5 homeless as Israel demolishes Palestinian home, seizes water pumps

Jewish Israeli family hang out in the water of the natural spring of Ein Al-AUJA in the Jordan Valley West Bank on June 24, 2020 in Ein Al -Auja, West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan, which has drawn international reproval, would entail applying Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank including Jewish settlements, as well as most of the Jordan Valley [Amir Levy/Getty Images]
Jewish Israeli family hang out in the water of the natural spring of Ein Al-AUJA in the Jordan Valley West Bank on June 24, 2020 in Ein Al -Auja, West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan, which has drawn international reproval, would entail applying Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank including Jewish settlements, as well as most of the Jordan Valley 

Israeli forces seized three water pumps yesterday from the town of Beit Ummar, a village north of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, reported Wafa news agency.

Activist Mohammad Awad, told Wafa that Israeli forces, accompanied by intelligence officers, raided an area to the north of the Beit Ummar town, and seized three water pumps owned by local resident Nabil Breigheth, which he uses for irrigation and planting purposes.

In addition, the soldiers summond Breigheth to appear before the Israeli Intelligence at the Gush Etzion detention centre.

Also yesterday, occupation forces demolished a residential house made of bricks and a water well in the village of Farasin, located west of Jenin.

Like hundreds of other Palestinian towns and villages in the West Bank, Farasin is located in ‘Area C’ under the Oslo Accords, putting it under the full Israeli military and administrative control.

Mahmoud Amarneh, head of Farasin village council, told Wafa that the Israeli forces demolished a water well and a 70-square-metre brick house displacing local resident Fayez Amarneh and his family of five.

READ: New secrets about Israel’s withdrawal from the West Bank that has not materialised

He said the military warned the residents that the demolition will be executed following the raid last month, during which the soldiers issued 36 demolition orders for buildings and ancient water wells.

The small hamlet consists mostly of tents and tiny homes made out of cement and tin sheets, scattered across a vast area of more than 6,800 dunams (1,690 acres) of land.

It’s home to around 200 people, mostly shepherds and farmers, a quarter of whom are children under the age of 18.

Israel’s widely practiced policies of home demolitions targeting entire families are acts of illegal collective punishment and come in direct violation of International Human Rights Law.

Amarneh reiterated that the Israeli occupation government wants to take over the village in order to expand nearby illegal settlements.

Most of the international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be illegal.

(Source / 11.08.2020)

Gantz hints that siege may be lifted if Hamas returns soldiers’ remains

Blue and White Party Leader Benny Gantz in Jerusalem on 23 October 2019 [Amir Levy/Getty Images]
Blue and White Party Leader Benny Gantz in Jerusalem on 23 October 2019

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz has hinted that the government could basically lift the siege of Gaza if the remains of soldiers held by Hamas in the territory are returned, the Times of Israel has reported. Two civilians are also believed to be held by the Islamic Resistance Movement.

“We have no interests in Gaza other than total calm and the returning of the boys,” Gantz told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee. “We would be happy to see Gaza blossom, I would be happy to see workers coming out of the Gaza Strip. This can happen under one condition — that the boys are returned home. When this happens, we can open the Gaza Strip.”

Gaza has been under a land, sea and air blockade imposed by Israel and its allies since 2007. The UN and independent human rights organisations point out that the blockade has caused a humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territory.

The blockade has been described by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as, “A denial of basic human rights in contravention of international law [amounting] to collective punishment.”

READ: Hamas and Qatar discuss renewal of grant for Gaza

(Source / 11.08.2020)

Soldiers Demolish A Three-Story Residential Building In Silwan

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, and demolished a three-story residential building under the pretext of being constructed without a permit.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded Wadi Qaddoum neighborhood in Silwan, before surrounding a residential building after imposing a siege on the entire area.

They added that the soldiers then invaded the building, owned by three siblings, identified as Wa’el, Ala’ and Nader Tahhan, before forcing them out, and demolished it.

The soldiers refused to even allow the siblings enough time to remove all their furniture and belongings, before destroying the building.

It is worth mentioning that the building was constructed in the year 1990, and the family has since been paying high fines and fees, exceeding 250.000 Shekels, after the city denied all permit applications.

