PCHR Holds Israel Fully Responsible for Death of Palestinian Al-Gharabli in Israeli Prisons

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR): On Wednesday, 08 July 2020, Palestinian detained in Israeli prisons for the past 26 years, Sa’di Khalil al-Gharabli (47) from Gaza City, was pronounced dead in Kaplan Medical Center where he was recently transferred from al-Ramlah prison after his health condition deteriorated. Al-Gharabli suffered prostate cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes, which he developed while in prison.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) holds Israeli occupation forces (IOF) responsibility for the death of al-Gharabli, who has been detained since 1994 and sentenced to life imprisonment; and expresses it deep concern that Israeli authorities delayed providing al-Gharabli with timely and adequate medical treatment. PCHR also condemns the Israeli authorities’ disregard of the repeated calls for his release as is standard in such humanitarian cases, despite their knowledge of the deterioration of his health. Al-Gharabli was left to die in prison despite his age and having spent a very long period in prison.

PCHR communicated with al-Gharabli’s family after contradictory news about his death emerged the previous day due to the deterioration of his health condition. Accordingly, PCHR’s lawyer attempted to visit al-Gharabli in Kaplan Medical Center, but the hospital administration informed him that he should obtain the approval of the prison service. When PCHR’s lawyers contacted al-Ramlah Prison’s administration where al-Gharabli was detained, they stalled and refused his request for a visit permit.

The death of al-Gharabli highlights the general deterioration in the conditions of thousands of Palestinians in Israeli prisons and shows the extent of the punitive measures taken against them, particularly with regard to the medical negligence they are exposed to and the failure to provide the necessary medical treatment to hundreds of patients, especially those suffering from chronic and serious illnesses. This is is a serious violation of the Israeli authorities’ obligations to provide humanitarian detention conditions and medical care for Palestinian detainees as per the Fourth Geneva Convention, especially Articles (85), (125).

PCHR holds the Israeli government fully responsible for the death of Palestinian prisoner al-Gharabli and for the lives of dozens of patient who face the same destiny in light of the deterioration of living conditions for more than 7000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, including dozens who suffer from chronic diseases and do not receive adequate medical treatment.

PCHR calls on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to increase the effectiveness of its follow-up of the imprisonment conditions of Palestinians in Israeli prisons. Furthermore, PCHR urges the international community to pressurize Israel to immediately release prisoners, including women, children, and patients, who have served two-thirds of their sentences; and to provide healthcare services in accordance with the internationally recognized minimum standards.

(Source / 08.07.2020)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report (16 – 29 June 2020)

