Palestinian Forced To Demolish His Home In Silwan

A Palestinian man was forced to demolish his own home, Monday, in Wad Qaddoum neighborhood in Silwan town, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, after the Israeli City Council issued a destruction order against his property and threatened to impose high fines and fees.

The Palestinian, Nidal Mohammad Salayma, told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers and personnel of the City Council stormed his property and told him that they are here to demolish the home.

Salayma added that he started the demolition of their own home to avoid receiving the excessively over-exaggerated bills and fees from the City Council if it destroys the property using its workers and equipment.

The family built its home in the year 2019, to house its five members, including three children between the ages of 18 months and seven years, and has since been trying to obtain all needed construction permits.

In related news, the soldiers demolished, Monday, the home of a wheelchair-bound Palestinian man and his family in the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem.

(Source / 02.03.2021)

Israeli Colonist Rams And Kills Palestinian Sheep In Northern Plains

An Israeli colonialist settler, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, rammed and killed several sheep owned by a Palestinian shepherd in Abu al-Qandoul area, in the northern area of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, before the Israeli police arrived at the scene and ordered the Palestinian to pay compensation.

Palestinian nonviolent activist Aref Daraghma said the shepherd was herding his sheep and had to cross the road to reach to a grazing area.

Daraghma added that the shepherd decided to cross the road with his sheep when the road was clear as no cars were close, especially since the herd could be seen from a distance and that the driver of the car could have stopped before approaching them.

He stated that an Israeli colonist came speeding from a distance, and rammed the sheep, killing four and injuring many others.

The Israeli police arrived at the scene, and ordered the Palestinian shepherd to pay compensation for the colonist for “damages to his car.”

In related news, Israeli soldiers confiscated a Palestinian bulldozer working on lands owned by the villagers of Birin village, southeast of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

The bulldozer is owned by Ibrahim Daoud, and was working on privately-owned Palestinian lands near an illegally Israeli colony.

(Source / 02.03.2021)

WAFA: “Father and son, siblings among almost 20 Palestinians detained by Israel”

(WAFA) – The Israeli occupation authorities detained at least 20 Palestinians, including a father and his son, and siblings, in raids at their homes throughout the occupied territories, according to various Palestinian sources.

They said soldiers detained at least seven Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and surrounding areas, including two brothers from the town of Hizma, northeast of Jerusalem, and a 15-year-old boy from Isawiyya neighborhood of Jerusalem.

In the Hebron district in the south of the West Bank, soldiers detained a father and his son in the village of Beit Kahil, northwest of Hebron, after raiding and ransacking their home.

At least seven Palestinians were detained from various villages and towns in the Hebron district.

In the north of the West Bank, soldiers raided various areas in the Jenin district and detained at least five people, including two siblings aged 17 and 20, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society office in Jenin.

Furthermore, on Monday evening, undercover Israeli forces kidnapped three Palestinians from Abu Dis town, south of Jerusalem city, according to a local source.

Mohammad Hijazi told WAFA that an undercover unit, known as Mista’arvim, sneaked their way into the vicinity of the section of Israel’s apartheid wall in the town, and kidnapped the three youths, including two brothers.

(Source / 02.03.2021)

Euro-Med Monitor welcomes MEPs’ letter against Israel’s ‘de facto annexation’

Geneva – The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro Med Monitor) welcomed today a letter signed by some 450 European parliamentarians addressed to European Union (EU) foreign ministers calling for pressuring Israel to stop the “de facto annexation” of the West Bank.

The European parliamentarians’ letter is consistent with international law regarding the prohibition of any annexation of occupied lands by the occupying state, including the violations that this entails from the forced displacement of the civilian population.

Signatories to the letter include MPs from 22 European countries, in addition to members of the European Parliament. The vast majority are affiliated with parties on the center-left, such as the Social Democrats and the Greens.

The letter stated that Israeli policies in the West Bank are eliminating the possibility of a two-state solution and entrenching a one-state reality of unequal rights and perpetual conflict. It called on the EU to take advantage of the change in the American administration “as a much-needed opportunity to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with renewed effort”.

“This European parliamentarians’ wide-scale stance requires a translation on the ground by reviewing European partnership and cooperation agreements with Israel,” said Chairman of Euro-Med Rights Monitor, Ramy Abdu.

“Israel’s plans to effectively annex parts of the West Bank, in addition to violating international laws and demonstrating more blatant disregard for them, will lead to an exacerbation of decades of human rights violations against Palestinians.”

