Report: Israel arrested 496 Palestinians in January

Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Al Naqab Prison

Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Al Naqab Prison, 15 January 2020

Israeli occupation forces arrested 496 Palestinians in January 2020, including 67 children and 16 women; a new report said.

The joint report issued by three Palestinian prisoners’ affairs organisations revealed that Israeli occupation forces have arrested 245 Palestinians from occupied Jerusalem, 30 Palestinians from Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorate, 70 Palestinians from Hebron Governorate, 43 Palestinians from Jenin Governorate, 32 Palestinians from Bethlehem Governorate and 14 Palestinians from Nablus Governorate.

The remaining prisoners were arrested from across the occupied West Bank in addition to nine Palestinians who were arrested from Gaza Strip.

The report explained that with the new detainees; the number of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel reached about 5,000 including 42 female prisoners and 200 minors.

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It pointed out that the number of administrative detainees has reached about 450 prisoners.

The organisations stressed in their report that the Israeli authorities continue to violate international humanitarian laws and the Geneva Conventions and fight the Palestinian presence through a set of systematic and complex policies, and consolidate their grave violations through a judicial system that constitutes the primary tool in legalising and perpetuating their crimes.

They went on to call on the local, regional and international organisations to take effective steps to protect the Palestinian presence especially in light of the escalating policy of systematic torture which affected dozens of detainees.

(Source / 11.02.2020) 

Israel expels Fatah leader in Jerusalem from Al-Aqsa Mosque

Fatah Secretary Shadi Mutwar - [Quds Press]

Fatah Secretary Shadi Mutwar

Israeli occupation forces have expelled Fatah Secretary in Jerusalem, Shadi Mutwar, from Al-Aqsa Mosque, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

According to the news site, occupation authorities summoned Mutwar and accused him of inciting chaos as he had called for worshippers to increase their presence at Al-Aqsa Mosque during Fajr (morning) prayer.

After questioning him, the Israeli occupation handed him a deportation order for six months.

This is the 13th consecutive deportation order against Mutwar, the news agency said.

Israel has increased its aggression against Palestinians who are working to oppose what they believe is the occupation’s “take-over” of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Read: Israel police ban Al-Aqsa Mosque imam for 4 months

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Palestine’s Mufti’s fatwa prohibits working with US ‘peace deal’

Jerusalem’s Grand Mufti, Mohammad Hussein.

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Hussein 

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem issued a fatwa prohibiting dealing with US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” and its promoters, Ma’an News Agency reported.

Sheikh Mohammed Hussein released a bold statement today declaring whoever negotiates with the deal a traitor to God and His Messenger (pbuh), and to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem and Palestine.

He stated that Trump’s so-called “peace plan”, which flagrantly violates international law, robs Jerusalem of its rightful owners, and deprives Muslims of their third most important holy site and the path of their Prophet.

It stipulates that Jerusalem is the “undivided” capital of Israel, while Palestine would have limited control over scattered neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site, after Makkah and Medina.

READ: The US deal polarises Palestine-Jordan-Saudi relations

The “deal of the century” unilaterally annuls previous UN resolutions on the Palestinian issue and suggests giving Israel almost everything it has been demanding.

Hussein stressed that the deal also came to nullify the right of the Palestinian people to live on their land in dignity, tightens the hand of the oppressors and supports them, as well as giving Israel most of the Palestinian land “scented with the blood of the noble martyrs”.

Hussein continued: “It is flirted with sins, misdeeds and crimes, imposed by one party, and inconsistent with the simplest degrees of noble values, which confirms that whoever plans or supports this brute aggression, or is silent about it, deserves the curse of God, his angels and all people.”

In his fatwa, Hussein called on to the whole world to work hard to stop the aggression against Palestine and sanctify it and its people, and support them, and refrain from working with this unfair deal, which is full of crimes and racism.

READ: Kuwait shames those sellouts who are betraying Palestine

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Archbishop Hanna: “Jerusalem Is Not For Sale”

Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Father Atallah Hanna, stated on Tuesday morning, that the so-called “Deal of the Century” of U.S. President D. Trump, is a conspiracy and an attempt to eliminate all inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, and added that “Jerusalem is not for sale; the conspiracy will fail like all previous attempts to eliminate the basic Palestinian rights.”

His statements came while welcoming a delegation in Beit Jala Palestinian city, near Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem.

The archbishop stated that the Palestinian cause has faced numerous conspiracies and attempts to override the fundamental rights of liberty, independence, and sovereignty, but its people invariably stood steadfast, and will always defend their rights.

“Jerusalem is not for sale, is not in an auction; it is and will always be for its native and indigenous Palestinian people,” he stated, “Donald Trump, or any leader in the world, cannot void the Palestinian people, and their just cause”.

“This so-called deal is going to the dustbin of history; the Palestinians will always remain steadfast, defending their existence in the holy land,” Father Hanna added, “The word surrender does not exist in our dictionary.”

“This is our homeland; we are not foreigners, settlers or guests; Palestine is our homeland; Jerusalem is our city, our history,” he added, “The Palestinian Christians, although very few in numbers, are among the cores of the Palestinian society. We reject the Deal of the century because it aims at assassinating and eliminating our fundamental, legitimate rights.”

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Jordan Restates its Firm Support for Palestine

The Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi, reiterated, on Sunday the country’s firm support of Jordan for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to an independent state of their own, WAFA reported.

Safadi’s remarks came during a meeting with the Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat, in Amman, on Saturday, following US President Donald Trump’s unilateral proposal for Israel-Palestine.

