IOA displaces Jerusalemite family in Jabel Mukabe

demolition policy

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Sunday morning displaced a Palestinian family after forcing it to demolish its own house in Jabel Mukaber, southeast of Jerusalem, at the pretext of unlicensed construction.

A few days ago, an Israeli municipal crew handed the homeowner, Khalil Shekirat, a demolition notice before a police officer phoned him today and asked him to carry out the measure with his own hands or else the municipality would raze the house and make him pay a lot of money.

Shekirat started in the morning to empty the house as a prelude to demolishing it.

Meanwhile, another house is also threatened with demolition in the same neighborhood after its owner recently received a notice in this regard from the Israeli municipality

According to the family of Matar, a municipal crew came to their house (built in 2011) on the second day of the Eid al-Adha holiday and ordered them to demolish it within 21 days.

The family was able to have the demolition order frozen over the past years and paid fines of 30,000 shekels, but the Israeli municipality decided a few days ago to issue a final demolition order against the house.  

The majority of Jerusalemite citizens had to comply with such Israeli orders to avoid paying exorbitant money to the IOA.

The Jerusalemites have no choice but to build without licenses because there are no structural maps that respond to the natural increase in their numbers, and for that reason, they are denied house permits.

The IOA also imposes building restrictions on the Palestinian natives in Jerusalem and makes it hard for them to obtain construction licenses.

Israel’s systematic demolition of Palestinian homes in Occupied Jerusalem is believed to be aimed at psychologically destroying the Jerusalemite families in an attempt to force them to move from the holy city.

(Source / 25.07.2021)

IOA bars entry of fuel shipments for Gaza power plant

fuel tankers

GAZA, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Sunday decided to tighten its blockade on the Gaza Strip and said that paid shipments of fuel would not be allowed in through the Karam Abu Salem border crossing.

The ministry of national economy in Gaza said that the IOA barred entry of 25 tanker trucks carrying fuel supplies for the sole power station in Gaza.

The IOA did not provide a reason for its decision, which is likely to prompt the power plant to shut down some of its turbines and decrease the current hours of electricity distribution.

(Source / 25.07.2021)

Jewish settlers rebuild outpost in southern al-Khalil

Settlers fence Ein al-Hilweh spring in the northern Jordan Valley

Jews seize land

WEST BANK, (PIC) – A horde of Jewish settlers on Sunday rebuilt an outpost for themselves in Birin area of Yatta City, south of al-Khalil.

Local official Rateb al-Jabour said that settlers embarked in the morning on rebuilding the outpost, which local residents already demolished in Birin area near the illegal settlement of Pnei Hever.

Jabour added that local residents stood in the face of concrete mixer trucks as they were heading for the outpost before Israeli forces stormed the area and declared it a closed military zone.

He warned that the settlers plan to connect the outpost site with illegal settlements in the east of Yatta.

Meanwhile, another group of settlers in the morning started to fence the Ein al-Hilweh spring in the northern Jordan Valley, which they seized several months ago.

Local sources said that the settlers prevented local shepherds from reaching the area of the spring to water their cattle.

Recently, the same settlers hurled rocks at the shepherds and their cows to prevent them from approaching the spring.

They also planted many trees around Ein al-Hilweh and built a nearby room as well as a makeshift road connecting their settlement with the spring.

(Source / 25.07.2021)

PA apologises for murder of activist Nizar Banat

A girl stands behind posters depicting late Palestinian human rights activist Nizar Banat during a demonstration in remembrance of him in Gaza City on June 29, 2021 [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images]
A girl stands behind posters depicting late Palestinian human rights activist Nizar Banat during a demonstration in remembrance of him in Gaza City on June 29, 2021

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has apologised for the murder of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat and has claimed that he was killed during a law enforcement operation, Media Line reported.

During an interview with PA Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein Al-Sheikh, he stated: “I would like to pay my condolences and respects to his [Nizar Banat’s] family and apologise to them for what happened. It was a sad and unfortunate accident.”

He explained the killing by claiming that it was a mistake: “Maybe a mistake occurred during the action of law enforcement. Even if he was demanded by law or wanted to appear for justice, there is nothing to justify the matter whatsoever.”

Al-Sheikh offered his apologies on behalf of PA President Mahmoud Abbas: “I, in the name of President Abu Mazen and the Palestinian Authority, from the first day gave our apologies for this matter and we consider it a tragedy.”

