Settlers attack Palestinians’ vehicles south of Nablus

Settler groups

NABLUS, (PIC) – Jewish settlers attacked Palestinians’ vehicles near the town of Huwara, south of Nablus, on Monday evening.

Local sources reported that several settlers attacked citizens’ vehicles with stones near the roundabout leading to Nablus-Qalqilya street on the outskirts of Huwara, without any injuries reported.

The towns and villages south of Nablus, especially Madma, Burin, Asira al-Qibliya, Urif and Hawara, are under constant attacks by Yitzhar settlers.

The most violent attacks against citizens in the villages of Nablus are launched from Yitzhar and a group was launched from this settlement called youth of the hills. This group of settlers committed several crimes, including burning the Dawabsha family home, killing citizen Aisha al-Rabi, burning mosques and vehicles, and writing racists slogans on the walls of homes.

Yitzhar settlement is also linked to several large streets and bypass roads, through which Palestinian citizens are prevented from passing through or even reaching these roads.

Yasser Mansour, a member in the Palestinian Legislative Council, called for a serious and strong stand by all Palestinians and the formation of protection committees to defend the land from settlers.

Mansour stressed the importance of activating the popular resistance that was agreed upon at the meeting of the Secretaries-General of the Palestinian factions to confront the settlement activity.

He also called on the Palestinian Authority to assume its responsibilities to defend the land and the people in the West Bank, establish an infrastructure that enables citizens to access their lands and providing services and housing projects to enhance the steadfastness of citizens.

Recently, settler attacks have escalated against Palestinian citizens and their property in most areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem, targeting cars, homes, lands and crops, in addition to razing farms and establishing settlement outposts on citizens’ lands.

(Source / 29.12.2020)

Palestinian injured by Israeli gunfire near W. Bank wal

IOF in the West Bank

JENIN, (PIC) – A Palestinian young man was injured on Tuesday by Israeli gunfire during his presence near the separation wall in the southwest of Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

According to medical sources, 27-year-old Ra’fat Yaser suffered a live bullet injury in his leg as he was walking near the separation wall in Jenin and was rushed to Jenin Hospital for medical assistance.

The shooting incident happened near Barta’a town, which is located behind the separation wall.

With no regard for repeated international calls for halting such unjustified practices, Israeli forces persist in using live ammunition with the intention of injuring and killing Palestinian civilians, who pose no imminent threat of death or serious injury to those around them.

(Source / 29.12.2020)

IOF rounds up 3 Palestinian students

IOF arrests

JERICHO, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up three Palestinian students from the Birzeit university at a military roadblock near Jericho on Monday evening.

Eyewitnesses said that soldiers manning the road barrier detained the three students after forcing them out of a car they were riding.

The three students were arrested only few hours after a fourth student was arrested earlier in the morning as part of an IOF campaign of arrests in lines of students especially those affiliated with the Islamic bloc in various West Bank universities.

(Source / 29.12.2020)

Settlers seize and fence vast areas in Jordan Valley

Jordan Valley

JORDAN VALLEY, (PIC) – A horde of Jewish settlers on Tuesday seized vast tracts of Palestinian land and embarked on fencing them in the northern Jordan Valley.

Local official Aref Daraghmeh said that settlers started in the morning to deploy barbed wire fences around large areas of pasture in the east of Khilat Mak’houl area in the northern Jordan Valley.

During the current year, Jewish settlers living in illegal settlements and outposts in the West Bank have intensified the fencing of large areas of pastoral land and prevented the local residents from entering those areas.

(Source / 29.12.2020)

Palestine FM: ‘Algeria agreed to receive Palestinian students’

A Palestinian student attends his graduation ceremony on 26 June 2014 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images]
A Palestinian student attends his graduation ceremony on 26 June 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates and the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Algeria yesterday announced Algeria’s readiness to receive Palestinian students in the first week of January 2021.

The competent work team at the ministry called on students who have registered to confirm their desire to travel to Algeria by sending a copy of their passport and their Palestinian ID to the foreign ministry no later than by midday tomorrow, reported the Palestinian News Agency.

The Palestinian ministry indicated that it would follow up on the arrangements for securing students’ travel with the Embassy of the State of Palestine in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, noting the importance of completing the necessary paperwork for travel.

