Israel stops fuel supplies for Gaza power plant

Palestinian Energy Authority receives on 108 megawatts from Israel and 45 megawatts from the Power Company while the need is 500 megawatts

Israeli occupation has announced stopping fuel supplies for the sole Gaza power plant; Gaza power company stopped operation of one generator out of three.

The Palestinian Energy Authority (PEA) said that the power electricity announced the suspension of one of the electricity generators, leading to a decline of 25 megawatt of electricity out of total 70 megawatt produced by the company.

According to the Energy Electricity this would affect the timetable of electricity distribution, increasing the suffering of the Gaza residents.

Since 2006, the Power Company in Gaza has been unable to store fuel for more than 24 hours because the Israeli occupation targeted the fuel tanks and renewed targeting them in 2014.

It is worth noting that Gaza needs 500 megawatt a day. The Energy Authority receives 108 megawatts from Israel and between 42 and 45 megawatts in the Power Company.

(Source / 25.06.2019) 

Jenin-area School Raided by Israeli Forces

25 JUN8:57 PM

Israeli forces seized construction equipment and an agricultural tractor from inside ‘al-Tahadi 17’ school, in the village of Thahr al-Maleh, to the southwest of the city of Jenin, in the north of the occupied West Bank, said a local official.

Omar al-Khatib, head of Thahr al-Maleh village council, told WAFA that Israeli forces, accompanied by staff from the Israeli planning and building committee, stormed the village of Thahr al-Maleh, and raided the school, where a new project for the construction of new health units and a fence for the school were underway.

Forces reportedly seized the tractor and construction equipment, including bricks, sand, cement and twisted wires, from inside the school, to prevent the completion of the project, citing unpermitted construction as a pretext.

(Source / 25.06.2019) 

Over 1 Million Settlers Living in 503 West Bank & East Jerusalem Settlements

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25 JUN9:09 PM

Latest statistics show that the number of Israeli settlements, established on Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, has reached 503, of which 474 are located in the West Bank and 29 others in Jerusalem, says Hanna Issa, Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places.

Issa added, in a press statement on Monday, that the number of settlers residing in these settlements exceeds one million, indicating that “Peace Movement,” in Israel, says that settlement expansion on Palestinian lands in the West Bank is higher than population growth itself, in Israel.

He noted that the construction of the apartheid wall, which stretches from the Jordan Valley to the mountains of Hebron, with an area of more than 725 kilometres, is grabbing up around 20% of the West Bank lands originally estimated at 5,844 square kilometers.

He also pointed out, according to Al Ray, that Israeli bypass roads, established throughout the West Bank, to connect settlements, amount to 800 square kilometers.

Issa confirmed that Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories is a grave violation of international norms and conventions, particularly Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva convention and Article 8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He clarified that Article 49 states that the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own population into the territories it occupies, adding that Article 8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court considers the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the occupying power, of parts of its own civilian population, into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory, within or outside this territory, as war crimes.

Issa called for urgent international action to compel Israel to stop its settlement policies and its defiance of international wills, aiming at bringing peace and stability to the region.

(Source / 25.06.2019) 

Israel builds new barricade around Gaza Strip

Palestinians climb the ladder to cross the separation wall and reach Jerusalem in order to perform the first Friday Prayer of Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, after Israeli authorities' don't allow men under 40 years old for the passage, in the Al-Ram town of Jerusalem, on 10 May, 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians climb the ladder to cross the separation wall on 20 May 2019 

An Israeli military engineering unit started building a new sand barricade along the eastern side of Gaza Strip on Sunday, Israeli TV channel 13 revealed yesterday.

According to Quds Press, the barricade aims to protect settlers in the Israeli settlements near Gaza from Palestinian anti-tank kornet attacks.

The barricade is scheduled to be 900 metres and to run parallel to route 34 in order to hide settlers’ vehicles and homes which can be seen clearly from Gaza.

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Quds Press said that the plan to build the barricade was laid down in the wake of the last escalation with Gaza after the joint operations room of Palestinian military factions announced targeting two Israeli military vehicles.

The joint room broadcast footage of the attacks, but Israel has denied they took place.

Israeli authorities also want to fortify roads to meet the settlers’ security needs and plant large trees along route 24 and other open areas.

