The International Committee to Support Gaza has called on the world community to save Gaza amid Israeli’s ongoing aggression, siege and the spread of COVID-19.
This came in a statement by Essam Yousef, head of the Committee.
Yousef called on charitable institutions that support the Palestinian people to “expedite the organisation of urgent relief campaigns for the health sector in Gaza, in addition to providing food aid and parcels for poor families.”
Relatedly, the UN’s Middle East Peace Process Coordinator, Nickolay Mladenov, has expressed concern about an imminent escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip.
The security situation in Gaza and its environs is deteriorating rapidly, at a time when the Gaza Strip is witnessing a fast increase in cases of coronavirus infections among the population.
In Gaza, the Ministry of Health announced on the weekend that the total number of infected cases in the Strip since last March had reached 192, including 3 deaths, and 72 recovered cases.
Throughout the past 3 weeks the security situation Gaza has remained extremely tense in light of the continued launching of incendiary balloons from the Strip, and the Israeli army’s response with bombing raids on different parts of the territory.
Launchers of the incendiary balloons, which ignite fires in Israeli areas adjacent to Gaza Strip, say they seek to force Israel to abide by the cease-fire understandings that include easing the siege on Gaza.
The Israeli government have also decided to tighten the siege by preventing the entry of fuel and building materials into Gaza, closing the sea completely and preventing fishermen from fishing.
Musa Zahran, 53, a Palestinian under administrative detention in Israeli prison, ended his 15 day hunger strike, on Sunday, to protest his detention without a charge or trial, according to the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission.
Hasan Abd Rabbu, the media advisor of the Detainees Affairs Commission, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Zahran made the decision to end his hunger strike when the Israel Prison Service agreed not to renew his current six-month administrative detention order.
Zahran, from Deir Abu Mesh’al, has already served a total of five years in Israeli prisons, and is currently in solitary confinement at Ofer detention facility.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society stated that the detainee, Maher al-Akhras, on Friday, was transferred to Ramla Clinic when his condition deteriorated.
As of Sunday, Al-Akhras, 49, from the town of Silat al-Dhahr in Jenin, has been on hunger strike for 35 consecutive days.
The Palestinian Information Center reported that al-Akhras is now suffering from weight loss, severe fatigue, headaches and joint pains, he is refusing medical intervention.
The PPS added that Abd al-Rahman Shuaibat, 30, has been on hunger strike for 11 days, in protest of his administrative detention in the “Negev desert” prison.
Three prisoners from Deheisheh camp, Mustafa Al-Hasanat, 22, Ramiz Melhem, 23, and Yazan Balawi, 22, began hunger strikes 6 days ago, to reject their administrative detention in the Megiddo prison.
Mutassim Samara, 42, from Tulkarem, began a hunger strike 4 days ago, in protest of his administrative detention. Samara is a former prisoner who spent more than 17 years in occupation prisons. He is being held at the “Negev Desert” prison.
Another Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike is Mohamed Wahdan, from Rantis town in Ramallah, who has refused food for 26 days to reject his administrative detention, according to the PIC.
