Palestinian boy found with bullet in brain after Eid celebrations

Israeli police guard Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital 08 January 2006 [AWAD AWAD/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli police guard Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital 08 January 2006

A nine-year-old Palestinian boy has been found with a bullet in his brain after the Eid Al-Adha celebrations which took place over the weekend, the Times of Israelreported.

The boy, who has not been named, was taken to hospital by his parents after he complained he was extremely sleepy. Initial examinations at the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem showed the boy had a tiny wound on his head and a small patch of blood in his hair.

A scan later showed a bullet had become lodged in his skull. The scan showed a bullet had entered the nine-year-old’s skull at the side, going through parts of his brain before lodging towards the back of his head.

Guy Elor, the on-call neurosurgeon at the time, later operated on the young Palestinian and was quoted by the Times of Israel as saying he was “amazed” how little damage the bullet had caused despite travelling through some “very important brain structures”.

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Adding that the whole incident was “pretty strange”, because “nobody at the hospital had a clue that he had been shot by a gun. It was a nine-year-old who was a bit sleepy.”

The parents were also reportedly unsure how the nine-year-old was injured. According to Elor, “the mother reported that he was playing with his friends and something happened, maybe something fell on him. The story really wasn’t clear, but there was no suggestion that he was shot. He had just a tiny wound on the top of his head.”

Local police are reportedly investigating the possibility the young Palestinian was hit by a falling bullet fired during Eid Al-Adha celebrations.

Despite the traumatic experience, the nine-year-old is expected to make a full recovery and as of Sunday was awake and communicating with doctors, according to the Times of Israel.

The incident comes two months after a four-year-old Palestinian girl was killed by a stray bullet fired by an unknown shooter in Jerusalem.

Rafif Mohammad Qara’een succumbed to her injuries in early June after sustaining severe brain damage after a bullet hit her in the head as her family were preparing for iftar during the holy month of Ramadan.

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(Source / 04.08.2020)

Palestinian co-founder of Islamic Movement in Israel dies

The co-founder of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Farid Abu Mukh, passed away in his hometown of Baqa Al-Gharbiye in Israel on 3 August
The co-founder of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Farid Abu Mukh, passed away in his hometown of Baqa Al-Gharbiye in Israel on 3 August

The co-founder of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Farid Abu Mukh, passed away in his hometown of Baqa Al-Gharbiye in Israel yesterday.

Eighty-three-year-old Abu Mukh had publicly called for an armed struggle against Israel combining Islamic and national ideologies.

In 1981, Israeli authorities arrested him and sentenced him to 15 years in prison for co- founding the Jihad Family secret organisation.

After spending four years in prison, he was released as part of the Jibril Agreement, which saw the release of 1,150 Palestinian prisoners including Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, co-founder of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, in exchange for the release of three Israeli soldiers captured by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC).

Historians have said Abu Mukh believed in unity and an end to division among Palestinians, Arabs and Muslim nations.

He had also called for an end to the division in the Islamic movement in its northern and southern branches as well as the state of division between Fatah and Hamas.

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(Source / 04.08.2020)

Israel Confiscates 200 Dunams Of Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem

The Israeli occupation authorities confiscated, Monday, 200 Dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, in addition to issuing an order for demolishing a barn.

Ahmad Ghazal, the deputy-mayor of Kisan village, stated that a large military force invaded the at-Tina area, south of the village, and informed the families that they are not allowed to enter their lands because they have been confiscated by the army.

The soldiers said the confiscation orders were made for “security considerations,” an excuse frequently used by the army to avoid providing a real explanation for the theft of Palestinian lands.

The Israeli violation took place while Israeli colonialist settlers confiscated large areas of privately owned farmlands in the same area, and started planting them, in addition to installing irrigation lines, before the Palestinians managed to remove them.

Ghazal stated that the Israeli army also issued an order for the demolition of a barn, owned by Hussein Abdullah ‘Obeyyat, and informed him he only has 24 hours to remove the property and leave the land or face arrest in addition to high fines and other penalties, including being imprisoned.

Kisan is a very small Palestinian village, just to the east of Bethlehem city and is inhabited by around 800 Palestinians; around half of its lands (2 square kilometers) have already been confiscated when Israel built the illegal Ma’ale Amos and Ibei HaNahal colonies, which became part of Gush Etzion colonialist bloc.

The villagers are also denied basic rights, such as a clinic, transportation services and a power grid, in addition to facing numerous violations by colonists and soldiers.

(Source / 04.08.2020)

Army Halts Construction Of Nine Palestinian Homes Near Salfit

The Israeli occupation army issued, Sunday, orders halting the construction of nine Palestinian homes in Kafr ad-Deek town, west of Salfit, in central West Bank.

Several army jeeps invaded the village and handed local residents the stop-work orders against the nine homes as a prelude to demolishing them, local sources said.

The latest orders bring the number of ultimatums against Palestinian homes and structures to 25 in just one month.

In related news, the soldiers invaded the Bedouin areas of Ras al-Ahmar and al-Harsh, west of Atouf village, in the northern Jordan Valley, and handed demolition orders targeting a few tents, homes and barns.

