Gaza: 35 injuries and 145 new recoveries were recorded

 The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced, this morning, Monday, that 35 new cases of Coronavirus have been recorded during the past 24 hours.

The ministry stated in its daily report, that 145 new cases of recovery were recorded among the injured.

It stated that the central laboratory examined 1,810 new samples during the same period.

The total number of injured people since last March has reached 2826, including 1,485 active cases, 1,320 recovered cases, and 21 deaths.

(Source / 29.09.2020)

Center: 122 thousand arrests during the Al-Aqsa Intifada

Data published by the Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies today, Monday, showed that the Israeli occupation forces carried out 122 thousand arrests during the years of the second intifada, whose 20th anniversary this day.

The Center stated in a report on this occasion that among the detainees (2,200) women and girls, and (17,400) children.

Riyadh Al-Ashqar, Director of the Center, pointed out that when the Al-Aqsa Intifada broke out in 2000, there were only 700 prisoners in the occupation prisons, and then the number increased dramatically as a result of the occupation’s adoption of a policy of arrests, especially after the re-occupation of the West Bank in 2002, until the number reached Prisoners were at the highest rate in 2004, to 12 thousand prisoners.

He indicated that the number of prisoners gradually decreased in the following years, until their number reached at present (4,500) prisoners, including (38) female prisoners, (150) children, (8) representatives in the Legislative Council, and 380 administrative prisoners.

Al-Ashqar noted that the occupation has not excluded women from the arrest campaigns since the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, while in recent years it has escalated its targeting of murder, arrest and summoning, noting that (2200) cases of detention of Palestinian women and girls have been monitored since September 2000, including dozens of minors, and the wounded. The female patients, the elderly, the academics, the wives of martyrs and prisoners.

While the occupation is still detaining (38) female prisoners inside prisons under harsh and tragic conditions, the occupation deprives them of all their legitimate rights and practices against them all forms of insult, torture and harassment against them, including installing cameras in the prison yards and corridors, which is a violation of their privacy and a restriction of their freedom of movement inside the prison .

During the Al-Aqsa Intifada, four female prisoners put their newborns inside prisons, where they were kidnapped while pregnant and placed in less so-called inhumane conditions.

Al-Ashqar stated that with the outbreak of the intifada, there were no children in the occupation’s prisons, and during its years, the occupation kidnapped more than 17,400 children under the age of eighteen, and dozens of them were shot and wounded before arrest and transferred to investigation and prisons in harsh conditions. They were interrogated before providing treatment to them.

He indicated that the number of imprisoned children has now reached (150) children distributed in Ofer Prison, Majdou and Damon, and the various detention and investigation centers, among them a number not exceeding 15 years of age, and the occupation practices against children the worst methods of abuse, depriving them of all their legitimate rights, and pressuring them to work with the intelligence .

Likewise, in recent years, the occupation has escalated the issuance of retaliatory sentences against children that reached life imprisonment, regardless of their age, and dozens of them were arrested after being informed of gunfire on the pretext of their intention to carry out stabbings against soldiers or settlers.

The director of the Palestine Center for Prisoner Studies indicated that during the Al-Aqsa Intifada, (102) martyrs had risen to the captive movement, as the number of martyrs of the captive movement rose to 225, as a result of medical negligence, severe torture, or as a result of premeditated murder and physical liquidation after arrest.

Al-Ashqar explained that (40) were killed as a result of deliberate medical negligence, while (3) were martyred due to violent and cruel torture, and another martyr was killed as a result of live and direct gunfire at him during clashes with the administration in the Negev prison. The martyr “Rasim Suleiman Ghunaimat,” from Ramallah, was burned in 2005 after a fire broke out in Megiddo detention center as a result of a short circuit.

Al-Ashqar mentioned that during the years of the intifada, the occupation courts issued more than (30,800) administrative detention decisions, between new decisions and renewals, arbitrarily without clear charges, as the occupation invokes the existence of a secret file for these that no one is allowed to see except the representative of the military prosecution and the judge who issues Administrative order.

And he indicated that during the years of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, the occupation courts issued more than 500 life sentences against prisoners who were accused of carrying out operations that led to the killing of soldiers or settlers, in addition to dozens of life sentences who were released in the free loyalty deal in 2011, and they were re-arrested and their previous sentences were returned.

(Source / 29.09.2020)

Committee: The occupation crosses red lines by arresting Palestinian journalists

The Committee to Support Journalists said, today, Monday, that the Israeli occupation has crossed the red lines in its violations against Palestinian journalists by escalating campaigns of arrest and summoning of journalists after raiding and storming their homes, against the background of freedom of opinion and expression, trial and renewal of their administrative detention order In military courts and through a system of racist laws.

In a statement, the committee pointed out that the number of journalists detained in the occupation prisons has risen to 23.

And he considered the occupation army’s insistence on silencing and obstructing journalists from performing their professional duty, in contravention of the international conventions that guarantee freedom of journalistic work, it is a systematic policy intended to obliterate the truth and the crimes of the occupation against the Palestinian people.