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Biweekly Highlights

  • An eight-month-old baby boy, who needed a heart surgery at an Israeli hospital, could not exit Gaza and died on 18 June. Since 21 May, the PA has not accepted or transferred applications for exit permits from Gaza to the Israeli authorities, as a response to Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank. Since then, only few patients referred for medical treatment in the West Bank or Israel managed to exit Gaza, with the help of NGOs or international agencies.
  • On 23 June, a Palestinian man drove his car into an Israeli Border Police officer at a checkpoint, injuring her, and he was subsequently shot and killed. The Wadi an Nar checkpoint (Jerusalem governorate), where the incident took place, is used by the Israeli authorities to control Palestinian traffic between the southern and northern West Bank. A video recording of the incident suggests it was an intentional attack. Family members of the driver claimed that he may have lost control over the vehicle and that after his shooting he was left bleeding on the ground. So far this year, Israeli forces have killed seven Palestinians during attacks or alleged attacks they carried out against Israelis.
  • Israeli forces injured 121 Palestinians in multiple clashes across the West Bank. Seventy-three of those Palestinians were injured in Abu Dis (Jerusalem) during three-day-long clashes that followed the above-mentioned killing. Twenty other Palestinians were injured in the Jordan Valley, in three separate demonstrations against the expected annexation of parts of the West Bank by Israel. Another seven were injured during the weekly demonstrations in Kufur Qaddoum village (Qalqilia). A 15-year-old boy was shot with live ammunition and injured in Deir Abu Mash’al (Ramallah), allegedly after throwing a bottle towards Israeli vehicles. The rest were injured during various incidents in East Jerusalem, the Qalandia and Al Jalazoun refugee camps and Nablus city. Of those injured, 63 were medically treated for tear gas inhalation, 44 were hit by rubber-coated metal bullets, eight were physically assaulted, and six were hit by live ammunition.
  • Israeli forces carried out 125 search-and-arrest operations and abducted 156 Palestinian civilians across the West Bank, slightly above the 2020 average so far.
  • On 26 June, a Palestinian armed group fired two rockets towards southern Israel, one of which fell short inside Gaza and the other hit an open area in southern Israel. Subsequently, Israeli forces carried out air strikes, reportedly targeting an armed group’s position located in a populated area. While no one was injured in any of the attacks, the targeted position and four nearby homes sustained minor damage.
  • On at least 26 occasions, Israeli forces opened fire near Israel’s perimeter fence around Gaza and off the coast, presumably to enforce access restrictions; no injuries were reported. On three other occasions, Israeli forces entered Gaza and carried out land-levelling and excavation operations near the fence, east of Gaza city, Beit Hanoun and Rafah.
  • Twenty-one Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits; 30 people, including 13 children, were displaced and the livelihoods of more than 90 others were affected. Ten of the structures, of which three were inhabited homes, were demolished in East Jerusalem; four of these structures, including one of the inhabited homes, were demolished by their owners to avoid fees and damage to their belongings. In Area C, 11 structures were demolished or seized in eight communities, including Al Khadr (Bethlehem), where two structures were demolished on the basis of Military Order 1797, providing for the expedited removal of unlicensed structures deemed as “new”. The demolition of homes and sources of livelihoods amid the ongoing pandemic remains of serious concern.
  • Ten Palestinians were injured, hundreds of olive trees were set on fire and six vehicles were vandalized by assailants believed to be Israeli settlers. Of all those who sustained injuries, seven were pepper-sprayed by settlers in two separate incidents near Beitillu village (Ramallah) and in the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem; two, including a 14-year-old girl, were stoned in the Israeli-controlled area of Hebron city (H2) and south of Nablus; and one was physically assaulted while herding sheep in Deir al Qilt (Jericho). Hundreds of olive trees were reportedly set on fire by Israeli settlers in four separate incidents in the villages of Burin, Qaryut (both in Nablus) and Wadi Fukin (Bethlehem). In Burin, the fire extended to nearby lands belonging to Palestinians from Kafr Qalil and Huwara, where more trees caught fire. So far in 2020, at least 4,000 olive and other trees have been damaged in reported settler attacks.
  • According to an Israeli NGO, four Israeli-plated vehicles travelling on West Bank roads were damaged when Palestinians threw stones at them; no injuries were reported.

(Source / 08.07.2020)

Israeli Troops Abduct Several Palestinians from West Bank

Israeli troops abducted, early on Wednesday, many Palestinian residents from various parts of the West Bank, including the occupied East Jerusalem.

In the occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli police abducted Palestinian engineer, Bassam al-Hallaq, who is in charge of construction works, inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Palestinian Ma’an News Agency said that the abduction of al-Hallaq came during an Israeli police interruption of some construction works within the Almarawni part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

It added that the police task force of the occupation authorities, blocked those works, before they took Al-Hallaq to custody for interrogation.

Noteworthy, the Jordanian Ministry of Waqf and Religious Affairs, is the one in charge of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s affairs, since Israel has occupied East Jerusalem, back in June 1967.

Also in East Jerusalem, Israeli occupation forces abducted Palestinian resident, Mohammad Abuelhawa, as soon as the latter completed dawn prayer at the mosque. Abuelhawa is a resident of the Altour neighborhood, east of the occupied Palestinian city.

In the meantime, Israeli troops had earlier invaded the Palestinian Shu’fat refugee camp of East Jerusalem. and broke into the home of a Palestinian resident, before they abducted the resident and his wife. The two abductees were not identified.

The al-‘Isawiya neighborhood in north-east of East Jerusalem, was reportedly invaded by Israeli troops. Local media outlets, including Al-Quds, said that the invading Israeli force confronted local residents of al-‘Isawiya, before they abducted two of them, identified as Mohammad Esmat Obaid and Mohammad Ghadeb Obaid.

