Army Abducts A Palestinian National Security Officer In Jericho

Israeli soldiers abducted, Tuesday, a Palestinian National Security officer from his home in Jericho city, in northeastern West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, at the southern entrance of the city, and abducted Husam Ismael Abu Dahouk, 26, after breaking into his home and searching it.

In addition, the soldiers abducted, on Tuesday morning, eight Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.

(Source / 26.05.2021)

Israel Starts Preparations For A New Segregated Road On Palestinian Lands In Salfit

Israel has started the digging and preparing for a new segregated road on lands owned by Palestinians from Iskaka and Yasuf village, east of Salfit in central West Bank.

Fawzi Lami, the mayor of Iskaka, said the army bulldozed large areas of Palestinian lands in the southeastern part of the village, known as as-Serb, close to the illegal Nofei Nehmia illegal colony.

He added that the planned segregated road would be 1200 meters long and 6 meters wide.

The official stated that this means Israel would be isolating 100 Dunams of Palestinian lands behind the road and would lead to their illegal annexation.

“The Palestinians’ very existence in the area has been directly targeted by Israel for dozens of years; for instance, the farmers have been prevented from rehabilitating or planting their lands,” Lami said, “Three years ago, the army uprooted hundreds of olive trees, and bulldozed farmlands, before illegally annexing them, because they are in Areas B and C of the occupied West Bank.”

He also said the army has been trying to force the Palestinians out of the entire area by preventing them from constructing homes and buildings, in addition to issuing demolition or halt construction orders.

It is worth mentioning that many Palestinian homes are only about twenty-five meters away from the new planned segregated road.

Area A is %18 of the occupied West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority controls civil affairs, including internal security.

Area B, %21 of the West Bank, where the PA controls the health, education, and economy sectors.  Both areas are under full external Israeli security control which allows the army to frequently invade them at any time to demolish homes, abduct Palestinians and operate under the pretext of “security.’

The number of Palestinians living in Areas A and B is at least 2.8 million, in major governorates.

Area C (%61) of the West Bank is under full Israeli control, where more than 200 illegal colonies, and at least 100 outposts, are installed on Palestinian lands; the number of colonists is about 400.000.

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem) said that Israel retains control of security and land-management in Area C and views the area as there to serve its own needs, such as military training, economic interests, and settlement development. Ignoring Palestinian needs, Israel practically bans Palestinian construction and development. At the same time, it encourages the development of Israeli settlements through a parallel planning mechanism, and the Civil Administration turns a blind eye to settlers’ building violations.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Humanitarian Law.

Background – Amnesty International: STATUS OF SETTLEMENTS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.

As the occupier, Israel is therefore forbidden from using state land and natural resources for purposes other than military or security needs or for the benefit of the local population. The unlawful appropriation of property by an occupying power amounts to “pillage”, which is prohibited by both the Hague Regulations and Fourth Geneva Convention and is a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and many national laws.

Israel’s building of settlements in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, does not respect any of these rules and exceptions. Transferring the occupying power’s civilians into the occupied territory is prohibited without exception.

Furthermore, as explained earlier, the settlements and associated infrastructure are not temporary, do not benefit Palestinians, and do not serve the legitimate security needs of the occupying power.

Settlements entirely depend on the large-scale appropriation and/or destruction of Palestinian private and state property which are not militarily necessary. They are created with the sole purpose of permanently establishing Jewish Israelis on occupied land.

In addition to being violations of international humanitarian law, key acts required for the establishment of settlements amount to war crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Under this body of law, the “extensive destruction and appropriation of property not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly” and the “transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory” constitute war crimes. As stated above, “pillage” is also a war crime under the Rome Statute.

Israel’s settlement policy also violates a special category of obligations entitled peremptory norms of international law (jus cogens) from which no derogation is permitted.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) affirmed that the rules of the Geneva Conventions constitute “intransgressible principles of international customary law”. Only a limited number of international norms acquire this status, which is a reflection of the seriousness and importance with which the international community views them. Breaches of these norms give rise to certain obligations on all other states, or “third states”.

