Israel forces tied detained Palestinian child to prison bed, rights group says

Nouruddin Obeid [Deirdebwanalkhair/Facebook]
Nouruddin Obeid

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs has accused the Israeli occupation police and jailers of physically assaulting and maltreating a Palestinian child from Jerusalem during his detention, the Palestinian Information Centre reported.

According to the group’s lawyer, 17-year-old Nouruddin Obeid, from the occupied East Jerusalem district of Issawiya, was kidnapped by occupation forces on 23 December 2020.

The lawyer, who visited Nouruddin in Damon jail, quoted him as saying that occupation forces severely beat him with their hands, legs and weapons and wounded him before hauling him into a military jeep where they continued to beat him.

They then transferred him to a police station in Jerusalem, where they questioned him for about an hour with his hands and legs shackled, deprived him of going to the bathroom and detained him until two o’clock in the morning keeping him in the yard at a time of cold weather, before taking him to a cell at the Moskobiya Detention Center in West Jerusalem.

He was held for 12 days in Moskobiya Detention Center before being transferred to Ofek prison. There, he asked to speak to his family, and was assaulted, and tied to his bed then deprived of food and water and the ability to use the toilet.

He stayed in Ofek prison for ten days before being transferred to the juvenile section of Damon jail.

READ: Torturing children is normal for Israel

(Source / 26.03.2021)

Israeli settlers vandalise Palestinians cars, spray racist slogans

Israeli settlers spray racist slogans in East Jerusalem on 1 April 2019 [Safa Agency]
Israeli settlers spray racist slogans in East Jerusalem on 1 April 2019

Israeli settlers yesterday punctured the tyres of several Palestinian-owned vehicles and sprayed anti-Arab graffiti on walls and vehicles in the town of Kafr Qasim, in northern Israel.

The attackers sprayed slogans calling to expel or murder Palestinians.

Israeli settlers have, in recent years, carried out similar attacks in the occupied West Bank and Arab cities and towns in Israel in what has become known as “price tag” attacks.

The term refers to extremist Jewish settlers’ use of violent acts on Palestinians and their property to demonstrate their opposition to Israeli restrictions on settlements and their outposts in the occupied West Bank.

READ: Number of illegal settlers up 42% since 2010

Israeli police said it has received complaints of vandalism, adding that forces were investigating the incidents.

Palestinians living in Israel accuse Israeli police of negligence in prosecuting perpetrators of such attacks.

Arab Israelis constitute about 20 per cent of Israel’s population.

(Source / 26.03.2021)

PA and Hamas to establish ‘national unity government’

Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, attends by video conference a meeting with deputy Hamas chief Saleh Arouri (unseen) discussing Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 2 July 2020. [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 2 July 2020 

The Palestinian Authority and Hamas have agreed to establish a “national unity government”, a senior official announced yesterday.

According to Jibril Rajoub, the accord is based on an “internationally-recognised political document between Fatah and Hamas.” He pointed out that it “paves the way for a national unity government after the elections.”

Rajoub added that PA officials are “still in contact with the US administration” and stressed that they are discussing the “most important issues” facing the Palestinian people. The US, Israel and their allies have made it clear in the past that they will not accept a Palestinian Authority which includes Hamas.

Moreover, Rajoub said that senior Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti will not be “excluded from the upcoming presidential election.” Barghouti is being held in prison by Israel.

READ: Islamic Jihad will never run for elections under Oslo Accords

(Source / 26.03.2021)

Israel imposes travel ban on Al-Aqsa Mosque Imam

Some of Palestinian demonstrators meet with Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the grand imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, at his home in As-Suvvane neighborhood to show their support to him in Jerusalem on 3 June 2020. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the grand imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on 3 June 2020 

The Israeli occupation authorities have imposed a travel ban on Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the president of the Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem, Wafa news agency has reported. Sheikh Sabri is banned from traveling abroad for two months under the renewable order.

The 82-year-old Imam has been arrested by Israel on many occasions. He was even banned from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for several months under the pretext of “incitement” with his efforts to preserve the Islamic identity of Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is under threat from Israeli extremists. The sheikh pointed out recently that the sanctuary has witnessed a noticeable escalation in raids by right-wing Jewish groups.

