PCPS: Dozens of sick prisoners facing death in Israeli jail

Israeli prison

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Palestinian Center for Prisoners Studies (PCPS) has warned that many prisoners with serious health problems are facing death in light of their exposure to medical neglect in Israeli jails, calling for providing them with appropriate medical care.

In a statement, director of the center Riyad al-Ashqar described the prisoners with serious health conditions as “living martyrs,” affirming that they suffer from medical neglect and are not provided with proper health care.

Ashqar said there are more than 700 prisoners with health problems, and 150 of them suffer from serious issues, such as cancer, kidney failure, heart problems and muscle atrophy.

(Source / 28.01.2020)

Arrest of 10 citizens from West Bank, and clashes and shootings in Jenin

The Israeli occupation forces raided, last night and at dawn today, Friday, several areas in the West Bank, and arrested 10 citizens, from Jenin, Nablus and Bethlehem.

The Correspondent in Jenin reported that the occupation forces arrested 5 citizens, four who were prisoners in the occupation prisons, and they are: The freed prisoner, Abd al-Jabbar Muhammad Ahmad Jarrar, the released prisoner Muhammad Omar Mustafa Shihab, both from the city of Jenin, the released prisoner Ibrahim Taher Muhammad Nawahdha from the town of Yamoun, the released prisoner Samer Mustafa Jaradat from the town of Silat al-Harithiya, and the young man Muhannad Zakarneh from the town of Deir Ghazaleh, after their homes were raided And tampering with its contents.

According to the “Al-Quds” correspondent, the occupation forces stormed the Wadi Ezzedine neighborhood in the city of Jenin, and surrounded several houses, where violent confrontations broke out, during which Molotov cocktails and fireworks were thrown at the occupation soldiers who fired live bullets, sound and gas bombs, which resulted in dozens of suffocation. Armed men shot at the occupation soldiers, who arrested both the freed prisoner, Abdul-Jabbar Jarrar, and the freed prisoner, Muhammad Shihab Al-Sanouri. During its withdrawal, a patrol ran over a young man who managed to escape and was lightly injured.

In the town of Al-Yamoun, the occupation forces raided the house of the editor, Ibrahim Nawahdha, and searched him and arrested him.

In the town of Silat al-Harithiya, clashes erupted during the storming of houses, and the young Samer Mustafa Jaradat was arrested.

In Nablus, the official news agency reported that a number of Israeli military jeeps stormed the village of Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, at dawn and raided a number of homes and arrested Thawri Ibrahim Abu Murtada (44 years), and Mutassim Sameh Abu Ghneim, and the two brothers Abdul Rahman and Abdul Rahim Talab Haji Muhammad.

Also, late last night, the occupation forces arrested a young man from Dheisheh camp, south of Bethlehem. The forces stationed at the “Gush Eseon” settlement junction arrested Khaled Farraj (32 years), after he was removed from the vehicle, detained and then arrested.

(Source / 28.11.2020)

11 Injured by rubber bullets and dozens of cases of suffocation during peaceful marches

11 civilians were injured by rubber-coated bullets and dozens of people suffocated with tear gas today, Friday, during the occupation’s suppression of the weekly marches in each of; Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya, and Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, in addition to the occupation’s suppression of two peaceful marches in the Ein Samia area in the village of Kafr Malik, and the eastern entrance to the village of Mughayir, east of Ramallah.

Correspondent in Qalqilya reported that a citizen was injured by rubber bullets from the occupation’s rubber, and dozens of others suffocated with tear gas, during clashes that broke out in the village of Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya, after the start of the week’s march towards the closed entrance since 2003.

Eyewitnesses reported that the occupation soldiers suppressed the participants in the weekly march in a brutal manner, and that they were deliberately firing tear gas canisters at homes near the clashes, in addition to using rubber and metal bullets and live bullets and setting ambushes among the olive trees to arrest the participants in the march. And the use of tear gas grenades resulted in mass suffocation among the elderly, women and children.

It is noteworthy that the occupation intelligence carried out an arrest campaign last week in the village of Kafr Qaddum, affecting a wounded young man, following the clashes that broke out last week.

And in Ramallah, 3 civilians were injured by the occupation’s rubber-coated metal bullets, and dozens of people suffocated with tear gas, today, Friday, during the suppression of the occupation, a peaceful march rejecting the establishment of a settlement outpost in the Ain Samia area in the village of Kafr Malik, east of Ramallah

The official news agency reported that dozens of citizens gathered in the middle of the village and headed to the lands of Ein Samia, but the occupation army prevented them from reaching the area, which led to the outbreak of confrontations during which the occupation soldiers fired bullets, gas and sound bombs, and a young man was injured with rubber-coated metal bullets in the foot. And dozens of cases of suffocation with tear gas.

