Israeli soldiers attacked, on Wednesday morning, many Palestinian street vendors, and confiscated their goods, in the Old City of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.
Eyewitnesses said the soldiers assaulted several Palestinians, especially street vendors, in the Bab al-Majles area, leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
They added that the soldiers confiscated the goods of the street vendors before forcing them away.
The attack is part of the constant violations against the Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, especially in the Old City and its surrounding areas.
The soldiers frequently stop, search, abduct and interrogate the Palestinians while entering or leaving the Old City, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in addition to constant extensive military deployment in the entire area.
Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, three Palestinian structures in the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied Jerusalem.
Jamil Abu al-Hummus, said the soldiers and personnel of the City Council in occupied Jerusalem, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded the town, and demolished three structures.
He added that the structures are in the areas of az-Za’roura and Habayel al-Arab, in the town.
Abu al-Hummus stated that, besides demolishing his two buildings, the soldiers also destroyed another structure, owned by Darwish Darwish and Majed al-Mazra’awi, under the pretext of being constructed without permits.
Abu al-Hummus added that his buildings were two warehouses for car parts, while the structure, owned by the two other Palestinians, consisted of two rooms and a car repair facility.
The demolition orders were issued some weeks ago, and the families tried to appeal but their applications were denied.
An elderly Palestinian woman was killed, on Wednesday morning, after being rammed by the speeding vehicle of an illegal Israeli colonialist settler at the western entrance of the Sammoa’ town, southwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Medical sources said the woman, identified as Shafiqa Mohammad Suleiman Aqel, 73, suffered very serious wounds when the colonist’s car rammed her in the Mothallath as-Simia area, near as-Sammoa’.
They added that an Israeli ambulance was called to the scene before the medics rushed her to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba (Be’er as-Sabe’), where she succumbed to her serious wounds.
It is worth mentioning that Shafiqa is the sixth Palestinian to be killed by Israelis this year.
On Friday, February 12th, 2021, a Palestinian man, identified as Bilal Shehada Bawatna, 52, was killed and two were injured, after being rammed by an illegal Israeli colonist’s car, while participating in a nature walk activity in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank.
On February 10, a Palestinian man, identified as Azzam Jamil Amer, from Kafr Qalil village near Ramallah, was killed after being rammed by an Israeli colonists’ car near Salfit, in central West Bank.
On January 31, the soldiers shot and killed Mohammad Hussein Amro, 35, from Halhoul, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron,
Today, President Biden spoke with Jordan’s King Abdullah II to express his strong support for Jordan and to underscore the importance of King Abdullah II’s leadership to the United States and the region.
The Biden administration announced also on Wednesday the resumption of financial assistance to the Palestinian people, amounting to $235 million, as former US President Donald Trump cut the assistance in 2018.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that the United States plans to restart US economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people.
We are pleased to announce the resumption of U.S. assistance to the Palestinian people. It will provide important humanitarian relief and promote regional prosperity and stability, while advancing American values and interests.
This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peace building programs through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and $150 million in humanitarian assistance for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees that caters to more than five million registered refugees.
“We are also resuming vital security assistance programs. All assistance will be provided consistent with U.S. law. Economic assistance includes support for small and medium enterprises’ recovery from the effects of COVID-19; support for needy households to access basic human needs, such as food and clean water; and assistance for Palestinian civil society,” said Blinken in the statement.
He added, “A portion of this funding will support the East Jerusalem Hospital Network, as it continues to provide necessary and life-saving treatments to Palestinians.”
“This funding is in addition to the $15 million in humanitarian assistance to address the COVID-19 pandemic and food insecurity the United States announced in March,” said Blinken.”
“The United States is resuming support for UNRWA’s services, including education for over 500,000 Palestinian boys and girls, thereby providing hope and stability in UNRWA’s five fields of operation in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”
“Funding to UNRWA also provides critical COVID-19 assistance, including healthcare, medicine, and medical supplies, as well as cash and food assistance to families severely impacted by COVID-19.”
