“SHAMS” Center, in its monthly report, the occupation forces demolish (59) houses and facilities for Palestinian citizens, and notify (54) other facilities during the month of December

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Ramallah: Human Rights and Democracy Media Center “SHAMS” issued its monthly observatory for the month of December 2020 regarding the Israeli demolition, confiscation, eviction and seizure operations against Palestinian establishments, whether religious, tourist, industrial, commercial, educational, official or agricultural, with a focus on residential ones. The observatory came under the title (The Monthly Monitoring Report on Demolitions and Israeli Violations against Palestinian Houses and installations). It is noteworthy that “SHAMS” Center, since the beginning of the year, has been issuing specialized observatories annually, semi-annually, and monthly on this type of violations.

According to the “SHAMS” Center, during the month of December 2020, the Israeli occupation forces targeted (120) facilities owned by Palestinians, whether by demolishing, confiscating, evicting, or distributing notifications with the intention of targeting these facilities in the future.

The most prominent violations centered on demolitions, which affected 59 facilities. (7) of them, their owners were forced to self-demolish them under threat of fines and imprisonment. the Israeli Magistrate’s Court issued a decision to evacuate the houses of the citizens Jawad Abu Nab and Salem Ghaith in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan for the benefit of the settlers under the pretext that it has been owned by Jews from Yemen since 1881. The property of Salem Ghaith consists of two floors and 10 people live in it, as for the property of Jawad Abu Nab consists of one apartment, the surroundings of which were previously controlled and part of it was turned into a synagogue.

In terms of notifications, the occupation forces notified (54) facilities for demolition, confiscation, or eviction, most of them are residential, in addition to other commercial and agricultural facilities and animal pens and wells for collecting water.

The first indicator focused on the distribution of the facilities that were targeted by demolition, confiscation, eviction, or notifications according to their type, which this month included houses and residential rooms: (29) establishments, Residential Barracks: (20) establishments, Residential tents (5) establishments, Residential Caravans: (3) facilities, services provision units: (2) units, water wells: (5) facilities, retaining walls: (2) establishments, commercial establishments: (17) facilities, car washers (2), pens and stockyards (12), stores (2), rooms, caravans, barracks, greenhouses (11), vegetable stands (3), Auto repair garage (3), in addition to a medical facility, a garden, a cave and a building belonging to the village council.

The second indicator focused on the geographical distribution of violations, monitoring the areas of targeting. This month, the peak of the targeting was in Jerusalem governorate, with (17) facilities that were demolished, followed by Hebron governorate with (15) facilities and then Jericho and Jordan Valley governorate, with (9) facilities that were demolished. In view of the notifications, whether of demolition, confiscation, eviction, or stopping construction work and other violations that prevent Palestinians from realizing their right to build, reconstruct and invest their facilities, the number of notifications reached (54) notifications in different regions this month. The order of the governorates targeted by the notifications was as follows: Hebron (26) establishments, Jenin (18) facilities, and Nablus (5) establishments.

The third indicator focused on the target population since these operations that target Palestinian facilities do not take place in an isolated area from the population. The number of people affected by it during the month of December reached (77) at least, including a large number of children, reaching (27) children, and a number of women, reaching (7) women and they are the groups that suffer most in these cases.

The Fourth indicator focused on the arguments used by “Israel”, the occupying power, in its attempt to legalize the crime. In December, the number of facilities that were demolished, confiscated, evacuated, or notified under the pretext of building without a permit in Areas C reached (54) establishments out of (59) establishments that were demolished. (3) facilities were targeted under the pretext of harassment on the main road through which settlers pass, and (2) Under the pretext of its proximity to the settlement bypass line.

As for the notifications, most of them were under the pretext of not licensing and building in areas (c), and a facility that was notified under the pretext that it was located in an archaeological area. In addition to the occupation forces taking measurements of the house of prisoner Muhammad Qabha in the village of Tura, west of Jenin, and demanded that it be evacuated, in preparation for demolishing it in any moment, under the pretext of taking action against the occupation. As for the eviction, it was under the pretext of its ownership by Jews from Yemen since 1881. As for the seizure and confiscation of establishments, they were under the pretext of their illegal existence and lack of licensing.

