IOF arrests Palestinian boy near Jerusalem


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday evening arrested a Palestinian boy at Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem.

Israeli sources claimed the boy was arrested over knife possession.

The boy was detained and transferred to an undeclared destination, and no further details were reported.

Palestinian local residents said this child arrest case was the second on Thursday, but no confirmed information about the identity of the first child and the reason behind his detention was given.

(Source / 03.07.2020)

Occupation arrests 9 citizens

The occupation army arrested at least 9 citizens, at dawn on Thursday, from Jenin, Tulkarm, Hebron, and Jerusalem.

Local sources in Jenin reported to “Al-Quds” the arrest of the former prisoner Muhammad Al-Jamal and the attack on his brother Rushdi Al-Jamal, the arrest of the former prisoner Nasser Al-Jada from Kharouba neighborhood, Muhammad Omar Zakarneh from the town of Qabatiya, and Wissam Sami Al-Masri (26 years old) from Tubas.

In Tulkarem Governorate, the young Mahmoud Abdel Rahman Khalaf was arrested after his house was raided in the southern neighborhood, and the young Khaled Adnan Salman from the town of Ramin.

The occupation forces also arrested the boy, Alaa Muhammad Al-Titi (17 years), from Al-Fawwar camp in Hebron, and Muhannad Hussein Al-Natsheh (18 years), from Hebron, in addition to the arrest of Ahmad Muhammad Derbas from the town of Al-Issawiya in Jerusalem.

(Source / 03.07.2020)

Gaza patients face a serious deterioration due to a shortage of medicines in light of the Corona crisis

 Mohamed Al-Batsh from Gaza faces a serious deterioration in his health in light of a severe shortage of medicines in government hospitals, compounded by the crisis of the new Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Al-Batsh, a sixty-year-old resident of Gaza, has been suffering from the two orders of getting a dialysis appointment from Shifa Medical Hospital since the start of the Corona disease.

Al-Batsh says that he needs dialysis three times a week, but he has become obligated to be satisfied once a week, due to the lack of medical supplies he needs each time.

He adds: “Since the imposition of the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, we suffer a lot, but in light of the existence of the Corona disease, our suffering has doubled, so we do not know when it will end.”

The patients in the Gaza Strip face a danger to their lives, due to the severe shortage in a large number of drugs in light of the Corona crisis and the closure of commercial crossings in the countries of the world.

The health sector lacks more than 226 classes of drugs, or 44 percent, in addition to a lack of 256 items of medical consumables, or 30 percent, according to a statement of the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Those drugs and medical consumables benefit cancer, kidney, thalassemia, hemophilia, eyes, and heart patients, as well as children who suffer from PKU and because of it need their own therapeutic milk.

For many years, Sanabel Abu Askar (25 years), from Gaza, has been struggling to obtain therapeutic milk (vinyl free) for her two children who suffer from PKU from government hospitals.

“We must have therapeutic milk so that my children can live normally, otherwise their lives will be in real danger if their brains stop growing,” says Sanabel.

She explains that her youngest child “was exposed to a health crisis when she was six months old after lack of milk and lack of milk, forcing her to go to Israeli hospitals to receive treatment after the baby’s skin was dissolved and her brain development stopped.”

“Patients are the real victims of such crises in the Gaza Strip, and we do not know how to protect our children from the inevitable death. The milk they need is an antibiotic for them more than food.”

Munir al-Barrash, Director General of the General Administration of Pharmacy at the Ministry of Health in Gaza confirms that the health sector suffers from a significant deterioration in light of the Corona disease crisis, in order to increase the suffering of patients who already suffer from the Israeli blockade and the scarcity of available medicines.

“There are thousands of Palestinian patients facing the real danger, given the catastrophic situation of the health sector in the besieged Gaza Strip,” Al-Birsh said.

