Israeli Forces Demolishes Home, Displaces Ten Palestinians Near Hebron

Israeli forces demolished, on Thursday, a Palestinian-owned residential tin house in the town of Beit Ummar, southern occupied West Bank, according to a local anti-settlements activist.

Activist, Mohammad Awad, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that the Israeli forces seized the contents of the home, located near Hebron, then proceeded to demolish the tin house, under the pretext it was built without a permit.

The owner, Ali al-Allami, along with his 9 family members have been displaced by the occupation authorities a second time. He said he built the present tin house on the same location as that of the last house demolished by Israel in 2019.

The occupation authorities have been demolishing many Palestinian-owned residential and agricultural structures at an increasing rate.

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(Source / 06.06.2020)

Israeli Troops Shoot, Injure Four Palestinians at Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli military reportedly wounded, on Friday, at least four Palestinians, as a result of Israeli soldier’s shooting rubber-coated steel bullets towards the dozens of local Palestinian protesters in the West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum, a part of the West Bank district of Qalqilia.

Those wounded today were taking part in the weekly Friday protest to express their objection to the Israeli Apartheid Wall that surrounds the northern West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum.

Media spokesperson for the local popular resistance movement in Qalqilia, Morad Eshteiwi, told media outlets that the weekly protest this week coincides with the 53rd anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, back in June 5, 1967.

The spokesperson said that Israeli soldiers, defying peaceful protestors, also fired volleys of tear-gas canisters, causing the suffocation of several young men. They also chased a number of other youths into an abandoned home, where the youths took shelter. No arrests were reported.

Witnesses said that the protestors chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and called for the tearing down of the Israeli Apartheid Wall that has strangled the village of Kufur Qaddoum, causing vast areas of Palestinian-owned farm lands to be lost.

(Source / 06.06.2020)

Israel detained 1,850 Palestinians since January 2020

Amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus or covid-19, the lives of the Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli hails are at stake due to the poor detention conditions.

Israeli occupation has arrested 1,850 Palestinians since January 2020, including 266 children and 48 women, Palestinian Prisoner Centre for Studies (PPCS) said.

The PPCS said that the Israeli occupation uses detention as collective punishment against Palestinians to break their will.

Detentions have targeted all groups, including women, children, ex-detainees, patients, elderly and people with disabilities and special needs, human rights activists, fishermen, journalists, and parliamentarians, the NGO said.

Since the beginning of 2020, NGO added, highlighted the case of Suhila Abu Baker who was detained four times during which she was subjected to harsh interrogation, including verbal and physical abuse.

The rights group reported the arrest of eight Palestinian journalists detained while covering Israeli crimes against Palestinians or after storming their homes.

Last April, Palestinian detainee Nour al-Barghouthi died due to medical negligence in the Naqab prison, the human rights organisation added.

Amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus or covid-19, the lives of the Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli hails are at stake due to the poor detention conditions.

(Source / 06.06.2020)

Israeli municipality demolishes six Palestinian structures in occupied Jerusalem

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West Jerusalem’s Israeli municipality today demolished six under-construction structures in Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem, according to their owner, Mohammad Za’atra.

Za’atra said he planned to use three of the structures as shops and one as an apartment for his family.

Read More: Israel demolishes three structures in Hebron district

He said that he was not previously informed of a court order allowing the demolition of his buildings but that a police officer handed him the court ruling only this morning just before proceeding with the demolition.

Za’atra said he planned to use three of the structures as shops and one as an apartment for his family.

Read More: Palestinian with special needs shot dead by Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem

Meanwhile, the West Jerusalem municipality demolished a house in Silwan neighborhood under the pretext of building without a permit, according to local sources, who said that the demolition left Ahmad Abu Diab and his family, including five children, homeless.

Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem say they are forced to build without permit because the Israeli municipality rarely issues permits to the city’s Palestinian citizens as a way to reduce their number by forcing them to leave it and find accommodation and work elsewhere.