Blinken stated that US foreign assistance for the Palestinian people serves important U.S. interests and values.
“It provides critical relief to those in great need, fosters economic development, and supports Israeli-Palestinian understanding, security coordination and stability. It also aligns with the values and interests of our allies and partner,” he said.
“The United States is committed to advancing prosperity, security, and freedom for both Israelis and Palestinians in tangible ways in the immediate term, which is important in its own right, but also as a means to advance towards a negotiated two-state solution.”
Jerusalem (QNN)- More than 100 Israeli settlers protected by police took over three buildings and a plot of land in the Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, early dawn today.
According to Wadi Hilweh Information Center, the settlers broke into the three buildings, which were not inhabited at the time, and the plot of land, setting up two prefab rooms and a stairway, as they opened a hole in the wall to one of the buildings.
The Center said the police secured the settlers’ takeover of the buildings and land and provided them with protection.
Each of the buildings has four floors and their owners have said that they sold them to other people few months ago and that they had no idea that they would be leaked to Aterat Cohanim settlement group that is active in taking over Palestinian-owned buildings and lands in occupied East Jerusalem, according to the Center.
Settlers have so-far taken over 12 Palestinian-owned buildings in the heart of Silwan since 2014, said Wadi Hilweh Information Center.
In Batn Al Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, seven Palestinian families are under the imminent threat of being forcibly evicted from their homes.
They are part of 87 families designated for forcible house eviction in the neighborhood.
An Israeli court had previously rejected the petition filed by the residents of Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Al-Hara Al-Wusta (central quarter) of Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem, and allowed “Ateret Cohanim” settler organizations to continue its procedures relevant to the immediate expelling of the seven Palestinian families.
The Israeli occupation municipality in Jerusalem has also asked Israeli courts to reactivate demolition orders relating to 119 of buildings housing 1,550 Palestinians in al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.
The request was filed with an Israeli court nearly two months ago. If approved, seven of the 119 houses in the al-Bustan neighborhood are at immediate risk of demolition.
Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with evictions and house demolitions from their homes by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.
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.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The occupation state of ‘Israel’ is expected to tell the High Court of Justice that the court does not have the authority to probe Israeli war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Terrorists.
In its formal response to The Hague-based court’s decision to open the war crimes probe, Israel will also say it won’t cooperate with the investigation, Israeli media reports said on Thursday.
The decision on how to respond came after two days of talks held by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and other top officials, The Times of Israel reported.
Last month, ‘Israel’ received a letter from the International Criminal Court formally detailing the scope of its war crimes investigation against ‘Israel’, as Channel 13 reported.
The report said the brief one-and-a-half page letter briefly laid out the three main areas it intends to cover: the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, Israeli settlement policy, and the 2018 Great March of Return protests that left hundreds of Palestinians dead.
Neither ‘Israel’ nor the ICC published the letter or acknowledged it had been sent.
The report said that ‘Israel’ has 30 days to respond, adding that ‘Israel’ is leaning toward doing so after largely refusing to cooperate with The Hague-based international court until now.
So, the deadline to respond is Friday night.
According to Israeli Ynet news site, officials deliberated whether to tell the court that Israel would investigate the claims against it, but decided that doing so would be a recognition of the ICC’s authority.
Israel may also ask for more time to file a response, citing the political situation and efforts to form a government after inconclusive elections on March 23, the report said, quoting sources as saying ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda would likely approve the request.
The report also said such a request would not recognize the court’s authority.
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.
“The investigation will cover crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court that are alleged to have been committed in the Situation since 13 June 2014, the date to which reference is made in the Referral of the Situation to my Office,” she added.
‘Israel’ is not a member of the court and rejects its jurisdiction, a position backed by its close ally the United States.
Palestinians have welcomed the ruling as a chance for justice for victims of Israeli attacks.
Palestine has asked the court to look into Israeli war crimes during its 2014 war against the Gaza Strip, when the Israelis killed 2147 Palestinians including women and children, and wounded 10870 others, as well as Israel’s construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.
