Several Palestinian injuries in IOF shooting at Gaza night protest

Night protests

GAZA, (PIC) – Three Palestinian citizens were injured by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) while others suffered breathing problems from tear gas which was extensively fired by the IOF at the night protest in eastern Bureij in Gaza Strip. 

The PIC reporter said that IOF snipers fired rubber-coated and live bullets against the protesters on the other side of the borders.

This is the fourth day for the ongoing night protests at Gaza borders, which is demanding an end to the siege on the enclave.

In the same time, a night protest took place in Beita, in southern Nablus in the West Bank, against settlements in the area. 

(Source / 01.09.2021)

IOF shoots, kills Palestinian man in Ramallah

Palestinian martyr

RAMALLAH, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shot dead a Palestinian man near Beit Ura al-Tahta village to the west of Ramallah on Tuesday night.
 
Local sources said that IOF soldiers fired at the man at the western entrance to the village and left him bleed to death. They identified the martyr as 34-year-old Raed Yusuf Rashed.

The Palestinian ministry of health announced that it was informed of the death of the citizen Raed by IOF shooting at the entrance of the village by the Palestinian liaison office.

(Source / 01.09.2021)

PM: Palestinians want independent state, not improved conditions under occupation

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in Ramallah, West Bank on 9 June 2020 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in Ramallah, West Bank on 9 June 2020

Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh said the Palestinian people want to end the Israeli occupation and establish an independent state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital and not the improvement of living conditions under occupation.

“We welcome any international initiative to resolve the conflict, based on international law and United Nations resolutions,” Shtayyeh said, adding that “in light of the current political vacuum, the international community must protect the two-state solution from eroding and there is an opportunity to end the occupation before sliding towards one state; the apartheid state.”

Shtayyeh stressed that any peace initiative needs clear references, a specific time frame and good intentions from all parties, in addition to an honest peace broker, and a number of confidence-building measures which none of the previous US administrations have provided.

He explained that the new US administration has restored relations with the Palestinian leadership, resumed funding for UNRWA, and will reopen the US Consulate in East Jerusalem, but it has not yet presented an initiative or plan for peace.

Shtayyeh stressed that despite all attempts by the previous Israeli government to divert attention from the Palestinian issue, it will remain the central issue in the region.

READ: Israel to pay $800m loan to PA

(Source / 01.09.2021)

Israel evicts Arab family from their house in Yaffa

Palestinian residents of Jaffa perform a Friday prayer in the open area ahead of a protest against the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian residents of Yaffa protest against Israel’s demolition on June 12, 2020 

Israeli state-owned housing company, Amidar, yesterday ordered Palestinian citizen of Israel Rawda Ayesh to vacate her house in Yaffa within 20 days, claiming her lease had expired half a year ago, Arab48 reported.

Rawda has been living in this house along with her son, daughter and four grandsons for 16 years as a protected tenant. She suffers from very difficult economic and health conditions.

Arab groups and activists in the city began a sit-in in front of her house as soon as she received the news, calling for action against the decision.

“The municipality broke its pledges towards us,” Rawda said, highlighting a promise made by its head to reach a reconciliation regarding the house. “They were false pledges,” she said.

Rawda says she is facing an “economic arsenal,” adding: “Amidar plans to forcefully evict me for economic purposes.”

READ: Israel court freezes eviction order of 3 Palestine families in Sheikh Jarrah

She called for a “fair” reconciliation. “I do not want crumbs, I need enough money to buy a new house,” she told Arab48. “I want to live in dignity along with my sons and grandsons.”

Arab municipality member Abed Abu Shehadeh said: “We had hoped to reach a fair reconciliation with Amidar as we thought it would take social and humanitarian issues into consideration. We did not expect to see this eviction order so quickly.”

“Rawda is aware of the legal issues related to the house, but she wants a safe alternative,” he said, adding that she was not given all details about this issue when she rented the house, and said that the municipality is responsible for solving her problem.

“We had filed a petition for the District Court which ruled NIS5,000 [$1,560] in compensation for her in return for leaving the house,” lawyer Mariam Kabboub told Arab48. “We rejected this rule and we will not accept less than a house in return for the evacuation.”

“Then,” the lawyer said, “we turned to the High Court which rejected the appeal.”