She indicated that the occupation arrested the journalist Mujahid Mardawi from the town of Habla, south of Qalqilya, at the Karama crossing during his return from studying for a master’s degree in Malaysia. Rania Hatem, after raiding her home, and interrogating her at the Al-Maskobiyya Police Station in Jerusalem, for a period of 4 hours, due to her Facebook posts and her media and social activities.

The Journalists Support Committee pointed out that the Israeli occupation had arrested during the current month the journalist Osama Shaheen, after storming his house, extending his detention and transferring him to administrative detention for a period of 4 months, in addition to his transfer from Ofer prison to the Negev desert prison.

The occupation forces arrested the 27-year-old photojournalist, Abdul Mohsen Shalalda, after raiding his house, and released him the same evening, after being interrogated about the nature of his journalistic work.

The occupation court transferred the captive Palestinian poet Mahmoud Karim Ayyad (Al-Murabit) from Dheisheh camp in Bethlehem to administrative detention after 50 days of investigations, after an Israeli force arrested him on July 13th.

She indicated that the occupation transferred journalist Musab Saeed from Birzeit town, north of Ramallah, to administrative detention for a period of 6 months, after it arrested him last month, and the occupation prison administration also intended to transfer prisoner Saeed to Megiddo Prison.

The committee warned against the process of arrests, summons, and movements inside prisons and transferring the detention of some journalists to administrative detention, which threatens journalists’ exposure to the risk of infection with the Corona virus that is spreading among the ranks of the occupation army.

The committee denounced the occupation crimes against journalists, holding the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the continuation of the series of targeting journalists, calling on the International Federation of Journalists, the Union of Arab Journalists, and all international and Arab press associations and unions to denounce these crimes, provide protection and health safety, and work seriously and urgently for the release of the detained journalists.

(Source / 29.09.2020)

UN: Israel has demolished over 500 Palestinian buildings so far this year

Israeli excavators demolish the homes of Palestinians in the West Bank on 23 September 2020 [Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli excavators demolish the homes of Palestinians in the West Bank on 23 September 2020 

The Israeli occupation authorities have demolished more than 500 Palestinian buildings in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since the start of 2020, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed on Monday.

The UN agency said that 506 buildings were razed to the ground by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank on the pretext that they did not have building permits. According to the official statement, a total of 134 structures have so far been demolished in occupied East Jerusalem in 2020 alone.

UNOCHA said that the Israelis brought down 22 buildings over the past two weeks, displacing 50 Palestinians and affecting around 200 others. Eight demolitions out of the 12 in East Jerusalem were carried out by the owners themselves in order to avoid fines and fees imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities. The other 10 demolished structures were located in Area C, which accounts for around 61 per cent of the occupied West Bank.

Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Six Day War. It justifies the demolition of Palestinian homes by saying that they lack building permits, despite the fact that Israel very rarely issues such permits to Palestinians. The Zionist state, meanwhile, issues thousands of permits to illegal settlers.

READ: Israel soldiers expand illegal settlement, open fire on Palestinian youth

(Source / 29.09.2020)

Muslim scholars condemn killing of Palestine fishermen by Egypt army

Palestinian fishermen protest after Egyptian army kill 2 of their compatriots on the border of Rafah, besieged Gaza Strip, on 27 September 2020 [Middle East Monitor]
Loved ones mourn the death of Palestinian fishermen after the Egyptian army shot them dead at the border of Rafah on 27 September 2020 

The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) yesterday condemned the killing of two Palestinian fishermen by the Egyptian army.

IUMS Secretary-General Ali Al-Qaradaghi said in a statement that “the Union strongly condemns the incident of killing the fishermen Hasan and Mahmoud AlZazoua and injuring their brother Yaser in Gaza Sea by the Egyptian army.”

Al-Qaradaghi explained that the three fishermen “were looking for a source of livelihood to support their elderly parents, wives and children.”

He stressed that “shedding the innocents’ blood and the unjust loss of lives are great sins, as Allah Almighty says ‘But whoever kills a believer intentionally – his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him and has cursed him and has prepared for him a great punishment’ (An-Nisa: 93) and also says ‘whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely’ (Al-Ma’idah: 32).”

Al-Qaradaghi called on “the Egyptian authorities to expedite the investigation into the incident in order to prevent crimes of this type from happening again, and ensure retribution against the killers.”

He also offered the organisation’s condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims.

Egyptian naval forces shot dead two Palestinian fishermen, and wounded and arrested a third on Friday after they allegedly crossed into Egyptian territorial waters.

READ: Egypt pro-regime TV host celebrates murder of 2 Gaza fishermen

(Source / 28.09.2020)

Palestinian prisoner launches hunger strike as Israel refuses to release him

Palestinians march with national flags and pictures of prisoners held in Israeli jails during a rally marking Palestinian Prisoners' Day in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 17, 2019 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinians march with national flags and pictures of prisoners held in Israeli jails during a rally marking Palestinian Prisoners’ Day in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 17, 2019

Palestinian prisoner Mohamed Abul Asal launched an open-ended hunger strike yesterday in protest against his continued detention in Israeli occupation prisons. unlawful imprisonment.