The last indicator reviewed the operations of “self-demolition” and the persistence of oppression by forcing the Palestinians themselves to demolish their installations, foremost of which are their homes under threat of heavy fines. As the number of establishments that the colonial system forced their owners to demolish them this month by the overlap between courts, local authorities, police forces and the occupation army reached (7), most of them in Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem, distributed among five houses, including a house owned by a woman, in addition to a commercial store and a barrack for raising livestock. In Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem, the occupation authorities forced the family of Shahira Ghaith, to demolish her house herself, after notifying her earlier, in order to avoid paying heavy fines in case the occupation authorities carried out the demolition, under the pretext of not being licensed, and she has 5 children, 3 girls and two boys, the eldest is 18 years old, and the youngest is 11 years old.

In Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem, the occupation authorities forced the family of the citizen: Mahmoud Khaled Al-Khalis to demolish their home on the pretext of not having a permit. Later, it forced the two brothers: Muhammad Al-Khalis and Mahmoud Al-Khalis to demolish their houses (two apartments) on the pretext of not being licensed. This was repeated with the citizen Ali Ruwaidi in Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem, who has demolished a barrack for raising livestock by himself and its area is about 145 square meters, under the pretext of not being licensed.

In Jabal Al Mukaber neighborhood in Jerusalem, the occupation authorities forced: Fawaz Abdu, to personally demolish his house, under the pretext of not being licensed. Citizen Mounir Eweissat also demolished his commercial store in Schools Street in Jabal Al Mukaber town, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, in implementation of the Israeli occupation Municipality’s decision, and its area is about 35 square meters, claiming that it was not licensed.

(Source / 06.01.2021)

Updated: Young Man Paralyzed after Israeli Forces Shot Him in the Neck, Totally Dependent On Life Support

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Updated: The doctors at the Intensive Care Unit and Surgery performed surgery to stabilize the condition of the seriously wounded young man, Haroun Abu Aram, 24. However, CT-Scans revealed the Israeli bullet shattered his cervical spine.

The bullet, fired by a soldier from point-blank, shattered C5, C6, and C7 of his spine. He cannot feel or move any of his limbs and is completely paralyzed from the neck down, in addition to being fully dependent on life support.

The patient cannot breathe on his own and is receiving IV meds to stabilize his

His father said the army has been trying to force the family to leave their lands and added that the latest attack is a serious escalation to ongoing violations.

“They have been pressuring us to leave our lands; Haroun did nothing wrong; he was in his home when the soldiers came and tried to confiscate the electricity generator, which the family depends on,” the father added, “It is not a separate or a one-time incident; this is an ongoing occupation and escalating violations against innocent civilians.”

The father added that his son, who was recently engaged and was planning to get married within a few days.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army demolished his home two months ago, under the pretext of being built without a permit from the “Civil Administration Office,” run by the illegal Israeli military occupation.

Updated From:
Palestinian Young Man Paralyzed after Israeli Forces Shoot Him in the Neck
Jan 2, 2021, at 00:29 – IMEMC News

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Harun Rasmi Abu Aram

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

The victim, Haroun 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 last 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 last Friday

من فعالية اليوم المناهضة لاقامة بؤرة استعماريه على اراضي قرية دير جرير.
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(Source / 06.01.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Uproot More Than 1000 Olive Trees Near Salfit

Israeli soldiers uprooted, Wednesday, more than 1000 Palestinian olive trees and saplings, owned by the villagers of Deir Ballout, west of Salfit, in central West Bank.

Yahia Mustafa, the mayor of Deir Ballout, has reported that dozens of soldiers, accompanied by seven bulldozers, invaded Palestinian orchards in the western part of the village.

