Israel measures family home of Palestinian prisoners for demolition

Demolition house of prisoner

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces, along with Israeli army engineers, raided the Abu Hmeid family home, on predawn Wednesday, in the al-Amari refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Locals said that Israeli forces escorting with army engineers raided the al-Amari refugee camp and inspected Umm Nasser Abu Hmeid’s home, mother of four Palestinian prisoners, a fifth accused of killing an Israeli soldier and another who was killed by Israeli forces in 2002.Israeli forces took measurements of the home, in preparation to demolish the four-story building, and ordered the Abud Hmeid family to evacuate the premises.
Locals confirmed that clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces following the raid, during which the youths threw rocks and Molotov cocktails and Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear-gas bombs.
No injuries were reported from the clashes.
Abu Hmeid’s son, Islam, was detained by Israeli forces in June and charged with stone throwing and accused of killing an Israeli soldier during clashes in which he threw a stone on an Israeli soldier, later killing the soldier.
Abu Hmeid’s other has four sons, Nasser, 37, Nasr, 35, Sharif, 29, and Muhammad, 24, are currently serving multiple life terms in Israeli prisons for resisting Israeli forces during raids or clashes; Abu Hmeid’s sixth son, Abed al-Munim was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the Qalandiya refugee camp in 2002.Israel always demolishes family homes of Palestinians, who were involved in attacking Israelis as part of its collective punishment policy against the Palestinian people.Israel has come under harsh condemnation over the past several years for its response to attacks committed by Palestinians on Israelis, which rights groups have said amounted to “collective punishment” on family members and entire communities in a clear violation of international law.
(Source / 03.10.2018)

Adalah: ‘Israeli snipers continue to target unarmed Palestinians’

Sniper

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army continues killing unarmed Palestinian civilian protesters with snipers and live ammunition in the besieged Gaza Strip, with the approval of Israel’s Supreme Court, according to Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.More than 18 years since October 2000, when the Israeli police killed 13 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Israel and since the findings of the Or Commission of Inquiry, that was nominated by the Israeli government to investigate the events, concluded that “It should be unequivocally clear that live fire, including by snipers, is not a means for the police to disperse crowds.”Adalah said that this past Friday, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians, including two children aged 12 and 14, and injured at least 257 others in Gaza, of whom 163 were shot with Israeli live ammunition.

Adalah released a statement demanding Israel to immediately halt to the shooting of civilian protesters with live ammunition and to allow Palestinians to exercise their right to protest and to freedom of political expression.
In October 2000, Israeli police and special sniper units killed 13 unarmed Palestinians, including 12 citizens of Israel and one Gaza resident, and wounded hundreds more when Palestinian citizens of Israel participated in mass demonstrations throughout the country to protest Israel’s oppressive policies against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) at the beginning of the Second Intifada.
However, 18 years later not a single Israeli police officer, commander or politician responsible for the October 2000 killings has been held responsible for their actions.
Adalah along with the families of the 13 killed civilians continue to demand that those responsible for the crimes of October 2000 be prosecuted.
Adalah said “Eighteen years have passed and despite the clear recommendations of the Or Commission, the Israeli armed forces have not changed their practices but continue to use excessive force and fire live ammunition at unarmed Palestinians in contradiction of both Israeli and international law, this time at protesters in Gaza.”
Since the start of “The Great March of Return” protests in Gaza on 30 March, “Israeli troops have killed 151 people – including 30 children, one woman, two journalists, three paramedics, and three persons with disabilities, according to figures from Al Mezan Center for Human Rights. Israeli troops also wounded 10,234 persons, including 5,814 – among them 939 children and 114 women – with live fire.”
Additionally, in April, Adalah and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court to order the Israeli military to immediately halt its use of snipers and other live weapons against unarmed protesters.
The petition emphasized the absolute ban on opening fire on demonstrators with live ammunition and noted that the norms applicable to confronting civilian demonstrations are based in international law governing “law enforcement and order.” These same norms have also been adopted into Israeli law, including via Or Commission report.
“These universal norms apply equally and without discrimination to citizens and non-citizens alike, regardless of the content of the protest, their slogans, their location, their organizational affiliation, and the ethnic and national affiliation of the participants.”
The Israeli Supreme Court rejected the petition by Adalah and Al Mezan, who responded by saying “This ruling, which justifies the shooting of protesters, contradicts the conclusions and preliminary results of international human rights organizations and United Nations bodies documenting and evaluating the events in Gaza. The Supreme Court’s ruling gives full legitimacy to the illegal actions of the Israeli military, which has led to the killing of more than 100 people and the wounding of thousands of protesters, including women, children, journalists, and paramedics. Of those killed, 94 percent were shot by Israeli troops in the upper body.”
The casualties figures mentioned above were from May 25th 2018.
Adalah added “Israeli armed forces backed up by the Supreme Court’s ruling, continue to target unarmed Palestinian demonstrators with snipers and live ammunition today in Gaza just as they killed Palestinian citizens of Israel protesting in October 2000.”
The statement added that the center “will continue to defend Palestinians’ right to protest, to support the struggle against racism and occupation, and to demand accountability for the victims of these gross human rights violations.”
Adalah also urged the international community to take strong measures to ensure respect for international law, to provide protection for demonstrators and all civilians in Gaza, and to support the work of the independent UN Commission of Inquiry into the 2018 Protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
(Source / 01.10.2018)

