Gaza: a protest stand against annexation and the delivery of a message to the United Nations

Political parties in the Gaza Strip organized, today, Monday, a protest in front of the United Nations headquarters, in protest against the Israeli “annexation” plan for lands in the West Bank.

A number of faction leaders and representatives from the Refugee Affairs Department and the People’s Refugee Committees participated in the stand in front of the UN headquarters, west of Gaza City.

A leader in democracy, Mahmoud Khalaf, speaking on behalf of the factions, told that a message was delivered to the representative of the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to warn of the dangers of the annexation plan that the far-right occupation government is implementing.

Khalaf pointed out that this plan means eliminating the Palestinian presence, perpetuating the existence of the occupation and trying to legitimize it.

The Palestinian leader stressed the need for the United Nations to compel the occupation to respect the decisions of international legitimacy on Palestine, and to work by the United Nations to protect it and work to implement it and put an end to the occupation, which manages the back of all these decisions, and practicing insult and Judaization of Palestinian land.

(Source / 14.07.2020)

Palestine: Corona recorded 106 new infections

The Ministry of Health announced, on Monday evening, that it had recorded 106 new cases of Corona virus, after 12:00 p.m.

Among the injuries, the ministry said, 46 were in the suburbs of Jerusalem, 49 in the Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorates, 9 in the Qalqilia governorate, one injury in the Hebron governorate, and one in the Nablus governorate.

The distribution of injuries in the governorates was as follows: 46 injuries in the Jerusalem governorate: Al-Eizariya 15, Abu Dis 1, Al-Ram 9, Qalandiya 6, Kafr Aqab 2, Beit Hanina 1, Shuafat Camp 3, As-Sawahrah 6, Anata 2, Silwan 1.

49 in Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate: Al-Jalazoun Camp 37, Ni’lin 8, Birzeit 1, Ramallah 1, Betonia 2. One injury in Hebron Governorate: Idna 1.

9 injuries in Qalqilya governorate: Qalqilya city 9. One injury in Nablus governorate: Askar camp 1.

(Source / 14.07.2020)

Notice of seizure of a plot of land in Yasuf

Notified the Israeli occupation authorities of taking over a 1,401 dunum of land in the Zaatara area located on the main street of the entrance to the town of Yasuf, for the benefit of a pumping station for the “Tafouh” settlement.

The governor of Salfit, Major General Abdullah Kamil, affirmed that the occupation authorities, with this arbitrary behavior, struck across the wall all considerations, adding that settlement expansion is increasing in Salfit governorate, where lands are confiscated, trees are destroyed, and bypass roads for settlers are in the worst forms of racism, as part of the policy of the Israeli right-wing government. Systematic to control the Palestinian land and empty it of its indigenous population.

The governor of Salfit issued instructions to the competent authorities in the governorate to follow this issue legally, in coordination with municipal and village councils and related institutions, calling on citizens and owners of these lands to adhere to them, work to reclaim them, and provide what is necessary for legal follow-up.

(Source / 14.07.2020)

Israeli Troops Abduct Several Palestinians, including Former Prisoners, from West Bank

Israeli troops abducted, on Monday, several Palestinian residents from different areas of the occupied West Bank, Palestinian media sources reported.

In the southern West Bank district of Hebron, Palestinian Official News Agency (WAFA) reported that Israeli soldiers invaded the homes of both, Ramzi Al-Haymouni, and Yazid Abu Aisha, 24, before abducting them.

The detention of the two Palestinians came after Israeli troops intensified their presence at the northern entrance of Hebron city, as well as the entrances of, Beit Ummar, S’aeer and Halhoul neighborhoods.

In Jenin city, in the northern West Bank, Israeli forces abducted three former Palestinian prisoners, identified as Ahmad MardawiHassan Abu Salah, and Jaafar Fawzi Abu Salah.

In the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, the Israeli army abducted two more former prisoners, including Mahmoud Ayyad of the Dheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, Mustafa Kamel, from Beit Jala town, west of Bethlehem city.

