Israeli troops execute Palestinian lady in West Bank

Second lady killed in less than 24 hours

Israeli occupation forces shot and killed on Monday morning Palestinian lady near the West Bank city of Qalqilia.

Palestinian witnesses said that the lady was shot while she was clearly far from the soldiers. They also denied that the lady had a knife

Days of Palestine, West Bank –Israeli occupation forces shot and killed on Monday morning Palestinian lady near the West Bank city of Qalqilia.

Palestinian sources identified the lady as Rasha Mohamed Ewissi, 23.

According to the Israeli media, the Israeli military spokesperson claimed that the lady attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at Alyahu Military Checkpoint.

He said that the Israeli soldiers asked the lady to stop moving towards them, but she refused and took off a knife from her pockets. So that, they shot her.

However, Palestinian witnesses said that the lady was shot while she was clearly far from the soldiers. They also denied that the lady had a knife.

Death of this lady marks the 77th Palestinian to be killed since the beginning of October, the majority of whom were shot dead by Israeli forces in claimed knife attacks.

(Source / 09.11.2015)

Officials say new Israeli rules slow aid to Palestinians

Workers rebuild a Palestinian house that was destroyed in last year’s 50-day war between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip, Nov. 8, 2015. Palestinian and UN officials say nearly 130,000 houses were either destroyed or damaged during the war

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington to try to repair tattered ties with President Barack Obama and defend Israeli policies, officials from US and international aid organizations say they are facing new Israeli restrictions undercutting their efforts to help Palestinians, especially Gazans trying to recover from a 50-day war in 2014.

Officials from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) told Al-Monitor that a new regulation limiting the thickness of wood planks imported into Gaza is of particular concern. Rules put in place this summer allow lumber of only a centimeter (two-fifths of an inch) thick, said Matthew McGarry, the CRS country representative for Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, compared with four centimeters just a few month ago. The thinner wood, he said, is not suitable for constructing even temporary housing.

Israeli officials say that the rule was prompted by evidence that Hamas, the militant Islamic group that governs Gaza, was using the wood to build tunnels for smuggling arms and potentially fighters into Israel.

“It is preposterous to think that a state would itself supply construction materials to a terror organization that vows its own destruction,” said a statement from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), which oversees donations and other access by international organizations to the West Bank and Gaza.

The statement, which was emailed to Al-Monitor, added, “In light of this, materials that could be used for terror purposes and dual-use materials are examined and processed in accordance with Israel’s security protocols. As such, the entry of certain types of wood is prohibited as it has been confirmed that they are used by Hamas to build terror tunnels.”

Israeli officials have long made it difficult for Gazans to import so-called ABC’s — aggregate, building materials and cement — because they can be used both for civilian construction and for Hamas tunnels.

A senior official at a US-based charity, speaking to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, said that bureaucratic obstacles to other forms of aid are also mounting.

“The process of importation of materials has slowed down” and affects not just goods needed for reconstruction but “medicine and even children’s clothing,” the official said.

The difficulties, he said, predate the latest spate of Arab-Jewish violence and could jeopardize donor support at a time when the situation in the territories is increasingly fragile and tense. The official added that the increase in red tape could reflect the presence of more Jewish settlers on the staff of COGAT since the last Israeli election in March, which resulted in a narrow right-wing government.

“This is now affecting just about everything,” the aid official said. Goods that used to take two or three weeks to deliver now take two or three months, he added.

COGAT told Al-Monitor it was “not aware of any delay of medicine or children’s clothing” but could not confirm this without details of specific deliveries. The statement said that since the beginning of this year, “over 2 million tons of goods including medical supplies, electrical devices, clothing, fuels and gas have entered Gaza.”

In addition, the agency said, “over 2.3 million tons of construction materials have entered Gaza, over 99,000 homes are in different stages of repair, 225 international projects are underway, and in total, 2,500 homes have been built.”

The Israeli figures are much higher than those provided by aid agencies, which assert that the housing situation in Gaza remains critical.

According to UNRWA, the 2014 war damaged nearly 140,000 homes and totally destroyed more than 9,000. So far, the agency has been able to repair about half the partially damaged homes, Bo Schack, the new director of UNRWA operations in Gaza, told Al-Monitor. He added, however, that “we have only managed to see one completed house” among those that were demolished.

