Army Shuts Down Health Works Committees In Al-Biereh

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, the al-Biereh city in central West Bank, before storming and ransacking the headquarters of the Palestinian Health Work Committees and shut it down.

The soldiers smashed the main door of the committees, before storming the building and conducting violent searches, causing excessive damage to its furniture, offices, and computers.

In a statement, the Health Work Committee said the Israeli attack is part of Israel’s ongoing aggression and violations targeting the public health institutions in occupied Palestine.

The soldiers also invaded the home of Farid Morra, the former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Health Work Committees, in the at-Tira neighborhood in Ramallah city, and abducted him.

In addition, the soldiers invaded a printshop in the Sateh Marhaba neighborhood in al-Biereh and shut it down.

It is worth mentioning that, in recent years, the Israeli army invaded and closed many Palestinian institutions in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and confiscated their belongings.

Most of these institutions are funded by European countries and provide basic services for the Palestinians, however, Israel constantly targets them while various Israeli officials continue to call for ending their funding.

Late on Tuesday night and on Wednesday at dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted seventeen Palestinians, including children, after the army invaded and searched dozens of homes across the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital, Jerusalem.

During the invasion into Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers stormed and ransacked several homes, before abducting Aseed Shafiq Kharraz, 33, and Nader Mustafa Sawafta, 47, in addition to shooting three Palestinians, including one who suffered a critical injury.

(Source / 09.06.2021)

WAFA: “Israeli authorities survey Palestinian land in Jordan Valley”

JORDAN VALLEY, Wednesday, June 09, 2021 (WAFA) – The Israeli occupation authorities today surveyed a large tract of Palestinian land in Khirbet al-Himma in the northern Jordan Valley, according to an official.

Mu‘taz Besharat, who monitors Israeli colonial settlement activities in the Tubas district, said that Israeli forces stormed the community and conducted surveying and mapping operations for dozens of dunums of Palestinian land in the area.

The Jordan Valley, which is a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River, is home to about 65,000 Palestinians and makes up approximately 30% of the West Bank.

Since 1967, when the Israeli army occupied the West Bank, Israel has transferred at least 11,000 of its Jewish citizens to the Jordan Valley. Some of the settlements in which they live were built almost entirely on private Palestinian land.

The Israel military has also designated about 46 percent of the Jordan Valley as a closed military zone since the beginning of the occupation in June 1967, and has been utilizing the pretext of military drills to forcefully displace Palestinian families living there as part of a policy of ethnic cleansing and stifling Palestinian development in the area.

Approximately 6,200 Palestinians live in 38 communities in places earmarked for military use and have had to obtain permission from the Israeli authorities to enter and live in their communities.

In violation of international law, the Israeli military not only temporarily displaces the communities on a regular basis but also confiscates their farmlands, demolishes their homes and infrastructure from time to time.

Besides undergoing temporary displacement, the Palestinian families living there face a myriad of restrictions on access to resources and services. Meanwhile, Israel exploits the resources of the area and generates profit by allocating generous tracts of land and water resources for the benefit of settlers.

Israeli politicians have made it clear on several occasions that the highly strategic Jordan Valley would remain under their control in any eventuality.

(Source / 09.06.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Archeological Area In Sebastia

Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the archeological area in Sebastia Palestinian town, northwest of Nablus, in northern West Bank.

Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia, said several Israeli military vehicles, including an army bus, invaded the town and headed towards the archeological site.

Azem added that the soldiers closed the archaeological area and started walking around while carrying maps.

The soldiers also closed several roads around the area and prevented the Palestinians from crossing.

The soldiers frequently invade Sebastia to accompany groups of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers into the archeological site, an issue that leads to protests, and injuries.

During these invasions, the soldiers block all Palestinian traffic, in addition to frequently storming homes, abducting Palestinians, and attacking protesters, in addition to removing the Palestinian flag from the site.

(Source / 09.06.2021)

Soldiers Invade Tulkarem

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday afternoon, the western area of Tulkarem city, in northern West Bank.

Local sources said several army jeeps invaded the western area of the city, especially the Nozha Street, after surrounding it.

They added that many Palestinians protested the invasion before the soldiers attacked them with gas bombs and concussion grenades.

The soldiers also closed several streets and prevented the Palestinians from crossing, in addition to stopping many residents, and interrogated them while inspecting their ID cards.

In related news, the soldiers closed the iron gate at the main entrance of Qarawat Bani Hassan town, northwest of Salfit in central West Bank, blocking Palestinian traffic leading to several villages and towns west of Salfit.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded the archeological area in Sebastia Palestinian town, northwest of Nablus, in northern West Bank.

Late on Tuesday night and on Wednesday at dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted twenty-one Palestinians, including children, after the army invaded and searched dozens of homes across the occupied West Bank, including the occupied capital, Jerusalem, in addition to injuring three Palestinians, one seriously, in Tubas, in northeastern West Bank.

(Source / 09.06.2021)

Video| Israeli army vandalizes, closes medical institution in Al Bireh

Al Bireh (QNN)- The Israeli army broke into the headquarter of the Union of Health Work Committees in Al Bireh city this morning.

Video footage from the headquarter showcase extensive vandalism caused by Israeli soldiers, who smashed doors, computers, and offices.

