The occupation forces hinder the work to extend the water line east of Tubas

The Israeli occupation forces, today, Saturday, hindered the extension of a drinking water line, near Atouf, southeast of Tubas.

The head of the Atouf Village Council and Ras al-Ahmar, Abdullah Bisharat, said that the occupation had seized the visitor’s bulldozer, a visitor of Bisharat, which was working on extending the 1,800-meter water line.

Bisharat indicated that it is not the first time that the occupation forces have impeded work in the aforementioned line, which feeds dozens of citizens from livestock breeders.

(Source / 02.08.2020)

The Serbian President affirms his country´s support for the Palestinian leadership

President of the Serbian Republic Alexander Vucic stressed the stability of the Serbian position in support of the direction of the Palestinian leadership, and opposition to any unilateral action by the occupying Power.

This came during his meeting with the Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Serbia, Muhammad Nabhan, on Saturday, as the two sides discussed a number of issues, especially the annexation plan, as well as bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to strengthen them.

Ambassador Nabhan reviewed the position of the Palestinian leadership, rejecting the “deal of the century” and the resultant intention of the occupation authorities to annex occupied Palestinian lands.

He indicated the readiness of the Palestinian leadership to negotiate under an international umbrella from the United Nations and the International Quartet, on the basis of international legitimacy, leading to an independent Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967.

(Source / 02.08.2020)

The occupation forces arrest a woman and her two sons while they were kidnapping a child by settlers in Hebron

The Israeli occupation forces arrested a young man and a girl and their mother, after they were attacked in Tel Rumeida, in the center of Hebron, because of their rescue of a child whom settlers tried to kidnap in the area.

Imad Abu Shamsieh, an anti-settlement activist and volunteer at the Beit Seelem Foundation, said that a group of settlers tried to kidnap his 14-month-old granddaughter, Rattel Tainina, while she was with her family in the neighborhood.

He added that his 22-year-old son, Awni, and his sister, Marwa, 17, and his wife, Faiza 44, were beaten and arrested while they were kidnapping, and suffered bruises and bruises.

He continued that the occupation forces arrested them after assaulting them and took them to the detention center and the investigation of Jabra al-Maqam on the citizens’ lands near the Ibrahimi Mosque.

Abu Shamsiah stressed that his family is under constant attack by settlers, with coverage from the occupation soldiers, who provide protection for them, stressing the continuation of steadfastness and stability in the heart of the city of Hebron, which is systematically Judaizing it.

(Source / 02.08.2020)

6 years after the Rafah massacre in the southern Gaza Strip and the application of occupation system “Hannibal”

The first morning hours on this day in 2014 witnessed the return of the people of the eastern region of Rafah to their homes, which they left after an incursion of the occupation forces there; In light of talk of calm, which was violated a few minutes before it took effect, but the tanks and airplanes quickly drove them to intensive and indiscriminate shelling of Rafah, after the occupation discovered that one of its soldiers (Hadar Golden) was captured by the Palestinian resistance.

August 1, 2014, or “Black Friday” as the people of Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip call it, as no ordinary day has passed on the residents of the border city who have been trying to recover the remains of their remains and the wreckage of memories from under the rubble of houses whose walls have seen one of The most horrific Israeli massacres killed about 150 people, and wounded hundreds, within a few hours.

With the movement of citizens living in the eastern region to their homes, with the calm between the Palestinian resistance and the occupying forces in force, at eight in the morning, simultaneous aerial and ground shelling began towards that area.

And that time witnessed the fall of a shell in the eastern region of Rafah every ten seconds, when more than three thousand shells were fired. “In the first moments, dozens of martyrs were elevated.

The humanitarian situation that Rafah witnessed on that day was “very tragic”, while the capacity of Abu Yousef Al Najjar Hospital did not bear this number of victims in one moment, which led him to launch more than one distress call to other nearby hospitals.

Medical staff and paramedics were not spared from targeting, while they were trying to reach the targeted areas, and the hospital director says, “We had difficulty reaching the shelling areas and a number of paramedics were wounded while carrying out their tasks without being able to recover all the victims.” On August 15, 2018, The Israeli Military Prosecutor, Sharon Avic, announced that he decided to close the investigation file in one of the largest and most hideous massacres of the occupation army during the aggression against Gaza in 2014, which is referred to in the Israeli press as “Black Friday”.

