Palestinian Worker Chased by Army, Seriously Injured near Jenin

Israeli forces, on Sunday, chased Palestinian workers, causing one to sustain a serious injury, near the apartheid wall near Rummanah village, northwest of Jenin, in northern occupied West Bank.

The family of the young man told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that the young man, Mahmoud Qasrawi, 24, from Misilyah village, suffered severe bleeding from his head after falling while he and other Palestinian workers were being chased by the army.

Qasrawi was transferred directly to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Rafidia hospital in Nablus.

No further information was available at the time of this report.

On March 25, Palestinian worker, Mohammad Mousa Abu Dalal, 23, from Shabtin village, fell to his death while being chased by Israeli police in Jaffa, Tel Aviv in Israel.

The Israeli police pursued the young construction worker, causing him to fall to his death down an elevator shaft.

According to the Middle East Research and Information Project;

“The number of Palestinian workers in Israel and Israeli settlements was an estimated 130,000 in 2019, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)—but is likely to be higher due to the number who cross into Israel without permits.[1] Most Palestinians work in Israel’s construction sector, where it is estimated that they make up 65-70 percent of the workforce.”

(Source / 30.03.2021)

Israeli Colonists Injure A Palestinian Near Salfit

Illegal Israeli colonialist settlers attacked, on Sunday evening, many Palestinian farmers on their lands in Kafr Ed-Deek town, northwest of Salfit, in central West Bank, wounding a young man, in addition to causing damage to a car.

Fares ad-Deek, a Palestinian researcher specialized in Israeli affairs, said many colonists came from the illegal Bruchin outpost, which was installed on stolen Palestinian lands, and started throwing stones at the farmers.

He added that a young man, identified as Salman Shawkat Ahmad, was struck with a rock in the head, suffering moderate wounds.

The colonists also caused serious damage to a car, owned by Rami Tahseen, after he parked it near his land.

Ad-Deek also said that the colonists carried out a similar attack on Saturday, causing damage to at least one shed, in addition to assaulting the farmers and trying to force them out of their lands.

It is worth mentioning that Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene and informed the Palestinians that they needed to leave their own lands because the colonists “were picnicking in the area, and “have the right to be there.”

The colonists recently demolished an agricultural shed, in addition to cutting and uprooting dozens of Palestinian olive trees and saplings.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

(Source / 30.03.2021)

Israeli navy attacks Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- Israeli occupation navy today’s morning attacked Palestinian fishermen sailing off the northern Gaza shore and damaged one boat.

WAFA reported that the fishermen were sailing within the allowed three nautical miles when the Israeli navy opened gunfire and water houses at them causing damage to one boat, forcing the fishermen to return to the shore.

However, no injuries were reported.

The Israeli navy deliberately targets fishing boats on a daily basis, preventing nearly 3600 fishermen from earning living. The Israelis open fire, use water cannons, and damage fishing nets and boats’ engines in their efforts to terrorize fishermen.

Lately, three Palestinian fishermen were killed when an explosive-laden Israeli drone blew up, as it was stuck in the fishermen’s fishing net and exploded while they were working in Al Qararah sea in the south of the besieged strip.

(Source / 30.03.2021)

Israeli forces quell peaceful rally marking Palestine Land Day

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces today quelled a peaceful rally marking the 45th anniversary of Land Day in Sebastia village in Nablus north of the occupied West Bank.

#Israeli occupation army and extremist settlers break into a Roman-era stadium and site in the village of Sebastia, north of the occupied West Bank, today.

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The occupation forces fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades towards the participants commemorating Land Day, causing many to suffocate due to excessive tear gas inhalation.

The participants in the rally in Sebastia were commemorating Land Day because of Israel’s ongoing violations against the village and its indigenous, as Israeli occupation authorities are planning to open a police center in the archeological building in Sebastia, as a prelude to take over the land.

Palestinians today mark the 45th anniversary of the Land Day, by organizing rallies and marches in several Arab towns, mainly in the towns where Israeli occupation forces killed six Palestinians and injured hundreds on March 30, 1976.

Palestinians were protesting that day against Israel’s expropriation of thousands of donums of their lands. Since then, this day has been known as Land Day.

On this day, Palestinians emphasise their resistance to Israeli occupation and steadfastness. They remind the world that Israel’s colonisation of their land has been continuous since the establishment of the so-called ‘Israel’.

