Settlers plant trees in al-Khalil, set up caravan in Salfit

As a prelude to seizing the land

Settler groups

AL-KHALIL, (PIC) – Jewish settlers planted on Sunday trees in the lands of the towns of Idna and Tarqumiya, northwest of al-Khalil, in order to seize these lands.

Abdel Moneim Fatafta, the mayor of Tarqumiya municipality, said that a group of settlers from nearby settlements, which are established on the lands of the Palestinian citizens, began planting olive and forest trees in the Sha`b Al-Masry and Khillet Amer areas.

Fatafta added that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has been preventing the owners of these lands from accessing them a while ago. These lands are estimated at thousands of dunums and the IOA seeks to seize them for settlement expansion and linking the settlements.

Meanwhile, other groups of Jewish settlers set up a caravan in Khillet Hassan hamlet, west of the town of Bidya in western Salfit.

Eyewitnesses reported that three vehicles transported the caravan to the hamlet lands at 03:30 am.

Khillet Hassan, which covers an area of 4,000 dunums, is threatened with confiscation by settlers for expanding settlements and establishing a new settlement that links settlements and outposts between Salfit and Qalqilya.

Settlers have already begun razing and destroying farmers’ lands in the areas of Khillet Alayyan and Khillet Hassan in Bidya town under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces. 

Settlers cut down olive, fig and grape trees, demolished agricultural rooms and caused big damage to the area.

There are 18 Palestinian communities in Salfit compared to 24 Jewish settlements including residential and industrial settlements and the percentage of lands allocated for Palestinian construction in Salfit is only about 6% of the total area compared to 9% for Israeli settlers.

The IOA expands the Jewish settlements and connect them to water, electricity and sewage networks to form a settlement bloc that controls an area of up to 70% of Salfit’s lands.

Ariel is considered one of the largest Israeli settlements in the West Bank which was built on thousands of dunums of Palestinians’ lands in Salfit province. Israel seeks to annex it along with the Jordan Valley and several settlements built on the lands of the West Bank and Jerusalem.

(Source / 31.01.2021)

Campaign of arrests, raids in West Bank

IOF arrests

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Saturday night and at dawn Sunday several Palestinians during incursions into various areas of the West Bank.

In al-Khalil, IOF arrested a Palestinian from the city while he was passing through a military checkpoint south of the city.

Local sources reported that IOF arrested Basil Daoud Abu Subeih, 22, while he was passing through a military checkpoint in the Al-Fahs area at the southern entrance to al-Khalil.

In Nablus, eyewitness reported that IOF soldiers who are stationed at the Hawara military checkpoint arrested Imran Hashash and Muhammad Kayed Hashash after midnight Saturday. Both of the citizens are from Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus.

In Qabatiya town, south of Jenin, the IOF soldiers stormed the town and arrested Ahmad Ali Zakarneh, Bashar Abu al-Rub, and Muhammad Abu al-Rub.

Violent confrontations broke out in the town between the Palestinian youths and IOF soldiers who fired live bullets, sound and gas bombs.

The IOF soldiers launch daily search and arrest campaigns in the West Bank and Jerusalem during which they raid homes, destroy property, arrest and terrorize residents.

(Source / 31.01.2021)

Palestinian injured in clashes with IOF in Jayyous town


QALQILYA, (PIC) – Violent clashes broke out on Saturday evening between Palestinian young men and the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in Jayyous town, northeast of Qalqilya.

According to local sources, the IOF intensively fired rubber bullets and tear gas and stun grenades at the young men and homes in the town.

One young man was reportedly injured by a rubber bullet during the events and transferred to a local hospital for medical assistance.

The town is located in an area directly affected by the Israeli separation wall and illegal settlements and around 75 percent of its farming land is on the other side of the wall.

In order for local farmers to get to their swaths of land, they need Israeli military permits to reach their lands through gates at the wall.

