Jerusalemite family homeless after being forced to raze home

demolition policy

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) displaced a Jerusalemite family after forcing it to demolish its home in its entirety in the east Jerusalem district of Issawiya.

Homeowner Yehya Abu Rayyala, 24, said that he had to knock down part of the house last year following a municipal demolition order, but the IOA forced him today to finish demolishing it entirely.

Abu Rayyala added that the IOA threatened to make him pay 150,000 shekels if its bulldozers came to demolish the house.

Abu Rayyala was living with his wife and two kids in that house.

As always, the IOA justified the measure by claiming that the house had been built with no license.

The Jerusalemites have no choice but to build without licenses because there are no structural maps that respond to the natural increase in their numbers, and for that reason, they are denied house permits.

The IOA also imposes building restrictions on the Palestinian natives in Jerusalem and makes it hard for them to obtain construction licenses.

Israel’s systematic demolition of Palestinian homes in Occupied Jerusalem is believed to be aimed at psychologically destroying the Jerusalemite families in an attempt to force them to move from the holy city.

(Source / 06.03.2021)

IOF raids, arrests in different areas of West Bank

IOF arrests

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched raid and arrest campaigns on Wednesday night and at dawn Thursday in various areas of the West Bank.

In Ramallah, IOF arrested Hashem Al-Adassi from Al-Bireh city and Uday Shihab from Al-Amari refugee camp.

In Bethlehem, the IOF soldiers arrested Louai Al-Zaghari, 17, from Duheisheh refugee camp, south of the city.

Local sources reported that clashes broke out between dozens of Palestinians and the IOF soldiers who stormed the Duheisheh camp to arrest Zaghari.

Meanwhile, confrontations erupted between IOF soldiers and the youths in Doha city.

Eyewitness stated that the youths threw Molotov cocktails at the soldiers as they stormed the city.

In al-Khalil, IOF raided the vicinity of the Kharsa Triangle in Dura city and clashes broke out, without any arrests or injuries reported. 

The IOF soldiers launch daily search and arrest campaigns in the West Bank during which they raid homes, destroy property, steal money and terrorize residents especially women and children. 

(Source / 06.03.2021)

Is this Gaza’s first female baker?

Ruba bought the bakery after saving money from her previous jobs and ventured on the journey after being unable to find work in the field she studied at university

Palestinian baker Ruba Abu Al-Aish on 5 March 2021 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian baker Ruba Abu Al-Aish on 5 March 2021 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian baker Ruba Abu Al-Aish on 5 March 2021 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian baker Ruba Abu Al-Aish on 5 March 2021 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian baker Ruba Abu Al-Aish on 5 March 2021 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian baker Ruba Abu Al-Aish on 5 March 2021 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian baker Ruba Abu Al-Aish on 5 March 2021 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian baker Ruba Abu Al-Aish on 5 March 2021 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian baker Ruba Abu Al-Aish on 5 March 2021 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Palestinian Ruba Abu Al-Aish has defied customs and traditions in the Gaza Strip which have for years limited work in bakeries to men, by running her own business in the besieged enclave.

“I am a married woman, I have two sons, and I graduated 14 years ago, during which time I tried to find a job opportunity to help me and my husband provide for my children’s needs, but I did not find what I was looking for, until I bought this bakery. There began my journey of work, fatigue, pressure and success,” Ruba tells MEMO.

She says her bakery produces baladi loaves, both white and wholemeal flatbread. What sets her bread apart from others, she explains, is that the bread is bigger in size and is made in a similar way to how previous generations made bread at home, before modern bakeries took over.

Ruba bought the bakery after saving money from her previous jobs and ventured on the journey after being unable to find work in the field she studied at university.

She now spends ten hours a day at the bakery and, though her business has been a success, she needs to develop it further to ensure it survives in the future, but this plan depends on Gaza’s economic conditions, she adds.

READ: The Muslim winner of Bake Off Brasil promotes her recipes and her faith

(Source / 06.03.2021)

Israel to vaccinate Palestinians aged over 16 with its surplus doses, report says

Paramedics vaccinate elderly people nursing home in Tel Aviv on 13 January 2021 [Nir Keidar/Anadolu Agency]
Paramedics vaccinate elderly people nursing home in Tel Aviv on 13 January 2021

Israel plans to vaccinate Palestinians aged 16 and over once using surplus doses after it completes its campaign to inoculate its own citizens, reported the Jerusalem Post.

Israel’s Health Ministry has said this would help prevent cross-border infection, including new mutations.

This comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial plan to ship surplus coronavirus vaccines to a group of allied nations was frozen last week following a legal challenge to the deal, his office announced.

Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki had called Netanyahu’s overseas vaccine shipments “political blackmail and an immoral act”, accusing Israel of “exploitation of the humanitarian needs of these countries”.

