Miles of Smiles sends humanitarian, medical aid to Gaza Strip

A convoy of "Miles of Smiles 3" carrying medical aid to Gaza crosses the Rafah crossing into the southern Gaza Strip from Egypt on June 19, 2011. [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]
A convoy of “Miles of Smiles 3” carrying medical aid to Gaza crosses the Rafah crossing into the southern Gaza Strip from Egypt on June 19, 2011

The Miles of Smiles convoy announced the arrival of humanitarian and medical aid to the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing, while ambulances are expected to arrive within the next month after obtaining approval from Egyptian authorities.

Dr Essam Youssef, general coordinator of the convoy, said in a press statement yesterday that the convoy submitted a request to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry detailing the list of people who are supporting the convoy and urged the Egyptian authorities to approve the entry of these delegations at the appropriate time.

Youssef pointed out that the aid that has arrived includes medicines, medical equipment and assistive devices for persons with special needs, in addition to relief aid for poor families.

The convoy coordinator thanked the Egyptian authorities for allowing the delivery of aid and approving the entry of ambulances, noting that this has been transported in coordination with the Sons of Sinai Company and the Tahya Misr Fund.

Youssef said there are 25 fully equipped ambulances waiting to enter the Strip.

Youssef stressed the need to continue relief work to support the Gaza Strip, which suffers from high poverty and unemployment rates due to the occupation and the continuous Israeli siege which has been ongoing for 14 years, in addition to the significant shortage of medicines and medical supplies, and the state of exhaustion experienced by the medical sector as a result of the blockade, successive wars and the repercussions of the coronavirus.

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(Source / 30.07.2021)

Palestine rights group: Israel tortures female prisoners

Women demonstrate in solidarity for the Palestinian women held in Israeli prisons 8 March 2012 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]
Women demonstrate in solidarity for the Palestinian women held in Israeli prisons 8 March 2012

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs revealed on Thursday that Israel “tortures and abuses” female Palestinian prisoners in Damon Prison, northern Israel.

The commission disclosed in a report that the 40 female Palestinian prisoners in Damon prison are facing “brutal detention and interrogation conditions” and are “subjected to all methods of psychological torture and deprivation of the most basic life necessities.”

The report cited the testimony of prisoner Mona Qaadan, 50, from the Jenin governorate in northern West Bank, who has been detained for nearly three months.

According to the commission, Qaadan was continuously interrogated for 22 days, from 8:30 am until 4 am the next day. Qaadan was arrested for the sixth time and has spent a total of eight years in Israeli prisons.

“During the [interrogation sessions], she remained handcuffed with iron handcuffs to the back, attached to a chair and was subjected to obscenities, insults and threats to arrest all her family, including her brother Tariq, who was actually arrested later,” the report disclosed.

The report quoted Qaadan describing her detention cell as: “Full of damp and smelly, sometimes cold and sometimes hot, they (the jailers) controlled the room’s temperature, and although I asked for cleaning materials several times, they refused.”

Israel detains around 4,850 Palestinians, including 225 children and 540 administrative detainees.

READ: Journalist arrested after exposing the plight of Palestinians in Israeli prisons

(Source / 30.07.2021)

The plight of Palestinians is well understood, now action needs to be taken

Funeral ceremony held for 12 year old Palestinian Mohammad al-Alaami who was shot by Israeli soldiers near the West Bank town of Beit Ummar in Hebron, West Bank on 29 July 2021. [Mamoun Wazwaz - Anadolu Agency]
Funeral ceremony held for 12 year old Palestinian Mohammad al-Alaami who was shot by Israeli soldiers near the West Bank town of Beit Ummar in Hebron, West Bank on 29 July 2021

By Asa Winstanley

“I am tired of reporting the same brutality every day, of thinking of new ways to describe the obvious.”

Those are the words of Mohammed El-Kurd, the renowned Palestinian activist from East Jerusalem. He and his family are threatened with expulsion from their homes. They have committed no crime, but are being kicked out solely and exclusively because they are not Jewish, and Israel is a Jewish supremacist state.

Mohammed and his sister Muna El-Kurd had an upswing of media attention back in May-June, when the Israeli war against Gaza was being resisted by the Palestinian “Unity Uprising”.Now, that has died down. But the Palestinian plight remains the same.

“The situation in Sheikh Jarrah is not hard to understand,” Mohammed wrote in his Guardian opinion piece debut this week. “It is a perfect illustration of settler colonialism, a microcosm of the reality for Palestinians across 73 years of Zionist rule.”

Zionism, Israel’s officially sanctioned – and only legally protected – ideology is a racist one.

READ: Marriage law vote proves that even ‘left’ Zionism is racism

El-Kurd’s apparent weariness over having to dream up imaginative new ways of saying and writing the same thing day in and day out, week in and week out, is sadly familiar to those of us who report on the injustices against the Palestinians as our jobs.

