Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Former Political Prisoner At A Military Roadblock Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday afternoon, a former political prisoner while crossing a military roadblock, south of Jenin, in northern West Bank.

Montaser Sammour, the head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers abducted Ahmad Abdullah Abu Seriyya while crossing a military roadblock at Arraba junction, south of Jenin.

Sammour added that Abu Seriyya is a former political prisoner who was imprisoned by Israel for nine years.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers have recently started increased their deployment at the junction, and abducted many Palestinians while searching cars and interrogating the residents.

On Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted ten Palestinians, including siblings, from their homes in several parts of the West Bank.

(Source / 03.12.2020)

HaKomed Report: Under Cover of Darkness

HaMoked, the Center for the Defence of the Individual, has released a report entitled; Under Cover of Darkness: Night Arrests of Palestinian Minors by Israeli Security Forces in the West Bank.

The report reveals the Israeli military practice of detaining hundreds of Palestinian teenagers in the middle of the night, instead of summoning them for interrogation. These findings, compelled HaMoked to petition the Israeli High Court of Justice.

The report, based on 81 affidavits taken from Palestinian boys, ranging in ages from 14-17, who were detained by Israeli forces in 2018 and 2019. The report shows that 72% of the teens were removed from their private residences between 11 pm and 5 am, the majority of whom received no prior summons for interrogation.

The night time arrests involved violent removal of the detainee from his bed, by heavily armed Israeli soldiers, in addition to the use of handcuffs, blindfolds, and sometimes physical assault.

The report added that the soldiers rarely offer a reason for the arrest, a location where or how the detainee can be reached, instilling fear and uncertainty in the family.

HaMoked recently petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice, to demand that the occupation forces uphold International Law, and preserve following the best interest of the child, by issuing a summons for interrogation.

The report calls for the Israeli military to apply the Convention on the Rights of the Child to Palestinian minors.

HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual is an Israeli human rights organization with the main aim of assisting Palestinians of the occupied territories whose rights are violated due to Israel’s policies.

(Source / 03.12.2020)

Palestinian Teen Assaulted by Israeli Prison Guards

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A Palestinian child detainee, on Wednesday, was assaulted by Israeli guards when he asked to go to the prison clinic for feeling unwell, according to a statement by the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission.

Hani Irmailat, 17, from Jenin Refugee Camp, in the northern occupied West Bank, was arrested in October 2020, and underwent 20 days of harsh interrogation, before being transferred to Megiddo prison.

On Wednesday, the minor complained of feeling sick to prison authorities, which Israeli prison guards responded to by assaulting the teen, resulting in severe bleeding and injuries to his head.

The commission added that the teen was transferred to hospital for the necessary treatment, no further information was available regarding the condition of the minor.

In related news, another Palestinian child, Muhammad Munir Moqbel, 16, from Al-‘Arroub Refugee Camp, north of Hebron, was assaulted during his recent detention by Israeli soldiers. The boy suffered a fractured jaw, in addition to broken teeth, as a result of the assault.

(Source / 03.12.2020)

Soldiers Abduct Eleven Palestinians In West Bank

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Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday late at night and Friday at dawn, eleven Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

The PPS office in Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, said the soldiers searched many homes, and abducted Odai Abu Nassar, Laith al-Atrash, and Mohammad Nasser Abu Sheikha.

In Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ali Maher Tayyim from his home in the city.

In Jenin, also in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded and searched the homes of a former political prisoner, identified as Ahmad Abdullah Abu Seriyya, before abducting him.

The soldiers also invaded homes in the al-‘Ezariya town, near occupied Jerusalem, before abducting Samer Mohammad al-Kaloni and his brother, Ibrahim.

Late on Wednesday at night, the soldiers invaded Taiseer village, near Tubas, before abducting Eyad Mithqal Abu Mohsin, Zahi Ahmad Abu Ali, Salama Abdul-Rezeq Dibik and Ghannam Mohammad Abu Mohsin, but released them a few hours later.

(Source / 03.12.2020)

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Nablus

Israeli soldiers injured, Thursday, many Palestinians in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, after dozens of soldiers and colonists invaded its eastern area.

Media sources said many army jeeps accompanied buses transporting illegal Israeli colonialists into the Joseph’s Tomb, in the eastern areas of Nablus.

The soldiers closed the surrounding areas, preventing the Palestinians from entering or leaving their communities, leading to protests.

The army fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at the Palestinians, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Joseph the Patriarch is revered by Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Samaritans alike. The Israeli military allows Jews to visit as part of organized pilgrimages, despite the site’s location in Area A of the occupied West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority has full control, and prohibits Muslims from worshiping at the site.

