The occupation destroys the contents of a house and seizes an amount of money west of Jenin

The Israeli occupation forces stormed, at dawn today, Friday, the town of Silat Al-Harithiya, west of Jenin, and raided a citizen’s house, destroyed its contents, and seized an amount of money.

Adnan Youssef Jaradat, the official news agency, reported that Israeli soldiers stormed his house, searched it and destroyed its contents, and questioned his family members, and seized 6,400 shekels.

And local sources in the town confirmed that clashes broke out between the youths and the occupation soldiers, who fired rubber-coated metal bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas.

In a related context, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the village of Zabuba, amid heavy firing of tear gas, which led to the injury of a number of citizens with suffocation.

(Source / 27.09.2020)

Seven civilians, including a journalist, were injured by metal bullets and dozens of people suffocated during the weekly Kafr Qaddum march

Seven civilians, including a journalist, were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets, and dozens suffocated, as a result of the Israeli occupation forces ’suppression of the weekly Kafr Qaddum march.

The coordinator of the Popular Resistance in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Shteiwi, stated that the occupation forces attacked the participants in the march by using rubber-coated metal bullets, stun grenades and tear gas, which resulted in the wounding of 7 citizens with “rubber” bullets, including journalist Nidal Shtayyeh, and dozens of suffocation cases, indicating that Two injuries were transferred to Darwish Nazzal Governmental Hospital in Qalqilya, while the rest were treated in the field.

The marchers condemned normalization with the Israeli occupation, and chanted slogans against the occupation and settlements.

It is noteworthy that the people of the village discovered at dawn today a surveillance camera planted by the occupation on the walls of one of the houses opposite Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque, which was launched to prevent the weekly peaceful march.

(Source / 27.09.2020)

On the International Day … calls to protect journalists from occupation violations

Press institutions issued today, Saturday, the call for the need to work to protect Palestinian journalists, stop the continuous violations against them, and release the 22 prisoners of war.

This came in separate statements on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian Journalist, which falls on the 26th of September of each year, which was announced by the International Federation of Journalists following the events of the tunnel gift in 1996, during which dozens of Palestinian journalists were injured during their professional coverage of the Israeli occupation’s violations of Jerusalem.

The Journalists Support Committee renewed its condemnation and denunciation of the occupation’s arbitrary practices of directly and deliberately targeting journalists while performing their duties and their field coverage of the occupation’s crimes against the Palestinian people.

The committee pointed out that the occupation intentionally used live and explosive bullets as a hidden nickname to kill and wound journalists with permanent injuries that prevent them from practicing their professional work and newspapers, as happened with a number of journalists in Gaza and the West Bank.

The committee said, “The Israeli occupation is turning the lives of 22 imprisoned journalists and media professionals into hell by placing them in prisons and cells that do not meet health conditions and safe safety measures, especially with the spread of the Corona epidemic, which increases the scale of the disaster in the occupation prisons.” .

And it warned against the continuation of the occupation in the violations of journalists, which according to the committee’s statistics since the beginning of the current year have reached more than (290) cases of Israeli violation of the right of journalists, the most prominent of which was the arrest of journalists, the extension and confirmation of several administrative detention of them without charge and the removal of a number of them under false pretenses. Since the beginning of this year, according to the committee’s statistics, it has reached 80 arrests and extensions, the last of which was the transfer of the poet Mahmoud Ayyad, and the journalists Osama Shaheen and Musab Sa`id to administrative detention without any charge.

We call on international and human rights institutions to press for the release of journalists and media activists, who are still detained in the occupation prisons, and to intervene to stop the policy of arresting and detaining journalists while they are performing their journalistic duty.

The Committee to Support Journalists called for the launch of the largest local, Arab and international practical campaign on the ground to expose the occupation practices against journalists and provide the elements of complete safety and preventive measures to protect them from the “Corona” pandemic in the occupation prisons, and strengthen their steadfastness and provide them with protection during their press coverage in the field, especially as The majority of Palestinian press crews do not have the simplest protective gear such as flak jackets, helmets or armored cars to move around.

She emphasized that the crimes committed by the occupation against the media, are expected from the press frameworks and institutions, bodies and international federations guarding freedom of the press to pursue the Israeli authorities, and also calls for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution (No. 2222), which guarantees the protection of journalists.

