Palestinian factions hold joint military drills in Gaza

Military exercises by Palestinian armed faction in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on December 29, 2020 [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]
Military exercises by Palestinian armed faction in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on December 29, 2020

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have held their first joint military drills in an effort to coordinate defence capabilities in the face of any future Israeli strike.

In a press conference, a spokesperson for the operation said that the drills also aimed to promote the abilities of the Palestinian fighters and to prepare them to fight at any moment.

The spokesperson stressed that the military wings of the Palestinian factions, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other PLO members “are ready to defend the Palestinians against any Israeli aggression.”

“We will not accept that the Israeli enemy bullies our people,” the spokesperson said. “Our arms are in hand and we are ready with a united decision and a united leadership.”

He added: “The Israeli leadership has to recognise that thinking of any adventure in Gaza will cost it very much due to the unlimited number of surprises.”

READ: Israel army holds major drill simulating multi-front war

The Spokesperson reiterated that the military wings of the Palestinian factions “are continuously developing and promoting their abilities… Everyone knows that the Palestinian resistance today is very different than it was in the past. It is stronger and more resilient, and it is able to seriously harm its enemy.”

All armed wings of the Gaza-based factions took part in the drill, except the military arm of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement.

(Source / 30.12.2020)

Soldiers Injure Five Palestinians, Abduct Three, During Home Demolition Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, on Tuesday before noon, five Palestinians, including children, and abducted three others, after the army invaded the al-Khaldiyya area, in Yatta town, south of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, abducted three, and demolished a home.

The coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees in the Hebron Hills, Fuad al-‘Amour, stated that a large military force, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded the al-Khaldiyya area to demolish a three-story home.

Al-‘Amoud added that dozens of residents protested the invasion and closed roads leading to the property, owned by Khalil Issa Rib’ey.

The soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets at the residents, injuring at least five Palestinians, including children, and causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, and abducted three others.

The soldiers demolished the property under the pretext of being built without a permit from the “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation on the West Bank.

It is worth mentioning that the home in close to the illegal Susiya and Avigal colonies, built on stolen Palestinian lands.

(Source / 30.12.2020)

Army Demolishes Residential Shed, Tent, Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers demolished Tuesday, a residential shed, and a tent, in Wad Ejheish area, east of Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Media sources said the soldiers surrounded the Wad Ejheish area, before demolishing a residential shed, owned by Hisham Nawaj’a.

They added that the soldiers also demolished a residential tent in the al-Bweib area, east of Yatta, owned by Mahmoud Khalil Da’ajna.

During the invasion, the soldiers assaulted several Palestinians and attempted to abduct some of them.

In related news, the soldiers injured five Palestinians, including children, and abducted three others, after the army invaded the al-Khaldiyya area, in Yatta town, south of Hebron city, and demolished a home.

It is worth mentioning that, over the past several months, the soldiers escalated their violations, and demolished many tents, sheds, and water wells, chased and assaulted shepherds, prevented farmers from reaching their lands and uprooted dozens of trees in Hebron.

In related news, the soldiers demolished a residential room and uprooted dozens of olive trees, west of Hares town, north of the central West Bank city of Salfit.

The room, owned by Qassem Ali Abu Wazza, was built on his own land nearly thirty years ago.

(Source / 30.12.2020)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct 24 Palestinians In West Bank”

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, Tuesday, 24 Palestinians, including many former political prisoners and a journalist, after the army invaded and ransacked dozens of homes across the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.

In Ramallah governorate, in central West Bank, the soldiers searched homes in many villages and towns, before abducting thirteen Palestinians, most of them former political prisoners.

The PPS identified the abducted Palestinians as Rami Fadayel, a former political prisoner who was just released a few days ago after spending two years in Administrative Detention without charges, in addition to Abdullah Mutawalli, Essam at-Taher, Yousef Fawadla, Tareq Fayyad, Salem Badi, Hadi at-Tarsha, Mahmoud Fayeq Ata, Mohammad Abdullah, his son Hazem, Ramez Washha and Rauf Abdullah.

