IOF rejects releasing body of slain Palestinian

IOF rejects releasing body of slain Palestinian
Ahmed Erekat

Gaza post – A petition to return the remains of deceased Palestinian civilian Ahmed Erekat to his family was denied by Israeli occupation’s Supreme Court on Wednesday.

On his way to his sister’s wedding, Erakat, a 27-year-old Palestinian, was shot and killed by occupying Israeli soldiers at the “container” checkpoint in the occupied East Jerusalem district of Abu Dis in June 2020.

Erekat’s automobile is shown ramming into a checkpoint and knocking over an Israeli officer in video footage. When the man is outside his car and does not appear to be a threat to the soldiers, Israeli forces shoot him.

Since his death, the Israeli occupation has detained his remains, despite repeated calls from lawyers and human rights organizations for his release.

On Wednesday, Israel’s Supreme Court denied Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israeli occupation  – a plea to liberate Erekat’s body, which was filed on behalf of his father, Mustafa Erekat.

The majority of the judges, Neil Handel and David Mintz, decided that Israeli defense regulations allow the military commander to make judgments about the burial of “terrorists or enemy victims” as bargaining chips in exchange for the return of Israeli soldiers’ bodies.


However, Justice Yitzhak Amit, who was in the minority, concluded that the army’s initial decision to detain the body was unconstitutional and done without official authority because it was made without the government’s permission.

Amit went on to say that the army’s “secret papers” submitted to the court in a closed session did not persuade him to negotiate the release of Israeli troops’ bodies and captives.


The court’s decision was condemned by Adalah as harsh and in breach of international law.

In reaction to the verdict, Adalah said, “Israel’s strategy of keeping Palestinian bodies 81 persons since 2015 is brutal and degrading, and a blatant breach of international law, particularly the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”


“The Court’s ruling today gives the military a free hand without governmental oversight and validates such an unconstitutional behavior retrospectively. Israel must return the dozens of Palestinian bodies it currently holds as soon as possible “The legal center added to this.


Erekat’s family started campaigning for his body’s release just days after his death.

His late uncle, Saeb Erekat, also General-Secretary of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) called for help in pressuring Israel to release his body.


“Israeli officials continue to detain Ahmed Erakat’s lifeless body for the fifth day, refusing to allow us to bury him like all humans do when their loved ones die,” he tweeted.

In November 2020, the late General-Secretary died of coronavirus.

(Source / 20.08.2021)

IOF arrests four Palestinians, raids their houses in West Bank

IOF arrests four Palestinians, raids their houses in West Bank
Occupation soldiers arrested Palestinian man

Gaza post – Israeli occupation soldiers arrested on Friday four Palestinians from the southern West Bank area of Hebron, according to local sources.

Sources stated that Israeli forces stormed Yatta town, south of the city, where they detained a father and his two sons and ransacked several houses, turning them upside down.

Besides, soldiers manning Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus city, stopped and arrested another Palestinian from Hebron city.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation detained four others while the latter were in Israel.

Three of the prisoners were residents of Jaba‘ town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and the other as a resident of Jenin refugee camp.

Israeli forces daily storm Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank under the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with citizens.

(Source / 20.08.2021)

IOF arrests four Palestinians from al-Khalil

Arrests

AL-KHALIL, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Friday four citizens and searched several homes in al-Khalil.

Security and local sources reported that IOF soldiers stormed Yatta town, south of al-Khalil, and arrested Abed Al-Shawahin, 50, and his two sons Ali and Hussein.

The IOF also arrested Muhammad al-Atrash from al-Khalil, as he was passing through Hawara military checkpoint, south of Nablus.

(Source / 20.08.2021)

Two injuries with rubber bullets in Beita

Mount Sobeih

NABLUS, (PIC) – Two young men were wounded on Thursday by rubber-coated metal bullets during clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Mount Sobeih in Beita town, south of Nablus.

Medical sources in Nablus reported that two youths were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets, one of them in his foot and the other in his hand and they were taken for treatment.

IOF, in the morning, escorted bulldozers that started leveling work in the al-Masbah area on the Karm al-Nimr hill, opposite Mount Sobeih, and razed the road leading to the place where the demonstrators gathered.

The Beita residents continue the nighttime protest activities in response to the continued presence of the Eviatar outpost on the summit of the mountain.

