Three Palestinian Fishermen Killed In Khan Younis

The Palestinian Fishermen Syndicate has reported that three fishermen were killed, and one was seriously injured, near Khan Younis in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip, due to an explosion in their boat. The Israeli army said it has nothing to do with the incident.

The Syndicate’s Secretary Nizar Ayyash said the fishermen were apparently killed due to a shell that struck their boat, and added that one fisherman was seriously injured, the Watar Broadcast Network has reported.

Medical sources said the three fishermen have been identified as Yahia Mustafa Lahham, Hamdi Hijazi Lahham, and Zakariya Hijazi Lahham. One other fisherman from the same family was seriously injured in the incident.

The Al-Aqsa Radio in Gaza said a shell struck the boat, killing the three fishermen and wounding another.

On its part, the government-run Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) responded to an inquiry by the IMEMC and stated that the fishermen’s death was a result of an explosion caused by a homemade shell that accidentally struck their boat.

The explosion occurred not long after the Israeli navy attacked fishing boats with live fire and water cannons.

The Interior Ministry in Gaza said it initiated an investigation into the incident.

In a statement issued by the Israeli army on its official Twitter account, the spokesperson denied any relation to the incident, and added: “our indications show that their deaths were caused by an explosion inside Gaza.”

Also Sunday, the soldiers stationed on military towers and in armored vehicles across the perimeter fence, fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers and shepherds, east of Khan Younis.

The farmers and the shepherds had to leave their lands in fear of further Israeli military violations.

The attack is part of the numerous and ongoing Israeli violations targeting the Palestinian farmersshepherds, and fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

These attacks have led to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to the abduction of many farmers, shepherds, and fishermen.

(Source / 07.03.2021)

Soldiers Injure Young Woman, Her Brother, Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers injured, on Saturday evening, a young Palestinian woman, and her brother, at the main road of Hizma town, northeast of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers were extensively deployed at the entrance of the town, before firing many gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians and their cars, to force them away.

They added that a young woman, from Jerusalem, was driving her car when some gas bombs landed near her, causing her to faint due to the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

The woman’s brother saw his sister’s vehicle and rushed to help her before several soldiers assaulted him, causing cuts and bruises to various parts of his body.

The woman and her brother were rushed to a nearby Palestinian medical center for treatment.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers closed all roads leading to Hizma, and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

(Source / 07.03.2021)

Israeli Colonists Bulldoze Farmlands In Northern Plains

On Sunday, Israeli colonialist settlers, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, invaded farmlands in the Ein al-Hilweh area, in the West Bank’s Northern Plains, and bulldozed them.

Mahdi Daraghma, the head of the al-Maleh and the Bedouin Communities Council, said the colonists bulldozed lands owned by the residents of Ein al-Hilweh.

He added that Ein al-Hilweh has one of the several springs in the Northern Plains, providing the needed water for the residents, their farmlands, and livestock, instead of buying it at a heavy price from other areas.

The official stated that the colonists have been increasing their violations, trying to confiscate more lands, and the essential natural springs, in various areas of the Northern Plains, in the Jordan Valley.

Also Sunday, Israeli colonists bulldozed farmlands in the Masafer Yatta area, east of Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

(Source / 07.03.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In West Bank

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers abducted four Palestinians, including two siblings, from occupied Jerusalem, and one from Hebron, in southern West Bank, in addition to informing a family from Jenin, in northern West Bank, that their son, who was thought to be missing two days ago, was detained by the army.

The soldiers invaded and searched many homes in the Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, before abducting a child, identified as Ahmad Hammad Odah.

The army also invaded Hizma town, northeast of Jerusalem, searched a few homes, and abducted two siblings, identified as Mahmoud Nasser Rabah, and his brother Mohammad.

In the at-Tour town in Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded the family home of Riyad Karawi, 19, and summoned him for questioning in the al-Maskobiyya detention and interrogation facility.

In addition, the head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), Montaser Sammour, said a Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Husam Jaradat, who went missing two days ago, was abducted by the soldiers and is under interrogation.

Sammour added that the family was informed that their son was taken prisoner, two days ago, near Barta’a village, southwest of Jenin.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ibrahim Abed al-Battat, after storming and ransacking his home in the ath-Thaheriyya town, south of the city.

(Source / 07.03.2021)

Three fishermen killed in southern Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- Local sources reported that three fishermen have been killed after they were hit by a shell while they were fishing in southern Gaza.

The head of the fishermen union, Nizar Ayyash, told QNN that the three fishermen were killed after their boat was hit by a shell while they were working in Al Qararah sea in the south of the besieged strip.

According to the Committee, documenting Israeli violations against Gaza fishermen, the martyrs have been identified as Yahya Mustafa Lahham, Hamdi Hijazi Lahham, and Zakariyya Hijazi Lahham.

(Source / 07.03.2021)

On Intl Women’s Day: ‘Israel’ holds 35 Palestinian women in its jails

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The occupation state is holding 35 Palestinian women, including 26, who have been either sentenced or jailed under administrative detention.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said in a report issued marking International Women’s Day, that the prisoners Shorouq Dwayyat from occupied Jerusalem and Shatila Abu Ayyad from the 1948-occupied territories are serving 16 years, which is the longest jail time.

It added that the prisoners Bushra Taweel, Khitam Sa’afeen, and Shorouq Al Badan are held under administrative detention without charges.

According to the report, eight prisoners are wounded, most of them were wounded after 2015. The longest-serving of them is Amal Taqatqa from Bethlehem, who is serving a 7-year-long jail time.