Sheikh Sabri has been giving Friday sermons at Al-Aqsa Mosque since 1973. The mosque within the Old City of occupied Jerusalem is the world’s third-holiest site for Muslims.

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem, including the Old City, since the 1967 Six Day War. Its 1980 “annexation” of the city remains illegal under international law and unrecognised by most of the international community.

READ: Sheikh Jarrah is about much more than having the right documentation

(Source / 26.03.2021)

Israel: Supreme Court petition calls for Palestinians to get vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine in Bethlehem, West Bank on 3 February 2021 [Hisham K. K. Abu Shaqra/Anadolu Agency]
COVID-19 vaccine in Bethlehem, West Bank on 3 February 2021

A group of six Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups have appealed to Israel’s Supreme Court to demand that the state should provide vaccines to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

“The Covid-19 morbidity and mortality rates in the West Bank and Gaza are increasing dramatically but the vaccine supply to Palestinians so far covers less than 1.5 per cent of the population,” explained Physicians for Human Rights Israel. “The government’s current policy and failure to ensure that the entire population is vaccinated violates Palestinian inhabitants’ basic rights to life and bodily integrity, and represents an ongoing injustice.”

Joining Physicians for Human Rights Israel in the petition to the court were HaMoked: Centre for the Defence of the Individual; Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights; Gisha – Legal Centre for Freedom of Movement; Adalah: The Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel; and Rabbis for Human Rights.

The legal move was made amid concerns of a spike in coronavirus infections in the occupied Palestinian territories. The West Bank was placed under new restrictive measures earlier this month to curb the surge in infections.

READ: Israel to bail out its airlines with $210m COVID-19 aid plan

The petition argues that 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.”

Indeed, Israel has started to ease pandemic lockdown restrictions, opening restaurants, bars and cafes. More than half of the population has been given two doses of the vaccine, the Israeli health minister announced yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Minister of Health, Mai Al-Kaila, recorded 1,511 new Covid-19 cases and 16 deaths in occupied Palestine today. She said that 14 deaths occurred in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and two were in the besieged Gaza Strip.

In closing, the human rights groups pointed out that the Palestinian hospitals in the West Bank are filled to capacity. “Some of them have stopped admitting cancer patients from the Gaza Strip who require urgent and lifesaving treatment,” they added.

(Source / 26.03.2021)

Hamas elects first female to political bureau

Jamila Al-Shanti, 64, is the first woman to be elected to Hamas’ political bureau member

Hamas announced the appointment of a Palestinian woman as a member in its political bureau for the first time since its creation.

Jamila Al-Shanti, 64, is the first woman to become a member of its bureau.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency she said that she came to this position not by appointment but by-election, adding that women play an important role in Hamas.

“Women took part in Hamas’ political decision-making processes. Consultations were held with women on some military issues. Hamas can’t make a decision on an operational, political, or strategic issue unless the Council gathered, where women take part,” Al-Shanti said.

“In voting, consultation, and administrative decision-making processes, women affect the decision-making process. There are issues they need to consult with us,” she added.

Hamas began its internal election process on 18 February. It will conclude at the end of March.

The Hamas movement is the main rival group to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party. It won the last Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006.

READ: Hamas: ‘Israel’s detention campaign will not hinder our determination to run for elections’

(Source / 26.03.2021)

Israel detains 3 prominent Hamas leaders in West Bank

Israeli forces in Hebron, West Bank on 23 January 2021. [Mamoun Wazwaz - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces in Hebron, West Bank on 23 January 2021

The Israeli army detained three prominent Hamas leaders the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that an Israeli soldier detained Hatem Qaffeisha, 58, a top Hamas leader in Hebron and a Palestinian lawmaker.

Former Local Governance Minister Isa Al-Jabari, 55, and top Hamas figure Mazen Al-Natsha, 49, were also detained.

The three figures have been jailed several times by the Israeli army.

Hamas has warned of Israeli plans to stage a mass arrest campaign against its members ahead of the Palestinian elections slated for May.