Abul Asal, a resident from Aqabat Jabr refugee camp, southwest of Jericho, took the action after Israeli military forces decided to place him under administrative detention for three months on the day he was due to be released having served a ten-month term.

Administrative detention, a procedure employed by the Israeli occupation to jail indefinitely without trial and without charges and used routinely against Palestinians, has been condemned by the UN and is in direct violation of Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Asal was kidnaped last year after Israeli occupation forces raided his home. He had previously been detained on numerous occasions.

READ: Palestine professor narrates his suffering inside US jails

Thousands of men, as well as women and children, are held indefinitely and under horrendous conditions in detention centres across the occupied territories without charge, the possibility to appeal or knowing why they are being detained.

Last month, a report prepared by rights groups revealed that Israel issued 98 administrative detention orders, including 33 new and 65 renewed orders, in July alone.

The rights groups stated that the number of Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails reached 4,500 in July, including 41 women, 160 children and 360 under administrative detention.

(Source / 29.09.2020)

Palestinian Teen Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Israeli military court sentenced, on Sunday, a Palestinian child from Jenin refugee camp, in the northern occupied West Bank, to serve 5 years in prison, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Samer Abdul-Karim Awais, 17, was detained by Israeli forces on April 15, 2019, and for 2 months, was isolated and tortured in the Petah Tikva detention center.

The youth’s father and brother continue to be incarcerated by the Israeli occupation army, and another one of his brothers was assassinated in 2002 by Israeli fired missiles.

According to Addameer, Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

From scientific and developmental perspectives, experts in child trauma psychology believe that the arrest, interrogation, and humiliation experience is highly dangerous and traumatizing to a child. The trauma can alter the child’s behavior in what can be characterized with agitation, over reaction, rebellion, or indifference to surroundings. Traumatic experiences in the early stages of a child’s life (particularly during childhood and adolescence) increase the risk of psychological and behavioral disorders during adulthood.

(Source / 29.09.2020)

Three Palestinian Men Detained from West Bank

The Israeli forces detained, on Monday, three Palestinian young men from their homes in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, in the central West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said, the soldiers detained a young man named Mohamed Shusha from his home in Husan town, west of Bethlehem.

In Jerusalem, the Israeli police detained a young Palestinian man identified as Imad Abeisan from his home in Silwan district, his brother Ali was also summoned by police, and subsequently detained after going to the police station.

Confrontations flared between Palestinian youths and the Israeli police, Sunday night, in al-‘Isawiya neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, the PIC reported.

Local sources said that the Israeli police fired rubber-coated steel rounds, tear-gas canisters, and concussion grenades at the resisting youths and nearby civilian homes.

The Palestinian youths resisted the invasion of Israeli forces by showering them with rocks and firecrackers, which forced them to withdraw.

No injuries or detentions were reported.

(Source / 29.09.2020)

UN: Israeli occupation demolished over 500 Palestinian structures in 2020

UN OCHA office says 134 Palestinian structures were demolished by Israel in east Jerusalem this year

Since start of 2020, Israeli occupation has demolished more than 500 structures in occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed on Monday.

In a statement, the UN OCHA office said 506 buildings were razed by Israeli forces in the West Bank on the pretext of lacking a building permit.

According to the statement of the UN OCHA office, a total of 134 structures were demolished in east Jerusalem.

UN OCHA said Israeli forces brought down 22 buildings over the past two weeks, causing the displacement of 50 Palestinians and causing harms to around 200 others.

According to the UN office, eight demolitions out of 12 in East Jerusalem were carried out by the owners themselves in order to avoid fines and fees imposed by Israeli authorities.

The other 10 demolished structures were located in Area C, which accounts for around 60% of the West Bank territory.

Palestinian West Bank and east Jerusalem was occupied by the Zionist state in 1967. The Zionist statejustifies the demolition of Palestinian homes claiming they lack building permits.

Israeli occupation very rarely issues building permits to Palestinians, meanwhile, it issues thousands of permits to illegal settlers who live in settlements built in occupied territories in stark violation of the international law.

(Source / 29.09.2020)

Conditions of Palestinians in Israeli prisons are leading towards explosion, says official

Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails for resisting the occupation. (File photo)
Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails for resisting the occupation (File photo)

The conditions of the Palestinians in the various Israeli prisons and detention centers are leading towards escalation and explosion in the event the Israel Prisons Service (IPS) continues its denigrating policies against prisoners and the suffocating restrictions against them, today said Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Commission in the Palestinian Authority.

He said that Israeli occupation authorities have continued, since the beginning of this year, an unprecedented policy of oppression and abuse against the prisoners forbidding them for months to get money from their families for their canteen accounts, especially the Gaza prisoners, as well as not allowing entry of clothes and cigarettes.

The IPS has also denied family visitations for hundreds of prisoners under feeble and false pretenses.

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Abu Bakr said prisoners in some prisons have already started escalation measures against these policies by returning meals, warning that more escalating steps could be taken in the coming period if the occupation authorities continue to mistreat the prisoners, deny them their rights and make life very difficult for them.

(Source / 29.09.2020)