He added that the soldiers uprooted more than 1000 olive trees and saplings, owned by Nasfat Ezzat Mousa, Ghazi Hosni Mousa, Omar Abdullah Mousa, and Mohammad Hosni Mousa, in Khallet al-Abhari area.

Mustafa also stated that the soldiers loaded the uprooted trees onto trucks and took them away.

The attacked orchards are in more than 80 Dunams (19.76 Acres) of private Palestinian orchards, planted with hundreds of olive trees, mostly in the past 8 to 10 years.

In August of last year, 2020, the army issued orders preventing the Palestinians from planting and rehabilitating their orchards, located in Area C of the occupied West Bank, and the appeals in Israeli courts are still pending.

(Source / 06.01.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Fire Live Rounds Into Palestinian Lands In Southern Gaza

Israeli soldiers fired, on Wednesday morning, many live rounds into Palestinian farmlands in the southern part of the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired dozens of live rounds into the Palestinian lands, near the perimeter fence across the eastern parts of Rafah and Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal enclave.

They added that the farmers had to leave their lands to seek shelter, fearing further violations.

It is worth mentioning that, starting several days ago after the fog settled causing limited visibility, the Israeli army started firing rounds into the Palestinian lands at random, allegedly to prevent breaches through the fence.

The bullets are fired at random and pose a serious threat to the lives and livelihood of the Palestinian farmersshepherds, and workers.

The Israeli army also carries out frequent assaults and violations targeting Palestinian farmers and workers, on lands near the fence, and the fishermen in Gaza territorial waters.

Such attacks have led to dozens of casualties, including fatalities among the Palestinians, in addition to causing damage to homes, property, and fishing boats, while the soldiers have also abducted dozens of Palestinians and confiscated their boats.

(Source / 06.01.2021)

Young man killed by Israeli forces in Bethlehem

Bethlehem (QNN)- The Ministry of Health said a young man was shot dead near the illegal settlement complex of Gush Etzion in southern Bethlehem today.

Local sources said Ahed Abdurrahman Ikhlayyil (25 years old) from Beit Immar in occupied Hebron was the young man who was shot dead by the Israelis. They added that the Shin Bet summoned his family for interrogation.

The sources also said that Israeli sources closed the entrance to the village of Beit Immar.

Israeli media claimed that the martyr tried to stab Israeli soldiers.

Israeli forces usually kill Palestinians then accuse them of attempting to carry out stabbing attacks against armed Israeli soldiers.

(Source / 06.01.2021)

Calls for two-hour pause on Facebook in protest against bias against Palestinian content

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian Content Protection Initiative has called on the Palestinian media outlets and activists to observe a two-hour pause next Saturday by not posting on their Facebook pages and accounts from 5pm to 7pm, in protest of the social media’s crackdown on the Palestinian content.

The Initiative said in a statement that the Saturday campaign includes a halt on publishing from 5pm to 7pm, in addition to a focused media coverage and campaign to explain the reasons and justifications for this pause.
“The administrations of social media websites have been pursuing, targeting and restricting the publishing and access of Palestinian pages and accounts, and in full coordination with the Israeli occupation government,” said the Initiative. “As a result, Palestinian media have been restricted, and were unable to convey their national message.”

The Initiative pointed out that “the Facebook campaign has even expanded further to removing and blocking pages and restricting the access to the publications of media pages and news networks. Specialized centers have monitored a 50 percent drop in access.”

“Because we are strong and have a right message, and because we defend a just cause against a brutal occupation, it is our duty to stand united to defend our message, and to communicate our voice in an effective and strong way to the administrations of these platforms,” the Initiative remarked.

The Palestinian Content Protection Initiative is a newly established gathering of Palestinian media outlets, initiatives, and activists working together to protect the Palestinian content.

(Source / 06.01.2021)

The two longest serving Palestinian political prisoners complete 38 years in Israeli jails

The two longest-serving Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails complete this month 38 years behind bars, said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

Karim Yunis starts today his 39th year behind bars, and his cousin, Maher Yunis, also starts later this month his 39th year behind bars, said the PPS.

