10 civilians were arrested, including two brothers and one with special needs

The Israeli occupation forces arrested, last night and until Wednesday morning, ten citizens of the West Bank, including a young man with a disability.

The Al-Asir Club said that three citizens were arrested from the towns of Beit Ummar and Adhna in the Hebron governorate, and they are: Abu Yusef Abu Mariyah (16 years), Aws Musa Salibi (20 years), who is disabled, and Shadi Al-Batran from the town of Idhna.

From the town of Beit Fajar in the Bethlehem governorate, the occupation forces arrested the two citizens, Ali Musa Al-Ajouri (21 years), and Saif Majed Al-Ajouri (18 years).

Meanwhile, two citizens were arrested from Jalazoun camp in the Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorate.

In addition, two young men from the town of Al-Issawiya in Jerusalem were arrested: Younis Sufyan Obaid, and Muhammad Wael Ebeid.

In addition to the detainees, Fatah’s secretary in Jerusalem, Shadi Mutour, was arrested from his home in the morning.

From the town of Beit Fajar, south of Bethlehem, the forces arrested Younes Sufyan Al-Ajouri and confiscated his private vehicle.

In addition, the occupation authorities released Musa Berri from the village of Amatin, east of Qalqilya, hours after his arrest last night and his son Moataz Berri at a checkpoint near Deir Ballut, west of Salfit, and the young Yunus Sufyan Obeid was released from the town of Issawiya, east of Jerusalem, after his arrest at dawn.

(Source / 01.10.2020)

Palestinian Teen Shot by Israeli Forces, in Critical Condition

Israeli soldiers opened fire, on Wednesday night, at Palestinians, in the southern occupied West Bank town of Surif, injuring one young man, according to Palestinian security sources.

Sources told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli forces fired live rounds at Palestinians in Surif town, striking a 16-year-old child in the chest.

The injured youth was transferred to a local hospital, in critical condition, undergoing emergency surgery.

It is unclear what the justification was for the occupation army’s firing of live rounds.

(Source / 01.10.2020)

Ten Palestinians Detained, Including a Disabled Man, Child

Israeli invasion of al-Issawiya (archive image)

The Israeli occupation forces, overnight Tuesday, arrested ten Palestinian civilians from the West Bank, including a young man with special needs, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) reported.

It said that three Palestinians, identified as Abu Yusef Abu Mariyah, 16, Aws Musa Salibi, 20, with special needs, were detained from the southern West Bank towns of Beit Ummar and Adhna in Hebron, in addition to Shadi Al-Batran from Idhna town, west of Hebron.

The occupation forces also detained Ali Musa Al-Ajouri, 21, and Saif Majed Al-Ajouri, 18, from Beit Fajjar town, south of the central West Bank city of Bethlehem.

In the central West Bank city of Ramallah, two Palestinian civilians from al-Jalazoun refugee camp were detained by Israeli soldiers, namely; Yassin Araisheh and Ahmed Araisheh.

In East Jerusalem, under full Israeli control, troops took two young men, Yunus Sufyan Obaid and Muhammad Wael Ebeid, from al-‘Isawiya town.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained Shadi Mutour, a member of the Fatah movement in Jerusalem, on Tuesday morning.

Palestinian WAFA News Agency added that Israeli troops ransacked Mutour’s home in Beit Hanina neighborhood.

(Source / 01.10.2020)

Israeli Forces Level Olive Grove, Storehouse near Bethlehem

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The Israeli forces, on Wednesday, demolished a Palestinian-owned agricultural storehouse in Husan village, west of Bethlehem in the central West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources stated that an Israeli bulldozer accompanied by soldiers stormed the village and destroyed a storehouse used for agricultural purposes, under the commonly used pretext of ‘unlicensed construction’.

In related news, Israeli army bulldozers, on Wednesday, uprooted Palestinian-owned olive trees, west of Bethlehem city, in Husan village, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Mohammad Sabatin, the head of the village council stated that Israeli forces uprooted scores of olive trees from an olive grove located to the west of the village, belonging to Adel Shusha.

