In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, on Friday, Palestinians confronted Israeli soldiers at the point between the Israeli-occupied section of the city and that of the Palestinian-controlled section, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.
Local sources said that dozens of Palestinians suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation, after Israeli soldiers took over rooftops and fired tear-gas canisters at protestors.
According to Human Rights Defenders, Palestinian youths gathered to protest Israel’s impending annexation, while occupation forces stormed the center of Hebron, firing rubber-coated steel rounds, and concussion grenades in addition to tear-gas canisters towards protestors.
Israel announced its plan to expropriate a large portion of the Palestinian Jordan Valley, bringing it under Israeli sovereignty, a plan widely condemned and rejected by Palestinian leaders and civil society.
Israeli war jets and tanks fired, late on Friday at night, several missiles, and shells, into Palestinian areas in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, causing damage. The Israeli army claimed it was retaliating to shells reportedly fired from Gaza.
Media sources in Gaza said the army fired at least one missile into a Palestinian agricultural land east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza; the attack did not lead to casualties but caused property damage.
The sources added that the army fired at least two artillery shells into farmland near the Shuhada Graveyard, east of Gaza city, causing damage and fire.
Furthermore, the soldiers also fired at least two missiles targeting sites, reportedly run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region, causing fire and serious damage not only to the targeted sites, but also to surrounding homes and property.
The army also fired three missiles targeting two sites in central Gaza, and in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, causing serious damage.
The Israeli army claimed it was retaliating to two missiles, which were reportedly fired from Gaza, targeting surrounding settlements, without causing damage or injuries.
Israeli sources said it seems a cell of the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, was responsible for firing the shells without the knowledge of their leadership.
They added that the army deployed the Iron Dome missile interception system in the Negev Israeli city of Sderot, only one mile away from Gaza.
Although Hamas movement, especially its armed wing al-Qassam Brigades, have been maintaining calm in the region, despite numerous Israeli violations against the farmers, workers, fishermen and property in the impoverished Gaza Strip, some of its political leaders have warned that the annexation of any part of the West Bank is an Israeli declaration of war against the Palestinian people, and vowed to “make Israel pay the price for these violations.”
Nine Palestinian civilians were shot and injured, on Friday, and dozens suffered from the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation, when Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel rounds and tear-gas canisters at protestors in Kufur Qaddoum village, in the northern occupied West Bank.
The regional coordinator of the Popular Resistance, Morad Eshteiwi, stated that a large military force of more than 40 soldiers, attacked the Palestinian demonstrators at the weekly march opposing Israeli settlements, the Apartheid Wall, as well as Israel’s plan to expropriate more Palestinian land.
Eshteiwi added that those who were shot with rubber-coated steel rounds, as well as the dozens of those who suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation, were all treated at the scene.
He added that Israeli forces stormed the town and invaded Palestinian civilian homes, no arrests were reported.
Today’s protest in Kufur Qaddoum, marked the beginning of the tenth year that the village has been holding such demonstrations to resist illegal Israeli policies.
Hundreds of Palestinians in the area participated in the march, chanting national slogans and condemning Israel’s occupation and its decision to annex more Palestinian land.
Executive Committee for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Saturday, condemned what it termed immoral Israeli withholding slain bodies of Palestinians, killed by Israel, the latest of which was the body of Ahmad Erekat, who was shot dead by Israeli troops, at a checkpoint near the West Bank southern city of Bethlehem.
In a statement, the PLO’s Executive Committee called on all relevant international organizations to pressure the Israeli government to release those corpses, from what the PLO described as the ‘Numbers Graveyard’.
The statement maintained that the latest cases of slain Palestinians placed in this graveyard, were those of Eyad Al Halaq, 32, a disabled Palestinian young man killed by Israeli troops in East Jerusalem and Ahmad Erekat, 26, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers, while he was en-route to a hairdressing salon to pick up family members, shortly before a family wedding.
