IOF maintains closure of main entrance to Tuqu village for 5th day

Tuku village

BETHLEHEM, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday maintained the closure of the northern entrance to Tuqu village, in southeastern Bethlehem, for the fifth consecutive day.

Local sources reported that the IOF prevented residents from entering or leaving the town after closing the iron gate.

During the last two weeks, the townspeople responded to settlers’ attempts to storm the archaeological area in the village, which led to the outbreak of confrontations between Palestinian youths and the IOF soldiers.

On February 9, 2021, one of the IOF soldiers was injured after being thrown with stones during clashes in the town. The soldier was hit by a stone that injured his foot.

Tuqu is subjected to constant attacks by IOF and settlers, as the occupation opened in 1979 a road in the lands of local citizens to connect the neighboring settlements and outposts.

IOF confiscated dozens of agricultural and pastoral dunums by military decisions of the so-called Civil Administration and the occupation army.

Tuqu is surrounded by five settlements, three of them at the northeastern side of the town and two settlements at the southern side of the town.

(Source / 20.02.2021)

Israeli Troops Attack Non-Violent Palestinian Rallies in Kufur Qaddoum, Beit Dajan

Israeli forces attacked the weekly non-violent protest marches and rallies in several parts of the West Bank Friday, injuring three Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

In Kufur Qaddoum, in the northern West Bank, two Palestinian protesters were taken to the hospital with severe injuries after being hit in the head and back, respectively, with rubber-coated steel bullets. Another protester was hit with a sponge grenade and was treated on the scene.

According to Morad Shtewi, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Kufur Qaddoum, Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated rounds, sponge grenades and teargas at the protesters. In addition to the three who suffered from direct hits by the less-lethal ammunition, dozens of villagers suffered from the effects of tear gas inhalation and were treated at the scene by local medics.

In Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus in the northern West Bank, Israeli forces invaded the area and violently dispersed hundreds of participants in a peaceful rally calling for an end to the Israeli confiscation of Palestinian-owned village land.

According to the Palestinian Wafa news agency, Israeli forces have displaced numerous Palestinian residents east of the village to make room for the construction of a new Israeli colonial settlement outpost.

During the demonstration, local sources reported that soldiers opened fire toward the participants, hitting one with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the foot.

Beit Dajan has become a scene for weekly protests against the Israeli authorities’ expansion of colonial settlements onto Palestinian-owned land.

In Kufur Qaddoum, the residents have held weekly protests for over a decade, demanding the return of their land stolen by the Israeli authorities to construct illegal colonial settlements and the Annexation Wall.

(Source / 20.02.2021)

Soldiers Fire Live Rounds At Farmers In Southern Gaza

Gaza Farmers (image from ISM)

Israeli soldiers fired, on Saturday morning, several rounds of live ammunition at farmers on their lands east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers, stationed across the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis, fired several live rounds at the farmers while working on their lands, forcing them to leave in fear of further violations.

They added that the soldiers also fired live rounds at a sanitation truck east of Khan Younis.

The attacks are part of ongoing Israeli violations against Palestinian farmersshepherds, and workers in areas near the fence across the eastern parts of the coastal region, and the fishermen in Palestinian territorial waters, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities.

(Source / 20.02.2021)

Illegal Israeli Colonists Attack A Palestinian, Steal Thousands Of Shekels

Israeli colonialist settlers, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, attacked late on Thursday at night, a man from Husan village, west of Bethlehem, and stole thousands of Shekels, he carried on him.

Mohammad Sabateen, the head of Husan Village Council, told the WAFA Palestinian News Agency that three colonists assaulted Nader Mustafa Sabateen, 55, and tried to tie him up, apparently to abduct him.

He added that the colonists repeatedly assaulted the man before stealing about 25.000 Shekels he carried on him, and fled the scene when they saw many Palestinians rushing to his aid.

