Gaza without electricity with the tightening of the Israeli blockade

The Gaza Strip has been living for more than 10 days in a state of strict siege, with the Israeli occupation closing the Kerem Shalom crossing almost completely, and preventing the flow of fuel to the power plant, causing it to stop working, in addition to preventing construction materials and many materials. And the goods that were brought in, in addition to the complete closure of the sea and the deprivation of fishermen from searching for their livelihood, and the emphasis on them to pursue them within 3 miles near the shore to prevent them from working.

With the exacerbation of the crises, the most important of which is the suspension of the power station from working, and the effect of this on the process of distributing the electricity schedule to the population by 16 separate hours, compared to 3 or 4 hours that arrived, the vast majority of the residents of the Strip live in complete darkness at night, accompanied by a very hot atmosphere that deprives them and their children of Sleeping, and being disturbed during the day by the loss of their homes for the water, whose distribution schedule was affected by the power outage, in light of the warnings of the municipalities in the sector against stopping their services in light of the complete collapse of the environmental and health system, and the pumping of sewage into the sea, which may increase the suffering of the residents who find the sea their only outlet.

With this repeated scene from time to time due to violations, the memory of the residents of the Strip goes back to the beginnings of the blockade in 2006, when the wages, electricity and water crisis, the closure of the crossings and the sea, the repeated bombing of Gaza, and the accompanying great efforts to try to reach repeated agreements that oblige the occupation to stop Depriving the sector of its most basic rights.

According to specialists, this was accompanied by a response to the daily life of the population, the decline in trade in the markets and the economic situation in general, and most projects and factories stopped working due to the electricity crisis and the prevention of the entry of building materials.

According to Jamal Al-Khudari, head of the Popular Committee Against the Blockade, Gaza factories have reduced their work and production capacity to 20% due to the continuation of the Israeli blockade for the 14th year in a row, and the recent electricity crisis, indicating that this has caused a weak purchasing power.

Al-Khudari indicated in a press statement, that the number of unemployed workers has increased to more than 320,000 workers due to the blockade and the successive crises.

He pointed out that the crisis of closing crossings and the sea and stopping electricity, all of this has caused dangerous repercussions on Gaza in terms of the escalation of the humanitarian crisis, which affected the health, industrial, environmental, agricultural and water sectors, and all sectors that were in the wind.

“Gaza has no electricity and no life, and life cannot continue without the basic needs of electricity and fuel,” he said.

Al-Khudari called on the world to intervene immediately and urgently to end this collective punishment that is held accountable by international law, noting that 80% of the people of the Gaza Strip live under the threat of poverty.

And identical Palestinian statistics indicate that 70% of the residents of the Gaza Strip suffer from food insecurity, 89% cannot provide for basic needs, and that unemployment has reached more than 60%.

The young Hussam Abu Matar told that life in Gaza has become miserable after the citizen lost all the necessities of life, pointing to a significant decline in the economic situation at all levels and social classes in Gaza.

He pointed out that his father, who owns a small shop in Gaza City, is no longer able to provide for his children a daily livelihood due to the lack of commercial movement in the markets, indicating that the situation may become more difficult in light of the Israeli hinting at the possibility of launching a new war on the Strip.

Women in the Gaza Strip are quick to take advantage of the arrival of electricity from 3 to 4 hours per day in the best cases, to spend the needs of their homes, while it continues to be cut off for very long hours.

Citizen Shadia Hawass told that the power cuts greatly affect her household business and cause her trouble in light of the water cuts and her inability to buy water from the cars to sell that travel on the streets to try to earn a living.

She indicated that with the onset of the crisis, electricity continued to be cut off for about 17 hours in the absence of a fixed distribution schedule by the electricity company, which says it is trying to implement an emergency plan through which it can install a clear schedule for electricity distribution.

Hawass indicates that she is forced to schedule her work according to the arrival of the electricity date if it arrives on time, and she indicated that she often accomplishes her household work, especially preparing bread, washing clothes and other things with the dawn hours when the current arrives, and that she spends those nights without sleep to accomplish her piled up work.

The forty-year-old citizen, Samer Abu Hassan, says that the electricity crisis affects all aspects of life, and that many of the household, life and even businesses they depend on to accomplish their work.

Abu Hassan added to, “Days pass by us. We cannot shop for more than our needs for one day for fear of food spoilage due to the lack of electricity and keeping it in the refrigerator,” noting that he had to destroy a large amount of vegetables with the onset of the crisis and its interruption for more than 24 consecutive hours. .

