38 Homes, 8 Structures, Face Threat Of Demolition In Al-Walaja

38 Palestinian homes and 8 structures in the al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank in the West Bank, face the imminent threat of demolition by Israel after an Israeli court voided a previous ruling that halted the destruction.

Khader al-A’raj, the head of the al-Walaja Village Council, said the council has been working with various official organizations and institutions, to reinstate the structural map of the village, which was void by Israel to pave the road for the demolition of dozens of homes and structures for the benefit of the illegal colonies.

He added that the demolitions that have been previously carried out, and the new demolition orders, target the Palestinian homes and structures in the Ein Jweiza area, which have been subject to constant violations.

The families in the area still have pending cases with Israeli courts to save their homes and buildings.

Ein Jweiza is regarded as part of occupied Jerusalem, and the Palestinians are forced to pay tax although they do not carry Jerusalem ID cards and are largely not allowed to enter the city.

Israeli has been constantly trying to remove the Palestinians from the area, to illegally occupy their lands to expand the illegal colonies by annexing more Palestinian lands and displacing the indigenous residents.

The Israeli violations against al-Walaja started in the 1980s when Israel started its plans to annex the Palestinian lands to build its illegal colonies, by denying all construction permits filed by the Palestinians, in addition to dividing the lands, zoning and designating large areas as “green zones,” to prevent the Palestinians from using them, in addition to surrounding them with the illegal Annexation Wall.

Al-Walaja is already surrounded by the illegal colonies on Gilo, Har Gilo, Givat HaMatos, and Har Homa, which were all built on stolen Palestinian lands, in addition to the large areas of lands that were illegally annexed when Israel paved roads leading to these colonies, in addition to installing railways and designating lands as natural reserves, off-limits to the Palestinians.

(Source / 13.07.2021)

Three Palestinian Families Homeless after Demolishing Their Homes in Jerusalem

A Palestinian family demolished their home in Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem, after midnight Tuesday, using heavy machinery, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) reported.

Nassar Al-Husseini, was forced by the Israeli municipality to destroy his family home, in order to avoid paying an unreasonable amount of money to have the Municipality demolish the house.

On Monday, Palestinian resident Jamal Ajaj knocked down his own home in Jabal al-Mokaber, the southeastern area of East Jerusalem, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

It added that another Jerusalemite, Ezzat Zeyadeh, was forced to demolish his own home after the appeal to freeze the demolition was rejected by the Israeli Supreme Court.

It is important to note that Israeli soldiers demolished, Monday, five structures in Hares village, west of the central West Bank city of Salfit.

Furthermore, Israeli forces, Monday, demolished a 250-cubic-meter agricultural water pond, belonging to Samer Sawaftah, near Bardala village in the northern Jordan Valley.

(Source / 13.07.2021)

Human Rights Expert Michael Lynk; Israeli Settlements Amount to a War Crime

Michael Lynk, United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), spoke last week in a session of the UN Human Rights Council, stating that Israeli settlements amount to a war crime, Reuters reports.

Lynk confirmed that Israeli settlements meet the definition of a war crime under the Rome Statute, violating the ban on the occupying power transferring part of its civilian population into an occupied territory.

In reference to the demolitions of Bedouin tents in the Jordan Valley last week, which left Palestinians without food or water, Lynk said it was “both unlawful and heartless”.

I submit to you that this finding compels the international community … to make it clear to Israel that its illegal occupation, and its defiance of international law and international opinion, can and will no longer be cost-free.”

– Michael Lynk

According to Quds News Network, Garneau made the following statements, Monday, after a five-day visit to the Middle East, demanding that the settlement expansion, forced displacement and demolition of Palestinian-owned homes cease, in order to evade a new wave of hostilities.

From Canada’s perspective, it was important as a friend to Israel that we get the message across that the continued building of settlements and the evictions and demolitions in east Jerusalem should cease,”

– Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau

That is potentially provocative at a time when we want to lower the temperature and not provide any excuse for it to flare up again.”

– Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau

Our long-standing position has been that ultimately the best long solution is two states for two people.”

– Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau

(Source / 13.07.2021)

Army Abducts One Palestinian, Searches Homes, In Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, one Palestinian and violently searched many homes, causing damage, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded the at-Tabaqa village in Doura town, south of Hebron, before storming and searching homes, and abducted a young man, identified as Hani Mohammad Amro.

The soldiers also invaded several homes in Hebron city, in addition to Yatta town, south of the city, and interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

Furthermore, the soldiers installed many roadblocks in Jouret Bahlas area, north of Hebron, and the al-Fahs area, south of the city, in addition to the main entrances of Sa’ir and Halhoul towns, northeast, and north of Hebron, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and inspected the ID cards of the Palestinians while questioning many of them.

(Source / 13.07.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, searched many homes, and abducted three Palestinians, in addition to one who was taken prisoner after the soldiers stopped his car, northeast of Bethlehem.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded Beit Fajjar town before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes.

They added that the soldiers abducted Mohammad Akram Taqatqa, Ahmad Khaled Taqatqa, and Eyad Nader Taqatqa, from their homes.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Naji Salah, 28, from the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, after stopping him at the Container Roadblock, northeast of the city.

The Palestinian was forced out of his car before the soldiers detained him at the roadblock for a few hours and moved him to an unknown destination.

Furthermore, the soldiers broke into the homes of several former political prisoners in Arraba town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and interrogated them along with their families.

Owners of some of the invaded homes have been identified as Ahmad al-‘Arda, the mayor of Arraba, in addition to Mohammad Rauf Hamdan, Ja’far Ezzeddin, Tareq Qa’dan, Ibrahim Dahbour, and Jasser Sheebani.

The soldiers also summoned for interrogation a former political prisoner, identified as Hani Shehada Sheebani, from Arraba.

In addition, the soldiers, the soldiers closed the main entrance of Marda village, north of Salfit in central West Bank, detained several young men, and fired live rounds and concussion grenades.

In related news, the soldiers abducted one Palestinian and violently searched many homes, causing damage, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

(Source / 13.07.2021)

Soldiers Force A Palestinian To Demolish His Home In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers forced, on Tuesday at dawn, a Palestinian to demolish his own home in Wad Qaddoum neighborhood in Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem.

Media sources said the soldiers forced Mohammad Nassar Husseini to demolish his own home, under the pretext of being built without a permit, and threatened to impose high fines and fees in addition to the demolition costs if workers of the City Council carry the demolition out.

Husseini stated that his home provided shelter to his family of eight, including several children.

“I feel like my heart is being chopped to pieces,” he said, “But what can we do, we are not the first and unfortunately won’t be the last; the occupation does not want us here, may god help everybody…”

Last week, Israel forced eight Jerusalemite Palestinian families to demolish their homes, after threatening to impose a fine of 200.000 Shekels on each family, also under the pretext of being built without permits.

Israel’s policy of rejecting building permit applications from Palestinians started many years ago and has led to the displacement of hundreds of Palestinian families following the demolition of their homes.

Many Palestinians in the occupied city resort to constructing their homes without permits due to Israel’s continued refusal to issue these permits, while the expanding families find themselves living in small homes or apartments.

This happens while Israel continues to build and expand its illegal, segregated colonies in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, in direct violation of International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

(Source / 13.07.2021)

‘Israel’ refuses to release Khalida Jarrar to attend her daughter funeral

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities have refused to release the Palestinian political prisoner Khalida Jarrar to be able to attend the funeral of her daughter, whose death was announced on Sunday evening.

Palestinians launched yesterday a campaign that calls to free Jarrar from Israeli jails, as she will be denied the right to bury her daughter.

