UN, Palestine team remove unexploded Israel bomb from Gaza building

It took the UNMAS team and explosives engineers from the Palestinian police force 14 days to retrieve the missile

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) extracted an American-made Israeli missile that was dropped on a five-storey apartment building during the occupation state's latest war on Gaza, on 26 August 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) extracted an American-made Israeli missile that was dropped on a five-storey apartment building during the occupation state's latest war on Gaza, on 26 August 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) extracted an American-made Israeli missile that was dropped on a five-storey apartment building during the occupation state's latest war on Gaza, on 26 August 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) extracted an American-made Israeli missile that was dropped on a five-storey apartment building during the occupation state's latest war on Gaza, on 26 August 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) extracted an American-made Israeli missile that was dropped on a five-storey apartment building during the occupation state's latest war on Gaza, on 26 August 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) extracted an American-made Israeli missile that was dropped on a five-storey apartment building during the occupation state's latest war on Gaza, on 26 August 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) extracted an American-made Israeli missile that was dropped on a five-storey apartment building during the occupation state's latest war on Gaza, on 26 August 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) extracted an American-made Israeli missile that was dropped on a five-storey apartment building during the occupation state's latest war on Gaza, on 26 August 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) extracted an American-made Israeli missile that was dropped on a five-storey apartment building during the occupation state's latest war on Gaza, on 26 August 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) yesterday extracted an American-made Israeli missile that was dropped on a five-storey apartment building during the occupation state’s latest war on Gaza in May. The ordnance had not exploded.

The GBU-39 type missile is often used by the occupation army to destroy Palestinian buildings.

It took the UNMAS team and explosives engineers from the Palestinian police force 14 days to retrieve the missile, which penetrated five floors and landed in the foundations of the building.

The Palestinian teams have been working for three months to remove hundreds of unexploded Israeli bombs. Occupation forces had also targeted the team’s headquarters in Gaza.

Israel’s 11-day air strikes campaign against Gaza in May led to the death of 254 people, including 66 children. It has been called the war on high rises as they were the occupation’s main target. As a result thousands of families were left homeless.

Bennett: No peace with Palestinians, siege on Gaza to continue

(Source / 27.08.2021)

Pregnant Palestinian detainee urges international intervention to free her

Palestinian Anhar Al-Deek, who is nine months pregnant, has appealed for international intervention to release her from Israeli jail so she can have her baby at home [Days of Palestine]
Palestinian Anhar Al-Deek, who is nine months pregnant, has appealed for international intervention to release her from Israeli jail so she can have her baby at home 

Palestinian Anhar Al-Deek, who is nine months pregnant, has appealed for international intervention to release her from Israeli jail so she can have her baby at home.

Twenty-five-year-old Al-Deek from the Kafr Ni’ma town west of Ramallah has sent a letter to her family urging them to call on the international community to help secure her freedom.

“What should I do if I give birth far from you? I am tied up, how can I give birth via caesarean section when I am alone in prison?” Anhar wrote in her letter to her family, adding: “I am exhausted, and I had severe pains in the pelvis and severe pain in my legs due to sleeping on the prison beds. I do not know how I want to sleep on it after my delivery operation.”

“How do I want to take my first steps after the operation, and how the warden holds my hands in disgust.”

“Israeli prison administration still want to put me in isolation, my son and me,” she warned.

READ: Bennett’s rhetoric can’t conceal Israel’s colonial land grab

Anhar has been imprisoned for five months on charges of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack near an illegal settlement outpost, however no verdict has yet been issued against her yet.

The Israeli prison authorities allowed her husband to visit her only once since her arrest.

Anhar’s mother, Aisha Al-Deek, told Anadolu that her daughter is living in a difficult psychological state, and there are real fears for her life during the birth.

Anhar has been diagnosed with depression and is fretting over her baby being delivered in squalid and dirty conditions, she added.

“We have contacted all the competent human rights and official bodies, consuls and embassies. We do not want anything but to allow Anhar to deliver her baby outside the prison,” Anhar’s mother said.

READ: Palestinian activist’s family seeks international justice following his death

(Source / 27.08.2021)

Army Abducts Three Palestinians Near Al-Aqsa In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Friday morning, three young Palestinian men while leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers stopped the three Palestinians and interrogated them while inspecting their ID cards, before abducting them.

They added that the soldiers took the three young men to the al-Qashla police station, in the Old City.

The army also attacked many Palestinians while trying to prevent them from entering the holy site.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also abducted two siblings, from Ya’bad town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Furthermore, the soldiers attacked the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and injured at least eight Palestinians, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. The army also caused damage to one ambulance.

In related news, the soldiers attacked a nonviolent procession held by Palestinians and international peace activists, protesting the escalating Israeli violations in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

On Friday at dawn, the soldiers fired several rounds of live ammunition at a Palestinian car near Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank, causing it to crash wounding the three young men inside it before abducting them.

