IOF attacks Gaza fishermen and farmers

Gaza fishermen

GAZA, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Monday attacked Palestinian fishermen and farmers in the west and east of the embattled Gaza Strip.

According to local sources, Israeli gunboats opened fire at fishermen and their boats as they were working within three nautical miles off the coast of al-Sudaniya area in the north of Gaza City.

The naval forces also fired water cannons at the fishing boats, forcing them to return ashore.

In the east of Gaza City, Israeli soldiers behind the border fence fired live ammunition and smoke grenades from watchtowers and tanks at farmers as they were working their swaths of agricultural land in al-Zeitoun area.

(Source / 28.12.2020)

Israeli police detain, question activist Halawani for wearing jacket

Hanadi Halawani

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation police on Sunday arrested Jerusalemite activist Hanadi Halawani at the Aqsa Mosque’s Asbat Gate and took her in for interrogation.

According to Halawani, she was detained and questioned for wearing a jacket with writings on it about the Aqsa Mosque.

She said that she slammed the Israeli police for arresting and questioning her for wearing a jacket and refused to sign papers ordering her banishment from the Aqsa Mosque and the Old City.

The activist accused the Israeli police of trying to find a reason in order to ban her entry to the Aqsa Mosque once again.

“When they knew they had no charge to level against me at the court, they released me,” she said.

This was the third time the Israeli police detained and interrogated Halawani during the current month.

About a month ago, Halawani completed an arbitrary Israeli verdict ordering her to stay away from the Aqsa Mosque for 14 months.

(Source / 28.12.2020)

Israeli police slaps six-month Aqsa ban on activist Ra’ida Sa’eid

Ra'ida Sa'eid

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation police on Monday handed Jerusalemite activist Ra’ida Sa’eid a written order banning her entry to the Aqsa Mosque for six months.

Outside the police station in the Old City, Sa’eid expressed her rejection of the Israeli measure against her by trampling on the order.

A week ago, the police arrested Sa’eid and handed her an order prohibiting her entry to the Aqsa Mosque for one week and asking her to come again to receive a renewed entry ban.

The Israeli occupation authority systematically gives itself the right to ban entry of many Jerusalemite citizens and Muslim worshipers to the Aqsa Mosque for peacefully voicing their rejection of Israeli violations against the Islamic holy site.

(Source / 28.12.2020)

Israeli army to raze two public service structures in Jordan Valley

IOF in the West Bank

JORDAN VALLEY, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation army on Monday notified Palestinian citizens of its intent to demolish two public service rooms in Hammamat al-Maleh area in the northern Jordan Valley.

Local official Aref Daraghmeh said that the two rooms are used to provide public services for the local residents.

The Israeli army already threatened to demolish the same rooms in early December.

In addition to their suffering from demolition campaigns, settlement expansion and land theft, the local residents in the northern Jordan Valley are exposed to different harassment practices at the hands of Israeli soldiers and settlers to force them to leave the region.

(Source / 28.12.2020)

Press Release: Al Mezan condemns Israel’s military attacks on Gaza and calls for urgent international intervention to protect civilians and their properties

ِAl-Mezan Center For Human Rights: Israel carried out a series of airstrikes in the early hours of Saturday, 26 December 2020, targeting multiple areas in the Gaza Strip. Three Palestinians, including a six-year-old girl, were injured, and several public and private properties were damaged in the attacks.

Al Mezan’s field data shows that at around 12:40 am on Saturday, Israeli warplanes fired five missiles at a vacant land in the vicinity of the al-Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza City. Imad Khamis al-Hadad, 32, Hani Mahdi Hajaj, 55, and six-year-old Yasmin Mohamed al-Ashqar sustained injuries due to the attack. The airstrike also caused damages to the power grid and public building in the area, including, al-Durrah Children’s Hospital, a rehabilitation facility for people with disabilities run by the Ministry of Social Development, a primary school, and the Ministry of Education’s Pedagogical Training Center, as well as a number of private enterprises (Al-Yazji Company for Beverages, Al-Ramlawi Plastic Fabrication Company, and Al-Sawafiri Carpentry).

