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Israel closes youth media foundation in Jerusalem

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Israel’s Defence Minister signed an order on Monday closing Elia Youth Media Foundation, a media group for Palestinian youngsters in occupied Jerusalem, Quds Press has reported. The military order signed by Avigdor Lieberman claims that the foundation is a “terrorist” organisation and must remain closed.

According to reports in the Israeli media, the organisation just pretends to be a youth group but it is actually affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

“Today, I designated Elia Youth Media Foundation in East Jerusalem as a terror group based on information collected by the general security agency [Shin Bet],” wrote the extreme right-wing Lieberman on Twitter. “Practically it recruits the terror youth and prepares them to produce incitement videos, and it supports terror activities.”

Ahed’s generation: Why the youth in Palestine must break free from dual oppression

In February, the Israeli Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, decided on the closure of many Palestinian organisations in occupied Jerusalem. Among them were the Orient House, the Chamber of Commerce, the High Tourism Council, the Palestinian Centre for Studies, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club and the Office of Social and Statistical Studies.

The Israeli occupation authorities have been carrying out a wide-ranging campaign to impose its sovereignty upon all aspects of life in Jerusalem, explained Quds Press. It noted that this campaign escalated after US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December last year.

(Source / 18.04.2018)

Israel soldiers joined in as settlers assaulted Palestinians – then killed a local teen

Israeli soldiers

Israeli occupation forces accompanied Jewish settlers during an assault on Palestinian villagers, then shot and killed a local teen who posed no threat to life.

The incident, which took place on 10 March this year, was investigated by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, who published their damning conclusions on Monday.

At around 5.30pm on the day in question, some 20-30 settlers from Yitzhar – a notorious settlement close to Nablus in the occupied West Bank – walked to ‘Urif, a nearby Palestinian village.

Some settlers “were masked, some carried wood or and metal clubs, and at least two carried guns”. According to B’Tselem, “three armed Israeli soldiers escorted the settlers”.

In response, local Palestinian residents gathered to defend their village, and, in the ensuing confrontation, “settlers threw stones at the Palestinians, including with slingshots, and the Palestinians threw stones at the settlers and soldiers”.

Read: Israel using ‘baseless legal interpretations’ to justify ‘lethal force’ against protesters

The soldiers, however, “threw stun grenades at the Palestinians and fired teargas canisters, rubber-coated metal bullets”, and even “live ammunition”.

After half an hour, the settlers left, but the three Israeli soldiers remained at the scene, as did some of the village youth, who took cover “behind a small hill beside the reservoir, and threw stones at the soldiers from there”, who were positioned “a few dozen metres away”.

Opening fire, the Israeli forces shot two Palestinians: one, a 14-year-old child, was injured – another, 19-year-old Omar Shehadeh, was hit in the chest and killed.

B’Tselem noted that their investigation showed how “the three soldiers allowed dozens of settlers to enter ‘Urif village land and then took part with the settlers in the ensuing clashes, offering them protection and firing teargas, rubber-coated metal bullets, and live ammunition at the Palestinians”.

The investigation also confirmed that the soldiers shot and killed Omar, and injured the child, despite the fact that they were not in mortal danger.

Just like in dozens of other incidents that have occurred – and continue to occur – in the West Bank, soldiers once again protected settlers as they went onto land that belongs to Palestinian residents and threw stones at the Palestinians

B’Tselem stated.

Such assaults are “met with silence by the Israeli authorities, who consistently refrain from enforcing the law in the case of settlers who attack Palestinians and soldiers who enable and even participate in such attacks.”

In addition, B’Tselem added, “the absence of law enforcement is also evident in cases in which soldiers fire at Palestinians, inflicting death or injury”.

“No price to pay means no deterrence, so violent attacks – including the use of lethal force – continue undisturbed. This violence is a key component in Israel’s ability to maintain its violent control over millions of Palestinians for the past 50 plus years,” the NGO concluded.

Read more: B’Tselem report details isolation policies detrimental to detained Palestinian children

(Source / 18.04.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Guard Of Al-Aqsa Mosque

18 APR
9:07 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Wednesday, a Palestinian guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem and summoned four others for interrogation.

Media sources in Jerusalem said the soldiers abducted the guard, identified as Arafat Najeeb, while trying to enter the holy site through Hotta Gate.

They added that the soldiers also summoned four other guards for interrogation in the al-Qashla police station near Hebron Gate, in the Old City.