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(Source / 06.06.2020)

Palestinian prisoner completes 27 years behind Israeli bars for resisting the occupation

Palestinian political prisoner in Israel, Mahmoud Issa, has completed 27 years behind Israeli bars, said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

Issa, 52, from the town of Anata, east of occupied Jerusalem, was sentenced to three life terms plus 46 years for resisting the Israeli occupation.

He spent 11 years in a row, and two more years, in solitary confinement.

(Source / 06.06.2020)

Israeli forces tear down Palestinian structures, tents south of Hebron

Israeli  forces  today  tore down several residential structures and tents in Masafer Yatta in the southern Hebron hills, said two local watchdogs.

Meanwhile, Coordinator of the local Protection Committees Fuad al-‘Amur said that Israeli troops tore down three tin-sheet structures in al-Marekz community besides to a tent in al-Fakhit community.

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The structure owner was identified as Ahamd Hamamra, who together with his family are now homeless, added Jabour.

Meanwhile, Coordinator of the local Protection Committees Fuad al-‘Amur said that Israeli troops tore down three tin-sheet structures in al-Marekz community besides to a tent in al-Fakhit community.

Read More: Israel demolishes three structures in Hebron district

Soldiers also stormed Maghayer al-Abeed community, where they destroyed another tin-sheet structure.

Khirbet al-Mafqara, al-Markez and al-Fakhit are three of the Palestinian communities in Masafer Yatta,  a collection of almost 19 hamlets which rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood.

Located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, the area has been subjected to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and soldiers targeting their main source of living – livestock.

It has been designated as a closed Israeli military zone for training since 1980s and accordingly referred to as Firing Zone 918.

Israeli violations against the area include demolition of animal barns, homes and residential structures. Issuance of construction permits by Israel to local Palestinians in the area is non-existent.

(Source / 06.06.2020)

Israel orders halt on construction of school near Bethlehem

Israeli military ordered on saturday a halt on the construction of a basic school and confiscated a bulldozer which was working on the project in the village of Kisan, near the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

Israel refuses to allow Palestinian development of any kind in Area C, which makes up over 60 percent of the total area of the occupied West Bank, and often demolishes what Palestinians build despite the Israeli ban.

Read More: Israel orders halt on construction of structures west of Bethlehem

The area where the construction is ordered to stop is located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, where Israel rarely issues construction permits to Palestinians, forcing many people to build without permits.

Israel refuses to allow Palestinian development of any kind in Area C, which makes up over 60 percent of the total area of the occupied West Bank, and often demolishes what Palestinians build despite the Israeli ban.

Read More: Israel orders halt on construction of mobile homes north of Jericho

(Source / 06.06.2020)

Settlers cut dozens of olive trees in Burin

Today, settlers cut down dozens of olive trees in Burin, south of Nablus.

Ghassan Douglas, an official of the settlement file in the northern West Bank, said that the settlers cut about 40 olive trees in the southern area of ​​Burin, adjacent to the “Yitzhar” settlement.

They also burned a field planted with wheat belonging to Shadi Al-Hindi, and citizens were able to control the fire, extinguish it and limit its spread.

(Source / 05.06.2020)

Israel ‘blackmailing’ Palestinians by withholding tax revenues

Palestinians hold banners during a demonstration demanding boycott against Israeli products in response to cutting of Palestinian tax revenues in Ramallah, West Bank on 6 August 2019. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians hold banners during a demonstration demanding boycott against Israeli products in response to cutting of Palestinian tax revenues in Ramallah, West Bank on 6 August 2019

Israel is withholding tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority for the month of May until the PA reactivates the security coordination agreement with Tel Aviv, Palestinian officials said.

Chairman of the Palestinian General Authority for Civil Affairs, Minister Hussein Al-Sheikh said on Twitter that the Palestinian leadership has refused to receive the tax revenues for the month of May from Israel in implementation of President Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to stop security coordination with Israel.

Palestinian government spokesman, Ibrahim Milhem said later that the government had rejected Israel’s “blackmail”.

READ: Is the PA exchanging security coordination for civil coordination with Israel?

