Israeli forces invaded several parts of the occupied West Bank, on Friday night and Saturday morning, amid heightened tensions with Palestinian youths, the Palestinian Information Center reported.
A number of Palestinian youths, in response to an Israeli soldier fatally shooting a child, set an Israeli memorial on fire and obstructed the main road with rocks and burning tires, near al-Mughayir village in northeast of Ramallah, central West Bank.
Israeli soldiers stormed Palestinian civilian homes in the northern West Bank Qalqilia governorate, as well as the Shu’fat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem.
On Thursday night and Friday at dawn, Israeli soldiers stormed Burqa village near Nablus, northern West Bank, broke into and searched a number of homes, before detaining former prisoner, Saeed Hajji.
Meanwhile, from al-‘Isawiya neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, soldiers detained Wadee Ulayan.
Occupation forces detained brothers Sanad and Ali Khalileeh, as they attempted to cross al-Hamra military roadblock, near the northern West Bank city of Tubas.
In new crime of excessive use of lethal force, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed, on Friday December 4, 2020, a Palestinian child and wounded 4 other civilians during the suppression of a peaceful protests in Ras al-Teen area near the eastern entrance to al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah. The child died few hours after sustaining a live bullet in his abdomen without any justification or posing threat to the soldiers’ lives.
According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 11:00 on Friday, a peaceful protest took off in the center of al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, at the call of the villagers, towards lands under the threat of confiscation and in protest to the establishment of new settlement outposts in Ras al-Teen area near the eastern entrance to the village.
The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation, settlers and annexation wall. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. Following the Friday prayer, the protestors chanted slogans again the Israeli occupation and settlers.
IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 4 civilians sustained rubber-coated steel bullet wounds in their lower extremities and received treatment on the spot. At approximately 13:30, as the clashes were ongoing, Israeli soldiers shot at ‘Ali Ayman Naser Abu ‘Aliya (14), wounding him with a live bullet in his abdomen below the lung on the right side of his body.
Abu ‘Aliya was immediately taken via a Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where he underwent a surgery. At approximately 18:00 on the same day, medical sources pronounced him dead. The medical report showed that the bullet penetrated the liver and ruptured it.
PCHR strongly condemns the excessive use of lethal forces, which led to the killing of the child and inflicting casualties without the presence of any threat to the soldiers’ lives.
PCHR notes the recurrence of similar crimes, as PCHR’s staff documented the killing of 22 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children and 1 woman, by IOF since the beginning of 2020 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Also, PCHR’s fieldworkers monitored and documented IOF targeting of children during the suppressing of protests and during incursions into the West Bank cities in recent weeks.
PCHR reiterates its call on the international community to act immediately to stop the IOF crimes and renews its call on the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e. to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions on the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
The City Council in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, approved a new road that would link between the illegal Mordot colonialist outpost with Gilo illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands near Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem.
The City Council decided to begin the construction of the new road in early January of 2021, with the aim of linking the Mordot Gilo (Gilo Slopes) with Gilo illegal colony, at the expense of private Palestinian lands that were illegally confiscated by Israel.
The decision was made after Jerusalem Mayor held a meeting with the squatters in the illegal outpost, with the participation of the city’s chief engineer, and several members of Gilo municipality.
The City Council in occupied Jerusalem said that Mordot is inhabited by about 1500 colonists, living in 350 units, and added that the new constructions would add around 550 new units, which would be approved soon, and bids would be issued within 45 days.
It added that, besides the “housing units,” new public facilities, a signature, kindergartens, an educational building, and other structures would be built under the plan.
All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions.
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, at least three Palestinians, and interrogated others, in their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said the soldiers invaded and searched homes in Hebron, in southern West Bank, and abducted Ahmad Natsha, from the Sheikh neighborhood.
The soldiers also invaded many neighborhoods and streets in the city, and in Yatta town, south of Hebron.