(Source / 25.06.2019) 

Palestinians hold general strike against Manama conference

The conference kicked off today in Bahraini capital Manama to discuss the economic aspects of the long-awaited “deal of the century”

Palestinian factions announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in protest against Bahrain’s “Peace to Prosperity” conference on 25 June 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian factions announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in protest against Bahrain’s “Peace to Prosperity” conference on 25 June 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian factions announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in protest against Bahrain’s “Peace to Prosperity” conference on 25 June 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian factions announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in protest against Bahrain’s “Peace to Prosperity” conference on 25 June 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian factions announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in protest against Bahrain’s “Peace to Prosperity” conference on 25 June 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Palestinian factions today announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in protest against Bahrain’s hosting of the “Peace to Prosperity” conference.

The conference kicked off today in Bahraini capital Manama to discuss the economic aspects of the long-awaited “deal of the century”.

Last weekend US President Donald Trump’s advisor for the Middle East, Jared Kushner, revealed details of the plan, stating that $50 billion would be invested in the region. More than half of this $50 billion would be spent in the economically-troubled Palestinian territories over ten years, while the rest would be split between Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.

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The National Committee for the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege announced a series of activities this week in rejection of the conference. It has called for widespread participation in the general strike and said it will organise a National Conference in the Strip’s central Gaza City.

Meanwhile, the Committee condemned Arab participation in the Bahrain summit and called on them to respect the united Palestinian rejection of the conference, which it argues aims to undermine Palestinian rights and principles.

As part of the activities announced by the Committee and the Palestinian factions, the Palestinian protesters will gather near Israeli checkpoints in Gaza and the West Bank. Witnesses reported that tens of Palestinians are currently gathering in front of Erez (Beit Hanoun) crossing in the north of the Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian factions announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in protest against Bahrain’s “Peace to Prosperity” conference on 25 June 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian factions announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in protest against Bahrain’s “Peace to Prosperity” conference on 25 June 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian factions announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in protest against Bahrain’s “Peace to Prosperity” conference on 25 June 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian factions announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in protest against Bahrain’s “Peace to Prosperity” conference on 25 June 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian factions announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in protest against Bahrain’s “Peace to Prosperity” conference on 25 June 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian factions announced a general strike in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip in protest against Bahrain’s “Peace to Prosperity” conference on 25 June 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

(Source / 25.06.2019) 

Palestinian grandmother wins legal battle to visit father’s grave in Israeli army base

Israel demolishes parts of Palestinian cemetery in Jerusalem on 11 September 2017 

A Palestinian grandmother has won her battle to visit her father’s grave, after decades of being stone-walled by Israeli authorities.

Following legal intervention by Haifa-based rights centre Adalah, 70-year-old Salwa Salem Copty, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, will finally be able to visit the grave of her father in a Christian cemetery surrounded by an Israeli military base.

The base was established on the ruins of Ma’alul, a Palestinian village destroyed by Israeli forces during the Nakba in 1948.

In January 2019, Adalah filed a Supreme Court petition on behalf of Copty and her 93-year-old uncle Subhi Mansour, “demanding the Israeli military permit them to visit the cemetery”.

In response to the petition, “the Israeli State Attorney’s Office has now announced that it will allow Salwa and her uncle to visit the cemetery”, Adalah stated.

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According to Adalah, Salwa Salem Copty was born in 1948 several months after her father, Fares Salem, was shot and killed by Israeli troops.

“Israeli forces occupied their home village of Ma’alul in July 1948, expelled its Palestinian residents, and destroyed the entire village with the exception of two churches and a mosque”.

Now, “the Israeli military has decided it will allow Salwa, her uncle, and two other people up to three visits a year to the cemetery”.

“For almost 20 years, the Israeli military refused – with absolutely zero justification – to address Salwa’s requests to exercise her basic constitutional right to visit the grave of her father who was killed just months before she was born”, said Adalah Deputy General Director Attorney Sawsan Zaher.

“The Israeli army will never be able to compensate Salwa for these decades of injustice but we are pleased that, after such a long struggle, she will finally be able to visit her father’s grave”.

(Source / 25.06.2019) 

Kushner: Agreement on economic pathway vital for Middle East peace

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner [Aqsa News Agency/Twitter]

Jared Kushner pushed State and Defence Department officials to pump up the figure with aspirational arms sales following Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia in May 2017, according to a former National Security Council (NSC) official

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner said on Tuesday that prosperity for the Palestinians was not possible without a fair political solution – but that agreement on an economic way forward was a necessary precondition for Israeli-Palestinian peace, reports Reuters.

