IOF kidnaps Palestinian, clashes with others in Beita town


NABLUS, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday evening kidnaped a Palestinian young man from his home in Beita town, south of Nablus, and attacked local youths rallying near Mount Sobeih in the same town.

According to local sources, the IOF stormed Karm Nimr area of the town and kidnaped a young man from his home.

Meanwhile, violent clashes broke out near Mount Sobeih, where the IOF showered young protesters with tear gas canisters and fired rubber bullets at them.

Several young men reportedly suffered injuries during the events.

Recently, local youths from Beita town and other areas of Nablus started to organize protest events, especially at nighttime, as a form of popular resistance against the Israeli occupation and its settlers, who set up an outpost on Mount Sobeih.

During the events, the young men torch tires, uses loudspeakers to play religious slogans, national songs and sirens, and flash laser beams and flashlights at soldiers and settlers.

Organizers say the night rallies are aimed at creating confusion among Israeli soldiers and settlers and forcing them to leave the area.

(Source / 23.07.2021)

IOF injures Palestinian, detains 5 others in West Bank and Jerusalem


RAMALLAH, (PIC) – A citizen was wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets during clashes with Israeli occupation forces (IOF) while five others were arrested in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses reported that IOF stormed on Friday Beita town and confrontations erupted. IOF fired rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs at the young men, wounding a civilian with a metal bullet in his mouth.

Meanwhile, IOF arrested three citizens during their storming of a house in Beita.

Kamal Bani Odeh, the director of the Prisoners Club in Tubas, stated that the IOF soldiers arrested one released prisoner from Tubas, in addition to two ex-prisoners and a citizen from Tammun town.

On Thursday evening, local sources reported that the Israeli police arrested Muhammad Daoud, 29, while he was in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 23.07.2021)

Israeli Army Injures Four Palestinians, Including A Camerman, In Beita

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, a nonviolent procession in Sbeih Mountain, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, wounding four Palestinians, including a cameraman working for the WAFA Palestinian News Agency, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Ambulance and Emergency Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Nablus, said the soldiers shot four Palestinians with live fire and added that one of them suffered a severe injury.

Jibril stated that the soldiers also shot Palestinian photojournalist Ayman Nubani with a sponge-tipped bullet in the thigh.

Beita has been witnessing ongoing protests over the past two months after the illegal Israeli colonialist settlers installed an outpost, they named Gival Avitar, on the top of Sbeih Mountain in early May.

The ongoing protests forced the colonists to leave the outpost on June 2nd, however, the attempts to take over more than 20 Dunams of Palestinian lands never ceased.

During the ongoing protests, the soldiers killed five Palestinians and injured hundreds, including many who suffered serious wounds.

In related news, the soldiers injured seven Palestinians and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation during the weekly nonviolent procession against the Israeli colonialist activities in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus.

(Source / 23.07.2021)

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Beit Dajan

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, seven Palestinians, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation during the weekly nonviolent procession against the Israeli colonialist activities in Beit Dajan village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Salim Abu Jeish, a member of the Land Defense Committee in Beit Dajan, said the Palestinians marched towards their lands where the illegal Israeli colonialist settlers installed an outpost.

Abu Jeish added that the soldiers fired a barrage of rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at the protesters, wounding seven and causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Palestinian medics provided the wounded with the needed treatment and moved one to a hospital due to a moderate injury he suffered after the soldiers shot him with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Beit Dajan witnesses weekly processions due to the repeated attempts of the illegal colonialist settlers to take over their lands to establish outposts.

(Source / 23.07.2021)

13 Palestinian Detainees Continue Hunger Strike

Thirteen Palestinian detainees, held by Israel under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, are ongoing with the open-ended hunger strikes, demanding to be released.

The detainees are Salem Zeidat, Mohammad A’mar, Mahmoud Fasfous, Kayed Fasfous, Rafat Daraweesh, Guevara Nammoura, Maher Dalaysha, Aladdin Khaled Ali, Ahmad Abdul-Rahman Abu Sil, Mohammad Khaled Abu Sil, Husam Taiseer Rib’ey, and Fadi al-‘Amour.

They are held without charges or trial in the Negev detention camp, in addition to Ramon and Ofar prisons.

Salem Zeidat, 40, from Bani Neim town near Hebron, in southern West Bank, started the hunger strike twelve days ago. He was taken prisoner on February 22nd, 2020, and was sentenced to four months for ‘entering Israel without a permit.

After he served his prison sentence, he was slapped with five consecutive administrative detention orders, each between three and four months.

The detainee, a married father of five children between the ages of 18 months and seventeen years, is also a former political prisoner.

In addition, detainee Mohammad Monir A’mar, 26, from the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, started the hunger strike ten days ago. He was taken prisoner in October of 2020 and was slapped with three Administrative Detention orders.

