Army Invades Palestinian Lands In Southern Gaza Strip

Several Israeli military vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded on Wednesday morning, Palestinian farmlands east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal regions, and bulldozed sections near the fence while firing live rounds and smoke bombs.

Media sources said at least three armored bulldozers, and four tanks, advanced dozens of meters into the Palestinian farmlands and started bulldozing them in addition to installing sand hills.

They added that the soldiers fired sporadic rounds of live ammunition and several smoke bombs during the invasion.

On Tuesday, the army invaded, and razed Palestinian lands located east of Gaza City in the northern besieged Gaza Strip.

On Monday, armored military vehicles stormed Palestinian agricultural lands east of Jabalia town, in the northern part of the Strip, and bulldozed sections near the fence, in addition to installing sand hills.

(Source / 18.02.2021)

Army Abducts Three Palestinians In Jerusalem, Tuesday

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday evening, three young Palestinian men, including one who was released from prison a day earlier, in the at-Tour town, in occupied Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers invaded the town, before stopping a car at the al-Badawi intersection, and abducted three Palestinians.

They said the soldiers abducted Ali Mheisin al-Kiswani, 22, who was just released from prison a day earlier, in addition to Adnan al-Hadra, 23, and Khalil Rabay’a, 22.

Also on Tuesday evening, the soldiers a Palestinian child, identified as Ali Orabi, 16, in the at-Tour town, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, and summoned a young man for interrogation.

On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted eighteen Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 18.02.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Young Men In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, a young Palestinian man after assaulting him, in Bab al-‘Amoud area, and in two Qalandia refugee camp, in occupied Jerusalem.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, before storming and searching homes.

They added that the soldiers abducted Mohammad Mustafa Abu Ramouz and Mohammad Maher Mteir from their homes, and took them to an unknown destination.

In addition, the soldiers assaulted a young Palestinian man, who remained unidentified at the time of this report, in the Bab al-Amoud area in Jerusalem, and abducted him, the Quds News Network has reported.

(Source / 18.02.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinian In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday night after midnight, two young Palestinian men in Shu’fat town, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.

Local sources said the two young men were walking near the main road of Shu’fat when the soldiers stopped them and took them to an interrogation facility in Neve Yaakov illegal colony.

They added that the abducted young men have been identified as Sami Abu Khdeir, 21, and Laith Abu Khdeir, 20.

On Wednesday evening, the soldiers abducted a young man after assaulting him, in Bab al-‘Amoud area, and in two Qalandia refugee camp, in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 18.02.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Farmlands In Central Gaza

On Wednesday morning, several Israeli military vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded Palestinian farmlands east of Deir al-Balah city, in central Gaza Strip, and bulldozed them in addition to installing sandhills.

Eyewitnesses said the army advanced dozens of meters into farmlands close to the fence, east of Wadi al-Salqa town, east of Deir al-Balah and bulldozed them.

The soldiers installed sandhills in areas close to the fence, and fired several smoke bombs, before withdrawing.

The army frequently invades Palestinian farmlands near the perimeter fence along the eastern border of the besieged Gaza Strip, in addition to repeatedly attacking farmers and workers, in addition to fishermen in Gaza territorial waters.

(Source / 18.02.2021)

Despite bad weather, outbreak of pandemic, ‘Israel’ continues to confiscate Palestinian tents

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that on 16 February, the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) confiscated five donor-funded livelihood tents in Hamsa al-Bqai’a, in the northern Jordan Valley, as the tents were being assembled to provide shelter to the community and their livestock.

Over the first weeks of February the community has had 62 structures demolished in three incidents, leaving 60 people, including 35 children, displaced, placing them now at imminent risk of forcible transfer.

On 12 February, Palestinians gathered at Hamsa al-Bqai’a to show solidarity with the community which eventually led to clashes with Israeli occupation forces, resulting in 30 teargas inhalation injuries which were treated on site, said OCHA.

“The community’s vulnerability is compounded by expected severe winter conditions and by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

It also said that the community’s main needs are for protection, adequate shelter and shelter for their livestock.

