Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Jenin and Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, two Palestinians, from Jenin and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Mustafa Faisal Zakarna, 20, from Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

They added that the young man was taken prisoner after the soldiers stopped him at the Dothan military roadblock, near Jenin.

The soldiers also abducted Khalil Ata Abu al-Hawa, from his home in the at-Tour town, in occupied Jerusalem.

In related news, several army jeeps invaded Kafr Malik village, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at locals who protested the invasion.

On Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted 21 Palestinians, including former political prisoners, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

(Source / 28.01.2021)

WAFA: “Israeli Soldiers Demolish Mosque South Of Hebron”

HEBRON, Wednesday, January 27, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces dawn Wednesday demolished a mosque in the Bedouin community of Azwadeen, east of Yatta city, south of Hebron, according to a local activist.

Coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees, Fuad al-‘Amour, told WAFA that Israeli forces escorted bulldozers into Khirbet Umm Qassa in the Bedouin community of Azwadeen, in what is called the Eastern Slope, where the heavy machinery tore down the mosque, reducing it to rubble.

The demolition was carried out less than two weeks after soldiers posted demolition notices against the mosque and a local school, which serves 50 students from three marginalized communities, purportedly for being built without licenses.

Meanwhile, soldiers seized a tin-sheet health unit in Khirbet al-Rakiz hamlet in Masafer Yatta.

Masafer Yatta is a collection of almost 19 hamlets that rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood.

Located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, the area has been subjected to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and soldiers targeting their main source of living – livestock.

It has been designated as a closed Israeli military zone for training since the 1980s and accordingly referred to as Firing Zone 918.

Israeli violations against the area include the demolition of animal barns, homes, and residential structures. Issuance of construction permits by Israel to local Palestinians in the area is non-existent.

(Source / 28.01.2021)

WAFA: “Israeli forces dismantle two structures in Khan al-Ahmar”

JERUSALEM, Wednesday, January 27, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday morning dismantled two structures in Khan al-Ahmar village, east of Jerusalem, a local activist said.

The spokesman for Khan al-Ahmar, Eid Abu Khamis, told WAFA that an Israeli military force stormed the community, and dismantled two structures used for cattle breeding and seized their contents, without even handing the owners any demolition notices in advance.

Khan al-Ahmar is one of the Palestinian communities Israel is threatening with demolition and forcible transfer in Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and falls under full Israeli military rule under the terms of the Oslo Accords.

Israeli refuses to permit virtually any Palestinian construction in Area C, forcing residents to build without obtaining rarely granted permits to provide shelters for their families.

The community is also located in the E1 area, east of Jerusalem, where Israel plans to expand its colonial settlement blocs of Maaleh Adumin and Kfar Adumin and connect them to Jerusalem.

Expanding these settlements into E1 would isolate the northern and southern parts of the West Bank from one another, undermining prospects for territorial contiguity of a future Palestinian state and further cutting already heavily restricted Palestinian access to Jerusalem.

If the slated demolition and expulsion proceeds, this would mark the second time the community of Khan al-Ahmar is forcibly displaced.

The families were initially expelled from the Negev region by the Israeli military in the 1950s.

(Source / 28.01.2021)

Illegal Israeli Colonists Plow Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem

A group of Israeli colonists, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, invaded privately-owned farmlands, in the eastern meadows’ area of Bethlehem, Wednesday, and plowed them as part of their constant attempts to confiscate them.

Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the “Wall and Colonization Resistance Commission” in Bethlehem, said dozens of colonists invaded the lands, and started plowing them, and added that the farmlands are owned by Palestinians from the az-Zawahra and al-Wahsh families.

He also said that the colonists started plowing the Palestinian lands in Khallet al-Batm and Shu’ab as-Saff areas, east of Bethlehem, and added that Israeli soldiers were extensively deployed in the area.

The official warned that Israel has been escalating its violations and attempts to illegally annex more Palestinain lands, including when the army allows the colonists to invade, plow and destroy farmlands, and use them as grazing areas for their livestock.

Breijiyya added that the soldiers facilitate the theft of Palestinian lands for the benefit of construction and expanding the illegal colonies, built in direct violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

In related news, many Palestinian farmers managed to fend off an attack by colonialist settlers, who invaded their lands in the al-Ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem in the West Bank.

