Israeli soldiers abducted, Wednesday, the director of a Palestinian media and news agency in Ramallah, in central occupied West Bank.
The J-Media News Agency in Ramallah, issued a statement denouncing the army’s abduction of its director, Ala’ Rimawi, 43, a veteran journalist, from his home in Beit Rima town, north of Ramallah, after the soldiers stormed and ransacked his home.
It added that the attack is part of Israel’s ongoing violations against the journalists and the various media outlets in occupied Palestine, and denounced the constant breaches of International Law and all related agreements, especially the Freedom of the Press.
It is worth mentioning that Rimawi’s abduction brings the number of Palestinian journalists, imprisoned by Israel to 26.
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, at least five Palestinians, including one child, after the army and the police assaulted dozens of Palestinians in Bab al-‘Amoud area, in occupied Jerusalem.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers, and police officers, resorted to the excessive use of force against the Palestinians after leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque, following evening prayers.
It added that the Israeli police fired gas bombs and concussion grenades, in addition to spraying the Palestinians with wastewater mixed with chemicals.
Silwanic stated that dozens of soldiers and police officers were deployed in Bab al-‘Amoud, and all surrounding streets and alleys to force the Palestinians away, and assaulted dozens of them, before abducting five.
One of the abducted Palestinians is a child, identified as Yazan al-Balbeesi, 12, who was taken to a nearby military post.
The soldiers also chased scores of Palestinians in the area and various alleys of the Old City.
It is worth mentioning that, while the soldiers and the police were assaulting the Palestinians and removing them from the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque and surrounding areas, they allowed dozens of illegal colonialist settlers to conduct provocative tours in the courtyards of the holy site.
On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted five Palestinians from their homes in the Old City and the at-Tour town, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.
On Monday, Israeli intelligence officers handed Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the Khatib of the al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem, an order barring him from traveling for four months.
The Israeli escalation started on the first day of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, leading to dozens of injuries in addition to numerous arrests and detentions.
Several Israeli military vehicles, including armored bulldozers, invaded Palestinian lands, Thursday, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and bulldozed them in addition to firing sporadic rounds of live ammunition.
Media sources said the military vehicles came from a military base across the perimeter fence, and advanced dozens of meters into the Palestinian agricultural lands in the an-Nahda area, east of Rafah.
They added that the army bulldozed sections of the lands close to the fence and installed sand hills while firing sporadic rounds of live ammunition and gas bombs.
The attacks are part of frequent Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermen, farmers, shepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and have led to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to serious property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.
The Israeli occupation authorities have approved the illegal annexation of large areas of Palestinian lands, west of Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.
Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Wall and Colonization Resistance Commission, said the Israeli annexation targets 147 Dunams of privately-owned Palestinian lands in Bethlehem.
He added that the lands are located in Basin 3 of Thaher al-Mitrasiba area of Nahhalin town, southwest of Bethlehem, and Basin 5 in Khallet as-Saraweel and Shu’ab al-Beesh, in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.
The annexation aims at constructing and expanding Israel’s illegal colonies, built on stolen Palestinian lands in direct violation of International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions.
Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that the occupying power [Israel] is forbidden from transferring any part of its civilian population onto the land on which it occupies [Palestine].
Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, six Palestinians in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.
Media sources said the soldiers abducted Abada Najeeb after storming and ransacking his home near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem, and took him to an interrogation facility.
In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers invaded Safa village, west of the city, searched many homes, before abducting Ahmad Ja’far Hamad, 22, and Tareq Ahmad Mansour, 19.
Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Hamza Mahmoud Hamdan, from the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, after stopping him at a military roadblock on the western entrance of Beit Jala city, west of Bethlehem, and also confiscated his car.
In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Zein at-Teety, from his home in Dahiat al-Baladiyya, in the southern part of the city, causing damage.
It is worth mentioning that, on Wednesday evening, undercover Israeli soldiers abducted a young man at the Za’tara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and took him to an unknown destination.
Exclusive (QNN)- Facebook revealed that it spotted and neutralized spying and hacking groups related to the Palestinian Authority’s Preventive Security Service (PSS).
During a meeting between QNN and Facebook, the social media giant said that hacking and spying groups have been targeting users, especially those interested in Palestine news inside Palestine as well as other countries like Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, and Turkey.
One of the groups calls itself “The barren snake”. It targets users inside Palestine as well as in other countries of the region, targeting officials, Fatah members, student activists, and security forces members.
The group used a vast infrastructure to support its operations, which targeted over 100 websites. It also used malware for Android and IOS and tried to steal information through phishing or by working as command-and-control [C&C] servers.
The detected groups are originated in the West Bank. They adopted social engineering to drag users into clicking on links that lead to malware.
According to Facebook, the firm has taken steps against two separate groups of hackers, related to the PSS in Palestine. It also denied them the ability to use the infrastructure that they have been using to spread malware, aiming at hacking users’ accounts.
Facebook confirmed that it has removed both groups, launched anti-malware, and sent warnings to all targeted users.
Bethlehem (QNN)- The Israeli occupation authorities today approved the appropriation of a large tract of Palestinian-owned land west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.
The Wall and Settlements Resistance Commission said that the occupation authorities have approved a plan to expropriate 147 dunums (147,000 square meters) of land belonging to Nahalin and Husan villages, southwest and west of Bethlehem.
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.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said that the Saudi security forces stormed the house of the Palestinian detainee Muhammad al-Khudari in Jeddah today, and held his wife “Wijdan” (70 years) and the wife of his son, “Hani”, to a security center.
It indicated in its statement that the security forces detained them for several hours before releasing them after they signed a pledge not to talk about the condition of the Al-Khudari detainee.
According to the information available, the security services subjected Al-Khudari’s wife to investigation and searched the house in a provocative manner, confiscated her phone, informed her that the authorities were annoyed by the moves to demand the release of her husband, and hinted at punishing and deporting the rest of the family.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor condemned the storming of Al-Khudari’s house, saying it was a new attempt to intimidate and silence the family.
It pointed out that the family’s choice between silence or being subjected to harsh procedures is immoral and illegal behavior, and that all concerned parties should intervene to stop the compound violations that the “Al-Khudari” detainee and his family are subjected to.