Israeli Soldiers Fire Missiles, Shells, Into Rafah

The Israeli Air Force fired, on Tuesday at dawn, several missiles into Palestinian lands, east of Rafah city, in the southern part of the besieged coastal region.

Media sources said the missiles caused excessive property damage to the targeted area, but did not lead to casualties.

They added that the soldiers also fired a few artillery shells into Palestinian lands, near Rafah.

In addition, the soldiers fired live rounds and shells at a site, north of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, while the Navy fired a few shells into Palestinian waters nearby.

The Israeli army claimed it fired missiles targeting what it called “an observation post,” run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

It added that the attack came “in retaliation to flammable balloons,” reportedly flown from Gaza during the day, and landed near Israeli colonies across the perimeter fence.

On Monday at dawn, the army fired several missiles into two sites in the Gaza Strip, causing damage.

(Source / 18.08.2020)

After Demolishing A Home, Israeli Soldiers Seriously Injure A Palestinian Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers shot and seriously injured, Tuesday, a young Palestinian man during protests that erupted in the as-Sal’a neighborhood, in Jabal al-Mokabber, south of occupied East Jerusalem, after the army demolished an under-construction six-story residential building.

Media sources said the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters, who marched in condemnation of the Israeli escalation, including the demolition of homes, and fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at them.

They added that the soldiers shot a young man, identified as Mohammad Moammar Ja’abis, in his twenties, with a live round in the chest.

Palestinian medics rushed the seriously wounded young man to the al-Makassed hospital, in Jerusalem, before he was immediately admitted to surgery and intensive care. His condition remains critical.

In addition, the soldiers surrounded the hospital in an attempt to abduct the wounded man and were still there at the time of this report.

The escalation started in the town, on Tuesday morning, after the soldiers invaded the as-Sal’a neighborhood, and demolished the six-story under-construction building owned by a local Palestinian, identified as Aziz Jamil Ja’abis.

(Source / 18.08.2020)

Palestinian Killed After Being Rammed By Israeli Settler Vehicle Near Tulkarem

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A young Palestinian man was killed on Saturday evening, August 15th, 2020, when a speeding Israel colonists’ car struck him near a military roadblock, south of Tulkarem, in northern West Bank.

The Palestinian has been identified as Eqab Bashir Darawsha, 21, from Tallouza village, north of Nablus, in the northern West Bank.

Media sources said the Palestinian, a day laborer, had crossed through a breach in the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall, as he and many other workers were trying to get into Israel for work.

Many Palestinian workers take the risk of going through a gap in the Annexation wall, or sneaking into Israel through mountains and hills, because they are suffering from hunger, and feel they need to take the risk of crossing the Israeli-created barrier  to provide for their families. They may have applied for and been denied entry permits  by the Israeli military that controls all aspects of their lives in the West Bank.

Israeli settlers who drive on bypass roads, including the one who struck the Palestinian worker, usually drive at high speeds when driving on the Jewish-only segregated bypass roads.

After being struck by the car, the Palestinian was rushed to Rama Medical Center in Israel, where he succumbed to his wounds.

A Palestinian who lives near where the incident took place stated that the Palestinian went through a gap in the Annexation Wall, and was struck by the speeding Israeli car just as he was trying to cross the road.

One day after the incident, Israeli soldiers shot and injured Palestinian workers near the gate of the Annexation Wall, west of Far’un town, south of Tulkarem.

In that incident, a Palestinian, Soheil Daoud ‘Obeit, 26, was shot in his leg before Palestinian medics rushed him to a local hospital.

Such incidents are frequent and have led to many Palestinian casualties.

(Source / 18.08.2020)

PFLP: US and UAE interests are now legitimate targets for resistance

Gaza (QNN)- The Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said on Monday that American and Emarati interests have become now legitimate targets of the Palestinian resistance, adding that the behavior of the Emarati Crown Prince did not surprise the Palestinian people and resistance.

Addressing protesters against the UAE-Israeli agreement in Khan Yunis, member of the Central Committee of the PFLP, Mahmoud Ar Ras, said that “the position of the Emarati Crown Prince reflected the nature and functional roles of such regimes, which have been being secretly performed for years but they exploited the Palestinian conflict to announce its betrayal.”

Ar Ras stressed that the agreement is a betrayal of the Palestinian people and that Palestine is not for sale.

“Those regimes are hostile to their peoples as well as our Palestinian revolution”, he said. “The British and Americans used them to attack our Arabic national identity and liquidate everything that may unite the nation.”

(Source / 18.08.2020)

‘Israel’ demolishes Palestinians’ houses in Lod, Jerusalem

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli bulldozers demolished today a house in occupied Lod, within the Greenline, under the pretext of having no permission.

