Israeli army injures 7 Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli security forces intervene as Palestinian demonstrators staging a protest against planned construction of Jewish settlements, by trying to plant olive trees in their own lands, at Asira al-Qibliya district of Nablus, West Bank on September 25, 2020 [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli security forces intervene as Palestinian demonstrators staging a protest against planned construction of Jewish settlements, by trying to plant olive trees in their own lands, at Asira al-Qibliya district of Nablus, West Bank on September 25, 2020 

At least seven Palestinians, including a photojournalist working with Anadolu Agency, were injured as Israeli forces use rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters demonstrating against settlements building in the occupied West Bank, Anadolu Agency reports

Palestinians held a demonstration in the town of Kafr Qaddum, north of the West Bank, to protest the illegal Jewish settlements and Israel’s separation barrier, which snakes through the West Bank.

The Israeli army used rubber bullets and tear gas to break up the marches, with protesters pelting stones at Israeli soldiers.

Protesters and freelance photojournalist Nidal Shtayyeh were hit with rubber bullets.

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Shtayyeh, who got his leg injured, said that he was treated by Palestinian medical teams in the area and his health condition was good.

He was injured by Israeli forces for the second time in five months.

In May, Shtayyeh was injured in his foot with a rubber bullet by Israeli forces while he was covering the rally of Kafr Qaddum.

Israel occupied Jerusalem and the whole of the West Bank following the 1967 Six-Day War and began establishing settlements in the area in the following year.

(Source / 26.09.2020)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Biweekly Highlights September 8 – 21, 2020

  • In two separate incidents in Jenin and Qalqilia governorates, northern West Bank, Israeli forces fired sound grenades and live bullets towards Palestinian workers trying to enter Israel through breached sections of the Barrier. In the former incident, on 18 September, a 54-year-old Palestinian dentist died of a heart attack as he was trying to flee the area; in the latter, a man was shot with live ammunition. The unauthorized crossing of workers through Barrier openings has been on the rise following the outbreak of COVID-19 last March. Since then, Israeli forces have injured at least 66 Palestinians in this context, including 23 by live ammunition.
  • Overall, nine Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces across the West Bank during the reporting period. Three of the injured were children, aged 13, 14 and 16, hit by rubber-coated steel bullets, fired during confrontations in Hebron city and the nearby Al-Arroub refugee camp. Israeli forces conducted 161 search-and-arrest operations, two of which, in Kafr Dan village (Jenin) and Tulkarem city, led to clashes, resulting in two injuries. The other three Palestinians were injured during the weekly protest in Kufur Qaddoum (Qalqilia) and another confrontation in the same area.
  • On 15 September, a Palestinian armed group fired several rockets at southern Israel, injuring three Israelis in Ashdod city. The firing was carried out during the signing of normalization agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, the Israeli Air Force carried out multiple airstrikes targeting military sites in Gaza, which resulted in no injuries. The hostilities followed the understandings reached on 31 August, which had brought three weeks of escalation to an end.
  • On at least eight occasions, Israeli forces opened fire near Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza, and off its coast, resulting in no injuries, presumably to enforce access restrictions. On four occasions, Israeli forces entered Gaza and carried out land-levelling and excavation operations near the perimeter fence. In addition, the Israeli authorities arrested a patient at the Erez crossing while he was on his way to receive treatment, as well as at least five other people who were near the perimeter fence while they were reportedly attempting to infiltrate into Israel.
  • A 44-year-old man was injured in Gaza as an explosive remnants of war (ERW) detonated while he was farming his land. Since the beginning of 2020, at least two people have been killed and five others injured due to the detonation of ERWs.
  • Twenty-two Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 50 Palestinians, and otherwise affecting about 200 people. Twelve of the demolitions, including eight carried out by the owners of the structures, were recorded in East Jerusalem. These have generated all displacements recorded in this period. So far this year, slightly over half of all demolitions in East Jerusalem (134) were carried out by the owners, following the issuance of demolition orders, to avoid higher fines and fees. The other ten structures were in Area C. Five of these were demolished in At Taybe (Hebron) and Beit Sira (Ramallah) on the basis of the Military Order 1797, which allows demolitions within 96 hours of the issuance of a ‘removal order’. On 10 September, the Humanitarian Coordinator raised concerns over the sharp increase in demolitions since the outbreak of the pandemic, and called upon the Israeli authorities to immediately halt this unlawful practise.
  • Some 550 Palestinian-owned trees were uprooted or otherwise vandalized, reportedly by Israeli settlers, in three incidents. The largest incident took place on land cultivated by three families from Biddya village (Salfit), where settlers bulldozed and destroyed 445 fruit trees, an agricultural structure and 1.7-km-long stone walls and iron fences. According to Israeli sources, the settlers claim ownership over the land and intend to establish a new settlement there, despite the lack of building permits or official approval. The other two incidents occurred in Areas B and C, near As-Sawiya village (Nablus), where some 100 olive trees were cut down or otherwise vandalized. Since the beginning of the year, nearly 5,000 Palestinian-owned trees, mostly olives, have been destroyed or damaged. The annual olive harvest season will officially start on 7 October, amid serious access restrictions to land near settlements and behind the Barrier.
  • Two Israelis were injured in the West Bank when assailants believed to be Palestinians physically assaulted them and stole their vehiclesaccording to Israeli sources. Additional seven Israeli-plated cars reportedly sustained stone-throwing damage while travelling on West Bank roads.

