A boy from Gaza shot by the occupation forces defies disability with parkour sport

Mahmoud Abu Awad – Muhammad Aliwa (18 years old), from the Gaza Strip, did not find a better way to challenge the circumstances of his amputation in his right foot than to continue his hobby of practicing sports, which he feels gives him a lot of strength And determination and positive energy even before he was shot by an Israeli sniper who deliberately targeted him on both feet during his participation in the return marches on the eastern borders of Gaza City.

Alywa, a resident of the Sajaiya neighborhood, overcame all the obstacles he had faced since his injury on the eleventh of September of 2018, with the help of his family and friends who did not leave him for a moment, until he managed to overcome his ordeal, until he returned to practice his life normally despite all that he could face Suffering on different levels.

The injury did not prevent the young Muhammad Aliwa from practicing football, which he used to professionally, but he later resorted to a more dangerous sport, in an attempt to challenge the circumstances left by the injury, until he started practicing a sport known as “parkour”, so he sought to train in it with the help of some young men. Master it.

Aliwa told that he received great encouragement from his family and friends to live his life normally, and to continue practicing sports of all kinds, including “parkour”, indicating that since he was a young age, he preferred sports over other hobbies, especially as it gives him a lot of hope for life. And help him overcome daily life obstacles.

With one foot, and with several quick and successive movements, through which Muhammad Aliwa shows his strength, he succeeded in becoming a good player who can compete with healthy young men in any competition.

Alywa points out that the sport of “parkour” is dangerous as it is described, but he feels very happy when he practices it, and hopes to continue with it, and that he will not be exposed to any accident that deprives him later of this game, which gives him a special feeling that he is able to defy all other difficulties and obstacles, and gives him strength And determination to go on with life.

He points out that he succeeded in overcoming the state of frustration he felt after the injury, until he started practicing this sport even if it was with only one foot, indicating that he did not see it as a dangerous sport as described, especially since he insisted on practicing it until he succeeded in it, as he said. .

He adds: “All occupation attempts to kill us or harm us have not and will not succeed. We are a people who always have the ability to overcome all adversities and obstacles, and we have the determination and strength to overcome what we face due to the occupation and others.”

He expressed his hope that there would be a party that would embrace him to represent Palestine in this sport on the Arab and international levels, and even enter local competitions.

(Source / 10.01.2021)

IOF attacks farmers in southeastern Gaza

IOF on Gaza border

GAZA, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday morning opened fire at Palestinian farmers and their agricultural lands in the east of Khan Yunis City, south of the besieged Gaza Strip.

A reporter for the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) said that the IOF opened machinegun fire towards farmers as they were working their lands in the east of Abasan area in Khan Yunis.

Luckily, no one was hurt in the shooting attack.

(Source / 10.01.2021)

IOF arrests two lawyers in West Bank among others

IOF arrests

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided on Saturday night and at dawn Sunday various areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem. Several Palestinians were arrested, including two lawyers.

In Tulkarem, IOF broke into the city and stationed in many of its neighborhoods, without any arrests or injuries reported.

In Jenin, IOF stormed a fuel station and several shops, and seized surveillance camera recordings near the entrance to Ya’bad town, southwest of Jenin. Qusay al-Sheikh was also arrested from Jenin.

In Nablus, settlers attacked Palestinians, their vehicles and property at the crossroads of Burqa, Hawara, and Za’tara south of Nablus and the Sarra-Jeet road to the west.

In Ramallah, a group of settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles on the road near the Shilo settlement, north of Ramallah.

In al-Khalil, IOF arrested lawyer Suhail Al-Husseini and his son, lawyer Fahd, after storming their home in the Jabal Jawhar area of al-Khalil.

IOF stormed Yatta town, south of al-Khalil, and arrested Hussein Al-Harini after searching his house and tampering with its contents.

