PA issues ‘strict’ directions for West Bank Dahlan supporters

Palestinian supporters of dismissed senior Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan shout slogans during a protest to support him on 18 December 2014 in Gaza City. [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian supporters of dismissed senior Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan shout slogans during a protest to support him on 18 December 2014 in Gaza City

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has issued “strict” directions related to the ongoing campaign against supporters of disgraced Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan in the occupied West Bank, Safa reported on Sunday. According to informed sources, the campaign was launched in the wake of the normalisation deal between Israel and the UAE, which finances the former Fatah official.

Abbas issued his “strict” directions to the PA’s military intelligence agency, which is currently tracking Dahlan’s supporters in the West Bank. Several missions have been carried out in this regard.

The sources told Safa that “shocking” issues were revealed during the campaign about money transfers to Dahlan supporters through senior PA officials. “Again, this issue sounded alarm bells within the PA leadership as this is evidence the Dahlan has already penetrated the security and civil institutions at very senior levels,” they said.

The detention of two senior Dahlan supporters, Haitham Al-Halaby in Nablus and Salim Abu Safiyeh from Jericho is apparently only “a single link in a long chain”.

READ: Is Dahlan really being lined up by the US to replace Abbas?

The official spokesman of Dahlan’s Democratic Reform group, Dmitri Deliani, said that the PA has detained dozens of his supporters over the past few weeks. Deliani claimed that such detentions “are intended to divert attention from Abbas’s diplomatic failures and the normalisation deals between Arab states and Israel.” He also said that Abbas “is attempting to hide the fact that Dahlan’s group has become a major body within Fatah.” Abbas is the head of the movement, as well as the PLO and, of course, the PA.

Safa pointed out that the recent remarks by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman that Washington is thinking about replacing Abbas with Dahlan “added fuel to the fire”. Friedman, however, says that he was misquoted.

Nevertheless, concluded the informed sources, “Abbas continues its crackdown on Dahlan’s group because the PA believes that the US had been engineering PA’s institutions and is planning to put Dahlan at the top of them.”

(Source / 28.09.2020)

Morocco: No peace without recognition of Palestinian rights

Morocco's Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani in Paris on 19 December 2019. [BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images]
Morocco’s Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani in Paris on 19 December 2019

Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani told the UN General Assembly on Saturday that there can be no peace without giving Palestinians their rights.

“There can be no just or lasting peace unless the Palestinian people can exercise their legitimate right to establish an independent and viable state with Jerusalem as its capital,” explained Othmani. “We categorically reject all of the unilateral measures taken by the Israeli authorities in the occupied Palestinian territories, whether in the West Bank or in Jerusalem. Such measures only fuel tension and instability in the region.”

The prime minister also said that failure to settle the Palestinian question and to resume the Middle East peace process is a source of “grave concern” to Morocco.

He reiterated that King Mohammed VI has always called for Jerusalem to be protected as the common heritage of the whole of humanity and a symbol for mutual respect, dialogue and peaceful coexistence between the three Abrahamic religions.

Morocco: Arab League requires reforms 

(Source / 28.09.2020)

6 Palestinians killed as Hebron cesspit floods

Palestinian farmers in Deir Al-Hatib discovered sewage run-off from the illegal settlement Elon Moreh had killed their olive trees and other crops on 24 October 2017. [Rabbis for Human rights/Twitter]
Palestinian farmers in Deir Al-Hatib discovered sewage run-off from the illegal settlement Elon Moreh had killed their olive trees and other crops on 24 October 2017

Six Palestinians died after they drowned in an old cesspit in the village of Deir Al-Asal near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, reported Wafa news agency.

A father and his son were digging a septic pit near an old one which collapsed, leading to a sudden flood which drowned them both, witnesses in Deir Al-Asal said.

Three brothers who attempted to rescue the victims also died, along with another youth who tried to help.

One of the victims, aged 15, was rushed to an Israeli hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.

