Armed extremist settlers attack Palestinian homes in Al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, PALESTINOW.COM — A horde of armed extremist Jewish settlers attacked under military protection Palestinian homes in Jaber neighborhood in al-Khalil city on Saturday night.

According to local sources, dozens of settlers from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba hurled stones and bottles at several homes in Jaber neighborhood, causing panic among families and their children.

The settlers were shouting racist slurs, curses and death threats during the attacks, which happened in the presence of Israeli soldiers.

(Source / 20.01.2020) 

IOF kidnap 14 Palestinians in West Bank and Al-Quds

BETHLEHEM, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday kidnaped at least 14 Palestinian citizens, including a female teacher, mostly from their homes in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

According to local sources, the IOF kidnaped four young men identified as Amr Abu Haneyya, Nidhal Saleem, Mansour Saleem, and Husam Suwaidan at a military checkpoint between Nablus and Qalqilya. All of them are from Azzun town in Qalqilya.

Two young men were also kidnaped by the IOF in al-Arroub refugee camp in al-Khalil and Osamah Nakhla in Ramallah city.

In Bethlehem, the IOF kidnaped five ex-detainees from their homes in Beit Fajjar town. They were identified as Anas Dairiya, Awni Taqatiqa, Ahmed Thawabteh, Yousef Dairiya and Ragheb Dairiya.

A woman called Rawan Qabbajah was taken prisoner during an IOF raid on her house in Tarqumiyah town in the west of al-Khalil. She is a school teacher and a mother of four kids.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police forces kidnaped Arafat Najeeb and Ameen Saddam, both work as Aqsa Mosque guards, from their homes in the holy city.

The IOF also raided other homes in different areas of the West Bank, without making arrests.

(Source / 20.01.2020) 

DEMONSTRATOR WOUNDED BY ISRAELI OCCUPATION DIES IN BESIEGED GAZA

DEMONSTRATOR WOUNDED BY ISRAELI OCCUPATION DIES IN BESIEGED GAZA
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A young man has died of injuries he suffered when he was wounded by Israel’s occupation forces while taking part in a demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip.

30-year-old Amer Manar al-Hajar, from the Saftawi area in the northern part of besieged Gaza, died of his wounds on the evening of Sunday January 19th.

Press sources report that he would have been shot and wounded in the very first Great Return March demonstration on March 30th 2018, but this is possibly wrong.

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A social media post by a person calling himself a relative says that he died of his wounds suffered on “14/5”. The post includes a photograph of him not seen elsewhere.

This would have to mean the Nakba Day demonstration on May 14th 2018, which ended in a massacre committed by the Israeli occupation forces, with over 70 people now dead as a result. The Nakba Day demonstration in 2019 was on May 15th and closest Great Return March demonstrations in 2018 were on May 11th and 18th and in 2019 on May 10th and May 17th.

(Source / 20.01.2020) 

Army Abducts Four Palestinians Near Qalqilia

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday evening, four young Palestinian men, near Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted the four Palestinians at a military roadblock, which was installed between Qalqilia and Nablus.

They added that the abducted Palestinians have been identified as Amro Mohammad Abu Haniyya, Nidal Safwan Salim, Mansour ‘Assem Salim, and Ali Husan Sweidan.

Also on Saturday evening, the soldiers invaded Azzoun and fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at Palestinians, protesting the invasion.

Medical sources said the soldiers moderately injured one Palestinian, and caused several others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

(Source / 19.01.2020) 

PA denies importing gas from Israel

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Head of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) delegation to the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum in Cairo, Mohammed Mustafa, denied that the PA is to import natural gas from Israel, news agencies reported on Friday.

Mustafa announced, according to news agency Wafa, that the news reports about this were “not precise”.

His remarks came several hours after the announcement by the Israeli energy minister, Yuval Steinitz, that there were discussions with the PA to import gas from Israel.

Mustafa, the director of the Palestinian Investment Fund, called for not missing the development of the Palestinian natural gas field off the Gaza shores, known as Gaza Marine, and the efforts being exerted to solve the electricity crisis in Gaza.

Gaza Marine, is a natural gas field discovered by British Gas in the 1990s. It is located 36 kilometres off the Gaza shores, however, Israel has been preventing its development.

READ: Palestine is under multiple occupations

(Source / 19.01.2020) 

PPS: “Army Abducts Eleven Palestinians In West Bank”

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Sunday, at least eleven Palestinians, including a guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, from several parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

The PPS office in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, said the soldiers stormed and searched homes, and abducted a guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, identified as Arafat Najeeb, in addition to Najib Siyam.

