Report: “Israeli Army Killed Seven Palestinian Children In 2020”

The Palestinian Information Ministry has reported that Israeli soldiers have killed seven Palestinian children in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of this year.

The ministry stated that the Israeli violations against Palestinian children since the beginning of the Al-Aqsa Intifada on September 28th, 2000, until the ender of November 2019, have led to the death of more than 3097 children, in addition to thousands who were injured.

123 Palestinian children have been killed, and thousands have been injured, some seriously, by Israeli fire since U.S. President D. Trump recognized occupied Jerusalem as the unified capital of Israel on December 6, 2017.

Furthermore, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) and the Palestinian Detainees Committee, have confirmed that the soldiers abducted 304 Palestinian children since the beginning of 2020, compared to 745 who were taken prisoner in 2019.

The number of Palestinian children who were detained or imprisoned by the soldiers since December 6, 2017, exceeded 17000, including 264 who were taken prisoner from January 1. 2020, and March 31, 2020.

In addition, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) in occupied Jerusalem, has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted 1057 Palestinians in the period between January 1st, and June 30th, 2020, in Jerusalem alone.

Among the abducted Palestinians are 57 women, 202 children, including two girls, and five children under the age of 12.

Silwanic added that the soldiers abducted 181 Palestinian children from the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of June 2020. The number of children who are still imprisoned by Israel exceeds 155.

The Palestinian children, who were killed by Israeli army fire in 2020 are:

  1. Ali Ayman Abu Alia, 14, killed on December 4, 2020.
  2. Amer Abdul-Rahim Snobar, 17, October 25, 2020.
  3. Mohammad Damer Matar, 17, August 19, 2020.
  4. Zeid Fadel Qaisiyya, 15, May 13, 2020.
  5. Mohammad Abdul-Karim Hamayel, 15, March 11, 2020.
  6. Mohammad Salman al-Haddad, 17, February 5, 2020.
  7. Ala’ Hani al-Abbassi, 15, January 31, 2020.

(Source / 11.12.2020)

Israeli Man Stabs A Palestinian In Ramla

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An Israeli man stabbed, Friday, a young Palestinian man, who works at a shop in Ramla city, between occupied Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, before fleeing the scene,

The wounded Palestinian has been identified as Mahyoub Mohammad ‘Aassi, from Beit Liqya town, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Arij ‘Aassi, the mayor of Beit Liqya, stated that Mahyoub was stabbed in the chest while in the store, before his brother, who works with him, rushed to his aid.

The Palestinian was rushed to a nearby hospital, and his condition has been described as mild and stable.

(Source / 11.12.2020)

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, dozens of Palestinians during the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said dozens of soldiers invaded the town, before storming homes and occupying their rooftops.

He added that the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs, causing scores of Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

This week’s procession was held in commemoration of the 33rd anniversary of the “First Intifada,” and sixth anniversary of the death of Palestinian government minister, Ziad Abu Ein, who served as the head of the Wall & Colonization Resistance Commission, when Israeli soldiers killed him during a nonviolent procession.

The residents also marched in condemnation of the killing of Ali Ayman Abu Ata, 15, who was shot by the soldiers on December 7, 2020.

The Palestinians called for continued massive protests in occupied Palestine, to condemn the ongoing Israeli occupation, and its escalating violations.

Kufur Qaddoum and surrounding areas have been protesting the closure of the main road, by the Israeli occupation authorities, in 2003. The road, no longer accessible to Palestinians, is now exclusively used by illegal Israeli settlers from nearby colonies.

(Source / 11.12.2020)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Protection of Civilians Report | November 24 – December 7, 2020

Israeli forces shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian boy and severely injured three 16-year-old boys in four separate incidents across the West Bank. 

