Israeli army razes unfinished house in W. Bank village of Beit Sira

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RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation army at dawn Thursday demolished a Palestinian house under construction in Beit Sira village, west of Ramallah city.

According to local sources, Israeli bulldozers escorted by Israeli soldiers knocked down the unfinished house, which belonged to Ismail Ankawi, at the pretext of unlicensed construction.

The soldiers prevented the homeowner and other citizens from entering the area where the demolition took place and forced them to leave.

The Israeli army had demolished a house under construction in the same village about three months ago.

(Source / 17.09.2020)

IOF razes agricultural structure in W. Bank town of Tarqumiya

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AL-KHALIL, (PIC)+- The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday demolished an agricultural room in Tarqumiyah town, west of al-Khalil.

According to local sources, the IOF stormed Khilat az-Zeitoun area of the town and knocked down a warehouse used for agricultural purposes belonging to Mohamed Qaqour.

The IOF also blocked several secondary roads in Farsh al-Hawa area in western al-Khalil.

Meanwhile, the IOF confiscated several cargo containers belonging to Palestinian citizens during their presence at the northern entrance to al-Khalil city.

(Source / 17.09.2020)

The occupation arrested 20 citizens at dawn Thursday

The occupation army arrested 20 citizens of the West Bank today, Thursday, and the town of Issawiya, east of Jerusalem.

Local sources in Jerusalem reported that 7 citizens were arrested from the Jenin governorate. They are: the two brothers Muhammad and Ahmed Abu Kharj, Rafiq Muhannad Amarna, Muhammad Khaled Jaradat, and Talib Muhammad Talib. And from the village of Kafr Dan, the former prisoner Muhammad Farouk Ayed and Sheikh Muhammad Ahmed Salah were arrested.

In addition, the occupation army arrested Imad Mahmoud al-Rayyis, and his son Jaafar, from Kafr al-Labd, east of Tulkarm.

From the town of Kafr Haris, Salfit district, Wajdi Munir Bouza, Ali Mahmoud Al-Qaq, and Ibrahim Fouad were arrested by the occupation to force his brother Khalil to surrender himself.

In the town of Beit Iba, west of Nablus, the occupation forces arrested Mujahid Jamal Salim.

The sources added that the occupation forces arrested Moaz Nihad Ubayd from the town of Issawiya, east of Jerusalem, Muhammad Ghassib Ubaid, and Akram Ghasseb Ubaid.

The arrests also affected Mutasim Sorour, from the town of Ni’lin, west of Ramallah.

The arrests included three citizens from Al-Aroub camp, north of Hebron, who are: Muhammad Khalid Abu Sell, Ahmed Abdul Rahman Abu Sell, and Jihad Imad Al-Titi, brother of the wounded prisoner, Issa Al-Titi.

(Source / 17.09.2020)

Health in Gaza warns of the imminent shortage of many medicines and swabs needed to diagnose Corona

The Ministry of Health in Gaza warned , this evening, Thursday, that many medicines and laboratory swabs needed to diagnose the Corona virus will soon run out in the Gaza Strip.
The ministry said that the number of laboratory swabs available to diagnose Corona virus is only sufficient for days.
The Ministry confirmed during a press conference that the increasing number of new infections with the Coronavirus in the sector requires more medical supplies.
In turn, the director general of pharmacy at the ministry, Mounir Al-Barsh, added: “We have warned of the danger of the catastrophic level in the stockpile of medicines, and the matter got worse during the Corona crisis.”
He continued, “The situation is catastrophic at the level of medicine supplies in the Gaza Strip, and 47% of medicines in health warehouses have a balance of 0%.”
He noted that the ministry “spent from the stockpile of medicines in one day as it used to spend in an entire month before the pandemic.”
He also warned that 47% of pharmaceutical items have a zero balance, stressing that the increasing number of Coronavirus infections requires more medical supplies.
Al-Borsh indicated that the health services were most affected by specialized health services such as cancer and blood diseases, where the disability rate was 63%, health care services 66%, mother and child health 56%, emergency service and operations 21%, kidney services and dialysis 41%.
For his part, Director of the Laboratories Department, Dean of Mushtaha, indicated that the ministry suffers a deficit of 65% of all laboratory items, adding: “There is a severe shortage of special materials, and the swabs are nearly enough for a few days.”
Mushtaha explained that the operational materials and consumables for blood gas devices, kidney functions, and the chemical and viral tests necessary for those infected with Covid 19, there is a great shortage, which hinders the work of health personnel, which work in limited quantities, which are only sufficient for a few days, which endangers the health of patients.
In addition, the ministry’s spokesman, Ashraf Al-Qudra, stressed that the central laboratory is in urgent need of laboratory testing equipment for Corona.
He called on countries to take action to end the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 17.09.2020)

The occupation approves the construction of 560 settlement units in Jerusalem and the expansion of a street in Al Walaja

The so-called Israeli District Construction and Housing Committee approved a plan to expand the “Har Gilo” settlement with 560 new settlement units, in addition to approving the expansion of the main road of the Walaja bypass road near Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank. To connect the new bypass road with the “Gush Etzion” settlement bloc in Jerusalem to the south.

