PPS: Israeli Soldiers Abduct Twelve Palestinians In The West Bank”

05 MAR
11:14 AM

Updated: The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight and at dawn Monday, twelve Palestinians, after the soldiers invaded and violently searched dozens of homes across the occupied West Bank.

The PPS said the soldiers interrogated many Palestinians, while inspecting their ID cards and searching their homes, before abducting twelve.

It identified the abducted Palestinians as:

  1. Mohammad Wael Zakarna, Qabatia – Jenin.
  2. Samah Ala’ Zakarna, Qabatia – Jenin.
  3. Mahmoud Mohannad Ya’acba, Kafr Ra’ey – Jenin.
  4. Ala’ Nabil Abu Dayya, Hebron.
  5. Mousa Ribhi al-Hroub, Hebron.
  6. Ahmad al-Masri, Hebron.
  7. Nasser Halawa, Nablus.
  8. Adham Khashana, Nablus.
  9. Nidal Thalji Ya’coub, 20, Beit Rima – Ramallah.
  10. Sho’eib Mustafa Zahran, Deir Abu Mashal – Ramallah.
  11. Mohammad Mousa Abu Mfarreh, Teqoua’ – Bethlehem.
  12. Mohammad Mousa Odah, Silwan – Jerusalem.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Khirbit Homsa village, in the West Bank’s Northern Plains, and abducted Ahmad Yousef Abu Awwad, 26, after assaulting him, causing various cuts and bruises.

On Sunday at night, the soldiers invaded Khirbit Ibzeeq area, east of Tubas in northeastern West Bank, and handed orders to sixteen Bedouin families, (around 80 persons, including children), instructing them to leave their homes on Monday, from 7 in the morning until six in the evening, so that the army can conduct live fire training.

Updated From:
Israeli Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians In The West Bank
Published on: Mar 5, 2018 @ 08:33

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, eight Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The Jenin office of the PPS, in northern West Bank, said dozens of soldiers invaded Qabatia town, south of the city, and violently searched them, before abducting two young men.

It identified the abducted Palestinians as Mohammad Wael Zakarna and Samer Ala Zakarna.

The soldiers also fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at many youngsters, who protesters and hurled stones at the invading army jeeps.

In addition, the soldiers invaded and searched several homes in the Old City of Nablus, in northern West Bank, and abducted Nasser Halawa and Adham Khashana.

The Ramallah office of the PPS, in central West Bank, said several army jeeps invaded Beit Rima town, northwest of the city, searched homes and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Nidal Thalji Rimawi, 29.

The soldiers also fired gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at local protesters, and closed roads leading to nearby villages for several hours.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Doura town, southwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and abducted Ahmad al-Masri and Mousa Ribhi al-Hroub, from their homes.

The army also invaded the nearby towns of Ethna and Yatta, and installed roadblocks on roads leading to Sa’ir and Halhoul towns, in addition to the southern entrance of Hebron city, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and abducted a young man, identified as Mohammad Mousa Odeh.

It is worth mentioning that Odeh is a former political prisoner, who was frequently abducted and imprisoned by Israel, along with other family members.

(Source / 05.03.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Attack Detainees In Ramon Prison

05 MAR
9:57 AM

Special Forces of the Israeli Prison Authority attacked, on Monday morning, many Palestinian political prisoners in a section of Ramon prison, south of the Negev Desert, and moved them to another branch of the same facility.

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that the soldiers assaulted many detainees, in section 4 of Ramon prison, and moved them to section 5.

It added that the soldiers injured several detainees, before initiating extensive searches of the detainees’ rooms, bunks and belongings.

(Source / 05.03.2018)

Israel soldiers commandeer Palestinian family’s car to use as ‘shield’

Soldiers forced al-Ja’bri to drive into a-Shalala St., where Palestinian youths were clashing with soldiers, and park the car in the middle of the street to shield the soldiers. They then demanded his car keys…

Israeli occupation forces have been captured on film commandeering a Palestinian family car to use as a “shield”, during confrontations in occupied Hebron last month.

The incident on 16 February took place in the context of a settlers’ march in Hebron, occupied West Bank, prompting protests by Palestinians which were suppressed by Israeli forces.

As recorded by Israeli rights group B’Tselem, Palestinian father Hani Al-Ja’bri was driving home from Friday prayers with his four sons aged 4-13 when Israeli soldiers forced him to drive into a street where there were confrontations with Palestinian youth.

The soldiers then demanded he park the car, seized his keys, and forced the man and his four children out of the car so that it could be used “to shield the soldiers”.

Issam Al-Ja’bri, 13, told B’Tselem field researcher Musa Abu Hashhash:

“The soldiers shouted at my father to drive the car onto a-Shalala Street.”

My youngest brother, Suheib, who is four, started crying. He was so scared. I was scared, too, that the stones would hit the car. I was also afraid the soldiers would hurt my dad, who was really stressed and nervous.

He continued: “My dad took us into a grocery store on a-Shalala Street and asked the owner to keep an eye on us until he got back. We stayed in the store for about half an hour. I was worried sick that something would happen to my dad.”

Read: Israel locks down West Bank, Gaza Strip for Jewish New Year

(Source / 05.03.2018)

UNRWA to cancel work contracts of 97 Palestinian engineers in Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza protest against US cuts to UNRWA on 13 February, 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Palestinians in Gaza protest against US cuts to UNRWA on 13 February, 2018

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip is to cancel the “temporary employment” contracts of 97 Palestinian engineers due to financial difficulties.