The developments on the ground clearly indicate the rapid actual annexation, especially through the accelerated settlement expansion and the demolition of Palestinian buildings.

The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is considered an occupied territory under international law, which makes all Israeli settlements there, and the areas planned to annex, illegal.

In July 2020, 1,080 members of the National Societies and the European Parliament signed a joint letter, denouncing the Israeli annexation plan for parts of the West Bank, and urging EU leaders to stop the proposed plan and preserve the prospects for a two-state solution.

A tougher European stance is needed against the actual Israeli annexation of Palestinian lands, based on the fact that seizing lands by force is a war crime and would deal a severe blow to the international system calling for a two-state solution to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) should promptly open an official investigation into the Israeli violations in the Palestinian territories, especially with regard to the demolition of homes and the confiscation of Palestinian lands. These violations have devastating effects and consequences on the lives of the Palestinian citizens, their economy, and the future of their children that constitute crimes against humanity for which international law is held accountable.

(Source / 02.03.2021)

UAWC: ‘Israel’ uprooted 130 trees in February only

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) said that the Israeli army and settlers uprooted 130 trees in the West Bank in February this year.

The union said in a report that Israeli settlers carried out attacks on farmers and shepherds. Illegal settlers attacked shepherds in Yatta, while another group of setters started building a settlement outpost in the Eastern Badia of Bethlehem, where they have already confiscated 800 dunums.

Israeli settlers also uprooted 30 fruitful olive and citrus trees in Bruqin, Salfit, 70 fruitful olive trees in Walajjeh, Jerusalem, and 30 olive trees in Kafr Ad Dik, Salfit.

The report noted that the Israeli army demolished three water wells in Al Mughayyir village in eastern Ramallah and three farm ponds in the Jiftlik.

The report also documented cases in which Israeli forces opened fire at locals to repress peaceful protests rejecting land grab. The Israeli army used rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas, leaving several injuries and suffocation cases.

In February, the Israeli army raided Khirbet Humsa three times. In the first raid, it demolished and confiscated 28 homes and structures, displacing nearly 90 Palestinians including 45 children.

The second time, the Israelis dismantled and confiscated sheep pens and demolished 15 tents. While in the third raid, they demolished 17 tents and water tanks.

Meanwhile, in Gaza, the Israeli army carried out 20 assaults, including spraying harmful insecticide, as well as, shooting at fishermen and farmers while they are at work.

(Source / 02.03.2021)

Prisoners’ advocacy group blames ‘Israel’ for detaining Palestinian youth with COVID-19

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society has blamed Israeli occupation authorities for the detention of a Palestinian young man with COVID-19 in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

Last night, Israeli occupation forces detained Assem Jamil Shtayyeh, 27 years old, who tested positive for COVID-19 on February 22,

Assem was detained during a raid on his family’s home in Nablus, north of the occupied West Bank.

According to his family, Assem was still suffering moderate COVID-19 symptoms, and that he was still in isolation when he was arrested in the middle of the night, said the PPS.

PPS urged the World Health Organization, the Red Cross and all the competent international bodies to immediately intervene to release Shtayyeh, and to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities to halt the systematic policy of daily arrests.

By the end of January, 4500 Palestinians have been imprisoned in Israeli jails, among them 37 women, 140 children and 45 held in administrative detention.

It also said that there are 11 Palestinian priosners suffering from cancer, and 300 priosners have chronic diseases.

(Source / 02.03.2021)

‘Israel’ approves construction of 930 settlement units in Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli government approved a project by the municipality of occupied Jerusalem to construct 930 settlement units in order to expand the illegal settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev.

The municipality has started at the start of this year to parallelly work on increasing the demolition operations against Palestinians’ houses and expand illegal settlements.

Israeli media reported that the new plan will cost nearly NIS400 million, as it concluded building 680 settlement units and 250 fancy units.

The plan also includes constructing a corniche and a park at the settlement, which will cost nearly NIS52 million.

(Source / 02.03.2021)

Israeli forces raze three Palestinian homes in Masafer Yatta

Israeli occupation forces demolished three homes and displaced their residents in Khilat al-Daba area in the east of Masafer Yatta

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The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday morning demolished three Palestinian homes in Masafer Yatta (a cluster of hamlets) in southern al-Khalil, south of the West Bank.

Local official Fuaad al-Amour said that the Israeli occupation forces demolished three homes and displaced their residents in Khilat al-Daba area in the east of Masafer Yatta under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Amour accused the Israeli occupation authority of seeking to force the local residents in Masafer Yatta to leave the area through demolishing their homes and property, appropriating their lands, depriving them of using water and preventing them from grazing their cattle.