(Source / 04.08.2020)

B’Tselem: “If You Build It, They Will Come”

B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: While the news is full of the plans to annex the West Bank and legalize construction in settlements – Israel is busy creating facts on the ground, as usual. Annexation or not, Israel has been demolishing homes in the West Bank and trying to drive Palestinians out of their homes for decades.

These attempts to take over the coveted land are carried out in utter indifference to the severe damage to Palestinians’ property, livelihood, water, and power supply infrastructure they set up themselves, and their ability to plan their lives.

Some of these Palestinians are elderly, some are parents, and most of them own land. The one thing they do not have, which Israel makes sure they never will, is building permits. As they cannot build legally, these residents are forced to live in uncertainty, under constant threat that their homes will be demolished, their water and power supplies cut off, and their livelihoods taken away.

From the beginning of the year through May 2020, Israel demolished 30 houses and apartments throughout the West Bank (including East Jerusalem). As a result, 130 people have lost their homes, including 68 minors.

Another 112 non-residential structures (mostly cisterns and storage structures) were demolished. In East Jerusalem, 31 housing units were demolished, 26 of which were torn down by their owners after they received a demolition order. In total, 112 people, including 53 minors, lost their homes.

Build another room to alleviate crowding in your home? The Civil Administration will swiftly tear it down. Lay a pipe to carry water from a spring to a field? The Civil Administration will soon slash it. Add a classroom to the community school? It will be destroyed. Install a toilet donated to the community to improve hygiene? It will be confiscated. Build a tabun oven to bake bread? Forbidden. Put in a solar panel to generate a bit of electricity? Not allowed.

If you build It, they will come.

1 June 2020 – a convoy approaching Khirbet ‘Alan in the Jordan Valley. The same day, the Civil Administration confiscated a water pump and other farming equipment from the community. Photo: ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem. Military and Israel Police forces escort Civil Administration personnel on their mission. They often show up early in the morning, unannounced. The convoy of demolition machines slowly drawing near leaves no room for doubt. Once you spot it, you know – someone from our community will lose something today. The scope of loss and damage are revealed only after the last jeep leaves.

3 June 2020 – heavy machinery, Civil Administration personnel, soldiers and security guards go up to Khirbet al-Markez in the South Hebron Hills. The mission: demolish six homes built with EU funding. The result: 36 people, including 22 minors, homeless. Photo: Nasser Nawaj’ah, B’Tselem.

The South Hebron hills are mostly inhabited by farmers who live off agriculture and herding. For many years, Israel has been eyeing their land and trying to drive them out.

The European Union, which donates essential equipment and residential structures to Palestinian communities suffering confiscations and demolitions, has protested before Israel in the past about the confiscation and demolition of equipment it has provided. It has also warned that these actions will have implications for Israel-EU relations. Yet Israel continues with its demolition policy – without, as yet, any consequences.

11 May 2020, Khirbet ‘Alan, southwest of al-Jiftlik, the Jordan Valley. A military “stop-work” order issued to a community resident for an old cistern built without a permit – which is impossible to obtain in the first place.

Two community residents recently received “stop-work” orders for old cisterns used by farmers for many years.

The cisterns have not yet been demolished, but irrigation systems have been destroyed and water-pipes confiscated. Israel forbids the community’s residents from connecting to the water system, so they are forced to provide alone for themselves and their livestock. Some residents purchase water in tankers, while others transport water from nearby sources, and some collect water from pits and springs.

27 May 2020, Furush Beit Dajan, the Jordan Valley. A house under construction, owned by village residents, demolished.

The occupant was about to get married and planned on starting life with his family in their new home. Israel had other plans. Photo: ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem.

The sight of a brick pile where a house once stood is all too familiar to the community. This time, the demolition left a groom without a roof over his head and ruined the future he was planning for his new family.

Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, 8 June 2020. The Jerusalem Municipality offers Palestinian residents of Jerusalem two options: to demolish their own homes or wait for the municipality’s heavy machinery to do it. The latter will force them to pay huge fines. Photo: ‘Amer ‘Aruri, B’Tselem.

In this case, a family of five members demolished their own home, which was still under construction.

1 May 2020 – another self-demolition of a home in Beit Hanina. Here stood the home of a family of four.

9 June 2020 – The Abu Ghaliya community, east of Jerusalem. A truck dismantles and confiscates a wood-and-tin structure that was home to a family of 11, including four minors.

The Civil Administration confiscates tractors, solar panels, movable structures, and raw materials.

Once, it even confiscated two cows. Vehicles can be redeemed at a price, but confiscated structures and tents are not returned to their owners. Some of the crops confiscated by the Civil Administration are offered for auction. In at least once case, the Civil Administration tried to sell humanitarian equipment donated by the EU.

(Source / 04.08.2020)

Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinians, Soldiers Set Fire to Palestinian-owned Crops

A large group of illegal Israeli settlers, on Saturday evening, assaulted Palestinian families, north of Ramallah, in central occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

According to local sources, a large number of armed illegal colonists with dogs, attacked Palestinian families, including Sheikh Mohamed al-Hajj and his family in Jibiya village, north of Ramallah.

