Gaza: The occupation closed Karm Abu Salem crossing for two days

The competent authorities in the Gaza Strip today, Sunday, told merchants that the Kerem Shalom crossing will be closed for two days due to Jewish holidays.

It was decided to close the crossing on the next Wednesday and Thursday, as the movement of goods will stop completely to and from the Strip.

(Source / 05.04.2020) 

Gaza: new casualties recovered and plea to provide Corona examination materials

Ashraf Al-Qudra, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, announced today, Saturday evening, that the number of people recovering from the Coruna virus has risen to 5 out of 12 infected.

And the ability in the daily briefing of the Gaza Information and Information Center, that all the remaining 7 cases are still stable.

He pointed out that the technical teams intensified the withdrawal and examination of samples for the suspected cases, and most of the results were negative and no new infection with the Corona virus was recorded.

And that the medical teams monitor the health status of 1897 hosted in 27 quarantine centers and all of them are in good health, indicating that 60% of the quarantine center hosts receive direct medical care in hotels, health centers and hospitals.

He pointed out that the Ministry of Health and governmental institutions in Gaza are reviewing their precautionary measures in order to immunize society from the Corona pandemic.

He said, “The epidemiological surveillance system contributed to the detection of infected cases without the appearance of symptoms, which confirms the safety of the precautionary measures taken, and no infection was recorded within the community in the sector.”

And that the available health constituents are very limited, and what was received from various entities is shy aid that the Ministry cannot help in facing the Corona pandemic.

Al-Qudra pointed out that the virus testing materials are scarce, which means that the ministry will lose its ability to test in Gaza within a few days, asking the concerned authorities to send sufficient quantities of them.

The spokesman for the health in Gaza demanded that the concerned authorities assume their responsibilities in supporting the urgent and urgent needs to confront the Corona virus, including medicines, medical consumables, protection supplies, laboratory supplies, and medical equipment parts, noting that what was sent from Ramallah is 1500 tubes to withdraw samples, which is estimated at 4000 dollars. It cannot be used without sending the associated examination materials.

He pointed out that the ventilators and the intensive care beds available are almost enough for the daily needs of patients, adding, “We urgently and urgently need 100 ventilators and 140 intensive care beds to face the Corona virus.”

He called on citizens to adhere to the instructions for preventive and safety procedures, calling on them to put a muzzle on the nose and mouth during their visits to clinics, hospitals and markets.

He affirmed the ability to end the quarantine period for the first batch of the hosts in the centers, asking them not to mix and adhere to the total preventive measures and safety measures that will be provided by medical teams.

For his part, Iyad Al-Bazm, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior in Gaza, affirmed that the crossings of individuals continue to be closed and any return will be quarantined 21 days, which may be increased.

He renewed the call for citizens to commit to homes for as long as possible, limit movement and roaming, and place them within the framework of necessity only, and wear masks in the event of movement, especially in closed places.

He pointed out that during the past month, a decrease in the crime rate was recorded.

Al-Bism assured the availability of basic commodities without deficiency, and the continued monitoring of markets by the competent authorities.

He also stressed the continuation of the decision to close the wedding halls and marine rest houses and prevent gatherings.

(Source / 05.04.2020) 

Jerusalem .. settlers attack 3 Palestinians with sharp machines and gas

A number of Palestinian workers were injured, today, Sunday, after being attacked by knives and gas by Jewish settlers in the western part of the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Three young men were wounded in the attack on Jerusalem: Majed Saeed Al-Fasfous (39 years), Amir Al-Debs, two prisoners released from the occupation prisons, and the young Ezz Muhammad Ali, and all three of them from the “Shuafat” refugee camp north of Jerusalem.

According to Jerusalem sources, phosphorous was moderately injured after being stabbed with the knife in the head and back and sprayed with pepper gas. The other two young men were also suffocated by pepper gas, as they were transferred to Hadassah Hospital in al-Issawiya, and there they were subjected to ill-treatment by the doctor on duty at the hospital emergency department , Who attempted to justify the assault as a reaction to the behavior of the aforementioned workers.

The “Wadi Hilweh Information Center”, which specializes in monitoring Israeli violations in occupied Jerusalem, quoted the young man, Phosphus, saying: “While I was in my workplace, three settlers went to me and asked me to come with them, so I asked them who you are and what you want trying to know if they are from the Israeli intelligence.” .

