Israel settlers attack wounded Palestinian child in ambulance

Settlers attack Palestinian child
Settlers attack Palestinian child

Gaza post – Settlers in the occupied West Bank attempted on Thursday to harm a three-year-old Palestinian boy who was being transported to hospital in an ambulance according to an Israeli occupation investigation.

The incident occurred in the West Bank village of Khirbat Al-Mufqara.

Three masked settlers threw rocks at the toddler as he sat on a stretcher next to his uncle, according to a family member of the boy.

The settlers injured six people, including the three-year-old and his uncle.

The toddler was injured on the head after settlers pelted his home.

An Israeli court ordered the detention of two underage Israelis arrested in connection with the raid and an attack on an Israeli soldier until Wednesday.

(Source / 08.10.2021)

Sheikh Sabri: Israeli courts have no jurisdiction over Aqsa Mosque

Sheikh Sabri

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, head of the Higher Islamic Council in Occupied Jerusalem, has said that Israeli courts have no jurisdiction or right to address any issue related to the Aqsa Mosque, not to mention Jewish prayers in its courtyards.

In press remarks, Sheikh Sabri stressed that all the decisions taken by the Israeli occupation authority and its courts regarding the Aqsa Mosque compound are “invalid, illegal and uncivilized,” adding that the stature of the Mosque cannot be subject to Israeli courts.  

“International resolutions prohibit [Israel] from changing the status quo at the Aqsa Mosque and in the occupied territories in general,” he pointed out.

The Jerusalemite official held the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for any consequences resulting from such “racist, provocative and hostile decisions” taken by its courts regarding the Aqsa Mosque and the holy city.

(Source / 08.10.2021)

Jewish settlers attack Palestinian shepherds in al-Khalil

Olive trees

AL-KHALIL, (PIC) – A group of Jewish settlers attacked on Friday morning Palestinian shepherds and uprooted dozens of olive trees in two separate attacks in al-Khalil.

Local sources affirmed that at least one of the shepherds suffered different injuries and bruises when the settlers violently attacked Palestinian shepherds in Zanouta area, in the village of al-Dhahiriya to the south of the city.

Head of the village council, Fayez al-Tal, reported that the injured shepherd was immediately taken to hospital, while a second one was detained by the soldiers.

In a separate incident, other groups of Jewish settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Adora uprooted at least 100 olive trees belonging to Palestinians in Khirbet al-Taybeh, in the town of Tarqumiya to the northwest of al-Khalil.

Local farmer Suleiman al-Ja’afrweh pointed out that local residents are routinely subjected to settlers’ attacks and death threats with the aim of pushing them to leave their homes as part of the Israeli forced-displacement policy.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

(Source / 08.10.2021)

60% of Palestine refugees in Lebanon now unemployed, activist says

Palestinian refugees hold Palestinian flags during a demonstration in support of Palestinians in Gaza City, at Ain al-Hilweh Refugee Camp in Sidon, Lebanon on May 30, 2021. [Ali Hankir - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian refugees hold Palestinian flags during a demonstration in support of Palestinians in Gaza City, at Ain al-Hilweh Refugee Camp in Sidon, Lebanon on May 30, 2021

The economic crisis in Lebanon and the accompanying developments at the humanitarian levels in addition to the COVID-19 crisis have had a negative impact on the lives of Palestinian refugees in the country, a member of the Palestinian Movement in the Nahr Al-Bared camp has said.

In an interview with APA news agency, Wissam Muhammad said all of Lebanon – including the Palestinian refugee camps – have witnessed a sharp rise in the prices of basic commodities, in addition to the high prices of medicines and transportation. Palestinian refugee cannot meet their needs on salaries that amount to 50,000 lira ($32) or a little more a day.

He explained that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Refugees (UNRWA) has not fulfilled its duty to the Palestinian camps since the coronavirus pandemic started. Calling on it to support the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

The unemployment rate in the Palestinian camps reached 60 per cent, he added.

