Report: Four martyrs, shot dead by the occupation, and 320 detainees, last May

The Abdullah Al-Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation of the Department of Labor and Planning of the Liberation Organization, said that the Israeli occupation authorities escalated their violations against our people during last May, killing four citizens, and arrested 320 others.

In its monthly report released today, Wednesday, on the most prominent violations of the Israeli occupation authorities against our people during the month of May, the Center clarified that the martyrs are: Bahaa Al-Din Muhammad Abdullah Al-Awawdeh (18 years), from the village of Deir Samet, and the child Zaid Fadl Qaysieh (15 years). From the town of Dhahria, Fadi Adnan Samara Qad (33 years), from the village of Abu Qash, near Ramallah, and Iyad Khairy Rouhi Al-Hallaq, 32, who is with disabilities, from Wadi Al-Joz neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.

He stated that the number of martyrs whose bodies were held by the occupation had risen since October 2015 to 62, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.

115 citizens were injured and 320 arrested, including 35 children

During the past May, the occupation authorities arrested some 320 citizens from the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, including 35 children.

The occupation authorities are holding about 5,000 prisoners in its prisons, among them 180 children, 41 women and 430 administrative detainees, held without charge, and among the detainees are about 700 prisoners suffering from various diseases.

The prison administration practices continuous violations against Palestinian prisoners, including torture and medical neglect of patients, denying them the most basic of their legitimate rights, in addition to not providing prisoners with medical supplies to prevent Corona virus, and withdrawing tools and cleaning materials from them.

The occupation army injured and injured 115 citizens throughout the Palestinian territories, as a result of the occupation authorities’ repression of citizens protesting the occupation’s racist policy and land grabbing, demolishing homes, and closing Palestinian towns and villages.

Settlement and land grabbing
The former Israeli occupation minister, Naftali Bennett, decided to seize 1100 dunums of land in the Bethlehem governorate, located on the outskirts of the “Efrat” settlement in the Gush Etzion settlement complex, as a prelude to building thousands of settlement units. Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that Bennett gave the green light to start planning To build a new settlement neighborhood adjacent to the mentioned settlement, which includes 7,000 new settlement units.

The occupation authorities issued a decision to seize areas adjacent to the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city of Hebron, in order to create a special road and elevator for settlers who storm the Ibrahimi Mosque with special needs.

The occupation authorities also approved a settlement plan that includes the seizure of 140 dunums of agricultural land belonging to the town of Azzun-Atma in the Qalqilya governorate, located behind the wall of annexation and racial expansion, with the aim of establishing a large cemetery for settlers, with a capacity of about 30,000 graves for the settlements of “Shomron and Oranit”.

The so-called Council of North West Bank Settlements announced a plan to seize 37 dunums of agricultural agricultural lands southwest of the city of Jenin, in the interest of expanding the “Rayhan” settlement and establishing a resort for settlers.

The occupation authorities seized 100 dunums of forest lands east of the city of Qalqilya, to set up factories belonging to the “Alf Menashe” settlement built on the lands of the city, and the villages of Habla, Nabi Elias and Izbat Al-Tabib.

A further 3.5 dunums of land were seized, owned by a citizen from the town of Ya`bad, located near the military checkpoint, and the “Mofodutan” settlement, south of the town.

The Occupation Court in the city of Jerusalem issued a decision to seize a 1.5-donum area of ​​land in Wadi Rababa in the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem, for use as a cemetery for Jews.

Judaization of Jerusalem
The doors of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque were opened to worshipers who came to Fajr prayer inside its courtyard 70 days after it closed.

During the morning, 70 days after its closure, 233 settlers stormed “Al-Aqsa”, among them the extremist Knesset Yehuda Glick, amid a guard from the Israeli police, who arrested a number of citizens who blocked the settlers’ road.

The Occupation Police issued decisions to deport al-Aqsa against 11 citizens, among them the head of the Supreme Islamic Authority Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, who had earlier arrested and released him, the head of the captive club Nasser Qas, and one of the guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for a period ranging from a week to 6 months.

And the house arrest was imposed on 14 citizens, including General Secretary of the Popular Congress of Jerusalem, Major General Bilal Al-Natsheh, who was released after his arrest, on charges of providing assistance and dealing with the National Authority. Old town.

And I issued a decision prohibiting the travel of the Secretary of “Fatah” in Jerusalem Shadi Al-Mutwar, on the pretext of distributing aid within the city and dealing with the National Authority. These arbitrary decisions included payment of fines and guarantees estimated at 30,000 shekels, and the occupation police suppressed Eid prayers at the tribe after preventing hundreds of worshipers from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The occupation police arrested the governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, and a number of Jerusalem leaders during a stand in front of the Orient House in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in commemoration of the death of the martyr Prince of Jerusalem, Faisal Husseini, and also suppressed a protest demonstration organized by dozens of young men in Bab Al-Amoud to condemn the killing of Iyad Al-Hallaq with special needs.

