20 factories destroyed, 5,000 jobs lost due to Israel’s offensive on Gaza

Flames are seen after an Israeli air strike hit targets in Gaza City, Gaza on 15 June 2021 [Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency]
Flames are seen after an Israeli air strike hit targets in Gaza City, Gaza on 15 June 2021 

Head of the General Federation of Trade Unions Sami Al-Amasi has confirmed that 20 factories were destroyed during the last offensive on Gaza, and 5,000 workers had lost their jobs.

In a statement, Al-Amasi disclosed that the latest Israeli offensive inflicted a massive blow to the economic sector in the Gaza Strip. He noted that it aggravated the already weak economy, which has been suffering for more than one and a half decades, with increased adversity due to COVID-19.

Al-Amasi indicated that the economy was the main target for the Israeli attacks, pointing to the demolition of the offices of big companies located in the high-rise buildings destroyed during the offensive.

Meanwhile, he stated that the direct and indirect effects of COVID-19 affected more than 160,000 workers during the last year.

Read: Israel’s occupation is Gaza’s main medical problem, insist professionals

The economic losses of the pandemic hit NIS 200 million and raised unemployment to 55 per cent.

Al-Amasi called for Deputy Labour Minister Ihab Al-Ghussein to establish a fund to help workers affected by the Israeli offensive.

He also called for Arab, Islamic and international trade unions to support the Palestinians and their cause, as they are enduring harsh conditions under Israeli occupation.

(Source / 20.06.2021)

PRCS: 47 Palestinians injured by Israel forces in West Bank

Israeli security forces deploy following a reported attack at the Qalandia checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, on June 12, 2021 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli forces deploy following a reported attack at the Qalandia checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, on June 12, 2021

Israeli forces have injured at least 47 Palestinians on Friday in the northern West Bank when they used tear gas and fired rubber bullets to disperse an anti-settlement rally, Anadolu Agency reported.

According to a Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) statement, the injuries took place during clashes with Israeli forces in the town of Beita, in the southern city of Nablus.

The statement confirmed that 42 Palestinians were suffocated due to gas inhalation and pepper spray, while five others were injured by rubber-coated bullets.

It added that most cases were treated in a Red Crescent field hospital, with the exception of three who were taken to hospital.

Read: Israel shoots, kills 15-year-old Palestinian in Nablus

Following weekly Friday prayers, a rally of Palestinians demonstrating against Israeli settlements on their land was met with Israeli tear gas canisters, pepper spray and rubber-coated bullets.

Palestinians hold regular protests in Beita against Israeli settlements in Jabal Sbeih.

In recent weeks, four Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in Beita during anti-settlement rallies.

According to Israeli and Palestinian figures, around 650,000 Israeli settlers live in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in 164 settlements and 116 settlement outposts.

International law regards both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and considers all Jewish settlement-building activities illegal.

(Source / 20.06.2021)

PA: Israel’s ban on family reunification ‘the worst persecution’ against Palestinians

Israeli security forces try to detain a Palestinian woman in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where looming evictions of Palestinian families have fuelled anger, on May 15, 2021 [EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli security forces try to detain a Palestinian woman in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where looming evictions of Palestinian families have fuelled anger, on May 15, 2021

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday slammed the Israeli ban on family reunification as “the worst persecution” practiced by Israel against the Palestinians.

In a statement issued by the PA’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, the PA stated: “This law is clear proof that Israel is a state of apartheid, mainly because it separates members of Palestinian families from one another.”

Family reunification in Israel is a law enacted by the Israeli Knesset in 2002. It prevents Palestinian citizens in Israel from requesting citizenship for their spouses living in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip or abroad.

Read: Israel seeks extension to law banning Palestinian family reunification

Israel claims that this ban is being imposed as part of security measures, but Palestinians assert that it is racist and an attempt by Israel to reduce the number of Palestinian citizens.

“This law is a form of ethnic cleansing that the Israeli occupation has been practicing against the Palestinians for a long time,” according to the PA.

It added: “The reunification of Palestinian families is a right guaranteed by international law and conventions, but Israel is usurping this right.”

Israel: far-right ‘plays politics’ with apartheid law to embarrass government

(Source / 20.06.2021)

Israeli forces batter Palestinians protesting far-right Jews

Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers’ blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad

Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]

Israeli forces on Saturday, June 19, battered Palestinians who wanted to protest the extreme right-wing Jews insulting the Prophet Muhammad, reports Anadolu Agency.

Palestinians wanted to gather at the Damascus Gate of the Old City in the occupied East Jerusalem to protest the insults to the Prophet Muhammad during the provocative actions of far-right Jews.

Israeli forces attacked the protesters with nightsticks, stun grenades, and water cannon.

