BETHLEHEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation army on Friday notified a Palestinian family of its intent to demolish their home and displace them in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem.
Local official Hasan Bureijia said that Sameeh Ahmed and his family received a written military ultimatum ordering them to evacuate their house in Khirbet Aliya area of the town within 96 hours as a prelude to demolishing it.
According to Bureijia, the Israeli army had destroyed the family’s house and displaced them several times before at the pretext of unlicensed construction.
The areas of Khirbet Aliya and Umm Rukba have been exposed since the early 1980s to a ferocious demolition campaign aimed at forcing the local residents to leave their homes in order to expand the boundaries of the illegal Jewish settlement of Efrat.
SALFIT, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Saturday a farmer and a foreign solidarity activist while they were on the farmer’s land near the Yakir Israeli settlement which is established on the lands of Deir Istiya town, west of Salfit.
Eyewitnesses said that IOF arrested Amer Abu Hajleh and the solidarity activist and detained other foreign solidarity activists while they were on Abu Hijleh’s farmland helping him in picking olives.
Hajleh’s land is subjected to continuous attacks by Jewish settlers. The last of which was the building of a swimming pool inside it and transforming the area into a park for Jews.
Many towns and villages in Salfit province have witnessed Jewish settlers’ attacks in recent weeks coinciding with the quelling of the weekly marches against Israeli settlement activities.
There are 18 Palestinian communities in Salfit compared to 24 Jewish settlements including residential and industrial settlements and the percentage of lands allocated for Palestinian construction in Salfit is only about 6% of the total area compared to 9% for Israeli settlers.
The Israeli authorities expand the Jewish settlements and connect them to water, electricity and sewage networks to form a settlement bloc that controls an area of up to 70% of Salfit’s lands.
Ariel is considered one of the largest Israeli settlements in the West Bank which was built on thousands of dunums of Palestinians’ lands in Salfit province. Israel seeks to annex it to Israeli sovereignty within a scheme that includes the Jordan Valley and several settlements built on the lands of the West Bank and Jerusalem.
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, head of the Higher Islamic Council in Occupied Jerusalem, has warned of Israeli attempts to control and seize specific areas of the Aqsa Mosque.
In a press release on Saturday, Sheikh Sabri accused the Israeli occupation regime of “working on severing the Muslims’ ties with the Aqsa Mosque and deluding the settlers into believing that Palestine is the land the Jews deserve and that the temple will be built on the ruins of Aqsa in order to entice more Jewish migrants to live in Palestine.”
“The Aqsa Mosque has been living for three weeks in grief because of the occupation’s decision to prevent [Muslim] worshipers from entering it for prayers under the pretext of coronavirus, which the occupation (Israel) is using to cover up its intents to Judaize Jerusalem,” the Jerusalemite official said.
“The fire of the Aqsa Mosque has not been quenched and the massacres against it are committed repeatedly and in multiple forms, through banishment, detention, identity checks and other measures that are pursued by the occupation against the Jerusalemite to empty the Aqsa Mosque of its people,” he added.
The Netherlands has renewed its position and firm commitment to support the two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.
This came during an interrogation session for Dutch Foreign Minister Steve Blok and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sejerd Kaag, by one of the representatives of the far-right party in the Dutch Parliament.
The Netherlands affirmed that the Dutch support for Palestinian associations and institutions is part of the Dutch commitment to achieving the two-state solution, through which a viable Palestinian state is established on the basis of the 1967 borders.
Last July, the Dutch parliament voted on a draft resolution presented by the Socialist Party, which considers the Israeli annexation plan a violation of international law, and calls on the Dutch government and the European Union to take punitive measures against Israel if it goes ahead with plans to annex large parts of the West Bank.
Today, Friday, the Israeli occupation forces arrested four citizens and searched several homes in the Hebron governorate.
The official news agency reported that the occupation forces raided several neighborhoods in Hebron and arrested Yaqoub Abu Hadid and Bassam Zughayer after searching their homes. They also arrested Nadim Al-Talhami and Muhammad Al-Yazouri, while they were working in a “slaughterhouse” in the Al-Amiyan market in the city center.
She added that the occupation forces stormed several houses in the governorate, searched them and tampered with their contents, according to their owners, Raafat Abu Atwan, Wael Al-Nammoura, and Ghadanfar Abu Atwan from the city of Dura, southwest of Hebron.
In the town of Beit Ula, west of Hebron, the Israeli occupation forces raided the house of Abdel Fattah Muhammad Farajin and demanded that he hand over his son Saher.
Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s Executive Committee Saeb Erekat has contracted COVID-19 and has been rushed to hospital for treatment, a PLO statement announced on Friday morning.
The statement, which was posted on Erekat’s Twitter account, apologised for cancelling all appointments until his recovery.
The statement of the PLO’s Executive Committee and Negotiations Department announced that Erekat had caught COVID-19 and expressed hope for his “speedy recovery”.
Erekat has had a lung transplant in the US and was set to leave for Jordan on Saturday for medical treatment.
Erekat was born in 1955 in Abu Dis and holds a PhD in Peace Studies. He was the minister of local governance in the first Palestinian Authority government.
In 2009, he was elected member of Fatah’s Central Committee and member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, and was later nominated its Secretary General by the PLO President Mahmoud Abbas.
The Israeli occupation police have prevented Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque and performing Friday prayer for the third consecutive week, Anadolu Agency reported.
Eyewitnesses disclosed that the Israeli occupation police were deployed at the outer entrances of Jerusalem’s Old City and prevented every Palestinian from entering into the area.
Only Palestinian residents of the Old City were allowed to enter the mosque and perform Friday prayer.
The Israeli police claimed that the restrictions on reaching the mosque are part of lockdown measures put in place three weeks ago by the Israeli occupation authorities in a bid to fight the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown is set to end on 14 October.
Jenin (QNN)- The wife of the prisoner Maher Al Akhras said that her husband’s condition is getting worse on his 76th day of the hunger strike that he has been through in protest against his administrative detention.
Taghreed Al Akhras told QNN that he suffers from headaches, stomach aches, body aches, and he cannot speak normally.
She added that he is determined to continue the strike until the Israelis end his administrative detention, noting that he rejected all Israeli offers to end the strike stressing that all he wants is freedom.
Al Akhras stressed that she herself also continues to go on a hunger strike in solidarity with her husband.
“My aim is to support Maher in his battle with the occupation”, she said. “I called on different institutions but I haven’t gotten any response supporting Maher’s just cause. However, our best bet is the free Palestinian people, especially former prisoners, who protested at the headquarter of the Red Cross in solidarity with Maher.”
Israel’s widely condemned practice of administrative detention allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.
There are about 4,500 Palestinian and Arab political prisoners serving sentences in Israeli detention for resisting the prolonged Israeli occupation of their homeland. Of those, there are some 350 detainees held in prison as administrative detainees, without a charge or trial including minors and elderly.