(Source / 31.01.2021)

Prisoner Khaled Ghaidan facing difficult health condition

Palestinian prisoner

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Palestinian prisoner Khaled Ghaidan, a 59-year-old from Qibya village in Ramallah, is facing a difficult health condition as a result of his suffering from Covid-19 complications, which has been aggravated by the harsh incarceration conditions in Ramon jail.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society on Friday, the Ramon jail administration transferred several days ago prisoner Ghaidan to Soroka Hospital where he stayed for some hours before he was taken back to the jail despite his suffering from a drop in oxygen levels in the blood.

After his return from the hospital, Israeli jailers only provided him with an oxygen cylinder in his cell to enable him to breath.

(Source / 31.01.2021)

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in alleged knife attack

HEBRON, WEST BANK - SEPTEMBER 01: An Israeli soldier patrols in an area in Hebron, West Bank on September 01, 2020. Palestinians in the city of Hebron, live under difficult conditions in the Old City, as nearly 100 checkpoints deployed in the region with around 400 Jewish settlers living in 4 different settlements. Israeli soldiers keep imposing policies of pressure and intimidation on the Palestinians and the Jewish settlers frequently harass the local people. ( Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )
An Israeli soldier patrols in an area in Hebron, West Bank on September 01, 2020 

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in an alleged stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, according to the Israeli army, Anadolu Agency reported.

A military statement said a Palestinian armed with three knives connected to a stick allegedly attempted to stab soldiers at Gush Etzion Junction south of Bethlehem.

The army said the attacker was neutralized. No injuries were reported among Israeli soldiers.

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that a Palestinian was martyred by Israeli fire south of Bethlehem.

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Local residents said the Palestinian was injured and left bleeding to death.

On Tuesday, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian near the city of Salfit in the northern West Bank for allegedly attempting to stab soldiers.

Over the past year, several Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in gunfire for allegedly trying to stab soldiers, while reports suggested that others were killed without posing any threat to Israeli forces.

(Source / 31.01.2021)

Report: “200 Detainees Became Infected With Coronavirus In January”

The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported that 200 Palestinian detainees became infected with the coronavirus in January of 2021, which increases the number of confirmed COVID cases in Israeli prisons to 340.

The Committee stated that most of the infected detainees are held in Ramon prison and the Negev Detention camp.

The head of the Palestinian Detainees Committee, Hasan Abed-Rabbo, said five political prisoners were transferred to the infamous Ramla prison clinic, which lacks basic supplies and specialists, despite the serious deterioration in their health.

The detainees are Bassel Ajaj (serving a life-term prison sentence), Ezzeddin al-Jo’ba, Nafeth al-Haj, Ayman Seder, and Khaled Gheithan.

It is worth mentioning that Gheithan, 59, from Qibya town northwest of Ramallah, is facing serious complications from the coronavirus, and was recently moved to Soroka medical center for just a few hours, before he was moved back to prison despite his bad health.

He has oxygen deficiency in arterial blood and cannot breathe with an oxygen tank at all times.

Speaking to Palestine Radio on Saturday, Abed-Rabbo said there is a serious concern for the health of the detainees, especially due to medical neglect, in addition to barring all visitations even from lawyers and medical committees.

He added that an Israeli court also denied an appeal for the release of Husein Masalma, who is currently hospitalized at the Soroka medical center, due to a sharp deterioration in his health, especially since he has cancer.

In addition, the official also said that Wa’el al-Jaghoub has been in solitary confinement in Megiddo prisons for the past 210 days, in addition to Fadwa Hamada, 82 days, Omar Kharwat, 47 days, and Nawal al-Fatiha, seven days.

In related news, two detained siblings, Bilal, 36, and Bassam Thiab, 37, from Jenin in northern West Bank, are ongoing with a hunger strike they started twelve days ago, protesting the extremely bad living conditions they are subjected to in Israeli prisons.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) reiterated its calls on various organizations, especially the Red Cross to act on closely monitoring the conditions of the detainees and to ensure Israel allow them to contact their families.

