Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Nablus

Israeli soldiers injured, on Wednesday at night, several Palestinians in the eastern area of Nablus city, in northern West Bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the eastern area of Nablus, especially around Joseph’s Tomb, and closed it to the Palestinians to allow many buses of colonialist settlers into the area.

They added that the soldiers fired gas bombs at random, including some that directly stuck homes, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The invasion led to protests, and the soldiers fired more gas bombs, in addition to concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.

It is worth mentioning that the army frequently invades the eastern area of Nablus to accompany the colonists into the historic site, an issue that leads to protests, in addition to the ongoing invasions of homes and the abduction of many Palestinians.

Joseph the patriarch is revered by Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Samaritans alike, however, the Israeli military allows Jews to visit as part of organized pilgrimages, despite the site being in Area A where the Palestinian Authority theoretically has full control. The Palestinians are not allowed to worship at the site.

Ultra-orthodox and nationalist Jews constantly try to visit the shrine without approval, as many Jews believe the tomb to be the final resting place of the biblical figure in the Old Testament.

Palestinians believe that Joseph’s Tomb is the funerary monument to Sheikh Yousif Dweikat, a local religious figure.

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

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 / 10.06.2021)

Undercover Israeli Soldiers Execute Three Palestinians, Including Two Intelligence Officers, In Jenin

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that on Thursday morning, three Palestinians, including two Intelligence Officers, were executed by undercover Israeli soldiers, and one was seriously injured, in Jenin city, in the northern West Bank.

The Health Ministry and senior Palestinian security sources confirmed that the slain Palestinians were identified as Lieutenant Adham Yasser Tawfiq ‘Olweiwi, 23, and Captain Taiseer Mahmoud Othman Ayasa, 33, in addition to a former political prisoner, Jamil Mahmoud al-‘Ammouri, 24.

It added that one Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Samer al-Bazzour, 23, also an intelligence officer, was seriously injured.

The soldiers also confiscated the car of al-‘Ammouri, and took his corpse to an unknown destination, in addition to abducting a young man who was with him.

Colonel Taleb Salahat, the head of the Palestinian Intelligence headquarters in Jenin, said Taiseer was from Sanour village, south of Jenin, and ‘Olweiwi was from Zawata village near Nablus. The Palestinian Security Officers were executed by the undercover Israeli soldiers while they were on night guard duty.

Salahat added that the seriously wounded Palestinian, Mohammad, was rushed to an Israeli hospital, where he remains in an extremely critical condition.

Jenin Governor, Akram Rajoub, stated that the soldiers fired many live rounds directly into the Palestinian Intelligence headquarters on Nazareth Street in Jenin, killing the three officers and wounding one.

He added that an exchange of fire broke out after the soldiers executed the three officers.

Rajoub stated that the incident is a serious Israeli escalation, and added that this is not the first time Israeli soldiers fired live rounds at the Palestinian security forces and their headquarters.

(Source / 10.06.2021)

P.A Denounces Israeli Escalation, Assassination Of Three Palestinians In Jenin

The Palestinian Authority and the office of President Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemned the Israeli escalation and the assassination of two Palestinian intelligence officers and a former political prisoner, in Jenin city, in the northern West Bank.

Nabil Abu Rodeina, the spokesperson of the Palestinian President’s Office, said Israel is escalating the situation to create further tension and added that the extra-judicial assassination of the Palestinian officers is yet another Israeli violation of International Law, and all related treaties and resolutions.

Abu Rodeina stated that the Israeli government is fully responsible for any future escalation, especially since it chose to open fire into a Palestinian Intelligence headquarters in Jenin, while its undercover soldiers executed the officers.

He added that Israel is acting with impunity due to the silence of the International Community and continues its crimes against the Palestinian people and its violation of international law, the Fourth Geneva convention, various United Nations resolutions, and all related international treaties.

It is worth mentioning that various right-wing Israeli media agencies hailed the extra-judicial execution of the Palestinians as a victory and described the slain Palestinians as terrorists.

The Palestinian Health Ministry and senior Palestinian security sources reported the execution of three Palestinians, identified as Lieutenant Adham Yasser Tawfiq ‘Olweiwi, 23, and Captain Taiseer Mahmoud Othman Ayasa, 33, in addition to a former political prisoner, Jamil Mahmoud al-‘Ammouri, 24.

It added that one Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Samer al-Bazzour, 23, also an intelligence officer, was seriously injured.

The soldiers also confiscated the car of al-‘Ammouri, and took his corpse to an unknown destination, in addition to abducting a young man who was with him.

Colonel Taleb Salahat, the head of the Palestinian Intelligence headquarters in Jenin, said Taiseer was from Sanour village, south of Jenin, and ‘Olweiwi was from Zawata village near Nablus.

