Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Israel’s “Impunity Continues to Prevail”

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday issued strong criticism of the lack of accountability for Israeli crimes in the Gaza Strip, stating that “impunity continues to prevail” the Middle East Monitor reported.

According to UN News, the new report was published this week looking at “accountability for alleged violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) since 2008, including during large-scale protests beginning in March 2018 along the Gaza-Israel fence”.

The report, presented by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ilze Brands Kehris, states that Israeli forces killed 131 Palestinians throughout the OPT from November 2018 to October 2019. The fatalities included 23 children.

“Suggesting a lack of accountability for the killing and injuring of civilians,” UN News added, “the report highlights the killing of double-amputee Ibrahim Abu Thuryah on 15 December 2017.”

“A double amputee in a wheelchair, Abu Thuryah was shot dead with live ammunition to the head,” UN News explained, adding that, according to the report: “There was no indication that Mr. Abu Thoryah had posed an imminent threat of death or serious injury at the moment he was killed.”

“His physical disability must have been clearly visible to the person who shot him, in the front of the head, some 15 to 20 metres from the fence,” the report added.

The human rights report also noted that, 19 months after the start of Great Return March protests, the Israeli military system had delivered only one sentence in relation to “possible unlawful acts” by Israeli forces.

“The persisting lack of accountability for possible unlawful acts committed against Palestinians perpetuates a cycle of impunity that facilitates the occurrence of further violations,” it said.

(Source / 01.03.2020) 

EU Official: European Union and All Member States Must Recognize the State of Palestine

A European Union (EU) official, on Thursday, stressed the necessity of the EU’s recognition of the State of Palestine, the WAFA Palestinian News Agency reported.

The Chair of the EU’s Delegation for Relations with Palestine, Manuel Pineda stated that it is now imperative that the EU and all member states recognize the State of Palestine.

Speaking about Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent announcement, reviving the construction of 3,500 new colonial settler units in the E1 area, one of the most sensitive areas, located east of Jerusalem, Pineda said that Netanyahu will move forward with his scheme to isolate Jerusalem and further fragment the occupied West Bank, with the intent to eliminate any hope of a viable Palestinian state.

Condemning the lack of international action to cease the Israeli colonial settlement construction, Pineda said that the international community should place pressure on Israel to do so, and not only issue statements of condemnation.

The EU delegation recently attempted to visit the besieged Gaza Strip, however Israel denied them entry, restricting their visit to the West Bank. The EU official denounced Israel’s refusal to allow the delegation entry to the war-torn enclave, as a violation of international law.

(Source / 01.03.2020) 

Netanyahu: Annexation has started, PA and Jordan threats don’t matter

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on 14 April, 2019 [RONEN ZVULUN/AFP/Getty Images]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on 14 April, 2019

Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced that he is not concerned with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Jordan’s threats as his government has already begun the annexation of the West Bank, Arab48 reported on Friday.

“I am not concerned with the threats by the PA and Jordan,” Arab48 reported Netanyahu conveying to Israeli economic newspaper, Makor Rishon.

Netanyahu disclosed that his government has approved and promises to build thousands of new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank and 3,500 new settlement units in Area E1, which he explained isolates the West Bank from Jerusalem.

“We are talking about fateful decisions, which we carried out regardless of all the threats,” Netanyahu confirmed. “We have also approved housing plans in the Sha’ar HaShomron settlement. This proves that big changes are happening here.”

READ: EU renews call to stop settlements in occupied Palestine 

“Let’s be clear, US President Donald Trump’s administration asked us to take decisions on Judea and Samaria (West Bank), where we plan to impose our sovereignty,” Netanyahu threatened.

“They [the US] would immediately recognise this annexation, which requires several weeks of work and maybe one or two months for the joint [US-Israeli] teams who are working on the demarcation of borders.”

He added: “Joint work has started extensively and we are talking about a large area with a border of 800 kilometres. When we finish building this area, the annexation would only have happened with me as prime minister.”

“If Benny Gantz was the prime minister, he would never carry out this step because he believes that he needs international and PA recognition. Do you think that they will agree with this?” Netanyahu posed.

(Source / 01.03.2020) 

Illegal Israeli Colonists Chop 780 Trees In Three Days

Israeli colonialist settlers, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, chopped Saturday 200 grapevines in Faghour area, in the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, bringing the number of uprooted grapevines and olive trees in the West Bank to 780 in three days.

Emad Da’dou, a nonviolent young activist in al-Khader, said the colonies chopped 200 grapevines, owned by a local farmer, identified as Mohammad Ibrahim Abu al-Kat’a.

He added that the attack took place in an area that is subject to frequent similar violations, and only comes a day after the colonists uprooted 300 grapevines, owned by Nasser Isamel Marzouq, near the illegal colonies of Daniel and Eliezer.

On Thursday, the colonists chopped 200 olive trees and 80 grapevines in lands, owned by Marwan Abdul-Salama Salah and Anas Fathi Salam, near Eliezer colony.

It is worth mentioning that the colonists conduct hundreds of similar violations each year, targeting olive orchards, farmlands, and grapevines across the occupied West Bank, in addition to flooding lands with wastewater.

The Israeli assailants also frequently try to fence the Palestinian lands and squat on them in order to annex them to build new colonialist outposts or to expand existing ones.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including in and around occupied East Jerusalem, whether they have been authorized by various Israeli governments or not, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, in addition to numerous international resolutions and treaties.

