Israeli Missiles Injure Two Women, One of Them Pregnant, And Two Children, In Gaza

Israeli soldiers fired, on Friday at night, many missiles into many areas in the besieged Gaza Strip, wounding four two women, one of them pregnant, and two children, in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli missiles struck many homes in northern Gaza, in central Gaza, and in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, media sources confirmed.

Medical sources said Israeli missiles struck farmlands, and a few homes, in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, causing excessive damage, and wounding two women, including one who is pregnant.

They added that a child, only three years of age, suffered wounds to her head and face, when the soldiers fired missiles into farmlands, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

Another child, eleven years of age, was also injured when the soldiers fired more missiles into al-Boreij.

Furthermore, Israeli drones fired missiles into farmlands east of al-Boreij, and an observation post run by a resistance group and a security post, in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Families that had to leave their homes during the bombing said that they were just trying to save themselves, to save their children, after the Israeli missiles struck their homes, and areas near them, and had to run not even knowing where to, as more missiles and shells continued to be fire by the army.

The Israeli army said it attacked Gaza in retaliation to flammable balloons that were reportedly flown from the coastal region, causing 21 fires during the day, Friday.

(Source / 15.08.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Ten Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, Friday, at least ten Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

The PPS said the soldiers invaded and searched homes in the al-Am’ari refugee camp, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, before abducting two Palestinians identified as Yousef Hammad and Na’el Abu Kweik.

The soldiers also invaded Anabta town, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, searched homes and abducted Hamza Fathi Abu Kamla, 32, in addition to Mo’men Mowaffaq Abu Kamla, 19.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Tawfiq Morad, near the Salem military base, and Fadi Samara, after stopping him at a military roadblock, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

The soldiers also abducted Tareq Sa’id Zakarna, from Qabatia town, south of Jenin, while he was near Nablus, in northern West Bank, and Bilal Khozeimiyya, while he was walking near the Annexation Wall, south of Jenin.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Ja’far Abdullah al-‘Arouj, from the al-‘Arouj village, east of the city.

In Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Mustafa Abu Ramouz, and interrogated him for several hours, before releasing him after handing him an order preventing him from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for one week.

The Palestinian will have to go back to a police station in the occupied city in one week to be interrogated again, to see what this order barring him from Al-Aqsa will be extended.

(Source / 15.08.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Four Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, four Palestinians, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, during the weekly procession against illegal annexation wall and colonies, and the continued closure of the town’s main road.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, said the Palestinians marched from the center of the town, chanting against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation, its colonies, and escalating violations.

The protestors also chanted against the ongoing Israeli attempts to illegally annex large areas of the occupied West Bank.

He added that the protesters also marched against the treasonous agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,  under American supervision, which would result in the full normalization between the two countries, without Israel’s withdrawal from occupied Palestine and the establishment on an independent Palestinian State.

Eshteiwy stated that the soldiers shot four Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, while dozens suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

Several protesters burnt ties and hurled stones at the soldiers who invaded the town and attacked the weekly procession.

Palestinians have been holding weekly demonstrations in Kufur Qaddoum village, since 2003, to demand the Israeli authorities reopen the village’s main road, which was closed in 2002, for the benefit of illegal settlers in nearby Israeli colonies.

Under international law, namely the Fourth Geneva Convention, it is forbidden for the occupying state to transfer any of its own population onto the land which it occupies. In this case, Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, since then hundreds of settlements and outposts have been built on occupied Palestinian territories.

(Source / 15.08.2020)

Soldiers Shoot Two Palestinians, Cause Dozen To Suffer Effects Of teargas Inhalation, Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers shot, Friday, two Palestinians, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, after the army invaded al-Midya village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli bombs also caused fires in Palestinian farmlands.

Mohammad Rashed, the Mayor of al-Midya, stated that the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at the protesters.

He added that a young man was shot a young with a live round in the leg, and another Palestinian with rubber-coated steel bullets. Both were rushed by local medics to a hospital in Ramallah.

Dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and others sustained burns and cuts, before receiving treatment by the medics.

Rashed also said that the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at random, many of them hitting Palestinian farmlands, setting them ablaze before Palestinian firefighters were called to the scene and managed to extinguish it before it spread.

(Source / 15.08.2020)

Two Families Forced To Demolish Their Homes In Occupied Jerusalem

Two Palestinian families from Silwan, in the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem, were forced to demolish their homes, after the city council constantly refused to license them, and had to resort to the destroying their own properties to avoid the excessively high fines and fees.

The first property is owned by Palestinians of the al-Abbassi family who said that they built the house seven months ago, to shelter themselves and added that the property was built on their privately-owned land.

Despite all attempts to obtain the needed permits, the City Council of occupied Jerusalem decided to demolish it, and the family’s lawyer managed to postpone the demolition until August 21st.

