Elderly woman dies after being rammed by Israeli settler’s car on Hebron

Hebron (QNN)- A Palestinian elderly woman has died today after an Israeli settler rammed her with his car near As-Samu‘ town, south of Hebron city in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian women was identified as Shafiqa Abu Aqeel, 73 years old.

The elderly woman died after the settler rammed his car into her as he was driving his car at the western entrance of the town.

Abu Aqeel was rushed to Soroka Hospital in the southern Green Line, where medics pronounced her dead shortly afterwards.

There has been a spike in attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the occupied territories, however, investigations into them have not been carried out even though some have resulted in fatalities.

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.

(Source / 07.04.2021)

‘Israel’ maintains over 65 laws that discriminate against Palestinians, says Amnesty

Amnesty International said that ‘Israel’ continued to impose institutionalized discrimination against Palestinians living under its rule in the Green Line and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

In its annual report, Amnesty stated that Israeli occupation authorities in 2020 “continued to discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel in areas of planning, budget allocation, policing and political participation.”

According to the Adalah-The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in ‘Israel’, ‘Israel’ maintains over 65 laws that discriminate against Palestinians.”

“Local Palestinian councils in Israel went on strike to protest against discrimination in the distribution of the state budget for local councils. The vast majority of Palestinians in Israel, comprising over 20% of the total population, live in around 139 towns and villages. They received only 1.7% of the state budget for local council,” it said.

“In August, Adalah and the Arab Center for Alternative Planning filed a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of 10 local Palestinian councils and dozens of Palestinian citizens of Israel against government policy discriminating against these communities in the distribution of housing, construction and land development benefits compared to neighbouring Jewish communities that enjoy higher socio-economic status and have access to such benefits.’

‘Israel’ continued to deny Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza married to Palestinians living inside the Green lines the right to nationality by enforcing the discriminatory Entry to Israel Law, said Amnesty.

“In December, the magistrate court in Krayot, near Haifa, rejected a petition for access to education by Palestinian citizens of Israel living in Karmiel, citing the discriminatory Nation State Law. The decision said that establishing an Arabic school in the town or funding transport for its Palestinian residents to study in Arabic schools in nearby communities would undermine the town’s “Jewish character”.”

Amnesty also said in December, the Israeli Health Ministry began the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines that excluded the nearly 5 million Palestinians who live under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

(Source / 07.04.2021)

Israeli forces murder Palestinian man, injure his wife in Jerusalem

The man was shot in the head and his wife was shot in her back

Israeli occupation forces murdered on Tuesday at dawn Palestinian man and severely wounded his wife while they were driving from Beir Nabala to Jerusalem.

Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that both the Palestinian man and his wife arrived to Palestine Medical Compound in very critical conditions.

Later on, the man, who was shot in the head apparently from a very close distance, succumbed to his wounds.

Although it is critical, the condition of the wife is stable now, medical sources said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the Palestinian man as Usama Sedqi Mansour, 42, from a Palestinian village located in northwest Jerusalem.

Israeli occuaption army spokesman claims that the driver attempted to carry out a ramping attack.

(Source / 07.04.2021)

Israeli settlers storm ancient site of Sebastia under military guard

Sebastia is a mixture of structural remains and modern buildings and it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the West Bank

Dozens of Israeli settlers on Wednesday morning stormed Sebastia town, north of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, at the pretext of visiting and performing rituals at the archeological site.

Sebastia mayor Mohamed Azem said that scores of settlers stormed, under military protection, the ancient area of the town.

Azem added that the Israeli occupation forces cordoned off the area and bared local residents from using the paths and roads leading to it.

He warned of Israeli intents to storm Sebastia town every Wednesday to secure visits to the historic site for Israeli settlers.

Sebastia is a mixture of structural remains and modern buildings and it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the West Bank.

It was once a major city, home to successive civilizations from its Arab Canaanite founders to the Romans and then its modern-day Palestinian inhabitants.

Both the major archaeological site above the village and the historic center of the town itself are still fascinating tourist attractions.

However, this unique ancient town is exposed to systematic attempts by Israel and its ministry of tourism to obliterate and Judaize its Arab history and identity.

According to Azem, Israel prevents the Palestinian local authorities from carrying out any restoration or cleaning works at the historical sites in the town.

Every once in a while, groups of settlers escorted by soldiers provocatively storm the main archaeological site of the town in broad daylight to perform religious rituals as part of an Israeli attempt to claim it as a Jewish shrine.

At nighttime, the site becomes vulnerable to acts of sabotage and plundering by settlers and thieves.

(Source / 07.04.2021)

Al-Rishq: No Election without Participation of Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Gaza – A member of the political bureau of “Hamas” Izzat al-Rishq Monday confirmed that there are no Palestinian elections without Jerusalem, stressing the need for Jerusalemites to participate in the upcoming legislative elections as nominations, voting, and representation, as was the case in the 2006 elections.

Al-Rishq said, in a press statement that this is a constant position and there is no bargaining over it. There will be no elections without Jerusalem because it represents the historical right and symbolic struggle for the Palestinian people.

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He added that If the Israeli occupation attempts to prevent our people in Jerusalem from participating in this election, our Palestinian people, with all their powers and factions, consider it a national battle, and will fight it with all force, to pressure the Israeli occupation and force it to submit to the will of the Palestinian people.