(Source / 27.08.2021)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report August 10 – 23, 2021

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Protection of Civilians Report

Latest developments (after the reporting period)

On 24 August, a 15-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and killed by Israeli forces during an Israeli search-and-arrest operation in Balata refugee camp (Nablus).
On 25 August, a 32-year-old Palestinian man succumbed to wounds he sustained from Israeli gunfire during a demonstration held on 21 August, east of Gaza city.

Highlights from the reporting period

In the West Bank, five Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during search-and-arrest operations. During a nighttime operation in the Jenin refugee camp on 15 August, Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinians, aged between 19 and 21. A fifth Palestinian sustained serious wounds. During the operation, there was an armed clash between Palestinians and an Israeli undercover unit, who entered the camp to arrest a Palestinian, reportedly affiliated with Hamas. Another Palestinian, aged 25, died on 11 August of wounds he sustained during another search-and-arrest operation in Jenin city on 3 August. Fifty-five (55) Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank this year, all by live ammunition.
Overall, Israeli forces injured 221 Palestinians across the West Bank. Of the total injured, 152 people were wounded during ongoing protests against settlement activity near Beita, 19 in Beit Dajan (both in Nablus), and ten in Kafr Qaddum (Qalqiliya). Thirty-two others were injured in clashes with Israeli forces that erupted during a demolition incident (see below) in Battir (Bethlehem). Two school children were injured in clashes that erupted with Israeli forces in the vicinity of a school in Tayasir community (Tubas), and the remaining in other locations in the West Bank. Of those injured, three Palestinians were shot with live ammunition, 28 with rubber bullets, and the rest were mainly treated for tear gas inhalation or physical assault. In addition to the 221 injured directly by Israeli forces, 23 were injured in Beita, either while running away from Israeli forces or in circumstances that could not be verified.
Israeli forces carried out 92 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 104 Palestinians across the West Bank. Most of the operations took place in the Jerusalem and Hebron governorates. Since 23 August, Israeli forces have closed the main entrance of Sinjil village in Ramallah with earth mounds, in addition to a nearby road, forcing local Palestinians to rely on long detours, disrupting their access to services and livelihoods. Around 7,000 Palestinian residents have been affected by the closure.
On 16 August, Palestinian armed groups launched two rockets from Gaza towards southern Israel, the first launched since the end of May. One of the rockets was intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome defence system and the other fell short inside Gaza. No injuries or damage to property was reported. On 23 August, Palestinian armed groups in Gaza launched a number of incendiary balloons, which caused several fires in Israel. Israeli military jets carried out a series of strikes against military positions in Gaza, which reportedly drew heavy machine-gun fire from Palestinian armed groups, after which Israeli air forces carried out further airstrikes. No injuries or damage was reported.
On 21 August, hundreds of people held a mass demonstration on the Gaza side of Israel’s perimeter fence that encloses the Gaza Strip. During the protest, people hurled stones and other objects towards Israeli forces and the latter fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters. The Ministry of Health in Gaza documented 53 Palestinian injuries, including 25 children, with 46 of those injured by live ammunition. One Israeli soldier was seriously wounded when he was shot by a Palestinian demonstrator. Afterwards, Israeli forces carried out a series of airstrikes on a number of positions, belonging to Palestinian armed groups in Gaza. No injuries were reported.
Also in Gaza, on at least 11 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence and off the coast, ostensibly to enforce access restrictions. Israeli military bulldozers conducted a land-levelling operation inside Gaza, near the perimeter fence, east of Al Maghazi refugee camp in the Middle Area. In a separate incident, Egyptian naval forces opened fire towards Palestinian boats off the coast of Rafah, injuring a fisherman. In two separate incidents, five children were injured while handling explosive remnants of war in Gaza city. On 23 August, Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing in both directions until further notice. The reason behind this unscheduled closure was not announced.
Israeli authorities demolished, seized, or forced owners’ to demolish, a total of 31 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, due to lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 32 people, including 14 children, and affecting the livelihoods of around 680 other people. A one-story building was also demolished by its owners, displacing four families (15 people), in the Shu’fat neighbourhood of East Jerusalem. This followed a final decision by the Israeli Supreme Court, which ruled that settlers owned the land on which the houses were built, giving the families 20 days to evacuate their houses. This is disputed by the Palestinian owners who say that they bought the land in 1952. Also, on 10 August, an agricultural road was levelled by the Israeli authorities in Battir village (Bethlehem), affecting access to land for around 100 families (500 people). In addition, around 100 children were affected by the demolition of an extension to a building planned to be used as a kindergarten in the Beit Safafa neighbourhood of East Jerusalem. At least eight families were forced to evacuate their residence on 22 August for a period of ten days to make way for Israeli military trainings in the Ibziq area (Tubas). Four more incidents of temporary evacuation were recorded on the same grounds in two other communities in Tubas.
Israeli settlers injured at least six Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, in the West Bank. In one incident on 17 August, settlers struck a boy with their vehicle near Silat adh Dhahr village (Jenin), abducted him to the previously-evacuated Israeli settlement Homesh, tied him to a tree and beat him until he lost consciousness. An Israeli military jeep found the boy two hours later and handed him over to an ambulance. The boy was taken to hospital where he was treated for contusions and burns. Five other Palestinians were stoned or physically assaulted, including a woman in the Israeli-controlled H2 area of Hebron city, a driver in the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, and three farmers in ‘Urif (Nablus). Also, people known or believed to be Israeli settlers vandalized or stole at least 30 Palestinian-owned olive trees and saplings. In one raid into ‘Asira al Qibliya in Nablus, settlers stoned houses and set fire to farmland, causing damage. A number of incidents involving settlers and local Palestinians were recorded in Khirbet Zanuta (Hebron), in which one Palestinian farmer was detained by Israel security forces.
People known or believed to be Palestinians threw stones at Israeli-plated vehicles travelling on West Bank roads, injuring three settlers. Also, according to Israeli sources, stone-throwing damaged at least 22 Israeli-plated cars.