(Source / 02.03.2021)

Israel launches a wide campaign of arrests in Jerusalem and Hebron

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Israeli occupation forces today, Monday, launched a large-scale arrest campaign, which focused on the cities of Jerusalem and Hebron, while the Nur Shams camp in Tulkarm witnessed clashes with the Israeli occupation forces.

In occupied Jerusalem, the Israeli occupation forces arrested the young Omar Dhiab (23 years old) after raiding his house in Shuafat Camp, and the child Hassan Yasser Darwish (15) years after storming his family’s home in Al-Issawiya.

Read More: A campaign of arrests and sweeping raids in the West Bank

The Israeli occupation forces also arrested young men Awni Obeid, Nadim Al-Khatib, and Hamza Salah El-Din, from separate areas in Jerusalem.

The Israeli occupation soldiers raided the house of the Palestinian ex-prisoner, Suhaib Afaneh, in the town of Sur Baher, and destroyed it.

Read More: Israel arrests 12 Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem

In Hebron, the Israeli occupation forces arrested the young Ezz Al-Din Mustafa Abu Hussein (24 years), and Muthana Omar Al-Qawasmi (20 years), and from the town of Al-Shuyukh northeast of Hebron, they arrested Thameen Ahmed Halaiqa (25 years), after raiding and searching their homes and destroying their contents.

They also arrested Wael Hassan al-Jawda and his son Hassan, and the young man, Bara Yusef Asafra, from the town of Beit Kahil, northwest of Hebron, and took them after tampering with the contents of their homes to an unknown destination.

In the town of Beit Ummar, the Israeli occupation forces raided several homes in the Safa area, searched them and tampered with their contents, and arrested the young Atef Mahmoud Taamrah (25 years old) and took him to the Asion camp, north of Hebron.

In the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank, the Israeli occupation forces arrested several young men after raiding their homes in the city.

Montaser Sammour, director of the Palestinian Prisoner Club in Jenin, stated that the Israeli occupation forces arrested the young Muhammad Ahmad Yahya (24 years), and the two brothers Hisham (20 years) and Hussam Ahmad Yahya (17 years), after raiding their homes and tampering with their contents.

Samour added that the Israeli occupation forces arrested the ex-prisoner, Yusef Abdel-Malik Al-Saadi, 29, from the town of Silat Al-Harithiya, west of Jenin, after raiding his home.

In the city of Tulkarm, clashes erupted between citizens and the Israeli occupation forces after they stormed the Nur Shams camp, east of the city.

Eyewitnesses stated that the Israeli occupation forces fired sound and gas canisters at the citizens, at the time they stormed the house of Jaber Yousef Fahmawi, searched it, and tampered with its contents. No injuries or arrests were reported.

The daily arrests and the raiding of homes in the West Bank and Jerusalem have become a recurring scene by the Israeli occupation forces, which do not hesitate to spread terror, devastation, and destruction everywhere they take place, especially the homes of the safe.

(Source / 02.03.2021)

Israel raids houses in West Bank, arrests 15 Palestinians

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Israeli occupation authorities continued their raids and arrests in various areas of the West Bank at dawn on Tuesday.

Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces detained 15 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank.

Read More: The occupation raids several houses in Hebron

They arrested three Palestinian ex-prisoners in the town of Jaba, south of Jenin who identified as Murad Malaisheh, Muhammad Alawneh, and Murad Fashafsha, after raiding their homes and tampering with their contents.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation soldiers abused the ex-prisoner Lotfi Malaish, and severely beat him, and detained him for hours.

Read More: Israel arrests 12 Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation forces also raided the house of Saeed Abu Ali in the city of Jericho, and arrested Shadi Abdel Raouf Sbehat from the village of Mana, west of Jenin.

The Israeli occupation forces arrested the two Palestinian ex-prisoner Ibrahim Da’dou ‘(21 years), and Mahmoud Issa (21 years), after they raided the homes of their relatives and searched them in the town of Al Khader, in Bethlehem.

From Ramallah, three citizens were arrested who identified as Majd Jarrar from the city of Al-Bireh, Saad Zalloum from Ain Misbah neighborhood in Ramallah, and Muhammad Suleiman Kanaan from the town of Birzeit, after raiding their homes and tampering with their contents.

From Hebron, the Israeli occupation forces arrested Ali Dofesh after searching his house and tampering with its contents in the Ain Sarah neighborhood.

(Source / 02.03.2021)