The occupation state is also holding 11 mothers, who are Israa Ja’abis, Fadwa Hamada, Amani Husheim, Hilweh Hamamreh, Nisreen Hasan, Inas Asafrah, Khalida Jarrar, Aya Khatib, Iman A’war, Khitam Sa’afin, and Shorouq Al Badan.

The report stressed that those jailed are subjected to different forms of torture and assaults from the moment they get arrested until being jailed.

Torture starts with opening fire at them during arrests, then strip search, being held in unlivable cells, and physical and psychological torture during interrogation.

The physical and psychological torture during interrogation includes Shabeh, handcuffing for long periods, sleep deprivation, lengthy interrogations, isolation, blackmailing, preventing lawyers from vising them, severe beating, and torturing family members.

Since 1967, the occupation state had arrested over 16,000 women, the first of them was Fatima Barnawi, who was sentenced to life but served ten years in jail.

The first and second Intifada saw the highest rate of arrests against women.

(Source / 07.03.2021)

Israeli Prison Service imposes punitive measures against Prisoners, says NGO

Israeli Prison Service (IPS) at Ofer prison threatened on Friday to intensify its punitive measures against Palestinian prisoners, which would aggravate the already poor health conditions in Israeli jails and their serious consequences on the right to health of Palestinian prisoners amid the global outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported that Palestinian prisoners in “Ofer” threatened to consider a set of measures starting next week in protest of IPS’s escalated measures against them – which could amount to launching a gradual hunger strike after talks with the Israel Prison Service have failed to meet their key demands.

Prisoners are protesting a recent surge in maltreatment and suppression by IPS, including the escalated provocative searches and repeated raids on prisoners’ rooms; as well as transfers of prisoners from one prison to another.

Prisoners have also complained that the poison service has been cutting off the water to their cells and depriving them of essential hygiene and cleaning materials amidst the spread of the novel Covid-19 pandemic.

There are 4500 Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, among them 37 women, 140 children, 45 held in administrative detention, 11 suffering from cancer, and 300 prisoners have chronic diseases.

(Source / 07.03.2021)

NGO warns of ex-prisoner’s deteriorating condition

Former prisoner Hussein Masalmeh, a cancer patient prisoner, after being freed last February following complaints of medical negligence

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Qaddura Fares, warned that the health condition of the cancer patient former prisoner Hussein Masalmeh is deteriorating.

Fares told QNN that during the last couple of days, Masalmeh’s health has deteriorated and he was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Hadasah hospital in occupied Jerusalem. He added that Masalmeh’s life is in danger.

The occupation state has released Masalmeh on February 14th after subjecting him to medical negligence. The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) denied Masalmeh medical services until he reached an advanced stage of cancer last January.

Masalmeh was arrested in 2002 and he has been serving ever since a 20-year-long jail time.

(Source / 07.03.2021)

Western diplomats warn ICC its future is at risk over probe of ‘Israel’, Palestinians

Unnamed Western diplomats warned on Thursday that the International Criminal Court’s decision to open an investigation into war crimes committed by ‘Israel’ and the Palestinians could endanger the future of the Hague-based legal body, Israeli media reported.

The anonymous officials told Israel’s Kan public broadcaster that there have been growing concerns within the diplomatic community of the increasing “politicization of the court and its investigations,” and that officials in The Hague have been told of the worries.

The diplomats also said that the United States had been willing to reconsider its opposition to the court and the sanctions put in place in 2019 by former US president Donald Trump, but that Wednesday’s announcement could influence such a decision being made by the current administration of Joe Biden.

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed the US’s firm opposition to the ICC’s decision, saying it has “no jurisdiction over this matter.”

He also said, “Israel is not a party to the ICC and has not consented to the Court’s jurisdiction, and we have serious concerns about the ICC’s attempts to exercise its jurisdiction over Israeli personnel.”

Blinken also stressed that the Palestinians don’t qualify as a sovereign state and therefore cannot participate in the ICC.

He stressed that the US remains “deeply committed to ensuring justice and accountability for international atrocity crimes” and recognizes “the role that international tribunals such as the ICC can play—within their respective mandates—in the pursuit of those important objectives.”

“Moreover, the United States believes a peaceful, secure and more prosperous future for the people of the Middle East depends on building bridges and creating new avenues for dialogue and exchange, not unilateral judicial actions that exacerbate tensions and undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution,” added Blinken.

“We will continue to uphold our strong commitment to Israel and its security, including by opposing actions that seek to target Israel unfairly.”

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda said on Wednesday that she launched a formal probe into war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories.

“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.

Israel is not a member of the ICC and neither is the US. The Palestinians joined the court in 2015.

Last year, the Trump administration imposed sanctions against ICC officials, including revoking chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s entry visa, in response to the court’s attempts to prosecute American troops for actions in Afghanistan.

(Source / 07.03.2021)

Israeli settlers chop off olive trees, assault Palestinian farmers in Bethlehem

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli occupation authorities

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Israeli settlers chopped off 15 olive trees and assaulted farmers during two separate incidents in the occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, today. 

In the village of Artas, southwest of Bethlehem, settlers from the illegal settlement bloc of Etzion broke into a ranch belonging to Mr. Jamal Abdullah Ismail, a local Palestinian farmer, and chopped off 15 olive trees belonging to him, according to Hasan Breijeyeh, director of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission in Bethlehem.

In the nearby village of Kisan, settlers protected by a military escort assaulted a number of farmers while working in their own lands near the village and forced them to leave at gunpoint, said the deputy mayor of the village, Ahmad Gazal.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli occupation authorities.

It includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, and others.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

(Source / 07.03.2021)