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Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Jenin, Salfit And Jerusalem, Briefly Detain 14 In Hebron

18 FEB
10:28 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday evening, one Palestinian near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, three others north of Salfit, in central West Bank, and a young woman in occupied Jerusalem, in addition to briefly detaining fourteen others in Hebron, in southern West Bank.

Media sources in Jenin said the soldiers abducted a young man, who remained unidentified at the time of this report, after stopping him outside the Salem military court, west of Jenin.

The soldiers also invaded Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit, searched homes and abducted Jihad Abdullah, 25, and his brother, Amjad, 17, in addition to their cousin Mohannad Abdullah, 25.

In addition, the soldiers detained and interrogated fourteen Palestinians, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after a group of illegal colonialist settlers invaded Palestinian lands and tried to install an outpost.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers attacked the Palestinians, who were defending their lands, and briefly detained, and interrogated fourteen of them.

The soldiers did not detain or even question any of the illegal colonizers who invaded the Palestinian lands.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a young woman at a security checkpoint leading to the District Court, allegedly after finding out “she carried a knife,” and moved her to an interrogation center.

Also Sunday, the soldiers at least seven Palestinians, from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.

Furthermore, the army killed two Palestinian children and wounded 2 others after the Israeli forces fired artillery shells at them near the border fence with Israel in al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City.

(Source / 19.02.2018)

Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Into Palestinian Land In Rafah

19 FEB
7:32 AM

The Israeli Air Force fired, on Monday at dawn, several missiles into a Palestinian agricultural land, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Media sources in Gaza said the Israeli war jets carried out more than ten air strikes into lands in the an-Nahda neighborhood, in Rafah and its surrounding area, causing serious damage.

The Israeli army said it fired missiles into underground tunnels, run by armed resistance groups in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli sources said that a shell, which was fired from the coastal region, crashed in Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, and claimed that one rocket struck a house in the area causing no damage or casualties.

On Sunday, four Israeli soldiers were injured, including two who suffered serious wounds, when an explosive device detained near their vehicle close to the border fence in southern Gaza.

The Israeli army then struck eighteen targets in the Gaza Strip, including six sites believed to be run by the al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas, one of them reportedly a tunnel extending from the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza towards Israeli areas across the fence.

Also Sunday, two Palestinians, identified as Salem Mohammed Soliman Sabbah, 17, and ‘Abdullah Ayman Salim Irmeilat, 15, were killed by Israeli airstrikes in the city of Rafah.

|PCHR: “Without Posing Any Threat to Soldiers’ Life, Israeli Forces Kill Two Palestinian Children and Wound 2 Others in Southern Gaza Strip”|

(Source / 19.02.2018)

Israeli Colonizers Injure Young Man In Jerusalem; Court Punishes Him And Two Who Treated Him

19 FEB
10:53 AM

The family of a young Palestinian man from occupied Jerusalem has reported, Monday, that their son suffered moderate wounds, last Wednesday, when a group of extremist Israeli colonizers attacked him as he was leaving al-Aqsa Mosque.

Maysoon al-Moghrabi said that her son, Mustafa Ibrahim al-Moghrabi, 20, was attacked by a group of extremist colonizers, just as he, and other worshipers, were leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque, before he was rushed to a hospital in the city.

The attack left him bleeding and caused a fracture in his nose in addition to fatigue, various cuts and bruises; he was later discharged and sent home after receiving the needed treatment.

On Saturday evening, the police summoned him for interrogation and forced him under house arrest until his court session for today, Monday.

The wounded young man is facing charges that include “assaulting settlers,” although he was attacked by them while leaving the mosque.

Furthermore, the two young men, Osama Halhouli and Mohammad Awad, who provided Mustafa with the urgently needed first aid, were transferred to Haifa under a five-day exclusion order denying them entry to Jerusalem, until a judge deliberates in their case today.