“Due to the heavy military presence and fear of further confiscation/ interception of aid, other partners have also chosen to deliver assistance in nearby communities, which Hamsa al-Bqai’a community members can access.”

Since the start of 2021, the Israeli authorities have demolished, seized or forced people to demolish at least 197 Palestinian- owned structures, including 77 donor-funded, displacing over 280 people, including some 150 children.

“This represents an over 200 per cent increase in structures targeted, and an over 500 per cent increase in donor-funded structures targeted, compared to the equivalent period in 2020,” it stated.

It added, “The humanitarian field team is continuing to assess the needs of the community.”

“However, to prevent further confiscations and place the community at greater risk, the support of the broader international community is critical, to ensure the Israeli authorities guarantee humanitarian access to provide assistance to people in need.”

(Source / 18.02.2021)

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon three times more likely to die with COVID-19

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are three times more likely to die with COVID-19 than the population as a whole, according to UN figures that highlight the pandemic’s outsized impact on the community, Reuters reported.

An estimated 207,000 Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon after being driven from their homes or fleeing the conflict surrounding Israel’s 1948 creation, the vast majority in cramped camps where social distancing is impossible.

In the year since Lebanon registered its first case, about 5,800 have been infected with the coronavirus and about 200 of them have died, said a spokeswoman for the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

That is three times the COVID-19 mortality rate for the country as a whole of just over 1%.

Most Palestinians who died after contracting the disease in Lebanon had health conditions such as cardiac or pulmonary issues, which are aggravated by poverty and conditions in the camps, said UNWRA spokeswoman Hoda Samra.

Cramped living conditions and the need to go out to work meant Palestinian refugees were more likely to be exposed to the virus, she added.

“Vulnerable communities tend to have poorer baseline health conditions, hence more co-morbidities, and chronic health conditions,” said Joelle Abi Rached, an associate researcher at Sciences Po University in Paris.

Lebanese authorities bar Palestinians from obtaining Lebanese nationality or working in many skilled professions, so the refugees largely make a living doing low-paid labour in construction and crafts, or as street vendors.

“The focus here is on the economic elements — people go out because they can’t afford to go stay home,” Samra told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

She said the total number of infections among Palestinians was likely higher given that only those suspected to have been exposed to confirmed COVID-19 cases were tested.

Lebanon, which kicked off its inoculation programme on Sunday, has said it will vaccinate Palestinian and Syrian refugees along with the rest of the population.

The total number of doses Lebanon has ordered so far would cover about half its population of more than six million, including at least a million Syrian refugees, who have also been hard hit by the pandemic.

Nine out of 10 were living in extreme poverty last year, according to the United Nations.

Lebanon has been hammered over the past year by an acute financial crisis and a massive explosion in the capital, as well as facing one of the region’s highest coronavirus infection rates.

But there are concerns about vaccine take-up. By Tuesday, only about 540,00 people had registered for vaccination, of whom about 6,200 were Palestinians and 5,300 were Syrians, according to government data.

“There is a lack of encouragement to take the vaccine that I think applies to many communities in Lebanon,” Samra said.

(Source / 18.02.2021)

Despite bad weather, ‘Israel’ razes lands in Gaza, floods them with rainwater

Gaza Strip(QNN)- The Israeli occupation today breached Gaza’s borders east of Deir al-Balah city in the central Gaza Strip and razed farmlands. Meanwhile, the occupation flooded farmlands east of Gaza City after it emptied basins collecting rainwater, reported WAFA.

WAFA said that four Israeli military bulldozers advanced several dozens of meters to the east of Wadi al-Salaqa town, south of Deir al-Balah, and leveled large tracts of farmland.

‘Israel’ often infiltrates Gaza borders and levels lands reaching some 300 meters inside the Gaza Strip while shooting at Palestinian farmers who attempt to reach their lands in what ‘Israel’ has declared as a buffer zone.

Meanwhile, farmers east of al-Zaytoun and al-Shajayeh neighborhoods of Gaza City said the Israelis opened basins collecting rainwater flooding as a result over 500 dunums of their lands.