*ستة أسرى يواصلون معركتهم بالإضراب عن الطعام رفضاً لاعتقالهم الإداري* *الأسير ماهر الأخرس مضرب منذ (35) يوماً ويواجه ظروفاً صحية صعبة* رام الله – نادي الأسير: يواصل ستة أسرى في سجون الاحتلال الإسرائيلي إضرابهم المفتوح عن الطعام رفضاً لاعتقالهم الإداري، أقدمهم الأسير ماهر الأخرس من جنين. ولفت نادي الأسير إلى أن الأسير الأخرس (49 عاماً) من بلدة سيلة الظهر في جنين يواجه ظروفاً صحية صعبة بعد أن وصل في إضرابه لليوم (35) على التوالي، وإلى جانب معركة الإضراب فإنه يرفض أخذ المدعمات وإجراء الفحوص الطبية، وقد جرى نقله مؤخراً من زنازين سجن “عوفر” إلى سجن “عيادة الرملة”. وأوضح نادي الأسير أن الأسير الأخرس وهو أب لستة أبناء، أصغرهم طفلته تقى، وكانت سلطات الاحتلال قد اعتقله في شهر تموز الماضي، وحولته إلى الاعتقال الإداري لأربعة شهور جرى تثبيتها لاحقاً. وأضاف نادي الأسير أن أربعة أسرى آخرين من بيت لحم يواصلون إضرابهم عن الطعام وهم: عبد الرحمن شعيبات (30 عاماً)، وهو مضرب منذ (11) يوماً رفضاً لاعتقاله الإداري ويقبع في زنازين سجن “النقب الصحراوي”، إضافة إلى ثلاثة أسرى من مخيم الدهيشة شرعوا في الإضراب منذ تاريخ الرابع والعشرين من آب/ أغسطس الجاري رفضاً لاعتقالهم الإداري، وذلك وفقاً لعائلاتهم، وهم: مصطفى الحسنات (22 عاماً)، ورامز ملحم (23 عاماً)، ويزن بلعاوي (22 عاماً)، علماً أن ثلاثتهم أسرى سابقين، ويقبعون في سجن “مجدو”. والتحق في الإضراب عن الطعام منذ أربعة أيام الأسير معتصم سمارة (42 عاماً) من طولكرم رفضاً لاعتقاله الإداري، علماً أنه أسير سابق قضى ما مجموعه في سجون الاحتلال أكثر من 17 عاماً، منها 15 عاماً بشكل متواصل، علماً أنه معتقل في تاريخ 7 نوفمبر 2019، ويقبع في زنازين سجن “النقب الصحراوي”.
On Sunday, August 30th, Israeli forces invaded the Damascus Gate area leading into the Old City of Jerusalem, and abducted four Palestinians, three of whom were women, according to local sources.
The four have been identified as Ahmed Abu Al-Roumi, his sister Sajeda, Yasmine Qaisiya, and Naomi Al-Dar.
In addition, the local sources said that the Israeli forces beat the Palestinians before abducting them. They were taken by Israeli police to an unknown destination. Usually Palestinians abducted in this way are beaten, interrogated and held without charges for six month sentences known as ‘administrative detention’, during which they are given no access to legal counsel or any indication as to why they are being held.
The Damascus Gate, known in Arabic as Bab Al-Amud, has historically been the main entry for Palestinians into the Old City of Jerusalem. As the Israeli colonial authorities have pushed Palestinians out of the Old City, demolishing their businesses, harassing the marketplace vendors and attacking, beating and shooting Palestinians in the area, it has become less and less used by Palestinians.
Historically, the Damascus Gate has been known as the entry to East Jerusalem, known as more of a Palestinian area than West Jerusalem (although before Israeli occupation, it was all Palestinian). But now, Israeli authorities have encroached further and further into East Jerusalem to colonize neighborhoods and areas that have been Palestinian-owned for thousands of years.
United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
27 inhabited homes demolished since the start of the pandemic, despite announced moratorium.
Ten additional structures demolished using expedited procedure (Military Order 1797).
Four humanitarian aid structures demolished and another eight placed at risk.
In July, the Israeli authorities demolished or seized 72 Palestinian-owned structures, all on grounds of a lack of building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain. This is over 30 per cent above the monthly average during the first half of 2020 and nearly 40 per cent above the 2019 monthly average. A total of 33 people were displaced as a result and over 350 others had their livelihoods or access to services affected. A total of 388 structures have been demolished or seized as of end July 2020, a slight increase compared with the same period in 2019.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020, a total of 27 inhabited homes in Area C and East Jerusalem that were in place prior to that date, were demolished or seized on grounds of lack of Israeli building permits: 159 Palestinians, including 89 children were displaced as a result. Seven of these homes were demolished by their owners, to avoid additional costs and losses. These demolitions occurred despite a moratorium announced by the Israeli authorities in the context of the pandemic; in mid-July the Israeli authorities indicated that the moratorium will be discontinued in East Jerusalem.