Meanwhile, IOF set up military checkpoints at the entrances to the towns of Beit Anoun, Bani Naim and Wadi al-Saman and closed the iron gate at the entrance to Beit Awa town, west of al-Khalil.

In Occupied Jerusalem, the Israeli police stormed Kafr Aqab town, to the north of Jerusalem, and stationed in the vicinity of the Al-Rajabi family home.

The occupation police raided Al-Tur town in Jerusalem and arrested Hamouda Abu Sbitan after they raided and searched his house in the town.

Palestinian youths fired fireworks at the Israeli police in Issawiya village, northeast of Occupied Jerusalem.

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

(Source / 10.01.2021)

Israeli police allow settlers to defile Aqsa despite lockdown

Jews defile Aqsa

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – Despite the Israeli coronavirus lockdown on the holy city, a horde of Jewish settlers escorted by police forces on Sunday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem.

According to the Islamic Awqaf Administration in the holy city, 14 settlers entered the Mosque through al-Maghariba Gate and provocatively toured its courtyards under police guard.

The settlers also performed Jewish prayers during their tours at the Islamic holy site.

Since the first day of the lockdown, the Israeli police have facilitated the entry of many settlers to the Aqsa Mosque.

At the pretext of preventing the spread of coronavirus, the Israeli police recently imposed a tight lockdown on the holy city and announced a number of movement restrictions on the Palestinian local residents, such as “traveling more than 1,000 meters from home, except in special circumstances, is forbidden.”

(Source / 10.01.2021)

Corona in Palestine: 20 deaths, 699 new infections within 24 hours

Coronavirus

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah announced on Sunday that 20 deaths and 699 new infections with the coronavirus and 1,015 recoveries were recorded during the past 24 hours.

It confirmed in the daily epidemiological report of coronavirus that the recovery rate of coronavirus reached 89.2 percent while the rate of active infections reached 9.7 percent, and the death rate was 1.1% of all infections. 

The new infections were distributed as follows: Tubas 34, Nablus 90, Salfit 28, Tulkarem 39, the suburbs of Jerusalem 26, Jenin 26, Jericho and Al-Aghwar 8, al-Khalil 48, Ramallah and Al-Bireh 110, Bethlehem 22, and the Gaza Strip 232, the ministry noted.

The ministry pointed out that there are 98 critically ill patients who have been admitted to intensive care units including 22 who have been placed on ventilators.

Meanwhile, new infection with the coronavirus was recorded among the Palestinian prisoners in Section 10 of the Israeli Negev desert prison. This brings the total number of cases in the Negev prison since the end of last December to 50 cases.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club said that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) keeps procrastinating in announcing the results of prisoners’ corona test results which contributed to the high number of infections.

The club stated that the infections in the Negev prison are limited in sections 3 and 10, and most of the cases were recorded in section 3. Nevertheless, there is a possibility of transmitting the virus infection to the other sections, as long as new infections appear among prisoners. 

All the infected prisoners were transferred to Section 8 of Raymond Prison, which is the section designated by the IPS to quarantine prisoners infected with the coronavirus.

The number of prisoners infected with the coronavirus since the beginning of the outbreak reached 190 cases, most of which were in Gilboa prison in November 2020.

The club stressed the need to seriously pressure the occupation to provide a vaccine for the prisoners and for the vaccination process to take place under the supervision of a neutral third party.

The club called on the international authorities, led by the World Health Organization, to double pressure on the occupation to immediately release the sick prisoners whose number is approximately 700, of whom 300 suffer from chronic diseases, in addition to the elderly. 

(Source / 10.01.2021)

Palestinian Family Forced to Demolish Section of Home in East Jerusalem

A Palestinian family was forced to destroy a section of their home in Silwan town, on Friday, after the Israeli occupation authorities threatened to demolish the entire house, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Hatem al-Salaymeh, the homeowner, has been living in the home in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, with his wife and three children for 20 years.

Al-Salaymeh stated that he has been paying a 70,000 shekel fine every year for 20 years, due to the lack of an Israeli issued building permit.

