Army Shoots A Medic In Qalandia, Dozens Of Residents In Al-Biereh

Israeli soldiers shot, on Friday at night, a Palestinian medic near the Qalandia Terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem, and caused dozens of residents to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in al-Biereh city, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against Palestinian protesters near the Qalandia Terminal and fired a barrage of rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at them and the surrounding areas, including homes and stores.

They added that a volunteer medic with the Palestinian Civil Defense, was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his face after the soldiers targeted him and other medics while helping wounded Palestinians.

The medic and dozens of injured Palestinians were moved to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

Medics also provided treatment to dozens of residents who suffered the severe effects of tear gas inhalation.

In addition, the soldiers closed the main Jerusalem-Ramallah Road and isolated the entire area near the Qalandia terminal in addition to sealing the main entrance of al-Biereh.

(Source / 24.04.2021)

Soldiers Injure Two Palestinians, Abduct One, In Jericho

Several Israeli army jeeps invaded, on Saturday at dawn, Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, southeast of Jericho, in northeastern West Bank, shot and injured two young men, and abducted one, during ensuing protests.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the refugee camp and started driving around its narrow streets and alleys, leading to protests.

They added that the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs at the protesters, and surrounding homes.

Medical sources said two young men were shot with live fire; one in the thigh and the other in his leg, before they were rushed to a hospital.

They added that several residents suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, and received the needed medical treatment.

Furthermore, soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Montaser Abu Azzoum, before taking him to an unknown destination.

(Source / 24.04.2021)

Soldiers Invade Tulkarem, Attack Protesters

Israeli soldiers invaded, late on Friday at night, Tulkarem city, in northern West Bank, and attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters who were marching in condemnation of the escalating Israeli violations in Jerusalem, especially in and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Eyewitnesses said several army jeeps invaded an area near a local factory, in the western part of the city, and attacked Palestinians who were nonviolently marching.

They added that the soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

The nonviolent protest was organized by the Fateh movement of President Mahmoud Abbas, in addition to several other political factions and civil-society institutions.

On Friday, the soldiers injured 105 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, while fanatic illegal Israeli colonists assaulted dozens of Palestinians, before the soldiers joined them, and attacked the Palestinians with ‘skunk water’ sprayed from trucks, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets. 105 Palestinians were wounded in the attacks by Israeli settlers and soldiers.

The majority were treated for their injuries and then released, but 22 remain in the hospital in moderate to severe condition. At least one Palestinian was shot with live ammunition fired by Israeli border police. He was shot in the head and remains in critical condition.

Israeli colonists chanting “Death to Arabs” marched through the streets of Jerusalem Thursday night, attacking Palestinians, including worshipers who were on their way to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque for Ramadan prayers.

The settlers were part of a right-wing Israeli group called Lehava, which organized the attack march with the stated aim of “restoring Jewish dignity” by “breaking the faces of Arabs”. [NOTE: read more about Lehava and other extremist groups here.]

Counter-protesters, including left-wing Jewish Israelis and Palestinians, gathered at Zion Square to try to block the attack march from entering the Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. Another group tried to stand up to the right-wing attackers at Nablus Gate, one of the entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem. [NOTE: for background on the situation in East Jerusalem, go here.]

Protests also took place near the Qalandia terminal north of Jerusalem, before the soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs, causing several injuries.

On Friday night, the soldiers shot a Palestinian medic near the Qalandia Terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem, and caused dozens of residents to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in al-Biereh city, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

(Source / 24.04.2021)

Israeli Army Bombards Several Areas In Gaza, Injures Three

The Israeli army fired, on Saturday at dawn, several shells, some hitting targets believed to be run by armed resistance groups in the besieged Gaza Strip, after the military claimed shells were fired from the coastal region.

Media sources said Israeli tanks, stationed near the perimeter fence, fired several shells into a site, believed to be a monitoring post run by the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

They added that the army also fired shells into Palestinian farmlands close to the fence, across the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip. Medical sources reported three injuries, east of Gaza city.

The Israeli shells struck two sites east of Juhr ad-Deek, in central Gaza, and the Zeitoun neighborhood, in Gaza city, causing damage to the targeted buildings, in addition to surrounding homes.

The army also fired two shells into a site, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, and a third shell into another site, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

In addition, the army fired three missiles targeting a building and farmland, east Rafah, and at least two missiles, east of Khan Younis, in the southern parts of the Gaza Strip, causing damage.

