9 detainees in the West Bank, including a boy

The Israeli army arrested at dawn Tuesday at least nine citizens, including a boy, during raids and raids in different areas.
According to sources, the israeli army arrested alaa Hossam Nassar from the town of Anabta, east of Tulkarem, at the Tayyar checkpoint east of the town.
The israeli occupation also arrested four youths from al-Ain refugee camp west of Nablus near the Settlement of Alon Moreh: Mohammed Iyad Hamdi, Karim Shaheen, Mohammed Hamdi and Mohammed Abu Al-Rish.
In Kafr Malik, east of Ramallah, Israeli soldiers arrested Ayoub Abdul Rahman Ahmed Byrat and Ghassan Ahmed Hassan Ba’rat.
The israeli occupation also arrested Ahmed Khader al-Badawi, from al-Aroub refugee camp north of Hebron.
In the Shufat refugee camp in Jerusalem, a young man, whose identity has not yet been identified, was arrested by the israeli occupation.

(Source / 30.09.2020)

Palestine, India sign deals worth $36m

India’s representative to Palestine, Sunil Kumar (L) and Palestinian Minister of Education, Marwan Awartani (R) [Twitter]
India’s representative to Palestine, Sunil Kumar (L) and Palestinian Minister of Education, Marwan Awartani (R) [Twitter]

The Palestinian government and India’s representative to Palestine, Sunil Kumar, yesterday signed protocols worth $36.1 million to build developmental projects in the fields of education, health and media.

Palestinian Minister of Education, Marwan Awartani, and Kumar signed the first agreement to build two schools in the governorates of Jenin and Tubas at a value of $2.1 million.

The second deal was signed by the Health Minister Mai Kaileh and Kumar at a value of $29 million to build the Indian hospital for orthopaedic, paediatric, gynaecology and internal medicine in Beit Sahour area in the south of the occupied West Bank.

The third agreement was signed by the General Supervisor of the Official Palestinian Media, Ahmed Assaf, at a value of $5 million to purchase equipment and machines for the new national printing press.

READ: Israel, Palestine should work on two-state solution, says India

Prior to the signing ceremony, which was held in the prime minister’s office in occupied Ramallah, the Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki handed Kumar a deed for a plot of land in Ramallah as a gift from the Palestinian government to India to build its temporary embassy until the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital where the embassy headquarters would be located.

In February 2018, the Palestinian government and India signed agreements for project assistance worth $41.35 million.

(Source / 30.09.2020)

Hamas: Friedman’s remarks about annexation exposes lies of Arab normalisers

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman on 16 May 16, 2017 [Wikipedia]
US ambassador to Israel David Friedman on 16 May 2017

Hamas today said US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s remarks that Tel Aviv’s plans to annex large swathes of the occupied West Bank have been “suspended not cancelled” exposes the lies of Arab states who have normalised ties with the occupation state.

In a statement Hamas spokesman, Abdel Latif Al-Qanoa, said: “Some Arab regimes manipulated Arab public opinion to normalise ties with the Israeli occupation.”

“The US Ambassador to Israel David Freidman’s confirmation that Israeli annexation plans had been postponed exposes the lies told by some Arab regimes who sought to normalisation ties with the Israeli occupation.”

“These remarks expose the false justifications of Arab states that signed normalisation agreements with the Israeli occupation,” he continued.

READ: UAE envoy says Israel postponed West Bank annexation for normalisation deal

Speaking to Israeli media earlier today, Friedman said Israel’s plan to annex some 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley has been suspended for at least one year – possibly longer – but emphasised that it has not been taken off the table.

“The words that we chose was to suspend the declaration of sovereignty,” said Friedman.

“It means temporarily. It could take a year or two or more before we are back to that issue.”

“We already made it clear that the issue has been postponed – that doesn’t mean that it’s cancelled,” he said. “It just means that for the time being, it’s on pause. For this year, it’s not going to move forward, but later on, we’ll see – it’s not off the table.”

Hamas’ remarks come after the UAE signed a normalisation deal with Israel earlier this month, saying it had made the deal in an effort to stave off Tel Aviv’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank.

