The Ministries of Interior and Health in the Gaza Strip are carrying out today, Saturday, a joint training exercise simulating the detection of new infections of the “Corona” virus in a crowded residential neighborhood in the Al-Nasr area, west of Gaza City .
The maneuver includes, according to the statement of the “Interior”, how to deal with the injury, the closure of the residential area, and the imposition of curfews in that region, with the implementation of the complete separation between the provinces .
Iyad Al-Bazm, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior in Gaza, said that the maneuver comes in the framework of raising readiness and increasing efficiency of government agencies in dealing with any developments regarding confronting “Corona” in the Gaza Strip, in light of the increased risk, and the spread of the virus in neighboring countries .
The total number of cases of “Corona” virus in the Gaza Strip, since the start of the pandemic until Friday, 72 cases, 63 of which were recovering, and one death was recorded.
Abdel Nasser Farwana, a specialist in prisoners and liberated affairs, said today, Saturday, that 12 Palestinian prisoners have been martyred inside the occupation prisons during the past two years.
Farwana said in a brief statement, that 4 of the prisoners were in the “criminal prisoners” sections, noting that all those who were martyred were subjected to medical negligence and recklessness inside the prisons.
He pointed out that the statements and appeals that the Israeli Prisons Authority did not care about, noting that the conditions are serious and require new steps and pressure tools that are more effective and employ all international mechanisms to release the sick prisoners and save their lives and the lives of the prisoners in general from the risk of death or illness and the Corona virus.
The Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki accused Apple and Google of submitting to Israeli pressure and blackmail to remove the name “State of Palestine” from their approved maps.
Al-Maliki said in an interview with the official Voice of Palestine radio, that the two companies’ move to “delete the name of the state of Palestine in their maps constitutes a violation of international law and subject to Israeli pressure and blackmail.”
He added, “Apple and Google have been officially addressed in order to retract their move, and in case of non-compliance we will work to follow up the matter within the legal authorities, including filing lawsuits and complaints against the two companies.”
By order of the municipality of West Jerusalem, the Palestinian Abu Turki family, on Saturday, continued to self-demolish their two homes in the Jabal al-Mokabber village in occupied East Jerusalem, according to local sources.
The Abu Turki family told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) that they began to demolish their two homes, on Friday evening, to having to pay the municipality “demolition fees” if the authorities were to knock down the homes.
The two homes are owned by Yacoub Abu Turki and his son Issam, and were the only shelter for thirteen people, including seven children.
The family state that the Israeli municipality issued a demolition order 3 years ago for the homes that were built 8 years ago from reinforced bricks and sheets.
The municipality imposed a ‘construction violation fee’ of 70 thousand shekels ($20,0000 USD) and the family was making the monthly payments.
Two Palestinian civilians were injured, on Saturday, and many others choked on tear-gas fired by the Israeli forces, at a nonviolent protest in the village of Beita, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.
WAFA correspondent stated that Palestinians held a demonstration, south of Nablus City in the northern occupied West Bank, to express their total rejection of illegal Israeli settlement activities.
Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel rounds, stun grenades and tear-gas canisters to suppress the peaceful protesters, at least one was shot and injured by a rubber-coated steel round in his left arm.
Another protester was wounded, suffering severe bruising, when he was run over by Israeli soldiers who were chasing protesters. Both were transferred to Rafidia Public Hospital in Nablus for necessary treatment.
Other protesters, including medics, suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation.
The Jerusalem Press identified the Palestinian injured by a steel round as Ayoub Hamyal, 32, and added that a paramedic from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) suffered the effects of tear-gas inhalation.
It also noted that the concussion grenades and tear-gas canisters started fires in some areas of agricultural fields.
Palestinian factions called for demonstrations to confront the attempts by illegal Israeli settlers to expropriate Palestinian land.
Local official, Ghassan Daghlas, in charge of monitoring Israeli colonial activities in the area, told WAFA that Israeli colonists set up 6 tents in Jabal Sbeih area, near Beita village, in an apparent prelude to seize Palestinian-owned land, to establish a new illegal settlement outpost.
Dozens of Palestinian youths suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation, on Saturday, when they confronted Israeli forces in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, the Jerusalem Press reported.
