Al-Qidrah : The curve of the outbreak of the epidemic in Gaza is passing significantly

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said this evening, Saturday, that the curve of the epidemic is passing very sharply in terms of recording the number of infections, after the curve had flattened earlier, and this poses a great risk to mitigation measures in Those areas

In a radio interview, Al-Qidrah indicated that there has been a significant increase in the number of injuries in recent days, especially in the areas that were declared red zones in the northern Gaza Strip and the Gaza region.

He pointed out that the persistence of the red color in these areas worries the government staff and the epidemiological investigation committee, which continues its work in full swing.

Al-Qidra said, “The Ministry of Health now has the ability to distinguish between regions and the extent of the epidemic within them, and we are working hard to prevent infections from spreading to other areas.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza added: “The spearhead in this battle is the extent of the citizen’s commitment to safety and prevention measures, and we have noticed an increase in the number of injuries in places where weddings and mourning homes were held.”

He stressed that if the state of inaction continues, this will affect the efforts of the epidemiological investigation committee, and things will get out of control, which pushes us to enter a difficult and cruel phase, he said.

He added, “There is a careful study to relieve the citizens and meet their needs, and all health and preventive controls have been completed to adhere to them in the sectors operating in Gaza.” And safety.

He indicated that the volume of daily checks give indications of the extent of the epidemic in the Gaza Strip, and the deeper we enter society, we will have more accurate data on the extent of the virus spread, he said.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Abbas discusses occupied territories situation with Pope Francis

Pope Francis during an international Prayer for Peace initiative entitled "No One Is Saved Alone in Rome, Italy, on October 20, 2020 [Riccardo De Luca/Anadolu Agency]
Pope Francis during an international Prayer for Peace initiative entitled “No One Is Saved Alone in Rome, Italy, on October 20, 2020

In a phone call on Friday with Pope Francis, Palestinian Authority (PA), Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his commitment to peace and his readiness to resume talks with Israel, Wafa News Agency reported.

Abbas discussed the importance of developing bilateral Palestine-Holy See relations to the benefit of both sides and the prevalence of peace in the region and worldwide.

He thanked the Holy See for its position in support of achieving peace based on the United Nations (UN) resolutions, as well as for its rejection of all peace plans in violation of international law.

Abbas renewed his call for an international peace conference to launch a genuine peace process. He pointed out that his call is in line with his commitment to achieving peace based on the UN resolutions and his immediate willingness to resume talks with Israel.

OPINION : Will your religion intercede for you in the presence of the coronavirus?

He urged the pontiff to work together to safeguard Palestinian Muslims and Christians and reinforce their steadfastness in Jerusalem and throughout the occupied territories.

Pope Francis affirmed that he was on the same page as Abbas regarding the importance of peace and dialogue, the need to convene the international peace conference, and reinforcing the perseverance of the Palestinian people.

He confirmed the Holy See’s consistent position with regards to achieving peace in the Holy Land and worldwide.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Hamas: French cartoons provocative to Islam, beliefs

Palestinians gather to stage a protest against the republication of offensive caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in France and the statement of French President Emmanuel Macron, in Rafah, Gaza on 24 October 2020. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians gather to stage a protest against the republication of offensive caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in France and the statement of French President Emmanuel Macron, in Rafah, Gaza on 24 October 2020

Hamas on Saturday slammed France for publishing cartoons that degrade Islamic symbols, Anadolu reports.

“[French President Emmanuel] Macron’s encouragement to publish insulting cartoons of the Prophet [Muhammad], peace be upon him, is an attempt to revive the Crusades where France was the source of its debut,” said Sami Abu Zuhri, senior spokesman for the Palestinian group.

Abu Zuhri said publishing the cartoons was “provocative to the feelings of the [Islamic] Nation and an aggression on its religion and beliefs.”

Publishing the insulting cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, along with Macron’s remarks about Islam and the Muslim community,sparked widespread condemnation in the Arab world on the official and other levels with official statements decrying his remarks.

Activists launched boycott campaigns against French products in several Arab countries.

