Israeli snipers shot three Palestinians near Gaza border area

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — At least three Palestinian citizens were injured Monday when Israeli occupation forces opened fire at peaceful protesters near Gaza’s eastern border.

Spokesman for Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qedra said that a Palestinian youth was moderately injured after being shot in the leg east of Gaza city.

Al-Qedra said that the injured youth was immediately transferred to al-Shifa Hospital for treatment.

He added that a child and a young man were also shot and injured east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Israeli soldiers stationed at the border fence east of Gaza deliberately shoot at Palestinian civilians taking part in the Great March of Return. Since the border protests started in March, 154 Palestinians have been killed and over 17,000 injured.

(Source / 31.07.2018)

Hamas: Israel detains journalists to hide its racist policies

Palestinians walk front to a billboard to journalists killed by the Israeli army on the Gaza-Israel border, in northern Gaza city, on May 3, 2018

Israel is targeting Palestinian journalists in an effort to limit the coverage of its atrocities against civilians in the occupied territories, Hamas said yesterday.

Commenting on the detention of four Palestinian journalists from the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Hamas said in a statement: “The retention of the Israeli policy of detaining journalists is proof that the occupation is afraid of the free journalists who report the suffering of Palestinians.”

Palestinian Journalists Arrested by Israel - Cartoon [Sarwar Ahmed/MiddleEastMonitor]

Hamas also said that the “aggressive Israeli measures against the Palestinian journalists will not hide the reality,” noting that these “free people reinforce the Palestinian narrative” related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The movement called on the international community to take up its responsibility and defend the Palestinian journalists and guarantee their freedom.

OPINION: Israel kills witnesses to its crimes, and doesn’t want us to know

Sources said that Israeli occupation forces stormed the houses of the journalists Alaa Al-Rimawi, Mohammed Olwan, Hosni Injas and Qutaiba Hamdan before detaining them.

According to the sources, the Israeli occupation forces confiscated their cameras and other work equipment, in addition to Al-Rimawi and Injas’ cars.

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(Source / 31.07.2018)

US: Only 40,000 Palestinian refugees left today

Refugees are seen at the Jalazone refugee camp, during the 70th anniversary of Nakba, also known as Day of the Catastrophe in 1948, in northern part of Ramallah, West Bank on 14 May, 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Refugees are seen at the Jalazone refugee camp, during the 70th anniversary of Nakba, also known as Day of the Catastrophe in 1948, in northern part of Ramallah, West Bank on 14 May, 2018

Members of the US Congress have been working to cut American support for UNRWA by reducing the number of Palestinian refugees it acknowledges to 40,000, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

Reporting an Israeli newspaper, Safa said that a secret American report stated that there are only 40,000 Palestinian refugees, noting they are the Palestinians who left their home land in 1948 and remain alive today.

Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

The secret American proposal says the US can continue to support the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) if it reduces the number of refugees it acknowledges from 5.3 million to only 40,000. This would mean the decedents of those violently evicted from their homeland in 1948 would not be eligible for aid in spite of continuing to live as refugees in a foreign country.

OPINION: Palestinians are being impoverished by the manipulation of humanitarian aid

The bill was initiated by Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn who called it “The UNRWA Reform and Refugee Support Act.”

He said in a statement that the “refugee status is not something that can be handed down from generation to generation.”

According to the document, Palestinian refugees in Gaza would not be dealt with as refugees, but as people living under the control of a “terror group”.

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(Source / 31.07.2018)

2 Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces from Occupied Jerusalem

Kidnapped from Al Quds

The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday kidnapped two Palestinian young men from Jerusalem’s al-Issawiya town.

Local sources identified the two young men as Saed Ubaid and the son of the slain Palestinian citizen Musbah Abu Sbeih.

Both arrestees were dragged to an Israeli detention center in Occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 31.07.2018)

Israeli Colonizers Injure A Palestinian Child In Hebron

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Illegal Israeli colonizers attacked and injured, on Monday evening, a Palestinian child in the Old City of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Medical sources in Hebron said the child, Yousef Fawwaz Qfeisha, suffered various lacerations and bruises to several parts of his body.

The Israeli assailants attacked the child close his home near the Religious Court, in the Old City, before he was rushed to a local clinic.

Two days earlier, a number of extremist colonizers attacked several Palestinians, and injured a husband and his wife in Tal Romeida neighborhood, in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 31.07.2018)

IOF threaten to demolish six homes in Al-Walaja village

Al Walaja

Israeli occupation authorities on Tuesday notified owners of six houses in the village of Al Walaja, northwest of Bethlehem, with demolition orders.