Days of Palestine – Hebron – The mayor of Hebron, Tayseer Abu Sneina, said today, Wednesday that he is against the candidacy of members of the Fatah Central Committee in the legislative elections.
The leader of Fatah Abu Sneina added in a statement to the “Quds Network” that the priority was to allow the competencies of the Fatah movement to run for elections, and I cannot find an explanation for the dismissal of a central member from Fatah and then allowing other members to run.
He pointed out that the Israeli occupation will not prevent elections in Hebron, including in the area classified “C”, despite the Palestinian security’s uncontrol over it, stressing that elections will take place naturally in Hebron if the electoral process is completed.
The mayor of Hebron considered that the elections law with proportional representation is a crime against the Palestinian voter, and it is the largest recipe for the fragmentation of society, especially the tribal society, adding: “This law does not take into account the nature of Palestinian society after long years of absence from democracy and will prevent many from participating after the abolition of the system of the individual district.”
He also added that all lists are similar in programs, which will make it difficult to choose between them, especially with the adoption of a proportional representation system, which will undermine selection opportunities.
In another context, the mayor of Hebron, Tayseer Abu Sneina, emphasized that the multiplicity of the Fatah movement’s lists in the elections is a satisfactory and negative phenomenon, and the uniqueness of forming the list made many to look for other alternatives.
Abu Sneina believes that the Hebron Governorate will have a prominent role in contributing to the weighting of the winning list, and if Hebron punishes any of the blocs, the punished bloc will pay the price, given the size of Hebron.
Days of Palestine – Hebron – Prisoner Imad Al-Batran (47 years) from Hebron suspended, on Wednesday evening, his open hunger strike, which lasted 47 days, after an agreement to set a ceiling for his administrative detention.
The Palestinian Prisoner Club stated that the agreement stipulates that the administrative detention against Al-Batran will end in July of this year.
It is noteworthy that the prisoner Al-Battran, who has been detained since January 27, 2020, is currently in Nitzan Ramleh isolation prison after he was transferred to it in late March due to a deterioration in his health condition.
The prisoner Al-Batran began his hunger strike on 20 February in the cells of “Megiddo” prison, and this strike is the third he has been waging to reject his administrative detention since 2013.
It is noteworthy that Al-Batran is married and a father of five children, and he has faced repeated arrests since the beginning of the nineties, and spent a total of 10 years in the prisons of the Israeli occupation.
Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The Palestinian Authority welcomed the US decision to resume aid that the previous US administration froze to the Palestinians, and described the move as “positive.”
The Palestinian Presidency stated, in a statement reported by the official news agency on its website, that the decision to resume aid “will contribute to providing education and health to hundreds of thousands of students and millions of citizens living in camps in Palestine and neighboring countries.”
It added, “In addition, other economic and development aid to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank through the United States Agency for International Development will contribute to supporting the infrastructure and basic services needed to face the difficult conditions experienced by the Palestinian people under occupation and due to the Corona pandemic.”
The Presidency affirmed its readiness to “work with international parties, specifically the International Quartet, to reach a political solution that guarantees security and stability in the region.”
The Palestinian Presidency renewed its commitment to the two-state solution based on international legitimacy, and its willingness to respond to any international efforts to reach this goal.
In the same context, Ramallah Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh welcomed the American move, according to a statement issued by his office.
Shtayyeh said, “We are looking forward to the restoration of political relations with the United States in order to achieve for our people their legitimate rights to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, and to reopen the American consulate in occupied Jerusalem.”
He added, “We also hope that the United States will put pressure on Israel to curb the desire for expansion and settlement in the occupied lands, especially the ethnic cleansing that Jerusalem is subjected to.”
The US State Department announced in a statement, on Wednesday, Washington’s intention to resume aid to the Palestinian people, including the restoration of $ 85 million in direct aid and $ 150 million in humanitarian aid for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).