The World Bank announced a grant of $ 10 million to finance the operation and maintenance of the North Gaza wastewater treatment plant for a period of four years, and to create the conditions necessary to provide sustainable services for wastewater treatment.
In line with previous partnership projects in this sector, the new wastewater treatment sustainability project will receive an additional $ 3.7 million grant from donor partners, members of the multi-donor trust fund for the Palestinian Partnership for Infrastructure Development managed by the World Bank.
“The Gaza Strip has suffered from an environmental disaster for years due to sewage pollution affecting thousands of Palestinians,” said Kanthan Shankar, Director and Resident Representative of the World Bank in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The new project builds on the expanded efforts of the World Bank and donor partners to complete the process. The long-awaited construction of the North Gaza wastewater treatment plant. Now, the new project is focusing on operating and maintaining the treatment plant, while gradually working to build the institutional capacity for sustainable self-management. ”
The emergency project to construct a sewage treatment plant in northern Gaza represented a solution to the problem of untreated wastewater, which four municipalities are collecting and disposing of in the northern Beit Lahiya area. Over time, a lake of untreated wastewater formed, causing severe pollution of the underground water reservoirs on the coast, the main source of drinking water. The amount of wastewater has increased over the years, leading to floods, deaths, injuries and property damage to residents of the surrounding areas.
The treatment plant set up under the World Bank project provides an effective solution to the problem of effluent from wastewater, prevents the degradation of groundwater reservoirs, and contributes to reducing flood risks.
The financial collapse of the Palestinian economy in 2018 jeopardized the already weak financial capabilities of the Palestinian Water Authority and hampered the financing of wastewater treatment facilities. This led to the suspension of operations and the return to the conditions that prevailed before the construction of the treatment plant.
The new project aims to maintain previous results and vital services for wastewater treatment, and it works in two parallel tracks, where it will finance operation and maintenance work for a period of four years to support the continuation of wastewater treatment services in northern Gaza, and rehabilitate some equipment and civil works necessary to build the capacity of treatment facilities To withstand the shocks. The project also aims to strengthen the sector’s institutions by providing technical assistance to build capacities for the sustainability of wastewater services. This will allow the gradual transfer of responsibilities for providing services to the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility, to play the role of the water utility in the sector, and then to bring together the 25 municipal service providers in the Gaza Strip.
“The operation of the treatment plant will benefit approximately an estimated 400,000 residents, and provide opportunities for the use of treated water in the northern Gaza area,” said Adnan Ghosheh, a senior expert on water and sanitation at the World Bank. The great will benefit the general population in the Gaza Strip, and will have a substantial longer-term impact, especially in an environment affected by conflict. “
Yehuda Glick’s name returned to the top of the media in recent days, when he approached the home of the family of the martyr Iyad Al-Hallaq in Wadi Al-Joz, who was killed in cold blood about ten days ago by the bullets of the so-called guards. The borders are in the alleys of the ancient streets of Jerusalem, and his disability or his teacher, who screamed that he is disabled, did not protect him, but the result is that Iyad was martyred with seven bullets, and perhaps more when he was lying on the ground trying to take shelter from their bullets.
Glick’s visit to the vicinity of the house was a clear provocation to the people, and one of the young men in the funeral took it and expelled him after a verbal argument. The occupation police claimed that he had beaten him, so I rushed all the occupation forces to arrest this young man for “assaulting Glick”, and began to present him with this charge As for Glick, who possesses Talmudic immunity, as he likes to describe himself, he remained at liberty but rather plots to storm Al-Aqsa, provoking the citizens and he is known to all the Almoravids there.
Because he is not just storming Al-Aqsa, but he is working to provoke the Almoravids and the worshipers, and he often demands expelling them and closing Al-Aqsa in their face, and according to one of the activists who preferred not to mention his name, he once said, “Here is not Al-Aqsa, here is the temple, and this must be destroyed.” , Asking the Palestinians to search for another place for Al-Aqsa, either in Jordan or in Saudi Arabia, and all this hostile and provocative talk is heard by police and intelligence officers alike who accompany the intruders without uttering a word, even when he makes flagrant threats calling for killing like this. Leave here before you are killed. “
Successive facts demonstrate that a whole country works to protect Jewish extremists, regardless of their aggressive behavior and practices against the Palestinian people and their property, even if these people injured or killed Palestinians, so their incursions are disregarded, according to what the activist Mohamed Brijieh says, and he adds that if he defends The Palestinian person expresses himself, his family and his possessions, as he will be in the eye of a storm of endless Israeli sanctions that amount to punishing his entire family, whether by demolishing the house or arresting the largest number of its members.
