Soldiers Photograph Home, Barns, Near Bethlehem

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Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, the al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem city, south of occupied East Jerusalem in the West Bank, before photographing a home, and barns, in preparation for demolishing them.

Local nonviolent activist Ibrahim Awadallah stated that a large army force invaded Khallet as-Samak area, in the center of al-Walaja, before photographing a home and barns, owned by Majdi Hamdan.

Awadallah added that, nearly two months ago, the soldiers invaded the area and handed Hamdan a military order targeting his property, under the pretext of being built without the “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine.

In related news, the soldiers invaded the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and handed warrants ordering the Palestinians to stop the construction of three homes, for “being built without a permit from the Civil Administration,” although they were licensed by the Local Council.

The homes, one-story building each, are owned and inhabited by Yousef Abed Mousa, Ali Salim Mousa, and his son Ahmad, but still need more work.

It is worth mentioning that the home of Ali Salim Mousa was demolished five times in the last few years, but his family has no other alternative but to build and seek shelter on their own land.

While Israel continues to demolish Palestinian homes, uproot lands, and issue destruction orders targeting homes and property, it constantly advances plans for the construction and expansion of its illegal colonies, built on Palestinian lands in the West Bank, including the occupied capital Jerusalem.

Illegal Israeli colonists also continue to uproot lands, flood them with wastewater, in addition to the constant violations and assaults against the farmers, especially during the olive harvest season, in addition to attacking homes and other Palestinian property.

On Monday, 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.

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(Source / 27.10.2020)

Israeli Forces Detain Fourteen Palestinians from the West Bank

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) reported that the Israeli forces, Monday at dawn, invaded homes, and detained four Palestinian civilians from the northern West Bank city of Jenin, namely; Hani Ata Abu Armila, Mujahid al-Dabbous, Saddam al-Saadi, and Wissam Mahmoud Abu Ubaid.

Israeli forces invaded the northern West Bank town of Sebastia, northwest of Nablus city, after breaking in to several homes, they detained Ayham Aql.

From the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Israeli occupation soldiers detained two former prisoners, Rashad Karaja and Moufid Hassan.

From occupied Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers detained Nasim Harbi Ubaid from Al-‘Isawiya, and Muhammad Adnan Abu Al-Hawa from the town of Al-Tur.

The occupation forces also re-detained a former prisoner in Israeli jails Bayan Pharaoh from her home in Al-Eizariya town, releasing her later.

From the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, Israeli troops invaded the home of Nidal Abu Aahour, and detained him. A former prisoner and cancer patient, Abu Aahour also suffers from kidney failure, and was released in July 2020 for advanced disease. Soldiers also detained Firas Ibrahim Al-Abayat from Bethlehem.

From the southern West Bank city of Hebron, two former prisoners, Aref Salama Rashid Haribat, and Mushir Abdul Qadir al-Shahatit were taken into custody by Israeli soldiers.

(Source / 27.10.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Twelve Palestinians In West Bank

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

The PPS office in Hebron, in southern West Bank, said the soldiers searched and ransacked many homes in the governorate, and abducted six Palestinians, including three children.

It said the soldiers abducted Mohammad Hisham Sharif, 16, Ma’an Nayef Badawi, 16, and Qassem Mohammad Ra’ey, 17, from the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in addition to Noah Khaled Abu Aisha from Hebron city, and Nawwaf Sarhan Zagharna, 68, along with his son, Mohammad, 43, from the Ramadin town.

In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Abdul-Rahman Thaher, a director at the an-Najah Satellite TV, in addition to Hamdi Hamdan.

In Jenin, also in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Bara’ Hussein Abu Mariam, from his home in al-Jadeeda town, in addition to ‘Aref Marwan Shehab, 25, from Nur Shams refugee camp.

The soldiers also abducted Raed Sharaka and Kanaan Hazmawi, from their homes in Ramallah, in central West Bank.

On Monday evening, the soldiers invaded Bir al-Basha village, south of Jenin, before storming Abu Bakr as-Siddiq mosque, and took measurements without providing any explanation.

(Source / 27.10.2020)

Soldiers Demolish A Palestinian Home In Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, Wad al-A’war area, south of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and demolished a Palestinian home.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the Popular and National Committees in southern West Bank, said the soldiers demolished a home, consisting of two rooms, owned by Bilal al-Ajlouni.

