Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Room, Bulldoze Lands, Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, Masafer Yatta village, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, before demolishing a residential room and bulldozing Palestinian farmlands.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the Popular Committees against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in southern Hebron, said the soldiers invaded the Wadi Jheish area, in Masafer Yatta, east of Yatta city, and demolished a residential room, owned by Hisham Khalil Nawaj’a.

Jabour added that the soldiers also bulldozed and uprooted lands owned by members of Shawaheen family, in Khilal al-Adra area, east of Yatta.

The lands are close to the illegal Susiya colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands, in direct  violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory and a constant violator.

(Source / 06.08.2020)

While Illegal Colonists Install A Mobile Home On Palestinian Lands, Soldiers Attack Locals

Israeli soldiers attacked, Thursday, many Palestinians after several illegal Israeli colonists invaded their lands and installed a mobile home to establish a new outpost, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Mohammad Azem, the head of Sebastia Town Council, has reported that the Palestinians were on their lands near a local water well belonging to Deir Sharaf village when the colonists invaded the area and installed the mobile home.

He added that the colonists attacked many Palestinians to force them away before the soldiers arrived at the scene and also assaulted the residents.

The water well the illegal colonists are trying to occupy and install their new illegal outpost, is an essential water supply to many Palestinian villages and towns in the area.

“The Israeli army, and the colonists, frequently try to force us out of the area,” Azem added, “But we will continue to protest, and we intend to hold Friday prayers this week on our lands, again, and will never abandon our lands, out livelihoods.”

(Source / 06.08.2020)

Army Orders Palestinians To Stop Planting, Rehabilitating Their Lands, Near Salfit

Several Israeli army jeeps invaded, on Wednesday morning, Palestinian lands in Deir Ballout town, west of the central West Bank city of Salfit, and handed many residents military orders to stop planting and rehabilitating their olive orchards, in addition to informing them that their existing olive trees will be uprooted.

Yahia Mustafa, the mayor of Deir Ballout, stated that the soldiers handed the orders to nine Palestinians whose lands are in the western area of the town, close to the illegal Annexation Wall.

The privately-owned Palestinian lands are in Area C of the occupied West Bank, under Israeli control, and are in Ta’mar and al-Barriyyat areas.

Yahia stated that the Palestinians planted olive trees on their lands five to ten years ago, and are trying to rehabilitate other sections of their lands to plant more trees.

He added that the local council in Deir Ballout asked the landowners to bring their deeds and legal documents in preparation for filing appeals against the illegal Israeli orders, in addition to submitting them to legal and human rights groups.

Resident Met’eb Mousa, one of the owners of the lands, said he and his brothers own 250 Dunams (61.7 Acres) of olive orchards, containing at least 2500 olive trees, and added that most of the trees were planted dozens of years ago, and many were planted seven years ago.

“We are constantly working on our lands, planting and rehabilitating them,” he said, “But now Israel wants us not only to stop the work, and return the orchards to their original condition before we started reclamation and rehabilitation of our lands.”

Earlier Wednesday, several fanatic illegal Israeli colonists invaded Palestinian orchards near Salfit, and uprooted many olive trees and saplings, in addition to stopping the residents from preparing for a dirt road leading to their orchards.

(Source / 06.08.2020)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct 23 Palestinians, Including Children, In West Bank”

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, 23 civilians, including children,  from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers stormed and ransacked dozens of homes across the occupied West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, before abducting 23.

In the central West Bank, the PPS said the soldiers abducted seven citizens from different villages and towns in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate. They have been identified as:

1. Mutasim Ali Assi,
2. Sa’ad Asaad Dar Mousa,
3. Muhammad al-Hajj,
4. Wasfi Nafez Zaita,
5. Osaid Murad Nakhleh,
6. Youssef Marwan Hussein, and
7. Bashar Muhammad Safi.

