Hamas welcomes WHO decision not to remove Palestinian health from agenda

Senior Hamas leader and member of Hamas' Political Bureau Mahmoud Al-Zahar (C) in Gaza City, Gaza on 13 December 2020 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar (C) in Gaza City, Gaza on 13 December 2020

Hamas yesterday welcomed the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s decision not to agree to an Israeli proposal to remove a standalone item from the agenda of the 74th World Health Assembly exclusively devoted to a report on the health situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Hamas leader Bassem Naeem said in a statement that Israeli attempts to evade responsibility as an occupying power should not be given any chance for success.

He stressed that all necessary pressure must be exerted on Israel to shoulder its responsibilities towards the Palestinian people under international law and meet their needs, especially those related to health and education.

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Yesterday, WHO member states voted down a proposal by Israel to remove an item from the 74th World Health Assembly agenda devoted exclusively to a report on the health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories and consider it as part of the WHO’s overall health emergencies agenda.

Israel had proposed that the report be considered as part of the overall discussion on the WHO’s work in health emergencies when WHO member states meet in May.

(Source / 30.01.2021)

Palestinian family recalls humiliation by Israeli forces

Palestinians holding photos and banners gather to commemorate 9 members including 6 children of Sawarka family killed at their home during Israeli air raid on November 19, 2020 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians holding photos and banners gather to commemorate 9 members including 6 children of Sawarka family killed at their home during Israeli air raid on November 19, 2020

Members of a Palestinian family revealed shocking details of assault and humiliation by Israeli occupation forces following a raid on their home in the town of Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem, reports Anadolu Agency.

During the assault which happened at dawn on Thursday, Israeli forces “used electric shocks against the Dari family” as well as “beating, kicking, slapping and cursing”, according to testimonies given by family members to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

The family said Israeli forces stormed their house and brutally assaulted two of their sons, 13-year-old minor Mahad Dari and his 18-year-old brother Muhammad Dari, before taking them into custody for several hours in a police station in West Jerusalem. The two were not even allowed to wear their shoes and winter clothes despite the cold and rainy weather, the family said.

They [the Israeli police] stormed the house and beat everyone brutally and used electric guns against anyone who objected. We were blindfolded, slapped, and kicked. They handcuffed me and my brother and forced us to kneel down and kicked us when we fell on the ground. They did not treat us as human beings,

Mahad Dari recounted.

For his part, Marwan Dari, the boy’s father, said he was verbally abused and sustained many injuries, including losing his teeth due to beatings by Israeli forces while trying to protect his two sons.

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Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, a member of the Issawiya Defense Committee, told Anadolu Agency that the town of Issawiya has been witnessing almost daily incursions for more than two years by the Israeli police, along with arrests, beatings, and the firing of tear gas canisters in the middle of the crowded Palestinian homes.

“Since the start of the campaign at the end of 2018, one Palestinian has died, and 250 injuries have been recorded that include eye-gouging”, Abu al-Hummus said, adding that 1,450 people have also been arrested and women and children terrorised and beaten during the same period.

Comparing the situation in Issawiya to a “small Gaza”, Abu Al-Hummus said Israeli police deliberately fire tear gas canisters in residential areas “without paying attention to the negative health effects, especially in light of the spread of the coronavirus”.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the incident in a press release and held the Israeli authorities fully responsible for the violations which amounted to “war crimes and crimes against humanity”.

The Israeli forces have denied the accusations by the Dari family, saying it was “filled with inaccuracies to the point of completely distorting reality,” Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

“The family are the ones who tried to obstruct the arrest, using violence and threats. The Border Police officers acted at the scene to create a buffer between the family and the investigators,” it added.

READ: Israel forces raid, fire tear gas into West Bank hospital

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Details of Israel police torturing 13-year-old Palestinian child

An Israeli solider arrests a Palestinian teen on 17 June 2017

On Thursday at dawn, Israeli police stormed the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhood of Isawiya and raided a Palestinian home, arresting a 13-year-old boy and his 18-year-old brother.

Speaking to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the 13-year-old boy said that the Israeli police tasered him with an electric gun and beat him harshly when they arrested him and during the interrogation, which was carried out in the absence of his parents.

The boy indicated that the Israeli police raided the house at around 3 am and arrested him and his brother. The newspaper referred to the boy as “M”, revealing that Israeli police held him for 12 hours before he was released to house arrest for five days.

