Army Detains Palestinian Journalists Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers detained, Wednesday, Palestinian journalists at the entrance of Susiya village, east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, in southern West Bank.

Hamza Hattab, a correspondent with the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) said the soldiers detained him and several other journalists and cameramen while documenting the Israeli invasion into the village.

Hattab added that he, and the other journalists, were also documenting the illegal Israeli confiscation of tents, used by local shepherds and farmers when the soldiers detained them.

The soldiers searched the journalists, their cars and equipment, and inspected their ID cards, in addition to preventing them from properly documenting the invasion.

Also on Wednesday, the soldiers invaded Marj Na’ja village, north of Jericho Palestinian city, in northeastern West Bank, and demolished a privately owned irrigation pool.

(Source / 11.02.2021)

Updated: “Army Detonates Home Of Palestinian Political Prisoner”

Israeli soldiers wired and detonated, Wednesday, the family home of a Palestinian political prisoner, who stands accused of killing an Israeli settler, in Toura village, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Dozens of soldiers invaded the village, earlier Wednesday, forced the family out of their home before and wired the property for several hours, before detonating it.

The detonated home belongs to the family of Mohammad Kabaha, while the order to demolish the property was only issued on January 6th, 2021.

The two-story house provided shelter to his wife and four children, who were all rendered homeless in this act of illegal collective punishment.

The army alleges the detainee is behind the death of an Israeli settler, identified Esther Horgan, 52, who was found dead, on December 21, 2020, close to Tel Menashe illegal colony, near Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The army claims that Kabaha killed the settler woman to avenge the death of detainee Kamal Abu Wa’ar, 46, from Qabatia town, south of Jenin.

During the invasion into the village, the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians, after closing and isolating the entire community, and fired a barrage of gas bombs, causing scores of injuries, including to an elderly woman who was rushed to a hospital.

Israel’s policy of home demolition is an illegal act of collective punishment that violates International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various international treaties, especially the 1949 Geneva Conventions which regarded the practice as a war crime.

It is worth mentioning that undercover Israeli soldiers kidnapped Kabaha on December 24th, 2020, and frequently invaded his home in addition to assaulting his family and interrogating them during the violent searches of the property.

Soldiers Demolish The Family Home Of Palestinian Detainee
Feb 10, 2021 at 15:29

On Wednesday afternoon, Israeli soldiers started the demolition process, the family home of a Palestinian detainee from Jenin, who stands accused of killing an Israeli colonialist settler in December of last year.

Several Israeli military jeeps and bulldozers invaded Toura village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and began preparation for demolishing the two-story home.

The Israeli decision to demolish the family home of detainee Mohammad Kabaha, was issued on January 6th, 2021.

The Israeli army alleges the detainee is behind the death of an Israeli settler, identified Esther Horgan, 52, who was found dead, on December 21, 2020, close to Tel Menashe illegal colony, near Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The army claims that Kabaha killed the settler woman to avenge the death of detainee Kamal Abu Wa’ar, 46, from Qabatia town, south of Jenin.

Abu Wa’ar was cancer-stricken, and also contracted the coronavirus while in prison before he died following a serious deterioration in his health due to being subjected to medical neglect on the part of the Israeli Prison Authority.

It is worth mentioning that undercover Israeli soldiers kidnapped Kabaha on December 24th, 2020, and frequently invaded his home in addition to assaulting his family and interrogating them during the violent searches of the property.

The Israeli practice of home demolitions, regardless of the ‘justification’, is an illegal act of collective punishment and violates various international treaties, especially the 1949 Geneva Conventions which regarded the practice as a war crime.

(Source / 11.02.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Nineteen Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Thursday, nineteen Palestinians, including one woman, from several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the army invading many areas and searching dozens of homes.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted eleven Palestinians, identified as Mohammad Hamdi Abu Mariya, 50, Saqer Mahmoud Abu Mariya, 46, Mohammad Samir Abu Mariya, 20, Ayesh Nasser Ekhlayyel, 26, Abdullah Mohammad Ekhlayyel, 20, Luay Shehda Alqam, 35, Mohammad Bassem al-Allami, 20, Issa Hashem Bahar, 22, Nihad Aref ar-Razem, Osama ar-Razem, and Hamas Jaber Abu Sill, 33.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers assaulted many residents while searching and ransacking their homes in Hebron, before abducting the eleven Palestinians.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted two former political prisoner, identified as Abdul-Basset al-Hajj, and Abdul-Rahim Sami al-Hajj, in addition to Rayeq Anis Sha’ban, 35, and Ahmad Rayeq Sha’ban.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Nasser Saqer as-Souti, 18, and Mosallam Daoud Yahia, 18.

