Jews assault Palestinian teens in Jerusalem, police arrest boy’s brother

Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian protester on 9 December 2017 in Jerusalem who stood in opposition of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital . [Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian in Jerusalem on 9 December 2017

“Two Palestinian boys aged 16 and 18 were assaulted in Jerusalem on Wednesday by Jews believed to belong to a sect of the Bratslav Hasids”, reported Haaretz. However, when police arrived at the scene, they “arrested a Palestinian who had called for help rather than any of the Jewish suspects”.

According to the article, “the youths who were hurt on Wednesday said that they had been walking down the street when a number of youths cursed at them and yelled at them to go away. When they tried to leave they were smacked and kicked.”

“A Haredi adult helped extricate the youths from the area,” Haaretz noted.

After the two boys phoned Kamal Jabarin, “a youth counsellor for the city and brother of one of the assaulted teens,” Jabarin “tried to help get them out of the area, but the assailants followed close behind, shouting curses at them.”

Read: 28 Palestinians detained in Israel prison for 25 years

Jabarin then phoned the police, but when commando forces arrived on the scene, they “shouted at the victims that they shouldn’t have been in the area and ordered a medic to cancel a call for an ambulance”.

When Jabarin “intervened to ask why the ambulance call was cancelled, the policemen ordered him placed under arrest.”

“He asked why should they even be there and began to humiliate us,” Jabarin said. “I told him why are you taking the responsibility of cancelling the ambulance, and then he pushed me up against the wall, and handcuffed me saying I was under arrest for attacking a police officer.”

Haaretz noted that “Jabarin was held for four hours and a case was opened against him alleging he had interfered with police work, despite the fact that he had been the one to call them to the scene.”

Read: Israel fined Palestinian child prisoners $13,000 in September

#Israel arrested more than 600 Palestinians in May


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Israel deploys army to Khan Al-Ahmar

Israeli forces aim at Palestinian protesters during a rally in support of the Khan Al-Ahmar 2 October 2018 [Ä°ssam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces aim at Palestinian protesters during a rally in support of the Khan Al-Ahmar 2 October 2018

Israeli occupation authorities were deployed in large numbers around the Palestinian village of Khan Al-Ahmar yesterday, reported.

Local sources said that more than 30 battalions were deployed at the gates and roads leading to the Palestinian village which has been slated for demolition.

According to sources, the leadership of the Israeli civil administration, the Israeli body which administers the occupied territories, were seen on a nearby hilltop with maps in their hands.

Supporters, including foreigners, have been gathering in the village in solidarity with its residents for 114 days. They reject the Israeli order to demolish it.

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Israel’s demolition of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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Israel forces detain Palestinian kids on way to school

Israeli border police can be seen detaining two boys on their way to school

Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem has published a video that shows Israeli occupation forces detaining two young Palestinian children in the West Bank city of Hebron.

According to the NGO, on 13 September at around 7:30am Israeli Border Police officers detained two Palestinian boys who live in the Old City of Hebron: 13-year-old Q.R. and eight-year-old ‘A.H..

The pair were seized “on their way to school on a-Sahla Street”. According to the Israeli officers, “they had thrown stones at the nearby Checkpoint 160”.

After roughly grabbing the two children, the occupation forces “took the two to the Pharmacy Checkpoint, some 50 metres from the school”.

“There,” B’Tselem continued, “they were made to sit and forbidden to talk to relatives who came to the checkpoint.” After roughly an hour and a half, they were taken to a police station.

Two hours later, ‘A.H. was “allowed to go home with his mother,” while “Q.R. was taken to the police station in Kiryat Arba [illegal settlement], where he was questioned for about half an hour and then sent home with his father.”

Read: 300 Palestinian students in Israel’s jails miss out on school

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Unemployment doubled in Gaza since start of Israel siege

A Palestinian woman prepares food for her children at her home in a poverty-stricken quarter of al-Zaytoon in Gaza City on 17 September 2013 [Ezz Zanoun/Apaimages]

A Palestinian woman prepares food for her children at her home in a poverty-stricken quarter of al-Zaytoon in Gaza City on 17 September 2013

The General Federation of Palestinian Labour Unions reported today that the unemployment rate in the besieged Gaza Strip has doubled since Israel imposed a land, sea and air blockade 11 years ago.

