‘Israel’ holds 4,277 Palestinians in jails

Human rights organization, HaMokek, said that Israeli occupation authorities are holding 4,277 Palestinians in its jails, including 435 administrative detainees held without charge or trial.

In its May report, the Israeli-based human rights organization, stated that there are 4,277 Palestinian “security” prisoners in Israeli jails.

The organization also said among the prisoners are 2,518 Palestinians serving a sentence and 1,324 remand detainees.

There are 435 administrative detainees held without charge or trial, as the organization said.

Administrative detention is illegal under international law, however, the occupation state uses it to repress the Palestinian people.

‘Israel’ routinely uses administrative detention and has, over the years, placed thousands of Palestinians behind by bars for periods ranging from several months to several years, without charging them, without telling them what they are accused of, and without disclosing the alleged evidence to them or to their lawyers.

In January, Palestinian prisoners’ advocacy groups said that the Israeli occupation detained 456 Palestinians during January 2021, including 93 minors and 8 women.

The groups said that the Israeli occupation authorities also issued 105 administrative detention orders in January only.

There are also 26 Palestinian prisoners before Oslo.

The number of Palestinian prisoners serving a sentence above 20 years is 497, while the number of prisoners serving life a sentence is 543.

There are 33 Palestinian prisoners serving more than 25 years of sentence, and 57 serving more than 20 years of sentence.

The groups also said that 355 Palestinian prisoners tested positive for COVID-19, 11 prisoners are suffering from cancer, and 300 prisoners have chronic diseases.

In 2020 only, the Israeli occupation forces arrested 4,634 Palestinians, among them 543 children and 128 women, in addition to issuing 1,114 administrative detention orders.

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.

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

(Source / 06.05.2021)

Pictures| Israeli sweep operation to find resistance fighter fails

Nablus (QNN)- The Israeli army carried out a massive sweep operation on Wednesday throughout Nablus and the town of Aqraba, searching for a resistance fighter who carried out an operation at Za’tara military checkpoint two days ago. The sweep operation, however, has failed.

Israeli forces surrounded an agricultural room in the town of Aqraba and used intensive live ammunition and bombs after using loudspeakers to order persons, whom they thought to be inside the room, to surrender.

After inflicting severe damage to the room, the Israeli army found out that it was empty.

Israeli forces also searched Al Qit’a area and broke into locals’ houses. however, their efforts failed to find the fighter.

In the same vein, Israeli soldiers opened fire at QNN correspondent Mu’tasem Saqfel Heit as well as other journalists, who were covering the damage that the Israeli army caused to the room.

Israeli soldiers also attacked QNN correspondents Mu’tasem Saqfel Heit and Abdullah Bahsh again and confiscated their phones before preventing them from covering the operation. The army also threw tear gas at the vehicle of journalist Ameed Shihada.

Local sources said an Israeli force raided Altaf in the southeast of the town and searched houses, water wells, and caves.

The Israeli army also launched a surveillance balloon over the town and used drones during the operation.

The town of Aqraba has been surrounded for days. Several locals were arrested to push the resistance fighter to surrender.

(Source / 06.05.2021)

After over days of hunt down… Israeli army detains resistance fighter

Ramallah (QNN)- The Israeli Shin Bet announced that it has detained the resistance fighter, who performed an operation at Za’tara military checkpoint last Sunday.

A statement by the Shin Bet said that it has detained the performer of the resistance operation at Za’tara military checkpoint. He was detained inside an empty building in the town of Silwad in Ramallah.

Israeli media reported that the fighter is Muntaser Shalabi (44 years old) from Turmus’ayya, He does not belong to any of the resistance factions.

The reporter of YNet nyes said that Shalabi has been slightly wounded. He moved between different places before he was arrested.

Shalabi had opened fire at colonial settlers near Za’tara military checkpoint, wounding three of them. The Israeli authorities announced on Wednesday that one of the three settlers died.

