PA prevents judges from protesting in West Bank

File photo of Palestinian Authority (PA) security services.
Palestinian Authority (PA) security services 

Palestinian Authority (PA) security services yesterday prevented judges and lawyers from holding a protest calling for the independence of the Palestinian judiciary, Anadolu reported.

The protest was due to take place in front of the High Judicial Council headquarters in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Judge Ahmed Al-Ashqar said: “The Palestinian security place military barricaded and prevented the judges from reaching the High Judicial Council headquarters.”

“This is an illegal act… We only wanted to send a message to the [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas.”

He said that the judges call for Abbas to dissolve the transitional High Judicial Council and forming a new “permanent” council. They are also calling for cancelling the decision of the High Judicial Council to designate judges to work in the PA institutions and for cancelling the decisions that arbitrarily prevent the promotion of judges.

READ: PA ready to talk with Israel based on international resolutions

The judges, according to Al-Ashqar, reject enacting laws for compulsory retirement for judges.

For its part, the High Judicial Council said that it did not request the presence of the security forces, adding that security forces acted on their own and prevented judges who were working from accessing the building.

In July 2019, Abbas dissolved the High Judicial Council for political reasons and formed a transitional body for only one year. One year later he extended its mandate for another six months.

(Source / 08.09.2020)

Israel court slams government for delay in demolishing Palestinian village

Israeli occupation orders the demolition of a Palestinian house because it was overlooking the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev [Shehab Agency]
Israeli occupation orders the demolition of a Palestinian house because it was overlooking the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev

The Israeli government and the country’s High Court of Justice are in dispute over the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar, a Palestinian village near Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, which is obstructing the expansion of Jewish only illegal settlements.

The court has slammed the government’s request for another postponement of the demolition of the village as “embarrassing”.

A hearing over the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar was meant to take place at the end of this month where the state was meant to explain to the court why it had failed to demolish the homes of some 180 members of Al-Jahhalin Bedouins. As a result of the Nakba, which saw Israel lead a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Palestinian community, Al-Jahhalin Bedouins have been spread across 26 communities in the area, all facing the threat of demolition.

READ: Sharp decrease in number of building permits granted to Palestinians by Israel

The Israeli government, however, requested a postponement of six months citing the spread of the coronavirus and diplomatic issues. The court ruled that it would delay the hearing by another two months, after which it is expected that Israeli bulldozers will move in to demolish Palestinian homes.

This is the second postponement in just over a year. In June 2019the unexpected election scheduled for September 2019 was the reasons given for the delay in the planned demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar.

With their position in the so-called E1 area, where an Israeli settlement expansion project is planned along the Jerusalem-Jericho road, Palestinian communities in Khan Al-Ahmar have battled for their existence for decades.

Israeli occupation forces maintain that the homes must be demolished because they were built without the impossible to attain building permits. Meanwhile, the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim has been growing since 1975, it is now home to more than 37,000 illegal Israeli settlers.

ZERO building permits were issued by Israel in 2015 !

(Source / 08.09.2020)

Israel arrests more than 40 Palestinians including ex-prisoners

Israeli police arrest a demonstrator during a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding his resignation over corruption cases and his failure to combat the coronavirus pandemic in West Jerusalem on September 5, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Israeli police arrest a demonstrator during a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding his resignation over corruption cases and his failure to combat the coronavirus pandemic in West Jerusalem on September 5, 2020

Israeli occupation forces carried out a large-scale arrest campaign across the occupied West Bank, detaining at least 43 Palestinians, including a girl and one woman, reported Wafa news agency.

According to Palestinian security sources, more than half are former prisoners.

Amani Sarahneh, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), told Anadolu Agency that the raids targeted Hebron province, where 50 citizens including two females, identified as Amena Abdel-Ghani Abu Turki and Seham Al-Battat, were taken into custody.

She emphasised that it was the largest detention campaign in the area this year.

“The escalation constitutes a crime, due to the continuing spread of the Covid-19 pandemic among prisoners, which endangers their lives,” the organisation said.

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Soldiers detained 22 Palestinians in the town of Dura, including nine former prisoners.

The others were from the city of Hebron, Yatta, Al-Dahriyeh, Bani Naim, Arroub refugee camp, Beit Ummar, Sair and Sourif, reported Wafa, during which Israel soldiers broke into homes and ransacked them.

Hamas leader Hassan Yousef said more than 40 group members were arrested during the raids, which were part of “continuous attempts by the occupation to dissuade the movement from its role in the resistance against the occupation.”

