Israel approves 31 new ‘settlement zones’ in the West Bank

A Palestinian man looks towards the illegal Israeli settlement built next to Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on 23 November 2020 [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images]
A Palestinian man looks towards the illegal Israeli settlement built next to Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on 23 November 2020

Israel has approved 31 zoning plans, each containing a small number of housing units or facilities, in the occupied West Bank, in the first such move since the new coalition government came into office on 13 June.

The move, which was passed on Wednesday, saw 18 of the construction plans receiving final approval in illegal settlements such as Alfei Menashe, Elkana, Havat Sde Bar and Yitzhar. The approval is the first of its kind in six months.

According to Haaretzchairman of the Joint List alliance of Arab-majority parties, Ayman Odeh, denounced the approval of the construction in the settlements.

“The government has existed for less than two weeks, and already, 31 construction plans have been approved in the settlements,” Odeh said. “The left is surrendering to the right and setting the diplomatic issue aside, but the right continues to sabotage the chances of peace and to deepen the occupation, repression, and dispossession of millions of Palestinians.”

Yesterday, the United Nations accused Israel of blatantly violating international law and called on it to halt the illegal expansion. According to Al JazeeraAntonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General and Tor Wennesland, UN Mideast envoy, referenced a 2016 Security Council resolution that declared the occupation’s settlements as having “no legal validity.”

PA: new Israeli government has ’emboldened’ illegal settlers

“I again underscore, in no uncertain terms, that Israeli settlements constitute a flagrant violation of United Nations resolutions and international law,” Wennesland said. “They are a major obstacle to the achievement of a two-state solution and a just, long lasting and comprehensive peace. The advancement of all settlement activity must cease immediately.”

Several human rights groups took to Twitter to express their objections to the construction project.

The new Israeli government just approved 31 new settlements. Naftali Bennett, the new Prime Minister, is a far-right extremist who won’t stop stealing Palestinian land unless the Biden Administration stands up for human rights and international law.

Settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are considered illegal under international law and by much of the international community.

(Source / 25.06.2021)

Army Abducts Five Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, five Palestinians, including siblings, in the Old City, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded and ransacked homes and shops, in the Bab Hotta area, before abducting Abdul-Fattah al-Fakhoury and his brother, Anan, in addition to their uncle Saeb al-Fakhouri.

The soldiers also abducted two young men, identified as Hotheifa Abdin and Anas Anu Shousha, from the Bab al-Majles area in Jerusalem.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers assaulted and injured Hotheifa before abducting him.

Also on Wednesday evening, the soldiers shot at least five Palestinians, and caused many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in Beit Dajan village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and abducted a child the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of the city.

On Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted twenty-two Palestinians during the extensive and violent invasion and searches of homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 25.06.2021)

Israel Approves Plan To Expand Colonies In Occupied West Bank

The Israeli government has approved, Wednesday, plans for expanding illegal colonies on Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli Ynet News said Israel approved new construction in Jewish settlements, which also marks the first decision of its kind since the new Prime Minister Naftali Bennet took office.

The plan was approved by the subcommittee in charge of colonialist activities, in the so-called “Civil Administration Office”, the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation.

Ynet stated that the subcommittee approved what it called a “limited construction plan” in the illegal colonies of Yitzhar, Elkana, and Mishor Adumim.

In early May of this year, the Israeli government announced plans for the construction of at least 392 units in illegal Israeli colonies, on more than 432.1 Dunams of Palestinian lands.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Humanitarian Law.

(Source / 25.06.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Eleven Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, eleven Palestinians from several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.

The PPS said the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in Nablus governorate, in northern West Bank, and abducted five Palestinians from the towns of Huwwara, Beita, and Burin, identified as Mohannad al-Isawi, Sufian Daoud, Ahmad Mahmoud Odah, Zeid Fuad Odah, and Ahmad Mohammad Omran.

It added that the soldiers also invaded and searched homes in Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, before abducting three former political prisoners, identified as Khaled Mahmoud Ali Sleibi, 19, Mohsin Mohammad Za’aqeeq, 22, and Wahid Hamdi Abu Mariya, 32.

The soldiers also abducted Khalil Abdul-Karim Shqeir, 26, from his home in the az-Zawiya town, west of Salfit, in central West Bank.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers searched many homes before abducting two former political prisoners, identified as Sa’ad Abdullah Nawawra, 39, and Ahmad Ata Tayeh, 27; both are members of the Administrative Committee of the Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Society.

