Jewish settlers kidnap Palestinian brothers after attacking father

Israeli settlers express their anger in front of Israeli policemen in West Bank 31 August 2018 [Mamoun Wazwaz/Apaimages]

Israeli settlers in the West Bank, 31 August 2018

Two Palestinian brothers were kidnapped by Jewish settlers yesterday from the village of Kubar, north-west of Ramallah, Quds Press has reported.

A group of settlers from the illegal settlement of Halamish brutally attacked Samir Zeebar, the father of the young men, before kidnapping Abdul Fattah and Mahmoud, who are both in their 20s.

The mayor of Kubar, Izzat Badwan, told Wafa news agency that ten armed settlers attacked the three men while they were ploughing their land. He added that Abdul Fattah and Mahmoud are apparently being “questioned” inside the settlement.

Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem have increased in number and size significantly since 1967. Despite being illegal under international law, at the end of 2019 there were more than 463,000 settlers living in the West Bank and another 300,000 in East Jerusalem.

Violent acts by the settlers from countries outside Israel, such as the US for example, have also increased. They frequently vandalise Palestinian homes and businesses, attack mosques and churches with fire bombs, throw stones and burn olive trees and other crops.

READ: Nearly 1,600 trees vandalised by Israel settlers in the West Bank since start of 2020

(Source / 08.04.2020) 

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) 

Injuries Reported As Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinians In Hebron

Photos File

A number of Palestinian citizens were injured on Tuesday when Israeli settlers, protected by armed forces, attacked them near al-Shuyoukh town northeast of the West Bank city of al-Khalil.

Local sources said that violent confrontations broke out between Palestinian citizens and Israeli settlers on Palestinian lands near al-Shuyoukh town.

Israeli occupation forces, accompanied by police dogs, later interfered to protect the settlers and fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at the Palestinians. A number of them suffered breathing difficulties and were treated in the field.

Local residents said the clashes flared up after Israeli settlers surrounded lands owned by the Halayka family with barbed wire and attempted to seize them by force to establish a settler outpost.

(Source / 08.04.2020) 

Israel exploits virus to grow settlements

Israel using world’s engrossment in pandemic to expand settlements in West Bank, east Jerusalem, says joint statement 

YERUSSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM – The Arab League warned on Wednesday that as global attention is turned elsewhere amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Israel is expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

The statement by the organization of 22 Arab countries came after a meeting between its Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s Secretary General, Saeb Erekat.

READ : Extremist settlers flood Palestinian farm lands near Al-Khalil

Aboul-Gheit and Erekat discussed the current coronavirus outbreak in Palestine, along with ongoing Israeli settlement expansion.

“The [Israeli] occupation is exploiting the world’s engrossment with the coronavirus pandemic to expand their settlements and impose new realities on the ground, especially in east Jerusalem and its surrounding areas,” said the statement.

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, the leader of Blue and White party, agreed to declare Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank next June as part of their agreement to form an Israeli government.

Since Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Jerusalem, the country has built 132 settlements and 121 settlement outposts for 427,000 settlers, according to the Israeli peace group.

READ : Settlers attack Palestinians in Al-Quds, three injured

International law views both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there illegal

Since appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the virus has spread to at least 184 countries and regions, according to figures compiled by the U.S.’ Johns Hopkins University.

More than 1.43 million cases have been reported worldwide, with more than 82,100 deaths, and nearly 302,000 recoveries.

(Source / 08.04.2020) 

Shipping Container Confiscated by Israeli Forces near Hebron

Israeli forces Monday, seized a shipping container and tore down a stall in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Qalqas, south of Hebron city, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

WAFA correspondent confirmed that Israeli forces escorted heavy equipment into the village, in the southern occupied West Bank, where the heavy machinery confiscated a shipping container and dismantled a stall for selling scrap, belonging to Palestinian resident, Mohammad Abu Sneineh.

It is important to note that Israeli forces also ordered many Palestinians to halt construction of their homes, in the Jordan Valley, on Monday.

According to the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Israel has demolished 6,539 Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank since 2009, displacing 10,139 Palestinian people.

(Source / 07.04.2020) 

Israeli Troops Invade Parts of Gaza with Tanks, Bulldozers

Israeli troops reportedly, incurred earlier on Tuesday, into the northwestern part of the besieged Gaza Strip, with tanks and D-9 bulldozers.

Local media outlets and witnesses said that at least four army bulldozers as well as other armored vehicles, incurred several hundred meters deep into a northwestern part of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia.

Witnesses added that the invasion took place from the so-called Zekem Israeli military gate.

They also noted that the invading bulldozers embarked on razing of farm lands adjacent to the Israel-Gaza border fence.

No causalities were reported, but some damage was reported to Palestinian-owned farm lands.

Concurrently, another force of Israeli army invaded the southeastern part of Khan Younis city, southern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses said that the invading force opened heavy fire on residents’ homes and farmers in the area, with no causalities reported.

A similar Israeli small-scale invasion occurred on Monday, in Khuza’a village, in the same Khan Younis area.

