Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Salfit

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, Salfit city, in central West Bank, searched homes and injured several Palestinians.

Local sources said the soldiers wired and detonated the front doors of several homes, before breaking into them, and ransacked them, in the Old City area, causing serious damage.

They added that, just before the army invaded the city, an undercover unit infiltrated into it using a civilian car with Palestinian license plates, but the locals noticed them, before several army jeeps invaded the area, and started firing gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians and their homes.

Many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation and received treatment by local medics.

(Source / 25.03.2021)

Israeli Colonists Injure A Palestinian Near Bethlehem

Illegal Israeli colonists attacked, Thursday, a Palestinian man from the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem city, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank, causing various cuts and bruises.

As’ad Sbeih, said four colonists assaulted his brother, Ahmad Sa’id Sbeih, 39, while working on his land in the Ein al-Qassis area, in the western part of the town.

He added that his brother suffered various cuts and bruises, before he was rushed to Beit Jala governmental hospital for treatment.

Ein al-Qassis area witnesses frequent assaults and violations by the colonialist settlers, who attack the Palestinian farmers and their lands, uproot their crops and trees, in addition to unleashing their dogs on them.

(Source / 25.03.2021)

Peace can only be achieved through talks with us, says PA

The Palestinian Authority (PA) said on Tuesday that peace can only be achieved with the occupation state of ‘Israel’ through talks with it.

This came after comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview with Israel’s Arabic news network Panet, addressing Arab voters in the Green Line.

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Netanyahu said that peace with the Palestinians could be achieved after normalizing ties with the Arab states, adding that he does not see a possible creation of a sovereign Palestinian state.

“This way, Netanyahu is turning the table up-side-down regarding the Arab Peace Initiative,” said the statement issued by the PA Foreign Ministry.

Netanyahu is prioritising the steps for the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “based on his own colonial priorities, which aim to marginalise the Palestinian cause”, the statement added.

“He is trying to produce a soft image for the Palestinian state that keeps up with his colonial interests and is trying to impose it forcefully and market it to the international community and [US President] Joe Biden’s administration,” the statement said.

The statement also said that Netanyahu has been working to expand illegal settlements, annex more Palestinian lands, fight the Palestinians in Area C, Judaise Jerusalem through separating it from its surrounding, doubling the number of settlers in the Holy City, demolishing Palestinian homes and shops, and pushing more enforced displacement.

Spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said, “Peace and stability in the region can only be achieved through first making peace with the Palestinian people and their legitimate leadership and resolving the Palestinian question based on resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative.”

Lately, the occupation state confiscated the VIP border pass of the Foreign Minister upon his return to the West Bank from a meeting at the International Criminal Court.

The Israeli occupation government has declined to comment on the matter.

The Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post, however, on Monday cited an Israeli official as saying that the relationship between the occupation state and the Palestinian Authority will not be “business as usual,” in light of the Palestinian Authority’s successful appeal to have the International Criminal Court investigate Israel for war crimes.

“The Palestinian leadership has to understand there are consequences for their actions,” the Israeli official said.

The Israeli official threatened to cut all joint economic projects with the PA.

“For them to suppose that they can go to the ICC and it will be business as usual from Israel is a very questionable proposition”, he said.

This report comes only one day after the occupation state confiscated the VIP pass of al-Malki.

Commenting on the confiscation of the VIP pass, the Israeli official said that the occupation state is not limiting Malki’s freedom, however, it is taking away “extra privileges” that it had granted to him.

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

Last year, the occupation state normalized ties with four Arab states: the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco.

Palestinians condemned the normalization agreements, saying they encouraged Israel’s denial of their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

Speaking to Ynet News last week Netanyahu said there were “four more peace agreements” on the way, but he gave no further information.

“I brought four peace agreements,” Netanyahu said in the interview.

“There are another four on the way. I talked about one of them yesterday.”

Netanyahu did not name the countries, but later the same day Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen told Radio 100FM that the countries nearest to signing deals were Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, and Niger.

(Source / 25.03.2021)

Racist graffiti threatens to ‘Expel or Kill’ Palestinians, written by Jewish extremists

Kufr Qasim (QNN)- Jewish extremist members of the anti-Palestinian Price Tag terror group vandalized Palestinian-owned vehicles and spray-painted them with hate graffiti in the Arab town of Kufr Qassem in the Green line, according to witnesses.