US President Donald Trump has hailed the “dawn of a new Middle East” and killed the peace process - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
US President Donald Trump has hailed the “dawn of a new Middle East” and killed the peace process – Cartoon

(Source / 30.09.2020)

8 deaths and 426 new coronavirus cases in Palestine

Palestinian citizens wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus (COVID-19) at public places in Bethlehem, West Bank on 5 March, 2020 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian citizens wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus (COVID-19) at public places in Bethlehem, West Bank on 5 March, 2020 

Palestine recorded 426 new coronavirus cases and eight fatalities today, according to Palestinian Health Minister Mai Al-Kailah.

She announced that 321 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank have tested positive for the disease and five fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours.

In Gaza, where poverty is rampant and infrastructure lacking, 37 new infections have been confirmed, while 68 people were reported with the disease, along with three deaths in East Jerusalem.

The Gaza Strip is home to two million Palestinians in cities, towns, and refugee camps squeezed within an area of 360 square kilometres, with its borders sealed off by neighbouring Israel and Egypt.

Authorities have imposed a full or partial curfew across the Gaza Strip since 24 August, following the diagnosis of the first case of COVID-19 in the community.

The lockdown has since been partially eased but schools, mosques, and other public facilities remain closed. A nightly curfew is also in effect.

READ: Palestine says 100,000 virus swabs damaged by Israel

In a press statement, Al-Kailah identified five of the eight fatalities as a 61-year-old man from Ash-Shuyukh town, northeast of Hebron, an 88-year-old man from Hebron city, a 54-year-old woman from Bethlehem, a 77-year-old woman from Qalqilya and a 78-year-old man from Ramallah. The remaining three were from occupied East Jerusalem.

According to the Wafa news agency, Al-Kailah added that 696 coronavirus patients have recovered in the occupied territories, including 319 recovery cases in Jerusalem over the last two days.

(Source / 30.09.2020)

Israeli Forces Demolish Structures near Nablus, Jerusalem

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Israeli forces demolished, on Tuesday, a Palestinian-owned shack in Beita town, south of Nablus city, in the northern occupied West Bank, Palestinian WAFA News reported.

Local official in charge of the settlement file, Ghassan Daghlas, confirmed that Israeli soldiers escorted a bulldozer to the entrance of Beita town, where it leveled a 500 square meter shack belonging to Jamal Khader.

In related news, witnesses stated that an Israeli military bulldozer demolished a Palestinian-owned gas station and vegetable stand near the Qalandia Terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem.

In related news, 2 residential structures were demolished by the Israeli occupation army, in the northern Jordan Valley.

(Source / 30.09.2020)

Two Palestinian-owned Homes Demolished by Israeli Forces in Jordan Valley

The Israeli occupation forces, on Tuesday, demolished two Palestinian-owned homes east of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem Press reported.

In a press statement, local activist Aref Daraghmeh said, that the Israeli soldiers invaded “Khirbet Yerza”, and demolished two homes belonging to two brothers, Rami and Hafez Masaid, under the pretext that it was built on an ‘archaeological area’.

Palestinian WAFA News correspondent reported that a large group of Israeli forces, accompanied by military bulldozers, isolated the area and proceeded to destroy two residential rooms, forcing the displacement of the inhabitants.

He added that the Israeli troops denied journalists access to film the scene, and confiscated a Palestine TV broadcasting van.

In related news, the Israeli occupation authorities, on Sunday, imposed a stop work order against an under construction water line in Atouf village, in the northern Jordan Valley, according to a local official.

Abdullah Bisharat, the head of Atouf village council, told WAFA that the villagers were extending a water line for agricultural irrigation, when the Israeli forces ordered them to cease work, detained four of the workers, and confiscated work equipment, including a vehicle.

