Israel court to decide on displacement of 4 Palestine families from Sheikh Jarrah

Israeli forces patrol in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem on June 02, 2021. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces patrol in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem on June 02, 2021

Israeli District Court of Jerusalem is to look into the forced displacement of four Palestinian families from Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah on 2 August, Arab48 reported yesterday.

The court hearing comes following last week’s High Court decision that a hearing on this issue should be held as soon as possible.

Early this month, Israel’s Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, informed the Israeli Supreme Court that he would not intervene in the legal proceedings of the Sheikh Jarrah case in which four Palestinian families in occupied East Jerusalem are facing imminent forced expulsion to allow Israeli settlers to take over their homes.

A committee representing Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in the occupied city of Jerusalem warned that his decision paves the way for the families’ forcible displacement.

The four families are part of a group of more than 500 Palestinians – comprising 28 families – facing forced expulsion from the neighbourhood.

UNRWA chief: Sheikh Jarrah families traumatised by settler violence

(Source / 17.06.2021)

Israel to curb controversial night raids on Palestinian homes

New intelligence tools will allow Israel to obtain information on Palestinians who are not suspected of any offences without entering their homes

Israeli forces force a door of a Palestinian family to raid the house as Palestinians gather to stage a demonstration at Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood after Israeli government's plan to force some Palestinian families out of their homes in East Jerusalem on 6 May 2021. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

The Israeli military has said that it is planning to curb the number of highly controversial night raids on Palestinian homes which for decades have been the cause of fear, trauma and, occasionally, death for Palestinians living under the state’s brutal military occupation.

Such raids entail soldiers rousing families in the middle of the night to document the dimensions and inhabitants of homes in the occupied Palestinian territories. Soldiers call this “intelligence mapping”.

Citing figures from Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Haaretz reported that, in 2020, Israeli security forces carried out at least 3,000 night raids in Palestinian towns and villages. They entered at least 2,480 homes. And that was a relatively quiet year.

Israel claims that the raids are essential for intelligence purposes, but rights groups have slammed the practice, insisting that the goal is to oppress and intimidate the Palestinian population and increase state control. Like checkpoints and the separation barrier, the raids are part of the DNA of the occupation, say critics.

It is not clear why the occupation authorities have decided to curb the practice. According to Israeli reports, the decision was made following security assessments and improvements in intelligence gathering techniques. Under the changed policy, night raids will still be carried out but only after getting the go ahead from a more senior chain of command, and in the event of a particular operational necessity.

READ: Israel dismisses probes into 90% of anti-Arab religious hate crimes

The change follows a damming report by Yesh Din, Physicians for Human Rights Israel and Breaking the Silence. A Life Exposed documents the practice of these raids and concludes that the “harm caused by home invasions is particularly severe as it robs individuals, families and communities of the fundamental certainty that their home is their castle.”

Calling the decision “very significant,” Yesh Din’s executive director Lior Amihai said that, “Home invasions are inherent to the apartheid regime in place in the West Bank and we will continue to expose and challenge this and other practices until human rights are respected for all.”

Breaking the Silence Executive Director Avner Gvaryahu added that it was “an important outcome” of the groups’ report. “Fundamentally, though, this is not going to bring an end to the occupation or harm to Palestinians.”

(Source / 17.06.2021)

Israel cop charged after killing autistic Palestinian

Rana Hallak, mother of autistic Palestinian man Iyad Hallak (32), who were killed by Israeli police in East Jerusalem, at the Old City’s Lions’ Gate on May 30, speaks during exclusive interview on her sadness telling that his son's murderers will remain unpunished in Jerusalem on June 02, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Rana Hallaq, mother of autistic Palestinian man Eyad Hallaq (32), who were killed by Israeli police in East Jerusalem, at the Old City’s Lions’ Gate on May 30 2020

An Israeli Border Police officer has been charged with reckless homicide following the murder of Eyad Al-Hallaq, an autistic Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem.

The 20-year-year-old Border Police officer had charges filed by the police misconduct investigation unit today and faces up to 12 years in prison.

Al-Hallaq was a 32-year-old resident of the neighbourhood Wadi Joz in occupied East Jerusalem. Diagnosed at a young age, he had low-functioning autism and the mind of an eight-year-old child. After hearing Israeli officers yelling and running away in panic, Al-Hallaq was shot in the chest twice on the way to a special needs school in the Old City on 30 May 2020.

