Israeli army bombs eastern Gaza

A child stands near a ditch created after Israeli jets bombed an area in northern Gaza late Friday belonging to the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, in Khan Yunis on November 02, 2019 [Mustafa Hassona / Anadolu Agency]
A child stands near a ditch created after Israeli jets bombed an area in northern Gaza late Friday belonging to the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, in Khan Yunis on November 02, 2019

The Israeli military bombed eastern Gaza early Sunday after it said two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports.

“In response to rockets fired from Gaza at night, army helicopters and tanks bombed some Hamas-owned positions,” Israel said in a statement.

Israeli army combat helicopters bombed the southern city of Rafah and tanks bombed areas in the East, as well as the western resort of Beit Lahye, according to data received by Anadolu Agency.

No information was released on casualties.

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Two rockets from Gaza were launched late Saturday into Israeli territory in border areas and the “Iron Dome” air defense system was activated, Israel’s army said on Twitter.

It disclosed no further details but Israeli media reported that one of the rockets fell in a neighborhood south of Tel Aviv.

Gaza has not released a statement on the incident.

(Source / 15.11.2020)

Israel to build new settlement units in East Jerusalem

Israeli settlements in the West Bank on 10 June 2020 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images]
Illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank on 10 June 2020

Israel on Sunday issued a tender for the construction of 1,257 settlement homes in the occupied East Jerusalem, according to local media, Anadolu Agency reports.

The Walla news website said the new settlement units will be constructed in the Givat HaMatos settlement in East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Middle East war.

In 2014, Israel froze a decision to build 2,600 housing units in the same settlement due to international pressure.

There was no comment from Palestinian authorities on the Israeli construction plan.

On Thursday, the Israeli authorities approved the construction of 108 housing units in the Ramat Shlomo settlement in East Jerusalem.

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According to Haaretz newspaper, the Israeli government plans to approve thousands of settlement units in East Jerusalem as a pre-empt step before the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20.

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris stated in their electoral campaign that they would abide by the two-state solution to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a solution that contradicts with the Israeli settlement activity and Israeli plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is regarded as an “occupied territory” under international law, thus making all Jewish settlements there illegal.

(Source / 15.11.2020)

Two Rockets Fired from Gaza; Israeli Forces Drop Bombs and Fire Artillery

Israeli forces fire artillery from tanks toward Gaza

In the pre-dawn hours on Sunday, two rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel in what some commentators are saying was a malfunction in the launching mechanism due to the overnight thunderstorms in Gaza.

No injuries or damage resulted from the two rockets. Israeli forces immediately responded with a barrage of artillery fire in different parts of the Gaza Strip, as well as missiles dropped from helicopters.

The two rockets were launched from Gaza at approximately 2:00 AM. Israeli sources report that alarms sounded in Kibbutz Palmachim and in the city of Ashdod, in southern Israel. At least one of the two rockets was reportedly intercepted by the Israeli anti-rocket defense system.

Israeli forces then launched widespread attacks in the northern, central and southern Gaza Strip. Local sources report that Israeli tanks stationed at the northern border of the Gaza Strip fired a barrage of artillery fire toward the town of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Israeli forces stationed on the eastern border of Gaza also fired artillery shells into the besieged coastal strip, targeting the Zaytoun area east of Gaza City.

In addition, Israeli warplanes and helicopters carried out airstrikes on Palestinian farmland east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli news channel 7, as well as the Israeli paper Maariv, reported that Israeli military officials had not ruled out the possibility that the rocket launching from Gaza may have been a mistake caused by the thunderstorm.

Israeli authorities told reporters that they had been preparing for a possible escalation with the Palestinians, since Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the extrajudicial assassination of Islamic Jihad military commander Baha Abu al-Ata in Gaza City on November 12, 2019.

Extrajudicial assassinations are forbidden under international law, but Israeli forces frequently carry out such assassinations against Palestinian leaders with impunity.

(Source / 15.11.2020)

Peace Now: “Israel Opens Tenders For 1.257 Units In Givat Hamatos Settlement”

This is a statement by the Israeli Peace Now Movement
The Tender in Givat Hamatos Opened with 1,257 units
Press Release – Peace Now Movement

This morning (15/11/20), the [Israeli] Ministry of Housing and Israel Land Authority opened the tender (bidding process) for 1,257 housing units to be built in Givat HaMatos, by the publication of the “Tender Booklet”.

Construction in Givat Hamatos will severely hamper the prospect of a two-state solution because it will ultimately block the possibility of territorial contiguity between East Jerusalem and Bethlehem–the main Palestinian metropolitan area–and will prevent Palestinian Beit Safafa from connecting with a future Palestinian state.

This move today represents the latest progression since February 2020 when the tender was published for 1,077 units out of the 2,610 Plan T for Givat HaMatos. Between then and today, 180 units were added to the tender. The meaning of the publication of the Tender Booklet is that now the tender is open for bids and contractors may submit their proposals to win the right to build the units in Givat Hamatos. The final day for submitting the proposals is January 18th, 2021, three days before the change in the US administration.

Peace Now: “This is a lethal blow to the prospects for peace and the possibility of a two-state solution. This Netanyahu-Gantz government was established to fight the coronavirus but instead it is taking advantage of the final weeks of the Trump administration in order to set facts on the ground that will be exceedingly hard to undo in order to achieve peace. This tender can still be stopped. We hope that those in this government who still have some sense of responsibility for our future will do what they can to cancel the tender before bids are submitted.”