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Brother of Israel soldier held in Gaza calls on Erdogan to help return him

Placed at the Al-Saraya junction in Gaza, a billboard shows Shaul Arun, an Israeli solider, standing with jail bars around him [Mohammed Asad/Apaimages]
Placed at the Al-Saraya junction in Gaza, a billboard shows Oron Shaul, an Israeli solider, standing with jail bars around him 

Brother of Israeli soldier Oron Shaul, who it is believed is being held captive in Gaza, has called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to help return him, RT reported yesterday.

According to RT, Israel’s i24 said that Shaul’s brother entered the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv and called on Erdogan and the Israeli government to return the corpses of Israeli soldiers, including his brother which had been held in Gaza since the 2014 Israeli onslaught on the Strip.

Hamas has said it captured Shaul along with Hadar Golden during their participation in the Israeli offensive on Gaza, when the occupation state killed more than 2,260 Palestinians, including hundreds of children and women.

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To commemorate the occasion, we look at what Israel achieved during their Operation “Protective Edge” – the 51 day war on Gaza

While Israel officially announced the death of the two soldiers, Hamas has repeatedly hinted they are alive along with other Israelis held as prisoners of war after illegally entering the besieged enclave.

Calls on Turkey to help release the soldier come as reports reveal that Ankara is working on reforming its relations with Israel after the normalisation agreements reached between the occupation state and a number of Arab states.

READ: Israel’s plan to dismantle Turkish influence in Jerusalem for the benefit of Gulf states

(Source / 29.12.2020)

Senior Islamic scholar calls Morocco’s normalisation move ‘shocking’

Flags of Israel and Morocco on Jerusalem walls [File photo]
Flags of Israel and Morocco on Jerusalem walls, 24 December 2020 [File photo]

The head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has reiterated that Muslim scholars, in general, stand with Palestinian rights and the necessity of supporting the Palestinian people by all possible means. “The issue of Jerusalem should be at the forefront of their permanent concerns,” said Ahmad Al-Raissouni.

Speaking to Quds Press, Al-Raissouni pointed out that the IUMS is the largest organisation of Muslim scholars. “It is committed to nullify and refute all the efforts of pro-normalisation parties and sheikhs affiliated with them, who attempt to distort facts and mislead the public in order to justify the crime of normalisation in the name of Islam.”

He explained that scholars have no power other than to explain the truth at all times and in all situations. “Even their freedom of speech is restricted in a number of Muslim countries.”

Following the decision by some Arab states to establish close relations with the Israeli occupation authorities, the IUMS has issued several statements pointing out that normalisation is “haram [forbidden] and invalid, as it constitutes a betrayal of the Palestinians and the de facto acceptance of the Israeli occupation of Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

These rulers have normalised relations with Israel out of fear and greed, Al-Raissouni added, and to preserve their interests and the interests of their regimes. “Some of them may be attached to false illusions and promises that will soon evaporate.”

READ: Netanyahu: Normalisation realises biblical prophecy

Ask those who normalised in the past, he suggested. What have they achieved for their people? What have they achieved for the Palestinian cause? “Every normalisation is a backward step.”

Most of the Arab regimes lack legitimacy, the IUMS head pointed out. “They depend on foreign powers and the spread of corruption and tyranny. This is pivotal in widening the gap between them and their people, so they fall into the arms of… the Americans, Zionists, the French, the Russians and others.”

Al-Raissouni described Morocco’s move to normalise relations with the occupation state as “more shocking” than the others. “Unfortunately it fell prey to bargaining, extortion, enticement and intimidation.”

He pointed out that political Islam as represented in Morocco by the Justice and Development Party has not taken any step towards normalisation. “The party heard about it through the media like the others. Its leaders have nothing to do with the matter.”

Morocco became the fourth Arab country to normalise relations with Israel in 2020, after the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan. Prior to that, Egypt and Jordan signed peace treaties with Israel in 1979 and 1994 respectively. The Palestine Liberation Organisation, of course, normalised relations with Israel when Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo Accords in 1993.

