Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Sebastia

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday evening, Sebastia Palestinian town, north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and injured many Palestinians.

Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia, said several army jeeps invaded the town, and fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at local youngsters, who protested the invasion.

Azem added that many Palestinians, including those in their homes, suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

He also said the invasion is the second in two days, especially the archeological site and its surroundings.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently invade Sebastia to accompany groups of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers into the archeological site, an issue that leads to protests, injuries, and abductions of locals.

During these invasions, the soldiers block all Palestinian traffic, in addition to frequently storming homes, abducting Palestinians, and attacking protesters, in addition to removing the Palestinian flag.

(Source / 04.02.2021)

Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers demolished, on Wednesday afternoon, a Palestinian home in Khallet al-Forn area, near Birin village, south of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The National and Popular Committees in Yatta have reported that the soldiers demolished a 200 square/meter under-construction home owned by Jamal Rajab Sarsour.

The Committee added that the army surrounded the area before demolishing the property under the pretext of not obtaining a permit from the so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank.

According to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) the Israeli army demolished more than 120.000 Palestinian homes and structures since the year 1948, and added that, in 2020, the soldiers demolished 856 structures and displaced 1.014 Palestinians in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) alone, affecting about 5.615 Palestinians.

In December of 2020, the army demolished 67 structures displacing 50 Palestinians and affected more than 410.

(Source / 04.02.2021)

OCHA: Data on demolition and displacement in the West Bank

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs In the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA-OPT): The figures below reflect the demolition of Palestinian-owned structures and the resulting displacement of people from their homes across the West Bank since 2009. Together with other policies and practices, the threat of destruction of homes and sources of livelihood contributes to the generation of a coercive environment pressuring people to leave their areas of residence.

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The figures presented here are based on visits that OCHA carries out as part of an initial assessment of people’s humanitarian needs. They are saved in a database that informs multiple agencies’ decisions on humanitarian assistance they provide, thereby allowing timely and targeted responses. Typically, demolitions are reflected in this page within 48 hours of the incident.

Please note

  • Demolished structures may be residential, livelihood-related, service-related or part of infrastructure. Residential structures – homes, certain parts of homes, apartment buildings etc. ­– may be inhabited (in which case their demolition typically results in displacement) or uninhabited (for example, if they are under construction). Livelihood structures may include shops, animal shelters, walls, warehouses and more. Structures that are part of infrastructure may include water pipes, roads, network facilities, among others.
  • Depending on the circumstances and the type of structure, incidents referred to here as “demolitions” may include dismantlement, confiscation or sealing off of structures or parts of structures.
  • Figures include incidents where structures were demolished by either the authorities or the owners, who were forced to do so by the authorities.
  • Demolitions are typically carried out due to lack of Israeli-issued permits, which are nearly impossible to obtain, but in some cases the circumstances are different, including punitive demolitions and demolitions carried out as part of military activities.
  • “Affected people” refers to those whose livelihood has been affected by the demolition without being displaced. “Displaced people” and “affected people” are mutually exclusive.
  • In some cases, the same person has been displaced more than once. For example when they rebuilt their demolished home and had their second home also demolished. These are counted as displaced for each incident in which they were displaced. Similarly, “affected people” may include replication where the same people have been affected by multiple demolition incidents.

(Source / 04.02.2021)

WAFA: “Attorney, three minors among 25 Palestinians detained from West Bank”

RAMALLAH, Wednesday, February 03, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday overnight detained 25 Palestinians, including an attorney and three minors, from various parts of the occupied West Bank, according to local and security sources.

They confirmed that Israeli forces detained five Palestinians, including two minorsaged 16 and 17, after ransacking their families’ houses in Tuqu‘ town, east of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

In Hebron district, Israeli forces stormed al-Fawwar refugee camp, southwest of Hebron, where they detained two others.

They also detained two others in a similar incursion in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron city.

Meanwhile, Israeli military vehicles invaded Hizma town, northeast of Jerusalem city, where soldiers detained five Palestinians, including a 16-year-old teen, after breaking into and searching their families’ homes, turning them upside down.

As the soldiers broke into the family house of one of the detainees, they used pepper spray against three of the family members, causing them to suffocate.

In the northern Salfit district, a military invasion was confirmed in Kafr Ad-Dik town, west of Salfit city, where soldiers detained an attorney and confiscated his cell phone after storming his house.

In the northern Nablus governorate, Israeli soldiers detained a Palestinian from a coffee shop in Asira Ash-Shamaliya town, north of the city.

They also detained four others after breaking into and thoroughly searching their families’ houses in Sebastia town, northwest of the city.

In Tulkarem district, in the northern West Bank, local sources confirmed another military raid in Shweika neighborhood, north of the city, resulting in the detention of three Palestinians.

