A young man from Kafr Qaddum was injured by the explosion of a suspicious object left over from the occupation

A young man (30 years old) was injured this evening, Thursday, as a result of the explosion of a suspicious object left over from the Israeli occupation army in the town of Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya.

The coordinator of the popular resistance in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Shteiwi, stated in a press statement that the young man’s family was wandering near a house under construction when they noticed a suspicious object in the place, indicating that the family called the young man who approached the body, before it exploded and hit him in the hand and eye.

Shteiwi pointed out that the occupation army was present in the same place where two similar objects were found, where one of them exploded and hit the young man, while the other exploded from a distance, after stones were thrown at him.

Shteiwi called on human rights organizations and the International Red Cross to open an investigation into this crime, which almost claimed the lives of children who were in the area that the occupation army usually uses to suppress the Friday and Saturday weekly marches in the town.

(Source / 21.08.2020)

Dozens of people suffocated as a result of the occupation’s assault on a protest stand against the razing of lands in Tulkarm

Dozens of citizens were suffocated as a result of inhaling gas during the israeli occupation forces’ attack on Thursday, at a vigil organized by the national action factions in Tulkarem province, the governorate’s activities, the Committee for the Resistance of the Wall and Settlements, and the Popular Resistance Committees against the seizure of land in Shufa, Jabbara and Al-Ras, south of Tulkarem, and razing most of them, in preparation for the establishment of a settlement industrial zone on the land of these villages.

The occupying forces fired gas and sound bombs at the participants in the vigil, and arrested for a while the chairman of the Village Council Of Shufa Fawzat al-Daroubi, before being released, while arresting the young Yahya al-Daroubi.
Anti-settlement activist Mourad Al-Daroubi said: The work of bulldozers started in the land of Shufa, and a road was built around the mountain “Al-Wasani”, then set off in the direction of Jabbara, and the third stage was in Izbat Shufa, pointing out that the goal of this phase is to build a road and identify the features of the industrial zone and impose a fait accompli.
The designated areas are about 720 dunums, he said.

Walid Assaf, head of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Authority, said that the occupation wants to devote the annexation map to the ground, so its bulldozers began linking the area of the wall to the settlements of “Avni Hefts” and “Anab”, pointing out that the annexation plan is to divide the West Bank into dozens of cantons and separate each governorate from the other, and then divide each province into parts to facilitate the control of the areas and suffocate the population to push them to leave.

He explained that the Israeli strategic goal is a Jewish state without Palestinians, so today the industrial zone and annexationoperations on the ground were addressed, adding that what is required is to continue the popular resistance, in addition to the legal work currently under way against the establishment of the industrial settlement area, in addition to the readiness to provide the basic needs of farmers in the area, whether water line or power line.
Assaf added that what the settlers are doing today is to try to pre-empt the fait accompli before an Israeli court decision, noting that there is no confidence in the Israeli judiciary, but that no loophole will be left that could help protect the land.

In the same vein, Qabara Village Council Chairman Raed Mahmoud said that since the beginning of the settlers’ work of razing the land, the activities in the village have been initiated by the owners of the land and the residents, adding to “Jerusalem”.com: the village has reached out to institutions that support the farms and prove its existence, as well as to the project of reclamation of agricultural roads and cultivation of uncultivated land, and the construction of agricultural water and drinking water in order to strengthen the presence in jabbara village.

Lawyer Sa’ad al-Safarini explained that about 800 dunums of the land of Shufa, Jabbara and Ras are threatened to establish a settlement industrial zone, noting that a large part of the threatened land has facilities, and the majority are reclaimed areas, and the owners are residents.
She added: The pretext of the occupation is that the land threatened is an unhealthy property, as the landowners reside in the country, and only a small part of the expatriates.

She pointed out that some areas threatened with confiscation had been subjected to the work of the Palestinian settlement project, and the land was registered under the names of its owners, such as the village of Al-Ras, noting that the current dredging work was carried out by settlers under the protection of the occupying forces without any decision by the occupation court on the order.

(Source / 21.08.2020)

Mladenov: We are working with Egypt to find a solution to the humanitarian disaster in Gaza

“No one has an interest in the escalation in the region, as electricity in Gaza was cut off, missiles were fired and Israel responded, and there is a humanitarian catastrophe in the Strip, and we are working with Egypt to find a solution, ” said Nikolai Mladenov, the United Nations General Coordinator.

