic of dominance and strength.”

And he went on to say: “The refugee issue threatens the stability of the world, and so that the Arab and Islamic nation and the world’s free people do not feel the injustice practiced, this international community must be a supporter of the oppressed and the weak, including the Palestinian refugees.”

In turn, the Palestinian Foundation for Human Rights (witness) indicated, in a statement reached by Quds Press, that “the reality of the Palestinian refugees is beyond description, as the Palestinian refugee lives in camps that are not habitable in high numbers, and the Palestinian suffers from high rates of unemployment, poverty and difficulty in movement.”

She added: “In Lebanon, there is the highest percentage of refugees living in extreme poverty, as they account for 73 percent of the refugee community, and they are registered under the SHC program.”

The Palestinian Foundation recommended, “The necessity of obligating the occupying power to return the Palestinian refugees to their homes and properties, and that UNRWA redouble its efforts to secure the needs of the Palestinian refugees.”

It also recommends (witness), that “UNRWA’s budget is linked to the budget of the United Nations and not depend on the budget of voluntary states, and that it works to improve the conditions of Palestinian refugees in a manner that preserves their human dignity in the host countries.”

June 20 of each year marks International Refugee Day, which was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001, and is devoted to publicizing the issue of refugees, highlighting their suffering and needs, and discussing ways to support and assist them in light of the increasing crises and refugee numbers.

The total number of Palestinian refugees who left their cities and villages in 1948 was about 5.6 million, according to the latest UNRWA census in 2019.

(Source / 21.06.2020)

Arrests and confrontations in separate areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem

The occupation forces arrested 5 citizens, on Saturday night, while areas in the West Bank and Jerusalem witnessed confrontations with the occupation.

Local sources said that the occupation forces arrested the young Ali Abu Saleh from the town of Araba during his departure to the city of Ramallah in the morning.

From the town of Qabatiya, south of Jenin, Arab youths arrested an unidentified man, who used a Palestinian civilian vehicle.

A young man, Wael Kamil, was arrested near the Salem camp west of Jenin, after he was summoned for investigation.

The occupation forces arrested Friday evening, two boys from the city of Qalqilya during clashes in the southern region.

Witnesses confirmed to “Al-Quds” that the forces arrested Abdul Rahman Majid Al-Haj Hassan and Muhammad Mahmoud Nofal while they were in the southern region.

Wadih Salah, 15, from the town of Al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, sustained various bruises and injuries as a result of being beaten by settlers.

Clashes erupted between dozens of youth and the occupation forces near the northern checkpoint of the city of Al-Bireh in the central West Bank.

Dozens of citizens were suffocated yesterday evening, during clashes that broke out with the occupation soldiers near Al-Eizariya Cemetery, occupied Jerusalem district.

(Source / 21.06.2020)

Top Trump officials to hold two key meetings to discuss Israel’s annexation plans

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) holds a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) after traveling abroad for the first time amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in West Jerusalem on May 13, 2020 [Kobi Gideon / GPO / Handout - Anadolu Agency]
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) holds a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) after traveling abroad for the first time amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in West Jerusalem on May 13, 2020 

Top US officials from President Donald Trump’s administration will hold two meetings to discuss whether to green light Israel’s annexation plans, according to i24 News.

Included in Trump’s cohort involved in the discussions are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Adviser Richard O’Brien, Avi Berkowitz, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations and Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. The US ambassador to Israel David Friedman will also attend.

It is said that Trump will attend these meetings, taking place on Monday and Tuesday, “at some point”.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared annexation of the West Bank will begin on the 1st of July.

Report: US administration suspends talks with Israel on annexation plan

There has been an outcry in the international community, including from the United Nations and the European Union about plans to annex illegally occupied Palestinian land.

However, Trump has been vocal in his support for annexation of the West Bank, and has essentially given his approval for Israel to proceed with its plans that would see swathes of Palestinian land snatched by Israel.

Trump last year signed an executive order recognising the illegally occupied Golan Heights as sovereign to Israel, and subsequently had an illegal settlement named after him.

Democratic politicians including Bernie Sanders have voiced their concerns about the annexation plans, but have been warned by the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee that criticism must be as far as it goes, and practical action like sanctions or cutting aid to Israel should not be considered.