In the evening, dozens of Beita’s children climbed the mountain, carrying torches and sent messages to the world in four languages.

The children presented messages in four languages and addressed them to international organizations and the world community asking them to intervene to end settlement activities in the town and halt the Israeli occupation practices against its citizens.

(Source / 20.08.2021)

UN to distribute Qatar cash aid to needy families in Gaza

Palestinians arrive at post office to receive the financial aid of Qatar in Gaza City, Gaza on 30 December 2020. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians arrive at post office to receive the financial aid of Qatar in Gaza City, Gaza on 30 December 2020

The Qatar Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and the United Nations (UN) yesterday signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to distribute Qatari aid to 100,000 needy families in the Gaza Strip, a senior diplomat said.

Qatari Ambassador to Palestine and the committee’s Chairman, Mohammed al-Emadi, said in a statement that he had signed the MoU with the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Tor Wennesland.

“The cash aid will be disbursed to the beneficiaries through the UN World Food Program (WFP), where about 100,000 needy families in the Gaza Strip will receive this aid per month, at the cost of 100 U.S. dollars per family in cash,” Ambassador Al-Emadi said.

According to the statement, the aid will be transferred before the end of August to be distributed during the month of September.

The cash is part of a $360 million grant pledged by the Emir Qatar, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, to the people of Gaza Strip in January to be disbursed in 2021.

However, since May Israel has refused to transfer the funds to Gaza saying Hamas would use the money in its resistance activities.

READ: New financial crisis hits PA, leaves it unable to pay salaries

(Source / 20.08.2021)

Israel shoots at Palestinian fishermen 3 miles from Gaza’s shores

Gazaian fishermen sail to the sea at the Port of Gaza in Gaza City, Gaza on January 5, 2021. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
Gazaian fishermen sail to the sea at the Port of Gaza in Gaza City, Gaza on January 5, 2021

Israeli gunboats attacked Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza City and forced them to return ashore yesterday morning.

A reporter for the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) said that gunboats opened fire at fishermen and their boats using machineguns. The fishermen were three nautical miles off the shore of the As-Sudaniya area in the northwest of Gaza City.

No one was hurt in the attack.

Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, Palestinian fishermen are permitted to fish up to 20 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza, but Israel has kept never allowed them access that far into their waters and constantly limits the fishing area to six nautical miles as part of its blockade on Gaza, often banning access to the waters altogether.

The Israeli occupation’s navy regularly fires on Palestinian fishermen and confiscates their boats and fishing gear, so much so that it has been deemed a “dangerous” profession by rights organisations.

Last year alone, Israeli occupation forces attacked Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip on at least 320 occasions, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) reported, 63 more than in the previous year. Israel also closed the fishing zone altogether for 16 days last August.

READ: Gaza fishermen are caught between a rock and a hard place

(Source / 20.08.2021)

Israel injures 2 Palestinians in Beita protests

Palestinian youths protest against Israeli occupation in the village of Beita, south of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank on 8 June 2021. [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian youths protest against Israeli occupation in the village of Beita, south of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank on 8 June 2021

Two young men were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets yesterday after Israeli occupation forces fired at Palestinians on Mount Sobeih in the town of Beita, south of Nablus.

Medical sources in occupied Nablus reported that two youths were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets, one of them in his foot and the other in his hand and they were taken for treatment.

Occupation forces had been escorting bulldozers that started razing the Al-Masbah area on the Karm Al-Nimr hill, opposite Mount Sobeih, and the road leading to the place where the demonstrators gathered.

Beita residents have continued their nighttime protests against the presence of the illegal Eviatar outpost on the summit of the mountain.

In May, Israeli occupation settlers flooded Jabal Abu Sbeih near the village of Beita in the occupied West Bank and established an illegal settlement outpost, which they named Eviatar. Palestinians launched protests against the move.

As the settlers attempted to legalise Eviatar, occupation authorities reached a deal that saw the illegal settlers leave the area, but none of their mobile homes removed, as the area would be made a makeshift military base until a land survey is carried out and its results are published.

All Israeli settlements and outposts in the occupied territories are illegal under international law.

