Army Issues Demolition Orders Targeting Eight Homes, And A Shed, Near Nablus

Several Israeli army jeeps invaded, on Monday at dawn, Douma village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, before handing orders for the demolition of eight homes, and one shed.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the soldiers surrounded the village, before invading it, and handed the destruction orders.

The Israeli army claims the buildings were constructed without a permit from the so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of the illegal occupation of the West Bank, although they are licensed by the Local Village Council.

Daghlas stated the following Palestinians received the orders for the demolition of their structures in several areas of the town:

  1. Mohammad Nidal Dawabsha, demolition order against his under-construction home.
  2. Amin Rashid Dawabsha, demolition order against his inhabited home.
  3. Mohammad Yousef Dawabsha, demolition order against his inhabited home.
  4. Sidqi Abdullah Dawabsha, demolition order against his inhabited home.
  5. Montaser Khalil Dawabsha, demolition order against his inhabited home.
  6. Mohammad Fathi Dawabsha, demolition order against his shed
  7. Jibril Dawabsha, demolition order against his inhabited home.
  8. Nimir Radwan Saidawi, demolition order against his inhabited home.
  9. Mousa Shehda, demolition order against his under-construction home.

(Source / 19.01.2021)

Army Abducts A Palestinian Child Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at night, the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and abducted a Palestinian child.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the refugee camp before the soldiers stormed and searched homes.

They added that the soldiers interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, before abducting Salahuddin Mahmoud Abu Warda, 16.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted four siblings in Jenin and Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank.

On Tuesday morning, Israeli navy ships fired live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats, in addition to attacking them with water cannons, near the shore of the Sudaniyya sea, northwest of Gaza city.

(Source / 19.01.2021)

Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishermen In Gaza

Israeli navy ships fired, on Tuesday morning, several live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats, in addition to attacking them with water cannons, near the shore of the Sudaniyya sea, northwest of Gaza city.

Eyewitnesses said the navy attacked the Palestinian fishing boats less than three nautical miles from the Gaza shore.

They added that the attack did not lead to casualties, but caused damage to the boats, and forced the fishermen back to the shore without being able to fish and provide for their families.

The attack is part of ongoing Israeli violations against Palestinian, farmers, workers, and fishermen in Gaza territorial waters and agricultural close to the perimeter fence, in the besieged and impoverished coast region.

(Source / 19.01.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Two Palestinians Near Qalqilia

Israeli soldiers shot, on Tuesday morning, two young Palestinian men near the illegal Annexation Wall, north of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

Eyewitnesses said the two young men were among of several workers who were trying to cross through a hole in the annexation wall, seeking work.

They added that the two were shot in the lower extremities before Palestinian medics rushed them to Darwish Nazzal governmental hospital in Qalqilia.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently open fire at Palestinian workers near the wall, and sometimes at the military roadblocks of the walls’ gates, in several parts of the West Bank.

(Source / 19.01.2021)

Israel won’t normalize ties with Turkey until it shatters Hamas activities

‘Israel’ issued a statement to Turkey on Monday, in which it stated it will not normalize ties with Turkey until it shutters the activities of Hamas in Istanbul, as reported by Ynet.

‘Israel’ has made this a precondition to returning its ambassador to Ankara.

There has been no ambassador since 2018, when Turkey asked the Israeli ambassador to leave over Israel’s attacks against Palestinians in Gaza and Trump administration’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Lately, Turkey has appointed a new ambassador to ‘Israel’ in line with efforts to normalize ties with ‘Israel’ and the incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden, although it didn’t make any official announcement of the appointment.

(Source / 19.01.2021)

Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemns Friedman’s recognition of settlement project

Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, recognition of the settlement project City of David in the occupied city of Jerusalem, pledging to legally pursue him.

In a statement issued today, the Ministry said that all East Jerusalem is a Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, and “it is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine despite Friedman and his outgoing administration, which has deviated from every legal, diplomatic or ethical norm.”

It considered that “Friedman’s bigoted statements are a flagrant violation of international legitimacy and its resolutions, and international law and diplomatic traditions.”

The ministry also stressed that it will take responsibility to follow up this matter with legal experts and the concerned authorities to discuss the possibility of holding Friedman accountable before international and specialized courts.

Friedman’s recognition of the City of David settlement project came two days before the end of his duties as US ambassador to Israel.

The ministry said that this step is “illegal, invalid and reflects Friedman’s intentions and his dark ideology he tries to attach not only to his country, but to the American constitution and principles, and to employ them for the benefit of the Israeli narrative in Jerusalem.”

“The United States Embassy in Jerusalem, together with the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, have recognized the City of David as a testament to America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and founding principles,” Friedman said in a press release.

David M. Friedman

Chairman of @USHeritageComm Paul Packer and I were privileged to recognize the @cityofdavid for its contribution to America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. Whether one observes any religion or no religion, this is a wellspring of our common values.

He added, “The archeological discoveries at the City of David bring Biblical Jerusalem back to life and reaffirm the prophetic messages of freedom, justice and peace that inspired America’s founders.”

(Source / 19.01.2021)

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

The official pointed 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

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

Al-Kiswani described on Friday what had been 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.

The official pointed 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.