Jabour added that the army claimed the property, located in Area C of the West Bank, was not licensed by the “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation.

The occupied West Bank was divided into three areas – A, B, and C – as part of the Oslo Accords, signed by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel, in 1993 and 1995.

The agreements led to the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA), which was granted limited powers of governance in Areas A and B.

However, the outcomes of the Oslo Accords have instead left Israel in complete control of the Palestinian economy, as well as its civil and security matters, in more than 60 percent of the West Bank, designated as Area C.

Despite granting the PA control over administrative and internal security matters in parts of the West Bank, Israel maintains military control over the entire area.

(Source / 27.10.2020)

UN envoy demands probe into young Palestinian’s death

On Twitter, the British consulate in Jerusalem urged Israel to investigate the death of the Palestinian teen

UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov on Monday demanded an “independent investigation” after a Palestinian teen beaten to death by Israeli soldiers in occupied West Bank.

Amer Abdel-Rahim Sanouber was pronounced dead on Sunday morning in a Ramallah hospital after being “beaten” around the neck, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Contacted by AFP, the Israeli army acknowledged that the teenager had been involved in an incident with soldiers but denied they beat him.

“The Israeli occupation soldiers beat the teen for five minutes. He was shouting incessantly, then his voice stopped suddenly,” an eyewitness said.

In a speech to the UN Security Council, Mladenov called for an independent probe.

“I urge a prompt and independent investigation into the events that led to the death of the boy,” the UN envoy said.

(Source / 27.10.2020)

Telecom minister accuses Israel of violating Palestinian sovereignty

Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Ishac Sidr today accused Israel of violating Palestinian sovereignty and control over its territory after a decision was made to grant the Israeli telecommunications company, Bezeq, a license to operate in the occupied West Bank.

He said during a press conference held at the Ministry in Ramallah that granting an Israeli telecommunication company a permit to work in the West Bank is a violation of Palestinian sovereignty and international law, noting that this is a clear theft considering that these are occupied territories.

He said losses to the Palestinian companies as a result of the Israeli violation have reached $1.1 billion in the last four years, while losses to the Palestinian treasury amounted to $400 million.

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Sidr said that there should be a global campaign to pressure international organization to grant Palestinians their right to have 4G and even 5G of broadband cellular network technologies so Palestine can finally have a sustainable development, equal to other countries.

The Minister pointed out that Israel facilitates the work of Israeli telecommunication companies in the occupied territories, which provide lower prices, despite the illegality of this step, thus infringing on the operation and rights of the Palestinian companies in their territories.

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He said that there are currently no serious international efforts to prevent Israel from committing such violations, noting that Palestine, therefore, will file a lawsuit in Palestinian, Israeli, and international courts against the Israeli move for infiltrating and stealing the Palestinian market.

Sidr called on Israel to cooperate with Palestinian companies so they can provide service in the border areas as well, noting that the telecommunication sector is one of the most important sectors and should be improved to compete with Israeli companies.

The Minister said the WIFI service and networks will be worked on in Palestinian cities and villages to compete with non-Palestinian networks, in a way that improves Palestinian networks.

Senan Shaqdeh, activist and journalist in the US, said via a video call that as long as Israel is the backbone of the telecommunications sector in the region, Palestinians will not be able to develop, describing granting Bezeq a license to operate in the West Bank as a licensed theft of Palestinian airwaves.

He said that this contradicts with several international charters, citing the Charter of the United Nations as an example.

He called on holding boycott campaigns that shed the lights on Israeli violations in the education and health sectors, and target companies that work with Bezeq.

A few days ago, the Palestinian Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology condemned in a statement the decision to grant the Israeli telecommunications company, Bezeq, a license to operate in the occupied West Bank, considering it a step to undermine and sabotage the Palestinian economy and its control over its airwaves.

It said that Israel manipulates the Palestinian airwaves and illegally establishes communication towers in the Palestinian territories in contrast to bilateral and international agreements.

(Source / 27.10.2020)

What does Israel have against Palestinian singer, Mohammed Assaf?

Why does Israel hate Palestinian singer, Mohammed Assaf?

On October 16, Avi Dichter, Israeli Member of Parliament from the right-wing Likud Party, announced that Assaf’s special permit to enter the occupied Palestinian West Bank would be revoked.

