Medical sources in Tulkarem province announced this afternoon that 11 new cases of the coronavirus have been reported.
According to local sources, the mostly injured were drivers working on the Taybeh commercial crossing line and contacts.
Four casualties were reported in the town of Attil, north of Tulkarem, and others in Tulkarem, Tulkarem, Shuweika, Safarin and Anabta, the sources said.
Medical sources called on contacts to adhere to the quarantine, while preventive medicine teams began to restrict the contact department in preparation for the necessary tests.
The governor of Tulkarem Issam Abu Bakr, chairman of the emergency committee, said that as part of the follow-up to the measures to counter the outbreak of the coronavirus, the town of Attil was closed until Monday evening, at the request of the emergency sub-committee and the municipality of Ateel, and the residents of the town, so that the teams of preventive medicine and the relevant authorities can follow the epidemiological map, in order to preserve the health and safety of citizens.
Governor Abu Bakar stressed in a press statement the need for citizens to abide by the health protocol and preventive measures to counter the threat of the outbreak of the coronavirus, wishing safety to all citizens.
Abdel Nasser Farwana, a specialist in prisoners and freed persons affairs, said today, Friday, that, based on a report issued by the Israeli Prison Administration, detailing the statistical data of Palestinian prisoners and detainees until June 30, 2020, 2789 prisoners have been sentenced against various rulings , Stressing that among these prisoners, 57 children.
Farwana explained that among the prisoners sentenced, there are 1524 prisoners serving sentences for actual imprisonment for periods exceeding 10 years, and among these 180 prisoners serving sentences ranging from 10-15 years, and 308 prisoners serving prison terms for periods ranging from 15-20 years, and 494 prisoners They are serving prison terms of more than 20 years
He fell short of life imprisonment, while the remaining 542 prisoners serving life sentences (for life) for one time or for several times.
In the same context, Farwana pointed out that, in addition to what was mentioned above, 360 prisoners among the prisoners sentenced to prison terms ranging between 5-10 years, and that the rest of the 905 people were sentenced to sentences less than 5 years.
Farwana stressed that the Israeli occupation courts lacked the standards of a fair trial and were never fair, and they are part of an Israeli judiciary based on injustice and oppression and the legitimacy of destroying the life and future of the Palestinian people, and that all its rulings are arbitrary, cruel and illegal.
Stressing that the occupation courts may not prosecute Palestinian citizens for their rejection of injustice and their resistance to occupation, in an attempt to extract their legitimate rights, and to achieve their national goals and live in freedom and dignity.
He explained that the distribution will take place through the post offices in the governorates of the Gaza Strip for 100,000 families, at $100 per family, and the distribution will continue until Wednesday.
He pointed out that all safety measures will be taken during the distribution of the assistance, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Since November 2018, the committee has been paying this monthly assistance and funding development and work programmes in Gaza as part of understandings to stop the activities of the Great March of Return.
Gaza has been under a strict Israeli siege since 2007 and has been subjected to three destructive Israeli wars during this siege.
Israeli forces, on Friday, detained four Palestinians, including a Fatah activist, from Jerusalem and Tubas districts, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.
The sources confirmed that Israeli soldiers detained a Fatah activist, identified as, Sami Abu Ghalieh, after ransacking his home in al-Eizariya town, southeast of occupied Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from Tubas city, northern West bank, after invading their homes.
On Thursday, the Israeli army detained ten Palestinians from the West Bank, including the Secretary of the Fatah Movement, and a former deputy in the Legislative Council.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed that four civilians were detained by Israeli soldiers, from Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, identified as, Nizar Ramadan, a former prisoner and the former deputy in the Legislative Council, as well as his son, Ahmed.
In addition, two more former prisoners, Alaa Abdel-Ghani Mujahid, and Issa Khairy Al-Jabari, were detained, the latter subsequently being released.
Secretary-General of the Fatah movement, Adham al-Hindi, was detained by the Israeli military, after ransacking his home in the Shu’fat refugee camp on the outskirts of occupied Jerusalem.
From Bethlehem, in southern West Bank, Israeli soldiers detained, Ahmed Burhan Daraghmeh, 19, Omar Yousef Manna, 21.
Southwest of Jericho, the Israeli forces detained two teens from the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp, identified as, Muhammad Talib Yaghi, 17, as well as Abdullah Mahmoud Yaghi, 19.
From al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, in the central West Bank, Israeli troops took Mahmoud al-Ghaliz, 18, into custody.
Important to note that a group of undercover Israeli agents, disguised as Arabs, on Wednesday evening, abducted Izz al-Din Abu Subaih, in the town of Al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem, when he was standing outside his store.
By Adalah The Legal Center For Arab Minority Rights in Israel: 23/07/2020: Israel’s top court rejects Adalah petition demanding Israel implement COVID-19 protective guidelines for prisoners at Gilboa prison; 30 prison guards and 7 prisoners are infected while 489 guards and 58 prisoners are in quarantine.