A growing number of countries in the MENA region are normalising ties with Israel - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
A growing number of countries in the MENA region are normalising ties with Israel – Cartoon 

(Source / 29.12.2020)

Palestinian woman pioneers hydroponic farm on roof of her West Bank home

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Mona Al-Sabah, a Palestinian mathematics teacher, has developed her own hydroponic farm on the roof of her home in the West Bank, 29 December 202

Mona Al-Sabah, a Palestinian mathematics teacher, has developed her own hydroponic farm on the roof of her home in the village of Beit Iba, in the northern West Bank.

Speaking to Arabi21, Mona said she has always enjoyed growing flowers and farming as a hobby, and while researching her pastime, she learnt about hydroponics; the cultivation of plants using mineral nutrients in water which consumes 90 per cent less water than conventional agriculture.

“Before starting my project, I consulted agricultural experts and people with experience in this field,” she said, adding that after collecting all the information she needed, she embarked on her new project in September.

“Last September, I started purchasing the equipment needed to start my project which was not easy, because many of the equipment was unavailable. Then we built the basins, which were not very successful at the beginning so I had to rebuild them,” Mona said, adding that despite the doubts raised by those around her, she eventually succeeded in building the basins and growing her plants.

READ: Gaza farmers grow lettuce without soil

Today, Mona grows lettuce, spinach, parsley, mint and some fruits such as tomatoes and cucumbers.

“My goal is to spread the idea of hydroponics to farmers and housewives, because it has great benefits and overcomes the scarcity of water as well as space problems which Palestine suffers from,” she said.

Mona added that she is preparing to conduct educational courses for women on the benefits and importance of this cultivation method.

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Palestinian Bedouin keeps weaving traditions

“I’ve inherited this handicraft -it was passed down from one generation to the other, and we’ll continue to hold onto it”

A Palestinian woman living in the besieged Gaza Strip has spent the last 40 years keeping Bedouin weaving traditions alive and using gazelle horns to thread wool together.

Seventy-year-old Ghanimeh Al-Arkan is one of the last artisans in the occupied Palestinian territories using centuries-old methods to produce handmade woven items, including rugs, towels and ornaments made from sheep and camel wool.

Al-Arkan learnt the art from her own mother and other Bedouin women at an early age.

“This takes years to master,” she told Anadolu Agency, adding that she intends to teach her granddaughters the handicraft to ensure the tradition lives on.

READ:Israel demolishes Al-Araqib Bedouin village for 179th time

(Source / 29.12.2020)

Israel, UAE working together to close down UNRWA

JABALIA, GAZA - DECEMBER 17: Workers of United Nations Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA) package humanitarian aid coming from different countries for Palestinian refugees to distribute them in Jabalia, Gaza on December 17, 2020. ( Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency )
Workers of United Nations Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA) package humanitarian aid coming from different countries for Palestinian refugees to distribute them in Jabalia, Gaza on December 17, 2020

Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are trying to shut down the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) as the agency continues to face an unprecedented year-on-year financial crisisLe Monde reported.

UNRWA was created in 1949 to provide assistance and protection for the Palestinian refugees who were forced out of their homes prior to the creation of the state of Israel.

The organisation currently offers its services to about 5.3 million Palestinians refugees in the occupied territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

In Gaza, refugees have been subjected to the effects of Israel’s crippling siege for 13 years, while in Syria, 91 per cent of Palestinian refugee households are said to be living in absolute poverty as a result of the ongoing civil war.

READ: Canada approves $90m for UNRWA as Israel tries to close down the agency

In Lebanon, over 89 per cent of Palestinian refugees displaced from Syria are in critical need of sustained humanitarian assistance.

According to the French report, this process has been underway since Israel and the UAE announced that relations between the two countries would be normalised in August.

It explained Abu Dhabi would be rallying to a long-standing demand from Israel, which “insists that the agency is obstructing peace by nurturing refugees in the dream of returning to the lands from which their parents were driven in 1948.”

This is despite the UAE having been a major funder of UNRWA in 2018 and 2019, along with Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to offset US President Donald Trump’s halting of funds to the agency in 2018, which brought it to the verge of bankruptcy.

READ: UNRWA, the EU and humanitarian aid all have a political agenda

(Source / 29.12.2020)