Israeli Soldiers Injure Six Palestinians Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier Wednesday morning, the town of Jaba’, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, injured six Palestinians, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Razi Ghannam, the secretary of Fateh Movement in Jaba’, said several army jeeps invaded the town, before the soldiers broke into many homes, and violently searched them, while interrogating the families.

Ghannam added that many Palestinians protested the invasion, hurled stones and a few Molotov cocktails at the army jeeps, while the soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and a barrage of gas bombs.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) the soldiers shot six young men with rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused scores of residents to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

The PRCS added that its medics provided the needed treatment to the wounded Palestinians, and moved a few of them to a hospital in Jenin city.

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

On Wednesday morning, several armored Israeli military vehicles carried out limited invasions in the central and northern parts of the Gaza Strip, and uprooted Palestinian lands.

(Source / 09.12.2020)

‘Israel’ arrests writer and his brother in occupier Haifa

Occupied Haifa (QNN)- Israeli police on Tuesday arrested the writer and journalist Majd Kayyal and his brother Ward from their house in occupied Haifa.

Their mother, Suheir Badarneh, said Israeli police broke into their house at 6:00 am this morning, went to Majd’s bedroom, and handcuffed him before they closed the room’s door and vandalized it.

She added that they ordered her to call Ward, who was outside and when she refused to call him they called and threatened him to arrest his mother if he does not turn himself in.

The Israeli police confiscated Majd’s and Ward’s cell phones and laptops and prevented Majd’s girlfriend from taking photos or videotaping the Israeli raid. The police did not explain the reason behind the arrest.

Majd Kayyal is a journalist and novelist, born in 1990 in occupied Haifa. His family was displaced from the village of Al Barweh. He wrote “the tragedy of Mr. rain”, “Death in Haifa” series, and “How would the Zionist regime change?”. He also wrote the lyrics of the recently published album “More beautiful than Berlin”. He had been previously arrested in 2014 after he came back from a visit to Beirut.

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(Source / 09.12.2020)

Israeli forces detained 18 Palestinians from West Bank

West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces detained 18 Palestinians from various parts of the occupied West Bank on Wednesday morning, after raiding their houses.

Four of the detainees were in Jalazone camp, north of Ramallah, and two brothers in Saffa village.

Seven others were detained in Bal’a in Tulkarm, four of them are ex-detainees.

In Bethlehem, three Palestinians were also detained, one from Harmala village and two brothers from Teqoa town.

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 / 09.12.2020)

Israel Has In One Week Committed Terrorist Attacks, Expanded Settlements And Killed Children

In just over a week since Israel’s State-sponsored act of terrorism, which resulted in the murder of Iran’s top scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Israel managed to murder a Palestinian child, approve over 9,000 settler units, demolish Palestinian homes and the International Community still refuses to act.

If International Law is to be taken seriously and if the United Nations are to be considered as a legitimate International body, they must act to ensure racist double-standards are discarded and all nations be judged on their merits rather than power.

On Friday, November 27, Israel was accused of being behind the terroristic assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top nuclear scientist. This act was condemned, even by the likes of the former head of the CIA, John Brenan, who called it an act of “State-Sponsored terrorism”. After such a high profile assassination of a non-combatant employee of a foreign government, in what amounts to an act of war, which Iran has vowed to respond to, Israel did not stop escalating the violence there.

On the 29th of November, Israeli occupation forces brutally kidnapped 16 year old, Mohammed Moqbel, from the al-Arroub camp (North of al-Khalil) and tortured him to such an extent that the teenager had to undergo surgery at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem. Mohammed’s jaw was broken by the beating Israeli forces had given the minor. His family have attempted to get the word out about the abuse Mohammed had suffered, yet there has been little to no International pushback. Mohammed now remains chained to a hospital bed, like a prisoner, despite having not committed any crime.

Immediately after, Israel continued on with its illegal home demolition campaign, in Jerusalem, which has this year forced almost 400 Palestinians out of their homes in East Jerusalem, more than half of them children. On November 30, Israel forced Palestinians to destroy their own properties in Silwan (East Jerusalem). That same day Israeli gunboats also opened fire upon unarmed Palestinian fisherman in the sea off of the al-Sudaniyeh area, to the North of the besieged Gaza Strip.

On the 2nd of December, two Palestinian men, Ziad Ali Hussein Abiyat and Jaafar Omar Abaya, were reportedly killed and five others injured, by an Israeli bus, at a checkpoint in Bethlehem. Shaher Saad, the Secretary General for the Palestinian Workers Union, had stated that he holds Israel accountable due to it failing to “rehabilitate special garages to transport Palestinian workers to their work sites”. This incident, having affected Palestinians from the West Bank who work for Israelis, shows the way in which Israel refuses to deliver the basics for Palestinians who are working for Israeli businesses.

