Child among several Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers

child kidnap

Scores of Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at daybreak Tuesday in abduction sweeps rocking the West Bank.

Overnight, an Israeli patrol rolled into Qalqilya’s eastern town of Azzoun and attacked Palestinian anti-occupation youth with randomly-discharged spates of bullet fire, injuring a young man in his leg.

A number of Palestinian young men were kidnapped by the IOF in the assault.

At the same time, Israeli soldiers stormed Ramallah’s western village of al-Janiya and wreaked havoc on civilian homes. A Palestinian youth was summoned to questioning at the Ofer detention center, southwest of Ramallah.

Palestinian ex-prisoner Muayad Ghazi was also kidnapped by the occupation forces from his family home in Jama’in town, in Nablus.

The IOF further broke into Jenin and cordoned off the Jenin-Haifa thoroughfare with a military checkpoint. A young man was kidnapped from the city.

Palestinian civilians reportedly choked on teargas fired by the occupation forces in clashes that burst out in Jenin’s eastern corners.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian child, identified as Nour al-Hindi, was kidnapped by the IOF from al-Khalil’s northern town of Beit Ummar.

An iron gate was step up by the Israeli military at the main entrance to Kelkes village, south of al-Khalil.

In the meantime, the occupation army threatened to demolish the family home of 17-year-old Palestinian boy Khalil Jabareen, from Yatta town, over allegations of his involvement in an anti-occupation stabbing attack carried out on September 16, 2018 near Gush Etzion settlement outpost, south of Bethlehem. A fanatic Israeli settler died in the alleged attack.

(Source / 27.11.2018)

Israeli undercover unit kidnaps youth in Tulkarem

Undercover unit

An Israeli undercover unit kidnapped on Tuesday evening a Palestinian youth and brutally attacked two of his relatives in Shuweika, north of Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank.

Local sources told PIC field reporter that an undercover unit intercepted a Palestinian car before proceeding to smash its rear windows.

The unit beat up the youth, Mohammed Hussain, and his father, in addition to another family member who was on board of the car.

Mohammed was later kidnapped and led to an unknown destination.

(Source / 27.11.2018)

It’s a sour job for Gaza’s fruit farmers

Citrus fruit season has begun in Gaza and has seen farmers harvesting oranges, tangerines, and pomelos

Trees in the besieged Strip have not been carrying the same yield as in previous years because of the water shortages suffered by residents and farmers. Wells have also become contaminated and do not provide locals with a healthy water supply.

READ: Gaza farmers have dates, but have nowhere to sell them

In addition to this, farmers cannot always obtain the necessary pesticides to stave off disease and thus some trees die.

Some 20,000 dunams of citrus plantations were harvested this year.

At the start of the year, by a hydrologist who advises the Palestinian Water Authority reported that 97 per cent of the drinking water in the Gaza Strip is impotable because of sewage pollution or high salinity levels.

Almost 90 per cent of the drinking water in Gaza exceeds the maximum salinity standard of the World Health Organization and is expected to become even more saline in the years to come.

(Source / 27.11.2018)

Israel Attorney General: ‘No Palestinian state’ so ICJ illegitimate

Israel's Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit [Twitter]

Israel’s Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit

Israel’s Attorney General is drafting a legal opinion which will declare the International Court of Justice (ICJ) illegitimate on the grounds that there is “no Palestinian state”.

Avichai Mandelblit said yesterday that he was drafting the judgment to refute the ICJ’s legitimacy to rule on the Israel-Palestine conflict, claiming that there is no Palestinian state and citing the fact that Israel is not a member of the court.

Speaking to students at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, Mandelblit explained: “I intend to issue an opinion soon, according to which the International Court of Justice in The Hague has no authority to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because there is no Palestinian state,” Arutz Sheva reported.

Israel has consistently rejected efforts by the ICJ and its counterpart, the International Criminal Court (ICC), to investigate its human rights record. In this, Israel has received the support of its main ally – the USA – with National Security Adviser John Bolton saying in September that the institution is “dead to [us]”. Bolton continued: “The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court.”

The ICC was quick to respond to the US’ threats, saying: “As a court of law, [the ICC] will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law.” The ICC added that it is an independent and impartial institution with the backing of 123 countries.

READ: Israel Supreme Court slammed for facilitating ‘cleansing of Palestinians’

Israel’s opposition to the ICJ and ICC has become more vehement in the wake of Palestine’s appeals to the court. In January 2015 the Palestinian Authority (PA) signed the Rome Statute of the ICC, officially accepting the court’s jurisdiction over its territories and allowing a preliminary investigation into the situation in Palestine to be opened.

In May 2018, the PA specifically requested that the ICC investigate crimes committed within its territories, with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki meeting ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to discuss the issue. The request called on The Hague to investigate the forcible transfer of Palestinians, unlawful killings, illegal appropriation of land and property, demolition of Palestinian properties, repression of dissent through the unlawful killing of peaceful protesters and the policy of mass arbitrary detention and torture.

