Bennett: Israel will never give up one inch of land to Arabs

A view of the illegal settlement known to Israelis as "Pisagot" (background) and the Palestinian of Al-Bireh city is seen near the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 9,2010 [Issam Rimawi / ApaImages]

A view of the illegal settlement known to Israelis as “Pisagot” (background) and the Palestinian of Al-Bireh city is seen near the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 9,2010 

Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett has announced that the Israeli government will never give up one inch of land to Arabs, Al Watan Voice reported on Friday.

“In order to achieve this goal, we must continue the settlement enterprise,” Al Watan Voice reported Bennet informing Israel Hayom. He added:

Settlement is one of the poles of Zionism so we must expand and continue going ahead with it.

Meanwhile, Israel Hayom have revealed that the Israeli Planning and Construction Committee is slated to approve 1,900 new settlement units in West Bank settlements.

“This is the decision of the Defence Minister Naftali Bennett,” the newspaper confirmed. “Based on his orders, the committee will convene on Wednesday in order to approve the plans before the elections,” it added.

Read: Bennett adopts new tactics to release Israeli soldiers held in Gaza

(Source / 22.02.2020) 

Egypt renews detention of Palestinian activist Ramy Shaath

Egyptian-Palestinian politician Ramy Shaath [Facebook]

Egyptian-Palestinian politician Rami Shaath

An Egyptian court has accepted the appeal of the Supreme Court against the release of Palestinian activist and coordinator of the BDS movement, Ramy Shaath, and has renewed his detention, The New Khalij reported on Friday.

The court renewed the detention of Shaath, son of the former Palestinian foreign minister, Nabil Shaath, to 45 days, over claims of links to what is known by mass media as “The Alliance of Hope”.

Shaath is accused of joining an illegally formed group and attempting to prevent state institutions from carrying out their work. The case includes a number of other figures including journalists Hossam Mounis and Hisham Fouad, among others.

Freedom for Ramy Shaath, a campaign seeking his release, announced that the reason behind his detention is his criticism of normalising ties with Israel and defending the Palestinian cause.

Read: Egypt builds separation wall on border with Gaza

(Source / 22.02.2020) 

Gaza: 5,000 factories closed due to Israeli siege

Gazan worker is seen at a factory as he produces olive oil from the olives picked. [Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency]

Gazan worker is seen at a factory as he produces olive oil from the olives picked

Head of Popular Committee Against the Siege on Gaza, MP Jamal Al-Khodari, announced on Friday that 5,000 factories in Gaza were closed down due to the 14-year-long Israeli siege.

In a statement, Al-Khodari disclosed that the closure of the factories reflects the level of humanitarian suffering as a result of the siege, as thousands of workers, engineers, accountants and technicians lost their jobs.

“This reality has a disastrous impact on the Palestinian economy and dangerous effects on the lives of more than two million residents enduring the siege in Gaza,” Al Khodari stressed.

He noted that up to 85 per cent of Gaza residents live under the poverty line, reflecting the grave reality of life in Gaza.

Al-Khodari confirmed that the Israeli occupation is still imposing a ban on exports and imports and putting many restrictions on the entry of raw materials, emphasising that there have been “no practical measures” ahead of easing the siege, as reported by mass media.

Al-Khodari affirmed that the best way to solve the problems in Gaza is by lifting the siege, and calling for all the governments and states around the world to put pressure on Israel, in order to lift the siege.

Read: Israeli siege of Gaza pushes youth unemployment up to 70%

(Source / 22.02.2020) 

Palestinian Journalist and Child Injured by Israeli Bulldozer Attack

Two Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli forces attacked dozens of protesters taking part in the weekly anti-settlements protest in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, near Qalqilia in the central occupied West Bank, said Mourad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village.

An Israeli army bulldozer was filmed pushing large rocks towards the protesters in the village, injuring a Palestinian child, identified as Mo’men Shtewi, 9, who was treated at the scene.

Photojournalist for Palestine TV, Mohammad Enaya, 28, was also injured during the attack, and was transferred to nearby Darwish Nazzal hospital for treatment, where his condition was described as moderate, according to the Palestinian News Info Agency (WAFA).

Israeli soldiers also shot at the protesters with rubber-coated steal rounds and tear-gas canisters to force them to leave the area, causing many cases of suffocation from toxic tear-gas inhalation.

(Source / 22.02.2020) 


Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces on Saturday shot dead a Palestinian young man near Al Asbat gate in occupied Jerusalem under the pretext of trying to stab the soldiers.