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled late on Thursday, 23 July 2020, that Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons have no right to social distancing protection against the COVID-19 virus.
The court had convened earlier in the day to hear a petition filed by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel demanding that the Israel Prison Service (IPS) and Israel’s Public Security Ministry take all necessary actions to protect from a COVID-19 outbreak the 450 prisoners – overwhelmingly Palestinians – who are classified as “security prisoners” in the overcrowded Gilboa prison.
Adalah Attorney Myssana Morany, who submitted the petition on behalf of the families of two Palestinian prisoners, responded to the ruling by the top Israeli court:
“Israel’s Supreme Court has chosen to accept the fiction pitched to it by Israeli authorities that COVID-19 social distancing policies – essential for everyone else – are not relevant to the Palestinian ‘security prisoners’ it holds behind bars. This precedent-setting ruling endangers the lives and health of Palestinians held by Israel – and poses a threat to society as a whole. It flies in the face of health and human rights professionals around the world who have called for social distancing within prisons, and leaves Palestinians held by Israel exposed to the virus with no option to protect themselves.”
The Supreme Court justices accepted the claim promoted by Israeli state authorities that Palestinians held in prison are no different than family members or flatmates living in the same home, completely ignoring the fact that prisoners are held under duress and Israeli authorities are responsible for their health and the conditions of their incarceration.
The court ruling has freed the IPS from the obligation to maintain, and or even strive for, safe social distancing in the cells of Palestinian “security prisoners”. This runs contrary to basic COVID-19 health practices employed by prison authorities around the world.
Last night’s ruling also illustrates the Israeli Supreme Court’s continued avoidance throughout the period of the COVID-19 pandemic to hear petitions related to ensuring the protection of prisoners’ rights.
The Supreme Court further ruled that Adalah is liable for covering NIS 5,000 in court expenses.
In the petition, Adalah demanded that the Israel Prison Service (IPS) and Israel’s Public Security Ministry implement Israeli Health Ministry social distancing guidelines for the prisoners held in this facility, located in the north of the country.
Materials given by state authorities to the Supreme Court and discussed in yesterday’s hearing stressed that social distancing restrictions should not apply to family members or individuals who live together, but nevertheless, they also recognized the need to reduce the population density inside Israeli facilities amongst prisoners serving time for criminal sentences.
Adalah Attorney Myssana Morany commented immediately following the hearing:“Israeli authorities claimed today in court that social distancing policies essential for protecting prisoners serving time for criminal charges are somehow not relevant for ‘security prisoners’. The Israel Prison Service should have stood together with us today and demanded that it be granted the means to protect the people for whose health and safety it holds direct responsibility. We were, instead, subject to absurd arguments equating prisons with family living rooms, while prisoners continue to be forced to come into daily contact with guards potentially exposed to COVID-19 outside the prison walls.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ISRAELI PRISONS
Six prisoners are housed in cells 22 square meters in size (including a shared toilet and bathroom) that contain three bunkbeds in Gilboa Prison. Under these conditions, prisoners are unable to adhere to Israeli Health Ministry’s social distancing guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, thus endangering their safety and lives.
Israeli state representatives provided the court with updated figures on the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic inside IPS detention facilities:
30 IPS employees are infected with COVID-19
7 prisoners (including 2 security prisoners) are infected with COVID-19
489 IPS employees are in quarantine
58 prisoners (including 10 security prisoners) are in quarantine
The IPS has conducted 9,124 COVID-19 tests, some 4,000 of which were for prisoners
Adalah made repeated attempts to obtain information from the IPS about the conditions under which the Palestinian prisoners are detained, especially in view of their exclusion from new measures intended to reduce prison density. While Israel has recently released hundreds of prisoners during the COVID-19 crisis due to overcrowding, no Palestinians classified as security prisoners have been released.
In response to a pre-COVID-19 petition filed by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Israeli prison facilities must guarantee a minimum living space of 4.5 square meters per prisoner. The IPS has not abided by this Supreme Court ruling.
Case Citation: HCJ 2904/20, Adalah et. al. v. Israel Prison Service, et. al.
Undercover Israeli police abducted, on Thursday, a 12-year-old Palestinian child from the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of al-‘Isawiya, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.
Witnesses revealed that undercover agents were seen getting out of a civilian vehicle, and abducting Moath Ewewi, 12, taking him to an unknown location.
Undercover Israeli forces, known as Musta’ribeen, are special agents who dress as Palestinians, so they can easily carry out abductions, within Palestinian towns and villages, according to the Palestinian Information Center.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) reported that the child was released, on Friday, and quoted the child as saying:
“I was looking at the house, they attacked me, undercover, they put on masks, took out weapons, and took me … My mother came and released me … They beat me on the head and my hands, and they insulted me.”
A new report released by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) has documented 259 violations committed against Palestinian journalists by Israeli Forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since the beginning of this year.