READ: Hamas is building international links to guarantee acceptance of the election results

In February, key Hamas members were detained including Mustafa Al-Shannar, Adnan Asfour, Yaser Mansour, Khalid El-Haj, Abdel-Basit El-Haj, Omar Al-Hanbali and Faze’ Sawafteh.

Hamas says the Israeli authorities aim to disrupt the Palestinian elections and affect the results.

Hamas also accused the Israeli authorities of threatening its members with imprisonment if they run in the upcoming elections.

Palestinians are scheduled to vote in the legislative elections on 22 May, presidential polls are to be held on 31 July and the National Council elections on 31 August.

The last legislative elections were held in 2006, with Hamas coming out on top.

(Source / 26.03.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct 24 Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, at least twenty-four Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, among them twenty who were taken prisoner in Beit Kahil town, north of Hebron.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said dozens of soldiers invaded Beit Kahil town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, before storming and ransacking dozens of homes, causing damage, and abducted twenty Palestinians.

It identified the abducted Palestinians as Sa’id Ali Asafra, Mohammad Ali Asafra, Nimir Abdul-Qader Asafra, Mohammad Yousef Asafra, Rami Issa Asafra, Bakr Mohammad Asafra, Yousef Abdul-Hadi Asafra, Amro Abdul-Hadi Asafra, Morad Mahmoud Asafra, Ahmad Na’el Asafra, 20, Azzam Mohammad Asafra, 52, Mohammad Azzam Asafra, 26, Abdul-Mahdi Badawi Zohour, Mitye’ Badawi Zohour, Sa’id Atiya Zohour, Bassam Atiya Zohour, 55, Amir Bassam Zohour, 30, Bassem Hamad Zohour, 40, Talha Mohammad Zohour, 36, Sabri Abdul-Qader Zohour, 55.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Raed Issa Abu Alia, 19, from his home in the al-Maghayir village, east of the city, after the army invaded the property and ransacked it, in addition to interrogating the family.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded the al-Isawiya town, north of the city, searched homes, and abducted Ahmad Ghaleb Abu Sbeih, 29.

In addition, the soldiers invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem city, searched man

(Source / 26.03.2021)

Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishing Boats, Capsizes One

Israeli navy ships attacked, Thursday, several Palestinian fishing boats, causing one to capsize, near Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said the navy fired many live rounds, and used water cannons, targeting several Palestinian fishing boats, less than six nautical miles from the shore of Deir al-Balah.

They added that the attack caused one boat to capsize, before the fishermen were forced to return to the shore, without being able to fish and provide for their families.

The attack is part of the dozens of Israeli violations targeting Palestinian fishermen, farmers, and workers, in the besieged and impoverished coastal region.

The Oslo Accords signed by Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1993, and 1995 stipulated that the Israeli occupation authorities must allow Palestinian fishermen to sail and fish up to 20 nautical miles off the coast.

However, Israel keeps unilaterally changing the allotted miles, and constantly attacks the fishermen near the shore, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to arrests, excessive damage, and the confiscation of boats.

(Source / 26.03.2021)

Palestinian Detainee Continues Hunger Strike

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees has reported, Thursday, that a Palestinian detainee, held by Israeli under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, is ongoing with a hunger strike for the 35th consecutive day.

The Commission stated that the detainee, Emad al-Batran, 47, from Hebron city in southern West Bank, is currently at the Ramla prison clinic, which lacks specialists and basic supplies.

It added that al-Batran was slapped with the first administrative detention order on January 27th, 2020, which was renewed four times since.

On January 21, 2021, he was slapped with another four-month order, holding him captive without charges or trial.

Al-Batran suffers from various health conditions, including in his arteries, joints, and muscles, and has recently started vomiting blood. He is only drinking water, and not taking any medications.

It is worth mentioning that al-Batran has been repeatedly abducted and imprisoned by Israel, spending about ten years behinds bars, mainly under the same arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

In the year 2013, al-Batran went on hunger strike for 105 days, in addition to 35 days in the year 2016, protesting his Administrative Detention.

(Source / 26.03.2021)