The Palestinians consider the Zionist extremist extremely hostile to the Palestinians and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, Yehuda Glick, is a striking example of this, as he who leads most of the incursions to touch Al-Aqsa, and incites to storm it.
Not only that, but this extremist who served as a member of the Knesset from the Likud Party leads the extremist Halepa organization, a coalition of Jewish extremist groups, which also aims to achieve universal access to the Temple Mount as they call it.
Perhaps the continuous provocations and attacks on Al-Aqsa and the worshipers inside it, and on all the Palestinian people, led a young Jerusalemite resident of the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood called Moataz Hijazi, who was born in 1982 to plot an assassination incident for this extremist, which is an individual operation, he could not bear the aggressiveness of the Glick, so he organized a process The assassination on the morning of October 30, 2014, and he was riding a motorbike in the streets of West Jerusalem, and ambushed Glick, which resulted in serious injuries, and he miraculously recovered, according to many activists, and are only a few moments until a large military force surrounded Mu’taz’s house and fired He was shot, until he was martyred.
Later, I demolished his home, and these forces were not satisfied with that. Rather, I worked to close the Al-Aqsa Mosque while besieging the house of the martyr Moataz. .
It is noteworthy that the martyr Moataz is a former prisoner who spent about 11 years in the occupation prisons on charges of belonging to the Islamic Jihad movement and carrying out anti-occupation activities.
Breguetia refers to what was published on social media in 2015, that is, less than a year after the assassination attempt on Glick, by visiting Turkey and participating in a Ramadan Iftar hosted by one of the societies under the title “Islam against Violence” and he said it is a strange paradox when it is called like this The person who is hostile to Islam and the sacred places and calls to kill the Palestinian people to this occasion, as if it is a tribute to him, and in the end the association and the people within it claim that they defend Al-Aqsa and his Islamism, and this is the essence of the illegal normalization that we all oppose, instead of expelling this extremist who is His call is like this, but Al-Aqsa is the maximum and the Dora of the Arabs and Muslims will suffice and the Palestine cause will win in the end because it is the most just cause on the face of the earth.
The occupation army distributed more than 166 notices to landowners and farmers in the southern city of Qalqilya, and to farmers from the neighboring town of Habla, with the aim of confiscating an area of 160 dunums of their land, to expand the bypass settlement number 55.
“The landowners were surprised by the number of notifications exceeding 166, with the aim of expanding the bypass road known as the number 55,” said Muhammad Abu Al-Sheikh, official of the settlement file in Qalqilya Governorate.
He added: “The notices were distributed through the mail, after they were sent to the Central Post in Ramallah, and the notifications included placing hand on citizens’ lands for military and security purposes,” explaining that the expansion process will start from the fuel station area in the “Alfei Menashe” settlement until the roundabout of the village of Nabi Elias East Qalqilya, and the expansion of the street will exceed 40 meters in both directions.
He pointed out that the occupation authorities “are trying to Judaize the lands surrounding the bypass road under the pretext of expansion to serve the settlements, and to facilitate the movement of settlers to and from Israeli cities at the expense of the Palestinian lands, although there are legal cases in the courts by the nursery owners in the section that corresponds to their nurseries behind the wall.”
He appealed to farmers and owners of lands threatened with expropriation to intervene in order to stop the continuation of the occupation in its plan to confiscate most of the lands surrounding the bypass road, and cut the road to their ability to reach their lands.
The occupation forces arrested 340 citizens, including 25 children and ten women, in May.
The Prisoners ’Affairs Authority,“ Prisoners and Editors Affairs Authority, Palestinian Prisoner Club, Al-Dameer Foundation for Prisoner Care and Human Rights, ”said in a fact sheet issued today, Wednesday, that last May witnessed an increase in the rate of arrests compared to April.