According to Wafa, a member of Al Mughayir village, Marzouq Abu Naim, said that the occupation forces had stationed at the eastern entrance to the village, and prevented citizens, activists, and landowners from reaching the Ein Samia area, which is threatened by settlement, and participating in the weekly march.

He added that clashes broke out at the eastern entrance, wounding two young men with rubber-coated metal bullets and dozens of people with tear gas.

Every week, the area witnesses the launch of a peaceful march towards the Ain Samia area in Kafr Malik to protest against the theft of land and water, and the establishment of a new settlement outpost there.

In Nablus, 7 civilians were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets, and dozens suffocated with tear gas, during the occupation forces’ suppression of the weekly Beit Dajan march east of Nablus.

Eyewitnesses reported that the Israeli occupation forces suppressed the participants in the weekly march that set out towards lands threatened with seizure in the village, wounding 7 civilians with rubber-coated metal bullets, and dozens of people suffocated.

The national action factions called on citizens to participate in the broadest, peaceful anti-settlement march.

The occupation forces stormed the village at dawn today and arrested three citizens.

(Source / 28.11.2020)

Germany to donate €55.5 million for Palestine projects next year

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 17: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki hold a press conference in Berlin, Germany November 17, 2020. ( REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Pool - Anadolu Agency )
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki hold a press conference in Berlin, Germany November 17, 2020

Germany is to donate €55.56 million ($65 million) to fund projects in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as Jerusalem, in the coming year.

The announcement was made yesterday by Estephan Salameh, special advisor to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh.

Salameh said that the German support will be used in various sectors, including water and sanitation, infrastructure for local government bodies and support for the private sector and small companies. According to Wafa news agency, he pointed out that all the projects to be financed by the donation fall within the PA’s priorities.

Moreover, the aid will also help families suffering from difficult economic conditions with much-needed hygiene items, especially in areas that have recorded an increase in Covid-19 infections. The total number of coronavirus cases in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem stands at 93,400.

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Germany’s representative to Palestine, Ambassador Christian Klaghas, said that his country’s support for the Palestinian government for the year 2021 will focus on the economy affected by the coronavirus pandemic by providing temporary job opportunities and maintaining the sustainability of services. He explained that this contribution is a clear message of Berlin’s strong commitment to the Palestinian people at this critical time.

Klaghas added that part of the new aid will go to finance the establishment of a distribution network for the desalination plant programme in the Gaza Strip, which serves about one million citizens in the territory.

In a region rife with conflicts, and now battling the health and socioeconomic impacts of Covid-19, such funds are vital for some degree of regional stability.

(Source / 28.11.2020)

Gaza exports olive oil to Gulf states for the first time

Olives are seen after being picked by farmers during harvest season in Gaza City, Gaza on 2 October, 2018. [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Olives are seen after being picked by farmers during harvest season in Gaza City, Gaza on 2 October, 2018

The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza announced on Thursday that it will be importing Palestinian olive oil for the first time from the besieged enclave, to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Speaking to the press, the ministry’s Spokesman Adham Al-Basyouni disclosed: “44 tones of olive oil were exported to Arab countries after achieving self-sufficiency for the first time.”

He stated that his ministry exerted efforts to export the surplus of Gaza’s olive oil as part of its support for farmers.

Hamdi Al-Jerjawi, a food and agriculture merchant from Gaza, revealed that the oil was exported to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Al-Jerjawi hailed this measure and stressed that it would help the farmers to improve their capabilities.

It is worth noting that there are 33,400 dunams of olive orchards in Gaza producing 23,250 tonnes of oil annually.

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

(Source / 28.11.2020)

Hamas condemns Israel’s detention of its leaders in West Bank

Islamic Resistance Movement -Hamas
The Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas, 15 April 2016

The Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas on Friday condemned Israel’s detention campaign targeting its senior leaders in the occupied West Bank, a statement announced.

“The Israeli detention campaign targeted senior leaders who reiterated that the national partnership and unity are the bases for the confrontation of the occupation and its plans,” the statement read.

It added: “Hamas’ leaders and members will remain at the forefront, defending the principles of the Palestinians.”