According to the Times of Israel, Islam Abu Sheikha, an official in the Hebron Governorate’s Civil Defence, said: “We received a distress signal about a number of citizens falling into a cesspit. Immediately, civil defence teams moved to the scene, and worked to pull them out from inside the pit.”

Yazan Yusef Omar, director of Civil Defence in the Hebron Governorate, said: “It is too early to talk about the causes of the accident but according to a preliminary information, and it may be inaccurate, while a number of people dug a siphon hole next to a full pit, and as a result of drilling work, wastewater leaked from the old pit into the new pit; and a person who was inside the new pit drowned.”

He added others “apparently tried to save him, but failed” and drowned themselves.

(Source / 28.09.2020)

PLO: US puts pressure on Sudan to settle Palestine refugees

Bassam al-Salhi, Bassam Al-Salhi, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in Beijing on 23 November 2012. [MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images]
Bassam al-Salhi, Bassam Al-Salhi, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in Beijing on 23 November 2012

The United States is putting pressure on Sudan to accept settling Palestine refugees on its soil, member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, Bassam Al-Salhi, was reported saying by Anadolu yesterday.

“Special sources told me that the ongoing normalisation talks between Washington, Israel and Sudan include Sudan’s possibility to resettle [Palestine] refugees on its soil as part of the deal of the century,” Al-Salhi said, in reference to the US ‘peace deal’ for the region.

He stated that “this is part of the conspiracy against the Palestinian cause,” stressing the issue between Israel and Sudan goes beyond the normalisation of ties.

The PLO official called on Sudan “to reject being dragged into these American-Israeli plans in order to maintain its interests and future.”

Resettling Palestine refugees had been raised dozens of times by Israel and the US mainly in Egypt and other host countries; however, Al-Salhi said, proposing to resettle them in Sudan is new.

Sudan did not issue an immediate comment on the remarks, but the country’s officials have several times denied reports about the possible normalisation of ties with Israel despite several meetings between Sudanese and Israeli officials.

READ: Arab normalisation is another attempt to defeat the Palestinians psychologically

(Source / 28.09.2020)

Israeli Forces Invade Homes, Detain Palestinians, including a Woman

The Israeli police detained a Palestinian woman and her husband, Al-Maqdisi, on Sunday, after invading their home in Al-‘Isawiya town in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said that the woman, holding a West Bank identification, was detained under the pretext of illegal residence in Jerusalem.

Israeli forces, on Saturday night, detained two Palestinian civilians and their children in Anin village, west of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, the PIC further reported.

Local sources stated that Israeli soldiers invaded the homes of Yusef Asaad Yassin and Ayman Tayseer Khalil Yassin, and detained them.

Soldiers also detained Yusef’s two children, Mustafa and Fadi, and Ayman’s son, Muhammad, as they were grazing their sheep near the Apartheid Wall, and interrogated them for hours before releasing them.

(Source / 28.09.2020)

Israel to Confiscate Palestinian-owned Land in Hebron

The Israeli authorities announced, last week, a military order to confiscate a large area of Palestinian lands in the Tel Rumeida area, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Local sources confirmed to Palestinian WAFA News Agency that the Israeli occupation forces delivered orders to a several Palestinian citizens in Tel Rumeida, a military order to expropriate 17 sites, including citizen-owned lands.

Palestinian citizen, Haji Radi Abu Aisha, received an order from Israeli authorities, and said that the military order stipulates that pillars and surveillance cameras will be installed near his home.

This military edict by the occupation, allegedly allows Israel the right to sieze Palestinian-owned lands in Hebron city, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources stated that the Israeli army handed out maps of the seized areas marked in red along with a military dictation of the intent to expropriate Palestinian property in Hebron.

The head of the Youth Against Settlements, Palestinian activist, Issa Amr stated that “the military verdict targets 17 areas in Tel Rumeida neighborhood, ash-Shuhada street and the vicinity of Kiryat Arba settlement — in the Israeli-administered area of al-Khalil’s (Hebron) city center known as H2 according to Oslo accords.”

