Updated: Palestinian Protests in Beita Attacked by Israeli Troops, 94 Injured

Protest in Beita (image by Feras Abu Jaish)

Update from “Palestinian Protests in Beita Attacked by Israeli Troops”

In Beita, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society confirmed that 94 Palestinians; 17 shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, three of them hospitalized, 25 suffered burns due to gas bombs and concussion grenades, and 52 suffered effects of tear gas inhalation.

Among the wounded are three medics; one was injured by glass fragments when the soldiers opened fire at an ambulance, and two medics shot with rubber-coated steel bullets while helping wounded Palestinians.

Beita protest - August 26th 2021 - Image by Feras Abu Jaish
Beita protest – August 26th 2021

Palestinians from all political parties came together Friday in the town of Beita to oppose the Israeli colony that was recently established on stolen village land. Israeli troops attacked the protesters with so-called ‘less lethal’ munitions.

The attack by Israeli forces came a day after Israeli troops demolished several roads to prevent the Palestinian protesters from reaching the Jabal Sbaih mountain, where Palestinians have gathered in protest on a near-daily basis to confront and challenge the illegal theft of their land by Israeli colonizers in May.

On Wednesday, troops also invaded the village of Beita, firing teargas into the streets:

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A report this week by Agence France Presse told how, over the past four months, Palestinians from Beita have come together across party lines and using unique non-violent techniques, to challenge the illegal Israeli seizure of their land.

According to that report, “Using laser pointers and noisy horns to torment Jewish settlers across the valley, Palestinians in Beita have set themselves apart from others demonstrating against Israeli presence in the West Bank. But beyond attention-grabbing tactics, protesters in the Palestinian town near Nablus insist their weeks-long campaign against the wildcat settlement of Eviatar is distinct for another reason.

“They describe it as a grassroots movement, not inspired or directed by Fatah secularists who control the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, or their rivals from the Islamist Hamas that runs the Gaza Strip.
‘Here there is only one flag: That of Palestine. There are no factions’, Said Hamayel told AFP.

“‘We are doing from below what Palestinian leaders cannot do from above,’ argued Hamayel, who said his 15-year-old son Mohammed was killed by Israeli army gunfire in a mid-June riot.”

“The Beita protest[s] broke out in May as a group of hard-line settlers erected a Jewish community on a nearby hilltop. All settlements are considered illegal under international law, but Israel has granted authorization to such communities across the West Bank, a territory it has captured from Jordan during the 1967 Six-Day War.

“But Eviatar was built without Israeli approval and the government struck a deal with settlers for their evacuation on July 2, while it studied the land to evaluate the prospect of eventual authorization.”

In addition to firing tear gas on Friday, and destroying roads on Thursday, Israeli forces in recent weeks have violently assaulted the thousands of Palestinians that have joined in the protests in Beita.

On Friday, July 31st, Israeli soldiers wounded 435 Palestinians during protests against the illegal colonialist activities in three areas in Beita town, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

(Source / 28.08.2021)

Palestinian Child Dies Of Serious Wounds He Suffered A Week Earlier In Gaza

Medical sources in the Gaza Strip have confirmed that a child died, on Saturday at dawn, from serious wounds he suffered a week earlier after Israeli soldiers shot and seriously wounded him, in the eastern part of the coastal region.

The sources stated that the child has been identified as Omar Hasan Abu an-Neel, 12, and added that he was shot in the head during a protest near the perimeter fence in Malka area, east Gaza city.

Omar was from the Tuffah neighborhood, in Gaza city; the medics rushed him to a hospital where he was admitted to surgery.

He remained in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit until he succumbed to his serious wounds.

On that day, 41 Palestinians were injured, many of whom were shot with live ammunition, including Omar.

Israeli sources report that an Israeli soldier was seriously injured when he was shot by a Palestinian protester through a hole in the perimeter wall where protesters were gathered.

According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, beginning on 30 March 2018, 215 civilians were shot and killed, including 47 children, 2 women, 9 persons with disabilities, 4 paramedics, and 2 journalists.