Ethnic cleansing is wrong. Ethno-religious supremacy is wrong. Killing children is wrong.


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Israeli forces killed 17-year-old Mohammad Munir Mohammad Tamimi yesterday around 5:30 pm in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. He sustained gunshot wounds to the back and exit wounds to his abdomen. He was pronounced dead around midnight in hospital.

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Israel has killed 11 Palestinian children in the West Bank since the start of the year. And that’s in addition to the 60 children in Gaza it has killed in the same timeframe.

Israeli army thugs last Friday shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian child in cold blood.

Muhammad Munir Tamimi had been among a group who had confronted a heavily armed gang of Israeli soldiers invading their village with nothing more than stones. The Israelis even blocked the seriously wounded teen’s evacuation to a hospital in Ramallah as he lay bleeding from his guts – something Israeli soldiers make a habit of.

Tamimi died from his wounds later that night.


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Israeli forces shot and killed 11-year-old Mohammad Mo’ayyad Bahjat Abu Sara today near Beit Ummar north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. Mohammad was shot while sitting in the back of his father’s car and was pronounced dead after surgery at Al-Ahli hospital in Hebron.

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On Wednesday another Palestinian child was struck down by Israeli army gunfire.

Mohammad Mo’ayyad Bahjat Abu Sara, 11 years old, was gunned down in the hail of Israeli bullets which struck the car he, his father and his family had been using to shop for groceries. Six Israeli soldiers had pelted the car with no less than 13 bullets, according to eyewitnesses.

Palestinian media outlets posted harrowing photos of the car with its abandoned groceries, including bags of bread apparently covered in the dead child’s blood.


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As you can see from the embedded Tweets above human rights group Defence for Children International – Palestine plays a key role in documenting these Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

As a result of DCIP’s outstanding and essential human rights work in protection of Palestinian children, Israel has now committed its yet another act of repression against the group.

READ: Don’t look away from Palestine

In the early hours of yesterday morning, Israeli army thugs raided DCIP’s West Bank office, stealing computers, clients files and hard drives. The human rights group said that no documents were left in the office to give any indication of the reason for the raid, and they did not leave behind any receipt of materials seized.

Khaled Quzmar, the general director of DCIP, said: “This latest act by Israeli authorities pushes forward an ongoing campaign to silence and eliminate Palestinian civil society and human rights organizations like DCIP.”


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BREAKING: Israeli forces raided our main office in Al-Bireh today around 5 a.m., confiscating computers, laptops, and files concerning our Palestinian child detainee clients in the Israeli military courts. We were not informed of the reason for the raid.

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The group called for Israeli authorities to immediately end their persecutions of Palestinian human rights groups, demanding that “the international community must hold Israeli authorities accountable.”

That is exactly what is missing.

As Mohammed El-Kurd alluded to, the plight of the Palestinians is probably one of the most well understood, well explained and well documented injustices in history.

As he concluded in his Guardian piece: “The problem is not ignorance, it is inaction.” There is no political will in the West to hold Israel to account for its crimes.

We must act to ensure that changes, and soon.

Mohammad al-Kurd in Jerusalem on June 02, 2021. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Mohammad al-Kurd in Jerusalem on June 02, 2021

(Source / 30.07.2021)

Army Detains 11 Palestinians, Including a Minor in the West Bank

RAMALLAH, July 28, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday overnight detained at least 11 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, according to local sources.

They said that Israeli forces rounded up two brothers after breaking into their houses in Ta’amreh area, east of Bethlehem.

They also detained a father along with his teenage son from As-Saff neighborhood in the city in addition to two others from Aida refugee camp, north of the city.

Elsewhere in the southern West Bank, the military vehicles stormed Jaber neighborhood in the cold city of Hebron, where the soldiers detained two brothers.

In the northern West Bank, Israeli troops barged their way to Jenin refugee camp, where they detained three others, a former prisoner in addition to a father and his son, and ransacked their houses, turning them upside down.

In the confrontations that unfolded, the soldiers opened fire towards local youngsters who protested the raid. No injuries were reported though.

(Source / 30.07.2021)

Israel Allocates Thousands Of Dunams Of Palestinian Lands To Expand Illegal Outposts

The Israeli Agriculture Ministry has allocated $1.17 Million to illegal colonialist outposts on stolen, privately-owned Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli daily Haaretz said the “Agriculture Ministry” said it is providing funding to groups that send volunteers for “farm work” in the illegal outposts in the West Bank and added that the groups have already received $1.17 Million.

The Ministry granted the permits to the illegal colonizers to occupy thousands of Dunams of Palestinian farmlands surrounding six illegal outposts in the occupied West Bank.

The stolen Palestinian lands are slated to be used by the colonizers for farming and grazing areas for their livestock.