The Zaza family of 12 moved into that house just last month.

To compensate for the delay in replacing destroyed houses, CRS has built about 375 temporary shelters, McGarry said, with 75 more in the pipeline. The structures, which use compacted rubble for foundations and corrugated iron for roofs, can house up to 11 people and are a big improvement on trailers provided immediately after the last conflict, which were freezing in winter and boiling in summer, he said. But the aid group has “really dialed back construction” and stopped asking for donor money because of the new restrictions on wood, he said.

McGarry said this made no sense since more cement is now coming into Gaza. “The ones affected are those like us who try to play by the rules and only buy through legitimate channels for relief purposes,” he said. “Someone who wants it [wood] for less upright purposes can still get their hands on it.”

The other aid official said some of his organization’s donors “are getting tired of working in Palestinian areas” because it is “too much of a hassle” to get all sorts of items into Gaza and the West Bank.

Relief groups are also having trouble getting Israeli permission to move local staff to Jerusalem or abroad for meetings and training. Requests are ignored or delayed so long that they are no longer relevant, aid representatives said.

McGarry said there is currently a “blanket prohibition” on anyone with an East Jerusalem identification card going to Gaza. This makes life difficult for CRS because many of its senior staff in finance and operations are East Jerusalemites, he said.

“It’s a never-ending crapshoot whether you are able to move people form Gaza to East Jerusalem for training,” he said. “It gets even more complicated if it’s to Jordan for training or Dubai for a workshop. It’s increasingly difficult for Gazans to go anywhere. They are feeling increasingly hemmed in and trapped.”

The future of Gaza — with 1.8 million people squeezed into an area of only 140 square miles — was already bleak before the latest violenceA recent UN report predicted that the coastal strip would become essentially unlivable by 2020.

UNRWA, which was created after the 1948 war and meant to be a temporary organization, is currently feeding about half of Gaza’s population and is chronically short of funds. Unemployment in Gaza — 43% — is the highest in the world, according to the World Bank, and youth unemployment is more than 60%.

In such circumstances, it would seem counterproductive for Israel to erect more barriers to reconstruction and development.

“Everything’s pretty precarious now,” McGarry said. Referring to the recent outbreak of stabbing attacks and other violence between Arabs and Jews, he added, “this could be our new normal or things could get a lot worse.”

(Source / 09.11.2015)

Prominent Egyptian activist, journalist faces military prosecution

Bahgat received Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges award in 2011. (Image: Flickr, U.S.-Islamic World Forum)

Bahgat received Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges award in 2011

Investigative journalist Hossam Bahgat is awaiting interrogation by the military prosecution, said Mada Masr’s Editor-in-chief Lina Attallah Sunday.

According to the Mada Masr website, Bahgat said that there is a possibility he might be charged with “publishing inaccurate and false information that harms national interest.”

Mada Masr added that no charges have been formally brought against him at this time.

Bahgat was served a summons on Thursday at his home in Alexandria and arrived to the Military Intelligence headquarters in Nasr City on Sunday, but was not allowed to enter with his phone or be accompanied by a lawyer, according to Mada Masr.

Bahgat has been a reporter with the website since 2014. Prior to that, he was the founding executive director of a Cairo-based human rights organization, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) from 2002 to 2013.

He has authored several controversial pieces for Mada, including one on the Arab Sharkas cell, the alleged terrorist cell of nine people, six of whom were executed last May.

Most recently, Bahgat wrote “ A coup busted” a daring, detailed investigation of the secret military trialof 26 army officers accused of plotting “regime change” in coordination with the Banned Muslim Brotherhood group, now designated a terrorist organization.

A hashtag in solidarity with Bahgat began trending on social media networks Sunday.

Bahgat received Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges award in 2011.

(Source / 09.11.2015)

“Before the Disaster Strikes” Appeal to Relieve Syrians Ahead of Winter

Relief organizations, Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) and local councils have made an emergency appeal titled “Before the Disaster Strikes” to stave off the bitter cold weather expected with the approach of winter. Dozens of displaced persons and refugees died over the past four years as a result of snowstorms and bitter cold which struck the region.

