Dozens of fanatic illegal Israeli colonists attacked, on Wednesday at dawn, Palestinian homes, and cars, in Huwwara town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the assailants came from Yitzhar illegal colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.
Daghlas added that the colonists attacked homes in the western part of the town, causing damage, in addition to breaking the windows and doors of at least one car.
Many Palestinians intercepted the colonists and forced them to retreat to their illegal colony.
Israeli soldiers injured, Wednesday, three Palestinian women in front of a hospital in Jenin city, in northern West Bank.
Media sources said several army jeeps invaded Jenin city, especially the area near Khalil Suleiman governmental hospital, and attacked Palestinian protesters with gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets in addition to a few rounds of live ammunition.
They added that a woman, identified as Donya Ibrahim Sawalma, in her fifties, was injured by fragments of live ammunition in front of the hospital.
Another woman, Soheir Abu Mashayikh, and his daughter Wisam, were injured by glass and bullet fragments when the soldiers fired at a car they were riding while leaving the hospital.
On Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted a senior political leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement, along with his nephew.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli army demolished a house in Shufat refugee camp and shops in Ras Khamis neighborhood today.
An Israeli force raided Shufat refugee camp this morning and surrounded a house before demolishing it.
Local sources said the two-story demolished house, belongs to Khalil Abu Maliyyeh. The Israeli army demolished it displacing several families during the cold weather.
The Israeli army also demolished shops owned by Gheith family in Ras Khamis neighborhood. The Israeli army arrested a young man and attacked several others during the demolition.
The occupation state has recently increased its demolitions against Palestinians’ houses in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank within its efforts to expel native Palestinians and expand the settlement activity.
Geneva (QNN)- UN human rights experts have called on the international community to hold the Israeli occupation to account in response to the demolition and seizure of Palestinian structures in the Bedouin community of Hamsa Al-Bqaia in the northern Jordan Valley.
“We welcome the support given to the villagers of Humsa by the diplomatic representatives in Palestine and Israel. But much more must be done by their governments to insist upon Israeli accountability, which is the missing key to ending this protracted occupation,” said Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, and Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living.
The UN human rights experts pointed out that “the ongoing destruction by the Israeli military of the homes, and the destruction and seizure of property, including humanitarian assistance, in Humsa has been causing great hardship to the approximately 60 villagers, including 35 children.”
“This is a traditional Bedouin village in occupied territory, which depends upon its traditional homes, its animal herds and its water tanks for shelter, food security and its economic livelihood,” said the experts.
“Severing the villagers from their lands and their homes is particularly punitive given the harsh winter they are experiencing and the ever-present dangers of a global pandemic.”
The experts also said that there are no active military hostilities in the occupied West Bank, and have not been for many years. They said the evictions also violate international human rights prohibitions against the forced removal of civilians from their homes.
UN member states and various non-governmental organizations have provided emergency tents and other forms of property assistance to the villagers after the initial destruction by the Israeli occupation army. Subsequently, at least 42 of the donated humanitarian relief structures have been seized or destroyed by the occupation forces.
Responding to Israeli government’s justification of the attempted destruction of Hamsa on the grounds that it lies within an Israeli military firing zone, the UN experts said, “These justifications by Israel do not satisfy its strict obligations under international law. An occupying power cannot use the territory under occupation to conduct military training operations without ample justification.”
The human rights experts observed that the threat to permanently expel the inhabitants of Humsa was part of a larger worrisome pattern of forcible removals and home demolitions in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli occupation forces demolished Hamsa al-Bqaia community five times this month under the pretext that the area is designated for training and displaced its community with a plan to relocate them to another area.
On 3 November 2020, in the largest forced displacement incident recorded in recent years, 73 people, including 41 children were displaced. The structures demolished were residential, WASH and livestock related, of which 29 structures had been provided as humanitarian assistance.
On 1 February, Israeli occupation forces confiscated 25 structures in Hamsa al-Bqaia on the alleged basis that they lacked an Israeli building permit for construction in Area C.
On 3 February, Israeli occupation forces returned to seize a further 21 structures. Sixty Palestinians have been uprooted from their homes, including 35 children. Structures demolished included 21 homes, 17 livestock shelters, and 8 water and hygiene facilities.
On 8 February, the Israeli Civil Administration, accompanied by the military, returned to the Palestinian Bedouin community and confiscated or demolished another 16 residential and animal structures. Thirteen were donor-funded and had been provided as a humanitarian response to two incidents on 1 and 3 February.
On 16 February, the occupation forces confiscated five donor-funded livelihood tents, which were being assembled to provide shelter to the community and their livestock.
Since the start of 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities 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, according to The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
“Today, I confirm the initiation by the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court of an investigation respecting the situation in Palestine,” the prosecutor said in a statement.
“The investigation will cover crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court that are alleged to have been committed in the Situation since 13 June 2014, the date to which reference is made in the Referral of the Situation to my Office,” she added.
The prosecutor said that the Office will determine the “priorities concerning the investigation in due time, “in light of the operational challenges the office confronts from COVID-19, and the limited resources available to the office, and the current heavy workload.
“Such challenges, however, as daunting and complex as they are, cannot divert us from ultimately discharging the responsibilities that the Rome Statute places upon the Office,” stated Bensouda.
The prosecutor stated that the first step will be notifying “all States Parties and those States which would normally exercise jurisdiction over the crimes concerned about its investigation.”