(Source / 26.09.2020)

Soldiers Injure Seven Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, seven Palestinians, including a journalist, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, after the army attacked the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.

Murad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the protesters marched from the center of the village, carrying Palestinian flags, and chanting against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The protesters also chanted against the normalization agreements between the Israeli occupation and some Arab states without guaranteeing the legitimate Palestinian rights of liberation, sovereignty, and independence in their own state.

He added that the soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at the protesters, wounding seven Palestinians, including a journalist, identified as Nidal Eshteyya, with rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to causing many residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that, on Friday at dawn, the locals uncovered a hidden surveillance camera and equipment which were installed by the soldiers on a wall of a home in front of Omar Bin al-Khattab mosque where the weekly processions start.

Palestinians have been holding weekly demonstrations in Kufur Qaddoum village, since 2003, to demand the Israeli authorities reopen the village’s main road, which was closed in 2002, for the benefit of illegal settlers in nearby Israeli colonies, especially the Kedumim colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands.

(Source / 26.09.2020)

Soldiers Attack A Father And His Son Near Al-Aqsa Before Abducting Them

Israeli soldiers attacked, late on Friday at night, a Palestinian father, and his son, near the Chain Gate (Bab al-Silsila) one of the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, and abducted them.

Media sources said the soldiers stopped Bassem ‘Aseela and his son, Malek, 19, near the Chain Gate and assaulted them, before abducting and taking them to a nearby police station.

The abducted father and his son were heading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque when the soldiers attacked and abducted them.

On Friday evening, the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Yousef ash-Shami, at a military roadblock near ‘Aneen village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

(Source / 26.09.2020)

ARIJ: ‘Israel’ announced 50 settlement plans last week

Ramallah (QNN)- The head of the Settlement Monitoring Unit at the Applied Research Institute (ARIJ), Suheil Ikhleliyyeh, said that the Israeli authorities announced 50 settlement plans last week.

Ikhleliyyeh added that the plans vary between plans of land grab, the construction of new settlement units, and granting Palestinian lands to settlers.

He also said that the new settlement units are mostly going to be constructed near Jerusalem.

Ikhleliyyeh warned of the settlers’ continuous attacks on Palestinians, especially that the olive harvesting season is close, noting that Israeli settlers have already damaged thousands of olive trees this year.

(Source / 26.09.2020)

Following Israeli incitement… International campaign in solidarity with Nerdeen Kiswani

New York (QNN)- Several international human rights NGOs declared solidarity with the Palestinian activist Nerdeen Kiswani, who has been threatened by the Zionist lobby to be expelled from CUNY Law School, where she currently studies.

Nerdeen has been targeted by a Zionist smear campaign launched by Michael Rapaport and the Zionist lobby.

Rapaport and the Zionist lobby have circulated a social media protest performance video of Within Our Lifetime’s chairperson Nerdeen Kiswani speaking out against the occupation state and subjected her to a flurry of online attacks, twisting her remarks as antisemitic and threatening to get her expelled from CUNY Law School, where she currently studies.

The protest performance in question features the specific logo of the Israeli military, which is responsible for alleged war crimes against the Palestinian people, according to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

According to Samidoun, “In response to this racist campaign against their student, rather than protect a law student and community leader, the CUNY Law administration chose to make two public posts on their social media profiles, first declaring that “CUNY Law stands against hate and anti-Semitism,” then replacing that with “CUNY Law stands against hate and harassment,” before deleting both of the posts, although leaving another “CUNY Law stands against hate” image up on Facebook.. In both posts, university administration expressed concern for the “pain caused by a social media video,” yet showed no concern at all for their student targeted in a series of vicious social media attacks and threats to “have her expelled” from her university.”

Samidoun slammed the law school administration’s concern “about the feelings of those who were allegedly “hurt” by a protest performance implying that “Israeli Defense Force” sweatshirts and merchandise could be burned, although it is difficult to understand any form of “hurt” caused by a protest against the symbols of an occupying, invading military force.”