It noted that the Palestinian people and all other free nations, worldwide, are waiting for the moment of justice, when Israeli officials stand trial for all the crimes that they have committed against the Palestinian people.
The Committee, which the signed peace accords with Israel in 1993, and then recognized Israel’s right to exist, stressing the point that the Palestinian people must be protected from all Israeli practices and crimes, as a people under Israeli occupation.
In its press release, issued this weekend, the PLO’s Executive Committee, called on the international community to facilitate the return of Palestinian refugees to their Palestinian homeland and curb all, what the committee termed ‘conspiracies’ that are aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause, once and for all.
The press release referred to the US-envisioned peace plan, the so-called ‘deal of the century’, which Palestinians rejected for they believe it would only allow a dismembered Palestinian state, without the occupied East Jerusalem as its capital.
The PLO reiterated its long-held position that the Palestinian sacrifices along the path towards freedom and statehood, will not go unrewarded and that Palestinian resistance will continue unabated, until the Israeli occupation is removed and Palestinian legitimate rights are attained.
Noteworthy, over the past several decades of conflict, Israeli occupation authorities, have held dozens of corpses of Palestinians, whom Israel killed throughout course of the occupation.
Palestinian statistical figures suggest that Israel continues to withhold 260 Palestinian corpses.
Nablus (QNN) – Dozens of Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian agricultural lands in the village of Burin, south of Nablus city in the occupied West Bank, local sources said.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the northern West Bank, that settlers from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar set fire to fields in the village of Burin, south of Nablus, causing fire to engulf a large area planted with trees.
Also, human rights groups have pointed out that the settlers’ attacks in the same area are frequent and that it was not the first time that settlers targeted trees.
Settler violence is commonplace across the occupied West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities as the Palestinian Authority has no jurisdiction over Israeli settlers.
Palestinians in the occupied West Bank have been demanding international protection against Israeli settler attacks, often condoned and supported by the army.
Ramallah (QNN) – On June 9, Palestinian journalist Sami al-Sai posted on Facebook a video about the sale of watermelons in the West Bank city of Tulkarm that were grown in Jericho. The video contained no obvious political content, but a Tulkarm community Facebook page where residents had posted about corruption and other scandals in the city, some critical of Palestinian Authority (PA) officials, then shared it. Less than an hour later, PA forces arrested al-Sai near where he had recorded the video.
More than two weeks later, al-Sai is still in detention. His lawyer, Ahmad Barham from Lawyers for Justice, told Human Rights Watch that prosecutors, in a June 11 court hearing to authorize al-Sai’s pretrial detention, asked only about his client’s involvement with the Facebook page.
The official readout of the hearing from the court’s website, reviewed by Human Rights Watch, says authorities are investigating al-Sai on four preliminary charges: “slander” of the PA, “disparagement via the internet,” publishing information that constitutes “unlawful interference in the private or family life of individuals”, and “threatening or blackmailing” a person.
The charges, circumstances of his arrest, and question asked in the court hearing note that authorities are holding al-Sai over suspicions he is involved with the Facebook page, but Barham says his client denies having any ties.
Also, Israeli authorities detained al-Sai for more than eight months over Facebook posts in 2016, which a military court found amounted to “incitement” under military law.
Human Rights Watch has documented the systematic practice of PA forces arbitrarily arresting and torturing critics and opponents, including for peaceful expression. Data provided by the PA to HRW indicates that the PA detained 752 Palestinians over social media posts between January 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh vowed in a July 2019 meeting with Human Rights Watch that there would be “no arrests or persecution” of Palestinians for peaceful free expression. If he is serious, he should release al-Sai from detention.
Nablus (QNN)- Israeli forces arrested a student while she was on the way to her graduation ceremony, depriving her and her family of enjoying a moment that they have been waiting for.
Israeli forces arrested Layan Kayed, from Sabastya, at the Za’tara military checkpoint on June 8th and brought her before military courts three times so far.