هيئة مقاومة الجدار والاستيطان op dinsdag الاحتلال يصادر سيارة طاقم تلفزيون فلسطين في يرزا اليوم في سياسه واضحه لمنع الاعلام من ايصال الحقيقه عن انتهاكات الاحتلال بحق الارض والانسان

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Afbeelding kan het volgende bevatten: een of meer mensen, staande mensen, auto, buiten en natuur

(Source / 30.09.2020)

Several Palestinians Detained, Including 14 year old Child

The Israeli forces, on Monday, and Tuesday morning, detained a number of Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources stated that Israeli soldiers stormed Kafr Malik village, east of Ramallah, in the central West Bank, and detained brothers Ghassan Ahmed and Ayoub Abdul-Rahma Baiyrat, seizing a vehicle one of the young men.

In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli troops detained a 14-year-old child, identified as Ahmed al-Badawi, from his home in al-Arroub refugee camp in northern Hebron.

Israeli police officers, on Tuesday morning, took a Palestinian youth into custody, after severely assaulting him near Bab al-Sahira area in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem.

The Israeli police alleged that the young man had intended to carry out a stabbing attack.

On Monday evening, Israeli troops detained four Palestinian young men near the illegal Israeli Elon Moreh settlement, east of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said that troops opened fire in the air, alleging that the youths intended to throw fire bombs near the settlement.

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Afbeelding kan het volgende bevatten: een of meer mensen, auto, motor en buiten
Afbeelding kan het volgende bevatten: een of meer mensen, motor en buiten

(Source / 30.09.2020)

Everything you need to know about the reasons why AOC canceled attending an event praising Rabin

A shot from a painful video footage of Israeli soldiers breaking the bones of a Palestinian young man during the Intifada following Rabin’s “breaking bones” policy

By Robert Inlakesh

Well known progressive congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), in a shock move to her supporters, was set to attend an event which is to commemorate the legacy of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. But after pressure from Pro-Palestinian activists and prominent Palestinian figures in the US, cancelled attending the event.

For most in the West Yitzhak Rabin is remembered as a hero of peace, who took the step towards achieving a peace deal with the Palestinians. Most remember the images of former leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Yasser Arafat, on the white house lawn shaking the hand of Yitzhak Rabin, signing the Oslo Accords. But for Palestinians and for the people of the Global South, Yitzhak Rabin is remembered for a very different record he left behind.

The event that AOC was set to attend on the 20th of October, is being set up by a pro-Israel group ‘Americans for Peace Now’, where it is doubtful that they will detail the record of horrifying war crimes and racism which he left behind.

As AOC has now cancelled the event, it is especially relevant that people understand the true record of Yitzhak Rabin. First starting with the Nakba, or the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, between 1947-1949 saw the mass expulsion of approximately 800,000 Palestinians from their homelands.

During the course of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, several dozen massacres were committed against largely unnarmed Palestinian civilians, with perhaps the bloodiest of all being the massacre committed during the Lydda-Ramle death march, in which approximately 70,000 Palestinians were expelled from the towns of Lydda and Ramle, as well as from surrounding villages. Yitzhak Rabin was directly implicated in this massacre, signing off on the order to expel the people of Lydda and surrounding areas. To quote the Israeli Right Wing Historian, Benny Morris, “ Israeli soldiers threw grenades into houses they suspected snipers were hiding in. Residents ran out of their homes in panic and were shot. Yeruham Cohen, an IDF intelligence officer, said around 250 died between 11:30 and 14:00 hours.”. It is also important to note that Benny Morris only quotes Israeli sources and does not include the oral history of the survivors, which detail the horrific executions and torture of Palestinians.

One may say that the 1948 Lydda-Ramle death march was long ago, so he may have repented and become a changed man, but that is far from the truth. In 1967 Yitzhak Rabin, whilst head of Israel’s military, was responsible for the destruction of three more villages and the expulsion of their inhabitants.
But what about his record outside of Palestine you may ask, well this is also a troubling thing to honour also when “remembering the legacy” of Yitzhak Rabin also. For example, in 1976 Yitzhak Rabin threw a Banquet for the Prime Minister of Apartheid South Africa, John Vorster, expressing that Israel and Apartheid South Africa both faced “foreign-inspired instability and recklessness”, he then went on to praise Apartheid South Africa and hailed “the ideals shared by Israel and South Africa”.