Salahat added that the Palestinian Security Officers were executed by the undercover Israeli soldiers while they were on night guard duty.

(Source / 10.06.2021)

Soldiers Assault Nonviolent Protesters, Abduct Two, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers assaulted, Thursday, dozens of nonviolent Palestinian protesters who stood in front of the Central Israeli Court in occupied Jerusalem, while it held a hearing into the displacement of two Palestinian families from their homes in Batn al-Hawa, in Silwan town.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers assaulted the nonviolent protesters, in addition to many journalists and Arab members of Knesset.

They added that the soldiers also assaulted and injured two young men, identified as Bassel Dweikat and Adel Silwadi, before abducting them.

The Palestinians decided to protest in front of the Israeli court in solidarity with the families of Salem Gheith and Jawad Abu Naab, after a ruling was previously made to displace them from their homes and granting the properties to the illegal colonialist settlers.

(Source / 10.06.2021)

Palestinian Child Killed By Israeli Explosive In Gaza

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that a child was killed, on Thursday morning, when an undetonated Israeli explosive that was dropped during the recent Israeli offensive on Gaza, exploded near him.

The Ministry stated that the child was been identified as Obeida Saif Dahdouh, 9, from the Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza city.

They added that the Israeli explosive went off near the child, causing serious wounds before the medics rushed him to the Shifa Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

During the Israeli offensive on Gaza in May of this year, the soldiers bombed homes, residential towers, commercial buildings, and various police and security centers, in addition to civilian offices, buildings, and infrastructure, killing 232 Palestinians, including 65 children and 39 women, in addition to wounding more than 1900, the Health Ministry said.

(Source / 10.06.2021)

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 two 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 Abu Nab family and the Gaith family had their appeal cases heard today, June 10, but the decision on the appeal was postponed by the Court until July 8.

The Israeli court had previously rejected mang appeals filed by the residents of Batn al-Hawa neighborhood of Silwan, and allowed “Ateret Cohanim” to continue its procedures relevant to the immediate expelling of the seven Palestinian families.

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 / 10.06.2021)

UPDATE| Three PA intelligence agents killed in clash with Israeli occupation force

Jenin (QNN)- The Ministry of Health said that three members of the PA’s Military Intelligence force were killed during an Israeli force raid into the city of Jenin in search of wanted Palestinians.

The Ministry of Health announced that three intelligence agents have been killed during a clash with an Israeli occupation force in the West Bank city of Jenin.

In a press release, the Ministry said that the martyrs are Adham Ileiwi (23 years old) and Tayseer Issa (33 years old), and the third, identified as Jamel al-‘Amori, a freed prisoner from Israeli jails, was also announced dead, after being critically injured in the shooting, which necessitated his transfer to the hospital for treatment.

Local sources told QNN that an Israeli special force raided Al Nasirah street in Jenin and shot a young man in his chest near the headquarter of the intelligence before a clash erupted.

The sources said the clash continued for a while. The Israeli forces sent reinforcement to the area before the Israeli force withdrew.

(Source / 10.06.2021)

Journalists demand truthful coverage of Israeli occupation of Palestine

Over 250 journalists working for some of the world’s top media outlets have signed an open letter calling on the news industry to stop “obscuring Israeli occupation and the systemic oppression of Palestinians” in the media.

The letter, “written by and for journalists” and published on Wednesday, accuses the mainstream media of “failing” its audience with a “decades-long journalistic malpractice” that has misinformed the public on the reality of Israel’s occupation.

“Finding truth and holding the powerful to account are core principles of journalism,” the letter reads.

“Yet for decades, our news industry has abandoned those values in coverage of Israel and Palestine. We have failed our audiences with a narrative that obscures the most fundamental aspects of the story: Israel’s military occupation and its system of apartheid.”

The letter calls on journalists and news outlets to meet their “duty” and “change course immediately” in terms of coverage on Israel and Palestine.

“For the sake of our readers and viewers — and the truth — we have a duty to change course immediately and end this decades-long journalistic malpractice. The evidence of Israel’s systematic oppression of Palestinians is overwhelming and must no longer be sanitized,” the letter says.

Journalists from the Washington Post; the Wall Street Journal; The Daily Beast; The Texas Observer; Vice News; The Intercept; Jewish Currents; The Los Angeles Times; Condé Nast and others signed on to the letter.

The letter adds, “In April, Human Rights Watch released a 213-page report that documented Israeli authorities committing “crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.” Leading Israeli human rights group B’tselem characterized the region as governed by a regime of ethnic supremacy.”

“These terms — apartheid, persecution, ethnic supremacy — are increasingly gaining institutional recognition after years of Palestinian advocacy, and we, as journalists, need to examine whether our coverage reflects that reality.”

