Euro-Med HRM: ‘Dozens of Palestinian refugees detained by Algerian authorities’

French Minister of State for Industry and Consumer Affairs, Luc Chatel (C), his Egyptian counterpart Rachid Mohamed Rachid (L) and Gunter Verheugen (D), European commissionner for Entreprise and Industry give a press conference during the 7th Euro-Mediterranean Conference of Ministers for Industry (Euromed) on “competitiveness, innovation and sustainable development” on November 6, 2008 in Nice, southeastern France. This conference takes place from November 5 to 6 as part of the Barcelona Process, launched in November 1995 and which aimed at creating a Euro-Mediterranean industrial partnership

The Euro- Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, called on the Algerian authorities to assume their responsibility in protecting Palestinian asylum seekers who arrived in Algeria from the Gaza Strip at the beginning of last October.

According to a statement issued by Euro-Med HRM,  the Algerian authorities “have detained since last October Palestinian asylum seekers at a refugee camp located in Tamanrasset Province, southern Algeria, and informed them that they will be deported to Gaza through Egypt, which may expose them to serious abuses and violates their rights as asylum seekers.”

Euro-Med HRM indicated that the refugees, estimated to be 53, including children, “arrived in Algeria illegally after they had left the Gaza Strip, and crossed Egypt till they arrived in Mauritania. Afterwards, they were smuggled from the Mauritanian territories to the Sahara of Mali. They went on a perilous trip, which lasted seven days until they reached the Algerian borders on 1 October.”

The human rights organisation quoted one of the refugees, whose identity was kept anonymous, saying: “When we left Gaza and crossed Egypt, we went to Mauritania, as Mauritanian authorities did not require Palestinians to get a visa. After a while, we headed toward the Sahara of Mali, where the journey of our suffering lasted for a week, as we were stripped off all our belongings and robbed by bandits. Consequently, we had no other choice but to eat dead animals so that we can survive.”

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Euro-Med HRM stated that the Algerian authorities had taken the fingerprints of these asylum seekers and brought them to trial for illegally entering the country. They were sentenced to three months suspended imprisonment, with a period to settle their problematic situation. However, “the refugees were placed in a refugee camp, and they were prevented from moving freely. They were recently informed of the authorities’ intention to deport them to the Gaza Strip through Egypt,” he added.

The same eyewitness, who was among the detained refugees, described his fellows’ situation saying: “We are now incarcerated in caravans within a shelter surrounded by barbed wire. In the morning they give us milk, and later they bring lunch and dinner together. The guards do not let us go out to buy anything, and if we want to buy something from outside the camp, the guards are the ones who buy it for us, but at double prices.”

Sarah Pritchett, the spokeswoman for Euro-Med HRM, stressed that “Algeria must commit itself to the principle of non-refoulement as a customary principle of the international law, which stipulates that refugees should not be expelled in any way to the borders of countries in which their lives and freedom are at risk.”

Pritchett also asserted that “the Algerian authorities treat these asylum seekers collectively, without any regard to the specificity of their cases, which need to be examined individually to conclude the eligibility of each refugee for asylum. Such a method of handling the situation violates the standards set forth by the international human rights law.”

The spokeswoman for Euro-Med HRM added: “It is true that these refugees entered Algeria illegally, but the court decided to release them, and the Algerian authorities must abide by the court order and not mistreat them or continue detaining them unnecessarily.”

(Source / 07.12.2018) 

UN General Assembly Adopts Pro-Palestine Resolution

The vote on this resolution came minutes after the vote against ant-Palestinian resistance one

After rejecting the US-backed anti-Palestinian resistance resolution, the General Assembly voted on Thrusday night on another text dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The brief resolution, proposed by Ireland, called for “the achievement, without delay, of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions,” including Resolution 2334.

It also demanded “an end to the Israeli occupation” and reaffirmed the assembly’s “unwavering support… for the two-State solution of Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, based on the pre-1967 borders.

It was passed with 156 “yes” votes, six “no” votes and 12 abstentions.

Danny Danon, the Israeli ambassador to the UN, dismissed the text as “an anti-Israel resolution.”

Prior to this resolution, the UNGA rejected a US-drafted resolution that criminalises the Palestinian resistance, which is guaranteed by the international law, against the Israeli occupation.

(Source / 07.12.2018) 

Israeli Soldiers Raid a Print Shop in Ramallah City

07 DEC1:10 AM

During an early morning raid into Ramallah City, Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, a print shop and confiscated the equipment, sparking locals to resist.

Eyewitnesses said that local Palestinian’s opposed the incursion, and hurled stones at the invading soldiers who fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas canisters at the civilians.

