Palestinian Young Man Paralyzed after Israeli Forces Shoot Him in the Neck

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Israeli forces shot a Palestinian young man in the neck, on Friday, in the village of Al-Tuwanah, south of Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, the Jerusalem Press reported.

The victim, Harun Rasmi Abu Aram, 24, was shot in the neck with live rounds as he attempted to stop the seizure of his generator by Israeli soldiers.

Witnesses told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers fired from point blank range, striking the young man in the neck. He was then transferred to the Yatta Public Hospital, where his condition was deemed critical.

In a statement, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that Abu Aram has suffered complete paralysis of his arms and legs (quadriplegia), as a result of sustaining live rounds to the neck, at close range, which severed his spine.

The Palestinian was arguing with the soldiers who were trying to confiscate his electricity generator, providing him and his family with the needed power to their home.

In related news, Israeli forces suppressed a peaceful demonstration, on Friday, where hundreds of Palestinians assembled, in the central West Bank village of Deir Jarir, northeast of Ramallah.

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Village mayor, Ayman Alawi, told WAFA that the army opened fire at the crowd with tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated steel rounds. He added that one Palestinian man was shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel round, he was transferred to a medical center for treatment, no further information was available at the time of this report.

Many others choked on tear-gas fired by the army in an effort to suppress the peaceful gathering, to express their rejection of Israeli settler attempts to build an illegal colonial outpost in the area.

هيئة مقاومة الجدار والاستيطان on Friday

جيش الاحتلال يطلق النار على الشاب هارون رسمي يوسف ابو عرام برصاصة في الرقبة، في قرية التوانه، بينما كان يحاول منع جنود الاحتلال سرقة مولد الكهرباء الخاص به، وقد تم نقله الى مستشفى يطا ومنها تم تحويله الى مستشفى الاهلي في الخليل.

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هيئة مقاومة الجدار والاستيطان on Friday

من فعالية اليوم المناهضة لاقامة بؤرة استعماريه على اراضي قرية دير جرير.
(تصوير: حمزة شلش/وفا)

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(Source / 02.01.2021)

Israeli Colonists Attack Homes Near Nablus, Shepherds Near Hebron

Illegal Israeli colonists, squatting on Palestinian lands, attacked many Palestinians, including shepherds, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and south of Hebron, in southern West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said many colonists attacked Khan al-Lubban village, near the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of Nablus.

Daghlas added that the colonists assaulted many Palestinians who tried to defend their lands and prevent them from illegally annexing their lands.

Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene, and started firing gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians.

It is worth mentioning that Khan al-Lubban area houses a historic site dating back to the early Ottoman era, and is surrounded by about 300 Dunams (74.13 Acres) of Palestinian lands.

This is not the first attack against the site, and its surrounding Palestinian lands, especially since the colonists are trying to annex it to establish news outposts.

In related news, many colonists attacked Palestinian shepherds in the ath-Tha’la area, east of Yatta town, south of Hebron.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Hebron, said the colonists assaulted the Palestinian shepherds and prevented them from entering a grazing area.

The colonists hurled stones at the Palestinian shepherds and attacked some of them with batons.

The attack took place in an area where Israel has been issuing demolition orders targeting Palestinian homes and structures, while the soldiers and the colonists have already uprooted and bulldozed land.

(Source / 02.01.2021)

Israeli Colonists Uproot 300 Olive Trees Near Salfit

Illegal Israeli colonists uprooted, Friday, more than 300 Palestinian olive trees in the at-Taerat area, west of Hares town, northwest of the central West Bank city of Salfit.

Media sources said the colonists came from the Revava illegal outpost, which was installed on private Palestinian lands between the towns of Hares and Deir Istiya.

The invaded orchards and the uprooted trees are owned by Omar Ahmad Samara, and his brother Abdul-Rahim.

Salfit Governor Abdullah Kamil said the Israeli violations, carried out by soldiers and colonialist settlers, are seriously escalating targeting the residents, their homes, and lands.

In related news, the colonists attacked many Palestinians, including shepherds, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and south of Hebron, in southern West Bank.

(Source / 02.01.2021)

Analysis: The US Money Tree – The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel

By Dr. Ramzy Baroud

On December 21, the United States Congress passed the COVID-19 Relief Package, as part of a larger $2.3 trillion bill meant to cover spending for the rest of the fiscal year. As usual, US representatives allocated a massive sum of money for Israel.

While unemployment, thus poverty, in the US is skyrocketing as a result of repeated lockdowns, the US found it essential to provide Israel with $3.3 billion in ‘security assistance’ and $500 million for US-Israel missile defence cooperation.

Although a meager $600 dollar payment to help struggling American families was the subject of several months of intense debate, there was little discussion among American politicians over the large funds handed out to Israel, for which there are no returns.

Support for Israel is considered a bipartisan priority and has, for decades, been perceived as the most stable item in the US foreign policy agenda. The mere questioning of how Israel uses the funds – whether the military aid is being actively used to sustain Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, finance Jewish settlements, fund annexation of Palestinian land or violate Palestinian human rights – is a major taboo.