At a press conference held in Istanbul earlier today, the appeal was made by a number of prominent figures, most notably Secretary General of the International Union for Muslim Scholars Ali Qaradaghi, Islamic preacher Salman al-Awda, head of the Orthodox Church in Idlib Ibrahim Farah, ACU’s head Orhan Mohammed, media activist Hadi al-Abdullah, director of Civil Defense in Syria Raed Saleh, and representative of the World Relief Committee Hamza Al-Abdullah.

They warned of the repetition of the tragic events that occurred during last year’s snowstorms, when dozens of children, women and the elderly died in the refugee camps because of the freezing temperatures, lack of heating, poor response, and road blocks caused by snow and flooding.

Dr. Salman al-Awda calls on the international community, civil society organizations, charities and relief organizations to provide aid to the Syrian people, particularly those who are displaced persons and refugees.

Orhan Mohammed said refugee camps in the north and in neighboring countries are in danger of collapse with the first waves of the upcoming winter storms, adding that the displaced persons and refugees are living in very miserable conditions.

He pointed out that the Assad regime has used hunger, disease and displacement as instruments of war against the Syrian people, adding that about 25,000 families have been displaced inside Syria in September alone as a result of the Russian aggression compared to 27,000 families in two years.

Head of the Orthodox Church in Idlib Ibrahim Farah calls upon relief and humanitarian organizations to form a lobbyist groups to press for supporting the Syrian people before winter, stressing that ending the suffering of displaced persons and refugees can only be achieved through a just political solution that ensures the safe return of all the Syrians to their homes.

Media activist Hadi al-Abdullah urges relief organizations and Arab countries to act urgently before the disaster strikes, stressing that Russian airstrikes have so far failed to tip the balance on the ground as almost all regime offensives have been repelled. He emphasizes that 80% of the Russian airstrikes have targeted civilians, service and health facilities.

Abdullah calls for putting pressure on the Lebanese government to stop the Hezbollah’s militia crimes against the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, citing many Syrian refugee abductions taking place in Lebanon recently.

The director of Civil Defense in Syria Raed Saleh noted that the disaster has already struck when Khirbat al-Jouz refugee camp in rural Idlib was flooded yesterday as a result of the heavy rain, adding that the Russian aggression has exacerbated the crisis and the suffering of displaced persons and refugees. Saleh expressed willingness to coordinate with relief organizations to stave off the winter storms that are expected to hit the region.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 09.11.2015)

Nablus: Settlers Stone Palestinian Cars, Attempt to Ram Journalists

Israeli settlers, on Sunday, attacked Palestinian vehicles passing along Nablus-Qalqilia road with stones, whereas an Israeli settler attempted to run over a group of journalists at Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, according to local sources.

Kolonisten Nablus

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in northern West Bank, said a group of settlers gathered along Nablus-Qalqilia road and pelted stones toward Palestinian passing by vehicles.

Meanwhile, an Israeli settler attempted to run over Palestinian journalists at Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, while they were covering the Za’tara shooting incident; where soldiers shot and killed Sulaiman Shahin. The Israeli military claimed that Shahin ran over Israeli pedestrian settlers at the checkpoint, according to WAFA correspondence.

Issam Rimawi, a photographer with al-Hayat al-Jadida daily, said a settler rammed his car into a group of journalists in an apparent ttempt to run them over. The settler, following his failed attempt to run the journalists over, angrily shouted profanities at journalists before driving away.

There has been a noticeable increase in violence by Israeli Jewish settlers against Palestinians and their properties across the West Bank districts.

The latest escalation in violence by settlers came in the aftermath of the Israeli attempts to divide al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest place, between Muslims and Jews and the recent killing of the Dawabsha family in Douma, during which orphan four-year-old Ahmad lost his mother, father and 18-month-old brother Ali in a deliberate settlers’ arson attack.

Palestinian officials, including President Mahmoud Abbas, have repeatedly warned that dividing al-Aqsa will have dire consequences on the overall political atmosphere in the region.