Palestinian teenager being detained by Israeli troops during a protest in Hebron No comment from Saudi or International Community - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
Palestinian teenager being detain by Israeli troops. No comment theInternational Community – Cartoon

M said he was tortured, beaten, and insulted by Israeli police over a long period of time. Israeli police denied this, claiming his detention was legal.

“They threw me on the ground along with my brother,” M communicated. “They beat us, handcuffed us, and took us before putting on my shoes. I held my shoes with my hands. I asked the police if I could put on my shoes, but they slapped me and blindfolded me.”

M recounted that he remained for three hours with his hands tied behind his back while sitting on his knees. When he became tired and fell on the ground, a policeman kicked him and he was then taken for questioning.

According to Haaretz, the boy conveyed that four interrogators questioned him and accused him of throwing stones. They told him that they did not allow his father to be present during the interrogation in order for it not to be interrupted.

The interrogators told him that they had a video of him throwing stones. He was released 12 hours later, but his brother remains in prison.

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Haaretz reported his father explaining: “We were asleep when we heard a sound of a strong explosion. I looked around and found five to six policemen beating my sons and stunning them. One of the policemen stunned me in my head and caused a wound. Then, he beat me on my teeth.”

The father added: “My brother came from a neighbouring house to see what was going on. They put him on the ground and stunned him.”

He continued: “One of the policemen told me that he came to our house to take revenge on me and my sons. He uttered vulgar words to insult me. His insults were more bitter than shooting me. He grabbed my neck and repeated the insults.”

Describing his youngest son when he was arrested, he said: “I was looking at my son while he was trembling from the electric shocks. He was attempting to get closer to me, but they did not allow him. Even the border police did not understand why they beat us.”

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DCI: “Israeli Authorities Imprison Palestinian Child With Rare Autoimmune Disease Without Charge”

Defense For Child International – Palestine: Ramallah, January 28, 2021Israeli authorities issued a six-month administrative detention order on Monday against a 17-year-old Palestinian boy with a rare autoimmune disease, extending his detention without charge.

Israeli forces arrested Amal Nakhleh 17, from his home around 3:30 a.m. on January 21, 2021, in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, according to information collected by DCIP. His detention was promptly extended for 72 hours by an Israeli military court judge at Israel’s Ofer military court, then, on January 25, the six-month administrative detention order against him was issued and accepted. He is currently detained at Israel’s Megiddo prison, located inside Israel, north of the occupied West Bank.

Amal suffers from myasthenia gravis, a rare chronic autoimmune, neuromuscular disease that causes muscle weakness, including in the muscles used for breathing and swallowing. His treatment requires ongoing medical treatment and that he takes medication regularly and without interruption.

“Israeli authorities must either file charges against Palestinian children or release them,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defense for Children International – Palestine. “Administrative detention must never be used to justify the detention of children and amounts to a clear violation of fundamental due process rights. Israeli authorities must immediately end the arbitrary detention of Palestinian children.”

Amal was previously arrested on November 2, 2020, and charged with throwing stones. However, on November 24, 2020, he was ordered to be released on bond by Israeli military judge Sharon Keinan, according to Haaretz. The Israeli military prosecution appealed the ruling to the Military Court of Appeals, arguing a secret file on Amal would justify an administrative detention order against him. On December 10, the Israeli military prosecution appeal was rejected and Amal was subsequently released. Military prosecutors said that if released on bail, Amal would be put in administrative detention, according to Haaretz.

Administrative detention is a form of imprisonment without charge or trial regularly used by Israeli authorities to detain Palestinians, including children. Palestinian children held under administrative detention orders are not presented with charges, and their detention is based on secret evidence that is neither disclosed to the child nor their attorney, preventing them from preparing a legal challenge to the detention and its alleged basis.

Military court judges, who are active duty or reserve officers in the Israeli army, have the authority to approve administrative detention orders lasting up to six months. There is no limit to the number of times an administrative detention order can be renewed. As a result, children held in administrative detention face the added uncertainty of indefinite imprisonment, in addition to the ordinary struggles child prisoners face.

Between 2012-2014, Israeli authorities briefly suspended the practice of detaining Palestinian children under administrative detention orders. However, since October 2015, DCIP has documented a total of 37 Palestinian children held by Israeli authorities pursuant to administrative detention orders.

An average of two Palestinian children are held under administrative detention orders each month, according to Israel Prison Service (IPS) data. In addition to Amal, two other 17-year-old Palestinian boys, Suleiman Q. and Faisal A., are currently detained by Israeli authorities under administrative detention orders, according to information collected by DCIP.

