The European Union allocates 22.7 million euros of humanitarian aid to the Palestinians

The European Union announced today, Wednesday, the provision of 22.7 million euros of humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable groups in Palestine, who are under increasing threat due to violence, difficult conditions and lack of basic services.

The European Union said in a statement today, Wednesday, that the Corona virus increased the humanitarian crisis in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which was suffering from restrictions imposed on movement before the spread of the epidemic, and the demolition of Palestinian buildings, some of which the European Union funded, since the beginning of the Corona outbreak In the occupied West Bank.

“In these difficult times, the European Union is committed to assisting vulnerable Palestinians to ward off threats to their lives and livelihoods. The Union continues to protect Palestinians and provide vital assistance to them such as health care, education and safe water as a humanitarian donor standing to One aspect of the most vulnerable of Palestinians for a long time. The serious violations of international humanitarian law that lead to the forced displacement of civilians or that make them unable to access basic services and livelihoods must be stopped.

He added: “The European Union’s humanitarian partners have been quick to adapt their interventions to the outbreak of the Corona virus, and put in place measures to preserve the safety of the Palestinians. The Federation has supported testing tents for health care facilities, provided hygiene materials for testing centers, provided cash assistance to vulnerable communities, and contributed to improving access opportunities On water, sanitation, sterilization and hygiene. “

In the Gaza Strip, 1.5 million people live under siege in the Gaza Strip, and living conditions are steadily deteriorating. Therefore, the European Union will provide cash assistance to vulnerable families, safe education for children, and provide care for the injured, who have no way to leave Gaza to obtain specialized care.

In the West Bank, the European Union and several member states continue to support a range of humanitarian assistance partners that protect communities threatened by demolition, eviction and settler violence, through legal and material assistance, and also finance improving students’ access to quality education in light of the continuing violations against education.

(Source / 09.07.2020)

Gaza:The occupation forces arrested 7 citizens from the Beit Hanoun checkpoint since the beginning of the year

Documentation to the Al-Mizan Center for Human Rights said today, Wednesday, that the Israeli occupation forces have 7 citizens from the Beit Hanoun “Erez” checkpoint since the beginning of this year.

The center stated that all those arrested had obtained passes through the barrier, noting that the last of them was Abdullah al-Daghma, 37, who was arrested on Monday morning while he was going to Tel Hashomer Hospital inside the Green Line, to donate a marrow to his sick brother Hani (45 Years), who is in critical condition.

According to the relatives ’testimony, the patient, Hani al-Daghma, had gone to treatment in the West Bank on 02/23/2020, and because he could not be treated in West Bank hospitals, he was transferred to Tel Hashomer Hospital in May of the same year and he needed a spinal cord transplant.

After taking samples from his family members, it was found that his brother Abdullah’s sample was 100% identical, and accordingly, Abdullah obtained a permit to pass to the hospital, and on 06/07/2020, while he was going to the hospital he was arrested at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) checkpoint from Before the occupation forces stationed at the checkpoint, according to a telephone call, the detainee’s sister received it from those forces.

The Center pointed out that the arrest of Al-Daghmeh differs in its indications from the almost daily arbitrary arrests that the occupation authorities continue against the Palestinians, given its direct effects that threaten the life of another person struggling with death on his bed, indicating the absence of humanitarian principles from the behavior of those authorities.

Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights expressed its strong condemnation of the arrest of Al-Daghma, especially as it threatens the life of his sick brother, who is awaiting his arrival at the hospital to save his life.

The Center condemned in the strongest terms the occupation forces ’continued policy of arbitrary detention and the use of crossings to catch and blackmail Palestinians and exploit their humanitarian needs, especially the patients and their companions.

He stressed that what the occupation authorities are doing is causing catastrophic physical and psychological consequences for these travelers, and threatening the lives of patients referred to treatment outside the Gaza Strip in particular. It also comes in the context of gross and systematic violations of the rules of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

He saw in Israeli procedures and policies towards Palestinian patients and their companions, which involve various patterns of prevention and restriction of the right to freedom of movement and movement and the right to treatment, a clear violation of the system of protection afforded by international law to individuals without discrimination, and constitutes a serious violation of the obligations of the occupying state under the International Covenant On Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is a signatory to them.

The Center called for the immediate release of the distress, and to facilitate his arrival at his brother in the Tel Hashomer Hospital to save his life, calling on the international community to fulfill its obligations and put pressure on the occupying state and obligate it to respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip and ensure freedom of movement and movement of individuals and goods, and secure Medical treatment for all patients, and ensuring their safety and companions.

(Source / 09.07.2020)

The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Egypt and Jordan reject any change to the borders of 67

The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Egypt and Jordan confirmed that no changes to the 1967 borders were agreed upon by the parties to the conflict.

The Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Ayman Ayman Al-Safadi said after a meeting held today: .

He added: We agreed that this step will have serious consequences for the security and stability of the region, and will constitute a major obstacle to efforts to achieve a comprehensive and just peace, and this step can also have consequences for the relationship with Israel.