Local sources said that hundreds of Palestinian youths were protesting Israel’s annexation plans, at the “Shuhada Street” military roadblock, to which the soldiers responded by firing tear-gas canisters, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel rounds.
According to the Palestinian Information Center, a number of the youths suffered minor injuries, and were all treated at the scene.
Many Palestinian demonstrations have been held in rejection of Israel’s stated plan to annex large areas of the West Bank, which it has occupied since the 1967 ‘Six Day war’.
United Nations passed resolution 242 in 1967 requiring the state of Israel to retreat from the occupied Palestinian Territories.
The resolution called for both;
(i) Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict (6 Day War);
(ii) Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that 4 deaths and 465 new cases of coronavirus have been registered during the last 24 hours.
The ministry added that 325 recoveries have been registered as well. The new numbers have raised the total active cases to 7985 and deaths to 62.
In its daily report on the epidemiological situation in Palestine, the ministry stated that four deaths have been registered in Dura, Sa’eer, Somou’, and Hebron. 465 cases were also registered throughout the West Bank.
The statement added that 14 cases are in the Intensive Care Unit, while four are on ventilators.
It also stated that the Ministry carried out 3791 tests throughout the West Bank.
Sultan Abu Hummus was arrested the moment he was released and reached the gate of the Negev desert jail
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli Shin Bet rearrested a Palestinian prisoner the moment he was released from an Israeli jail this morning.
Head of the Committee of Jerusalem’s prisoners’ families, Amjad Abu Asab, said the Israeli Shin Bet rearrested Sultan Khader Abu Hummus (26 years old) from Issawiyyeh in occupied Jerusalem the moment he was released and reached the gate of the Negev desert jail.
He added that the Israeli took Abu Hummus for interrogation at the Maskubiyyeh interrogation center in the occupied Palestinian capital city. Abu Asab added that such rearrests have become an Israeli policy that has been used against Palestinian prisoners to repress them.
Abu Hummus was arrested on July 20, 2013, over joining a Palestinian political party and taking part in grass-roots activities.
The spitting on me, threatening to burn down the store, attacking my daughter and calling her names, vandalizing and all the forms of threats we have come to experience daily are unacceptable and not welcome – regardless of your identity
Toronto (QNN)- A new statement by Kimberly Hawkins, owner of Toronto eatery Foodbenders, reiterated her support for the Palestinian cause as well as all human rights causes.
In the statement, which was published on the official website of Foodbenders, Hawkins revealed that she was called a terrorist and she has been the target of an incitement campaign led by the far right Jewish Defense League (JDL) and the Zionist lobby.
“One woman came to spray paint the Star of David on the storefront window and door, all the while taunting me “call the police.” A reminder the police will not protect me”, she stated. “Others have come to disturb the peace, threaten violence and damage property. The far right Jewish Defense League (JDL) held a rally outside the store, intimidating the building tenants and picking fights with pedestrians. They even spray painted the symbol of a Jewish terrorist group in front of my store. My landlord was threatened with acts of vandalism and arson.”
Hawkins had already been a target of police harrasment, when Foodbenders sidewalk sign posts regarding Regis Kochanski-Paquet and the Not Another Black Life movement in Toronto.
Although of the very serious situation that has been putting Hawkins and her daughter in danger, the police did not do anything, allowing Zionist mobs to vandalize her property and even send death threats to Hawkins and everyone close to her.
Hawkins also noted that members of the JDL have been sharing fake screenshots and media posts to make it look like she said things that she did not. Her social media accounts have been also targeted in hacking attempts and “a new account spreading antisemitic tropes that is gaining followers called @foodbenderstoronto that is not me. Please do not follow it. Report it so we can get it taken down.”
Although of the dangers posed by the Zionist lobby and the biased coverage of the event by Canadian media, Hawkins reiterated her support for Palestine, noting that she never meant to generalize, asserting that the JDL and Zionist journalists were controlling the media. However, she was referring to her personal story with the police and the real life media-smearing of her company and character.
Finally, Hawkins stated that peaceful debate is always welcome.
“The spitting on me, threatening to burn down the store, attacking my daughter and calling her names, vandalizing and all the forms of threats we have come to experience daily are unacceptable and not welcome – regardless of your identity. However, if you want to talk through issues and work together peacefully for justice for all, then you are always welcome.”