Israeli police detain Palestinian in Old City for alleged knife possession

An Israeli border police arrests a Palestinian man [Muammar Awad/Apaimages]

An Israeli border police arrests a Palestinian man

sraeli police forces detained a Palestinian “youth” in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem Friday morning, according to Israeli media.

Israeli media reported that the youth, whose identity remained unknown, was detained for being in possession of a knife. He was reportedly transferred for interrogation.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Israeli forces have detained scores of Palestinians, many of the minors, for allegedly being in possession of knives following a spate of alleged and actual small-scale knife attacks by Palestinians that surged in the fall of 2015.

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Rights groups have disputed Israel’s version of events in a number of cases, also denouncing what they have termed as a “shoot-to-kill” policy against alleged attackers who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death, or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner – amid a backdrop of impunity for Israeli forces who have committed the killings.

Eyewitnesses have also said in a number of cases that Israeli security forces planted knives on slain or imprisoned Palestinians to claim that they were acting in self-defense during a stabbing attack.

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(Source / 22.10.2017)

Ashrawi: Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank amounts to war crimes

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, PLO Executive Committee Member [File photo]

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, PLO Executive Committee Member

Following announcements that Israel had advanced plans for nearly 3,000 illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank, Palestine Liberation Organisation Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly denounced the move as a “blatant disregard for the two-state solution.”

The Israeli Civil Administration’s High Planning Committee convened on Tuesday and Wednesday, and advanced plans for 2,615 housing units in illegal Israeli settlements.

“In blatant disregard of the requirements for the two-state solution and the chances for peace and stability, Netanyahu and his extremist, racist coalition continue to persist with their egregious policies of colonial-settler expansionism,” Ashrawi said.

Israel is deliberately working to enhance its extremist Jewish settler population and to superimpose ‘Greater Israel’ on all of historic Palestine.

Undoubtedly, it is bent on annexing the entire city of Jerusalem, systematically wiping out the Palestinian presence and continuity on Palestinian soil, and destroying the territorial and demographic contiguity of the future Palestinian state.

Ashrawi went on to highlight that Israel’s settlement activities are illegal under international law, and may amount to war crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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“We call on governments worldwide to intervene immediately and to hold Israel accountable with serious punitive measures to put an end to its unlawful unilateralism and acts of land theft and colonialism once and for all,” Ashrawi said.

Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.

The estimated 196 government recognised Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.

Meanwhile, Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported that in 2016 Palestinians experienced the highest number of Israeli demolitions since the group began recording the incidents.

At the same time, Peace now reported that Israel’s illegal settlement construction in the West Bank increased by 34 percent in 2016, with Israeli authorities initiating construction on 1,814 new settler housing units.

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(Source / 22.10.2017)

Activists demand settlers leave Palestinian home in Hebron following court order

Court order Hebron

HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian committee in the city of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank has reportedly received an order by the Israeli Supreme Court to evacuate a group of Israeli settlers illegally occupying a Palestinian home in the area.

The home, which belongs to the Abu Rajab family, has been embroiled in a legal battle with Israeli settlers who claim that they purchased the rights to the home, though the Palestinian homeowners and the Israeli state have maintained that the settlers forged the documents.
Despite several court orders preventing the settlers from moving into the home, they forcibly took over the home in late July. 
The state of Israel ordered the 15 settlers families living in the Abu Rajab house to evacuate last month, however, the Israeli Supreme Court ordered in September to delay the evacuation based on an appeal submitted by the settlers.
According to Palestinian activists, who held a sit-in protest in front of the home on Friday, the Hebron Reconstruction Committee “was able to issue an order by the Israeli Supreme Court to evacuate Israeli settlers of the Abu Rajab building as it was proven that their entrance to the building was not legal.”
During the sit-in, Israeli forces detained coordinator of the Youth against Settlement group Issa Amro.
An Israeli army spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
Located in the center of Hebron — one of the largest cities in the occupied West Bank — the Old City was divided into Palestinian and Israeli-controlled areas, H1 and H2, following the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre. The Abu Rajab home is located near to this mosque.
Some 800 notoriously aggressive Israeli settlers now live under the protection of the Israeli military in the Old City, surrounded by more than 30,000 Palestinians.
Palestinian residents of the Old City face a large Israeli military presence on a daily basis, with at least 20 checkpoints set up at the entrances of many streets, as well as the entrance of the Ibrahimi Mosque itself.

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(Source / 22.10.2017)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Six Palestinians In The West Bank”

22 OCT
12:03 PM

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have abducted, on Sunday at dawn, at least six Palestinians in the West Bank governorates of Qalqilia, Nablus and Bethlehem.

The Qalqilia office of the PPS, in northern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded several homes in various parts of the governorate, and abducted two children, identified as Mahmoud Yousef Freij, 15, and Hammoud Bilal Mansour, 14.

In Nablus, also in northern West Bank, the PPS said the soldiers searched many homes, and abducted Sultan al-Meenawi and Awad Abu Salha.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Teqoua’ town, east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, searched homes and abducted two Palestinian teenagers, identified as Hussein Khaled al-Badan, 17, and Mohammad Suleiman Sha’er, 16.

