Corpse of Palestinian Found Under Rubble Of Bombarded Building In Gaza

Medics and rescue teams located, on Monday evening, the corpse of a Palestinian who was killed by Israeli missiles, during the recent Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

The Health Ministry in Gaza said the corpse of Walid Shamali (Abu Bilal) was found under the rubble of a bombarded building in the Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza city.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said Walid was one of its senior leaders.

In related news, the Israeli army continued the closure of Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing for the twentieth consecutive day. The crossing is the only commercial terminal leading to Gaza.

On May 21st, the Health Ministry in Gaza said 243 Palestinians, including 66 children, 39 women, and 17 elderly were killed by Israeli missiles and shells during the eleven-day Israeli offensive, and added that 1910 Palestinians were injured, among them 560 children, 380 women and 91 elderly.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)said the Israeli missiles displaced more than 75.000 Palestinians, including 28.700 who sought shelter in UNRWA-run schools.

Three mosques were destroyed, in addition to 40 mosques and one church that were severely damaged by Israeli missiles and shells.

The Israeli missiles also destroyed 1447 residential units and caused damage to 13.000.

The number of homes and residential towers that were destroyed is 205, in addition to 33 media agencies, while many other buildings, housing institutions, and societies were partially damaged.

The Israeli missiles also damaged 75 government-run facilities, including public service centers, in addition to security and police stations.

68 schools and clinics were severely or partially damaged by Israeli missiles, in addition to 490 farms, barns, wells, water networks, and agricultural pools, that were damaged.

(Source / 01.06.2021)

Israeli Army Abducts Eight Palestinians In Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, eight Palestinians, during extensive and violent searches of homes across the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron.

In Hebron city, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in various neighborhoods, before abducting Fadel Salim Zahda, 23, Nassim Salim Zahda, 37, Bashir Fayyad Zahda, 30, Salahuddin Zahda, 18, Nour Zahda, 17, and Ra’fat Zahda.

The soldiers also invaded Ethna and Beit Kahil towns, searched homes, and abducted Salah Mahmoud Badran, 31, and Essam Ali Zohour, 27.

In addition, the army installed roadblocks on roads leading to Sa’ir, Halhoul, ath-Thaheriyya, and Ethna towns, in addition to the al-Fawwar refugee camp and Hebron’s northern road, before stopping and searching dozens of cars and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 01.06.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct 24 Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, at least 24 Palestinians from their homes in various parts of the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital, Jerusalem.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded Qotna town, northwest of the city, searched homes, and abducted a young man, identified as Rami Hasan al-Faqeeh.

In Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded Beit Farraj town, searched many homes, and abducted Awni Ahmad Taqatqa, Mofid Fayez Taqatqa, Mohammad Khaled Taqatqa, Mohammad Nassim Deeriyya, and Abdullah Ziad Thawabta; all in their twenties.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers searched many homes in Beit Sira village, west of the city, and abducted five Palestinians, identified as Thaer Yousef Hamdan, Mosab Montaser Hamdan, Ibrahim Hani Abu Safiyya, Mousa Ismael ‘Amara, and Yacoub Thiab al-Haj.

In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Tayasir village, east of the city, searched homes, and abducted Monir Fawzi Dibik, 28.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded the Zababda town, south of the city, searched homes, and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Mohannad Khaled Sharqawi.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, searched many homes, before abducting Bashar Mahmoud Eshteiwi, 26, and Hamza Mustafa Eshteiwi.

The soldiers also interrogated many Palestinians while searching and ransacking their homes in Kufur Qaddoum.

In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Saleh Mansour, 28, from his home in the eastern neighborhood, and fired many live rounds and gas bombs at local youngsters who protested the invasion.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted eight Palestinians, during extensive and violent searches of homes across the governorate.

In Hebron city, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in various neighborhoods, before abducting Fadel Salim Zahda, 23, Nassim Salim Zahda, 37, Bashir Fayyad Zahda, 30, Salahuddin Zahda, 18, Nour Zahda, 17, and Ra’fat Zahda.

The soldiers also invaded Ethna and Beit Kahil towns, searched homes, and abducted Salah Mahmoud Badran, 31, and Essam Ali Zohour, 27.

In addition, the army installed roadblocks on roads leading to Sa’ir, Halhoul, ath-Thaheriyya, and Ethna towns, in addition to the al-Fawwar refugee camp and Hebron’s northern road, before stopping and searching dozens of cars and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 01.06.2021)

Detainee Khader Adnan Declares Hunger Strike

Political prisoner held by Israel, Khader Adnan, 43, has declared a hunger strike the day he was abducted by the soldiers on May 30th, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) stated Tuesday.

The PPS said that Adnan, from Jenin in northern West Bank, is protesting his arbitrary arrest and imprisonment.

It added that the Salem Israeli military court has extended his detention until the seventh of June, although no charges were brought against him yet.

