UN records 33 Israel settler attacks on Palestinians picking olives last month

The Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza expects the enclave to harvest 24,000 tonnes of olives in 2020, a 30% drop as a result of climate change [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
A Gaza farmer at an olive farm, 26 October 2020

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recorded 33 incidents where people believed to be Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians picking olives, or damaged their trees and produce.

In a statement, UN OCHA disclosed that these violations were documented between 7 October and 2 November, noting that 25 Palestinians were injured and 1,000 olive trees burnt or otherwise damaged, as well as the theft of large amounts of produce.

According to the statement, Israeli occupation forces intervened in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in some of the incidents, including shooting tear gas canisters and rubber bullets, resulting in the injuries of olive harvesters.

READ: Gaza sees 30% drop in olive harvest

The UN OCHA report stated that olive farmers face severe restrictions placed on them by the Israeli occupation authorities, making it extremely difficult to earn a living from their crop.

“Those who have farmland near some settlements are given only two to four days to access it throughout the entire season, which makes it hard to effectively harvest them, makes the trees less productive, and means that settlers have more opportunity to inflict damage on trees,” the statement read.

It added: “Gaining any kind of access to olive groves behind the Israeli West Bank barrier is a challenge: farmers need a special permit, and most applications are rejected for various bureaucratic reasons, such as failure to prove land ownership.”

The statement highlighted concerns over the spread of COVID-19 among farmers: “Palestinians attempting to get permission to farm their land have to visit overcrowded permit offices, leading to concerns of COVID-19 transmission.”

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Meanwhile, the statement noted: “As a response, limits on the number of times farmers can access land beyond the barrier were lifted, following legal action, some 17 days into the season.”

“However, the UN, and international NGOs, are calling for the easing of more restrictions, and for the Israeli government to abide by its obligations under international law, to allow Palestinians timely and sufficient access to their olive groves, protection from violence, damage and theft, and for those who commit crimes against them to be held accountable.”

(Source / 07.11.2020)

Jordan’s Queen Noor criticises Israel’s demolition of Palestine homes

Jordanian Queen Noor Al-Hussein [Paul Morigi/Getty Images]
Jordanian Queen Noor Al-Hussein

Jordanian Queen Noor Al-Hussein has slammed the Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem as “disgusting” behaviour, Shehab News Agency reported on Friday.

Her remarks came as she tweeted a comment on a BBC report about Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes during the last decade.

“Disgusting and inhumane violation of international law Israel rebuked for biggest demolition of Palestinian homes in years,” Queen Noor tweeted.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) also condemned Israel’s largest house demolition campaign in years.

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In the report, UNOCHA revealed that 73 Palestinians, including 41 children, became homeless when the Israeli occupation demolished their homes in Khirbet Humsa in Jordan Valley, describing this act as a “dangerous violation” of international law.

On Tuesday, Israel demolished a complete Palestinian village with its 76 facilities, including homes and barns.

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Former Saudi intelligence chief: Biden to disappoint Palestinians

Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former Saudi ambassador to the US and former director of the Saudi Intelligence Services on April 27, 2009 [MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images]
Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former Saudi ambassador to the US and former director of the Saudi Intelligence Services on April 27, 2009

Former Chief of Saudi Intelligence Services Turki Al-Faisal has announced that if Joe Biden becomes US president, he will disappoint Palestinians regarding their struggle with Israel, Al-Arabiya news website reported on Thursday.

Speaking at the Beirut Forum in Abu-Dhabi, Al-Faisal conveyed that Biden would not cancel Trump’s measures taken in support of Israel, such as recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“I think that if Biden becomes president, he would not backtrack from the Abraham Accords,” referring to the Israeli normalisation deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

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He stressed: “What is worrying to me is that the Palestinian brothers and friends would be disappointed if they thought that Biden would be different from Trump.”

At the same time, Al-Faisal underscored Biden’s pledge that he would change Trump’s policy regarding the US withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal.

The UAE’s perfidious normalisation plan with Israel - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
The UAE’s perfidious normalisation plan with Israel – Cartoon 

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Three Palestinians Shot, Injured by Israeli Soldiers in Kufur Qaddoum

Three Palestinian civilians, on Friday, were shot and injured by Israeli soldiers at the weekly march against the illegal construction and expansion of settlements in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, in the northern occupied West Bank.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel rounds and tear-gas canisters at the protesters, injuring three of them with rubber-coated steel bullets, while causing many others to suffer the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation.

All the protesters who sustained injuries received medical assistance on the scene.

In 2002, the Israeli occupation sealed off the main road in the village, a direct road allowing local Palestinians to travel east to Nablus city. The road is now exclusively used by the nearby illegal Israeli settlers.

For many years, locals in the area have been staging demonstrations every Friday to call on Israel to open the road, and to resist the occupation’s colonial aspirations.

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Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, after the army invaded the area and attacked protesters.

Media sources the invasion was mainly focused in Bab az-Zawiya area, and added that the soldiers occupied the rooftops of several homes to use them as firing posts and monitoring towers.

The soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs, concussion grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets, and live round at the protesters.

One Palestinian was shot with a live round in his leg before the medics transferred him to Hebron governmental hospital.

Dozens of residents, including children, suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, mostly while in their homes, and received the needed treatment by medics.

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Army Injures One Palestinian Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers shot, Saturday, a young Palestinian man near the illegal Annexation Wall, close to Ya’bad town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers shot the young man, identified as Ammar Zeid, with a live round in his shoulder, before Palestinian medics rushed him to a local hospital.

