Israel has arrested 800 Palestinian children since start of 2017

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian boy on June 16, 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian boy on June 16, 2017

The Israeli occupation authorities have arrested 800 Palestinian children since the start of this year, most of them from occupied Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) revealed on Wednesday. According to a report by Quds Net, the PPC said that 300 of these children, including 10 girls, are being deprived of being able to start the new school year because they are either still in prison or under house arrest.

Dozens of the children have been arrested several times. Some of them, explained the PPC, are unable to go to school because they have permanent disabilities resulting from the ill treatment to which they were subjected when they were arrested and investigated, including torture.


In 2015, the Israelis arrested 1,332 Palestinian children, the highest number in any single year to-date. The PPC says that there is evidence that they were beaten, tortured, verbally abused, handcuffed and leg-chained, left without food or water in the detention centres for days and threatened in order to get them to “confess” to things they did not do.

Such treatment of children, insists the PPC, is a “flagrant violation” of international humanitarian law. Depriving children of the right to an education, for example, violates article 1/13 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It is also a violation of article 1/26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 94 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which gives and guarantees the rights of education for prisoners inside or outside prisons.

(Source / 24.08.2017)

3,455 settlements units built on private Palestinian land

Palestinian demonstrators hold national flags and placards during a protest against Jewish settlements in West Bank on 26 March 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

Palestinian demonstrators hold national flags and placards during a protest against Jewish settlements in West Bank on 26 March 2017

Data issued by the Israeli Civil Administration indicated that 3,455 settlement units were built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported yesterday that all of these buildings – which include settler homes and the Israeli occupation’s state and army institutions – were built without obtaining the necessary permits from the civil administration, and are therefore illegal.

The newspaper also pointed out that Israel’s planning and organising institutions are seeking to rectify the matter and issue permits for the 3,455 units by means of the Regulation Law, which will retroactively legalise settlements built without permits on privately owned Palestinian land.

Read more: Israel annexes land used for military training

The Public Prosecution submitted its response to two petitions filed by Palestinians and human rights organisations against the Regulation Law.

The prosecution demanded that the petitions be rejected, claiming, “The confiscation is a fair and reasonable humanitarian response to a real hardship suffered by Israeli residents,” claiming that the continuation of the status quo “forces thousands of settler families to live in uncertainty”.

The Civil Administration has indicated that the 3,455 units are divided into three sets. The first includes 1,285 settlement units built on privately owned Palestinian land following the signing of the Oslo Agreement in 1993.

Read more: Israel demolishes Palestinians homes to expand settlements

The second set consists of 1,048 settlement units build on privately owned Palestinian land, which was mistakenly declared as state land.

The third set includes 1,222 settlement units built more than 20 years ago and before the signing of the Oslo Agreement. It was built during the period when the building and administration laws were not implemented by the Civil Administration.

According to Israeli estimates, of the thousands of settlement units built on private Palestinian land permits can be obtained for only 1,285 units, which are scattered in 74 settlements in the West Bank.

It added that 543 units (of the 1,285) are built on private land registered and recognised even by the civil administration.

(Source / 24.08.2017)

Israeli court indicts Palestinian for assisting attackers in July shooting at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Amjad Jabarin