Detainee Mojahed Mahmoud Hamed, from Silwad town near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, was abducted on September 22, 2020, and was slapped with two Administrative Detention orders, each for six months.

He is also a former political prisoner who spent 9 years in Israeli prisons and was abducted again only three months after his release and was slapped with an Administrative Detention order.

Furthermore, detainee Mahmoud al-Fasfous, 30, and his brother, Kayed, 32, from Doura near Hebron, started the hunger strike nine days ago.

They were abducted in July of the year 2020 and were slapped with several Administrative Detention orders.

Another detainee, identified as Rafat Daraweesh, 28, from Doura town, near Hebron, started the hunger strike nine days ago; he is also a former political prisoner, and has been held under the Administrative Detention orders since October 2020; he also has respiratory issues.

Furthermore, detainee Guevara Nammoura, 28, a soccer player with the Palestinian national team, was abducted in October 2020 and was slapped with two Administrative Detention orders.

Furthermore, detainee Maher Dalaysha, from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, started the hunger strike on Tuesday, July 20th, protesting his renewed Administrative Detention order.

He started the strike after he was released when he served a previous Administrative Detention order which ended Tuesday and was moved from prison to the ath-Thaheriyya Israeli military roadblock where he was abducted and slapped with a new order.

(Source / 23.07.2021)

UN probe into Israeli ‘alleged violations’ to be led by former South African judge

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay gives a press conference on December 2, 2013 at the United Nations offices in Geneva. [FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images]
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay gives a press conference on December 2, 2013 at the United Nations offices in Geneva

The President of the UN Human Rights Council, Shameem Khan, has announced the appointment of three members of the Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, to investigate “alleged violations” in international humanitarian and human rights law since April.

The commission has been formed according to the Human Rights Council resolution dated 27 May. The resolution was issued at an emergency special session in response to the violence that saw scores of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces, including Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem.

The three members include former South African judge Navi Pillay, who was the UN High Commissioner for human rights between 2008 and 2014; she will lead the commission. The other members are India’s Miloon Kothari and Australian Chris Sidoti.

The commission will report on its main activities on an annual basis to the Human Rights Council. Its first report is scheduled to be presented at the council’s 50th session in June next year.

As per the resolution, the commission is tasked with probing “all underlying root causes of recurrent tensions, instability and protraction of conflict, including systematic discrimination and repression based on national, ethnic, racial or religious identity.”

Israel rejected the 27 May resolution. Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, described it as “anti-Semitic” and the commission as “outrageous”.

READ: Israel’s colonial expansion does not happen in a political vacuum

(Source / 23.07.2021)

Ben & Jerry’s committing ‘new form of terrorism’, against Israel says President

Ben & Jerry’s Israel move receives chilly reception from government

Ben & Jerry’s decision to end sales of its ice cream in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has been welcomed by many, with supporters of the Palestinian cause announcing on social media their decision to increase consumption of the household brand’s product. Israeli officials, however, have blasted the move denouncing it as no less than a “new form of terrorism,” highlighting further what is being mocked as a hysterical reaction by leaders of the occupation state.

Newly sworn in Israeli President, Isaac Herzog, who is supposed to represent Israel’s so called moderate camp, having served as chairman of the Labor Party, joined the chorus of outrage. “The boycott of Israel is a new sort of terrorism, economic terrorism,” Herzog is reported saying by Haaretz at a ceremony commemorating prime ministers and presidents of Israel who have passed away. “Terrorism tries to harm the citizens of Israel and the economy of Israel. We must oppose this boycott and terrorism in any form.”

Herzog added that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel “does not seek peace, and wishes to undermine the very existence of the State of Israel. It takes aim at the Israeli economy.”

Founded in 2005 following the 2004 International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling on the Separation Wall, which was declared illegal by the world body, the Palestinian led BDS movement undertook the campaign to end Israel’s occupation and its apartheid regime. Since its founding, BDS has gone from strength to strength especially as Israel’s status as a state practicing apartheid has become impossible to dispute following the publication of several high-profile reports.

READ: Don’t look away from Palestine

In April, the pre-eminent human rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) joined a host of other prominent groups to declare that Israel is committing the crimes of apartheid and persecution.

Prior to HRW’s report, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem branded Israel an “apartheid” state that “promotes and perpetuates Jewish supremacy between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.” Echoing the UN’s 2017 report which concluded that Israel was practising apartheid, B’Tselem dismissed the popular misconception that it is a democracy within the Green (1949 Armistice) Line.

In an article last month, two former Israeli ambassadors to South Africa also denounced Israel as an apartheid state by drawing parallels with the system of racial segregation in South Africa which ended in 1994.

The message has also been embraced by American Jews, a quarter of whom believe Israel is an apartheid state, according to a recent report.