In Area C, a total of 55 structures were demolished or seized in July: the Hebron Governorate, which remains the epicenter of the pandemic, continues to be the most affected, followed by Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
On 21 July, the Israeli authorities demolished a building on the outskirts of Hebron city: while the Hebron Municipality claimed it was planned to be used as a COVID-19 testing center, the Israeli authorities have contested this claim. The demolition was carried out on the basis of Military Order 1797, which allows for the expedited removal of unlicensed structures deemed as “new”, within 96 hours of the issuance of the ‘removal order’. The UN has repeatedly raised concerns about this procedure, which significantly narrows the ability of affected people to be heard before a judicial body. Another nine structures were demolished in July on the basis of this order.
The largest incident took place on 2 July, in a herding community in the central Jordan Valley, where the Israeli authorities demolished 12 structures, including four residential tents; the latter were not inhabited at the time of the incident due to the seasonal movement of the affected family. The community is located in an area designated as a ‘firing zone’ for Israeli military training. Another six structures were demolished or seized in four Palestinian Bedouin communities in Area C of the Jerusalem governorate, within or next to an area slated for the expansion of the Ma’ale Adumim settlement (the E1 plan).
Also, in Area C, on 29 July, the Israeli authorities handed over 15 stop-work orders and three ‘removal orders’ under the expedited process (Military Order 1797) targeting homes, public facilities and livelihood-related structures in the herding community of Fraseen (Jenin). This community is located between the Israeli settlement of Hermesh and a settlement outpost established about a year ago as an agricultural farm, and virtually all its structures are now at risk of demolition.
Four of the structures demolished or seized by the Israeli authorities in July had been provided as humanitarian assistance, at a value of over 6,000 euros. There has been a slight decline in targeting of donor-funded structures in the first seven months of 2020, compared with the same period last year (65 vs. 71). In one community, another eight donor-funded aid structures, which cost over 21,000 euros, received stop work orders.
In East Jerusalem, a total of 17 structures were demolished this month, including three self-demolished by their owners.This is slightly above the monthly average of structures targeted during the first half of 2020, but in line with the 2019 monthly average. Five of the structures demolished were in Al-‘Isawiya neighborhood, where the Israeli authorities also leveled several dunams of lands, alongside ongoing police operations.
Important to note that on 19 February 2020, the Municipality of West Jerusalem announced that it would freeze the demolition of houses in Al-‘Isawiya neighborhood for six months.
The Israeli occupation authorities prevented 5 Palestinian families from traveling, for the same reason, after the Palestinian Authority stopped security coordination with “Israel”
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to intervene to stop the Israeli occupation from banning Palestinian families who have given new babies recently from traveling abroad.
Ahmed Al-Deek, the political advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in a press statement that the Israeli occupation authorities prevented a Palestinian family, heading to Chicago, from crossing to Jordan, under the pretext that their youngest son, Laith Muhammad Ali Ahmed, was not included in the father’s ID card. However, the father said he registered his child in his ID card one week after his birth.
Al-Deek added that this decision is “part of the collective punishment imposed on our people” and a “clear violation of international law and the duties imposed on the occupying power towards the occupied people and their freedom of movement.”
The Israeli occupation authorities prevented 5 Palestinian families from traveling, for the same reason, after the Palestinian Authority stopped security coordination with “Israel”, thus, stopping the transfer of birth records in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the Israeli authorities.
According to the statistics of the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, more than 25,000 Palestinians have been born since the security coordination was stopped.
‘This is a very hopeful time and I believe that so much peace and prosperity is possible in this region and throughout the world,’ US top official, who boarded the plane, said
After more than 70 years of aggression on Palestinian and Arab rights, United Arab Emirates (UAE) is receiving first Israeli plane taking off directly from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi.