READ: Joint List urges major powers to stop provocative rallies by Israel’s far-right

The forces also detained some demonstrators, including two women.

On June 15, Far-right Jews held a “Flag March” at the Damascus Gate with the support of the Israeli police.

The group insulted the Prophet Muhammad during the demonstration and chanted slogans by saying: “Death to Arabs“.

Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a demonstration at Damascus Gate in Old City to protest against Jewish settlers' blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad, on June 19, 2021 in Jerusalem [Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu Agency]

(Source / 20.06.2021)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the oPt (UNOCHA) – Protection of Civilians Report for June 1 – 14, 2021

Latest developments (after the reporting period)

On 16 June, during Palestinian protests against the establishment of an Israeli settlement near Beita (Nablus) a 16-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and killed by Israeli forces. The same day, a 29-year-old Palestinian woman was shot and killed by soldiers after she allegedly tried to run over Israeli Forces near Hizma (Jerusalem) and then allegedly brandished a knife.

Highlights from the reporting period

Israeli forces killed five Palestinians, including a boy, in three incidents across the West Bank; and a sixth Palestinian died of shot wounds. On 10 June, undercover Israeli forces shot and killed an alleged Palestinian Islamic Jihad member and arrested another person, in Jenin; in the same operation, three other Palestinians, members of security forces, were shot by the Israeli forces; two were killed, and the other was critically injured. The next day, in confrontations that erupted during a weekly demonstration against the establishment of an Israeli settlement outpost, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian child in Beita (Nablus). On 12 June, a Palestinian woman who ignored an order to stop walking towards Israeli forces at Qalandiya checkpoint, was shot and killed; according to Israeli sources, she was allegedly carrying a knife. Earlier, on 2 June, a Palestinian died of live ammunition wounds sustained by Israeli forces with on 18 May, in confrontations that erupted during a Palestinian demonstration at Beit El checkpoint (Ramallah).

Three Palestinians, including a child, died in Gaza. On 9 June, a nine-year-old boy was killed, and his older brother was severely injured by the detonation of an explosive remnant of war (ERW) in Gaza city; the recent escalation has left debris and farmland heavily contaminated with ERWs. During the reporting period, a man and a woman died of wounds sustained during the 10-21 May escalation.

Israeli forces injured at least 495 Palestinians, including four children, across the West Bank. Of these, 374 were injured during the above-mentioned protests in Beita; and 23, including a boy, were injured in Silwan (East Jerusalem). The remaining injuries occurred across different governorates.

Israeli forces carried out 129 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 265 Palestinians, including 30 children, across the West Bank. Thirty operations were in Hebron, 22 each in Jerusalem and Ramallah, 14 each in Bethlehem and Nablus, while the remaining operations in other governorates. 114 Palestinians, including 17 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.

The Israeli authorities demolished, seized or forced the demolition of 53 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank for lacking building permits, displacing 71 people, including 43 children, and otherwise affected more than 1,000 Palestinians. Most of those affected were in the Massafer Yatta area of Hebron, where the Israeli authorities destroyed two roads and a water network serving multiple communities. Other structures included properties used for farming, commerce or services. Overall, 48 of the structures and 66 of those displaced Palestinians were in Area C, and the rest were in East Jerusalem.

Perpetrators known or believed to be illegal Israeli settlers injured 11 Palestinians, including four children, and damaged vehicles, hundreds of trees, water systems and other Palestinian-owned property. In East Jerusalem, a Palestinian and his two children were pepper-sprayed and required medical treatment, as was a woman, in a separate incident, whose attacker entered her house in Sheikh Jarrah. Other Palestinians were injured in Al Khadr (Bethlehem), Huwwara (Nablus) and the H2 area of Hebron. Settlers set fire to 1,000 olive trees in Al Jab’a (Bethlehem), 30 olive trees and a house in Ni’lin (Ramallah), 70 olive trees in Beita (Nablus), and about 80 haystacks in Tuba (Hebron).

Stone throwers known or believed to be Palestinians injured nine Israeli settlers and damaged at least 26 Israeli-plated cars, according to Israeli sources.

In Gaza, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence and off the coast, reportedly to enforce access restrictions, on at least nine occasions, and conducted land levelling inside the blockaded enclave, near the perimeter fence, once.

(Source / 20.06.2021)

Settlers Attack Palestinian-owned Homes near Hebron, Injure Elderly Disabled Woman

Israeli colonists attacked, on Saturday, Palestinian residents in the southern occupied West Bank, injuring an elderly Palestinian woman, the head of the village council confirmed.

South of Hebron, in at-Tiwani village, Mohammed Rabee told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that several Israeli colonists invaded the Masafer Yatta region and attacked Palestinian-owned homes with rocks, injuring a disabled woman while she sat on the front step of her home.