Shortly thereafter, the Israeli forces stationed at the perimeter fence fired arterially shells at a Palestinian security outpost in the Middle Gaza district before targeting it again with a drone missile. In addition, Israeli warplanes fired six missiles into an empty land to the east of the Bureij refugee camp. No casualties were reported in either attack.

Al Mezan strongly condemns Israel’s military attacks and warns against the resumption of hostilities especially amid the continued inaction of the international community and unprecedented deterioration of socioeconomic conditions in Gaza due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Accordingly, Al Mezan calls on the international community, particularly the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, to take prompt action in order to prevent any further military escalation and to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian objects. The international community must also exert pressure on Israel to lift the closure and blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip, and ensure accountability of perpetrators of serious human rights violations in Gaza.

(Source / 28.12.2020)

Hundreds of Settlers Attack Palestinian Homes in Sheikh Jarrah

In the pre-dawn hours of Sunday morning, hundreds of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian homes, businesses and vehicles in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

This is a neighborhood that has been designated by Israeli authorities as an area to be colonized by Israeli settlers, and the past several years have seen numerous violent assaults against Palestinians and Palestinian property, as Israeli colonizers move in and force out the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants.

The Sunday morning attacks took place around Road 1 in Sheikh Jarrah. The settlers, protected by Israeli police, threw stones at Palestinian vehicles, then proceeded to attack Palestinian homes and pedestrians.

In addition, local sources reported that Israeli settlers threw rocks at Palestinian vehicles traveling on Route 60, north of Ramallah in the West Bank.

No casualties were reported in either of the two incidents.

(Source / 28.12.2020)

Israeli authorities closed Ramon prison over coronavirus infections

Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli prison authorities have completely closed Ramon prison following several coronavirus infections among the detainees.

Palestinian Prisoner Society said the closure was “a serious indication of a possible wide outbreak of the pandemic among the detainees”.

It said Israeli prison authorities will conduct coronavirus tests on prisoners, but without specifying whether Palestinian prisoners tested positive for the virus.

However, there was no comment from Israeli prison authorities.

On Saturday, Israel’s Public Security Minister Amir Ohana has instructed that prisoners should not receive COVID-19 vaccines without his permission before all Israel Prison Service (IPS) staff have been inoculated.

Ohana did not specify whether he was referring to all prisoners or to Palestinian prisoners.

However, Qadri Abu Baker, Director of the Palestinian Authority Commission for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, said that Israel will start giving the vaccine to Palestinian security prisoners in the next few days.

Since April, around 140 Palestinian detainees were infected with COVID-19. The detainees don’t get the proper health treatment in light of the spread of the Corona pandemic in the prisons.

Israeli authorities commit flagrant violations against the Palestinian prisoners, including depriving them of the right to healthcare, protection from infectious diseases and non-discrimination.

Israeli occupation detains nearly 5,400 Palestinians, including 41 women, 170 children and 370 administrative detainees who it holds without charge or trial.

(Source / 28.12.2020)

‘Israel’ demolishes two repair shops, notifies two rooms of demolition

West Bank (QNN)- Israeli bulldozers on Monday demolished two repair shops in Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya and two rooms in the Jordan Valley.

Local sources said the repair shops are located on the road between Nablus and Ramallah and owned by Jihad Oweis and Raja Daraghmeh.

In the same context, Israeli bulldozers notified two rooms in Al Maleh in the Jordan Valley of demolition.

The rooms have been constructed by the Committee to Resists the Wall and Settlement in order to provide locals with basic services.

Locals of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya have been a target of several Israeli violations, including attacks on school students, setting a surveillance camera at the entry to the village, installing a metal gate at the road to the village, setting a temporary military checkpoint at the entrance to the village. Illegal settlers have also tried to occupy Al Ras month in the village, and Israeli forces carry out daily raids into the village.