The soldiers also closed the main gate at the entrance of the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

The closure also obstructed the work of Palestinian sanitization specialists who are trying to resolve water pollution issues in the refugee camp.

(Source / 22.10.2017)

Israeli Colonists Invade Al-Ein Al-Jadeeda Area In Hebron, Prepare For New Outpost

22 OCT
10:56 AM

Several Israeli colonists invaded, on Saturday at night, the al-Ein al-Jadeeda area, south of Tal Romedia, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, while carrying wooden boards and some construction tools, in preparation for establishing a new illegal outpost.

The Youth Coalition against Settlements in Hebron said the attack was carried out by colonists from existing nearby illegal outposts.

The al-Ein al-Jadeeda area is a historic site the dates to the Mamluk era, and is under the supervision of the Islamic Waqf and Endowment Department, but the colonists frequently target it.

The legal office of the Hebron Construction Committee has been trying to stop these violations by heading to Israeli courts and filing appeals against the ongoing violations, but the colonists continue their illegal takeover, amidst encouragement by some Israeli leaders, in addition to the inaction of the Israeli military and the ‘legal system’, that runs the illegal occupation of Palestine.

(Source / 22.10.2017)

Israeli Police Detains 67 Palestinian Workers

22 OCT
9:17 AM

The Israeli police in the Negev detained, on Sunday at dawn, 67 Palestinian workers, including 40 minors, for what the police said entering and working the country without permits, and confiscated four cars for workers in Shakiv illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands in Beit Awwa town, in the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron.

The Arabs48 News Website has reported that the police received information about the Palestinian workers, and instantly went to the area, before detaining them.

It added that the workers were detained after harvesting and loading 20-24 tons of grapes, and 5-7 tons of Tomatoes into four trucks.

Palestinian workers are subject to frequent Israeli violations against them, due to repeated police invasions and searches. Many of them have work permits, but the police repeatedly tear apart.

(Source / 22.10.2017)

Palestinian family goes homeless as Israeli bulldozers demolish home

Pal family homeless

Israeli bulldozers on Sunday demolished a Palestinian-owned house in the Arab city of Lod, in Israel, under the pretext it was built without permit.

Member of the local popular committee, Mohamed Shreiki, said Israeli bulldozers, under the protection of Israeli police, demolished the house of al-Faqir family, leaving the family members homeless for the second time.

Shreiki said tension has been running high in the area due to the arbitrary demolitions carried out by the Israeli municipality against Palestinian homes in the city.

A couple of months ago, the family’s home was knocked down under the same pretext. Left without a roof over their head, the family reconstructed the house, before it was reduced to rubble by the Israeli bulldozers.

Palestinians say they are forced to build without permit because getting permits from the all-Israeli municipality is impossible.

Israel, as part of its demographic war against the Palestinians, plans to keep the number of Palestinians to a minimum while multiplying the number of Israelis by building thousands of homes for them while denying Palestinians the right to construction permits.

(Source / 22.10.2017)

Israel arrests Palestinian due to misinterpretation of Facebook post

Facebook 450 Pal's 2015
Israeli Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday that Israeli Police mistakenly arrested a Palestinian worker last week because they relied on automatic translation software to translate a post he wrote on his Facebook page.

The Palestinian man was arrested after writing “good morning,” which was misinterpreted. The Facebook post mistranslated ‘good morning’ to “slaughter them”.

Last week, the man posted on his Facebook page a picture from the construction site where he works in the West Bank settlement of Beitar Ilit near Occupied Jerusalem. In the picture he is leaning against a bulldozer alongside the caption: “Good morning” in Arabic.

The automatic translation service offered by Facebook translated “good morning” as “attack them” in Hebrew and “hurt them” in English, Haaretz stated.

Israeli occupation authorities set a law that legitimizes arresting social media activists. Since the beginning of the year, Israeli forces rounded up hundreds of Palestinians at the pretext of incitement over Facebook based on mere suspicion.

(Source / 22.10.2017)

Dozens of Jewish settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque plazas

al-Magharebah gate

Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed Sunday morning the plazas of al-Aqsa Mosque via al-Magharibah gate under heavy police protection.

Quds Press stated that 74 settlers broke into the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque under protection by Israeli policemen and heavily armed Special Forces who escorted settlers while roaming the plazas of the holy site while receiving Talmudic explanations.

The settlers also provoked Muslim worshipers at al-Silsila exit gate by singing and performing dances and Talmudic rituals, Quds Press added.

(Source / 22.10.2017)

IOF kidnaps four Palestinians in W. Bank

IOF kidnapped citizens

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last night and at dawn Sunday kidnapped four Palestinian young men in different West Bank areas.

According to local sources, the IOF kidnapped two teenagers called Hussein al-Badan and Mohamed al-Sha’er from their homes in Taqua town, east of Bethlehem.

In Nablus, two young men were taken prisoners by Israeli soldiers last night at Za’atara checkpoint, south of the city, after intercepting the car they were aboard.

The young detainees were identified as Awad Abu Saliha and Sultan al-Minawi, who work at the Nablus fire department.

Dozens of Palestinian young men were rounded up at the same checkpoint recently.

The IOF  also stormed at dawn Nabi Saleh village in Ramallah and raided several homes, with no reported arrests.

(Source / 22.10.2017)