Israel wounds 25 Palestinians in West Bank, including 9 children, UN says

Israeli police take into custody some Palestinian Muslims, who against the Israeli police's interventions, as Palestinians gather to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is closed as a precaution against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli police arrest Palestinians in Jerusalem on 24 May 2020 

Israeli occupation forces wounded 25 Palestinian civilians, including nine children between 2 and 15 June 2020, UNOCHA revealed in its latest publication.

In the report, UNOCHA said: “22 of these injuries were recorded during the longstanding weekly demonstrations in Kafr Qaddum (Qalqiliya), held to protest against access restrictions and settlement expansion.”

One of the Palestinians, the report said, was wounded during a protest near Tubas against the expected annexation of parts of the West Bank and the other two during search and arrest operations in East Jerusalem’s Issawiya neighbourhood and the town of Qabatiya.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces carried out 120 search-and-arrest operations and arrested around 190 Palestinians.

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Of these operations, 28 were recorded in occupied Jerusalem, 26 in the Hebron governorate, 15 in the Ramallah governorate and the rest elsewhere across the occupied West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, the report said, Israeli forces opened fire on at least 35 occasions in the areas adjacent to Israel’s perimeter fence and off the coast.

“On five other occasions, Israeli forces entered Gaza and carried out land-levelling and excavation operations near the perimeter fence, east of Gaza, Beit Lahiya, Jabaliya and Rafah.

(Source / 22.06.2020)

UN: 90 Palestinians homeless as Israel demolishes 70 buildings in 2 weeks

Israeli forces take security measures around the site as demolition works carried out by excavators by Israeli forces in Isawiya district of Eastern Jerusalem on 24 December, 2019 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces take security measures around the site as demolition works carried out by excavators by Israeli forces in Isawiya district of Eastern Jerusalem on 24 December, 2019

Israeli occupation forces demolished at least 70 Palestinian buildings in the occupied West Bank and displaced 90 Palestinians, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has revealed.

The international organisation said in its biweekly report, which covers the period between 2-15 June, that the demolitions took place over alleged lack of construction permits.

“This represents a 250 per cent increase compared with the weekly average of structures targeted since the beginning of the year,” the report said, noting that “61 of the affected structures were located in Area C, including nine previously provided as humanitarian assistance.

ZERO building permits were issued by Israel in 2015 !

It added: “Among the hardest hit areas was Massafer Yatta in southern Hebron, where the Israeli authorities demolished 17 homes, cisterns and livelihood-related structures.”

Massafer Yatta, the report noted, is an area designated as a “firing zone” for Israeli military training and “its 1,300 residents face a coercive environment putting them at risk of forcible transfer.”

The reported also said that “nine of the affected structures were in East Jerusalem, of which four were demolished by their Palestinian owners to avoid municipal fees and possible damage to other structures and personal belongings.”

UNOCHA said that “the increase in demolitions and displacement amidst the ongoing covid-19 pandemic raises serious concern.”

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(Source / 22.06.2020)

Israel builds new settler-only road near Bethlehem to link settlements

A new road for Israeli settlers is being built illegally by the Israeli occupation forces on Palestinian land in the village of Nahalin, west of Bethlehem [Twitter]
A new road for Israeli settlers is being built illegally by the Israeli occupation forces on Palestinian land in the village of Nahalin, west of Bethlehem

A new road for Israeli settlers is being built illegally by the Israeli occupation forces on Palestinian land in the village of Nahalin, west of Bethlehem, Wafa news agency reported.

The new road will link the two illegal Jewish settlements: Beitar Illit and Modi’in Illit, situated west of Bethlehem and east of Lod (Lydda) respectively.

Deputy-Mayor of Nahalin village, Hani Fanoun, told Wafa that Israeli army bulldozers and equipment began expanding the bypass road by a width of ten metres and a length of two kilometres, thus grabbing Palestinian lands in the Ein Fares area.

Fanoun added that the area of Palestinian land confiscated for the purpose of the expansion of the settler-only bypass road would divide 3,000 dunams (741 acres) of Palestinian farm lands, thus making it difficult for local farmers and residents to reach their farmlands.

