Palestinian factions will never accept Gaza siege, body says

Palestinian National and Islamic Forces [Quds press]
Palestinian National and Islamic Forces

The Palestinian National and Islamic Forces said yesterday that they would not accept the continued imposition of the Israeli siege on Gaza, Quds Press reported.

Speaking at a press conference, Islamic Jihad leader Khalid Al-Batch said: “The siege and closure of crossings are no longer acceptable. Therefore, we call on the mediators to end this siege and push for the entry of construction materials into Gaza.”

He stressed: “If the efforts of the mediators fail, the only choice which people can take is resistance against the occupier in order to achieve dignity and freedom.”

Al-Batch stated that the consequences of the Israeli siege and closure impacted every aspect of life, including industry, hospitals, the battle against COVID-19, and others.

Sending a clear message to the occupation, he said: “Whatever you could not take during the Sword of Jerusalem battle, you will never take through blackmail, siege, and the closure of crossings.”

He reiterated: “We will not accept that the people whose homes were destroyed be punished twice; first when their homes were destroyed and second when they were deprived of rebuilding their homes.”

Since Israeli launched its latest offensive on Gaza on 10 May, it stopped the entry of hundreds of basic materials into the Strip, mainly construction materials including cement, gravel, and steel.

Israel has imposed a strict air, sea, and ground siege on Gaza since 2007, when Hamas, which won free elections in 2006, took over control of the enclave.

OPINION: Two months after Israel’s military offensive, Palestinians in Gaza are still living through the trauma

(Source / 19.07.2021)

Israel PM backtracks following remarks on Jewish right to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, on June 27, 2021 [MAYA ALLERUZZO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, on June 27, 2021

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett today backpedaled on earlier statements he made which he said Israel will preserve freedom of worship for Jews at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In a statement, his office said “There is no change in the status quo,” adding that he had intended to say he would ensure Jewish access to visit the Muslim holy site and not to worship there.

Jews are only permitted to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound but not to perform prayers within it.

Al Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam and has long been a site of Israeli aggression against Palestinians.

Yesterday over 1,300 Jewish settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque under the cover of occupation forces and accompanied by members of the Knesset. Bennett thanked security forces “for managing the events on the Temple Mount responsibly and with discretion while preserving freedom of worship for Jews on the Mount,” Haaretz reported. Palestinians worshippers were violently dispersed from the area to make way for the settlers to enter.

READ: Israel officially supports ‘orderly and safe’ storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque

(Source / 19.07.2021)

Facebook is imposing ‘digital apartheid’ on pro-Palestine accounts and content

Remah Mubarak speaks at a protest against Facebook, July 2021

By Eman Abusidu

Social media has played a major role in spreading awareness of the Palestinian cause, providing a voice to those marginalised by the mainstream. Now, though, social media outlets are excluding Palestinian voices from their platforms in order to silence them. Dozens of Palestinian pages and accounts have been removed, banned or restricted, and specific terminology often leads to users being suspended, especially on Facebook.

Controlling social media is a characteristic of dictatorships. What we are witnessing in the pro-Palestine arena is digital apartheid. Israel and its supporters in influential positions are, it seems, doing everything possible to prevent the reality of the colonial state’s brutal occupation and what it means for the Palestinians from reaching the outside world.

Facebook has now removed the page of the Palestinian Shehab News Agency, for example. Shehab is one of the largest Palestinian news pages on social media with more than 7.5 million followers on Facebook alone. “This is a violation of human rights and international laws that guarantee freedom of opinion and expressions,” insisted the director of the agency, Remah Mubarak. “It is a clear targeting of Palestinian content.”

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

As long as the content is positive about Palestine and its people, it seems, Facebook will censor it. “During the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza, our social media team at Shehab was in touch with a specialised team from Facebook. The platform imposed many unreasonable restrictions on us in terms of publishing and editing. Despite our agreement and commitment to these conditions, Facebook deleted our page completely.”


This is the fifth time that Facebook has done this to Shehab since the agency was established in 2009. “There is no justification for this other than it being a response to Israeli pressure,” explained Mubarak.

The social media giant’s move has been rejected and condemned widely by media professionals and pro-Palestine activists. Palestinian journalists have called it “arbitrary and unfair”. According to Shehab editor Mohammed Haniya, Facebook’s action is simply a part of direct Israeli incitement against the agency. “Since I joined Shehab Agency in 2016, I have seen a continuous campaign of pressure against our news page on Facebook. This is the leading Palestinian page and the tenth most popular in the Arab world, according to annual digital ratings.”

