Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, five Palestinians, including a child, from Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, and two in Tulkarem, in the West Bank.
The Bethlehem office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers invaded and searched many homes in the Saff Street and the al-Karkafa area, in the city, before abducting Abdullah Abdul-Nasser Salhab, 31, and Abdul-Rahim Faraj Salhab, 39.
It added that the soldiers invaded Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem, searched many homes, and abducted Ammar Yasser al-‘Amour, 20, Ma’moun Ibrahim al-‘Amour, 16, and Mo’taz Khader al-‘Amour, 22.
Furthermore, the soldiers searched homes in the Western Neighborhood of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and Deir al-Ghosoun town, north of the city, before abducting Ahmad Zidan and Ahmad Samir Abu Zeitoun.
March 16th, 2021 marks 18 years since American peace activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli armored bulldozer in Rafah, in southern Gaza.
Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia, Washington, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer on 16 March 2003, while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition.
Since her killing, an enormous amount of solidarity activities have been carried out in her name around the world.
In an interview with the Real News Network several years ago, the late Rachel Corrie’s father Craig Corrie described the circumstances around his daughter’s death:
“She went to the Gaza Strip with a group called the International Solidarity Movement. They’re a group of people that were formed because the Palestinians have wanted and the UN had called for some human rights observers to be in that area. The U.S. vetoed that. And so some people thought, well, if they don’t have to be with the UN, it could be anybody. And so people from around the world were going there. And Rachel wasn’t in the first wave, kind of the second or third. But she went then, in January 2003.
“And she headed down to Rafah, I think partly because Gaza is one of the most forsaken places in the world, and Rafah in Gaza was one of the most forsaken. And she lived with those families. She often slept in their houses, including the house in front of which she was killed. She was standing in front of a wall as a bulldozer came at it. But she knew the family. She worked with the older boy on his English, and he tried to help her with her Arabic and stuff. So they were friends.
“But the Israelis were clearing a swath of land between the Gaza Strip and Egypt–not Israel, but Egypt. And when I say clearing, they were pushing down people’s homes. And these homes have several extended–you know, one extended family, so they might have 30 people in one of these buildings.
“But in the particular home that Rachel was standing in front of that day, there were two brothers and their five children and their wives. And these bulldozers would come up that day to the activists’ feet, pushing–these are huge bulldozers, D9 bulldozers – armored, 65-ton bulldozers. The come right up to the activists’ feet, pushing their dirt, and then they would stop. But at five o’clock, a bulldozer came up towards Rachel, and right behind her was the Nasrallah house, and it didn’t stop. It went over her and, her friends say, without picking up its blade, backed up.”
To mark the 18th anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie, the Foundation established by Rachel’s parents in her name held an online event. Huwaida Arraf, Ahmed Abu Artema, Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, and the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project discussed vaccine apartheid, grassroots resistance, and transnational connections in Gaza and abroad.
Nablus (QNN)- Israeli settlers on Wednesday morning uprooted and stole dozens of olive saplings from Jalud village in Nablus south of the occupied West Bank.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told WAFA that a group of settlers sneaked their way into al-Sheikh Bishr area in the village, where they uprooted and stole 40 olive saplings belonging to Rajeh Hamoud.
Palestinians plant around 10,000 new olive trees in the West Bank each year, most of which are of oil-producing varieties.
However, Palestinians see the destruction of their trees as a way for the occupation to erase Palestinian identity and force them to cede more land to Israel.
The committee against the wall and settlement said Israeli forces uprooted, broke, and damaged 6507 trees in 869 operations in 2020.
Israeli settlers violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the occupied West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli occupation authorities.
There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.
In February, Israeli occupation authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 153 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in the fourth-highest monthly total recorded, since UN began systematically documenting this practice in 2009.
This month’s incidents resulted in the displacement of 305 people, including 172 children, and affected the livelihoods or access to services of 435 others, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories (OCHA) in a report released on Tuesday.
With the exception of two structures in Tura al Gharbiya (Jenin), demolished or damaged on punitive grounds, all the structures targeted were located in Area C or East Jerusalem and were demolished due to a lack of building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain, OCHA said.
So far in 2021, the monthly average of structures targeted represents a 65 per cent increase compared with the monthly average in 2020.
On five separate occasions in February, the herding community of Humsa – Al Bqai’a in the northern Jordan Valley (Tubas) witnessed the confiscation and demolition of 82 structures by the Israeli occupation authorities.
Nearly 80 per cent of the targeted structures were provided as humanitarian aid and included homes, WASH and livelihood structures, at a value of at least 43,000 euros.
As a result of these five incidents, some 60 people, including 35 children were displaced.
