Israeli Colonizers Assault A Palestinian Child In Jenin After Abducting Him

A group of extremist Israeli colonizers abducted, Tuesday, a Palestinian child near Sielet ath-Thaher town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, before taking him to the site of a former colony where they tortured him and caused burns to his foot, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) said.

The child, identified as Tareq Abdul-Razeq Zobeidi, suffered cuts and bruises to several parts of his body, in addition to burns to his foot before local medics moved him to a Palestinian hospital.

Mirweh Zobeidi, the child’s uncle, told WAFA that his nephew and his friends were walking to a picnic area before a car of Israeli colonizers tried to ram them.

He added that the colonizers then jumped out of their car and snatched Tareq before repeatedly beating him up, while his friends managed to escape.

The colonizers took the child to the area of the evacuated Homish illegal colony and started torturing the child after tearing his clothes, in addition to burning the soles of his feet with an eclectic lighter.

The Israeli assailants fled the scene after assaulting the child before Palestinian medics and residents rushed to the area.

The child received the urgently needed first aid before the medics moved him to Khalil Suleiman governmental hospital in Jenin city.

(Source / 18.08.2021)

Analysis: The Murder of the ‘Menacing’ Water Technician: On the Shadow Wars in the West Bank

By Ramzy Baroud 

There is an ongoing, but hidden, Israeli war on the Palestinians which is rarely highlighted or even known. It is a water war, which has been in the making for decades.

On July 26 and 27, two separate but intrinsically linked events took place in the Ein al-Hilweh area in the occupied Jordan Valley, and near the town of Beita, south of Nablus.

In the first incident, Jewish settlers from the illegal settlement of Maskiyot began construction in the Ein al-Hilweh Spring, which has been a source of freshwater for villages and hundreds of Palestinian families in that area. The seizure of the spring has been developing for months, all under the watchful eye of the Israeli occupation army.

Now, the Ein al-Hilweh Spring, like most of the Jordan Valley’s land and water resources, is annexed by Israel.

Less than 24 hours later, Shadi Omar Salim, a Palestinian municipal employee, was killed by Israeli soldiers in the town of Beita. The Israeli army quickly issued a statement which, expectedly, blamed the Palestinian for his own death.

The Palestinian victim approached the soldiers in a “menacing manner”, while holding “what appeared to be an iron bar,” before he was gunned down, the Israeli army claimed.

If the “iron bar” claim was true, it might be related to the fact that Salim was a water technician. Indeed, the Palestinian worker was on his way to open the pipes that supply water to Beita and other adjacent areas.

Beita, which has witnessed much violence in recent weeks, is facing an existential threat. An illegal Jewish settlement, called Givat Eviatar, is being built atop the Palestinian Sabih Mountain, in Arabic, Jabal Sabih. As usual, whenever a Jewish settlement is constructed, Palestinian life and livelihood are threatened. Thus, the ongoing Palestinian protests in the area.

The struggle of Beita is a representation of the wider Palestinian struggle: unarmed civilians fighting against a settler-colonial state that ultimately wishes to replace a Palestinian village or town with a Jewish settlement.

There is another facet to what may seem a typical story, where the Israeli army and Jewish settlers work together to ethnically cleanse Palestinians: Mekorot. The latter is a state-owned Israeli water company that literally steals Palestinian water and sells it back to the Palestinians at an exorbitant price.

Unsurprisingly, Mekorot operates near Beita as well. The Palestinian worker, Salim, was killed because his job of supplying water to the people of Beita was a direct threat to Israeli colonial designs in this region.

Let us put this in a larger context. Israel does not just occupy Palestinian land, it also systematically usurps all of its resources, including water, in flagrant violation of international law which guarantees the fundamental rights of an occupied nation.

The occupied West Bank obtains most of its water from the Mountain Aquifer, which is divided into three smaller aquifers: the Western Aquifer, the Eastern Aquifer and the North-Eastern Aquifer. In theory, Palestinians have plenty of water, at least enough to meet the minimally-required water allotment of 102-120 liters per day, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). In practice, however, this is hardly the case. Sadly, most of the water in these aquifers is appropriated directly by Israel. Some call it “water capture”; Palestinians call it, more accurately, “theft”.