But surely one would argue, his record must have gotten better over time. In fact the only thing that seemed to happen, was that Yitzhak Rabin garnered a larger Arab body count. In 1987 the first Intifada (uprising) occurred in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, in which over 1,000 Palestinians were massacred in what was overwhelmingly an unarmed uprising. The policy introduced by Yitzhak Rabin, then Minister of War, in mid-January of 1988 was one of what he described as “force, might and beatings”, under which Israeli troops were instructed to break the bones of unarmed protesters.

But perhaps he repented for his “bone breaking” policy, the thousands injured as a result of it, the hundreds beaten to death and the torture inside prisons which went on under his command? Not a chance, he bragged about it even in 1992. In 1992 Yitzhak Rabin also stated, of the occupied coastal enclave, that “I would like Gaza drown in the sea”.

After this, in 1993, Yitzhak Rabin led Israel into a seven day war on Lebanon in which around 130 people were massacred, causing 400,000 civilians to flee their homes due to the well documented indiscriminate bombardment of Lebanon. This was the same year that the Oslo Accords were signed.

Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995 by a fanatical Right-Wing Israeli extremist, who was motivated to kill Rabin over his cooperation with the PLO. But before he died, in his last address to Knesset, he had promised to give Palestinians “less than a State” and to ensure a “united Jerusalem”, which would mean denying Palestinians the right to establish a capital in East Jerusalem as part of a so-called Two-State solution.

This is the record that the Palestinians remember, a legacy of racism, torture, ethnic cleansing and massacres. Anyone who claims to hold true to progressive values, cannot defend this or honour such a figure. Especially at an event which will almost certainly not even entertain the war crimes committed by the former Israeli Prime Minister.

Politicians who side with unjust causes and corrupt their values must be challenged, because otherwise they will continue to be pressured into becoming the opposite of what their supporters originally saw them as being. It is doubtful that AOC understood the true record of Yitzhak Rabin until she was made aware by Palestinians.

(Source / 30.09.2020)

Israeli bulldozers demolish structures in Jordan Valley, Hebron

West Bank (QNN)- Israeli bulldozers on Wednesday demolished a house in the village of Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley as well as residential rooms and tents in Shi’b Al Batim in Yatta, Hebron.

In the occupied Jordan Valley, Israeli bulldozers demolish a two-room tin house in Jiftlik, owned by Hasan Salem Ka’abneh.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities demolished a room, a residential tent, a cattle feed store, a two-room tin house, and a traditional Tabun over in Shi’b Al Batim in eastern Yatta, aiming at expanding the near illegal settlement of Avigayil.

The Israelis had also demolished seven residential rooms in eastern Yatt, displacing four families that include members with special needs.

300 native Palestinians live in the Shi’b Al Batim, mostly grzing livestock. Hoever, Israeli authorities are threatening to demolish their houses under the pretext of being built in the area ‘C’.

Israeli authorities have recently increased its demolitions against Palestinians, aiming at expelling as much as possible of native Palestinians.

(Source / 30.09.2020)

Israel’s ‘silent transfer’ of Palestinians out of Palestine

By allotting a fragile residency status in East Jerusalem, Israel has succeeded to revoke and subsequently uproot more than 14,200 Palestinians

By Ibrahim Husseini

While the Arab states are giving Israel occupation the best they have through formal recognition and normalisation of ties, the occupation continues its aggression on the Palestinians, including forcing them out of the occupied city of Jerusalem.

As more Arab countries normalise relations with Israel, it presses on with a policy of “silent transfer” – an intricate system that targets Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem with residency revocation, displacement through house demolitions, barriers in obtaining building permits and high taxes.

Palestinian researcher Manosur Manasra notes Israel launched this policy of transfer against Palestinians in East Jerusalem almost immediately after the 1967 war and the subsequent occupation of the eastern part of the city.

The policy continues to this day with the aim to dominate East Jerusalem.