The federation said, in a statement, that while the unemployment rate was at 27.2 per cent before the blockade, it has now reached 50 per cent. There are currently 283,000 workers who are unemployed in the Strip, it added.

Rates of poverty reached 80 per cent as the Strip has witnessed a sharp deterioration in the standard of living and its economic performance.

The federation called for immediate solutions to the high unemployment rate among Palestinian workers in the besieged enclave, which would only be possible by ending the Israeli blockade, reviving the economy and opening the borders to facilitate the movement of people and goods.

Read: 90% of Gaza residents have no access to safe sources of drinking water

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, had said in a statement in August that the Gaza Strip is “on the verge of total collapse”, pointing out that half of Gaza’s population suffers from unemployment.

A 2015 UN report warned that the Gaza Strip may become “unliveable by 2020, if present trends continue”.

43% of 20-24 year-old Palestinians in the occupied #WestBank and #Gazaare unemployed.

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Gaza incendiary balloons spark environmental disaster in ‘Israel’

AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — According to data received from KKL (Jewish National Fund Keren Kayemet Leisrael), thousands of dunams of farmland and woodland were set on fire by incendiary kites and balloons launched from the besieged Gaza Strip into Israel over the past six months, prompting an environmental disaster in the area.

KKL documented that 1,053 fires were sparked in Israeli communities surrounding Gaza and that about 11,920 dunams (2,945 acres) of farmland and woodland were set on fire, prompting an “environmental disaster” in the area.
The majority of the conflagrations broke out in the Beeri forest, with 452 fires sparking there, while 353 fires broke out in the Kissufim forest.Meanwhile, 75 fires were documented in the Shokeda forest, 31 fires sparked in the Hannun forest, and 29 fires scorched the HaBesor Stream forest.
The data was provided by KKL’s forest rangers in the Negev area, who have been on call during the past six months, arriving to the scene once receiving a report about a fire breaking out, in order to gain control of the flames to later extinguish it.
KKL added that dozens of trees were significantly harmed and their rehabilitation is expected to take years.
Additionally, hundreds of wild animals were killed in the fires due to the continuous launch of incendiary kites and balloons into southern Israel.
An Israeli firefighter said “The nature in the Gaza border communities has been severely damaged. In my opinion, when rain comes, we’ll be able to know what can be renewed. Everything is scorched now.”
In September, Israeli farmers from Israeli communities surrounding the besieged Gaza Strip announced that they will be filing a lawsuit against the Hamas movement leaders before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.
The lawsuit will be filed for violating international laws, including the launch of incendiary kites and balloons resulting in burning hundreds of dunams of open fields.Palestinians in Gaza view the incendiary kites as a form of protest against Israel’s nearly 12-year blockade of Gaza and for Palestinian refugees right of return to their homes and lands which are now known as Israel.
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WHO: Israelis Kill 14 Palestinians in Gaza in Last Two Weeks

11 OCT
6:57 AM

The latest figures show that 14 Palestinians, including four children, were killed, while 1,434 were injured by Israeli forces during demonstrations between September 23 and October 6, at the Gaza border with Israel, according to a special situation report by the World Health Organization (WHO) issued on Wednesday.

The report also said, according to WAFA, that from the 30th of March, the start of the March of Return protests on the Gaza borders with Israel, until the 6th of October, 205 Palestinians have been killed. Out of the total number killed, 190 people were killed by Israeli forces during the demonstrations and 15 people killed during Israeli attacks.

It said that, out of the total 1,434 injured, 737 patients required transfer to hospitals or clinics, including 150 children and 32 females. Of the hospitalized injured, 12 cases were critically life threatening, 245 moderate, 453 mild and the remaining 27 were unspecified cases.

In addition, said the WHO report, the total number of amputations during the entire period was 81, including 15 children and one female. Out of this total, 73 were lower limb amputations and 8 upper limb amputations.

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Thousands of Chronically Ill Gazans Deprived of Medicine

11 OCT
7:06 AM

Thousands of patients with chronic diseases, in the Gaza Strip, suffer from a shortage of medicines which are supposed to be distributed to them every month in primary health centers throughout the Gaza Strip.