(Source / 09.11.2015)

Exclusive Video: Israeli police interrogate 13-year-old accused of stabbing

Exclusive Video: Israeli police interrogate 13-year-old accused of stabbing

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — In a video obtained by Ma’an, Israeli officials were captured on film during an interrogation of a 13-year-old Palestinian child accused of stabbing two Israelis near the illegal Pisgat Zeev settlement in East Jerusalem.

The video shows clips of the interrogation of Ahmad Manasra,13, as Israeli detectives yell curses and verbally abuse Manasra, as they question him about the incident and his motives.

The time of which the footage was recorded is not known.

On Oct. 30, Israel’s Jerusalem District Court indicted 13-year-old Manasra on charges of attempted murder following an attack on two Israelis, Israeli media reported.

The stabbing attack took place on Oct. 12 in Jerusalem, with Israeli police reporting that two Israelis, aged 13 and 21, were seriously injured.In the video, one interrogator repeatedly shout at Manasra, in Arabic, to “shut up”, as Mansara continuously pleads for the officer to believe that he cannot remember anything about the incident.

The officer is then seen questioning the boy about a phone call with his lawyer, and then tells him that he is accused of the attempted murder of “two Jews,” and that Manasra had supported “the enemy in time of war,” which Manasra does not seem to understand.
The interrogator is next recorded showing Manasra a video of the attack, shouting questions at him about details of the incident. Manasra starts to cry as he says that he “doesn’t know” and “cannot remember,” pleading with the officer to “take me to the doctor to check me,” all while hitting himself on the head.
Manasra continues to say that “he cannot remember anything,” begging the detective to believe him, and adds that he “woke up the next day not knowing what had happened to me.”
The detective continuously calls Manasra a “liar.”

Another interrogator joins the first, as he continues to ask him about his motives, Mansara finally says “everything you’re saying is correct, I cannot remember. From what I’ve seen on the camera [of the original incident] it’s 100 percent correct, but I cannot remember anything.”

The two interrogators are seen smiling as they discuss details of whether he was holding the knife up or down. Manasra tells the investigator “you’ve been asking me about it all along and you don’t know if the knife was held up or not.”

The second interrogator starts shouting at Manasra and asking him about his motives. Manasra starts to cry saying that he has “forgotten,” again begging the men to “take me to a doctor to see if I remember.

“During the attack, Ahmad’s 15-year-old cousin, Hassan, was shot dead at the scene by Israeli forces, while Ahmad was knocked over by a car and seriously wounded.

A video of Ahmad lying injured and bloody on the ground after being hit by the car was uploaded to social media and went viral. In the footage, an Israeli onlooker can clearly be heard saying: “Die, son of a wh***! Die!” while another tells the police officer to shoot him.

Ahmad will reportedly be held in a closed facility until prosecution, with the court rejecting the family’s request that he be placed under house arrest.

Last month, Israeli news site Ynet said that the cousins committed the attack after returning from school and discussing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Gaza, before deciding to be “martyrs.”

Due to his age, Ahmad cannot face jail time until he turns 14 in January.

At least 77 Palestinians have been killed since the start of October, as rights group call for Israel to halt “unlawful” killings of Palestinians who have not posed a great enough threat at the time of their death for the deliberate use of force to be permissible by Israeli forces.
At least 13 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli forces in the unrest.
(Source / 09.11.2015)

Jamal Sayed Youssef: ‘Syria will not surrender!’

Interview with Jamal Sayed Youssef, Member of Central Committee of the Syrian Communist Party (Bakdash) and the full text of his speech at the electoral event of the Communist Party, Turkey on 30th October:

ICP: Can you tell the story of how have the communists taken part in the resistance movement in Syria?

JSY: I am a doctor and I was working in Idlib until El Nusra captured the town. I had a laboratory with clinical equipment worth millions of dollars and they seized the laboratory as a contraband of war. Now I am in Damascus, taking part in the struggle.

We support the national resistance against the aggressive policy of the reactionary regimes of Arab countries, USA, NATO and Turkey -putting aside the people of Turkey. In certain sensitive areas our comrades took up arms to defend themselves and their families. We also have comrades in the Syrian army.

ICP: How do the Syrian people consider the Syrian Communist Party?

