Israeli forces wound fisherman in northern Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- A Palestinian fisherman was wounded on Wednesday after being shot by Israeli gunboats at the Sudaniyyah sea near Beit Lahya in northern Faza.

Private sources stated that Israeli forces opened fire at the fisherman Ibrahim Abu Wardeh (23 years old) after chasing him while he was working in the Sudaniyyeh sea.

Abu Wardeh has been wounded in his hand and leg. He was evacuated to get medical treatment.

The occupation state targets fishermen in Gaza on a daily basis, causing many of them to be wounded or killed. Israeli forces also repeatedly confiscate equipment and fishing boats of Gaza’s fishermen and prevent them from working.

(Source / 08.04.2020) 

Remembering Bahr El-Baqar primary school massacre

50 years later, the occupation state continues its terrorism

Cairo (QNN)- Bodies of dead schoolchildren, ruins of an elementary school, and families, who have been mourning their children for the last 50 years, are everything left after the Israeli massacre in Bahr El-Baqar elementary school.

On April 8, 1970, The occupation state targeted the elementary school with an air raid, murdering over 40 schoolchildren, while severely wounding over 50 others and leaving the rest of the 150 students with permanent disabilities.

The Israeli Minister of war at the time, Moshe Dayan, who was elected after that as a prime minister, claimed that the school was a military installation and that there were soldiers and weapons hidden on the premises.

No proofs nor basis for Dayan’s claims were provided, either before or after the attack. The school rather was located in Ash Sharqia Governorate, which is over 200km away from the Israeli border.

The school, which consisted of only three classes housed on one floor, had a student body of 150 children. The building was completely destroyed as the attack was carried out by Israeli Air Force F4 Phantom II fighter-bombers that used five bombs and two air-to-ground missiles.

50 years later, the occupation state continues its terrorism, targeting Palestinian children. ‘Israel’ killed 33 children in 2019 only, arrested 880 children in the same year, and attacks schools in Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem on a daily basis.

(Source / 08.04.2020) 

In Video| Shin Bet arrests Jerusalem Governor

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces on Sunday arrested the Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith, after breaking into his house and searching it.

QNN reporter said that groups of the Israeli shin Bet and police stormed the house of the Governor in Silwan this morning then arrested him and sent him for interrogation.

Gheith is a former prisoner. He has been a subject for Israeli assaults since he became a governor. The Israeli authorities summoned him for interrogation, expelled him from the West Bank and Al Aqsa mosque, and prevented him from communicating with people in several incidents.

Last Friday, Israeli forces arrested the Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Fadi Hidmi, and sent him for interrogation then he was released.

(Source / 05.04.2020) 

9 new COVID-19 infections in West Bank

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Ministry of Health announced that 9 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the villages of Kafr ‘Aqab, Qatanna, al-Judeira, Rafat, Beitunia, and Barta’a, bringing the toll to 226.

The Ministry explained that it cannot test all workers, who came from the occupation state, in one day. It called them for house quarantine.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the West Bank and Gaza has reached 226, including 23 recoveries and one death. All other cases are either slight or moderate.

(Source / 05.04.2020) 

15 raids into Al Aqsa mosque, 47 bans of Adhan at Ibrahimi mosque during last March

Ramallah (QNN)- The Ministry of Islamic Waqf said that the occupation stormed Al Aqsa mosque 15 times and banned Adhan 47 times at the Ibrahimi mosque during last March.

In its monthly report, the Ministry added that the occupation continued to follow its policy of exile against worshipers and employees at both mosques. The Israeli authorities summoned the manager of Al Aqsa mosque for interrogation and stormed the house of the head of the Council of Waqf, Sheikh Abdel Azim Salhab before imposing a 5000 Shekel fine (over $1300) on him because he performed Friday prayer at the holy mosque.

Also in last March, extremist Jewish groups called for mass raids into Al Aqsa mosque in several events, including the elections as well as Jewish holidays. Benjamin Netanyahu prayed in a tunned under the holy mosque to win the elections.

A plan by extremist groups surfaced last month as well. The plan aims at building a temple instead of Al Aqsa mosque but without demolishing the Dome of the Rock.

In regard to the Israeli assaults against native Palestinians in the city, the Israeli police confiscated sterilization pumps from Palestinians, who were sterilizing public utilities during the coronavirus crisis, and imposed heavy fines on them.

Israeli cops also attacked female worshipers near Hittah gate and started constructing a settlement road only for Israelis.

Israeli police closed the gates to the holy mosque in several incidents.

In the Ibrahimi mosque, the Israeli authorities banned Adhan in 47 times and closed the entrance to the Shuhada street under the pretext of allowing settlers to celebrate Jewish holidays.

The occupation state had closed the Shuhada street for Palestinians’ vehicles, which is the main street in the occupied city, back in 1994 then closed it for Palestinian pedestrians as well in 2000, making it a settlers-only street and deepening its apartheid system.

(Source / 05.04.2020) 

Israeli forces arrest Palestinian man and teenager from Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces arrested two Palestinians from Silwan in occupied Jerusalem this morning.

QNN reporter said that the Israeli police stormed several neighborhoods in Silwan this morning and searched Palestinians’ houses.

She added that the Israeli police arrested Saed A’war (17 years old) and Muhammad Zalloum after storming and searching their houses.

Israeli arrests and assaults against Palestinians in the holy city never stopped even with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Daily arrests take place in Palestinian neighborhoods, especially in Silwan, Issawiyyeh, and the old city.

