Haniyeh says escapees must be protected

Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh in Tehran, Iran on 6 August 2021 [Iranian Presidency / Handout/Anadolu Agency]
Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh in Tehran, Iran on 6 August 2021

The head of the Hamas Political Bureau stressed on Tuesday that the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from Israel’s high-security Gilboa Prison “must be protected”.

According to a statement from the movement, Ismail Haniyeh’s comment was made during a telephone call with the head of Islamic Jihad in Palestine, Ziyad Al-Nakhalah. Most of the six are connected to Islamic Jihad in one way or another. The Fatah movement also has a connection, which was pointed out by the Hamas official.

“They must be protected in order to continue their resistance against the Israeli occupation,” said Haniyeh, who congratulated Al-Nakhalah. “The fortifications of the Israeli occupation are nothing in front of the will of these prisoners.”

The former Palestinian prime minister also stressed that this escape will go down in the history of the Palestinian people. “Such victories by the Palestinians against the oppressive occupation will continue until the liberation of all of the land of Palestine and the freedom of all prisoners.”

Both Haniyeh and Al-Nakhalah, confirmed Hamas, reiterated their commitment to the liberation of all Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

READ: Escape from Gilboa

(Source / 08.09.2021)

Israel: manhunt for escaped prisoners achieves nothing

Israeli forces closed the Jalamah checkpoint between the city of Jenin in the West Bank and Israel after 6 Palestinian prisoners escaped from Israeli prison, on 6 September 2021 [Nedal Eshtaya/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces closed the Jalamah checkpoint between the city of Jenin in the West Bank and Israel after 6 Palestinian prisoners escaped from Israeli prison, on 6 September 2021

For the third day running, Israeli security and intelligence services are continuing their massive manhunt for the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from the high-security Gilboa Prison overnight on Sunday. Thus far, their efforts have been unsuccessful.

An Israel Prison Service official described the escape of the six Palestinian prisoners as a “major security and intelligence failure.” Palestinian resistance groups hailed it as “heroic act.”

According to a report on Israeli Channel 13 TV, “There is no tangible intelligence information on the table for Shin Bet [internal security agency], police investigators or anyone else. This is a big problem.”

The journalist pointed out that the main tactic is to apply pressure on the ground. Many officers have been deployed across occupied Palestinian land and in Israel simultaneously.

Police have warned members of the public to be cautious, and to report anything suspicious. They believe that the prisoners obtained arms as soon as they escaped, so any attempt to arrest them could lead to an armed confrontation.

READ: Israel imposes restrictions on Palestine detainees’ rights

CCTV footage showed two of the prisoners heading north towards the Arab Israeli city of Tamra. Two others headed for Bisan in the east, where they took a taxi.

According to several Israeli media reports, the police have reduced the number of checkpoints from 200 to 89. Most of those remaining are in the friction areas between Israel and the occupied West Bank.

On Wednesday morning, Israeli occupation forces began to raid the homes of the prisoners’ relatives. A number have been detained and questioned in an attempt to glean any intelligence that might lead police to the escapees’ whereabouts.

(Source / 08.09.2021)

PA security services ‘in close contact’ with Israel on escapees

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on May 25, 2021 at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah [ALEX BRANDON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on May 25, 2021 at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah

The Palestinian Authority security services are “in close contact” with their Israeli counterparts on the escaped prisoner issue, an Israel journalist has revealed. Security officials in Jordan are also involved in watching the border with occupied Palestine in case the escapees try to get across.

Yoni ben Manachem tweeted on Tuesday that “everything is done in secret” because “Mahmoud Abbas fears the reaction of the Palestinian public.”

Israeli Channel 13 TV reported that Israeli forces have entered the PA-dominated areas in the occupied West Bank to search for the prisoners.

According to Wallah, military sources from Israeli Central Command said that, “On both sides of the Jordanian border, vigilance and alertness have been increased for fear of terrorists [sic] crossing.”

Ben Manachem added that Israel is facing a “dilemma” as it is insisting on finding the escaped prisoners while working hard to prevent an escalation with the Palestinians.