“The targeted lands are 3,807 square meters (1 acre) and is located in a very important area of the central al-Khalil (Hebron) city,” Amr added.

According to the B’Tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories; About 34,000 Palestinians and 700 settlers now live in H2. Of the Palestinian residents, some 7,000 live in areas near settlers’ homes or near streets in use by the settlers. Israeli authorities impose a regime intentionally and openly based on the “principle of separation”, the result of which is legal and physical segregation between the Israeli settlers and the Palestinian residents. Palestinians living in the area are subjected to extreme restrictions on their movement by car or on foot – including the closure of main streets – while settlers are free to go where they wish. In addition, the military has issued shutdown orders to hundreds of stores and commercial establishments in the area.

(Source / 28.09.2020)

Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian-owned Farms near Nablus

An armed Israeli settler assaulted, on Sunday, a Palestinian farmer who was working in his land in Asira al-Qiblya village, south of Nablus city in the northern West Bank, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Sources stated that the illegal settler, who is a security guard of the Israeli Yitzhar colony, attacked Palestinian farmer, Usama Hamdan, causing extensive bruising. The wounded Palestinian man was transferred to a Nablus hospital for treatment.

In related news, Israeli settlers attacked, on Saturday, two Palestinian-owned poultry farms in Qusra village, southeast of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Information Center reported that the locals called for help through the loudspeakers of the local mosque, which elicited villagers to throw stones to confront the settler invasion.

The sources added that Israeli forces then stormed the village, and fired rubber-coated steel rounds, concussion grenades and tear-gas canisters at the Palestinians protecting their property, causing two injuries.

Ghassan Daghlas, a local official who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that a group of settlers ransacked and destroyed the contents of the poultry farms, in addition to setting a tractor on fire,
and damaging water tanks.

Daghlas added that as Palestinian residents made attempts to protect their property, Israeli soldiers fired at them and protected the illegal settlers.

No further information was provided on the condition of the two casualties.

(Source / 28.09.2020)

A briefing note urging you to immediately intervene to release arbitrary detainees from the Palestinian Authority against the background of political opinion and activity

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Mr. Michel Forst.

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.

Gracious greetings

Subject: A briefing note urging you to immediately intervene to release arbitrary detainees from the Palestinian Authority against the background of political opinion and activity.

The International Commission to Support Palestinians’ Rights (ICSPR)is highly appreciate your keenness to intervene in order to defend human rights values, and the citizens’ enjoyment of these universally guaranteed rights, including the right to freedom of opinion and expression, political pluralism, freedom of peaceful assembly and the prevention of arrest Arbitrary, torture and degrading treatment of human dignity, and accordingly, we are addressing you today and urgently to call for immediate and urgent intervention now, by doing more efforts individually and / or collectively with people of international law, by taking practical and immediate measures aimed at putting an end to violations The Palestinian Authority and its security apparatus against Palestinian citizens in the West Bank, which has accelerated its pace recently as a result of the suppression, arrest, and summoning of the security and police agencies of the citizens of the political leaders and supporters of the democratic reform movement in the Fatah movement, which is headed by the leader and deputy in the Legislative Council Muhammad Dahlan.

According to the field and human rights follow-up of the ICSPR, we have monitored and documented a large number of continuous violations that have been and are still being committed by the security services in the West Bank, against citizens, opinion activists and opposition political forces, especially with regard to the political leaders of the Democratic Reform Movement in the Fatah movement and their supporters, which have long been violated Their rights to fair legal procedures and their arbitrary detention against the background of freedom of opinion and expression and in opposition to the policies of the authority, in addition to storming and searching their homes, terrorizing their families and assaulting them, without following the procedures stipulated by law in the arrest and search operations.