The decision comes one day after the unveiling of an old cemetery, which Palestinian workers believe is an Islamic cemetery located on the slopes of the “Gilo” settlement, and a Jewish religious group submits a request to stop construction and digging in that area, fearing that they might be Jewish graves, so the budget for the construction of part of the street was frozen. The aforementioned bypass and the construction of a school and playgrounds for the settlers in that expansion in the settlement that devours large swaths of Palestinian lands in Bethlehem, Walaja, and between Jala and reaches the outskirts of Battir.

According to the committee, “part of the budget for a plan to build playgrounds and a school on the slopes of Gilo, worth 55,000 shekels, has been frozen due to the presence of ancient graves in the area. This decision will be subject to review after examining the cemetery after the Jewish holidays on 9/28/2020, according to the text of the decision.” That area, “Murdot Gilo”, claimed that the plan was to build a municipal kindergarten on the slopes of Gilo, which was previously included in the project’s budget and promoted it at 555 thousand shekels, but because of the graves in the area and the conflicts that developed against the continued construction in the neighborhood by ultra-Orthodox elements , It was decided to deduct part of the budget.

And based on the decision of the District Committee, that this settlement belongs to the Jerusalem municipality – illegally – because it is behind the Green Line – the municipality today, Wednesday, asked members of the Finance Committee to agree to reduce the amount of 184 thousand shekels in the budget for the construction of parks. Playgrounds and that school with the expansion of the confiscated land to the west and south, of course at the expense of private Palestinian lands.

The settlement of Gilo is witnessing a large and unstoppable construction movement. Since 2016, 29 expansion operations have been approved in the settlement, whose population exceeds 50 thousand settlers, most of them from the religious Haredim – Canada, Australia and the Russians – and the largest of these expansion plans was what was approved in 2016 by expanding Gilo to the south, towards The Cremisan Valley, in parallel with the renewal of construction work for a section of the Separation Wall on the other side of the valley.

The expansion of Gilo to the south, in parallel with the construction of a section of the Apartheid Wall, allowed the creation of territorial and geographical contiguity between the settlement of Gilo, affiliated to the Jerusalem municipality, and the settlement of Har Gilo, affiliated to the Gush Etzion Regional Council. The Cremisan Valley – whose lands are part of the lands of the residents of Beit Jala, a vital source of livelihood and a vital place for their expansion – will apparently turn into a public area open to the residents of Gilo and Har Gilo.

This explains the false security arguments, which were used in the past decade to determine the route of the wall – which defined the “warning space” as a security need – arguments accepted by the Israeli Supreme Court justices, as well as the policy of annexing Palestinian lands to the sovereign space of Israel and the creeping annexation of West Bank lands.

(Source / 17.09.2020)

Assaf: The occupation demolished 3,300 homes in Area C during the past six years

Head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission, Walid Assaf, confirmed that during the past 6 years, the occupation authorities demolished 3,300 homes in “C” areas in various locations in the West Bank, most of them in the Jordan Valley.

Assaf said during a tour carried out by the commission, today, Thursday, to Tubas governorate, that the legal follow-ups that the commission is undertaking to prevent demolition have contributed to preventing the migration of the people of these areas, noting that 17,000 citizens live in Area C.

He added that the commission is leading legal battles in areas threatened with removal and deportation, which are followed up first through the Supreme Occupation Court, and then go to international courts, knowing that it requires that legal actions be exhausted locally before going to them.

Assaf touched on the Al-Baqi’a Plain, which two days ago Tubas Governorate and the Commission extracted an order prohibiting the demolition of five artesian wells in it.

He stressed that farmers and investors were encouraged to exploit the plain with irrigated crops, as it contains underground water sources, and this has already been done, as the plain began to cultivate irrigated crops after farmers used to exploit it for rainfed crops only, and drilling artesian wells were facilitated in it.

He emphasized that the authority would support farmers and go with them to plow and cultivate lands in the Jordan Valley in preparation for the next agricultural season.

Assaf touched on the plans and projects of the occupation that have worked for decades to try to displace the residents of the Jordan Valley, including the Alon project in 1967, which prevents recognition of any new residential community, and consequently every building, water or electricity line is given a notification to stop construction, then demolish and then remove.

For his part, the Governor of Tubas, Yunus Al-Assi, stressed the importance of documents to follow up on demolition issues and stop them legally, calling on citizens to constantly communicate with the competent authorities in the governorate and provide them with their documents to impede the seizure of their lands and demolish their facilities.

(Source / 17.09.2020)

Bahrain NGOs: Normalisation does not lead to peace

Palestinians protest in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip against Israeli normalisation deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on 15 September 2020 [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinians protest in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip against Israeli normalisation deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on 15 September 2020

Seventeen NGOs in Bahrain, along with the General Federation of Workers Trade Unions, have slammed their country’s normalisation deal with Israel, stressing that it does not lead to peace, Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday.

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed normalisation deals with Israel on Tuesday in Washington. The deals were brokered by US President Donald Trump, who described them as “historic”.