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He noted that such Israeli construction work comes at a difficult time when the entire West Bank area is now engaged in a battle to control the spread of the coronavirus, which continues to plague the region.

They also come two weeks before the planned Israeli annexation of large swathes of the occupied West Bank as part of the US’ so-called ‘deal of the century’.

(Source / 22.06.2020)

Israeli Military Issues Stop Work Orders for Palestinian-owned Homes, Barns in West Bank

Israeli military forces ordered, on Sunday morning, to halt the construction of Palestinian-owned homes, agricultural facilities, and a water well in the occupied West Bank.

Coordinator of the popular committees in Hebron, Rateb Al-Jabour, told media outlets that Israeli troops in Burin village in the southern West Bank, ordered local Palestinian residents, Fayez Alfaqeer and Ismail Burqan, to stop building their 2 homes and livestock pens made from bricks and tin sheets.

In the meantime, Israeli soldiers in in Bruqin village, west of Salfit in the central West Bank, and handed over warrants to resident, Abdelfattah Samara, warning him to stop construction an agricultural caravan and a water well.

It was reported that the pretext used by the authorities for these stop work orders, was the lack of Israeli permits to build.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops in the southern West Bank village of Al-Khader, south of Bethlehem city, handed over a warrant to a local resident, demanding him to evacuate his 6 dunam (1.5 acre) farm land on Palestinian land, which Israeli authorities recently appointed for confiscation, as it is close to the illegal Israeli colony of El-Azar.

(Source / 22.06.2020)

Israeli Forces Arrest Fourteen Palestinians, Including Two Children

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), reported that Israeli forces detained fourteen Palestinians across the West Bank, on Saturday night and Sunday morning, nine of whom were abducted by Israeli police from Al-‘Isawiya town in East Jerusalem.

The nine abductees were identified as Hassan Yasser Darwish, 14, Muhammad Murad Dari, Omar Marwan Obaid, Muhammad Naseem Obaid, Mahmoud Muhammad Obaid, Mahmoud Marwan Odeh, Ahmed Iyad Odeh, Mahmoud Abd Mahmoud, and Muhammad Samih Alyan..

From Beit Ummar town in Hebron, occupation soldiers arrested Muhammad Yusef Bahr, 26, a former prisoner, a wounded child, Amr Sabarna, 17, and from Yatta town in Hebron, Iyad Diab Abu Qubita.

From the Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorate, Israeli troops arrested Raafat Salim Abu Rabee, 45, and Salim Idris Hamdan, 32, from Al-Mazraa Al-Gharbiyyah and Dura Al-Qara villages.

The PPS added that Israeli forces arrested at least ten other Palestinian civilians from several governorates in the West Bank over the past two days.

Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported that soldiers ransacked several of the civilian homes they invaded, in search of wanted Palestinians, and that two additional Palestinians were summoned by Israeli police, to appear for interrogation.

(Source / 22.06.2020)

PCHR Follows with Concern Continued Detention of Citizens on Grounds of Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Assembly

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows with concern the continued summonsing and detention of several Fatah Movement activists and cadres by the Internal Security Services (ISS) on grounds of a protest and social media posts on the 14th anniversary of the internal Palestinian division between Fatah and Hamas movements.

PCHR condemns these summonses and detention on grounds of freedom of expression and emphasizes that the freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are rights guaranteed in the Palestinian Basic Law, particularly Articles 19 and 26, and shall not be prejudiced under any pretext. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian security services to cease arrests and summonses on grounds of political affiliation or freedom of expression.

According to PCHR’s investigations, on Wednesday and Thursday, 17-18 June 2020, ISS summoned 31 members of Fatah Movement leaders and cadres from the northern Gaza Strip on grounds of posts published on social media on the 14th anniversary of the internal Palestinian division between Hamas and Fatah movements in the Gaza Strip, which ended with the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip on 14 June 2007.

The Fatah activists were detained and interrogated at the ISS office in Jabalia for 2 days on grounds of their participation in a protest organized in front of a deceased Fatah movement leader’s house,  who was killed during the clashes that occurred in Jabalia in 2007, as well as on grounds of their posts on social media in commemoration of the 14th anniversary of the internal Palestinian division. All of them were released on Saturday, 21 June, with orders to refer to ISS on Sunday morning.

