Palestine intensifies measures ahead of third wave of coronavirus

Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing centre in Gaza on 27 September 2020 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing centre in Gaza on 27 September 2020

Palestinian Authorities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have applied strict measures ahead of a third wave of coronavirus infections after the number of people who have the disease increased recently.

Palestinian Health Minister, Mai Al-Kaila, announced that over the past 24 hours, three people have died of the disease, while the health authorities have recorded 549 new cases and 444 recoveries.

In the Gaza Strip, health authorities warned that infections have spread among young people, noting that three had been admitted to intensive care, despite not suffering from any chronic diseases.

Authorities in the enclave also closed many schools and mosques located in areas classified as “red zones” due to the high number of infections.

Last week, Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh announced a new set of preventive measures to confront COVID-19 including toughening penalties for people who violate the Health Ministry’s protocols including wearing masks in public places, socially distancing and preventing social gatherings.

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(Source / 09.11.2020)

First lawsuit filed against Israel settler in Palestine court

Racist slogans sprayed by Jewish settlers near houses are seen in Qalqilya, West Bank on December 20, 2019 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]
Racist slogans sprayed by Jewish settlers near houses are seen in Qalqilya, West Bank on December 20, 2019 

For the first time, a Palestinian citizen has filed a lawsuit before a Palestinian court against an Israeli settler who vandalised his home while it was under construction, Wafa news agency reported.

The Palestinian resident from the northern West Bank village of Burin requested compensation for the material and moral damage caused by the settler.

Minister of Justice Mohammed Al-Shalaldeh noted that this lawsuit is the first to be filed against an Israeli settler in national courts, noting that the procedures are based on international norms and laws, especially the Hague Convention.

According to Palestinian Basic Law, any citizen whose rights are violated has the right to file a lawsuit in the local courts.

However, this will be the first time since the PA was established in 1994 that its courts are looking at a case against Israeli citizens, none of whom have ever faced charges in a Palestinian court.

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The justice minister called on citizens to file lawsuits in national, regional and international courts against those who violate Palestinian rights.

The Palestinian government has recently issued special decisions to pursue Israel settlers who also hold other foreign nationalities for their crimes before the courts of their countries.

The government has also decided that the issue is not only limited to settler attacks, but also to foreign companies operating in illegal settlements in violation of international law.

(Source / 09.11.2020)

Israeli Navy Shoots, Injures Two Palestinians off Gaza Coast

The Israeli Navy shot and injured two Palestinian fishermen, on Saturday, off the northern coast of the besieged Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local fishermen committee said an Israeli navy ship opened fire with rubber-coated steel rounds at the fishing boat, injuring Mohamed al-Sultan, 26, and his 12 year old brother.

The two were sailing off the coast of Beit Lahia in the northern occupied Gaza Strip.

The Jerusalem Press described the wounds as mild, no further details were available.

The Israeli occupation state imposed a land, air, and sea blockade upon the coastal enclave in 2007, causing high rates of unemployment and poverty, resulting in the current humanitarian crisis.

Israeli navy ships regularly harass and open fire at Palestinian fishermen, sailing within the stipulated boundaries.

(Source / 09.11.2020)

Soldiers Abduct Fourteen Palestinians In West Bank

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has confirmed that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn and morning hours, at least fourteen Palestinians, including siblings, a female journalist, and former political prisoners, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

In the central West Bank governorate of Ramallah, the soldiers abducted a journalist, who is also a former political prisoner, identified as Bushra Tawil, from the al-Biereh city, after stopping her at a sudden military roadblock near Nablus, in northern West Bank, before moving her to Huwwara military base, south of Nablus.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, in addition to Doura al-Qare’ town, north of Ramallah, and used a military surveillance drone while conducting searches.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted two siblings, identified as Mos’ab, 28, and Salah Nidal Zghayyar, 29, after storming their homes and ransacking them in the Schools Street area in the city.

The family said the soldiers conducted very violent searches, leading to property damage, and added that Salah is a former political prisoner who was only released from Israeli prison two months ago, after spending fifteen months in captivity.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Moayyad Walid Amro, 28, and Mohammad Yousef Shahin, 27, from their homes in Doura town, southwest of Hebron.

