Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday night, three Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, and issued an order against another Palestinian preventing him from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for six months.

The soldiers invaded the Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood, before abducting Mohammad Eyad Sa’ida from his home.

The soldiers also invaded a gas station in Sheikh Jarrah, in Jerusalem, and abducted a young man, identified as Mansour Ibrahim Mansour.

In the Old City, the soldier assaulted and injured a young man, identified as Nidal Asfour, before abducting him.

In addition, the soldiers handed ‘Aahed Resheq, a member of the Regional Council of Fateh movement, an order denying him access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surrounding areas for six months.

It is worth mentioning that Resheq previously received a similar order for one week, for what the army called “practicing Palestinian sovereignty in Al-Aqsa” in the first week of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

In related news, the soldiers assaulted many young Palestinian men in Bab al-‘Amoud, in Jerusalem, and confiscated Palestinian flags.

The soldiers also chased many young men in the area while attempting to abduct them.

(Source / 26.04.2021)

Undercover Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Four Young Palestinian Men In Beit Hanina

Undercover Israeli soldiers infiltrated, on Monday morning, into Beit Hanina town, in occupied Jerusalem, and kidnapped four young Palestinian men during a nonviolent activity.

Amer Awad, the secretary of Beit Hanina – Shu’fat Organizational Committee, said the undercover soldiers infiltrated into the town, and kidnapped the four young men during a nonviolent procession, protesting the escalating violations against the Palestinians in Bab al-‘Amoud and the areas surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

Awad added that two of the kidnapped Palestinians have been identified as Mustafa Haimouni and Omar Atallah.

Bassel ‘Aabed, a member of the Regional Committee in Beit Hanina, said the Palestinians were kidnapped after regular army units invaded the town, and fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians.

On Sunday evening, the soldiers invaded the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem, and closed many roads leading to protests.

The soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing dozens of Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers also invaded the al-‘Ezariya town, east of Jerusalem, and fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinian protesters, causing many injuries.

(Source / 26.04.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians After Colonialist Settler Assaulted Them In Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, two young Palestinian men, after an illegal colonialist settler attacked them, in the eastern part of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources in Hebron said an armed colonist from the illegal Keryat Arba’ colony, in the eastern part of Hebron, attacked the Palestinians near their homes, close to the colony.

They added that Israel soldiers, who were in the area at the time of the attack, abducted the two Palestinians, identified as Rasmi Tareq Jaber, 25, and Safwan Bassel Jaber, 20.

Both were near their homes in the Jaber neighborhood when the armed colonist assaulted them. After abducting them, the soldiers took them to a nearby military base.

In related news, the soldiers installed several roadblocks on Hebron’s northern and southern roads, in addition to the entrances of Sa’ir town, northeast of Hebron, Halhoul town, north of the city, and Yatta, south of Hebron, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

On Monday morning, undercover Israeli soldiers infiltrated into Beit Hanina town, in occupied Jerusalem, and kidnapped four young Palestinian men during a nonviolent activity.

Amer Awad, the secretary of Beit Hanina – Shu’fat Organizational Committee, said the undercover soldiers infiltrated into the town, and kidnapped the four young men during a nonviolent procession, protesting the escalating violations against the Palestinians in Bab al-‘Amoud and the areas surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

On Sunday at night, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians from Jerusalem and issued an order against another Palestinian preventing him from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for six months.

On Sunday evening, the soldiers invaded the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem, and closed many roads leading to protests.

The soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing dozens of Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers also invaded the al-‘Ezariya town, east of Jerusalem, and fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinian protesters, causing many injuries.

(Source / 26.04.2021)

Palestinians Remove Israeli Barriers Blocking Access to Al-Aqsa Mosque

In a massive show of solidarity on Sunday, Palestinians from the West Bank and Jerusalem came together to remove barriers that had been placed by the Israeli police to block Muslim worshipers from accessing the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The mosque is considered the third-holiest site in Islam, and has been the site of numerous Israeli violations against the Palestinian Muslim worshipers attending prayer services there. These violations escalated with the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan two weeks ago.

Before the Palestinian worshipers removed the barricades on Sunday, a large group of right-wing Israeli settlers invaded the holy site, accompanied by Israeli soldiers who permitted the violation to take place.

According to the Islamic Waqf, which administers the al-Aqsa Mosque, 74 Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa courtyards and performed Talmudic rituals, while the occupation forces closed the Mughrabi Gate.

Following this violation of the Muslim holy site, hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets and removed barricades that had been placed by Israeli forces.

The Jerusalem Residency Committee issued a statement in support of the barricade removal, stating “Today, Jerusalem and its revolutionaries are celebrating a victory. We voice our support for this proud resistance to the Israeli occupation that takes away the rights of Palestinian Jerusalemites by force. We confirm that resistance is the best and most feasible way to extract our rights and to liberate our homeland.”

The actions on Sunday come following a week of violence aimed at the Palestinian population of Jerusalem, carried out by right-wing Israelis from the Lehava movement, who marched through the streets chanting “Death to Arabs” on Thursday.

