IOF shot member of DFLP’s political bureau Mohamed Duecat

IOF shot member of DFLP's political bureau Mohamed Duecat

Gaza Post – A member of the political bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a candidate of the List of Democratic Change, Mohammad Duecat, were shot in the leg by Israeli occupation forces immediately after the occupation suppressed the march of the Beit Djinn village east of Nablus.

 According to a Gaza Post reporter, the occupation forces fired live and metal rubber-coatedbullets, sound bombs and heavily tear gas at the participants in the march, injuring three of them with metal bullets and dozens of them with asphyxiation.

It should be noted that this week the march was organized for the occasion of Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, called for by the People’s Committee for the Defence of Land under Threat of Takeover and National Action Factions, and proceeded from the front of the village mosque towards settlement-threatened territory east of the village, after which clashes with the occupation forces broke out.

(Source / 17.04.2021)

IOF arrests 3 candidates for upcoming legislative elections in Jerusalem, prevents a press conference

IOF arrests 3 candidates for upcoming legislative elections in Jerusalem, prevents a press conference

Jerusalem_ Gaza Post –  Israeli occupying forces arrested on Saturday, 3 candidates for Legislative Council elections in Jerusalem, and prevented a press conference for national faction candidates.


A press conference was to be held for Jerusalemite candidates to announce their position on the holding of elections in Jerusalem and the mechanisms for the participation of Jerusalemite candidates

The occupation police arrested Ashraf Al-Awar, Naser Qaus on the Fatah list and Ratiba Natsha on the Al-Feda list.

The occupation intelligence surrounded the St. George’s Hotel, where the press conference was scheduled, before the activity, checked the identities of passers-by and prevented the conference from taking place.

The candidates on the lists of National Action factions expressed their position that Jerusalem was Arab, with Palestinian sovereignty and no elections without Jerusalem.

After being prevented from holding their press conference, on Salah Al-Din Street, the candidates and a number of cadres and activists took part,  raise the Palestinian flag in a message of survival, rooted in exclusive occupation policies and responses to them..

(Source / 17.04.2021)

Army Injures And Abducts Many Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers injured, on Friday evening, many Palestinians and abducted many others, in several parts of occupied Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said dozens of soldiers, police officers, and mounted units were deployed in the Old City, especially around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in addition to many other areas such as Bab al-Amoud, al-Misrara, Nablus Str. Sultan Suleiman Str, and Bab as-Sahera.

It added that the army, and the police, assaulted dozens of Palestinians who were walking and sitting in the area during the evening hours, to force them to leave, and fired gas bombs, concussion grenades in addition to rubber-coated steel bullets.

Medics of the Palestinian Red Crescent society (PRCS) provided treatment to six Palestinians who were shot in the Old City and described the injury of four of them as moderate. All were moved to a local hospital.

In addition, many Palestinians suffered cuts and bruises due to Israeli concussion grenades, and dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, while many others sustained fractures after being assaulted by the soldiers and the police.

The soldiers also abducted many young Palestinian men, and a few children, before taking them to nearby police stations and detention centers.

Late on Thursday at night and on Friday at dawn, the soldiers abducted eight young Palestinian men, and assaulted dozens of worshipers, after the army and the police stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and its al-Qibli Mosque, to remove the worshipers.

On Thursday, and for the third day in a row, the Israeli soldiers and police officers continued to attack Muslim worshipers while entering or leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque and assaulted many following evening prayers.

On Wednesday night, the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in addition to another man who was taken prisoner on Wednesday evening, in addition to attacking many Palestinians while leaving the holy site.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army, and the police, have increased their violations against the Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, especially in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque since the beginning of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

These violations include preventing the calls for prayers in the holy site’s four minarets, in addition to preventing the entry of meals to the worshippers in the evening hours after a long day of fasting without food or water.

|Jordan condemns Israeli violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque|

(Source / 17.04.2021)

Warplanes Bomb Several Sites in the Besieged Gaza Strip

Israeli warplanes attacked, on Saturday at dawn, several sites in the besieged Gaza Strip after bombarding the coastal region less than one day ago, during the holy month of Ramadan.

According to Shehab News correspondent, Israeli aircraft conducted a new round of bombings, targeting a site belonging to the Al-Qassam Brigades, in the southern Gaza Strip, northwest of Rafah.

He added that the occupation army fired missiles into agricultural lands in the Al-Muharrat area, also northwest of Rafah. There were no reports of casualties.

Military aircraft fired into farmlands in the central Gaza Strip, east of Al-Bureij, in addition to the Netzarim area, south of Gaza City.

The occupation army spokesman claimed that the aerial assault was in response to an alleged rocket which was reportedly fired from the Gaza Strip earlier Friday night.

