Israeli Colonists Close Many Roads In Northern West Bank

Groups of fanatic illegal Israeli colonialist settlers closed, on Thursday evening, many roads and junctions, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and attacked homes, before the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man.

Eyewitnesses said the colonists gathered at Huwwara junction, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and closed it.

They added that the colonists prevented the Palestinians from crossing the junction and threatened to harm them if they do not leave.

The colonists also gathered at a junction near the illegal Shilo colony, on the Nablus-Ramallah road, and near Mukhmas junction.

In addition, the colonists attacked homes in Burin village, southwest of Nablus, leading to protests before the soldiers invaded the village and fired many concussion grenades and flares at the Palestinians.

The soldiers also abducted a young man, identified as Hamdan Hashem Najjar, in his thirties, and took him to an unknown destination.

Also on Thursday evening, several fanatic colonists attacked Palestinian cars near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing damage and injuring a child in the face.

In related news, the colonists attacked and displaced a Palestinian family in Khirbat Tawamin, east of Susiya village in Masafer Yatta, south of the northern West Bank city of Hebron.

(Source / 22.01.2021)

Israeli Colonists Injure Child Near Ramallah

Several fanatic illegal Israeli colonists attacked, on Thursday evening, many Palestinian cars near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing damage and injuring a child in the face.

Media sources said the colonists injured Jad Ala’ Sawafta, 3, in the face after hurling stones at the family’s car while his father was driving near the entrance of Burqa village, northeast of Ramallah.

The father stated that he, and his family, visited Ramallah and were driving back to their home in Tubas, in northeastern West Bank.

He added that his child was injured in the face before Palestinian medics rushed him to a hospital in Ramallah.

The attack led to excessive damage to the family’s car, mainly to the front windshield and side windows.

In related news, Israeli colonists hurled stones at Palestinian cars on the bypass road near Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem, causing damage, and closed Etzion Junction, south of the city.

(Source / 22.01.2021)

Ongoing Escalation: Israeli Colonists Hurled Molotov Cocktails At Homes Near Nablus

Israeli colonists hurled Molotov cocktails, on Thursday evening, at two Palestinian homes in Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Local sources in the village said the colonists invaded the southern area of Burin, and hurled Molotov cocktails at two homes.

They added that the residents rushed to help the family and extinguish the fire before the colonists assaulted them leading to a physical confrontation.

Israeli soldiers then invaded the village, and fired gas bombs at the Palestinians, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The attack took place shortly after groups of fanatic colonialist settlers closed many roads and junctions, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and attacked homes, before the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man.

Also on Thursday evening, several fanatic colonists attacked Palestinian cars near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing damage and injuring a child in the face.

In related news, the colonists attacked and displaced a Palestinian family in Khirbat Tawamin, east of Susiya village in Masafer Yatta, south of the northern West Bank city of Hebron.

(Source / 22.01.2021)

Palestinian PM Condemns “Organized Settler Terrorism” in West Bank

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh denounced, on Thursday at night, the seriously escalating attacks, carried out by the illegal Israeli colonialist settlers against the Palestinians in the West Bank, and described them as organized terrorism.

Shtayyeh said the colonists attacked and injured many Palestinians, including women and children, after hurling stones and Molotov cocktails at homes and cars, in several parts of the West Bank.

He called on the new American administration of President Joe Biden to intervene and act on ending these crimes, especially after the polices of former President D. Trump have led to serious Israeli escalation of settlement construction and expansion, which in turn also encouraged the fanatic colonists to escalate their assaults and crimes against the Palestinian people and their property.

The Prime Minister also expressed hopes that the Biden administration would act on implementing United Nations Security Council resolution #2334 which reaffirmed the international condemnation of the colonies, and the obligation of Israel, the occupying power, to 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.

He also called on the United Nations to act on providing the Palestinian people with the needed international protection, and on ending the escalating Israeli attacks.

His statements came following a serious escalation by the colonists, on Thursday evening, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, causing property damage and wounding many Palestinians, including a child.

(Source / 22.01.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eighteen Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, eighteen Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, during extensive and violent searches of homes, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed.

The PPS office in Hebron, in southern West Bank, said the soldiers abducted Mohammad Bader, a former member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, in addition to Arafat Qawasmi, Mohannad Tawil, Ahmad Tarayra, Sabri al-Khdour, Ismael Za’aqeeq, Nidal Hosni Za’aqeeq, Dia’ Hashem Zahda, Abdul-Rahman Hazem Hadoush, and Raja’e Shafiq Rajabi, 17.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers invaded and ransacked homes in Kobar town, north of the city, before abducting Ala’ Barghouthi, Mohye Barghouthi, Nassim Barghouthi, Jamil Daraghma and Amal Nakhla.

In Jericho, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ahmad al-Mimi and Arafat Jalayta.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Nazzal and Hussein Ba’jawi.

(Source / 22.01.2021)

Soldiers Fire Live Rounds At Farmers In Southern Gaza

Israeli soldiers fired, on Friday morning, many rounds of live ammunition at Palestinian farmers, on their lands near the perimeter fence east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that the soldiers, stationed on military towers across the fence, fired sporadic rounds of live ammunition at the farmers in the al-Fakhari area, east of Khan Younis.

