The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, fourteen Palestinians, including the brother of a woman was killed by the army on August 7th, from several parts of the occupied West Bank.
The PPS office in Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, said the soldiers abducted Mohammad Obeid Nawawra, 20, and Bader Sa’id Nawawra, 24, from their homes in Al-Mawaleh Mountain area.
It added that the soldiers also detained Firas al-Yamani, after storming his home in Hindaza Mountain area, but released him a few hours later.
In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ahmad Etsitty, the brother of Dalia Sammoudi, 23, who was killed by Israeli army fire, on August 7th, during an army invasion into the city. The woman, a mother of two children, including a newborn.
Dalia woke up to feed her hungry newborn and tried to close a window to prevent the tear-gas from seeping into her home before she was shot with a live round in the chest.
The soldiers also abducted a young man, identified as Raed Anas Hathnawi, after stopping him at the Za’tara military roadblock, south of Nablus.
In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted two young men, Nasser Barghouthi and Salah Barghouthi, from their homes in Beit Rima and Deir Ghassana town, northwest of Ramallah.
In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Amir Yousef Awad, 22, from his home in Beit Ummar town, north of the city.
In Salfit, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Zahi ad-Deek, Husam al-Ahmad and Majd Dhamra, from their homes in Kafr ed-Deek town, west of the city.
In related news, the soldiers invaded the home of Sa’id Zeidan, the mayor of Deir Istiya town, near Salfit, and interrogated him, in addition to threatening to hurt and abduct him if Palestinian protesters continue to throw stones and Molotov cocktails at the army vehicles in the bypass road.
They also told the mayor that he must stop the preparations for paving a new agricultural road for the farmers.
The governor of Salfit, Abdullah Kamil, denounced the escalating violations against the Palestinians and their lands, and added that the Palestinians will remain steadfast despite the Israeli attacks.
In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted two children, identified as Iyad Obeid and Mahmoud Obeid from their homes in the al-‘Isawiya town, in addition to a former political prisoner, Nihad Zghayyar, 42, from the Old City.
In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Nasr Abdullah Daraghma, from his home in the city.
Israeli soldiers shot, Thursday, two Palestinians near the gate of the Annexation Wall, in Far’un village, south of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and in Shweika area, north of the city.
Medical sources said the two Palestinians were shot in their lower extremities and were rushed to Thabet Thabet Governmental hospital in Tulkarem.
The soldiers did not attempt to abduct the Palestinians after shooting them from a distance and did not offer any medical attention.
It is worth mentioning that many Palestinians have been shot in the same areas on numerous occasions, in addition to similar violations across the West Bank, as the soldiers constantly target Palestinians trying to cross the gate of the illegal Annexation Wall.
Several fanatic illegal Israeli colonists, squatting on stolen Palestinian lands, burnt a bulldozer, and attacked a home, in ‘Aseera al-Qibliyya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists torched a bulldozer, owned by Ali al-Issa and Mohammad Hamdan.
Daghlas added that the colonists also wrote racist, anti-Palestinian, on several walls in the village.
The official also stated that the colonists attacked a home, owned by Abdul-Basset Ahmad, before the locals rushed to the aid of the family and forced the Israeli assailants away.
Israeli soldiers then invaded the area and started firing gas bombs at the Palestinians, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
In related news, Israeli colonists invaded Yasuf village, east of the central West Bank city of Salfit, and punctured the tires of three cars, owned by Rida Ateyyani, Mahmoud Mahfouth, and Mustafa Ahmad.
A heartbreaking report by Israeli journalist Gideon Levy has laid bare the story of 22-year old Jalal Sharafi, who died last month when his urgent application to transfer to an Israeli hospital for a bone marrow transplant was delayed.
According to Levy, Jalal’s life could probably have been saved if the Civil Administration in the territories had allowed him to be moved to an Israeli hospital on time.
Jalal was an otherwise healthy young man who was stricken with an unknown illness in mid-March – he felt weak, his skin was pale, he was worried that it might be cancer.