Fawwaz Barghouthi, head of the Deir Abu Mashal village council told Maan News Agency that a crane, escorted by Israeli forces, installed an iron gate at the main entrance of the village in the northern Ramallah District.

The iron gate now blocks the road to Ramallah city for the people living in the village of Deir Abu Mashal.

(Source / 07.12.2018) 

Jerusalem Governor Banned from Entering West Bank

07 DEC3:26 AM

Israeli authorities, on Thursday, banned Jerusalem’s Governor, Adnan Gheith, from entry into the West Bank, for six consecutive months.

Gheith was summoned Thursday morning, to al-Maskobieh detention and interrogation center, where he was handed a military order banning him entry to the West Bank for six consecutive months.

The order,  issued by the so-called Israeli Military Central Command Chief Major General Nadav Padan, bans Gheith from entering and staying in the West Bank unless granted a permission by Padan himself.

According to WAFA, he ban was ordered under the pretext of participation in “illegal and violent activities”.

In November, Gheith was taken from his house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, for allegedly being involved in the arrest and investigation of a Palestinian merchant who sold lands to Israeli settlers.

11/22/18 Palestinian Court Sentences Two to 15 Years Imprisonment for Selling Land to Israelis

(Source / 07.12.2018) 

41 Violations Committed against Palestinian Social Media Content in November

07 DEC3:44 AM

41 violations recorded against Palestinian content on social media pages during last November, SadaSocial site reported.

The report that published on Wednesday, by SadaSocial, recorded a significant increase in the violations against Palestinian content on social media.

The report noted, according to Al Ray, that the violations increased after the last Israeli aggression against Gaza that followed the attack against Israel special forces that infiltrated into Gaza.

The report confirmed that the violations against Palestinian content amounted to 41 , most of them against Facebook pages.

It blocked the pages of Palestine Post, KhanYouns news site, and the pages of its editors, Deheisheh even, the official media page of Qassam Brigades, and the page of Safa Agency.

It  pointed out that the management of Twitter has carried out a number of violations, including banning the “Palestine Network for Hiwar”, deleting the “Official Media of the Qassams” page and a number of activists.

In a dangerous precedent, the social networking sites deleted the images of the special unit that infiltrated into Gaza after it widely spread through social media; the management of “Facebook” prevented sending the picture through messenger, up to Israeli instructions.

(Source / 07.12.2018)  

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 November – 05 December 2018)

07 DEC4:36 AM

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 29 November – 05 December, 2018.

On the International Day for Persons with Disabilities: Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian with a disability in Tulkarem.
5 civilians were wounded in the West Bank. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 98 civilians, including 28 children, 4 women, 2 journalists, and a female paramedic, were wounded; the injuries of four were reported as serious.

Shooting:

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 35th week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip.  They also continued to use armed force as well during the incursions into the West Bank.  In the West Bank, the Israeli forces on the international Day of Persons with Disabilities killed a Palestinian civilian with a disability in Tulkarm and wounded 5 others.  In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces wounded 98 civilians, including 28 children, 4 women, 2 journalists, and a female paramedic.  The injury of four of those wounded was reported serious.

In the West Bank, in a new crime of lethal armed force against Palestinian civilians, Israeli forces killed on 04 December 2018, Mohammed Habali (22) in Tulkarm.  He was killed when the Israeli forces moved into the city as part of its operation to search for the Wanted Ashraf Na’alwah and opened fire at a group of young men who were in front of al-Malek coffee shop in the Western neighborhood of the city.  The Information Office of the Minitsry of Health said that the abovementioned was wounded with explosive bullet shrapnel to the head (entered but did not exit); as a result, he immediately died.  His brother, ‘Alaa’, said that his brother suffers from a mental disability and motor impairment.  It should be mentioned that the above-mentioned civilian was killed on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

In the same context, the Israeli forces during the reporting wounded 5 civilians in separate shooting incidents.

In the Gaza Strip, as part of using excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, during the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 98 civilians, including 28 children, 4 women, 2 journalists, and a female paramedic.  The injury of four of those wounded was reported serious.

GovernorateInjuries
TotalChildrenWomenJournalistsParamedicsCritical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip62244113
Gaza City2100000
Central Gaza Strip1440100
Khan Younis000000
Rafah100001
Total98284214

As part of targeting the Palestinian fishermen in the sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, indicating the on-going Israeli policy to target their livelihoods.  During the reporting period, PCHR documented 4 incidents against fishermen; 3 of them off the northern Gaza Strip shore, and one off the southern Gaza Strip shore.

As part of targeting the border areas on 29 November 2018, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shokah village, east of Rafah, opened fire at the Palestinian shepherds.

