Rubber bullets and suffocation injuries in the Kafr Qaddum clashes

Three young men were shot with rubber-coated metal bullets, and dozens of people suffocated, today, Friday, during the suppression of the Israeli occupation forces, the weekly anti-settlement march of Kafr Qaddum, and the demand to open the main entrance to the village, which has been closed for 17 years.

The coordinator of the Popular Resistance in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Shteiwi, stated that dozens of soldiers attacked the march and fired “rubber” bullets, tear gas canisters, and sound, which resulted in the wounding of three youths with “rubber” bullets and dozens of suffocation, who were treated on the field.

Shteiwi said that the occupation soldiers stormed a number of Palestinian homes, smashed their windows, mounted their roofs, and used them as military barracks for their snipers.

He pointed out that today’s march came to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the martyrdom of President Yasser Arafat, and to denounce the medical negligence policy pursued by the occupation authorities against the prisoners.

(Source / 14.11.2020)

Occupation prevents worshipers from West Bank from reaching Al-Aqsa

Today, Friday, the Israeli occupation forces prevented citizens from arriving to perform prayers at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The occupation police returned a bus carrying citizens from the West Bank governorates to the Hizma military checkpoint (northeast of occupied Jerusalem), and prevented them from reaching Al-Aqsa after entering Jerusalem.

The occupation forces also detained a number of women coming to Al-Aqsa at the Damascus Gate in Old Jerusalem, and tightened their procedures at the entrances to the town and the vicinity of Al-Aqsa with the beginning of the arrival of worshipers to Al-Aqsa and checked their personal identities.

And the occupation soldiers had tightened their procedures at dawn today at the gates of “Al-Aqsa”, as the worshipers headed to perform the dawn prayers.

(Source / 14.11.2020)

The occupation expels a farmer from his land and seizes a tractor in Tuqu ´

Today, Friday, the Israeli occupation forces seized an agricultural tractor and forced a farmer, at gunpoint, to leave his land in Tuqu ‘town, east of Bethlehem.

The director of Tuqu ‘Municipality, Tayseer Abu Mufreh, stated that the occupation army stormed the Al-Arabiya area, north of the town, and forced Mahmoud Hassan Al-Sabah to leave his land while he was plowing it, and seized an agricultural tractor.

Abu Mufreh added that Al-Sabah is based every year on tilling and cultivating his land, and he has documents of ownership of it.

(Source / 14.11.2020)

Israeli forces injure 3 Palestinian protesters

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 11: Israeli forces take Palestinians into custody during a demonstration to mark the 16th death anniversary of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, West Bank on November 11, 2020. ( Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )
Israeli forces take Palestinians into custody during a demonstration to mark the 16th death anniversary of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, West Bank on November 11, 2020

At least three Palestinians were injured Friday by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian group said, Anadolu Agency reports.

Clashes erupted between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian activists in the town of Kafr Qaddum, north of the West Bank.

The soldiers used tear gas and live and plastic bullets to disperse a demonstration against illegal Jewish settlements and Israel’s barrier in the occupied West Bank, Murad Ishtivi, a coordinator for the Popular Resistance Committee, told Anadolu Agency.

The protesters pelted stones at the soldiers, he added.

Tens of Palestinians fell ill after inhaling the tear gas, he said.

International law regards the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as “occupied territory” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there to be illegal.

READ: Israel army arrests 466 Palestinians in October

(Source / 14.11.2020)

Three Palestinians Shot, Injured at Weekly March in Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers, on Friday, fired rubber-coated steel rounds and tear-gas canisters at Palestinian demonstrators in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia in the northern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the popular resistance in the village, said that Israeli soldiers opened fire at the protesters, injuring three of them with rubber-coated steel rounds, in addition to causing many cases of tear-gas inhalation.

He added that all injuries were treated at the scene.

Eshteiwi also stated that Israeli troops invaded several homes in the village, broke windows and took over rooftops to fire at civilians.

In 2003, Israeli authorities closed the main road leading east to Nablus city, to Palestinians, while allowing exclusive use of the road to illegal Israeli settlers.

Locals have been demonstrating each Friday and Saturday to demand that Israel reopen the main road, and to show their rejection of Israel’s settlement construction and expansion.

