Palestinian prisoners to begin open hunger strike in Israeli Ashkelon Prison

Israeli prison [File photo]

Israeli prison [File photo]

Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Ashkelon Prison announced on Tuesday their intention to go on an open-ended hunger strike in protest against escalating repressive measures by the prison administration.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said 33 prisoners will go on an open-ended hunger strike from Wednesday.

According to the Club, the prison administration has carried out a new repressive measure against the prisoners by transferring ten of them from the prison.

The prison administration has also warned the prisoners that if they go on hunger strike, it will transfer them to Section 12 which includes a number of cells that are not suitable for human living and full of insects.

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The Club said the prison administration destroyed the prisoners’ belongings in October, and then transferred some of them to Nafha prison, and detained a group of sick prisoners in harsh conditions in Section 12.

A few days ago, the prison administration returned the prisoners back to their cells to find all their belongings destroyed with footprints on Quran.

The Israeli prison administration has escalated its repressive policy against the Palestinian prisoners since the beginning of this year.

(Source / 04.12.2019)

Report: 93,000 persons with disabilities in Palestine

GAZA CITY, GAZA – SEPTEMBER 6: A Palestinian disabled man throws a stone with a slingshot towards Israeli forces during “Great March of Return” demonstration at Israel-Gaza border, near Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on September 6, 2019

The number of persons with disabilities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip has reached 93,000 people or 2.1 per cent of the total population, a new report revealed.

The report published by the Central Bureau of Statistics to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd; noted that 52 per cent of persons with disabilities are in the Gaza Strip and 48 per cent are in the West Bank.

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According to the Population, Housing and Establishments Census, 2017, the mobility disability accounted for the highest proportion of disabilities; where 47,109 persons with mobility disabilities constituted 51 per cent of the total persons with disabilities.

As many as 20 percent of persons with disabilities are children under 18 years of age.

The occupied Palestinian territory is one of the highest places with persons with disabilities compared to the size of its population.

(Source / 04.12.219)

Israeli occupation police arrest niece of Sheikh Raed Salah

Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel Sheikh Raed Salah

Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel Sheikh Raed Salah

Israeli occupation police arrested Muntaha Amara on Tuesday, the niece of Sheikh Raed Salah, who heads the Islamic Movement in Israel, Anadolu has reported. A video on social media showed that Amara was arrested while praying in front of the mosque of Al-Rahma Gate within the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa.

Police officers surrounded her and started speaking with her while she was praying, before disrupting her prayer and arresting her. “What did I do?” Amara asked. “I have never annoyed anyone.”

Other worshippers protested at her arrest. “We will never bend down [in submission] and we will never be broken,” she insisted. “Al Aqsa is for us.”

The prominent Sheikh’s niece has been arrested on several occasions by Israeli occupation forces while inside Al-Aqsa Mosque. Amara has also been deported several times and banned from entering the Noble Sanctuary for different periods.

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In a statement, the Department of Islamic Religious Endowments (Al-Awqaf Al-Islamiyah) in Jerusalem said that the Israeli police arrested Muntaha Amara and a boy who was named as Majd Qabha. Both come from Arab communities within Israel and both were arrested while performing prayers within Al Aqsa Mosque compound.

Palestinian worshippers reopened the mosque of Al Rahma Gate earlier this year. It was closed by the occupation authorities about 15 years ago. Israeli settlers and officials pass through Al Rahma Gate almost every day when they raid Al-Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 04.12.2019)

Soldiers Abduct Two Schoolchildren, Shut Down Their School Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, a Palestinian school in Orif village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, abducted two children and forced the school shut until further notice.

Media sources said dozens of soldiers surrounded the school before invading it, and abducted two children, identified as Dia’ Shehada and Mohammad Safadi.

They added that the soldiers forced all students and staff out of the educational facility and shut it down.

The army invaded the school after the soldiers invaded surrounding areas, and fired at many Palestinians who protested the invasion and hurled stones at them.

(Source/ 04.12.2019)

‘Israel’ demolishes three structures in east Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished three residential structures in East Jerusalem under the pretext of being built without permission.

Spokesperson for the Abu Nawwar community, Abu Imad Jahhalin, told QNN that teams of the Israeli “Civil Administration” and Israeli forces stormed the Bedouin communities in the area today and started demolishing residential structures under the pretext of being built without permission.

He added that the Israelis did not use bulldozers, however the workers dismantled the structures and stole the wooden and tin boards, from which the residential structures were built, to prevent the families from rebuilding their houses.

Another demolition took place in the Abu Hindi community, where the Israelis demolished the house of the brothers Musaab and Ahmad Muhammadin, whose weddings were only three weeks ago.

Abu Imad said that the houses that the Bedouin Palestinians usually build in that area are usually less that 70 square meters and built of wooden and tin boards.

Abu Nawwar community is one of 46 Bedouin communities in the West Bank that are threatened to be forcibly dismantled and emptied due to Israeli settlement plans.