According to a report by the Palestinian Center for Health Information in the Ministry, the total number of diabetics and sufferers of hypertension, in Gaza, numbers 350 thousand patients. These people attend primary care clinics, at the rate of a monthly visit to each of them, to follow up, upon which they are supposed to receive treatment if available.

The report showed an increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases in the Gaza Strip, from 35% to 46% between 2016 to 2017, in addition to an increase in the rate of diabetes, from 31% to 32% between the years (2016 – 2017).

The supply of medicinal drugs that are supposed to be available, in the ministry clinics, amounts to 145 categories. Currently, there are only 45 categories. The deficit is 70%, while 16 categories are expected to be completed within the next three months.

The patients cannot find alternative treatment, most of the time, according to Al Ray, and the threat of facing more serious complications is on the rise.

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PCHR: “On World Day against Death Penalty, PCHR reiterates its call for Abolishing This Penalty in Palestinian Law”

11 OCT
4:35 AM

 Today, 10 October, coincides the World Day against Death Penalty when calls are annually renewed by the countries of the world to work on abolishing this penalty from its legislation, considering it as an inhuman penalty that is incompatible with the values of justice and goals of punishments that aim at rehabilitating the offenders and not wiping them off.

On this occasion, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), reiterates its call for abolishing this penalty from the Palestinian legislation.  PCHR more than once has called upon the President to issue a law by decree to suspend the death penalty until the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) convenes to amend the Penal Code in order to abolish death penalty.

In June 2018, State of Palestine acceded to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), aiming at the abolition of the death penalty.  Thus, Palestine now has an international obligation to abolish this penalty, and continuing applying it is considered a grave breach of Palestine’s international obligations.

Article 1 of this Protocol provides that: “1. No one within the jurisdiction of a State Party to the present Protocol shall be executed. 2. Each State Party shall take all necessary measures to abolish the death penalty within its jurisdiction.”

Despite signing the Protocol, the official authorities have not yet taken any measures to give effect to its obligation.  Moreover, the Palestinian Authority has not yet made any attempts to suspend or abolish the death penalty in the Palestinian legislation.

Since its establishment, PCHR has always rejected the application of death penalty in Palestine and based on legal, objective, and human justifications, outweighing the considerations of justice over the political bickering and desire for retaliation.

PCHR believes that the judicature in Palestine, particularly in the Gaza Strip, does not have the expertise and tools need for such a sentence as serious as the death penalty that is irreversible in case the accused person was found not guilty.

Moreover, the investigation and trial proceedings include many violations, such as systematic torture during investigations and bringing civilians before Military Courts, in grave breaches of the international law and standards.  Thus, the sentence becomes invalid.

It should be mentioned that in 2018, the number of death sentences issued has so far risen to 7 sentences; all of them were issued in the Gaza Strip. Five of sentences were issued by courts of first instance, while the 2 others; one by the Court of Appeal upholding a previous sentence and the other by Court of Cassation.

Thus, the total number of death sentences issued in the PA controlled areas has risen to 207 since 1994, 30 of which have been issued in the West Bank and 177 in the Gaza Strip. Among those issued in the Gaza Strip, 119 sentences have been issued since 2007.

PCHR has noticed a significant increase in the application of the death penalty in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the Palestinian division and Hamas takeover on the Gaza Strip, particularly in the last 3 years.  In 2017, 19 new death sentences were issued; 16 sentences were issued in 2016; and 12 sentences were issued in 2015.

However, a significant decline in the application of death sentence was recorded in the West Bank courts as during the last 3 years, only 3 death sentences were issued; all of them in 2015.  Meanwhile, 2016 and 2017 and even 2018 have not witnessed issuance of any death sentence in the West Bank.

Furthermore, since the establishment of the PA, 41 death sentences were applied, 39 of which were in the Gaza Strip and two in the West Bank. Among the sentences applied in the Gaza Strip, 28 were applied since 2007 without the ratification of the Palestinian President in violation of the law.

In addition, in 2017 only, 6 death sentences were applied in the Gaza Strip, which is the highest number of those sentences applied in one year since the takeover of Hamas on the Gaza Strip in 2007.

It is noteworthy that 9 death sentences were applied following the formation of the National Unity Government in 2014 while no death sentences has so far been applied during this year.