Assaf, originally from Gaza, now lives with his family in the United Arab Emirates. He achieved stardom in 2013, when he won the ‘Arab Idol’ singing contest. His winning song, “Raise your Keffiyeh”, represented a rare moment of unity among all Palestinian communities everywhere. As the audience, the judges and millions of Arabs danced along when Mohammed took center stage in Beirut, Palestinian culture, once again, proved its significance as a political tool that cannot be disregarded.

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Since then, Mohammed has sung about everything Palestinian: from the Nakba – the catastrophic loss of the Palestinian homeland – to the Intifada, to the pain of Gaza to every Palestinian cultural symbol there is.

Assaf was born and raised in the Gaza Strip. Here, he experienced Israel’s military occupation first-hand, several deadly Israeli wars, and, of course, the ongoing siege. Both his parents are refugees, his mother from Beit Daras and his father from Beir Saba’. The young man’s ability to overcome his family’s painful legacy, yet remaining committed to the cultural values of his society, is worthy of much reflection and praise.

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Dichter’s announcement that Assaf would be barred from returning to his homeland is not as outrageous as it may appear.  Israel’s war on Palestinian culture is as old as Israel itself.

Throughout the last seven decades, Israel has proven its ability to defeat Palestinians and whole Arab armies, as well. Moreover, Israel, with the help of its Western benefactors, succeeded in dividing Palestinians into rival groups, while breaking down whatever semblance of Arab unity on Palestine.

Even geographically, Palestinians were divided and isolated into numerous little corners in the hope that each collective would eventually develop a different set of aspirations based on entirely different political priorities. As a result, Palestinians were holed in besieged Gaza, in segregated zones in the West Bank, in East Jerusalem, in economically marginalized communities within Israel, and in the ‘shataat’ – diaspora.

Even diasporic Palestinians, some made refugees multiple times, subsisted in political environments, over which they exercise very little control. The Palestinians of Iraq, for example, found themselves on the run at the onset of the American invasion of that country in 2003; the same happened in Lebanon prior; in Syria later on, etc.

Israel’s incessant attempts at destroying Palestine, in all of its representations, moved from the material sphere to the virtual one, pushing to censor Palestinian voices on social media, removing the reference to Palestine from Google Maps and even from airline menus.

None of this was random, of course, as Israeli leaders understood that destroying the tangible, actual Palestine had to be accompanied by the destruction of the Palestinian idea – the set of cultural and political values that give Palestine its cohesiveness and continuity in the mind of all Palestinians, wherever they are.

Since culture is predicated on myriad forms of expression, Israel has dedicated much energy and resources to eliminate Palestinian cultural expressions that allow Palestine to exist despite the political division, Arab disunity and geographic fragmentation.

There are numerous examples that amply demonstrate Israel’s official obsession with defeating Palestinian culture. As if the physical erasure of Palestinian in 1948 was not enough, Israeli officials are constantly devising new ways to erase whatever symbols of Palestinian and Arab culture that remain in place.

In 2009, for example, Israel’s right-wing government began the process of changing the names of thousands of road signs from Arabic to Hebrew. In 2018, the openly racist Nation-State Law degraded the status of the Arabic language altogether.

But these examples are hardly the start of the Israeli war aimed at defacing Palestinian culture. Israel’s founders were aware of the danger that Palestinian culture posed in terms of its ability to unify the Palestinian people, soon after the ethnic cleansing of nearly two thirds of the Palestinian population from their historic homeland.

In an official letter sent to Israel’s first Interior Minister, Yitzhak Gruenbaum, the latter was tasked with swapping the names of newly depopulated Palestinian villages and regions with Hebrew alternatives.

“The conventional names should be replaced by new ones … since, in an anticipation of renewing our days as of old and living the life of a healthy people that is rooted in the soil of our country, we must begin in the fundamental Hebraicization of our country’s map,” the letter said in part.

Soon after, a government commission was assembled and entrusted with the task of renaming everything Palestinian Arab.

Another letter written in August 1957 by an Israeli foreign ministry official urged the Israeli Department of Antiquities to speed up the destruction of Palestinian homes conquered during the Nakba. “The ruins from the Arab villages and Arab neighborhoods, or the blocks of buildings that have stood empty since 1948, arouse harsh associations that cause considerable political damage,” he wrote. “They should be cleared away.”