The occupation state has been carrying out a massive sweep operation throughout the occupied West Bank to find Shalabi

(Source / 06.05.2021)

In joint submission to UN, organizations highlight Israel’s settlements role in entrenchment of settler-colonial

Several human rights groups have submitted a joint submission to Mr Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, laying out the framework for the illegality of Israeli colonial settlements, which are key to Israel’s settler-colonial and apartheid regime, and analysing their impact on the Palestinian people’s rights.

On 30 April 2021, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC), Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, and Habitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network submitted the joint submission which is a pursuant to a call for input ahead of the Special Rapporteur’s report on the issue, which will be presented to the Human Rights Council in its 47th Session (21 June – 9 July 2021).

Placing Israel’s construction and maintenance of its colonial settlements within the broader context of its settler-colonial and apartheid regime, the joint submission addressed the legal status, and more specifically, the illegality, of such settlements.

Considered to be a serious violation of international law, as supported by the United Nations Security Council at least six times since 1979, the submission further asserted that Israel’s colonial settlements contravene multiple provisions of the Rome Statute, including the prohibition of population transfer, annexation, and apartheid.

Nonetheless, Israel continues to establish, maintain, and expand its settler-colonial enterprise, which serves to further de facto annex large parts of the West Bank, entrenching its regime over the Palestinian people as whole, on both sides of the Green Line, and Palestinian refugees and exiles abroad.

The joint submission further addressed the impact of Israel’s colonial settlements on Palestinian rights by underscoring Israel’s unlawful policies and practices, including its discriminatory planning and zoning regime, movement restrictions, the pillaging of natural resources, and systematic failure to combat settler violence; allowing settlers to enjoy institutionalised impunity. These policies and practices, inter alia, hinder Palestinian livelihoods, obstruct the fulfilment of basic needs, and violate the Palestinian right to self-determination.

Finally, the submission called on the Special Rapporteur and all UN member states to condemn Israel’s settler-colonial and apartheid regime, recognise the role played by illegal Israeli colonial settlements and corporations in maintaining and expanding this regime.

The submission also called on to take meaningful and effective steps to address the settlements negative impacts upon Palestinian rights, including by lending their full support to the Office of the Prosecutor, and the ICC more generally, in this endeavour, and refraining from all acts and omissions which may threaten its contribution to the fight against impunity, and struggle for accountability, for Palestinian victims of international crimes.

(Source / 06.05.2021)

EU calls on Israeli occupation authorities to halt settlement construction

Brussels (QNN)- The European Commission spokesperson for foreign affairs issues, Peter Stano, said the EU reiterates its position that all settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international law, condemning Israel’s eviction of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.

The Israeli occupation authorities have recently announced intention to construct 540 new housing units in Har Homa, an illegal Israeli settlement.

“The implementation of these plans, as well as those for Givat Hamatos, would cut off East Jerusalem from Bethlehem and severely undermine future negotiations towards a two-state solution in line with the internationally agreed parameters,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson added, “The EU reiterates its position that all settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international law and the EU will not recognise any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including in Jerusalem, other than those agreed by both sides.”

The EU also renewed its call on the Israeli occupation government to halt settlement construction and to reverse these latest decisions as a matter of urgency.

The spokesperson also said that the increase in evictions and demolitions across the occupied Palestinian territory, notably the evolving situation in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, in East Jerusalem, and the possible demolition of structures in the Palestinian village of al-Walajeh, are also alarming.

“Such unilateral actions are illegal under international humanitarian law and only fuel tensions on the ground ,” the spokesperson stated.

He continued, “The Israeli authorities should cease these activities and provide adequate permits for legal construction and development of Palestinian communities.”

“In light of recent developments in Southern Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, the EU reiterates its firm condemnation of violence and calls for calm and restraint from all actors at this sensitive time.”

(Source / 06.05.2021)

Israeli navy attacks Palestinian fishermen in Gaza, destroys boat

Gaza Strip (QNN)- The Israeli occupation navy today’s morning targeted Palestinian fishermen offshore Sudaniya, northwest of Gaza city, destroying a boat, local media news reported.

