IOF raids W. Bank homes, kidnaps some citizens

IOF in the West Bank

WEST BANK, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last night and at dawn Thursday kidnaped a number of Palestinian citizens in different West Bank areas.

According to local sources, the IOF kidnaped an ex-detainee called Tareq Samhan from his home in Nablus city.

In al-Khalil, the IOF kidnaped two citizens after ransacking their home in the city. They were identified as Omar Abu Sneineh and Fuaad al-Atrash.

In east Jerusalem, police forces raided several homes in Ras al-Amud neighborhood (Issawiya district) and interrogated passersby on its streets. The campaign continued for several hours.

A young man identified as Nour Obeid was taken prisoner during a police campaign in Martyr Mohamed Obeid neighborhood in Issawiya.

Violent clashes reportedly took place overnight between local youths and police forces in the district.

(Source / 24.12.2020)

17 corona deaths, 1,704 new cases in Palestine within 24 hours

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RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Palestinian health ministry on Thursday reported 17 new deaths associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus), and 1,704 new positive tests and 2,291 recoveries in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip during the last 24 hours.

According to the ministry’s daily report, eight of the new victims who died of the virus are from different areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem suburbs, and nine others from Gaza.

122 critically ill COVID-19 patients are also receiving intensive care in hospitals, and 29 of them have been placed on ventilators.

82.5 percent of the total cases have recovered from the disease, while the rate of active cases has reached 16.6 percent and the rate of deaths is 0.9 percent of the total cases, according to data updated today by the ministry.

(Source / 24.12.2020)

The Prisoners´ Association: The occupation forces abuse and abuse 4 prisoners during the arrest process

A report issued by the Prisoners and Editors Affairs Authority today, Wednesday, recorded live testimonies of prisoners and minors, in which they list details of their abuse and the degrading treatment and torture they are subjected to during their arrest from their homes, and their interrogation in Israeli detention centers.

Among the testimonies revealed by the commission’s report, the testimony of Khaled Al-Qeni (16 years) from the town of Kafr Qaliil in Nablus, where the occupation forces stormed his house accompanied by police dogs in the middle of the night and broke the entrance door, and arrested him and his two brothers (Walid and Yahya). The police officer, his brother Yahya, lifted some of him with his foot, and then they were thrown into the military jeep and taken to the “Hawara” detention center. Then the minor Khaled was taken to the Lod Police Station for questioning, and he was interrogated for 6 consecutive hours while he was handcuffed and footed, and later he was transferred to a detention center. Megiddo, where he is now.

The occupation army attacked the minor Abdul-Hadi Nazzal (16 years) from the town of Qabatiya in Jenin, where members of the “Al-Yisam” unit attacked him and threw him on the ground and then severely beat him and punched him, and then dragged him to the ground and placed him on the military (Tactron), and continued By hitting him and slapping him in the face, and later he was transferred to the “Hadera” police station for interrogation,

After completing his interrogation, he was taken to the “Jalameh” detention center, and there he was detained in a solitary cell, and interrogated for several times and for long hours, in addition to his transfer to the so-called bird rooms (agents) for three days in an attempt to extract confessions from him. He remained 16 days in “Jalameh”, after which he was transferred to “Megiddo” detention center, according to the commission’s report.

As for the captive child Abd al-Rahman Shaqfa (16 years old), he was arrested at dawn, after members of the Special Forces and a number of Israeli soldiers stormed his house in the town of Qabatiya, took him from his home and beat him arbitrarily with the butts of their rifles, and then he was thrown into the military jeep and taken To the “Huwara” detention center, and there he was interrogated seven times, and each time he was interrogated for three consecutive hours while he was wearing a small chair, and later he was transferred to the Cubs Prisoners Department in “Megiddo,” according to the report of the Prisoners Affairs Authority.

