Invitations to Twitter to ask Google to put Palestine on its maps

The National Coalition for Palestinian Digital Rights called for Twitter via Twitter tomorrow, Wednesday, to ask Google to place Palestine on the company’s maps.

According to the coalition, the Twitter campaign will be implemented tomorrow, Wednesday, at 8:00 local time, under the hashtag #GoogleMapsPalestine #Palestine_ on the map, to ask Google’s CEO, Sander Pichai, to place “Palestine” on the map.

The Coalition considered that Google and other companies continue to ignore the placement of the name of Palestine on its maps, as well as the bias of the Israeli narrative, as it ignores all restrictions of movement imposed on the Palestinians, such as checkpoints and prohibited streets that hinder the free movement of Palestinians, which may put Palestinians at great risk when using the road guidance service It is affiliated with Google Maps, and the proposed default methods, which are often available only to Israelis, are included. This is in violation of international law and human rights. Google also includes illegal Israeli settlements through its maps and hides marginal Palestinian villages and communities under many layers in its maps.

(Source / 23.07.2020)

Al-Asir Club: The occupation forces arrest six citizens from the West Bank, including a father and his son

The occupation forces arrested six citizens of the West Bank, including a father and his son, on Tuesday night.

The captive club said that two citizens were arrested from Bethlehem, namely: Nicolas Shibli Rezkallah (62 years), and his son Shibli (33 years).

Meanwhile, three citizens from Al-Jalazoun camp were arrested: Jihad Yousef Al-Badawi, Muhammad Mahmoud Ghawanmeh and Mustafa Adnan Abu Shanab.

In addition to the detainees, Ismail Talal Halayqa, from Al-Shuyoukh town in Hebron.

(Source / 23.07.2020)

Mladenov: situation in Gaza is getting worse

The United Nations Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolai Mladenov on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, unveiled un efforts to create conditions for the resumption of negotiations between The Palestinians and Israelis.

Speaking at a UN Security Council session on the Palestinian issue, Mladenov added that the United Nations for the peace process has recorded a high rate of demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and Jerusalem by Israel.

On the situation in Gaza, he pointed out that the situation in the Gaza Strip is worsening with the continuation of the Israeli blockade and the repercussions of the Coronavirus, where it added new concerns about patients outside Gaza, pointing out that the coronavirus crisis has negative repercussions on the provision of assistance as a result of the closure of the crossings several months ago.

Regarding Corona’s impact on the economic crisis in Palestine, Mladenov noted that it was unclear whether the Palestinian government would have sufficient resources to pay wages in the coming months.

“The Palestinian forces have been transferred without the ability of the Palestinian forces to move in the West Bank… “Daily violence continues in the West Bank, where a Palestinian was killed and 65 others injured during Israeli attacks.”

“Gaza and the West Bank organized peaceful protests against the expansion of the West Bank, which led to the use of tear gas canisters by the Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank, and many injuries during those demonstrations, which were documented by several official videos,” Mladenov said.

He also reviewed several violations against Palestinians, noting that according to recent information from the Israeli authorities, it was clear that on May 31, several Palestinians were arrested and the number of detainees rose to 242.

In response to the Corona pandemic, Mladenov called for the release of Palestinian detainees from Israeli prisons.

(Source / 23.07.2020)

Hamas condemns US’ claims it is responsible for Gaza suffering

Kelly Craft, President Trump's nominee to be Representative to the United Nations, testifies at her nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. [Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images]
Kelly Craft, President Trump’s nominee to be Representative to the United Nations, testifies at her nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 19, 2019 in Washington, DC

Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas described allegations made by US Ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft, as “lies, fabrications and political bullying”.

In comments to the UN Security Council, Craft held Hamas responsible for the dire humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, which has been under a strict Israeli siege since 2006 after the movement won democratic Palestinian elections.

Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qasem said that such statements are aimed at embellishing the image of the Israeli occupation, which has a history of crimes and violations against the Palestinian people.

Since US President Donald Trump took office in 2017, American has tightened its links to Israel and halted aid to Palestinians and the UN agency charged with providing services for Palestine refugees.

READ: Why Palestinian-Israeli prisoners exchange deal could happen soon? 

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Palestine police uncover counterfeit money network in Gaza

Palestinian police in Gaza on March 30, 2020. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian police in Gaza on March 30, 2020

Palestinian police officers in the Gaza Strip revealed on Wednesday that they have uncovered a network producing counterfeit money. Hundreds of coins and notes produced in three workshops have been confiscated.

