IOF demolishes EU-funded school east of Ramallah


RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) demolished on Wednesday a primary school that was funded by the European Union in the pastoral community of Ras al-Teen, east of Ramallah.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) expressed its deep concern about the demolition of an educational school by the IOF. It indicated that this school serves 50 students from the Ras El-Teen community, from the first to the sixth grade.

The NRC stressed that the occupation’s demolition of this school will force students to walk approximately 5 kilometers to reach the closest school to them in al-Mughayyir village.

The school opened at the beginning of the school year over a month ago, and the occupation authorities notified the building of demolition under the pretext of building without a license. However, the Palestinian inhabitants were able to issue a precautionary order to freeze the demolition for a period of 30 days.

Since its opening, the school has suffered from many problems, most notably the threat of the Israeli occupation. Nevertheless, when students started their academic year there, the school had no roof and it was just a building of primitive stones, then workers started adding the rest of the facilities to it.

The Irsheidat clan inhabited the Bedouin Ras al-Teen for more than 40 years in an area located between the villages of al-Mughayyir, Kafr Malik and Khirbet Abu Falah, northeast of Ramallah.

Hajj Abu Salama, the clan’s mayor, stated in a statement earlier that the lands in which the residents lived are under Palestinian control but Israel is trying to banish them from it.

Abu Salama said that the IOF began about three years ago to deliver notices to the community’s residents to demolish their tents or tin homes. 50 families live in Ras El-Teen, each consisting of eight members.

He explained that the inhabitants live under harsh conditions as there is no water or electricity network, and there is not even a road network. In the winter, the suffering doubles greatly because of the rain and lack of services.

The occupation authorities reject 98 percent of Palestinian requests for building permits in Area C in the West Bank.

Since the beginning of this year, the United Nations revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities had demolished 555 facilities in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. 747 Palestinians were forcibly deported including 382 boys and girls.

(Source / 14.10.2020)

4 deaths and 516 new cases of corona

The Minister of Health, Mai Al-Kailah, announced that the rate of recovery from the Corona virus in Palestine reached 87.4%, while the rate of active infections reached 11.8%, and the death rate was 0.8% of all infections.

In the daily report on the epidemiological situation of the Coronavirus in Palestine, Minister Al-Kaila added, today, Tuesday, that two deaths were recorded in the West Bank (a 72-year-old citizen from Bethlehem, and a 78-year-old citizen from Halhul), in addition to two deaths in the Gaza Strip (a 25-year-old citizen). From Gaza, a 78-year-old citizen from Jabalia), all of them suffer from chronic diseases.

Regarding recovery cases, 536 cases were recorded in the northern governorates (72 Hebron, 43 Jenin, 29 Tulkarm, 10 Qalqilya, 5 Salfit, 43 Nablus, 39 Bethlehem, Ramallah and Al-Bireh 276, Jericho and Al-Aghwar 15, Tubas 4) in addition to 77 A case in the Gaza Strip.

She added that the new casualties were distributed according to the following: Hebron Governorate (67), Nablus Governorate (53), Bethlehem Governorate (54), Qalqilya Governorate (8), Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate (31), Jenin (54), Jericho and Al-Aghwar (26) ), Salfit (14), Tubas (15), Tulkarm (104), the Gaza Strip (73), and the suburbs of Jerusalem (17).

The Minister of Health indicated that there are 41 patients in intensive care rooms, including 7 patients on artificial respirators.

(Source / 14.10.2020)

ARIJ Institute: Israel is using its racist laws to attack the olive season

The Applied Research Institute “ARIJ” said today, Tuesday, that the Israeli occupation army issued new military orders that contain, in their content, Israeli racist laws and orders to confiscate more occupied Palestinian lands in the West Bank.

In the (ARIJ) analysis of military orders during the month of September, the number of Israeli military orders issued 101 targeting six Palestinian governorates in the occupied West Bank, with a total area of ​​confiscated lands (that were targeted in military orders) 9,740 dunums. It should be noted that 68.4% of the Palestinian lands that have been targeted by military orders are fields planted with olive trees, which are considered a source of livelihood for tens and even hundreds of Palestinian families in the occupied West Bank.

