The Palestinian Center warns of the collapse of the health sector in the Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights is following with great concern the health conditions in the Gaza Strip, and seriously warns of a catastrophic deterioration that may affect the Strip in the event of an outbreak of the new Corona virus, Covid-19, in it, especially after the discovery of 4 new cases of the Coronavirus inside the Gaza Strip from those not quarantined. The center also fears the collapse of the already fragile and worn out health sector, as a result of the blockade policy imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities on the sector for 14 years, and confirms that the shortage of medicines and medical supplies, and the electricity crisis resulting from the stoppage of operation of the power plant after the occupying Israeli authorities prohibited the supply of fuel needed to operate it. It will stop the provision of medical services to about 2 million Palestinians who live in poor living conditions in the Gaza Strip, which is classified as the most overcrowded region in the world.

According to the center’s follow-up, the Government Media and Information Center in the Gaza Strip announced, in a press conference yesterday evening, Monday 24/8/2020, that 4 cases of Coronavirus were recorded without quarantine, and they are from one family living in the Maghazi Camp in the Central Governorate. He added that the Ministry of Health and the concerned teams, upon confirmation of the injuries, carried out their health procedures with the cases discovered in accordance with the approved protocol. The Media Center indicated that a set of measures have been taken to preserve the safety and health of the community, including imposing a complete curfew on all governorates of the Gaza Strip, suspending work and not working in all facilities for a period of 48 hours, including official and private workplaces, educational institutions, and closing mosques, markets and wedding halls. Clubs and the prevention of gatherings, in order to limit the epidemic, identify potential places of infection and deal with contact cases.

According to the Ministry of Health sources, the number of cases infected with Coronavirus in the Gaza Strip since 3/15/2020 has reached 114, of which 72 have been cured, while 41 cases are still active and under clinical care in the isolation hospital, and one case died. The number of people quarantined in quarantine centers is 2,210, without symptoms of the disease, distributed over 16 quarantine centers, in all governorates.

The health facilities in the Gaza Strip are already suffering from a serious deterioration resulting from the policy of blockade imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities on the strip for 14 years, and also as a result of the repercussions of the internal Palestinian division and political rivalries. This resulted in the fragility of the health system in the Gaza Strip, a permanent shortage of essential medicines and medical devices, and a shortage of specialized medical staff, which made it, in normal times, unable to meet the basic medical needs of the residents of the Strip. The deterioration of health facilities increased as a result of the electricity crisis that resulted from the suspension of the operation of the power plant on 8/18/2020, due to the Israeli authorities’ ban on supplying the fuel needed to operate it on 8/10/2020.

D. Ashraf Al Qidra, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said that before the discovery of new cases, the ministry was suffering from a shortage of the necessary examination strips to detect the Coronavirus, and it also needed to urgently equip more intensive care rooms, respirators, devices for diagnosing people with Coronavirus, and crews Prevention designed to protect medical staff, protective glasses, medicines and medical consumables to counter the Coronavirus. Al-Qudra added that hospitals and medical centers are currently suffering from a serious shortage of 45% from the list of essential medicines, 31% of medical consumables, and 65% of laboratory and blood bank supplies.

The Center’s researchers monitored the impact of long hours of power cuts to health facilities. Dean Mushtaha, Director of the Laboratories Department at the Ministry of Health, stated that the power outages negatively affect the performance of laboratories and blood banks, and lead to the failure to complete the required laboratory tests, indicating that laboratory equipment needs constant electrical current, especially samples that need to be stored as test materials. Coronavirus, which is stored at a temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius, which exposes it to spoilage.

Dr. warned. Nabil Al-Barqouni, head of the nurseries network in the Gaza Strip, revealed the repercussions of the power cut on (120) newborns in the nurseries in the Gaza Strip hospitals, noting that the seven nurseries in Gaza hospitals are all powered by electric power. Dr. Al-Barqouni said that the frequent power cuts and the use of alternative energy cause damage to devices such as nurseries, resuscitation devices and ventilators for newborns, which affects the lives of newborns, and causes complications for them, and sometimes leads to death.