The occupation police extended the decision to close the Palestine Television office in Jerusalem, and prevent its crews from working for the next 6 months, and issued a decision to close the Association for Volunteering for Hope, on the pretext of dealing with Palestinian official agencies.

And approved what is called “the Planning and Building Committee” of the occupation government in the occupied city of Jerusalem, to bring about changes to Judaization, and a structural plan in the neighborhood of Al-Masara and Bab Al-Sahirah in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

The plan includes the establishment of Jewish settlement changes in the Wadi al-Joz area, alleging the rapid payment of a plan to build new areas for work, trade and new hotels in Jerusalem, according to the plan announced by the occupation government in 2000, to convert the city from an Arab-Islamic character to a pure Jewish city.

Accordingly, demolition orders were distributed to about 200 Palestinian establishments in the Wadi al-Joz area. In the same framework, the Prime Minister of Benjamin Netanyahu approved a plan in the hundreds of millions of shekels to Judaize occupied Jerusalem.

Netanyahu said in a tweet on “Twitter”, that he instructed the competent authorities to formulate a plan to enhance the status of occupied Jerusalem among the Jews through a budget of 200 million shekels, and attached his tweet with a drawing of the old city of Jerusalem and above the flag of occupation.

59 structures were demolished, including 15 houses, and a further 105 demolished

During the past May, the Israeli occupation forces demolished 59 structures, including 15 houses, including five houses whose owners self-demolished, to avoid paying huge financial fines in the towns of Silwan and Jabal Al-Mukaber in occupied Jerusalem.

It also included the demolition of the house of the prisoner, Qassam Al-Barghouthi, in the town of Kober, north of Ramallah, and also destroyed 44 agricultural, industrial and animal installations, concentrated in the governorates of Bethlehem, Jericho, Ramallah and Al-Bireh, Hebron, Jerusalem and Nablus, Tubas and the northern Jordan Valley.

During the past May, the occupation authorities notified citizens of the demolition of 105 residential, industrial, agricultural, animal and service facilities, and the cessation of construction and work under the pretext that they are in Area C, which the occupation is currently seeking to announce officially annexing, and the application of “Israeli law” to.

Land leveling
The occupation authorities continued to raze the agricultural lands of the citizens located near the Hawara camp, to construct the road called “Al-Tafafi Hawara” settlement, and its length reaches 7 kilometers, as it will devour in the first stage about 406 dunums, and it will uproot more than 2,800 olive trees from the lands. The towns of Beita, Huwara, Awarta, Burin, Wetma, Al-Sawiya and Yassouf, south of Nablus.

The occupation authorities also bulldozed the agricultural lands of the citizens, targeting the towns of Dura, south of Hebron, for the settlement of “Negohout”, and Barqa, near Nablus, for the “Shafi Shomron” settlement, in addition to razing about 15 dunums planted with olive trees belonging to citizens from the villages of Kafa and Shufa, southeast of Tulkarm.

65 settler attacks resulted in 18 injuries and 854 fruit trees uprooted
During the past month, settlers carried out 65 attacks against Palestinian citizens, resulting in the injury of 18 citizens, including a child, and the uprooting of 854 fruitful trees concentrated in the villages of Al-Khader, Nahhalin in the Bethlehem Governorate, and Amateen in the Qalqilya Governorate, and the Mughair in the Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, and the Orma in Nablus Governorate, and Shufa In Tulkarm, and a guard in Salfit.

A settler ran over 15 heads of sheep with a traveler in Yatta, south of Hebron, another settler attacked a Palestinian farmer and stole 250 sheep near the town of Barqa, north of Nablus. The settlers set up a tent on the lands of Al-Tuwani town of Yatta town, south of Hebron, and burned 30 dunums in the same area planted with wheat. And barley, and also seized 47 dunums of the lands of the villages of Ramon and Deir Dibwan in preparation for the establishment of a new outpost.

The settlers’ mechanisms bulldozed the lands of the citizens west of Dura, in the Hebron Governorate, near the village of Imatin, east of Qalqilya. The attacks also included the implementation of three shootings against unarmed citizens, and the damage of 40 vehicles to Palestinian citizens.

47 shootings against fishermen in Gaza
During the past May, the Israeli occupation forces carried out 47 shootings against fishermen, wounding 4 of them, arresting two others, and damaging three fishing boats.

The attacks included the implementation of 74 ground fire operations, 7 artillery strikes, and 8 ground incursions east of the Gaza Strip borders. The occupation forces also arrested four citizens, including a citizen who was arrested at the Beit Hanoun checkpoint, “Ayers”.

