Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian, Confiscate His Truck, Near Tubas

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday evening, a Palestinian man, and confiscated his truck, while working in the al-Buqei’a Meadow area, southeast of Tubas in northeastern West Bank.

Mo’taz Bisharat, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities in Tubas and the Northern Plains, said the soldiers invaded the area and abducted Assem Younis Bisharat, from Tammoun town, east of Tubas.

Bisharat added that the soldiers also confiscated Younis’s truck, before taking the Palestinian and his vehicle to an unknown destination.

The Israeli army constantly attacks the Palestinians in the Northern Plains and the Jordan Valley areas of the occupied West Bank, as part of its ongoing violations and attempts to illegally annex more Palestinian lands for the construction of the illegal colonies, and for the use of the army.

(Source / 09.03.2021)

International Women’s Day: PCHR Renews Call for Uniting Efforts to Improve Palestinian Women’s Reality

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR)March 8th marks International Women’s Day, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1977, to ensure that all women all over the world enjoy their rights guaranteed by international law. This year, we celebrate this occasion in peculiar times as the pandemic complicated and worsened women’s conditions across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) socially, economically, and in terms of their health. Meanwhile, other factors that undermined women’s rights before the pandemic continued to exist as did their implications on women’s lives, including the occupation and the Palestinian internal division.

The Israeli occupation upheld its practice of committing a multitude of violations against Palestinians, particularly women who – as a group- have paid a hefty price for its practices, especially the (39) women who are imprisoned in Israeli prison – Damon. Despite obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention and Protocol I of 1977 to ensure the provision of care and aid for male and female prisoners as much as they need, Israeli Prison Service deprived them of preventive and safety means such as disinfectants and cleaning materials and sanitizers. Also, Israeli Prison Service did not provide any guidelines that protect prisoners from contracting Covid-19.

With respect to the internal Palestinian level, Covid-19 significantly affected women’s health, economic, social, and legal conditions, as precautionary measures taken by the Palestinian government to curb the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic increased women’s suffering and burdens. Also, many women were adversely affected by the pandemic after losing their work and sources of income. With regard to health and the pandemic, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MOH), more women than men were infected with Covid-19 in Palestine. Additionally, women and girls’ access to treatment and medical services became more complicated in light of Covid-19 outbreak, as many health resources have been diverted for emergency and urgent cases. As a result, women’s access to sexual and reproductive and maternal health services was negatively affected, mainly in light of the scarcity of health resources particularly in the Gaza Strip.

The impact of the pandemic was not solely on the health or economic wellbeing of women, as domestic violence soared during the lockdown period. Official statistics conducted by the Ministry of Women Affairs indicate that domestic violence significantly increased during the lockdown imposed by the Palestinian government. However, mental violence was the most documented, which reached (55%) of the total number of reported cases of

violence against women. In addition to economic violence (53%), social violence (27%), verbal violence (24%), and physical violence, that increased during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Surveys have indicated that (88%) of women with disabilities were subjected to various kinds of gender-based violence, such as economic, social, physical, mental, and verbal violence, and that (47%) of women sought protection during the pandemic. PCHR’s statistics indicated that during 2020, PCHR provided (2,399) legal consultations, and documented the killing of (5) women in the oPt on grounds of gender-based violence; (3) in the West Bank and (2) in the Gaza Strip.

With the deterioration of the economic, social, and health conditions of women caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, attempts to infringe on and restrict public freedoms appeared as a new travel restrictions against women were issued in a judicial circular by the Higher Sharia Court Council on 14 February 2021. This decision imposed restrictions on women’s right to travel, which constitutes a serious violation of public freedoms; the decision was widely rejected by PCHR and other civil society organizations and succeeded in having it amended.

As the year 2021 entered, democratic hopes were reignited after the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, issued a law by decree calling for general elections in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Thereby, calls for enhancing women’s political participation renewed, demanding that Palestinian women have fair representation in decision-making roles and hoping that the elections will bring an opportunity for collaborative work to pressure decision makers to eliminate all forms of discrimination against Women. Another goal for the women’s rights movement is to have fair laws for women’s rights, that are applicable across the oPt. It is also imperative to have appropriate policies that ensure the integration of Palestinian women into senior roles in private and public institutions, in order to empower their resilience through the upcoming elective lists.

PCHR congratulates Palestinian women on the occasion of the International Women’s Day and renews its support for women wherever they are.