The Palestinians managed to remove the invading colonists from their lands, especially when the Israeli assailants brought their sheep into the farmlands to destroy the crops the Palestinian farmers have been planting.

Breijiyya said the Israeli colonists, and the soldiers, have recently escalated their violations against the Palestinian villagers, their homes, and lands, in many communities in Bethlehem.

In related news, Israeli soldiers uprooted large swaths of Palestinian lands in the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron, to expand an illegal colony, and abducted a man who tried to prevent the army from uprooting his land.

(Source / 28.01.2021)

Army Abducts Two Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, two young Palestinian men in the al-‘Isawiya town, and summoned for interrogation a young man from Silwan, in occupied Jerusalem.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded a few neighborhoods in al-‘Isawiya, before the soldiers stopped and abducted a young man, who remained unidentified at the time of this report.

The young man was walking in a neighborhood of his town, when the soldiers abducted him, and moved him to an interrogation facility.

The soldiers also invaded and searched homes in the town, before abducting a young man, identified as Bilal Mahmoud, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported.

Many Palestinians protested the invasion, hurled stones at the soldiers, and used firecrackers, while the army fired rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

In related news, the soldiers stopped Mohammad Jihad Za’tari, 40, from Silwan town in Jerusalem, before ordering him to head to a police station for interrogation.

Several Israeli military jeeps also invaded the at-Tour town in Jerusalem, while a police helicopter flew overhead after many soldiers and police officers were deployed at the main entrance of the town, Silwanic added.

Also on Wednesday evening, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians from Jenin and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank.

On Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted 21 Palestinians, including former political prisoners, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 28.01.2021)

Rights Group Demands Specialized Medical Care for Imprisoned Palestinian Teen

On January 22, 2021, Amal Nakhla, 17, from the occupied West Bank, was detained by Israeli soldiers, and sentenced to six months administrative detention, without any charges.

According to Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-Palestine) stated that the child suffers from a neuromuscular disease called myasthenia gravis which can cause severe weakness of the muscles involved in breathing, swallowing, and speaking.

DCI stressed that this condition has the potential to be life threatening, and recommended that the child be placed under close medical supervision, adding that infections and stress are two factors which can cause symptoms to worsen.

The teen is dependent on medication which is required 4 times per day, at regular intervals, without missing any doses. Side effects of the medication also includes weakness, so the child’s health must be closely monitored and the dose adjusted.

It added that both physical and psychological stress, such as being detained and interrogated, can cause life threatening weakness of the breathing muscles, making it necessary for emergency ventilation. Failure to do so could cause respiratory failure and death.

The child’s medical report, issued by the Israeli “Shaare Zedek” hospital, stated that if the child is unable to swallow the medicine due to weak swallowing muscles, it will be necessary to transfer him to hospital immediately.

Administrative detention (AD) is a procedure that allows Israeli occupation forces to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. The secret information or evidence cannot be accessed by the detainee nor his lawyer, and can according to Israeli military orders, an administrative detention order can be renewed for an unlimited time. The court issues an administrative detention order for a maximum period of six months, subject to renewal.
– Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

(Source / 28.01.2021)

Israeli settler population in occupied West Bank grown during Trump era

The Israeli settler population in the occupied West Bank has grown at a far higher rate over the last four years, a pro-settler group has said, a period that coincides with the Trump administration’s unprecedented acceptance of settlement activity.

The report released on Wednesday by West Bank Jewish Population Stats shows the settler population growing by around 13 percent since the start of 2017 to reach 475,481.

During the same period, Israel’s population grew by around 8 percent to reach nearly 9.3 million, according to the Israeli occupation government.

The report, which is based on official government data, does not include annexed East Jerusalem, home to more than 200,000 Israeli settlers.

Baruch Gordon, the director of West Bank Jewish Population Stats, downplayed the influence of US policy, saying the annual growth rate actually declined in recent years even before the coronavirus pandemic.

The West Bank settler population grew by 2.62 percent in 2020, according to his figures, compared to 1.7 percent in ‘Israel’ as a whole.

In 2016, the settler population grew 3.59 percent.

