Exclusive| Fatah’s Revolutionary Council recommends Marwan Bargouthi for PLC leadership

The FRC’s move comes to prevent Barghouthi from running for President

Occupied West Bank (QNN)- A source told QNN that Fatah’s Revolutionary Council (FRC) recommended Marwan Barghouthi to represent the movement in the next legislative elections.

The source, which demanded anonymity, revealed that the FRC recommended to the movement’s central committee to put Marwan Barghouthi at the top of Fatah’s candidates for the Legislative Council.

The FRC’s move comes to prevent Barghouthi from running for President.

The source added that the FRC demanded to be responsible for approving the names of the candidates after being chosen by the Central Committee, noting that the committee’s response has not been identified yet.

FRC member Abdullah Abdullah had said that Barghouthi previously rejected a suggestion by Hussein Sheikh to be on the top of Fatah’s list.

“I don’t know if there is any recommendation by the FRC but he [Barghouthi] has rejected a suggestion by Hussein Sheikh in this regard”, Abdullah had told QNN.

Meanwhile, member of the FRC Hatem Abdel Qader had said that Barghouthi does not intend to be on the top of any PLC candidates list, stressing that he wants to run for President “as polls confirm that he is more likely to win.”

(Source / 15.03.2021)

Minister of Jerusalem Affairs urge to stop Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes

Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Fadi al-Hidmi today called for urgent international intervention to stop the displacement of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods in the occupied Jerusalem.

“The international community is required to intervene immediately and urgently to put pressure on the Israeli government to stop the displacement of Palestinians from their home in the occupied city, in light of the Israeli governmental and judicial institutions’ insistence on flouting international legitimacy decisions,” he said.

Al-Hidmi pointed out that driving Palestinians out of their homes in the city is purely politically motivated, and is aimed at implementing colonial illegal settlement plans.

“What is taking place is a systematic programmed process of replacing the Palestinians expelled from their land and property with foreign settlers,” he added.

Al-Hidmi also pointed out that the Israeli occupation government and settler groups exploit the Israeli judiciary as a tool to pass settlement plans designed to advance the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by expelling them and replacing them with settlers.

Commenting on the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, he noted that residents have been facing unfair lawsuits filed by settler groups since 1974 demanding them to evacuate in favor of settler groups wishing to establish colonial settler units on the rubble of these homes.

The Israeli occupation decisions to demolish and evacuate Palestinians homes in Sheikh Jarrah coincide with the Israeli authorities’ establishment of settlement projects in the heart of Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem to perpetuate a policy of racial discrimination against the Palestinian population.

Israeli Central Court decided on Thursday, March 4, 2021, to reject an appeal submitted by three Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem against the decision of the Israeli Magistrate’s Court issued on September 4. 2020.

Thus, the evacuation decision will enter into force no later than August 2021 against the Hammad, Dawoudi and Dajani families, consisting of seven families and 25 individuals, including eight children.

This decision comes after the Israeli Central Court rejected February 10, 2021, the appeal of four families from the Sheikh neighbourhood against the Magistrate’s Court’s decision issued against them in October 2020.

The families, al-Jauni, al-Qasim, Iskafi and al-Kurd, include seven households of 30 individuals, including ten children.

In November 2020, the Israeli Magistrate’s Court decided to activate the Al-Sabbagh family’s evacuation, consisting of five households and 32 people, including ten children.

Thus, 19 households from eight families, comprising 78 people, of whom 28 are children, remain threatened with forced displacement at any moment.

Moreover, on Thursday, March 11, 2021, the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem unveiled a decision that rejected engineering plans for the Al-Bustan neighbourhood in Silwan.

The court also decided not to extend the freeze on the demolition of the neighbourhood’s homes.

According to Fakhri Abu Diab, a spokesman for the Committee for the Defense of Silwan’s Lands and Real Estate, the Israeli municipality has rejected the engineering plans it had previously requested to present over the past years to stop the demolition of the neighbourhood.

Abu Diab stressed that the municipality disavowed and cancelled previous agreements with engineers, lawyers, and the neighbourhood committee not to demolish the neighbourhood, despite the people’s commitment to provide and develop plans, open streets, and allocate some sites for public infrastructure facilities such as schools and playgrounds.

Under this development, 100 homes, inhabited by 1,550 people, most of them children and women, in the Al Bustan neighbourhood are at risk of displacement.

(Source / 15.03.2021)

Israeli army seizes flock of sheep, chases shepherds in Hebron

Occupied Hebron (QNN)- The Israeli army on Monday confiscated a flock of sheep in Janba in eastern Yatta in occupied Hebron and chased shepherds in Masafer Yatta, preventing them from watering sheep.

The coordinator for the Protection and Resilience Committees, Fuad Omour, said Israeli forces and the so-called Society for the Protection of Nature confiscated a flock of 100 sheep owned by Nabeel Jabbarin under the pretext of entering a prohibited zone.

According to WAFA, the soldiers tried to confiscate four flocks of 400 sheep but the shepherds were able to recover most of them.