(Source / 30.03.2021)

New Israeli coronavirus mutation discovered in occupation state of ‘Israel’

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- A new Israeli coronavirus mutation has been discovered in the occupation state of ‘Israel’, Israeli media reported on Tuesday.

“The Israeli variant appears in samples from July but is disappearing and the evidence for it is dwindling,” Israeli Health Ministry said in a statement, two days after scientists from Israel’s Central Virology Laboratory posted a paper about the mutation on MedRxiv, Jerusalem Post said.

In the report, however, it says that the strain was identified in clinical samples for the first time in November 2020 and in wastewater sequencing a month before.

In October 2020, it was found at a 5% frequency in wastewater samples from Rahat city.

In November, the strain was discovered at a frequency of 98% in Netanya and Haifa, The Jerusalem Post reported.

So far, some 181 people are known to have been infected with the mutation, according to the paper.

The British variant remains the dominant strain in the occupation state.

The strain has not been associated with higher infection rates nor does it appear to cause more serious illness.

Furthermore, the Pfizer vaccine appears effective against it.

The variant was discovered by the Central Virology Laboratory at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, during routine genetic sequencing.

The ministry said it has “no clinical or epidemiological significance.”

“There is nothing new and nothing worrying here,” Prof. Eyal Leshem, director of Sheba’s Center for Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases, told The Jerusalem Post.

More than 5.2 million Israelis have received at least one dose of the vaccine, among them more than 4.7 million who have received both doses, according to Israeli Health Ministry.

Israeli coronavirus death toll stands at 6,188.

However, Palestinian Health Ministry said today that a total of 52,449 people in the occupied West Bank have been vaccinated against coronavirus, and 21,515 people in the besieged Gaza Strip, after ‘Israel’ excluded the nearly 5 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, under its military occupation, from COVID-19 vaccination.

Several rights groups have called on ‘Israel’ to give the Palestinians access to the vaccine, as it is obligated to do so as an occupying power.

Under the fourth Geneva Convention, ‘Israel’, as an occupying power, is obligated to provide Palestinians with the vaccines, as the occupying forces are responsible for providing healthcare to the population of the occupied area.

Most states as well as the United Nations Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the International Court of Justice, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, consider ‘Israel’ to be an occupying power.

To date, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, there have been nearly 2868 deaths related to COVID-19 among Palestinians in the OPT since the beginning of the pandemic, 610 of them in the Gaza strip.

(Source / 30.03.2021)

Major General “Abu Naim”: Gaza Strip witnessing an advanced state of security and stability

Days of Palestine – Gaza – The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior and National Security in Gaza, Major General Tawfiq Abu Naim, confirmed that the Gaza Strip is witnessing an advanced state of security and stability, despite the lack of capabilities that the ministry possesses, and the number of pressures facing the sector.

Major General Abu Naim attributed the security situation in the Gaza Strip, due to the fact that the police and security services in the Strip work within an integrated professional system.

Abu Naim said, “The security system in Gaza benefited from previous experiences, and avoided anything that might affect the state of stability within society.”

He pointed out that the Ministry of Interior, since the era of the martyr Minister Saeed Seyam, has been working through firm foundations and a national security doctrine aimed at protecting the homeland and serving the citizen, regardless of any partisan or factional considerations, and this is what the successive leadership of the ministry has pursued over the past years.

He emphasized that the process of building and development in the Ministry of Interior is a “cumulative” process on a professional basis, pointing out that everyone who obtains the honor of serving our people in leading this ministry completes the process of sacrifice and giving.

Strong Relationship

According to the relationship between the Ministry of Interior and society, Major General Abu Naim pointed out that there is a close relationship that links the Ministry of Interior with all classes of society, including families, factions, civil society institutions, trade unions, and businessmen, and religious institutions.

Abu Naim stressed that the Interior Ministry stands beside everyone, “we are in front of security services that work day and night in order to achieve a basic goal of maintaining security and serving the citizen.”

He pointed out that everyone who visited the Gaza Strip during the past years, Arabs and foreigners, praised the state of security and stability, which is comparable to the most stable countries.

