NAZARETH, (PIC) – Jewish extremists from the so-called “Price Tag” gang punctured on Friday the tires of several Palestinians’ vehicles and sprayed racist graffiti on the walls and trucks in Al-Kamanah town in the Galilee, north of 1948 Occupied Palestine.
The Quds Press quoted local sources as saying that the Jewish gangs punctured the tires of more than 20 vehicles and sprayed “Price Tag” slogans on the walls of homes in the town.
A statement issued by the Israeli police said that the tires of about 20 vehicles were punctured in Al-Kamanah town and “Price Tag” slogans were written on the walls of houses in the town before dawn.
“Israeli policemen arrived at the scene and began investigating the incident”, the statement added.
Last month, members of the “Price Tag” gang punctured the tires of dozens of vehicles and sprayed racist graffiti on the walls and trucks in Kafr Qasim town.
“Price Tag” groups carried out racist attacks in many Palestinian towns in the 1948 occupied territories. These gangs targeted holy places, mosques, churches, and Islamic and Christian cemeteries.
In deze serie zouden we het hebben over zeven zaken die onze aandacht verdienen om meer uit de maand Ramadan te halen. Dit om simpelweg de Ramadan meer betekenis te geven dan alleen de honger en dorst.
Ramadan is de maand van het vasten. Dat is algemeen bekend. Zelfs niet moslims weten dat we vasten in de maand Ramadan.
Maar vasten is meer dan je enkel het onthouden van eten en drinken. Het vasten moet effect hebben op ons gedrag en onze band met Allah. Een dag waarop je vastende bent mag nooit gelijk staan aan een dag waarop je niet vast. De metgezel Jaabir, moge Allah tevreden met hem zijn, zei heel mooi:
Wanneer je vast, laat dan jouw gehoor, zicht en tong vasten. Straal waardigheid en kalmte uit en laat een vastende dag niet hetzelfde zijn als een dag waarop je niet vast
Deze metgezel heeft deze wijsheid van zijn leraar, onze profeet Mohammed vrede zij met hem, geleerd. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:
Wie valse spraak en het handelen ernaar niet opgeeft, Allah heeft het niet nodig dat hij zijn eten en drinken laat staan.”
In een andere hadieth zegt de profeet vrede zij met hem
Wanneer iemand van jullie vastende is, laat hem dan niet vulgair spreken of onzinnig gedrag vertonen. En als iemand je aanvalt of uitscheldt, zeg dan: ‘Ik ben vastende, ik ben vastende.’
Deze hadieth instrueert ons indirect om slecht gezelschap te vermijden, zodat je dergelijke situaties voorkomt.
Beste broeders en zusters
De eerste manier om meer betekenis aan de maand ramadan te geven is dus dat het vasten duidelijk effect heeft op onze imaan en gedrag. We voelen ons duidelijk dichter tot Allah en stralen dit ook uit. Dit is des te belangrijk in ons geval als moslims die leven in de landen van de niet moslims. Zij zouden aan onze houding en gedrag moeten kunnen opmaken dat we ons in een wel hele speciale maand bevinden.
O Allah stel ons in staat om het beste uit deze gezegende maand te halen en laat het vasten voor ons getuigen op de dag dat wij U ontmoeten en niet tegen ons. Ameen.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, on Wednesday evening, that the hunger-striking detainee, Emad al-Batran, has suspended his hunger strike after reaching an agreement for his release in July.
The PPS said al-Batran, 47, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, went on hunger strike for 47 consecutive days, demanding an end to his arbitrary Administration Detention, without charges or trial.
It added that the current Administrative Detention order against him ends in July of this year, and will not be renewed, according to the agreement.
It is worth mentioning that al-Batran was abducted on January 27th, 2020, and remained held under the Administrative Detention orders.
He then decided to hold an open-ended hunger strike when he was held in solitary confinement in Majeddo Israeli prison, starting on February 20, 2021, demanding ending these orders.
Al-Batran, a married father of five children, recently suffered a serious health setback but remained determined to continue his strike.
It is worth mentioning that this is the third hunger strike al-Batran holds, protesting his Administrative Detention since the year 2013, as he was repeatedly abducted and detained without charges or trial.
