Israeli forces demolish Palestinian elementary school in Hebron

Palestinian schoolchildren cry as Israeli occupation forces cordoned off the Asafat school in Masafer Yatta, in the south of the occupied West Bank, before demolishing it, on 23 November 2022 

Hebron (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces demolished on Wednesday a Palestinian elementary school in Masafer Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

The boys’ and girls’ school of Asafat was demolished in Asafat al-Fawqa, one of the villages that make up the area of Masafer Yatta, whose Palestinian residents have long been threatened with forced displacement and demolition orders by Israeli occupation authorities.

The school was demolished by the Israeli forces while it was in session and students were inside, local sources said, adding the forces used sound bombs to scare the children and get them out of the school.

Video footage taken by Israeli activist Itai Feitelson before the demolition shows teachers helping the students to get out of a classroom window while Israeli forces standing outside.

Dozens of Israeli occupation soldiers then cordoned off the area around the school, which stood on a hill, while a bulldozer razed it.

Local sources noted that the Israeli forces confiscated the school’s stationery, tables and chairs before flattening the building.

The Asafat school was built about a month ago and had been operating for less than two weeks. It serves the Palestinian residents of the communities of Asafat al-Fawqa, Asafat al-Tahta, Maghayer al-Ubaid and Tuba. It had 23 pupils and three teachers. The nearest other school to the villages is about four kilometers away.

An Israeli court rejected on Wednesday a petition by Palestinian residents against the demolition after the Israeli military argued that the location posed a “danger to the students”.

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said the demolition “is part of a state effort to drive Palestinians out of the area by making their lives unbearable. Expelling residents is a war crime.”

The Palestinian Ministry of Education condemned the demolition in a statement on Wednesday morning and described it as a “heinous crime”.

“It is an addition to the series of ongoing crimes by the occupation against the educational sector, and its targeting of children, students, educational cadres, and institutions [is] without regard for international charters and laws,” the statement continued, adding that such practices are “a flagrant violation of students’ right to safe and free education”.

The European Union delegation to the Palestinians tweeted that it was “appalled” by the school demolition and affirmed that Palestinian educational rights must be respected.

“Greatly alarmed by Israeli measures targeting humanitarian structures. Continued coercive measures threaten the existence of the Palestinian communities” in Masafer Yatta, the delegation wrote.

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member states.  Palestinian children’s right to education must be respected.

Masafer Yatta is a rural area in the south of the occupied West Bank, home to over 1000 Palestinians including 500 children. In May, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the ancient Palestinian villages of Masafer Yatta be ethnically cleansed of their Palestinian inhabitants, in one of the largest forced expulsions of Palestinians since the Naksa of 1967.

The ruling concluded a more than two-decade legal battle waged by the residents against their displacement. The Israeli occupation now has the green light to demolish their homes and force them out at any moment under the pretext that they live in an Israeli army “firing zone”.

(Source / 25.11.2022)

Pictures And Videos: Nablus mourns two Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces

Palestinian mourners take part in the funeral procession of two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during raids in Nablus

Nablus (QNN)- Massive crowds of Palestinian mourners participated today in the funeral procession of two Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces in two separate raids in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

Local sources reported that large numbers of Palestinians took part in the funeral procession of the two slain Palestinians, Mohammad Herzallah, and Muhammed Abu Koshk, who were shot and killed by the Israeli occupation forces during two separate raids into the city of Nablus.

The mourners chanted slogans in support of the Palestinian resistance and against Israeli occupation crimes, calling to confront and fight the occupation.

On Wednesday evening, 30-year-old Mohammad Herzallah died of critical wounds that he sustained in the head after being shot with a live bullet by Israeli occupation forces during a military raid into Nablus’s Old City on July 24.

22-year-old Muhammed Abu Koshk also succumbed to injuries sustained after being shot with a live bullet in the abdomen overnight Wednesday by Israeli occupation forces during a military raid into the eastern neighborhood of Nablus. 16-year-old Palestinian Ahmad Amjad Shehadeh was also shot and killed by Israeli forces during the same raid.

A one-day general strike is observed today in the city of Nablus in mourning for the three slain Palestinians who were all killed in less than 24 hours.

Since the start of the year, 202 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces and settlers, including 150 in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem and 52 in Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

(Source / 25.11.2022)

‘Israel’ extends solitary confinement of Palestinian youth detainee

13-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Manasra

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- An Israeli Court has extended the solitary confinement of 20-year-old Palestinian detainee Ahmad Manasra despite his serious mental and physical condition.

On Thursday, the Be’er Sheva District Court extended the solitary confinement of 20-year-old Ahmad Manasra by an additional four months, on the basis of “secret evidence.”

Ahmad has already been held in solitary confinement for over a year, since November 2021.

