Israeli settlers destroy Palestinian property in Hebron

Israeli settlers destroy Palestinian property in Hebron
Settlers_ Soldiers

Gaza post – Israeli settlers destroyed Palestinian property in the historic city of Hebron in the southern West Bank on Thursday night according to local sources.

A group of settlers attacked Palestinian homes and automobiles in the Jaber area, smashing their windshields, according to Aref Jaber, an activist with Human Rights Defenders, a movement aimed at documenting human rights violations by the Israeli occupation in Palestine.

Palestinians attempted to repel the settlement attack, but were met with Israeli military gunfire, according to him. However, no injuries have been reported.

The attackers were from the colonial settlement of Kiryat Arba, which is known for its hardline aggressive settler community.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is common in the West Bank, although Israeli authorities rarely arrest them.

Property and mosque arson, stone-throwing, removal of crops and olive trees, and attacks on vulnerable homes are all examples of settler aggression.

In the West Bank and East Jerusalem, over 700,000 Israeli settlers live in colonial settlements.
Around 160,000 Palestinian Muslims live in Hebron, which includes the Ibrahimi Mosque, and about 800 notoriously hostile Israeli settlers dwell in complexes strongly secured by Israeli military.
The only foreign monitors defending Palestinians in Hebron from 800 heavily armed Israelis, one of whom was involved in the 1994 massacre that prompted their deployment, have been evicted by Israel.

(Source / 10.09.2021)

Sources: IOF, settlers assault Palestinians at Damascus Gate

Sources: IOF, settlers assulat Palestinians at Damascus Gate
Clashes at the Damascus Gate

Jerusalem_Gaza post – Palestinians demonstrated on Thursday evening in front of Bab al-Amud (The Damascus Gate) in Jerusalem according to local sources.

Sources clarified that this demonstration was organised in solidarity with escaped prisoners and detainees, and condemnation of the occupation’s attacks on them and their repression.

The participants in the vigil chanted slogans condemning the occupation’s attacks on the prisoners, and the repressions committed against them, and they expressed their proud of the prisoners’ heroism, and chanted slogans of “the suspended are the heroes”, sources said.

It reported that the occupation forces suppressed the demonstration, and massive clashes erupted between the occupation forces and the youths, adding that, Israeli occupation forces summoned police dogs to intimidate and suppress the young men in the Bab Al-Amoud area.

After suppressing them, the occupation forces searched the young men in the Bab al-Amoud area and checked their identities according to sources.

In the same context, a march was launched at the entrance to the town of Al-Eizariya; to demand the bodies of the martyrs and in solidarity with the prisoners inside the occupation prisons.

Local sources stated in the evening that settlers attacked a Jerusalemite bus driver with a bottle on his head, threw gas at him, and smashed the bus windshield, while chanting “Death to Zakaria al-Zubaidi.”

According to eyewitnesses, the driver is Mamdouh Zahid.

The occupation forces also closed the Shuafat camp checkpoint, assaulted the residents of the area, and then stormed Dahiyat al-Salam and Ras Shehadeh in the camp , sources reported.

These actions come in response to the occupation’s measures and its collective punishment of the captive movement in prisons, after six prisoners from Jenin governorate managed to carry out a successful escape from Gilboa prison at dawn last Monday.

The six prisoners are Muhammad Qasim Ardah, Yaqoub Mahmoud Qadri, Ayham Fouad Kammaji, Mahmoud Abdullah Ardah and Zakaria Al-Zubaidi.

(Source / 10.09.2021)

IOF soldiers break into several houses in Bethlehem

IOF raid

BETHLEHEM, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) broke into a number of houses in Bethlehem at dawn Friday.

Local sources said that the IOF soldiers raided several houses in Hindaza area and wreaked havoc on their furniture and citizens’ property.

They added that the soldiers also broke into a building in Jabal al-Mawaleh in central Bethlehem.

The IOF embarks on daily raids and arrests in the West Bank that include breaking into citizens’ homes and damaging their property.

(Source / 10.09.2021)

IOF arrests 5 of Gilboa prison escapees’ relatives

IOF arrests

JENIN, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Friday 5 of Gilboa prison escapees’ relatives after raiding their houses in Jenin.

