Israel To Confiscate More Palestinian Lands South of Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, Palestinian agricultural lands, southeast of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and informed a Palestinian that the army has confiscated his lands because the military considers them to be “state lands.”

Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Wall & Colonization Resistance Commission, stated that the lands, dozens of Dunams, are owned by a villager, identified as Yousef Rayyan.

Breijiyya added that the lands, including olive orchards and almond trees, are in the Khalayel al-Louz area.

The official also stated that the illegal annexation of the Palestinian lands is part of ongoing Israeli attempts, to confiscate all farmlands and orchards not only in Khalayel al-Louz, but also in Khallet al-Qoton and Khallet an-Nahla, so that Israel can expand its illegal colonies of Efrat and Tekoa’.

Also on Wednesday, the soldiers invaded a Palestinian village in the Jordan Valley of the occupied West Bank, and demolished it, rendering eleven families of 73 persons, including 41 children, without a shelter.

(Source / 05.11.2020)

PCHR: “Wide-Scale Demolition Amounting to Ethnic Cleansing, Israeli Occupation Demolishes 70 Facilities in the Northern Valley Displacing 60 Palestinians”

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The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): On Tuesday evening, 03 November 2020, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) carried out a large-scale demolition operation against civilian properties in Hemsa al-Foqa area in the northern Jordan valleys, eastern Tubas. Seventy homes and facilities were demolished, displacing 60 Palestinians (mostly children), in the 6-hour operation.

The demolitions were preceded by the confiscation of 16 vehicles and 5 water tanks in a nearby area in the valleys. Yesterday’s operation comes within an accelerated cam

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paign by IOF to demolish and destroy Palestinians’ homes and properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, under the Israeli annexation and settlement-expansion schemes in what can only be considered an act of ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Palestinian population.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 12:00 on Tuesday IOF, accompanied by Israeli Civil Administration SUVs and construction vehicles, moved into Kherbet Hemsa al-Foqa in the northern Jordan valleys, eastern Tubas.

The construction vehicles proceeded to demolish 70 civilian properties, including barracks and residential tents that sheltered 11 families (total 60 persons, mostly children). IOF demolished 11 residential tents, 27 barracks, some used for housing, and several barns, as well as, kitchens, mobile-lavatories, water tanks and other properties. IOF also confiscated two tractors and a private Subaru car.

Earlier on Tuesday, IOF moved into Khirbet Ibziq in northern Jordan valleys, eastern Tubas. The Israeli soldiers raided civilians’ houses and confiscated the following items: 9 tractors, 5 water tanks, 5 carts and 2 private vehicles. IOF aims at vacating the area and expelling its indigenous residents.

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The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights condemns the Israeli demolitions and confiscation of Palestinian properties and warns against the threat of the continued Israeli attempts to displace Palestinians and out them from their lands by destroying their houses and confiscating/demolishing their properties. This is an Israeli systematic policy to impose a fait accompli to enforce its control and sovereignty on parts of the West Bank.

PCHR recalls that Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 prohibits “Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons ..” unless “the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand.” Additionally, Article 7.1.d of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court stipulates that “Deportation or forcible transfer of population when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population is a crime against humanity.” Also, Article 6, 7, and 8 of the Rome Statute assert that “Deportation or forcible transfer of population” is a war crime.

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PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations bodies to uphold their legal and moral duties and to urgently intervene to stop the Israeli occupation’s crime against Palestinians and to guarantee their protection.

(Source / 05.11.2020)

Soldiers Invade Sebastia, Close Archeological Site

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday morning, the archaeological area in the Palestinian town of Sebastia, north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and closed it to all Palestinians.

Mohammad Azem, the Mayor of Sebastia town, said the soldiers, accompanied by members of the Army Corps of Engineers, invaded the town before heading to the archaeological site, and shut it down.

Azem added that the soldiers said they intend to remove the 17-meter Palestinian flagpole, in the a-Bayader Square area in the town, because “it is bothering the settlers.”

Shortly after the army invaded the site, and removed the Palestinians, dozens of illegal Israeli colonists invaded the area.

The army frequently invades the site to accompany dozens of illegal colonists and forces the Palestinians out.

These invasions frequently lead to protests, especially since the army and the colonists drove through the town, and the soldiers constantly fire live rounds, gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

It is worth mentioning that the archeological site is in Area B of the West Bank, as dedicated under the “Oslo Agreement.”

Area B, about %22 of the West Bank, is under Palestinian civil administration, while Israel has exclusive security control.