The officers explained that they found more than 50,000 blank coins and hundreds of blank notes, as well some which had already been printed. They also found some genuine US dollars.

According to the police statement, four people have been arrested in connection with the production of counterfeit money. They have been turned over to the custody of a specialist legal department.

The counterfeit money was intended to be circulated through markets across the Gaza Strip.

READ: Hamas condemns US’ claims it is responsible for Gaza suffering 

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Popular Front calls on PA to ‘stop bullying’ Palestinians

Students who support Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's, gather to attend the debate held ahead of the student council elections, at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah, West Bank on May 09, 2017 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]
Supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) can be seen in Ramallah, West Bank on 9 May 2017

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) yesterday called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to immediately release activists who are fighting against corruption, Quds Press reported.

The activists, the PFLP said in a statement, were arrested during a protest organised by the United Palestinian Hirak in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The PFLP condemned acts which punish those who express their opinions in relation to the PA or criticise corruption within it, adding that these are protected rights within Palestinian law.

It went on to call on all NGOs and organisations that tackle corruption to stop their silence and highlight the PA’s violations.

Concluding its statement, the PFLP said the PA “must stop bullying” Palestinians and “degrading their dignity,” and begin fighting corruption and reforming its institutions.

READ: PFLP criticises Abbas for blocking budget payment 

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Palestinian cyclists attacked by Israeli settlers

A group of Palestinian cyclists were attacked Saturday by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank after a trail app landed them on a remote path dotted with Jewish settlements

A group of Palestinian cyclists were attacked Saturday by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank after a trail app landed them on a remote path dotted with Jewish settlements, Reuters reported.

Avid cyclist Amer Kurdi and four others set out on what was supposed to be an 80-km ride, using the hiking app Komoot to chart a path north from the Palestinian village of Birzeit.

Over an hour into their ride, Kurdi said Komoot led them east towards a rocky path near the Israeli settlement of Shilo, where a group of Israeli settlers approached them and asked where they were from. Kurdi, 30, replied that they were from the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

Soon after, the men started throwing stones at them, using T-shirts to hide their faces, Kurdi and his brother, Samer, said.

READ: Kuwait calls on UNSC to stop Israel crimes against Palestinians

“The others managed to run away, but I tripped and fell,” Samer, 28, said.

“When I got up, a settler was behind me, and he started beating me with a metal rod.”

Photos the cyclists took after the incident, which they reported to Israel’s police, show Samer’s legs and arms bruised and bloodied.

The occupied West Bank is dotted with illegal Jewish-only settlements which Palestinans are not allowed to approach.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said they are investigating.

Palestinians complain that navigation apps fail to grasp the West Bank’s complexity.

Asked for comment, Komoot said it regretted the incident but that its service is not specifically optimised for route planning “through areas of political unrest”.

READ: Israeli army sued for ‘dangerous’ levels of radiation 

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PA ambassador to Lebanon visits Islamic Jihad leader in Beirut

Ziad Al-Nakhaleh. Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement
Ziad Al-Nakhaleh, Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement

The Palestinian Authority’s ambassador to Lebanon, Ashraf Dabbour, has met with Ziyad Al-Nakhala, the Secretary General of Islamic Jihad, at the movement’s office in Beirut, Al-Watan Voice has reported. The ambassador offered condolences on the death of Islamic Jihad leader Dr Ramadan Shallah, who passed away last month.

Dabbour and Al-Nakhala welcomed the ongoing rapprochement between Hamas and Fatah, and expressed hopes that it will lead to Palestinian unity based around confronting Israel’s Judaisation plans across the occupied Palestinian territories.

The officials reiterated the positive impact that this rapprochement is having on the Palestinians in general and especially those who are refugees in Lebanon. “This reinforces the persistence of our people in the refugee camps against displacement plans,” they stressed.

Ambassador Dabbour also emphasised the importance of Islamic Jihad’s role which reinforces unity among all Palestinian factions. He thanked the movement for its efforts towards national unity.

Also on the meeting agenda was the situation of the Palestinians in Lebanon. Both officials pointed out that national unity has an important role in achieving stability in the Palestinian refugee camps.

READ: Why Palestinian-Israeli prisoners exchange deal could happen soon? 

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Prominent Palestinian husband and wife released after brief detention by Israel

Suhail Khoury, director of the Edward Said National Conservatory and Rania Elia, director of the Yabous Cultural Centre [Yafa Jarrar/Twitter]
Suhail Khoury, director of the Edward Said National Conservatory and Rania Elia, director of the Yabous Cultural Centre 

Two prominent Palestinians have been released by Israeli police after being detained briefly on suspicion that they were involved in funding terrorism, Agence France Presse (AFP) has reported. Suhail Khoury and Rania Elias were reportedly arrested at home in East Jerusalem.