Please sign and share this petition calling for Israel to release Palestinian leader and parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar. She must be free to bury and mourn her daughter, my sister Suha Jarrar. #FreeKhalidaJarrar

At this horrendous moment of the tragic loss of her daughter, Khalida Jarrar, Palestinian revolutionary, parliamentarian & organizer, remains imprisoned in Israeli jails denied the last chance to kiss her daughter goodbye & the comfort of her loved ones. #FreeKhalidaJarrar

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To lose one’s child is a tragedy. To lose a child while incarcerated, I cannot begin to imagine the agony. Khalida Jarrar should be free, especially now. Please take a minute to sign this petition & tweet #freeKhalidaJarrar #الحرية_لخالدة_جرار

The woman in blue is a Palestinian prisoner, the woman on the right is her daughter who passed away last night. We are asking the brutal occupation to have the decency to let the mother attend her daughter’s funeral. #FreeKhalidaJarrar #الحرية_لخالدة_جرار

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31-year-old daughter of Palestinian Political Prisoner Khalida Jarrar, Suha, was found dead in her home in Ramallah. Khalida is deprived of seeing her daughter for the last time as she is serving 2 years sentence in Israeli jails. #FreeKhalidaJarrar

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Suha Jarrar, Khalida’s daughter, was announced dead on Sunday evening, as her body was found near Palestine medical complex in Ramallah.

Khalida Jarrar, who is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was detained in March 2021 and was sentenced to two years in Israeli jails.

Jarrar knew about the death of her daughter on the radio, before even her lawyer informed her.

“It was very hard and painful to know that my darling Suha passed away, I have missed her too much. Please tell all my beloved ones to take care, I am strong,” Jarrar told her lawyer after being informed about her daughter’s death.

Khalida Jarrar has been imprisoned several times since 2015 by the Israeli occupation and spent numerous terms under administrative detention.

Jarrar was first arrested in 1989 and held for a month without trial.

For her second detention in 2014, she was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

She was arrested for a third time in 2017.

She was released from Israeli jails in February 2019 after spending 20 months in prison, but the Israeli occupation detained her again in October 2019 from her home in Ramallah city, and she was accused of taking a position in the PFLP.

Jarrar was elected as a member of the Legislative Council in the last Parliamentary elections held in 2006.

(Source / 13.07.2021)

Two-state solution is unfeasible, says Israeli FM

In an address to top European Union diplomats on Monday, Israel’s occupation Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said the two-state solution is unfeasible.

“It is no secret that I support a two-state solution. Unfortunately, there is no current plan for this,” Lapid said at a meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council, attended by 26 EU foreign ministers.

Lapid added, “However, there is one thing we all need to remember. If there is eventually a Palestinian state, it must be a peace-loving democracy.”

“We cannot be asked to take part in the building of another threat to our lives,” he said.

Lapid addressed the normalization deals signed with Arab countries last year, saying the occupation government wants to “broaden the circle of peace to additional states.”

“Something good is happening between us and the moderates in the Arab world,” Lapid said. “I want to broaden the circle of peace to additional states.”

The UAE was the first country to agree to normalize ties with the occupation state last year, under the Abraham Accords, a pact brokered by the United States, a move that was followed by Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.

Palestinians condemned the normalization agreements, saying they encouraged Israel’s denial of their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

Abu Dhabi said the deal was an effort to stave off Israel’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank, however, opponents believe normalization efforts have been in the offing for many years as Israeli officials have made official visits to the UAE and attended conferences in the country which had no diplomatic or other ties with the occupation state.

Lapid stated that he seeks to expand the scope of the agreements to Palestinians as well.

“What we need to do now is ensure that no steps are taken that will prevent the possibility of peace in the future, and we need to improve the lives of Palestinians. Whatever is humanitarian, I will be for it. Everything that builds the Palestinian economy, I am for it,” he said.

Lapid also noted that “Israel has shared interests with the EU,” seeking to open a new chapter with the bloc after over a decade of strained ties.

“Israel has shared interests with the EU — but more than that, we have shared values: human rights, LGBTQI+ community rights, a commitment to the basic elements of democracy: a free press, an independent judiciary, a strong civil society, freedom of religion,” Lapid claimed.

