Report: Three martyrs, 400 detainees, and the demolition of 85 homes and facilities during last July

The Abdullah Al-Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation of the Department of Labor and Planning of the Palestine Liberation Organization said today, Tuesday, that three martyrs were martyred by the Israeli occupation’s bullets, and 400 others were arrested during last July.

In its monthly report on the most prominent Israeli violations against our people during July, the Center added that the occupation demolished 85 homes and facilities in several Palestinian areas, and the most important of what was stated in the report:

Martyrs

Three martyrs were killed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip at the hands of the occupation forces during the month of July, and they are:

Saad Al-Gharabli (75 years), from the Gaza Strip, died in the occupation prisons, as a result of deliberate medical negligence, after spending 26 years in captivity.

Ibrahim Mustafa Abu Yaqoub (33 years) from the town of Kafeel Haris in Salfit Governorate, died after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the neck.

Asin Dahir (34 years), from Rafah, died of her injury during the aggression launched by the occupation state on the Gaza Strip in 2014.

While the occupation is still holding the bodies of (63) martyrs in refrigerators since the Jerusalem endowment in 2015, in blatant violation of international humanitarian law.

The wounded and detainees

During the month of July, the Israeli occupation authorities arrested about 400 citizens in the Palestinian territories, 40 of whom were children and 10 women.

The occupation authorities arrest about 4,500 prisoners in their prisons, including 160 children and 39 women, in poor humanitarian conditions and treatment in violation of international humanitarian law.

The occupation army injured about 90 Palestinian citizens in all parts of the Palestinian territories, as a result of the suppression of citizens protesting against the racist policy of occupation, seizing their lands, demolishing their homes, and closing Palestinian towns and villages.

Settlement and land grab

The occupation authorities approved a project to establish 240 settlement units on Jaffa Street, in the heart of Jerusalem, near the “Shaarei Tidyak” hospital.

The so-called “Settlements Council in the West Bank” announced the start of work to build 164 new settlement units in the “Neve Daniel” settlement, which is built on the lands of the villages of Al-Khader and Nahalin, south of Bethlehem.

Israeli sources revealed that 1700 settlement units were being marketed in the settlement of “Givat Hamatos”, which is built on the lands of the town of Beit Safafa, in addition to marketing a new settlement project in “Nof Zion” settlement on the lands of Jabal Al Mukaber in occupied Jerusalem.

The occupation forces also installed two mobile homes on the lands of Kisan village, which were previously leveled.

The occupation authorities seized 700 dunums planted with olive trees in the Mount Fureidis area, east of Bethlehem, and surrounded it with barbed wire, with the aim of establishing a garden, in the context of the annexation plan and the theft of Palestinian lands.

The occupation authorities ended the procedures for registering 525 dunums of the lands of the town of Nahalin for the Jewish National Fund, for the purpose of building in the “Gush Etzion” settlement bloc, after the occupation courts rejected the papers submitted by the Palestinians over the years.

The Israeli occupation authorities seized 327 dunums of the lands of Keysan village, east of Bethlehem, for military purposes.

He notified the “Settlements Council” to seize 300 dunums of the Marajat area, northwest of Jericho, in favor of expanding the “Mfuot Jericho” settlement.

The occupation threatened the residents of Al-Jabaa by seizing about 100 dunums of agricultural land, in addition to seizing 3.5 dunums of lands from the village of Shufa and 1.5 dunums of lands from the town of Yasouf, near the “Za’tara” military checkpoint.

The occupation authorities received notices to seize 15 dunums of the lands of Rafat village, west of Salfit.

Demolition of homes and facilities

Last July, the Israeli occupation authorities demolished 85 homes and facilities, including 29 homes and 56 facilities.

Among the demolitions, 6 houses were self-demolished by their owners inside the neighborhoods of occupied Jerusalem, and the village of Walaja, south of the city, to avoid paying heavy fines to the occupation municipality. The demolitions included the governorates of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jericho, Bethlehem, Tulkarm, and Salfit.

During the same period, the occupation authorities notified 156 facilities to demolish, halt construction and restoration, including 12 notifications of seizure and seizure of 630 dunums of citizens’ land, for the establishment of settlement projects, and for military purposes.

The notifications included the towns and villages of: Yasuf, Bidya, and Rafat in Salfit governorate, Amatin in Qalqilya governorate, and the town of Issawiya in Jerusalem governorate, and Izbat Shoufah in Tulkarm governorate, Arab al-Malihat in Jericho governorate, and the village of Jabaa in Bethlehem governorate, and Surif town in Hebron governorate.

