Israel destroys Palestinian animal shelters

Israeli forces instructed bulldozers to raze all structures on the land for settlement expansion

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Israeli bulldozers destroyed a large area of land today in Dura, near Hebron city, reported Wafa news agency.

The coordinator at the Palestinian popular committee against the wall and settlements in Yatta, Rateb Al-Jabour, said that Israeli forces instructed bulldozers to raze all structures on the land for settlement expansion close to the illegal settlement of Negohot.

The soldiers prevented residents, who were identified as the Ghannam and Odeh families, from accessing their land and forced them to leave.

There are now some 650,000 Israelis living in illegal Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

Al-Jabour called on human rights organisations to intervene and put an end to Israel’s widely practiced policies of land demolitions and property confiscation in favour of settlement expansion of the city of Jerusalem, which it now calls “Greater Jerusalem”.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation authorities demolished animal sheds in the Kisan village east of Bethlehem.

READ: Israel to make 200 Palestinians homeless in West Bank

The Deputy-Mayor of Kisan village, Ahmad Ghazal, stated that occupation soldiers demolished the village yesterday morning with a bulldozer and proceeded to destroy animal shelters used by two local residents under the pretext that they were built without a permit.

Israel’s widely practiced policies of home demolitions targeting entire families are acts of illegal collective punishment and come in direct violation of International Human Rights Law.

(Source / 07.08.2020)

‘West Bank annexation may spur EU states to recognize Palestine’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn on 13 February 2015 in Luxembourg. [Thaer Ghanaim/PPO via Getty Images]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn on 13 February 2015 in Luxembourg

Luxembourg warned Israel that if it fulfills its plan to annex parts of the West Bank, other European Union countries would recognize Palestine as an independent state, German daily Welt reported Wednesday, Anadolu reports.

“So far, nine out of 27 EU countries have recognized Palestine as a separate state. Most of these EU countries, like Hungary or Poland, took this step while belonging to communist systems before 1989,” said Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s foreign minister.

“But I think that other EU countries, including large states, will agree to recognize Palestine’s own statehood, if Israel soon annexes parts of the West Bank. There are internal considerations in this direction,” he added.

Asselborn urged the EU to take a unified stance on Israel’s West Bank annexation plan.

He stressed “diplomatic pressure” is needed to block the plan.

According to a coalition agreement by the new Israeli government, the annexation could have started on July 1. So far nothing has happened.

EU diplomats believe the COVID-19 crisis, disagreement within Israel’s new coalition government, and some reluctance in Washington account for the delay.

READ: EU states should not shirk their responsibility to uphold human rights 

The situation could however change again at any time, EU officials in Brussels were quoted saying.

From the point of view of the EU and the United Nations, the annexation would be “a serious violation of international law,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell reportedly made clear the annexation could not remain “unchallenged.”

Israel’s new government was expected to present its strategy last month for implementing the so-called “Middle East peace plan” drawn up by the Trump administration. The plan gives Israel a free hand to annex large parts of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, which the Jewish state occupied in 1967.

Palestinians are vehemently opposed to the Israeli plan, fearing it will spark further insecurity and a new wave of violence throughout the Middle East.

(Source / 07.08.2020)

Palestine lawyers thwart major land ownership forgery in East Jerusalem

Israeli court in Jerusalem on 31 March 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli court in Jerusalem on 31 March 2019

Two Palestinian attorneys have foiled a large-scale land ownership forgery in the occupied city of Jerusalem after nearly 12 years of deliberations in Israeli courts, Palestinian Wafa News Agency reported.

Wafa revealed that lawyers Asaad Mazzawi and Muhammad Bashir defended the joint ownership right of the Al-Araj and Khalayleh families to ​​more than 11,500 dunams of land in Al-Sawahreh in occupied Jerusalem before Israeli courts, proving that the two families are the rightful owners of the land.

According to Wafa, the case dates back to 2008 when a “suspicious person” from Nazareth claimed that he owned the land using false documents.

“In 2010, the person dropped his claim to the land, before attempting to sell it using the forged documents three years later,” according to Wafa.

However, on Wednesday lawyers Mazzawi and Bashir managed to obtain a decision from the Israeli Central Court in Jerusalem proving that the land indeed belongs to the two families.