Amjad Jabarin

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court indicted a Palestinian citizen of Israel on Thursday for aiding three other Palestinian citizens of Israel in a deadly shooting attack at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in July that left the three Palestinian assailants and two Israeli police officers dead.Israeli news website Ynet reported that Amjad Jabarin, 35, from the village of Umm al-Fahm — the hometown of the assailants Muhammad Hamid Abd al-Latif Jabarin, 19, Muhammad Ahmad Mufdal Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29 — was charged with accessory to murder, accessory to battery, use of weapons, obstruction of justice, and conspiring to commit a crime.According to Ynet, Amjad Jabarin brought the weapons used in the attack into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the assailants, who on the day of the attack, allegedly retrieved the weapons hidden inside the compound and proceeded towards the Lions’ Gate area where they shot and killed the two police officers.Ynet added that according to an investigation by the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency, “the terror cell” was formed at the Al-Malsa Mosque in Umm al-Fahm, where Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin allegedly worked as a caretaker and muezzin.The mosque, according to Ynet, is affiliated with the outlawed northern branch of the Islamic Movement, and was also used by the men to hide the weapons prior to the attack on July 14.Amjad Jabarin allegedly met two of the assailants during prayers at the mosque, and according to Ynet, participated in a “target practice” prior to the attack. Ynet added that Ahmad Jabarin declined an invitation to join the group of three men in the attack.Amjad Jabarin drove two of the assailants the night before the attack to a bus stop from which they travelled to occupied East Jerusalem, allegedly with the knowledge that they were armed and on their way to carry out an attack.“The terrorists entrusted the accomplice Jabarin with their cellphones, messages to their families and the keys to the mosque, which he hid following the attack. One of the terrorists also gave him 500 shekels ($139), telling Jabarin he would no longer need money, while another gave him his car keys asking Amjad to give them to the former’s father,” Ynet said.Ynet added that while the three assailants allegedly had ties to the outlawed Islamic Movement, Amjad Jabarin active in another outlawed movement that has ties to the Islamic Movement and Hamas.Also on Thursday, an Israeli court indicted the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, charging him with “incitement” following comments he made after the July attack carried out by the three Palestinians from Umm al-Fahm.

(Source / 24.08.2017)

Hamas, Islamic Jihad criticize PA over ‘politically-motivated arrest campaign’

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements released separate statements on Thursday, accusing the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) of recently carrying out politically-motivated detention and summons campaigns across the occupied West Bank.

According to Hamas, PA security services have been detaining Palestinians due to their affiliation with the movement.

The group said that, over an unspecified period of time, PA security services have detained nine “youths,” including former prisoners and university students, and have summoned three others, including two former prisoners.

The statement added that PA security services also assaulted a former prisoner after he was summoned for interrogation.In its statement, the Islamic Jihad movement said “the return of political arrests signal the PA’s insistence on shutting doors in front of efforts being put to pass the current situation damaging our national relationship as a result of division.”“The recent arrests and summons are the result of incitement by characters calling for raising tensions and stirring conflicts, while we are in the utmost need for unity to face coming challenges,” the statement said.

Both the PA and Hamas have accused the other of leading politically-motivated arrests on their members in Gaza and the West Bank.

The PA has come under harsh criticism by rights groups for deciding to block 11 Palestinian news websites — all allegedly affiliated with either the Hamas movement or Muhammad Dahlan, a political rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, which has been condemned by rights groups as a “serious violation of freedom of the press and expression.”

Most, recently, the PA has come under fire for the detention of five Palestinian journalists, in what the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) called “an organized attack against the freedom of journalism,” and a “dangerous assault against freedom of expression and opinion.”

(Source / 24.08.2017)

Israeli forces detain Addameer field researcher during overnight raid

Salah Hammouri

Addameer’s field researcher Salah Hammouri detained by Israeli forces during raid on Aug. 23, 2017

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A field researcher for prisoners’ rights group Addameer was detained during an overnight raid on Wednesday from his home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kufr Aqab, according to the group.

Salah Hammouri, 32, who holds dual Palestinian-French citizenship, was detained and transferred to Israel’s interrogation center at the Russian compound, where his detention was then extended until Sunday.
An Israeli police spokesperson told Ma’an that he was “not familiar” with the case.
According to Addameer, Hammouri was a former prisoner of Israel for seven years, and was released as part of the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoners exchange deal in 2011.
Addameer added that the East Jerusalem resident was banned from entering the occupied West Bank until Sept. 2016, and that his wife is currently banned by Israeli authorities from entering Palestine or Israel.
The group said it considers the detention “an attack against Palestinian civil society organizations and human rights defenders.”
“It also constitutes one arrest in the context of continuous arrest campaigns against Palestinians,” Addameer said, before demanding Hammouri’s release and the release of all Palestinian political prisoners.
Hassan Safadi, a Palestinian activist and media coordinator for Addameer, has also been held in administrative detention — Israel’s controversial policy of imprisonment without charge or trial — for more than a year.
Safadi has been held by Israel since May 1, 2016 after being detained at the Allenby Bridge between the occupied West Bank and Jordan, when he was interrogated by the Israeli army for 40 days.
Israeli authorities later sentenced the 25-year-old Palestinian to six months of administrative detention in June 2016, and has since renewed the administrative detention order twice — once in Dec. and a second time in June this year.
Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows internment without charge or trial in maximum six-month long renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,128 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of July, 450 of whom were held in administrative detention. The group has estimated that some 40 percent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
(Source / 24.08.2017)