Kushner was addressing the opening of a workshop in Bahrain to showcase the economic portion of Washington’s long-awaited Arab-Israeli peace plan, a $50 billion development blueprint unveiled this week that has been sharply criticised by Palestinians and Arabs across the region.

He told an audience that included International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde:

What we have developed is the most comprehensive economic plan ever created specifically for the Palestinians and the broader Middle East. We can turn this region from a victim of past conflicts into a model for commerce and advancement throughout the world.

The lack of a political solution, which Washington has said will be unveiled later, has prompted rejection not only from Palestinians but in Arab countries with which Israel seeks to normalise relations. Neither the Israeli nor Palestinian governments were attending the curtain-raising event in Manama.

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Kushner added:

My direct message to the Palestinian people is that, despite what those who have let you down in the past say, President Trump and America have not given up on you. This workshop is for you.

He said economic growth and prosperity for the Palestinians were not possible without an “enduring and fair political solution” to the conflict – one that guaranteed Israel’s security and respected the dignity of the Palestinian people.

“However, today is not about political issues. We will get to those at the right time,” he said.

READ: Palestinian boycott of US peace plan ‘strategic error’

(Source / 25.06.2019) 

Israeli army’s killing of Palestinian child was ‘egregious’ shooting, received ‘official backing’

Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinians gather to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque on 27 July 2017

A 15-year-old Palestinian child killed by Israeli forces last month in the occupied West Bank was merely trying to enter Jerusalem to pray when he was shot, a human rights group stated Monday.

Publishing the results of its investigation, Israeli NGO B’Tselem described the killing of ‘Abdallah Gheith as an example of “egregious shootings” that “receive official backing”.

On the morning of 31 May, the last Friday of Ramadan, seven members of the Gheith family set out from Hebron to attend prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.

With Israeli authorities barring entry to men aged 16-30, ‘Abdallah and his cousin ‘A. attempted to pass the Separation Wall some 700 metres from a checkpoint.

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“The plan was that they would climb over the barrier and meet the rest of the family on the other side, as many Palestinians do”, B’Tselem stated.

After ‘Abdallah and ‘A. climbed over the wire onto the buffer path, ‘A. spotted a Border Police officer “standing on the other side of the main fence”, so jumped back over the wire and shouted to ‘Abdallah to flee. At that point, Israeli forces shot at ‘Abdallah, hitting him in the chest.

‘Abdallah’s father, Luai, drove him to al-Hussein Hospital in Beit Jala, where the boy passed away.

“I raised my son for fifteen years, and I still can’t believe that he was martyred in the blink of an eye”, said Luai. “He didn’t do anything wrong. He just wanted to get to al-Aqsa Mosque for prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan”.

“He was daring and I think that’s what got him killed. He was in a rush to get to al-Aqsa and didn’t wait like the other young men”, the father continued.

READ: Israel kills 2 Palestinians in West Bank, Jerusalem

“‘Abdallah was a good boy. He was cheerful and everyone loved him. He used to help me at work after school. He loved his family and was always joking around with his sisters. I can still see him cracking jokes with them and with my niece in the car that morning”.

According to B’Tselem, “there can be no justification for this type of gunfire, with its predictably fatal consequences. It shows just how little the lives of Palestinians count in the eyes of both the officers in the field and the entire chain of command that allows such actions to take place”.

“Based on past experience”, the human rights group added, “no one…will be held accountable”.

(Source / 25.06.2019) 

Popular women’s conference in Gaza against Bahrain Workshop

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By Ghada Haniyya

The Islamic Women’s Movement (HAMAS) organized a popular women’s conference titled “Defending the Right of Return and Confronting the Deal of the Century and the Manama Conference” on Monday in the Rashad Al Shawa Cultural Center in Gaza City.

The head of the Islamic Women’s Movement, Rajaa Al-Halabi, said that all conspiracies will be destroyed on the rock of steadfastness of the Palestinian people. And the Palestinian women will not spill the blood of the martyrs in vain, as well as claiming the rights of detainees in occupation prisons.