For Israel, erasing Palestine and writing the Palestinian people out of the history of their own homeland has always been a strategic endeavor.

Fast forward to today, the official Israeli machine remains dedicated to the same colonial mission of old. The agreement signed in 2016 between the Israeli government and the social media platform, Facebook, to end Palestinian ‘incitement’ online is part of that same mission: silencing the voice of the Palestinian people at any cost.

Palestinian culture has served the Palestinian people’s struggle so well. Despite Israeli occupation and apartheid, it has given Palestinians a sense of continuity and cohesion, attaching all of them to one collective sense of identity, always revolving around Palestine.

Israel’s announcement to bar a Palestinian singer from returning, thus performing to other Palestinians under occupation is, from an Israeli viewpoint, not outrageous at all. It is another attempt at disrupting the natural flow of Palestinian culture, which, despite the loss of Palestine itself, is as strong and as real as it has always been.

(Source / 27.10.2020)

Germany supports the Palestinian health system with 50 ventilators to help it for the Corona response

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The German Representative Office in Ramallah today handed over to the Palestinian Ministry of Health 50 German-made ventilators to support its readiness for the Corona response.

The state-of-the-art machines, made by the German company Dräger, will help to increase the capacities of the Palestinian Health system significantly. In the current crisis, they will equip additional Covid-19 wards for patients in need for ventilation.

“We all hope that the spread of the Coronavirus will be contained, and those ventilators will never be needed to treat Covid-19 patients”, said Michael Herold, Deputy Head of the German Representative Office. “But if need be, they can save lives and will also in the future represent a substantial improvement in treatment capacities in Palestine.”

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Mai Alkaila, Minister of Health, thanked the German government for this support.

“Germany has shown fast and flexible support to Palestine. The current pandemic has imposed new challenges to the Palestinian health sector, especially under the critical financial crisis and limited resources,” she said. “The donated ventilators are very important and highly needed at Palestinian hospitals in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Thanks to the outstanding dedication of health workers and great coordination efforts, we were able to respond to the crisis and prevent a catastrophic scenario.”

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Fifteen ventilators will be shipped to Gaza, where they will be mainly used in the Covid-19 wards of the dedicated Corona treatment center at Gaza European Hospital.

“The Corona situation in Palestine remains critical, with equipment and supply gaps particularly challenging in the Gaza Strip” Gerald Rockenschaub, WHO head of office for the occupied Palestinian Territory remarked. “While public health measures have helped control the spread of the virus, we need to remain vigilant over the coming weeks and months; the health system needs to get ready to manage further challenges, with the flu season about to start and some restrictions getting gradually lifted. Better equipped treatment facilities will be crucial for saving lives.”

(Source / 27.10.2020)

Three Palestinian homes in south of West Bank receive Israeli stop construction orders

Days of Palestine – Bethlehem – Three Palestinian homeowners in the town of al-Khader, south of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, received today stop construction orders from the Israeli military government, according to activist Ahmad Salah.

He told the official WAFA news agency that the army claims the homes, each one floor, were being built without a permit.

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One of the three homes was demolished five times in the last few years, said Salah, as Israel tries to prevent Palestinian construction in that part of the West Bank.

(Source / 27.10.2020)

Israel forces Palestinian to raze his own house in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The Israeli occupation authority on Monday forced a Jerusalemite citizen to demolish his own house in Beit Hanina town, north of Jerusalem.

According to local sources, Majed al-Salayma was forced to knock down his own home in the town to avoid paying to avoid paying thousands of shekels to the municipality’s demolition crews

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The Israeli occupation authority always threatens to make Palestinian homeowners incur exorbitant demolition expenses and fines if it comes to carry out the demolitions, forcing them to raze or remove their own homes.

The Jerusalemites have no choice but to build without licenses because there are no structural maps that respond to the natural increase in their numbers, and for that reason, they are denied house permits.

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The Israeli occupation authority also imposes building restrictions on the Palestinian natives in Jerusalem and makes it hard for them to obtain construction licenses.

Israel’s systematic demolition of Palestinian homes in Occupied Jerusalem is believed to be aimed at psychologically destroying the Jerusalemite families in an attempt to force them to move from the holy city.

(Source / 27.10.2020)