Soldiers Abduct Six Palestinians, Including Father And Son, One Woman, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday evening, five Palestinians, including a woman, a father, and his sons, in the al-‘Isawiya town, in addition to one child in Hizma town, in the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem.

Media sources said the soldiers, including undercover officers, invaded al-‘Isawiya, before storming and ransacking shops and homes, and abducted five Palestinians.

They said the soldiers abducted a woman, who remained unidentified at the time of this report, in addition to Arafat Ahmad Mustafa, Mohammad Na’el Obeid, Wasim Nayef Obeid, and his son, Nayef.

The soldiers also invaded Hizma town, northeast of Jerusalem, and abducted a child, identified as Abed Salem Khatib, 16, after stopping him in front of his home.

Many Palestinians protested the invasions and hurled stones at the army jeeps, while the soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades.

In related news, the soldiers handed the secretary of Fateh movement in Jerusalem, Shadi Mitwer, a military order preventing him from communicating with 21 Palestinian figures, including the office of President Mahmoud Abbas, and various leaders of the Fateh movement.

It is worth mentioning that Mitwer has been subject to frequent Israeli violations, including being repeatedly detained and interrogated, and was also prohibited from entering any other area of the West Bank.

These violations also target many senior officials, including Jerusalem governor, Adnan Gheith, who is repeatedly detained and interrogated.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers invaded Kafr Ra’ey village, south of Jenin, and Salem village, east of Nablus, in the northern parts of the West Bank, searched homes, and abducted four siblings.

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

Also on Tuesday morning, Israeli navy ships fired 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.

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

(Source / 20.01.2021)

Israeli Army Bombards Gaza, Causes Damage And Injures One Palestinian

The Israeli army fired, late on Tuesday at night, many artillery and tanks shells targeting several areas in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, causing damage, and wounding a young man.

The soldiers fired a tank shell directly striking a home, owned by members of the Abdul-Jawad family in the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza, causing serious damage and wounding a young man.

Medics and rescue teams rushed to the refugee camp and moved the young man to the al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah, after being injured in the leg in addition to suffering cuts and bruises.

Furthermore, Israeli tanks fired several shells into a few sites east of Gaza city, the al-Boreij and al-Maghazi refugee camps, in central Gaza, in addition to the east of Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the coastal region, causing property damage and fires to the targeted buildings and surrounding homes.

In a brief statement, the Israeli army claimed it struck what it called “Hamas outposts,” in the Gaza Strip, “in retaliation to a shell” which was reportedly fired earlier from Gaza and struck an open area in the southern part of the country.

(Source / 20.01.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians From Tulkarem And Nablus

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, three Palestinians from Tulkarem and one from Nablus, in northern West Bank.

The Tulkarem office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), in northern West Bank, said several army jeeps invaded Tulkarem refugee camp, before the soldiers stormed and violently searched homes in Anabta town, east of the city, and in Tulkarem refugee camp, causing property damage.

It added that the soldiers abducted Yahia Odah, 24, from his home in Tulkarem refugee camp, in addition to Mohammad Yousef Mezyed, 20, and Taiseer Abdul-Dayim az-Zeq, 52, from their homes in Anabta town.

In addition, the soldiers invaded and ransacked the home of a former political prisoner, identified as Esmat ash-Shouli, in Asira ash-Shamaliya town, north of Nablus.

It is worth mentioning that, on Tuesday, the soldiers abducted Esmat’s son, Fares, while he was heading back home, after stopping him at a military roadblock near Abu Dis town, southeast of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.

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Palestinian Family Survives What Would Have Been A Massacre By Israeli Shell

The family of Taiseer Abdul-Jawad (Abu Mazen), living in their home in the eastern part of the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip, has survived what would have turned into a massacre when an Israeli shell struck their home as they slept.

Abu Mazen said that he, his wife, and their children were sleeping in their beds, during the rainy very chilly night, when the Israeli army fired a shell that struck their three-story home, only two kilometers (1.24 Miles) from the perimeter fence.

He added that the shell caused excessive property damage to the home; however, the family survived the attack without physical harm, but the children suffered severe anxiety attacks.

A relative of the family stated that the Israeli shell struck the asbestos on the roof of Taiseer’s home, causing a big hole and severe damage to the room underneath.

He added that Taiseer, his wife, and their children were fast asleep when at least one shell struck their home, causing severe damage “but the family miraculously survived the attack without physical harm.”

The neighbors rushed to the property to help the family out of their homes before Palestinian medics and firefighters arrived at the scene.

The attack came just a few hours after the Israeli army fired many shells into several areas, east of Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, east of the Zeitoun neighborhood in the eastern part of Gaza city, in addition to two sites, used by armed resistance groups, east of the al-Maghazi and the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, causing considerable damage without leading to casualties.

In a brief statement, the Israeli army claimed it struck what it called “Hamas outposts,” in the Gaza Strip, “in retaliation to a shell” which was reportedly fired earlier from Gaza and struck an open area in the southern part of the country.