Al-Safadi and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Egypt affirmed the firm commitment to the negotiated two-state solution on the basis of international law and relevant United Nations resolutions, noting that a discussion was held on how to re-start fruitful engagement between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, and to provide our support in facilitating the course of the negotiations.

(Source / 09.07.2020)

Young Gaza amputees play soccer again after coronavirus curbs eased

Disabled Palestinians who lost their legs by Israeli troops during clashes at Gaza-Israel border, take part in the Football training, at Palestine Club in Gaza city on 6 July, 2020 [Mahmoud Ajjour/Apaimages]
Disabled Palestinians who lost their legs by Israeli troops during clashes at Gaza-Israel border, take part in the Football training, at Palestine Club in Gaza city on 6 July, 2020

Young Palestinian soccer players, all amputees, and many on crutches were back on the field in Gaza on Tuesday for the first time since coronavirus restrictions were eased in the territory.

Their coach said some of the 26 athletes lost limbs to Israeli fire in Gaza, where Hamas, the ruling Islamist militant group, and Israel have fought three wars since 2008.

“We are now back on the field. We are training and keen to play in the league,” said Mai Al-Yazji, 14, referring to an amputee teams’ tournament for boys and girls under the age of 16.

Its borders tightly controlled by Israel and Egypt, Gaza has reported 72 coronavirus infections and one death from the respiratory disease. The Mediterranean coastal enclave has around two million inhabitants, many of them impoverished.

Disabled Palestinians who lost their legs by Israeli troops during clashes at Gaza-Israel border, take part in the Football training, at Palestine Club in Gaza city on 6 July, 2020 [Mahmoud Ajjour/Apaimages]
Disabled Palestinians who lost their legs by Israeli troops during clashes at Gaza-Israel border, take part in the Football training, at Palestine Club in Gaza city on 6 July, 2020 [Mahmoud Ajjour/Apaimages]
Disabled Palestinians who lost their legs by Israeli troops during clashes at Gaza-Israel border, take part in the Football training, at Palestine Club in Gaza city on 6 July, 2020 [Mahmoud Ajjour/Apaimages]
Disabled Palestinians who lost their legs by Israeli troops during clashes at Gaza-Israel border, take part in the Football training, at Palestine Club in Gaza city on 6 July, 2020 [Mahmoud Ajjour/Apaimages]
Disabled Palestinians who lost their legs by Israeli troops during clashes at Gaza-Israel border, take part in the Football training, at Palestine Club in Gaza city on 6 July, 2020 [Mahmoud Ajjour/Apaimages]
Disabled Palestinians who lost their legs by Israeli troops during clashes at Gaza-Israel border, take part in the Football training, at Palestine Club in Gaza city on 6 July, 2020 [Mahmoud Ajjour/Apaimages]

Gaza health authorities recently allowed sports clubs, gyms, mosques, restaurants, and event halls to resume operations.

About 80 adult amputees compete in their own soccer league. Many of them were injured in the conflict with Israel, according to the Palestine Amputee Football Association in Gaza.

“It felt great to play football for the first time,” said 15-year-old Weam Al-Astal, who said she lost a leg when an Israeli missile landed next to her house in 2014. “I am now loving this sport more and I dream to become a famous player.”

The association sponsors the league in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the ICRC also provides uniforms and crutches.

“We are very happy we are restarting the amputee football activity, training, and competitions,” said Ignacio Casares, ICRC office director in Gaza.

Make no mistake, they are athletes, they have special abilities and they are somehow special as well as persons.

Fouad Abu Ghalyoun, chairman of the Palestine Amputee Football Association, said the partnership with the ICRC helped in the amputees’ rehabilitation and re-engagement with the community.

WATCH: Gaza holds amputee football cup final

(Source / 09.07.2020)

Israel army jeep hits 5-year-old Palestinian in Hebron

Israeli soldiers search a car at a check point in Hebron, West Bank on January 26, 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli soldiers search a car at a check point in Hebron, West Bank on January 26, 2017

A Palestinian child was injured on Tuesday afternoon after she was run over by an Israeli army jeep in Hebron, according to the Pal Info Centre.

Local sources said that a Palestinian girl aged five suffered injuries after she was hit by an Israeli army jeep in Hebron and was rushed to a hospital for treatment.

Hebron over the years has witnessed the largest number of hit-and-run incidents by Israeli settlers and soldiers in the West Bank.

Dozens of Palestinians, mostly children, have died in these attacks, and the perpetrators were rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

There are over 50 settler neighborhoods and outposts in Hebron inhabited by nearly 30,000 Jewish settlers who work gradually to tighten their grip on the city and force its Palestinian residents out.

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(Source / 09.07.2020)

Gaza: 40,000 surgeries in first half of 2020

Image of a Palestinian patient being treated in Gaza City on January 8, 2017 [Mohammed Dahman/Apaimages]
A Palestinian patient can be seen being treated in Gaza City on January 8, 2017

Palestinian doctors in Gaza have carried out 40,000 surgeries in the hospitals of the besieged coastal enclave during the first half of 2020, Safa news agency reported on Wednesday.

Director of the Administration of Public Hospitals and External Clinics in Gaza Hani Hamada indicated that: “Surgeries that needed highly-skilled doctors and complex operations were conducted despite severe shortages of medical equipment.”