Local sources said the Israeli police accompanied by heavy machinery stormed the neighborhood of Ishnir in occupied Lod and demolished a house belonging to the family of Abu Zayed.

In the same context, the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem demolished today a residential building in Jabal Al Mukabbir in East Jerusalem, displacing dozens of Palestinians, under the same pretext.

Several areas within the Greenline, especially Occupied Negev in southern occupied Palestine, have seen an escalation in demolitions under the pretext of construction without permission.

In the capital city, the demolitions have increased this year to over 100 since the start of 2020.

(Source / 18.08.2020)

Israeli forces break into hospital to arrest wounded Palestinian

The Israelis shot a Palestinian young man during the demolition of an 8-apartment building in Jerusalem then chased him into Al Makassed hospital

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Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces broke into Al Makassed Hospital to arrest a wounded Palestinian young man, who was shot by Israeli soldiers in Jabal Al Mukabbir in occupied Jerusalem this morning.

Eyewitnesses stated that Israeli forces chased a young man during the demolition of an 8-apartment building in Jabal Al Mukabbir, belonging to the Ja’abis family, this morning. The Israelis opened fire at the young man, wounding him.

Local sources said Israeli policemen broke into Al Makassed hospital in the neighborhood of At Tour in East Jerusalem and surrounded the area to search for the wounded young man.

On the other side, a statement by the Israeli police claimed that a young man in his twenties fired fireworks at Israeli policemen, who were demolishing the building. Israeli cops opened fire at the young man before he escaped. No Israelis were reportedly wounded, according to the statement.

The statement added that the Israeli police broke into Al Makassed hospital to arrest the wounded young man, who was getting treatment.

Ahmad Ja’abis told QNN that Israeli forces demolished the residential building, which he and his brothers had built two years ago, under the pretext of having no permission. Ja’abis stressed that his family tried to get a construction permit but the Israelis never allow native Palestinians to build.

The demolished building contained eight apartments that were supposed to be homes of eight families.

When asked about the wounded young man, Ja’abis said he does not know exactly what happened as he was busy dealing with the sudden demolition of his building.about:blankFacebook URL

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(Source / 18.08.2020)

‘People of the Cave’: Palestinians take their fight for justice to the mountains

Israeli occupation demolishes homes of Palestinians and chases them even when they live in caves

By Ramzy Baroud

Palestinians are not going anywhere. This is the gist of seven decades of Palestinian struggle against Zionist colonialism. The proof? The story of Ahmed Amarneh.

Amarneh, a 30-year-old civil engineer from the northern West Bank village of Farasin lives with his family in a cave. For many years, the Amarneh family has attempted to build a proper home, but their request has been denied by the Israeli military every time.

In many ways, the struggle of the Amarnehs is a microcosm of the collective struggle of Farasin; in fact, of most Palestinians.

Those who are unfortunate enough to be living in areas of the West Bank, designated by the Oslo II Accord of 1995 as Area C, were left in a perpetual limbo.

Area C constitutes nearly 60% of the overall size of the West Bank. It is rich with resources – mostly arable land, water and ample minerals – yet, relatively sparsely populated. It should not be surprising why right-wing Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, wants to annex this region. More land, with fewer Palestinians, has been the guiding principle for Zionist colonialism from the outset.

True, Netanyahu’s annexation plan, at least the de jure element of it, has been postponed. In practice, however, de facto annexation has been taking place for many years, and, lately, it has accelerated.

Last June, for example, Israel demolished 30 Palestinian homes in the West Bank, mostly in Area C, rendering over 100 Palestinians homeless.

Additionally, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Israeli army bulldozers destroyed 33 non-residential structures as well. This is “the same number (of homes) demolished throughout the entire first five months of 2020,” OCHA reported.

Unfortunately, Farasin, like numerous other Palestinian villages and communities across Area C, has been singled out for complete destruction. A small population of approximately 200 people has been subjected to Israeli army harassment for years. While Israel is keen on implanting Jewish communities in the heart of the occupied West Bank, it is equally keen on disrupting the natural growth of Palestinian communities, the indigenous people of the land, in Area C.

On July 29, Israeli forces invaded Farasin, terrorizing the residents, and handed over 36 demolition orders, according to the head of the Farasin village council. Namely, this is the onset of ethnic cleansing of the entire population of the village by Israel.

Ahmed Amarneh and his family also received a demolition order, although they do not live in a concrete house, but, rather, in a mountain cave.

“I didn’t make the cave. It has existed since antiquity,” he told reporters. “I don’t understand how they can prevent me from living in a cave. Animals live in caves and are not thrown out. So let them treat me like an animal and let me live in the cave.”