(Source / 21.06.2020)

‘1 million Palestinians face food shortages in Gaza’

An outside view of UNRWA's distribution center in Al-Shati refugee camp after it was closed on 23 March 2020 in Gaza City, Gaza. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
An outside view of UNRWA’s distribution center in Al-Shati refugee camp after it was closed on 23 March 2020 in Gaza City, Gaza

Around one million Palestinian refugees in Gaza face food shortages due to Israel’s continued blockade and slashed global funding for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, a welfare organization said on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reports.

In a statement on the World Refugee Day, Jamal al-Khoudary, chairman of the Popular Committee to End Gaza’s Seige, said “a genuine decline” in support from donors has had “serious repercussions on the Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and other Arab states.”

He said the US’ decision to halt funds, estimated to be around $360 million annually, for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) two years ago had severely impacted the agency’s operations.

Moreover, he said, Israel’s blockade on Gaza since 2006 has resulted in skyrocketing levels of poverty and unemployment in the besieged area.

World Refugee Day is marked globally on June 20 and focuses on increasing awareness about the suffering of millions of refugees across the world.

READ: Legal blow for pro-Israel lobby as BDS continues its long advance

(Source / 21.06.2020)

Israeli Forces Abduct Several Palestinian Civilians in West Bank

Israeli forces abducted Palestinian civilians, overnight Friday, from various parts of the occupied West Bank, Quds News Network reported.

Local sources said that Israeli forces abducted Ali Abu Saleh from Arrabah village, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

In Qabatya, south of Jenin, undercover Israeli forces arrested an unidentified Palestinian man, while one other Palestinian civilian in the city was detained when he was summoned by Israeli forces for investigation.

QNN further reported the abduction of two Palestinian children from the southern West Bank, no more details were available at the time of reporting.

Near the northern checkpoint in Al-Bireh, confrontations ensued when Palestinian youths resisted the invasion of their neighborhoods by the occupation soldiers.

During another Israeli invasion into Al-Izariyyeh town, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, dozens of local civilians suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas fired from the army in response to the opposition to the invasion.

In the southern West bank city of Hebron (al-Khalil), Israeli soldiers kidnapped Hussein ash-Shawahin, a Palestinian youth from his home in Yatta city, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

The Israeli army additionally stormed the al-‘Isawiya neighborhood in East Jerusalem, abducting another Palestinian young man from his home.

No further details were available at the time of this report.

(Source / 21.06.2020)

On World Refugee Day, Nearly Six Million Palestinians Remain Refugees

More than 5.6 million Palestinians are registered by United Nations (UN) as refugees, after seven decades of the Palestinian catastrophe or Nakba that began when Israel expelled more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homes in historical Palestine, declaring it the state of Israel, in 1948.

The United Nations General Assembly resolution 55/76, stated that beginning 20, June 2001 would be celebrated as World Refugee Day.

The Palestinian refugee population is distributed in different Near East regions, including the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Many hundreds of thousands of refugees live in extremely difficult circumstances in those regions, particularly in Syria and Lebanon, with no prospect for a just solution to their plight.

Since 1948, the number of Palestinian refugees has multiplied nine times, resulting in the figure of 5.6 million refugees today.

Palestinian WAFA News Agency said that the figure does not include the tens of thousands of Palestinians who fled to nearby Arab countries, during the 1967 Israeli war on Arab and Palestinian territories.

According to the 2019 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), Jordan has 39 % of the total Palestinian refugee population, the Gaza Strip has 25 %, the West Bank has 17 %, Syria 11 %, and Lebanon has 9 %.

The Palestinian people’s plight or the Nakba has remained the longest in modern history, while the UN has proven unable to apply all of its resolutions pertaining to the Palestinian cause.

Most important of those resolutions is United Nations General Assembly Resolution number 194, issued in December, 1948.

The resolution stipulated that all Palestinians, who were displaced by the Israeli-Arab war of 1948, have the right to return back to their home towns and villages, in historic Palestine.

The right to financial compensation for those forcibly displaced, was also specified.

(Source / 21.06.2020)