PCHR asserts that women live through harsh humanitarian conditions, particularly during the pandemic, and as a result of the division and Israeli occupation. Thereby, PCHR emphasizes the need to offer Palestinian women and girls protection, and demands:

  • The Human Rights Council and the contracting bodies to international treaties, especially CEDAW to work towards investigating the grave and systematic Israeli violations of women’s rights.
  • Civil society, particularly at this significant stage where preparations for the general elections started, to work jointly in order to practice pressure on the decision-makers to include the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women stipulated in the Palestinian laws and adoption of the family law into the candidates’ platforms in a way that guarantees full protection for women and promotes a health and stable family.
  • The Palestinian President to adopt a protection against family violence law and harmonize the domestic laws with the international conventions, particularly Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
  • The Palestinian Government to place clear, fair, impartial, and transparent mechanisms to protect women in the Gaza Strip  and the West Bank
  • The Governmental bodies to extend the relief for the working women who were affected by the Covid-19, especially those supporting families which include children, so that the relief includes all working women in the different sectors and they can meet their needs and their children’s and maintain their food security.
  • The Palestinian society to respect women and appreciate their role in fighting the occupation and enhance their long-term resilience amid these difficult circumstances.

(Source / 09.03.2021)

Two Palestinian Children Shot, Injured, One Critically, near Bethlehem

The Israeli occupation forces shot and injured, on Monday, two Palestinian children in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

WAFA correspondent said that Israeli soldiers stormed al-Khader town, and invaded civilian homes, which triggered confrontations with local Palestinian youths who resisted the military incursion.

Soldiers fired teargas canisters at the protestors, causing inhalation injuries. It is unclear whether the teens were struck with live rounds or rubber-coated steel rounds.

One of the boys was shot twice, in the pelvis and the foot, his condition was described as critical, the other child was struck in the foot.

Both the injured teens were transferred to a Jerusalem hospital for medical intervention.

No arrests were reported, and no further details were available at the time of this report.

The Israeli army frequently storms civilian Palestinian homes, under the pretext of security, causing fear and anxiety among the Palestinian population.

According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, Palestinian civilians, living under the protracted Israeli occupation are considered protected persons;

“Persons protected by the Convention are those who, at a given moment and in any manner whatsoever, find themselves, in case of a conflict or occupation, in the hands of an Occupying Power of which they are not nationals.”

(Source / 09.03.2021)

PCHR: “Abuse of Presidential Power to Issue Law Must Cease Immediately: PCHR Condemns New Law by Decree Postponing Union Elections”

Ref: 29/2021, Date: 07 March 2021: The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) On 05 March 2021, the Palestinian President issued a law by decree to postpone elections for syndicates and unions for 6 months from the date of its issuance. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses its condemnation of the President’s insistence to continue the abuse of his constitutional powers to issue laws by decree only in extreme cases of necessity and stresses that the postponement of syndicate elections is a violation of public freedoms that is unacceptable and unjustified.

This law by decree comes within a series of laws issued by the Palestinian President that target public freedoms and the rule of law, as the President previously issued 3 laws by decree that undermined the independence of the judiciary. Also, the president issued a law by decree to restrict the right to form associations in a manner violating all of Palestine’s international obligations and voiding the meaning of rights and freedom.

PCHR emphasizes that the synchronization of syndicate and legislative elections does not constitute any problem; on the contrary, syndicate elections contribute to enriching the democratic experience and giving important indicators to it. Therefore, PCHR wonders about the real motives for the issuance of this law by decree, which cannot be justified in any way.

PCHR warns that the issuance of laws by decree by the Palestinian president contributes to poisoning the political atmosphere while preparations are being made to hold legislative and presidential elections at a very sensitive phase where Palestinians aspire to end the Palestinian division through elections. PCHR affirms that holding free and fair elections needs a positive environment that respects rights and freedoms and free of monopoly of decision making, particularly in terms of rights and freedoms.

PCHR stresses that the formation of syndicates, unions, and popular organizations is a constitutional right according to Article (26) Paragraph (2) of the Basic Law. Consequently, restrictions on this right may be imposed only on the conditions and grounds identified by the relevant international standards in Article (8)of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights binding to Palestine as a State Party since 2014. Also, PCHR emphasizes that the issuance of the law by decree to postpone syndicate elections is without merit; thus, its issuance is considered as a grave violation of Palestine’s international obligations and a violation of the Palestinian Basic Law.

