WEST BANK, (PIC) – Extremist Jewish settlers on Saturday evening attacked Palestinian vehicles in northern Ramallah and homes in east Jerusalem.
According to local sources, a horde of settlers threw rocks at Palestinian cars travelling on the Ramallah-Nablus road near the town of Sinjil in northern Ramallah.
Another group of settlers attacked homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood near the Old City of Jerusalem.
Eyewitnesses said that hundreds of settlers rallied near the white sculpture in Sheikh Jarrah, blocked Road 1 and then embarked on attacking homes and cars, and intimidating the local residents, under police protection.
In a separate incident, Israeli soldiers kidnaped on the same day an 18-year-old young man identified as Tareq Daraghmeh, from Tubas city, at the military checkpoint of Tayaseer.
GAZA, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday morning opened fire, with no reason, at Palestinian farmers as they were working their lands in the east of Khan Yunis city in southern Gaza.
According to local sources, soldiers opened machinegun fire from their border post at the farmers. There was no information if any one was hurt in the shooting attack.
The attack caused panic among the farmers and forced them to leave the area.
Under an inhumane siege, the Israeli army keeps attacking, and sometimes injuring and killing civilians, farmers and fishermen almost on a daily basis, without any shred of respect for any ceasefire deal in Gaza or even the international law.
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – Palestinian prisoner Jamal Amr, who suffers from a liver problem, has suffered a sharp decline in his health condition, Asra Media Office warned.
According to Asra Media, prisoner Amr started a few days ago to complain of pains all over his body, but the prison administration only informed his family that he suffers from a serious liver disease without providing him with any proper medical treatment.
Asra Media affirmed that the prisoner suffers from serious kidney and liver problems and in dire need for medical tests to diagnose his health suffering.
For its part, the prisoner’s family appealed to international human rights groups to necessarily intervene to save his life before it is too late and to ensure his access to appropriate medical treatment.
WEST BANK, (PIC) – Eight Palestinian citizens were kidnaped on Sunday and last night by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in the West Bank, while another was detained in a police raid on his workplace in an Israeli area.
According to local sources, the IOF kidnaped a citizen called Ahmed al-Fakhouri at a military checkpoint in Nablus province and two others from their homes during campaigns in Taffuh town and al-Kum village in al-Khalil province.
In Ramallah, the IOF kidnaped two young men identified as Fadi ash-Shawamreh and Hamadah Nakhlah from their homes in Qaddura refugee camp.
The IOF also stormed al-Jalazon refugee camp in northern Ramallah and kidnaped a citizen called Mustafa Nakhlah after ransacking his home.
In Tulkarem, two young men identified as Mohamed Fateh and Waleed Salah were taken prisoners during an IOF campaign in Deir al-Ghusun town.
Another young man from Tulkarem was also kidnaped by police forces from his workplace in Israel (the 1948 occupied lands). He was identified as Nael Alajma, a resident of Nur Shams refugee camp.
Israel intends to approve thousands of settlement units in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem before the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden in January, reports Anadolu Agency, quoting local media outlets.
The Israeli KAN channel said the Israeli High Council of Planning and Building – an Israeli official body that supervises settlement construction – will convene in the coming two weeks to approve the construction of thousands of settlement units in the occupied territory.
The channel said the plans are already ready but require approval from the council, adding that Israeli authorities aim to approve the construction before Biden’s arrival to the White House in late January.
The Israeli Peace Now group said settlement activity has doubled in the occupied Palestinian territories in the past four years during the term of outgoing President Donald Trump.
International law views both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and considers all Jewish settlement-building activities there illegal.
Earlier this month, the Palestinian Authority condemned the “continuous and increasing aggression” of Israeli Jewish settlers on Palestinians and their properties in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Wafa has reported. The PA Foreign Ministry described the settlers’ attacks as “part of a campaign supported and run by the occupation state and its institutions, aiming to Judaise Area C.”
This campaign, explained the ministry, is to clear the occupied Palestinian territories of their indigenous inhabitants and replace them with Jewish settlers.
International procrastination over preventing such attacks, the indifference of international organisations and the double-standards applied reflect the “apathy” of the international community towards Israeli crimes, insisted the PA.
Israeli prison authorities closed completely the Ramon prison in northern Israel following the detection of several coronavirus infections, according to a Palestinian NGO on Sunday.