“We are committed to fighting together the climate crisis, international terrorism, racism, and extremism,” he said

נאמתי היום באירוע רשמי של ה-FAC בפני 27 שרי חוץ של האיחוד האירופי. עבר הרבה יותר מדי זמן מאז השתתף שר ישראלי באירוע רישמי– יש ממשלה חדשה, אנרגיה חדשה, הגיע הזמן להתחלה חדשה. צילום: European Union

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‘Israel’ forces Palestinian family to self-demolish home in Silwan

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities have forced a Palestinian family to self-demolish its home in Silwan in the occupied Jerusalem earlier on Tuesday.

At the order of the Israeli municipality, the Nassar Al Husseini family has self-demolished its home in Silwan to avoid paying 200,000 shekels in exorbitant demolition costs to the Israeli municipality (the staff and the police) if it carries out the demolition.

The municipality ordered the family to self-demolish their home within two days, otherwise it will carry out the demolition with a fine of 200,00 shekels.

The family has been living in its home since 2013, and their building consisted of 3 apartments and three families were living there.

“Since we built the house in 2013, the Israeli municipality has been persecuting us and continuously fining us,” Mohammed Nassar Al Husseini, the owner of the home, said.

The family yesterday evening were seen emptying the contents of their homes in preparation for the demolition.

Aziza Nassar Al Husseini, an old Palestinian woman from the family said, “I will take medicines and clothes, there is no other place to put in the furniture of the house.”

This lovely little girl spent the whole night sleeping in her father’s car last night, after the Israeli occupation authorities ordered the demolition of her family’s home in Silwan, occupied Jerusalem.

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Last night, members of the Nassar family in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan spent the entire night without a shelter after the Israeli municipality forced them to leave their homes and evacuate their furniture prior to its demolition today.

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Using the pretext of illegal building, ‘Israel’ demolishes houses on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favour of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.

‘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.

The Israeli court had previously rejected many appeals filed by the residents of Jerusalem, and allowed “Ateret Cohanim” to continue its procedures relevant to the immediate expelling of the Palestinian families.

Ateret Cohanim, a settler organization, has been seeking, with the support of Israeli occupation authorities, to forcibly evict some Palestinian families in Silwan, claiming the land is rightfully owned by a Jewish trust active in the area more than 100 years ago.

(Source / 13.07.2021)

US$570 million physical and economical losses in Gaza, says World Bank

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – The eleven days of hostilities in May 2021 in Gaza resulted in the loss of over 260 people, including 66 children and 41 women, and exacerbated previous traumas in particular among children. The human toll was aggravated by overall damage and losses to the social, infrastructure, and productive and financial sectors.

A Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDNA) reveals up to US$380 million in physical damage and US$190 million in economic losses. Recovery needs have been estimated up to US$485 million during the first 24 months.

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The Gaza RDNA was conducted between May 25 to June 25, 2021 in partnership between the World Bank Group, United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) immediately after the cessation of hostilities and in close cooperation with the Palestinian Authority and in consultation with the civil society and private sector in Gaza. While the RDNA’s estimates are preliminary, they are critical to identify priority interventions.

“This is yet another unfortunate episode in which the Palestinian people in Gaza saw themselves in the midst of conflict and destruction. The humanitarian crisis is worsened in an economy with very limited ties to the outside world. Gaza’s GDP may contract by 0.3% in 2021 compared to an estimated 2.5% annual growth before the conflict. With this assessment, we hope to mobilize donors’ support to help restore dignified living conditions and livelihoods in Gaza, and lead the way to recovery.”  said Kanthan Shankar, World Bank Country Director for West Bank and Gaza.

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The recent hostilities have done more damage to already faltering socioeconomic conditions. Palestinians in Gaza have suffered from the cumulative costs, human and economic, of recurrent hostilities over the last three decades, as well as prolonged restrictions on the movement of people and commercial goods at border crossings, limits to fishing off Gaza’s coast, and now the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The alarming unemployment rate in Gaza is roughly 50% and more than half of its population lives in poverty. Following May’s hostilities, 62% of Gaza’s population were food insecure.

