15 civilians were injured by rubber bullets in the Kafr Qaddum march

15 participants were injured in the Kafr Qaddum weekly march, in addition to injuries due to collective suffocation during violent confrontations in the village of Kafr Qaddum after the start of the weekly march and its entry into the tenth year of weekly confrontations and events.

The occupation soldiers used methods of repression against the participants, including live bullets, rubber, metal, and spongy, and tear gas canisters, and ambushes to arrest the participants, targeting water tanks, and seizing rooftops to snip the participants from them.

And due to the suspension of Friday prayers, the gathering took place in the square of the Omar Bin Al-Khattab Mosque at twelve o’clock and was launched, and leadership cadres participated in the march.

Murad Shtaiwi, coordinator of the weekly march, told Al-Quds: “The occupation army took revenge on the participants, which led to injuries in their ranks, at the beginning of the tenth year of the life of the weekly march calling for opening the main entrance, and the march became a title for the popular resistance, despite the bill that was paid. Detained, injured, and disabled, an elderly martyr, and financial fines.

(Source / 04.07.2020)

‘Palestinians will not raise the white flag’ says Palestine Archbishop Atallah Hanna

Archbishop of Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna [centre], seen during a protest in the West bank city of Hebron on 22 January 2015 [Muhesen Amren / ApaImages]
Archbishop of Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna [centre], seen during a protest in the West bank city of Hebron on 22 January 2015

Despite their sufferings, Palestinians will not raise the white flag,” the Head of the Sebastia Diocese of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem Archbishop Atallah Hanna announced on Friday.

In a press release sent to mass media, Hanna stated: “May God help the Palestinian people who endure the sufferings under coronavirus, unemployment and poverty.”

He stressed: “The Palestinians endure sufferings in every single side of their life due to the oppressive occupation policies.”

The archbishop continued: “May God help this nation amidst these circumstances which includes conspiracies aiming to liquidate our people, our just cause which is the most just and noble cause in modern human history.”

Concluding his remarks, Hanna noted: “We are sure that we will win in spite of all the difficulties and conspiracies which are targeting the Palestinians who will never raise the white flag.”

Fatah: We will deal with Israel ‘like an enemy’ if it annexes the West Bank

(Source / 04.07.2020)

Israel TV: Hamas, Fatah cooperation against deal of the century a ‘dangerous development’

The national and Islamic forces and factions in Gaza, including Hamas and Fatah, reach an agreement on a unified national plan of action to confront the US' 'deal of the century' and Israel's annexation plans on June 28, 2020 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]
The national and Islamic forces and factions in Gaza, including Hamas and Fatah, reach an agreement on a unified national plan of action to confront the US’ ‘deal of the century’ and Israel’s annexation plans on June 28, 2020 

The ongoing cooperation between the two Palestinian rival groups, Hamas and Fatah, to topple the US deal of the century and Israel’s annexation is a “dangerous development”, Israeli Channel 12 reported on Friday.

Channel 12 disclosed that such a possibility was expected, but Israeli security did not expect that it would happen in such a short time-frame, adding: “It is a dangerous development because of the very short time they needed to reach this unity which surprised the Israeli security services.”

On Thursday, Deputy Hamas Chief Saleh Al-Arouri appeared with Senior Fatah Leader Jebril Al-Rajoub in a joint press conference, declaring their unity against the deal of the century and the Israeli annexation plan.

“The press conference is not important, but what is happening on the ground is very important, mainly the detention of Hamas members by the Palestinian Authority (PA),” Al Watan Voice reported the Israeli channel stating.

Read: Hamas, Fatah to unify efforts against annexation plan

Meanwhile, former Israeli Communication Minister Ayoob Kara stated that the Hamas and Fatah cooperation “raises concerns” as Fatah’s leader confirmed that his movement would let Hamas work in Gaza, Israeli Channel 7 reported.

Rajoub announced in the press conference that he was “confident about Hamas’ intentions,” noting that the Palestinians have been waiting for this conference to be the starting point of national unity.

(Source / 04.07.2020)

Fifteen Palestinians Shot, Injured at Kufur Qaddoum Weekly Protest

Fifteen Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli soldiers, Friday, at the weekly protest in the northern West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Locals in Kufur Qaddoum village, in the Qalqilia governorate, have been organizing protests every Friday for several years, to express their rejection of the illegal Israeli settlements and the Apartheid Wall.

