The Israeli High Court yesterday delayed a decision to expel a Palestinian family from its home in Wadi Al-Hilwa of occupied Jerusalem’s Silwan neighbourhood.
The court, according to Safa news agency, said it was awaiting a reply from the Custodian of Absentee Property on why he had declared the house as an absentee property without checking the heirs of the previous owner.
Lawyer Mohammad Dahla told Safa that the house was originally owned by the late Musa Samreen, who had granted unconditional permission for Mohammad Samreen and his wife to live in it.
The lawyer said that he had explained this in the appeal filed to the court prior, noting that the court accepted the appeal and decided to wait for the reply from the Custodian of Absentee Property.
He said that the court asked the Custodian of Absentee Property to clarify the reason why it had decided that the house is an absentee property while the resident, who might have a will from the late owner, is living in the house.
Israeli District Court has previously decided to expel the Palestinian family from the house in favour of settlement groups and the El Ad Settlement Fund.
The Absentees’ Property Law was the main legal instrument used by Israel to take possession of the land belonging to the internal and external Palestinian refugees, and Muslim Waqf properties across the state.
Two Palestinians drivers were run over and detained yesterday by Israeli occupation officers who hit them with their vehicle near the town of Al-Khader to the south of occupied Bethlehem, reported Wafa news agency.
Local eyewitnesses said Israeli officers hit the Palestinians, who were riding on their motorcycle. The pair, from the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, suffered severe injuries.
Following treatment at the Palestine Red Crescent Society, the two were detained by the Israeli soldiers during a night raid.
Night raids by Israeli occupation forces are a near daily practice in the occupied West Bank. Israel claims that such raids are essential for intelligence purposes, but rights groups have slammed the practice, insisting that the goal is to oppress and intimidate the Palestinian population and increase state control. Like checkpoints and the illegal Separation Wall, the raids are part of the DNA of the occupation, say critics.
Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967. Human rights abuses against Palestinians and breaches of international law are daily occurrences.
More than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners have been enduring harsh detention conditions inside Israeli jails, including 600 sick detainees who do not have access to proper healthcare, Safa news agency reported yesterday.
Safa reported sources close to the prisoner issue saying that 200 of the 600 sick prisoners are suffering from chronic diseases and are not undergoing the necessary medical treatment.
A recent statistic issued by the Palestine Prisoners’ Club (PPC) stated that six prisoners inside Israeli jails have been diagnosed with cancer since June 2021, bringing the total number of prisoners suffering from cancer to 23.
Meanwhile, Safa reported that the Israeli prisoners of war held captive by the Palestinians have proper detention conditions and receive the best healthcare, citing the video footage of the Israeli prisoner who suffered from a sudden deterioration in his health.
However, former Palestinian prisoner Raafat Hamadouneh told Safa that the Israeli occupation “exploits the suffering and pain of the prisoners inside the interrogation rooms to grab false confessions.”
In addition, he said, the Israeli prison services do not recognise that a Palestinian prisoner is sick, “but when a prisoner starts complaining from pain, it reinterrogates him to get new confessions.”
Hamdouneh cited several cases, including children who suffered injuries caused by Israeli army fire being handcuffed and chained to their beds.
He also highlighted the case of a former female prisoner who gave birth while she was handcuffed and tied to her bed.
The former prisoner, who is active in support for prisoners’ issue, said that 228 Palestinian prisoners have died inside Israeli jails since 1967, including 72 who died as a result of a lack of proper healthcare.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- An Israeli occupation court rejected on Tuesday a request for the early release of 20-year-old Palestinian detainee Ahmad Manasra, despite his serious mental and physical condition.
Yesterday, despite the deteriorating mental and physical condition of the child detainee Ahmad Manasra, the Committee for Early Releases refused to listen to the pleadings of the defense team nor to discuss their request to release Manasra, claiming that his file was classified under the “terrorism law”.
Manasra’s defense team had submitted an appeal to consider his case, as he has developed serious mental health problems since his arrest as a child seven years ago when he was 13 years old.
On June 22, the Israeli occupation prison authorities have decided to classify the case against Manasara under “terrorism law,” refusing calls for parole that would release him from prison.
Khaled al-Zabarqa, a Palestinian lawyer in Manasra’s legal defence team, said that day that the Israeli decision is legally and constitutionally “wrong”.
“It is a clear violation of the legal and constitutional foundations of the local and international legal system, especially the legal system related to children and minors,” Zabarqa said.
Who is Ahmad Manasra?
Ahmad Manasra was born in 2002 in Beit Hanina in occupied Jerusalem.
Manasra was arrested on October 12, 2015 when he was 13 years old and was subjected to severe harassment during his interrogation by Israeli officers. He is serving a 12-year term in jail, later reduced to 9.