In an interview with Sky News Arabia, followed by Sawa News Agency, Mladenov confirmed that the treaty signed between the UAE and Israel is a historic treaty by all standards and creates an opportunity for both parties and has a positive impact on the entire region, whether at the level of extremism or the level of the Corona epidemic .
He added that this agreement stopped the Israeli decision to annex the Palestinian lands, which is basically against international laws and which would have eliminated any solution to the conflict between Palestine and Israel, as the agreement preserves the two-state solution, in line with international laws and decisions.

He indicated that the United Nations was engaged in working to return to the peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis, but that did not happen, and what we have seen during the past years in terms of unilateral steps that were very negative and created bad conditions on the ground in terms of building settlements and a further division between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, expressing his hope that The agreement is the beginning of hope between the two parties.

Mladenov stressed that without a solution to the Palestinian issue, there will be no lasting peace in the region, and the positive sign that appeared in the agreement between the UAE and Israel, we hope to achieve a breakthrough in this file.

He pointed out that during the coming period, there will be contact with some countries in the Middle East to persuade them to dialogue to achieve peace, pointing out that there are doubts from some countries regarding the matter, but everyone must be convinced that dialogue is the solution.

Mladenov noted that with the agreement between Israel and the UAE, the Israeli annexation of the Palestinian territories was neutralized, and this is a danger to the Palestinians, and we hope that by signing the danger is gone.

He stressed that there will be a meeting next week in the Security Council to discuss the Palestinian issue, but the solution will not be through the two parties themselves, and they must work with each other.

(Source / 21.08.2020)

Israel MK calls for long term military aggression against Gaza Strip

The Chairman of the Israeli Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee Avi Dichter celebrates the holiday of Sukkot at the Western Wall September 30, 2007 in Jerusalem, Israel. [Moshe Milner/GPO via Getty Images]
The Chairman of the Israeli Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee Avi Dichter celebrates the holiday of Sukkot at the Western Wall September 30, 2007 in Jerusalem, Israel

The Chairman of the Israeli Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, MK Avi Dichter of the Likud Party, has called for a long military aggression against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“We must prepare for it [military operation] to destroy the group’s infrastructure because unfortunately the issue of Gaza cannot be solved politically,” Dichter, who is also the former head of the Shin Bet, said.

Earlier, Israel’s Kan channel said within the next 48 hours, Israel will know if it was on its way to a new round of escalation with the besieged enclave.

According to the channel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has renewed his threats to assassinate leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.

Adding that Defence Minister Benny Gantz said on Wednesday that “Hamas is playing with fire” claiming that he will work to change the equation and direct “fire against it”.

Gaza health official: Electricity cuts threaten lives of 120 newborn babies 

(Source / 21.08.2020)

Palestinians living in cave face Israeli demolition

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A Palestinian family living in a cave is facing the threat of demolition by Israeli authorities in Jenin city, north of West Bank

A Palestinian family living in a cave in a small village in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin is facing the threat of demolition by Israeli authorities, Anadolu Agency reported.

Thirty-year-old civil engineer Ahmed Amarneh turned a cave in Fraseen village into a place of residence for him and his wife and daughter, after occupation authorities forbade him from building a house in the area.

“I found an opportunity to live in this cave because it did not require building anything new,” Amarneh said. “To our shock, they still came. We were living in this cave, and they still said it was still not allowed and that we have four days to evacuate for them to demolish it.”

Amarneh’s home is not the first Palestinian structure to receive an evacuation and demolition notice, but it may be the first built inside a cave which Israeli authorities have threatened to destroy.

“It’s evident they just don’t want us [Palestinians] to be here, in a cave or otherwise, and it shows their racial discrimination,” he continued. “Nearby we have a settler who lives here and he has all life’s necessities.”

According to Mahmoud Amarneh, a local official, other structures in the village have also received demolition notices and agricultural activity in the area has been banned.

Roughly 650,000 Israeli settlers currently live in illegal settlements built in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since 1967, in breach of international law.

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(Source / 21.08.2020)

Israel’s largest arms manufacturer targeted in London by Palestine Action activists

A building sprayed red, symbolising the blood of Palestinians, by Palestine Action activists in protest against Elbit Systems in London, UK [alestine Action]
Building sprayed red, symbolising the blood of Palestinians, by Palestine Action activists in protest against Elbit Systems in London, UK, 21 August 2020

Palestine Action activists, a direct action group opposed to Israel’s brutal occupation, targeted the London sites of its biggest arms company, Elbit Systems, in protest over the company’s alleged role in the “destruction, oppression and murder of indigenous people across the world.”