(Source / 19.01.2021)

How much longer are we going to ignore Karim Younis and other Palestinian prisoners?

Karim Younis is the world’s longest serving political prisoner ever, and this month marks his 39th year in an Israeli prison

By Yvonne Ridley

How many people have heard of Karim Younis? If his name means very little to you, that’s probably because you were a child or not even born when he was arrested by Israeli security forces. Or you have compassion fatigue.

You shouldn’t; it’s time to wake up, because Karim Younis is the world’s longest serving political prisoner ever, and this month marks his 39th year in an Israeli prison. That’s right: 39th year.

The then university student was arrested on 6 January, 1983 for doing nothing more than resisting the brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine, which is the legitimate right of all Palestinians according to the 1949 Geneva Convention signed by most countries, including my own, Britain. His arrest was sudden and without warning. Younis was charged with possessing illegal weapons and smuggling them to the Palestinian army of Fatah — a banned organisation in those days — as well as the killing of an Israeli soldier.

We all have the right and duty to resist the occupation of our country: think about the heroic French Resistance in World War Two, the Dutch Resistance and the Warsaw Ghetto Resistance of Polish Jews. Such right to resistance was enshrined in international law post-war. As far as Israel and its supporters are concerned, though, the law is irrelevant in this and other cases, because the person involved is a Palestinian born in the Arab village of Ara near Nazareth. Had Younis been born anywhere else in the world he would probably never even have been arrested, let alone detained across five decades. However, the spiteful and malicious Israeli occupation authorities seem to have no limit when it comes to how they deal with the Palestinians.

Karim Younis was born on 24 December, 1956, and after finishing his high school studies he joined Ben Gurion University to study mechanical engineering. It was while he was attending a lecture on campus in the Naqab Desert that he was arrested and given a life sentence which expires after 40 years.

Along with 14 other Palestinian prisoners held by Israel and also serving long jail terms, Younis was among thirty whom Israel pledged to release as a show of goodwill and a confidence building measure. That was the deal agreed in talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 2013 under the watchful eye of US President Barack Obama’s administration. The agreement “guaranteed” the release of all the Palestinians arrested before the 1993 Oslo Accords.

That was the theory. Israel, though, has the same respect for the agreements it signs that it has for international laws and conventions: none whatsoever. It has ignored more UN Resolutions than any other country in the world today, even the conditions attaching to its membership of the international organisation, one of which was to allow all Palestinian refugees to return to their land. It is no surprise, therefore, to learn that the settler-colonial state reneged on the deal to release Younis and the other long-term prisoners. This basically destroyed the US-sponsored peace process.

During his time in prison, Younis has written two books: The Political Reality in Israel (1990) in which he recounts the merits and demerits of Israeli political parties; and The Ideological Struggle and Settlement (1993).

It is sad that international human rights groups do not remember the injustice of the imprisonment and continued detention of Younis and the other Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. We hear no calls for his release, which is a sad indictment of each and every one of us; the old saying “out of sight, out of mind” could not be more apt in this case.

Karim Younis is a freedom fighter, not unlike the late, great Nelson Mandela who became much revered by world leaders after he was released from prison in the dying days of apartheid South Africa. Mandela’s freedom in 1990 was obtained due to domestic and international pressure after serving 27 years in prison. Younis has already served 11 years more than Mandela as he enters his 39th year behind bars. Where’s the outcry? Where’s the television coverage and “Free Younis” concerts?

Rage about injustice should not be selective. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” said the late Dr Martin Luther King Jr. How much longer are we all going to keep quiet about Karim Younis and the other Palestinians held by Israel?

(Source / 19.01.2021)

Israeli forces conduct military drills in Jordan Valley, destroy crops

Israeli occupation settlers uprooted about 100 olive saplings in an area east of the town of Yatta

Israeli occupation forces conducted on Tuesday military training in multiple areas in northern Jordan Valley, causing significant damage to Palestinian land, local activists reported.

Aref Daraghmeh, a human rights activist, said the Israeli occupation forces conducted military training in al-Farisiya, Sahl al-Burj and al-Maleh areas, destroying agricultural crops and lands planted with wheat.

The Israeli occupation forces usually conducts drills in the occupied West Bank, especially in the Jordan Valley, after forcefully displacing dozens of local Palestinian families due to the proximity of their homes to the training sites.

Palestinians living in these areas face the danger of unexploded ordnance left behind by the Israeli occupation forces after the military drills, which have led to the death of many Palestinians, including children, over the past years.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation settlers uprooted about 100 olive saplings in an area east of the town of Yatta located near the illegal colonial settlement of Avigal, another local activist said.

During the past seven days, Israeli occupation forces and settlers uprooted thousands of olive trees and saplings across the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 19.01.2021)

Britain calls on Israel to stop settling in Palestinian lands

Days of Palestine – London – Britain called on the Israeli occupation authorities for an immediate cessation of settlement construction in the occupied city of Jerusalem and any other places in the occupied West Bank.

The British Foreign Office expressed in a statement, today, Monday, that Britain’s concern about the approval of the Israeli occupation authorities, to build 780 settlement units in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Meanwhile, the Office considered that the settlements are illegal under international law, and “undermine the possibility of a two-state solution, and threaten any future peace negotiations.”

(Source / 19.01.2021)