In addition, the Israeli army said it allegedly intercepted three shells, one of them was downed by the Iron Dome missile interception system, in addition to two shells that landed close to the fence.

It is worth mentioning that none of the armed resistance groups in Gaza have claimed responsibility or the reported shells.

The missiles were fired into Gaza amidst escalating tension, and ongoing protests in occupied Jerusalem and other areas of the West Bank, including assaults, carried out by illegal Israeli colonialist settlers.

On Friday, Israeli soldiers and colonialist settlers injured at least 105 Palestinians in Jerusalem.

The colonists also attacked many Palestinian homes in Jerusalem, on Friday at dawn, near the Hebron Gate, and in the Old City.

(Source / 24.04.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians From Tubas And Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Friday at night, four young Palestinian men, including three former political prisoners, from Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, and Jenin, in the northern West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Ahmad Fawwaz Abu Dawwas, in addition to Laith Moammar Daraghma, from Tubas, while crossing the Hizma military roadblock, north of occupied Jerusalem.

They added that the two Palestinians were returning to their homes from Jerusalem, when the soldiers stopped them at the roadblock before abducting them.

In addition, the soldiers abducted two former political prisoners, identified as Mohammad Ali Ateeq, from Burqin town, southwest of Jenin, and Mofeed Jalghoum, from Faqqu’a village, northeast of Jenin, while heading back to their homes from Jerusalem.

(Source / 24.04.2021)

Israeli Soldiers, Colonists Injure Several Palestinians Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers and colonialist settlers injured, Saturday, several Palestinians in the at-Tiwana and al-Mafqara villages, in Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Fuad al-‘Amour, the coordinator of the Protection & Steadfastness Committee in Masafer Yatta, said the Israeli assailants came from the illegal Havat Ma’on colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

Al-‘Amour added that the colonists hurled stones at many homes and residents, wounding several Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers, who were with the colonists at the time of the attack, fired gas bombs at the Palestinians, causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinians in al-Mafqara and at-Tiwana face exceedingly difficult living conditions due to repeated violations carried out by the soldiers and the illegal colonists.

The attacks target the Palestinians, in addition to their homes, lands, and even their livestock.

(Source / 24.04.2021)

Video| Jerusalemites destroy signs of occupation throughout their city

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Jerusalemites carried out a campaign to destroy signs of the Israeli occupation in their city during the ongoing uprising.

Hundreds of young men targeted surveillance cameras installed in Palestinian neighborhoods. Video footage showcased a young man climbing a pole and destroying surveillance cameras that have been used by the Israeli police to monitor native Palestinians. Hundreds of young men around appear chanting and praising him.

In another footage, locals destroyed the main cluster of surveillance cameras, causing all cameras throughout the occupied city to break down.

The occupation state is using surveillance cameras to spy on native Palestinians and carry out mass arrests.

Since the start of the holy month of Ramada, occupied Jerusalem has been seeing tension due to the Israeli daily attacks on worshipers at Al Aqsa mosque following Taraweeh prayer.

On Thursday hundreds of Israeli settlers went to the streets of the holy city, chanting “death to Arabs”, and attacked worshipers. However, hundreds of locals retaliated in an ongoing uprising.

(Source / 24.04.2021)

Jerusalem Uprising continues… Arrests and injuries among native Palestinians

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Jerusalem Uprising continued throughout occupied Jerusalem last night despite the Israeli barbaric repression.

The Red Crescent said that 20 native Palestinians got wounded during confrontations that erupted near the old city in the occupied holy city.

Meanwhile, the Israeli police said that a settlers’ guard got wounded after being hit with stones in Silwan.

Young Palestinians targeted several settlement outposts using fireworks and Molotov cocktails.

Confrontations erupted in Bat Al Hawa, Bab Al Amoud, Al Tour, Sheikh Jarrah, Issawiyyeh, and the old city. An Israeli soldier has been wounded during confrontations in Bab Al Amoud, according to a video by Al Qastal.

Israeli forces arrested several young men near the old city. Video footage showcased Israeli forces savagely attacking detained young men.

In the same vein, locals destroyed Israeli surveillance cameras, which have been used by the occupation state to spy on native Palestinians.

In Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians’ properties, destroying several cars.