The issuance of these Israeli military orders coincided with the Palestinians’ preparation to start the olive harvest season in the occupied West Bank, in a step that would limit the access of Palestinian landowners to their lands and thus lose the olive season that they await from year to year for economic reasons in the first place.

It is also worth noting that 87 of the Israeli orders issued (86% of the total number of orders) targeted olive fields with a total area of ​​6,658 dunums.

The targeted lands are located in close proximity to settlements and outposts, which witness events and attacks every year between the Israeli settlers living in those settlements and the Palestinian landowners, with the aim of preventing them from accessing their lands and picking olives to seize them and thus annex them to the nearby settlement.

In the vast majority of orders issued, Israel has relied on a number of racist laws to facilitate the process of confiscating Palestinian lands, including:

First: It is the vast majority of the orders, “An Order Concerning Security Instructions (Judea and Samaria) (No. 1651), 5770-2009 Declaration Concerning the Closure of an Area (Prevention of Entry and Stay)”, Article 318 of the Military Order which states that.

Second: Expropriation by announcing the lands for “public uses” by Military Order No. 321 of 1969, which authorizes the Israeli military authority to confiscate private lands for public uses (the meaning of public uses has not been determined) without providing compensation to the affected party.

The Israeli army used the above law mainly to build a road network for the army inside the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as the case for Israeli settlers, for whom the Israeli army provided alternative roads away from Palestinian residential communities in the occupied territories.

Nablus governorate is on the throne of the Palestinian governorates targeted by the Israeli military orders in terms of the confiscated area, as through the analysis issued, it was found that 5,050 dunums of land in the governorate were targeted by Israeli military orders issued in the governorate, especially those close to the settlements of Itamar and Alon Moreh. And Rehalim, Bracha, and Adei outpost, as lands were widely targeted in those areas; It is followed by each of the governorates of Qalqilya, with 1,375 dunums (the Palestinian lands located near the settlements of Kedumim and Elkana and the settlement outpost of Givat Gilad); And the Hebron governorate by 1,243 dunums, especially in the areas close to the settlements of Kiryat Arba and the Tel Rumeida neighborhood, where the most religious and extremist settlers live, and Adura, Telem, Nijuhut, Bani Hever, Beit Ayin, and a number of outposts in the governorate; The same applies to Ramallah Governorate by 1,

Settler attacks and targeting Palestinian lands and trees

The Israeli settlement attack was not limited to the occupied West Bank through military orders only, but Israeli settlers ‘attacks against Palestinian citizens, their lands and properties were clearly manifested in all parts of the occupied West Bank, especially in light of the spread of the Corona virus in the Palestinian territories and the Palestinians’ preoccupation in dealing with this dangerous epidemic and limitation. From its spread.

And settlers’ attacks have become more dangerous to the Palestinians than those recorded by the epidemic itself. In an analytical study of the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) of settler attacks since the beginning of the year 2020 (from January to the end of September), ARIJ recorded more than 410 attacks in various regions of the occupied West Bank, including attacks on citizens, property, and lands. In particular, attacking fruit trees, burning them, uprooting them, stealing them, dumping them with wastewater, and other violations, especially in the areas close to the Israeli settlements, with the aim of seizing them and annexing them to the borders of the nearby settlement, thus depriving the Palestinians of them.

Targeting Palestinian trees during the year 2020

The targeting of Palestinian fruitful trees, especially olive trees, and the destruction of agricultural crops was among the most severe Israeli violations that the Occupied Palestinian Territory witnessed during the year 2020, whether by the Israeli occupation forces or the herds of Israeli settlers living in Israeli settlements near Palestinian villages and agricultural lands.

In a statistic prepared by the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) and the Land Research Center during the period between January 2020 and the end of September 2020, nearly 9,000 fruit trees were uprooted, bulldozed, confiscated and burned in the occupied West Bank, 80% Including olive trees. The governorates of Salfit, Nablus, Hebron, Bethlehem, and Tulkarm were the most affected by these attacks.