The fatal shooting occurred on 4 December near Al-Mughayyir village (Ramallah), during clashes that erupted in a protest against the establishment of an Israeli settlement outpost. The Israeli authorities announced the opening of an investigation. Two of the injured boys were shot with live ammunition in the chest during stone-throwing incidents on 28 and 29 November, next to Al Bireh and Silwad (Ramallah), and have been hospitalized in intensive care units. The other boy was shot with a rubber bullet in the head on 27 November during the weekly demonstration against settlement expansion in Kufur Qaddoum (Qalqilia), and was hospitalized with a fractured skull. The UN Special Coordinator, Nickolay Mladenov, as well as the UN Human Rights Office called on Israel to conduct prompt, transparent and independent investigations and hold those responsible accountable.

Israeli forces shot and a Palestinian man and seriously injured another in two separate incidents at checkpoints controlling the access to East Jerusalem from other parts of the West Bank. 

On 25 November, a Palestinian driver, whose documents were being checked at Az Za’ayyem checkpoint, suddenly accelerated his car, lightly injuring an Israeli policeman, according to official Israeli sources; he subsequently stopped on the road side, where Israeli forces running after the vehicle opened fire and killed him. An investigation by the Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, found that the man had posed no threat when killed. On 7 December, Israeli forces shot and injured an unarmed Palestinian who was walking towards the Qalandiya checkpoint and reportedly refused to stop after being ordered to do so.

Overall, 206 Palestinians, including ten children, and six Israeli soldiers were injured in multiple clashes across the West Bank. 

Of those, 148 were hit in protests against settlement activities in Salfit, in Ein as Samiya and Al Mughayyir (both in Ramallah), Beit Dajan (Nablus), and Kufur Qaddoum (Qalqiliya). Another 25 Palestinians were injured in a protest against home demolitions at Tayasir checkpoint, in the northern Jordan Valley. Clashes with Israeli forces that erupted following the entry of a group of Israelis to a religious site in Nablus city (Joseph’s Tomb) resulted in the injury of 13 Palestinians. Five Palestinians and six Israeli soldiers were injured during a search-and-arrest operation in the Qalandiya refugee camp (Jerusalem). The remaining 15 injuries were recorded in search-and-arrest operations in Ad Duheisheh refugee camp (Bethlehem) and in Al-‘Isawiya neighbourhood of East Jerusalem (including a young man shot in the face), during stone throwing incidents, and attempts by Palestinians to cross into Israel through breaches in the Barrier. Nine of all the Palestinians injured were hit by live ammunition and 78 by rubber bullets, 110 were treated for tear gas inhalation and most of the rest were physically assaulted.

Israeli forces carried out 182 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 149 Palestinians across the West Bank. 

The largest number of operations was recorded in the governorates of Jerusalem (52) and Hebron (46). Forty of the Jerusalem operations happened in East Jerusalem, including nine in the Al ‘Isawiya neighbourhood. Also in East Jerusalem, Israeli authorities issued orders banning the entry of three Palestinian (previously arrested for ‘disturbances to the public order’) to the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount compound, bringing the total number of people banned by such orders since the beginning of 2020 to over 150.

On at least 18 occasions, Israeli forces opened fire near Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza, and off its coast, apparently to enforce access restrictions. 

No injuries were recorded. On two other occasions, Israeli bulldozers levelled land near the perimeter fence, inside Gaza. Israeli forces arrested two Palestinian men who reportedly crossed into Israel through the fence, east of Deir al Balah, and later released them.

A total of 52 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized due to a lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 67 people and otherwise affecting about 860 people. 

Of the targeted structures, 49 were in Area C and three in East Jerusalem. On 25 November, Israeli authorities demolished ten structures, including about four kilometres of water pipes provided as humanitarian assistance, in seven communities in the Massafer Yatta area of southern Hebron; most of this area is designated closed for military training, placing its 1,400 residents at risk of a forcible transfer. The demolition of 13 structures during this period was carried out on the basis of Military Order 1797, which allows for demolitions within 96 hours of the issuance of a ‘removal order.’ Two of the three residential structures demolished in East Jerusalem were carried out by the owners to avoid additional fines and charges.