Hamada noted that these recent surgeries also include paediatric heart surgeries and orthopaedic procedures, in addition to oncology and trauma surgeries.

Many highly-skilled doctors are currently working in Gaza’s hospitals, specialising in cardiovascular surgeries, neurosurgeries and paediatrics, among many other areas of specialism.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the development of the medical sector in Gaza has aided the besieged enclave to overcome the obstacles resulting from reduced medical transfers, difficult travel measures and the coronavirus crisis.

READ: Young Gaza amputees play soccer again after coronavirus curbs eased 

(Source / 09.07.2020)

Hamas hails UNESCO decisions in favour of Palestine

A general view of the UNESCO meeting during the 40th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France on 13 November 2019. [Mustafa Yalçın - Anadolu Agency]
A general view of the UNESCO meeting during the 40th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France on 13 November 2019

The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas hailed on Tuesday the unanimous decisions taken by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on 1 July, as the organisation restated several Palestinian rights.

In a statement, a copy of which was sent to MEMO, Hamas’ Director of International Relations Dr Basim Naim referred to the decisions relating to rejecting Israeli persecution in the occupied West Bank, and the annexation of large areas of it.

He also mentioned UNESCO’s adherence to protecting Palestinian religious and cultural heritage.

Hamas, according to Naim, believes that this consensus is a new step towards: “The isolation of the Israeli occupation and the failure of the Israeli-US pressure in favour of the Israeli colonial project established on the land of Palestine.”

Naim added: “These decisions, along with dozens of previous ones, should be changed into actions on the ground to force the Israeli occupation to respect the inalienable Palestinian rights.”

READ: Israel’s incitement against the Palestinian curriculum

(Source / 09.07.2020)

Israel forces attempt to raid home of OIC representative in Jerusalem

OIC’s Representative in Palestine Ahmed Al-Ruwaidi [OIC/Twitter]
OIC’s Representative in Palestine Ahmed Al-Ruwaidi

Israeli occupation forces attempted on Wednesday night to raid the home of a representative of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in East Jerusalem, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported.

OIC’s Representative in Palestine Ahmed Al-Ruwaidi lives in Jerusalem’s neighbourhood of Silwan, but the OIC’s office is located in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

“I prevented the Israeli army forces from raiding my house,” Al-Ruwaidi recounted. “I told them this, if it happens, it would be a violation of my personal rights and would have scared my children.”

He continued: “I told them that I would put full responsibility on the Israeli occupation if they raided my house,” informing them that he is a representative of the OIC, which is an international organisation.

“Therefore, they retreated,” according to Al-Ruwaidi, “and did not raid my house.”

Al-Ruwaidi considers the Israeli attempt to raid his home an endeavour to silence the voices rejecting the Israeli occupation and its violations in Jerusalem, specifically the increasing demolition of Palestinian homes.

READ: OIC emergency meeting discusses Israeli annexation plan

(Source / 09.07.2020)

US: Opportunity to implement annexation this month

Palestinians in Gaza came together to demonstrate against Israel's planned annexation of the West Bank [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza came together to demonstrate against Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank 

There is a window of opportunity for Israel to implement its annexation plan this month, an unnamed US source reported by Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post disclosed on Wednesday.

According to Safa news agency, the Israeli newspaper reported the source stating that the US deal of the century team is to meet on Wednesday at the White House to discuss future measures, including the implementation of Israel’s annexation plan.

Israeli newspaper Maariv announced that the team plan to meet on several occasions and that President Donald Trump will join the advanced stages of the discussions.

1 July had been set by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the date to start the annexation process, however, the date passed without action.

READ: The PA is a willing accomplice in the international subjugation of Palestine 

The US supports the annexation plan, but insists that it should be carried out in coordination with the White House and based on its peace plan dubbed the “deal of the century”, which gives the Palestinians a scrambled state in return for annexation.

World leaders reject the annexation plans and consider it a violation of international law, stressing that the two-state solution is the only resolution to the decades-long conflict.

Palestinians assert that the end of Israeli occupation of Palestinian land is the only means to end the conflict.

(Source / 09.07.2020)

Israel arrests Palestinian expert on settlements in Jerusalem

Khalil Tafakji, head of the maps department at the Arab Studies Society in Jerusalem, 2 March 2020 [Twitter]
Khalil Tafakji, head of the maps department at the Arab Studies Society in Jerusalem, 2 March 2020

srael yesterday arrested Khalil Tafakji, head of the maps department at the Arab Studies Society in Jerusalem, Anadolu reported.

A source in the Tafakji family told the news agency that large numbers of occupation police and intelligence services stormed the department and tampered with its possessions.

The source said after extensive searches, the Israeli forces arrested Tafakji, who is also an expert in Israeli settlements.

The source, who preferred not to be named, explained that “the Israeli police and intelligence services did not provide reasons for the raid or Tafakji’s arrest.

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Takfaji is a prominent expert in the affairs of Israeli settlements and document their activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

He was last detained in February.

Israel has recently intensified its targeting of Palestinian figures in Jerusalem.

(Source / 09.07.2020)