During their attack march, the Israeli settlers slashed tires and broke windows of Palestinian cars, and injured dozens of Palestinians. Israeli police and military forces injured dozens more Palestinians, when they joined the settlers in their attacks against the Palestinian civilian population.

(Source / 26.04.2021)

Israeli Army Injures Several Palestinians, Abducts One, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers injured, late on Sunday at night, many young Palestinian men, and abducted one, in Bab al-‘Amoud area, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers assaulted many young men, causing injuries, and removed Palestinian flags that were raised in the area.

They added that the soldiers also abducted a young man before moving him to a nearby interrogation facility.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers assaulted many young Palestinian men in the yards of the Bab al-‘Amoud area after they left the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The soldiers also chased many Palestinians who celebrated the removal of the military roadblocks that were installed around Al-Aqsa.

On Sunday at night, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians from Jerusalem and issued an order against another Palestinian preventing him from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for six months.

On Sunday evening, the soldiers invaded the al-‘Isawiya town, in Jerusalem, and closed many roads leading to protests.

The soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing dozens of Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers also invaded the al-‘Ezariya town, east of Jerusalem, and fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinian protesters, causing many injuries.

On Monday morning, undercover Israeli soldiers infiltrated Beit Hanina town Jerusalem and kidnapped four young men during a nonviolent activity.

On Monday at dawn, the soldiers abducted two young Palestinian men, after an illegal colonialist settler attacked them, in the eastern part of the city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 26.04.2021)

‘Israel’ fully closes Gaza fishing zone, preventing Gazans from fishing

Gaza Strip (QNN)- Israeli occupation government has fully closed the Gaza fishing zone on Monday morning, forbidding approximately 3,000 fishermen, of whom only 800 work on some 700 boats, from fishing.

The Israeli occupation government has reduced the fishing distance to zero and closed it completely until further notice, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said in a statement.

The decision was taken due to rockets launched from Gaza towards the Israeli-occupied Palestine, as COGAT said.

The Israeli occupation government previously allowed fishing at a distance of 15 miles.

‘Israel’ has maintained a blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007.

It imposes tight restrictions on the work of fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Sea, citing security reasons.

The Israeli navy also deliberately targets fishing boats on a daily basis.

The Israelis open fire, use water cannons, and damage fishing nets and boats’ engines in their efforts to terrorize fishermen.

Some 70,000 Palestinians in Gaza make a living directly or indirectly from fishing, according to official Palestinian statistics.

(Source / 26.04.2021)

UAE condemns Israeli extremists’ violence in Jerusalem against Palestinians

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday called on the occupation state of ‘Israel’ to reduce tensions in Jerusalem and condemned a recent march by an extremist Israeli group in the city.

In a rare statement criticizing ‘Israel’ since the two signed a normalization deal last year, the UAE said, “The United Arab Emirates has expressed concern over the acts of violence committed by right-wing extremist groups in the occupied East Jerusalem, which have resulted in injuries among civilians.”

The UAE also called upon the Israeli occupation authorities “to assume responsibility toward de-escalation and putting an end to all aggressions and practices that perpetuate tension and hostility.”

It also underlined “the necessity of preserving the historical identity of the occupied city of Jerusalem.”

This came after a wave of violence against Palestinians in the city, as dozens of Palestinians were wounded by extremist Israeli settlers, in violent confrontations that erupted in the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday night, following a march by far-right Israelis.

The march organized by the far-right, anti-Arab group Lehava followed a week of violent assaults on Palestinians living inside the Green Lines and Palestinian residents of central Jerusalem.

Chanting “Death To Arabs,” the far-right Israelis attempted to break through police roadblocks and assaulted left-wing Israelis protesting against Lehava.

Ahead of the march, far-right Israelis called for violence and urged others to arm themselves in social media posts.

In one message group, a member wrote: “If one of the attackers isn’t hanged, this won’t end,” while in another group a member wrote: “We’re burning Arabs today, the Molotov cocktails are already in the trunk.”

In the fist week of the holy month of Ramadan, the Israeli occupation forces attacked Palestinian worshipers while they were leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem following night-time (Taraweh) prayers.

The Israeli police used water cannons and stun grenades to clamp down on the worshipers at the Damascus Gate area, on the south entrance to the Old City.

The first provocation by Israeli occupation forces came last Tuesday, the first day of Ramadan, when Israeli police turned off speakers around the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Israeli forces also blocked thousands of Palestinians from towns and villages of the occupied West Bank from reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform the first Friday prayer of the holy month of Ramadan.

Moreover, in the same day, the Israeli forces seized the Iftar (end of fast) meals intended for the people who were fasting near the Mosque compound, smashed the door of a mosque in the area, and sabotaged the loudspeakers prevent the call for the evening prayer from Al-Aqsa Mosque’s minarets.

The UAE was the first country to agree to normalize ties with the occupation state under the Abraham Accords, a pact brokered by the United States, a move that was followed by Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.

