Denied by Israel, Palestinians aspire to family reunification

Palestinians wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after it was opened by Egyptian authorities for humanitarian cases, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on 29 April, 2018 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]
Palestinians wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on 29 April, 2018 

Following an announcement by the Palestinian Authority (PA) that Israel has approved 5,000 family reunification requests, Palestinians gathered outside the offices of the Palestinian Civil Affairs Authority, the body that officially receives the requests on Israel’s behalf, to submit their documents.

Thousands of Palestinians who have lost their case for family reunification have been living without ID cards hence restricting their movement and putting them at risk of Israeli persecution or deportation from the West Bank.

The issue of family reunification is a matter of concern for thousands of Palestinians whose legal presence in the occupied Palestinian territories is not recognised by Israel.

These individuals have families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and have entered with temporary or “tourist” permits, while others have tied the knot with other nationalities before having their family reunification requests granted.

While there is no exact official data on the number of those waiting for their family reunification requests, the campaign movement Uniting My Right estimates them at around 20,000 people.

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Besides those with families residing in areas run by the PA, some of those with pending family reunification requests are married to Israelis or Palestinians living inside Israel.

However, the recent Israeli announcement only affects Palestinians “who entered the Palestinian territories under a visitor permit or a visa to get citizenship and a Palestinian passport,” according to a statement by the Civil Affairs Authority.

Palestinian identity holders who live in the West Bank but are originally from Gaza will have their place of residence modified.

In recent months, a number of those affected have mobilised in the city of Ramallah and in blockaded Gaza and launched social media campaigns such as Reunification My Right to protest Israeli policies.

(Source / 05.09.2021)

Hamas says efforts underway to free detainees held by Israel

Hamas' political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh addresses supporters during a rally in solidarity with the Palestinians outside Qatar's Imam Muhammad Abdel-Wahhab Mosque in the capital Doha on 15 May 2021. [KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images]
Hamas’ political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh in the capital Doha on 15 May 2021

Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh has assured Palestinians that efforts are ongoing to free detainees held by Israel, reports Anadolu Agency.

“The efforts made by Hamas to secure the release of all Palestinian detainees from Israeli prisons are still ongoing,” Haniyeh said during a phone call with Anhar al-Deek to congratulate her on her release from an Israeli prison, according to a Hamas statement on Saturday.

On Thursday, an Israeli court ruled to conditionally release al-Deek, who is nine months pregnant.

“The Ofer Military Court decided to release her on a financial bail of 40,000 shekels ($12,500) while also putting her under house arrest in her family’s home in the town of Kafr Ni’ma (west of Ramallah),” her lawyer Akram Samara said.

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Haniyeh vowed to make the issue of detainees “at the top of [Hamas] priorities” and praised the detainees for their steadfastness.

There are around 4,850 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, including 41 women, 225 children, and 540 administrative detainees, according to rights groups.

Meanwhile, Hamas holds captive four Israelis, including two soldiers.

Egypt is leading mediation efforts between Israel and Hamas to reach a prisoner swap between the two sides.

(Source / 05.09.2021)

Israeli army arrests 11 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israeli forces, who raided the panel, intervene in the Palestinians and detained 4 people, including two press members, in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem on May 27, 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces, who raided the panel, intervene in the Palestinians and detained 4 people, including two press members, in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem on May 27, 2021

Israeli forces on Sunday rounded up 11 Palestinians, including five minors, in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, according to local residents.

An Israeli force raided the town of Sa’ir south of Hebron city and arrested five minors, Palestinian journalist Sari Jaradat told Anadolu Agency.

He said the detained children were aged 14 and 15 years old.

No reason was given for the arrests.

Two young Palestinians were also detained in the town, Jaradat said.

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Israeli forces also arrested two more Palestinians in the city of Bethlehem, Palestinian security sources told the official news agency Wafa.

Two Palestinians were also taken into Israeli custody near the village of Anin, west of Jenin city, according to local security sources.

As of June 30, Palestinian figures estimate that nearly 4,850 Palestinians are imprisoned in Israeli jails, including 41 women and 225 children along with 540 Palestinians detained without charges or trials under the Israeli administrative detention policy.

(Source / 05.09.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Three Teenage Boys In Ramallah

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday evening, three teenage boys from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, in central West bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the refugee camp, searched homes, and abducted three teenage boys identified as Yasser Taiseer Hattab, Moath Mohammad Taiseer Khattab, and Adam Ali Taiseer Khattab.

They added that the soldiers also briefly detained another boy, identified as Riyad Hisham Oleyyan, before releasing him.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded the family home of another teenage boy, identified as Malek Hattab, but he wasn’t there, and informed his family that he is “wanted and needs to turn himself in to the army.”

