Israeli forces shoot at Palestinian fishermen off Gaza

Fishermen Gaza under fire

Israeli naval forces on Saturday morning opened fire on several Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Local sources said that Israeli forces targeted the Palestinian boats off Beit Lahia region in the northern part of the enclave.

No initial injuries or arrests were reported during the armed attack.

(Source / 18.08.2018)

IOF carries out fresh raids in West Bank

Fresh raids WB

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed at dawn Tuesday Ya’bad town, to the south of Jenin, and carried out a raid and search campaign.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that a number of houses were stormed and searched during the raid.

The houses’ owners were summoned at the scene, the sources added.

Following the raids, violent clashes broke out in the town amid heavy fire of teargas bombs.

Meanwhile, IOF arrested an ex-prisoner in Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, while on his way back home from occupied Jerusalem where he was undergoing an eye surgery.

The detainee spent more than six years in Israeli jails before being released four years ago.

(Source / 18.08.2018)

Clashes flare up in West Bank following weekly protests

Violent clashes West Bank

Violent clashes broke out between the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and dozens of Palestinian citizens who were taking part in the weekly demonstration of Kafr Qaddum village, east of Qalqilya.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that the IOF soldiers were deployed in large numbers in the village, and when the demonstrators finished their Friday prayer, they were attacked with sound bombs and teargas canisters.

Dozens of Palestinians took part in Kafr Qaddum’s demonstration which is launched on a weekly basis against Israel’s settlement activity in the village.

Other clashes were witnessed in Beit Furik and Kafr Qalil, east and south of Nablus respectively, after several IOF patrols stormed the towns in the afternoon, according to eyewitnesses.

(Source / 17.08.2018)

Wife of Palestinian MP arrested by Israeli forces

Nisreen Dawiyat

The Israeli occupation forces at daybreak Thursday arrested Nisreen Dawiyat, the wife of the Palestinian MP Ahmad Atoun.

MP Ahmad Atoun told a PIC news correspondent that Israeli policemen stormed the family home in Sur Baher, in Occupied Jerusalem, and arrested his wife. No reasons were given for her arbitrary abduction.

The arrestee is a mother of five youngsters. Her husband lives in Ramallah after the Israeli occupation authorities forcibly deported him from Occupied Jerusalem.

Atoun was arrested five times by the Israeli forces. His sons Mujahed and Mohamed were also detained on several occasions.

(Source / 16.08.2018)

Khudari: Per capita daily income in Gaza is $2

Jamal al-Khudari

Head of the Popular Committee Against the Siege MP Jamal al-Khudari on Tuesday said that Gaza’s per capita daily income, if there is any, is $2, which is the lowest in the world.

Al-Khudari warned that the poverty rate has increased to 85% due to the tightening of the blockade and the almost complete closure of Karam Abu Salem crossing.

In press statements on Tuesday, al-Khudari said that 62% of Palestinian youths in Gaza do not have jobs, while about 350,000 workers have become unemployed because of the 12-year-blockade.

He added that dozens of new workers join the list everyday as a result of the closure of factories and shops and the lack of goods, raw materials, and job opportunities.

As Eid al-Adha and the new school year approach, al-Khudari noted, hundreds of trucks loaded with goods worth $100 million are still being withheld by the Israeli authorities, stressing that their owners may suffer heavy losses if they are not allowed entry into Gaza soon.

Holding Israel fully responsible for the siege and the resulting humanitarian disaster, al-Khudari called for real efforts on the Arab and international levels to end the siege and save what can be saved in Gaza.

He called on all Palestinian factions to assume their responsibilities toward the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip to overcome the humanitarian crisis plaguing the enclave.

(Source / 15.08.2018)

Israeli minister rejects plan to reunite West Bank & Gaza

No reunite

Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said Tuesday that restoring the Palestinian Authority’s control over Gaza would be a threat to Israel’s security.

Israeli news outlets, said the rejection came at a meeting between members of the top-level security cabinet, who have spoken out against a proposal for the Gaza Strip that was said to have been discussed during secret talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

“Any attempt to return Abbas to Gaza and to connect between Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Jerusalem by way of a ‘secure passage’ which crosses Israel, will be a direct threat and a serious impact to Israel’s security and the demographic balance between Israel and the Palestinians,” Katz told the Israel Hayom daily.

“It is understandable and the matter should be debated and decided in the cabinet. Israel’s policy regarding Gaza must be clear — civilian separation between Gaza and Israel and the stretching of a clear border security line between Israel and Gaza,” Katz told Israel Hayom, which is seen as being aligned with the Likud party led by Netanyahu.