The PPS added that Israel is refusing to allow the detainees to have sanitary products, in addition to the fact that dozens of detainees are held in small rooms, not even fit for human use.

(Source / 31.01.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, Saturday, three young Palestinian men, and summoned one for interrogation, in addition to confiscating surveillance recordings, in Jenin, in northern West Bank.

The head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), Montaser Sammour, said the soldiers invaded and searched many homes before abducting Mo’taz Kamal Fahmawi and Mohammad Aref an-Nasra, from Jenin city, in addition to Mosallam Masarwa, from Jenin refugee camp.

He added that the soldiers also stormed and ransacked the home of Monir Najjar in Jenin city, before confiscating surveillance recordings.

In related news, the soldiers invaded the home of a former political prisoner, identified as Faraj Omar Sanouri, before summoning him for interrogation at the Salem military base, west of Jenin.

(Source / 31.01.2021)

WAFA: King Abdullah of Jordan says “a just solution to Palestinian cause a key for peace”

King of Jordan

AMMAN, January 30, 2021 (WAFA) – King Abdullah II of Jordan affirmed, Saturday, that without a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause that meets all the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, there will be no peace or stability in the region and the entire world.

“The Palestinian cause is central to Jordan, and we continue to stand alongside our Palestinian brethren with all our power and capabilities as they seek to gain their just and legitimate rights. We are constantly communicating and coordinating with them in this regard,” the Jordanian monarch told official Jordanian news agency.

He added that “our region and our world cannot achieve the security, stability, and peace we seek without reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause, that meets all the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people.”

King Abdullah said peace should be “based on the two-state solution that guarantees the establishment of an independent, sovereign, and viable Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living in peace and security alongside Israel, in accordance with international law, recognized terms of reference, and the Arab Peace Initiative.”

He pledged to continue to exert all efforts to reactivate the peace process in pursuit of the two-state solution, which he said was the only way to achieve just, lasting, and comprehensive peace.

“We also continue to bear the honor and responsibility of safeguarding and maintaining Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, in line with the historical Hashemite Custodianship over these holy sites, and to utilize all capabilities to preserve and protect their Arab, Islamic, and Christian identity.”

(Source / 31.01.2021)

Palestinian young man shot dead by IOF in occupied West Bank

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces shot dead a Palestinian man today at Gush Etzion junction, south of the city of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, in alleged stabbing attack.

The forces at the main junction outside the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion opened gunfire at the young man and left him bleeding to death. The man was not identified yet.

The video footage of the killing moments shows that the man posed no threat to the Israeli forces.

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Israeli military said in a statement that he was “neutralized” and no injuries were reported.

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A stabbing attack was just reported at the Gush Etzion Junction, south of Bethlehem. The assailant has been neutralized. More details to follow.

(Source / 31.01.2021)

Settlers set up mobile house, plant trees in Palestinian land to confiscate it

Armed Jewish settlers walk in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit Hagai after a Palestinian who infiltrated the settlement was killed by settlers Friday, April 17, 2009. A Palestinian wielding a knife was shot and killed by Jewish settlers early Friday when he tried to attack residents of a West Bank settlement, the Israeli military said, in violence likely to further heighten tensions between the Palestinians and Israel’s new hard-line government

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli settlers on Sunday set up a mobile house in western Salfit, while another group of them planted trees in western Hebron in preparation for confiscating the targeted land.

In the village of Bidya in Western Salfit, a group of illegal settlers set up a mobile house, marking 4,000 dunums to confiscate them.

The settlers aim at creating a new settlement outpost, which connects five illegal settlements in the area between Salfit and Qalqilya.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers planted trees in the villages of Ithna and Terqumia in the north-west of occupied Hebron, marking thousands of dunums in preparation for confiscation.

The Mayor of Terqumia, Abdul Men’im Fataftah, told WAFA that the occupation state has been recently preventing the owners of the targeted lands from reaching it.

(Source / 31.01.2021)