The media sources added that the two residents, were exposed to beating by Israeli soldiers, before they were abducted and taken to an unknown destination.

In the West Bank city of Hebron, local Palestinian media sources and witnesses said that Israeli occupation forces invaded some parts of the city, before they abducted local attorney, A’ed Ahiyoumi, along with local residents, Fadi Ghonaimat, Shadi Mohammad and Mosa Shahin.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops abducted Palestinian youth, Mostafa Assaf, after having invaded the Qabatya village, an outskirt of the West Bank city of Jenin.

In another Israeli occupation army’s operation of abduction, Israeli soldiers abducted Palestinian youth, Mohannad Alsada from the Jeet village, east of the West Bank city of Qalqilia.

In the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Israeli troops abducted Palestinian youths, Omar Hajjaz, Ahmad Azzam and Obaida Hajjaz, after having invaded the Mazra’a Alsharqiya village, east of the Ramallah city.

Over the past several weeks, Israeli occupation troops, across the West Bank, have increased operations of abduction. Increased abductions come as Israeli government officials have signalled annexation of about 30 percent of the West Bank territories, to the occupation state of Israel.

(Source / 08.07.2020)

Israeli Court Orders Muslim Cemetery Destroyed to Build Homeless Shelter

In Tel Aviv on Tuesday, an Israeli court rejected an appeal by the Islamic Council of Jaffa to preserve a 200-year old Muslim cemetery, ruling instead that the municipality of Tel Aviv can move forward with plans to build a homeless shelter on the site.

The ruling followed weeks of protests, in which Israeli police beat Palestinian citizens who challenged the plan to demolish the cemetery. They said it was part of the Israeli government’s policy to erase Palestinian heritage, just as the Israeli government had erased and demolished so many Palestinian towns, villages and historic sites over the past 72 years that Israel has existed.

In addition to ruling that the cemetery could be destroyed, Judge Limor Bibi ordered the Jaffa Islamic Council to pay $2,200 in legal fees.

The case evoked memories of a similar fight that took place in Jerusalem several years ago, in which Palestinians resisted the Israeli plan to demolish a Muslim cemetery in order to build a ‘Museum of Tolerance’. They lost that fight, and the cemetery was destroyed in order to construct the Museum.

In the current case, the Islamic Council had managed to get an Israeli court to temporarily halt construction on the site when they proved that the Tel Aviv municipality had no legal permit to destroy the 200-year old Al-Isaaf cemetery. The original hearing was supposed to be July 22nd. But lawyers for the city of Tel Aviv argued that the city’s finances were being negatively impacted, and the court agreed to move the hearing up to July 7th.

The municipality argued that the site was not a place of special significance to Jaffa’s Muslim community, claiming that it had been abandoned for decades until their construction equipment dug up the skeletons of thirty people while doing excavation on the site.

The director of the Islamic Council, Tarek Ashkar, called the court ruling “legal acrobatics”, and said it was a blatant example of anti-Palestinian discrimination in Israel.

The judge appeared to make the decision based on a technicality – the fact that construction had continued on the site, and had not ceased for an entire year – because of the continuation of the work, Judge Bibi said that the permit was never invalidated, and so the municipality should not have to apply for a new permit.

According to Middle East Eye, the Al-Isaaf cemetery, which lies just north of the walls of Old Jaffa near the Hassan Bek Mosque, was built almost 200 years ago. Despite not being in active use for nearly 90 years, the cemetery holds hundreds of Palestinian tombs.

Middle East Eye points out that Jaffa was once an epicentre of the Palestinian economy, with some 120,000 people living in and around the flourishing city on the Mediterranean Sea in 1948. Almost 95 percent of the Palestinian population of Jaffa and its surrounding villages were expelled by Zionist militias during the Nakba, or the catastrophe, that year, during the formation of the state of Israel.

Over the decades, Jaffa’s historic neighbourhoods were progressively demolished and the city shrank into a small town that was then absorbed by the municipality of Tel Aviv.