Local official, Morad Eshteiwi, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, told WAFA that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel rounds and tear-gas at the demonstrators, injuring 15 of them rubber-coated steel rounds, while many others suffered the toxic effects of toxic tear-gas inhalation.

All injuries were said to have been treated by local medics on site.

Deputy Chairman of the ruling Fatah Movement, Mahmoud al-Aloul, who took part in the demonstration, said the protest was a clear statement that the Palestinian people and their leadership are unified in their rejection of Israel’s plan to expropriate more Palestinian-owned land, in addition to their struggle for freedom and independence.

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(Source / 04.07.2020)

Settlers set fire to hundreds of olive trees in Nablus

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli settlers set fire to dozens of olive trees in the village of Huwwarah in southern Nablus on Saturday.

Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told QNN that nearly 40 settlers set fire to olive trees in the village.

He added that hundreds of olive trees are still on fire while the Palestinian civil defence is trying to control the fire.

Confrontations erupted in the area following the Israeli crime. Daghlas added that there are substantial losses but they have not been tracked yet.

(Source / 04.07.2020)

21 injuries during Israeli repression of West Bank protests

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Confrontations swept the occupied West Bank on Friday after the Israeli army repressed peaceful protests that went to the streets rejecting the Israeli annexation plans.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said that its teams have dealt with 15 injuries during confrontations in Kafr Qaddoum near Qalqilya. The injuries were caused by Israeli rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters.

The Red Crescent also dealt with six injuries during confrontations with the Israeli army in Asira ash-Shamaliya in northern Nablus. The Israeli army opened fire at medical teams, causing damage to an ambulance.

In the same vein, confrontations erupted between Israeli occupiers and native Palestinians in Bab Az Zawiyeh in occupied Hebron.

In Salfit, native Palestinians looked to a plan, threatened by Israeli confiscation plans, nd protested against the Israeli annexation.

(Source / 04.07.2020)

Death of two infants in Gaza due to Israeli siege raises concerns

Ahmad Yaghi holds up an image of his son Omar, who died due to the Israeli siege

Gaza (QNN)- Two infants have died due to the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip while they were waiting for Israeli permits to get medical treatment in the occupied territories.

Medial permits for Gaza’s patients were suspended on May 19 when the PA announced stopping all forms of coordination with ‘Israel’. It was a protest movement against Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank in July.

The first child died last week, nine-month-old Omar Yaghi, who awaited permission to exit Gaza for surgery for a cardiac abnormality last week. Anwar Harb died nine days after his birth, also from a cardiac disease on last Monday.

The United Nations Special Envoy to the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov said that on Wednesday “Both ‘Israel’ and the Palestinian Authority PA were responsible for the death of the child Omar Yaghi”.

Jehad Yaghi, Omar’s grandfather said “He would have survived if he had his remaining two surgeries which were supposed to be on May 21 at Sheba hospital in Israel”.

He added that “Omar would have been in his family’s arms by now if he had undergone surgery when it was scheduled. The doctors confirmed as much, however, he passed. An angel who had a charming smile, he passed away only because he was sick in Gaza”.

Omer was born with congenital malformations in his heart. Two hours after his birth he was moved to the intensive care unit at the Abdel Aziz Al-Rantisi Hospital for children in Gaza. After it became clear that no hospital in Gaza was capable of performing the surgery he needed due to the lack of medical supplements that resulted from the Israeli siege, his family got permits for four different surgeries in ‘Israel’.

Some Palestinians reached out to the Red Cross and Physicians for Human Rights imploring the aid agencies to urgently file permit requests. A few were successful in getting permits to get treatment in Israeli hospitals but it is still unclear if most Palestinians patients who need surgeries or chemotherapy scheduled in ‘Israel’ were successful.

According to the WHO before the pandemic began over 1,750 patients from Gaza sent permit applications each month for treatment in Israeli and West Bank hospitals each month. The huge numbers raise concerns about the deteriorating medical and living conditions in the besieged enclave and if the world is serious about taking any measures to end the Israeli siege.

(Source / 04.07.2020)

Ministry of Health confirms two deaths of coronavirus in West Bank

The Ministry of Health confirmed today evening two deaths from coronavirus and 204 new cases in the West Bank, bringing the total deaths in Palestine to 15 and the total infections to 3689.

The Ministry said a woman died from the novel disease at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, while an old woman died from the same disease in the town of Shuyukh, near Hebron in the south of the occupied West Bank.

It pointed out that the latest cases bring up the total deaths registered today to four, and the overall deaths registered since the outbreak of the pandemic in Palestine to 15.