The army claimed that it struck an alleged “Hamas training facility”, a “concrete production plant for tunnels”, and a “weapons storage site”.

The army’s accusations have yet to be confirmed.

Israeli warplanes and drones struck various sites on Thursday night, causing damage but no casualties.

(Source / 17.04.2021)

OCHA: West Bank Demolitions and Displacement Report | March 2021

The United Nation Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) West Bank Demolitions and Displacement Report for March 2021

Overview

In March, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 58 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. This resulted in the displacement of 81 people, including 42 children, and otherwise affected the livelihoods, or access to services, of nearly 200 others. All the structures were located in Area C or East Jerusalem and were targeted due to a lack of building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain.

Sixteen of the structures, all located in Area C communities, had been provided as humanitarian aid for a total value of more than 20,000 euros. Another 29 donor-funded structures, at a value of nearly 86,000 euros, were served demolition orders in Hammamat al Maleh – Al Meiteh, a Bedouin and herding community in the northern Jordan Valley, which is now facing the risk of mass-demolition.

In the first quarter of 2021, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized at least 292 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, displacing 450 people, including 246 children. This constitutes a 121 % increase in the targeting of structures and a 126 % increase in people displaced, compared with the same period in 2020 (132 and 201 respectively). Also, the monthly average of structures targeted in 2021 so far (97) constitutes a 37 % increase compared with the monthly average in all of 2020 (71).

Forty-two of the structures targeted in March were located in Area C, 24 (or 57 %) in areas designated by the Israeli authorities as closed military zones for training or ‘firing zones’. More than half of the targeted structures (23) were located in Bedouin and herding communities, including ten structures provided as
humanitarian aid. These communities are some of the most vulnerable in the West Bank, with limited access to education and health services, and to water, sanitation, and electricity infrastructure. The practice of seizing unlicensed structures in Area C has steadily increased in recent years, both in absolute terms and as a proportion of structures targeted overall.

In March, 28 structures (67 % of all structures targeted) in Area C were seized without prior warning. So far in 2021, 64 % of targeted structures have been seized, more than double compared with 2020 (30 %). Seizure procedures do not oblige the authorities to provide prior notice, thus preventing affected people from formally objecting in advance. Seizure procedures have been characterized by the ICA Head of the Supervision Unit as “a strategic tool”.

Sixteen structures were demolished in East Jerusalem: nine were demolished by the Jerusalem Municipality and seven by the owners themselves, following the issuance of a demolition order. In one of the incidents, on 24 March, the Jerusalem Municipality, along with Israeli forces, demolished a home in Jabal Al Mukabbir, displacing two households comprising seven people, including three children, one of whom was a five-day-old infant. The households had been paying fines as a penalty for lacking an Israeli-issued building permit since June 2019, approximately NIS900 a month (approximately 230 euros).

Since the beginning of 2021, nearly 50 per cent of all demolitions in East Jerusalem have been carried out by the owners themselves, following the issuance of a demolition order by the Jerusalem Municipality.

In late February, the Jerusalem Municipality requested the Local Affairs Court to reactivate demolition orders against some 70 Palestinian homes in the Al Bustan area, in the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, which would lead to the displacement of up to 1,500 Palestinians. The Municipality has longstanding plans to build a touristic and archeological park on the site, but following public pressure, the demolition orders had been frozen since 2010 to allow for a solution negotiated between the Municipality and the residents.

The latter submitted alternative plans to allow them to stay in the area, all of which were rejected by the District Planning Committee, the last one in December 2020. In mid-March, the residents submitted a response to the Municipality’s request to the court, asking to freeze the demolition orders for 12 more months, to proceed with further negotiations.

(Source / 17.04.2021)

4500 Palestinians are held in Israeli jails, including 41 women and 140 minors

Palestinian prisoners’ advocacy groups said that 4500 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli jails, including 41 women and 140 minors less than 18 years of age.

Marking the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, April 17, several prisoners’ advocacy groups said in a joint statement that Israeli occupation has detained 1400 Palestinians since the start of this year, among them 230 minors and 39 women, while it issued 280 administrative detention orders bringing the total number of Palestinians held in administrative detention without charge or trial to 440.

Since January 2021, Occupied East Jerusalem had the highest number of arbitrary detentions, as the number of the detainees reached 500 people, among them 144 minors and 28 women.

The groups also said 25 Palestinians arrested and sentenced to more than 30 years since before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993 and they remain behind bars despite the fact they should have been released as far back as 2014 in a US-brokered deal aimed at restarting the stalled peace negotiations, which ‘Israel’ has reneged on.

The groups said that 543 Palestinians have been sentenced to one or more life terms.

