Israel kills 345 Palestinians since Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

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The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have killed 345 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories since US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital in October 2017, the Jerusalem Centre for Studies of Palestinian and Israeli Affairs revealed.

The body said 71 children and nine women were among the Palestinians killed, seven died in detention, 43 were killed in airstrikes and one – engineer Fadi Al-Batsh- was assassinated by the Israeli Mossad in Malaysia.

Out of the 71 children, the report said, 50 were killed during the Israeli crackdown on the “Great March of Return”.

During the reported period, 20 resistance fighters were killed in special operations.

The report also said that 211 Palestinians had been killed during the “Great March of Return”, which started on 30 March, including two journalists and three paramedic.

(Source / 01.12.2018)

IOF installs military checkpoint near Salfit

Checkpoint Deir Ballut

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday evening set up a military checkpoint at the main entrance to Deir Ballut village, west of Salfit.

Eyewitnesses said that the IOF soldiers stopped the Palestinian vehicles passing through the entrance and scrutinized the passengers’ IDs.

The witnesses said that the checkpoint caused a traffic jam in the area pushing dozens of Palestinian drivers to look for alternative roads.

The Israeli forces every now and then erect temporary checkpoints at the entrances of the West Bank villages and towns in an attempt to crack down on the Palestinian citizens.

(Source / 01.12.2018)

Jerusalem announced permanent capital of Islamic culture

Al Quds cultural heritage

The Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers, at the conclusion of its emergency session in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on Thursday, announced Jerusalem a permanent capital of the Islamic culture.

The conference adopted a document on a draft program of action on enhancing Islamic and international support for the preservation of the cultural heritage of Jerusalem.

Director-general of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Abdulaziz al-Tuwaijri, said that Jerusalem is subjected to a systematic Judaization policy and a change in its cultural and civilizational features.

Al-Tuwaijri stressed that this requires effective solidarity among the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states and the international community to protect the rights of the Palestinian people and the Islamic world in Jerusalem.

A previous conference of the Arab Ministers of Culture adopted Jerusalem as a permanent capital of the Arab culture, which makes Jerusalem a permanent capital of both the Arab and Islamic cultures.

(Source / 01.12.2018)

Fatah closes door to reconciliation with Hamas

Senior Fatah leader and the head of its delegation to the reconciliation talks with Hamas, Azzam Al-Ahmad, said: “Fatah is studying measures to be taken in Gaza in order to put more pressure on Hamas, without affecting residents”

Fatah has closed the door in the face of reconciliation with its rival Hamas, Arab48 reported on Friday.

According to the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas will hold a meeting next week to call for “more sanctions to be imposed on Gaza in order to push Hamas to hand over the government”.

Senior Fatah leader and the head of its delegation to the reconciliation talks with Hamas, Azzam Al-Ahmad, said: “Fatah is studying measures to be taken in Gaza in order to put more pressure on Hamas, without affecting residents.”

Meanwhile, another member of the Fatah delegation, Hussein Al-Sheikh, said:

The dialogue with Hamas, which has been going on for 12 years, is a dialogue with the deaf. It is a waste of time and a reinforcement of the division [between the two parties]. There will be no partnership with Hamas in the PLO or a national government unless it ends its coup in Gaza.

READ: Fatah delegation leaves Egypt after reconciliation talks

Arab48 cited Al-Ahmad speaking to Palestine TV: “We do not trust Hamas. We are sure it has no intention of ending the division. Hamas has to hand over all its responsibilities.”

Regarding Fatah’s last visit to Egyptian capital Cairo for reconciliation talks, Al-Ahmad said: “There were no Egyptian proposals. We only listened to Hamas’ ideas through the Egyptian officials. After a two-hour meeting, we told them everything is rejected.”

Hamas condemned the Fatah leaders remarks, labeling them a blow to reconciliation efforts. It added that the comments reflect Fatah’s “negative intentions” towards reconciliation and the besieged Gaza Strip in general.

Fatah and Hamas have been engaged in a fierce dispute since the latter won the last Palestinian elections to be held in 2006. Following Hamas’ victory, Fatah refused to hand over the government, leading to a civil war between the two factions and an eventual split in 2007. The parties have since failed to reach a reconciliation.