So his father, 47-year old Nasser Sharafi, immediately brought him to the Inodnesian Hospital in Gaza, where he works as head of the Maintenance Department.
Jalal, who just graduated from Al-Quds University in the Department of Education and planned to become a teacher, on July 16th became the latest victim of the Israeli military government that rules every aspect of life for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
Israeli officials attempted to put the blame on the Palestinian Authority for having recently announced that they will no longer coordinate the Israeli military’s obtuse and difficult permit process on their behalf. But the Palestinian Authority officials say the blame lies squarely on Israel, which has maintained its brutal and despicable martial law over the Palestinian Territories since occupying the Territories with its military in 1967.
In his article, Levy detailed the process that led to Jalal’s premature and preventable death:
He writes, [Jalal] “was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a disease in which the bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells, of all varieties. Sharafi’s doctors promised him that he would not die; his disease could be treated…
“From that day, March 23, until the day he died, Sharafi remained in Rantisi Hospital. His immune system became impaired and there was concern of infections.
“He received all of the treatment Rantisi could provide, but his body did not respond and his condition did not improve. A few weeks later, the hospital reached the conclusion that only a bone-marrow transplant could save him. On May 4, Sharafi was given a referral by the hospital for a transplant at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. His condition begin to deteriorate, he had a constant high fever, but overall the situation was still not dire.
“On July 7, Sharafi was told that he had an appointment for further diagnosis and a bone-marrow transplant at Sheba on July 12. He and his family looked forward to the day eagerly. They had heard that Sheba was one of Israel’s biggest hospitals and hoped its staff would save his life. Like all young Gazans, Sharafi had never been outside the Strip; his whole life had been spent between Gaza City and Rafah.
“The personnel in Sheba tried to arrange for the new patient’s arrival via the Israeli District Coordination and Liaison Office, but it emerged that Sharafi was denied entry for ‘security’ reasons. Although he was by now almost completely bedridden, he apparently still constituted a clear and present danger to the safety of the State of Israel.”
In addition, Israeli authorities denied a permit for his mother to accompany him, saying she was also banned for undisclosed “security reasons”. The family turned to Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, who managed to get Jalal’s permit approved – but not his mother’s.
As the appointment was quickly approaching, the family scrambled to find another family member who would be acceptable to the Israeli authorities – but had no idea what criteria would deem a family member acceptable to the Israeli military security.
They tried a 60-year old uncle – but his application was denied for ‘security reasons’. Finally, they found a distant relative who would be acceptable to Israel – Rawaida Sharafi, 60. By the time her permit was approved, however, the border had closed for the night and the appointment at the hospital would need to be rescheduled.
So when the ambulance finally arrived to take Jalal from Rantisi Hospital in Gaza City to cross through the Erez checkpoint into Israel to get to Sheba hospital for a bone marrow transplant, it was already too late.
Jalal had taken his last breath just an hour before the ambulance arrived.
According to Physicians for Human Rights, during June and July, the organization handled 195 urgent requests of seriously ill patients, most of them suffering from cancer – five times more than the usual. Only half the requests were approved by Israel.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced on July 21st the establishment of a temporary coordination mechanism by the end of July. This mechanism was supposed to function in place of the PA-Israel coordination mechanism which was suspended in June due to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s annexation plan.
Under the new mechanism, the United Nations – through the World Health Organization (WHO) – was to mediate between the Palestinian Civilian Affairs Committee, which is responsible for filing permit applications on behalf of the PA, and the Israeli authorities at Erez Crossing. However, despite the UN’s statement and its efforts to launch the temporary coordination mechanism, the mechanism has yet to begin operations.
Even though Israel currently permits treatment only in urgent cases, only half of the applications submitted via Physicians for Human Rights – Israel in June and July received approval. In most of these cases, Israeli authorities did not provide an answer in time so that patients missed their scheduled appointments and were forced to re-apply. At least three Gaza patients – two infants and a 22-year-old man – died after being referred for urgent, lifesaving treatment outside Gaza that they were denied by Israeli authorities.