Sabatin added that the army leveled the three-dunam olive grove, tore down a shack as well as retaining walls, purportedly for being located ‘under Israeli sovereignty’.

(Source / 01.10.2020)

One death and 127 new Covid-19 cases in Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced on Thursday that one death and 127 new cases have been recorded from the Covid-19 virus during the last 24 hours.

The Ministry said Abdullah Maghari (75 years old) died in the European hospital in southern Gaza.

It added that 2057 new tests have been conducted and that 60 recoveries have been registered.

The total cases in the strip have reached 3075, including 1398 active cases, 1655 recoveries, and 22 deaths.

(Source / 01.10.2020)

Israeli forces arrest journalist Tareq Abu Zeid in Nablus

Nablus (QNN)- The Israeli army on the early morning of Thursday arrested the journalist Tareq Abu Zeid from Nablus in the North of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said Israeli forces arrested Abu Zeid, who is also a former prisoner, after breaking into his house in the city.

Abu Zeid’s wife said Israeli soldiers broke into their house after exploding its door and searched the house before arresting her husband and taking him to an unknown place.

Israeli soldiers also confiscated all electronic devices from the house.

Tareq Abu Zeid had been arrested by the occupation state as well as the Palestinian authority because of his work as a journalist.

(Source / 01.10.2020)

Israeli forces harass, kidnap Palestinian woman

Sidawi was detained several times in the past for her resistance against Israeli interference in the affairs of Al-Aqsa Mosque

In a very humiliating scene, Israeli occupation police harassed and kidnapped Palestinian woman fromoccupied holy city of Jerusalem, eyewitnesses reported on Thursday.

The Palestinian woman, who was identified as Aida Sidawi, was previously detained by the Israeli occupation forces and banned from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s old city.

Witnesses said that the Israeli occupation army raided the home of Sidawi in Jerusalem’s old city, harassedher in a very humiliating way and detained her. She was taken to the police station at Jaffa Gate.

“The intelligence forces have raided my home, harassed me and took me to the Qishla,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

Qishla is the police station at Jaffa Gate, one of the gates to the old city of Jerusalem.

Sidawi was detained several times in the past for her resistance against the Israeli interference in the affairs of Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as for her resistance against the daily settlement desecration of the Islamic holy site.

She has been banned by the Israeli occupation police from entering the walled holy compound for several weeks and months.

(Source / 01.10.2020)

New Israeli detention campaign against Palestinians in West Bank

Five of the Palestinians detained in this campaign were children, including one who was previously wounded by the Israeli occupation fire

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Israeli occupation forces carried out on Thursday night large-scale detention campaign across occupied West Bank, detaining 37 Palestinians, including journalist, Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS)reported.

The PPS confirmed in a statement that the Israeli occupation forces rounded up 17 Palestinians from Jerusalem district.

In Bethlehem district, Israeli occupation forces kidnapped three Palestinians from two different areas.

Meanwhile, PPS confirmed that the Israeli occupation forces rounded up eight Palestinians, including an injured boy, in multiple raids across the southern West Bank district of Al-Khalil.

Four of the eight detainees were identified as boys from al-Fawar refugee camp, two others as residents of Beit Ummar town, another as a resident of Adh-Dhahiriya town, and the other as a resident of Hebron city.

In Ramallah and al-Bireh district, the Israeli occupation forces kidnapped four Palestinians, including one suffering from chronic disease.

In the northern West Bank, the PPS confirmed a military raid in the Nablus and kidnapped one Palestinian.

In Jenin district, a military raid was conducted in Sanur town, southwest of the city, resulting in the detention of four brothers.

This came as a journalist was rounded up from his house in Nablus city.

Meanwhile, PPS confirmed a military raid in Tammun town, northeast of Tubas city, resulting in the detention of another Palestinian.

Two others were rounded up in a similar raid in Qalqilia.

Israeli occupation forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

Under Israeli military law army commanders have full executive, legislative and judicial authority over 3 million Palestinians living in the West Bank. Palestinians have no say in how this authority is exercised.