Manasra, a resident of the eastern part of occupied Jerusalem, began serving a nine-and-a-half-year prison sentence as a minor, at the age of 14, after the Israeli court falsely convicted him of carrying out an alleged attack in the illegal settlement of Psgat Zeev in occupied Jerusalem, in an incident that took place when he was 13 years old.

During his time in prison, Manasra’s mental health severely deteriorated and he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. According to doctors, Manasra’s condition requires immediate specialist medical attention outside prison.

A month after Ahmad Manasra’s arrest in November 2015, footage of his interrogation was made public. The 10-minute video shows Ahmad being interrogated by three Israeli officers, without the presence of his lawyer or parent in violation of international standards, sparking outrage from human rights groups. He appears increasingly distressed as his interrogators continue to shout at him, directing insults and threats.

The court accepted in full the State’s contentions that Manasra poses a threat to himself and to others, which it based on secret intelligence information, citing the State attorney’s office, which argued that, “The isolation is necessary both to ensure the safety of the respondent himself [Manasra], and to ensure that others are safe from the respondent (…) and that isolation is necessary to maintain order and discipline in the prison.”

The court ruled that it was “satisfied that the [Israel Prison Service] is providing suitable medical care, given [Ahmad’s] psychiatric condition”.

The court “disregarded the severity of Manasra’s mental health condition and an assessment made by an independent psychiatrist that the isolation would lead to further deterioration in his mental health and that he needed urgent and immediate medical attention outside the prison,” said Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

Manasra’s legal team consists of Adalah Attorneys Nareman Shehadeh-Zoabi and Adi Mansour, and private Attorney Khaled Zabarqa.

The legal team argued that the conditions to which Manasra is subjected amount to torture and ill-treatment, and stand in violation of international human rights law, and demanded his immediate release from solitary confinement.

On 24 October 2022, the legal team filed a request for a new independent psychiatric evaluation of Manasra’s current mental health condition. As a result, an independent psychiatrist will examine Manasra on Sunday, 27 November 2022, and the team will consider further legal action to end Manasra’s solitary confinement based on said examination.

In response to the court’s decision, Adalah commented that, “The Israeli judiciary systematically uses secret evidence to justify decisions that violate the human rights of Palestinians in all areas under Israeli control. We will continue to fight for Ahmad to receive the treatment he needs.”

In a video footage circulated on social media by activists, Manasra’s mother has called for the urgent release of her son, saying “freedom is the only way to heal him.”

“I urge people of conscience to stand in solidarity with my son. He has been held in a cell. He has not seen the sun,” she said.

(Source / 25.11.2022)

Video| Palestinian reporter verbally assaulted by Israeli settlers during live broadcast in Jerusalem

France24 correspondent Laila Odeh was heckled and verbally assaulted by Israeli settlers in Jerusalem on November 23, 2022

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- France24 correspondent Laila Odeh was heckled and verbally assaulted by a group of young Israeli settlers for speaking Arabic during a live broadcast from the occupied city of Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Odeh can be heard in the live broadcast telling the settlers that they are “annoying” her and to go away.

An Israeli settler, however, refused and told her, “All the Arabs go to Russia.”

“I am doing my work. You are annoying me,” Odeh said.

The settlers then started chanting, “Death to Arabs. Son of a B*tch. Arab terrorist.”

(Source / 25.11.2022)

Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered In July

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed, Wednesday night, the death of a Palestinian who succumbed to serious wounds he suffered after the soldiers shot him on July 24th when the army also killed two Palestinians.

The Health Ministry said the young man, Mohammad Ahmad Hasan Herzallah, 30, was seriously injured by Israeli army fire om Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Health Ministry added that the Palestinian was instantly rushed to surgery after a headshot wound and remained in critical condition at the Intensive Care unit of a hospital in Nablus until he succumbed to his serious wounds.

The Palestinian underwent several surgeries in Nablus and was moved to Beit Jala hospital in Bethlehem before he was transferred to the Istishari Arab Hospital in Ramallah where he was pronounced dead.

Mohammad was among nineteen Palestinians injured when Israeli soldiers carried out a dawn invasion into the al-Yasmina neighborhood Old City of Nablus, in Nablus city, and killed two young men, Abboud Sobeh, 29, and Mohammad al-Azizi, 22.

On Wednesday dawn, Israeli soldiers killed a child, Ahmad Amjad Shehada, 16, and injured 32 Palestinians, one seriously, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, during protests after the army accompanied dozens of colonizers into Nablus.

Israeli soldiers have killed 202 Palestinian, 150 of them in the West Bank and 52 in the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of this year, 2022.

(Source / 25.11.2022)

Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered In Nablus At Dawn

On Wednesday night, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the death of a young Palestinian man who was shot and seriously injured at dawn when the soldiers invaded Nablus city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, killed a child, and injured 32 young men.

The Health Ministry said the young man, Mohammad Hisham Abu Keshik, 22, was shot with a live round in the abdomen and remained in critical condition until he succumbed to his wounds.