On 03 December 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed inside the watchtowers heavily opened fire at the bird hunters in the border area adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, southeast of Beit Haoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

On 04 December 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah, opened fire at a border control point belonging to the Palestinian armed groups.  On 05 December 2018, Israeli soldiers opened fire at the agricultural lands adjacent to the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah.  Though no casualties were reported in those incidents, the farmers, shepherds and bird hunters were forced to leave their areas, fearing for their lives.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 101 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 59 Palestinians, including 8 children, in the West Bank.  Moreover, 5 others were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

In the Gaza Strip, on 03 December 2018, Israeli forces moved into eastern al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip around 100 meters.  They levelled the lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, and 2 hours later redeployed along the border fence.

On 04 December 2018, Israeli forces moved 100 meters off the Memorial Statute, southeast of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip.  On 05 December 2018, Israeli forces moved a similar distance off Site 16, northeast of the abovementioned village. In both incursions, they levelled and combed vacant lands there amidst sporadic shooting.  However, neither casualties nor damage to the area was reported.

Israeli Forces continued to create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 03 December 2018, Ahmed Siyam self-demolished a storehouse, car parking, and stairs near his house in ‘Ein al-Lozeh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of East occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, to implement the Israeli municipal decision under the pretext of building without a license.

On 04 December 2018, Israeli authorities demolished an under-construction house in al-Sal’ah neighborhood in al-Mukaber Mount village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, and belonging to the family of Na’im Abu Dweih.  The house which was built 2 months and a half ago is 150 square meters and the abovementioned civilian intended to move to it with his family of 12 members, mostly children.

On the same day, Israeli forces demolished a house and its surrounding fences in Wad al-Hummus neighborhood in Sour Baher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. The 250-square-meter house belonged to Mohammed Hussein Abu Teir near the annexation wall.

In Beit Haninah, north of the city, the Israeli vehicles demolished 2 commercial facilities

built 2 years ago belonging to the families of Taha and Shqeirat.   The two families affected said that the Israeli forces confiscated the construction tools and equipment in the land in addition to demolishing barracks already built on it.  The Israeli authorities also forced Amin al-‘Abasi to self-demolish a parking owned by him in ‘Ein al-Lozeh in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem.

As part of the settlers’ attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their property, On 05 December 2018, the Israeli Magisterate’s Court issued a decision to evacuate a Jerusalemite building in Wad Hilweh, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City for the interest of “El’ad” Settlement association.  Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that The Magistrate Court issued a decision to evacuate the heirs of the late Mariam Abu Zweir and gave

the family until the beginning of March 2019 to implement the decision to evacuate the property.  The Center added that the property is a house where Ilham Siam and four of her children live in addition to a land ​​about 500 square meters.The center added that the Magistrate’s Court issued the eviction decision, preceded by a session appointed by the Supreme Court to consider the “ownership of the land.” The documents were submitted to court stating that the land on which the house is built belongs to the late Jamil Siam and not to the late Abu Zweir. The court session will be held on 08 January 2019.

Israeli Forces continued their settlement activities, and the settlers continued their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and demolition notices, on 03 December 2018, Israeli forces demolished 2 houses belonging to Ayman Sharaydeh and Hasan Zayed in Fasayel village, north fo Jericho under the pretext of building without a license, the first house is comprised of one room built of cement and roofed with tin plates on an area of 50 square meters, sheltering him and his wife with 4 children.  MEahwile, the second house is comprised of a room built of steel on an area of 20 square meters, sheltering him with his wife and 8 kids, including 4 children; one of whom suffers a physical disability.

On the same day, the Israeli forces dismantled a barrack built of steel and tin plates from the lands of Qasrah village on Street (505- al-Samerah ‘Aber), southeast of Nablus, and confiscated it.  The barrack belonged to Maqboulah ‘Othman from the nearby Majdal Bani Fadel village and was built on an area of 44 square meters for planting in a land of 70 dunums for reclaiming it.

On 04 December 2018, the Israeli forces demolished (4 barracks) built of fortified steel at the entrance to Haris village, northwest of SAlfit.  The barracks belonged to Fadi, Nadi, and Saleh Soliman and was used as an alminuim workshop, a carpentary workshop, dry clean, and a greenhouse.  Those barracks were on the main street connecting Haris and Bedia villages.

On 05 December 2018, Israeli forces dismantled Change13 School in al-Simiyah village, southwest of al-Samou’a village, south of Hebron, which was accredited by the min8isry of Education and funded by ACF a week ago to take in around 40 to 50 students from the village residents.  The school which was built of isolated tin plates was confiscated and its tiles  were uprooted while those responsible for the construction were not  handed any notice to stop the construction works or demolition orders.