He stressed that our Arab and Islamic nation and the international community are required to pressure the Israeli occupation to prevent it from obstructing the holding of elections in Jerusalem, and to stand by our Palestinian people to achieve their aspirations for unity, freedom, and independence.

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

He stressed that Jerusalem was and will remain the eternal capital of Palestine, and it is the symbol of the struggle and resistance of the Palestinian people.

According to a previous presidential decree; The Palestinian elections will be held in three stages during the current year, legislative (parliamentary) on May 22, the presidential elections on July 31, and the elections for the National Council on August 31.

(Source / 07.04.2021)

Israeli intelligence prevents a consultative meeting about the legislative elections in Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The Israeli occupation intelligence and police today, Tuesday morning, prevented a consultative meeting about the legislative elections in a hotel in occupied Jerusalem.

Local sources stated that the Israeli occupation police and intelligence forces surrounded the vicinity of the “Ambassador” Hotel in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem, and prevented the holding of the consultative meeting called by civil society institutions, which was under the slogan “International law guarantees us the right to vote.”

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It added that the Israeli occupation forces arrested the Director of the Jerusalem District Office, Adel Abu Zneid, and the Director of the Ambassadors Hotel, Sami Abu Dayya.

It also added that , the Israeli intelligence summoned Ahed Al-Rishq, Awad Al-Salaymeh, Ghada Abu Rabee ‘, and director of the Prisoners’ Club in Jerusalem, Nasir Qus for investigation.

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It indicated that the Israeli occupation forces detained the candidate for the “Fatah” list, lawyer Samer Maliha, for about an hour, then released him after photocopying his identity card.

(Source / 07.04.2021)

Hamas comments on Israeli arrest of its candidate in West Bank

Days of Palestine – Gaza – In a press release on Tuesday, Hamas, spokesperson, Fawzi Barhoum said that the detention of Hassan al-Wardiyan, a candidate in Hamas’s “Al-Quds is Our Destiny” list, is blatant interference in the Palestinian electoral process that reflects strenuous Israeli endeavors to disrupt it.

Barhoum added that these arrests against Palestinian citizens and figures in the West Bank will not intimidate, terrorize, or dissuade them from participating in the Palestinian elections; rather, they would motivate them to take part in the election process and ensure the success of this democratic option.

Read More: Israeli forces arrest Hamas candidate, ex-prisoners from Bethlehem

“The Palestinian people and their leaders and factions are all invited to turn all of these challenges into a confrontation with the Israeli occupation, protect this national necessity with all means possible and fight off any Israeli attempt to disrupt the Palestinian vote,” He stated.

He called on the international community and international organisations to act immediately to protect the Palestinian election process and put an end to all Israeli violations against the Palestinian people.

Read More: Hamas holds intensive consultations to approve its candidates for the general elections

(Source / 07.04.2021)

Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian man, injure wife

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – A Palestinian was killed and his wife was wounded by Israeli bullets on Tuesday morning, in the town of Bir Nabala, northwest of occupied Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said, in a press statement, that a citizen arrived at the Palestine Medical Complex (governmental) in Ramallah in a critical condition, after he was shot in the head by the Israeli army, and he was announced dead later.

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The ministry indicated that the martyr’s wife also arrived with live bullets in the “back”, explaining that her condition is stable.

The official Palestinian News Agency “Wafa” said that the Israeli army shot at the car of the Palestinian couple while traveling near the village of Bir Nabala, northwest of Jerusalem.

Read More: Israeli forces shoot dead a Palestinian man in Nablus

It added that dozens of Israeli occupation army vehicles stormed the villages of Bir Nabala and Al-Jib, at night and at dawn today, and clashes broke out in the place.

(Source / 07.04.2021)

Israeli settlers assault Palestinian mother, her little child in Hebron

Days of Palestine – Hebron – Israeli settlers Tuesday evening assaulted a Palestinian mother and her child in the city of Hebron, according to local sources.

Local activist, Moufid al-Sharbati, said that settlers from the illegal outpost of Beit al Dabouia assaulted his 23-year-old daughter and her 2-year-old child at the Ash-Shuhada Street in the city as they were walking to his house.

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He indicated that the settlers are pushing their children to assault Palestinian citizens in the area, pointing out that that they attacked his 10-year-old son Hamid yesterday.

Al-Sharbati said that settlers’ attacks on Palestinian citizens in the area are carried out almost everyday and under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces.

Read More: Israel summons Palestinian child after failed arresting him, south of Hebron

(Source / 07.04.2021)

Hundreds of settlers storm the archaeological area in Sebastia

Days of Palestine – Nablus – Hundreds of settlers today, Wednesday, stormed the archaeological site in Sebastia, north of Nablus.

Sebastia Mayor Muhammad Azim said in press statements that hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed the archaeological site, amid strict military measures by the Israeli occupation forces, and closed the site and the roads leading to it to citizens.

Read More: Settlers storm archaeological site north of Nablus

He pointed out that this storming comes according to a fixed program announced by the settlers to storm the site every Wednesday.

Azim explained that, for nearly four months, settlers have been organizing incursions into the archaeological site every Wednesday, with the escort of the Israeli occupation army.

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He added that the Israeli occupation forces deployed throughout the site and on the rooftops of surrounding houses.

(Source / 07.04.2021)