In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted a woman, identified as Maram Daraghma, from her home in Ein al-Baida village.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, undercover soldiers infiltrated into the al-Khader town, south of the city, before breaking into a shop, and kidnapped Rafat Na’im Abu Aker, 50, from Doha town, west of Bethlehem.

(Source / 11.02.2021)

Israeli Colonists Attack Palestinian Shepherds Near Hebron

Israeli colonialist settlers attacked, Thursday, many Palestinian shepherds in Susiya area, east of Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National and Popular Committees in Hebron, said the colonists attacked the shepherds, and hurled stones at them while forcing them away from the grazing area.

He added that the colonists came from Susya illegal colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

The attack is part of the dozens of similar violations by the illegal colonists targeting the farmers and shepherds in the area, including attacking their dwellings.

Two days ago, the colonists attacked Palestinian shepherds who herding sheep in a field near the village of al-Tuwana, near Heron.

(Source / 11.02.2021)

Army Detains A Child Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers detained, on Thursday morning, a Palestinian child while heading to school in Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers detained Mohammad Daoud Sbeih, 12, while walking to school near the northern entrance of the town.

They added that the soldiers interrogated the child after detaining him, and wanted to take him away, before the locals intervened and managed to free him.

Earlier Thursday, the soldiers abducted nineteen Palestinians, including one woman, from their homes in several parts of the West Bank.

(Source / 11.02.2021)

Army Issues Demolition Orders Targeting A Home, Sheds And Barns Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, Ein Shibli village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and handed demolition orders targeting eight structures, including a home.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said several army jeeps invaded the village, and delivered orders for the demolition of a home, a shed, and a water tank, owned by Aisha Mohammad and Ibrahim Eshteyya.

Daghlas added that the soldiers also handed demolition orders targeting two residential sheds, a barn, and a tent owned b Shehda Abed-Rabbo Abu Kabbash, in addition to a residential shed owned by Nitham Khader.

The army claimed the structures were not licensed by the Civil Administration Office, the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation.

(Source / 11.02.2021)

Calls for mass demonstrations in 1948-occupied land on Friday

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Palestinian activists in the 1948-occupied Palestine called for mass demonstrations on Friday against the Israeli police’s racist policies against native Palestinians and complicity with criminals and gangs in the Palestinian community.

Activists participated on social media in a campaign under the title “Protesting on Friday”, calling for continuing to protest against Israeli crimes.

Ahmad Khalifa, an activist from Umm Al Fahem, said that the Israeli police are completely responsible for what has been going on in the native Palestinian community in the 1948-occupied Palestine.

He told QNN that next Friday will see different demonstrations that include all parties and unions.

“We do not want the Israeli police to get into our houses. They either be responsible for their occupation or they leave our land, there is no third solution”, he said.

“The side which takes direct responsibility is the Israeli institution, also the security establishment, which covers up the Israeli institution, and Israeli political and security institutions, which work on making the people poorer and putting them in cantons.”

Demonstrations have been sweeping several cities and towns in the 1948-occupied land for over a week so far. The protests call for an end to the Israeli support and complicity with gangs and criminals in the native Palestinian community.

Unofficial statistics reveal that at least 12 native Palestinians have been killed in the 1948-occupied land in 2021.

(Source / 11.02.2021)

Palestinian Foreign Ministry expresses concern over States Parties opposition to ICC ruling

Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has expressed concern over the position of States Parties to the Rome Statute from ICC ruling on Palestine.

“Israel’s frantic and highly politicized reaction to the Pre-Trial Chamber’s ruling on International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction in the State of Palestine was predictable,” said the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in a press release.

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“However, it is highly regrettable that States Parties to the Rome Statute are encouraging Israel’s intransigence with political statements that have no place in the discussion on the Court’s independent proceedings, including Germany, Canada, Australia, Austria, Brazil, and others.”

“It is particularly dismaying to see States Parties, including members of the United Nations Security Council, taking positions that run counter to their obligations under the Rome Statute. Such politicized attacks on the pursuit of accountability also undermine their role in encouraging a path forward towards peace in the region,” added the Foreign Ministry.

“Seeking justice for victims and accountability for international crimes must never be controversial. Justice is a requisite of peace.”

The ministry also said that denying Palestinian victims “the right to pursue peace is an inexcusable act of cruelty. Thankfully, these political positions are inconsequential to the proceedings at the ICC.”

Last week, Germany, Hungary, Canada, and Australia expressed opposition to the ICC ruling that it has jurisdiction to open a criminal investigation into ‘Israel’ for war crimes in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

Last Friday, the International Criminal Court said that its jurisdiction extends to territories occupied by ‘Israel’ in the 1967 war, clearing the way for its chief prosecutor to open a war crimes probe into Israeli war crimes.

