Israel ‘Defence’ Forces to destroy Palestinian farms in occupied West Bank

Israeli forces prevent Palestinian farmers who are trying to reach agricultural lands in village of Aqraba, Nablus, West Bank on West Bank on January 13, 2021 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces prevent Palestinian farmers who are trying to reach agricultural lands in village of Aqraba, Nablus, West Bank on West Bank on January 13, 2021

The Israel “Defence” Forces handed over orders to Palestinian farmers on Sunday in the village of Battir on the outskirts of Bethlehem, giving notice that soldiers will be razing their farms to the ground and destroying their grapevines, Anadolu has reported.

The occupation army’s pretext for the destruction is that the vines are being planted in Area C, which is under the security and administrative domination of the Israeli authorities. According to activist Omar Al-Qaisi, though, the vines were planted five years ago.

Area C takes up 61 per cent of the area of the occupied West Bank. Israel won’t allow the building of any Palestinian facilities there or the cultivation of any land without a licence from the occupation authorities, none of which are ever issued.

READ: Israel carries out 3 large-scale demolitions in the West Bank

Meanwhile, a group of illegal Jewish settlers have damaged a water tank being transported to Palestinians living in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron.

Moreover, in the north of the occupied Jordan Valley, another group of settlers have erected a mobile home a couple of metres far from an Israeli military base. The area has apparently been a “closed military zone” for almost 40 years, say, local Palestinian activists, which illustrates the fact that such zones are intended to prevent a Palestinian presence while paving the way for illegal settlement growth.

(Source / 06.09.2021)

Gaza holds stand calling for medical care for Israa Al-Jaabis

Israa has been subjected to deliberate medical neglect while in detention

Gaza holds stand calling for medical care for Israa Al-Jaabis [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Gaza holds stand calling for medical care for Israa Al-Jaabis
Gaza holds stand calling for medical care for Israa Al-Jaabis [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Gaza holds stand calling for medical care for Israa Al-Jaabis [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Palestinians in Gaza held an event in solidarity with jailed mother Israa Al-Jaabis who is being held in the occupation’s jails in spite of suffering severe burns which need medical attention.

Israa has been subjected to deliberate medical neglect while in detention, with protesters highlighting her plight outside the Red Cross office in Gaza, and calling for rights groups to stand with her.

Palestinians launched a social media campaign last week in an effort to increase calls for Israa’s release so she can access the necessary medical treatment.

On October 10, 2015, then 30-year-old Jaabis was moving furniture in her car to her home in the Jabal Al-Mukaber neighbourhood in Jerusalem when, 500 metres from the Al-Zayyim checkpoint in Jerusalem, she lost control of the vehicle.

READ: Israel court refuses to release Palestinian woman set to give birth

A gas canister she was transporting then exploded causing her severe burns. She was arrested and accused of attempting to murder Israeli occupation forces.

She suffers from first and third-degree burns on 60 per cent of her body and is dependent on a fellow prisoner to assist her with simple tasks and eight of her fingers were amputated as they had melted to stubs from the burns.

She is now unable to raise her arms fully as a result of her injuries healing incorrectly. Speaking of her injuries, Israa has said: “I feel scared when I look at my face in the mirror, so imagine what others must feel when they look at me.”

Gaza holds stand calling for medical care for Israa Al-Jaabis [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Gaza holds stand calling for medical care for Israa Al-Jaabis [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

(Source / 06.09.2021)

PA refuses to return to bilateral talks with Israel

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh puts on a protective mask after holding a press conference in Ramallah on May 5, 2020 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh puts on a protective mask after holding a press conference in Ramallah on May 5, 2020

Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said yesterday that the PA leadership refuses to resume bilateral talks with Israel.

Speaking to Palestine TV, he said: “We do not want to go back to the former bilateral negotiations with Israel.” Instead, he explained, the PA is looking for “negotiations based on international law and United Nations resolutions and under the umbrella of the International Quartet.”

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks stalled in 2014 after no progress had been made through the intensive mediation efforts exerted by then US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Shtayyeh said that PA President Mahmoud Abbas is leading political efforts with other Arab countries to push the International Quartet on the Middle East peace process to come up with an initiative for a negotiation track with Israel based on new foundations.