The electricity crisis affects the operation of service departments in municipalities of water wells and their lack of access to the population, who warn of an environmental disaster threatening their lives at various levels.

Abu Hassan said about that, that the situation is no longer intolerable and that there must be radical solutions to this crisis and suffering, pointing out that these crises often recur and there is no clear solution by officials in light of the occupation’s tightening of its siege.

(Source / 23.08.2020)

Arafat widow apologises to UAE for Palestine protests

Yasser Arafat's widow, Suha Arafat gives a press conference in Paris on December 3, 2013. [PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP via Getty Images]
Yasser Arafat’s widow, Suha Arafat gives a press conference in Paris on December 3, 2013

Palestinians were left furious after Suha Arafat, the widow of former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat apologised to the UAE for protests against UAE-Israel normalisation the New Arab reported.

The 57-year-old former first lady, who has not lived in Palestine since 2004, issued a long apology on behalf of all Palestinians in a rambling Instagram post, in which she apologised for Palestinians burning effigies of UAE leaders including burning images of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, which she called “the symbols of the beloved UAE country”.

Palestinian protesters set aflame cut-outs showing the faces of (L to R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in the occupied West Bank on August 14, 2020 [Photo by JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian protesters set aflame cut-outs showing the faces of (L to R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in the occupied West Bank on August 14, 2020

She said: “I want to apologise, in the name of the honourable among the Palestinian people, to the Emirati people and their leadership for the desecration and burning of the UAE flag in Jerusalem and Palestine, and for insulting the symbols of the beloved UAE.”

Arafat went on to praise the UAE for its ‘support of the Palestinian people’ and implored people to ‘read history’ to understand how the UAE have supported Palestine.

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She wrote: “Our generations need to read history well to learn how the UAE supported the Palestinian people and cause in the past and present. I apologize to the people and leadership of the UAE for any harm done by any Palestinian to this generous and kind [Emirati] people, who have always welcomed us.”

The former Palestinian first lady even expressed a maternal responsibility, by singling out “the mother of the Emirates, her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak” in her apology to the Emirati leaders for Palestinians’ “irresponsible behaviour”, in her words.

The leadership of the Palestinian political party Fatah, of which the late Yasser Arafat founded, were quick to distance themselves from the apology.

Senior Fatah official Munir al-Jaghoub said: ”I did not mandate anyone to apologize on my behalf to the UAE after it normalised its relations [with Israel].”

“I think many Palestinians do not want to apologise to [the UAE] and did not authorise anyone to apologise,” he added.

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A Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) official, who was not named, scathingly told the Jerusalem Post: “Who asked this woman to speak on behalf of Palestinians? She is making it seem as if those who criticised the United Arab Emirates are not honourable people. She needs to keep her mouth shut.”

After the death of her husband in 2004, she and her daughter, Zahwa, moved to Tunisia and gained Tunisian citizenships.

However, in 2007, Tunisia revoked her citizenship. Four years later, the Tunis Court of First Instance issued an international arrest warrant for her in connection with a corruption scandal that involved the former Tunisian first lady, Leila Ben Ali.

(Source / 23.08.2020)

Source: Israel bans Gaza imports except food, medicine

Palestinians wait to fill a cooking gas canister in station in Dir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip September 17, 2013. The Gaza Strip is experiencing a shortage in cooking gas brought in from Israel, residents said. Photo by Ashraf Amra
Palestinians wait to fill gas canisters in Gaza 17 September 2017

Israel has banned all imports except food and medical supplies into the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.

“All private sector companies have been notified of the Israeli decision to stop the entry of all commodities and goods, except food and medicine,” said the official, who preferred to be unnamed.

There was no comment from the Israeli government on the report.

Israel has cut fuel imports into Gaza since last week as part of punitive measures over the launch of fire-bomb balloons from the strip.

Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has groaned under a crippling Israeli blockade that has deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many vital commodities, including food, fuel and medicine.

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(Source / 23.08.2020)

Israeli Settlers Storm Village, Chop Trees, Set up Mobile Home

Illegal Israeli settlers, on Saturday, attacked Palestinian shepherds and chopped down olive trees in Masafer Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank, while others set up a mobile home on Palestinian-owned land in Beita town in the north, Palestinian WAFA News Agency.

In Masafer Yatta, Israeli colonialists from the illegal Maon settlement, attacked shepherds as they were grazing their sheep in the fields, forcing them to leave the area, according to local activist, Fouad al-Imour.