(Source / 20.02.2021)

Israeli Colonists Invade Archaeological Site Near Nablus

On Friday, a large group of Israeli colonists, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands invaded Khan al-Lubban archeological site, south of Nablus city, in northern West Bank.

Media sources said the colonists invaded Khan al-Lubban archeological site, south of the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of Nablus.

They added that Israeli occupation soldiers accompanied the colonists during the invasion and prevented the Palestinians from entering the area.

It is worth mentioning that Khan al-Lubban is an archaeological site near the main Nablus-Ramallah road, and has been subject to escalating violations, especially over the past two months.

The colonists are not only trying to occupy the site, and establish an outpost, but are also trying to control its water spring.

(Source / 20.02.2021)

After over 18 years of waiting, Khatib’s family welcomes him dead

Bethlehem (QNN)- Hundreds of citizens took part in the funeral of Dawud Khatib in Bethlehem today.

The participants called for retaliation from the occupation state and releasing prisoners, who suffer from the Israeli policies of medical negligence and medical murder.

Khatib passed away due to a heart attack while he was in Ofer prison last September.

He was serving a jail sentence of 18 years and a half, which were supposed to end only few months after he died.

The Israeli authorities held the body of Khatib for five months before they handed it over yesterday.

The occupation state had arrested Khatib in April 2001 after surrounding his house in Bethlehem over his activity during the Intifada. His family has been waiting ever since for his release, however, they did not expect that he will get his freedom only after his death.

(Source / 20.02.2021)

In two weeks only, ‘Israel’ demolished or seized 89 Palestinian-owned structures, displacing 146 people, including 83 children

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory said 89 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized by the Israeli occupation, displacing 146 people, of whom 83 were children, and otherwise affecting at least 330.

In its two-week period report covering between 2 and 15 February, OCHA said that on 3 and 8 February, the Israeli occupation demolished 37 structures, most of which were donated, in Hamsa al-Bqaia in the northern Jordan Valley.

Sixty people, including 35 children, were displaced on each occasion.

On 16 February, Israeli forces confiscated five donor-funded livelihood tents.

The community, most of which is located in an area designated for Israeli military training, has been subject to multiple mass demolitions in recent months.

A UN statement issued on 5 February warned that pressure on the community to move raises a real risk of forcible transfer.

In the south of the occupied West Bank, south of Hebron, seven structures, including mobile latrines, were seized in the communities of al Rakeez, Umm al-Kheir and Khirbet at Tawamin, affecting the living conditions and livelihoods of 80 people.

The livelihoods of about 70 people were affected as a result of the demolition of 13 beverage stalls in al Jalama near Jenin in the north of the West Bank.

In addition, the Israeli occupation demolished, on punitive basis, a home in Tura al Gharbiya village near Jenin, displacing 11 people, including four children. The house belonged to the family of a Palestinian who was indicted for killing an Israeli settler in December.

Seven structures were also demolished in East Jerusalem, including four by their owners who wished to avoid fines; a family of four was displaced.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation injured four Palestinians, including a child, and damaged Palestinian-owned properties, including trees, during the reporting period, said the OCHA report.

Since the start of 2021, the Israeli occupation have demolished, seized or forced people to demolish at least 199 Palestinian-owned structures, including 77 donor-funded, displacing 285 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, said the OCHA report.

(Source / 20.02.2021)

Israel returns body of Palestine detainee

The Palestinian detaineen, Daoud al-Khatib, died from deliberate medical negligence after suffering heart attack in Israeli jail

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The body of Palestinian detainee, Daoud Al-Khatib, was received on Fridays’ evening at the Mazmoreia military checkpoint in Bethlehem after being detained for nearly six months at a mortuary. 

Al-Khatib,45 years old, died in Israel’s Ofer jail, on Sept. 2, 2020, months before he was set to complete an 18-year sentence.

He suffered a heart attack in 2017 and underwent open-heart surgery. His situation worsened as a result of deliberate medical negligence by Israeli occupation authorities until his death.