(Source / 20.01.2021)

Fifteen More Detainees Contract Coronavirus In Ramon Israeli Prison

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, Wednesday, that fifteen more detainees have been officially diagnosed with the coronavirus in Ramon Israeli prison, bringing the number of infected detainees in the facility to fifty-three since January 11th, and increasing the total number of infected political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers to more than 650.

In a statement, released on Wednesday morning, the PPS said the virus spread to two additional sections, 2 and 6, in the Ramon prison, an issue that causes serious concern, especially since the infections were previously only in sections 1, 3, and 4.

It added that Ramon Israeli prison consists of seven sections, holding captive more than 650 Palestinian detainees, who are facing dire living conductions, which became worse with the coronavirus.

The PPS warned that the constant delays in testing the detainees, the lack of proper sanitation, and the fact that Israel does not promptly announce the results of COVID tests, are the main factors in the spread of the virus to other sections.

“Besides the constant abuse and the seriously bad living conditions the detainees face, Israel seems to be using the virus as an additional tool to compound their suffering,” the PPS said, “the other troubling issue is that the Ramon prison houses many ailing detainees, including those with chronic diseases and compromised immune systems, in addition to those who are serving high prison sentences.”

The PPS called on the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to act on ensuring the release of ailing detainees, especially the elderly.

It also called on WHO and the ICRC and to send an international medical committee to observe the conditions of the detainees in Israeli prisons, detention, and interrogation facilities, especially amidst the alarming spread of the virus and the serious risks it poses to the detainees’ lives.

(Source / 20.01.2021)

Abu Rodeina Denounces Israel’s Latest Colonialist Plans

The Spokesperson of the Palestinian Presidency, Nabil Abu Rodeina, denounced the latest Israeli plan to build more than 2500 colonialist units in the occupied West Bank, and described them as another attempt to destroy any prospect of peace.

Abu Rodeina said the Israeli decisions are direct violations of International Law, and various resolutions, including United Nations Security Council resolution #2334.

“These violations require a serious international stance that should deviate from mere ‘condemnation’ into real pressure on the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine,” Abu Rodeina stated, “The International Community must act and put an end to the constant violations of International Law, in addition to all related United Nations and Security Council resolutions.”

He added that the international resolutions explicitly defined colonies as illegal and must be removed from the occupied Palestinian territories.

“The Israeli government is racing against time to eliminate any possibility of real peace based on the two-state solution,” Abu Rodeina said, “It is also trying to obstruct any effort by the upcoming U.S. Administration of president-elect Joe Biden to resume the political process which has been stalled for many years.”

The official also said that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is escalating the theft of Palestinian lands, which was boosted and supported by the outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump, and his policies that violate International Law.

“However, our people will not allow the continued theft of their lands and will struggle for achieving all their internationally guaranteed rights, Abu Rodeina said, “The Palestinian people will now allow Netanyahu or any other leader to use their just cause as a bargaining chip.”

He called on the upcoming Biden administration to take a clear stance regarding the Israeli violations if it is really seeking peace and stability in the region and added that Security Council resolution #2334, adopted in December of 2016, was also adopted by the United States.

The resolution reaffirmed that “Israel, the occupying power, must abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice.”

(Source / 20.01.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Senior Palestinian Official And His Assistant Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Wednesday, a senior Palestinian official and his assistant while crossing Qalandia terminal north of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that the soldiers abducted Lieutenant Bilal Natsha, the secretary-general of the Popular National Conference for Jerusalem, and his assistant Moath al-Ashhab, while crossing the terminal.

The two Palestinians were moved to the al-Maskobiyya detention center and interrogation facility in Jerusalem.

On Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians from Tulkarem and one from Nablus, in northern West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian family narrowly escaped death after the soldiers fired a shell that struck their home astern part of the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip.

The army also fired many shells into several areas, east of Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, east of the Zeitoun neighborhood in the eastern part of Gaza city, in addition to two sites, used by armed resistance groups, east of the al-Maghazi and the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, causing considerable damage without leading to casualties.

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Tlaib calls Israel ‘racist’ for not offering COVID-19 vaccines to Palestinians

House Financial Services Committee member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) questions Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg testified about Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency Libra, how his company will handle false and misleading information by political leaders during the 2020 campaign and how it handles its users data and privacy

Responding to Israel’s denying COVID-19 vaccines to Palestinians, Congresswoman Rashida Talib said that “Israel is a racist state.”

In an interview for the “Democracy Now!” TV show, Tlaib, who is Palestinian American and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, was asked about her reaction to Israel’s vaccinating more of its population while leaving Palestinians waiting to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

Talib answered, “I mean, I think it’s really important to understand Israel is a racist state and that they would deny Palestinians, like my grandmother, access to a vaccine, that they don’t believe that she’s an equal human being that deserves to live, deserves to be able to be protected by this global pandemic.”

She added, “And it’s really hard to watch as this apartheid state continues to deny their own neighbors, the people that breathe the same air they breathe, that live in the same communities.”

