Arrest of 4 citizens from Tulkarm and Hebron

The occupation forces arrested 4 citizens of Tulkarm and Hebron today, Sunday, according to what was announced by Al-Asir Club.

He emphasized that the occupation forces arrested Ali Hussein Odeh (40 years) and Bashar Darwish (41 years) from Tulkarmak.

The forces also arrested Amir Abu Zina and Issam Al-Natsheh from Hebron, according to Al-Asir Club.

(Source / 21.07.2020)

Hamas and Fatah agree to hold national festival in Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza came together to demonstrate against Israel's planned annexation of the West Bank [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza come together to demonstrate against Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank, 1 July 2020 

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement and its rival Fatah have agreed to hold a national festival in Gaza against Israel’s annexation plan, Hamas revealed on Monday.

“We have agreed this in order to finalise the unification of Palestinian efforts against the Israeli annexation and the US deal of the century,” explained Khalil Al-Hayya of the Hamas Political Bureau. “Representatives of various Palestinian parties will take part in the festival which is going to host international participants as well as speeches for Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas.”

He added that the festival is to reiterate the united Palestinian stance, backed by all the Palestinian factions and powers, against annexation, the deal of the century and all the conspiracies targeting Palestine and the Palestinian cause, rights and history.”

According to Quds Press, the Secretary of Fatah’s Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub, confirmed that the movement had agreed with Hamas to hold the festival in the coming few days. Rajoub said that the event would be a turning point that would reflect a united Palestinian stance against the endeavours aiming to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

READ: Hamas chief reveals direct talks with Fatah

(Source / 21.07.2020)

Lebanon politician calls for expelling Palestine refugees

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, Gebran Bassil in Beirut, Lebanon on 23 August 2019 [Cem Özdel/Anadolu Agency]
Former Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Beirut, Lebanon on 23 August 2019 

Leader of the Lebanese Free Patriotic Movement and former Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil on Sunday called for expelling Palestinian refugees from the country, Arab48 reported.

After a meeting with the Maronite Patriarch, Mar Bechara Al Rahi, Bassil said that Lebanon would be able to be neutral if it expelled “explosive opponents” in the country.

He pointed out that the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are part of these “explosive opponents” and they should be forced out.

The alliance of the Palestinian factions, which include most of the Palestinian factions in Lebanon, condemned the remarks and called for confronting all the “racist” propaganda campaigns, which incite “hatred and racism”.

READ: Lebanon bans Palestinians from buying subsidised dollar

In a statement, the alliance stressed on rejecting dealing with the Palestinian refugees the same way as dealing with Israel, which occupied the Palestinian and Arab lands.

The alliance reiterated the refugees’ right to return to their homeland where they were forced out by the Israeli occupation and called for the creation of a free Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

(Source / 21.07.2020)

China reaffirms its commitment to the ‘two-state solution’

Chinese President Xi Jinping in Russia on 7 June 2019 [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]
Chinese President Xi Jinping in Russia on 7 June 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping supports an independent and sovereign Palestinian state along the 1967 borders on the basis of the two-state solution to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict, reported Wafa news agency.

This came during a telephone call this morning with Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas.

Making it clear that “this is the right direction,” the Chinese president told Abbas that “China supports the just demands of Palestine. The country believes in dialogue and negotiations between the parties.”

He condemned Israel’s plan to annex a large portion of the West Bank including areas of the strategic Jordan Valley and said that his country has been exerting efforts in order to encourage Israel to refrain from carrying out its plan.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to extend Israeli sovereignty to the illegal settlements as well as parts of the Jordan Valley, comprising 30 per cent of all West Bank land.

READ: The deal of the century is unpalatable for both Israel and Palestine

“The international community must take a fair stand as an effort to promote peace,” Xi stated.

Noting that China and Palestine are “good brothers, good friends and good partners,” Xi claims the two sides have always trusted each other and firmly supported each other on issues involving their respective core issues and major concerns.

He went on to reiterate his country’s support for the PA and the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Meanwhile, Abbas praised China’s support for achieving peace on the basis of international legitimacy and opposition to the annexation plans which violate international legitimacy.

He added that the Palestinian side speaks highly of China’s important achievements in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, and sincerely appreciates China’s invaluable support and assistance to Palestine in its battle against the pandemic.

READ: Palestinian Authority extends coronavirus lockdown in West Bank

(Source / 21.07.2020)

Calls for Google to put Palestine back on the map

Pro-Palestine activists have launched an online campaign calling on Google and Apple to put Palestine back on their maps

Pro-Palestine activists have launched an online campaign calling on Google and Apple to put Palestine back on their maps, accusing the internet giants of trying to erase Palestinian identity and changing facts to suit American and Israeli objectives.