Read More: 2,103 confirmed coronavirus cases, 146 deaths in diaspora

Meanwhile, the Ministry confirmed 204 new cases, including 165 in Hebron, 26 in Jerusalem, eight in Nablus, two in Jericho, one in Qalqilia, one in Bethlehem, and one in Ramallah.

It added that the latest figures raise the total active cases in Palestine to 3037, while the number of recoveries stood at 637.

Read More: Palestine confirms two coronavirus death cases

(Source / 04.07.2020)

Fatah and Hamas announce deal to oppose annexation together

Palestinian protesters (unseen) fly a giant national flag in front of Israeli troops during a demonstration in the village of Kfar Qaddum in the occupied West Bank. Photograph: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP
Palestinian protesters (unseen) fly a giant national flag in front of Israeli troops during a demonstration in the village of Kfar Qaddum in the occupied West Bank

Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have reached a landmark agreement to mount unified resistance to Israel’s West Bank annexation plan, as well as torpedo the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan.

Ahead of the deal’s announcement, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the effort to secure national unity, although it could mean a return to violent resistance, which he renounced on taking office in 2005.

At a virtual joint press conference, Ramallah-based secretary-general of Fatah’s central committee Jibril Rajoub expressed the rivals’ determination to “speak in a single voice”, stage “popular resistance in which everyone participates”, and to “put in place all necessary measures to endure national unity” in the campaign against Israel’s planned annexation of 30 per cent of the West Bank, which has been given the green light by the US.

Speaking from exile in Beirut, Hamas’s West Bank leader Saleh al-Arouri said: “All the controversial issues on which we differ, we will set those aside . . . We and Fatah and all the Palestinian factions are facing an existential threat, and we must work together.”

Read More: Hamas and Fatah agree to join ranks in fighting Israel’s annexation plan

Struggle and resistance

Hamas, he said, would use all forms of struggle and resistance against the annexation project. Every Palestinian “is a soldier in this work, each in his own way, whether a journalist, a politician, a diplomat, or an infantryman”. A founding commander of Hamas’s military wing, Mr Arouri has a $5 million US bounty on his head for allegedly organising attacks on Israelis in the West Bank.

Suggesting that for Fatah the time for peaceful co-existence had passed, Mr Rajoub, a long-standing militant, said: “We will not raise a white flag, we will not give up. All the options are open if the Israelis start the annexation and slam the door on the two-state solution.”

Read More: Hamas: Ready to work with Fatah against annexation

He said the form of “popular resistance” adopted would depend on Israel. “Intifada [uprising] for us is a means, the goal is to end the occupation, to end and remove annexation from the table.”

(Source / 04.07.2020)

Palestinians injured after clashes with Israeli troops

Dozens were injured during clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli troops in a protest in the West Bank against Israel’s annexation plan of the Jordan Valley, medical sources said.

The sources said that Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian young man during the protest on Friday near the northern West Bank city of Nablus against building two Israeli settlement posts in the area, reports Xinhua news agency. 

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Xinhua that the Israeli army forces opened fire at dozens of Palestinian demonstrators and wounded one of them near Nablus.

Read More: Israeli troops disperse Muslim worshipers in West Bank

Meanwhile, the Palestine Red Crescent Society said in a press statement that Israeli soldiers injured 15 Palestinians by rubber-coated metal bullets, in addition to dozens who suffered suffocation after inhaling tear gas near the northern city of Qalqilya.

Walid Assaf, head of the National Committee to Resist the Wall and Settlements, told Xinhua during the protest that the message of the Palestinian people is that they will “keep resisting the plans of settlement and annexations of Palestinian lands”.

Read More: Five Palestinians injured by Israeli gunfire in Jerusalem

“The peaceful and popular resistance will go on all over the Palestinian territories that Israel threatens to confiscate,” Assaf said, adding that the Palestinian people’s struggle “will go on until the end of the Israeli occupation”.

Also, the Gaza Strip-based Islamic Hamas movement organized on Friday a rally in the southern Gaza town of Rafah against the Israeli annexation plan.

Mansour Break, a senior Hamas local leader, told reporters that the local Palestinians joined the rally “to tell the world that they are sticking to resistance and the Israeli annexation plan will never pass”.

The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has planned to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as the strategic Jordan Valley.

It is still unclear whether the Israeli government intends to follow through with the plans to apply Israeli law over contentious territories in the West Bank and to what extent.

(Source / 04.07.2020)