On the 3rd of December, an Israeli court decided to let Israeli police officers walk free after the shooting of a young Palestinian boy, discarding all evidence against the officers in question. Malik Issa, then 8 years old, was shot in the head by an Israeli police officer in the al-Issawiyeh area, in East Jerusalem, this February. The attack cost little Malik his left eye and caused severe head trauma. However, despite the eyewitness testimonies and forensic evidence having suggested the Israeli munition, claimed by eye-witnesses to have been used, would match up to the impact caused, the Israeli court threw out the case and investigation. Malik Issa’s family were quoted as having said that there has been a second crime committed against their son and that “there is no justice in this world”.

Then, the very next day an Israeli illegal settler attempted to commit a terrorist attack against ‘The Church of All Nations’ in East Jerusalem, setting fire to the church before being stopped and detained by Palestinian security guards. Despite Israel having incentivised illegal settlers to live in illegally occupied East Jerusalem, Israel took no responsibility for this act of extremism committed by a Settler quite literally pandered to and inspired by the actions and words of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as other far-Right Israeli MK’s.

During the week, Israeli forces had continually clashed with Palestinian non-violent protesters, having injured tens of demonstrators with live ammunition, physical assault, rubber bullets and tear gas.

Later that day on the 4th of December, Israeli forces shot a 13 year old Palestinian, Ali Alia, through the stomach with live ammunition. Ali was later declared dead after being transported to hospital. On the issue, all Palestinian political factions called on the International Community to step in. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) released the following statement on the issues which occurred that day: “The occupation’s act of committing this heinous crime against the child Ali Abu Alia, and the settler’s attempt to burn the Gethsemane Church [Church of All Nations], as well as the continued crimes of prosecution, arrest, settlement expansion, demolition of homes and siege [on Gaza], come within the framework of consecrating its [Israel’s] occupation as a reality on the ground and completing the Judaization and annexation project.”

Since last Friday, Israel has not stopped its aggressive actions, this week already having approved 9,000 new illegal settler units to be built in East Jerusalem. The construction of these 9,000 settler units are planned to go ahead, as an expansion of the ‘Atarot’ settlement area. Atarot is supposed to be a redline for the International Community and will – once the expansion is complete – cut East Jerusalem off from the West Bank city of Ramallah. But as you’ve probably guessed, as was the case when Israel announced it would expand the illegal settlements of ‘Givat Hamatos’ and ‘Ramat Shlomo’, the International Community did nothing but a little talk.

On Monday, Israeli forces prevented Syrian farmers from reaching their lands in the Golan Heights, preventing these people from reaching their livelihoods. Israeli occupation forces also raided the Qalandia area (North of Jerusalem), in the West Bank, seriously injuring four young Palestinians, before later that day shooting a Palestinian man at the Qalandia checkpoint, who was on his way to play a football game. The Israeli’s accused the man, who was travelling to play as a goalkeeper for his football team, of attempting a knife attack, despite not presenting any evidence and the video showing the shooting, clearly shows the man is within no distance to attack.

Later on that same day, Israel also revealed plans to expand an illegal West Bank settlement called ‘Yitzhak’, which is located to the North of Nablus and has led to Palestinians having been handed notices that hundreds of Dunoms of Palestinian land is to be confiscated.

Despite these war crimes having all been committed in just one week, the UN, EU and wider world superpowers have refused to act. If this lack of action continues, it will only further prove that the West sees itself and its allies as above the law, therefore indicating they don’t actually believe in International Law at all. This understanding, that Western governments are racist when it comes to delivering justice, will inevitably push the region into taking matters into their own hands.

If the International Community is honest, they must acknowledge these double-standards that they have, sanctioning and committing war crimes, solely against countries and peoples who do not conform to the pro-American agenda. This is a racist and flawed system of International Injustice and the Global South will never take them seriously until they realise that if they seek peace, they must judge each country on its deeds, not on its ability to fuel Western capital.

(Source / 09.12.2020)

Dr Hanan Ashrawi resigns from PLO committee

Hanan Ashrawi, member of the executive committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), announced that she has submitted her resignation from the organization to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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For several days, leaked news told that Ashrawi had submitted her letter of resignation.

It said that her decision is in protest against the Palestinian Authority’s decision to resume coordination with the occupation state, Israel.

The news also said people will promote that “Ashrawi is no longer able to fulfill her duties because of her age and infection from two months ago, but this is not true.”

In her public letter of resignation, however, Ashrawi said that the “issue is not personal or a career decision. Rather, it has to do with the current reality and future of Palestine, and with the imperative of the transfer of authority and responsibility.”

“I believe it is time to carry out the required reform and to activate the PLO in a manner which restores its standing and role, including respecting the mandate of the Executive Committee rather than its marginalization and exclusion from decision-making,” Ashrawi said.