The statement noted that most Hamas leaders had spent tens of years inside Israeli occupation jails: “And remained steadfast in their positions regarding the resistance of the occupation.”

Hamas hailed the Palestinians, who keep confronting the Israeli occupation in the occupied West Bank, stressing that their actions against the occupation reflect the will of the Palestinians to adhere to resistance as the most effective choice to withstand the occupation.

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On Friday at dawn, Israel occupation forces carried out a wide-scale detention campaign against Hamas leaders in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

The most prominent Hamas leaders in Jenin, Abdul-Jabbar Jarrar and Ibrahim Nawahdeh, were among the detainees.

Rights groups say that there are 4,500 Palestinians inside Israeli jails, including 40 women and around 170 children, in addition to approximately 370 under administrative detention.

(Source / 28.11.2020)

UN: Israel blockade results in $16.5bn loss to Gaza economy

Palestinian farmers' agriculture fields and greenhouses are damaged after an airs trike by carried out by Israeli warplanes on 22 November 2020 in Gaza [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian farmers’ agriculture fields and greenhouses are damaged after an airs trike by carried out by Israeli warplanes on 22 November 2020 in Gaza

A new United Nations (UN) report found that the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip has resulted in $16.5 billion losses to its crippling economy and pushed more than half of the enclave’s residents below the poverty line.

The report, which was issued on Wednesday by the UN’s Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to the General Assembly, covered the years between 2007 and 2018.

In the report, UNCTAD called on the Israeli occupation to immediately stop the continuing siege that has caused a near-collapse of economic activities in Gaza and a poverty rate of 56 per cent.

“The situation is going to get worse if the blockade continues,” predicted Mahmoud Elkhafif, coordinator of the Assistance to the Palestinian People of UNCTAD.

“This unfair blockade in which two million Palestinians are kept inside Gaza should be lifted immediately. They should be allowed to move freely, do business, trade with the outside world and reconnect with their families outside of the Strip,” Elkhafif added.

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Since June 2007, Gaza residents have been under a strict Israeli land, air and sea embargo, which undermines even their movement for medical treatment.

Under this oppressive siege, Israel has reduced the entry of goods to a minimum, while external trade and exports have been stopped except in very exceptional cases.

The report stated that the Gaza population has very limited access to safe water and lacks regular electricity supply, and even a proper sewage system.

“Unless Palestinians in the strip get access to the outside world, it is difficult to see anything but under-development being the fate of the Gaza Palestinian society,” according to Richard Kozul-Wright, director of the Division on Globalisation and Development Strategies at UNCTAD. “It is really shocking that in the 21st century, two million people can be left in that kind of condition.”

The report also stated that at least 3,793 Palestinians had been killed, some 18,000 wounded and more than half of Gaza’s population displaced in three Israeli wars, with several brief invasions during the time of the siege.

More than 1,500 commercial and industrial enterprises were damaged, along with some 150,000 household units and public infrastructure including energy, water, sanitation, health, educational facilities and government buildings.

As a result of the siege and the wars on Gaza, the poverty rate jumped from 40 per cent in 2007 to 56 per cent in 2017, meaning that more than one million Palestinians have no survival means.

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The report estimates that bringing this segment of the population above the poverty line would require an injection of funds amounting to $838 million, four times the amount needed in 2007.

Between 2007 and 2018, the economy in Gaza grew by less than five per cent, and its share in the Palestinian economy decreased from 31 per cent to 18 per cent in 2018. As a result, GDP per capita shrank by 27 per cent and unemployment increased by 49 per cent.

In order to reset the Gaza economy, the UNCTAD report included several recommendations, including a call to enable the Palestinian government to develop oil and natural gas resources off the shore of Gaza.

“This would secure the required resources for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery of Gaza’s regional economy, which would significantly boost the economy and the financial position of the Palestinian National Authority,” the report recommended.

(Source / 28.11.2020)

OCHA: “Protection of Civilians Report”

Published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Posted on 27 November 2020
Protection of Civilians Report | 3-23 November 2020

Latest development (outside the reporting period)

  • On 25 November, citing the lack of building permits, the Israeli authorities demolished 11 Palestinian-owned structures in the Massafer Yatta area of southern Hebron. These included homes, livelihood-related structures and water and sanitation facilities, some of which had been previously provided as humanitarian assistance. Twenty-five people were displaced and over 700 were otherwise affected. All but one of the seven communities targeted are located in an area designated closed for military training, and are at risk of a forcible transfer.