(Source / 05.11.2020)

Palestinian prisoners infected with COVID-19 in Gilbo’a prison rise to 91

Jerusalem (QNN)- Palestinian Committee for Prisoners and Ex-prisoners Affairs said on Wednesday that the number of Palestinain prisoners in Israel’s Gilbo’a prison who tested positive for COVID-19 has rised to 91.

The committee said that some prisoners have the virus symptoms, including fever, cough, and headache, and they told the administration of Israeli prisons, but it neglected this deliberately.

The prisoners don’t get the proper health treatment in light of the spread of the Corona pandemic in the prisons, as the committee said.

The rise in COVID-19 cases in Gilboa prison has led Israeli prisons administration to put the prison under lockdown, while the number of prisoners infected with COVID-19 is expected to rise.

Israeli prisons administration have cancelled family visits, and it will move the infected to Tzalmon prison.

The Committee on Tuesday condemned the deliberate procrastinations by the administration of prisons in providing the necessary preventive measures inside sections of prisons, saying this is the reason behind the spread of the virus.

(Source / 05.11.2020)

Video| ‘Israel’ wipes out entire West Bank village

Tubas (QNN)- The Israeli army on Tuesday razed an entire village in the Jordan Valley, demolishing 75 structures and displacing their residents.

11 families in the northern village of Khirbet Humsa in the Jordan Valley were displaced as a result of the operation.

Mu’taz Ibsharat, the PA official in charge of monitoring the apartheid wall and settlement in the northern Jordan Valley told QNN that the Israeli army “has carried out a demolition operation, which is the worst in the Jordan Valley in 12 years”.

The operation resulted in the displacement of 85 native Palestinians, including 35 children.

Israeli bulldozers also demolished sheds used as livestock enclosures, portable toilets, water containers and solar panels, on top of confiscating vehicles and tractors belonging to some of the residents.

Ibsharat added that the village has been announced a disaster area after the displacement of its residents, noting that the occupation state works on emptying area ‘C’ of native Palestinians in order to replace them with settlers.

In the same vein, Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh called on the international community to intervene against the Israeli attempt to “displace the citizens of Khirbet Humsa and tens of similar communities from their homes and lands”, pointing to the fact that Israel “chose this evening to commit another crime” as the attention is focused on the United States presidential election.

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As the attention is focused on #USElection2020, Israel chose this evening to commit another crime/ cover it up: to demolish 70 Palestinian structures, incl. homes, in Khirbet Humsa al-Foqa in the northern Jordan Valley, displacing ~80 Palestinian citizens, incl. women/children.

Abdelghani Awada, left homeless by the operation, told the AFP news agency that the Israelis gave people “10 minutes to evacuate our homes”.

“Then, they started bulldozing,” he said.

He said his family had lived in the area for generations and accused the occupation state of trying to “empty the Jordan Valley of its Palestinian population”.

The occupation state has demolished over 506 houses this year with an unprecedented rate of demolition in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

(Source / 05.11.2020)

UN agencies and international NGOs call for the protection of Palestinian olive harvesters

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – International NGOs and UN agencies today called on the Israeli authorities to protect Palestinians participating in the ongoing olive harvest season, as well as their property, from violence by Israeli settlers, and ensure that farmers can access their land freely and safely.

In the first four weeks of the season alone (7 October – 2 November), the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recorded 33 incidents where people known or believed to be Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians or damaged their trees or produce. Twenty-five Palestinians were injured, over 1,000 olive trees were burnt or otherwise damaged, and large amounts of produce were stolen. In some incidents, Israeli Security Forces intervened in clashes between Palestinians and settlers, including by shooting tear gas canisters and rubber bullets, resulting in the injury of olive harvesters, and forcing them to leave the groves, said the agencies and NGOs in a press statement.

Read More: The story of the Palestinian Hajjah and the olive tree

As in previous years, the Israeli authorities allow farmers to reach their farmland near certain settlements just 2-4 days during the entire season, citing the need to prevent friction with settlers. This not only undermines the productivity of the trees and Palestinian farmers’ ability to harvest them, but also fails to prevent settlers from vandalizing trees when the farmers are away, they said.

To access olive groves behind the Wall, farmers must obtain special permits. In recent years, most applications have been rejected for various bureaucratic reasons, such as failure to prove land ownership.