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He added: “What happened can’t ever be acceptable, even in times of lawlessness, but this might happen in any country in the world. A mistake like this can happen in America, in France, in any other country in the world.”

Al-Sheikh concluded: “I repeat and say, it is a tragic and unfortunate incident. We apologise for what happened and wish to learn lessons from it.”

Why did the PA kill Nizar Banat? - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
Why did the PA kill Nizar Banat? – Cartoon

Banat was killed during a house raid in the West Bank city of Hebron. His death was internationally condemned, and the PA was pressured to punish the perpetrators.

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank have been organising demonstrations and calling for the PA government to resign and send the perpetrators to justice.

PA security forces have violently cracked down on demonstrations organised to condemn the murder of Banat. Tens of human rights defenders were wounded and detained during the demonstrations.

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(Source / 25.07.2021)

Former PA official: ‘Israel seeks building confidence with Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (2nd L) makes a speech during the 23rd session of the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah, West Bank on 30 April 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (2nd L) makes a speech during the 23rd session of the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah, West Bank on 30 April 2018

Member of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) Nabil Amr has stated in a video circulating on social media that Israel has been seeking to build confidence with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, Al Wattan Voice reported on Friday.

In the video, Amr, who was a senior PA official, claimed that several Israeli officials congratulated Abbas on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, but the core purpose of the call was “rebuilding confidence”.

Commenting on the Israeli offensive on Gaza, which took place between 11 and 21 May, Amr explained: “At the beginning, people were happy with the results, but through time, the situation turned upside-down.”

Citing the reasons behind people’s discontentment, he said: “Nothing happened regarding the reconciliation. The reconstruction issue is moving slowly, and the hope of Palestinians is diminishing due to Palestinian-Palestinian differences – this is the most dangerous issue.”

READ: PA apologises for murder of activist Nizar Banat

Meanwhile, he asserted that there is a coup against the political solution for the Palestinian cause proposed by the international community

“At the beginning, we were speaking about a massive political programme which would have ended, after a transitional period, with a state,” he expressed. “There has been international patronage for that programme… but the coup here is turning from this programme to only economic solutions.”

He stressed: “The most dangerous issue of this coup is that the Americans and the Europeans have tasked the mission to save the PA to Israel.”

Amr affirmed that the Palestinians are waiting for the PA leadership, the political level and the Palestinian factions to present a “persuasive programme” to resolve the ongoing crises, stressing: “This could not happen without free elections.”

(Source / 25.07.2021)

Israel’s El Al starts flights to Morocco after improved diplomatic ties

A Boeing 757 plane of the Israeli airliner El Al [Aero Icarus / Flickr]
A Boeing 757 plane of the Israeli airliner El Al

El Al Israel Airlines on Sunday launched nonstop flights to Marrakesh from Tel Aviv following a resumption of diplomatic ties last year between Morocco and Israel, reports Reuters.

Flight 553 took off at 11:35 a.m. (0835 GMT) using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft for the six-hour journey.

Israel and Morocco agreed last December to resume diplomatic ties and relaunch direct flights – part of a deal brokered by the United States that also included Washington’s recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara.

“This route will help promote tourism, trade and economic cooperation between the two countries,” said Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov.

El Al, Israel’s flag carrier which was hit hard last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said it will operate up to five flights a week to Morocco, switching to smaller Boeing 737 planes.

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Morocco was home to one of the largest and most prosperous Jewish communities in North Africa and the Middle East for centuries until Israel’s founding in 1948. An estimated quarter of a million left Morocco for Israel from 1948-1964.

Today only about 3,000 Jews remain in Morocco, while hundreds of thousands of Israelis claim some Moroccan ancestry.

Moroccan officials describe their deal with Israel, including the opening of liaison offices, as a restoration of mid-level ties that Rabat cooled in 2000 in solidarity with Palestinians.

In March, Moroccan Tourism Minister Nadia Fettah Alaoui said she expected 200,000 Israeli visitors in the first year following the resumption of direct flights. That compares with about 13 million yearly total foreign tourists before the pandemic.

Tourism revenue in Morocco fell by 53.8% to 36.3 billion dirhams ($3.8 billion) in 2020.

