Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Injure Two Palestinians in Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli occupation forces, Saturday, shot and injured two Palestinian demonstrators at the weekly march in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said that Israeli soldiers opened fire with tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated steel rounds towards civilians, striking a minor with a tear-gas canister in the back.

Sources added that Israeli troops shot another young man with a rubber-coated round in the head, while many other protestors suffocated on tear-gas. No further information about the conditions of the injured were available at the time of writing this report.

For several years, local Palestinian civilians have organized gatherings on Fridays and Saturdays to demand the Israeli authorities reopen the main road which leads east to Nablus. The locals express their objection to the existing and expansion of illegal colonies built on Palestinian lands.

The main road of Kufur Qaddoum was closed off to Palestinians in 2003, forcing them to seek alternative routes, meanwhile illegal Israeli settlers have exclusive access.

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Three Palestinians Shot, Injured at Weekly March in Kufur Qaddoum |

Israeli Soldiers Injure Three Palestinians In Ramallah |

(Source / 16.11.2020)

Israeli Army Abducts Seven Palestinians In Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, seven Palestinians after the army invaded and violently searched many homes across the Hebron governorate, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Aseed Sabri Zohour and Ezzeddin Ibrahim Shehda, from their homes in Beit Kahil town, northwest of Hebron.

They added that the soldiers also searched homes in Sa’ir town, northeast of Hebron, before abducting two siblings, identified as Wa’el and Mohammad Mousa Shaker.

The soldiers also abducted Bassel Haitham Badawi, 16, and Abdul-Latif Jawabra, from their homes in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Khallet al-Ein and al-Moqattam areas in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, searched homes, and abducted Aysar Mohammad Za’aqeeq, 18, before moving him to Karmie Tzur nearby illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands.

During the invasion into Beit Ummar, the soldiers summoned Mahmoud Shawkat Alqam, 18, for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, north of Hebron.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Yatta and the Sammoa towns, in addition to installing roadblocks on Hebron’s northern road and the streets leading to Sa’ir and Halhoul town, before stopping and searching dozens of cars and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 16.11.2020)

Israeli Army Abducts Sixteen Palestinians, Including One Woman, In West Bank

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed that Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Monday, at least sixteen Palestinians, including a child and one woman, from several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The PPS office in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, said the soldiers abducted seven Palestinians, including one child, from their homes in several parts of the governorate, after the army invaded and ransacked them.

The soldiers abducted Aseed Sabri Zohour and Ezzeddin Ibrahim Shehda, from their homes in Beit Kahil town, northwest of Hebron, in addition to two siblings, identified as Wa’el and Mohammad Mousa Shaker, from Sa’ir town, northeast of Hebron,

The soldiers also abducted Bassel Haitham Badawi, 16, and Abdul-Latif Jawabra, from their homes in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Khallet al-Ein and al-Moqattam areas in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, searched homes, and abducted Aysar Mohammad Za’aqeeq, 18, before moving him to Karmie Tzur nearby illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands.

During the invasion into Beit Ummar, the soldiers summoned Mahmoud Shawkat Alqam, 18, for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, north of Hebron.

The soldiers also invaded Yatta and the Sammoa towns, in addition to installing roadblocks on Hebron’s northern road and the streets leading to Sa’ir and Halhoul town, before stopping and searching dozens of cars and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers invaded Kobar town, northwest of the city, searched homes before abducting Mo’taz Zeebar and Yahia Barghouthi.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Abada Nidal Dandees, 25, from Silwan town, Mousa Jamal Salama, from Anata town, and the deputy mayor of the al-‘Ezariya town, Mohammad Hasan Matar.

In the at-Tour town, in Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Haitham Khweiss, Farid Abu al-Hawa, and Amir Abu Jom’a, from their homes.

It is worth mentioning that the army also abducted a Palestinian woman, who remained unidentified at the time of this report, after the soldiers fired live rounds in the air while shouting at her at the Qalandia terminal, north of Jerusalem.

The woman was not injured, but the soldiers abducted her when she was walking on the section dedicated to vehicles and not pedestrians.

A video taken by a Palestinian in his car, and published by Palestine TV, shows the woman walking on that side of the road, and the sounds of many Palestinians can be heard telling her to walk back and use the pedestrian section.

(Source / 16.11.2020)

Army Demolishes A Home Near Bethlehem, Under-Construction Structure Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers demolished, Monday, a Palestinian home, and bulldozed lands, in Ertas village, south of Bethlehem, in addition to an under-construction commercial structure, in Deir Sharaf town, west of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers invaded Ertas village, before demolishing an 80 square meter home, in addition to bulldozing a land, owned by Mohammad Roomy.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers previously issued three demolition orders targeting the home, in Khallet an-Nahla area, and frequently uproot his land, as part of the ongoing attempts to expand the illegal Efrat colony, to link it with Tekoa’ colony, built on Palestinian lands, in direct violation of International Law.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Deir Sharaf town, west of Nablus, and demolished a commercial structure, owned by Abdul-Fattah Tabari, on his land.