The sources said that the illegal settlers aimed their weapons at, and physically assaulted Sheikh Mohamed, his wife and children, in addition to other families with children as they trying to have a picnic.

It was noted that some family members documented the incident on their cellphones, but the attackers forced them at gunpoint to erase the evidence.

Israeli forces, on Sunday, started a fire that damaged 14 dunams of Palestinian-owned agricultural land in Al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, in central West Bank, according to a local official.

Kazem al-Hajj told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Israeli soldiers fired volleys of tear-gas canisters and stun grenades into almond tree crops, belonging to Suleiman Ahmed, in the east of Al-Mughayyir, which started a fire that burned 14 dunams of crops.

(Source / 04.08.2020)

Israeli Colonists Burn Two Palestinian Cars Near Nablus

Several fanatic illegal Israeli colonists infiltrated, on Tuesday at dawn, into Far’ata Palestinian village, west of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and burnt two cars in addition to writing racist graffiti.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists came from Havat Gilad colony, which was built on Palestinian lands near the village.

The colonists also wrote racist anti-Palestinian graffiti on several walls and cars, before fleeing the area.

Daghlas stated that the two cars, a Skoda and a Mercedes, model 2017, are owned by Marwan Ahmad Nofal and Sharhabeel Ahmad Nofal. One of them was just recently bought before the Al-Aqsa Muslim feast.

The attacks are part of frequent violations by the illegal colonists against the Palestinians, their homes, lands, and holy sites in several parts of occupied Palestine.

(Source / 04.08.2020)

Soldiers Demolish Barns Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, Kisan Palestinian village, east of Bethlehem south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, and demolished several barns. The army also delivered orders for the demolition of residential sheds near Hebron.

Ahmad Ghazal, the deputy mayor of Kisan, said several army vehicles and bulldozers invaded the village after surrounding and isolating it.

Ghazal added that the soldiers demolished several barns owned by Hussein Abdullah Obeyyat and Taleb Mousa Ghazal.

The army claims the barns, built on private Palestinian lands, were installed without a permit from the so-called Civil Administration Office, the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation. The barns were legally licensed by the Local Council of the town.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Shu’ab al-Batn village, east of Yatta town, south of the southern West bank city of Hebron, and delivered orders from the demolition of four residential sheds, owned by Othman Mohammad Jabarin, Khaled Khalil Jabarin and Mohammad Yousef Jabarin.

The sheds provide shelter for more than twenty Palestinians, including children, and are being targeted because Israel is trying to expand the illegal Avigal colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands in direct violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the Wall & Colonization Resistance Commission in southern West Bank, called on various international legal and human rights groups to intervene, and put an end to Israel’s escalation against the Palestinians and their property.

Jabour added that the families in the village, as well as many communities in the area, depend on raising cattle as their only source of livelihood.

(Source / 04.08.2020)

Updated: PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Fifteen Palestinians In West Bank”

Updated: The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight until dawn hours Tuesday, fifteen Palestinians, including a young woman, during extensive and violent searches of homes across the occupied West Bank. The soldiers also shot two Palestinians in Jericho.

The PPS office in Jenin, in northern West Bank, said the soldiers abducted Mo’tasem Abu Arrana at a sudden military roadblock, and added that the army also stormed and ransacked homes before abducting Ahmad Salah and Mohammad Abu az-Zaki, from Jenin refugee camp, in addition to Amir Sharqawi from Zababda town.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted a young woman, identified as Tasneem al-Qadi, 28, from her home.

The soldiers also abducted Fadi Abu Sneina, from his home in Qalqilia, in the northern part of the West Bank.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Rashid Ali Awad, from his home in Beit Ummar town, north of the city.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted two young men, identified as Ayman Yacoub Ghazal and Ala’ Haroun Ghazal.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Ali Mohammad Raslan, a student of the Al-Quds University, from his home in Aqbat Jabr refugee camp, in Jericho, in addition to Hikmat Oweidat.

Protests erupted during the military invasion into Jericho, and the soldiers shot two young men with live rounds.

In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohannad Shehada and Yousef Shehada from their homes in Orif town.

(Source / 04.08.2020)

Israel Confiscates 327 Dunams Near Bethlehem To Build Colonialist Units

The Israeli occupation authorities have issued orders from the confiscation of 327 Dunams (80.8 Acres) of Palestinian lands to build hundreds of units in an illegal colony east of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Colonization & Wall Resistance Commission, said that Israel recently decided to confiscate 327 Dunams of Palestinian lands to build 224 units in Abie Hanahal colony, which was built on privately-owned Palestinian lands.

Breijiyya added that the lands are in the eastern part of the village, and that the villagers already lost large areas of farmland when Israel built the illegal colony.

It is worth mentioning that Israel recently confiscated 700 Dunams (172.9 Acres) of Palestinian lands near al-Ferdis village, east of Bethlehem.

In related news, the soldiers demolished several barns in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, and delivered orders for the demolition or residential sheds near Hebron

(Source / 04.08.2020)