He added, after asking them, “As they sprayed pepper gas towards me indiscriminately, I fell to the ground, and my colleagues tried to help me, but they couldn’t get them with gas as well.”

Vesfoss added to the center that the settlers attacked him with knives and blades, and managed to hit him with his head as he was stabbed in the back, which led to the tearing of his coat. They also tried to stab him in the neck.

Fasfous explained that his colleagues who were present at the scene called the police and ambulance, and he was taken to the hospital, and his head was sown.

Phosphus denounced the ill-treatment he had given during his hospitalization, where the therapist asked him, “What have you done to them to stab you in your head?”

The two Palestinian citizens, Amir al-Dibs and Izz Muhammad Ali, were suffocated by being sprayed with gas by the settlers.

(Source / 05.04.2020) 

Settlers exploit Corona and drown land with wastewater

Hebron – Ma’an – The settlers from the Gush Asioun settlement bloc on Sunday dumped approximately 20 dunums of agricultural land in the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, with wastewater in the Wadi Ashkhit area, north of the town, planted with grapes.

Activist Mohamed Ayad Awad said that the agricultural lands belong to the families of Sabarna, Awad and Bahr, where citizens were surprised today by dumping their lands with wastewater and were unable to work in them and returned them to their homes.

Awad pointed out that settlers dump the wastewater every year at this time because of their proximity to the Gush Asiun settlement bloc, to facilitate their control over the land with these racist methods.

(Source / 05.04.2020) 

Israeli police detain Jerusalem governor

Jerusalem governor Adnan Ghaith (3rd R) is seen after Israeli court on Sunday ordered the release of him in Jerusalem on December 2, 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]

Jerusalem governor Adnan Ghaith (3rd R) is seen after Israeli court on Sunday ordered the release of him in Jerusalem on December 2, 2018

Israeli police on Sunday detained Jerusalem Governor Adnan Ghaith, reports Anadolu Agency and local media outlets.

A video released by the Jerusalem-based Wadi Hilweh Information Center showed police forcefully detaining Ghaith from his home in Jerusalem’s neighborhood of Silwan.

Ghaith has been detained several times in recent months.

The reason behind the detention remains unclear and the Israeli police have yet to issue an official statement.

In February, Israeli occupation authorities banned Adnan Ghaith from entering the West Bank for six months and from communicating with the Palestinian Authority (PA), despite being the PA’s governor. He was previously arrested by Israeli forces in October 2019, and then again in November 2019.

Ghaith’s arrest comes two days after Israeli forces arrested Palestine’s Jerusalem Affairs Minister Fadi Al-Hadami on Friday for allegedly violating an Israeli ban on Palestinian political activities in occupied East Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Affairs Ministry said in a statement that Israeli police raided the minister’s house in the Silwan neighbourhood of Jerusalem and took him into custody.

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PLO Executive Committee Hanan Ashrawi accused the Israeli occupation of undermining Palestinian efforts in the battle against coronavirus, referring to the Israeli escalation against Palestinian officials in Jerusalem, including the repeated detention of Jerusalem’s Minister Fadi Al-Hadami.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the decades-long Mideast conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem – occupied by Israel since 1967 – might one day serve as the capital of a Palestinian state. International law continues to view East Jerusalem, along with the entire West Bank, as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement construction there as illegal.

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(Source / 05.04.2020) 

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Jerusalem Governor

Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday, the Palestinian Governor of occupied East Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith, after storming and ransacking his home in Silwan town, south of Jerusalem.

Media sources said the soldiers violently searched the property after breaking into it, causing damage, and abducted the governor.

It is worth mentioning that this is the seventeenth time the soldiers abduct and detain Gheith since he became the governor of occupied Jerusalem in August 2018.

Gheith is also banned from entering the rest of the West Bank, in addition to not being allowed to have any contact with the Palestinian Authority, or with any of the Palestinian political leaders, including President Mahmoud Abbas.

On Friday, the soldiers abducted the Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Fadi al-Hadmi, from his home in the Suwwana neighborhood in Jerusalem, for the fourth time in less than one year, and released him after an extended interrogation.

Shortly after his release from the al-Maskobiyya interrogation facility in Jerusalem, al-Hadmi said that the soldiers violently searched his home, and used dogs to inflict maximum damage, in addition to forcing him to wear a dirty mask that had signs of dried blood on it.

