Paper: Palestinian youths launched 17 flaming kites Tuesday

17 flaming kites

Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that hundreds of dunums of land were burned on Tuesday by flaming kites launched from Gaza.

The Hebrew newspaper said that Palestinian youths on Tuesday flew 17 flaming kites toward Israeli settlements near Gaza’s eastern border.

Since the start of the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip, dozens of kites made by Palestinian youths with flaming rags attached to their tails have been launched toward settler farmlands near the border fence causing heavy losses.

The flaming kites are one of the tools used by Palestinian youths to confuse the Israeli snipers stationed at the border fence to shoot peaceful protesters.

(Source / 09.05.2018)

IOF continues isolating 4 prisoners in bad conditions

Isolating 4 prisoners

Detainees and Ex-detainees Committee said that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have been isolating four Palestinian captives in Raymond Israeli jail under extremely bad detention conditions.

The four detainees are Ismail al-Arrouj, Ahmad al-Mughrabi, Abdullah al-Mughrabi and Ayman Etbaish. They have been held captive in solidarity confinement without simplest living needs and deprived of human rights especially health care.

In a report on Tuesday, the committee said that the prison administration has been imposing sanctions against the four detainees including holding them in very tiny dungeons lacking ventilation and cleanness with many insects and rats.

The isolated prisoners have also been denied their right of taking a break during the day in jail and of having family visitation. Moreover, they complain about harassment and repeated inspection operations at the hands of jailers.

(Source / 09.05.2018)

Israel to expel Human Rights Watch official

HRW Al Quds

The Israeli occupation authorities have decided to expel the director of Human Rights Watch’s office in Jerusalem Omar Shakir.

Israel’s Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri on Tuesday issued a decision ordering Shakir to leave Israel within 14 days.

Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry said the decision was based on Shakir’s support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

A US citizen of Iraqi origin, Shakir wrote on Twitter that this is the first time Israel orders a Human Rights Watch official out, adding that the real aim behind this move is to muzzle dissent.

For its part, Human Rights Watch organization announced its full support for Shakir, and called on the Israeli authorities to reconsider their decision, pointing out that it is determined to appeal the decision at an Israeli court.

(Source / 09.05.2018)

Israel separates part of Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem

Part Muslim cemetery

The so called Israel Nature and Parks Authority on Wednesday has separated a part of Bab al-Rahma Muslim cemetery in Occupied Jerusalem, which is adjacent to al-Aqsa Mosque’s eastern wall, for the establishment of a “national park”.

The construction of the park goes in line with the Israeli plan being implemented in the vicinity of the historic wall of Jerusalem, aiming at changing the Islamic features of the city.

The people of Silwan town objected this violation and confronted Israeli teams more than once since the cemetery is an Islamic Waqf (endowment) property. It is one of the oldest graveyards in Palestine where dozens of scholars, martyrs and religious men are buried.

(Source / 09.05.2018)

Soldiers Steal 20.000 Shekels From Two Homes In Hebron

09 MAY
11:01 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the homes of two Palestinians siblings in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, violently searched them and stole 20.000 Shekels, the WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported.

The soldiers invaded the homes of Abdul-Karim Rashid Abu Ramouz, and his brother, Ahmad, and violently searched them, causing damage, before stealing 20.000 shekels, without giving the families any warrants or documentation.

The soldiers also invaded and searched the homes of Abdullah Sallal, from Bani Neim town, east of Hebron, and Atef Ali Rabba’, from Yatta, south of the city.

In addition, the army installed roadblocks on main roads, in several parts of the Hebron governorate, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 09.05.2018)

At Rate of 28 Barrel Bombs Per Day, Assad Regime Presses on With Mass Forced Displacement

An independent rights group has released a report documenting the Assad regime’s continued use of barrel bombs against the civilian population in various areas across Syria. It said the use of this type of weapon is one of the Assad regime’s tactics to force civilians to leave their homes and areas.

In a new report released on Tuesday, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said it had recorded the use of 25,364 barrel bombs by the Assad regime since the beginning of the direct Russian military intervention on September 31, 2015. It noted that the Assad regime used barrel bombs at a rate of 28 barrels per day.

The report indicated that the Assad regime dropped no fewer than 761 barrel bombs in April, adding that at least 2,388 barrel bombs have struck the rebel-held areas since the beginning of 2018. The report noted that barrel bomb attacks claimed the lives of 59 civilians in April, including 19 children and 22 women.

According to the report, the Assad regime in April deployed barrel bombs loaded with poisonous and chemical weapons for the second consecutive month to target eastern Ghouta. The report listed the April 7 massacre in the town of Douma in eastern Ghouta when the Assad regime dropped a barrel bomb filled with chemical weapons on the Damascus suburb. The attack killed 41 civilians, including 12 children and 15 women.

According to the monitoring group, the Assad regime has intensified the use of barrel bombs, many of which were stuffed with incendiary or chemical substances in parallel with the military campaigns it launched to force civilians out of their homes and property.

