The occupation arrests 18 citizens, including 10 Jerusalemites

The Israeli occupation forces arrested, today, Wednesday, 18 citizens from different parts of the West Bank.

In Hebron, the occupation forces arrested four citizens, they were: Malik Al-Jabari, Ali Skafi from the city of Hebron, Muhammad Jibril Shehadeh Zain, and Isa Badr Awad, from the town of Yatta.

In Jenin, the occupation forces arrested three young men from the town of Qabatiya. They are: Ahmed Khalil Wajih Nazzal, Hatem Omar Suleiman Tazazah, and Muhammad Faisal Raja Kamil.

In Bethlehem, the occupation forces arrested Fuad Nabil Odeh, 28, after they raided his family’s home and searched it in Bethlehem.

In Jerusalem, the occupation forces launched a campaign of arrests of 10 citizens from the towns of Al-Tur and Anata in occupied Jerusalem.

Our correspondent said that the occupation forces arrested seven citizens from Al-Tur, and they are: Hamada Khalil Al-Hadrah, Youssef Azzam Al-Hadrah, Ibrahim Moataz Al-Hadrah, Khalil Sufyan Al-Hadrah, Mustafa Adnan Al-Hadrah, Mahmoud Al-Hadrah, and Ali Al-Kaswani.

He added that the occupation forces arrested three citizens from the town of Anata, namely: Muhammad Khalil Ibrahim Hamdan, Muhammad Ahmad Abu Haniyeh and Ahmed Arafat Hamdan.

(Source / 04.11.2020)

The occupation arrested a citizen south of Nablus

Today, Tuesday, the Israeli occupation forces arrested a citizen from the eastern village of Laban, south of Nablus.

The head of Al-Labban Village Council, Yaqoub Aweys, said that the occupation forces had arrested Khaled Daraghmeh (50 years), after storming his house in the Al-Khan area.

He added that large forces of the occupation army, accompanied by two bulldozers, prevented citizens from reaching the area.

Khan al-Laban, which was built during the Ottoman era in Palestine years ago, has been subjected to continuous and almost daily attacks by settlers, with the aim of confiscating and seizing it, as it is located in the area connecting the settlements of “Ali” and “Ma’aleh Lebuna”.

(Source / 04.11.2020)

Egypt offers ‘complete and absolute support’ for closing Rafah Crossing

Gazans wait in line with their vehicles at the Rafah border crossing on 2 November 2020 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Gazans wait in line with their vehicles at the Rafah border crossing on 2 November 2020

Egypt’s parliament spokesman has announced the council’s complete and absolute support for the Egyptian authorities’ decision to close the Rafah crossing from tomorrow.

The movement of goods and vehicles is no longer allowed under the pretext of monitoring violations carried out by Hamas.

Saleh Hassaballah said in a statement yesterday: “Egyptian national security is a red line and it cannot be tolerated. Therefore, the Egyptian state will never allow a return to security chaos and the penetration of the Egyptian borders with the forces of evil, darkness and terrorism,” in reference to the 2011 revolution.

He added that Egyptians “stand united behind the wise leadership of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in the face of the malicious and demonic designs of the forces of evil.”

The army is watching out for attempts to overthrow the government, he continued, after its success in liberating it from the rule of religious fascism, in reference to the coup against the late President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

READ: Egypt reopens border crossing with Gaza

On Sunday, the Palestinian Interior Ministry announced that that the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip would open this past Monday for four days, until Thursday, so long as travellers were able to show a negative coronavirus test.

It was the third time the Egyptian authorities had opened the Rafah crossing since March.

Hamas has been in talks with Egyptian officials about Palestinian reconciliation and improving the humanitarian suffering in the Strip.

Reports have suggested that the government in Gaza was in discussion with the Egyptian authorities over opening the crossing permanently.

Thousands of Palestinians urgently need to pass through Rafah whilst others are stranded abroad and unable to return home.

Egypt has consistently accused Hamas of terror attacks aimed at its security forces in the Sinai Peninsula and used this as a pretext to shut the border crossing.

The decision to do so has been framed within the context of Al- Sisi’s war on terror under which not only the local Bedouin population have suffered, but also Palestinians in Gaza who have had to wait endlessly for permission to leave the Strip.

(Source / 04.11.2020)

Israel demolishes 11 Palestinian homes in West Bank

Israeli excavators demolish the homes of Palestinians in the West Bank on 23 September 2020 [Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli excavators demolish the homes of Palestinians in the West Bank on 23 September 2020 

Israeli military bulldozers yesterday demolished 11 homes in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank over “lack of construction permits”.

Moataz Bisharat, a Palestinain official responsible for monitoring Israeli settlement activity in the Jordan Valley, told Anadolu Agency that an Israeli force had raided “the Hamsa bedouin community in the east of Tubas town, and demolished Palestinian homes there.”

He added that the community was inhabited by “23 Palestinian families living in corrugated iron houses.”

The head of Ibziq village council in the Jordan Valley region, Abdul Majeed Khdeirat, told the agency that the Israeli army had seized agricultural tractors, solar cells, and water tanks from the village.