And Dr. Abd al-Salam Sabah, Director General of Hospitals at the Ministry of Health, said that a prolonged power outage will greatly affect the scheduled surgeries in the operating departments, which average 3,864 operations per month, ranging from small, medium and large, to be performed in (48) operating rooms distributed over Hospitals in the Gaza Strip, pointing out that this poses a danger to patients in intensive care departments, in which the occupancy rate of beds is 84%, and these patients live on ventilators. Dr. added. Sabah said that power cuts and fuel shortages greatly affect the hemodialysis departments in Gaza hospitals, which have only 131 dialysis machines, indicating that the number of patients who wash the kidneys in the governorates of the Gaza Strip is 923.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, and in light of the fear of the collapse of health conditions in the Gaza Strip, and the inability of the health system in the sector to deal with patients in the event of the spread of the Corona virus, it:

  • Emphasizes that the primary responsibility for providing medical supplies to the residents of the Gaza Strip rests with Israel, and it must take all necessary preventive measures available to combat the spread of infectious diseases and epidemics, in accordance with Articles 55 and 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.
  • It calls on the international community and the World Health Organization to put pressure on Israel to force it to abide by its duties, and to allow all medical needs to be brought into the Gaza Strip, especially medical devices and equipment necessary for the medical examination of the Corona virus.
  • The international community calls for immediate and urgent intervention to pressure Israel to allow the supply of the fuel needed to operate the power plant.
  • It calls on the international community and humanitarian organizations to provide aid and assistance to the health system in the Gaza Strip, and to work to provide the medical supplies needed by hospitals, to help counter the spread of the Coronavirus.
  • He calls on the departments of the Ministry of Health in Ramallah and Gaza to coordinate between them and unify efforts to confront the spread of the Coronavirus.
  • He calls on the Ministry of Health in Gaza to publish information about infection with the Coronavirus, and how to access health services first.
  • It calls on the authorities in the Gaza Strip to take measures to ensure the preservation of the safety and health of society, and calls on citizens to understand the preventive measures imposed by the authorities and required by the current circumstances in order to avoid the spread of diseases and epidemics, and to abide by them.

(Source / 25.08.2020)

Gaza’s water camp for autistic children

‘The coronavirus has led to autistic children being cut off from society which increased their isolation’

The second swimming and water games camp for children with autism in Gaza, on 25 August 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The second swimming and water games camp for children with autism in Gaza, on 25 August 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The second swimming and water games camp for children with autism in Gaza, on 25 August 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The second swimming and water games camp for children with autism in Gaza, on 25 August 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The second swimming and water games camp for children with autism in Gaza, on 25 August 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The second swimming and water games camp for children with autism in Gaza, on 25 August 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

The Dolphin Water Sports Club in Gaza concluded its second swimming and water games camp on Saturday for children with autism. The camp was sponsored by the Higher Council for Youth and Sports.

During the ceremony, Assistant Secretary-General of the Council, Abdel-Salam Haniyeh, stressed the importance of caring for autistic children, as they possess great abilities and talents.

He expressed his hope that the efforts to teach the children how to swim will lead to them participating in international championships, highlighting Palestinian achievements in special needs sports.

The project representative, Reem Ja’arour told MEMO:“We created this idea for 20 children with relatively mild autism and wanted to use water therapy to treat the children as part of achieving sensory integration in this new environment and visual focus.”

“The project also aims to equip autistic children with swimming skills and self-reliance, as well as raising the level of psychological stability among the children’s parents as a result of the children developing swimming skills.”

Ja’arour noted that among the motives behind organising the camp is the need to integrate autistic children in their natural environment and to learn and gain new skills, as well as help the children’s parents teach them new skills.

The coronavirus has led to autistic children being cut off from society, Ja’arour added, which increased their isolation.

READ: Gaza on alert as 4 coronavirus cases detected 

(Source / 25.08.2020)

PLO: Trump’s deal aims to destroy Palestinian Authority

Palestine Liberation Organization's Secretary General Saeb Erekat speaks to journalists during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 11 September 2018 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images]
The Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, 8 November 2019 

PLO Secretary Saeb Erekat said yesterday that US President Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ aimed to destroy the Palestinian Authority (PA) by creating an alternative for it.