In a statement issued on 24 February following a visit to Humsa – Al Bqai’a, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lynn Hastings, called on the Israeli occupation authorities to “immediately halt all further demolitions of Palestinian homes and possessions, allow the humanitarian community to provide shelter, food and water to this most vulnerable group and these people to remain in their homes.”
So far in 2021, over 50 per cent of all targeted structures have been located in Bedouin and herding communities in Area C, up from 31 per cent in 2020.
The agency also said that nearly 90 per cent of all structures targeted in February were seized without prior warning in Area C.
This is a significant increase compared with 30 per cent in 2020, 11 per cent in 2017 and eight per cent in 2016.
Seizure procedures do not oblige the authorities to provide prior notice, thus preventing affected people from objecting in advance and have been characterized by the Head of the Supervision Unit within the ICA as “a strategic tool”.
So far in 2021, a total of 93 structures provided as humanitarian aid have been demolished or seized by the Israeli occupation authorities, compared with 157 structures in all of 2020. Additionally, in Bruqin (Salfit), Israeli settlers destroyed, uprooted, or stole donor-funded saplings and infrastructure materials for a value of 2,300 euros.
A family of seven was affected by the incident. Fifteen structures were demolished in East Jerusalem: seven were demolished by the Jerusalem Municipality and seven by the owners themselves, following the issuance of a demolition order.
The largest incident took place in Al ‘Isawiya on 22 February, where the Jerusalem Municipality accompanied by Israeli Forces demolished a residential building comprising four apartments, displacing 19 people, including ten children.
The affected families had been paying fines since 2017 for building without a permit and received a final demolition order in July 2020 and a verbal warning the day before the demolition. Clashes erupted during the demolition incident, during which a Palestinian man was injured with a rubber bullet.
On 10 February, the Israeli occupation authorities punitively demolished a home in the village of Tura al Gharbiya (Jenin), in Area B, belonging to a Palestinian man indicted for killing an Israeli woman on 20 December 2020. A family of seven, including four children, was displaced, in addition to a family of four displaced due to collateral damage caused by the demolition.
These communities are some of the most vulnerable in the West Bank, with limited access to education, health services, and to water, sanitation, and electricity infrastructure, the agency said.
The Israeli occupation forces detained on Wednesday 4 young men and a boy from Bethlehem and two young men from Tulkarm.
Security sources reported that the occupation forces Bethlehem detainees identified as: Abdullah Abdel Nasser Salhab ,31, from Al-Saff Street, Abdel-Rahim Faraj Salhab ,39, from the Karakfa area in the center of Bethlehem, Ammar Yasser Al-Amor ,20, Mamoun Ibrahim Al-Amor, 16 years, and Moataz Khader Al-Amor 22 years, after their families’ homes were raided.
The prisoner club in Tulkarm stated that the occupation forces detained two young men, Ahmed Zaidan, and Ahmed Samir Abu Zaitoun, from the town of Deir Al-Ghosoun, after they tampered with their homes contents.
Gaza – Salama Maarouf, head of the government media office, announced on Tuesday, that the Gaza Strip is on the cusp of a new wave of Corona virus waves, “according to the assessment of the Ministry of Health.”
In light of the increase in the record of injuries during the past ten days.
Maarouf stated that the indicators of the Ministry of Health and its working staff indicate that this wave is less severe than the first, indicating that there is an ongoing evaluation and follow-up of the epidemiological situation.
According to Maarouf, the Ministry of Health recommends intensifying government efforts to follow up on compliance with the protocols for the work of various facilities and facilities, and urging citizens not to be complacent and adhere to safety and personal protection measures.
He clarified that there is nothing that requires taking any precautionary steps or measures, explaining that “this matter is subject to a momentary evaluation, and in the event that any new developments are found in this aspect, the Ministry of Health will take measures according to what was previously approved within the government action plan to confront the pandemic.”
Maarouf indicated that the main indicator is the ability of the Ministry of Health to deal with the case, the injured who need medical care in intensive care, and the critically ill. Especially oxygen and the ability to provide it, is the main component of treatment.
Nablus – Israeli settlers uprooted on Wednesday, 40 olive seedlings from Jaloud lands, south of Nablus, to steal them.
Ghassan Douglas, the official in charge of the settlement file in the northern West Bank, said that a number of settlers from the “Hayat” settlement uprooted 40 olive seedlings from Sheikh Bishr site. The seedlings belong to the citizen Rajeh Salameh Hammoud.
It is noteworthy that, since the beginning of this year, settlers uprooted dozens of olive seedlings and stole them in the Shaab al-Kharab area, east of Qasra, south of Nablus, also in 6/1/2021, the occupation forces committed a massacre against 3,000 olive trees in the town of Deir Ballut, west of Salfit, in a clear, purposeful and systematic way.