Israeli police attack, arrest several young men in Jerusalem

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli police attacked on Friday several Palestinians in the Al-Saadiya neighborhood in the Old City of Occupied Jerusalem and arrested several young men. Another young man was also arrested in the Bab al-Amud area in Jerusalem.

Jerusalemite sources reported that the occupation police stormed the Al-Saadia neighborhood and attacked a group of young men while they were in the neighborhood.

The Israeli police arrested Khaled Dajani, Jihad Dajani and other young men and took them to investigation centers in the Old City, according to the sources.

Meanwhile, the Israeli police arrested a young man from the Bab al-Amud area in Occupied Jerusalem.

The Israeli occupation targets Jerusalemites with arrests, deportation orders and fines with the aim of dissuading them from frequenting the Al-Aqsa Mosque and leaving it an easy prey for Israeli settlers.

The occupation targets in particular the employees and guards of Al-Aqsa by arrests, deportation and harassment to discourage them from carrying out their role in protecting the Mosque.

(Source / 09.01.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, on Thursday evening, dozens of Palestinians in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Mohammad Awad, a local media activist, said several army jeeps invaded ‘Aseeda area in the town, and attacked Palestinians who protested the invasion into their community.

Awad added that the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades and surrounding homes, causing scores of residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently invade Beit Ummar, including Aseeda area, especially since the army has a military tower and a roadblock at the entrance of the town, close to many homes.

(Source / 09.01.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Jenin, Hebron, And Ramallah

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, Palestinian communities in Jenin, Hebron, and Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, searched many homes and abducted five Palestinians.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said many army jeeps invaded the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, searched homes, and abducted Mohammad Nash’at Samara, Mohammad Zidan, and Ahmad Abu al-Hosni.

It added that the soldiers also fired gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians who protested the invasion.

The soldiers also invaded Halhoul town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and abducted Tareq Sobhi Omar, 31, from his home.

Furthermore, the soldiers closed the iron gate at the main entrance of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving their community.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers invaded Deir Jarir village, east of the city, searched homes, and abducted Sa’id Abdul-Aziz Abu Arma, 51.

(Source / 09.01.2021)

Broccoli lifts Palestinian women out of poverty

Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave’s rising poverty levels

Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave's rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave's rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave's rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave's rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave's rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave's rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]

INTERVIEW: Ramallah’s Farmers’ Market is taking a stand against annexation

Mother of two Fatime Barakeh who is 24-years-old and mother of five Bisan Qadieh who is 32 work six hours a day to reap the fruits of their labour.

The women see this as an effort to support their families, including their husbands, who have all struggled as a result of the high unemployment levels in the Strip.

The university graduates from Khan Yunis consulted a number of farmers in their area before choosing to plant broccoli as it is a rare vegetable in Gaza. The pair purchased seedlings from a nursery in Gaza City and set off on the arduous task of planting a dunum of land (0.001 square kilometres) with the crop.

Now their harvest has succeeded, they hope to plant the remaining land they have with broccoli and improve their income and their families’ quality of life.Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave’s rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave's rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave's rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave's rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave's rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave's rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Two women in Gaza have taken to agriculture to harvest broccoli for sale in the local market in an effort to overcome the besieged enclave's rising poverty levels [Mohmmad Asad/Middle East Monitor]

(Source / 09.01.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protesters Near Nablus, Ramallah

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, nonviolent Palestinian protesters marching against Israel’s illegal colonies in Beit Dajan village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and Deir Jarir, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Media sources in Nablus said hundreds of residents marched from the center of Beit Dajan, on Friday afternoon, and headed towards large swaths of their lands which Israel intends to illegal annex for the construction and expansion of its illegal colonies.

They added that the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against them, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing scores of residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The Israeli attack took place in the area where weekly protests have been held over the last two months, after Israel decided to illegally annex the lands to build its segregated illegal colony.