While in Israel the daily per capita water consumption is estimated at 300 liters, illegal Jewish settlers in the West Bank consume over 800 liters per day. The latter number becomes even more outrageous if compared to the meager amount enjoyed by a Palestinian, that of 70 liters per day.

This problem is accentuated in the so-called ‘Area C’ in the West Bank, for a reason. ‘Area C’ consists of nearly 60 percent of the total size of the West Bank and, unlike ‘Areas A’ and ‘B’, it is the least populated. It is mostly fertile land and it includes the Jordan Valley, known as the ‘breadbasket of Palestine’.

Despite the fact that the Israeli government had, in 2019, decided to postpone its formal annexation of that area, a de facto annexation has been in effect for years. The illegal appropriation of the Ein al-Hilweh Spring by illegal Jewish settlers is part of a larger stratagem that aims at appropriating the Jordan Valley, one dunum, one spring, and one mountain at a time.

Of the more than 150,000 Palestinians living in ‘Area C’, nearly 40 percent – over 200 communities – suffer from “severe shortage of clean water”. That shortage can be remedied if Palestinians are allowed to drill new wells, expand current ones or to use modern technologies to allocate other sources of freshwater. Not only does the Israeli army prohibit them from doing so, even rainwater is off-limits to Palestinians.

“Israel even controls the collection of rainwater throughout most of the West Bank and rainwater harvesting cisterns owned by Palestinian communities are often destroyed by the Israeli army,” an Amnesty International report, published in 2017, concluded.

Since then, the situation became even worse, especially since the idea of officially annexing a third of the West Bank obtained widespread support in the Israeli Knesset and society. Now, every move made by the Israeli army and Jewish settlers in the West Bank is directed towards that end, controlling the land and its resources, denying Palestinians access to their means of survival and, ultimately, ethnically cleansing them altogether.

The Beita protests continue, despite the heavy price being paid. Last June, a 15-year-old boy, Ahmad Bani-Shamsa, was killed when an Israeli army bullet struck him in the head. At the time, Defense for Children International-Palestine issued a statement asserting that Bani-Shamsa did not pose any threat to the Israeli army.

The truth is, it is Beita that is under constant Israeli threat, as well as the Jordan Valley, ‘Area C’, the West Bank and the whole of Palestine. The protest in Beita is a protest for land rights, water rights and basic human rights. Bani-Shamsa and, later, Salim, were killed in cold blood simply because their protests were mere irritants to the grand design of colonial Israel.

The irony of it all is that Israel seems to love everything about Palestine: the land, the resources, the food and even the fascinating history, but not the indigenous Palestinians themselves.

(Source / 18.08.2021)

Al-Haq Condemns the Killing of Four Palestinian youth during Jenin Raid

Aug 17, 2021 – (Al-Haq) In the early hours of the morning on 16 August 2021, a special undercover force of the Israeli Forces raided the northern West Bank city of Jenin and its refugee camp. During the raid, four Palestinian civilians were killed, Saleh Amar, 19, and Raed Abu Saif, 21, from the Jenin city and Nour El-Din Abdel Ilah Jarrar, 19, and Amjad Iyad Husseinieh, 20, from Jenin refugee camp. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, they were shot with live ammunition in the upper chest. The army also retained and is still holding the bodies of Nour El-Din Abdel Ilah Jarrar and Amjad Iyad Husseinieh. Additionally, the army detained Mohammad Abu Zaina after raiding his home in the Jenin refugee camp. Since January 2021, soldiers have killed 10 Palestinians in Jenin, including six who have been killed since the beginning of August alone.

Israel’s indiscriminate, excessive, and unlawful use of force against Palestinian civilians persists in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt), as a result of the prolonged and prevailing climate of impunity shielding Israeli soldiers from prosecution. While the army have been operating under a shoot-to-kill policy, in 2020, a draft Israeli law proposed to prevent holding to account Israeli soldiers who have killed Palestinians during their military service.