(Source / 05.04.2020) 

Israeli Police Abduct Two Palestinian Youths in East Jerusalem

Israeli police forces on Sunday, invaded one of the neighborhoods in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted two Palestinian youths, local sources reported.

Sources and witnesses said that Israeli police in the old city of East Jerusalem, broke into the homes of Ahmad Salayma and Mohammad Swaity and abducted the two youths.

The abduction came hours after Israeli police broke into the home of Fatah party’s representative in East Jerusalem, Shadi Matour, as well as the arrest and subsequent release of Palestinian Authority’s governor for Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith.

In a statement, released on Sunday, Palestinian National and Islamic factions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, decried Israeli authorities’ arrest campaigns, which also included the Palestinian Authority’s minister for Jerusalem affairs, Fadi Aldahmi.

The factions demanded Israeli occupation authorities desist in their recent efforts to target Palestinian dignitaries in occupied East Jerusalem.

Their statement asserted the Palestinian factions’ determination to protect the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem, with Coronavirus having plagued Palestinian territories and Israel, alike.

The factions hold Israel responsible for the health and welfare of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, claiming that Israel is neglecting the health care of those residents.

They also noted that Palestinian officials and residents’ attempts to take necessary precaution measures, across East Jerusalem, are important, while Israel ‘is not doing enough’ to maintain Palestinian public health.

(Source / 05.04.2020) 

Army Causes Dozens Of Palestinians To Suffer Effects Of Teargas Inhalation In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers invaded, late on Saturday evening, the town of Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and caused dozens of Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation during ensuing protests.

The Coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, Morad Eshteiwi, stated that several army jeeps invaded the town, leading to protests.

He added that the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs, in addition to concussion grenades, live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters, and surrounding homes.

Eshteiwi stated that dozens of residents, including many in their own homes, suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, before receiving the needed treatment by the local medics.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers smashed the doors of many homes before breaking into them, and conducted violent searches of the properties while inspecting the ID cards of the Palestinians and interrogating many of them.

Eshteiwi denounced the Israeli military escalation against the unarmed Palestinian population in several parts of the occupied territory and said that Israel is taking advantage of the fact that the entire world is busy in dealing with the spreading Coronavirus, by escalating its invasions and serious violations.

On Friday, the soldiers injured one Palestinian youth with fragments of a concussion grenade, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation in Kufur Qaddoum.

(Source / 05.04.2020) 

Israel May Impose Lockdown on East Jerusalem to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

Israeli TV Channel, Kan, reported on Sunday that Israeli authorities in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem, may impose a total lockdown on some Palestinian-populated neighborhoods and some other religious Jewish communities in East Jerusalem, itself.

The report by Kan TV suggested that five areas, including the two Palestinian neighborhoods of Beit Hanina and Safafa, as well as the Jewish communities of Har Nouf, Meaat Sha’reem and Geoula, could face a total lockdown soon.

Kan TV said that such a plan, once implemented, is based on instructions by Israeli health ministry, within the ministry’s efforts to curb the widely-spread Coronavirus in both Israeli and Palestinian areas.

A decision to impose closure on those communities, according to Kan, could be taken in the next few days, as a plan has been already worked out by three main bodies; the Prime Minister’s office, the Health Ministry and the Police Department of Jerusalem.

Such a report comes as Israeli occupation authorities’ crackdown on Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, has been increasingly reported.

The crackdown has involved the abduction of Palestinian dignitaries and residents, who have been reportedly helping enforce precautionary measures inside Arab-Palestinian neighborhoods, in the fight against the Coronavirus.

(Source / 05.04.2020) 

In Video| Shin Bet arrests Jerusalem Governor

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces on Sunday arrested the Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith, after breaking into his house and searching it.

QNN reporter said that groups of the Israeli shin Bet and police stormed the house of the Governor in Silwan this morning then arrested him and sent him for interrogation.

Gheith is a former prisoner. He has been a subject for Israeli assaults since he became a governor. The Israeli authorities summoned him for interrogation, expelled him from the West Bank and Al Aqsa mosque, and prevented him from communicating with people in several incidents.

Last Friday, Israeli forces arrested the Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Fadi Hidmi, and sent him for interrogation then he was released.

(Source / 05.04.2020)