The occupation army carried out what it describes as the “Hannibal regime”, to prevent the capture of one of its soldiers, and fired very heavy gunfire from land, air and sea towards an area in the city of Rafah. As a result of the shooting, more than 150 Palestinians were killed, in addition to the soldier Hadar Goldin, whose body is still being held in the Gaza Strip.

Avic decided that the military police would not open an investigation into this massacre and not take any criminal or military action against the officers involved in the massacre. This decision came despite Avic’s admission that he had learned lessons about several military flaws, which he declined to detail, in the context of the military investigation conducted by the occupation army.

(Source / 02.08.2020)

Eid Al-Adha: Turkey donates meat to needy Gazans

Palestinian children enjoy the Eid al-Adha festivities at a playground in Rafah, Gaza on August 01, 2020 [Mustafa M. B. Hassouna / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian children enjoy the Eid al-Adha festivities at a playground in Rafah, Gaza on August 01, 2020

Palestinian authorities on Sunday began distributing meat from livestock sacrificed with donations from Turkey on the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival to hundreds of families in need in the Gaza Strip, reported Anadolu Agency.

During the four-day holiday, the Ministry of Foundations and Religious Affairs aims to provide as many as 4,500 families with meat, Eshref Ismail, the director of the projects department at the ministry, told Anadolu Agency.

The Turkiye Diyanet Foundation is financing the initiative.

Most of the Muslim-majority countries around the world, including Turkey, are observing the four-day holiday that started on Friday.

On Eid al-Adha, one of the two main yearly Muslim holidays, people who can afford to slaughter an animal do so and distribute most of the meat to the needy, neighbours and relatives.

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(Source / 02.08.2020)

Ramallah’s Farmers’ Market is taking a stand against annexation

weekly farmers market in Ramallah
Boxes of figs are seen at a farmers market in Ramallah, West Bank, 30 July 2020

By Fareed Taamallah

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank have been making a conscious effort to support local farmers to help them face Israel’s efforts to annex their farms.

Volunteers of the Sharaka group, in cooperation with the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, launched “Souk El-fallaheen“, a weekly Farmers’ Market that began this month and is the first of its kind in Palestine.

Palestinian famers traditionally sell their produce to merchants who sell them onto shops, taking with them the majority of the profits. The farmers themselves often work at a low profit margin or at a loss as they try to compete with lower quality items which flood the markets.

As a consequence, farmers abandon farming and therefore their land. This has a direct impact on Palestinians resisting Israeli occupation because it makes it easier for Israelis to grab the land.

By contrast, the Farmers’ Market gives local small-scale producers a platform to promote their products directly to consumers at a much lower price and enable residents of Ramallah to shop for local seasonal vegetables, traditional bread and home-cooked foods. In addition, it promotes environmentally friendly practices.

A form of resistance

Lina Ismael – one of the Sharaka volunteers who organise the market – thinks the farmers’ inability to harvest and market their produce has left them unwilling to plant them in the first place, many leave their farms and facilitate Israel’s annexation of the vital regions. For the Palestinians, not only is land a source of food, but it also stands for resistance, freedom and sovereignty, while farmers are considered defenders of the land.

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Lina says the goal of the market is to support small-scale farmers by enabling them to sell their produce directly to the consumers at a fair price in an environment that allows social interactions. This in turn allows them to stay on their land and protect it from confiscation.

Naser Rabie and his wife Muna, who come from the village of Turmusayya, north of Ramallah, sell tomatoes, courgettes, cheese and many other products at the market.

weekly farmers market in Ramallah
weekly farmers market in Ramallah

“The market is a very good chance to sell at a good price the harvest of my land which is located near the settlement. The Farmers’ Market encourages me to continue cultivating my land and next year I will plant more lots of land,” Naser explains.

Samer Nowwar, a member of a youth cooperative of nine members from Saffa village, west of Ramallah, came to sell his products of olive oil, wheat flour and zaatar (thyme). “We started our project last year by cultivating 35 dunums of land; our goal is to make a living farming. We think that in this way we contribute not only in producing but also in protecting our lands from being grabbed by the Israeli occupation.”

The market, he adds, “Gives us a platform to sell our products and tell our story because we are proud of our produce and of our land.”