“We want nothing more than the right of this lady to live in dignity in the city,” she concluded.

(Source / 01.09.2021)

Israel allows entry of metal rods for reconstruction of Gaza

Trucks loaded with cargo for export at the Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing in Gaza on 21 June 2021 [Abed Deeb/ApaImages]
Trucks loaded with cargo for export at the Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing in Gaza on 21 June 2021

Israel yesterday allowed reinforcement rods to enter the besieged Gaza Strip for the first time since it ended its latest offensive against the enclave on 21 May.

In a statement, Director of Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) commercial crossing, Bassam Ghaben, said: “The Israeli occupation authorities allowed the entry of building steel rods for merchants for the first time in more than 100 days.”

Ghaben stated that the steel rods entered Gaza through the old mechanism agreed between the Israeli occupation, Palestinian Authority and the United Nations known as GRM.

Only certain retailers that accept the monitoring of the process of delivering the materials to the recipients will be provided the goods, he explained.

Economists and merchants in Gaza have complained about the complexity of this mechanism which causes delay to construction projects in the Strip.

According to the Housing Ministry in Gaza, 20,000 housing units were completely destroyed by the latest Israeli offensive, and a further 22,000 were partially damaged.

READ: Israel allows entry of more commodities to Gaza

(Source / 01.09.2021)

Gazans hold vigil in solidarity with Palestinian detainee about to give birth in Israeli jails

Besieged Gaza Strip (QNN)- People in the Gaza Strip have held on Wednesday a vigil in solidarity with Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails Anhar al-Deek who is due to give birth any moment in the coming few days, as she is in her ninth month.

Many Gazans have participated today in the vigil in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross office in Gaza, spreading the voice and condition of the 25-year-old al-Deek from Kafr Ni’ma town in Ramallah as she is due to give birth while she is still held inside the Israeli jails.

They were holding banners read: Freedom for the mother Anhar al-Deek and free all Palestinian prisoners and women held in Israeli jails.

Gazans participated in the vigil have urged the international community and human rights groups to immediately release Anhar and all the Palestinian mothers and women held in Israeli jails under harsh imprisonment conditions.

According to the Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and ex-Detainees’ Affairs, al-Deek needs proper medical care, as she suffers from bipolar depression.

Anhar said she can’t imagine giving birth to her baby inside her detention cell which is not suitable for humans, not only babies.

Anhar also expressed her fears about having her baby grow up in detention. Anhar also has another daughter called Julia.

“The prison is not prepared for giving birth and raising a child. The detention’s conditions are very bad. He will develop epilepsy as a result of the violent repressions. We, the adults, get scared. How would a child be born and raised inside detention?” Anhar al-Deek said to her lawyer.

The Commission demanded the Israeli prison administration to immediately release Anhar and all the female prisoners held in Israeli jails, stressing that the Israeli occupation government is fully responsible for their lives, especially the mothers.

The Israeli military court on Monday, however, rejected a request by the lawyer of Anhar to release her.

The family of Anhar said that they are facing a very hard time, knowing that they can do nothing to help their daughter.

The family added that all their attempts to pressure the Israelis towards allowing any of Anhar’s family members to be with her during labor have failed.

In a letter she wrote, Anhar urged every free and honourable person to take an action and press the Israeli occupation authorities to release her so that she can give birth outside the jails.

Anhar’s letter read:

“I miss Julia [her first daughter] so much. I wish I could hug her and hold her tight to my heart. The pain in my heart can’t be written down.
What should I do if I give birth away from you while having my hands handcuffed?”

“You know the Cesarean delivery, how would it be inside the prison, handcuffed, and alone? I am very tired. My pelvic is severely in pain and I have a strong pain in my leg as a result of sleeping on “al-Bursh” [the prison’s bed]. I have no idea how I will sleep on it after the surgery, and how I will take my first steps afterwards with the help of the Israeli jailor who holds my hand in disgust.”

“They will isolate me with my baby boy after delivery due to coronavirus. My heart aches for him. I have no idea how I will take care of him and protect him from the scary sounds they make. No matter how strong his mother is, she will feel weak in the face of their ill treatment of her and the other prisoners.”

“I ask every free and honourable person to do something, even with words, for the sake of this baby who is the responsibility of everyone who can help.”