“PA President Mahmoud Abbas rejected it,” he explained, adding that the “resilience” of the PA resulted in stopping the annexation plans, “but the UAE-Israel deal, which was engineered by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, represented a powerful strike to our efforts.”

“The PLO signed deals with Israel only for five years. The only mistake that we made was not to make clear where and what to do after the end of the five years if Israel did not commit to the deals.”

Erekat claimed that the UAE-Israel normalisation deal “undermined” the PLO’s efforts to achieve peace that would end the Israeli occupation of the lands occupied in 1967, create a Palestinian state and solve the refugee issue.

He went on to condemn the silence of the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Council of the Gulf States regarding the deal.

READ: The PA rises up to fail the Palestinians at every occasion 

Ending his speech, he said that the PA has been in contact with all the Arab states in order to “prevent” any country from following in the UAE’s steps.

On 13 August, US President Donald Trump announced a peace deal between the UAE and Israel brokered by Washington.

Abu Dhabi said the deal was an effort to stave off Tel Aviv’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank, however, opponents believe normalisation efforts have been in the offing for many years as Israeli officials have made official visits to the UAE and attended conferences in the country which had no diplomatic or other ties with the occupation state.

Netanyahu repeated on 17 August that annexation is not off the table, but has simply been delayed.

(Source / 25.08.2020)

UNRWA calls for unimpeded passage into Gaza for vital goods

UNRWA distributes food aid to families in Gaza, 2 April 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
UNRWA distributes food aid to families in Gaza, 2 April 2020 

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) called on Tuesday for all vital goods to be granted unimpeded passage into the besieged Gaza Strip, including fuel for electricity. UNRWA made the appeal against the background of 14 years of an illegal blockade and the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The agency in Gaza is extremely concerned about the closure of the lone power plant since last Tuesday, 18 August,” UNRWA said. “The closure of the plant has caused the power feed to decline to two or three hours per day, followed by 20 hours of interruption.”

This, explained UNRWA, will have a negative impact on the wellbeing and safety of the people of Gaza and devastating effects on the Strip’s vital services, including hospitals. “Thus, this puts at risk the lives and health of nearly two million people, including 1.4 million registered Palestine refugees.”

The official statement from the UN agency pointed out that, “Under international humanitarian law, the passage of all relief consignments, in this case fuel for electricity, should not be prevented.”

Commenting on the situation in the Gaza Strip, the Director of UNRWA Affairs in the Palestinian territory, Matthias Schmale, said that the call is being made to all concerned parties to maintain a supply of electricity that is sufficient to meet the basic needs of the civilian population. “UNRWA is, furthermore, concerned about other measures perceived as punitive to the civilian population, such as closing down the fishing zone, as well as the escalating tensions and military activities.”

Gaza, Schmale pointed out, has now been hit by air raids for more than ten nights in a row. “All parties must show utmost restraint and protect the civilian population with full respect for their dignity and human rights.”

READ: Gaza on alert as 4 coronavirus cases detected 

(Source / 25.08.2020)

Israel’s deals to ‘transfer’ Palestinians are simply thinly-disguised ethnic cleansing

A protest against Israel’s closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque for the first time since 1967, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 28 July 2017 [Eman Abusidu]
A protest against Israel’s closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque for the first time since 1967, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 28 July 2017

By Eman Abusidu

It seems that Israel is not satisfied with driving 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and land in 1948, and another 400,000 in 1967; nor with its many massacres of Palestinian civilians. It is, in fact, working to expel even more Palestinians with a view to emptying the land of its indigenous inhabitants having known long ago that Palestine was never “a land without a people for a people without a land” as Zionist propaganda would have us believe.

It is no surprise, therefore, to learn that the government of Golda Meir (1898-1978) sought to “encourage” 60,000 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to migrate to Paraguay in South American with payments that would have cost the occupation state millions of dollars. According to Israeli public broadcaster KAN, recently-released secret papers from 1969 give details of the scheme.

