Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, the ar-Ram town, north of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, and abducted three Palestinians, including a wounded teen.
Eyewitnesses said the soldiers, accompanied by military dogs, stormed and searched several homes in the town, causing excessive damage, and interrogated many Palestinians before abducting three.
They added that the soldiers abducted Saif al-Qawasmi, Zoheir Issa Hittawi, and Wisam Raed Hittawi, 19.
It is worth mentioning that Wisam is still suffering the aftermath of a previous injury he sustained to his eye with the soldiers shot him with a rubber-coated steel bullet.
In related news, the soldiers abducted nine Palestinians, including three children, from the West Bank governorates of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jenin, and Nablus, after the army invaded and ransacked many homes, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
On Monday morning, several armored Israeli military vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded Palestinian agricultural lands east of Jabalia town, in the northern part of the besieged Gaza Strip, and bulldozed sections near the fence, in addition to installing sand hills.
Update: The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that Israel released an ailing detainee who was diagnosed with cancer after he spent 19 years of his 20-year prison term.
The released detainee, Hussein Masalma, was instantly moved to Soroka Israeli medical center due to the seriousness of his condition.
He might be later moved to a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank.
Updated From: Israel To Release Ailing Detainee Who Served 19 Of His 20-Year Feb 15, 2021 at 09:04
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the Israeli authorities have officially approved the release of a detainee who was recently diagnosed with cancer, after he spent 19 years of his 20-year prison term.
The PPS said the detainee Hussein Masalma, from Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, will either be sent back to his family to receive treatment at a Palestinian hospital, or continue treatment at an Israeli hospital, depending on his condition.
It added that Masalma constantly complained of bad health and pain, but the Israeli authorities deprived him of the needed medical attention and checkups until he was eventually moved to an Israeli hospital in January, where he was diagnosed with an advanced stage of Leukemia.
It is worth mentioning that Masalma was abducted by the soldiers in the year 2002, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
In January of this year, the Israeli authorities denied an appeal for his release before the central court validated the decision despite his critical health condition.
Israeli occupation forces detained 15 Palestinians, mostly in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank on Monday.
Security sources said that Israeli forces rounded up a Palestinian after ransacking and searching his house in Qaddura refugee camp, outside the city of Ramallah.
They also detained another after breaking into his house in Dura al-Qar‘ village, north of the city of Ramallah.
The forces also detained three others from Silwad town, northeast of the city of Ramallah.
In the northern West Bank, four Palestinians were detained in multiple raids across Nablus district.
They said that Israeli forces rounded up Yasser Masnour, a 55-year-old former lawmaker, from his house in Rafidya neighborhood, west of Nablus city.
In the Nablus city neighborhood of al-Makhfiya, the forces also rounded up a resident.
The two other detainees were identified as a resident of Salem village, east of the city, and a resident of Rujeib town, southeast of the city.
In Jenin district, Israeli forces raid the Barta‘a town, southwest of the city, where they broke into and searched two houses, including the house of the mayor, Ghassan Qabaha, turning them upside down.
Forces eventually detained a Palestinian, identified as a resident of the Gaza Strip, during the raid.
In the southern West Bank, Israeli military vehicles stormed the southern part of Hebron city, where the forces rounded up three Palestinians, including a 52-year-old man together with his teenage son.
In Jerusalem district, Israeli forces arrived at Sur Baher neighborhood, southeast of Jerusalem, where they rounded up a Palestinian after searching his house.
Israeli occupation forces also detained a resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur.
On Monday late night, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian from the vicinity of Jaffa Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.
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.
The International Criminal Court(ICC) released a fact sheet on Monday on the recent ruling that it has jurisdiction to open a criminal investigation into Israeli “war crimes” in occupied Palestinian territories, rejecting the claim by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu that the decision proved that the court was politicly motivated. Int’l Criminal Court@IntlCrimCourt·Situation in #Palestine: What was decided by the #ICC judges on 05/02? What are the next steps? These and more questions answered in a Q&A on the latest decision on the Court’s territorial jurisdiction over Palestine
Recently, 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.