Land expropriation for Jewish settlements has taken place around East Jerusalem and in the heart of Palestinian neighbourhoods such as the Old City’s Muslim and the Christian Quarters and beyond in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, Ras al-Amoud and Abu Tur since as early as 1968.

Following the June 1967 occupation, Israel applied Israeli law to East Jerusalem and granted Palestinians “permanent resident” status. However, in effect, it is a fragile one.

B’tselem, the Israeli human rights information centre in the occupied Palestinian territories describes this status as one “accorded to foreign nationals wishing to reside in Israel”, except that Palestinians are indigenous to the land.

Palestinians of East Jerusalem do not have a right to automatic Israeli citizenship nor are issued Palestinian passports by the Palestinian Authority (PA). They are usually able to obtain temporary Jordanian and Israeli travel documents.

By allotting a fragile residency status to Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Israel has succeeded to revoke and subsequently uproot more than 14,200 Palestinians from East Jerusalem since 1967. These measures coincide with an aggressive house demolition practice.

Home demolitions in the West Bank did not stop despite the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the United Nations, there was a nearly fourfold increase in the number of people displaced from January-August 2020, and a 55 percent rise of structures targeted with demolitions or confiscations compared with a year earlier.

In East Jerusalem, 24 structures were demolished last month, half of them by their owners following the issuance of demolition orders by the Jerusalem municipality.

The “permanent residency” status is maintained as long as Palestinians keep a physical presence in the city. However, in some cases, the Israeli authorities move to withdraw the residency status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem as a retribution measure because they are political dissidents. Israel’s pursuit of Palestinian activists is extensive and does not exclude any faction.

The most recent case is that of 35-year-old Salah Hammouri, a lawyer and activist. Arye Deri, Israel’s interior minister, says Salah is a member of the Palestine Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Israel outlawed the group and wants him out of the country.

In some cases, Israeli authorities cancel the residency permits of spouses of political activists as a punishment. Shadi Mtoor, a Fatah member from East Jerusalem, is currently fighting a case in the Israeli courts to keep his wife’s residence in East Jerusalem. She is originally from the West Bank.

In 2010, Israel revoked the Jerusalem residency of four Palestinian MPs who were elected to the Palestinian Parliament in 2006 and one who served as a cabinet minister – on the grounds they pose a danger to the state.

Three live in Ramallah now and one is under administrative detention. A hearing at the Israeli High Court is scheduled for October 26.

In some cases, Israel does not issue a residency ID for a child whose father is from Jerusalem and mother from the West Bank.

International law explicitly condemns the forcible transfer of civilians. “Ultimately our decision is to remain in this city,” says Hammouri.

In early September, Hammouri was summoned by the Israeli police and informed of the Israeli interior minister’s intent to revoke his Jerusalem residency.

“I was told I constitute a danger to the state and that I belong to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine,” said Hammouri.

A French citizen, Hammouri was born in Jerusalem to a Palestinian father and a French mother. In 2017, the family was split when Israel barred his wife, Elsa, who is also a French national and at the time pregnant, from entering the country. The reason was said to be based on a secret file that Israel had.

Hammouri expects Israel to expel him to France after his residency is formally revoked. The French government, in response, issued a statement calling on Israel to allow Hammouri to continue to reside in Jerusalem.

“Mr Salah Hammouri must be able to lead a normal life in Jerusalem where he was born and where he resides,” it said.

The Israeli foreign ministry alleges Hammouri is a “senior operative” of a terrorist organisation and continues to engage in “hostile activity” against the state of Israel.

A solidarity campaign calling for Hammouri’s right to retain his Jerusalem residency is now under way in France, and French diplomats in Jerusalem are currently negotiating with Israeli officials in order to get it to reverse its decision. He intends to challenge the case to withdraw his residency in court.

Hammouri spent more than eight years in Israeli prisons over different periods. In 2011, at the end of a seven-year jail sentence, he was freed in a prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel (known as the Shalit deal).

Sahar Francis, director of the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association known as Addameer, told Al Jazeera “the cancellation of residency is illegal according to international law”.

“The occupation state has no right to cancel the residency of protected people under the Fourth Geneva Convention. This is called forcible transfer and forcible transfer is forbidden,” Francis said.