The Israeli army carries out frequent arrest campaigns across the West Bank – including in occupied East Jerusalem – on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

According to PPS, Israeli occupation forces arrested more than 3,000 Palestinians from the start of 2020 until the end of August.

READ: Thousands of Israelis keep up protests against Netanyahu

(Source / 08.09.2020)

UN: Palestinian economic woes compounded by COVID-19

UNRWA healthcare workers at the yard of a school which is turned into a clinic for Covid-19 patients in Gaza City, Gaza on March 18, 2020 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
UNRWA healthcare workers at the yard of a school which is turned into a clinic for Covid-19 patients in Gaza City, Gaza on March 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is compounding dire economic conditions in the Palestinian territories, where GDP per capita was already projected to fall by 3% to 4.5% this year, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.

Lockdown measures have had “grave fiscal implications” for authorities and residents of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, and come as donors are cash-strapped, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in a report.

The ‘pre-existing conditions’ in the occupied territories are essentially malignant. And they will get worse over the coming years as the consequences of COVID-19,

said Richard Kozul-Wright, director of UNCTAD’s division on globalisation and development strategies.

“Inequality, indebtedness, insecurity, (and) insufficient investment have been long-standing problems in the Palestinian occupied territories,” he told a news briefing.1967 Occupation, Naksa - Cartoon [Sarwar Ahmed/MiddleEastMonitor]

1967 Occupation, Naksa – Cartoon

Palestinian health officials have reported 215 deaths from COVID-19 and more than 35,000 infections across the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, territory Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

A UN aid group has warned that a lack of key medical items in Gaza could make it hard to treat the disease effectively.

“The situation in the occupied Palestinian territories is going from bad to worse,” Mahmoud Elkhafif, UNCTAD’s coordinator of the assistance to the Palestinian people, told the briefing.

Donor support is expected to decline in 2020 to $266 million, “the lowest in more than a decade,” he said.

Unemployment was already at a “depression-level” of 33% last year, the report said.

By April 2020, revenues collected by the Palestinian National Authority from trade, tourism, and transfers had declined to their lowest levels in 20 years, it said.

To allow for expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the Israeli zoning and planning regime “makes it nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain permits to build in their own land for any purpose”, the report said.

Last year, Israel demolished or seized 622 Palestinian structures in the West Bank, it said.

READ: Gaza reports 162 new coronavirus cases

(Source / 08.09.2020)

Israeli Settler Strikes Palestinian Child with Vehicle in Hebron

An Israeli settler, on Sunday, struck a Palestinian child with his car, near the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement, built on Palestinian-owned lands of Hebron, southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center.

Eyewitnesses states that an unidentified Israeli settler ran over the child with his vehicle, and proceeded to escape responsibility, heading towards the Kiryat Arba settlement.

Palestinian medical teams arrived on the scene to provide first aid to the young boy, who suffered a moderate injury, before taking him to a nearby hospital.

The identity and condition of the boy are unknown at this time, as is the identity of the Israeli perpetrator.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

(Source / 08.09.2020)

Israeli Forces Shoot, Detain Palestinian Youth after Alleged Stabbing Attack

A Palestinian youth was shot and detained by the Israeli forces, on Sunday, after he allegedly attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at the Ariel Junction, north of Salfit in the central occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Hebrew media reported that the young man walked towards a group of Israeli soldiers outside the illegal Ariel colony, and allegedly tried to stab them, and then fled.

Israeli forces shot the young man in the leg as he attempted to run away, and proceeded to apprehend him.

The condition and identity of the young man is unknown at this time.

It is important to note that no soldiers were injured.

The Israeli army subsequently blocked the northern entrance to the city of Salfit, according to local sources.

Sources told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that large forces of Israeli soldiers were deployed in the area, and proceeded to closed off the northern entrance of the city, preventing people from entering or leaving, in the aftermath of an alleged stabbing attack in the area.

(Source / 08.09.2020)

Several Palestinians Detained from West Bank, Including a Teen and a Former Prisoner

Israeli forces detained several Palestinians in various occupied West Bank areas, Sunday night through Monday morning, including a former prisoner, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Israeli soldiers detained former prisoner, Muhammad Mustafa Shreiteh, 34, and Yahya Hassan Laddua, 29, after invading and searching their homes in the Al Mazraa village, northwest of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.

Sources added that Muhammad Shreitah, an editor, was just recently married.

Soldiers detained Nassar Abu Dahouk in Jericho, in the northern West Bank, after storming and searching his home.

In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli troops broke into, searched, and ransacked the home of Hamza Abu Aisha, 35, before detaining him.

Troops also detained Muhammad Rajoub, from Dura town in Hebron.