Israeli forces also attacked the journalist Zaina Halawani and photojournalist Wahbi Makkiyyeh while they were covering the events in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Locals attacked the Israeli Central Court in the occupied city, while Israeli media reported that the chief of the Israeli police in the eastern part of Jerusalem has been wounded.

Inside Al Aqsa mosque, masses of worshipers protested and chanted praising the resistance.

(Source / 24.04.2021)

Israeli Racist Attacks On Jerusalem Spark Ramadan Intifada

By Robert Inlakesh

After an Israeli settler extremist mob descended upon the old city of Jerusalem, attacking Palestinians and threatening to enter al-Aqsa mosque, Palestinians across the occupied territories have risen up in solidarity with Jerusalemites in what is being called the ‘Ramadan Intifada’.

This Thursday, what has been described as Israeli settler ‘lynch mobs’ took to the streets of Jerusalem chanting “death to Arabs”. The initial racist group of hundreds attempted to breach the old city through the Damascus Gate, but were met by hundreds of Palestinians who showed up ready to protect their businesses and homes, confronting the settlers. The settlers did later enter the old city, attempting to break into Palestinian homes in the early hours of the morning, causing children to cry out in fear.

The settler groups were not attacked but rather protected by Israeli occupation police, who quickly took to violently assaulting Palestinians with rubber-bullets, live-ammunition, riot police on horseback, stun grenades and gas canisters. This led to an escalation of clashes, which later erupted throughout occupied East Jerusalem as Israeli settlers rampaged through the streets attacking Palestinians, their homes and property. Approximately 100 Palestinians were confirmed injured as a result of the clashes with police and many others via settler violence, including an elderly woman who was hit in the eye after Israeli settlers attacked a moving bus.

In the early hours of Friday morning, an attempt was then made to prevent Palestinian worshippers from reaching the al-Aqsa Mosque – the third holiest site in Islam – and praying al-Fajr (morning prayer). However, thousands of Palestinians managed to push past the Israeli guards and successfully enter al-Aqsa.

The Third Intifada?

The events in Jerusalem did not pass by quietly, causing a unified reaction throughout the occupied Palestinian territories in solidarity with their Jerusalemite compatriots. Palestinian political parties from across the ideological spectrum condemned Israel’s actions. The Joint Room of Palestinian armed factions too vowed a response.

The responses to the attacks on Palestinians and the old city of Jerusalem came in all forms. At least 15 different locations across the West Bank and East Jerusalem became protest sites, many leading to confrontations with Israeli occupation forces.

The West Bank protests took place in the cities of Tulkarem, Nablus, Al-Khalil, Ramallah, Al-Bireh, Jericho, Bethlehem, Qalqilya and Qalandia in solidarity with Jerusalem. Umm al-Fahm located inside of Israeli territory also witnessed mass demonstrations.

Across the Gaza Strip protests also took place in Jabalia, Gaza City, Rafah, Khan Yunis and elsewhere, with demonstrators additionally showing up to the East’s separation fence. Israeli forces fired live ammunition at the night demonstrators, reportedly injuring three East of the Malaka area.

The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades – armed wing of the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) – also claimed rocket fire from Gaza in response to Israel’s action in Jerusalem. There were a total of 36 rockets fired at Israel, in a coordinated fashion, leading to Israeli airstrikes on several sites inside of the besieged Gaza Strip.

During the two days of protests inside Jerusalem alone, Israeli forces have arrested approximately 100 Palestinians and injured 450, according to local media sources.

Context Missed By Mainstream Western Press

What is going on, as a result of the attacks on Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents, is not to be viewed as just a reaction to the racist settler mob. This is an uprising against Israel’s ongoing illegal occupation and racist policies against Palestinians in general, with the settler extremist mob acting as the catalyst.

Since the beginning of the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan, tensions have been rising between Israeli forces, illegal settlers and Palestinians. On the first day of Ramadan, last Tuesday, Israeli forces began instigating violence after shutting off loudspeakers inside the al-Aqsa compound – Islam’s third holiest site – also blocking off the Damascus Gate to Palestinians wishing to enter the Old City of Jerusalem.

The shutting down of Al-Aqsa’s loudspeakers, characterized as a “racist” attack against Palestinians, was explained to have occurred due to Israelis not wanting to be disturbed by the Muslim call to prayer and Imam’s in the al-Aqsa compound. ‘Israel’ was, at the time, running a commemoration event at the nearby Al Buraq Wall to memorialize their dead occupation soldiers.