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Consumers are also happy with the market, Mary and Juwana Diek say: “Here we can talk to the producers and learn from them how they produce, we listen to the challenges they face and to their stories because every one of them has a different story and most importantly: it is produced by Palestinian hands.”

I prefer small grassroots markets because you feel a warm atmosphere between the producers and the consumers talking and sharing their stories and building a relationship with them.

Cultural event

The market is held just outside the office of famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. From a first-floor room overlooking the garden where the Farmers’ Market is held, Darwish worked on editing the Al-Carmel magazine during the last decade of his life. Portraits and poems by Darwish can be seen on the walls giving the market another dimension, as a cultural event.

Renad Shqeirat, director of the Sakakini Centre, says that the other goal of the event is “to provide a space that brings together all those who are aspiring for an alternative model of consumption and production and whose values are rooted in the Palestinian communities’ growth from within.”

“We believe that the Farmers’ Markets are significant indicators to the presence of conscious individuals who question the quality and the source of what we consume daily,” she adds.

Up until half a century ago, the residents of Ramallah used to grow vegetables, grapes, olives and figs, in addition to keeping herds of goats and sheep for meat, milk, cheese and yoghurt. Nowadays, most of Ramallah’s lands have turned into urban centres, while others have been confiscated for illegal Israeli settlements and cannot be used by their Palestinian owners.

The Farmers’ Markets, many have said, allow locals to revive the area’s ties to its rich agricultural heritage

Good for people, good for the environment

Though the market has been ongoing for years, this year’s event has been different as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and Israel’s plans to annex up to 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank.

Organisers hope, not only to provide support for Palestinian famers, but to make the event green and environmentally friendly through by making it plastic-free. “So we encourage buyers to bring their own textile bags or buy paper bags we offer,” event organiser Sharaka explains. Farmers are also local, to reduce the levels of pollution emitted during their journey and the products sold are seasonal “produced in traditional and ethical ways”.

A unique event, the Farmers’ Market has given hope to many who were at risk of losing their livelihoods, and as a result, losing their land and homes. For Palestinians it is not just about shopping local and supporting the community, it’s about finding new avenues to stand up to the occupation, and the unity at the market is exactly what is needed.

(Source / 02.08.2020)

Army Abducts A Mother, Her Son And Daughter, In Hebron, After Colonists Attempted to Kidnap A Child

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday evening, a Palestinian mother along with her son and daughter after they helped free a child after she was assaulted by illegal colonialist settlers who tried to kidnap her.

According to human rights activist and a volunteer with the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem), Emad Abu Shamsiyya, a group of fanatic colonists tried to kidnap his granddaughter, Rateel Tannina, only 17 months of age, while she was with her family in Tal Romedia neighborhood in the center of Hebron city.

Abu Shamsiyya added that his son, ‘Awni, 22, his daughter, Marwa, 17, and his wife, Faiza, 44, were assaulted by the soldiers while trying to stop them from grabbing the child, causing various cuts and bruises.

He also said that Israeli soldiers then rushed to the scene, abducted the family members instead of forcing the assailing colonists away, and moved detained Palestinians to the interrogation facility, which is built on private lands near the Ibrahimi Mosque.

Abu Shamsiyya stated that his family is subject to frequent assaults and violations by the colonists, and that the soldiers only intervene to provide protection to the assailants.

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It is worth mentioning that Emad Abu Shamsiyya and his family have been subject to frequency serious Israeli violations and assaults, especially after he captured on film the execution of Abdul-Fattah Sharif, on March 24 2016, after the Palestinian was already shot and seriously wounded.

Although they escalated after that incident, these serious violations were already taking place against him and his family for documenting assaults by the soldiers and the colonialist settlers.

(Source / 02.08.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Teenage Boys Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday evening, Ya’bad town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, searched homes, and abducted three teenage boys. The soldiers also invaded Zabbouba nearby village.

Media sources in Jenin said several army vehicles invaded Ya’bad, especially the al-Ba’ajwa neighborhood, before abducting three teenage boys identified as Ahmad Yousef Abu Bakr, 17, Nabil Na’el Abu Bakr, 17, and Islam Kamel Abu Shamla, 17.

The soldiers also stormed and ransacked many homes, causing damage, and interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Zabbouba village, west of Jenin, and drove around its various streets before withdrawing.

(Source / 02.08.2020)