Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, causing dozens of nonviolent protesters to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
Morad Eshteiwy, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said dozens of Palestinians, and international peace activist, marched from the center of the village, also marking the 73rd anniversary of Deir Yassin Massacre which was committed by Ergun and Stern Zionist terrorist organizations in the village on April 9th, 1948, killing 250-360 Palestinians in cold blood, after the two groups invaded the village of 750 inhabitants.
Eshteiwi stated that the soldiers invaded Kufur Qaddoum and resorted to the excessive use of force against the protesters, and fired a barrage of sponge-tipped bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at them.
Dozens of residents suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and others sustained cuts and bruises, before receiving treatment by local medics.
Kufur Qaddoum witnesses frequent Israeli invasions, assaults, and abductions as it continues to hold its weekly nonviolent processions against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies, and against the closure of the main road, which was blockaded by the military sixteen years ago, to enable easy access for colonialist settlers driving to and from the Kedumim colony, built on private Palestinian lands.
Israeli soldiers detained, Friday, two Palestinian shepherds for several hours, in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.
Nabil Obeyyat, a local activist, said the soldiers detained the two shepherds, identified as Mustafa Ibrahim Obeyyat, 45, and Mos’ab Saleh Obeyyat, 20, after they took their sheep to graze near the village.
Obeyyat added that the soldiers claimed the sheep, and the two shepherds, entered a “closed military zone.”
The two Palestinians were taken to Gush Etzion military base and security center, south of Bethlehem, and were detained for several hours before being released.
It is worth mentioning that Palestinian shepherds are subject to frequent Israeli military violations, in addition to the repeated assault by the illegal colonialist settlers.
Palestinian medical sources have confirmed that a child lost his right eye, Friday, after an Israeli soldier shot him with a rubber-coated steel bullet, in Bab az-Zawiya area, in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
The sources said the child, Ezzeddin Nidal al-Batsh, 13, was directly shot with the rubber-coated steel bullet in the right eye before medics rushed him to Hebron Governmental Hospital.
The child’s father, Nidal, said that Ezzeddin was in a shop in Bab az-Zawiya when he was shot in the eye, after the soldiers, stationed at the permanent military roadblock at the entrance of the Shuhada Street, fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinian protesters.
Nidal added that the soldiers fired their bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at random, many of them hitting stores and homes.
Many Palestinians also suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to others who sustained cuts and bruises.
Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent protest the escalating illegal colonialist activities in Sheikh Jarrah, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, wounding 9 Palestinians, including one journalist.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has confirmed that its medics provided treatment to nine Palestinians, including four who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets.
It added that one of the injured Palestinians is a photojournalist working for the Al-Quds Newspaper, in Jerusalem.
The PRCS also said that the soldiers and the police attacked many Palestinians with batons, wounding five, who suffered various cuts and bruises.
The Palestinians were nonviolently marching to demand an end to the illegal takeover of their homes and buildings for the benefit of the illegal colonialist settlers and their outposts.
They called for aiding the Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, as well as other parts of occupied Jerusalem, in their struggle to keep their homes and property amidst the extensive Israeli campaign to demolish them or illegally occupy them to establish new colonies.
Sheikh Jarrah is a Palestinian neighborhood of twenty-eight homes and residential buildings and is inhabited by more than 500 Palestinians threatened with displacement and expulsion.
Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. Amnesty International:
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.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.
As the occupier, Israel is therefore forbidden from using state land and natural resources for purposes other than military or security needs or for the benefit of the local population. The unlawful appropriation of property by an occupying power amounts to “pillage”, which is prohibited by both the Hague Regulations and Fourth Geneva Convention and is a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and many national laws.
Israel’s building of settlements in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, does not respect any of these rules and exceptions. Transferring the occupying power’s civilians into the occupied territory is prohibited without exception.
Furthermore, as explained earlier, the settlements and associated infrastructure are not temporary, do not benefit Palestinians, and do not serve the legitimate security needs of the occupying power.
Settlements entirely depend on the large-scale appropriation and/or destruction of Palestinian private and state property which are not militarily necessary. They are created with the sole purpose of permanently establishing Jewish Israelis on occupied land.
In addition to being violations of international humanitarian law, key acts required for the establishment of settlements amount to war crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Under this body of law, the “extensive destruction and appropriation of property not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly” and the “transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory” constitute war crimes. As stated above, “pillage” is also a war crime under the Rome Statute.
Israel’s settlement policy also violates a special category of obligations entitled peremptory norms of international law (jus cogens) from which no derogation is permitted.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed that the rules of the Geneva Conventions constitute “intransgressible principles of international customary law”. Only a limited number of international norms acquire this status, which is a reflection of the seriousness and importance with which the international community views them. Breaches of these norms give rise to certain obligations on all other states, or “third states”, which are explained below.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed, Friday, that another detainee has contracted Covid-19 in Ofer Israeli prison where dozens of detainees are held in dire living conditions, and lack of sanitary products.
Abu Ajamiyya, 19, from the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, has tested positive for the virus, and was moved to a section where other detainees, who have coronavirus, are held.
The PPS added that Ramzi was abducted from his family’s home, in Deheishe, on March 29th, only ten days after an Israeli soldier shot him in the leg during an invasion into the refugee camp.
The detainee is expected to appear in trial on April 12th, while his “charges” remain unclear, likely related to “protesting the invasion into the refugee camp.”
The PPS said that there are 368 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails who have the coronavirus.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Quds Center for Studies reported on Friday that the occupation state of Israel killed 18 native Palestinians, including two prisoners and a Palestinian with special needs, since the start of 2021.