Read More: Palestinian olive farmers defy Israeli attacks for prized crop

Ahead of this year’s season, concerns were also raised with the Israeli authorities over potential COVID-19 transmission at their overcrowded offices, where Palestinians must submit permit applications. In response, some procedural easings were recently announced: A longstanding limit on the number of times farmers can access land beyond the Wall was lifted on 24 October, 17 days into the season, following protracted legal action.

The annual olive harvest is a key economic, social and cultural event for Palestinians. Settler violence and access restrictions undermine the safety and livelihoods of many, which is more concerning than ever during the current economic crisis, brought about by the pandemic.

“While the recent easings are welcome, more is required: UN agencies and international NGOs call upon the Government of Israel to abide by its obligations under international law to facilitate timely and sufficient access of Palestinians to their olive groves, to protect Palestinians and their property from violence, damage and theft, to ensure Israeli Security Forces protect farmers, and to hold perpetrators of crimes accountable,” said the statement.

(Source / 05.11.2020)

Hamas: Vienna terror attack “sinful” and “cowardly”

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Days of Palestine – Gaza – The Hamas Movement has condemned the terror attack that happened on Monday in the Austrian capital Vienna, describing it as “sinful” and “cowardly.”

“Intimidating innocent people has nothing to do with religion and does not serve the coexistence between peoples,” Hamas said in a press release.

Read More: Hamas: Storms of normalization and conspiracies will not last forever

“Our condolences to the victims’ families and we wish speedy recovery for the wounded,” the Movement added.

“We, the Palestinians, are more aware of the danger of terrorism, which we suffer from on a daily basis and systematically at the hands of the Israeli occupation,” Hamas said.

Read More: Hamas says: No relation between Sheikh Yasin Gathering based in France and the movement

(Source / 05.11.2020)

Hunger striker Akhras enters day 102 of his hunger strike

Days of Palestine  Ramallah – Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras on Thursday entered day 102 of his hunger strike in protest at his administrative detention, amid serious health deterioration.

Akhras suffers from severe physical weakness and serious health complications as a result of his prolonged hunger strike.

Read More: Akhras enters day 96 of his hunger strike

Last Tuesday, the Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs raised concerns about the life of prisoner Maher al-Akhras, warning that any sharp health setback could claim his life or cause damage to his vital body organs.

(Source / 05.11.2020)

Israeli forces leave 41 children homeless after razing Palestinian village, UN says

Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank have razed a Palestinian village, leaving 73 people – including 41 children – homeless, in the largest forced displacement incident for years, according to the United Nations.

Excavators escorted by military vehicles were filmed approaching Khirbet Humsa and proceeding to flatten or smash up tents, shacks, animal shelters, toilets and solar panels.

Read More: Coronavirus lockdowns will leave 63% of Palestinian families unable to cover their expenses

“These are some of the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank,” said Yvonne Helle, the UN humanitarian coordinatorfor the occupied Palestinian territory.

Three-quarters of the community lost their shelters during Tuesday’s operation, she said, making it the largest forced displacement incident in more than four years. However, by the number of destroyed structures, 76, the raid was the largest demolition in the past decade, she added.

Read More: Twelve Palestinian prisoners in Israel infected with COVID-19, says PPS

On Wednesday, families from the village were seen rifling through their wrecked belongings in the wind, with some of the first rain of the year arriving the same day. The UN published a photo of a bed and a cot in the open desert.

The village is one of several Bedouin and sheepherding communities in the Jordan Valley area that is located within Israeli-declared army training “firing zones”, and despite being within the Palestinian Territories, people there often face demolitions for a building without Israeli permission.

“Palestinians can almost never obtain such permits,” said Helle. “Demolitions are a key means of creating an environment designed to coerce Palestinians to leave their homes,” she said, accusing Israel of “grave breaches” of international law.

Nearly 700 structures have been demolished across the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2020 so far, she said, more than any year since 2016, leaving 869 Palestinians homeless.

Israel’s Civil Administration, the body tasked with running the occupation, said it had carried out an “enforcement activity … against seven tents and eight pens which were illegally constructed, in a firing range located in the Jordan Valley”.

Those figures contradicted the UN statement and an on-site report by prominent Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, which said forces destroyed 18 tents and sheds housing 11 families, 29 tents and sheds used as livestock enclosures, three storage sheds, nine tents used as kitchens, 10 portable toilets, 10 livestock pens, 23 water containers, two solar panels, and feeding and watering troughs for livestock.

Israeli forces also destroyed more than 30 tonnes of food for livestock and confiscated a vehicle and two tractors belonging to three residents, the group added.