He also said that the PA had asked the US administration to tell Israel to commit to the deals signed with the PA and stop attacking Palestinians.

OPINION: The PA’s response to the truth being exposed is to increase its violent repression

(Source / 06.09.2021)

Qatar envoy: Israel to fully open Gaza crossings

Qatari Ambassador Mohamed Al-Emadi holds a press conference in Al-Shifa Hospital, Gaza on February 19, 2018 [Middle East Monitor / Mohammed Asad]
Qatari Ambassador Mohamed Al-Emadi holds a press conference in Al-Shifa Hospital, Gaza on February 19, 2018

Israel will fully open its crossings with Gaza and facilitate ending the crises in the besieged enclave, the Qatari envoy said this morning in a statement.

The Israeli decision comes after meetings were held over the past few days in an effort to stablise the situation and deescalate tensions in Gaza, Mohammed Al-Emadi said. There were positive results from the meetings and these would form a foundation for resolving all other outstanding issues relating to improving the lives of Palestinians.

“The results will have clear positive consequences on improving the living conditions in Gaza,” the statement said.

Qatari aid for 100,000 Palestinian families in Gaza would be distributed this month, the statement added, through an “agreed upon” mechanism.

READ: UN to distribute Qatar cash aid to needy families in Gaza

(Source / 06.09.2021)

Who are Palestinian escapees from Israel’s Gilboa prison?

Six Palestinian detainees dug a tunnel and made it out of the high-security Israeli prison

Who are Palestinian escapees from Israel’s Gilboa prison?

By Awad Al-Rujoub

In the early hours of this morning, six Palestinians escaped from Israel’s Gilboa Prison after they dug a tunnel out of the high-security prison.

Five of the prisoners were members of the Islamic Jihad movement, and one was a former commander of Fatah. They are all from the city of Jenin and were all serving life terms. Israeli media said that three of the escapees had previously attempted to escape from Israeli jails.

But who are they?

Zakaria Zubeidi

Zakaria Zubeidi

Zubeidi, 49, from Jenin refugee camp, was a former commander of Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. In 2006, Zubeidi was elected a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council. He was detained by Israeli forces in Ramallah on 27 February 2019 and accused of being affiliated with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. He has not been sentenced to any crime.

Munadil Nafaya

Munadil Nafaya

Nafaya, from Ya’bad town near Jenin city, was detained by Israeli forces in 2006 before being released in 2015. He was rearrested in 2016 and again in 2020 and accused of membership in Islamic Jihad’s armed wing and involvement in staging attacks against Israeli occupation forces.

Nafaya has not yet received a final sentence.

Yaqoub Qadiri

Yaqoub Qadiri

Yaqoub Qadiri, 39, from Bir Al-Basha village northwest of Jenin city, was wanted by Israeli occupation forces since 2000.

Qadiri stood against the occupation’s massacre in the Jenin refugee camp in 2002. On 18 October 2003, he was detained and handed two life sentences.

In 2014, he along with other detainees attempted to escape from Shatta prison but were unsuccessful.

Iham Kahamji

Iham Kahamji

Kahmaji, 35, from Kafr Dan village near Jenin city, was wanted by Israeli occupation forces since 2003. He was detained on 4 July 2006 and handed two life terms.

Mahmoud  Al-Arida

Mahmoud Al-Arida

Mahmoud Al-Arida, 46, from Arraba town southwest of Jenin city, was first detained in 1992 before being released in 1996.

He was detained again in September 1996 and handed a life sentence after being accused of being a member of Islamic Jihad’s military wing and carrying out attacks against Israeli occupation forces.

Mohammad Al-Arida

Mohammad Al-Arida

Mohammad Al-Arida, 39, from Arraba town, was arrested on 7 January 2002, before being released in March of the same year.

He was rearrested on 16 May 2002 in Ramallah city and handed three life terms.

