Abbas: ‘Israel has only one year to withdraw from 1967 occupied territories’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting with the Palestinian leadership at the presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 6, 2019. - Abbas said he would discuss plans for new parliamentary elections with all factions, including longterm rivals Hamas, and renewed a pledge to hold the first elections since 2006, but without giving a timeframe. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI / AFP) (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 6 October 2019

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday gave Israel only one year to withdraw from the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem.

“Without this condition being met, the Palestinian recognition of Israel on the 1967 borders might be questionable,” he indicated in a recorded statement aired before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)’s 76th session in New York.

“This is a moment of truth with the occupying power. We are at a crossroads. We have had enough time. This situation cannot continue, and our people cannot endure it any longer,” he expressed.

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He added: “We are ready to work throughout this year on the delineation of borders and solving all final status issues under the auspices of the international Quartet and in accordance with United Nations resolutions. If this is not achieved, why should we keep recognising Israel based on the 1967 borders?”

Abbas continued: “Our people will not surrender to the reality of the occupation and its illegal policies and practices. They will pursue their just struggle to fulfil their right to self-determination, and all options are available, including returning to a solution based on the US Resolution 181 adopted in 1947, which gives the State of Palestine 44 per cent of the area of Palestine, double the space provided on the 1967 borders.”

The PA president stressed that the Palestinians: “Will go to the International Court of Justice as the supreme international judicial body on the issue of the legality of the occupation of the land of the state of Palestine. We have extended our hands time and again for peace, and still, we cannot find a partner in Israel that believes in and accepts the two-state solution.”

Meanwhile, he blamed the international community for Israel’s inability to recognise the Palestinian state and ignoring Palestinian partners.

“Undermining the two-state solution based on international law and UN resolutions will open the way for other alternatives imposed on us by the situation on the ground as a result of the continuation of the Israeli occupation of our state,” Abbas warned.

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With this year marking the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba, Abbas recounted: “More than half the Palestinian people were uprooted from their land and deprived of their property in that time. Myself, my family and many others still possess the deeds to our land. These deeds are registered as part of the United Nations’ records.”

He also blamed the lack of action by the US and its bodies to deter Israel, asserting that this resulted in: “A failure to hold Israel accountable and sanction it for its violations of international law, allowing Israel, which claims to be a democratic state, to act as a state above the law.”

He concluded: “I reiterate yet again that the Palestinian people will defend their existence and identity and will not kneel or surrender, they will not leave and will remain on their land defending it, defending their fate and pursuing their great journey towards ending the occupation of the land of the State of Palestine and its capital East Jerusalem.”

(Source / 25.09.2021)

Israeli Colonizers Injure Several Palestinians During Visit of EU Delegation In Hebron

Palestinian medical sources have reported, Friday, that several Palestinians were injured, after a group of illegal Israeli colonizers attacked them during a visit by a delegation from the European Union to Susiya village, near Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Media sources said the colonizers attacked and injured the residents in front of Israeli soldiers, during a visit by a delegation from the EU to the Tiwani and Susiya villages, to observe their daily challenges due to constant Israeli violations.

Fuad al-‘Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees, said the colonizers tried to invade the village during the visit of the EU delegation before the residents intercepted their attack.

He added that several Palestinians were wounded, among them Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the Wall & Colonization Commission, who was injured in the chest and the head, before he was rushed to a hospital.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the soldiers also briefly detained the visiting delegation and declared Susiya a closed military zone. The army also fired gas bombs at the Palestinians, causing several injuries.

Before the attack, the EU delegation, and international diplomats, including the EU representative in Jerusalem, visited the Tiwani village and Masafer Yatta, and observed the daily suffering and challenges the Palestinian face due to the constant Israeli violations and the attacks by the Israeli colonizers.

(Source / 25.09.2021)

Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, four Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, during the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media spokesperson of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Qalqilia, said the Palestinians marched from the center of the village while chanting against the ongoing Israeli violation against them and their lands.

He added that the soldiers instantly attacked the procession with rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Medical sources said four young men were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, before receiving treatment by local medics.