Two Palestinians were injured near Qalqilia and at least 300 Palestinian-owned trees and other properties were damaged by perpetrators believed to be Israeli settlers. 

The vandalized trees include 150 grape vines and about 140 olive trees and saplings in the villages of Turmus’ayya (Ramallah), As Sawiya (Nablus), and Kafr ad Dik, Bruqin, Yasuf, and Kifl Hares in Salfit. At least 1,750 olive trees were vandalized and the produce of over 1,800 was stolen by suspected settlers in October and November. Two of the remaining incidents involved damaging of a plant nursery in As Sawiya village and a shop in the Israeli-controlled area of Hebron city, and another involved an attack on shepherds in Tubas and the injury of a cow. The Israeli police arrested an Israeli man, while he was attempting to put on fire a church in East Jerusalem.

Israeli forces uprooted some 200 olive trees and grape vines planted by farmers from Al Khader village (Bethlehem), on grounds that the land was declared ‘state land’. 

The land, situated next to Neve Daniel settlement, was declared ’state land’ in 2014.

Two Israelis were injured and 19 Israeli-plated vehicles were damaged while travelling on West Bank roads by perpetrators believed to be Palestinians, according to Israeli sources. 

The incidents involved the throwing of stones, paint bottles and Molotov cocktails.

(Source / 11.12.2020)

The most important element in prison is books, writes Palestinian prisoner

Access to books is not the only struggle facing Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons,” writes Khaleda Jarrar.

Khaleda Jarrar has sent a letter to Palestine Writes Literature Festival, in which she hares the essential role literature plays for Palestinian prisoners struggling to retain their humanity and remain connected to the outside world inside Israeli Prisons.

Khaleda Jarrar, known as one of the most prominent social and political Palestinian figures, is a Palestinian political prisoner who has been arrested by Israeli occupation forces at her house in the Albera area of Ramallah.

She has been held under administrative detention in Israeli Damon prison located at the top of Mount Carmel in Haifa, without charge or trial.

In her letter, Jarrar sent her greetings to “Arab writers, scholars, intellectuals and artists who reject normalization with Israel’s settler colonial system.”

She, along with 40 Palestinian women prisoners, shared their experiences with literature and culture while in Israeli prisons.

She said that books constitute the “foundation of life in prison” because they preserve the psychological and moral balance of the prisoners “who view their detentions as part of the overall resistance against the colonial occupation of Palestine.”

She also said that having a book inside the prison is like a challenge for the Palestinian prisoners.

“The jailors seek to strip us from our humanity and keep us isolated from the outside world.”

She talked about the obstacles which they face in accessing books. For example, books do not reach them at times “as they undergo tight control mechanisms and confiscations when brought by a family member.”

Each Palestinian woman prisoner is allowed to have two books per month. However, these books are subject to “scrutiny checks where they are rejected by the prison administration under the pretext of being incitement books.”

She also said that there are some books written by prisoners inside prisons, some speak about the imprisonment and interrogation experiences in Israeli prisons.

Access to books is not the only struggle facing Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, according to Jarrar.

“Israeli prison authorities impose oppressive measures on a daily basis demonstrated by applying isolation policies through solitary confinement. They also deprive us of family visits, prevent entry of cultural & literary books, and completely ban educational books. They also ban singing in all its forms. Revolutionary and regular songs are banned.”

They are also not allowed to buy more than the one radio they have access to.

“The radio is an important source of information that connects us to the outside world by delivering the world news. But the radio is more than that to us…It is a tool that connects us with our families and friends as they call-in and send messages through the various Palestinian radio programs.”

She noted also that they are not allowed to carry out any educational process in prison.

“Their aim is clearly to isolate prisoners, both men and women, and to break us by transforming us into individuals with no hopes or plans for a decent future.”