According to Al-Barash, the total number of medicines and medical supplies that arrived in the sector from the medical warehouses of the Ministry of Health in Ramallah does not exceed 5% of the annual need for the Gaza Strip.

He adds that “Gaza is facing an illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade, which has lost all health and services essentials to the sector and made it in a weak state regarding the provision of adequate health care.”

Since the beginning of the Corona crisis in the world, all private medical companies have stopped supplying medicines to the Gaza Strip, in addition to the Palestinian pharmaceutical companies that have stopped production due to the lack of raw materials for their manufacturing.

The Syndicate of Pharmacists in Gaza, Ihab Dabbash, said: “The preoccupation of the countries of the world in the face of the Corona disease prevented the supply of medicines and raw materials to Palestine, and the sufficiency of each country to provide medicines to their people only.”

According to Dabbash, the local market in the Gaza Strip depends on 70 percent of the drugs produced by the local pharmaceutical companies, “but today it stopped production, which led to the exhaustion of many types of drugs from the market.”

He says: “Unfortunately, the Palestinian health sector lacks a strategic stock of medicines,” pointing out that it “depends on immediate production and immediate supply without preparing for such crises.”

Therefore, the Palestinians are forced to seek assistance from Israel in order to supply medicines to patients in the Gaza Strip, “but this is done according to the mood of the Israelis in addition to the selectivity in supplying certain types and preventing other types.” According to Dabbash.

Israel has imposed a strict blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Hamas officials have always complained that the consequences of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip were catastrophic, increasing poverty and unemployment, accusing Israel of banning the shipment of medical equipment and devices to the Strip.

(Source / 03.07.2020)

The Israeli occupation demolishes the home of a Palestinian citizen inside the occupied one

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Today, Thursday, the Israeli occupation authorities demolished a house in the city of Lod (central Palestine, Mahalla in 1948), belonging to a Palestinian citizen.

Eyewitnesses told Quds Press: Large forces of the occupation police and special units, accompanied by bulldozers, closed the area and the streets surrounding the house, turned the area into a closed military barrack, and began to demolish the upper floor of the house on the pretext of not licensing.

“The Israeli police stormed the house without warning and broke down the doors and terrorized the children, and forced the children and women to go out into the street under the blazing sun, without regard to their feelings and circumstances, and without prior warning,” said owner of the house Naim Abdel-Hadi.

He added, that the Israeli authorities rejected all solutions and negotiations, and even refused to give us an opportunity to carry out the demolition ourselves.

 For its part, Palestinian sources in the city said that the demolition of the house today is an indication of the intention of the municipality of the occupation to escalate the demolitions of Palestinian citizens’ homes during the coming period, on the pretext of not permitting.

It is noteworthy that the occupation authorities and their municipality in Lod have been tightening the noose on Palestinian Arabs in the city recently, pursuing them in the house and working with all their enormous potential to democratize them within Arab neighborhoods, which have made them resemble narrow “cantons” that do not meet the population needs of Palestinian citizens.

While the occupation authorities refuse to issue building permits for Arab homes, as they begin to expand the city and build new settlement neighborhoods for Jews.

In a related context, today, dozens of Palestinians from the interior, with the participation of a number of Arab representatives in the occupation parliament, organized a protest against the demolition of Arab homes, in front of the Israeli Central Court in the city of Haifa in northern occupied Palestine in 48.

Participants in the banquet held banners inscribed with slogans condemning the policies of house demolitions and others demanding the right to land and housing.

(Source / 03.07.2020)

Gaza: The occupation targets fishermen, farmers and sheep herders

Israeli gunboats on Thursday opened fire with heavy machine guns at the land and sea borders of the Gaza Strip.

According to our correspondent in Gaza, the gunboats targeted the boats of the masts off the coast of the Oasis and Sudanese areas in the northwest of the Gaza Strip, and pursued the fishermen’s boats within 4 nautical miles.