Kufur Qaddoum witnesses frequent Israeli invasions, assaults, and abductions as it continues to hold its weekly nonviolent processions against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies, and against the closure of the main road, which was blockaded by the military eighteen years ago, to enable easy access for colonialist settlers driving to and from the Kedumim colony, built on private Palestinian lands.

(Source / 25.09.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Many Members Of Zahran Family Near Jerusalem

On Friday at dawn and over the last several days, Israeli soldiers abducted many Palestinians, including women, from the Zahran family in Biddu town, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

On Friday at dawn, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in Biddu, mainly those owned by members of the Zahran family, and abducted Toqa-Eddin Zahran, and her husband Ibrahim Zahran, after storming their home and ransacking it.

The soldiers fired several live rounds at the home, before invading it, causing damage.

Their abduction came just a few days after the soldiers abducted six other Palestinians from the same family.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Asma’ Aassi from her home in Beit Liqya village, west of Ramallah, after they were unable to locate and abduct her husband, Ahmad Zahran.

Ahmad’s mother said the family was awakened by the sound of live fire before the soldiers detonated the main door of their home and broke into it while shouting at them.

“They searched and ransacked my home and the homes of my sons for more than two hours,” she said, “They blindfolded my sons and forced them onto the ground, while shouting at us and accusing us of hiding my son, Ahmad.”

The soldiers also summoned several members of the family or interrogation in Ofer Israeli prison and military base and abducted two of them when they headed there.

Mohammad Zahran, the brother of Ahmad, said the soldiers summoned him and five family members for interrogation, and added that they headed to Ofer prison, where they were interrogated for about twelve hours before the soldiers abducted two.

“The soldiers kept threatening us, and told me that they will kill my brother Ahmad if he doesn’t surrender, just like they killed my brother Zahran,” Mohammad said.

It is worth mentioning that Ahmad is the brother of Zahran Ibrahim Zahran, who was killed by the Israeli army on August 29, 1998.

During the Friday invasion of the Zahran family home, the also soldiers threatened to kill Ahmad if he does not surrender to the army.

His mother that the soldiers threatened her that if Ahmad does not turn himself in to the army, “they will bring him in a body bag just like his brother.”

(Source / 25.09.2021)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Protection of Civilians Report | 7-20 September 2021

Highlights from the reporting period

Dr. Hazem al-Jolani, 50

One Palestinian was shot and killed and two others were wounded while stabbing or attempting to stab Israeli forces or civilians. On 10 September, a 50-year-old Palestinian physician attempted to stab an Israeli policeman in the Old City of Jerusalem, and was shot by Israeli forces; and later died of his wounds. On 13 September, a 17-year-old Palestinian boy stabbed two Israeli civilians in West Jerusalem and was then shot by an Israeli policeman and admitted to hospital in a critical condition. That same day, another Palestinian, aged 27, tried to stab an Israeli soldier at the Gush Etzion junction (Bethlehem) and was shot and arrested by Israeli forces.Overall, Israeli forces injured 568 Palestinians, including 73 children, across the West Bank. Of those, 320 were injured during ongoing protests against settlement activities in the Nablus governorate, including near the villages of Beita (290 people) and in Beit Dajan (30). Another 183 Palestinians were injured in protests held in solidarity with the six Palestinians who had escaped from an Israeli prison on 6 September (all have since been recaptured). The remaining injuries were recorded in the Hebron governorate, in incidents where Palestinians threw stones and Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and live ammunition. Overall, six of the wounded Palestinians were shot with live ammunition, 138 were hit by rubber bullets, three were physically assaulted or hit by a tear gas canister, and the rest were treated for tear gas inhalation. In addition to the 568 people who were injured directly by Israeli forces, 46 Palestinians were injured either while running away from Israeli forces or in circumstances that could not be verified in Beita and Nablus city.