Israeli soldiers detained another after storming his house in Tulkarem city.

In the Jenin district, Director of the Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS) Office, Muntaser Sammur, confirmed that Israeli troops detained a resident of Qabatiya town, south of the city.

(Source / 04.02.2021)

Israeli Military Detains One Palestinian, Attacks Fishermen, Farmers in Gaza

The Israeli occupation army opened fire at Palestinian farmers, and fishermen, on Wednesday morning, in different areas of the besieged Gaza Strip, The Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA) reported.

The army opened fire with live ammunition and smoke bombs at farmlands, while farmers were present, south of Khan Younis in the southern coastal enclave, compelling the farmers to abandon their work. No injuries were reported.

Also in the south, east of Khan Younis, near the border fence between Gaza and Israel, the army detained an unidentified Palestinian resident of Gaza, and took him to an unknown location.

WAFA correspondent added that the Israeli Navy attacked Palestinian fishermen sailing three nautical miles off the Sudaniya coast, northwest of Gaza City. Gunboats opened fire with live rounds and fired water cannon towards the fishing boats, forcing the fishermen to leave their work, and return to shore. No injuries were reported.

(Source / 04.02.2021)

Adalah Center: “Israel’s police force routinely treats Palestinian citizens as an enemy”

Adalah , the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights, has condemned “in the strongest possible terms the shooting by Israeli police officers” in the occupied city of Tamra inside the Green Line on Monday, leaving a nursing student dead.

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel about 3 weeks ago

Adalah responds to Israeli police violence at Nazareth protest against visit of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, 13.01.2021:

“The demonstrators in Nazareth sought to express their protest in legal and legitimate ways, and the police were supposed to have defended their right to do so. Instead, Israeli officers employed violence against them. This violence is a product of the very same systemic racism and incitement targeting Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel against which people were protesting today in Nazareth.”

Adalah’s legal team and volunteer lawyers are on-site to provide aid to protesters and detainees.

Ahmad Hejazi, a 22-year-old Palestinian nursing student, was killed when Israeli occupation police opened fire with assault rifles in a residential area of the town.

Ahmad, however, was visiting a friend in the area.

“Even before an investigation has been conducted into this most recent Israeli police killing of a Palestinian citizen of the state, Israel’s northern district police commander already declared on live TV that there was no operational mishap in the incident in which 22-year-old Tamra resident and nursing student Ahmad Hejazi was killed,” Adalah said in a statement.

It continued, “A residential neighborhood was turned into a battlefield and police gunfire once again harmed innocent Palestinian citizens, but Israeli police commander Shimon Lavi immediately heaped praise upon his officers.”

“This is what it looks like when Israel’s police force routinely treats Palestinian citizens as an enemy and whitewashes its deadly actions.”

“For too long, Israel has ignored the issue of internal violence within Arab communities and has not taken any measures to curb violence. The situation has become disastrous, leading to police invasions of Tamra – this most recent of which turned deadly.”

(Source / 04.02.2021)

Israel’s decision to give 5,000 vaccine doses to Palestinian health workers is wholly inadequate, HRW said

“Israel’s provision of 5,000 vaccine doses to Palestinian health workers pales in comparison to the nearly 5 million doses it has already provided to Israeli citizens,” Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine director for Human Rights Watch, told CNBC.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s office announced last Sunday that ‘Israel’ has agreed to transfer 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Palestinians to immunize front-line medical workers only.

While ‘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.

Last Sunday was the first time that ‘Israel’ confirmed the transfer of vaccines to the Palestinians, who have not yet received any vaccines.

‘Israel’ is obligated to provide Palestinians with the vaccines, as an occupying power, under the fourth Geneva Convention, which says occupying forces are responsible for providing healthcare to the population of the occupied area.

“‘Israel’ retains overriding control over land, over the population registry, over the movement of people and goods, over airspace. So under international law, that sort of control comes with it, obligations towards an occupied population,” Shakir said.

“Israel’s duties under international law after more than 50 years of occupation with no end in sight far exceed just offering some vaccines when it has capacity,” he added, “but rather providing Palestinians in the occupied territory with equitable access to the vaccine on par with what it provides its own citizens.”

Hussein Ibish, a Palestinian expert on the Middle East and senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, described Israel’s move as “a grudging acknowledgment of their obvious responsibility for the Palestinians living under their rule.”

But he believes that it also “demonstrates the brutal ethnic discrimination ‘Israel’ practices in the West Bank, where Israeli setters are all being rapidly vaccinated while the Palestinians living next to them are largely on their own.”

“The fact that Palestinians also have responsibilities does not negate the Israeli role. Ultimately, as the occupying powers, they are responsible for the provision, for the welfare of the occupied population,” Shakir noted.