Witnesses said that a group of Israeli fanatics sneaked into the town during the early morning hours, slashed tires of more than 30 vehicles, and spray-painted them with hate graffiti such as “expel or kill”, “we will take our destiny into our own hands,” and the Star of David.

Police said they opened an investigation into the racist hate crime.

Incidents of vandalism and attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank are commonly referred to as “price tag” attacks.

Price Tag is an anti-Palestinian Jewish group that routinely attacks Palestinians in the occupied territories and the Green Line.

The Israeli occupation government still refuses to label it as a terrorist organization and considers it only as a group of vandals.

(Source / 25.03.2021)

Human rights groups call on ‘Israel’ to provide vaccines to Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza

Six Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations petitioned the High Court of Justice to demand that ‘Israel’ take immediate steps to ensure regular supply of vaccines to the Palestinian population under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza.

In a petition submitted on Thursday by attorney Adi Lustigman, the NGOs also demanded that the occupation state transfer its surplus vaccines to Palestinians immediately.

“Evidently, the Palestinian Authority has an insufficient number of vaccines, whereas in what is practically the same area, the population of Israeli citizens and residents is almost fully vaccinated, apart from those who decline it,” the NGOs stated in the petition.

The NGOs signed onto the petition are: Physicians for Human Rights Israel; HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual; Al Mezan Center for Human Rights; Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement; Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel; and Rabbis for Human Rights.

According to the NGOs, the Palestinian Authority can only vaccinate 1.5% of its population.

“The respondents’ current policy and their failure to ensure that the entire population is vaccinated violates Palestinian inhabitants’ basic rights to life and bodily integrity, and represents an ongoing injustice,” the NGOs stated in the petition.

The NGOs emphasized that ‘Israel’ has legal, moral and ethical obligations towards the Palestinians, deriving from its occupation and ongoing control of Gaza and the West Bank.

“This situation cannot be justified in any way, and it violates both binding Israeli and international law as well as medical ethics, morality, and sheer humanity,” it added.

“The Oslo Accords, to the extent that they are at all relevant, do not and cannot revoke the authority of the applicable laws, which require Israel to act to vaccinate the Palestinian population,” the NGOs stated.

According to recent data presented in the petition, the rates of COVID-19 mortality in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza have reached a new peak, with 27 fatalities a day, and the percentage of positive tests stands at 20%.

Palestinian hospitals in the West Bank are filled to capacity, and some of them have stopped admitting cancer patients from the Gaza Strip who require urgent and lifesaving treatments.

Together, the number of fatalities in the West Bank and Gaza exceeds 2,708, with a mortality rate of 1.1% of confirmed cases, a high rate compared to the occupation state, the petition said.

The total supply of vaccines available in the occupied Palestinian territory so far numbers about 135,000 doses, enough for only 67,500 people, less than 1.5% of the population in the West Bank and Gaza, and not enough to provide for all at-risk groups, including the elderly and immunocompromised.

The organizations also argued that excluding Palestinians from Israel’s vaccination drive makes little epidemiological sense.

(Source / 25.03.2021)

Israeli forces raze Araqib village in Negev for 185th time

Araqib residents live in a constant state of fear because they expect the demolition of their village at any moment after they manage to rebuild their homes again

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Israeli occupation authorities demolished, on Thursday morning, all the tents and structures in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Araqib in the Negev desert for the 185th consecutive time, displacing its residents.

According to local sources, Israeli occupation police and employees from the Bedouin development authority, which is responsible for such demolitions, stormed the village and wreaked havoc on everything.

Consequently, dozens of Bedouin citizens, including children, women, and elderlies, have become homeless and will suffer from the harsh weather of the desert for a while before they could have new makeshift homes again.

Araqib residents live in a constant state of fear because they expect the demolition of their village at any moment after they manage to rebuild their homes again.

However, such Israeli arbitrary, criminal and inhumane policy of demolition, uprooting, and displacement will only increase the residents’ resolve and adherence to their land and village even if Israel demolishes it thousands of times.  

Al-Araqib is one of several Bedouin villages in the Negev desert, which are “unrecognized” by Israel.

The demolition of al-Araqib and other villages in the Negev is a systematic Israeli policy aimed at expelling the native population from the Negev and transferring them to government-zoned areas to pave the way to expand and build settlements for Jewish communities.