The soldiers also abducted another Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Sa’id ad-Daddo, from his home in Jerusalem, and took him to an interrogation facility.

Furthermore, the soldiers stormed the home of Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the head of the Higher Islamic Committee and the Khatib of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, from his home in Jerusalem’s Suwwana neighborhood, and ransacked the property, before summing him for interrogation.

The soldiers also handed an order to Sheikh Ahmad Abu Ghazala, barring him from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque until this coming Friday.
In related news, the soldiers invaded many neighborhoods in the Old City, and several parts of East Jerusalem, including Beit Hanina, Silwan and Ras al-Amoud, stopped and searched many Palestinians, and interrogated them while inspecting their ID cards.

The soldiers also stormed and ransacked several shops in Silwan, and searched many cars, causing damage.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Tarqoumia town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, before storming and ransacking the home of a lawyer, identified as Akram Abu Haltam, and abducted his wife, a teacher and a mother of four children, identified as Rawan Shaker Qabaja.

In the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, the soldiers abducted Mohannad Jaber Abu Sill, 33, from his home, in addition to ransacking the home of Issa Ribhi Abu Eid, in the Shiokh town, east of Hebron.

In Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded many homes in Beit Fajjar town, south of the city, and abducted five former political prisoners, identified as Anas Shaher Deeriyya, Awni Ahmad Taqatqa, Ahmad Salti Thawabta, Yousef Zaki Deeriyya, and Ragheb Hussein Deeriyya.

It is worth mentioning that, on Sunday morning, the soldiers invaded Deir Nitham Secondary School, in Deir Nitham village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and searched it, causing anxiety attacks among the students, in addition to threatening to abduct many of them.

On Saturday evening, the soldiers abducted four young Palestinian men, near Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.

(Source / 19.01.2020) 

Israeli Soldiers Invade Palestinian School West of Ramallah

Israeli forces raided, on Sunday, a Palestinian school and terrorized its students in the village of Deir Nizam, west of Ramallah in central occupied West Bank.

According to the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA), soldiers invaded the school and ransacked classrooms, causing panic and fear among students as soldiers threatened to detain them.

Soldiers claimed that rocks were allegedly thrown by some students at illegal settlers’ vehicles near the village.

In related news, recently Israeli forces, demolished the foundations of a new school that was in the process of being built, east of Yatta town, south of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states that everyone has the right to education, and that education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

(Source / 19.01.2020) 

Video: Palestinian Woman Arrested at Al-Aqsa After Alleged Stabbing Attempt

Israeli police detained, on Saturday, a Palestinian woman at Damascus Gate, at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem, after an alleged attempted stabbing attack, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported.

Witnesses stated that several police officers at the heavily fortified gate jumped the female worshiper, whose identity was not immediately known, before taking her away in handcuffs.

Police closed Damascus Gate as well as nearby streets and prevented people from entering or leaving the Old City after the incident.

Two videos below show the brutal handling of the woman, however no evidence of an attempted stabbing is noted.

(Source / 19.01.2020) 

Israel Opens Dams, Floods Agricultural Land in Gaza

For the third time in one week, on Saturday, Israel opened dams collecting rain water towards lands east of Gaza City, flooding hundreds of dunams of agricultural land, said witnesses.

WAFA correspondent said that Israel opened the dams and drained the collected rainwater toward the Gaza Strip flooding and damaging hundreds of dunams of land planted with wheat, barley, peas, cabbage, and cauliflower.

Losses to farmers were estimated in the thousands of dollars, the Palestine News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

(Source / 19.01.2020) 

130 EXTREMIST SETTLERS CARRY OUT PROVOCATIVE TOURS AT AL AQSA MOSQUE

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Groups of extremist Jewish settlers on Sunday broke into Al Aqsa mosque under protection by the Israeli police and special forces.

A source from the Department of Islamic Waqf told QNN reporter that 130 Jewish fanatics broke into Al Aqsa mosque this morning.

The intruders included 32 students from right-wing religious institutes and universities, who broke into the holy mosque escorted by an Israeli soldier.

35 settlers from the Israeli government also broke into the holy mosque.

QNN reporter added that the settlers performed rituals in the eastern area of the holy mosque while large numbers of Israeli special forces protected them.

The Israeli authorities had earlier this month prevented Palestinian worshipers from entering to Al Aqsa mosque for periods ranging from one week to six months, accusing them of performing prayers at the Mercy payer room.

(Source / 19.01.2020)