She stressed the importance of the press and its role in promoting democracy and human rights, rejecting hate speech and exposing violations of the occupation.

She urged me that journalistic work should practice its work freely, in a manner that does not contradict Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and that the occupation government must respect its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and respect its obligations under the Convention Fourth Geneva and its Annex Protocol, which impose special protection for journalists as civilians.

It strongly condemned the Facebook administration’s continued ban and fight against Palestinian content, which is considered a violation of the international law on freedom of opinion and expression, by imposing unjust restrictions on Palestinian content, as the Report of the Journalists Support Committee recorded (150) cases of violation of Palestinian content.

It also called on world journalists, trade unions and national institutions to strengthen solidarity, support and support for Palestinian journalists and the various media outlets that are facing a major crisis due to the Corona pandemic and its economic repercussions on the continued work of institutions.

And it called for the necessity to neutralize journalists and not involve them in the existing political conflict and enable them to freely practice their journalistic work, in respect of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and press freedoms.

For its part, the Palestinian Media Forum affirmed that the Israeli occupation is the first enemy of Palestinian journalists, which continues to target them in various ways, neglecting international and humanitarian laws and norms related to the protection of journalists and press freedoms.

In a statement, the forum renewed its call to all international press institutions, led by the International Federation of Journalists, which approved this day its duties towards Palestinian journalists and to protect them from the Israeli occupation’s intrusion on them, trying to obliterate the truth and negate the Palestinian media message.

An appeal was made to the Union of Arab Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York and Reporters Without Borders, to support and assist the Palestinian journalist.

The forum issued a loud cry to human rights institutions in Palestine and outside the need to work to force the occupation to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, protect the right of journalists to freedom of opinion and expression and freedom of access to information, and to stop targeting journalists while carrying out their professional duty to cover Various events in the Palestinian territories.

He called on all male and female colleagues in the Arab world to strengthen their solidarity with Palestinian journalists in the face of Israeli violations.

He renewed his call to the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate for the need to heed the journalists ’demands and go to arranging the internal home for journalists, and to move towards union elections that all Palestinian journalists agree to to end the long years of union slack, and the absence of an inclusive voice for journalists.

(Source / 27.09.2020)

Kuwait calls for end to Israeli occupation in Palestine

Kuwaiti prime minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled Al-Sabah in Kuwait City on 22 September 2020 [YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images]
Kuwaiti prime minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled Al-Sabah in Kuwait City on 22 September 2020 

The Kuwaiti Prime Minister reaffirmed his country’s principled and firm position in supporting the choices of the Palestinian people to obtain their legitimate rights, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The Palestinian cause still occupies a central historical and pivotal position in Arab and Islamic worlds,” Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah told the 75th session of the UN General Assembly via video link.

Al-Sabah stressed the importance of continuing efforts to relaunch negotiations to reach a just and comprehensive peace in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative.

He called for an end to the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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Al-Sabah also reasserted Kuwait’s position that the political solution is the only solution to the ongoing crisis in Yemen.

He called on all parties to agree to the proposals put forward by Martin Griffiths, the UN’s special envoy for Yemen.

The Kuwaiti prime minister also urged all parties to the Libyan conflict to exercise restraint and allow peaceful solutions based on dialogue.

(Source / 27.09.2020)

Normalisation deals ‘tool’ to undermine Islam: Scholar

The flags of US, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain are projected on the ramparts of Jerusalem's Old City on September 15, 2020 in a show of support for Israeli normalisation deals [MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images]
The flags of US, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain are projected on the ramparts of Jerusalem’s Old City on September 15, 2020 in a show of support for Israeli normalisation deals

A Muslim scholar has linked recent normalization deals between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Israel to a campaign aimed at undermining Islam and monopolising the Islamic countries, Anadolu Agency reports.

Ali Al-Qaradaghi, the Secretary-General of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), said there are many tools being used to “uproot Islam and reoccupy Muslims intellectually, socially, economically and politically”.

“One of these tools is through creating a new religion under the beautiful name of ‘Abraham’s faith’,” Al-Qaradaghi said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “[This claim] does not have anything to do with the rightful monotheistic religions; rather it undermines its foundation,” he said.

The UAE and Bahrain signed US-sponsored agreements with Israel earlier this month to normalize their relations. These deals were officially given the name the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement.