He added that the occupation officials threatened the family that if they did not demolish the portion of the home, the authorities would raze the entire home, costing the family an excessive fine.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), between December 22, 2020 and January 4, 2021; the Israeli occupation authorities demolished or seized thirty-four Palestinian-owned structures due to the purported lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 22 people and otherwise affecting over 170. All but two of the targeted structures and all displacements were recorded in Area C, affecting 12 Palestinian communities. Two structures were demolished by their owners in East Jerusalem to avoid higher expenses and fines.

(Source / 10.01.2021)

Haneyya calls for backing Palestinian efforts to restore unity

In letters sent to heads of state

Ismail Haneyya

GAZA, (PIC) – Head of Hamas’s political bureau Ismail Haneyya on Saturday called in letters sent to heads of state for backing inter-Palestinian steps aimed at restoring the national unity, and congratulated, in particular, the Saudi leadership on the achievement of the Gulf reconciliation.

According to a statement released by the Hamas Movement, Haneyya sent a letter to Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz in which he congratulated him on the success of the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit and the reconciliation declaration that was signed by the member countries in Saudi Arabia.

The Hamas political chief hailed the efforts that had been made by Saudi Arabia to make such achievement, which he said is “a continuation of its historic role in embracing the nation’s issues, and supporting and defending it.”

He also sent a similar letter to Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, applauding his role in holding the GCC summit successfully.

Haneyya affirmed that his Movement considers the Gulf reconciliation an important step in pooling the joint efforts to support the Palestinian cause in light of the challenges facing it.

In addition, the Hamas leader sent letters to a number of international figures and heads of state as part of his political and diplomatic efforts to mobilize Arab, regional and international support for the current steps taking place in the Palestinian arena to restore the unity of the Palestinian people.

(Source / 10.01.2021)

“Israeli cultural activities aim to empower settlers and deny Palestinian existence”

Israeli cultural activities are part of the process of empowering settlers and encouraging them to remain in and expand illegal settlements at the expense of the Palestinian presence, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Culture.

In a report published recently, the ministry said that every cultural act is used to establish settlement propaganda based on denying the Palestinian existence and justifying the operations of confiscating land, expelling Palestinians from their homeland, and establishing settlements.

“Promoting cultural activities in the settlements is part of the Israeli right wing’s tendency to impose Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank, and thus undermine achieving the two-state solution,” said the report. “The intention is to deal with the settlements just as is dealt with the towns in the south, north, or on the coast. That is, consider them part of the occupying state, Israel, and receive support as other towns.”

Israel’s Ministry of Culture is considered the spearhead in promoting these processes of imposing sovereignty, and uses its financial resources to achieve this, said the report. Competition is over who is more right-wing and extremist than the others in ‘Israel.’

The report said that Europe needs to review its relations and particularly with the Israeli Ministry of Culture and to stipulate respect for human rights in any relationship with it. “Unfortunately, many countries do not do so, but deepening on their relationship with a ministry, which contributes and supports the flagrant violation of international law,” it added.

The cultural products of the institutions in the settlements are characterized by racism and hatred, and are largely devoid of any humanitarian, ethical and moral content. This is reflected in the aims of these products, their content, and in the way they are promoted, said the report.

Settlement films and music bands are promoted in international festivals without real oversight from the countries in which those festivals are organized.

Cinema and film production in settlements or about life in them has been on the top of Israel’s list of interests in recent years due to the ease of promoting cinema in international festivals.

Although the participation of films produced in the settlements in international festivals is a crime as the content of these films is not monitored, international platforms are provided to broadcast racist propaganda that incites the killing of Palestinians without censorship in what can be considered indirect participation in settler crimes, said the report.

Accordingly, controls must be put in place for such participation, and states have a responsibility to ensure that the festivals organized in their territories are not invited to any group, film producer or production company operating inside the settlements.