Update: Umm Al-Kheir: Soldier Attacks Elderly Man

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08/23/17 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil team

In the demolition threatened village, Umm Al-Kheir, in the south Hebron Hills, a military truck of the occupation forces arrived in the village to check buildings for potential demolitions.  Suliman Eid Hathaleen, a 70-year old resident tried to stop them, but was violently forced to move aside by an Israeli soldier.

Suliman was roughly pushed and was thus injured by the soldier. But this is sadly not the first time that the old man was harassed by the occupation forces.

An ISM team was at the village to stand in solidarity with the residents of Umm Al-Kheir and filmed the attack .

(Source / 24.08.2017)

AIC Report: Human Rights Violations in Hebron April 2017

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Palestinians demand human and national rights as Israeli soldiers and settlers entrench an illegal military occupation.

Violence by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinians:          

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Moussa Mshour Mashahra  

Israeli soldiers shot and killed Moussa Mshour Mashahra, 21, on April 19, 2017 at Gush Etzion junction. They allege Mashahra attempted a car ramming attack. One Israeli settler was injured at the scene.

On April 24, 2017, Israeli forces raided Palestinian homes and farms in the village of Karmel, east of Yatta. The same day, soldiers descended on Deir Samit and Beit Ummar, where they shot live fire and tear gas.

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Tear gas clouds the market area of Hebron city, April 27, 2017 

Clashes broke out between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces in the market area of Hebron city on April 27, 2017. Locals at the time were rallying in support of the prisoners on hunger strike. The clashes escalated around noon when Israeli forces entered the Bab al-Zawiah area and shot live ammunition, tear gas and sound grenades. At least two Palestinians were injured and one was arrested. Many others suffered from tear gas inhalation.

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Israeli forces arrest Palestinian youth in the market area of Hebron city, April 27, 2017 

In Beit Ummar that same day, Israeli forces attacked a march for the prisoners. Between two and six Palestinians were injured with live fire and rubber coated steel bullets, while five others suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation. Israeli forces also entered ten Palestinian homes and occupied their rooftops.

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Israeli forces occupy Palestinian rooftops in Beit Omar, April 27, 2017 

The next day, April 28, 2017, Israeli forces again entered the Bab al-Zawiyah area of Hebron city. Soldiers shot rubber bullets and tear gas. Clashes with Palestinian youth continued throughout the day until 8:00PM.

Elsewhere in Hebron on April 28, Israeli forces raided al-Arrub refugee camp and shot tear gas at a solidarity tent for the prisoners on hunger strike. Several youth suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation.

Stop and frisks and arrests:

In the first three months of 2017, Israeli soldiers arrested approximately 300 Palestinians from the Hebron district, including at least 53 children, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Office. Below are snapshots of these ongoing arrests in April.

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A fine issued to Palestinian activist Anan Daana, April 3, 2017

On April 2, 2017, the Israeli military court held a trial for four human rights activists who were arrested in Hebron during demonstration for Land Day the following month. The men secured theirrelease on April 3 by paying a 3,500 NIS ($1000) fine for participating in an “illegal demonstration.” Badee Dweik, one of the arrested activists, reported that the Israeli prison guards had deprived him of meals, refused to administer his diabetes medication, strip searched him, and punished him for refusing to do “humiliating acts” naked. The trials of the activists are ongoing.


Badee Dwaik is arrested during a demonstration, March 30, 2017 

On April 11, 2017, Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian father who was out with his three sons near Ibrahimi Mosque. He is filmed kissing the boys goodbye before being blindfolded and taken into an Israeli military jeep to an unknown location.

Israeli forces detained three 17-year-old Palestinians from the Old City of Hebron for allegedly possessing “sharp objects” on April 23, 2017.

Israeli forces detained a Palestinian woman three days later, on April 26, 2017, at the Tel Rumeida checkpoint. The soldiers claim she was carrying a knife.