Another Israeli force and settlers divided to chase shepherds in Masafer Yatta and prevent them from watering their flocks.

(Source / 15.03.2021)

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon protest against deterioration of living conditions

Palestine refugees in Lebanon’s Ein El-Hilweh refugee camp yesterday held protests outside UNRWA’s offices against the deterioration of their living conditions, local media reported.

More protests are scheduled in the coming weeks if the situation on the ground does not improve, demonstrators said, adding that their situation had been made worse by the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

Yousef Abdul-Razeq, a Palestinian refugee from the camp, took to Facebook and accused officials, including UNRWA staff, of turning their backs on refugees and their suffering.

The activist said that many families in the camp do not even have bread to eat, stressing that meat has become something from the past.

“If you enter homes, you will not even find bread… Regarding meat and chicken, we have forgotten them,” he said.

He also pointed to the absence of the UNRWA’s role in light of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want our rights and the rights of our sons,” the activist said. “They have been burying the Palestinian generations one after the other for 73 years,” he added.

Over 470,000 refugees are registered with UNRWA in Lebanon, with 180,000 estimated for planning purposes to be residing in the country.

About 45 percent of them live in the country’s 12 refugee camps.

Conditions in the camps are dire and characterized by overcrowding, poor housing conditions, unemployment, poverty and lack of access to justice.

Palestinians in Lebanon do not enjoy several important rights; for example, they cannot work in as many as 39 professions and cannot own property (real estate).

Because they are not formally citizens of another state, Palestine refugees are unable to claim the same rights as other foreigners living and working in Lebanon.

UNRWA has said that poverty and unemployment among Palestine refugees in Lebanon has reached 80 per cent.

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are three times more likely to die with COVID-19 than the population as a whole, according to UN figures that highlight the pandemic’s outsized impact on the community.

In the year since Lebanon registered its first case, about 5,800 have been infected with the coronavirus and about 200 of them have died, said UNRWA.

That is three times the COVID-19 mortality rate for the country as a whole of just over 1%.

Most Palestinians who died after contracting the disease in Lebanon had health conditions such as cardiac or pulmonary issues, which are aggravated by poverty and conditions in the camps, stated UNRWA last month.

The UN body supports more than 5 million Palestinian refugees. However, in 2018, the Trump administration had cut financial aid to it and also slashed an aid of more than $200 million to Palestine in the same year.

Also, the UAE has massively cut back funding for the UN agency, following the Palestinians’ condemnation of the normalization deals between the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and ‘Israel’.

The Center for Near East Policy Research, an Israeli NGO, said that while the UAE sent the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) $53 million in 2018 and $51 million in 2019, it provided the agency a mere $1 million in 2020, as the UNRWA confirmed the data to Channel 12.

Last month, UNRWA called for US$1.5 billion to fund its essential services, emergency appeals and priority projects for registered Palestine refugees in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Of the required US$1.5 billion, US$806 million are needed for core services, such as education, health, relief and social services, protection and infrastructure and camp improvement.

(Source / 15.03.2021)

Israeli municipality demolishes gate and fence on Elayan’s land

Israeli occupation municipality teams escorted bulldozers that demolished the fence and the gate on Elayan’s land

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The Israeli occupation municipality crews stormed, on Sunday, the land of the Al-Aqsa guard’s family, Fadi Elayan, in al-Issawiya town in Jerusalem and demolished a gate placed on the borders of the land.

Palestinian sources said that the Israeli occupation municipality teams escorted bulldozers that demolished the fence and the gate on Elayan’s land. 

About ten days ago, the Israeli police tore down the tent in which the Elayan family members were sheltered after the demolition of their two-story building about a month ago.

Earlier this month, the occupation police attacked citizens in the tent of solidarity with the Elayan family and warned the residents of al-Issawiya not to come to the tent.

Meanwhile, Jerusalemite activists launched a campaign to collect donations to rebuild the destroyed house of the Elayan family. 

Previously, Elayan was arrested and deported from the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the pretext of disrupting settler incursions and protesting against the occupation police’s desecration of the Mosque’s prayer halls.

(Source / 15.03.2021)

Israeli forces detain four young Palestinian in occupied Jerusalem

Israeli police forces detained on the same day two Palestinian young men at the Aqsa Mosque’s al-Asbat Gate

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Israeli occupation police detained, on Sunday evening, two Palestinian teenagers from Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem.

Local sources said that plain-clothes officers escorted by a large number of troops assaulted and detained two teenagers under age 18, without giving their names.

They added that Israeli occupation soldiers confronted local residents and fired a volley of tear gas and stun grenades at them.

Meanwhile, Israeli police forces detained on the same day two Palestinian young men at the Aqsa Mosque’s al-Asbat Gate.

Local sources said that Israeli settlers marched through the streets of the Old City while carrying blue banners, playing Hebrew songs, and clapping their hands.

(Source / 15.03.2021)

For the first time in history; Hamas elected two female members of its political bureau in Gaza

Days of Palestine – Gaza – In a press release, Hamas Movement said that in continuation of the internal elections of the Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Hamas Shura Council has conducted a meeting to elect the member of the Hamas political bureau in Gaza.