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(Source / 14.11.2020)

Settlement expansion and house demolitions in Jerusalem are ethnically cleansing Palestinians

The year 2020 is set to break all previous years, on record, for the number of Home Demolitions ordered in East Jerusalem. The move constituted an illegal push to ethnically cleanse the native population of Jerusalem and replace them with Jewish Israeli settlers.

Palestinian home demolitions in East Jerusalem are hitting record numbers since the illegal occupation of the territory in 1967. Whilst the destruction of property is ongoing, simultaneously, plans for illegal settlements to be expanded are being announced almost daily, following the announcement that Joe Biden will likely replace Donald Trump as US President, come January 2021.

The latest settlement expansion project, announced this Thursday by Israel’s Jerusalem Municipality, promises to install 108 new settler units inside of the illegal Ramat Shalom settlement in East Jerusalem. This week tens of Palestinian homes and structures were also destroyed in East Jerusalem Neighbourhoods such as Sur Baher, Wadi Al-Homus and Al-Tur.

According to the latest statistics, updated on November 3, released by Israeli Human Rights Organisation B’Tselem on East Jerusalem home demolitions for 2020, there have been over 140 buildings destroyed leaving at least 340 homeless, including 176 children. These statistics are projected to dramatically increase in the coming months.

East Jerusalem was illegally annexed in 1980 and since then Israel has subjected Palestinians under its jurisdiction to a different set of rules and standards to those living in the West Bank. However, East Jerusalem, like the West Bank is still considered internationally as an occupied territory and the laws of occupation therefore apply. According to Article 49 of the 4th Geneva Convention: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies”, this meaning that the settlements are a clear violation of International Law.

But ‘Israel’ is however going a step further than this, by implementing legislated on the ground strategies to Judaize East Jerusalem by pushing the native population out. According to the Norwegian Refugee Council: “The Israeli Planning and Building Law 1965 prohibits the authorisation of building permits for areas that are not zoned for construction, or that lack an approved local planning scheme.” When the 1965 Law, and its amendments, are coupled with the fact that Jerusalem’s population is made of 40% Palestinians, yet they only get less than 7% of the building permits approved, we can see that clearly Palestinian areas are specifically not zoned for construction. This policy of what is known as Judaization is put in place to make Palestinians lives tough in Jerusalem, even on the Israeli side of the separation wall (Apartheid Wall) which cuts through East Jerusalem. On top of this, Israeli illegal settlers live in ever expanding settlements which are built with modern infrastructure and equipped with what would generally be available in the rich suburbs of LA.

The issue of settlements however, extends far beyond the scope of the Jerusalem Municipality, with this year alone upwards of 12,150 settler units having been announced by the Israeli occupation authorities. The day after Joe Biden was projected as the winner of the US election in fact, Israeli Premier, Benjamin Netanyahu announced the establishment of a new settlement block adjacent to the Gaza Strip. Recently Israeli Minister of War, Benny Gantz, announced plans to build another 1,700 settler units in the illegally occupied West Bank.

The settler units announced will expand the 132 illegal settlements, in the West Bank, recognised and supported by the Israeli government, as additional settlers create new settler outposts, which number above 110 (settler outpost often refers to an Israeli settlement on top of Palestinian land, not yet recognised by the Israeli government).

Ultimately, throughout Palestinian occupied lands this year, we have witnessed the expulsion of close to 1,000 Palestinians from their homes. This occurring as settlement expansion has risen exponentially throughout the Trump era, especially during this year.

(Source / 14.11.2020)

What it means to be a Palestinian child in Israeli military court

Israel is the only state that prosecutes children in military courts

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Each year 500–700 Palestinian children under the age of 18 are arrested, the majority of the children are tried in military courts that do not meet international fair trial standards.

Under International law; Article 37(b) states unequivocally that, “No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time

According to ADDAMEER a Palestinian non-governmental Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association; since the Al-Aqsa Intifada of 2000, more than 12,000 Palestinian children have been detained.

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November 30, 2019 Israel held 182 Palestinian children in prison, including two in administrative detention

Children arrive blindfolded and sleep deprived to the interrogations, they are forced into giving confessions without having their parents present or a right to counsel as Israeli military law provides no right to legal counsel during interrogation.

Verbal abuse, threats, physical and psychological violence, sexual threats of rape and in some cases torture to inflict fear upon the children and coerce a confession.

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Fawzi al-Juneidi, 16, in Hebron

Sexual assaults by Israeli officers against Palestinian children have numerous forms which include, the grabbing of a child’s testicles and threats of sodomy with an object. In 2009, Addameer has documented at least five cases of children who reported having been sexually assaulted or threatened.