READ: Israel sets up checkpoints around Gaza to catch escapees 

(Source / 08.09.2021)

Islamic Jihad warns Israel not to harm escapees and prisoners

A police officer keeps watch from an observation tower at the Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on September 6, 2021 [JALAA MAREY/AFP via Getty Images]
A police officer keeps watch from an observation tower at the Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on September 6, 2021

Islamic Jihad in Palestine warned Israel yesterday not to harm the six Palestinian escapees or those prisoners still held in its jails, local media have reported.

“Harming the prisoners is a red line, and the occupation must consider carefully what we say and understand that we are ready and able to protect our prisoners by all means,” a spokesman for the group’s military wing, Al-Quds Brigades, told journalists in Jenin.

The escapees, five of whom are Islamic Jihad members, are “heroes,” he added. “They took their freedom despite the will of their jailers.”

All members of the military wings of the Palestinian factions in Jenin, the spokesman said, are ready to defend the city in case of any Israeli incursion searching for the escaped prisoners.

Al-Quds Brigades pointed out that the response to any Israeli aggression against the prisoners “will be faster than Israel expects.”

READ: Who are Palestinian escapees from Israel’s Gilboa prison?

(Source / 08.09.2021)

Family of 9 homeless after Israel forces them to demolish their Jerusalem home

An excavator commissioned by Palestinian Jerusalem resident Ahmed Obaid demolishes Obaid's home in the mostly-Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya on June 22, 2021 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
An excavator commissioned by Palestinian Jerusalem resident Ahmed Obaid demolishes Obaid’s home in the mostly-Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya on June 22, 202

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday forced a Palestinian family to demolish their own home in occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of that it did not have a building permit.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Centre (Silwan) said in a statement that the “Dweik family was forced to demolish their home with their own hands in Silwan’s neighbourhood of Al-Bustan under the pretext that they did not possess a building permit.”

The statement added that the Jerusalem municipality had warned the Palestinian family that they would pay the demolition costs to the municipality “if they did not act upon its request.”

The centre pointed out the demolition order was issued by the municipality “20 days ago.” All nine members of the family are now homeless.

READ: 8 Palestinians killed by Israel, settlers in August

Palestinian families in Jerusalem are frequently forced to demolish their own homes or risk paying the occupation’s demolition fees.

Human rights groups say that Palestinians in Jerusalem face “great difficulties in obtaining building permits” as the costs are immense and the licences are rarely issued.

Some 1,900 Palestinian homes have been demolihed in Jersualem since Israel occupied the city in 1967, according to the official data by the Palestinian National Information Centre.

(Source / 08.09.2021)

Israel arrests relatives of Palestinian escapees

Israeli forces closed the Jalamah checkpoint between the city of Jenin in the West Bank and Israel after 6 Palestinian prisoners escaped from Israeli prison, on 6 September 2021 [Nedal Eshtaya/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces closed the Jalamah checkpoint between the city of Jenin in the West Bank and Israel after 6 Palestinian prisoners escaped from Israeli prison, on 6 September 2021 

Israeli occupation forces last night arrested several family members of the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from the high-security Gilboa Prison in northern Israel earlier this week.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Israeli soldiers entered and ransacked Palestinian homes in Arabbuna, north of the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, where the escapees are from. They arrested four members of Mahmud Ardah’s family. He has been described in Israeli media as the mastermind of the escape.

Heavily-armed Israeli soldiers also arrested Yacoub Infaat, the father of another escapee, after breaking into his house in Ya’bad, to the west of Jenin.

According to Wafa news agency, the detention of an official in the Palestinian Health Ministry’s Complaints Unit, prompted Minister Mai Al-Kaila to condemn his detention and the interrogation of his family.

“The Israeli occupation deliberately inflicts violence on the Palestinian people in violation of international norms, laws and conventions,” said Al-Kaila. She called on all human rights organisations to intervene without delay to ensure the official’s release.

READ: Islamic Jihad warns Israel not to harm escapees and prisoners

On Monday, the Israeli occupation authorities announced that six Palestinian prisoners had escaped from the high-security Gilboa Prison of in the north of the country. Reports said that they used primitive kitchen tools to dig a tunnel from their cell through which they escaped.

Israel has since launched a massive manhunt and reinforced its occupation forces in Jenin. The Palestinian Authority security services are reported to be cooperating in the search for the escapees.