PHOTOS: Gaza protests Facebook’s decision to silence Palestinian voicesMohammed Haniya, Presenter and Editor at Shehab Agency [Shehab Agency]

Mohammed Haniya, Presenter and Editor at Shehab Agency

According to a report by the Sada Social Youth Centre, there were 178 violations against Palestinian social media accounts in June alone, across most social media platforms. Facebook alone had 74 documented violations. In 2018, the Israeli Ministry of Justice said that Facebook responded “positively” to around 85 per cent of Israel’s requests to remove, block or provide data about Palestinian content on the site. “The Israeli occupation basically admitted three years ago that it was behind the deletion of Shehab Agency content and restriction of its access,” said Haniya.

Over the past few weeks, we have also witnessed social media censorship of events in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The voices of Sheikh Jarrah residents, as well as Palestinian and international solidarity activists, have been targeted by Facebook, Twitter and Instagram “systematically”. Social media companies have closed personal accounts and censored content about attacks on residents and activists by Israeli forces and illegal settlers in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood.

Instagram just let me know they might delete my account 🙂 because posting videos of state-sanctioned ethnic cleansing is against their community standards I guess 🙂

Mohammed El-Kurd@m7mdkurd
·Als antwoord op @m7mdkurdIG also deleted my videos about the settler and IOF invasions a few nights ago calling it “hate speech” after it amassed over 2k reposts. They literally want us to rot and die but without the world watching.

Nevertheless, despite such efforts by social media to restrict Palestinian content and whitewash Israeli crimes, awareness of the Palestinian cause is growing. A recent opinion poll has shown that there is also a corresponding fall in the support of the American people for Israel since the May offensive against Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

“Whenever they bring us back to ground zero,” Shehab’s Remah Mubarak added, “We come back stronger and more determined than ever to convey the Palestinian message to the world.” This much is evident from the fact that global sympathy for the Palestinians is growing at the expense of the Israeli occupation.

(Source / 19.07.2021)

Israeli Colonists Attack And Injure Several Palestinians, In Hebron

Israeli colonialist settlers attacked and injured, Sunday, a Palestinian man, 62, in front of his home, in addition to assaulting several young men, in Tal Romedia neighborhood in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Medical sources said the colonists assaulted Shaher Abu Aisha, 62, causing several cuts and lacerations, while he was standing in front of his home.

They added that local medics provided the needed treatment to Abu Aisha, before moving him to the Hebron governmental hospital, suffering mild injuries.

Several young men were also injured in the attack, while Israeli soldiers just stood and watched.

Resident Bassam Abu Aisha said the colonists invaded Be’er as-Sabe’ Street in Tal Romedia, and attacked the Palestinians while shouting slurs at them.

The colonists came from the illegal Ramat Yishai outpost, which was installed on Palestinian property, and constantly attack the locals to force them to leave.

(Source / 19.07.2021)

Israeli Colonists Invade Palestinian Neighborhood In Ramallah

A large group of illegal Israeli colonizers accompanied by soldiers, invaded on Sunday evening, the at-Tira neighborhood in the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Eyewitnesses said the colonists and the soldiers invaded the neighborhood from the area in Ein Qinya town, northwest of Ramallah.

They added that the colonists invaded the area in a bus, accompanied by many army jeeps, and headed towards an area to perform prayers after the soldiers closed many roads and prevented the Palestinians from crossing.

The entire area remained off-limits to the Palestinians until the soldiers accompanied the colonists out later.

In related news, a group of colonialist settlers attacked and injured, a Palestinian man, 62, in front of his home, in addition to assaulting several young men, in the Tal Romedia neighborhood in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 19.07.2021)

Archbishop Hanna: “We Reject Israeli Invasions, Provocations, In Al-Aqsa Mosque”

Father Atallah Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, issued a statement strongly condemning the Israeli escalation and ongoing invasions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

Father Hanna stated that Israel continues its attempts to turn the ongoing conflict, its illegal occupation of Palestine, into a religious war, by escalating the violations against the holy sites in occupied Palestine, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“As Christians, we cannot accept any form of violation against the holy sites, and we continue to condemn these attacks and ongoing provocative invasions by fanatic Israeli colonialist settlers, accompanied by the army and the police, in and around al-Aqsa,” he stated, “These violations should not be accepted by anybody, and must not only be condemned, but also stopped.”

“It seems that the occupation authority is seeking to transform the conflict, the ongoing illegal occupation, into a religious war,” Archbishop Hanna added, “The policy of nurturing a culture of racism and fanatism is very serious and should not be accepted by anybody.”

Father Hanna also stated that the cause of Jerusalem is not a religious one, however, religion is used for political purposes, and added that any person around the world who claims to fight for justice, equality, and human rights, should not accept these violations.

