Israel asks US to pressure Sheikh Jarrah families to pay rent to settlers

Palestinians stage a protest in front of the Supreme Court of Israel after the court's postponed its decision on the objection of the Palestinian families on forced eviction in Sheikh Jarrah on 2 August 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a protest in front of the Supreme Court of Israel after the court’s postponed its decision on the objection of the Palestinian families on forced eviction in Sheikh Jarrah on 2 August 2021

Israeli officials have asked the US administration of President Joe Biden to put pressure on the Palestinian families of Sheikh Jarrah to accept the court’s proposal that they pay rent to settler organisations in return for becoming ‘protected tenants’, Haaretz reported yesterday.

On Monday, Israel’s Supreme Court proposed that Palestinian residents of the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah be given “protected tenants” status in return for them recognising the and settler organisation’s ownership of the land in the area and paying it rent of 1,500 shekels ($467) each year.

Judge Yitzhak Amit said that accepting this compromise would postpone the eminent eviction of the Palestinian families, which has been the focus of international concern.

The Palestinian families did not accept the proposal, and the judges issued a seven day window for a list of the names for the Palestinians who would accept it to be submitted.

Haaretz reported a political Israeli source saying that international pressure regarding Sheikh Jarrah should be placed on the Palestinians, claiming that the Israeli court’s proposal is good for them.

Another Israeli source, also reported by Haaretz, said that the Biden Administration “is worried about the eviction” of Palestinians.

The Israeli newspaper said that there is a prevailing feeling in Israel that a court’s ruling could put Israel in the heart of “unprecedented confrontation” with different countries, including friendly ones.

Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah should reject Israel’s offer to be ‘protected tenants’

(Source / 05.08.2021)

As court dates near, Hamas hops Saudi will release Palestinian detainees

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza, 26 May 2021 [ApaImages]
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza, 26 May 2021 

Hamas hopes political prisoners being held in Saudi will be released and their files closed in the kingdom, the movement’s head Ismail Haniyeh said yesterday.

In a statement Haniyeh said: “Our hopes stem from the historical stances of the kingdom in its support for the Palestinians, as well as from the support of the Servant of the Two Holy Mosques [King Salman] to the Palestinian people and their just cause.”

This comes following reports that Saudi courts are scheduled to hold hearings for the Palestinian prisoners in Saudi jails starting on Sunday.

“We hope that these hearings end with the release of all Palestinian prisoners, led by Dr Mohammed Al-Khodari (Abu Hani),” Haniyeh said.

Al-Khodari, 82, and his Hani have been detained in Saudi since early 2019. He suffers from prostate cancer and needs medical care which has not been provided to him in prison.

In April, security forces raided his house and interrogated his 70-year-old wife, Wejdan, forcing her to sign an undertaking that prevents her from talking about her husband’s condition to the media and confiscating her phone.

In previous statements, Hamas said that there are approximately 60 Palestinians being held in Saudi Arabia, including Al-Khodari and his son.

READ: Hamas: Ready for national unity to serve Palestine cause

(Source / 05.08.2021)

Israel carries out 3 large-scale demolitions in the West Bank

An Israeli soldier and border guard stand by as an excavator demolishes a Palestinian house located within the area C southeast of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on March 8, 2021 [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]
An Israeli soldier and border guard stand by as an excavator demolishes a Palestinian house in the West Bank on 8 March 2021

Israeli forces yesterday carried out three large-scale demolitions in different areas of the occupied West Bank.

The head of the Palestinian Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bethlehem, Hassan Breija, said an Israeli army bulldozer demolished five agricultural structures in the Shaab Sultan area in the town of Wadi Rahal, south of the governorate.

According to Breija, the farmers used the structures to rest while working on the land, or to spend holidays with their families.

The Israeli forces also demolished ten shops and razed a plot of land near the occupied city of Jerusalem, under the pretext that it was built within the Jerusalem municipality boundaries.

Abdullah Salah Al-Din, head of administrative affairs in the municipality of Hizma, said the Israeli forces stormed the town in the middle of the night and began demolishing the buildings for a period of eight hours.

READ: PA condemns Israel closure of Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem

Salah El-Din added that the Israeli army has demolished ten shops, and razed a land plot containing building materials for sale worth about $100,000.

Israeli occupation forces also demolished facilities belonging to five Palestinian families, in the northern Jordan Valley.