Nouar Qutob, an assistant professor and Covid-19 data researcher at the Arab American University in the West Bank city of Ramallah, told CNBC that she’s concerned about the situation.

“Things are worrying. We do have cases, cases we don’t know about, the hospitals are already packed with patients. And the U.K. variant is now in Palestine,” Qutob said, referring to a new strain of the coronavirus first identified in the U.K. and found to be 70% more transmissible.

(Source / 04.02.2021)

Palestinian man may lose eye after being shot by Israeli occupation police

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- 32-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Diab might lose his right eye after being shot by Israeli occupation police in the occupied city of Tamra inside the Green Line on Tuesday night.

Diab was injured as the Israeli police violently dispersed a protest against its inaction and complicity in increasing the crime wave among the Palestinian communities in the occupied Palestinian territories, after it killed two young Palestinian men in Tamra city.

Nasser Diab told QNN that his brother Ahmed was rushed to Rambam hospital to receive the necessary treatment.

Nasser said the impact of the shooting was so severe that Ahmed may have lost his eye.

He added that Ahmed is going to surgery to see the extent of the damage caused by the shooting.

On Tuesday, thousand of mourners took part in the funeral of Ahmed Hejazi, a 22-year-old Palestinian nursing student who was shot dead in cold blood as Israeli occupation police opened fire with assault rifles in a residential area in Tamra city, during a shootout between the Israeli police and unknown gunmen.

A one-day strike on Tuesday was announced as well as three days of mourning.

In 2020, 96 Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied palestine were killed, by far the highest annual toll in recent memory.

(Source / 04.02.2021)

EU condemns Israel’s demolition of Palestinian tents in Hamsa Al-Foqo

The European Union has condemned Israel’s demolition of tents and structures belonging to Palestinian families in Hamsa al-Foqa village, in the northern Jordan Valley, that left 80 people, including 48 children, homeless.


Demolition of residential structures in the Bedouin community of Hamsa AlFoqa has left 11 Palestinian families with 48 children without shelter in this cold weather.



Shadi Othman, spokesman for the EU office to the Palestinians, confirmed that a group of European diplomats are visiting today the village to inspect it after the Israeli demolishing of its tents.

Othman noted that the visit is a political message to the Israeli occupation, saying that there must be a response to maintain the Palestinian existance and prevent the forcible displacement of the village residents.

“What’s happening in the village is a forcible displacement and eviction of its residents,” Othman said.

He also pointed out that the Israeli occupation confiscated materials that were humanitarian assistance funded by the EU to the village residents.

The spokesman said the EU is ready to support those impacted while calling on ‘Israel’ to halt all such demolitions which are a grave breach of international humanitarian law.

Last November, Israeli occupation demolished eighteen tents that housed 11 families in the village, displacing a total of 74 people, more than half of which were minors, according to B’Tselem.

Almost 800 Palestinians, including 404 minors, lost their homes in 2020.

Throughout 2019, 677 lost their homes, up from 387 in 2018 and 521 in 2017.

(Source / 04.02.2021)

Israel continues policy of forcibly transferring Palestinians

‘This is an act of coercion and violence by Israel’s apartheid regime, which advances the principle of Jewish supremacy by geographically and demographically engineering space,’ Israeli rights group said

The Israeli occupation army has demolished gathering of Palestinian residential structures in the Jordan Valley of the occupied West Bank, rights group B’Tselem has revealed.

“On Monday, 1 February, Israeli forces confiscated most of the residential structures and livestock pens in the community of Khirbet Humsah,” said B’Tselem in a press release. “The community was already demolished on 3 November 2020, while the world was focused on the US election.”

The Israeli occupation forces confiscated “13 tents that were home to 11 families, numbering 74 members, including 41 minors; two of the families had relocated temporarily to the Furush Beit Dajan area after their homes were demolished in November 2020.”

In addition to the tents, the Israeli army confiscated, “five shacks, one not yet built, and eight tents, all used for livestock.”

The residents were apparently told that they could get their belongings back if they undertook to relocate to a designated site. After they refused to comply, equipment was confiscated and put in Civil Administration storage.

In order “to cover up the forcible transfer,” said B’Tselem, Israel military spokesmen “tried to create the impression that the residents had ‘voluntarily agreed’ to leave the area after ‘dialogue’.”

B’Tselem pointed out that “when one side – Israel – has all the power and can threaten defenceless Palestinians with demolition orders, bulldozers and weapons, consent is not on the cards.

“Rather, it is an act of coercion and violence by Israel’s apartheid regime, which advances the principle of Jewish supremacy by geographically and demographically engineering space.”

(Source / 04.02.2021)