“We hope that Arab countries, all international legal and human rights groups, and world countries, would act and stop these violations,” he said, “They cannot just stand idly by while the colonists continue to hold these provocative marches in Al-Aqsa and the Old City of Jerusalem while hurling insults and provoking the Palestinians.”

(Source / 19.07.2021)

Soldiers Invaded Ramallah, Abduct Six Palestinians, And Attack Protesters

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, several areas in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and nearby villages and towns, before invading and searching homes, and abducted six Palestinians, in addition to attacking protesters with rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Several army jeeps invaded the center of Ramallah city, at-Tihta, and the al-Irsal areas, leading to protests, and fired a barrage of gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The soldiers also broke into a print shop in Ramallah, before loading its machines and contents into a truck and drove away.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Beit Liqya town, southwest of Ramallah, before breaking into homes and searching them, and abducted Najeeb Mafarja, a former political prisoner who was just released a few days ago.

The soldiers also invaded Safa village, west of Ramallah, searched homes, and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Ala’ Nasr Karaja.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah, searched many homes before abducted Karam Shawar, Mohammad Tawfiq Rimawi, Tareq Samih Rimawi, and Majdi Monir Rimawi.

During the invasions into homes, the soldiers assaulted several young Palestinian men and interrogated the families.

Local sources said the soldiers also flew a surveillance drone over several parts of the village.

Another invasion targeted Birzeit town, north of Ramallah, leading to protests, and the soldiers also fired gas bombs and concussion grenades.

(Source / 19.07.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians, Injure Two, Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier Monday, Jaba’ town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, abducted two Palestinians and injured two others.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded and searched many homes, before abducting two Palestinians, identified as Amin Khaled Hamamra, 25, and Obeida Adel Hamamra, 24.

They added that the invasion led to protests, and the soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, at the protesters and surrounding homes, wounding two Palestinians and causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot Fateh movement secretary in the town, Razi Ghannam, with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the abdomen, and Sufian Fakhouri who was shot with rubber-coated steel bullets in his legs before Palestinian medics rushed them to a hospital in Jenin.

In related news, the soldiers invaded several areas in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and nearby villages invaded and searched homes, and abducted six Palestinians, in addition to attacking protesters with rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

(Source / 19.07.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians, Assault Two, In Nablus, Hebron, And Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, a Palestinian and assaulted his brothers, near Nablus, in northern West Bank, and one near Hebron, in the southern part, in addition to three teenage boys in the occupied capital, Jerusalem.

Taleb Mahmoud Hamad, the head of Einabus Village Council, south of Nablus, said several army jeeps invaded the village before the soldiers invaded and searched homes, and abducted his son, Ehab, 36.

He added that the soldiers also attacked his two other sons, causing injuries, before forcing Ehab in one of their jeeps, and drove to an unknown destination.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Koam village, southwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and abducted Nidal Yousef al-‘Awawda, after storming his home and ransacking it.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded and searched homes in Silwan town, in Jerusalem, before abducting three teenage boys, identified as Anas Somrain, Hamza Somrain, and Soheib Somrain.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Jaba’ town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, abducted two Palestinians, and injured two others.

In related news, the soldiers invaded several areas in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and nearby villages invaded and searched homes, and abducted six Palestinians, in addition to attacking protesters with rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

On Sunday, the soldiers detained a young man, identified as Sufian Salayma, in Bab al-‘Amoud, in Jerusalem, and took him to a room where they repeatedly attacked him, before releasing him. (Video Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan – Silwanic)

(Source / 19.07.2021)

Israel demolished or seized 59 Palestinian-owned structures in two weeks

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- 59 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized by the Israeli occupation, displacing 81 people and otherwise affecting approximately 1,300 others.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory said in its two-week period report covering between 29 June – 12 July 2021 that these included 30 structures demolished in Humsa – Al Bqai’a (Jordan Valley), a mobile clinic confiscated in Umm Qussa community (Hebron), and an under-construction school demolished in Shu’fat (East Jerusalem).

On 2 July 2021, Israeli settlers, under Israeli police escort, moved into an empty building in the Wadi Hilweh area of Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem. This is the second settlement compound established inside Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem, both in Silwan, since the beginning of the year.

On 8 July, Israeli forces in Turmus’ayya village (Ramallah) demolished, on punitive grounds, a house belonging to the family of a Palestinian, US citizen.

On 14 July, Israeli forces confiscated at least 49 structures in the Palestinian community of Ras al Tin, displacing 84 people, including 53 children.

On 15 July, Israeli forces in Humsa – Al Bqai’a confiscated a recently installed structure used to accommodate a family of eight, including six children, who had lost their previous home in last week’s incident.

OCHA said that since the start of 2021, 556 Palestinians have been displaced due to Israel’s demolitions, as 2021
474 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished.

(Source / 19.07.2021)