(Source / 08.07.2020)

Israeli Bulldozers Invade Parts of Eastern Gaza City

Israeli troops invaded, early Wednesday, eastern areas of Gaza city, in the northern besieged
Gaza Strip.

Local Palestinian media outlets, including Maan News Agency, said that a number of armored Israeli army vehicles, including three military bulldozers, invaded a border fence area, between eastern Gaza city and Israel, some tens of meters deep into Palestinian-owned farm lands.

The sources added that during the incursion, a number of Israeli drones hovered over the area as well as other parts of the city.

No causalities were reported.

Israeli incursions into different parts of the coastal enclave, occur frequently, since the Israel authorities imposed an air, land and sea blockade on Gaza, back in 2007.

The Israeli military often open fire towards adjacent Palestinian-owned homes and farm lands, causing injuries to farmers and their family members.

(Source / 08.07.2020)

Joint Press Release: Assessing cases of the 2014 attacks on Gaza leads to definitive conclusion: victims and survivors have been abandoned to non-genuine investigations and gross injustice

Gaza City and London, 07 July 2020  In the summer of 2014, Al Mezan and LPHR worked together to examine egregious acts of horror against civilians in Gaza, trapped in a closed-off territory while under military bombardment run by Israel’s political and military leadership; its emblematic feature being that dozens of entire families were killed and maimed by targeted military attacks against family homes for the duration of the military offensive between 7 July and 26 August.

For six years, Al Mezan and LPHR have worked relentlessly on behalf of victims, survivors and their families to pursue accountability for clearly apparent serious violations of international criminal, humanitarian and human rights law; including engagement at the international level with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza Conflict.

Reflecting the empirical evidence, Al Mezan and LPHR have voiced grave concerns about the systemic impunity deeply embedded within Israel’s military investigation process, despite which Al Mezan engages with in good faith to seek legal redress, accountability and justice for victims, survivors and their families.

However, the appalling and clearly foreseeable pattern of impunity repeats itself year after year. No criminal charges, prosecutions, or convictions for clearly apparent serious violations against civilians in Gaza during the 2014 military bombardment. No genuine investigations, no legal accountability, no justice for victims, survivors and their families. Gross injustice and total systemic impunity prevailing. Six years on it is overwhelmingly clear to our organisations that Israel is unwilling to provide genuine investigations for these grave cases.

For six years, the authoritative words of the UN independent Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza Conflict have remained gravely extant: “The commission is concerned that impunity prevails across the board for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law allegedly committed by Israeli forces, whether it be in the context of active hostilities in Gaza or killings, torture, and ill-treatment in the West Bank.” [bolded for emphasis by Al Mezan and LPHR]

The empirical record is plainly and strikingly clear: Israel is unwilling to hold its political and military leadership to account. The output of the fundamentally flawed investigation system unquestionably activates the mandate of the ICC. It is accordingly and necessarily incumbent on the ICC Prosecutor to meet the hope and imperative of victims, survivors and their families, and bring an end to the devastating cycle of systemic impunity.

-The recurrent serious violations that have egregiously harmed thousands of civilians in Gaza over the years without distinction—men and women, boys and girls, the elderly and people with disabilities—must be met with an effective accountability deterrent.

Against this devastating context, Al Mezan and LPHR strongly welcome the 20 December 2019 announcement by ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, that she is ready to open a criminal investigation into the situation in Palestine. We view it as a seminal step towards achieving legal accountability and justice for the many victims, survivors and their families of alleged serious international crimes perpetrated by Israeli forces and their military and political leadership.

Our organisations did also note the important caveat that the Prosecutor’s significant decision to open an investigation has been made without yet making a crucial determination on the genuineness and scope of Israel’s investigative processes vis-a-vis the 2014 hostilities in Gaza.

On this sixth anniversary, and on behalf of the thousands of victims, survivors and their families, Al Mezan and LPHR wish to make a respectful, solemn and grave appeal to the ICC Prosecutor to make the objectively necessary determination that Israel has been demonstrably unwilling to provide genuine investigations, and accordingly the Office of the Prosecutor will undertake the responsibility, pursuant to the fundamental objectives of the Rome Statute, to investigate the 2014 attacks on Gaza.

Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights (Al Mezan) is a Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization that works for the protection and promotion of Palestinian human rights and the rule of law in Gaza as part of occupied Palestine.

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) is a lawyer-based charity in the UK that works on projects to protect and promote Palestinian human rights. LPHR’s mission is to use our expertise to meaningfully contribute towards transforming the critical human rights situation impacting Palestinians.

For more on Al Mezan’s and LPHR’s work in this area, please see the following:

  • LPHR and Al Mezan Complaint Submission made to the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict concerning large-scale destruction and damage to family houses in the Gaza Strip, with associated profound loss of life and injury to Palestinian residents, during Israel’s military operation between 7 July 2014 and 26 August 2014 (published September 2014)
  • LPHR, Al Mezan and Medical Aid for Palestinians Complaint Submission to the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict concerning destruction and damage to medical infrastructure, and loss of life and injury to civilians and medical personnel, in Gaza, during Israel’s military operation between 7 July 2014 and 26 August 2014 (published February 2015)
  • LPHR, Al Mezan and Medical Aid for Palestinians Joint Report:
  • No More Impunity: Gaza’s Health Sector Under Attack (published June 2015)
  • Al Mezan report: No Reparations in Israel for Palestinians: How Israel’s Amendment No. 8 Leaves no Room for Recourse (published December 2015)
  • LPHR and Al Mezan joint update – including survey of families on hope for justice – to its September 2014 report to the UN Commission of Inquiry on large-scale destruction and damage to family houses in the Gaza Strip, with associated profound loss of life and injury to Palestinian residents, during Israel’s military operation between 7 July 2014 and 26 August 2014 (published December 2016)
  • Al Mezan and Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel Joint Report: Gaza 3 Years On: Impunity over Accountability – Israel’s unwillingness to investigate violations of international law in the Gaza Strip (published August 2017)
  • LPHR and Al Mezan Joint Report: Justice Denied: Gaza human shield survivors and the systemic failure of Israel’s military investigation system to provide accountability (published September 2018)
  • LPHR Report: Eleven key points relevant to the complementarity assessment being undertaken by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on the grave issue of targeted airstrikes against family homes in Gaza (published April 2019)
  • LPHR Statement: A seminal step towards legal accountability and justice for victims, survivors and their families: ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s decision that she is ready to open an investigation into the situation in Palestine (published December 2019)
  • LPHR, Al Mezan and Medical Aid for Palestinians Joint Report: Chronic Impunity: Gaza’s Health Sector Under Repeated Attack (published March 2020)

(Source / 08.07.2020)

PCHR: “Israeli Occupation Authorities Arrest Civilian Travelling to Donate Bone Marrow for His Brother in Tel HaShomer Hospital”

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the arrest of a civilian from the Gaza Strip by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stationed at Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing. The civilian was traveling to Tel HaShomer Hospital as he is scheduled for a bone marrow donation for his ill brother, who is currently at the hospital.

According to PCHR’s investigations, on Monday, 06 July 2020, Israeli authorities arrested ‘Abdullah Shaker Mohammed al-Daghmah (38) from Rafah, while traveling to Tel HaShomer Hospital for a bone marrow donation for his brother Hani  Shaker al-Daghmah (44). Hani suffers from Leukemia and has been in the hospital for a long period and his health condition is extremely critical.

Al-Daghma’s family told PCHR’s fieldworker that after all family members did the necessary medical examinations, Abdullah’s results were the only ones that matched his brother.

Accordingly, necessary procedures were conducted for his travel along with his sister. When they arrived at the Israeli side at Erez Crossing, ‘Abdullah was arrested while his sister was sent back to the Gaza Strip and quarantined according to the measures applied in the Gaza Strip.

It should be noted that PCHR’s lawyer, in his capacity as a legal representative of al-Daghmah, follows up with the Israeli authorities to determine ‘Abdullah’s place of detention and to visit him as soon as possible.