This report exceptionally covers three weeks; the next issue will be released on 10 December, covering the normal two-week period.

Highlights from the reporting period

  • During the reporting period (3-23 November), a total of 129 structures were demolished, or seized, due to a lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 100 people and otherwise affecting at least 200. The largest incident took place on 3 November in Humsa Al Bqai’a, where 83 structures were destroyed, displacing 73 people, including 41 children. Thirty more structures were demolished in 12 other Area C communities. The remaining 16 took place in East Jerusalem, where demolitions have resumed after a three-week suspension, following an announcement by the Israeli authorities on 1 October that, due to the pandemic, they would stop the demolition of inhabited residential buildings in the city. More structures have been demolished or seized so far in 2020, than in any complete year since OCHA began systematically documenting this practice in 2009, with the exception of 2016.
  • On 4 November, Israeli forces shot and killed an off-duty member of the Palestinian security forces at a checkpoint south of Nablus city, reportedly after he opened fire at soldiers. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, soldiers prevented their medical teams from reaching the man, and the body is still being withheld by the Israeli authorities. Another Palestinian was shot and injured by Israeli forces on 8 November near Al Fawwar refugee camp (Hebron), reportedly after attempting to stab soldiers.
  • Fifty-five Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces across the West Bank. Eighteen were injured in the context of three search-and-arrest operations in Qalandiya refugee camp (Jerusalem) and Ramallah city. Another 17 were injured in protests against access restrictions and settlement activities in Kafr Qaddum (Qalqiliya), and Ras at Tin (Ramallah). Five Palestinians were injured during a commemoration for the death of the late Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat, at the DCO checkpoint (Ramallah). Three men were physically assaulted at a flying checkpoint near Beit Fajjar (Bethlehem). The remaining injuries were recorded during other clashes, or while they were trying to enter Israel through breaches in the Barrier.
  • Israeli forces carried out 230 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 227 Palestinians across the West Bank. The largest number of operations were recorded in East Jerusalem (61), and the Hebron governorate (50).
  • Five incidents were reported, resulting in damage to olive trees or involving the theft of produce by people believed to be Israeli settlers. Three of the incidents entailed the vandalising of 64 olive trees near the villages of Jalud (Nablus), Kafr Qaddum (Qalqiliya) and Al Khadr (Bethlehem). The other two involved the stealing of the produce of about 1,000 olive trees near Sa’ir (Hebron) and of ten trees in Burin (Nablus), where harvesting tools were also taken. Since the start of the olive harvest on 7 October, at least 35 attacks by people known, or believed, to be Israeli settlers resulted in injuries among Palestinians, or in damage to trees or the theft of produce.
  • Attacks by people believed to be Israeli settlers outside of the olive harvest, resulted in additional Palestinian injuries or damage to property. Four Palestinians were injured when cars in which they were travelling crashed, following stone throwing near Silat adh Dhahr (Jenin). In the H2 area of Hebron, a 10-year-old Palestinian was stoned, a 12-year-old Palestinian was physically assaulted, and building materials and a vehicle were vandalized, in separate incidents. Some 20 sheep were stolen from the Bedouin community of East Tayba (Ramallah) and another goat taken near As Sawiya (Nablus). According to farmers from Turmus’ayya (Ramallah), settlers vandalized a water irrigation system and stole agricultural equipment in their village, while farmers in Far’ata (Qalqiliya) reported that settlers stole fences surrounding their land. Settlers also stoned houses in Burqa (Nablus) and At Tuwani (Hebron), damaging four of them, and Palestinian cars travelling in Nablus, damaging one; and levelled 17 dunums of Palestinian-owned farmland in ‘Urif (Nablus). In nearby Jalud, settlers erected a fence, a tent and three water tanks on privately-owned Palestinian land.
  • On at least 20 occasions, Israeli forces opened fire near Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza, and off its coast, apparently to enforce access restrictions. As a result, one fisherman was injured. On three occasions, Israeli bulldozers levelled land inside Gaza.
  • Two Palestinians, aged 14 and 16, were injured by explosive remnants of war (ERW) in Rafah and Deir al Balah (Gaza). Since the beginning of the year, two Palestinians, a child and an adult, have been killed, and eight others injured, including five children, by unexploded devices.
  • On 15 and 21 November, Palestinian armed groups in Gaza fired three rockets at Israel, one of which caused damage to a warehouse in Ashkelon. In both cases, Israeli air strikes followed, hitting military sites, open areas and farmlands in Gaza, and resulting in damage to five dunums of greenhouses in Khan Younis.
  • According to Israeli sources, assailants, believed to be Palestinians, injured three Israelis and damaged 19 Israeli-plated vehicles travelling inside the West Bank, with stones or Molotov cocktails.