Following the shooting, the Border Police issued a statement claiming that two officers believed Al-Hallaq was carrying a gun and chased him, shooting him dead in a garbage room only metres away from the special needs school which he attended. Al-Hallaq’s caregiver, Warda Abu Hadid, who was at the scene during his murder, recalled shouting: “He is disabled, he is disabled!” in Hebrew at the police.

At the time of his death, Israeli officers present claimed he was a terrorist because he was wearing gloves, and an investigation was opened into the case. Al-Hallaq’s mother had said that he was autistic and did not understand the orders that the officers gave. Witnesses then stated that a policeman fired bullets at Al-Hallaq and prevented ambulances from providing him aid.

READ: Israel shoots, kills Palestine woman in Jerusalem

In the wake of the incident, protests erupted in Jerusalem and Jaffa. Internationally, Al-Hallaq’s shooting drew comparisons to the case of the murder of unarmed Black man George Floyd in Minneapolis, eliciting smaller rallies against police brutality in the US.

The Israeli occupation authorities had released the indicted officer from detention in June 2020, just one day after he fired fatal shots at Al-Hallaq and left him to bleed to his deathinside the Old City’s Lion’s Gate. Though the recent indictment was initially due to be filed in March 2021, a petition to the Supreme Court by the officer’s defence counsel caused it to be postponed.

According to Haaretza statement released last October from the Justice Ministry unit that investigated the case stated: “The deceased posed no danger to police and civilians in the area,” and that the officer who murdered him was not following orders but shot him of his own accord.

(Source / 17.06.2021)

Palestinian Teen Killed by Israeli Military near Nablus

Israeli forces shot and critically wounded a 16-year old Palestinian boy on Wednesday in Beita village, and he died of his wounds on Thursday morning.

The child, identified as Ahmad Zahi Daoud Bani Shamsa, age 16, died at dawn Thursday, as a result of being shot in the head by the Israeli military on Wednesday.

He was taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital, where he underwent an operation, but the doctors were unable to save his life.

The Head of the emergency department at the Palestinian Red Crescent in Nablus, Ahmad Jibril, told Palestinian reporters that the youth was taken to hospital with serious live gunshot wounds to the head.

It is noteworthy that this boy is the fourth Palestinian who was shot and killed by the Israeli military this year at protests at Jabal Sabih in Beita. The protests are challenging the Israeli development of an illegal Israeli settlement on stolen Palestinian land on Sabih mountain.

In addition to Ahmad, three men were killed in the village by the Israeli military in May: Karim Maher Abdel Hamid Hamayel (28 years), Tariq Sanubar (27 years), and Issa Barham (42 years).

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, one witness of the shooting said that it took place during protests by residents of the town of Beita. They were voicing opposition to the establishment of a settlement outpost on their land in Jabal Sabih.

No Israeli military investigation has been launched, and no officers have been charged in the killing of these four Palestinian civilians in the village of Beita.

(Source / 17.06.2021)

Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill a Palestinian Doctor near Jerusalem

Israeli forces shot a Palestinian woman dead, on Wednesday, while she was in her car at the entrance to Hizma town, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the slain woman as Mai Afaneh, 29, from Abu Dis town, southeast of occupied Jerusalem.

WAFA correspondent stated that the Israeli forces opened fire at Afaneh, when she drove her vehicle down an under construction road, at the entrance to Hizma town.

The army claimed that the slain woman “attempted to ram her car into a number of Israeli soldiers before exiting the vehicle with a knife” the Anadolu Agency reported.

Furthermore the military declared that that the woman was “neutralized” while one Israeli soldier was lightly injured, no further details were provided.

This is a developing story.

(Source / 17.06.2021)

PA’s Preventive Security Service arrests child over Facebook post

Amir Abu Sharar (16 years old) from occupied Hebron, arrested by the PA’s Preventative Security Service over a Facebook post

Occupied Hebron (QNN)- The Palestinian Authority’s Preventive Security Service (PSS) arrested Amir Abu Sharar, family members of him told QNN.

The PA arrested Amir Abu Sharar (16 years old) from Dura in occupied Hebron over a Facebook post.