PCHR affirms its total rejection of the systematic policy pursued by the Palestinian President in monopolizing decision making and imposing legal facts contrary to the public interest; PCHR demands the reversal of all laws by decree that undermine the rule of law and public freedoms, especially those related to the Palestinian judiciary and the right to form associations.

PCHR calls upon the Palestinian President to immediately reverse the decision to postpone the syndicate elections and to hold them on time.

PCHR urges all syndicates, unions, and popular organizations to take a clear and strong position regarding this blatant interference in syndicate elections to deter such infringement on their work, rights, and freedoms.

(Source / 09.03.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Ramallah, Tubas And Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, on Monday evening, several Palestinians during protests that took place after the soldiers invaded Ramallah, Tubas, and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

Several army jeeps invaded the Um ash-Sharayet neighborhood in the al-Biereh city, near Ramallah in central West Bank, and attacked protesters with live fire and gas bombs, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The soldiers also invaded and ransacked the Health Work Committees building in the Sateh Marhaba neighborhood, after smashing its main door, and confiscated laptops and files.

In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers shot a young man with a live round in the thigh during protests that erupted after the army invaded it.

Medical sources said the young man suffered moderate wounds before he was moved to a local hospital.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers attacked a nonviolent activity held by the Palestinians after the army bulldozed their lands east of Yatta town, south of the city, before shooting a young man with a gas bomb in the leg, in addition to causing scores of Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The soldiers also invaded Kharsa village, southwest of Hebron, before storming and searching many homes.

The soldiers also installed roadblocks in the area, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 09.03..2021)

Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Tuesday, nine Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

The PPS office in Jenin, in northern West Bank, said the soldiers abducted Mohammad Monir Tahaina, from his home in Sielet al-Harithiya, northwest of Jenin, and Saleh Sabari Shamali, from his home in Arraba town, southwest of the city.

Furthermore, the Israeli police detained Daoud Husam Tahaina and Mohammad Omar al-Omari, from their work in occupied Jerusalem; both from Sielet al-Harithiya town.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded and searched homes before abducting Husam Far’un and Nizar Bassa, from their homes in the al-‘Ezariya town, in addition to Khamis Bahar from his home in Abu Dis town, southeast of Jerusalem.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Hani Shaker Fakhouri and Odai Hmeidan Sharabati, 26, from their homes.

(Source / 09.03.2021)

“They will never kill our dreams”, say Jailed young women deprived of family and studying

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- In the Damon jail, located on Mount Carmel in occupied Haifa, very far away from their families and college, the Israeli authorities hold four students of Birzeit University among dozens of other female prisoners.

The four jailed students wrote a letter for their colleagues, marking International Women’s Day.

“On March 8th, we stand with you in your march towards justice and equality for all the world’s women”, the letter read.

“Either if we were inside or outside jails, our battles as students is one battle; a battle against sexism, class exploitation, and fascist colonialism, especially the occupation of our land”.

Layan: Arrested while on her way to graduation

On August 8th, 2020, Layan Kayed was heading to Birzeit University to get her graduation certificate, leaving her parents behind eagerly waiting to celebrate the day that they have waiting for years. However, an Israeli military checkpoint changed Layan’s destination to jail.

At the start, the Israeli army held Layan in Ha Sharon jail in horrible conditions, her father told QNN. She was jailed close to Israeli criminals, who verbally assaulted her the whole time.

During her two-day-long interrogation by the Shin Bet, Layan was knocked out and the interrogators started bullying her.

Although of her suffering, Layan “kept her spirit up”, according to her father. “We feel her resistance and resilience in the few letters that received from her, as most of them were confiscated by the Israeli jail administration”.

“Since the day of her arrest, we only got to visit her twice as the Israeli use COVID 19 as a justification. During court sessions, we were allowed to see her for a few minutes only on “video conference””.

He added that although of the Israeli obstacles, Layan and other prisoners opened a university education subsystem, a book club, and a sports club.

Shatha Taweel: Four months without visitation

For four months, the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has been preventing the family of Shatha Taweel from visiting her using COVID 19 as an excuse, according to her father.

He added that the family of Shata can see Shatha for few minutes only in the court. “In the latest court session, when I saw her, she was tied, which made me very concerned. I looked for any lawyer, who would soon visit the Damon jail and when he visited her he told me that she was tied because she was vaccinated”.

The Israeli army arrested Shatha after breaking into her family’s house in Bireh on November 2nd last year after taking the door off.