“According to Google, Palestine does not exist,” a change.org petition with over one million signatories says.

“Whether intentionally or otherwise, Google is making itself complicit in the Israeli government’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine.”

Google has been replacing the names of Palestinian towns and villages with Israeli names, leading to fears that the search engine is normalising Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank in line with US President Donald Trump’s controversial ‘peace plan‘.

“The omission of Palestine is a grievous insult to the people of Palestine and undermines the efforts of the millions of people who are involved in the campaign to secure Palestinian independence and freedom from Israeli occupation and oppression,” the petition adds, calling on Google to “clearly designate and identify the Palestinian territories illegally occupied by Israel.”

READ: Israel feels exposed as US drops satellite-imaging cap

(Source / 21.07.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Under-Construction Covid-19 Testing Center

Israeli soldiers demolished, on Tuesday morning, an under-construction Covid-19 testing center in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Ra’ed Maswadi, the owner of the land where the testing facility was being built said it was dedicated for Covid-19 testing by the Palestinian Health Ministry.

He added that the facility, at the northern entrance of Hebron city, was supposed to provide rapid testing service to reduce the overwhelming pressure on Palestinian hospitals, especially amidst the dangerously increasing number of Palestinians testing positive for the virus.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also confiscated medical equipment from the area, prior to demolishing the facility.

(Source / 21.07.2020)

Soldiers Abduct Six Palestinians, Including A Father And His Son

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, six Palestinians, including a father and his son, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed.

The PPS office in Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, said the soldiers stormed and ransacked a few homes before abducting Nicola Shibli Rizqallah, 62, and his son, Shibli, 33.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, searched homes and abducted Jihad Yousef Badawi, Mohammad Mahmoud Ghawanma and Mustafa Adnan Abu Shanab.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded the Shiokh town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and abducted Ismael Tala Khalifa from his home.

(Source / 21.07.2020)

Updated: Israel Releases Seriously Ailing Detainee

Updated: The detainee was released and was instantly moved to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital, near Bethlehem. His release came after three hearing within one week.

The Israeli military appellate court in Ofer prison, illegally built on Palestinian lands west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, has decided to release a seriously ailing Palestinian detainee and ordered him to pay a bail of 12.000 Shekels (Approximately $3508).

Defense attorney Ahlam Haddad stated that the detainee, Nidal Abu ‘Ahour, 46, will be released during the evening hours, Tuesday, and will be directly taken by a Palestinian ambulance to a local hospital.

It is worth mentioning that Nidal suffers from kidney failure, Cancer, serious respiratory issues, and previously had a Kidney translate, in addition to blood issues.

Abu Ahour was abducted by the soldiers on June 23rd after the soldiers stormed his home in Bethlehem. He is a former political prisoner and a married father of seven and has been held since then without charges.

(Source / 21.07.2020)

‘Israel’ confiscates 700 dunums in Bethlehem

Bethlehem (QNN)- The Israeli authorities confiscated 700 dunums of agricultural land in the vicinity of Jabal Al Fureidis in eastern Bethlehem today.

Hasan Brijiyeh, member of the popular committee against the Wall and the settlements in Bethlehem, said that according to the notices that the committee received, the Israelis confiscated agricultural lands in Al Oqban area.

The Israeli army had fenced the lands and installed a gate to it four days ago before announcing that a new garden will be constructed on the targeted lands and will be called the “Herodion garden”.

The confiscated lands are owned by the families of Wahsh, Asaker, and Masa’deh.

The eastern area of Bethlehem has been recently targeted with several settlement attacks. The Israeli army continued today for the seventh day in a row to level agricultural lands in the village of Kisan to expand the illegal settlement of Ibei Nahal.

(Source / 21.07.2020)

Israeli bulldozers demolish house in Salfit

Salfit (QNN)- Israeli bulldozes on Tuesday demolished a house in the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan in Salfit.

Local sources said the Israeli army raided the village this morning before surrounding the under-construction house and preventing the locals from reaching it.

The sources added Israeli bulldozers started demolishing the house, which belongs to the citizen Tawfeeq Mer’i, under the pretext of having no construction permit.

Confrontations erupted between the Israeli occupation army and locals of the village after the demolition. Israeli soldiers used stun and tear gas grenades against the locals before they left the area.

(Source / 21.07.2020)