9,300 olive trees destroyed by Israel in the West Bank in one year, says ICRC

Palestinian farmers inspect the damage to their olive trees that were allegedly was cut down by Israeli settlers. (Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )
Palestinian farmers inspect the damage done to their olive trees that were cut down by Israeli settlers on 11 April 2017 

Over 9,000 olive trees have been destroyed in the West Bank since August 2020, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

With the olive harvest season underway, the aid agency has called on Israel to ensure safe, timely, and adequate access for Palestinians to their olive groves in the occupied West Bank.

“For years, the ICRC has observed a seasonal peak in violence by Israeli settlers residing in certain settlements and outposts in the West Bank towards Palestinian farmers and their property in the period leading up to the olive harvest season, as well as during the harvest season itself, in October and November,” said Els Debuf, head of the ICRC’s mission in Jerusalem.

“Farmers also experience acts of harassment and violence that aim at preventing a successful harvest, not to mention the destruction of farming equipment or the uprooting and burning of olive trees. This is an important concern that we continue to share with the authorities in charge,” she added.

Meanwhile, extremist Israeli settlers yesterday uprooted 900 olive and apricot saplings and stole olive crops in the village of Sebastia of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, Wafa news agency reported.

In addition, settlers also uprooted 70 trees in Masafer Yatta, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank, while occupation authorities rarely take action against it.

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The ICRC supports Palestinian farmers whose olive groves are located near the West Bank barrier or close to settlements and outposts throughout the season, to help them reach their land safely and on time.

Marked in October every year, the olive harvest constitutes a critical source of livelihood for thousands of Palestinian families. With more than 12 million olive trees planted across nearly half of the West Bank’s agricultural land, olive oil is not only central to Palestinian food security but is also a large part of their export economy.

Moreover, olive trees are symbolic of the Palestinian attachment to their land. Drought-resistant, growing under poor soil conditions, and living and bearing fruit for thousands of years, the trees represent Palestinian resistance and resilience in the face of the Israeli occupation.

(Source / 13.10.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinian Children, Young Man, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday afternoon, three Palestinian children in Silwan and the at-Tour, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem. The soldiers also attacked many Palestinians, in Jeruasalem, and abducted a young man, in addition to firing gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets, and concussion grenades, and spraying many homes with wastewater mixed with chemicals during ensuing protests.

Firas al-Jebrini, a lawyer with the Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) stated that the soldiers abducted Mohammad Maher Zeitoun, 13, after breaking into his family’s home in Silwan town, and violently searching it.

Al-Jebrini added that the soldiers also abducted another child, identified as Jihad Kayed Rajani, 10, near his family’s home in Silwan.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Ayham Suleiman al-Hadra, 13,  in front of his school while he was heading back home in the at-Tour town.

The three children were taken to an interrogation and detention center in Jerusalem, al-Jebrini said.

On Tuesday at night, the soldiers assaulted and injured a young man, and took him to a detention center in Bab al-Amoud in Jerusalem, Silwanic said.

Silwanic added that the soldiers also attacked many Palestinians in various areas of Silwan and sprayed them along with the surrounding homes with wastewater mixed with chemicals.

(Source / 13.10.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot And Abduct A Palestinian Child Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers shot and abducted, on Tuesday evening, a Palestinian child near the western entrance of Silwad town, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot a child, 15 years of age, with a live round in the leg, before abducting him.

They added that the Palestinian medics tried to render the needed help to the wounded child, but the soldiers prevented them from reaching him.

The incident took place after the soldiers invaded the area, leading to protests, and fired live rounds, gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

On Tuesday afternoon, the soldiers abducted three Palestinian children in Silwan and the at-Tour, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, and attacked many Palestinians; the sodliers also abducted a young man, in addition to firing gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets, and concussion grenades, and spraying many homes with wastewater mixed with chemicals during ensuing protests.