In Hebron Governorate, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted:

8. Muhammad Ezz Telakh.
9. Youssef Osama Al-Anati.
10. Saleh Ismail Al-Badarin.
11. Qutaiba Idris Jaradat.
12. Jabr Wael Al-Badawi.
13. Muhammad Mahfouz.

Meanwhile, five citizens, including children, were abducted from different areas of the northern West Bank governorate of Nablus.

14. Hamad Maskawi.
15. Muhammad Najeh Samara.
16. Mahmoud Ahmed Abu Siris, 14.
17. Unidentified child
18. Unidentified child. All of whom were detained at a military roadblock near Beit Furik town.

In Shu’fat refugee camp, in occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted:

19. Ryan Imran Alqam,
20. Mohammed Al-Anati, 14.

In Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted
21. Bilal Al-Saddah,
22. Muath Hassan Abu Bakr.
23. Shihab Al-Tawil, 36.

(Source / 06.08.20)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Shortly After His Release From Detention

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday afternoon, a former Palestinian political prisoner shortly being released from prison, after spending 14 months behind bars.

Media activist, Mohammad Awad, said the soldiers abducted Hammad Ahmad Abu Mariya, 27, from Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Awad added that,  after the Palestinian served the 14-month prison sentence in Israeli occupation prisons, and was released, he headed towards his home in Beit Ummar, however, soldiers and intelligence officers, rearrested him at the permanent military roadblock near the al-Thaheriyya town, south of Hebron.

The soldiers initially searched the Palestinian at the military roadblock, and told him that he could leave, but abducted him as he was walking away.

Earlier Thursday, the soldiers invaded and searched dozens of homes across the West Bank, and abducted 23 Palestinians, including children.

(Source / 06.08.2020)

Israeli MK calls Beirut’s blast “spectacular fireworks show”

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli politician and former MK, Moshe Feiglin, on Wednesday celebrated Beirut’s dreadful port explosion, in which at least a hundred people were killed and thousands were injured, and called it a “spectacular fireworks show”.

In a Facebook post on his personal account, Feiglin celebrated the horrible blast and thanked “the lord and all the geniuses and heroes who organized this marvelous celebration in honor of the holiday of love.”

Israeli politician and former Knesset member Moshe Feiglin describes Beirut’s dreadful blast as “one of Israel’s best days”, saying “marking valentine’s day, we’ve got a fantastic fireworks show from Beirut’s port.”

“In honor of [Tu B’Av – the Jewish holiday of love which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday], we got a “spectacular fireworks show” in the port of Beirut,” wrote the former MK on behalf of the ruling Likud Party. “You don’t really believe this was just a messy fuel depot, right? You do realize that this inferno was supposed to land on us as a rain of rockets?”

“I have a bit of experience with explosives. The largest explosion I took part in was 2.5 tonnes of TNT. What we saw yesterday in the port of Beirut was much bigger. Its destructive effect (minus the radiation) was equivalent to a mini-nuclear bomb.”

Pay close attention to the videos taken from the sea, to the huge vacuum at the center of the blast that sucked seawater into itself and created a mushroom cloud resembling a nuclear blast. Granted, the horrible effect of radiation isn’t there, but this was dispersed over precise explosive heads of around 200,000 missiles that could reach any strategic point in Israel.”

Feiglin also criticized the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, which was occupied by the occupation state in 1982.

“I have been warning for years that the withdrawal from Lebanon and the new strategic balance against Hezbollah… put Israel into a balance of terror that is equivalent to a nuclear bomb by the terrorist organization on our northern border,” he wrote.

“Today is Tu B’Av, it is a day to rejoice – and a sincere and great thanks to the Lord and all the geniuses and heroes (!) who organized this marvelous celebration in honor of the holiday of love.”

The horrible blast killed over 130 people and wounded over 5000 others, moreover, it had a devastating impact on people’s lives and properties and Lebanon’s already fragile economy.