READ: Fatah: Qatar supporting internal Palestinian division

(Source / 01.12.2018)

Fatah leader: PA interest in Jerusalem real estate declined after Arafat

Hatem Abdel-Qader, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council [File photo]

Hatem Abdel-Qader, a member of the Fatah Council

Fatah leader Hatem Abdel Qader said the Palestinian Authority’s interest in purchasing real estate put on sale in the occupied city of Jerusalem had “declined” after the death of Yasser Arafat.

“The Palestinian Authority had created a special fund to buy Palestinian properties in Jerusalem. These properties were registered under the Ministry of Awqaf [religious endowments]. However, after Arafat’s death, the fund was stopped and the authority’s interest real estate put on sale declined in Jerusalem,” he told Quds Press.

Abdel Qader called for the revival of the fund or to create an alternative Arab fund to buy Jerusalem properties so that they do not go to Jewish owners directly or indirectly.

“Since 1967 until today, no more than 80 houses out of 6,000 were sold to Jewish owners,” Abdel Qader said. “But in recent years, these incidents have started to rise, and this is due to two reasons: first, the weakness of Palestinian control inside Jerusalem and second, the Israeli security services’ prosecution of Palestinian activists.”

READ: Fatah delegation leaves Egypt after reconciliation talks

In a related context, Abdel Qader slammed US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s request to the Palestinian Authority release a man accused of purchasing real estate in occupied Jerusalem on behalf of Israeli sources and described it as “a blatant interference in Palestinian internal affairs”.

On Wednesday Friedman called on the Palestinian Authority to immediately release Issam Aqel, a Palestinian with US citizenship, accused of selling Palestinian real estate to Israeli settlers in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

(Source / 01.12.2018)

Gazans’ Injuries Risk Permanently Shattering Lives

MSF: More than 1,000 patients are infected

A slow-motion healthcare emergency is unfolding in Gaza as the cumulative needs of patients shot by the Israeli army and seriously injured during protests mount.

The vast majority of the 3,117 patients treated by MSF between 30 March and 31 October – out of the total 5,866 the Ministry of Health says have been injured by live fire – had been shot in the leg. Around half suffered open fractures, with severe soft tissue damage to many of the rest.

These are complex and serious injuries that do not quickly heal. Their severity and the lack of appropriate treatment in Gaza’s crippled health system means that infection is a high risk, especially for patients with open fractures.

Gaza currently lacks the ability to properly diagnose bone infections, but from experience MSF expects that at least 25 per cent of patients with fractures are infected. Out of roughly 3,000 open fractures, this means it is likely that more than 1,000 patients are infected.

Based on a preliminary analysis of MSF’s patients in Gaza, we estimate that at least 60 per cent of the total number of injured patients treated by all health providers – a massive 3,520 people – will need further surgery, physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

The huge numbers of patients with complex and serious gunshot wounds are overwhelming the healthcare system in Gaza.
Untreated wounds could lead to lifelong disability for many, and untreated infections pose the risk of amputation or even death.
MSF calls on the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to facilitate the treatment of patients in Gaza and abroad, and urges other countries to offer funding and space in hospitals where advanced surgical capacity exists.

A significant proportion of those patients will require some form of reconstructive surgery to properly heal, but untreated infections will prevent that from happening.

This burden is too much to bear for the health system in Gaza in its current form, weakened as it is by more than a decade of blockade.

Such a large number of injuries affects not just the injured; it also puts a strain on the provision of regular healthcare in Gaza.

The consequences of these wounds – especially if untreated – will be lifelong disability for many, and if infections are not tackled then the results could be amputation or even death.

Although MSF and other organisations are working hard to provide treatment for these patients, the scale of the needs is quickly becoming overwhelming, challenging our continued ability to respond.

The situation is also worsening as more people are shot, wounded flesh and bone dies, and the risk of infection increases.

An adequate response will cost tens of millions of euros – money that urgently needs to be found.

“MSF has already tripled its capacity in Gaza but the required volume of surgery, carefully managed antibiotics, intensive nursing care, and long-term physiotherapy and rehabilitation is staggering,” said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, MSF’s head of mission in Palestine.