(Source / 19.02.2018)

Gaza: 125,000 homes required to overcome housing crisis

The Minister of Public Works and Housing in Gaza, Mufid al-Hasayneh said that the Gaza Strip needs about 125,000 new housing units to overcome the housing crisis in the strip, adding that about 24,000 other homes are in need of being rebuilt.

In a press statement on Monday, Al-Hasayneh said  that more than 70% of the families in Gaza are financially unable to build housing units, noting that the average of new housing units required in the strip was only 14,000.

The minister added that the number of housing units built in the Gaza Strip since 1994 hit 130,000  units, while the number of existing housing units is 285,000,   55,000 of which need to be restored or rehabilitated.

Al-Hasayneh stressed that the last Israeli war on Gaza in 2014 significantly worsened the crisis sine it caused severe damage to the houses,  where 200,000 homes were destroyed or partially damaged.

He pointed out that 20% of the Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip live in overcrowded residential units with high population density, while the population growth rate in the sector is 3.3%.

(Source / 19.02.2018)

B’Tselem: Israeli army brutally using Dutch dogs to attack Palestinian civilians

A report by the Israeli rights group, B’Tselem said that the Israeli army has been illegally using force following the killing of an Israeli rabbi last month, during Israeli raids on the West Bank.

The report noted that Israeli use of Dutch army dogs caused the injury of three Palestinians, including a woman, in addition to terrorizing children through releasing them inside homes during raids.

The report cited a violation where Israeli army demolished four houses in Jenin, one of which was demolished while the residents were still inside. B’Tselem also documented the storming of two houses in the villages of the area, during which they incited dogs to attack three women, then body-searched them undressed during the dawn raids.

The report recounted terrifying details about the use of dogs by occupation officers on February 3, 2018 at 6:00 am, when dozens of soldiers raided the town of Burqin in Jenin, where the soldiers surrounded the house of Mabrouk and Inas Jarrar (40, and 37 years old). Soldiers blew up the entrance door to the building, where the sound of explosions woke them up. The two rushed to bring their children (3 years and 9 years) to their bedroom. Minutes later the soldiers blew up the door of their house on the second floor.

After the explosion, a dog was released into their bedroom, bit the father (Mabrouk) in his left shoulder and knocked him down. Inas tried to free her husband from the dog’s teeth but couldn’t. The boys hid behind the bed and cried.

In an affidavit to B’Tselem fieldworker Abd al-Karim Sa’di on 4.2.2018, Inas described what happened next: I ran to the door to ask for help and then I saw soldiers standing at the top of the stairs leading to our house. The soldiers shouted at me in Arabic to take everyone out of the house; one of them demanded that Ahmed Jarrar (the wanted young man) be removed from the house. I begged them to save my husband from the dog but they remained standing and did nothing […] Their fear of my parents in their clothes and could not stand on their feet.

In his testimony on 14 February 2018 to B’Tselem’s fieldworker, Abdelkarim Saadi, Mabrouk Jarrar described what happened to him after the soldiers dropped him on the stairs: At the end of the stairs, one of the soldiers took me out of the dog’s teeth. Then another soldier came and punched me twice on my nose. The soldiers took me to one of the rooms on the first floor of the house. All this time blood was flowing from my left arm and from my nose. Then a big officer came and seemed surprised by what the dog had done to me. The officer showed me by his cell phone and ordered the soldiers to free my hands from the restrictions – which they had already placed. The officer was talking to the soldiers in Hebrew and I understand her a bit.

Only two and a half hours later, the soldiers evacuated Mabrouk Jarrar for treatment at Afula hospital. There they tied his legs to the bed and put two soldiers at the door of the room. A week later, on 11 February 2001, the soldiers removed the restraints from his hands and informed him that he had been released without taking action. On 13.2.2018 Mabrouk was transferred to Rafidia Hospital for follow-up treatment.

On February 8, 2018, while Mabrouk Jarrar was still lying in the Afula hospital, about 20 soldiers came to his home at around 3:00 am. Inas Jarrar was at home with her mother-in-law (Houria, 75) and her sister-in-law (Dalal, 50, Dumb and Down’s syndrome). Both came to support and help them deal with what happened. Since the incident, the newborns have stayed at the home of their father’s first wife.