Based on the follow-up of the ICSPR ,we found it important to inform you about the most prominent of these violations and after exhausting all the national legal and human rights methods that did not succeed in dissuading the authority from its violations, and releasing those arbitrarily detained and against the background of opinion and political activity, in order to urge you to intervene to stop these unjustified violations, as next one:

1-      The security services arrested, on Monday at dawn on: 21 September 2020, a number of Fatah leaders affiliated with the Democratic Reform Movement, as they arrested the leader Haitham al-Halabi, a member of the former Fatah Revolutionary Council and Ameed al-Halabi, his nephew, “from their homes in Nablus governorate, and they also arrested the Major General “Salim Abu Safeya” from his home in the city of Jericho. He was accompanied by the arrests of citizens who broke into homes, searched them, and tampered with their contents without following the legal procedures.

2-      On 6/9/2020, the security services in the West Bank arrested Dr. “Firas Halabi,” one of the leaders of the Democratic Reform Movement in the West Bank, from the Karama crossing and prevented him from traveling to Cairo to complete his academic papers, where he is still detained despite a judicial decision to release him

3-      . The security services continue to detain citizens Thaer Al-Shalabi and Moataz Abu Tayoun, in addition to summoning and detaining a number of citizens who support the reform movement in the governorates of Qalqila and Jerusalem, among them Muhammad Saadi Abu Mughalah, Akrama Ali, Rizq Nazal and Zahran Al-Hilu were known.

4-      The arrest by the Preventive Security Service in Nablus of the 34-year-old journalist Kanaan Sabri Kanaan, after he was summoned for an interview on September 09, 2020; Against the background of his posts on his Facebook page, this brings the number of detained journalists working in Al-Najah TV to the Preventive Agency to two; As the agency continues to arrest Abd al-Rahman Zahir on charges of defaming the public authorities since the seventeenth of last month.

5-      Since the declaration of the state of emergency in the West Bank, the security services in the West Bank have arrested and summoned dozens of citizens, including journalists and political activists, who were arrested on the grounds of opinion and belonging to opposition parties. Abu Ghurab, Majd Kamil, and Musa Mualla; These arrests and summons were also accompanied by attacks on detainees, bringing the number of arbitrary detainees in the prisons of the Authority to nearly 400 detainees on the grounds of opinion and political activity.

6-      These violations were accompanied by forceful raids of homes and terrorizing their residents, including women, children, and the elderly, breaking down some of the home’s furniture and tampering with them, and confiscating cell phones and computers. The Authority’s security services in the West Bank also prevented human rights defenders and lawyers who are supposed to enjoy With special legal protection guaranteed by international human rights covenants, to enable them to carry out their work by preventing them from visiting their clients, to check on their safety and to guarantee their legal rights.

Evidence confirms that the violations committed by the authorities and the police forces in the West Bank are in clear and grave breach of the standards of detention and arrest stipulated in the Criminal Procedures Law No. 3 of 2001, and the standards that must be met during detention and arrest, as well as a violation of the provisions of the Basic Law The Public Meetings Law of 1998, and the Press and Publications Law of 1995, especially the legal articles that prohibit arbitrary detention and guarantee personal freedoms and freedom of opinion and expression for citizens, and it has violated the obligations of the State of Palestine in the field of respecting the rights of its citizens as per its accession to many international human rights treaties. Among them is the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the freedom to form and belong to political parties, and the freedom of peaceful assembly.

The ICSPR  expresses its concern about the security and police services in the West Bank continuing to apply the method of arbitrary arrests, fear that the detainees will be subjected to torture and ill-treatment, and reiterates its absolute rejection of any attempts that would beautify political and arbitrary arrests, and affirming that the arrest of citizens is Haitham, Firas and Amid Al-Halabi Major General Salim Abu Safiya, Wathair al-Shalabi, Mu’taz Abu Tayyun and others are driven by the desire of the Palestinian government and its security apparatus to take political revenge against its opponents, and to seek to silence and exclusivity and restrict freedom of opinion, expression, association, and the practice of legitimate political activity, which is a serious violation of all international human rights agreements and treaties signed by the State of Palestine Recently, and flagrantly violating the Palestinian Basic Law and the body of relevant national laws, and with fear of employing the state of emergency to impose unjustified restrictions on public rights and freedoms.

