One killed, ten injured in Gaza blast

Gaza blast

GAZA, (PIC) – A Palestinian citizen was killed and ten others wounded in an explosion that rocked the Zawiya market in eastern Gaza City on Thursday morning.

Photos taken of the scene of the incident displayed vast destruction, as a result of the explosion, in buildings and shops.

Iyad al-Buzum, the interior ministry spokesman in Gaza, said that the police forces, civil defense brigades, and ambulance crews were dealing with the incident, evacuating the wounded and investigating the cause of the blast.

The civil defense said that the blast occurred in the basement of a three-story building in the market where gas cylinders are filled.

(Source / 22.07.2021)

Palestinian, his child injured by Israeli settlers in West Bank

Jewish men stand on a corner with Israeli police in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah during Israel's 'Jerusalem Day' on May 10, 2021 in Jerusalem, Israel. The Israeli national holiday, which celebrates the unification of Jerusalem under Israel's control following the 1967 Six-Day War, comes amid protests over the potential eviction of Palestinian families from Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The Israeli Supreme Court was expected to rule today on whether to uphold a lower court's decision in a longstanding legal dispute between the resident families and Jewish settlers who claim ownership of the land, but the court delayed its decision for up to 30 days due to a request from the attorney general. (Photo by Laurent Van Der Stockt/Getty Images)
Jewish men stand on a corner with Israeli police in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah during Israel’s ‘Jerusalem Day’ on May 10, 2021 in Jerusalem, Israel

A Palestinian man and his child were injured on Wednesday when their vehicle was pelted with stones by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, according to a local official, Anadolu Agency reported.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Anadolu Agency that settlers from the Shilo settlement, located on the road between the cities of Nablus and Ramallah, threw stones at a Palestinian vehicle, injuring its occupant.

He pointed out that his child was also injured and was taken to hospital for the treatment.

Settlers usually attack Palestinians and their property in the West Bank. Israeli and Palestinian estimates indicate that there are about 650,000 settlers in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, residing in 164 settlements and 116 outposts.

READ: ‘Neutrality’ and humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees

(Source / 22.07.2021)

1 dead, 10 injured in Gaza City market explosion

Civil right defense members conduct debris work at the scene after an explosion in a building at Al-Zawiya market in Gaza City, Gaza on July 22, 2021. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]
Civil right defense members conduct debris work at the scene after an explosion in a building at Al-Zawiya market in Gaza City, Gaza on July 22, 2021

An explosion at the Al-Zawiya market in Gaza City this morning killed one person and injured ten others, Palestinian media has reported. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.

The Palestinian killed in the blast has been identified by the city’s residents as Atta Saqallah. The injured were transported to Shifa Hospital in the city by the civil defense and ambulance teams, according to the Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip.

Several buildings were damaged in the blast.

READ: Gaza marks Eid two months after last Israeli aggression

Videos from the scene posted on social media indicated plumes of rising black smoke and significant damage done to nearby structures.

Initial accounts suggest gas pipes nearby residential buildings caught fire before the gas canister exploded. Police explosives experts are investigating the exact cause of the blast.

The explosion comes just two months after Israel’s 11-day bombardment of the coastal enclave, which caused widespread destruction to much of Gaza’s infrastructure, incurring $479 million worth of damages.

(Source / 22.07.2021)

Israel tortured Palestinian detainee to death, rights group says

Abdo Al-Khatib [YZaatreh/Twitter]
Abdo Al-Khatib

Palestinian institutions today accused the Israeli authorities of torturing a Palestinian detainee to death, Anadolu Agency reports.

Forty-three-year-old Abdo Al-Khatib was killed yesterday after being tortured during interrogation at the Al-Maskobiya interrogation centre in occupied Jerusalem.

Amani Farahneh, media official at the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, said that testimonies collected from Al-Khatib’s family and fellow inmates indicate that he was subjected to electric shocks and beatings, which caused him to have a heart attack, resulting in his death.

An autopsy has been requested in order to determine the causes of Al-Khatib’s death.

Al-Khatib, a resident of Shuafat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem, was arrested for a traffic violation. He is a married father of four and his wife is expecting their fifth child.

Last month, a video showing Israeli prison guards brutally assaulting Palestinian inmates highlighted the brutality of the occupation’s abuse of Palestinian prisoners.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, about 95 per cent of Palestinian prisoners in Israel experience ill-treatment or torture during their detention and interrogation.