Wafa added that the Palestinian government has financially supported the two families in their legal battle.

READ: ‘West Bank annexation may spur EU states to recognise Palestine’

(Source / 07.08.2020)

First Palestinian child detainee in Israel prison infected with coronavirus

Israeli forces brutally arrest a Palestinian teenager, 21 November 2017 [Muammar Awad/Apaimages]
Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian teenager, 21 November 2017 

A Palestinian child prisoner in an Israeli jail has tested positive for coronavirus, according to Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P).

The 15-year-old from Al-Jalazoun Refugee Camp in the West Bank city of Ramallah was detained less than two weeks ago and taken to Shikma Prison in Ashkelon, southern Israel, for interrogation, according to Iyad Misk, an attorney with the rights group.

At least 30 Israeli prison guards and seven Palestinian prisoners have tested positive for Covid-19 so far.

This comes after Israel’s Supreme Court ruled early last month that Palestinian prisoners have no right to social distancing protection against coronavirus.

Israel’s top court rejected a petition made by the Adalah – The Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights calling on prison authorities to implement COVID-19 protective guidelines for inmates at Gilboa prison, a facility in northern Israel housing about 450 Palestinians classified by Israel as “security prisoners”.

READ: Palestinian boy found with bullet in brain after Eid celebrations

Israel has consistently failed to provide prisoners with basic precautionary services since the beginning of the pandemic, and even withdrew some food and hygiene products from prison commissaries.

“There is no way Israeli forces can justify the detention of a child currently infected with COVID-19,” Ayed Abu Eqtaish, a programme director with DCI-P, stated.

“By extending this boy’s custodial detention, Israeli authorities are recklessly endangering his health and well-being along with the health of other detainees. Israeli authorities must release all Palestinian child detainees immediately.”

Up to 160 Palestinian children were held in Israeli military detention in June, up to 700 Palestinian children from East Jerusalem were jailed last year.

(Source / 07.08.2020)

Report: Israel demolished 313 Palestine homes in West Bank, East Jerusalem in 2020

Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house after demolished due to allegedly unlicensed construction by Israeli forces in Furush Beit Dajan village in Nablus, West Bank on May 27, 2020. [Nedal Eshtayah - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house after demolished due to allegedly unlicensed construction by Israeli forces in Furush Beit Dajan village in Nablus, West Bank on May 27, 2020

The Palestinian Colonisation and Wall Resistance Commission have confirmed that Israeli forces demolished 313 homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem during the first half of this year.

The commission disclosed in a report that 64 per cent of the demolitions took place in East Jerusalem, Nablus and Hebron.

According to the report, the Israeli authorities have issued 129 eviction notices requiring 737 Palestinians to temporarily vacate their homes and lands under the pretext of declaring them closed military zones, nature reserves or for the use of military training purposes.

The commission has monitored 419 attacks by Jewish settlers during the first half of 2020, which resulted in physical injuries to 78 Palestinians and caused damages to 1,100 dunums of land, the burning and uprooting of more than 3,000 trees and material damages to 78 vehicles.

In its report, the commission pointed out that the Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing and the Israel Land Authority have published 52 tenders during the first half of this year for the construction of thousands of housing units, as well as commercial, industrial and service buildings in the settlements located in the occupied Palestinian territories.

READ: Israel orders 2 Palestinian families to demolish their own homes

(Source / 07.08.2020)

Israel soldiers shoot Palestinian woman in the chest

Israeli forces fire at Palestinian protesters during a protest in the West Bank on 15 March 2019 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces fire at Palestinians in the West Bank on 15 March 2019

A 24-year-old Palestinian woman is in a critical condition after being shot by Israeli soldiers early this morning in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed in a statement.

According to Wafa news agency, local residents said Israeli forces stormed the Al-Jabariyat neighbourhood in Jenin city, where they interrogated and threatened to re-arrest a former prisoner after breaking into his house.

The raid sparked confrontations from Palestinian residents with Israeli occupation forces firing live and rubber-coated metal bullets at local youths who attempted to block their path.

READ: Palestinian boy found with bullet in brain after Eid celebrations

The Israeli forces claimed soldiers entered the city overnight to arrest suspects.