This violation has had a significant and clear impact on the agricultural sector, especially since most of the trees that were uprooted are olives, which constitute a basic source of income for many Palestinian families.

The attacks and restrictions by the Israeli occupation forces from building the Segregation Wall, erecting barriers, denying access to lands, confiscating agricultural equipment and attacking Palestinians, severely affected the ability of many Palestinian farmers to support their families and endangered the survival of many Palestinian communities. However, the Israeli settlers’ attacks on Palestinian farmers were the most dangerous, and settler attacks on the Palestinian olive harvest became an annual ritual during the olive season.

During the past years, the Israeli settlers stepped up their attacks on the Palestinians, where they seized the lands and olive groves and attacked the Palestinian farmers who were trying to harvest the olives, all in full view of the Israeli occupation army, which does not move a finger in such situations, but is content to expel the Palestinians. From their lands and terrorize them.

The Israeli occupation soldiers often allow Israeli settlers to occupy and control Palestinian lands, including olive groves, which constitute a basic source of income for many Palestinian families. Israeli settlers often act with the policy of “impunity” when attacking Palestinian farmers. Many crimes of assault, beatings and murder go unpunished by the competent Israeli authorities.

These systematic Israeli attacks not only target the Palestinian people, but also the roots of the Palestinian presence on the lands that Palestinian generations have cultivated. For example, settlers usually steal olives from Palestinian orchards before their owners can pick trees. The theft of olives is rarely stopped by the Israeli occupation forces, who often intervene in the interest of Israeli settlers. In addition to these attacks, there were also widespread and systematic examples of the destruction of Palestinian olive groves.

During the past twenty years, the Israeli occupation forces and settler herds have uprooted and destroyed more than half a million fruit trees, the vast majority of them, olive trees throughout the West Bank, excluding those that were uprooted and destroyed in the besieged Gaza Strip. It should be noted that olive groves have been cleared of strategic sites in the occupied West Bank in order to facilitate Israeli settlement of the Palestinian lands, expand existing Israeli settlements, construct bypass roads, build the apartheid wall and establish outposts.

(Source / 14.10.2020)

Hamas, Egypt discuss opening Rafah crossing permanently

Palestinians wait before crossing the border after Egypt opened the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip for three days, in Rafah, Gaza on August 11, 2020 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians wait before crossing the border after Egypt opened the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip for three days, in Rafah, Gaza on August 11, 2020

Gaza’s interior ministry said on Monday it was in contact with the Egyptian government to discuss opening the Rafah crossing “permanently”.

“The Rafah crossing has been partially operational since March, which represents hurdles for traveling citizens,” the spokesperson of the Gaza interior ministry, Iyad Al-Bazm, told the official Hamas-run Al-Aqsa.

Al-Bazm pointed out that the ministry was in contact with the Egyptian government “to agree on a formula to open the crossing permanently in accordance with safety and prevention measures,” adding that the talks were “still ongoing.”

“There are more than 4,000 cases of urgent need to travel registered with the crossing authority, in addition to many others stranded people abroad who are not able to return home,” the Palestinian official noted.

READ: Egypt opens Rafah crossing for Palestine travellers

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March, the Rafah crossing has been closed by the Egyptian authorities, in fears of the spread of the disease. Cairo was reported to have opened the crossing on a number of occasions, including for the repatriation of Palestinian citizens.

So far, a total of 55,951 Palestinians have contracted the virus,  48,719 of whom have recovered, and 455 have died, according to official data. 4,102 of the infected people are in Gaza, including 26 fatalities, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

(Source / 14.10.2020)

Hamas: Resistance will force Israel to meet demands of hunger striking prisoners

GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 12: Palestinians gather in front of International Red Cross building during a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jail Maher Al-Akhras, who is in a hunger strike for 78 days, in Gaza City, Gaza on October 12, 2020. ( Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency )
Palestinians gather in front of International Red Cross building during a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jail Maher Al-Akhras, who is in a hunger strike for 78 days, in Gaza City, Gaza on October 12, 2020

Former chief of Hamas’ Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal stressed yesterday that his movement will force Israel to meet the demands of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners, the official Hamas website reported.

