Three Jerusalemite youths released, placed under house arrest

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation police on Saturday released three Jerusalemite young men from Silwan district on condition of home confinement for several days.

According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, Mahdi Khadour (teenager), Amer al-Muhtaseb and Abed Odeh were released by the police on condition of not leaving home for five days.  

Police forces kidnaped the three young men during a campaign in Bir Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan, south of the Aqsa Mosque. There is no information about the reason for their detention.

(Source / 20.09.2020)

The funeral of the martyr Jabarin in Jenin

Today, the body of the martyr Dr. Nidal Jabareen took place in a mass rally that started from the Great City Mosque, led by his comrades in the profession and representatives of the national and Islamic forces and all the trade union and professional forces in the governorate.

After his family cast their last farewell look at his corpse, which was wrapped in the Palestinian flag, the funeral procession set off led by a number of gunmen who fired shots in the air – and the march roamed the city streets amid patriotic chants condemning the occupation and its crimes.

After the martyr passed away, a memorial festival was held, in which the secretary of the “Fatah” movement spoke in the Jenin region, Ata Abu Armila, explaining that the occupation crime against Jabarin will not stop the march of struggle and challenge to the occupation and the typists, and he praised the virtues of the martyr who was one of the cadres and sons of the Fatah movement and participated in Giving and fighting in many national and humanitarian ways. He wished for the martyrs until he obtained them, stressing that our people’s response to the occupation will be by strengthening unity, cohesion and resistance.

Sheikh Khader Adnan saluted in the speech of patriotic and Islamic forces, the spirit of the martyr who wrote with blood and sacrifice, responding to the occupation, the typists and the surrendered, stressing that our people will not kneel, submit, or give up an iota of the soil of their homeland, stressing that this crime will not go unpunished by all the united forces of our people In the face of the occupation and its crimes and those who are collaborating with it in treason and normalization.

Chairman of the Subcommittee of the Dentists Syndicate, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Qaisi, delivered a speech in which the martyr mourned, offering condolences to his family and the people of his city, denouncing the severity of the new crime that is added to the ongoing crime record of the occupation that will not affect the determination and morale of our people.

(Source / 20.09.2020)

5 deaths and 726 new cases of corona

Today, Saturday, the Ministry of Health recorded 5 deaths and 726 new infections with the Coronavirus, after examining 4494 samples.

The ministry said that the deaths were recorded for a citizen of Yatta (85 years), a citizen of Jericho (73 years), and a citizen of Bethlehem (89 years), in addition to two deaths in al-Tur and Silwan in Jerusalem.

The Ministry of Health announced the registration of 296 recoveries during the last 24 hours in all governorates of the country. She said that the rate of recovery from the Corona virus in Palestine reached 70.3%, while the rate of active infections reached 29.1%, and the death rate was 0.6% of all infections.

It indicated that the new injuries were distributed according to the following: Hebron Governorate (63), Nablus Governorate (63), Bethlehem Governorate (54), Qalqiliya Governorate (39), Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate (116), Jenin (31), Tubas (16) ), Salfit (13), Tulkarm (59), the Gaza Strip (90), the suburbs of Jerusalem (58), and the city of Jerusalem (124).

The Ministry of Health continued that new cases of recovery were recorded in: Hebron Governorate (64), Jenin Governorate (19), Salfit Governorate (12), Jerusalem City (183), and Gaza Strip (18).

The Minister of Health indicated that there are 44 patients in intensive care rooms, including 10 patients on artificial respirators.

(Source / 20.09.2020)

Labour is suppressing Palestinian voices and free speech on Israel, warns open letter

UK Labour Party Logo [File photo]
UK Labour Party Logo [File photo]

An open letter signed by over 20 prominent British Palestinians, including academics, journalists, businessmen, philanthropists, musicians and lawyers, expressing concern over the shrinking space in the Labour Party to discuss the Palestinian struggle.

They voiced concern over the Labour leadership’s decision to adopt the controversial IHRA definition of anti-Semitism without reference to the concerns regarding the threat it poses to the right of Palestinians and of party members to advocate for justice for the Palestinian people.

Kenneth Stern, one of the drafters of the definition, has warned of the dangers of weaponising the IHRA code which conflates anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel in 11 of the 13 examples cited in it. The code has also been heavily criticised by Palestinian civil society as well as over 80 BAME organisations, including Black Lives Matter UK, prominent members of the Jewish community, leading lawyers and academic experts on anti-Semitism and the Institute for Race Relations.