It pointed out that the occupation authorities arrested 162 citizens from occupied Jerusalem, 17 citizens from Ramallah and Al-Bireh, 41 citizens from Hebron, 64 citizens from Jenin, and from Bethlehem 23 citizens, while five citizens from Nablus and Tulkarm were arrested 15 citizens and ten citizens From Qalqilya, in addition to three citizens from Gaza, while arrests were not recorded in the governorates of Jericho, Tubas, and Salfit.
Prisoners ’institutions indicated that this escalation coincides with the continued spread of the new Corona virus, and at a higher rate for the occupation, which may cause the transmission of infection to Palestinian citizens through brutal arrests.
She said that the number of prisoners in the occupation prisons amounted to 4,600 as of the end of May, of whom 41 are women, while the number of children prisoners is 170 children, and the administrative prisoners are 380, indicating that the number of administrative detention orders issued amounted to 110 orders, including 44 new orders, And 66 extensions.
The paper reviewed central issues witnessed in May, including: The policy of collective punishment implemented by the occupation forces against the people of the town of Ya`bad, and the campaigns that occupied Jerusalem faced in terms of arrests, prosecutions and closures of institutions, in addition to the issue of military order 1827 issued by the occupation.
Worshipers face a policy of collective punishment
The people of Ya`bad town in Jenin Governorate faced, throughout the month of May, a policy of collective punishment implemented by the occupation authorities against them, through arrest campaigns, repeated summons, and a field investigation, and the accompanying attacks and abuse operations, after the occupation announced the killing of one of its soldiers during the storming of the town.
Since May 12, the occupying forces have arrested 55 citizens from the town of Ya`bad, including entire families, women and children, the elderly, and released prisoners, some of whom have been subjected to repeated detention over several days.
The arrests centered on May 12 and 13, and affected 35 over three days, while Suhaila Abu Bakr, and her daughter Iman in particular, were subjected to repeated arrests and a harsh and repeated investigation.
The occupation authorities are still arresting about 20 citizens, who worship Nazmi Abu Bakr, who, since his arrest on May 13, has been subjected to torture in the “Jalame” investigation and detention center.
The prisoners ’institutions considered that the policy of collective punishment that the occupation has stepped up from the implementation of, since the end of 2018 and the beginning of this year, the most prominent retaliatory and systematic policies of the occupation, with detention taking one of its forms, in addition to the policy of demolishing the homes of detainees’ families, and subjecting them to repeated detention, threats, and abuse, despite the fact This policy constitutes a clear violation of international and humanitarian laws and norms.
Jerusalem: Arrests, prosecutions, and closures of institutions
The occupying forces continued their repressive policies in occupied Jerusalem during the month of May, and according to partner institutions, the occupation forces arrested 162 citizens, including 6 women, and 12 minors, and targeted national and community action leaders in Jerusalem.
The occupation forces have stepped up in the recent period of their arrests and suppression of citizens in the city of Jerusalem within the framework of new restrictions aimed at the Palestinian presence with all its national, political and social components, under the pretext of “violating Israeli sovereignty and incitement” as an excuse to suppress everything related to the threatened Palestinian identity.
During last May, the occupation forces arrested a number of national action leaders, including the Secretary-General of the National People’s Congress of Jerusalem, Major General Bilal al-Natsheh, and suppressed a pause to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the death of Commander Faisal al-Husayni, and arrested both Jerusalem Governor Adnan Ghaith, who was arrested several times since the beginning of this year, And the director of the Al-Asir Club in Jerusalem, Nasser Qaws, in addition to harming the citizens during the arrest.
The occupation forces arrested the two brothers, Ali and Aya Muhaisin, at the entrance to the village of Al-Issawiya, after beating them. The occupation did not exclude journalists from the arrests, as journalist Annan Najib was arrested after raiding his house in the town of Beit Hanina.
In addition to the daily arrests of the occupation forces against the citizens of Jerusalem, the community institutions were not exempt from targeting them and their workers.
On May 18, the Israeli “Minister of Internal Security” issued an order to close the Association for Volunteering for Hope in Jerusalem for a period of 6 months. And this was not the first targeting, according to Abu Laban. The president of the association was arrested, prosecuted and investigated more than 5 times since last February.