Of the above-mentioned injuries, over 55 pupils and teachers were teargassed by Israeli forces in six schools. In the H2 area of Hebron city, Palestinian students reportedly threw stones at Israeli forces and the latter shot tear gas canisters at a nearby school compound; six students and 46 teachers were treated for tear gas inhalation and the three schools were evacuated due to the intensity of the gas. In another incident where clashes were reported in Anata town (Jerusalem), Israeli forces also fired tear gas canisters into the yards of one school; two girls and one teacher were taken to hospital, and classes were suspended for the remainder of the day, affecting over 500 pupils.Israeli forces carried out 90 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 99 Palestinians across the West Bank. Most of the operations took place in the Hebron and Bethlehem governorates.Israeli forces carried out air strikes, reportedly targeting armed groups’ positions and open fields. The air strikes caused damage to a house, a farm, and armed groups’ positions. In Gaza, Palestinian armed groups fired rockets at Israel on four occasions. The rockets were intercepted by the Israeli military, no damages or injuries were reported, but four Israelis, including a child, were injured while running to bomb shelters.On at least 12 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence and off the coast of Gaza, ostensibly to enforce access restrictions. No injuries were reported. Israeli military bulldozers conducted a land-levelling operation inside Gaza, near the perimeter fence, in the Beit Lahiya area.During the reporting period, no demolitions were reported across the West Bank except for two structures that were demolished by their owners in East Jerusalem, to avoid paying fines. Israeli forces delivered a stop-work order to a donor-funded school in Hammamat al Maleh (Tubas), where 50 pupils study.Israeli settlers physically assaulted and injured a Palestinian boy, and people known or believed to be settlers vandalized trees and damaged houses and vehicles across the West Bank. The boy, aged 16, was physically assaulted in the H2 area of Hebron. In separate incidents in H2, settlers cut down fences surrounding a house and stole 12 newly-planted grape vines and a water pump. According to local sources, about 100 trees and saplings were vandalized in Ash Shuyukh (Hebron), Kisan (Bethlehem) and Sinjil (Ramallah). In Burin village (Nablus) and the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, settlers threw stones at houses and vehicles, causing damage. Israeli settlers threw stones at houses in the H2 area and, in one incident, shot at a Palestinian; no injuries were reported. On 17 September, Israeli civilians stabbed a Palestinian bus driver in West Jerusalem (not included in the count above).People known or believed to be Palestinians threw stones at Israeli-plated vehicles in the Jerusalem and Bethlehem governorates, injuring two settlers. According to Israeli sources, stone throwing damaged 25 Israeli-plated cars throughout the West Bank.

(Source / 25.09.2021)

Updated: “Israeli Soldiers Kill A Young Palestinian Man Near Nablus”

Palestinian medical sources have confirmed, on Friday evening, that the seriously injured young man, who was shot by Israeli soldiers in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, has died from his wounds.

The sources said the young man, identified as Mohammad Ali Khabisa, 28, from Beita town, was shot with a live round in the head, in Sbeih Mountain, and was rushed to the an-Najah Hospital, in Nablus, but succumbed to his very serious injuries.

The slain young man is a married father of an infant girl, only eights months of age, and is the eighth to be killed in Sbeih Mountain since the protests started 140 days ago after illegal Israeli colonizers installed an outpost on private Palestinian lands.

It is worth mentioning that, two weeks ago, the soldiers shot the young man with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head.

During Friday protests, the soldiers also injured 29 Palestinians, including eight who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, 18 who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, and two who suffered burns.

Beita has been witnessing constant protests, and repeated Israeli military invasions and violations since the illegal Israeli colonizers occupied the top of Sbeih Mountain and installed an outpost they named “Avitar.”

Following ongoing protests, the colonists left the outpost on July 2nd, but it was not dismantled, and the colonists installed it again. During these protests, the soldiers killed five Palestinians and injured hundreds.

The outpost was installed in May of this year after the colonists kept trying to build a colony on the Palestinian lands five times in the last 30 years.

The Mountain, owned by the Palestinians, has significant strategic importance, especially since if it is occupied by the colonizers the colony would lead to the annexation of 20 Dunams of Palestinian lands, and would also lead to the isolation of a large area of Palestinian lands.

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Israeli Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians, One Seriously, Near Nablus 
– Sep 24, 2021 at 16:36

Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, dozens of Palestinians, including one who suffered life-threatening wounds, during processions against the escalating Israeli violations, including the illegal colonialist activities, in Beita and Beit Dajan towns, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) stated that the soldiers fired dozens of rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades, at the protesters in Beita town, south of Nablus.