During his various abductions and imprisonment, including before the year 2013, al-Batran spent a total of ten years in prison, including when he was held under the Administrative Detention orders.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Thursday, that a detainee, identified as Saed Abu Obeid, 41, from the northern West Bank city of Jenin, started a hunger strike four days ago, protesting being held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.
The PPS said Abu Obeid is held at the Negev Desert Detention Camp and added that he was abducted on November 30th, 2020, and was sentenced to four and a half months in prison, however, once he served his sentence, he was slapped with an Administrative Detention order which was supposed to end in March of this year, 2021.
It added that the Israeli Prison Authority is holding Abu Obeid in solitary confinement, to force him to end his strike.
It is worth mentioning that Abu Obeid was repeatedly abducted and imprisoned by the army, and spend about twelve years in prison.
There are 440 Palestinian detainees, including two children and three women, who are held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, many of them were frequently imprisoned, spending years behind bars.
According to data by Addameer Prisoners Support And Human Rights Association, Israel is holding captive 4450 detainees, including 543 who are serving life terms, in addition to 140 children, and 374 women.
Addameer stated that 498 political prisoners are serving prison sentences of more than 20 years, and added that 63 detainees have been imprisoned for at least twenty years, in addition to 33 detainees who were taken prisoner more than 25 years ago.
It is worth mentioning that another Palestinian detainee, identified as Emad Ibrahim Sawarka, from Jericho, is ongoing with a hunger strike for the 22nd day, protesting his continued Administrative Detention.
Sawarka is also a former political prisoner who was repeatedly abducted by the army and spent more than nine years in prison.
In the meantime, Palestinian administrative detainee Emad Ibrahim Sawarkeh, from the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, is also on his 22nd day of hunger strike against detention without charge or trial.
In related news, the (PPS) has reported, on Wednesday evening, that the hunger-striking detainee, Emad al-Batran, 47, has suspended his hunger strike, which lasted for 47 days, after reaching an agreement for his release in July.
Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, six Palestinians from the same family, including a father and his three sons, after the army invaded a residential building in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Hebron, said the soldiers invaded and ransacked several apartments in the building, before abducting the six Palestinians,
Jabour identified the abducted Palestinians as Daoud Abu Sbeih, 55, his sons Wa’el, 28, Na’el, 26, and Bassel, 24, in addition to Khalil Jihad Abu Sbeih, 33, and Hamza Khalil Abu Sbeih, 28.
The soldiers also searched the area around the building and demolished several retaining walls.
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at night and Thursday morning, six Palestinians, including two children and three former political prisoners, in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers abducted, on Thursday morning, two teenage boys, identified as Ahmad Daoud al-Hadra, 17, and Mahmoud Khalil al-Hadra, 17, after the army stopped and searched a car they were riding in their town of at-Tour, in occupied Jerusalem.
Furthermore, the soldiers installed a sudden military roadblock near Ma’ale Adumim illegal colony, which was built on Palestinian lands owned by residents of Abu Dis town, northeast of Jerusalem, and abducted Ahmad Yahia Ayyad, while the army searched many cars and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards. 1
The army also invaded Abu Dis before breaking into the home of Osama Affana, a member of Fateh Movement’s Organizational Committee in the town, and summoned him for interrogation in Ofer prison, near Ramallah, in central West Bank.
Also, PPS has reported that undercover Israeli soldiers kidnapped Ashraf Abdul-Jabbar al-Hasanat, 47, while walking near the main entrance of the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem.
The PPS also said that on Wednesday at night, the undercover soldiers kidnapped a former political prisoner, identified as Anas Ismael Mousa, 22, while walking in the al-Baloa’ area, in the center of the al-Khader city, west of Bethlehem.
On Thursday evening, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Taher Jamal Kamil, a candidate for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), from Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, after stopping him at a military roadblock near Ramallah, in central West Bank, but released him later.
On Thursday at dawn, the soldiers invaded Qabatia, before storming and violently searched the homes of Ayman Mahmoud Nazzal, Ahmad Maher Zakarna, Sa’ad Mohammad Abu ar-Rob, and a former political prisoner, identified as Shadi al-Ashab.