WAFA added that the attack did not lead to casualties, but forced the farmer to leave, in fear of additional Israeli military escalation.

The attack is part of ongoing violations against the Palestinians in the besieged and impoverished coastal region.

The attacks mainly target farmers and workers on Palestinian lands across the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, and the fishermen in Gaza territorial waters, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to serious property damage.

(Source / 22.01.2021)

Palestinian journalist released after serving seven months in Israeli jail

Palestinian journalist Mujahed al-Saadi was released today after serving seven months in Israeli jail.

Palestinian journalist Mujahed al-Saadi was held in administrative detention after being arrested without charge or trial by Israeli occupation forces on June 24.

Al-Saadi is a freelance journalist who contributes to several broadcasters and news agencies, including Palestine Today TV.

On June 24, Israeli forces arrested al-Saadi at his home in Jenin in the occupied West Bank without informing him of the reasons for his arrest.

On June 28, the Red Crescent informed Al-Saadi’s family that he had been taken to an Israeli military facility south of Nablus and subsequently moved to the Russian Compound in Jerusalem for questioning, according to MADA, The Palestinian Center for Development & Media Freedoms.

Al-Saadi have been previously targeted for his journalistic work. In 2016, he was sentenced to seven months in jail and a fine of 5,000 NIS (US$1,400), according to Palestine Today TV.

Israeli occupation has a long history of targeting journalists and intentionally detains the Palestinian journalists and puts off their hearings in an attempt to block the reality they report to the world.

(Source / 22.01.2021)

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian car near Ramallah, injure 3-year-old child

Ramallah (QNN)- A Palestinian child was injured on Thursday evening after Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian car near the entrance of Burqa village, northeast of Ramallah city.

Ala Sawafta told WAFA that a group of settlers attacked his car as he was driving from Ramallah to Tubas city, smashing the windshield, the front door and back door glass of his car and wounding his three-year-old son, Jad, in his face.

Jad was rushed to a hospital in Ramallah to receive the necessary treatment. His condition was described as stable.

Israeli settlers violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the occupied West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli occupation authorities.

There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention.

(Source / 22.01.2021)

Four more COVID-19 cases among Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

Ramallah (QNN)- Four new cases of COVID-19 were recorded among Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Ramon and Negev prisons, raising the total number of Palestinian prisoners who contracted the virus inside Israeli prisons to 295 since March 2020, today said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS said Israel’s exclusive possession of the narrative concerning the coronavirus outbreak in the prisons poses a greater risk to the lives of the prisoners, especially the sick ones, given the inhumane imprisonment conditions in most of the Israeli prisons.

The group called on the international human rights organizations, on top of which the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to follow up the situation of the prisoners and to defy all the restrictions put in place by the Israeli prison authorities in the way to ensuring the safety and health wellbeing of the prisoners.

It also stated that the number is set to rise, saying that the deliberate procrastinations by the administration of prisons in providing the necessary preventive measures inside sections of prisons is the reason behind the spread of the virus.

It’s worth mentioning that Israel’s Public Security Minister Amir Ohana refuses to give coronavirus vaccine to Palestinian prisoners, which Palestinian organizations call “racism” and aimed at “increasing the suffering of prisoners and to psychologically torture them and their families.”

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 the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial.

(Source / 22.01.2021)

Concerns that the Palestinian presidential decree on holding elections is illegal

Hemaya Center for Human Rights followed up on President Mahmoud Abbas issuing a presidential decree regarding the conduct of legislative, presidential, and National Council elections. 

Legislative elections are scheduled to take place in accordance with the decree on May 22, the presidential elections on July 31, and the National Assembly (the parliament of the PLO) on August 31, 2021.

Hemaya Center for Human Rights expressed its concern and surprise that this decree was based in its preamble on the interpretative decision of the Supreme Constitutional Court No. (10) for the (3) judicial year; Under which the Palestinian Legislative Council was dissolved, and Palestinian civil society institutions considered it, through a joint position issued on December 27, 2018, to be a political decision par excellence.

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The Center affirmed that the Supreme Constitutional Court, in its current form, is not valid to consider any interpretation request or constitutional dispute, since its formation was not in accordance with the Palestinian Basic Law and other laws, especially the text of Article (7) of the Constitutional Court Law, which required that the president, deputy, and judges of the court take the oath before the President of the National Authority, the President of the Legislative Council and the President of the Supreme Judicial Council starting their work. 

Whereas the swearing-in took place in the absence of the Speaker of the Legislative Council, and since these constitutional and legal procedures have been violated in the formation of the court, the formation of the Supreme Constitutional Court and its rulings and decisions are non-existent.

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Hemaya Center for Human Rights reiterated its emphasis on the necessity to end the division and advance the political reality and refer to the texts of law, urges the necessity of providing all guarantees and the atmosphere necessary for holding free and fair Palestinian elections, including the restructuring of the Constitutional Court based on sound legal considerations, and the neutralization of the existing court.

(Source / 22.01.2021)