(Source / 28.11.2020)

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Four Palestinians in Kufur Qaddoum

Four Palestinians were injured, on Friday, one seriously, during the weekly peaceful procession in the northern occupied West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the popular resistance in the village said that Israeli soldiers opened fire with rubber-coated steel rounds and concussion grenades at dozens of Palestinian demonstrators at the anti-settlement rally, east of Qalqilia.

Four young men were wounded, including a teen, identified as Youssef Abdel Fattah Amer, 18, was shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel round, and transferred to hospital in critical condition.

Three other injuries, classified as moderate, were provided with medical treatment on the scene, while several other protesters suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas, heavily fired by occupation forces.

For many years the local Palestinian civilians have gathered on Friday and Saturday, to walk through the town, while the loudspeaker echoes through the town, rejecting Israeli colonization and encroachment of the illegal settlements onto Palestinian lands.

The armed soldiers can be seen hiding behind walls while shooting at the crowd, while other troops fire rubber-coated steel rounds as they slowly advance towards the young Palestinian men who, with slingshots, throw tear-gas canisters back to the soldiers, while dodging the steel rounds.

In 2003 the Israeli occupation authorities closed the main road which connected Kufur Qaddoum town with Nablus city to the east. The road is now used only by illegal Israeli from nearby colonies.

Youssef Abdel Fattah Amer was seriously injured at the march in Kufur Qaddoum, the latest update; “his condition is stable, he is in the Intensive Care Unit to closely monitor his health condition”

(Source / 28.11.2020)

Palestinian Detainee Faces Serious Health Complications

The Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Committee stated, Friday, that a political prisoner, held by Israel, is facing profoundly serious health complications at the Ramla prison clinic, which lacks specialists and adequate machines.

The Committee stated that the detainee, Nidal Abu ‘Ahour, 45, from Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, was diagnosed with kidney failure more than ten years ago.

The detainee also has a tumor in his kidney, high blood pressure in addition to serious respiratory issues making him dependent on oxygen.

Nidal, a married father of seven children, was abducted by the soldiers a month ago, only a few months after his release from prison, and was sentenced to one year in prison.

He is also a former political prisoner who was held for 14 months under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

The Committee warned that Abu Ahour could die if he does not receive professional medical treatment and called for his release.

On November 10, 2020. detainee Kamal Abu Wa’er, 46, died of COVID-19, following years of severe medical neglect of his cancer by Israeli Prison Authorities. He suffered from throat cancer, and his health condition witnessed a serious deterioration after he became infected with the coronavirus.

On September 2nd, 2020, detainee Daoud Tal’at Khatib, 45, from Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, died apparently of a heart attack in Ofer Israeli prison.

Throughout the years of imprisonment, he has faced numerous health complications, including a heart attack a few years ago, in addition to undergoing open-heart surgery.

On April 22. 2020, detainee, Nour Jaber Barghouthi, 23,  from ‘Aboud town, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah died in the Negev Desert Detention Camp, after fainting in the shower, and Israeli soldiers failed to provide him with any medical aid for more than thirty minutes.

Barghouti was abducted by the soldiers four years prior to his death and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

On November 26, 2019, detainee Sami Abu Diak, 37, died at an Israeli hospital after he was systematically denied specialized medical care, leading to serious complications that resulted in his death.

Article 91 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states “Every place of internment shall have an adequate infirmary, under the direction of a qualified doctor, where internees may have the attention they require, as well as an appropriate diet. Isolation wards shall be set aside for cases of contagious or mental diseases.”

“Internees may not be prevented from presenting themselves to the medical authorities for examination. The medical authorities of the Detaining Power shall, upon request, issue to every internee who has undergone treatment an official certificate showing the nature of his illness or injury, and the duration and nature of the treatment given.”

Article 92 of the same convention states “Medical inspections of internees shall be made at least once a month. Their purpose shall be, in particular, to supervise the general state of health, nutrition, and cleanliness of internees, and to detect contagious diseases, especially tuberculosis, malaria, and venereal diseases. Such inspections shall include, in particular, the checking of weight of each internee and, at least once a year, radioscopic examination.”

(Source / 28.11.2020)