In a statement quoted by Anadolu Agency, the Palestinian Prisoner Society said the closure was “a serious indication of a possible wide outbreak of the pandemic among the detainees”.
The NGO said prison authorities will conduct coronavirus tests on prisoners, but without specifying whether Palestinian prisoners tested positive for the virus. There was no comment from Israeli authorities on the claim.
Rights groups have repeatedly called on Israel to release Palestinian prisoners as the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold on both the occupation state and the occupied Palestinian territories. Gilboa prison was closed as a result of the spread of the deadly infection among Palestinian inmates.
On Saturday, Israel’s Public Security Minister Amir Ohana said that providing prisoners with coronavirus vaccines was not a “priority”.
Since April, around 140 Palestinian detainees were infected with COVID-19.
Islamabad (QNN)- Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed stated that Pakistan could not recognize Israel unless a two-state solution could be implemented.
“Despite pressure from certain countries, Pakistan did not accept Israel and that Pakistan’s support for the Palestinian cause was not dependent on the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) or the Arab League,” Mushahid said.
“Pakistan’s support for Palestine is a testament of Muslim solidarity. As a nation, we have a history of supporting anti-imperialist movements whether it was in Algeria, Eritrea or Palestine.”
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed was speaking as a special guest and speaker for the Turkey-based Parliamentarians for Al Quds in a webinar entitled: “WHY PAKISTAN WON’T RECOGNISE ISRAEL?” and discussed why Pakistan would not normalize ties with ‘Israel’.
Mushahid explained how the issues of Kashmir and Palestine were “inextricably intertwined” since both were issues of unfilled resolutions and forced demographic changes which converted a minority into majority.
Good interaction on the Genesis of Pakistan’s policy towards Palestine whose architect was none other than the Quaid e Azam himself, and how Palestine & Kashmir issues are inextricably intertwined!Tweet citeren
Hamza Azhar Salam@HamzaAzhrSalam · 25 dec.
Extremely grateful to Senator @Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Senate of Pakistan for his eloquent talk which details the history of Pakistan’s stance on the rights of the Palestinian people.
Linking Pakistan’s stance on Palestine with the genesis of Pakistan, Mushahid cited three reasons why Pakistan couldn’t recognize ‘Israel’.
“The first reason is the legacy of Jinnah. Support for Palestine is linked with the genesis of Pakistan. This is not about any quid pro quo but a principled stance.”
“We also strongly believe in the right to self determination for the Palestinian people which is enshrined in the United Nations charter.”
Mushahid also called Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Modi “the ideological cousins, with the same fascist mindset which embodies an Islamophobic worldview.”
When asked whether Pakistan would be better able to lobby for the Palestinian cause using official diplomatic channels if relations were established, Mushahid answered, “That would be theoretically the case if Israel was open to reason, to discuss the demands, and what are the demands? That UN resolutions are implemented and Palestinian people be given the right of self-determination under a two-state solution.”
He continued, “Today that view has been rejected. Today they are not only occupying the territory, since they had occupied since 1947, but they are annexing that. They have annexed Jerusalem, they annexed Golan Heights and Gaza is an occupied territory.”
Senator Mushahid Hussain stressed that accepting ‘Israel’ would mean surrendering and accepting Israel’s occupation.
Mushahid remarks came following Israeli media reports that Pakistan will discuss the normalization of relations and that an adviser to the prime minister had visited ‘Israel’ at the end of November.
Ramallah (QNN)- A pregnant woman and a paramedic were injured in an Israeli attack on the Palestine Medical Complex in the West Bank early this morning.
Israeli occupation forces raided the courtyards of the complex and fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated rounds randomly at medical staff and patients, injuring a pregnant woman by a rubber-coated round in her shoulder and a paramedic in his arm.
In a press release, Al-Kaila condemned the attack, indicating that Israeli forces stormed the courtyards of the medical complex at about 4:30 AM and fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters.
The attack also caused several cases of suffocation and panic, especially among children. An ambulance vehicle was left damaged.
She added that COVID-19 patients were present in a department within the complex, which increased the seriousness of the situation as it increased chances of infection transmissibility. Additionally, the teargas canisters posed imminent danger to the patients’ already infected lungs.
She also pointed out that this attack is the second one of its kind carried out by the IOF on hospitals within two days, as Al-Durrah Hospital in the Gaza Strip was also attacked, which resulted in the injury of dozens of sick children and their guardians, in addition to damage to the contents of the hospital.