(Source / 06.08.2020)

313 Israeli demolitions during 2020’s first half

Ramallah (QNN)- A new report by the Committee against the Wall and the settlements revealed that the occupation state has carried out 313 demolitions in the West Bank during the first half of 2020, 64% of them took place in Jerusalem and Hebron.

The report, which covers the Israeli violations against the Palestinian people during the first half of 2020, revealed that the Israeli authorities issued several demolishing and evacuation notices for native Palestinians under the pretexts of announcing the area a military zone or nature reserve.

It added that the Israelis issued 129 notices that led to the expulsion of 737 Palestinians.

The report also registered 419 settler attacks that caused 78 injuries, vandalism of 1100 donums, uprooting and burning over 3000 trees, and vandalism of 78 vehicles. Most attacks took place in Jerusalem, Nablus, and Hebron with over 60% of the settlers’ attacks.

It added that the Israeli government, as well as other legislative institutions in the occupation state, proposed draft laws that aim to enhance the Israeli colonial project in Palestine. The Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing has published 52 tenders during the first half of 2020, which included the construction of thousands of settlement units on Palestinian lands.

(Source / 06.08.2020)

Israel offer help to Lebanon might be cover to harvest organs like what happened in Haiti

Israel has been known as the hub for human organs trafficking. Several international reports proved this and provided details about it

Israel offered to send humanitarian aid to Lebanon to deal with consequences of explosion at Port of Beirut, but this might be the guise to harvest organs like what happened in Haiti.

On Wednesday, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi issued a joint statement to say that Israel approached Lebanon through international defence and diplomatic channels to offer the government humanitarian aid.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat to speak with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov in order to clarify how Israel can further assist Lebanon.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin offered his condolences for the dead and injured. In a tweet that was posted in Arabic, Hebrew and English, Rivlin wrote: “We share the pain of the Lebanese people and sincerely reach out to offer our aid at this difficult time.”

But humanitarian offers might be the guise that Israel would use to cover potential organs harvesting like what allegedly happened in Haiti more than a decade ago or at least to collect intelligence material.

Israel has been known as the hub for human organs trafficking. Several international reports proved this and provided details about it.

(Source / 06.08.2020)

Remembering Israel’s 2014 attack on Gaza’s universities

At the height of the 2014 onslaught on Gaza, Israel shelled kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, UN run education facilities and several higher education centres

What?

Six years ago, Israeli occupation forces targeted the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) in one of the deadliest military offensives against the two million Palestinians living within the besieged enclave.

The bombardment left 2,251 people dead, with more than 11,000 wounded, according to Palestinian and UN sources.

A further half a million Palestinians were displaced. Six years on, the UN has complied an extensive report on the scale of destruction to Gaza’s higher education facilities during the 51-day onslaught which began 8 July 2014.

Where?

The occupied Gaza Strip

When?

2 August 2014

What happened?

At the height of the 2014 onslaught on Gaza, Israel shelled kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, UN run education facilities and several higher education centres.

A UN report found that the centres of learning were directly targeted during the deadly attack on the besiegedpopulation. Over 2,251 Palestinians were killed, 500 of whom were children.

Israel’s military offensive on the Gaza Strip took place against the backdrop of a second Palestinian unity government being formed in early June by the Islamic Resistance Movement — Hamas — in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

Threatened by the reconciliation between the two main Palestinian factions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the PA had to choose between peace with Hamas or peace with Israel.

Ten days later, on 12 June, three Israeli settlers went missing in the West Bank, an incident for which Israel blamed Hamas, despite providing no evidence to back the allegation.

Netanyahu also stated that the kidnapping proved that the unity pact between the Palestinian factions could not be endorsed.

In the aftermath of the abduction, Israel launched a crackdown on alleged Hamas associates in the West Bank, triggering a cycle of events which led to the Zionist state launching a full scale military invasion of Gaza dubbed “Operative Protective Edge”.

What happened next?

The Islamic University of Gaza, which has nearly 20,000 students was targeted along with dozens of other higher education institutions (HEIs).