Layan’s mother told QNN that the Israeli Prisoners Service (IPS) sent transferred Layan from Ha Sharon to Damon jail.
She added that Layan has been held under very bad conditions. She threatened to go on a hunger strike after being jailed in a surveilled cell.
“What has worsened Layan’s suffering is being jailed with Israeli criminal prisoners, who did not stop harassing her”, the mother said. “The Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners Affairs and Addameer requested to transfer her to the females’ section in the Damon jail.”
The mother added that Layan was interrogated by the Israeli police twice while she was in Ofer jail. Her family saw her only once at an Israeli military court.
“Arresting Layan has been very hard on our family”, the mother said. “She is not an ordinary girl; she is well-educated and a poet, who has got several prizes. She had many cultural activities and arresting her evoked condemnation by different sides.”
“We as a family believe in national and political activism”, said the mother was also arrested along with her husband by the Israelis for their political activism.
Layan studied sociology at Birzeit University. She has several published works.
The occupation state has recently intensified its arrests against university students and activists in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian young man at Qalandya military checkpoint in northern Jerusalem this morning, claiming that he tried to stab Israeli policemen.
Israeli 12 channel claimed that two Israeli policemen had minor injuries while the young man was resisting arrest.
The Israeli army closed both directions of Qalandya checkpoint for Palestinians.
In a statement issued after the incident, the Israeli police claimed that a Palestinian man in his twenties from Qalandya refugee camp in northern Jerusalem walked towards the military checkpoint, holding a knife.
Israeli soldiers chased the young man, who tried to run away, and arrested him.
The young man tried to resist his arrest before Israeli soldiers started beating him, causing him several injuries.
Local sources stated that the young man has been identified as Ahmad Wahdan, from Qalandya refugee camp in the occupied capital city.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- 95% of Palestinians, who get arrested by Israeli forces, are being subjected to torture from the moment of being arrested, according to human rights NGOs.
Marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Prisoners Association stated on Thursday that the Israeli authorities use different psychological and physical methods to torture Palestinian prisoners.
It added that after monitoring information about Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, it found out that 95% of them are being subjected to torture from the moment of they get arrested. Torture continues during interrogation and after being held in jails.
The NGO stated that it documented hundreds of witnesses by Palestinian prisoners , who were subjected to physical and psychological torture. The organization documented witnesses by women, elderlies, and even children. It also stated that 73 Palestinian prisoners have died under torture in Israeli jails since 1967.
The report also stated that the Israeli torture does not only employ torture to extract confessions during interrogation but also use it as a punitive measure.
The occupation state uses different torture methods, such as sleep deprivation through interrogation sessions that could extend for 20 hours straight, tightening the handcuffs to prevent blood from reaching the prisoner’s hands and feet, using a filthy bag to cover a prisoner’s head, Shabeh (a method which involves the victim being suspended by their manacled wrists – or sometimes the feet – from a hook or over a door, often for long periods, and usually beaten), beating, verbal abuses, and intentional humiliation.
‘Israel’ also threatens to arrest family members of the prisoners, to sexually assault a prisoner or any of his/her beloved ones, to demolish the prisoner’s house, or to kill him/her.
Palestinian prisoners are also being deprived of using toilets or changing their clothes for days or even weeks.
The Israeli law allows the use of “physical interrogation methods” in “ticking time-bomb”. In such situations, prisoners are being subjected to Shabeh, strangling, and beating. They also may be put in solitary confinement cells, that lack windows, for very long times. In many cases, such torture methods killed Palestinian prisoners.
The occupation state also uses mass repression as a collective punitive measure against Palestinian prisoners.
2019 saw increased use of the Israeli repression unit that usually use pepper gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated rounds, batons, and even police dogs inside very small cells, causing severe wounds and sometimes killing prisoners.
The organization stressed that the occupation state continues to use all types of torture against Palestinian prisoners although of the international conventions that prohibit it.