In addition, the soldiers violently attacked dozens of protesters, holding the weekly nonviolent protest in Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah, causing scores to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The weekly protests in Deir Jarir started months ago after Israel announced a new plan to build an illegal colony on the villagers’ lands.

Ayman Allawi, the mayor of Deir Jarir, told the WAFA Palestinian News Agency that the soldiers fired a barrage of rubber-coated steel bullets, concussion grenades, and gas bombs at the nonviolent protesters, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Approximately two weeks ago, the colonists set installed a tent on the Palestinian lands, and started working on establishing a new colonialist outpost, including infrastructure.

It is worth mentioning that Deir Jarir has also been subject to escalating Israeli invasions by the soldiers, and attacks carried out by the illegal colonists targeting the local, their homes, and lands.

(Source / 09.01.2021)

Israel forces detain Palestinian elder seen in anti-occupation protest

Palestinian elder Said Arma in the West Bank, 9 January 2021 [Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian elder Said Arma in the West Bank, 9 January 2021 

Israeli occupation forces detained on Friday at dawn Palestinian elder Said Arma from his home in the Deir Jarir neighbourhood of Ramallah, Anadolu Agency reported.

Arma, 51, was seen sling-shooting Israeli occupation forces while they were violently cracking down on a popular protest for the residents of his village against the Israeli theft of their lands, in order to build a settlement post.

Videos and pictures taken by Anadolu Agency‘s photographer went viral on social media last week, showing Arma wearing the traditional Palestinian clothes while using his slingshot to throw stones at the heavily-armed Israeli occupation forces while they attacked protesters.

Arma, who is a school bus driver, told Anadolu Agency that he insists on rejecting the Israeli occupation and its theft of the lands of his village, even if that means putting himself in danger.

READ: Cameras confronting oppression

“Clothes and age did not obstruct my participation in the protests,” he conveyed, noting that he was defending his land and his “honour”.

“The united stance of the neighbourhood will regain the land and the attempt to build a new settlement will fail,” he expressed, citing a previous experience when the villagers undermined similar Israeli attempt.

The village has a population of about 6,000 and is 12 kilometres away from Ramallah.

(Source / 09.01.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Injure Two Palestinians at Weekly Kufur Qaddoum March

Two Palestinians were injured, on Friday, when Israeli soldiers opened fire with tear-gas towards the peaceful protesters in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, in the northern occupied West Bank, according to a local official.

Two Palestinian civilians, including a teen and a volunteer paramedic were struck with tear-gas canisters, while dozens more suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation, during the weekly procession, held to express the collective rejection of illegal Israeli colonies.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media spokesman for the popular resistance, stated that Israeli troops invaded the village, occupied citizens’ rooftops and aimed at the participants, striking a 19 year old in the neck, and a volunteer paramedic in the leg, both with tear-gas canisters.

Dozens of demonstrators and other villagers suffocated on tear-gas fumes which spread throughout the town. All injuries were treated on the scene.

Locals have demonstrated every Friday and Saturday for many years to insist that the main road to Kufur Qaddoum village be reopened, in order to allow for easier commuting to Nablus, east of the village.

Israeli occupation authorities closed the road in 2003 in order to exclusively serve the illegal Israeli settlers in the area, at the expense of the local Palestinian population.

المسيرة__كفرقدوم on Friday

مواجهات كفرقدوم اليوم بمناسبة يوم الشهيد الفلسطيني 8_1_2021Clashes of Kafardoum today on the occasion of the Palestinian martyr’s day 8 _ 1 _ 2021Translated

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Image may contain: one or more people, people playing sports, shoes, tree, outdoor and nature
Image may contain: ‎one or more people, people standing, sky, outdoor and nature, ‎text that says '‎قدوم‎'‎‎

(Source / 09.01.2021)

Israel NGO: Israel is obliged to unconditionally afford COVID-19 vaccine to Gaza

An elderly patient receives a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine at Mishan Efal Nursing Home, in Tel Aviv, Israel on December 23, 2020 [Nir Keidar / Anadolu Agency]
An elderly patient receives a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine at Mishan Efal Nursing Home, in Tel Aviv on December 23, 2020

Following media reports about Israel linking the entry of COVID-19 vaccines into Gaza with the release of an Israeli soldier, Israeli rights group Gisha-Maslak stressed that the entry of vaccines “must not” be conditional.