READ: Israel court rejects Palestinians’ claim to Beita land

(Source / 20.08.2021)

UNRWA urges support for Palestine refugees in Lebanon

Palestinian refugees and Lebanese activists sitting in fishing boats take part in a marine Palestinian-solidarity event, on May 6, 2021. [MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian refugees and Lebanese activists sitting in fishing boats take part in a marine Palestinian-solidarity event, on May 6, 2021

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has expressed concern over the rapid deterioration of the situation in Lebanon and its impact on Palestinian refugees.

Between the economic and financial collapse, the COVID-19 pandemic and the catastrophic impact of the Beirut port explosion, the country has plunged into multiple crises leaving Palestine refugees, one of the most vulnerable communities in Lebanon, struggling even harder to survive.

“The crises that have accumulated since 2019 have affected all segments of society in Lebanon, drastically impacting the access of refugees in general – and Palestine refugees in particular – to sources of livelihood,” UNRWA said in a statement yesterday, adding that the unprecedented depreciation of the local currency has slashed the purchasing power of Palestine refugees as prices continue to increase dramatically, with inflation surpassing 100 per cent.

“While the international community and aid agencies struggle to fill the unprecedented needs in Lebanon, which is now witnessing an acute shortage of fuel and goods, it is crucial to give adequate attention to the extremely dire conditions that most Palestine refugees in Lebanon live in, including Palestine refugees who have escaped the armed conflict in Syria,” the statement quoted UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini as saying.

UNRWA remains the main provider of basic services, such as health, education and camp improvements, to more than 210,000 Palestine refugees in Lebanon, including approximately 28,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria.

READ: Hezbollah organises Iran oil shipment to help Lebanon

(Source / 20.08.2021)

Female Palestinian spending 3rd month in solitary confinement in Israel’s jails

Palestinian prisoner Fadwa Hamada[Palinfo]
Palestinian prisoner Fadwa Hamada

Palestinian prisoner Fadwa Hamada remains in solitary detention in Israeli jails for the third month in a row, her husband has said, the Palestinian Information Centre reported.

Munther Hamada said: “My wife has been in solitary confinement for more than 80 days, although she suffers from several diseases.”

Hamada explained, in a press statement, that Fadwa sent a message through a freed prisoner, in which she appealed: “Enough is enough, I am destroyed, take me out of the injustice I am in.”

Three months ago, the occupation authorities issued a new indictment against the Jerusalemite claiming she attacked a female prison guard while in detention a year ago, when she confronted a jailer who was insulting her fellow prisoner. She was then returned to solitary isolation again. She had last been released from solitary less than three months earlier, having spent 105 days in solitary confinement in the Damoun Prison.

Thirty-four-year-old mother of five Fadwa is from the town of Sur Baher, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem. She was arrested on 12 August 2017.

The occupation accused her of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in the Damascus Gate area and she was sentenced to ten years in prison and a fine of 30,000 shekels ($9,245).

There are approximately 40 female Palestinian prisoners being held in the occupation’s jails, many are subjected to beatings, humiliation and insults while incarcerated.

Report: Israel detains 26 Palestinian journalists for reporting news on social media

(Source / 20.08.2021)

Body of deceased Palestinian Ahmad Erekat can continue to be held, Israel court rules

27-year-old Ahmad Erekat [Twitter]
27-year-old Ahmad Erekat was shot dead by Israeli occupation soldiers on 23 June 2020

Israel is committing a war crime by holding the bodies of deceased Palestinians as hostages, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel said today in response to the Israeli Supreme Court’s decision to approve the continued detention of the body of Ahmad Erekat, Safa reported.

“Israel’s policy of holding Palestinian bodies – 81 people since 2015 – is inhumane and degrading, and a blatant violation of international law, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,” said Adalah in a statement.

“The Court’s decision today gives a free hand to the military, without governmental authority, and retroactively approves such an illegal practice. Israel must immediately return the dozens of Palestinian bodies it currently holds.”

The Israeli Supreme Court rejected a petition on Wednesday filed by Adalah on behalf of Mustafa Erekat, against the Israeli army’s continuous hold of the deceased body of his son, Ahmad.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ahmad was shot and killed by Israeli Border Police at the “Container” checkpoint in Abu Dis on 23 June 2020, alleging the car he was driving in had tried to ram a policewoman.

READ: Israel’s killing of Palestinian man at checkpoint was ‘extrajudicial execution’, concludes report

(Source / 20.08.2021)