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians civilians and their property, on 03 December 2018, a group pf Israeli settlers from al-Tahta neighbourhood in Awdella village, south of Hebron, and attacked the Palestinian cars in front of the houses’ owners, in its yards and in the village streets.  They also wrote slogans against Arabs and Muslims on the walls of houses and cars and punctured with sharp tools tires of 3 cars and tires of a big bus.

Use of Force against Demonstrations in Protest against the U.S. President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

Israeli forces continued its excessive use of lethal force against peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and it was named as “The Great March of Return and Breaking Siege.” The demonstration was in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed large participation by Palestinian civilians as the Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators, though the demonstration were fully peaceful. The demonstration was as follows during the reporting period:

Gaza Strip:

In the Thirty-five week of the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities, Israeli forces wounded 98 civilians, including 28 children, 4 women, 2 journalists and a female paramedic. Doctors classified 4 civilians’ injuries as serious.

On 30 November 2018, Israeli forces wounded 60 civilians, including 13 children and a journalist. The incidents were as follows:

  • The Northern Gaza Strip: 24 civilians, including 9 children and a journalist, were wounded. Thirteen of them were hit tear gas canisters, 8 were hit  with tear gas canisters and 3 were hit with rubber bullets. Doctors classified 2 civilian s ‘ injuries as serious. The wounded journalist identified as Abdul Rahim Ashraf Abdul Rahim Abu Mahadi (20), a photojournalist at Media Office of the Palestinian Health Ministry, was hit with a tear gas canister to the right arm.
  • Gaza City: 21 civilians were wounded. Seventeen of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 4 were hit with rubber bullets. An ambulance further was targeted with a tear gas canister.
  • Central Gaza Strip: 14 civilians, including 4 children and a journalist, were wounded. Thirteen of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and one was hit with a tear gas canister. The wounded journalist identified as Moammed Yusuf Mohammed Mahawesh (20), a freelance journalist from al-Maghazi, was hit with a live bullet to the lower limbs.
  • Rafah: a 29-year-old civilian was shit with a live bullet to the left thigh and doctors classified his wounds as serious.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 03 December 2018, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, and Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, opened fire and fired sound bombs at dozens of Palestinian civilians who were at the Return camp along the border coastal, adjacent to adjacent to “Zikim” military base, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. It should be noted that this is the 18thtime for Palestinian boats to sail for Breaking the Siege. As a result, 38 civilians, including 15 children, 3 women and a female paramedic, were wounded. Four of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 9 were hit with rubber bullets and 25 were hit with tear gas canisters. doctors classified one civilian’s injury as serious while the other civilians’ injuries were between minor and moderate. The wounded paramedic identified as Reham Jom’ah Abu Nasser (20), a volunteer paramedic at the Palestinian Ministry of health, was hit with a tear gas canister to the right thigh.

West Bank:

  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday afternoon, 30 November 2018, a group of Palestinian civilians moved from the center of Kufor Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, into the eastern entrance to the village, which has been closed for 15 years in favor of the entrance to “Kedumim” settlement established on the village lands. The protestors chanted national slogans demanding end of occupation and condemning the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinian protestors along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip. The protestors threw stones at Israeli forces stationed behind sand barriers. The Israeli forces fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 4 civilians were hit with tear gas canisters throughout their bodies.
  • At approximately 12:00 on Sunday, 02 December 2018, a group of Palestinian civilians organized a protest from the center of Nablus and moved into Howarah checkpoint at the southern entrance to the city in solidarity with Jerusalem. The protestors chanted national slogans demanding the end of occupation and condemning the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinian civilians in Jerusalem. The protestors threw stones at Israeli forces stationed behind sand barriers. The Israeli forces fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, an 18-year-old civilian, from Balata refugee camp, east of the city, was hit with a Two-Two bullet to the left leg. He was transferred to Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment.
  • House Demolitions and Notices:
  • On Monday, 03 December 2018, Ahmed Siyam self-demolished some of his property in ‘Ain al-Louza neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, as an implementation to the Israeli Municipality decision under the pretext of non-licensing. Ahmed said that he rented a bulldozer and demolished an 8-square-meter store, a 30-square- meter parking and a staircase near his house to implement the Israeli Municipality decision, which gave him 48 hours to demolish the property. He added that, the facility built 2 years ago and the municipality ordered him from 8 months to demolish it under the pretext of non-licensing. The municipality staff accompanied with the Israeli forces raided Ahmed’s property and gave him 48 hours to implement the demolition decision or the municipality bulldozers will carry out the demolition in addition to ordering him paying the demolition costs .
  • At approximately 06:40 on Tuesday, 04 December 2018, Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished an under-construction residential building in al-Sal’ah neighborhood in al-Mukaber Mount village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The house owner, Na’iem Abu Dowieh, said that the Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished his house in al-Sal’ah neighborhood without a prior warning while the Israeli forces heavily opened fire. He added that the Israeli forces attacked his relative, pushed them and beat them up during the demolition. As a result, 3 civilians sustained wounds and bruises. He pointed out that the 150 –square-meter building was built about two and a half months ago and after the completion of the external construction, the municipality issued a decision to demolish it. He went to the municipality and managed to postpone the demolition.  He added that the municipality refused to license the building  and issued a decision to demolish it by himself. He said that he had already started implementing the decision and was intending to complete the demolition in the coming days, but he was surprised that the municipal staff raided the house on Tuesday morning and demolished it. He pointed out that the municipality staff threatened him to impose a fine on him estimated at NIS 100.000-120.000 as a demolition costs. Na’iem was intending to live in the house along with his family, which is comprised of 12 members most of them are children. It should be noted  that the Israeli Municipality demolished a commercial facility belonging to Na’iem at the beginning of this year under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • In the same context, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into Wad al-Humus neighborhood in Surbaher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. The bulldozer demolished a house belonging to Mohamed Hussain Abu Tair under the pretext of non-licensing and being near the annexations wall. Abu Tair said that the house was fully equipped for housing and he was surprised with raiding and demolishing the house without a prior warning and without allowing him to remove the furniture or reach the house due to the closures that accompanied the demolition. He added that the house was built on an area of 250 square meters, in addition to the walls surrounding it. He pointed out that the municipal staff raided his house last month and confiscated the electrical tools that used to equip his house.
  • In Beit Haninah village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli vehicles demolished 2 commercial facilities belonging to Taha and Shoqairat families. The facilities were built 2 years ago. The affected families clarified that the Israeli forces confiscated all tools and construction materials in addition to demolishing barracks.
  • On Tuesday, Ameen al-‘Abasi his own parking in ‘Ain al-Louiza neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing.’Emad al-‘Abasi said that his family demolished a parking belonging to the family and dismantled its roof. The 60-square-meter parking built of tin plates 4 years ago. He added that the family built the parking in order to protect the vehicles from damages, rubber bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters due to the repeated incursions carried out against ‘Ain al-Louiza neighborhood. He added that the municipality warned them to demolish the parking 3 times and the last warning was a week ago, in which the municipality gave the family 21 days or it will demolish the parking and impose a fine on them as a demolition costs.
  • Settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property:
  • On Wednesday morning, 5 December 2018, the Israeli Magistrate’s Court issued a decision to vacate a mosque in the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood of Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, in favor of the Elad settlement. According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, the court decided to vacate a property belonging to the late Maryam Abu Zuair, on one condition that the heirs will vacate the place until March next year. The center added that the talk revolves around the house of Ilham Siyam and her four sons, in addition to a plot of land of about half a dunum. He stated that the Magistrate’s Court issued an eviction order and before it a hearing that was appointed in the Israeli Supreme Court to consider the ownership of the land. The documents that were presented to the court confirm that the land on which the house was built belongs to the late Jerusalemite Jamil Siyam not to Maryam Abu Zuair. The court hearing will held on 08 January 2019. Abu Zweir’s heirs said they had been in a conflict in the Israeli courts for 22 years to protect the property and prove their ownership and to refute claims made by the Elad settlement group. They also said that they would continue to challenge the evacuation decision to the District Court. Nihad Siam, one of the heirs, said that the settlement association has worked over the years to seize the property in a number of ways. The first is through the collusion between brokers in taking the fingerprints of Abu Zweir on a document of waiver for three of her sons on the estate. She is on her deathbed, but in 1999 the Israeli courts rejected Elad’s claim that the property belongs to her eight children. He added that the association made a new attempt to control the property by raising another case that claimed its right in the real estate claiming that it purchased 3 shares in the property and called for other shares to be classified as absentee property guard in 2001. Nihad Siyam said after several hearings in the courts that Alad had already purchased four heirs and two shares under the Custodian of Absentee Property, while two others, Muneera and her sister Fatima, remained. Siam said that his late mother Munira Siam and his brothers faced the Israeli courts and the bias of settlers and settlement associations and the prosecutions and fines imposed on them and prevent them from any internal restoration in the house and land in order to protect the property overlooking the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the south. He pointed out that the family is going to the Central Court, within 45 days granted by the court to object to the decision to evacuate. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at least 180 Palestinian Palestinian families face the risk of forced eviction from their homes due to cases brought against them by settlers or settlement associations.
  • Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

Israeli forces’ attacks:

  • At approximately 06:00 on Monday, 3 December 2018, Israeli bulldozers demolished two houses belonging to Ayman Yousef Khalil Rashaida(32) and Hassan Mohammed Hussein al-Zayed (40) in Fasayil village, north of Jericho, under the pretext of non-licensing. Ayman Rashaida said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli Civil Administration Staff accompanied with the Israeli forces and bulldozers surrounded his house along with his neighbor’s house, Hasan, without a prior warning. The Israeli forces forcibly got them out of the houses, pushed them and ordered them to keep away from the houses. The bulldozers then demolished the 2 houses. He said that his house was comprised of a 50-square-meter room built of concrete and roofed with a tin plates, where he along with his wife and their 4 children live. Regarding to Hasan, his house was comprised of a 20-sqaure-meter room built of iron, where his wife and their 8 children live, including a child with disabilities.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 03 December 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles, a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a mounted-crane truck moved into al-Hawd Mount, which is located in the lands of Qasrah village on Street (505-‘Aber al-Samirah), southeast of Nablus. The Israeli soldiers deployed in the land belonging to Maqboulah Nasrallah Mohamed Othmanm from al-Majdal Bani Fadel village, southeast of the city. The soldiers brought a contingent of workers in civilian clothes and began to dismantle a 44-square-meter barrack built of iron and tin plates belonging to Maqboulah. The Israeli forces confiscated iron used for barrack before withdrawing. The abovementioned barrack used for agriculture in 70 dunums. Maqboulah repaired the 70 dunums a week ago via a bulldozer. The barrack was built on 27 November 2018.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Monday, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Kherbit Um al-Khair, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Israeli soldiers deployed between residents’ houses while the Israeli Civil Administration staff distributed 4 notices to stop construction works under the pretext of non-licensing. The notices were as follows:
  • A 15-square-meter house built of tin plates and belongs to Yaser ‘Eid al-Hathaleen.
  • A 15-square-meter house built of tin plates and belongs to Khair Allah Suliman al-Hathaleen.
  • A 12-square-meter kitchen built of tin plates and belongs to Suliman Yamen al-Hathaleen.
  • A 30-square-meter tent belongs to Khadra Dawoud al-Hathaleen.

It should be noted that “Karmiel” settlement established on Palestinian civilians confiscated lands is only a few kilometers away from the al-Kherbah and its houses and Israeli settlers are carrying out attacks against civilians in order to force them to leave their land to facilitate the seizure in favor of settlement expansion. Moreover, Regevim Settlement Association, which monitors the Palestinian urban activities in areas classified as “C”, instigates the Israeli Civil Administration to demolish Palestinian houses and facilities and to expedite the execution of demolition orders issued against buildings and houses for which demolition orders have been issued.

  • At approximately 03:00 on Tuesday, 04 December 2018, Israeli bulldozers demolished 4 barracks at the entrance to Hares village, northwest of Salfit. The barracks belong to 3 siblings Fadi, Nadi and Saleh Hasan Saleh Suliman and used as aluminum workshop, a clothes dryer and an agricultural greenhouse. The barracks are located on the main road connecting  Hares and Bidya villages. The barracks were demolished under the pretext of locating in area classified as Area “C”.  The demolished shops are a 100-square-meter aluminum shop includes machines and aluminum tools; a 110- square-meter carpentry includes machines and tools; a clothes dryers; and a 100-sqaure-meter agricultural greenhouse. The plot of land, where facilities are located, estimated at 1.5 dunums.
  • Settlers attacks:

At approximately 03:00 on Monday, 03 December 2018, a group of Israeli settlers attacked al-Tahtah neighborhood in Odlah village, south of Nablus. The settlers attacked Palestinian civilians vehicles parked in front of their owners’ houses and yards. The settlers also wrote slogans against Arabs and Muslims on the village streets and punctured with sharp tools the tiers of 3 vehicles and a bus belonging to al-Waleed Company before withdrawing the village. The effected cars belong to ‘Azzam Ahmed Kharouf, Samer Rajeh Rashed, Salah Qawareq, Yaser Qawareq.

Recommendations to the International Community:

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
  2. PCHR calls upon the ICC to continue to investigate the Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and grave violations in the Gaza Strip.
  3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
  4. PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
  5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
  6. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  7. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
  8. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
  9. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
  10. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
  11. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

Fully detailed document available at the official website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

(Source / 07.12.2018)

UN to Vote on Haley’s Last Stand: Condemning Hamas

US Ambassador Nikki Haley (C) has been a strong supporter of Israel at the United Nations

The UN General Assembly will vote Thursday on a US-drafted resolution condemning the Palestinian Hamas movement, in what could mark US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s parting gesture at the United Nations.

Haley, who will step down as UN ambassador at the end of the year, has repeatedly accused the United Nations of having an anti-Israel bias and strongly supports Israel in its latest confrontation with Hamas in Gaza.

