Israel seals off West Bank, Gaza Strip

Israel seals off Palestinian territories [File photo]
Israel seals off Palestinian territories [File photo]

The Israeli occupation army announced the full closure of the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah holidayQuds Press reported on Friday.

According to Quds Press, the complete closure will start from Sunday at midnight until Tuesday.

During this period, all crossings between Israel and the occupied territories will be closed with the exception of humanitarian or medical emergencies, and these “must” be coordinated with the Israeli army.

This is a routine closure, but Israel intends to tighten its measures against the movement of Palestinians under claims of fearing attacks.

READ: Israel imposes full security closure on occupied Palestinian territories

Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers cannot reach their workplaces in Israel during the closure, and employees cannot commute from one Palestinian city to another because of the strict measures of Israeli military checkpoints separating Palestinian cities and villages.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Netanyahu: Palestine will resume talks if Trump re-elected

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel at his office in Jerusalem, on 13 September 2020. [YOAV DUDKEVITCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel at his office in Jerusalem, on 13 September 2020 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that Palestinians will resume negotiations with Israel if current US President Donald Trump is re-elected, Israel Hayom reported on Friday.

Speaking from behind closed doors, the Israeli daily informed that Netanyahu expressed that signing the normalisation deals with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain has left Palestinians with no options but the negotiating table.

Netanyahu noted that if Trump is re-elected, he would begin talks with the Palestinians based on Trump’s deal of the century.

On Tuesday, during the celebration of the signing of the deals at the White House, Netanyahu did not make any reference to the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Trump indicated that Israel has become less isolated within the Middle East than previously.

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On the issue of the Palestinians, Trump stated: “They’ve come a long way. We used to pay them $750 million.” Trump further explained that he asked the previous US administrations: “Why did you pay when they treat the US with such disrespect?”

He added: “We give them $750 million a year, why didn’t somebody cut off those payments? Well, we didn’t think it would be appropriate. Well… And I cut off the payments to them.”

Trump also asked the Gulf states to stop paying the Palestinians: “But other countries give them money. You’re dealing with very rich countries. And these countries are now all signing with us. They’re all be signed with us – all of them [sic].”

When asked whether the other countries could be Saudi Arabia and Oman, Trump responded: “Yeah, we’re very far down the road with about five countries, five additional countries. Frankly, I think we could have had them here today.”

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Injure 3 Palestinians at Weekly Kufur Qaddoum March

Three Palestinians were injured, Friday, at the weekly Kufur Qaddoum march in the northern West Bank, after being shot with rubber-coated steel rounds, while dozens more suffocated on tear-gas, during the suppression of the weekly demonstration, the Jerusalem Press reported.

Anti-settlement demonstrations in Kufur Qaddoum have been held every Friday, since 2004, demanding that the occupation authorities open the main road that connects the town with Nablus, to the east, which authorities closed in 2003.

Israeli soldiers attacked the march, firing rubber-coated metal bullets, stun grenades, and tear-gas canisters at demonstrators.

Morad Eshteiwi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steal rounds and tear-gas canisters towards the protesters, injuring three of them, including a journalist, identified as Mohammad Fawzi.

Many additional protesters suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation.

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(Source / 19.09.2020)

Israeli forces kill Palestinian dentist at military checkpoint

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli forces killed a Palestinian dentist at Barta’s military checkpoint in Jenin on Friday.

The Ministry of Health said doctor Nidal Jabbarin (54 years old) had a heart attack when Israeli forces targeted him with a sound grenade at Barta’a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Local sources said Jabbarin had a heart attack after being targeted with a sound grenade. He was taken to a near public hospital but he was dead when he arrived.

Later on Friday, Hundreds of Palestinians took part in the funeral of Jabbarin, raising Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against occupation.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Israel rejects bill to ensure full equality between Arab, Jewish citizens

The only democracy in the Middle East rejected rejected equality among its citizens. This cements its apartheid nature and highlights the racist nature of its founding ideology

Israeli parliament, Knesset, has rejected bill presented by Yousef Jabareen on behalf of Arab Joint List intended to ensure full equality between Aran and Jewish citizens in Israel.

Jabareen presented his bill in advance of the 20th anniversary of the Aqsa Intifada, which has became a cornerstone in the collective consciousness of Israel’s Arab citizens, who make up 20 per cent of the population. They suffer from institutional discrimination, exclusion and hostility.

Despite the bill highlighting the need for human rights and democracy to be available to all in the Zionist state, it was rejected by a majority of the ruling coalition and opposition parties.

“What I am proposing to you is first and foremost a peace treaty between the state and its Arab citizens, before addressing what is beyond its borders,” Jabareen told the right-wing MKs who attacked his proposed legislation.

“Peace with Arab citizens is realised when the state secures their equal status in their home,” Jabareen stressed.

The text of the bill emphasised that democratic principles should be applied to all citizens in the state: “Israel is a democratic state that guarantees equal rights, based on the principles of human dignity, freedom and equality, in the spirit of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

It also said that such a state should “ensures equal and legal protection for all citizens, and fully guarantees national, cultural, linguistic and religious specificity to both Arabs and Jews.”

Meanwhile, it stressed that Arabic and Hebrew are the official languages of the state, and both have equal status in all posts and workplaces of the legislative, executive and judicial authorities.”

The parliamentarians of “the only democracy in the Middle East” rejected the bill, thus cementing further the apartheid nature of the Zionist state and highlighting the racist nature of its founding ideology.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Palestinian man dies of a heart attack after stun grenades were fired by occupation forces

Martyr Nedal Jabarin
Martyr Nedal Jabarin

Jenin – Days of Palestine – A Palestinian dentist identified as Nedal Mohammad Jabarin, 54, died of a heart attack today after Israeli occupation forces fired stun grenades at Palestinian civilians near Barta’a checkpoint, to the southwest of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, according to the Ministry of Health.