READ: Lebanon raises fuel prices, again 

(Source / 08.10.2021)

Recaptured Palestinian prisoner ends hunger strike

The hearing of Zakaria Zubeidi, Mahmoud al-Arida, Yakub Qaderi, and Mohammad Al-Arida held via video conference in Nazareth, Israel on 19 September 2021. Six Palestinian inmates had tunneled out of the high-security Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on Sept. 6. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
The hearing of Zakaria Zubeidi, Mahmoud al-Arida, Yakub Qaderi, and Mohammad Al-Arida held via video conference in Nazareth, Israel on 19 September 2021. Six Palestinian inmates had tunneled out of the high-security Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on Sept. 6

Mohammed Al-Arida, one of six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from Israel’s high-security Gilboa Prison on 6 September and was recaptured days later, yesterday ended his hunger strike after Israeli authorities agreed to his demands, Arab48 reports.

The 46-year-old began the hunger strike on Monday.

Al-Arida has been subject to harassment and harsh punitive measures imposed by the Israeli prison service since he was recaptured, Wafa news agency reported. These include keeping him in isolation for 14 days without any personal belongings, banning him from family visits and buying essentials from the canteen for two months, in addition to fining him.

He is being held in isolation without blankets or pillow in a small, dirty and unventilated cell that lacks the basic living standards. He has not been able to take a shower for days because he is being monitored around the clock by surveillance cameras.

Al-Arida, from the town of Arraba near Jenin, was arrested in 1996 and he is serving a life sentence.

READ: The current security threats which challenge Israel 

(Source / 08.10.2021)

Palestinian highlights Israel’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ after winning film award

Let It Be Morning [Other Israel Film Festival/Youtube screengrab]
Let It Be Morning 

A Palestinian actress who won best leading actress at an Israeli film awards ceremony said it was difficult to celebrate due the “ongoing ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians.

Juna Suleiman stars in Let It Be Morning, a film directed by Israeli director Eran Kolirin, which won an Ophir Award for best film and has been submitted for consideration for one of five Best International Feature Oscar nominations.

“Under normal circumstances, I would’ve felt happiness and gratitude for the award, but unfortunately, that’s impossible when there are active efforts to erase Palestinian identity and the collective pain that I drag along with me and that exist in every role I play,” she said in her statement.

“Separating my role and my identity is a cynical and violent step built on ongoing colonialist traditions of erasing historic identities and ethnic cleansing that leave me no room for happiness but rather anger and frustration.”

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“This anger and frustration are the basis of the same experience that ‘Let It Be Morning’ brings to the screen,” she added.

She also expressed gratitude to Kolirin for his “sensitivity and understanding” which she said made her first acting experience so special.

Based on a novel by journalist, screenwriter and author Sayed Kashua, the movie narrates the story of Sami, a Palestinian citizen of Israel who revisits his hometown with his family to attend his brother’s wedding. Following the wedding, Sami, his wife, and his son encounter Israeli soldiers who force them to stay in the village, and Sami is soon imprisoned and besieged in his hometown, with no knowledge of why or for how long.

The award comes after the cast boycotted the Cannes Film Festival in July, after explaining in a collective statement on social media that they will be taking a political act of absence in protest of Israel’s cultural erasure of the Palestinians.

(Source / 08.10.2021)

Bernie Sanders demands $1bn in Gaza aid for yes vote in Israel’s Iron Dome bill

Bernie Sanders delivers a speech during his first presidential campaign rally at Brooklyn College in New York, United States, 2 March 2019. 
 [Atılgan Özdil - Anadolu Agency]
Bernie Sanders delivers a speech during his first presidential campaign rally at Brooklyn College in New York, United States, 2 March 2019

Giving Israel an extra $1 billion in emergency funding would be “unconscionable” and “irresponsible”, US Senator Bernie Sanders has said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, prior to a vote over the $1 billion emergency funding bill for Israel’s Iron Dome.

The bill was passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives last month but not without controversy. Several Democratic members succeeded in having it removed from a stopgap spending bill and moved to the annual defence bill.

Though expected to be signed off by the Senate, Sanders said he would back additional funding for the Iron Dome but as a necessary counterweight to the US’ overwhelming military support for Israel, he has also demanded the same $1 billion aid commitment for Gaza.

Read: What does the Iron Dome debate say about American politics?