The center said that it has documented the murder of five Palestinians in March only, three of them were fishermen working in the sea of Gaza.
According to the report, Atef Hanaisheh (45 years old) was killed by Israeli soldiers during an Israeli raid into Beit Dajan in occupied Nablus to repress a peaceful anti-settlement protest. .While three fishermen were murdered in Gaza and one young man was killed in the 1948-occupied territories.
The center also published the names of the 18 martyrs, who were killed this year.
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The occupation state continued its violations against native Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem, shooting a child in his eye, wounding several locals, and arresting others on Friday.
Local sources said Izziddin Al Batsh (13 years old) has lost his eye after being directly targeted with a rubber-coated metal bullet by an Israeli sniper while he was at a shop in Hebron’s city center.
Video footage showed the child at a shop when the Israeli soldiers sniped his eye.
Also in other parts of the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army arrested Raed Oayyat (42 years old) from Beit Sahour in eastern Bethlehem after breaking into his house and vandalizing it.
The Israeli army also broke into the houses of the siblings Ammar, Mahmoud, Muhammad, and Ahmad Adeeb Musa and vandalized them before holding Ammar (39 years old) for over two hours.
In Hebron, the Israeli army arrested Rizq Rjoub (63 years old) after breaking into his house.
In Jenin, the Israeli army arrested two teenagers; Muhammad Ghassan Mansour and Ahmad Sa’di (both are 19 years old), after exploding the doors of their houses and vandalizing them.
In the occupied capital city, nine citizens, including a photojournalist, were wounded during Israeli repression of a weekly anti-settlement protest in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
The Red Crescent said that nine citizens were wounded, four of them with rubber-coated metal bullets, including a photojournalist working for Al Quds Post. Five others were beaten by the Israeli police.
Meanwhile, dozens of suffocation cases have been reported, including children, during the Israeli repression of the weekly anti-settlement demonstration in Kafr Qaddum.
In Bethlehem, the Israeli army held two shepherds for several hours in Kisan village.
Both shepherds were held under the pretext of approaching a military zone.
Moscow (QNN)- The Russian government urged on Saturday all parties to abandon actions that could undermine the successful completion of the upcoming elections in Palestine and, as a result, to remove the prospect of returning Palestinians and Israelis to the negotiating table.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it also urged the Palestinian factions to build upon the understandings reached during the recent meeting in Cairo held under Egyptian auspices, describing the elections as “a step towards overcoming the division among the Palestinians.”
It said ending the division and achieving national unity in Palestine were “a prerequisite for resuming direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations with a view of resolving the final status issues, on the basis of the internationally recognized two-state solution principle, which provides for the establishment of the two states of Palestine and Israel, living in peace and security alongside each other.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry affirmed its readiness to provide more assistance to the Palestinian factions, which it said were expected to meet in Moscow for further talks on achieving national unity.
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said that a legislative, presidential and National Council elections would be held in the coming months, as part of a warming of ties between Fatah and Hamas.
The elections will be held in three stages: the legislative on May 22, the presidential elections on July 31, and the elections for the National Council on August 31.
Eén van de sterk aanbevolen daden in deze gezegende maand is het verrichten van de Taraweeh (nachtgebed). De profeet vrede zij met hem zei: “Wie het nachtgebed in de Ramadan verricht met geloof en hoop op de beloning, van diegene worden zijn voorgaande zonden vergeven.” [Bukhari]
We hopen dat de avondklok per 21 april wordt opgeheven zodat we dit gebed gezamenlijk in de moskeeën kunnen verrichten. We kunnen met ze allen niet wachten om weer in rijen achter de imam te luisteren naar de recitatie van de Koran!
Tot die tijd verricht je het gebed zelfstandig thuis. (Of in de moskee als die optie wordt geboden, sommige moskeeën voegen magreb en isha samen en bidden dan een aantal raka’aat Taraweeh).
De maand Ramadan is dus een maand waarin we ons extra inspannen voor de vrijwillige gebeden. Voor wat adviezen omtrent dit onderwerp zou je dit artikel kunnen raadplegen.
Beste broeders en zusters
Een andere belangrijke manier om meer betekenis aan de maand ramadan te geven is dus door veel vrijwillige gebeden te verrichten. Het verplichte gebed benoemen we niet eens omdat dit vanzelfsprekend is!
De Ramadan moet een maand zijn waarin we continu neigen naar ons gebedskleedje. In de hoop dat Allah ons vasten accepteert en onze zonden vergeeft. Daarmee heb ik een van de zeven zaken verklapt, namelijk dat de Ramadan een maand moet zijn waarin we de vergiffenis van Allah verkrijgen.
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.
1. Ramadan, de maand van het vasten 2. Ramadan, de maand van het staan in gebed
Palestinian activists called on the people to pray in their lands to confront the Israeli occupation’s settlement policy and to prevent its seizure in favor of settlement expansion
Dozens of Palestinian citizens in Masafer Yatta, south of al-Khalil, performed Friday prayer on lands threatened with confiscation by the Israeli occupation in the Ein al-Bayda area.
Palestinian activists called on the people to pray in their lands to confront the Israeli occupation’s settlement policy and to prevent its seizure in favor of settlement expansion.
Fuad Al-Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committee, said that dozens of residents performed Friday prayer in Ein al-Bayda, amid the intensified presence of the Israeli occupation soldiers.
After performing the prayer, citizens and several foreign solidarity activists organized a march, rejecting the occupation’s policy of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians and the settlers’ bulldozing works in the area.
The participants planted olive trees in the lands threatened with seizure, stressing that they will continue to confront the occupation policy and its continuous attacks on citizens’ lands and property.