Israeli municipality demolishes six Palestinian structures in occupied Jerusalem

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West Jerusalem’s Israeli municipality today demolished six under-construction structures in Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem, according to their owner, Mohammad Za’atra.

Za’atra said he planned to use three of the structures as shops and one as an apartment for his family.

Read More: Israel demolishes three structures in Hebron district

He said that he was not previously informed of a court order allowing the demolition of his buildings but that a police officer handed him the court ruling only this morning just before proceeding with the demolition.

Za’atra said he planned to use three of the structures as shops and one as an apartment for his family.

Read More: Palestinian with special needs shot dead by Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem

Meanwhile, the West Jerusalem municipality demolished a house in Silwan neighborhood under the pretext of building without a permit, according to local sources, who said that the demolition left Ahmad Abu Diab and his family, including five children, homeless.

Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem say they are forced to build without permit because the Israeli municipality rarely issues permits to the city’s Palestinian citizens as a way to reduce their number by forcing them to leave it and find accommodation and work elsewhere.

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(Source / 06.06.2020)

Palestinian prisoner completes 27 years behind Israeli bars for resisting the occupation

Palestinian political prisoner in Israel, Mahmoud Issa, has completed 27 years behind Israeli bars, said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

Issa, 52, from the town of Anata, east of occupied Jerusalem, was sentenced to three life terms plus 46 years for resisting the Israeli occupation.

He spent 11 years in a row, and two more years, in solitary confinement.

(Source / 06.06.2020)

Israeli forces tear down Palestinian structures, tents south of Hebron

Israeli  forces  today  tore down several residential structures and tents in Masafer Yatta in the southern Hebron hills, said two local watchdogs.

Meanwhile, Coordinator of the local Protection Committees Fuad al-‘Amur said that Israeli troops tore down three tin-sheet structures in al-Marekz community besides to a tent in al-Fakhit community.

Read More: Israeli settlers cut down dozens of olive trees in south of West Bank

The structure owner was identified as Ahamd Hamamra, who together with his family are now homeless, added Jabour.

Meanwhile, Coordinator of the local Protection Committees Fuad al-‘Amur said that Israeli troops tore down three tin-sheet structures in al-Marekz community besides to a tent in al-Fakhit community.

Read More: Israel demolishes three structures in Hebron district

Soldiers also stormed Maghayer al-Abeed community, where they destroyed another tin-sheet structure.

Khirbet al-Mafqara, al-Markez and al-Fakhit are three of the Palestinian communities in Masafer Yatta,  a collection of almost 19 hamlets which rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood.

Located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, the area has been subjected to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and soldiers targeting their main source of living – livestock.

It has been designated as a closed Israeli military zone for training since 1980s and accordingly referred to as Firing Zone 918.

Israeli violations against the area include demolition of animal barns, homes and residential structures. Issuance of construction permits by Israel to local Palestinians in the area is non-existent.

(Source / 06.06.2020)

Israel orders halt on construction of school near Bethlehem

Israeli military ordered on saturday a halt on the construction of a basic school and confiscated a bulldozer which was working on the project in the village of Kisan, near the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

Israel refuses to allow Palestinian development of any kind in Area C, which makes up over 60 percent of the total area of the occupied West Bank, and often demolishes what Palestinians build despite the Israeli ban.

Read More: Israel orders halt on construction of structures west of Bethlehem

The area where the construction is ordered to stop is located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, where Israel rarely issues construction permits to Palestinians, forcing many people to build without permits.

Israel refuses to allow Palestinian development of any kind in Area C, which makes up over 60 percent of the total area of the occupied West Bank, and often demolishes what Palestinians build despite the Israeli ban.

Read More: Israel orders halt on construction of mobile homes north of Jericho

(Source / 06.06.2020)

Israeli Forces Detain Two Palestinians From Jenin

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Israeli forces dawn Friday detained two Palestinians from the northern West Bank district of Jenin, said witnesses.