(Source / 26.05.2021)

Israeli Colonists Occupy Old Jordanian Army Base, Lands, East Of Bethlehem

A group of Israeli colonists, illegally squatting on Palestinian land, occupied an old Jordanian army base, and its surrounding lands to establish a new outpost, in the Rashayda Palestinian village, east of Bethlehem.

Fawwaz Rashayda, the head of the Rashayda Village council, said the colonists occupied a 400 square/meter building, which was used as a Jordanian army base in the Rajem an-Baqa area.

Rashayda added that the colonists cleaned the place up, hooked it with water and electricity, in addition to bringing beds and installing floodlights after the illegal takeover.

He stated that the area is also used by the Palestinian shepherds, in addition to being classified by Israel as a “natural reserve,” which means that the Palestinians cannot access it.

“What is happening right now is yet another illegal takeover of large areas of Palestinian lands, Rashayda said, “While Israel prevents the Palestinians from entering or rehabilitating the area, the colonists continue the theft of Palestinian lands.”

(Source / 26.05.2021)

Army Invades Red Crescent Society Headquarters, Injures Several Medics

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday morning, the headquarters of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, and fired gas bombs at the medics causing several injuries.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported that the soldiers fired twenty-nine gas bombs into the PRCS headquarter, causing many medics to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The PRCS stated that, besides causing injuries, the Israeli gas bombs set parts of the building’s vicinity ablaze.

In a statement, the PRCS slammed Israel’s ongoing and escalating Israeli violations against the Palestinian people, including paramedics, and added that Israeli frequently targets medics to prevent them from performing their humanitarian duties in occupied Palestine.

(Source / 26.05.2021)

WAFA: “Israeli settlers attack shepherds, storm houses in Hebron-district village”

HEBRON, Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers attacked, on Wednesday morning, Palestinian shepherds and stormed their houses in Khirbet Zanuta village, southwest of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources confirmed that a group of settlers forced their way into the village, which forms a part of ath-Thaheriyya town, physically assaulted shepherds, and broke into houses in order to terrorize and expel them out of the area to seize their land for colonial settlement expansion. No casualties were reported.

The village has been a target for Israeli forces and settler attacks, including discharging untreated wastewater into the villagers’ lands, demolishing the village school, leveling farmlands, halting construction of water wells, tearing down the villagers’ dwellings and sole clinic, and restricting the villagers’ access to the village through shutting down the main road leading to it.

The village has a total population of some 150, comprising some 30 families, who depend on agriculture, livestock rearing, and dairy production for their livelihoods.

Local farmers are the most affected by the Israeli occupation’s practices. Owing to its adjacency to the Green Line, the village has suffered considerably from occupation, particularly due to the construction of the segregation wall. About 200 dunums of village lands were confiscated during the Second Intifada.

The village is surrounded by Israeli colonial settlements of Shima and Tene to the west, and a bypass road runs through the center of the village from west to east. Approximately six kilometers of the apartheid wall have been constructed on the village land since 2004. Five cisterns have been destroyed due to the construction of the wall.

(Source / 26.05.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians, Attack One, In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Wednesday, at least eight Palestinians, and assaulted one, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the army broke into many homes and searched them.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ribhi Rib’ey and Mohammad Fadel Rib’ey, from their homes in the Tiwani Palestinian village, east of Yatta town, south of Hebron.

The soldiers also interrogated the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees in Hebron, Fuad al-Amour, during the invasion into the Tiwani village.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded the al-Yamoun village, west of the city, searched homes, and abducted Ahmad Mohammad Hammad, 16.

The soldiers also assaulted and injured Husam Amin Bazzour, 26, from Raba village southeast of Jenin, after stopping him at the al-Hamra military roadblock and summoned him for interrogation.

