Hunger-Striker Al-Akhras Finally Allowed Visit from Family

The long-term hunger striker Maher al-Akhras, on the 90th day of his water-only hunger strike, was finally allowed to receive a visit from his wife and daughter on Sunday. It was a tearful reunion, as his young daughter embraced her father’s frail, bony body. al-Akhras is nearing death, according to medical personnel from the International Committee of the Red Cross who have been monitoring his medical condition.

This is the first visit he has been allowed from his family since he was taken into custody on July 27th by Israeli authorities. He has also been denied access to legal counsel and has never been told what his charges are.

Former political prisoner, researcher and the head of the Studies and Documentation Committee of the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, told the IMEMC that the army wanted to move al-Akhras to the Ramla Prison Clinic after the soldiers invaded his room, but they eventually did not transfer him, and he is still in Kaplan Medical Center.

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

Oct 25, 2020 at 07:47

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 / 26.10.2020)

Palestinian Family Survives Shooting Attack By Israeli Colonist

An indigenous Palestinian family from occupied Jerusalem, survived a shooting attack carried out by an illegal Israeli colonist, while driving to their home in Jabal al-Mokabber, in the city.

Mahmoud Shqeir told the Maan News Agency that his son, Khaled, 55, was driving his car along with his wife and their two children, when a colonist fired several live rounds at their car, likely from the rooftop on one of the homes in Talpiot colony.

Shqeir said the bullets pierced the roof of the car and entered the body of the vehicle barely missing the passengers.

Shqeir also said that, after the shots were fired, his son, Khaled, sped away and managed to leave the area.

After the shooting incident, Khaled headed to the Israeli police station in Jabal al-Mokabber, in Jerusalem, to file a complaint, but the officer in charge informed him that he needs to come back later, because “there weren’t any investigators in the station at the time.”

(Source / 26.10.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Uproot Dozens Of Olive Trees Near Salfit

Israeli soldiers uprooted, on Monday morning, dozens of Palestinian olive trees in orchards northwest of Salfit city, in central West Bank, and confiscated some of them.

The Mayor of Salfit, Abdul-Karim Zobeidi, stated that the army bulldozers uprooted more than sixty olive trees, owned by Ziad Zahed, and added that the trees are 3-100 years old.

Zobeidi also stated that the soldiers demolished and destroyed several retaining walls around his 3-Dunam orchard.

He added that the army also handed an order to halt the construction of a nearby 13-Dunam stadium funded by Salfit City Council under the allegation that it is in areas B and C of the occupied West Bank.

Salfit Governor, Lieutenant Abdullah Kamil, denounced the escalating Israeli violations, including an attack by Israeli soldiers who hurled three concussion grenades at the center for the Palestinian Preventative Security department, north of Salfit.

Besides uprooting the olive trees, the soldiers also uprooted many almond and fig trees, in addition to grapevines.

Kamil stated that Israel has recently escalated its violations against the Palestinians and their lands in the governorate, as part of the ongoing attempts to confiscate more Palestinian lands to build and expand the illegal colonies, built in direct violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The so-called “Oslo Peace Accords” signed between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in 1993 and 1995, led to dividing the West Bank into three areas: A, B, and C.

Area A (%18) of the West Bank, is “controlled” by the Palestinian Authority (P. A), while Area B is controlled by Israel but the P.A controls health, education, economy, and internal security, an issue that means the army continues to invade them to conduct arrests or any other measures under the pretext of security.

Area C (about %60 of the West Bank) remains under full Israeli control, and it is where Israel keeps building and expanding its illegal colonies, demolishing Palestinian homes, confiscating lands, and various other violations.

One of the main areas Israel continues to target, including its plans to fully annex in the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea region of the West Bank in Area C, where more than 65.000 Palestinians reside, in addition to at least 11.000 Israeli colonists.

The Jordan Valley is the most fertile territory in the occupied West Bank, which made it a target for Israeli colonialist projects, especially Israeli companies that exploit the Palestinian lands and resources.

(Source / 26.10.2020)

Israeli Settlers Throw Rocks at Palestinian Homes, Injure One

A Palestinian man sustained a moderate head injury, on Saturday, when a group of illegal Israeli settlers invaded the village of Asira al-Qibliya, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Hafez Saleh, the mayor of the village, said that colonialist settlers from the illegal Yitzhar colony nearby, threw stones at Palestinian-owned homes, injuring Abdulbaset Ahmad with a rock in his head. The injured man was transferred to hospital for the necessary treatment.

Saleh pointed out that confrontations broke out between local Palestinian residents and the Israeli occupation forces who provided cover for the illegal settlers.

The Palestinian Information Center reported that Israeli forces were confronted by local youths, and soldiers responded by firing tear-gas canisters and concussion grenades at the protesters, causing crops to catch fire.

No further injuries were reported.

(Source / 26.10.2020)

One Palestinian-owned Home Razed, Two More Receive Demolition Orders

The Israeli authorities razed a Palestinian-owned home, on Monday, in Taybeh village, west of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, according to Khaled Jabareen, head of the village council.