During the invasions and searches of homes in Qabatia, the soldiers interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. Even more, IOF continued its demolition operations and delivery of cease-construction and demolition notices in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) documented 204 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:
IOF killed Osama Mohammed Sedqi Mansour, 42, and wounded his wife when they stopped their car at a military checkpoint and opened fire at it. IOF claimed that they opened fire at the car after the driver had attempted to run over Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint. According to the wife’s testimony and investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), the Israeli soldiers opened fire at the car without any justification as they checked the passengers’ IDs and allowed them to pass.
Also, 18 Palestinians, including two journalists, sustained wounds as a result of IOF excessive use of force against civilians in the West Bank: six civilians were wounded during suppression of a peaceful protest in Al-Mughayyir village in Ramallah; two journalists at the weekly Kufur Qaddoum protests in Qalqilia; eight others in IOF incursion into Askar refugee camp and during the suppression of a peaceful protest in Beit Dajan; an intelligence officer wounded in IOF incursion into Tubas; and another wounded near the annexation wall.
Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and others were wounded in IOF assaults during house raids across the West Bank.
In the Gaza Strip, 4 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern and western Gaza; and 7 at fishing boats in the Gaza sea.
IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:
IOF carried out 177 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 67 Palestinians were arrested, including 3 children, a woman and a journalist.
PCHR documented 4 incidents:
Occupied East Jerusalem: a house was self-demolished in Jabal Mokabber village; a settlement road was built in eastern al-‘Isawiya village; 2 farms were demolished; and a residential house, 3 barracks, 2 containers and a shop were demolished in al-Za’rawa and Habayil al-‘Arab areas in al-‘Isawiya village
Qalqilia: a barrack for construction material was demolished.
PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 4 attacks:
Bethlehem: a settlement road was built.
Nablus: an assault on Palestinian farmers in Jaloud village.
Hebron: opening fire at Palestinian Land and Water Settlement Commission during land-surveying in Hebron.
Ramallah: an assault on an agricultural area near the entrance to Nabi Saleh village.
Bethlehem: lands razed in Kisan for construction of a settlement road
Nablus: 25 tree seedlings uprooted.
Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:
The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life. The United Nations confirmed that the Gaza conditions are worsening, with deteriorating health, power, and water services. The UN emphasized that the Gaza Strip requires immense efforts in the housing and education sectors and to create job opportunities.
Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.
I. Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity
At approximately 00:20 on Thursday, 01 April 2021, IOF moved into Nablus, north of the West Bank, and stationed in the eastern side to secure the entry of dozens of buses carrying Israeli settlers to Joseph tomb, where settlers perform prayers. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at the IOF’s vehicles. IOF responded with teargas canisters to disperse the young men. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.At approximately 05:15, a group of Israeli undercover units “Mista’arvim” sneaked into Tubas city in two civilian cars. They surrounded Ahmed Jamal Ahmed Daraghmah’s, 23, house located near the Intelligence Service office in the city. Few minutes later, several Israeli vehicles moved into the city to back up the undercover units. During which, IOF opened fire at a Palestinian Intelligence officer namely Mohammed Rushdi Habeeb al-‘Aydi, 27, who got out of the Intelligence Service office to take the guarders back into the office. As a result, al-‘Aydi was shot with a live bullet below his left armpit, and sustained shrapnel wounds in his chest. He was then taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital for treatment. Also, IOF raided Daraghmah’s house and arrested Kamal Jamal Ahmed Daraghmah, 29, in order to force his brother Ahmed, 23, to surrender himself. In the evening, Ahmed surrendered at Tayaseer military checkpoint, east of Tubas city, while Kamal was released.At approximately 12:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands and Palestinian shepherds, east of Khuzaʽa village; no causalities were reported.At approximately 02:40 on Friday, 02 April 2021, IOF moved into Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immediately fired live bullets and teargas canisters at them. Clashes erupted between Palestinian young men and Israeli soldiers and continued until the morning. As a result, five male civilians between the ages of 20 and 27 were shot and wounded with live rounds, three in the lower extremities, one in the chest and one in the abdomen. Many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. After that, IOF arrested Na’im Ahmed al-Shennawi, 25, and later withdrew, taking him to an unknown destination.At approximately 11:30 on Friday, 02 April 2021, IOF stationed at the eastern entrance to Al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men against the closure of the mentioned entrance with sand berms for several weeks. When the protestors arrived at the area, IOF chased them and fired rubber and live bullets and teargas canisters at them. As a result, six male civilians between the ages of 19 and 40 were shot and wounded with rubber-coated steel rounds in their lower extremities. They all sustained minor wounds and received treatment on the spot by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) crew. In addition, dozens of civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. In addition, the windshield of Faraj Hussain al-Na’san’s vehicle was broken with a sound bomb.At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kufur Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilia, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased young men gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them.
