Israeli court extends isolation of Sheikh Ra’ed Salah

Sheikh Salah

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – An Israeli court on Wednesday extended the solitary confinement of Sheikh Ra’ed Salah for six additional months.

Lawyer Khaled Zabarqa revealed a few days ago that there was an Israeli intent to extend the isolation of Sheikh Salah under flimsy security pretexts.

“He has been in isolation for six months and today the court extended it for another six months, which means he will spend a whole year in solitary confinement,” Zabarqa told Anadolu Agency.

According to Zabarqa, the Israeli security authorities, which submitted a request in this regard to the Israeli district court in Beersheba, claimed that Sheikh Salah could pose a security threat to Israel if he was locked up with other prisoners.

Describing Wednesday’s court session as a mere formality, Zabarqa accused the court of approving what the security services wanted without looking into the truth of their allegations and not caring about the impact of its verdict on Sheikh Salah’s health.

“Israel is prosecuting Salah for his ideology and religious beliefs and not because of any criminal offence,” the lawyer affirmed.

(Source / 04.03.2021)

Israeli army orders Birin villagers to stop reclaiming their lands

IOF in the West Bank

AL-KHALIL, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation army on Wednesday ordered Palestinian citizens in Birin village in Masafer Yatta, south of al-Khalil, to stop reclaiming or using their lands.

According to local sources, the Israeli army’s civil administration delivered military notices to the local residents of Birin village ordering them to stop reclaiming or working their swaths of land at the pretext the area is state land.

Local official Rateb Jabour said that the Israeli army claimed that the land of Birin village had been belonging to the Israeli government since 1982.

Jabour described such Israeli measure as part of the ethnic cleansing policy pursued by the Israeli occupation state against the local residents in Masafer Yatta, pointing out that the Israeli army recently demolished three homes and one residential room in Khilat al-Dabaa area.

(Source / 04.03.2021)

Three Palestinians injured by Israeli gunfire in Fawwar camp


AL-KHALIL, (PIC) – Three Palestinian young men on Wednesday afternoon suffered bullet injuries during clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of al-Khalil.

According to local sources, the IOF stormed al-Fawwar camp and kidnaped a citizen from his home, which provoked clashes with local youths.

The IOF used live ammunition during the events, injuring three young men.

(Source / 04.03.2021)

Soldiers Kidnap Political Islamic Jihad Leader, And His Nephew, Injure Three, In Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, a senior political leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement, along with his nephew, and injured three other Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Sheikh Bassam Sa’adi, 61, a senior political leader of the Islamic Jihad movement, and his nephew, Qassem Sa’adi, 29, after storming their homes and ransacking them in Jenin refugee camp.

They added that the soldiers wired and detonated the main doors of the two homes after surrounding them, and forced the members of each family in one room in their homes, before violently searching the properties.

The invasion was carried out by more than 30 military vehicles that first gathered at the main entrance of the refugee camp.

Dozens of youngsters protested the invasion and hurled stones at the soldiers, who fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades, wounding a young man and two women.

Local sources said some armed resistance fighters engaged in a brief exchange of live fire with the invading soldiers.

It is worth mentioning that Sheikh Sa’adi is a former political prisoner who was repeatedly abducted and imprisoned by the army, spending more than 13 years in Israeli prisons, including two years he served in prison before his release in February of the year 2020.

Many years ago, Israeli soldiers killed his twin sons, Ibrahim, and Abdul-Karim Sa’adi, in addition to his mother, Bahja, and his nephew, Bassam Ghassan Sa’adi.

All his living sons, his wife, and most of his relatives have been frequently abducted and imprisoned by Israel.

(Source / 04.03.2021)

Soldiers Demolish Home, Shed, and Storage Room, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, a Palestinian home in Shu’fat refugee camp, in addition to a shed and a storage room in the nearby Ras Khamis neighborhood, in occupied Jerusalem.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded Shu’fat refugee camp during early morning hours, before demolishing a two-story home owned by members of the local Abu Mayyala family.