The PRSC said the soldiers shot and seriously injured a young man in the head, before he was rushed to a hospital in Nablus, and was instantly admitted to surgery.

It added that the soldiers also shot eight Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused more than 18 to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, in addition to two who sustained burns from the gas bombs and concussion grenades.

Furthermore, media sources in Nablus said one Israeli soldier was injured during the protests in Beita town.

In addition, the soldiers shot at least one Palestinian with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus.

(Source / 25.09.2021)

Breaking| Israeli army kills young man in Beita protest

Occupied Nablus (QNN)- Muhammad Khabisah (28 years old) has succumbed to wounds in the head that he sustained during the Israeli repression of a peaceful protest in Beita, the Ministry of Health said.

The red Crescent had said that 38 protesters were wounded in the protest, eight of them were shot, including Khabisahwho had a serious head injury.

The injuries also included 18 suffocation cases and three falling injuries and burns.

Locals of Beita carry out weekly protests on Sabih mountain in protest against the construction of a new Israeli illegal outpost in their village.

(Source / 25.09.2021)

Pictures| 38 injuries in Israeli repression of Beita protest

Occupied Nablus (QNN)- Israeli forces repressed a peaceful protest in the village of Beita in occupied Nablus, leaving 38 injuries, including one serious injury in the head.

The Red Crescent stated that its crews dealt with 38 injuries in Beita, eight of them by rubber-coated metal bullets including one serious injury in the head. It added that 18 injuries with tear gas bombs and three others by falling burns have been reported.

Local sources said that hundreds of locals took part in a peaceful protest in Sabih mountain in Beita against the construction of an Israelis settlement outpost in their village.

The protest was repressed by Israeli forces as soon as it reached the mountain, according to the sources.

Confrontations erupted in the area following the Israeli repression.

(Source / 25.09.2021)

Abbas gives ‘Israel’ one year to withdraw from 1967-occupied territories

Ramallah (QNN)- The President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas, gave the occupation state one year to end its occupation of 1967-occupied territories, otherwise, the PA will consider withdrawing its recognition of ‘Israel’.

“We give Israel one year to end its occupation. During this time we are ready to demarcate the border. If Israel doesn’t agree we will consider withdrawing our recognition of Israel on the 1967 lines and going to ICC”, Abbas said in his UN speech.

Addressing the UN General Assembly via video link from the West Bank, Abbas called on the international community to act to save the two-state solution.

Abbas said the occupation state was “destroying the prospect of a political settlement based on the two-state solution” through its settlements on West Bank land it occupied in 1967.

“If the Israeli occupation authorities continue to entrench the reality of one apartheid state as is happening today, our Palestinian people and the entire world will not tolerate such a situation,” Abbas said.

“Circumstances on the ground will inevitably impose equal and full political rights for all on the land of historical Palestine, within one state. In all cases, Israel has to choose,” he added.

(Source / 25.09.2021)

Israeli army rearrests young man whose entire family was killed or detained

Ramallah (QNN)- The Israeli army on Saturday rearrested Muhammad Barghouthi (20 years old), the son of slain Omar Barghouthi. Muhammad’s brother Saleh was killed by the Israeli army, while his brother Assem has been detained since 2020 and sentenced to four life sentences.

Muhammad’s mother said a large number of Israeli soldiers broke into the family’s house and arrested her son, taking him to an unknown place.

“An officer said to me: you have brought up saboteurs. I said: yes, and I’m glad of it. He said: I was created to screw up your lives. I said: keep dreaming, you’ll never screw up our lives. Each one of us knows what he’s doing. You’ll never screw up our lives and you can’t hurt a fly”, Muhammad’s mother said.

“He said: When I’m done with your sons I’ll start doing this to your grandsons. I said: keep dreaming. So, you’re proud of the big army that you’ve brought with you?! A spoon has defeated you!”.

Local sources said violent confrontations erupted in Birzeit and Kobar during the Israeli raid to arrest Muhammad.

(Source / 25.09.2021)