Since then the PA has called on the ICC to investigate a number of incidents. In June, the PA asked the court to prosecute Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan for incitement after he called for Palestinians allegedly flying incendiary kites to be assassinated. In September, the PA called for an investigation into Israel’s planned demolition of the Palestinian village of Khan Al-Ahmar, which the ICC said could constitute a war crime. In October, the PA asked the ICC to investigate Israel’s escalation of illegal settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Thus far neither the ICJ nor the ICC have prosecuted Israel for its actions.

READ: Airbnb faces Israeli class-action lawsuit for delisting settlements

(Source / 27.11.2018)

Israel arrests 32 Palestinians accused of being ‘PA security officers’

Palestinian Fatah supporters take part in a rally in Gaza City on 11 November 2017 [Yasser Qudih/Apaimages]

Palestinian Fatah supporters take part in a rally in Gaza City on 11 November 2017

Israeli occupation forces yesterday arrested 32 Palestinians from Jerusalem, accusing them of being members of the security services of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Arab48 reported.

The number included 20 Fatah members and others who have previously been imprisoned and released by the Israeli occupation.

According to WAFA, the official PA news agency, Israeli occupation forces took Ibrahim Jolani as a hostage in order to pressure his son Odai to hand himself in.

The news site also reported that the Israeli occupation forces handed over detention orders to a number of Palestinians who were not home during the raids.

READ: Palestine slams Israel’s arrest of Jerusalem governor

These detentions followed a peaceful protest organised by Fatah and a number of the PA officers, protesting against the Israeli detention of the Fatah leader and the governor of Jerusalem Adnan Geith.

In a statement, the Israeli police confirmed arresting 32 Palestinians, claiming they are suspected of recruiting Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem to work as PA security officers, claiming this is a violation of the law.

(Source / 27.11.2018)

Israeli Bandits Kidnap 18 Palestinians In West Bank

On Monday, the Israeli occupation bandits kidnapped 32 Palestinians

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 18 Palestinian citizens in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, Local sources reported on Tuesday. 

The Palestinians were kidnapped for “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities”, a statement issued by the Israeli occupation army said.

Meanwhile, the statement did not elaborate the nature of these activities.

The Israeli occupation bandits frequently carry out wide-range kidnapping campaigns across the occupied West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

According to Palestinian figures, some 6,500 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli detention facilities, including scores of women and hundreds of minors.

(Source / 27.11.2018)

‘I Did Nothing To Harm Israel,’ Says Child Shot By Sniper. ‘I Only Raised The Flag’

Fourteen-year-old Palestinian child from Gaza mourns his lost chance to get a football after the Israeli occupation snipers shot and amputated his leg after raising Palestine flag during a peaceful protest in Gaza. Mohammad Jasser Barbakh no longer dreams of owning a bicycle or kicking a ball, or even going back to the school that he had left to help support his poor family. His big wish these days is simply to be able to leave his bed to play with his peers. The Palestinian boy, who is not yet 14 years old, was shot on 26 October by an Israeli sniper while taking part in the Great March of Return protests on the nominal border of the Gaza Strip. His right leg has since been amputated and he has nightmares about what happened to him, so much so that he fears to fall asleep. “I did nothing to harm the Israeli occupation,” he explains. “I only raised a Palestinian flag.” Six other Palestinians were killed on the day that Mohammad was shot near the eastern edge of Khan Younis. He was one of the dozens who were wounded, victims of Israel’s decision to use live ammunition against unarmed protesters. Sitting in his wheelchair with a pair of crutches beside him, young Mohammad recalled what happened on that fateful day. “I took part in the Marches of Return to demand my right to live in dignity in my country. On the 31st Friday of the protests, I was shot by the occupation forces. I was carrying a flag and running in between the protesters. I did nothing that might harm the Israeli soldiers.”
Palestinians in Gaza started peaceful protest in March, calling for lifting 12-year-old Israeli siege.Israeli snipers have killed 210 peaceful protesters in Gaza since March.Israeli snipers wounded 24,000 peaceful protesters in Gaza since March.Up to 6,000 peaceful protesters have been shot by live bullets since March.UN: Israeli occupation uses lethal force in cracking down peaceful protests in Gaza. The boy did not expect to be targeted by the snipers who shot him. “But I was, and when I was shot I fell to the ground. A young man crawled over and tried to help me. I later learned that he was also shot and martyred next to me. We were taken to an ambulance together.” After treatment at a local hospital, Mohammad was transferred to Al-Makassed Hospital in occupied Jerusalem. His leg could not be saved. “I do not know what I have done to deserve this. What will I do now that my leg has been amputated? What crime did I commit that made the occupation soldiers shoot me?” These are big questions for a 14-year-old boy to ask, never mind the answer. For the time being, he depends on painkillers, which make clear thinking difficult. “After leaving school, I used to play with my friends and go out in the morning with my father to the market to help him sell trinkets. However, now I can’t even get out of bed without help, and I spend all day at home.” Although he hopes to get a prosthetic leg, Mohammad’s family can’t really afford one. His father’s income is barely enough to meet his family’s basic needs. According to his mother, Majidah, 40, the boy doesn’t have any peaceful sleep. “He has been in pain since he was shot, and we do not know the solution for this. I suffer and die a thousand times a day when I look at him and feel that I cannot do anything.” Her child’s life, she cries, is ruined. “What did my son do to make a soldier shoot him? How did he deserve this?” She was worried about Mohammad taking part in the protests even though, as far as she is concerned, he used to go every Friday to have fun with his friends and schoolmates. She insists that he posed no threat to the Israeli soldiers. “When I asked him one day not to go, he insisted and told me he does not approach the border fence.” Mohammad’s mother heard that he had been “slightly injured” when she received a phone call from an unknown person. “However, when I went to the hospital, I was told that the bullet had shattered the main artery, veins and nerves in his leg.” When he was transferred to Al-Makassed Hospital, she added, hope faded away. Mohammad is but one of the 18,000 Palestinians who have been wounded by Israeli soldiers since the protests started on 31 March. At least 214 have been killed in the same period. Nobody is ever likely to brought to account for shooting the unarmed 14-year-old boy carrying a flag. (Source / 27.11.2018)