Also in Ramallah, the soldiers abducted a journalist, identified as Yousef Fawadla, from his home in ‘Aboud village, west of Ramallah.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Rami Mohammad al-Madhoun, Islam Ali ‘Arda and Ziad Yasser Sa’adi, from their homes.

The soldiers also abducted a young woman, identified as Bayan Salah al-Hasasna, from her home in the al-‘Obeydiyya town, east of Bethlehem, and released her a few hours later after scheduling a court hearing for this coming Thursday.

In addition, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Mohammad Mer’ey, from his home in Qarawat Bani Hasan town, northwest of Salfit, in central West Bank.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Tha’er Abu Khalil, Wael Mahmoud, Bara’ Mahmoud, Jihad ‘Oweida, and Eyad al-Hadra, from their homes in the city and nearby towns.

Also in Jerusalem, the soldiers Essam Najib, who works for the Waqf and Endowment Department as a guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem, after the army invaded the courtyards of the holy site.

(Source / 30.12.2020)

Soldiers Shoot A Palestinian Worker Near Jenin

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Israeli soldiers shot, on Tuesday morning, a Palestinian worker near Barta’a town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers shot Rafat Yasser Salah, 27, from Burqa village, northwest of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, while crossing the gate of the illegal Annexation Wall.

They added that the young man was shot with a live round in his left leg, and was rushed to Khalil Suleiman governmental hospital, in Jenin, suffering a moderate injury.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently attack Palestinian workers trying to cross the gate, and have injured dozens in addition to abducting many others.

Also Tuesday, the soldiers abducted 24 Palestinians, including many former political prisoners, in the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 30.12.2020)

Army Uproots 350 Olive Trees, Demolishes Three Structures, Attack Journalists, Near Jericho

Israeli soldiers uprooted, Tuesday, at least 350 Palestinian olive trees, and demolished three residential structures and attacked journalists in the Arab az-Zayed Bedouin community in the Noweima village, north of Jericho in the occupied West Bank.

Najat Rmeila, the mayor of Noweima and ad-Diok al-Foqa, said the soldiers uprooted at least 350 olive trees in an orchard owned by Suleiman Zayed.

She added that the trees were planted by the farmer more than two years ago and that the army has been escalating its violations against the Palestinians in the area to illegally annex their lands.

The soldiers also demolished three residential sheds, owned by Yousef Abu Kharbeesh and his brothers, rendering the families homeless, in addition to confiscating their belongings.

The soldiers also attacked Palestine TV reporters while trying to document the invasion and the unfolding violations.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the soldiers chased its cameraman Suleiman Abu Srour, and Palestine TV cameraman Omar Abu Awad, before examining their ID cards, and forced the journalists to leave under the threat of arrest.

The Palestinians in the area are subject to escalating Israeli violations by the soldiers and the illegal colonialist settlers, as Israel continues its policies of land theft in Jericho and the Jordan Valley to build and expand its colonies by annexing the Palestinian lands.

(Source / 30.12.2020)

Israeli Army Delivers Halt Construction Order to Palestinian-owned Home South of Bethlehem

The Israeli army delivered a halt construction order, on Tuesday, to a Palestinian citizen in the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Ali Mousa’s under-construction home, located in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, is the fourth home he has built, all three previous homes have been demolished by the occupation army.

Local activist, Mohammad Salah stated that a group of Israeli soldiers stormed the western area of the town, and handed Mousa a military order to halt further construction of the home, under the pretext of a lack of Israeli building license.

In addition, the occupation injured Palestinian civilians, and destroyed homes under a variety of alleged reasons, and uprooted 350 olive trees near the northern West Bank.

In November 2020, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 178 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, the highest such figure in a single month since the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) began systematically documenting this practice in 2009.

According to B’Tselem, on 17 June 2018, a new military order (Order No. 1797) went into effect. The order removes any option for Palestinians to challenge demolition orders that the Civil Administration issues for new structures, allowing Israel to demolish homes summarily.