Anhar is not the only mother who is held inside the Israeli jails and deprived of their families, children and an honorable life.

There are 40 Palestinian female prisoners held in Israeli jails, among them 11 mothers.

Palestinian women are usually held mainly in Hasharon and Damon prisons, both of these prisons are located outside the 1967 occupied territory, in direct contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that an Occupying Power must detain residents of occupied territory in prisons inside the occupied territory.

In addition to the illegality of Israel’s practices under international law, the practical consequence of this system is that many prisoners have difficulty meeting with Palestinian defense counsel, and do not receive family visits as their attorneys and relatives are denied permits to visit on “security grounds”.

Moreover, both Hasharon and Damon prisons lack a gender-sensitive approach and, as such, women prisoners often suffer from harsh imprisonment conditions including medical negligence, denial of education, denial of family visits, including for mothers with young children, solitary confinement, overcrowded cells which are often filled with insects and dirt, and lack natural light.

Personal health and hygiene needs are rarely addressed by Israeli prisons authorities, even in cases involving the detention of pregnant women.

Moreover, the majority of Palestinian women prisoners are subjected to some form of psychological torture and ill-treatment throughout the process of their arrest and detention, including various forms of sexual violence that occur such as beatings, insults, threats, body searches, and sexually explicit harassment.

Upon arrest, women detainees are not informed where they are being taken and are rarely explained their rights during interrogation.

These techniques of torture and ill-treatment are used not only as means to intimidate Palestinian women detainees but also as tools to humiliate Palestinian women and coerce them into giving confessions. While Israel’s prison authorities and military forces recruit women soldiers to detain and accompany women prisoners during transfers, the female soldiers responsible for these procedures are no less violent towards Palestinian detainees than their male counterparts.

Since the Vienna Declaration on Crime and Justice in 2000, which focused in part on the special needs of women as criminal justice personnel, victims, offenders and prisoners, many studies have shown that women’s needs in prison deserve special attention from the United Nations, policy-makers, and practitioners. Among the set of needs specific to women prisoners, issues pertaining to health care require urgent attention, a right strategically denied by Israeli Prison Service (IPS).

A study conducted by Addameer in September 2008 revealed that approximately 38% of Palestinian female prisoners suffer from treatable diseases that go untreated.

The poor quality of food and lack of essential nutrients cause women detainees to suffer from weight loss, general weakness, anaemia and iron deficiency. They are also exposed to harsh treatment (such as routine practices of physical and psychological punishment and humiliation) from both male and female prison guards, who demonstrate little to no regard for their well-being or special needs, even when ill or pregnant.

(Source / 01.09.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Gaza

Israeli soldiers shot, on Tuesday evening, three young men with live fire, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, during protests near the perimeter fence, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

Media sources said the soldiers, stationed behind sand hills, and in fortified military barricades in military camps across the fence, fired dozens of live rounds and high-velocity gas bombs at Palestinian protesters, near the fence, east of the refugee camp.

They added that the soldiers also fired many flares while military drones also fired gas bombs at the protesters.

Medical sources have confirmed that three young men were shot with live fire, including one who sustained life-threatening wounds, and dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, in addition to cuts and bruises.

On Monday, an Israeli Border Police officer from Be’er Ya’akov, identified as Barel Hadaria Shmueli, 21, died from serious wounds he suffered nine days earlier.

Shmueli, 21, was on duty as a sniper, shooting unarmed Palestinians, including children, who were gathered near the border wall.

41 Palestinian protesters were wounded at the protest that day, as Shmueli and other Israeli snipers shot randomly into the crowd that had gathered near the border wall that imprisons Gaza.

As he stuck his rifle through a hole in the border wall, Shmueli was shot and critically wounded on August 21st when an armed Palestinian with a handgun walked up to the sniper hole in the heavily fortified wall and fired his weapon.

The same day, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Israeli soldiers shot and injured 41 Palestinian civilians, with live rounds and tear gas canisters, including a twelve-year-old child who was shot in the head. The child, identified as Omar Hasan Abu an-Neel, 12, remained in critical condition until he succumbed to his serious wounds on August 28th.

(Source / 01.09.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers killed, late on Tuesday at night, a Palestinian man in the western area of Beit Ur at-Tahta, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, after the army attacked Palestinian workers in a crossing area of the Annexation Wall.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired live rounds at the Palestinian, who suffered serious wounds and bled to death after the soldiers refused to allow any Palestinian to approach him, the WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency has reported.