They added that the soldiers also demolished a storage room and a shed, owned by a member of the Gheith family, in addition to attacking several Palestinians and abducting one.

The demolitions were carried out under the pretext that the buildings were constructed without permits from the City Council in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 04.03.2021)

Israeli Colonists Attack Two Palestinian Journalists In Jerusalem

Israeli colonialist settlers attacked, Wednesday, two Palestinian photojournalists and caused damaged to their car in occupied Jerusalem.

Media sources said the colonists assaulted Mustafa Kharouf and Fayez Abu Rmeila, while filming a report in Jerusalem.

They added that the colonists also attacked their car, causing damage to its windshield and side windows. The two photojournalists work for the Anadolu News Agency.

The attack took place in the same area where the colonists assaulted a Palestinian from Jerusalem, identified as Ibrahim Hamed, injuring him, and causing damage to his car, Sunday.

(Source / 04.03.2021)

Including Two Siblings; Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, three young Palestinian men, including two siblings, from Silwan and al-‘Isawiya towns in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.

Local sources said the soldiers abducted Mohammad Ghaseb Obeid and his brother Akram, after invading their home and searching it, in the al-‘Isawiya town.

They added that the soldiers smashed the main door of the home, before abducting the two siblings, and took them to an interrogation facility in the city.

In Silwan town, the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Mohammad Qa’qour, from Ein al-Louza neighborhood, and fired many live rounds, gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinian civilians who protested the invasion.

(Source / 04.03.2021)

Israeli State Expropriates Palestinian-owned Land south of Hebron

The Israeli occupation state, Wednesday, announced their intent to expropriate hundreds of dunams of Palestinian land in Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

According to Palestinian WAFA News correspondent, the authorities distributed leaflets in the Birin area, east of Yatta town, claiming hundreds of dunams of Palestinian-owned lands as Israeli “state land”.

Rateb al-Jabour, the coordinator of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Committee, told WAFA that this manoeuvre is only one element of Israel’s strategy to ethnically cleanse the indigenous population from the Masafer Yatta area.

The occupation state seeks to displace the Palestinian residents by force or coercion, in order to replace them with illegal colonists.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states;

The occupying power [Israel] shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies [Palestine].

(Source / 04.03.2021)

Israeli occupation tears down tent for Palestinian family

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces tore down today a tent, which was set up two weeks ago by members of the Elian family in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya on the rubble of their home, which was demolished by the Israeli occupation municipality.

The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem accompanied by police broke into the tent, cordoned off the area, asked its residents to leave and proceeded to tear it down.

The family had set up the tent as a temporary shelter on the rubble of their demolished home.

Israel denies permits for Palestinians to build on their own land or to expand existing houses to accommodate natural growth, particularly in Jerusalem and Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and falls under full Israeli military rule, forcing residents to build without obtaining rarely-granted permits to provide shelters for their families.

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.

(Source / 04.03.2021)

Hamas welcomes the decision of ICC to open an investigation into Israeli crimes in Palestine

Days of Palestine – Gaza – Hamas Movement, today, Wednesday, welcomed the decision of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into war crimes committed by the Israeli occupation against our Palestinian people.

Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for Hamas, said in a statement that this courageous decision is an important step for achieving justice and fairness to our people and punishing the Israeli occupation leadership for its crimes.

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He called on the court to resist any potential pressure that could prevent it from completing its mission.

Today, Wednesday, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, confirmed that her office has started an investigation into the situation in Palestine.

Read More: ICC paves the way for the investigation of the Israeli crimes

Bensouda said in a statement that the investigation will cover crimes within the jurisdiction of the court, which is supposed to have been committed in the related case since June 13, 2014.

Bensouda added that her office will determine the priorities for the investigation in a timely manner, in light of the challenges related to the Coronavirus outbreak, the limited resources available, and the heavy workload required of the court to complete.

(Source / 04.03.2021)