The soldiers stormed the door on the first floor and went straight up to the second floor. When Inas opened the door, they entered the house and asked if there was a man in the house. They also asked Inas if she had money because if the answer was yes, “it was money from Hamas and they had to confiscate it.”
Enas told them that there was no money and then the soldiers searched the house. When they did not find anything, the soldiers ordered Inas to go into the bedroom to carry out a search of her body. In the bedroom, the soldier asked Inas to take off her clothes completely and stand naked and then searched the same way the other two women who were at home. In an affidavit made on February 8, 2008 by B’Tselem’s fieldworker Abdel-Karim Saadi, Inas said:

The soldier asked me to take off all my clothes and I did what I was asked for. I thought she would only search me by passing a scanner but I was surprised by her insisting that I take off my underwear as well. After taking off my clothes, the soldier took a look at the clothes she had taken off and then ordered me to turn her back and I was naked. I felt broken and humiliated. I wished death to myself so that I would not witness such moments again. The soldier ordered me to kneel and stayed for two or three minutes – the longest minutes I have ever had. Just then she told me that I could wear my clothes. I believe this soldier does not have an atom of morality or humanity.

In her testimony to B’Tselem on 13 February 2018, Houria Jarrar described what happened to her after leaving the room with the soldier: Inas and the soldier entered the room where we were. The soldier told me she wanted to search our bodies. I cried and said to her: “What do you want from me! I am an old woman and I move with difficulty, you should be ashamed of yourselves! ” Inas and the soldier helped me to take off my clothes as I sat on the bed. I felt helpless and deeply saddened by what the soldier had done to me and I was crying all the time. How can a young soldier force an elderly woman like me to take off her clothes and reveal her nakedness in front of her in this way? After the inspection, the soldier Inas ordered that she help her to remove my daughter Dalal as well. Inas helped her and the soldier searched Dalal’s body. I could not stop crying.

In another story, at approximately 04:00, security forces stormed the house of Nur al-Din and Samahar ‘Awad, 48, 42, and four children. The soldiers stormed the door of the house and when Samaher awoke from the noise they made, she saw a dog standing in her bedroom. She screamed and her husband woke up and immediately jumped from his bed to the dog to get him out of the room. The dog then bitten him with his right hand and the soldiers who were standing at the bedroom door did not move.

The soldiers ordered the family members not to leave the house and then left themselves a few minutes later. A few more minutes passed, and then the family heard roads on the back door of their house. In her testimony on 4.2.2018 in front of B’Tselem’s fieldworker, Abdel-Karim Sa’di, Samaher Awad described what happened next as follows: I was carrying my two-year-old son Karam and he was crying and hugging my chest. I opened the door which the soldiers had ordered, and with a dog attacking me with a hump to my breast, and my son fell upon the ground. My dog ​​banged my chest and then managed to keep it away from me but grabbed my left thigh. I gathered all my strength and managed to push it away from me. All this and the soldiers stand and look without doing anything. All this time my husband was begging the soldiers to take the dog.

“One of the soldiers spoke with the dog in Hebrew and then the dog attacked and grabbed me from my left hand and kept holding it for several minutes until another soldier came,” Samaher said. I started bleeding heavily. My husband asked them to treat my hand but they did not care.

(Source / 19.02.2018)

Israel to establish new settlement city near Qalqilya

New settlement Qalqilya

Hebrew TV channel 7 on Saturday evening reported that the Israeli Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri has given the green light to the planning and building institutions to prepare for the establishment of a new settlement city in Qalqilya.

This project comes months after the Israeli government backtracked on a plan to expand settlements in Qalqilya.

The Hebrew channel said that the city will include in the first phase three settlements to the southwest of Qalqilya city resulting from bringing four settlements together with a population of more than 20,000 settlers.

The settlements in question are Sheari Tikva, Etz Efraim and Elkana. A forth settlement called Oranit to be added in the future.