They confirmed that several Israeli military vehicles raided Yaabad town, where soldiers detained two Palestinians, including a 17-year-old high school student, after ransacking their families’ houses.

The town has been a scene of almost daily raids and confrontations since an Israeli soldier was killed by a rock dropped on his head during the predawn raid on May 12.

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 / 05.06.2020)

Israeli Police Break Into Martyr Eyad Al-Hallaq’s Family Home

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Israeli police on Thursday evening broke into the family home and mourning tent of Palestinian martyr Eyad al-Hallaq in Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood in Occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources said that the Israeli police violently searched the home and the mourning tent, which sparked confrontations with Palestinian neighbors.

At least two Palestinian citizens were arrested by the Israeli police during the attack.

Local residents said that moments before the police raid, Israeli extremist rabbi Yehudah Glick attempted to storm al-Hallaq’s mourning tent before he was confronted and driven out of the place by angry youths. Glick was reportedly transferred to the hospital.

Al-Hallaq’s family stressed that they will never accept any condolences over the unjustified murder of their son from any Israeli side.

Eyad al-Hallaq, a 32-year-old Palestinian with autism, was cold-bloodedly murdered by Israeli police forces a few days ago in Jerusalem’s Old City while he was on his way to his special education school.

(Source / 05.06.2020)

Minister Of Health: Four New Cases Of Coronavirus Confirmed In Palestine; Total 640

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Four new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Palestine today, raising the total to 640, Minister of Health Mai Alkaila said in a statement.

The four cases include three children aged 2, 5 and 6 years, of a woman from the northern West Bank village of Barta’a who yesterday tested positive for the disease.

The fourth case is of 63-year-old woman in the Gaza Strip.

Out of the 640 cases, 394 are in the West Bank, 67 in the Gaza Strip and 179 in occupied Jerusalem. A total of five corona patients have died, including two in the West Bank, two in Jerusalem and one on Gaza.

Recoveries reached 372 in the West Bank and Gaza and 155 in Jerusalem, which is 85% of the total.

(Source / 05.06.2020)

Israeli Police Arrest 3 Ex-Detainees, Ban Activist From Aqsa Mosque

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Israeli police on Thursday arrested three Palestinian ex-detainees, including an Islamic Awqaf employee, and banned an activist from entering al-Aqsa Mosque.

Local sources said that the Israeli police arrested Murad Elayyan, 34, Ashraf al-Sharbati, 44, who works as a guard of al-Aqsa Mosque, and Nezam Abu Romouz, 37, in Jerusalem.

All detainees had previously served different prison terms in Israeli jails in which they were brutally tortured and interrogated.

Meanwhile, Israeli police issued an order banning Palestinian activist Mohammed al-Daqqaq from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for five months.

(Source / 05.06.2020)

Israeli Settlers Cut Down Dozens Of Olive Trees In West Bank Village

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A group of Israeli settlers on Thursday chopped off dozens of Palestinian-owned olive trees in Burin village, south of the West Bank city of Nablus.

Local sources said that a group of Jewish settlers infiltrated into privately-owned Palestinian farmlands in the southern area of Burin and cut down about 36 olive trees owned by Palestinian citizen Naser Qadous.

They added that this is not the first time that settlers have destroyed olive trees owned by Qadous.

The settlers, they said, further torched wheat fields in the same village but the fire was quickly put out by Palestinian citizens. 

(Source / 05.06.2020)

Palestinian Prisoner Completes 27 Years Behind Israeli Bars For Resisting The Occupation

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Palestinian political prisoner in Israel, Mahmoud Issa, has completed 27 years behind Israeli bars, said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

Issa, 52, from the town of Anata, east of occupied Jerusalem, was sentenced to three life terms plus 46 years for resisting the Israeli occupation.

He spent 11 years in a row, and two more years, in solitary confinement.

(Source / 03.06.2020)