A Palestinian child was injured when a tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier hit him as he was rallying with others in a border area east of the besieged Gaza Strip.
According to Palestinian media reports, the Israeli occupation forces showered a group of protesters with tear gas grenades during their presence in Talat Umm Husseina east of al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.
The protesters torched tires in the area and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence.
Citizens in Gaza stage rallies on the border every Friday and sometimes during other days to protest the inhumane blockade imposed on the improvised coastal enclave.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces have kidnapped four citizens, including a Mosque Imam, in the West Bank and persisted in detaining others illegally.
In Tulkarem, forces from the PA intelligence apparatus kidnapped Hamza Hamdan, a Birzeit University student, from his home on Friday afternoon.
The PA preventive security forces, for their parts, kidnapped on the same day Mohamed Turkman, an ex-detainee in PA and Israeli jails, from his home in Nablus.
Two days ago, the PA security forces kidnapped a Mosque Imam called Tareq Shalaldeh in al-Khalil.
The PA security forces in al-Khalil also kidnapped a political ex-detainee called Mohamed Asfour.
Meanwhile, the PA intelligence forces in al-Khalil recently stormed and ransacked the home of Mohamed Asafera 10 times in an attempt to arrest him, threatening to harm him if he did not turn himself in.
The Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs has said that 80-year-old prisoner Fuaad ash-Shawbaki are being exposed to medical neglect in Israeli jails.
Shawbaki, who has been in jail for over 12 years, suffers from chronic health problems and does not receive proper medical care, according to the Commission.
With no regard for his old age and health condition, Israeli jailers transferred Shawbaki several times between prisons in recent years.
Shawbaki was arrested on March 14, 2006 when the Israeli occupation forces advanced on and surrounded the Jericho prison in which he was imprisoned along with Ahmad Saadat, the general secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and others.
Later, an Israeli military court sentenced him to 20 years in jails on a charge of supplying the Palestinian resistance with weapons.
The Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday issued a three-month administrative detention order against the Palestinian prisoner Omar al-Barghouti, the father of martyr Saleh al-Barghouti.
The Palestinian Prisoner Society said that Omar al-Barghouti, 66, has been subjected to harsh interrogation at al-Maskoubiyya detention center since he was arrested on 12 December 2018.
The Israeli occupation forces arrested al-Barghouti and dozens of Palestinian youths during a raid into Kobar village in Ramallah hours after they killed his son Saleh.
Al-Barghouti’s family have been subjected to collective punishment since the killing of Saleh. Most of the family members are currently held in Israeli jails, including al-Barghouti’s sons Asem, Asef, and Mohammed.
Omar al-Barghouti had spent over 26 years in Israeli lock-ups. He is the brother of the well-known Palestinian prisoner Nael al-Barghouti who is serving his 39th year in Israeli prisons.
The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, has affirmed that Israel is seeking to resolve the fate of the northern Jordan Valley by systematically expelling the native residents from their homes and gradually annexing their areas.
In a report published on its website on Friday, Haaretz said that the Israeli army displaced last week the residents of Khirbet Ibzik village from their homes and destroyed their property and cultivated fields during military drills.
In the past month alone, the residents of this little community were ordered to abandon their crude homes multiple times.
Aref Daraghmeh, a field researcher for the human rights organization B’Tselem, the Bedouin communities in the northern Jordan Valley had been ordered to evacuate their homes at least 100 times in the past five years, adding that the shortest eviction lasted five hours and the longest 24 hours.
Over the past three months, the Israeli army had destroyed several Bedouin communities in the northern Jordan Valley and dismantled many renewable energy and infrastructure projects financed by the European Union for the local residents there.
Abdul-Razzaq Qassoum, head of the Association of Algerian Muslim Ulema (scholars), said that the Palestinian cause is the “indicator” used to judge Arab officials in their international relations.
In press remarks to Anadolu news agency, Qassoum said that those who let down the Palestinian people and their national cause have a questionable sense of belonging [to the Muslim nation] and shakable faith.
The Algerian scholar was commenting on recent official visits made by Israeli officials to Arab countries and their meetings with leaders and official figures.
“The gauge used to judge any Arab official in his international relations is the Palestinian indicator. Today, there is no issue deserving more support and solidarity than the Palestinian question,” the scholar said.
“Whoever puts his hands in the hands of those who kill our children, torment our heroes and imprison our women is a traitor to our blood and turns his back on the provisions of our holy Qur’an and the consensus of our nation,” he underlined.
He also opined that “any form of normalization with Israel is a betrayal of Allah (God), His Messenger and the believers.”
The Israeli occupation forces on Saturday threatened the family of the Palestinian prisoner Omar al-Barghouti to deport them from Kobar village in Ramallah unless they turn their son Asem al-Barghouti in to the Israeli authorities.
The Israeli occupation forces after midnight stormed Kobar village, raided and searched Palestinian houses, and arrested Asem’s 17-year-old brother Mohammed.
A large military force, accompanied by senior intelligence officers, broke into the house of al-Barghouti family and threatened to deport them to Jericho if their son does not appear in three days.
The Israeli forces accuse Asem al-Barghouti of carrying out a shooting attack and killing three Israeli soldiers less than a month ago.
Violent confrontations broke out in the village during the Israeli raid. Dozens of children and women were transferred to hospital as they choked on teargas fired by the Israeli soldiers.
The group of dissident Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan has condemned de facto Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to deprive hundreds of Palestinian citizens in Gaza of their monthly stipends, describing the step as “a reprehensible crime.”
In a press release, the group of Dahlan affirmed that such practice by Abbas is only aimed at starving the Gaza people and hijacking their rights that are protected by all laws.
“Cutting off the payment of salaries is an act of terrorism par excellence and inextricably linked to Abbas’s recurring downfalls and the failure of his policies and positions that have made him under suspicion nationally and confirmed his involvement in the plan aimed at separating Gaza,” the group added.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces on Wednesday prevented a press conference by the speaker of the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Aziz Dweik in Ramallah.
The PIC reporter said that Dweik was set to hold a press conference on the PA president Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to dissolve the PLC.
Local sources reported that the PA security forces deployed in the area around the PLC building and sent journalists away ahead of the scheduled press conference.
They further detained Dweik and other MPs for about an hour at a checkpoint near Bethlehem city as they were heading to Ramallah.
The same sources said that the PA forces handed Dweik a notice to appear before the Palestinian Intelligence Service in al-Khalil for interrogation.
Spokesman for the PA Security Service Adnan al-Damiri said that the press conference was illegal since the PLC dissolution “has come into effect” and “no one can say he is a speaker or member of the council”.
In his comments on the incident on behalf of other Palestinian MPs, Dweik said, “We don’t accept this treatment,” stressing that they have not received a legal and official order telling them that they are no longer members of the PLC.
Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday announced a unilateral decision to dissolve the PLC despite increasing warnings of its possible repercussions on the Palestinian situation.
The move was widely condemned by Palestinian resistance groups, notables, experts, and activists, and it was seen as a step toward a complete destruction of the Palestinian political system.