In June of this year, an Israeli court in Jerusalem ruled against the family and ordered the demolition of the property.

The destruction of the property rendered twenty-five Palestinians, including children, homeless.

On Monday, Israeli soldiers demolished more than four Palestinian homes, in addition to a water reservoir, under the allegations of being built without permits from the Israeli occupation authorities, the same authorities who continue to deny the Palestinians the right to build on their own land to accommodate for their expanding families, while continuing to construct and expand illegal colonies, installed in direct violation of International Law.

(Source / 11.08.2020)

Israel Escalates Demolition Of Palestinian Homes

On Monday alone, Israeli soldiers demolished more than four Palestinian homes, in addition to a water reservoir, under the allegations of being built without permits from the Israeli occupation authorities, the same authorities who continue to deny the Palestinians the right to build on their own land to accommodate for their expanding families, while continuing to construct and expand illegal colonies, installed in direct violation of International Law.

Several army jeeps and bulldozers invaded the Farasin village, west of Jenin in northern West Bank, and demolished a home and a water reservoir used by the Palestinians.

The head of al-Farasin Village Council, Mahmoud Amarna, stated that the soldiers demolished a 250 cubic/meter water reservoir providing the needed water supplies to the villagers.

He added that the soldiers also demolished a 70 square/meter home, owned by Fayez Amarna, rendering five family members, including children, homeless.

It is worth mentioning that, ten days ago, the soldiers invaded the village and handed military orders for the demolition of 36 homes, structures, and water wells, and informed the villagers that their structures will be leveled within a few days.

Around 200 Palestinians live in the al-Farasin, which was officially designated and recognized by the Palestinian Ministerial Council as a village several months ago, however, the Israeli occupation authorities decided to demolish it.

Also on Monday, the soldiers and personnel of the City Council in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, demolished a home, owned by Ibrahim Abu Seeb’a, in the southern part of the city, rendering him and family, homeless.

The soldiers also demolished another home, owned by Khaled Abu Ta’a, in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in Jerusalem, displacing him and his family.

Abu Ta’a told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) that he has six family members, and he recently modified a home for his older son, who is getting married soon. (See link to Silwanic Video)

“Two months after modifying the property, the City Council came and ordered the demolition of the property,” he stated, “I tried all legal venues for more than 18 months, and I tried to obtain a construction permit twice but was denied. In the end, I decided to self-demolish my property to avoid the high fines and fees they impose on the Palestinians if the occupation authorities carry the demolition out.”

“I was only given one month to demolish the property, and other Palestinians here helped me carry the demolition out,” he added, “In the year 1948 when Israel was established in the historic land of Palestine, we were forced out of Lifta village, and we could never return. All these lands, including ours, were part of Lifta village. And now Israel is claiming all these lands have been confiscated.”

“We are surrounded from every direction and are constantly targeted,” Abu Ta’a added, “I have been living here since the year 1961, and in the year 1965 Israel started building colonies, a police station, and parking facility on more than half of my privately-owned lands. There is nothing I can do, even the remaining 85 square/meter of my land, they want it, and they now demolished the home.”

In addition, the soldiers forced another Palestinian family, in the southern part of occupied Jerusalem, to demolish their home, rendering them, including the children, homeless.

The home is owned by Ibrahim Abu Seeb’a, and is built on his land. His children had to watch the destruction of their home, their place of safety while sobbing and crying so that Israel can build its illegal colonies, and other colonialist facilities.

Earlier Monday, the soldiers invaded Khirbit Beit Iskariya village, isolated by the illegal Gush Etzion colonialist bloc, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and demolished a Palestinian home.

Meanwhile in Hebron, in southern West Bank, and amidst the continued destruction of Palestinian homes and property, Israel soldiers installed a new fortified observation room In Tal Abu Jundiyya area, east of Yatta town.

The room, which contains fortified glass overlooks the Palestinian homes in the area, and the illegal Havat Ma’on colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands.

(Source / 11.08.2020)

Facebook Threatens to Censor IMEMC

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(Source / 11.08.2020)

Three families left homeless in Israeli new demolition in Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Crews of the Israeli municipality on Tuesday began emptying a building in the town of Silwan in the occupied Palestinian capital, belonging to the Al-Tahan family, in preparation for it demolition.