“Take, for example, the language used in the recent coverage of East Jerusalem neighborhood Sheikh Jarrah. Media outlets often refer to forced displacement of Palestinians living there — illegal under international law and potentially a war crime — as “evictions.””

“This term misleadingly implies a real estate “dispute” between tenant and landlord, an inaccurate depiction of the state of affairs. The United Nations considers East Jerusalem occupied Palestinian territory, meaning Israel’s territorial claims there are not recognized.”

“More importantly, using the term ignores the well-documented aim of the Israeli government to establish and maintain ethnic dominance over Palestinians.”

The journalists said that the asymmetry in context does not just extend to the language the journalists use; “stories tend to disproportionately amplify Israeli narratives while suppressing Palestinian ones.”

“Too often, media outlets uncritically repeat Israeli military claims about its assault on Gaza without asking for evidence or proof, despite clear examples where Israeli officials spread false information. Journalists reported the claim from Israeli forces that they had launched a ground invasion — that was false,” the letter states.

The journalists said they are entrusted with a “profoundly important mission in a free and democratic society, the power to inform the people and guide the national conversation, from the family dinner table to Capitol Hill.”

The journalists finally called on other journalists to tell the “full, contextualized truth without fear or favor, to recognize that obfuscating Israel’s oppression of Palestinians fails this industry’s own objectivity standards.”

“We have an obligation — a sacred one — to get the story right. Every time we fail to report the truth, we fail our audiences, our purpose and, ultimately, the Palestinian people.”

(Source / 10.06.2021)

UK Labour Leader calls on PM to back Palestinian state, stop expansion of Israeli settlements

London(QNN)- UK Labour leader Keir Starmer has called on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to press for the recognition of a Palestinian state and to stop expansion of illegal Israeli settlements.

At this weekend’s G7 summit in Cornwall, speaking during Prime Minister’s Question Time on Wednesday, Starmer said, “The appalling violence recently which killed 63 children in Gaza and two children in Israel shows just how urgent this is.”

Starmer said that for too Palestinian people the “promise of an end to the occupation and the recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state feels more distant than ever.”

He continued,“So will the prime minister take the opportunity this weekend to press for renewed agreement to finally recognise a state of Palestine and to stop expansion of illegal settlements and to get a meaningful peace process back and running.”

Starmer pointed out Johnson’s upcoming bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden and the “possibility of a new government in Israel” provided a “real chance” to restart talks.

Starmer’s remarks came as he has faced criticism for his stance on Palestine.

Last month, he was rebuked by several Labour members for what they saw as tardy and bland responses by the party to Israeli moves to expel Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem, subsequent Israeli aggression at al-Aqsa Mosque and Israeli aggression of Gaza, which killed more than 250 Palestinians.

Responding to the Labour leader’s question, Johnson said the government’s position on the Middle East continues to support a two-state solution.

“It’s been a long-standing objective of this government, and I think it’s common ground across this House, that the solution for the Middle East peace process is a two-state solution and we continue to press for that.”

“I’ve made that position plain both in my conversations with the Palestinian Authority and of course with Israel,” Johnson added.

(Source / 10.06.2021)

Israeli forces arrest Palestinians protesting against Ben-Gvir raid of Damascus Gate

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces on Thursday have arrested several Palestinians protesting against the Israeli far-right Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben-Gvir raid of the Damascus Gate of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

The forces used at least five stun grenades to suppress the Palestinian protesters who objected to Ben-Gvir’s visit.

Ben-Gvir has raided the Damascus Gate in a protest against the decision to bar him from marching to al-Haram al-Sharif on Thursday.

Yesterday, the head of the Israeli Knesset Guard informed Ben-Gvir that the occupation police inspector general would not permit him to march in the occupied city of Jerusalem on Thursday.

Ben-Gvir informed the Knesset Guard head on Tuesday that he intends to visit the al-Haram al-Sharif, which they called the “Temple Mount”, as Wednesday and Thursday, after he was barred from entering it on Tuesday morning, according to Israeli Channel 12 news.

Israsli cabinet decided on Tuesday to delay the so-called flag march to allow the occupation police and event organizers to reach an agreement on an outline for the march.

The Palestinian resistance in Gaza had warned several times of holding the march, which is planned to go through occupied Jerusalem and parts of Al Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third-holiest mosque.

The Joint Chamber of the Resistance in Gaza said on June 7 in a statement that it is observing the behaviour of the Zionist enemy in the Palestinian capital city and that it will be ready to fight if the enemy decides to go back to before May 11.

The resistance also called on the Palestinian people in the occupied Jerusalem, West Bank and the 1948-occupied land to continue their uprising against the Israeli occupation, promising to back them in their struggle for freedom.

(Source / 10.06.2021)