Opinion: The popular view in Morocco is clearly against normalisation with Israel

(Source / 25.07.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Three Palestinians Near Tubas

Israeli soldiers shot, Saturday, three Palestinians during a nonviolent procession near Tayasir military roadblock, east of Tubas, in northeastern West Bank.

The Palestinians were marching after illegal Israeli colonizers installed an outpost near the military roadblock, on Friday at night.

The soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs at the Palestinians.

The Health Ministry said the soldiers shot a young man with a live round in the back, causing a moderate injury.

It added that the soldiers also shot two Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, causing mild injuries, in addition to causing a few others to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that Israeli colonizers also attacked the Palestinian protesters, in addition to hurling stones at Palestinian cars trying to cross the roadblocks, causing damage.

The outpost which was installed by the colonizers was set up on Palestinian lands near a former Israeli military base that was evacuated several years ago, however, the lands were never returned to the Palestinians especially due to their proximity to the roadblock.

(Source / 25.07.2021)

Army Injures One Palestinian, Abducts Seven In Jenin, Bethlehem, And Tubas

Israeli soldiers injured, Sunday, one Palestinian and abducted two others near Jenin, in northern West Bank, in addition to abducting a teenage boy near Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, and two near Tubas in northeastern West Bank.

Media sources in Jenin said the soldiers chased a Palestinian car occupied by three young men and opened fire at it, wounding Abdullah Bassem Abu Bakr, in addition to abducting Adham Ali Hasan Irmeilat and Sha’lan Kiwan Abu Bakr.

The incident took place on the road between the towns of Ya’bad and Zibda, southwest of Jenin.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, searched several homes, and abducted Ahmad Nabil Thawabta, 17.

The soldiers also detained Ahmad’s uncle, Anwar Thawabta, and interrogated him for several hours before releasing him.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Ahmad Nasser Daraghma, 24, and No’man Abdul-Mon’em Sawafta, 24, while crossing Tayasir military roadblock, east of Tubas in northeastern West Bank.

On Saturday, the soldiers shot three Palestinians during a nonviolent procession near Tayasir military roadblock, east of Tubas.

(Source / 25.07.2021)

Palestinian Forced To Demolish His Home In Jerusalem

The City Council in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, forced a Palestinian to demolish his home in Jabal al-Mokabber, allegedly for being built without a permit.

The Palestinian, Ali Khalil Shqeirat, started removing his furniture and belongings from the property, before demolishing it using basic equipment.

It is worth mentioning that, several days ago, the soldiers invaded the property and handed the demolition order, and on Sunday, Ali received a phone call from the police demanding him to demolish the property immediately or else the city would demolish it using its equipment and workers, in addition to billing him and forcing him to pay excessively high fines and fees.

In related news, the soldiers invaded a home, owned by the Matar family, and ordered them to demolish their home within 21 days.

Matar said he build his home in 2011, and the city later ordered its demolition, in addition to imposing a 30.000 Shekels fine, before issuing the final demolition order just a few days ago.

While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, Palestinian communities and towns, in occupied Jerusalem, and various areas in the occupied West Bank, continue to be denied the right to build or expand homes and property.

Israel has been issuing hundreds of demolition orders against existing Palestinian homes and property, including under-construction structures, and has already demolished many of them.

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.

According to data by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), demolished 865 structures, displacing 1,014 people, and directly affecting 5,615 people. In addition to demolishing 2,586 buildings in the Negev, in the year 2020.

ICAHD also reported the demolition of more than 130,000 Palestinian homes in Israel and the Occupied Palestine Territory (OPT) since 1947.

(Source / 25.07.2021)

WAFA: “Settlers rebuild abandoned outpost near Hebron”

HEBRON, Sunday, July 25, 2021 (WAFA) – Illegal Israeli settlers embarked today on rebuilding a colonial settlement outpost that was evacuated two months ago near the town of Yatta, in the Hebron province in the south of the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Commission in Hebron, told WAFA that a group of Israeli settlers broke into the site of the abandoned settlement outpost and embarked on installing residential facilities and caravans there.

Two months ago, Palestinian anti-colonization protesters removed the outpost and pressed the colonial Israeli settlers who had settled there to leave the site.

There are over 700,000 colonial Israeli settlers living in Jewish-only settlements across the West Bank in violation of international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention which expressly bans the relocation of the occupying nation’s civilian population to the land of the occupied.

(Source / 25.07.2021)