The colonists, Rabee added, who were presumably from the illegal Havat Maon settlement, were under the complete cover of the occupation soldiers, who made no attempts to stop the attack on Palestinian civilians.

Quds News Network identified the disabled woman as 70-year-old Fatima Rib’i, and added that during the settler attack, the soldiers detained a young Palestinian man, identified as Amer Issa Awad.

No further details were reported regarding the injury, or the location of the young man detained by the army.

(Source / 20.06.2021)

Palestinian Factions Warn of More Settler Marches in West Bank

National factions on Saturday, called, for Palestinians to oppose and take a stand against the planned Israeli settlers’ marches, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media spokesman for the popular resistance committee, in a phone interview with Voice of Palestine Radio, announced events being planned to resist the illegal settlers’ inflammatory rallies.

Nasr Abu Jeish, coordinator of the national factions in Nablus, appealed to citizens to join together on the mountains and hills to forestall settlers’ marches throughout the occupied West Bank.

Israeli media outlets announced 12 rallies that the settlers’ plan to hold this coming Monday, throughout the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported that Israeli soldiers injured, on Friday evening, 353 Palestinians, including one who suffered life-threatening wounds, at Beita junction, south of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

The PRCS stated that 283 Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, 54 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, 23 suffered burns from gas bombs and concussion grenades.

Hundreds of Israelis marched in the occupied city of East Jerusalem, on Tuesday, at the annual ‘Flag March’ and calling for “Death to arabs” and “May your village burn”.

The Israelis shouted insults against the muslim prophet Muhammad and threatened Palestinians that “a second Nakba is coming soon”.

(Source / 20.06.2021)

Israeli forces attack Palestinian protesters at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Several Palestinian protesters started a rally on Saturday in support of the Prophet Muhammad in response to insults directed at him during the so-called “Israeli Flag March” through the area on Tuesday.

Palestinians gathered in the courtyard, but before they began their march from Al-Aqsa to the Old City’s Bab Al Amud (Damascus Gate), the Israeli occupation forces raided the compound through Bab al-Silsila, one of its entrances.

The Israel forces were seen brutally assaulting the Palestinian nonviolent protesters in the Bab Al Amud plaza, spraying pepper gas, and beating them.

Photos documenting Israel police assault of #Palestinian nonviolent protesters in the Bab Al Amud plaza in occupied Jerusalem yesterday. They were demonstrating against insults by Israeli settlers against Islamic Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

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Saleh Natsha, a 20-year-old Palestinian young man, was among those who was brutally beaten by the forces as they sprayed pepper gas at him, laughed while he was screaming in pain, as a video footage that has gone viral shows.

He then was detained by Israeli occupation forces, but he was released today on bail of 5,000 shekels ($1500).

The Israeli forces were also using shunck water to disperse the protesters in the Bab Al Amud.

(Source / 20.06.2021)

Activist Alaa Al-Siddiq dies in traffic accident in London

London (QNN)- The Emirati human rights activist and director of the ALQST Human Rights Organization Alaa Al-Siddiq died in London today in a traffic accident, which activists suggested was premeditated.

The activist, Alaa Al-Siddiq, is the daughter of a professor of Sharia and the prisoner of conscience in Abu Dhabi prisons, Muhammad Abdul Razzaq Al-Siddiq, whome Alaa has not been able to communicate with since 2013.

Activists said that Alaa Al-Siddiq died in the accident, and she was accompanied by female colleagues who were injured with her in the accident and were admitted to the hospital, and they were isolated in the hospital, kept in custody and prevented from communicating with them.

Al-Siddiq was known for her strong stances in rejecting the normalization deal signed between the UAE and the occupation state of ‘Israel’.

“The normalization process with the occupation state of ‘Israel’ is a betrayal; committed by whomever,” Al-Siddiq said.

(Source / 20.06.2021)

Israeli police arrest 11 Palestinians in Deir Al Asad

Deir Al Asad (QNN)- The Israeli police on Sunday arrested 11 Palestinians from Deir Al Asad in 1948-occupied Galilee.

The police claimed that the arrest campaign came following tension that prevailed in the town. A police report claimed that citizens “assaulted cops and burnt two vehicles, which had arrived in the town to check on a shooting during a wedding party”.

In the sesame vein, local sources said Israeli border guards cracked down on a wedding party, sparking confrontations. The Israelis attacked the guests and opened fire in the air, seriously wounding one guest.

After the crackdown, confrontations erupted between locals and Israeli forces. Israeli cops attacked locals and forced them to leave.

The Israeli attack left one injury of a young man in his thirties. On the others side, the cops left with two injuries.

(Source / 20.06.2021)