Chairman of the Israeli Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, Zvi Hauser, on Monday invoked the controversial 2018 Jewish Nation-State Law to prevent Palestinians from moving to Israel to be united with their families, Haaretz newspaper reported.
The Israeli Knesset voted by a majority of 41 in favour to 13 against extending the application of “the Citizenship and Entry” into Israel Law by a year which prohibits Palestinians from moving to Israel to be with their relatives.
According to Haaretz, over the past few years, family unification has been banned for Palestinians under “security pretexts”, however this is the first time the controversial law, which designates Israel as the nation-state for only Jews, is invoked for that purpose.
Israel has repeatedly hindered Palestinians from being united with their families in Jerusalem and within Israel in an effort to reduce the Arab population and force families to move out and into the occupied West Bank.
As part of military measures aimed at holding back growing indignation among Palestinians who reject the occupation’s intention to annex large swathes of the West Bank, occupation forces have escalated arrest campaigns, detaining 15 Palestinians yesterday, in parallel with ongoing demolition operations of Palestinian homes and facilities.
Two young men from the town of Kifl Haris, north of Salfit, were arrested yesterday. Local sources said that the security forces arrested Khalil Abu Yaqoub, 24, and Ali Al-Qaq, 22, after storming and searching their parents’ homes.
The occupation forces also arrested five young men in Nablus, after raiding several neighbourhoods in the city, where they arrested Ahmed Youssef Awwad from Al-Makhfia area, and Dawoud Khaled Saleh from Al-Ain camp.
The Israeli forces also stormed the village of Tell where they arrested Abdel Rahman Ayoub Asida, and raided the town of Beita, storming and searching the homes of Karam Issa Dawoud and Louai Tair Dweikat, later detaining them.
Five Palestinians from Jenin were also detained including freed prisoners, Sheikh Khaled Suleiman Abu Al-Hassan and Fathi Al-Atoum, after storming the city and raiding their homes.
In Jenin camp, the occupation forces arrested Mohammad Al-Nabhan, a student at the Faculty of Dentistry at the Arab American University, and the freed prisoners Mohammed Azmi Nasharti and Imad Jamal Abu Al-Heija, after raiding and searching their relatives’ homes.
After storming the camp, the Israeli forces fired live ammunition and sound bombs to disperse the crowds who were confronting the occupation soldiers.
At dawn, Israeli forces also detained Hazem Al-Rimawi, 18, from the town of Beit Rima, Khaldoun Barghouti, 40, from Kobar, and Qusay Omar Kharaz, 18, from Silwad, after raiding different areas of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank. The detainees were dragged out of their families’ homes, after their furniture and personal belongings were deliberately damaged during a search.
The occupation forces arrested four other citizens from the occupied city of Jerusalem; Mohammed Badr from the town of Abu Dis, Dhiya Ayman Ubaid, and Rouhi Al-Jabbar, 13, in addition to delivering a summons to Mohammed Ismat Ubaid, from Issawiya. Husam Sidr, one of the Islamic Endowments’ employees in Al-Aqsa Mosque, was also taken into custody.
Israel has threatened to prevent Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the PA security services from travelling around the occupied West Bank if they ceased security coordination with Tel Aviv, Israeli media reported.
Israel’s Kan news agency said since the Palestinians stopped security coordination with Israel about two weeks ago, the heads of the Palestinian security services issued instructions to their personnel not to engage in confrontations with occupation forces and to reduce their night activities in the cities.
According to the channel the Israeli security services are discussing measures in case Abbas decides to leave the country, explaining that he usually travels under Israeli protection in accordance with the security coordination agreement signed between the two sides.
It added that Israel has decided not to impose sanctions on the Palestinian Authority at the present time over its decision to stop security coordination with Israel, as long as the Palestinian security services do not confront the Israeli army’s activities in the occupied Palestinian towns and villages.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Tuesday, that detainee Sami Janazra, 47, held by Israel under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, has suspended his hunger strike after reaching an agreement with the Prison Authorities.
The PPS stated that Janazra started the hunger strike 23 days ago, protesting the ongoing Administrative Detention, without charges or trial.
The agreement states that, after the current detention order ends, Israel will only issue one new order, holding him captive for four additional months, and that the Administrative Detention orders will not be renewed after that.
It is worth mentioning that Janazra, from the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, held three hunger strikes in the last four years, protesting being held under various arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.
His latest abduction was in September in the year 2019, and he has been held under these orders, without charges or trial, since then.
Janazra is a married father of four, including one who was born while he was imprisoned and holding the hunger strike.
Several fanatic illegal Israeli colonialist settlers attacked, on Tuesday evening, a few Palestinian homes in Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the assailants came from the illegal Havat Ma’on colony, which was built on private lands, owned by Burin residents.
Daghlas added that the colonists attacked several homes close to the illegal colony, and set fires around them.
Locals rushed to aid the families and managed to control the fire, while the colonists fled back to their outpost.
The attack is part of ongoing and escalating Israeli violations against the Palestinians, their homes, lands, and their holy sites.
Israel’s colonies in the West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Tuesday, stressed that Israel must swiftly develop to a full, independent, impartial, competent and transparent investigation into Israeli forces’ killing of a Palestinian man with a mental disability in Jerusalem, stating that: “those responsible must be held to account.”
A press statement issued by OHCHR said that the United Nations has for years documented and publicly reported on the routine use of lethal force by Israeli Security Forces against Palestinians, in Gaza and in the West Bank.