They pointed out that for the first time in history, Hamas elected two female members of its political bureau in Gaza. The names of the new members are listed below:

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1- Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’s chief in Gaza

2- Khalil al-Hayya, deputy chief of Hamas in Gaza

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3- Nizar Awadallah

4- Mahmoud al-Zahhar

5- Rawhi Mushtaha

6- Fathi Hammad

7- Sameh al-Sarraj

8- Marwan Essa

9- Salah al-Bardawil

10- Jameelah al-Shanti, a female member

11- Fatmah Shurrab,  female member and head of Hamas women branch

12- Ghazi Hamad

13- Ismail Barhoum

14- Suhail al-Hindi

15- Zakaria Abu Mu’ammar

16- Jawad Abu Shammalah

17- Kamal Abu Own

18- Esam al-Dalis

19- Usama al-Muzini, Head of Hamas Shura Council in Gaza

20- Maher Sabra, Assistant to Hamas Administrative Department

(Source / 15.03.2021)

Israeli special forces storm Raymond jail and transfer all prisoners

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Israeli suppression forces of the “prevailing” occupation prisons administration today, Sunday, stormed section (1) in “Raymond” Israeli jail, and began conducting extensive searches.

The Prisoner Club stated, in a press release, that those forces transferred all the prisoners who were in the section, about 90 prisoners, to Section 4 inside the prison.

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It is noteworthy that the Israeli occupation prisons’ administration pursues repeated incursions and searches to abuse prisoners, impose more control and oversight over them, and destabilize any “stability” situation within the departments.

The incursions escalated, since the beginning of 2019, compared to previous years, during which the repression forces carried out the most violent incursions in more than ten years, during which dozens of prisoners were injured with various injuries.

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“The Masters” are repression forces chosen from among the members of the special units in the Israeli occupation army, and among the most important of their tasks is to storm the prisoners’ rooms while they are sleeping, to terrorize them, and seize their personal belongings, and to attack them by spraying them with tear gas, and hitting them with batons and rifle butts.

(Source / 15.03.2021)

Israeli forces hit a worker with a tear gas canister in the head near Qalqilya

Days of Palestine – Qalqilya – A Palestinian worker was injured at dawn today, Sunday, while trying to reach his workplace inside the occupied Palestinian interior of 1948, through one of the openings in the separation wall near the city of Qalqilya.

Local sources reported that the young man, Ibrahim Hamayel, from the town of Beita, south of Nablus, was injured in the head as a result of a tear gas canister fired by the Israeli soldiers, while he was trying to enter his workplace through one of the wall openings near Qalqilya.

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Workers are subjected to harassment and persecution by the Israeli occupation forces while trying to reach their workplaces.

The Apartheid Wall, which the Israeli occupation began to build in 2004, destroyed large areas of agricultural land in the West Bank and confiscated 164,780 dunums.

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The wall violates the basic rights of nearly a million Palestinians, forcing thousands of them to obtain special permits from the Israeli occupation forces to allow them to continue living and moving between their homes and their lands.

As behind the wall, there are profound negative impacts on the educational process. Many students and teachers were denied access to their schools, which confused the educational process in many schools.

The periodic report issued by the media office of Hamas in the West Bank monitored the Israeli occupation forces ’commission (2041) in violation of the right of the Palestinian people and their land in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, during the month of February.

The report documents the injury of 86 civilians, including women, children, and the elderly, by the Israeli occupation forces and settlers. The number of shootings carried out by the Israeli soldiers and settlers reached (145) attacks.

(Source / 15.03.2021)

Israel launches a campaign of arrests in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The Israeli occupation forces launched, at dawn today, Sunday, a campaign of arrests in the village of Al-Issawiya and the town of Al-Tur in Jerusalem, during raids and searches of the homes of a number of citizens.

Local sources reported that the Israeli occupation forces arrested a number of citizens in the village of Al-Issawiya, among whom were Aziz Ghassan Alayyan and the two brothers Luay and Muhammad Abed Alian.

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The sources indicated that clashes broke out between the occupation forces and the people of the village, during which the occupation forces fired a barrage of sound and poisonous gas bombs.

The sources pointed out that the barbaric storming of the village of Issawiya came hours after the destruction of the vehicle of a settler who entered the village and subsequently sustained separate injuries.

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Al-Issawiya is almost daily exposed to the incursions of the Israeli occupation forces, which deliberately arrest the town’s young men and women, break into homes, and search them in an attempt to terrorize the citizens and dissuade them from confronting their incursions and practices.

Issawiya has suffered for a long time from a campaign of collective punishment practiced by the occupation authorities against its residents, using all means of abuse and suppression against them, including imposing taxes and issuing violations.

In a related context, the Jerusalemite occupation forces arrested Ibrahim Al-Hneiti, after they raided and searched his home in Al-Tur town in Jerusalem.

(Source / 15.03.2021)