Abu Laban added that the association’s headquarters was stormed on February 17, and its files and computers were seized, in addition to storming its house, searching and overthrowing its contents, and arresting and investigating it at Jabal Abu Ghneim Police Station for 5 continuous hours, and she was arrested again and interrogated about the work of the institution. And trying to threaten her with arrest, on the pretext of “violating Israeli sovereignty and incitement,” while emphasizing that the institution’s work is concerned with working with school students in social and educational terms only, and not as the occupation claims.
The military order of the occupation is part of a major war launched by the occupation against the prisoners and their families
The Prisoners ’Institutions considered that Military Order No. 1827 issued by the occupation, a new episode of the attempt to dominate the occupation and its domination of our people, a clear targeting of the Palestinian national, governmental, administrative, and legal system, and a series of ongoing war on prisoners and their families in particular.
Palestinian human rights organizations have unanimously agreed on the great risks posed by this matter, especially with the threats received by banks operating in Palestine, if they continue to open accounts for the families of the prisoners, through arrest and prosecution, after their failure over all previous years through a series of continuous pressure on the leadership. Palestinian Authority to stop the payment of allocations for the families of the prisoners and martyrs.
Prisoners’ institutions affirmed that the occupation has sought over the past decades to stigmatize the Palestinian struggle and struggle with terrorism through several tracks, part of which is the enactment of laws, legislation and military orders to do so.
And human rights organizations called for the necessity of facing this matter, and the banks ’commitment to the Palestinian national decision, as an essential part of the confrontation.
Retired Major General and former National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror said on Wednesday that the differences surfacing in Israel are not about annexation per se, but about what form it will take, the Jerusalem Post has reported.
According to Amidror, the issue of annexation is political not professional, so there should be differences of opinion between the experts, who consider the threats and consequences, and the politicians with their different principles.
The former official said that the most dangerous decisions in Israel have been made without consulting experts. He pointed out that the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin did not consult anyone before signing the peace treaty with Egypt in the 1970s. Nor, he said, did his successor Yitzhak Rabin consult anyone about signing the Oslo Peace Accords with the PLO in the 1990s.
However, noted Amidror, the peace process with Egypt succeeded and the one with the Palestinians did not.
When Israeli journalist Ben Kaspit suggested that some of the Jewish settlers believe that Trump’s “peace plan” is good, Amidror replied: “They support the annexation, but they do not support recognising a Palestinian state. They believe that the price is too high. So their difference is not about the annexation, but about one of its foundations.”
The security expert believes that the annexation plan does not help Israel in any practical sense, as it would not improve the life of the settlers who would become part of the Israeli bureaucracy, which is worse than the current set up.
Three issues are facing the plan, he concluded: the reaction of the Arab states; its repercussions on the Israeli-Palestinian relationship; and the ability of the Israeli army to deal with its new responsibilities.
Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, has called for the formation of an international coalition to confront Israel’s plans to annex large areas of the occupied West Bank as well as the Jordan Valley and East Jerusalem.
“The formation of the international coalition must emanate from an international conference which includes all of the world countries under the United Nations auspices to support the Palestinian people and reject the occupation’s aggressive measures against the Palestinian people including settlement, Judaization, blockade and killings that contradict all international conventions and norms,” he told Al-Mugtama news site.
Erekat added that the Palestinian Authority has been leading intensive diplomatic efforts to mobilise international support against the Israeli annexation plans, stressing that recognising a Palestinian state is the first step towards preventing Israel from seizing nearly 33 per cent of the occupied West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he plans to take steps to annex large swathes of the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley from 1 July, as part of the US’ so-called “peace plan” for the region.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has submitted a counter-proposal to US Preisdent Donald Trump’s so-called ‘deal of the century’ to the diplomatic Quartet – a group comprising the United Nations, European Union, Russia and the US, tasked with mediating talks – the Times of Israelreported.
The piece added Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced the counter-proposal during a press conference on Tuesday, saying, “we submitted a counter-proposal to the Quartet a few days ago”.
Few details of the four and a half page counter-proposal were made available, but Al Jazeeraquoted Shtayyeh as saying the plan seeks to create a “sovereign Palestinian state, independent and demilitarised”, with East Jerusalem as the capital.
