Bethlehem: The occupation forces and settlers attack two civilians during a stand against the razing operations

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This afternoon, the occupation soldiers and settler flocks attacked citizens who organized a protest stand against the razing of lands belonging to them, which belong to citizens from Janata and Al-Arouj village, east of Bethlehem, in preparation for their confiscation.

These lands are located near the entrance to the “Tekoa” settlement, which is built on citizens’ lands, where the occupation forces intend to annex these lands to the aforementioned settlement. Dozens of citizens stood in the way of the bulldozing operations, while the occupation forces, with the participation of a number of settler flocks, suppressed and dispersed the citizens, as fist confrontations took place with settlers who were supported by the occupation forces.

In Al-Azza camp, north of Bethlehem, the occupation soldiers fired tear gas canisters at a group of youths who demonstrated near the Rachel Dome site, where the occupation soldiers are stationed, to reject normalization with the Israeli entity.

This afternoon, the occupation soldiers set up a military checkpoint at the entrance to Tuqu ‘town, east of Bethlehem, and the soldiers stopped vehicles and restricted the movement of citizens. This checkpoint led to traffic jams.

Activists from the town said that the occupation soldiers intentionally and continuously set up the checkpoint with the aim of restricting the citizens and obstructing their movement in a vengeful and provocative manner.

An Israeli military force stormed the city of Bethlehem and reached the Mount Handaza area at dawn today, and they raided a number of houses, searched them and assaulted their owners, and arrested Jamil Eid Jawarish, 33, and took him to an unknown destination.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Hamas discusses Palestinian cause with resistance group

Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh (C) holds a press conference during his visit in Beirut, Lebanon on 11 September 2020. [Mahmut Geldi - Anadolu Agency]
Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh (C) holds a press conference during his visit in Beirut, Lebanon on 11 September 2020

The political chief of Palestinian group Hamas on Friday discussed how to confront the problems facing the Palestinian cause with a delegation from another resistance group, Anadolu Agency reports.

Ismail Haniyeh met with the Palestine Liberation Front delegation, led by Secretary-General Abu Nidal Ashqar, in the Lebanese capital Beirut, according to a statement by Hamas.

The parties stressed the necessity of developing a common vision to counter the Zionist project which has been receiving unprecedented support from the US, the statement said.

During the meeting, the two sides also condemned the recent normalisation of ties with Israel by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain amid American mediation.

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

The sides called for resistance against all conspiracies against the Palestinian cause, including the US’ so-called “deal of the century” and Israel’s plan to annex one-third of the lands in the occupied West Bank.

On Sept. 15, the UAE and Bahrain signed US-sponsored agreements to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

The Palestinian Authority and resistance factions have denounced the agreements, saying they did not serve the Palestinian cause and ignore the rights of Palestinians.

Haniyeh has been in Beirut for more than 15 days to hold talks with Palestinian refugees and Lebanese authorities.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Israel seals off West Bank, Gaza Strip

Israel seals off Palestinian territories [File photo]
Israel seals off Palestinian territories [File photo]

The Israeli occupation army announced the full closure of the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah holidayQuds Press reported on Friday.

According to Quds Press, the complete closure will start from Sunday at midnight until Tuesday.

During this period, all crossings between Israel and the occupied territories will be closed with the exception of humanitarian or medical emergencies, and these “must” be coordinated with the Israeli army.

This is a routine closure, but Israel intends to tighten its measures against the movement of Palestinians under claims of fearing attacks.

READ: Israel imposes full security closure on occupied Palestinian territories

Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers cannot reach their workplaces in Israel during the closure, and employees cannot commute from one Palestinian city to another because of the strict measures of Israeli military checkpoints separating Palestinian cities and villages.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Netanyahu: Palestine will resume talks if Trump re-elected

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel at his office in Jerusalem, on 13 September 2020. [YOAV DUDKEVITCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel at his office in Jerusalem, on 13 September 2020 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that Palestinians will resume negotiations with Israel if current US President Donald Trump is re-elected, Israel Hayom reported on Friday.