Injuries reported as Israeli forces open fire at Gaza’s naval march

Attack on Palestinians border Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian crowds gathered at the northern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip to take part in a naval march setting off from the Gaza seaport against the nearly 12-year Israeli siege, on Monday.

A Ma’an reporter said that Palestinian protesters began to ignite tires on fire to blur the vision of Israeli snipers near the northern Gaza border, while Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear-gas bombs towards the crowds.
Local sources confirmed that during the march, two Palestinian protesters were injured, one of them was reported to have been injured in his hand due to a tear-gas bomb fired by Israeli forces and was transferred to a nearby medical point to receive necessary treatment.
Sources added that dozens of other protesters suffered from tear-gas inhalation and were provided treatment immediately.
The National Committee for Breaking the Siege, which organized the naval march, said that the continuous protests by the Palestinian people in Gaza represent their awareness of the magnitude of the dangers facing the current conflict.
Many attempts have been made throughout the years to draw the public’s attention to and break the on-going siege of the Gaza Strip whether via ships attempting to sail into Gaza or ships attempting to sail from Gaza.
 
The video below shows large numbers of Palestinian protesters arriving to Gaza’s seaport:

(Source / 01.10.2018)

Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian while asleep

Nour al-Din Shakarneh

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 20-year old Palestinian was injured, on predawn Sunday, after Israeli forces raided his family home and shot him while asleep in the Nahalin village, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem.

The Palestinian was identified as Nour al-Din Shakarneh, 20, and was injured after Israeli forces raided his home in Nahalin village without anyone’s knowledge and shot him with a live bullet while asleep.
According to the Shakarneh family, Israeli forces broke into the home around 5 a.m. and began firing live bullets and stun grenades, causing material damage to parts of the home.
It is noteworthy that Nour lives in the home along with his parents, brother and sister-in-law, and two young children.
No other injuries were reported among the Shakarneh family.
The Shakarneh family confirmed that Israeli forces attempted to detain Nour, however, the family prevented the detention and transferred him to a nearby hospital to receive necessary medical treatment.
Nour was reported to be injured in his pelvis and is in moderate condition.
Israeli raids into Palestinian towns and villages, while opening fire at defenseless Palestinians, are near daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
(Source / 30.09.2018)

