Israel general: Target Hamas leaders not equipment

Gazans resume flying incendiary balloons to Israel [Anadolu Agency]
Gazans resume flying incendiary balloons to Israel

Israeli General Tal Brown has called for targeting Palestinian resistance leaders in Gaza instead of resistance sites in response to the firing of incendiary balloons into southern Israel.

“As long as the people responsible for armed activities in the Gaza Strip are not under personal threat of harm, incendiary balloons will continue to be fired in the next [tension] rounds,” Brown wrote on Israel’s Channel 7.

According to Arabi21, which translated the article, Brown said that the Israeli towns which surround the Gaza periphery had been targeted by incendiary kites and balloons for years.

Brown said that these “explosive devices” are detonated arbitrarily exposing “every Israeli” to danger and torching fields, natural reserves and crops.

“In response to these,” he said, “the Israeli army bombed every building and military site owned by Hamas every night,” noting this became a tradition and it does not cause intentional deaths.

Brown added: “This [firing balloons] is an opportunity to destroy the abilities and equipment which are currently serving the organisations and could be used against Israel in the future.”

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Israel carries out 9 airstrikes in Gaza, in response to kites - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
Israel carries out airstrikes in Gaza, in response to kites – Cartoon

(Source / 09.09.2020)

PLO: Most Arab states stopped paying Palestinian budget

Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in Ramallah on 30 January, 2019 [ABBAS MOMANI / AFP / Getty]
Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in Ramallah on 30 January, 2019

Secretary of PLO’s Executive Committee Saeb Erekat revealed yesterday that most Arab countries have stopped paying their dues towards the Palestinian budget, Al-Khaleej Online reported.

Marking the start of preparations for the 154th meeting of foreign ministers of Arab League member states, Erekat said that the meeting’s agenda includes eight issues the foremost is the joint Arab work, the Palestinian issue, Israeli-Arab conflict, the Arab affairs, and national security.

“Our message to the meeting of the ministerial council of the Arab League is that we hope you will take decisions to fill the gap made by the UAE-Israeli normalisation,” Erekat said.

He also expressed hope that the Arab League renew its commitment to the Arab Peace Initiative and the resolutions of the previous Arab League meetings held in 2018 and 2019.When the Arab World sells the Holy City - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

When the Arab World sells the Holy City – Cartoon

Erekat thanked the Arab states which reiterated their commitment to the Arab Peace Initiative, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Algeria, Kuwait, and Qatar.

“We do not want support from our Arab brothers that surpasses their abilities,” he said.

“All we need,” he said, “is to renew their commitment to the Peace Initiative which they proposed and agreed on and to carry out the resolutions of the successive meetings of the Arab League related to the financial safety network for Palestine.”

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu however denied this saying annexation is not off the table but has simply been delayed.

READ: PLO, Jordan reiterate abiding by Arab Peace Initiative

(Source / 09.09.2020)

12 Palestinian prisoners infected with coronavirus

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

Twelve Palestinian prisoners have been officially diagnosed with the coronavirus in Israel’s Ofer Prison, reported Wafa news agency.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), the infected detainees are in Section 14 of Ofer Israeli prison, with five testing positive yesterday evening and seven this morning.

It also stated that a total of 27 detainees in various Israeli prisons have tested positive, in addition to two others who were officially diagnosed after being tested by the Palestinian Health Ministry immediately upon their release.

The number of Palestinians in Israeli prisons currently stands at around 5,000, including 700 patients and 41 women.

With the absence of ventilation and health measures, prisoners remain at high risk of contracting the virus.

READ: Gaza reports 162 new coronavirus cases

PPS stressed the need for international human rights institutions, led by the International Red Cross, to ensure the well-being of the detainees, and to send an independent medical committee to the prisons to test more detainees.

It also called to observe the living conditions in addition to ensuring adequate preventative measures are implemented.

Moreover, it accused Israel of trying to deceive the international community by withholding important facts, especially regarding the number of infected detainees in its prisons, warning that only Israel knows the exact numbers.

Since 1967, 226 Palestinians have died inside Israeli prisons, according to the Palestinian Authority, which said the main cause of death has been medical negligence at the hands of prison authorities.

(Source / 09.09.2020)

Israeli Bulldozers Raze Palestinian-owned Lands in West Bank, Gaza

Israeli occupation bulldozers, Tuesday, razed Palestinian-owned lands of Kifl Hares village, west of Salfit, in the northern occupied West Bank, a local official reported.

Head of the village council, Sheikh Omar Samara, told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli bulldozers leveled dozens of dunams of land, owned by the heirs of Saeed Shamlawi, and that of Nimer Abdul Karim Shamlawi, near the illegal Israeli Kiryat Nitavim colony, established on Palestinian lands, with the intention to expand it.

Ihab Shamlawi, one of the heirs of the land, said the heavy machinery razed 30 dunams in order to expand the settlement, adding that the area has been under frequent assault by Israeli settlers.

In related news, several Israeli army vehicles, Monday morning, executed a limited incursion into eastern Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said that 6 Israeli military bulldozers and a tractor invaded east of Khan Younis city, leveling large areas of land near the Gaza border fence, according to Palestinian WAFA News Agency correspondent.

(Source / 09.09.2020)

Israeli Municipality Forces Family to Demolish Shops in Jabal Al-Mokkaber

The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem, Tuesday, forced a Palestinian family to demolish their five shops in Jabal al-Mokkaber, south east of Occupied Jerusalem, in the central West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Abed Sarry, one of the shop owners, said the Israeli municipality ordered he and his family demolish their five shops, from which they earn their income, under the pretext of the lack of building permit, although the family has attempted to obtain a building license for a decade, with no success.

