Soldiers Fire Live Rounds At Farmers And Fishermen In Gaza

Israeli soldiers fired, on Monday morning, live rounds at Palestinian farmers and fishermen in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the soldiers, stationed across the perimeter fence, fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers, east of Khan Younis, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

They added that the soldiers also fired live rounds at farmers, east of the al-Boreij and the al-Maghazi refugee camps, in central Gaza.

In addition, Israeli navy ships fired live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

The attacks did not lead to any casualties but forced the farmers and fishermen to leave in fear of further Israeli violations.

It is worth mentioning that the army frequently attacks Palestinian farmers, workers, and fishermen in the besieged and impoverished coastal region.

(Source / 04.01.2021)

‘Israel’ approves confiscation of dozens of donums in Bethlehem for settlement project

Bethlehem (QNN)- Israeli authorities on Sunday approved a plan to confiscate dozens of donums in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank for a new settlement project.

The head of the Office of Resistance against the wall and settlement, Hasan Ibrejiyyeh, said the occupation state approved settlement plans like the confiscation of lands in Shafa, Khader, Artas, Aqban, and Ta’amreh.

He added that approving such settlement plans reassures the truth that Israeli authorities facilitate everything for illegal settlers so that they confiscate as much Palestinian land as they can.

(Source / 04.01.2021)

36 Palestinian women prisoners face difficult humanitarian and detention conditions

Ramallah (QNN)- The Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission said in a report that Palestinian women detainees in Israel’s Damon prison have been facing unbearable humanitarian and health conditions, including a deliberate medical negligence.

There are 36 female prisoners lodged in Al-Damon Prison. One-third of them are mothers.

There are 24 female prisoners suffering from long sentences with a maximum of 16 years, 3 under administrative detention, and 9 detained awaiting trial.

Israa Jaabis, sentenced to 11 years, is among those female prisoners. Israa’s health condition has been deteriorating as she needs several surgeries. She has burns over 60 percent of her body and eight of her fingers were amputated, in addition to long-lasting scarring and pain in her face and throughout her body.

Amal Taqatqa, sentenced to 7 years, was shot with six bullets in the chest, waist, hand, and left foot. One of the bullets stayed in her chest threatening her life. She needs an operation to remove the platinum in her injured leg.

Rawan abu Ziada, sentenced to 9 years, also suffers from pain in the neck and stomach.

This prison is located within the “green line”, this means that Palestinian women – like most Palestinian political prisoners – are detained outside the 1967 occupied territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, directly contravening Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that an occupying power must detain the residents of an occupied territory within that occupied territory itself.

Since the beginning of the occupation, over 10,000 Palestinian women have been arrested and detained by Israeli occupation forces.

(Source / 04.01.2021)

Israeli army raids Thabet Thabet Hospital

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli forces on Monday arrested several citizens during raids into several locations throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem, including Thabet Thabet hospital.

Local sources said Israeli forces arrested three young men from Deir Nidham, Ramallah after holding over 20 young men and interrogating them last night.

The sources added that the Israeli army closed the roads to the village this morning.

Israeli media said an illegal settler was seriously wounded after being attacked with stones near Deir Nidham yesterday.

In the same context, Israeli forces arrested Abdel Rahman Al Bashiti, Mustafa Abu Isneineh, and Zakariyya Al Bakria after storming their house in occupied Jerusalem.

Saeed Arrouj was arrested from eastern Bethlehem, while the brothers Yazan and Islam Abu Shamleh were arrested from their house in Ya’bad, Jenin.

In the same vein, Israeli forces deployed in Tulkarm and raided Thabet Thabet hospital, throwing sound bombs inside it.

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Kamal Shakhrah, said the Ministry will send a letter of complaint to the WHO and the Red Cross to expose the Israeli crimes against medical teams and hospitals.

Other young men were arrested in Hebron and Nablus, while two others were shot in Jericho.

(Source / 04.01.2021)

Israeli occupation forces raid Palestinian hospital in West Bank

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces raided the Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarem in the occupied West Bank on Monday and fired stun grenades during the raid.

There were 81 patients inside the hospital during the raid, including 10 infants at the prematurity section and 7 in the ICU, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The Palestinian health minister Mai al-Kaili condemned the raid as a “new Israeli crime that contradicts all international conventions and norms, and the Geneva conventions.”

She also went on to appeal to the international community to “intervene to protect the Palestinian people and put an end to the repeated Israeli assaults.”

Israeli occupation forces attacked three Palestinian hospitals in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip last month.

Last December, Israeli forces raided Palestine Medical Complex and fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated rounds randomly at medical staff and patients, injuring a pregnant woman by a rubber-coated round in her shoulder and a paramedic in his arm.

(Source / 04.01.2021)

Nine Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces in 2020

Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) documented the killing of nine Palestinian children by Israeli occupation forces in 2020, all of them boys aged between 14 and 17.

Under international law, intentional lethal force is only justified in circumstances where a direct threat to life or of serious injury is present.

However, investigations and evidence collected by DCIP regularly suggest that Israeli forces use lethal force against Palestinian children in circumstances that do not appear to be warranted and may amount to extrajudicial or wilful killings.