In a joint statement, the NGOs announced: “We adhere to the constants of the Bahraini people regarding the just Palestinian cause and the provisions of the constitution that criminalise normalisation with the Zionist entity.”

The statement continued: “All forms of normalisation with the Zionist entity initiated by some countries have neither produced peace nor restored the usurped rights of the Palestinian people.”

However, the NGOs emphasised that the deals: “Encouraged the enemy [Israel] to commit more crimes against Palestine and the holy Arab and Muslim sites, foremost of which is holy Jerusalem.”

The statement also disclosed: “What is known as a peace treaty between Bahrain and the Zionist enemy under the auspices of the US administration has brought about tremendous shock, resentment and widespread popular rejection among the Bahraini people, their political forces, civil society institutions and all national actors and personalities.”

READ: Trump marks ‘dawn of a new Middle East’ as Israel, UAE and Bahrain sign ‘peace deals’ 

(Source / 17.09.2020)

UAE has been boycotting Palestine since 2010, says Fatah

Image of senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]
Senior Fatah official Jibril Al-Rajoub, 28 February 2017 

The Secretary-General of Fatah’s Central Committee has revealed that the UAE has been boycotting Palestine since 2010, Al-Khaleej Online reported on Wednesday. Jibreel Al-Rajoub made his comments on Palestine TV.

“The UAE has not treated with the Palestinian ambassador in Abu-Dhabi since 2010,” explained Al-Rajoub. “Indeed, since then, the ambassador has not been invited to any official event [in the UAE].”

According to the Fatah official, the ambassador was not even invited to the UAE’s national occasions. “They used to invite all ambassadors except ours, who received invitations which said, ‘All ambassadors are invited except [the Palestinian].”

Moreover, said Al-Rajoub, “The Arab countries have stopped the dues which they used to pay [towards the Palestinian Authority’s budget] based on resolutions agreed by the Arab League.”

He noted that US President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner toured the Arab countries and asked them to stop helping the Palestinians. “This was an introduction to break the will of the Palestinians in order to push them to accept a solution that liquidates their cause and reduces it to a matter of having to scrape a living.”

Nevertheless, the Fatah official insisted that the Palestinians will not allow UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed or anyone else to use the Palestinian cause as “a fig leaf to cover their betrayals and conspiracies.”

READ: Hamas and Israel may be heading for another war that neither really wants 

(Source / 17.09.2020)

Israeli Missiles Strike Gaza, Palestinian Resistance Factions Fire Back

Israeli jets bombed several areas of the besieged Gaza Strip, Wednesday, which the Palestinian resistance reciprocated with crude rockets, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said, Israeli military jets and a helicopter launched airstrikes on a site, near Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, belonging to the al-Qassam Brigades.

Warplanes also struck two resistance sites, west of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, and west of Khan Younis in the south.

Material damage was sustained to the sites, no human casualties were reported.

After the aerial attack, the Palestinian armed-resistance responded by firing a number of rockets towards Israel.

Palestinian WAFA News correspondent confirmed that an Israeli F-16 fighter jet fired three missiles, northwest of Khan Younis city, causing extensive material damage to nearby civilian property.

Israeli jets also bombed another site, northeast of Gaza city, and one to the west of Deir al-Balah city, reducing the sites to rubble and causing damage to nearby civilian houses.

Shehab’s correspondent reported that Israeli warplanes targeted the northern Gaza Strip with more than 6 missiles, and 5 missiles were fired in the center of the besieged enclave.

As U.S. president Donald Trump hosted Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday, in a ceremonial signing of the normalisation deals between Israel and 2 Arab countries, the Palestinian armed resistance fired 2 rockets into Israel.

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(Source / 17.09.2020)

US ‘thinking bout’ replacing Abbas with Dahlan

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The United States is thinking about replacing the PA President Mahmoud Abbas with Former Fateh leader Mohammad Dahlan, said David Friedman, the US ambassador to the occupation state.

“We’re thinking about it, but we have no desire to engineer the Palestinian leadership,” Friedman said in an interview published by the Israel Hayom newspaper on Thursday.

The report said there are elements within the US administration in favor of supporting Dahlan, who lives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to overthrow Abbas as Palestine’s president.

Friedman referred to the West Bank using the Israeli naming and claimed Israeli settlers, illegally occupying the West Bank “want a better life”.

“The people living in Judah and Samara want a better life. The Palestinian people need the will to understand this and make it happen.”

He also attacked the Abbas-led Palestinian Authority for “clutching to very old and irrelevant complaints.”

The US ambassador also hinted at the occupation state moving forward with its plan to illegally annex more Palestinian territory.

“I think it will happen,” said Friedman.

Dahlan, who is on Turkey’s most-wanted terrorism list for allegedly playing a part in the country’s 2016 failed coup, was exiled from Palestine following disputes inside Fatah movement.

Dahlan has been accused of playing roles in several international crimes including the failed coup in Turkey, the 2013’s coup in Egypt, the failed assassination of former Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, and the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Mabhouh among several other crimes.

(Source / 17.09.2020)