The “farms” were built on stolen Palestinian lands near Elon Moreh colony, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, in addition to areas east of Ramallah, in central West Bank, in addition to the Jordan Valley and Northern Plains, and south of Hebron, in southern West Bank.

The agriculture ministry said it provided funding, approximately 4 Million Shekels, to three organizations that send “volunteers” to work in these outposts, in addition to granting all needed permits for agriculture and herding as recommended by the “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Humanitarian Law.

(Source / 30.07.2021)

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Youth at Funeral of Slain Child

In a serious escalation, the Israeli occupation army opened fire at the funeral procession of the slain Palestinian child, Mohammad Moayyad Bahjat al-‘Allami, 11, shot and killed by the army in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in southern occupied West Bank.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Shawkat Khaled Awad, 20, who was participating in the funeral procession, was shot and critically injured after being shot by an Israeli soldier with live rounds in the head and abdomen, and later died from his wounds.

The Ministry added that Awad, pictured below, positioned very close to the body of the slain child, posing no threat to the soldiers’ lives.

 Shawkat Khaled Awad, 20, shot and killed at the funeral of the slain child, July 29, 2021

video of the funeral procession clearly shows a large group of Palestinian men, some of whom are carrying the child’s body, as the army opens fire, forcing the mourners to run while carrying the slain boy’s body.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported that at least twelve of the mourners were shot with live rounds, including Awad, who subsequently died from his critical injuries.

On July 28, 2021, the Israeli army opened fire at the al-‘Allami family vehicle at the entrance to Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, striking the 11-year-old child in the chest, he was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his critical wounds.

Mohammad Moayyad Bahjat al-‘Allami, 11, shot and killed by the Israeli army July 28, 2021

(Source / 30.07.2021)

Israeli Colonizers Cut Phone Poles Near Nablus

On Friday at dawn, a group of illegal Israeli colonizers, squatting on stolen Palestinian lands, cut six wooden phone poles leading to a home in Burin town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonizers came from the illegal Yitzhar colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

Daghlas added that the Israeli assailants cut six wooden phone poles leading to a home in Burin.

He also stated that the home is the only building that is separated from Burin by the Yitzhar segregated road and has been subject to frequent violations by the colonizers and the soldiers.

(Source / 30.07.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Hebron And Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Friday at dawn, four young Palestinian men, including a former political prisoner, in Hebron and Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, said several army jeeps invaded Doura town, southwest of the city, searched homes, and abducted two Palestinians.

They stated that the soldiers caused damage to the invaded homes, before abducting Nour Khaled al-Hroub, 24, and Mo’taz Mohammad al-Hroub, 24.

In Bethlehem, south of the occupied capital Jerusalem in the West Bank, the soldiers invaded the al-Khader town, south of the city, and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Mahmoud Mohammad Salah, 27, from his home after searching and ransacking it.

The soldiers also invaded and searched homes in Beit Jala city, west of Bethlehem, before abducting Ma’rouf Ahmad al-Atrash, 19.

(Source / 30.07.2021)

Israel To Ease Some Restrictions In Gaza

The Israeli government held a meeting to assess the security situation in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip and decided to ease some restrictions, including expanding the fishing zone.

The Maan News Agency quoted Israeli sources reporting that Israeli political and military officials have decided to increase the fishing zone allotted to the Palestinians in Gaza from 6 nautical miles to twelve, starting on Friday morning.

In addition, the “coordinator of [Israeli] government activities in the occupied territories, Ghassan Elyan, stated that starting this coming Sunday, Israel will allow the entry of goods and supplies that would enable the international community to conduct projects that would help the food sector, as well as the medical sector and fishing in the Gaza Strip.

He added that Israel has also agreed to allow the entry of some Israeli electric and agricultural tools and equipment, in addition to permitting the removal of metal waste from the coastal region.

Elyan also said that Palestinians who want to travel abroad will be allowed into the West Bank, before heading to the al-Karama border crossing with Jordan.

Israel will also allow the entry of 29 private cars that were purchased by the Palestinians but remained at the Erez (Beit Hanoun) Crossing, in northern Gaza, since the Israeli offensive on the coastal region in May of this year.

The Oslo Accords, signed by Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1993 and 1995 stipulated that the Israeli occupation authorities must allow Palestinian fishermen to sail and fish up to 20 nautical miles off the coast, however, Israel constantly reduces the fishing zone to three miles, then six or nine.

(Source / 30.07.2021)

Israel Denies Appeal For Releasing Hunger Striking Administrative Detainee

The Israeli High Court denied an appeal for the release of Palestinian detainee, held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention order, and started an open-ended hunger strike 18 days ago. He is among sixteen Palestinian detainees holding hunger strikes.