One of the few members of Congress to demand that aid to Israel be conditioned on the latter’s respect for human rights is Democratic Senator, Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, who was also a leading presidential nominee for the Democratic Party. “We cannot give it carte blanche to the Israeli government … We have the right to demand respect for human rights and democracy”, Sanders had said in October 2019.

His Democratic rival, now President-elect, Joe Biden, soon countered: “The idea that I’d withdraw military aid, as others have suggested, from Israel, is bizarre,” he said.

It is no secret that Israel is the world’s leading recipient of US aid since World War II. According to data provided by the US Congressional Research Service, Israel has received $146 billion of US taxpayers’ money as of November 2020.

From 1971 up to 2007, a bulk of these funds proved fundamental in helping Israel establish a strong economic base. Since then, most of the money has been allotted for military purposes, including the security of Israel’s illegal Jewish settlement enterprise.

Despite the US financial crisis of 2008, American money continued to be channelled to Israel, whose economy survived the global recession, largely unscathed.

In 2016, the US promised even more money. The Democratic Barack Obama Administration, which is often – although mistakenly – seen as hostile to Israel, increased US funding to Israel by a significant margin. In a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding, Washington and Tel Aviv reached a deal whereby the US agreed to give Israel $38 billion in military aid covering the financial years 2019-2028. This is a whopping increase of $8 billion compared with the previous 10-year agreement, which concluded at the end of 2018.

The new American funds are divided into two categories: $33 billion in foreign military grants and an additional $5 billion in missile defence.

American generosity has long been attributed to the unmatched influence of pro-Israeli groups, lead among them American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The last four years, however, required little lobbying by these groups, as powerful agents within the administration itself became Israel’s top advocates.

Aside from the seemingly endless ‘political freebies’ that the Donald Trump Administration has given Israel in recent years, it is now considering ways to accelerate the timetable of delivering the remainder of US funds as determined by the last MOU, an amount that currently stands at $26.4 billion. According to official congressional documents, the US “also may approve additional sales of the F-35 to Israel and accelerate the delivery of KC-46A refuelling and transport aircraft to Israel.”

These are not all the funds and perks that Israel receives. Much more goes unreported, as it is channelled either indirectly or simply promoted under the flexible title of ‘cooperation’.

For example, between 1973 and 1991, a massive sum of $460 million of US funds was allocated to resettling Jews in Israel. Many of these new immigrants are now the very Israeli militants that occupy the West Bank illegal settlements. In this particular case, the money is paid to a private charity known as the United Israel Appeal which, in turn, gives the money to the Jewish Agency. The latter has played a central role in the founding of Israel on top of the ruins of Palestinian towns and villages in 1948.

Under the guise of charitable donations, tens of millions of dollars are regularly sent to Israel in the form of “tax-deductible gifts for Jewish settlement in the West Bank and East Jerusalem,” the New York Times reported. Much of the money, falsely promoted as donations for educational and religious purposes, often finds its way to funding and purchasing housing for illegal settlers, “as well as guard dogs, bulletproof vests, rifle scopes and vehicles to secure (illegal Jewish) outposts deep in occupied (Palestinian) areas.

Quite often, US money ends up in the Israeli government’s coffers under deceptive pretences. For example, the latest Stimulus Package includes $50 million to fund the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Funds, supposedly to provide investments in “people-to-people exchanges and economic cooperation … between Israelis and Palestinians with the goal of supporting a negotiated and sustainable two-state solution.”

Actually, such money serves no particular purpose, since Washington and Tel Aviv endeavour to ensure the demise of a negotiated peace agreement and work hand-in-hand to kill the now defunct two-state solution.

The list is endless, though most of this money is not included in the official US aid packages to Israel, therefore receives little scrutiny, let alone media coverage.

As of February 2019, the US has withheld all funds to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, in addition to cutting aid to the UN Palestinian Refugees agency (UNRWA), the last lifeline of support needed to provide basic education and health services to millions of Palestinian refugees.

Judging by its legacy of continued support of the Israeli military machine and the ongoing colonial expansion in the West Bank, Washington insists on serving as Israel’s main benefactor – if not direct partner – while shunning Palestinians altogether. Expecting the US to play a constructive role in achieving a just peace in Palestine does not only reflect indefensible naivety but wilful ignorance as well.

(Source / 02.01.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Killed 48 Palestinians, Including Two Women And Eight Children, In 2020

Israeli soldiers killed 48 Palestinians, including two women and eight children, during the ongoing and escalating violations against the Palestinian people, in the year 2020, the Martyrs’ Families Coalition has reported.

Mohammad Sbeihat, the secretary of the coalition, has reported that, despite the difficult conditions in 2020, mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic, Israeli soldiers have escalated their attacks and violations against the Palestinian people, their homes and lands, and their holy sites.

Sbeihat stated that the soldiers have killed 48 Palestinians, all of them civilians and not members of any armed resistance group, and added that besides the eight children and the two women, the soldiers also killed one Palestinian with special needs.

The report revealed the main following facts:

  1. 48 Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli occupation soldiers.

A: Two of them were women.