The Interior Minister will recommend these settlement blocs to be fused before the elections to be held in October 2018.

According to Deri, by 2023 Oranit settlement will be annexed to the new settlement bloc which will be then officially declared as a city in the occupied West Bank.

Channel 7 said that Deri’s initiative is supported by all heads of the settlement blocs included in the project. They believe that the initiative will achieve optimal utilization of the Palestinian lands confiscated for settlement expansion.

(Source / 18.02.2018)

Settlers violently beat Palestinian bus driver in al-Khalil

Busdriver attackted

A group of Israeli settlers on Sunday morning assaulted a Palestinian young man who works as a bus driver in al-Khalil.

According to available information, the bus driver, who works for Egged company, was attacked by a group of settlers near Kiryat Arba settlement.

The bus driver Salah Abu Jamal, a resident of Occupied Jerusalem, was transferred to the hospital for treatment after he suffered multiple injuries and bruises.

Settlers’ attacks against Palestinians have been stepped up recently including storming Palestinian towns and performing Talmudic rituals in Islamic shrines, spray painting racist slogans on houses’ walls, uprooting olive trees and others.

(Source / 18.02.2018)

Shin Bet arrests Palestinian cell plotting to assassinate Lieberman

Plot Lieberman

Israel’s Shin Bet security agency on Sunday announced that it has recently arrested an Islamic Jihad cell composed of six Palestinians from Bethlehem and claimed that they were plotting to assassinate the Israeli war minister Avigdor Lieberman.

According to a statement released by the agency, the six Palestinians were planning to place a bomb on a West Bank road near Gush Etzion settlement on which Lieberman’s convoy was to travel.

The statement noted that the cell had planned to carry out other operations without giving details. No response from the Islamic Jihad Movement has been issued yet to the Shin Bet accusation.

The Shin Bet also claimed foiling a plot by another Islamic Jihad armed cell operating in Bethlehem to launch shooting attacks against Israeli soldiers and settlers.

Lieberman was the target of a similar plot in 2014 when a Hamas cell planned to hit the vehicle in which he was traveling with an RPG.

The Shin Bet said that the Islamic Jihad cell members were aware of past failed attempts to kill Lieberman and therefore believed that if they planted an explosive device on the Israeli minister’s travel route they would be more successful.

Based on the Shin Bet allegations, the cell’s location had been identified and its plan thwarted at a very early stage of its work.

(Source / 18.02.2018)

3 Palestinians arrested by PA forces, others kept in custody

Palestinians arrested by PA

The Palestinian Authority (PA) forces arrested a number of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and have kept others in custody.

Palestinian young man Youssef Shedid was arrested by the PA forces in a campaign targeting Tulkarem’s town of Allar.

The PA intelligence officers also arrested the Palestinian ex-prisoner Anas Ka’kour in Jenin and the ex-prisoner Mohamed Abu Aliya in Bethlehem, after they broke into his family’s home.

At the same time, two Palestinian university students—Alaa Abu Aram and Abada Mer’i—have been held in PA lock-ups in al-Khalil respectively for five and four days running.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian ex-prisoners Kasem Swei, Maysara Afana, Saleh Daoud, Luay Freij, Ibrahim Zeid, and Saleh Abu Saleh have been on a hunger strike to protest their arbitrary detention by the PA Preventive Forces in Qalqilya for over four months despite a court rule ordering their release.

(Source / 18.02.2018)

Palestinian kidnapped by IOF soldiers over alleged knife possession

Youth kidnapped Jenin

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at noontime Sunday kidnapped a Palestinian young man near the Salem military court, west of Jenin, on claims that he had a knife in his possession.

According to local sources, Israeli soldiers cordoned off the Salem military camp and cracked down on Palestinians before they kidnapped a young man at a checkpoint set at the camp’s outer entrance.

Hebrew-speaking radio stations said Israeli forces arrested a young man from Nablus after a Carlo gun was spotted in his bag at the main entrance to Salem court.

(Source / 18.02.2018)