PA forces block press conference by PLC speaker


The Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces on Wednesday prevented a press conference by the speaker of the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Aziz Dweik in Ramallah.

The PIC reporter said that Dweik was set to hold a press conference on the PA president Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to dissolve the PLC.

Local sources reported that the PA security forces deployed in the area around the PLC building and sent journalists away ahead of the scheduled press conference.

They further detained Dweik and other MPs for about an hour at a checkpoint near Bethlehem city as they were heading to Ramallah.

The same sources said that the PA forces handed Dweik a notice to appear before the Palestinian Intelligence Service in al-Khalil for interrogation.

Spokesman for the PA Security Service Adnan al-Damiri said that the press conference was illegal since the PLC dissolution “has come into effect” and “no one can say he is a speaker or member of the council”.

In his comments on the incident on behalf of other Palestinian MPs, Dweik said, “We don’t accept this treatment,” stressing that they have not received a legal and official order telling them that they are no longer members of the PLC.

Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday announced a unilateral decision to dissolve the PLC despite increasing warnings of its possible repercussions on the Palestinian situation.

The move was widely condemned by Palestinian resistance groups, notables, experts, and activists, and it was seen as a step toward a complete destruction of the Palestinian political system.

(Source / 26.12.2018)

Radical settlers uproot over 200 olive saplings in Yatta

HEBRON, PALESTINOW.COM — A group of Israeli settlers on Tuesday uprooted hundreds of olive saplings in Yatta town south of al-Khalil, in the occupied West Bank.

The popular committee coordinator Rateb al-Jabour said that settlers uprooted 200 olive saplings belonging to the Palestinian farmer Barakat Mur.

Speaking to Quds Press, al-Jabour pointed out that the settlers’ attack is the third of its kind carried out in Yatta town.

(Source / 26.12.2018)

Israel sentences 69-year-old Bedouin to 10 months in prison

NEGEV, PALESTINOW.COM — The prominent activist Sheikh Sayeh al-Turi, who lives in the unrecognized village of al-Araqib, started on Tuesday his 10-month prison sentence in al-Ramla prison.

Dozens of activists holding photos of Sheikh al-Turi marched from al-Araqib village to al-Ramla prison to show him support in front of Israeli oppression.

Al-Turi is likely the first Bedouin community to go to prison over his fight to have Israel recognize his ownership of land in the Negev.

(Source / 26.12.2018)

Erdogan: Netanyahu is an ‘oppressor, cruel, at the head of state terror’

‘Palestinians are under Israeli pressures, violence and intimidation policies no less grave than the oppression done to the Jews during the Second World War,’ Erdogan said

Tensions between Turkey and Israel ratcheted up on Sunday as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an “oppressor”.

Netanyahu hit back in a speech later the same day, calling Erdogan an “anti-Semitic dictator” who is “obsessed with Israel”.

Speaking to a group of youths, Erdogan said: “Do not kick the enemy you have brought down to the ground. You are not a Jew in Israel,” in an apparent reference to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and siege of Gaza.

The comments did not go unnoticed in Israel, however, with Netanyahu later criticised Turkey over what he claims an occupation of northern Cyprus.

“Erdogan – the occupier of northern Cyprus, whose army massacres women and children in Kurdish villages, inside and outside Turkey – should not preach to Israel,” Netanyahu tweeted.

This was swiftly met by reply from Ibrahim Kalin, one of Erdogan’s top aides.

“Bashing Erdogan or using Kurds as a political chip will not save [Netanyahu] from his domestic troubles,” Kalin wrote.

The Israeli prime minister has recently seen his cabinet rocked by the departure of defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, with many analysts predicting Israel will soon be pushed towards elections as a result.

Netanyahu is also facing multiple allegations of corruption in several cases levelled against him.

Erdogan entered the fray again.

“You are an oppressor, cruel and at the head of state terror,” Erdogan told the Israeli prime minister in a televised speech in Istanbul.

Erdogan lambasted Netanyahu for “occupying Palestine” and committing “sins, crimes against humanity, massacres”.

On December 14, Erdogan said Palestinians were subjected to “pressures, violence and intimidation policies no less grave than the oppression done to the Jews during the Second World War,” referring to the Holocaust.

The Turkish president has previously called Israel “the world’s most fascist and racist state”.

In May, Ankara ordered the Israeli ambassador out of Turkey in response to Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip.

Turkey is the only country in the world which has been frankly supporting the Palestinian cause and recognise the Israel is an occupation state. Current Turkish leaders do not accept forgetting the Israeli crimes against thousands of the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine.

(Source / 26.12.2018)

Israel shoots Palestinian in alleged car attack

Israeli security forces block the road and take security measures after an armed assault at Barkan industrial zone near Ariel Israeli settlement located in Salfit, West Bank on October 7, 2018 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]

Israeli security forces in the, West Bank on 7 October 2018

Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man in an alleged car-ramming attempt in the occupied West Bank today as reported on Anadolu Agency. 

In a statement, the army said the Palestinian man had attempted to run over a group of settlers and soldiers at a bus stop near the city of Nablus.

“Israeli security personnel present at the scene opened fire and neutralise him,” the statement said

Israeli media said the Palestinian was moderately injured and evacuated to hospital for treatment.