“I don’t think any American president can influence that much, because growth on the ground is (dependent on) internal Israeli government decisions on how much construction to do and not to do,” he said.

He added, “The facts on the ground are stronger than any American foreign policy.”

Former US president Donald Trump’s administration abandoned decades of US policy by accepting the settlements and released a plan in which ‘Israel’ would have been able to keep all of them, including smaller settlements deep inside the occupied territory.

(Source / 28.01.2021)

Palestine condemns Israel for demolishing mosque

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Palestine’s acting minister of religious affairs condemned Israel’s demolition of a mosque on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank.

“This is a crime and a blatant attack on Muslims’ feelings,” Hussam Abu al-Rub said in a statement, WAFA reported.

Al-Rub has also called on the Arab and Islamic world to intervene to stop Israeli occupation attacks.

Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday demolished a mosque in the Bedouin community of Azwadeen, east of Yatta city, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

Coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees, Fuad al-‘Amour, told WAFA that Israeli forces escorted bulldozers into Khirbet Umm Qassa in the Bedouin community of Azwadeen, in what is called the Eastern Slope, where the heavy machineries tore down the mosque, reducing it to rubble.

The demolition was carried out less than two weeks after forces posted demolition notices against the mosque and a local school, which serves 50 students from three marginalized communities, citing unpermitted construction as a pretext.

Israeli forces also bulldozed a livestock structure in Khamis al-Jahalin east of Jerusalem, said an eyewitness. Two other livestock facilities were also demolished in the Bir al-Maskoub community in east Jerusalem.

Palestinians say all of the demolished structures were located in Area C.

Israeli occupation constantly demolishes structures built by Palestinians in Area C, including the Jordan Valley, claiming they were built without a permit, rarely, if ever, issued for Palestinians. It does not allow any development there while using the occupied land for its illegal settlement activity.

Under the 1995 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, was divided into three portions — Area A, B and C.

Area C is currently home to 300,000 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom are Bedouins and herding communities who predominantly live in tents, caravans and caves.

(Source / 28.01.2021)

‘Israel’ warns Hamas leaders not to run in elections

‘Israel’ has threatened leaders of the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, that they would be imprisoned if they run in the upcoming elections, Palestinian sources told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

Hatem Naji Amr from Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank told the Turkish news agency that he was summoned by Israeli intelligence Tuesday and was warned not to run.

“They threatened us with imprisonment if we ran in the elections whether on a party ticket, tribal or as independent [candidates],” said Amr.

Omar Barghouthi, a former detainee from Ramallah said he had a similar experience when Israeli intelligence warned him that “running for elections means returning to prison.”

“Israeli intelligence dealt with us as the de facto decision-maker and the real authority in the occupied territories,” he added.

Israeli analyst in Channel 12 Ehud Yaari has called on the Israeli occupation goverment 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.

Palestinian officials announced that Cairo will host Palestinian factions early next month to discuss ways of ensuring a successful electoral process.

(Source / 28.01.2021)

Chief of Staff of Israeli army threatens to attack civilian targets in Gaza, Lebanon

Kohavi said that Israel has to prepare itself and its army to see attacking civilian targets as normal, and wants the international community to change laws in order to accept Israeli aggression on civilians

Israeli Army Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi threatened on Wednesday that his army is to attack civilian targets in Gaza and Lebanon in case of waging warns in the future.

“The IDF is making a great effort to increase its bank of targets, to make plans that can be carried out with their own directives,” he said during a conference organised online by the Institute for National Security Studies of Tel Aviv University.

He said that these targets were liable to raise concerns in Israel and abroad as many are located in civilian areas.

Along the history of Israeli aggression on the Palestinians, the Israeli army have targeted Palestinian civilian targets, including schools, hospitals, mosques, homes and communication, electricity, water and sewage infrastructures.

International investigators have several times looked into Israeli claims that the civilian targets were used by the Palestinian resistance and proved that the Israeli claims were false.

Kohavi said that Israel has to prepare itself and its army to see attacking civilian targets as normal, and wants the international community to change laws in order to accept Israeli aggression on civilians.

“We need to prepare the State of Israel, the IDF and the international community for the fighting styles, the ways of thinking and even the international laws that must adapt to the way in which we must and are entitled to fight,” he said.

(Source / 28.01.2021)