“The Court’s territorial jurisdiction in the Situation in Palestine … extends to the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, namely Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” the judges said.

The ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said in 2019 that there was a reasonable basis to open a war crimes probe into Israeli war crimes against native Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as well as Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank.

But she asked the court to determine whether she has territorial jurisdiction before proceeding with the case.

Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, said “the court has no jurisdiction because of the absence of the element of Palestinian statehood required by international law.”

“Our legal view on jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court regarding alleged crimes committed in the Palestine territories remains unchanged: the court has no jurisdiction because of the absence of the element of Palestinian statehood required by international law,” Maas said.

He added, “Our positions on #MEPP and the ICC in general remain unchanged, too: Since its foundation, German has been one of the ICC’s strongest supporters. We support the establishment of a future Palestinian state as part of a two state solution negotiated by Israelis and Palestinians.”

The foreign minister of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, also expressed opposition to the ICC ruling, saying “Palestine does not have criminal jurisdiction over Israeli citizens.”

“Similar to Israel, Hungary does not agree with this decision. During the legal procedure we already signaled that, according to our position, Palestine does not have criminal jurisdiction over Israeli citizens,” Szijjártó said.

“We have always supported Israel’s right to defend itself,” he said. “We believe that peace in the region can only be achieved through negotiations based on mutual respect.”

“The decision of the ICC does not take us closer to this,” Szijjártó added.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne also reaffirmed his country’s position that ICC should not get involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, expressing “deep concerns” about the ruling.

“Australia does not recognize a ‘State of Palestine,’ noting that matters relating to territory and borders can only be resolved through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians,” Payne said on Saturday.

“We made clear in our observations submitted to the Pre-Trial Chamber that Australia does not therefore recognize the right of any so-called ‘State of Palestine’ to accede to the Rome Statute. The [ICC] should not exercise jurisdiction in this matter.”

Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau also said his country “is firmly committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

“Canada strongly supports the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the important work that it does as a key pillar of the rules-based international order. Canada continues to respect the independence of its judges and of the ICC Prosecutor,” Garneau said.

“Canada is firmly committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We continue to support the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel. The creation of a Palestinian state can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties.

(Source / 11.02.2021)

Israeli settler kills Palestinian youth in West Bank

Several Israeli activists and rights groups have many times revealed that such crimes carried out by the settlers receive official, but hidden, supported by the Israeli government

Israeli occupation settler has run over and killed Palestinian youth near the roundabout of Kafl Haris in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, eyewitnesses said.

The Palestinian youth was identified by Palestinian sources as Azzam Amer from the village of Kafl Qalil in the same Palestinian city.

Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli occupation settler approached the Palestinian while he was standing at the side of the roundabout which is located near an illegal Israeli Jewish settlement.

According to the witnesses, the body of the Palestinian youth was taken to Salfit Hospital then to Rafedia Hospital in Nablus.

Israeli occupation Jewish settlers carry out many such attacks against Palestinians without being held accountable.

Several Israeli activists and rights groups have many times revealed that such crimes carried out by the settlers receive official, but hidden, supported by the Israeli government.

(Source / 11.02.2021)

Israeli occupation forces detain 19 Palestinians from the occupied territories

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Israeli forces Wednesday carried out large-scale detention raids across the West Bank, detaining 19 Palestinians, according to local and security sources.

Israeli forces rounded up eight Palestinians after ransacking their families’ homes in Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Read More: Israeli occupation forces detain 25 Palestinians from the occupied territories

During the raid-and-arrest campaign, the soldiers broke into people’s houses and assaulted family members before ransacking the houses.

Soldiers also detained two Palestinians from Jabal Johar neighborhood of Hebron.

Read More: The occupation forces detain 15 Palestinians from the West Bank

The occupation also raided Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, and detained one Palestinian In Ramallah district, the Israeli military stormed Deir Nidham village, northwest of the city, where soldiers rounded up two teenagers, both aged 18.

In Jenin, the occupation forces arrested four citizens, and they are: the two freed prisoners, Abd al-Basit al-Hajj, Abd al-Rahim Sami al-Hajj, Raiq Anis Shaaban (35 years), and Ahmad Rayq Shaba.

In Ramallah, the occupation forces arrested two citizens, namely: Nasser Saqr Al-Souti (18 years), and Muslim Dawood Yahya (18 years).

In Tubas, the occupation forces arrested, today, Thursday, Maram Daraghmeh, after they raided her home in the village of Ain al-Bayda in the northern Jordan Valley.

A 50-year-old man was also grabbed by undercover soldiers at a butchery in al-Khader town, south of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

(Source / 11.02.2021)