Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians, Cause Damage To One Home, In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers injured, on Saturday evening, several Palestinians during the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, and caused severe damage to the interior walls of one home after storming it and forcing the family in one room.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers invaded the village, before storming a home, and forced the family in one room for more than four hours, in addition to occupying its rooftop to use it as a firing post.

Adnan Ali, the owner of the home, said the soldiers held his twelve family members in a room on the ground floor of the building, before demolishing some interior walls using handheld tools, resulting in excessive damage.

The soldiers also fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at the Palestinians, while some youngsters hurled stones and empty bottles at them.

One Palestinian, 19 years of age, was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the leg, while dozens of residents, including those in their homes, suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers have been invading Adnan’s home every week to occupy its rooftop and open fire at the protesters.

Adnan’s wife recently developed a chronic respiratory problem due to teargas inhalation.

On Friday, the soldiers also invaded the village and attacked the weekly procession, held every Friday and Saturday, causing dozens of Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The army also invaded and searched homes, and occupied their rooftops to use them as firing posts and monitoring towers.

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 / 13.12.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Abducted 413 Palestinians, Including 49 Children, In November

A report issued by several human rights and information centers groups in occupied Palestine stated that Israeli soldiers abducted at least 413 Palestinians, including 49 children and seven women, in the occupied territories in November.

The Palestinian Detainees Committee, the Palestinian Prisoners Society and the Ad-Dameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic), issued a fact sheet, based research and documentation, revealing the number of Palestinians abducted by the Israeli occupation army in November.

They said the soldiers abducted 157 Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, 40 from the Ramallah and al-Biereh governorate, 74 in Hebron, 31 in Jenin, 33 in Bethlehem, 30 in Nablus, 18 in Tulkarem, 18 from Qalqilia, 3 in Jericho, 7 in Tubas, 1 in Salfit, and one from Gaza.

The report indicated that the number of Palestinian detainees imprisoned by Israel is about 4400, including 41 women, 170 children, and 380 who are held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.

Also in November, Israeli courts issued 102 Administrative Detention orders; 47 of them were issued against the detainees for the first time, and 55 were renewed orders.

The groups denounced the escalating Israeli violations, especially the illegal collective measures targeting the detainees and their families, in addition to the nearly absent measures that would protect the detainees during a coronavirus pandemic, in addition to Israel’s ongoing policies preventing the detainees from receiving basic rights, including the right to adequate and professional medical treatment.

In a recent report, the Palestinian Information Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers have killed seven Palestinian children in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of this year.

The latest casualty was Ali Ayman Abu Alia, 14, who was shot and killed by the soldiers in his village of al-Mughayyir, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

It is worth mentioning that, on Friday December 11th, a deaf and mute Palestinian man, identified as Nasser Halawa, 47, from Nablus in northern West Bank, died from serious wounds he suffered on August 17th, after Israeli soldiers shot him at the Qalandia Terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem.

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 / 13.12.2020)

Illegal Israeli Colonists Attack Palestinian Homes Near Hebron

A group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonists attacked, on Saturday night after midnight, several Palestinian homes the al-Odaisah village, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and threatened to kill the residents.

Media sources in Hebron said the colonists attacked the homes, hurled insults at the families, in addition to threatening to kill them and burn their homes to the ground.

The village is part of Sa’ir town, east of Hebron, and is subject to repeated violations by the soldiers and the colonists.

In related news, Israeli soldiers installed several roadblocks on roads leading to Beit Awwa town, Kharsa village, Wadi Obeid area in Doura town, southwest of Hebron, in addition to the entrance of Halhoul town, north of Hebron.

The soldiers stopped and searched dozens of Palestinian cars, and interrogated several residents while inspecting their ID cards.

On Saturday, a group of illegal colonists attacked a Palestinian journalist, identified as Mohannad Mustafa Qfeisha, 28, in Tal Romedia neighborhood, in the center of Hebron city, causing cuts and bruises.

(Source / 13.12.2020)

Updated: Israeli Army Abducts Five Palestinians In Bethlehem, Two In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, five Palestinians, including former political prisoners, from Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, and two near Jerusalem.

Several army jeeps invaded the Cinema Street, al-Madbasa area, Paul VI Street, al-Karkafa, the Saff Street, Wadi Ma’ali and Hindaza, before storming and ransacking homes, and abducted five young Palestinian men.

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as Mustafa Salhab, Mohammad Salhab, Firas al-Yamani, Saleh al-Hreimi and Nour Qaraqe’.

In addition, the soldiers invaded and searched homes in the al-‘Ezariya and Abu Dis towns, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, before abducting Ata Maher Hamdan, 20, and Yazan Khaled Mheisin, 20.

In related news, a report issued by several human rights and information centers groups in occupied Palestine stated that Israeli soldiers abducted 413 Palestinians, including 49 children and seven women, in the occupied territories in November.