The Palestinians condemned the normalization agreements, saying they encouraged Israel’s denial of their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

(Source / 26.04.2021)

WHO: Woman, 70, among 4 cancer patients denied Israel’s permit to leave Gaza for treatment

Residents of the besieged Gaza Strip must travel to West Bank, East Jerusalem, Israel or abroad in order to receive proper treatment for many serious illnesses

A 70-year-old woman was among four cancer patients from besieged Gaza denied an Israeli permit to travel for medical treatment in East Jerusalem, West Bank or Israeli hospitals, World Health Organization’s (WHO) revealed on Sunday.

It said six patients, four males and two females, or 0.5 per cent of the total applications were denied permits to cross Beit Hanoun/Erez to reach healthcare in March.

Those denied included a female cancer patient aged 70 years. Three had appointments for cancer care (oncology), one for ophthalmology, one for cardiology, and one for urology. Three had appointments at hospitals in the West Bank and three in East Jerusalem.

Israel approved 853 –male: 427 and female: 426– or 66 per cent of the 1,293 patient applications to cross Beit Hanoun/Erez in March for medical treatment, 9 per cent less than the average approval rate of the previous two months (75 per cent) and 2 per cent less than the average approval rate for 2020 (68%), said WHO.

Of the delayed applications, 21 per cent were for children under the age of 18; 65 per cent for patients aged 18-60 years and 14 per cent for patients over 60 years of age.

Close to two-fifths (38 per cent) of those delayed had appointments for oncology; 18 per cent for ophthalmology; 7 per cent for hematology; 6 per cent for orthopedics; 6 per cent for cardiology, and 5 per cent for pediatrics. The remaining 20 per cent were for 15 other specialties.

In March, six (5 male; 1 female) patients between the age of 18 to 60 were requested for security interrogation by the Israeli security services as a prerequisite to processing their permit applications.

Two patients had appointments for oncology, two for cardiology, one for orthopedics and one for internal medicine. Four of them had appointments in East Jerusalem hospitals and two in the West Bank.

By the end of March, one was denied and five remained under further examination.

The Health Liaison Office in the Gaza Strip submitted 1,514 companion permit applications to Israeli authorities to accompany patients in March.

These applications included parents or other companions applying to accompany children. Patients are eligible to apply to Israeli authorities for one companion to accompany them for health care outside Gaza.

In March, 637 companion permit applications –42 per cent of the total– were approved, 13 applications were denied and the remaining 864 were delayed, receiving no definitive response by the time of the patient’s appointment.

(Source / 26.04.2021)

Jerusalemites send letter to ICC to investigate Israeli attempts to forcibly displace Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – Representatives of 28 Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, in addition to the 191 organizations supporting them, sent a letter to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, calling for the urgent action of their imminent forced displacement from the neighborhood, as part of the ongoing investigation into the situation in Palestine.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, the families called on the Office of the Prosecutor to include war crimes and crimes against humanity related to their forced displacement as part of the investigation, including forcible transfer, appropriation of property, persecution, and apartheid.

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The families demanded that the crimes also include all inhuman acts that cause severe suffering or serious harm to the body, mental or physical health.

The letter to the Prosecutor included clarification on the fate of 87 Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, who are at risk of imminent forced eviction, including four families by May 2, 2021, and three other families by August 1, after Israel court decisions were issued in favor of the settlements.

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It explained that the currently forced evictions are the second or third forced displacement of those families, after their forced displacement from their homes in Palestinian towns, cities, and villages during the Nakba, and the continuous denial of their inalienable right to return to their homes and properties since 1948.

In their message, the families shed light on the coercive environment they are exposed to in Jerusalem, which aims to change the demographic composition of the city to secure Israeli control over Jerusalem and to push for the continued displacement of Palestinians.

The Jerusalemite families continue their steadfastness in a long, exhausting, and costly battle since 1972 in order to confront the legal lawsuits filed against them by the settlement organization before the Israeli courts, which unlawfully apply discriminatory Israeli domestic law on the occupied land.

Today, the families are seeking to hold the Israeli occupation accountable before the International Criminal Court, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

Among the organizations that have supported families are Palestinian, Israeli, regional, and international human rights institutions, Palestinian coalitions representing more than 140 Palestinian civil society organizations, solidarity groups for Palestine, faith organizations, indigenous peoples’ organizations, ethnic justice organizations, and student groups.

(Source / 26.04.2021)

Jordan condemns Israeli attacks on the citizens of occupied Jerusalem

Days of Palestine – Amman – The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs condemned the Israeli police attacks on Jerusalemites at the Damascus Gate and in separate areas in occupied Jerusalem.

Today, Sunday, the ministry’s spokesperson, Ambassador Dhaifallah Al-Fayez, said that Israeli police attacks on Jerusalemites and the use of violence against them are unacceptable and a condemned violation.

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Al-Fayez called on the Israeli authorities to adhere to their obligations as an occupying power in occupied Jerusalem in accordance with international law, to stop attacking Jerusalemites, to stop the attacks on them, and not to confiscate their right to gather freely and safely, especially in the blessed month of Ramadan, and not impede their access to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

He warned against harming Jerusalem and Jerusalemites and the consequences of what the Israeli police do against Jerusalemites, calling for effective international action to protect them from attacks.

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(Source / 26.04.2021)