Israeli Airstrike Injures Palestinian Motorcycle Driver

A Palestinian citizen was injured, Monday evening, in an airstrike by Israeli occupation planes targeting his motorbike, east of Gaza City.

WAFA correspondent, quoting medical sources, stated that the occupation planes targeted, with at least one missile, a motorcycle on Salah El-Din Street, east of the city, which resulted in one injured Palestinian civilian.

Tensions have been running high in the besieged Gaza Strip since Sunday, when Israeli forces killed a Palestinian resistance member and desecrated the slain man’s body, also injuring several Palestinians that were attempting to rescue the body.

(Source / 25.02.2020) 

Today Marks 26 Years For The Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre

HEBRON, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 (The Palestinian News & Info Agency – WAFA) – Twenty-six years ago, on February 25, 1994, a Jewish settler named Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli army physician, opened indiscriminate fire from his army-issued automatic rifle at hundreds of Muslims as they were performing the dawn prayer on a Ramadan day at the Ibrahimi Mosque in southern West Bank city of Hebron.

After several minutes of shooting, 29 worshippers were killed and 150 others were wounded before people were able to overcome the murderer and end his life.

As if this was not enough, Israeli soldiers on that day killed an additional 21 Palestinians who took to the streets in the occupied territories to protest the massacre in Hebron.

Instead of taking action against the extremist settlers in Hebron, particularly in the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron where Goldstein lives, by removing them from Hebron, the Israeli authorities punished the victims, the Palestinians.

The mosque was closed for six months after the incident to be opened divided between Muslims and Jews when for centuries it was a purely Muslim worship place.

|Remembering the Ibrahimi Mosque MassacreInternational Solidarity Movement (ISM)

At the same time, Palestinians in areas in the heart of Hebron where settlers had set up illegal bases were restricted in movement and shops were forced to shut down. Entire streets became off to Palestinians where Jewish settlers were allowed to roam them freely and under heavy army protection.

This situation is continuing until today, and it has even become worse.

(Source / 25.02.2020) 

Updated: “Soldiers Abduct 28 Palestinians, Including Children, Former Political Prisoners, In West Bank”

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, Tuesday, twenty-eight Palestinians, including children, siblings, and a young woman, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The PPS said the soldiers abducted sixteen Palestinians from their homes in Hebron governorate, in southern West Bank.

It added that the soldiers also abducted a father and his son from their home in Ramallah, in central West Bank, and a young female university student.

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as:

  1. Leen Akef Awad, 22, Hebron.
  2. Sameh Abdullah Abu Sneina, Hebron.
  3. Waseem Abdul-Hafith al-Jamal, Hebron.
  4. Wisam Abdul-Hafith al-Jamal, Hebron.
  5. Islam Kathem az-Zeer, Hebron.
  6. Wasim Kathem az-Zeer, Hebron.
  7. Nour Maher Tmeizi, 27, Hebron.
  8. Monther Nayef Tmeizi, 30, Hebron.
  9. Mo’tasem Ziyad Rajoub, Hebron.
  10. Tamer Majed Shadeed, Hebron.
  11. Mohammad Abu Dabbous, Hebron.
  12. Husam Abu Hussein, Hebron.
  13. Hussein Abu Hussein, Hebron.
  14. Wasim Ziad al-Jamal, Hebron.
  15. Hamza Khader Abdul-Wahab, Hebron.
  16. Bilal Khader Abdul-Wahab, 17, Hebron.
  17. Kamal Ayyash, Ramallah.
  18. Hakam Kamal Ayyash, 27, Ramallah.
  19. Zoheir Dweikat, Nablus.
  20. Abu Ali Shawwa, Nablus.
  21. Morad Hmeidan, Nablus.
  22. Morad Hmeidan, Nablus.
  23. Hussein Ibrahim Eshteiwi, Nablus.
  24. Mohammad Jamal Sabarini, 26, Nablus.
  25. Jibril Mohammad Zobeidi, Jenin.
  26. Odai al-Lowzi, Qalandia refugee camp, Jerusalem.
  27. Khaled Sharif, Jerusalem.
  28. Abada Najeeb, Jerusalem.

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Israeli Soldiers Abduct Twenty Palestinians In West Bank
Feb 25, 2020 at 14:49

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, twenty-three Palestinians, including a young woman, university students, siblings, and former political prisoners, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, especially in the governorates of Hebron, Nablus, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Jenin, and Tulkarem.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers invaded and ransacked dozens of homes across the West Bank, causing serious property damage, and interrogated scores of residents while inspecting their ID cards.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted twelve Palestinians, including a young woman, identified as Leen Akef Awad, who is a student of the Polytechnic University, from Beit Ummar town, north of the city.