A UN school was also targeted during the bombings prompting outrage from the international community – including the US, which said it was “appalled” by the “disgraceful” shelling of the UN run school.

Sparking some of the harshest language ever to be directed against the Zionist state, Washington called the attack “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible.”

Student deaths, caused by disproportionate Israeli shelling, made up more than a quarter – or 27.4 per cent – of total civilian deaths incurred in Gaza. In total, 407 students from 20 out of 26 HEI’s were killed.

While male students accounted for the highest number of deaths, a total of 38 female students also lost their lives, 15 of whom were studying at the IUG and ten at Al-Quds Open University.

With 95 fatalities, IUG also suffered the heaviest male deaths; followed by Al-Aqsa (49 deaths) and Al-Quds Open University (44 deaths).

Of the 626 students that were injured, 286 suffered “shrapnel wounds, including fractures”. A further 235 incurred “shrapnel wounds, other wounds & fractures, including burns” according to the UN report.

Israel’s bombardment caused extensive damages to the homes of students. Pupils at 23 out of 26 HEIs had their homes destroyed.

A total of 7,169 students – or 7.5 per cent of the student population at all HEIs – were affected in this manner. The worst affected were enrolled at Al-Azhar University, where 3,932 pupils – 66 per cent of all students at the institution – lost their homes.

Five IUG staff members made up a total of nine academics and administrative staff that were killed in four HEIs. Another 21 suffered injuries. The homes of 393 staff were destroyed in the bombings, including 31 that belonged to teachers at the IUG.

Large-scale damage and destruction to HEI buildings, facilities and equipment during the bombardment totalled more than $16 million. While the total cost of the damage and destruction to Gaza’s homes and infrastructure has been estimated at $7.8 billion.

The stark and shocking details of the destruction was uncovered in the UN report. It shows how HEIs were attacked by Israeli drone strikes, high explosive anti-tank weapons, and direct and indirect air strikes.

Such indiscriminate attack, concluded the report, deliberately placed students and lecturers on the front line of the conflict and left many sites littered with explosive remnants of war. Given the level of damage at some sites, students and staff could face ongoing and serious risks to their safety.

The UN urged the international community to protect Gaza’s HEIs and safeguard the right to education for its besieged population guaranteed under international law.

(Source / 06.08.2020)

Israel detains 19 Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli forces Wednesday overnight detained 19 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, said the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS confirmed in a press release that Israeli forces rounded up six Palestinians from the northern West Bank district of Nablus.

Five of the six detainees were identified as residents of Kafr Qallil village, south of Nablus, and another as a resident of Ad-Dahiya neighborhood, south of the city.

Read More: Israel detains 10 Palestinians in Jerusalem, West Bank

PPS said that two other Palestinians were detained from the northern West Bank.

One of them was identified as a resident of Tubas city and the other as a resident of Yaabad town, southwest of Jenin city.

Read More: Israel detains a number of Palestinians in the occupied territories

In Ramallah and al-Bireh district, Israeli military vehicles stormed Sinjil town, northeast of Ramallah city, where soldiers rounded up two Palestinians.

Israeli soldiers conducted a similar predawn raid in Jalazone refugee camp, north of the city, resulting in the detention of two others.

In the southern West Bank, PPS confirmed that three Palestinians were detained from Bethlehem district.

Israeli soldiers barged their way into al-Azza refugee camp, north of the city, where they detained two of the three, including a former prisoner.

The third one was rounded up in a similar raid in Beit Sahour city, east of Bethlehem.

In Hebron district, Israeli troops rounded up two Palestinians after ransacking their families houses in the city.

They also detained another after breaking into and searching his house in Dura city, west of Hebron.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

According to Palestinian figures, roughly 5,700 Palestinians — including numerous women and children — are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities.

Under Israeli military law army commanders have full executive, legislative and judicial authority over 3 million Palestinians living in the West Bank. Palestinians have no say in how this authority is exercised.

(Source / 06.08.2020)