The Director of the Committee against the Wall and Settlement in Tubas, Moataz Bisharat, said the demolished facilities which are located in Khirbet Ibziq, in the northern Jordan Valley included homes, sheep pens, water tanks and solar cells for energy production, noting that the Israeli forces also confiscated agricultural tractors and privately owned cars.

(Source / 05.08.2021)

Israel Refuses To Allow Lawyers To Visit Hunger-Striking Detainees

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Wednesday, that the Israeli authorities are still refusing to allow its lawyers to visit with seventeen hunger-striking political prisoners.

The Committee stated that sixteen of the detainees are holding hunger strikes protesting their continued arbitrary Administrative Detention, without charges or trial.

It added that another detainee is ongoing with the hunger strike protesting his continued solitary confinement.

The Committee also said that the Israeli Prison Administration is carrying out a series of punitive measures against the striking detainees, including their repeated transfers between various prisons, to keep them unable to rest, in addition to forcing them in solitary confinement.

Most of the hunger-striking detainees are already facing serious health complications but are determined to continue the hunger strike.

It is worth mentioning that many Palestinian detainees in Ramon Israeli prison have initiated a hunger strike in solidarity with the seventeen detainees, while more are planning to join the strike if Israel continues to ignore the legitimate demands of the hunger-striking detainees.

(Source / 05.08.2021)

Over 100 Israeli settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Jerusalem earlier on Thursday.

Under the occupation forces protection, over 100 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in session.

The settlers have been entering through the Damascus Gate- which Palestinians call Bab al-Amoud Gate- till now, and they are provoking the Palestinian worshipers in the mosque courtyards by performing Talmudic prayers.

Israeli occupation authorities allow settler incursions to the mosque since 2003 under the forces protection, despite repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the visits provoke worshippers of the mosque.

Israeli forces always attack and assault Palestinian worhipers at the courtyards of the Mosque with sound grenades, rubber bullets and pepper gas.

The forces also station at the gates of the mosque and detain dozens of Palestinian young men and boys, after assaulting them.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam which located in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 05.08.2021)

Breaking| Israeli forces demolish Palestinian houses in Hebron, repress residents

Hebron (QNN)- While repressing its residents, Israeli occupation forces have started demolishing Palestinians’ houses in the village of Sa’ir north-east Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Thursday morning.

Local sources said since the early morning hours, the Israeli forces have deployed in the Sa’ir village and started demolishing houses belonging to Palestinians.

It was reported that the forces have repressed the owners of the demolished houses and the village residents using tear gas canisters.

The forces have also assaulted the Palestinians who were defending their houses as they were demolished before their eyes.

Local sources also said the forces have arrested a Palestinian after brutally attacking him while demolishing the houses.

Israeli occupation constantly demolishes structures and houses of Palestinians in Area C, claiming they were built without a permit, rarely, if ever, issued for Palestinians.

It does not allow any development there while using the occupied land for its illegal settlement activity.

Under the 1995 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, was divided into three portions — Area A, B and C.

Area C is currently home to 300,000 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom are Bedouins and herding communities who predominantly live in tents, caravans and caves.

Thus, houses demolitions, confiscation of the most basic infrastructure and military training exercises are part of everyday reality in the area.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 05.08.2021)

Gaza Ministry of Health warns of stopping surgeries due to Nitrous oxide shortage

Gaza (QNN)- The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza warned that all surgeries will be stopped soon in the besieged enclave due to Nitrous oxide shortage.

The ministry said in a statement that the Israeli occupation authorities banned the entry of Nitrous oxide at the start of 2021.

The Director-General for Administrative Affairs in the ministry, Mahmoud Hammad, said the available amounts of Nitrous oxide, which is used in anesthesia during surgeries, can cover the next ten days only. He added that the ministry contacted international bodies including the WHO to provide the inhalation anesthetic but the occupation state continues to ban its entry.

Hammad added that the ministry needs 120 cylinders of Nitrous oxide on a monthly basis. He stressed that having a shortage of it means that many patients, who need urgent surgeries, would die.

(Source / 05.08.2021)

Video| Israeli occupation demolishes Al-Araqib Bedouin village for 191th time

Al-Araqib (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces demolished Al-Araqib village in the Negev Desert earlier on Thursday for the 191th time.

Reports said an Israeli force raided the village, which is rebuilt by its residents after each time it has been demolished, and removed all the tents and destroyed the tin shelters placed on the land by the residents to provide a roof over their heads in the cold or hot weather, leaving them homeless.