(Source / 05.04.2020) 

Palestinian prisoners simply don’t matter to Israel’s security narrative, even in a pandemic

By Ramona Wadi

Unsurprisingly, Israel has not heeded requests to safeguard the health of Palestinian prisoners in its jails. Besides recommending “precautionary measures”, which are likely to provide no protection in confined spaces, it seems that Israel will persist with its medical neglect strategies, which have resulted in Palestinian prisoners dying. Yet again, there have not been, and nor are there likely to be, any repercussions from the international community.

The initial appeal by the prisoners has been followed up with a petition launched by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society asking for international intervention. The petition calls for the release of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners — the most vulnerable or susceptible to illness — given that Israel routinely disregards the health concerns and conditions of the people it puts behind bars. Two Israeli prison officers have already contracted the coronavirus Covid-19, and a recently released Palestinian prisoner has also tested positive, thus raising concerns about the spread of the virus while Israel, true to its extermination by stealth tactic, does nothing.

Appealing for urgent humanitarian action is unlikely to prompt UN action against Israel. Bureaucratic statements and recommendations have failed to put an end to Israeli practices such as administrative detention — jailing someone indefinitely with neither charge nor trial — and the abuse of minors in prison; the deprivation of rights, including family visits; and both timely and appropriate medical attention.

The fear of medical neglect among prisoners is justified. Since 1967, 222 Palestinian prisoners have died after Israel refused treatment for life-threatening illnesses, including cancer. If Israel deprives Palestinians of treatment for illnesses which are not contagious, how will it act when faced with the possibility of a pandemic spreading which has the potential to wipe out the stalwarts of Palestinian resistance to its military occupation?

On both political and humanitarian grounds, the UN should intervene to safeguard all Palestinian prisoners from the possibility of dying as a direct result of Israel’s withholding of treatment. However, the UN’s agenda is divested of protection for human rights, in particular those in association with colonial violence. The pandemic will not reduce international support for Israel and Palestinians risk becoming collateral damage in a political system which has lost its penchant for statements attesting to the illusion of international protection for human rights. The coronavirus has exposed an international political failure to protect the most vulnerable; Palestinian prisoners, forgotten until a coordinated hunger strike or a death makes headlines, are about to experience the collective intent to ignore a catastrophe in the making.

Palestinians have been forced into cooperation with the Israeli authorities to halt further contagion. As in other examples where their leaders work with and for Israel, however, the Palestinians are the least likely to reap the benefits, in particular if there is an increase in surveillance on behalf of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

As each country focuses on its concerns at home, global solidarity with Palestinians at a crucial moment is at an all-time low. For Palestinian prisoners, the consequences of such international disinterest are heightened. Double standards as regards the sense of urgency which the pandemic is evoking are being applied; Israeli cases of coronavirus are juxtaposed against security when it comes to speaking about Palestinians who have contracted the virus. Palestinian prisoners simply don’t matter as far the pedlars of Israel’s security narrative are concerned, even in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

(Source / 04.04.2020) 

11 coronavirus infections in Palestinian territories

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian Ministry of Health stated that 11 new COVID-19 infections were reported, bringing the total to 205.

The Ministry said in a press release on Saturday that the cases include two children (11 and 15 years old), who were infected from their father.

1200 samples are being currently tested at Ramallah and Bethlehem’s labs.

The total number of coronavirus infections in the Palestinian territories has reached 205, including 12 in Gaza. Meanwhile, 21 recoveries were reported.

(Source / 04.04.2020) 

Palestinian doctor dies from COVID-19 in Spain

Madrid (QNN)- A Palestinian doctor, who has been working in Spain, died from the novel coronavirus on Friday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Al Hamd family announced that the Palestinian doctor Hisham Yousef Hamd from Gaza died from coronavirus while he was doing his duty, fighting the virus, at one of the country’s hospitals.

(Source / 04.04.2020) 

‘Israel’: No coronavirus aid for Gaza unless captured soldiers recovered

“In Gaza, we have sharp minds and wills and we will not need Neftali Bennett,” Head of Hamas replied

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The occupation state on Wednesday linked allowing any coronavirus assistance into the Gaza Strip to progress in its attempt to recover two Israeli soldiers captured during the 2014 Israeli war on the Palestinian enclave, according to Reuters.

Gaza’s health-care system is near collapse after several wars and 13 years of siege, which have stymied any potential for long-term economic development.

The territory’s health ministry has repeatedly warned that it is ill-equipped to combat the spread of the disease owing to acute shortages of medicines, laboratory supplies and other equipment used to carry out coronavirus examinations.

The Palestinian government has closed the Gaza border to non-essential traffic as a precaution against the spread of the infection.

“The moment there is talk of the humanitarian world in Gaza – Israel also has humanitarian needs, which are mainly the recovery of the fallen,” Defence Minister Naftali Bennett claimed, referring to the Israeli occupying soldiers, who were captured by the resistance during the Israeli 2014 aggression.

“And I think that we need to enter a broad dialogue about Gaza’s and our humanitarian needs. It would not be right to disconnect these things … and certainly, our hearts would be open to many things.”

Hamas said returning the two soldiers – as well as two Israeli civilians who crossed into the territory – would require negotiating a prisoner swap and would not be done in exchange for humanitarian aid.

“Israel bears responsibility for any consequences should the disease spread in Gaza because it has been blockading it for 13 years,” said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum.

“A prisoner swap deal is a separate track,” he said.

The Head of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar, replied to the Israeli threats saying “we will take what we need against their wishes”.

“We don’t need anything from the occupation”, Sinwar added. “In Gaza, we have sharp minds and wills and we will not need Neftali Bennett.”

Sinwar added that “the moment we find ourselves in need for ventilators, we will let 6 million Israeli settlers suffer.”

(Source / 03.04.2020)