JSY: Out party was founded in 1924 and we have deep roots in the Syrian society. They call us ‘the party of bread’. Most of the men of letters, the poets have been influenced by the communist party tradition. Due to the stance during the French invasion, the party was also called ‘the party of emancipation’. Today, most of the party members are from the youth and we have a youth organization named after our founding leader Khalid Bakdash.

ICP: The imperialists are discussing whether Syria should go through a transition period ‘with or without Esad’. What does your Party think of this discussion?

JSY: This cannot be determined from outside Syria. Countries such as USA, Turkey, Qatar do not have the right to decide. This will be decided only by the Syrian people. Afterwards, when the war is over, we will return to the struggle of the workers and the impoverished. We will struggle against corruption, patronage, privatizations and liberal policies.

ICP: How are your relations with the Communist and Workers’ Parties of the region?

JSY: It is a hard question (he laughes). After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, most of the parties of the region moved away from the idea of communism. But we continued the Marxist-Leninist struggle. We are against the transformation of communist parties to social democrat parties.

There were parties who considered the insurrection in Syria as a people’s revolution. But they saw their mistake in due course. Some bourgeois Arab states even noticed that this was a plot against Syria. So now, nearly all parties of the region support our cause. 

We declare to our comrades that Syria will not surrender!

The Speech of  Jamal Sayed Youssef at the electoral event of the Communist Party, Turkey on 30th October 2015:

“Dear Comrades from the Communist Party, Turkey!

Comrades of the great fighter Mustafa Suphi, of the great communist poet Nazım Hikmet!

Fraternal greetings from the members of the Syrain Communist Party which resists with its people and army!

Those who following the evil’s way, trying to raise mayhem, using religion to justify terrorists, created Islamic State and the others. And yet, they claim they are fighting them! 

The dangerous games of the reactionists; of NATO and its servants;of Erdoğan, harm the people of Turkey as well as Syria.

The fundamentalist, reactionary, cruel and primitive administrations in the region, together with Israel, started military inventions in Syria supporting terrorist gangs.

As our Party has been warning since the beginning, developments show the only aim of NATO and Isreal is the bloodshed on the Syrians; to weaken us against the invaders; to divide the countries of the region. 

Yet, our resisting people know very well, as our historic leader Halid Bakdash said: “Hating the colonialism is easier then to surrender”

Dear Comrades!

Erdoğan’s effort to change his inevitable end will be defeated by your and other patriots’ struggle.

Dear Comrades!

The target of these attacks is to beat Syria eventually. Because Syria is a front resisting imperialism. Syria is resisting with its people’s dedication, determination of its army for the independence and honour of the country. And of course with the solidarity of you, all the people of dignity.  I thank you once again for your solidarity on behalf of the Communist Party of Syria and the Syrian people.

Like Ammar Bakdash, our leader said: “The only power which does not surrender to the invaders is the power of the people” To stand up is not only our duty but it is also possible. 

Syrian Communist Party stands shoulder to shoulder with the patriots in Syria against imperialists, Zionists and islamic reactionaries in order to empower the Syrian people. This is not only our patriotic but also internationalist duty.

We do not give up our class struggle while fighting the outsider enemies.

My comrades of the Communist Party, Turkey, forward to the Socialist Revolution!

The victory will belong to the Palestinian people struggling against Zionism.

The victory will belong to the people of Yemen against Saudi’s.

The victory will belong to the people of Iraq resisting invaders and terrorists.

Eternity is for our martyrs.

The victory belongs to all the people who resist.

Dear Comrades!

I repeat: Syria will not surrender! 

Long live Communism!

Long live the internationalist movement of the working class”

(Source / 09.11.2015)

Israel raids Palestinian school for orphans

Photo: Yaseen Mohammed Owaidat

Israeli troops raided an Islamic education charity and school near Hebron Monday morning

Israeli soldiers raided the offices of an Islamic charity in the Hebron-area town of Shuyoukh early Monday morning.

Over 50 soldiers closed the al Khirba area of Shuyoukh, where the charity is located, before breaking down the doors and raiding the office.