No Organized Crime

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior and National Security stressed that the Interior Ministry cannot ignore any security or criminal offense, as it investigates every crime, in order to uncover its circumstances and bring the perpetrators to justice, pointing out that this resulted in the Gaza Strip being free from manifestations of organized crime, or crimes against unknown.

He warned that the Interior Ministry is facing great challenges from the opponents and enemies of the Palestinian people, whether the occupation or its supporters, in the context of compromising the security reality, adding that: “However, the security and police services are always ready, and in a state of vigilance and alertness for anyone who tries to undermine security and stability.”

He explained that when any security event occurs, an assessment is carried out to reinforce and build on strengths, and address any defects that occur.

Major General Abu Naim praised the training and development process in the ministry, and said: “We are in a state of continuous training and development for cadres of police and security agencies, so that we maintain the level of security performance, in line with the difficulty of challenges throughout our years of work.”

He added, “We have the University College of Rabat, which works according to a scientific methodology to graduate competent officers in police and legal work, in addition to the training directorate, which is responsible for holding training and professional courses in all areas of specialization.”

Abu Naim indicated that many of the Ministry’s employees have been sent to specialized courses outside the Gaza Strip, to gain knowledge and experience in the legal, policing, and civil defense fields.

Border Control

With regard to securing and controlling borders, Major General Abu Naim confirmed that there is a great control of the sea and land borders of the Gaza Strip, in cooperation and coordination between the Ministry’s agencies and the resistance.

He pointed out that the Interior Ministry is making great efforts to secure the southern border, as it is linked with Egypt, stressing the ministry’s great concern for the continuation and strengthening of the security situation on those borders.

He continued, saying: “The Ministry has worked to develop the border area through the security constructions it has undertaken, and to provide all the necessary capabilities for that.”

Concerning the eastern, northern, and maritime borders; Major General Abu Naim mentioned that there is a cooperation between the Ministry of Interior and the Palestinian resistance in securing it, as the occupation stands on the other side of it, pointing out that all capabilities are taken in this.

He added: “There is a high level of border control in the Gaza Strip, and internal security control due to the security forces’ solidarity with all classes of society, and with the Palestinian resistance.”

Securing Elections

On securing the expected electoral process next May, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior and National Security said that the leadership of the ministry has directed all the competent authorities to take the necessary measures.

He added, “The task of securing the electoral process has been assigned to the police, provided that all agencies and departments support it with all their capabilities so that they can carry out their duty to the fullest.”

He pointed out that the ministry will work to create all appropriate conditions for holding general elections in the Gaza Strip, securing polling stations, the headquarters of election committees, monitoring committees, and the movement of upcoming delegations.

Facing COVID-19

After more than a year of facing the Corona pandemic in the Gaza Strip, Major General Abu Naim pointed out that Gaza has come the most important way in facing the pandemic, through close cooperation between all government agencies, especially the ministries of health, interior and social development.

He pointed out that the Ministry of Interior has provided all its capabilities and efforts to protect society, prevent the epidemic from escalating, and support the health system.

Major General Abu Naim described the stage of facing the pandemic as one of the most difficult stages that the Ministry of Interior went through during its years of work, adding that the ministry was able to present a civilized image, through the measures that were taken to avoid the risks of the spread of the epidemic.
Abu Naim warned of the continuing spread of the pandemic, calling on the Palestinian community to remain in a state of alert.

With the recent rise in the epidemiological curve, Abu Naim indicated that this raises the alarm again, stressing the importance of not lacking in preventive measures, “so as not to destroy what we have built over the past year.”

He pointed out to the Ministry of the Interior in a state of continuous follow-up and consultation with the Ministry of Health in assessing the epidemiological situation, “and does not hesitate to take any measures aimed at preserving the lives and safety of citizens.”

Regarding the possibility of taking new tightening measures, Major General Abu Naim explained that there is a continuous assessment of the epidemiological situation with the Ministry of Health and that instructions have been directed at the present time to the police and security services, to follow up the tightening of preventive measures in all sectors.

(Source / 30.03.2021)

Fatah: We demanded the opening of 18 polling stations in Jerusalem, and no elections without them

Day of Palestine – Ramallah – The spokesman for the Fatah movement, Hussein Hamayel, confirmed that his movement would not accept holding the legislative elections without holding them in the occupied Jerusalem.