During the invasion and the demolition of the property, the soldiers closed the road extending from Deir Sharaf Junction to Ennab Junction, near Tulkarem.

In related news, the soldiers demolished several Palestinian structures at the main junction of Anata town, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

(Source / 16.11.2020)

Israeli Troops Conduct Training In Palestinian Areas In Jerusalem

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday at night, many Palestinian communities in the Old City and the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied Jerusalem, and conducted military drills.

Eyewitnesses said dozens of soldiers invaded areas in al-‘Isawiya, and conducted training, before heading to their military base, which was installed on Palestinian lands, west of the town.

The soldiers also invaded many Palestinian neighborhoods in Jerusalem’s Old City and conducted the training.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently invade Palestinian communities to conduct training, displacing entire families. The military drills include the use of live fire and shells in Bedouin villages and farmlands in the Jordan Valley, in addition to various areas in the occupied West Bank, mainly near Tubas, in central West Bank, Hebron, in the southern part.

Besides the destruction of Palestinian property, these military drills have led to dozens of casualties, including fatalities.

|Over 8000 Dunams of Palestinian Farmland Burned by Israeli ‘Training’ in Jordan Valley|

(Source / 16.11.2020)

Mother, Six Children, Displaced After Israeli Soldiers Demolished Their Home In Negev

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Israeli soldiers, and personnel of the so-called “Negev Development Authority,” demolished a Palestinian home, Sunday, in Khirbat al-Watan Bedouin village in the Negev, rendering a mother and her six children homeless.

Media sources said the soldiers, including special forces and personnel of the Negev Development Authority, invaded the village and demolished the property, leaving the woman and her six children in the cold and the rain.

Khirbat al-Watan village, east of Tal as-Sabe’, and to the south of Hora village, is inhabited by Abu Kaf, Abu Raqeeq, al-Asla’, ash-Shanarna and as-Sayyed, and is one of the dozens of communities not recognized by Israel, and do not receive any services, including electricity, running water and infrastructure or health.

One of the Palestinian communities, the village of al-Arakib in the Negev, has been demolished by Israel at least 179 times.

Like the thirty-four other Bedouin villages “unrecognized” by Israel, al-Araqib does not receive any services from the Israeli government and is constantly subjected to the threats of expulsion and home demolition.

These “unrecognized” villages were established in the Negev soon after the 1948 war, following the creation of the state of Israel in the historic land of Palestine, when an estimated 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes and made refugees.

Many Bedouins were forcibly transferred to the village sites during the 17-year period when Palestinians inside Israel were governed under Israeli military law, which ended shortly before Israel’s military takeover of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967.

Now, more than 60 years later, the Bedouin villages have yet to be legally recognized by Israel and live under constant threat of demolition and forcible removal.

In related news, the soldiers demolished Palestinian structures near occupied East Jerusalem, in addition to a home near Bethlehem and an under-construction structure near Nablus.

(Source / 16.11.2020)

‘Israel’ notifies evacuation of five houses in Jerusalem, displacing 32 Palestinians

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Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli authorities notified the evacuation of five houses in East Jerusalem, displacing 32 Palestinians, including five children, from the Sabbagh family in order to replace them with Israeli settlers.

The civil collision to defend Palestinians’ rights in Jerusalem said an Israeli court decided to implement an old decision to evacuate five houses, which was frozen in 2019.

It added that the court gave the family until the 24th of November to evacuate their houses and pay 7000 NIS as a penalty for the settlers.

The collision noted that the court rejected an appeal to suspend the implementation of the decision.

The five families have been living in their houses since 1956 under a leasing contract with the Jordanian government and the UNRWA, when 29 families moved to live in 18 dunum land governed by Jordan. The 28 families increased with time to 80.

The families were first expelled during the Nakbah from their houses in Jaffa, Haifa, and other Palestinian cities.

Israeli authorities recently evacuated the families of Kurd, Ghai, and Hannoun from their houses and they had decided to force seven other families this year and the next year.

Israeli courts rejected all documents that prove the Palestinian ownership of the houses and the land and favored invalid documents provide by Israeli settlers.

(Source / 16.11.2020)

1200 housing units demolished in Israel’s aggression on Gaza need reconstruction

Gaza (QNN)- The Ministry of Public Works and Housing said Sunday that 1200 housing units that were demolished during the Israeli war on Gaza in 2014 need reconstruction, at a cost of $50 million.

