The occupation strikes a number of citizens during marches in separate areas of the West Bank

Today, Friday, a number of civilians were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets, live bullets, sponge bullets and tear gas canisters, during the occupation’s suppression of anti-settlement marches, which started in each of; Salfit, and in Beit Dajan, east of Salfit, and Deir Jarir, east of Ramallah, and Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilila.

The official news agency reported that a citizen was hit by a gas canister directly in the head, and dozens of people suffocated as a result of the occupation forces’ suppression of Friday prayers that were held over the lands threatened by the seizure of “Al- Marhat and Al-Ras “, west of Salfit.

The official news agency reported that the owners of the lands threatened by the occupation to seize them in favor of settlement, in the “Al-Marhat and Al-Ras” area, in addition to dozens of citizens participated in the Friday prayer, inviting the PLO factions, the municipality of Salfit, the governorate institutions, the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission, and the Popular Resistance Committees.

She explained that a citizen was hit with a tear gas canister directly in the head and was transferred to the Martyr Yasser Arafat Hospital in the city, in addition to the injury of dozens of suffocation.

It is noteworthy that more than 50 dunums are threatened with being seized by the occupation, west of Salfit, with the aim of establishing a new settlement outpost, and the occupation forces paved the way for the seizure by uprooting dozens of fruit trees several weeks ago at the site.

In the village of Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, two civilians were shot and dozens of people suffocated with tear gas, after the Israeli occupation forces suppressed an anti-settlement activity.

A member of the Popular Committee for Land Defense in the village of Beit Dajan Salim Abu Jaish said that the occupation forces attacked the participants in the peaceful event, which was launched from in front of the Great Mosque in the center of the village to the eastern region, which is threatened with seizure in favor of settlements.

He added that a young man was injured by live bullets, and another by rubber-coated metal bullets, both of which were in the Al-Qadam area, and were taken to the hospital, while dozens were suffocated with tear gas, indicating that the event came on the occasion of the anniversary of the re-establishment of the People’s Party.

He explained that the eastern region in the village is witnessing confrontations that are still continuing in three locations: Al-Thagah, Al-Khirba and Al-Masif.

It is noteworthy that the eastern region in the village of Beit Dajan has been witnessing continuous confrontations on Fridays for several months, and it is threatening to be seized by the occupation in favor of settlements.

In the village of Deir Jarir, east of Ramallah, a number of citizens were suffocated, as the Israeli occupation army suppressed, today, Friday, a march condemning the establishment of a new settlement outpost in the “Al-Shorfa” mountain area.

The official news agency reported that clashes broke out between the youths and the occupation soldiers in the Ras al-Qanater area near the village, during which the soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters, which resulted in a number of them suffocating .

A march was launched from the center of the village towards the Jabal Al-Shorfa area, denouncing the occupation’s intention to establish a new settlement outpost on large areas of the village’s lands.

It is noteworthy that a number of settlers, protected by the occupation army, set up a tent in the area about two months ago, began digging, and placed a water tank in the place.

This area has been targeted by settlers for years, as they graze their sheep on the village’s farms, which causes great losses to farmers.

In Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya, three young men were wounded with sponge bullets in clashes that erupted with the occupation soldiers, following the end of Friday prayers and the start of the weekly march towards the closed entrance since 2003.

And local sources reported to Al-Quds that the occupation soldiers brutally suppressed the participants and pursued them even inside the alleys of the village and fired tear gas canisters at homes, which led to mass suffocation, and they were treated on the ground.

The weekly march in Kafr Qaddum has been launched for ten years on Fridays and Saturdays, and it is brutally suppressed every time. The occupation refuses to respond to the people of the village by opening the closed entrance, depriving them of communication with the outside surroundings, isolating them completely, and forcing them to use a long road until leaving the village.

(Source / 14.02.2021)

The occupation forces a citizen to demolish a livestock pens east of Bethlehem

 The occupation authorities forced the citizen Suleiman Ahmed Al-Wahsh, from the village of Al-Fardis, east of Bethlehem, to demolish a livestock pen.

The Director of the Office of the Resistance to the Wall and Settlement in Bethlehem, Hassan Barijia, told our correspondent that the citizen Al-Wahsh demolished his 60-square-meter farm this Friday morning, after he had been notified four days before that it would be demolished, under the pretext of not having a permit given a one-week deadline. .

Al-Wahsh said: The farm where he used to raise 50 head of livestock was a source of livelihood for his family of 14.

(Source / 14.02.2021)

Jerusalem: Settlers storm Bab al-Rahma cemetery

Today, Saturday, a group of settlers stormed the Bab al-Rahma cemetery adjacent to the eastern wall of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to local sources, the settlers performed rituals near the Lions Gate after they stormed the Mercy Cemetery, violating the sanctity of graves, with the protection of Israeli police officers.

The Bab al-Rahma cemetery is one of the most famous cemeteries in occupied Jerusalem, and it extends from the Bab al-Asbat area to the end of the eastern Al-Aqsa Mosque wall, and reaches the Umayyad palaces south of the mosque.

(Source / 14.02.2021)

PSA condemns Facebook for blocking its page

Hafid al-Karmi

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Palestine Scholars Association (PSA) has strongly denounced Facebook for blocking its page, describing the measure as “serving the Zionist project.”

“The shutdown of the Palestine Scholars Association page is part of a systematic Facebook campaign targeting the Palestinian content. Such targeting only serves the Zionist project, which is based on aggression and occupation on the land of Palestine,” PSA spokesman Hafid al-Karmi said in press remarks.

Spokesman Karmi also described the blocking of the page as “an attempt to silence the voice of the truth, which is the most important pillars of the battle with the Zionists.”