(Source / 25.06.2021)

Army Closes All Roads Leading To Abu Sbeih Mountain

Israeli soldiers closed, on Thursday morning, all roads leading to Abu Sbeih Mountain, in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and confiscated a bulldozer.

The soldiers closed the roads earlier on Thursday morning, by placing sandhills and installed roadblocks, to prevent the Palestinians from reaching their lands.

Minwer Abdul-Rahman, the Secretary of Fateh movement in Beita, said the soldiers confiscated a bulldozer belonging to Beit Town Council and closed all roads leading to the mountain, in addition to the heavy military deployment in the area.

The Israeli army is trying to stop the ongoing processions carried out by the Palestinians, including nighty protests, which have been ongoing since the illegal Israeli colonialist settlers, occupied the mountain top and installed an outpost in early May of this year.

On Friday, June 11th, the soldiers killed a child, identified as Mohammad Sa’id Hamayel, 15, after shooting him with a live round in the heart, and injured more than 110 Palestinians, including 11 who were shot with live rounds, after the army attacked nonviolent protesters in Jabal Abu Sbeih mountain.

(Source / 25.06.2021)

Euro-Med Monitor: Urgent investigation Needed into the Killing of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat

Jun 24,2021 – The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor expresses its deep shock at the death of the Palestinian opposition political activist Nizar Banat after his arrest and direct attack by the Palestinian security services in Hebron, in the southern West Bank.

The Euro-Med Monitor calls for the opening of a diligent, urgent, and independent investigation into the incident, especially since all the circumstances point to a deliberate process of assassination to suppress a voice heavily opposed to the policies of the Palestinian Authority.

According to Euro-Med Monitor and the Banat family report, at approximately 3:30 AM today, Thursday, June 24, 2021, a joint security force consisting of 25 members of the Palestinian Intelligence and Preventive Security Service stormed the southern area of Hebron and raided the home of the political opponent Nizar Khalil Muhammad Banat.

They severely beat him with batons while he slept and sprayed him with pepper gas, which caused him to lose consciousness. After he woke up, the security forces arrested Banat naked, assaulted him, and took him to an unknown site. At approximately 6:45 AM, Banat was transferred to Hebron Hospital, where he was declared dead because of injuries sustained during the torture and brutal beatings, amounting to a deliberate assassination.

Later, the Governor of Hebron, “Jibreen Al-Bakri,” announced the death of Nizar Banat whilst under the custody of the Palestinian security.

The Governor said in a press statement,

“Following a subpoena from the Public Prosecution to arrest the citizen Nizar Khalil Muhammad Banat, at dawn today, a force from the security services detained him, during which his health deteriorated, and immediately transferred to the Hebron Governmental Hospital. Subsequently, doctors examined him and declared the citizen dead. The Public Prosecution Office was immediately informed, which attended and proceeded to act under-recognized due process.”

Banat’s family denied the Hebron governor’s statement, stressing that Nizar was violently beaten, and accused the Palestinian security forces of murdering him.

The Euro-Med Monitor indicates that the house of the political opponent, Nizar Banat, a candidate on the “Freedom and Dignity” list in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections – postponed by a decision of the Palestinian President “Mahmoud Abbas” – was exposed to gunfire and tear gas canisters on 1 May amid preparations for the elections. Fortunately, his family survived the accident.

This attack came at the height of incitements and threats against him after the candidate sent a letter to representatives of the European Union in Palestine, declaring its intention to go to the European courts and request the cessation of financial support for the Palestinian Authority due to postponed elections.

The activist Banat was previously subjected to political arrest several times, including the initiation of politicized lawsuits against him due to his strong opposition of the Palestinian Authority’s policies and violations of the security services in the West Bank.

The Euro-Med Monitor sees a dangerous development in the level of violations practiced by the Palestinian security services, which have witnessed a remarkable escalation since the cessation of the Israeli military attack on Gaza on May 21.

Around 150 cases of arrests and summonses were recorded on the grounds of a policy related to publication and freedom of opinion and expression. Many activists were subjected to systematic torture, especially in Jericho prison.

The Euro-Med Monitor expresses its fear for the lives of some detainees because of continuous torture methods used by the authorities, including “Abdul Rahman Muhammad al-Bishtawi” who has been detained for four days at the Preventive Security Service in Nablus.

The Euro-Med Monitor stresses that these violations come in a clear context of silencing, threatening and terrorizing activists and opponents, especially after postponing the Palestinian elections. The Palestinians were looking at the elections as a gateway to democratic change and renewal of Palestinian legitimacy.