According to the site, Meshaal spoke to the wife of Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for 80 days Maher Al-Akhras, and told her that the Palestinian resistance will not let him down.

Meshaal hailed the “heroic steadfastness” of the Palestinian detainee who has been battling for freedom and dignity in spite of his critical medical conditions.

READ: PA condemns Israel, as prisoner remains on hunger strike for 70 days

“We raise our hats for the high spirit and steadfastness of Maher,” he continued.

The father of six went on hunger strike in late July to protest against his administrative detention in Israeli jails – being held without charge nor trial.

His medical condition has deteriorated and he is now said to be on the verge of death.

The 49-year-old is currently in Kaplan Medical Centre, having been diagnosed with hypertension in 2018, and now suffering from significant weight loss.

(Source / 14.10.2020)

75-year-old Palestinian olive picker injured by Israel settlers

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers picking olives in the village of Burin, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus on October 2019
Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers picking olives in the village of Burin, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, on October 2019

Palestinian olive farmers were attacked by Israeli settlers with stones and pepper spray while in the village Nilin, based in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, reported Wafa news agency.

In the process, the settlers severely assaulted a 75-year-old Palestinian with stones while he near the illegal Separation Wall, injuring him in the head.

The olive harvest is a main source of livelihood for thousands of Palestinian families in the occupied territories, but they face many obstacles due to the Israeli occupation – including Israeli restrictions on land access and settler attacks.

Moreover, the Israeli settlers destroyed the ladders and blankets which olive pickers place on the ground to catch the olives.

READ: Palestine village installs cameras to capture attacking Israel settlers

Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank have long complained of frequent attacks by settlers, including assault, vandalism and the destruction of Palestinian farmlands.

Settler violence against Palestinian civilians, even though almost daily, intensifies during the crucial olive harvest season.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

(Source / 14.10.2020)

Bandar Bin Sultan blamed the Palestinians, not Israel’s brutal occupation

Former Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the US, Bandar Bin Sultan [Twitter]
Former Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the US, Bandar Bin Sultan [Twitter]

By Feras Abu-Helal

Much has been written about the “spontaneous” intervention by the former Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the US, Bandar Bin Sultan. It is now known that the most important message that he was sent to convey was contained in the last sentence of his lengthy interview on Al-Arabiya: Saudi Arabia, he said, has its own interests and concerns, and it will not put anybody else’s interests over their own.

Of course, Bin Sultan was referring to normalisation with Israel in order to guarantee US support for the Kingdom and protection from Iran. Years of official statements have confirmed that Riyadh believes Iran to be the greatest threat in the region. However, will normalisation really protect Saudi Arabia from the Iranians?

There is no doubt that every country has the right to pursue its own interests and protect its national security. The problem with trying to protect Saudi Arabia by normalising relations with Israel, though, is that it is a doomed endeavour. Bringing Israel into the equation will cost the Kingdom dearly.

For a start, it will prove that Iran is right when it says that it is the only country in the region that supports the Palestinian cause. However, this cause is still a central cause in the hearts and minds of the Arab people in general, and those in Saudi Arabia in particular, despite the official media efforts to eliminate this consciousness.

Then there is the fact that opening the Gulf door to the occupation state through normalisation will fuel its cold war between with Iran. This will affect the security of all Gulf States, especially Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain.

The UAE’s perfidious normalisation plan with Israel - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
The UAE’s perfidious normalisation plan with Israel – Cartoon

Furthermore, Israel will push the “normalised” Gulf States into a confrontation with Iran. If this confrontation takes a serious turn, God forbid, then it will not be a direct Israel-Iran war, but an Israeli proxies-Iran war.

All of us following the political debate inside Israel are aware that none of the parties there are interested in war with Iran. The same applies to the US, which views Iran as less of a threat to its interests now that the importance of Gulf oil has declined, and Israel’s military superiority is guaranteed. Hence, America will not enter such a war with Iran in the short and medium term, whether the US President is a Republican or a Democrat; Washington will base its policy solely on the need to ensure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons.