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(Source / 30.12.2020)

In 2020 Israel Illegally Attacked Lebanon, Syria, Iran And Gaza International Community Silent

By Robert Inlakesh 

Despite having aggressed against three sovereign nations, committing acts of war and State-sponsored acts of terrorism, as well as targeting civilian infrastructure in Gaza, killing children and expanding settlements, all during a Pandemic, Israel is yet to be held to account.

Israel is now heading into its fourth round of elections in just two years, indicating just how deeply divided Israeli politics currently is. The current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is currently dealing with an ongoing corruption trial and has experienced hundreds of thousands of Israeli protesters calling for his resignation. Yet, sadly, even if Netanyahu is to be voted out, his biggest competitor, Gideon Saar, is even more racist and right-wing than he is.

Israeli politics is now completely dominated by ultra right-wing parties, with all self identifying left-wing parties such as Meretz and even the centrist Labour Party having been made irrelevant. This push to the right in Israel is important and often ignored in Western corporate media, as it shows the impossibility of any peaceful settlement between Israelis and Palestinians or between Israel and its regional opposition.

Just in 2020 alone Israel’s aggressive behaviour in the region has put it on the verge of war several times and this is, in large part, the result of Israel’s ability to act completely above the law.

Israel’s Attacks On The Palestinian People

Since 2012 experts at the United Nations had predicted that the Gaza Strip would become completely ‘unliveable’ by the year 2020, as a result of Israel’s illegal blockade. Then in 2018, Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights situation in the OPT (Occupied Palestinian Territories) declared that “the state of unlive-ability is upon us” and that the UN’s former predictions had underestimated the effect of the crippling siege.

We are now surpassing 2020, that year which the UN warned Gaza would be ‘unliveable’, and the world has done nothing to end the siege. In fact, this year alone Israel was able to get away with over 40 separate attacks on Gaza, including in August a 19 day long bombardment of the Gaza Strip. During the 19 consecutive days of airstrikes endured by Gaza, Israel had also cut off the sole humanitarian entry into the Gaza Strip, during a Pandemic.

The routine airstrikes, which largely destroyed agricultural lands, building blocks and Gazan government outposts, police stations and training sites, did not come to a halt at any point. The most recent round of airstrikes against the Gaza Strip, this Saturday morning, destroyed power lines, struck a children’s hospital, a mosque, a school, a rehabilitation centre for people with special needs, sports and industrial facilities and civilian infrastructure.

Israel has also set a record for the number of homes demolished in East Jerusalem this year, making around 400 people homeless. In total, as a result of illegal Israeli home demolitions, over 1,000 Palestinians have been made homeless this year. The demolitions of Palestinian homes have taken place in the West Bank, East Jerusalem as well as inside Israel itself, in addition to airstrikes having destroyed homes in Gaza.

Israel also continued its illegal detainment and arrests of Palestinian minors, with over 400 Palestinian children having been arrested by Israel in the first 10 months of 2020. On the subject of the abuse of children, Israel had, according to the UN, injured 1,048 children in the West Bank between 1 November 2019 and 31 October 2020. With the recent murder of 14yr old Ali Aliya, on December 4, the UN will now investigate, as the murder mounted further pressure on the international body to look into the recent murdering of 155 Palestinian children with “crowd control” weapons in the West Bank.

Israel’s Attacks On Syria

Israel launched tens of unprovoked airstrike operations against Syria in 2020, all amounting to acts of war against a country which has not once aggressed against Israel all year. In addition to this, Israel continues to actively occupy the Golan Heights from Syria and has continued to steal its resources and even attempted to prevent Syrian farmers from reaching their lands earlier this month.

The latest round of airstrikes launched against Syria, targeted the al-Masyaf area (West of Hama) and struck Syrian military positions. The airstrikes were launched from fighter-jets at around 1AM on Christmas day. This marked the third consecutive Christmas Day on which Syria had been bombarded by Israel.

Despite unfounded claims from Syrian Opposition media groups, who do not have sources in sensitive Syrian Government areas, the airstrikes have not targeted Iranian positions in the country. For anyone that understands the situation in Syria, this is obvious, the Iranian backed forces operate primarily to the East of Syria where there are no air defenses and so hitting them would be easy if Israel wanted to. However, all previous attacks on Iranian backed forces in the likes of Deir Ezzor’s Abu Kamal, have proved useless.