(Source / 04.06.2020)

5 cases of “Corona” among the detainees inside the quarantine in Gaza

The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced, this evening, the registration of 5 new infections with the Corona virus in the Strip, among those who were quarantined.

Dr. said. Ashraf Al-Qedra, a health spokesman in Gaza: This brings the total number of cases registered with the Corona virus in the Gaza Strip since last March to 66, including one death for an elderly woman, 18 cases recovered, and 47 cases are still under treatment in the isolation hospital.

He added: “483 new samples were performed during the past 24 hours, and the total number of samples examined for the suspected cases reached 10565, of which 10504 were negative and 66 were positive.”

(Source / 04.06.2020)

US court rules Iran, Syria liable for Palestinian attacks in Israel

Members of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas, take part in a military parade on the third anniversary of Israel's attacks on Gaza in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 20 July 2017 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
Members of Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas, in Gaza on 20 July 2017

A US court has ruled that Iran and Syria are liable for compensation to American citizens wounded and killed in a series of attacks attributed to Palestinian resistance factions in Israel.

Judge Randolph D Moss in US District Court for the District of Columbia held Iran and Syria accountable because they provided “material support” to movements such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The court however is yet to determine the amount of damages, with the order posted online on Sunday. The Times of Israel reports that US courts have previously ordered the Iranian government to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to families of Americans killed in attacks by Palestinian factions. Although attempts in collecting the damages have remained elusive due to Iran and the US having no formal diplomatic relations, nor does the Syrian Arab Republic.

Both states have supported Palestinian resistance movements for years, with senior Hamas members living in Syria for decades prior to the current civil war in the country.

READ: The next Palestinian Intifada will involve more support from Iran

(Source / 04.06.2020)

PA seeking end of coordination with Israel refuses tax delivery

Israeli Shekels [File photo]
Israeli Shekels 

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has doubled down in its effort to end coordination with Israel by announcing that it will no longer accept tax revenue transfers from Israel. The $222 million or so a month which Tel Aviv collects on behalf of the PA as per the Oslo agreement, which is often withheld by the Zionist state to punish Palestinians, is the latest move by Mahmoud Abbas against Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank in violation of international law.

“We confirm that we refused and continue to refuse the delivery of the tax revenues in adherence to the decision of the Palestinian leadership that we are absolved of all understandings and agreements with Israel,” Palestinian Civil Affairs Commission Director Hussein Al-Sheikh said.

PA government spokesperson Ibrahim Milhim confirmed Al-Sheikh’s statement in a tweet yesterday saying: “The Palestinian government rejected its regular tax transfer from Israel for May 2020, implementing its announcement to end coordination with Israel.”

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Tax revenues transferred to the PA by Israel account for a large percentage of its budget. In 2019 approximately 60 per cent of the PA’s revenue came from taxes collected by Israel on its behalf; an arrangement which critics say is one of the many oddities of the Oslo process. By allowing Israel to control tax revenue belonging to the Palestinians, the PA surrendered one of its many rights.

The authority relies on these funds to pay government employees and provide basic services. While Palestinians could be hurt by the move, it is an instrument of pressure the PA has wielded on several occasions to try to push Israel to reverse course on policy decisions.

It is not clear how long the cash-strapped PA can sustain this position. The coronavirus crisis has already caused significant damage to the West Bank economy. According to the World Bank poverty rates will double as the occupation continues to suffocate the Palestinian territories.

(Source / 04.06.2020)

Hamas: Israel’s annexation plans threaten Palestinian national project

Activists gather in front of US Embassy to protest against the annexation in West Bank, on 15 May 2020 in Jerusalem [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Activists gather in front of US Embassy to protest against the annexation in West Bank, on 15 May 2020 in Jerusalem 

The head of Hamas’ Office in the Diaspora, Maher Salah, yesterday warned that Israel’s plans to annex more than 30 per cent of the occupied WestBank constitute a real “threat” to the Palestinian national project.

In a televised speech, Salah said the Israeli annexation plan would open “new doors of conflict, increase friction and destroy all projects to settle the conflict and peaceful solutions that the world has invested in for decades.”

“We as Palestinians, inside and outside Palestine, will not allow this occupation to turn the West Bank into scattered cantons. The West Bank is ours, we are its people and protectors, and Jerusalem is our eternal capital and we will protect it with our blood,” he added.

The senior Hamas official said the Oslo Accord is dead and the Palestinians have to start planning for a new national program.

READ: With annexation on the horizon, Europe must not remain indifferent and apathetic

(Source / 04.06.2020)

PA discusses Palestinian prisoners’ issue with Red Cross

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in Ramallah, West Bank on 13 April 2020 [Palestinian Prime Ministry/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in Ramallah, West Bank on 13 April 2020

Palestinian Authority (PA)’s Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh yesterday discussed the issue of Palestinian prisoners being held by the occupation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) representative in Jerusalem.