In addition, she stressed that the deal of the century will not pass, and the Bahrain conference will remain a joke for the whole world, because the Palestinian decision is not sold and bought. Also, the people will never compromise or surrender their land.
She pointed out that Palestinian women in all their spectrum reject the process of normalization, the Bahrain conference and the deal of the century that wants to end the Palestinian cause.

For his part, said the vice-chair of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas in Gaza, Dr. Khalil Al-Hayya, “that Palestine has been subjected to attempts to liquidate over 100 years, so as Palestinians, we must stand united against plots that target our just cause”.
Al-Hayya pointed out that the first steps to counter the deal of the century is to dissolve the shame of Oslo and to stop the security coordination.

He pointed out that the deal of the century is not aimed at Gaza alone, but at the Arab and Islamic civilization, and wants to loot the wealth of the nation and the rupture of individuals in one country.

He added that the deal came to expand the occupation in all countries without shame, and take away all the projects of resistance and the meanings of confrontation to the Zionist enemy.

The vice-chair of the Hamas movement in Gaza said that Hamas rejects the deal of the century and the Bahrain conference, and will work by all necessary means to encounter its output. Hamas also is calling on Bahrain to withdraw from participating in it, because it seeks to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

In turn, Ektimal Hamad, Member of the Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, explained that the Bahrain Conference is a gateway to infringe the rights of our people on the road to complete liquidation. Therefore, we must invest the Palestinian position rejecting the deal of the century and the Bahrain Conference.

Moreover, she stressed the need of the restoration of national unity and structuring a consolidated strategy to face the deal of the century. She Also noted the importance of investing the energies of the Arab nation and developing a clear plan to face this deal.
She called for the abolition of the organization of the workshop and demands the Arab states not to participate in it, because it is a gate of the portals of the implementation of the deal century, and everyone must besieged the policy of occupation and trial by international law.

For her part, said member of the Islamic Jihad Munira Shafei, the message of the Palestinian people to the President of the United States Donald Trump is that, “we will die for our land and will not leave, although there are those who sold their dignity to America and Israel, there are those who remained on the sacrifice and dignity.”
She pointed out that Bahrain does not represent the free world, and many honorable people carry out the issue of Palestine and the issues of the free world, and that the process of normalization with the occupation will not change history, and the road to Jerusalem is not far away.

A representative of the National Commission for Refugees, Fadwa Shurafa, indicated that the Popular Conference comes as a confirmation of the legitimate constants of the Palestinian people, and rejected all forms of Zionist normalization.

She said that the Bahrain conference is categorically rejected, and that the Palestinian refugees are the only who suffer from injustice and siege and they constitutes 70% of the Palestinian people.

She stressed the need for UNRWA to fulfill its duties in support of the Palestinian people, and everyone should intensify efforts to deal with the deal of the century impartially.

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Illegal settler numbers growing faster than Israel population, Jerusalem council reveals

Settlers raid Al-Aqsa Mosque on first day on Ramadan 2019

Settlers raid Al-Aqsa Mosque on first day of Ramadan on 6 May 2019 

Hanna Issa, the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Secretary-General for the Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places, has announced that the number of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) has reached 503, with 474 located in the West Bank and 29 in East Jerusalem.

In a press release today, Issa also stated that the illegal settlers living in these settlements number over one million, adding that the settler population is increasing at a far higher rate than the population growth rate of Israel itself.

He also expressed concern that the growing number of settlements and their population would be a further hindrance to the creation of a future Palestinian state if they cut the occupied West Bank off from East Jerusalem, which Palestinians have earmarked as their future capital.

“How can we talk about an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on the June 4, 1967 borders and a Palestinian population of five million today, [when] Israeli settlements are swallowing land, depriving indigenous people of their freedom and economy, while concealing the possibility of real sovereignty?”

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Throughout the past few decades, the building of illegal Israeli settlements in the oPt has increased, despite the fact that this is in direct violation of international law.

Issa reiterated this fact, citing laws such as Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which forbids occupying states from transferring civilians to occupied territory. Another example is the International Criminal Court (ICC) Convention of 1998, which considers as war crimes the occupying state’s transfer of its civilian population to the territories it occupies.

Issa’s remarks come amid a recent increase in assaults by Israeli settlers on occupied Palestinian land, such as setting fire to farmland in the occupied West Bank in order to destroy Palestinians’ livelihood and the demolition and seizure of Palestinian households in East Jerusalem to make space for new Jewish-Israeli homes.

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(Source / 24.06.2019)