(Source / 17.04.2021)

OCHA: Israel demolished, forced to demolish, or seized 58 Palestinian-owned structures in March

Jerusalem (QNN)- In March 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 58 Palestinian-owned structures across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, displacing 81 people, including 42 children.

In the March report on West Bank demolitions and displacement, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory said the Israeli occupation authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 58 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, displacing 81 people, including 42 children, and otherwise affected the livelihoods, or access to services, of nearly 200 others.

It said that all the structures were located in Area C or East Jerusalem and were targeted due to a lack of building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain.

Sixteen of the structures, all located in Area C communities, had been provided as humanitarian aid for a total value of more than 20,000 euros.

Another 29 donor-funded structures, at a value of nearly 86,000 euros, were served demolition orders in Hammamat al Maleh – Al Meiteh, a Bedouin and herding community in the northern Jordan Valley, which is now facing the risk of mass-demolition, OCHA said.

In the first quarter of 2021, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized at least 292 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, displacing 450 people, including 246 children.

This constitutes a 121 per cent increase in the targeting of structures and a 126 per cent increase in people displaced, compared with the same period in 2020. Also, the monthly average of structures targeted in 2021 so far constitutes a 37 per cent increase compared with the monthly average in all of 2020.

OCHA said that forty-two of the structures targeted in March were located in Area C, 24 (or 57 per cent) in areas designated by the Israeli authorities as closed military zones for training or ‘firing zones’.

More than half of the targeted structures were located in Bedouin and herding communities, including ten structures provided as humanitarian aid.

These communities are some of the most vulnerable in the West Bank, with limited access to education and health services, and to water, sanitation, and electricity infrastructure.

The practice of seizing unlicensed structures in Area C has steadily increased in recent years, both in absolute terms and as a proportion of structures targeted overall, OCHA stated.

In March, 28 structures (67 per cent of all structures targeted) in Area C were seized without prior warning.

So far in 2021, 64 percent of targeted structures have been seized, more than double compared with 2020 (30 percent).

Seizure procedures do not oblige the authorities to provide prior notice, thus preventing affected people from formally objecting in advance.

Seizure procedures have been characterized by the ICA Head of the Supervision Unit as “a strategic tool”.

Sixteen structures were demolished in East Jerusalem: nine were demolished by the Jerusalem Municipality and seven by the owners themselves, following the issuance of a demolition order.

In one of the incidents, on 24 March, the Jerusalem Municipality, along with Israeli forces, demolished a home in Jabal Al Mukabbir, displacing two households comprising seven people, including three children, one of whom was a five-day-old infant.

The households had been paying fines as a penalty for lacking an Israeli-issued building permit since June 2019, approximately NIS900 a month (approximately 230 euros).

Since the beginning of 2021, nearly 50 per cent of all demolitions in East Jerusalem have been carried out by the owners themselves, following the issuance of a demolition order by the Jerusalem Municipality.

In late February, the Jerusalem Municipality requested the Local Affairs Court to reactivate demolition orders against some 70 Palestinian homes in the Al Bustan area, in the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, which would lead to the displacement of up to 1,500 Palestinians.

The Municipality has long standing plans to build a touristic and archeological park on the site, but following public pressure, the demolition orders had been frozen since 2010 to allow for a solution negotiated between the Municipality and the residents. The latter submitted alternative plans to allow them to stay in the area, all of which were rejected by the District Planning Committee, the last one in December 2020.

In mid-March, the residents submitted a response to the Municipality’s request to the court, asking to freeze the demolition orders for 12 more months, to proceed with further negotiations.

(Source / 17.04.2021)

Israeli settlers torch nearly 50 olive trees in south of occupied West Bank

Bethlehem (QNN)- A group of Israeli settlers torched today dozens of olive trees in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem city, south of the occupied West Bank.

Hasan Breijieh, director of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Authority’s office in Bethlehem, said a group of settlers sneaked into a privately-owned Palestinian land planted with olive trees in an area north of Beit Fajjar and set the trees on fire.

At least 50 trees were burnt, causing serious damage to an important income-generating business for the landowner, as Breijieh said.

Palestinians plant around 10,000 new olive trees in the West Bank each year, most of which are of oil-pro­duc­ing varieties.

However, Palestinians see the destruc­tion of their trees as a way for the occupation to erase Palestinian iden­tity and force them to cede more land to the Israeli occupation.

The committee against the wall and settlement said Israeli forces uprooted, broke, and damaged 6507 trees in 869 operations in 2020.

Israeli settlers violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the occupied West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli occupation authorities.