(Source / 01.10.2020)

Palestinian youth shot and injured by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank

Israel soldiers tonight opened fire at Palestinians in the town of Surif in the south of the West Bank injuring one, according to Palestinian security sources.

They told WAFA that the soldiers fired live rounds at Palestinians in Surif injuring a 16-year-old boy in the chest.

He was taken to hospital in Hebron where he was immediately admitted to surgery.

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He was reported in critical condition.

(Source / 01.10.2020)

‘Arab deals frantic bids by Israel to break isolation’

Arab autocratic regimes do not represent their people, experts said Wednesday at an international webinar on the recent normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Israel. 

“These Arab dictators are worried about their power. They want Israel and the US to come and save them [when they are insecure],” said Rabab Abdulhadi, a senior scholar for the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies program at San Francisco State University.

“The petrodollars [of Arab regimes] have actually corrupted the Palestinian movement and led to collaboration between parts of the Palestinian movement and parts of Arab governments,” she argued.

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On Sept. 15, the UAE and Bahrain signed US-brokered normalization agreements with Israel at the White House, ignoring objections from Palestinians. These normalization pacts have triggered wide condemnation across the Muslim world.

The conference “Normalization and Resistance: Vision, Strategies and Tactics” to discuss the pacts was hosted by the Istanbul-based Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) and the South Africa-based Afro-Middle East Centre.

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CIGA Director Prof. Sami A. Al-Arian told the conference there are nearly seven million Palestinians who are longing to go back to their homes in their native Palestinian lands.

“Israel has ensured that they should not be able to go home; Palestinians are denied the right to self-determination, denied the right of return, denied to become citizens of the world,” he said.

Al-Arian, himself a Palestinian, asserted that the two-state solution “is a misnomer.”

“Israel has rejected the idea from day one,” said Al-Arian, who lived in the US for four decades until 2015 before moving to Turkey.

“This so-called normalization by Arab states with Israel is at the expense of Palestinian rights, and that is what they call ‘the Final Solution,’” he said.

Al-Arian termed the Oslo Accords as a “historic mistake by the Palestinian Authority.”

“Palestine has assumed significance in the Muslim world and in the Middle East because of Israeli hegemony. Israel was created at first at the expense of Palestinian rights.”

Francis Kornegay, senior research fellow at the Institute for Global Dialogue, University of South Africa, said the primary motivation of US President Donald Trump’s administration was its “electoral base, which has basically a Christian evangelical agenda.”

“It is not a normal Jewish lobby but a very strong right-wing evangelical Christian base,” he said, reflecting on how the process of normalization of relations with Israel has affected US-African relations.

“It reflects the major dynamic that has been unfolding in the Middle East political constituency,” he said.

“The pro-Israel constituency [in the US] is on the side of the right[-wing], and the Trump administration is very much tightly aligned with this grouping,” he added.

Arguing that Middle East politics was “dominating US-South Africa relations,” Kornegay said: “The normalization policy is being used to coerce African countries into the Israeli camp but also into a broader anti-Democratic alliance with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”

Reflecting on Turkey’s approach and stance on the Palestinian issue, Gokhan Bozbas from Necmettin Erbakan University in Konya said: “Young cadres from left-wing Turkish parties went to Palestine and fought against the enemy during the 1960s and 70s, and in the post-1980s, Palestine came on the agenda of conservative Islamist parties.”

Abdulhadi from San Francisco University added that Israel was having a “serious, existential crisis.”

“Despite 100 years of resistance by Palestinians to colonialism, Israel has been unable to erase Palestinians and their resistance,” she said.

“In the presence of the US president’s advisor Jared Kushner and other Zionists, there is no possibility of neutrality and honest brokers,” she said of the normalization deals.

“These deals are a desperate attempt by Israel to break its isolation; it is an illegitimate project, said Abdulhadi.

“None of these Arab governments are democratic, and they do not represent their people,” she said, slamming the discourse that Palestinians are unable to represent themselves.

“It is a longtime colonial discourse,” she added.

(Source / 01.10.2020)