(Source / 26.09.2020)

Defying international law, Israeli PM orders building of 5,000 new settlement units in West Bank

Israeli NGO: 648,000 illegal Israeli Jewish settlers live in settlements build in occupied territories in violation of international law

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered construction of 5,000 new settlement units in Israeli Jewish settlement in occupied West Bank, Israeli media reported on Friday.

According to the news website of Israeli TV Channel 7, Netanyahu has called for the Israeli High Council of Planning and Building to be convened in the West Bank after the Jewish holidays.

“Netanyahu instructed the council to approve the construction of 5,000 housing units in dozens of settlements in the West Bank,” the website reported.

The Israeli government has neither confirmed nor denied the development, claiming that Netanyahu made his decision after settler leaders in the occupied West Bank convinced him to take the step.

“The settler leaders expect Netanyahu to abide by his promise and invite the Supreme Council to meet in order to approve construction projects,” according to Israeli media.

Yossi Dagan, head of the Settlements Council in the West Bank, confirmed that the Israeli prime minister is: “Facing the test of approving construction projects.”

Peace Now, a non-governmental Israeli movement, affirmed the government has approved the construction of 3,412 settlement units in eastern Jerusalem.

According to the group, more than 428,000 settlers are living in 132 settlements and 124 random settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank.

The figure does not include the 18 settlements in East Jerusalem that are occupied by more than 220,000 settlers.

(Source / 26.09.2020)

After holding it for one year, Israel turns over body of a Palestinian mother of nine to her family for proper burial

More than a year after shooting and killing her and holding her body, the Israeli occupation authorities yesterday turned over the corpse of Naifa Kaabna, 50, a Palestinian mother of nine from Aqbat Jabr refugee camp in the eastern West Bank city of Jericho, to her family for proper burial, according to the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC).

Israeli occupation forces shot and killed Kaabna in what Palestinians have charged was in cold blood at Qalandia military checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem alleging she attempted to stab a soldier.

JLAC attempted since the shooting to get Israel to return the body to her family for burial and to investigate the incident, as well as turn over video recordings at the checkpoint to the center without any avail, it said, and the body was kept in the morgue all this time.

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The human right center petitioned the Israeli High Court in February to get the body of Kaabna back, but the court has delayed any action until in August it ordered the army to explain why it was still holding Kaabna’s body.

The army decided yesterday to turn the body over to her family and Kaabna was finally laid to rest at her refugee camp.

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Israel decided on October 13, 2015 to withhold bodies of Palestinians its forces kill in the occupied territories and use them as a bargaining chip in future prisoners’ exchange talks with the Palestinian factions.

According to JLAC, Israel is holding bodies of 66 Palestinians its forces have shot and killed in the last years, most of them kept in the morgues, while some were buried in unknown locations. In addition, 254 Palestinians killed by Israel since 1967 are still buried in what is known as “numbered cemeteries” in Israel, while 74 are still unaccounted for.

(Source / 26.09.2020)

Qatar refuses to head Arab League instead of Palestine

The State of Qatar refused to assume the presidency of the 154th regular session of the Arab League at the ministerial level instead of Palestine, which has recently resigned from the position.

Qatar announced in a statement on Thursday evening: “We apologise for completing the aforementioned session, which the State of Palestine abandoned, while adhering to the right of the State of Qatar to the next presidency of the 155th session of March 2021.”

Qatar was selected alphabetically and in accordance with Article VI of the rules of procedure of the league council, which states: “If the president of the council at the ministerial level is unable to assume the position, the temporary presidency is assigned to the delegate of the country that will head the next session.”

Read More: BREAKING: Palestine relinquishes its right to preside over the Arab League Council

The State of Palestine decided last Tuesday to abandon its right to chair the Council of the Arab League for the current session, in response to the wave of normalisation with the Israeli occupation.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki confirmed that this decision came after the league’s general secretariat took a supportive stance of the Emirati and Bahraini normalisation with Israel, in a clear contravention of the Arab Peace Initiative.

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(Source / 26.09.2020)

Gaza: Three fishermen was missed near sea border with Egypt

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Three Palestinian fishermen and their boat went missing on Thursday night in Gaza waters after they came under gunfire near the sea border with Egypt.

Chief of the fishermen committees Zakariya Bakr said that three brothers from the family of al-Za’zou were aboard their fishing boat when the Egyptian navy opened fire at them in southern Gaza.

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Bakr added that the fishermen committees were waiting for information about the fate of the fishermen from the competent authorities in Gaza.

For its part, the Palestinian interior ministry in Gaza said it contacted the Egyptian side to obtain information about the fate of the fishermen and the circumstances of the incident.

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(Source / 26.09.2020)