Israeli soldiers stormed neighborhoods in Hebron and Al-Aroub refugee camp and fired stun grenades at the entrance to the camp.

The Israeli army, overnight Saturday and at dawn Sunday, stormed Wadi al-Hariya area in Hebron city, in the southern West Bank, and detained two Palestinians identified as Jalal Abu Sneineh and Naseem al-Atrash from their homes, the PIC further reported.

In Bethlehem, in the central West Bank, Israeli troops detained Nour al-Hasanat, 17, a resident of al-Dheisheh refugee camp, at the Container military roadblock.

(Source / 08.09.2020)

Israeli police arrests student at Al Aqsa mosque and allows settlers’ raids

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli police on Tuesday arrested a student from the courtyards of Al Aqsa mosque and allowed raids of extremist settlers.

Local sources told QNN that Israeli policemen arrested a student from the holy mosque and took him for an interrogation center in the old city. The cause of the arrest is still unknown.

Meanwhile, Dozens of Israeli extremist settlers broke into Al Aqsa mosque from the Magharbeh gate and toured in the holy mosque under Israeli police protection,

The Israeli police closed the Magharbeh gate after 80 settlers and five members of the Shin Bet broke into Al Aqsa mosque through it.

(Source / 08.09.2020)

Gantz bids to resume illegal settlement construction after half a years of suspension

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli War Minister Benny Gantz has approved the construction of some 5,000 new settlement units in the West Bank, according to Israeli media.

The decision, which goes against international law, comes nearly half a year after a former decision to suspend settlement construction in the West Bank. Gantz plans to hold a meeting for the higher planning council to approve his plan, reported the channel 13.

Gantz would hold the meeting next week after he also informed Netanyahu of holding it.

Gantz is trying to be more accessible to extremist settlers in illegal settlements following the general disappointment of Netanyahu’s decision to suspend construction.

(Source / 08.09.2020)

Over 50 Palestinians arrested in Israeli wide-scale West Bank campaign

The arrests included parliamentarians, former prisoners, and family members of prisoners

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- The Israeli army has launched a wide-scale arrest campaign throughout the West Bank this morning, targeting over 50 Palestinians including members of the Legislative Council and former prisoners.

The Israeli army raided several villages and cities of the West Bank in the early morning of Tuesday, breaking into dozens of houses and committing vandalism.

The Prisoners’ Information Center said the Israeli army arrested Hamas leader Abdel Khaleq Al Natsheh after breaking into his house in Hebron.

The Israeli army also arrested the member of the Legislative Council Nayef Al Rjoub and his brother, who is a former prisoner, Yaser. Other former prisoners were also arrested, including Sheikh Muhammad Ismail Abu Arqoub, Nafeth Shawamreh, Issa Rjoub, Ayyub Awawdeh, Laith Awawdeh, Raed Hamdan, Adam Abu Sharar, Issa Awawdeh, Thaer Abu Sondos, Ahmad Abu Sondos, and Sami Abu Arqoub.

Abdel Baset Hroub, father of Muhammad Hroub who is serving four life prison terms in Israeli jails, has been arrested. Also, the mother of Haitham Al Battat, who is serving three life prison terms, has been arrested.

Usama Shaheen, the head of Palestine Center for Prisoners’ Studies, as well as former prisoners Dia’ Masalmeh, Mahmoud Issa Masalmeh, Muhammad Abdel Hamid Masalmeh, Thaer Naim Masalmeh, and Sharhabil Masalmeh have been arrested as well.

The Israeli army arrested Muath Abu Ijhesheh and former prisoner, who has been released only three months ago, Marwan Abu Farah.

In Yatta, Fadl Jabbarin, Atef Rabba’, Huthaifaha and Qutaiba Makhamreh, and Ibrahim Hathalin have been included in the arrest campaign.

The Israelis arrested Munir Manasrah, Thaer Awad, Sheikh Khader Abu Hashem, Mu’ayyad Tit, and Maher Sabarneh from northern Hebron.

In Sa’er, Sheikh Izzat Shalaldeh, Abdel Fattah Abu Sal, Yousuf Abu Afifeh, and Wajih Mashni have been arrested.

In Bethlehem, several former prisoners were arrested, including Yaser and Muhammad Atallah, Raed Hamdan, Ibrahim Jobran, and Ahmad Qasem Sheikh.

In Ramallah, Israeli soldiers arrested Izz Khalaf Ta’mari and Mahmoud Ali Qindah.

In Issawiyyeh, the Israeli police arrested Ahmad Issam Darwish.

(Source / 08.09.2020)