“Agreed standards must be developed to ensure that this won’t happen and those who violate such legal safeguards are punished,” it added.

The issue is not limited to cinema and music, said the report, rather it comes to organizing artistic and entertainment festivals in the settlements. European artists are invited to participate in these festivals and thus indirectly express support for settlers’ crimes.

“There is a need to set controls for these participations and to point out that participation in any festival held on confiscated Palestinian land is a contribution to violating international law,” said the Palestinian Ministry of Culture.

Besides, some festivals that are organized by institutions inside Israel hold subsidiary activities or host some of their guests in the settlements, and thus the festival, indirectly, has been partially organized in the settlements without mentioning.

Many companies working in the field of media and culture, some of them with a joint Israeli-European character, operate in the settlements, said the report.

The report concluded by saying that Israel has used all means to deepen its occupation of the Palestinian land and to continue its attacks on the citizens under various pretexts.

“Within this context, culture is used as a means to incite murder, justify crimes, and reinforce and legitimize the motives of settlers. The cultural center, cinema, theater and museums are all military barracks in a different way. This requires a firm stance from the international community in general, in order to prevent the cultural activities from being contaminated and transformed into a criminal act,” it said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Culture called for “a firm stance towards institutions, individuals and cultural goods, and denying them any privileges, or dealing with them in festivals and external events, or participating in any activity organized by them and criminalizing that in accordance with the law.”

(Source / 10.01.2021)

A Palestinian campaign protesting against Facebook policy

Dozens of Palestinian platforms participated in a campaign to stop publishing via Facebook, in protest against restrictions on Palestinian content.

The call was launched from the Protection of Palestinian content on the Internet Initiative, with the participation of many Palestinian human rights and civil organizations, to stop publishing on Facebook for a limited time, in protest against the policies of social media administrations, and their participation in the increasing restrictions on Palestinian content.

The campaign was attended by 6 satellite channels, 10 local radio stations, 20 news agencies and networks, and 18 Palestinian institutions and initiatives, in addition to dozens of Palestinian platforms via Facebook, Arab pages, influencers, and media professionals.

The campaign to stop publishing was accompanied by a Twitter storm on the hashtag #FacebookCensorsPalestine to show the extent of Facebook’s bias and its fight against Palestinian content, and the hashtag was a trend on Twitter in Palestine, and the campaign demanded a complete cessation of posting on the Facebook platform from 5 pm on Saturday 09 January 2021.

Sada Social Center documented hundreds of violations by the Facebook administration, which blocked hundreds of accounts of prominent Palestinian activists and news and media platforms, in addition to many violations against the Palestinian content, including reducing the rate of access of publications to the public on social media sites, where the decrease reached 50%, In addition to closing accounts, blocking pages for varying periods, and freezing ad properties.

The center monitored more than 1,200 violations against the Palestinian content on social media, most of them were caused by Facebook, during the year 2020.

Sada Social Center confirmed that violations during the year 2020 increased numerically by 20% compared to the previous year, and also took new dimensions and patterns that showed clear targeting of Palestinian content on the Facebook platform.

(Source / 10.01.2021)

11 Palestinians arrested by IOF in occupied West Bank

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces arrested at least 11 Palestinians last night and today after raids carried out in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.

In occupied Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained five Palestinians after beating them up in the Al-Rababa Quarter in the neighborhood of Silwan. The five were attempting to prevent Israeli occupation bulldozers from razing their land in the neighborhood.

Israeli occupation forces also detained another Palestinian young man in the neighborhood of Al-Issawiya in occupied Jerusalem.

In Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank, Israeli occupation forces detained a lawyer, identified as Suheil Ashour, and his son, Fahad, who also works as a lawyer, after raiding their home in the neighborhood of Jabal Johar.

The forcew also detained two Palestinians from the nearby town of Yatta.

Two more were arrested in the northern West Bank district of Jenin, and in the village of Atouf in the northern Jordan Valley, local sources reported.

(Source / 10.01.2021)