As the Occupying Power, Israel must abide by its obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law. As such, Israel must respect the right to life of the population in the OPT, using no more force than what is absolutely necessary. Al-Haq condemns the use of live ammunition against Palestinian civilians, which may amount to unnecessary, disproportionate and excessive use of force. Additionally, the killing of Palestinian civilians by soldiers, may amount to wilful killings, and therefore grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions and war crimes within the jurisdiction ratione materiae of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Israel’s arbitrary home raids, especially in the densely populated Jenin refugee camp systematically violates Palestinian civilians’ basic human rights, such as the right to liberty and security of person, and the rights to privacy, family and home.

Al-Haq is gravely concerned with Israel’s practice of withholding the bodies of deceased Palestinians to circumvent the prompt and immediate collection of evidence from autopsies. Customary international law provides that parties to an armed conflict must respect the dead who “must be disposed of in a respectful manner.” In addition, Article 17 of the Second Geneva Convention requires that the deceased must be held in accordance with the religious rites that they belong to. While the families have a right to be informed of the fate of their deceased relatives.

Al-Haq calls upon the international community to ensure that Israel respects its obligations under international law in the OPT, including the substantive and procedural requirements of the right to life, the right to security of person, and the right to privacy and home. Most importantly, Al-Haq calls on the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to expedite its investigation into the Situation in the State of Palestine and ensure the investigation of Israeli wilful killings as grave breaches and inhumane acts of apartheid.

(Source / 18.08.2021)

Doctors Without Borders: Settler attacks against Palestinians in Hebron on the rise

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 (Doctors Without Borders) – Nearly three months after an escalation in violence in the Gaza Strip left 256 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead, the situation across Palestine remains volatile. The Gaza conflict took place against a backdrop of rising insecurity in the West Bank, with attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians up in comparison to the same period in 2020, according to Doctors Without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

In the first six months of 2021, according to the UN, there had already been 273 attacks by settlers against Palestinians or their property, compared to 370 incidents in the whole of 2020, and 340 incidents throughout 2019.

Long a hotspot for violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the Hebron district has seen an uptick in settler violence since the start of the year. Approximately 600 Israeli settlers reside in the city of Hebron alongside a Palestinian population of more than 35,000. The settlers are protected by more than 2,000 Israeli soldiers, according to Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem.

In 2021, Palestinians in the Hebron district continued to face violence from settlers both inside the city of Hebron and across the district, as well as dealing with the daily realities of life under occupation that include restrictions on movement, limited access to medical services, home demolitions, and the continuous presence of the Israeli military.

We have been present for over 20 years in Hebron, providing mental health treatment and support to those suffering from the impact of living under occupation. In only the first six months of 2021 we had already treated a total of 75 patients with mental health issues following settler attacks – including physical beatings and harassment – compared to 65 patients for the whole of 2020.

Such violence has a significant and long-term psychological impact on the Palestinian population. Symptoms that our teams treat include persistent fear, problems sleeping and eating, anxiety, stress, anger, bed-wetting among children, difficulty concentrating, or an inability to perform daily tasks.

Zanuta, a Palestinian village in Adh Dhahriya about 20km southwest of Hebron district, typifies the Palestinian experience across the West Bank. Its inhabitants depend on livestock and agriculture to survive, but this has grown harder as a result of systematic Israeli policies of land confiscation, insufficient infrastructure including roads, healthcare and education, and most recently the arrival of Israeli settlers on the land.

According to the Tell family in Zanuta, Israeli authorities confiscated nearly 4,000 acres of Palestinian land being used as grazing pasture for livestock and gave approval for four new settlements in the area.

“Now we are surrounded by four settlements. We are in the middle. This has happened in the past two months,” says Adel Tell, a resident of Zanuta village in Hebron. “We are not allowed to enter our own land, even on foot. We ask the [Israeli] police and the civil administration but they support the settlers.