As a result, two photojournalists were wounded and identified as:
1. ‘Abdullah Saleem Shtawi, 26, a photojournalist at B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights, who was hit with a sponge grenade in his back.
2. Bashar Mohammed Nazal, 30, a photojournalist at Palestine TV, who was hit with a sponge grenade in his hand.
At approximately 13:30, a peaceful protest took off in front of Beit Dajan village council, east of Nablus, north of the West Bank, at the call of the villagers and with the participation of the National Action Factions in Nablus, towards lands under the threat of confiscation, east of the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, three civilians, including a child, were wounded with rubber bullets in their heads and taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment. Also, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation.At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of al-Qarara village; no causalities were reported.At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 03 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Soudaniya Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them. At 21:15 on the same day, Israeli gunboats reopened fire at Palestinian fishing boats until 00:20. As a result, many fishing nets were lost, while fishermen out of fear were forced to flee. No casualties were reported.At approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 03 April 2021, IOF stationed in a military watchtower established near the annexation wall gate in Kherbet Um al-Lahem in Qatanna village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, opened fire at Ya’qoub Hussain Mohammed al-Faqeih, 20, while crossing through the annexation wall holes to work in Israel. Al-Faqeih’s family said that IOF opened fire at their son before arresting him, but few hours later IOF released him.At approximately 00:00 on Sunday, 04 April 2021, IOF accompanied with a Skunk carrying vehicle moved into al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and stationed in ‘Obaid neighborhood. They established military checkpoints at the village’s entrances, searched Palestinian civilians and checked their IDs. During which, Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones, Molotov Cocktails and fireworks at IOF and their vehicles. IOF suppressed the protestors, fired rubber bullets and heavy teargas canisters at them and pumped wastewater at residential houses. Also, IOF arrested a child Reda Mohammed ‘Obaid, 14, after raiding his house, and later withdrew.At approximately 05:30 on Sunday, 04 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Soudaniyia Shore, west of Jabalia camp, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them. At 09:00 on the same day, Israeli gunboats reopened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.At approximately 08:30, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Younis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Abasan al-Kabira and al-Qarara villages; no casualties were reported.At approximately 14:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, opened sporadic fire at border area, causing fear among Palestinian farmers. No casualties were reported.At approximately 08:30 on Monday, 05 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.On Tuesday, 06 April 2021, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded his wife when they stopped their car at a military checkpoint and opened fire at it. IOF claimed that they opened fire at the car under after the driver attempted to run over Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint. According to the wife’s testimony and investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), the Israeli soldiers opened fire at the car without any justification as they checked the passengers’ IDs and allowed them to pass. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 06 April 2021, IOF moved into Bir Nabala village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, and raided residential houses and an auto repair shop. They then headed to nearby al-Jib village, where they raided a car showroom at the village entrance to confiscate the surveillance camera recorders. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF and their vehicles. IOF immediately suppressed the protestors, fired live and rubber bullets at them and established a military checkpoint near a tunnel between Biddu and al-Jib villages, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. IOF also stationed at the military checkpoint, searched Palestinian vehicles and checked the passengers’ IDs. At approximately 02:45, IOF stopped a vehicle belonging to Osama Mohammed Sandouqa Mansour, 42, and his wife Somaia ‘Izzat ‘Abed al-Nabi al-Kaswani, checked their IDs, asked them where they are coming from and then allowed them to pass. When Osama drove 50 meters away from the checkpoint, IOF opened fire at his car, wounding him with two live bullets; one of which penetrated his head. Moreover, his wife sustained shrapnel wounds in her back. Both