According to WAFA news agency, a large force of the occupation army accompanied by the staff of the so-called Jerusalem Municipality, broke into the area of ​​Ein Jweiza, north of the village, and handed over the owners of six houses demolition notices under the pretext of non-authorization.

The Israeli authorities also handed over demolition notices to the Jerusalem Municipality for investigation on how the homes were built.

It is noteworthy that the area of ​​Ein Jweiza, adjacent to Jerusalem, has been subjected to a significant escalation by the occupation against the population and property.

20 houses recieved orders of either demolition or stop of construction.  Currently, there is a total of 80 cases of demolition and stop of construction.

(Source / 31.07.2018)

Palestinian sentenced to jail for ‘incitement’ with poems

Palestinian sentenced to jail for 'incitement' with poems

Dareen Tatour wrote poetry on resisting Israeli occupation

A Palestinian woman was sentenced to five months in prison for incitement to violence and support for a terrorist organisation in poems and other social media posts, the justice ministry said.

Dareen Tatour, 36 and an Israeli citizen, posted a video clip of herself reading her poem “Resist, my people, resist them,” in October 2015, accompanied by pictures of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces, according to authorities.

The posts on YouTube and Facebook came as a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence was erupting.

She was convicted in May and sentenced in the Nazareth district court. Her lawyer Gaby Lasky was expected to appeal.

But her prosecution has drawn international criticism.

International writers group Pen has defended Tatour, saying she “has been convicted for doing what writers do every day – we use our words to peacefully challenge injustice.”

The poem was quoted in Hebrew in the charge sheet, but according to an English translation on the Arabic literature and translation site ArabLit, it contains the following lines:

“For an Arab Palestine, I will not succumb to the ‘peaceful solution,’ Never lower my flags, Until I evict them from my land, Resist the settler’s robbery, And follow the caravan of martyrs.”

Prosecutors said that on October 4, she also quoted a statement by Islamic Jihad calling for “continuation of the intifada in every part of the West Bank,” alleging it showed her support for the outlawed militant group.

Tatour, from the Arab village of Reineh near Nazareth, was arrested on October 11, 2015.

Her sentencing comes after Israeli authorities on Saturday arrested two Italian graffiti artists painting a mural of Palestinian icon Ahed Tamimi on the separation fence in the occupied West Bank.

News of the Italian artists’ arrest was made on Twitter when the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) posted a video of the incident.

The video shows armed soldiers ordering the two men, along with a Palestinian activist, to get out of a car next to the separation barrier. They are led away through an opening in the barrier. Israel’s military had no immediate comment.

Palestinians have very limited self-rule in the occupied West Bank, which Israel occupies.

More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.

Israeli armed forces have shot and killed at least 150 Palestinians in 2018, the majority during protests in the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 31.07.2018)

20 Freedom Flotilla sailors still held in Israeli jail; Italian artists deported from Palestine

Twenty international solidarity activists on board the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza are being held in Israeli prisons, report the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.  The first boat in the flotilla, “Al-Awda,” was hijacked by Israeli occupation forces in international waters on Sunday, 29 July. The next boat in the flotilla, the “Freedom,” is still on the approach to Gaza. The Flotilla aims to break the Israeli naval siege on Gaza, Palestine.

Two activists with Israeli citizenship on the boats, Zohar Chamberlain Regev and Yonatan Shapira, were released on bail and charged with attempting to enter Gaza and conspiracy to commit a crime. The 20 international solidarity activists remain detained in Givon prison and were scheduled to begin meeting with their lawyer on Monday.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition noted that:

“Although the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) claim that the capture of our vessel happened ‘without exceptional incident’, eye-witness Zohar Chamberlain Regev reports that at the time of boarding: ‘People on board were tasered and hit by masked IOF soldiers. We did not get our passports or belongings before we got off the boat. Do not believe reports of peaceful interception.’ We urgently need to know the details of who was injured and how seriously, and what treatment they are receiving, if any. A military attack on a civilian vessel is a violent act and a violation of international law. Taking 22 people from international waters to a country which is not their destination constitutes an act of kidnapping, which is also unlawful under the international Convention of the Law of Sea.”

Mural on Apartheid Wall by artist Jorit Agoch.

In addition, two Italian artists, including well-known muralist Jorit Agoch, were ordered deported from Palestine on Monday, 30 July after they were seized by Israeli occupation forces for painting a large mural of Ahed Tamimi, 17, on the Apartheid Wall. The 13-foot-high painting was part of the celebration of Ahed’s release from over seven months in Israeli prison on Sunday, 29 July, along with her mother, Nariman.