However, the City Council informed the family, through its lawyer, that there is nothing else they can do, and that their home will be demolished, and the family will be billed for the destruction, the equipment, and all additional fines and fees.

On Friday, the family decided to proceed with the demolition in an effort to avoid all additional costs, fines, and fees.

The family said they had no other choice but to build the 40 square/meter home without a permit, as they needed to place to live and the City Council constantly rejected all permit applications.

Several months ago, the City Council in occupied Jerusalem demolished residential and commercial structures owned by the family, and imposed a fine of more than 200.000 Israeli Shekels, in addition to billing them for the cost of the demolitions.

In addition, the family of Ehab ‘Eqiel from Karm ash-Sheikh neighborhood in Silwan, was also forced to demolish its home, which was constructed in April of this year.

The property, only 80 square/meters, was built using reinforced steel, providing shelter for the Palestinian and his family, and was built on their own lands.

After the property was installed, the young man was summoned for interrogation, and was later informed that there will be a court hearing regarding the property, however, the soldiers invaded his home, last Sunday, and told him he needed to demolish the property within four days. The family started the demolition on Thursday night after midnight and continued the work until dawn hours, Friday.

(Source / 15.08.2020)

Intellectuals boycott cultural events in the UAE following normalization with ‘Israel’

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Several Arab and Palestinian intellectuals announced boycotting cultural and award events planned in the UAE following the normalization agreement between the Gulf country and the occupation state of ‘Israel’.

Moroccan novelist, Zohra Rmeij, announced in a tweet her withdrawal from the Sheikh Zayed Book Award by withdrawing her nomination for the novel “The Waiting Hall” in solidarity with the Palestinian people “in their struggle to regain their usurped land and establish their free and independent state.”

Poet and writer Ahmed Abu Islim also announced in a tweet the withdrawal of the nomination of his novel “Promethana” for the Booker Prize, and his boycott of all cultural activities in the UAE, calling on all Arab intellectuals to follow suit.

Moroccan novelist Abu Yousef Taha has also announced his withdrawal from the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for the same reasons.

Palestinian photographer Muhammad Badarneh announced that he had withdrawn his participation from the exhibition “Point of View 8”, to be held on August 29 in the UAE.

Moroccan writer and researcher Yahya Bn El Oualid also withdrew his participation from the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

In the same vein, the Palestinian Democratic Gathering called on the Palestinian singer Muhammad Assaf to withdraw from a concert in Dubi’s opera.

(Source / 15.08.2020)

Video| One woman, one child wounded in Israeli air strikes on Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- The occupation state bombarded the Gaza strip last night, wounding a woman and a 3-year-old child.

Israeli warplanes targeted locations in northern, central, and southern Gaza, including the new sea port in Khan Yunis and agricultural lands in Bureij, Beit Hanoun, and Beit Lahya.

Local and medical sources said that a child and a woman were wounded in different strikes on central and northern Gaza. Both of them were evacuated to Shuhada’ Al Aqsa hospital.

The 3-year-old girl was wounded in an Israeli strike using a drone and a warplane on empty land, located amidst civilians’ houses in the east of Al Bureij refugee camp.

the lady was slightly wounded during an Israeli strike on agricultural land in Izbet Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, setting the area to fire.

The Israeli army also struck an agricultural land in Beit Lahya several times, while Israeli artillery and drones targeted the northwest of Beit Lahya.

The new sea port was targeted as well with several strikes, causing heavy material losses.

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An Israeli strike on Gaza’s new sea port in the north-west of Khan Yunis

(Source / 15.08.2020)

Four children wounded in 5th night of Israeli strikes in Gaza

On Friday night, the Israeli occupation jets targeted a UN-run school in Al Shati Refugee Camp in the northwest of Gaza City, causing much material damage

At least four little Palestinian children were wounded on Saturday night, the fifth night of Israeli strikes in besieged Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources reported.

One of the children sustained moderate injuries and the other three sustained light injuries, medical sources at Al Aqsa Hospital in the centre of Gaza Strip said.

The Israeli occupation bombs civil facilities across the Gaza Strip, mainly farmlands and claims it is bombing military bases for the Palestinian resistance.

On Friday night, the Israeli occupation jets targeted a UN-run school in Al Shati Refugee Camp in the northwest of Gaza City, causing much material damage.

Bombing the school reflects a clear image about the kind of the targets that the Israeli occupation army attack every night in Gaza.

On Friday, Israeli occupation decided to stop the entry of construction material among other industrial material to Gaza.

Just one day before, the Israeli occupation reduced the fishing zone off the Gaza Strip.


(Source / 15.08.2020)

After UAE, Bahrain will be next to sign peace deal, says Israel official

Jared Kushner hinted that another Arab country could make a deal with Israel “in the coming days”

Bahrain is likely to follow the UAE in signing a peace agreement with Israel, Hebrew Public Broadcaster Kan reported Israeli official revealing on Friday.