Amir’s brother told QNN that the PSS arrested his brother over a FB post. He added that his brother is diabetic and that he needs to take his medication on a daily basis, otherwise his life will be in danger.

Concurrently, the Palestinian Authority continues to carry out a wide-range arrest campaign, repressing the freedom of expression. Dozens have been arrested for their political background.

Most arrests happen over criticizing PA’s political positions. The arrests mostly target members of other factions in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, ‘Lawyers for Justice’ had condemned the arrests, especially that they are not based on charges or proof.

The group demanded “to immediately release all detainees without conditions.” It also stressed that “the Public Prosecutor should investigate torture allegations documented in Jericho”.

The group called, as well, for bringing those responsible for justice.

(Source / 17.06.2021)

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian youth in head

Nablus (QNN)- A Palestinian youth was shot dead in the head by Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday in Beita town in Nablus in the northern of occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Ahmed Bani Shamsa was announced dead today after being critically injured in the head by the Israeli forces in Beita town yesterday, during a protest against Israel’s construction of a settlement outpost in his town in Mount Sabih.

Beita has witnessed protests in recent months after Israeli settlers built an outpost on the village’s Mount Sabih.

The livelihoods of at least 17 Palestinian families – more than 100 people – are threatened as they depend on harvesting their olives on land they have owned for generations.

Villages in the occupied West Bank often hold Friday demonstrations against land confiscation, house demolitions and Israeli settlements deemed illegal under international law.

Israeli forces usually respond to the protests with violence.

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 / 17.06.2021)

Euro-Med Monitor: Israel’s halting of mail delivery from/to Gaza unacceptable collective punishment

Geneva (QNN)- The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor submitted an official complaint to the universal postal union regarding Israel’s recent imposition of more draconian restrictions on the besieged Gaza Strip that brought postal services to an abrupt halt.

The letter addressed to Mr. Bishar Abdirahman Hussein, UPU Director General, explained in detail how since Israel’s recent war on Gaza last May, known as Operation Guardians of the Walls, the Israeli government decided to further tighten its 15-year-long blockade and impose more restrictions on what it allows in/out of the enclave.

“Amongst these restrictions imposed by Israel is a blanket ban on mail delivery to and from Gaza through the Israeli-controlled border crossing Erez – the crossing from which Israel controls virtually all access to/from Gaza,” the letter read.

“This abrupt suspension of mail delivery has harmed numerous people, including those waiting to receive their passports from foreign embassies in Israel or the occupied West Bank to travel for humanitarian purposes, such as studies abroad, family unifications or receiving locally-unavailable medical treatment.”

Euro-Med Monitor further added “this essentially means that Gazans now waiting indefinitely to be allowed to mail their passports to – or receive said passports from – foreign embassies cannot submit petitions to Israel to obtain ‘security permits’ for travel even in dire humanitarian circumstances.”

Euro-Med Monitor’s Chairman Ramy Abdu stressed in the letter that “Israel’s arbitrary and punitive suspension of mail delivery to/from Gaza represents an unacceptable and illegal act of collective punishment against a civilian population.”

The letter importantly noted that “In addition to this recent arbitrary suspension, Israel has for long maintained unnecessary and punitive restrictions on postal services in Gaza, whereby only paper mail is allowed in/out of the enclave.”

Last May, Euro-Med Monitor’s member of the board of directors, Maha Hussaini, wrote a compelling personal account on her experience with Israel’s restrictions on the mail to Gaza that Euro-Med Monitor attached to the letter’s official complaint to the UPU. Ms. Hussaini was awarded the prestigious Martin Adler Prize, which was sent to her from London to Gaza by mail last November 2020. However, Israel intercepted the parcel and withheld it for months, while Hussaini fought tooth and nail to receive the package, but to no avail.

Euro-Med Monitor emphasized that “the UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players, and has an advisory, mediating and liaison role to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services.” This necessitates, noted the letter, that “UPU urgently calls on the Israeli government to lift the restriction on postal delivery given the severe violation of Gaza residents’ basic rights and the infringement on their livelihoods and family life.”

(Source / 17.06.2021)

After settler attacked her, Israeli police forces Muna el-Kurd to sign 10-thousand-shekel bail

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation police has forced Palestinian activist and resident of the East Jerusalem neighbourhood Muna el-Kurd to sign 10-thousand-shekel bail, after being attacked by an Israeli settler with color spray yesterday.