Rights groups say that there are 4,850 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, including women and children. They face ill treatment and harsh conditions.

Palestinian prisoners escape from high-security prison - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian prisoners escape from high-security prison – Cartoon 

(Source / 08.09.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Various Areas In Jenin

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday evening, dozens of areas across the Jenin governorate, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and conducted extensive searches.

Media sources in Jenin said dozens of soldiers invaded the Arraba Medow area, south of Jenin, and conducted searches in Palestinian lands and communities, in addition to surrounding all nearby villages and towns, close to the illegal Annexation Wall.

They added that the soldiers invaded Arabbuna village, northeast of Jenin, before storming and ransacking dozens of homes.

Dozens of soldiers also invaded Aneen village, west of Jenin, and conducted massive searched of homes and lands, especially in areas close to the illegal Annexation Wall.

Similar invasions and searches were also carried out, for the second consecutive day, in Faqqu’a village, northeast of Jenin.

The soldiers also invaded and searched mountains near Faqqu’a, in addition to stopping and interrogating dozens of residents while inspecting their ID cards.

The Israeli army claims its extensive searches are part of the efforts to locate the six Palestinian political prisoners who managed to escape from the heavily fortified Israeli Gilboa’ prison.

(Source / 08.09.2021)

Palestinian Family Forced To Demolish Its Home In Jerusalem

On Tuesday, a Palestinian family from the al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem, was forced to demolish its home after the City Council denied their appeals.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) stated that the Dweik local family was forced to demolish its own home to avoid the excessively high fines and fees, especially if the City Council uses its workers and equipment to demolish the property.

Silwanic added that the family received the demolition order twenty days ago, and tried to appeal the decision but to no avail.

The 80 square/meter home provided shelter to nine family members, including 7 children between the ages of 7 and 16m, and was constructed in the year 2017.

Last Saturday, another Palestinian family had to demolish its home in the Wadi ar-Rababa neighborhood in Silwan.

On Wednesday morning, September 1, the soldiers demolished two under-construction homes in Beit Ta’mar and Harmala villages, east of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

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.

(Source / 08.09.2021)

WAFA: “Israel bans Muslims from praying at Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque during the Jewish holidays”

HEBRON, Tuesday, September 07, 2021 (WAFA) – Israel today decided to ban Muslims from praying at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, citing the Jewish New Year as a pretext, while it will be open only for Jews, according to local sources.

Director of the Ibrahimi Mosque Sheikh Hafthi Abu Sneinah told WAFA that Israeli forces denied Palestinians access to the holy site along with its courtyards as the illegal settlers were preparing to mark the Jewish New Year holiday.

Ahmad Tamimi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in charge of its human rights department, slammed the closure as “a flagrant affront to the feelings of Arabs and Muslims, a grave breach of the freedom of worship and a blatant violation of international human rights charters and conventions.”

The Ibrahimi Mosque, which was once a purely Muslim worship site, was divided between Muslims and Jews 22 years ago following the massacre at the hand of Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein who opened fire at Muslim worshippers on a Ramadan day during the early morning prayers killing 29 people.

Instead of getting the handful of illegal Israeli settlers out of Hebron following the massacre, Israel decided to punish the Palestinian victims of the massacre by splitting the mosque, also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, in half, closing most of the Palestinian businesses in the old town of Hebron, where the settlers had set up base, and restricting the movement of its Palestinian residents.

(Source / 08.09.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian In Al-Aqsa

Israeli soldiers abducted, Tuesday, a young Palestinian man from the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers abducted Fathi al-Jamal, for shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) when soldiers and police officers stormed the holy site with dozens of fanatic colonialist settlers, and conducted provocative tours, after forcing the Muslim worshipers away.

They added that the provocative tours were carried out in several phases, where large groups stormed the courtyards of the holy site and the Dome of the Rock mosque.

The tours were also organized, Tuesday, to mark the Jewish New Year, while the army and the police also surrounded the areas around the holy site to prevent the Palestinians from entering it.

It is worth mentioning that such invasions are carried out daily, but intensify during Jewish holidays, when the army imposes severe restrictions on the Muslim worshippers and prevents hundreds from entering the holy compound.

(Source / 08.09.2021)