Ultra-orthodox and nationalist Jews constantly try to visit the shrine without approval, as many Jews believe the tomb to be the final resting place of the biblical figure in the Old Testament.

Palestinians believe that Joseph’s Tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousif Dweikat, a local religious figure.

(Source / 03.12.2020)

Detained Child, Assaulted By The Soldiers, Undergoes Surgery

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Thursday, that a detained Palestinian child, who was repeatedly assaulted by the soldiers when they abducted him on November 29th, underwent surgery in Hadassah Israeli medical center.

The PPS said the child, Mohammad Monir Miqbil, 16, from the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, was assaulted by several soldiers, on November 29, while he was heading to his school.

It added that the child suffered a fracture in his jaw, in addition to many serious cuts and bruises to various parts of his body, when the soldiers assaulted him.

The surgery involved a platinum implant in his broken jaw; he is currently in Hadassah Israeli medical center, and the soldiers are refusing to allow his family to visit with him.

His father said Mohammad is shackled to his hospital bed and added that a court hearing regarding his detention is scheduled to be held this coming Sunday.

The PPS denounced the escalating Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the children, and added that the soldiers have abducted many children this year, mainly in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp.

On Wednesday, a Palestinian child detainee, identified as Hani Irmailat, 17, from Jenin refugee camp, in northern West Bank, was assaulted by Israeli soldiers when he asked to go to the prison clinic because he was feeling sick.

(Source / 03.12.2020)

Army Injures Dozens Of Palestinians Near Salfit

Israeli soldiers injured, Thursday, dozens of Palestinians, including senior political leaders, during a nonviolent procession against the ongoing attempts to illegally annex Palestinian lands to expand a colonialist outpost, west of Salfit, in central West Bank.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that the soldiers injured at least thirty-two Palestinians, in the ar-Ras area, west of Salfit.

Among the wounded Palestinians are secretaries of Fateh Secretary in Salfit, Abdul-Sattar Awwad, Nablus, Jihad Ramadan, Tubas, Mahmoud Sawafta, Jenin, Ata Abu Rmeila, in addition to their Jerusalem counterpart, ‘Aahed Resheq; they were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets in the arms and legs.

At least 30 Palestinians suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to cuts and bruises.

The procession was held to protest the illegal takeover of Palestinian lands in the ar-Ras area, where Israeli colonists installed mobile homes and bulldozed lands, to establish a new colonialist outpost.

On Monday, the soldiers attacked a nonviolent procession in the same area, and abducted two Palestinians.

Last Sunday, many colonists invaded approximately 50 Dunams of Palestinian in the ar-Ras area, and uprooted dozens of olive trees.

(Source / 03.12.2020)

Palestinian Authority’s Return To Security Coordination Is A Bigger Betrayal Than Arab Normalisation

By Robert Inlakesh  

The Palestinian Authority (PA), based in Ramallah (West Bank), earlier this month, decided to join forces with Israel once again, renewing ‘Security Coordination’ between the two sides in the wake of Joe Biden having been announced as US President elect. So, now that the PA has again re-established ties with Israel, why are they still opposed to Arab Regime Normalisation?

On Tuesday the 17th of November, the Palestinian Authority announced it would renew ties with Israel, sparking outrage amongst Palestinians. In May, the PA announced it would stop security and civil coordination with Israel, abandoning the Oslo Agreements, in the wake of the Israeli government announcing it planned to imminently annex large portions of the illegally occupied West Bank.

The PA decision to cut ties with Israel, sparked a glimmer of hope for some that unity between rivalling Palestinian factions could be achieved, which would ideally lead to national Presidential elections. This possibility seemed even greater when, in September, all Palestinian political factions convened in Beirut for a joint conference on how to approach their national cause. These meetings were originally supposed to happen regularly, as of a signed Unity Agreement, however had not taken place since 2012 and this joint conference was largely seen as a step in the right direction.

Palestinian factions also met in Istanbul and later Cairo, to decide on how to proceed forward on the issue of elections, multi-faction unity and a joint plan to confront Israeli-US plots against the Palestinian cause. However, shortly after the PA’s delegation had left Cairo, against the will of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the PA’s General of Civil Affairs, Hussain al-Sheikh, announced the decision to renew ties with Israel officially and betrayed its commitments to fellow Palestinian political party’s.

The sudden decision was criticised by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP and others, even including some from within Fateh itself, the Party that leads the Palestinian Authority. Amongst widespread criticism from Palestinians who saw this as the Palestinian Authority, yet again, betraying their cause for US aid money, Abul-Hatif al-Qanou, the official spokesperson for Hamas stated that “…this party [Fateh], which does not respect the decisions of the PNC and ignores the institutional political action sends a message to the Palestinians that their institutions are marginalised and are unable to protect its decisions.”.