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(Source / 27.08.2021)

Opinion: Racism is at the very heart of Israel

By: Dr. Belal Yasin

Many international organisations and human rights groups have confirmed that Israel imposes a racist — “apartheid” — regime which oppresses the Palestinians. This regime denies them basic rights and exposes them to repeated attacks by illegal Jewish settlers, which increases the tension in the occupied Palestinian territories and within Israeli itself. The Palestinians continue to be beaten, killed and forcibly displaced.

On 9 May, the Israeli authorities tried to prevent thousands of Palestinians living in the 1948-occupied Palestinian territories — they are Israeli citizens — from reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem to commemorate the twenty-seventh night of the holy month Ramadan, which is a sacred night for all Muslims. Mass protests followed, and Zionist settlers did not hesitate to attack the Palestinians with live ammunition and hand grenades. The Israeli government encourages a policy of divide and rule, pitting one ethnic group against another, but in this case the Israeli police arrested more than 500 Palestinians rather than the fully armed and dangerous settlers, not one of whom was detained. If nothing else, this was an indication of the institutionalised racism of the Israeli authorities against its own Palestinian citizens.

Who are the Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel?

Although Zionist terrorists displaced more than 800,000 Palestinians from their homes in 1948, a number of Palestinians remained in the occupied cities of what is now called Israel. According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), in 2019, the number of Palestinians who reside in the territory occupied in 1948 was estimated at about 2 million, one-fifth of the population of the occupation state. They live mainly in the Galilee, the Negev and the “Triangle”, Arab towns and villages adjacent to the Green (1949 Armistice) Line between Israel and the occupied West Bank.

Forms of racism

Although Palestinians in the 1948-occupied Palestinian territories have Israeli citizenship, they are faced with institutional racism. They are not regarded or treated as equals in any aspect of life. Dozens of laws have been enacted to reinforce this racism, most notably:

  • The Jewish Nation-State Law, which limits the right to self-determination to Jews alone within the
    self-styled Jewish state. Muslim and Christian citizens have no such right.
  • The Israeli Citizenship Law, which states that every Jew becomes an Israeli citizen the instant she or he steps on Israeli soil, no matter where in the world they are from. This law excludes Palestinians from their legitimate right to return to their homeland. Palestinian citizens do not have the same rights as Jewish citizens.

Not only have the Israeli authorities enacted racist laws against the Palestinians, but state officials also issue statements that directly affect the Arab Palestinians and their lives, and incite settlers against them. The number of attacks on Palestinians has increased accordingly.

More than 1,700 Palestinian citizens of Israel have been killed between 2000 and 2020. The Israel occupation authorities have refrained from conducting any investigations, which leads us to ask how the Israeli police can arrest the perpetrators of crimes against Jewish settlers often within 24 hours, while refusing to investigate or even care about crimes committed against the Palestinians, the perpetrators of which are subsequently usually registered as “persons unknown”?

In its report dated 15 March 2017, the UN Social and Economic Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) answered this question, stressing that the Israeli authorities have established an apartheid regime that dominates the entire Palestinian people. The facts and evidence prove beyond reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid as defined by international law.

Human Rights Watch also accused Israel of apartheid in its report dated 27 April this year. Indeed, it accused the state of committing two crimes against humanity, by pursuing a policy of apartheid and persecution against the Arab citizens of Israel as well as the inhabitants of the 1967-occupied Palestinian territories.