The soldiers also abducted Sameh Abu Sneina, and two siblings, identified as Wasim and Wisam Abdul-Hafith al-Jamal, in addition to Wasim Zeidan al-Jamal, Husam Abu Hussein, Islam and Wasim Kathem az-Zeer, Hussein Ali Abu Hussein, from Hebron city.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Tamer Majed Shadeed and Mo’tasem Ziad Rajoub, from Doura town, southwest of Hebron, and Mohammad Sa’adi Abu Dabbous, from Tarqoumia town, west of Hebron.

Besides ransacking dozens of homes while searching them in Hebron governorate, the soldiers also installed many roadblocks, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated the residents while inspecting their ID cards.

In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Jamal Sabarini, 26, from Thannaba area, in addition to Samed Amer Omar, 18, from Far’un town, south of the city.

In Nablus, also in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Zoheir Dweikat, Abu Ali Shawwa, and Morad Hmeidan, from Balata refugee camp, in addition to Hussein Ibrahim Eshteiwi, from Askar refugee camp.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers stormed the home of a former political prisoner, identified as Jibril Mohammad Zobeidi, in Jenin refugee camp, and abducted him.

The soldiers also abducted Mustafa Rashed Abu Ar-Rob and Mohammad As’ad Abu Ar-Rob, from Qabatia town, south of Jenin, in addition to Mohammad Fakhri al-Atrash, from Kafr Ra’ey town.

The soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinians protesting the invasions into the two towns.

In Ramallah, the soldiers abducted a student at Birzeit University, identified as Odai al-Lowzi, from his home in Qalandia refugee camp.

(Source / 25.02.2020) 

Updated: Israeli Soldiers Abduct 30 Palestinians, Including Three Children, In West Bank

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, at least 30 Palestinians, including three children, a young woman, and the Secretary of Fateh Movement in Jericho, after the army invaded and ransacked dozens of homes across the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem.

Update: Several army jeeps invaded Qabatia and Kafr Ra’ey towns, south and southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, searched many homes and abducted three Palestinians.

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as Mustafa Rashed Abu ar-Rob and Mohammad As’ad Abu ar-Rob, from Qabatia, in addition to Mohammad Fakhri al-Atrash, from Kafr Ra’ey.

Protests were reported in the two towns, and the soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades.

The PPS said the soldiers invaded Beitin village, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, before abducting three children, identified as Mohannad Yousef Jaber, 13, Abdul-Rahman Mohammad Jaber, 14, and Mohammad Obeida Khatib, 14.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers searched many homes in the al-‘Isawiya town, northeast of the city, and abducted fifteen Palestinians, identified as Ali Mohammad Obeid, Mohammad Adnan Obeid, Wisam Nayef Obeid, Mohannad Nasser Mahmoud, Bashar Nasser Mahmoud, Mansour Nasser, Fayez Mohammad Mheisin, Mohammad Mer’ey Dirbas, Bassel Mohammad Dirbas, Ali Abu Ryala, Jihad Issa Bader, Yousef al-Kiswani, Bassel Odah and Mohammad al-Jayyar.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded Wadi Maali area, in the center of the city, and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Abdullah Ata Tayeh, 23.

The soldiers also abducted Khalil Khader Shouka, 27, from Jabal Hindaza, east of Bethlehem, and summoned for interrogation Mohammad Issa Ghneim, 23, from the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Said Abu Aisha, from Hebron city, and a young woman, identified as Wafa’ Ali Abu Zahra, 19, from her home in Yatta town, south of the city.

In addition, the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Saif Bassam Abu ‘Aisha, from his home in Abu Romman Mountain, in Hebron city.

In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted two siblings, identified as Fares and Odai Hasan Tayeh, from their home in the al-Far’a refugee camp.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded the home of Jericho Governor, Na’el Abu al-‘Asal, searched and ransacked the property in Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, and abducted his son Na’el.

In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Qais al-Khatib, 21, from the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of the city. The young man is a student at Birzeit University, near Ramallah.

