Suha Arafat calls for Shtayyeh to resign following activist’s murder

Yasser Arafat's widow, Suha Arafat gives a press conference in Paris on December 3, 2013. [PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP via Getty Images]
Yasser Arafat’s widow, Suha Arafat in Paris on 3 December 2013

Suha Arafat, widow of late Palestinian Authority (PA), Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Fatah President Yasser Arafat, called on Friday for PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh to resign following the murder of activist Nizar BanatSama news agency reported.

“Shame on you Mohammad Shtayyeh, whom I knew since I was a child when my mother saved his life after he sunk in a pool of blood after he was shot with live ammunition by the Israeli forces in Birzeit University,” she expressed.

“It is shameful that this [the murder of the activist] happened in your time and recorded in your history, even if you were not directly responsible for it,” she added.

“Resigning is better for you and your history,” she conveyed, pointing to the Maltese prime minister who resigned when a journalist was killed in his country: “He respected himself and respected his people.”

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(Source / 26.06.2021)

Israel used ‘ruthless excessive force’ against Palestine protesters

JENIN, WEST BANK - MAY 7: Israeli forces take security measurements after they killed two Palestinians and seriously injured another in the northern part of West Bank, Israeli media reported on May 7, 2021. The Palestinians were shot after they opened fire at Israeli soldiers at the Salem settlement outpost, according to the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation and local daily Maariv. ( Nedal Eshtayah - Anadolu Agency )
Israeli forces take security measurements after they killed two Palestinians and seriously injured another in the northern part of West Bank, Israeli media reported on May 7, 2021

Amnesty International has accused Israeli occupation police of using “ruthless excessive force” against “peaceful” Palestinian protesters in occupied East Jerusalem, a press release issued on Thursday revealed.

“Israeli police committed a catalogue of violations against Palestinians in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem – including using unlawful force against peaceful protesters, sweeping mass arrests, and subjecting detainees to torture and other ill-treatment,” the press release stated.

After listening to witnesses and analysing 45 videos and other forms of digital media, as well as documenting Israeli violence that led to wounding “hundreds” of Palestinians and killing a 17-year-old youth, Amnesty International found that the actions of Israeli police were “repressive and discriminatory”.

According to Amnesty International, Israeli police: “Failed to protect Palestinian citizens of Israel from premeditated attacks by groups of armed Jewish supremacists, even when plans were publicised in advance and police knew or should have known of them.”

The organisation added: “Police used unnecessary and excessive force to disperse Palestinian protests against forced evictions in East Jerusalem as well as against the Gaza offensive, while Jewish supremacists were allowed to organise demonstrations freely.”

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Saleh Higazi, Amnesty International’s Middle East deputy director, expressed: “The evidence gathered by Amnesty International paints a damning picture of discrimination and ruthless excessive force by Israeli police against Palestinians in Israel and in occupied East Jerusalem.”

“The few Jewish citizens of Israel arrested were dealt with more leniently. Jewish supremacists also continue to organise demonstrations while Palestinians face repression. Police have an obligation to protect all people under Israel’s control, whether they are Jewish or Palestinian. Instead, the vast majority arrested in the police crackdown following the outbreak of intercommunal violence were Palestinian.”

“This discriminatory crackdown was orchestrated as an act of retaliation and intimidation to crush pro-Palestinian demonstrations and silence those who speak out to condemn Israel’s institutionalised discrimination and systemic oppression of Palestinians.”

Following its research, Amnesty International called on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s recently-announced Commission of Inquiry to investigate the alarming pattern of violations by Israeli police.

READ: Amnesty slams Greece for brutally deporting asylum seekers

(Source / 26.06.2021)

Soldiers Injure 400 Palestinians near Nablus

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, more than 400 Palestinians in Abu Sbeih Mountain, in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Media sources said hundreds of Palestinians marched towards their lands and held the weekly protest in the area where the illegal Israeli colonialist settlers are squatting on their lands.

The soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs, concussion grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets, and rounds of live ammunition at the Palestinians, and chased many of them while trying to force them out of their lands.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Unit of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus, said the soldiers injured at least 400 Palestinians.

Jibril said the soldiers shot three Palestinians with live fire, including one who was shot in the mouth and suffered moderate-to-serious wounds, and 69 Palestinians with the rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to causing 245 to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

He added that 49 Palestinians were injured after falling on rocks while the soldiers were chasing them, in addition to 13 who were directly shot with gas bombs and 23 who suffered burns.

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 / 26.06.2021)

Israeli Colonists Burn Dozens Of Trees Near Salfit

Israeli colonialist settlers burnt Friday dozens of fig and olive trees, while Israeli soldiers attacked nonviolent protesters west of Salfit, in the central West Bank.

Media sources in Nablus said the colonists invaded the ar-Ras area, where they have been constantly attempting to illegally occupy Palestinian lands and install outposts and burnt dozens of trees.

They added that Palestinian firefighters and many residents rushed to the lands and managed to extinguish the fire before it spread to more lands, especially in the areas where the Palestinians recently planted dozens of saplings.

Furthermore, dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, after the soldiers attacked nonviolent protesters who marched to their lands and orchards, threatened with the illegal annexation, especially since the colonists recently installed an outpost.

It is worth mentioning that the colonists recently installed mobile homes on the Palestinian lands, and prepared agricultural roads so that they can occupy them, and expand their outposts.

It is worth mentioning that there are 23 illegal colonies and six outposts on Palestinian lands in the Salfit governorate.