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Thaer Halahil 

On April 30, 2017, Israeli forces arrested Hebron resident, activist, and former prisoner and hunger striker Thaer Halahil, 38, at a checkpoint between Hebron and Bethlehem. Halahil, who is from the village of Kharas in the Hebron and previously spent 11 years in Israeli prison. In 2012, while incarcerated via an administrative detention order, he endured a 78-day hunger strike to oppose the Israeli policy of imprisonment without charges or trial.

Settler violence:

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Settlers injure a Palestinian boy, April 1, 2017

On April 1, 2017, in the early afternoon in the South Hebron hills near Havat Ma’on settlement outpost, settlers attacked a Palestinian boy with a developmental disability. The boy was walking to a neighboring plot of Palestinian land where his family was waiting for him when settlers hit him in the head with rocks propelled by a slingshot.

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Masked Israeli soldiers escort settlers into A-Tuwani village, April 2, 2017

The following day, April 2, 2017, settlers claimed that neighboring Palestinians stole beehives from Ma’on settlement. Israeli soldiers subsequently raided the nearby village of at-Tuwani and allowed the settlers to search barns. One settler reportedly threatened the life of a Palestinian activist in sight and earshot of his military escorts.

On April 15, 2017, Israeli settlers and soldiers confronted Palestinians and international volunteers planting olive trees on Palestinian land in the South Hebron Hills. The settlers urged the soldiers to remove the activists, and the military forces obliged.

Hassan Shaloudi, 14, was transferred to a hospital in Hebron, after being beaten to the point of fainting by Israeli settlers on April 21, 2017. The settlers reportedly stopped Shaloudi on his way to school and ordered him to open his bag and dump its contents on the ground. When he refused to do so, the settlers attacked him.

Restrictions on Palestinian development and movement:

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The expanded road closure in front of Shuhada checkpoint, April 2, 2017

Israeli forces expanded a road-closure near Shuhada checkpoint in Hebron city on April 2, 2017. The row of blocks prevents Palestinians from dropping people off in front of the checkpoint.

Israeli forces forbid Palestinians from transporting fencing through Shuhada Street checkpoint for the Shuhada Street Kindergarten on April 4, 2017. Soldiers forced the Palestinians to take the fencing through a settler walkway. While they were transporting the materials, settler children intentionally poured soda on the path, presumably to cause Palestinians to slip. The school’s fence was damaged multiple times by Israeli settlers in March.

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A resident of Um al Khair holds a demolition order delivered to the village on April 4, 2017 

The same day, Israeli forces delivered demolition orders in the village of Um al Khair, southeast of Yatta in the Hebron district.

On April 6, 2017, Israeli forces notified Palestinian residents in Tel Rumeida of plans to begin construction of a new military checkpoint in the area.

On April 10, 2017, Israeli soldiers removed a stone memorial site for 16-year-old Bian Asila, a Palestinian martyr who was killed in Hebron two years ago. The Times of Israel reports the removal of the memorial plaque is a part of a Israeli military “campaign” against “incitement.” Israeli soldiers shot and killed Asila near the Ibrahimi Mosque in 2015 after he allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier in the arm.

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Israeli soldiers in a Palestinian home on Shalallah Street, April 2017 

Israeli soldiers raided the home of a Palestinian family living on Shalallah Street in the Old City of Hebron each night of the week leading up to the Jewish holiday of Passover, which began on April 10, 2017. On these nights, about six soldiers forced their way into the home and then onto the roof where they would sit for one hour. The father of the family believes the army is punishing him for welcoming tour groups to his home; his rooftop overlooks Beit Haddassah settlement and a military outpost.

Also on April 10, 2017, the Israeli military raided a metal workshop in the Aqbat Tuffah neighborhood in Hebron city. Soldiers reportedly confiscated machinery.

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Additional Israeli forces stream into Hebron for the Jewish holiday of Passover, April 12, 2017 

In Hebron city, Israeli forces closed the Ibrahimi Mosque and nearby checkpoints to Palestinian foot traffic on April 12, 2017, citing settlers celebrations for Passover. The blockades included shutting an iron gate along the path to the Palestinian Health Work Committees’ emergency center. Palestinian shops near Ibrahimi Mosque were also orderedto close. Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers set up military encampments on the roofs Palestinian homes and escalated stop-and-frisk patrols.