The Palestinian was moved to Jenin governmental hospital after suffering various lacerations and bruises to several parts of his body.

Furthermore, the soldiers also abducted Saddam Bassem Ghawadra, 30, from his home in Be’er al-Basha village, south of Jenin.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Zahi Ahmad Abu Ali after storming and ransacking his home in Tubas, in northeastern West Bank.

During the invasion into Tubas, the soldiers fired live rounds at the tires of a parked car, owned by Raed Yousef Dibik.

Also, the soldiers invaded many neighborhoods in the al-Biereh city, in central West Bank, and closed the iron gate at the entrance of ‘Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah.

The soldiers also invaded and searched homes in al-Biereh, before abducting a father and his son, from the al-Baloa’ neighborhood.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a young woman, from the Negev, while crossing Bab al-Qattanin, one of the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 26.05.2021)

While 279 Palestinians killed in Israeli aggression on Gaza, US approves $735-million sale of bombs to ‘Israel’

While the US announced it would be asking Congress to approve an additional $75 million dollars in assistance for the reconstruction of Gaza in 2021, the State Department has approved a $735-million sale of bombs to ‘Israel’.

The Jewish Currents reported that on May 21st, according to a congressional staffer, the department granted Boeing an export license for the sale of Joint Direct Attack Munitions and Small Diameter Bombs—two kinds of laser-guided munitions that were reportedly used by ‘Israel’ in the 11-day aggression on the Gaza Strip that ended on Friday.

At least 279 Palestinians were killed, including 69 children and 40 women, and 1,910 others injured in the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

More than 90,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes, and much of Gaza’s infrastructure and many residential buildings were completely destroyed or levelled.
Palestinian health ministry:

19 families in the Gaza Strip have also been wiped off the population civil registry, including 45 children, after the Israeli bombardment on residential areas.

The Biden administration approval of the $735-million sale of bombs to Israel bypassed congressional opposition, as a group of Democratic Party lawmakers led by Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez introduced a resolution to block the recently announced sale of precision-guided munitions to Israel.

“At a time when so many, including our President, support a ceasefire, we should not be sending ‘direct attack’ weaponry to Prime Minister Netanyahu to prolong this violence. It is long past time to end the US policy of unconditional military arms sales, particularly to governments that have violated human rights,” read an email from Ocasio-Cortez’s office obtained by Jewish Currents that called on her congressional colleagues to support her bill.

In a press release about the resolution, Ocasio-Cortez added, “For decades, the US has sold billions of dollars in weaponry to Israel without ever requiring them to respect basic Palestinian rights. In so doing, we have directly contributed to the death, displacement and disenfranchisement of millions.”

“The United States should not be rubber-stamping weapons sales to the Israeli government as they deploy our resources to target international media outlets, schools, hospitals, humanitarian missions and civilian sites for bombing,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday.

“We have a responsibility to protect human rights.”

The approval of the export license for the arms sale, which progressive legislators tried to block, immediately spurred opposition from Senator Bernie Sanders, as he was notified that the sale had gone through and responded by placing a hold on all State nominees, a Jewish Currents writer reported.

After the administration committed to humanitarian aid for the rebuilding of Gaza, Sanders lifted the hold.

Sanders said “simply returning to the pre-war status quo was insufficient…the deeper causes…such as the Gaza blockade and evictions in Jerusalem, needed to be addressed.”

“Support or oppose the sale, everyone should be concerned about the complete lack of congressional oversight involved here,” Rashida Tlaib told Alex Kane, the Jewish Current writer.

She added, “The State Department should immediately revoke approval for this arms sale to, at minimum, allow for proper debate in Congress.”

“The State Department’s decision to ignore congressional concerns and approve the sale of Joint Direct Attack Munitions kits to Israel is remarkably tone-deaf and callous,” said Betty McCollum.

BREAKING NEWS: The State Dept. granted Boeing an export license to sell $735 million in bombs to Israel, a Congressional staffer told me, bypassing Dem. opposition. Sen. Sanders placed a hold on State nominees in response, but lifted the hold today.