Individuals with neuromuscular disorders, especially those with autoimmune myasthenia gravis, may be at greater risk of worse outcomes when infected with COVID-19, according to an article published in The Lancet.

In 2020, DCIP confirmed at least three Palestinian child detainees tested positive for COVID-19 while in Israeli custody. Documentation by DCIP shows that Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system live in close proximity, often in compromised sanitary conditions. They typically have little or no access to resources with which to maintain basic hygiene practices, including practices that reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Several Palestinian children detained since the outbreak told DCIP that Israeli soldiers did not take precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the virus and did not wear masks or gloves. The children were not medically examined or tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at Israeli facilities and were placed inside rooms, including with other children, that did not contain cleaning supplies, hand soap, or adequate ventilation.

Emotional and physical stress can lead to increased weakness in persons who have myasthenia gravis, according to Amal’s medical report from Shaare Zedek Medical Center. As a result, Amal is increasingly vulnerable to contagious diseases such as COVID-19 that thrive in custodial detention settings.

The medical report also notes that Amal must remain under constant medical supervision to monitor his health since complications may be sudden and life-threatening. One medication Amal requires to strengthen his immune system has some life-threatening side effects, making regular supervision essential for his health. Due to symptoms of the disease, Amal may be unable to swallow his medication which then requires urgent care at a hospital.

International juvenile justice standards, which Israel has obliged itself to implement by ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, demand that children should only be deprived of their liberty as a measure of last resort and must not be unlawfully or arbitrarily detained.

Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes between 500 and 700 children in military courts each year that lack fundamental fair trial rights.

(Source / 30.01.2021)

Army Injures Ten Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, inured ten Palestinians and caused dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum said the Palestinians marched from the village, chanting against the illegal Israeli occupation, ongoing colonialist activities, and escalating violations.

It added that the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force by firing many rubber-coated steel bullets, sponge-tipped bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Three Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, seven were shot with the sponge-tipped bullets and dozens suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

Many Palestinian youngsters hurled stones at the soldiers who invaded the village and attacked the procession.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded and ransacked several homes, in addition to occupying the rooftop of a home, owned by Adnan Abdul-Mahdi, to use it as a military tower and a firing posts.

The soldiers also smashed the rear window of Adnan’s Taxi, in addition to firing gas bombs direct at homes.

During the Israeli invasion, a Palestinian protester managed to throw a gas bomb at the soldiers, apparently after it fell from one of them.

Kufur Qaddoum holds weekly processions, every Friday and Saturday, protesting the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall and colonies, in addition to the continued close to the town’s main road since the year 2003.

The road is no longer accessible to the Palestinians and is exclusively used by the colonists, driving to and from Kedumim illegal colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

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Palestinians Intercept Israeli Colonists Attacking Archeological Site Near Nablus

On Friday, Palestinian residents intercepted and managed to stop an attack by groups of illegal Israeli colonists, who tried to invaded Khan al-Lubban archeological site, on the main Ramallah-Nablus road, south of the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Media sources said the colonists closed roads in the area, and were attempting to invade the site before the local intercepted them.

They added that Israeli soldiers accompanied the colonists, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians.

It is worth mentioning that Khan al-Lubban is subject to constant Israeli attacks, carried out by soldiers and colonialist settlers, especially on Fridays.

The colonists also frequently attack the Palestinians in the area, and constantly attempt to prevent them from entering the site.

Also on Friday, dozens of residents in Qalqilia governorate, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, managed to intercept and foil attacks by groups of illegal fanatic Israeli colonists on various intersections and roads, before Israeli soldiers abduct two Palestinians.

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Palestinians Intercept, Foil, Attacks By Illegal Israeli Colonists In Qalqilia

Dozens of Palestinians in Qalqilia governorate, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, managed to intercept and foil attacks by groups of illegal fanatic Israeli colonists on various intersections and roads, Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinians.

Spokesperson of Fateh Movement in Qalqilia, Morad Eshteiwi, said the Palestinians, from the local Popular Resistance nonviolent committees, intercepted the colonists, who gathered at main junctions and intersections.

Eshteiwi added that the colonists were trying to attack residents, homes, cars, and other property, when dozens of locals intercepted and repelled their attacks, forcing them to leave.

Israeli soldiers arrived at the scenes of the incidents and started firing gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Eshteiwi said the soldiers abducted a Palestinian, identified as Mahdi at-Tayyeb and Khairi Hannoun, 61, before taking them to an unknown destination, in addition to briefly detaining Bayan Tayyeb, and two of his sons.