(Source / 04.12.2019)

Child prisoner speaks out about arrest and torture in Israeli jails

Occupied Hebron (QNN)- 17-year-old Muhammad Shalash exposed further details about being arrested and tortured along with his friend Odai Shalash (17 years old) and about the murder of their friend Badawi Shalash (18 years old).

Following a visit to Etzion jail, a lawyer for the Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners said that Muhammad rushed to ask her about his friend Badawi, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on December 1 in Beit Awwa before arresting Muhammad and Odai. Only at that moment, Muhammad knew about his friend.

Muhammad stated that Israeli soldiers shot at his friend Badawi then started beating up him and his friend Odai before taking them to a military site.

Muhammad added that he and Odai were subjected to an 8-hour-long interrogation session in freezing weather without being allowed to eat or drink anything. After that, they were taken to Etzion jail and put in solitary confinement. The next day, Odai was taken to Ofer jail.

The committee stated that all minors in Israeli jails are subjected to physical and/or psychological torture.

(Source / 04.12.2019)

AJU to submit ICC referral to open probe into Israel crimes against journalists

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Arab Journalists Union (AJU) decided to start procedures to submit a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) calling on prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed by the Israeli army against journalists in Palestine.

The union announced that it has already sent an official referral to the ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to open an investigation into the occupation state’s crimes against journalists.

It also condemned Israel’s repeated crimes against Palestinian journalists, the last of which was sniping the journalist Muath Amarneh in his eye this month. Muath is the third Palestinian journalist, who loses his eye due to Israeli assaults. Journalists Atiyyeh Darweesh and Ahmad Louh lost their eyes earlier this year and in 2014.

The union urged the international community to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of journalists in Palestine. It also called on the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, to condemn the Israeli grave violations against journalists, including that against Muath Amarneh.

The union urged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to send a fact-finding team to Palestine and ‘Israel’ in order to investigate Israeli violations against journalists.

(Source/ 04.12.2019)

Minor among 12 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces in West Bank

There are around 250 Palestinian minors enduring harsh conditions inside Israeli jails

Israeli occupation forces detained on Wednesday 12 Palestinians during raids across various West Bank districts, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said.

The PPS said in a statement that Israeli occupation army raided Ramallah’s town of Deir Abu Mashaal and detained three Palestinians.

Two more Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces in the Ramallah area.

Meanwhile in Nablus, four people were rounded up in a raid into the town of Kafer Qalil and Balata refugee camp.

Israeli forces also detained a 19-year-old youth, along with his 16-year-old brother in Aqabat Jaber refugee camp in Jericho and one more in Al Khalil (Hebron).

(Source / 04.12.2019)

Denied entry to Gaza for breast cancer mission

A full training and treatment project was wrecked after Israel had denied permission for Philippa Whitford

Israeli occupation has denied permission for British lawmaker, Philippa Whitford, who is a doctor, from entering Gaza to offer help for patients of breast cancer.

Over the past two and half years*, I have been working with Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP) to improve the provision of services and treatment for breast cancer patients in Palestine.

Last year, I travelled out with the specific aim of setting up a project to enable experienced professionals in breast cancer care to provide teaching and training to local Palestinian clinicians working with breast cancer patients.

Since my last visit, I have managed to recruit a team of specialists from all over Scotland to join the project, which will help improve breast cancer care – prevention, diagnosis and treatment – for women in Gaza and the West Bank.

Tragically, many Palestinian women are denied permits to travel from Gaza to Jerusalem to access radiotherapy so it is important to be able to access as much treatment as possible near their home.

The plan this year was to travel out with the whole team in September but, frustratingly, I was denied a visa. Moreover, two others did not receive their visas in time.

However, I travelled, but I had to completely change my schedule and work the entire time from a base in Jerusalem.

Nonetheless, I am still able to see significant improvements since my visit last year, which is fantastic given that local clinicians are working under very difficult circumstances, particularly in Gaza. Hopefully, things will continue to progress.

In October, I raised the issue of my visa being denied in Parliament with the Foreign Office Minister. To see my question click here

Following this, Commonspace asked to interview me about how this affected my trip, my past work in Gaza, my thoughts on the current situation and what needs to be done to resolve it, and what our project hopes to achieve.

*This letter was written one year ago.

(Source / 04.12.2019)

Israeli forces seize vehicle near Jerusalem

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Israeli occupation forces Wednesday seized a Palestinian-owned vehicle in the town of as-Sawahira ash Sharqiya, to the southeast of the occupied West Bank city of Jerusalem, local sources said.

The sources said that Israeli forces raided the aforementioned town and broke into the family house of local resident Al-Mukhtar Abd al-Qader and seized his son’s vehicle.

To be noted, Israeli forces raided and ransacked the same house about a month ago and seized over NIS12,000.

(Source / 04.12.2019)