(Source / 24.02.2020) 

Two Palestinian Fighters Killed By Israeli Missiles In Damascus

The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, has reported that two of its fighters were killed, late on Sunday at night, after Israeli war jets fired missiles into an area in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

The Brigades stated that its slain fighters have been identified as Salim Ahmad Salim, 24, and Ziad Ahmad Mansour, 23.

It added that the Israeli offensive on the Arab Syrian capital “is just another example of Tel Aviv’s failure in facing the Palestinian fighters in occupied Palestine.

“This new aggression will not deter us, as it is only another incentive for us to continue our fight for liberation and independence,” the Brigades added, “Our struggle against the Israeli occupation will continue until we achieve our legitimate goals,” and vowed a fierce retaliation.

In related news, Israeli fighter jets fired, on Sunday evening, many missiles into sites run by the Al-Quds Brigades in several areas in the besieged Gaza Strip, after the fighters fired homemade shells into nearby settlements in retaliation to the death of Mohammad Ali Hasan an-Na’em, 27, from Khan Younis, who was killed by army fire before the soldiers crushed his body with the blade of their bulldozer, then grabbed the corpse with the blade and swinging the body back and forth in the air.

Medical sources have confirmed that at least four Palestinians were injured.

ِAbu Hamza, the spokesperson of the Al-Quds Brigades, said in a statement that the brigades will retaliate to the Israeli aggression on Syria resulting in the death of the two fighters.

On Saturday evening, the soldiers abducted a Palestinian merchant, identified as Amer Baraka, at the Erez Terminal, in northern Gaza. He is the third merchant to be taken prisoner at the terminal since the beginning of this year.

(Source / 24.02.2020) 

Adalah to Israeli Military: This is a War Crime; Open an Immediate Criminal Investigation

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel sent an urgent letter, Sunday, 23 February 2020, to Israeli Chief Military Advocate General, Sharon Afek, demanding he immediately open a criminal investigation into the incident that occurred Sunday morning near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip in which an Israeli military armored bulldozer was filmed dragging a human body along the ground and repeatedly lifting it up in the air and dropping it down in the mud.

In the letter, Adalah Attorney, Sawsan Zaher detailed a series of international laws – including the Rome Statute, the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, and the Hague Regulations – which classify the Israeli military actions depicted in the video as war crimes and blatant violations of international criminal law, and international human rights and humanitarian law.

The Israeli Supreme Court has likewise recognized in past rulings that harm to the dignity of the deceased is a violation of Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty.

Adalah demands the Israeli military immediately open a criminal investigation into the war crime perpetrated by the Israeli military in the southern Gaza Strip.

(Source / 24.02.2020) 

Soldiers Close Many Roads South Of Hebron

Israeli soldiers closed, on Sunday morning, several roads in Masafer Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Media sources said the soldiers installed sandhills and concrete blocks on many roads leading to Masafer Yatta, located east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, and prevented the Palestinians from crossing.

The added that the soldiers frequently close roads in that area, and its surroundings, preventing the Palestinians from moving around, or entering their own lands.

Masafer Yatta is subject to constant Israeli violations carried out by the soldiers and illegal colonists and aim at forcing the Palestinian out of their lands.

The soldiers also frequently demolish homes, or structures and sheds, in addition to handing demolition orders, rendering scores of Palestinians homeless.

(Source / 23.02.2020)

PCHR: IOF Abuses the Body of Palestinian in a Humiliating and Degrading Manner

On Sunday, 23 February 2020, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shot and injured Palestinian civilians whom were trying to rescue and evacuate two persons that were targeted by IOF in eastern Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip.

IOF made a 150-meter incursion into the border and evacuated the body of a Palestinian it killed in the area after desecrating his body in a humiliating and cruel manner, trying to lift the body with a wheel loader several times and dropping the body back to the ground, then removing the body to the Israeli side of the border.

According to PCHR investigations, at approximately 05:40 on Sunday, 23 February 2020, IOF fired three artillery shells and live bullets at two persons who were 100 meters from the border fence with Israel in eastern ‘Abassan al-Jadida, eastern Khan Younis.

Minutes later, a group of Palestinian civilians arrived at the area at Jakar St., followed by an ambulance, and tried to recover the dead bodies. IOF reinforced along the border fence and several military vehicles and soldiers deployed on sand berms in the area.

Approximately 1 hour later, 3 civilians took off their upper clothing, remained in their undershirts and approached one of the dead bodies while carrying a stretcher in an attempt to recover the body. They managed to pull out the body and place it on the stretcher and march westward a few meters.