Al-Imour added that more illegal settlers from the Mitpze Yair and Susyia settlements, built on expropriated Palestinian land in Masafer Yatta, cut hundreds of olive trees in the area.

In the northern West Bank, settlers set up a mobile home on Palestinian land in the town of Beita, southeast if Nablus, near the illegal 777 settlement.

Israeli colonialist settlers, on Friday morning, invaded al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem City, in the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

The group of Israeli settlers, protected by Israeli soldiers, stormed al-Walaja village, roamed its streets, and inspected Palestinian-owned lands under threat of confiscation by the occupation state, for the construction of illegal settler outposts.

Ibrahim Awadallah, a local activist told WAFA that groups of Israeli settlers, under military protection, barged their way into the village, and toured the Rweisat Mount and a local water spring, adding that both the mount and the water spring are at risk of seizure, pointing out that the Israeli authorities posted a military order to expropriate the water spring five years ago.

(Source / 23.08.2020)

Israeli Army Shells Gaza, Navy Opens Fire at Palestinian Fishermen

The Israeli army shelled sites in the besieged Gaza Strip, early Saturday, and its navy opened fire at fishermen’s boats on the Gaza coast, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

WAFA correspondent said Israeli tanks fired two shells at a site east of Khuzaa town, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, causing damage and fire, but no human casualties.

Three more artillery shells were fired at a location east of Rafah city, in the south, destroying the site.

Meanwhile, the Israeli navy opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats at the pier in the northern Gaza Strip, damaging some, WAFA correspondent added.

Israel has escalated the already dire situation for the two million Palestinian civilians in Gaza by closing the fishing zone, blocking fishermen a means to make a living.

Furthermore, Israeli authorities closed the only commercial crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, stopping fuel to run the sole power plant in the Strip.

The Israeli army continues to claim that its intense bombardment and shelling of Gaza have been in retaliation for fires set to southern Israeli fields by the incendiary balloons launched from Gaza, as an act of resistance.

Israel’s practice of collective punishment is seen across the occupied territories, from the 13 year long blockade to the bombing of the Gaza Strip, from home demolitions to arbitrary arrests in the West Bank.

“Collective punishment is an inflamed scar that runs across the entire 53-year-old Israeli occupation of Palestine. Over these years, two million Palestinians in Gaza have endured a comprehensive air, sea and land blockade since 2007, several thousand Palestinian homes have been punitively demolished, extended curfews have paralyzed entire towns andregions, the bodies of dead Palestinians have been withheld from their families, and critical civilian supplies – including food, water and utilities – have been denied at various times. Notwithstanding numerous resolutions, reports and reminders critical of its use, Israel continues to rely upon collective punishment as a prominent instrument in its coercive toolbox of population control.” – Michael Lynk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories/Human Rights Council/Forty-fourth session, 15 June–3 July 2020

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Due to Israeli blackmail, 25,000 Palestinian newborns are left nameless

Ramallah (QNN) – The Israeli occupation authorities are refusing to recognize about 25,000 Palestinian babies born in recent months, the Palestinian Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

The process of approving the names and birth certificates of newborn Palestinian babies has stopped when the Palestinian Authority ceased its “security coordination” with Israel last May.

To force the PA back into the old system, Israeli occupation authorities are reportedly complicating various administrative procedures, including the naming of Palestine’s newborns.

“The ministry issues all needed documents for Palestinians including passports, ID cards, death certificates and issued since May more than 25,000 birth certificates,” Undersecretary of the PA’s Interior Ministry Yousef Harb told the official news agency, WAFA.
According to Harb, Israel’s refusal to officiate the PA’s birth certificates is part of an ongoing Israeli pressure campaign to ‘blackmail’ Palestinians.

The Israeli occupation is “practicing blackmail against our Palestinian people and this is not something new,” Harb added.
“That policy has ramifications for parents of the newborns because it means they will not be allowed to travel abroad with their children,” Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday.

Last May, PA President Mahmoud Abbas suspended all “security coordination” with the Israeli military – a popular demand among Palestinians – due to the Israeli government’s plan to illegally annex nearly a third of the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

(Source / 23.08.2020)

Four Palestinian prisoners remain on hunger strike against administrative detention

Ramallah (QNN) – Four Palestinian political detainees in Israeli jails have been on hunger strike for periods ranging between four and 28 days in protest against their administrative detention without charge or trial, today said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

Maher al-Akhras, a citizen of the occupied West Bank town of Silat ad-Daher, has been on hunger strike for 28 days in a row, and is now suffering from weight loss, headaches, joint pain and extreme fatigue.