On the eastern land border of the Gaza Strip, the occupying forces fired at the land and homes of farmers and sheep herders off the eastern areas of Khanyounis and Deir al-Balah in the south and centre of the Gaza Strip, as well as areas of the eastern Gaza City border.

(Source / 03.07.2020)

Hamas, Fatah to unify efforts against annexation plan

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Executive Khaled al-Batsh (2nd R), Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya (4th L), Al Fatah movement leader Imad al-Agha (4th R) and other group's representatives attend a meeting organized to determine a joint national plan against Israel's annexation plan in Gaza City, Gaza on 28 June 2020. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]

Fatah official: Unity ‘will inspire us to build a strategic vision, to lead the street’

The Hamas and Fatah have agreed to unite to confront Israel’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank, they said in a statement yesterday.

Saleh Al-Arouri, deputy head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, and Major General Jibril Rajoub, secretary of Fatah‘s Central Committee (FCC), took part in talks, with the Fatah official saying the reaction to the annexation decision showed a popular consensus to counter the plan, adding unity “will inspire us to build a strategic vision, to lead the street”.

He added: “We want to open a new page with Hamas and introduce a new model for our people and families, especially since the regional position has not dealt in any way with the annexation project.”

Rajoub called on “the Arab and Islamic world to respect the decisions of the Arab summits regarding normalisation and not to establish relations with the occupation, because there are those who want to use us as a bridge to have ties with Israel, either secretly or in public.”

READ: UAE sabotages relations with Palestinians to normalise with Israel

“Netanyahu and his failed government are in a state of contradiction with the international community, and it is our duty today in Fatah and Hamas to keep this state of contradiction in place.”

For his part, Al-Arouri said that “all contentious issues will be frozen, and we will overcome it for the sake of a strategic and substantive agreement to resist the occupation.”

He said that the annexation plan “requires us to stand with each other in a sincere endeavour to thwart the occupation’s project.”

Israel, he explained, sees the West Bank as an integral part of the Zionist state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had set 1 July as the date to start annexation of the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley, this however was postponed as no agreement could be made on the endeavour with US officials.

Palestinians believe Israel’s plan will see the occupation state illegally seize 30 per cent of the West Bank. They have said they are no longer bound by treaties agreed with Israel if annexation goes ahead.

(Source / 03.07.2020)

Amnesty calls on world to take action against illegal annexation

Palestinians gather to stage a protest against Israeli settlements and annexation plan of the Jordan Valley at Al-Manara Square in Ramallah, West Bank on June 08, 2020 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians gather to stage a protest against Israeli settlements and annexation plan of the Jordan Valley at Al-Manara Square in Ramallah, West Bank on June 08, 2020

Amnesty International called on the international community to take decisive action against Israel’s proposed annexation of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Saleh Hijazi, deputy director of the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, said that international law is very clear in this regard: “Annexation is illegal.”

He added, according to Amnesty’s statement, that “Israel’s policy shows a flagrant disregard for international law. These policies do not change the legal status of the land under international law and the situation of its residents under occupation, and do not deny Israel’s responsibilities as an occupying authority. Instead, it refers to the law of the jungle, which should have no place in our world today.”

Amnesty called on members of the international community to act to enforce international law and reaffirm that the annexation of any area of the occupied West Bank is illegitimate. They must also work for an immediate suspension of the construction or enlargement of illegal Israeli settlements and related infrastructure in the occupied Palestinian territories; that is a first step towards the expulsion of Israeli civilians who live illegally in these settlements.

Germany: EU won’t recognise Israel’s West Bank annexation 

Amnesty International clarified that Israel’s policy of relocating its civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories and displacing the local population is a breach of fundamental principles of international humanitarian law under Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had set 1 July as the date to start annexation of the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley, this however was postponed as no agreement could be made on the move with US officials.

Palestinians believe Israel’s plan will see the occupation state illegally seize 30 per cent of the West Bank. They have said they are no longer bound by treaties agreed with Israel if annexation goes ahead.