In a recent report, the Palestinian Information Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers have killed seven Palestinian children in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of this year.

The latest casualty was Ali Ayman Abu Alia, 14, who was shot and killed by the soldiers in his village of al-Mughayyir, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

It is worth mentioning that, on Friday December 11th, a deaf and mute Palestinian man, identified as Nasser Halawa, 47, from Nablus in northern West Bank, died from serious wounds he suffered on August 17th, after Israeli soldiers shot him at the Qalandia Terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 13.12.2020)

‘Israel’ demolished, confiscated 52 houses in two weeks

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Israeli authorities demolished and confiscated 52 Palestinian-owned houses throughout the last two weeks in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the office said “the demolitions displaced 67 Palestinians and caused damage to 860 others during the period between 24 November and 7 December.”

On 5 November, the United Nations said Israeli authorities demolished 689 structures throughout the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, since the start of 2020.

The Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Yvonne Haley, had said that the Israeli demolitions displaced 869 Palestinians and left them homeless.

(Source / 13.12.2020)

Palestinian journalist wounded in attack by Israeli settlers in Hebron

Occupied Hebron (QNN)- Groups of Israeli settlers attacked and beat a journalist in Tal Irmeideh in occupied Hebron on Saturday, reported WAFA.

Settlers from the illegal settlements of “Ramat Yishai” and “Beit Hadassah” attacked and beat Muhannad Mustafa Qafisheh (28 years old), a sports journalist in Palestine TV., while he was in Tal Irmeideh. The attack caused an injury in the head.

WAFA added that Qafisheh tried to defend himself but the settlers were accompanied by Israeli soldiers.

(Source / 13.12.2020)

Israeli forces arrested 5 Palestinians in Bethlehem

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West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces arrested 5 Palestinians from Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Sunday morning.

Three of the detainees were in Kafka, central of Bethlehem and the two others in Al-Saaf street, WAFA reported.

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 / 13.12.2020)

NGOs: ‘Israel’ arrested 413 Palestinians last month

including 49 children and seven women

Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli forces arrested 413 Palestinians throughout occupied Palestine in November, including 49 children and seven women, said human rights watchdogs.

Several human rights organizations (The Committee of Detainees’ and former Detainees’ affairs, The Palestinian Prisoners’ Association, Addameer, Wadi Hilweh Information Center) issued on Saturday a fact sheet, stating that “Israeli authorities arrested 157 citizens in Jerusalem, 40 in Ramallah, 74 in Hebron, 31 in Jenin, 33 in Bethlehem, 30 in Nablus, 18 in Tulkarm, 18 in Qalqilya, three in Jericho, 7 in Tubs, one in Salfit, and one in Gaza.”

The arrests raised the total detainees in Israeli jails to nearly 4400, including 41 women, 170 children, and 380 administrative detainees.

The fact sheet added that the occupation state was involved in several inhumane practices against Palestinian prisoners, including collective punishment, using COVID-19 pandemic to repress prisoners, deliberate medical negligence, and systematic arrests, especially in the occupied capita, Jerusalem.

(Source / 13.12.2020)

Is it necessary for Israel to investigate the shootings of Palestinian children?

Palestinians are waiting for justice from the oppressive, biased Israeli judicial system

By Motasem A Dalloul

It has become the norm in the occupation state of Israel to make people forget the violent crimes against Palestinian victims by turning them to investigations and courts.

Last Friday, Israeli occupation forces shot dead 13-year-old Palestinian boy Ali Abu Alia during a protest against the construction of an Israeli settlement in the village of Al-Mughayyir, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that Ali was “shot with live rounds in the stomach.” The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that Ali was admitted to hospital in critical condition and later tragically succumbed to his wounds.

The harrowing killing of the Palestinian child was widely condemned with the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov tweeting: “Appalled by the killing of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy (13 according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health), Ali Abu Alia, near Ramallah today.”

After reporting the killing on its official Twitter account, the European Union (EU) delegation to the Palestinians stated: “Children enjoy special protection under international law,” posing the age-old question: “How many more Palestinian children will be subject to the excessive use of lethal force by the Israeli security forces?”

The Israeli occupation forces claimed that Ali was among “rioters” who “threw stones” and “tried to roll large boulders and burning tyres from the ridges that overlook the Alon route, risking the lives of passengers on the road.” However, witnesses informed that there were people who threw stones, but no one attempted “to roll large boulders and burning tyres from the ridges,” The Times of Israel reported. An eyewitness described the Israeli army’s claims as “nonsense”.