She concluded, “I will continue to serve the Palestinian people and our just cause in every capacity outside public office.”

(Source / 09.12.2020)

Israeli occupation police cleared in shooting of maimed Palestinian boy

The boy’s father said that his family had been the victim of injustice twice – first when the boy was shot and now with the investigation being closed

Early this week, Israeli occupation authorities cleared its police of any wrongdoing in the case of 9-year-old Palestinian boy who lost an eye after apparently being shot in the face by Israeli officer earlier this year.

Malik Eissa was struck by what appeared to be a sponge-tipped munition last February and lost vision in his left eye.

Residents said he had just gotten off a school bus in the Palestinian neighborhood of Issawiya in East Jerusalem when police opened fire.

Israeli occupation police said at the time they had responded to riots in the tense neighborhood and used what they call non-lethal weapons.

In a statement sent to The Associated Press on Saturday, Israeli Justice Ministry said its unit for internal police investigations concluded that while the incident was “sad,” there were insufficient grounds for prosecution after interviewing witnesses and reviewing video footage and other evidence.

It said police were conducting an arrest operation at the time and were attacked by a group of stone throwers. It also said that medical experts could not determine whether the boy had been struck by a bullet or a stone.

Malik’s father, Wael Issa, told AP that his family had been the victim of injustice twice – first when the boy was shot and now with the investigation being closed.

“When my son was shot, the members of the investigative unit came to the hospital. They were about to cry. They told me, ‘Don’t worry, those responsible for shooting him will be held accountable,'” he said Sunday. “But 10 months after investigating, they decided to close the file.”

He said the boy suffers from constant headaches and psychological problems and has not returned to school because of repeated surgeries and embarrassment about his appearance.

He said his son finally agreed to return to school two weeks ago after receiving a glass eye but stopped going after a couple of days because of an embarrassing incident.

“The eye fell out in front of the students. He feels terrible,” he said. “Frankly speaking I don’t believe I will ever get justice in this system.”

Palestinians and Israeli human rights groups have long accused Israel of whitewashing wrongdoing by its security forces.

B’tselem, Israel’s leading human rights group, said the case “exemplifies whitewashing at work.”

“Every individual case is isolated to a series of technical details, as though this was a singular incident, rather than an open fire policy,” the organization said – while further accusing the police of operating within “an oppressed civilian population to enforce an occupation and annexation,” leading to civilian casualties and impunity for those who harm them.

Issawiya is part of Wast Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War along with the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, territories the Palestinians want for a future state. Israel later annexed Wast Jerusalem in a step that is not internationally recognized and views all of the city as its capital. The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as their future capital.

Issawiya has been the site of frequent police raids that often ignite demonstrations or clashes. Police blame the violence on local youths, whom they accuse of throwing stones and firebombs at patrol vehicles.

(Source / 09.12.2020)

Israel uses deadly weapons against Palestinian children

Defense for Children International Palestine says Ali Abu Alia was shot by soldier using Ruger

Israeli forces kill children using deadly weapons while suppressing Palestinian demonstrations, according to a non-governmental organisation.

Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP) documented that the Israeli military uses Ruger 10/22 rifles and some children have been killed with the weapon.

The latest victim was Ali Abu Alia, a 14-year-old Palestinian boy who was martyred in the occupied West Bank on Dec. 4, it said, emphasizing that Israel’s claim that the weapon is not deadly is unrealistic.

Ali Abu Alia was shot with live ammunition in the abdomen while observing clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian youths from the village of Al-Mughayyir in northeastern Ramallah, according to information collected by DCIP.

According to reports by international law organizations, eight Palestinian children between the ages of 13-17 have been martyred by gunfire from Israeli soldiers since the beginning of the year.

(Source / 09.12.2020)

New Zealand MPs take pledge for Palestine

One of the MPs said: ‘I want us all to pledge to keep standing on that right side. To keep seeking justice for Palestine. Not just kindness, not just words, but substantive justice and to keep demanding it from our politicians’

Three New Zealand MPs have taken pledge to form new parliamentary Palestine friendship group and to “raise the voices of Palestinian people in New Zealand’s parliament,” news agencies reported on Tuesday.

According to the news agencies, the three MPs made their pledge at an event organised by Wellington Palestine to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Over 100 New Zealanders including Golriz Ghahraman, MP (Green Party), Teanau Tuiono, MP (Green Party) and Ibrahim Omer, MP (Labour Party), attended the event.

In a speech to open the event Ghahraman – an Iranian born refugee and former human rights lawyer – insisted that New Zealand must divest from companies that were complicit in crimes against international law.