Director of the local Red Crescent branch, Mahmoud Al-Sa’adi, told Wafa that Israeli soldiers fired at the ambulance that arrived at the scene to evacuate the Palestinian lady who had been shot with live bullets that hit her chest.

However, the soldiers deny having used live ammunition, claiming the woman may have been hit by bullets fired by Palestinians.

The Israeli army regularly breaches Palestinian cities and villages in the occupied West Bank to arrest Palestinians.

(Source / 07.08.2020)

Israel soldiers detain 4 Palestinians across the West Bank

Israeli soldiers intervene in Palestinians, who gathered for a tree planting event on "Palestinian Land Day", in the Madma village of Nablus, West Bank on March 30, 2017. ( Nedal Eshtayah - Anadolu Agency )
Israeli soldiers harass Palestinians in Nablus, West Bank, 31 March 2017

At least four Palestinians have been detained by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank, Wafa news agency reported.

In the occupied West Bank village of Hindaza near Bethlehem, occupation forces rounded up a Palestinian after raiding his family home.

Israeli troops also raided and searched another family home in the Dheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem, which sparked confrontations and saw Israeli occupation forces firing live and rubber-coated metal bullets at local youths who attempted to block their passage to the camp.

No injuries have yet been reported.

In the northern town of Tulkarm district, sources confirmed an Israeli military raid in Nur Shams refugee camp, resulted in the detention of another Palestinian without any cause or justification.

Additionally, in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, soldiers carried out a raid in Faqqua village and arrested another Palestinian.

READ: Israel soldiers shoot Palestinian woman in the chest

This came as 24-year-old Dalia Samoudi died after being shot in the chest by Israel occupation forces.

“The bullet penetrated the liver, pancreas and aorta. She underwent surgery and was admitted to intensive care until her death was announced,” according to a statement issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Director of the local Red Crescent branch, Mahmoud Al-Sa’adi, told Wafa that Israeli soldiers also fired at the ambulance that arrived on the scene to evacuate Dalia.

(Source / 07.08.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Destroy Three Irrigation Ponds Near Jericho

Israeli soldiers destroyed, Thursday, three Palestinian irrigation ponds in the al-Jiftlik village, located to the north of Jericho in the Jordan Valley.

Ahmad Abu Ghanem, the mayor of al-Jiftlik, told WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency, that the destroyed ponds were used to irrigate 70 dunums of village land.

He added that Israeli military bulldozers filled the ponds with debris to render them useless to the Palestinians.

It is worth mentioning that, on Wednesday, the soldiers uprooted more than 100 Palm trees, owned by Anwar Abu Jouda, in the same area, before taking the trees with them.

The area is subject to constant Israeli violations, including assaults by the illegal colonialist settlers, and include assaulting the indigenous Palestinians, their homes, lands, property, and even their livestock.

(Source / 07.08.2020)

Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Into Northern Gaza

The Israeli Air Force fired, on Thursday at night, several missiles into an area in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, causing damage.

Media sources said Israeli fighter jets fired missiles at a site, apparently used by an armed resistance group in Beit Lahia, causing damage to several buildings, including nearby homes.

There have been no reports of casualties as a result of the Israeli missiles.

The Israeli army said it was retaliating to flammable balloons that were reportedly flown from Gaza, and landed in areas in Eshkol and Hof Ashkelon colonies, near the besieged Gaza Strip, causing fires.

The army initially said the sources of the fires were unknown, but later issued another statement attributing them to the balloons, and added that the soldiers also “located and defused an explosive which was reportedly attached to a balloon.”

(Source / 07.08.2020)

Army Confiscates Cement Truck, Halt Construction Of Home, Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and confiscated a cement truck after halting the construction of a Palestinian home.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National and Popular Committees in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, has reported that soldiers and personnel of the so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, invaded the Khallet al-Wahsh area in Yatta, before halting the construction of a home, owned by Ziad Abu Mayyala.

Jabour added that the soldiers also confiscated a cement truck and took it to their military base.

The army said the construction, although on private Palestinian lands, is in Area C of the occupied West Bank, under full Israeli military control, and did not receive a permit from the Civil Administration Office.

The construction received the approval of the Local Council in Yatta, but the illegal occupation authorities do not recognize the Palestinian jurisdiction.

(Source / 07.08.2020)