“This permits any such State to request the Office to defer to the State’s relevant investigation of its own nationals or others within its jurisdiction in relation to Rome Statute crimes referred to in the notification.”
“Any investigation undertaken by the Office will be conducted independently, impartially and objectively, without fear or favour. The Rome Statute obliges the Office, in order to establish the truth, to extend its investigation to cover all facts and evidence relevant to an assessment of whether there is individual criminal responsibility under the Statute and, in doing so, to investigate incriminating and exonerating circumstances equally,” Bensouda said.
She added, “The decision to open an investigation followed a painstaking preliminary examination undertaken by my Office that lasted close to five years.”
“During that period, and in accordance with our normal practice, the Office engaged with a wide array of stakeholders, including in regular and productive meetings with representatives of the Governments of Palestine and Israel, respectively.”
On 5 February 2021, the ICC decided that it may exercise its criminal jurisdiction in the Situation in Palestine, and that the territorial scope of this jurisdiction extends to Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
“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 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.
‘Israel’ is not a member of the court and rejects its jurisdiction, a position backed by its close ally the United States and other countries who are members of the ICC.
Palestinians have welcomed the ruling as a chance for justice for victims of Israeli attacks.
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.
“In the end, our central concern must be for the victims of crimes, both Palestinian and Israeli, arising from the long cycle of violence and insecurity that has caused deep suffering and despair on all sides,” the prosecutor concluded.
“The Office is aware of the wider concern, respecting this Situation, for international peace and security. Through the creation of the ICC, States Parties recognised that atrocity crimes are “a threat to peace, security and wellbeing of the world”, and resolved “to guarantee lasting respect for and the enforcement of international justice.” The pursuit of peace and justice should be seen as mutually reinforcing imperatives.”
On Tuesday, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz, however, told Reuters, “I was never afraid to go across enemy lines, I will continue to stand wherever I have to.”
He also called the ruling a “negative development” and added: “We have our own teams working in different (places) to try (and) influence (the ICC).”
Asked by Reuters how many Israelis, including himself, might expect to be subject to arrest should the probe lead to criminal investigations, Gantz said, “I guess several hundred, but we will take care of everybody.”
Gantz called that “an estimate”, declining to say if ‘Israel’ had drawn up a list of officials. ‘Israel’ will provide legal assistance to any implicated Israelis and will give them legal warnings regarding travel if necessary, Gantz said.
Asked if he himself might change his travel plans in light of the ICC probe, Gantz said: “So far, no.”
Israeli occupation forces demolished a barracks and a warehouse in the Ras Khamis neighborhood
Israeli occupation forces demolished, on Wednesday, a Palestinian house in the Shuafat camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, and a warehouse in the Ras Khamis neighborhood.
Israeli occupation forces stormed the Shuafat camp in the morning and demolished a two-story house for a citizen of the Abu Mayala family, according to local sources.
Also, Israeli occupation forces demolished a barracks and a warehouse in the Ras Khamis neighborhood of the Ghaith family, attacked Palestinians, and detained a young Palestinian.
According to a human rights organization, from the beginning of 2004 until the end of last year, the Israeli occupation demolished 1,098 homes in East Jerusalem, while the Jerusalemites self-demolished approximately 235 homes in the same period to avoid very heavy fines imposed by the Israeli occupation on them after carrying out the demolitions with its bulldozers, and the Israeli occupation demolished 458 buildings and facilities that were not Residential in the same period.
The same data indicate that from the beginning of 2004 until the end of last year, the occupation displaced approximately 3,579 Jerusalemites after demolishing their homes.
Since the Israeli occupation of the city in 1967, the Israeli occupation has demolished more than 1,900 homes in Jerusalem, and it has pursued a systematic, racist policy of aggression towards Jerusalemites. With the aim of tightening control over Jerusalem and Judaizing it, and tightening the noose around its original inhabitants; This is through a series of arbitrary decisions and procedures that affect all aspects of the daily life of Jerusalemites.
Among these measures, the Israeli occupation authorities demolished homes and establishments after placing many obstacles and obstacles in the way of issuing building permits for the benefit of Jerusalemites.
The Israeli occupation authorities thus aim to reduce the Palestinian population presence in the city. It put in place a coercive system restricting the granting of building licenses, and subjected them to a strict bureaucratic and functional ladder. So, years pass before it reaches its final stages.
At a time when the occupation authorities demolish Palestinian homes, they are approving construction permits for thousands of housing units in Israeli settlements built on Jerusalem lands.
Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club has blamed Israeli occupation authorities for the detention of a Palestinian young man with COVID-19 in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.
A Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails, Assem Jamil Shtayyeh, 27, who tested positive for COVID-19 on February 22, was detained last night by the Israeli occupation forces during a raid on his family’s home in Nablus, north of the occupied West Bank.
According to Shtayyeh’s family, their son was still suffering moderate COVID-19 symptoms, and that he was still in isolation when he was arrested in the middle of the night.
The prisoner’s club called on World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross as a competent authority, to urgently intervene in order to release the detainee Shtayyeh and to put pressure on the occupation to stop the systematic daily arrests.
Days of Palestine – Nablus – Last night, the Israeli settlers attacked citizens’ homes on the outskirts of the town of Huwara, south of Nablus.
The official in charge of the settlement file in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Douglas, said that a group of settlers attacked the homes of citizens near the Hawara Country Swimming Pool, and the residents confronted them.