Al-Mizan calls on the responsible authorities locally and internationally to solve the water crisis in Gaza, one of the most important repercussions of the “Israeli” blockade

The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights has issued a fact sheet on the occupation authorities ’tightening of the siege on the Gaza Strip and its humanitarian repercussions, especially the crisis of drinking water cuts in light of the outbreak of the Corona pandemic in the Gaza Strip.

The paper aimed to shed light on the crisis of water cuts and depriving the population of obtaining their need for water, which constitutes an important factor in preventing the epidemic, as promoting hygiene and personal hygiene, and in particular frequent hand washing protects against the risk of infection.

The paper emphasized that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is witnessing a serious deterioration as a result of the tightening of the Israeli blockade and the ban on the entry of fuel, which contributed to the renewal of the power outage crisis and affected with its effects the service sectors and weakened the ability of municipalities to distribute and transport water to neighborhoods and residential homes and deprived residents of their right to obtain access. Their need for water in sufficient quantity and quality.

She touched on the challenges facing municipalities that threaten their ability to continue providing their routine and emergency services, which were imposed by the outbreak of Coronavirus in the community (outside the quarantine centers). As a result of the aggravation of the shortage of electric power supplies, resulting from the continued embargo of fuel supplies imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities on the Gaza Strip since dawn on Thursday, corresponding to 08/13/2020, and the tightening of the siege imposed on the Strip, which caused a reduction in the hours, and the electric current reached (4) hours For (16) hours. This is in addition to the decrease in the local revenues of the municipalities, and they need urgent aid of (6) million dollars at the rate of (2) million dollars a month for a period of three months in order to be able to cover the expenses and the increasing costs.

The paper included a set of accounts and testimonies from different areas of the Gaza Strip, reflecting the extent of the suffering that residents endure in obtaining water, especially women in their attempts to manage their lives and the daily lives of their families in light of the outbreak of the Coronavirus and the imposition of curfews on the residents of the Gaza Strip. The paper refers to the closure of some residential homes, and the suffering of their residents, who emphasized that the water crisis changed their lives for the worse and prevented them from cleaning their homes and personal tools, at a time when personal and household hygiene work should have been doubled as a measure to avoid the transmission of Coronavirus infection. This is in addition to the impact of the closure and precautionary measures, which has lost a large segment of the day laborers their jobs and became vulnerable to extreme poverty after their income ceased to be modest, and consequently their ability to provide water in good quantity and quality was affected.

The paper concluded that the Israeli blockade, preventing fuel supplies and deepening the electricity crisis in light of the Corona pandemic, exacerbated the municipal crisis, confused the water distribution schedule, and deprived large areas, especially poor neighborhoods, of the right to obtain their water needs in sufficient quantity.

The paper presented a set of recommendations calling on the international community to take serious action to end the Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip, and to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities to allow the passage of fuel supplies needed to operate the power plant. And to provide urgent grants to support municipalities in order to be able to implement their necessary and vital activities related to water, sanitation and hygiene, and infrastructure projects.

And she stressed the need to increase coordination between the Electricity Company, municipalities, emergency committees, and popular committees in the governorates, in order to ensure that water is delivered to neighborhoods and communities, so that water arrives in line with the electric current to ensure that it is pumped to the upper tanks.

The paper emphasized the need for the Electricity Distribution Company to provide electric current service to municipal water wells and to deal with them as vital facilities indispensable to the population, to ensure that water reaches the dwellings continuously and to help citizens take precautions that prevent the spread of Corona virus through hygiene and sterilization, and called for support for the poor and needy by means. Water storage and pumping, and the delivery of water to their homes urgently until viable solutions are found to ensure the continued flow of water to their homes.

(Source / 03.09.2020)

Qatar paid $34m to prevent humanitarian crisis in Gaza, says Al-Emadi

108,000 Gaza families to benefit from Qatar funds transfer, Gaza on 13 May 2019

Chairman of Qatar’s Gaza Reconstruction Committee Ambassador Mohammed Al-Emadi confirmed on Wednesday that his country paid $34 million to prevent an imminent humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Speaking to Al Araby TV, Al-Emadi disclosed: “This money includes $7 million to the people affected by COVID-19,” noting that more humanitarian needs would be discussed at a later date.