Palestinian residents in the Jordan Valley region are continuisly subjected to demolition of their homes, and seizure of their property by the Israeli army. The 1.6 million dunam region currently accommodates around 13,000 Israeli settlers in 38 illegal settlements, and some 65,000 Palestinians scattered across 34 communities.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently announced that his government would annex large areas of the West Bank including the Jordan Valley.

READ: Israel issues demolition orders to Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Issawiya

(Source / 04.11.2020)

Israel soldiers, settlers fatally shoot, assault Palestinians

Palestinian motorist Bilal Adnan Rawajbeh, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, 4 November 2020 [shejae3a/Twitter]
Palestinian motorist Bilal Adnan Rawajbeh, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, 4 November 2020

A Palestinian motorist was shot dead by Israeli soldiers who claimed he fired a pistol at the Huwara military checkpoint at the entrance of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank.

However, no Israeli casualties were reported, according to Israeli and Palestinian officials.

A video circulating of the incident shows Israeli soldiers opening fire on a white Hyundai vehicle, which Bilal Adnan Rawajbeh, 29, who was a member of the Palestinian Authority’s security services, was driving.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said in a statement that the Israeli army prevented its medics from accessing the scene and providing first aid to Rawajbeh after he was shot, and that his body is in Israeli custody and could not immediately be retrieved.

This comes as attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank are on the increase. Israeli settlers attacked two elderly Palestinians yesterday evening in Silat Al-Harithiya, northwest of Jenin, reported Wafa news agency.

READ: Israel soldiers and settlers raid homes, assault Palestinians

The group of settlers pelted the vehicle driving on the Jenin-Nablus road with stones, resulting in the Palestinians, aged 62 and 65, to be severely injured and bruised, and the car being destroyed.

They have been transferred to a hospital for medical treatment.

Attacks, assaults and acts of vandalism are frequently carried out on Palestinian towns and villages in the Israeli-occupied West Bank both by illegal settlers and soldiers.

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 / 04.11.2020)

Israel Demolishes A Palestinian Community In Northern Plains

Israeli soldiers demolished, Tuesday, an entire Palestinian community in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank, displacing more than 85 Palestinians, including 35 children.

Mo’taz Bisharat, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities in the Northern Plains, said this displacement and demolition is the largest in the past three tears.

Bisharat added that the soldiers have completely destroyed the Hamsa al-Foqa Bedouin community, east of Tubas, and displaced the families.

He also said that the demolition and destruction targeted more than 75 structures, including residential dwellings and barns, and that the soldiers rendered 85 Palestinians, including 35 children, completely homeless without any shelter or alternative.

The demolished community was established more than 40 years ago, and its inhabitants are shepherds.

The Israeli army claimed the community was established in what it called “a military zone” in Area C of the occupied West Bank, under full Israeli control. The army frequently unilaterally declared certain areas of the occupied West Bank are “military” or “security” zones.

On his part, Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr. Mohammad Eshteyya denounced the demolition and called on the international community to intervene and protect the Palestinian people, especially amidst the dangerously escalating Israeli violations.

Eshteyya added these measures are serious Israeli crimes that violate International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and all related resolutions.

He said Israel is systematically destroying all chances and efforts that would lead to a just peace solution, based on the establishment of an independent, contiguous, and viable Palestinian state in the territories Israel illegally occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem.

Eshteyya also said that Israel is using the fact that the world is consumed with the results of the elections in the United States to commit this crime, and to escalate its violations.

(Source / 04.11.2020)

Twelve Palestinian Detainees Contract Coronavirus in Galboa’ Israeli Prison

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the Israeli Prison Authority has announced that 12 Palestinian political prisoners, held in Section 3 of Galboa Israeli detention facility, are infected with the coronavirus.

The PPS said the twelve detainees are in Section three, which includes approximately 90 political prisoners, and added that at least 360 Palestinians are held in the facility.

The PPS stated that there are serious concerns that many other detainees are also infected with the virus, especially since the confirmed cases have been held with them.

In its statement, the PPS said it is impossible to get exact information regarding the number of detainees who have the virus, especially when taking into consideration that Israel is the only party that has access to this information.

“We can never know for sure how many detainees are infected with the virus,” the PPS said, “Israel controls this and all types of information regarding the detainees, including their exact health conditions.”

In addition, the PPS said that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases among the detainees since March of this year is 41, in addition to two who were tested after they were released from prison and were found to be positive.

Most of the cases are centered in Ofar Israel prison, especially the section which is used to house detainees before they are sent to other prisons, or to other sections of the facility itself.

The PPS called on various international organizations, especially the International Red Cross, to intervene and to pressure Israel into allowing an independent medical committee to examine the detainees and provide them with the needed treatment.

The PPS also called for the release of all imprisoned children, and the elderly, and to stop the ongoing invasions and searches into the detainees’ rooms, and the constant transfers of many detainees to other prisons.

It is worth mentioning that Israel is holding captive at least 4400 Palestinians, including 700 who have various serious medical issues, including cancer.