PCHR is gravely concerned over the continued use of Erez Crossing as a trap to arrest civilians leaving the  Gaza Strip for treatment and other humanitarians reasons, which further aggravates the implications of the illegal closure imposed on the Gaza Strip and the suffering of its civilian population, especially patients whose treatment is not available at Gaza hospitals.

It is worth noting that the arrest of civilians, including patients or companions, is not a precedent, as IOF use Beit Hanoun crossing, the sole outlet for the Gaza Strip population to the West Bank and Israel, to blackmail Palestinian patients and individuals in exchange of exit permits.

In light of the above, PCHR:

  • Strongly condemns arresting Palestinian patients or their companies by IOF while traveling for medical treatment and demands their immediate release and guarantees that their lives will not be at risk;
  • Calls upon the international community, including the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, to fulfill their
    obligations and responsibilities by taking immediate action to put an end to violations of the international humanitarian law perpetrated by IOF against Palestinian civilians;
  • Stresses the seriousness of targeting and blackmailing patients and taking advantage of their need to receive medical treatment at hospitals in Israel or the West Bank; and
  • Demands guarantees of the freedom of movement and travel for Palestinian civilians from and to the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

For more information please call PCHR office in Gaza, Gaza Strip, on +972 8 2824776 – 2825893

Gaza- Jamal ‘Abdel Nasser “al-Thalathini” Street – Al-Roya Building- Floor 12, El Remal, PO Box 1328 Gaza, Gaza Strip. E-mail: pchr@pchrgaza.org, Webpage http://www.pchrgaza.org

(Source / 08.07.2020)

Israeli Authorities to Demolish 30 Palestinian Homes, Structures in East Jerusalem

The Israeli municipal staff handed demolition orders to thirty Palestinian households in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-“Isawiya, under the pretext of construction without a permit, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Local activist, Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, and member of the follow-up committee, stated that staff of the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem, delivered 30 orders to demolish Palestinian structures and homes, in the southern occupied West Bank neighborhood.

Abu al-Hummus added that the municipality staff took photos of some of the structures slated for demolition, some which are under construction, while others have occupants.

The Israeli occupation authorities have escalated their punitive policy of collective punishment against the Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank.

The incidents of home demolition has increased in recent weeks, and the Israeli pretext is the same; building without an Israeli permit, which Palestinians have great difficulty obtaining.

According to the latest report from the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), twenty-one Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits; 30 people, including 13 children, were displaced and the livelihoods of more than 90 others were affected.

(Source / 08.07.2020)

IPS send prisoner to hospital, prevent lawyers’ visitation after revealing that he has cancer

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The family of the prisoner Muhammad Ayed Salahiddin (20 years old) said that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) informed them that their son has cancer and that he had been sent to a hospital a few days ago due to his critical condition.

Muhammad’s brother, Rushdi, told QNN that the IPS transferred Muhammad from Ofer military jail to Shaare Zedek hospital nine days ago but his family did not know that he has cancer until today.

He added that the IPS refuses to allow lawyers’ visitation, which further increases the worries of the family.

Roshdi stressed that his brother wasn’t sick before being arrested. He did not have any disease and he was in very good health.

During his arrest, Israeli soldiers shot Muhammad in his leg and the pain has never stopped ever since as the IPS only gave him cortizone-based drugs.

Muhammad is from Hizma in East Jerusalem. He was arrested on April 2019 and sentenced to two years in jail.

Rushdi called on human rights organizations to immediately intervene to save the life of his brother.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Association said that nearly 300 Palestinian prisoners suffer from chronic diseases, including over ten cancer patients.

(Source / 08.07.2020)

Ya’bad Power Authority: ‘Israel’ to cut power to the village

Jenin (QNN)- The Power Authority of Ya’bad said that the Israeli authorities threatened to cut the power to the village for three hours on a daily basis due to “the authority’s accumulated debts”.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Authority stressed that it has no debts and it can prove that thorough the wire transfer to the bank account of the electricity provider.

“The Israeli threats to cut off the power in response to the PA’s decision to stop the coordination is a trial to weaken the national position and cut the Palestinian government’s fund.”

The authority called on the Palestinian government to mobilize international support and make pressure on the occupation state to stop its “piracy”.

(Source / 08.07.2020)