of them were taken to Ramallah Governmental Hospital, where Osama was pronounced dead at 03:10 while his wife’s injuries were classified minor. Later, IOF claimed that: “In a military operation in Bir Nabala village and after establishing a military checkpoint on a road to stop vehicles’ movement in order to back up IOF’s operation in the area, the soldiers at the checkpoint spotted a vehicle, which first stopped at the checkpoint and then drove fast towards them, attempting to run over the soldiers in a way that threatened their lives. As a result, the Force responded with gunfire to control the alleged threat.” PCHR’s investigations and Osama’s wife testimony refute the Israeli claims, as Osama obeyed the soldiers’ order and stopped his vehicle and answered their questions. The soldiers checked Osama and his wife’s IDs and then allowed them to pass, noting that he did not drive his car except after the soldiers asked him to do so. When Osama drove his car, the soldiers were behind him, and they opened fire at his vehicle from the back. It should be noted that Osama is father to 5 children.At approximately 10:30 on Wednesday, 07 April 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off Waha Shore and off al-Soudaniyia Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them. At 16:00 on the same day, Israeli gunboats reopened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
II. Incursions and arrests
Thursday, 01 April 2021:
At approximately 00:15, IOF moved into Khillet Aked village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They deployed between civilians’ houses, stormed Nayef Hussain Shawamra’s, 65, house, held all his family in one room, damaged the house contents and confiscated 30,000 NIS. IOF handed the family a warrant of the confiscated money and no arrests were reported. After the withdrawal, the family realized that a 100-gram of gold was stolen from the house.At approximately 14:00, Israeli Intelligence Services handed Anwar Sami Obaid, 23, from al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, a decision that bans his entry to Jerusalem. IOF claimed that Obaid was involved in a security incident where he lives and urges others for terrorism. It should be noted that Obaid was arrested and interrogated dozens of times by IOF and spent a total of 5 years in the Israeli prisons in separate periods; in the last arrest, he was released on one condition that he is banned entry to the occupied Jerusalem for 4 months after he spent 4 months under house arrest.Around the same time, IOF moved into al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mahmoud Ismael Abu al-Tin’s, 19, house, and arrested him.At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Yousef Mohammed Abu Maria’s, 30, house and arrested him.At approximately 16:30, IOF stormed a tent established to celebrate and welcome the release of Ghazi Mohammed Kan’an, 48, in Ras al-Amoud village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and arrested his brother, Isma’el, 56. Kan’an family stated that IOF stormed the tent where they were gathering to welcome their son, who spent 11 years in the Israeli prisons, after an hour of his arrival, and threatened to re-arrest him if they organized a welcoming ceremony for him.At approximately 17:00, IOF stationed at Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, arrested Hasan Nasrallah al-Sha’er, 24, from Nablus. IOF took him to an unknown destination.At approximately 22:00, IOF stationed at Beit Furik military checkpoint, northeast of Nablus, arrested Mo’men Mahmoud Jaber, 19, from Nablus. IOF took him to an unknown destination.IOF carried out thirteen incursions in Bir al-Basha Arranah, Beit Qad, Deir Ghazaleh and Faqqoa villages, in Jenin governorate; Anabta, Kafr al-Labad and Ramin, east of Tulkarem; Azzun, east of Qalqilia; Dura and Idhna, in Hebron; Surda, north of Ramallah; Aqabat Jabr refugee camp, southwest of Jericho. No arrests were reported.
Friday, 02 April 2021:
At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into the southern side of Hebron. They raided and searched Hani Mujahed Abu al-Siba’s, 44, house, and arrested him.At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and stationed at Qa’ al-Hara area. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Awad Za’aqiq, 17, and Fahmi Abdul Hameed Za’aqiq, 16, and arrested them.At approximately 18:00, IOF stationed at Qalandia military checkpoint, north of the occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Ahmed Ra’fat al-Ghaleet, 22, from al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah, while crossing the checkpoint. IOF took him to “Ofer” police station, west of Ramallah.At approximately 18:10, IOF moved into Zububa, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Omar Abdul Rahman Obaidiya, 17.IOF carried out twelve incursions in Nablus, Burqa, Bizzariya and Salem villages in Nablus governorate; Bir al-Basha, Ya’bad, Atatra, and Silat al-Dhahr in Jenin governorate; Yatta, Bani Na’im, Simia, and al-Shuyukh villages in Hebron governorate, no arrests were reported.