The counter-proposal allows for “minor modifications of borders where necessary” including exchanges of land equal “in size and volume and in value”.
The counter-proposal is a response to Trump’s so-called ‘deal of the century’ which, unveiled in January, seeks to create a permanent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The plan was immediately rejected by the Palestinian Authority as heavily weighted in Israel’s favour. The plan was also rejected by much of the international community, including the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the United Nations.
Despite widespread condemnation, however, the US and Israel have signalled intent to implement the plan unilaterally.
The ‘deal of the century’ seeks to create an ostensibly contiguous Palestinian state, with Abu Dis – a suburb of Jerusalem – as the capital. The rest of the demilitarised state would be made up to between 70 and 80 per cent of the West Bank, most of the Gaza strip and pockets of land in southern Israel.
The plan also greenlights Israeli annexation of approximately 30 per cent of the West Bank, including the strategic Jordan Valley and settlements widely considered illegal under international law.
In early February, senior US Presidential aide Jared Kushner said, in an interview with Egyptian MBD Masr network, that Palestinians could “weigh in” on the plan. His comments, however, were made amid several japes at PA President Mahmoud Abbas and the wider Palestinian community.
In an interview with CNN broadcast the same day, Kushner said, “in my business, when someone tries to do business for 20 years and fails, he is replaced by someone else… [they have a] track record of failing at making peace deals”, in an attack on the Palestinian leadership.
Haifa District Court is considering an appeal on behalf of Sheikh Raed Salah against his conviction and prison sentence handed down by the local Magistrates’ Court last November. The veteran Palestinian activist is supposed to be serving 17 months in prison for “inciting terrorism” and “supporting a banned group”, the Islamist movement in Israel that he headed before the government banned it in 2015.
Although the sentence imposed by the Magistrates’ Court was meant to start in March, the Covid-19 pandemic prevented Sheikh Salah’s imprisonment. His defence lawyers also filed the appeal against the verdict as a delaying tactic.
Sheikh Salah has been held under house arrest ever since and is subject to strict restrictions with an electronic tag. He is forbidden from communicating with anyone except for his close relatives.
“We have been able to postpone the implementation of the actual prison sentence against Sheikh Raed, because his health and safety is of great importance for our people, especially after the Magistrates Court refused to suspend the implementation of the verdict,” explained lawyer Khaled Zabarqa. “Hence, we have tactically had to go to the central court to appeal against the conviction and prison sentence. The current risks to his health from the coronavirus are too serious to ignore.”
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn and morning hours, 19 Palestinians during extensive invasions and violent searches of homes across the occupied West Bank.
In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Yatta town, south of the city, and abducted three siblings, identified as Eyad, Rashid, and Omar Mahmoud Rashid.
The soldiers also stormed their lathe workshop, before violently searching it, and confiscated a machine.
Furthermore, the soldiers invaded many homes in Shiokh town, northeast of Hebron, and abducted Mohannad Mousa Halayqa, 23, in addition to Amer ‘Oweidat, 24.
Many homes were also invaded and searched in Bani Neim town, east of Hebron.
In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Moath Nahed Obeid, Amir Omar Hamed, and Esmat Obeid, from the al-‘Isawiya town, after the military invaded and searched several homes.
Another Palestinian, identified as Mustafa Abu Ghazala, was abducted from his home in Jerusalem’s Old City.
In addition, the soldiers abducted Odai Abdullah Jamhoor, 29, and Mahmoud Bakr Radea’, 23, from their homes in Beit Anan town, northwest of Jerusalem.
In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mahfouth Nasasra, from his home in Beit Forik town, east of the city. The Palestinian suffers from a neurological condition.
The soldiers also abducted three Palestinians from Deir Abu Da’if and Qabatia towns, east and south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, identified as Bakr Mohammad Oleyyat, Wisam Mahameed, and Laith Abu ar-Rob.
In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mahmoud Naji Fuqaha’, 60, from his home after storming and ransacking it.
Two Palestinians, identified as Yousef Rami Zahran, 15, and Rami Assem ad-Deek, 25, were abducted from their homes in Deir Abu Mashal and Kafr Ni’ma, west and northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Yazan Majed Abu Odah after stopping him at a military roadblock near Jericho.