Additionally, Bashir al-Khatib starts this month his 34th year behind bars, while Nasser Srour and Mahmoud Srour begin this month their 29th years in prison, said the PPS.

The five are among 26 prisoners arrested by ‘Israel’ for resisting its occupation since before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.

The 26 prisoners were supposed to be released in 2014 as part of a US-sponsored plan to revive the then stalled peace process between the Palestinians and ‘Israel.’

However, ‘Israel’ reneged on the agreement when it came to releasing this group of prisoners and after releasing three other batches of prisoners leading to a total halt to the peace negotiations.

According to Palestinian figures, nearly 5,700 Palestinians, including women and children, are currently detained in Israeli jails.

Israeli occupation forces arrested more than 3,000 Palestinians from the start of 2020 until the end of August, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

(Source / 06.01.2021)

‘Israel’ demolishes house, uproot olive trees in Lod and Salfit

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Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli forces demolished a house in Lod and uprooted olive trees in Salfit on Wednesday.

Local sources said the house, located in the neighborhood of Ishneir in Lod, belongs to Abdullah Zaitoun.

Palestinian territories, occupied in 1948, have recently seen increased rates of Israeli violations and house demolitions.

In the same vein, local sources said Israeli forces uprooted hundreds of olive trees in Deir Ballout in Salfit today.

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(Source / 06.01.2021)

Watchdog: 226 Palestinian prisoners died in Israeli jails since 1967

Palestinians hold a banner during a demonstration to demand the return of the bodies of relatives who were allegedly involved in attacks and consequently killed by Israeli forces, in the West Bank town of Hebron, on August 30, 2020

Ramallah (QNN)- The Palestinian Prisoners Association said on Wednesday that 226 political prisoners have died in Israeli jails in the period between 1967 and 2020.

In a statement marking the Palestinian Martyr Day, the association added that 75 martyrs were deliberately killed by Israeli soldiers, seven shot dead, and 71 killed due to medical negligence.

It also revealed that the Israeli policy of systematic torture killed 73 prisoners during recent decades.

During the last ten years, 29 prisoners were killed due to the Israeli medical negligence policy.

Last year, four prisoners (Nuriddin Al Barghouthi, Saad Gharabli, Dawood Khatib, and Kamal Abu Waar) died in Israeli jails.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities continue to withhold the bodies of eight martyrs, killed in Israeli jails, including Anees Doleh, whose body has been held since 1980, Aziz OWeisat (killed in 2018), Faris Baroud, Nassar Taqatqa, and Bassam Sayeh (killed in 2019), Saadi Gharabli, Dawood Khatib, and Kamal Abu Waar (killed in 2020).

(Source / 06.01.2021)

Israeli occupation forces uproot over 3,400 olive trees in West Bank

The village has been under continuous Israeli aggression in order to pressure its Palestinian resident to leave and make room for the illegal Israeli settlement built on its land to expand

Israel occupation forces uprooted on Wednesday over 3,400 olive trees in Deir Ballut town, west of northern West Bank city of Salfit, local sources said.

According to the sources the Israeli occupation forces sealed off the western part of the town, known as Khallet al-Abhar, and escorted a bulldozer to it, before the heavy machine had destroyed over a thousand olive trees and saplings belonging to local Palestinian farmers.

Located 15 kilometers to the west of Salfit city, Deir Ballut has a population of some 4,100 and occupied a total area of 11,900 dunams.

It includes several archeological sites dating back to the Byzantine era, such as Saint Simeon Monastery and al-Qal‘a Monastery.

Before 1948, the area of the village was 40,000 dunums (10,000 acres). In 1967, 20 per cent of the land of Deir Ballut was stolen by Israel.

Since then, like so many other villages in Palestine, Deir Ballut has been subjected to almost continuous land theft for Israeli settlements, bypass roads, and military installations.

(Source / 06.01.2021)