Palestinian activists, ex-prisoners arrested in West Bank raids

Activists ex prisoners arrested

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Tuesday arrested a number of Palestinians in raid campaigns launched in the West Bank.

Israeli occupation army said in a statement that its forces arrested “wanted” Palestinians involved in attacks against Israeli soldiers and settlers.

Quds Press reporter said that the IOF arrested ex-prisoners Hasan Karaja, Haitham Sayyaj, and Saif al-Edris after raiding their houses in Ramallah.

Another Palestinian youth identified as Mohammed al-Helo was arrested at the entrance to Khan al-Ahmar village near Jerusalem.

The IOF stormed Tuqu’ town, south of Bethlehem, and handed orders to the brothers Nour and Saif al-Amour to appear before the Israeli Intelligence Service for interrogation at Gush Etzion detention center.

Meanwhile in al-Khalil, the IOF broke into the house of Jamal Karama, who is currently held in Israeli jails, seized his vehicle, and summonsed his son for interrogation.

Violent clashes broke out Monday at night between IOF soldiers and Palestinian youths in Qalqilya city.

Eyewitnesses said that many Palestinians suffered breathing difficulties when the IOF heavily fired teargas canisters in the area.

The IOF further erected a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Qalqilya, searched Palestinian vehicles passing in the area, and interrogated their passengers.

(Source / 11.09.2018)

Israeli police arrest senior Palestinian official

Raja Eghbariya

Israeli police on Tuesday arrested a senior Palestinian official in the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories after searching his house and confiscating some of his belongings.

According to his family, Raja Eghbariya, member of the political bureau of Abnaa el-Balad Movement, was arrested from his house in Umm al-Fahm on Tuesday morning.

The family said in a press statement that Israeli police seized all computers in the house as well as Eghbariya’s cell phone.

They added that an Israeli court decided to extend Eghbariya’s detention until Wednesday with no charges leveled against him.

Eghbariya has been arrested several times by the Israeli police over charges of “incitement” and “encouraging riots” in demonstrations in the 1948 occupied Palestine.

(Source / 11.09.2018)

Dozens of Palestinians injured by IOF at Gaza border

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Monday when the Israeli occupation forces opened fire at Palestinians marching in northern Gaza to support the new Freedom Flotilla that will attempt a journey from Gaza sea to break the siege.

Gaza Ministry of Health said that 49 Palestinians, including journalists and medics, were injured by Israeli live ammunition and teargas canisters.

A Palestinian reporter said that about 50 boats, carrying on board students and injured people, took part in the seventh Freedom Flotilla campaign launched from the Gaza Strip.

Member of Hamas’s Political Bureau Fathi Hammad praised the Palestinian people’s determination and bravery over the past months.

Hammad stressed that Palestinians in Gaza will continue their protests until they achieve their goals and restore their usurped rights.

Since 30th March, Palestinian citizens in Gaza have been protesting in five camps along Gaza’s border with the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories in what is called “Great March of Return”. A sixth camp will be installed starting Monday northwest of Gaza.

(Source / 11.09.2018)

Palestine doctors say US aid cut endangers patients’ lives

The US funds made it possible for many Palestinians to seek specialised treatment.

Palestinian doctors have condemned “inhumane” US plans to cut $25 million in aid to six hospitals in occupied holy city of Jerusalem.

The head of the Augusta Victoria Hospital told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service on Sunday the move will endanger the lives of patients.

“The people most affected by this outrageous and inhumane decision will be the patients, in particular patients with cancer and kidney disease. It will cause significant harm to the services available for them,” Walid Nammour said.

“It will also harm the treatment for the five million residents of the West Bank and Gaza who benefit from the services of hospitals in Jerusalem,” he added.

The director of Jerusalem’s Makassed Hospital said the aid cut was a bid to pressure Palestinians into accepting US dictates.

“The Trump administration is attempting to extort Palestinians politically,” Bassam Abu Libdeh said.

“We reject this blackmail and stress that we will never abandon our national and political position in exchange for money.”

