Israeli forces detain 14 Palestinians from West Bank

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Israeli occupation forces on Thursday overnight detained at least 14 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, said local sources.

They confirmed that seven Palestinians were detained from the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

Two detainees were identified as residents of Surif town, west of Hebron city, two others as brothers from Adh-Dhahiriya city, southwest of Hebron, and the remaining three as residents of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron.

Elaborating on the raid into Beit Ummar, Muhammad Awad, a local media activist, said that a scores of gun-toting soldiers raided the town, where they opened fire on civilians’ houses and ransacked several others, turning them upside down.

The soldiers ultimately detained a former prisoner and two brothers from the town.

Meanwhile, six Palestinians were rounded up from Jerusalem district.

Local sources confirmed that Israeli occupation forces shortly before dawn rounded up three Palestinians after storming their families’ houses in the Occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

Another Palestinian was detained late overnight following violent confrontations with a police force in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood, which is part of Silwan.  

Police also conducted a raid in Jabal Az-Zeitoun neighborhood, resulting in the detention of a Palestinian teen.

In the northern West Bank, the Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed an Israeli military raid in Deir al-Ghusun town, north of Tulkarem city, resulting in the detention of a Palestinian.

A similar overnight raid was confirmed in Bir al-Basha village, east of Jenin city.

Soldiers broke into and thoroughly searched several houses in the village and threatened to kill a former prisoner if he does not turn himself to Israeli military.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

According to Palestinian figures, roughly 5,700 Palestinians — including numerous women and children — are currently suffering in Israeli jails.

(Source / 05.12.2019)

IOF detained 11 Palestinian in West Bank raids

WEST BANK, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday detained at least 11 Palestinians in multiple overnight raids across the West Bank.

Local sources said that Israeli occupation forces detained two Palestinians and ransacked a former prisoner’s house in Silwad town, located to the east of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Israeli occupation forces also two others after ransacking their houses in Deir As-Sudan town, located to the northwest of Ramallah.

Another Israeli occupation raid was carried out in al-Mazra’a ash-Sharqiya town, located to the northeast of Ramallah, resulting in the detention of a Palestinian.

In Nablus district, local sources confirmed an Israeli military raid in Qabalan town, located to the southeast of Nablus city, resulting in the detention of a former prisoner.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation vehicles stormed the nearby village of Talfit, where soldiers rounded up a Palestinian.

In Bethlehem district, security sources confirmed a predawn Israeli military raid in al-Azzeh refugee camp, north of Bethlehem city, where soldiers rounded up two Palestinians.

In Hebron district, two Palestinians were detained during separate raids in Halhul and Beit Kahel towns, located to the north and northwest of Hebron city respectively.

Israeli occupation forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

(Source / 05.12.2019)

Occupation to demolish three Palestinian homes in Qalansuwa

QALANSUWA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli police officers on Wednesday morning stormed the eastern neighbourhood of Qalansuwa city and notified Palestinian owners of three homes of preparations to demolish their homes.

The Israeli authorities already froze demolition orders against the houses one month ago.

Mohamed Odeh, one of the homeowners, told Arab48 website that police officers toured the neighbourhood and notified him and two others that the demolition orders against their homes would be carried out soon.

(Source / 05.12.2019)

Palestinian prisoners to begin open hunger strike in Israeli Ashkelon Prison

Israeli prison [File photo]

Israeli prison [File photo]

Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Ashkelon Prison announced on Tuesday their intention to go on an open-ended hunger strike in protest against escalating repressive measures by the prison administration.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said 33 prisoners will go on an open-ended hunger strike from Wednesday.

According to the Club, the prison administration has carried out a new repressive measure against the prisoners by transferring ten of them from the prison.

The prison administration has also warned the prisoners that if they go on hunger strike, it will transfer them to Section 12 which includes a number of cells that are not suitable for human living and full of insects.

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The Club said the prison administration destroyed the prisoners’ belongings in October, and then transferred some of them to Nafha prison, and detained a group of sick prisoners in harsh conditions in Section 12.

A few days ago, the prison administration returned the prisoners back to their cells to find all their belongings destroyed with footprints on Quran.

The Israeli prison administration has escalated its repressive policy against the Palestinian prisoners since the beginning of this year.

(Source / 04.12.2019)

Report: 93,000 persons with disabilities in Palestine

GAZA CITY, GAZA – SEPTEMBER 6: A Palestinian disabled man throws a stone with a slingshot towards Israeli forces during “Great March of Return” demonstration at Israel-Gaza border, near Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on September 6, 2019

The number of persons with disabilities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip has reached 93,000 people or 2.1 per cent of the total population, a new report revealed.

The report published by the Central Bureau of Statistics to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd; noted that 52 per cent of persons with disabilities are in the Gaza Strip and 48 per cent are in the West Bank.

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According to the Population, Housing and Establishments Census, 2017, the mobility disability accounted for the highest proportion of disabilities; where 47,109 persons with mobility disabilities constituted 51 per cent of the total persons with disabilities.

As many as 20 percent of persons with disabilities are children under 18 years of age.