Speaking from behind closed doors, the Israeli daily informed that Netanyahu expressed that signing the normalisation deals with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain has left Palestinians with no options but the negotiating table.

Netanyahu noted that if Trump is re-elected, he would begin talks with the Palestinians based on Trump’s deal of the century.

On Tuesday, during the celebration of the signing of the deals at the White House, Netanyahu did not make any reference to the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Trump indicated that Israel has become less isolated within the Middle East than previously.

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On the issue of the Palestinians, Trump stated: “They’ve come a long way. We used to pay them $750 million.” Trump further explained that he asked the previous US administrations: “Why did you pay when they treat the US with such disrespect?”

He added: “We give them $750 million a year, why didn’t somebody cut off those payments? Well, we didn’t think it would be appropriate. Well… And I cut off the payments to them.”

Trump also asked the Gulf states to stop paying the Palestinians: “But other countries give them money. You’re dealing with very rich countries. And these countries are now all signing with us. They’re all be signed with us – all of them [sic].”

When asked whether the other countries could be Saudi Arabia and Oman, Trump responded: “Yeah, we’re very far down the road with about five countries, five additional countries. Frankly, I think we could have had them here today.”

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Dahlan: ‘Palestine needs an elected leader’

Former Palestinian security minister Mohammed Dahlan [THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images]
Former Palestinian security minister Mohammed Dahlan 

Dismissed Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan, who resides in the United Arab Emirates and serves Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed, asserted on Friday that Palestinians need an elected leader.

Dahlan commented on remarks made by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman who announced that the US is considering replacing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with Dahlan.

“The leader who is not elected by his people cannot lead,” Dahlan posted on his Facebook page. “The one who is not elected by his people cannot lead or achieve national independence,” he added.

He continued:

I am Muhammed Dahlan. I believe that Palestine is in urgent need for renewal of legitimacy for its leaders and institutions, and this will not be achieved except through comprehensive, transparent, and national elections.

Dahlan emphasised: “The one who is able to impose his will on us has not yet been born.”

READ: Muhammad Dahlan is main beneficiary of UAE-Israel deal

Meanwhile, he described Friedman’s remarks as: “A deceitful tactic aiming to terrorise people and destabilise the internal front. I wish that all of us will not be trapped by this precisely engineered tactic.”

He called for working to achieve unity among the Palestinians, to agree on national principles, and on the means to achieve them.

After much controversy, Friedman clarified that his remakes were misquoted by Israel Hayom.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Fatah does not rule out UAE role to remove Abbas

Palestinian Fatah movement leader Azzam Al-Ahmad (R) and Deputy Chairman of the Movement's Political Bureau Saleh Al-Arouri (L) shake hands after signing the reconciliation agreement to build a consensus in Cairo, Egypt on 12 October 2017 [Ahmed Gamil/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian Fatah movement leader Azzam Al-Ahmad (R) and Deputy Chairman of the Movement’s Political Bureau Saleh Al-Arouri (L) in Cairo, Egypt on 12 October 2017

The secular Palestinian movement Fatah does not rule out the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s efforts to replace Palestinian Authority (PA), Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas with dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed DahlanAl-Khaleej Online reported on Friday.

Head of Fatah’s Organisations and Mobilisation Commission Munir Al-Jaghoub stated: “The UAE must stop interfering in Palestinian affairs after its US-brokered normalisation with the state of the Israeli occupation.”

Al-Jaghoub affirmed: “Since it was created, the PA has an election system and there are bases for nomination. Therefore, there is no American guardianship over the Palestinian people or their leadership.”

He stressed: “The State of Palestine is not part of the American ruling system; thus, no American official has the right to speak on behalf of the Palestinians or call for changing their leadership.”

READ: ‘We are considering replacing Abbas with Dahlan’

The Fatah official pointed to the conference held by the secretaries-general of the Palestinian factions earlier this month and explained that they renewed the legitimacy of the PLO, noting: “This annoyed the US.”