IOF fired lived bullets at them, wounding Mohammed Khaled al-Najjar, 19, in his lower body; forcing the young men to leave the dead body on the stretcher and evacuated al-Najjar into a civilian car that carried him to an ambulance. They later returned to the scene to evacuate the person on the stretcher. Meanwhile, an IOF wheel loader and tank moved into the location and sped in their direction.

The group managed to carry the dead man’s body with the stretcher, but IOF opened fire at them, so he fell to the ground. An Israeli wheel loader arrived at the area and attempted to evacuate the young man’s body. According to eyewitnesses’ statement and video clips taken by Palestinian journalists in the area, the Israeli wheel loader lifted the young man’s body and threw him on the ground several times. When Mo’taz Hasan al-Najjar, 21, attempted to recover his body, IOF opened fired live bullets at him, wounding him in his lower extremities.

The Israeli wheel loader continued abusing the deceased man’s body for 3 minutes in an attempt to lift him in a way that violates the sanctity of death. The wheel loader carried him from his upper cloths as his body hanged in a tormenting manner, and retreated into the Israeli side of the border fence.

It was later discovered that the person killed, and whose body was desecrated by IOF, was Mohammed ‘Ali Hasan al-Na’em, 27, from Khan Younis. Al-Quds Brigades, the Military Wing of Islamic Jihad Movement, declared that the killed man is one of its members. Furthermore, the young men managed to evacuate the other dead body from the area, who was also a member of armed groups from the area.

PCHR condemns IOF’s inhuman treatment against the victim’s corpse, which was extracted in a humiliating and degrading manner. PCHR, also, denounces the use of excessive force against Palestinian civilians, who attempted to recover the body.

PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfil their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the oPt.

(Source / 23.02.2020) 

Illegal Israeli Colonists Install Fences Around Grazing Lands In Northern Plains

Many fanatic illegal Israeli colonists invaded, Saturday, Palestinian grazing lands in the West Bank’s Northern plains, before installing fences around them.

Human rights activist Aref Daraghma said the colonists invaded the grazing lands, east of Khirbat Makhoul village, and north of Khirbat Samra.

He added that the colonists installed fences around large areas of grazing lands in the two areas, to completely prevent the Palestinian shepherds from entering them.

It is worth mentioning that the areas where the attacks took place are near a small illegal outpost that was installed by a fanatic illegal colonist, who brought his herd with the help of other colonists and remained there due to the complacency of Israeli soldiers.

Israeli soldiers also often attacked the Palestinian shepherds and force them away.

(Source / 23.02.2020) 

Updated 2: “Israeli Soldiers Kill One Palestinian, Injure Four, In Southern Gaza”

Update: The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, has reported that the slain Palestinian was one of its members.

The Brigades stated that the Palestinian has been identified as Mohammad Ali Hasan an-Na’em, 27, from Khan Younis.

The slain Palestinian was unarmed and wasn’t even in military attire when the soldiers attacked him, along with many residents,  with their bulldozer, and live rounds.

Updated From Feb 23, 2020, at 10:58: Israeli soldiers shot and killed, on Sunday morning, a young Palestinian man, and injured four, on Palestinian lands, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli armored bulldozer was filmed repeatedly crushing the body of the slain Palestinian with its blade, then grabbing the corpse with the blade and swinging the body back and forth in the air.

The Israeli army claimed that its soldiers observed two Palestinians approaching the perimeter fence, before placing an explosive device.

It alleged that the soldiers then rushed to the scene and fired live ammunition at the two Palestinians, causing the explosive device to explode.

Israeli officials frequently make outrageous claims about Palestinians they kill, which are often proven later to be false.

Media sources in Gaza said several Palestinians tried to reach the two Palestinians to provide them with the needed medical care and move them to a hospital, but a military bulldozer sped towards them and drove over the corpse of the slain Palestinian, before scooping it using the bulldozer’s plow.

The second Palestinian was injured with a live round in his leg and was rushed to a hospital in Khan Younis after the Palestinians managed to evacuate him before the soldiers could reach him.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has reported that two other Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli army fire while attempting to help evacuate the wounded.

Israeli sources initially quoted the army claiming its soldiers killed two Palestinians in the incident.

Despite the military claims, a video from the scene shows the corpse of the young man on Palestinian land in an area quite a distance away from the fence.

The bulldozer was speeding towards the Palestinians to prevent them from retrieving the corpse of the slain young man.

(Source / 23.02.2020)