QNN correspondent said that Israeli forces rushed to Al Asbat gate and closed all the gates to the old city and Al Aqsa mosque. Palestinians were prevented from entering or leaving the area.

Israeli Kan channel claimed that there was a “stabbing attack” without mentioning any further details.

Meanwhile, Israeli Channel 13 confirmed that the young man, who was shot at Al Asbat, was killed.

The Ministry of Health stated in a statement that it was “trying to get certain information about the health condition of the citizen, who shot by the Israelis in Jerusalem.”

Local sources stated that a Palestinian lady was wounded with bullets shrapnel when the Israelis shot the young man at Al Asbat.

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One Palestinian man is reportedly shot by Israeli forces near Al Asbat gate in occupied Jerusalem.

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(Source / 22.02.2020) 


Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Muslim worshipers at Al Aqsa mosque, especially at the Mercy prayer room, were shocked on Friday with an entire patrol that was sent to remove decorations from the Mercy prayer room.

The prayer room was decorated by worshipers celebrating the first anniversary of opening it after years of closure by the Israeli authorities.

The armed patrol removed balloons and decorations before popping them out using knives in a very weird and surrealistic scene, amid the shock and bewilderment of the worshipers.

Thousands of worshipers on Friday had flocked to the holy mosque and performed Friday prayers. Meanwhile, Israeli special forces broke into the Mercy room and started removing decorations, celebrating the first anniversary of opening the prayer room after a 16-year-long closure.

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Israeli forces remove decorations placed by Muslim worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, today.

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Hebron (QNN) – Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian herders on Saturday while grazing sheep in open pastures near Tuwaneh village, in the south of the occupied West Bank, forcing them to leave the area, according to official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Fouad al-Amour, a Palestinian official in charge of monitoring Israeli settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that settlers, protected by Israeli soldiers, attacked herders with stones and chased them out of the pastures.

He said Israeli soldiers in the area did not intervene to stop the settlers, rather they provided them protection.

Shepherds in the area, mainly nomadic Bedouins, make a living from raising livestock and they often take their sheep to the open pastures for their food.

Meanwhile, settlers fenced a large area of pastures in the north of the West Bank in an effort to keep herders off that land, according to Aref Daraghmeh, an activist.

He said the settlers fenced land east of Killet Makhoul and north of Khirbet Samra, both in Area C in the northern Jordan Valley, to prevent the Palestinian herders from reaching it.

Attacks against herders and residents aim to force them to leave their homes and land, located in what is known as Area C, which makes over 60 percent of the area of the occupied West Bank and which Israel is trying to fill with settlers and settlements and later annex it after displacing its indigenous Palestinian population.

(Source / 22.02.2020) 


By Tasneem Hasan

Ten years ago… That was the last time I visited my father in Negev desert jail when I finally had one-visit permission after many trials that were rejected under the pretext of being “rejected for security reasons”. That pretext had haunted me as soon as I turned 16 and got an ID.

Today, we’re back to jail visits and their long journies, but we are visiting you this time! You, the young girl who used to accompany us in the countless jail visits, we are visiting you today after getting a permission stamped with the phrase “despite security ban”.

6:30 am…

We reached the bus that would take us to the checkpoint. My mom, Shahed, and me. It is still the same place that I’ve last seen on my last visit. We got on the bus and started chatting with other families of female and children prisoners. Everyone knew that it was our first time to visit you as they have already met in previous visits.

7:55 am…

We reached Ni’lin checkpoint, or perhaps we should say the small jail, my dear sister! We had our visit tickets from the Red Cross. We entered and waited in long lines. All the doors were suddenly closed and we found ourselves in a small yard with wires over our heads and a soldier, pointing his rifle at us. “Women go to the right and men go to the left”, a female soldier shouted with a disturbing accent.

A thorough search of our bags, identity and cell phone checks, and permissions checks once again. Any airport will have fewer and less complicated procedures that this checkpoint!

9:06 am…

The bus started leaving the checkpoint. It drove us to places that we knew and others that we did not. Long silence while the eyes were wandering around. We reached the top of Mount Carmel, where the Damon jail is located, and where you are jailed, Shatha.

10:43 am…

In the worn-out yard, the families waited. Some of them were organizing stuff that they brought while others were greeting each other. They told us that we will be divided into two groups: the first, which will go first, is for families of imprisoned children, while the next will be for the families of female prisoners. After they registered our names, My mon, Shahed and I walked outside, trying to see a glimpse of the sea. Shahed picked up some red windflowers. We wished that we could bring it to you but it was impossible, having those too mean jailers.