The soldiers also installed roadblocks at the entrances of Sa’ir and Halhoul towns, in addition to Hebron’s northern road, in Jouret Bahlas area, and Hebron’s southern road, in the al-Fahs area, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated scores of Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Hamdi Masa’id, from his home in Aida refugee camp, in the northern part of the city.

The soldiers also abducted Fateh Movement’s secretary in Beit Ta’mar area, east of Bethlehem, Morad Mohammad Abu Moheimeed, 38, in addition to Mohammad Hashem Abu Moheimeed, 42, after confiscating his car, along with three siblings, identified as Salah, 29, Fuad, 28, and Mo’taz Jom’a Abu Moheimeed, 25, after storming their homes and ransacking them.

In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldier abducted Emad Fahmi Ammar, from his home in Qaffin town, north of the city.

Protests took place in the town after the soldiers invaded it; the army fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.

In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Bashir Eyad Abdul-Razeq, in addition to Mustafa Shahrouri, while crossing the al-Hamra military roadblock, in Northern Plains.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Yaffa Street area and the areas surrounding the al-‘Ein refugee camp, west of Nablus, before storming a shop owned by a political prisoner, and confiscated its belongings.

In Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Jayyous town, northeast of the city, and fired many gas bombs near the annexation wall.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded the home of Marwan al-Ghoul, the head of Silwan Club, and summoned him for interrogation.

On Sunday evening, the soldiers abducted a young man after he reportedly breached the perimeter fence, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 09.11.2020)

Wounded Palestinian Remains In Serious Condition At An Israeli Hospital

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The Palestinian Detainee’s Committee has reported, Monday, that a wounded Palestinian, who was shot by the soldiers on Sunday, remains in a critical condition, hooked to a life support machine at Soroka Israeli medical center.

The Committee stated that the Palestinian, Ali Amro, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, underwent surgery at the Israeli medical center, and remains sedated and hooked to a ventilator, in a critical condition.

It is worth mentioning that Amri was shot by the soldiers, Sunday, at the entrance of the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, after the army claimed he “attempted a stabbing attack” targeting the soldiers.

A court hearing will be held this coming Thursday at the Ofar military court, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, as the army is asking for a remand so that Amro can be interrogated later.

It is worth mentioning that Amro is a teacher, who has been working at Majed Abu Sharar School, in Doura town, west of Hebron, for the past fifteen years.

(Source / 09.11.2020)

OCHA: “Data On Demolition And Displacement In The West Bank”

Report by The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): The figures below reflect the demolition of Palestinian-owned structures and the resulting displacement of people from their homes across the West Bank since 2009. Together with other policies and practices, the threat of destruction of homes and sources of livelihood contributes to the generation of a coercive environment pressuring people to leave their areas of residence.

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The figures presented here are based on visits that OCHA carries out as part of an initial assessment of people’s humanitarian needs. They are saved in a database that informs multiple agencies’ decisions on humanitarian assistance they provide, thereby allowing timely and targeted responses. Typically, demolitions are reflected in this page within 48 hours of the incident.

Please note

  • Demolished structures may be residential, livelihood-related, service-related or part of infrastructure. Residential structures – homes, certain parts of homes, apartment buildings etc. ­– may be inhabited (in which case their demolition typically results in displacement) or uninhabited (for example, if they are under construction). Livelihood structures may include shops, animal shelters, walls, warehouses and more. Structures that are part of infrastructure may include water pipes, roads, network facilities, among others.
  • Depending on the circumstances and the type of structure, incidents referred to here as “demolitions” may include dismantlement, confiscation or sealing off of structures or parts of structures.
  • Figures include incidents where structures were demolished by either the authorities or the owners, who were forced to do so by the authorities.
  • Demolitions are typically carried out due to lack of Israeli-issued permits, which are nearly impossible to obtain, but in some cases the circumstances are different, including punitive demolitions and demolitions carried out as part of military activities.
  • “Affected people” refers to those whose livelihood has been affected by the demolition without being displaced. “Displaced people” and “affected people” are mutually exclusive.
  • In some cases, the same person has been displaced more than once. For example when they rebuilt their demolished home and had their second home also demolished. These are counted as displaced for each incident in which they were displaced. Similarly, “affected people” may include replication where the same people have been affected by multiple demolition incidents.