The Palestinian Detainees Committee stated that the court denied an appeal filed on behalf of Salem Zeidat, 40, from Bani Neim, east of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

It added that the Israeli prosecutor’s office tried to bargain with the detainee by offering to impose a three-month Administrative Detention order.

The committee stated that Zeidat rejected the offer, and said that he is determined to continue the hunger strike demanding to be released, especially since he is held under these arbitrary orders without charges or trial.

It is worth mentioning that sixteen Palestinian detainees are ongoing with the hunger strike, 15 of them protesting their continued arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

The detainees are:

  1. Salem Zeidat, 40, Bani Neim – east of Hebron; was abducted on February 22, 2020, and was sentenced to four months; he was then slapped with five Administrative Detention orders ranging between three and four months each. The married father of five children is also a former political prisoner who was imprisoned for two years and is currently in solitary confinement in the Negev Detention Camp.
  2. Mohammad Monir A’mar, 26, from Tulkarem; was abducted in October 2020, and was slapped with three Administrative Detention orders; he began the hunger strike on July 14th and is held in solitary confinement in the Negev Detention Camp.
  3. Mojahed Mahmoud Hamed, from Silwad east of Ramallah; was abducted on September 22, 2020, and received two consecutive six-month Administrative Detention orders. He is also a former political prisoner who was imprisoned for nine years. He was abducted only a month after his son was born and is held in solitary confinement in the Negev Detention Camp.
  4. Mahmoud al-Fasfous, 30, from Doura near Hebron, a former political prisoner who was abducted and imprisoned many times, spending years behind bars, starting when he was a teenager. His latest abduction was in June 2020 and is currently held in Ramon prison.
  5. Kayed al-Fasfous, 32, (Mahmoud’s brother) was repeatedly abducted and imprisoned, including in June 2020, and has since been held under Administrative Detention orders. He is a married father of one child and is held in solitary confinement in Ramon prison.
  6. Rafat Darwish, 28, from Doura town south of Hebron; is a former political prisoner who was abducted and detained several times, including when he was taken prisoner in October 2020 and is held in solitary confinement in Ramon prison. He is a married father of one child, and suffers from respiratory issues.
  7. Guevara Nammoura, 28, from Doura, Hebron. He is an athlete with the Palestinian National Soccer team; he was abducted in October 2020 and is a married father of one child. He is held in solitary confinement in Ramon prison.
  8. Maher Dalaysha, 46, from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp in Ramallah. He is a former political prisoner who was held by Israel for ten years, including five under Administrative Detention orders. He is a married father of vie children. His recent abduction was on March 23, 2021, and was slapped with a four-month Administrative Determination order that was renewed a week ago. He is held in solitary confinement in the Negev Detention Camp.
  9. Ala’eddin Khaled Ali, 38, from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, Ramallah, was abducted in January of this year and was slapped with a six-month Administrative Detention order that was renewed June 1st. He is a former political prisoner who spent three and a half years in prison, mainly under the Administrative Detention orders. He is a married father of five children and is held in solitary confinement in the Negev Detention Camp.
  10. Fadi al-Amour, 31, from Yatta, Hebron, was abducted on May 20th and was sentenced to four months in Administrative Detention. He is a former political prisoner who was held for seven years. He was released in 2020 and was abducted shortly afterward. He is held in solitary confinement in the Negev Detention Camp. His brother Mohammad is also held under similar orders.
  11. Husam Taiseer Rib’ey, from Yatta town near Hebron; was abducted in May and was slapped with a six-month Administrative Detention order. He is a married father of six children.
  12. Mohammad Khaled Abu Sil, 30, from the al-‘Arroub refugee camp in Hebron; he was abducted ten months ago and was slapped with three Administrative Detention orders; one for six months, the second for six then reduced to four, and recently received another four-month order. He is held in solitary confinement in the Negev Detention Camp.
  13. Ahmad Khaled Abu Sil, 26, from the al-‘Arroub refugee camp in Hebron; was abducted ten months ago and was slapped with three Administrative Detention orders. He is a former political prisoner who was held for more than five years, and is a married father of one child. He is held in solitary confinement in the Negev Detention Camp.
  14. Ahmad Hasan Nazzal, 53, from Jenin, is held in solitary confinement in Majeddo; he was abducted on January 9th, 2021, and remained detained until he recently received a six-month Administrative Detention Order. The married father of nine is also a former political prisoner who was held by Israel for 9 years.
  15. Miqdad al-Qawasma, 24, from Hebron; was abducted in January of this year and is held in Ofer prison. He is a former political prisoner who was abducted and imprisoned several times, spending four years since the year 2015. Miqdad is a university student, and his brother was abducted in March of this year.
  16. Mohammad Nuwwara, from Ramallah; was abducted in 2001 when he was a child and was sentenced to life in prison.

(Source / 30.07.2021)