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.
In 2016, an Israeli court falsely convicted him of carrying out an alleged attack in the illegal settlement of Psgat Zeev in occupied Jerusalem, with his cousin Hassan Manasra, who was shot by Israeli forces on that day. Ahmed was shot and wounded.
He has been in prison ever since, and in solitary confinement since early November 2021. Ahmad has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, is suffering from psychotic delusions, and is severely depressed with suicidal thoughts, Ahmad Manasra’s parents said in February 2022.
On June 13, he was moved to the Ramleh prison clinic in central 1948-occupied Palestine due to his deteriorating mental state.
“Ahmad Manasra has been subjected to a catalogue of injustices by the Israeli authorities, including deleterious effects of incarceration on his development and prolonged solitary confinement. He endured ill-treatment during interrogations, which were conducted without his parents or lawyers’ presence, and was denied the right to a fair trial. He should have been released a long time ago, yet he remains in unnecessary suffering in Israeli prisons,” said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“Pending his release from detention, he must be given access to adequate medical care and never be placed in solitary confinement again. Allegations of torture and other human rights violations that Ahmad has suffered must be effectively and transparently investigated.”
The Israel Prison Service asked to renew Ahmad’s solitary confinement for a further six months on 17 April 2022. A hearing that was scheduled to be held on 15 June 2022 with regards to his solitary confinement was postponed to a later date.
Ahmad Manasra’s mental health worsened during his incarceration. In October 2021, an independent Israeli clinical psychologist working with Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) diagnosed him with severe psychiatric conditions, and stated these had developed since his incarceration.
His lawyer, Khaled Zabarqa, told Amnesty International: “We have asked the Israel Prison Service to release Ahmad into home and community care as a matter of urgency because there is a real danger to his life. The prison doctors themselves recognized as much in their report on 13 June which led to his transfer from the prison cell to the prison hospital.”
Behind Israeli Bars: Sick and imprisoned
There are currently 4,700 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, including 32 women and 170 children, according to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer.
Of those, more than 600 Palestinian detainees suffer from a wide range of illnesses and lack of access to proper medical care, 200 of them have been diagnosed with chronic diseases, including 22 who have been diagnosed with cancer, Al-Haq, an independent Palestinian human rights organisation has recently said.
On Thursday morning, Israeli soldiers closed the main entrance of the Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
Local sources said several army jeeps invaded the area and blocked the main entrance of the refugee camp before preventing the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.
They added that the Palestinians had to take alternate, rough unpaved routes to leave the refugee camp on their way to their destinations.
It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army started, several weeks ago, building sections of the illegal Annexation Wall east of the refugee camp, an issue that led to frequent closures and obstruction of Palestinian traffic.
In the southern part of the West Bank in Hebron, Israeli military bulldozers demolished an agricultural shed owned by Azzam Ahmad Abu Rajab in the Barouq area, east of Yatta town, south of the city.
On Thursday dawn, the soldiers abducted ten Palestinians, including two guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in several parts of the West Bank.
On Thursday, Israeli soldiers abducted ten Palestinians, including two guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital, Jerusalem.
In Ramallah, in the central West Bank, several army jeeps invaded the al-Am’ari refugee camp, searched homes, and abducted Ayman Abu Arab.
The soldiers also abducted Tareq as-Sous from his home in Abu Shkeidim village, north of Ramallah, and Mahmoud Abdul-Jabbar Nafe’ from his home in Ni’lin village, west of the city.
In Bethlehem, the soldiers abducted Ahmad Mamoun Bodeir and Mohammad As’ad al-Masa’id from their homes in the ‘Aida refugee camp.
In the southern part of the West Bank in Hebron, the soldiers abducted Amir Ismael Zohour from the al-Arroub refugee camp north of the city.
In Jenin, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, Tareq Hussin Qa’dan, from his home in Arraba town, south of the city.
The soldiers also invaded the home of a former political prisoner, Jasser Abu Omar, in Jamma’in town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and ransacked the property before confiscating 1600 Shekels and a car owned by a stone factory he works at.
Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Anabta town, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and abducted Osaid Ayman Qobbaj, 22.
In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted two guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, identified as Essam Najeeb and Ahmad ‘Oweis, after assaulting them near King Faisal Gate.
On Thursday dawn, Israeli soldiers injured sixty-four Palestinians, including children and an infant, in Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus, said the soldiers shot a young man with a live round in the thigh before the medics rushed him to a hospital in the city.
Jibril added that the soldiers shot sixteen Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, including four who were hospitalized for further treatment.
PRCS medics also treated forty Palestinians who suffered the severe effects of tear gas inhalation, including four children and an infant who were rushed to Rafidia hospital for further treatment.