They have been identified as Hamza Nibali, Luay Abu Sa’ad, Khalil Tarhouni and Fadi ‘Oleyyan.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Jenin city in the northern West Bank, before storming a blacksmith workshop, and confiscated various machines.

(Source / 18.04.2018)  

Army Fires Artillery Shells Into Southern Gaza, Injures Five Palestinians, One Seriously

18 APR
8:30 AM

Israeli soldiers fired, on Wednesday at dawn, at least two artillery shells into Palestinian lands, close to the border fence east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, wounding five Palestinians, including one who suffered a serious injury.

Media sources said the soldiers, stationed across the border fence east of Khuza’a town, fired at least two shells at Palestinians who approached the border fence, wounding five; one seriously.

They added that the soldiers also fired several live rounds at Red Crescent ambulances and medics who rushed to the scene.

On Tuesday evening, the soldiers shot and injured five Palestinians, including one child, during a nonviolent procession near the border fence.

The army also fired artillery shells into a site, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

(Source / 18.04.2018)

Settlers Seize Three Palestinian-owned Apartments in Jerusalem

17 APR
11:18 PM

Members of the Ruweidi family after settlers take over their homes with the help of the Israeli police, April 8, 2018. Photo credit: the Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

Israeli police supervised the seizure, which displaced 13 members of the Ruweidi family.

Israeli police assisted colonial settlers seize a Palestinian-owned building in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on April 8, 2018. The Ruweidi family lived in and owns the building, which consists of three apartments. Over 13 members of the family are now homeless.

“We are barred from entering [our homes], but the settlers and their guards are inside the houses,” Mahmoud Ruweidi told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

Prior to the seizure of the building, Israeli police closed the roads leading to it. Israeli forces then confiscated the Ruweidi family’s cellphones and oversaw settlers empty the building of its furniture and change the locks.

When members of the family resisted the sudden takeover, Israeli forces responded with physical violence. The Ruweidis’ belongings are now scattered in a nearby courtyard, exposed to the elements.

 

An Israeli court sanctioned the Ruweidis’ forced displacement in February when it ruled in favor of Elad, a settler group that claims one deceased member of the family sold it the three apartments.

The Ruweidis appealed the court decision and secured a court order postponing a settler takeover until April 15, 2018. They consequently had no warning settlers would confiscate their homes with the help of Israeli police a week earlier.

Israeli settlement watch group Peace Now reports that the police continue to guard the home around the clock while settlers move in furniture. In the last two years, Elad has seized ten Palestinian properties in Silwan.

(Source / 18.04.2018)

Israeli army tightens grip as Gazans fly kites over border fence

Gazans fly kites

The Israeli army has claimed that Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border have attached firebombs to kites and flown them over the border fence, sparking several fires in the region.

According to the Israeli Yediot Aharonot newspaper, kites with firebombs tied to them have been discovered recently on Gaza’s eastern borders. The blazes have allegedly caused damage to a ranch in the area.

The Israeli army has been on high alert in anticipation of such future incidents. Israeli communities residing in settlements near Gaza border have been asked to remain alert and report any unusual fires in the area.

For the past several weeks thousands of Palestinians have staged peaceful protests along the border fence separating the besieged Gaza Strip from territories occupied in 1948, demanding hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees who were displaced from their homes be allowed to return.

The so-called “ Great March of Return” is set to climax on May 15, when the Palestinians will mark 70 years since the “nakba” (“catastrophe” in Arabic), which culminated in the displacement of thousands of Palestinians from their motherland—Palestine.

(Source / 17.04.2018)

Israel demolishes a children’s playground near Jerusalem

Playground Al Quds

Israeli forces demolished on Tuesday a children’s park near occupied Jerusalem amid a mass escalation in demolitions across the occupied city this year.

Spokesperson for Kafer Aqeb municipality, Raed Hamdan, said that the demolition process aims at enlarging Qalandia military checkpoint that links between the occupied city and Ramallah.

Erecting military checkpoints is one of the main tools Israel employs to enforce its regime of occupation. Israel imposes restrictions on the movement of Palestinians within the West Bank, and travel between it and the Gaza Strip, into East Jerusalem, Israel, and abroad.

(Source / 17.04.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Thirteen Palestinians In The West Bank

17 APR
11:40 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, thirteen Palestinians, including a senior political leader of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), during extensive and violent searches of homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers also distributed leaflets in the al-Am’ari refugee camp, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, warning “further restrictions and ongoing invasions,” if the Palestinians continue their protests.