Jabarin reportedly sustained a heart attack when Israeli occupation troops at the checkpoint fired stun grenades at passengers. He was rushed to Khalil Sulaiman Governmental Hospital in his hometown of Jenin, north of the occupied West Bank, where he was pronounced dead a couple of minutes later.

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(Source / 19.09.2020)

Israeli police banish two Jerusalemites from Aqsa for six months

Jerusalem – Days of Palestine – The Israeli occupation police on Friday evening handed two Jerusalemite citizens orders banning their entry to the Aqsa Mosque for several months.

According to local sources, Isam Amaira and Rafat Najeeb received police verdicts ordering them to stay away from the Aqsa Mosque for six months, pay a fine of 5,000 shekels each and come back again for further questioning next Thursday.

Read More: Israeli oaccupation police detain four Palestinians while leaving Al-Aqsa

Police officers detained Amaira and Najeeb in the afternoon at the Asbat Gate of the Mosque on allegations of their presence illegally in the area.

Last Thursday, the Israeli police ordered a young man called Ibrahim al-Natsha not to enter the Mosque for one week and come back again for questioning and to receive a renewed entry order.

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Two young men identified as Rawhi Kulgasi and Yaqoub ad-Dabbagh also received a similar no-entry order last Wednesday from the police.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Israel raids and arrests in West Bank and Jerusalem

Ramallah – Days of Palestine – The Israeli occupation forces last night and at dawn Saturday launched a campaign of raids and arrests in various West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem areas.

Al-Issawiya town in Occupied Jerusalem witnessed violent confrontations that lasted from Friday night until Saturday dawn between Israeli police forces and Palestinian youths who responded to the police raid with stones and fireworks.

Read More: Israeli soldiers detain 18 Palestinians in West Bank and Jerusalem

The Israeli police also arrested Jerusalemite Hamza Abu Nab in front of Bab Al-Sahira and Yusef Al-Kiswani near the eastern entrance of Al-Issawiya town.

In Nablus, local sources reported that Israeli occupation forces stormed an area to the west of Beit Furik checkpoint and the vicinity of Almaslakh area after suspecting a Palestinian car that had stopped abruptly there but it was later found that it had a technical problem.

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In Qalqilya, Israeli occupation forces arrested the kid Muhammad Nazzal from the center of the city and tried to raid the zoo to search it but the zoo keepers closed the gates and did not allow the soldiers to enter.

Al-Arroub refugee camp in al-Khalil witnessed similar confrontations after stones were thrown at an occupation checkpoint in front of the camp.

IOF soldier further stormed Arraba town, southwest of Jenin, and raided several houses especially in the vicinity of the municipality park which led to the outbreak of clashes between the youths and the occupation forces.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Israel settlers destroy Palestinian groves in Salfit

Salfit Days of Palestine – A horde of extremist Jewish settlers escorted by soldiers wreaked havoc on Palestinian-owned swaths of land and agricultural property in Biddya town to the west of Salfit province on Thursday.

According to local sources, settlers stormed the areas of Khilat Aliyan and Khilat Hassan under military protection and went on the rampage through Palestinian property— destroying olive and fig trees and grape vines, removing stone fences and demolishing agricultural warehouses.

Read More: Israeli Settlers destroy olive trees, assault shepherds in Hebron

For long years, the Israeli occupation authority has annexed thousands of dunums of Palestinian land in the West Bank in order to expand settlements, and every once in a while it keeps announcing plans to build roads, projects and housing units for Jewish settlers.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation authority carries out widespread demolitions on a daily basis against Palestinian homes and structures throughout the occupied territories under different pretexts.

Read More: Dozens of settlers settlers Aqsa Mosque

Recently, the Israeli occupation authority has also given settlers free rein to set up outposts, take over Palestinian lands or areas, destroy property and commit crimes against Palestinian citizens.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Hamas urges ‘normalizers’ to repeal deals with Israel

Gaza – Days of Palestine – Hamas movement on Friday urged Arab nations to repeal normalization agreements with Israel, calling it “the enemy of the Palestinian people and the Arab nations.” 

The call followed an announcement by the Palestine’s Health Ministry that a Palestinian doctor was martyred after being hit by sonic grenades from Israeli forces.

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The ministry said Israeli forces fired stun grenades at Nidal Jabareen, 54, who then suffered a heart attack.

Hamas released a statement on Jabareen’s murder near the Bartaa’ village of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Read More: Hamas denounces Israel’s continued attacks against al-Aqsa Mosque

In the statement, Hamas movement mourns the death of Palestinian medical officer Dr. Nidal Jabareen who passed away after the Israeli occupation shot him with a sonic grenade near Bartaa’ village in Jenin.

“The message communicated by the Palestinian martyrs on the day of outrage against the Israeli schemes to annex the West back is for the normalizers to terminate the awful normalization agreements with the Israeli occupation,” the resistance group said.

Conveying condolences to the family of the martyr and the people of Jenin, the statement reiterated Palestinians’ determination to resist “Israeli tyranny” and “some parties’ treason.”

Eyewitnesses said Jabareen had been hit by the onslaught while passing through an Israeli military checkpoint.

On Sept. 15, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed US-sponsored agreements to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

The Palestinian Authority and resistance factions have denounced the agreements, saying they do not serve the Palestinian cause and ignore the rights of Palestinians.

(Source / 19.09.2020)