A Palestinian trade union accused the Israeli occupation forces of deliberately insulting and harming Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip while they were at sea.
This came in a report issued by the coordinator of the Palestinian fishermen committees Zakaria Bakr, today, Thursday.
The report pointed out that “since the beginning of 2020, the military occupation authorities have arrested nine fishermen in degrading and humiliating conditions of human dignity through the occupation warships.”
The report reviewed the way in which fishermen are arrested at sea, confirming that the occupation warships launch rubber and iron bullets from a distance of zero towards the fishermen.
He pointed out that the occupying forces force the fishermen to take off their clothes and get off their boats at sea, despite the cold water, which is sometimes below zero, and despite their injury as a result of the occupation shooting at them.
He indicated that the freedom of the occupation intends to destroy the engines and forces of the fishermen, by shooting them directly, so that it can be difficult to use or benefit from.
He stated that the occupation forces committed more than 100 crimes since the beginning of the year against the fishermen, indicating that those crimes were focused on directly injuring the fishermen, harming them and destroying their boats and fishing equipment.
According to the Fishermen’s Syndicate, the fishing profession, in which around 4,000 people work, has declined in an unprecedented way in the sector; Due to the decrease in the daily fishing volume, due to the restrictions imposed by the occupation authorities on the areas where fishing is permitted.
The Israeli occupation forces prevented citizens from holding an event to perform Friday prayers on lands threatened with confiscation in the village of Haris, northwest of Salfit.
It is noteworthy that this event will be held for the eighth week in a row, at the invitation of the PLO factions, Salfit governorate institutions, the Wall and Settlement Resistance Authority, with the participation of landowners, a number of peace activists, and a crowd of citizens.
The Israeli occupation forces erected heavy barriers and stressed their military measures at the entrance and the vicinity of Haris village, while the Israeli police deployed, which started to liberate violations of the citizens.
Revolutionary Council member Jamal Al-Deek said that this event came to confirm the citizens’ adherence to their lands threatened with expropriation and which are subject to repeated attacks by settlers of the “Raffafa” settlement.
He stressed the will and determination of the Palestinian people to move towards liberation, uprooting occupation and settlement.
For his part, the secretary of the Fatah movement, Salfit Abd al-Sattar Awad province, said that anti-settlement activities are continuing, despite the occupation’s preventing citizens from accessing their lands.
He added: “The occupation army and herds of settlers will not be able to shake our spirits as a result of the attacks and closures that are being practiced against our people.”
He stressed the need for farmers to be present on their lands to protect them from occupation and settlers.
Mp Jamal al-Khodri, chairman of the Popular Committee to Face the Siege, said the unemployment rate in the Gaza Strip has reached nearly 60% as the Israeli blockade continues for the 14th consecutive year.
More than 300,000 workers are out of work, al-Khodri said in a press release on Friday.
He pointed out that production in Gaza’s factories has been reduced to unprecedented levels (about 30% of production capacity) due to export restrictions, the deteriorating economic situation, as well as the repercussions of the Corona pandemic.
He pointed out that the blockade caused the closure of hundreds of commercial, industrial and contracting economic establishments, and in the hotel sector, in addition to weak purchasing power in the markets.
Al-Khodri stressed that the lifting of the blockade completely is the gateway to any real improvement in the living conditions in Gaza, through the opening of the crossings for import and export without restrictions, and the lifting of all lists of prohibitions placed by the occupation on the crossings, by preventing many raw materials for industry, which hinders the movement of production.
He reiterated that the need for gaza’s health, economic and educational relief, and in all aspects of life, because suffering affects all human sectors.
“The reports of international institutions have warned of increased poverty and unemployment, if the current situation is not addressed, and quick rescue solutions are put in place,” al-Khodri said.
He called for the allocation of an international support fund to meet humanitarian needs requiring urgent intervention, calling on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to take practical steps in that direction, in order to avoid catastrophic consequences.
Dutch government inspectors said they would impose a fine on a store selling wine from the occupied West Bank city of Hebron that is labelled as ‘Made in Israel’.
The warning was issued during an inspection on 10 July inspection at the Israel Products Centre in Nijkerk, an importer and retail outfit run by the pro-Israel group Christians for Israel.