Morocco: Hashtag calling for boycott of French products trends on Twitter 

(Source / 25.10.2020)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report| October 6-19

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

  • The olive harvest season, which started on 7 October, was disrupted by people believed or known to be Israeli settlers in 19 incidents: 23 Palestinian farmers were injured, over 1,000 olive trees were burnt, or otherwise damaged, and large amounts of produce were stolen. In the outskirts of Burqa village (Ramallah), settlers stoned and physically assaulted Palestinian olive pickers on three occasions, triggering clashes. Israeli forces intervened in one of the clashes, injuring 14 Palestinians and leaving 30 trees burnt by tear gas canisters. The remaining injuries were recorded in farming areas near the town of Huwwara (Nablus) and the villages of Ni’lin and Beitillu (Ramallah). Next to the Israeli settlement of Mevo Dotan (Jenin), about 450 olive trees were set on fire and destroyed shortly after Palestinian farmers from Ya’bad village were attacked there by settlers and forced out by Israeli soldiers. A few hundred olive trees belonging to Palestinians from Saffa village (Ramallah), in the closed area behind the Barrier, were also set on fire and damaged. In another ten locations adjacent to settlements, farmers found that their olive trees had either been vandalized or harvested, and the produce stolen, when they were able to reach them. Several of the incidents took place in access-restricted areas, where the Israeli authorities allow Palestinians to enter two-four days during the entire harvest season.
  • Another four attacks by people believed to be settlers were recorded. A one-year-old Palestinian was injured when the car he was travelling in was hit by stones in the Bethlehem governorate. In nearby Al Khader, 40 beehives were set on fire and burnt. In the Farsiya area of the northern Jordan Valley, Palestinian shepherds were physically assaulted by a group of settlers, and one of their sheep was killed. In Jalud village (Nablus), electricity poles and cables providing power to agricultural rooms were cut and damaged.
  • The Israeli authorities announced an easing in the issuance of permits for Palestinian farmers to access their lands behind the Barrier for the olive harvest season. In a letter to an Israeli human rights group, HaMoked, the authorities indicated that those who had obtained a permit during the previous season would be automatically granted permits, which they must collect from Israeli District Coordination and Liaison (DCL) offices. This arrangement would not apply to people with ‘security objections’ raised against them. The DCL offices have been overcrowded in recent months, raising a concern about potential COVID-19 transmissions.
  • Eighty-five Palestinians, including at least 11 children, and two Israeli soldiers were injured in clashes across the West Bank (beyond the above-mentioned harvest-related incidents). The vast majority of these injuries were recorded in the refugee camps of Al Am’ari, Al Jalazoun (Ramallah), Al Arroub (Hebron), and Balata (Nablus), following search and arrest operations and stone throwing incidents. In Al Jalazoun, soldiers shot large amounts of tear gas canisters at school children, who reportedly threw stones, following which they entered the school and locked students in classrooms. Five Palestinians were injured in clashes that erupted when they were ploughing land next to Elon More settlement, which Israeli settlers had attempted to take over and establish an outpost on. The remaining injuries were recorded in other clashes or during attempts to enter Israel through breaches in the Barrier. Overall, 21 Palestinians were shot by rubber bullets and ten by live ammunition, while the remaining people were mostly treated for tear gas inhalation.
  • Israeli forces carried out 126 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 132 Palestinians across the West Bank. Half of the operations were recorded in the Jerusalem governorate, with the Al-‘Isawiya neighbourhood of East Jerusalem witnessing almost daily police activities, resulting in the arrest of 30 Palestinians, including 13 children.
  • On 16 October, a Palestinian armed group in Gaza fired a rocket towards southern Israel, hitting an open area and resulting in no injuries. On at least 30 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence, and off Gaza’s coast, apparently to enforce access restrictions, resulting in no injuries.
  • On 18 October, Israeli forces entered Gaza and bulldozed land at around 400 meters from the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis, destroying several dunams of crops and irrigation systems. According to Israeli sources, the operations were purportedly aimed at destroying ‘tunnels’ dug by Palestinian armed groups for military purposes.
  • In three incidents in Area C, the Israeli authorities demolished or seized eight Palestinian-owned structures for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 12 people. Five of the structures were in two communities in the Massafer Yatta area of Hebron, which had been designated a ‘firing zone’ for Israeli military training. The remaining three were demolished in the community of Al Farisiya-Khallet Khader of the Jordan Valley on the basis of Military Order 1797, which allows for demolitions within 96 hours of the issuance of a ‘removal order.’ No incidents were recorded in East Jerusalem, where on 1 October, the Israeli authorities announced that they would suspend the demolition of inhabited homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • One Israeli was injured and nine Israeli-plated vehicles travelling inside the West Bank sustained damage when assailants alleged to be Palestinians threw stones or bottles of paint at them, according to Israeli sources.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Al-Akhras: “If Am Going To Die, I want It To Be At Home”