Both are prominent in Palestinian cultural life. Khoury directs the Edward Said National Conservatory based in Birzeit, north of Ramallah, while Elias heads the Yabous Cultural Centre in East Jerusalem. According to a tweet posted by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation Department of Public Diplomacy and Policy, Israeli police raided both centres yesterday and confiscated documents and equipment.


PLO Department of Public Diplomacy & Policy@PalestinePDP

Today, Israeli forces raided the Yabous Cultural Centre and The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in occupied #Jerusalem and confiscated documents and equipment.

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Two prominent Palestinians have been released by Israeli police after being detained briefly on suspicion that they were involved in funding terrorism, Agence France Presse (AFP) has reported. Suhail Khoury and Rania Elias were reportedly arrested at home in East Jerusalem.

Both are prominent in Palestinian cultural life. Khoury directs the Edward Said National Conservatory based in Birzeit, north of Ramallah, while Elias heads the Yabous Cultural Centre in East Jerusalem. According to a tweet posted by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation Department of Public Diplomacy and Policy, Israeli police raided both centres yesterday and confiscated documents and equipment.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=middleeastmnt&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1285902463002972160&lang=en-gb&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.middleeastmonitor.com%2F20200723-prominent-palestinian-husband-and-wife-released-after-brief-detention-by-israel%2F&siteScreenName=MiddleEastMnt&theme=light&widgetsVersion=9066bb2%3A1593540614199&width=550px

The pair were released yesterday evening “under conditions”, Elias’s lawyer Nasir Odeh was quoted by AFP as saying.

An Israeli police spokesperson claimed that Khoury and Elias were arrested “in connection with tax evasion and fraud”. However, a search warrant seen by AFP listed “suspicion of money laundering (and) funding terror” as the offences in question. Odeh confirmed this, telling AFP that his client was “detained on charges of financing terrorist organisations.”

READ: Israel arrests PA’s Jerusalem governor for 17th time

It is not immediately clear what the charges relate to. However, the lawyer claimed that under Israeli laws, accepting donations from organisations which the Zionist state has designated as “terrorists” could constitute a terror-funding crime.

The Times of Israel reported that the pair had been interrogated and the investigation is ongoing. A third suspect, the director of the Jerusalem Arts Network, Daoud Al-Ghoul, was also arrested on similar charges. It is not clear if he has been released.

The PLO issued a statement condemning the arrests: “The raid by Israeli forces of various Palestinian cultural centres in occupied Jerusalem is the latest of a long history of targeting everything Palestinian in our occupied capital.” It also confirmed that Israeli police had searched the Yabous Cultural Centre and the Edward Said National Conservatory early yesterday. The PLO condemned the raid and added that a police search had “wreaked havoc” in Al-Ghoul’s home.

Pictures believed to be of Khoury and Elias appeared online, alongside condemnation of the arrests. “This attack is an extension of Israel’s erasure of Palestinian presence in Jerusalem for decades,” said one caption.


Yafa Jarrar@YafaJarrar

Israeli Occupation Forces invaded the home of and arrested Rania Elias director of the Yabous Cultural Centre,one of the most important #Palestinian cultural centers in #Jerusalem and her husband Suheil Khoury the director of The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.

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Israel soldiers destroy another Palestinian coronavirus testing centre


Israeli authorities have demolished a building used to test for the coronavirus at the entrance of occupied Hebron

Covid testing centre reduced to rubble
Covid testing centre reduced to rubble
Palestinians inspect the debris of a quarantine center established within fighting against coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic after Israeli soldiers demolished the single-story center on the grounds that it is unlicensed in Hebron, West Bank on July 21, 2020. ( Mamoun Wazwaz - Anadolu Agency )

Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished a Palestinian coronavirus testing centre at the entrance of the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Anadolu Agency reported.

Construction of the facility, designed to contain the spread of the virus in the city, began nearly three months ago.

As the structure was nearing completion, Israeli bulldozers destroyed it. Hebron witnessed the worst outbreak of the deadly virus in the West Bank, which has been struggling over the past two weeks to cope with a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

This comes one day after Israeli soldiers demolished a Palestinian security checkpoint set up at the entrance of the city of Jenin to test for coronavirus.

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(Source / 23.07.2020)