Army Detains And Interrogates Four Palestinian Children Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers detained, on Sunday evening, four Palestinian children in Beit Ijza village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, and interrogated them for several hours.

The Detainees’ Media Center has reported that the soldiers invaded Beit Ijza, and stopped the four children before detaining and interrogating them for several hours.

The center said the children have been identified as Majd Ramadan Abu Kafia, 10, Mo’tasem Ahmad Gharib, 9, Mohammad Salim Gharib, 10, and Mousa Eid Salem, 10.

The children were all released, on Sunday at night, after the soldiers interrogated them for several hours.

On Monday at dawn, the soldiers abducted eight Palestinians from the West Bank governorates of Ramallah and Bethlehem, and summoned six others for interrogation, in Hebron, in southern West Bank.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Islamic Official Shot and Killed in Israel

On Sunday afternoon, a Palestinian official identified as Sheikh Muhammad Abu Najem, was shot and killed in the city of Jaffa, in the western part of Israel. The Hamas party issued a statement blaming Israel for the murder. Israeli police in Jaffa say they opened an investigation into the shooting, but have not identified any suspects.

According to local sources, Abu Najem, said to be in his forties, was shot dead and his cousin was seriously injured from gunshots fired at them by an assailant in the Old City neighborhood of Jaffa.

Hamas officials held the Israeli occupation forces responsible for the assassination of Sheikh Abu Najem. The statement issued by the party condemned “the malicious scheme carried out by the occupier to liquidate the occupied land from the Palestinian people, especially those working to preserve Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, and those confronting the [Israeli] attempts to capture the sacred land.”

The statement called on Palestinians living inside what is now Israel (who constitute 20% of the population of Israel) to “confront the conspiracies of the enemy, the instigators of sedition and the perpetrators of crimes within our steadfast Palestinian society.”

According to the Palestinian news site “Arabs 48”, Sheikh Muhammad Abu Najem, was shot dead by an unknown person in Jaffa, while another young man, a relative of the Sheikh, was wounded. The imam of the Hassan Bek mosque in Jaffa, Sheikh Ahmed Abu Ajwa, also confirmed the death of Sheikh Muhammad Abu Najem, as a result of his injury in the shooting.

The Israeli police claimed to have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the crime, but no suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder.

It is worth noting that Palestinians who lived in the occupied interior of Israel, known as “48 Arabs”, since they are descendants of about 160,000 Palestinians who remained in their lands after the establishment of Israel on Palestinian land in 1948. These Palestinians live within the borders of the Israeli state, possess Israeli citizenship, and number about one million people.

Palestinians in Israel say that the Israeli authorities do little to prevent crime in the ‘Arab’ areas and neighborhoods. Since the beginning of 2021, six Palestinians with Israeli citizenship have been killed in unsolved murders in Arab areas in Israel.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Army Issues Demolition Orders Targeting Agricultural Structures Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers invaded, Sunday, the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and handed demolition orders targeting privately-owned Palestinian agricultural structures.

Ahmad Salah, a local nonviolent activist against the Israeli occupation and its colonies, said the soldiers handed Ibrahim Suleiman a demolition order targeting his shack which he uses to store his harvest and agricultural tools.

Salah added that the army is alleging the shack, although on land privately owned by Salah, was not licensed by the “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation.

The soldiers also handed a demolition order targeting a well, used by the farmers to irrigate their crops and farmlands.

The structures and the well are in Area C of the occupied West Bank, about %60 o the occupied territory, under full Israeli control.

The lands are under the constant threat of illegal annexation, and the structures on them face repeated demolitions and other violations under the pretext of lacking a permit issued by the Israeli occupation authorities, even if they are licensed by the local town councils.

On Monday, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians from Hebron, including one who was taken prisoner near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers also abducted eight Palestinians from the West Bank governorates of Ramallah and Bethlehem.

On Sunday evening, the soldiers detained four children in Beit Ijza village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, and interrogated them for several hours.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Israeli Army Demolishes Palestinian-owned Home, Injures Civilians, Detains Teen Near Bethlehem

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Many Palestinians, on Monday were shot and wounded by rubber-coated steel bullets, others suffered inhalation injuries, and one teenager was detained after Israeli troops invaded al-Walaja town, 4 kilometers northwest of Bethlehem, to demolish a Palestinian-owned home.

The army stormed the central occupied West Bank village, surrounded the under-construction home, and knocked down the home based on the pretext of lacking an Israeli issued building permit.

Several Palestinian residents gathered in the area to protest the destruction of the home, according to local sources. Soldiers reacted by opening fire at the unarmed civilians with rubber-coated steel rounds and teargas canisters.

As a result, many Palestinian civilians were shot and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, while others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

Sources added that Israeli forces detained a local Palestinian teenager, identified as Nabiel Ali, and took him to an unknown location when they retreated from the village.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Israeli Settlers Uproot Dozens Palestinian-owned Olive Trees near Hebron

Illegal Israeli settlers uprooted, on Monday, dozens of Palestinian-owned olive trees in the Al Baq’a area, east of Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank.

Aref Jaber, owner of the olive trees, told the Palestinian WAFA News Agency, that illegal settlers from Kiryat Arba, an illegal Israeli colony, built on Palestinian lands, invaded his privately-owned land and uprooted dozens of olive trees under the protection of Israeli soldiers.

Jaber added that Israeli colonists often attack Palestinian farmers in the area by uprooting trees or destroying water tanks in attempts to force Palestinians out of their lands in order to take over.

In related news, a crowd of extremist Israeli colonists attacked, on Saturday evening, Palestinian journalists who were documenting their actions, south of Hebron.