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Israeli forces aggressively police Palestinian foottraffic in downtown Hebron, April 2017 

The following day, on April 13, 2017, Israeli soldiers raided the Friendship Garden in the Old City of Hebron, disrupting a Palestinian festival.

Israeli forces invaded Shuhada Street Kindergarten and then occupied the neighboring rooftop of the Sharabati family’s home and removed a Palestinian flag from it on April 20, 2017.

Israeli forces confiscated six lathes and closed a blacksmith shot in Surif, northwest of Hebron city, on April 21, 2017.

On April 24, 2017, Israeli authorities delivered demolition orders for two Palestinian-owned homes and a well in the South Hebron Hills. The structures are located in Area C and “Firing Zone 918.”

Settlement expansion:

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An Israeli settler rides by Israeli flags hung onto Palestinian homes in occupied Hebron, April 2017 

Throughout April, Israeli settlers hung Israeli flags on deserted Palestinian homes in the Israeli occupied area of Hebron city, an area where most Palestinians are forbidden from walking on foot and all Palestinians are barred from driving cars.

West of Hebron city on April 1, 2017, dozens of Israeli settlers descended on Khirbet al-Muwarraq, a Roman Empire-era palace overseen by the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. The settlers reportedly prayed at the site. The ministry denounced their presence as “an obvious breach of international law and agreements.”

On April 4, 2017, Yesha Fleisher, the designated spokesperson for settlers in Hebron, hosted the first event featuring West Bank settlements at the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington D.C. Though only 100 people out of the 18,000 conference participants attended the talk, Israeli Members of Knesset Yoav Galant (Kulanu), Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud), Eli Ben Dahan (Jewish Home) gave speeches in support of settlement expansion.

The next day, April 5, 2017, Israeli settlers hosted an event at the Ibrahimi Mosque to “thank the Israeli Defense Force.” Dozens of soldiers in uniform attended the event.

The Israeli military took control of “the hall of Rebecca and Isaac” in the Ibrahimi Mosque to allow Israeli settlers access to it on April 12 and 13, 2017. The settlers also held a festival for Passover in the area.

On April 12, 2017, dozens of Israeli settlers entered Dura village and set up tents for Passover.

Outside of the Ibrahimi Mosque on April 30, 2017, settlers and Israeli military officials held the second event of the month to thank Israeli soldiers for occupying Hebron.

Palestinian popular resistance for human and national rights:


A  sign hung by Israeli settlers that names a street in Hebron in Hebrew and English only 

On April 3, 2017, Youth Against Settlements and Rabbis for Human Rights requested cooperation from Israeli officials to remove signs hung by Israeli settlers in Hebron. Some signs, which are plastered on Palestinian private property, feature biblical passages to ostensibly justify Israel’s illegal occupation of Hebron. The two groups add that Israeli settlers have also removed signs indicating Arabic street names and replaced them with Hebrew and English street signs. Two weeks later, Israeli authorities rejected the request to remove the signs citing “the almost certain likelihood of violence and even life-threatening friction.”

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Children march in support of the Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike in Hebron city, April 27, 2017

Hundreds Palestinians in Hebron demonstrated to mark Prisoners Day on April 17, 2017. Slogans were raised in support of the 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who launched a collective hunger strike for basic rights that day.

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Palestinian hold Friday prayer in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, April 21, 2017 

On April 21, 2017, Palestinians held Friday prayer in honor of the hunger striking Palestinian prisoners in Hebron city. A protest for the prisoners commenced after prayers.

Students at al-Quds Open University in Hebron staged a performance about the suffering of the political prisoners on the April 22, 2017.

The following day, April 23, 2017, local activists set up a second solidarity tent in Hebron’s city center for the hunger-striking prisoners.

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Activists in Hebron march in support of the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, April 26, 2017 

On April 26, 2017, a march for the prisoners on hunger strike began at the solidarity tent in Ibn Rushed Square and proceeded to the Shuhada Street checkpoint. Six Palestinian activists from the Dismantle the Ghetto campaign also initiated a two-day hunger strike in solidarity with the prisoners.

