Israeli soldiers uproot Palestinian lands to pave a new segregated road

Israeli soldiers started, Thursday, the uprooting and bulldozing of Palestinian lands, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, in preparation for paving a new segregated road for the use of illegal colonialist settlers, living on confiscated Palestinian lands.

Ehab Ghazala, the Mayor of Kaf al-Lubbad Municipal Council, said the soldiers started uprooting Palestinian agricultural lands in Ras al-Misyed area, in the areas of Kafr al-Lubbad, Ezbet al-Hafassi, and Thannaba Suburb.

Ghazala added that the planned segregated road extends 10 Kilometers (6.21 Miles) to reach Avnei Hefetz illegal colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

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The Mayor also stated that the lands are around 600 Dunams (148.2 Acres), and are subject to constant violations by the armed paramilitary illegal colonists who frequently invaded them, uproot them, confiscate equipment in addition to assaulting the Palestinians and forcing out of their lands.

The new planned segregated road would isolate the western area of Kafr al-Lubbad, which is the only path the Palestinians can take when commuting to the Thannaba area and from there to Tulkarem.

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(Source / 13.08.2020)

Gaza Under Attack: Israeli warplanes struck UNRWA school

Israeli drone fired a missile landed inside an UNRWA school in al-Shati Refugee Camp, causing damage to the place, said Gaza’s Ministry of Interior and National Security.

Gaza’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (E.O.D) team has immediately begun removing the missile remenants and the school was evacuated from arriving students.

Israeli occupation aircraft launched several airstrikes on some targets in central and northern Gaza Strip on Thursday dawn.

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Israeli occupation fighter jets struck also a Palestinian farmland in Beit Hanoun, north of Gaza, with at least 4 missiles.

(Source / 13.08.2020)

Karma: Israeli missile fell in Israeli-owned land during Gaza strike due to ‘technical error’

A missile fired from Israeli warplane striking the besieged Gaza Strip fell yesterday in an Israeli-owned land due to technical error, the occupation military said in a statement.

The Israeli Occupation Forces Spokesperson’s Unit said that the missile did not explode and the incident is being investigated.

The Israeli fighter jets struck Tuesday night different areas in the besieged Strip. No casualities were reported.

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(Source / 12.08.2020)

Gaza-based activists launch a Twitter storm on the occasion of the International Youth Day

The International Youth Day, 12 August, was first designated by the UN General Assembly in 1999. This Day offers a chance to raise awareness and draw attention to issues surronding youth around the world.

Palestinian activists in the besieged Gaza Strip have decided to commemorate this special day to draw atttention to the Palestinian youth who have been living under the Israeli colonization for decades.

They urge you to take action and participate in the Twitter storm tongint at 7.00 PM (Jerusalem time), using the following hashtags: #InternationalYouthDay & #PalestinianYouth.

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Twitter storm’s slogan is “The voice of Palestinian youth will not be silenced and it must be heard.”

(Source / 12.08.2020)

Israeli forces demolish a Palestinian house in West Bank

Israeli occupation forces demolished today a Palestinian house made of bricks and a water well in the occupied West Bank, according to Head of Faraseen village council Mahmoud Amarneh.

Amarneh said that the occupation forces demolished a 250 cubic meter water well and a 70-square-meter brick house that belongs to local resident Fayez Amarneh in the village of Faraseen in Jenin.

The demolition of the house displaced Fayez and his family of five people.

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(Source / 11.08.2020)

Largest Palestinian hospital in Jerusalem faces closure

The corridors of what was once one of Jerusalem’s busiest Palestinian hospitals are hollow and the bed occupancy rate has dropped by 50 percent. 

With a crippling financial crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic, the looming threat of closure etches closer by the day.  

Since its establishment in 1968, the al-Makassed Islamic Charitable Society Hospital has worked hard to meet the medical needs of Palestinians hailing from the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, becoming an integral part of the Palestinian health care system. 

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Over time, the facility has become the main hospital for transfer patients who prefer dealing with the Palestinian health ministry as opposed to the Israeli one, and who have complex health issues for which there is no specialised care in the West Bank and Gaza.

However, due to a myriad of factors, including Covid-19 related closures and a halt in security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), patients from these areas who normally need an Israeli army-issued medical permit to access Jerusalem have been unable to reach the hospital. 

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Izz al-Din Hussein, the head of the hospital and the department of internal medicine and cardiology told Middle East Eye that the hospital’s debts amount to some 160 million shekels ($47m). 

About 60 million shekels ($18m) of these debts are owed to the hospital by the Palestinian health ministry, which covers patient referrals from the West Bank and Gaza. The hospital also owes some 70 million shekels ($20m) to medical supply companies, and about 30 million shekels ($9m) in taxes, Israeli health insurance, and bank loans. 

