PLO accuses Israel of ‘intentional medical negligence’ against Palestine prisoners

A Palestinian artist paints a mural in a show of support for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Gaza City on April 20, 2020 [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images]
A Palestinian artist paints a mural in a show of support for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Gaza City on April 20, 2020

Following increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases, Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s Commission for Prisoners Affairs, accused Israel of “intentional medical negligence” against Palestinian prisoners, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

“The situation inside Israeli jails is worrying,” he expressed, noting that the number of COVID-19 cases among prisoners has reached 277 and is expected to rise.

Abu Bakr said that Palestinian prisoner Basel Ajaj, 45, is suffering a critical health condition after he caught COVID-19 and entered the ICU.

He holds the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for the condition of Ajaj and other prisoners who are suffering from COVID-19.

READ: Global campaign against Israel’s vaccine distribution policy

Ajaj has been in prison since 2002 and is serving a life sentence.

Abu Bakr reiterated that the Israeli Prison Services did not take any precautionary measures against the outbreak of COVID-19 among the Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails. “This accelerated the spread of the virus among them,” he stressed.

On Thursday, the Palestinian Authority called on the international community to form an investigation mission to investigate the health conditions of the Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails.

Official Palestinian reports state that there are about 4,400 Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails, including 40 women and girls, 170 children, and around 380 under administrative detention.

(Source / 16.01.2021)

Israel settlers call for demolition of Dome of the Rock, official says

An Israeli flag flies in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque near the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on August 24, 2020. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)
Dome of the Rock mosque near the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, on 24 August 2020

Israeli occupation authorities have taken the measurements of the Dome of the Rock while Israeli settlers are calling for its demolition, Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani announced on Friday.

Al-Kiswani described what is being done inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock as “a dangerous measure”.

Speaking with the local Palestinian Al-Quds Radio, Al-Kiswani explained: “We are looking seriously at the behaviour of the Israeli occupation inside Al-Aqsa Mosque. We believe it is taking the measurements for a foreign firm and we do not know what’s behind it.”

In addition, he indicated that the Israeli occupation is working to revoke the sovereignty of the Awqaf Ministry in Al-Aqsa Mosque, pointing out that the Israeli occupation is imposing tight measures on the Palestinians under the pretext of the coronavirus, while it is facilitating the raids of the settlers.

“Al-Aqsa Mosque is not the responsibility for the Palestinians or the Jordanians alone, but for all Muslims around the world,” according to Al-Kiswani, stressing that all the Islamic countries should have a united decision to stop the Judaisation of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

READ: PA calls for UNSC to stop Israel’s digging beneath Al-Aqsa Mosque

(Source / 16.01.2021)

Israeli forces Attack Activists During the weekly At-Tuwani village Protest

On Friday, Israeli occupation forces suppressed the weekly march organized in the village of At-Tuwani, south of Hebron, in solidarity with Harun Abu Aram, who was shot and paralyzed last month by the Israeli troop’s gunfire.

Since early morning hours, troops set up a checkpoint at the village entrance and tried to prevent solidarity activists from several NGOs and journalists to get into the village. activists managed to enter through an agricultural road adjacent to the main entrance.  Residents prayed at the entrance, and then marched, trying to reach the land where Harun Abu Aram was injured.

Soldiers prevented the march from advancing and assaulted demonstrators, fired sound bombs at them, and then arrested Suleiman Al-Hathrin after they attacked him. Combatants for Peace activist sustained light wounds in her leg after she was pushed to the ground by one of the soldiers.

Fouad Al-Amor from the Committee of southern Hebron and Masafer Yatta explained, “We are here today in solidarity with Harun Abu Aram, who is lying in the hospital after being shot by the occupation soldiers. We denounce these barbaric policies by the occupation that targets Palestinian communities, and we affirm that we will organize an event every Friday.”

Elie Avidor from Combatants for Peace said, “I am here to stand by the people of At-Tuwani village and demonstrate against the demolition of homes and against the shooting of Harun Abu Aram … I say to the State of Israel there will be no peace as long as the occupation exists.”

Israeli occupation soldiers shot Harun Abu Aram last month, causing him complete paralysis, when he was trying to prevent them from confiscating his power generator.

(Source / 16.01.2021)

Archbishop Hanna: “Trade Deals Between Some Arab Countries And Israel Are War Crimes”

Theodosius Atallah Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of occupied Jerusalem, stated that the trade deals between some Arab countries that normalized relations with the illegal Israeli colonialist occupation of Palestine are war crimes.

In a statement released Saturday, Archbishop Hanna stated that the trade deals between those countries and Israel, including deals to import products from Israel’s illegal colonies, are nothing less than war crimes.

“Colonies are built on lands that were stolen from the Palestinian people; therefore, trade deals with them are illegal, and are nothing short of an attempt to legitimize and legalize crimes,” he said, “These suspicious deals are a complete disregard of the just and legitimate Palestinian cause, a cause we should always defend.”

He also called on the Arab states that are normalizing ties with the illegal occupation to correct their grievous paths, and to stand in full support with the occupied Palestinian people, who have been subject to ongoing injustice, instead of siding with an illegal colonialist occupation.