Delays at Erez Crossing: In some cases, even though their permit request had been approved, patients who arrived at Erez Crossing were detained there for a long time before being allowed through the crossing, while others were even sent home. The paper also reports the case of a patient with leukemia who was detained at Erez Crossing for four hours and was questioned by the ISA (Israel Security Agency) as he lay in an ambulance – in contravention of medical ethics – before being allowed to leave Gaza to receive his medical treatment.
Recently Israeli authorities have instituted the stipulation that applications would not be reviewed unless patients provide the results of medical tests they have undergone, such as MRI, X-rays and biopsies. This requirement constitutes a further burden on patients and in many cases causes delays in handling the applications.
Bogus claims that treatment is available in the Gaza Strip: In order to obtain medical treatment outside Gaza, patients must prove to the Israeli authorities that the therapy they need is unavailable in the Gaza Strip. Over the past two months, several cases have been documented of oncology patients who were refused permits to leave Gaza on the grounds that the therapy they need is available in Gaza, even though this was not the case.
Providing last-minute answers: In a substantial proportion of applications, a decision is only given at the very last minute, sometimes as late as the day that the patient has to leave for treatment. This situation does not give patients the opportunity to properly prepare either for the trip or for the duration of hospitalization or treatment, and imposes additional strain and tension to an already stressful situation.
PHRI stated: “Every day that goes by without the international mechanism in operation takes a toll in human life. Ultimately, since Israel has control over the crossings and decides all matters regarding patients’ travel for treatment, Israel must act to safeguard patients’ lives until a solution is found. In the long run, such a solution necessitates lifting the blockade imposed on Gaza and ensuring free access between the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Until that time Israeli authorities must rescind the stringent criteria it has imposed and also allow patients in non-emergency situations to leave Gaza for treatment. In addition, Israel must revise the online form for applying for permits to leave Gaza for medical treatment so that patients can easily check on the review status of their application. Finally, Israel must ensure that responses to applications are provided in a timely manner that is compatible with the urgency of the medical condition.”
The Israeli Air Force fired, on Thursday at dawn, many missiles into several parts of the Gaza Strip, causing damage to many buildings, including twenty homes and at least one school, in addition to targeting farmlands.
Media sources said the army fired at least three missiles into a post, reportedly run by an armed resistance group in Gaza, in addition to another post in the central district, and a security center in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza.
They added that the soldiers fired more missiles into a post in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, and farmlands in the
Sofa area in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli missiles also caused damage to more than twenty Palestinian homes, west of Gaza city; there have been no immediate reports of injuries.
The Israeli army said it was retaliating to the launching of flammable balloons from the Gaza Strip into nearby Israeli settlements over the past week.
The army spokesperson claimed that one of its targets was a naval post for Hamas, in addition to other infrastructure and lands.
Prior to the latest bombardment on Gaza, Israeli Defense Minister Benni Gantz decided to stop the entry of fuel into the besieged Gaza Strip, in addition to reducing the fishing zone to only eight nautical miles.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Israeli authorities’ decision to close the Gaza Strip’s sole commercial crossing “Karm Abu Salem” (Kerem Shalom) and warns of its catastrophic consequences on the lives of 2 million Palestinians suffering from serious deterioration of humanitarian and social conditions caused by 14 years of Israeli closure. PCHR affirms that this decision falls in line with previous measures that the Israeli authorities implemented against Gaza since 2007 in its overarching plan to strangle it.
According to PCHR’s follow-up, on Monday, 10 August 2020, Israeli authorities announced the closure of Karm Abu Salem crossing starting from Tuesday, 11 August 2020, except for the transportation of goods for vital humanitarian cases and fuel. According to Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the decision was taken “in response to the launch of incendiary balloons and breaching security calm.”
This decision falls under the framework of the complete, illegal and inhumane closure policy imposed by the Israeli authorities on the Gaza Strip since June 2007, as the Gaza Strip crossings have witnessed tightened restrictions on the movement of goods and persons.