(Source / 28.08.2021)

Israeli Colonizers Attack Palestinians Near Ramallah

Illegal colonizers attacked, on Friday evening, a Palestinian family while picnicking on their lands on a Palestinian mountain near Kafr Ni’ma village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Thafer Ataya, from Kafr Ni’ma, said that he and his family were picnicking and eating dinner on their privately owned land in the northern part of the village, when at least two colonizers, who were riding four-wheeler off-road vehicles, assaulted them and tried to force them away.

“I was there on my land with members of my family, including women and children when the colonizers assaulted us,” Ataya stated, “Shortly afterward, Israeli soldiers arrived and got the assailants to leave.”

He also stated that “despite knowing what happened, and the fact that we were on our land, the soldiers told us that ‘we should not cause trouble and just leave’.”

The colonists came from the illegal outpost, they dubbed as “Sde Ephraim” that was installed on stolen Palestinian lands in the ar-Reesan mountain which belongs to the Palestinians from the villages of Ras Karkar, Kharbatha Bani Harith, and Kafr Ni’ma.

The lands where the attack took place are also close to an Israeli military roadblock and are subject to escalating violations.

It is worth mentioning that the family, and many other Palestinians, have been frequently attacked by the colonizers several times before, as they continue their attempts to illegally annex the lands to expand their outpost.

On Friday, February 5, 2021, a paramilitary illegal Israeli colonialist settler shot and killed a Palestinian man, identified as Khaled Maher Nofal, 34, in the same area.

(Source / 28.08.2021)

Video| Injuries in Israeli attack on protesters in Beita

Nablus (QNN)- Two citizens were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets while dozens were suffocated during an Israeli attack on protesters in Beita in southern Nablus.

The head of the ambulance services and emergency in the Red Crescent in Nablus, Ahmad Jibril, said two citizens were wounded by Israeli rubber-coated metal bullets and dealt with in the field.

He added that nearly 33 others were suffocated by Israeli tear gas while 5 others got fractures.

Locals of the village of Beita have been protesting for months against Israeli settlement projects in Sabih mountain in their village.

Israeli forces killed six citizens, most of them were children. Meanwhile, hundreds have been wounded so far.

(Source / 28.08.2021)

Video| Israeli forces arrest 7 journalists including QNN correspondent

Occupied Hebron (QNN)- Israeli forces on Friday arrested seven journalists, including QNN correspondent Sari Jaradat, while they were covering an anti-settlement protest in Masafer Yatta in southern Hebron.

Israeli occupation forces detained several journalists, including QNN correspondent Sari Jaradat, in Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, and blocked them from performing media coverage.

Israeli forces cracked down on journalists and activists and beat them up before closing the area and announcing it a closed military zone.

Activists and locals have performed Friday prayer at land threatened of confiscation by settlers. The protesters chanted slogans against settlement and the Israeli policy of ethnic cleansing.

(Source / 28.08.2021)

12-year-old dies a week after being shot by Israeli sniper in Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- Local sources said Omar Hasan Abul Nil (12 years old) died after being shot by an Israeli sniper during a protest in Gaza last week.

Citing members of the child’s family, the sources said he was shot by an Israeli sniper during a protest near the borders between Gaza and 1948-occupied territories last Saturday.

During the same week, Israeli snipers killed Usama Dueij from Jabalya refugee camp, during Gaza protests against the siege.

Hundreds of protesters have been sniped and killed by Israeli forces since March 2018.

Protesters have been avoiding bullets of Israeli snipers burning tires and targeting rifles of Israeli snipers. Last Saturday, a young man used a pistol to directly shoot an Israeli sniper through a hole in a concrete wall separating Gaza from 1948-occupied territories.

(Source / 28.08.2021)

Gaza boy shot by Israeli sniper last week succumbed to wounds

During similar demonstrations took place two years ago, the Israeli occupation forces killed 215 civilians, including 47 children, two women, nine persons with disabilities, four paramedics and two journalists.

Omar abu Neel, a Palestinian boy who was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli sniper during peaceful protest organised in Gaza last Saturday, succumbed to his wounded.