WHO: 20% of denied access to medical care are Gazan cancer patients

Patient Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A fifth or 20% of medical applications submitted in August by patients in the besieged Gaza Strip were denied, by Israel, a permit to leave for medical treatment in East Jerusalem or Israeli hospitals were for cancer patients, according to a monthly report by the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Thursday, WHO published their monthly report on health access for Palestinians in the occupied territories, showing that 18% of the denied applications were for orthopedics and 14% for neurosurgery patients.
Several Palestinian patients have died while waiting for an Israeli permit to get life-saving treatment that is not available in Gaza.
The report said that 152 patient applications (98 male; 54 female), or 7% of the total, were denied permission for health care in August to cross the Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun), between Israel and the northern besieged Gaza Strip; those denied included seven children under the age of 18 years and 23 patients aged 60 years or older.
The report added that 68% of the permit applications were approved, making up 1,484 (781 male; 703 female) of the 2,173 applications.
However, according to the report, the approval rate of permit applications for Palestinians injured by the Israeli army gunfire during the border protests was significantly lower than the overall approval rate, with only three out of 53 applications in August approved (6%), 17 (32%) denied and 33 (62%) delayed.
Additionally, 537 patient applications (342 male; 195 female), or 25% of the total, were delayed access to care, receiving no definitive response to their application by the date of their hospital appointment. Of these, 126 applications were for children under the age of 18 and 47 applications were for patients aged 60 years or older.
WHO reported that of the 537 delayed patients, a quarter (24%) had appointments for orthopedics, 12% for cancer treatment and 7% for ophthalmology. Almost two thirds (67%) of delayed patients submitted their applications more than 15 days prior to their hospital appointment.
Since patients who are seeking medical treatment outside the Gaza Strip need to have at least one companion with them, particularly children and the elderly, out of 2,491 applications to Israel for permits to cross the Erez crossing to accompany patients, 1,301 (52%) patient companion applications were approved, while 256 applications (10%) were denied and 934 (38%) remained pending on the date of the patient’s medical appointment.
According to local organization the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, more than 15 medical patients died in Gaza in 2017 after being denied permits by the Israeli authorities that would have allowed them access to hospitals.

(Source / 28.09.2018)

3-month-old baby among injured in Kafr Qaddum

3 month old baby injured

QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — A 3-month-old baby was among several Palestinians injured by Israeli forces suppressing the weekly peaceful anti-settlement march, on Friday, in the Kafr Qaddum village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.

Coordinator of popular resistance committee in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli forces raided the village before Friday prayers to suppress the weekly march that sets off following prayers.
Ishteiwi added that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs at protesters participating in the march and inside homes of local residents.
Seven protesters, several of whom were from South Korea, while others were Palestinian, were injured along with a 3-month-old baby, who suffered from tear-gas inhalation by tear-gas bombs that hit homes of the village.
All of the injured, including the baby, were treated on the scene.
Residents of Kafr Qaddum began staging weekly protests in 2011 against Israeli land confiscations, as well as the closure of the village’s southern road by Israeli forces. The road, which has been closed for 14 years, is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, the nearest economic center.The Israeli army blocked off the road after expanding the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim in 2003, forcing village residents to take a bypass road in order to travel to Nablus, which has extended the travel time to Nablus from 15 minutes to 40 minutes, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem.Addameer, a Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, said “Before 2003, the residents of Kafr Qaddum would use a shorter road to the east in order to come and go to nearby cities and villages.”Addameer added “The only alternative road is roughly six times longer than the previous route, disrupting the villagers’ ability to attend university, jobs, and other vital aspects of their economic and social well-being.”