Abu Libdeh added the aid cut will harm the hospital’s operations as it is facing a financial crisis over a large cash flow deficit and outstanding debts.

The US funds made it possible for many Palestinians to seek specialised treatment – such as cardiac surgery, neonatal intensive care or children’s dialysis – unavailable in the West Bank and Gaza, according to the World Health Organization.

Sunday’s move follows the State Department’s late August announcement the administration was slashing more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians following a review that President Donald Trump ordered to ensure the spending was aligned with US national interests.

Palestinian officials vociferously protested Trump’s December 2017 decision to recognise the occupied city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

They accuse him of using aid as a coarse lever to force them back to peace talks with Israel.

Trump made it clear on Thursday he was working to get Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

“You’ll get money, but we’re not paying you until we make a deal,” he said in Washington. “If we don’t make a deal, we’re not paying,” Trump said.

(Source / 11.09.2018)

IOF open fire towards Gaza youths

Youth attackted again

PNN/ Gaza/

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened fire at a Palestinian resistance point and a number of youths near the border fence east of Al-Shujaiya neighborhood east of Gaza City.

According to Safa agency correspondent, IOF opened fire towards a group of youths near the point, however, no casualties were reported.

IOF have continuously targeted civilians in the eastern Gaza Strip since the beginning of the Great Return March which began on 30 march.

The protests resulted in the martyrdom of 174 Palestinians and Palestinians and the injury of 19,600 others.

(Source / 11.09.2018)

Israel detains Palestinian activist Hasan Karajeh, again

Israeli forces detained rights activist Hasan Karajeh [Laith Abu Zeyad/Twitter]

Israeli forces detained rights activist Hasan Karajeh

Israeli forces detained rights activist Hasan Karajeh after raiding and searching his home in the village of Safa, in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah and Al-Bireh, this morning.

Locals said that Israeli soldiers searched Karajeh’s family house before detaining him.

Karajeh was then transferred to an unknown location.

This is the third time Karajeh has been detained by Israel, he was released from Israeli prisons last year; he was previously detained twice, once in 2013 and again in 2016.

Read: Israel arrested 484 Palestinians in August

The human rights youth activist was the Ambassador of Arab Youth at the Arab League and has previously represented Palestine at several international conferences and platforms.

Israeli forces detained another two Palestinian during raids carried out across the West Bank at dawn today.

Another former prisoner was also detained from Ramallah and identified by locals as Haitham Siyaj.

Israeli forces detained a Palestinian youth identified as Muhammad Al-Hilw from the Hizma town east of Jerusalem.

Read: Israel arrested 651 Palestinian children since start of 2018

In the central West Bank district of Bethlehem, Israeli forces summoned brothers Nur and Said Mahmoud Al-Umour, from the Tuqu town in southern Bethlehem, in for questioning.

According to a report published yesterday, there are currently 6,000 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails.

(Source / 11.09.2018)

Israel arrested 484 Palestinians in August

Israeli forces can be seen arresting a Palestinian child [Taimoor Ul Haq/Facebook]

Israeli forces can be seen arresting a Palestinian child

Israeli occupation forces arrested 484 Palestinians in August, including 62 children and 18 women, a report by rights groups revealed yesterday.

As a result of the arrests, the activists said, the number of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails has risen to 6,000, including 51 women and girls and 430 who are being delf under administrative detention.

According to the report, the Israeli occupation issued 100 administration detention orders, including 41 new orders and 59 renewals.

A number of administrative detainees launched a hunger strike and others joined them, the report added. While they also continued their boycott of Israeli courts, action they launched in February.

Read: Israel arrested 651 Palestinian children since start of 2018

Regarding women, the report said that the Israeli occupation has arrested 90 women and girls since the start of the year. An increase in the number of females arrested in previous years when the number was 106 in 2015, and 150 in both 2016 and 2017.

