EU: Israel displaced 595 Palestinians since beginning of 2021

Palestinians collect their usable wares from ruins after Israeli forces demolished their house in the West Bank on 17 June 2021 [Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians collect their usable wares from ruins after Israeli forces demolished their house in the West Bank on 17 June 2021

The European Union (EU) announced on Tuesday that Israel had displaced 595 Palestinians, including 320 children, since the beginning of 2021, representing an increase of 50 per cent compared to last year.

The EU Mission in Jerusalem issued the remarks on its official Twitter account, explaining that in the last demolition on 7 July in Humsa, in the northern Jordan Valley, as many as 42 people, including 24 children, had been displaced and remain in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

According to the statement, in the past two days, three Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, including Silwan, had been forced to demolish their homes.

The EU called on Israel to halt all demolitions in the occupied Palestinian territories, adding that such activities are cruel and illegal under international law and must cease.

A report issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on 8 July revealed that Israel had demolished at least 421 Palestinian-owned structures since the beginning of the year.

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According to the report, as many as 130 destroyed structures had been funded by donors.

Israel justifies the demolitions on account of lacking building permits. However, according to the Palestinians, international organisations and the United Nations, Israel rarely approves requests for building permits in East Jerusalem and Area C, constituting 60 per cent of the West Bank.

Israel continues to demolish Palestinian homes - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
Israel continues to demolish Palestinian homes – Cartoon

(Source / 14.07.2021)

Facebook removes Gaza-based Shehab News Agency from platform

Facebook logo [Mustafa Çiftçi - Anadolu Agency]
Facebook logo

Facebook yesterday removed the page of the Palestinian Shehab News Agency from its platform.

News Director at Shehab, Hossam Al-Zayegh, described Facebook’s action as a new violation of freedom of opinion and expression guaranteed by international law.

“Deleting our page is a reprehensible and condemned action which aims to fight Palestinian content under the pretext of violating standards and inciting violence,” he added.

“Facebook overlooks incitement and violation of society’s standards by Israelis or Israeli political news sites or associations while preventing the publication of the Palestinian response to these provocations and incitement,” Al-Zayegh said, explaining that the agency had more than 7.5 million followers on Facebook.

READ: Facebook deletes dozens of misleading pages and groups in 3 Arab countries

The Palestinian Journalist Bloc condemned thew social media platform’s action, described it as “arbitrary and unjust”.

In 2020, the Echo Social Center documented 1,200 violations of Palestinian digital content on social media platforms.

Legal rights centre Adalah revealed in 2018 that social media giants are collaborating with Israeli authorities to censor user content.

In 2018, the Israeli Ministry of Justice said that Facebook has responded in to about 85 percent of Israel’s requests to remove, block and provide data on Palestinian content on the site throughout 2017.

Is Facebook censoring Palestine? - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
Is Facebook censoring Palestine? – Cartoon 

(Source / 14.07.2021)

Ex-Israel soldiers demand end to settler violence against Palestinians

Israeli settlers in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah react as Palestinian and Israeli activists chant slogans in front of their house during a demonstration against the expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem on 16 April 2021. [EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli settlers in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem on 16 April 2021

As many as 100 Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied West Bank demanded Defence Minister Benny Gantz and Internal Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev put an end to Jewish settler violence against the Palestinians, Anadolu reported.

“We, the undersigned, male and female soldiers who had served in the West Bank, call on you to act firmly against settler violence,” the soldiers. The violence perpetrated by the settlers against Palestinians has increased with the implicit support of the Israeli state for years, the letter said. “We are the ones serving there and we have personally seen how that violence happened on the field,” they added.

The phenomenon of settler violence manifested and intensified last year, they said, and has manifested in “damage to private property, stone throwing, physical violence against Palestinians and attacks on activists and [Israeli] security forces,” the former soldiers said, adding: “We were sent to defend them [Jewish settlers], but we had no means to withstand them.”

The soldiers told reporters later that data from the Israeli Ministry of Defence shows that 370 incidents of violence perpetrated by Jewish settlers in the West Bank were reported in 2020, 42 of them against Israeli police and soldiers.

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Palestinians say that the Israeli authorities overlook the settlers’ attacks, as part of official efforts to intensify settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli human rights movement Peace Now says that there are about 650,000 settlers in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, living in 164 illegal settlements and 116 illegal outposts.

42% increase in the number of illegal Jewish settlers living in the occupied West Bank since 2010, excluding those in occupied East Jerusalem
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Israeli Army Confiscates Palestinian Lands In Northern Plains

Israeli soldiers confiscated, Tuesday, large areas of Palestinian lands in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank.