Last week, several Fatah Movement leaders and cadres were arrested from Jabalia camp on grounds of calling for peaceful assembly on social media on the 14th anniversary of the internal Palestinian division. Moreover, 3 citizens were summonsed, and 3 others were detained on grounds of their participation in a protest organized by dozens of Fatah Movement activists in front of Jamal Abd Rabbo Abu al-Jidian’s house.

PCHR expresses its concern over arrests of citizens on grounds of political activity, and stresses that personal freedom is a natural right that is ensured and cannot be prejudiced according to the Palestinian Basic Law, which also prohibits “arresting, searching, detaining or restricting the movement of a person without a judicial warrant,” and that “whoever is arrested or detained must be informed of the reasons of his arrest or detention.” 

PCHR emphasizes that the right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed in the Palestinian Basic Law and under international human rights standards; stressing that the right to peaceful assembly only requires a written notification to be sent to a Police Director or the Governor according to Article 3 of the Public Meetings Law 12/1998, if the number of participants exceeded 50. Moreover, violating this condition is not enough for dispersing the demonstration or arresting the organizers unless the demonstration included riots.

Thus, PCHR calls upon the Attorney General to intervene immediately to stop such summons and arrests without a Public Prosecution warrant and without any real basis that proves occurrence of a crime or an incident that requires a summons. PCHR also calls upon ISS in the Gaza Strip to respect the Palestinian law and public freedoms and adhere to the Palestinian Criminal Procedure Code and Palestinian Basic Law.

(Source / 22.06.2020)

Israeli Troops Abduct 18 Palestinians in Pre-Dawn Invasions

Israeli troops abducted on Monday several Palestinian residents, across the West Bank and the internationally-recognized occupied Jerusalem, in continuation of widespread Israeli military crackdown on the Palestinian population.

In occupied East Jerusalem , Israeli troops invaded the al-Eesawiya neighborhood, local sources reported. This is a neighborhood in East Jerusalem that has been targeted by the Israeli government for colonization, and the Palestinian residents have suffered tremendously over the past several years as a result.

The sources said that the invasion resulted in the Israeli abduction of two teens, Essam Atiya and Mohammad Eid.

In the northern West Bank city of Jenin, Israeli troops broke into the homes of brothers Ahmad and Mohammad Alsheikh, and Waseem Nazzal. They reportedly invaded and ransacked the two homes, before they abducted the three Palestinian youths.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, abducted Ali Abu Serour, 25 and Mohammad Taqatqa, 27, after the soldiers broke into their homes. Local sources in the city said that the troops invaded the Wad Rahal and Beit Fujjar villages, south of the city, where the two abducted Palestinians live.

In the meantime, Israeli troops broke into the home of Palestinian ex-prisoner, Osama Taqatqa in Beit Fujjar village, and vandalized the home. No casualties or abductions, were reported.

In another abduction operation, carried out by Israeli troops, six other Palestinian residents were abducted in Ramallah city. Four of those those abducted were identified as Mamdouh Alramhy, Mo’ath Alramhy, Ahmad Zaid and Mohammad Zaid. They are all residents of the Aljalazoun refugee camp, outside of Ramallah city.

In Kubar village, another northern outskirt of Ramallah city, Israeli troops abducted Basel Albarghouthi. Another Palestinian resident , Mohammad Abu Daher of the Abushkhaidem, north of Ramallah, was also abducted by the Israeli troops.

In Tubas city, Israeli troops abducted three other residents after having invaded the Tayaseer village, east of the city. Local sources identified those abducted as Iyad Abu Mohsen, Daham Dabak, Zahi Abuali.

The sources noted that the Israeli troops broke into and vandalized their homes, before they abducted and took them to unknown destinations.

Over the past several weeks, Israeli troops stepped their abduction operations, across the West Bank and the occupied East Jerusalem, with Israeli leaders having announced their intention to take full control over the West Bank and annex large swaths in north of the region.

The Palestinian leadership, residents and political factions have vehemently rejected the annexation plan and warned against it as a recipe for undermining chances of peace in Palestine-Israel.