Medical sources said that Abu Neel, 12, was shot in the head during a protest near the eastern Gaza fence in Malka area, east of Gaza city.

Omar, from Al Tuffah neighborhood, who was shot by an Israeli sniper along with 40 other peaceful protesters, underwent lifesaving treatment for a week.

He remained in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit until he succumbed to his serious wounds on Saturday at dawn.

Israeli media reported that the Israeli soldier, who opened fire at the Palestinian protesters, was shot and seriously wounded.

During similar demonstrations took place two years ago, the Israeli occupation forces killed 215 civilians, including 47 children, two women, nine persons with disabilities, four paramedics and two journalists.

(Source / 28.08.2021)

US organizations demand Biden pressure Bennett to end systematic violations of Palestinian rights

Days of Palestine – WASHINGTON – Dozens of US organizations Thursday demanded US President Joe Biden pressure Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to end Israel’s systematic violations of Palestinian rights.

In a joint statement addressed to President Biden ahead of his first in-person meeting with newly-elected Israeli Prime Minister Bennett, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) along with undersigned organizations “insisted President Biden center core Palestinian calls for justice and demand that the Israeli government ends its ongoing and systemic violations of Palestinian rights.”

Read More: 4,000 Americans call on Biden to intervene to release Birzeit student detainees

They also urged ending the blockade of Gaza and immediately halting ongoing ethnic cleansing and forced expulsions of hundreds of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, Jerusalem.

“Palestinians have suffered under, and resisted, Israeli ethnic cleansing, military occupation, and crimes of apartheid since the creation of the state of Israel,” they said.

Read More: US Congresswoman Marie Newman calls for an end to Israeli evictions in Silwan

“The U.S. has enabled those policies by sending billions of dollars in unconditional military funding and by regularly shielding Israel from accountability in the international arena.”

“If President Biden truly wants to center justice and human rights in U.S. foreign policy, he must finally condemn and take action to end U.S. diplomatic support and military funding for the Israeli government’s ongoing and systemic violations of Palestinian human rights.”

“These include restrictions on freedom of movement; extrajudicial killings; demolitions of homes; ill-treatment and torture of children in military court systems; illegal annexation of land; theft of water and other natural resources; the suffocating blockade of Gaza and deadly and repeated military assaults on Palestinians there; the denial of the right of refugees to return to their homes; and more.”

“It is painfully clear that without pressure and demands for accountability from the U.S.—including cutting military funding to the Israeli government and sanctions—the Israeli government will continue to violate Palestinian rights. Our tax dollars should be invested in life affirming policies like housing and healthcare, not harm to communities around the globe.”

ADC Legislative and Policy Coordinator Chris Habiby called on Biden to “shift his administration’s complicity in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people by instead advocating in support of the human rights of Palestinians.”

“He must rise to meet this moment and demonstrate that the US will not stand idly by while Israel routinely kills Palestinians, while they routinely throw Palestinians out of their homes, and while they routinely deny Palestinians access to clean water and medical care – an issue that is of particular importance during a global pandemic.”

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC) Executive Director Lara Kiswani said that Biden “now has an obligation to stand with mass movements demanding change by taking decisive action for the sovereignty of Palestinian people to raise his voice against apartheid, supporting a moratorium on military funding to Israel, demanding an end to the siege on Gaza, and calling for an immediate end to ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem.”

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) Executive Director Ahmad Abuznaid said that Biden “is complicit in fueling Israeli violence against the Palestinian people – including the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza this spring, after which his administration pushed to approve additional weapons sales to Israel. Every Israeli government has advanced Israel’s colonialism and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. The Biden administration has the chance to end our complicity in ongoing Israeli violence once and for all.”

Americans for Justice in Palestine Actions (AJP Action) Advocacy Director Ayah Ziyadeh called on the US administration to condition aid to Israel.

“Despite the fact that Biden made a promise to center human rights in the administration’s foreign policy, the administration has done nothing to act on this promise. Meeting with Prime Minister Bennett, who has carried on Israel’s systemically oppressive and colonial policies, does not align with the United States moral obligations to uphold human rights. As long as Palestinian rights are violated, we will remain steadfast in our resistance.”