“After they took the door off, the soldiers asked us about our names then they took Shatha with them, which shocked us because being a girl and a student it was hard for us that he got arrested”, Shatha’s father said.

Shatha used to study in the computer department at Birzeit University. Her father stressed that arresting her would negatively affect her academic life.

‘Ilya Abu Hijleh: Delayed joys

In July 2020, an Israeli force broke into the house of ‘Ilya Abu Hijleh’s house in Tireh in Ramallah and arrested her.

‘Ilya was in the fourth year of college. The Israelis deprived her of enjoying her graduation year and delayed her long-waited graduation.

Her mother said the Israelis have been preventing them from visiting her since last November using COVID 19 as a justification. Her family could not even see her after sentencing her to 11 months.

Ruba Asi: Joy is born out of pain

After she was arrested on July 9th, Ruba Asi was assaulted by the Israeli soldiers, who broke into her family’s house in Ramallah.

Ruba told the Prisoners’ Affairs Committee that the soldiers blindfolded her with a face mask and put another face mask in her mouth before they forced her to squat the whole way while their weapons were hitting her.

When she arrived at a military camp, an Israeli female soldier violently dragged her while she was handcuffed, which caused her to bleed.

A few days before she was arrested, Ruba wrote: “Joy is born out of pain, and words are born out of silence”.

(Source / 09.03.2021)

Leaving 5m Palestinians unvaccinated, ‘Israel’ could send surplus vaccines to up to 20 nations

‘Israel’ is mulling a plan to use its surplus vaccines to bolster its diplomatic standing abroad, Israeli media reported on Monday.

Kan public broadcaster reported that negotiations are on with some “20 friendly nations as well as Moderna”, a US pharmaceutical giant from whom Israeli occupation authorities procured vaccine doses ahead of its deal with Pfizer.

It said that about 100,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, set to expire in late May, could end up heading abroad.

The report follows a public controversy over Israel’s previous effort to utilize surplus vaccines as part of its diplomatic outreach, which was initiated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Lately, ‘Israel’ approved the transfer of vaccine shipments “in return for things we already received” to other countries, including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Guatemala and Honduras.

The Czech Republic, Hungary, Guatemala and Honduras have all recognised occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“In light of the successful vaccination campaign in Israel, the leading country in the world in inoculating the population, Israel has received many requests from the countries of the world to assist with the supply of vaccines,” a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office said.

However, Netanyahu suspended the transfer of COVID-19 vaccines to other countries amid legal scrutiny.

The decision came after Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit sent a letter to National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat asking for clarifications about the program, and Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said that Netanyahu made such decisions without approval, which “raises concerns that it will harm Israel’s foreign relations and national security.”

‘Israel’ has been criticised widely for not giving Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip access to the vaccine.

Today, 42.65% of Israel’s population is fully vaccinated, according to data from Johns Hopkins University while it excluded the nearly 5 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, under Israeli military occupation.

To date, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, there have been nearly 2387 deaths related to COVID-19 among Palestinians in the OPT since the beginning of the pandemic, 560 of them in the Gaza strip. 99102 Palestinians have been infected with the virus.

(Source / 09.03.2021)

Palestinian prisoner completes 17 years in Israeli jails

A Palestinian political prisoner serving 25 years of sentence completes today 17 years behind Israeli prison bars, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

Anas Rashed Hethnawi, from Jenin city in the occupied West Bank, was arrested on this day in 2004, and was sentenced 25 years in prison for his activism in the armed resistance against the Israeli occupation.

Like many Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, Hethnawi was held in solitary confinement and denied family visit several times by the Israeli occupation authorities as a punishment against him and his entire family.

There are 4500 Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, among them 37 women, 140 children, and 45 held in administrative detention.

(Source / 09.03.2021)

Two young Palestinians wounded in Israeli forces shooting south of Bethlehem

Confrontations broke out in the Abu Sood area, west of the town, and the IOF soldiers fired at the Palestinians


Two Palestinian boys were shot and injured, one of them seriously, by Israeli occupation forces during confrontations that erupted on Monday evening between Palestinian youths and the IOF in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem. 

According to local sources, confrontations broke out in the Abu Sood area, west of the town, and the IOF soldiers fired at the Palestinians. 

The two 17-year-old boys were taken to the hospital. One of them was shot in his foot and pelvis and his condition was described as serious. The other boy was injured in his foot. 

(Source / 09.03.2021)