The former prisoners were arrested, while they were heading for their workplaces in the nearby central West Bank Palestinian-Arab city of East Jerusalem.

The abduction of Ayyad in the Dheisheh refugee camp, sparked a local Palestinian protest against the Israeli invasion of the refugee camp, and the abduction of the aforementioned resident.

The Palestinian Information Center reported that Israeli forces ransacked many Palestinian homes in Hebron, and confiscated the cell phone and laptop of Ayyad after ransacking his home in the Dheisheh camp near Bethlehem.

Witnesses said that Israeli troops fired volleys of tear-gas canisters to disperse the crowds. No causalities were reported.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed that even more Palestinian civilians in Bethlehem were detained, identified as, Muhammad Asaad NawwarahHudhayfah Yasser Abiyat, Muhammad Salem Sabah.

In the Jericho district, eastern West Bank, Israeli forces detained Jamal Adnan Khattab.

In the central West Bank city of Jerusalem, a youth identified as, Mu’taz Walid Shweika, 18, from Silwan town, was detained by the Israeli army.

The Israeli forces invaded, and ransacked the home of the youth, Shweika, and confiscated items, including a Palestinian flag.

(Source / 14.07.2020)

Israel: Minister insists that annexation is not on government agenda

Ethiopian-born Pnina Tamano-Shata poses for an AFP Photographer at her home in the Israeli city of Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv on October 28, 2016. [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
Ethiopian-born Pnina Tamano-Shata poses for an AFP Photographer at her home in the Israeli city of Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv on October 28, 2016

Israel’s planned annexation of large parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank is not currently on the government’s agenda, Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata said on Monday.

Speaking to Reshet Bet radio, the minister stressed that the government is currently putting the fight against the coronavirus at the top of its priorities. She hinted that there was overall little clarity as to when the issue will be discussed by the government and whether that would actually happen at all.

Under the coalition agreement, said Tamano-Shata, the issue of annexation would be dealt with along with other responsible measures. If approved by the cabinet, she noted, it would be sent to the Knesset (parliament) and coordinated with the international community.

The MK is a member of the Blue and White party headed by Defence Minister and Alternative Prime Minister Benny Gantz. She pointed out that the date set by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the annexation plan to begin, 1 July, should not be given too much meaning. There was nothing “holy” about it.

READ: Palestinian factions in the West Bank call for escalating popular resistance

Meanwhile, the Israeli Broadcast Corporation has revealed new American conditions for the annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory.

It reported American sources saying that the White House is demanding an agreement between the Likud and Blue and White that maintains Israel’s “political stability”, stressing that this must not be part of any electoral campaign.

The sources added that Washington wants “important changes” for the Palestinians, including Israel’s approval for the building of thousands of Palestinian housing units and legitimising those structures which the government claims were built without licences.

Despite none of these demands being met, and the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in Israel, Likud sources still expect Netanyahu to go ahead with the annexation plan.

(Source / 14.07.2020)

Jerusalem Man Demolishes his Home in Silwan, 6 Left Homeless

Baha’ Zeitoun, a Palestinian civilian, on Sunday evening, demolished his own home in the Bi’er Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan, under the pretext of the lack of an Israeli permit, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) reported.

The Zeitoun family said that the Israeli municipality ordered the family to demolish the house, inhabited by 6 people, in Silwan, East Jerusalem, in central occupied West Bank.

According to local sources, Baha’ Zeitoun was forced to dismantle his prefabricated wooden house with his own hands, to avoid paying demolition expenses and fines if the Israeli forces came to remove it, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

The Israeli policy of home demolition violates the Fourth Geneva Convention as well as the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

(Source / 14.07.2020)

Israeli Army Razes Land in Hebron, Bethlehem, Order Seizure of Land in Salfit

The Israeli occupation authorities, on Monday, bulldozed large areas of Palestinian-owned cultivated land as well as an agricultural structure in al-Baq’ah area in Hebron, southern West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

According to local sources, Israeli bulldozers accompanied by soldiers, razed three dunams of land planted with vegetables and an agricultural structure belonging to Rabie Jaber and his family.