The soldiers also attacked the Palestinians in the Fondoq village, east of Qalqilia, near Qalqilia, and fired gas bombs at them, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Silwad town, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, leading to protests.

During the invasion, the soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

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200 Palestinians infected with COVID-19 in Israeli jails since start of 2021

Ramallah (QNN)- The Palestinian Detainees and Ex-detainees’ Commission said that 200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have infected with Coronavirus since the start of this year, raising the total number of infections to 340, mainly in Ramon and the Negev prisons.
The commission’s advisor, Hassan Abed Rabbo, said that five prisoners were moved to Israeli hospitals and Al-Ramla prison clinic due to the complications of Coronavirus infection. The five prisoners are: Basil Ajaj, Abdel-Moez Al-Jubeh, Nafez Al-Hajj, Ayman Sidr, and Khaled Ghithan.
Abed Rabbo pointed out that a state of anxiety prevailing among the families of the prisoners, particularly since they are unable to visit them due to the virus restrictions, the deteriorating health conditions, and the deliberate medical negligence by the Israeli prison administration.

He noted that the so-called Israeli High Court of Justice rejected the petition submitted by the Commission to release the prisoner Hussein Masalmeh, who suffers cancer and he is now in Israeli “Soroka” hospital.
He added that the Israeli prisons administration is still isolating four prisoners, they are: Wael Al-Jaghoub who was placed in isolation at “Megiddo” prison 210 days ago, Fadwa Hamadeh 82 days ago in isolation at Damon Detention Center, Omar Kharwat more than 47 days ago, and Nawal Al-Fatihah at Damon Detention Center a week ago.
Abed Rabbo added that the two brothers Bilal and Bassam Diab from Kafr Rai in Jenin are continuing their open hunger strike for the 12th day, in protest against the poor conditions of their detention.
According to the commission, 700 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails suffer from various diseases, 40 of whom suffer from severe diseases such as cancer and kidney failure.

‘Israel’ is holding about 4,400 Palestinian prisoners, including 40 women, in its prisons, while the number of child detainees is about 170, and administrative detainees (held without charge) are about 380.

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‘Israel’ imprisons Palestinian child with rare autoimmune disease without charge

Ramallah (QNN)- In a statement released on Thursday, Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) said that a 17-year-old Palestinian boy with a rare autoimmune disease is facing a dangerous health situation in Israeli prison.

Israeli occupation forces arrested Amal Nakhleh from his home around 3:30 a.m. on January 21, 2021, in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah and has been placed in administrative detention without any charge for six months, with the possibility of the duration being extended, said DCIP.

Amal suffers from myasthenia gravis, a rare chronic autoimmune, neuromuscular disease that causes muscle weakness, including in the muscles used for breathing and swallowing. His treatment requires ongoing medical treatment and that he takes medication regularly and without interruption, according to DCIP.

“Israeli authorities must either file charges against Palestinian children or release them,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defense for Children International – Palestine.

“Administrative detention must never be used to justify the detention of children and amounts to a clear violation of fundamental due process rights. Israeli authorities must immediately end the arbitrary detention of Palestinian children,” he added.

The statement also referred to a report by an Israeli hospital, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, that stated that the Palestinian teen requires medication four times a day.

According to DCIP, “‘Israel’ has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes between 500 and 700 children in military courts each year that lack fundamental fair trial rights.”

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.

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Israeli police represses anti-crime protest in Umm Al Fahm

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli police last night repressed a protest in Umm Al Fahm against the increasing crimes’ rate among native Palestinians and the Israeli authorities’ complicity with the criminals.

Israeli cops arrested five protesters after beating them. Video footage show Israeli under-cover forces arresting protesters. Israeli police used sound and tear gas bombs against the peaceful protesters.

A mass demonstration on Friday took to the streets of occupied Umm Al Fahm, condemning the increasing rate of murders among native Palestinians and the Israeli authorities’ complicity with Palestinian gangs.

Human rights organizations and Palestinian leaders have stressed that Israeli authorities are complicit in murders inside the Palestinian community inside the green line.

Leaders in the community accused the Israeli police of leniency in arrests against criminals whenever the victim is Palestinian. Israeli police also facilitated weapons’ spread among Palestinian gangs. in 2019, indictments were submitted in 30% only of crime committed in the Palestinian community in comparison with 58% among Jewish Israelis.

In 2019, 77 Palestinian have been killed inside the green line, including 11 women.

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