There are very low levels of accountability for the use of force by Israeli security forces against Palestinians, with a handful of indictments in relation to hundreds of killings over the past five years, said the statement.
OHCHR said that the use of force that does not comply with those principles and results in the death amounts to an arbitrary deprivation of life. Security forces in policing operations must use the least force possible to address any situation. “Non-lethal means in the case of Eyad would have saved his life”.
“International law is clear: law enforcement officials may only resort to lethal force when strictly necessary, meaning as a response to an imminent threat of death or serious injury, and in accordance with the principle of proportionality.”
Secrecy around rules of engagement does not allow an independent assessment of their compliance with Israel’s obligations under international law, nor the compliance with the rules by the security force personnel in the case of Eyad. Where lethal force appears to be routinely the first rather than the last resort, the killing of people like Eyad is likely to occur, mistaken or otherwise, said the statement.
“While lessons must be learned from Eyad’s killing, the primary response must be accountability.”
The UN Human Rights Office extended its condolences to the family and friends of Eyad.
Eyad al-Hallaq, who suffered from a partial movement disability and was mentally disabled, was walking from his home in Wadi al-Joz neighbourhood to a vocational training centre for persons with special needs, few hundred meters away, in Jerusalem’s Old City.
He had been tracing the same path every morning to the centre for six years. Monitoring by the UN Human Rights Office suggests Eyad was shouted at by Israeli Security Forces.
Because of his disability he panicked and ran, hiding in a dumpsite and called for his teacher, who was nearby. While events are still to be fully clarified, it appears Eyad was killed by shots of live ammunition to the upper body while he was on the ground.
Israeli Security Forces personnel involved, claimed they suspected he was carrying a gun. No weapon appears to have been found.
Israeli troops, early on Wednesday, stormed the home of Ikrima Sabri, current head of the Higher Islamic Council and former Mufti, in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem.
Palestinian sources in the occupied old city of Jerusalem said that the attack on Sabri’s home followed Israeli troops’ crackdown on a Palestinian solidarity protest, held by employees of the Palestinian Ministry of Waqf and Religious Affairs.
No damage was reported inside the home of the high-ranking Palestinian scholar.
The protest, outside of the former Mufti’s home, was in protest of Israeli troops and police harassment of Palestinian workers and guards at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound of East Jerusalem, one of the holiest Islamic shrines in the world.
The sources added that Israeli troops abducted two protesters and took them to a nearby Israeli custody center, in the Arab-Palestinian occupied city.
Palestine’s Grand Mufti is one of the most prominent and most respected figures across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Attacking any religious figure is seen by many rights groups and concerned bodies, as grossly unjustified.
Dozens of protestors as well as Arab members in the Israeli Knesset, participated in the protest held against the ongoing Israeli police harassment of Sabri Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.
The participants object to the occupation state’s denial of Muslims’ freedom of worship, by banning them from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, beating and arresting worshippers.
Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli military training on Tuesday caused a wide area of agricultural and pastoral land in the Jordan Valley to burn.
Local sources said Israeli military training caused fire to engulf 9000 dunumns of agricultural land, cultivated for wheat and barley, as well as pastoral land.
The Israeli use of live ammunition caused fire to burn nearly 180 dunums of agricultural land and 8200 dunums of pastoral land.
The Jordan Valley has been targeted by the Israelis, displacing hundreds of its native population, in order to grab as much land as possible to annex the area.
Experts estimated the lands that will be affected by the Israeli annexation plan at 51,000 dunums of agricultural land in addition to 46,000 dunums of the borders with Jordan, and 400 dunums of the valley’s land that was grabbed and has been used by the Israelis as a military training zone.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli bulldozers continued its daily demolitions in the West Bank, displacing more Palestinian families in southern Hebron and Jericho today.
The President of the Municipal Assembly of Masafer Yatta, Nidal Younes, told QNN that crews from the Israeli ‘civil administration’ accompanied by forces of the Israeli army raided communities in Masafer Yatta this morning before demolishing and dismantling tents of Palestinian Bedouins.
He added that Israeli forces dismantled one tent and confiscated two others. The tents are owned by the Hamamdeh, Makhamreh, and Omour families. All three families have been left homeless.
Meanwhile, Israeli bulldozers demolished all structures of a community in eastern Jericho, displacing eight families that include women and children.
Eid Khamis, an activist in the popular resistance and a member of the community, told QNN that Israeli forces raided Deir Hijleh in eastern Jericho a few days before Eid but did not deliver any demolition orders.
He added that the residents were shocked this morning, watching the Israeli army raiding the community again but this some to demolish their tents.
The Israeli army demolished 11 structures, including residential structures as well as sheep sheds, displacing 35 Palestinians.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli police and Shin Bet on Wednesday cracked down on a peaceful protest in solidarity with Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the higher Islamic commission in Occupied Jerusalem.
QNN correspondent said that dozens of protesters protested in front of the Sheik’s house in the occupied Palestinian capital, rejecting the Israeli policy of targeting him. Members of the Israeli police and Shin Bet cracked down on the protesters, trying to repress the protest.
She added that they attacked the protesters and pushed them away. The protesters included the defense council of Sheikh Sabri.
Four protesters were arrested, while Israeli Shin Bet summoned four journalists, who were covering the protest, for interrogation.
The Shin Bet also published an order, preventing any protests in Suwwaneh neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Israeli police had arrested Sheikh Sabri from his house last week before releasing him and preventing him from entering Al Aqsa mosque for a week. It also ordered him to revisit the police station to extend his entry ban order into the holy mosque.