In a verbal message carried by a lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), detainee Maher al-Akhras, who began his hung strike three months ago, said he doesn’t want to die at an Israeli clinic, but at home surrounded by his loving family.

Al-Akhras told the PPS lawyer, Ahlam Haddad, that while he is still being imprisoned, he wishes to see his mother, wife, and children, and added that he does not want to die at an Israeli clinic.

“If anybody is willing to help me, then try to secure my transfer to a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank,” he said, “If I am going to die, I want to be surrounded by my family.”

“Please do not place my corpse in the morgue, do not perform an autopsy, whether I die here or in the West Bank,” he stated, “If I die, all I ask is for former political prisoners, those who experienced the pain of the hunger strike, to carry my corpse during my funeral, and my message to my people is to always protect and defend our homeland.”

His statements were made before Israel moved al-Akhras, on Friday, from Kaplan Hospital to the infamous Ramla prison clinic, despite his rapidly deteriorating health.

On Saturday, his family announced that Maher’s mother, wife, and three eldest sons will start a hunger strike after the Israelis denied them their right to visit Maher Al Akhras when he was in his room at Kaplan hospital.

The soldiers, stationed at the door of his room, refused to allow his family to visit with him, and ignored the cries and pleas of his little daughter. The family was literally standing at the door leading to his room.

The father of six was abducted by the soldiers from his home in Jenin, in northern West Bank, and has since been held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.

He began the open-ended hunger strike in July demanding to be released and declared that his strike would continue until freedom or death.

It is worth mentioning that al-Akhras has been abducted and imprisoned by Israel numerous times, including when he was taken prisoner on July 27th, 2020, and was instantly slapped with a four-month Administrative Detention order, without charges or trial.

Before his current imprisonment, al-Akhras was spent for over four years in prisons, including many months under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

Related: October 13, 2020:
PCHR: “IOF’s Ploy for Suppressing Palestinians: Supreme Court of Israel Denies Release of Palestinian Detainee on Hunger Strike Maher al-Akhras”

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Teen Near Ramallah

The Israeli army killed, on Sunday at dawn, a Palestinian teen who was repeatedly struck and assaulted by the soldiers, after they chased his car and opened fire at it, on the main Ramallah-Nablus road, in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian sources said the teen has been identified as Amer Abdul-Rahim Snobar, 18, from Yitma village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

They added that the soldiers fired several live rounds at the car, and then repeatedly assaulted Sobar, including hitting him with rifle-butts, inflicting serious wounds, but did not attempt to abduct him or move him to an Israeli medical center.

Palestinian medics were called to the scene and provided the seriously wounded young man with vital first aid before rushing him to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

Initial reports indicated that the young man was shot in his car, but eyewitnesses confirmed he was not injured by the bullets, but instead, all his wounds were inflicted by the soldiers who constantly assaulted him.

Dr. Ahmad al-Bitwati, the head of Ramallah Medical Complex in Ramallah, told Palestine TV that Snobar was not shot, but was constantly struck by the soldiers on the back neck, and his head, and confirmed that he died because of these serious wounds.

Al-Bitawi added that the Palestinian was already dead when the Palestinian ambulance arrived at the medical center.

On Saturday evening, the soldiers closed Beit Iksa and Qalandia roadblocks, north of Jerusalem, and prevented the Palestinians from crossing in both directions.

