The Israeli occupation authorities closed, on Wednesday morning, the Gaza Strip crossings, on the pretext of Jewish holidays.
The only commercial Kerem Shalom crossing in the Gaza Strip will be closed until Friday morning, when it will operate in a limited manner before it reopens on Saturday for the weekly holiday and reopens it completely on Sunday.
It will also close the Beit Hanoun checkpoint, “Erez”, today and tomorrow, provided that emergency situations are allowed to travel through it, and that Friday be returned to work in a limited manner, and it will be reopened completely on Sunday.
Palestinian human rights organizations reported that, during the month of March, 357 Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli occupation forces, including 48 children and 4 women.
The institutions said in a statement today, Tuesday, that the occupation forces continued the arrests against the Palestinians, despite great fears of the spread of the Coruna virus.
It showed that 192 arrests were in Jerusalem, 33 in Ramallah and Al-Bireh, 45 in Hebron, 19 in Jenin, 23 in Nablus, 18 in Qalqilya, 11 from Tulkarm, 3 from Bethlehem, and 8 in the Gaza Strip.
The legal paper in which the information was received was issued by: Prisoners and Editors Affairs Authority (official), Palestinian Prisoner Club (semi-official), Al-Dameer Association for Prisoner Care and Human Rights (civil).
The paper indicated that the number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in the prisons of the occupation until the end of last March, has reached nearly 5000; including 41 female prisoners, about 180 children, and administrative detainees are approximately 430.
And she added: “The prisoners suffer from difficult conditions, the lowest that can be described as inhumane and unhealthy, which increases the fears of the spread of the epidemic among them, especially the sick prisoners.”
She stated that the sick prisoners in the occupation prisons number 700, including 16 prisoners who are living in tragic conditions in the “Ramla prison clinic”, which the prisoners are called “the slaughterhouse . “
And human rights institutions monitored in its reports, the death of 222 Palestinian prisoners; since 1967 in the prisons of the occupation; including 67 detainees due to deliberate medical neglect.
And noted that the occupation authorities issued last March 92 administrative detention orders: new and renewal.
She pointed to the aggravation of fears that affect the fate of Palestinian prisoners in the occupation prisons, with the spread of the new Covid-19 virus (Corona), accompanied by deliberate procrastination by the prison administration in providing the necessary preventive measures within the prisoners’ sections.
She drew attention to the overcrowding in the prisons of the occupation, “which in turn creates an ideal environment for the spread of the virus, which may lead to infecting huge numbers of prisoners, especially with the announcement of the management of the occupation prisons about the injury of two prisons, and other stone.”
Hamas Political Chief Ismail Haniyeh makes a speech as holds a press conference in Moscow, Russia on 4 March 2020
The head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, said yesterday that the movement insists on releasing Palestinian prisoners held by Israel as part of any future agreements with Tel Aviv, Safa news agency reported.
This came during a telephone call between Haniyeh and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Presidential Special Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov.
A statement issued by Haniyeh’s office said the Hamas chief has reviewed the difficult and inhumane conditions inside Israeli prisoners and stressed the need to protect Palestinian prisoners from the coronavirus pandemic.
“The head of the movement pointed to the lack of capabilities at the health and humanitarian level to protect Palestinians in the Gaza Strip from the coronavirus and the urgent need to provide the necessary health and relief supplies to them,” it added.
Palestinians living in Israel have been told to download an invasive app that verifies whether their residents’ permits are still valid, reported Israeli newspaper Haaretz, but the app also tracks the user’s movements and the messages received on the device.
Called “Al Munasiq”, or “The Coordinator” in Arabic, the mobile app enables the Israeli military to track the user’s location as well as access any notifications they receive, files they download or save, and the device’s camera.
The controversial measure is raising constitutional privacy questions and criticism while the country deals with its own security during a public health crisis.
Palestinians who are granted humanitarian or family reunification permits in Israel are usually required to visit the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) offices to verify their status.
However, the offices are currently closed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, so they have no choice but to download the application.
According to Haaretz, in order to install the app, users need to approve the following terms: “We may make use of the information we collect for any purpose, including for security purposes.”
“You agree and declare that you know that all the information you are asked to provide is not required by law or defense regulations, and it is provided of your own free will, so that we can make use of it as we see fit. In addition, you consent that we may store the information you have provided to us in our databases based on our considerations.”
Lawyers with human rights NGO Hamoked, Adi Lustigman and Benjamin Agsteribbe, wrote on behalf of their organisation that “The connection between clarifying the status of the permits and revealing private information is unclear.”