The portrait was the focus of global media attention before the artists and the Palestinian driver who accompanied them were seized by occupation forces as they completed work on the portrait. The Palestinian man was reportedly released, as were the two artists, after their tourist visas were cancelled and they were ordered to leave the country within 72 hours. They were also banned from entering occupied Palestine for 10 years, much like other activists who have been denied entry to Palestine at Ben-Gurion airport or the Karameh/Allenby crossing.

(Source / 31.07.2018)

Four journalists among 28 Palestinians seized by Israeli occupation forces

Israeli occupation forces seized 28 Palestinians on Monday morning, 30 July, including four Palestinian journalists who work for al-Quds TV: Alaa al-Rimawi, Mohammed Sami Alwan, Qutaiba Hamdan and Hassani al-Najas. Rimawi directs the al-Quds TV Ramallah bureau and his home in the al-Masayef neighborhood in Ramallah was raided by occupation forces, while Mohammed Alwan was also seized from his home.

Qutaiba Hamdan was seized from Beitunia and Husni Anjas from Kharbata Bani Harith, and his vehicle and work equipment were seized by the Israeli occupation. Quds News reported that Israeli occupation forces accused the four journalists of “incitement,” based on their reporting about the realities of Israeli colonization in Palestine. Just days ago, Palestinian writer Lama Khater was seized from her home in al-Khalil. Khater and the four journalists seized today make up some of the 29 Palestinian journalists imprisoned by Israel. These imprisoned journalists include student Istabraq Tamimi and a number of journalists detained without charge or trial, including Hammam Hantash, Abdullah Shatat and Abdel-Mohsen Shalaldeh., noted the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Commission.

The Palestinians seized on Monday included the freed prisoners Mohsen Hardan Shreim, Bilal Maskawi, Nidal Nofal, Fadi Hourani, Khaled Wajih Sabri, Mohammed Wajih Sabri, Nour Daoud and Hussam Hatem Abu Libdeh in Qalqilya. In Bethlehem, occupation forces seized former prisoners Fahad As’ad and Atta al-Hreimi as well as Mohammed Ali al-Muti. In addition to the four journalists, they also seized Wassim Jadallah and Moataz Abu Rahmah from the Ramallah and el-Bireh area; Khaled Sidqi Daraghmeh and Nasr Mohammed Nasrallah Daraghmeh from Tubas; and Shadi Riyad al-Harb from Dura village in al-Khalil.

In addition, occupation forces raided a number of homes in al-Khalil, including the home of Nada Dweik, the daughter of Palestinian Legislative Council speaker and former prisoner Abdel-Aziz Dweik, ransacking it. They posted on the walls of houses in the city warning students against activism with the Islamic bloc on campuses.

(Source / 31.07.2018)

Palestinian student Ola Marshoud sentenced to 7 months in Israeli prison; female students receive arrest threats

Ola Marshoud

Palestinian student Ola Marshoud, 21, from the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, was sentenced to seven months in Israeli prison by the Salem military court on Monday, 30 July, for her involvement in student activism on the An-Najah University campus. Marshoud has been detained since March, when she was summoned to interrogation at the military base near Huwwara. When she arrived, she was transferred the interrogation center at Petah Tikva.

She was accused in the military court of involvement in student organizing at An-Najah University. Active Palestinians involved in the student movement are repeatedly targeted for Israeli arrest, imprisonment and persecution, including Omar Kiswani, the student body president at Bir Zeit University. Statistics indicate that there are over 300 Palestinian university students imprisoned in Israeli jails.

Threatening notice against student activists in al-Khalil 

This policy of colonial military repression of student activism is continuing; in the pre-dawn hours of Monday, 30 July, a number of families in al-Khalil reported that armed occupation forces posted notices on the walls of the area, particularly the homes of female students, threatening them against participating in student elections and activism with the Islamic Bloc on their campuses. Several young women’s family homes were raided and letters presented to their parents by occupation soldiers accusing them of participating in “illegal activities” through student activism.

One such letter, directed at students’ parents from Israeli occupation intelligence, said: “If you get this message, it means that you are the parents of one of the activists of the Islamic bloc, which is an illegal activity. We alert you that any such involvement may lead to the arrest of your daughter, damaging her academic life and future, wasting your money and causing concern and indignation in the hearts of your family. We turn to you to follow up on the activities of your daughter and lead her away from such actions. You have been warned of the consequences.”

(Source / 31.07.2018)