According to the RDNA, the estimated value of the physical damage caused by the conflict ranged between US$290 to US$380 million. The social sectors were hit the most (US$140 – 180 million), making up more than half of the total damage. Housing alone represents almost 93% of the total damage to the social sectors. The second most-severely-affected sectors are the productive and financial sectors, with agriculture and services, trade and industry at the fore.

The conflict generated economic losses (interrupted economic flows, production and services) that ranged between US$105 to US$190 million. Once again, the social sectors were the most affected with about 87% of losses caused by added health and social protection costs and unemployment. The conflict significantly weakened livelihoods and the safety nets of the most vulnerable.

“The cessation of hostilities reached last month has largely held but remains fragile. The UN is continuing its diplomatic engagements with all concerned parties to solidify the ceasefire. In the meantime, we are also ensuring that we do everything we can to meet the most urgent needs that would allow Palestinians in Gaza begin the process of recovery as quickly as possible. This RDNA is an important step in that process. I appeal to the international community to come together in support of these efforts.” said Tor Wennesland, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

The Gaza RDNA promotes the Building-Back-Better approach in Gaza, focusing on rebuilding a more resilient climate-friendly economy and infrastructure and people’s ability to absorb shocks, as well as on improving living standards and lives. Vulnerabilities that may have contributed to the impact of the conflict should, where feasible, be tackled during recovery and rehabilitation, allowing affected communities to manage and mitigate future risks. The recommended actions range from meeting immediate and future needs, such as restoring inclusive, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable infrastructure, to adopting stronger social safeguards measures and implementing targeted policy reforms.

The immediate and short-term recovery and reconstruction needs (during the first 24 months) are estimated between US$ 345 – 485 million, with needs estimated between US$345 to US$485 million, of which US$125 to 195 million in the immediate term (from now until the end of 2021), and US$ 220 to 290 million in the short term (6 to 24 months). The priorities focus on ensuring a return to some normalcy by rapidly providing relief, repairing priority damages to infrastructure, and reinstating essential services disrupted by the conflict, to be restored at least to pre-conflict levels, if not further.

Critical recovery needs include cash assistance to around 45,000 individuals for food and non-food assistance, providing an additional 20,000 full-time jobs for 12 months, and prioritizing housing needs for over 4,000 destroyed or partially damaged that had about 7,000 children in the families who lost their homes. Early interventions are needed to improve food production in agri-food and fishery and rehabilitate physical assets. In addition, financial support is needed to reconstruct the badly damaged micro and small enterprises that provide services, goods, and jobs to the communities, with a focus on sustainable energy- and water-efficient techniques.

“Civilian causalities and the devastating socio-economic impact of this round of hostilities remind us once again that we must address the root causes of the conflict. The recovery of Gaza must be backed by a meaningful peace process that will bring security and dignity for all. While we acknowledge the importance of the RDNA exercise, the sustainability of Gaza’s recovery will depend much on the progress of the political process and a negotiated solution. Palestinian unity and democratic renewal through free and fair elections are as well of crucial importance,” said Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff, EU Representative.

Beyond the immediate and short-term reconstruction period, systematic policy efforts are required to sustain recovery. This includes the Palestinian Authority’s building a sustainable governance system and creating an enabling environment for private sector-led growth and Israel’s upgrading the services at Karm Abu Salem. Support to job creation programs for men and women is needed to start with 20,000 full-time jobs for 12 months as well as training in digital skills to access the global digital value chain and overcome geographical isolation. Other areas include water reuse for agriculture, renewable energy, the expansion of health facilities and services, and improving the quality of education and bridging learning gaps. Mechanisms to ensure the protection of women, youth, and refugees are especially important.

The World Bank Group, UN and EU are committed to provide critical support to the Palestinian people and ensure swift and reliant recovery, noting that the quick to short-term recovery will depend on financial support, including from donors, as well as Israel’s cooperation to expedite access to materials and equipment intended for civilian purposes.

(Source / 13.07.2021)