(Source / 05.09.2021)

Israeli Army Abducts Two Young Palestinian Men In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday evening, two young Palestinian men in occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers stopped and interrogated two young men near Bab al-Asbat area, and abducted them before moving them to an interrogation facility.

The two young men have been identified as Mohammad Hzeina, 21, and Mohammad Abu Sneina.

In related news, the soldiers abducted three teenage boys from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, in central West bank.

On Friday, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, a known nonviolent activist against the illegal Israeli colonialist activities, during a procession in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in Jerusalem.

The soldiers also summoned for interrogation three young men from the al-Isawiya town, in Jerusalem.

(Source / 05.09.2021)

Army Forces A Palestinian To Demolish His Home In Jerusalem

The Israeli army forced Saturday, a Palestinian to demolish his under-construction home in Wadi ar-Rababa neighborhood, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said the home is owned by Ahmad Younes Abu Hadwan, and was built on his land.

Silwanic added that Abu Hadwan had to demolish his 50 square/meter under construction home using basic handheld tools to avoid the excessively high fines and fees, especially if the City Council in occupied Jerusalem uses its workers and equipment.

It is worth mentioning that the family stopped the construction of their home ten years ago, after receiving a demolition order, and have since been going to court and trying to obtain all needed permits and documents.

While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, Palestinian communities and towns, in occupied Jerusalem, and various areas in the occupied West Bank, continue to be denied the right to build or expand homes and property.

Israel has been issuing hundreds of demolition orders against existing Palestinian homes and property, including under-construction structures, and has already demolished many of them.

According to data by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), demolished 865 structures, displacing 1,014 people, and directly affecting 5,615 people. In addition to demolishing 2,586 buildings in the Negev, in the year 2020.

In addition, the soldiers abducted, on Saturday evening, two young Palestinian men in occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

In related news, the soldiers abducted three teenage boys from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, in central West bank.

On Friday, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, a known nonviolent activist against the illegal Israeli colonialist activities, during a procession in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in Jerusalem.

The soldiers also summoned for interrogation three young men from the al-Isawiya town, in Jerusalem.

(Source / 05.09.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Sunday, two Palestinians at a military roadblock near Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers installed a military roadblock at the main entrance of Aneen village, west of Jenin, before stopping and searching dozens of cars.

They added that the soldiers interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards before abducting one man, who remained identified at the time of this report.

The soldiers also installed a roadblock at the main entrance of Ta’nak village, west of Jenin, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 05.09.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, two Palestinians from Bethlehem governorate, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Several Israeli army jeeps invaded Janata town, south of Bethlehem, before breaking into homes and searching them, and abducted a young man, identified as Sa’id Mohammad al-‘Arouj, 19.

The soldiers also abducted Anas Ismael Nawawra, 31, after stopping him at the “Container” military roadblock, northeast of Bethlehem.

Nawawra is from the Hindaza area, east of Bethlehem; the soldiers detained him at the roadblock for a few hours, before moving him to an unknown destination.

In related news, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians at a military roadblock near Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 05.09.2021)

Israeli Army Abducts Five Palestinian Children Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, five Palestinian children from their homes in Sa’ir town, east of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the town, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes, and abducted the five children.

They added that the children have been identified as Hisham Na’im Jaradat, 14, Rashad Ibrahim Jaradat, 14, Mousa Adham Jaradat, 14, Mohammad Khaled Jaradat, 15, and Morad Shehada al-Mitwer, 15.

The soldiers also installed many roadblocks on various roads leading to Hebron city, in addition to several nearby towns and refugee camps, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In addition, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians in Bethlehem governorate, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

In related news, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians at a military roadblock near Jenin, in the northern part of the West Bank.

(Source / 05.09.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Child Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday, a Palestinian child while walking to school in the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Yacoub Oweiss, the head of the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya Village Council, stated that the soldiers abducted Husam Moayyad Oweiss, and took him to an unknown destination.

He added that the abducted child is a seventh-grade student at the as-Sawiya / al-Lubban ash-Sharqiyya school.

The family and the school tried to convince the soldiers to release the child, but they refused.

It is worth mentioning that the children in that area are subject to frequent Israeli violations, especially since the army repeatedly parks its vehicles near the schools and harass the children.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted five Palestinian children from their homes in Sa’ir town, east of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

In addition, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians in Bethlehem governorate, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

In related news, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians at a military roadblock near Jenin, in the northern part of the West Bank.

(Source / 05.09.2021)