Despite these concerns, Labour’s new General Secretary David Evans recently wrote to all  Constituency Labour Party (CLPs) proscribing any debate or discussion about the definition.

The letter notes that the signatories had previously expressed their fears over “how the space to publicly bring the facts of the Palestinian people’s history and ongoing dispossession into the public domain was under severe threat.” They explained that this chilling effect over discussions about Israel had penetrated the Labour Party, which prompted their decision to write a second letter.

“We believe that an internationalist Labour Party has a special responsibility to redress the ongoing injustices against the Palestinian people,” said the open letter noting that the indigenous people of the territory were “denied their right to self-determination during the British Mandate because of the role Britain played as a colonial power leading up to the 1948 Nakba, when Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homes.

READ: Pro-Netanyahu UK Jewish board denounces ‘divisive’ Labour for demanding sanctions on Israel

The letter praised Labour’s position over Israel’s ongoing annexation but also expressed deep concerns over the party’s direction. “We remain deeply concerned about steps being taken which will only serve to shrink the space in the Labour party for British Palestinians and other members to assert their rights to campaign for an end to the oppression of the Palestinian people,” the letter added.

“We respectfully but unequivocally reject any assertion that dealing with antisemitism must necessarily reverse policy commitments to protect Palestinian rights.”

Respect for Palestinian rights is not incompatible with the struggle against racism and antisemitism; in fact, it is integral to that struggle.”

Expressing their concerns over the conflation of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, the letter added: “Zionism is a political ideology and movement that has led to our dispossession and that sustains a state that discriminates against us and denies us our collective rights whether as victims of military occupation, unequal citizens of the Israeli state or living in exile as refugees denied the right of return to our homeland.”

The signatories said they were “alarmed” by the way in which IHRA is being used across Labour councils, noting how the controversial code had been used to “limit the rights of Palestinians, and of others advocating on their behalf”.

The letter concluded by insisting on the rights of Palestinians to describe the nature of their oppression freely without suppression of their free-speech. “We reiterate our call that the right of Palestinians to accurately describe our experiences of dispossession and oppression, to criticise the nature and structure of the state that continues to oppress us and to openly criticise the ideology of Zionism which informs the actions, policies and laws of that state be upheld both as a right of a people under oppression and as a right of freedom of expression respected and supported by the Labour Party leadership,” the letter concluded.

READ: UK’s Trade Union Congress passes anti-apartheid motion against Israel

(Source / 20.09.2020)

Abbas spokesperson to US: ‘Dahlan is treacherous’

Nabil Shaath, senior aide of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [File photo]
Nabil Shaath, senior aide to the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [File photo]

Nabil Shaath, the representative of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, said that Fatah’s dismissed leader, Mohammed Dahlan, “played a treacherous role, and he is the engineer of the UAE and Bahrain normalisation agreements with the Israeli occupation.”

This came in an exclusive statement with Arabi21 after US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, hinted that Washington might help Dahlan become the next leader of the PA in its effort to replace Abbas.

“These statements reveal more of the US’ colonial endeavour in support of the Israeli settlement, to impose its control over the Palestinian decision-making circle and manipulate Arab governments at the same time,” Shaath said.

He added: “This attempt to impose total hegemony has become clear seeing the recent normalisation of the Emirates and Bahrain with Israel, which was orchestrated via a US-Zionist colonial policy.”

READ: Normalisation with Israel and the Palestinian response

“The US administration cannot tolerate the presence of a resilient national Arab leader, but rather attempts to pressure and threaten him,” Shaath said of the US’ dealing with Abbas.

“Dahlan represents nothing but a phenomenon that is rejected by the Palestinian people.”

Fifty-seven-year-old Dahlan was expelled from Fatah’s ruling body in 2011 on allegations of plotting to overthrow Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and has been living in exile in the UAE since 2012.

He was the former head of the Fatah-dominated Preventive Security Force in the Gaza Strip.

In December, Turkey added Dahlan to its most wanted terrorist list, with a $1.7 million bounty on his head, due to his alleged involvement in perpetrating the attempted military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government on 15 July 2016, in cooperation with followers of the exiled Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who remains in the US.

(Source / 20.09.2020)

Official: Abbas under pressure to talk to US

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a press conference on Trump's so called peace plan in Ramallah, West Bank on 28 January 2020 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a press conference on Trump’s so called peace plan in Ramallah, West Bank on 28 January 2020

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused to negotiate with the US although he was under pressure from Arab countries, a Fatah movement official said Sunday, Anadolu reports.