On December 4, Israeli forces shot and killed 15-year-old Ali Ayman Saleh Abu Alia as he observed clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth from the village of Al-Mughayyir. Ali was shot in the abdomen with live ammunition and did not pose any threat to Israeli forces, according to documentation collected by DCIP.

On October 24, Amer Abdel-Rahim Snobar, 16, was beaten and killed by Israeli forces near the occupied West Bank village of Turmus’ayya. Amer had been helping his 17-year-old friend move a broken-down car around 10 p.m. when Israeli forces arrived. Amer was placed in a chokehold, then at least six other soldiers beat him, according to information collected by DCIP.

DCIP said that Israel occupation forces “routinely violate international law by using lethal force against Palestinian children without justification.”

DCIP stressed that Israel is to continue this policy against Palestinians as long as the international community remains silent and Israel is not held accountable for its crimes.

(Source / 04.01.2021)

Israeli settlers attack citizens’ properties in Salfit

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Salfit (QNN)-Israeli settlers on Monday attacked houses and vehicles owned by Native Palestinians in western Salfit.

Pictures from the area show that the settlers vandalized vehicles and broke windows of houses, throwing bombs and stones at them.

The head of the village council, Adel Salah, said ten armed settlers stormed the eastern side of the village, adding that they vandalized three vehicles and attacked houses.

The West Bank and Jerusalem have been facing increasing attacks by illegal settlers. Settlers’ attacks have recently increased following the murder of a settler near Ramallah by Israeli police over a week a go.

(Source / 04.01.2021)

Rashida Tlaib wears Palestinian thobe as she swears in to Congress for second time


Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib stressed that she would never forget Palestine

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Rashida Tlaib started sworn in to the American Congress for the second time as she was wearing traditional Palestinian thobe.

Tlaib is originally a Palestinian and Muslim woman was re-elected to the US Congress for the second time.

She had been officially sworn, and she selected one very special outfit for the swear-in ceremony: a Palestinian thobe. It is almost the same style she wore the first time, but it was a different colour.

Posting her picture wearing the thobe on her Facebook, she wrote: “My parents came from Palestine for a better life in the United States. At the age of 19 years old my Yaba (dad), with only 4th grade education, was able to land a job at Ford Motor Company. Years later he married my mother who quit school in the 8th grade to help provide for her family. Both sacrificed so much so that a dream like this became possible.

“Their eldest daughter of 14 kids will be sworn into the U.S. Congress for the second time. I am one of the first Muslim women and the first Palestinian woman, and I wanted to honor both of them by wearing a Palestinian embroidered dress.

“I will never take for granted the honor of being here, and will always stay rooted in community because the 13 District deserves nothing less than a hardworking, never back down, Congress woman.”

(Source / 04.01.2021)

Report: 561 Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists in 2020

Israeli Knesset passed law compelling social media platforms to monitor and delete any post that it views as inciting against it. Thus, it has intensified violations and tightened restrictions on Palestinian journalists

The Israeli occupation authorities perpetrated 561 violations against Palestinian journalists and media outlets in 2020, a Palestinian government body has found.

In its annual report on Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists, the Government Information Office explained that February had seen the highest number of violations against Palestinian journalists, mostly assaults, shootings, and arrests.

The Office stressed that the Israeli occupation army has used “direct and lethal force” to suppress Palestinian journalists, detain them, raid their houses and confiscate their journalistic equipment as well as preventing media coverage.     

After passing a law compelling social media platforms to monitor and delete any post that it views as inciting against it, the Israeli occupation has intensified violations and tightened restrictions against Palestinian journalists, according to the report.

The report documented 132 cases of journalists detained or put on trials and 122 cases of blocking media coverage of Israeli violations against Palestinian citizens.

The Israeli occupation authorities have systematically used various means of pressure to intimidate and silence Palestinian journalists.

As part of an effort to suppress the Palestinian content on social media, more than 91 cases of shutdowns or warnings to delete Palestinian social media accounts and pages in coordination with the administrations of those platforms.

During 2020, 26 cases of withdrawing ID cards and confiscating equipment of Palestinian journalists and imposing travel ban on them to discourage them from covering Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people had been reported.

The Office warned against the continuation of violations by the Israeli occupation against Palestinian journalists without being held accountable for its crimes against the freedom of the press. 

The Gaza-based body called on the UN Human Rights Council to form an inquiry commission immediately to record human rights abuse and violations of international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Office reiterated the necessity to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for its Palestinian journalists in complete disregard for the UN Security Council Resolution 2222, which guarantees providing protection for Palestinian journalists.

(Source / 04.01.2021)

Israeli forces raid the village of Deir Nizam and detain 15 Palestinians

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Israeli occupation forces on Sunday evening surrounded the village of Deir Nizam, north of Ramallah, and arrested at least fifteen Palestinian citizens.

Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces raided the village and arrested fifteen citizens under the pretext that a settlement near the village had been hit.

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According to eyewitnesses, the occupation abused citizens and beat some of them after raiding several houses, while they imposed a siege on the village and closed it completely.  

(Source / 04.01.2021)