(Source / 26.05.2021)

Israeli court delays ruling on expulsion of Palestinian families in Silwan

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli court has postponed its decision on an appeal lodged by Palestinian families facing forced displacement from Batn al-Hawa area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.

On November 2020, seven eviction rulings were issued by the Israeli High Court in Jerusalem ordering the eviction of seven Palestinian families, over 87 Palestinians, in Batn al-Hawa to be replaced by Israeli settlers.

Two of the families, the Najah family and the Kayed al-Rajabi family had their appeal cases heard today, 26 May, but the decision on the appeal was postponed by the Court.

“The Israel magistrate court decided to expel us for the interest of the settlers who are supported by Ateret Cohanim, a settlement organisation whose main job is to replace Palestinians with Jews,” Kayed al-Rajabi told Al Jazeera.

“We were displaced from our houses in the Old City of Jerusalem in 1965 and now they want to displace us again.”

Al-Rajabi said the settlers claim his neighbourhood was owned by Yemeni Jews.

“If that’s true and they want to take their houses back, then we also want to get our houses in the Old City back,” he said.

Ateret Cohanim, a settler organization, has been seeking, with the support of Israeli occupation authorities, to forcibly evict some 100 Palestinian families from the Batn al-Hawa area in Silwan, claiming the land is rightfully owned by a Jewish trust active in the area more than 100 years ago.

Silwan, home to around 33,000 Palestinians, is located outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

Israel has been moving its citizens into the neighbourhood since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced eviction and displacement of Palestinian residents.

Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with evictions and house demolitions from their homes by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.

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 / 26.05.2021)

Israeli forces physically assault and arrest Palestinian protesters as court delays Silwan explusion ruling

Palestinian Protesters were met with violence by Israeli occupation forces outside a court hearing of an appeal lodged by Palestinian families facing forced displacement from Batn al-Hawa area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.

The protesters were holding placards with messages including, “No to deportation,” “Save Silwan” and referring to “Our Nakba in Silwan.”

On November 2020, seven eviction rulings were issued by the Israeli High Court in Jerusalem ordering the eviction of seven Palestinian families, over 87 Palestinians, in Batn al-Hawa to be replaced by Israeli settlers.

Two of the families, the Najah family and the Kayed al-Rajabi family had their appeal cases heard today, 26 May, but the ruling on the appeal was postponed by the Court for the attorney general to be informed about the matter.

The date has not been scheduled.

Outside the courthouse, the Israeli forces used violence against dozens of demonstrators supporting the neighbourhood’s families, assaulting and beating them.

A 14-year-old Palestinian boy, Sultan Sarhan, was physically assaulted and arrested by the forces.

Demonstrators were also seen being led away by the forces.

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(Source / 26.05.2021)

Over 500 Dutch academics sign call to cut ties with ‘Israel’ over aggression on Gaza

Hundreds of academics have signed a petition calling on the Dutch government to cut relations with the occupation state of ‘Israel’ over Israel’s deadly aggression on the Gaza Strip.

“We declare we join the calls of our Palestinian colleagues to boycott Israeli academic institutions,” reads the petition, which is titled “Netherlands higher education stands in solidarity with Palestinians.”

The petition also calls on the Dutch government to “sever all economic, political and military ties with Israel.”

It also says ‘Israel’ violated international law in the lastest aggression on the Gaza Strip.

At least 279 Palestinians were killed, including 69 children and 40 women, and 1,910 others injured in the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

More than 90,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes, and much of Gaza’s infrastructure and many residential buildings were completely destroyed or levelled.

19 families in the Gaza Strip have also been wiped off the population civil registry, including 45 children, after the Israeli bombardment on residential areas.

Among the 564 signers is a researcher at a state Holocaust research institute.

Kylie Thomas, a South Africa native, was the only one from the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, or NIOD, who signed the petition.

(Source / 26.05.2021)