Is it a coincidence that these documents have been released now, in the wake of the “deal of the century” and the increasing Arab normalisation with the occupation state? Moreover, why Paraguay?

With 53 years’ of hindsight, we can say that the fact that the scheme did not go ahead does not mean that it is off the table for ever. Israel has always looked for “alternative homelands” for the Palestinians so that the occupation can be completed with as much of Palestine and as few Palestinians living there as possible.

The possibility of “transferring” Palestinians to Latin America is a bit of a recurring theme. Aside from Paraguay, Israel has made several attempts to encourage Palestinians to migrate to Brazil and other Latin American countries. In 2017, Israel revealed proposals discussed by ministers after the 1967 Six Day War which included the minutes of meetings of the security cabinet between August and December 1967. Prime Minister Levi Eshkol speculated about how to deal with the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians newly under Israeli control. “If it were up to us,” said Eshkol, “we’d send all the Arabs out to Brazil.”

READ: After Beirut’s blast Brazil hints at withdrawing its peacekeeping mission from Lebanon 

At that time Israel was working hard to make Palestinian emigration easy, not least through organised work missions. A Palestinian refugee who has been in Brazil for more than 53 years confirmed to me that his father went there as part of an agricultural work mission with help from the Jordanian government.

Why Latin America? According to specialist in Israeli affairs Adnan Abu Amer, the region has political and geographical dimensions that made it attractive to the Israelis. “Latin American countries are a long way from the physical conflict, making it harder for Palestinians to return to their land,” he explained. “This will help to turn the page on the whole issue of Palestinian refugees and the right of return.” Furthermore, Palestinian refugees automatically became local citizens, despite the differences in languages and traditions between Palestine and Latin American countries.

In May 1969, therefore, Israeli Ministers discussed the secret plan agreed between the head of the Mossad spy agency, Zvi Zamir, and President Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay. The Paraguayan authorities agreed to take up to 60,000 Palestinians, which was about 10 per cent of the population of the Gaza Strip at that time.

Demonstrators light candles in Sao Paulo on 16 January 2009, during a protest against Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip. [NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images]
Demonstrators light candles in Sao Paulo on 16 January 2009, during a protest against Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip

“The Paraguayan government was a dictatorship then and it was promoting immigration,” Susan Mangana from the Catholic University of Uruguay pointed out. “Paraguay is a neighbour to two regional giants — Argentina and Brazil — and Paraguayan society has a large percentage of indigenous people, the Guarani, as well as the descendants of European settlers. Thus, it is accustomed to immigrants.” What’s more, the Researcher in International Studies noted, Paraguay is well known even today for its corruption and porous borders.

Under the 1969 Israeli plan, the travel costs incurred by Palestinians moving to Paraguay would have been covered, and each person would have got $100. The government in Asunción would have received $33 for each immigrant as well as an initial lump sum of $350,000. The total that Israel was ready to pay was thus $20-30 million.

“Presumably Israel knew about the eagerness of the Paraguayans to make big money by signing this type of agreement and hence it exploited this situation to its advantage,” said Mangana. The plan was a failure, though; only 30 Palestinians made the move to Paraguay. In 1970, two of them shot and killed Edna Peer, who was a secretary at the Israeli Embassy in the country. The attack put an abrupt end to the Israeli plan.

READ: In Gaza where I was born and studied, success is not optional, it’s essential

Abu Amer believes that there could be a desire on the part of the Israelis to resurrect such proposals, if not by moving Palestinians to neighbouring Arab countries, then to elsewhere. “Suitable changes would be made to the plan to suit the current circumstances, such as Arab normalisation,” he said, “but the end result, from Israel’s point of view, would be the same: the ‘transfer’ of tens of thousands of Palestinians.”

Susana Mangana thinks that it would be impossible to consider Latin American countries today. “I don’t believe that it would be possible to carry out such a plan today since news travels fast and even though Paraguayans may not be active when it comes to arguing in favour of the Palestinian cause, as more people have access to the reality of the situation they are better prepared to react in case their government tries to sign such an agreement with Israel.”