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 / 17.04.2021)

For second night in row… ‘Israel’ strikes locations in Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- Israeli airforces struck several locations throughout the besieged Gaza Strip for the second night in a row.

Local sources said Israeli jets targeted a location in Rafah, in the south of the besieged strip, with three bombs, as well as an agricultural land in Al Bureij with one missile.

Israeli warplanes also bombed a location near Al Zahra in southern Gaza. No injuries have been reported so far.

The Israeli army had claimed that the Palestinian resistance fired a missile at an Israeli settlement last night.

The occupation state had also struck several locations in Gaza on the nights of the first Friday in Ramadan.

(Source / 17.04.2021)

Even as COVID-19 spread, Israel hasn’t ceased persecution and detention of Palestinians

The Israeli occupation and apartheid regime have not ceased their persecution and detention of Palestinians, even as COVID-19 spread across the occupied Palestinian territory, said the Palestinian prisoners rights organization Addameer.

In the occassion of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, April 17, the group said that in 2020, the Israeli occupation forces arrested 4,634 Palestinians, among them 543 children and 128 women, in addition to issuing 1,114 administrative detention orders.

Addameer said that the occupation authorities introduced a set of measures that exacerbate Palestinian prisoners’ conditions under the pretext of preventing the spread of COVID-19: most notably, the isolation of Palestinian prisoners from the outside world by banning visits by their lawyers and families.

Conversely, and paradoxically, it said that prison special forces continue to forcibly break into prisoners’ sections, posing a danger to prisoners by increasing their likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 during these incursions.

By the end of March 2021, the number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees reached 4,450, including 37 women, 140 children, and 440 administrative detainees, according to Addameer.

Among the prisoners are 15 journalists, hundreds of university students, and ten Palestinian Legislative Council members.

The group said that Israeli occupation authorities deliberately prolong providing healthcare to Palestinian prisoners, further exacerbating their health conditions, particularly sick prisoners transferred to Ramleh prison clinic, where about 14-16 prisoners stay permanently suffering from poor health and living conditions.

In 2020, four Palestinian prisoners were martyred in prison—Nour El-Deen Al-Barghouthi, Sa’ad Al-Gharabili, Daoud Al-Khatib, and Kamal Abu Wa’ar.

Since 1967 and to this day, the Israeli occupation authorities continue to withhold the bodies of seven martyred detainees.

Addameer said that since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Israeli occupation authorities have imposed complete isolation on Palestinian prisoners and detainees.

After declaring a state of emergency, detainees were banned from visits by their lawyers and families. The Israeli Prison Service implemented further arbitrary practices and decisions to impose greater repression and control over the prisoners, the most prominent of which has been halting the transfer of prisoners to Israeli military courts for trial. Instead, sessions are held via video conferences, where procedures are marred by clear violations of the right to a fair trial.

It also said that besides denying detainees’ confidential meetings with their lawyers, trials via videoconferencing often lead to issues where the detainee cannot hear or understand the ongoings of the trial session.

Moreover, the lack of precise translation of the proceedings means that detainees lose their right to understand the nature of the charges and evidence presented against them during the session.

Also, prison conditions continue to be inhumane and do not align with the bare minimum of adequate living standards.

Prisoners and detainees suffer from severe overcrowding, further compounding the vulnerability of Palestinian prisoners and detainees.Initial preventative measures taken by the Israeli Prison Service included the distribution of soap and small containers of chlorine to prisoners, in addition to the sterilization of cells and a reduction of interactions between prison guards and prisoners. Nonetheless, these minimal measures failed to prevent the spread of the virus between prisoners through prison guards and interrogators.

Addameer said that since the spread of COVID-19, nearly 368 prisoners have been infected across various detention and interrogation centers.

The highest numbers being reported in Gilboa, Negev (Ketziot), Ramon, and Ofer prison. In detention centers such as Etzion and Huwara, Palestinian detainees are subjected to harsh conditions.

The occupation authorities quarantined new detainees in filthy cells, with inadequate food (and the lack thereof), along with dirty blankets (and the additional lack thereof) in the face of extreme cold, before transferring them to prison. Furthermore, detainees were not provided with hygiene products such as soap, toothbrushes, and towels.

Addammer said that the crimes of the Israeli apartheid regime increase over time, legislating itself to claim a more “legal” form, as the world stays silent, neglecting to expose these practices or ensuring accountability or to work to eliminate this racist regime that stands in front of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and freedom from occupation.

Addammer called on the international community to take the necessary steps to declare this occupation, and all its policies and practices, an illegal reality that must end immediately, along with an end to prosecuting Palestinian civilians in military courts.

Addammer stated that the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination must be guaranteed, and the occupying power must be held accountable for its ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people.

(Source / 17.04.2021)