(Source / 09.11.2020)

Detained Human Rights Defender Suspends Hunger Strike

A Palestinian human right defender, identified as Mohammad Zghayyar, 33, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, has suspended a hunger strike, which lasted for twenty days, after an agreement for his release was reached.

The detainee was abducted by the soldiers from his home in April and was held for several weeks at the Etzion military base, near Hebron, before he was moved to Ofar prison, near Ramallah, and from there, he was transferred to the Negev Detention Camp after he was slapped with a fourth-month Administrative Detention order, without charges or trial.

Just before the first administrative detention order was finished, Zghayyar was slapped with another order for four additional months.

Twenty days ago, the detainee started a hunger strike demanding to be released, or at least be sentenced to a determined period without the constant renewals of detention orders without charges, and the continuous uncertainty.

The agreement, which was reached by the Israeli Prison Authority, states that he will be released on April 20, 2021.

During his strike, Israel refused to allow his lawyer or his family to visit with him, and kept him placed in solitary confinement.

It is worth mentioning that Zghayyar, a married father of three children, between the ages of 18 months and six years, is also a former political prisoner who was held by Israel for four years.

He is also the spokesperson of the Youth Coalition Against Settlements, in Hebron, and is a known activist for social and political rights.

(Source / 09.11.2020)

‘Israel’ rearrests journalist Bushra Taweel after a few months of freedom

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- The Israeli authorities rearrested the journalist Bushra Taweel last night after only a few months of being released.

Bushra’s mother told QNN that Israeli forces arrested her at a military checkpoint in southern Nablus last night after she, accompanied by her friend and friend’s children, were held inside their car for an hour.

“In the last phone call with her before she was arrested, she told me that there was a military checkpoint that was hampering the movement of the cars”, her mother said. “After her car arrived at Israeli soldiers, they told her that she was arrested, which shocked her because she was released only a few months ago.”

Taweel’s mother added that her lawyer could not contact her yesterday.

The journalist Bushra Taweel was arrested several times, the first was in 2011 when she was only 18 years old and sentenced to 16 months. After she was released in the prisoners’ swap, she was rearrested in 2014.

Bushra was also arrested for 8 months under administrative detention before being rearrested in 2019.

Bushra’s father is a prisoner as well.

(Source / 09.11.2020)

New settlement roads to grab large swaths of West Bank land

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Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Israeli minister of transport Meri Regev announced that a new network of settlement roads will be constructed on the West Bank land.

The plan, which was presented for illegal settlements’ chiefs and head of the ‘civil administration’ in the Israeli army, includes the construction of several bypass roads and the expansion of other settlement roads.

Regev added that the project will be accomplished in three stages; the first will be completed in 2025, the second in 2035, while the third in 2045.

The occupation state has grabbed large swaths of Nablus’ land in order to construct a settlement road, causing devastating effects on Palestinian land owners.

(Source / 09.11.2020)

Arab League welcomes UN adoption of Palestine-related resolutions

The Arab League welcomed today the adoption of six Palestine-related resolutions by the United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee.

The resolutions, which were adopted by a large majority of votes, are related to the operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories and Jerusalem.

In a statement, The Arab League Assistant Secretary-General for Palestine and the Occupied Arab Territories, Saeed Abu Ali, said the vote reflects the commitment of the international community towards the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

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He stressed that the adoption of the resolutions highlight the important role that UNRWA has played since its inception in providing vital services to more than 5.5 million refugees in its five areas of operations, and to emphasize its efficiency and effectiveness.

Abu Ali also praised the countries that have recently rushed to make their contributions to UNRWA to enable the UN agency to continue providing vital and necessary services to the Palestinian refugees.

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The Arab League official called on the countries that have made pledges to UNRWA to promptly fulfill them in order to ensure that the agency carries out its tasks in light of the difficult circumstances it has been facing.

(Source / 09.11.2020)