According to sources in the Syrian military, the Syrian air-defence, weapons depot sites and checkpoint have been the primary targets in Israeli airstrikes. This means that the Israeli strikes, often never admitted for this reason, would constitute an unjustified act of war against a sovereign country and a violation of that country’s sovereignty. These Israeli strikes have killed hundreds of innocent Syrian civilians throughout the years during the Syrian war.

Israel’s Attacks On Iran

In January of 2020 the United States launched drone strikes in Baghdad, Iraq, assassinating General Qassem Soleimani of the IRGC’s Quds Forces, along with the PMU’s Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis. It was later revealed that Israel had a part to play in this operation, which claimed the life of Iran’s most beloved General, almost sparking full-scale regional war.

Then, on the 27th of November Israel launched an illegal State-sponsored act of terrorism, on Iranian soil, which killed Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. This act will warrant a response from Iran and could again drag the entire region to the verge of all out war. The fact that this act could be committed by Israel with absolutely no real consequences or backlash from the international community, again communicated to the world that Israel is a country to which International Law does not apply.

Israel’s Attacks On Lebanon

Israel has violated Lebanese airspace, maritime and land borders, several thousand times in 2020 and has again paid no price for such actions. Israel has also frequently used Lebanese airspace in order to launch airstrikes on Syria.

In July Israel launched a round of illegal airstrikes against Syria. One of the targets of the strikes was the Damascus International Airport, where an off duty member of Lebanese Hezbollah, Ali Kamel Mohsen Jawad, was located. The member of Hezbollah was killed in the strikes along with three others and prompted Hezbollah to give the greenlight for a retaliatory operation against Israel, which is yet to occur.

In fear of Hezbollah’s promised retaliation, the Israeli army has withdrawn from military sites near the Lebanese border and have several times been frightened by false-alarms, launching incendiary shells into south Lebanon, which destroyed parts of civilian homes.

These are but only a few examples of what has been committed against Lebanon, Syria, Iran and the Palestinian people this year, but are enough to pose the question as to why there is still no punishment whatsoever for Israel’s actions.

If Israel is continually allowed to get away with such aggressive actions and pay no price, it will inevitably lead to more war in the region. Israel is the most aggressive country in the Middle East and its adversaries are continually shown that Israel is considered by the International Community, as untouchable, and thus will take the call for delivering justice into their own hands.

(Source / 30.12.2020)

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian vehicles in Nablus

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli settlers on Tuesday evening attacked Palestinian vehicles in Nablus city in the occupied West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, said a number of settlers hurled stones at Palestinian cars traveling on the road between Nablus and Tulkarem.

Another group of Israeli settlers also stoned cars near An-Naqura in the northwest of Nablus. Some vehicles got damaged in the attack.

No injuries were reported though.

Dozens of settlers rallied on the same day near the junction of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc and Fureidis village in Bethlehem.

Local sources said that Israeli occupation forces provided protection for the settlers, who carried flags and placards.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli occupation authorities.

(Source / 30.12.2020)

Israeli forces arrest, torture Palestinian father in his daughter’s bedroom

Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli forces at the dawn of Wednesday arrested and tortured Rami Fadayel, a father and former prisoner, at his daughter’s bedroom.

Fadayel was arrested twice in 24 hours; he was first arrested at dawn and held for over 12 hours before being released then arrested again a few hours later.

Haneen Nassar, Fadayel’s wife, said he was arrested yesterday at dawn then he was released on the same day, but he was rearrested at the dawn of Wednesday after being beaten and tortured. Fadayel was taken to an unknown place.

Since she was born, Mais, Fadayel’s daughter, has not united with her father for a whole year. She spent most of her childhood while he was in jail without charges or trials.

On one occasion, Israeli undercover forces broke into the family’s house and arrested Fadayel on Mais’ birthday.

(Source / 30.12.2020)