The union said Israeli soldiers closed the main door of the institution using metal bars and hanged a written order to close it.

It added in a press release that the closure comes as part of the Israeli procedures to impose restrictions on Palestinian medical institutions.

It also called on the Palestinian Authority to do its job, protecting Palestinian institutions and stop attacks on them.

In the same vein, local sources said Israeli forces arrested the former President of the Governing Council of the institution, Fareed Marra, after breaking into his house in Tireh, Ramallah this morning.

(Source / 09.06.2021)

Israeli army closes printing house in Al Bireh

Al Bireh (QNN)- The Israeli army broke into a printing house in the West Bank city of Al Bireh this morning and closed it.

Israeli forces cracked down on Beisan printing house this morning and closed it after stealing printers under the pretext of aiding the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), printing brochures for them.

The Israeli army hanged an order on the printing house’s door, stating that it has closed it for aiding the PFLP and stressing that it will “continue to enforce the law to everyone and everywhere”.

(Source / 09.06.2021)

Israeli forces storm archeological site of Sebastia, close its entrances

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces today stormed the archeological site of Sebastia in Nablus in the occupied West Bank, closing its entrances.

Mohammad al-Azem, head of the Sebastia municipality, said a number of Israeli forces raided the town and proceeded to close the site, preventing Palestinians from entering it.

He also said that several Israeli military vehicles raided the town, including the force’s bus, and headed towards the archeological site.

Al-Azem has said that Israel’s archeological activities in Palestinian territory aim to extend the policy of dispossessing Palestinians of their lands and cultural assets.

Al-Azem has also stressed that indigenous of Sebastia will not allow the Israeli occupation to one day steal their heritage and will confront every attempt to take over the lands.

Sebastia is an ancient town dating back 3,000 years. It extends over 5,000 dunums [1,235 acres] and is inhabited by 3,500 people. Herod the Great named the city Sebaste — meaning Augustus — in honor of Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar in 27 B.C.

The city, famous for its dozens of Roman archaeological pieces and sites, continuously faces attacks by Israeli settlers and the Israeli forces, who have their eyes set on its archaeological sites.

In November 2020, Israeli occupation authorities threatened to forcibly remove the 17-meter (56-feet) long Palestinian flagpole erected near the antiquities plaza in the village of Sebastia.

The plaza itself is located in Area B of the West Bank, which is under Palestinian civil control and Israeli military control. ‘Israel’ claims the flagpole provokes the settlers.

In the past years, ‘Israel’ has taken many illegal steps targeting Palestinian heritage sites.

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 / 09.06.2021)

138 Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Jerusalem today.

Under the occupation forces protection, 138 Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in session, including 78 Israeli settlers and 60 Jewish students.

The settlers entered through the Al-Mughrabi Gate and were provoking the Palestinian worshipers in the mosque courtyards by performing Talmudic prayers before they left it through the Al-Silsila Gate.

Israeli forces always attack and assault Palestinian worhipers at the courtyards of the Mosque with sound grenades, rubber bullets and pepper gas.

The forces also station at the gates of the mosque and deatin dozens of Palestinian young men and boys, after assaulting them.

Israeli occupation authorities allow settler incursions to the mosque since 2003, despite repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the visits provoke worshippers of the mosque.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam which located in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 09.06.2021)

Israeli occupation bulldozers raze agricultural road in Masafer Yatta

Hebron (QNN)- Israeli occupation bulldozers razed today an agricultural road in Masafer Yatta community, south of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.

Rateb al-Jabour, from the national and popular committee in the south of Hebron, said that the Israeli forces escorted bulldozers to the area, where the machineries destroyed the road established in 2019 and used to connect the Yatta and Khillet al-Dabe‘ towns to Masafer Yatta.

The forces also closed the roads leading to the community.

Al-Jabour pointed that the move was intended to further fragment the Palestinian communities making up the area as a prelude to seize their lands in favor of colonial settlement expansion.

Masafer Yatta, a collection of almost 19 hamlets that rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood. It is located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control.

Home demolitions, confiscation of the most basic infrastructure and military training exercises are part of everyday reality in the area, forcing many to live in natural caves, as they vow to stay in Masafer Yatta no matter what the obstacles.

In many Palestinian communities located in Area C of the West Bank under full Israeli military control, Israeli-designated “firing zones” or “closed military zones” are forbidden for Palestinians to live on without permission from the Israeli occupation authorities, which is rarely granted.

(Source / 09.06.2021)

Hamas says ‘Israel’ lies to justify crimes against journalism

Gaza (QNN)- The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on Wednesday said that the Israeli occupation army is lying to justify targeting civilian structures during its latest aggression on the Gaza strip.

In a press release, Hamas said that the Israeli repeated lies about Hamas having offices in the Jalaa tower are a failed attempt to justify the Israeli crime, targeting a civilian tower, which houses press offices.

The spokesperson for Hamas, Hazem Qasem, said the targeting of the tower is “a full-fledged war crime” added to a long series of crimes committed by the Israeli army during its latest aggression on Gaza.

The occupation state has claimed that the Palestinian resistance used the tower to jam the Israeli Iron Dome. International press institutions, which had offices in the tower like AP and Al Jazeera, denied the Israeli claim.

(Source / 09.06.2021)