Democracy Now!@democracynow
·U.S. Rep. Tlaib: “Israel Is a Racist State That Would Deny Palestinians Like My Grandmother a Vaccine”


“You could put a settlement wherever you want, but on the other side of that wall is a farm community, a village, where my grandmother lives, and many of our, you know, various family members and others that I know are trying, again, to live a good life, a free life, free from these oppressive policies, these racist policies, that deny them access to public health, deny them access to freedom of travel, deny them access to economic opportunities.”

“Our country continues to enable that country and enable Netanyahu, who continues to spew anti-Arab rhetoric that allows violence towards Palestinians to continue in a way that is so inhumane and doesn’t follow international human rights.”

“And so, I think it’s very important. If anything, I hope my colleagues, I hope our country, sees what the Palestinians have been trying to tell us for a very long time, that Israel has no intention of ever being caring or allow equality or freedom for them as their neighbors.”

“My family told me they didn’t have access to testing.”

“They would get some side effects, and they would use the small little house that they had and quarantine the family member. They had no access at all for any preventive measures, any medication.”

Tlaib said ‘Israel’ has the power to distribute vaccines to the Palestinians, but their alleged refusal to do so is illustrative of what they supposedly are: “an apartheid state.”

“They have the power to distribute that vaccine to the Palestinian people, their own neighbors, again, feet away from where they live, many of which, again, could expose them and their family. And it doesn’t — if anything, it just reiterates what the Palestinian people and even human rights groups have been telling us, is that this is an apartheid state.”

Although ‘Israel’ has been praised for its swift vaccine rollout, it has been criticised for not giving Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip access to the vaccine.

As of 3 January 2021, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 159,034 Palestinians in the OPT, including East Jerusalem, have so far tested positive for coronavirus since the first confirmed case was reported in March 2020.

There have been nearly 1,600 deaths related to COVID-19 among Palestinians in the OPT since the beginning of the pandemic.

More than a million Israelis, some 12 percent of the ‘Israeli’ population, receive the vaccination in less than two weeks – the highest rate in the world while It excludes the nearly 5 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, under Israeli military occupation.

Israel is obligated to provide Palestinians with the vaccines, as an occupying power.

Under the fourth Geneva Convention, occupying forces are responsible for providing healthcare to the population of the occupied area.

Most states as well as the United Nations Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the International Court of Justice, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, consider Israel to be an occupying power.

(Source / 20.01.2021)

Ireland condemns Israel’s plan to build new illegal settlement units

Ireland has expressed its concerns and disappointment over Israel’s plans to build 850 new illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying this decision “undermines the viability and territorial contiguity of a future Palestinian State.”

“I am extremely disappointed at the announcement earlier this week by the Israeli authorities regarding a further 800 housing units within Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory is illegal under international law,” said the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

Minister @simoncoveney‘s statement on the announcement by Israeli authorities regarding expansion of settlements in the West Bank


He added, “I continue to be very concerned about the tender for construction of a new settlement of over 1,200 housing units in Givat Hamatos.”

“The expansion of settlements in this strategically sensitive area between Jerusalem and Bethlehem will undermine the viability and territorial contiguity of a future Palestinian State and the possibility of a negotiated two-state solution in line with internationally agreed parameters.”

The minister also reiterated his call on the Israeli occupation government to reverse this decision and to halt all settlement activity.

“I urge all parties to respect international law and to avoid unilateral actions which erode trust and confidence – critical components to the resumption of meaningful negotiations – between the parties,” he said.

‘Israel’ plans to approve the construction of 850 illegal settlement units before Biden’s inauguration.

‘Israel’ said that 500 units will be built in Itmar, Beit El, Shavi Shomoron, Oranit, and Gav’at Ze’iv illegal settlements.

‘Israel’ will also approve the construction of 250 units in the settlement outpost of Niveh Nihmah in the village of Iskaka in the North of the occupied West Bank, as well as, 100 units in Tal Al Manshiyyeh in western Jenin.

The Israeli government increased its settlement activity and land confiscation in the West Bank and Jerusalem during Trump’s term, who gave ‘Israel’ many gifts to expand its illegal colonial settlement project and steal Palestinians’ land.

There are nearly 600,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 20.01.2021)

Biden to keep US embassy in Jerusalem but seek Palestinian state

President-elect Joe Biden will keep the US embassy in Jerusalem, but he will seek a state for the Palestinians, Antony Blinken, his nominee for secretary of state, said Tuesday at his Senate confirmation hearing.

“Do you agree that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and do you commit that the United States will keep our embassy in Jerusalem?” asked Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

“Yes and Yes,” said Antony Blinken in testimony on Tuesday.

In 2018, outgoing President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to ‘Israel’ from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017.

At that time, Biden called Trump’s decision to move the embassy as “short-sighted and frivolous.”

“The only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish, democratic state and to give the Palestinians a state to which they are entitled is through the so-called two-state solution,” Blinken said.

“I think realistically, it’s hard to see near-term prospects for moving forward on that. What would be important is to make sure that neither party takes steps that make the already difficult process even more challenging,” he continued.

(Source / 20.01.2021)