According to the latest health ministry data, 52 per cent of Israel’s population has been administered with a vaccine jab, making it a world leader.

Late on Sunday, Netanyahu’s government agreed to vaccinate tens of thousands of Palestinians holding permits to work in Israel and the illegal settlements after heavy criticism over the small number of jabs given to those under its occupation in the West Bank and in Gaza.

READ: Israel’s vaccine apartheid is a violation of international law

Human rights organisations have argued that international law requires Israel to provide Palestinians with similar access to vaccines as its own citizens as an occupying power.

Following the global pressure, Israel’s Defence Ministry announced on Monday that it has transferred 2,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine to the PA and said that it has earmarked another 3,000 doses for the Palestinians.

The PA also expects to receive an initial COVAX shipment within weeks and says it has supply deals with Russia and drugmaker AstraZeneca, although doses have been slow to come.

The occupied West Bank, where 3.1 million Palestinians live, has today recorded a total of 1,826 new COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths.

Among the new 1,826 cases, 1,680 cases were recorded in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and 146 others in the besieged Gaza Strip.

(Source / 06.03.2021)

Backed by UAE, Dahlan is forming his own electoral list

Former Palestinian security minister Mohammed Dahlan [THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images]
Former Palestinian security minister Mohammed Dahlan, 19 September 2020 

Backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), dismissed Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan is seeking to form his own electoral list for the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections led by former President of Al-Quds University Sari Nusseibeh, Arabic Post reported on Friday.

The list would be named “Jerusalem First” and would include former prime ministers and ministers, in addition to senior Fatah leaders who are not content with the corruption and clashes among the secular Palestinian movement.

Sources told Arabic Post that former Prime Ministers Salam Fayyad and Rami Hamdallah, as well as senior Fatah leader Nabil Amr, could be included in the list.

According to the sources, through Dahlan, the UAE is seeking an official political presence in the Palestinian political arena. This is an extension of the UAE’s support for Palestinian NGOs and certain Palestinian figures through Dahlan.

Palestinian political analyst Naji Shurrab described Dahlan and the UAE’s attempt to form this electoral list as a “dangerous turn” in light of the existence of several Fatah lists, and stressed that its formation would result in a “political quake” within Fatah.

READ: What is better for Fatah, a united or two separate electoral lists?

Meanwhile, the International Jerusalem Institution said that the UAE is exploiting the Palestinian elections to extend its political influence on the Palestinian political arena: “In order to serve the Israeli occupation through the implementation of Abraham Accords.”

The institution asserted that using the slogan of “Jerusalem First” is “fake” because Nusseibeh is the one who proposed the Nusseibeh-Ayalon Agreement, which recognised Jerusalem as the capital of two states. It was signed in the summer of 2002, during the peak of the Israeli aggression on the Palestinians.

Member of Fatah Revolutionary Council Tayseer Nasrallah explained that Dahlan and Nasser Al-Qidwa’s moves are presenting Fatah with “difficult choices” that could tear it to pieces.

Nasrallah reiterated: “The situation within Fatah became very critical in light of the disagreement plaguing the movement.”

Arabic Post reported that Nusseibeh is leading NGOs and bodies in Jerusalem working to replace Qatari and Turkish influence with the UAE’s existence.

(Source / 06.03.2021)

Arafat’s cousin supports jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti for presidency

Nasser Al-Kidwa, a member of Fatah's Central Committee and relative of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank City of Ramallah, on 18 January 2017 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images]
Nasser Al-Kidwa, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee and relative of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank City of Ramallah on 18 January 2017

Nasser Al-Qidwa, member of the Central Committee of Fatah and cousin of late Fatah leader Yasser Arafat, has announced his full support for the nomination of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti for presidency, Shehab News Agency reported on Friday.

In a meeting with Palestinian journalists, Al-Qidwa avowed: “I have openly supported Barghouti for presidency.”

Regarding dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan, he explained: “It is difficult to unite with him because of the popular mood rejecting him, as well as rejecting his host country the UAE’s latest measures,” referring to the normalisation of ties with Israel.

Al-Qidwa refused to say whether he was threatened by fellow Fatah leaders over running in a separate list for the movement, but confirmed that: “There was not enough democracy during the internal Fatah meetings that reflects positive treatment.”

READ: Hamas under the hold of the PA, Israel in the occupied West Bank

On Gaza, he stated: “Gaza is full of economic resources and the situation in the West Bank will be very bad without the Gaza Strip.”

He condemned the Palestinian Authority’s sanctions on Gaza and maintained that the situation would be better when the West Bank and Gaza are together.

Al-Qidwa rejected Fatah and Hamas’s agreement to hold the elections before ending the internal division, calling for ending the division and working to reach geographical contiguity between the two parts of the country.

Concluding his meeting, he reiterated that he did not have personal aspirations and was still a loyal member of Fatah, despite issues relating to freedoms and sovereignty of law that should be respected.