The long waiting hours were too heavy, dear Shatha. Silence haunted us most of the time. Perhaps we were fantasizing the moment when we see you and the first thing that we would say, or perhaps it was only one thing that occupied our minds: how could our beautiful Shatha be in such a vile place!

2:20 pm…

The gate was opened. A jailer shouted for people to get in. The families started lining up in front of two windows: one for those, who brought food with them, while the other for those, who brought books, pictures, or clothes. Another search line then after it we will reach the visit place.

A rectangular room split by soundproof glass and divided to include 15 prisoners. Each of us sat and waited…

The room had windows that were overlooking a long corridor. The families told us that we will see the prisoners when they come. We stood, dear Shatha, waiting for you near the window. Before seeing anything, we heard sounds of handcuffs and doors. Locks and doors were opened then we heard handcuffs clanging while the prisoners were moving in pairs.

When the sound finally was very close you appeared, dear Shatha! You were smiling, as always. We started calling your name and you tried to respond waving to us although of the handcuffs. You had that very same smile, which we knew. As soon as the jailer removed your cuffs, you ran to us. Forgive us as we couldn’t hold back our tears. They were our tears of longing to you, Shatha.

Our 45 minutes started…

45 minutes were all that we had to see you. They allow prisoners to talk to their families in 45 minutes.

– How are you Shatha?

* How are you?

– Are you ok?

* Are you ok?

And many other questions that you were answering with a question, dear Shatha, as if we were the ones in jail, not you.

We had no idea how those minutes passed by in a flash. Neither our talk was finished nor our questions were over. However, I will always remember your long glances to our mom’s face while she was talking to you. I will always remember your eyes and how they were shining while you were listening to our news, the way how you were examining the details of our faces while we were examining yours.

I will always remember how you laughed, how you were moving your hands, how you talked, how you moved, and how you described your life in jail. I will also remember how we touched hands through the glass and sent kisses in the air as if we were kids.

I will always remember how they closed the door while you were waving behind the glass.

Time doesn’t matter anymore now, sis!

It was a heavy visit, dear Shatha! We left you in the old cold jail and went back home praying for God to have you among us very soon and to leave the days of separation behind, so that this visit becomes a memory, just like all the heavy visits that we’ve been through.

Until God relieves our distress, we leave you in his care, dear Shatha. God is the most merciful to our hearts and yours, sis..

(Source / 22.02.2020) 

Israeli forces execute Palestinian youth in Jerusalem

Israeli occupation forces prevented anyone from helping the Palestinian youth while he was suffering serious injuries

Israeli occupation forces executed on Saturday morning young Palestinian youth at the entrance of Al Aqsa Mosque in the holy city of Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli occupation forces prevented anyone from helping the Palestinian youth who suffered serious injuries.

Palestinian sources identified the martyr as Maher Yousef Za’atreh from Jabal al Mukabber in Jerusalem.

The Israeli TV Channel 12 claimed that the youth attempted to stab Israeli policemen as he approached them raising a knife in his hand.

However, the eyewitnesses said that an Israeli officer called on the Palestinian youth and refused to allow him enter without raising his hands up.

“So that, he [the Palestinian youth] was walking towards the Israeli policemen raising his hands,” one of the eyewitnesses told Palestine Post 24.

The eyewitness stressed that the Palestinian youth did not hold a knife or even anything in his hands.

(Source / 22.02.2020) 

Palestinian boy shot by Israeli police loses sight in eye

Israeli occupation police shot the boy in his face from very close distance while he was back home from his school

The nine-year-old Palestinian boy Malik Issa, who was shot in his face by Israeli occupation police occupied Jerusalem last week, lost vision in his left eye, sources revealed on Tiursday.

Issa was hospitalised after being shot by an Israeli policeman when he had just gotten off his school bus in Al Issawiya neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem.

Mohammed abu al Hummus, a community leader, who has been regularly visiting Issa’s family at the hospital, said that the boy lost vision in the left eye following surgeries on Wednesday.

He said that his doctors will operate again in the coming days to try and preserve the eye itself.

Israeli Police claimed that the policeman shot at “rioters” in the neighbourhood and used what they describe as non-lethal weapons, which usually refers to rubber-tipped bullets and sponge rounds that can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

However, such rounds are lethal when they are shot from very close distance and have killed tens of Palestinians across the occupied territories.

Israeli occupation police have been carrying out daily raids in Al Issawiya neighbourhood for several months that frequently ignite demonstrations.

(Source / 22.02.2020)