In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers stormed and searched the home of Abdul-Fattah Labadi, 30, in Zeita town, northeast of the city, and abducted him.
In addition, the soldiers searched homes in Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and interrogated a former political prisoner, identified as Yousef Rashed Kamil, while inspecting his ID card.
In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Omar Abu al-Hawa, 23, and invading and searching his home in the at-Tour town.
A group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonists invaded, late on Saturday at night, a Palestinian orchard in Bruqin and Kafr ed-Deek towns, west of Salfit, in central West Bank, and cut many olive trees.
Palestinian farmer, Awni al-Ahmad, said the colonists invaded his orchard between the two towns, and cut more than fifteen olive trees.
He added that the trees were planted by his family, in their own orchards, 50 to 60 years ago.
Al-Ahmad stated that the colonists came from the illegal Bruchin nearby colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands.
“The attack is not the first; the colonists started invading my orchards three years ago. I own ten Dunams (2.47 Acres) of land in this area,” he said, “Last year, the Israeli assailants burnt two olive trees I planted many years ago, after pouring chemicals on them.”
It is worth mentioning that the colonists also demolished walls of an archaeological Palestinian structure on his land.
“Despite their ongoing aggression and violations, we are here to stay,” al-Ahmad said, “We will tend to our lands, the lands of our forefather, no matter what and at any cost.”
Israeli soldiers confiscated, Sunday, two Palestinian bulldozers, and prevented the farmers from entering their own lands in ‘Atouf village, in the Northern Plains of the Jordan Valley, in the occupied West Bank.
Mo’taz Bisharat, a Northern Plains official at the Tubas Governorate, said the soldiers denied the Palestinians access to their lands, and forced them to leave the area.
Bisharat added that the soldiers also confiscated two bulldozers, owned by Dia’ Ibrahim Bani Odah and Ayman Rabah Bani Odeh.
The Israeli army did not provide any explanation for the violation, but the move is similar to numerous incidents in which the Palestinians were denied access to their own lands, especially in areas known for repeated invasions by the illegal colonists who usually cut trees, flood the lands with wastewater mixed with chemicals or install outposts.
Late on Saturday at night, a group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonists invaded a Palestinian orchard in Bruqin and Kafr ed-Deek towns, west of Salfit, in central West Bank, and cut many olive trees.
Atouf is one of 38 communities, inhabited by around 6200 Palestinians, who are forced to obtain permits from the Israeli occupation authority to enter and even live in their communities.
The army also frequently displaces Palestinian Bedouin communities to conduct live-fire military drills, devastating the lands, including grazing areas and farmlands, in addition to dozens of casualties, including fatalities.
The Israeli Prison Authority moved, Sunday, a detained wounded Palestinian child from Hadassah Israeli Medical Center, in Jerusalem, back to Majeddo prison, just days after he underwent a platinum implant surgery in his lower jaw.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the imprisoned child, Mohammad Monir Miqbil, 16, was moved back to Majeddo prison, although he still needs to recover from the surgery, he underwent this past Wednesday.
Mohammad, 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 before they abducted him.
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 PPS stated that the military court in Ofer Israeli prison is scheduled to hold a hearing on his case today, Sunday, and added that, in previous hearings, the court just remanded the wounded child to undergo interrogation after his discharge from the hospital.
The fourth of December, 2020, is the day when Israeli occupation forces shot dead Ali Abu-Alayya, 13-year-old Palestinian child from the occupied West Bank.
However, Ali was robbed of his life on the same day in which he was born.
Instead of celebrating his birthday and bringing a cake and candles, his family brought his coffin.
Instead of bringing gifts for Ali on his birthday, his friends were crying during his funeral.
Ali was shot last Friday with live ammunition in clashes in the village of al-Mughayir, near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Ali was taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah and immediately placed for surgery. However, attempts at resuscitation all failed and the child was pronounced dead.
The UN, EU, and officials have condemned the killing of Ali, calling Israel for investigating this “shocking incident.”