They said serious damage was caused to their crops after their lands were flooded.

Palestinians complained that ‘Israel’ every year opens the basins during winter to empty them and allows the water to flood and destroy Palestinian land in the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 18.02.2021)

NGO accuses EU of funding campaign seeking to place IOF on UN’s ‘blacklist’

Palestinian and international NGOs – funded by European governments and working in tandem with UNICEF’s West Bank and Gaza branch, have launched a campaign seeking to place the Israeli occupation forces on UN’s blacklist for abusing Palestinian children, a recent report by NGO Monitor claimed on Thursday.

The NGO Monitor stated in the report that the core goal of the claimed campaign is to have the IOF included on a list of child rights abusers, published annually by the UN Secretary-General as an annex to the report on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC).

It warned that such a campaign can be used to “lobby the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis, employing terms such as “widespread and systematic abuse” to artificially echo the definition of crimes against humanity in the ICC’s Rome Statute.”

It added, “Similarly, NGOs pressure governments to enact sanctions against Israel. For instance, based on manufactured allegations, the “No Way to Treat a Child” advocacy project – spearheaded by the terror-linked Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P)1 and American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – led to the introduction of congressional legislation to curb US funding for Israel.”

In January 2018, NGO Monitor published “UNICEF and its NGO Working Group: Failing Children,” detailing joint NGO-UN efforts “to demonize Israel and blacklist the IDF,” as it said in the report.

It claimed that it noted that several of the NGOs in this “working group” promote BDS, and a number of members are closely linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

“Since then, these NGOs have continued their efforts under UN auspices and buoyed by substantial financial and project support from the EU and European countries,” it said.

The report said that UNICEF sought $3.35 million to fund its activities on the matter between 2018 and 2022. The funds were earmarked to engage “human rights mechanisms … to hold Israel accountable for its obligations under international law.”

Activities include “documenting and reporting on grave violations of child rights; building capacity of the government and civil society on data collection, reporting, analysis and advocacy related to rights and violations; and increasing the number of national, civil society and other organizations actively monitoring, advocating and mobilizing on human rights violations,” the findings show.

“At the same time, since 2018 alone, the EU has provided at least €3.2 million to projects that further the campaign, alongside at least $6.7 million from other European countries and UN frameworks,” it said.

However, the EU Delegation in ‘Israel’ issued a statement saying, “The EU is neither aware of nor takes part in any campaign aiming at adding an Israeli or Palestinian entity to the annex of the UN annual report on children and armed conflict.”

“Promotion and protection of the rights of the child is a priority of the EU’s human rights policy. The EU considers it of critical importance to address the issue of protection of children because children enjoy inalienable rights, as set out in the universally applicable UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, its Optional Protocols and other international and regional human rights instruments.”

The EU, the statement continued, “Will continue to support civil society organizations which play an indispensable role in any democratic society, in fostering pluralism and democratic values as well as in promoting good governance, human rights and rule of law, both in the EU and across the world.”

“The content of documents produced by Save the Children with the financial assistance of the European Union are the sole responsibility of Save the Children and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.”

(Source / 18.02.2021)

Judicial decision to release suspects in Israa Ghrayeb’s murder

Israa Ghrayeb (21 years old) was beaten to death by members of her family in August 22, 2019

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- Bethlehem’s Court of First Instance on Wednesday decided to release three suspects accused of allegedly torturing and murdering the 21-year-old make-up artist Israa Ghrayeb.

The lawyer of the suspects Khaled Amr said the court decided to release the suspects on a 10,000 JDs bail for each of them. The court session will also continue to be held.

Three members of Israa’s family had been detained for beating the 21-year-old lady to death.

The Palestinian Attorney General Akram al-Khatib had announced at the time that “Israa’ was beaten and had suffered from domestic violence, but unfortunately she didn’t talk about it”.

He added that she was subjected to physical and psychological torture, as well as, charlatanism, which caused her death.

(Source / 18.02.2021)