According to local sources, IOF raided Arraba village in southern Jenin, stormed some houses, and arrested Basem, Ra’ed and Muhammed, the siblings of Gilboa escapee Mahmud A’rada.

IOF also raided Bir al-Basha village in southern Jenin and arrested Ra’fet Ghwadra, the cousin of Yakub Qadri one of the 6 Gilboa escapees. The IOF earlier arrested Yusuf Qadri, Yakub’s brother. 

On Monday, 6 Palestinian prisoners successfully managed to tunnel their way out of high-security Gilboa prison.

(Source / 10.09.2021)

Palestinian youth injured in IOF shooting

Jalama barrier

JENIN, (PIC) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired at Palestinian protesters close to al-Jalama military checkpoint injuring a young man on Thursday night.

According to local sources, a confrontation took place near the checkpoint between IOF soldiers and Palestinian youths.

One Palestinian youth was injured in his leg by a rubber-coated metal bullet and transferred to hospital. 

A state of anger has spread in occupied Palestine against the Israeli occupation in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, who have been facing punitive measures after Gilboa jailbreak. 

(Source / 10.09.2021)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

The Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Protection of Civilians Report | August 24 – September 6, 2021

Latest developments (after the reporting period)

On 6 September, six Palestinians escaped from an Israeli prison. Since then, the Israeli authorities have arrested some of their relatives, cancelled family visits and moved other Palestinian inmates between facilities. Across the West Bank, Palestinians have demonstrated in solidarity with prisoners and their families, leading to clashes with Israeli forces, with some injuries reported

Highlights from the reporting period

In the West Bank, Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians, including a boy. During a nighttime operation on 24 August, in the Balata refugee camp (Nablus), Israeli forces shot and killed a 15-year-old boy who, they say, tried to throw an object at the soldiers. Local sources say that he was an uninvolved bystander. On 2 September, a 39-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed near a Barrier gate leading to Beit ‘Ur at Tahta village (Ramallah), while on his way back from work in Israel. The Israeli military said that the soldiers shot a ‘suspect’ who had tried to start a fire on the highway, and that it was investigating the incident. Fifty-seven Palestinians, including 12 children, have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank this year, all by live ammunition.At the Israeli perimeter fence around the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces shot and killed one Palestinian and injured over 70 others; two additional Palestinians died of wounds that were sustained in similar circumstances before the reporting period, and so did an Israeli soldier who had been shot by a Palestinian gunman on 21 August. On multiple occasions, Palestinian protesters reportedly set off explosives or fireworks and hurled stones and other objects towards the fence; and Israeli forces shot live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters.Overall, Israeli forces injured 288 Palestinians across the West Bank. The vast majority (273) of the verified injuries were in ongoing protests against settlement activities near Beita village (Nablus). Four additional people were injured during search-and-arrest operations in the Jenin, Nablus and Bethlehem governorates, including two boys, and the remaining were injured in other incidents. Of those injured, six Palestinians were shot with live ammunition, 44 with rubber bullets, and the rest were treated for tear gas inhalation or physical assault. An Israeli soldier was injured in a search-and-arrest operation in Abu Dis town (Jerusalem). In addition to the 288 injured directly by Israeli forces, 47 were injured in Beita, either while running away from Israeli forces or in circumstances that could not be verified.Israeli forces carried out 118 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 134 Palestinians across the West Bank. Most of the operations took place in the Jerusalem and Hebron governorates. On 1 September, Israeli forces raided a school in the Wadi Al Joz neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, detained the school principal and an employee, and seized a number of computers and files.Palestinian armed groups set fires in Israel by releasing incendiary balloons and Israeli forces carried out air strikes reportedly targeting military sites and open fields in Gaza, causing mild damage to three houses. On at least 12 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence and off the coast, ostensibly to enforce access restrictions, injuring one fisherman.The Israeli authorities demolished, seized, or forced owners to demolish, 31 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, due to a lack of Israeli-issued building permits. These displaced 30 people, including 21 children, and affected the livelihoods of about 130 others. All of the displacement was recorded in East Jerusalem, resulting from the demolition of five homes, three of which were demolished by their owners themselves to avoid fines. On 28 August, a 17-year-old Palestinian boy died in Beit Hanina area of Jerusalem when a concrete wall fell on him while he was helping his neighbours to demolish their home, as the Israeli authorities ordered them to do. The demolition of 23 structures in Area C, including eight animal shelters in Khirbet Ar Rahwa (Hebron) and Ibziq (Tubas), affected ten communities. The latter locality is in an area designated by the Israeli authorities as a “firing zone” used for military training.People known or believed to be Israeli settlers damaged Palestinian property in multiple incidents. Overall, local sources indicate that at least 650 Palestinian-owned trees were vandalized in At Taybe (Hebron) and Jamma’in (Nablus). Also in Hebron, nine vehicles were damaged in the H2 area of Hebron city, and a driver of a water tanker in Khirbet Bir al Idd (Hebron) was attacked and a mobile water tank damaged. In two incidents, water pipelines and a greenhouse were vandalized; agricultural tools were stolen in Al Lubban ash Sharqiya (Nablus), and at least two houses and a vehicle were damaged by stones thrown by settlers in Silat adh Dhahr (Jenin).People known or believed to be Palestinians threw stones at Israeli-plated vehicles travelling in the Hebron and Ramallah governorates, injuring two female settlers. Also, according to Israeli sources, stone throwing damaged 14 Israeli-plated cars throughout the West Bank.