(Source / 06.03.2021)

Dozens of Palestinians Suffocate at Weekly March in Kufur Qaddoum

The Israeli occupation forces attacked, on Friday, Palestinians taking part in the weekly march in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia in northern West Bank, in opposition to the closure of the main road toward Nablus.

Media spokesman for the Anti-Wall and Settlement Commission in Qalqilia, Morad Eshteiwi, said that the army fired teargas canisters and sponge-tipped bullets at the peaceful demonstrators, causing dozens of inhalation injuries.

All injuries were treated at the scene by local medics.

Eshteiwi added that soldiers invaded the town, stormed civilian homes, and occupied their rooftops to gain a vantage point above the protestors.

The local Palestinian youths burned tires to obstruct the soldiers’ view, and hurled stones in a clear expression of opposition to the Israeli policies of illegal settlement expansion.

The main road into Kufur Qaddoum was closed by the occupation authorities in 2003, in favor of the illegal Israeli colonists from the Qadoumim colony, built on Palestinian lands.

Hundreds of villagers joined the weekly march, which began after the Friday prayer at the Omar bin Al-Khattab Mosque.

Demonstrators marched towards the closed street at the entrance of the town, repeating national slogans, and calling for widespread defiance of the occupation and settlements.

Villagers from Kufur Qaddoum and surrounding area have gathered weekly on Fridays and Saturdays for many years to pressure the Israeli authorities to reopen the main street.

From the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission

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(Source / 06.03.2021)

OCHA: In two weeks, ‘Israel’ demolished or seized 35 Palestinian-owned structures, displacing 98 people

In two weeks only, Israeli occupation demolished or seized 35 Palestinian-owned structures, displacing 98 people, including 53 children, and affecting about 60 others, citing the lack of building permits, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

In its biweekly Protection of Civilians report, OCHA said that on 22 February, Israeli authorities confiscated another 18 residential and animal structures in Humsa – Al Bqai’a, a Palestinian Bedouin community in Area C of the occupied northern Jordan Valley in the West Bank, most of which had been provided as a humanitarian response to previous demolitions and confiscations; 10 households, comprising over 60 people, including 36 children, were again displaced.

Also in Area C of the occupied West Bank, a family of seven was displaced when their home was demolished in al Khader town near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, and the livelihoods of four families were affected by the demolition of vegetable stalls in Hijra, in the Hebron district.

In occupied East Jerusalem, said OCHA, 28 people were displaced in al-Isawiyya and Ras al Amoud neighborhoods when three houses were demolished by the Israeli authorities or ‘self-demolished’ by their owners under pressure from the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem.

Obtaining an Israeli building permit in Area C of the West Bank is impossible, while in East Jerusalem it is close to being impossible forcing Palestinians to risk building on their lands without a permit.

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 OCHA.

(Source / 06.03.2021)

Two fishermen wounded in Israeli attack in Gaza sea

Gaza (QNN)- The Israeli navy on Friday opened fire at fishermen of the Beit Lahya shore, wounding two fishermen.

Zakariyyah Baker, who heads Gaza’s fishermen’s union, said Israeli gunboats opened fire at fishing boats off the shore of Beit Lahya while they were fishing within the small space allowed by the Israelis. Two fishermen were reportedly wounded.

He also told QNN that one of the fishermen was wounded in his hand while the other in his leg.

The Israeli navy deliberately targets fishing boats on a daily basis, preventing nearly 3600 fishermen from earning living. The Israelis open fire, use water cannons, and damage fishing nets and boats’ engines in their efforts to terrorize fishermen.

(Source / 06.03.2021)

‘Israel’ delays Palestinian workers COVID vaccine roll-out

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The occupation state said on Friday that it will delay plans to vaccinate Palestinians who work inside ‘Israel’ and the West Bank illegal settlements until further notice.

COGAT, the Israeli military agency coordinating day-to-day affairs with the Palestinian Authority, attributed the postponement to “administrative delays,” adding that a new start date for the campaign would be determined later.

COGAT had last week confirmed that the COVID vaccination drive had “been approved by the political echelon”.

The vaccination program was supposed to begin on Sunday at West Bank crossings into Israel and at Israeli industrial zones.

Even as it succeeded in launching one of the fastest vaccine roll-outs in the world, the occupation state has been denying Palestinians living under its occupation in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza from access to the vaccine.

‘Israel’ had also announced plans to share surplus vaccines with far-flung allies in Africa, Europe and Latin America, but the decision was frozen by legal questions.

On Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu with leaders of Denmark and Austria said the three nations would join forces in the fight against COVID-19 with an investment in research and the roll-out of vaccines.

Some 100,000 Palestinian laborers from the West Bank work in the occupation state. The PA had acquired enough dose for only 6,000 of its people — meaning the vast majority of the estimated 7 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will remain unvaccinated.

(Source / 06.03.2021)