READ: Arab, European ministers call on Palestine, Israel to resume peace talks

The Palestinians have denounced the normalization agreements as a “betrayal” of their struggle to end the decades-long Israeli occupation of their lands.

The Palestinian Authority said any deals with Israel should be based on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative on the principle of “land for peace” and not “peace for peace” as Israel claims.

(Source / 27.09.2020)

Palestine professor narrates his suffering inside US jails

Abdul Halim Al-Ashqar [Twitter]
Palestinian professor Abdul-Halim Al-Ashqar, 7 June 2019 

Palestinian professor Abdul-Halim Al-Ashqar, originally from the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, narrates his suffering inside US jails during his 15-year detention.

Speaking to Anadolu AgencyAl-Ashqar, who ran for Palestinian presidential elections in 2005, disclosed that he spent a total of about 15 years inside US prisons over “baseless” accusations related to supporting Hamas.

Al-Ashqar started his career at the Islamic University of Gaza in 1985 and became the head of the Public Relations Office, noting that Israel exerted much efforts to close it over allegations that it was run by Hamas.

Al-Ashqar obtained a Fulbright scholarship in 1989 to complete a PhD in the US. “In the beginning, Israel prevented me from travelling, claiming I was an activist in Palestine and I would go to America to bring them more troubles,” according to Al-Ashqar.

“In the end, they allowed me to travel, but did not stop making troubles for me,” he said, noting that the Israeli occupation authorities were in contact with his university in the US in order to put pressure on him. Due to Israeli pressure, the supervisor of his thesis and dean of the faculty where he was studying, issued him with several warnings.

READ: Gulf regimes’ normalisation with Israel will not placate the Palestinian struggle

His professor alleged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) asked him to give information about Palestinians he knew before arriving in the US, promising him a US passport and money.

“I refused because I knew no guilty people,” Al-Ashqar explained, “so they filed a complaint against me in 1998 accusing me of supporting Hamas. I refused to stand before a court and therefore they sent me to prison.”

“I went to hunger strike and after 11 days, I was admitted to hospital and force-fed. They promised to help me should I have changed my mind, but I continued my strike which lasted six months. I think it was the longest in US history. However, Hamas was branded by the US as a terrorist group in 1995, but they detained me over claims before that date. I am not Hamas, but an activist who believes in the Palestinian cause and I said this to Americans from the first day.”

In 2000, the professor had a three-year work contract with Howard University, which refused to renew the contract in 2003 over claims of having no valid visa or residence clearance.

Consequently, Al-Ashqar applied for political asylum because, according to him, Israel wanted to punish him, but he faced imprisonment in the US over the same claims. “I stayed in prison for two months and I spent them on hunger strike,” indicating that the US authorities asked him to withdraw his asylum application and leave the country within two months.

READ: Security coordination with Israel and normalisation are two sides of the same coin

As he had no place to go, he remained and a US court sentenced him to 135 months in prison for claims related to perverting the course of justice. However, such charges usually carry between 24 to 40 months, according to US law. He spent around ten years in prison and was released in 2017. Following this, he began to look for a country that would not hand him over to Israel.

“After a short time on my release, the immigration office summoned me. However, I was sick. I was obliged to go. By my arrival, I was immediately sent to prison and spent 18 months there. That was a stark violation of their laws,” Al-Ashqar recounts.

Al-Ashqar claims that the FBI attempted to deport him directly to Israel after he was released in June 2019. “I applied for political asylum. The FBI did not wait, the court deported me in a plane to Israel, but when the plane was in the sky, a senior judge decided to grant me asylum and ordered my return immediately.”

He was then placed under house arrest and had a tracing tag put on his leg. He was obliged not to leave his town of residence without prior permission.

Concluding his interview with Anadolu Agency, he remarked that Turkey would be the best place for him because: “It is the only state where its people and its president still sympathise with the Palestinian people, and its leader is strong enough to defy Israel.”

(Source / 27.09.2020)

PCHR: “2 Fishermen Killed and Another Injured by Egyptian Naval Forces”

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR): 2 Fishermen Killed and Another Injured by Egyptian Naval Forces: PCHR Calls on Egyptian Authorities to Change Open-Fire Regulations on Persons Crossing the Borders and Maintain Proportional Use of Force

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) followed up with deep regret the killing of two fishermen and the injury of another after Egyptian naval forces opened fire at them. PCHR calls upon the Egyptian authorities to open an immediate investigation into the incident and announce its results to the public.