READ: 3 Palestine workers found dead in Gaza-Egypt border tunnel

(Source / 06.09.2021)

PA will charge all 14 officers involved in Nizar Banat’s death

Palestinians protest against the death of activist Nizar Banat in Gaza, on 24 June 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinians protest against the death of activist Nizar Banat in Gaza, on 24 June 2021

Fourteen members of the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces will be charged for their role in the death of Palestinian activist, Nizar Banat, who died while in custody in late June, a spokesperson for the forces confirmed yesterday.

“The investigations have concluded, and the military prosecutors decided to charge all the officers and forces who participated in apprehending Nizar Banat,” PA security services spokesperson Talal Dweikat told Wafa news agency.Palestinians must ensure that Nizar Banat did not die in vain - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Palestinians must ensure that Nizar Banat did not die in vain – Cartoon

However, Banat’s family has already pledged not to accept the results of the PA investigation into his death and formally withdrew support from an earlier commission of inquiry that led to the arrest of the 14 suspects in July.

Talal told Wafa that the commander of the mission as well as the other members of the force were accused of taking part in the beating that caused Banat’s death.

They were also accused of abuse of power and violating military instructions.

Banat, a leading critic of the Palestinian Authority and its President, Mahmoud Abbas, was murdered only hours after his home was raided and he was detained by the Palestinian security forces in the city of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.

His death has prompted weeks of protests demanding accountability for the death of fellow campaigner Banat. Demonstrators gathered and raised placards reading: “Abbas, listen to us, dissolve the PA and leave us.”

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

The protesters also condemned the continuous security cooperation between the PA and Israel for the sake of “chasing and liquidating” members of the Palestinian resistance.

Earlier this month, 24 Palestinian activists were arrested, detained, and brutally beaten in custody by members of the PA security services. The activists had gathered for a peaceful demonstration in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah; the violent arrests occurred suddenly as they were about to launch a vigil in Manara Square.

In June, a post-mortem examination showed that Banat had been beaten on the head, chest, neck, legs, and hands, during the hour between his arrest and death.

(Source / 06.09.2021)

Six Palestinians escape from high-security prison in Israel

Police stand guard at the high-security Gilboa prison in northern Israel [Jalaa Marey/AFP]
Police stand guard at the high-security Gilboa prison in northern Israel 

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – Israeli occupation forces have launched a massive manhunt for six Palestinian prisoners after they managed to break out of a high-security prison in northern Israel (1948 occupied Palestine).

Several Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, hailed the jailbreak.

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According to the Hebrew media, the prisoners escaped from Gilboa jail in the predawn hours of Monday morning through a tunnel they might have been digging for months or years under the detention facility.

The Israel prison service said the breakout occurred around 1:30 am on Monday, but the incident was not detected by security forces until hours later.

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Israeli jailers and security officers did not rule the possibility that the escapees received outside help, communicating with people through a cellphone they smuggled into their cell.

A large number of Israeli police, intelligence, and military personnel started a search operation across Israel and the West Bank a few hours after the escape from Gilboa prison, which lies between the Galilee sea and Jenin.

Zakaria Zubeidi, a commander of the Fatah Movement’s disbanded armed wing, is one of the escapees. The other five are all reported to be members of the Islamic Jihad Movement.

Four of the men were serving life sentences, according to Palestinian news reports.

Gilboa prison — about four kilometers away from the boundary with the occupied West Bank — is one of the highest-security jails in Israel and houses Palestinians suspected of carrying out resistance operations against the occupation.

An Israeli police spokesperson said the prisoners might try to reach the West Bank as a prelude to entering Jordan.

Some Israeli security and military officers described the situation as extremely dangerous, voicing fears that the escapees could plan to carry out an operation against Israelis.

Meanwhile, Israeli military and security forces have been deployed in large numbers on the border with Jordan, whose forces are also said to have been put on high alert along the border with the West Bank.

Preparations also started to send the other Palestinian prisoners at Gilboa jail to other detention facilities as a precautionary measure, according to the Israeli prison service.

(Source / 06.09.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinian Children In Ramallah

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday evening, two Palestinian children at the main entrance of the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

Local sources said the soldiers stopped the two children and interrogated them before abducting them, and took them to a nearby military base.

