Israel confiscates sole medical vehicle serving 1,500 Palestinians

Israeli security forces hinder the movement of a Palestinian ambulance in the West Bank, on 6 October 2017 [Ayman Ameen/Apaimages]

Israeli security forces hinder the movement of a Palestinian ambulance in the West Bank, on 6 October 2017

Israeli occupation forces have confiscated the only vehicle available to a medical team serving the needs of some 1,500 Palestinians in an isolated region of the southern West Bank, reported Haaretz.

According to the paper, this is the second time that the vehicle – which serves the residents of Masafer Yatta in the south Hebron hills – has been seized within a year, “cutting off healthcare to an isolated and impoverished population” living inside an Israeli military firing zone.

The medical team make weekly visits to the area’s Palestinian communities, which lie roughly one hour’s drive on dirt roads from the nearest town of Yatta. The jeep in question “is the only vehicle available for providing medical services to these communities”.

Last Thursday, Haaretz reported, Israeli occupation forces intercepted the medical team at Khirbet Al-Majaz, claiming that they were not allowed there “without prior coordination”. The patrol then impounded the jeep and held the medics for half an hour.

READ: Palestinian prisoner in Israel jails dies of medical negligence

In February 2019 the vehicle was confiscated “under similar circumstances”, stated the paper, and only returned six months later after the medical team paid a 3,000 shekel ($865) fine. On that occasion, the team were unable to provide medical care for the entire six months.

The Israeli military commented that “the vehicle was impounded by supervisors at the Civil Administration since it was traveling in a fire zone, a forbidden area for vehicles by law”.

The Israeli military’s “Firing zone 918” was established in the 1980s, and the army has repeatedly sought to remove Palestinians from the area.

(Source / 08.01.2020) 

Israel: banks freeze accounts of prisoners’ families

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Banks in Israel have frozen the accounts of the families of 40 Palestinian prisoners who are Israeli citizens, Shehab news agency reported on Tuesday. The move was apparently ordered by far-right Defence Minister Naftali Bennett.

According to human rights groups, the order included accounts run by the families of the prisoners in partnership with other people.

Speaking to Safa news agency, the lawyer acting on behalf of the families, Rami Kteelat, said that the order was supposed to be “combatting terrorism”.

READ: Palestinian minor prisoners in Israel jails tortured, humiliated, NGO reveals

(Source / 08.01.2020) 

‘2019 the worst for Gaza on humanitarian, economic levels’

Smoke rises after Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes in Gaza City, Gaza on 5 May 2019. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]

Smoke rises after Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza City, Gaza on 5 May 2019 

Palestinian MP Jamal Al-Khodari, head of the Popular Committee Against the Siege on Gaza, said yesterday that 2019 was the worst year for Palestinians in Gaza since the start of the Israeli imposed siege 13 years ago.

In a statement, Al-Khodari said that the past year was the worst on both the humanitarian and economic levels, calling on the international community to put more pressure on Israel to end the siege.

“We will intensify our efforts and conduct more contacts with the international community and the free people around the world,” Al Khodari said.

He stressed on the importance of joint pressure by the Arab and Islamic nations, as well as the international community in order to end the Israeli siege, which go against international law which criminalises the use of “collective punishment”.

He noted that 85 per cent of the residents of Gaza live below the poverty line, 250,000 Gaza residents are unemployed, factories operate at 20 per cent of their production capacity and there are severe restrictions on the movement of imports and exports.

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Updated: Two Jerusalem Families Displaced After Israel Forced Them To Demolish Their Homes

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported, Tuesday, that two siblings from Jabal al-Mokabber town, south of occupied East Jerusalem, were forced to demolish their homes to avoid the excessively high fines and fees, imposed on them by the Israeli City Council.

Silwanic stated that Mohammad and his brother Maher Nassar, had to leave their homes, inhabited by 15 family members, including 11 children, and started demolishing their properties on Monday,

Maher Nassar told Silwanic that he and his brother were only given one day to start the demolitions or face fines exceeding 80.000 Shekels.

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Palestinian Family Homeless After Israel Ordered Home Demolished  Jan 7, 2020 at 05:47

Palestinian civilian, Maher Nasser emptied the contents of his home, following an order by the Israeli occupation municipality to self-demolish his home, Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwan) reported.

In the village of Jabal al-Mokabber, occupied East Jerusalem, southern West Bank, Nasser said that he spent years trying to obtain an Israeli building permit, with no success.

The video shows the Nassar family watch the demolition of their family home, now homeless, they must find a new home elsewhere.

Home demolitions are a means of forced displacement, as per the Fourth Geneva Convention, it is a crime against humanity.

The civilian population of Palestine has suffered forced displacement at the hands of the Israeli occupation for decades.

(Source / 08.01.2020) 

Jordan FM Warns of Consequences of Israel’s Continued Violations Against Al-Aqsa

The Palestinian News and Info Agency reported that Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned, on Tuesday evening, the Israeli police attacks on Muslim worshipers inside the sacred Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site.

The ministry’s spokesperson, Ambassador Daifallah al-Fayez, rejected and condemned, in a statement, the Israeli attack on worshipers, considering it a violation of Israel’s commitments as the occupying power based on international law.

He called on the Israeli authorities to respect the sanctity of the mosque and the freedom and safety of worshipers.

The minister also denounced the Israeli authorities’ erection of wooden poles and metal structures at the southern wall of the mosque, which he stressed is an integral part of the mosque, calling on the Israeli authorities to immediately remove them.