Read: Joint List tells EU to suspend ties with Israel if it annexes West Bank 

(Source / 03.07.2020)

320 officials from Latin America: Sanction Israel if it annexes West Bank

Israelis gather to stage a demonstration to protest against Israel's annexation plan for the illegal settlements in West Bank and Jordan Valley, in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 6, 2020 [Nir Keidar / Anadolu Agency]
Israelis gather to stage a demonstration to protest against Israel’s annexation plan for the illegal settlements in West Bank and Jordan Valley, in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 6, 2020

More than 320 scholars, former presidents and legislators from Latin America joined forces to condemn Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the occupied Palestinian territories.

In a joint statement, the public personalities said: “The increasing severity of the Israeli violations and its impunity compel us to answer to the call made by the vast majority of organisations from the Palestinian civil society.”

We support the Palestinian people’s demands to end the arm trades and the military and security cooperation with Israel; to lift the free trade agreements with that State; to ban the trade with the illegal Israeli settlements; and to hold accountable the individuals and cooperative actors, complicit with such regime of occupation and apartheid.

“We are committed to work, within our respective national frameworks, in order to speak up for the implementation of such measures,” they added.

Read: Belgium calls for sanctions against Israel if it annexes West Bank

Argentine recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize Adolfo Pérez Esquivel; Brazilian musicians Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso; former Presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), Pepe Mujica (Uruguay), Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador) and Ernesto Samper (Colombia); former Minister of Foreign Relations of Brazil Celso Amorim; and Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, former Secretary of Human Rights of Brazil were among the signatories which included 60 Brazilian members of parliament from various parties.

It came as part of an initiative to unify the African, Asian and Latin American response to annexation and call for sanctions against Israel and the reinstatement of the UN Special Committee against Apartheid to restrain its colonial policies.

Former Brazilian chancellor Celso Amorim added: “The annexation of the Palestinian territory by Israel is not just an offense against the international law and a threat to the peace, but also an aggression against men and women who fought against colonialism and apartheid.”

Read: Britain does not support Israel’s annexation of West Bank, says Boris Johnson

(Source / 03.07.2020)

Fatah: We will deal with Israel ‘like an enemy’ if it annexes the West Bank

Secretary General of Fatah‘s Central Committee (FCC) and Palestinian Football Association (PFA) President Jibril Rajoub [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]
Secretary General of Fatah‘s Central Committee (FCC) and Palestinian Football Association (PFA) President Jibril Rajoub 

Secretary General of Fatah‘s Central Committee (FCC), Major General Jibril Rajoub, yesterday stressed that his party will “deal with it [Israel] like an enemy” if it proceeds with its planned annexation of the occupied West Bank.

“The current stage is the most dangerous that our people live and requires that we be able to face the challenge,” he stressed, adding that in the event that “the annexation was announced, we will treat the occupation as an enemy.”

His declaration came as Fatah and Hamas announced that they would be working together to face Israel’s annexation plans.

His statement was met with ridicule, as online activists pointed out that Israel has long been an enemy of the Palestinians and has seldom adhered to any agreements under the treaties signed between the two parties.

Rajoub called Hamas a “complete partner” in the battle against Israel’s intention to extend sovereignty.

“We are now talking about a joint struggle, a campaign on the ground,” said the senior Fatah official.

Netanyahu: ‘We will annex 30% of the West Bank area to Israel’

“We call on all Palestinian factions to see cooperation between Hamas and Fatah as a historic opportunity for a joint fight to establish a Palestinian state and oppose the Israeli occupation,” he added, saying:

We have no enemy except for Israel.

He warned that the form of “resistance” would depend on the actions of Israel and whether or not it implemented its plan.