Kan quoted an unnamed Israeli official as saying: “Bahrain is expected to be the next country, which will establish official relations with Israel.”

No time frame was specified, or further details given, although the report by the broadcaster also mentioned that a senior US official told Palestinian media that Bahrain and Oman are expected to normalise ties with Israel in the near future.

Bahrain was the first Gulf state to officially comment on the diplomatic move between the UAE and Israel.

According to the Bahrain News Agency, Manama welcomed the peace agreement and extended its congratulations to the UAE for “taking steps to enhance the chances for Middle East peace”.

Jared Kushner, a senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump also hinted that another Arab country could make a deal with Israel “in the coming days.”

(Source / 15.08.2020)

Algerian Parties: UAE Betraying Palestinian Cause by Normalization of Ties with Israel

Several Algerian parties showed angry reactions to the recent deal between the UAE and Israel to normalize relations, describing it as an act of betrayal and a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause.

Jibhat al-Tahrir al-Watani, one of the biggest political parties in Algeria, strongly condemned the agreement between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv as well as the silence showed by the Arab states on the deal, the Arabic-language al-Ray al-Youm newspaper reported on Saturday.

“The agreement will remain in the history as a shameful stain on the forehead of its signers,” the party said in a statement.

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Also, Mojtama al-Salam, the biggest Islamic party affiliated to Ikhwan al-Muslimoun (Muslim brotherhood), warned of harms that the deal will inflict on the Palestinian cause and the regional stability, calling for extraordinary meetings of the Arab League and the Arab Parliaments to take a position against normalization of ties with the Zionist regime.

Meantime, al-Horriyat and Idalat party of Algeria in a statement condemned the UAE-Israel deal, calling it as another stab on the back of the Arab nations and betrayal of the Palestinian cause.

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The party noted that the normalization agreement is a clear violation of the Arab League’s charter, and stressed the need for strengthening the financial, political and military power of the Palestinian nation to resist against Israel.

Trump on Thursday announced a deal brokered by his government between Isreal and the UAE which he said would lead to full normalization of ties between the two.

Critics see the deal as the latest attempt by Trump to save his presidential campaign against the Democrat Joe Biden.

Palestinians have reacted with shock and dismay after Trump unveiled an agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize ties.

The deal pledges full normalisation of relationships between the two countries in the areas of security, tourism, technology and trade in return for suspending Israel’s annexation plans in the West Bank.

Both the Palestinian leadership and public were caught by surprise when the announcement came on Thursday.

“We absolutely had no prior knowledge of this agreement,” Ahmed Majdalani, the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) minister of social affairs, told Al-Jazeera, adding, “The timing and speed of reaching this agreement were surprising, especially that it came at a critical moment in the Palestinian struggle.”

Former PA minister Munib al-Masri noted Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who ruled Abu Dhabi for more than 30 years before his death in 2004, had always been a strong supporter of the Palestinians.

“The late Sheikh Zayed was a dear brother to me, I knew how much he was proud of his support for Palestine… I never imagined that in my lifetime I would see the day in which the UAE would simply sell the Palestinians out for the sake of normalisation,” al-Masri said, noting, “It’s very shameful. I can’t believe it until now.”

Other Palestinian officials announced though the news came abruptly, it was not much of a surprise.

“We were not surprised that much because the Emirati army was never on the borders ready to fight Israel,” said Mustafa al-Barghouti, leader of the Palestinian National Initiative and member of the PA parliament.

“We’ve been seeing recent strange moves by the UAE such as sending direct flights to Israel, and there were leaks of secret accords between the two in terms of scientific and economic cooperation. It is clear that these were preliminary steps to absorb yesterday’s shock,” he added.

The PA and all Palestinian factions, including Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, issued official statements denouncing the UAE-Israel agreement. Palestinian leaders who spoke to Al-Jazeera called it a “stab in the back”.

“We already knew that there has been normalisation going under the table, but to formalise and legalise it that way at this critical moment is shocking. It’s a stab in our back and the back of all Arab nations,” stated Majida al-Masri, former PA minister of social affairs.

Al-Barghouti emphasised the deal “doesn’t introduce any change or progress, it’s far from being genuine peace”. 

“This is an attempt to enforce the ‘Deal of the Century’ that aims to liquidate Palestinian national rights, it represents a denial of Palestinian, Arab and Islamic rights,” he continued.

Palestinian leaders stated the deal was “a free gift to Israel” and was made to help the re-election of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The UAE’s position, in terms of its timing and essence, can only be understood as giving Israel leverage for free,” said Wasel Abu Yousef, member of the PLO’s Executive Committee and leader of the Palestine Liberation Front, adding, “There’s no reasonable justification for it except that it gives more power to the occupation and increases its crimes against the Palestinians.”

(Source / 15.08.2020)