Al-Emadi, who mediated the ceasefire between the Palestinian resistance and Israel, added: “We understand Hamas’ demands, which were reasonable and represented the lowest level of the people’s needs in Gaza. Our existence in Gaza is to prevent more offensives.”

The senior Qatari official stressed that the international solidarity and support for Gaza: “Is currently weak, unlike ten years ago.”

He noted that he met with the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov and discussed supporting Gaza. “He promised to do so,” according to Al-Emadi, but stressed that “it is difficult to afford the needed support now.”

On the issue of electricity supplies, he explained: “I met with the head of the Israeli energy company, Delek, and discussed with him supplying gas to the Gaza power plant. It is better than operating electricity line 161 because it affords 130 megawatts for only $2.5 million, while operating line 161 affords 80 megawatts for $6 million a month.”

Regarding Rafah Hospital, Al-Emadi disclosed that it is funded by a private donor, noting that COVID-19 complicated the communication with him.

He also revealed that Israel agreed to issue 7,000 work permits for Palestinian workers from Gaza.

READ: Qatar envoy lands in Gaza to ease Israel-Hamas tensions 

(Source / 03.09.2020)

PLO, Jordan reiterate abiding by Arab Peace Initiative

Secretary-General of Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat speaks during a press conference on the US President Donald Trump's Middle East Plan on 30 January 2020 in Ramallah, West Bank [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Secretary-General of Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat in Ramallah, West Bank on 30 January 2020

Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s Executive Committee Saeb Erekat and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi reiterated their commitment to the Arab Peace Initiative, Al Watan Voice reported on Wednesday.

In a telephone conversation, both officials emphasised that Arabs must now abide by the Arab Peace Initiative more than ever.

Both parties stressed on the necessity to end the Israeli occupation, to create an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital and to reject annexation and apartheid.

Meanwhile, Erekat met separately with Head of the European Union (EU)’s Mission to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and UNRWA Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff and Egyptian Consul Mustafa Al-Shahat.

Erekat discussed the same issues with Burgsdorff and stressed that the EU should immediately recognise the State of Palestine.

READ: Palestinians have human rights all the time, not just during this pandemic

(Source / 03.09.2020)

Official: Palestinian factions meeting aims to counter annexation plan

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman [File photo]
Nabil Abu-Rudeineh, Palestinian Authority spokesman 

A spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, Nabil Abu-Rudeineh, said yesterday that the Palestinian factions’ meeting scheduled for today aims to counter Israel’s plan to annex swathes of the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley, Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported.

Abu-Rudeineh said in a statement that the meeting “is a clear message to everyone that Palestine, with its people and its sanctities are greater than all plots” adding that “the meeting will send a strong and clear message to everyone to preserve the foundations that lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and adhering to the Arab peace initiative,” he added.

He pointed out that no agreement will pass without the consent of the Palestinian people and their legitimate leadership.

“The only way to achieve security and stability passes only through the Palestine Liberation Organisation, the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people,” he added.

Palestinian factions are scheduled to hold a videoconference today in Ramallah and Beirut with the participation of President Mahmoud Abbas and the head of Hamas’ political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh.

READ: Further Arab normalisation with Israel is waiting in the wings

(Source / 03.09.2020)

Israel approves funds for ‘anti-Muslim hate group’ to fight BDS

Activists stage a rally condemning the Israeli violence at the Gaza Strip’s eastern border in Brooklyn, New York, United States on 14 May, 2018 [Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency]
Activists in New York stage a rally condemning Israel’s attack on Palestinians on 14 May, 2018 

Casting further light on the nexus between Zionism and the rise of the Islamophobia industry, the Israeli government has approved a grant to an American “anti-Muslim hate group”.