Since Israel began its military occupation in 1967, it has imprisoned almost 800,000 Palestinians. Around 4,500 are being held at present, more than 350 of whom are held under administrative detention with no charge nor trial.

READ: The occupation’s crimes against prisoners in Israeli prisons

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(Source / 22.07.2021)

Israel PM freezes settlement construction at the behest of US

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on June 20, 2021 [EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on June 20, 2021

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has refused to allow the Supreme Planning Council to meet, essentially freezing settlement construction following pressure from the US.

According to Israel Hayom said Bennett’s decision means a “complete freeze on future construction” of settlements in the West Bank as long as the Supreme Council is prevented from meeting.

It added that the move was a “demand” by US President Joe Biden’s administration.

The Supreme Planning Council is responsible for approving construction plans for settlements’ expansion and infrastructure. It normally convenes every three months, and held its last meeting in January.

Bennett denies putting a de facto freeze on settlement construction, highlighting that the body had not met for months under the previous government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu.

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

(Source / 22.07.2021)

Palestinian Dies In Al-Maskobiyya Israeli Interrogation Facility

A young Palestinian man died, on Wednesday evening, while being held at the al-Maskobiyya detention center and interrogation facility, in Jerusalem. His family said he was tortured while under interrogation.

Hasan Abed-Rabbo, the media advisor of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, stated that Abdo Yousef Khatib Tamimi, 43, from Shu’fat refugee camp, died while being held at the interrogation center, and added that the young man was taken prisoner, Sunday, due to a traffic citation and because he was driving his car without a driver’s license,

Abed-Rabbo held Israel fully responsible for his death, especially since the interrogation facility did not reveal sufficient information regarding his death, except for claiming that he suffered a heart attack.

The Palestinian was a married father of four children, and his wife is also pregnant.

His cousin said that Abdo was beaten up by the soldiers and added that the army abducted seven of his relatives for protesting his death.

He stated that the family received information from Palestinians who were detained in the same facility, informing them that Abdo was tortured and beaten up by the soldiers during interrogation.

The Tamimi family demanded an autopsy that would be attended by a Palestinian doctor and added that the young man was healthy and that he was tortured, including being subjected to electric shocks.

(Source / 22.07.2021)

Soldiers Invade al-Khader

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday evening, the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

Local sources said several armored army jeeps invaded the Bakoush area, in the western part of the town, near the Jerusalem-Hebron Road.

They added that many Palestinians protested the invasion, and hurled stones at the army jeeps, while the soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

The soldiers also closed several roads, before stopping and searching cars, and interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 22.07.2021)

Facebook restricted Palestinian reporter account for sharing prisoner message

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Facebook has reinstated the permissions of a Palestinian reporter’s account after it was suspended for posting a message from Palestinian political prisoner in Israeli Jails Khalida Jarrar about her dead daughter.

Omar Nazzal was notified last week that his Facebook account will be suspended for two months, shortly after he had posted the letter.

Facebook notification to Nazzal

The restrictions, however, were lifted on Tuesday.

Nazzal is a journalist and has been held by ‘Israel’ in administrative detention in the past.

“You can’t go live or advertise for 60 days. This is because you previously posted something that didn’t follow our Community Standards,” stated the notification in English from Facebook to Nazzal.

Israeli occupation authorities refused to release Jarrar to attend the funeral of her daughter, Suha, whose death was announced this month.

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.

“Suha came into the world while her father was in jail, and she is leaving the world while her mother is in jail,” Jarrar’s letter begins. Suha’s father, Ghassan Jarrar, was held in administrative detention, without trial or charges, at the time of Suha’s birth.

The letter continues: “This is an intense human summary of the life of a Palestinian who loves life and hope and freedom and hates slavery and colonialism. The occupation takes from us everything, even the air we breathe, and bans everything, as it banned me from saying goodbye to my little bird Suha.”

It was Nazzal who found Suha’s body in her Ramallah home, after her father, who had spent a day in Jenin, and her sister, Yafa, who lives in Canada, were unable to reach her.