Israeli navy shot Palestinians in Gaza coast protests

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — At least three Palestinian citizens were injured on Monday evening when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violently quelled a peaceful protest on northern Gaza coast. Gaza Ministry of Health said that three Palestinians were injured and transferred to the hospital after the IOF attacked the peaceful protesters with live ammunition and teargas. The Palestinian reporter said that hundreds of Palestinians took part in the coast protests, which have been lately a major part of the Great March of Return, to call for lifting the siege. The National Movement to Break the Siege over the past months has launched many flotillas in an effort to break the 13-year-long blockade imposed on Gaza. All of them were intercepted and seized by Israel’s navy forces. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on 30 March launched major border demonstrations called the Great March of Return in a bid to highlight the Palestinian refugees’ right of return and pressure Israel to lift the blockade. (Source / 27.11.2018)

Palestinians protest the killing of nurse in Hebron

BETHLEHEM, PALESTINOW.COM — Hundreds of Palestinians marched, Monday, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, protesting the assassination of a Palestinian nurse, who was killed by Israeli soldiers while heading to Hebron to assist a patient.

Media sources in Bethlehem said the processions took off from Bethlehem University and Palestine Ahliya University, along with several other areas, before matching towards the home of Ramzi Abu Yabis, in Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem.

They marched chanting against the ongoing Israeli occupation, and the execution of Abu Yabis, who was driving to Hebron, to visit with a patient, when the soldiers shot and killed him following a traffic accident with them.

The army claimed the Palestinian “deliberately rammed the soldiers,” wounding three. One soldier suffered a moderate wound, and two others were mildly injured.

(Source / 27.11.2018)

Israel Arrests Palestinian Authority Members in East Jerusalem

Arrested Palestinians are brought to a court in Jerusalem, Monday

Israel escalated its open war against the Palestinian official presence in East Jerusalem, arresting on Monday 32 people belonging to the Palestinian Authority security services and the Fatah movement.

The unprecedented wave of arrests came just a day after the detention of Jerusalem Governor Adnan Ghaith, the highest-ranking Palestinian official and President Mahmoud Abbas’ representative in the city.

Israeli police said it had arrested persons “suspected of” recruiting staff and working for the Palestinian security services.

Israeli forces raided many houses in Jerusalem in the largest-ever campaign against the PA. They arrested young men and published pictures of Palestinian security services membership cards, uniforms and other various equipment.

Israel has threatened that it would deal “firmly with residents and Israeli citizens acting on behalf of the Palestinian Authority” and what it described as “other terrorist organizations.” It added that such acts “violate the law and harm the sovereignty and security of the State of Israel.”

Israeli authorities prevent any official action by the PA in Jerusalem as a unified capital city of Israel. Thus, sovereignty over the city is Israeli, but the Authority regards the city as the capital of the future Palestinian state.

Spokesman of the Palestinian security forces, Maj. Gen. Adnan Al-Dumeiri, said that the wave of arrests would “not prevent the people in general and Jerusalemites in particular from performing their national, moral and humanitarian duties.”

The recent measures by the Israeli security are believed to be linked to recent investigations by Palestinians and the arrest of a resident of East Jerusalem on suspicion that he facilitated the selling of land to Jews. The man was transferred to the Palestinian general intelligence prison.

Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that the detention of Israeli citizen Issam Aqel constituted a danger to the security of the state and that Israeli actions against the PA were aimed at forcing the Palestinians to release him.

(Source / 27.11.2018)