Al-Khatib lost his parents while he was in jail.

Ceremonies will begin Saturday at the Church of the Nativity square with a military funeral.
Seven hundred Palestinian inmates are patients, 300 of which are suffering chronic diseases and facing medical neglect and repression.

There are 226 Palestinian detainees who have died in Israeli jails, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Society, a group that advocates for detainees and their families.

Eight Palestinians, including two Gazans, have died inside Israeli jails and their bodies are still holding in Israeli jails. 

Among them is Anees Doleh, who died of a heart attack in the Ashkelon jail during a hunger strike in 1980.

Israel is holding the bodies of 235 Palestinian martyrs. 

(Source / 20.02.2021)

Israel attacks Friday marches in West Bank

IOF quelled the weekly Kafr Qaddum march against settlements and against the closure of the village’s main street

Three Palestinians were wounded on Friday during confrontations with the Israeli occupation forces in Khan al-Laban al-Sharqiya, Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, and Kafr Qaddum in Qalqilya.

Local sources said that IOF soldiers attacked a peaceful march rejecting the establishment of a settlement outpost in the lands of Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus.

Eyewitness said that the IOF soldiers attacked citizens while they were in Khan al-Laban to perform Friday prayer. The soldiers beat one citizen with rifle butts.

Meanwhile, IOF quelled the weekly Kafr Qaddum march against settlements and against the closure of the village’s main street, which has been closed for more than 18 years.

Murad Shteiwi, the coordinator of the popular resistance in Kafr Qaddum, said that confrontations broke out and the IOF soldiers fired rubber-coated metal and sponge bullets and tear gas canisters at the participants. 

A young man was wounded with a sponge bullet in his foot while dozens suffered breathing problems.

The Palestinian youths responded to the IOF attack by throwing stones at the soldiers and throwing back the tear gas canisters.

Every Friday and Saturday, marches are launched denouncing settlement activity in different areas of the West Bank. The participants perform Friday prayer on lands threatened with confiscation and clashes erupt during the IOF quelling of these marches.

(Source / 20.02.2021)

Around 100,000 Palestinian workers benefit from Israel’s lifting of ban on their daily travel to work in Israel

Palestinian and Israeli health ministries allows the Palestinian workers to get vaccinated at the crossings

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Some 94,000 Palestinian workers in Israel will resume as of tomorrow daily travel to their workplaces inside Israel after the latter has ended the ban on the daily movement of the Palestinian workers imposed almost a year ago to combat the coronavirus pandemic, today said Shaher Saad, head of the General Federation of Palestinian Workers’ Unions.

The Israeli government said yesterday it will allow the Palestinian workers to return to work in Israel through the dozens of crossings along with the West Bank on a daily basis and that the workers will no longer be required to stay at their workplaces for long periods, but rather to return to their homes in the occupied West Bank at the end of their workday and come back to work the next morning through the official Israeli-army run crossings.

Saad told WAFA in a telephone interview that the Israeli corona lockdown has affected the daily livelihood of 75 percent of the Palestinian workers in Israel, who were not allowed to travel back and forth from their homes to the workplaces and told that they have to stay at the workplace for a long period of time if they want to work in Israel.

This policy has changed now, he said, with Israel allowing the workers to reach their workplaces on a daily basis and through the official crossings rather than the unofficial openings and holes in the separation barrier that runs along the West Bank lines with Israel, which posed a grave risk to the life of the workers who were shot at by the soldiers and either killed or injured or pursued, detained and beaten.

Saad also said that yesterday’s agreement between the Palestinian and Israeli health ministries allows the Palestinian workers to get vaccinated at the crossings.

The agreement says Israel would vaccinate 100,000 Palestinian workers who commute to Israel for work every day with the Moderna vaccine.

Saad said the vaccination would take place at the crossings without specifying a date for this but said that he expects it to kick off in the coming days once the vaccines are made available for the Palestinian medics who would assume this mission.

(Source / 20.02.2021)