As a stage of their struggle to claim the right to education, Jarrar said they are now seeking to start university education for the first round of women prisoners “to inspire and strengthen women prisoners’ self-confidence by encouraging them to consider the prison a place for creative, cultural and human development.”

Protecting resistance literature is one of their struggles for liberation inside the prisons, Jarrar concluded.

“We, the Palestinian women prisoners, also say “let us speak… let us dream… let us be liberated!”

(Source / 11.12.2020)

Palestinian worker wounded in Israeli stabbing attack inside Green-Line

Palestinian construction queue on the Palestinian side of the checkpoint at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit, on the first day of a joint strike called by Israeli contractors and Palestinian construction workers. Israeli contractors called a strike Wednesday in cooperation with their Palestinian workers, bringing the entire construction works inside the settlement to a total halt. They say the Beitar Illit municipality wants to raise taxes for every Palestinian construction worker they employ, from the current NIS 220 per worker to NIS 314. May, 1, 2013

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- A young man from Beit Liqya in western Ramallah has been reportedly wounded in an Israeli terrorist stabbing attack while he was at work in Ramla, inside the Green-Line, reported Wafa.

The Mayor of Beit Liqy, Areej Assi, told Wafa that Mahyoub Muhammad Assi, who works as a construction worker in Ramla, was slightly wounded after he was stabbed in his chest by an Israeli settler at a shot.

She added that his brother, who works with him as well, took him to a close hospital and that he is in a good condition.

(Source / 11.12.2020)

One man wounded, another arrested during Israeli raid into Kafr Malik

Ramallah (QNN)- A young man was wounded while another was arrested today during confrontations with Israeli forces, which raided the village of Kafr Malik in Ramallah.

Local sources said confrontations erupted in the village when Israeli forces repressed the village’s weekly protest against settlement. One protester was reportedly wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets while another has been arrested.

In the same vein, eyewitnesses stated that an Israeli military vehicle deliberately rammed into a car that was carrying Palestinians from the village, claiming that they took part in the protest, causing bruises for them.

(Source / 11.12.2020)

Deaf-mute man killed by Israeli soldiers in Nablus

Nablus (QNN)- A Palestinian deaf-mute elderly, who was wounded by Israeli soldiers a few months ago at Qalandiya military checkpoint, succumbed to his wounds today.

Local sources said Nasser Waleed Halawah was shot by Israeli soldiers a few months ago.

Halawah had a hearing impairment. He was shot at Qalandiya military checkpoint without any reason. He was taken to an Israeli hospital before he was transferred to a hospital in the West Bank only two weeks ago.

(Source / 11.12.2020)

Palestinian injured, another arrested by Israeli forces in Kafr Malik

A young man was reported injured and another arrested during clashes with the Israeli occupation forces on Friday in the village of Kafr Malik, northeast of Ramallah.

Local sources said that the clashes erupted after the Israeli occupation forces suppressed the weekly march in the village, which was emerging in protest against the establishment of a settlement outpost in the Ras al-Tin area, east of the village.

That’s led to the injury of a young man with rubber-coated metal bullets, in addition to the arrest of another whose identity, is not yet known.

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Eyewitnesses told that a military vehicle belonging to the Israeli occupation army deliberately collided with a vehicle carrying a group of Palestinian citizens in the village, claiming that they were participating in the confrontations, which resulted in bruising them, without any of them being arrested.

(Source / 11.12.2020)

Israeli forces shoot injured Palestinians in Hebron

A number of Palestinian civilians were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets and suffocated on Friday, during clashes with the Israeli occupation forces in the Bab Al-Zawiya area, in the center of Hebron.

Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation soldiers occupied the roofs of a number of houses in the Bab Al-Zawiya area, and fired rubber-coated metal bullets and stun grenades, and tear gas, towards the citizens, which led to the injury of a number of them with metal bullets and suffocation, who were treated in the field.

(Source / 11.12.2020)