PA: Resuming talks, modifying borders as alternative to deal of the century

(Source / 03.07.2020)

Israel’s annexation plan plots a new course for the conflict

Palestinians in Gaza came together to demonstrate against Israel's planned annexation of the West Bank [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians in Gaza came together to demonstrate against Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank 

By Hazem Ayyad

As expected, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu postponed Israel’s annexation plan, for one day apparently, on the pretext of finishing his consultations with an American delegation. His decision was not made known for certain to his Foreign Minister, retired General Gabi Ashkenazi, who told Israel’s Army Radio: “It seems unlikely to me that this will happen today [1 July]. I reckon there will be nothing today, regarding [the extension of Israeli] sovereignty.”

Although Ashkenazi is a minister in a government led by Netanyahu, he spoke about the date of the planned annexation as a member of the Blue and White Party, a coalition partner led by another former general, Defence Minister Benny Gantz. While Ashkenazi did not provide a clear explanation for the postponement of the annexation, Gantz did not hesitate, starting with the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. He pointed out that 1 July was neither sacred nor set in stone as the official annexation date, because the unity government is divided with several heads.

The postponement was no great surprise or the product of a particular variable. It was imposed by the mounting pressure and concern within Israel and Washington, which pressed for the formation of the unity government. The US is also afraid of an outbreak of protests in the occupied Palestinian territories and, indeed, across the region, as a result of the Israeli annexation plan. The Trump administration’s concerns have grown with the spread of the coronavirus and the growing tension with Iran in light of the Caesar Act’s consequences for Syria. More important has been the international and especially European opposition to the Israeli move; UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres drew attention repeatedly to the illegality of the annexation and its threat to regional stability and, as the 1 July implementation date approached, a clearer international position became evident.

READ: British diplomacy defends Israel and legitimises annexation 

“An annexation decision could not be left without consequences,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told the French Parliament. “We are examining different options at a national level and also in coordination with our main European partners.”

"I will not miss the opportunity to annex the West Bank"- Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
“I will not miss the opportunity to annex the West Bank”- Cartoon

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed Israel’s leaders lovingly, as usual, but said: “I profoundly hope that annexation does not go ahead. If it does, the UK will not recognise any changes to the 1967 lines, except those agreed between both parties.” Labour opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer expressed a firmer position, warning against the Israeli move and talking about possible sanctions.

These warnings set out new parameters; they are not what Netanyahu expected to hear, so he could isolate his country from Europe and simply use Israel’s military superiority to impose its will on the Palestinians, using the annexation and Israeli sovereignty to give himself a fig leaf of legitimacy to act as he sees fit. The step is reminiscent of major revolutions such as happened in Algeria when France failed to implement its promises made after the Second World War. Those promises were similar to the guarantees and promises made to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) following the signing of the Oslo Accords which have not been implemented.

The political and security tracks of Netanyahu’s annexation plan collided with many facts and realities in occupied Palestine, the region and the world, despite his efforts to bypass them by promoting normalisation with the Gulf states and suggesting partial or gradual annexation, culminating with his “discussions with the Americans” as an excuse to postpone the implementation date. None of his efforts have prevented escalations in the occupied Palestinian territories in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and they have not stopped the new path from taking shape.

READ: Pessimistic Israeli scenarios regarding the security situation with the Palestinians 

International reactions continued to snowball yesterday, as the postponement did not encourage any fundamental changes in them. Israel was met with a Palestinian counterstrategy based on escalation, confrontation and maximisation of the international and regional pressure. This could open the door to a new scenario that surpasses the miserable propositions of Netanyahu and some Zionist research centres which envisage getting annexation and normalisation implemented and out of the way before the US presidential election in November without major consequences in the region.

The Israeli annexation plan has charted a new path for the conflict and opened the door to new scenarios, security and political possibilities. The first could be the collapse of Israel’s unity government. If the annexation project can be thwarted, we could see more political, military and legal achievements in the face of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These could have repercussions beyond the US election and affect alliances and ongoing conflicts in the region.

(Source / 03.07.2020)