Shtayyeh reiterated the importance of reinforcing mutual cooperation and coordination for the sake of offering humanitarian and health services to Palestinian prisoners.

According to Wafa news agency, Shtayyeh also reiterated the importance of cooperation and coordination with the ICRC to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestinians across the occupied territories, mainly in the Gaza Strip.

The prime minister expressed the Palestinian leadership’s rejection of Israeli threats against Palestinian prisoners, including those being made against banks that receive payments made to detainees.

READ: Calls for Red Cross to stop Israel’s torture of detained journalists 

(Source / 04.06.2020)

Israel stops Palestinians showing solidarity with Al-Aqsa Mosque imam

The Israeli police has issued a military order to prevent Sheikh Sabri from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for four months

Palestinian demonstrators are being detained during clashes between the Israeli police and the demonstrators in a demonstration in support of Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the grand imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem on 3 June 2020. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian demonstrators are being detained during clashes between the Israeli police and the demonstrators in a demonstration in support of Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the grand imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem on 3 June 2020
Palestinian demonstrators are being detained during clashes between the Israeli police and the demonstrators in a demonstration in support of Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the grand imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem on 3 June 2020. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian demonstrators are being detained during clashes between the Israeli police and the demonstrators in a demonstration in support of Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the grand imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem on 3 June 2020. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Some of Palestinian demonstrators meet with Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the grand imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, at his home in As-Suvvane neighborhood to show their support to him in Jerusalem on 3 June 2020. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian demonstrators are being detained during clashes between the Israeli police and the demonstrators in a demonstration in support of Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the grand imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem on 3 June 2020. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian demonstrators are being detained during clashes between the Israeli police and the demonstrators in a demonstration in support of Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the grand imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem on 3 June 2020. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupation police yesterday prevented an event which was being held in solidarity with Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Assabeel newspaper reported.

According to the paper, occupation police surrounded Sabri’s house in East Jerusalem’s Suwwana neighbourhood where prayers were due to be held. Activists and officials also planned to deliver speeches in solidarity with Sabri.

The Israeli police has issued a military order to prevent Sheikh Sabri from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for four months. The order is due to end on 4 June.

Police summoned Sabri for investigation in order to issue a new deportation military order. Activists wishing to show support for him were banned by occupation forces who dispersed the crowds and prevented the imam from meeting his lawyers.

Eyewitnesses said that they saw the Israeli police arresting at least three Palestinians and reported that ten others received investigation orders.

The Israeli police have accused Sabri of inciting against the Israeli occupation on grounds of his positions in solidarity and support of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

READ: Israel lawmaker invokes Nation-State Law to prevent Palestinian family unification 

(Source / 04.06.2020)

Dozens of Palestinian Prisoners Set to Go on Hunger Strike

Dozens of Palestinian prisoners, inside the Israeli Hadareem jail, are reportedly prepared to start a collective open hunger strike, in the near future.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said, on Wednesday, that the hunger strike comes in response to maltreatment of inmates in the Hadareem prison.

The PPS added that a part of that mistreatment, according to many testimonies, is the denial of phone calls to family members back in the occupied West Bank and the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip.

In a statement, issued earlier today, by the PPS, maltreatment includes lack of medical attention in the context of the coronavirus, which has has been the reason for family visit cancellation.

The statement added that such a planned open hunger strike by the prisoners of Hadareem, would also constitute a message of protest at other forms of Israeli maltreatment inside other Israeli prisons and detention facilities.

These include the Al-Ramla prison clinic, the Damon prison, which have reported medical negligence, as well as substandard cafeteria services.

Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike has remained the sole battle, called also the ’empty stomachs battle’, which Palestinian prisoners, in general, have waged over the past several decades.

Some of those battles, either at individual or group levels, bore some fruits.

(Source / 04.06.2020)

Israeli Settlers Raze Palestinian Land to Build Settler-only Road

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Israeli settlers, on Tuesday, seized and bulldozed a portion of Palestinian-owned land in Tell and Immatain villages, near Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank, Palestinian Information Center.

Palestinian official monitoring settlement activities, Ghassan Daghlas, said that illegal colonial settlers used bulldozers to clear land for the purpose of building a settler-only road leading to the illegal Israeli Havat Gilad colony.

Israeli forces, also reportedly bulldozed Palestinian-owned olive groves in Huwara town, south of Nablus, for the purpose of building a road for illegal settlers.

The escalation of home demolitions and destruction of Palestinian land in recent weeks is a prelude to Israel’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank, in defiance of international law, and United Nations resolutions.

(Source / 04.06.2020)