(Source / 25.03.2021)

Israeli forces arrest 20 Palestinians from Hebron

Days of Palestine – Hebron – The Israeli occupation forces on Thursday arrested 20 Palestinians from the town of Beit Kahil, north of Hebron.

Security sources reported  that the occupation forces raided the town of Beit Kahil, north of Hebron, and arrested Saeed Ali Asafra, Nimer Abdul Qadir Asafra, Muhammad Ali Asafra, Muhammad Yusef Asafra, Rami Issa Asafra, Murad Mahmoud Asafra, Abdul Mahdi Badawi al-Zuhur, and Yusef Abd. Al-Hadi Asafra, Amr Abdel-Hadi Asafra, Muti’a Badawi Al-Zuhoor, Saeed Attiyah Al-Zuhur, Bakr Muhammad Asafra, Bassam Attia Al-Zuhur (55 years), Amir Bassam Al-Zuhur (30 years), Basem Hamad Badawi Al-Zuhur (40 years), Ahmed Nael Asafra (20 years) and Talha Muhammad Abdul Aziz al-Zuhur (36 years), Azzam Muhammad Muslim Asafra (52 years), Muhammad Azzam Asafra (26 years), and Sabri Abdul Qadir al-Zuhur (55 years), and searched the homes of the detainees and their families and tampered with their contents.

The Israeli occupation forces also raided the homes of Abdel Hadi Badawi Al-Zuhour and Saeed Badawi Al-Zuhour, and tampered with their contents.

(Source / 25.03.2021)

Israeli forces demolish Al-Araqeeb village for 185nd time

Days of Palestine – Negev Desert – Israeli occupation forces again demolished Al-Araqeeb village in the Negev Desert on Thursday for the 185nd time

Local sources said that the Israeli forces entered the village with a number of bulldozers and demolished homes and tents.
 
The residents were displaced and the demolition went ahead despite the cold weather.

This is the fourth time that the Israeli authorities have demolished tin houses and tents for the people of Al-Araqeeb from the beginning of this year 2021 until today, while the people re-erect them every time from wood and nylon to protect them from the bitter cold in the prevailing atmosphere and despite the Corona pandemic.

The village was first destroyed in 2010, Al Araqib is one of about 35 unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Naqab that the Israeli authorities seek to demolish and to confiscate its land.

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(Source / 25.03.2021)

Suffocation injuries during clashes in Salfit

Days of Palestine – Salfit – The Israeli stormed at dawn today, Thursday, the old city of Salfit, which resulted in a number of suffocation cases with gas among the Palestinian citizens , during clashes between the youths and the occupation forces.

Local sources reported that the occupation forces blew up the doors of several houses during the storming operation, and fully destroyed the properties of four houses.

The sources added that the storming operation began with the infiltration of a special occupation force after midnight using a civilian car, before it was discovered by the people, then clashes erupted during which the occupation forces fired live and rubber bullets, sound and gas bombs at youths and citizens’ homes.

(Source / 25.03.2021)

Israeli settlers vandalize vehicle tires, write racist slogans in Kafr Qasem

Days of Palestine – Kafr Qasim – The extremist Israeli settlers of the “Paying the Price” gang today, Thursday, destroyed private vehicle tires and wrote racist anti-Arab slogans in the city of Kafr Qasim, inside the occupied Palestinian interior in 1948.

Eyewitnesses from Kafr Qasem told Arab48 that a group of extremists attacked private cars of Palestinian residents of the city, punctured their tires, and wrote racist slogans, including “death or expulsion” in the Hebrew language.

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This is not the first time that extremists have attacked the city of Kafr Qasim. On 7/28/2019, settlers from the “Paying the Price” gang damaged tires of vehicles and trucks and wrote racist anti-Arab slogans in the city.

On 2-12-2018, extremists wrote racist expressions that were hostile and offensive to Arabs, including “paying the price” and “revenge” and the “Star of David” mark on shops, house walls, and damaging the tires of 32 private vehicles in the eastern neighborhood adjacent to the town of Ras al-Ain.

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The “paying the price” gangs carried out racist attacks in many Palestinian towns in the occupied Palestinian interior in 1948, and the gangs also targeted holy places, mosques, churches, and Islamic and Christian cemeteries.

(Source / 25.03.2021)