The Network cited the mass forced displacement of the people of the town of Douma last March as well as the intensified barrel bombings of northern rural Homs, southern rural Hama, and southern Damascus.

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Rahman Mustafa on Tuesday said that the mass forced displacement and demographic change operations taking place against civilians in Syria “are not subject to statute of limitations and will eventually be referred to the International Criminal Court.”

Mustafa stressed that Iran bears primary responsibility for the mass forced displacement operations which are being orchestrated by Iran and executed by the Assad regime under Russia’s sponsorship. He noted that these operations are added to the litany of “war crimes” the Assad regime and its backers are committing in Syria.

The past few months have seen the largest mass forced displacement operations against residents of the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, northern rural Homs and southern rural Hama. The operations saw the Assad regime and Russia use’s of various internationally prohibited weapons, including barrel bombs loaded with incendiary and chemical substances. These attacks prompted missile strikes against the Assad regime by the United States, Great Britain and France.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 09.05.2018)

Detainee In Critical Condition From Brain Hemorrhaging


09 MAY
7:13 AM

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Tuesday, that a detainee suffered serious brain hemorrhaging, and is currently in a coma at an Israeli hospital.

The Committee stated that the soldiers also assaulted the detainee, Aziz ‘Oweisat, while moving him to the hospital, as the army is accusing him of stabbing a soldier in late April, after the two argued in Eshil prison.

The detainee also suffers with a difficult psychological condition, and is currently in a critical health condition due to brain hemorrhaging.

It is worth mentioning that ‘Oweisat is from Jabal al-Mokabber in occupied Jerusalem; he was taken prisoner in 2014 and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

(Source / 09.05.2018)

Army Shoots A Palestinian With A Gas Bomb In The Head

09 MAY
11:57 AM

Israeli soldiers shot, Wednesday, a young Palestinian man with a gas bomb which struck him directly in the head, east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Media sources in Gaza said the soldiers advanced dozens of meters into Palestinian lands east of Khuza’a, and fired live rounds and high-velocity  gas bombs at Palestinian protesters.

The Quds News Agency said the soldiers shot a young man with a gas bomb, directly striking him in the head, causing a moderate injury, before medics rushed him to the European Hospital.

In related news, the soldiers bulldozed Palestinian lands in the area, and installed sand hills, in addition to adding more barbed-wire fences near the border, east of Khuza’a.

(Source / 09.05.2018)

Increasing number of foreign journalists enter Gaza

Palestinian journalist flees from tear gas shot by Israeli soldiers at the border in Gaza [file photo]

A journalist flees from tear gas shot by Israeli soldiers at the border in Gaza

Head of the Palestinian Government Information Office in Gaza Salama Marouf said yesterday that there had been a “notable” increase in the number of foreign journalists visiting Gaza since the start of the Great March of Return, Quds Press reported.

Marouf told the news site that scores of foreign journalists entered Gaza, with numbers expected to rise ahead of the culmination of protests on Nakba Day on 15 May.

Border officials in Gaza said on average four journalists enter the enclave everyday with an increase in numbers on Thursdays in preparation for larger demonstrations held on Friday.

On 30 March, Palestinians in Gaza launched seven weeks of protests to call for their right of return and an end to the siege. The demonstrations are due to come to an end on Nakba Day which marks the day on which nearly one million Palestinians were forced to flee the homes ahead of the formation of  the state of Israel.

Israeli snipers stationed along the eastern borders of Gaza have so far killed 53 unarmed protesters and wounded about 8,000 others in an effort to stop the protests.

Read: Media freedom watchdog warns of more Israel attacks on journalists in Gaza

(Source / 09.05.2018)

Rights group: Israel arrested 500 Palestinians over Facebook posts

Facebook logo [West McGowan/Flickr]

Palestinian Prisoners’ Centre (PPC) said yesterday that Israel had arrested 500 Palestinians, including women and children, as a result of their social media posts, Al-Resalah newspaper reported.

PPC spokesman Riyadh Al-Ashqar said that the Israeli occupation began arresting Palestinians because of their social media posts following the start of the Jerusalem Intifada claiming such uploads incite terror against Israel.

Israel is using its recently formed “Cyber Unit” to monitor Palestinian social media posts, the centre said.

This unit, Al-Ashqar said, classifies any post that glorifies Palestinian martyrs, discloses Israeli crimes, supports resistance or mentions the words and phrases including “martyr” and “intifada” as “incitement of terror”.

In the recent years, Al-Ashqar said, Israeli occupation courts have issued hundreds of sentences against Palestinians on the ground of incitement on social media. The sentences ranged between months and years in prison, house arrests or bans from using social media platforms and mobile phones. The terms were handed down to men, women and children.

Read: Israel convicts Palestinian poet for ‘incitement to violence’

(Source / 09.05.2018)