They added that the Palestinian, from Nazlet Zeid village, west of Jenin, was walking near the gate of the illegal Annexation Wall when the soldiers shot him.

The army constantly targets Palestinians, especially day laborers, near various sections of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank, mainly close to the gates manned by the soldiers.

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Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians Near Nablus

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Israeli soldiers attacked, Saturday, a nonviolent procession against the illegal colonialist activities, in Beit Dajan village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Media sources said a large military force, accompanied by a bulldozer, invaded the village, and attacked the protesters, just as they started marching towards Palestinian lands Israel intends to illegal annex.

The soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at the protesters, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The soldiers also assaulted one Palestinian, identified as Khairi Hannoun, causing cuts and bruises.

In addition, the soldiers closed the nearby Beit Forik military roadblock, and prevented the Palestinians from reaching the town.

In related news, the illegal Israeli colonists installed barns and tens on the Palestinian lands, in the eastern area of Beit Dajan, in addition to bulldozing lands and preparing new roads near the al-Hamra outpost, which was built on private Palestinian lands near the village.

The residents fear that the colonists are preparing for a new outpost, which would also lead to further theft of their lands.

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‘Israel’ killed two Palestinians and arrested 450 others last month

Ramallah (QNN)- A new statistic by Abdullah Al Hourani Centre for Studies and Documentation has documented Israel’s occupation practices against Palestinians during last October.

Statics documented the killing of two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. The martyrs were Amer Abedalrahim Snobar and Sameer Abdel Jaleel Hmaidi.

Amer, an 18-year-old Palestinian teenager from the Nablus-area village of Yatma, died of his injuries after being beaten by Israeli occupation forces near the town of Turmus-Ayya northeast of Ramallah.

Sameer, a 23-year-old former prisoner, was shot dead in his chest near Annab military checkpoint in Tulkarm.

Israeli authorities also arrested nearly 450 Palestinians throughout the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza, 14 of them were arrested after trying to cross from Gaza into the occupied land. Israeli authorities also practice unlawful and cruel policies against prisoners, whose number has reached 4500, including 160 children and 41 ladies, in a blatant violation of international law.

Meanwhile, 100 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces in occupied Jerusalem and West Bank while peacefully protesting against Israel’s illegal and repressive practices and use of excessive force. Moreover, hundreds were suffocated due to teargas inhalation used by Israeli forces while suppressing the peaceful protests.

Also, Israeli authorities approved to build thousands of settlement units in the occupied Jerusalem and West Bank. There are two plans to be approved, 5400 settlement units and 2166 others.

More than 2929 settlement units within the plan would be in the “Betar Illit” settlement, 346 units in “Beit El” settlement, 560 in the “Gilo” settlement in occupied Jerusalem, 286 settlement units in “Har Barkha” settlement, 181 in “Einaf” settlement, 120 in “Kedem” settlement, and 952 in “Har Gilo.”

Furthermore, Israeli authorities approved the construction of 500 settlement units in the illegal Israeli settlement of “Tzur Hadassah,” which is built on land belonging to Palestinians from Wadi Fukin village.

Israeli authorities have also approved the construction of an air bridge in the Wadi al-Rababa Neighborhood in the town of Silwan, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the pretext of facilitating biblical religious tourism and the arrival of settlers to the Al-Buraq Wall and the Moroccan Gate. The planned bridge is 200 meters long and 30 meters high, with a budget of NIS 800,000 shekels.

During the last month, Israeli occupation forces demolished 59 residential and non-residental structures, including 22 houses and 37 farming, businesses and public buildings. Two families were forced by Israeli authorities to self-demolish their own homes in Beit Hanina and Shu’afat in the occupied Jerusalem, or to risk hefty fines and demolition fees.

Israeli authorities also confiscated about 11,000 dunums of Palestinian land in the northern Jordan Valley region in the occupied West Bank, under the pretext of transferring the property of the said land to three natural reservoirs in the area.

These reserves are located in Deir Hajla in Jericho, the other is south of Al-Jiftlik, near the settlement of “Maswah” , and the third is east of Ain Al-Hilweh and Al-Farisiya in the northern Jordan Valley in the area between the settlements of “Maskiot and Rutem.” This proves that the reason for confiscation is expanding the built-up areas of the Israeli settlements rather than allocating more land for the natural reservoirs.

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A Palestinian man shot and wounded near Ya’bad town

Jenin(QNN)- Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded a Palestinian man near Ya’bad town, southwest of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, Saturday morning.

The man, identified as Ammar Zeid from Nazlet Zeid village, was shot and wounded in his shoulder, said eyewitnesses, and he was moved to a nearby hospital to get mediacl treatment.

Israeli occupation forces have a long history of opening fire at Palestinians and constantly targets Palestinians with rubber bullets and tear gas canisters.

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Sameeh Qa’dan crosses off last day of 17 years of his son’s detention

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Gaza (QNN)- Sameeh Qa’dan and his son Abdil Ra’uf crossed off the last day of 17 years, announcing the freedom of Abdil Ra’uf, who has been in Israeli jails for 17 years.

For 17 years, the 77-year-old father Sameeh Qa’dan has been crossing off one day at a time, waiting for his son to be released.

The occupation state has released Abdil Ra’uf on Friday but his father insisted on crossing off the last day along with his son, who in his turn, refused to cross off the last day in solidarity with nearly 5000 political prisoners in Israeli jails.

Abdil Ra’uf said he will not cross off the last day because thousands of Palestinian prisoners are still waiting to be freed and reunited with their loved ones.

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