Thirty-six demolition notices were distributed in Farasin village, southwest of Jenin Governorate, including most of the village’s facilities and housing.

Settlers’ attacks

Settlers carried out 91 attacks against citizens and their property, which resulted in the injury of 12 civilians, including a child, and destroyed 145 fruit trees. Passed out.

A settler stole 5 heads of cattle south of Jenin while a shepherd was in the area, and settlers ‘vehicles carried out 5 bulldozing operations, affecting tens of dunums of citizens’ lands, in addition to two shootings, and one run over operation in the Old City of Hebron, resulting in the injury of a child. Serious.

The settlers infiltrated at night into one of the neighborhoods of the city of Al-Bireh, opposite the settlement of “Basjot”, and burned the Al-Birr Al-Ihsan mosque, where they stole four tents, water tanks, and five tons of wheat in Khirbet Samra in the northern Jordan Valley, and carried out 50% of these attacks in Nablus and Hebron governorates.

Land leveling

The occupation authorities continued to raze and uproot olive trees in the lands of the town of Huwara, south of Nablus, through the construction of the settlement road called “Hawara bypass,” which will deprive the citizens of hundreds of agricultural acres and thousands of olive trees.

Meanwhile, about 15 dunums of lands were bulldozed from the town of Kisan in Bethlehem in order to expand the settlement of “Ibi Hanhal.”

The occupation authorities razed lands in the towns of Deir Istia, Haris, Wasaka, and Qarawah in Salfit, in addition to tracts of lands in Baqaa, Hebron and Issawiya in Jerusalem.

The occupation and its settlers burned and uprooted more than 470 olive trees in the towns of Sa`ir, Deir Istiya, Yasuf, and Kafr al-Labd.

Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip

The Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip during the past month resulted in the death of the prisoner Saadi Al-Gharabli (75 years), as a result of deliberate medical negligence against the prisoners in the occupation prisons, after being arrested for 26 continuous years.

Citizen Asin Duhair (34 years) was also killed by her wounds sustained during the 2014 aggression.

The Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip also included the implementation of 40 ground fire operations, 4 incursions into the east of the Strip, 4 air strikes, 2 artillery bombings, and 31 attacks on fishermen, resulting in the arrest of 7 of them and the seizure of two boats.

In addition, the Israeli occupation forces arrested 9 civilians, three of them at the Beit Hanoun “Erez” military checkpoint.

(Source / 12.08.2020)

1037 prisoners received prison sentences of more than 20 years

Abdel Nasser Farwana, a specialist in prisoners and freedmen affairs, said today, Tuesday, that (1037) prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons have been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

In a post on his Facebook account, Farwana explained that among those prisoners (543) were given life sentences.

He said, “The bitter truth that everyone must realize, especially the Palestinian resistance factions, is that hundreds of these prisoners will not break their record except through prisoner exchange deals.”

He called on Hamas to search for tools of pressure that would force the occupation to seriously deal with a new exchange deal and pay its dues.

(Source / 12.08.2020)

Israel arrests 11 Palestinians, raids house of Hamas leader

Hamas MP Hassan Yousef [Twitter]
Hamas leader Hassan Yousef 2 April 2019

Israeli occupation forces yesterday arrested 11 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, raided the house of Hamas leader Hassan Yousef and handed him a summons to the Israeli intelligence office, Quds Press reported.

According to an Israeli army statement, the Palestinians who were arrested were being interrogated over their participation in the popular resistance against illegal settlements.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club reported that Faisal Al-Najjar, his wife and sons, Mohammed and Mousa, were among the detainees.

In Ramallah, Israeli occupation forces raided the house of Hamas leader Hassan Yousef and handed summoned him for questioning next Tuesday.

READ: Israel soldiers shoot Palestinian woman in the chest

Yousef was released from Israeli jails on 23 July after spending 15 months under administrative detention. He spent a total of more than 20 years in detention.

Israeli occupation forces carry our daily arrest and raid campaigns across the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 12.08.2020)

PLO appeals for UN to protect Palestine refugees, support UNRWA

UNRWA distributes food aid to families in Gaza, 2 April 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
UNRWA distributes food aid to families in Gaza, 2 April 2020

The Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) has appealed to the UN to protect Palestinian refugees and support the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported yesterday.

The appeal included a call for the UN to afford “urgent and tangible” protection for Palestinian refugees in light of the coronavirus outbreak based on its mandate and in accordance with WHO standards.

The PLO reiterated that such protection and support “must” continue until a solution for the issue of the refugees is found based on Resolution 194.

According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, the PLO explained the “dangers” that threaten the Palestinian refugees as a result of the spread of the coronavirus in the occupied Palestinian territories and refugee camps across the Middle East.