#MothersDay in the #MENA

MEMO #Infographic by QUAD Business House
#يوم_الام #Palestine

(Source / 11.09.2018)

Palestinian students injured as Israel soldiers raid school

Israeli forces fired tear gas a Palestinian school during a raid in Hebron

Several Palestinian students suffered from tear-gas inhalation after Israeli forces raided their school in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron yesterday.

According to local sources, Israeli forces raided the all-boys school and showered the building with tear-gas cannisters and stun grenades causing several students to suffer from suffocation from tear-gas inhalation.

Sources added that the attack caused panic among the students and disrupted classes.

Read: Family of 9 homeless as Israel demolishes Hebron home at behest of settlers

Israeli forces also detained the principal, Adnan Daana, for unknown reasons.

The Palestinian Ministry of education released its annual report for 2017 documenting the Israeli government’s violations against Palestinian education, saying that 80,279 Palestinian children and 4,929 teachers and staff were “attacked” by Israeli settlers or soldiers.

On Sunday a settler used his car to block a road and refused to allow Palestinian children to walk to school. Hurling abuse at them he called them “thieves” and drove his car at them.

(Source / 11.09.2018)

39 children killed by Israel in 2018

Some 39 Palestinian children have been killed in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2018

Some 39 Palestinian children have been killed in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2018 to date, according to a new statement by NGO Defense for Children International – Palestine(DCIP).

The death toll rose this past week, after Israeli soldiers killed two Palestinian boys, aged 16 and 17, during protests near the Gaza perimeter fence.

According to DCIP, Israeli forces have killed 38 children, while one child was killed by Israeli settlers.

“The parents of one further child who was shot by Israeli forces on April 29, Yousef Abu Jazar, are still waiting for official confirmation of their child’s death,” the statement noted.

Read: Israeli armed forces kill Palestinian in Gaza

Of the 39 child fatalities, said DCIP, 27 children were killed in the context of “Great March of Return” protests near the Gaza Strip perimeter fence that have taken place since 30 March.

Last Friday, Israeli forces killed 16-year-old Ahmad Misbah Abu Tyour and 17-year-old Bilal Mustafa Mohammad Khafajeh, both shot with live ammunition.

Ahmad was shot in the foot, “causing serious damage”. At the hospital “ruled that the injury was so severe, it would require amputation”, but “at approximately 8:00 a.m. the next morning, on September 8, Ahmad succumbed to his injury and was pronounced dead”.

Bilal was also shot on Friday evening, and hit with a live bullet to the chest. He was pronounced deal upon arrival at hospital.

Read: Israel killed 19 Palestinians and wounded 1,600 in August

“Palestinian children are being routinely shot and killed in the Gaza Strip with impunity including during circumstances that suggest unlawful and wilful killings,” said DCIP’s Ayed Abu Eqtaish.

“International bodies must take steps to end this and uphold protections for Palestinian children.”


Since 2014, DCIP has documented how “Israeli forces have increasingly targeted Palestinian children with intentional lethal force to quash protests”.

“Under international law, lethal force such as live ammunition, may only be used as a last resort and when a direct threat to life or of serious injury exists,” the NGO noted.

(Source / 11.09.2018)

Palestinians factions condemn US closure of PLO office

Outside view of the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in Washington, US on 10 September 2018 [Yasin Öztürk/Anadolu Agency]

Outside view of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s office in Washington, US on 10 September 2018

Palestinian factions yesterday condemned the US decision to close the PLO office in Washington, stressing this proves that the US “is dedicated to protect Israel and coverup its crimes against the Palestinians”.

Member of Political Bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Tayseer Khalid described the US move as “naïve” and “immature”.

Khalid, who is a member of the PLO Central Committee, also said that the American measure aims to “protect” Israel from being held accountable for “crimes it carried out against the Palestinians since 1967, including settlement.”

Meanwhile, Hamas said the closure was “proof” off the failure of the negotiations in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Hamas went on to highlight “Israeli crimes against the Palestinians” which “continued and have been ignored by the whole world” while negotiations continue.

Read: Trump administration briefs US Jewish groups on Israel-Palestine peace deal

(Source / 11.09.2018)