(Source / 28.09.2018)

Israel seals off, declares Khan al-Ahmar closed military zone

Closed Khan al-Ahmar

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces declared the Khan al-Ahmar village, east of occupied Jerusalem in the central West bank, on Friday, a closed military zone.A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli forces closed all roads leading to Khan al-Ahmar, preventing Palestinians and journalists from entering the village.Israeli forces closed the iron gate at the entrance of the village, early Friday morning.Deployed soldiers prevented people from entering or exiting the village to prevent activists and residents from performing group Friday prayers in the village as a protest to the Israeli demolition order against it.Last week, the Israeli Civil Administration ordered residents of Khan al-Ahmar to demolish their own homes and evacuate the area before the start of October. However, last month, residents had declared that they would not be leaving their homes and would not agree to be transferred anywhere.

Khan al-Ahmar has been under threat of demolition by Israeli forces; the demolition would leave more than 35 Palestinian families displaced, as part of an Israeli plan to expand the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adummim.
(Source / 28.09.2018)

In video – Israeli forces assault Muslim worshipers at Al-Aqsa

Tensions Al Aqsa

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Tensions increased at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, on Thursday, as Israeli forces assaulted a number of Muslim worshipers, while Israeli settlers performed prayers in the compound.Firas al-Dibs, head of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Islamic Endowment, said that 924 Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound through the Moroccan Gate on the fourth day of Sukkot under armed security by Israeli forces.Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa in large successive groups; many performed religious Jewish prayers in the compound.Al-Dibs mentioned that during the entry of the last group of Israeli settlers, an Israeli soldier stopped a Jerusalemite youth demanding his ID, after which he was unexpectedly assaulted and detained by Israeli forces.Eyewitnesses said that prior to the youth’s detention, Israeli forces beat and pushed him along with his mother, while several other Muslim worshipers, who were present in the compound, were repeatedly assaulted. 

No other detentions were reported.

Sources added that Israeli forces and police were deployed throughout the area and closed several the streets leading up to Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to secure access for Israeli settlers.The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque. The third holiest site in Islam, it is also venerated as Judaism’s most holy place, as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.While Jewish visitation is permitted to the compound, non-Muslim worship at Al-Aqsa is prohibited according to an agreement signed between Israel and the Jordanian government after Israel’s illegal occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.
The video below shows Israeli forces and police assaulting Muslim worshipers:

(Source / 27.09.2018)

Israel to seize Palestinian lands for settlement expansion

Expansion Plan near Hebron

HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Israeli Civil Administration announced an expansion plan of the illegal Israeli settlement of Tina Omarim in the town of Dahriyeh, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.A Palestinian research center, Land Research Center, released a report on Monday showing that the Israeli Civil Administration have published a detailed plan that would change the classification of the Palestinian-owned land from agricultural into urban, in order to justify expanding the illegal Israeli settlement.The report said that the plan would lead to the seizure of 260 dunums (64 acres) of Palestinian-owned land in the al-Thahriyeh town.

The data shows that in the second quarter of 2018, Israel began the construction of  794 new settlement housing units, compared to 279 in the first quarter of the year.In the first half of 2018, the construction of 1,073 housing units was launched in the settlements, compared to 818 in the second half of 2017.The report added that the plan would include the construction of around 150 housing units, the establishment of public institutions, public parks, streets and parking lots.

Israel’s policy of expanding settlements and outposts has been escalating recently due to the United States President Donald Trump approving three times more the amount of settlement units than that which was approved in the year and half before his inauguration.
Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.
The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.
(Source / 17.09.2018)

Israeli forces open fire at farmers, raze lands in Gaza

Forces stealing land Khan Younis

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire, on Monday morning, towards Palestinian farmers east of Khan Younis in southern besieged Gaza Strip.

A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli military observation towers opened fire as Palestinian farmers were working in their lands.
Farmers were forced to evacuate the area in fear for their lives.
Meanwhile, several Israeli bulldozers entered into the “buffer zone” alongside the southern Gaza border and razed lands.
Witnesses said that four D-9 Israeli military bulldozers entered dozens of meters into lands near the “return camps” and razed and leveled lands as drones flew overhead.
Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone,” which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave, which has been under an Israeli air, land, and sea blockade for nearly 12 years.
(Source / 17.09.2018)