(Source / 28.12.2020)

Hamas launches aid package in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps

In the light of the severe humanitarian crisis hitting Palestinian refugees due to lack of enough support for the UNRWA, Palestinian factions are doing their best to help alleviate refugees’ pains

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas has launched first stage of package of service and living projects in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Hamas official Jihad Taha announced on Sunday.

In a press conference held in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, Taha said that this package was announced by the Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh during his last visit to Lebanon. 

He stated that the first phase comprises of ten projects involving water and power networks, heating systems, roads construction and financial assistance to 1,000 college students.

On its 33rd anniversary, Taha stressed, Hamas did not ignore the hardships facing Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, especially amid the deterioration of economic and social situation in the country. 

Taha explained that the $1-million aid package is intended to alleviate the living hardships caused by the aggravating social crisis in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps, particularly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“These projects will contribute to reinforcing the steadfastness of our Palestinian people to enable them to live a decent life until they return to their homeland Palestine,” Taha added.

Taha voiced his deep concern over the deprivation of Palestinian refugees of their basic rights guaranteed by all international laws, while the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is slashing its humanitarian, medical and relief services for them.

The Hamas official called on Lebanese officials to grant Palestinian refugees their rights and support them economically and socially.

Taha urged UNRWA to step up communications with donors to secure perpetual funding resources to aid the Palestinian people.

He called on all Palestinian sides to continue exerting efforts to relieve social challenges facing Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

(Source / 28.12.2020)

Israeli minister blocks COVID-19 vaccinations for Palestinian prisoners; demand to overturn decision

In light of the Israeli Public Security Minister Amir Ohana directive preventing Palestinians detained by Israel from receiving vaccinations, in violation of mandatory Health Ministry guidelines, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel sent an urgent letter to senior Israeli officials late yesterday demanding they act to immediately reverse the decision to block Palestinians designated by Israel as “security prisoners” from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Adalah General Director Attorney Hassan Jabareen sent a letter to Ohana and Israel Prison Service /IPS/ Chargé d’Affairs Asher Vaknin demanding that they move to revoke Ohana’s decision to prevent Palestinian prisoners from being vaccinated.

Jabareen also called on Israel to refrain from infringing upon the health and human rights of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli facilities, as authorities have been doing on a consistent basis since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

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Ohana had ordered the vaccination of Israeli prison workers only.

When Israeli lawmaker Moshe Arbel queried Ohana about state violations of the rights of all those being held prisoner by Israel, Ohana clarified that his directives were to block vaccinations from “security prisoners” – which is how Israel refers to Palestinian prisoners.

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Israel’s Health Ministry had earlier sent a letter to the Public Security Ministry directing that vaccinations must be provided to those in high-risk groups and to individuals over the age of 60, specifying that the IPS must vaccinate prisoners under its care in accordance with these standards.

Adalah stressed that the Israeli Public Security Ministry’s directive to exclude Palestinian “security prisoners” from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine constitutes a violation of the prisoners’ health and medical rights and, similarly, violates Israeli Health Ministry instructions as well as professional medical ethics which guarantee equal treatment for all.

The letter further emphasized that it should not be necessary to remind the Public Security Ministry and the IPS of its mandated responsibility to protect the lives and health of prisoners in accordance with Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Freedom, which states that “All persons are entitled to protection of their life, body and dignity.” Article 11 of the same law specifies that “All governmental authorities are bound to respect the rights under this Basic Law”.

In addition, international law and human rights treaties signed by Israel obligate its state authorities to provide medical care for prisoners.

Adalah General Director Hassan Jabareen commented: “Israeli Public Security Minister Amir Ohana’s decision to exclude Palestinian prisoners from receiving COVID-19 vaccinations is racist. This is a violation of prisoners’ basic and medical rights and of international laws and conventions which Israel is obligated to uphold.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time Israeli authorities have violated the medical and human rights of prisoners during the COVID-19 outbreak.”

(Source / 28.12.2020)