Jabareen told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli forces isolated the perimeter of the 130-square-meter house, located near the apartheid wall, then proceeded to demolish it under the pretext that it was built near the ‘separation barrier’.

In related news, the Israeli forces handed demolition orders to two Palestinian-owned homes located southeast of Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank, according to a local official.

Head of al-Maniya village council, Zeyad Kawazba, told WAFA that Israeli soldiers invaded the village and handed military orders to demolish the two homes, purportedly for lacking Israeli issued building permits.

The two 180 square meter homes, currently inhabited by families of two owners, Essa and Assaf Froukh.

Kawazba added that the occupation authorities set a 96 hour deadline to carry out the demolition.

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(Source / 26.10.2020)

Israeli settlers uproot over 150 fruitful olive trees in Al Mughayyir

Ramallah (QNN)- The family of Saeed Abu Alia woke up this morning to find that illegal settlers uprooted over 150 fruitful olive trees in their farm in the village of Al Mughayyir in Ramallah.

Saeed Abu Alia told QNN that the settlers did not only uproot the trees, however, they also attacked the family, which was examining the damage.

Abu Alia added that his family has lost hundreds of olive trees in settlers’ attacks.

“We used to have over 600 olive trees that have been planted since 1982 in our land but Israeli settlers continued to uproot them over the past years”, he said.

Abu Alia added that the attacks on olive trees harshly affect Palestinian families that basically depend on olive harvest for their living.

(Source / 26.10.2020)

Pictures| Israeli forces demolish house in Taybeh

Jenin (QNN)- Israeli forces on Monday demolished a house located close to the apartheid wall in the village of Taybeh in western Jenin.

The head of the village council Khaled Jabbarin told QNN that an Israeli force accompanied by Israeli bulldozers surrounded the house this morning before they forced the family that used to live in it to leave and demolished it.

Jabbarin said the house is owned by Ahmad Mahmoud Jabbarin and it is nearly 130 quarter kilometers. It is located close to the apartheid wall, which has swallowed large swaths of the lands of the village.

He added that the Israeli authorities had notified to demolish the house ten days ago and that the owner of the house appealed to an Israeli court to stop the demolition but the Israeli army demolished it today even before any court decision.

The Israeli army had confiscated hundreds of dunums of the village’s land in order to build the apartheid wall.

(Source / 26.10.2020)

‘Israel’ approves construction of settlement units in Bethlehem

Ramallah (QNN)- The Israeli government approved the construction of new settlement units in the village of Taqqu’ in Bethlehem on Monday.

the head of the Commission against the Wall and Settlement in Bethlehem Hasan Ibrejiyyeh, said the occupation state approved the construction of new settlement units in the illegal settlement of Nokadim, which was created on the of the villages of Taqqu’ and Beit Ta’mar.

The occupation state has approved to construct thousands of settlement units in Bethlehem during the last few weeks.

According to the Palestinian Statistics Center, the occupation state has 503 illegal settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem, where nearly 653,620 settlers live.

Israeli settlements occupy 11% of the West Bank land, while 18.5% of the West Bank land is declared military zones and the apartheid wall has separated 12% of the West Bank land.

(Source / 26.10.2020)

Archbishop Atallah Hanna: Insulting Muslims is rejected and condemned

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Archbishop Atallah Hanna Archbishop of Sevestia of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem on Monday said that Christian Palestinians have always carried a message of love, brotherhood, and peace and rejected the culture of hatred, sectarianism, violence, and grudge and that is why they reject insulting Islam as well as all religions.

“Driven by our Christian values and belonging to the holiest church in the world, we condemn and reject any insult against religious symbols in all religions”, Hanna said.

He added that insulting Muslims is completely rejected and condemned and that the church rejects offending Islamic religious symbols just like it rejects offending Christian religious symbols, stressing that those who insult religions and incite hatred and violence in our world do not represent any moral, spiritual, or humanitarian values.

“All humans belong to one human family created by God, who did not discriminate between people”, Hanna said. “From Jerusalem, we call on all believers to work on spread the discourse of love, tolerance, and human fraternity.”

(Source / 26.10.2020)

Cancer patient among 13 Palestinians detained by Israel in West Bank

Patient Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are denied proper medical services so that their health conditions deteriorate dramatically. Many of them dies due to lack of medical treatment

Israeli occupation forces detained on Monday 13 Palestinians, including cancer patient from various parts of occupied Palestinian West Bank, Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said.

Most of the 13 Palestinians detained tonight are former prisoners and served different terms inside Israeli occupation jails.

In Bethlehem in the south of the West Bank, Israeli soldiers arrested 46-year-old Nidal Abu Ahour, a former prisoner who is suffering from cancer and kidney failure.

Nidal Abu Ahour was released from prison in July after a serious deterioration in his health.

As of September, rights groups said that there were more than 450 patients among the Palestinian prisoners inside the Israeli jails.

They are denied proper medical services so that their health conditions deteriorate dramatically inside the Israeli jails.

(Source / 26.10.2020)