The occupation forces also abused the young man Muhammad Abu Aker (26 years old) during his arrest from his home in Dheisheh camp in Bethlehem city, after the occupation soldiers raided his house at dawn and beat and punched him. They also beat his mother and brother, and they were shocked with electricity. It is clear that the prisoner is currently in the “Hawara” detention center, according to the commission’s report.

The commission indicated that these violations, which were monitored through the testimonies documented in the report, are only a small part of what prisoners are exposed to, especially the minors.

The occupation authorities do not stop devising new methods of torture and abuse against them from the first moments of their arrest, in addition to their suffering by throwing them into cruel and inhuman conditions inside the walls of detention centers, striking against all the international laws and conventions that guarantee their rights as prisoners, according to the commission.

(Source / 24.12.2020)

Gaza: A protest stand against UNRWA cuts

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The People’s Committee for Refugees in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip, organized today, Wednesday, a protest against the policy of cuts pursued by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Dozens participated in the stand that was organized in front of the headquarters for the distribution of food aid in the governorate, where the participants raised slogans confirming that the policy of cuts is aimed at liquidating the refugee issue, and calling on UNRWA to retract its decisions and assume its responsibilities towards them.

A number of children who participated in the stand lifted bags of milk and empty containers that were knocked over, in reference to their rejection of all cuts to food aid and other things.

In the coming days, the Gaza Strip will witness a series of similar protests in light of the new UNRWA policies regarding the distribution of foodstuffs, and other measures that it is taking, in light of talk of a suffocating financial crisis.

(Source / 24.12.2020)

The occupation demolishes housing and facilities in Al-Samou, Hebron

Today, Monday morning, the occupation forces raided Al-Samiya area, northwest of the town of Al-Samou, and they demolished properties of citizens of the Al-Qawaein family.

According to a statement by the Wall and Settlement Resistance Authority, the demolitions included the demolition of the house of Shehdat Al-Qawa’in, with an area of ​​200 square meters housing more than 20 people, and they also demolished a 500-square-meter bark of a citizen Ahmed Al-Qawaein and his brother Hammad, in addition to the demolition of a residential house. A well with a capacity of 600 cups for the same family.

(Source / 24.12.2020)

Israeli Forces Tear Down 2 Palestinian Homes, a Third Demolished by its Owner

The Israeli municipality, on Monday, forced a Palestinian woman in Silwan town of occupied East Jerusalem, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) reported.

Ms. Shahira Ghaith said that she was living in the home for only three months, and with the help of a lawyer, she was able to postpone the demolition, which was implemented under the pretext of having no building permit.

She added that the occupation municipality rejected any further delays, so she began the demolition process in order to avoid fees which would be imposed by the Israeli municipality if they carried out the demolition.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces invaded the al-Simiya hamlet, south of Hebron in the southern West Bank, and demolished two Palestinian-owned homes, a live stock shed and a water well.

Coordinator of the Popular anti-settlement committee, Rateb al-Jabour, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that soldiers invaded the town, with bulldozers, and proceeded to demolish a 500 square meter (sqm) livestock shed, a water well, as well as 2 homes, one 90 sqm, and another 200 sqm in area.

Al-Jabour added that 20 Palestinian civilians are now homeless as a result of the Israeli occupation’s demolition policies.

(Source / 24.12.2020)

Israeli Forces Detain Several Palestinians, Including a Wounded Man

On Tuesday night and Wednesday at dawn, Israeli forces detained a number of Palestinian civilians from the occupied West Bank.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) seven civilians were detained on Tuesday night, and at dawn on Wednesday, one of whom was shot and injured before being detained.

From the northern West Bank town of Qabatiya, south of Jenin, Muhammad Tawfiq Kamil, a family member of the teen recently killed in Jerusalem.

From the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, the army detained Asim Kamal al-Shalabi, 24, and Muhammad Ibrahim Hamarsha, 22, a former prisoner, from the Nour Shams refugee camp.

Ibrahim Hamarsha, director of the PPS in Tulkarem, and the father of a current detainee, was detained, along with another civilian, identified as Majd Hamesh, they were both interrogated and released.