The Deputy Minister of Public Works and Housing, Naji Sarhan, said in a radio interview that 90% of what the Israelis demolished has been reconstructed. That includes 11,000 housing units and 1000 other housing units that needed reconstruction before the Israeli aggression.

Sarhan added that the cost of partial damage is estimated at $300 million, $200 million of which are available while there are $100 million that is needed, noting that the ministry is having a hard time due to the suspension of funds by donor countries.

During the fifty days of the aggression on Gaza in 2014, ‘Israel’ bombed and shelled the Gaza Strip, causing massive damage to civilian infrastructure and homes. About 18,000 residential units were either completely destroyed or heavily damaged, leaving more than 100,000 Palestinians – some 17,000 families – homeless, according to B’Tselem. According to the Israeli army’s own figures, as reported in Israeli media media, the scale of shelling during the aggression was unprecedented: 35,000 artillery shells of different types and 14,500 tank shells, not including air raids.

(Source / 16.11.2020)

A Palestinian woman detained at Qalandia checkpoint near Jerusalem

Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces at Qalandia checkpoint, north of Jerusalem, opened fire in the air and detained a Palestinian woman this morning.

Video footages show that the woman posed no plausible danger to anyone around her, but they claimed that she was walking towards the forces on a pathway designated for vehicles only.

After detaining her, the forces closed the checkpoint immediately and interrupted traffic for a while before reopening it.

The woman was among 16 others from various areas of the occupied Palestinian territories who were detained overnight by IOF, according to the PPS.

(Source / 16.11.2020)

Israel moves forward with new Jerusalem settlement ahead of Biden presidency

Critics warn authorities are deliberately issuing construction tenders for Givat Hamatos before Trump quits White House

Israel has pushed on with plans to build a new settlement neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, a watchdog group said on Sunday.

The Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now warned that such efforts were being stepped up before US President Donald Trump leaves office in January.  

The Trump administration has broken with decades of bipartisan US practice by not opposing Israeli settlement activity in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

President-elect Joe Biden has said his administration will restore US opposition to settlements, which are illegal under international law and many governments view as an obstacle to peace.

In December 2017, the Trump administration broke with the international community and recognised the entire city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In November 2019, the Trump administration said that it no longer considered Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank to violate international law, once again going against broad diplomatic consensus. 

Current US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to visit an illegal Israeli settlement in the Palestinian West Bank and the Syrian Golan Heights in coming days, marking the first visit of a US secretary of state to the occupied Palestinian and Syrian areas. He will notably visit Psagot Winery, which named a wine in his honour in February.

The latest move saw the Israel Land Authority issue construction tenders in Givat Hamatos, a currently uninhabited area of East Jerusalem next to the mainly Palestinian neighbourhood of Beit Safafa.  

In February, Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the approval of 3,000 homes in the area. 

He said 2,000 would be allocated for Jews, and 1,000 for Palestinian residents of Beit Safafa. 

Last week, the Land Authority issued tenders for the construction of more than 1,200 mostly residential units in Givat Hamatos.  

Ir Amim, an Israeli civil society organisation that tracks settlements in Jerusalem and called attention to the tenders on Sunday, warned that the next two months in the lead-up to the change in Washington DC “will be a critical period”. 

“We believe that Israel will attempt to exploit this time to advance moves that the incoming administration will potentially oppose,” it said in a statement, pointing out that the bidding period will close on 18 January 2021, two days before Biden’s inauguration. 

Ir Amim reiterated concerns that settlement construction in Givat Hamatos would be a devastating blow to a potential resolution of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, as it would cut East Jerusalem off from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, disrupting the territorial continuity of a future Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital as part of a two-state solution. 

“If carried through, Givat Hamatos would become the first new settlement in East Jerusalem in 20 years,” the organisation said in a statement.

Nabil Abu Rudeina, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, said the Givat Hamatos tenders amounted to an attempt by Israel “to kill the internationally supported two state solution”. 

Critics of the two-state solution argue that it is no longer viable because of Israel’s ongoing colonisation, with about 400,000 settlers living in the West Bank under Israeli law using separate education and transport systems, in what legal scholars say amounts to a policy of apartheid.

The east Jerusalem tenders follow the approval of 96 new East Jerusalem settler homes in the Ramat Shlomo neighbourhood last week. 

Settlement construction approvals in Ramat Shlomo in 2010 caused a major rift between Netanyahu and former US president Barack Obama and then-vice president Biden.

Israel took control of East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War, before annexing it in a move not recognised by most of the international community.

(Source / 16.11.2020)