They added that the abducted children have been identified as Rayyan Raed Dallash,  13, and Walid Wa’el Hmeidat, 13.

It is worth mentioning that, on Saturday evening, the soldiers abducted three Palestinian children in the refugee camp.

(Source / 06.09.2021)

Six Palestinian Detainees Escape From Israeli Prison

Israeli sources have reported that six Palestinian detainees managed to escape from the Gilboa Israeli high-security prison, in the northern part of the country, after digging a tunnel.

The sources stated that one of the detainees is Zakariyya Zobeidi, the former leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin, in northern West Bank. The other five escaped political prisoners are all members of the Islami Jihad movement.

Israel alleges that Zobeidi was responsible for an attack on the Likud Party headquarters in Bisan, in the year 2002, leading to the death of six Israelis.

Israeli also alleges that when he was taken prisoner in the year 2019, he was planning what was described as a serious attack against Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank, and for reportedly carrying out two shooting attacks against Israeli buses for colonialist settlers near Beit El and Psagot colonies in the West Bank.

Israeli sources said the six detainees were all in the same cell, and that their escape was uncovered approximately at 4:00 on Monday at dawn during a headcount.

The Israeli police, Internal Security, and various other agencies have initiated a search campaign, in addition to a probe into how the detainees were able to escape without being noticed until a few hours later. Gilboa’ prison is well fortified and has extremely high-security measures.

A massive search campaign was initiated, including in all surrounding Palestinian villages and towns, close to the northern border with the West Bank, and Jordan.

                             Zakariyya Zobeidi

Israeli daily Haaretz quoted prison officials stating that the six detainees managed to dig the tunnel over the past few months, and added that the Shin Bet (The Israeli Security Agency) believes that they managed to coordinate help with people in the outside through smuggled cellphones.

It added that the detainees had an escape car waiting for them and that they were first noticed by farmers who notified the police.

The Prison Service also told Haaretz that the escape is a “major intelligence and security failure.”

After the escape of the six detainees, Israeli decided to transfer around 400 political prisoners from Gilboa to various others prisons.

Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth has reported that the Israeli army has decided to install many military roadblocks around Jenin, after surrounding it, to prevent the escaped detainees from reaching there.

It is worth noting that Israel is holding captive around 4850 Palestinian detainees, including 41 women and 225 children. 540 of the Palestinian detainees are held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

The Al-Arabiya – Palestine TV said:

  1. Zakariyya Zobeidi, 46, from the Jenin refugee camp was abducted in 2019 and has not been sentenced yet.
  2. Mahmoud Abdullah ‘Aarda, 46, from Arraba – Jenin, was abducted in 1996 and was sentenced to life in prison.
  3. Mohammad Qassem ‘Aarda, 39, from Arraba – Jenin, was abducted in 2002 and was sentenced to life in prison.
  4. Monadel Yacoub Enfei’at, 26 from Ya’bad – Jenin, was abducted in 2019.
  5. Yacoub Mahmoud Qadri, 49, from Be’er al-Basha – Jenin, was abducted in 2003 and was sentenced to a life term in prison.
  6. Ayham Nayef Kamamji, 35, from Kafr Dan – Jenin, was abducted in 2006 and was sentenced to a life term in prison.

(Source / 06.09.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Ramallah

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, five Palestinians from their homes in the Ramallah governorate, in the central West Bank.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said several Israeli army jeeps invaded the al-Am’ari refugee camp before the soldiers stormed and ransacked several homes.

It added that the soldiers abducted three Palestinians in the refuge camp, identified as Qussai Khader, 20, Bassel Abu Halima, 21, and Yazan Abu Halima, 20.

The PPS also stated that the soldiers invaded Sarda town, north of Ramallah, and abducted a student of Birzeit University, identified as Eyad Abu Shamla.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Abu Shkheidim town, northwest of Ramallah, and abducted Mohammad Ziad Qindah, 21.

In related news, the soldiers invaded the home of Ibrahim Khalil al-Mo’ti, in Jabal al-Mawaleh area, in the center of Bethlehem city, south of occupied Jerusalem, and violently searched the property before confiscating surveillance recordings.

(Source / 06.09.2021)