(Source / 04.11.2020)

Israeli Authorities Order Demolition of Palestinian Road in Nablus

Local sources have reported that Israeli authorities posted demolition orders along a 3-kilometer stretch of road, saying that Israeli forces will be coming along within one week to destroy the road.

The Palestinian people lack paved roads in many parts of the West Bank where they live under martial law administered by the Israeli military. Paved roads are highly coveted, and this road in Nablus is no exception.

Since last year, when the road was constructed in order to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce truck traffic on other city streets, the road has been in high demand and is used constantly by Palestinian truck drivers.

The road in question is in the Asira al-Qibliyah village, in the Nablus District on the northern part of the West Bank.

Hafez Saleh, the mayor of the village, told reporters from the Palestinian news agency Ma’an that the road was opened last year by the Palestinian Authority, with funding from the Dutch government. The road is 3 kilometers long — 1400 meters of which are paved.

The road was constructed to provide an alternative route to an extremely dangerous stretch of road that had caused numerous car accidents over the years.

Because of Israeli restrictions and encroachments onto Palestinian land, the Palestinian Authority has been forced to find creative ways for the Palestinian people to get from one place to another within the West Bank. Israeli forces have constructed hundreds of roadblocks and have taken over large swaths of Palestinian land. This prevents Palestinians from having a contiguous land mass to be able to travel on.

The demolition order states that a small portion of the road (500 meters) is located in ‘Area C’, which they claim gives them the justification to destroy it. ‘Are C’ is a holdover from the 1993 Oslo Accord, in which Israeli authorities agreed to a gradual handover of Palestinian land to the Palestinians. That handover was supposed to happen within five years of the agreement, in 1998, but it never did. As a result, Israeli authorities still claim full control over the ‘Area C’ lands of the Oslo Accords.The Palestinian villagers who live in the area have challenged the Israeli demolition order, but they have no legal recourse, since they live under Israeli martial law. The Israeli authorities stated that they will arrive within a week with armored bulldozers and military vehicles to destroy the recently-completed road.Palestinians who live in the area plan to protest the Israeli destruction of their road.

The occupation decides to demolish a 3 km south Nablus street

(Source / 04.10.2020)

Updated: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct 25 Palestinians In West Bank, Including Fifteen In Jerusalem”

Three Palestinians abducted in Qabatia

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, 25 Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, including 15 from occupied East Jerusalem, after the army conducted extensive and violent searches of homes.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Malek Ja’bari and Ali Skafi, from Hebron city, in addition to Mohammad Jibril Zein and Issa Bader Awad, from Yatta town, south of Hebron.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted fifteen Palestinians from the at-Tour town, and three others from Anata town, northeast of Jerusalem.

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as Moath Abu al-Hawa, Mustafa Abu al-Hawa, Firas Khader Obeid, Mohammad Ali Dirbas, Ahmad Majed Abu al-Hummus, Hamada Khalil al-Hadra, Yousef Azzam al-Hadra, Ibrahim Mo’taz al-Hadra, Khalil Sofian al-Hadra, Mustafa Adnan al-Hadra, Mahmoud al-Hadra, and Ali al-Kiswani, from at-Tour, in addition to Mohammad Khalil Hamdan, Mohammad Ahmad Abu Haniyya, and Ahmad Arafat Hamdan.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Fuad Nabil Odah, 28, from his home in the city.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ahmad Khalil Nazzal, Hatem Omar Tazaz’a, and Mohammad Faisal Kamil, from Qabatia town, south of the city.

In Qalqilia, also in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted twin brothers, identified as Raed and Saed Odah, 43.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also installed various roadblocks, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, stopped and searched dozens of cars, and interrogated scores of Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 04.11.2020)

Updated: “Soldiers Kill A Palestinian At Huwwara Roadblock, South Of Nablus”

Updated: The slain Palestinian has been officially identified as Bilal Adnan Rawajba, 29, a married father of an infant girl, only three months of age. He is from Iraq at-Tayeh village, east of Nablus, in northern West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers prevented Palestinian medics from approaching the vehicle he was driving, despite his serious wounds, and he bled to death.

It is worth mentioning that Bilal was a captain, working as a legal Counselor with the Palestinian Preventative Security Department in the Tubas governorate, in northeastern West Bank.

He was shot, on Wednesday morning, near Huwwara military roadblock, south of Nablus.

The Maan News Agency published a photo from the incident showing the Palestinian still in the driver seat when he was shot by the soldiers who fired a barrage of live rounds at him.

Several shots, fired by the soldiers, could be heard in a video captured by a Palestinian while waiting in a car near the roadblock.

In a brief statement, the Israeli army said its soldiers foiled what it described as “an attempted shooting attack” by “neutralizing the attacker,” and added that no soldiers were hurt.

In addition, Israeli daily Haaretz quoted the army claiming the Palestinian fired two shots at the soldiers before they fired back and killed him.

The army closed the military roadblock after the incident, preventing the Palestinians from crossing.

(Source / 04.11.2020)