Settlers flood olive and apricot fields in Sebastia with wastewater

Settlers flood agricultural lands in the town of Sebastia, north of Nablus, with wastewater.

The mayor of Sebastia, Muhammad Azim, stated that the settlers of “Shafi Shimron” settlement, which is built on the lands of a number of villages northwest of Nablus, flooded the lands west of the town with wastewater.

He explained that these lands are planted with apricot and olive trees, which incur heavy losses for farmers.

(Source / 21.10.2020)

Israel is committing war crimes in Hebron, researcher says

An Israeli settlement in the West Bank on 19 November 2019 [Mosab Shawer/Apaimages]
An Israeli settlement in the West Bank on 19 November 2019

Kareem Jubran, Field Research Director at Israeli rights group B’Tselem, said on Tuesday that the Israeli occupation is carrying out war crimes in the West Bank city of Hebron, Al-Watan Voice reported.

According to Al-Watan Voice, Jubran told Voice of Palestine radio that an Israeli court is looking into an order to evacuate 12 residential neighbourhoods in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, over claims that they are areas used for military training.

Jubran reiterated the importance of the voice of the international community, stressing that there should be international pressure placed on the Israeli government to cancel this military order.

The Palestinian people in the neighbourhoods of Al-Khair and Al-Majaz of Masafer Yatta are banned from getting building licences.

Jubran stressed that the actions of the Israeli occupation in this area amounted to war crimes and forced displacement, calling on the EU to take action on the ground to stop the Israeli aggression in Masafer Yatta.

READ: Palestinian courts to look at legal action against Israeli settlers

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Israeli soldiers seal Palestinian’s bedroom with metal sheeting

Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on 21 February 2020 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on 21 February 2020

Israel occupation forces have sealed the bedroom of a Palestinian man who is suspected of killing a soldier, Wafa news agency has reported. “The room was sealed following the Supreme Court decision that cancelled the demolition order issued for the terrorist’s home,” said the army.

Nazmi Abu Bakr, 49, was accused of murder after he allegedly dropped a brick onto the head of an Israeli soldier who later died. The incident took place on 12 May, during an early morning Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank town of Ya’bad.

Instead of using concrete to seal the room, as reported last week, soldiers fixed metal sheets over the windows and hung barbed wire inside the room to prevent entry.

According to a relative, Abu Bakr’s family of nine are currently homeless due to the damage to their house and the health hazard that is a direct result of the army’s action.

Eyewitnesses pointed out that Israeli soldiers occupied a few homes in the neighbourhood while the room was being sealed. A few local residents were assaulted in the process.

READ: Palestinian courts to look at legal action against Israeli settlers 

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Al-Azhar: Israel settlements blatant encroachment on Palestinian lands

A picture taken from the Palestinian village of Qirah, south of Nablus, shows the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel in the background on June 22, 2020 [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images]
A picture taken from a Palestinian village in Nablus, showing an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank on 22 June 2020 

Egypt’s Al-Azhar condemned Israel’s approval of building thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, stressing that they are encroaching on the territories of the occupied Palestinian state and provoking Palestinians.

“Al-Azhar confirms its position rejecting such steps that come within the framework of the policy of imposing a fait accompli. This policy will not change the reality of the Arab identity of the Palestinian land, and that the Zionist entity is usurping the lands of the oppressed Palestinian people, the owner the land,” Al-Azhar said in a statement published on Sunday.

Al-Azhar called on the international community to take all measures to stand against the colonial acts practised by Israel which complicate the current situation.

“Those acts are a slap to the UN Security Council’s resolutions and the international decisions related to the Palestinian state’s rights and its cause,” the statement added.

Last week, Israel approved the construction of 4,948 settlement units in the occupied West Bank on the request of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

WATCH: Firefighters tackle blaze at Al-Azhar Mosque

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Israel detains child in night raid in occupied West Bank

Israeli security forces take a Palestinian minor into custody in the West Bank on 20 December 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]
Israeli security forces take a Palestinian minor into custody in the West Bank on 20 December 2017

Israeli occupation forces arrested 14 Palestinians, including at least one child, in night raids across the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPS) has reported.

According to the PPS, at least four Palestinians were detained when Israeli soldiers broke into and ransacked their homes in occupied East Jerusalem. One of those detained was a 15-year-old child from the Isawiyeh neighbourhood.

In Bethlehem, Israeli forces barged their way into Dheisha refugee camp, south of the city, where they rounded up four others, including a 42-year-old man. Similar raids took place in Qalandia refugee camp north of Jerusalem and Hebron, as well as Nablus.

Wafa news agency said that the raid triggered confrontations with local residents during which soldiers opened fire on protestors. No injuries were reported.

READ: The spirit of Palestinian resistance

The Israeli army carries out frequent arrest campaigns across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians. Children living in occupied East Jerusalem are the most targeted, the PPS said. Many apparently face arrest at least once a month.

The PPS recorded the arrest of more than 3,000 Palestinians by Israel from the beginning of this year to the end of August.

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Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians, Halt Construction Of Many Facilities, In West Bank

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, many Palestinian homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, searched and ransacked many homes before abducting nine Palestinians, including former political prisoners, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported. The soldiers also handed warrants halting the construction of homes, north of Jerusalem.