It should be noted that the Palestinian President has not ratified any death sentence since 2005.  The death penalty requires ratification of the President to be applied as codified in Article 109 of the Palestinian Basic Law (PBL) which provides that “A death sentence pronounced by any court may not be implemented unless endorsed by the President of the Palestinian National Authority.”

The death sentences in the Gaza Strip were applied upon the ratification of the deposed government there in explicit violation of the law which provides the ratification of the president himself and continued doing so until the formation of the National Unity Government in June 2014.

Later, a new way to ratify the death sentences to be executed in the Gaza Strip was renovated as the Change and Reform Bloc which convenes on behalf of the PLC is now granting the ratification.  PCHR has repeatedly emphasized that such ratification is invalid and does not give any legal cover for the implementation of the death sentence.

PCHR stresses its complete rejection of applying any death sentence and considers that the implementation of death sentences without the ratification of the Palestinian President is an extra-judicial execution which demands effective accountability.

PCHR also emphasizes that any decision issued by any other authority regardless of its legality or the authority it represents will not ever replace the President’s ratification.

On the World Day against Death Penalty, PCHR stresses the seriousness of using this inhuman punishment and will continue working with the national and international partners to abolish completely this penalty from all legislations in Palestine.

Thus, PCHR reiterates its call upon the Palestinian President to commit to its obligation under the Second Optional Protocol to ICCPR to which the State of Palestine has acceded and make immediate amendments to the Penal laws applicable in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip; the 1936 Penal Code applicable in the Gaza Strip and 1960 Penal Code applicable in the West Bank.  CHR reiterates its call for suspending the 1979 Revolutionary Penal Code for its unconstitutionality.

PCHR also calls for ending the application of death sentences in the Gaza Strip and emphasizes that the attempt to replace the ratification of the President with the ratification of the Change and Reform Bloc in the Gaza Strip is legally invalid and has no value.

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Palestinian Man Sentenced to 10 Months Imprisonment over Facebook Posts

11 OCT
6:47 AM

The Israeli occupation court in Jerusalem, Tuesday, sentenced a Palestinian man to 10 months in prison over his Facebook posts.

Amir al-Dibs, from Jerusalem, was sentenced over what Israel called “incitement” on Facebook.

According to the PNN, since the beginning of October, 2015, occupation authorities have carried out more than 500 similar detentions, including of women and children, to a background of writing on social networking sites, specifically “Facebook”.

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Israel arrests US student for supporting Palestinian cause

US citizen Lara Alqasem, 22, has been held in detention in Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport since last Tuesday, for supporting a Palestinian-led boycott campaign against the regime.

Alqasem, who has a valid student’s visa and was registered to study a graduate course at Israel’s Hebrew University, was detained by Israeli authorities at the airport for supporting the Palestinian cause.

Alqasem, whose grandparents are from Palestine, is a former president of the University of Florida chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine.

Her “crime,” according to Israeli authorities, is that while studying for her bachelor’s degree Alqasem was president of a group that advocates the pro-Palestine Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The BDS movement is a Palestinian-led international campaign launched more than a decade ago with the aim of ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

It pursues equal rights for Palestinians by exerting pressure on the Israeli regime via economic and cultural boycotts.

“Israel will not allow entry to those who work to harm the country, whatever their excuse,” Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister, Gilad Erdan, said on Monday.

Erdan said Alqasem will remain in detention until she repudiates her past activities.

Her attorney, Yotam Ben-Hallel, who has already filed an appeal to the Tel Aviv District Court which ruled on Monday that Alqasem will remain indefinitely in detention, argued that Alqasem has never actively participated in boycott campaigns.

“We’re talking about someone who simply wants to study in Israel … She’s not even part of the student organization anymore,” Ben-Hillel said.

Alqasem, who is registered to study for a master’s degree in Human Rights and Transitional Justice, has received support from the Hebrew University’s 400-strong academia, as well as other university and institutions of higher education around Israel which have also called for Alqasem to be allowed into Israel.

Barring Alqasem from entering the country “could deter foreign scholars and students from coming to Israel,” and “should be taken only for the strongest and clearest reasons – preventing violence and lawbreaking. In Alqasem’s case no such claims were presented,” the Hebrew University senate said in a statement.

(Source / 11.10.2018)