In a statement, the Palestinian Health Ministry said the Palestinian Civil Coordination Office was informed by the Israeli side that the young man has died from his wounds.

The slain man is a married father of five children, Yousef, 13, Suad, 9, Amir, 7, and a newborn baby boy.

Update: Nearly at eleven at night on Tuesday evening, Raed called his son, Yousef, 13, to meet him at the western entrance of the village, as he usually did when the father comes back home late after work.

It is worth mentioning that the road has been blockaded by the army with sandhills since the year 2016.

Raed’s son, Yousef, went there with a friend, and after arriving near the western entrance, he could not see his father and tried calling his cellphone several times, before he walked further to see his father’s dead boy, soaked in blood and surrounded by Israeli soldiers.

The slain man is a married father of five children, Yousef, 13, Suad, 9, Amir, 7, and a newborn baby boy. He frequently arrives late from work due to Israeli roadblocks or other demands from his work.

Wajeeh Hilal Othman, the head of Beit Ur at-Tahta, described the fatal shooting as cold-blooded murder, especially since the man was just a worker heading back home to be with his family.

Nearly at eleven at night on Tuesday evening, Raed called his son, Yousef, 13, to meet him at the western entrance of the village, as he usually did when the father comes back home late after work.

The  road has been blockaded by the army with sandhills since the year 2016.

Yousef went there with a friend, and after arriving near the western entrance, he could not see his father and tried calling his cellphone several times, before he walked further to see his father’s dead boy, soaked in blood and surrounded by Israeli soldiers.

The slain man is a married father of five children, Yousef, 13, Suad, 9, Amir, 7, and a newborn baby boy. He frequently arrives late from work due to Israeli roadblocks or other demands from his work.

Wajeeh Hilal Othman, the head of Beit Ur at-Tahta, described the fatal shooting as cold-blooded murder, especially since the man was just a worker heading back home to be with his family.

On Wednersday at dawn, the slain man, was identified as Raed Yousef Rashed Jadallah, 39. He lived in Beit Ur at-Tahta and bears a Jerusalem ID card, the Maan News Agency said.

The Palestinian was laboreres who worked in occupied Jerusalem, and was crossing one of the military-controlled crossing points, when the soldiers delivered the fatal shots.

Palestinian medics managed to obtain the corpse of the slain Palestinian man, and moved it to Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah.

(Source / 01.09.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Tuesday at night and Wednesday at dawn, five Palestinians, including two teenage boys, from the Bethlehem governorate, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, the Saff Street, in the center of Bethlehem city, before breaking into homes and searching them, and abducted Hassanein Hasan Shouka, 59, and Yousef Ayyad al-Hreimi.

The sources added that the soldiers also abducted, on Tuesday at night, Mustafa Saleh Abu Hammad, 20, from ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, after stopping him at the “Container” military roadblock, northeast of Bethlehem.

Also at night, the soldiers abducted Issa Mohammad Zreina, 17, from Be’er ‘Owna area in Beit Jala city, northwest of Bethlehem, and Mansour Saleh Faraj, 16, from ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, after stopping them near the illegal Annexation Wall in Beit Jala.

(Source / 01.09.2021)

Army Shoots One Palestinian, Abducts Another, Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers shot, on Wednesday at dawn, a young Palestinian man, and abducted another, in two separate incidents in the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Media sources said the soldiers shot a young man near the military roadblock at the main entrance of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah.

They added that the soldiers also invaded Kobar town, west of Ramallah, searched homes, and abducted a young man, identified as Ma’an Maher Barghouthi.

The army also invaded Birzeit town, north of Ramallah, leading to protests, before the soldiers fired several live rounds, gas bombs, and concussion grenades. There have been no immediate reports of injuries.

Tuesday at night and Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted five Palestinians, including two teenage boys, from the Bethlehem governorate, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Late on Tuesday at night, the soldiers killed a young Palestinian man, identified as Raed Yousef Rashed Jadallah, 39 in the western area of Beit Ur at-Tahta, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, after the army attacked Palestinian workers in a crossing area of the Annexation Wall.

(Source / 01.09.2021)