He said that the Islamic Jerusalem Waqf is the sole institution responsible for administrating the affairs of al-Aqsa Mosque, including maintenance of the inside and outside walls of the mosque.

The minister warned of the consequences of continuing Israeli violations against the mosque and worshipers, calling on the Israeli authorities to stop such violations and to respect the historical and legal status quo of the al-Aqsa mosque.

(Source / 08.01.2020) 


Nablus (QNN)- Local sources said that Israeli illegal settlers chopped off 59 olive trees in the village of Sawiyah in southern Nablus today.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told WAFA that settlers from the illegal settlement of Rehelim, which was constructed on the lands of the villages of Sawiyah and Yatma, chopped off 50 olive trees owned by Ahmad Hakimeh.

Daghlas also said that the Israeli illegal settlers chopped off nearly 750 olive trees, while the Israeli occupation army prevented native Palestinians from harvesting the fruits of over 2000 trees in 2019.

(Source / 08.01.2020) 


Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners Affairs said that Samer Arbid (44 years old) from Ramallah suffers from signs of extreme torture, to which he was subjected during interrogation in Israeli jails.

The committee said in a statement on Wednesday that Arbid is held now in the clinic of Al Ramlah jail. He suffers from severe pain in his chest and kidneys. He also lost all his feet nails and has problems in his right ear due to the brutal torture by the Israelis.

The committee noted that the Isreali army had arrested Arbid on September 25, 2019, after brutally attacking him then he was sent to Ofer prison.

Arbid was subjected to military interrogation, as he was tortured using “Shabeh” technique. He was also severely beaten in different areas of his body.

After that, Arbid was sent to Maskubiyyeh interrogation center, where “exceptional” torture techniques were used against him, which made him fall into a coma. He was also savagely beaten, fracturing several ribs and causing kidney failure. consequently, He was sent to Hadasah hospital while he was completely unconscious.

Arbid had stayed in the intensive care unit at Hadasah hospital for 45 days, before being sent to the clinic of Ramleh jail, where he was being held until now.

The committee stressed that what has been going on with Arbid is “a real crime, which has been committed under blatant cover of [the Israeli] law, noting that the Shin bet had taken permission from the Israeli supreme court to use exceptional interrogation and torture techniques against Arbid, which violates all international covenants and human rights norms”.

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Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli authorities forced the Mashahreh family from Jabal Al Mukabbir in occupied Jerusalem to demolish their own house on Wednesday, claiming that it was built without permission.

Sami Mashahreh said that teams from the Israeli municipality forced them to demolish their house, which used to give shelter for his mother and wife as well.

Meanwhile, the Municipality on Wednesday ordered Sami’s brother, Ibrahim Mashahreh, to demolish his house as well or otherwise they will have to pay heavy fines, according to WAFA.

The Mahsahreh family urged all relevant actors to intervene to stop the Israeli apartheid policies against native Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 08.01.2020) 

Israel court orders Palestinian prisoner to pay fine worth $286,000

Al-Rajabi, who was arrested on 19 October 2016, is serving a prison term of 15 years

An Israeli Magistrates’ Court in Jerusalem ordered Palestinian prisoner to pay fine worth one million shekels ($286,000), a statement said.

The Palestinian prisoner Murad Al-Rajabi, from Jerusalem’s Silwan neighbourhood, was accused of carrying out a stabbing attack in 2016.

Human rights sources said that the Israeli occupation’s court claimed that Al-Rajabi had wounded a number of Israeli Jewish settlers in the alleged attack.

The court ruled that the prisoner has to pay 30,000 shekels ($8,600) to one of the settlers who claims to have been wounded in the alleged attack.

Al-Rajabi, who was arrested on 19 October 2016, is serving a prison term of 15 years.

During 2016, Israeli occupation forces and police murdered and kidnapped tens of Palestinians over claims of carrying stabbing attacks or ramming Israeli police and troops. They published pictures or videos showing them carrying the claimed attacks.

Several specialists have proved that those pictures and videos were doctored by the Israeli occupation in order to justify their violations against the Palestinian civilians.

(Source / 08.01.2020) 

Israel damages solar panels donated to Palestinian village by Dutch government

Israel claimed the Palestinian village did not need the solar panels, but Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the villagers get electricity from a couple of “old and noisy” diesel generators for only three hours of power a day

The Netherlands has lodged a complaint with the Israeli government after dozens of Dutch solar panels donated to a West Bank village were damaged by Israeli occupation.

The hybrid diesel and solar power electricity system was installed last year in remote Jubbet al-Dhib, a village home to 150 people in an area of the West Bank occupied by Israel.

Mayor of the village said that the damaged equipment belonging to the £307,000 humanitarian project.

Israeli occupation claimed that the project did not get installation permission; however, it has been known that building permissions for building or renovating Palestinian homes and infrastructure are almost impossible to obtain.

The mayor said that the panels were destroyed at the site by the Israeli occupation forces and left behind.

Both the Dutch government and the Palestinian Authority got angry with the Israeli occupation government over the destruction of the equipment.

Cogat, the Israeli military agency responsible for coordinating Israeli policy in Palestinian areas, said that several work-stop orders were issued before the day when the equipment was destroyed.

The Cogat claimed in a statement that the village had “other electricity sources” other than the “illegal electricity room.”

However, Haaretz said that before the solar panel system was installed, the 150 residents relied on a couple of “old and noisy” diesel generators for only three hours of power a day.

(Source / 08.01.2020)