The head of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, Nasser Abu Bakr, said during a press conference that of the 259 total violations, 59 were committed in occupied East Jerusalem, indicating the seriousness of the matter because Palestinian journalists are targeted by the Israeli occupation authorities to prevent media coverage of the Israeli military’s illegal activities in the city.
He said the PJS has submitted a file to the International Criminal Court on Israel’s violation of Palestinian journalists, including murdering some and maiming others.
Mohammad Lahham, who heads the Freedom of the Press Committee, said 14 journalists were injured by Israeli army bullets in the first six months of this year, seven were directly hit by teargas canisters, concussion bombs or skunk water, and 41 suffered from teargas inhalation.
He said at the same press conference that the Israeli occupation forces have arrested 17 Palestinian journalists, detained 96 others, brought 16 journalists in front of Israeli courts, summoned for interrogation 7 journalists, targeted 50 journalists, while 17 journalists had to be hospitalized after they were attacked by soldiers.
Lahham also said that the Facebook corporation was an active participant in the violations against Palestinian journalists when it censored their content and accounts, adding that the PJS has documented 700 violations against freedom of the press, with more than 95 percent of them committed by Facebook, which repeatedly gave in to Israeli pressure and either blocked Palestinian publications or closed accounts of journalists and activists without providing a sufficient explanation.
Qalqilya (QNN)- Four protesters were reportedly wounded while ten other suffocated on Friday during the Israeli repression of a weekly peaceful protest in Kafr Qaddum.
Dozens of locals marched in the village’s weekly protest against the Israeli settlement and demanding that the Israelis open the entry to their village, which has been closed for over 16 years.
The spokesman for the popular resistance in the village, Murad Ishtewi, said two young men were wounded with rubber-coated metal rounds and two others were injuries while escaping from Israeli soldiers.
Israeli soldiers targeted the protesters using ribber-coated meal bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades, leaving dozens of suffocation cases.
Six years have passed since the last bloody war on the Gaza Strip, but Palestinian Saber Abu Nahl is still moving from one house to another after he lost his home to Israeli airstrikes in the northern Al-Nada neighborhood.
Abu Nahl, who works as a taxi driver, was one of hundreds who lost their homes during the conflict.
“The rent fees overwhelmed me and I dream day and night to go back to home,” said Abu Nahl, 43.
The war launched by Israel against Gaza, which lasted from July 8 till Aug. 26, 2014, destroyed 12,000 housing units and partially destroyed 160,000, of which 6,600 were uninhabitable, according to the Ministry of Works and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), in cooperation with the UN Development Program.
More than 1,500 housing units are yet to be rebuilt and their owners are homeless, according to the non-governmental organization People’s Committee to Face the Siege.
Abu Nahl, who supports a family of seven, lives in a modest rental home in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The former owner of the house forced him to leave because he could not pay the estimated monthly rent of $117.
Like other homeowners ruined by the war, Abu Nahl was receiving financial aid from the UNRWA as an allowance for the value of rent until they returned to their homes after reconstruction.
However, UNRWA has stopped paying the allowance since 2018. Abu Nahl disagreed with the decision and accused Palestinian forces of breaking promises.
“The UNRWA is lying, the Palestinian factions do not care about us and we are homeless without any horizon,” he said.
“Many days I return to my children with not enough to feed them, so how do I manage their affairs and pay the rent in light of a devastating economic situation?”
Since the 2014 conflict, the Gaza Strip has endured fighting between Hamas and other factions, and Israel.
Nevin Barakat is no better off than Abu Nahl, and despite receiving a new apartment at the beginning of the year, she still feels the painful effects of the war, where she lost her home.
The Al-Nada neighborhood apartment was destroyed, and Barakat, her husband Rami, and her five children took refuge in a school shelter. But an Israeli artillery shell hit the classroom where she was staying, killing her husband and wounding her children.
Although she was happy to move her children to the new apartment, the “ghosts of war” still affect Barakat, who fears another war could displace them again.
“I lost my husband at the age of 37. I want to live in peace and raise my children.” she said.
Osama Drabieh, a member of the destroyed homeowners’ committee in the Al-Nada neighborhood, said: “It is true that most destroyed homes in the neighborhood have been rebuilt, but residents are afraid a new war will bring back the suffering.”
Drabieh, a retired civil servant, returned to his new apartment at the beginning of the year after six long years of separation from his family.
“We have suffered a lot from the burden of destroyed housing and we cannot tolerate any new war that will destroy what has been rebuilt,” he said.
“The impact of the previous war is still visible on our bodies, homes, factories and streets.”
Jamal Al-Khudari, head of the People’s Committee to Face the Siege, said that more than 1,500 housing units have still not been rebuilt after the 2014 war.
More than 500 factories were also severely damaged during the fighting, he said.
“The reality in the Gaza Strip remains difficult, exceptional and tragic,” Al-Khudari said.
Six years after the war, life on the Gaza Strip faces the growing threats of a deteriorating economy, poverty and unprecedented unemployment rates.