“We have legal documents proving our ownership of the lands, but despite this they do not allow us to reach our pastures and they attack the shepherds with dogs and weapons. They are terrifying all the residents here,” says Adel.

Mariam Khdeirat is Adel’s mother. “I have problems with my legs,” she says. “When the settlers chase my children all I can do is scream, because I cannot move and cannot reach them. When the children take the sheep for grazing, I stay here [on the doorstep],” she says. “I keep watching until they come back. When I see a car, I believe it’s the settlers coming to attack them. I stay here on my doorstep until they return.”

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

“We have been living under a lot of pressure for the last two months,” says Adel. “We live in a state of constant fear. Everyone feels stressed for himself, for his brothers, for his children and friends.

“You are stressed all the time, even when you’re at home, because you keep thinking of these new settlers who have come and who are attacking the shepherds and the livestock. All of us are thinking about this because it is new to us and we have never been under this kind of pressure,” he says. “We are all afraid.”

Our teams are responding to settler-related and other forms of violence in Hebron by providing psychological support to those who need it. In Zanuta village, we provide mental health support through individual counselling, group activities and counselling for women on self-care, stress management, anger management, awareness sessions on COVID-19, awareness raising of the violence around them, and teaching coping mechanisms. We have also run group counselling activities for children on stress management, relaxation, awareness sessions on COVID-19 and awareness-raising about the violence.

“Residents of Zanuta face many challenges in their daily life as a result of the settlers, on top of daily hardships such as movement restrictions and home demolitions that are a result of the Israeli occupation,” says Salah Daraghmeh, MSF project coordinator. “We are providing mental health support to the residents, but we cannot solve the problem of settler violence against the Palestinian people. Only the Israeli authorities can do that.”

(Source / 18.08.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct a Palestinian Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday evening, a young Palestinian man in Jabal Sbeih (Sbeih Mountain) in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers ambushed the Palestinian before assaulting him and took him to the nearby Huwwara military base.

They added that the soldiers also chased several other Palestinians, and closed areas surrounding the mountain to prevent the Palestinians from reaching it.

On Friday, August 13th, the soldiers injured  39 Palestinians in the Sbeih Mountain area, during a procession against the illegal colonialist outpost and the ongoing takeover of their lands.

The Palestinians have been holding ongoing processions against the Israeli attempts to illegally annex their mountain and lands for its colonialist activities. The Israeli army killed several Palestinians and injured hundreds since the processions started.

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(Source / 18.08.2021)

Soldiers Storm Many Homes In Hebron And Bethlehem, Abduct One Palestinian

Israeli soldiers invaded and ransacked, on Wednesday at dawn, many Palestinian homes in Hebron and Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, and abducted a young man.

Media sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, said many army jeeps invaded Beit Ummar town, north of the city, before breaking into and ransacking many homes in ‘Aseeda and Khlalet al-Ein areas.

They added that the soldiers smashed the doors of many homes before breaking into them, and violently searched them causing extensive property damage.

During the invasions, the soldiers abducted Moath Sa’id Awad, 21, and summoned a former political prisoner, identified as Mahdi Mirshed Za’aqeeq, for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, north of Hebron.

In addition, several military vehicles invaded Bethlehem city, south of occupied Jerusalem, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked homes in the Wad Ma’ali area, and the Old City, leading to protests.

The invaded homes belong to members of the local al-Hreini family, including the home of a political prisoner, identified as Hamza Khaled al-Hreini.

Furthermore, four Israeli military vehicles and a bulldozer invaded Za’tara town, east of the city.

(Source / 18.08.2021)

Army Invades Printshop In Hebron, Orders It Shut Until February 2022

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, a Printshop in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, confiscated its machines and equipment, in addition to ordering it shut until February of 2022.

Eyewitnesses said dozens of soldiers invaded the Ein Sarah area, in Hebron, before breaking into the Palestinian Advertisement Company, owned by Emad ath-Theeba, and confiscated more than 19 press machines, in addition to various official documents.