Saturday, 03 April 2021:
At approximately 11:30, IOF arrested Mazen Subhi Nabtiti, 49, from Tulkarem, when he was near Inab military checkpoint, east of Tulkarem.At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Mahmoud al-‘Amour, 24, and Mohammed Ra’ed al-‘Amour, 26, while crossing a temporary military checkpoint near the western entrance to Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. IOF took them to one of the detention centers in the city and released them several hours later.
Sunday, 04 April 2021:
At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into al-Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Tawfiq Rafiq al-Shwaiky’s, 29, house and arrested him.At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Bassam Obaid, 24, while on duty in French Hill neighborhood “Giv’at Shapira”, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to one of the police centers in the city.At approximately 17:30, IOF stationed at “Mevo Dotan” military checkpoint, southwest of Jenin, arrested Mohammed Ma’moun ‘Amaranah, 19, from Ya’bad, southwest of the city. IOF took him to an unknown destination.IOF carried out four incursions in Beit Ummar, Hebron, Tarqumiyah, and Sa’ir villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.
Monday, 05 April 2021:
At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-‘Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested three civilians; including a father and his son. The arrestees were identified as Faisal Lo’ay Obaid, 20, Lo’ay Faisal Obaid, 43, and Mohammed Waleed Obaid.At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-‘Aroud area. They deployed between civilians’ houses and stormed Sa’ed Nimir Farroukh’s, 33, house, and arrested him.At approximately 02:00, IOF moved Qalandiya refugee camp, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested four civilians: Journalist Khaled Mohammed Mutair, 29, Mahmoud Ibrahim Mutair, 27, Rami Mansour, 22, and Mo’men Mansour, 23.At approximately 03:50, IOF moved into Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ma’en Abdul ‘Alim Olwi’s, 21, house, and arrested him.At approximately 04:00, IOF backed by several military vehicles moved into Kobar village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched 4 houses and arrested four civilians: Watan ‘Assef al-Barghouthi, 24, Mustafa Ra’ed al-Barghouthi, 20, Mohammed Fahmi Asfour, 28, and Assem Nabil al-‘Abed, 23.At approximately 06:30, IOF stationed at a temporary checkpoint established near the entrance to al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, arrested Shadi Hussain Safi, 24, and took him to an unknown destination.IOF carried out three incursions in Dura, Beit Kahil, and Bani Na’im villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.
Tuesday, 06 April 2021:
At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Hebron and stationed at Nanqar area. They raided and searched Ja’far Nouh Abu Aysha’s, 44, house, detained his family in one room, damaged the house contents and withdrew. No arrests were reported.At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Tell village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Nasr al-Dein Hamza Ishtayya, 18.At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Saf street in Bethlehem. They raided and searched Adel Issa Hijazi’s, 48, house and arrested him.At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Hindaza area in Bethlehem. They raided and searched Hasan Mohammed Wardian’s, 62, house, and arrested him. It should be noted that Wardian is one of the candidates for the legislative elections representing the Hamas Movement list “Jerusalem is Our Destination”.At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Fureidis village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Nader Mohammed Abayat’s, 52, house and arrested him.At approximately 10:00, ‘Ayyad Jamal al-Harimi, 28, surrendered himself to the Israeli authorities, after IOF stormed his house in Bethlehem and threatened to arrest his mother if he did not surrender himself. Nadi al-Aseer stated that Ayyad has been arrested several times since he was a child, the latest of which was 2 months ago as he spent 18 months in the administrative arrest. It should be noted that in 2016, ‘Ayyad was on a hunger strike for 45 days in protest against his arrest.At approximately 11:00, IOF banned a meeting to discuss the legislative elections at the Ambassador Hotel in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The Civil Society organizations invited for this meeting titled “International Law Guarantees the right Palestinians in East Jerusalem to vote”. It should be noted that before the meeting, IOF imposed and established checkpoints in the neighborhood, banned civilians from reaching the Ambassador Hotel, stopped and searched the vehicles of PLC candidates within Fatah list identified as as Naser Mohammed Qaws, Ghada Mohammed Abu Rabea’, Awad al-Salayma and ‘Ahed al-Rashq, and handed them summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Maskobiya investigation center in West Jerusalem, under the pretext of organizing banned activities in Jerusalem. Additionally, IOF arrested the Secretary-General of Fatah Movement in Jerusalem, Adel Abu Zneid, and the Ambassador Hotel’s manager, Sami Abu Dayyah. It should be noted that the Israeli Authorities ban any activities or events relevant to the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem, and prosecute their organizers or supporters.At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Anaghim Nader Awad, 21, from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, after stopping her at a temporary military checkpoint established at the eastern entrance to the city.At approximately 23:30, IOF stationed at Qalandiya checkpoint, north of the occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Ziyad Fareed Shehada, 52, from Qalandiya refugee camp, while crossing the checkpoint.IOF carried out four incursions in Burqa, northwest of Nablus; Salfit, Sa’ir and al-Shuyukh villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.