Neither Israel nor America will protect Saudi Arabia from Iran. The interests of the Gulf States will only be protected by an Arab renaissance against the Israeli occupation and the forging of broad alliances with Egypt and Turkey. This will push Iran to make some historic reconciliations in the region with Lebanon, Yemen and Syria.

OPINION: Attacks on the Palestinian cause are spearheaded by collaborators

Bandar Bin Sultan’s interview was based on his recollections intended to show the Palestinian leaders in the worst possible light, as if to “prove” that they do not deserve support. There is no problem about criticising the Palestinian leaderships across all factions; the people of Palestine do this all the time, but the justice of their cause and their attachment to their homeland is not defined by or limited to the politicians in charge. The Saudi prince was scathing about political discourse and its unprecedented decline, but went on like a street corner gossip to mention personal characteristics of Palestinian officials and expose internal disputes and conflicts that the Palestine liberation movement has witnessed throughout its history.

The Palestinians themselves criticise these disagreements and conflicts, but they do so using political language, not in a series of quarrels unbefitting of politicians and diplomats. They also know that such conflicts are a part and parcel of political work in liberation movements and even in fully-fledged states and governments. I would have expected that a senior diplomat like Bandar Bin Sultan would understand this. He could, of course, have told Al-Arabiya about the bloody conflict surrounding the birth of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the internal divisions, plots, arrests, betrayals and corruption in which the ruling House of Saud is still embroiled.

The Palestinians need political criticism of their heroic struggle, but they do not need lessons about how to manage it, or about how to deal with “missed opportunities”, especially if these are delivered in less than diplomatic language. Bin Sultan said a lot about the Palestinian leaders “missing” political opportunities for a solution — which comes straight from the Zionist anti-Palestine phrase book — and the stories he told need a response from the Palestinian leadership. His bizarre conclusion was that it is the Palestinians who have been the obstacle to a political solution for the conflict with the Israelis. It is astonishing that he could believe this given that every concession in negotiations has been yielded by the Palestinians; the Israelis have conceded nothing at all. In any case, despite disagreeing with a lot of things said and done by Yasser Arafat, I think he was right not to sign an unfair agreement at the second Camp David meeting.

OPINION: Normalisation by Gulf States is different

What is more important than what Bandar Bin Sultan said in this context is what he didn’t say. He kept quiet about the fact that the initiative proposed by the then Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, at the suggestion of US journalist Thomas L Friedman, which became the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, was foiled by Israel, not the Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority agreed to the initiative without reservation, although it did not fulfil all of the Palestinians’ legitimate rights, but it was rejected by the occupation authorities, who treated it as insignificant.

This is a fact that Bin Sultan did not dare mention, but that was not surprising. The main goal of his media appearance was not to condemn Israel and its brutal occupation, but to hold its victims, the Palestinian people, responsible for not relinquishing their rights.

(Source / 14.10.2020)

PCHR: “IOF’s Ploy for Suppressing Palestinians: Supreme Court of Israel Denies Release of Palestinian Detainee on Hunger Strike Maher al-Akhras”

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): On Monday, 12 October 2020, the Supreme Court of Israel refused to release Maher al-Akhras, an administrative detainee on a hunger strike for 79 days in protest of his arrest without a charge or trial since 27 July 2020, despite of his seriously deteriorated health condition in the last days. The Court issued a conditional and non-binding recommendation to the Israel occupation forces (IOF) to release al-Akhras on 26 November 2020, which is a de facto death sentence on al-Akhras.

According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights’ (PCHR) follow-up, the Court’s decision was as follows: “We suggest that the administrative detention in question be effective from 27 July 2020 to 26 November 2020, it shall not be renewed provided the petitioner ends his hunger strike immediately; unless new information is presented regarding the risk expected of the petitioner or any other changes in circumstances that increase the risk of releasing the petitioner.”

PCHR condemns the Supreme Court of Israel’s decision in the strongest terms. This decision pronounces the Court’s double standards in dealing with Palestinians and the extent to which the Israeli occupation’s system disregards their lives. Despite that, the Israeli law that legalizes administrative detention linked its application to the existence of a real threat posed by the arrested person; the Court whose main mission is to ensure that laws are properly applied, did not consider the fact that al-Akhras’ deteriorating health condition does not support the claim that he would pose a threat of any kind to Israel, as his condition requires months of treatment to recuperate.