In a statement posted on its website, Gisha-Maslak announced: “The health and human rights of the Palestinian population, including access to medicine, medical treatment, and vaccines, must not, under any circumstances, be made conditional on the outcome of negotiations or political maneuvering of any kind.”

The rights group added: “Over the course of 2021, people and communities across the world hope that restrictions on travel and commerce are removed, so that life can return to normal. Gisha calls on Israel to fulfill its duty to protect the health and safety of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory.”

It reiterated: “Only an end to the occupation can ensure full protection of rights,” urging that Israel: “Must ensure that the coronavirus vaccine is available and distributed swiftly, and, where necessary, contributing to covering the costs of the vaccine and its distribution.”

READ: Amnesty: An occupying power, Israel must provide Palestinians with covid vaccine

The rights group also asserted that Israel must lift: “The closure on the Gaza Strip to enable the proper functioning of its economy and healthcare system in face of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as meeting its obligation to the civilian population of the strip as a whole.”

Ending its statement, Gisha-Maslak pressed for Israel to work: “In close cooperation with all relevant actors, Palestinian and international, for the safety and well-being of all residents of the region.”

It affirmed that the involvement of the Palestinian Authority and international parties in affording the vaccine: “Does not absolve Israel from its ultimate responsibility toward Palestinians living under occupation.” Gisha-Maslak emphasised: “Israel must unconditionally contribute to covering the cost of the vaccine and its distribution when needed.”

(Source / 09.01.2021)

“Racist of Israel to deny coronavirus vaccine to Palestinian prisoners”

Israel’s decision to deny coronavirus vaccine to Palestinian prisoners is “racist” and contravenes international laws, Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said on Saturday.

Israeli public security minister Amir Ohana has recently said that vaccinating Palestinian prisoners is “not a priority” for Tel Aviv, a move that the Commission said was aimed at “increasing the suffering of prisoners and to psychologically torture them and their families.”

“The statements of the Israeli public security minister [Amir Ohana] are racist and show the ugly face of the occupation and its immoral and criminal view on the rights of men and women inside prisons,” Hassan Abd Rabbo, media advisor for the commission affiliated with the Palestine Liberation Organization, said in an interview with Anadolu Agency.

After the minister’s initial remarks last month, Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said Ohana’s directives not to vaccinate Palestinian prisoners were “lacking in authority and are not valid.”

On Friday, however, Ohana reiterated that he will not back down on the decision, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation reported.

He insisted that COVID-19 shots for Palestinian prisoners will only be considered after all prison staff members are vaccinated, as well as the “general population of Israelis who are not incarcerated.”

Abd Rabbo condemned the minister’s comments as “a clear violation” of international laws.

“This position completely contradicts the obligations of the Israeli occupation under the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions, a clear violation of international humanitarian law, and a clear violation of the instructions and protocols of the World Health Organization, which demand the vaccination of all prisoners,” he said.

“The occupation must take preventive measures to protect prisoners held in overcrowded rooms and sections of prisons.”

Earlier in the week, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said 188 Palestinian prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

According to Palestinian estimates, there are 4,400 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including 41 women, 170 children, and around 380 people held under Israel’s administrative detention policy, which allows detention of Palestinians without charge or trial.

(Source / 09.01.2021)

After 18 years, Palestine leader released from Israeli jail

A Palestinian political leader arrested for the past 18 years was released from an Israeli prison on Thursday night.

Hassan Fatafta, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was arrested in 2003.

He was released from Ofer prison in western Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency after his release, he said prisoners held by ‘Israel’ remain committed to the Palestinian cause.

“Palestinians must preserve the spirit of their struggle to achieve the goals that these prisoners fought for and for which they have been jailed,” Fatafta said.

(Source / 09.01.2021)