(Source / 16.01.2021)

250 Palestinians arrested since the start of 2021

Israeli forces arrested 30 children during the first two weeks of 2021

Ramallah (QNN)- The occupation state increased its arrest policy against native Palestinians, arresting 250 citizens in 2021, Palestine Center For Prisoners’ Studies.

The head of the center, Riyadh Al Ashqar, said 2021 will not probably be better than last year. Arrests sharply increased during the first two weeks of 2021. While Covid-19 infections among prisoners increased by 90% in comparison with ten months of 2020.

Al Ashqar added that the arrests became a method to drain people’s power ad repress them. It intensively targets all segments of society.

He added that the arrests targeted 30 children under the age of 18. The youngest of them is Alaa Haddad (11 years old) from occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli forces also arrested the wounded child Muhiddin Gheith (18 years old) at the 60 military checkpoint after shooting at him.

Al Ashqar added that ‘Israel’ arrested the lawyer Suheil Huseini (59 years old) and his son Fahd after breaking into their house in Hebron.

They also arrested Sheikh Saeed Armah (52 years old) after a photo of him defending his land spread on social media.

Al Ashqar noted that the center documented one arrest from Gaza. They released him a few hours later.

He also noted that the main event of 2020 was COVID-19. The virus broadly spread among prisoners. The cases increased from 140 last year to 236 in 2021. The PIS continues to hide the real numbers of the cases.

The health conditions of several prisoners deteriorated recently, said Al Ashqar. The Israeli policy of medical negligence continued. Hussein Masalmeh (37 years old) is a cancer patient, who has been suffering. Israeli authorities, however, refuse to release him.

(Source / 16.01.2021)

Over 200 settlers, dozens of soldiers stormed Al Aqsa mosque last week

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Over 200 settlers and dozens of Israeli soldiers stormed Al Aqsa mosque last week.

The settlers performed rituals at the holy mosque. Israeli soldiers guarded the raids despite restrictions imposed on the city. During the raids, settlers even organized a wedding at the mosque.

The raids come during Israeli restrictions on Palestinians. Israeli authorities prevented worshipers from entry into Al Aqsa and imposed strict restrictions on them.

Last Wednesday, Israeli surveyors stormed the mosque and took the dimensions of the courtyard, in an unprecedented incident. They were accompanied by Israeli soldiers.

(Source / 16.01.2021)

Israeli forces arrest two Palestinians during clashes north of Tulkarm

Days of Palestine – Tulkarm – The Israeli occupation forces arrested, on Friday evening, two young men from the Shweika suburb, north of Tulkarm.

Local sources said that the occupation forces arrested the two young men, Fadi Yasser Najjar and Adham Samer Al-Aqra, during clashes that took place in a suburb, during which Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters at the youths who threw stones at them, causing tens of suffocation.

Read More: The occupation forces arrest four Palestinians from Tulkarm

(Source / 16.01.2021)

Abbas sets the date for the general Palestinian elections; Hamas welcomes

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued this Friday evening a presidential decree regarding holding general elections in three stages.

According to the decree, legislative elections will be held on 5/22/2021, and the presidential elections on 7/31/2021 provided that the results of the Legislative Council elections are considered the first stage in the formation of the Palestinian National Council provided that the National Council is completed on 8/31/2021 according to the basic system to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the national understandings so that elections for the National Council are to be held wherever possible.

Read More: Hamas condemns Abbas’ amendments of judicial laws

This came after Abbas received the head of the Central Elections Committee, Hanna Nasir, this evening, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, where he directed the election commission and all state agencies to start launching a democratic election campaign in all governorates of the homeland, including Jerusalem, and to initiate a national dialogue focusing on Mechanisms of this process.

Meanwhile, Hamas movement welcomed the presidential decree that set the date for the general, legislative and presidential elections and the National Council.

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In a statement, the movement affirmed its keenness to make this entitlement a success in the interest of the Palestinian people.

(Source / 16.01.2021)

Israeli forces open fire towards farmers lands east of Khan Yunis

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Israeli occupation forces opened fire, on Saturday morning, at Palestinian agricultural lands east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Local resources reported that the occupation forces based in military towers and tanks behind the border strip east of Khan Yunis fired their machine guns at the agricultural lands of the citizens in Al-Fokhary area, east of the city.

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The occupation forces deliberately target farmers in the border agricultural lands in the north and east of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 16.01.2021)

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian homes in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron

Days of Palestine – Hebron – Israeli settlers attacked today, Saturday, the homes and properties of Palestinian citizens in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces.

Local sources reported that settlers from “Carmiel, Maon and Avigal” settlements, which are built on the Palestinian lands south of Hebron, attacked citizens’ homes and properties, and attacked shepherds and farmers of the Jabarin and Najjar families, in Al-Batum and Tuenin , threw insults and bad words , as the people confronted them, forcing them to leave.

Read More: Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers in Masafer Yatta

Fouad Al-Amor, the coordinator of the Protection and Resilience Committees south of Hebron, appealed to human rights and international intervenee to put an end to the practices of the Israeli settlers, who are trying to force Palestinian citizens to leave their homes and lands, with the aim of seizing them in favor of expanding the settlements.

(Source / 16.01.2021)