According to UNICEF, In 2013 up until September 2014, 1145 children signed affidavits (sworn testimonies) reporting ill-treatment by the IDF, these affidavits included the ill-treatment of Palestinian children throughout their arrest.

• One hundred and sixty-two (162) children reported being blindfolded during transfer from the place of arrest to the police station.
• One hundred and eighty-nine (189) children reported being painfully hand-tied upon arrest.
• One hundred and seventy-one (171) children reported being subjected to physical violence during arrest, interrogation and/or detention.
• One hundred and forty-four (144) children reported being subjected to verbal abuse and intimidation during arrest, interrogation and/or detention.
• Eighty-nine (89) children reported being transferred from the place of arrest to the police station on the floor of the vehicle.
• Seventy-nine (79) children reported being arrested at night and 45 children reported being arrested during clashes or demonstrations.
• One hundred and sixty-three (163) children reported not being adequately notified of their legal rights, in particular the right to counsel and the right to remain silent.
• One hundred and forty-eight (148) children reported being strip-searched at the police station and 76 children reported being strip-searched upon arrival and transfer to IPS detention facilities. 4
• Twenty-eight (28) children reported being held in solitary confinement at the Al Jalame and Petah Tikva detention sites inside Israel, while under interrogation by the ISA.
• Sixty-three (63) children reported having had to sign a confession in Hebrew during the interrogation process.

(Source / 14.11.2020)

‘Pressure from sisterly countries to recognise Israel,’ says Pakistan PM

Why do these countries insist on supporting Israeli aggression on Palestinians and ignoring Palestinian rights?

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan revealed that his country is under pressure from sisterly countries to recognise occupation state of Israel.

In statements made on Friday, Khan announced: “We have been under pressure from friendly countries to recognise Israel, however, we will not do so without a fair settlement to the Palestinians.”

He pointed out that there are matters related to the countries that recognise Israel, which he would not address “due to brotherly ties that we do not want to damage.” It is likely that the Pakistani official was referring to Saudi Arabia.

Khan is considered to be one of the most prominent supporters of the Palestinian cause and has stated in previous interviews that Pakistan will never recognise Israel.

The Pakistani PM considers the Palestinian cause: “As a will of the great leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah whose soul flies with the soul of scholar Muhammad Iqbal, may Allah have mercy on them.”

(Source / 14.11.2020)

Israel occupation forces Jordan Valley families out for military training

Nearly 20 per cent of the occupied West Bank has been declared ‘firing zones’ since the 1970s, but according to the UN, some 80 per cent of these areas are not in fact used for military training

Israeli occupation authorities ordered on Saturday number of Palestinian families in northern Jordan Valley of the occupied West Bank to leave their homes to make way for Israeli military training.

Muataz Besharat, who monitors Israeli violations in the area, said that Israeli army handed notices to a number of families ordering them to leave their homes for several days next week in order to make way for the training.

The Jordan Valley forms a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 per cent of its land classified as Area C, under full Israeli military control.

Nearly 20 per cent of the occupied West Bank has been declared “firing zones” since the 1970s, but according to the UN, some 80 per cent of these areas are not in fact used for military training.

However, when military training takes place, Israel forces families to leave their homes for hours or days at a time until the drill is over.

(Source / 14.11.2020)

Israeli Occupation forces injure three Palestinians in Kafr Qaddum

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Israeli occupation forces injured three Palestinians today as they attacked dozens of activists protesting in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near the city of Qalqilia in the occupied West Bank, against the Israeli colonial settlements.

Morad Shtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village, said Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated rounds and teargas at the protesters, injuring three of them and causing many cases of suffocation from gas inhalation.

He said all of the injured were treated at the scene by local medics.

Read More: Occupation forces attack weekly Kafr Qaddum protest

Soldiers also raided several houses in the village, smashed their windows and mounted their rooftops to fire at civilians, added Shtewi.

For years, the village of Kafr Qaddum has been at the heart of a national campaign of protest against the Israeli colonial settlement activities in the occupied West Bank. Almost every other day, clashes erupt between Palestinian protesters and Israeli occupation forces in the village.

Read More: Five Palestinians wounded by Israeli forces gunfire in Kafr Qaddum

(Source / 14.11.2020)