In one section, answering the direct question of whether the decision was political, the document states, “No. The issues raised by the Prosecutor in its Request clearly raised legal questions on the Court’s jurisdiction which required a legal answer by the Chamber.”
The document also answers the question if this decision can be subjected to appeal.
“Yes, it can be appealed by the party who sought the ruling, that is the Prosecutor,” it states.
“It is possible to appeal decisions of this kind—which were rendered under article 19(3) of the Statute— by a “party” if the conditions in article 82(1)(a) of the Statute are met. This should be done not later than five days from the date upon which the party filing the appeal is notified of the decision.”
Answering the question of can the ICC subject states to its jurisdiction while they are not state parties, the document states, “No. The ICC can only investigate and prosecute individuals, not States. Furthermore, States that are not parties to the Rome Statute have no obligations toward the ICC under that treaty.”
“Nevertheless, individual nationals of such States may be subject to the Court’s jurisdiction under certain circumstances. This is entirely different from the question whether a State has obligations under a treaty.”
Regarding the comments of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other states, the Court states that it is an “independent and impartial judicial institution crucial for ensuring accountability for the gravest crimes under international law.”
“The Court acts strictly within the legal framework and the jurisdictional competence bestowed upon it by the Rome Statute. The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its independent work, in accordance with its mandate and the overarching principle of the rule of law.”
Israeli PM Netanyahu condemned the ICC decision, “Today the ICC proved once again that it is a political body and not a judicial institution.”
“The ICC ignores the real war crimes and instead pursues the State of Israel, a state with a strong democratic government that sanctifies the rule of law, and is not a member of the ICC,” he added.
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan also called the move a “distorted and anti-Semitic decision.”
Also, several countries, including the US, Germany, Hungary, Canada, Australia, and the Czech Republic have expressed opposition to the ICC ruling.
Palestine has asked the court to look into Israeli war crimes during its 2014 war against the Gaza Strip, when the Israelis killed 2147 Palestinians including women and children, and wounded 10870 others, as well as Israel’s construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.
RAMALLAH (QNN)- Israeli settlers on Tuesday attacked Palestinian workers’ vehicles near the “Shilo” settlement that is built on the lands of Turmus Ayya village, northeast of the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
The settlers hurled stones at the Palestinian workers’ vehicles, breaking their windshields, and punctured their tires.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the occupied West Bank.
There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Jenin (QNN)- The Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners said that Nooriddin Bitawi got out of the ICU in Al Affooleh hospital, where he has been held in a critical condition after being shot by Israeli soldiers during his arrest.
The committee added that Bitawwi has a “high degree of disability”, and that he underwent a bowel resections surgery.
It also added in a statement that the Israeli court decided to extend the arrest of Bitai for four days although his lawyer demanded to release him due to his dangerous condition.
The Israeli army had arrested Bitawi after shooting him with live bullets in his abdomen at his house in Jenin.
Days of Palestine – Gaza – In a press release Tuesday, Hamas Movement said that the Israeli occupation prevention of the entry o the coronavirus vaccine to the Gaza Strip is a new crime against humanity.
Hamas spokesman, Abd al-Latif al-Qanoo’, said that the Israeli occupation prevented the entry of the coronavirus vaccine to our people in the Gaza Strip is a form of aggression against the Palestinian people.
He added that our people have the right to receive and enter everything necessary to confront the coronavirus pandemic.
Al-Qanoo’ stressed that this racist behavior contradicts all international laws and norms, which requires international and human rights institutions to exercise their role to put pressure on the Israeli occupation.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the Israeli occupation authorities banned the entry of the coronavirus vaccine into the Gaza Strip, which will increase the number of deaths and the spread of the epidemic.
The Ministry calls on the international authorities to intervene to expedite the entry of the vaccine to spare the Gaza Strip any health disasters in light of expectations of the second wave of coronavirus infections.
Days of Palestine – Gaza – The Israeli occupation forces today infiltrated Gaza’s border, east of Gaza city, and razed farmlands, according to local sources.
It is reported that four Israeli tanks and three bulldozers entered several dozens of meters into Gaza’s eastern frontier, east of Gaza city, leveled large tracts of farmland, erected earth mounds in the area as they intermittently opened gunfire.