QNN’s correspondent reported that crews from the Israeli municipality, accompanied by heavily armed police forces and machinery, stormed the building of the Al-Tahan family in Wadi Qaddum neighborhood in Silwan.

She added that the forces surrounded the house and prevented access to it, then forced its residents to immediately evacuate it in preparation for its demolition after an Israeli court decided to demolish it last June.

The building, which consists of three apartments, has been built since the 1990s. The Israeli municipality had previously informed the family that their building will be demolished under the pretext of having no permit. In 1993, the occupation state had also ordered to confiscate the land of the building in favor of what it called the public benefit.

Jawad Siyam, director of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, pointed out that since the beginning of the year, the Israeli forces have demolished more than 90 buildings, including residential homes, agricultural and commercial installations, fences and barracks.

He added that self-demolitions have doubled in the last two months. The Israeli municipality force Jerusalemites to demolish their homes themselves after threatening to impose fines on them.

The Israeli forces have increased home demolitions in the occupied Jerusalem since the beginning of 2020.

(Source / 11.08.2020)

Israeli forces demolish, confiscate tents and equipment in Susiya

Occupied Hebron (QNN)- Israeli vehicles demolished on Tuesday facilities and equipment in the village of Susiya, south of Yatta, Hebron.

The head of Susiya village council, Jihad Nawajaa, told QNN that the Israeli forces stormed the village in this morning. The forces proceeded to dismantle and demolish a tent that has been used as storage and belonging to Ahmed Nawajaa. All contents of the tent have been confiscated.

He added that the Israeli forces confiscated the roof of another residential under-construction tent belonging to Khaled Nawajaa.

During the confiscation action, confrontations occurred between the Israeli forces and locals of the village, who gathered, trying to prevent the forces that began to attack the Palestinians in order to expel them from the village.

The coordinator of the National Committee against the Wall and the settlements in southern Hebron, Ratib Al-Jabour, said that the Israeli forces stormed the village, demolished the tents, and seized its contents.

Susiya is classified within the “C” areas, according to the Oslo accords, and is located under Israeli security control.

The village of Susiya contains 45 Palestinian families, including nearly 400 persons, and is subjected to a series of continuous violations by the Israeli forces. In 2019, the Israeli forces demolished about eight facilities in the village.

(Source / 11.08.2020)

‘Israel’ arrests 11 Palestinians including whole family last night

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- The Israeli army on Tuesday arrested 11 Palestinians including a whole family of four.

In Hebron, Israeli soldiers arrested Faisal Najjar, his wife Maha, and his sons Muhammad and Musa after breaking into their house in Yatta.

The Israeli army also arrested Abdelfattah Abu Sal (24 years old) at the entry to Al Arroub refugee camp and two other young men in Bethlehem.

Farouq Ibdeir (26 years old) from Aidah refugee camp and Khaled Salhab (32 years old) from central Bethlehem were reportedly arrested as well after breaking into their houses and committing vandalism.

Confrontations erupted in Aidah refugee camp after an Israeli night raid into it. No casualties have been reported.

(Source / 11.08.2020)

‘Israel’ uproots 100 olive trees in Bethlehem

Bethlehem (QNN)- Israeli forces on Tuesday uprooted 100 olive trees from Palestinian land in southern Bethlehem, reported WAFA.

Local sources said Israeli forces uprooted olive trees from Khillat Nahleh near the village of Wadi Rahhal and demolished a retaining wall.

The occupation state had seized 1200 donums of the village to create a settlement outpost.

(Source / 11.08.2020)

Watchdog: Israeli jails became more like ovens during heatwave

Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli jails became more like ovens during the latest heatwave and international human rights organizations should visit Palestinian prisoners, said Ra’fat Hamdouneh, head of Prisoners Studies Center on Sunday.

In a press release, Hamdouneh added that prisoners in Israeli jails suffer from the extremely high heat inside the cells of the Negev desert jail, especially that the sun hits the cells for the whole day, causing much higher temperatures in comparison with the already high temperature outside.

All of that, in addition to the overcrowding in Israeli jails, is a recipe for human ovens.

Hamdouneh stressed that the lack of supervision and accountability, as well as, incitement by the Israeli authorities led to further violations against Palestinian prisoners.

(Source / 11.08.2020)