He also indicated that the US administration has been attacking the Palestinian factions and the Palestinian constants for three years.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Injure 3 Palestinians at Weekly Kufur Qaddoum March

Three Palestinians were injured, Friday, at the weekly Kufur Qaddoum march in the northern West Bank, after being shot with rubber-coated steel rounds, while dozens more suffocated on tear-gas, during the suppression of the weekly demonstration, the Jerusalem Press reported.

Anti-settlement demonstrations in Kufur Qaddoum have been held every Friday, since 2004, demanding that the occupation authorities open the main road that connects the town with Nablus, to the east, which authorities closed in 2003.

Israeli soldiers attacked the march, firing rubber-coated metal bullets, stun grenades, and tear-gas canisters at demonstrators.

Morad Eshteiwi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steal rounds and tear-gas canisters towards the protesters, injuring three of them, including a journalist, identified as Mohammad Fawzi.

Many additional protesters suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation.

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(Source / 19.09.2020)

Israeli forces kill Palestinian dentist at military checkpoint

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli forces killed a Palestinian dentist at Barta’s military checkpoint in Jenin on Friday.

The Ministry of Health said doctor Nidal Jabbarin (54 years old) had a heart attack when Israeli forces targeted him with a sound grenade at Barta’a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Local sources said Jabbarin had a heart attack after being targeted with a sound grenade. He was taken to a near public hospital but he was dead when he arrived.

Later on Friday, Hundreds of Palestinians took part in the funeral of Jabbarin, raising Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against occupation.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Israel rejects bill to ensure full equality between Arab, Jewish citizens

The only democracy in the Middle East rejected rejected equality among its citizens. This cements its apartheid nature and highlights the racist nature of its founding ideology

Israeli parliament, Knesset, has rejected bill presented by Yousef Jabareen on behalf of Arab Joint List intended to ensure full equality between Aran and Jewish citizens in Israel.

Jabareen presented his bill in advance of the 20th anniversary of the Aqsa Intifada, which has became a cornerstone in the collective consciousness of Israel’s Arab citizens, who make up 20 per cent of the population. They suffer from institutional discrimination, exclusion and hostility.

Despite the bill highlighting the need for human rights and democracy to be available to all in the Zionist state, it was rejected by a majority of the ruling coalition and opposition parties.

“What I am proposing to you is first and foremost a peace treaty between the state and its Arab citizens, before addressing what is beyond its borders,” Jabareen told the right-wing MKs who attacked his proposed legislation.

“Peace with Arab citizens is realised when the state secures their equal status in their home,” Jabareen stressed.

The text of the bill emphasised that democratic principles should be applied to all citizens in the state: “Israel is a democratic state that guarantees equal rights, based on the principles of human dignity, freedom and equality, in the spirit of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

It also said that such a state should “ensures equal and legal protection for all citizens, and fully guarantees national, cultural, linguistic and religious specificity to both Arabs and Jews.”

Meanwhile, it stressed that Arabic and Hebrew are the official languages of the state, and both have equal status in all posts and workplaces of the legislative, executive and judicial authorities.”

The parliamentarians of “the only democracy in the Middle East” rejected the bill, thus cementing further the apartheid nature of the Zionist state and highlighting the racist nature of its founding ideology.

(Source / 19.09.2020)

Palestinian man dies of a heart attack after stun grenades were fired by occupation forces

Martyr Nedal Jabarin
Martyr Nedal Jabarin

Jenin – Days of Palestine – A Palestinian dentist identified as Nedal Mohammad Jabarin, 54, died of a heart attack today after Israeli occupation forces fired stun grenades at Palestinian civilians near Barta’a checkpoint, to the southwest of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, according to the Ministry of Health.

Jabarin reportedly sustained a heart attack when Israeli occupation troops at the checkpoint fired stun grenades at passengers. He was rushed to Khalil Sulaiman Governmental Hospital in his hometown of Jenin, north of the occupied West Bank, where he was pronounced dead a couple of minutes later.

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(Source / 19.09.2020)