Ayed Marar, the general director of the legal affairs at the “Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission,” stated that it remains unknown the exact size of the confiscated lands and added that Israel is annexing them from their Palestinian owners to turn them into “Natural Reserve” area.

He added that Israel frequently uses the “natural reserve” allegations when it illegally annexes Palestinian lands in the Jordan Valley of the occupied West Bank, and other areas, and said that those areas become off-limits to the Palestinians.

It is worth mentioning that in October of last year, 2020, the army confiscated more than 11.000 Dunams of Palestinian lands in the area under the same allegations.

(Source / 14.07.2021)

Israeli Forces Uproot Olive Trees, Destroy Water Well, near Nablus

Armored D9 bulldozer (archive image)

Israeli forces demolished, on Tuesday, stone fences, a water well, and uprooted trees belonging to local Palestinians in Qusra village, south of Nablus, in northern West Bank, according to a local official.

Ghassan Daghlas, who documents Israel’s colonial activities, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that several military bulldozers destroyed stone fences, a water well, and uprooted olive trees and grape vines.

In related news, Israeli soldiers confiscated, Tuesday, large areas of Palestinian lands in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank.

Furhtermore, the army demolished, Monday, five structures in Hares village, west of the central West Bank city of Salfit.

Israeli soldiers injured, on Saturday evening, 51 Palestinians during protests in Beita and Qusra towns, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The soldiers fired live and rubber-coated steel rounds, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at dozens of Palestinians who marched against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation, and confiscation of their lands for the benefit of the illegal colonies.

(Source / 14.07.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Sixteen Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, sixteen Palestinians, including two siblings, and former political prisoners, from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

Mousa Hamayel, the Mayor of Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, said dozens of soldiers invaded the town before storming and ransacking many homes, causing damage.

He added that the soldiers abducted eleven Palestinians, identified as Hamdi Maali, Yousef Shorafa, Adham Shorafa, Rashed Qawareeq, Ramez Qawareeq, Qassam Odeili, Emad Daoud, Bayan Daoud, Omar Daoud, Na’im Taleb, and Yousef Hamayel.

It is worth mentioning that Ramez Qawareeq and Omar Daoud were shot and injured by Israeli army fire during previous invasions into the community.

In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded and searched homes, before abducting three young men, including a former political prisoner.

The Tulkarem office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society said the soldiers abducted Ahmad Amjad Odah, 22, his brother Ra’ed, 21, from the southern neighborhood of Tulkarem city, in addition to a former political prisoner, identified as Khaled Adnan Atiya az-Zibda, 28, from his home in Shweika suburb, north of the city.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem in the West Bank, searched a few homes, and abducted Abed Adel Awadallah al-‘Amour, 27.

In addition, the soldiers injured a young Palestinian man and abducted another, identified as Bader Awad al-Ayedi, 34 in the al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas in northeastern West Bank.

(Source / 14.07.2021)

Addameer: “Israeli Prison Service Denies Humanitarian Release Appeal For Political Khalida Jarrar To Attend Her Youngest Daughter’s Funderal”

By: Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
13-07-2021: On 12 July 2021, following several communications submitted to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) for the temporary humanitarian release of Palestinian political prisoner Khalida Jarrar to attend her recently deceased daughter’s funeral, the Israeli Prison Service denied Khalida’s release on political grounds, citing the alleged “security threat” she poses due to her “[negative] leadership role” inside and out of prison.

The denial of Khalida Jarrar’s release to mourn the sudden death of her daughter and participate in burial rights stands in stark violation of protected recognition of human dignity and family rights under international law.

Khalida Jarrar’s daughter, Suha Jarrar, was unexpectedly found dead in her apartment in Ramallah on 11 July 2021. Suha, a 30-year-old human rights defender, served as a Research and Advocacy officer for Al-Haq, working with United Nations treaty bodies and the Human Rights Council, specializing in gender, environment, and climate change.

In response to Suha’s sudden and tragic death, regional human rights organizations began mobilizing international instruments and advocacy, calling for Khalida’s immediate and unconditional release, on humanitarian grounds, to attend her daughter’s funeral, scheduled for 13 June 2021, and mourn in human dignity.

Addameer’s lawyers, representing Khalida, sent forth legal communications with the relevant local occupation authorities appealing for her temporary release. Nevertheless, the Israeli Prison Service responded to the communication, firmly denying the request and any possibility of further entreaty with an index of justifications that allegedly mark Khalida as a “security threat” ineligible for humanitarian considerations.

On 31 October 2019, Khalida Jarrar was detained once again by IOF and held in detention for months before her sentence on 1 March 2021 to 24 months in prison and a fine of 4,000 NIS. During the hearing session, the military prosecutor amended Khalida’s indictment, limiting it solely to her political role and work with the Palestinian Authority, thus establishing no charges against her in affiliation with any military, financial nor organizational activities.