Regarding commercial crossings, Israeli authorities continue to impose strict restrictions on the entry of goods classified as “dual use materials.” The Israeli authorities officially list 62 items as “dual use items” which contain hundreds of goods and basic materials. The items on the “dual-use goods” list are essential to the life of the population, so imposing restrictions on them contribute to the deterioration of infrastructure and the deterioration of economic, health and education conditions. Israeli authorities also continue to ban the export of Gaza Strip products, excluding limited quantities that do not surpass 5% of Gaza’s monthly exports before the closure in June 2007.
As to the crossing dedicated for movement of individuals, the extreme measures enforced by the Israeli authorities on the freedom of movement from and to the Gaza Strip via Beit Hanoun crossing are still in effect. Since early March 2020, restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities and the Palestinian Authority continued for the purpose of combating the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). These measures decreased and limited the number of persons and categories allowed to travel, as all categories were banned travel, except for limited humanitarian cases, and only patients are allowed to travel for treatment abroad.
PCHR is deeply concerned for the Israeli occupying authorities’ decisions to tighten the closure on the Gaza Strip and its catastrophic results on the economic and living conditions on the Gaza Strip population. PCHR considers this decision a form of collective punishment and an act of revenge against Palestinian civilians.
In light of the above, PCHR calls upon the International Community to:
* Immediately and urgently intervene to cancel this decision, open the only commercial crossing for the Gaza Strip, “Karm Abu Salem;” allow the entry of all the Gaza strip population’s needs, including basic goods and construction materials, and allow the export of the Gaza Strip goods freely.
* Force the Israeli authorities to abandon the policy of collective punishment imposed on the population of the Gaza Strip, including the closure of the crossings, which led to serious deterioration in civilians’ economic and social rights.
* Remind Israel of its obligations as an occupying power of the Gaza Strip to its population, in accordance with Article 55 of the Geneva Convention of 1949, which states: “The occupying Power shall, to the fullest extent of its means, provide the population with food and supplies and must take into account the needs of the civilian population”.
* The High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention must comply with their obligations under article 1 of the Convention to ensure the implementation of this Convention by the Occupying Power of Israel to the protection of Palestinian civilians.
On Wednesday, the Israeli military invaded two Palestinian villages east of Salfit in the north-central West Bank and used armored bulldozers to raze large tracts of Palestinian-owned land.
The troops destroyed Palestinian-owned land in Iskaka and Yasuf villages, east of the Palestinian city of Salfit, according to local sources.
According to the Palestinian News Agency Wafa, the Head of Iskaka Village Council Fawzi Lami told them that Israeli forces accompanied bulldozers to the eastern area of the village, known as Khallet Ghanayem.
Upon arrival there, the bulldozers leveled the land to make room for the expansion of the nearby colonial settlement outpost of Nofei Nehemia, built on land confiscated from the village.
The area east of Salfit has been a hotbed of Israeli expansion, with six major Israeli colonies surrounding the Palestinian villages there.
All of the Israeli colonies are constructed on illegally-seized Palestinian land, and are constructed in direct and flagrant violation of international law.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Human rights organizations and watchdogs revealed on Wednesday that the Israeli army arrested 429 Palestinians last July only.
In its monthly joint report, the organizations (The Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners Affairs, The Palestinian Prisoners Association, Wadi Hilweh Information Center) revealed that the arrests included 32 children and ten women.
According to the report, 201 Palestinians were arrested from the Palestinian capital, 46 from Ramallah and Bireh, 35 from Hebron, 34 from Jenin, 22 from Bethlehem, 20 from Nablus, 15 from Tulkarm, 17 from Qalqilya, eight from Jericho, 15 from Tubas, three from Salfit, and 13 from Gaza.
The number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has reached nearly 4500 last July. 41 of them are women, nearly 160 are children, and 360 under administrative detention.
The occupation state did not lower the pace of arrests although of WHO guideline to deal with the Covid-19 Pandemic. It also continued its policy of holding large numbers of Palestinian prisoners in small cells that lack ventilation and do not meet minimal requirements of sanitation and hygiene.