According to the facts backed up by the UN and other reports, the Israeli authorities practice the ugliest forms of racism against the Palestinian people residing in the 1948-occupied Palestinian territories. This reinforces the continuous tension and increases the chance of violence. The UN and its member states are legally obligated to take urgent action to end all forms of apartheid and take appropriate steps against the guilty party. Racism is at the very heart of Israel; its impunity must end.

(Source / 27.08.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Siblings Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, Friday, two Palestinian siblings from Ya’bad town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Montaser Sammour, the head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), stated that the soldiers abducted Jamal Zoheir Salah, and his brother, Salim, after stopping them at the Mabo Dothan military roadblock.

Sammour added that the two Palestinians were working on their farmland before the soldiers abducted them.

It is worth mentioning that, on Thursday at dawn, the soldiers abducted a young man, identified as Husam Habes Tammoun, from Ya’bad, while working in Fahma village, south of Jenin.

(Source / 27.08.2021)

Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protesters Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, a nonviolent procession held by Palestinians and international peace activists, protesting the escalating Israeli violations in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the Popular Committees against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in southern Hebron, said the soldiers attacked the Palestinians and the international peace activists while nonviolently marching on Palestinian lands.

Jabour added that the soldiers detained several Palestinians and international activists, in addition to two journalists, identified as Mashhour al-Wahwah and Sari Jaradat, and a resident, Jamil Salhab.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers closed all roads leading to the protest area, and declared it a closed zone.

Jabour said the Palestinians held Friday prayers on their lands in Um ash-Shaqhan area in Masafer Yatta where Israeli colonizers from Avigal illegal colony are trying to confiscate to expand their colony in the area between the at-Tiwani village and Shu’ab al-Batem, east of Yatta.

He added that the Palestinians carried Palestinian flags and chanted against the Israeli violations, including the theft of their lands, and affirming their determination to remain steadfast on their lands.

The Palestinians have been holding weekly protests after the illegal Israeli colonizers installed tents and brought a bus on lands owned by Palestinians from the local Jabarin family, and installed an illegal outpost.

Link To Video By WAFA News

(Source / 27.08.2021)

Israeli Army Injures Eight Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and injured at least eight Palestinians, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. The army also caused damage to one ambulance.

The Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum said the Palestinians marched from the center of the town while chanting against the ongoing Israeli occupation and its escalating violations.

It added that Israeli soldiers invaded the town, and started firing a barrage of rubber-coated steel bullets and sponge-tipped bullets, wounding at least eight Palestinians.

The soldiers also fired gas bombs at random, causing scores of residents, including those in their homes, to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

In addition, the soldiers fired several rubber-coated bullets at a Palestinian ambulance, shattering its read window.

The Palestinians have been holding weekly processions for the last eighteen years, demanding the army to reopen the village’s main road which was blockaded to allow easy access to the illegal colonizers, driving to and from Kedumim illegal colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

In related news, the soldiers attacked a nonviolent procession held by Palestinians and international peace activists, protesting the escalating Israeli violations in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 27.08.2021)

UNRWA calls on Israel to “exercise restraint in their use of force and to minimize casualties”

 Hundreds of Palestinians participated in the funeral of Imad Hashash in Balata refugee camp

JERUSALEM, Thursday, August 26, 2021 (WAFA) – In mourning of a Palestinian refugee student killed this week by Israeli occupation forces in Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees said it was “deeply saddened” by the killing of the student and called on the Israeli forces to exercise restraint in the use of force.

Emad Saleh Hashash, 15, a ninth-grade student at the UNRWA Balata Boys’ School, was shot in the head and killed in Balata refugee camp during clashes that followed an arrest operation carried out by Israeli forces in the camp on Tuesday.

According to reports, Hashash was standing on the roof of his house when he was shot in the head with live ammunition and pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

“UNRWA calls on the ISF (Israel Security Forces) to exercise restraint in their use of force and to minimize casualties,” said the UN agency in a statement.

“The killing of Emad adds to the ever-growing number of victims killed by the Israeli forces, in 2021 alone the Israeli Security Forces have killed 59 Palestinians in the West Bank including 22 refugees and 13 children. In addition, 984 Palestinians have been injured by live fire since the beginning of the year,” it added.

UNRWA continues to call on the Israeli forces to investigate these fatalities and use of live ammunition and hold accountable those that violate international standards. Until the Israeli military control over Palestinian civilians’ ceases, Israeli military forces must protect the lives and ensure the dignity of Palestinians living under their control,” the UN refugee agency concluded its statement.

(Source / 27.08.2021)

Israeli Army Abducts a Teenage Boy Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, Deir Nitham village, northwest of Ramallah, searched homes, and abducted a teenage boy.

Local sources said the invasion was carried out by several Israeli army jeeps before the soldiers broke into homes and searched them.

They added that the soldiers abducted Yousef Mohammad Tamimi, before talking him to an unknown destination.

Many Palestinians protested the invasion, and hurled stones at the army jeeps, while the soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades.

(Source / 27.08.2021)