(Source / 13.10.2021)

Detainee Kayed Al-Fasfous Continues Hunger Strike He Started Three Months Ago

On Tuesday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that a Palestinian detainee, Kayed al-Fasfous, 32, is ongoing with the hunger strike he started 90 days ago, protesting his continued arbitrary Administrative Detention in Israeli prisons without charges or trial.

The PPS stated that al-Fasfous, from Doura town, southwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, is determined to continue his hunger strike despite his deteriorating health condition, especially since Israeli courts are constantly denying appeals to end his imprisonment, although he is not facing any charges.

Al-Fasfous is also a former political prisoner who was abducted and imprisoned by the Israeli army several times before, including when he was taken prisoner in July 2020 and remained held since then under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

The Israeli authorities are repeatedly transferring him to the hospital, then to solitary confinement in prison, an issue that is causing more exhaustion and fatigue.

Al-Fasfous, who also held a hunger strike for 12 days in the year 2019, is a married father of one daughter and has three brothers, who are all imprisoned by Israel. The three imprisoned brothers are Akram, Mahmoud, and Hafeth,

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and works at the local Town Council in Doura.

Besides Kayed, six other detainees are also ongoing with the hunger strike, protesting their continued arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, and three other detainees who began a hunger strike three days ago, in solidarity with the seven detainees.

  1. Kayed al-Fasfous, started the strike 90 days ago.
  2. Miqdad al-Qawasma, started the strike 83 days ago.
  3. Ala’ al-A’raj, started the strike 66 days ago.
  4. Hisham Abu Hawwash, started the strike 57 days ago.
  5. Rayeq Bisharat, started the strike 52 days ago.
  6. Shadi Abu Aker, started the strike 49 days ago.
  7. Ayyad al-Hreimi, started the strike 20 days ago.
  8. Khalil Abu Arram, started the strike 3 days ago.
  9. Rateb Harbiyyat, started the strike 3 days ago.
  10. Akram Abu Bakr, started the strike 3 days ago.

(Source / 13.10.2021)

Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, four Palestinians, including two teenage boys, from their homes in several parts of Bethlehem governorate, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

In Beit Sahour, east of Bethlehem, the soldiers abducted Ahed Yousef Shomaly, 22, and Ahmad Mohammad Nasr, 28, from their homes.

A few days ago, the soldiers also abducted Khalil Shahin and Mohammad al-Hourani, from their homes in Beit Sahour.

The soldiers also invaded the an-Nawawra area, east of Bethlehem, searched homes, and abducted two Palestinians, identified as Mahmoud Ali ad-Nouri, 17, and Qussai Mousa an-Nouri, 17.

(Source / 13.10.2021)

Police Abducts A Palestinian Listening To Music, Broadcasting Live On Social Media

On Wednesday, several Israeli police officers, including undercover forces, abducted a Palestinian man after smashing the windows of his car and breaking into it while he was listening to music and broadcasting live on a social media outlet.

The Palestinian man, Marwan Husseini, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, was parked near Maale Adumim road, east of occupied Jerusalem, and was listening to music and broadcasting live on Facebook, when the Israeli officers smashed the windows of his car, and dragged him out, before abducting him.

Eyewitnesses said the Palestinians did not do anything wrong, as he was just sitting in his own car, enjoying some Arabic music and broadcasting live on Facebook when the officers started smashing the windows of the car and dragged him out.

“This is just barbaric, and an extremely violated behavior against someone who was just listening to music, not doing anything wrong or endangering anybody’s life,” one of his relatives said, “They did not have to resort to this type of violence, they could have easily arrested him from his car by ordering him to step out instead of this type of a thuggish behavior.”

(Source / 13.10.2021)

WAFA: “Israeli Settlers Vandalize Palestinian Property In Northern West Bank”

SALFIT/NABLUS, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers today vandalized Palestinian-owned property in several northern West Bank towns, causing damage, according to local sources.