B: 46 are from several parts of the West Bank.
C: 12 from several parts of the Gaza Strip.

D: Eight children were killed, the youngest Ali Ayman Abu Alia, 13, and was killed on December 4th in the al-Mughayyir village, near Ramallah.

E: The oldest Palestinians is Sa’adi Mahmoud al-Gharabily, 75, from Gaza city, who died in Israeli prisons on July 8th due to medical neglect, after spending 26 years behind bars.

  1. The number of slain Palestinians who are married is 14; 13 men and one woman.
  2. The Average age of the slain Palestinians in 28.
  3. The number of Palestinians who were killed by missiles or shells is 3.
  4. The number of Palestinians who died in Israeli prisons in 2020 is 6.
  5. Two Palestinians were killed during Israeli bombardment in Syria.
  6. One Palestinian, Eyad al-Hallaq, from Jerusalem, was a person with special needs.

Israel is still holding the remains of thirteen Palestinians who were killed in 2020, which brings the number of corpses Israel has been holding over the last five years to 73, in addition to 254 who have been buried in the “Numbers Graveyards” since the year 1968.

(Source / 02.01.2021)

Video| Quadriplegia… Israel’s new year gift for Haroun Abu Iram

Hebron (QNN)- Israeli forces opened fire at Haroun Abu Iram in southern Hebron on Friday, causing him quadriplegia.

The Ministry of Health said Haroun Rasmi Abu Iram (24 years old) was shot in his neck at point-blank range in Masafer Yatta in southern Hebron. He was immediately taken to Yatta’s Public hospital where doctors described his wound as critical.

The Ministry added that Israeli bullets hit Abu Iram’s backbone, causing him to be quadriplegic.

Abu Iram and his family were trying to prevent Israeli soldiers from stealing a generator, which was their only source of income, before Israeli soldiers shot at Haroun at point-blank range.

#Video of the Israeli crime of shooting and critically injuring a Palestinian young man in the area of Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, yesterday. The young man, named Haroun Abu Arram, has had quadriplegia as a result!!

(Source / 02.01.2021)

Pictures| 18 injuries in Kafr Qaddum on the first day of 2021

Ramallah (QNN)- Several citizens were wounded during the Israeli repression of Kafr Qaddum’s weekly protest on the first day of 2021.

Local sources said 18 citizens were wounded with rubber-coated metal rounds while dozens were suffocated during the Israeli repression of the weekly protest, which demands to open the road to the village, which has been blocked for 17 years.

Murad Ishtewi, the coordinator for the popular resistance in the village, said dozens of Israeli soldiers stormed the village and climbed onto the roofs of houses before showering the protesters with bullets and tear gas grenades.

18 citizens were wounded while dozens were suffocated, including children and women.

Quds News Network 23 hours ago

At least 18 #Palestinian protesters sustained suffocation from teargas inhalation during clashes with Israeli #occupation forces in the occupied West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, today.

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(Source / 02.01.2021)

16 Palestinian prisoners diagnosed with COVID-19 in Israeli Naqab prison

Ramallah (QNN)- At least 16 Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Naqab prison were diagnosed with the coronavirus disease and the number is expected to rise, Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said.

The first coronavirus case in Section 3 of the prison was discovered on Thursday. Since then, the number has increased to 16 as more are expected to get infected

While at least 156 of the Palestinian prisoners have contracted the disease so far, said the PPS, it is imperative that ‘Israel’ should immediately release the elderly and sick, demanding the formation of an independent medical committee to check on the situation of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

While ‘Israel’ started two weeks ago inoculating its population with the coronavirus vaccine, it decided not to include the Palestinian prisoners in this process for the time being, raising concern about their health situation particularly since they are kept in overcrowded and unhealthy prisons.

Since April, around 156 Palestinian detainees were infected with COVID-19. The detainees don’t get the proper health treatment in light of the spread of the 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 / 02.01.2021)

16 Palestinians injured by Israeli forces in Ramallah

Ramallah (QNN)- Nearly 16 Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli occupation forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells to disperse a protest in the occupied West Bank, according to eyewitnesses.

The protest was held against illegal Israeli settlements in Deir Jarir in Ramallah.

The forces used a drone to throw dozens of tear gas canisters at the protesters.

On December 23, Israeli settlers began establishing a settlement outpost in the Sharafat mountain area in the village of Deir Jarir by installing equipment and tents on the top of the mountain under the protection of the Israeli forces.

In the West Bank, approximately 630,000 Israeli settlers live in some 250 settlements, 210,000 in East Jerusalem and 420,000 in other parts of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 02.01.2021)

Video| ‘Israel’ starts 2021 with critical injury in Masafer Yatta

Hebron (QNN)- A young man was critically wounded in Masafer Yatta in occupied Hebron on the first day of 2021.

Local sources said Haroun Rasmi Abu Iram (24 years old) was shot in his neck before he was taken to Yatta public hospital, where doctors described his wound as critical.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli soldiers deliberately and directly opened fire at Abu Iram at point-blank range when he tried to prevent them from confiscating a power generator that he and his family use.

(Source / 02.01.2021)