“We do have to divest from investing in the occupied territories,” the Ghahraman said. “We do have to stop trade with any company – not just Israel – any multinational corporation that’s profiting from the occupation of Palestine. Because crimes are being committed there. Because, it isn’t just about land.”

She added: “We know – the United Nations tells us constantly – that forcible movement of people means that a whole range of international crimes are being committed. It is mass killings. It is mass maiming. It is the deprivation of Palestinians from all of their other inalienable rights.”

All three of the MPs attending the event have credentials as champions of human rights. Tuiono and Omer are both new MPs voted into power at New Zealand’s recent election.

Tuiono has a history of campaigning for indigenous rights and Omer is an Eritrean refugee who spent many years working in UN refugee camps.

Ghahraman reminded the audience of New Zealand’s proud history of taking a stand for social justice.

“I know that we all ask ourselves – when we look at history and mass crimes in history – where would we be at that moment? What side would we stand for? Would we raise our voices? And New Zealand has before. We’ve stood against apartheid. We’ve stood for a nuclear-free Pacific,” she said.

“And today, on world solidarity with Palestine day, we know, all of us in this room, that we would be on the right side of history. So, I want us all to pledge to keep standing on that right side. To keep seeking justice for Palestine. Not just kindness, not just words, but substantive justice and to keep demanding it from our politicians.”

She concluded: “So, I want to acknowledge that there are two other politicians in this room and to pledge our support. We will, this term, form a Parliamentary Palestine Friendship Group. That’s the only way, right? This is something that our country needs to regulate.

“There are mass crimes being committed in our name if we continue that trade and we, we three, and those who join, will continue to raise the voices of Palestinian people in New Zealand’s parliament with your support. So, thank you and Kia Ora.”

(Source / 09.12.2020)

On the 33rd anniversary: Hamas upholds the Palestinian rights

The head of Hamas in the Palestinian diaspora, Maher Salah, said that on Hamas’s 33rd anniversary, the movement adheres to the unity of the Palestinian people, rejects projects of normalization and recognition of the occupation, and affirms the right and duty of our nation to participate in the liberation project.

In a press statement, Salah affirmed that Hamas adheres to the unity with all Palestinian factions at home and abroad, as well as the right of our people to resist occupation by all means for the sake of liberation, return, and self-determination.

Salah reiterated the movement’s commitment to rebuilding and developing Palestinian institutions, expanding the participation, developing decision-making mechanisms, and involving all forces, factions, and institutions in order to create a Palestinian future commensurate with the sacrifice and suffering the Palestinian people have made for the sake of their freedom and independence.

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He stressed that the movement rejects all forms of normalization, recognition, and settlement with the Israeli occupation, stressing the right and duty of our nation to actively participate in the liberation project.

Salah affirmed that Hamas rejects the plans of Judaization, demolition, and attacks on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling for confronting the Israeli attacks against the city of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Palestine.

Read More: 33rd anniversary of Palestinian First Intifada

He added that the movement stresses the importance of working to break the siege imposed on our people in the Gaza Strip, rejecting plans to annex the West Bank, meet the rights of Palestinian refugees, and continue UNRWA’s work.

Salah saluted all the states, governments, organizations, and institutions that stood by our people and our cause, and contributed to defending the Palestinian cause.

Salah indicated that the launch of the Hamas movement in 1987 coinciding with the first intifada, confirmed the Palestinian people’s to uphold their identity and land, their rejection of the Israeli occupation in all its forms.

He said that our people made great sacrifices on the road to freedom, liberation, and return, and sent clear messages that there is no recognition, no settlement, and no compromise on our right to freedom, independence, and self-determination.

He added that the the lunch of Hamas movement renewed the struggle of the Palestinian people, as the movement presented its best leaders and men in defense of the people and the land, and was able to achieve great successes that inflicted multiple defeats on the occupation.

(Source / 09.12.2020)

Israel tightens its military measures in Deir Ballut

Days of Palestine – Salfit – The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday tightened their military measures at the Deir Ballut checkpoint, west of Salfit.

Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces set up a military checkpoint at the entrance to the town, checked citizens’ identities, obstructed the movement of vehicles, and caused a stifling traffic crisis.

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Deir Ballut is a Palestinian town located in the Salfit Governorate in the northern West Bank, 41 kilometers southwest of Nablus. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, it had a population of 3,195 in 2007.

Since the Six-Day War in 1967, Deir Ballut has been under Israeli occupation.

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After the 1995 accords, 5.2% of village land was classified as Area B, the remaining 94.8% as Area C. Israel has confiscated 171 dunums of village land for the Israeli settlements of Penuel and Alei Zahav.

By 2020, there were reports about untreated sewage from the nearby Israeli settlements of Leshem, Peduel, and Beit Aryeh-Ofarim being dumped on Deir Ballut land.

(Source / 09.12.2020)