“President Abbas is facing unprecedented pressure from Arab brothers and the international sphere to negotiate with the US administration and take the customs revenues cut by Israel, but he does not accept it,” Mahmoud Al-Aloul, deputy chief of Fatah told the official Palestinian television channel H.

He said everyone knows that Israel tried to liquidate the Palestine cause but Palestinians choose to stand up against the oppression.

The Palestinian Authority will never return to its previous situation and stopped coordinating with Israel, he said.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed US-sponsored agreements Sept. 15 to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

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

Dahlan: ‘Palestine needs an elected leader’

(Source / 20.09.2020)

Dozens of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa complex

An Israeli flag flies in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque near the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on 24 August 2020. [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
An Israeli flag flies in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque near the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, on 24 August 2020

Dozens of Israeli settlers forced their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa complex on Sunday in celebration of the Jewish New Year, Anadolu reports.

In a statement, the Jerusalem Awqaf Department said 76 settlers backed by Israeli police forces had entered the compound.

According to an Anadolu Agency reporter, the settlers toured the courtyard in celebration of the Jewish Rosh Hashanah, which falls from Sunday to Thursday.

Right-wing Jewish supporters have called on supporters over the past few days to converge on the Al-Aqsa compound to celebrate the occasion.

On Saturday, an Israeli settler attempted to blow in a shofar inside the flashpoint compound, but he was kicked out by the guards.

Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third-holiest site for Muslims, while Jews refer to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, in which the Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

In a move never recognized by the international community, Israel annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as the Jewish state’s “eternal and undivided” capital.

READ: Normalisation has never benefited the Palestinians  

(Source / 20.09.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers injured, Saturday, four Palestinians with rubber-coated metal bullets, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation after the army invaded the town and resorted to the excessive use of force against residents protesting the normalization agreements between the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine and the United Arab Emirates.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, said dozens of soldiers invaded the town and attacked the protesters, who were peacefully marching and chanting against the ongoing occupation, escalating violations, and the normalization agreements that disregard the suffering of the Palestinian people and their struggle for liberation, sovereignty, and independence.

Eshteiwi added that the soldiers fired a barrage of rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Four Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and scores suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, while a few residents suffered cuts and bruises.

On Friday, the soldiers attacked the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, wounding three Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Locals have been holding weekly processions for 17 years to express their rejection of all illegal Israeli settlements, as well as to demand that Israeli authorities reopen the village’s main road, which was sealed off to Palestinians, but used exclusively by illegal colonial settlers, since 2002.

(Source / 20.09.2020)

Israeli Settlers Assault, Injure 2 Palestinians near Bethlehem

Two Palestinians, Friday night, were assaulted by illegal Israeli settlers near al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Security sources confirmed that several Israeli settlers attacked two brothers, Ashraft Mustafa Najjar, 43, and Muhmmad, 40, both residents of al-Azzeh refugee camp, causing various injuries.

One of the two men suffered serious wounds and was rushed to a Bethlehem hospital. No further details were reported.

In related news, illegal Israeli settlers chopped dozens of olive trees in Al-Sawiyah village, south of Nablus, in the northern West Bank, WAFA further reported.

Local sources said that they discovered that dozens of olive trees had been cut down by settlers from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of “Rahalim”.

(Source / 20.09.2020)

Sky News Arabic photoshops interview removing antique “Visit Palestine” poster

Beirut (QNN)- Al Nimir House slammed UAE based Sky News Arabic’s trial to remove artwork, holding the name of Palestine, that was on the wall behind a guest, who appeared on the TV channel.

During an interview with Prof. Frederick Matouq on the Beirut port blast last August, Sky News Arabic photoshopped a “Visit Palestine” antique poster that dates back to the 20s of the last century.

The poster, which was hanged on the wall behind Matouq, was photoshopped to read “Visit Lebanon” instead of “Visit Palestine”.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Al Nimir House, where the interview was videoed, said on August 14, a team from the channel visited Al Nimir House for Arts and Culture in Clémenceau in order to make the interview that was supposed to be published within “The Story” documentary.

The statement added that among other artworks, a poster under the title “Visit Palestine”, which was made by the artist Amer Shomali, appeared in the interview.

“But we were surprised today after uploading the interview on Sky News’ Instagram account that the aforementioned artwork had been doctored, turning the sentence to “Visit Lebanon”.”

Al Nimir rejected Sky New’s move and called it a “shameful assault” that targeted the artwork in question.

“The move lacks the most elementary ethical principles of professional journalism”, it stated.

Sky News Arabic as the first Emarati channel to interview the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, following the normalization deal.

(Source / 20.09.2020)