PCHR also calls for changing the rules pertaining to Gaza Strip residents, whether citizens or fishermen who cross the land or sea borders, and not to use excessive force against them. PCHR also calls for a refrain from shooting with the intent to kill, complying with the principle of proportionality in the use of force against them, especially that in the majority of incidents that occurred previously, victims did not pose any danger to the Egyptian authorities.

According to PCHR’s investigations, the three fishermen Mahmoud Mohammed Ibrahim al-Za’zou’ (20) and his two brothers Hasan (26) and Yaser (18), from Deir al-Balah city in central Gaza Strip, went fishing at approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 24 September 2020.

After they crossed the Palestinian-Egyptian maritime boundaries and entered the Egyptian regional waters; at approximately 01:00 on Friday, 25 September 2020, Egyptian gunboats opened heavy fire against them and took them to an unknown destination.

Nizar ‘Ayash, Head of the Palestinian Fishermen’s Syndicate in the Gaza Strip, declared on Saturday, 26 September 2020, the death of the two fishermen Mahmoud and Hasan Mohammed al-Za’zou’ and the injury of their third brother Yaser.

He also added that the Egyptian authorities would transfer their bodies over to the Gaza authorities at 04:00 via the Rafah Border Crossing. Nedal al-Za’zou’ (34) said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Ministry of Interior in Gaza confirmed this information to them, without indicating the details of the incident because no information was available.

The Fishermen’s Syndicate announced a strike and closed the sea until Sunday noon, 27 September 2020, in proteststo the killing of the two fishermen and in solidarity with their family.

It is noteworthy that similar incidents have occurred previously, as fisherman Moustafa Abu-Oda (32) was killed by Egyptian naval forces; as well as Palestinian fisherman Feras Meqdad (18). Also, in December 2015, Issahac Hassan (28), a mentally ill person, was killed by the Egyptian military.

(Source / 27.09.2020)

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Beit Ummar

Israeli soldiers injured, on Saturday evening, many Palestinians in the ath-Thaher area, in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, after several military jeeps invaded it.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the ath-Thaher area, near the illegal Karmie Tzur colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands, leading to protests, especially near the Somoud Mosque.

They added that the soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing scores of Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently invaded the town, and repeatedly attack the farmers while working on their lands, to force them away. Numerous attacks are also carried out by the illegal colonialist settlers.

In related news, a group of Israeli colonists invaded the Old City of Hebron, the az-Zahed neighborhood and Ein Askar area in Hebron city, and harassed many Palestinians, while the soldiers stood and did not attempt to intervene.

(Source / 27.09.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Five Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers injured, Saturday, five Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, during the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at the protesters as they marched from the center of the town.

He added that five young men were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets; four of them received the needed treatment by local medics, and one was rushed to Darwish Nazzal Governmental Hospital for further treatment.

On Friday, the soldiers injured seven Palestinians, including a journalist, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, after the army attacked the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town.

Palestinians have been holding weekly demonstrations, on Fridays and Saturdays, in Kufur Qaddoum village, since 2003, to demand the Israeli authorities reopen the village’s main road, which was closed in 2002, for the benefit of illegal settlers in nearby Israeli colonies, especially the Kedumim colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands.

(Source / 27.09.2020)

Egyptian Navy Releases the Bodies of Two Palestinian Fishermen

The Egyptian authorities handed over, on Saturday evening, the bodies of two Palestinian fishermen, who were shot by the Egyptian navy, on Friday, in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, while a third wounded brother, remains in the custody of the Egyptian authorities.

Sources at the Rafah crossing told Jerusalem “Quds” Press, that the corpses of the two young brothers, Mahmoud and Hassan Al-Zaazoua were received at the crossing from the Egyptian authorities.

The Egyptian Navy opened fire at the fishing boat, killing two of the three brothers, and wounding the third. The Egyptian authorities took the corpses, and the injured brother into custody, confiscating their boat.

Palestinian factions criticized the Egyptian navy’s killing of the unarmed Palestinian fishermen, and appealed to the Egyptian authorities to release the youngest brother Yasser.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) released a statement demanding that all forces refrain from shooting with the intent to kill, to comply with the principle of proportionality.

(Source / 27.09.2020)