This report reflects information available as of the time of publication. The most updated data and more breakdowns are available at ochaopt.org/data.

(Source / 10.09.2021)

Journalist among two Palestinians injured in confrontations with Israeli forces in Hebron, Jenin

HEBRON, Friday, September 10, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday evening injured two Palestinians, including a journalist, in confrontations in the West Bank cities of Hebron and Jenin, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said that confrontations flared up with Israeli forces at the entrance of al-Shuhada Street, which has been closed since 1994, as Palestinians took to the streets in solidarity with prisoners facing brutal Israeli mistreatment in Israeli prisons.

The soldiers opened fire towards protestors as well as towards local stores, hitting a journalist who was covering the events by a concussion bomb in his foot.

The journalist was rushed to Hebron Government Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, similar confrontations erupted with Israeli forces at al-Jalama checkpoint, north of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

The soldiers opened gunfire towards local protestors, injuring one by a rubber-coated steel bullet in the foot.

The casualty, identified as a resident of Jenin refugee camp, was rushed to a hospital.

This came as the Israeli military continued to raid a number of Jenin-district villages and towns for the fourth day in a row, detaining residents and confiscating the recordings of surveillance cameras, as part of the massive manhunt for the six prisoners who managed to escape from the highly-fortified Gilboa Prison on Monday. The escapees’ whereabouts remain unknown.

Palestinians have slammed such raids and detentions as a form of “collective punishment” intended to force the six escapees to turn themselves in.

Palestinians organized rallies in solidarity with other prisoners in Israeli jails after the Israeli special units and soldiers cracked down on several prisons in an attempt to disperse some 400 prisoners affiliated with Islamic Jihad and relocate them to other prisons, prompting prisoners to set seven cells on fire.

The planned relocation of the Jihad-affiliated prisoners was part of a set of punitive and repressive measures taken by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) following Monday’s escape of the six prisoners.

Other than the planned redistribution or dispersion of Jihad-affiliated prisoners, the punitive measures imposed by IPS included banning prisoners from leaving their rooms, depriving them of using facilities such as sinks, kitchens and cafeterias, in addition to banning lawyers and family visits.

Reports have surfaced of beatings, torture, the use of additional restraints, confiscations, and other abuses by Israeli wardens against defenseless prisoners.

This has prompted the Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission to caution against sliding into “open confrontation” in prisons.

(Source / 10.09.2021)

Close relatives of escapees among eight detained from the West Bank

Close relatives of escapees among eight detained from the West Bank

RAMALLAH, Friday, September 10, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Friday overnight detained eight Palestinians, including close relatives of the six prisoners who recently managed to escape from a highly-fortified Israeli prison, according to local sources and Palestine Prisoner’s Society.

Director of PPS Office in Jenin Muntaser Samour said that a sizable Israeli military force raided Arraba town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

While in the town, the soldiers ransacked many houses belonging to the close relatives of Mahmoud Ardah, one of the six escapees, turning them topsy-turvy, and detained Ardah’s sister, Bassema, and brothers, Raed and Muhammad.