Another change that was made in the tender was the type of tender in terms of how the units will be sold to the public. The original publication was of “Mechir Lamishtaken” (“Price to the Inhabitant”) and now it is in a new type of tender called “Mechir Mufhat” (“Reduced Price”). This change is insignificant in terms of the construction and the implementation of the tender (only to the way the houses are sold to potential buyers); however, because this “Reduced Price” is a new type of tender, the Israel Land Authority (ILA) still needs to sign off on it.  The publication of the tender states explicitly: “Please note that the ILA Council decision regarding reduced price was yet to be signed and therefore there could be changes in the tender conditions including its cancellation.” We believe that this is not a significant change in terms of the political meaning and the implantation of the tender; however, this sentence in the publication might make it easier, legally, to the ILA to cancel the tender.

Earlier this week Ir Amim’s field worker visited the site and found that archeological works had started on the ground. These excavations are called “salvage excavations” which are required before any construction in Israel starts – to make sure that the future construction is not harming any potential archeological findings. This means that the money for the infrastructure works started to flow, and soon we might see the bulldozers beginning the works.

(Source / 15.11.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinian Workers Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers injured, Sunday, many Palestinian workers near the al-Midya village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Medical sources said many Palestinian workers suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, before receiving treatment by local medics.

The head of Ni’lin village council, Emad al-Khawaja, told the WAFA Palestinian News Agency that the soldiers attacked the workers, who were trying to cross into Jerusalem through some of the gates of the Annexation Wall in the area.

Al-Khawaja added that the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs, and concussion grenades, causing many workers to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

On Saturday, November 7th, the soldiers shot a young man near the illegal Annexation Wall, close to Ya’bad town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

The attacks are part of ongoing Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially day laborers, trying to cross into Jerusalem, specifically near the various gates of the illegal Annexation Wall in several parts of the West Bank.

(Source / 15.11.2020)

Illegal Israeli Colonists Attack Palestinian Workers Near Hebron

Many Israeli colonists, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, attacked, Sunday, several farmers east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Rateb Jabour, the media coordinator of the National and Popular Committees against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in southern West Bank, said the colonists assaulted many Palestinians and prevented them from entering near lands in the ath-Tha’la area, east of Yatta town.

Jabour stated that the Palestinians are from the local Shawahin family, and added that the Israeli assailants also unleashed their dogs on the residents, and chased them out of their lands.

The attack is part of ongoing Israeli violations against the indigenous Palestinians, especially amidst the attempts to illegally occupy more lands to build or expand the colonies, built in direct violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

(Source / 15.11.2020)

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian, Search Many Homes, In Hebron

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Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday, a Palestinian, summoned another for interrogation and installed roadblocks, in Hebron governorate, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded Wadi as-Somman area in Hebron city, searched homes, and abducted Amir Sa’id Abu Hadid.

They added that the soldiers invaded the Abu Hadid family home to abduct the father, Sa’id, but decided to detain his son after failing to locate him.

The soldiers also invaded the home of Ibrahim Kamel Amro, in Doura town, south of Hebron, in addition to many homes in Hebron city, and summoned one Palestinian, identified as Anas Hatem Qfeisha, for interrogation.

In addition, the soldiers installed roadblocks at the entrance of the al-Arroub refugee camp, Nabi Younis area north of Hebron, and Beit Awwa town, southwest of Hebron.

Many army jeeps also invaded Bani Neim town, east of Hebron, in addition to the ath-Thaheriyya and Yatta towns, south of Hebron.

The Israeli army claimed its soldiers managed to locate and confiscate many weapons and ammunition in the governorate.

(Source / 15.11.2020)

Israeli artillery, aerial strikes on Gaza

 An Israeli strike on Gaza [archive]

Gaza (QNN)- Israeli warplanes and artillery last night struck several locations in the Gaza strip.

Israeli warplanes bombarded an agricultural land near the airport in Rafah with at least one missile. Meanwhile, the Israeli artillery targeted the Zaitoun neighborhood in the East and Beit Lahya in the North.

The spokesman for the Israeli army claimed that the strikes targeted Hamas targets in the besieged strip after two missiles were launched from Gaza at close settlements.

At 3:00 am, the Israeli army announced that two missiles were launched from Gaza.

Israeli reports said one missile was launched at Asdood but it fell in the sea, while the other fell in an open area.

(Source / 15.11.2020)

Israeli settlers attack farmers in Yatta

Israeli settlers attacking Palestinian farmers [Archive]

Occupied Hebron (QNN)- Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in eastern Yatta in southern Hebron today, reported WAFA.

WAFA quoted local sources, who said that Israeli illegal settlers attacked farmers in Ta’la in eastern Yatta and prevented them from plowing their lands.

It added that the settlers used canines that attacked farmers from the Shawahin family.

Israeli authorities use extremist settlers to carry out daily attacks on native Palestinians, burning crops and trees and vandalizing properties in order to push Palestinians out from their homes and expand settlements.

(Source / 15.11.2020)

‘Israel’ advances plans to build settlement units in South Jerusalem

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Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli authorities advanced plans to construct settlement units in the illegal settlement of Givat HaMatos in South Jerusalem.

The Israeli group, Peace Now, said the Israeli Land Authority announced on its website on Sunday that it had opened up tenders for more than 1200 new homes in Givat HaMatos.

The new plans would separate between Jerusalem and the West Bank and surrounding the village of Beit Safafa from all sides.

The spokesman for the PLO, Nabeel Abu Irdeineh, said the new decision is a continuation of the Israeli efforts to kill the internationally-backed two-state solution, adding that the new settlement units will not change the fact that all settlements will be removed and that they are illegal and in contravention of international law.

The plans come during a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who started a visit to Europe and the Middle East, including Israeli illegal settlements, denying the results of the recent Us election.

It also may test ties with the incoming administration of Biden, who is expected to take a firmer tack against the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements after four years of a more lenient policy under Trump, who has largely turned a blind eye to the construction.

(Source / 15.11.2020)