(Source / 14.02.2021)

IOA forces Palestinian to raze cattle sheds in J’lem

Jerusalemite family threatened with displacement in Silwan

Demolition policy

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Saturday forced a Palestinian citizen to demolish cattle sheds and ordered a family to evacuate its home in Silwan district, east Jerusalem.

According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, the Israeli municipality forced Omar Siyam to raze his own cattle sheds in Silwan at the pretext of unlicensed construction.

A Jerusalemite family also received a notice from the municipality ordering it to evacuate its house in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan.

The IOA always threatens to make Palestinian homeowners incur exorbitant demolition expenses and fines if it comes to carry out the demolitions, forcing them to raze or remove their own homes.

The Jerusalemites have no choice but to build without licenses because there are no structural maps that respond to the natural increase in their numbers, and for that reason, they are denied house permits.

The IOA also imposes building restrictions on the Palestinian natives in Jerusalem and makes it hard for them to obtain construction licenses.

Israel’s systematic demolition of Palestinian homes in Occupied Jerusalem is believed to be aimed at psychologically destroying the Jerusalemite families in an attempt to force them to move from the holy city.

(Source / 14.02.2021)

Sawafta calls for supporting steadfastness of Jordan Valley residents

Jordan Valley

JORDAN VALLEY, (PIC) – Nader Sawafta, a senior Hamas leader, called on Sunday for supporting the steadfastness of the people in the northern Jordan Valley and fulfilling their requirements to confront the settlement plans of the Israeli occupation authority (IOA).

Sawafta addressed the citizens of Tubas and the northern Jordan Valley by stressing that over the past years, Tubas has suffered many difficulties and faced troubles without any significant assistance.

“It is time for us to move and to work on improving the situation in the province, fulfill the aspirations of its citizens and strengthen the steadfastness of our people in the northern valleys”, he added. 

In 2021, the IOA seized more than 11,000 dunums in the Palestinian Jordan Valley. Most of these lands are pastoral lands and they were seized in favor of the so-called nature reserves. This is one of the largest theft of Palestinian lands in the Jordan Valley.

Since its occupation of the West Bank back in 1967, Israel has sought to annex and Judaize the Palestinian Jordan Valley which is located over an enormous reservoir of water.

The Jordan Valley is the food basket of Palestine and it is the most affected area by the IOA annexation project, which envisages appropriating thousands of dunums of Palestinian agricultural land.

Several areas in the West Bank, especially in the Jordan Valley and villages adjacent to the settlements, are under constant attack by settlers with the aim of confiscating more lands, building settlement roads and displacing the Palestinian inhabitants.

(Source / 14.02.2021)

IOA seizes 19 dunums south of Qalqilya


QALQILYA, (PIC) – Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) seized on Sunday 19 dunums of the lands of Azzun Atma village, south of Qalqilya.

Muhammad Abu Al-Sheikh, the official in charge of the settlement file in Qalqilya, said that the IOA issued a military order to confiscate about 19 dunums to the west of the village to build 66 new settlement units for the Oranit settlement.

The IOA had confiscated over half of the Azzun town area which is estimated at 25,000 dunums. 

The town extends westward into the 1948 occupied lands, reaching an area called the Azzun Forest which the occupation called Raanana.

Azzun is considered a commercial center serving more than 30,000 inhabitants and residents of neighboring villages.

Azzun road serves as a transportation station for all people of the neighboring villages who travel on it. This extends the effects of the repeated attacks by the occupation to all residents of neighboring villages.

Three Jewish settlements were established on Azzun’s lands and the surrounding villages.

(Source / 14.02.2021)

IOF uproots trees in Ainoun, east of Tubas

Ainoun trees

TUBAS, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) uprooted forest trees in the Ainoun area, east of Tubas, on Sunday.

Moataz Basharat, the official in charge of the Jordan Valley file in Tubas, stated that the IOF soldiers raided the aforementioned area and proceeded to uproot the forest trees. 

These tress were recently planted by the Ministry of Agriculture instead of the ones that were removed by IOF last month, he added.

Last January, IOF uprooted about 10,000 forest trees in the Ainoun area, which were planted on an area of 200 dunums.

(Source /14.02.2021)

W. Bank workers injured by IOF in southern Tulkarem

West Bank

WEST BANK, (PIC) – Several Palestinian workmen reportedly suffered injuries on Sunday morning when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked and chased them as they tried to cross into Israel (the 1948 occupied lands) through holes in the security fence near Far’un town in southern Tulkarem.

According to eyewitnesses, one of the workmen suffered a serious injury in his knee from a dumdum bullet.

The IOF also chased the workmen after they entered through the holes, encircled them with patrol vehicles, teargased them and brutalized many of them in the area.

Meanwhile, the IOF prevented scores of West Bank workers from reaching their workplaces in Israel in the area of the northern crossing of Qalqilya near Hableh village.

(Source / 14.02.2021)

US State Department: Jerusalem subject to final status negotiations

The Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, 15 January 2021 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images]
The Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, 15 January 2021 

The US State Department announced on Thursday that Jerusalem is subject to final status negotiations.

This came in a press briefing by State Department spokesperson Ned Price, in which he conveyed: “The ultimate status of Jerusalem is, in fact, a final status negotiations issue. This has been a long-standing policy of the United States.”

Price also stressed that the resumption of US aid to the Palestinians: “Depends on Washington’s values and the US interests.”

He added: “We believe it is critical to refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tensions and undermine efforts to advance negotiations on the two-state solution, including the annexation of lands, settlement activity and demolishing property.”

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(Source / 14.02.2021)