READ: Palestinians in the face of occupation and a pandemic

The PLO called for the UN to allocate $100 million from the its Global Central Emergency Response Fund to help deal with the dangerous emergency situation in the Palestinian refugee camps and to cover the expenses of the start of the new school year.

The appeal included details of the illegal Israeli activities and aggression against Palestinians and their properties.

(Source / 12.08.2020)

Egypt opens Rafah crossing for Palestine travellers

An Egyptian security guard is seen between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on 1 July 2013 [Mohammed Talatene/ApaImages]
An Egyptian security guard is seen between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on 1 July 2013

For the first time in five months, Egyptian authorities yesterday opened the Rafah Crossing for Palestinian travellers from and the besieged Gaza Strip.

In a brief statement, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said: “Egyptian authorities opened the crossing exceptionally after a five-month closure.”

On Monday, the Interior Ministry announced the names of the people who would be allowed to travel through the crossing, which is due to remain open for three days.

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The Interior Ministry prepared its teams in coordination with the Health Ministry for the reception of the Palestinians returning to Gaza from abroad.

After entering Gaza, travellers must quarantine for 21 days in a specified location which has been prepared by authorities.

As a result of its strict measures, Gaza has so far registered only 81 cases of coronavirus, with only one death.

(Source / 12.08.2020)

Israel forces Palestinian family to demolish their home or risk hefty fines

A Palestinian family in occupied East Jerusalem were forced to demolish their own home

ZERO building permits were issued by Israel in 2015 !

A Palestinian family in occupied East Jerusalem were forced to demolish their own home on Monday, Quds News reported.

An Israeli court ordered Palestinian resident Ibrahim Abu Seiba to destroy his family home or risk hefty fines and demolition fees.

The demolition order was issued under the context that the house was built without building permits, which are almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain.

Occupied East Jerusalem is located in what the Oslo Accords designated as ‘Area C’ which calls under full Israeli military and administrative control, as a result the occupation state regularly issues demolition orders to Palestinians in the area, both those who have built homes to house their expanding families and those that have existed for decades.

The Palestinian Colonisation and Wall Resistance Commission reported that Israeli forces demolished 313 homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem during the first half of 2020.

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

(Source / 12.08.20220)

The UK has been ‘non-committal’ in tackling Israel’s plans to annex the West Bank

People gather in Tel Aviv to protest against Jewish settlements and Israel's annexation plan of the West Bank on 23 June 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
People gather in Tel Aviv to protest against Jewish settlements and Israel’s annexation plan of the West Bank on 23 June 2020

Europe has an important role to play in combatting Israel’s illegal annexation of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, speakers at a webinar held yesterday said.

Hosted by the European-Palestinian Relations Forum (EuroPal Forum), the webinar heard from Independent Member of the House of Lords Baroness Tonge, Member of the European Parliament Jakop Dalunde, United Kingdom Member of Parliament Mickey Bradey, and the General Director of the League of Parliamentarians for Al-Quds Dr. Makram Balawi.

In her address, Baroness Tonge said her questions to the UK government regarding Israel’s planned annexation have repeatedly been rebuffed by officials. the UK government is making “representations to the Israeli government”, she is told again and again. A response which she believes is indicative of the UK’s “non-committal” position regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict.

As a result, the UK will not impose sanctions on Israel should the occupation state go ahead with annexation plans, as it believes that “persuasion and discourse is a better way of doing things”.

READ: Annexation and the need to be proactive

Though one could argue that Israel had abandoned the two-state solution years ago, Jakop Dalunde MEP explained in his address, its plans to annex the West Bank has eradicated the pretense that it is working towards a two-state model.

Europe, he added, is “not living up to its words in putting pressure on Israel”, with the different resolutions pushed through the European Parliament targeting Israel for accountability often not being actioned practically.

“The way that they [Israel] are acting is removing all of the arguments that political actors in Europe used to be able to have in defending their support of Israel, and in defending their lack of interest in promoting peace,” he added.

In spite of this, there is still a big gap between criticism of Israel and doing something more actionable, he explained.

It is this that worries Palestinians, General Director of the League of Parliamentarians for Al-Quds Dr. Makram Balawi, explained. The international community needs to signal that there will be a heavy price for illegal annexation, he continued.

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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 believe Israel’s plan will see the occupation state illegally seize 30 per cent of the West Bank. They have said they are no longer bound by treaties agreed with Israel if annexation goes ahead.

The plan was “postponed” after US officials and Israelis could not agree on how and when the annexation efforts could begin.