Al-Araqib was demolished for the first time in 2000. The last time the demolition took place was on July 7. Today’s demolition is the eighth so far this year.

‘Israel’ does not “recognise” the village, but its residents point out that they own the land and have done, since the Ottoman period, decades before ‘Israel’ was created in occupied Palestine.

Despite the repeated demolitions, every time the residents of Al-Araqib rebuild their tents and small homes. However, the occupation forces return to raze them, sometimes several times in a month. There are 22 Palestinian families living in the village.

Al-Araqib village is one of 51 “unrecognised” Arab villages in the area, and is constantly targeted for demolition by Israeli bulldozers, for which Bedouins are then charged.

(Source / 05.08.2021)

Israeli forces raid Silwan, arrest 6 Palestinians

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces on Thursday morning raided Silwan neighborhood in the occupied city of Jerusalem and arrested 6 Palestinians.

Local sources said the forces broke into the al-Bustan Street in Silwan, raided residents houses and arrested two Palestinian brothers who were transferred then to Moscobiyeh detention center, infamous for its harsh incarceration conditions, in occupied Jerusalem.

Another four Palestinians were also arrested by the forces in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan.

None of the arrested have been identified, yet.

Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with forced displacement and house demolitions from their homes by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.

The Israeli court had previously rejected mang appeals filed by the residents of Batn al-Hawa neighborhood of Silwan, and allowed “Ateret Cohanim” to continue its procedures relevant to the immediate expelling of the seven Palestinian families.

Ateret Cohanim, a settler organization, has been seeking, with the support of Israeli occupation authorities, to forcibly evict some 100 Palestinian families from the Batn al-Hawa area in Silwan, claiming the land is rightfully owned by a Jewish trust active in the area more than 100 years ago.

Silwan, home to around 33,000 Palestinians, is located outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

Israel has been moving its citizens into the neighbourhood since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced eviction and displacement of Palestinian residents.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 05.08.2021)

Qatar Red Crescent Society provides Gaza hospitals with multifaceted resources

Days of Palestine – Doha – The representation mission of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), in cooperation with Palestine’s Ministry of Health (MOH), continues to execute the Gaza Specialized Surgeries Support Project, which involves hiring medical experts to offer surgical and other medical services, with a total budget of $1.4 million (QR 5,103,000).

The QRCS said in a statement that the overall objectives of the project are to back the health sector of Gaza, ensure the availability of high-quality medical and surgical services, and build the capacity of staff at health facilities of the blockade. The number of beneficiaries is estimated at 18,000 patients per year, in addition to the local medical professionals.

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Faisal Mohamed Al-Emadi, Executive Director of Relief and International Development Division at QRCS, said, “An executive agreement was signed with MOH as a beneficiary and partner. Our mission there worked together with MOH to nominate the consultant physicians to be hired under the project and identify their respective tasks. Some already contracted physicians under the previous health system support project were re-contracted, to preserve the merits and targets of the project”.

Then, the contracted experts gradually commenced their work at Gaza’s hospitals. They covered the following specialties: cardiothoracic surgery, urology, pulmonology, cardiology, anesthesia, cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, and plastic surgery.

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Over the course of the project, they performed 3,786 surgical interventions, offered 14,128 outpatient consultations, and treated 156 injured victims of the recent war on Gaza.

Regarding other activities, 74% of the purchased items have already been supplied under a tender to procure medical equipment and consumables for open-heart surgeries. The supplies are successively delivering the remaining items. All the purchased items under the clinical pharmacy program were supplied, including printers, computers, and tablets to be used in computerizing the pharmacy workflow at MOH’s hospitals, instead of the currently applicable paperwork system.

Under the QRCS-funded MA of Health Policy and Management Program, the students are pursuing their postgraduate studies in the second semester. Meanwhile, 20 students on scholarships are studying remotely for Diploma in Anesthesia and Intensive Care. The third semester is completed, and they are attending their internships. At the Ahli Arab Hospital, a minimally invasive surgery (MIS) training course was completed, with 64 trainees divided into six groups.

The tender to supply medications for children with phenylketonuria (PKU) is in progress. Also, 10 laptops were procured for Palestine Medical Council (PMC) to facilitate the Arab Board examinations in Gaza. Lastly, 77 digital thermometers were provided for primary schools to enforce Coronavirus control and preventive measures.

(Source / 05.08.2021)