The PFLP first opposed the 1993 Oslo Accords but then came to accept the two-state solution. However, in 2010 it beckoned the PLO to end negotiations with Israel and asserted that only a one-state solution for Palestinians and Jews is possible.

“I see a very dark horizon,” says Khaled Abu Arafeh, 59, a former PA minister.

“Israel will invest the recent local and regional developments of normalisation and the result will be the expulsion of the inhabitants of the West Bank and the reformulation of the position of Palestinians of 1948,” he adds.

Abu Arafeh served as the minister for Jerusalem affairs between March 2006 and March 2007 in Ismail Haniyeh’s government, which was formed after the Hamas won a majority of seats in the 2006 parliamentary elections.

Two months after the formation of the Palestinian government, the Israeli police notified three Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) members and cabinet minister Abu Arafeh, all from Jerusalem, they had 30 days to quit their posts or their residency status would be revoked.

The Israeli police threat was rejected and the four went to court to contest the interior ministry’s ultimatum.

On June 29, 2006, the Israeli police carried out a broad arrest campaign that targeted 45 newly elected PLC members and 10 cabinet ministers. Jerusalem PLC members Muhammad Abu Teir, Muhammad Totah, Ahmad Atoun and Abu Arafeh were among those arrested. Israel charged them with belonging to the “reform and change” list, which was affiliated with the Islamic movement Hamas.

Abu Arafeh was sentenced to 27 months in prison and was released in September 2008. Abu Teir and Totah were handed longer sentences and were not released until May 2010.

On June 1, 2010, the Israeli police summoned the men again. This time they were ordered to surrender their Jerusalem IDs and were given one month to leave Israel.

Just as the period was about to expire, the Israeli police arrested Abu Teir.

Abu Arafeh, Atoun and Totah, sensing imminent arrest, took refuge in the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) building in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem. Their stay lasted for 19 months; living in a tent within the premises. The Israeli police finally stormed the building and arrested the three men.

They were charged with belonging to a “terror group” and holding senior ranks in the Hamas movement, as well as incitement against the state of Israel. They were sentenced to two years in jail. Upon their release, they resided in Ramallah.

“Away from al-Quds, I feel estranged, very estranged,” Abu Arafeh lamented about his situation.

Abu Arafeh’s family continues to reside in East Jerusalem. “I live in Ramallah and they live in al-Quds,” Abu Arafeh told Al Jazeera. “They visit me every weekend then they go back home.”

Atoun is currently under administrative detention, his fourth since 2014.

In 2018, the Israeli High Court ruled the interior ministry’s decision to withdraw the residency status was illegal as there were no laws to support it. However, it gave the interior ministry six months to go to the Knesset to enact a law. The Knesset passed a law that allows the revocation of residencies for individuals who are deemed not loyal to the state of Israel.

The four Palestinians to this day have no identification papers that would allow them to cross Israeli checkpoints within the West Bank. The only document they were able to obtain was a driver’s licence from the PA, but only after the Israeli army approved.

Because they do not have IDs, they rarely venture outside Ramallah for fear of being stopped and arrested at an Israeli checkpoint.

The four appealed the High Court’s ruling and demanded that Israel provide them with an alternative residency to enable them to live legally in the West Bank. A court hearing is scheduled for October 26, but Abu Arafeh does not expect a ruling.

“We do not expect a decision; the occupation authorities are using time against us,” he said.

A Palestinian woman who asked to be identified as JA, 24, was born in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Her father is from East Jerusalem and holds a Jerusalem ID. But her mother is from Bethlehem and holds a PA-issued ID card.

The Israeli interior ministry has rejected all applications to issue JA an ID card because she was born in the West Bank. The PA also did not provide an ID card because her father holds a Jerusalem ID.

So currently she has no documents whatsoever. This situation has caused JA endless problems registering in schools, finding employment, opening bank accounts, and other usual necessities. She has never travelled.

JA is now suing the Israeli ministry of interior in an attempt to receive a legal residency.

(Source / 30.09.2020)