Similarly, on Friday, east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, several colonialist settlers attacked Palestinian homes attempting to invade them, however the local Palestinian community intercepted and forced the settlers too retreat.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Israeli Settlers Attack Shepherds near Bethlehem

A group of Israeli settlers attacked, on Monday, Palestinian shepherds attending to their sheep at the village of Kiysan near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Abi Hanahal  hurled stones and released attack dogs  at Palestinian shepherds and their sheep near the village injuring one shepherd, local sources reported.

Khalaf Ebyiat sustained light wounds and some of his sheep where also injured after being hit with a stone hurled by the settlers, sources added.

Recently settler attacks targeting Palestinian shepherds in the area have escalated, head of the village council Ahmad Ghazal told local news sources. He added that settlers are installing new caravans on lands owned by the villages in an attempt to build a new settlement there.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Israeli occupation forces detain ten Palestinians from occupied West Bank

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces detained at least eight Palestinians from various areas of the occupied West Bank Monday overnight, according to security sources.

They confirmed that Israeli forces rounded up six Palestinians after ransacking their families’ houses in multiple raids across Ramallah and al-Bireh district.

Israeli military jeeps stormed Beitunia city, west of Ramallah, where the forces detained one of the six detainees.

They also detained another after breaking into and searching his family’s house in Birzeit town, north of the city.

The forcee also barged their way into Kafr Ni‘ma village, west of Ramallah, where they rounded up three others.

They also conducted a raid in Beit Rima town, northwest of the city, resulting in the detention of a university student.

In Bethlehem district, Israeli forcee barged their way into Dheisha refugee camp, where they searched several houses and rounded up two brothers.

In Hebron district, the Israeli forces detained a Palestinian from the city.

They also re-arrested a former prisoner from Dura town, south of the city, as he attempted to cross Huwara military checkpoint, south of Nablus.

On Sunday evening, witnesses confirmed that Israeli occupation forces detained three boys after stopping them at the entrance of Beit Ijza village, north of Jerusalem.

They also detained another after stopping him at the entrance of Biddu town, northwest of Jerusalem.

Also in Jerusalem district, Israeli police rounded up a Palestinian boy after assaulting him in Silwan neighborhood.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

According to Palestinian estimates, there are nearly 4,800 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 / 25.01.2021)

Israeli analyst called for preventing Hamas from participating in Palestinian elections

Gaza (QNN)- An Israeli analyst in Channel 12 called the Israeli occupation government to take action to prevent Hamas from participating in the Palestinian elections that will be held next May.

Although Hamas is an official political party, Analyst Ehud Yaari wrote an article in which he stressed the need for ‘Israel’ to ban Hamas from participating in the elections, preventing it from entering the institutions of the Palestinian Authority and rebuilding its power in the West Bank.

The elections will be held under decree issued by President Mahmoud Abbas in three stages: the legislative on May 22, the presidential elections on July 31, and the elections for the National Council on August 31.

The last Palestinian elections for the Legislative Council were held in 2006, and Hamas won the majority, while presidential elections were held in 2005, and President Abbas won.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

Israeli settlers uproot dozens of olive saplings east of Hebron

Israeli settlers today uprooted dozens of olive saplings in the area of al-Baq‘a, east of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, local sources said.

Aref Jaber, a local activist, told WAFA that settlers, under the Israeli military protection, broke into over 25 donums of Palestinian-owned land in the area, and uprooted dozens of the olive saplings planted there.

The settlers came from the illegal Israeli colonial settlement of Kiryat Arba.

Jaber called on international and human rights organizations to strengthen the steadfastness of Palestinian landowners in the area and that the competent authorities provide them with access to necessary services as they are under constant threat from the Israeli forces and settlers.

The lands of Al-Baqa’a are considered the “food basket” of Hebron, and they’re subjected to almost daily attacks by the Israeli forces and settlers, including the razing and demolitions of water pools, with the aim of forcibly kicking Palestinians out in favor of settlers.

Palestinians plant around 10,000 new olive trees in the West Bank each year, most of which are of oil-pro­duc­ing varieties.

However, Palestinians see the destruc­tion of their trees as a way for the occupation to erase Palestinian iden­tity and force them to cede more land to Israel.

According to United Nations mon­i­tors, more than 4,000 olive trees and other tree crops have been burned or removed by Israeli set­tlers and sol­diers since the start of 2020.

The committee against the wall and settlement on Sunday said Israeli forces uprooted, broke, and damaged 6507 trees in 869 operations in 2020.

(Source / 25.01.2021)

The occupation demolishes expansions south of Nablus

Days of Palestine – Nablus – Today, Monday, a bulldozer belonging to the Israeli occupation forces demolished expansions and improvements in Khan al-Laban al-Sharqiya village, south of Nablus city, according to a local source.

The head of Al-Labban Village Council, Yaqoub Owais, said that the occupation forces surrounded Al-Khan area since the morning hours, and a bulldozer belonging to it began demolishing the gates, windows, and extensions for the second time in a row after they had been repaired and damaged the barbed wire surrounding the area.

Read More: Palestinians fend off settlers’ attempt to attack the eastern Khan al-Laban, south of Nablus

Khan al-Laban al-Sharqiya is an archaeological site built in the Ottoman era, covers an area of 300 dunums, and contains a spring of water. For years, the area has been subject to continuous attacks by the Israeli authorities and settlers, who aim to seize it, as it is located in the area connecting the illegal Israeli settlements of Eli and Ma’ale Levona.

Read More: Settlers injure a child and attempt to kidnap her in Madama village, south of Nablus

(Source / 25.01.2021)