Documents obtained by Jewish-American magazine, Forward, through a Freedom of Information Act request, revealed that Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, transferred $40,000 to a Tennessee-based Christian Zionist organisation which is on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLT) watch list of hate groups.

SPLT, an American non-profit legal advocacy organisation specialising in civil rights and public interest litigation, has compiled an extensive list of anti-Muslim hate groups, many of whom are staunch advocates of the state of Israel. According to SPLT, “these groups frequently traffic in conspiracy theories involving the infiltration of the government by Islamist extremists, warn that the US legal system is being subverted by Shariah law and portray Muslims in general as potential terrorist threats”.

The American Christian Zionist group, Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN) is named amongst the 40 or so anti-Muslim hate groups. PJTN lobbies against the teaching of Islam in American schools, claiming that children were being indoctrinated into the religion. It is a petition on its website protesting against what it calls the “Access Islam curriculum in US schools.”

The Israeli government approved funds for PJTN for its lobbying of US lawmakers to proscribe state agencies from working with groups that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. It’s also thought that PJTN was rewarded for mobilising Christian Zionists in South Africa, which is said to be a prime target of Israel’s public-diplomacy efforts.

READ: Israel is frustrated at the failure to tackle the BDS movement

Forward reported that the grant to PJTN was part of a broader push by the ministry to support pro-Israel groups fighting BDS in the United States, which has raised questions about whether those groups properly disclosed the support they received from foreign entities.

The Israeli government’s approval of funds to PJTN highlights the nexus between pro-Israel groups and the global rise in anti-Muslim hatred over the past two decades. Often described as the “Islamophobia industry”, the number of groups peddling hatred for Muslims and Islam has risen exponentially since the 2001 terror attack in New York.

A 2015 paper by Dr Hilary Aked concluded that there exists an “undeniable overlap” between right-wing Zionism and Islamophobia. The paper sought to identify the source of rising anti-Muslim hatred and found Israel related funding from Islamophobia industry donors to be a contributing factor.

(Source / 03.09.2020)

Kushner discusses Palestinian negotiations with Saudi crown prince

US Presidential Adviser Jared Kushner speaks near Head of Israel's National Security Council Meir Ben-Shabbat at Abu Dhabi airport following the arrival of the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE, on 31 August 2020. [KARIM SAHIB/AFP via Getty Images]
US Presidential Adviser Jared Kushner speaks near Head of Israel’s National Security Council Meir Ben-Shabbat at Abu Dhabi airport following the arrival of the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE, on 31 August 2020

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has discussed with US Senior Adviser Jared Kushner the need to resume negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported yesterday.

The two officials also discussed mutual relations and several other issues related to the stability and security of the region.

“They discussed the partnership between the two friendly countries and the importance of strengthening it in all fields, especially in order to achieve security and stability in the region,” SPA said.

“They also discussed the prospects for the peace process in the region, and the need to resume negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to achieve a just and lasting peace,” the statement added.

Kushner’s meeting with Bin Salman came after his visit to the UAE and Bahrain, where he met senior officials from both Gulf States.

READ: The UAE’s ‘Hope Probe’ offers no hope to the Palestinians

During the visit to Bahrain,  Manama refused to follow in the footsteps of the UAE and insisted that it would only normalise ties with Israel when regional power-house, Saudi Arabia, strikes a deal with Tel Aviv.

On 13 August, US President Donald Trump announced a peace deal between the UAE and Israel brokered by Washington.

Abu Dhabi said the deal was an effort to stave off Tel Aviv’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank, however, opponents believe normalisation efforts have been in the offing for many years as Israeli officials have made official visits to the UAE and attended conferences in the country which had no diplomatic or other ties with the occupation state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu however denied this saying annexation is not off the table, but has simply been delayed.

(Source / 03.09.2020)

Israeli Forces Shoot Palestinian Man in Alleged Attack near Nablus

Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man, on Wednesday morning, at Zatara military roadblock, south of Nablus city, in the northern West Bank, according to medical sources.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) medics confirmed that Israeli soldiers, stationed at the Zatara military roadblock, opened fire at a vehicle, shooting and moderately injuring a Palestinian man.

