On Sunday and Monday, Israeli soldiers forced Palestinian families from the occupied capital, Jerusalem, to demolish their homes and sheds, under the pretext of being built without permits.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the Israeli authorities issued, over the past few days, many demolition orders targeting homes and structures, owned by members of the families of Awadallah, Siyam and Nimir.
Silwanic added that the families had to demolish their owned properties to avoid the excessively high fines and fees that they would pay in addition to the demolition costs if the city council carried the demolitions out using its own workers and vehicles.
Resident Jihad Awadallah said that his family had to demolish its two-story home, which was built twenty years ago, in Shu’fat town, northeast of Jerusalem.
Jihad added that his family tried to obtain all needed permits, and already paid high costs and fees; however, the city instead issued another 120.000 Shekels fine.
Jihad also said that the property was 120 square/meters, adding that his brother lived in one floor of the building, but now the family had to rent an apartment to shelter themselves.
In addition, the army forced Nimir Nimer to demolish his son’s 90 square/feet flat in Sur Baher, southeast of Jerusalem.
Nimir said the flat was built five years ago, adding that the family was still finalizing its construction due to financial issues, but the City Council decided to level it and informed the family that they have to destroy their property or face the high fines and fees.
Furthermore, resident Omar Siyam was forced to demolish a barn he owns in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, Palestinian communities, and towns, in occupied Jerusalem, and various areas in the occupied West Bank, continue to be denied the right to build homes and property.
Canada is purchasing a “civilian” version of the Hermes 900 drone made by Israel’s largest privately-owned arms company, Elbit Systems, Electronic Intifada reported.
The deal which was announced in December by Canada’s transport ministry is worth $28 million.
As Israeli media reported, the Hermes 900 was first “tested” by ‘Israel’ during its 2014 war on Gaza, when it killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including 550 children, in attacks that frequently obliterated entire families.
“The air force used the Hermes 900 in Gaza in the final days of Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, even though it was still in the initial stages of being adopted by the IDF,” said the Globes, Israel Business News.
Aa a major weapons supplier to the Israeli military, Elbit was deeply involved in, and reaped huge profits from, that attack on Gaza.
Canada is greenwashing the purchase from Elbit by claiming the drones will be used for surveillance of the Arctic region, including “to detect oil spills, survey ice and marine habitats.”
The Trudeau government claims that this purchase will help “to keep our waters clean and safe.”
In fact, what it will do is put money into the hands of Israel’s blood-soaked arms industry, effectively rewarding it for perpetrating war crimes whose investigation and prosecution Trudeau opposes.
Canada opposed 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, saying it “does not recognize a Palestinian state.”
“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,” Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said.
“Until such negotiations succeed, Canada’s longstanding position remains that it does not recognize a Palestinian state and therefore does not recognize its accession to international treaties, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Canada has communicated this position to the Court on various occasions.”
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While the Trudeau government claims to be a global champion of human rights, it has massively expanded its arms trade with Saudi Arabia, despite that country’s brutal war on Yemen.
Last month, activists protested the Trudeau policy by blocking the entrance of a Hamilton, Ontario, factory that ships weapons to the Saudis.
Israeli occupation authorities have released today a Palestinian prisoner who was diagnosed with leukemia and reported to be in critical condition after serving 20-year sentence, according to the Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Detainees.
The spokesman for the Commission Hassan Abed Rabbo told WAFA that Hussein Masalmeh, 39 years old, from the town of al-Khader, near Bethlehem, was uncuffed and left in his hospital bed as the Israeli prison guards watching him has also left the hospital.
Masalmeh was recently moved from prison to an Israeli hospital following serious deterioration on his health.
The Israeli occupation authorities yesterday issued an order to free Masalmeh, who is believed to have only a few days to live following serious deterioration of his health after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Masalmeh was arrested in 2002 for resisting the occupation and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Abed Rabbo said Masalmeh remains in very serious condition and is being kept in intensive care at the Israeli hospital in a semi-coma condition with severe pain all over his body.
The Commission is considering moving him to a Palestinian hospital so that his family can be with him, he said.
According to the Palestinian statics, 4500 Palestinians have been imprisoned in Israeli jails, among them 37 women, 140 children and 45 held in administrative detention.
Israeli occupation detained 456 Palestinians during this January, including 93 minors and 8 women.
Days of Palestine – West Bank – A group of Israeli settlers today, Sunday, set up a tent near the town of Kafr Qalil, south of Nablus, while the Israeli occupation forces uprooted trees and confiscated a vehicle for a citizen in the northern Jordan Valley.
Local sources reported that settlers have set up a settlement tent on the lands belong to Palestinians of the town of Kafr Qalil in Nablus Governorate.
This settlement was initially established as a military outpost (Nahal) in 1982, after that, it turned into a permanent settlement in 1983, and is located on parts of Mount Gerizim, specifically on the lands of the villages: Kafr Qalil, Burin, and Iraq Burin.
In another context, the Israeli occupation forces confiscated a Peugeot Partner car of Mohammed Satti Daraghmeh in the Jordan Valley.
Human rights sources indicated that the confiscation of the vehicle took place in conjunction with the bulldozers of the occupation uprooting trees in Khirbet Ainoun in the northern Jordan Valley.
The Jordan Valley is the food basket of Palestine, and it is the area most affected by the annexation project which occupied tens of thousands of dunams of agricultural land.
Several areas in the West Bank, especially in the Jordan Valley and villages adjacent to the settlements, are under constant attack with the aim of confiscating more lands, building a settlement road, and displacing the population.
Days of Palestine – West Bank – The agricultural committees of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees monitored the uprooting of 15,315 trees by the occupation forces and settlers during the month of January, which varied between olive, nuts and forest trees in different areas of the West Bank, in addition to the razing and approving the confiscation of about a thousand dunams.
The committees explained in their monthly report, according to what came together, that the Israeli occupation forces had suppressed demonstrations against the confiscation of land and settlement expansion in different areas of the West Bank governorates, which resulted in dozens of injuries with rubber-coated metal bullets in addition to cases of suffocation.
The committees added that at the beginning of the year there were 7 attacks by settlers against farmers and shepherds, such as assaulting them while plowing their lands and attacking shepherds in Kfar Malik, Yatta and other areas, in addition to flooding agricultural land with wastewater in Bethlehem Governorate, and burying dozens of trees in the governorate of Salfit after adding tons of rubbish on it.
On the other hand, the Israeli occupation forces demolished retaining walls and 6 fences, in addition to demolishing a well to collect water, dismantling a plastic house, tents and barns belonging to five families in the Jordan Valley.
They also confiscated 4 water tanks, agricultural equipment and two agricultural jars.
In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli occupation forces carried out 25 violations, including shooting attacks against agricultural lands, and chasing and shooting at fishermen’s boats.
It is noteworthy that the Union of Agricultural Work Committees issues a monthly report documenting the attacks of the Israeli occupation army and settlers on the agricultural sector in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, through its agricultural committees spread across the governorates.
Days of Palestine – Gaza – Israeli military bulldozers on Monday morning carried out a small-scale incursion into the east of Jabalia town in the north of the besieged Gaza Strip.
According to local sources, three bulldozers and three tanks breached the borders and trampled on agricultural land and farms dozens of meters inside the borders, destroying land and building dirt mounds while shooting in the air and firing smoke canisters to obscure the raid.