Hamayel told Al-Quds Press that from the first moment of issuing the election decree, we have had diplomatic moves at the level of the international community and the competent institutions for there to be elections in Jerusalem.

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The Fatah spokesman added that the elections in Jerusalem are a process of clashing with the Israeli occupation, and we will not allow them to take place except within the true national context, in a way that does not detract from our constants.

He stressed that the Palestinian factions would not accept that these elections be part of establishing “Israeli sovereignty” over the holy city.

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Hamayel revealed that the authority called on the international community and the United Nations to have 18 polling stations in occupied Jerusalem instead of 6 centers, as was the case in the 2006 elections, adding that we have not received a response in particular until now.

It is noteworthy that the Palestinian factions stressed in mid-March during their dialogue round in Cairo, the unity of the Palestinian land legally and politically, and the need for the next elections to be held in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip, and to confront any measures that might hinder their conduct, especially in Jerusalem.

(Source / 30.03.2021)

Settlers storm archaeological site north of Nablus

Days of Palestine – Nablus – Dozens of Israeli settlers today stormed the archaeological site of Sebastia, north of Nablus city, according to a local source.

Sebastia Mayor Muhammad Azim said: “Dozens of settlers stormed the archaeological site under the protection of the Israeli military, which declared the site temporarily off-limit for Palestinians and there are expectations that celebrations will be held for the settlers in the region.”

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He added that the people and national actors will participate today in the commemoration of Land Day in the town of Sebastia, in light of the fierce attack on the town by the occupation authorities, in order to control the archaeological site.

(Source / 30.03.2021)

Palestinians commemorate the 45th anniversary of Land Day

The Palestinians today, Tuesday, commemorate the 45th anniversary of Land Day, through a series of activities that include laying wreaths of flowers on the tombs of the Land Day martyrs, in Sakhnin, Arrabeh, Deir Hanna, Kafr Kanna, and Taybeh.

The activities approved by the High Follow-up Committee for the Arab masses, the popular committees, and the towns of the Land Day Triangle, include rallies in Deir Hanna, Sakhnin, and Arraba at 2:30 p.m., culminating in a march hosted by Araba, which will conclude at 4:30 pm with a central festival in the city market.

The Follow-up Committee called for broad participation and commitment to its decisions to prevent all-partisan manifestations and to raise the Palestinian flag alone, and the slogans that it identifies, to be the memory of Land Day to reinforce the building of national unity and consolidate it.

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The follow-up committee, activities, and national and popular forces saluted the martyrs of the eternal Land Day, who gave their blood defense of truth and dignity: Kheir Yassin from Arraba, Raja Abu Rayya, Khadija Shawahneh, Khader Khalayleh from Sakhnin, Mohsen Taha from Kafr Kanna, and Raafat Al Zuhairi From Nour Shams camp – Tulkarm, who was killed on the land of Al-Taybeh, along with hundreds of wounded and detainees.

(Source / 30.03.2021)

Manuel Musallam: Christian candidates subject to tremendous pressure not to be on the Hamas list

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Manuel Musallam, a member of the Christian Islamic Association for Supporting the Holy Places, confirmed that a number of Christian candidates were subjected to extraordinary pressure and intimidation in their daily lives, to prevent them from running in the elections.

Manuel Musallam said in a press statement that there is terrible and misleading propaganda to distort Hamas, which has greatly affected the components of the Christian world in the West Bank in particular.

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He stated that many of the personalities nominated for the elections were subjected to extraordinary pressures with regard to their work, in addition to a very large distortion that the movement was subjected to in the media by a suspicious media.

He explained that the Hamas movement has been subjected to great injustice as well as misinformation, pointing at the same time to the failure of the Hamas media in the face of distortion.

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It is noteworthy that the Hamas movement submitted yesterday, Monday, to register its list with the Central Elections Commission in Ramallah and Gaza, to participate in the legislative elections, which bore the name “Al-Quds Our Destination” and its electoral number (10).

It is noteworthy that the door to candidacy for the Legislative Council elections will remain open until midnight on Wednesday, March 31, and the initial disclosure of the lists and candidates will be officially announced on April 6.

According to the Election Commission, the election campaigning begins on April 30 and ends on May 21, and the pre-polling of the security forces will take place on May 20, and the polling day for the electors on May 22, with the preliminary results to be announced on May 23.

(Source / 30.03.2021)