If adopted, it would mark the first time the 193-nation assembly has taken aim at Hamas, the Islamist militant group that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

The United States has won crucial backing from the European Union, with all 28 countries set to support the US measure that condemns Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and demands an end to the violence.

Diplomats, however, warn the session could go awry over procedural issues, notably whether a majority of two-thirds will be required for adoption or a simple majority.

There was also much diplomatic wrangling after the Palestinians presented an amendment to the US text to include a reference to UN resolutions that condemn Israeli settlements, call for negotiations on East Jerusalem and pledge support for the two-state solution.

In negotiations with the Europeans, the United States agreed to add a mention of “relevant UN resolutions” without specifying which ones. The US text does not refer specifically to the two-state solution.

After talks with the Europeans late Wednesday, the Palestinians agreed to withdraw their amendment and instead table a separate resolution, diplomats said.

That move increased the chances that the US measure will be adopted, as well as the Palestinian-drafted resolution. EU countries plan to support both measures.

– US takes vote seriously –

Haley rattled the United Nations when she arrived in January 2017 vowing that the United States will be “taking names” of countries that oppose President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

Ahead of the vote on Thursday, the US ambassador sent a letter to all UN missions to make clear that “the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously.”

The vote at the assembly could be a crowning achievement for Haley as she prepares to step away from public life.

Diplomats say the US administration has lobbied hard to win votes.

“She would like to go out with something,” said a Security Council diplomat.

EU backing for the US measure buttressed Haley’s stance.

The European Union, like the United States, considers Hamas a terror group, but the 28-nation bloc is divided over how to support peace efforts.

Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are non-binding, but they carry political weight and are seen as a barometer of world opinion.

The United States put forward the resolution as it prepares to unveil new peace proposals that the Palestinians have already rejected.

The Palestinians have severed ties with the Trump administration after the decision a year ago to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and declare the city Israel’s capital.

The US administration has also cut more than $500 million in Palestinian aid.

The Palestinians see the city as the capital of their future state. International consensus has been that Jerusalem’s status must be negotiated between the two sides.

The General Assembly session to vote on the US draft resolution is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm (2000 GMT).

(Source / 06.12.2018)

Israel paves way for expropriating illegal West Bank outpost

Israeli forces intervene in a protest against building of Jewish settlements and separation wall at Kafr Qaddum village of Nablus, West Bank on November 30, 2018

Israel today issued a legal opinion which will pave the way for permanently expropriating an illegal West Bank outpost.

The Counselling and Legislation Department of Israel’s Justice Ministry – with the backing of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked – today issued a legal opinion which will allow an Israeli-only road to be built to the illegal outpost of Haresha, situated near Ein Qiniya north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The recommendation means that the outpost will now be “legalised” by Israel, giving it official government recognition, allowing the state to undertake construction and enabling Israeli law to be extended to those living there. Although Israel differentiates between settlements – which have official government recognition – and outposts, both are deemed illegal under international law which prohibits the transfer of civilian populations into occupied territory.

According to Arutz Shevait will now be “possible to submit a zoning plan for the [illegal outpost] using the ‘cut & cover’ solution – paving a road over which concrete will be placed”. The legal opinion also “enables the permanent expropriation of the land in the future,” the Israeli daily added.

Furthermore, Israel’s Justice Ministry issued the recommendation in the full knowledge that sections of the road would require the expropriation of private Palestinian land. Arutz Shevacited the legal document as saying:

Until now, the state has not been able to regulate the construction in the area, in light of the fact that the road leading to Haresha is not regulated, and it passes through privately owned land. The section of the road that passes through private land, and which is at the centre of this legal opinion, stands at 121 metres.

READ: Arab League calls on UN to unveil pro-Israeli settlement firms

Commenting on the approval, Shaked said: “From the beginning of my current term [as Minister of Justice] I have set a goal of normalising the lives of [illegal Israeli settlers in the West Bank] and normalising as many communities as possible. We have gone from a discourse of eviction to a discourse of normalisation.”

Israel has pursued a consistent policy of settlement expansion. Last week Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of settlers after a 22-year legal battle by Palestinians against efforts to annex their land. The Jewish National Fund (JNF) had claimed ownership of 522 dunams (130 acres) of land as part of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, south of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank. Despite providing ownership documents for the land, the court ruled against the Palestinians affected.

Israel also regularly provides funding and support for settlements, despite their illegality. In October a Knesset report revealed that illegal settlements receive 144 million shekels ($39 million) in government funding for regional councils, amounting to 25 per cent of Israel’s regional council budget.