[1]Despite the sentence relating to her political activities, the IPS characterized Khalida Jarrar as a “security inmate,” thus falling under a category prohibited from temporary humanitarian release under the Israeli Prison Ordinance No. 03.02.00. In establishing her as a “security inmate”—constituting a “security threat” to the region, the IPS explicitly notes Khalida’s leadership role as a Palestinian Legislative Council member and former director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

Her classification as a “security inmate” automatically sets her under more stringent rules and allows for greater violations and restrictions on her basic rights. Moreover, the IPS notes Khalida Jarrar’s “negative influence” inside and outside of prison, coupled with her previous arrests and administrative detention, further confirming the “security threat” she poses if temporarily released. In a base “humanitarian” gesture, the IPS allowed for one short phone call between Khalida Jarrar and her bereaved family.

In listing the purported grounds for the denial of the request for Khalida Jarrar’s humanitarian release to bury her daughter, the Israeli occupation regime explicitly relies on criminalizing Khalida’s political work and human rights activism as a means of establishing her “security threat,” thus depriving her of any inherent human dignity and humanitarian considerations.

Furthermore, Israeli occupation authorities cement their determinations by citing her previous arrests and administrative detention, her systematic harassment and targeting by the Israeli occupation regime, never minding the lack of evidentiary grounds for her administrative detention or her most recent sentencing solely addressing her political activities.

Throughout Khalida’s work as a Palestinian civil society leader, former General Director of Addameer, Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member, and role in the formulation of Palestine’s application to the ICC, she has been systematically harassed and targeted by the Israeli occupation regime.

These efforts come as part of an ongoing Israeli effort to suppress Palestinians’ exercise of political sovereignty and self-determination. Khalida has been detained by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) three times between 2015 and 2019 for an accumulated period of 59 months. Furthermore, Khalida was issued a travel ban in 1998, which was only lifted once in 2010 to receive medical treatment.

The denial of the humanitarian request by the Israeli occupation regime violates the essence of human dignity and family rights protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the Fourth Geneva Conventions mandated upon Israel as the Occupying Power.

The act confirms the retaliatory and punitive nature of the occupation regime, which denies the most basic humanity to Palestinians and where political activities, affiliation, and leadership are prohibitively taken against their rights and dignity.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association mourns the sudden death of Suha Jarrar and the tragic reality of Israeli military occupation that denies a mother the chance to mourn her daughter and participate in her burial.

Notwithstanding, Addameer will continue to call for the immediate release of Khalid Jarrar and is committed to advocating for the actualization of the dignity and rights of Palestinian prisoners.

[1]Addameer, “Continued Targeting of PLC Member Khalida Jarrar,” 1 March 2021, available at: https://www.addameer.org/news/press-release/en/khalidajarra

(Source / 14.07.2021)

WAFA: “Israeli forces dismantle 11 residential structures near Ramallah”

RAMALLAH, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday morning dismantled 11 residential structures in the Bedouin community of al-Qabbun, northeast of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, according to media sources.

Fares Ka‘abneh, a media activist, told WAFA that a sizable Israeli military unit escorted lift lorries to the community, located near the village of al-Mughayyer, demolished 11 residential structures, and seized their contents.

The soldiers also seized tractors, water tankers, and solar power units.

The Israeli occupation authorities have been targeting the Bedouin communities, north, and east of Ramallah, for decades in order to displace them and make room for colonial settlement construction that separates the Jordan Valley from the West Bank.

(Source / 14.07.2021)

Soldiers Injure One Palestinian, Abduct Another, In Tubas

Israeli soldiers injured, earlier Wednesday, a young Palestinian man and abducted another in the al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas in northeastern West Bank.

Local sources said several army jeeps invaded the refugee camp, before storming and ransacking the homes of Mohammad Awad al-Ayedi and Yousef Khalil Bariyya, causing damage.

The soldiers also interrogated many Palestinians in their homes, before abducting Bader Awad al-Ayedi, 34.

They added that the invasion led to protests before the soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs, wounding a young man with a live round and causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

(Source / 14.07.2021)

Army Demolishes A Barn Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, a barn and handed demolition orders targeting two, in Nabi Samuel village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Resident Ibrahim Obeid said dozens of soldiers and police officers invaded the village, before surrounding and isolating the area around the barn, and demolished it.

He added that the barn was thirty-six meters and was used by a local shepherd for his sheep, his only source of livelihood.

The soldiers also handed demolition orders targeting two barns owned by Mohammad Ayyad and Za’al Abu Dahouk.

(Source / 14.07.2021)