International law and United Nations’ resolutions pertaining to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, regard the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied Palestinian territories, from which Israel must withdraw and allow the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

(Source / 22.06.2020)

Palestinians Set up Protest Camp in Al-Aghwar Area to Challenge Israeli Annexation Plan

Palestinians, including locals, political factions representatives, Palestinian Authority officials, international solidarity individuals and some high-ranking international representatives, are heading on Monday morning toward the northern West Bank area of Al-aghwar on the Jordan Valley, in what Palestinians say a bid to defend the region, amidst an expected Israeli annexation of the area early next month.

Local Palestinian sources in the West Bank said that upon an invitation by the ruling Fatah party of Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in the West Bank and many other local Palestinian political factions, tens of thousands of Palestinians will be heading for the northern West Bank area of Al-aghwar, which Israeli officials say they will attempt to take over in July.

Palestinian protesters will be joined by several international representatives in the West Bank, including Arab and international ambassadors to the Palestinian Authority, United Nations’ special peace envoy, Nicholai Meladinov, the EU’s representative, and a number of others.

The protest is aimed at sending out a clear message of rejection of the planned Israeli annexation of the most fertile Palestinian agricultural land, as well as the imposition of Israeli sovereignty over large swathes of the West Bank, where Israel has erected hundreds of colonial Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law and United Nations’ resolutions.

Several world bodies, including the United Nations, European Union and the League of Arab States, have already opposed the Israeli plans, expressing that the Israeli annexation would undermine prospects of just and durable peace between Palestinians and Israelis on the basis of United Nations’ resolutions and previously-signed peace accords between Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel.

Several weeks ago, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, announced that the Palestine Liberation Organization is no longer committed to signed peace accords, including those pertaining to security.

Abbass’s announcement was in response to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration that Israel will annex the West Bank and take full control over the region, which Israel occupied in June 1967. Since then, the Israeli military has imposed martial law under the indigenous Palestinian population of the West Bank, including Jerusalem.

(Source / 22.06.2020)

Colonist Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian-owned Vehicles in Northern Nablus

Several colonist armed Israeli settlers attacked early on Monday several Palestinian-owned vehicles in north of the West Bank city of Nablus.

Local Palestinian sources in both Nablus and Jenin cities, confirmed that the armed Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian-owned vehicles, while running on a road between both Nablus and Jenin, mainly in north of Nablus city.

Ghassan Daghlas, chief for the anti-settlement Palestinian profile in the West Bank, told local media outlets that the armed illegal settlers infiltrated from the nearby Israeli colonist settlement of Houmash, south of Jenin city, and began attacking Palestinian vehicles.

Daghlas said that no causalities were reported, but some damages to some vehicles.

He also noted that other Israeli settlers placed few days ago a Caravan on parts of the Houmash illegal Israeli settlement that was evacuated a while ago by orders of the Israeli military authorities.

Noteworthy, attacks on Palestinian-owned property, including homes, agricultural facilities and vehicles, have increased over the past several weeks, with Israeli military-in majority of cases-being present with hands cuffed, Palestinian media sources have reported.

Colonist Israeli settlements, across the West Bank, have been erected in hundreds, since the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, back in 1967. According to United Nations Security Council’s resolution 242 of 1967, Israel must withdraw immediately from the West Bank.

(Source / 22.06.2020)

Campaign by illegal settlers to prevent establishing Palestinian state

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- “Regevim” terrorist organization has started a large-scale media campaign to push the head of the Israeli government, Benjamin Netanyahu, to annex all of the West Bank’s ‘C’ areas and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The terrorist organization aims to evict Palestinian citizens from their lands and establish settlement outposts in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The organization called on Netanyahu to “go down in history and to be one of the greatest Zionist leaders” by annexing the West Bank and preventing the establishment of a Palestinian state. Otherwise, he will be considered a “traitor” just like the former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon, who dismantled Gaza’s illegal settlements.

Trump’s plan allows the occupation state to annex over 30% of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley while locking native Palestinians in Bantustans controlled by the Israeli army.

Netanyahu had announced that the occupation state will never recognize a Palestinian state not allow native Palestinians to have Israeli citizenship. However, they will live under Israeli occupation as second-level stateless citizens.

(Source / 22.06.2020)