Jibril stated that five Palestinians suffered burns from Israeli concussion grenades and gas bombs, and two were injured after falling while the soldiers were chasing them.
Two Palestinian families had to be evacuated from their homes due to the intensity of the Israeli gas bombs.
The Israeli army said three Israelis, including a military commander, were injured during exchanges of fire with Palestinian fighters near Joseph’s Tombs area, in Nablus after the army accompanied hundreds of colonizers into the site.
Updated From: Soldiers Injure 22 Palestinians, Including Children, In Nablus Jun 30, 2022, at 04:50
On Wednesday night, Israeli soldiers injured twenty-two Palestinians, including children and one infant, who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, in Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus, said the medics rushed a family, including four children and an infant, to Rafidia hospital, due to the severe effects of tear gas inhalation.
He added that the soldiers also caused twelve other Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation and three who suffered burns.
The injuries occurred when many army jeeps invaded the eastern area of Nablus city to accompany dozens of colonizers into Joseph’s Tombs, leading to protests.
Some protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at the military vehicles, including the armored bulldozers that invaded the city.
The army fired dozens of live rounds, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at the protesters and many surrounding homes, causing injuries among families.
The army said Palestinian fighters exchanged fire with the soldiers near Joseph’s Tomb, mildly wounding three Israelis, including the Commanding Officer of the “Shomron Regional Brigade” of the Israeli army, who suffered a shrapnel wound.
Following the exchange of fire, the army removed the colonizers and withdrew its soldiers from the area.
The army frequently invades the eastern area of Nablus to accompany the colonists into the historic site, an issue that leads to protests, in addition to the ongoing invasions of homes and the abduction of many Palestinians.
Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Samaritans revere Joseph the patriarch, however, the Israeli military allows Jews to visit as part of organized pilgrimages, despite the site being in Area A where the PA has full control and prohibits Muslims from worshiping at the site.
Ultra-orthodox and nationalist Jews constantly try to visit the shrine without approval, as many Jews believe the tomb to be the final resting place of the biblical figure in the Old Testament.
Palestinians believe that Joseph’s Tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousif Dweikat, a local religious figure.
On Wednesday, a group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonizers assaulted a Palestinian man near Ramallah in the central West Bank, causing serious wounds to his face, including his jaw, left cheek, and eye socket.
The Palestinian, Arafat Tahhan from occupied Jerusalem, was heading to his land in Turmus Ayya town, north of Ramallah, in the central West Bank, when the colonizes ambushed his car.
He was with his children when what appears to be a preplanned attack occurred after he was ambushed and trapped, unable to drive away.
“The colonizers started throwing stones at us; they threw stones at me and my new car, causing damage and wounding me in the eye,” Arafat told WAFA News Agency, “My children, 7, 9, and 14 years of age, suffered severe anxiety attacks.”
“I was heading to my land after hiring a contractor and two of his workers to bulldoze and clean sections of my land to prepare them for planting,” the Palestinian added, “At approximately 9 in the morning, we saw the colonizers coming down from the mountain and rushing towards us before they started throwing stones at us. We tried to turn around and drive away, but they already closed the road with rocks; we were trapped, we had no way to go, and the colonizers started assaulting us.”
“The colonizers also chased the contractor and assaulted him, in addition to burning his car. They also assaulted another Palestinian causing him to fall down an altitude of about six meters,” Arafat stated, “I suffered a skull fracture, an upper jaw fracture, a fracture to my eye socket, and my nose, and I will be undergoing surgery Thursday. The doctors want to install implants on the left side of my face.”
“We contacted the District Coordination Office and the Israeli police, but they didn’t send anybody to the area under their control. Imagine if we did this to an Israeli colonizer or a soldier. Do you think that would be the end of the story! Arafat concluded, “The army would invade the entire area, break into homes, and abduct dozens of Palestinians, and as they usually do, they would also demolish the homes of Palestinians they believe are responsible for the attack. However, because we are Palestinians, the army won’t do a thing to those colonizers who attack and hurt us; our lives do not matter to them.”
The attacks are part of constant Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermen, farmers, shepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and resulted in dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to severe property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.
In March of 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.
HEBRON, Wednesday, June 29, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces and settlers today assaulted activists participating in an olive-tree-planting activity in lands threatened with confiscation in Masafer Yatta in the South Hebron Hills, south of the occupied West Bank.
Rateb Jabour, an activist, told WAFA that large groups of settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Susya, as well as Israeli soldiers, assaulted activists as they were holding an activity to plant olive trees in lands threatened with confiscation in Masafer Yatta.
He noted that the lands belong to the families of al-Harini and al-Daajnah, adding that the settlers and soldiers physically and verbally assaulted them using offensive and racist slurs.
Jabour said that the activists were successful in removing a tent that was previously established by settlers on the land in preparation for seizing it.