They added that the soldiers weld the company’s front iron doors shut and placed an order shutting it down until February of next year, 2022.

The invasion led to protests before the soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades; there have been no immediate reports of injuries.

Also at dawn, the soldiers abducted four Palestinians, including two siblings who were also assaulted by the army, in Tubas, Qalqilia, and Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many Palestinian homes in Hebron and Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, and abducted a young man.

On Tuesday evening, the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man in Jabal Sbeih (Sbeih Mountain) in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

(Source / 18.08.2021)

Updated: Including Siblings, Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians In Tubas, Qalqilia, And Ramallah

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, seven Palestinians, including two siblings who were also assaulted by the army, in Tubas, Qalqilia, and Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

Kamal Bani Odah, the head of the Tubas office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) in the northeastern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded the city and abducted Fayez Abu Dawwas, after storming his home and ransacking it.

In Qalqilia city, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded a home and ransacked it, before assaulting Mohammad Bilal Daoud, 29, and his brother Amir, 28, causing injuries, and abducted them.

The soldiers also abducted Rami Mohammad Oweisi, 35, Mousa Abdul-Rahim Nazzal, 35, and Anas Mamdouh Hamad, 23, from their homes in Qalqilia.

During the invasion in Qalqilia, the soldiers deliberately rammed a car owned by the Qalqilia City Council and kept driving. (Video By Palestine TV)

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Deir Abu Mashal village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, searched homes, and abducted Mohammad Ayyoub Zahran, 18.

Also at dawn, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many Palestinian homes in Hebron and Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, and abducted one a young man.

On Tuesday evening, the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man in Jabal Sbeih (Sbeih Mountain) in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

(Source / 18.08.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Barn, Abduct Its Owner, Near Tulkarem

Israeli soldiers demolished, on Wednesday morning, a barn in Qaffin town, north of Tulkarem, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Khaled Ajjouli, a resident of Qaffin, stated that several Israeli military jeeps and a bulldozer invaded the town before demolishing a barn and a water reservoir, owned by Nidal Abdul-Rahim Ajjouli, 40.

He added that the soldiers abducted Nidal, who was sleeping in his barn to guard his livestock and assaulted his cousin Rashwan Nasreddin Ajjouli who tried to help him in removing the livestock out of the barn before the soldiers demolished it.

The destruction was carried out without a warning, especially since the Palestinian never received a demolition order.

Khaled added that the attack is not the first, as the soldiers demolished, nearly 18 months ago, a concrete room allegedly for being built with a permit from the so-called Civil Administration Office, the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation.

On Wednesday at dawn, dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded a Printshop in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, confiscated its machines and equipment, in addition to ordering it shut until February of 2022.

Also at dawn, the soldiers abducted four Palestinians, including two siblings who were also assaulted by the army, in Tubas, Qalqilia, and Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many Palestinian homes in Hebron and Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, and abducted a young man.

On Tuesday evening, the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man in Jabal Sbeih (Sbeih Mountain) in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

(Source / 18.08.2021)

Israeli settlers kidnap, torture 15-year-old in Jenin

California (QNN)- Israeli settlers on Tuesday kidnapped Tareq Abdurrazzaq Zubeidi (15 years old) in Jenin after ramming him. The settlers took Zubeidi to an evacuated settlement in southern Jenin and tortured him before they left leaving him bleeding.

Imrawh Zubeidi, one of the boy’s relatives, said a car driven by Israeli settlers rammed Tareq while he was playing with his friends in the village of Seilet Al Thaher in southern Jenin. After ramming him, they took him in the car to an empty area and started beating him.

He added that “the settlers did not stop beating him. They tore off his clothes, burnt parts of his leg using a lighter, and handcuffed him before they left him thrown on a cactus plant. An Israeli patrol arrived after two hours and found him.”

“When we knew where he was, we went and took him from the Israeli army. An ambulance took him to Khalil Suleiman hospital in Jenin. Doctors described his condition as medium.”

(Source / 18.08.2021)