Due to its nature as a charitable, non-profit facility, al-Makassed’s bills have accumulated over the years. For decades, the hospital has been treating large numbers of Palestinians free-of-charge, namely victims of Israeli attacks, as well as those whose Jerusalem IDs Israel has revoked or other marginalised communities in Jerusalem. 

The PA’s coverage of patient referrals varies between 80-100 percent, while the hospital covers the remainder of the bill, including for those who are unable to pay for their treatment. 

The recent financial crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the hospital’s inability to pay the salaries of its 1,000 employees, 75 percent of whom come from the West Bank, and some of whom are now unable to reach the hospital due to high transportation costs.

The head of the hospital, Izz al-Din Hussein, who left the United Kingdom in 1990 to serve his people back home, witnessed the hospital’s development from 40 beds in the beginning to today’s 270 – 88 of which are designated for intensive care. 

He also witnessed the inauguration of several departments where complicated and qualitative surgeries are performed, particularly in the brain, nerves, bones, heart and chest. 

The hospital offers specialised care and hosts resident doctors.

So far, some 400 doctors from the West Bank completed their specialisations in internal medicine; pediatrics; gynecology; obstetrics; general surgery; orthopedics; cardiology; and brain and neurosurgery, in addition to diagnostic radiology and anesthesia. 

In the event that the hospital does not survive the threat of closure, all referral patients will find themselves forced to seek treatment in Israeli hospitals or outside the country – after decades of work that has seen al-Makassed succeed in offering high-quality Palestinian medical services. 

The hospital director believes the world must stand by al-Makassed in its suffocating crisis to preserve its existence as a Palestinian institution in the heart of the capital, Jerusalem.

Due to the Israeli occupation, patients in the West Bank and Gaza are required to obtain medical permits to access Jerusalem’s hospitals. Palestinian patients from these areas are sometimes able to see the city and visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Israeli control 

The threat of closure brings other concerns with it. The hospital is registered with the Federation of Israeli Associations and is subject to Israeli law due to Israel’s occupation and annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967.

“No Palestinian institution in Jerusalem that is shut down is reopened again. If the hospital is closed, its fate will be in the hands of Israel,” Hussein told MEE. 

According to Hussein, Israel spares no effort in attempting to control the hospital and present itself as seeking to support it, even offering to pay the hospital’s debts owed by the Palestinian Authority directly from the PA’s tax funds which Israel collects on behalf of it. 

But al-Makassed rejected, he said, explaining that it would not accept being part of the Israeli conspiracy against Jerusalem and the Palestinian people as a whole. 

The hospital on many occasions has also suffered from Israeli military raids of its premises, which involved the abduction of wounded Palestinian demonstrators and the bodies of those killed by Israeli forces, as well as the destruction of equipment and confiscation of documents, creating heavier burdens for the hospital and the psychological state and health of patients. 

In one incident during a military raid, Palestinians were forced to frantically carry a dead body over the hospital walls and quickly bury him in a nearby cemetery to prevent his abduction by Israeli forces. 

‘The hospital of the poor’

The hospital’s managing director, Ahmed Jadallah, told MEE that the hospital, which was described as the “the hospital of the poor” or the “Intifada hospital”, is now unable to provide treatment to the underprivileged due to the current crisis. 

He says he has not witnessed such a complicated economic situation since he began working there 35 years ago.

Meanwhile, the rapporteur of the hospital staff union, Ahmed Ayyad, told MEE that prior to Eid al-Adha, the union launched steps in protest to demand the PA pay the debts it owes. But according to Ayyad, the latter responded that the bills were inaccurate and denied that the hospital had any unpaid balances at the Ministry of Finance. 

Despite these tensions, the ministry transferred four million shekels ($1,000) to the hospital a few days before Eid al-Adha, an amount that was distributed among employees.

The hospital is also setting up a committee that will follow up with the PA’s finance ministry to audit the patients’ bills. 

In the event that the PA fails to transfer the remaining money it owes to the hospital, Ayyad says that the union will not hesitate to escalate measures against the PA, aimed at preserving the survival of this medical edifice in the occupied capital, Jerusalem.

(Source / 11.08.2020)

Israeli settlers attack, injure a Palestinian man in Nablus

Israeli settlers attacked and injured a Palestinian man in the town of Huwwara to the south of Nablus, according to local sources.

Palestinian activist Ghassan Daghlas said that a group of settlers from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar, chased after and attacked local resident Mustafa al-Masri, 30, causing him fractures and bruises in his legs.