“As part of its efforts to take over more and more Palestinian land, Israel routinely demolishes Palestinian homes and property,” said B’Tselem spokesperson Amit Gilutz.

“But the wiping off of a whole community at once is extremely rare, and it seems like Israel was making use of the fact that everyone’s attention is currently set elsewhere to move forward with this inhumane act,” he said in reference to the US election.

Israel captured the West Bank from Jordanian forces in 1967 and continues to control and occupy the area, although Palestinians have limited self-rule over small enclaves.

The country’s hardline prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said he intends to annex large swathes of occupied Palestinian territories, including the Jordan Valley, although the plan was temporarily “suspended” as part of a deal with the United Arab Emirates.

(Source / 05.11.2020)

Largest Israeli demolition in a decade displaces dozens of Palestinians in the West Bank

More than 70 Palestinians, mostly minors, in the occupied West Bank have been made homeless in the single largest Israeli demolition of a Palestinian community in over a decade, according to United Nations data. 

Security forces destroyed 76 structures in the Humsa al Bqai’a Bedouin community in the north Jordan Valley on Tuesday, displacing at least 73 people, 41 of them children. The reason reportedly given was lack of building permits. 

This is despite indications from the Israeli authorities that such orders would be frozen given the health implications hindering social distancing measures and lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. Often such demolitions are deemed illegal under international law.

Read More: Israel delivers demolition orders in West Bank

According to data compiled by OCHA, the UN’s humanitarian office, Tuesday’s clearing was the single largest demolition since 19 July 2010, in terms of numbers of structures affected.

It was also the largest demolition in four years in terms of the number of people made homeless.

Read More: At Israel’s behest, Twitter blocks dozens of Palestinian accounts

Footage taken at the scene and shared with The Independent showed Israel’s civil administration arriving accompanied by soldiers and several bulldozers. The forces demolished at least 18 tents and sheds that were the home of 11 families, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem.

In addition, 29 tents and sheds that were used as pens for sheep, three sheds used for storage, nine tents used as kitchens, 10 mobile toilets and 23 water tanks were reportedly razed.

More than 30 tonnes of food and water for the animals were also destroyed.

On Wednesday, the families were seen trying to salvage their belongings from the wreckage in the freezing rain. They were reportedly given tents by the Red Cross and helped by activists but their future remains uncertain.

“Their vulnerability is further compounded by the onset of winter and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said OCHA’s humanitarian coordinator Yvonne Helle who strongly urged Israel to halt unlawful demolitions. 

“Some of the demolished structures had been donated as humanitarian assistance. ”

According to the UN the destruction of property in an occupied territory like the West Bank is prohibited under international humanitarian law, unless absolutely necessary for military operations. In a recent statement they said during the time of a pandemic it “is particularly worrying as it further compounds the overall situation in the West Bank”.

The incident comes as rights groups announced that the number of Palestinians made homeless by Israeli house demolitions has already reached a four-year high, with now  869 Palestinians displaced between January and November in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

This is the highest number since 2016 when, according to B’Tselem, nearly 1,500 Palestinians were left with nowhere to live.

OCHA sounded the alarm last month warning that between March and August, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories, they recorded the highest destruction rate in the West Bank in four years.

The government typically cites the lack of Israeli-issued building permits when they demolish or force Palestinians to destroy homes and sources of livelihood.

However, the UN and rights groups say these are almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain because of the restrictive and discriminatory planning regime which leaves them no venues for legal construction.

OCHA data shows that Tuesday’s clearing is second only in scale to a demolition that took place in al-Farisiya Ihmayyer in the northern Jordan Valley on 19 July 2010.

The last time such a large group of people was displaced was in March 2016.

On 1 October the Ministry of Justice reinstated a limited moratorium on demolitions in Israel and East Jerusalem, protecting inhabited and residential structures that were built before the outbreak of the pandemic.

There had been an indication in March that a similar freeze would be imposed on demolition orders in the West Bank, but practice showed that does not seem to currently be in place.

Nearly 320,000 people in Israel have been infected with the coronavirus while over 2,500 have died.

At least 64,000 Palestinians have also been infected.

The West Bank and East Jerusalem have been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war and are territories that the Palestinians hope will become their future state.

However, Israel sees these areas as theirs, citing biblical, historical and political connections to the territory, where more than 500,000 Israeli settlers now live.

Israeli settlements are deemed illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace.

(Source / 05.11.2020)