As happened 53 years ago, when only 30 out of a proposed 60,000 Palestinians took the bait and made the move to Paraguay, the people of Palestine today remain determined to stay on their land, and the refugees remain determined to exercise their legitimate right of return. Israel’s deals to “transfer” the Palestinians are simply thinly-disguised ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population from their homeland. If justice is to mean anything in the modern world, then global opinion will simply not allow the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe) and 1967 Naksa (Setback) to happen again.

(Source / 25.08.2020)

Israel Warplanes, Tanks Attack Gaza, Unexploded Shell Hits House

Israeli warplanes and tanks, Monday at dawn, bombed three targets in Khan Younis in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, local sources reported.

The sources told the Palestinian Information Center’s reporter that Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at farmland to the east of Khan Younis City.

At the same time, Israeli tanks near the eastern border fence between Gaza and Israel, fired shells at two resistance posts north and south of Khan Younis. Damage to homes was reported, with no civilian casualties.

The Israeli army claimed that the assault was in response to incendiary balloons released by Palestinians in Gaza, that drifted into adjacent Israeli settlements the previous day.

The Ministry of Interior and National Security in the Gaza Strip, Monday, announced that a ‘heavy caliber’ unexploded artillery shell penetrated a Palestinian-owned home, in the south of the coastal territory, the Jerusalem Press reported.

The ministry said, in a statement, that “an Israeli artillery shell, which did not explode, landed on Monday, inside a citizen’s house, east of Khan Younis.”

She pointed out that “the explosives engineering crews of the police force removed the shell from the house and worked to neutralize, secure and seize it in accordance with the technical and engineering principles followed.”

In recent weeks, the Israeli occupation has inflicted airstrikes and artillery shells on the besieged Strip, stopped the entrance of diesel fuel, shutting down electricity production, and imposed a full closure on the coastal waters.

According to the latest report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in
the Palestinian territories, Michael Lynk, “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 and regions, 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.”

(Source / 25.08.2020)

Stop Work Orders Delivered, Settlers Set up Caravan in Hebron

Israeli authorities delivered, Monday, a number of stop work orders to Palestinians in the southern West Bank village of Birin, east of Hebron City, according to the Palestinian WAFA News Agency.

Coordinator of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Committees Rateb al-Jabour, said Israeli forces stormed Birin village Birin and handed five Palestinian residents notices ordering them to stop working on their lands.

Al-Jabour added that these measures by the occupation, are intended to intimidate and force Palestinians to abandon their land. The result of which would be the forced displacement of Palestinians, and expropriation of occupied territories for the expansion of nearby illegal Israeli settlements.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers, Monday, erected a new illegal outpost in the village of Birin, signalling their intent to build another illegal settlement, local sources said.

Al-Jabour told WAFA that illegal settlers set up a caravan on lands owned by Palestinians, with legal deeds proving ownership of the land.

The Committee of Protection and Resilience said the outpost would connect the illegal settlements of Kiryat Arba, Bani Hefer, Karma’il, and Ma’on.

In related news, groups of illegal Israeli settlers, on Sunday evening, stormed Tel Rumedia neighborhood in the city of Hebron, and attacked Palestinian civilians, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Eyewitnesses stated that a large number of extremist colonialist settlers, under the full protection of armed Israeli soldiers, attacked Palestinians in Tel Rumeida.

Sources said that local residents confronted the colonists and forced them to withdraw from the town. No injuries were reported.

(Source / 25.08.2020)

Updated: Four Palestinian Fighters Killed In An Explosion In Gaza

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has confirmed that four Palestinians, were killed in an explosion in Gaza city, Monday.

Medics and rescue teams first found the corpses of two Palestinians, and later found two others during the search.

The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, issued a statement confirming that the four Palestinians are members of the group.

It confirmed their identity as Eyad Jamal al-Jedy, 42, Mo’taz Amer al-Mibyed, 29, Yahia Farid al-Mibyed, 23, Yacoub Monther Zeidiyya, 25, and Yacoub Monther Zeidiyya, 25.