The PPS office in Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, has reported that the soldiers abducted Haitham Mer’ey Shehada, 34, and Saif Hifthi Abu Libda, 27, after invading their homes and searching them.

Also, several army jeeps invaded the eastern area of Tulkarem city, before storming a restaurant, and abducted Amjad Abu Shanab, 45.

In addition, the soldiers abducted a child, identified as Wadea’ Monther Ra’ey, 13, in addition to Jamal al-Jondi, from the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, while Abdullah Abu Sneina, was abducted in Hebron city.

The soldiers also invaded and ransacked homes in the city, causing damage; owners of some of the homes have been identified a Najib D’eis, Samah D’eis, and Abu Mustafa ad-Damiri, in addition to installing roadblocks in Halhoul Bridge area, the entrance of the al-Fawwar refugee camp, in the northern and southern parts of Hebron, before stopping and searching many homes, and interrogated the residents while inspecting their ID cards.

In Jericho Palestinian city, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers invaded and searched homes in the center of the city, and abducted a college student, identified as Suleiman Khalaf Nawaj’a, 21.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Qalandia, north of occupied Jerusalem, and handed warrants halting the construction of three homes in addition to dozens of structures, including walls and storage facilities.

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Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians In Bethlehem And Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers and police officers abducted, Monday, seven Palestinians, including two young women, in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli police abducted two young women in Salahuddin Street in Jerusalem, while they were heading to pray in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

An altercation took place in the area when Palestinian youths tried to ensure the release of the two young women.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli policemen violently handcuffed the young women and took them to an Israeli detention center in Jerusalem.

The occupation authorities frequently harass and assault Jerusalemites, in addition to imposing large financial fines under various pretexts the latest of which was violating coronavirus restrictions.

The occupation government has recently escalated its targeting of Jerusalemites through the daily arrests of dozens of youths.

In addition, Israeli soldiers abducted five Palestinians, including a former political prisoner from Bethlehem, and four from Al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in southern West Bank.

Several army jeeps invaded the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes, and abducted four young men, identified as Tamer Al-Badawi, Salim Jawabreh, Qusai Al-Badawi, and Muhammad Al-Balasi.

The army also set up military roadblocks at the entrances to Sa`ir and Halhul towns, near Hebron, stopped and searched many vehicles, and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers searched homes and abducted Abdul-Hadi Hammad.

(Source / 21.10.2020)

Rights Groups: Hunger Striking Detainee Al-Akhras in Serious Condition

Four human rights groups, on Tuesday, called for the Israeli occupation to release the administrative detainee, Maher al-Akhras, who has continued his hunger strike for 86 days, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Al-Akhras, 49, from Jenin, is a husband and father of six, who was detained by the Israeli forces without charges, and held without trial. He began his hunger strike immediately after he was detained, on July 27, 2020, and is currently confined to a hospital bed in Israel’s Kaplan hospital.

A Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) volunteer recently visited al-Akhras and warned that the usually alert man is now having periods of confusion, and severe dizziness. The ailing detainee also complained of extreme chest pain, loss of hearing and vision, and is too weak to move or sit up in bed.

“We call on the international community to urge Israel to allow Maher al-Akhras to, at the very least, move to a hospital in the West Bank, so he may be treated by a medical team in which he has trust or release al-Akhras immediately before it is too late. We urge the international community to voice their grave concern and call on Israel to stop the continuous and systematic human rights violations of Palestinian prisoners.”

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI), and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI).

The Prisoners’ Media Office warned in a press release, Monday, that the health of the hunger striker al-Akhras, is at a dangerous stage.

It stated that after forty days of hunger strike, continuous tissue damage and multiple organ failure is possible, and can damage these organs and cause death.

After sixty days of hunger strike, the vital organs enter a dangerous stage, when the function of the heart and kidneys are severely compromised, posing a serious risk of imminent death.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), the Israeli occupation, Monday, refused the ailing detainee’s request to be transferred to a Palestinian hospital in Jerusalem.

In related news, 60 Palestinian prisoners were transferred, on Monday, by the Israeli prison service (IPS) to solitary confinement in different Israeli jails, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

It added that the 60 prisoners recently declared an open hunger strike in solidarity with Maher al-Akhras.

Maher Al-Akhras with his daughter
Al-Akhras on October 8, 2020

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‘Israel’ detains MP under administrative detention

Ramallah (QNN)- The Israeli authorities decided to detain the MP and Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef under administrative detention for six months.

Israeli forces had arrested Yousef (64 years old) last month from his house in southern Ramallah.

The arrest came only two months after releasing him last July, as he spent 15 months in jail under administrative detention without charges or trials.

Yousef had spent over 23 years of his life in Israeli jails. He is a prominent Hamas leader and a member of the Legislative Council.

(Source / 21.10.2020)

Israeli warplanes strike school in Syria

Damascus (QNN)- Israeli warplanes last night struck a school in Al Qunaitra in southern Syria.

The state’s news agency SANA reported that at nearly 12:05 am, Israeli warplanes bombarded a school in the village of Al Hurriyyeh in the north of the governorate, adding that the strike caused material damage.

The governorate has seen several Israeli aggressions. A recent strike targeted a vehicle, killing and wounding several people.

(Source / 21.10.2020)