Wednesday, 07 April 2021:
At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Yamun village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Jehad Mohammed Nawahda, 59, and his son, Osaid, 23.Around the same time, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched four houses and arrested four civilians, including a child. The arrestees were identified as Yousef Abdul Hamid Abu Maria, 45, Adyar Ivan al-Salibi, 28, Amro Khaled ‘Allami, 30, and Majdi Mershed al-Za’aqiq, 17.Around the same time, IOF moved into Yatta, south of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched several houses and arrested three civilians and released them after three hours. The arrestees were identified as Thabit Mohammed al-Surai’, 39, Shaher Ayed Abu Rabi’a, 40, and Khalil Yousef Abu Arram, 30.At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into ‘Anin village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jamal Tayseer Yasin, 38, who was arrested yesterday when he was at his work in Israel. IOF withdrew and no items were confiscated.At approximately 02:40, IOF moved into Jalbun village, northeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Fo’ad Najeh Abu al-Rab, 21.At approximately 03:40, IOF moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp, southeast of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Hussam Khader al-Wawi’s, 30, house and arrested him.At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, and stationed at the center of the village. They deployed between civilians’ houses, stormed some of them and arrested seven civilians. The arrestees were identified as: Nidal Hasan Samhan, 43, Anas Mohammed Samhan, 29, Mahmoud Khaled Samhan, 27, Mohammed Taha Abu Fkheida, 35, Abdullah Mohammed Samhan, 26, Ahmed Zaghloul Samhan, 24, and Mo’ayad Fares Samhan, 49.At approximately 05:10, IOF moved into Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched Haidr Abdul Hafiz Mukho’s, 48, house and arrested him.At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into Ras Khamis neighborhood in Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Jasem Sandouqa’s, 42, house and arrested him.IOF carried out five incursions in Ti’nik, west of Jenin; Nuba, Surif, and al-Aroub refugee camp, in Hebron. No arrests were reported.
III. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the occupied West Banka. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property
On Saturday afternoon, 03 April 2021, ‘Amer Shqeirat self-demolished his house in Jabal Mukaber, east of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Shqeirat said that the Israeli Municipality has haunted him since last year and imposed on him a fine of 60,000 shekels, which he pays in monthly installments. Shqeirat added that IOF raided his house on 14 March and handed him a notice to demolish his house within 21 days or the municipality’s crews will carry out the demolition and fine him with the expenses. Shqeirat said that he had to vacate the house and then demolish it with a bulldozer to avoid paying more money for the Israeli Municipality. He added that the house was built on an area of 120sqms that includes 3 rooms and its facilities, where he lived with his wife and 4 kids.On Sunday morning, 04 April 2021, the Israeli Civil Administration bulldozers levelled lands located in eastern al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, to build a settlement road within the E1 Scheme, which aims to isolate the northern West Bank from the eastern West Bank. Member of the al-‘Isawiya Follow-up Committee, Mohammed Abu al-Hummus, said that the Israeli Civil Administration vehicles accompanied with IOF stormed lands belonging to Mustafa and Abu Riyala families between the villages of al-‘Isawiya and az-Za’ayyem, east of the occupied city. Abu al-Hummus added that the vehicles levelled the lands planted with crops and seedlings and started building a road within the E1 settlement scheme.At approximately 08:15 on Monday, 05 April 2021, IOF backed by 7 military vehicles moved into Jinsafut village, east of Qalqila, and demolished a barrack for construction materials belonging to Mahmoud Yousif Mohammed Sokar.