“If the goal of this supplemental funding is to help Israel replenish Iron Dome after the war that took place in May, it would be irresponsible if we do not at the same time address the enormous destruction and suffering that that war caused the Palestinians in Gaza,” wrote Sanders in the letter seen by MEMO. “Just as we stand with the Israeli people’s right to live in peace and security, we must do so for the Palestinian people as well.”

Sanders noted that the $1 billion in funding is on top of the $3.8 billion that Israel already receives annually from the US as part of the security aid package signed during the administration of former US President Barack.

Urging Schumer to advance the same amount of funding to the besieged enclave, Sanders pointed to the huge devastation caused by Israel’s onslaught in May which killed over 248, including 66 children, with more than 1,900 people wounded. There was also extensive damage to homes and infrastructure which the senator wants the US to address through the funding.

“For us to provide an additional billion dollars in aid to Israel while ignoring the suffering of people in Gaza would be unconscionable and irresponsible,” said Sanders warning that President Joe Biden’s claim of restoring America’s position in the world is being undermined by this kind of disparity.

Israel killed at least 254 Palestinians, including 66 children, 39 women, and 17 elderly people during the bombardment. More than 1,900 were wounded, including 380 children, 540 women, and 91 elderly
MEMO #Infographic

(Source / 08.10.2021)

Israeli colonizers Attack Palestinians, Force Them Out Of Orchards, Near Nablus

A group of illegal Israeli colonizers attacked, Thursday, many Palestinian farmers while picking their olive trees in Khirbat Yamoun village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and forced them out of their orchards.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonizers attacked the Palestinians and chased them out of their orchards.

Daghlas added that Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene but did not attempt to remove the assailants.

Furthermore, at least sixty colonizers attacked Palestinians while picking their olive trees in the Rommana area in Burin town, south of Nablus.

While attacks by the illegal colonizers are frequent against the Palestinians, their homes and lands, and even the holy sites and graveyards, they tend to witness a serious escalation during the olive harvest season.

Such violations include cutting and uprooting trees, burning trees, and farmlands, and even flooding them with wastewater from the colonies.

Also Thursday, the soldiers injured and abducted a Palestinian after the army attacked many residents defending their lands while the military bulldozers were uprooting them, in the Wad Yasouf area between the towns of as-Sawiya and al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya near Nablus.

(Source / 08.10.2021)

For Second Time, Israel Renewes Administrative Detention Of Palestinian Teen

On Thursday, the Israeli Authorities renewed, for the second time, the arbitrary Administrative Detention order against a Palestinian teenage boy.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said the teen, Mohammad Ghassan Ahmad Mansour, 17, was slapped with a second four-month Administrative Detention order, without charges or trial.

It added that the teen was supposed to be released, Friday, October 8th, 2021, but was slapped with the new order.

Mohammad, from Jenin in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, is held at the Megiddo Israeli prison.

Palestinians, held under these arbitrary orders, are detained without charges or trial, and Israel justifies the use of this policy on the ground that the person “might commit an offense in the future.”

It also has no time limit as it can be renewed numerous times, and is based on orders by the regional army commander relying on what Israel calls “evidence,” not revealed to the detainees or their lawyers.

Held under these orders, the detainees never know when and if they will be released, and remained held without facing charges, a trial, or a conviction.

Many detainees spend years behind bars due to repeated renewals of these arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

It is meant to keep the detainees in a constant state of uncertainty, not knowing if or when they will be released.

Throughout the years, thousands of detainees were slapped with these orders, either new and renewed just days, hours, or minutes before their scheduled release.

(Source / 08.10.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, a young Palestinian man near Jenin, in northern West Bank.

Montaser Sammour, the head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the abducted young man is a former political prisoner, identified as Ahmad Bassam Kamil.

Sammour added that Kamil, from Qabatia town, south of Jenin, was abducted after the soldiers stopped him at the al-Jalama permanent military roadblock, north of Jenin, and took him to a nearby military base.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Beit Ummar, town, north of Hebron, leading to protests, and fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

Furthermore, a group of illegal Israeli colonizers attacked Palestinian farmers while picking their olive trees in Khirbat Yamoun village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and forced them out of their orchards.

On Thursday at dawn, the soldiers abducted nine Palestinians, including a father and his son, from several parts of the West Bank, including the occupied capital, Jerusalem.

(Source / 08.10.2021)