Mustafa was transferred then to a local hospital for medical treatment.

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(Source / 11.08.2020)

Annexation and the need to be proactive

Israelis gather to stage a demonstration to protest against Israel's annexation plan for the illegal settlements in West Bank and Jordan Valley, in Tel Aviv on 6 June 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Israelis gather to stage a demonstration to protest against Israel’s annexation plan for the illegal settlements in West Bank and Jordan Valley, in Tel Aviv on 6 June 2020 

By Mustafa Barghouti

There are a number of issues that the occupation government is escalating: settlement expansion and demolition orders against Palestinian buildings; daily arrests of Palestinians, some of which are accompanied by heinous murders, as in the case of the martyr Dalia Al-Samoudi in Jenin; and attacking Jerusalem institutions and the attempt to reduce the Palestinian presence in the city.

The Israeli decision to establish 1,000 new settlement units in the E1 area between Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley was basically the announcement of the start, to all intents and purposes, of the annexation and Judaisation process. Some analysts thought that this had been postponed or stopped, despite Benjamin Netanyahu reiterating almost daily that it is on the table for further investigation and implementation.

Regardless of this, though, Israeli practices on the ground must be seen for what they are: the changing of the status quo, attempts to Judaise Palestinian areas and the actual annexation of all of the areas that are unfortunately classified as Area “C”, meaning 62 per cent of the West Bank.

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This indicates the significance of the leaked statement by US diplomats to their international counterparts about disregarding UN Resolutions 242 and 338 and other international resolutions. They are old, it is claimed, and reality changes with time and changes every day.

The measures required to deter the annexation process and prevent the implementation of the deal of the century must not be linked to or wait for an official announcement that annexation is about to begin. They must be connected to the continuation of Israel’s colonial settlement policy, and its actual consecration of the apartheid system.

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The Israeli government is studying the reactions to its practices and its stated intentions to implement official annexation, and it tries to contain these responses and adapt its measures accordingly to absorb them. However, it is facing three obstacles that can be seen clearly: the physical presence of Palestinians resisting its plans and rejecting the apartheid regime; the possibility of facing real sanctions, including a boycott that is growing exponentially at the popular level; and the Palestinian consensus to reject the deal of the century, its maps and its plots.

On the other hand, it is racing against time, fearing that Donald Trump will lose the November presidential election.

On the Palestinian side, the most dangerous thing that could happen is the adoption of a watch-and-wait policy, or the overestimation and exaggeration of what the fall of Trump and the election of Biden might mean. This is because even though Biden is against Netanyahu’s annexation plan, he will not stand in the way of the continuation of the three de facto processes that I mentioned above.

Continuing the process of changing the status quo, officially or not, means eliminating the possibility of establishing an independent Palestinian state. Suffice to say that the number of colonial-settlers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip was no more than 120,000 when the Oslo Accords were signed, but today there are 750,000.

Whether it is Trump or Biden sitting in the White House, and regardless of whether Netanyahu or Gantz is Israeli prime minister, the Palestinian steps that must be taken as a matter of urgency remain the same: real national unity; adopting a unified national combat strategy; and effective activity to impose a boycott on the occupation and the apartheid regime.

The Palestinian people will not be in crisis if their various factions and leaders adopt the correct approach. They will be in crisis, though, if they remain reactive instead of proactive.

(Source / 11.08.2020)

Hamas holds Israeli occupation responsible for COVID-19 outbreak among Palestinian detainees

Hamas held the Israeli occupation and Israeli prison service responsible for the outbreak of coronavirus among the Palestinian detainees in the Israeli prisons and their safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hamas spokesperson Hazm Qasem said, in a press release on Thursday afternoon, that the increasing number of coronavirus cases among Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons confirms the growing threat facing them.

Qasem added that this outbreak proves the Israeli prison administration’s negligence to provide the Palestinian detainees with sanitisation and cleaning supplies.

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Qasem also pointed out that this is just one of many other examples of the Israeli deliberate medical negligence policy that led to the death of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

Hamas spokesperson called upon international human rights organisations to put an end to the arbitrary Israeli policies against the Palestinian detainees.

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(Source / 10.08.2020)

Gaza Under Attack: Israeli artillery and warplanes attack north of Gaza

Israeli fighter jets struck tonight on Sunday areas north of the besieged Gaza Strip, according to local sources.

The sources said that Israeli fighter jets and military tanks targeted an area east of Jabalia refugee camp, Northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli occupation forces spokesperson claimed that this attack came in response to the incendiary balloons fired from Gaza Strip earlier today.

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No casualities were reported so far.

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(Source / 10.08.2020)