Based on the above, we in ICSPR call on you to fulfill your moral and legal responsibilities and to make more efforts to provide legal protection for citizens, in a manner that ensures interference and pressure on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh, in his capacity as Minister of the Interior and the rest of the Palestinian authorities, to stop the summons, arbitrary detention, and political retaliation against opinion activists and political opponents, which constitutes a flagrant violation and violation of Palestinian law and international human rights standards, court decisions and national consensus, and work for the immediate release of political detainees on the background of the opinion, out of respect For the rule of law, and to guarantee the rights and freedoms guaranteed in international covenants and Palestinian legislation and until that time work to guarantee the rights of detainees and those who are arbitrarily attached to ensure that lawyers and families of detainees are able to visit them, know their place of detention, verify their conditions of detention, ensure that they are not subjected to torture and ill-treatment, and guarantee their legal rights, foremost among which is the right to procedures Fair legal.

In conclusion, we hope that you will quickly intervene now, because the threat is present and continuing, and there is a fear of a widening campaign of arbitrary arrests, in addition to our fear of abuse by the authority against detainees on the background of political opinion and activity, and tomorrow it will be too late, because Palestinian citizens are victims of violations of the authority, they deserve to work with them and for them. They look forward to your positive role in ensuring that they enjoy their package of rights that are guaranteed nationally and internationally, as they are well-established, legitimate and non-derogable rights, in line with your international legal mandate in particular.

(Source (mail ICSPR) / 28.09.2020)

Pictures| Guards of illegal settlement attack farmers in Asira al-Qibliya

Nablus (QNN)- Guards of the illegal settlement of Yitzhar attacked Palestinian farmers, ho were working in their fields in the village of Asira al-Qibliya in southern Nablus yesterday.

The farmer Bahaa Ahmad told QNN that the guards accompanied by Israeli soldiers prevented a farmer from plowing his land in the east of the village before they summoned an Israeli force that repressed locals and other farmers.

Bahaa Ahmad added that a guard has beaten one of the farmers, wounding him. The farmer was taken to a near hospital.

The village is located in the area classified as area “B” according to the Oslo Accords, which means that the Israeli army and settlers are not allowed to be involved in any activity inside it.

During the last two weeks, locals have organized land reclamation activities in the village but the Israeli army repressed them and prevented them from working in their lands.

The illegal settlement of Yitzhar was built on the Salman Al Farisi mount, grabbing lands from the villages of Burin, Madama, Asira al-Qibliya, Urif, Einabus, and Huwarah. Its settlers carry out daily attacks on the locals of near villages.

(Source / 28.09.2020)

Israel’s military court sentences child to 5 years in jail

Jenin (QNN)- The Israeli military court on Sunday sentenced the Palestinian child Samer Abdel Kareem Oweis (17 years old) from Jenin to 5 years in jail.

Israeli forces had arrested the child on April 15, 2019. He was put in solitary confinement and subjected to torture for two months at the jails of Petah Tikva settlement.

Since he has been arrested, the Israeli authorities rejected to allow him to meet his jail father Abdel Kareem Oweis. The father is sentenced to life imprisonment and he, along with his jailed brother Hassan, was targeted in assassination trials.

Israeli forces arrested Samer’s brother, Rateb, on January 15, 2019, reuniting him with his father and allowing him to embrace his father for the first time since he was born. On July 14, 2020, Rateb was released after serving his one year and a half jail sentence.

Abdel Kareem’s brother, Hassan, was arrested in 2004 as he has been serving a two-life-imprisonment and 20 years sentence. Their brother Samer was murdered in 2002 by the Israeli army in an assassination attack using two bombs that were dropped at his car in Al Am’ari refugee camp.

The family of Abdel Kareem has been punitively prevented from jail visitation.

(Source / 28.09.2020)