Activists covered three of the sites in red paint, in what seems to be an attempt to symbolise its alleged role in the spilling of Palestinian blood, with messages calling on the landlord to shut down Elbit’s operation in the UK.

The Israeli arms manufacturer has ten bases across Britain, including four arms factories which produce parts for drones used in Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine.

READ: British complicity in Israeli war crimes is being highlighted by pro-Palestine activism

Elbit has been targeted for direct action several times by groups around Britain after its boasts at arms fairs that its weapons are battle-tested in Gaza, which has a largely civilian population. Thousands of innocent Palestinian men, women and children have been killed in Israel’s military offensives.

The sites targeted by activists from Palestine Action include Elbit Systems HQ office in central London, as well as their landlord’s HQ offices, LaSalle Asset Management in Mayfair. Elbit’s factory, Elbit-Instro, was also targeted in Kent.

Palestine Action activists targets Elbit Systems in London, UK [alestine Action]
A building sprayed red, symbolising the blood of Palestinians, by Palestine Action activists in protest against Elbit Systems in London, UK [alestine Action]
A building sprayed red, symbolising the blood of Palestinians, by Palestine Action activists in protest against Elbit Systems in London, UK [alestine Action]
A building sprayed red, symbolising the blood of Palestinians, by Palestine Action activists in protest against Elbit Systems in London, UK [alestine Action]

Statements such as “Shut Elbit Down”, “Tested on Palestinians, Used in Kashmir” were spray painted on the sites.

One of these sites included Elbit’s HQ, which has been targeted by protesters for the fourth time in a fortnight. Activists wrote letters stating they will continue to paint Elbit red to disrupt “business as usual” and appropriately address the immorality of Elbit’s presence in the UK.

READ: Technology of death: The not-so-shocking report on Israeli weapons exports

Palestine Action wrote to the landlord of Elbit’s HQ, LaSalle Asset Management, calling on the company to kick Elbit Systems out prior to the action. To date, there has been no response, prompting activists to take action by covering the front glass doors and windows of the landlord’s HQ office in red paint with the message “if you aid war criminals, you are war criminals”.

A message was also placed on the wall which pledged to continue the protest until the landlord shut Elbit down.

Elbit Systems is Israel’s largest private arms company, marketing their weapons as “field tested” on Palestinian civilians, notably Gazans who are mostly children and refugees.

Campaigners say Elbit supplied 85 per cent of the drones used in the invasion of Gaza in 2014, where over 2,200 Palestinians, including 500 children, were killed in only 50 days.

Palestine Action says that it is focusing on targeting all of the ten sites from which Elbit runs its operation until they are shut down. “For every Palestinian life Elbit has taken, for every Palestinian home Elbit has destroyed and for every life which has suffered so Elbit can profit, we will take action. We will continue to escalate until we shut Elbit down,” said Palestine Action activists.

(Source / 21.08.2020)

3 Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strike

Israeli security forces take positions outside the Israeli-run Ofer prison, in the West Bank city [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]
Israeli security forces take positions outside the Israeli-run Ofer prison, in the West Bank city, 5 December 2017

Three Palestinian prisoners imprisoned at Ofer Detention Centre, southwest of occupied Ramallah, launched an open-ended hunger strike to protest against their administrative detention, reported Wafa news agency.

The Prisoners Affairs Commission announced that Maher Al-Akhras, Mohammad Wahdan and Musa Zahran, are under administrative detention, a system that allows Israeli authorities to arrest and hold people without charge for prolonged periods.

Al-Akhras, a 49-year-old father of six children from Silat Ad-Daher town, south of Jenin, has been on hunger strike for 25 consecutive days.

He is currently in a critical condition, having been diagnosed with hypertension in 2018, and now suffering from significant weight loss.

Meanwhile, Wahdan, a resident of Rantis village, northwest of Ramallah, has been on hunger strike for 16 days in a row. He started his strike while he was in custody in the Israeli detention facility of Huwara, south of Nablus, before being transferred to Ofer.

Zahran, a resident of Ramallah, has been on hunger-strike for five consecutive days. Two days after beginning his strike, he was placed in solitary confinement.

READ: Israeli courts are like dense forests run by wolves

Thousands of men, as well as women and children, are held indefinitely and under horrendous conditions in detention centres dotted across the occupied territories without charge, without the possibility of appeal or knowing what charges are being levelled against them or even having been accused of committing a crime.