This Israeli plane is setting the course for what Israeli and UAE’s officials expect to rapidly become a much-traveled route after formal diplomatic relations were established.
On board of the place, senior US and Israeli officials are heading to the UAE to lay the groundwork for the peace deal between Israel and the UAE, which was brokered by the US and announced earlier this month.
Paving the way for a similar peace deal with the criminal state of Israel, the Israeli plane flew over Saudi Arabia’s soil en route to Abu Dhabi.
“We are about to board a historic flight, the first commercial flight in history between Israel to a Gulf Arab country,” said senior White House adviser Jared Kushner before boarding the plane.
“While this is a historic flight, we hope that this will start an even more historic journey for the Middle East and beyond,” he added.
He continued: “This is a very hopeful time and I believe that so much peace and prosperity is possible in this region and throughout the world.”
UAE officials, who forged the peace deal with the Israeli occupation are likely forgetting the Israeli crimes carried out against the Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims for more than 70 years, including the Israeli attack on Al Aqsa Mosque, which is the third holiest place for Muslims around the world.
Israeli settlers and army often chase the shepherds and force them to leave the pastures or confiscate their herd
Israeli Jewish settler rammed his car into herd of sheep in occupied West Bank, killing nine sheep and wounding 11 others, eyewitnesses said on Sunday.
The herd is owned by a Palestinian farmer in Masafer Yatta in the south of the occupied West Bank, the eyewitnesses said.
Coordinator of the Popular and National Committees in Yatta and Southern Hebron, Rateb al-Jabour, said that the Israeli settler deliberately rammed into the herd owned by Ayed al-Shawaheen near the illegal Israeli settlement of Maon.
Masafer Yatta residents, who are mainly Bedouins, make a living of raising livestock, mainly sheep, and they often roam the open pastures in that area to feed their herd.
Israeli settlers and army often chase the shepherds and force them to leave the pastures or confiscate their herd.
The Head of Hamas Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, has called for an end to more than 12 years of Israeli all-out siege on the coastal enclave, promising that it will spare no effort to achieve this goal.
In a statement released on Sunday, Haniyeh said that Hamas will continue to make efforts to end all forms of blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Elsewhere in the statement, the Hamas leader expressed his confidence in the mediation efforts being made by Egypt and Qatar to end the Israeli blockade on Gaza.
In late July, Hamas said that the movement had turned down a $15-billion development aid offer conditioned on disarming.
According to Haniyeh, the hefty aid offer had been made in the context of US President Donald Trump’s highly provocative ‘peace’ plan, which would allocate billions to Gaza for development if implemented.
Trump had given Tel Aviv the green light to annex large parts of the West Bank and Jordan Valley in his self-proclaimed “deal of the century,” which was unveiled in January with the aim of legitimizing Israel’s occupation and re-drawing the Middle East map.
The scheme has drawn global condemnation. Still, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is determined to carry on with it.
Trump’s plan largely gives in to Israel’s demands while carving out a Palestinian state with limited control over its own security and borders, enshrining the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.”
Under the US scheme, the future Palestinian state will consist of scattered lands linked together via bridges and tunnels. The plan also denies Palestinian refugees the right of return to their homeland, among other controversial terms.
Hamas has been defending the Palestinian cause against Israel for years.
The Gaza Strip has been under an inhumane Israeli land, air and sea siege since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008. Israeli forces conduct regular air raids on Palestinians in Gaza under the pretext of hitting Hamas targets.
The Israeli siege has caused a decline in the standard of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.
The ministry warned of a shortage of necessary medical supplies to curb the virus outbreak due to the 14-year Israeli blockade on the strip.
Israel has imposed a crippling siege on the Gaza Strip in 2007 after Palestinian group Hamas seized control of the territory from its rival group Fatah, badly affecting livelihood in the Palestinian enclave.