The officials wanted to inspect if the wines are labelled as products from Israeli settlements and not “from Israel” in conformity with European Union Commission guidelines.
In 2015, the European Commission adopted regulations barring the labelling of products produced in areas occupied by Israel as “made in Israel”, a decision it described as driven by a desire to give shoppers accurate information about product provenance.
In a statement, the centre said that two agents from the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority did not confiscate any products but threatened that the centre could face fines for violating labeling requirements.
The centre decided it would not comply and cited a statement by Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, claiming it was unfair to single out the Israeli products for labelling while there were no such rules for made in China goods from Tibet or made in Russia goods from Crimea.
Last year, in a much-anticipated decision, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that European Union countries must identify products made in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.
The ruling was welcomed by the Palestinian Authority, while Israel claimed it was discriminatory.
The Israeli government breathed a sigh of relief after a decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to adjourn without opening an investigation against Tel Aviv over possible war crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territories, according to Israeli media, reports Anadolu Agency.
The ICC pre-trial was supposed to assess if the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has the authority to open an investigation into war crimes by Israel along with defining the territorial boundaries within which the investigation will take place.
In May, Bensouda said that there is a basis to launch an investigation into war crimes committed in Palestine, including the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza.
A UN human rights expert today published a report urging Israel to immediately stop all crimes amounting to collective punishment against the Palestinian people.
Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, said that the extent of the devastating impact of Israel’s collective punishment policy can be “most strikingly seen in its ongoing 13-year-old closure of Gaza, which now suffers from a completely collapsed economy, devastated infrastructure and a barely functioning social service system.”
In his report to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council, the independent expert presented a list of recommendations, calling on Israel to comply with international law and the international consensus by bringing a full and speedy end to its 53-year-old occupation of the Palestinian territory.
Israel has used collective punishment against Palestinians since the military occupation began in 1967 through home demolitions and psychological and economic warfare against the families of alleged attackers.
Emphasising Israel’s reliance on collective punishment as a “prominent instrument in its coercive toolbox of population control”, he criticised Israel’s continued policy to punitively demolish Palestinian homes, which he states “contribute to an atmosphere of hate and vengeance.”
Home demolitions by the self-declared Jewish state have been internationally condemned as a means of collective punishment in violation of the Geneva Convention.
Since 1967, Israel has destroyed more than 2,000 Palestinian homes, designed to punish Palestinian families for acts some of their members may have committed, but they themselves did not
In addition, Lynk addressed the increase in settler violence, the detention of Palestinians and Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the Palestinian West Bank and its potential impact.
He warned Israel last month to strictly adhere to international law and called on the EU to detail the political, diplomatic and economic consequences that it would implement if Israel defied world opinion.
Three major demonstrations were held by Palestinians, on Friday, to express their objection to Israel’s continued colonial settlement activities in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli forces opened fire, on Friday afternoon, towards Palestinians during a peaceful protest north of Nablus city, in Asira Ash-Shamaliyya town, northern West Bank, according to Palestinian WAFA News Agency correspondent.
He confirmed that soldiers fired tear-gas canisters towards Palestinians marching against Israel’s attempt to expropriate land, resulting in several cases of tear-gas inhalation.
WAFA further reported that the Israeli army fired concussion grenades at Palestine TV cameraman and reporter, impeding his ability to cover the protest.
Walid Assaf, Chairman of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Commission, asserted the Palestinian peoples’ right to defend their land, and their commitment to do so, to counter Israel’s illegal colonial policies.
Eyewitnesses told the Palestinian Information Center that Israeli soldiers attacked the peaceful protesters with tear-gas canisters and stun grenades, injuring several demonstrators and burning nearby farmlands.
In Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia city, in the northern West Bank, dozens of Palestinians suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation when the Israeli army suppressed the weekly demonstration against the separation wall and illegal settlements.
The coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, Morad Eshteiwi reported that the injured protesters were treated at the scene.
Meanwhile in Kifl Hares village, west of Salfit city, in the central West Bank, Israeli forces attacked a peaceful demonstration, blocking Palestinian civilians from marching on their lands, under threat of confiscation by the Israeli authorities for the purpose of illegal settlement expansion.
Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel rounds, tear-gas canisters, and concussion grenades at demonstrators, causing a number of minor injuries.