Herzog’s declaration of a peaceful protest against Israel’s occupation as a form of terrorism highlighted what’s seen as growing hysteria in the occupation state over BDS. On Monday, a furious Israeli foreign Minister Yair Lapid weighed in on the decision, taking to Twitter to accuse the popular ice cream outlet of “surrendering to anti-semitism”, and said he would be asking 30 US states — which have passed anti-BDS legislation — to act against Ben & Jerry’s. Some of his Twitter followers pointed out how Israel telling the US what to do was not a good look for the occupation state.

(Source / 23.07.2021)

Israel: interior ministry refuses to process family unification requests

Israel’s Interior Minister and former Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked attends the launch of the political party "Yemina" on 12 August 2019 in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan. [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
Israel’s Interior Minister and former Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked attends the launch of the political party “Yemina” on 12 August 2019 in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan

The Israeli Ministry of the Interior is refusing to process family unification applications submitted by Palestinian men married to Israeli citizens, although the occupation authorities are required by law to consider these requests after the expiration of the extended Citizenship and Entry to Israel Law.

According to Haaretz, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked directed the Population and Immigration Authority not to process applications pending the formulation of a policy to handle this file. This follows the failure of the coalition government to extend the temporary law regulating the ban on family unification requests.

The temporary order, which denies Palestinians married to Israeli women the right to obtain civil status, was enacted as a provisional amendment to the citizenship law during the second Intifada in 2003, since when it has been extended every year. However, the term of the law expired about two weeks ago, after the government failed to obtain a majority in the Knesset to extend it.

READ: The law has failed but the war on Palestinian love continues

The amendment of the Family Reunification Law restricted the right of concerned families to be unified, only allowing them at most to obtain a temporary residence permit in Israel in accordance with their work authorisations. In any case, Palestinians cannot apply for family unification before the age of 35, with Israel arguing that there are “security” considerations given the allegations that many Palestinians took part in “terrorist activities” after obtaining a family unification permit.

According to Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, “The law is one of the tools designed to ensure a Jewish majority in the State of Israel, which should not be hidden in its essence.”

As long as the temporary order is in effect, any request submitted to the Israeli interior ministry will be automatically rejected, unless the minister decides otherwise. Once the unification laissez-passer expires, the situation must be reversed, as each request must be examined separately by the domestic security agency. In the event that the request does not generate any security concerns, it is approved automatically unless the interior minister decides otherwise.

Many Palestinian families have asked the Population and Immigration Authority to upgrade their authorisations to full citizenship for those under 35. However, they have not received any responses. The families have threatened to take the authority to court.

(Source / 23.07.2021)

Supreme Court urges Israel gov’t to clarify position on evacuation of Khan Al-Ahmar

Palestinian Bedouin school children walk in the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli occupied West Bank on 16 September, 2018 [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]
Palestinian Bedouin school children walk in the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli occupied West Bank on 16 September, 2018 

The Supreme Court of Israel has given Naftali Bennett’s government a deadline until next September to clarify its position on the evacuation order issued to the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan Al-Ahmar in occupied East Jerusalem.

The text of the court’s decision issued yesterday stated that the court has granted the government until 5 September to render its position regarding carrying out the order to evacuate Khan Al-Ahmar community, adding that this would not be extended again.

On 5 September 2018, the Supreme Court issued a final decision to demolish and evict the inhabitants of Khan Al-Ahmar, after rejecting the residents’ petition against their eviction, forced displacement and the demolition of the community, which is mostly made up of tents and houses made of corrugated iron.

The previous Israeli government postponed the demolition, pending a solution with the residents, while the Palestinians and the international community warned against implementing the eviction order.

Israel considers the land where the Bedouin community is located “state land”, and says that it was “built without permission,” which the residents deny.

READ: Israel’s demolition of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar is a mini-Nakba

About 190 Palestinians from the Jahalin Bedouin community, descendants of those displaced from the Negev in 1948, live in the community that has been in place since the early 1950s.

Khan Al-Ahmar community is surrounded by a number of Jewish settlements; it is located within the area targeted by occupation authorities to establish the E1 settlement project.

The E1 project includes the construction of thousands of settlement units on large areas of the Palestinian territory for the purpose of linking the Ma’ale Adumim settlement to occupied Jerusalem.

Palestinians warn that carrying out the demolition will pave the way for establishing settlement projects to isolate East Jerusalem from its surroundings and dividing the West Bank.

(Source / 23.07.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians From Qalqilia And Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, three Palestinians from Qalqilia and Jenin, in the northern parts of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Mohammad Bilal Daoud, 29, from Qalqilia city, after the army stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem.

The soldiers also invaded Rommana village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and abducted two teenage boys, identified as Mo’in Mohammad al-Amour and Raja As’ad Abu Fayyad, after storming and ransacking their homes.

The invasion led to protests before the soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

(Source / 23.07.2021)