The Palestinian was shot with an expanding bullet that caused serious damage to his abdominal organs and resulted in excessive bleeding.

His family said Mohammad was far from where the army invaded Nablus and exchanged fire with Palestinian fighters near Joseph’s Tomb, east of the city.

Dozens of Israeli military vehicles, and several bulldozers, invaded Nablus leading to massive protests before the soldiers fired a barrage of live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs randomly.

The Health Ministry said the soldiers shot five Palestinians who were rushed to Rafidia governmental hospital in Nablus and added that one of the wounded suffered a serious gunshot wound to the heart, one was shot with an expanding bullet in the abdomen resulting in serious damage to his intestines that were protruding out of his body, in addition to one who was stuck with a concussion grenade in the head, and another Palestinian who was shot in the arm.

The Palestinian who was shot in the heart, Ahmad Amjad Shehada, only sixteen years of age, succumbed to his serious wounds.

Furthermore, the Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed, Wednesday night, the death of Mohammad Ahmad Hasan Herzallah, 30, who succumbed to serious wounds he suffered after the soldiers shot him on July 24th when the army also killed two Palestinians.

(Source / 25.11.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Ramallah

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers abducted five Palestinians from several parts of the Ramallah and Al-Biereh Governorate in the central West Bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the Al-Mughayyir village east of Ramallah, searched homes, and abducted Qussai Khaled Abu Na’im, 17.

During the invasion, the soldiers detained and assaulted Abdul-Karim Abu Na’im, 17, Karam Mo’tadi Abu Alia, 18, and Mousa Saber Abu Alia, 19, before releasing them a few hours later.

Also, the soldiers installed a sudden military roadblock near the junction of the illegal Halamish colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands northwest of Ramallah, before abducting Wisam Saher Elian and Mustafa Abdul-Fattah Jaber, all from Beit Rima town, northwest of Ramallah.

After stopping him at the main entrance of Nabi Saleh village, the soldiers also abducted Ala’ Haroun Rimawi, 21, from Beit Rima.

In the Qaddoura refugee camp, the soldiers abducted Ahmad Ghaleb Jouda, 28, after invading his home and ransacking it.

(Source / 25.11.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Six Palestinians In Hebron And Bethlehem

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers abducted five Palestinians from Hebron and one from Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, said the soldiers invaded Beit Ummar town, north of the city, searched homes, and abducted Ahmad Mahmoud Abu Ayyash, 22, Khattab Wahid Abu Mariya, 19, and Hamza Samir Abu Mariya, 20.

The soldiers also invaded the area of Beit Ummar Secondary School, leading to protests, and fired gas bombs, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

In Doura town, south of Hebron, the soldiers invaded and searched homes before abducting Sa’ed Nammoura, 30.

In the Khirbat Qalqas village, south of Hebron, the soldiers abducted Amjad Ahmad Salhab, 27, from his home.

In Bethlehem, the soldiers invaded the Rashayda village east of the city, searched homes, and abducted Tawfiq Mohammad Rashayda, 30.

In related news, the soldiers abducted five Palestinians from several parts of the Ramallah and Al-Biereh Governorate in the central West Bank.

(Source / 25.11.2022)

Army Abducts Two Palestinians In Jerusalem And Nablus

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinians, including one child, near Jerusalem and Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

In Anata town, northeast of the occupied capital, Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a young man, Mohammad Ribhi Abdul-Latif, from his home after the army invaded the property and ransacked it.

In Huwwara town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, the soldiers invaded the town’s center and abducted a child, Nasrallah Abdul-Nasser Odah, 15.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Kafr Ed-Deek town, west of the central West Bank city of Salfit, and demolished three agricultural rooms owned by Ahmad Mazen Ahmad, Mohammad Afif Ahmad, and the inhabitants of the late Ahmad Yassin.

Also Thursday, the soldiers abducted five Palestinians from Hebron and one from Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

In related news, the soldiers abducted five Palestinians from several parts of the Ramallah and Al-Biereh Governorate in the central West Bank.

(Source / 25.11.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinian Workers Near Tulkarem

On Thursday evening, Israeli soldiers abducted three Palestinian workers near the Annexation Wall, north of Tulkarem, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Samer Nidal Abu Saud, 26, Ahmad Emad Herzallah, 25, and Mohammad Wa’el Abu Aisha, 18, all from Deir Al-Ghosoun town, northeast of Tulkarem.

The sources added that the abducted Palestinians are construction workers and were taken prisoner near a section of the illegal Annexation Wall north of Tulkarem.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians, including one child, near Jerusalem and Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Also Thursday, the soldiers abducted five Palestinians from Hebron and one from Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

In related news, the soldiers abducted five Palestinians from several parts of the Ramallah and Al-Biereh Governorate in the central West Bank.

(Source / 25.11.2022)