The soldiers also barged their way into Bir al-Basha village, where they re-arrested two cousins of Yaqoub Mahmoud Qadri, 49, one of the six escapees. One of the detainees already served 12 years in Israeli imprisonment.

In the southern West Bank, Israeli soldiers detained a 17-year-old teen after brutally assaulting him in confrontations at Bab Az-Zawiya in Hebron city.

The confrontations erupted after the soldiers attempted to violently disperse a rally in solidarity with prisoners facing brutal Israeli mistreatment in Israeli prisons on Wednesday evening.

Still in Hebron district, sources confirmed a military raid in al-Arroub refugee camp, north of the city, resulting in the detention of an 11-year-old minor.

In Nablus district, Israeli military vehicles stormed Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of the city, where soldiers rounded up a Palestinian after breaking into his family house.

Six Palestinian prisoners, managed to escape from Gilboa Prison on Monday overnight through a tunnel in what was described as the most dramatic and unprecedented prison break, particularly that Gilboa, which was built in 2004 during the Second Intifada, is considered one of Israel’s most impenetrable prisons. Israelis have nicknamed it “the safe”.

Five of the escapees are members of the Islamic Jihad and the other is a member of Fatah.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

Under Israeli military law army commanders have full executive, legislative and judicial authority over 3 million Palestinians living in the West Bank. Palestinians have no say in how this authority is exercised.

(Source / 10.09.2021)

PA warns Israel against attacking Palestine prisoners

Hundreds of Palestinians stage a demonstration to protest Israel's oppression of Palestinian prisoners in jails and to support the detainees, on 8 September 2021 in Jabalia, Gaza. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
Hundreds of Palestinians stage a demonstration to protest Israel’s oppression of Palestinian prisoners in jails and to support the detainees, on 8 September 2021 in Jabalia, Gaza

The Palestinian Authority yesterday warned Israel of the consequences of its continued attacks on Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli detention.

“The PA’s senior officials have sent a clear message to Israel, warning it against continuing to attack and harm the Palestinian prisoners,” the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club chief, Qadura Fares, told Anadolu Agency.

Fares added that the PA holds Israel responsible for the “repercussions and consequences of its aggression against prisoners that has been going on for days,” stressing that Israel’s continued attacks on Palestinians would “escalate the situation in Palestine.”

“The PA has called on the United States to pressure Israel to halt its attacks on Palestinian prisoners,” he pointed out.

PA sources have said that Israeli occupation forces were continuing to “randomly” harm Palestinian prisoners held in the occupation’s jails. For the third day in a row, Israel has been imposing punitive measures against the prisoners, including storming prisons, abusing and beating detainees, and transferring them to other prisons.

The measures come after six Palestinian prisoners escaped from Israel’s high-security Gilboa Prison on Monday, through a tunnel they dug from inside their cell.

There are currently some 4,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, 41 of whom are women, 160 children and 360 administrative detainees, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.

READ: Israel army, police raise alert level as manhunt continues

(Source / 10.09.2021)

Jordan: Gaza reconstruction, halting Israel measures against Palestinians key to peace

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi in Moscow, Russia on 3 February 2021 [Russian Foreign Ministry/Anadolu Agency]
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi in Moscow, Russia on 3 February 2021 

The reconstruction of the occupied Gaza Strip and cessation of “all provocative and illegal Israeli measures are inevitable to achieve the two-state solution,” Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, said yesterday.

“The Palestinian cause was, and remains, our first priority,” Safadi told representatives at the 156th session of the Arab League Council.

He added that the expansion in building the illegal Israeli settlements, land confiscation and displacement of Palestinians from their homes were “threatening the chances of reaching peace.”

“The region will remain captive to the conflict until the Israeli occupation ends it, and the Palestinian people obtain all their rights on the basis of the two-state solution, and in accordance with international resolutions,” Safadi reiterated.

The Jordanian official called for “respecting the historical and legal situation in the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque,” noting that violating its sanctities was “provoking hundreds of millions of Muslims and Christians around the world.”

Safadi stressed on the “need to respect the rights of Jerusalemites in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan in their homes,” adding that displacing Palestinians would not be “accepted”.

READ: Jordan, Egypt, Palestine reject Israel’s attempts to change status quo in Jerusalem

(Source / 10.09.2021)