READ: Israel killed Gaza teens with ‘warning’ missile then published misleading video, investigation reveals

(Source / 26.12.2018)

Army Abducts Three Palestinians, Including Two Children, In Jerusalem

26 Dec 6:02 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, two Palestinian children and a young man from Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that dozens of soldiers invaded the town, and were extensively deployed in Batn al-Hawa, especially on the main road, and around many homes.

Silwanic added that the soldiers invaded and searched several homes before abducting Ahmad Eyad Rajabi, 13, Hamza Zoheir Rajabi, 16, and Yousef Maher Rajabi, 20.

The three Palestinians were moved to al-Maskobiyya interrogation facility; the army claimed they were involved in “throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the soldiers.”

It is worth mentioning the dozens of soldiers invaded, late on Tuesday at night, many areas in the town, especially Be’er Ayyoub and Ein al-Louza, before stopping and searching many cars and young men, and fired concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Several youngsters hurled stones at the invading military jeeps, in addition to using fireworks.

(Source / 26.12.2018)

Israeli Colonialist Settlers Assault An Elderly Palestinian Man Near Nablus

26 Dec 5:35 PM

A number of extremist illegal Israeli colonialist settlers attacked and injured, Wednesday, an elderly Palestinian man while herding his sheep in Burqa village, north of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists assaulted Mofeed Abu Hussein, 75, causing various injuries, especially to his head.

Daghlas added that Palestinian medics were called to the scene and rushed the unconscious man to Rafidia hospital, in Nablus. Abu Hussein is currently in a stable condition.

It is worth mentioning that the illegal colonists also attacked many Palestinian cars on the main Nablus-Jenin road.

(Source / 26.12.2018)

Sure of the World Silence, Israeli Soldiers Shoot Dead 16-Year-Old Palestinian

Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Jahjouh was fatally shot in the neck, while 25 others, including a local journalist, were wounded by Israeli gunfire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

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Palestinian protesters during a demonstration near the border between Israel and Khan Yunis

An estimated 8,000 Gazans participated in demonstrations near the security fence Friday as part of the weekly “Great March of Return” protests.Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Jahjouh was fatally shot in the neck, while 25 others, including a local journalist, were wounded by Israeli gunfire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Jahjouh was fatally shot in the neck, while 25 others, including a local journalist, were wounded by Israeli gunfire, according to the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Health Ministry.

The Health Ministry reported later that another two men, aged 28 and 40, died of injuries they sustained at protests in two separate locations along the fence with Israel earlier in the day.

“The armed option is the only one that can succeed against the machinations of the Zionist entity,” said a Hamas spokesperson, according to Israeli media reports.

Demonstrators expressed their appreciation for “the heroes of the resistance in the West Bank,” referring to recent terrorist attacks.

The demonstrators allegedly burned tires and threw stones and explosive and incendiary devices at IDF soldiers during the protests in order to disrupt Israeli positions along the fence. None of the projectiles landed in Israeli territory.

“Troops responded with riot dispersal means and fired in accordance with standard operating procedures,” an Israeli military spokeswoman.

The clashes follow a recent surge of violence in the West Bank. Last Thursday a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli soldiers, and Israeli forces killed two Hamas fugitives whom it blamed for earlier terror attacks. Israeli forces also killed two Palestinians that Israel said had tried to carry out future attacks.

Hamas marked the 31st anniversary of its founding Sunday. Friday’s protest is the first since this commemoration.

(Source / 26.12.2018)

Army Injures A Palestinian Near Nablus

26 Dec 4:50 PM

Israeli soldiers shot, Wednesday, a Palestinian driver near Huwwara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Media sources said the soldiers opened fire at the car of Rad Omar Thiab, 35, from Kafr Qalil village, south of Nablus, and injured him.

In a brief statement, the Israeli army claimed that the driver “attempted to ram soldiers with his car at a bus stop.”

The Palestinian was injured and detained by the soldiers, who briefly closed the military roadblock in both directions.

(Source / 26.12.2018)

Army Abducts Eight Palestinians In Occupied Jerusalem

25 Dec 7:15 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, eight young Palestinian men from their homes, in occupied East Jerusalem, and confiscated a tractor near Hebron.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded and searched many homes in the at-Tour and Jabal al-Mokabber neighborhoods, in addition to Shu’fat refugee camp, and interrogated many Palestinians before abducting eight.

They stated that the soldiers abducted Omar Mohammad Abu Ghannam, Mohammad Ali Abu Ghannam, Mohammad Naji Abu Jom’a and Mohannad Khweiss, and Yousef Abu Laban, from at-Tour.

The sources added that the soldiers also abducted Mohannad Kayyala, from Shu’fat refugee camp, in addition to Omar Abu Dheim and Karam ‘Oweisat from Jabal al-Mokabber.

It is worth mentioning that Omar Mohammad Abu Ghannam is the brother of Ali, 16, who was killed by Israeli soldiers on April 24, 2015.

In related news, the soldiers prevented farmers from plowing their lands, near the at-Tiwani illegal colony, which was built on Palestinian lands east of Yatta town, south of Hebron in the southern part of the West Bank.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted two young men in the West Bank governorates of Ramallah and Jenin, after the army invaded many homes and searched them.

(Source / 26.12.2018)