Adalah Justice Project Executive Director Sandra Tamari demanded that “the US government should not be funding land theft and apartheid”.

“Successive US administrations have supported Israel’s expansionist project with unconditional financial and diplomatic support. Thus far, Biden has gone out of his way to make it clear he is no different. The time is now to divest from our support of Israeli crimes and instead to invest in systems that support dignity and life,” she added.

IfNotNow Movement Communications Director Yonah Lieberman urged Biden to fulfill his commitment of putting human rights at the center of American foreign policy and hold Israel accountable.

 “American Jews want Biden to put human rights at the center of his meeting with Bennett. The time has come for Biden to take steps to hold the Israeli government accountable and finally listen to the majority of Democrats and American Jews who want the US to stop funding the atrocities of Israeli occupation, including settlements, home demolitions, and child detention.”

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Executive Director Lakshmi Sridaran urged Biden to “focus this meeting on ending Israeli apartheid in Palestine by terminating all U.S. military funding to Israel and patent political support for its occupation.”

“There can be no possibility for peace until Israel is held accountable for its ongoing violent displacement and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people,” she added.

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) Anti-Militarism National Organizer Ramon Mejيa said, “The United States’ unwavering diplomatic support and military funding of Israel’s brutal occupation enables daily acts of abuse and violence against the Palestinian people and their land, in clear violation of human rights, with no accountability” as he called Biden to immediately “stop funding this occupation and support the self-determination of the Palestinian people!”

Jewish Voice for Peace Action (JVP Action) Senior Government Affairs Manager Beth Miller called on Biden not to make nice with Bennett, whom she described as “the head of a violent apartheid government” while urging him to “finally end U.S. complicity and support for Israeli apartheid.”

(Source / 28.08.2021)

EU condemns Palestinian Authority’s arrest of activists and calls on it to abide by human rights agreements

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – The European Union Representative issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah. 

The Heads of Mission of Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom associate themselves with this statement.

Read More: Human Rights Organization: Unknown destiny awaits thousands of Palestinians after closing Rafah crossing

On 21 and 22 August, Palestinian security forces arrested dozens of Palestinian activists in Ramallah who were taking part in protests calling for transparency in the investigation and for the prosecution of those responsible for the killing of the political activist Nizar Banat on 24 June 2021. While several arrested protesters were released on Sunday, some have been kept in custody.

These events, as well as reports of ill-treatment, are of concern and take place against the backdrop of reports of an increase in apparently politically motivated arrests by the Palestinian Authority over the past few months. 

Read More: Israeli authority forces Jerusalemite to raze his own house in at-Tur

The EU and like-minded missions firmly expect the Palestinian Authority to meet the standards of the International Human Rights conventions to which they have acceded, including on freedom of expression, as well as freedom of association and assembly.

Violence against peaceful human rights defenders, activists, and protesters is unacceptable. 

The EU and like-minded missions call on the Palestinian Authority to swiftly conclude the investigation of the death of Nizar Banat in a fully transparent manner and to ensure that those responsible are held accountable.

(Source / 28.08.2021)

Hamas discusses latest Palestinian developments with Russian official

Days of Palestine – Moscow – Hamas senior official Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk discussed on Friday with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, latest developments in the Palestinian cause.

A meeting was held between the head of Hamas international relations office and Bogdanov in the Russian capital, Moscow, according to a statement issued by the Movement.

Read More: Hamas shocked by Saudi rulings against Palestinian detainees 

The two parties discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian issue and the ongoing Israeli violations against the Palestinians.

Abu Marzouk emphasized the rights of the Palestinian people and their right to resist the Israeli occupation by all available means.

Read More: Hamas: Our people will not stop resisting Israeli occupation

He said that the Israeli government, with its extremist policies, is once again leading to an escalation of tension in the Palestinian territories and in the region.

For his part, Bogdanov renewed his country’s position in support of the rights of the Palestinians and reviewed the efforts made by Moscow with concerned parties, the statement added.

Russia maintains relations with a number of Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

(Source / 28.08.2021)