Why Is Re-Establishing Security Coordination Wrong?

The Palestinian Authority was created in 1994, as a result of the Oslo Accords, and was set up under the guise of being an interim government – which would operate in the West Bank and Gaza – paving the way to a Palestinian government, which was to come about as a result of a final comprehensive peace deal.

However, that peace deal never came and the PA never achieved a two-State solution, in which they could operate as the government of an autonomous entity. Instead, the West Bank – and Gaza until 2007 – had remained, directly, under majority Israeli control, as the PA managed the most densely populated city areas. The PA then began to enshrine its position as the police forces and handlers of the majority of issues taking place in the major Palestinian cities, whilst the Israeli occupation army continued to control the vast majority of the occupied territories.

The situation became such that the PA would come to primarily operate off of the tax money, held often as a bargaining chip by Israel, and foreign aid assistance. The work of the PA would be to quell popular uprisings which were out of its control, crackdown on opposing political forces, hand sensitive information to the Israelis and to silence any criticism of their role.

Back in the 1990’s, there were still hopes of two-State solution being a possibility, but now there is neither the will from Israel or the United States to create a Palestinian State, nor are there even enough contiguous areas in the West Bank to form a State from. After the second Intifada, which officially ended in 2005, the PA went to elections, which resulted in Hamas coming to power in the Gaza Strip. Under the command of PA strongman Mohammed Dahlan, a US funded coup was attempted in 2006-7, which ultimately failed to out Hamas and resulted in the expulsion of the PA from power. Following this, the situation has been in gridlock, with several failed attempts at National Unity and constant failed attempts from the PA to enter into negotiations with Israel, which the current Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has stated he has no interest in.

For most Palestinains at this point, the PA’s elite, many of which are multi-millionaire’s whose families operate businesses throughout the West Bank, are essentially sellouts to their cause and represent businessmen rather than freedom fighters. A West Bank resident of village West of Ramallah, who can’t be named for fear of punishment, told me that he was ashamed of what the PA has done, “the same Fateh which fought the morale inspiring guerrilla battle against Israeli forces at al-Karameh [in 1968], has turned into the single biggest collaborator with Israel’s occupation in the world”.

The Palestinian Preventative Security Services are essentially the reason why Israel can operate the first ever cost free occupation on the planet. PA-Israel security coordination means for Palestinians, living in the West Bank, being spied on by your own people, tortured by your own people, shot at, arrested and killed by your own people. The PA, through security coordination, is essentially an organisation through which Palestinians become spies for the Israeli occupation. These statements may seem like hyperbole to some, but it is unfortunately the reality in the West Bank. Many Palestinians have been killed and imprisoned due to the information handed to Israel by the Palestinian Authority’s Security Services.

Security Coordination Makes A Peace Deal Less Likely

With ever expanding illegal Israeli settlements in both East Jerusalem and the West Bank, in which roughly 750,000 settlers live, as well as the illegally built separation wall which hasusurped 10% of the West Bank, it is nearly impossible to have a functioning Palestinian State.

As the Palestinian Authority renewed its Security Coordination, Israel began acting to expand the illegal East Jerusalem based settlements of Atarot, Ramat Shlomo and Givat Hamatos, which will ,when expanded, encircle East Jerusalem from the West Bank. This settlement loop will create an effective barrier around East Jerusalem, just like the wall that cuts through it, making a Palestinian Capital in the area virtually impossible without tearing down the settlements.

Such a slap in the face coming, with the rapid expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem and the announcement of thousands of new settler units to be expanded in the West Bank, still has not prompted the PA to reconsider normalising ties with Israel. In fact, Israel in its first pay back of taxes to the PA, which it is obligated to do under Oslo, has decided to deduct 600 million NIS’s from the grand total, in order to stop money being paid to the families of Palestinian prisoners.

On top of this, the current leadership of the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen], has completely ignored the decision of the PNC to abandon Security Coordination. This decision to disobey an official Palestinian institution poses questions as to whether – in the case that a two-State solution was actually possible – the PA leadership would even be able to operate as a just leadership, because these sort of unrepresentative decisions look more like the moves of a dictatorship than a democracy. Also the lack of desire to go ahead with Presidential elections, has drawn criticism to Mahmoud Abbas, who has been compared to a dictator.