Dozens of Palestinian engineers gathered in front of UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza City to protest what they described as the “unfair” termination of their employment.

“We have worked for years in the Gaza reconstruction programme, helping citizens to limit their damages. Today, dozens of citizens will be affected by the decision to cancel engineers’ contracts,” said Thaer Shomer, a spokesman for UNRWA’s temporary engineers.

You do not manage a financial crisis by creating new crises in Gaza, which already suffers from the collapse in living and economic standards

he added.

UNRWA provides relief and humanitarian support for more than 5 million Palestinian refugees living in the Palestinian territories (the West Bank and Gaza Strip) and refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The Agency was established in 1949 following the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1948, one of whose tragic consequences was the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their towns and villages.

For several years, UNRWA has been experiencing severe financial crisis, exacerbated by the United States which announced last month that it would be cutting half of its $130 million annual aid payment to the UN body.

PHOTOS: Teachers, students in Gaza protest against UNRWA cuts

(Source / 05.03.2018)

PA: 96 Israel violations against Al-Aqsa, Al-Ibrahimi Mosques

Muslims perform the Friday Prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 22 December 2017

There were 96 Israeli violations against Al-Aqsa and Al-Ibrahimi Mosques in February, the Palestinian Ministry of Waqf revealed yesterday.

In a statement, the ministry also revealed nine Israeli projects aimed at Judaising Jerusalem, noting that they are planned to be carried out beneath the Old City.

The statement also revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities had started building a space for Jewish prayer for men and women near Al-Buraq Wall, known to Jews as the Wailing Wall, as well as laying down a plan to build a park in Zaytoun Mountain overlooking at Old City.

Aggression against Al-Aqsa - Cartoon [Sarwar Ahmed/MiddleEastMonitor]

According to the statement, the park connects two illegal Jewish settlements in the Jerusalem’s neighbourhood of Al-Tur.

Meanwhile, the statement said that the Israeli occupation is continuous in expanding settlements ahead of implementing the plan of Greater Jerusalem. It also noted that the occupation authorities had laid down the cornerstone for a Jewish tourism site on the site of Al-Mujahideen neighbourhood in the western area of Al-Buraq Wall.

Read: Israel bans call to prayer at Ibrahimi Mosque 49 times

The PA statement said that the Israeli occupation had built a military watchtower at Damascus Gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque and replaced the Arabic names of 43 streets in occupied East Jerusalem with Hebrew names.

In the statement, the PA also said that the Israeli occupation continues its policy of arresting Al-Aqsa Mosque’s guards and deporting them.

Israeli occupation authorities also prevented raising the Muslim athan, call to prayer, at Al-Ibrahimi Mosque 45 times in February and continued their Judaisation activities in the historic Islamic site.

(Source / 05.03.2018)

IOF to evacuate 16 Bedouin families to operate military drills

Zio Drills

Israeli occupation authorities on Monday morning have notified 16 Palestinian families that they will be evicted from their homes in Khirbat Ibiziq village, east of Tubas, under the pretext that the Israeli army will conduct military drills in the area.

According to the official of the Jordan Valley file in Tubas governorate, Mu’taz Bisharat, the Israeli occupation authorities notified about 80 people to evict their homes from 7 am to 6 pm on Monday morning and will continue until Wednesday morning.

Residents of the area, located in the northern Jordan Valley, east of occupied Jerusalem, are continually threatened with displacement since the occupation authorities are attempting to Judaize the valley.

Khirbet Ibizig is comprised Bedouins seeking pasture and water. The number of Bedouins living in the village is more than 256, including 16 families living in the area permanently, and the rest are mobile families in search of water and pastures.

It is subjected to continuous raids by the Israeli occupation forces. Every time a raid is carried out, there are new demolition notices, threats and a threat to leave the place.

Last week, the Israeli occupation forces ordered 10 families living in the area of ​​Khirbat Ibiziq to vacate their homes for varying periods, under the pretext of conducting military exercises in the area.

(Source / 05.03.2018)

Israel issues demolition orders in Umm Al-Hiran

Israeli army demolish civilian homes in Umm Al-Hiran village

Arab residents of the Bedouin village of Umm Al-Hiran, located in Wadi Atir area of the Negev desert, received Israeli demolition orders yesterday, Arab48 reported yesterday.

The website said that the demolition orders were issued for the unlicensed houses in the village, which are not recognised by the Israeli occupation.

Speaking to Arab48, the head of the Popular Committee in Umm Al-Hiran Raed Abul-Qi’an said: “This decision comes following a number of orders and arrangements made by the Israeli occupation, which has become a military ruler in the Negev.”

“The demolition orders were issued against a number of houses in the village, but we will stand up together against the Israeli projects planning to force us out of our homes.”

Read: Israel to expel Palestinian villagers in April, makes way for new Jewish town

Abul-Qi’an called for the Israeli side to hold talk with them about three alternative proposed which have been drawn up by the villagers in an effort to counter Israel’s plans for the area.

“Our alternatives are: recognising our village and building a Jewish neighbourhood beside it, building a joint Arab-Jewish neighbourhood or returning us to our original village,” he said.

Residents of Umm Al-Hiran were forced out of Wadi Zubala in the northeast of the city of Rahat in 1956.

(Source / 05.03.2018)