The charity provides free education to area orphans, both girls and boys, teaching some 250 pupils in kindergartens and 220 students in grades one through four. The orphans come from Shuyoukh as well as the neighbouring towns and villages of Sair, Ras Tawel, Beit Anoun and Dewwara.

Yaseen Mohammed Owaidat, charity chairperson, told the AIC that the soldiers confiscated three computers, two cameras, two printers, one television, three computer screens, three keyboards, seven boxes of files and the coffee maker.

In addition to damaging the gates and doors of the office, which is adjacent to the charity’s school, the soldiers broke windows, tables, bookshelves and kitchen equipment.

The soldiers left behind a list of equipment confiscated, and a soldier told the office guard that the charity can file a legal complaint with the Civil Administration.

Owaidat noted that this is not the first time that Israel targets the education charity. Five years ago soldiers similarly invaded the offices and school, confiscating equipment and issuing a temporary closure order against the charity.

(Source / 09.11.2015)

Israeli Peace Activist Miko Peled: ‘Israel Has Declared War On Palestinian Children’

MintPress editor-in-chief Mnar Muhawesh goes “Behind the Headline” with the author and Israeli peace activist about the recent uptick in violence in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza and what the mainstream media coverage misses by ignoring Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine and apartheid policies.

Israeli activist Mike Peled in handcuffs during a protest in Palestine.

Israeli activist Mike Peled in handcuffs during a protest in Palestine

MINNEAPOLIS — Unease in the Holy Land could soon reach a breaking point, if they haven’t already. Tensions dialed up when Israel started restricting Palestinian access to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem last month. At the same time, Israel — which doesn’t even actually control the compound — allowed Israeli settlers to storm the premises.

They left the mosque’s carpet burned and the holy site in ruins, leading to clashes that have brought Muslim and Christian Palestinian activists from Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank into the streets in protest. Some are calling this the third intifada, or popular uprising, against Israeli apartheid and occupation.

There were over 130 attacks committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinians, including children and teens, in just the first week of October. At least 10 Israelis and 61 Palestinians were killed last month, and that number, unfortunately, continues to rise.

Amnesty International has called for an end to Israel’s extrajudicial executions of Palestinians after several of incidents were caught on camera, with victims ranging from unarmed teens to adults.

Take a look …

(Source / 09.11.2015)

Israel raids East Jerusalem hospital for Palestinian medical records

A Palestinian patient being treated at al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem. The hospital has been raided multiple times in the past two weeks. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

A Palestinian patient being treated at al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem. The hospital has been raided multiple times in the past two weeks

Israeli forces raided the al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem on Monday, the third incursion of its kind in two weeks, and demanded to see the medical records of a Palestinian teenager treated by doctors there.

Israeli border police deployed in the hospital courtyard as intelligence officers searched through data on the hospital’s administrative computers for the medical records of a Palestinian teenager, hospital staff said.

The officers produced a court order allowing the search.

Dr. Rafiq al-Husseini, director of the hospital, condemned the raid and demanded an end to the violation of patients’ privacy.

Israeli police had threatened to open an investigation against doctors who did not report the names of those treated after being injured in clashes, a threat condemned by al-Husseini as a violation of basic humanitarian principles.

Police reportedly told doctors that it is mandated by law that the hospital notify Israeli authorities when Palestinians involved in clashes are treated at the hospital.

On Oct. 29, Israeli forces raided the al-Makassed Hospital, shooting tear gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets during a sit-in protest against recent Israeli actions at the hospital.

Earlier on the same day the administration of al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem said it had refused to hand over medical files to Israeli forces belonging to Palestinians treated after recent clashes that had erupted in the city.

Days earlier, undercover special units had stormed the hospital’s emergency department, demanding to see the file of a Palestinian they said was treated at the hospital several days before.

At the beginning of last month, undercover forces, dressed as Palestinians, detained a Palestinian patient after storming al-Arabi Hospital in Nablus in the northern West Bank.

In mid-October, the Palestine Red Crescent Society also decried the actions of Israeli forces toward its medical staff.

The society said that Israeli forces had attacked its ambulance crews and detained Palestinian patients from inside ambulances. It said that the incidents were “a blatant violation” of international humanitarian law.

(Source / 09.11.2015)