The Palestinian Authority is evidently in a weak negotiating position and in the eyes of the Israeli regime has nothing to offer it, so why would Israel negotiate for peace? Do the PA really believe that Israel will offer them a just solution, based upon a fair two-State model, out of the goodness of their own hearts? That Israeli politicians would unanimously commit political suicide, with no gain for their own constituents? If so, this is a very naive belief.

If the PA was truly motivated by the desire to liberate their people and solve their problems, they would have chosen resistance, using the power of all Palestinian political factions and their armed groups as a bargaining chip. They can also use Security Coordination as a bargaining chip to get things out of Israel and can use armed factions as well as regional alliances to pressure the Israelis. Another tool they could have used was the ICC investigation into Israeli war crimes, which, according to the prominent scholar Norman Finkelstein, “they [the PA] killed when they refused to say they abandoned Oslo”. Norman also stated to me in an interview on Arab normalisation with Israel, that he saw the PA as consisting of “a tinpot dictator [Abu Mazen], surrounded by sub-mediocrities”, later indicating that he saw no chances for them to achieve a peace deal at this point.

The PA have been given every reason in the world to abandon ties with Israel, yet continue to choose Israeli and US funds over the interests of their own people. Something that makes you wonder how they summon the audacity to question the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan on their decisions to normalise ties with Israel, when the PLO did the same thing themselves 17 years ago, in 1993.

If money wasn’t an issue, the path ahead of the PA would now be clear, they would transform themselves into a representative beacon of Palestinian National liberation. Instead, no matter how much land is taken, how many Palestinians are killed and how many times they are humiliated by Israel, as long as the money keeps coming, they keep capitulating.

(Source / 03.12.2020)

Bozkir: Palestinians have the right to enjoy what is their own

In its 75th session, the United Nations General Assembly considered the “Question of Palestine” and emphasized that the historical and legal rights of the Palestinian people should be respected.

Volkan BOZKIR@volkan_bozkir

Today the General Assembly is considering the “Question of Palestine”. In my opening remarks, I emphasized that the historical & legal rights of the Palestinian people should be respected & a just,fair, agreed & realistic solution to the plight of Palestinian refugees be reached.


UN GA President@UN_PGA

The UN cannot not remain complacent. We must maintain our focus on the urgent need to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In true solidarity w/the Palestinians, we must start by collectively upholding int’l law. The int’l community must fulfill its legal & moral obligation.

Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, underlined in a statement that “Palestinians have the right to be free, and secure, and they have the right to enjoy what is their own.”

“The General Assembly has adopted numerous resolutions and decisions to that effect over the past seven decades. Yet, nothing has changed,” Bozkir said.

He mentioned what the Palestinians have been facing and called to stand for justice and respect the the historical and legal rights of the Palestinian people.

“Illegal occupation continues. Unlawful settlement activities and annexation threats have accelerated. Use of force against civilians remains excessive.”

“There are attempts to change the status of Jerusalem. The blockade on Gaza remains in place, causing the people of Gaza to live in tremendous despair and insecurity.”

“Ongoing violations of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, cause immense suffering for the Palestine people. They cannot enjoy their most basic freedoms. There are constant attempts to pressure Palestinians into accepting the status quo by enforcing hardship and humiliation.”

He also said that the continuation of illegal and unacceptable practices of Israeli occupation “will only deepen the sense of injustice and breed desperation.”

He added, “Security and stability in the Middle East cannot be achieved without a just, lasting and comprehensive peace, between Israelis and Palestinians.”

He expressed his solidarity to the Palestinians by calling to collectively uphold international law and protect the established parameters of a lasting peace.

He expressed his concerns over the financial shortfall faced by UNRWA, at a time, when the needs of the 5.6 million Palestine refugees are increasing, because of the global pandemic.

“I therefore urge donors to provide UNRWA with sufficient and predictable funding, for its vital core activities and emergency appeals. UNRWA needs predictable and sustained funding to ensure stability and security for Palestine refugees,” he said.

Bozkir concluded his statement by calling to do the utmost to support the Palestinians until “a just, fair, agreed, and realistic solution to the plight of Palestine refugees is finally reached, within the framework of a two-state solution.”

(Source / 03.12.2020)

Israeli forces detained 9 Palestinians from West Bank

West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces detained 9 Palestinians from various parts of the occupied West Bank on Thursday morning.

Four of the detainees were in Tayasir village in Tubas, northeastern West Bank.

Three others were detained in Bethlehem and two brothers in Al-Eizariya town, southeastern Jerusalem.

Israeli occupation forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians

According to Palestinian figures, nearly 5,700 Palestinians, including women and children, are currently detained in Israeli jails.

Israeli occupation forces arrested more than 3,000 Palestinians from the start of 2020 until the end of August, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

(Source / 03.12.2020)