The Euro-Med Monitor indicates that dozens of activists and members of electoral campaigns have been arrested, subpoenaed or threatened by the Palestinian security services in recent weeks.

The Euro-Med Monitor condemns the killing of Nizar Banat and calls for the opening of a diligent and independent investigation, where all involved in his killing are held accountable, and release of all political detainees and prisoners of conscience.

(Source / 25.06.2021)

Soldiers Injure Twelve Palestinians Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers injured, on Thursday evening, twelve Palestinians in Abu Sbeih Mountain, in Beita village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency and Ambulance Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the soldiers shot a young man, identified as Ayman Jaghoub, 22, with a live round in the shoulder.

He added that the young man suffered a moderate injury, and was rushed to Rafidia hospital, in Nablus.

Jibril also said that the soldiers also shot three Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, including a young man who was shot in the neck and was moved to a local clinic.

Red Crescent medics also provided treatment to at least eight Palestinians who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The Israeli army is trying to stop the ongoing processions carried out by the Palestinians, including nighty protests, which have been ongoing since the illegal Israeli colonialist settlers, occupied the mountain top and installed an outpost in early May of this year.

On Friday, June 11th, the soldiers killed a child, identified as Mohammad Sa’id Hamayel, 15, after shooting him with a live round in the heart, and injured more than 110 Palestinians, including 11 who were shot with live rounds, after the army attacked nonviolent protesters in Jabal Abu Sbeih mountain.

(Source / 25.06.2021)

Soldiers Abduct a Palestinian Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at night, a young Palestinian man from Sielet al-Harithiya town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Montaser Sammour, the head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said several army jeeps invaded the town from several directions.

Sammour added that the soldier then abducted Mohammad Zoheir Zayyoud, in his thirties, after invading his home and violently searching it.

On Thursday evening, the soldiers injured twelve Palestinians in Abu Sbeih Mountain, in Beita village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

(Source / 25.06.2021)

73 House Democrats urge Biden to reverse harmful Trump policies on Palestine

WASHINGTON DC, Friday, June 25, 2021 (WAFA) – 73 Democrats in the US House of Representatives have signed a letter urging US President Joe Biden to reverse the Trump administration’s “abandonment of longstanding, bipartisan United States policy” towards Palestine, including support for a two-state solution.

The letter, signed by 73 Democrats, calls on the Biden administration to formally withdraw former US President Donald Trump’s proposed Middle East Plan, which he dubbed the “deal of the century”.

It also urges Biden to fulfill his administration’s commitment to reopening a separate US consulate in Jerusalem to serve the Palestinian population.

With a total of eight demands, the lawmakers focused on Trump’s policy changes which they said brought Israelis and Palestinians further away from a two-state agreement, citing the recent upheaval sparked by Israel’s attempts at settlement expansion in occupied East Jerusalem and its bombardment of the Gaza Strip as evidence.

“This outbreak of violence was a painful reminder that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has no military solution and can only be resolved through diplomacy and a negotiated two-state solution that guarantees the civil and political rights, safety, and self-determination of both peoples,” the lawmakers wrote.

“Toward that end, we urge you to reverse the previous administration’s [policies],” they continued.

Other requests included the issuance of State Department and US customs guidance to make it clear that the US considers Israeli settlements to be inconsistent with international law, and the release of a statement of opposition from the White House against the forced expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in Jerusalem and throughout Palestinian territory.

The US House Democrats also called for an assurance that all government documents would “consistently refer” to the West Bank and Gaza Strip as occupied lands, the release of all previously withheld aid to the Palestinians, and the consistent and proactive issuance of firm public condemnations of human rights violations that undermine the prospects for peace.

(Source / 25.06.2021)

Palestinians take part in Nizar Banat funeral who was killed by PA forces

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Hundreds of Palestinians took part today in Nizar Banat funeral who killed by Palestinian Authority forces early Thursday during his arrest.

Hundreds of Palestinian mourners took part in the funeral march, chanting anti-government slogans and waving Palestine flags.

They were chanting “The people want to overthrow the regime” and against the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas calling on him to step down.

Several protests were held throughout the occupied West Bank and in Al-Aqsa Mosque today, as Palestinians rallied to the streets to express their anger and condemnation.

The protestors also called to conduct a comprehensive investigation into what happened and to ensure that those responsible for Banat’s death were punished.

“We call for the killers to be prosecuted,” they chanted.

(Source / 25.06.2021)