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Hebron shuts down for a general strike in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, April 27, 2017 

Palestinians in Hebron continued to gather, mobilize, and educate the public on the issue of Palestinian prisoners at Hebron’s solidarity tents on April 27, 2017. Shops were also closed for a general strike in solidarity with the prisoners.

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Palestinians rally in Hebron’s city center on April 28, 2017 

On April 28, 2017, Palestinians held Friday prayers in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.

(Source / 24.08.2017)

IOF raids homes, kidnaps citizens overnight in W. Bank

IOF raids homes WB again

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last night and at dawn Thursday kidnapped several Palestinian citizens, including a senior Hamas official, during raids on homes in different West Bank areas.

Local sources in Jenin city told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Israeli soldiers stormed the Jenin refugee camp, kidnapped a citizen from his home and set up a military checkpoint on a road near Qabatiya town, south of the city.

In Tubas, several young men suffered from inhaling tear gas during dawn clashes with soldiers.

The PIC was told that an Israeli military force, stationed near the city hall and on the main street in Tubas, engaged in clashes with local young men and chased them in alleys.

Several young men and citizens suffered inside their homes from the effects of tear gas that was intensively used by soldiers during the events.

A senior Hamas official, Abdul-Baset al-Hajj, was also kidnapped from his home in Jalqamus town, east of Jenin.

Hajj was detained several times before and spent a total of 15 years in Israeli jails.

In Tulkarem refugee camp, violent clashes broke out with Israeli soldiers, who raided homes and kidnapped a young man.

The soldiers indiscriminately fired tear gas during the skirmishes with the young men, locals said, adding that many citizens suffered from inhaling fumes while inside their homes in Marbaat Hanoun area of the camp.

In Ramallah, two ex-detainees were kidnapped from their homes during an IOF campaign in Beit Liqya town. They were identified as Adib Mafarjah and Fu’aad Asi.

Another citizen was also taken prisoner during the same campaign in the town.

In northern Salfit, the IOF stormed Kifl Hares town and kidnapped three citizens from their homes, including a 16-year-old teenager called Anas Shaqour.

(Source / 24.08.2017)

20 Palestinians sentenced administratively by IOA without trial

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The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) sentenced 20 Palestinians to administrative prison terms, with neither charge nor trial.

According to a Thursday morning statement by the Prisoners’ and Ex-Prisoners’ Commission, recently 20 administrative sentences were issued by the IOA against Palestinian detainees for periods ranging from three to six renewable months.

Administrative detention is a policy pursued by the IOA that gives green light to the incarceration of Palestinian anti-occupation protesters and activists with neither charge nor trial and under the “secret file” pretext.

(Source / 24.08.2017)

Syrian Coalition & FSA Representatives Emphasize Importance of Coordination to Meet Upcoming Challenges

The Syrian Coalition’s political committee met with representatives of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in the presence of President Riad Seif at the Coalition headquarters in Istanbul on Wednesday.

The two sides discussed the latest field and political developments in Syria, most notably the Assad regime and its allies’ repeated violations of the ceasefire agreements as well as the role of the guarantors of these agreements in ensuring complete compliance. They also discussed the issues that need to be dealt with urgently, including the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need.

The meeting also discussed the stalled Geneva process which has not yet seen serious negotiations and ways to push the process forward.

Moreover, the meeting touched on the outcome of the talks which brought together the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) as well as the Cairo and Moscow platforms in the Saudi capital Riyadh earlier this week.

President Seif briefed the FSA representatives about the outcome of the visit by a delegation of the Coalition to Saudi Arabia as well as its meeting with officials in the Turkish Foreign Ministry in Istanbul.

Both sides stressed the importance of coordination with friendly and sisterly countries.

With regards to the upcoming Riyadh 2 opposition conference, President Seif pointed out that the Coalition will focus on the importance of continued coordination between the opposition bodies and all spectra of the Syrian society and civil society organizations. Such coordination is of vital importance to give a boost to the institutions of the Syrian revolution, represented by the Coalition, the FSA, and the HNC to help them meet the challenges during the next phase.

For their part, the FSA representatives stressed they are keen to continue to coordinate with the Coalition and the Syrian Interim Government (SIG).

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 24.08.2017)