In addition, the army said some of its military jeeps were attacked with stones and Molotov Cocktails in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and claimed to locate a pistol during searches in the West Bank.

Furthermore, the soldiers summoned for interrogation several young men, after invading their homes in Qarawat Bani Hassan village, in Salfit in central West Bank.

The soldiers also started bulldozing and uprooting Palestinian lands in Immatain town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, to expand the illegal Emanuel colony, which was built on private lands.

It is worth mentioning that the army started bulldozing the lands, 15 Dunams, a month ago, but the owner, Fawzi Nasser Ghanayem, managed to obtain an order from the Israeli High Court, stopping the destruction on his property, but the army resumed the war despite the injunction.

Names of Palestinians who were abducted by the army at dawn:

  1. Ja’far Dahbour, 24, from Azzoun town, east of Qalqilia.
  2. Osama Sweidan, 16, from Azzoun town, east of Qalqilia.
  3. Yazan Shbeita, from Azzoun town, east of Qalqilia.
  4. Abdul-Hamid Shbeita, , from Azzoun town, east of Qalqilia.
  5. Ahmad Mohammad Abu Haniyya, from Azzoun town, east of Qalqilia.
  6. Noureddin Hamada, Jenin.
  7. Khalil Ali Qabalawi, Burqin town, west of Jenin.
  8. Husam al-Rozza, Nablus.
  9. Ahmad Abdul-Mohsin, 42, al-Am’ari refugee camp, Ramallah.
  10. Daoud Suleiman Habboub, 26, al-Am’ari refugee camp, Ramallah.
  11. Nader Abbas, 28, al-Am’ari refugee camp, Ramallah.
  12. Ibrahim Suleiman Da’dou’, Bethlehem.
  13. Mustafa Sawafta, Tubas.

(Source / 17.04.2018)

PPS: “6500 Palestinians Are Detained By Israel; 1928 Abducted This Year”

17 APR
12:27 PM

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) issued a statement marking the “Palestinians Prisoners’ Day,” on April 17th, and said that Israel is holding captive 6500 detainees, including 1928 who were abducted since the beginning of this year.

In its report, the PPS said that Israel is holding captive 6500 Palestinians, including 350 children, 62 women, and six democratically-elected legislators. Among the imprisoned women are 21 mothers, and eight children.

It added that 48 of the Palestinians detainees have been held since more than 20 years, 25 since more than 25 years, and 12 since more than 30 years.

29 of them were abducted and imprisoned since before the first “Oslo Agreement,” and were supposed to be released in 2014, as part of the ”efforts to resume peace talks,” but Israel refused to release them.

In 2013, Israel agreed to release in four batches 104 veteran Palestinian prisoners who were held in custody prior to the 1993 Oslo Accords. The releases were part of a plan to resume peace negotiations, after talks were halted for more than two years.

The longest serving Palestinian detainees are Karim Younis and Maher Younis, who were taken prisoner 35 years ago, in addition to Na’el Barghouthi, who served 34 years in prison before he was released under the “Shalit Prisoner Swap Agreement”, but was rearrested by the army in 2014, and an Israeli court reinstated his original sentence of 18 life terms.

Furthermore, Israel is holding captive nearly 500 Palestinians, including three women and two children, under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

700 of the total number of detainees are suffering from serious illnesses and health conditions, including 26 suffering from various types of cancer.

The PPS also said that 215 detainees have died while in captivity, including 75 who were killed by the arresting soldiers, 72 died from torture, 31 died after not being provided with medical treatment for various illnesses, and seven who were shot while in prison.

(Source / 17.04.2018)

511 Palestinians serving life terms in Israel jails

Palestinian prisoners [File photo]

Some 511 Palestinian prisoners are currently serving life terms in Israeli jails, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Prisoners’ Centre for Studies said today.

Marking Palestinian Prisoners’ Day which falls today, Riad Al-Ashqar said 15 more Palestinians were handed life sentences last year.

Of those serving life terms, 52 were re-arrested by occupation forces after serving an initial sentence, Al-Ashqar said.

READ:  50 years on, tens of thousands of Palestinians detained for political protest

Life terms which are issued by Israeli military courts, in which all Palestinian prisoners are tried, last 99 years.

Rights groups say that there are about 6,500 Palestinian prisoners inside 22 Israeli jails, including about 400 who have medical conditions which need treatment, 400 being held under administrative detention, 350 minors and 57 women.

(Source / 17.04.2018)