It is worth mentioning that Adnan was abducted and imprisoned by Israel twelve times, spending close to eight years in prison, mostly being held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

During his repeated imprisonments, the detainee held three hunger strikes, protesting being held under the Administrative Detention orders and being forced into solitary confinement.

In the year 2004, Adnan held a hunger strike for 25 days, followed by 66 days in the year 2012, 54 days in the year 2015, and 58 days in the year 2018.

During the 58-day hunger strike, Adnan’s health seriously deteriorated after he stopped taking supplements that help him survive the long fast. Before ending his strike, he had begun to show serious symptoms such as vomiting blood.

The detainee is a married father of nine children, the youngest is a newborn (just one month old) and the oldest is 13 years of age.

(Source / 01.06.2021)

Army Demolishes Tent, Two Barns, And Confiscates Solar Panels Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, the as-Sammou’ town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, before demolishing a residential tent and two barns, in addition to confiscating solar panels.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National and Popular Committees against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, said the tent, the barns, and the solar panels, are owned by Ismael Mousa Abu Awwad.

Jabour added that the properties are on private Palestinian lands, are in Area C of the occupied West Bank, under full Israeli control in the occupied West Bank, where the Palestinians are largely denied construction permits, while Israeli continues its illegal construction and expansion of its colonies, in direct violation of International Law.

The occupied West Bank was divided into three areas – A, B and C – as part of the Oslo Accords, signed by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel, in 1993 and 1995.

The agreements led to the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA), which was granted limited powers of governance in Areas A and B.

However, the outcomes of the Oslo Accords have instead left Israel in complete control of the Palestinian economy, as well as its civil and security matters, in more than 60 percent of the West Bank, designated as Area C.

(Source / 01.06.2021)

Soldiers Bulldoze Palestinian Land Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers bulldozed, on Tuesday morning, a Palestinian land near Za’tara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the soldiers started bulldozing the land which belongs to Yitma village, near the roadblock.

He added that bulldozing of the land is part of the colonialist bypass road near Huwwara, south of Nablus, which already led to the illegal confiscation and annexation of hundreds of Dunams of Palestinian lands.

In related news, the soldiers invaded, the as-Sammou’ town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, before demolishing a residential tent and two barns, in addition to confiscating solar panels.

(Source / 01.06.2021)

For 3rd time… TikTok removes QNN’s account

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- TikTok has removed the account of Quds News Network (QNN) for the third time in a row on Monday.

QNN condemned the app’s step, which was taken without a prior notice, especially that the account provides Palestinian content and exposes Israeli crimes. The removal this time is pertinent.

QNN is the first news platform to make an account on TikTok.

Israel’s Minister of war, Benny Gantz, had met the head of TikTok and asked him to remove anti-Israeli content.

“These are measures that will directly prevent the violence that is being intentionally stirred through social media by extremist elements that are seeking to do damage to our country. We are in a moment of social emergency, and we expect your assistance,” Gantz said.

(Source / 01.06.2021)

“Enough is enough,” say Canadian artists, call for military and economic sanctions on ‘Israel’

Demonstrators wear shirts reading “Boycott Israel” during a protest against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital at Republique Square in Paris, France, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Over 1,000 Canadian artists and cultural workers have signed a statement calling on the Canadian government to impose military and economic sanctions on the occupation state of ‘Israel’ and “to end its complicity in the oppression of Palestinians”.

“We, the undersigned Canadian artists and cultural workers, support the Palestinian people in their seven decades of struggle for freedom, liberation, and the Palestinian refugees’ right of return,” read the statement.

It added, “We call upon the Canadian government to impose military and economic sanctions on Israel and to end its complicity in the oppression of Palestinians.”

Regarding Israel’s 11-day aggression on the Gaza Strip, the artists said that they’re “deeply shocked by the recent developments on the ground in Palestine/Israel-the fourth bombardment since 2009 in Gaza,” saying Israel’s killing of at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children, and the destruction of residential buildings, hospitals, schools and infrastructure constitute “war crimes.”

The artists said, “Enough is enough.”

“The two million Palestinians in Gaza, over 70% of whom are refugees, forcibly expelled from their homes during the establishment of the state of Israel, have also suffered a brutal land, air and sea blockade imposed by Israel since 2007. Since 2018, people in Gaza held weekly marches in the Israeli military buffer zone insisting and demanding to fulfill their right to return to their villages, across the dividing border,” they said.

In the occupied West Bank, the artists denounced Israel’s illegal military occupation; the dispossession, displacement and forceful expulsion of Palestinians, the demolition of thousands of homes, restrictions on freedom of movement with military checkpoints and the separation wall, land seizures, illegal settlements, and Israeli-only roads.

The artsists stated, “The military occupation system has also fragmented the Palestinian community with 700 kilometers of a 9-meter high concrete wall and hundreds of military checkpoints, controlling the Palestinians’ movements, social and cultural connectivity, and economic activities.”

They also condemned violence carried out by Israeli occupation forces and settlers against Palestinian living inside the Green Lines, “including lynching, shooting, attacking, arresting, and marking homes of Palestinians reveals decades of systemic discrimination against indigenous Palestinians”.