The Israeli settler Yaakov Fauci, who is occupying the Kurd family’s home in Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, attacked Muna el-Kurd with color spray, and said he wished it was pepper spray so he could hurt her.

The Israeli police detained Muna, however, forced her to sign a 10-thousand-shekel bail, and ordered her to stay at least 10 meters away from this settler.

An Israeli settler attacked Muna al-Kurd w/ color sprays & publicly threatened to spray her w/ pepper gas. So ‘Israel’ detained Muna, forced her to sign 10,000 shekel bail & ordered her to stay at least 10 meters away from the settler, who is illegally living in her family house!

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Half of the al-Kurd family home was taken over by Israeli settlers in 2009. Muna was only 11 years old when the settlers forced their way in.

Last March, the Israeli district court in occupied East Jerusalem ratified orders for six Palestinian families – the al-Kurds included – in Sheikh Jarrah to vacate their homes in order to make way for the settlers. The same court also ruled that another seven families should leave their homes by August 1.

“If I don’t steal your home, someone else will steal it,” was the answer given by Yaakov, the settler, to Muna el-Kurd, when she accused him of stealing her home in the Sheikh Jarrah, in a video showing them confronting in the garden of her family home.

In the video, el-Kurd is heard telling the settler in English: “Jacob, you know that this is not your home.”

The settler replies: “Yes, but if I go, you don’t go back, so what’s the problem? Why are you yelling at me?”

The response provoked al-Kurd, who told him “You are stealing my house!”

“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!” al-Kurd shouts.

Jacob then says in Hebrew: “This is not mine in order to return it.”

(Source / 17.06.2021)

Palestinians call on to #SaveBeita, after Israel’s establishment of outpost

Nablus (QNN)- On Wednesday, a Palestinian youth was shot dead in the head by Israeli occupation forces in Beita town in Nablus in the northern of occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Ahmed Bani Shamsa was announced dead today after being critically injured in the head by the Israeli forces in Beita town yesterday, during a protest against Israel’s construction of a settlement outpost in his town in Mount Sabih.

In early May, a group of Israeli settlers set up caravans on Jabal Sabih, and with the help of Israeli occupation forces have since prevented any Palestinian access to the area.

Since then, Beita has witnessed several protests against the new settler outpost on Jabal Sabih, which lies on the southern outskirts of the village and comprises an estimated 30 percent of Beita’s entire land area.

The livelihoods of at least 17 Palestinian families – more than 100 people – are threatened as they depend on harvesting their olives on land they have owned for generations.

In addition to Ahmad, 4 young Palestinian men were also killed during protests on Jabal Sabih.

In mid-May, the Israeli forces killed three Palestinians during protests on Jabal Sabih, including Beita residents Zakariya Hamayel, a local school teacher, and Dr Issa Barham, a law professor.

A third young man, identified as Tareq Snowbar from the nearby village of Yatma, was also killed during protests in Beita on 16 May.

15-year-old Mohammed Hamayel was also shot and killed by Israeli forces last Friday while joining the subsequent demonstrations there along with his friends, neighbours and family.

Looking through the FB profile od 15-year-old Mohammed Hamayel, you’ll understand that his cover photo is for his friend who was murdered by ‘Israel’. He wrote he was originally from Ramleh city, which ‘Israel’ occupied and forcibly depopulated in 1948. (1/2)

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Dozens more in the village have been wounded, including many with live ammunition who are still being treated in hospital.

Other protesters suffocated from teargas fired at them by the occupation forces during the protests.

Villages in the occupied West Bank often hold Friday demonstrations against land confiscation, house demolitions and Israeli settlements deemed illegal under international law.

Israeli forces usually respond to the protests with violence.

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.

Many Pro-Palestine activists have been tweeting in support of Beita and its residents, exposing what is happening in the town and Israel’s violence against Beita’s residents.

The Israeli Occupation Forces shot and killed 17 year old Ahmad Bani Shamsah in Beita last night. The Zionist terrorists shot him in the head. He was in the ICU for hours before he was martyred. #SaveBeita

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4 martyrs and 50 injured. Situation is extremely serious yet nobody is bringing up! Beitas people are still fighting on their own with no one else to help. GET THIS TRENDING #SaveBeita#Save_jabal_sabih

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(Source / 17.06.2021)