PRCS medics stated that its crews were denied access to the bleeding man, delaying the necessary medical treatment.

The Israeli police spokesman claimed that the victim was shot after allegedly attempting to carry out a car-ramming and stabbing attack against Israeli forces.

A police statement claimed that police officers were lightly injured in the alleged attack, although the circumstances are not clear at this time.

According to the Hebrew website 0404, one Israeli soldier and one police officer were lightly wounded in the incident.

The Jerusalem Press identified the victim as Muhammad Jaber Khudair Al-Betawi, from Beita town, south of Nablus.

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Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man at Zaatara checkpoint, south of #Nablus, left him to bleed and prevented mefics from providing medical treatment to him. The #IOF claimed that the man attempted to carry out a car-ramming against soldiers.

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(Source / 03.09.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Palestinian Man from Watchtower in Bethlehem

A Palestinian man suffered a bullet injury, on Wednesday, when an Israeli soldier opened fire at him at the northern entrance to Bethlehem city, in south of the West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said that Ahmed Abu Akr, 32, from Aida refugee camp, was shot by an Israeli soldier who was stationed in a military watchtower near the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque.

The details of the event were limited at the time of this report. The young man was rushed to hospital for medical treatment, no information was available on the condition of the victim at the time of reporting.

In related news, Israeli forces shot a young Palestinian man near Nablus, the injury being described as moderate.

(Source / 03.09.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Detain Palestinians from the West Bank

Israeli forces, on Wednesday, detained several Palestinians from various areas of the occupied West Bank, the Jerusalem Press reported.

Occupation forces detained Mu’taz Jumaa Jadal Abu Muhaimid, 29, from the al-Fardis area, east of Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank, after they stormed and searched his father’s home.

In the northern West Bank, south of Jenin, an Israeli army force invaded the village of Muthalath Al-Shuhada, and detained Ihab Hatem Asa`sa, after storming and searching the home of his family members.

Local Palestinians protested the military invasion into the village, which caused Israeli forces to fire live rounds, stun grenades and tear-gas canisters, injuring Majd Mazen Asa`sa, 18, in the leg with live rounds.

The youth was transferred to Jenin Governmental Hospital, no information on the teens condition was available at the time of reporting.

In the central West Bank city of Ramallah, soldiers detained two Palestinian civilians after breaking into their private homes.

Israeli forces re-arrested the former prisoner, Shadi Badr Al-Amor, 29, after they invaded Yatta town, south of Hebron city, in the southern West Bank.

The Israeli police, on Tuesday evening, detained three teenagers from their homes in Shufat refugee camp, in occupied Jerusalem, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said that a large number of Israeli police stormed Shufat refugee camp and detained three teenagers, no reason was provided for the detentions.

(Source / 03.09.2020)

Palestinian prisoner dies of medical negligence in Israeli jails

Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails suffer too much due to the intentional medical negligence. Israeli prison services only offer them painkillers even for cancer

Palestinian political prisoner inside Israeli Ofer Prison collapsed due to medical negligence and died on Wednesday evening, the Israel Prison Service said.

The prisoner Daud al Khatib, 45, had been serving a sentence of 18 years and eight months for his resistance activities against the Israeli occupation. He had been in Israeli jails since 2002.

He was a member of the Palestinian Fatah faction and was arrested in the early 2000s, during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising.

The prison services said he collapsed in his cell and efforts by prison authorities and medics to revive him failed because they were too late.

No cause of his death has been released yet, official Palestinian sources said, but reports stated that he had suffered from chronic illnesses and the Israeli prison services did not serve him except with painkillers.

Following his death, other prisoners began banging on doors and throwing objects, protesting against the intentional medical negligence against them.

Since 1967, 226 Palestinians have died inside Israeli prisoners, according to the Palestinian Authority, stressing that the main reason for their death is Israel’s intentional medical negligence.

(Source / 03.09.2020)