What is required now is:

  • for the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to do all they can to facilitate the free access and work of all healthcare providers in Gaza that are trying to build the advanced capacity to care for these people;
  • for other countries in the region and around the globe to step forward and offer funding and space in their hospitals where advanced surgical capacity exists; and
  • for authorities in Palestine and Israel to facilitate the transfer of these patients abroad.

As Ingres concludes, “the alternative – that thousands of patients will be left to deal with terrible injuries, with many permanently disabled and dependent on their families – is unconscionable when adequate treatment is within the world’s grasp.”

(Source / 01.12.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Jerusalem

01 DEC
10:10 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday at dawn, a young Palestinian man from Beit Surik town, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.

The soldiers invaded the home of the young man, and violently searched it, and abducted him after interrogating him and several members of his family.

The army claims the young man, who remained unidentified at the time of this report, “caused damage” to the Annexation Wall, near Beit Surik.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Hindaza area, east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and abducted one Palestinian.

(Source / 01.12.2018)

UN General Assembly Adopts 5 More Resolutions in Favor of Palestine

01 DEC
5:57 AM

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted, on Friday evening, in favor of five resolutions on Palestine and a sixth resolution on the Golan Heights, WAFA correspondence reported.

One of the most important resolutions adopted today, by the UNGA, called on member states not to recognize any measures taken by Israel in Jerusalem and to maintain the current status quo in the holy city. The resolution also rejected the recent relocation, by the United States, of its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.

Commenting on the voting, Palestine’s Permanent Observer to the UN, Riyad Mansour, said that “by voting in favor of the five resolutions, the international community affirms its support of our national cause, despite the efforts made by the US administration in international forums to resist this.”

The UNGA also adopted a sixth resolution on the occupied Syrian Golan, demanding the withdrawal of Israel from all of the territory and affirming Syria’s sovereignty over it, in line with the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.

This is the second such move by the UN in less than two weeks. On November 17, the UNGA voted in favor of eight resolutions on Palestine and a ninth on the Syrian Golan Heights.

(Source / 01.12.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Procession In Bil’in

30 NOV
9:36 PM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent procession against the illegal annexation wall and colonies in Bil’in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

The protesters marched from the center of the village, carrying Palestinian flags, and chanting for liberation, independence, the release of all detainees and the Right of Return to all refugees.

They called for ongoing popular resistance against the illegal Israeli colonialist occupation and policies in Palestine, and for ensuring the implementation of all United Nations and Security Council resolutions, affirming the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

Many Israeli and international peace activists participated in the procession, and marched with the Palestinians in the village.

The Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bil’in said the soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at the nonviolent protesters, just as they arrived near the Annexation Wall gate in Abu Lemon area.

It added that some protesters managed to raise the Palestinian flag on the gate, and several others banged on it with stones.

Medical sources said several protesters suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.

(Source / 01.12.2018)

CNN Fires Commentator for Speaking Up for Palestinians

01 DEC
6:04 AM

CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill was fired on Thursday, following comments he made about Israel, during a speech at a United Nations assembly.

Hill, a media studies professor at Temple University, in Pennsylvania, was criticized for calling for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea” during his speech.

The words drew criticism from several conservatives and advocates for Israel, who claimed that such remarks “echoed language used by Hamas and other groups that seek to eliminate Israel.”

Hill posted on his Twitter account, fighting back at the criticism, “I support Palestinian freedom. I support Palestinian self-determination. I am deeply critical of Israeli policy and practice. I do not support anti-Semitism, killing Jewish people, or any of the other things attributed to my speech. I have spent my life fighting these things.”

He added, “At no point did I endorse, support, or even mention Hamas. This is dishonest. I was very clear in my comments about desiring freedom, justice, and self-determination for EVERYONE.”

He also explained that the “river to the sea” phrase dates to the early 20th century and “has never been the exclusive province of a particular ideological camp.”

“This means that all areas of historic Palestine — e.g., West Bank, Gaza, Israel — must be spaces of freedom, safety, and peace for Palestinians.”

Hill stressed, “The idea that this is a Hamas phrase is simply untrue.”

(Source / 01.12.2018)