It said that the fishermen were sailing within three nautical miles when Israeli naval boats opened gunfire and water hoses toward them, causing damages to a boat and forcing them to leave for safety.

However, no injuries were reported.

‘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.

Gaza has approximately 3,000 fishermen, of whom only 800 work on some 700 boats.

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

(Source / 06.05.2021)

Israel Court to issue today final decision of eviction of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah

 Israeli settlers in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah react as Palestinian and Israeli activists chant slogans in front of their house during a demonstration against the expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem on April 16, 2021

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli District Court in Jerusalem is expected today to issue the final decision regarding the evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

The families have submitted an official submission today to the court, in which they said that they haven’t reached any deal with the Israeli settlers, expressing their complete refusal to reach any deals with the settlers.

The court ruled at least six families must vacate their homes in Sheikh Jarrah on Sunday, despite living there for generations, to make way for a new Israeli settlement known as Shimon HaTsadiq.

However, the Court on Sunday gave the Palestinian families until Thursday to reach a deal with Israeli settlers regarding the ownership of their homes.

The deal proposed by the court requires the Palestinian families to pay the Israeli settlers to rent their homes until the current owners pass away and then assign the properties to the settlers, not to their heirs.

The families refused this proposal, considering it a recognition of the claimed demands of the settlers.

In February, the Court also rejected an appeal by four Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood against their eviction from their homes. The court upheld the eviction order, and it gave the four families until May 2 to implement the eviction decision.

The same court ruled seven other families should leave their homes by August 1.

A plan for the settlement, consisting of 200 housing units on 18 dunums, has already been submitted to the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem.

In total, 58 people, including 17 children, are set to be forcibly displaced to make way for Israeli settlers.

In 1972, several Israeli settler organisations filed a lawsuit against the Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah, alleging the land originally belonged to Jews.

These groups, mostly funded by donors from the United States, have waged a relentless battle that resulted in the displacement of 43 Palestinians in 2002, as well as the Hanoun and Ghawi families in 2008 and the Shamasneh family in 2017.

(Source / 06.05.2021)

‘Israel’ killed two Palestinian children in 2021

On Wednesday night, the Israeli occupation forces shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, making him the second Palestinian child killed by Israeli forces in 2021.

Said Yousef Mohammad Odeh, 16, from Odala, a village located south of Nablus, was shot dead by Israeli forces with live ammunition around 9 p.m. near the entrance to the village, according to the Defence for Children International- Palestine(DCIP).

According to the information collected by DCIP, the Israeli forces reportedly confronted Palestinian youth at the village entrance prior to the shootingaid was not involved in the confrontations at the time he was shot.

He sustained at least two gunshot wounds. He was struck with live ammunition in the back near his right shoulder and pelvis and both bullets exited from the front.

“Israeli forces routinely unlawfully kill Palestinian children with impunity, using intentional lethal force against Palestinian children when they pose no threat,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program Director at DCIP.

“Systemic impunity has fostered a context where Israeli forces know no bounds.”

Israeli forces reportedly shot another youth in the back with live ammunition as he approached Said to provide aid.

A Palestinian ambulance was prevented from reaching Said for at least 15 minutes, said the DCIP.

When paramedics were finally allowed to approach the boy, he had no vital signs. He was transferred to Rafidia hospital in Nablus where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

DCIP said that Said is the second Palestinian child killed by Israeli forces in 2021, as th forces shot and killed 17-year-old Attallah Mohammad Harb Rayan on January 26 after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier stationed at Hares Junction, southwest of Nablus and near the illegal Israeli settlements, Revava and Barqan.

DCIP said that in 2020 only, Israeli forces killed nine Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, six of whom were killed with live ammunition.

(Source / 06.05.2021)

“If I don’t steal your home, someone else will steal it,” says Israeli settler to Palestinian resident of Sheikh Jarrah

In a video circulated on social media, an Israeli settler appeared while telling Mona al-Kurd, a young Palestinian woman whose home was stolen by the settler in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in the occupied East Jerusalem, if he don’t steal her home, someone else will steal it.