Therefore, the Court’s decision against the immediate release of al-Akhras, and its persistence to keep him locked until the end of the month, while well aware of his health condition is a brutal and arbitrary abortion of facts and proper application of the Israeli law, which is inherently unjust itself. This affirms PCHR’s position that the Court continues to adhere to the Israeli military authority when the issue pertains to Palestinians.

The Court’s decision constitutes an affirmation of its continuous and deliberate role in hiding the Israeli occupation’s crimes, as the Israeli judiciary has always been the most misleading tool in the hands of the Israeli occupation to provide a legal cover for oppressing the Palestinians and provide legal cover only to justify the crimes of the Israeli occupation. Therefore, PCHR calls upon the international community and the free people of the world to intervene, especially after the Israeli judicial means proved their unwillingness to give Palestinians justice.

It should be noted that al-Akhras’ lawyer submitted an application to release him on 23 September 2020, and the Israeli court ordered to freeze the administrative detention decision without releasing al-Akhras. Therefore, the lawyer submitted another application on 01 October 2020, but the court rejected it under the pretext that there is no decision to abolish in the first place, because it had already been frozen by the court. This decision came with new dodge, through a futile recommendation to release al-Akhras in a month and a half, in complete disregard to the fact that he is on hunger strike and that his health condition is critical and there is an imminent danger to his life.

Administrative detention is an arrest is based on information provided by an Israeli Intelligence officer in a certain area, and this information cannot be disclosed in the Court even for the accused person or their lawyer under the pretext that it is confidential information. The Israeli Military Judge, who is usually a reserve officer, is the only person who can access this information and, in most cases, adopts it as fact without examination or discussion. Consequently, the defendant is deprived of his right to defense, since there is no charge to challenge, and the lawyer cannot submit counter arguments without knowing the information on which the prosecution based its case. Consequently, the defense’s job becomes ghost-hunting mission.

PCHR is sounding the alarm on international silence in the face of the Israeli occupation’s crimes, which is, effectively, a green light for the occupation to continue committing its crimes. PCHR calls upon international human rights bodies and the free persons of the world to intervene immediately to save al-Akhras’ life before it is too late.

PCHR calls upon the international community and the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to pressure Israel to comply with its obligations under the international human rights law towards the occupied Palestinian territory in parallel with its commitment to the provisions of international humanitarian law, in order to achieve maximum protection for Palestinian civilians under the Israeli occupation.

(Source / 14.10.2020)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Fifteen Palestinians In West Bank”

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, fifteen Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The PPS stated that the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes in the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied Jerusalem, and abducted Mohammad Ramzi Mheisin, Nassim Mheisin, Mahmoud Shadi Nasser, Obai Dirbas, Mohammad Abu Saima, Abdul-Fattah Abu Saima, Saleh Abu Assab, and Majd Nayef Mustafa.

In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Marwan Shehab, 26, and Mohammad Monir A’mar, 25.

The soldiers also invaded Balata refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and abducted Ali Bassam Hashash.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Eyas Shahin, from his home in the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the city.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Issa Tamimi, 27, from Qaddoura refugee camp, in addition to Aahed Eyad Ghanayem, 20, and Mohammad Eid Hamayel, 20, from Kafr Malek village, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

(Source / 14.10.2020)

Illegal Israeli Colonists Chop Many Electricity Poles Near Nablus

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Several fanatic illegal Israeli colonists chopped, Wednesday, many wooden electricity poles in the eastern area of Jaloud village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the assailants came from Yesh Kodesh outpost, and added that they used chainsaws to chop the poles.

Daghlas added that the colonists also burnt three other electricity poles and stated that the assaults left large areas of the village, especially its eastern parts, without electricity.

The official said the colonists have recently escalated their violations, including burning Palestinian property, cutting, and uprooting trees, and added that these violations always witness a sharp increase during the olive harvest season.

(Source / 14.10.2020)