The soldiers searched dozens of cars and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, before the army invaded the al-Ram town, north of Jerusalem, and chased many young men.

Israeli sources quoted the army claiming that pipe bombs were hurled at the Qalandia terminal, causing no injuries or damage and that an army sapper was called to the scene.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israeli Colonists Install Tents On Palestinian Lands Near Salfit

Abdullah Obayya, the head of Yasuf Village Council, east of Salfit in central West Bank, stated that several illegal Israeli colonialist settlers, accompanied by soldiers, invaded Palestinian lands in the village, and installed tents.

Obayya stated that the colonists installed seven tents and mobile homes on the top of the al-Qarna mountain, in the eastern part of the village, and raised Israeli flags around the new illegal outpost.

He added that the area, which contains Palestinian olive orchards, faces the Tapuach Israeli colony, which was illegally built on private Palestinian lands.

The area around the invaded lands also contains several towers for the Jawwal Palestinian Cellular Communications Company.

There are five illegal Israeli colonies on Palestinian lands in Salfit governorate; Nehemia, Rahalim, Tapuah 1, Tapuah 2, and Ariel colonialist block.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian, Summon Five Others, In Bethlehem And Hebron

Deze afbeelding heeft een leeg alt-atribuut; de bestandsnaam is soldiersanighthome-e1580296664569.jpg

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, a Palestinian man from Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, and summoned for interrogation another young man from the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the city, in addition to summing four others from Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, broke into and searched homes before abducting Rafat Riyad Malash, 30.

They added that the soldiers also invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, and stormed the home of Bilal Mohammad al-Wahadna, 35, before summing him for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, south of Bethlehem.

In addition, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in several neighborhoods in Hebron city, before summing for interrogation four young men, identified as Fahmi Salama Jabari, Yasser Zeid, Haitham Shawar, and Mohammad al-Beetar.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Erdogan says Macron needs ‘mental treatments’ following Islamophobic statements

France has recalled its envoy to Turkey for consultations after Erdogan’s comments

Istanbul (QNN)- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that French President Emmanuel Macron needs “mental treatment” because of his hostility towards Islam.

“What is Macron’s problem with Islam and Muslims? He needs mental health treatment,” Erdogan said at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) congress in central Kayseri province.

“What can be said to a head of state that treats millions of members of a religious minority in his country this way? First of all, (he needs) mental check,” Erdogan added.

France recently started an extensive campaign against the Muslim community following Macron calling Islam a problematic religion that needs to be contained. Many non-governmental organizations and mosques have been shut down in the last two weeks, while assaults against Muslims have peaked. Several Muslims have been reportedly attacked in deadly attacks as well.

Responding to Erdogan’s comments, Paris recalled its envoy to Ankara for consultations.

“President Erdogan’s comments are unacceptable. Excess and rudeness are not a method. We demand that Erdogan change the course of his policy because it is dangerous in every respect,” a French presidential official told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The Elysee official, who asked not to be named, also said that France had noted “the absence of messages of condolence and support” from the Turkish president after the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty outside Paris.

The attack, carried out by an 18-year-old Chechen, came following measures, restricting mosques and Muslims in the country.

The official also expressed concern over calls by Ankara for a boycott of French goods.

Macron this month described Islam as a religion “in crisis” worldwide and said the government would present a bill in December to strengthen a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in France.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israeli soldiers beat child to death with rifles

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli soldiers attacked a Palestinian child and beat him to death with their rifles on Sunday.

Palestine Medical Complex said Amer Abd Arrahim Sunowbar (18 years old) from the village of Yitma in southern Nablus, died of injuries that he sustained during the Israeli attack on him in the village of Turmus Ayya in Ramallah.

Local sources said Israeli soldiers chased a car, in which the child was, and beat him with their rifles, causing severe wounds. The child was taken to Palestine Medical Complex where he died later on.

The Ministry of Health said an initial examination by doctors at the complex revealed that the child has been brutally beaten in his neck.

The ministry quoted the manager of the complex, dr. Ahmad Bitawi, who said that the body of the child was taken to the hospital at 3:00 am with marks of severe beating and violence on the neck.

(Source / 25.10.2020)