“Israel refused to transfer the tax revenues …. Unless we resume security coordination with it,” Milhem said in a statement, adding that the government is committed to implementing the Palestinian leadership’s decision to stop all forms of coordination with Israel.

On 19 May, President Mahmoud Abbas announced the suspension of all agreements signed with Israel including the Paris Economic Agreement, which regulates trade and economic relations between the two parties, in response to Israel’s plans to annex nearly 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank to it.

Palestinian Tax Revenues - Cartoon [Sarwar Ahmed/MiddleEastMonitor]
Palestinian Tax Revenues – Cartoon 

(Source / 05.06.2020)

Israeli Troops Abduct Many Palestinians Across the West Bank

Israeli troops reportedly abducted, early on Thursday, a total of 19 Palestinian residents, across the Palestinian West Bank.

Local media reports said that Israeli troops, in the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, abducted five residents, identified as Sa’d Mansour, 25, Zaid Redwan, 19, Yehya Redwan, Iyad Shbaita, 18 and Adham Shawahna, 35.

In Ramallah city, central West Bank, Israeli troops abducted three young men, identified as Aysar Na’eem, Solieman Aarouri, 20 and Ayman Alatshan, 22. Two of which are university students at the Beir Zeit university. Before the abduction, Israeli soldiers reportedly broke into the three residents’ homes.

In Bethlehem city, Israeli soldiers, backed by armored vehicles, abducted Abdelrahman Shaibat, after breaking into and vandalizing his home, located in the Beit Sahour area, on the outskirts of Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, local media sources and witnesses said that Israeli troops abducted three Palestinian residents from different neighborhoods in the city.

Sources within the Tulkarem-based Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), confirmed that the troops abducted Yehya Qarout, 21, from the Ektaba eastern neighborhood of Tulkarem, Aws Hussary, 22, from the Thennaba locality, east of the city and Monjed Redwan, 22, from the Tulkarem refugee camp. All were reportedly abducted by Israeli soldiers after the latter broke into and vandalized their homes.

In the meantime, Israeli troops abducted eight Palestinian residents from the West Bank city of Hebron, southern occupied West Bank. Local sources identified those abducted as Essam Alzehour, Mustafa Alasafra, Ma’an Alatawna and Ahmad Abu Raya.

Also, Israeli troops abducted a former prisoner, Belal Awad, 19, Kefah Abu Ayyash, 37 and Mohammad Abu Ayyash, 25.

Israeli abductions of Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian West Bank, have recently increased as Israeli leaders have hinted at the possibility of annexing the West Bank by July of this summer.

Summary of those detained;

1. Sa’d Mansour, 25,
2. Zaid Redwan, 19,
3. Iyad Shbaita, 18,
4. Yehya Redwan,
5. Adham Shawahna, 35,
6. Aysar Na’eem,
7. Solieman Aarouri, 20,
8. Ayman Alatshan, 22,
9. Abdelrahman Shaibat,
10. Yehya Qarout, 21,
11. Aws Hussary, 22,
12. Monjed Redwan, 22,
13. Essam Alzehour,
14. Mustafa Alasafra,
15. Ma’an Alatawna,
16. Ahmad Abu Raya,
17. Belal Awad, 19,
18. Kefah Abu Ayyash, 37 and
19. Mohammad Abu Ayyash, 25

The PPS Israeli army also delivered summons to three citizens from the town of Al-Jiftlik, Jericho District, to be interviewed with Israeli intelligence.

20. Abdullah Abu Raya,
21. Ihab Abu Raya
22. Lin Jihad Al-Sharrouf, a young lady, arrested from the northern entrance to Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate.

Noteworthy that occupation forces also arrested, on Wednesday evening,

23. Doaa Ramadan Arafat, 21, a young female student at the University of Palestine, was arrested from Za’tara checkpoint,
24. Muhammad Mahmoud Jamous, 24, from Tulkarem,
25. Muhammad Musa Darwish, 65, from Al-‘Isawiya town in Jerusalem

(Source / 05.06.2020)