In his tweet, Mladenov conveyed: “Israel must swiftly and independently investigate this shocking and unacceptable incident. Children enjoy special protection under international law and must be protected from violence.” Meanwhile, the EU delegation to the Palestinians expressed: “This shocking incident must be swiftly and fully investigated by the Israeli authorities in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Following the broad condemnation of the killing, a spokesman of the Israeli army did not acknowledge the Israeli army’s responsibility for the killing and affirmed that the incident “will be looked into.” In a statement, the Israeli occupation army disclosed: “The [Israel Defence Forces] is aware of the claim that there were wounded Palestinians and one Palestinian fatality. Following this incident, a military police investigation has been launched.”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that it would file legal proceedings against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over Ali’s fatal shooting, WAFA news agency reported. But will such investigations or legal proceedings at the ICC help achieve justice for Palestinian children?

It has become the norm in Israel to make people forget the violent crimes against Palestinians by turning them to investigations in court. Since the creation of the occupation state, the Israeli judicial system has never achieved justice for the Palestinians.

Israeli criminals, whether judges in courts approving racist laws and confiscating rights, army or police officers killing Palestinians, or politicians taking decisions on wars, they are perpetually and continuously cleared of their crimes.

Just a couple of days ago, an Israeli court cleared an Israeli police officer of any wrongdoing related to the case of Malik Eissa, a 9-year-old Palestinian boy who was shot in the face causing him to lose his left eye. Malik was shot by an Israeli police officer in February. According to witnesses, he had just left his school bus when Israeli police opened fire allegedly at “rioters”, using what they claim are non-lethal weapons.

“Riots” and “rioters” are the pretexts that the Israeli occupation police and army officers cite when they want to justify violent crackdowns on Palestinian schoolchildren or peaceful protestors, or when they shoot at the Palestinian farmers and shepherds who attempt to face off Israeli settlers who attack them. They also use the pretext of imposing order and enforcing the law when they shoot at unarmed Palestinians who attempt to protect their trees from being uprooted or their homes from being demolished by the Israeli occupation.

Speaking to AP, Malik’s father expressed that his family had been the victims of injustice twice – firstly, when the boy was shot, and secondly, when the investigation was 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 recounted. “But ten months after investigating, they decided to close the file.”

In May of this year, an Israeli Border Police officer shot eight bullets at Eyad Hallaq, a 32-year-old autistic Palestinian, when he was on his way to school. It is no surprise that in October, the Israeli Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department announced that the Israeli killer would only be tried for reckless manslaughter.

Responding to this recommendation, Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel conveyed: “We once again bear witness to Israel’s shocking and disgraceful attempt to whitewash the killing of an innocent Palestinian man by Israeli police. Israel’s law enforcement system is concerned with protecting those who kill Palestinians. As long as Israeli authorities maintain the racist perspective according to which all Palestinians are perceived as enemies, the consequences will remain the same.”

There are countless similar cases of the Israeli occupation killing not only lone Palestinian civilians, but tens of hundreds, and then being cleared of any wrongdoing, as occurred in Jenin in 2002 and in Gaza during several major offensives between 2008 and 2014. We do not, and will not, forget the brutal massacres carried out in 1947, 1948, 1956, and so on.

Regarding Eyad’s case, as usual, the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) performed its role, calling Eyad’s killing another case of: “The routine use of lethal force by Israeli Security forces against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.”

Israeli Public Security Minister Amir Ohana has defended the police officer, claiming he was simply doing his best to impose order in the tense atmosphere of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Human Rights Watch said in 2010 that Israel had failed to demonstrate that it will conduct thorough and impartial investigations into alleged laws of war violations regarding Israeli war crimes committed in Gaza between 2008 and 2009. Israeli rights group B’Tselem described the Israeli military law enforcement system as a fig leaf used as a whitewash mechanism.

It is not necessary for Israeli authorities to waste time, money and efforts on mock investigations, while findings are being predetermined prior to any probe. Meanwhile, Palestinians are waiting for justice from the oppressive, biased Israeli judicial system and from the international community which stands by while watching Israeli crimes being repeatedly committed against the Palestinians.

(Source / 13.12.2020)

Israeli Jewish settlers attack Palestinian homes in West Bank

At the same night, Israeli occupation forces raided West Bank city of Bethlehem, broke into homes and detained five Palestinians

A group of extremist Israeli Jewish settlers attacked on Sunday night homes of Palestinians near the town of Sa’ir, northeast of occupied West Bank city of Al-Khalil, security sources said.

Settlers attacked homes in the outskirts of the town, shouted profanities at the Palestinian residents and threatened to murder them and burn their homes.

Eyewitnesses reported that a large group of the Israeli occupation forces arrived in the area and protected the Jewish settlers.

In the meantime, Israeli occupation forces raided the city of Bethlehem, south of the occupied West Bank, and detained five Palestinians after raiding and searching their homes.

Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property is commonplace in the occupied West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

The violence includes arsons of homes, mosques, churches and shops, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees and attacks on little children.

Over 800,000 Israeli Jewish settlers live in Jewish-only settlements across the occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

(Source / 13.12.2020)