Israeli Soldiers Injure Eight Palestinians In Gaza

23 MAR
8:48 PM

Israeli soldiers shot, Friday, eight young Palestinian men, including one who suffered a serious injury, after the army attacked protesters along the border fence, in several parts of the besieged coastal region.

Spokesperson of the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza, Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, said the soldiers shot a young man, 18 years of age, with a live round in the face, north of Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza.

He added that the young man was rushed to Beit Hanoun hospital, and was later moved to the Indonesian hospital, in Jabalia, in northern Gaza, due to the seriousness of his condition.

Dr. Al-Qedra also said that another young man was shot in the face, near Nahal Oz military base across the border fence, east of the Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza city.

Furthermore, the soldiers shot and moderately injured a young man with a live round in the leg, east of Gaza city, before he was rushed to the Shifa medical center.

Another Palestinian, 25, was moderately injured with a live round, east of Khan Younis, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Four more Palestinians were also shot with live rounds in their legs, and suffered moderate wounds, east of al-Boreij, in central Gaza.

Many Palestinians suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation in several parts of the coastal region and received the needed treatment by local medics.

(Source / 23.03.2018)

Army Injures Five Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

23 MAR
9:35 PM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and injured five Palestinians, including a child and a cameraman working for Palestine TV.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force and fired dozens of rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.

He added that the army injured five young men, including Palestinian TV cameraman Mohammad Enaya, and a child.

Two of the wounded Palestinians were rushed to Darwish Nazzal hospital, in Qalqilia, and the rest received treatment by local medics.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes, and attacked several Palestinians.

Eshteiwi stated that the Palestinians will continue to protest the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation, its colonies and Annexation Wall, and will fight for their legitimate rights, until liberation and independence, and establishing a sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

He added that the Palestinians will not surrender to this occupation, and will continue to resist it, and reject the illegal US recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the unified capital of Israeli, in direct violation of International Law and various United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

The Palestinians, accompanied by international peace activists, have been holding weekly processions against the illegal Israeli colonies and the Annexation Wall, and demanding the army to reopen the town’s main road, which was blockaded fifteen years ago, to enable easy access for colonialist settlers driving to and from Kedumim illegal colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands.

(Source / 23.03.2018)

Abbas: We don’t reject negotiations with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at his compound in the West Bank

We have never rejected political negotiations with Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday.

Speaking to reporters in a press conference in Ramallah with his Bulgarian counterpart, Rumen Radev, Abbas stressed that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has always been ready to take part in negotiations with Israel, warning that “it [PA] won’t accept solutions outside the framework of international legitimacy”.

“We want a two-state solution — an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital,” The Times of Israel quoted Abbas as saying.

“This city, East Jerusalem, should be open to all religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism, which will practice their religious rituals freely,” he explained.

Addressing the internal issues with Hamas, the Palestinian president noted that “they [Hamas] must immediately hand over everything, first and foremost security, to the Palestinian Authority,” referring to the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas that was signed in Cairo in October 2017.

Read: Abbas is tool for ‘Deal of the Century,’ says ex-official

“If Hamas does not hand over everything to the national unity government, it will bear the consequences for failing the Egyptian efforts to achieve reconciliation,” he warned.

Last week, Abbas decided to take “national, legal and economic measures” against Gaza following an assassination attempt against the PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza. Abbas held Hamas responsible for the attack.

Read: Gaza security kill suspected attacker of Hamdallah convoy

(Source / 23.03.2018)

Palestinian student leader on hunger strike in Israel detention

Omar Kiswani, a Palestinian student leader, is on hunger-strike in protest of his detention, torture and interrogation without charges

Palestinian student leader Omar Kiswani is on indefinite hunger-strike in Israeli jail, protesting his detention, torture and interrogation without charges.

According to reports, citing an update from the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), the head of the student council at Birzeit University started the hunger strike on 19 March.

Kiswani is being held at the Al-Maskobiyya interrogation centre near Jerusalem, where he has been subject to interrogations of up to 18 hours a day.

PPS lawyer Ma’moun Al-Hasheem said Kiswani informed an Israeli judge about his hunger strike, and the reasons for holding it.

Read: UK student officers condemn Israeli forces’ raid of Birzeit University

In addition, the report added, the court banned Kiswani from meeting with his lawyer until 26 March to allow for continued interrogation without legal representation.

Kiswani was snatched from Birzeit University campus on 7 March by undercover Israeli occupation forces pretending to be journalists, in a violent raid that has prompted widespread condemnation.

Dozens of UK student officers are among those who have expressed anger at Kiswani’s arrest, and supported the Palestinian right to education.

(Source / 23.03.2018)

Israeli extremist settlers organise Jewish celebration in Umayyad Palaces in Jerusalem

Muslim worshippers arrive at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to perform Friday Prayer in Jerusalem, on 15 December 2017

The Jewish Temple Institute announced that it will hold a festival in the Islamic Umayyad palaces area to the south and southwest of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on 26 March.

The Jerusalem-based Department of Waqf and Islamic Affairs said in a statement on Thursday that the Temple Institute announced on its website that it will organise the massive festival, noting that it has received approval from the Israeli police.

The department added that the Institute “has already started preparations for the festival by setting up the Holocaust altar and cooking utensils and offerings to present them next Sunday; a day before the festival”.

The department reiterated that the Umayyad palaces and all that surrounds the Al-Aqsa Mosque are an integral part of the Islamic Waqf, which is a pure right for Muslims, and no one has the right to attack or change its function.

Read: Settlers attack Palestinians while Israeli soldiers stand by, watch

“This is a Judaization step that will not be tolerated. It is rejected because silence about it will give the settlers the green light to crawl into the Al-Aqsa Mosque” it said.

The statement warned the Israeli police of moving forward with the festival saying it will provoke the Muslims feelings.

On Thursday, as many as 82 Jewish settlers stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque under the Israeli police protection.

(Source / 23.03.2018)