The four fighters, from the Sheja’eyya neighborhood, in Gaza city, were apparently killed in an accidental explosion, likely during training.

Updated From:
Two Palestinian Fighters Killed In An Explosion In Gaza
Aug 25, 2020, at 02:05

Two Palestinian fighters were killed on Monday evening in an explosion, in the Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza city.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has reported that Eyad Jamal al-Jedy and Mo’taz Amer al-Mibyed, were killed in the blast.

The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, has confirmed that the two were killed in an explosion in one of its posts.

For its part, the Israeli army denied any relation to the incident and said it did not target any area in Gaza at the time.

On Sunday, Israeli navy ships attacked Palestinian fishermen within one nautical mile off the Gaza shore, while, on Saturday morning, the soldiers fired live rounds at Palestinian farmers and shepherds.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army has been bombing Gaza for about two weeks, in addition to escalating its attacks against farmers on their lands near the perimeter fence, and fisherman in Palestinian territorial waters in the coastal enclave.

(Source / 25.08.2020)

Israeli Forces Detain Several Palestinians from West Bank

Israeli troops invading (file photo from Paltoday)

The Israeli forces, on Monday at dawn, detained one Palestinian man from the Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, and five from different areas of Tulkarem, according to Alray.

Local sources said that soldiers detained Yousef Al-Lahham, 45, after storming and ransacking his family home in the Dheisheh refugee camp, in the southern occupied West Bank.

The sources added that the army fired sound grenades and live rounds towards the Palestinian youths who protested the invasion into the camp, with no injuries to report.

Local sources stated that, in the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem, Israeli forces detained Ahmed Shehab, 45, a former prisoner from Anabta town, Muntasir Tahma, from Qafin town, Yusef Muhanna, another former prisoner, and Ali Abu Saleh from Shweika suburb after their homes were stormed and ransacked.

In press release, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) confirmed the five detained from Tulkarem, one additional man from Bethlehem, two from Ramallah, in the central West Bank, and one from the al-Arroub refugee camp, south of Bethlehem.

Violent confrontations flared between Palestinian youth as Israeli forces invaded the city of Ramallah, Alray reported.

Israeli forces barred journalists from covering the scene, and responded to the protesting youths by firing tear gas and live rounds at them.

According to the PPS, from Saturday night until dawn Sunday, the Israeli forces detained seven Palestinian youths from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, and Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.

It added that the occupation forces have detained, at least 15 civilians over the course of the weekend, most of whom were from occupied Jerusalem.

On Sunday night, Israeli soldiers detained Palestinian young man, Khaled Derya from Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, while passing an flying military roadblock at the western entrance of the town, Alray reported.

(Source / 25.08.2020)

Occupation forces demolish two homes in occupied Jerusalem

Jerusalem (QNN) – Israeli occupation authorities demolished two Palestinian-owned houses on Tuesday morning and last night in occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of construction without a permit, according to local sources.

In Silwan neighborhood, south of Jerusalem, crews of the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem demolished a house owned by Khaled al-Khales.

Israeli occupation forces cordoned off the area before the staff began to knock down the one-storey house using manual tools because of its location inside a narrow closed-in area.

In Sur Baher, another neighborhood in the city, Mohammad Amira was forced last night to knock down his own house to avoid having to pay a heavy fine and costs if the West Jerusalem municipality would tear it down.

According to Khaled Abu Tayeh, a local activist, Amira, who first built his house in 1992, buried it under mounds of earth after the Israeli occupation municipality started to demolish Palestinian houses in that area to avoid its demolition.

Nevertheless, the municipality gave him 10 days to destroy it or it would do it itself and force him to pay all costs, forcing Amira to bring a bulldozer and tear it down with his own hands.

According to Palestinian officials, 18,000 Palestinian-owned houses in occupied East Jerusalem are under threat of demolition by the municipality for construction without a permit, while 650 demolition orders were issued this year alone.

(Source / 25.08.2020)