Just two days earlier, an investigation into the World Zionist Organisation (WZO) by Israeli daily Haaretz exposed that the group has given dozens of loans to aid the establishment of illegal Israeli settlements. Haaretz uncovered dozens of documents for mortgages pertaining to 26 outposts across the West Bank, including Amona, which Israel evacuated in 2017 in a rare move after deeming it had been established illegally on Palestinian land. The illegal settlers were then relocated to Amichai, north of Ramallah.

According to Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, as of the end of 2015 there were 127 government-sanctioned Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, without including East Jerusalem and central Hebron. In addition, there were a further 100 illegal outposts. According to a June 2018 report by the EU’s European External Action Service (EEAS), there are 132 illegal settlements in the West Bank, with a further 11 in East Jerusalem.

READ: Knesset speaker tells settlers Israel must annex the West Bank

(Source / 06.12.2018)

Amnesty: PA tortures activist, punishes her for hunger strike

A poster supporting Suha Jubara, a Palestinian woman who would give financial aid to those in the Gaza Strip

A poster supporting Suha Jbara, a Palestinian woman who would give financial aid to those in the Gaza Strip

Amnesty International has urged the Palestinian Authority to “urgently investigate” the alleged torture of Suha Jbara, a joint Palestinian, US and Panamanian citizen who has testified that she was “beaten, slammed against a wall and threatened with sexual violence by her interrogators”.

Jbara was arrested on 3 November “during a violent raid on her home”, and subsequently “questioned by prosecutors about allegations that she collected and distributed money in illegal ways, an accusation she denies”, Amnesty stated.

During a visit by Amnesty to the prison where she is being held, Jbara told the human rights group “about brutal treatment at the hands of her interrogators in a three-day ordeal”.

“She also told Amnesty she has suffered relentless harassment from officials to end a hunger strike she began on 22 November in protest at her detention and torture,” the press release continued.

She described how, upon her arrest, she had a seizure and lost consciousness and was taken to hospital. However, armed security officials later dragged her out of her hospital bed, barefoot, and transferred her to Jericho Interrogation and Detention Centre.

Once there, a male interrogator threw water in Jbara’s face, “slapped her, punched her on the chest and back, and threatened her with further violence”. She was “blindfolded and handcuffed throughout her interrogation and was not allowed to drink water or use the toilet.”

Amnesty added that Jbara was “denied access to a lawyer during interrogation and prosecutors from the attorney general’s office took her testimony in the presence of armed security officials at the interrogation centre”, and “she was also not allowed to read her testimony before signing it.”

READ: Palestine woman jailed for helping Gazans on hunger strike in PA prison

Amnesty added that after having had her detention extended, Jbara is due in court today.

Jbara told Amnesty that she began a hunger strike on 22 November “in protest at her torture during interrogation and unfair treatment by the prosecution and judiciary”.

According to Jbara, “several officials – including the governor of Jericho, a high-ranking police officer as well as doctors and nurses -had tried to persuade her to stop her hunger strike. She was also told that she was being denied family visits or phone calls as punishment for her protest.”

Saleh Higazi, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa deputy director, said: “Suha Jbara has described her torture in harrowing detail. The Palestinian authorities must urgently carry out an independent and impartial investigation into these allegations.”

READ: PA arrests a Palestinian woman for helping Gazans

“Any officials identified as responsible must be immediately suspended, prosecuted and brought to justice,” he added.

According to Amnesty, “Palestinian forces in the West Bank and Gaza have a track record of arbitrarily arresting peaceful activists, demonstrators and critics, many of whom have faced judicial proceedings that do not meet fair trial standards.”

“Amnesty is calling on international donors to the Palestinian security sector to review their assistance to ensure that it is not facilitating human rights violations and is in line with international standards.”

(Source / 06.12.2018)

Israel rules to expel Palestinian family from their Jerusalem home

Palestinian Maghribi family collect their belongings amid ruins of their house after Israeli authorities demolished the top part of it in Jabal Al-Mukaber of East Jerusalem on 28 November, 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian Maghribi family collect their belongings amid ruins of their house after Israeli authorities demolished the top part of it in Jabal Al-Mukaber of East Jerusalem on 28 November, 2018

An Israeli court yesterday ruled that a Palestinian family can be evicted from their home in Jerusalem after inheriting it from their mother, the Wadi Al-Hilwa Information Centre reported.

The court gave the family until March to evacuate the house which is built on an aea of 500 square metres in Silwan.

Ilham Siyam and here four siblings live in the house.

The family had provided the Israeli High Court with all the necessary documents to prove ownership of the property and it was due to convene in February, however the Magistrate’s Court’s decision was seen as a pre-emptive measure.

The legal battle has been ongoing for 22 years, the family said, as the Israeli Al-Ad Association claims ownership of the property which overlooks Al-Aqsa Mosque.

READ: Sick, elderly woman homeless as Israel demolishes her home 

(Source / 06.12.2018)