The video shows the 22-year-old al-Kurd confronting the settler in the garden of her family home.

“Jacob, you know that this is not your home,” Mona told the settler in English.

“Yes, but if I go, you don’t go back, so what’s the problem? Why are you yelling at me?” was the answer of the settler.

“You are stealing my house!” Mona replied.

“If I don’t steal it, someone else will steal it,” Jacob answers. “So why are you yelling at me?”

“No one is allowed to steal my home!” Mona shouted.

The settler’s answer was in Hebrew, “This is not mine in order to return it.”

The Israeli District Court in Jerusalem today decided to hold another session on May 10 to discuss the evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

The Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah told the Supreme Israeli Court today that no compromise has been reached with Israeli settlers concerning land and house ownership claims by the latter.

Sami Irsheid, the lawyer of Sheikh Jarrah families, said he had submitted to the court a notification that no agreement was made with the settlers concerning their alleged ownership claims, and said the families were waiting for the court’s ruling concerning the matter at any time today or later on.

Dozens of Palestinians are facing imminent eviction from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah, in a move to force them out and replace it entirely with an Israeli settlement.

The court ruled at least six families must vacate their homes in Sheikh Jarrah on Sunday, despite living there for generations, to make way for a new Israeli settlement known as Shimon HaTsadiq.

However, the Court on Sunday gave the Palestinian families until Thursday to reach a deal with Israeli settlers regarding the ownership of their homes.

The deal proposed by the court requires the Palestinian families to pay the Israeli settlers to rent their homes until the current owners pass away and then assign the properties to the settlers, not to their heirs.

The families refused this proposal, considering it a recognition of the claimed demands of the settlers.

In February, the Court also rejected an appeal by four Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood against their eviction from their homes. The court upheld the eviction order, and it gave the four families until May 2 to implement the eviction decision.

The same court ruled seven other families should leave their homes by August 1.

A plan for the settlement, consisting of 200 housing units on 18 dunums, has already been submitted to the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem.

In total, 58 people, including 17 children, are set to be forcibly displaced to make way for Israeli settlers.

In 1972, several Israeli settler organisations filed a lawsuit against the Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah, alleging the land originally belonged to Jews.

These groups, mostly funded by donors from the United States, have waged a relentless battle that resulted in the displacement of 43 Palestinians in 2002, as well as the Hanoun and Ghawi families in 2008 and the Shamasneh family in 2017.

(Source / 06.05.2021)

Haniyeh: Palestinian people will not allow Israeli storming of Jerusalem in Ramadan 28th

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, confirmed that the battle for Jerusalem is open and that the city is under real and serious threats, especially as settlers threaten to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the 28th of Ramadan.

In his speech in the Unified Forum, which gathered a number of leaders and scholars to talk about Palestine and saving Jerusalem on the occasion of International Jerusalem Day, Haniyeh said that we took our decisions with all power and insistence that our people will not allow the Zionists to storm Al-Aqsa on the 28th of Ramadan, so we are all ready to sacrifice for Jerusalem and the Blessed Mosque.

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Haniyeh stressed that the occupation’s attacks against Al-Aqsa are a flagrant violation of the Islamic Ummah, calling on the peoples of our nation and its governments to take a strong and solid stand in order to defend Al-Aqsa and support the steadfastness of the people of Jerusalem.

Haniyeh said that the nation must not fail Jerusalem and the Jerusalemites, and we will go on the path of resistance, return, and liberation.

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The Head of the Political Bureau called on all Palestinians at home and abroad to rise to say that no to the occupiers, nor to the invaders, nor to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the capital of believing hearts, and the compass and axis of the conflict on the land of Palestine.

Haniyeh expressed his confidence that the Israeli occupation plans will not pass, and that the Palestinian people have the ability to confront them with the support of their strategic depth in the Islamic Ummah.

(Source / 06.05.2021)