According to the newspaper, other cabinet ministers are also opposed to the deal Netanyahu and Sissi discussed.

A Likud cabinet member not identified in the report said, “Hamas will never give up on control of the Gaza Strip; therefore, such proposals are detached from reality.”

According to the report, ministers are wary of any unity deal between Fatah and Hamas. A deal struck between the two last year, but largely unimplemented, was met by an Israeli refusal to negotiate with the PA if it included Hamas as part of a unity government.

Most international parties view a Fatah-Hamas power sharing agreement as a necessary step toward reaching a deal to ease the Strip’s dire humanitarian situation.

On Monday, Channel 10 television news reported that Netanyahu secretly traveled to Egypt in May to meet with Sissi. Quoting unnamed American officials, the report said the focus of the trip was to discuss an arrangement in the Gaza Strip that would see the return of the PA to power there, a ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas resistance group, the easing of the Israeli and Egyptian blockades on the Strip, and steps to advance humanitarian projects.

During the meeting with Netanyahu, Sissi stressed to Netanyahu that the PA must be allowed to regain control of Gaza and take responsibility for the territory, according to the report.

Channel 10 said the Netanyahu trip to Egypt took place on May 22 and most ministers in the security cabinet were not aware of the meeting between the leaders.

(Source / 14.08.2018)

Palestinians protest UNRWA cuts in Bethlehem

Protest against UNRWA

Dozens of Palestinians marched on Monday in Bethlehem city in protest at UNRWA’s decision to reduce its services to Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank.

The protesters raised banners condemning UNRWA cuts and asking the UN agency to backtrack on its decision.

Head of the Popular Committee of al-Fawwar refugee camp, Afif Ghatasha, in a speech called on UNRWA to abide by all international resolutions related to the Palestinian refugees’ issue until they return to their villages from which they were expelled in 1948.

Ghatasha stressed that there is a US-Israel conspiracy aimed at liquidating the Palestinian refugees’ issue and dropping the right of return.

He added that protests will continue and even escalate in case UNRWA does not reverse its decision.

(Source / 13.08.2018)

Palestinian girl banned from Aqsa Mosque for two weeks

Bara'a Ghazzawi banned

Israeli police on Monday decided to ban a Palestinian girl from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for two weeks.

Bara’a Ghazzawi said that the Israeli police detained her for hours on Sunday and released her later on condition of a 15-day ban from al-Aqsa Mosque.

Ghazzawi told Quds Press that she was interrogated at al-Qashla detention center, west of Jerusalem, Sunday.

Israeli police have recently banned dozens of Palestinian citizens from entering al-Aqsa Mosque over their regular presence in the Islamic holy site.

(Source / 13.08.2018)

Palestinians injured as Israeli police raid Shu’fat camp

Shu'fat refugee camp raid

Dozens of Palestinian citizens were injured Saturday evening during confrontations with the Israeli police in Shu’fat refugee camp, northeast of Occupied Jerusalem.

Fatah spokesman in Shu’fat Thaer Fasfous said that the Israeli police broke into Palestinian houses in the camp and searched them.

Fasfous added that violent clashes broke out between Israeli policemen and Shu’fat youths. The police heavily fired teargas canisters and sound bombs while the youths responded by throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.

He added that dozens of Palestinian citizens suffered breathing difficulties as a result of inhaling teargas, without giving detailed information about their health conditions.

The Israeli police launch raid campaigns into Shu’fat camp on a regular basis. The Israeli raids are usually accompanied by clashes and arbitrary arrests.

(Source / 12.08.2018)

Israeli occupation to install dozens of cellular antennae in West Bank

Illegal cellular antennae

Israeli occupation authorities will set up more cellular antennae in the West Bank in order to improve the transmission of telephones operating in Israeli settlements, illegally built on Palestinian land.

The move follows a meeting between Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub al-Qara and the West Bank Security and Civil Affairs Committee.

Israel Hayom newspaper reported Sunday that the work is due to be completed by the beginning of next year.

The same newspaper reported two weeks ago that PHI, which won a tender to build cellular infrastructure for the Israeli occupation army in the occupied West Bank, would also cover the transmission of “civilian” phones in areas where there is presently a shortage.

The improvements are mainly aimed at serving hundreds of thousands of settlers in the occupied West Bank.

Indeed, the company has begun to expand its infrastructure and built 15 out of its 35 plans, improving transmission in large areas, according to Hayom.

But the newspaper said that in addition to the 35 military antennae, 30 more would be set up.

(Source / 12.08.2018)