Safadi stated that any solution to the protracted conflict should be on the basis of the two-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative, and that the only viable peace agreement must lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

On Friday, hundreds of Jordanians rallied in the capital of Amman, near the US Embassy, showing their disapproval of the US administration’s so-called peace plan, Anadolu reported.

“Today we say that we condemn Trump’s position and consider him a criminal … [He] violated the global peace and security and [he] violated all agreements. [Trump] must be referred to the international criminal court (ICC), and Arab people everywhere must act.”
– Saleh al-Armouti, Member of the Reform Bloc, Jordan

The unilateral proposal does not meet even the most basic Palestinian demands for comprehensive peace with Israel, including the right of return for Palestinian refugees who were forced out of their homes in 1948.

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Palestinian Prisoner’s Family Informed of Order to Demolish its Home

The Israeli army, on Tuesday, informed the family of Palestinian detainee, Qassam Barghouthi, of its intention to demolish the family’s home in the central West Bank village of Kobar, the Head of Kobar village council, Izzat Badwan, told WAFA.

The army told the family that they have until Thursday to object to the order, but the family said it will not, since the court will rule against them, as they have in all similar cases.

Barghouthi was detained in September 2019 for allegedly taking part in planting a bomb near a Ramallah-area village that caused the death of one Israeli settler.

Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states; No protected person (civilians) may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.

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United Nations (QNN)- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday rejected Trump’s Middle East plan and urged the UN Security Council to help the Palestinians launch a new negotiation effort.

In his speech addressing the UN Security Council, Abbas slammed the US plan, which gave Israelis almost everything they wanted and left the Palestinians with what he described as “islands” of territory and a country that looked on a map like “Swiss cheese”.

“We call on ending the occupation and on establishing our Palestinian state. Our people will not surrender and we will not surrender. We will continue to demand our rights. If you give us our rights then we will stand with you,” Abbas told the 15-nation chamber.

“I am ready to start negotiations, as I was ready always, if we have a partner in Israel ready for peace, ready for negotiations under the sponsorship of the international Quartet and on the basis of internationally agreed-upon parameters.”

Abbas assured that Trump’s plan “legitimizes settlements and annexation of Palestinian land,” as well as bolsters “the apartheid regime.”

“Peace between the Israelis and Palestinians is still possible,” he said, but said that the U.S. “cannot be the sole mediator.”

“We have tried but we cannot accept it again,” he said.

Abbas called for the expansion of the Middle East Quartet.

“I call on the international Quartet and I call on the members of the UN Security Council to hold an international conference for peace,” said Abbas.

Still, the Palestinians did not appear to have enough support in the council to put a resolution they had backed, an original version of which criticized Israeli land grabs and the US plan, up for a vote on Tuesday.

“We will not resort to violence or terrorism,” said Abbas.

“No matter how strong the attack against us is, we believe in peace. We believe in combatting violence and therefore we will not resort to violence. We are willing to cooperate with any country against terrorism and violence.”

On the other hand, Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon, who spoke shortly after Abbas, claimed that Abbas “refuses to negotiate. He is not interested in finding a realistic solution to the conflict.”

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Jenin (QNN)- Israeli authorities continue to hold the journalist Yazan Abu Salah from the village of Arrabeh in Jenin and denied him lawyers’ visits.

The family of Abu Salah told QNN that “the occupation is holding Yazan at Al Jalameh interrogation center and prevented his lawyer from visiting him.”

“We do not know so far anything about the conditions of his interrogation,” they added.

Israeli forces arrested Yazan on January 22nd, 2020 at Za’tara military checkpoint.

His father said “his lawyer only saw him from a distance during his hearing last Thursday. Only then we knew that he was fine”.

In another context, the Israeli military court has extended on Sunday the detention of the journalist Muhammad Melhem for further 72 hours.

The occupation state detains several journalists in its jails. The assaults and violations against journalism have been increased during the last few months.

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Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli authorities on Monday informed the Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith, of being prevented from entering the occupied West Bank or contacting specified persons for six months.

Gheith said that after being interrogated at Maskubiyyeh interrogation centre, the Israelis prevented him from entering the West Bank or contacting specified persons for six months.

He added that he has 72 hours to appeal against both decisions and that he was subjected to a similar decision nearly one year ago.

The Governor of Jerusalem is a former prisoner from Silwan, Jerusalem. He was prevented from entering his own city several times.

He told QNN in a previous meeting that he was arrested 15 times while in office. He assured that the Israeli assaults against him are only a part of the Israeli vicious attack on the city and its native people.

(Source / 11.02.2020) 

Jewish hate groups vandalise property in Palestinian village in Israel

Members of Jewish hate groups damaged more than 70 vehicles, spray-painted racist, anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian hate words in Palestinian Arab town of Al Jish, in Al Jaleel, north of Israel.

Local sources said that the “Price Tag”, an anti-Palestinian Israeli terror group, was behind this vandalism.

The group has routinely attacked Palestinians in the occupied territories and inside Israel.

Wadee’ Abu Nassar, a Palestinian activist from Israel, called on Israel to fight what he called measures that merely aim to terrorise Palestinian Arab citizens.

He noted that the town is frequently targeted by that Jewish terror and hate group, but the Israeli occupation authorities have yet taken any action against any of its members.

Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property is commonplace in the West Bank and in Israel and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli occupation authorities.

It includes arson of property, mosques and churches, stone-throwing, uprooting of trees, burning crops and attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

(Source / 11.02.2020)