In the central West Bank city of Bethlehem, Israeli soldiers took Qusay Ali Abu Mufreh, 18, and Munir Muhammad Taamrah, 37, into custody.

In the central West Bank city of Salfit, a young man, identified as Nizar Darabeh, was detained.

In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, one Palestinian was shot by Israeli forces, and later arrested. No more information was available at the time of this report.

(Source / 24.12.2020)

US clarifies position on labeling of West Bank goods

On Wednesday, US Customs and Border Protection released a statement saying that some products made in the West Bank that are sold to the United States must be labeled as “Israel,” “Product of Israel” or “Made in Israel.”

“The notice establishes that producers within certain areas designated in the Oslo Accords and the Hebron Protocol must mark their goods as “Israel,” “Product of Israel,” or “Made in Israel” when exporting those goods to the United States. Parties that import these goods into the United States are responsible for ensuring compliance with the marking requirements,” the statement read.

Not all the products made in the West Bank will be labeled as Israeli when sent to the US.

The only products that must be called “Israel” are those areas “within the economic and administrative framework of Israel.”

“The country of origin marking requirements for goods produced in certain areas of the West Bank will be updated to reflect the fact that producers in these areas operate within the economic and administrative framework of Israel.”

“Goods produced in areas of the West Bank where the Palestinian Authority maintains relevant authorities shall be marked as products of  “West Bank” and goods produced in Gaza shall be marked as products of  “Gaza.””

This step came in response to the declaration in November by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that products made in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank are to be labeled “Made in Israel.” Previous US policy dictated that they be labeled “Made in West Bank.”

(Source / 24.12.2020)

Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from West Bank

West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces Thursday detained three Palestinians from Nablus and Hebron, according to the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

Israeli occupation forces rearrested a former prisoner after raiding his house in Nablus city.

The prisoner spent 13 years in Israeli jails and released a year and a half ago.

Israeli occupation forces also arrested two others after breaking into and searching their houses in Hebron city.

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 / 24.12.2020)

Sada Social: There’s intentional decrease of users-reach in Palestinian FB pages

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There’s an intentional decrease of users-reach in major pages on Facebook, where the drop marked 50%, Sada Social center stated.

Sada Social center said it has been receiving since a week many complaints from Palestinian and Arab pages on Facebook regarding a sharp drop in the rate of access of their posts.

The rate of access of the posts, as Sada Social said, dropped by 50% of the general average, and in some cases, it dropped to more than 80%, currently, as a result, these pages are suffering now from a reduction in the engagement of their publications.

Sada Social center team made an analysis of these complaints and the nature of the pages.

The team came with a conclusion that these platforms are publishing only in Arabic, and all of them have noticed recently a marked increase in receiving reports and warning messages from Facebook regarding publications related to the Palestinian cause.

Also, these platforms actively participated in covering the matter of normalization deals with the Israeli occupation recently.

“A technical expert confirmed to the Sada Social center and through the data made available to him that what is happening is an intentional procedure, and this can be easily done through management of data algorithms in Facebook, and it’s an action that users will not notice clearly,” Sada Social said.

Sada Social Center said that it considers this case a “clear infringement and manipulation of what cannot be easily noticed by users.”

“It is a procedure that requires Facebook to clarify its reason, especially what the analysis findings are concluded as deliberate and punitive actions against media platforms that covered the issue of normalization.”

The Center has called on international human rights bodies to follow up the case and the “flagrant infringement it reflects on freedom of opinion and expression.”

This is not the first time that Facebook targeted Palestinian pages and content. Facebook has been accused of repeatedly stifling Palestinian voices.

Facebook has been facing many allegations of deactivating the accounts of Palestinians in coordination with the Israeli government and security agencies, under the pretext of preventing Palestinian “incitement”.

In May 2020, Facebook deleted the accounts of more than 50 Palestinian journalists and activists, saying their accounts had been deactivated for “not following our Community Standards.”

(Source / 24.12.2020)