The colonists are trying to occupy the ar-Ras area and its surroundings as part of the attempts to pave new roads that would link outposts with the illegal Ariel and Burkan colonies, which were built on lands owned by the Palestinians from various villages and towns north of west of Salfit.

Furthermore, the soldiers injured, Friday, more than 400 Palestinians in Abu Sbeih Mountain, in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

In related news, the soldiers injured five Palestinians in Osarin village, south of Nablus, while trying to reach Jabal Abu Sbeih.

(Source / 26.06.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Target Ambulance, Injure Two Medics, In Beita

Israeli soldiers fired Friday, rubber-coated steel bullets at a Palestinian ambulance, during a protest in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, causing damage and wounding two medics.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Ambulance and Emergency Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus, said the soldiers deliberately targeted an ambulance during the protests.

Jibril added that two medics were mildly injured in the eye and face when the soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets at an ambulance.

He said the Israeli rubber-coated steel bullets shattered the window of the ambulance wounding the two medics by glass shrapnel.

Also on Friday, the soldiers injured more than 400 Palestinians in Abu Sbeih Mountain, in Beita town.

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 / 26.06.2021)

Army Injures Many Palestinians In Ramallah

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, many Palestinians during a nonviolent protest against the illegal Israeli annexation of Palestinian lands west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah and injured several Palestinians.

The procession was organized by political parties and social institutions, in cooperation with the Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, in the villages of Ni’lin and Deir Qiddis, west of Ramallah.

The Palestinians marched in condemnation of the escalating violations by the soldiers and the illegal colonialist settlers, especially the illegal annexation of their lands in Jabal al-Alam Mountain, including when the colonists recently installed a shed on Palestinian lands, in an attempt to occupy more lands.

The soldiers attacked the nonviolent protesters with gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets, causing many injuries.

In addition, the soldiers attacked many journalists and attempted to force them out of the area, to prevent them from documenting the violations.

The mayor of Ni’lin, Emad al-Khawaja, stated that the Palestinians will continue their protests against the illegal Israeli occupation and its colonies, and added that residents are defending their homes, lands, and their livelihood despite the escalating crimes against them.

The illegal Israeli colonists are trying to occupy the Palestinian lands and orchards to prepare for paving a road that would link between the various colonies in the area, amidst ongoing attempts to illegally annex more than 3000 Dunams of Palestinian lands.

It is worth mentioning that a colonist from Nili illegal colony recently installed a shed on Palestinian lands in Jabal al-Alam mountain to facilitate the takeover of Palestinian lands.

(Source / 26.06.2021)

Undercover Soldiers Kidnap A Palestinian In Jenin

Undercover Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Saturday, a former political prisoner from Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the undercover soldiers infiltrated Jenin city before storming the home of a former political prisoner, identified as Ahmad Mahmoud Ja’far, in the Wadi Ezzedin area.

They added that, after the undercover soldiers kidnapped Ja’far, regular army units invaded the area, and secured their retreat.

The invasion led to protests before the soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at local youngsters, who hurled stones at the army jeeps.

(Source / 26.06.2021)

Army Assaults, Abducts Two Siblings In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Saturday at dawn, two Palestinian siblings in the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied Jerusalem, before abducting them.

Local sources said the soldiers invaded the town, before storming and searching homes, in addition to closing a few streets.

They added that the soldiers assaulted Adam and his brother Mohammed Fuad Dirbas, causing various cuts and bruises, before abducting them.

On Friday at night, dozens of soldiers invaded the town, leading to protests, and fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The soldiers also invaded and ransacked many homes and interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In related news, undercover Israeli soldiers kidnapped a former political prisoner from Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 26.06.2021)

Video| Disgraceful… Israeli soldier poses for photo stepping over wounded Palestinian

An Israeli soldier pose for a photo while stepping over a wounded Palestinian man in occupied Nablus.
An Israeli soldier pose for a photo while stepping over a wounded Palestinian man in occupied Nablus

Occupied Nablus (QNN)- An Israeli soldier appeared posing for a photo while stepping over a wounded native Palestinian in occupied Nablus today.

Israeli media published the photo, which an Israeli soldier took while stepping over a native Palestinian man after shooting him.

Video footage also trended, where the wounded Palestinian man lays on the ground helplessly, while Israeli soldiers watch him.

Israeli media claimed that the man tried to stab Israeli soldiers at the illegal settlement of Yitzhar.

Hebrew media did not mention further details about the man’s health condition.

Israeli forces usually accuse those they kill in field executions as planning for stabbing attacks. In several cases, cameras caught Israeli soldiers planting knives next to bodies of those, whom they killed.

(Source / 26.06.2021)

Resistance fighters open fire at Israeli force in Jenin

An Israeli soldier opening fire at native Palestinians

Occupied Jenin (QNN)- Local sources reported that resistance fighters opened fire at an Israeli force that stormed Jenin this morning.

In video footage, sounds of shootings can be heard during the Israeli raid into the city.

The sources said an Israeli special force from the Israeli army broke into the city. They arrested Ahmad Mahmoud Ja’far after breaking into his house. Israeli forces had also arrested Ja’far’s brother a few days ago.

Recently, resistance fighters in the West Bank started confronting Israeli forces in several incidents. They used hand-made explosive devices and guns.

Following the Oslo accords, Israeli occupying forces started spreading the signs of occupation across the West Bank. Many Palestinians accuse the Palestinian Authority of being a tool for the occupation state. PA’s security forces arrest resistance fighters and usually hand them over to the Israeli army.

(Source / 26.06.2021)