(Source / 22.07.2021)

Palestinian mothers held in Israeli jails denied of celebrating Eid with their children

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- As Muslims around the world celebrating Eid, about 12 Palestinian mothers held in Israeli jails for their resistance of the Israeli occupation are denied the right to celebrate this occasion with their children.

12 mothers out of 41 female prisoners in Israeli Jails are not only suffering the hardships of the prisons but are also suffering from their inability to be with their children on this occasion and all year around.

The mother prisoners include:

•Isra Jaabis, from Jerusalem, serving 11 years and a mother of one child.

•Khaleda Jarrar, from Ramallah, sentenced to two years, a mother of two daughters, one of her daughters died in July and ‘Israel’ refused to release Jarrar to attend her daughter’s funeral.

•Fadwa Hamadeh, Jerusalem, 10 years and a mother of five children.

•Amani Hashim, Jerusalem, 10 years and a mother of two children.

•Hilweh Hamamreh, Bethlehem, six years and a mother of one baby girl.

•Nisreen Hassan, Gaza, six years, mother of seven children.

•Inas Asafreh, Hebron, 30 months, two children.

•Aya Khatib, from 1948 territories, in detention, mother of two.

•Iman Awar, Jerusalem, 22 months, six children.

•Khitam Saafin, Ramallah, administrative detention, mother of three.

•Shurouq Badan, Bethlehem, administrative detainee, mother of a child.

•Anhar al-Hajjeh, Ramallah, detained on March 8, a mother of one child and is in her Seventh month of pregnancy.

The children of the imprisoned women miss their mothers on this occasion and even the mothers are living difficult psychological conditions as a result of extreme anxiety and stress, and constantly thinking of the conditions of their children and how they live without their mothers.

Israeli occupation authorities are holding 4,850 Palestinians in its jails, including 540 administrative detainees held without charge or trial, 225 children, and 41 women.

(Source / 22.07.2021)

Palestinian parents denied visiting their son held in Israeli jails

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities have refused to allow parents of a Palestinian prisoner to visit their son held in Israeli jails, despite of his deteriorating health situation.

The Israeli prisons administration have refused a request by the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and ex-Detainees’ Affairs to allow Iyad Haribat’s parents to visit their son who is held in Israeli jails.

39-year-old Haribat was arrested in 2002 and he is serving a life sentence in Israeli prisons and his health has been deteriorating.

Haribat was transferred between Israeli prisons and subjected to solitary confinement for six months.

Haribat has spent 19 years in Israeli prisons so far for unknown reasons and he was subjected to two assassination attempts.

The first was in 2014, after he was injured by the Israeli occupation forces while suppressing the prisoners in Ramon prison, and he was transferred to the prison clinic.

In the clinic, he was given an injection in the head causing him to lose his memory and the ability to move his limbs.

The second time was in 2017, after he was transferred to Soroka hospital.

The Israeli occupation forces sprayed him that time with a toxic gas that led him to have burns all over his body, and he lost 40 kilograms of his weight and became fully paralyzed.

Iyad had stayed in a psychiatric hospital for four months, and Israel’s treatment for him worsened his condition, his family has said.

Iyad Haribat is known to be fluent in three languages and holds two university degrees in political science and agricultural engineering and he helped his fellow inmates to learn writing and reading.

For the past few days of July, 2021, Iyad’s health has been deteriorating to the lowest level as he was given strange injections that led to paralysis and amnesia.

One month ago, he had urinary retention. He did not receive proper health treatment in Israeli jails, and now, he has gangrene and the negligence of his health led him to go into a coma.

He still undergoes daily surgeries to control the bacterial spread in his body, but he now has blood poisoning and bacterial lung infection.

In a meeting with Haribat’s mother, she said that she went to visit her son accompanied by his brother.

Haribat’s mother said that Iyad thought his brother was a member of the Israeli intelligence who came to interrogate him, adding that Iyad asked her to swear to him that she is his mother.

“I want my son to come home alive, not dead,” Haribat’s mother said.

Haribat’s mother also said that on one of her visits to her son, she did not recognize Iyad, she screamed from the severity of his appearance.

She said that his fellow inmates advised her not to cry in front of her son, Iyad, because he suffers from convulsive seizures and difficult health conditions.

Iyad’s family are not allowed to visit their son who is chained in the ICU.

Therefore, Iyad’s family have called on to save and immediately release their son from Israeli prisons.

(Source / 22.07.2021)