Amarneh’s emotional outburst is not misleading. In a recent report, the Israeli rights group B’tselem, has listed some of Israel’s deceptive methods used to forcefully remove Palestinians from their homes in Area C or to block any development whatsoever within these Palestinian communities.

“Israel has blocked Palestinian development by designating large swathes of land as state land, survey land, firing zones, nature reserves and national parks,” according to B’tselem. Judging by the systematic destruction of the Palestinian environment in the West Bank, Israel is hardly interested in the preservation of animals, either. The ultimate goal is the allocation of “land to settlements and their regional councils,” B’tselem argues.

Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that, for example, as of November 2017, only 16 of the 180 Palestinian communities in Area C have been approved for development. The rest are strictly prohibited.

Between 2016 and 2018, of the 1,485 Palestinian applications for construction and development in these areas, only 21 permits have been approved.

These unrealistic and draconian measures leave Palestinian families with no option but to build without a permit, eventually making them targets for Israeli military bulldozers.

Hundreds of families, like that of Ahmed Amarneh, have opted for alternative solutions. Failing to obtain a permit and wary of the imminent demolition if they build without one, they simply move to mountain caves.

This phenomenon is particularly manifest in the Hebron and Nablus regions.

In the mountainous wasteland located on the outskirts of Nablus, the wreckage of abandoned homes – some demolished, some unfinished – is a testimony of an ongoing war between the Israeli military, on the one hand, and the Palestinian people, on the other. Once they lose the battle and are left with no other option, many Palestinian families take their belongings and head to the caves in search of a home.

Quite often, the fight does not end there, as Palestinian communities, especially in the Hebron hills region, find themselves target to more eviction orders. The war for Palestinian survival rages on.

The case of Ahmed Amarneh, however, is particularly unique, for rarely, if ever, Israel issues a military order to demolish a cave. When the cave is demolished, where else can the Amarneh family go?

This dilemma, symptomatic of the larger Palestinian quandary, reminds one of Mahmoud Darwish’s seminal poem, “The Earth is Closing on Us”:

“Where should we go after the last frontiers?

Where should the birds fly after the last sky?

Where should the plants sleep after the last breath of air?”

However depressing the reality may be, the metaphor is undeniably powerful, that of savage colonialism that knows no bounds and Palestinian steadfastness (sumoud) that is perennial.

Often buried within the technical details of oppression – Area C, home demolition, ethnic cleansing and so on – is the tenacity of the human spirit, that of the Amarneh family and hundreds of other Palestinian families, who have turned caves into loving homes. It is this unmatched perseverance that makes the quest for justice in Palestine, despite the innumerable odds, possible.

(Source / 18.08.2020)

Israeli police execute Palestinian youth in occupied Jerusalem

The Palestinian Red Crescent paramedics were prevented by the Israeli police to offer first aid to the youth while he was bleeding, before his death

Israeli occupation police has just executed Palestinian youth in Jerusalem’s Old City, witnesses and Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) said.

The identity of the Palestinian youth, who was executed, has not been yet identified.

According to the PRC, the Israeli police did not allow its crews to reach the Palestinian as he lay on the ground bleeding near Bab Hutta, one of the gates leading to Al Aqsa Mosque in the Old City.

Israeli occupation Police claimed it shot and “neutralised” a Palestinian after attempting to stab and lightly injuring one of its policemen.

Earlier today, Israeli occupation forces shot and injured a deaf and mute Palestinian youth at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem, who, according to official Israeli reports, was unarmed.

(Source / 18.08.2020)

Gaza Under Attack: Israel launches airstrikes on the non-operational Gaza Airport

Israeli occupation airforce bombed overnight on Tuesday several sites to the east of Rafah city in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, according to Days of Palestine correspondent.

Israeli helicopters struck a farmland in the non-operational Gaza Airport perimeter, east of Rafah, causing material damage to the area, Days of Palestine correspondent said.

Israel has been showering Gaza with aerial, artillery and naval bombardment for the fifth day in a row.

Read More: Gaza Under Attack: Israeli artillery and warplanes attack north of Gaza

(Source / 18.08.2020)

After killing him, Israel detains Ashraf Halasa’s mother

The Israeli occupation forces detained at dawn Tuesday a number of Palestinian citizens in the occupied Jerusalm and West Bank, among the detainees mother of Ashraf Halasa, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers earlier on Tuesday.

According to local sources, Israeli occupation forces arrested the mother and two brothers of Ashraf Hassan Atallah Halasa, 30-years-old, at the “Container” checkpoint.

Read More: Israel detains 19 Palestinians in West Bank

The occupation soldiers shot last night Ashraf Halasa and left him to bleed out to death, preventing medics from reaching him.

(Source / 18.08.2020)