After preventing Palestinians from entering the “Arab Quarter” of Jerusalem’s Old City, youths began to clash with occupation police who were blocking their access to Mosques for prayer and breaking their fasts. Israeli forces brought in the usage of tear gas, stun grenades, riot police on horseback and skunk water cannons in what was to become a nightly occurrence.

Israeli settlers had also gotten involved in fights with Palestinians during the course of clashes that had been occurring in the surrounding areas of the Old City. A video then began to circulate on social media of a Palestinian teen slapping a settler in the face on public transport, for which two Palestinians were later arrested. Israeli settlers then began storming the streets of Jerusalem – beginning conversations with strangers in order to gauge whether they had an Arabic accent – and attacking Palestinians. Israeli settler gangs posted their videos of their violent assaults of lone Palestinians on social media, bragging about what they had committed. On Monday, Israeli settler mobs began to take their attacks to the next level, rallying in the streets of Jerusalem chanting “death to Arabs”, then continuing from that point to assault Palestinians. The Palestinian community of East Jerusalem did not take these assaults, attacks on vehicles, and racist mob protests lightly, also choosing to confront and fight settlers. By Monday night, Palestinian local media had reported that at least 30 Palestinians had been arrested as a result of the ongoing tensions in the city during Ramadan.

What also has been missed by the mainstream Western Press is the ongoing acts of ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem. Israeli settler organisations, working together with Israel’s courts – in accordance with Israel’s ‘Jerusalem 2000’ plan, as well as laws implemented by the government in the 1970’s – to expel some 2,100 Palestinians from the neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan.

The Uprising Continues

Despite attempts by ‘Israel’ to pin this uprising singularly on the extremist settlers, the uprising represents years of Palestinian frustrations and despair finally breaking through to the surface in a coherent and organised way.

The US State Department has expressed its concern over recent events pertaining to Jerusalem and ‘Israel’ has actively tried to prevent a Palestinian uprising, but the energy awoken in the occupied territories is not going anywhere.

The Palestinian people are tired of suffering in silence, they have been suffering from a lack of motivation and divisions, now this seems to be ending. This is perhaps the first time since around 2005 that this energy has been reverberating throughout the occupied territories and the Palestinian armed factions in Gaza are now stronger than ever.

‘Israel’s’ ultra-right wing government has long refused to even consider engaging the Palestinian leadership in order to seek any solution and the people of Palestine have been for long fed up. ‘Israel’ may try hard to prevent this from escalating and we will see many different tricks brought out in order to try and divide people, or shift focus elsewhere, but it is clear that the mood has dramatically changed in the occupied territories.

The Palestinian cause has now entered a new phase in the conflict with ‘Israel’; there have now been new redlines drawn and a unified spirit of resistance. Just like was the case with the first Intifada, it took one event to spark the collective outrage of the Palestinian people at what was being done to them.

Even if this does not lead to a full out Intifada or war with ‘Israel’, which looks like the most likely results of recent events, the rules of engagement have now changed and a new era has just been ushered in.

(Source / 24.04.2021)

Israel strikes several areas across besieged Gaza Strip

Last night, Lehava members, protected by Israeli police, prepared Molotov cocktails in order to set Palestinian homes and vehicles in fire as part of their daily aggression on the Palestinians

Israeli occupation military struck early on Saturday several areas, mostly farms, across Gaza Strip, which has been under strict Israeli siege since mid-2007, security sources reported.

However, no fatalities were reported due to the heavy Israeli strikes, but most of the targeted farms suffered widescale damages in crops and irrigation networks, in addition to tens of children and women reported traumatised due to the attacks.

Israeli army spokesperson claimed that the strikes targeted military sites for Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas.

According to Israeli media, Israeli military carried out the strikes in retaliation to firing rockets from the Gaza Strip as number of rockets had been launched by the Palestinian resistance to warn Israel against its violations which have been going on in Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque since the start of Ramadan.

Violations of the Israeli settlers, mainly the followers of the extremist Kahanist group, Lehava, sparked outrage in Gaza, with Hamas warning Israel “not to test its patience.”

Last night, Lehava members, protected by Israeli police, prepared Molotov cocktails in order to set Palestinian homes and vehicles in fire as part of their daily aggression on the Palestinians.

Fortunately, the Palestinians, who gathered in Jerusalem’s Old City, could prevent them and turn their planned attacks down.

(Source / 24.04.2021)