(Source / 07.04.2020) 

Israel settlers spitting on Palestinian cars raises concern over attempt to spread coronavirus

Israeli settlers in the West Bank, 31 August 2010 [Mamoun Wazwaz/ApaImages}

Israeli settlers in the West Bank, 31 August 2010

Israeli settlers have been accused of trying to spread the coronavirus in Palestinian neighbourhoods by spitting on cars in a West Bank village.

Residents of the village of Beit Iksa, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, reported the shocking incident last week of Israeli settlers spitting on vehicles travelling into and out of the village which is surrounded by illegal Israeli settlements.

Speaking to Palestinian WAFA news agency residents described how settlers from Ramot settlement, build on land belonging to Beit Iksa in violation of international law, stood at the entrance to the village and started to spit on Palestinian cars entering or leaving the village in an attempt to spread the coronavirus.

READ: Israel settlements turn Palestinian house into cage

A group of youths from the village are said to have confronted the settlers and forced them to leave the area and then disinfected the road and cars.

Ramot settlement has reported 17 cases of coronavirus out of its overall population of 550 people. Settlers from Ramot are notorious for harassing local Palestinians. They are often seen vandalising cars belonging to Palestinian and spraying racists slogans on their properties.

Coronavirus spreading in the Middle East - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

In a separate incident Israeli soldiers were also accused of deliberately trying to spread coronavirus by spitting on cars and homes belonging to Palestinians.

Dozens of Israeli occupation forces stormed several neighbourhoods in the West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil) during which they deliberately spat on the doors of Palestinian homes and cars according to the Palestinian Chronicle.

READ: Nearly 1,600 trees vandalised by Israel settlers in the West Bank since start of 2020

Eyewitnesses reported seeing Israeli soldiers intentionally and repeatedly spitting at cars, walls and doorsteps. In one instance the image of an Israeli soldier spitting on a car was captured on video.

Fearing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Palestinians rushed to sterilise the places which the soldiers spat at following their withdrawal.

Israel is one of the hardest hit in the region by the coronavirus. One town affected by the pandemic is believed to have a 38 per cent infection rate which prompted the government to seal the territory. With over a million jobless, the country’s unemployment rate jumped 527 per cent last week.

(Source / 06.04.2020) 

Israel holds 200 child prisoners with minimum healthcare provision

Palestinian children take part in a protest demanding the release of prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza city, on November 29, 2016 [Mohammed Talatene/Apaimages]

Palestinian children take part in a protest demanding the release of prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza city on 29 November 2016

The Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and Ex-Prisoners in Gaza reported yesterday that there are 200 Palestinian children held by Israel in prison who do not receive sufficient healthcare provision. They even lack the necessary protection to help curb the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 at a time when many security officials and prisoners are infected.

The ministry provided the details in a statement to mark Palestinian Children’s Day, stressing the need for rights organisations, especially those with a specific focus on children, to act now to protect child prisoners held by Israel. At least two children, explained the ministry, have been quarantined by the Israelis because they have been in contact with investigating officers and other prisoners who have the virus. The International Red Cross Society was urged to intervene to have the children released without delay.

From January 2019 to the end of last month, Israel arrested 789 boys and girls aged 12 to 18. Detained children are deprived of their most basic rights and face unfair trials and inhuman treatment which violate their basic rights.

Dozens of children are arrested in Jerusalem every day, said the ministry, more than any other Palestinian governorate. As well as imprisonment, they are confined to their homes and face deportation from their home city as well as heavy fines.

Israel is holding around 5,700 prisoners, including 200 children, 44 women, five members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, 27 journalists and 470 administrative detainees held with neither charge nor trial. Of the 700 prisoners in ill health, 200 need urgent treatment.

READ: Israel cop filmed firing at Palestinian children through school gate 

(Source / 06.04.2020) 

Israeli settlements are ‘epicentres’ of coronavirus outbreak

Jewish settlements near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 10 February 2015 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]

Jewish settlements near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 10 February 2015 

The Palestine Liberation Organisation has warned that Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem have become epicentres of the coronavirus pandemic, threatening nearby Palestinian cities, towns and villages.

The PLO’s National Office for the Defence of Land and Resistance of Settlement added in its weekly report that the Palestinian Authority has called on Palestinian labourers who work in the settlements to stay at home because of the risk. The virus has apparently surfaced in Palestinian residential areas where people who work in the settlements live.

According to PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh, the settlements are both a loophole and a challenge to the Palestinians in the battle to curb the spread of the virus.

In its report, the PLO noted that the settlers have escalated their aggression against the Palestinians, taking advantage of the coronavirus lockdown to damage hundreds of trees across the occupied territory. The Israeli security forces do nothing to stop them or enforce the lockdown.

New Israeli settlements in Jerusalem [Cartoon/Arabi21]

The PA announced a state of emergency in the Palestinian territories last month to combat the Covid-19 outbreak. Nevertheless, the Israeli authorities have since demolished 40 buildings belonging to Palestinians or forced their owners to demolish them. A further 260 buildings have been damaged.

When demolition orders are served on Palestinians, the Israeli occupation authorities make the owners pay for the destruction of their own homes if they are not prepared to knock the buildings down themselves.

READ: Israel settlements turn Palestinian house into cage 

(Source / 06.04.2020)