EuroPal Forum’s event comes within a series of parliamentary seminars/webinars organised by Europal Forum to develop relations with politicians, parliamentarians and opinion leaders in Europe and with all popular forces and solidarity organisations with the aim of strengthening the Palestinian narrative of the conflict among European societies.

(Source / 12.08.2020)

Italy donates $8.2m to UNRWA

Palestinian students attend class at a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza on 8 August 2020 [MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images]
Palestinian students attend class at a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza on 8 August 2020

Italy has contributed €6.8 million ($8.2 million) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of its core programmes and services including education, healthcare and relief and social services.

The Italian government’s donation comes following the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s appeal to the UN to protect Palestinian refugees and support the UNRWA in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Giuseppe Fedele, Consul General of Italy in Jerusalem, said: “This contribution reflects Italy’s steadfast commitment in supporting UNRWA to deliver essential services to Palestinian refugees across all its fields of operation. UNRWA remains a vital stabilizing factor in a region that continues to be plagued by old and new crises, as the recent, catastrophic explosion in the port of Beirut has dramatically shown.”

In a region rife with conflicts, and now battling the health and socioeconomic impacts of Covid-19, UNRWA stands as a vital source of regional stability.

READ: PLO appeals for UN to protect Palestine refugees, support UNRWA

UNRWA’s funding comes almost entirely from voluntary donations made by UN member states. The agency has faced severe financial difficulties since the Trump administration stopped aid donations altogether in 2018.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the people and government of Italy for this generous contribution which comes at a time of great need,” said Marc Lassouaoui, UNRWA Chief of Donor Relations.

He added, “This timely contribution will help UNRWA continue delivering core services to Palestine refugees throughout the region, including education, health care and relief and social services.”

Last year, the Italian government donated €1.5 million ($1.7 million) to the UNRWA which allowed the agency to provide medical services for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

READ: Palestine extends state of emergency while easing lockdown measures

(Source / 12.08.2020)

Army Uproots Dozens Of Palestinian Olive Saplings Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, Palestinian olive orchards near Wad Rahhal village, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, and uprooted more than 100 saplings.

Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Wall & Colonization Resistance Commission, has reported that the soldiers uprooted more than 100 olive saplings in a 2.5 Dunams orchard.

Breijiyya added that the orchard is owned by Amer Abu Zaghrit, and that the soldiers also demolished retaining walls surrounding his land.

The official also stated that, despite the Israeli allegation that the area is assigned as “archeological,” Israel is planning to annex 1200 Dunams from their Palestinian owners, to build a new illegal colony.

(Source / 12.08.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Two Residential Tents Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers demolished, Tuesday, two Palestinian residential tents in the al-Fakheet, Khirbat Maghayir al-Abeed and Susiya villages, near Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Fuad al-‘Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committee in Masafer Yatta, stated that the soldiers invaded the al-Fakheet village, before destroying a residential tent, inhabit by Jamil Mahmoud al-‘Amour and his family of four.

He added that the soldiers confiscated the tent, and construction material, in addition to removing a barbwire fence, surrounding a land, owned by Raed Salam al-‘Amour.

The soldiers also invaded Khirbat Maghayir al-Abeed village, before demolishing a tent inhabited by Salah Shehada Makhamra and his family.

The residents voiced appeals to various legal, national and interrogation human rights groups, to intervene and stop the constant Israeli violations, aimed at removing the Palestinians from their lands before confiscating them to build and expand illegal, segregated colonies.

Hebron, Palestine
11th of August 2020
The Israeli Occupation Army confiscates construction equipment and demolishes a tent in the Susiya area in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Susiya village, east of Yatta, before demolishing and confiscating a residential tent, owned by Ahmad Jabr Hammad and his family.

The army also confiscated construction material, concrete mixer, and a power generator, in addition to handing a Palestinian, identified as Khaled Hammad Awad, a military warrant to stop the installation of a residential structure made of tin.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Teqoua’ town, southeast of Hebron, and handed demolition orders targeting barns and sheds, in addition to informing the owners that they need to destroy and remove their properties or face excessive fines and fees.

The soldiers also threatened to abduct farmers in the town if they enter their lands or work on them, in addition to summoning one of them for interrogation.

These Israeli violations are part of the escalating violations, and the attempts to remove the Palestinians from their lands, so that Israel can build and expand its illegal colonies, in direct violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Earlier Tuesday, the soldiers invaded Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, and demolished a three-story residential building.

On Monday, the soldiers demolished more than four Palestinian homes, in addition to a water reservoir, amidst a serious escalation against the Palestinians in the West Bank, including Jerusalem.

(Source / 12.08.2020)