The barrack’s owner said to PCHR’s fieldworkers:
“At approximately 08:15, a worker in the barrack called to tell me that IOF came to demolish the barrack, so I went there immediately to find that they had already started the demolition. They removed the ceiling, tiles, gypsum and the electrical panel and took the glass door along with everything in addition to high quantity of steel although they told me they will only remove the frame. They also damaged all the goods since the rubble and paints fell on them, noting that I did not receive any prior notice.”
On Wednesday morning, 07 April 2021, IOF bulldozers levelled 2 farms and demolished a house, 3 barracks, 2 containers and a shop in al-Za’rourah and Habayel al-‘Arab areas in al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Member of al-‘Isawiya Follow-up Committee, Mohammed Abu al-Hummus, said that IOF’s vehicles stormed a 700-sqm farm belonging to Majed Diab and started levelling it and demolishing everything there. Abu al-Hummus added that the IOF’s vehicles demolished a 70-sqm house built there of 2 rooms and their facilities and sheltering Majed Diab, his wife and 3 kids in addition to a garage established there 7 years ago and a barrack for horses. They also demolished the fence surrounding the farm. Abu al-Hummus added that the IOF’s vehicles also levelled another farm belonging to Adeeb Jamil Abu al-Hummus and demolished 2 containers used as storehouses for auto spare parts and a barrack for horses in addition to confiscating the horses. Abu al-Hummus said that the IOF’s vehicles demolished a fence and barrack belonging to Farouq Mustafa and then withdrew. He added that IOF previously handed the facilities’ owners demolition orders and imposed on some of them fines of thousands of shekels.
b. Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property
At approximately 03:00 on Friday, 02 April 2021, dozens of settlers levelled and built a settlement road between the areas of al-Khemar and Kherbet Mousa in Battir village, west of Bethlehem. ‘Omer al-Qaisi, one of the owners of the affected lands in the area, said that a group of settlers under IOF’s protection parked their bulldozers in lands connecting Kherbet Mousa and al-Khemar areas and started building an agricultural road of 100 meters long and 6 meters wide for settlement purposes. As a result, vacant areas of land were damaged and dozens of trees were uprooted.At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 03 April 2021, a group of settlers from “Esh Kodesh” settlement outpost established in southeastern Nablus attacked a group of farmers while working in their lands, east of Jalud village, and prevented them from doing their work at gunpoint. During which, at least 5 settlers; some of them masked, attacked with sticks and stones a 70-year old man, Walid Isma’il ‘Abdel Hafez Shweiki from Jerusalem. The settlers also attacked a plot of land belonging to Jawad Jamil Yousif Hussein from Qasra village and uprooted 100 olive, pine and cypress seedlings. They also damaged the power line poles and network on the road between Qasra village and Jaloud village before going back to their settlement outpost.At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 04 April 2021, one of the settlers in “Havat Talia” settlement outpost established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from eastern Yatta, south of Hebron, opened fire at the Lands and Water Authority employees who were land-surveying in an area near Tuwani village, east of Yatta, to force them to leave the area, which is within Area C. Meanwhile, IOF and Israeli police arrived at the scene and took the settler away. No injuries were reported among the employees.At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 05 April 2021, a group of settlers from “Halmish” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of northwestern Ramallah attacked an agricultural area near the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, and tried to remove the barbed-wire fence surrounding the land. A number of villagers gathered in the area to confront the settlers and threw stones at them while IOF stationed at the watchtower there fired teargas canisters to disperse the villagers. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
The head of the Hebron office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that a Palestinian detainee who spent seventeen years in Israeli prisons, especially in solitary confinement in addition to being subjected to torture, was unable to remember his family.
Amjad Najjar, the PPS head in Hebron, said Israel released Mansour Shahateet, from the Negev Desert Detention camp, after spending seventeen years in various prisons, detention centers, and interrogation facilities.
He also spent long periods in solitary confinement cells throughout the years of his imprisonment, with extremely limited communication with any other human being, and in many cases, no communication at all.
Najjar added that, after his release, Shahateet was transferred to the military roadblock near the ath-Thaheriyya town, south of Hebron, before his family and dozens of residents welcomed him, and took him home in Doura town, southwest of the city.
The detainee, who looked extremely exhausted, fragile, and broken, was unable to recognize his family, including his mother, and was almost constantly silent.