14years old child Ali Abu Alia was killed yesterday in Al Mughair village near Ramallah. Children enjoy special protection under international law. How many more Palestinian children will be subject to the excessive use of lethal force by the Israeli security forces? 1/2
Extending our heartfelt condolences to Ali’s parents and family. This shocking incident must be swiftly and fully investigated by the Israeli authorities in order to bring the perpetrators to justice. 2/2
Appalled by the killing of a 15 year old #Palestinian boy, Ali Abu Alaya, near #Ramallah today. #Israel must swiftly and independtly investigate this shocking and unacceptable incident. Children enjoy special protection under international law and must be protected from violence. 9:12 PM · Dec 4, 2020
This thirteen year old Palestinian boy, Ali Abu Alia, was murdered by the Israeli army today in the village of Al-Mughayyir, West Bank. Inexcusable, as it always is, and all too familiar a story.
Palestinians said they are familiar with such incidents; Israeli forces commit shocking crimes nearly everyday. They condemned Arab countries’ normalization with ‘Israel’, saying that these relations with the occupation give it the permission to kill in cold blood while the world watches idly as hundreds of children die.
Ali is the fifth Palestinian child from the West Bank killed by Israeli forces with live ammunition this year.
In October, Amer Abdel-Rahim Snobar, 16, was beaten and killed by Israeli occupation forces near the occupied West Bank village of Turmus’ayya. An autopsy found that he likely died from asphyxiation as a result of strangulation, according to information collected by DCIP.
“Israeli forces routinely violate international law by using lethal force against Palestinian children without justification,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCIP.
“Like nearly every other case involving Israeli forces’ unlawful killing of Palestinian children, systemic impunity as the norm ensures that the perpetrator responsible will never be held accountable by Israeli authorities.”
According to DCIP, since 2000, 2119 Palestinian child was killed by Israeli occupation forces in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Since 2005, six major military offensives in Gaza by Israel have killed at least 1,000 Palestinian children, as DCIP reported.
In 2019, Israeli occupation forces killed 133 Palestinians, including 28 minors. Of the casualties, 104 were killed in the Gaza Strip and 26 in the West Bank, according to B’tselem.
Riyadh (QNN)- Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated on Friday that Saudi Arabia supports full normalization with Israel, but said this would only happen after the establishment of a Palestinian state.
The minister said while addressing an online talk at Med2020, “What we need to make [normalisation of ties with Israel] happen is a peace deal that delivers a Palestinian state with dignity and with a workable sovereignty that Palestinians can accept.”
“That deal would have to be negotiated, but what is important now is to bring back Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table to work towards a fair deal,” Prince Faisal stated.
Prince Faisal also said a normalisation of ties with Israel has long been part of Saudi Arabia’s vision.
“We still have that same vision, whereby Israel becomes a normal part of the region, where it has fully normal relations with the neighbours. What we need to make it happen is to deliver a [Palestinian] state.”
Prince Faisal also said he was optimistic that the incoming administration led by President-elect Joe Biden “would pursue a policy that promotes regional stability.”
“Any talks with the new administration will lead to close cooperation,” he said. “we will have, I am sure, very in-depth discussions on what regional stability means and on the best way to achieve it.”
Occupied Hebron (QNN)- The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) sent Muhammad Miqbil (16 years old) from Hadasah hospital to Megiddo after he underwent to a surgery last Wednesday to fix his lower jaw, which was broken by Israeli forces.
The Palestinian prisoners association on Sunday said “The kid is from Al Arroub refugee camp in northern Hebron. He was arrested on 29 November while he was heading to school. He was severely beaten by Israeli soldiers, who broke his lower jaw and caused bruises throughout his body.”
A military trial was held for the child today.
Each year approximately 500-700 Palestinian children are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The most common charge is stone throwing, for which the maximum sentence is 20 years. Currently, more than 190 Palestinian children remain in detention in Israeli prisons.