(Source / 01.03.2020) 

BDS Movement Slams Austria’s Anti-Palestinian Resolution

The Palestinian-led boycott movement has slammed a motion passed by the Austrian parliament that singles out the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign for criticism, the Middle East Monitor reports.

Austria’s national parliament, on Friday, unanimously passed a resolution condemning the BDS campaign as anti-Semitic, and urged that the ‘anti-Israel’ movement not be supported.

Rejecting the claims of anti-Jewish bigotry, the BDS Movement statement affirmed that the campaign is a “human rights movement that rejects all forms of racism, including anti-semitism”.

In addition, the statement continued, “the resolution denies the rights of Palestinians and Austrian citizens to criticise Israeli colonialism and apartheid, and to non-violently boycott complicit businesses and institutions.”

“We call on people of conscience in Austria to defend freedom of expression, including the right to boycott for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality,” the BDS Movement concluded.

(Source / 01.03.2020) 


Ramallah (QNN)- Palestine Prisoners Center revealed on Saturday that Israeli authorities have been holding Palestinian children at Damon jail in inhumane conditions.

The spokesman for the center, Riyadh Ashqar, said that Israeli authorities have transferred dozens of Palestinian children from Ofer to Damon jails two months ago. The children haven’t gotten any of their basic needs since they arrived in Damon jail although they communicated with the Israeli Prison Service and carried out protests to get their needs. Their protests were met, however, with Israeli repression.

Last week, the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has put four children in solitary confinement after they rejected to eat as a protest against the harsh conditions in which they live and because the food, served for them, is inedible, according to Ashqar.

The Israelis continue to reject sending adult Palestinian prisoners, who used to be representative of the children, to Damon jail. The adult prisoners used to be responsible for the jailed children, protecting them from the Israeli ill-treatment and exploitation.

Israeli authorities have been practicing all kinds of violations and punishments against children after transferring them away from their representatives.

Ashqar revealed that the children have been jailed in abandoned cells infested with insects and cockroaches. The cells are unsuitable for living; they lack ventilation and sunlight and they have no windows.

The children were prevented from family visits and they were also denied blankets and winter clothes, which caused many of them to be sick.

(Source / 01.03.2020) 


As four people died due to coronavirus in Iran, people walking in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar wear protective masks to prevent contracting the virus

Ramallah (QNN) – The Palestinian territories are still free of the novel coronavirus, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed on Saturday.

In a statement, the ministry said 129 samples have been taken from suspected coronavirus cases since Jan. 20, and that “all samples have proved negative for the virus.”

According to the ministry, 55 people have been quarantined after returning from virus-hit countries.

On Friday, Israel reported three cases of coronavirus, taking the total infections to seven.

Known as COVID-19, the novel coronavirus has now spread to more than 45 countries worldwide, including the US, the UK, Egypt, Singapore, France, Russia, Spain and India.

China, where the virus originated, is the worst-hit country, where 2,837 deaths have been reported.

The World Health Organization, which already declared an international health emergency, on Friday raised the global coronavirus alert level from high to “very high”.

(Source / 01.03.2020) 


Occupied Hebron (QNN)- Israeli forces and settlers on Sunday stormed the house of a Palestinian family in Hebron and attacked them.

Israeli soldiers and settlers attacked the house and members of Abu Shamsiyyeh family claiming that they opened fire at them.

A video footage shows Israeli soldiers and settlers breaking into the house, while the family tries to prevent the attack.

(Source / 01.03.2020) 

Israeli Jewish settlers break into, vandalise Church land in West Bank

The Patriarchate reported similar violations taking place by Jewish Israeli settlers regularly

Thousands of Israeli settlers arrived aboard dozens of buses and cars last week, overrunning church land without permission and vandalised it, Independent Catholic News reported.

A few days earlier, groups of settlers had brought herds of cows to the lands of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and caused considerable damage.

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has condemned the intrusion of its territory near the village of Tayasir, in the occupied West Bank.

The Christian group expressed grave concern not only over the settlers’ violations of its properties, but also at the lack of action by the Israeli authorities to put an end to such offences.

In a statement released on Saturday by a number of Catholic sources, the Patriarchate noted the settlers did not have permission to enter the land, calling the action a violation of private property.

“It should be mentioned that settlers brought their cows, some days ago, to the Patriarchate lands and caused considerable damage there,” the statement said.

“It should be mentioned also that the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem protested to the Israeli authorities on similar violations of its property near Tayasir by settlers, but – so far – violations to our property continues to take place while the authorities are practically not prohibiting them,” the Patriarchate continued.

The Patriarchate also said that it is “very concerned not only from the settlers’ violations of its properties, but also from the lack of action by the Israeli authorities to put an end to such offenses.”

The Patriarchate urged the Israeli authorities “to make sure that law to be respected by all people under their control and to ban further illegal breaking into our properties.”

(Source / 01.03.2020) 

Israeli Settlers Raze Lands Near Nablus

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Extremist Israeli settlers embarked today on razing tracts of land in the villages of Qusra and Jurish, to the south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to local sources.

Ghassan Daghlas, a local official in charge of monitoring settler violence, told that settlers used bulldozers to raze lands in an area belonging to the aforementioned villages.

Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories are illegal under international law.

About 460,000 Israeli settlers live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in a blatant disregard of the UN resolutions.

(Source / 01.03.2020)