“Let us name it for what it is: apartheid and settler colonialism with the aim of ethnic cleansing,” the artists said, referring to recent reports from Human Rights Watch and Israel’s leading human rights group B’Tselem, both of which accused ‘Israel’ of committing war crimes against the Palestinian people.

“We are moved to speak out against the ongoing violence and destruction of the Palestinian people’s homes, their natural environment, farmlands and resources,” the artists wrote.

“We are furthermore determined to work towards the end of the dehumanization of the Palestinian people as a result of decades of support that has been given to the settler-colonial state of Israel.”

(Source / 01.06.2021)

Israeli occupation demolishes Al-Araqib Bedouin village for 188th time

Israeli occupation forces demolished Al-Araqib village in the Negev Desert on Tuesday for the 188th time.

Reports said an Israeli force raided the village, which is rebuilt by its residents after each time it has been demolished, and removed all the tents and destroyed the tin shelters placed on the land by the residents to provide a roof over their heads in the cold or hot weather, leaving them homeless.

Al-Araqib was demolished for the first time in 2000. The last time the demolition took place was on March 25. Today’s demolition is the fifth so far this year.

‘Israel’ does not “recognise” the village, but its residents point out that they own the land and have done since the Ottoman period, decades before ‘Israel’ was created in occupied Palestine.

Despite the repeated demolitions, every time the residents of Al-Araqib rebuild their tents and small homes. However, the occupation forces return to raze them, sometimes several times in a month. There are 22 Palestinian families living in the village.

Al-Araqib village is one of 51 “unrecognised” Arab villages in the area, and is constantly targeted for demolition by Israeli bulldozers, for which Bedouins are then charged.

(Source / 01.06.2021)

Senior figures condemn attacks on ICC’s Palestine investigation

More than 50 former foreign ministers, prime ministers and senior international officials, including two British Conservative former ministers, have signed an open letter condemning political interference in efforts by the international criminal court (ICC) to investigate Israel’s war crimes in Palestine.

In an open letter submitted to The Guardian newspaper, the officials made it clear that any attempts to discredit the ICC in its search for justice and accountability would not be tolerated.

The newspaper said the letter follows moves by the Trump administration to sanction court officials – orders that have since been reversed by the Biden administration – and is also seen as a rebuke of Boris Johnson, the British prime minister.

Johnson said last month that an ICC investigation opened in March gave “the impression of being a partial and prejudicial attack on a friend and ally of the UK’s”, referring to the occupation state of ‘Israel’.

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has also claimed that any ICC investigation would be “pure antisemitism”.

Condemning the “increasing attacks on the ICC, its staff and cooperating civil society groups”, the letter identifies the Trump administration’s moves against the court as part of a wider trend.

“We witnessed with serious concern the executive order issued in the United States by the former president Donald Trump and the sanctions designated against the court’s staff and their family members,” the letter says.

“Deeply worrying is now the unwarranted public criticism of the court regarding its investigation of alleged crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territory, including unfounded accusations of antisemitism.”

“It is well established and recognised that accountability for serious rights violations by all sides to a conflict is essential for achieving a sustainable and lasting peace. This is the case in Israel-Palestine, just as in Sudan, Libya, Afghanistan, Mali, Bangladesh/Myanmar, Colombia, and Ukraine.

“Attempts to discredit the court and obstruct its work cannot be tolerated if we are serious about promoting and upholding justice globally,” the signatories add while pushing back against complaints of the kind levelled by Johnson, which he made in a letter to the Conservative Friends of Israel.

“We understand fears of politically motivated complaints and investigations. Yet we strongly believe that the Rome statute guarantees the highest criteria of justice and provides a crucial avenue to address impunity for the world’s most serious crimes. Failure to act would have grave consequences.”

The signatories to the letter come from across Europe’s political spectrum, and include the Conservative former cabinet ministers Sayeeda Warsi and Chris Patten; Douglas Alexander, former Labour secretary of state for international development; Sir Menzies Campbell, former leader of the Liberal Democrat party; and Ben Bradshaw, a Labour former minister of state at the Foreign Office.

Among international signatories are a number of former prime ministers, including Jean-Marc Ayrault of France, Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway, John Bruton of Ireland, Ingvar Carlsson of Sweden, and Massimo d’Alema of Italy. Others who have signed the letter include the former Nato secretary general Javier Solana, and Hans Blix, former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Defending the current investigation into Israeli war crimes in Palestine, the Danish former foreign minister and former president of the UN general assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, told the Guardian: “A rules-based global order is predicated upon the idea that violations of international law must be met with consequences.

“The international criminal court is a crucial tool to that end, and it is incumbent upon us to protect its independence and strengthen its ability to work. Challenging the independence of the court, on the contrary, challenges the protection of a global rules-based order.”

“The current investigation of the international criminal court can be an important component of this, and the international community must do what it can to protect the independence of the court in carrying out its work.”

(Source / 01.06.2021)