The occupied Palestinian territory is one of the highest places with persons with disabilities compared to the size of its population.

(Source / 04.12.219)

Israeli occupation police arrest niece of Sheikh Raed Salah

Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel Sheikh Raed Salah

Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel Sheikh Raed Salah

Israeli occupation police arrested Muntaha Amara on Tuesday, the niece of Sheikh Raed Salah, who heads the Islamic Movement in Israel, Anadolu has reported. A video on social media showed that Amara was arrested while praying in front of the mosque of Al-Rahma Gate within the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa.

Police officers surrounded her and started speaking with her while she was praying, before disrupting her prayer and arresting her. “What did I do?” Amara asked. “I have never annoyed anyone.”

Other worshippers protested at her arrest. “We will never bend down [in submission] and we will never be broken,” she insisted. “Al Aqsa is for us.”

The prominent Sheikh’s niece has been arrested on several occasions by Israeli occupation forces while inside Al-Aqsa Mosque. Amara has also been deported several times and banned from entering the Noble Sanctuary for different periods.

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In a statement, the Department of Islamic Religious Endowments (Al-Awqaf Al-Islamiyah) in Jerusalem said that the Israeli police arrested Muntaha Amara and a boy who was named as Majd Qabha. Both come from Arab communities within Israel and both were arrested while performing prayers within Al Aqsa Mosque compound.

Palestinian worshippers reopened the mosque of Al Rahma Gate earlier this year. It was closed by the occupation authorities about 15 years ago. Israeli settlers and officials pass through Al Rahma Gate almost every day when they raid Al-Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 04.12.2019)

Soldiers Abduct Two Schoolchildren, Shut Down Their School Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, a Palestinian school in Orif village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, abducted two children and forced the school shut until further notice.

Media sources said dozens of soldiers surrounded the school before invading it, and abducted two children, identified as Dia’ Shehada and Mohammad Safadi.

They added that the soldiers forced all students and staff out of the educational facility and shut it down.

The army invaded the school after the soldiers invaded surrounding areas, and fired at many Palestinians who protested the invasion and hurled stones at them.

(Source/ 04.12.2019)

‘Israel’ demolishes three structures in east Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished three residential structures in East Jerusalem under the pretext of being built without permission.

Spokesperson for the Abu Nawwar community, Abu Imad Jahhalin, told QNN that teams of the Israeli “Civil Administration” and Israeli forces stormed the Bedouin communities in the area today and started demolishing residential structures under the pretext of being built without permission.

He added that the Israelis did not use bulldozers, however the workers dismantled the structures and stole the wooden and tin boards, from which the residential structures were built, to prevent the families from rebuilding their houses.

Another demolition took place in the Abu Hindi community, where the Israelis demolished the house of the brothers Musaab and Ahmad Muhammadin, whose weddings were only three weeks ago.

Abu Imad said that the houses that the Bedouin Palestinians usually build in that area are usually less that 70 square meters and built of wooden and tin boards.

Abu Nawwar community is one of 46 Bedouin communities in the West Bank that are threatened to be forcibly dismantled and emptied due to Israeli settlement plans.

(Source / 04.12.2019)

Child prisoner speaks out about arrest and torture in Israeli jails

Occupied Hebron (QNN)- 17-year-old Muhammad Shalash exposed further details about being arrested and tortured along with his friend Odai Shalash (17 years old) and about the murder of their friend Badawi Shalash (18 years old).

Following a visit to Etzion jail, a lawyer for the Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners said that Muhammad rushed to ask her about his friend Badawi, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on December 1 in Beit Awwa before arresting Muhammad and Odai. Only at that moment, Muhammad knew about his friend.

Muhammad stated that Israeli soldiers shot at his friend Badawi then started beating up him and his friend Odai before taking them to a military site.

Muhammad added that he and Odai were subjected to an 8-hour-long interrogation session in freezing weather without being allowed to eat or drink anything. After that, they were taken to Etzion jail and put in solitary confinement. The next day, Odai was taken to Ofer jail.

The committee stated that all minors in Israeli jails are subjected to physical and/or psychological torture.

(Source / 04.12.2019)

AJU to submit ICC referral to open probe into Israel crimes against journalists

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Arab Journalists Union (AJU) decided to start procedures to submit a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) calling on prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed by the Israeli army against journalists in Palestine.

The union announced that it has already sent an official referral to the ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to open an investigation into the occupation state’s crimes against journalists.

It also condemned Israel’s repeated crimes against Palestinian journalists, the last of which was sniping the journalist Muath Amarneh in his eye this month. Muath is the third Palestinian journalist, who loses his eye due to Israeli assaults. Journalists Atiyyeh Darweesh and Ahmad Louh lost their eyes earlier this year and in 2014.

The union urged the international community to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of journalists in Palestine. It also called on the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, to condemn the Israeli grave violations against journalists, including that against Muath Amarneh.

The union urged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to send a fact-finding team to Palestine and ‘Israel’ in order to investigate Israeli violations against journalists.

(Source/ 04.12.2019)