Mohammad Wahdan, who comes from Rantis village, northwest of Ramallah, has been on hunger strike for 19 days in a row. He started his strike while he was remanded in the Israeli detention facility of Huwara, south of Nablus, before being transferred to Ofer.

Musa Zahran, who hails from the village of Deir Abu Mesh’al, has been hunger-striking for 17 consecutive days. Two days after his strike, he was held in solitary confinement.

The fourth prisoner, Abdul-Rahman Shuaibat, a resident of Beit Sahur town, has also been on hunger strike for four days in protest of his unfair detention.

Israel’s widely condemned practice of administrative detention allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

There are about 4,500 Palestinian and Arab political prisoners serving sentences in Israeli detention for resisting the prolonged Israeli occupation of their homeland. Of those, there are some 350 detainees held in prison as administrative detainees, without a charge or trial including minors and elderly.

(Source / 23.08.2020)

Israeli authorities order to demolish wedding hall in Galilee

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli authorities ordered to demolish a wedding hall in the city of Arraba in Galilee.

Local sources said an Israeli court gave the owners of the hall until September 16 to demolish the hall.

In the same context, the popular committee in the city announced that it will set up a solidarity tent inside the hall and called on locals to protest inside it against the order.

Israeli authorities have recently increased its attacks on native Palestinians inside the land occupied in 1948, increasing demolitions and arrests.

(Source / 23.08.2020)

Statistical study: ‘Israel’ arrested 11,000 native Palestinians in Jerusalem since 2015

Ramallah (QNN)- According to a study of Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies, the occupation state has increased its arrests against native Palestinians in the capital city of Jerusalem during the last five years, aiming at pressuring them to leave the city and replace them with Israeli settlers.

Researcher Riyad Al Ashqar said that ‘Israel’ arrested a total of over 11,000 Palestinians in Jerusalem only in the period between 2015 and the end of July 2020, including 3500 children and 475 women.

Al Ashqar added that the arrest policy has become a daily routine for native Jerusalemites and a tool of pressure to terrorize them and impose fait accompli in order to create a harsh economic and security condition, which would push them to leave their homes and lands to escape the occupation.

He also said that in addition to its daily arrests policy, ‘Israel’ uses expulsion orders and house arrests against native Palestinians. In the period between 2015 and the first half of 2020, Israeli authorities issued over 2500 expulsion orders and over 1500 house arrests.

Al Ashqar added that the occupation state continues to target children, who constitute one-third of the Israeli arrests in Jerusalem. The Israelis also impose heavy fines on Palestinian children as young as five years old after arresting them.

The occupation state also targeted Palestinian officials in Jerusalem; the Governor of the city Adnan Gheith has been arrested over 20 times since he was appointed in his position two years ago. The Minister of Jerusalem’s Affairs, Fadi Hadmi, was arrested several times as well. Even young Palestinians, who were appointed by the PLO to sanitize the streets of the Palestinian capital city during the Covid-19 Pendamic were arrested as well.

Several members of the Palestinian parliament have been arrested as well, including Muhammad Abu Teir, Ahmad Attoun, Ibrahim abu Salem, Muhammad Totah. Many of them were arrested more than once while others have been expelled from the city.

(Source / 23.08.2020)

Hamas chief meets Ergodan in Istanbul, discusses latest developments

Discussing the latest develpments concering the Palestinian issue, Ismail Haniyeh, the Head of Hamas political bureau, accompanied by a senior Hamas delegation, met on Saturday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul.

The Hamas delegation included Hamas deputy chief Saleh Al-Aruri, chief of Hamas abroad Maher Salah, and head of Hamas Arab and Islamic relations office Ezzat Al-Rishiq, and Hamas representative in Turkey Jihad Yaghmor.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh congratulated Erdogan on the advent of a new Hijri year, the discovery of a new natural gas field, and the reopening of the Aya Sofia Mosque.

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The Hamas delegation briefed Erdogan on the latest developments concerning the Palestinian issue, especially Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank and Jordan Valley and normalisation activities with the Israeli occupation describing them as a stab in the back of the Palestinian people.

The Hamas chief highlighted the efforts of the movement to unify Palestinian action and position with Fatah and the other Palestinian factions against normalisation, annexation plans, and judaization of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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The Hamas official hailed the Turkish honorable position in support of the Palestinians’ rights and steadfastness.

(Source / 23.08.2020)