Last month, a report prepared by rights groups revealed that Israel issued 98 administrative detention orders, including 33 new and 65 renewed orders.

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The rights groups stated that the number of Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails reached 4,500 by July 2020, including 41 women, 160 children and 360 under administrative detention.

The report was issued by the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s Committee of Prisoners and Freed Prisoners, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and Wadi Hilweh Information Centre.

The rights groups called for Israel to release all sick prisoners, as well as women and children, and requested the International Red Cross to increase the number of staff on its team in the occupied territories to assist in the urgent need of the prisoners and their families.

READ: 500 Palestinian prisoners have been in Israel jails for 15 years

(Source / 21.08.2020)

Rights groups denounce Israel’s imprisonment of Sheikh Raed Salah

Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in Israel on 16 August 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in Israel on 16 August 2020 

The International Federation of Jurists denounced Israel’s detention of Palestinian activist Raed Salah and called on the international community and non-governmental organisations to defend the Palestinian people’s rights.

The Istanbul-based rights organisation added in a statement that Israel commits “terrorist acts” by “killing of innocent [Palestinian] civilians using heavy arms, warplanes, and missiles,” Anadolu Agency reported.

“Israel treats the Palestinian people as prisoners and deprives them from their right to live freely in their homeland,” which compelled many Israelis to seek asylum in other countries because of what they are subjected to under occupation, the federation said in its statement.

While many Palestinians are forced to live in refugee camps, others are facing Israeli imprisonment in their homeland, it added.

Hamas: Detention of Sheikh Salah aims to obstruct his defence of Jerusalem

Last Sunday, Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic movement in Israel, started serving his prison sentence of 28 months.

In July an Israeli court in Haifa rejected Salah’s appeal against his prison sentence, which he was handed down in November 2019 over charges that included “inciting terror” and “supporting an outlawed organisation”.

(Source / 21.08.2020)

PPS: Israeli Soldiers Detain Several Palestinians in West Ban

Israeli forces, Thursday overnight, detained at least 10 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, according to Palestinian WAFA News Agency.

Director of the Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS) Office in Jenin, Muntaser Sammur, confirmed that Israeli forces rearrested a former prisoner after ransacking his home in Faqqua village, east of Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank.

He stated that Israeli forces detained a Palestinian civilian from Burqin town, southwest of Jenin, when he was at the Israeli Salem military base.

Sammur noted that Israeli special forces detained two Palestinian brothers; one after breaking into his workplace in Jenin city, while the other was taken into custody after invading his home in Burqin town.

He added that the special forces detained another Palestinian from his home in Qabatia town, south of Jenin.

In the central Ramallah and al-Bireh district, Israeli military vehicles stormed Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah city, where soldiers abducted three Palestinians.

Soldiers conducted a similar incursion into Kafr Ni‘ma town, west of Ramallah, resulting in the detention of another.

In the southern Bethlehem governorate, Israeli forces stormed Ad-Doha town, west of Bethlehem city, where they detained one Palestinian.

In the southernmost occupied West Bank district of Hebron, Israeli forces thoroughly searched several civilian homes, and detained three Palestinians, one of whom is a resident of al-Aroub refugee camp, one as a resident of Beit Ummar town, and the third as a resident of Dura town.

Important to note that a Palestinian teen, Mohammad Damer Matar, 17, died from serious wounds he suffered after Israeli soldiers shot him with live rounds, on Wednesday night, West of Ramallah.

(Source / 21.08.2020)

Israeli Military Bombs Three Sites in the Gaza Strip

The Israeli occupation army, at dawn Thursday, shelled three sites in the besieged Gaza Strip, with no reported casualties, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said the Israeli artillery bombed what the army describes as an observation post east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza. Similar posts were also bombed to the east of Juhor ad-Dik and al-Bureij refugee camp in the central coastal enclave.

The Israeli occupation closed border crossings, banned fishing long the coast, and blocked fuel shipments, causing the power plant to shut down. Israel’s use of collective punishment against the 2 million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, after a number of youths launched incendiary balloons sparking fires in Israeli areas.

The occupying power has heavily fired missiles and shelled many sites of the Gaza Strip, in the most recent escalation by the Israeli military, has been ongoing since August 3, 2020, and has continued in short intervals of 1-3 days between rounds of bombing.

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(Source / 21.08.2020)