Sarry added that the family built the shops four years ago, after several attempts to obtain the license failed, noting that they were fined 60,000 shekels ($17,687 USD), which he said, they are currently paying to the municipality in instalments.

He also mentioned that the municipality forced the family to demolish the shops itself, or the municipality crews would knock them down and threatened to charge them 70,000 shekels ($20,634 USD) in demolition costs.

In related news, Israeli occupation authorities, Monday, issued demolition orders against several structures in the village of Kisan, east of Bethlehem city, in the southern occupied West Bank, local sources reported.

Ahmad Ghazal, deputy head of Kisan village council, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that occupation soldiers informed Mahmoud Ibayyat of their plan to raze his two shacks, which he uses as shelter for livestock, as well as a tent, adding that Ibayyat was told he has 20 days to evacuate the area, or the army will proceed with the demolition and seize everything.

(Source / 09.09.2020)

Israeli Settlers Attempt, Fail to Assemble Outpost Near Ramallah

Dozens of Palestinians foiled illegal Israeli settlers’ attempts, Monday night, to steal Palestinian-owned land to assemble an illegal outpost in the village of Kufr Malik, east of Ramallah, in the central occupied West Bank, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Witnesses stated that a large of colonial settlers invaded the area and began to erect caravans, when local residents quickly responded, by rushing to the site and confronting the illegal colonists, and forcing them to retreat.

They added that Israeli soldiers stepped in to protect the illegal settlers, attacking the Palestinian civilians, who were protecting their land from expropriation.

No injuries were reported.

In related news, a group of Israeli colonists uprooted and stole 45 Palestinian olive trees, Monday, from the Tormos-Ayya village, northeast of Ramallah, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said that illegal settlers from nearby settlements uprooted and stole 45 olive trees from Palestinian-owned land.

(Source / 09.09.2020)

Israeli Undercover Agents Abduct Palestinian Youth in Occupied Jerusalem

An undercover unit of Israeli forces, also called “Musta’ribeen” abducted, on Monday, a young man near the Shu’fat refugee camp roadblock, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, in the central West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Eyewitnesses said that a group of undercover agents (Musta’ribeen) invaded the Shu’fat refugee camp, chased the young man, and abducted him from inside a cafeteria near the military roadblock.

Eyewitnesses reported to Ma’an News Agency that the police disguised as Palestinians, driving a civilian vehicle, abducted Palestinian youth, Yazan Omran Abeid, while he was in the Obaid neighborhood, and pointed weapons at bystanders, to deter them from intervening.

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(Source / 09.09.2020)

EU missions call on Israel to stop demolition policy

EU: Israel’s settlement policy is illegal under international law so that all actions taken in that context, such as forced transfers, evictions, demolitions and confiscations of homes are violations of international law

The EU mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Tuesday called on Israel to stop demolition policy pursued against Palestinian structures in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

In a statement, the mission said that the demolitions have led to the displacement of Palestinians and caused damage to Palestinian communities.”

The mission noted that “as of 31 August 2020, a total of 107 housing units and 46 other structures (including shops, storage rooms, etc.) had been demolished in East Jerusalem alone”.

Meanwhile, it said that the demolitions have continued since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early March “notwithstanding the various obligations of the occupying power under international humanitarian law,”calling on Israel to halt the demolitions.

“In line with the EU’s long-standing position on Israel’s settlement policy, illegal under international law, and actions taken in that context, such as forced transfers, evictions, demolitions and confiscations of homes, the EU once again urges the Israeli authorities to halt demolitions of Palestinian structures,” it added.

For his part, the Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Fadi al-Hadmi, welcomed the European consensus regarding Israel’s demolition policy.

Al-Hadmi said in a statement that the EU mission’s position was in line with the Palestinian position.

(Source / 09.09.2020)

Israel court evicts Palestinian family from Jerusalem home

The court gave Al-Rajabi family until 1 April next year to leave the property

The Jerusalem District court ordered on Tuesday the eviction of Nasser Rajabi and his family from their home in the Batan Al-Hawa neighbourhood of Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Centre, which monitors Israeli human rights violations in Jerusalem, said in a statement that the Al-Rajabi family’s property is a residential building consisting of three apartments housing 30 family members.

According to the statement, the family has been locked in a legal battle over the ownership of its property since 2016.

The court gave Al-Rajabi family until 1 April next year to leave the property.

In January, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ordered the family to leave their property following a lawsuit filed by the Ateret Cohanim settler association in the name of a Jewish trust from the late 19th century.

Ateret Cohanim has filed dozens of lawsuits against some 100 Palestinian families living in Batan Al-Hawa, putting 700 people at risk of eviction under the pretext that in the late 19th century the land was allocated by its Jewish owners to a Jewish trust for the benefit of poor Yemenite Jews of Jerusalem.

However Palestinians have land ownership documents which show their claim to the areas in question.

(Source / 09.09.2020)

Palestine seeks to set date for elections before end of 2020: official

A senior Palestinian official announced on Tuesday that Palestine is seeking to set a date for general elections in the Palestinian territories by the end of the year, state-run Palestine Television reported.

“Holding the presidential and parliamentary elections in Palestine is the main entry point for achieving an internal Palestinian reconciliation,” said Fatah party’s Central Committee Secretary-General Jibril Rajoub.

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Rajoub told the Ramallah-based TV station that reaching understandings with the Islamic Hamas movement and other factions “would be declared soon.”

On Sept. 3, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chaired an online video meeting with leaders and secretary generals of 14 Palestinian factions including Hamas and Fatah.

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In the meeting, they agreed that gaining Palestinian unity and ending more than 13 years of internal division, mainly between Hamas and Fatah, is the only way to topple the Israeli annexation plan and the U.S. Deal of the Century.

(Source / 09.09.2020)