“Placing these requirements as the sole default for a person to use the application is extremely unreasonable, and cynically exploits public distress and panic in these grim times for the inappropriate purpose to invade one’s privacy in a manner that damages human dignity,” the letter added.
Palestinian farmers on Tuesday, suffered inhalation injuries during an attack by illegal Israeli settlers in Ash-Shuyukh town, near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, according to local sources.
Ahmad al-Halayqa, media activist, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that colonial settlers, under Israeli military protection, attacked Palestinian farmers in She’ib At-Tina and al-Majalis areas in the southern West Bank, in an attempt to force them out of their lands.
Al-Halayaa added that Israeli soldiers fired tear-gas and concussion grenades towards the Palestinian farmers causing some to suffer the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation.
Important to note that illegal Israeli settlers, on Monday, invaded the town of Qusra, south of Nablus, while Israeli soldiers provided cover for the invading colonists by firing many live rounds and tear-gas canisters at the Palestinians.
Israeli settlers on Tuesday, attacked a Palestinian man in the village of Kobar, northwest of Ramallah, and kidnapped his two sons, according to Kobar mayor, Izzat Badwan.
Badwan told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that around 10 armed settlers from the illegal settlement of Halamish, built on Palestinian lands near Kobar.
The mayor added that after the illegal colonists attacked Samir Zeebar, they kidnapped his two sons, Abdul Fattah and Mahmoud, while they were ploughing their farm land, and brought them inside the settlement.
Important to note that despite the coronavirus pandemic and the high incidence seen in Israel, settlers and soldiers continue to harass and terrorize Palestinian farmers and other civilians in the West Bank.
In related news, Israeli soldiers, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, on Tuesday, fired tear-gas and concussion grenades towards Palestinian farmers who were being attacked by illegal colonists.
Israeli naval forces continue their attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea preventing them from sailing and fishing freely, accessing the zones rich in fish, despite the fact that fishermen posed no threat to the lives of Israeli naval forces deployed in Gaza waters.
The Israeli naval forces’ attacks constitute a violation of the rules of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, including Article 6 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
According to the investigations of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 07:50 on Thursday, 09 April 2020, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (3 nautical miles) and opened fire at a fishing boat.
As a result, two fishermen, Obai ‘Adel Mohamed Jarbou’ (21) and Ahmed ‘Abed al-Fattah Ahmed al-Sharfi (23), were shot and injured with rubber-coated steal bullets. The young men, from al-Shati’ camp in Gaza City, were taken to the Indonesian Hospital, where their injuries were classified as minor.
It should be noted that Israeli gunboats conduct daily chases of Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, and open fire at them in order to terrify them and prevent them from sailing and accessing the zones rich in fish.
The latest Israeli naval forces’ attack was on Wednesday, 08 April 2020, as Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (3 nautical miles) and opened fire at a fishing boat. As a result, a fisherman was shot and injured.
League of Arab States, comprising of 22 Arab countries, stated on Thursday, that Israeli occupation authorities continue ‘aggression’ toward the Palestinian people by carrying out killing, arrests, expulsion and illegal settlement construction.
In a statement issued on Thursday, on the 72nd anniversary of the Israeli-perpetrated massacre of civilian Palestinians in the Deir Yassin village, an outskirt of the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem, the high-ranking Arab organization said that the Deir Yassin massacre stands as a clear example of Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing, against the Palestinian people.
The statement noted that current Israeli occupation practices, across the occupied Palestinian territories, are unacceptable, at a time the international community is being distracted by the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has plagued the majority of world countries.
The statement sharply criticized what it described as Israeli authorities’ deliberate negligence of Arab residents of East Jerusalem, along with 5,000 Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails, when it comes to necessary medical care, for which Israel, the occupying power, is solely responsible.
The League of Arab States’ press release also called on all relevant international bodies, including the United Nations (UN), to pressure Israeli authorities in a way that would stop all Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people and obliges Israel to abide by all relevant international legitimacy resolutions, which lay the foundation for a two-state solution.
Recently, Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank, have had a number of its officials detained by Israeli police, in the occupied city of East Jerusalem. It has also reported a series of Israeli police raids on Palestinian homes, in which Israeli police abducted several Palestinian residents.
The PA has attributed such Israeli practices to Israel-imposed restrictions on Palestinian attempts to fight back Coronavirus. The PA believes that Israel has not taken necessary precautionary measures for the safety of the Arab population of East Jerusalem, itself.