Settlers sneaked into Marda, village, to the north of the northern occupied West Bank city of Salfit, slashed tires of Palestinian-owned vehicles, and spray-painted racist and death slogans on walls and cars, reported WAFA correspondent.

In Awarta town, east of the city of Nablus, settlers chopped dozens of olive trees and sprayed pesticides on others virtually destroying them, according to Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank.

He said the settlers came from the illegal Itamar settlement built on illegally confiscated Awarta land.

Settlers yesterday uprooted 900 olive and apricot saplings and stole olive crops in the village of Sebastia, north of Nablus, as well as uprooted 70 trees in Masafer Yatta, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

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

All settlements across the West Bank are illegal under international law, particularly article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which establishes that the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

(Source / 13.10.2021)

Soldiers Shoot A Palestinian And Abduct Him Near Qalqilia

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday morning, a young Palestinian man after shooting him near Azzoun town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia. The soldiers also assaulted a man near Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded an area near Azzoun, leading to protests before the army fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

They added that the soldiers shot Mohammad Hussein Falah, 22, with a live round in the leg, before abducting him.

In addition, the soldiers assaulted Ahmad Ezzat Shakarna, 53, from Nahhalin town, west of Bethlehem, while crossing into the southern area of the al-Jab’a area, south of the city, causing cuts and bruises to various parts of his body.

On Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted four Palestinians, including two teenage boys, from their homes in several parts of Bethlehem governorate.

In related news, several Israeli police officers, including undercover forces, abducted a Palestinian man after smashing the windows of his car and breaking into it while he was listening to music and broadcasting live on Facebook.

(Source / 13.10.2021)

Army Abducts Two Palestinians Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers abducted, Wednesday, two Palestinians, including a former political prisoner, in Beita and Burqa towns, near Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Several army jeeps invaded Beit town, southeast of Nablus, before the soldiers broke into and searched homes, and abducted one Palestinian, identified as Morad Khdeir.

The soldiers also invaded Burqa town, north of Nablus, searched homes, and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Mousa Majed Daghlas.

On Wednesday morning, the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man after shooting him near Azzoun town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia. The soldiers also assaulted a man near Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem.

On Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted four Palestinians, including two teenage boys, from their homes in several parts of Bethlehem governorate.

In related news, several Israeli police officers, including undercover forces, abducted a Palestinian man after smashing the windows of his car and breaking into it while he was listening to music and broadcasting live on Facebook.

(Source / 13.10.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians, Abduct Two, In Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, Wednesday, several Palestinians and abducted two in the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron.

Media activist Mohammad Awad stated that the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, causing property damage, before abducting a former political prisoner, identified as Issa Ibrahim Ekhlayyel, 25.

Awad added that the soldiers also caused damage to two Palestinian cars, owned by Khaled Hussein Ekhlayyel and Ribhi Tomar Ekhlayyel.

The invasion led to protests, especially near the main mosque in the center of the town, before the soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Saleh Ja’bari, from his home in Hebron city.

It is worth mentioning that Saleh was imprisoned by Israel for 14 years, and was only released on July 3rd of this year, 2021.

Also, the soldiers invaded and searched several homes in the town of Yatta, Beit Amra village, and Deir Samit town.

The soldiers also installed many roadblocks at the main roads leading to the towns of Sa’ir and Halhoul, in addition to Hebron’s northern road in Joret Bahlas area, and the southern road in the al-Fahs area, before stopping and searching dozens of cars and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In related news, several Israeli police officers, including undercover forces, abducted a Palestinian man after smashing the windows of his car and breaking into it while he was listening to music and broadcasting live on Facebook.

In addition, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians, including a former political prisoner, in Beita and Burqa towns, near Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

On Wednesday morning, the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man after shooting him near Azzoun town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia. The soldiers also assaulted a man near Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem.

On Wednesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted four Palestinians, including two teenage boys, from their homes in several parts of Bethlehem governorate.

(Source / 13.10.2021)