East of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, Israeli forces levelled a large tract of land belonging to the village of Kisan, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Deputy Mayor of Kisan, Ahmad Ghazal, confirmed that the Israeli army provided protection to a bulldozer that razed ten dunams of land belonging to the village, and installed poles around it.

He said that the land was bulldozed for the expansion of the nearby Israeli colony outpost of Ibei Hanahal, established on 166 dunams of land belonging to Kisan in 1999.

Israeli forces, on Monday, handed over a military order to seize Palestinian land located east of Yasuf village, northeast of Salfit city, in the northern West Bank, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Local sources said that the Israeli army delivered a military order to seize the 1.5 dunam plot of land, located near Zatara military roadblock.

Khalil Ibrahim Yassin, the owner of the land, was given 40 days to challenge the confiscation order.

(Source / 14.07.2020)

34-Year Old Palestinian Woman Dies of Wounds Sustained in Israeli Offensive

Aseel Mahmoud Hamad Dheir, 34, died on Monday in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, from wounds she suffered at the hands of the Israeli army during their invasion of Gaza in the summer of 2014.

Dheir was severely injured in an Israeli airstrike on her home in southern Gaza, and became hemaplegic (paralyzed on one side of her body) as a result of her injuries.

According to medical sources, she had suffered tremendously from her egregious wounds over the last six years, and finally succumbed to them on Monday July 13th, 2020.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, some 2,147 Palestinians were killed during the 51-day Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2014, including 72 who later succumbed to their wounds.

UN records state that and estimated 84 per cent of Palestinians that were killed were civilians, not engaged in armed resistance to the Israeli invasion of their land.

(Source / 14.07.2020)

Israeli forces demolish structure in Tulakrm, issued demolition orders to houses in Jerusalem

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Israeli army on Monday demolished a significant number of structures in the village of Ijbarah in Tulkarm and distributed evacuation and demolition orders to several houses in Issawiyyeh, Jerusalem.

Amer Yahya, one of the owners of the demolished structures, told QNN that the Israeli army had informed him a few days ago that they will demolish his structure and that he filed an appeal but the Israeli army demolished the structure today anyway.

He added that the occupation army also demolished his brother’s garage as well as a retaining wall.

“The occupation army, which grabbed the lands of our families to build a military checkpoint, is deciding now when and what to build”, he said.

“We have been on this land for hundreds of years. The occupation has no right to decide what is lawful and what is not”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army distributed evacuation and demolition orders to dozens of Palestinians in Issawiyyeh, Jerusalem.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center stated that the army hanged dozens of evacuation orders to grab dozens of dunums of the village, claiming that they are “owned by the state”.

The confiscated land will be given to Hadasah hospital and the illegal settlement of the French Hill. The owners of the lands confirmed that they have been prevented from reaching their lands.

In the same vein, crews from the Israeli municipality stormed the house of Jawad Siyam in Silwan and prevented him from renovating the garden of his house.

Israeli crews also stormed the building of Tahhan Family in Ras Al Amoud in Silwana and ordered three out of five families that have been living in the building to evacuate it in order to demolish it.

Wa’el Tahhan said the municipality ordered to demolish the building under the pretext of being built without a permit, noting that the building was built in 1990.

(Source / 14.07.2020)

Ofer jail on high alert following protests by prisoners

Ramallah (QNN)- The Palestinian Prisoners Association said that Ofer jail has been on high alert, as the IPS recalled the repression unit to attack the prisoners, who started chanting Takbir and knocking on the doors.

The association added that the prisoners have been protesting a series of Israeli punitive measures that have been recently implemented, including the repression of prisoners in section 16.

The association held the Israeli Prison Service(IPS) responsible for the lives of the prisoners in Ofer jail and warned of mass repression that the Israelis may carry out.

(Source / 14.07.2020)